Saturday 15th December 2018

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First Christmas… Was Hardly Only Time When Rulers Persecuted Their People

December 15, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on First Christmas… Was Hardly Only Time When Rulers Persecuted Their People

By DEXTER DUGGAN The first Christmas wasn’t surrounded by a welcoming world but hostility and oppression that bore down not only on the manger but most people beyond it, who endured as they could. The society was under Roman rule that, personified in King Herod, feared the birth of a helpless baby, much like today with Planned Parenthood on the throne. Cruel kings maintaining their rule worry about rivals. When the wise men departed after worshipping Jesus, they took a different route toward home lest Herod learn of the Child’s location and have Him slain. How long will people in each era endure the oppression of burdensome rulers and their servile courtiers who proclaim only what the rulers want announced?…Continue Reading

The Year Of No More Secrets

December 15, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on The Year Of No More Secrets

By CHRISTOPHER MANION It’s fair to say that 2018 had its ups and downs. In the long run, the celebration of Humanae Vitae’s fiftieth birthday certainly comes in first in the category of good news. Like so many bedrocks of the faith, the more unpopular this vibrant document has become among the elites of our secular culture, the more its principles and even its predictions have been proven to be on the mark. Want an uplifting way to celebrate this Christmas? Get a really big stocking — make that two — and stuff them with copies of Why Humanae Vitae Is Still Right (Ignatius Press). Editor Janet Smith, the unanimous gold-medalist in explaining this beautiful teaching, has brought together a…Continue Reading

For Her Feast Day . . . A Love Letter To Our Lady Of Guadalupe

December 14, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on For Her Feast Day . . . A Love Letter To Our Lady Of Guadalupe

By REY FLORES “When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be” — Let It Be lyrics by The Beatles. + + + On December 12, we Catholics celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the Americas, and the Patroness of the Unborn. My own mother Alicia has always told me that she prayed that I would be born on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Her prayers were answered. My birthday has been my saving grace as far as I’m concerned. I am not implying that my being born on our Lady’s feast day makes me any more special than any…Continue Reading

Strickland And Mueller Napalm Martin’s Bridge

December 13, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Strickland And Mueller Napalm Martin’s Bridge

By SHAUN KENNEY Expanding just a bit on last week’s discourse regarding the tête-à-tête between Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, and Fr. James Martin, SJ — author of Building a Bridge and consultant to the Vatican Communications Office — it seems as if Strickland’s critique earned a rather lengthy response from Martin that is worth a deeper dive. Charitably, Martin had the decency not to call Bishop Strickland a member of the “Catholic alt-right” for his defense of the Magisterium (duly noted). Nor did he call Gerhard Cardinal Mueller a member of a vast neo-Nazi network for defending Church teaching (also, duly noted). Martin offers two points. First and foremost, Martin insists that he is not…Continue Reading

Pro-Abort Democrat Party… Positions Itself As If Church Doesn’t Object

December 12, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Pro-Abort Democrat Party… Positions Itself As If Church Doesn’t Object

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — The officially strongly pro-abortion Democratic Party took advantage of the Catholic Church once again, but two communications specialists at the headquarters of the Diocese of Phoenix didn’t reply to questions from The Wanderer. It’s nothing new when Democrat pro-abortionists try to cuddle up with Catholic imagery and Catholics to gain their votes — just as long as no one calls the Dems to account for championing grave violations of fundamental moral law, like slaughtering tens of millions of preborn babies. If the Church won’t care about such violations, why should it be surprised when its credibility fails? Two incidents occurred here recently. Radically pro-abortion and far-leftist Democrat Kyrsten Sinema got national publicity when she campaigned…Continue Reading

This One Is Inexplicable… What Were They Thinking?

December 11, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on This One Is Inexplicable… What Were They Thinking?

By MIKE MANNO Well, I certainly didn’t expect this. In all my years following the legal battles involving religious liberty, this just might be a first. In Edisto Beach, S.C., the town has a civic center which it rents out for “civic, political, business, social groups, and others.” Recently it denied the rental application of a church, Redeemer Fellowship. Now at this point you would expect that the argument would be that the church is a religious organization and renting to it would violate the “separation” of church and state. But you would be wrong. The town does rent to religious institutions. In fact it already rents out its facilities for church office space, Bible studies, ministry training, and the…Continue Reading

Remembering President George H.W. Bush . . . How The Media Spigot Runs Hot And Cold For Friends And Foes

December 10, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Remembering President George H.W. Bush . . . How The Media Spigot Runs Hot And Cold For Friends And Foes

By DEXTER DUGGAN The media spigot was running full gush yet again after President George H.W. Bush left this life. The words flooded out that he was a tower of civility and courtesy, a model of moderation, an example so sorely needed today for us all. The spigot gets turned on, and it gets turned off. Better to bring your own bottled water than expect to get truth serum from this faucet. Bush One hadn’t always fared so well in this liquid environment. Still, just a few months ago the spigot spewed the same juice when Sen. John McCain’s death arrived —what a mighty example for us all, a lesson of civility we so sorely need, bipartisanship and cooperation instead…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Apologia

December 9, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on A Leaven In The World . . . Apologia

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Everyone makes mistakes. Not everyone, however, can admit it. It’s a matter of theological truth that “to err is human,” because, in fact, sin is a mistake and we are all sinners. One who has put opinion to paper in black and white for nearly 20 years and in nearly 900 columns for this newspaper, as have I, has had ample opportunity to commit uncured ideas to print, to choose words that appear to impute motives or to overstate a case of praise or blame. Mea culpas must be ever at hand for expression of the necessary attempt at reconciliation with those who feel unjustly treated. Explanations must be offered in those cases where misunderstandings…Continue Reading

Fireside Reading For Christmas

December 8, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Fireside Reading For Christmas

By CHRISTOPHER MANION This Christmas, good readers should celebrate good writing. And we should also share it. In the spirit of Christmas cheer, we offer here some suggestions that should brighten any smile and invite another log on the fire in every home. We begin with Faith and Politics (Ignatius Press), a selection of Pope Benedict XVI’s writings that cover a wide range of issues touching on politics while “insisting on the centrality of the question of God.” Wasting no time, the Pope gets right to the point: “the unredeemed state of the world consists precisely in the failure to understand the meaning of creation, and the failure to recognize truth; as a result, the rule of pragmatism is imposed,…Continue Reading

Remembering George H.W. Bush

December 7, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Remembering George H.W. Bush

By BILL DONOHUE Catholic League President Bill Donohue on December 5 recalled his memories of the late President George H.W. Bush: During the 1988 presidential campaign, I was a Bradley Resident Scholar at The Heritage Foundation. My first book, The Politics of the American Civil Liberties Union, published in 1985, was the magnet that landed me the job. It was also a time when Michael Dukakis, the Democratic nominee for president, loudly proclaimed that he was “a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union.” It didn’t take long before those working for Vice President George H.W. Bush contacted me hoping to obtain inside information on the organization: Bush was running for president. I happily gave the Bush team what…Continue Reading