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Fr. Fessio Weighs In . . . Why Did Pope Choose Homosexuality-Activist Priest For Pontifical Council?

May 27, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP, former master general of the Dominican order, isn’t unique among certain well-known, dissident Church figures whose cultivation of a “Spirit of Vatican II” far exceeds anything officially done by that council a half-century ago. Still, many faithful Catholics were dismayed by the May 16 announcement that Pope Francis chose Radcliffe as a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Once again the direction of the Church seemed up for grabs, rekindling an issue of uncertainty for both the 2014 and 2015 sessions of the Synod on the Family. The announcement by Vatican Radio indicated nothing controversial about Radcliffe’s reputation. It said: “Ordained in 1971, Fr. Timothy is a longtime friend and…Continue Reading

Attorney Says . . . Hungarian Decision Should Bolster Those Seeking To Honor Humanity Of Unborn

May 26, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN A recent court ruling in Hungary against using parts of aborted babies for cosmetic purposes should provide inspiration to those fighting to tighten restrictions against related unethical practices in the United States, a pro-life attorney told The Wanderer. Steven Aden, a senior counsel with the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), said the decision “reflects the consensus in both Europe and the West that human beings in the womb are just that, human beings, and not commodities. . . . Life begins at conception.” Aden is director of the Center for Life Alliances at ADF, an organization that works across the U.S. and internationally to defend life, religious liberty, faith, and historic morality. He added that international laws…Continue Reading

PSLF

May 25, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK What do you think about PSLF, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program? I haven’t heard much about it since it was established during George W. Bush’s time in office. I recently came across an op-ed column in my local newspaper here in Connecticut describing how it works. The author was Tiffany Williams, who describes herself as an “idealist,” a woman from a working-class background who took out student loans to finance her $50,000 a year education at Columbia University’s graduate program in social work. That Williams is going into social work, rather seeking work in the corporate world, is why she thinks of herself as an idealist. The problem Williams faced was paying off the loans.…Continue Reading

Louis C.K. And His Hatred For The Catholic Church

May 24, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES “If the world hates you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you” (John 15:18). + + + While it’s no mystery that Catholics are hated and disparaged around the world far and wide, it still hurts me whenever I see people taking cheap shots at my Church. What is it about all the hatred that’s directed toward us? As we all know, there’s no love lost between the mainstream media industries of so-called entertainment and news and the Catholic Church. They despise us and I certainly don’t care much for them, either. It’s always interesting, however, to realize that the most rabid anti-Catholic celebrities would never have the guts to criticize another religion — even…Continue Reading

A Greek Orthodox Theologian . . . Pleads For A Petrine Primacy For The Patriarch Of Constantinople

May 23, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS Centuries of violent polemics against the Bishop of Rome’s affirmations of a universal authority and jurisdiction over all the Churches of East and West have marked the history of Eastern Orthodoxy since the rejection of the famous Reunion-Council of Florence (1439). What is interesting — despite the mellowing of attitudes with the advent of the ecumenical movement and participation of Orthodox hierarchs and theologians in dialogues with Catholic theologians — is the continued resistance of certain Orthodox bishops and theologians to “papism and the pan-heresy of ecumenism.” Orthodox websites have widely circulated articles by theologians Protopresbyter George D. Metallinos of the University of Athens; Protopresbyter Theodore Zisis of the Theological School of the University of Thessalonica; Archimandrite…Continue Reading

Open Letter To U.S. Bishops Attending The Synod… The Church’s Teachings On The Family Need No Updating

May 22, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By MICHAEL HARTNETT (Editor’s Note: Michael Hartnett lives with his family in the Chicago area, where he works as a project manager and public policy analyst. He has authored or coauthored numerous published reports that address federal transportation, environmental, and pension and retirement policies. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, he is studying at The Institute for Lay Formation, University of St. Mary of the Lake, in Mundelein, Ill.) + + + To the American Bishops participating in the Synod on the Family, I was disturbed recently to learn that my diocese has felt it necessary to survey the faithful regarding…Continue Reading

Is It Really All Our Fault?

May 22, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN As Middle America rises in rage against “fast track” and the mammoth Obamatrade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, The Wall Street Journal has located the source of the malady. A recent lead editorial began: “Here we go again. In the 1990s Pat Buchanan launched a civil war within the Republican Party on a platform targeting immigration and trade. Some claimed Pitchfork Pat was the future of the GOP, though in the end he mainly contributed to its presidential defeats.” But, woe is us, “the GOP’s Buchanan wing is making a comeback.” Now it is true that, while Nixon and Reagan won 49-state landslides and gave the GOP five victories in six presidential contests, the party…Continue Reading

Everyone God Creates Is Very Good

May 21, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JOHN PAUL LAVALLEE (Editor’s Note: John Paul Lavallee, a student at Our Lady of Lourdes, Bethesda, Md., wrote this pro-life essay that has won local and national awards. Wanderer columnist Fr. Kevin M. Cusick met this young man at a recent Maryland Right to Life banquet. Fr. Cusick points out that John Paul, who has autism, dictated his essay because he cannot read or write. Someone read the essay out loud for him at the banquet. (The Lavallee family granted The Wanderer permission to reprint John Paul’s essay. All rights reserved.) + + + I have many friends with autism, Down syndrome, and other disabilities. Some of them would have been aborted if their parents did not respect their…Continue Reading

The Withering Of The Episcopal Church

May 20, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I recently came across an article on the Huffington Post website entitled “The Withering of a Church Between Pastors” by Mark Osler, a professor of law at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. Osler describes how “my Episcopal church is fading before my eyes. Several months ago (because I usually arrive later for services), I would find myself wedged into the last few seats in the back of the church. Then a few months ago, I began to find plenty of seats, even for a latecomer. Now, there is row after row of empty pews as I walk in. The service is short, in large part because the offering is taken and communion distributed in…Continue Reading

Arizona Disdain For McCain . . . Rand Paul Talk Brings A Deeper Message To Phoenix Area

May 19, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN TEMPE, Ariz. — When national political candidates make speaking stops around the country, an additional message also can get delivered with heavy local implications. Just before Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul stepped to the microphones for a campus appearance at Arizona State University in this Phoenix suburb, Arizona GOP State Sen. Kelli Ward presented the libertarian-inclined Paul to the cheering crowd after asking, “Who is here because they want to fight for freedom?” The audience cheered at Ward’s question. Throughout the United States, Paul, a U.S. senator from Kentucky, is well-known for strong opposition to the overweening type of national-security government favored by none other than Arizona’s senior U.S. senator, John McCain. Since he became a national…Continue Reading