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A Book Review… Pointing Out Faces And Philosophies Fighting To Force Us Into Decline

June 4, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Pointing Out Faces And Philosophies Fighting To Force Us Into Decline

By DEXTER DUGGAN Deadly Progressivism: The Political and Scientific Threat to Humanity in 21st Century America, by Christopher M. Reilly, copyright 2016 Christopher M. Reilly, ISBN 978-1530742424, 159 pages soft cover, $14.99, to be available July 12 at Amazon.com. The summer issue of a devotional magazine, Marian Helper, includes the story of a young U.S. soldier sent to the Vietnam War at its height in 1968. According to this account, he was seriously wounded 18 days after he arrived, and a young staff doctor quickly dismissed his chances of survival. When the soldier screamed out in protest against his life being triaged away, the surgeon in charge overheard him and arranged for surgery that lasted about 20 hours. The young…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Embattled Jesuits And The World

June 3, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Embattled Jesuits And The World

By JUDE DOUGHERTY McGreevy, John T. American Jesuits and the World: How an Embattled Religious Order Made Modern Catholicism Global. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2016. vii + 315 pp. Dissolved as a religious order by Pope Clement in 1773, the Society of Jesus was restored 41 years later by Pius VII. At the time of the restoration the order had only 600 aged members, yet a century later, the Jesuits numbered 17,000 men who were at the vanguard of the Catholic Church’s expansion around the world. The story is admirably told by John T. McGreevy, dean of the College of Arts and Letters and professor of history at the University of Notre Dame. In telling the story of how…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “An Introduction To The Problem Of Euthanasia”

June 2, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… “An Introduction To The Problem Of Euthanasia”

By BRIAN CLOWES (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, a 150-page treatise on all of the aspects of euthanasia, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped” — Sen. Hubert Humphrey. + + + Euthanasia: Here We Go Again! You have to hand it to liberals. When they develop a strategy that works, they stick…Continue Reading

Deliberate Ambiguity

June 1, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Deliberate Ambiguity

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY (Dr. Dougherty is dean emeritus of The School of Philosophy of The Catholic University of America.) + + + Authors and telecasters use it when they are not sure of the facts. Politicians often employ it in creating legislation that subsequently permits freedom of contradictory interpretation by courts, regulators, and prosecutors. Pope Francis, who never speaks clearly, uses it to such an extent that in doctrinal matters what was certain before has become problematic. Readers of these pages are aware that Gerhard Cardinal Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has assured Catholics that the dogmatic teaching of the Church concerning the reception of Communion for the divorced and remarried has not…Continue Reading

Luther 1517-2017… Five Hundred Years Of Heresy And Doctrinal Confusion

May 31, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Luther 1517-2017… Five Hundred Years Of Heresy And Doctrinal Confusion
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By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 9 (Editor’s Note: This is the ninth installment in a series by Wanderer contributor Raymond de Souza on Henry VIII’s book defending the seven sacraments against Martin Luther. De Souza edited this updated version of Henry’s work, which is presented to readers in this series. (This series will appear as space allows.) + + + On The Sacrament Of The Altar: Part 1 By Henry VIII The Sacrament of the Eucharist under one form only administered to the laity: IN THE MEANWHILE, let us truly examine how subtly, under pretence of favouring the laity, Luther endeavours to stir them up to hatred against the clergy. He resolved to cast a suspicion over the Church’s…Continue Reading

Excluded From Arizona House . . . Racial Healing Meet Has To Find Another Location, Loses Audience

May 30, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Excluded From Arizona House . . . Racial Healing Meet Has To Find Another Location, Loses Audience

By DEXTER DUGGAN MESA, Ariz. — The chairman of an Arizona Tea Party group introduced a representative of Black Lives Matter Arizona at a racial-healing conference here, saying, “Black lives matter, and of course we agree that all lives matter,” but blacks are unique in U.S. history as “a people who have endured chattel slavery.” Ron Ludders, head of the Arizona Project Tea Party, introduced Katt McKinney as someone who “shares our values.” McKinney told the audience, “Please know that our intentions are positive.” The Facebook page of Black Lives Matter Arizona informed its readers about this conference. After describing some of her background, including founding Black Women of Faith, McKinney said, “Today what you’re doing is very necessary.” When…Continue Reading

Havana: The Potemkin Village Of The 21st Century

May 29, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Havana: The Potemkin Village Of The 21st Century

By ALBERTO MARTINEZ PIEDRA According to the media, it is often heard that many Americans are interested in traveling to Cuba because, as relations between the jewel of the Caribbean and the United States warm, they “want to see the island before it changes.” And they make this statement with a certain degree of optimism. The question the reader of this article needs to ask is: Whether it can honestly be said that the expected changes in Cuba will benefit the island’s suffering people; or, on the contrary, that they are mere appearances that will only serve to strengthen the goals of Castro’s Communist regime and continue to ignore all the abuses that remain in the area of human rights…Continue Reading

Rocky Homilies

May 28, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Rocky Homilies

By DEACON JAMES H. TONER (Editor’s Note: Deacon James H. Toner, Ph.D., serves at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Greensboro, N.C.) + + + The Holy Father’s admonition in Amoris Laetitia that priests must understand that the moral law should not be thrown at people as if it were so many stones (n. 305) is, or ought to be, intuitively obvious. Loveless comminations must never be confused with preaching the Gospel. As critical as it is to be kind, though, such compassion must not be purchased at the price of truth — any more than, say, “pastoral sensitivity” ought to be practiced regardless of the jeopardy it might pose to what is morally right. There are times when…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… A Procession To The Ends Of The Earth

May 27, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred… A Procession To The Ends Of The Earth

By JAMES MONTI Several weeks ago, after attending the Easter Vigil at a nearby seminary, and the emptied chapel had fallen silent, I began to hear the sound of the sacring bell being rung in the sacristy. Puzzled by this, I wondered whether the seminarians were perhaps trying to repair the bell. But then from the doorway of the sacristy three seminarians emerged, the first vested in a cassock and surplice repeatedly ringing the bell as a second seminarian similarly vested followed behind him carrying a lit candlestick. The two were leading the way for the third seminarian, a transitional deacon just weeks away from his priestly Ordination, carrying the Holy Eucharist in a ciborium wrapped in a humeral veil.…Continue Reading

Is Scarborough Shoal Worth A War?

May 26, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Is Scarborough Shoal Worth A War?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight. Should we back down, says Aquino, the United States will lose “its moral ascendancy, and also the confidence of one of its allies.” And what is Scarborough Shoal? A cluster of rocks and reefs, 123 miles west of Subic Bay, that sits astride the passageway out of the South China Sea into the Pacific, and is well within Manila’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone. Beijing and Manila both claim Scarborough Shoal. But, in June 2013, Chinese ships swarmed and chased off a fleet of Filipino fishing boats and naval vessels. The Filipinos never came back. And now that…Continue Reading