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When Less Can Mean More . . . Further Reflections On The Faith And Historical Scholarship

January 3, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on When Less Can Mean More . . . Further Reflections On The Faith And Historical Scholarship

By PHILIP TROWER I The present article is a sequel to the one published a few weeks ago entitled “By Word of Mouth or Pen and Paper” (see The Wanderer, November 17, 2016, p. 8B). While celebrating the achievements of Western historical scholarship, it at the same time pointed out what I believe to be two specific occupational hazards. One could compare them to the danger of cutting one’s finger when using a sharp knife or chopping off one’s foot if not careful when using an axe. The first of these occupational hazards has been the tendency to play down oral tradition or the possibility of its accuracy over any extended period of time. The second has been the lack…Continue Reading

The Catholic Mind

January 2, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Catholic Mind
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By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY A Catholic mind is one formed by the Hebrew Scriptures, the Gospels, and the Fathers of the Church as commented upon through the ages. But there is another sense in which “the Catholic mind” is to be understood. The Catholic mind is one that is historically conscious, one conscious of origins. So constituted it provides a forum that allows the ancients, no less intelligent than we, to speak to us across the ages. They can teach us much about the moral order, human nature, and political organization, wisdom that is experience based and otherwise unavailable. So oriented, we can feel at home with Plato and Aristotle, understand the Stoics, appreciate the dilemma faced by Justin Martyr,…Continue Reading

Happy New Year! Today is the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God!

January 1, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Happy New Year! Today is the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God!

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

January 1, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

By REY FLORES 2016 was a heck of a year and what a wild rollercoaster ride indeed it was. I think most of us aged at least a couple of years in that one year alone, not to mention how many more grey hairs accumulated upon many of our heads. The thing that made it worth going through was that after eight years of the worst president the United States has ever had to endure, we finally elected a grown-up. In Trump we have a savvy, successful businessman who in only six weeks after the general election has accomplished much more in terms of the economy and foreign relations than Obama did in eight years. I am also grateful that…Continue Reading

After Congressional Probe’s Findings . . . How Trump Can Lend Powerful Hand Against Abortion-Trafficking Scandal

December 31, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on After Congressional Probe’s Findings . . . How Trump Can Lend Powerful Hand Against Abortion-Trafficking Scandal

By DEXTER DUGGAN President-elect Donald Trump has a powerful weapon at hand that dominant media deeply fear. Even when these media gleefully hammered him every day with raw attacks during the 2016 campaign, they failed to prevent his presidential victory. What if Trump takes them on in territory where they fear to go? What if he shoves facts about merciless permissive abortion into their cringing faces? It’d be another Trump triumph over a dishonest media that would give him a significant boost as he prepares to battle hostile reporters and editors for at least four years. Maybe something he could incorporate into his inaugural address on January 20? Consider this double standard where dominant media have rendered themselves defenseless. If…Continue Reading

The Church And Mental Illness

December 30, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on The Church And Mental Illness

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I had a curious reaction when reading the September 26 article in The Washington Post entitled, “My pastor told me it was a sin not to feel joy. Here’s what happens when churches ignore mental illness.” I went back and forth between agreeing with the author and saying to myself, “But it’s not that simple.” The author is Charlotte Donlon, a married woman and mother of two who lives in Alabama and is working on her master’s degree in fine arts. Donlon begins by calling our attention to a time in her life when she went through “manic episodes” when she was convinced “there was a conspiracy” against her. When she went to her pastor (she…Continue Reading

Barack Backhands Bibi

December 29, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Barack Backhands Bibi

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Did the community organizer from Harvard Law just deliver some personal payback to the IDF commando? So it would seem. By abstaining on that Security Council resolution declaring Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem illegal and invalid, raged Bibi Netanyahu, President Obama “failed to protect Israel in this gang-up at the UN, and colluded with it.” Obama’s people, charged Bibi, “initiated this resolution, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording, and demanded that it be passed.” White House aide Ben Rhodes calls the charges “falsehoods.” Hence, we have an Israeli leader all but castigating an American president as a backstabber and betrayer, while the White House calls Bibi a liar. This is not…Continue Reading

Climate Of Fear In Vatican Is Very Real

December 28, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Climate Of Fear In Vatican Is Very Real

By STEVE JALSEVAC (Wanderer Editor’s Note: Below is an abridged version of a December 16 blog by Steve Jalsevac, co-founder and managing director of LifeSiteNews. To read the full text, please visit www.lifesitenews.com.) + + + Our November 16-23 visit to Rome was the most dramatic of many such twice-per-year work trips we have taken there during the past 10 years. After meeting with cardinals, bishops, and other Vatican agency and dicastery staff, John-Henry Westen, our new Rome reporter, Jan Bentz, and I saw a consistent pattern of widespread anxiety and very real fear among faithful Church servants. We have never encountered this before. Many were afraid of being removed from their positions, fired from their jobs in Vatican agencies…Continue Reading

History Is Shaped Like An X

December 27, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on History Is Shaped Like An X

By DONALD DeMARCO The sentence “History is shaped like an X” belongs to Msgr. Ronald Knox and expresses his estimation of the historical significance of Christmas. Ronald Arbuthnott Knox (1888-1957) was ordained a Catholic priest in 1918, a year after he resigned his ministry in the Anglican Church. He distinguished himself as a theologian, an author of detective stories, a regular writer and broadcaster for BBC Radio, and a re-translator of the Latin Vulgate Bible into English. In addition to penning many books, he also served in an Army Intelligence role during World War I. What did he mean by this cryptic phrase? For one thing, he was not referring to the “X” as it appears in the word “Xmas.”…Continue Reading

Remembering The Heart Of Christmas . . . A Tree, A Crèche, And A Thousand Stink Bugs

December 26, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Remembering The Heart Of Christmas . . . A Tree, A Crèche, And A Thousand Stink Bugs

By JEFF MINICK It was about a week before Christmas when I saw them, a half-dozen tiny insects holding a convention on the carpet near the porch door of my second-story apartment. I produced my magnifying glass, studied them, and was unhappy with the results. Baby stink bugs. For those unfamiliar with those insects entomologists classify as halyomorpha halys and the hoi polloi call stink bugs, let me offer some information. Stink bugs were accidentally introduced to the United States around 1998, possibly arriving with some freight from China. They can destroy crops. The dumbest and most inept of all insects, they lack the agility and speed of roaches, the cunning of ants, and the aeronautical talents of the common…Continue Reading