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Playing With Life . . . The Unknown Consequences Of IVF

December 1, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By FR. JOHN FLYNN, LC (Editor’s Note: Fr. John Flynn, LC, wrote this commentary for ZENIT News Agency. Fr. Flynn, a regular ZENIT contributor, holds degrees from the University of New South Wales and from the Pontifical Gregorian University. All rights reserved.) + + + Using artificial reproduction techniques is often seen as the solution for couples who have problems conceiving, or for women who prefer to postpone pregnancy. Yet, apart from any moral judgments, there are considerable drawbacks with various aspects of IVF. When a woman wishes to postpone childbirth, freezing some of her eggs is often proposed as a way to ensure successful pregnancy in future years. This solution, however, is far from being uncomplicated. “Women in their…Continue Reading

Be Careful What You Wish For

November 30, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK My hunch is that large numbers of secular leftists are experiencing what people mean when they say, “Be careful what you wish for; you might get it.” They won’t admit to it openly, of course. That is what often happens in these situations. It is like the episodes when you were a kid, when you did something stupid, even after being told by your parents or teachers not to do it. It might have been when you were warned not to put too much hot sauce on your food, or to wear a heavier coat when you went out on a cold day. You didn’t listen and ended up with a burning mouth and shivering on…Continue Reading

Jihadi Recruiting Jumps Into News . . . Shortly After Tea Partiers Ponder Their Movement’s Future

November 29, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Where’s the Tea Party conservative political movement headed? Events can turn on a dime these days. Is the Tea Party a spent force? Or does it have a future you can bank on? When curiosity about the answers arises from state to state, local conditions enter into the evaluation, as well as the difficulty of getting an accurate view if many avenues of communication are distorted. Moreover, the rise of worldwide Islamist terrorism injects deadly new uncertainties in life, politically and on every other front, and potentially on every doorstep. On November 20 Fox News, citing Arizona’s porous border with Mexico, reported, “Phoenix flagged as potential ‘hotbed’ for terror recruiting.” Alert Americans fear how accessible…Continue Reading

Paul Johnson And The Paris Terror Attacks

November 28, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I have often wondered what I would select if someone asked me to put together a list of five or ten books that I would recommend to a young Catholic to help them understand the great cultural and political issues that divide the left and the right in Western society. Whenever I try to devise such a list, I experience the same reaction as when someone asks me to list my ten favorite movies or songs. Within seconds of finishing the list, I smack my forehead over four or five favorites that I have left out. Still, I can say with confidence that my list of books would include a title or two from Paul Johnson,…Continue Reading

Terrorists Leap Through History . . . To Drag Us Back To Their Darkness

November 27, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN The Middle Eastern guys with assault rifles rather than scimitars want to play Saracen while anachronistically shooting with big ballistics. They look at you, in your sweatshirt and jeans, armed with an iPhone, as the Christian Crusader, even if your religion is confined to worshiping entertainment venues. This is a thousand-year-old war you don’t want. And if you’re not prepared to fight it, so much the better for your weapons-bristling assailants’ odds of survival then triumph. They, after all, enter this urban battle with the traditional aim of victory, not some modernist politicians’ military notions of pinpricks, standoffs, stalemates, and sinuous negotiations that leave the lacerated opponents shell-shocked back where they started. It’s said today’s jihadis have…Continue Reading

The Turkey Of The Year Awards Go To . . .

November 26, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES It’s Thanksgiving Day once again as I write this, and rather than sharing some syrupy and sentimental thoughts with you about gratitude and about how we should all be grateful for God’s blessings, let’s just be grateful every day and have some fun with The Wanderer’s first annual “Turkey of the Year Awards” instead! There are three Turkey Awards and we will be counting them down here from third to first place. The awards are based on how awful and terrible these individuals and/or organizations truly are in terms of how they have brought harm instead of help to humanity. These individuals and organizations not only have brought harm to humanity, but continue to mock God through…Continue Reading

Archbishop Chaput Warns… Dishonest Mercy Helps No One

November 25, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

PHILADELPHIA (CNA/EWTN News) — True mercy and trust in the transformative power of God’s grace are key to helping divorced and remarried Catholics, Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia has said in a critique of proposals to admit them to sacramental Communion without a change in their lives. “Ironically, a pastoral strategy that minimizes sin in the name of mercy cannot be merciful, because it is dishonest,” the archbishop said in a December 2015 essay for the U.S. journal First Things. Authentic mercy is evangelical and believes “God’s grace has the power to transform us.” This is relevant to the Church’s pastoral response to the divorced and remarried, he wrote. “The divorced and civilly remarried remain welcome members of…Continue Reading

Good Morning, Vietnam!

November 24, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES “Jesus Christ brought us freedom from sin; America brought us freedom to sin” — Archbishop Emeritus Jean-Baptiste Cardinal Pham Minh Man of Saigon.” + + + Ligaya Acosta and I stepped out of Tan Son Nhat International Airport and into the blazing heat of Vietnam. We had just traveled from Bangkok, where we conducted a one-day pro-life conference entitled “Silent Screams,” cosponsored by Human Life International and Couples for Christ-Foundation for Family and Life. Dr. Ligaya is HLI’s regional coordinator for Asia and Oceania, and this pro-life missionary journey would not have been possible without her efforts. She had visited Vietnam in 2011, trusting totally in our Lady. She knew no one in the country, but expertly…Continue Reading

Hispanic Conservatism Is On The Rise

November 23, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES As the 2016 election year draws nearer, many people are wondering where our country will be headed after eight long and tedious years of Obama’s liberalism and renegade politics. If anything, at least we can say that the Republican Party has the most interesting set of presidential candidates it has ever showcased. While I tend to stay away from politically correct words like “diverse” and “diversity,” there’s no denying that the GOP has the most diverse group of candidates with two Hispanic-Americans, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, for example. Bobby Jindal, who withdrew from the race as I was writing this column, is an Indian-American. Meanwhile, back at the Democratic Party side of things, we have the…Continue Reading

Of This And That

November 22, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Our readers will read this email from Katie McMenamin, the director of external relations for Young America’s Foundation, too late for them to participate in the group’s “Standing Up for Faith and Freedom (When Your Catholic Campus Does Not)” program that was held on November 6 and 7 in Washington, D.C. But the organization is one that college-age Catholics may want to contact for more information. McMenamin describes Young America’s Foundation as “a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting conservative ideas to high school and college students and giving them the resources they need to promote these ideas on their campuses and in their communities.” The YAF’s goal, in McMenamin’s words, is to “help conservative students at…Continue Reading