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A Book Review . . . A Gripping Adventure Tale For Young Catholics

January 16, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS The Secret of Glaston Tor, by Donal Foley; 2015; 238 pages. Available from as well as for $11.99 plus shipping. Do Catholic parents know what their young teenagers (especially those in the 11 to 15-year-old range) are reading? Judging by the educational standards in too many of our schools and the obsession of too many youngsters with their fantasy worlds on iPhones and iPads, and their fixation on morally questionable movies and decadent celebrities, such parents often find themselves helpless. They see their young children bombarded by a secular culture which has lost its moral moorings and now glorifies every perversity and evil. The transformative power of great and good literature inspired by the truths…Continue Reading

Should Old Aquinas Be Forgot?

January 15, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO The secular world is so preoccupied with being up-to-date that it forgets, as C.S. Lewis reminds us, that “all that is not eternal is eternally out of date.” To suggest that the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas is “quaint” and not relevant to our modern age is a curiosity. The man who labors to be in step with his times dooms himself to be out of step with the times that follow. Why do people sacrifice themselves on the altar of irrelevancy? Aquinas endures because of his common sense, and because he sought the truth of things. These two traits are evident in his Commentary on Matthew where he states: “Life comes before learning: for life leads…Continue Reading

What Bernie & The Donald Portend

January 14, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN At this writing, it is three weeks out from the Iowa caucuses, and clarity emerges. Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, is in trouble. Polls show her slightly ahead of Socialist Bernie Sanders in Iowa, but narrowly behind in New Hampshire. And the weekend brought new revelations about yet more classified and secret documents sent over her private email server when she was secretary of state. Between now and November, she will be traversing a minefield, with detonations to be decided upon by FBI investigators who may not cherish Clinton, and might like to appear in the history books. Clinton’s charge about Donald Trump’s alleged “penchant for sexism” brought a counterstrike — her being the “enabler”…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . A Brief Consideration Of The New “Faithfulful Citizenship” USCCB Document

January 13, 2016 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, and most recently two edited volumes, Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System, and The Crisis of Religious Liberty. (This column originally appeared in All rights reserved.) + + + The U.S. bishops recently issued an updated version of their 2007 document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship…Continue Reading

The Constitution, The President, And Guns

January 12, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” — Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In 2008, the Supreme Court laid to rest the once-simmering dispute over the meaning of the Second Amendment. In an opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the court articulated the modern existence of the ancient right to keep and bear arms as a pre-political right. A pre-political right is one that pre-exists the political order that was created to protect it. Thus, the court held, the origins of this right are the ancient and persistent traditions of free peoples and their…Continue Reading

“How Dissenters Attack The ‘Oneness’ of the Church”

January 11, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 2 (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 + + + As we have seen, the first article of the “Proposed Charter of the Catholic Church,” formulated by the dissenting group Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (ARCC), calls for conscience to be the supreme arbiter of moral decision-making. ARCC makes no distinction between properly formed and unformed consciences. This means that, under the charter, there would be complete…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred . . . A Sense Of The Sacred In How We Speak

January 10, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES MONTI When several months ago, dear readers, I had the happy privilege of beginning this new column for The Wanderer, “Restoring the Sacred,” it was with the intent of exploring with you how we could rediscover and renew what it truly is to render unto God that which is properly and fittingly His in Catholic worship. What does it mean to seek the restoration of the sacred? It is a quest to deepen the sense of holiness and transcendence in the Catholic liturgy and in Catholic life, to perceive God as He truly is from the perspective of who we truly are, His creatures. How did we ever lose the sense of the sacred in the first place?…Continue Reading

Is Thinking A Dying Art?

January 9, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO The classic excuse among “liberal” Catholics for not opposing abortion is that they would not think of imposing their views on others. One may recall Vice President Joe Biden emphasizing this point during the 2012 vice-presidential debate with Cong. Paul Ryan. Though Biden affirmed that he has been a practicing Catholic all his life, he did not want to impose his Catholic views on anyone else. “I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews,” he stated, “and I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the — the congressman. I — I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people that — women, they…Continue Reading

The One-Man Rule

January 8, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of Creators Syndicate distributes his column. All rights reserved.) + + + “Kings or parliaments could not give the rights essential to happiness, as you confess those invaded by the Stamp Act to be,” John Dickinson wrote in 1766. “We claim them from a higher source — from the King of Kings, and Lord of all the Earth,” he said in a public letter he signed simply “A North American.” “They are not annexed to us by parchments and seals,” Dickinson said. “They are created in us by the decrees of Providence, which establish the laws of our nature. They are born with us; exist with us;…Continue Reading

Bishops of Nebraska . . . Issue Statement On Transgender Students And Sports

January 7, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

OMAHA (ZENIT) — On Monday, January 4, the Nebraska bishops released this Statement on the Nebraska School Activities Association’s Policy on Transgender Student Participation: + + + Over the next two weeks, the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) member schools and board of directors will be considering and voting on alternative policies regarding the participation of minors who experience gender dysphoria in high school activities. These alternatives will determine whether, and if so under what conditions, a biological male student can participate as a female in a girls’ sport, and a biological female student can participate as a male in a boys’ sport. Whichever alternative is chosen also will establish the legal basis for any litigation in Nebraska on important,…Continue Reading