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Has Trump Found The Formula?

July 1, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Stripped of its excesses, Donald Trump’s Wednesday, June 22 speech contains all the ingredients of a campaign that can defeat Hillary Clinton this fall. Indeed, after the speech ended Clinton was suddenly defending the Clinton Foundation against the charge that it is a front for a racket for her family’s enrichment. The specific charges in Trump’s indictment of Clinton: She is mendacious, corrupt, incompetent, and a hypocrite. “Hillary Clinton . . . is a world-class liar,” said Trump. She faked a story about being under fire at a Bosnia airport, the kind of claim for which TV anchors get fired. She has lied repeatedly about her email server. She lied to the families of victims of…Continue Reading

No Excuse For Obfuscation On Islam

June 30, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY The Wall Street Journal ran on a recent Opinion Page an informative piece by Ayann Hirsi Ali, a fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School, documenting clearly that hatred of homosexuals is an integral part of Islamic belief. Ayann Hirsi Ali, no stranger to the subject, is the author of two readily available books, Infidel (2007) and Heretic: The Case for a Muslim Reformation (2015). Given the bold headline, “Islam’s Jihad Against Homosexuals,” and the prominent place the WSJ gave the article, there can be no excuse for politicians and media personnel to use multiple euphemisms to avoid acknowledging the motivating source of Muslim rage against homosexuals. Hirsi Ali writes, “[The Orlando attack] is not primarily about guns…Continue Reading

McCain’s Main Foe Speaks… Suburban Arizona Catholic Group Gets Rolling To Study Candidates

June 29, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN GILBERT, Ariz. — A lineup of pro-life Republican politicians, including the major GOP challenger for John McCain’s U.S. Senate seat this year, spoke to a gathering of Catholics seeking to become more politically informed in this booming Phoenix suburb. Although many Catholics are engaged in positive efforts, from building up their own families to defending the culture, they could benefit from better knowing the candidates and the implications of casting their votes, Christine Accurso, a veteran pro-life activist who helped organize the meeting, told The Wanderer. It was a meeting of individual Gilbert-area citizens, not sponsored by the Catholic Church. Organizers issued an invitation “to meet the pro-life, pro-family, pro-freedom candidates that we believe are worthy of your…Continue Reading

Guns N’ Catholics

June 28, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES Do you own a firearm? Wait. Don’t answer out loud — you never know who may be listening. If your answer is yes: Why do you own a firearm? Is it for hunting, self-defense, or is it for nefarious purposes? You see, there are all sorts of different reasons why an individual may own a firearm. In the current debate in our nation’s capital about guns and so-called gun control, there are those who claim they want to reduce what they call “gun violence,” when in reality they seek to violate the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and disarm our citizenry. As Catholics, we need to ask: What does the Church say about guns or any…Continue Reading

Phoenix Starting Point Recalled . . . Time For Trump To Use More Surgical Sharpness, Less Shrapnel?

June 27, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit, a Republican who knows his numbers, went down a list of chilling statistics on a hot day here in front of a fired-up crowd waiting to hear presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. It was nearly a year since a successful Trump rally in Phoenix last July persuaded the Manhattan billionaire that he really might have a potent presidential campaign within his grasp. He may have thought he needed to bellow then to get attention. However, treasurer DeWit’s devastating surgical presentation on Barack Obama’s damaging custody of America suggests that more such GOP precision, and less Trump bluster, is the right prescription today, when the billionaire is criticized for using…Continue Reading

Will Hillary Be Indicted?

June 26, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Will Hillary Clinton beat the rap over her private email server? “Beat the rap” is the appropriate term. I would wager serious money that even the most ardent of Hillary’s supporters would admit — if given a dose of truth serum — that they know her private server was set up to conceal from the public the nature of her involvement with the Clinton Global Initiative. There is no other plausible explanation for all the effort that went in to setting up the server and the contrived explanations from Hillary and her team for the 30,000 deleted emails. If you listen to Fox News, you will be confident that an indictment is on the way. Andrew…Continue Reading

Justice Scalia And The Natural Law Tradition

June 25, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY In this election season, we can appreciate all the more the role that Justice Antonin Scalia played during his 30 years of service on the United States Supreme Court. There are many facets to the campaigns waged among the contenders for the presidency of the country, but none are more significant than presidential appointments to the Supreme Court. In the fifth century B.C., Heraclitus of Ephesus wrote, “The people must fight for their laws as for their walls.” After two and a half millennia that dictum remains relevant. The rule of law is often at stake in appointments to the nation’s highest court. When it comes to interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, Justice Scalia is associated with…Continue Reading

Still More Confusion From Pope Francis

June 24, 2016 Frontpage 2 Comments

The Wanderer in its issue dated June 16 published an article by John-Henry Westen of LifeSiteNews entitled, “Confusing Even the Devout…The Troubling Statements of Pope Francis.” Just that fast, Catholics were once again faced with a series of pontifical ramblings that seemingly assaulted the unchanging and inviolable teachings of Jesus Christ on marriage and chastity. We cite once more a LifeSiteNews report from John-Henry Westen, dated June 17: “Pope Francis spoke yesterday at a pastoral congress on the family for the Diocese of Rome, and his remarks are causing consternation among faithful Catholics. In off-the-cuff remarks, the Pope made the dual claim that the ‘great majority’ of Catholic marriages are ‘null’ — in other words, not actual marriages — and…Continue Reading

Were The Good Old Days All That Good?

June 23, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I don’t want anyone to misunderstand what will follow in this column. I am fully on the side of those who want to preserve a strong Catholic identity in the curriculum and campus life at Catholic colleges. Whenever I hear an administrator at a Catholic college talk about the need to “move beyond the seminary model” of Catholic colleges in the past, my hackles go up. I know the administrator is going to push for policies that will take Catholic colleges down the same path that led to the full secularization of the Ivy League schools, which once were affiliated with Protestant denominations. That said, a letter to the editor in the Jesuits’ America magazine a…Continue Reading

Does Pope Francis Dislike Americans?

June 22, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK At first, I was taken aback when I read John L. Allen’s May 23 column about Pope Francis on the website Crux ( The title of the column was “Let’s face it: Americans just aren’t this Pope’s favorites.” Upon reflection, I would say that Allen is on to something. (In addition to serving as editor of Crux, Allen also writes a column on Catholic issues for The Boston Globe.) I’ll let Allen speak for himself: “By now, it’s clear that one defining feature both of Francis’ personality and his approach to governance — which shouldn’t be all that surprising when you think about it — is a distinct ambivalence about the United States and Americans. When…Continue Reading