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Taking Down The Donald

August 18, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN If his Republican opponents will not take down Donald Trump, Fox News will not only show them how it is done. Fox News will do the job for them. That is the message that came out loud and clear from the Thursday, August 6 debate in Cleveland, which was viewed by the largest cable audience ever to watch a political event — 24 million Americans. As political theater, it was exciting and entertaining. But what was supposed to be a debate among the top-10 Republican candidates turned into a bear-baiting of Donald Trump. Make no mistake. The issues Fox News raised were legitimate. Trump’s threat to run third party, his remarks about women who have affronted…Continue Reading

Chris Christie Vs. Rand Paul

August 17, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO The dust-up between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul over presidential fidelity to the Constitution — particularly the Fourth Amendment — was the most illuminating two minutes of the Republican debate. It is a well-regarded historical truism that the Fourth Amendment was written by victims of government snooping, the 1770s version. The Framers wrote it to ensure that the new federal government could never do to Americans what the king had done to the colonists. What did the king do? He dispatched British agents and soldiers into the colonists’ homes and businesses ostensibly looking for proof of payment of the king’s taxes and armed with general warrants issued by a secret court…Continue Reading

How Should The Family Synod Address Sex Education?

August 16, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By LOUISE KIRK With the Family Synod now only a couple of months away, few of us are unaware of tensions over the divorced and practicing homosexuals. I cannot be alone in wondering if there is not another equally dangerous issue threatening the Church from underneath. I am talking about sex education and the fight for the souls (and bodies) of the next generation. These are the young people who, even as you read this, are being guided toward, or away from, the very behaviors which cause dilemmas. Yet outside very specific circles we hear almost nothing on the subject. I was reminded forcefully of this last week, when in England UN Goodwill Ambassador for Sexual Health Goedele Liekens stormed…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… The Truth About Catholics And The Bible

August 15, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES MONTI It has long become commonplace in many quarters to say that before Vatican II, before the Charismatic Movement, before the modern influx of converts to the Catholic faith from evangelical Protestantism, Catholics were more or less ignorant of the Sacred Scriptures. Many a Protestant could cite the Bible by chapter and verse from memory, whereas most Catholics could not. The problem with this premise is that it defines “knowledge of the Bible” too narrowly. Knowing the Bible requires a lot more than simply memorizing verses and knowing by heart what pages they are on. The Catholics of past generations by and large did know the major events of the Bible. They knew the fall of Adam, the…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . An Intellectual’s Insight Into Contemporary Issues

August 14, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Manent, Pierre. Seeing Things Politically. Translated by Ralph Hancock. South Bend, Ind.: St. Augustine’s Press, 2015. xx + 215 pp. Following a helpful introduction by Daniel J. Mahoney, this book consists mainly of a series of interviews which Manent gave to Benedicte Delorme-Montini. Those interviews range from Manent speaking of his early education in a Communist family to his comments on the current state of European culture. The questions raised by Delorme-Montini are profound and probing, forcing Manent to reveal a complicated intellectual journey from the 1970s to the present. Manent relates that he came of age in a French, Communist, “political homogeneous milieu.” His first intellectual education included exposure to the thought of Roger Garaudy, Georges…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “Homosexuality And The Church Crisis”

August 13, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 4 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of the complete four-part series on homosexuality and the Church crisis, e-mail him at + + + “When these [pedophilia] cases started to be reported, we realized there were a hell of a lot more out there than anyone realized. Offenders exist in literally every faith group” — Child abuse expert psychologist Gary Schoener. Is Celibacy The Cause Of The Problem? Some claim that the sexual abuse crisis would have been either avoided entirely or greatly reduced in scope if the Catholic Church allowed priests to marry. Those who make the assertion that…Continue Reading

Why They Cheer Bernie

August 12, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK What is the explanation for the ongoing enthusiasm among younger Democratic voters for the self-described socialist Bernie Sanders? The press reports indicate that he was interrupted repeatedly with loud cheers at a speech at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in early July, as he pressed his case for tuition-free public universities, paid vacations for all Americans, a substantially higher minimum wage, lengthy maternity leave, a breakup of the big banks, and a dramatic reduction in unemployment among young adults to be spurred on by massive government infrastructure spending. A recent CNN poll shows 35 percent of Democrats in New Hampshire favor him in his run for the Democratic Party nomination against Hillary Clinton. We can’t…Continue Reading

A Fortified City?

August 11, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PHILIP TROWER (Editor’s Note: Philip Trower, a longtime contributor to The Wanderer, is the author of a number of books, including The Catholic Church and the Counter-Faith and A Danger to the State.) + + + All Christians, I am sure, have favorite passages from the Psalms which they recite to themselves from time to time. For many years, one of mine has been from Psalm 30: “I thank you Lord for showing me the wonders of your love in a fortified city.” It tends to spring to mind whenever I think how marvelous it is to have received the gift of faith and membership of the Church, and how different life would be without them. But how far…Continue Reading

A $12,000 Cost For A Family Of Four

August 10, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK In recent editions of First Teachers there have been discussions of whether it would be just and sound policy for the federal government to forgive the student loans that are burdening the lives of so many young people seeking to get started in life. (Which means, of course, having the taxpayers foot the bill.) There is no question that it can be difficult to start a family or buy a first house with tens of thousands of dollars in student loans needing to be repaid. One plan already in place is the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. It provides for student loans to be forgiven if the young man or woman with the debt agrees to…Continue Reading

Synod Front Update . . . Some Good Initiatives And Some Troubling Ones

August 9, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON In the recent days, several news-reports have come from Europe that are worth presenting to the U.S. Catholic world. Some of the indications are encouraging, but some of them are troubling. The most important event, first of all, is the publication in Rome of a new book which contains the presentations of an earlier set of seminars that were hosted — in January, February, and March 2015 — by the Pontifical Council for the Family, which is headed by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia. The title of the book is: Famiglia e Chiesa, un legame indissolubile (Family and Church, an indissoluble bond); and it is part of the Famiglia e Vita series directed by Fr. Gianfranco Grieco. The topics…Continue Reading