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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

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

March 23, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 (Editor’s Note: This is the third 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 in this series. (This series will appear on a regular basis, as space allows.) + + + “To know history is to cease to be a Protestant,” wrote John Henry Newman, himself a convert from Anglicanism. So, it is important to become aware of the historical context in which the controversy between Henry VIII and Martin Luther took place. In my capacity as the editor of the New Millennium edition of King…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “A Statistical Look At The Alleged ‘Priest Shortage’”

March 22, 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 + + + Dissenting groups often claim that there is a critical shortage of Roman Catholic priests in the United States, and so they must agitate for married, women, and homosexual priests for the good of the Church. This is in keeping with the liberal strategy of “Never waste a crisis; and when there is no crisis, manufacture one.” In order to get at the truth…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Life Is Worth Living

March 21, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PEGGY MOEN Bishop Sheen: Mentor and Friend, by Msgr. Hilary C. Franco (New Hope, Ky.: 2014), 160 pp.; $19.95. To order, visit, or call 800-764-8444. A year and a half ago, the Diocese of Peoria announced that the cause for Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s beatification had been suspended indefinitely, the sad consequence of conflict over moving his body from New York to his home diocese. Archbishop Sheen, born in 1895 in El Paso, Ill., was ordained for the Diocese of Peoria in 1919. He served as an auxiliary bishop of New York from 1951 until 1966 when Pope Paul VI named him bishop of Rochester, N.Y. Sheen died in New York City in 1979. His cause has yet to…Continue Reading

The Fall Of Constantinople . . . And The Catholics Who Fought To Save Hagia Sophia

March 20, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS Two remarkable volumes, Roger Crowley’s 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West (New York, Hyperion: 2005) and art historian Lina Murr Nehme’s 1453 Fall of Constantinople: Muhammad II Imposes the Orthodox Schism (Paris, Francois-Xavier de Guibert: 2003), describe the historic carnage of the population of Constantinople at the hands of its Muslim conquerors. Historian Crowley noted that for Mohammed II, the enclave of Constantinople had long been “a bone in the throat of Allah.” The butchery which would take place in the Emperor Justinian’s magnificent Church of Hagia Sophia, the mother church of Eastern Christendom, was horrendous. From its founding, Hagia Sophia was the wonder of the Christian world, “conceived…Continue Reading

“Playing Wishbone” With Babies . . . Training Seminars Show How To Expose, End Abortion Industry

March 19, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Monthly training seminars are under way on how “to gather the information . . . that is necessary” to shut down not only Planned Parenthood but also the entire abortion industry, a national pro-life leader told The Wanderer. The seminars are at activist Life Dynamics, headquartered in Denton, Texas, conducted by the organization’s president, Mark Crutcher, said Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of the New York-based Priests for Life. Crutcher pioneered investigating the harvesting of aborted babies’ organs in the 1990s. Unlike the Center for Medical Progress’ powerful videos that began to be revealed last summer only after undercover filming of abortion officials was completed, the Texas training seminars on gathering intelligence were openly announced before they…Continue Reading

Killing With Kindness

March 18, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO The word “oxymoron” is one of those words that people persist in using wrongly. It does not mean “contradiction.” Rather, it is a figure of speech in which words of opposite meaning are used together, such as “cruel kindness,” or “virtuous to a fault.” Festina lente (make haste slowly) is a Catholic motto referring to the slow pace of progress that the Church makes through history. This figure of speech illustrates how opposite terms can actually sharpen a truth. “Deafening silence,” for example, intensifies the meaning of “silence.” “Kill them with kindness,” usually means that the best way to disarm a person who is mistreating you is to retaliate with kindness. Killing Me Softly with His Song,…Continue Reading

Antonin Scalia On Catholic Education

March 17, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The Cardinal Newman Society devoted a recent newsletter to statements made by the recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia about the state of our modern Catholic colleges. It offers evidence for why Scalia will be greatly missed. The newsletter begins with comments by Scalia at one of the Newman Society’s conferences in October of 1997. Scalia used the opportunity to urge Catholic colleges to retain their Catholic religious identity to combat the rising relativism and secularism of modern society: “The American landscape is strewn with colleges and universities, many of them the finest academically in the land, that were once denominational, but in principle or practice no longer are. With foolish sectarian pride I thought…Continue Reading

How To Understand Scripture’s “Dark Passages”

March 16, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By FR. JOHN FLYNN (Editor’s Note: Fr. John Flynn, LC, wrote this commentary for ZENIT News Agency. Fr. Flynn, a regular ZENIT contributor, holds degrees from the University of New South Wales and from the Pontifical Gregorian University. All rights reserved.) + + + Christians and Christianity are often the target of criticism over what is termed the “dark passages” of the Bible. That is, those parts — above all in the Old Testament — which at first glance seem to portray a vengeful or vindictive God. In a recently published book Mark Giszczak analyzes and explains why some parts of the Bible are so difficult for our contemporary culture to understand. Light in the Dark Passages of Scripture (Our…Continue Reading