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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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Bannon Discusses Growing Up in ‘a Very Observant Catholic Family’ in the South Where the KKK ‘Tarred and Feathered’ Priests

In a freewheeling new interview with author Keith Koffler, Steve Bannon recounted his upbringing in a “very observant Catholic family” in the 1950s and 1960s and how that molded who he is now. Koffler, author of Bannon: Always the Rebel, asked Mr. Bannon—Breitbart…Continue Reading

Bishop McElroy decries extremism on religious freedom, calls for solidarity in American politics

WASHINGTON (RNS) — In an address at Georgetown University, Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego criticized both extremes in the fight over religious freedom and called for public consensus based on solidarity to heal our nation in this hyper-partisan age. McElroy…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke makes ‘final plea’ for clarity to Pope Francis on dubia anniversary

ROME, November 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – One year to the day after the dubia were made public, Cardinal Raymond Burke today is turning again to Pope Francis and to the whole Church in an urgent and final plea for clarity.…Continue Reading

Giving bishops final word on Mass translations would ‘destroy’ Church unity: Cardinal Muller

November 10, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The unity of the Church would be “destroyed” if bishops’ conferences, not the Vatican, had the final word over translations of liturgical texts, said Cardinal Gerhard Müller in a recent interview. The former prefect of…Continue Reading

Notre Dame reverses decision to end coverage of birth control in university insurance plans


In a reversal of school policy, the University of Notre Dame announced this week that it would continue to cover contraceptives for its employees, according to a report in the South Bend Tribune. The news marked a departure from Notre Dame’s announcement…Continue Reading

House Tax Reform Bill “Unacceptable” As Written, Say U.S. Bishops Chairmen

WASHINGTON—In a letter of November 9, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Bishop George V. Murry, SJ of Youngstown, Ohio called for amendments to the current draft of the House…Continue Reading

Truck honoring Dubia Cardinal stopped by police while circling Vatican

ROME, November 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Today in Rome, a publicity truck carrying billboard-size images of Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, the dubia Cardinal who passed away three months ago, and Pope John Paul II made its way through the streets of…Continue Reading

Trump admin asks Supreme Court to ‘discipline’ lawyers for rushing teen’s abortion

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Department of Justice (DOJ) is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to punish the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for lying to the government about the timeline of an underage illegal immigrant’s abortion.…Continue Reading

Christian nurse sues hospital for requiring her to assist abortions

DURHAM, North Carolina, November 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic nurse is suing Duke University Hospital, claiming that the university discriminated against her religious and pro-life beliefs by requiring her to assist in abortions. Sara T. Pedro was told during her employee…Continue Reading

It’s ‘impossible’ to change Catholic teaching against contraception: Cardinal

ROME, October 28, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Church’s teaching against contraception as expressed in Humanae Vitae is an “extraordinary example” of how the “truth of faith” deepens and develops while “continuing to be identical to itself,” Cardinal Walter Brandmüller stated at a…Continue Reading

Thousands sign online petition to remove Madison’s bishop

MADISON (WKOW) — There’s an online petition being circulated to remove the Bishop of the Diocese of Madison. Bishop Robert Morlino is being criticized for his attitude about the LGTBQ community.  Earlier this week, an email was sent to priests in the…Continue Reading

Pontifical Academy of Sciences welcomes leftist California Governor Jerry Brown to keynote

ROME (ChurchMilitant.com) – The Pontifical Academy of Sciences is again throwing open its doors to abortion and population control activists. From November 2–4, the Vatican’s scientific academy will host a conference on the environment that will feature, among others, far-left…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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U.S. bishop defends pro-LGBT priest speaking at Catholic college as thousands protest

DALLAS, Pennsylvania, November 20, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A U.S. bishop is defending a local Catholic university’s invitation to a pro-homosexual priest to have him speak at its winter commencement in the face of almost 20,000 Catholics having signed a petition asking that the invitation be cancelled. Scranton Bishop Joseph C. Bambera is defending Jesuit homosexualist Fr. James Martin’s speaking engagement at Misericordia University’s winter commencement on December 17, saying that the priest’s latest book condoning…Continue Reading

Progressives hate everything old, including the elderly

November 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Earlier this year, Maclean’s Magazinepublished an article asking a question that seemed to capture the prevailing mood on the Left: “Should older people lose the right to vote?” Because old people are practically dead, the author explained, there are some today who feel that they vote with only a short-term vision in mind, and thus should be barred from interfering with the Progress that would be brought about should young people be allowed…Continue Reading

Venerable Solanus Casey: the priest who answered the doorbell.

