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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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Vikings host ‘LGBTQ summit’ to promote ‘inclusion’ in sports

EAGAN, Minnesota, June 21, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Minnesota Vikings are hosting a conference and fundraiser today for “LGBTQ inclusion in sports,” the first of its kind in the National Football League (NFL). The event will include speeches, interviews, and…Continue Reading

Catholic bishops are quick to attack Trump but slow to advise their voters

(RNS) — President Trump had no sooner returned home from his historic photo op with Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore when he faced condemnation from a host of religious leaders, from Southern Baptists to African Methodists to Catholics,…Continue Reading

Bishop: Deny Communion to Border Agents. It’s a ‘Life Issue.’

Is enforcing U.S. immigration law a moral evil that demands excommunication? Or would a new proposal politicize the Eucharist, strengthen organized crime, and hurt even more migrant children? Roman Catholics must face these questions after Bishop Edward Weisburger of Tucson suggested “canonical…Continue Reading

Argentina steps closer to legalising abortion

Catholic Argentina’s lower house has backed a bill legalising abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. After a divisive debate lasting more than 22 hours, 129 members of the Chamber of Deputies voted in favour and 125 against while…Continue Reading

Pope Francis rejects German proposal for inter-communion

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2018 / 06:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One month after Vatican and German delegates met in Rome to discuss a proposal put forward by German bishops to allow Protestant spouses in inter-denominational marriages to receive the Eucharist…Continue Reading

St. Paul archdiocese settlement is largest-ever in Catholic bankruptcy case

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has agreed to a $210 million settlement with 450 victims of clergy sexual abuse as part of its plan for bankruptcy reorganization, making it the second-largest U.S. payout…Continue Reading

Church’s teaching on male-only priesthood is ‘infallible’: Vatican doctrine chief

ROME, May 29, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — The head of the Vatican office overseeing Church doctrine has insisted that the Church’s teaching on the male-only priesthood is “infallible,” and has offered a veiled rebuke of a prominent Cardinal who recently claimed the…Continue Reading

The revolt against Humanae Vitae continues to haunt us today

ROME, May 25, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — As in 2017, 2018 is also a year that is rich with important and significant anniversaries which we need to remember, because the roots of the present are found in the past. The best known…Continue Reading

Cardinal: Communion cannot be shared with non-Catholics like beer or cake

BUCKFASTLEIGH, England, May 25, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Protestants who want to receive Holy Communion should become Catholics, Cardinal Francis Arinze said this week, and added that “it is rather serious” to presume marriage can be dissolved for the purpose of…Continue Reading

Speaker Ryan Proposes a Return to Catholic Social Doctrine at Prayer Breakfast

Washington, D.C. – House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast Thursday about how he believed the answer to many of the political problems society faces today, including “moral relativism” and “tribalism,” can be found in Catholic…Continue Reading

Judge rules ‘transgender’ high-schooler should have been allowed opposite-sex bathroom

NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia, May 24, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A judge has ruled that a Virginia high school should have allowed a gender-confused former student to use the restrooms designated for the opposite sex. Gavin Grimm is a female Gloucester High School…Continue Reading

One of the most ‘liberal abortion regimes’ if vote passes

Ireland will have one of the most liberal abortion regimes in Europe if Friday’s referendum is passed, the No campaign warned during its final press conference on Wednesday. With the broadcasting ban set to come into force on the eve of the…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


Today . . .

Fr. James Martin praises Catholic parish booklet affirming active gays

NEW YORK CITY, June 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Fr. James Martin, SJ, cheered his own parish’s publication of a booklet that seeks to further normalize gay sexual activity within the Catholic Church. The “LGBT Catholics and Friends Ministry” at New York City’s St. Ignatius Loyola Church issued “Being LGBT And Catholic,” a slick 32-page collection of brief testimonials about how sexually active g

Cardinal Burke responds to Francis: We hand-delivered dubia letter to Pope’s residence

ROME, June 21, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Speaking with Reuters in an interview which appeared yesterday, Pope Francis criticized Cardinal Raymond Burke and three other cardinals who joined him in begging the Pope for clarification on key issues of faith. The cardinals used the long-standing ecclesial practice of issuing dubia, or questions to the Pope. There were five such questions altogether. But, according to Reuters the Pope said that “he had heard about the cardinals’ letter criticizing him…Continue Reading

GOOD NEWS . . .Fr. Phillips Exonerated

We have confirmation that after several weeks the Congregation of the Resurrection has indeed concluded its hearings and investigation of the accusations directed against Father Phillips. An independent Review Board of three public-spirited leaders from the Chicago area, who are not members of St. John Cantius Church, was constituted. Thereafter, the Review Board interviewed the detractors and several witnesses, persons who personally know the accusers, and other individuals who

