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A Book Review… Edith Stein’s Love Of Wisdom

April 19, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Edith Stein’s Love Of Wisdom

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Edith Stein: The Life and Legacy of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, by Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda (Sophia Institute Press: Manchester, NH, 2017), 221 pp.; paperback $15.95. Available from www.SophiaInstitute.com or 1-800-888-9344. An engaging, comprehensive introduction to the life, writings, thought, and martyrdom of a Jewish convert to the Catholic faith beatified in 1987 and canonized in 1998 by St. Pope John Paul II, this book provides ample information from many sources about a heroic saint who died in 1942 at Auschwitz with other Jewish victims slaughtered by Hitler’s anti-Semitic policies in his “Final Solution.” A gifted scholar who completed a Ph.D. in philosophy and specialized in phenomenology under the tutelage of Edmund Husserl at the University…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… The Illusion Of Independent Thinking

April 18, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… The Illusion Of Independent Thinking

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s “Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic” column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. 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 co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books are: Abortion: Politics, Morality, and the Constitution; The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic; Catholicism and American Political Ideologies, and an edited anthology The Recovery of American Education (in which the Schmitt and Lowenthal essays appear). This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com.) + + + In John G. West’s book of a decade ago, Darwin Day in America,…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Interruption Of A Catholic Renaissance

April 17, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… The Interruption Of A Catholic Renaissance

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Douthat, Ross. To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2018. xvii + 234 pp. Available at Amazon.com. (Editor’s Note: Please also see James K. Fitzpatrick’s review of the Douthat book in The Wanderer, March 1, 2018, p. 1.) + + + The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., has recently issued a 56-page, richly illustrated booklet entitled Joy of Love in Marriage and the Family: A Pastoral Plan to Implement Amoris Laetitia. His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl has made it available to all parishioners in the archdiocese. The faithful are assured that the Church’s teaching on faith and morals has not changed, and that there is an objective moral order…Continue Reading

The Incredible Enlarging Child

April 16, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on The Incredible Enlarging Child

By DONALD DeMARCO Psychologists who study perception tell us that we interpret things against a background. We notice what is called the figure, but we interpret the figure in relation to a background which we do not notice. A candle is holy when set on an altar, romantic on a piano, eerie in a jack-o-lantern, and elegant on a table. Toys are clutter when strewn on the floor, but are treasured gifts under the Christmas tree. Against what kind of background to people interpret the unborn child? There are two competing backgrounds. One is “choice” and the other is the “sanctity of life.” How do we know which background gives us the truth of the unborn child? One interesting feature…Continue Reading

Has The War Party Hooked Trump?

April 15, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Has The War Party Hooked Trump?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN With his Sunday, April 8 tweet that Bashar Assad, “Animal Assad,” ordered a gas attack on Syrian civilians, and Vladimir Putin was morally complicit in the atrocity, President Donald Trump just painted himself and us into a corner. “Many dead, including women and children, in mindless chemical attack in Syria,” tweeted Trump, “President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price . . . to pay.” “Big price . . . to pay,” said the president. Now, either Trump launches an attack that could drag us deeper into a seven-year civil war from which he promised to extricate us the previous week, or Trump is mocked as being a man of bluster…Continue Reading

A Prophetic Treasure From The Pen Of Venerable Pope Pius XII

April 14, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Prophetic Treasure From The Pen Of Venerable Pope Pius XII

By JAMES MONTI We have all heard many times our Lord’s parable of the hidden treasure, as recounted by St. Matthew: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Matt. 13:44). That hidden treasure is, of course, our faith, our citizenship in the Kingdom of Heaven. But notice here that to obtain this hidden treasure the man buys the entire field. Having “bought the field” whether as converts or as cradle Catholics, we come to find that in the field are buried a myriad of other treasures, treasures that over the course of two…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Treasury Of European Studies On Islam

April 13, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… A Treasury Of European Studies On Islam

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Bevilacqua, Alexander. The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2018; 360 pp. “The Republic of Letters” is a reference to European scholars who in the seventeenth and eighteen centuries took an interest in Islam. Sometimes called “Orientalist,” they were a community of scholars, working in different languages, with different political affiliations and traditions of Christian belief. The result: a transformation of European knowledge of Islam and Islamic traditions. The imprecise and often incorrect notions available during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance generally gave way to a vast and diverse set of translations, insights, and interpretations Generally speaking, those Europeans who studied Arabic and wrote on Islamic topics tended…Continue Reading

An Open Letter To Michael Gerson… The Washington Post’s Bitterest Republican Enemy Of President Trump

April 12, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on An Open Letter To Michael Gerson… The Washington Post’s Bitterest Republican Enemy Of President Trump

By FR. BRIAN W. HARRISON (Editor’s Note: Fr. Brian W. Harrison, OS, STD, a theologian and a contributor to The Wanderer, sent this letter to columnist Michael Gerson concerning Gerson’s “ceaseless flow of columns” attacking President Trump. Fr. Harrison’s original heading on his open letter described Gerson as a “self-styled conservative Christian.” Fr. Harrison gave The Wanderer permission to reprint it as an open letter.) + + + Dear Mr. Gerson, Forgive me, but your ceaseless flow of columns depicting President Donald Trump as a monster/villain have finally goaded me into writing this protest. The last straw was your piece entitled “Trumpism can’t be treated as a normal political moment,” republished here in St. Louis in yesterday’s Post-Dispatch (Easter Sunday,…Continue Reading

Gorka Endorses Ward… Says Trump Needs “Flotilla” Of Support Behind His Icebreaker

April 11, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Gorka Endorses Ward… Says Trump Needs “Flotilla” Of Support Behind His Icebreaker

By DEXTER DUGGAN SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Donald Trump needs a “flotilla” of help to keep breaking through the ice that locked up Washington, former White House deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka told a few reporters here before he spoke up at a rally for conservative Arizona Republican Kelli Ward, who’s running to replace Never-Trumper Jeff Flake in the U.S. Senate. Gorka said he has chosen to support only candidates who understood “the powerful political revolution” of 2016, when non-politician Trump was elected president. More than 120 Ward supporters, gathered at a hotel in this Phoenix suburb on March 29, later heard her cite the importance of “border security and illegal immigration” among her issues. Audience members responded by chanting, “Build that…Continue Reading

Let’s Celebrate National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day 2018

April 10, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Let’s Celebrate National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day 2018

By REY FLORES In the weeks since the tragic shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., we’ve had non-stop media coverage of students from that high school sharing their thoughts and views about gun control. It’s even more awful how the tragedy has been hijacked by radical anti-Second Amendment leftists to push their agenda 24-7 on the fake news. Interesting how they even named their recent march The March for Our Lives. They say they want to end the killing of children. Really? Perhaps we should invite them all to participate in this year’s National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day (NPLTD) on April 20, 2018. After all, if they’re so concerned about ending child-killing, why wouldn’t they want to participate? While…Continue Reading