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Goodbye, Omaha . . . Religious And Political Leaders’ Open-Borders Welcome Helps Submerge U.S.

January 28, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Omaha, Neb., anchored in the Midwest heartland, is more than a two-hour flight by commercial jet northeast of Phoenix, the capital of Arizona and a two to three-hour drive from the Mexican border. However, in the globalists’ open-borders, broken-fences world, Omaha might as well sit in the middle of Arizona’s Sonoran desert. You can thank, among others, Barack Obama, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Wall Street behemoths. They seemingly never saw a fence they liked unless it’s protecting their own White House, chanceries, or investment hives. Don’t bother to save up for a vacation in Latin America. That territory already has come right to you, minus the relaxation. On January 13, Nebraska’s…Continue Reading

Red Mass Speaker From Illinois… Tells Public Officials Of Importance Of Conscience

January 27, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — An Illinois bishop reminded the annual Red Mass for public officials here that honoring conscience truly can require that a price be paid, even though “conscience” also is invoked by those who want to exempt themselves from following God’s law expressed in Church teaching. Thomas Paprocki, bishop of Springfield, told listeners at St. Mary’s Basilica here on January 20 that his diocese’s Catholic Charities lost a $6 million contract with the state of Illinois because, honoring orthodox moral teaching, the diocesan adoption services wouldn’t place children with homosexual or cohabiting couples. Paprocki, an accomplished prelate who also is an attorney and a hockey player, told his audience at the evening service that he would reflect…Continue Reading

Defining Liberalism

January 26, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The difference between economic conservatives and social conservatives has been raised several times in First Teachers over the past decade. It is a question worth exploring with high school students. Both Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are labeled as “conservatives” and described as “on the right” by the media and in the vernacular, even though their views on foreign policy and social policy are sometimes far apart. White it is true that both senators usually vote the same and are unequivocally opposed to modern liberalism, they do so for different reasons. It is not a new issue. I can remember L. Brent Bozell (the father of Brent Bozell, head of the Media Research Center and frequent…Continue Reading

What Does The High Court Have To Fear If It Imposes “Gay Marriage”?

January 25, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN It used to sound like a persuasive argument that the Supreme Court wouldn’t dare impose “same-sex marriage” on the nation because that only would be inviting decades of unresolved social strife, much like the court caused by imprudently and impudently forcing radical permissive abortion throughout the land in 1973. After all, Americans from coast to coast voted to uphold traditional marriage in state ballot measures. But that was before lower-court judges arrogantly began to overturn these democratically enacted affirmations of historic marriage from east to west. What would the High Court have to lose now, in its own eyes, by forcing through more judicial imperialism? What, indeed? The justices would know the social strife to come. But,…Continue Reading

Across The Nation . . . States Remember Roe v. Wade And Vow To Stop Abortion

January 24, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By KIRSTEN ANDERSEN and LISA BOURNE (Editor’s Note: The Wanderer went to press this week on January 22, limiting the amount of up-to-date coverage of the March for Life we could include in this issue. More coverage will appear in next week’s issue. (LifeSiteNews provided the article below. Kirsten Andersen wrote the first part on the various, early Roe v. Wade anniversary marches, and Lisa Bourne wrote the second part on Chicago’s record-breaking January 18 rally. All rights reserved.) + + + WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) — As hundreds of thousands of people prepared to make the annual pilgrimage to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., for the 42nd annual January 22 March for Life, thousands more…Continue Reading

De-Barnicalization And Re-Inculturation

January 23, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PHILIP TROWER In its voyage across the ocean of time or journey through the waters of history, the hull of the bark of St Peter inevitably gets encrusted with barnacles from the civilizations and cultures it passes through. Examples would be the sedia gestatoria on which the Popes used to be carried into St. Peter’s and the flabellae or ostrich feather fans which accompanied him. Another example would be the bishop’s or cardinal’s cappa magna, a kind of cloak with a long train carried by an altar boy used on solemn occasions to emphasize the exalted nature or dignity of the episcopal office. These “barnacles” were not bad in themselves and they could have a practical purpose. The sedia…Continue Reading

Selma, 50 Years On

January 22, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN On Martin Luther King Day, 2015, how stand race relations in America? Selma, a film focused on the police clubbing of civil rights marchers led by Dr. King at Selma bridge in March of 1965, is being denounced by Democrats as a cinematic slander against the president who passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In the movie, King is portrayed as decisive and heroic, LBJ as devious and dilatory. And no member of the Selma cast has been nominated for an Academy Award. All 20 of the actors and actresses nominated are white. Hollywood is like the Rocky Mountains, says Rev. Al Sharpton, the higher up you go the whiter it gets. Even before the…Continue Reading

Although McCain Hits Obama . . . Senator Loses His Bid To Rein In GOP Critics On Home Turf

January 21, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN TEMPE, Ariz. — If Sen. John McCain hoped his rebuke of Barack Obama for whizzing right past the Phoenix veterans hospital on January 8 would win the senator credibility with conservatives, he failed. McCain’s local machine still suffered a stinging loss two days later when the Republican Party in his populous home county rejected his big-dollar effort to take over the Maricopa County GOP chairmanship. Like many Republicans elsewhere, Arizona conservatives aren’t in love with “maverick” McCain. It has been about a decade since a McCain operative headed the GOP in a county of about 4 million people, where Phoenix is county seat — leaving McCain so distant from control that in January 2014, both the Maricopa…Continue Reading

What Do The Islamic State And Communists Have In Common?

January 20, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY How should a free society react when confronted with a subversive movement that seeks to exploit our liberty to destroy it? Matthew Olsen, who was then director of the National Counterterrorism Center, gave a speech at the Brookings Institution in September that pointed to a growing threat to people in the Middle East and to the free nations of the West. Radical Muslim terrorists fighting in Iraq and Syria under the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant had revealed their great vision. “By late June, ISIL declared the establishment of an Islamic caliphate under the name the ‘Islamic State’ and called for all Muslims to pledge support to the group and its…Continue Reading

Joseph Farah Vs. Pope Francis

January 19, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The question of how evolution should be handled in Catholic schools and by Catholic parents continues to be an issue. Pope Francis offered some comments recently to those who feel there is no reason for Catholics to defend a literal interpretation of Genesis. Speaking at an unveiling of a statue of Pope Benedict XVI at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope stated flatly that evolution and the Big Bang theory are “not incompatible” with the Church’s teachings on the origins of the universe and human life: “The Big Bang, which today we hold to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine Creator, but, rather, requires it. Evolution in…Continue Reading