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A Thanksgiving Note At Christmastime

December 9, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PAUL LIKOUDIS At the approach of Christmas, I would like once again to thank the hundreds of Wanderer readers who have so kindly helped me out with their prayers and gifts since I informed them of my cancer diagnosis almost a year ago. As an update: On October 9 I had a CT scan which revealed that the heavy-duty chemo treatments I was receiving had, so far, prevented the cancer from spreading. Two weeks ago, I learned that my chemo treatments will not end, as I had previously thought, at the end of December, but will continue indefinitely, since I have a particularly aggressive cancer. The big challenge, as far as daily life is concerned, is still extreme physical…Continue Reading

Report By Same-Sex Marriage Group Touted At Gonzaga

December 8, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By KIMBERLY SCHAFENBERGER (Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in Catholic Education Daily, an online publication of The Cardinal Newman Society. All rights reserved.) + + + The Gonzaga University director for “special student populations” indicated that the results of a new Human Rights Campaign (HRC) report are a step in the right direction, The Gonzaga Bulletin reported in a recent article, despite the fact that both HRC and the new report support same-sex marriage. The HRC report detailed the “status of LGBT equality” in cities across the nation and noted that 2014 marked “incredible advances toward marriage equality in states across the nation,” adding that “we celebrate these victories, but know our work is far from over.” According to…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Street Harassment: Another Misdirected Cause, Another Confused Response?

December 7, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books is The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers, 2012], and most recently an edited volume entitled, Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press, 2013]. This column originally appeared in All rights reserved.) + + + A multitude of people saw the YouTube video, or read the story in the news, about…Continue Reading

A Football Hero Who Was an American Hero

December 6, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of Creators Syndicate distributed this column. All rights reserved.) + + + As a halfback at Michigan, he ran for 33 touchdowns, threw for 16 more, won the Heisman Trophy, and was the first player picked in the NFL draft. But the hardest hits Tom Harmon ever took were not on a football field. They were in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Harmon came out of a big Catholic family in a small Midwestern town — and was proud of both. “Lou and Rose Harmon were good Catholics, and they were raising their family to have faith in the ‘Big Boss’ upstairs,”…Continue Reading

September 1914 . . . The Miracle Of The Marne

December 5, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By MARY O’NEILL (Editor’s Note: Mary O’Neill is a Catholic writer living in France. She notes that much of this story has been translated from the French from an article in l’Homme Nouveau, September 13, 2014. (There has as yet been no official decision from the Church concerning the authenticity of this apparition.) + + + The centenary of the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914 has brought to light many little-known or forgotten stories. The following story is one example. Historians speak of the “Miracle of the Marne,” when the German army suddenly retreated and turned back from Paris. But there may also be a supernatural reason for this retreat. At the beginning of September 1914, the German…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary… Apparitions At L’Ile Bouchard

December 4, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 2 The previous article looked at the initial stages of the apparitions at L’Ile Bouchard, and now we can look at how things developed. Fr. Ségelle, the parish priest at L’Ile Bouchard had been asked to come to the church at 2 p.m. on the second day of the apparitions, but probably for reasons of prudence, refused to do this, and so Jacqueline, Jeanette, and Laura, with about 20 other children, and 30 adults, assembled in the church. After they had said ten Hail Marys, the Virgin and the angel appeared as before, out of the golden ball. She asked for hymns and prayers, before telling them to return each day at one o’clock, until…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Answering Distortions Of The Theology Of The Body

December 3, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS The Dark Night of the Body, by Alice von Hildebrand. Roman Catholic Books, P.O. Box 2286, Fort Collins, CO 80520; phone 970-490-2735; $14.50 quality soft cover; 122 pages. On her recent 90th birthday, philosopher Dr. Alice von Hildebrand was invested a Dame Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great by Raymond Cardinal Burke in the name of Pope Francis. It was in honor of her exemplary personal witness as a philosopher, teacher, author, and leading Catholic voice on cultural matters, and one richly deserved for her many books and articles reflecting the teaching of her husband of revered memory, Dr. Dietrich von Hildebrand. It is in the sphere of Catholic anthropological doctrine that…Continue Reading

Rogue President

December 2, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Asserting a legal and constitutional authority he himself said he did not have, President Obama is going rogue, issuing an executive amnesty to 4 to 5 million illegal aliens. He will order the U.S. government not to enforce the law against these 5 million, and declare that they are to be exempt from deportation and granted green cards. Where did Obama get his 4-5 million figure, not 2-4 million, or 5-7 million? Nowhere in law, but plucked out of his own mind, as to what he can get away with. Barack Obama just felt it was about right. Thus does our constitutional law professor-president “faithfully execute” the laws of the United States he has twice swore…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Birth Control Pill As Therapy”

December 1, 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 chapter 21 of The Facts of Life, “Contraception,” or any patient information pamphlet for birth control pills, e-mail him at + + + The moral doctrine of the Church judges human behavior, but is silent on chemical compounds. Most people do not know that it is permissible for Catholic women to use the birth control pill under carefully defined conditions when the intent is not to impair their fertility. Sometimes a young woman will take the Pill for non-contraceptive purposes, such as clearing up severe cases of acne or reducing hirsutism (excess body hair…Continue Reading

A Follow-Up… Proclaiming And Explaining the Faith

November 30, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PHILIP TROWER Earlier this year, The Wanderer published an article I wrote explaining the distinction the Magisterium is now making between the way the faith is or should initially be “proclaimed” to arouse belief and assent in people who have never heard of it before, and then is subsequently explained when the new believers start to ask questions — the two processes going under the names of kerygma and didache. The idea that such a distinction would be a useful contribution to the new evangelization arose in certain circles at the time of Vatican II and was later taken up by Popes Paul VI and St. John Paul II. An important text is Pope Paul’s Evangelii Nuntiandi. It was…Continue Reading