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Taxation Migration

January 15, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Taxation Migration

By MIKE MANNO In case your Christmas parties, bowl games, and New Year’s planning took your attention away from national politics, this may come as a surprise: President Trump got his tax cut plan approved and signed into law. Now you would think that a tax cut would be very popular, but because the Democrats don’t approve, mainly because they don’t approve of Mr. Trump, and the media tirelessly report and echo what the Dems think, the bill was not popular. We’ll leave the finer points of that argument to the tax experts, but one of the shots taken was that the bill penalizes residents of states with already high tax rates. The complaint that it hurts residents of high-tax…Continue Reading

Politics, From Trump To Arpaio . . . Leftists’ Sanctuaries Aid Lawbreakers, But Traditionalists Left Unprotected

January 14, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Politics, From Trump To Arpaio . . . Leftists’ Sanctuaries Aid Lawbreakers, But Traditionalists Left Unprotected

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — “Sanctuary city” has an immediately understood meaning at this point in the twenty-first century United States: a location where criminal illegal aliens are protected by local authorities from lawful federal immigration requirements. “Sanctuary city” doesn’t refer to a place in the U.S. where the atrocity of permissive abortion is rejected and unborn babies receive a sanctuary of protection. It doesn’t refer to a place where traditionally religious people are guaranteed security against the sexually disoriented who may decide to harass and ruinously sue them. The morally deformed proclivities of coastal elites are imposed on even the most conservative locations of the heartland. However, the heart-landers aren’t telling the ACLU’s far-left executives how to live. The…Continue Reading

Life Marches On

January 13, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Life Marches On

By CHRISTOPHER MANION As hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers prepare for the 45th Annual March for Life in Washington on January 19, America is benefiting from the best year since 1973 when it comes to policies affirming the value of life. President Trump has reaffirmed and broadened the Mexico City Policy established by Ronald Reagan. He has targeted Obama’s notorious HHS Mandate for extinction, halted United Nations abortion funding, and successfully named Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Despite these accomplishments, America’s Catholic bishops have found it difficult to praise President Trump. When forced to do so, their tone is begrudging and usually ends with a bitter “but” — especially when it comes to Trump’s determination to restore the…Continue Reading

What Is America’s Mission Now?

January 12, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on What Is America’s Mission Now?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Informing Iran, “The U.S. is watching what you do,” Ambassador Nikki Haley called an emergency meeting Friday, January 5 of the Security Council regarding the riots in Iran. The session left her and us looking ridiculous. France’s ambassador tutored Haley that how nations deal with internal disorders is not the council’s concern. Russia’s ambassador suggested the United Nations should have looked into our Occupy Wall Street clashes and how the Missouri cops handled Ferguson. Fifty years ago, 100 U.S. cities erupted in flames after Martin Luther King’s assassination. Federal troops were called in. In 1992, Los Angeles suffered the worst U.S. riot of the 20th century, after the LA cops who pummeled Rodney King were acquitted…Continue Reading

The Irish Anticipate A Papal Visit

January 11, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on The Irish Anticipate A Papal Visit

By JOHN BURKE GALWAY — The island of Ireland is expecting a papal visit just when it is bedeviled by interrelated moral, religious, and political issues. It is not yet certain whether Pope Francis will say the closing Mass at the World Meeting of Families, taking place in Dublin from August 21-26, but the Vatican usually makes official confirmation of overseas visits six months in advance. There is speculation here that an announcement will come on February 11, the very day that the entire Irish hierarchy will be in Galway for the installation of its new bishop. A diocesan spokesman told The Wanderer that American bishops would be welcome to attend, since the late Richard Cardinal Cushing of Boston dedicated…Continue Reading

ADF Calls 2017 A Banner Year For The First Amendment

January 10, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on ADF Calls 2017 A Banner Year For The First Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Alliance Defending Freedom wrapped up 2017 at the forefront of the largest legal battles in defense of the First Amendment. With a critical victory at the U.S. Supreme Court and other wins, ADF action in defense of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of conscience — including artistic freedom — is having far-reaching effects for the good of all Americans. “The government has no business preventing any American from engaging in free speech, nor should it use its coercive power to force anyone to promote a message with which they disagree,” said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman. “ADF has been honored to be involved in many important cases this past year, and chief among those…Continue Reading

They Won’t Stop With Marquette. Or Georgetown. Or Notre Dame.

January 9, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on They Won’t Stop With Marquette. Or Georgetown. Or Notre Dame.

By SHAUN KENNEY It was George Will that offered me the most succinct definition of American patriotism, that being a certain assent to a specific creed: that human beings were endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these were life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Marquette University — a Jesuit institution that has seemingly forgotten its inheritance — finds itself embroiled in a First Amendment case where a 41-year tenured professor, John C. McAdams, finds himself the target of the caprice of a graduate teaching assistant who, after advising a Catholic student at a presumably Catholic institution that opposition to same-sex marriage was “homophobic” and commanding conformity to the secular religion of the day, managed not…Continue Reading

Let’s Teach Those Dirty, Bigoted Bakers

January 8, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Let’s Teach Those Dirty, Bigoted Bakers

By MIKE MANNO In the days between Christmas and New Year’s, the high gods of secularism rose once again to teach unbelievers, those poor wayward Christians, that their beliefs are no longer tolerated by the enlightened illuminati of our time; and that if you dare to dissent from the new cultural orthodoxy you will be crushed by the weight of the avenging state until you are left broken and your lives destroyed. So said the state of Oregon through its appeals court, as it crushed a poor family that only wanted to live by their arcane Christian beliefs by baking sweet treats for their clients and friends. Instead, the novelty of same-sex marriage, where a woman will leave her family…Continue Reading

Catholic Media School . . . Hopes To Become A Talent Hub For Catholic Apostolates Around Nation

January 7, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Catholic Media School . . . Hopes To Become A Talent Hub For Catholic Apostolates Around Nation

By DEXTER DUGGAN ESCONDIDO, Calif. — John Paul the Great Catholic University here always has aimed to prepare a primarily lay student body to evangelize society for Christ while working in the world. Now it’s looking into attracting existing Catholic apostolates around the nation to congregate in this area, at least by establishing branch offices if not their headquarters, so the school could act as a direct talent hub for them, the school’s president told The Wanderer. “Our big focus in 2018 is how can we be a hub of new evangelization and media,” Derry Connolly, Ph.D., said during a December 27 interview in his campus office on Grand Avenue, which runs through the center of town in this suburb…Continue Reading

Online California Catholic Publisher . . . Tells About Beefing Up Coverage

January 6, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Online California Catholic Publisher . . . Tells About Beefing Up Coverage

By DEXTER DUGGAN SAN DIEGO — Black-and-white newspapers brought current events to Victorian mansions housing well-to-do readers more than a century ago here in the Golden Hill neighborhood rising above downtown San Diego. Sharp color photos of breaking news events weren’t possible in papers back then, printed with hot-metal methods. Popular commercial radio was in the future, and the possibility of the global Internet unthinkable. But decade succeeded decade, technology changed, newspaper pages were designed on electronic monitors, and this San Diego neighborhood no longer was so upscale. From an office building in Golden Hill, above the first-floor Flying Panther tattoo shop and Ballet Basics studio, successful local publisher and pro-life activist Jim Holman looks out on a changed media…Continue Reading