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Havana: The Potemkin Village Of The 21st Century

May 29, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By ALBERTO MARTINEZ PIEDRA According to the media, it is often heard that many Americans are interested in traveling to Cuba because, as relations between the jewel of the Caribbean and the United States warm, they “want to see the island before it changes.” And they make this statement with a certain degree of optimism. The question the reader of this article needs to ask is: Whether it can honestly be said that the expected changes in Cuba will benefit the island’s suffering people; or, on the contrary, that they are mere appearances that will only serve to strengthen the goals of Castro’s Communist regime and continue to ignore all the abuses that remain in the area of human rights…Continue Reading

Rocky Homilies

May 28, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEACON JAMES H. TONER (Editor’s Note: Deacon James H. Toner, Ph.D., serves at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Greensboro, N.C.) + + + The Holy Father’s admonition in Amoris Laetitia that priests must understand that the moral law should not be thrown at people as if it were so many stones (n. 305) is, or ought to be, intuitively obvious. Loveless comminations must never be confused with preaching the Gospel. As critical as it is to be kind, though, such compassion must not be purchased at the price of truth — any more than, say, “pastoral sensitivity” ought to be practiced regardless of the jeopardy it might pose to what is morally right. There are times when…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… A Procession To The Ends Of The Earth

May 27, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES MONTI Several weeks ago, after attending the Easter Vigil at a nearby seminary, and the emptied chapel had fallen silent, I began to hear the sound of the sacring bell being rung in the sacristy. Puzzled by this, I wondered whether the seminarians were perhaps trying to repair the bell. But then from the doorway of the sacristy three seminarians emerged, the first vested in a cassock and surplice repeatedly ringing the bell as a second seminarian similarly vested followed behind him carrying a lit candlestick. The two were leading the way for the third seminarian, a transitional deacon just weeks away from his priestly Ordination, carrying the Holy Eucharist in a ciborium wrapped in a humeral veil.…Continue Reading

Is Scarborough Shoal Worth A War?

May 26, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight. Should we back down, says Aquino, the United States will lose “its moral ascendancy, and also the confidence of one of its allies.” And what is Scarborough Shoal? A cluster of rocks and reefs, 123 miles west of Subic Bay, that sits astride the passageway out of the South China Sea into the Pacific, and is well within Manila’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone. Beijing and Manila both claim Scarborough Shoal. But, in June 2013, Chinese ships swarmed and chased off a fleet of Filipino fishing boats and naval vessels. The Filipinos never came back. And now that…Continue Reading

Cicero In An Election Year

May 25, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY In the midst of the turmoil that characterized the mid-decades of the last century, the English jurist Sir Patrick Devlin wrote, “If a society’s laws are based on a particular worldview and that worldview collapses, the laws themselves will crumble.” His 1965 book, The Enforcement of Morals, is still worth reading for its substance, but if for no other reason to see how foresighted he was. Few would contest his thesis that theories of law and practical rationality are but aspects of a larger intellectual perspective, metaphysical at its core. Christianity was taken for granted in Devlin’s day, as it had been for centuries. Common law was supported by biblical morality and a natural law outlook.…Continue Reading

Eastern Orthodoxy And The Particular Judgment

May 24, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS In previous articles (The Wanderer, July 3, 2014; June 25, 2015), it was observed that: “Perhaps to the surprise of some Catholic ecumenists, Catholic doctrine regarding the Particular Judgment remains obscure, confused, or even denied among the Eastern Orthodox. They have no clear official teaching that the just go to Heaven immediately after death. Some even say there are no souls in Heaven or Hell, this occurring only with the Last Judgment and the Resurrection. Even then some say the saints do not see God ‘face-to-face’ by seeing the essence of God in the Beatific Vision. It is not true to say [as some Orthodox do] that they do not believe in Purgatory for, in fact, they…Continue Reading

Obama To Visit The Land Of State-Owned Enterprises

May 23, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of Creators Syndicate provided this column. All rights reserved.) + + + President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam, which his own State Department last month certified is still controlled — four decades after the fall of Saigon — by the Communist Party. “The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is an authoritarian state ruled by a single party, the Communist Party of Vietnam,” says the Country Report on Human Rights in Vietnam that Secretary of State John Kerry released in April. Obama’s agenda in this Communist nation, according to the White House, will feature efforts to promote the deal his administration has negotiated to join the United States, Vietnam,…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Why Should Pro-Lifers Be Concerned About Dissent?”

May 22, 2016 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 the book Call to Action or Call to Apostasy, consisting of a detailed description of the current forms of dissent and how to fight them, e-mail him at + + + Some Catholic pro-life and pro-family activists don’t really understand why they should be involved in fighting dissent in their dioceses and parishes, since this activity seems to be unrelated to the critical work they are doing. Similarly, those who fight dissent often believe that anti-abortion and pro-family activism, while important, is not relevant to what they are doing. Besides, they are already busy…Continue Reading

Sharpening The Mind With Words

May 21, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO My biology teacher of many moons ago took perverse delight in terrorizing his students while they were taking an exam. “Plagiarism,” he would bellow, “is arousing the suspicion of the proctor.” He enjoyed the sound of his own voice and repeated this warning many times. He intended it to be more intimidating than cautionary. I found it to be as amusing, however, and remained confident that a mere flicker of suspicion was never going to convict anyone of the heinous crime of plagiarism. At the same time, I realized that our watchful supervisor was giving unaccustomed breadth to the word “plagiarism,” imbuing it with a far-reaching application so that it could indict both the guilty and the…Continue Reading

Jesuit Higher Education

May 20, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Jesuit universities have been the topic of criticism several times in this column over the years. We don’t apologize for that. Odds are that when you hear about a performance of The Vagina Monologues, an honorary degree being awarded to a pro-abortion politician, or campus activities led by LGBTQ groups, it will be at a Jesuit college. My hunch, however, is that the criticism is not of concern to many modern Jesuits. Their universities remain in high demand, consistently ranking among the most selective schools in the country. I can remember overhearing Jewish students of mine over 20 years ago reacting in disbelief and disappointment when they discovered that Georgetown and Boston College were Catholic universities…Continue Reading