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Dalton Trumbo Had It Coming

November 13, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Dalton Trumbo was a socialist, but he loved being rich.” So says Bryan Cranston, who stars in Trumbo, out this past week, and plays the screenwriter who went to prison with the Hollywood Ten in the time of Harry Truman. Actually, Trumbo was not a socialist. Bernie Sanders is a socialist. Trumbo was a Stalinist, a hard-core Communist when the Communist Party USA was run from Moscow by the Comintern, agents of the greatest mass murderer of the 20th century. Trumbo was not what Lenin called a “useful idiot,” a liberal simpleton. He was the real deal, a Bolshevik who followed every twist and turn in the Moscow party line. When Hitler signed his infamous pact…Continue Reading

The Tyranny Of The Powerful

November 12, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By THE MOST REV. JAMES CONLEY (Editor’s Note: Here is the latest column from Bishop James Conley, Lincoln, Neb., reprinted by ZENIT News Agency from the Southern Nebraska Register. All rights reserved.) + + + The historian Christopher Shannon claims that in America, social progress and advancement is perceived as the expansion of “free choice” to as many individuals as possible. Shannon says that modern Americans understand history as the advancement of increased protection for license across as many social groups as possible. What Shannon means, it seems to me, is that Americans have a tendency to believe that justice requires more legal protection, for more choices, in all circumstances, at all times. Less relevant is whether those choices are…Continue Reading

Ross Douthat And The Catholic Academy

November 11, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By THE MOST REV. ROBERT BARRON (Editor’s Note: Bishop Robert Barron is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. This article was published by ZENIT News Agency and posted on ZENIT’s website on October 29. All rights reserved. (Bishop Barron is responding to a letter some members of the Catholic academy wrote to the New York Times, objecting to columnist Ross Douthat’s writings on the recent Synod of Bishops. Douthat has argued that Pope Francis sides with the liberal resolution of some of the key controversies within that Synod. (The academics complained, in part, that Douthat lacked the “professional qualifications” to be commenting on such matters — that is,…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life . . . “What Are You Afraid of?”

November 10, 2015 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 the complete Culture of Life series on homosexuality [with footnotes], e-mail him at + + + “Everything you desire lies on the other side of fear.” + + + You would never know it from this series of articles, but I am an incurable optimist. But even I must admit that the situation looks grim lately, what with the nationwide legalization of ersatz homosexual “marriage,” enactment of a “right to die” act in California, and increasing pressure on faithful Christians to conform to the elite’s concept of the glorious socialist future that inevitably awaits us all. Occasionally, I…Continue Reading

To Live And Die In L.A. Revisited

November 9, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Survivors — aren’t we all? If you are reading this, you are a survivor of the abortion holocaust. We must go beyond just surviving abortion ourselves, and now commit ourselves to do battle against the diabolical enemy known as Planned Parenthood. Two years ago, I visited the city of Los Angeles to do on-the-ground pro-life organizing with some of southern California’s top pro-life warriors. At that time, The Wanderer published my column about the experience titled, “To Live and Die in L.A.” Once again, I come back to the City of Angels where the war against family and life has gotten worse than ever. While Planned Parenthood’s abortion mills are on the decline across the United States,…Continue Reading

War in Syria? Where Is Speaker Ryan?

November 8, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “The United States is being sucked into a new Middle East war,” says The New York Times. And the Times has it exactly right. Despite repeated pledges not to put “boots on the ground” in Syria, President Obama is inserting 50 U.S. special ops troops into that country, with more to follow. U.S. A-10 “warthog” attack planes have been moved into Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, close to Syria. Hillary Clinton, who has called for arming Syrian rebels to bring down Bashar Assad, is urging Obama to establish a no-fly zone inside Syria. Citing Clinton and Gen. David Petraeus, John McCain is calling for a no-fly zone and a safe zone in Syria, to be policed…Continue Reading

Christians Oppressed For Their Faith… Two Reports Point To Widespread Persecution

November 7, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By FR. JOHN FLYNN, LC (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. Last week’s Wanderer carried a news item on the Aid to the Church in Need report.) + + + Christians continue to face fierce opposition in many countries and two recent reports provide ample evidence of this. The first one, published by the UK’s office of the organization Aid to the Church in Need was titled, “Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report on Christians Oppressed for Their Faith 2013-2015.” The report examined 23 countries of concern. It accused Islamic…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “What Does The Bible Say About Homosexuality?”

November 6, 2015 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 the complete culture of life series on homosexuality [with footnotes], e-mail him at + + + “The explicit root-and-branch rejection of morality by gays has been real, pervasive, and baleful in its effect on both the quality of life that we create for ourselves within the [gay] community, and our P.R. [public relations] with straights. . . . There’s a simpler, darker reason why many gays choose to live without morality: As ideologies go, amorality is damned convenient. And the mortal enemy of that convenience is the value judgment. . . . Without morality, there can be no…Continue Reading

The First Irish Saint (Hint: It Ain’t Patrick)

November 5, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By RAY CAVANAUGH If asked to name the first Irish saint, there’s a good chance someone would say St. Patrick. As it turns out, though, Patrick wasn’t even born in Ireland. He was born in Britain, and brought to Ireland against his will, having been taken captive at age 16 by a band of pagan-Irish marauders on the hunt for slaves. The first canonized saint who actually hailed from Ireland was St. Malachy, whose canonization was authorized by Pope Clement III on July 6, 1199, according to The New Catholic Encyclopedia (second edition). Malachy’s feast day would have been on November 2, the date of his death, but it was fixed at November 3, so as not to conflict with…Continue Reading

America In Search Of A Cause?

November 4, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “If the Cold War is over, what’s the point of being an American?” said Rabbit Angstrom, the protagonist of the John Updike novels. A haunting remark, since, for 40 years, America was largely united on the proposition that our survival depended upon our victory over Communism in the Cold War. We had a cause then. By and large, we stood together through the crises in the first decades of that Cold War — the Berlin blockade, Stalin’s atom bomb and the fall of China to Mao, the Korean War, the Hungarian revolution, the Cuban missile crisis, and on into Vietnam. We accepted the conscription of our young men. We accepted wars in Asia, and, if need…Continue Reading