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Looking Back At The Roots

April 9, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Looking Back At The Roots

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It can be difficult to decide what to think about Common Core. Most conservatives are adamantly opposed to this federal attempt to raise standards in our schools. So is Donald Trump, although it is hard not to get the impression that his position is merely the result of an adviser informing him that the opponents to Common Core are an important segment of the voting bloc he is attempting to put together. I would wager serious money that, if some reporter asked Trump what it was that he disliked about Common Core, he would be able to do nothing more than repeat the line that it “takes away local control over education.” Any takers? Not that…Continue Reading

Pope’s Exhortation . . . Creating a Firestorm of Commentary and Concern

April 8, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Pope’s Exhortation . . . Creating a Firestorm of Commentary and Concern

The following are samples  of some of the commentary around the internet this weekend about the release of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”). The Wanderer will have complete coverage and commentary on this document in the week ahead. Beautiful, Moving, and Divisive Robert Royal  Friday, April 8, 2016 First, the positives. As there were in the Final Report of the 2015 Synod, there are many beautiful passages in the pope’s new Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) testifying to: God’s original plan for man and woman; love and marriage; children, siblings, parents, grandparents; the bond between the generations; and the crucial importance . . .  Pope Francis opens…Continue Reading

The Lion And The Fox And Merrick Garland

April 8, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on The Lion And The Fox And Merrick Garland

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The famous chapter about the lion and the fox from Machiavelli’s book The Prince came to mind as I listened to the give and take between the conservative and the liberal commentators over President Obama’s selection of Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Antonin Scalia. (Garland is currently the chief judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, confirmed for that position in 1997 by a 76 to 23 vote, with the majority support of senators from both major parties.) Machiavelli’s point was that a ruler should use open and overpowering force to achieve his goals in certain instances, but rely more on…Continue Reading

The Golden Rule Has Lost Its Glitter

April 7, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on The Golden Rule Has Lost Its Glitter

By DONALD DeMARCO The great moral maxim, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” from a historical perspective, is perhaps the most highly respected of all moral maxims. It did not originate with Christianity, as some may believe, but was a component of Greek philosophy, Judaism, Confucianism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism. Its equally binding corollary is “Do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you.” Underlying this honored principle is the notion of human equality. No person should arrogate to himself the right to do something to another person that he would not have that person do to him. Religion reinforces this notion since all human beings are created by…Continue Reading

Notre Dame’s Bad Example . . . How Can A Politician Be Expected To Follow What He Swore To Do?

April 6, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Notre Dame’s Bad Example . . . How Can A Politician Be Expected To Follow What He Swore To Do?

By DEXTER DUGGAN The difficulty of holding political candidates to honor their promises was illustrated dramatically in an oblique way when even a nationally prominent priest once again violated his sworn fidelity to the fundamental moral teaching of his Roman Catholic Church. If Fr. John Jenkins, CSC, president of the University of Notre Dame, thinks he can laud defiant renegade Catholic Joe Biden as an exemplary member of the Church, what would prevent any politician seeking votes from lying about what he’d be loyal to? Already having deeply honored the recently elected radical pro-abortion President Barack Obama in 2009 at the South Bend Catholic institution, Jenkins decided this year to confer the Laetare Medal, considered the most prestigious medal for…Continue Reading

Excluding Inclusion

April 5, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Excluding Inclusion

By WAYNE TRYHUK (Editor’s Note: Wayne Tryhuk is a Wisconsin-based journalist whose articles have appeared in The Indianapolis Star, Milwaukee Magazine, and many others.) + + + Political liberals, like those at NARAL Pro-Choice America, often seem to worship the concepts of “inclusiveness” and “diversity.” Yet NARAL would deny a group of Roman Catholic nuns their religious liberty because the sisters serve and employ too inclusive and diverse a group of people. The nuns belong to the Little Sisters of the Poor. Their international organization, for 175 years, has been caring for elderly persons in poverty. Because they see inestimable dignity and value in all human life, the sisters object to a federal health-care mandate generally requiring employers to offer…Continue Reading

Virginia Christians Under Attack

April 4, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Virginia Christians Under Attack

By REY FLORES Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on March 30 vetoed Virginia State Senate Bill SB 41, thereby leaving churches, particularly Catholic parishes, vulnerable to being punished by the state for refusing to perform so-called same-sex marriages in our churches. It’s not only churches who are being bullied by the radical homosexual militants and their friends in the state government, but any private businesses that provide wedding services, such as photographers, bakeries, bridal shops, tuxedo wear stores, and caterers, are also now less protected in the state of Virginia. McAuliffe’s veto denies churches our religious freedom to practice our own faith and beliefs. Since so-called same-sex marriage is unfortunately already legal in Virginia, this new development only furthers the cause…Continue Reading

Left-Wing Activists . . . Batter Themselves Down While Trying To Impose Social Liberalism

April 3, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Left-Wing Activists . . . Batter Themselves Down While Trying To Impose Social Liberalism

By DEXTER DUGGAN Social-issues liberalism continues to poison the Democratic Party and draw that party ever-farther away from the base that used to provide it with such power. When the U.S. Supreme Court invented the imaginary “constitutional right” to permissive abortion in 1973, left-wing activists thought they’d be riding a wave of the future to growing clout. However, the opposite occurred. The Democratic Party began coming apart as former supporters were exiled and trekked over to the Republicans. That’s a major reason the left wing came to insist on unlimited, overwhelming immigration, to try to replace the U.S. voters it rejected. Now left-wing Democrats, who call the shots for what’s left of the party, are full throttle for an even…Continue Reading

Farewell To Mother Angelica . . . She Changed The Way We Speak About God

April 2, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Farewell To Mother Angelica . . . She Changed The Way We Speak About God

By MICHAEL WARSAW (Editor’s Note: Michael Warsaw is the Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer, EWTN Global Catholic Network. The article below was first published in L’Osservatore Romano and appeared at News.Va, the Vatican’s news portal. All rights reserved. (The Wanderer went to press this week on March 31. Birmingham, Ala., Bishop Robert Baker celebrated a vigil service and rosary that evening for Mother Angelica. Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial and Rite of Committal on Friday morning, April 1. All events were held at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Ala.) + + + A miracle of evangelization: Only in this way could one define the legacy left by…Continue Reading

The Achilles Heel Of Scripture Scholars

April 1, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on The Achilles Heel Of Scripture Scholars

By JOHN YOUNG Among Scripture scholars there is a great deal of skepticism about the historical reliability of the Gospels. Doubts are raised as to whether Jesus really multiplied the loaves and fish or walked on the water, whether He predicted the coming destruction of Jerusalem, whether He cast out demons. I heard a homily where the priest seemed determined to cast doubt on the veracity of Scripture, pointing to alleged contradictions where in fact no contradiction existed. I remember one instance in particular: He said that where Luke’s infancy account says Jesus was born in a stable; Matthew says the Magi came to a house. In fact there’s no contradiction, because the Magi arrived some time (apparently several weeks)…Continue Reading