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Seven Levels Of Belonging

October 25, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO The dictionary is not a very good teacher of philosophy. Its definitions are limited and fail to show the wondrous versatility of the word. Philosophy, on the other hand, loves analogies, metaphors, shadings, and nuances. Moreover, it likes to put the various meanings in order. Consider the word “belonging.” The dictionary fails to reveal its breadth and how its various meanings are all connecting with each other and form a ladder that ascends from the humblest to the highest. The following seven levels of belonging illustrate the dictionary’s need for philosophical explication. Position: On the humblest level, the jigsaw puzzle offers us a good illustration. “Where does this piece belong?” someone asks. Its peculiar shape and contour…Continue Reading

The Son Of Man

October 24, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Joel J. Miller identifies himself as a writer “whose perspective is informed by the teaching tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church.” His blog site, Two Cities, is designed, he writes, to “explore how Christians can practice the historic faith in a modern context while navigating its many challenges and pitfalls.” Miller is widely published, with articles appearing in publications such as Reason, The American Spectator, and National Review. I don’t know anything else about Miller, but one of his recent posts helped me understand something I have never been able to get a handle on: the term “Son of Man” that Jesus used to describe Himself. I am not a theologian or a Scripture scholar and…Continue Reading

Latino GOP Leader Says . . . Democratic Party’s Attacks On Morality Hurt Its Membership

October 23, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — It’s not enough for Republicans to say their party is the natural home for Latinos who just don’t know it yet, a Latino GOP activist told The Wanderer. They need to see why that moral-values message is true. At the same time, said Reymundo Torres, “There’s a great opportunity to bring over [Latino] Catholic Democratic officeholders who resent being told to toe the line against their faith and their culture” by party bosses of Barack Obama’s “Culture of Death.” Torres, a Catholic and president of the Arizona Latino Republican Association (ALRA), sat down for a Wanderer interview on October 10. He talked about prospects for adding both groups to active Republican participation. Although ALRA doesn’t…Continue Reading

In November Election . . . Why GOP Candidates May Not Get Resounding Wins

October 22, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Actress Julia Roberts starred in the 1999 movie Runaway Bride, about a recurringly hesitant wife-to-be who keeps leaving her grooms cold at the altar. Was the movie just re-released? There’s Mr. Conservative Activist at the head of the church aisle for the 2014 election, waiting to tie the knot. He still believes in traditional rules and “social issues” like opposite-sex weddings. But coy Miss GOP has disappeared again, white lace flapping. Big, bad judges are inventing all kinds of weird rules these days, including creating homosexual “marriage” as a constitutional mandate. Tremulous Miss GOP doesn’t want to offend anyone, left, right, or in-between. But if she absolutely has to disappoint, she’d rather do it to the faithful…Continue Reading

The Bishops Of Poland… Synod Report Departs From John Paul II’s Teachings

October 21, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: The Rorate Caeli website provided the following report and translation about the reaction of Poland’s bishops to the interim report from the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops. Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan spoke with Vatican Radio on October 13.) + + + In an October 13 interview with Vatican Radio, the president of the Polish Episcopal Conference did not hesitate to say that this document departs from the teaching of John Paul II, and even that in it can be noticed traces of the anti-marriage ideology. According to Archbishop Gadecki, this text also highlights the lack of a clear vision for the synodal assembly. “Is the purpose of this synod pastoral support to families in difficulty, or is its…Continue Reading

The Synod’s Mid-Term Report . . . Church Leaders, Lay Faithful Call For Rejection

October 20, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON (Editor’s Note: Maike Hickson holds a doctorate in French literature from the University of Hannover. This edition of The Wanderer was published October 16, three days before the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops.) + + + On the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, October 13, the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family released a midterm report on its discussions in Rome — and that release has caused some havoc in the Catholic Church. Wide-ranging Catholics all over the world were shaken about some unofficially proposed revolutionary changes of the traditional moral teaching of the Catholic Church in matters of marriage and the family. This document constitutes at least a grave provocation; perhaps it…Continue Reading

The Missing Piece In The Pro-Life Movement

October 19, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES A few weeks back, I had a column about miscarriage, in which I shared my family’s personal experience with having lost one of our children this way. The column touched a few readers who expressed their gratitude via emails because of their own heart-wrenching experiences and stories about their own individual losses. Just this past week, American Life League had the pleasure of participating in a national presentation by the newest American Life League Associate group, Elizabeth Ministries International. The presentation was titled “Honoring Miscarried Babies — The Missing Link in the Pro-Life Movement,” presented by cofounder and Executive Director Jeannie Hannemann. Mrs. Hannemann shared that one in every four pregnancies ends in miscarriage, yet even as…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Speech At The Conclusion Of The Synod

October 18, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

(Vatican Radio) At the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Pope Francis addressed the assembled Fathers, thanking them for their efforts and encouraging them to continue to journey. Below, please find Vatican Radio’s provisional translation of Pope Francis’ address to the Synod Fathers:  Dear Eminences, Beatitudes, Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters, With a heart full of appreciation and gratitude I want to thank, along with you, the Lord who has accompanied and guided us in the past days, with the light of the Holy Spirit. From the heart I thank Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod, Bishop Fabio Fabene, under-secretary, and with them I thank the Relators, Cardinal Peter Erdo, who has worked so much in these…Continue Reading

How’s Life Treating You?

October 18, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO The question, “How’s life treating you,” is one we hear often enough. And, as is the case with many commonly heard statements, it is philosophically far richer than what it may appear to be on the surface. In fact, it holds the key to that vexing and perennial philosophical question, “What is the meaning of life?” “How is life treating you” presupposes a distinction between your life, which you are experiencing, and you who are the subject of your life’s experiences. You are, in some way, prior to your life. Life is somehow external to you and imposes itself on you in ways that you may not like. Your life is not always what you want it…Continue Reading

“Dear Saul” . . . Hillary’s Letters To Saul Alinsky

October 17, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Should we cut Hillary Clinton some slack over her letters to Saul Alinsky, unveiled by Alana Goodman of the Washington Free Beacon in late September? The letters were obtained by Goodman from the archives of the Industrial Areas Foundation, a training center for community organizers founded by Alinsky, housed at the University of Texas at Austin. Hillary has gone to great effort for many years to keep these letters secret, along with her senior Wellesley College thesis on Alinsky and his theories. Hillary deserves no slack. But not because of what we learned about her in the letters. (You can read the exchange in its entirety at The letters reveal Hillary to have been in…Continue Reading