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The Turkey Of The Year Awards Go To . . .

November 26, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES It’s Thanksgiving Day once again as I write this, and rather than sharing some syrupy and sentimental thoughts with you about gratitude and about how we should all be grateful for God’s blessings, let’s just be grateful every day and have some fun with The Wanderer’s first annual “Turkey of the Year Awards” instead! There are three Turkey Awards and we will be counting them down here from third to first place. The awards are based on how awful and terrible these individuals and/or organizations truly are in terms of how they have brought harm instead of help to humanity. These individuals and organizations not only have brought harm to humanity, but continue to mock God through…Continue Reading

Archbishop Chaput Warns… Dishonest Mercy Helps No One

November 25, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

PHILADELPHIA (CNA/EWTN News) — True mercy and trust in the transformative power of God’s grace are key to helping divorced and remarried Catholics, Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia has said in a critique of proposals to admit them to sacramental Communion without a change in their lives. “Ironically, a pastoral strategy that minimizes sin in the name of mercy cannot be merciful, because it is dishonest,” the archbishop said in a December 2015 essay for the U.S. journal First Things. Authentic mercy is evangelical and believes “God’s grace has the power to transform us.” This is relevant to the Church’s pastoral response to the divorced and remarried, he wrote. “The divorced and civilly remarried remain welcome members of…Continue Reading

Good Morning, Vietnam!

November 24, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES “Jesus Christ brought us freedom from sin; America brought us freedom to sin” — Archbishop Emeritus Jean-Baptiste Cardinal Pham Minh Man of Saigon.” + + + Ligaya Acosta and I stepped out of Tan Son Nhat International Airport and into the blazing heat of Vietnam. We had just traveled from Bangkok, where we conducted a one-day pro-life conference entitled “Silent Screams,” cosponsored by Human Life International and Couples for Christ-Foundation for Family and Life. Dr. Ligaya is HLI’s regional coordinator for Asia and Oceania, and this pro-life missionary journey would not have been possible without her efforts. She had visited Vietnam in 2011, trusting totally in our Lady. She knew no one in the country, but expertly…Continue Reading

Hispanic Conservatism Is On The Rise

November 23, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES As the 2016 election year draws nearer, many people are wondering where our country will be headed after eight long and tedious years of Obama’s liberalism and renegade politics. If anything, at least we can say that the Republican Party has the most interesting set of presidential candidates it has ever showcased. While I tend to stay away from politically correct words like “diverse” and “diversity,” there’s no denying that the GOP has the most diverse group of candidates with two Hispanic-Americans, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, for example. Bobby Jindal, who withdrew from the race as I was writing this column, is an Indian-American. Meanwhile, back at the Democratic Party side of things, we have the…Continue Reading

Of This And That

November 22, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Our readers will read this email from Katie McMenamin, the director of external relations for Young America’s Foundation, too late for them to participate in the group’s “Standing Up for Faith and Freedom (When Your Catholic Campus Does Not)” program that was held on November 6 and 7 in Washington, D.C. But the organization is one that college-age Catholics may want to contact for more information. McMenamin describes Young America’s Foundation as “a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting conservative ideas to high school and college students and giving them the resources they need to promote these ideas on their campuses and in their communities.” The YAF’s goal, in McMenamin’s words, is to “help conservative students at…Continue Reading

U.S. Students Seeking “Safe Space”. . . Compete With French Victims Lacking It

November 21, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Apparently without enough real frights in their lives, some privileged U.S. university students looking for grievances were taking offense this fall at phantom oppressors like — boo! — politically incorrect Halloween costumes. Shortly thereafter, some young people in Paris who just wanted entertainment with California rock music on the evening of Friday November the 13 paid with their lives in an attack by deadly real Islamic terrorists at the Bataclan theater. Lacking enough real worries, the U.S. students went searching for discontent. Meanwhile, some folks just wanting to enjoy themselves as the weekend began in France came to a crushing conclusion of all their earthly tomorrows. Were both groups equally ill-treated? The human condition, once its material…Continue Reading

Can A Radical Be A Patriot?

November 20, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Can a radical be a patriot? Yes. The standard definition of patriot is an individual with a love for the “patria,” the Roman word for country, the nation, the homeland. That does not mean loyalty to a particular administration or political party. A patriot can oppose them both. It is not hypocritical for a patriot to advocate a radical change in his country’s system of government, nothing illogical about someone making the case that he loves his country so deeply that he wants to change its political system into one that will make life better for his countrymen. I would go so far as to argue that the change might even be some form of Marxism,…Continue Reading

College Grads’ Legacy . . . Home Network For Pregnant Women Looks Back At 15 Years

November 19, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — She absent-mindedly put the phone in the refrigerator when she meant to put the milk away. She felt she couldn’t confront one more care-providing issue but she managed to do so, and at the end of the day felt her own weakness was being replaced by a strength not her own. She concluded it’s possible to learn to love being spit up on. This could sound like the diary of many people’s family lives, but in this case it’s about serving others who don’t have their own family, or are struggling with family issues. These are experiences by three young women blogging about their work as “MissionCorps” members with the Maggie’s Place network of homes…Continue Reading

Diversity And Equality: Myth Or Reality?

November 18, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By ALBERTO MARTINEZ PIEDRA (Editor’s Note: Alberto Piedra holds doctorates in economics, political economy, and law.) + + + Recently there appeared an article in The Washington Post in which it was stated that early education is seen as key to narrowing achievement gaps. According to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), this should be the model going forward all over this country. I do not doubt the mayor’s good intentions in his attempts to help the less privileged sectors of society at an early age; a policy that may permit them to acquire the necessary skills that will help them reach higher levels of education at a later stage in their lives. The educational gap between the…Continue Reading

Finding Life-In-Death

November 17, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Early in his Confessions (book I, chapter 6), St. Augustine raises a question that is rich in existential implication and, at the same time, sheds important light on the human condition: “What have I to say to Thee, God, save that I know not where I came from, when I came into this life-in-death — or should I call it death-in-life?” Augustine expresses his amazement, as we all might, over the fact that he exists as a unique human being not knowing how he came to be and what may be asked of him. He speaks for all of us, we individual human beings who stand outside of nothingness and, not through our own designs, nonetheless exist,…Continue Reading