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

April 6, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can Mercy Stand Alone?

March 31, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO There can be no question that mercy is a beautiful virtue and that it is an attribute of God. It is also a virtue that is urgently needed in our sinful and broken world. At the same time, it is important to note that it is not the only virtue and not the only attribute of God. Dionysius, in his classic work On the Divine Names, includes Holiness, Beauty, Goodness, Light, Omnipotence, and other names to represent God. God is also love, justice, wisdom, and truth. For St. Francis even courtesy is an attribute of God (La cortesia è una proprietà di Dio). Pope Francis’ new book, A Year of Mercy with Pope Francis: Daily Reflections, is…Continue Reading

Luther 1517-2017 . . . Five Hundred Years Of Heresy And Doctrinal Confusion

March 30, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 4 (Editor’s Note: This is the fourth installment in a series by Wanderer contributor Raymond de Souza on Henry VIII’s book defending the seven sacraments against Martin Luther. De Souza edited this updated version of Henry’s work, which is presented to readers in this series. (This series will appear on a regular basis, as space allows.) + + + Preface by James Cardinal Gibbons, archbishop of Baltimore, written for the 1907 edition of Henry VIII’s Defence of the Seven Sacraments Against Martin Luther: “The Assertio Septem Sacramentorum, or Defence of the Seven Sacraments, by Henry VIII, King of England and ‘Defender of the Faith,’ is a rare, royal, Catholic book. It is rare, inasmuch…Continue Reading

The Saint Nobody Wanted

March 29, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By RAY CAVANAUGH In his day, Benedict Joseph Labre was considered too eccentric to gain admission to any religious order. He is now a patron saint of beggars, the homeless, and the rejected. April 16 is his feast day. The eldest of 15 children in a well-to-do merchant family, Labre was born on March 25, 1748, in northern France. He is described as a quiet, contemplative youth with an amiable disposition but also a touch of sadness. His parents, who wanted at least one of their sons to become a clergyman, supported his early ecclesiastic ambitions. As a teenager, he moved to live with his uncle, a parish priest, who educated him in Latin and the Scripture. When he wasn’t…Continue Reading

Ohio Priory . . . Seeking Young Women To Draw Closer To God Through Cloistered Life

March 28, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Aspiring nuns may not go through quite as drastic a change in life as did the religious superior and novice mistress of a new priory project in eastern Ohio, but they still step into an entirely different world as they seek to draw closer to God. “I’ve always been in my heart and my mind that I wanted to live for God,” said Mother Benedykta during a March 18 telephone interview from the Woodsfield, Ohio, priory for the Discalced Paulicrucian Nuns of the Primitive Observance, located in the Diocese of Steubenville. She spoke with The Wanderer as part of her recruitment efforts to reach young women to consider a vocation with her community ( Raised in a…Continue Reading