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A Christmas Message From Paul Likoudis

December 16, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

To My Dear Friends At The Wanderer: As Christmas approaches, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the many readers who have supported me over the past year. Your support has been absolutely crucial — your prayers as well as the contributions which you have so kindly provided to help my family. Your gifts have literally kept us in our home for the past two years. Especially humbling are the many thanks for my work over the past decades for The Wanderer, and also the expressions of solidarity from those who are enduring similar trials themselves or in their families. Believe me, I do keep you in my prayers as you have asked. I continue to watch as best I can…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “Why We Must Fight Dissent”

December 15, 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 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 bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “I appeal to you, brethren, to take note of those who create dissensions and difficulties, in opposition to the doctrine which you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by fair and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the simple-minded” (Romans 16:17-18). + + + The great Chinese military strategist…Continue Reading

A Missing Link: The Last Fifty Years

December 14, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PHILIP TROWER Recently The Catholic Herald, one of our most reliable English Catholic weeklies, recently published an article by George Weigel on Vatican II and the subsequent fifty years called “Mission Abandoned” and carrying on the cover the phrase “George Weigel says we’ve wasted the last 50 years on infighting.” Professor Weigel is one of our most distinguished Catholic writers who over the years has done great work in the service of the Church. This in itself makes me hesitate to take issue with him. But in addition to that is the fact that if I do I shall expose myself to the charge of carrying on the “infighting.” However, there is one serious omission in his article which,…Continue Reading

Not Just Another Christmas Story

December 13, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOE PROCOPIO In October of 1958 I remember the election of Pope John XXIII. In December of that same year he celebrated his first Christmas Mass as Pope. It was also the first time that the Church had the technology to set up a broadcast of the Christmas Mass worldwide with radio and television. Being 2,000 years old, the Church is the oldest living organization on Earth and she invited everyone in the world to be a part of this memorable Mass. There were people from all over of the globe — purple-robed cardinals, peasants, average men and women, intellectuals, dummies, poor, rich, religious, non-religious, Catholic and non-Catholic alike from nearly every nation. Even though this was a brand-new…Continue Reading

America And France Turn Right

December 12, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In the December 6 first round of regional elections in France, the clear and stunning winner was the National Front of Marine Le Pen. Her party rolled up 30 percent of the vote, and came in first in 6 of 13 regions. Marine herself won 40 percent of her northeast district. Despite tremendous and positive publicity from his presidential role in the Charlie Hebdo and Paris massacres and the climate summit, Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party ran third. What drove the victory of the National Front? According to The Wall Street Journal’s William Horobin, “Ms. Le Pen, who has combined the party’s anti-immigration stance with calls for hard-line security measures and tighter control of France’s borders, has…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Cultural Identity Is National

December 11, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Redner, Harry. The Tragedy of European Civilization: Towards an Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2015. xxiii + 257 pp. This is a collection of essays each of which could have been turned into a book. Harry Redner, retired reader at Monash University in Melbourne, has served as a visiting professor at distinguished universities in Europe and the United States as well as in Israel. He is the author of Totalitarianism, Globalization, Colonialism, and other major studies. At the outset of this book, Redner identifies ten leading thinkers who he believes comprise much of the intellectual history of the 20th century. They are Marx, Weber, Freud, Spengler, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Arendt, Nietzsche, Foucault,…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Magnificent Work On The Catholic Intellectual Tradition

December 10, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Royal, Robert. A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2015; 619 pages. To order visit www.ignatius.com or call1-800-651-1531. It is hazardous to speak of a Catholic intellectual tradition. There are Augustinians, Thomists, Scotists, and perhaps some Ockhamists among the linguistic analysts, not to mention schools of personalism and phenomenology that arose in the 20th century. Within each tradition some scholars are primarily indebted to Aristotle, others more to Plato or to neo-Platonism. Robert Royal is aware of all of this as he identifies a “core intellectuality” that may be called Catholic. He brings to his work an exceptional erudition, perhaps unsurpassed by any contemporary author. A Deeper Vision opens…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Many Weaknesses Of The Special Rights Movement”

December 9, 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 set of 38 “Culture of Life” articles on homosexuality, including footnotes, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + It is appropriate to conclude this “Culture of Life” series on homosexuality with a few encouraging words. Despite what slanted polls say, most Americans — and certainly all Wanderer readers — strongly believe that matrimony is a sacrament established by Jesus Christ Himself, reserved only for a man and a woman. Those of us who do not believe in ersatz homosexual “marriage” or any other special rights for homosexuals should be encouraged not only by the rightness of our…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “How To Organize A Pro-Family Group”

December 8, 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 guide to organizing an effective pro-family group, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + Part 3 So far, so good. Your pro-family group has found a spiritual director, started meeting, has begun to gather information on the opposition, has elected your leaders, and has begun training your people. It is time to complete the process before stepping onto the field of battle over homosexual “special rights.” Task 6: Establish Your Vision, Values, Mission, and Tactics. Now it is time to define the organization’s parameters — its vision, values, mission, and tactics. Your vision is a summary of…Continue Reading

Tarzan And The Ape Men

December 7, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN YOUNG How did the world reach its present stage, with all its vast complexity? The current orthodoxy is that it happened by chance. Billions of years ago primitive non-living entities evolved into primitive living beings, and through vast reaches of time they advanced to the almost infinitely complex universe of today. Take the human brain. An article in New Scientist (May 26, 1988) by Michael Recce and Philip Treleavan stated: “In crude terms, the human brain is a natural computer composed of 10 to 100 billion neurons, each of which connects to about 10,000 others, and all of which function in parallel….Neuronal systems take about 100 processing steps to perform a complex task of vision or speech which…Continue Reading