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Protecting Hatred Preserves Freedom

July 1, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO The tragedy of a mass murder in Charleston, S.C., obviously motivated by racial hatred, has raised anew the issue of the lawfulness of the state expressing an opinion by flying a Confederate flag at the statehouse, and the constitutionality of the use of the First Amendment to protect hate speech and hate groups. The state has no business expressing opinions on anything, and it is required to protect hate. Here is the law. Let’s start with the proposition that hatred of persons is a profound disorder, and it is no doubt motivated by far deeper errors of thought and judgment than admiration for a flag. I recognize that to some in our society, the Confederate flag…Continue Reading

NATO-Russia Collision Ahead?

June 30, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “U.S. Poised to Put Heavy Weaponry in East Europe: A Message to Russia,” ran the headline in The New York Times. “In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries,” said the Times. The sources cited were “American and allied officials.” The Pentagon’s message received a reply June 16. Russian Gen. Yuri Yakubov called the U.S. move “the most aggressive step by the Pentagon and NATO since the Cold War.” When Moscow detects U.S. heavy weapons moving into the Baltic, said Yakubov, Russia will “bolster…Continue Reading

The Myth Of Autonomy

June 29, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO I Never Sang for My Father, a 1970 film based on Robert Anderson’s play by the same name, features a father who identifies himself as a “self-made man” who struggled hard for everything he achieved. Toward the end of the play, the father, now elderly and incapacitated, offers a desperate declaration of his self-sufficiency: “(Shouting.) I don’t want anyone to come in. I can take care of myself. Who needs you? Out!. . . . I have lived each day of my life so that I could look any man in the eye and tell him to Go To Hell!” Such bravado is bitterly ironic given what soon takes place. “One day, sitting in his wheelchair and…Continue Reading

More On The Particular Judgment

June 28, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS As pointed out in a previous article (The Wanderer, July 3, 2014, p. 8B), the “silence regarding this particular dogma from all too many pulpits together with funeral Masses that focus on celebrating the life of the deceased and are replete with eulogies (amounting to instant canonization) have tended to make the Particular Judgment disappear from the mental horizon of too many Catholics, who steeped in sin, sit comfortably in the pews of their parishes.” Suppressed, in fact, in the life of too many parishes, is the truth that all must give at death an accounting to God of their lives to receive eternal bliss or damnation. Hardly mentioned is the awesome nature of the soul’s appearing…Continue Reading

Cardinal Sarah Says . . . Allowing Communion For Divorced And Remarried “Insults Christ”

June 27, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MARY JONES ROME (LifeSiteNews) — Robert Cardinal Sarah, the highly respected prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican, appointed in 2014 by Pope Francis, has made it abundantly clear since last October’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family that any attempt to detach Catholic teaching from “pastoral practice” is a form of “heresy and a dangerous schizophrenic pathology.” Speaking on May 20 at the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Rome, at the presentation of the Cantagalli book series Family, Work in Progress, the cardinal sent a clear message to Walter Cardinal Kasper and followers. Kasper has been the main protagonist since the 2014 consistory…Continue Reading

France’s Terri Schiavo . . . Shocks The Nation With Video Showing He’s Alive

June 26, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JEANNE SMITS (Editor’s Note: Jeanne Smits writes from Paris for LifeSiteNews, which made this commentary available. All rights reserved.) + + + The friends of Vincent Lambert — France’s Terri Schiavo — are true to their promise. Since the European Court of Human Rights ruled on June 5 that there is nothing wrong with deciding to stop giving foods and fluids to a brain-damaged, poly-handicapped person on the strength of hearsay, in order to make him die because “he would not have wanted to live that way,” France has awakened with a shock to the fact that the young man is alive. On the day of the June 5 hearing in Strasbourg, a college friend of Vincent’s, Emmanuel Guépin,…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Why Are Homosexual Activists So Afraid of ‘Ex-Gays’?”

June 25, 2015 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 electronic copies of previous articles on homosexual “marriage,” the special rights agenda, and the role of homosexuality in the Church crisis, e-mail him at + + + “The 19th century writer Oscar Wilde is revered by many in the gay and lesbian community but, believe me, if he were alive now, he’d be totally exasperated with the whining, hysterical malcontents who dominate today’s gay lobby” — John McKellar of Homosexuals Opposed to Pride Extremism (HOPE). + + + Homophile propagandists jealously protect a very important secret — homosexuals can leave their lifestyle. Why is this so important? If…Continue Reading

The Popes, Marian Devotion, And The New Evangelization

June 24, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 2 This is the second article in a series which looks at Marian aspects of the New Evangelization, in the light of the teaching of recent Popes. Following the tremendous events at Fatima in 1917, and particularly the Miracle of the Sun on October 13, and the approval of the apparitions by the local bishop in 1930, the following year, the Portuguese bishops collectively consecrated Portugal to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. In 1936, at the site of the Fatima apparitions, with the prospect of the country being afflicted with Communism as a result of the conflict raging in neighboring Spain, they made a vow to organize a national pilgrimage to Fatima if Portugal was delivered from…Continue Reading

Why “Caitlyn” Jenner Matters

June 23, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK My initial reaction to the surgical attempts by Bruce Jenner to transform himself into a woman was to ignore them, in the same way that I ignore the reality shows about bizarre behaviors that I come across when I am switching TV channels, everything from the fattest people on Earth to suburban swingers to people who pierce and tattoo every piece of flesh they can find. It is a decision that works for me. I have no idea what takes place on the shows about the Kardashians and the “housewives” from New Jersey, Beverly Hills, and Atlanta. And I like it that way. I guess it could be argued that I should make an effort to…Continue Reading

HOPE Against Hope

June 22, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO “Marriage is not an arbitrary convention and is not meant to change with the times.” Not too many years ago, there would be little reason to frame such a sentence. It would obvious to virtually everyone and from time immemorial that marriage had a distinct and fundamentally unalterable nature. The fact that it was a union between a man and a woman was unquestioned. If this sentence had been composed in earlier times, critics may have found that its only flaw lay in its redundancy. If something is not an arbitrary convention it surely would not change with the times. Two things make this sentence pertinent to our present times. First, it needs to be said. People…Continue Reading