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A Decent Lawyer Should Tell Liberals They’re Damned Fools And Ought to Stop

August 31, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By MICHAEL BARONE (Editor’s Note:     Michael Barone is a Fox News contributor and senior political analyst at the Washington Examiner [www.washingtonexaminer.com], where this article first appeared. Creators.com distributed the column. All rights reserved.) +    +    + “About half the practice of a decent lawyer consists in telling would-be clients that they are damned fools and should stop.” So supposedly said Elihu Root, New York lawyer and secretary of war and of state, and U.S. senator from 1909 to 1915. Today it seems that many liberal “would-be clients” are in desperate need of what Root called “a decent lawyer.” Take Texans for Public Justice, the so-called public-interest group that has been pushing for the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry by…Continue Reading

Christendom Alumna Leads In “Future Of Pro-Life Movement”

August 30, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

FRONT ROYAL, Va. — “I believe they are the real future of the pro-life movement,” Christendom College Alumna Mary Brand says of local crisis pregnancy centers. “It’s where the rubber hits the road.” A graduate of the class of 1998, Brand has been volunteering in pro-life work since she was in high school, from praying at abortion facilities to volunteering at crisis pregnancy centers. Now, she is a board member for her local crisis pregnancy center in Front Royal, Va., as well as the coordinator for the annual Walk for Life, an event that raises funds for the center. “I’ve come to believe that the work done locally at crisis pregnancy centers is invaluable in helping women faced with the…Continue Reading

Senior Chaldean Official Says… Islamists Have Long Been Planning To Empty Iraq Of Christians

August 29, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By FEDERICO CENCI ROME (ZENIT) — The year was 1840, when the Italian city of Otranto witnessed one of the most brutal massacres of Christians in history, perpetrated at the hands of Muslims. Eight hundred thirteen people perished in the 18 days of siege by the Ottoman army, bravely refusing to renounce their faith in Christ. On August 14, the anniversary of the end of the tragic massacre, the Church remembers its martyrs. One hundred seventy-four years since those events, in another area of   the planet, Iraq, history seems to be repeating itself. Newspapers around the world are reporting on the cruel persecution tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians are facing (as well as Yazidis, another minority in the country),…Continue Reading

Why Pope Benedict Called For The Rebirth Of The Church

August 28, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By FR. JEROME ROMANOWSKI (Fr. Romanowski is a priest of the Diocese of Camden, N.J.) +    +    + In studying the important summary of a meeting Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger attended in July 22-24, 2001, Fontgombault, France, I thought again of why the Holy Father had to retire. The proceedings were held in the Benedictine Monastery of Notre Dame, Fontgombault. My first thought in beginning this article is that a documentary of this historic event should be made immediately. It would explain the entire pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI. Before he announced his retirement, the Holy Father spoke to the Roman seminarians — extemporaneously. L’Osservatore Romano headlined, “The Church is Being Reborn” — not rebuilt — reborn. Blessed John Paul II…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Dizzying World Of Margaret Sanger’s Birth Control Review”

August 27, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of 900 of the best quotes from The Birth Control Review, which is more than 300 pages long and is organized by topic, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + The most common themes of Margaret Sanger’s Birth Control Review (BCR) were eugenics and contraception, with hatred of the Catholic Church running a close third. Planned Parenthood’s loathing of the Catholic Church is nearly a century old, and springs mostly from its realization that the Church is its primary opponent. As one editorial in The Birth Control Review revealed, “Our experience of the last ten years…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary… The Apparition At Knock, Ireland, August 1879

August 26, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 1 This is the first of two articles on the apparition of the Blessed Virgin at Knock in Ireland, on August 21, 1879. At the time the country was going through a period of upheaval in the aftermath of the Great Famine of 1845-1849, during which a million and a half people died of hunger and disease, and nearly another million emigrated, mostly to America. The Land League was founded by Michael Davitt in 1879, and, by means of rent strikes and boycotts, sought to improve conditions for the poor, who often could not afford rents and were subject to eviction from their homes at any time. Its first great meeting took place in Irishtown,…Continue Reading

Memo To The Wanderer Family

August 25, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PAUL LIKOUDIS With all my heart I want to thank the many Wanderer readers who have supported me with their Masses and prayers through what has been a very challenging time, and is likely to become more challenging. The July 16 surgery was not a success, and complications required a two-week hospital stay, which has left me extremely exhausted. My surgeon discovered that the rectal tumor is inoperable, and that the cancer has spread to the pelvic wall. On August 13, I began another round of chemotherapy, which will run through the middle or end of December. After that, I will have another MRI to determine to what extent the chemo has worked, and if the cancer has spread…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Most Secure Way To Sanctity

August 24, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Totus Tuus Maria: Personal Consecration to Our Lady Following the Spiritual Teaching of St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, by Msgr. Florian Kolfhaus (Gracewing Publishing, 168 pages, $14.91, www.gracewing.co.uk; also available at amazon.com). The author is a priest of the Diocese of Regensburg in Germany. He works in the Secretariat of State in the Vatican, and has taken Pope St. John Paul II’s Marian motto, Totus Tuus, Maria, “Totally yours Mary” as the theme for this book, which is a companion to the Marian consecration program of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort. The book comprises chapters with material for twelve days of preparation for the Montfortian consecration to our Lady. The author starts with the contention that we…Continue Reading

The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 On Welfare

August 23, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. To find out more about him, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com. All rights reserved.) +    +    + A total of 109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded “means-tested programs” — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released August 19 by the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau has not yet reported how many were on welfare in 2013 or the first two quarters of 2014. But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4…Continue Reading

Democracy And Despotism

August 22, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America was recognized from the first as a political treatise of the first order. It remains today, according to scholars of American history, as the most perceptive and penetrating work of its kind. The author does not idealize democracy. His intention was to show “to those who have fancied an ideal democracy” that “they had clothed the picture in false colors.” He does not hesitate to show, although he is not opposed to democracy as such, how democracy in America contains flaws that could lead to despotism. He begins volume II of his classic study with words that are at least as true today as they were in 1835 when he penned…Continue Reading