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As N.Y. Police Call Leftist Mayor To Account . . . U.S. Voters Closely Watch How GOP Uses New Clout

January 8, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN New York City police finally were fed up with their city’s left-wing mayor, Bill de Blasio, who, along with other liberal Democrat politicians, had been fanning dangerous fears of deadly racism by police. The law officers emphatically showed their contempt for de Blasio by turning their backs on him in emotional, dramatic hospital and funeral settings after an unstable attacker assassinated two police officers at random in Brooklyn on December 20 before he killed himself. The attacker had posted messages indicating he was taking revenge for the deaths of two blacks during confrontations with police. Like other liberal Democrats, de Blasio seemed to have thought he could stir the racial pot repeatedly without earning himself the resentment…Continue Reading

Don’t Blame It On Obama

January 7, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK We are told it is bad form to gloat, to crow, to engage in schadenfreude when an adversary suffers a comeuppance; that it would be more mature to offer “constructive criticism” than engage in the “blame game.” Fair enough: I guess it makes sense. It is nice to be nice. Yet it strikes me that those who refused to buy into all the hoopla when Barack Obama first made his appearance on the national stage deserve to be cut some slack if they rub it in a bit. The president’s fall from grace has been so dramatic it deserves a spotlight. Who ever thought that Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Chris Matthews would be leading the…Continue Reading

California Adoption Home . . . Aims To Enrich Lives Of Pregnant Moms

January 6, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN ESCONDIDO, Calif. — The young woman was in jail on a charge of smuggling drugs over the border. She’d already borne two babies with different fathers — two men whose “bad lifestyles” led to their own early deaths. Now she was pregnant again but wouldn’t consider adoption because, according to her Mexican culture, “even a dog wouldn’t do that,” giving up its puppies to someone else. She had an abortion scheduled soon but was persuaded to have an ultrasound. “I didn’t know my baby had fingers,” she said upon seeing images of the unborn child. She went to a maternity home specializing in adoption, turned her life around, and went on to become a medical assistant.

In Wanderer Interview . . . Cardinal Burke Offers Insights On The Synod On The Family And The New Evangelization

January 5, 2015 Frontpage, Uncategorized Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, who previously served as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome from June 2008 until November 2014, recently visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis. Prior to that he served as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Mo., and as Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse, during which time he founded the Shrine. His Eminence granted an interview to The Wanderer on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe during which he shared his insights on a variety of topics, including the recently concluded Extraordinary Synod on the Family and…Continue Reading

Throw Me To The Lions In 2015

January 4, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

    By REY FLORES “Dark has been the year gone by, many tears as we say goodbye. While we wish and hope for a better year, it doesn’t look like it will ever get here. Despair not, my brethren, for after the storm and drubbing, He will make His second coming”— Unknown. + + + I bet that most of you are ready to say goodbye to 2014, a year that saw all sorts of things we suspected would come, but never thought we’d actually see them happen. At least it wasn’t boring. 2014 brought us the much rumored, but finally very real battles between an increasingly militarized police state and a bunch of malcontented radicals that still have…Continue Reading

Catholicism In New York City

January 3, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JIM GRAVES (Editor’s Note: The following interview is reprinted with permission from The Catholic World Report) + + + Rev. George William Rutler 69, is pastor of the Church of St. Michael in New York City. He was raised in the Episcopal tradition while growing up in the Northeast, and served nine years as an Episcopal priest. He converted to Catholicism in 1979, and was ordained a priest in 1981. He has served in a variety of parishes in New York, and as chaplain for many organizations, including Legatus, an organization for Catholic business leaders. He has served as a retreat master for religious orders, including the Missionaries of Charity. He is a sought-after lecturer, had a television program…Continue Reading

The Shifting Common Ground

January 2, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Justin Trudeau, son of Pierre Trudeau, who brought abortion to his country, is campaigning to become prime minister of Canada. In an apparent attempt to bolster his chances, he has produced a memoir entitled, Common Ground. Jean Chrétien, a former prime minister of Canada, produced Straight From the Heart, a memoir that came straight from the pen of a ghostwriter. One does not put much stock in the sincerity of political memoirs these days. One reviewer compares Trudeau’s book to what has been said of President Obama’s oratory: “It sails because it has no weight.” It is platitudinous, vague, and rhetorical. But these are not its major weaknesses. It is essentially contradictory with a degree of transparency…Continue Reading

Hollywood Plays With Fire

January 1, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In July of 1870, King Wilhelm sent Foreign Minister Bismarck an account of his meeting with a French envoy who had demanded that the king renounce any Hohenzollern claim to the Spanish throne. Bismarck edited the report to make it appear the Frenchman had insulted the king, and that Wilhelm rudely dismissed him. The Ems Telegram precipitated the Franco-Prussian war Bismarck wanted. Words matter. And if a picture is worth a thousand words, how much greater impact can a motion picture have? We are finding out. Egypt has banned Exodus: Gods and Kings, the $140 million 20th Century Fox biblical epic. Cairo’s culture minister Gaber Asfour condemns it as “a Zionist film” containing “historical inaccuracies.”

UN Consensus Building Against North Korean Rights Abuses

December 31, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JOHN J. METZLER UNITED NATIONS — A growing global wave of criticism, concern, and consternation continues as both the UN General Assembly and now the Security Council have firmly condemned North Korea’s communist regime for human rights abuses to its own population. The moves come amid widening, and overdue, international attention to the reprehensible and widespread human rights situation in the reclusive and quaintly titled Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). First, the full General Assembly voted 116 in favor, 20 against, and 53 abstentions to a tough but non-binding resolution calling on the international community to improve human rights in the DPRK. Then, for the first time ever, the Security Council met specifically to cover North Korea’s human…Continue Reading

California Online Catholic Publisher . . . Sees Some Bright Spots In Capital Of “Deviant Life”

December 30, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN SAN DIEGO — As publisher of both an orthodox Catholic news website and this city’s major alternative weekly newspaper, Jim Holman makes his mark on religious and secular developments. He heads both California Catholic Daily and the San Diego Reader. Holman’s characteristically modest second-floor corner office at 2323 Broadway in San Diego’s Golden Hill neighborhood looks down the hill to downtown high-rises that look over San Diego Bay. Victorian mansions on the hill recall a millionaire neighborhood’s past. His newspaper office in the former Carpenters Hall, which had a 1947 groundbreaking to be a headquarters for labor-union members, betokens a connection with everyday people, not the elite.