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Reasons For Hope

January 4, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Reasons For Hope

By SHAUN KENNEY With all the problems going on in the Catholic Church today — perceived and otherwise — it is perhaps useful to take stock of the things that are going well. For instance, the permanent diaconate is a wonderful start. The diaconate a much older institution than the priesthood, coming from a time when bishops themselves were able to conduct the Holy Mass while deacons, subdeacons, “deaconesses” (which were really equivalent to a prioress of nuns and don’t let anyone tell you different), religious brothers and sisters, and a host of laity performed the charitable and at times sacramental work of the Church. This sacramental work was limited to deacons, of course, and limited to what in modern…Continue Reading

The Revised Catechism Section 2267 . . . What The Latin Text Actually Says

January 3, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on The Revised Catechism Section 2267 . . . What The Latin Text Actually Says

By FR. GEORGE WELZBACHER (Editor’s Note: Fr. George Welzbacher taught Ancient Mediterranean History for 21 years at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. This article first appeared in The Catholic Servant, December 2018, and is reprinted here with the kind permission of its publisher, John Sondag.) + + + This past August at Pope Francis’ command section 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church was officially revised. This is the section that deals with capital punishment. On August 2, 2018, the Holy See’s Press Office announced that the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Luis Cardinal Ladaria, SJ, had issued a Rescriptum from an audience of the Most Holy Father introducing the…Continue Reading

To Further The Aim Of Vatican II… Phoenix Parish Reintroduces An Ad Orientem Mass

January 2, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on To Further The Aim Of Vatican II… Phoenix Parish Reintroduces An Ad Orientem Mass

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — A large parish church of the Diocese of Phoenix reintroduced an ad orientem Mass to be one of its Sunday morning services in hopes this would help achieve the conscious, active participation in the liturgy called for by Vatican II. The reintroduction of this Mass, in which the priest and people both face toward the Lord instead of facing each other, was explained in two letters in parish bulletins of St. Thomas the Apostle Church before this form of Eucharistic Celebration began on the Feast of Christ the King, November 25. The chief aim of the Second Vatican Council in proposing a reform of the liturgy “was that ‘all the faithful should be led to…Continue Reading

Winter Reads

January 1, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Winter Reads

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Regnery Publishing has emerged as a leading publisher in providing Catholic as well as conservative best-sellers. The Wanderer has already reviewed Henry Sire’s Dictator Pope, which has since become a Regnery classic. This time around, we look at several Regnery offerings that are also worth our while. John Zmirak’s Politically Incorrect Guide to the Catholic Church explores the history of the Church as well as its current vicissitudes. Zmirak has a keen eye and a sharp tongue, and he brooks no nonsense as he surveys the past 2,000 years with a clearly Catholic eye. On Calvary, the Good Thief knew the day and the hour, and asked for forgiveness — one of many good arguments, Zmirak argues,…Continue Reading

The Coddling Of The American Mind

December 31, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on The Coddling Of The American Mind

By MIKE MANNO Over the Christmas break I got to catch up on my reading. I had an eye infection this fall and it put a halt to my book reading; I could do the Liturgy of the Hours, brief newspaper articles and the like, but book reading, more than a few pages at a sitting, was out of the question. After a trip to the eye doctor, all was made better. One of the books that I had been wanting to read was written by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, The Coddling of the American Mind; How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting up a Generation for Failure. I recommend it to you. I first heard of the…Continue Reading

Lying Reporter Fired . . . But Some GOP Politicians Keep Trying To Please Dominant Media And Dems

December 30, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Lying Reporter Fired . . . But Some GOP Politicians Keep Trying To Please Dominant Media And Dems

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX – As President Trump fought obdurate Democrats and reluctant establishment Republicans in December over spending a few billion dollars for necessary border security in a federal budget of trillions, something had happened in a little Arizona outpost that seemed unrelated to the political fight, but actually was complementary to it. National Democrats and their allies, including the dominant media, had falsely cast border security as a manifestation of racism and bigotry. They waved away troubling facts that vetting and protection were needed against deadly gangs, sex traffickers, foreign terrorists, and an invasion of human and drug smugglers. Not so long ago even prominent national Democrats including Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton expressed strong opposition…Continue Reading

Holiness Offers Christmas Salve For A Wounded Church

December 29, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Holiness Offers Christmas Salve For A Wounded Church

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON Christmas marks the most significant religious and cultural event in human history, when the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, “for our salvation, came down from heaven…and was made man.” It should be a time that evokes feelings of gratitude, joy, serenity, love, goodness, and hope. But as this holy season approaches, the Church has been severely wounded by an increasing stream of accusations and investigations of clerical immorality and hierarchical concealment. Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick was removed from public ministry in June for an allegation of sexually abusing a minor, and one month later, with further reports that he carnally corrupted adult seminarians over decades, he resigned from the College of Cardinals. In August, the…Continue Reading

For The Faithful Lies A Crown

December 28, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on For The Faithful Lies A Crown

By SHAUN KENNEY (A poem, wistfully written by an anonymous soul) + + + Twas the Night Before Christmas, this 2018 edition, Where we over-examine our foibles, with true erudition. The synods were over, the USSCB had met, In hopes that the Magisterium would finally be set. Yet the Lavender Mafia were snuggled in their beds, With visions of “synodality” dancing in their heads. Viganò had testified, not once but thrice! Yet dissent and even heresy multiplied like mice. “What are we to believe,” asked the folks in the pews, “The Catechism? The media? La Croix? Fake news!” Wild arguments flew, conspiracy theories multiplied. Accusations of heresy, alt-right, you lied! Fr. Martin hurls bolts from out of the blue, Calling…Continue Reading

First Christmas… Was Hardly Only Time When Rulers Persecuted Their People

December 27, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on First Christmas… Was Hardly Only Time When Rulers Persecuted Their People

By DEXTER DUGGAN The first Christmas wasn’t surrounded by a welcoming world but hostility and oppression that bore down not only on the manger but most people beyond it, who endured as they could. The society was under Roman rule that, personified in King Herod, feared the birth of a helpless baby, much like today with Planned Parenthood on the throne. Cruel kings maintaining their rule worry about rivals. When the wise men departed after worshipping Jesus, they took a different route toward home lest Herod learn of the Child’s location and have Him slain. How long will people in each era endure the oppression of burdensome rulers and their servile courtiers who proclaim only what the rulers want announced?…Continue Reading

Under The Tree

December 26, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Under The Tree

By DEREK BECHER Christmas this year was going to be very hard for Aaron — that was for certain. Just eight years old, he had lost his parents in a tragic accident, leaving him alone and understandably full of fear and uncertainty as his world had collapsed upon him. Fortunately, his solitude and worry would be short-lived, for as he stood with tears on his face, dressed in his best clothes as he offered his last goodbye to his loving parents, Aaron was embraced by his aunt, his mother’s only sister, who immediately, happily, and lovingly adopted her orphaned nephew and welcomed him into her family as one of her own — a new brother for her own two children.…Continue Reading