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Fashionable Catholicism Strikes Again

May 23, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Fashionable Catholicism Strikes Again

By SHAUN KENNEY Like most Catholics, I think we are all a bit perplexed at the willingness of Catholic prelates to participate in a fashion event in New York that intended to celebrate Catholic imagery in clothing and art but was predictably hijacked by the likes of Madonna and semi-pro nun-chucker Katy Perry. Even the likes of Piers Morgan — a cultural Catholic, but a Catholic nonetheless — was truly and deeply shocked by the display of disrespect that would never be extended to any other faith. Of course, we know what would have happened if another faith tradition had been mocked in such a manner. Muslims would have vehemently (and in places, violently) expressed their outrage. Jews would have…Continue Reading

Ireland Until Eternity

May 22, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Ireland Until Eternity

By REY FLORES Since the creation of mankind, every generation has believed that theirs was the most tumultuous time in history. From the biblical plagues in Egypt to the Industrial Revolution, to the so-called sexual revolution, and to 9/11, people have thought that theirs was the era which would usher in the end of times. Truth be told, these were all end times for each generation. In our time, many of us also believe that the many troubling factors causing social upheaval are all signs of a quickly approaching apocalypse. Most recently we have the great nation of Ireland deciding whether millions of their future citizens will live or die. We mustn’t forget the murder of Alfie Evans in the…Continue Reading

Berkeley Free Speech Movement Is Alive And…Well?

May 21, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Berkeley Free Speech Movement Is Alive And…Well?

By MIKE MANNO It wasn’t that long ago that rioters at the University of California at Berkeley gained national attention by rioting against “provocative” speakers. In response the university chancellor appointed a Commission on Free Speech to review the causes of the disturbances and to recommend policy changes. Appointed to the commission were 23 faculty, staff, and student members. The commission duly filed its report and recommendations finding that the cause of the campus upheaval was the conservative students themselves, bigoted as they are: “The rise of ultra-conservative rhetoric, including white supremacist views and protest marches, legitimized by the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, encouraged far-right and alt-right activists to ‘spike the football’ at Berkeley. This provoked an at-times…Continue Reading

Amid Life At Political Circus . . . Trump’s Keynote To Pro-Lifers Could Energize 2018 Efforts

May 20, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Amid Life At Political Circus . . . Trump’s Keynote To Pro-Lifers Could Energize 2018 Efforts

By DEXTER DUGGAN President Donald Trump’s scheduled keynote speech to a national pro-life organization’s gathering should encourage hard work to enlarge the pro-life majority in Congress, according to a priest-activist who helped boost pro-lifers’ support for Trump’s Republican presidential candidacy in 2016, when many still doubted the Manhattan developer. Since moving into the White House in January 2017, Trump has made himself the most publicly dedicated pro-life GOP president since the U.S. Supreme Court unconstitutionally imposed permissive abortion throughout the United States in January 1973. Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, told The Wanderer on May 16: “I am sure the president will emphasize what he has said before: We must work hard in this upcoming election…Continue Reading

Flash! Lawyer Sells Access To Politicians!

May 19, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Flash! Lawyer Sells Access To Politicians!

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Washington in shocked, shocked! that businesses are willing to pay lawyers and lobbyists millions for influence and access to politicians and their staffs, regulators, even the media. ’Tis the season to ruffle feathers, apparently. But this is nothing new. For years, Washington lobbyists have been charging billions for such influence. Somehow, the fact that Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has been peddling his “insider knowledge” has the nation’s capital in a twit fit. But as the dependable Tim Carney points out, “that’s typical swamp behavior.” Carney, who writes for the Washington Examiner, is the rare journalist who actually wears out a lot of shoe leather to dig for news — and few Swamp Dwellers appreciate what…Continue Reading

Israel At 70: Bibi’s Troubled Hour Of Power

May 18, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Israel At 70: Bibi’s Troubled Hour Of Power

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN For Bibi Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister save only founding father David Ben-Gurion, it was a week of triumph. Last Tuesday, May 8, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal as Bibi had demanded. Thursday, May 10, after Iran launched 20 missiles at the Golan Heights, Bibi answered with a 70-missile attack on Iran in Syria. “If it rains on us, it will storm on them. I hope we have finished the episode,” Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, boasting that Israel’s raids hit “nearly all Iranian infrastructure in Syria.” The day before, Bibi was in Moscow, persuading Vladimir Putin to cancel the sale of Russia’s S-300 air defense system to…Continue Reading

From Puritan Aspiration To The Virginia Bill Of Rights

May 17, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on From Puritan Aspiration To The Virginia Bill Of Rights

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY Throughout the nineteenth and most the twentieth century, schoolbooks depicted the early European settlers of the North American Continent as noble-minded immigrants, in the Old World persecuted for their religious faith, and in the New World bent on the creation of a more congenial society. In spite of attempts to totally secularize public school curricula, that story may yet prevail, if only to support the liberal immigration policy advanced by the progressive left. The truth is far more interesting, and perhaps more relevant. From the ranks of the Pilgrims who settled in the New World between 1620 and 1630 emerged a theocracy which was to prevail in New England through the latter part of the seventeenth…Continue Reading

Counter Culture Has Failed; Can We Try Culture Yet?

May 16, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Counter Culture Has Failed; Can We Try Culture Yet?

By SHAUN KENNEY Both Fr. James Schall, SJ, and our very own Christopher Manion have written about the concept of America’s impending revolution (The Wanderer, May 10, p. 1) — in short, the prospects of a leftist revolution right here at home. I am saddened to report that the revolution has already occurred. Not only have we lost, but we lost in tremendous numbers with generations of casualties. Some might say it began with the 1968 counterculture movement, but in truth we all know it began far earlier than this. Veterans returning home from post-Second World War Europe, perhaps? The rise of beatnik culture, the advent of existentialism in the works of thinkers such as Derrida, Camus, and Foucault, and…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Guide To Stop The Political And Cultural Trashing Of Our Lives And Nation

May 15, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review… A Guide To Stop The Political And Cultural Trashing Of Our Lives And Nation

By DEXTER DUGGAN Reclaiming the Republic: How Christians and Other Conservatives Can Win Back America, by Robert G. Marshall, TAN Books, Charlotte, N.C., ISBN 978-1-5051-0940-5, 311 pages, hardback, $24.95, 2018. Bob Marshall, who passed a lot of years in the Virginia House of Delegates, serving 13 two-year terms, covers a lot of territory in this valuable political how-to book, from the Founders’ philosophy to precinct door-knocking, and from unacceptable judicial supremacy to voter-registration forms kept handy in the car to hand out. Whether the reader wants to know what the U.S.’s early architects thought about the three co-equal branches of government, or how effective Barack Obama was at voter contact in Virginia for the 2008 presidential election, Marshall, basically an…Continue Reading

To Whom Did Alfie Evans Belong?

May 14, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on To Whom Did Alfie Evans Belong?

By MIKE MANNO Well, the Brits did it again. Not satisfied after killing Little Charlie Gard last July, they found a new victim, err, patient, whom Her Majesty’s government decreed should die, in his own best interests. We all know the story of Little Alfie Evans, a child with an undisclosed — read that: undiagnosed — brain ailment and whose parents, with unmitigated gall, decided to try to save his life. You see, apparently in Great Britain, its Public Health Service — read that: socialized health service — is understood to be a better decision-maker for small children than the kid’s parents. The government’s imprimatur grants to the decision-makers in the health service a wisdom that is not given to…Continue Reading