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A Movie Review . . . “Old Fashioned” Movie Soars Above Any Shades Of Grey

February 9, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Movies can be such a terrific escape from the everyday routine; they can be something we learn from, or they can sometimes be a complete waste of our time. Some are even harmful to our souls. This St. Valentine’s Day weekend two movies are being released, targeting the date movie audience. One film offers us chivalry and chastity, while the other wants to assault us with a pseudo-porn spread of bondage and sadomasochism, designed for mainstream audiences. One film offers an escape and some valuable lessons about romance, while the other movie spews out more sordid sewage from the bowels of Hollywood. Old Fashioned is exactly what today’s men and women need to arm them against the…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . These Christian Realtors Show Us The True Cost

February 8, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES “God’s amazing grace and tender mercy saved us when we were young boys. And for the last thirty-nine years He’s built our testimony for Him — with lots of ups and downs. And during those rough times….God was right there all along, forging a ‘whatever the cost’ attitude in our hearts” — David and Jason Benham. Whatever the Cost: Facing Your Fears, Dying to Your Dreams, and Living Powerfully is the new book written by David and Jason Benham, real estate entrepreneurs and public speakers who have truly lived up to the title of their book. Most of you may know about the Benhams from when HGTV canceled their reality TV show, Flip It Forward, last year…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Spiritual Warfare: Know Your Enemy

February 7, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Manual for Spiritual Warfare, by Paul Thigpen, Ph.D. TAN Books, 342 pages, leather bound, $24.94; www.tanbooks.com. This book is divided into two parts. The first, entitled “Preparing for Battle,” looks at the biblical and theological foundations for the ongoing warfare between humanity and the Devil, while the second, “Aids in Battle,” offers aids to help believers in this struggle, including scriptural texts and prayers. As Paul Thigpen indicates in his introduction, the “primary purpose of this manual…is to help everyday Catholics recognize, resist, and overcome the Enemy’s attacks in their own lives and the lives of those for whom they bear responsibility.” The chapter headings for the first part include titles such as “Know Your Enemy,”…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Lively Characters And Sparkling Conversations

February 6, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN The Awakening of Miss Prim: A Novel by Natalie Sanmartin Fenollera (Atria Paperback, Simon & Schuster, 2014), 252 pp.; $15. Available through simonandschuster.com or call 1-866-506-1949. + + + Miss Prudencia Prim, an elegant woman of great refinement, delicacy, and propriety with a Ph.D. in sociology and expertise in Russian art and library science, notices a curious advertisement that piques her interest. Seeking employment, she reads about a position for a librarian to catalogue books for a scholarly gentleman. She is most qualified to assume this responsibility by her training. The job description lists another requirement she finds attractive: “Wanted: a feminine spirit quite undaunted by the world.” Miss Prim senses that she is ideally suited for…Continue Reading

Derail Fast Track!

February 5, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Last November, Republicans grew their strength in Congress to levels unseen since 1946. What united the party and rallied the nation was the GOP’s declared resolve to stand up to an imperious president. Give us powerful new majorities, said John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, and we shall halt these usurpations of congressional power. And, so, what is the first order of business now in the Ways and Means Committee of Paul Ryan and Senate Finance Committee of Orrin Hatch? “The first thing we ought to do,” says Ryan, “is pass trade promotion authority.” Trade promotion authority, or “fast track,” is a synonym for Congress’ surrender of all rights to amend trade treaties, and a commitment to…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Contraceptive Brief: Condoms”

February 4, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 1 (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 The Case Against Condoms, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + We are all familiar with the liberal rule of thumb “Never waste a crisis.” The AIDS epidemic in Africa and the prevalence of teen pregnancy in the United States have given the “family planners” ideal excuses to spread the condom far and wide, not only in the United States but all over the world. Of course, this is allegedly done for only the purest motives: to fight teen pregnancy and AIDS. But, as happens so frequently, these “solutions” don’t work,…Continue Reading

The New Creation

February 3, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PHILIP TROWER (Editor’s Note: Philip Trower, a longtime contributor to The Wanderer, writes from England.) + + + A good many years ago now I was visiting one of our country houses open to the public. It wasn’t one of the most famous and historic. It belonged to the Earls of Lichfield, birthplace of Dr. Johnson. But it was still worth seeing, particularly the interior. There was so much that was beautiful that as I went through the rooms looking at one treasure after another, I thought to myself, “In itself all this must be pleasing to God.” Suddenly an idea of a different kind popped into my mind. “The rich, furnishing the eternal mansions of the poor.” Those…Continue Reading

Fr. Richard McBrien, Noted Dissident, Dies At 78

February 2, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

(From combined sources) Fr. Richard P. McBrien, a Notre Dame theology professor who came to prominence as a dissenter from Catholic teaching, died on January 25 in Connecticut at the age of 78, according to a report from CNA/EWTN News. Fr. McBrien chaired the University of Notre Dame Theology Department for 11 years and chaired the Faculty Senate for three years. He joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1980, with the initiative of the then-president, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, Fr. McBrien’s official website says. Before arriving at Notre Dame, he taught at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass. and directed the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College. From 1975-1976, he was the first visiting fellow at Harvard…Continue Reading

The Danger Of An Open Mind

February 1, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Ludwig Wittgenstein, one of the most eccentric philosophers of the modern world, in a field that has more than its share of eccentrics, argued, to the consternation of Bertrand Russell, that it could not be proven that there was not a rhinoceros in the room. Russell thought his young associate in logic was a “fool.” Wittgenstein, however, wanted to keep an open mind. Perhaps a rhino was really there, although no one had seen it as yet. The value of an open mind is to see what is there and grasp, apprehend, or close the mind on its proper object. There is no point in keeping the mind open and never grasping or understanding anything. The mind…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Hitler And Physics

January 31, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Ball, Philip. Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2014. Pp ix +303. Available on amazon.com. With access to reams of correspondence, other archival material, and public records, Philip Ball provides a valuable account of how German scientists related to the Third Reich under Adolf Hitler. Ball identifies three prominent physicists, Peter Debye, Max Planck, and Werner Heisenberg to illustrate a range of response. Ball begins with a discussion of the work and life of Peter Debye, whose major contribution is found in the field of chemical physics. Debye was a student of Arnold Sommerfeld, a mathematical physicist whose interests ranged from hydrodynamics to theory of electrical…Continue Reading