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Abortion Survivor . . . Baby Chava Enters World To Scent Of Orange Blossoms, Then Departs

March 3, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Abortion Survivor . . . Baby Chava Enters World To Scent Of Orange Blossoms, Then Departs

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — As orange blossoms just began to scent the air in neighborhoods here, a prematurely budded new human life also appeared in late February. In about 10 months, the little white blossoms will be succeeded by fully ripe oranges. The new baby didn’t stay around for a taste. The days are warm and the nights are cool on the desert now. In that evening air, about 50 pro-lifers turned out for a prayer vigil on the sidewalk in front of a large hospital after learning of an alert on Facebook by “Pro-Life Arizona” that a baby who survived an abortion and reportedly breathed was transported to this location the previous afternoon. The vigil-keepers started arriving before…Continue Reading

Hillary Vs. The Donald

March 2, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Hillary Vs. The Donald

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In a Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump race — which, the Beltway keening aside, seems the probable outcome of the primaries — what are the odds the GOP can take the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court? If Republicans can unite, not bad, not bad at all. Undeniably, Democrats open with a strong hand. There is that famed “blue wall,” those 18 states and D.C. with a combined 242 electoral votes, just 28 shy of victory, that have gone Democratic in every presidential election since 1988. The wall contains all of New England save New Hampshire; the Acela corridor (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland); plus Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin in the…Continue Reading

Decriminalizing Public Urination In NYC

March 1, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Decriminalizing Public Urination In NYC

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK You have to give the leftists credit: They are persistent. Think back to the early 1990s, when New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton put in place the “broken windows” theory about police enforcement during Rudolph Giuliani’s time as mayor. The policy became so widely applauded that even the liberal establishment refrained from criticism. That didn’t last. The left regrouped, and now, as we speak, the City Council in New York City is seriously proposing the decriminalization of public urination. I’m serious: This isn’t an early April’s Fool joke. It is hard to image a more dramatic turnabout from the broken windows theory. There are lessons to be learned here about what motivates the left in…Continue Reading

But Media Prefer Different Narrative . . . Pope Notes That Latino Reform Should Begin At Home

February 29, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on But Media Prefer Different Narrative . . . Pope Notes That Latino Reform Should Begin At Home

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Some words Pope Francis recently spoke about Mexico didn’t get as much attention in or by the media as his alleged condemnation of Donald Trump’s conscience on wall-building, where the headlines soared higher than that planned border barrier. So Francis urging Mexican self-improvement didn’t get the gleam like the media spotlight on the supposed shame of the billionaire Republican presidential candidate. The self-help counsel from the Pope was reported, but it didn’t feed the left-wing narrative that the people of the United States have an obligation to shoulder most or all of Mexico’s shrugged-off responsibilities. Reuters news service reported that in poverty-riddled Ecatepec on February 14, Francis “urged his listeners to struggle to make Mexico…Continue Reading

A Movie Review . . . Risen: The Greatest Manhunt In History

February 28, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on A Movie Review . . . Risen: The Greatest Manhunt In History

By REY FLORES Not since I viewed Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ had I been so excited to watch a movie about Jesus. Risen, however, isn’t so much about Jesus as it is about one man who, like many of us, came to believe in God’s time under his own special circumstances. God’s time for this man was Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead. I couldn’t imagine a more powerful way for one to start believing in our risen Lord than to be given the task of finding the holiest of fugitives. Set exactly at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion and Resurrection, Risen was released by no accident at the beginning of this season of Lent. Hollywood, perhaps, isn’t…Continue Reading

Karl Rahner, Paul VI, And John Paul II . . . Regarding Morally Difficult Situations

February 27, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Karl Rahner, Paul VI, And John Paul II . . . Regarding Morally Difficult Situations

By JOHN F. KIPPLEY (Editor’s Note: John F. Kippley is the author of Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality and other books and articles. With his wife Sheila, he is a coauthor of Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach and cofounder of NFP International. This commentary appeared on his blog [johnkippley.com] and is reprinted with permission.) + + + The real issue raised by the ambiguous statements of Pope Francis and [Vatican spokesman] Fr. Federico Lombardi is this: Are there situations when you can do something that is morally evil in order to accomplish some good? Can you do something you regard as a lesser evil in order to avoid what you regard as a greater evil?…Continue Reading

Gravity, Gravely Considered In An Election Year

February 26, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Gravity, Gravely Considered In An Election Year

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY That science has a cultural dimension, both in its creation and in its use is a fact under-acknowledged. Modern science is distinctly European and could have arisen only within a distinctive intellectual tradition, centuries in the making. As to its cultural impact, many of the names we associate with the history of science were not oblivious to the social implications of the philosophy that ruled the day. F.A. Hayek saw this clearly when he wrote The Road to Serfdom. Known primarily as an economist, he was also a philosopher of science. Like Karl Popper, Michael Polanyi, and Otto Neurath, he was interested in how those methods which had proven so successful in the natural sciences might…Continue Reading

Human Life International . . . Says Pope’s Inflight Remarks Cause Widespread Confusion

February 25, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Human Life International . . . Says Pope’s Inflight Remarks Cause Widespread Confusion

(Wanderer Editor’s Note: Below is the commentary by Human Life International on Pope Francis’ remarks on contraception and the Zika virus in his inflight press conference, which were followed by the clarification of Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, which appeared to support the Pope’s commentary. (First is HLI’s updated statement given after Fr. Lombardi spoke, followed by HLI’s original statement.) + + + Vatican Radio [on February 19] published in Italian the text of an interview with Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, in which he attempts to clarify some of the Holy Father’s more controversial comments from [his February 18] return flight from Mexico. In the interview, Fr. Lombardi expands on comments Pope Francis made about the possibility of…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred . . . How A Plaster Statue Of Our Lady Changed One Young Woman’s Life

February 24, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred . . . How A Plaster Statue Of Our Lady Changed One Young Woman’s Life

By JAMES MONTI Part 2 In an earlier essay, we related the events leading to the conversion of the young Japanese university student Venerable Elizabeth Maria Satoko Kitahara (1929-1958), a conversion prompted by a decisive encounter with a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. In this essay we complete our account of her spiritual journey. Having been baptized and confirmed, Satoko, now 20, intent upon pursuing her dream of becoming a Mercedarian nun, arranged to have one of the sisters begin teaching her Spanish, an official language of the congregation. Anticipating her entrance into the convent with great joy, Satoko packed a black dress for her postulancy, and tucked her train ticket for the journey underneath her pillow as if…Continue Reading

The Good News And The Bad

February 23, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on The Good News And The Bad

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK First, the good news: Pro-life students from the Jesuits’ Georgetown University were a prominent part of the March for Life in Washington, D.C., in January. Now the bad: Georgetown had nothing to do with it. It is an instructive test case, a scenario that makes one wonder whether our modern Catholic universities have become schools with as pronounced an animus against Catholicism as nonsectarian schools fully under the sway of the secular left. The Georgetown students who attended the March for Life recently told The Cardinal Newman Society (cardinalnewmansociety.org) that “student groups at the university are finding success in driving pro-life outreach and discussion on campus despite the university’s lack of support for their events and…Continue Reading