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Defending Harvard’s Black Mass

June 6, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Defending Harvard’s Black Mass

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Am I going to defend the idea of reenacting the black mass at Harvard? Not a chance. But I found someone who did. There are such things. The advocate for what he called “a historical reenactment of a black mass through the Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club” was Joseph Laycock, an assistant professor of religious studies as Texas State University, writing on the web site Religion Dispatches on May 15. This story may seem moot, considering that the black mass first got rescheduled off campus, and then probably did not take place at all. The Catholic News Agency reports, “A satanic ‘black mass’ did not take place as planned May 12 on Harvard’s campus. The…Continue Reading

No Place To Hide

June 5, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on No Place To Hide

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO With heart-pounding suspense, John le Carré-like intrigue and Jeffersonian fidelity to the principles of human freedom, Glenn Greenwald has just published No Place to Hide. The book, which reads like a thriller, is Greenwald’s story of his nonstop two weeks of work in May and June of 2013 in Hong Kong with former CIA agent and NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden. Greenwald was the point person who coordinated the public release of the 1.7 million pages of NSA documents that Snowden took with him in order to prove definitively that the federal government is spying on all of us all the time.

Bishop Cozzens . . . Elucidates Pope Francis’ Teaching On The New Evangelization

June 4, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Bishop Cozzens . . . Elucidates Pope Francis’ Teaching On The New Evangelization

By PEGGY MOEN MINNEAPOLIS — “What made Pope Francis choose me?. . . I honestly don’t know,” said Bishop Andrew Cozzens when The Wanderer asked him what the Pope looks for in choosing priests for the episcopacy. Cozzens was ordained an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis last December 9, at age 45. He was at the Church of St. Helena here for the 18th Annual Benefit Banquet for The Catholic Servant, a monthly Catholic publication, on May 21. He thought the Holy Father might have chosen him because of his work with the Missionaries of Charity, showing “a love for the poor,” or because he “had some background in the charismatic renewal and works of evangelization.”

Join “The Pill Kills” National Day Of Action On June 7

June 3, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Join “The Pill Kills” National Day Of Action On June 7

By REY FLORES WASHINGTON, D.C. — “It is with profound sadness that we must, once again, present the true facts about the dangers of contraception,” said Judie Brown, president of American Life League. “It is a travesty that the national media allow Planned Parenthood and others to deceive women and cause their deaths.” (See also p. 8B.) Brown’s comments came as American Life League revealed that its 2014 “The Pill Kills” event will be the largest it has ever run. This year’s event, featuring educational protests and prayer vigils, is scheduled to take place around the country on Saturday, June 7. The Pill Kills National Day of Action is being cosponsored by nearly 60 organizations in 24 states. The protests…Continue Reading

As In The United States . . . Voters See Reasons To Rise Against Elite Establishments In Britain

June 2, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on As In The United States . . . Voters See Reasons To Rise Against Elite Establishments In Britain

By DEXTER DUGGAN The British political elite’s lukewarm or hostile positions toward traditional-values issues could have been a major reason that some voters instead chose the insurgent United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) in recent elections, a British pro-life leader told The Wanderer. “It is certainly likely that UKIP has benefited from voters disillusioned with the stance of other parties on pro-life and family issues,” said Paul Tully, general secretary of Britain’s Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). “In the case of Conservative Party voters defecting to UKIP, [Conservative Prime Minister] David Cameron’s championing of so-called gay marriage is likely to have been a major factor. “This may also have been an issue for Labor [Party] voters defecting to…Continue Reading

The Missing Document Of Vatican II

June 1, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on The Missing Document Of Vatican II

By FR. MARVIN DEUTSCH, MM (Editor’s Note: Fr. Marvin Deutsch, a Maryknoll priest, is a retired missionary who spent many years in Tanzania. In the essay below, he writes about the Vatican II and catechetics. The Wanderer hopes to have contributor Don Fier’s series Learn Your Faith available in book form in the future.) +    +    + Why is it that most Catholics before Vatican II were well educated in the knowledge of the basic teaching of the Catholic Church? The answer is a very simple one. They all studied the same doctrine as contained in the Baltimore Catechism which included, in a rather simple way, questions and answers regarding who God is, the seven sacraments, the Creed, and the…Continue Reading

Interpretation Of Sacred Scripture And Tradition

May 31, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Interpretation Of Sacred Scripture And Tradition

By DON FIER Last week, we spoke of the two means by which God, in His infinite wisdom, has chosen to make known to mankind the saving message contained in His supernatural divine Revelation, namely, through Sacred Scripture (the written word) and Sacred Tradition (the spoken word). Taken together, they comprise the depositum fidei, or the Catholic “Deposit of Faith.” As expressed in the Compendium of the Catechism: “Tradition and Sacred Scripture are bound closely together and communicate one with the other. Each of them makes present and fruitful in the Church the mystery of Christ. They flow out of the same divine wellspring and together make up one sacred Deposit of Faith from which the Church derives her certainty…Continue Reading

Is Democracy Another God That Failed?

May 30, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Is Democracy Another God That Failed?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN On Memorial Day weekend, scores of thousands of bikers arrived here for their annual Rolling Thunder tribute to America’s veterans, especially those lost in our wars or left behind. But this year the tribute has been sullied by a squalid scandal in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sick vets seeking medical care at the Phoenix VA hospital were put on waiting lists, but never got to see a doctor. Dozens died. Then waiting lists were altered to make it appear that VA staffers had not failed in their duty to provide the vets access to care in the required 14 days. Some vets suffered for months before dying. There is truly something rotten in the state.…Continue Reading

Can We Criticize A Play If We Haven’t Seen It?

May 29, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Can We Criticize A Play If We Haven’t Seen It?

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK One might think I would feel uncomfortable when hit with the charge that it is out of bounds for me to criticize Catholic colleges that sponsor performances of The Vagina Monologues when I have not seen the play. It seems a reasonable criticism, on first hearing. How do I know that the play is not making important and moral points; that it is not teeming with “redeeming social value”? I have always found this argument to be specious; a ploy meant to silence critics of the film or book in question. Come on: No one lives by such a rubric. There is a role for common sense in this matter. Feminists would not feel compelled to…Continue Reading

In Reparation For Harvard Black Mass… The Greatest Gift That God Has Given Us

May 28, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on In Reparation For Harvard Black Mass… The Greatest Gift That God Has Given Us

By FR. MICHAEL DREA (Editor’s Note: Here is the homily of Fr. Michael Drea, senior chaplain at Harvard University and pastor of St. Paul’s Parish in Cambridge, given May 12 at the holy hour at St. Paul’s in reparation for the black mass that was to be held simultaneously on Harvard’s campus. The black mass eventually was moved off Harvard’s campus and might have been canceled entirely. A eucharistic procession preceded the holy hour. Thousands attended. (ZENIT News Agency provided the text of the homily. All rights reserved.) +    +    + Tonight we gather in this moment of prayer as a parish and university community to celebrate the greatest gift that God has ever extended to us: His Son Jesus…Continue Reading