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Our Lady Of Fatima… The July Apparition And Subsequent Controversies

August 20, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Our Lady Of Fatima… The July Apparition And Subsequent Controversies

By FR. SEAN CONNOLLY (Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a series of articles on the one hundredth anniversary of our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. Fr. Connolly is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. Part six, because of its length, has appeared in two separate issues of The Wanderer. This is the second installment; the first appeared in the issue of August 17, 2017, p. 7B.) + + + Early in the pontificate of Pope St. John Paul II, on May 13, 1981, what is now the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima as it is the anniversary of her first apparition to the three visionaries, the Holy Father was shot four times in an assassination…Continue Reading

Dissonance, The New Normal

August 19, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Dissonance, The New Normal

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON Almost daily, the media report on instances of radical dissension in America. People are split on numerous political, social, and religious issues, show no inclination to compromise, and increasingly rely on obstruction to pursue their positions. The result is discord, confusion, outrage, greater polarization, and violence. In the absence of national unity and civilized discourse, how long can America continue to prosper and progress? What kind of nation will our children and grandchildren inherit: When political rhetoric is so inflamed that a supporter of one party’s presidential candidate tries to kill members of Congress from the other party? When the defeated candidate for president vows to “do everything I can” to defeat the elected president’s agenda?…Continue Reading

Religion Is Not Simple

August 18, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Religion Is Not Simple

By JOHN YOUNG Some people claim that true religion is very simple, and that if we delve into difficult theological questions we will lose that simplicity. Jesus said we must become as little children if we are to enter God’s Kingdom; He didn’t say we must become theologians. Frank Sheed’s response to the claim that religion should be kept simple was: “Having one leg would be simpler than having two, but it would complicate walking.” Christians who advocate a simple religion often claim that this is found in the New Testament, and that it was the later theologians who complicated things. They see Jesus as proposing a very simple way of life, a way that the earliest disciples put into…Continue Reading

Rose Of Lima, A First For The Americas

August 17, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Rose Of Lima, A First For The Americas

By RAY CAVANAUGH The first saint born in the Americas, Rose of Lima practiced both charity and asceticism with extreme intensity until her death at age 31. She is now the patroness of South America, and churches across the world bear her name. This August 24 marks the 400th anniversary of her death. The future St. Rose was born “Isabel Flores de Oliva” on April 20, 1586, in Lima, Peru. She was one of eleven children in a respected but rather poor family. Her father, Gaspar Flores, was a native of Spain and had served in the Spanish Army. Her mother, Maria de Oliva y Herrera, was a Peruvian native of indigenous heritage. While still a child, the future saint…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Wonder And Joy At The Great Goodness Of God

August 16, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Wonder And Joy At The Great Goodness Of God

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, by Kevin Vost (Sophia Institute Press, Manchester, NH, 2016), 207 pp.; paperback, $18.95. Available from www.SophiaInstitute.com or 1-800-888-9344. While Christians live a moral life founded on the natural law, the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the love of neighbor and the love of God, the imitation of Christ, and the sacraments, they receive additional graces and gifts as sources of moral truth and strength to fortify them. As Dr. Vost writes, “How delightful that the Giver gives us so many ways to guide us toward happiness, on earth and in heaven.” Indeed in His divine Providence God never tires of finding additional ways to show men the way, the truth, and…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Retelling The Story Of Fatima

August 15, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Retelling The Story Of Fatima

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Fatima, the First Hundred Years: The Complete Story from Visionaries to Saints, by Barry R. Pearlman (Angelico Press, 2017); 278 pages, $14.95 paperback. Available from Amazon.com. Fatima, the First Hundred Years: The Complete Story from Visionaries to Saints, is an updated version of the author’s previous work, Fatima: A Heart for the World. As the author says in his preface, “The purpose of this book is to retell the story of Fatima, and, at the same time, explain in familiar language the profound and momentous message which has been given to the entire world.” Rather than moving immediately to deal with the Fatima story, though, the author begins by looking at our Lady’s role in the…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Pragmatic Look At The Federal Judiciary

August 14, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… A Pragmatic Look At The Federal Judiciary

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Posner, Richard A. The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2017. xv + 438 pp. Cloth, $35.00. Richard Posner has been a federal judge for 35 years, and before that a professor of law for 12 years and before that an attorney in private practice for six years. He confesses that “[i]t is only recently that I have become fully aware that the federal judiciary is laboring under a number of handicaps….Our judicial system is excessively backward looking when it should be concerned with consequences.” In this treatise, Posner is concerned only with the federal judiciary. Posner has long been identified with the legal realist or pragmatic school of thought, one dating to…Continue Reading

Our Lady Of Fatima… The July Apparition And Subsequent Controversies

August 13, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Our Lady Of Fatima… The July Apparition And Subsequent Controversies

By FR. SEAN CONNOLLY (Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a series of articles on the one hundredth anniversary of our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. Fr. Connolly is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. Part six, because of its length, will appear in two separate issues of The Wanderer.) + + + While recognizing the significance of the “Miracle of the Sun” in October 1917 where our Lady provided a sign proving the veracity of the Fatima event, her July appearance is the most important of all her apparitions to the three shepherd children, Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta. In the July apparition our Lady delivered the core of her message with many serious warnings of what was…Continue Reading

Walker Percy… A Man Of Graciousness

August 12, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Walker Percy… A Man Of Graciousness

By DONALD DeMARCO When Ted Williams homered in his last at bat and did not tip his cap to the cheering crowd, novelist John Updike, who was present at the game, remarked: “Gods don’t answer letters.” If we can deify the Splendid Splinter, we can also deify Walker Percy who has proven that the gods sometimes do answer letters. Percy took the time to send me a handwritten letter thanking me for sending him a copy of my review of his Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book. It was most gracious of him to do so. The New York Times, though it found Lost in the Cosmos “charming, whimsical, slyly profound,” saw fit not to answer the best-selling…Continue Reading

Why The Left Defends Islamists

August 11, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Why The Left Defends Islamists

By BILL DONOHUE (Editor’s Note: Bill Donohue is president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights [www.catholicleague.org]. Below he analyzes why the left supports radical Islam.) + + + It continues to confound liberals and conservatives alike: Why would the left defend Islamists? The latest victim of this fascinating alliance is Richard Dawkins, the English left-wing atheist who was disinvited by a Berkeley left-wing radio station after it was discovered that Dawkins said Islam is the world’s “most evil” religion. It did not matter to KPFA that Dawkins has made a career out of bashing Christianity, especially Catholicism — that was laudatory — but it did matter when he ripped Islam. Why did that bother the left? On…Continue Reading