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Hugo Black, a racist Democrat, joined the Ku Klux Klan shortly after successfully defending the murderer of James E. Coyle, a Catholic priest. Black built his winning Senate campaign around multiple appearances at KKK meetings across Alabama. He kept his membership secret until he was confirmed as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.
“I would have joined any group if it helped get me votes,” he said later [Black’s portrait still hangs in the halls of the Supreme Court in Washington].
Big Brother, call your office: A California state senator wants to punish people who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns.” So if you refuse to refer to a man as “her,” the Thought Police will take you to the Ministry of Love. We recall that in the ministry’s Room 101, Winston was tortured until he said that two plus two equals five. How much torture could we tolerate before we are willing to call Joe Joanne?
“Racism remains the pre-eminent sin of not only our nation, but also of our church,” said Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn. “We in the United States have our own particular original sin. It is called racism.” But racism hasn’t killed millions of black babies since 1973 — abortion has. Well, abortion is apparently too controversial. Mentioning it might offend New York’s avidly pro-abortion Catholic governor, Andrew Cuomo.
San Domenico, the oldest Catholic school in California, has decided to remove some of its Catholic statues. The school board explains: The majority of its student body is not Catholic and the school desires to be “inclusive.” Is this where the bishops want to take the “inclusive” American Church?
New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both 100 percent pro-abortion New York Democrats, announced last week a $1,099,854 federal grant for the Catholic Charities Diocese of Rochester. Our bishops support Schumer’s welfare-state agenda and, in return, they get some scraps left under the table. What brave prelate will tell these pols that our good name and gratitude aren’t for sale?
Left-wing terrorist group Antifa and its ideological allies among the elites call to mind the Jacobins during the French Revolution who also guillotined thousands of statues — of the saints.
According to the USCCB, bishops have never investigated why over 30 million Catholics have left the pews since Vatican II. Is it because our shepherds don’t want to know? Or do they know already, but don’t want to tell us?
After sliming, vilifying, threatening, slandering, and otherwise venting their spleens at the president, the media have run out of epithets. Suddenly they’re offended that Trump is criticizing them! Why, he must be a Nazi!
A local pastor observes: The roots of racism are twofold: 1) the denial of original sin, and 2) teaching evolution in our schools.
The “swagger factor” in Washington can often be openly vicious: Every person cavalierly subpoenaed by the Special Prosecutor’s witch hunt is forced to hire a criminal defense attorney. These days that can cost $50,000 — for openers. That can mean second mortgages and, alas, even broken marriages for many innocent people. But the lawyers love it.
Folks in the heartland pay little attention to the media’s left-wing screamers, but bear in mind that every office on Capitol Hill has all the “fake news” channels turned on all the time. Trump has a spine of steel, but many of those members and staffers — even in conservative offices — tremble at the thought of their boss being criticized on TV. For these innocents, the media is still Walter Cronkite.
The percentage of history majors today is half of what it was in the 1960s. History is too hard and humbling. Colleges dutifully fill in the vacuum with “PC For Snowflakes, 101.”
English lit is also too hard. Shakespeare, Chaucer, Donne, Milton — Dead White Males! However, hundreds of new “creative writing” programs are appearing at failing colleges, and students are rushing to the programs.
Why? All their lives, Snowflakes have been told to “feel good about themselves.” “Great Job!” “Everybody gets a prize!” Studying great writers is so demeaning! And all those big words! Better to let the whiners wallow in their ignorance, “creatively.”
Speaking of creativity: Graduate teaching assistants who are assigned to teach Freshman English Composition at one major university are not allowed to correct spelling and grammar.
Pass out crayons for four years, charge the little dears a hundred grand, and proclaim them graduated.
Virtually all the major leaders of EU countries are childless, and their subjects follow suit. Europe’s demographic winter is now irreversible.
Meanwhile, Turkey’s budding dictator Sultan Recep Erdogan gives stern orders: Turks living in Turkey must have at least three children. Turks living in the EU must have at least five.
In India, those government employees who have a third child are fired. Meanwhile, a Catholic obstetrician in India tells The Wanderer that in Punjab (close to Islamic Pakistan), Hindu families are having two children, while Muslim families are having five.
The government of overwhelmingly Catholic Chile has for the first time approved abortion “in certain cases.” Coincidentally, the Vatican announced that Chile’s rabidly pro-abortion president, Michelle Bachelet, will be a featured speaker at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences’ “Health of People, Health of Planet and Our Responsibility: Climate Change, Air Pollution, and Health” conference on November 2.
Former Vice-President Joe Biden writes: “We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation.” Biden, a pro-abortion Catholic, has no problem with the strident announcement of the head of the Democrat National Committee that all Democrat candidates must support abortion on demand.

