Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Home » Frontpage » Recent Articles:

A Sense Of The Supernatural Lost And Regained

January 22, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on A Sense Of The Supernatural Lost And Regained

By JAMES MONTI The apostles had a knack for running into trouble on the Sea of Galilee. St. Mark tells of the apostles encountering a very rough sea on the night following Christ’s miracle of feeding five thousand. At the sight of Jesus walking on the water, the apostles panicked; but He reassured them, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear,” and as soon as He entered their boat, the wind ceased. At this, Mark notes, “. . . they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened” (Mark 6:47-52). Mark’s point is rather clear: The apostles were stunned to see Christ’s divine power over the sea and the wind, because…Continue Reading

Out Of Spite?. . . New York Acts To Ban A Christian Adoption Agency

January 21, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Out Of Spite?. . . New York Acts To Ban A Christian Adoption Agency

By MIKE MANNO The state of New York, while doubling down on abortion rights, is also trying to drive adoption agencies that adhere to traditional values from its boundaries. Of course, the big headlines today are being made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is demanding an expansion of abortion rights from his legislature before he will sign a budget bill, and is pledging to enshrine those rights into the state constitution. But what is being overlooked in the governor’s headline-grabbing are the actions of his Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to ensure that all state adoption agencies must provide for adoptions by unmarried and same-sex couples. The actions by OCFS have triggered a federal lawsuit against it by…Continue Reading

As U.S. Worries At Illegal Entry . . . Look How Far Catholic Dem Leaders Have Strayed From Moral Path

January 20, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on As U.S. Worries At Illegal Entry . . . Look How Far Catholic Dem Leaders Have Strayed From Moral Path

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Announced as the next speaker at the annual assembly of Maricopa County Republican precinct committeemen here, Cong. Andy Biggs received a standing ovation before he reached the microphone. These GOP foot soldiers apparently appreciated Biggs’ frequent, straightforward media appearances standing up for Republican principles. He’s a conservative pro-lifer whose Fifth Congressional District covers the southeastern portion of the Phoenix metropolitan area. Trump supporters across the nation likely were voicing the same thoughts he expressed. Addressing the partial federal government shutdown caused by Democrats’ adamant refusal to reach agreement on necessary border security, Biggs told about 770 Maricopa County precinct committeemen on January 12, “It’s a Democrat shutdown. You know that?. . . Are we going…Continue Reading

Death, Always In The Distance

January 19, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Death, Always In The Distance

By CHRISTOPHER MANION In years past, death was part of Catholic life. “Memento Mori.” “Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.” “St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us.” After all, “if I die before I wake” didn’t frighten us as children, it comforted us. In our current era, many don’t appear to find the prospect of death so comforting. In fact, many Catholics approaching old age (or in it) seem determined to ignore the Four Last Things altogether. In particular, it is striking how so many advocates of abortion in public life cling to their frayed fabric of fantasy and repeat the mantra — “I’m personally opposed but. . . .” Long after…Continue Reading

Education And The Transmission Of Culture

January 18, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Education And The Transmission Of Culture

By SHAUN KENNEY Education is the transmission of culture, so it has been argued. For myself, I definitely concur with the statement. Once upon a time, America had an education system worthy of the name that was supremely confident in its ability to absorb people from all over the globe: Ireland, Germany, Poland, Italy, China, India, Russia, and so forth. I mention this because of a conversation this past week about a certain piece of legislation wandering through the halls of the Virginia General Assembly that would require a commission to supervise a determinate and politically charged process. Of course, processes are good. If one is an avowed Burkean and a true Virginian, traditions are not only the democracy of…Continue Reading

Interview With Cardinal Burke… Be Transformed And Put On The Mind Of Christ

January 17, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Interview With Cardinal Burke… Be Transformed And Put On The Mind Of Christ
cburke2

By DON FIER Part 2 (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, recently paid a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis. His Eminence graciously allotted time in his demanding schedule to grant The Wanderer an extensive interview and provided many illuminating insights. Among the topics he addressed is the troubling situation in which the Church finds herself and how the faithful can best respond. Part one of this important interview appeared in last week’s Wanderer.) + + + Q. High-placed members of the hierarchy, including Pope Francis, seem to attribute the underlying cause of the clerical sexual abuse crisis to “clericalism.” It seems as if…Continue Reading

Ethics Attorney Says . . . Important To Use Correct Words For Life-And-Death Situations

January 17, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Ethics Attorney Says . . . Important To Use Correct Words For Life-And-Death Situations

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX – A prominent pro-life attorney told members of a Catholic medical group here that he learned not to be surprised if a majority of people in an audience at a Catholic parish raises their hands when he asks who favors “assisted suicide.” They don’t actually favor such direct killing, attorney Nikolas T. Nikas told a lunch meeting of the Catholic Medical Association of Phoenix, but they don’t understand the lexicon. What they actually don’t want is “to endure disproportionate or extraordinary means” of life support, he said. Nikas, president and general counsel of the internationally active Bioethics Defense Fund (bdfund.org), said he has spoken at Catholic parishes all over the United States as part of BDF’s…Continue Reading

Protection From Reality In Border Fight . . . Media, Political Leftists Deploy Their Anti-Facts Shields

January 16, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Protection From Reality In Border Fight . . . Media, Political Leftists Deploy Their Anti-Facts Shields

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Amid the controversy over borders and barriers and whether they’re useful, there was indisputable evidence that impenetrable protection is provided to the leftist mindset by its bubble or cocoon or whatever you call its glistening fortress that can’t be breached by facts and evidence. On January 2, Phoenix conservative radio host James T. Harris (KFYI, 550 AM) played an audio clip of MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski urging Democrats to stand strong against President Trump’s “stupid wall that nobody wants.” A few days later, after Trump announced on January 7 that he’d soon address the nation on the southern border crisis, the liberal Easterner Brzezinski urged the networks to deny airtime to the president.…Continue Reading

An Answer To A Sedevacantist Wannabe

January 15, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on An Answer To A Sedevacantist Wannabe

By FR. JOHN T. ZUHLSDORF (Editor’s Note: Someone who is “seriously considering adopting some form of sedevacantism” wrote recently to Fr. John T. Zuhlsdorf, and Fr. Z posted his reply on his January 7 blog. The question and answer are reprinted here with permission.) + + + Quaeritur: Father, I’ll get straight to the point: I’m having difficulty believing that the Pope is the head of the Church. I know that regarding the past heresies Popes were often negligent in carrying out their duty to oppose error, but it seems that recently Rome has been actively spreading error. This is most obvious under Francis, of course, although it’s not a new phenomenon — Vatican II and the liturgical reforms, which…Continue Reading

Democrat Anti-Catholicism… Where Are Our Catholic Leaders?

January 14, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Democrat Anti-Catholicism… Where Are Our Catholic Leaders?

By MIKE MANNO I remember as a boy I was watching a football game on TV and my dad said to me that Senator Kennedy was at the game. Who, I asked, was Senator Kennedy. My dad told me he was a young senator from Massachusetts who was going to run for president. Interesting information, but then he added this: “He’s Catholic.” And, of course, because he was Catholic, a lot of folks didn’t want him to win. That began my interest in politics, John F. Kennedy, and the Democratic Party. Even as an 11-year-old, I followed the Kennedy campaign through the primaries and watched the 1960 Democratic convention on TV, celebrating the Kennedy win. The day after the convention,…Continue Reading