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I Confess!

August 8, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on I Confess!

By CHRISTOPHER MANION I have harbored an illegal alien. It was October 1965. I had just finished Notre Dame’s intensive German program in Salzburg, and we had ten days to travel before our sophomore year abroad began in Innsbruck. As usual, I intended to hitchhike, and made plans to visit Germany, winding up at Oktoberfest in Munich. On my last afternoon in Salzburg, a knock came on my door. Frau Höferer, the Austrian woman who ran the program, told me in hushed tones that a member of the Hungarian national soccer team — which was playing a series of games in Austria that week — wanted to defect. He was a friend of one of her assistants, whose family lived…Continue Reading

Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love

August 7, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love

By DON FIER (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics for which he provided his illuminating insights are the Message of Our Lady of Fatima, an appraisal of the situation in which the Church finds herself in contemporary times, and the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy. (This interview will appear in three parts in The Wanderer.) + + + Part 1 Q. We are in the midst of celebrating the centenary…Continue Reading

Hilaire Belloc On Islam

August 6, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Hilaire Belloc On Islam

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK They are among the central questions of our time: Is there a way to reach peaceful coexistence with militant Islamists? Can we have a realistic expectation that Muslims who immigrate to the United States will assimilate in the manner of other immigrant groups, or will they be a third column of sorts always seeking to undermine us? Why are Muslims a threat to us now, in the first quarter of the 21st century, when they were an easily ignored Third World people on the periphery of the world arena for much of our lives? What happened to change them? I don’t know why I didn’t think to look for the answers to these questions in Hilaire…Continue Reading

Not Quite Three Amigos . . . McCain, Flake March With Elite; Arpaio Gets Kicked

August 5, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Not Quite Three Amigos . . . McCain, Flake March With Elite; Arpaio Gets Kicked

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — You couldn’t quite say Arizona’s Three Amigos were on national display as July faded into August. It was more like Arizona’s Two Amigos and the Outcast. The state’s two high-profile U.S. senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, so amiable among the elite, walked their usual red carpets into welcoming parlors even while they yanked the rug from under the hopes and dreams of millions of other, less privileged people. And the outcast one, former Maricopa County Sheriff and border hawk Joe Arpaio, again paid the price for being on the wrong side of the line according to the line-jumpers’ fan club. McCain made even some other senators gasp when he cast the deciding vote in…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

August 4, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. (This is part two, which concludes the address; part one appeared in last week’s issue.) + + + Part 2 Observing the centennial of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, we must recall how her Message or, as it is sometimes called, her Secret, is principally meant to address a widespread apostasy in the Church and the failure of the Church’s shepherds to correct it.…Continue Reading

Baby Charlie’s Death… State’s Malignant Power Spread Worse Than Disease

August 3, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Baby Charlie’s Death… State’s Malignant Power Spread Worse Than Disease

By DEXTER DUGGAN For all that it showed about the effects of disease spreading through a body, the tragic case of Baby Charlie Gard showed more about the effects of government power spreading over that body, an external force causing even more damage than interior physical deterioration. There absolutely was no doubt that Charlie’s parents wanted the best for him in easily understood terms — experimental treatment for possible improvement in his condition that otherwise would bring death from his rare genetic disease of mitochondrial depletion syndrome. British parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates made plain they weren’t death-denying fanatics who’d insist on medical attention even if Charlie’s flesh was falling off around the ventilator tubing. They researched treatment and…Continue Reading

Betsy DeVos And “Fantastic Lies”

August 3, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Betsy DeVos And “Fantastic Lies”

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It is safe to say that, if The New York Times and the Trump administration come to the same conclusion, a societal consensus has been reached on the matter at hand. Well, it has happened. The Times, in an article by reporters Erica L. Green and Sheryl Gay Stolberg on July 12, took a fair and balanced approach to Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ decision to include in Title IX “listening sessions” students who were falsely disciplined for sexual assault on campuses under the existing federal government’s Title IX guidance established by the Obama administration. (Title IX is the federal government’s prohibition of financial assistance to any educational establishment that denies women equal rights.) President Obama, in…Continue Reading

The Evils Of Western Civilization

August 2, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Evils Of Western Civilization

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK President Trump’s call for a rigorous defense of Western Civilization in his July 6 speech in Poland stirred up a hornet’s nest in liberal circles. The left’s outrage over what they claimed were the racist and nationalist “dog whistles” in the speech tells us a great deal about where things stand in the culture wars: about the modern left, more than about Trump. It illustrates how fully the left has bought into the Marxist deconstructionist premises taught in American universities since the late 1960s: The proposition that the Christian West is built upon racism, xenophobia, and capitalist exploitation of the poor and the Third World masses. Before going further, let us deal with this “dog whistle”…Continue Reading

Except For Christians . . . Public Displays Of Religion OK

August 1, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Except For Christians . . . Public Displays Of Religion OK

By REY FLORES “L.A. neighborhood stunned by sledgehammer attacks on Buddha statue. ‘We’re not going to let this hateful activity win’” — Los Angeles Times headline from July 11, 2017. + + + A few columns back, I wrote about the gentleman who drove his car into a recently erected monument of the Ten Commandments in Little Rock, Ark. While this episode did make some minor headlines, the nation was neither as shocked nor as vocal about it, compared to the Buddha incident. It appears that attacks on Christianity and Christian symbols, especially on any public property, are seen with a collective apathy and disregard. It’s just liberal business as usual. However, when a Buddha statue was recently clobbered by…Continue Reading

Are America’s Wars Just And Moral?

July 31, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Are America’s Wars Just And Moral?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “One knowledgeable official estimates that the CIA-backed fighters may have killed or wounded 100,000 Syrian soldiers and their allies,” writes columnist David Ignatius. Given that Syria’s prewar population was not 10 percent of ours, this is the equivalent of a million dead and wounded Americans. What justifies America’s participation in this slaughter? Columnist Eric Margolis summarizes the successes of the six-year civil war to overthrow President Bashar Assad. “The result of the western-engendered carnage in Syria was horrendous: at least 475,000 dead, 5 million Syrian refugees driven into exile in neighboring states (Turkey alone hosts three million), and another 6 million internally displaced . . . 11 million Syrians . . . driven from their homes…Continue Reading