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From Boating To Battlefield . . . Federalism A Forgotten Solution For Happier U.S.

May 25, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Maybe you can find a museum exhibit explaining the slightly remembered concept of federalism, unless it’s concealed like pornography under the counter, to avoid giving people bad ideas. Federalism was the founding philosophy that the individual states of the United States were free to go their own ways, discrete experiments in self-rule, subject to the limited demands of unity in one great, big country. That’s why, as one explanation of federalism says, each state has its own constitution. Poor federalism is dead, killed at the hands of centralizers, political power-grabbers, judicial over-steppers, and know-it-alls who define liberalism as the power to run everything for their own actual benefit and everyone else’s theoretical, but not actual,…Continue Reading

Big Brother Facebook?

May 24, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES Facebook has become a very important part of our lives for a few reasons, the first being that it is a great way to communicate with like-minded people across the entire world. For example, the pro-life movement has utilized social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter in effective ways to expose the Kermit Gosnell abortion horror case, which had been ignored by the liberal mainstream news media. Another terrific way pro-life warriors have capitalized on Facebook was when David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress released their undercover Planned Parenthood videos last year. If it hadn’t been for Facebook and YouTube, what are the chances that those videos would have so widely exposed the horrendous Planned…Continue Reading

Bathroom Edicts And The Depth Of Obama’s Disorder

May 23, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Barack Obama is even more determined than former President George W. Bush to get his goals with aggressive invasions. Bush mistakenly believed that overthrowing some foreign dictators would lead to a blooming of democracy in countries that he apparently regarded as not much different culturally than Iowa or Kansas, who just needed a better mayor in town. Despite his aversion to Bush’s example, Obama’s foreign policy kept the Mideast aflame as dictators toppled and wide instability followed. Reuters news service reported that Pope Francis referred to the phenomenon in his May 16 interview with the French Catholic newspaper La Croix. “As a Libyan said recently, ‘We used to have one Gaddafi, now we have 50,’ Francis said…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke . . . Says Pope’s Exhortation Must Be Read “Critically”

May 22, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JEANNE SMITS Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Below is an interview with Raymond Cardinal Burke by Jeanne Smits, Paris correspondent for LifeSiteNews, dated May 18. (Because of the length of the interview, we will publish it in two parts, with the second part appearing in next week’s issue. (LifeSiteNews graciously granted reprint permission to The Wanderer for this exclusive interview. All rights reserved.) + + + ROME (LifeSiteNews) — Two days after the Rome Life Forum in which he called faithful Catholics to be prepared to endure the “Martyrdom of Witness” for the sake of “the defense of human life and its cradle in the conjugal union of husband and wife,” I was privileged to obtain a personal interview with…Continue Reading

Transgender Bathrooms

May 21, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK There is a group of my former students from the mid-1960s that is active on Facebook. I enjoy following their comments. Many of them — who are now senior citizens — post material that is not what I would have expected, judging from their teenage personas. Some former Bronx “tough guys” are now sensitive types, posting those uplifting pictures and comments about kittens and family life that can be downloaded on the Internet. Others have found religion and a fondness for favorite prayers and devotions to the saints; others an interest in patriotic themes and nostalgic pictures of old neighborhoods in New York City. And there is one fellow who is now an ardent Bernie Sanders…Continue Reading

Trump Or Ryan: Who Speaks For GOP?

May 20, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “No modern precedent exists for the revival of a party so badly defeated, so intensely discredited, and so essentially split as the Republican Party is today.” Taken from The Party That Lost Its Head by Bruce Chapman and George Gilder, this excerpt, about Barry Goldwater’s defeat in 1964, led the May 12 column by E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post. Dionne is warning what could happen if the GOP perpetrates the political atrocity of nominating Donald Trump. For weeks now, the Post’s editorial page has sermonized about the “moral” obligation of all righteous Republicans to repudiate Trump. The Post’s solicitude for the well-being of the Republican Party is the stuff of legend. Yet it is a…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… How A Child’s First Holy Communion Can Change The World

May 19, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES MONTI The months of May and June could well be described as a veritable season of sacraments. For decades this has been a particularly popular time for the reception of First Holy Communion, Confirmation, priestly Ordinations, and weddings. These days of the Church year are planted thick with countless personal anniversaries of sacraments received. In a Church of a billion souls, this truly extraordinary event we call a sacrament has become so commonplace that we can easily lose sight of the enormity of what each sacrament confers. And there is always the possibility that the recipient of the sacrament will respond to the graces it bestows in such an exceptional way that he or she will ultimately change…Continue Reading

Passion Versus Love, Or Lust Versus Love

May 18, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By ALICE von HILDEBRAND “Even though you are still quite young, you must know that one of the classical sources of human suffering, if not tragedy, is related to love, or to what people believe to be such” (C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain). One of the most poignant expressions of this tragedy is to be found in Goethe’s masterpiece: Faust. A young and innocent girl is courted by a man of impressive knowledge, who convinces her that he loves her, cajoles her, showers her with gifts, and…robs her of her virginity. Pregnant, she is abandoned by her lover, murders her newborn child, and dies. There may not be very many flashy Dr. Fausts, but there are certainly very many…Continue Reading

Prof. Thomas Stark interviews His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke on ‘Amoris laetitia’

May 17, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

Posted on Fr. Z’s website today . . .  

What Would Cardinal Newman Say?

May 17, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK These can be difficult times for Catholics serious about their faith. We find beliefs that we once thought unassailable being questioned by theologians and members of the clergy, everything from our understanding of Christian marriage, to sexual identity, to the morality of abortion, to our understanding of Jesus’ role in salvation history. Stephen J. Pope and Richard R. Gaillardetz, professors of theology at Boston College, wrote an article for Commonweal in late February meant to soothe the nerves of Catholics disquieted in the above manner. Its relevance has been increased by the debates following upon Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The authors seek to throw light upon the assertion “doctrine can’t change.” They don’t challenge…Continue Reading