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The Threat Of Secular Humanism

January 13, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Should secular humanism be seen by Catholic parents and teachers as an ideology that Catholics can cooperate with for the betterment of society? At first glance, one might think so. Secular humanists tell us their goal is to make the world a better place by promoting peace and social justice. Catholics believe in those objectives. Then why not treat secular humanists as allies, and hope that our collaboration will lead them one day to appreciate the role that Jesus and His teachings play in making the world a better place? R.W.V. of Factoryville, Pa., argues it is a mistake to think of secular humanism in this manner. He writes, “Secular humanism is a worldview that leads…Continue Reading

Welfare Reform In Maine

January 12, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Everyone agrees that there are times when “tough love” is necessary, yet many of us back away from applying it when the time comes. We feel sorry for the lazy or misbehaving individuals and give them another chance. And one more chance. And one more chance — until we reach the breaking point and realize that our leniency is doing more harm than good. There is another angle to consider: the possibility that there are people who look the other way when friends or family members are experiencing difficulties in life, not because they think that doing so will coax their loved ones into solving their problems on their own, but because it will be inconvenient…Continue Reading

Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . (Part 2) Insights On The State Of The Church In The Aftermath Of The Ordinary Synod On The Family

January 11, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off
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By DON FIER Part 2 (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, recently traveled from Rome to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., a magnificent place of worship which he founded and dedicated. (His Eminence graciously granted an extensive interview to The Wanderer during which he shared his insights on a variety of topics, including the recently concluded Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family and his recommendations for how we should contend with the uncertainty and confusion that is currently prevalent among the clerical and lay faithful.) + + + Q. It appears that proposals are under consideration for decentralization in the hierarchical structure of…Continue Reading

Peer Pressure, Fear… Keep Dominant Media In Line As Admirers Of Abortion Clinic Clique

January 10, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN “You can’t say that!” may be a trademark command of political correctness, but there actually are some situations properly considered beyond debate. If a baby is about to crawl onto a busy street, who would say there needs to be extensive argument over whether protective action is needed, or even justified, before someone tries to save her life? The moral imperative to move fast generally is assumed, regardless of culture, belief, or social setting. On the other hand, what if someone in the crowd on the sidewalk tries to distract everyone else from this concrete emergency by diverting their attention until the street traffic has had time to mow down the baby? Moreover, what if this strange…Continue Reading

The Plight Of Today’s Catholic Families

January 9, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES As Catholic men, we are constantly reminded that St. Joseph is the greatest example of what it means to be both a husband and a father. Well, if any of us men lived under the same roof with both Jesus and the Blessed Mother, which one of us wouldn’t also be on our absolute best behavior? Of course, St. Joseph was a great man and I don’t mean to reduce him to the average man today — after all, he’s not only a saint, he’s the patron of the universal Church. What I am pointing out is that despite the example of this great saint and even though we are taught that husbands should love their wives…Continue Reading

African Pro-Lifer . . . To Warn S.F. Rally Of Obama’s “Path Of Destruction” For Her Continent

January 8, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN The U.S. Supreme Court didn’t seem to think it would be creating much of a legal ripple when it arbitrarily overthrew the abortion laws of all 50 states on January 22, 1973. Pro-abortionists expected that whatever opposition arose to its fiat would fade within a few years. The 7-2 majority opinions on that day, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, blundered along from fantasies to sheer ignorance to stupefying ignorance. Dissenting Justice Byron White said the court simply was exercising “raw judicial power.” By issuing its ruling in the dead of winter, the court at least had the seasons on its side, with the likelihood that should anyone later wish to demonstrate against Roe and Doe…Continue Reading

Winners & Losers: 2015

January 7, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Each year, The McLaughlin Group, the longest-running panel show on national TV, which began in 1982, announces its awards for the winners and losers and the best and the worst of the year. Rereading my list of 39 awardees suggests something about how our world is changing. As “Person of the Year” and “Biggest Winner,” the choice was easy, Donald Trump. American Pharoah, Triple Crown winner of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes, was my runner-up. But three selections tell another side of the story of Trump’s triumph. My “Biggest Loser” was the Republican establishment. As “Most Overrated,” I chose Republican governors as presidential candidates. As “Worst Politician,” I chose Jeb Bush, son…Continue Reading

God Won’t Fix This?

January 6, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK There are two lessons to be learned from the brouhaha that developed over the December 2 front-page headline in the Daily News, a onetime powerhouse New York City tabloid with a shrinking circulation. (The newspaper was bought several years ago by Mort Zuckerman, who transformed its editorial stance from what might be called blue-collar conservative to establishment liberal. The change may have gained Zuckerman the entrée he sought into the world of television talking heads — he is now a regular on The McLaughlin Group — but it did not help circulation.) The headline, written for the paper’s coverage of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino on December 2, read: “GOD ISN’T FIXING THIS.” Conservative critics…Continue Reading

How A Magisterial Document Was Manipulated At The Synod

January 5, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By FR. BRIAN W. HARRISON, OS On June 24, 2000, the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts (PCLT) issued a document of the utmost relevance to a controversy that is now profoundly disturbing the Catholic Church. Unfortunately, it is not at all well known. I refer to the PCLT’s “Declaration Concerning the Admission to Holy Communion of Faithful who are Divorced and Remarried.” (There is no Latin text of this document; the original was in Italian.) The main purpose of this document was to rebut and disallow a false interpretation of c. 915 of the Code of Canon Law. This canon states: “Those upon whom the penalty of excommunication or interdict has been imposed or declared, and others who persist in…Continue Reading

A Lighthouse In The Storm

January 4, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

The Wanderer is pleased this week to offer a powerful interview with His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke. This interview with His Eminence is truly a breath of fresh air in the aftermath of the fog of the synod. The climate in the Catholic Church in the past year has been one of confusion and uncertainty, especially regarding the Synod on the Family and the influence of the modernists within the Church at very high levels. We also face the relentless impact of our Godless secular culture and its accommodating media, which tell us our Church must change and conform to the times. His Eminence’s eloquent explanations of Church teaching on matters of marriage, conscience, catechesis, and his advice on how…Continue Reading