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Are Bibi And Bolton In The Wheel House Now?

May 11, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Are Bibi And Bolton In The Wheel House Now?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Brushing aside the anguished pleas of our NATO allies, President Trump on May 8 contemptuously trashed the Iranian nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions. Prime Minister Theresa May of Great Britain, President Emmanuel Macron of France, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were put on notice that their ties to Iran are to be severed, or secondary sanctions will be imposed on them. Driving the point home, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin ordered Airbus to cancel its $19 billion contract to sell 100 commercial planes to Iran. Who is cheering Trump’s trashing of the treaty? The neocons who sought his political extinction in 2016, the royals of the Gulf, Bibi Netanyahu, and the Iranian Republican Guard Corps. The IRGC…Continue Reading

Conceptions Of The Priesthood… Why Fewer Are Accepting The Call

May 10, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Conceptions Of The Priesthood… Why Fewer Are Accepting The Call

By JUDE DOUGHERTY It is well documented that in the aftermath of Vatican II, vocations to the Catholic priesthood fell dramatically. They subsequently rose under the pontificates of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, only to decline again since 2012. Recent statistical reports are a cause for concern. There is a shortage of priests, notably in Europe and North America. Remedies proposed include an increased use of the permanent deaconate, the ordination of married men, abolishing the requirement of celibacy, and the ordination of women. Conceptions of the priesthood differ and that may be the reason that fewer accept a call. Human nature has not so changed that fewer are capable of the self-sacrifice normally associated with the priesthood. In…Continue Reading

The True Vine

May 9, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on The True Vine

By REY FLORES “I am the true vine; and my Father is the vine-grower. Every branch in me, that beareth not fruit, he will take away: and every one that beareth fruit, he will purge it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now you are clean by reason of the word, which I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abide in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine: you the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing” (John 15:2-5). I cannot…Continue Reading

Critics Say Arizona Teacher Strike . . . Teaches More About Politics Than Pay Raises

May 8, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Critics Say Arizona Teacher Strike . . . Teaches More About Politics Than Pay Raises

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Leaders of a major walkout by Arizona public school teachers seeking pay raises actually were motivated by partisan political activism against Republicans. That was the accusation voiced by some hosts and callers on widely heard conservative radio talk programs here as public schools around the state headed into a second week of closure as this hardcopy issue of The Wanderer went to press on May 3. The walkout, which began on April 26, repeatedly drew large crowds of red-shirted protesters to the state capitol here as legislators worked to honor Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s recent pledge to raise teacher pay by a hefty 20 percent by 2020. Teachers rewarded Ducey by walking out anyway. They…Continue Reading

End The PC Filibuster… Let Mr. Smith Take On D.C. The Right Way

May 7, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on End The PC Filibuster… Let Mr. Smith Take On D.C. The Right Way

By MIKE MANNO As a kid I remember watching the great Frank Capra classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and becoming enamored with the idea that one senator, standing on principle, could bring the work of the Senate to a halt. For those who do not remember, the 1939 film was about a naive man, Jefferson Smith, played by Jimmy Stewart, who is appointed to the Senate after the death of the incumbent. In Washington Smith gets caught up in a scandal involving the state’s senior senator, Joseph Paine, played by Claude Rains, and is forced to defend himself by taking the floor of the Senate to speak in his defense. After holding the Senate floor for over 24 hours,…Continue Reading

America’s Impending Revolution

May 6, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on America’s Impending Revolution

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Fr. Jim Schall, SJ, doesn’t excite easily. His writing and teaching abound in thoughtful insights that make being brilliant look easy. So, when he recently published his musings “On America’s impending revolution,” it brought on what Joe Sobran once called “the qualm before the storm.” Fr. Schall wasn’t kidding. In the endless outrage, violence, filth, and murderous epithets that typify the left’s opposition to Donald Trump, Fr. Schall sees the destruction of what Aristotle describes as our civic virtues — friendship, comity, and goodwill — without which a community cannot live in peace. Since Karl Marx, the left’s ideology has emphasized class struggle as the path to ultimate victory, to be achieved by violence whenever necessary. Trump’s…Continue Reading

Doctors Of Doom . . . Elitists Just Warming Up After Making Charlie And Alfie Go Cold

May 5, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Doctors Of Doom . . . Elitists Just Warming Up After Making Charlie And Alfie Go Cold

By DEXTER DUGGAN Two news photos demonstrated the gulf widening in Western society — a young father with an agonized helpless look on his face, and a phalanx of police officers in their yellow vests blocking prison doors. The father was 21-year-old Tom Evans, the second dad in England in less than a year to have his baby kidnapped by a Culture of Death that decided to execute the ill infant. The yellow police blocked the entrance to Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital, where 23-month-old Alfie Evans was officially imprisoned until England’s medical and legal systems could bring about his early death, contrary to the passionate wishes of his parents. The elder Evans and Alfie’s mother, Kate James, only asked that…Continue Reading

A Book Review… How To Interest Millennials In Tradition

May 4, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review… How To Interest Millennials In Tradition

By JEFF MINICK Are you looking for a graduation gift for some young Catholic you know? A birthday present? A present for a twenty-something entering the Church or who is thinking of conversion? Look no further. There it sat in the new book section of my public library: The Catholic Hipster Handbook. Because Front Royal, Va., sports a Catholic college and a thriving (to put it mildly), largely traditional Catholic community, the librarians are generous in ordering books that might not appear on the shelves of other public libraries. Given the junk that so often sails under the banner of Catholicism, however, I opened the book with some trepidation, yet within just a few minutes of reading, found myself applauding…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Going Nuclear On Atheists

May 3, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review… Going Nuclear On Atheists

By REY FLORES Inside the Atheist Mind by Anthony DeStefano, Nelson Books. Visit www.AnthonyDeStefano.com for information on ordering the book. + + + “If there were no God there would be no atheists” — G.K. Chesterton. + + + That is one of my all-time favorite quotes because it destroys atheists with Chesterton’s sharp wit and humor. In Anthony DeStefano’s new book Inside the Atheist Mind, he savages atheists for their arrogance, ignorance, and intolerance. In the book’s subtitle, DeStefano declares that his book is about “unmasking the religion of those who say there is no God.” Inside the Atheist Mind is a no-holds-barred attack on those who attack us believers. DeStefano refers to these unbelievers as the aggressive and…Continue Reading

Who Says Christendom Is Dead?

May 2, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Who Says Christendom Is Dead?

By SHAUN KENNEY As I write this, Baby Alfie Evans is breathing on his own and being given fluids, despite the fact that the British government is denying him food. His crime? Being sick. The Catholic bishops of Great Britain are — to their great shame and discredit — dissemblers at best. Long gone are the days of Reginald Pole, John Fisher, and even John Henry Newman; meekly and humbly they have prostrated themselves before the hand that feeds them. Quite the opposite even has happened across Catholic Europe, where Italians and Poles have united in a common front to beg the United Kingdom for the life of Baby Alfie. Leading this charge? None other than Pope Francis, and doing…Continue Reading