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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

Boehner’s Saddest Surrender

November 3, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of Creators Syndicate provided this column. All rights reserved.) + + + “This attack by the federal government on religious freedom in our country must not stand and will not stand.” So said John Boehner in a speech on the House floor — on February 8, 2012. It was the rhetorical high point of his speakership. “My colleagues, in recent days, Americans of every faith and political persuasion have mobilized in objection to a rule put forward by the Obama administration that constitutes an unambiguous attack on religious freedom in our country,” Boehner said. “This rule would require faith-based employers, including Catholic charities, schools, universities, and hospitals,…Continue Reading

Always Wrong To Gloat?

November 2, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK We are told it is bad form to be smug, to gloat, to “rub it in” when someone who has been critical of us is proven wrong. It can also be counterproductive, especially when we are dealing with political adversaries. Gloating too openly can lead them to dig in their heels. Our goal should not be that. It should be to use the moment when we have been proven right to get our opponents to change their minds, perhaps even vote our way in the future. So maybe we should not crow too openly at the progressives in New York City whose double-standard has been pointed out in a column by Reihan Salam in the September…Continue Reading

After “Immigration” Was Mentioned… Restaurant Calls Police, Conservatives Kicked Out

November 1, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The helicopter circling above us turned out not to be one of the mysterious black ones, but the evening was too dark to discern its color at the moment, especially with the police copter’s roaming searchlight glaring down into our eyes. Police vehicles at K O’Donnell’s restaurant and sports bar in this Phoenix suburb had come to a halt outside of marked spaces, as if they had rushed to the scene, blocking a few civilians’ parked cars. Police officers took their positions by the front door, near a sign proclaiming, “KO’s welcomes Breitbart.” The conservative Breitbart News Network was hosting its first planned “meetup” for its fans in the Phoenix area at a patio…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . On The Arbitrary Enforcement Of Civil Rights Laws

October 31, 2015 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 cofounder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books is The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic and two recent 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.) + + + A recent national news story told of the sentencing to prison of a former University of Mississippi student…Continue Reading

Jorge Cardinal Urosa Savino… Mercy Is Part Of The Church’s Constant Teaching

October 30, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By LOUISE KIRK (Editor’s Note: In an interview with The Wanderer, Cardinal Urosa Savino affirmed that the Church has always shown mercy in her constant teaching which cannot be broken. The interview took place on Thursday, October 22, in Rome, before the release of the final Synod document and before the Synod on the Family concluded. (His Eminence Jorge Cardinal Urosa Savino, archbishop of Caracas and honorary president of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference, was born in 1942 and was ordained priest in 1967. He studied first in Caracas, then went to Toronto to read theology, and to Rome, where he obtained his Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1971. (For many years he was professor and…Continue Reading

Where’s Jesse Watters When We Need Him?

October 29, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Jesse Watters is a producer of The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly’s nightly news program on Fox News. He is regularly sent out by O’Reilly to interview the proverbial “man in the street,” hoping to entertain the audience with examples of how clueless the average American is about the issues of the day. Watters finds many such folks, in what he calls “Watters’ World.” One place where I wish Watters would go is a college campus during a student protest against the appearance of a conservative speaker who has been invited to address a group on campus. Such protests are routine in the country these days. Patrick Buchanan, Condoleezza Rice, and David Petraeus are just a few…Continue Reading