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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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PARIS ( – Catholics in France are rallying for a nationwide Rosary on April 28. In the past five months, Church Militant has reported on about a half dozen national Rosary rallies organized in countries such as Poland and Ireland. Inspired by…Continue Reading

Told he has not long to live, Catholic Studies founder Don Briel reflects on dying well

Don Briel, founder and longtime director of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, was diagnosed in mid-January with two forms of acute leukemia. He was told the cancers were untreatable and he had a month…Continue Reading

Pope Francis says Paul VI will be canonized this year

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2018 / 08:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his annual Lenten meeting with the priests of Rome last week, Pope Francis confirmed that Blessed Pope Paul VI will be made a saint sometime this year. “Paul VI…Continue Reading

Pope reappoints O’Malley to head further work of safeguarding commission

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2018 / 05:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has reconfirmed Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston as head of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, also reconfirming seven members…Continue Reading

The Latest: Trump to visit Florida after school shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s response to the Florida school shooting (all times local): 11:36 a.m. President Donald Trump says he’ll visit Parkland, Florida, the site of Wednesday’s shooting that killed 17 people. Trump said from…Continue Reading

U.S. bishops: federal budget should not be balanced ‘on backs of the poor’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the Trump administration’s 2019 federal budget proposal on Monday, the U.S. Catholic bishops are urging for a budget that shows greater concern for “‘the least of these” and warning that the U.S. “must never seek…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood sticker stirs controversy at Connecticut Catholic high school

A Connecticut high school student may have to decide whether to remove a Planned Parenthood sticker on her laptop or leave her Catholic school after administrators told her to remove it, her parents said. Sophomore Kate Murray’s parents told the Greenwich Time that…Continue Reading

Fr. James Martin: ‘People take the Bible…out of context’ on homosexuality

February 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Bible’s condemnation of homosexual acts should be taken in “context” with Biblical times, Jesuit Father James Martin toldGeorgetown University students recently. Martin said as well that Catholics who support gay “marriage” should have no problem…Continue Reading

Mississippi state house votes to ban abortion after 15 weeks

JACKSON, Mississippi, February 2, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A bill banning abortion on babies more than 15 weeks old passed the Mississippi state House today 79-31. House Bill 1510 would make Mississippi the state with the most pro-life laws if it…Continue Reading

All But Three Democrats Voted to Allow Unlimited Abortions Up to Birth

Just three Democrats in the U.S. Senate supported a bill on Monday that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks when unborn babies are capable of feeling pain. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which has strong public support from Republicans…Continue Reading

Athanasius Schneider invites world’s bishops to sign Profession of Immutable Truths

ROME, January 30, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – In an exclusive interview two weeks after issuing a profession of immutable truths about sacramental marriage, Bishop Athanasius Schneider is inviting his brother bishops around the world to join in raising a common voice…Continue Reading

Cardinal Eijk Asks Pope to Clarify Questions About “Remarried” Divorcees

As, the official website of the German bishops, reports today, Cardinal Willem Eijk, the Dutch cardinal and Metropolitan Archbishop of Utrecht, requested that Pope Francis bring light into the confusion concerning the question as to how to deal with…Continue Reading

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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


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Catholics urged to affirm ‘liberating truth’ of Humanae Vitae

The document ‘defended the integrity of married love and warned us against the danger of reducing sexuality to a source of pleasure alone’ The “liberating truth” of Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical “Humanae Vitae” is as relevant today 50 years after its promulgation, and maybe even more so, said Archbishop of Denver Samuel Aquila in his new pastoral letter, “The Splendor of Love.” “The 50th anniversary of ‘Humanae Vitae’ is an occasio

Correcting Fr. James Martin

Fr James Martin SJ has tweeted his rage against the firing of a gay teacher from a Catholic School. The story is here in the New York Times. It concerns a female Catholic school teacher who “married” her girlfriend and was then dismissed from her job. Fr Martin tweets: Again, where are the comparable firings of straight employees who do not follow Catholic church teaching? Men and women living together before being married? Divorced and remarried without…Continue Reading

Dozens of U.S. bishops sign up for Amoris Laetitia seminars at dissident Catholic colleges

CHICAGO, February 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich, a key promoter of the progressive agenda advanced under Pope Francis, has invited American bishops to a series of conferences about Amoris Laetitia in February. Catholic News Agency reported this week that it had “obtained” a letter by the Archbishop of Chicago about the seminars. Called “New Momentum Conferences on Amoris Laetitia”,  the series is advertised as a “tailor-made program that goes from why Amoris Laetitia provides New Momentum for Moral…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood Sues President Trump After He Defunded Its Programs Pushing Sex on Kids

