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Chinese Government Destroys Major “House Church”

January 18, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Chinese Government Destroys Major “House Church”

BEIJING (AsiaNews) — New details have come to light about the forced demolition of the Golden Lampstand Church in the city of Linfen on January 9. The faithful have also released a video of the building being destroyed, while they were forced to watch from a distance as the walls, the tower, and the cross crumbled to ruins. Witnesses say that the faithful cried as they viewed the disaster. Linfen, a city of 4.5 million inhabitants in Shanxi, since 2009 hosted the sacred building, built with the contributions of the entire Protestant community of about 60,000 faithful. The church cost 7 million yuan (about 911 thousand euros). The place of worship was at risk of being destroyed in 2009, when…Continue Reading

Toadies For Evil

January 17, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Toadies For Evil

By DEACON JAMES H. TONER “Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him” (Luke 17:3). Like the rest of us, priests are sinners — a fact made only too clear during the past two decades. At work is something I call the “Paired Power Principle,” by which I refer to someone or something that can do great good but, if depraved, can also effect great evil. The Latin expression corruptio optimi pessima (the corruption of the best is the worst) catches the exact sense of this. It is evil enough when one of us sins; how much more regrettable is it, then, when those among us, specifically ordained to bring people to…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred Humility In The Sacred Liturgy

January 16, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred Humility In The Sacred Liturgy

By JAMES MONTI One of the most serious and endemic problems in how the sacred liturgy is celebrated in many parishes in our own age is a conspicuous lack of humility. Certain contemporary hymns seem calculated to drum into the congregation how supposedly holy, gifted, lovable, and prophetic they are, with scarcely a word about how sinful they are. A misunderstanding as to what “active participation” in the sacred liturgy truly means has in some cases turned the sanctuary into a sort of theatrical stage where parts are doled out in what seems like an “affirmative action” program to appease power-hungry laity who think the Church is “too clerical.” Some priests appear to think that they are entertainers with an…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… The Sexual Harassment “Crisis” — Time For Some Clear Thinking

January 15, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… The Sexual Harassment “Crisis” — Time For Some Clear Thinking

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He 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 co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books are: Abortion: Politics, Morality, and the Constitution; The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic, and most recently Catholicism and American Political Ideologies. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com.) + + + The sexual harassment frenzy of the last few months — and it can only be called a frenzy — is disturbing in many ways, and decent and…Continue Reading

Revisiting “The Four Loves”: The Four Rights

January 14, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Revisiting “The Four Loves”: The Four Rights

By DONALD DeMARCO C.S. Lewis’ The Four Loves, which was published in 1960, is a classic. The author succeeded with his accustomed wit and wisdom in showing how four kinds of love — affection, friendship, amorous love, and charity — are both distinctive as well as interrelated. He penned this work just three years before he passed away. Had he lived a little longer he may have bequeathed to our confused world The Four Rights. The four rights that I will attempt to delineate are also both distinctive as well as interrelated. As a method of demonstrating these two characteristics, I have chosen a third person narrative. Let us imagine the evolving life of Thomas who is intimately involved with…Continue Reading

Our Lady Of Fatima… The Close Of The Fatima Centenary

January 13, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Our Lady Of Fatima… The Close Of The Fatima Centenary

By FR. SEAN CONNOLLY (Editor’s Note: This is the twelfth and final article in a series on the one hundredth anniversary of our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. Fr. Connolly is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. The staff and readers of The Wanderer wish to thank Fr. Connolly for his scholarly and inspiring series on this most important centenary.) + + + With the close of the year of our salvation 2017 also comes the close of the commemoration of the centenary of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s apparitions at Fatima. In 1917 God took pity upon our fallen world, which has so self-confidently spurned His presence, by sending His own Mother to call us back to Him by…Continue Reading

Court Strikes Baltimore Forced Abortion Speech Law

January 12, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Court Strikes Baltimore Forced Abortion Speech Law

BALTIMORE — The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on January 5 struck down a Baltimore City Ordinance seeking to impose notification requirements on unlicensed pregnancy centers. The ordinance compelled these pregnancy resource centers to post notices that conspicuously state in English and Spanish that they do not provide nor refer women for abortions or birth control services. The Fourth Circuit found that the ordinance violates the free speech clause of the First Amendment. In contrast to decisions by the Ninth Circuit which validated a similar law in California, the Fourth Circuit found that the Baltimore ordinance was not commercial or professional speech. The court said, “The compelled speech at issue here raises particularly troubling First Amendment concerns. At bottom, the…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… The Sexual Harassment “Crisis” — Time For Some Clear Thinking

January 11, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… The Sexual Harassment “Crisis” — Time For Some Clear Thinking

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He 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 co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books are: Abortion: Politics, Morality, and the Constitution; The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic, and most recently Catholicism and American Political Ideologies. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com.) + + + The sexual harassment frenzy of the last few months — and it can only be called a frenzy — is disturbing in many ways, and decent and…Continue Reading

Mass Participation In Poland Shows Slight Decline

January 11, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Mass Participation In Poland Shows Slight Decline

WARSAW (ZENIT) — According to the report provided by the Institute for Catholic Church Statistics in Poland for 2016, 36.7 percent of all Catholics participated in the Sunday Eucharist, while 16 percent received Holy Communion. This means that compared to 2015, the rate of dominicantes — that is Catholics participating in the Sunday Masses — fell by 3.1 percent, and the rate of communicantes — that is people receiving Holy Communion — by 1 percent. The highest rate of dominicantes (66.9 percent) and communicantes (25.3 percent) was in the Diocese of Tarnow. At the same time, almost 48,000 Masses were celebrated on every Sunday of 2016. Catholics chose most frequently Masses in the morning between 8 and 11. The report…Continue Reading

A Movie Review… A Romantic Movie With A Christian Message

January 10, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Movie Review… A Romantic Movie With A Christian Message

By REY FLORES As a musician, and as a father and husband, I am always open to watching movies involving music, romance, and trying to make wrong things right. Once again Roadside Attractions brings an enjoyable and entertaining story based on a novel by author Heidi McLaughlin. Forever My Girl is a story about a young man from a small town who becomes a famous country music star. Through time, he pretty much has forgotten his roots and is caught up in the typical excesses of musicians who choose a life of fame, fortune, and one-night stands over settling down with a high school sweetheart — for a life of holiness, or at least of peace and tranquility. After having…Continue Reading