Vatican City, Nov 17, 2017 / 06:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Venerable Solanus Casey, a Capuchin priest from Wisconsin, was humble before all else, said the postulator of his cause for sainthood. The life of Venerable Solanus Casey is the story of his “humility, his simplicity, as well as his acceptance of whatever life gave him,” Franciscan-Capuchin Fr. Carlo Calloni told CNA Nov. 15. Fr. Solanus Casey is an American-born Capuchin priest who died in 1957.…Continue Reading

Swiss Planned Parenthood president invited to speak at Vatican

November 18, 2017 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life co-hosted a conference on the topic of end of life issues that included several speakers who oppose the Catholic Church’s teachings on the right to life, including the president the board of Switzerland’s Planned Parenthood affiliate, and the president of the pro-euthanasia Royal Dutch Medical Association. The conference, entitled the “WMA Europ

Catholic priests, activists to stand trial for pro-life witness inside abortion facility

November 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – On Monday, November 20, six pro-lifers will stand trial in a State of Virginia courtroom for their defense of the unborn—facing a possible jail term of up to 90 days. On Friday, September 15, 2017 in three different cities across the United States, pro-lifers entered abortion centers to talk to women scheduled for abortions. By refusing to leave the clinics when told to do so by law enforcement, they offered…Continue Reading


A Book Review… The Sacred Heart Vs. Secularism

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Cor Jesu Sacratissimum, From Secularism and the New Age to Christendom Renewed, by Roger Buck (Angelico Press, 2016, 482 pages; $21.95 paperback, $10.12 Kindle). The Cor Jesu Sacratissimum of the title is the Latin for “Sacred Heart of Jesus,” and the premise of Roger Buck’s sizable volume is that the Sacred…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Questions In The Aftermath Of The Las Vegas Tragedy

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society…Continue Reading

A Movie Review… “The Star” Shines For Christmas

By REY FLORES As children, many of us grew up watching television, particularly memorable special broadcasts of The Wizard of Oz, Rankin and Bass’ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and of course, all the holiday-themed Peanuts animated specials. My favorite was A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving where Snoopy and his little bird friend Woodstock fix a Thanksgiving…Continue Reading

Saints Francisco And Jacinta Of Fatima

By FR. SEAN CONNOLLY (Editor’s Note: This is the tenth in a series of articles on the one hundredth anniversary of our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. Fr. Connolly is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York.) + + + So far in this series of articles published in commemoration the centenary of our Lady’s…Continue Reading

Mary Ann Glendon… A Voice For The Voiceless

By DONALD DeMARCO Mary Ann Glendon was born on October 7, 1938, in Dalton, Mass., a small town nestled in the Berkshire Hills. Her father was an Irish Catholic, her mother a Yankee Congregationalist. She learned a great deal from her mother’s religion about social organization and from her father, how Catholicism “enlarged the spirit,…Continue Reading


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A Leaven In The World… The Kingmakers Reject A Papal Favorite

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The approval of one’s peers is a highly prized trophy in the complicated world of adult professional relationships. Many work for years in obscurity with little acknowledgment. The opportunity to be championed and appreciated is a blessing not to be taken askance when other forms of promotion are no longer possible for those already at…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… The Cisterns Of Grace

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 In the last article, I finished the text with a prayer for the bishops of Malta, who now allow people living in adultery to receive Holy Communion. May our Lady guide them to repentance, and to correct their wrong teaching, lest they answer before God our Lord for leading people into committing a…Continue Reading

The Recipient, Minister, And Celebration Of Holy Orders

By DON FIER A significant reform of Vatican Council II, as we saw last week, was the restoration of the permanent diaconate in the Western Church “as a proper and permanent rank of the hierarchy” (Lumen Gentium, n. 29 § 2). An ordained ministry that has always been retained by the Churches of the East, it can be conferred on…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Asked in the past whether we will know family and friends in Heaven, we have responded in the affirmative. We would now like to call your attention to a book that provides additional confirmation of this belief. It is called In Heaven We’ll Meet Again: The Saints and Scripture on Our Heavenly Reunion, and was written by Francois…Continue Reading

King And Shepherd

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of Christ The King (YR A) Readings: Ezek. 34:11-12, 15-17 1 Cor. 15: 20-26, 28 Matt. 25:31-46 In the first reading today we hear God speaking through the Prophet Ezekiel saying that He will tend His sheep as a shepherd tends his sheep. This might strike us as strange since the feast is about…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Vicente Liem De La Paz

By CAROLE BRESLIN Vietnam received its first missionaries of the Catholic Church in the 1500s. These missionaries were predominantly Portuguese in the 16th century, with French Jesuits and the Dominicans coming in the 17th century. Throughout the following centuries the priests and missionaries suffered excruciating tortures and martyrdom. When the Communists captured northern Vietnam, Catholics fled to the south and…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Margaret Of Scotland

By CAROLE BRESLIN Quite frequently saints have left their home country and died in another country, but most of them died in a foreign land because they left to serve as missionaries to Asia, Africa, or America. The land of Hungary, however, has seen a few saints depart because they were of royal families, including St. Elizabeth of Hungary, who…Continue Reading