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Happy New Year! Today is the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God!

January 1, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Happy New Year! Today is the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God!

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

January 1, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

By REY FLORES 2016 was a heck of a year and what a wild rollercoaster ride indeed it was. I think most of us aged at least a couple of years in that one year alone, not to mention how many more grey hairs accumulated upon many of our heads. The thing that made it worth going through was that after eight years of the worst president the United States has ever had to endure, we finally elected a grown-up. In Trump we have a savvy, successful businessman who in only six weeks after the general election has accomplished much more in terms of the economy and foreign relations than Obama did in eight years. I am also grateful that…Continue Reading

After Congressional Probe’s Findings . . . How Trump Can Lend Powerful Hand Against Abortion-Trafficking Scandal

December 31, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on After Congressional Probe’s Findings . . . How Trump Can Lend Powerful Hand Against Abortion-Trafficking Scandal

By DEXTER DUGGAN President-elect Donald Trump has a powerful weapon at hand that dominant media deeply fear. Even when these media gleefully hammered him every day with raw attacks during the 2016 campaign, they failed to prevent his presidential victory. What if Trump takes them on in territory where they fear to go? What if he shoves facts about merciless permissive abortion into their cringing faces? It’d be another Trump triumph over a dishonest media that would give him a significant boost as he prepares to battle hostile reporters and editors for at least four years. Maybe something he could incorporate into his inaugural address on January 20? Consider this double standard where dominant media have rendered themselves defenseless. If…Continue Reading

The Church And Mental Illness

December 30, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on The Church And Mental Illness

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I had a curious reaction when reading the September 26 article in The Washington Post entitled, “My pastor told me it was a sin not to feel joy. Here’s what happens when churches ignore mental illness.” I went back and forth between agreeing with the author and saying to myself, “But it’s not that simple.” The author is Charlotte Donlon, a married woman and mother of two who lives in Alabama and is working on her master’s degree in fine arts. Donlon begins by calling our attention to a time in her life when she went through “manic episodes” when she was convinced “there was a conspiracy” against her. When she went to her pastor (she…Continue Reading

Barack Backhands Bibi

December 29, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Barack Backhands Bibi

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Did the community organizer from Harvard Law just deliver some personal payback to the IDF commando? So it would seem. By abstaining on that Security Council resolution declaring Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem illegal and invalid, raged Bibi Netanyahu, President Obama “failed to protect Israel in this gang-up at the UN, and colluded with it.” Obama’s people, charged Bibi, “initiated this resolution, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording, and demanded that it be passed.” White House aide Ben Rhodes calls the charges “falsehoods.” Hence, we have an Israeli leader all but castigating an American president as a backstabber and betrayer, while the White House calls Bibi a liar. This is not…Continue Reading

Climate Of Fear In Vatican Is Very Real

December 28, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Climate Of Fear In Vatican Is Very Real

By STEVE JALSEVAC (Wanderer Editor’s Note: Below is an abridged version of a December 16 blog by Steve Jalsevac, co-founder and managing director of LifeSiteNews. To read the full text, please visit www.lifesitenews.com.) + + + Our November 16-23 visit to Rome was the most dramatic of many such twice-per-year work trips we have taken there during the past 10 years. After meeting with cardinals, bishops, and other Vatican agency and dicastery staff, John-Henry Westen, our new Rome reporter, Jan Bentz, and I saw a consistent pattern of widespread anxiety and very real fear among faithful Church servants. We have never encountered this before. Many were afraid of being removed from their positions, fired from their jobs in Vatican agencies…Continue Reading

History Is Shaped Like An X

December 27, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on History Is Shaped Like An X

By DONALD DeMARCO The sentence “History is shaped like an X” belongs to Msgr. Ronald Knox and expresses his estimation of the historical significance of Christmas. Ronald Arbuthnott Knox (1888-1957) was ordained a Catholic priest in 1918, a year after he resigned his ministry in the Anglican Church. He distinguished himself as a theologian, an author of detective stories, a regular writer and broadcaster for BBC Radio, and a re-translator of the Latin Vulgate Bible into English. In addition to penning many books, he also served in an Army Intelligence role during World War I. What did he mean by this cryptic phrase? For one thing, he was not referring to the “X” as it appears in the word “Xmas.”…Continue Reading

Remembering The Heart Of Christmas . . . A Tree, A Crèche, And A Thousand Stink Bugs

December 26, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Remembering The Heart Of Christmas . . . A Tree, A Crèche, And A Thousand Stink Bugs

By JEFF MINICK It was about a week before Christmas when I saw them, a half-dozen tiny insects holding a convention on the carpet near the porch door of my second-story apartment. I produced my magnifying glass, studied them, and was unhappy with the results. Baby stink bugs. For those unfamiliar with those insects entomologists classify as halyomorpha halys and the hoi polloi call stink bugs, let me offer some information. Stink bugs were accidentally introduced to the United States around 1998, possibly arriving with some freight from China. They can destroy crops. The dumbest and most inept of all insects, they lack the agility and speed of roaches, the cunning of ants, and the aeronautical talents of the common…Continue Reading

Christmas From A Child

December 25, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Christmas From A Child

By DEREK BECHER Christmas has always been a magical time for me. Growing up in a large family, I experienced Christmases with much laughter, fun, love, giving, receiving, singing, and enjoyable get-togethers that eventually became traditions that would last throughout my youth. While some of these traditions have changed into my adulthood, I’ve been blessed so far with 13 nieces and nephews who, in their own imaginative and genuine ways, reignite in me the true spirit of Christmas every year, because of the sincerity and hope that I’ve seen in the hearts and the imaginations of each of them, at one point or another. Most recently, I was touched by the heartfelt and innocent comment of my dear nephew Vance.…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred . . . The Sacred Night Of Christmas Eve

December 24, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred . . . The Sacred Night Of Christmas Eve

By JAMES MONTI Christmas Eve has about it a certain air of mystery and wonder. This “mystique” of the night of Christ’s birth transcends national boundaries, with each Catholic culture expressing it in its own distinctive manner. In his classic work A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens has famously evoked this perception of Christmas Eve as a night when almost anything miraculous can happen, a concept that has a long history. The ancient Carol of the Birds, a Christmas song of Catalonian Spain said to date back to the ninth century, tells of the sparrow, the eagle, and the robin coming from afar “when rose the eastern star” to rejoice together at the birth of the Savior. Legends about Christmas Eve…Continue Reading