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ALL Statement… Pontifical Council’s Document On Sex Ed Needs To Be Challenged

August 13, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on ALL Statement… Pontifical Council’s Document On Sex Ed Needs To Be Challenged

By WILLIAM MAHONEY (Editor’s Note: William Mahoney is the editor of American Life League’s Celebrate Life Magazine and holds a doctorate in theology and a dogmatic licentiate of sacred theology. The American Life League released this statement on August 1. All rights reserved. See last week’s News Notes column in The Wanderer for more on this.) + + + The Catholic Church has authority in spiritual matters to teach, govern, and sanctify. The Church’s authority in spiritual matters is preserved from error only when teaching on topics of faith and morals. The Church’s authority to teach, govern, and sanctify is directed entirely toward the salvation of souls (salus animarum suprema lex — “the salvation of souls is the supreme law”).…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Third Time Around: The History Of Euthanasia In The United States” (Conclusion)

August 12, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Third Time Around: The History Of Euthanasia In The United States” (Conclusion)

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 chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, “Euthanasia,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + The pro-euthanasia movement in the United States is led by judges who have enacted a succession of legal principles in order to expand the pool of people eligible to be killed. This process began with the doctrine of substituted judgment, the expansion of the right to privacy into a “super-right,” the classification of food and water as “extraordinary,” and the suppression of the conscience rights of medical professionals who oppose euthanasia. All that remained was to build on this foundation…Continue Reading

Luther 1517-2017 . . . Five Hundred Years Of Heresy And Doctrinal Confusion

August 11, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Luther 1517-2017 . . . Five Hundred Years Of Heresy And Doctrinal Confusion

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 11 (Editor’s Note: This is the eleventh installment in a series by Wanderer contributor Raymond de Souza on Henry VIII’s book defending the seven sacraments against Martin Luther. De Souza edited this updated version of Henry’s work, which is presented to readers on an occasional basis.) + + + About Transubstantiation: Part 1 By Henry VIII THE CHURCH FORBIDS any man to believe that the true bread and true wine remain after Consecration. Luther makes this prohibition a second captivity. Thus, contrary to the belief of the whole Christian world, both now and for so many ages past, Luther endeavours to persuade us that the Body and Blood of Christ are in the Eucharist…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred . . . Coram Sanctissimo: An Afternoon With God

August 10, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred . . . Coram Sanctissimo: An Afternoon With God

By JAMES MONTI There is nothing quite like stepping “out of the world” and into a quiet Catholic church on a summer afternoon to find ourselves, or rather, lose ourselves in the intimate presence of our Lord. As we gaze upon Him in His sanctuary, our eyes coming to a rest upon the gold-plated door of the tabernacle, the silence round about us, punctuated only by the faint twitter of birds, gradually calms all the “noise” in our souls, and we begin to hear what the Lord has to say to us. The red flicker of the vigil lamp, the interplay of sunlight and shadows across the sanctuary, and the scent of a summer breeze entering through the open windows…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A Fresh Look At King Richard III

August 9, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . A Fresh Look At King Richard III

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Richard III: The Maligned King, by Annette Carson; The History Press, paperback, 336 pages. Available at amazon.com. Annette Carson has written a very informative, and indeed “revisionist,” book on Richard III, who, more than 500 years after his death, still manages to evoke powerful emotions whether for or against. He was the King of England for only just over two years, and yet, according to Carson, he “made good laws which still protect ordinary people today.” But until recently the view of most historians is the one which sees him as the villainous hunchback of Shakespeare’s play: “The wicked uncle who stole the throne and killed his nephews in the Tower of London.” The author takes…Continue Reading

France Faces Fanaticism

August 8, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on France Faces Fanaticism

By JOHN J. METZLER PARIS — The recurring terrorist attacks which have plagued France seem to have neither bounds nor mercy. The murder of a Catholic priest saying Mass in a church near Rouen by two Islamic State thugs brought the crisis to a new low. The daily Le Figaro headlined the episode: “Murdered by the Barbarians.” An editorial added that Fr. Jacques Hamel’s killing 12 days after the Nice massacre showed that the “Islamic State was proving its sinister design: turning the world into a bloody theatre of war.” French religious leaders and the political class soundly condemned the killing with fine words, philosophical platitudes, prayers and calls for solidarity in what has become a ritual since the massacre…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Captivating History Of The English

August 7, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… A Captivating History Of The English

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY Tombs, Robert. The English and Their History. London: Penguin, Random House, UK, 2015. xii + 1012 pp. Available at amazon.com. Robert Tombs is a distinguished professor of French history at Cambridge University. He describes himself as an Englishman with Irish connections who has spent most of his life studying France. His knowledge of French history gives him a kind of outsider’s perspective. He couples that with a propensity to place his history of England in the context of European history as a whole and often in the context of contemporaneous international events. He opens his book with a question, “Who do we [English] think we are?” There is no short answer, but any must begin with…Continue Reading

Is Trump The Peace Candidate?

August 6, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Is Trump The Peace Candidate?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN With Democrats howling that Vladimir Putin hacked into and leaked those 19,000 DNC emails to help Trump, the Donald had a brainstorm: Maybe the Russians can retrieve Hillary Clinton’s lost emails. Not funny, and close to “treasonous,” came the shocked cry. Trump then told The New York Times that a Russian incursion into Estonia need not trigger a U.S. military response. Even more shocking. By suggesting the U.S. might not honor its NATO commitment, under Article 5, to fight Russia for Estonia, our foreign policy elites declaimed, Trump has undermined the security architecture that has kept the peace for 65 years. More interesting, however, was the reaction of Middle America. Or, to be more exact, the…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “The Third Time Around: The History Of Euthanasia In The United States” (Continued)

August 5, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… “The Third Time Around: The History Of Euthanasia In The United States” (Continued)

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 chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, “Euthanasia,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + We have seen how the euthanasia movements in both Nazi Germany and the Netherlands were led by doctors, who extended the “right” to euthanasia to one specific group of people after another. Since the pro-euthanasia movement in the United States is led by judges, they instead enact one legal principle after another in order to expand the pool of people eligible to be killed. So far, we have covered the doctrine of substituted judgment, and have seen how even the…Continue Reading

An Independent Foreign Policy

August 4, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on An Independent Foreign Policy

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Addressing an assembly of the Russian Federation of ambassadors and permanent envoys on June 30, President Putin had this to say: “Russia follows an independent foreign policy and seeks to develop open and honest relations with all countries. . . . We do not wish to impose our will or our values on others.” He then went on to say, “Some of our partners continue stubborn attempts to retain their monopoly on geopolitical domination . . . , intervening in other countries’ internal affairs, provoking regional conflicts.” Under the headline “How to Crash Putin’s Brexit Party,” we are told something different by Robert D. Kaplan in an opinion piece published in The Wall Street Journal the following…Continue Reading