Monday 10th December 2018

Home » Frontpage » Currently Reading:

Church Bureaucrats’ Bad Faith . . . Allows Anti-Kavanaugh Dems To Move Far From Their Morals

October 1, 2018 Frontpage No Comments


National Democrats and their allies grew increasingly incredible in attacking President Trump’s Catholic Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh because, at the heart of their animosity, they feared his being pro-life. Strange but true that their virulent attachment to abortion arose in a political party with Catholic sympathies not so far in the past.
However, various Catholic Church bureaucrats and bishops let those ties grow dim in recent decades even while the secular radicals who call the party’s tune today asserted themselves ever more forcefully within Democrat structures.
Kavanaugh emerged intact from his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings in early September despite pro-abortion troops’ babbling efforts to damage him. Only after the time for presenting the evidence on Kavanaugh had passed did mystery allegations start exploding, supposedly from decades ago, that significantly delayed the committee’s vote to send the nomination to the full Senate.
People suddenly were told he’d been an attempted teenage rapist who threatened a female teenager, he was a drunken young sexual assailant, he was involved with a rape gang. Somehow none of this had been uncovered before, not even by FBI investigations as an older Kavanaugh ascended to a job at the White House then a federal judgeship.
When Democrats tried to stop conservative Clarence Thomas’s confirmation to the High Court in 1991, when they were in the Senate majority, they went no further than accusations of sexual harassment. After they helped degrade the culture in subsequent years, harassment no longer seemed a sufficiently strong accusation to them against Kavanaugh.
It was only on the eve of Kavanaugh potentially becoming the historic fifth pro-life vote on the High Court, which could undo the unconstitutional Roe v. Wade, that this hysteria went full throttle, after earlier opposition fell short.
On September 26 CNN reported there now were five different sexual allegations against Kavanaugh. A Senate hearing was scheduled for the following day, September 27, when this hardcopy issue of The Wanderer went to press, to take testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, the first accuser named after Kavanaugh’s original hearings concluded.
Liberal Democrat Ford and her activist attorneys had delayed her appearance in what Kavanaugh’s supporters saw as part of a strategy to forestall his confirmation, in hopes that potential Democrat victories in the November elections would bring an end to his nomination.
Events including the September 27 hearing will appear in next week’s hardcopy Wanderer.
Expressing its own editorial opinion on September 21, the Washington Examiner easily identified the real reason for the furor over Kavanaugh. The Supreme Court has too much power over Americans’ lives, and liberals see Kavanaugh successfully being confirmed as tipping the balance against their imposing their personal political preferences on U.S. society.
“A healthy republic wouldn’t have this problem,” the Examiner said, “because a healthy republic wouldn’t have nine judges acting as absolute oligarchs. The courts have become legislators and dictators of social policy. What freedoms you have are determined not by elected officials responsible to voters, but by unelected lawyers serving in lifetime appointments.
“. . . Outrageous rulings like Roe v. Wade that find no grounding in the Constitution but merely in the policy preferences of activist judges have poisoned the well,” the Examiner added.
And under the headline, “It’s Not Kavanaugh. It’s Roe,” writer Jennifer Hartline posted at The Stream site on September 20, “They don’t hate Brett Kavanaugh because of anything he may have done over 30 years ago. Any transgression can be forgiven if fervent devotion to abortion is manifest.”
Opposition to permissive abortion not only had been basic American law but also historic fundamental Catholic doctrine, recognizing a defenseless innocent life was threatened. After pro-abortion radicals began pushing into the culture beginning in the 1960s, many responsible Church officials subsequently failed to affirm the importance of what was at stake.
A key instance of this was Catholic politicians’ reception of the Eucharist, which was the summit of a Catholic’s daily or weekly life, physically uniting the recipient to the very Body and Blood of Christ, the Son of God. Canon law clearly taught that those “who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”
An egregious instance of this would be a Catholic politician routinely defending or promoting the heinous crime of permissive destruction of preborn infants. Yet episcopal reluctance grew against applying this rule, much less enforcing it strongly. This seemed to be another example of the effect of cultural leftism that was reborn in the 1960s.
So the U.S. Catholic Church moved from a point where personal moral obligations widely were taken seriously to where defying and scorning them became the norm for Democrat officials and their allies still calling themselves “Catholic.”
Conservative Republican political consultant Constantin Querard told The Wanderer on September 24 that “the failures of the Church to hold accountable radical elements of the Democrat Party, who often campaigned as Catholics, is not unique to the Church, but is nevertheless its responsibility. Silence in the face of immorality encourages and breeds greater immorality.”
Querard said that although he’s not Catholic, “we continue to attend a Catholic church and all three of my kids went to school there.”
He told The Wanderer that “I continue to have fairly strong opinions on the failure of the Catholic Church (and others) to provide moral leadership on a host of issues, including abortion, marriage, illegal immigration, abusive priests, etc. It doesn’t appear that they are unrelated but rather there is a domino effect that leads from one to the next.
“Too often the primary concern appears to be the collection plate instead of being the one place where the moral compass points True North regardless of the pressures or fashions of the day or year,” Querard continued.
“God is great, but the Church is led by mortal men with all of the usual failings that mortal men possess.
“That doesn’t excuse those in charge from punishing those responsible and removing them from positions of authority (or from the clergy altogether), but it does leave a great deal of doubt in one’s mind that the Church will ever get right with its own declared positions,” Querard said. “A rather depressing thought.”
Rob Haney, a Catholic and retired chairman of the Phoenix-based Maricopa County Republican Party, told The Wanderer on September 26 that political “progressivism” has a way of diluting an organization’s principles.
“It seems axiomatic to me that the farther a ‘progressive ideology’ penetrates an established organization, the less the organization adheres to its founding principles,” Haney said. “It follows then that it is less likely for the hierarchical leadership to have the discipline required to enforce their founding doctrine.
“And so it is that since the bishops and bureaucracy of the Catholic Church absorb and promote many of the Democrat Party platform planks, the doctrine of the Eucharist takes second place,” he said. “The bishops lack the discipline to deny the Eucharist and thereby call attention to unrepentant pro-abortion politicians. Ah, but they keep the largess big government sends their way to advance the progressive agenda.”
Haney also noted that while Church bureaucrats take liberal political positions, they didn’t come to the defense of fellow Catholic Kavanaugh.
“As another example,” he said, “the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Vatican, populated by leftists in clerical garb, loudly promote the global warming hoax, illegal immigration, the homosexual agenda, the Islamic Caliphate, no death penalty, and the minimum wage.
“But have you noticed how quickly they lost their tongues when it came to defending a devout, pro-life, strict constitutional constructionist, Catholic nominee to the Supreme Court? Judge Kavanaugh deserves a forceful defense from the bishops against these insidious, fabricated attacks by progressive Democrats, many of them purporting to be Catholic,” he said.
“I rhetorically ask,” Haney said, “any guesses as to why the bishops are holding their collective tongues?”

