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The Wanderer . . . A Look Back . . . January 16, 1969

April 23, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off
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 As new Feature on our Online Daily we will highlight an article or column that was featured in The Wanderer in years past. Most of these articles provide insight or relevancy to the same issues of today. This article provides great advice to the Catholic laity when scandal arises within the Church. Please feel free to comment on these articles. The discussion box is open. Editors Note: This column appeared in The Wanderer on January 16, 1969. Bishop Adrian wrote a weekly column for The Wanderer at the time. Born: April 16, 1883: Died February 13, 1972. He was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee from 1936 to 1969.…Continue Reading

The Great Divide

April 23, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES What does a wolf do when it attacks a flock of sheep? He distracts the shepherd, then scatters and splits the flock up until he can devour as many as possible. This is exactly what Satan does to our Church at every chance he gets. Again, we all know how the story ends with Christ triumphant. But in the meantime, we are all actively participating in the great divide among Catholics here in America and abroad as some of us are taking hard-line stances against the immorality, sin, and depravity of the popular secular culture, while some “Catholics” decide to stand with those on the other side. Exhibit A: Michael Hichborn, president and founder of The Lepanto…Continue Reading

Death With Dignity Appears Deathless

April 22, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Better than ten years ago (October 31, 2005), while introducing a bill in the House of Commons, Bloc Quebecois MP Francine Lalonde stated that “the Parliament of Canada and its members cannot dither any longer and expect the courts and government to make the necessary changes to the Criminal Code to recognize the right to die with dignity for the people of Quebec and Canada.” In response, Conservative MP Jason Kenney characterized Madame Lalonde’s statement as “an attack on the inalienable dignity of the human person, which is the foundational premise of any culture which merits to be considered a civilization.” Canadians, apparently, are no longer “dithering” and are moving straight ahead to ensure that everyone has…Continue Reading

Being A Catholic Online

April 21, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES I am a news junkie. I consume news all day long via the Internet and talk and news radio. I like to stay current with the geopolitical happenings as part of my research as a writer. Sometimes I get burned out by reading about the same political shenanigans, especially with the 2016 elections. But thanks to the Internet, we can seek out our news and information from all sorts of sources instead of merely relying on the government-approved propaganda, which is spoon-fed to Americans everyday via major television networks and newspaper websites. Blogs are a good way to read what some people are thinking about current events or about the overall human condition. Today we also have…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Blind Eyes That Opened To The Tragedy Of Countless Lives Shut Down

April 20, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories, by Abby Johnson, written with Kristin Detrow, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 2016, ISBN 978-1-58617-797-3, 155 pages hardback, $17.95. Book reviews usually don’t include advice on how to read the book. Read it as you please. Read it while drinking orange juice, coffee, something else or nothing. Read it while snacking or fasting. Read it lying down or sitting up. In the morning or the evening. With a colored marker or a notebook, or scribble in the margins. But it’s probably best to begin reading former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson’s latest, The Walls Are Talking, by beginning at the end, first reading chapter 17 and…Continue Reading

Pandora’s Box… Guaranteeing Jobs For All

April 19, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK In recent weeks in the First Teachers column in The Wanderer, there has been on ongoing discussion of the difficulties faced by families with school-aged children due to the loss of blue-collar jobs, specifically of how this new state of affairs has made it impossible for many women to be full-time, stay-at-home moms. T.F.B., a reader from California, has written to expand that discussion beyond the topic of parents and schools. He raises a question that well may become the major societal problem our country will face in the coming decades. Trying to solve it could prove to be what people mean by “opening Pandora’s box.” You will remember the story of Pandora, the first woman…Continue Reading

What A Campaign Season . . . Nuns Are Criminals, But Invaders In Bathrooms And At Border Hailed

April 18, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Imagine the absolute public-relations disaster of a video of Ted Cruz or Donald Trump forcibly grabbing and throwing a frail, elderly nun into a ditch because she was walking too slowly on the sidewalk in front of speedy him. Speedy end of his presidential campaign, now and forever. Now imagine that elderly nun instead forcibly is deprived of her religious community and convent roof over her head because of ruinous financial penalties imposed when nuns don’t commit mortal sins that Barack Obama’s or Hillary Clinton’s government demands No need to imagine, actually. That’s the Democrats’ demonically punitive course that Obama’s government actually pursues against the Little Sisters of the Poor, who care for the sick elderly whom…Continue Reading

Amoris Laetitia . . . The Problem Begins With Contraception, Not Divorce

April 17, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By LOUISE KIRK (Editor’s Note: Louise Kirk, who writes from England, covered last fall’s Ordinary Synod of Bishops for The Wanderer.) + + + The priest had just been showing us a photograph of himself alongside a beaming bride and groom. He was evidently fond of the couple. “Mind you,” he added, stabbing the picture, “he is a bit ‘various’ when it comes to attending Mass. I came across him idling in the street the other day, and told him: ‘I’m fed up with you. It’s time for Church. Get yourself there.’ That,” the priest added mischievously, “is the New Evangelization.” Pope Francis has also been bold, in a completely different way, in opening up the evangelization of the family.…Continue Reading

Synods, Exhortations, And The Other Side Of The Coin

April 16, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By PEGGY MOEN In all the sound and fury of the Extraordinary and Ordinary Synods on the Family and up through the release of Amoris Laetitia, one sort of suffering Catholic has been largely overlooked. That is, those who undergo trials precisely because of their faithfulness to Church teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. Pope John Paul in the 1981 Familiaris Consortio spoke of the most obvious instances of this suffering: “Loneliness and other difficulties are often the lot of separated spouses, especially when they are the innocent parties. The ecclesial community must support such people more than ever. It must give them much respect, solidarity, understanding and practical help, so that they can preserve their fidelity even in their…Continue Reading

Amoris Laetitia . . . Commentators Point To Bright Spots, But Also Dark Shadows

April 15, 2016 Frontpage 2 Comments

(Comment Box is Open) By JOSEPH MATT The much-awaited Amoris Laetitia, the Pope’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, has finally arrived, replete with all the fireworks its anticipation promised to deliver — at least judging from the headlines and commentaries that followed. At first glance, by most accounts, much of the document appears sound, with a pastoral focus and upholding of Humanae Vitae. The issues of concern that are garnering all of the headlines reside in chapter eight, especially footnote 351 — reflections of the Pope on pastoral situations that seem to blur the lines of Catholic teaching and beg for more clarification, at the very least. Unfortunately for a document that should serve to clarify and illuminate Church teaching on matters of…Continue Reading