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A Book Review… A Republican In The White House Stands On The Shoulders Of Pro-Lifers

January 11, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review… A Republican In The White House Stands On The Shoulders Of Pro-Lifers

By DEXTER DUGGAN Racketeer for Life: Fighting the Culture of Death From the Sidewalk to the Supreme Court, by Joseph M. Scheidler with Peter M. Scheidler, TAN Books, Charlotte, N.C., ISBN 978-1-61890-850-6, 470 pages hardback, $24.95, 2016. As the world prepares for the new Republican administration taking office, pro-lifers and others speculate about how President-elect Donald Trump will bring to fruition his pro-life pledges. What will Trump say, and how will he say it? What will he do? Who will help him? In a memoir issued in December, Racketeer for Life, Chicago Catholic Joseph M. Scheidler, who helped pioneer national pro-life activism at abortuaries beginning in the 1970s, happened to quote Republican President Ronald Reagan commenting about abortion in his…Continue Reading

Culturally Catholic France

January 10, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Culturally Catholic France

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK On December 8 of last year, The Washington Post featured an article by James McAuley entitled: “In secular France, Catholic conservatism makes a comeback.” It sounds good, no? Maybe. McAuley begins by pointing to the success enjoyed by François Fillon in the presidential primaries in France. McAuley describes Fillon as a man viewed in France as “a crusader in the throes of a holy war,” who “campaigned mostly on a genteel conservatism of economic restructuring and strengthened national security,” appealing to “a wave of nostalgia for a nation of traditional families and quaint village churches” that feels itself “under siege from the dual threats of multiculturalism and Islamist terrorism.” It is a pattern that is emerging…Continue Reading

French Parties Woo Catholics

January 9, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on French Parties Woo Catholics

By JOHN BURKE (Editor’s Note: John Burke is a Catholic journalist based in England.) + + + PARIS — There are six Sunday Masses, all in the old Latin rite, at Saint Nicolas du Chardonnet, a classical pile almost within sight of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. Two blocks away stand propagandists (the Lefebvrist priests have warned them off) with royalist and other right-wing pamphlets. Such incidents have long lent themselves to a myth, promoted equally by liberal Catholics and secular left-wingers, that the St. Pius X Society (SSPX) and the National Front (Front National) were ultra-reactionary allies. In fact, the political preferences of the French, whether baptized or not, have always been far more complicated, but there is now an…Continue Reading

McDonald’s And Hard Rock Café At The Vatican

January 8, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on McDonald’s And Hard Rock Café At The Vatican

By REY FLORES In Matt. 16:18 Jesus said: “You are Peter and upon this rock I shall build my Church.” It’s unlikely that at that time Jesus was thinking of any franchising opportunities for His Church by including a fast food restaurant. When He gave Peter the keys to the Kingdom, He didn’t give him keys to a McDonald’s. Well folks, if you have not heard about this yet, McDonald’s has just opened one of its newest franchise locations just steps away from where the center of all Catholicism sits. Just before 2016 came to a close, McDonald’s started serving up its world-famous Big Macs, Happy Meals, and Quarter Pounder with cheese hamburgers on Vatican City property. In return for…Continue Reading

Close To Home . . . Terrorism, Bold Thievery, And Border War Hang Their Black Wreaths

January 7, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Close To Home . . . Terrorism, Bold Thievery, And Border War Hang Their Black Wreaths

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Against a backdrop of terror plots and attacks in the United States, Europe, and Asia, an Arizona grand jury shortly after Christmas indicted a Phoenix man on charges of supporting a foreign terrorist organization. Having been arrested on December 20, the man reportedly had done online searches for topics including Midnight Mass, suicide, and martyrdom. Derrick Thompson, 30, A/K/A Abu Talib Al-Amriki, “allegedly solicited, incited, or induced others to promote or further the criminal objectives of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS),” according to a December 30 news release from the Arizona attorney general’s office. “Thompson is also alleged to have…Continue Reading

Can Trump And Putin Avert Cold War II?

January 6, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Can Trump And Putin Avert Cold War II?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In retaliation for the hacking of John Podesta and the DNC, Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats and ordered closure of their country houses on Long Island and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that 35 U.S. diplomats would be expelled. But Vladimir Putin stepped in, declined to retaliate at all, and invited the U.S. diplomats in Moscow and their children to the Christmas and New Year’s party at the Kremlin. “A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger,” reads Prov. 15:1. “Great move,” tweeted President-elect Trump, “I always knew he was very smart!” Among our Russophobes, one can almost hear the gnashing of teeth.

A Book Review… Author Graphically Shows Suffering Of Chaldean Catholics In Mideast

January 5, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review… Author Graphically Shows Suffering Of Chaldean Catholics In Mideast

By DEXTER DUGGAN Cry of Nineveh, by Joyce Coronel, Holy Angels Press, Arizona USA, ISBN 978-0692768907, 330 pages paperback, $15, 2016, JoyceCoronel .com. There’s no “happily ever after” in earthly life. That’s for fairy tales. Even when a chapter of real life closes happily for a person, family, or nation, new events are ahead with perhaps other results. Having learned of the suffering of the Mideast’s Chaldean Catholics earlier in this decade, Arizona author Joyce Coronel continues bringing their struggles before the public in Cry of Nineveh, her second novel. By the close of the first, A Martyr’s Crown (2013), a hopeful Hanne Yacoub and her husband, Fadi, had been granted asylum and came to join other Iraqi refugees and…Continue Reading

More On Political Correctness

January 4, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on More On Political Correctness

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK We continue to get letters on the question of whether conservatives and Christians with traditional values are being intellectually inconsistent, even hypocritical, when they criticize campus liberals who impose codes of political correctness, considering how we call for prohibitions against performances of LGBT films and The Vagina Monologues, as well as appearances by pro-abortion speakers at Catholic universities. Put otherwise: Couldn’t it be said that our side opposes censorship only when it is carried out by those who disagree with us, but are fine with it when it protects our values? D.A., a professor at a Midwestern university, offers us a way to deal with this issue. “Suppose,” he writes, “two groups disagree with each other…Continue Reading

When Less Can Mean More . . . Further Reflections On The Faith And Historical Scholarship

January 3, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on When Less Can Mean More . . . Further Reflections On The Faith And Historical Scholarship

By PHILIP TROWER I The present article is a sequel to the one published a few weeks ago entitled “By Word of Mouth or Pen and Paper” (see The Wanderer, November 17, 2016, p. 8B). While celebrating the achievements of Western historical scholarship, it at the same time pointed out what I believe to be two specific occupational hazards. One could compare them to the danger of cutting one’s finger when using a sharp knife or chopping off one’s foot if not careful when using an axe. The first of these occupational hazards has been the tendency to play down oral tradition or the possibility of its accuracy over any extended period of time. The second has been the lack…Continue Reading

The Catholic Mind

January 2, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Catholic Mind
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By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY A Catholic mind is one formed by the Hebrew Scriptures, the Gospels, and the Fathers of the Church as commented upon through the ages. But there is another sense in which “the Catholic mind” is to be understood. The Catholic mind is one that is historically conscious, one conscious of origins. So constituted it provides a forum that allows the ancients, no less intelligent than we, to speak to us across the ages. They can teach us much about the moral order, human nature, and political organization, wisdom that is experience based and otherwise unavailable. So oriented, we can feel at home with Plato and Aristotle, understand the Stoics, appreciate the dilemma faced by Justin Martyr,…Continue Reading