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If God Is Dead…

April 29, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In a recent column Dennis Prager made an acute observation. “The vast majority of leading conservative writers . . . have a secular outlook on life. . . . They are unaware of the disaster that godlessness in the West has led to.” These secular conservatives may think that “America can survive the death of God and religion,” writes Prager, but they are wrong. And, indeed, the last half-century seems to bear him out. A people’s religion, their faith, creates their culture, and their culture creates their civilization. And when faith dies, the culture dies, the civilization dies, and the people begin to die. Is this not the recent history of the West? Today, no great…Continue Reading

Being Conscientious About Conscience

April 28, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO My earliest recollection of an explanation of conscience was when I was a young lad sitting in a movie theater and being enthralled by Walt Disney’s 1940 classic, Pinocchio. The newly carved puppet had been brought to life by the Blue Fairy. But he was still a puppet and had not been endowed with a conscience. It fell to Jiminy Cricket to instruct Pinocchio on the meaning of conscience. “If you want to be a real boy,” Jiminy explained, “you have to know how to do the right thing because the world is full of temptations.” Therefore, you must “always let your conscience be your guide.” Then, the conscientious cricket launched into his explanation of conscience: “The…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “How To Fight Dissent”

April 27, 2016 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 an electronic copy of the book Call to Action or Call to Apostasy, consisting of a detailed description of the current forms of dissent and how to fight them, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little” — Irish statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke. + + + One Voice Is Powerless. Edmund Burke also said: “When bad men combine, the good must associate [with each other]; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” Burke has given…Continue Reading

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

April 26, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 6 (Editor’s Note: This is the sixth 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 on a regular basis, as space allows.) + + + Of Indulgences By Henry VIII Indulgentiae sunt adulatorum Romanorum nequitiae. (“Indulgences are iniquities of the Roman flatterers” — Luther.) + + + EVERY LIVING creature is known chiefly by its face, so by this first proposition it evidently appears how corrupt and rotten Luther’s heart was; he whose mouth, being filled with bitterness, broke out…Continue Reading

The President, The Court, And Immigration

April 25, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO In 2014, President Barack Obama signed 12 executive orders directing various agencies in the departments of State, Justice, and Homeland Security to refrain from deporting some 4 million adult immigrants illegally present in the United States if they are the parents of children born here or legally present here and if they hold a job, obtain a high-school diploma or its equivalent, pay taxes, and stay out of prison. Unfortunately for the president, the conditions he established for avoiding deportation had been rejected by Congress. In response to the executive orders, 26 states and the House of Representatives sued the president and the recipients of the orders, seeking to prevent them from being enforced. The…Continue Reading

Spring 1916… The First Apparition Of Angel Of Portugal

April 24, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY This year is the centenary of the three apparitions of the Angel of Portugal, or the Angel of Peace, to the three Fatima seers, Jacinta and Francisco Marto and Lucia dos Santos, in the spring, summer, and autumn of 1916. And just as the appearances of the angel prepared the children for their encounters with our Lady the following year, so we too can prepare for the Centenary of the Fatima apparitions next year by considering what the angel said to the children. This article will look at the first of these apparitions and explore its significance for us in 2016. We don’t have an exact date for this apparition, but Sr. Lucia remembers it as…Continue Reading

Is The GOP Risking Suicide?

April 23, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Donald Trump has brought out the largest crowds in the history of primaries. He has won the most victories, the most delegates, the most votes. At this column is written, he is poised to sweep three of the five largest states in the nation — New York, Pennsylvania, and California. If he does, and the nomination is taken from him, the Republican Party will be seen by the American people as a glorified Chinese tong. The past week, Ted Cruz swept 34 delegates at the Colorado party convention. Attendees were not allowed to vote on whom they wanted as the party’s nominee. The following weekend, Cruz shut out Trump in Wyoming the same way. What does…Continue Reading

Bishop Emeritus Erwin Kraeutler Undermines Celibacy

April 22, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

  Maike Hickson The Austrian Erwin Kräutler, the former bishop of Xingu, Brasil, is taking another step to promote his proposal to allow Catholic priests to marry. In January of 2016, the Vatican expert, Dr. Sandro Magister, had already written (http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1351206?eng=y) about this bishop, showing his attempts to undermine celibacy. Then and now, Kräutler repeats that he had been encouraged in 2014 by Pope Francis himself to make “courageous proposals” with regard to the question of the lack of priests in his diocese. It was Sandro Magister who then, in January, raised the question as to whether the pope is planning the put the question of married priests on the list for the next planned synod of bishops. Now that…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “Every Catholic’s Mission: Fighting Dissent”

April 22, 2016 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 an electronic copy of the book Call to Action or Call to Apostasy, consisting of a detailed description of the current forms of dissent and how to fight them, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “Further, none is more skillful, none more astute than they, in the employment of a thousand noxious devices; for they play the double part of rationalist and Catholic, and this so craftily that they easily lead the unwary into error; and as audacity is their chief characteristic, there is no conclusion of any kind from which they shrink or which they do not…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Portraits From The Spanish Civil War

April 21, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Hochschild, Adam. Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt, 2016. xxi + 438 pp. I was 14 years old when I attempted to check out at a local public library Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls. I had a duly issued library card, but the librarian refused to let me have the book. I was not old enough to read it, she said. An indulgent aunt later then checked it out for me. I doubt if she read it. True, there were a few scenes of carnality that the librarian thought a 14-year-old need not be exposed to, but whatever the effect at the time, those scenes had no…Continue Reading