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Why Do The Liberals Like Pope Francis… Even When He Stands Firm On Church Teachings?

February 13, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK A few weeks back in this space, I offered for your consideration the proposition that it serves us well to keep an eye on what the liberals, both Catholic and otherwise, have to say about Pope Francis. My position was that their perspective is likely to be different from that of Catholics on our side of the barricades in the culture wars, and that we can learn from it. I pointed to an article on the web site Religion Dispatches by Mary Hunt, who describes herself as a “feminist theologian” and a “Roman Catholic active in the women-church movement” who “lectures and writes on theology and ethics with particular attention to liberation issues.” Hunt does not…Continue Reading

Pope Benedict XV . . . Poor Preaching Responsible For Fall Back Into Paganism

February 12, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off
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By PAUL LIKOUDIS The horror of World War I, preoccupied with massive humanitarian projects on behalf of widows, orphans, and prisoners of war, engaged in intense diplomatic initiatives to defend the rights of the Church in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, Pope Benedict XV issued an encyclical Humani Generis Redemptionem on June 15, 1917, which blamed ineffective preaching by priests for the decline in morals and civilization’s backsliding into paganism. Pope Benedict reminded bishops that their foremost duty is to ensure sound preaching in their parishes, and priests incapable of sound teaching should have their faculties to preach removed. Poor preaching, today, is taken for granted by most Catholics, though the responsibility of bishops for it is often overlooked.

GOP “Immigration Principles”… Have A Long Way To Go On Border Security

February 11, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — The Republican U.S. House leadership can talk about securing the border first in its immigration principles released January 30, but actually accomplishing that security has barely begun despite ambitious government claims, a southern Arizona woman told The Wanderer. The woman, who lives close to the international line, is known to this writer but asked for anonymity. “Don’t use my name. The cartel would cut my head off,” she said in a February 2 interview. She spoke of continuing serious problems in her area because of massive illegal immigration that uses her Grand Canyon State as one of its major entry points. Her experiences reflect realities of border life that receive little if any attention when…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “What Is The Abortion Situation In South America?”

February 10, 2014 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 International Abortion Situation,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + South America has a strong Catholic heritage, and is relatively friendly toward preborn children. Four small countries, representing only five percent of the population of the continent, have abortion on demand laws or many exceptions that mean the same thing in practice. These are Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, and Uruguay. Chile, Paraguay, Suriname, and Venezuela all have laws that fully protect preborn children or allow for only a “life of the mother” exception. The remaining five nations…Continue Reading

The Eight-Hundred Pound Gorilla

February 9, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The “eight-hundred pound gorilla in the room” figure of speech is a familiar one. People use it to refer to an important problem that is left unaddressed when people offer solutions to issues of the day. I think it is a fitting metaphor for the millions of American minority students who will be left behind if the educational reforms favored by many conservatives — vouchers, tax credits, charter schools, magnet schools — were ever to be put in place. No question, the students who escape crime-ridden, non-functioning public schools through any of the above proposals will benefit greatly from attending their new school. But what of the families who want their children to escape the neighborhood…Continue Reading

McCain In Trouble? Try Ignoring It, Media Cheerleader Says

February 8, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — A tottering establishment does itself no good when it tries to ignore serious signs of discontent. But that’s what Arizona’s out-of-touch political class is counseling about the censures of Sen. John McCain that The Wanderer has been chronicling (on page 1 of the January 23 and February 6 issues). McCain turned stomachs here last year as radical Barack Obama’s “bromance” buddy. On January 11, at the annual general meeting of Maricopa County’s Republican precinct committeemen, McCain was censured by an overwhelming vote of 1,150 to 351. The censure resolution, acknowledging this was a drastic step, said that “until he consistently champions our party’s platform, we, the Republican leadership in Arizona, will no longer support, campaign…Continue Reading

The Ecumenical Fallacy

February 7, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO I have been in a discussion for a few years with a friend and former student of mine about his desire to enter the Catholic Church. A few things are holding him back, including his ministry in a small Christian church he calls “On Eagle’s Wing.” He ministers to people who come in off the street and find comfort in food, music, and fellowship. He was generous enough to invite me to give a talk to his group. At that time, twins were born to my middle son and his wife. I offered to talk about this blessed event, but my friend advised against it since it might offend the sensibilities of members of his congregation who…Continue Reading

Will Mobocracy Triumph In Ukraine?

February 6, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Despite our endless blather about democracy, we Americans seem to be able to put our devotion to democratic principles on the shelf, when they get in the way of our New World Order. In 2012, in the presidential election in Egypt, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood won in a landslide. President Obama hailed the outcome. One year later, the Egyptian army ousted and arrested Morsi and gunned down a thousand members of his brotherhood. The coup was countenanced by John Kerry who explained that the Egyptian army was “restoring democracy.” Comes now the turn of Ukraine. In 2010, Viktor Yanukovych, in what neutral observers called a free and fair election, was chosen president. His term…Continue Reading

Rolling Stone Or Solid Rock?

February 5, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By FR. DWIGHT LONGENECKER (Editor’s Note: Fr. Dwight Longenecker is an American who has spent most of his life living and working in England. He studied theology at Oxford University. He was eventually ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge, and a country parson on the Isle of Wight. Realizing that he and the Anglican Church were on divergent paths, in 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. He is the author of The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty. (The article is reprinted with permission from Aleteiaw, ww.aleteia.org, where it first appeared on January 30, 2014. All rights reserved.) +    +    + Pope…Continue Reading

Obsession

February 4, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO What does “obsession” mean? When Calvin Klein uses the term he is thinking of a perfume that “set the world on fire with its powerful sensuality” and “revolutionized the prestige fragrance business with its feverish intensity and irresistible appeal.” Mikhail Baryshnikov confessed: “Dancing is my obsession. My Life.” For Claude Monet, “Color is my day-long obsession, joy, and torment.” Eugene Delacroix saw obsession as continuingly drawing from a bottomless well: “What moves those of genius, what inspires their work is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.” At the same time, the dictionary defines “obsession” in terms of “addiction,” “fixation,” “mania,” “fetish,” and “hang-up.” Like…Continue Reading