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Also A Pro-Life Center’s 45th Anniversary . . . Bishop Begins A Weekend With Catholic Physicians

January 1, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Also A Pro-Life Center’s 45th Anniversary . . . Bishop Begins A Weekend With Catholic Physicians

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — After his office day, Thomas Olmsted, bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, came down to the first floor at diocesan headquarters here about 5:30 p.m. to hear individual Confessions by members of the Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix (CPG) in a conference room. These medical workers were holding an Advent Evening of Reflection on Friday, December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, that began with private prayer at the diocesan center’s chapel, with Confessions down the hall for those desiring that sacrament. Like a physician’s, a bishop’s day may stretch into long hours. After speaking face-to-face with penitents, Olmsted crossed the downtown plaza separating the diocesan offices from nearby historic St. Mary’s Basilica, the…Continue Reading

The Limits Of Equality

December 31, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Limits Of Equality

By DONALD DeMARCO It should be sufficiently evident that not all human beings are equal in every way. Equality is a “Great Idea,” as philosopher Mortimer Adler notes, but it does not relate to every aspect of the human being. Nature has placed limits on it that cannot be denied without impunity. Human beings, as the Declaration of Independence states, are created equal. Consequent to this equality is equality under the law and other equalities that pertain to the dignity of man. People are equal in their humanity, but they differ markedly in natural endowment and in personal achievement. To stretch the notion of equality to the extent that it denies these two factors is unrealistic as well as unjust.…Continue Reading

Our Lady Of Fatima . . . The Last Vision And The Consecration Of Russia

December 30, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Our Lady Of Fatima . . . The Last Vision And The Consecration Of Russia

By FR. SEAN CONNOLLY (Editor’s Note: This is the eleventh in a series of articles on the one hundredth anniversary of our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. Fr. Connolly is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. Part eleven is devoted to recounting the life of Lucia dos Santos; because of its length, it is appearing in two separate issues of The Wanderer. The first installment of part eleven ran in the December 14 issue.) + + + During the July 13, 1917 apparition, our Lady promised the conversion of Russia to avoid future wars, persecutions of the Church, and the spread of Communism, if two conditions were fulfilled — the devotion of the Five First Saturdays which we have…Continue Reading

The Anthropologist who Hated Relativism: A Tribute to my Father

December 29, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Anthropologist who Hated Relativism: A Tribute to my Father

By ARTHUR HIPPLER My father Arthur Edwin Hippler (1935-2017) is known to longtime readers of The Wanderer, for which he wrote during the late 80s and early 90s. At that point in his life he had time to write, because he had retired from his position as a professor of anthropology at the University of Alaska, where he had worked since 1968. My father was a graduate of the University of California Berkeley during the 1960s — with everything which that implies. He was a civil rights activist, a labor union organizer, and leader in a number of leftwing causes. When he moved to Alaska, he founded the state chapter American Civil Liberties Union, and become its first president. And…Continue Reading

Christmas Is About Jesus, Otherwise It Is Fake

December 28, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Christmas Is About Jesus, Otherwise It Is Fake

Pope Francis speaking about what Christmas is really about during the general audience December 27. Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today I would like to reflect with you on the meaning of the Lord Jesus’ Birth, which we are living these days in faith and in celebrations. The setting up of the crib and, above all the liturgy, with its biblical readings and its traditional songs, have made us relive “the today” in which “for us is born the Savior, the Lord Christ” (Luke 2:11). In our times, especially in Europe, we are witnessing a sort of “distortion” of Christmas: in the name of a false respect that isn’t Christian, which often hides the will to marginalize faith, every…Continue Reading

Liberty Counsel Predicts Ruling Won’t Stand . . . Judge Blocks Religious Exceptions To Obamacare

December 27, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Liberty Counsel Predicts Ruling Won’t Stand . . . Judge Blocks Religious Exceptions To Obamacare

PHILADELPHIA — Obama-appointed Federal Judge Wendy Beetlestone temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s recent rules which exempt nonprofits that have religious objections to the Obamacare contraception and abortion drug and device mandate. “Courts do not have the authority to order the federal government to force religious nonprofits to provide free contraception and abortion drugs and devices,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, on December 18. In the lawsuit, filed by the state of Pennsylvania, the judge said the Trump administration’s religious accommodation rules “would cause irreparable harm because tens of thousands of women would lose contraceptive coverage.” Seriously? The Trump administration announced in October that employers will now be exempt from the Obamacare requirement to provide insurance coverage…Continue Reading

The Christmas Letter: A Gift Of Love

December 25, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Christmas Letter: A Gift Of Love

By JEFF MINICK For sixteen years, I taught seminars in literature, composition, history, and Latin to homeschooling students in Asheville, N.C. Students attended one or more of these two-hour seminars every week, and then returned home with anywhere from four to seven hours of work, depending on the particular class in which they were enrolled. Our focus in the literature and composition seminars was the essay. The students wrote prodigiously, and I in turn graded prodigiously, sixty to eighty papers, journals, and reports every week. This labor-intensive approach was grueling for both students and teacher, but paid big benefits, annually creating a crew of fine young writers. Occasionally, we took a break from the essay, writing instead a short story…Continue Reading

Faith Leaders… Affirm The Beauty Of Being Created Male Or Female

December 24, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Faith Leaders… Affirm The Beauty Of Being Created Male Or Female

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following the USCCB General Assembly in November 2017, a group of ecumenical and interfaith partners gathered with bishops of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage to discuss gender ideology. As a result of this discussion, faith leaders on December 15 issued an open letter entitled Created Male and Female. Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb., chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop Joseph Bambera of Scranton, Pa., chairman of the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs,…Continue Reading

Garlands In The Sky

December 23, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Garlands In The Sky

By DEREK BECHER The winter winds blew early that year, bringing a record snowfall to Jubilee County. By November, the country roads were impassable, as frosty drifts gathered and grew along the roadsides, especially where the woods crept toward their shoulders. A week later, country residents had already assembled their horse-drawn wagons and sleighs for the first trips into town, which became less frequent because of the duration of the roundtrip excursion to Merry Vale. Winter had indeed arrived early, and with the thick blanket of snow that it had brought, it was there to stay. For Marie and her brother, Matthew, that first snowfall brought dreams of Christmas, as always. Before long, their town would be decorated with the…Continue Reading

Christmas Prayer

December 22, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Christmas Prayer

By DEREK BECHER Dear Lord On this lovely, holy Eve, Be with me, I pray And guide me to understand your coming, And why it is we celebrate, especially now. Help me to look beyond the presents and their flowing ribbons; Open my heart and my eyes, and help me to see and feel The suffering that shakes our Earth. Many hunger, and are cold and lonely In this world of plenty; And many stray from your light, by evil and its ways. And the hustle and bustle, How I fear it’s replaced the real joy we should feel. That starry night so long ago So quietly, peacefully, you entered our world And through your love, your guidance, your sacrifice…Continue Reading