The False Narrative

The left’s Charlottesville narrative is unraveling. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a pro-abortion Catholic, caused the confrontation when he ordered that demonstrators who had a legal permit to be herded into an area occupied by the violent Antifa mob that had gathered illegally nearby.
Meanwhile, after the violence, Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer wrote a nine-page “privileged and confidential” memo blaming City Manager Maurice Jones and Police Chief Al Thomas — all Democrats — for the disaster. Needless to say, the “secret” memo was immediately leaked. A City Council meeting on August 21 erupted in chaos as residents demanded Mayor Signer’s resignation, as well as an independent investigation of the city’s role in causing the violence.
The Desperate Democrat Party, however, ignores the Charlottesville facts and continues the false narrative, defending the Marxist “Antifa” goons and branding President Trump a “racist.” Meanwhile, Gov. McAuliffe is reassessing his plans to run against President Trump in 2020, given the unlovely revelations contained in the Democrat mayor’s secret memo.
The U.S. “opposition media” continue to ignore the attacks by Islamic terrorists occurring throughout the European Union. Muslims “have already succeeded in significantly expanding into Europe and America, where they quickly establish their own exclusive enclaves,” writes Jesuit Fr. James V. Schall.
“All branches of Islam, moreover, think the world ought to be Muslim. The only controversy, and not a very vigorous one at the moment, concerns what means to use for this purpose: war, numbers, or both — and both are sanctioned by the Koran.”
And, lastly: Jeffrey Riegel, of Port Republic, N.J., passed away in August at the age of 56 after a battle with cancer. Riegel was an avid football fan. His obituary reads, “He requested to have eight Philadelphia Eagles as pallbearers so the Eagles can let him down one last time.”

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Popular priest disinvited from Catholic University’s seminary after protests over his LGBT book

The Rev. James Martin, a popular priest who published a book earlier this year encouraging a bridge between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church, has been disinvited from giving an address at Catholic University’s seminary. Martin, who was planning…Continue Reading

Latin Mass fans celebrate 10-year anniversary _ without pope

Fans of the old Latin Mass descended on Rome on Thursday for their annual pilgrimage, facing indifference to their cause, if not outright resistance, from none other than Pope Francis. Ten years after Pope Benedict XVI passed a law allowing greater use of…Continue Reading

Pro-gay Vatican adviser gets Catholic group suspended from Twitter

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A faithful Catholic lay apostolate was suspended by Twitter last week after Vatican adviser Father James Martin complained about a tweet that teasingly stated the pro-gay Jesuit had been bested in a theological…Continue Reading

Durbin, Feinstein and Catholic judges

Washington is currently embroiled in one of its “gotcha” controversies, which often arise when minor missteps are blown into major crimes. It’s a game both parties and a variety of activists play whenever they see political advantage in it. The…Continue Reading

Pope issues new directives on revision, translation of liturgical texts

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2017 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See has released a new “motu proprio” from Pope Francis outlining a shift in the responsibility of local bishops and the Apostolic See for the revision and approval…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke ‘treasured’ work with deceased dubia Cardinal to oppose ‘gravely harmful confusion’

ROME, September 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke paid tribute today to fellow dubia signer Cardinal Carlo Caffarra on his passing after a long illness. In a statement to LifeSiteNews, Burke said he was “deeply saddened” by the 79-year-old’s…Continue Reading

