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Charlie’s Fight In London . . . Doesn’t Seem To Have Taught U.S. Pols Much

July 30, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Charlie’s Fight In London . . . Doesn’t Seem To Have Taught U.S. Pols Much

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Loyalty is precious. How do you win it? How do you keep it? How do you lose it? That’s not just a question for a vote-seeking politician elected to six terms in the U.S. Senate like the Grand Canyon State’s John McCain, newly diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer. It’s even more important for an infant who has earned no accolades and won no awards, but only can offer up his little head for a kiss. Is he important enough to miss? Loyalty counts in ways large and small, precious or pedestrian. Even a school-crossing guard without loyalty to the job means possible tragedy. Life without loyalty is life without trust, wherever and however people face…Continue Reading

Bishops In A Bind

July 29, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Bishops In A Bind

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Is “government charity” really charitable? Is “social justice” justice at all? Consider the Good Samaritan. He wasn’t a government bureaucrat. He helped people voluntarily — with his own money. The man in the ditch undoubtedly thanked the Good Samaritan. But here’s the secret of Christian charity: A Christian Samaritan answers the injured man, “No, thank you, for giving me the opportunity to serve a brother in Christ.” Thank you — thank you. Has a government bureaucrat ever thanked you? Christian charity is a theological virtue — as St. Paul says, “the greatest of these is caritas” — charity. Justice is also a virtue, a cardinal virtue. And like all virtues, charity and justice are voluntary. On the…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

July 28, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. This is part one of the address; part two will appear in next week’s issue.) + + + Recently, I participated in a three-day conference on the Sacred Liturgy in which many good young priests also participated. There were several occasions to visit with them about their priestly ministry. As is my experience in most places that I visit, the priests expressed a great concern about…Continue Reading

Attention Wanderer Readers . . .

July 27, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Attention Wanderer Readers . . .

Attention Readers: You will not want to be without your copy of The Wanderer in the next couple months. We are featuring a two-part talk by His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke given at the recent 32nd annual Church Teaches Forum – starting with this week’s issue.  Also, we will be publishing, in three parts, a recent interview the Cardinal so graciously offered The Wanderer’s weekly columnist Don Fier at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Thanks to Don for his extraordinary effort in making this happen! We extend a special thanks to His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke for his prescient assessment of the state of the Catholic Church, addressing the critical topics of our…Continue Reading

A Potpourri . . . Demonic Possession, Marriage, And The Incarnate Condition

July 27, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on A Potpourri . . . Demonic Possession, Marriage, And The Incarnate Condition

By GEORGE A. KENDALL I am alarmed at the tendency of the contemporary Church to minimize the phenomenon of demonic possession, insisting that true possession is very rare, and that most such cases are “merely” mental illness, fully explainable by modern science without resort to the supernatural. As a result, in many cases, the Church refuses to give permission for exorcism where possession is suspected, seeming to require that first we need to prove beyond any doubt that there is no natural explanation for the phenomenon, a burden of proof that for logical reasons cannot possibly be met. One of the things that disturbs me about this is that, given that there is such a thing as possession, there are…Continue Reading

Trump Trumps Obama’s Transgender Military Nightmare

July 26, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Trump Trumps Obama’s Transgender Military Nightmare

Rey Flores President Donald J. Trump has again kicked the proverbial progressive hornet’s nest. Trump just knocked over the big, tacky, rainbow-colored unicorn fantasy that Obama had forced upon our once-again proud military.   Therefore, America needed Trump, so he could fix all the insanity that Obama, the two Bushes and Bill Clinton wreaked upon our nation. If the fake news media and politically correct, sore loser progressives, Democrats and RINOs are saying that President Trump is an international embarrassment to the United States, the exact opposite is true.   While Trump seeks to make the military exactly what the military was created to do, ex-President Obama abused it as a place to attempt a sick and twisted “transgender” social…Continue Reading

A Truly Remarkable Beatification Cause For Families

July 26, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on A Truly Remarkable Beatification Cause For Families

By JAMES MONTI With recent events in the Middle East and the slaughter of Fr. Jacques Hamel in France last year as well as all the signs of anti-Catholic hostility in our own country, the subject of martyrdom for the faith has been receiving growing attention of late. A whole new chapter in the Church’s history of venerating those who have paid the ultimate price for their faith may soon be written with the amplification this year of the “Roman phase” of the beautification cause for a Polish family of nine, Jozef and Wiktoria Ulma and their seven young children. We have seen in recent years the advancement to the altars of two married couples, Saints Louis and Zelie Martin…Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Humanae Vitae!

July 25, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Happy Birthday, Humanae Vitae!

By CHRISTOPHER MANION This week we celebrate the 49th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the brave and beautiful encyclical of Blessed Paul VI promulgated on July 25, 1968. Brave? Absolutely. This eloquent articulation of the teaching of the Church and the fundamentals of the Natural Law constituted a direct challenge to what Pope Benedict has called “the spirit of the age.” And the reaction of that decadent and resentful age demonstrates just how brave it was — Francis Cardinal Stafford, a young Baltimore priest in 1968, describes the pain suffered by the defenders of the faith that year as “Gethsemane.” And beautiful? How could it not be? The gentle, clear, but firm unfolding of the mystery of sacramental marriage and its…Continue Reading

You Might Be A Liberal If…

July 24, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on You Might Be A Liberal If…

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I have no idea if Jeff Foxworthy is displeased with all the take-offs on his popular “You might be a redneck if . . . ” one-liners that float around the Internet. The versions that I see most often are entitled something like “You might be a liberal if . . .”, or “You might be a Democrat if . . .” Perhaps Foxworthy likes the publicity. Or he could resent the manner in which political views that may not be his own are linked to him. I can’t imagine that Foxworthy would want to alienate half the people of the United States. His digs at working-class Southerners, found in his best-selling books and standup comedy…Continue Reading

For Catholics, What Is True Wealth?

July 23, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on For Catholics, What Is True Wealth?

By REY FLORES Pontius Pilate once asked, “What is truth?” Today I ask you, “What is wealth?” Forbes magazine just released their list of the wealthiest counties in the United States. In their report titled, “Greater Washington has half of the nation’s richest counties,” coming in at number one is Loudon County in Virginia. Not surprisingly, it’s a short 36 miles away from Washington, D.C., the capital of the entire Free World. Not trailing too far behind are Falls Church, Fairfax, and Arlington Counties respectively, and Howard County, Md. — also all a stone’s throw away from Washington, D.C. The remaining richest counties on the Forbes list are Douglas County in Colorado, Los Alamos County in New Mexico, Williamson County…Continue Reading