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Cardinal Burke . . . Reverent Liturgy Essential To Catholic College Education

June 5, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JUSTIN PETRISEK (Wanderer Editor’s Note: The Wanderer will have more coverage of Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 in its coming issues. Also, please see our website,, for conference updates from James Monti, who is reporting on the event. (Catholic Education Daily, an online publication of The Cardinal Newman Society, provided this article. Justin Petrisek is on the staff of CNS. All rights reserved.) + + + Properly and beautifully celebrated liturgy is essential to a Catholic college education, said Raymond Cardinal Burke, who headlined the June 2 Cardinal Newman Society event at Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 in New York City. “If in Catholic education the ultimate goal is to know Christ as deeply and as profoundly as possible, then…Continue Reading

Neither Freedom Nor Safety

June 4, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO In their continuous efforts to create the impression that the government is doing something to keep Americans safe, politicians in Washington have misled and lied to the public. They have violated their oaths to uphold the Constitution. They have created a false sense of security. And they have dispatched and re-dispatched 60,000 federal agents to intercept the telephone calls, text messages, and emails of all Americans all the time. In the process, while publicly claiming they only acquire identifying metadata — the time, date, location, duration, telephone numbers, and email addresses of communications — they have in fact surreptitiously gained access to the content of these communications. On June 1, one of the three claimed legal…Continue Reading

The Joyful Death Of Catholic Ireland

June 3, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES MATTHEW WILSON (Editor’s Note: This essay is reprinted with permission from Crisis Magazine []. All rights reserved. (James Matthew Wilson is associate professor of religion and literature in the Department of Humanities and Augustinian Traditions at Villanova University. He is the author of a chapbook of poems, Four Verse Letters [Steubenville: 2010] and of Timothy Steele: A Critical Introduction [Story Line: 2012], and a new collection of poems entitled The Violent and the Fallen [Finishing Line Press]. Readers can learn more about his writing at + + + Do you remember the joke about the Irish brewery worker who drowned in a vat of suds? “Poor Sean,” the new widow said upon learning her husband’s fate, “He…Continue Reading

Defending St. Thomas More . . . A Critique Of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall In Its Screen Adaptation

June 2, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES MONTI Part 1 (Editor’s Note: James Monti, the author of this two-part series, wrote The King’s Good Servant but God’s First: The Life and Writings of Saint Thomas More [San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1997].) + + + In a May 2012 interview, Hilary Mantel, author of the Tudor novel Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies, openly declared her view that “the Catholic Church is not an institution for respectable people.” (1) That, I suppose, would exclude from the ranks of respectable society myself and most of the readers of this column. It would also exclude from respectability about a billion of the Earth’s current inhabitants. If Mantel had said such a thing about almost any…Continue Reading

Jumping The Shark At Le Moyne

June 1, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK “Jumping the Shark” is a figure of speech used to denote a moment when an individual or institution — a television program, musical performer, politician, or advertising campaign, for example — does something so over-the-top that it signals a fatal weakness or loss of purpose that prevents people from taking the person or group seriously ever again. The idiom has its origins in a scene from the old television sitcom Happy Days, when the character Fonzie, in a ridiculous scenario, jumps over a shark while on water skis. You could tell the show’s writers were getting desperate. The show left the air not long afterward. I would argue that the “progressive” activists among the faculty and…Continue Reading

“The Pill Kills Truth”. . . ALL Campaign Set For June 6

May 31, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES “The subject about to be discussed is birth control. The words are not very proper, first of all, because those who believe in it actually believe neither in birth nor in control. Therefore, we shall never use the words again; they are finished” — Venerable Fulton Sheen. One thing that I have never understood, at least since I became involved in the pro-life movement full-time, is: How can you say that you are pro-life and not fight against contraception, mainly the Pill and other abortifacients? Contraception is the precursor to abortion. I don’t care if you are talking about actual abortifacients or condoms; anything that misdirects human sexuality and sexual behavior from what God intended it to…Continue Reading

But Some Good Omens . . . GOP Leaders Void Contract They Signed, Endorse Obama’s Blank Check

May 30, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN It’s supposed to be “the party of business,” but Republican Party leadership couldn’t seem to sell its way out of a wet paper bag. When customers aren’t buying, that should be a clue to change the product. However, GOP salesmen like the Senate’s Mitch McConnell and the House’s John Boehner insisted that signing with blind faith on the dotted line is a great deal. Don’t bother to read the fine print, said McConnell and Boehner. In fact, there’s no print to show the customers at all right now. Just trust that Barack Obama will deliver such a good buy later on with his international trade deal that everyone will be glad they inked away their jobs, incomes,…Continue Reading

Christian America

May 29, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “This is a Christian nation,” said the Supreme Court in 1892. “America was born a Christian nation,” echoed Woodrow Wilson. Harry Truman affirmed it: “This is a Christian nation.” But in 2009, Barack Hussein Obama begged to differ: “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.” Comes now a Pew Research Center survey that reveals the United States is de-Christianizing at an accelerated rate. Whereas 86 percent of Americans in 1990 identified as Christians, by 2007, that was down to 78 percent. Today only 7 in 10 say they are Christians. But the percentage of those describing themselves as atheists, agnostics, or nonbelievers has risen to 23. That exceeds the Catholic population and is only slightly…Continue Reading

Now A “Protected” Class . . . School Board Allows “Transgenders” To Use Facilities Of Opposite Sex

May 28, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Barack Obama’s administration trying to force “transgender” students into the lavatories and locker rooms of the opposite sex frighteningly demonstrates there’s no limit to the radical “transformation” of this nation planned by the morally corrupt president. If Republican presidential nominee John McCain in 2008 had warned that a vote for Democrat Obama would mean boys and girls soon invading each other’s bathrooms at school, McCain would have been forced to withdraw his candidacy amid hurricanes of media outrage. And many other voters would have been astonished at McCain making such an assertion. Yet Obama and his administrative thugs are doing precisely that now, yet liberal media look away benignly. Should Obama be forced off the public stage…Continue Reading

Fr. Fessio Weighs In . . . Why Did Pope Choose Homosexuality-Activist Priest For Pontifical Council?

May 27, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP, former master general of the Dominican order, isn’t unique among certain well-known, dissident Church figures whose cultivation of a “Spirit of Vatican II” far exceeds anything officially done by that council a half-century ago. Still, many faithful Catholics were dismayed by the May 16 announcement that Pope Francis chose Radcliffe as a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Once again the direction of the Church seemed up for grabs, rekindling an issue of uncertainty for both the 2014 and 2015 sessions of the Synod on the Family. The announcement by Vatican Radio indicated nothing controversial about Radcliffe’s reputation. It said: “Ordained in 1971, Fr. Timothy is a longtime friend and…Continue Reading