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Is War With Iran Now Inevitable?

October 20, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Is War With Iran Now Inevitable?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN With his October 13 declaration that the Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest, President Donald Trump may have put us on the road to war with Iran. Indeed, it is easier to see the collisions that are coming than to see how we get off this road before the shooting starts. After “de-certifying” the nuclear agreement, signed by all five permanent members of the Security Council, Trump gave Congress 60 days to reimpose the sanctions that it lifted when Tehran signed. If Congress does not reimpose those sanctions and kill the deal, Trump threatens to kill it himself. Why? Did Iran violate the terms of the agreement? Almost no one argues that —…Continue Reading

Getting Our Priorities Right In The Sacred Liturgy

October 19, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Getting Our Priorities Right In The Sacred Liturgy

By JAMES MONTI (Editor’s Note: For four of James Monti’s sources, books from the late sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, the passages quoted are from pages lacking page numbers or folio numbers, so he had to give the “signatures” of the pages instead. This involved some odd-looking designations utilizing colons and parentheses — they may look like typographical errors, but actually they’re not.) + + + As someone who has tended to focus upon the “nuts and bolts” of the development of the Church’s liturgical ceremonies over the centuries, I found I had much to learn from the presentations during the recent three-day annual conference of the Society for Catholic Liturgy in Philadelphia (September 28-30). For in the talks I attended,…Continue Reading

LGBT Mass… Leaves Some San Diego-Area Catholics Thinking People Were Misled

October 18, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on LGBT Mass… Leaves Some San Diego-Area Catholics Thinking People Were Misled

By DEXTER DUGGAN Leadership at the Catholic Diocese of San Diego seriously misled Catholics and others with the way a special Mass for LGBT people was offered at St. John the Evangelist Church in San Diego’s Hillcrest neighborhood, some orthodox Catholics who attended the event told The Wanderer. The Mass was scheduled to observe the 20th anniversary of the Always Our Children letter on same-sex attraction, issued in the name of the U.S. Catholic bishops but never voted on or discussed by them as a body. It was called back for revision the following year, 1998. A “heavy police presence,” noted by a local television station, was outside the Hillcrest church, reportedly because of threats received, but the time passed…Continue Reading

Free Speech Or Forced Speech… Public Accommodations Vs. Religious Liberty

October 17, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Free Speech Or Forced Speech… Public Accommodations Vs. Religious Liberty

By MIKE MANNO The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech, right? Well, mostly, but we’ll deal with the exceptions another time. What concerns me this week is whether there is a corresponding right not to speak, and, if so, what constitutes actual speech, and how far does this go? The courts have long held that speech need not be verbal, or, for that matter, contain words. It can be symbolic, such as wearing a black armband to protest the Vietnam War. It can be vulgar, pornographic, and can even take the form of an inanimate object or a piece of art. So since the government cannot, in general terms, prohibit the exercise of free speech, even in symbolic terms, can…Continue Reading

Killing America

October 16, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Killing America

By REY FLORES While I’m not a fan of the pompous Bill O’Reilly, I liked how he named his series of books with titles such as Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Patton, and so on. I thought it only appropriate given the state of our nation today to title a column “Killing America.” While the secular radical left wants us all to believe that our nation is gasping for its last breath, this is factually untrue. It’s fake news, if you will. Quite honestly, I am tired of writing about how some of our own citizens have been totally brainwashed by the mainstream media into believing that our country is such an awful place. I couldn’t think of a place…Continue Reading

Political Climate Change . . . Capitol’s Ice Jam Starting To Break Up Beneath Polarized Bears’ Feet?

October 15, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Political Climate Change . . . Capitol’s Ice Jam Starting To Break Up Beneath Polarized Bears’ Feet?

By DEXTER DUGGAN How’s this for climate change that conservatives can believe in? A changing political climate heated up by Donald Trump’s blustery winds, leaving polarized political bears futilely pawing the air. The ice jam starts to break up below their feet frozen in immobility. Things start to shift. For a change, we’ll be able to see big steps taken right in front of us instead of only promised at the end of that rainbow over the horizon? Whether or not Trump himself is eclipsed by events, his challenge to the establishment has ruptured rigid patterns and opened the opportunity for the public to get somewhere if lawmakers are forced to reanimate their frosted-over political cryonics. Sen. Bob Corker (R.,…Continue Reading

In Poland And The United States . . . It’s Often People Versus Prelates

October 14, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on In Poland And The United States . . . It’s Often People Versus Prelates

By CHRISTOPHER MANION In Poland, Catholics take their faith very seriously. On October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, a million Poles gathered at thousands of points on the country’s borders to pray the rosary “for the Poles and for the whole world,” one participant told the BBC. Coming from hundreds of churches throughout the country, Poles joined arms in prayer, “some on beaches on the Baltic Sea, some in fields and some in towns” on the 2,000-mile border, the BBC reported. Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski, of Krakow in southern Poland, said during his sermon on Saturday morning that people should pray for “Europe to remain Europe. . . . Let’s pray for other nations of Europe and…Continue Reading

Trump Embraces The Culture War

October 13, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Trump Embraces The Culture War

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN To attend the Indianapolis Colts game where the number of the legendary Peyton Manning was to be retired, Vice President Mike Pence, a former governor of Indiana, flew back from Las Vegas. With him in the stadium was wife Karen. In honor of Manning, she wore a No. 18 jersey as The Star Spangled Banner began. The Pences stood, hands over hearts. A dozen San Francisco 49ers took a knee. When the national anthem ended, Pence walked out. His limousine took him back to the airport to fly to LA. “A stunt! That plane trip cost taxpayers $250,000,” wailed the media who were rarely critical of Michelle Obama’s million-dollar junkets with Sasha and Malia. The president…Continue Reading

Trump’s Commitment To Emphasizing English

October 12, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Trump’s Commitment To Emphasizing English

By SHAUN KENNEY If one were to consider the things that kept the vast domains and provinces of the Roman Empire together for so long, any number of things might spring to mind. The legions, roads, coinage, a system of uniform laws. Yet even as the Romans and Latins themselves thought of themselves as citizens of a vast empire, the Romans were indeed a polyglot of Britons, Celts, Goths, Jews, Phoenicians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Macedonians — just to name a few. But they all spoke Latin. Yes, the bane of elementary school students and college freshmen alike, with its declensions and Yoda-like organization of words. After all, as those who have benefited from a classical education will reminds others: quidquid…Continue Reading

Praying When Disaster Strikes

October 11, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Praying When Disaster Strikes

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON The massacre that occurred at a concert in Las Vegas Sunday, October 1, and the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma a few weeks before have laid bare a latent belief in God. In spite of continuing efforts to remove all references to a Supreme Being from the public’s conscience — from displays and events in schools, courthouses, town squares, and other public venues — the disposition of the American people still reflects a religious attitude. This is especially observable in times of dire need and extreme fear. When senseless mass killings occur or natural disasters strike and human efforts seem futile, people turn to God. On October 1, as 22,000 people attended a late-night,…Continue Reading