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Visiting Arizona… Cardinal Arinze Examines Challenges To Modern Families

May 1, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Visiting Arizona… Cardinal Arinze Examines Challenges To Modern Families

By DEXTER DUGGAN GILBERT, Ariz. — An adviser to Pope John Paul II examined the challenges men face in modern society during a morning of reflection at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in this suburb southeast of Phoenix on April 21. During a visit to this area, Francis Cardinal Arinze also spoke on the sacred liturgy at St. Paul’s Church in Phoenix on April 20, and at St. Anne’s on April 18. The Wanderer will publish Arinze’s talk on the liturgy in its Shepherds of the Flock column, in the issue dated for May 10. Immediately before the cardinal’s April 21 talk, Mike Phelan, director of the Office of Marriage and Respect Life of the Diocese of Phoenix, addressed the audience…Continue Reading

Tech Giants Are Suppressing Conservative Speech

April 30, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Tech Giants Are Suppressing Conservative Speech

By MIKE MANNO Two weeks ago the Media Research Center (MRC) released a comprehensive report entitled, Censored! How Online Media Companies Are Suppressing Conservative Speech. The report, authored by Ashley Rae Goldenberg and Dan Gainor, is a devastating indictment of the left-leaning policies of Twitter, Facebook, Google, and YouTube, and it amplifies and underscores arguments that the far left is attempting stifle all opposing views. Of course the content of the MRC report will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with other forms of conservative censorship: colleges restricting so-called free-speech zones, and using claims of violence to double and sometimes triple “security fees” for conservative groups who want to host a speaker, violent demonstrations which shut down non-liberal presenters,…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Credible, Devastating Papal Portrait

April 29, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review… A Credible, Devastating Papal Portrait

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Colonna, Marcantonio. The Dictator Pope: The Inside Story of the Francis Papacy. Washington, D.C. Regnery: 2018; 232 pp. Available at Amazon.com. As the reign of Pope Francis moves into its sixth year, a growing body of analysis has appeared seeking to explain just what’s going on in the Vatican, where a crescendo of confusion and distrust clearly prevails. And the state of Church teaching isn’t much better. Enter Marcantonio Colonna, the pseudonym of celebrated English historian Henry Sire. Sire’s new book, Dictator Pope, attempts to explain not only how, but why the Church seems to be in such disarray. As a historian, he focuses not on theological controversies, but on probing the facts and personalities surrounding them.…Continue Reading

Contrary To Media Spin . . . Lesko’s Win In Arizona Was No Landslide, But Comfortable

April 28, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Contrary To Media Spin . . . Lesko’s Win In Arizona Was No Landslide, But Comfortable

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — With a weakness for asking the wrong questions, those who devise media narratives mislead themselves as well as the unwary among news consumers. A current example is hoping to demonstrate national disapproval of Donald Trump through the fate of other Republicans in elections. Trump himself isn’t on the ballot right now, so pundits taking pulses designate GOP candidates as his surrogates. Examining the entrails of hopefuls’ fates with the voters is to serve as the gut check of Trump. However, from the beginning of his presidential candidacy, Trump was the image of rejection of the familiar-ways GOP establishment. On topics like trade, Republican talking points might well be think-tank abstractions, but Trump could see actually…Continue Reading

Never Retreat From The Clash Of Spears

April 27, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Never Retreat From The Clash Of Spears

By SHAUN KENNEY Ireland — land of poets and heroes — is about to distinguish herself yet again, this time in the fight for human life against its enemies. On May 25, Ireland will vote on a referendum to relax its Eighth Amendment, a law already weakened five years earlier when the health of the mother is at stake. Ireland may exist in myth as a redoubt of Catholic values and culture, but the modern evidence is far from the truth. Wracked with sexual abuse scandals and cover-ups and staring down a tidal wave of material prosperity, the suffering that united the Irish people is dissolving into the mediocrity of Europe. Yet there is hope — a desperate hope that…Continue Reading

Angels, Saints, And Holy Souls… And How To Pray For Their Intercession

April 26, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Angels, Saints, And Holy Souls… And How To Pray For Their Intercession

By REY FLORES We all pray, or at least I would assume most Wanderer readers are people who pray regularly, some also being daily communicants. The standard daily prayers for Catholics are our morning offering, the Angelus, the Divine Mercy chaplet, grace before and after meals, our nightly examination of conscience, and of course our daily rosary. The importance of prayer cannot be stressed enough. While the graces we receive from prayers may not come to us or our loved ones in fantastic and immediate miracles, the mere fact that you are reading this right now, alive and breathing, is a miracle in and of itself. I heard on a Catholic radio program the other day that there is no…Continue Reading

A False Dilemma… Stagnation Or Runaway Change?

April 25, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on A False Dilemma… Stagnation Or Runaway Change?

By GEORGE A. KENDALL Whenever I get into arguments with people regarding whether technological society, with its constant change, is a good thing or a bad thing, responses tend to be along lines of: Would you want to be without indoor plumbing? Or modern medicine? Or have a life expectancy of maybe only 30 years, on average? These responses suggest a simplistic understanding of the whole matter. They set stagnation and runaway change over against each other as the only alternatives, so that, if you don’t want runaway change, you have to accept stagnation, and if you don’t want stagnation, you have to accept runaway change. The matter is much more complex. Change and continuity are not only not mutually…Continue Reading

Pro-Life Republican… Ushers Two Life Bills Into Law At Arizona Capitol

April 24, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Pro-Life Republican… Ushers Two Life Bills Into Law At Arizona Capitol

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — The prime sponsor of two new life-issues laws in Arizona told The Wanderer it’s unfortunate that the topic has become so partisan. “Any time we deal with the lives of preborn children, it becomes an unbelievably partisan discussion,” said pro-life Republican Arizona State Sen. Nancy Barto. “It’s very disappointing.” Later she added during the April 16 interview, “It’s unfortunate it’s that way,” regarding partisanship. Although Barto didn’t delve into the history of this development during the interview, pro-lifers have seen the Democratic Party purge itself of numerous pro-lifers, both its own voters and its politicians, in recent decades. Democrats for Life of America (democratsforlife.org) tries to keep the flame alive, but it’s opposed by massive…Continue Reading

In Defense Of Pius XII

April 23, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on In Defense Of Pius XII

By MIKE MANNO I’m a history buff. “Buff,” I said, not “expert.” I’m interested in all kinds of history, obviously some more than others, but in a pinch any history will do. I remember as a kid my parents bought me a set of the World Book Encyclopedia. On rainy days I used to just pick one volume off the shelf and page through it, reading interesting articles. I read every single article on the presidents, the history of the Church, and the Revolutionary War, among other topics. That, of course, spurred other historical forays into libraries and later the Internet. So I’m a History Channel “buff” and any other channels that cover historical persons or events. Two programs I…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . In Search Of The Lost Shepherd

April 22, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review . . . In Search Of The Lost Shepherd

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Lawler, Philip F. Lost Shepherd: How Pope Francis Is Misleading His Flock. Washington, D.C. Regnery, 2018. xii + 203 pp. Available at Amazon.com. At times it appears difficult to keep up with Pope Francis. His words and his actions, both symbolic and sacramental, resemble the unpredictable trajectories of those steel balls on an old pinball machine — only there are no sides to make the ball stay in the playing field. Pope Francis has made it clear he doesn’t want to be pinned down. The Holy Father’s forays offer springboards of imagination to secular savants who welcome the collapse of the Church, but his rambling ruminations provide a veritable obstacle course to those faithful trying to live…Continue Reading