Regurgitating Allegations

National radio talkmeister Rush Limbaugh told his listeners on September 26 that he was revising his earlier opinion that if Kavanaugh failed to be confirmed, Republicans will lose congressional control in November’s elections.
That opinion was predicated on the belief GOP leaders would cave in, allowing Kavanaugh to lose and thereby angering Republican voters, Limbaugh said. But if the judge is defeated because of the appalling tactics used against him, the voter blowback will be against Democrats.
Under the headline “Study: TV News Is Rigged Against Brett Kavanaugh,” the conservative Media Research Center’s “NewsBusters” reported on September 26 that over a 12-day period, ABC, CBS, and NBC television morning and evening news spent nearly six hours “regurgitating various unproved allegations against the Supreme Court nominee.”
While most coverage advanced the narrative against the judge, NewsBusters said, only eight percent of it “has been devoted to Kavanaugh’s denials and the lack of corroboration for his accusers’ accounts.”
The Washington Examiner posted a warning on September 26, recalling where the left-wing’s ferocity against a conservative Republican judicial nominee led in the past.
President George W. Bush had nominated Miguel Estrada to the D.C. Circuit Court, the Examiner said, but Democrats managed to defeat him with pretexts although their real, racist reason was to prevent a Latino from succeeding as a Republican.
The attack was quarterbacked by Dem Senators Charles Schumer, of New York, and Harry Reid, of Nevada.
The Examiner cited The New Yorker magazine on the result: “During the confirmation struggle, Estrada’s wife miscarried; in November 2004, she died, of an overdose of alcohol and sleeping pills. The death was ruled accidental by the medical examiner. (Karl) Rove said that Mrs. Estrada had been traumatized by the nastiness of the process.”
Beware, said the Examiner: “Politics today look toxic. If Democrats defeat Kavanaugh simply by lobbing uncorroborated accusations, Washington politics will become hell.”

Share Button

2017 The Wanderer Printing Co.

Twitter Feed

#Apple CEO Tim Cook took the mask off & said
They use Liberal Values to decide what content to censor

They once fought Big Brother
Now they & the rest of Big Tech
Are the #ThoughtPolice

Interview With Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke . . . The Faithful Are Suffering…But Schism Can Never Be Right -

Load More...

