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Being A Catholic Online

April 21, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Being A Catholic Online

By REY FLORES I am a news junkie. I consume news all day long via the Internet and talk and news radio. I like to stay current with the geopolitical happenings as part of my research as a writer. Sometimes I get burned out by reading about the same political shenanigans, especially with the 2016 elections. But thanks to the Internet, we can seek out our news and information from all sorts of sources instead of merely relying on the government-approved propaganda, which is spoon-fed to Americans everyday via major television networks and newspaper websites. Blogs are a good way to read what some people are thinking about current events or about the overall human condition. Today we also have…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Blind Eyes That Opened To The Tragedy Of Countless Lives Shut Down

April 20, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review . . . Blind Eyes That Opened To The Tragedy Of Countless Lives Shut Down

By DEXTER DUGGAN The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories, by Abby Johnson, written with Kristin Detrow, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 2016, ISBN 978-1-58617-797-3, 155 pages hardback, $17.95. Book reviews usually don’t include advice on how to read the book. Read it as you please. Read it while drinking orange juice, coffee, something else or nothing. Read it while snacking or fasting. Read it lying down or sitting up. In the morning or the evening. With a colored marker or a notebook, or scribble in the margins. But it’s probably best to begin reading former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson’s latest, The Walls Are Talking, by beginning at the end, first reading chapter 17 and…Continue Reading

Pandora’s Box… Guaranteeing Jobs For All

April 19, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Pandora’s Box… Guaranteeing Jobs For All

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK In recent weeks in the First Teachers column in The Wanderer, there has been on ongoing discussion of the difficulties faced by families with school-aged children due to the loss of blue-collar jobs, specifically of how this new state of affairs has made it impossible for many women to be full-time, stay-at-home moms. T.F.B., a reader from California, has written to expand that discussion beyond the topic of parents and schools. He raises a question that well may become the major societal problem our country will face in the coming decades. Trying to solve it could prove to be what people mean by “opening Pandora’s box.” You will remember the story of Pandora, the first woman…Continue Reading

What A Campaign Season . . . Nuns Are Criminals, But Invaders In Bathrooms And At Border Hailed

April 18, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on What A Campaign Season . . . Nuns Are Criminals, But Invaders In Bathrooms And At Border Hailed

By DEXTER DUGGAN Imagine the absolute public-relations disaster of a video of Ted Cruz or Donald Trump forcibly grabbing and throwing a frail, elderly nun into a ditch because she was walking too slowly on the sidewalk in front of speedy him. Speedy end of his presidential campaign, now and forever. Now imagine that elderly nun instead forcibly is deprived of her religious community and convent roof over her head because of ruinous financial penalties imposed when nuns don’t commit mortal sins that Barack Obama’s or Hillary Clinton’s government demands No need to imagine, actually. That’s the Democrats’ demonically punitive course that Obama’s government actually pursues against the Little Sisters of the Poor, who care for the sick elderly whom…Continue Reading

Amoris Laetitia . . . The Problem Begins With Contraception, Not Divorce

April 17, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Amoris Laetitia . . . The Problem Begins With Contraception, Not Divorce

By LOUISE KIRK (Editor’s Note: Louise Kirk, who writes from England, covered last fall’s Ordinary Synod of Bishops for The Wanderer.) + + + The priest had just been showing us a photograph of himself alongside a beaming bride and groom. He was evidently fond of the couple. “Mind you,” he added, stabbing the picture, “he is a bit ‘various’ when it comes to attending Mass. I came across him idling in the street the other day, and told him: ‘I’m fed up with you. It’s time for Church. Get yourself there.’ That,” the priest added mischievously, “is the New Evangelization.” Pope Francis has also been bold, in a completely different way, in opening up the evangelization of the family.…Continue Reading

Synods, Exhortations, And The Other Side Of The Coin

April 16, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Synods, Exhortations, And The Other Side Of The Coin

By PEGGY MOEN In all the sound and fury of the Extraordinary and Ordinary Synods on the Family and up through the release of Amoris Laetitia, one sort of suffering Catholic has been largely overlooked. That is, those who undergo trials precisely because of their faithfulness to Church teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. Pope John Paul in the 1981 Familiaris Consortio spoke of the most obvious instances of this suffering: “Loneliness and other difficulties are often the lot of separated spouses, especially when they are the innocent parties. The ecclesial community must support such people more than ever. It must give them much respect, solidarity, understanding and practical help, so that they can preserve their fidelity even in their…Continue Reading

Amoris Laetitia . . . Commentators Point To Bright Spots, But Also Dark Shadows

April 15, 2016 Frontpage 2 Comments

(Comment Box is Open) By JOSEPH MATT The much-awaited Amoris Laetitia, the Pope’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, has finally arrived, replete with all the fireworks its anticipation promised to deliver — at least judging from the headlines and commentaries that followed. At first glance, by most accounts, much of the document appears sound, with a pastoral focus and upholding of Humanae Vitae. The issues of concern that are garnering all of the headlines reside in chapter eight, especially footnote 351 — reflections of the Pope on pastoral situations that seem to blur the lines of Catholic teaching and beg for more clarification, at the very least. Unfortunately for a document that should serve to clarify and illuminate Church teaching on matters of…Continue Reading

Pope’s Exhortation . . . The Joy of Love . . . How About The “Joy Of The Sacraments”?

April 14, 2016 Frontpage 3 Comments

(Comment Box is Open) By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The buzz about the Pope’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia (AL), The Joy of Love, on “Love in the Family,” is dominating every other conversation in the Church The document is a pretty big target, all 263 pages of it. The size also lends itself to target practice in another way: Just about any lobby in the Church can throw a dart at it and find something to advance their agenda. Pope Francis, it seems, finds his fatherhood in leaving none of his spiritual children disappointed. The size of the document is a liability: Many commentators weighed in to agree that most will not read it. My Twitter poll on the subject, asking…Continue Reading

In Loco Parentis

April 14, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on In Loco Parentis

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I have never spent a night in a college dormitory. I commuted to Fordham University in the Bronx from my home in Queens back in the early 1960s. But many of my friends at Fordham during those years were boarders. I heard from them often about how much they chafed at the restrictions the Jesuits placed upon their lives in the dorms. They had strict curfews and rules against alcohol in the dorms. They were required to get up for Mass on Sunday and holy days of obligation, like it or not. And they would have responded with a horselaugh if you asked whether they could have their girlfriends stay overnight in their rooms with them.…Continue Reading

The Feds Versus The Little Sisters Of The Poor

April 12, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on The Feds Versus The Little Sisters Of The Poor
Mark Rienzi

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I don’t know if the Obama administration thought they would be able to put one over on the Little Sisters of the Poor. If so, they were mistaken. The sisters are taking the Obama team to the Supreme Court. The first oral arguments in their case (Zubik v. Burwell) were made on March 23. The 175-year-old religious order that cares for the elderly poor has asked the court for an exemption from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate requiring them to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives and abortifacients in their employees’ health-care plans. The sisters contend the mandate denies them of their freedom of religion. The sisters do not accept that the “opt…Continue Reading