Some Personal Reflections on the Late Cardinal Caffarra

As Steve Skojec reported this morning, our beloved Cardinal Carlo Caffarra died today, in Italy. Our hearts are broken over this news since he was such a lovable and charitable and truthful man for us. Just to know that he was out…Continue Reading

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of Day of Prayer Proclamation

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Americans have always come to the aid of their fellow countrymen.  Friend helping friend, neighbor helping neighbor, stranger helping stranger — we’ve seen it perhaps more so than at any time, so vividly at…Continue Reading

Bishop Schneider: The Pope who ‘seems to’ permit adultery bears a ‘grave responsibility’

POLAND, August 31, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia “seems to” go in the direction of a pastoral “discernment” that “allows the adulterers to continue in adultery,” says Bishop Athanasius Schneider. The consequences for many could be…Continue Reading

REPORT CARD: Faithful college praised for financial aid; Praying for Notre Dame; ‘Pride Prom’ at Marquette

With college affordability becoming an increasingly prominent (and problematic) issue, Thomas Aquinas College’s recognition by The Princeton Review’s national Financial Aid Honor Roll is especially refreshing. “We are pleased that, once again, The Princeton Review has featured Thomas Aquinas College in its annual guide,”…Continue Reading


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. ( – The flagship school for the diocese of Jefferson City has updated its handbook with clear Catholic instruction to counter the LGBT agenda being foisted on schools. Just in time for the new school year, St. Joseph…Continue Reading

Australian priest rips confession proposal as government ‘intrusion’

An Australian priest has called the Royal Commission’s recent proposal to enforce law requiring that clergy face criminal charges if they do not disclose details of sexual abuse revealed in the confessional a breach of religious tolerance. Fr. Kelvin Lovegrove,…Continue Reading

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Pro-Life Speaker Ben Shapiro Answers Pro-Abortion Student’s Question With an “Epic Takedown”

Popular conservative author and speaker Ben Shapiro continued to impress his audience Thursday at UC Berkeley when he rapidly refuted a young man’s abortion arguments. Shapiro’s speech at the liberal California university drew massive media attention because of the violent protests that have broken out on campus during past conservative speakers’ talks. The university and local police increased security, and several people were arrested Thursday. Inside the sold-out auditorium, Shapiro received a huge applause when…Continue Reading

Cardinal Sarah: Reverent liturgy is essential to fighting the culture of death

ROME, September 15, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – One of the chief antidotes to a world “marked by the blight of Godless terrorism, of an increasingly aggressive secularism” and an “advancing culture of death” is to restore primacy to God in the Catholic liturgy, Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, said Thursday. The cardinal was speaking to an international gathering of cardinals, priests, religious and laity at the Fifth Roman Colloquium on Summorum…Continue Reading

Pope to new bishops: ‘Discernment’ means avoiding ‘rigid’ answers to moral questions

ROME, September 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis told a group of newly ordained bishops that “authentic discernment” cannot be reduced to repeating “rigid” moral formulas to persons whose situations “can’t be reduced to black and white.” Discernment, the pope said, “can’t be reduced to repeating formulas such as ‘high clouds send little rain’ to a concrete person, who’s often immersed in a reality that can’t be reduced to black and white.” He cautioned bishops…Continue Reading

Catholic leaders defend Trump after Pope challenges his pro-life views

September 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-life Catholic leaders are defending President Trump against Pope Francis after the Pontiff questioned Trump’s pro-life views, despite the fact that Trump has racked up major pro-life accomplishments during his short time in office. “If Pope Francis is so concerned with the commitment of others to the defense of preborn children, he should consider his own words and actions, as well,” said Michael Hichborn, founder and president of the Lepanto…Continue Reading

Sex, sanity, and beliefs that ‘live loudly’ within us

“I do not know any country where, in general, less independence of mind and genuine freedom of discussion reign than in America.” — Tocqueville, “Democracy in America” Alexis de Tocqueville was the great French chronicler of the early United States.  Nearly 200 years ago, he spotted a basic tension in our national character.  It’s this:  Americans place a big stress on individual rights.  But we’re also big conformists.  The dynamic of self-assertion and fear of being…Continue Reading


Who Were The Colombian Martyrs Beatified By Pope Francis?