Pro-LGBT priest promotes ‘rainbow’ rosary with prayers for ‘full acceptance’ of gay couples

December 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-LGBT Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin is promoting on social media a rosary with “rainbow” beads for one of the decades which are to be used, the rosary’s creators say, to pray for the “full…Continue Reading

Archbishop Viganò denies claims he defrauded his brother

ROME, December 3, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò today has denied claims he defrauded his brother, and has sought to clarify an October court ruling ordering him to pay his brother €1.8 million in inheritance. Many believe the ruling is being…Continue Reading

Vatican’s former doctrine chief: ‘LGBT’ has ‘no place’ in Church documents

VATICAN CITY, November 21, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – An influential cardinal says that pro-homosexual terminology such as “LGBT” has no place in the documents of the Roman Catholic Church. In a recent interview with LifeSiteNews, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, formerly the Prefect of the…Continue Reading


PHILADELPHIA ( – After Cdl. Donald Wuerl spearheaded a $25 million grant to the Vatican earlier this year through the Papal Foundation, sources confirm the money remains unaccounted for, the Rome hospital designated as beneficiary apparently never having received the grant. Sources also confirm Wuerl…Continue Reading

Cardinal guilty of covering up sex abuse addresses US bishops’ conference

BALTIMORE, November 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A cardinal barred from public ministry since 2013 as a result of his systematic cover-up of sex abuse spoke at the U.S. Bishops’ General Assembly in Baltimore Tuesday, telling the bishops they “need to lead by witness.” In…Continue Reading

US bishops consider asking Pope Francis to release McCarrick documents

BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will consider officially asking Pope Francis to release any documents related to alleged serial sexual abuser Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. The motion was made from the…Continue Reading

U.S. Catholic Bishops Meet in the Shadow, Still, of Clergy Sex Abuse

This weekend, the Catholic bishops of the United States gather in Baltimore ahead of their three-day annual general assembly, which opens Monday. By coincidence, it will be 16 years exactly since their session in 2002, when they met to amend…Continue Reading

The Synodal Church

Antonio Spadaro, SJ – Carlos Galli Forty years ago, Jesuit Father Arij Roest Crollius wrote: “What is so new about inculturation?”[1] His reflection was a milestone in the understanding of that word and in welcoming a concept at the heart of…Continue Reading

National network of Catholic church leaders told to preserve all communications

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has asked the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to preserve all electronic and paper documents in case other federal prosecutors need to look into accusations of sexual assault against current…Continue Reading

Cdl. Burke ‘strongly’ endorses new virtue education program for young people

October 26, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the Church’s most outspoken defenders of life, marriage, and family, has “strongly” endorsed a new virtue education program for children. “Alive to the World” is a continuous, story-based virtues/values program. Much…Continue Reading

Pittsburgh wants to revoke Chick-fil-A’s sponsorship of kids event over Christian marriage views

PITTSBURGH, October 24, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – America’s most successful Christian food chain may be driven out of a children’s community event in Pittsburgh over the owners’ Christian-based view of marriage and homosexuality, if the Pittsburgh City Council has its way.…Continue Reading

Australian bishop touts women’s ordination: ‘transformation of priesthood’ is underway

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, October 23, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – An Australian bishop recently told priests that admitting women to the priesthood in the Church’s current state of affairs would be like pouring new wine into old wine skins, but that a “transformation…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for 150 years in our weekly print edition.

  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 150 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love


  By DON FIER (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. This is part one of the…Continue Reading


Today . . .

Cdl. Burke: ‘Synodality’ suggests some kind of ‘new church’ where pope’s authority is destroyed

LIMERICK, Ireland, (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke has come out criticizing the concept of “synodality” that was barely discussed during the recently concluded “Youth Synod,” but, nevertheless, found its way into the final document, surprising many of the Synod Fathers. “It’s become like a slogan, meant to suggest some kind of new church which is democratic and in which the authority of the Roman Pontiff is relativized and diminished—if not destroyed,” said Card

Facebook unblocks image of Santa kneeling before Baby Jesus after LifeSite report goes viral

December 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Facebook is no longer censoring an image of Santa Claus kneeling before the Baby Jesus that it had deemed “violent or graphic content” after a report on LifeSiteNews about the matter went viral yesterday. Facebook had obscured the picture, explaining that the “photo was automatically covered so you can decide if you want to se

Pro-LGBT Catholic prof: Many German bishops don’t believe homosexual acts are wrong

December 5, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic German ethics professor calls Cardinal Müller’s recent remarks on homosexuality “unbearable” and claims that, just as the Church’s teaching on the death penalty has changed, the teaching on homosexuality is also open to change. Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), has been under constant sharp criticism since his 21 November interview with LifeSiteNews, in whi

