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Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . Why Does Liberalism Have “Favored Groups”?

April 19, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly] in Crisis. 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 The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic, and two recent edited volumes: The Crisis of Religious Liberty and Challenging the Secular Culture: A Call to Christians. He is currently working on a book that critically examines and evaluates current American liberalism and conservatism in light of Catholic social teaching. (This article first appeared in Crisis.…Continue Reading

Will Trump Be Swindled In Cleveland, Too?

April 18, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In the race for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump would seem to be in the catbird seat. He has won the most states, the most delegates, and the most votes — by nearly two million. He has brought out the largest crowds and is poised for huge wins in the largest states of the East, New York, and Pennsylvania. Yet, there is a growing probability that the backroom boys will steal the nomination from him at a brokered convention in Cleveland. Over the past weekend, Colorado awarded all 34 delegates to Ted Cruz. The fix had been in since August, when party officials, alarmed at Trump’s popularity, decided it would be best if Colorado Republicans were…Continue Reading

Poor Me, I Am Only Human

April 17, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO The story is told of a great feast that was to be held in a medieval village. To ensure its success, a huge cask was built into which each participant was to pour a bottle of wine. One villager, thinking to himself that one bottle of water would go unnoticed in a sea of wine, poured in his share of the more common and less expensive beverage. When the big day arrived, the cask was tapped. But all that flowed from it was water, Adam’s ale, aqua pura, H20. Each participant had reasoned the same way, “My small contribution would be drowned out by the contributions of others.” This story illustrates the selfishness not only of the…Continue Reading

A Movie Review . . . Miracles From Heaven: Blessed In Many Ways

April 16, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Miracles. What are miracles? I have often heard of, and better yet, experienced honest-to-goodness miracles myself. No kidding. Miracles could be described in as many ways as they do come. God is most surprisingly unpredictable not just in the crosses we must bear, but also to the miracles He sometimes sends our way to lift those crosses. Miracles From Heaven is the story about a little girl named Anna Beam who has a rare intestinal disease that prevents her body from pushing food through her intestines, causing her much pain and discomfort, and how her family must deal with it. The film is based on the book Miracles From Heaven: A Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and…Continue Reading

The Brain And I

April 15, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY We have been told that we have learned more about the thinking brain in the last ten to fifteen years than in all of human history, and a wag might add, forgotten what the ancients have to teach us about human nature. Thinking brain? If my brain is doing all the work, why do I feel so tired after grading all those papers? And why do I have to concentrate to remember, to distinguish, and to analyze to understand a datum of importance? The truth, of course, is that the brain does not think any more than the eye sees or the ear hears. A report in the Wall Street Journal some time back goes on…Continue Reading

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

April 14, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 5 (Editor’s Note: This is the fifth 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.) + + + To The Reader By Henry VIII I do not rank myself among the most learned and eloquent. Yet, in order to avoid the fault of ingratitude and moved by fidelity and piety, I am obliged to defend my Mother, the Spouse of Christ. (1) Would to God my ability to do it were equal to…Continue Reading

Onward From Wisconsin . . . Rutted Abortion Road Winds Its Way Through Changing Political Terrain

April 13, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN An abortionist joking about the preborn baby he had just hacked up looking like barbecue. A clinic freezer named “the Nursery” where aborted babies’ bodies were kept until being hauled away. Baby-shaped cookies with blood-red icing sent by the abortion clinic to taunt a pro-life office next door. Just a few of the ways abortion workers distanced themselves psychologically from having to get a paycheck by tearing apart little, brief lives. These numbing strategies are mentioned in the new book by former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director Abby Johnson, written with Kristin Detrow, The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories (Ignatius Press). After Johnson fled that way of making her living, she founded…Continue Reading

California Agents Raid Daleiden’s Home… Seize Undercover Planned Parenthood Footage

April 12, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By BEN JOHNSON SACRAMENTO (LifeSiteNews) — Officials with the California attorney general’s office raided David Daleiden’s home April 5 and confiscated all his undercover video footage of Planned Parenthood’s harvesting and sale of aborted babies’ organs and tissue. Agents raided Daleiden’s Orange County apartment around 2 p.m. local time, an individual familiar with the raid told LifeSiteNews April 5. The “office of Kamala Harris, who was elected with tens of thousands of dollars from taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood, seized all video footage showing Planned Parenthood’s criminal trade in aborted baby parts, in addition to my personal information,” Daleiden said in an official statement. “Ironically, while seizing my First Amendment work product, they ignored documents showing the illicit scheme between StemExpress and…Continue Reading

North Carolina And The Times That Try Men’s Souls

April 11, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By ALAN SEARS (Editor’s Note: Alan Sears is president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom. He posted this commentary about North Carolina’s Bathroom Law on April 6 at www.adflegal.org. (This commentary is reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.) + + + “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” + + + Thomas Paine wrote that to his fellow Americans,…Continue Reading

What Trump Has Wrought

April 10, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN (Editor’s Note: This column was dated April 5, the day of the Wisconsin primaries. The Wanderer went to press this week on April 7.) + + + As Wisconsinites head for the polls, our Beltway elites are almost giddy. For they foresee a Badger State bashing for Donald Trump, breaking his momentum toward the Republican nomination. Should the Donald fall short of the delegates needed to win on the first ballot, 1,237, there is growing certitude that he will be stopped. First by Ted Cruz; then, perhaps, by someone acceptable to the establishment, which always likes to have two of its own in the race. But this city of self-delusion should realize there is no going…Continue Reading