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Beyond The Headlines

January 13, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Beyond The Headlines

By CHRISTOPHER MANION In considering the new Democrat House, we recall that the proper title for its members is “Representative.” So it’s fair to ask, just whom are they “representing”? On inspection, the new majority’s vulgarity, their defiance of law and norms, and their dead-end socialist proposals are more representative of the views of their core political and financial supporters than those of their constituents. It is a classic example of the notion of “factions” that James Madison discusses in Federalist #10. The party’s hardened core comprises the activists and agitators that create the chaos which the Democrats need to survive. These include the elites who donate to their campaigns, who get rich from their initiatives, who get face-time and…Continue Reading

Convert, Lay Theologian, Novelist . . . Wanderer Contributor Philip Trower Dies At Age 95

January 12, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Convert, Lay Theologian, Novelist . . . Wanderer Contributor Philip Trower Dies At Age 95

By PEGGY MOEN Philip Trower, convert to Catholicism, lay theologian, novelist, and The Wanderer’s beloved friend and contributor, died on January 9. He was 95. Trower was born in London on May 16, 1923. We unearthed the oldest letter we have from him on file, dated April 25, 1977. It followed our acceptance of his first article for us, part of a three-part book he was then just completing. “I should perhaps explain why I have written it all,” said Philip about his book. He gave us two reasons: “I have written it partly as an act of faith; partly to fulfill a half-promise.” The first “act of faith” reason forecast the books he did ultimately publish, including The Church…Continue Reading

“Shout Your Abortion” Video Is Appalling But Expected

January 11, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on “Shout Your Abortion” Video Is Appalling But Expected

By REY FLORES #ShoutYourAbortion is a social media campaign where people share their abortion experiences online without “sadness, shame or regret” for the purpose of “destigmatization, normalization, and putting an end to shame.” This is how abortion activists Amelia Bonow and Emily Nokes describe their latest campaign to try and normalize the grisly practice which killed 42 million unborn babies worldwide in 2018 alone. Both women have been promoting abortion for many years now after having had their own abortions themselves. The viral online video was released on December 28, the Feast of the Holy Innocents, no less. Something tells me that the release of this video on this feast day was no accident, but a sick and deliberate jab…Continue Reading

Interview With Cardinal Burke… Be Transformed And Put On The Mind Of Christ

January 10, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Interview With Cardinal Burke… Be Transformed And Put On The Mind Of Christ

By DON FIER Part 1 (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, recently paid a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis. His Eminence graciously allotted time in his demanding schedule to grant The Wanderer an extensive interview and provided many illuminating insights. Among the topics he addressed is the troubling situation in which the Church finds herself and how the faithful can best respond. Part two of this important interview will appear in next week’s Wanderer.) + + + Q. More than a month has passed since the “Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment” (October 3-28, 2018). Please offer your critique on the outcome…Continue Reading

Sociology And The Sexes

January 10, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Sociology And The Sexes

By DONALD DeMARCO Auguste Comte (1798-1857) is the “Father of Sociology.” In fact, he coined the term. His influence in his field is considerable though not necessarily beneficial to the populace to which he applied what he called “social physics.” No doubt the oddest feature of his thought, however, concerns the sexes which he believed to be utterly inimical to each other. Comte’s penchant for separating things that should be unified is the outline of his life and legacy. His Catholic parents wanted him to grow up as a Catholic. They named him Isidore Auguste Marie Francois Xavier Comte. This litany of saints is a clear indication that they wanted their son to be placed under reliable spiritual protection. Unfortunately,…Continue Reading

Conservatism And Its Discontents

January 9, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Conservatism And Its Discontents

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Since 1980, the same party has controlled the House, the Senate, and the White House for about 25 percent of the time. Democrats (four years) used their control to wreak serious damage on the republic: tax hikes (Clinton), Obamacare, and the takeover of student loans (Obama) — all of which led to a continual expansion of the powers of the federal government and a reduction in individual freedom. Republicans used their control in a different fashion during the George W. Bush years (four years four months). On the domestic front, they launched “Big Government Conservatism,” expanding Medicare, intruding more into education, raising the debt ceiling four times; on the foreign front, launching two wars that divide Republicans…Continue Reading

Christmas-Night Encounter . . . Leads To Thoughts On Entrants Stretching Help Beyond Its Limits

January 8, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Christmas-Night Encounter . . . Leads To Thoughts On Entrants Stretching Help Beyond Its Limits

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Walking home with a neighbor after Midnight Mass last month, I noticed a person bundled up on the bus stop bench just a block north of the church. Even the desert gets chilly on a winter’s night, and it was about 1:30 a.m. I said “Merry Christmas” and walked a few more steps before I stopped and remarked to my neighbor about her being at the unlighted bench. Was she expecting a city bus here in the middle of the Christmas night? It’s a middle-class neighborhood, but the wealthy aren’t so far away. Nor the poor. “She’s homeless,” he instantly replied about the stranger. If a stranger walks up to me in a daytime parking…Continue Reading

Report: Top Colleges Fail To Provide Due Process For Accused Students

January 7, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Report: Top Colleges Fail To Provide Due Process For Accused Students

By MIKE MANNO A month ago, in our December 6 edition, this column explored the questions surrounding the concept of due process on college campuses, and especially in investigations of sexual abuse claims (Is Due Process An Outdated Concept? p. 4A). We evaluated the U. S. Department of Education’s proposed new rules establishing, not only substantive, but procedural due process rights for students accused of wrongdoing by college administrators. Secretary Betsy DeVos has proposed the new rules after making some troubling findings about the unevenness of college disciplinary procedures; procedures that could result in suspension or expulsion of a student. Some of the problems Secretary DeVos is trying to alleviate include the lack of due process for accused students, the…Continue Reading

How The Long March Of Pro-Life Sometimes Seems More Of An Obstacle Course

January 6, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on How The Long March Of Pro-Life Sometimes Seems More Of An Obstacle Course

By DEXTER DUGGAN U.S. Catholic bishops plan to “emphasize words instead of deeds in dealing with Catholic politicians who support legalized abortion,” a newspaper report said, going on to summarize a U.S. cardinal’s interview as saying that “the bishops would rather talk than punish.” The report added that critics said “the difficulty with the ‘persuasion’ line . . . is that, up to now, there is no evidence of the bishops persuading anybody. In fact, most Catholic politicians who have changed their position on abortion in recent months have switched from pro-life to pro-choice.” That newspaper report was published nearly a full 29 years ago, on April 29, 1990, back when the U.S. House of Representatives actually had dozens of…Continue Reading

New Year’s Revolutions

January 5, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on New Year’s Revolutions

By CHRISTOPHER MANION “I’ve lied all my life” — Bill Clinton Intern Monica Lewinsky. + + + Democrat Elizabeth Warren, the senior senator from Massachusetts, has finally come clean: She is not an Indian. She is not even a Native American. All those years that she sought minority status in order to achieve positions of honor dishonorably — they’re all history now. Fauxcahantas has finally come clean. Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr, who bestowed the “Fauxcahantas” sobriquet on Ms. Warren years ago, is finally vindicated — but don’t expect to see him applauded in the Fake News Media. No way they’re gonna go there. Warren, their crabby, petulant, pompous socialist darling, has betrayed them. They defended her “Native Americanism” for…Continue Reading