Cardinal accuses EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo of attacking Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY, December 3, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier has come out swinging against EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo, accusing him of reporting “negatively” on as well as “attack[ing]” Pope Francis. The former Archbishop of Durban tweeted last night that Arroyo was like a “throwback” to Northern Ireland’s most notorious anti-Catholic “Ian Paisley & his ilk.” “The World Over” hosted by Raymond A

Taxpayer dollars help California Planned Parenthood surpass record high income level

November 30, 2018 (American Life League) – For the first time in the history of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, one of its 56 affiliates documented that its annual income surpassed $100 million. The affiliate is Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, headquartered in San Jose, California. In its latest official document (Federal Form 990) filed with the federal government, PPMM reported that in the fiscal year, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, it had a…Continue Reading


Will Paris Riots Scuttle Climate Accord?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In Katowice, Poland, all the signers of the 2015 Paris climate accord have gathered to assess how the world’s nations are meeting their goals to cut carbon emissions. Certainly, the communications strategy in the run-up was impressive. In October came that apocalyptic UN report warning that the world is warming faster…Continue Reading

Amid Veto Threat… Ohio “Heartbeat Abortion” Bill Nears Senate Vote

COLUMBUS (CNA/EWTN News) — The Ohio Senate was expected to pass legislation banning abortion on an unborn baby after he or she has a heartbeat, and there could be enough votes to override Gov. John Kasich’s promised veto, amid questions over whether the proposal could withstand U.S. Supreme Court scrutiny. Republicans control the Senate with…Continue Reading

Eleventh Circuit Court Of Appeals . . . EWTN Wins Lawsuit Over HHS Contraception Mandate

IRONDALE, Ala. (EWTN) — Following a legal battle that has lasted nearly seven years, EWTN Global Catholic Network has prevailed in its lawsuit against the U.S. government over what has become known as the “HHS Contraception Mandate.” In an order by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit published Thursday, November 29, 2018,…Continue Reading

Major Companies Take Action Against Porn

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Across the country, several major companies are taking action against pornography use. Tumblr, Starbucks, Comcast, and multiple hotel chains have all taken steps to reduce pornography access within their respective industry. These decisions come during a time of increasing awareness over the harms of pornography. “Companies are quickly realizing the harms of…Continue Reading

Marie Stopes International Is No Friend Of Africa

By DEBORAH M. PIROCH (Editor’s Note: Deborah M. Piroch is the PR director for Human Life International. HLI posted this article at their website,, on November 30. It is reprinted here with permission.) + + + FRONT ROYAL, Va. — HLI is delighted that the government of Kenya has banned Marie Stopes International (MSI)…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

The Authority Of Bishops… Can A Catholic Resist A Wrong Teaching Of His Bishop?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 In the two previous articles we have learned from great Catholic theologians that a layman can resist a wrong decision of a bishop and even of the Bishop of Rome — the Pope. But — and this “but” is very important — wouldn’t such a resistance go against the teaching on papal infallibility?…Continue Reading

The Theological Virtues — Faith

By DON FIER As we transitioned last week from a lengthy treatment of the four cardinal virtues (and a brief overview of sanctifying grace) to the theological virtues, emphasis was given to the fittingness of the term “theological” (as derived from the Greek Theos and logos), for these virtues have God Himself as their Author, motive, and direct object. “Infused…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. For the benefit of those who do not have a computer or library access, could you please give us a list of the Doctors of the Church? I have a book entitled 33 Doctors of the Church, but I think some have been added since that book was published. — B.W., Florida. A. Doctor of the Church is a…Continue Reading

Interview With Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke . . . The Faithful Are Suffering…But Schism Can Never Be Right


By PEGGY MOEN (Editor’s Note: This interview took place in Rome on October 22, 2018, the Feast of St. John Paul II, during the final week of the October 3-28 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment and before its conclusion. See The Wanderer, November 1, 2018, p. 1 for an article based on this interview.) + +…Continue Reading

God’s Providence Is Perfect

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday Of Advent (YR C) Readings: Baruch 5:1-9 Phil. 1:4-6, 8-11 Luke 3:1-6 In the second reading today, St. Paul states his confidence that the One who “began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” This can certainly be applied in a variety of situations, for…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . Blessed Maria Virgo

By CAROLE BRESLIN When I visited my aunt in St. Louis, Mo., we would visit the basilicas, the museums, and other places of interest. She had many sites near her that were particularly special to her, such as her parish, The Little Flower, in Richmond Heights. In addition, she described a place where she frequently went for eucharistic adoration at…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Raphael Kalinowski

By CAROLE BRESLIN There are many terms we use in our language which are clichés. We hear people say that somebody “kicked the bucket,” meaning that he has died, or “I’ll send you to outer Mongolia,” meaning that they will ship you so far away no one will find you. Fr. Kalinowski not only went to a place just north…Continue Reading