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The Price Of Generosity

April 25, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By ALICE von HILDEBRAND The two episodes related here are factual and teach us a noble lesson: Generosity has both its reward and its price. When the Germans brutally invaded Belgium on August 4, 1914, two young men closely bound by a deep friendship since their grammar school days were both immediately enlisted in the small but heroic Belgian army. One of them was married and his wife had recently given birth to a boy. The German invasion was of such brutality that it was even acknowledged by a German general: They had to win fast and the only road to immediate success was to crush the Belgian resistance delaying their entrance into France from the north not protected by…Continue Reading

Francis Cardinal George, RIP . . . A True Prince Of The Church

April 24, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PAUL LIKOUDIS (Editor’s Note: We welcome Paul Likoudis back to our pages for this commentary on Francis Cardinal George, OMI, whom Paul covered extensively as The Wanderer’s news editor. Paul continues his battle with cancer; the prayers and the support of Wanderer readers are greatly appreciated.) + + + Francis Cardinal George, OMI, archbishop of Chicago, died April 17 after a long battle with cancer. Appointed bishop of Yakima in 1990, archbishop of Portland, Ore., in 1996, and then archbishop of Chicago a year later, Cardinal George was the towering intellect in the U.S. episcopacy, and a prelate whom Pope St. John Paul II could rely on to reorient the Church in Chicago with its notoriously “independent” clergy and…Continue Reading

Of Cabbages And Kings

April 23, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK “The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: “Of shoes — and ships — and sealing wax — M“Of cabbages — and kings.” + + + The political and media elites are aghast over the possibility that an Indiana baker might refuse to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage. What do you think they would say if a baker refused to bake a cake with a “Little Black Sambo” or Nazi storm trooper theme for an Aryan supremacist couple? It strikes me that the most vexing thing about watching Hillary Clinton lie about her email server and Barack Obama lie about the IRS scandals, is that you can tell that…Continue Reading

What Is Life Becoming For Us?. . . California Pols Call For Pioneer Fr. Serra To Be Exiled

April 22, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Hundreds of feet above the streets, the urban northern California reader at the breakfast table opened her San Francisco Chronicle the morning of January 23 to see an opinion column, including a photo of a stern-looking friar’s face, that covered a half-page and was headlined, “Serra an oppressor — not a saint.” Eighteenth century Franciscan friar Junipero Serra, it said, had imposed “devastating losses” on the land’s indigenous peoples due to his colonial system. “Under Serra’s leadership, a first generation of mission Indians began to create the vast wealth of California through forced residence and labor in the mission,” wrote Lisbeth Haas, a history professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is Spanish for…Continue Reading

Cooperating With Obama . . . Can Put Church Charities Under His Immoral Control

April 21, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN The problems of the U.S. Catholic Church trying to act as a welfare agency for an aggressively secularist government were spotlighted by a news release from the equally secularist and aggressive American Civil Liberties Union. It’s an unfortunately familiar scenario of Church bureaucrats entangling themselves with big government in pursuit of their own goals, then discovering anti-religious tentacles grasping for control. The Wanderer asked four Catholics for their observations regarding ACLU demands that Catholic charitable agencies ensure access to “reproductive health services” for illegal immigrant minors. The Catholics responded with doubt that Church workers or even bishops would stand up strongly to defend Church moral requirements. In addition, an attorney at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops…Continue Reading

Catholic School Teachers As Ministers: All Catholic School Teachers?

April 20, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Many of those who are protesting Archbishop Cordileone’s “morality clause” for teachers in San Francisco’s diocesan schools are the usual suspects, left-wing activists with an anti-Catholic agenda. The clause, as widely reported, requires that employees of the diocesan schools “conform their hearts, minds and consciences, as well as their public and private behavior, ever more closely to the truths taught by the Catholic Church” on moral matters such as “adultery, masturbation, fornication, the viewing of pornography and homosexual relations” and “the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.” The protesters, in an online petition with 5,000 signatures, contend that this requirement would “create a repressive environment in which not only dissent,…Continue Reading

Hillary’s Gender Politics

April 19, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES One thing about having bad government is that it makes for good talk radio and punditry. On my drive home recently, I was listening to conservative radio favorite Mark Levin, and while I don’t necessarily subscribe to everything Levin says, I must say that he nailed it when he covered Hillary Clinton’s official announcement that she is running for president. Levin pointed out how much Hillary Clinton talks about how the country is ready for a woman president and how often Clinton likes to use that tired old crutch of being a woman as if that were the only reason to vote for her. It’s pure and simple gender politics for the simple-minded. Since when does gender…Continue Reading

The Obama Doctrine

April 18, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN At the Summit of the Americas where he met with Raul Castro, the 83-year-old younger brother of Fidel, President Obama provided an insight into where he is taking us, and why: “The United States will not be imprisoned by the past — we’re looking to the future. I’m not interested in having battles that frankly started before I was born.” Obama was not yet born when Fidel rolled into Havana, January 1, 1959. He was one year old during the missile crisis. His mother belonged to a 1960s generation that welcomed the Cuban Revolution. His father came from an African generation that won independence from the European empires. Churchill’s bust may have resided in the Oval…Continue Reading

An Open Letter To His Holiness Pope Francis

April 16, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

   Given the controversy and confusion surrounding the 2014 Synod on the Family, the staff of The Wanderer and its supporters thought it appropriate to address Pope Francis with an open letter (letter follows below) appealing for clarification from His Holiness on those matters which are causing great concern for both clergy and laity. In an age when Catholics and other Christians alike have been fighting the forces that are out to destroy the traditional family, clear and concise clarification from His Holiness is needed more than ever. We remind our readers that The Wanderer has always been faithful to the Magisterium and will continue to be, for without Peter there is no Church. Catholic doctrine does not and cannot…Continue Reading