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Amid Spies’ Smoke And Mirrors . . . What’s The Reality Behind Trump Tying Himself To Ryancare?

March 26, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Amid Spies’ Smoke And Mirrors . . . What’s The Reality Behind Trump Tying Himself To Ryancare?

By DEXTER DUGGAN In Washington’s current maelstrom of speculation about who’s spying on whom, the questions go even deeper. When a victim of spying said “Yes” on the phone, did he really mean “No” but intended to conceal his meaning from possible interception? Or did he really mean “Yes” when he said “Yes,” but hoped to mislead the eavesdropping spy into thinking he actually meant “No”? Collecting information covertly means not only preparing transcripts but also analyzing them for elusive significance, to extract the pearl within the ugly, resistant shell. And we’re not even talking about the Neil Gorsuch public hearings for the Supreme Court, where leftist senators hoped to mind-read hidden, evil thoughts into the openly stated ideas of…Continue Reading

Clericalism Continues To Thrive In The Church

March 25, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Clericalism Continues To Thrive In The Church

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Pope Francis has condemned clericalism repeatedly, insisting that it goes hand in hand with corruption. Russell Shaw, an expert on the subject, writes that the “illness” of clericalism has been with us for so long “that most of us take it for granted. In fact, we’re clericalists ourselves.” Just what is this thing called “clericalism,” anyway? In one sense, it’s reminiscent of Justice Potter Stewart’s observation about hard-core pornography: “Perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly [defining it],” he wrote, “but I know it when I see it” (Jacobellis v. Ohio, 1964). In that spirit, Pope Francis has seen “clericalism” in the corruption endemic to his native Latin America, as well as in the “rigorism” of his…Continue Reading

Will Russiagate Backfire On The Left?

March 24, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Will Russiagate Backfire On The Left?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The big losers of the Russian hacking scandal may yet be those who invested all their capital in a script that turned out to be based on a fairy tale. In the March 20 Intelligence Committee hearings, James Comey did confirm that his FBI has found nothing to support President Trump’s tweet that President Obama ordered him wiretapped. Not unexpected, but undeniably an embarrassment for the tweeter-in-chief. Yet longer-term damage may have been done to the left. For that hearing showed that its rendering of the campaign of 2016 may be a product of fiction and a fevered imagination. After eight months investigating the hacking and leaking of the emails of Clinton campaign chief John Podesta…Continue Reading

Cynicism And Skepticism

March 23, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Cynicism And Skepticism

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It is a dilemma that classroom teachers struggle with: How do we promote a healthy skepticism among our students, without encouraging cynicism, when discussing the great issues of the past or current events? We want our students to learn to see through false claims and propaganda, to spot humbug. On the other hand, we do not want for them to assume that everyone is a phony with base motives. There is, for example, a difference between the argument in favor of United States’ military and economic intervention in Eastern Europe after World War II and that of the Soviet Union. That said, it cannot be denied that there is a tendency of political leaders and partisans…Continue Reading


March 22, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Lutherlust

Flashback 1967 Editor’s Note. This was published in The Wanderer November 9, 1967 By Jerome Docherty, O.S.B Being a senior citizen I am an Oldster, and therefore just 60 years out of date to the Youngsters. And as for the Council of Trent, well that is just 400 years out of date! It is very strange therefore to me, an Oldster, to see the Youngsters resurrecting Luther who died just 430 years ago! If their only fault were inconsistency one could be tolerant. But their main fault is very grave. Their efforts to re-evaluate and rehabilitate Luther con­stitute a severe judgment and condemnation of all the Popes who dealt with Luther or managed the Council of Trent, of that same…Continue Reading

Did Obama Spy On Trump?

March 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Did Obama Spy On Trump?

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO The question of whether former President Barack Obama actually spied on President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition has been tantalizing Washington since President Trump first made the allegation several weeks ago. Since then, three investigations have been launched — one by the FBI, one by the House of Representatives, and one by the Senate. Are the investigators chasing a phantom, or did this actually happen? Here is the back story. Obama would not have needed a warrant to authorize surveillance on Trump. Obama was the president and as such enjoyed authority under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to order surveillance on any person in America, without suspicion, probable cause or a…Continue Reading

Rape, Abortion, And Domestic Violence

March 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Rape, Abortion, And Domestic Violence

By REY FLORES Years ago when I worked as a volunteer coordinator at a domestic violence shelter, I was still young and more liberal in my views than I am now. It was a demanding job where I witnessed a lot of pain, suffering, and heartache. Thankfully I also saw women and children survive and move on to a better life in a few cases. Some of the outreach and networking we did was with rape victim advocate organizations. We would sometimes work with the same women and families who had sadly also experienced some form of sexual assault. The one thing that bothers me to this day is how the domestic violence and rape victim advocates and the organizations…Continue Reading

An Apology (Of Sorts) To Liberal Catholics

March 20, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on An Apology (Of Sorts) To Liberal Catholics

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I have some friends and family members who supported Bill Clinton, even after the Monica Lewinsky scandal became public knowledge. I would imagine that many conservative Catholics are in the same boat, considering the longstanding links between urban Catholics and the trade unions and the Democrats’ image as the party of “the little guy.” I never “scolded” the people I knew for their vote, limiting my remarks to explanations for why I opposed Clinton. But I must admit that, in my private thoughts, I was disappointed in their willingness to vote for a man who had behaved so shamefully in sexual matters. I couldn’t believe it when I heard them repeat one version or another of…Continue Reading

Who’s In Charge Here?. . . How To Go Forward With GOP’s Golden Health-Care Opportunity?

March 19, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Who’s In Charge Here?. . . How To Go Forward With GOP’s Golden Health-Care Opportunity?

By DEXTER DUGGAN The Americans who definitely need a heap of health care today would be those Republican politicians covered with bumps, bruises, black eyes, and lacerations inflicted during their Capitol Hill battle among themselves over how to repeal Obamacare. President Trump’s political health also is seriously at stake. How did a successful multibillionaire business executive allow such enervating infighting on this signature issue to develop rapidly under his leadership? Almost as soon as the legislation was revealed publicly on March 6, it was criticized in important quarters within the president’s own party, and among conservative-activist groups, as woefully inadequate. Word already had circulated that big disappointments were on the way. On March 2, CBS News showed Sen. Rand Paul…Continue Reading

Dutch Show Anti-Islamic Fear

March 18, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Dutch Show Anti-Islamic Fear

By JOHN BURKE (Editor’s Note: John Burke is a British journalist who speaks Dutch, and visits the Netherlands frequently. + + + The slogan Allahu Akbar has been sprayed on the outside of the Catholic church in Ede whose priest serves five parishes in the central Netherlands. Both facts explain the surge short of success by the Party for Freedom (PVV) in the Dutch general election on May 15 which saw it gain five seats but still four short of the 24 it had in 2010. The party was founded only in 2006 to combat Muslim immigration and oppose the European Union, but the PVV’s attitude toward abortion, euthanasia, and homosexuality is confused. Its leader, Geert Wilders, is a baptized…Continue Reading