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President Xi’s Swag Vs. The Pope’s Black Fiat

September 30, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JOHN J. METZLER UNITED NATIONS — Both Pope Francis and China’s president visited the United States at the same time. Two men whose paths nearly intersected, but not touch, in New York at the United Nations are each leaders of 1.2 billion people: the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, and Comrade President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China. Pope Francis arrived amid White House pomp and circumstance ceremonies, rather improbably in a little black Fiat. President Xi went around in black limos as one would expect. Pope Francis, a Jesuit from Argentina, brings a pastoral message, but often swerves into politics. President Xi, a Politburo hardliner, visits America both with his business portfolio and with the…Continue Reading

Vatican Confirms Pope Met With Kim Davis

September 30, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

Fr. Lombardi Affirms Meeting With Kentucky County Clerk Took Place in Washington Vatican City, September 30, 2015 ( Deborah Castellano Lubov The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis has met with Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, but did not elaborate. In a statement released by the Holy See Press Office this afternoon, its director, Father Federico Lombardi, addressed the media reports about the Pope meeting Davis in Washington, stating: “I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no comments to add.” Davis was put in jail for six days for disobeying a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples, stressing she couldn’t go against her conscience and citing biblical opposition to same-sex marriage.…Continue Reading

Seeking An Alternative To The Boy Scouts

September 29, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The decision by the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to permit open homosexuals to be active as members and leaders of local troops has forced many parents to make a difficult decision. Some parents may decide that their children’s troop is unaffected by the new policies and that there is no reason to remove their children from the group. No doubt there are many Scout troops and Scout leaders who remain faithful to Scouting’s heritage. But what should parents do if they do not feel that confidence in their local troop, or if they do not want their children to be part of an organization with a national leadership committed to the homosexual agenda? Are there…Continue Reading

Former Congressman Says . . . Obama Should Be Confronted On PP Issue With Every Funding Bill

September 28, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN As the Republican-majority Congress struggled to produce a federal budget, a fiery former conservative GOP congressman said in an interview that any appropriations bill sent over to Barack Obama for his signature should have a rider denying funding for Planned Parenthood. Because Obama has promised to veto any such bill, this would keep a damaging focus on the Democrat president’s pro-abortion extremism, former southern California Cong. Robert Dornan told The Wanderer in a September 20 interview. Dornan characterized major-media reporters as Obama’s “2,000 PR people.” “When you make the president veto a bill, it forces his PR people at the networks . . . to discuss the issue at hand,” having to explain that Obama chose to…Continue Reading

Pope Visits Little Sisters Of The Poor .. . Includes Pro-Life, Pro-Family Themes In Talks

September 27, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

(From combined sources) U.S. pro-lifers were eagerly waiting to hear what, if anything, Pope Francis would say about abortion and life issues generally during his visit here. In Cuba, he had denounced abortion and euthanasia. (See this week’s News Notes column on p. 2A and also see the Shepherds column on p. 4B.) While his references to abortion were not as frequent or as detailed as many pro-lifers had hoped, nonetheless, he did raise the issue. Most notably, in his September 23 address to the bishops of the United States in St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Pope Francis listed the “challenging issues of our time,” which included the innocent victims of abortion. He also then said: “I appreciate the unfailing commitment of…Continue Reading

U.S. And Catholicism In Crisis

September 26, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN (Editor’s Note: This column by Patrick J. Buchanan was released on September 22, the day Pope Francis arrived in the United States and before the Holy Father had delivered any talks in the U.S.) + + + During the 1950s, the twin pillars of worldwide anti-Communism were Dwight Eisenhower’s America and the Roman Catholic Church of Pope Pius XII. During the 1980s, the last decade of the Cold War, Ronald Reagan and the Polish Pope, John Paul II, were the pillars of resistance. When Pope Francis arrives in Washington on Tuesday afternoon, the country he enters will be a very different one from Eisenhower’s America or Reagan’s America. And Catholics will be welcoming a new kind…Continue Reading

Pope Says . . . Be Like St. Serra: Reject The “Spirit Of The World”

September 25, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “The spirit of the world tells us to be like everyone else. But Jesus tells us to go and announce the Gospel,” said Pope Francis in his homily for the Canonization Mass of Junipero Serra in Washington, D.C., on September 23. The liturgy celebrated at the Catholic University of America on a beautiful fall day was a historic occasion for several reasons. It was the first canonization on U.S. soil and the first visit of Pope Francis, the first Pope from the New World, to the United States. The crowd of faithful and other guests, estimated at 25,000, crowded into the quadrangle between the east front of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the…Continue Reading

Synod Preamble . . . The Pope’s Extraordinary But Perilous Policy

September 24, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By LOUISE KIRK The time of Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. has arrived as I write this. Each stage of his journey, in Washington, New York, and Philadelphia, promises individual riches but will also be watched by the world as a preamble to the Synod of the Family happening in October. The Holy Father is aware of this. In a direct challenge to the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court ruling he recently urged Catholic married couples to take up the defense of marriage between one man and one woman as a mission entrusted to them. He explained that this mission is all the more important given that “the image of the family — as God wills it, made up…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood: Truth Versus Myth

September 23, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON Videos, recently released by the Center for Medical Progress, show officials of Planned Parenthood discussing the harvesting and sale of organs from aborted children. With their ghoulish business exposed, spinmeisters quickly went to work. The president of Planned Parenthood stated that what the organization is doing is legal, humane, and scientifically useful, although, she said, their representative in the video did not display the organization’s deep compassion for women. Most of the broadcast TV networks and cable news programs, sympathetic to abortion, initially ignored this exposé. It would have been their lead story, no doubt, if the harvesting were done on baby seals rather than on unborn children. Generalized language such as fetal tissue is used…Continue Reading

Pope Francis At The White House . . . Morally Acceptable Schadenfreude?

September 22, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

  By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK When you hear someone use the term “schadenfreude,” you are not hearing a compliment. The standard definition of the German word (literally translated “harm-joy”) is “taking pleasure in the misfortune of another.” It is a frame of mind that implies mean-spiritedness, envy, insecurity. But it is not that simple. While engaging in schadenfreude may indicate a character flaw, we use other words and expressions with a similar meaning to denote a more lofty frame of mind, figures of speech that send the message that it is entirely proper for us to take satisfaction in watching the tables get turned on those who deserve it. There are many examples: When we say someone was “knocked off…Continue Reading