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A Book Review . . . The Myths Of Modernism

April 3, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL FOLEY Thomas Storck, From Christendom to Americanism and Beyond: The Long, Jagged Trail to a Postmodern Void (Angelico Press, angelicopress.com); 218 pages, paperback, $17.95. Available at Amazon.com. From Christendom to Americanism and Beyond is a collection of essays written by Thomas Storck. It has a foreword by Joseph Pearce in which he praises the way Storck makes connections between the various branches of knowledge which have been “severed from each other by the modern world’s radical disconnectedness with the wholeness of things.” He describes him as a worthy heir of Hilaire Belloc — and of Christopher Dawson and G.K. Chesterton — because of his insistence that Western civilization can only be comprehended if we understand it as something…Continue Reading

The Clinton Investigation Enters A Dangerous Phase

April 2, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO The FBI investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s failure to protect state secrets contained in her emails has entered its penultimate phase, and it is a dangerous one for her and her aides. Federal law enforcement sources have let it be known that federal prosecutors and the FBI have completed their examination of raw data in the case. After the FBI acquires raw data — for example, the nature and number of the state secrets in the emails Clinton failed to protect or the regular, consistent, systematic nature of that failure — prosecutors and agents proceed to draw rational inferences from that data. Then they proceed to corroborate those inferences, looking for other…Continue Reading

Canada’s Religious Freedom Office . . . Closing Could Spell Trouble For Human Rights

April 1, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By LOREDANA VUOTO QUEBEC CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — Canada’s decision to defund its Office of Religious Freedom will harm the country’s ability to defend religious minorities and human rights in general, said religious freedom advocates and other supporters of the office. “If Canada shuts down its Office of Religious Freedom, it will not just harm religious freedom, but Canada’s ability to promote all other human rights,” attorney Gerald Chipeur told Catholic News Agency March 21. Chipeur is an allied attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom legal group and partner with the Miller Thomson law firm in Calgary. He responded to the government’s decision to end funding for Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom, which ends on March 31. “The reality is…Continue Reading

Memo From Paul Likoudis . . . Another Note To My Friends And Supporters

March 31, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

A number of Wanderer readers who have responded to my previous “memos” asked me to give periodic updates on my condition. First, and most important, I begin by offering my profound thanks for your prayers and financial support, which are appreciated both by my wife, Paulette, and me, and are much needed. My latest quarterly CT Scan, on March 1, showed that the cancerous tumor in my pelvic area is growing; it is not treatable by surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. “Pain management” is my only medical treatment, a task which is becoming more difficult as the days and weeks go by. Sitting is nearly impossible due to the tumor’s pressure on my nerves, and though I can still walk a…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “How Dissenters Undermine The Apostolic Mission Of The Church”

March 29, 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 bclowes@ hli.org.) + + + “They condemn themselves. We don’t have to judge them. They are going to Hell and they are taking others with them. . . . I think one of the problems is that we do not talk about Hell today, and I think that is one of the reasons why so many Catholics are leaving the Church. . . . St. Paul said…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Sacred, Reverent, Holy, And Beautiful

March 28, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES To Sing With the Angels: A History of the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale by Virginia A. Schubert, Ph.D.; 260 pages including 16 color plates; $24.95; available at amazon .com or saintceciliapublica tions.com; or call Leaflet Missal at 651-487-2818 or 1-800-328-8582. “It is through art that man comes to God. Music, architecture, painting, sculpture . . . all can be means of grace and prayer provided that they are worthy of the Creator of all art and holy as He is” — Msgr. Richard J. Schuler. + + + I concur with Msgr. Schuler’s above statement one hundred percent. It was the sacred music and art that brought me back head-first to the Church 15 years ago when…Continue Reading

And Baby Makes Ten

March 27, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Matt. 6:26-27 tells us: “Behold the birds of the air, for they neither sow, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns: and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not you of much more value than they? And which of you by taking thought, can add to his stature by one cubit?” There are many traditional sayings about how every baby our Lord entrusts us with comes with a loaf of bread. The Lord always provides and gives us what He knows we need, much better than we do. This past week . . . almost exactly nine months since I was laid off from my position at American Life League as director of outreach, my wife Mary…Continue Reading

On His Way To The Cross . . . Jesus’ Lament On The Culture Of Death

March 26, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, Washington, D.C. LifeSiteNews reprinted this essay from the blog of the Archdiocese of Washington. All rights reserved.) + + + In the Gospel we read on Palm Sunday, Jesus says a rather extraordinary thing as He is on His way to the cross. He addresses it to the women who have gathered to lament Him: “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children, for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.’ At that time people will say to the…Continue Reading

A Book Review… An Encyclopedia Of Universities

March 25, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Axtell, James. Wisdom’s Workshop: The Rise of the Modern University. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2016. xx +415 pp. The book opens with the acknowledgment that “universities, like cathedrals and parliaments, were unique creations of Western Europe and the Middle Ages.” It was in the 12th century that it became clear that the monastic and cathedral schools could not provide the advanced training needed by the Church’s growing ranks of priests, missionaries, and administrators. With the arrival of the newly translated Aristotelian texts in the 11th century and the influx of Greco-Roman and Arabic learning in philosophy, mathematics, and medicine, the seven liberal arts of antiquity were not enough to deal with the new learning. These conditions…Continue Reading

Where Did The Blue-Collar Jobs Go?

March 24, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK In the February 4 edition of First Teachers we featured a letter from a reader named R.J.K. that centered on the attacks against the traditional family in the United States from the media and radical feminists. R.J.K. added, “The most damaging impact on the family in the United States in recent decades has been the exporting of blue-collar jobs to low-wage Third World countries. The resulting unemployment and underemployment at low-paying jobs of young males has prevented them from earning what is necessary to support a family. This has forced married women to work, rather than stay home with their children. What makes this situation worse is that single mothers and non-traditional families have been exalted…Continue Reading