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Romero At 100 . . . The Background Of A Modern Catholic Icon

July 26, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Romero At 100 . . . The Background Of A Modern Catholic Icon

By RAY CAVANAUGH When hearing of Blessed Oscar Romero, one tends to think of his assassination and martyrdom. With good reason, the former Salvadoran archbishop’s violent 1980 death has received thorough coverage. Neglected by comparison, however, has been the earlier part of his life, which began 100 years ago this August 15. Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez was born in the early hours of the morning in Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador. Located about ten miles from the Honduran border, the town, which sits at about 3,000 feet above sea level, was so remote that “until the 1940s it could be reached only on horseback or by foot from the rest of El Salvador,” as related by Jesuit author James R.…Continue Reading

New Research Says… Shroud Of Turin Bears Blood Of A Torture Victim

July 25, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on New Research Says… Shroud Of Turin Bears Blood Of A Torture Victim

TURIN, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) — New research indicates that the Shroud of Turin shows signs of blood from a torture victim, and undermines arguments that the reputed burial shroud of Jesus Christ was painted. Very small particles attached to the linen fibers of the shroud “have recorded a scenario of great suffering, whose victim was wrapped up in the funeral cloth,” said Elvio Carlino, a researcher at the Institute of Crystallography. These particles, called “nanoparticles,” had a “peculiar structure, size, and distribution,” said University of Padua professor Giulio Fanti. And the nanoparticles are not typical of the blood of a healthy person. Rather, they show high levels of substances called creatinine and ferritin, found in patients who suffer forceful multiple…Continue Reading

The Voters Rejected You?… Push Them Aside And Push To Deliver The Agenda

July 24, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Voters Rejected You?… Push Them Aside And Push To Deliver The Agenda

By DEXTER DUGGAN SAN DIEGO — Including six color photos, this area’s largest newspaper co-celebrated the annual “Pride Parade,” positioned as its Sunday lead story, with about half the news space on page one and about three-quarters of an inside page, marching to the activist theme of “Allied in Action, United for Justice.” The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted Bianca Burt, co-chair of the San Diego LGBT Pride board: “We are hoping that Pride can bring the entire community together. There’s more that unites us than divides us. We are open to hearing from parts of the community that feel left out.” Even in what’s called liberal California, state voters twice affirmed traditional male-female marriage in statewide ballots, Proposition 22 in…Continue Reading

A Word About Useful Tools

July 23, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Word About Useful Tools

By MOST REV. CHARLES J. CHAPUT, OFM Cap. (Editor’s Note: Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia posted this commentary on July 18 at CatholicPhilly.com. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia granted reprint permission to The Wanderer; all rights reserved.) + + + History is full of great quotations that people never said. One of the best lines comes from Vladimir Lenin. He described Russian progressives, social democrats, and other fellow travelers as “useful idiots” — naive allies in revolution whom the Bolsheviks promptly crushed when they took power. Or so the legend goes. In fact, there’s no evidence Lenin actually spoke those words, at least in public. But no one seems to care. It’s a compelling line, and in its…Continue Reading

Wellington Mara… A Pro-Life Giant

July 22, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Wellington Mara… A Pro-Life Giant

By DONALD DeMARCO An unexpected gift arrived in the mail some time ago — a copy of Judie Brown’s autobiography, courtesy of Wellington Mara, co-owner of the New York Football Giants. It was on the basis of my friendship with Mrs. Brown and the fact that I was seen as “a co-worker in her mission to protect God’s preborn children” that I became the beneficiary of his generosity. But I was also the beneficiary of his humility-inducing magnanimity. He was truly a giant of a man. Wellington Timothy Mara was born in Rochester, N.Y., on August 14, 1916, the youngest son of Tim Mara, who founded the New York Giants football team in 1925. That was the year Wellington entered…Continue Reading

Alliance Defending Freedom… Condemns ABC’s “Journalistic Malpractice”

July 21, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Alliance Defending Freedom… Condemns ABC’s “Journalistic Malpractice”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel and Director of Communications Kerri Kupec commented July 13 on ABC News’ abandonment of objectivity in repeating false accusations against ADF made by the ultra-partisan Southern Poverty Law Center. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke at an Alliance Defending Freedom meeting on July 11, “and some in the media treated it as if he spoke before the Klan,” in the words of Bill Donohue of the Catholic League. ABC News released a story headlined, “Jeff Sessions Addresses ‘Anti-LGBT Hate Group,’ but DOJ Won’t Release His Remarks.” It referred to ADF as “an alleged hate group,” citing as its source the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a left-wing activist group. Kupec said in…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Non-Polemical Study The Third Secret Of Fatima

July 20, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… A Non-Polemical Study The Third Secret Of Fatima

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY On the Third Part of the Secret of Fatima, by Kevin Symonds (En Route Books and Media, 2017, 582 pages, $35.00 paperback, $10.05 Kindle). On the Third Part of the Secret of Fatima is a quite comprehensive treatment of this difficult subject, and one based on extensive documentation and copious footnotes. Some people might find that off-putting, but it is worth persevering with this book because it breaks significant new ground with regard to the third part of the secret of Fatima, a subject over which conspiracy theorists have burned much midnight oil. The Secret as a whole was given to the Fatima seers during the July 1917 apparition. The first part was the terrifying vision…Continue Reading

A Pope Who Understood The American Vision

July 19, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Pope Who Understood The American Vision

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + It was a bright April day in Washington, D.C., when a large crowd gathered on the South Lawn of the White House to greet a man celebrating his 81st birthday. The president of the United States introduced him. Then he gave a brief address — still viewable on C-SPAN — that focused on the greatness of America. Pope Benedict XVI understood this nation’s vision. “From the dawn of the Republic, America’s quest for freedom has been guided by the conviction that the principles governing political and social life are intimately linked to a moral order based…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . A Disturbing Portrait Of The Present-Day American Left

July 18, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . A Disturbing Portrait Of The Present-Day American Left

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly] in Crisis. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also cofounder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books is Liberalism, Conservatism, and Catholicism, The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic, the forthcoming Catholicism and American Political Ideologies, and a recently published Catholic political novel, American Cincinnatus. (This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com and is reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.) + + + I’ve argued in previous columns that at bottom line the problem…Continue Reading

Trump, Benedict, And Remembering Thought Quarterly

July 17, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Trump, Benedict, And Remembering Thought Quarterly

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Thought was the title of a highly respected Fordham University quarterly, published from 1926 to 1992. During that period, its website tells us, it published 267 issues containing over 5,000 English-language contributions by philosophers, theologians, literary intellectuals, and others. Among its well-known contributors were Dietrich von Hildebrand, Bernard Lonergan, Jacques Maritain, Walker Percy, and Karl Rahner. The journal was named appropriately for it carried essays that could not be classified strictly as theology or philosophy in spite of their subject matter, and others that fell short of the scholarly apparatus demanded by technical journals such as The Modern Schoolman or Speculum. As a student I valued my subscription. Many years later I was sad to see the…Continue Reading