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Dissenter Invited To Address Priests… Diocese Of San Diego Won’t Comment

September 12, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN The San Diego Catholic Diocese declined to comment to The Wanderer about a major speaker scheduled for its diocesan priests’ annual convocation who, some local Catholics say, is well-known for his opposition to basic Church teaching, including on homosexuality. “We respectfully decline the invitation to comment for this article,” diocesan chancellor Rodrigo Valdivia promptly emailed on September 2 when this newspaper asked about Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP, former master general of the Dominican order, and the Catholics’ request that the speaking invitation to him be withdrawn. An August 18 letter from five San Diego-area Catholics linked to a number of references about Radcliffe’s views and record. The Catholics sent the letter to a local priest believed to…Continue Reading

The 40 Pro-Life Film Should Be Aired On PBS

September 11, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES It was last week that PBS aired After Tiller, a documentary about the four last late-term abortionists left in America after abortionist George Tiller was gunned down a few years back by an obviously mentally unstable person. PBS, the Public Broadcasting System, is a publicly funded broadcasting entity that many of us grew up watching. What once was a respite from mainstream commercial television has now become just one more platform to push pro-abortion propaganda and other anti-Christian agendas, like homosexuality. As a child, I enjoyed the daily visit to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood or a stroll down Sesame Street. As I grew older, I enjoyed all of the National Geographic programs featuring all sorts of wildlife and…Continue Reading

The Great Disease Of The Modern World

September 11, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off
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By DONALD DeMARCO “The disease afflicting the modern world,” wrote Jacques Maritain, “is above all a disease of the intellect.” How serious is this disease? Scripture has adequately warned us: “If your eye is worthless, your whole body will be in darkness” (Matt. 6:23; Luke 11:34). The mind provides light so that we can see where we are going and know what we are doing. Who would drive an automobile with his eyes shut? Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a criminal offense, underscoring the importance of a clear head and a sound mind. Yet, it is all too common for people in our generation to live under the influence of a culture that disdains clear thinking and…Continue Reading

Has Hillary Ever Been Right?

September 10, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Sen. Rand Paul raises an interesting question: When has Hillary Clinton ever been right on foreign policy? The valkyrie of the Democratic Party says she urged President Obama to do more to aid Syrian rebels years ago. And last summer, she supported air strikes on Bashar Assad’s regime. Had we followed her advice and crippled Assad’s army, ISIS might be in Damascus today, butchering Christians and Alawites and aiding the Islamic State in Iraq in overrunning Baghdad. But if the folly of attacking Assad’s army and weakening its resistance to ISIS terrorists is apparent to everyone this summer, why were Clinton, Obama, and Secretary of State Kerry oblivious to this reality just a year ago? Consider…Continue Reading

Loving Those Who Hate Us

September 9, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I haven’t checked with reputable theologians to determine if the way I deal with our Lord’s directive that we “forgive our enemies” and “love those who hate us” is sound. But I think it is. What I do is interpret Jesus’ words as a requirement that I not wish ill of those who wish me ill. I wish them good health and happiness in this world and the next. But I don’t go beyond that. I do not think I am required to like them or to make them part of my life. Nor do I think I have an obligation to forsake the appropriate criminal and civil punishment for their misdeeds. “Loving our neighbor” does…Continue Reading

On Loving The Church

September 8, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By FR. MARVIN DEUTSCH, MM These days, because of all the attacks on the integrity of the Church, especially since the sex scandals, I think it is very important that we take a look at the Church as a divine institution, the way Jesus, the Son of God, created it and promised to be with it until the end of time. I would like to begin this essay on the Church with a quote from the Gospel of St. John (chapter 17). The night before Jesus died on the cross for our sins, He prayed to His heavenly Father for His future followers that they would be united in the truth. Jesus said: “I do not ask that you take…Continue Reading

Malcolm Muggeridge On School Sex Education

September 7, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS Fifty years of formal classroom sex education in our schools both public and Catholic have apparently taught nothing to millions in our society who gaze blindly at the moral debris all around them: families broken by divorce, fatherless children, widespread fornication, promiscuity, and adultery, the horrific number of unborn children killed, and the spread of homosexual activity and AIDS as well as other sexually transmitted diseases. The boasted promises of such organizations as the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS), Planned Parenthood, the American Humanist Association, the National Education Association, the National Catholic Education Association, and other “progressive” groups that a “scientific sex education” in our schools would ensure a “healthy” view of human…Continue Reading

Lessons From Ferguson

September 6, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK As I write these words, it is not clear whether the worst rioting is over in Ferguson. But, whatever comes next, there are lessons we have learned from the week of confrontations with the police in the St. Louis suburb. Above all else, we are learning the importance of the rule of law and due process. If the authorities — everyone from the Ferguson police chief to the governor of Missouri to Eric Holder and Barack Obama — put their sympathies for injustices suffered by African-Americans above the pursuit of truth, we could be looking at an ugly disregard for the rights of Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Michael Brown on the night of…Continue Reading

When Worlds Collide

September 5, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO We are twofold creatures, both spiritual and corporeal. We are, according to a medieval maxim, Homo duplex. This duality, however, puts us at odds with ourselves. St. Paul’s phrase, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matt. 26:41), has universal implications. Unity, harmony, and peace are not characteristic of human beings in general. Man is often the principal architect of his own his own dilemma. The tension between spirit and flesh creates a personal problem that has been a great source of interest for philosophers, theologians, psychiatrists, and writers throughout the centuries. This tension, however, also has political implications. We are linked to this world, yet there is something in our nature that aspires to…Continue Reading

A Lesson In Civic Action

September 4, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK One of the responses that parents and teachers might get when they encourage young people to “get active” to promote a cause is that “it won’t make any difference” and that “no one will listen.” It doesn’t matter if we are talking about a letter-writing campaign, a petition drive, or working for a charitable group or political party. There are times when this complaint may be little more than an excuse to not get involved in the issue the young people are complaining about. We all know how much easier it is to gripe than to roll up our sleeves and do something about problems that confront us. But not all young people are in that…Continue Reading