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Politically Correct Hypocrisy On Parade

April 16, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I have met liberal Democrats who insist that the inclusion of liberal Democrats Alan Colmes and Bob Beckel on the Fox News Network cannot be taken as proof that the network is, as advertised, “fair and balanced.” They insist that Beckel and Colmes are chosen to make liberals look bad, as examples of caricatures of liberals favored by American conservatives. I have no way of knowing, of course, if there is any truth to that. I am sure that Beckel and Colmes would protest to the rooftops. But I had similar thoughts when I read the story about the administrator at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) who defended a faculty member at the school…Continue Reading

Rome Media Symposium . . . Shine The Light Of True Religious Liberty

April 15, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ALAN SEARS (Editor’s Note: Alan Sears, president of the Alliance Defending Freedom [www.adfmedia.org], offered the following welcoming remarks to those attending the ADF’s March 24-27 Catholic Media Symposium in Rome. Raymond Cardinal Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, also spoke at the event.) +    +    + Good evening friends. It is an honor to be with you all tonight. We are so thankful for His Eminence Cardinal Burke, his fidelity, and his presence with us earlier. In the United States, President Ronald Reagan, in whose administration I had the honor to serve, speaking to one of our state’s legislatures, noted: “To those who cite the First Amendment [of the United States Constitution] as reason for excluding God from more…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… The Justina Pelletier Case And The Abusive Child Protective System

April 14, 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. He is the author of several books including The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers: 2012], and most recently published an edited volume entitled Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press: 2013]. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. All rights reserved.) +    +    + Many people who have followed the Justina Pelletier case — largely…Continue Reading

Will “Health Care” Kill American Medicine?

April 13, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY My mother, a doctor’s daughter who became a doctor herself, sometimes accompanied her father when he made house calls in the Livermore Valley of California during the Great Depression. Her job was to open and close the gates at the ranches and farms they visited. In those tenuous times, as she later recalled, her father occasionally provided his services without a fee or in return for whatever unsolicited payment-in-kind the rancher or farmer produced. Medicare and Medicaid did not exist in those days. Nor were there massive for-profit insurance companies or hospital chains. But America had good doctors and good local hospitals. My grandfather spent his life serving his neighbors. Medicine was not just his job,…Continue Reading

A Government Admission Of Wrongdoing

April 12, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO Last week, National Intelligence Director Gen. James R. Clapper sent a brief letter to Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in which he admitted that agents of the National Security Agency (NSA) have been reading innocent Americans’ e-mails and text messages and listening to digital recordings of their telephone conversations that have been stored in NSA computers, without warrants obtained pursuant to the Constitution. That the NSA is doing this is not newsworthy — Edward Snowden has told the world of this during the past ten months. What is newsworthy is that the NSA has admitted this, and those admissions have far-reaching consequences. Since the Snowden revelations first came to…Continue Reading

Human Garbage — Living And Dead

April 11, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By BARBARA SIMPSON (Editor’s Note: Barbara Simpson hosts a radio talk show on KSFO 560 in San Francisco, and has a 20-year radio, TV, and newspaper career in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Dexter Duggan profiled her in The Wanderer dated March 20, 2014. This column first appeared on World Net Daily, and is reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.) +    +    + What happens to aborted babies? Are they sold, experimented on, used in retail products, sent to a landfill, burned or buried? Do you know? Do you care? The abortion statistics are staggering. In the United States, since Roe v. Wade in 1973, there have been almost 57 million abortions. Worldwide, since 1980, the U.S. Abortion Clock…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The RH Bill: Showcase Of Population Control Tactics”

April 10, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995.) +    +    + Nowhere is the battle between the Culture of Life and the Culture of Death more ferocious than it is in the Philippines right now. The primary weapon the population controllers are deploying there is the Reproductive Health Bill, which was enacted by the Congress in December 2012 but is currently tied up in the court system. The years of struggle over the RH Bill have showcased the tactics used by population controllers all over the world, allowing us to analyze them and learn from them. The main argument of the population controllers is that a large population dooms a developing…Continue Reading

To All Wanderer Readers…. A Note From Paul Likoudis

April 9, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

Heartfelt Thanks Many thanks to the members of The Wanderer family for your messages of prayer and support as I began my medical treatment for rectal cancer. Following my first surgery on February 26, I began a five-week regimen of chemotherapy and radiation on March 17, and after the first two weeks I can report I am doing fine, though I am seriously fatigued. I expect to have another surgery in early to mid-May, and following that will be another eight weeks of chemotherapy. I must also report that I have complete confidence in, and respect for, the team of wonderful doctors and nurses who are caring for me, and they are determined to “fix” the problems.

Say It Isn’t So: But What If It Is?

April 8, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK What I found so disconcerting about David Gushee’s column on March 17 in the online edition of the Religious Herald, the newspaper published by the Associated Baptist Press, was that I could find no way to challenge his thesis. Gushee is a professor of Christian ethics at Mercer University and a regular columnist at the Religious Herald. What did Gushee say that left me unnerved? He stated flatly that American Christians have no choice but to “say goodbye to Christian America.” Christian America? Didn’t the First Amendment’s “no establishment clause” make clear that there was to be no such thing? Gushee is not hamstrung by the secular liberals’ attempt to sell us on that notion. “For…Continue Reading

As The Commencements Commence

April 7, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PETER MAURICE Now that spring is here, the thoughts of Catholic university presidents turn once more to commencement speakers. If past predicts future, the values of the City of Man will again prevail. Christian fortitude and a life lived in conformity to the so-called non-negotiables will not always outweigh the desire for secular prestige. When a Sebelius, a Pelosi, or a Biden addresses the graduates at Politically Correct Catholic U and collects the honorary degree, demoralized Catholics wonder: Don’t the bishops have authority to stop the scandal? Acceptance of two straightforward principles could guard these institutions from bartering their souls, and those of their students, so cheaply. The first is from the great Catholic novelist François Mauriac. In The…Continue Reading