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As Biden Widens The Whirlpool… Consider How Hierarchy Has Made Catholics Head For Lifeboats

August 24, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Three conservative Christian public figures lamented the lack of courage by national Catholic leaders when The Wanderer asked their reaction to a widening social whirlpool whose velocity increased when Vice President Joe Biden performed a “same-sex marriage” of two homosexual White House staffers at his residence as August began. The Wanderer noted Biden’s defiance in last week’s August 18 hardcopy issue, under the front-page headline, “Soft Treatment for Clinton, Biden — But Media Boast Over Hostile Coverage of Trump.” This week we follow up with observations from three laypeople about the failure of bishops over the years to prevent the U.S. Church’s foundational moral authority from slipping away, until one day it may vanish. It seemed to…Continue Reading

Smearing Donald Trump

August 23, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I suspect that there are many in the same boat with me, uncomfortable with the idea of coming down on all fours in support of Donald Trump’s run for the presidency, but who will vote for him anyway. The prospect of the Clintons back in power closes the discussion for me. That said, I have to admit backing Trump requires that I eat a lot of crow. I can remember saying to myself (fortunately for me, I didn’t get in anyone else’s face about it) that Catholics who backed Bill Clinton’s run for the presidency were selling out; that they were willing for partisan political motives to back a sleazy pro-abortion candidate with the personal morals…Continue Reading

Racism Then . . . Manufactured Racism Now

August 22, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES Man’s inhumanity to man is just another part of our fallen nature. We have brutalized each other in so many different ways. Today we are rediscovering that brutality and trying hard to find new ways and worse ways to hurt each other. There is no excuse for any kind of racism, given that as Catholics we all believe we are made by the same Creator. And even the worst of us deserve to be treated with human dignity since we are made in His image and likeness. Systemic slavery and institutional racism are realities we cannot erase from man’s history. There are countless examples throughout the ages of how certain cultures and people have become the slaves…Continue Reading

Blind Lead Blind?. . . Campaign Peeks At Polls, Precipices, Lesbian Farms, And McCain

August 21, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN The story of the blind men who reached conflicting conclusions about what an elephant is because they touched different parts of the beast’s body doesn’t apply to the blind folks of the hostile dominant media trying to size up the Donald Trump Republican pachyderm. Can the elephant fly because the flapping ears are like the wings of a huge nocturnal bat? Is the beast immobile because its stout legs are like deeply rooted trees? Does the coiling trunk suggest the creature resembles a boa constrictor? However, assorted media left-wingers don’t arrive at differing interpretations of this GOP beast. No matter what part they touch, they cry out, “Awful! Terrible! Monstrous! Ghastly!” Zoo elephants may be behind signs…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke… Shows Way To Hope For A Suffering Church

August 20, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN (Editor’s Note: Below is Dexter Duggan’s review of and commentary on Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke’s new book Hope for the World: To Unite All Things in Christ. An Interview with Guillaume d’Alancon. Ignatius Press, San Francisco, ISBN 978-1-62164-116-2, 123 pages paperback, $14.95, 2016. Visit or call 1-800-651-1531. (We are featuring the review on our editorial page because of the book’s importance.) + + + Hope, rightfully one of the seven virtues, ultimately looks toward the reward of everlasting Heaven, for which God created everyone. But some people, whose numbers are unknown to us now, choose to reject this bliss. Why would anyone refuse to accept unbounded joy when the alternative is the everlasting deep suffering of…Continue Reading

A Squandered Patrimony

August 19, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

BY JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Recent editions of First Teachers have featured letters from readers who are unhappy with the drift toward secular liberalism and politically correct cultural views at Jesuit universities. This week we offer a different perspective, not from parents of students at Jesuit colleges but from a Jesuit priest. We will identify him only as a “Jesuit correspondent” to preserve his anonymity. You will have to take my word that he is who he says he is. This priest does not pull his punches: He says the critics of Jesuit higher education who wrote to First Teachers are “on the money,” that modern Jesuit educators have “squandered the patrimony donated by Irish, German, Italian, and other European immigrants…Continue Reading

Rio Olympics Mask Truth About Brazil

August 18, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES About 20 years ago I learned a fact about the city of Rio that has stuck with me ever since. At that time, I learned that Rio had the highest number of homeless children who were addicted to huffing inhalants. That is, using anything in an aerosol can, like household cleaning products, insecticide, glue, paint thinner, nail polish remover and lighter fluid, in order to get high. These kids weren’t just rebelling or trying to have fun. These children as young as five years old were trying to mask the starvation and pain that stalked them for their entire short lives. Like any other injustice which I have learned about, I cannot unlearn it. These injustices are…Continue Reading

The Role of the Sacred Liturgy in Developing a Catholic Conscience

August 17, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

+ Francis Cardinal Arinze (Lecture delivered at “The Church Teaches” Forum in Louisville, Kentucky, l6 July 2016) Introduction The sacred liturgy has a key place in the education of our conscience as followers of Christ. I have been asked to propose to this august assembly some reflections on The Role of the Sacred Liturgy in Developing a Catholic Conscience. We shall begin by saying a word on what the liturgy is and then what we understand by conscience and the need to educate it. Holy Scripture has a prominent place in the sacred liturgy and in educating us. The many acts of religion are nourished in us by the liturgy. The celebration of the sacraments, the ordering of the liturgical…Continue Reading

The Missing Flags At The DNC

August 17, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The absence of American flags on the stage and around the auditorium on the first night of the Democratic National Convention did not remain a story for long. Even Fox News couldn’t keep it afloat for more than a day. The Democrats in charge of the convention saw to that. The second night they rounded up flags and placed them where the cameras would be sure to pick them up when the speakers took the stage. But that does not mean that there is no story here. Either the Democrats simply forgot to adorn the stage with flags on the first night, and quickly made up for their oversight. Or they did not intend to make…Continue Reading

Democratic Party Platform . . . Attacks Religious Liberty That “Discriminates”

August 16, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN The Democratic Party’s 2016 platform states a commitment to heavy-handedly micromanaging the United States as well as intruding into people’s traditional morality in other nations. It speaks contradictorily of cutting red tape for small businesses and entrepreneurs but of imposing scrutiny throughout the U.S. for this or that statistical purpose that allegedly advances fairness and equality. The platform denounces millionaires and billionaires, even though the super-wealthy elite and their Wall Street institutions are among Democratic presidential nominee and multimillionaire Hillary Clinton’s closest buddies and funders. Democrats say they believe that “no executive (is) too powerful to jail” — even though nominee Hillary’s unhindered, obvious lawbreaking has brought cries to “Lock her up” from both disgusted conservative Republicans…Continue Reading