Cardinal Brandmüller Questions Francis’ Claim Not to Have Received the Dubia Before Publication

Today, on 20 June, Reuters published a new interview with Pope Francis. Although the interview is making headlines because of the Pope’s criticism of President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, it also contains another controversial assertion: the pope surprisingly now claims that he only heard about the Dubia (concerning his document Amoris Laetitia) “from the newspapers” — a claim that Dubia cardinal Walter Brandmüller has now questioned in comments to OnePeterFive. From the text of the interview: The pope also commented on internal criticism of his…Continue Reading

US Cardinal removed after ‘credible’ allegation he abused a minor

NEW YORK, June 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A high-profile liberal U.S. cardinal has been removed from public ministry for credible and substantiated allegations of abuse of a minor. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a former priest of the Archdiocese of New York and cardinal emeritus of Washington D.C., “is no longer to exercise publicly his priestly ministry,” says a news release from New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan. “The review board found the allegations credible and substantiated,” Dolan’s statement said. “The Vatican…Continue Reading


Memory Lapses At The FBI

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + The report on the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal that the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice released the past week makes one thing clear:…Continue Reading

But What Happened To The News Coverage? . . . Pope Says Homosexual Couples Are Not A Family

By BILL DONOHUE (Editor’s Note: Catholic League President Bill Donohue on June 18 commented on remarks by Pope Francis that have been censored by the media.) + + + Pope Francis says gay couples cannot be considered a family. The media know he said this but, with few exceptions, they refused to run this story.…Continue Reading

Holy Bashfulness Vs. Shame By ALICE von HILDEBRAND

My dear young friend, Years ago, Cardinal O’Boyle was discussing some sexual matters with a group of men; all of a sudden the cardinal noticed that a young girl had joined the group, and interrupting his talk, he said to her: “Please excuse me.” But he was immediately rudely rebuked by one of the men…Continue Reading

On The Role Of Beauty In The Spiritual Life

By JAMES MONTI In recent years, thanks largely to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the role of beauty in the sacred liturgy — and the appalling chasm created by its absence — has been a topic of frequent discussion among those concerned with a restoration of the sacred in divine worship — the beauty of the…Continue Reading

Civil Court… Rules Fulton Sheen’s Remains Can Go To Peoria

NEW YORK (CNA/EWTN News) — The Superior Court of New York ruled June 8 in favor of Joan Sheen Cunningham, who had petitioned to move the body of her uncle, Venerable Fulton Sheen, to the Cathedral of St. Mary in Peoria. The body of the late archbishop is currently in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New…Continue Reading


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The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… More On Confession

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 34 I do not know who said that “Repetition is the Mother of Learning” or “Repetition is the Father of Learning,” or even that “Repetition is the Key of Learning.” The fact is that repetition is most important to anyone who wants to learn something in such a way that will become part and…Continue Reading

Freedom And Truth

By DON FIER A preeminent truth that no man can deny is the universal desire for happiness — it is a goal that is common to all. This innate desire was identified and written of more than three centuries before Christ by the Greek philosopher Aristotle in his classic work entitled Nicomachean Ethics. At the same time, the pagan philosopher…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. Following up on a recent question about a divorced and remarried non-Catholic adult who converts to the Catholic Church, you said that the conversion would not change the status of the person, that he would still be married to his previous spouse and could not marry again without a decree of nullity or the death of the first spouse.…Continue Reading

None Dare Call It Treason

By DEACON JAMES TONER (Editor’s Note: Deacon James H. Toner, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Leadership and Ethics at the U.S. Air War College, and author of Morals Under the Gun and other books. He has also taught at Notre Dame, Norwich, Auburn, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and Holy Apostles College & Seminary. He serves in the Diocese of…Continue Reading

The Glorious St. John The Baptist

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of The Nativity Of St. John The Baptist (YR B) Readings Isaiah 49:1-6 Acts 13:22-26 Luke 1:57-66, 80 Today we celebrate the birth of a man who is important to us in a variety of ways. St. John the Baptist is, according to our Lord’s own words, the greatest man born of woman. For this…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Joseph Cafasso

By CAROLE BRESLIN Truman Capote wrote: “Love is a chain of love as nature is a chain of life.” More important, grace is a chain of grace with one grace leading to another. And holiness a chain of holiness as God pours His love through one person to another, as the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mediatrix of all graces, pours…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Joseph The Hymnographer

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the late sixth and early seventh century, the glories of Gregorian chant began to develop in Rome. Then, in the thirteenth century, St. Thomas Aquinas wrote beautiful hymns to celebrate Corpus Christi and to honor the Real Presence. In the Eastern Church, around Constantinople, they also sang hymns, but it was not until the late ninth…Continue Reading