Friday 27th March 2015

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Justice And Peace And People Of Good Will

March 27, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PHILIP TROWER Some weeks back, in an article called “The New Creation” (see The Wanderer, February 5, 2015, p. 5A), I sketched the outlines of the Church’s recently developed teaching on the role of civilization, culture, and science in God’s overall plan. The development, I explained, as has so often happened in the Church’s history, has been provoked mainly by criticisms or misunderstandings from outside, the chief being that the Church is only interested in the salvation of souls. This article will deal with a parallel criticism: namely that her preoccupation with the individual’s salvation has made her indifferent not only to cultural progress, science above all, but to what could be called “social progress”; that is, improving the…Continue Reading

Was This A Joke? Lincoln’s Death A Grand Catholic Conspiracy

March 26, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By RAY CAVANAUGH It may be a joke in that there isn’t much evidence to support the claim, but for many years there was a segment of the U.S. population that believed Lincoln’s assassination — which occurred 150 years ago this April 14 — was the work of a Jesuit conspiracy leading all the way to the Vatican. In the wake of Lincoln’s murder, some put the blame on enemy Confederate leader Jefferson Davis; others blamed Vice President Andrew Johnson, suspecting that he wanted the presidency; but the notion which gained the most momentum was that the murder was a Catholic conspiracy. According to William Hanchett, author of The Lincoln Murder Conspiracies, “Since some Americans were in the habit of…Continue Reading

Pro-Life Interfaith Conference . . . Includes Muslim Doctor, Catholic Sheriff, Baptist Educator

March 25, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN MESA, Ariz. — A daylong pro-life interfaith conference in metropolitan Phoenix’s East Valley area featured some Arizona speakers recognized around the nation, including M. Zuhdi Jasser, MD, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Speakers from Catholic, Protestant, Latter-day Saints, and Muslim faiths addressed topics including abortion, euthanasia, conscience and politics at a conference center here with the legendary Superstition Mountains looming to the east. Jasser, chairman of the bioethics committee at a Phoenix hospital, often goes before a national media audience to defend and advocate harmonizing the Muslim faith with pluralism and democracy. His organization’s website is aifdemocracy.org. “The protection of the unborn is something that has become…Continue Reading

Life And Death In The Postmodern World

March 24, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO It was not very long ago that being “modern” was considered being “up-to-date.” That is no longer the case. Now, if one wants to be in tune with the times, he must be a card-carrying citizen of the postmodern world. Times change, but they do so imperceptibly and often catch people off guard. A little more than four years ago, in 2010, the Canadian Parliament voted 228-59 against a Private Member’s Bill to legalize euthanasia. On February 6, 2015, all nine Supreme Court judges ruled that prohibitions against physician-assisted suicide constituted a violation of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Dr. Margaret Somerville, one of Canada’s leading ethicists, has drawn her readers’ attention to how culture can…Continue Reading

A Movie Review . . . “Do You Believe?” Delivers The Good News

March 23, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES “A dozen different souls — all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the cross of Christ…even if they don’t believe it. Yet.” That statement pretty much sums up this terrific new movie which is the latest in a fast-growing trend of Christian films that keep cropping up on movie screens and on DVD players across the nation. Given the current culture wars, it certainly is no accident or coincidence that some of these independent movie studios and filmmakers are putting these films out. While terrorist attacks against Christians are swelling across the globe and even in some incidents here,…Continue Reading

Voters Recoil . . . Oblivious GOP Congressional Leaders Fritter Away Support They Won

March 22, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN The national Republican establishment apparently already has managed to start frittering away the GOP’s standing with Americans after its “wave” election victory last November against Barack Obama’s policies. At key points in this new congressional session, Republican leadership has acted as if it’s playing on Obama’s own team, including jerking an important pro-life bill off the U.S. House calendar, craftily cooperating with Obama to fund his “executive amnesty,” and successfully passing his nomination of “open borders” Loretta Lynch as attorney general through a vital Senate committee. On March 16 the Washington Examiner reported that in a new random Gallup survey, Republicans dropped five points in favorability since last November. “Forty percent viewed Republicans favorably last September,” the…Continue Reading

Humanitarian Worker Writes . . . To Defeat ISIS, Christians, Jews, And Muslims Must Cooperate

March 21, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN The death squads of ISIS plan and hope to rip out what’s close to our hearts, and drain our hearts themselves. The black jihadist ISIS flag flying in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. That was the superimposed image for the cover picture of the ISIS magazine in October 2014. The Pope dead, the Sistine Chapel turned into a market for sex slaves or a prison for those awaiting execution, the severed heads of Vatican workers atop the Bernini colonnade stretching out from Catholicism’s greatest basilica. On the march to “conquer Rome” was the message in February when ISIS terrorists beheaded Coptic Christians on the beach in Libya. “This isn’t a far-fetched dream they aim to realize. This…Continue Reading

Praying For The Jews To Be Converted

March 20, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JOHN YOUNG Should we pray and work for the conversion of the Jews? Until recent years a Catholic would have answered affirmatively without hesitation. But since the Second Vatican Council that position has been questioned and even denied by some people. A striking example of this is found in the change made by religious congregations founded to pray and work for the conversion of the Jewish people: the Congregations of Our Lady of Sion. One section is composed of priests and religious brothers, the other of religious sisters. Their founder, Theodore Ratisbonne, converted from Judaism in 1826, and devoted his life to the apostolate of helping the Jewish people to accept the Catholic faith. This work was central to…Continue Reading

Barack Obama: Meet Walter Bagehot

March 19, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Am I certain that President Obama is not familiar with the work of the 19th-century British economist Walter Bagehot? No, but I would bet that he isn’t. It is a curious paradox that I have observed for decades now: Conservatives of a scholarly bent will be familiar with the leading thinkers on the left, but the left-wing intelligentsia tends to be oblivious to the work of the best writers on the right. Check it out yourself if you doubt me; ask around. Conservative intellectuals will be familiar with the central theories of Marx, Freud, George Bernard Shaw, and the Fabians, but, with rare exceptions, you will not find left-wing intellectuals who will be able to discuss…Continue Reading

But Pols, Bishops Ignore Threat . . . Former Border Enforcer Says Cut Line Seems Like Sabotage

March 18, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — It was more than a reminder of how modern life heavily relies on high tech when a fiber-optic cable from Phoenix to northern Arizona intentionally was cut, widely disabling the Internet, cell phones, and landlines. Among reported problems, merchants couldn’t process transactions, students couldn’t do homework, ATMs didn’t function, weather forecasts weren’t complete, and law enforcement couldn’t use databases for at least a few hours, depending on where they were, on February 25. Repair crews had to search for where attackers had dug into the rocky soil in the desert and cut open a buried metal pipe, then continued to slice through the powerful yet vulnerable fiber-optics. Investigators reportedly thought power tools were used because…Continue Reading