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How The Clintons Beat The Rap

June 6, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on How The Clintons Beat The Rap

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK If I remember correctly it was Bob Dole who first exclaimed, “Where’s the outrage!” to describe his amazement over how Bill and Hillary Clinton avoided public condemnation for their unethical and illegal activities. Many other Republican and conservative commentators made the same point in different words, rattling off instance after instance of shady dealings by the Clintons. If asked for the best examples of those shady dealings, I would point to the mysterious appearance of the missing Whitewater files on a desk in the White House, the pardon of the fugitive financier Marc Rich after his wife’s donation of $450,000 to the Clinton Library, and the 33,000 destroyed emails from Hillary’s private email server. No doubt, you could…Continue Reading

Cash-Strapped Bishops Declare War On Trump Budget

June 4, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Cash-Strapped Bishops Declare War On Trump Budget

By CHRISTOPHER MANION On May 19, five of the USCCB’s leading bishops sent a letter to every senator and representative, denouncing President Trump’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018 as “profoundly troubling.” Invoking “moral criteria” and the “common good,” the bishops insist that Congress abandon Trump’s cuts in federal welfare programs. In a bow to fiscal responsibility, they endorse cuts in defense spending instead. Essentially, the bishops are calling on Congress to preserve the spending priorities that prevailed during the Obama administration. Apparently that includes Obama’s support for full funding of Planned Parenthood, which the letter does not mention. And curiously, while the bishops express a new-found affection for “diplomacy,” they don’t mention President Trump’s unprecedented move to protect unborn…Continue Reading

As Trump Darkness Descends On Them . . . Worried Political Liberals Gather At Catholic Hall For Hope

June 3, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on As Trump Darkness Descends On Them . . . Worried Political Liberals Gather At Catholic Hall For Hope

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — The U.S. senator was blunt about the serious problems of massive illegal immigration. With the facts so plain, the senator said “that we all agree on the need to better secure the border, and to punish employers who choose to hire illegal immigrants. You know, we are a generous and welcoming people here in the United States, but those who enter the country illegally and those who employ them disrespect the rule of law, and they are showing disregard for those who are following the law. “We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked, and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently, and lawfully to become…Continue Reading

Breakup Of The West?

June 2, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Breakup Of The West?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN By the time Air Force One started down the runaway at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, to bring President Trump home, the Atlantic ahad grown markedly wider than it was when he flew to Riyadh. In a Munich beer hall Sunday, May 28, Angela Merkel confirmed it. Europe must begin to look out for itself, she said, “take our fate into our own hands….The times in which we could rely fully on others, they are somewhat over.” Merkel’s apprehensions are understandable. A divorce could be in the cards. During his visit to NATO in Brussels and the G-7 in Sicily, Trump, with both his words and body language, revealed his thinking on who are friends…Continue Reading

Beneath The Olive Trees Of Rome

June 1, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Beneath The Olive Trees Of Rome

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY Readers of The Wanderer are not likely to be subscribers to the online Islamic journal Rumiyah, but a current issue may be of interest. The June 2017 issue instructs the reader on how to effectively conduct a terrorist attack, what to attack, and how to achieve maximum impact. Each issue opens with a quotation attributed to Abu Hanza al Mahajir: “O muwahhidin, rejoice by Allah, we will not rest from our jihad except beneath the olive trees of Rome.” The index to Issue Nine lists articles on “Ruling Belligerent Christians,” “Just Terrorist Tactics,” “Establishing the Islamic State,” “Military and Covert Operations,” and a historical treatise with reference to Jews and Christians, entitled “They Took Their Scribes…Continue Reading

Has Capital Punishment Always Been “A Mortal Sin”?

May 31, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Has Capital Punishment Always Been “A Mortal Sin”?

By FR. BRIAN W. HARRISON, OS In a homily preached at Domus Sanctae Marthae on May 11, Pope Francis made some observations about the ethical status of capital punishment. In this article I wish to explain how his teaching here is seriously at variance with the doctrine of all his Predecessors and two successive universal catechisms, and to consider how faithful Catholics should respond to it. First, what exactly did the Pope say? The original Italian-language report of the homily can be found here: As is usual in the official reportage of these “meditations” given at weekday papal Masses (which are also published in the Vatican’s newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano), the Pope’s own words are not reproduced in full. Instead,…Continue Reading

What We Might Expect From The Supremes In June

May 30, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on What We Might Expect From The Supremes In June

By DEACON MIKE MANNO (Editor’s Note: Deacon Mike Manno, an attorney, is director of deacons for the Diocese of Des Moines and host of Iowa Catholic Radio’s Faith On Trial program []. He can be reached at + + + The Supreme Court is due to issue its final rulings for the term by the end of June. Among the pending cases are a couple that haven’t received the attention they deserve, but that court watchers interested in religious freedom are following. The first is a consolidation of three cases that are challenging the church exemption from compliance with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, more commonly known as ERISA. Due to increasing financial irregularities in pension…Continue Reading

The Round Table Is Broken

May 29, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Round Table Is Broken

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I don’t think it is nostalgia that leads me to believe that the hostility between Americans on the left and the right has never been as intense as it is today. I can imagine Robert Taft and Adlai Stevenson discussing in a civil manner the issues that divided Republicans and Democrats back in the 1950s. Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill were able to do that in the 1970s. But can you picture Susan Rice and Donald Trump in such a setting? Or Rush Limbaugh and Bill Maher? I can’t. Rice would look as if her hair were on fire. These days, conservatives and liberals don’t like each other, don’t respect each other, don’t trust each other.…Continue Reading

Losers Vs. The World

May 28, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Losers Vs. The World

By REY FLORES If Islamophobia is the fear, intolerance, or hatred of Muslims and Islam, and anti-Semitism is the fear, intolerance, or hatred of Jews and Judaism — then what do we call the fear, intolerance, or hatred for Christians and Christianity? In 2012, Mark Movsesian, director of the Center for Law and Religion at St. John’s University, wrote an interesting piece titled “Christianophobia,” for The Institute of Religion and Public Life’s First Things blog: “The hostility to Christianity one encounters in the West is mostly ideological. What we have is a struggle between competing worldviews, one of which seeks to win by excluding the other, which it sees as irrational, from public debate. This strategy is illiberal, ill-informed, and…Continue Reading

President Trump’s Peace Mission . . . Challenges Ancient Faiths To Unite Against Terror

May 27, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on President Trump’s Peace Mission . . . Challenges Ancient Faiths To Unite Against Terror

By DEXTER DUGGAN Donald Trump stepped into land-mine land seeking a future where buried but boiling animosities would be disarmed. On his first foreign trip as president, Trump purposefully traveled a peace crescent from Saudi Arabia through Israel to the Vatican in late May, seeking to unite against modern terrorism the three major ancient faiths all recognizing the rise of their religions just east of the Mediterranean Sea. The tousle-haired Trump who, left-wing media babble, hates Muslims, carried himself with executive bearing among Arab and other Muslim-majority nations’ leaders at a regional summit in Riyadh, urging their unity in the effort. “This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations. This is a battle between barbaric…Continue Reading