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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 + + + 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 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

Complementarity As Hendiadys

January 30, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Hendiadys is a figure of speech in which two words are used to intensify the meaning of one thing. It is an ingenious form of cognitive amplification. As a Greek word, hendiadys means “one through two” (hen-dia-dys). Short and sweet are two words that, when in tandem, give added strength and clarity to the notion of brevity. The words “spic” and “span,” though rarely used separately, when linked together emphasize more effectively the notion of clean. Sad and lonely, high and mighty, peace and quiet, rant and rave, safe and sound, rough and ready, fear and trembling, mirth and merriment, free and easy, fun and frolic, along with innumerable other examples, employ two words to give added…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary . . . Pontmain Apparition, France, January 1871

January 29, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY The Franco-Prussian War, which began in 1870, was the backdrop to this silent apparition of Our Lady at Pontmain in northwestern France. By January 1871, the country was in a very serious position militarily, with the Prussians controlling two-thirds of the country and Paris besieged. It seemed to be only a matter of time before Mayenne and Brittany, the northwestern part of the country, would also be taken. The next attack was expected at Laval, the capital of Mayenne, less than 30 miles from Pontmain, where the Blessed Virgin would appear. At the time, Pontmain was a small village, inhabited by simple and hardworking country folk, who, guided by their parish priest, Abbé Michel Guérin, sought…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Should Catholic Hospitals Use The Morning-After Pill For Rape Victims?”

January 28, 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 a compact disc with more than 320 patient information pamphlets for all of the different types of abortifacients, e-mail him at + + + Even with all of the different contraceptives and abortifacients on the market today, women forget to use their birth control, think their birth control method might have failed, or were coerced into sex. Many of these women resort to “emergency contraception,” a term that covers several drugs or devices that are used after intercourse (instead of before) to avoid pregnancy. EC can take several forms. The most common are the morning-after pill (MAP); doubling…Continue Reading

Obama’s Tax On Stay-At-Home Moms

January 27, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY President Obama’s disrespect for motherhood has manifested itself in policies ranging from support for same-sex marriage to defense of a form of abortion that involves forcing a baby into a drug-induced premature delivery and then leaving that little one to die. When it comes to the most vulnerable and innocent human beings — those for whom great mothers have great hearts — Obama has a heart of stone. It is demonstrably true that he does not believe a child has a right to a mother or a need for a mother. If he did, he could not support same-sex marriages in which two men can adopt a child or even hire a surrogate to incubate a…Continue Reading