By ELISE HARRIS ROME, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) — During his six-day visit to Colombia, Pope Francis beatified martyrs Bishop Jesus Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve and Fr. Pedro Maria Ramirez Ramos, who provide testimony as the country heals from decades of conflict. Bishop Jaramillo was killed by Colombian Marxist guerrilla forces in 1989, while Fr. Ramirez was…Continue Reading

20 State Attorneys General Lauded… For Opposing Pro-Abortion Judge Orrick’s Gag Order Against CMP

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — “It is definitely very encouraging, and it’s great news” that 20 state attorneys general filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court to oppose the gag order against videos by pro-life investigators, an official with one of the law firms representing David Daleiden and the California-based Center for Medical…Continue Reading

Preparing To Enter Into The Awesome Mystery Of The Mass

By JAMES MONTI For every Catholic, there can be no more important event in one’s spiritual life than Holy Mass. For in the mystery of the Holy Eucharist we encounter our God in a more intimate manner than in any other sacrament, sacramental, or form of prayer. I recall hearing of a modern writer who…Continue Reading

Moral Judgments — Facts Or Opinions?

By ARTHUR HIPPLER (Editor’s Note: Dr. Hippler is chairman of the religion department and teaches religion in the Upper School at Providence Academy, Plymouth, Minn.) + + + Allan Bloom began his Closing of the American Mind with this memorable observation: “There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the…Continue Reading

The Complete Thinker

By DONALD DeMARCO “The Complete Thinker” is borrowed from the title of Dale Ahlquist’s 2012 book, the subtitle of which is The Marvelous Mind of G.K. Chesterton. “Thinking,” for Chesterton, “means connecting things.” Ahlquist regards G.K.’s thinking as “complete” in the sense that it deals with a wide variety of subjects and integrates them in…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Professor Josef Seifert… Amoris Laetitia’s “Immense Threat” To The Moral Teaching Of The Church

By MAIKE HICKSON (Editor’s Note: In light of Professor Josef Seifert’s recent essay examining some of the dangerous logical consequences of Amoris Laetitia — an essay for which he was dismissed from his teaching position by the archbishop of Granada — Dr. Maike Hickson of reached out to the Austrian philosopher to ask him some additional questions about not…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Can Division In Worship Bring Unity Of Faith?

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Pope Francis has given authority through a new motu proprio, Magnum Principium, issued this month, to local bishops’ conferences to approve translations of the liturgy from Latin into local languages. By doing so he hopes to accomplish a couple of things. First, as we know by now Pope Francis places full trust and confidence in…Continue Reading

God The Sanctifier Of Men… Other Christs

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 In a previous article, I mentioned that sanctifying grace makes us brethren of Christ. It is, by the way, one more reason to have devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ and Mother of us, our common Mother. The reason is quite simple to understand: Christ is the Head of the…Continue Reading

The Effects And Fruits Of Anointing Of The Sick

By DON FIER The proper time for receiving the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick for a baptized Catholic “has certainly arrived when the believer begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1528). However, as we saw last week, the sacrament is not exclusively for those who…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. Please clarify 1 John 5:16-17. Does this refer to mortal sin? What is meant by not praying for one in deadly sin? Isn’t deadly sin a top priority for prayer? — P.S., Indiana. A. The passage in question reads: “If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly, he should pray to God and he will…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Thomas Villanova

By CAROLE BRESLIN Our Lord drew amazing men and women from the population of Spain to protect that country from the ravages that swept through Germany and the Scandinavian countries in the Reformation era. Two events marked by Augustinian monks sparked these events. In Germany, an apostate Augustinian monk who fell from grace led hundreds of thousands into error —…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Simon De Rojas

By CAROLE BRESLIN The subject of this article lived in a time of great saints, great Spanish saints, so it is not surprising that he is little known. St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) who wrote the Spiritual Exercises, St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) who reformed the Carmelites and wrote The Interior Castle, and St. John of the Cross who wrote…Continue Reading