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Is The President Incompetent Or Lawless?

August 4, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO It has been well established under the Constitution and throughout our history that the president’s job as the chief federal law enforcement officer permits him to put his ideological stamp on the nature of the work done by the executive branch. The courts have characterized this stamp as “discretion.” Thus when exercising their discretion, some presidents veer toward authority, others toward freedom. John Adams prosecuted a congressman whose criticism brought him into disrepute, an act protected by the First Amendment yet punishable under the Alien and Sedition Acts, and Thomas Jefferson declined to enforce the Acts because they punished speech, and pardoned all those convicted. Jimmy Carter asserted vast federal regulatory authority over the trucking and…Continue Reading

Say It Ain’t So, White Sox

August 3, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES The distinguished physician, psychoanalyst, and anthropologist Dr. Abram Kardiner once stated that homosexuality reaches plague proportions in decadent societies during their final stages of collapse. In the past couple of years, we’ve seen President Obama repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell” from our military, opening up a Pandora’s Box that has served only to further weaken what was once known to be the greatest military force known to man. The Boy Scouts are now a foregone conclusion, and one can hardly even get a hamburger at the local fast-food restaurant without being offered a rainbow-wrapped Whopper sandwich. Sacred Scripture presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity and tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Real Problem Is In Our Hearts

August 2, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY 7 Secrets of Confession, by Vinny Flynn, MercySong/Ignatius, 208 pages; visit Ignatius.com or call 1-800-651-1531 for price and ordering information. +    +    + A follow-up to the author’s very successful 7 Secrets of the Eucharist, his new book 7 Secrets of Confession seeks to make the Sacrament of Confession into a more meaningful encounter with God’s mercy, rather than just a ritual to be reluctantly gone through, most probably with the same old “shopping list” of sins. Because Vinny Flynn isn’t afraid to relate his own experiences regarding Confession, both good and bad, you don’t feel he is preaching at you; rather he comes across as someone trying to help Catholics to have a deeper understanding…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary . . . St. Thérèse Of Lisieux: A Best-Loved Saint

August 1, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 2 This is the second article about St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and deals with her later life, death, and subsequent influence throughout the Catholic world. (See The Wanderer, July 10, 2014, p. 3B for part one.) After a delay of eight months because of her youth, Thérèse was able to make her religious profession in September 1890, aged 17. During the retreat before this event she underwent a period of spiritual desolation, but afterward regained her inner peace. Meanwhile, in 1889, her father suffered a stroke, and had to spend time in a private sanatorium. From this point on, Thérèse further deepened her inner life, expressing it outwardly in small acts and kindnesses, while accepting…Continue Reading

Catholicism And Hypocrisy On “Gay Pride”

July 31, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Should Catholic teachers march in Toronto’s annual Gay Pride parade? This is the question that has caused considerable controversy and division with the ranks of Ontario Catholics. The Catholic teachers union voted to send as many as 100 teachers to the parade. On the other hand, Fr. Fred Scinto, CR, an adviser for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, dispatched a five-page letter detailing why Catholics should not participate in the parade (that took place on June 29, 2014). The president of the teachers union stated that “it’s important to have a visible demonstration of support for our Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) students and staff.” Fr. Scinto pointed out that the parade is “lewd, crude, and…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Profile: YWCA”

July 30, 2014 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 this article with footnotes, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + If you live in a larger town or city, you probably have at least one YWCA chapter sponsoring a girl’s basketball team, running a health club, or operating a child care facility or women’s shelter. The Young Women’s Christian Association has been in existence for more than a century and a half, and operates more than 300 affiliates in the United States. The YWCA did not have corrupt origins like the American Civil Liberties Union or the National Organization for Women. Like the Girl…Continue Reading

What If Democracy Is A Fraud?

July 29, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance? What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if our so-called democracy erodes the people’s understanding of natural rights and the reasons for government and instead turns political campaigns into beauty contests? What if American democracy allows the government to do anything it wants, as long as more people bother to show up at the voting booth to support…Continue Reading

The Day Of The Hawk

July 28, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie was premeditated mass murder. Qadhafi was taking revenge for Reagan’s raid on Tripoli in 1986. The downing of KAL 007, flying from Anchorage to Seoul, was mass murder in the second degree. Seeing an aircraft intrude into Russian air space, Soviet officers brutally ordered it shot down. The downing of the Malaysian airliner that took the lives of 298 men, women, and children was not deliberate terrorism. No one wanted to massacre those women and children. It was a horrendous military blunder, like the U.S. shoot-down of the Iranian Airbus by the Vincennes in 1988. That U.S. cruiser thought it was coming under attack. And Ukraine’s separatists thought…Continue Reading

Will John Roberts Decide A “State” Is Not A “State”?

July 27, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY The Supreme Court may soon need to decide whether the federal government can be considered a “state” in our federal republic in the same sense that Iowa, Wyoming, and Wisconsin are states. On the face of it, this question may seem absurd. In fact, given any level of reflection, it is absurd. The federal government is not one of the states. But this absurd question was at the heart of Halbig v. Burwell, decided this past week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and it could soon become a defining issue in American life. Section 1311 of the Affordable Care Act, the court explained, provided for “each State” to establish an…Continue Reading

Assisted Suicide In England… Life And Death Under Debate

July 26, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By FR. JOHN FLYNN, LC (Editor’s Note: Fr. Flynn is a columnist for ZENIT News Agency, which provided this commentary. All rights reserved.) +    +    + A bill to legalize assisted suicide has been introduced into Britain’s House of Lords by Lord Falconer, previously lord chancellor under Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair, and it is causing widespread debate. The House of Lords has already debated this matter in 2006 and 2009 and both times has strongly rejected the attempts to allow assisted suicide. The opinion pages and letters columns of the English media have been filled with contrasting views. In the Telegraph on July 4, Charles Moore deplored the manipulative use of the phrase of “dying with dignity.” “Wielding ‘dignity’…Continue Reading