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Theological Dimensions Of The March for Life

February 2, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By FR. FRANK PAVONE (Editor’s Note: Fr. Pavone is national director of Priests for Life.) + + + I have been attending the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., since 1976, when I was a senior in high school. I had, at the very same time, begun paying more attention to my faith, to the Scriptures, and to the Church. Since those early years of the March, I have thought and spoken much of the theological dimensions of this massive, annual pro-life event. With some exceptions, the participants in the March for Life are believers, and with a few more exceptions, are Christians. And they are Christians from every segment of the Body of Christ. The March — and…Continue Reading

The Assault On The Traditional Family

February 1, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK R.J.K., a reader from Naples, Fla., writes to ask why Church authorities do not make a more concerted effort to defend the traditional family from the attacks being leveled against it by today’s “neo-pagan culture, led by the media.” He is convinced that the media are making a “mockery” of the image of the father as the “breadwinner” and the wife as “a stay-at-home mother.” He argues it will be difficult for the “Second Vatican Council’s teaching (and the headline banner each week for First Teachers) that ‘parents are the first to pass on the faith to their children and to educate them in it’ to be realized if those traditional roles are undermined.” R.J.K. points…Continue Reading

Prelate Notes Unworthy Communions . . . San Francisco Pro-Life Rally Urged To Continue Fight

January 31, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN SAN FRANCISCO — As an African pro-life leader saluted U.S. pro-lifers and urged them to continue their fight for babies and moms around the world, two American pro-life strategists told The Wanderer of plans to help keep abortion giant Planned Parenthood in disarray. This was part of the scene January 23 at the nation’s second-largest annual pro-life gathering, the Walk for Life West Coast, which assembles on the broad plaza in front of San Francisco City Hall for speeches, then marches curb-to-curb on major thoroughfare Market Street through downtown. Before the 12:30 p.m. rally, Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone celebrated a packed 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, which looks down from a hilltop…Continue Reading

Hillary And The Big Lie On Abortion

January 30, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The term “the big lie technique” is most often associated with Adolf Hitler and his henchman Josef Goebbels. The theory is that a preposterous lie will eventually be accepted by the masses if it is repeated confidently and emphatically. In Hitler’s words in Mein Kampf, “Because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily, in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters, but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to…Continue Reading

Rebooting The Pro-Life Movement

January 29, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES It was the blizzard of 2016 which almost derailed the national March for Life in our nation’s capital a couple of weeks ago, but thanks to some hearty pro-life souls, the March proceeded as planned, albeit a little smaller than expected. Some made the great escape out of D.C. before the snow started falling in the late afternoon, but many of these same folks also got stranded across eastern highways. One group even celebrated Mass on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on an altar made of snow and ice. (See Donald DeMarco’s editorial “Fire From Ice” on p. 4A of this week’s issue.) Either way, the blizzard was symbolic of where the pro-life movement stands today. It is paralyzed…Continue Reading

Blizzard Doesn’t Obscure Student Focus On Planned Parenthood

January 28, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN SAN FRANCISCO — Modern media capabilities allow pro-lifers to get their messages straight out to the public, jumping past the restrictions of dominant pro-abortion writers and editors. Such capabilities also helped Students for Life of America ( reach young people even though the east coast’s dominant blizzard shut down SFLA’s annual major conference scheduled to complement the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Although about 2,000 registrants couldn’t attend the planned January 23 east coast conference, “many of them tuned in to the livestream” of SFLA’s west coast conference here the following day, January 24, the organization’s director of communications, Kristina Hernandez, told The Wanderer. Predictably, Planned Parenthood’s ravaging the nation came in for conference attention. “We…Continue Reading

Portrait Of St. Paul

January 27, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By PHILIP TROWER I To paint a completely faithful word portrait of St. Paul would require the gifts of a literary Titian or Rembrandt. I can therefore only give you a pencil sketch. But I have called it a portrait so as to match the “Portrait of St. Peter” which The Wanderer published some months ago. Because history and divine Providence have linked the two princes of the apostles so closely, I can’t help feeling that any representations of them ought to be in the form of a diptych. I first began to appreciate the greatness and gifts of St. Paul and the unique nature of his vocation in a way I never had before about two years ago when…Continue Reading

Donald Trump: Why Won’t His Supporters Listen to Reason?

January 26, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I miss The Wanderer columns by the late Joseph Sobran for many reasons. They were always informative and enlightening. And often surprising. Sobran was a classic example of someone who could think outside the box. He did not march in lockstep with the leadership of the Republican Party and the gurus of the conservative movement. His feud with William F. Buckley on U.S. policy toward Israel is just one example. What do I think Sobran’s position on Donald Trump would be? I don’t know, of course. But I am intrigued by the thought of whether he would go along with George Will, National Review’s Jonah Goldberg, Rich Lowry, and Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer, who are…Continue Reading

Suing CMP, Backing Hillary . . . Planned Parenthood Bites Off More Than It Can Macerate

January 25, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Don’t expect to find too much delicacy at Planned Parenthood, not in the way it crushes and rips millions of babies, and not in the way it blunders around with millions of dollars for overt advocacy. After PP recently made its first-ever endorsement of a candidate during presidential-primary season, while the party nomination is still up for grabs, the abortion giant and “choice” champion was attacked by its own supporters for choosing Hillary Clinton. Even though Clinton is a PP-loving Democrat and pro-abortion extremist, some of the organization’s backers thought it had gone way out of line. The pro-life Live Action News site ( posted on January 11 that PP was “flooded with comments from outraged supporters”…Continue Reading

The Ascent Of John Boyle O’Reilly . . . From Irish Rebel To Aussie Convict To U.S. Catholic Media Star

January 24, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By RAY CAVANAUGH Fugitives are among the most desperate of demographics. Fortunately, they have a patron saint, in Brigit of Kildare, whose feast day is on February 1. Not all fugitives seek to commit crimes, though. In fact, some proceed to do inspiring things. And one fugitive in particular, John Boyle O’Reilly, eventually became a Catholic media mogul. Born in County Meath, Ireland, in 1844, he entered life amidst the Great Famine. O’Reilly, though, had a less famished time than much of his ethnic brethren. He took to book-learning as a child, and at age 13 was apprenticed to a local newspaper. As a young man, he joined the British Army. He then joined the rebel Irish Republican Brotherhood. With…Continue Reading