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A Book Review . . . A Hundred And Fifty Years After Darwin And Still No Evidence

October 6, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . A Hundred And Fifty Years After Darwin And Still No Evidence

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Wolfe, Tom. Kingdom of Speech. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2016. 185 pp. It all began in the Tierra del Fuego at the southernmost tip of Argentina. Alfred Wallace, a self-taught British naturalist, fulfilling an assignment, noticed that the Fuegian inhabitants he encountered were brown, sun-wrinkled, and hairy. The hair on their heads was as wild as any hairy ape. Their legs were too short and their arms were too long for their hairy torsos. Wallace concluded that there was little to distinguish the Fuegians from the higher apes except the power of speech. Wallace subsequently wrote an essay entitled, “On the Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely From the Original Type.” The concept “descent with…Continue Reading

Hunger For The Truth

October 5, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Hunger For The Truth

By DONALD DeMARCO Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC-43 BC) was a philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul, constitutionalist, and translator. He was well equipped by nature and training to gain proficiency in each of these endeavors. His enthusiasm for learning, very much like that of his predecessor, Aristotle, was based on his firm conviction that “our minds possess by nature an insatiable desire to know the truth.” Cicero offers us a worthy example of a man whose passion for truth was crowned with brilliance of achievement. It is one of the fundamental paradoxes of the human being that alongside of this insatiable desire is a reluctance to accept truth when it is found. It is like having a roaring…Continue Reading

A Response To “On Bended Knee Within The Holy Of Holies”

October 4, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Response To “On Bended Knee Within The Holy Of Holies”

(Editor’s Note: Below is a response from Dr. Gabriel Radle to James Monti’s treatment of his work in his “Restoring the Sacred” column in our September 8 issue. Following that is Mr. Monti’s reply. We thank both gentlemen for their commentaries.) + + + Dear respected members of the editorial board of The Wanderer, With great disappointment I read in the September 8th edition (page 3B) James Monti’s article, “Restoring the Sacred . . . On Bended Knee Within The Holy of Holies.” I was not disappointed because of his advocacy for the esteemed posture of kneeling in adoration of Christ’s presence in the Eucharist. Rather, I was shocked by the characterization that he made of me. Mr. Monti’s article…Continue Reading

Conservatives Students, Liberal Colleges

October 3, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Conservatives Students, Liberal Colleges

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Recently, I came across a syndicated column by Marvin Olasky that focused on letters from conservative professors who document the unfair treatment they have received from their colleagues: ostracism and denial of tenure, for example. These professors write about the need to “bite my tongue,” to “keep my mouth shut,” of discovering that “graduate students are urged by my colleagues not to work with me.” It is a sad state of affairs. If professors feel compelled to bend to left-wing peer pressure in this manner, how can we expect 19-year-old undergraduates to confront it? Over the years I have heard many young men and women call Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity to ask for advice about…Continue Reading

The Glory Of Man

October 2, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Glory Of Man

By DONALD DeMARCO The distinguished science fiction writer, Arthur C. Clarke, once remarked that it is “inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.” What this planet is “clearly,” however, is not what it is really. Outer appearances can be deceiving. We realize the Clarke’s comment is superficial in the strictest sense of the term as soon as we remember that earth lies at the bottom of every ocean. Earth circumscribes the globe. Clarke’s comment is unconventional, but remains unconvincing. What we first notice in something does not always square with its nature. But there is another problem, more significant than being superficial and allowing the surface to identify the deeper reality. That problem involves assessing…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… The Bridge Between Abortion And Euthanasia

October 1, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… The Bridge Between Abortion And Euthanasia

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 chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, “Euthanasia,” e-mail him at + + + “The doors began to open for me and my ideas once a wonderful thing happened — Roe v. Wade” — Derek Humphry. + + + Court transcripts reveal that we are killing newborn people for exactly the same reasons that we have been killing preborn people for so long. B.D. Colen, one-time medical writer for Newsday Magazine, says that “The decision to withhold or withdraw treatment from extremely sick, premature, and/or deformed newborns is probably being made at…Continue Reading

Autumn 1916 . . . The Third Apparition Of The Angel Of Portugal

September 30, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Autumn 1916 . . . The Third Apparition Of The Angel Of Portugal

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY This article will consider the third and final appearance of the Angel of Portugal to the Fatima children in the autumn of 1916. This is rightly regarded as the most important of these three visitations, principally because the Angel gave the children Holy Communion, but also because of the power and depth of the prayer he taught them. The site of this third apparition is commemorated at the place called the Loca do Cabeço, which is not far from Valinhos, where our Lady would appear to the seers the following August, following their release from the custody of the local mayor who had illegally kidnapped and imprisoned them. One day in the autumn of 1916, probably…Continue Reading

Homily For The Funeral Mass of Phyllis Schlafly

September 29, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Homily For The Funeral Mass of Phyllis Schlafly

By FR. BRIAN HARRISON, O.S. (Editor’s Note: Fr. Harrison concelebrated and gave the homily at the funeral Mass for Phyllis Schlafly held on September 10, at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica. reprinted with permission.) + + + Dear Friends — Whenever Christian believers gather in God’s house to mark the passing from this life of someone we have esteemed and loved, the occasion is inevitably marked by very mixed emotions: there is grief, heaviness of heart, a sharp sense of loss and separation, but also hope, reassurance, and thankfulness to God. There is peace, joy that springs from our faith in Jesus Christ’s promise of eternal life, and even, I would dare to suggest, an awareness of beauty. Beauty, you say?…Continue Reading

Obama: God-Given Rights “Was A Radical Idea”

September 28, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Obama: God-Given Rights “Was A Radical Idea”

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY President Barack Obama affirmed this week that the Declaration of Independence recognizes that “individual human beings” have “God-given rights.” Yet, he insisted this was a “radical idea” at the time of the founding. Were he right — which he is not — history would see it as one radical idea Obama did not devoutly pursue. On multiple occasions early in his presidency, Obama dropped any reference to the Creator when paraphrasing these famous words from the Declaration: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” But Obama did not…Continue Reading

Never Trump? . . . The Case Against “Sitting Out” The Presidential Election

September 27, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Never Trump? . . . The Case Against “Sitting Out” The Presidential Election

By BRIAN CLOWES Conclusion (Editor’s Note: To receive an electronic copy of this four-part article with footnotes, e-mail Brian Clowes at + + + “When you have a binary choice, you must make a decision. It’s frankly irresponsible to stay on the sidelines right now, given where the republic is heading” — Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List. + + + President Obama has taken us a frighteningly long distance toward “fundamentally transforming” America into a Third World banana dictatorship. Never before has there been so much strife in our society, so much racism, so much hatred, so much division. But we need to understand that these are not unintended consequences; this is all part of…Continue Reading