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Walgreens Fires Pharmacist… For Refusing To Violate His Religious Beliefs

February 15, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Walgreens Fires Pharmacist… For Refusing To Violate His Religious Beliefs

NASHVILLE — The Thomas More Society, a Chicago-based public interest law firm, together with Brentwood, Tenn., attorney Larry Crain, of Crain, Schuette & Associates, on February 11 filed a federal lawsuit in the Middle District of Tennessee on behalf of pharmacist Dr. Philip Hall against the Walgreen Company (“Walgreens”). The complaint alleges that, in August of 2013, Walgreens wrongfully fired Dr. Hall, who had been employed for six years as a pharmacist at Walgreens’ store in Jamestown, Tenn., in violation of his constitutionally and statutorily protected rights to freedom of religion. Dr. Hall, a Baptist, holds profound religious and moral objections to dispensing abortifacients, or abortion-inducing drugs, such as “Plan B.” For six years, Walgreens respected Dr. Hall’s religious beliefs…Continue Reading

UN Is Nuts!. . . UN Shows Ignorance And Attempts Interference

February 15, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on UN Is Nuts!. . . UN Shows Ignorance And Attempts Interference

By FR. JOHN TRIGILIO (Editor’s Note: Fr. John Trigilio is a pastor in the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pa. This commentary is reprinted with permission from his blog, The Black Biretta [black biretta.blogspot.com]. All rights reserved.) +    +    + The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Children issued a 16-page, 67-paragraph report on the Holy See on January 31, 2014. It exposes the utter obliviousness of the UN to the distinction between the Catholic religion and the sovereign independent nation of Vatican City. Likewise, it exposes the real agenda at the UN to deify political correctness and to usurp authority to make itself the supreme arbiter of human activity. First of all, Vatican City is a country. Catholicism is a…Continue Reading

A Sign Of The Times

February 14, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on A Sign Of The Times

By DONALD DEMARCO The late Fr. Stanley L. Jaki, OSB, once remarked that “it takes unusually strong guts to challenge that secularist and unabashedly anti-Catholic stronghold which is The New York Times.” His choice of the word “guts” is significant. The word “courage” is derived from the French coeur and the Latin cor, both referring to the heart. No doubt it takes great heart to possess the courage to face a strong opponent. But the term “guts” relates to organs just below the heart and adds the note of being visceral. “Intestinal fortitude” is the more esoteric phrase. Dealing with the Times requires more than heart. If one is an orthodox Catholic or a pro-life advocate, it requires the willingness…Continue Reading

Why Do The Liberals Like Pope Francis… Even When He Stands Firm On Church Teachings?

February 13, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Why Do The Liberals Like Pope Francis… Even When He Stands Firm On Church Teachings?

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK A few weeks back in this space, I offered for your consideration the proposition that it serves us well to keep an eye on what the liberals, both Catholic and otherwise, have to say about Pope Francis. My position was that their perspective is likely to be different from that of Catholics on our side of the barricades in the culture wars, and that we can learn from it. I pointed to an article on the web site Religion Dispatches by Mary Hunt, who describes herself as a “feminist theologian” and a “Roman Catholic active in the women-church movement” who “lectures and writes on theology and ethics with particular attention to liberation issues.” Hunt does not…Continue Reading

Pope Benedict XV . . . Poor Preaching Responsible For Fall Back Into Paganism

February 12, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Pope Benedict XV . . . Poor Preaching Responsible For Fall Back Into Paganism
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By PAUL LIKOUDIS The horror of World War I, preoccupied with massive humanitarian projects on behalf of widows, orphans, and prisoners of war, engaged in intense diplomatic initiatives to defend the rights of the Church in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, Pope Benedict XV issued an encyclical Humani Generis Redemptionem on June 15, 1917, which blamed ineffective preaching by priests for the decline in morals and civilization’s backsliding into paganism. Pope Benedict reminded bishops that their foremost duty is to ensure sound preaching in their parishes, and priests incapable of sound teaching should have their faculties to preach removed. Poor preaching, today, is taken for granted by most Catholics, though the responsibility of bishops for it is often overlooked.

GOP “Immigration Principles”… Have A Long Way To Go On Border Security

February 11, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on GOP “Immigration Principles”… Have A Long Way To Go On Border Security

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — The Republican U.S. House leadership can talk about securing the border first in its immigration principles released January 30, but actually accomplishing that security has barely begun despite ambitious government claims, a southern Arizona woman told The Wanderer. The woman, who lives close to the international line, is known to this writer but asked for anonymity. “Don’t use my name. The cartel would cut my head off,” she said in a February 2 interview. She spoke of continuing serious problems in her area because of massive illegal immigration that uses her Grand Canyon State as one of its major entry points. Her experiences reflect realities of border life that receive little if any attention when…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “What Is The Abortion Situation In South America?”

February 10, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . “What Is The Abortion Situation In South America?”

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 International Abortion Situation,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + South America has a strong Catholic heritage, and is relatively friendly toward preborn children. Four small countries, representing only five percent of the population of the continent, have abortion on demand laws or many exceptions that mean the same thing in practice. These are Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, and Uruguay. Chile, Paraguay, Suriname, and Venezuela all have laws that fully protect preborn children or allow for only a “life of the mother” exception. The remaining five nations…Continue Reading

The Eight-Hundred Pound Gorilla

February 9, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on The Eight-Hundred Pound Gorilla

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The “eight-hundred pound gorilla in the room” figure of speech is a familiar one. People use it to refer to an important problem that is left unaddressed when people offer solutions to issues of the day. I think it is a fitting metaphor for the millions of American minority students who will be left behind if the educational reforms favored by many conservatives — vouchers, tax credits, charter schools, magnet schools — were ever to be put in place. No question, the students who escape crime-ridden, non-functioning public schools through any of the above proposals will benefit greatly from attending their new school. But what of the families who want their children to escape the neighborhood…Continue Reading

McCain In Trouble? Try Ignoring It, Media Cheerleader Says

February 8, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on McCain In Trouble? Try Ignoring It, Media Cheerleader Says

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — A tottering establishment does itself no good when it tries to ignore serious signs of discontent. But that’s what Arizona’s out-of-touch political class is counseling about the censures of Sen. John McCain that The Wanderer has been chronicling (on page 1 of the January 23 and February 6 issues). McCain turned stomachs here last year as radical Barack Obama’s “bromance” buddy. On January 11, at the annual general meeting of Maricopa County’s Republican precinct committeemen, McCain was censured by an overwhelming vote of 1,150 to 351. The censure resolution, acknowledging this was a drastic step, said that “until he consistently champions our party’s platform, we, the Republican leadership in Arizona, will no longer support, campaign…Continue Reading

The Ecumenical Fallacy

February 7, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on The Ecumenical Fallacy

By DONALD DeMARCO I have been in a discussion for a few years with a friend and former student of mine about his desire to enter the Catholic Church. A few things are holding him back, including his ministry in a small Christian church he calls “On Eagle’s Wing.” He ministers to people who come in off the street and find comfort in food, music, and fellowship. He was generous enough to invite me to give a talk to his group. At that time, twins were born to my middle son and his wife. I offered to talk about this blessed event, but my friend advised against it since it might offend the sensibilities of members of his congregation who…Continue Reading