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Dramatic Moment In The Quest For Vouchers

May 9, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Dramatic Moment In The Quest For Vouchers

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Oral arguments in the case of Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer were heard by the Supreme Court on April 19. The indications are that we will get the court’s decision sometime in June. It could mark a new plateau in the effort to get the taxpayer assistance needed for the survival of our Catholic schools. As things stand now, as a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris in 2002, it is legal for local governments to provide vouchers for students in religious schools — if those governments decide to do so. This is why there are vouchers in some parts of the country, and not in others. The court decided in Zelman…Continue Reading

Whenever Dems Conjure It . . . The “Shutdown” Spook Scares Jumpy Republicans Into Surrender

May 8, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Whenever Dems Conjure It . . . The “Shutdown” Spook Scares Jumpy Republicans Into Surrender

By DEXTER DUGGAN There’s probably no danger if a hopeful politician indulges his election-day fancies by, say, wearing his old lucky socks or eating his magic meal of oysters with vanilla yogurt and sauerkraut. Just as long as he doesn’t equate these superstitions with the hard work actually required to win the race. But what if he stubbornly insists on treating as serious strategy something that he knows is meaningless for winning or even counterproductive? All the socks in the world won’t race his feet across the finish line first. Which brings us to the Republican establishment’s superstitious, counterproductive horror against having a “government shutdown” for even a day while negotiating federal spending with stubborn Democrat pols, even if the…Continue Reading

Susan Rice And The Student Protesters

May 7, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Susan Rice And The Student Protesters

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK By now, the dust has settled sufficiently to make a dispassionate assessment of Susan Rice’s contradictory statements about the Obama administration’s surveillance of Donald Trump and his staff. Here’s my dispassionate assessment: She lies easily. The Washington Post agrees: It awarded her statements “four Pinocchios.” (A “Pinocchio” is the term the Post uses for a false or misleading statement made by a public person. Four Pinocchios is the designation for the highest and most deliberate level of deceptions, what the Post calls a “whopper.”) The Pinocchios were awarded for Rice’s insistence, during a television interview with Andrea Mitchell, that she “knew nothing” about the surveillance of the Trump team during the run-up to the presidential election,…Continue Reading

No Cookies For You!

May 6, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on No Cookies For You!

By REY FLORES I send a great big salute and thank you to the courageous Archbishop Joseph Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas in Kansas City, Kans., for officially throwing the Girls Scouts of America (GSA) and their cookies out of every parish in his archdiocese. (See related story on p. 8A.) For years Catholics have been bickering back and forth about the controversial Girl Scouts program, which at one time wasn’t controversial. But since GSA has adopted a more radical social platform, the organization has become incompatible with the Catholic Church. For years, my friend John Pisciotta, who runs Pro-Life Waco in Waco, Texas, has been one of the soldiers heading the battle against Girl Scout because of GSA’s…Continue Reading

San Diego Bishop . . . Reinforces Leftism, Opens Church To Alinskyite Organizing

May 5, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on San Diego Bishop . . . Reinforces Leftism, Opens Church To Alinskyite Organizing

  By DEXTER DUGGAN A “Faith Not Fear Summit” held at a Catholic church in the Diocese of San Diego raised fears among some orthodox Catholics that the diocese had been co-opted to promote political liberalism in accord with the views of local Bishop Robert McElroy, named by Pope Francis in 2015 to come down from San Francisco to head this border episcopate. The diocese’s Office for Social Ministry posted an invitation on March 23 to attend the April 19 event at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Barrio Logan, a generally Hispanic neighborhood by shipyards on San Diego Bay. Calling on people to “put your faith into action,” the social-ministry office’s notice said: “Refuse religious intolerance. Reform immigration. Reject…Continue Reading

Nixon’s Revenge: The Fall Of The Adversary Press

May 4, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Nixon’s Revenge: The Fall Of The Adversary Press

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The April 29 White House Correspondents Association dinner exposed anew how far from Middle America our elite media reside. At the dinner, the electricity was gone, the glamour and glitz were gone. Neither the president nor his White House staff came. Even Press Secretary Sean Spicer begged off. The idea of a convivial evening together of our media and political establishments is probably dead for the duration of the Trump presidency. Until January 20, 2021, it appears, we are an us-vs.-them country. As for the Washington Hilton’s version of Hollywood’s red carpet, C-SPAN elected to cover instead Trump’s rollicking rally in a distant and different capital, Harrisburg, Pa. Before thousands of those Middle Pennsylvanians Barack Obama…Continue Reading

The Computer In The Classroom

May 3, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Computer In The Classroom

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK During the years I taught high school, I never quite got over feeling some guilt when I showed a film in the classroom, even when I was convinced that the film provided dimensions to the topic I could not replicate with one of my lectures or question-and-answer sessions. How could I provide with my words a more valuable experience than, for example, films depicting the construction of Europe’s great cathedrals or Winston Churchill walking the streets of London during the Blitz? My feelings of guilt were rooted in how much easier it was for me to simply turn on the projector and watch the film with the class, than to get up in front of the…Continue Reading

Respecting Women . . . Catholic Doctor Tells Why He Stopped Prescribing Contraception

May 2, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Respecting Women . . . Catholic Doctor Tells Why He Stopped Prescribing Contraception

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — What’s St. Peter asking at the Pearly Gates to decide if people are qualified to enter Heaven? If the hopeful entrant is a woman, the saint wants to know if she’s bringing 10 men with her, according to James Asher, DO, vice president of the Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix, affiliated with the national Catholic Medical Association. Asher said a priest told him this story to illustrate the importance of the moral example women should give to men. “We men are kind of weak and brain-damaged, and we need women to keep us in line” and “hold us to a higher standard,” Asher told The Wanderer during an April 23 interview. He chuckled that perhaps…Continue Reading

False Choices On Capitalism

May 1, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on False Choices On Capitalism

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK In this space in the March 9 issue of The Wanderer, we featured a discussion of an article entitled “Confessions of a Capitalist Convert” by Arthur C. Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute. Brooks’ article appeared in the February 20 edition of the Jesuits’ America magazine. Brooks’ thesis was that the “modern miracle” of lifting the great mass of mankind “from starvation-level poverty” in the last fifty years can be attributed not to “the success of international organizations like the United Nations (as important as they are) nor benevolent foreign aid that pulled billions back from the brink of starvation. Rather, the responsibility lay with five interrelated forces that were in the midst of…Continue Reading

Facing The Future With Faith

April 30, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Facing The Future With Faith

By REY FLORES The British news tabloid The Daily Star published a report last week about a “clairvoyant” who predicts that on May 13, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparition in Fatima, Portugal, World War III will start. This same “messenger of God” claims to have also predicted President Trump’s victory in last year’s presidential election. He also predicts that World War III will end on October 13, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the last apparition in Fatima, but after much “devastation, shock and death.” While we as Catholics are not to believe in clairvoyance, divination, and other supernatural dark arts, we do believe in the Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima and her very own words. “Russia…Continue Reading