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Common Core: The Debate Goes On

December 11, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on Common Core: The Debate Goes On

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It is not surprising that the debate over the federal government’s attempt to set standards for the nation’s schools through the Common Core curriculum grows more intense with each passing day. Most Americans had never heard of Common Core until a few months ago. It seems the more people learn about it, the more alarmed they become. M.S.D. of Wyoming writes to join those who protest the manner in which Common Core unnecessarily and unwisely increases the federal government’s control over our local schools: “The fundamental problem with Common Core is that the federal government has neither the power nor the authority nor the competence to meddle at all in education. None.”

The Spiritual “Knockout Game”

December 10, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on The Spiritual “Knockout Game”

By REY FLORES I imagine most of you have already heard all about the infamous “knockout game” craze that’s sweeping the nation. Those crazy kids; what’ll they come up with next? I am also not sure how many of you may feel the same way I do, but by the time I get to bed at night, I feel as if I have been severely knocked over the head with bad news, worse news, and even more worse news on top of that. Thank God for bedtime prayers, because how else would we make it in this crazy, sinful, and mixed-up world? It seems like we’re all in for a daily “spiritual knockout” the way things are going. This past…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A Unique Look At Subsidiarity

December 9, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review . . . A Unique Look At Subsidiarity

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Subsidiarity, by Peter J. Floriani, Penn Street Productions, Reading, PA, 2012. The book can be ordered online at Amazon.com. I had a colleague during my years teaching in a high school in a suburb of New York City who was your typical angry fallen-away Catholic. He wanted nothing to do with the Church, the Pope, the hierarchy, his local parish, or Catholic dogma and doctrine. Except for one thing: He thought “subsidiarity” was flawless thinking, the application of common sense to how we organize our government and the economy. Readers of The Wanderer will be familiar with Pius XI’s articulation of the principle in the 1931 encyclical Quadragesimo Anno: “It is an injustice, a grave evil…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Plague Of ‘Contraceptive Imperialism’”

December 8, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Plague Of ‘Contraceptive Imperialism’”

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 18 of The Facts of Life, “The Worldwide Abortion Situation,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + What is the best way to conquer a nation and subdue its people? The great Chinese general Sun Tzu wrote in his classic The Art of War: “All warfare is based primarily on the deception of an enemy. Fighting on a battlefield is the most primitive way of making war. There is no art higher than to destroy your enemy without a fight — by subverting anything of value in your enemy’s country.” Twenty-five centuries after Sun,…Continue Reading

Since I’m Not Running For Public Office…

December 7, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on Since I’m Not Running For Public Office…

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I’m about to write some things I would never write if I were running for public office, even though I stand by them without reservation. There are statements like that, comments that give the media an opening to misinterpret your position so effectively that you will never be able to recover even if logic is on your side. That means the only prudent course for someone running for office is to avoid them like the plague. Rick Santorum learned that when he was running for the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2012. A statement he had made about same-sex marriage in a 2003 interview in USA Today was brought up time and time again to…Continue Reading

If You Like Obamacare . . . You’ll Love Government Failures On Border Security

December 6, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on If You Like Obamacare . . . You’ll Love Government Failures On Border Security

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — When trying to answer whether the U.S. border with Mexico is secure, it’s useful to know that illegal aliens even continue to cross right through the land of a high-intelligence Army installation in southern Arizona, a woman in the area told The Wanderer. The woman is one of this newspaper’s border contacts whom this writer has met with personally. They don’t want to be named because of their safety concerns living near the porous international line. Barack Obama is continuing to make border protection the same disastrous federal failure as his Obamacare. Although the frequent illegal penetration of this Army installation is familiar to Arizonans who follow border issues, the Washington Examiner web site posted…Continue Reading

The Christian Roots Of Modern Science

December 5, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on The Christian Roots Of Modern Science

By DONALD DeMARCO No one has worked harder to document and bring to light the Christian roots of modern science than Pierre Duhem (1861-1916). His magnum opus, The Structure of the World: Teachings on Cosmology From Plato to Copernicus, is a prodigious work of ten massive volumes. It is a masterpiece that is unparalleled in its field. Yet, he was the target of censorship, rancor, and fierce opposition throughout his academic career. Templeton Prize-winner Fr. Stanley Jaki, OSB, who held doctorates in physics as well as in theology, states: “What Duhem unearthed among other things from long-buried manuscripts was that supernatural Revelation played a crucial liberating role in putting scientific speculation on the right track. . . .

With First Apostolic Exhortation… Pope Francis Gives Blueprint For Mission

December 5, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on With First Apostolic Exhortation… Pope Francis Gives Blueprint For Mission

By PAUL LIKOUDIS In his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, released November 26, Pope Francis has outlined the mission for his pontificate, and the worldwide Catholic Church. The 48,000-word letter exhorts all Catholics “to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization,” “to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them.” Pastoral in tone, the Holy Father repeats many of the themes, and even the phrases, of the daily homilies he has given at Mass since his election to the papacy last spring, calling on Catholics to show a “preferential option for the poor,” buttressing his appeal with numerous references to the writings of his three Predecessors, Paul VI, John Paul II,…Continue Reading

A Season Of Hope In Dark Times

December 3, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on A Season Of Hope In Dark Times

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON The Church experienced a rebuff recently in the culture war against religion. In spite of a letter from the U.S. Catholic bishops about dire effects of the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), the Senate voted overwhelmingly on November 7 in favor of it. The act bans workplace discrimination based on a person’s self-proclaimed gender identity. The battle now moves to the House of Representatives. This is the latest assault on religious liberty in America. Roe v. Wade, Obamacare, a growing number of states recognizing same-sex marriage, statutes legalizing physician-assisted suicide, and a host of other laws and regulations are creating a dark moral climate in the nation. In just the past few months, Christian photographers in…Continue Reading

Is The Superpower Afraid Of Iran?

December 2, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on Is The Superpower Afraid Of Iran?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Iran’s Nuclear Triumph” roared the headline of The Wall Street Journal editorial. William Kristol is again quoting Churchill on Munich. Since the news broke Saturday night, November 23 that Iran had agreed to a six-month freeze on its nuclear program, we are back in the Sudetenland again. Why? For not only was this modest deal agreed to by the United States, but also by our NATO allies Germany, Britain, and France. Russia and China are fine with it. Iran’s rivals, Turkey and Egypt, are calling it a good deal. Saudi Arabia says it “could be a first step toward a comprehensive solution for Iran’s nuclear program.”