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Planned Parenthood’s Talking Points

October 20, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I have never been involved in strategy sessions with a political party, so I have no inside knowledge about how talking points are put together and disseminated. But everyone understands that the primary objective is to provide representatives of the party with the positions they are to take when interviewed by the media. It has struck me for some time now that another goal is to give the party’s rank and file a quick retort to use when an issue of concern to the party comes up around the water cooler and over the backyard fence. I am sure that the Republicans engage in the effort as well, but the Democrats have been especially effective with…Continue Reading

Marriage The Path To Sanctity … Pope Francis Canonizes Louis And Zelie Martin

October 19, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By LOUISE KIRK On Sunday, October 18, in the presence of the fathers gathered for the Family Synod in Rome, Pope Francis raised to the altars the first saints to be canonized as a married couple. Saints Zélie and Louis Martin made a striking and homely image on the façade of St. Peter’s. How surprised Louis would have been to see himself there on the same building to which he looked up with the young St. Thérèse on their pilgrimage to Rome. Fittingly for a married couple who prayed ardently for religious vocations, Zélie and Louis were canonized alongside an Italian priest, St. Vincenzo Grossi (1845-1917) and a Spanish nun, St. Maria dell’Immacolata Concezione (1926-1998). Some 50,000 people filled the…Continue Reading

Clarification . . . The Final Report Paragraphs Were Not Heterodox

October 19, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: Fr. Brian Harrison sent us the letter below regarding the article entitled “Diary of a Synod…Confusions, Exclusions, and Mounting Indignation” in The Wanderer dated October 22, 2015.) + + + The Final Report Paragraphs Were Not Heterodox Editor, THE WANDERER: The following passage in the article entitled “Diary of a Synod…Confusions, Exclusions, and Mounting Indignation” in The Wanderer dated October 22, 2015 (p. 1A) is open to criticism: “Erdo gave a traditional and solid presentation of our Lord’s teaching on marriage and the family and thereby also countered his own involuntary participation in the scandalous midterm report of the 2014 synod where the heterodox statements were somehow slipped in, without his knowledge or approval. “Unexpectedly, however, Pope Francis…Continue Reading

Jerry Brown’s Busy Pen . . . Plunges California Deeper Into Culture Of Death

October 19, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN California’s legal stance on life is a dramatic warning of where the Democrat Party’s Culture of Death heads once it becomes dominant, as it is at the state legislature in Sacramento. Left-wing Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law the further expansion of permissive abortion and arrival of “assisted suicide.” The elderly Brown’s haggard appearance sometimes suggests Dr. Death himself. Some people, including within California’s institutional Catholic Church structure, hoped that Brown’s background as a former Jesuit seminarian would lead to a different result. However, a California pro-life activist told The Wanderer the hope wasn’t realistic. “I don’t care if (Brown) studied at the feet of all the apostles,” said Brian Johnston, chairman of the California…Continue Reading

The Synod On The Family . . . The Instrumentum Laboris Lets The Synod Down

October 18, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By LOUISE KIRK It has been a dramatic week for those following the Family Synod. First we were told that the relator general, Peter Cardinal Erdo, was being silenced after his resounding defense of Church teaching. Then 13 senior cardinals (the figure was later changed to possibly nine) under the leadership of George Cardinal Pell had written to the Pope objecting to the way the synod was being run. They were particularly concerned about the composition of the drafting committee for the Final Report. Further rumors suggested that the final report was already being written even before the working groups had done their work. At the end of last week, possibly in the face of this criticism, it was stated…Continue Reading

Diary Of A Synod . . . Confusions, Exclusions, And Mounting Indignation

October 17, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON The first working day of the Synod on the Family, October 5, started things off with a good and hopeful tone. But that was soon to change. Positively, the general relator of the synod, Peter Cardinal Erdo, gave his introductory speech in which it became clear that the heterodox parts of last year’s synod — the ones about giving Holy Communion to adulterers and the ones about seeing positive elements in homosexual relationships — were rejected by the synod fathers and, therefore, were not up for further discussion. He said, for example: “Regarding the divorced-and-civilly-remarried, a merciful, pastoral accompaniment is only right — an accompaniment, however, which leaves no doubt about the truth of the indissolubility of…Continue Reading

At Synod’s Halfway Mark… Cardinal Burke, Family Experts Say Parents’ Rights Must Be Upheld

October 16, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

ROME — Raymond Cardinal Burke and pro-family experts affirmed that parents’ rights as the primary educators of their children must be upheld, as the Synod on the Family passes its halfway mark. Cardinal Burke and the experts made the call at a press conference the morning of October 15 near St. Peter’s Square. Voice of the Family, an international coalition of 26 pro-life and pro-family organizations on five continents, organized the press conference. “May God inspire and strengthen the work of the Synod of Bishops, so that, in accord with the nature and purpose of the synod, it may assist the Holy Father in safeguarding and promoting the constant teaching and practice of the Church regarding marriage and the family,”…Continue Reading

The Little Saint In A Glass Casket . . . St. Maria Goretti Draws Thousands To Her Side

October 15, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES MONTI An 11-year-old peasant girl’s determination that chastity is a virtue worth dying for is captivating the hearts of thousands 113 years after she paid the ultimate price for her purity on a hot summer’s day in the Pontine Marshes of central Italy. On September 16, at New York’s Kennedy Airport, the body of the virgin martyr St. Maria Goretti, the youngest canonized saint in Church history, arrived in the United States to begin a two-month “Pilgrimage of Mercy” tour across the East and Midwest. Maria’s first stop (September 20) was quite fittingly the maximum security prison of Sing Sing in Ossining, N.Y. For her story is also very much about forgiveness and repentance. On her deathbed Maria…Continue Reading

Phoenix Bishop Says . . . People “Want To Be Moved To Action” By His Message To Men

October 14, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — In what he describes as a “call to battle,” Thomas J. Olmsted, bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, challenges men to confront evils as old as the wiles of Satan, and as current as the videos exposing Planned Parenthood barbarity. Olmsted’s Into the Breach (, “An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men, My Spiritual Sons in the Diocese of Phoenix,” attracted wide attention on the Internet among religious observers after it was issued on the Feast of the Archangels, September 29. Asked by The Wanderer on October 2 about reaction he’d already received, Olmsted replied, “Very positive, actually. A lot of interest. A lot of people saying, ‘What’s next?’ They want to be moved to action.”…Continue Reading

When May We Disagree With The Pope?

October 13, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JOHN YOUNG Many faithful Catholics are disturbed by some of the statements made by Pope Francis, and find themselves unable to agree with him. There’s need for clarity here, and the way to achieve clarity is to make the appropriate distinctions. So let us consider what distinctions need to be made in regard to the obligation of a Catholic to accept what the Pope says. The Pope and the bishops have authority in matters of faith and morals. Christ said to His apostles, “He who hears you hears me”; and He made St. Peter the rock on which He would build His Church. But God the Son didn’t come from Heaven to teach science. As St. Augustine said, Scripture…Continue Reading