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Bishop Conley… Counters Dismissals Of Pope’s Economic Warnings

December 14, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off

LINCOLN, Neb. (CNA/EWTN News) — Critics of Pope Francis’ warnings about capitalism are reducing him to a “cartoonish socialist” to diminish the seriousness of his message, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb., said. “The Pope affirmed that markets must be understood and administered in justice, with due regard for the sovereignty and solidarity of families and human dignity,” Bishop Conley stated in a December 2 column for the Republican-leaning web site National Review Online. He added that the Pope’s November 26 document Evangelii Gaudium did not reject capitalism, but instead rejected “idolatry of any economic system” and “called Catholics to human solidarity in the context of public policy.”

Belgium Senate Committees… Pass Bill To Allow Child Euthanasia

December 13, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off

By HILARY WHITE BRUSSELS (LifeSiteNews) — Two Senate committees in Belgium have voted to approve a measure that will allow children to be euthanized under the country’s current law. The social affairs and justice committees voted for the measure, 13 to 4, at the end of November in a joint meeting. They have now sent the bill, which will also extend the provisions for euthanasia to dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, to the Senate for further debate. Currently the law only allows euthanasia requests for those over 18 and of sound mind, although it is acknowledged that these restrictions are widely ignored. Support for the lowering of the age limit, which has received criticism from Church leaders, is strong among Belgian…Continue Reading

With More Threats Afoot . . . Compassion Gets Confused With Pushing Border Politics

December 12, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Jesus Himself was a refugee, Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted told a news conference here as some Arizona religious officials continued to push for quick congressional approval of “comprehensive immigration reform.” Olmsted linked this push with Christian duties of basic charity in the Bible, according to an article posted November 26 at the Phoenix diocesan web site, “Arizona bishops lend voices to call for immigration reform.” Phoenix’s auxiliary bishop, Eduardo Nevares, was quoted in support of the “reform,” which includes a “path to citizenship”: “We have to keep fanning the flame to keep the interest alive.” With Christmas around the corner, a person might recall the story of the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt to escape…Continue Reading

Common Core: The Debate Goes On

December 11, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It is not surprising that the debate over the federal government’s attempt to set standards for the nation’s schools through the Common Core curriculum grows more intense with each passing day. Most Americans had never heard of Common Core until a few months ago. It seems the more people learn about it, the more alarmed they become. M.S.D. of Wyoming writes to join those who protest the manner in which Common Core unnecessarily and unwisely increases the federal government’s control over our local schools: “The fundamental problem with Common Core is that the federal government has neither the power nor the authority nor the competence to meddle at all in education. None.”

The Spiritual “Knockout Game”

December 10, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES I imagine most of you have already heard all about the infamous “knockout game” craze that’s sweeping the nation. Those crazy kids; what’ll they come up with next? I am also not sure how many of you may feel the same way I do, but by the time I get to bed at night, I feel as if I have been severely knocked over the head with bad news, worse news, and even more worse news on top of that. Thank God for bedtime prayers, because how else would we make it in this crazy, sinful, and mixed-up world? It seems like we’re all in for a daily “spiritual knockout” the way things are going. This past…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A Unique Look At Subsidiarity

December 9, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Subsidiarity, by Peter J. Floriani, Penn Street Productions, Reading, PA, 2012. The book can be ordered online at Amazon.com. I had a colleague during my years teaching in a high school in a suburb of New York City who was your typical angry fallen-away Catholic. He wanted nothing to do with the Church, the Pope, the hierarchy, his local parish, or Catholic dogma and doctrine. Except for one thing: He thought “subsidiarity” was flawless thinking, the application of common sense to how we organize our government and the economy. Readers of The Wanderer will be familiar with Pius XI’s articulation of the principle in the 1931 encyclical Quadragesimo Anno: “It is an injustice, a grave evil…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Plague Of ‘Contraceptive Imperialism’”

December 8, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 18 of The Facts of Life, “The Worldwide Abortion Situation,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + What is the best way to conquer a nation and subdue its people? The great Chinese general Sun Tzu wrote in his classic The Art of War: “All warfare is based primarily on the deception of an enemy. Fighting on a battlefield is the most primitive way of making war. There is no art higher than to destroy your enemy without a fight — by subverting anything of value in your enemy’s country.” Twenty-five centuries after Sun,…Continue Reading

Since I’m Not Running For Public Office…

December 7, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I’m about to write some things I would never write if I were running for public office, even though I stand by them without reservation. There are statements like that, comments that give the media an opening to misinterpret your position so effectively that you will never be able to recover even if logic is on your side. That means the only prudent course for someone running for office is to avoid them like the plague. Rick Santorum learned that when he was running for the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2012. A statement he had made about same-sex marriage in a 2003 interview in USA Today was brought up time and time again to…Continue Reading

If You Like Obamacare . . . You’ll Love Government Failures On Border Security

December 6, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — When trying to answer whether the U.S. border with Mexico is secure, it’s useful to know that illegal aliens even continue to cross right through the land of a high-intelligence Army installation in southern Arizona, a woman in the area told The Wanderer. The woman is one of this newspaper’s border contacts whom this writer has met with personally. They don’t want to be named because of their safety concerns living near the porous international line. Barack Obama is continuing to make border protection the same disastrous federal failure as his Obamacare. Although the frequent illegal penetration of this Army installation is familiar to Arizonans who follow border issues, the Washington Examiner web site posted…Continue Reading

The Christian Roots Of Modern Science

December 5, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO No one has worked harder to document and bring to light the Christian roots of modern science than Pierre Duhem (1861-1916). His magnum opus, The Structure of the World: Teachings on Cosmology From Plato to Copernicus, is a prodigious work of ten massive volumes. It is a masterpiece that is unparalleled in its field. Yet, he was the target of censorship, rancor, and fierce opposition throughout his academic career. Templeton Prize-winner Fr. Stanley Jaki, OSB, who held doctorates in physics as well as in theology, states: “What Duhem unearthed among other things from long-buried manuscripts was that supernatural Revelation played a crucial liberating role in putting scientific speculation on the right track. . . .