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Which Immigrant Should Be Your Neighbor?

December 11, 2013 Featured Today 1 Comment

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY Daniel and Samuel were both born in Monterrey, Mexico, on the same day in 1990 and baptized by the same priest two Sundays later. Both attended the same primary and secondary schools. Both dreamed of some day moving to the United States. But there the similarity ends. Samuel dropped out of school in tenth grade. Daniel graduated from secondary school, went on to the university, and graduated at the top of his class. The last time Samuel ever walked through the door of a church is when he walked out of one just after receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. Daniel served as an altar boy and attends Mass every Sunday, every holy day, and often on…Continue Reading

The Apostle Of First Principles . . . Speaker Recalls Fr. Vincent McNabb, OP

December 10, 2013 Featured Today Comments Off

By PAUL LIKOUDIS Catholics today who are confused or dismayed by the so-called “radicalism” of Pope Francis — especially in view of his critique of “trickle-down” economics and the “tyranny” of modern finance —should understand that he is in line with a tradition that goes back to Pope Leo XIII, who in the foundational encyclical on Catholic social doctrine, Rerum Novarum (1891), deplored the fact that: “[W]orking men have been surrendered, isolated and helpless, to the hard-heartedness of employers and the greed of unchecked competition. The mischief has been increased by rapacious usury, which, although more than once condemned by the Church, is nevertheless under different guise, but with the like injustice, still practiced by covetous and grasping men. To…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . Bipartisanship, Compromise, And Leftist Ideological Imperatives

December 9, 2013 Featured Today Comments Off

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason 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. He is the author of several books including The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers: 2012], and most recently published an edited volume entitled Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press: 2013]. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com and the Krason column will appear monthly in The Wanderer. All rights reserved.) +    +    +   Many people complain about the “gridlock” in Washington and about how the…Continue Reading

The New Evangelization And Defending Tough Truths

December 8, 2013 Featured Today Comments Off

By MOST REV. THOMAS J. OLMSTED (Editor’s Note: Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, the Diocese of Phoenix, was among the bishops and Church leaders from the Americas who gathered November 16-19 at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City to discuss the new evangelization in the Americas. Below is the text from his presentation to one of the working group sessions. The Wanderer is reprinting it with permission of the Diocese of Phoenix. All rights reserved.) +    +    + “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” These words of Charles Dickens could easily be applied to the present situation that the Church faces in the American continent when she proclaims the Good News…Continue Reading

Has The Asian Tiger Gone Tiger?

December 7, 2013 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN When Montecore, one of two white tigers in the Las Vegas act of Siegfried and Roy, turned and almost killed Roy on stage, the reaction was that the tame and complacent beast had gone berserk. Comedian Chris Rock was nearer the mark: “That tiger ain’t go crazy; that tiger went tiger.” Seems our Asian tiger is going tiger as well. Sharply escalating its clash with Japan over ownership of the Senkaku Islands, Beijing has established an air defense identification zone over the islands and a huge stretch of the East China Sea. Before entering its ADIZ, says Beijing, all planes must now notify China. The United States responded by flying two B-52s through the zone. Japan…Continue Reading

Computers And Self-Directed Learning

December 6, 2013 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I wouldn’t blame anyone who reacts skeptically when they hear about new teaching methods. We have seen innovations such as “schools without walls,” “open classrooms,” “team teaching,” and “group learning exercises” come and go. But having a respect for tradition and proven methods does not mean we should refuse to consider every innovative teaching method that is proposed. Sometimes a new idea is a good idea. Perhaps the educational reform advocated by computer guru Joshua Davis on the web site Wired (www.wired.com/business/2013/10/free-thinkers/) is in that category. See what you think. Davis’ column is entitled “How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses.” He begins by calling our attention to a village in…Continue Reading

Our Daily Crusades

December 5, 2013 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Around this time each year, the “war on Christmas” campaigns begin again. Never mind that Advent comes before Christmas, but for the sake of this specific column, I will stay on the topic of the overall war on Christians. Even before our Thanksgiving turkeys are thawed, most major retailers, some homeowners, and even apartment dwellers in the cities have already put up their Christmas lights and Christmas trees. Of course, in today’s politically correct climate, we must refer to these things as “holiday lights” and “holiday trees.” The same thing goes for public displays of any Christian symbolism, particularly Nativity mangers in the public square. The same curmudgeons decrying these symbols are the same ones trying to…Continue Reading

The Taproot Of Evil

December 5, 2013 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEACON JAMES H. TONER “Do not be led astray by diverse and strange teachings” (Heb. 13:9, RSV). +    +    + To “beg the question” is a logical fallacy in which a claim is assumed to be true without evidence other than the claim itself. Let me, though, beg the question here by asserting that both our society and the Church are in crisis. Chaos and evil thrive; moral confusion runs rampant; bizarre teaching and corrupt communications are ubiquitous. There is compelling reason to echo the divine question: When Jesus comes, will He find any faith left on earth? (Luke 18:8). Not for nothing, then, did St. James tell us that “whoever wants to be the world’s friend makes himself…Continue Reading

Remembering Journalist Larry Henderson . . . He Taught About Living In A Post-Christian Age

December 3, 2013 Featured Today Comments Off

By PAUL LIKOUDIS November 27 was the seventh anniversary of the death of Canadian journalist Larry Henderson, who died at the age of 89. A pioneer broadcast journalist in both radio and television in the post-World War II years, Henderson came into the Church on December 8, 1967. A self-described liberal and agnostic at the time, he was searching for answers on why Canadian society, and the churches in particular, had a death wish, why so many intellectuals were becoming Communists. In conversations with Czech exiles in Ottawa, notably journalist Lubor Zink and University of Ottawa law professor Isaac Rosenberg, he was led to see that what was happening in Canada could not be blamed on Communists, but rather was…Continue Reading

Pope Affirms Continuity Of Church With Trent

December 2, 2013 Featured Today Comments Off

By PAUL LIKOUDIS In a letter commemorating the 450th anniversary of the closing of the Council of Trent, Pope Francis affirmed the importance of the doctrines the council defined as the Protestant Reformation raged across the Europe. The Council of Trent, held in 25 sessions over three periods between December 13, 1545 and December 4, 1563, under the guidance of three Popes, Paul III, Julius III, and Pius IV, had two main purposes: to refute and condemn the principles of Protestantism, and to reform the discipline and administration of the Church. In a letter to Walter Cardinal Brandmüller, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Historical Sciences, dated November 19, Pope Francis said the event of the anniversary “behooves the…Continue Reading