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A Book Review… Understanding Justice Scalia On Law, Faith, And Life

October 31, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Understanding Justice Scalia On Law, Faith, And Life

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Scalia, Antonin. Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith and Life Well Lived. Edited by Christopher J. Scalia and Edward Whelan. New York: Crown Forum, 2017. xi +418 pp. First, some facts about this remarkable man: Antonin Gregory Scalia was born March 11, 1936, in Trenton, N.J. Graduating from Xavier High School in Manhattan, New York City, he attended Georgetown University and later Harvard Law School. After a year of study in Europe, he began a law career, first in the firm of Jones Day in Cleveland (1951-1967), then as professor of law at the University of Virginia (1967-1971). He then served in a number of government posts until he joined the law faculty of the University of…Continue Reading

After White Mass . . . Physicians’ Dinner Told That Threats To Health Professionals Still Loom

October 30, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on After White Mass . . . Physicians’ Dinner Told That Threats To Health Professionals Still Loom

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — The assault against the conscience of Catholic medical workers will continue despite Barack Obama’s departure from the presidency, but seeing the practice of medicine as dedication to a vocation is good for the physician’s own welfare, not just the patient’s. These two themes were struck by two different speakers at a dinner following the annual White Mass for medical professionals of the Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix on October 21. The guild’s vice president, James Asher, D.O., recalled that at the group’s 2016 White Mass, many attendees feared the seemingly likely result of the upcoming November national election. A widely shared expectation was that radical pro-abortion Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would defeat proclaimed pro-life…Continue Reading

Can Doctrinal “Development” Flout The Laws Of Logic?

October 29, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Can Doctrinal “Development” Flout The Laws Of Logic?

By FR. BRIAN HARRISON, OS (Editor’s Note: Fr. Brian Harrison’s article is reprinted from OnePeterFive.com here with the kind permission of the executive director. All rights reserved. Please also see Fr. Harrison’s earlier article on this subject for The Wanderer, issue of June 1, 2017.) + + + Speaking in Rome on October 11, 2017 (55th anniversary of the opening of Vatican Council II), at a conference promoting the “New Evangelization,” Pope Francis made known his will for the Catechism of the Catholic Church to be revised so as to condemn capital punishment as absolutely immoral in principle. He declared the death penalty to be “in itself contrary to the Gospel” (“in sé stessa contraria al Vangelo”). In an effort…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Witness Of The Legion Of Mary In China

October 28, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… The Witness Of The Legion Of Mary In China

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Perseverance Through Faith: A Priest’s Prison Story, by Fr. W. Aedan McGrath, edited by Theresa Marie Moreau (Xlibris, 216 pages; $29.99 hardcover, $19.99, paperback. Available on Amazon.com). The Legion of Mary was founded by Frank Duff in Dublin, Ireland, on September 7, 1921 and spread all over the world during the twentieth century. Duff died on November 7, 1980, 37 years ago this month, and his cause for canonization is proceeding. Fr. W. Aedan McGrath, an Irish Missionary priest, was the person largely responsible for spreading the Legion throughout China in the late forties and early fifties, before the Communists unleashed an all-out attack on the Marian society, accusing it of wanting to overthrow Communist rule.…Continue Reading

Does Common Sense Have A Future?

October 27, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Does Common Sense Have A Future?

By DONALD DeMARCO In an anthology entitled, The Future of Thomism, the distinguished Thomistic philosopher Josef Pieper observes: “There is something peculiar and even strange in the situation of philosophy today.” It is as if, Pieper asks, reflecting the prevailing mood of contemporary skepticism, “Why philosophy at all?” G.K. Chesterton a few years earlier made a similar observation about the virtual disappearance of philosophy: “Since the modern world began in the sixteenth century, nobody’s system of philosophy has really corresponded to everybody’s sense of reality; to what, if left to themselves, common men would call common sense.” Both Chesterton and Pieper are lamenting the sharp decline of a philosophy that begins with common sense, one congruent with that of St.…Continue Reading

Restoring All Things In Christ… Christendom Celebrates 40th Anniversary

October 26, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Restoring All Things In Christ… Christendom Celebrates 40th Anniversary

By ZACH SMITH (Editor’s Note: Zach Smith is the public relations specialist at Christendom College.) + + + In 1977, the world was quite similar to how it is today — only tamer. The culture was in chaos, people were leaving Catholicism, and higher education was becoming increasingly secular. Every different group imaginable was clamoring for their constitutional rights, abortion was becoming part of the fabric of society, and traditional marriage and the family were being undercut by the premarital sex and divorce culture. It was a dark time, and yet, it was in that year that a candle was lit, one that has only burned more brightly and spread in the forty years since. Historian and Catholic convert Dr.…Continue Reading

Creation And Evolution Revisited

October 25, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Creation And Evolution Revisited

By PHILIP TROWER The purpose of this article is, insofar as possible, to answer the objections of my old friend Fr. Brian Harrison to my article “Creation, the CCC, Evolution, and the Angels” which appeared in The Wanderer on July 13, 2017. Fr. Harrison’s article appeared in the September 7th issue. Roughly his position, to which he admits to being a recent “convert,” seems to be that favored by the Kolbe Society or Centre in the United States, and by what in England are called Low Church Protestants. God created the universe in six 24-hour days and all suffering and disorder stem from the disobedience of Adam and Eve alone. Such too, as we all know, would have been the…Continue Reading

Sam Tuttle’s Treasure

October 24, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Sam Tuttle’s Treasure

By DEACON JAMES J. TONER Have Gun Will Travel was a most unusual western series, running on CBS from 1958 to 1963. Its hero was Paladin (played by the inimitable Richard Boone), a cultured and well-educated San Francisco gentleman who made his living by hiring out as, well, a principled gunslinger (oxymoron?) in the Old West. On Paladin’s holster was the image of a chess piece — a knight. Paladin was supposedly a graduate of West Point and a Union officer in the Civil War; he was as fast with a Shakespearean quotation as with his gun, and he invariably struggled to do the right thing in the challenging circumstances drawn up for him by the show’s writers. Among those…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Defending The Host In Communist China

October 23, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Defending The Host In Communist China

By JAMES LIKOUDIS Prozeller, Ellen Lucey, 32 Days: A Story of Faith and Courage (Pauline Books & Media 2016); available at Amazon.com. This is the inspiring fictionalized story (but based on fact) of an 11-year-old Chinese Catholic girl, Pei, who sacrificed her life to save and consume 32 Hosts left in an abandoned church after Communist soldiers in 1949 desecrated and well-nigh destroyed the edifice. Sneaking into the remains of the church night after night for 32 nights and avoiding the brutal guards still guarding it, Pei would prostrate herself before the Lord to make her own Holy Hour and consume the consecrated Hosts. Her heart would not allow her to leave her beloved Jesus abandoned and alone. On the…Continue Reading

Experimenting On Embryonic Humans Is Evil And Must Be Opposed

October 22, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Experimenting On Embryonic Humans Is Evil And Must Be Opposed

By FR. MARK HODGES (Editor’s Note: LifeSiteNews published this commentary on October 16. All rights reserved.) + + + UK scientists are experimenting on seven-day-old humans to learn how to “edit” DNA before killing them and discarding them. A team from the Francis Crick Institute is using “excess” living human embryos for their experiments who were frozen for in vitro fertilization (IVF). They then “edit” the human DNA by taking out a vital gene from “healthy, normal” embryos. States the BBC: “Breakthroughs in manipulating DNA have allowed the team at the Crick to turn off a gene — a genetic instruction — suspected to be of vital importance. The easiest way of working out how something works is to remove…Continue Reading