There’s nothing, it seems, that the abortion chain Planned Parenthood won’t sue over. On Thursday, affiliates of the abortion chain in seven states sued the Trump administration for cutting funding for their questionable teen pregnancy prevention programs. The Daily Nonpareil reports the lawsuits argue that the Trump administration wrongly cut their funding prematurely and without cause. Nine groups, including Planned Parenthood affiliates in Washington, Iowa, North Carolina, South C

Scholar stumps Cardinal Cupich, asks if Pope’s ‘paradigm shift’ means ‘radical’ doctrinal change

CAMBRIDGE, England, February 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A respected Catholic historian and philosopher challenged Cardinal Blase Cupich during a lecture last week about Pope’ Francis so-called “revolution of mercy” that has caused what many are defending as a “paradigm shift” in Catholic practice. Professor John Rist, after listening to a February 9 lecture at Cambridge Universityin which Cardinal Cupich praised Pope Francis’ “paradigm shift” in Catholic practice, asked the Cardinal at the end of the lect


Notre Dame Professor… Criticizes University’s Provision Of “Simple Contraceptives”

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (CNA/EWTN News) — After the University of Notre Dame announced it would fund “simple contraceptives” in its insurance plan, one Notre Dame professor has criticized the move, calling it “a giant leap into immorality.” “Now the University [of Notre Dame] is to be sole funder and proprietor of a contraception giveaway,” wrote…Continue Reading

Fulton Sheen’s Final Resting Place Not Yet Final

NEW YORK (CNA/EWTN News) — Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s niece has said her uncle’s remains belong in Peoria, Ill., but a lawsuit seeking his internment there has been returned to a lower court for further consideration. “I just hate that this is dragging on and on and on,” Joan Sheen Cunningham said, according to The New…Continue Reading

Blessed Paul VI Revisited

By DONALD DeMARCO Unlike the daily news, papal statements are news that stay news. On January 1, 1977, Pope Paul VI delivered a Day of Peace message entitled, If You Want Peace, Defend Life. The need to conjoin peace with life is more relevant today than it was better than forty years ago and warrants…Continue Reading

President Trump Bans U.S. Aid for International Abortions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Within a week of taking office on January 23, 2017, President Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, now called the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance, which bans U.S. funding for abortions overseas. The expanded policy prohibits $9 billion in U.S. taxpayer money from funding foreign organizations that perform or…Continue Reading

Approval Of Miracle Opens Door To Paul VI’s Canonization

By HANNAH BROCKHAUS VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the second miracle needed for the canonization of Blessed Pope Paul VI, allowing his canonization to take place, possibly later this year. According to Vatican Insider, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved the miracle by a…Continue Reading


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A Leaven In The World… The “Inner Room” Of Lent

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “Go to your inner room and pray to your Father in private.” Another Lent is upon us. With the Mass of Ash Wednesday we hear once again the Lord’s call to grow into a deeper awareness and love of the Father who is always lovingly aware of us. The tasks of Lent in prayer, fasting,…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ . . . Delving Into The Great Mystery Of The Eucharist

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 16 The Holy Eucharist is the greatest Mystery left to our faith by Our Divine Redeemer. Thus, to delve into it is something we do on our knees, as it were, spiritually speaking, since we are considering the Presence of a Divine Person under the appearances of bread and wine. We have His word…Continue Reading

The Effects Of The Sacrament Of Matrimony

By DON FIER For a variety of reasons (a defect of consent, a diriment impediment, or a defect of the required form), many supposed modern-day marriages entered into by Catholic persons are invalid from their origin in the eyes of God and the Church. However, as we saw last week, depending on the circumstances, the Church has procedures by which…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. Concerning what our Blessed Mother said in Fatima about the rosary, I am confused as to whether or not she meant us to meditate on the mysteries while we are praying the Hail Marys or whether she meant us to meditate on the mysteries right before we say the Hail Marys. The consensus seems to be that we are…Continue Reading

Abraham Had To Be Tested

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday Of Lent Readings: Gen. 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 Romans 8:31b-34 Mark 9:2-10 In the first reading today we hear about Abraham’s nearly incomprehensible act of faith and love for God shown in his willingness to sacrifice his own son. We have to be careful not to read this in a vacuum. This test, which…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Agnes Of Bohemia

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the thirteenth century, many alliances were solidified by a marriage between members of royalty from other nations. There were also quite a few royal persons who were known for their holiness by following Christianity, including St. Elizabeth of Hungary and St. Ludmila and St. Wenceslaus of Czechoslovakia. Related to all of these saints, Princess Agnes also…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Margaret Of Cortona

By CAROLE BRESLIN Great sinners make great saints. It takes a strong-willed child to become a saint. These are statements which would easily fit saints such as Mary Magdalene and St. Augustine. In the thirteenth century, a young lady free in spirit and strong in will led such a life that she was essentially driven from her home village, but…Continue Reading