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My Dark Night Of The Soul

October 8, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on My Dark Night Of The Soul

By REY FLORES Most of us have heard about St. Teresa of Calcutta’s “dark night of the soul” when even this very holy soul began to have her doubts about God and had feelings of abandonment and spiritual darkness. In no way am I comparing myself to a saint, but after a few hard weeks of daily challenges which tested my faith, I believe that I came pretty close to quitting being Catholic. I told my spiritual adviser that life had become too difficult and that I felt I didn’t have the strength, courage, or desire to remain being Catholic. He proceeded to tell me about how he and another one of his spiritual sons had once taken a walk…Continue Reading

Aborting The Trump Revolution

October 7, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Aborting The Trump Revolution

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In taking that $915 million loss in 1995, and carrying it forward to shelter future income, Donald Trump did nothing wrong. By both his family and his business, he did everything right. In a famous 1947 dissent, Judge Learned Hand wrote: “[T]here is nothing sinister in so arranging one’s affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. . . . Everybody does so, rich or poor; and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands: Taxes are enforced exactions, not voluntary contributions. To demand more in the name of morals is mere cant.” This writer’s father spent his career as a tax accountant who studied tax codes…Continue Reading

Is Charlotte Our Future?

October 6, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Is Charlotte Our Future?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN (Editor’s Note: Pat Buchanan posted this message at his website: “After the death of a great lady and great conservative Phyllis Schlafly last month, I regret to relate that another old and loyal ally and friendly reviewer of Buchanan books in The Wanderer and other publications, Paul Likoudis, passed away. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28 at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, New York. Deeply schooled in Catholic morality and theology, Paul stood by and lived by his beliefs. Our prayers go out for him and his family — Pat Buchanan.”) + + + Celebrating the racial diversity of the Charlotte protesters last…Continue Reading

Booklet To Inform Catholic Voters . . . May Be Losing Some Of Its Focus

October 5, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Booklet To Inform Catholic Voters . . . May Be Losing Some Of Its Focus

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — While the Democratic Party positioned itself deeper within the Culture of Death as years passed, party leaders assigned priorities to issues. Promoting permissive abortion was awarded a key place. Democrats chose their “non-negotiable” standards to insist upon. This caused difficulties for voters who thought it more important to oppose the massive destruction of unborn babies than to, for example, press for a higher minimum wage. By way of comparison, would the Ku Klux Klan make itself more morally acceptable if, under the shade of its lynching trees, it served free lunches to the poor? A leftist strategy sometimes called the “seamless garment” emerged, seeking falsely to equate the issues so as to mitigate a politician’s…Continue Reading

Not Normal To Be Normal

October 4, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Not Normal To Be Normal

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It’s confusing, isn’t it? There was a time not that long ago when almost everyone in the country would have responded to the demands of LGBTQ activists with a dismissive shrug and the comment, “It’s not normal.” I am not exaggerating for emphasis. As recently as 30 years ago, outside of some radical circles, no one would have felt any need to refute demands for same-sex marriages and transgender locker room rights with a patient and reasoned explanation. The reaction would have been, “That’s crazy. It’s not normal.” Case closed. This has been a cultural change of great dimensions. Nowadays if someone were to say, “It’s not normal,” or “it’s unnatural,” in response to a photo…Continue Reading

Won’t Cross That Border . . . Audience Notes Hillary Spared From Troubling Questions At Debate

October 3, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Won’t Cross That Border . . . Audience Notes Hillary Spared From Troubling Questions At Debate

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Her eyes shooting daggers, an unpleasant-looking Hillary Clinton showed during her first presidential debate against Donald Trump that she doesn’t favor knife control the way she wants gun control. That was a repeated revealing glare once the televised combat began at Long Island’s Hofstra University. Many people in the electronic audience of tens of millions on September 26 gathered at viewing parties across the nation, including here at the Arizona Project Tea Party’s headquarters, where illegal immigration arose as a topic before the show started. The next morning, media reporter Joe Concha, of The Hill national political news site, noted that debate moderator Lester Holt, of NBC News, didn’t do a very good job either.…Continue Reading

Clinton Is The Devil We Know

October 2, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Clinton Is The Devil We Know

By REY FLORES I am so tired of the back and forth in this presidential election campaign about who can, should, or should not vote for whom. It’s as if we actually had a huge choice, but we don’t. While Donald Trump has been mainly a private businessman and television personality, Hillary Clinton has had ample opportunity to accomplish much for the poor and downtrodden she purports to love and care so much about. Where has she been the last 30-some odd years when she was the first lady of Arkansas, then first lady of the entire United States? Where was she as New York state senator and as secretary of state to fulfill all of the unfulfilled promises of…Continue Reading

Paul Likoudis, R.I.P.

October 1, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Paul Likoudis, R.I.P.

By CHRISTOPHER MANION On September 22, The Wanderer family lost a brother in arms. After a long and valiant battle with cancer, Paul Likoudis, surrounded by his family, breathed his last. Paul’s Wanderer friends were with him every painful step of the way, cheering him up, getting his advice, hearing him muse about what he’d found lately in his extensive library — and sustaining his body as well as his spirit with truly sacrificial charity, donating generously to allay the monumental medical bills that came during his treatment. That spirit of charity was especially dear to Paul because he realized many of his supporters had serious medical issues of their own. One of them was the late Chicago Cardinal Francis…Continue Reading

Paul Likoudis: Rest In Peace

September 30, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Paul Likoudis: Rest In Peace

By PEGGY MOEN ST. PAUL, Minn. — “For the greatest fulfillment of joy we shall have, as I see it, is the marvelous courtesy and unassuming friendliness of our Father who is our Maker, in our Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul Likoudis included that quotation from Blessed Julian of Norwich in a book he wrote and published in 1986, entitled Saints and the Struggle for a Christian Society. I reviewed that book for The Wanderer in its then book review section, Reflections, summer 1986. I met Paul for the first time two months later, at the 19th National Wanderer Forum, October 3-4, in Washington, D.C. Paul thanked me for the kindness of my review. We both wrote about that Forum for…Continue Reading

A Faithful Servant To The End

September 29, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on A Faithful Servant To The End

Last week The Wanderer lost one of its longtime family members. Paul Likoudis lost his heroic battle with cancer and was called to his eternal reward last Thursday during the hour of mercy. The Wanderer and its readers are indebted to Paul for his many years of service to Catholic journalism. His news accounts, exposés, and critical coverage of events in the Catholic Church graced the pages of The Wanderer through some of the most tumultuous times in Catholicism. The priest sex-abuse scandals, the sex education agenda in Catholic schools, the the homosexual incursion into the priesthood, contraception, the scandalous liturgies, the pro-life movement were just some of the many issues Paul would cover on a weekly basis. Paul’s dedication…Continue Reading