Monday 18th November 2019

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Defining “Safe Space” . . . A Place For Leftists To Hide From Their Own Hate And Damage

November 17, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Defining “Safe Space” . . . A Place For Leftists To Hide From Their Own Hate And Damage

By DEXTER DUGGAN

The passage of a half-century or more can bring on considerable change in a technological era, but new decades being born don’t invert physical laws.
The principles of flight remain the same, although biplanes getting off the ground applied them differently than spacecraft leaving the stratosphere.
Communication connects people with each other and events, but an early electrical telegraph had a world of difference with electronically based twenty-first century social media.
On the other hand, left-wing political causes have a way of going from one point to its exact, conflicting polar opposite, but all in the same name of some brand of justice or equality.
Consider how the Berkeley, Calif., so-called Free Speech Movement that began to assault U.S. society in the mid-1960s bears no resemblance to what leftists claim regarding speech now.
On the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, 1960s radicals sprouted to say that free speech meant their ability to scream and spit obscenities right in your face. If you didn’t like that, better get used to it anyway.
Critics called it the Filthy Speech Movement, a part of the rioting drugs and sex campus anti-culture that seemed to erupt right out of the blue — or, more likely, from the depths of Hades. Everything had to be questioned or defied, no matter how disruptive or bruising the process.
If leftists felt insufficiently in control back then, a look at the Berkeley website the evening of November 13 showed the campus to be under their firmly censorious heels now. Only one way is acceptable now, set to the grating tune of left-wing sloganeering.
The officially sanctioned propaganda blasts included the school’s chancellor posting about confronting “the forces of hatred, intolerance, and division,” a law school admonition on “defeating racial fearmongering,” a lecture on “social justice and carbon reduction,” and a film on “indigenous activism.”
In language more appropriate to Soviet Newspeak, Berkeley proclaimed that its “Division of Equity & Inclusion provides leadership, accountability & inspiration to the UC Berkeley campus in integrating equity, inclusion, and diversity into all aspects of university life.”
Diverse? Procrustean is far more accurate. … Continue Reading

Familiar Issues Arise At USCCB Annual Meeting

November 16, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Familiar Issues Arise At USCCB Annual Meeting

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops held its fall meeting this past week, and it was designed to be uneventful. New officers were elected, new chairmen were assigned, various reports were accepted. “Many bishops express their strong support and to continue the moment[um] from last year,” read the USCCB notice on Twitter as the meeting opened.
Of course, last year any momentum they might have had was ground to a halt by Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, who abruptly shut down the bishops’ discussion of the then-Cardinal McCarrick investigation, leaving them little else to do but go home. Several bishops insisted on addressing McCarrick and the charges made by former Papal Nuncio Carlo Maria Viganò. But Cupich would have none of it. Rome would do the investigating, he said, and the report would soon be forthcoming.
That was a year ago. This time around, it was Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s task to explain that, no, the report wasn’t finished yet. “The Vatican wants it to be as transparent as possible,” he said, “which is why it’s taking so long.” O’Malley expects it to be released “soon.”
Call that “momentum” if you like, or call it “dead in the water.” But two issues of substance did arise this week that go to the heart of what Msgr. George Kelly called “The Battle for the American Church” forty years ago. The first issue was introduced by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Pope Francis’ nuncio to the United States. In his address opening the meeting, Pierre didn’t waste any time. He pointed to the authority of Pope Francis as the keystone to reforming the American Church. … Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood… Gave Virginia Governor Infanticide Talking Points

November 15, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Planned Parenthood… Gave Virginia Governor Infanticide Talking Points

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam used Planned Parenthood abortion and infanticide talking points to run his press operations last January.
Gov. Northam did a public radio interview after he and Democratic Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran introduced HB 2491, known as The Repeal Act, which would repeal restrictions on third trimester abortions all the way up to 40 weeks. This includes killing the child during or after delivery. The Repeal Act removes hospital requirements on clinics and providers, laws that mandate informed consent, a combination of mandatory ultrasounds, literature, the 24-hour waiting period for abortions in Virginia, and additional doctor requirements for late-term abortions.
Northam tried to defend infanticide when he said, “If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and mother.”
Planned Parenthood was actually providing abortion talking points to Northam, other government officials, and the media after that radio interview.
Public records obtained by Judicial Watch from Northam’s office reveal that Alexsis Rodgers, a former policy director in the lieutenant governor’s office, was using a ppav.org (Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia) email account. Rodgers sent talking points from her ppav.org email account titled “Topline messages for Northam” to PPAV representative Missy Wesolowski, who then forwarded them to the Virginia secretary of Health and Human Services, Gena Berger. … Continue Reading

Boring Catechesis Produces Boring Catholics

November 14, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Boring Catechesis Produces Boring Catholics

By SHAUN KENNEY

One of our readers raised a concern about a Catholic evangelization program for teenagers entitled ChristLife, which is designed as a supplement or substitute for your more traditional CCD programs.
Specifically, there is a section that includes the “Romans Road” so often used by Protestants to convert Catholics that ends with a recitation of the Sinners Prayer — a non-biblical prayer used by proponents of Sola Scriptura to advocate for non-scriptural dogmas such as Sola Scriptura.
Now if one wants a truly Catholic program?
Look no further than the Culture of Life Studies Program sponsored by American Life League, either as a supplement or a curriculum entirely devoted to promoting the dignity of human life.
I am certain there are other programs available, but truth be told? So many of them succeed in one thing: boring students to tears.
I speak as someone who has suffered through as a young man listening to 50-year-old youth directors attempt to get us all riled up about the “spirit of Vatican II” and the “reform of the reform” with tambourines and guitars and the like.
Problem is, most of us had no idea what reform needed to be reformed, much less what we were actually trying to reform.
Meanwhile, five days of the week our public schools continued to push condoms and birth control and “safe sex” while listening to music about drug use and violence. Our teachers pretended to teach us, and we pretended to learn.
After school, it was Beavis and Butt-Head and MTV while watching our president question the definition of the word “is”.
Catholicism in the Diocese of Arlington became a refuge from that nonsense. Deep down, we knew we were being sold a bill of goods. Deep down, we knew that Holy Mass was the centerpiece that resisted all of that nonsense. … Continue Reading

Not Just Another Cheap Imitation

November 13, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Not Just Another Cheap Imitation

By JOE SIX-PACK

When talking about religion, I find it sad when I hear people say things like “The only thing that matters is that we all believe in the same God” or “One Christian religion is just as good as another” or “Let’s just agree to disagree.”
These comments are saddening because they all demonstrate a scandal of Christianity. There are so many Christian religions to choose from that people have become indifferent to the whole idea of thinking about which church is the right one to belong to. But we Catholics can honestly and should assertively say, “Jesus established one Christian religion, and that religion is the Catholic Church!”
The ecumenical movement of the 70s did far more damage than good. We squandered a perfect opportunity to gather millions of converts to Jesus’ Church, but those leaders of the movement were terrified by the idea of offending non-Catholics. In reality, we should’ve demonstrated to non-Catholics the things we have in common with their Christian religions, then led them to the reality of the Church founded by Christ. And proving the Catholic Church is the only one established by Christ is the focus of this column.
There are a number of proofs that the Catholic Church was established by Christ. The first proof I always point to is history. John Henry Cardinal Newman, arguably the greatest Christian apologist of the nineteenth century, was a member of the Oxford Movement — a vehemently anti-Catholic organization in England.
Fellow members tasked the young Anglican scholar with writing a history of Christianity. On the day his new Christian history was rolling off the printing press, Newman was being received into the Catholic Church. When asked what caused him to turn from his vehement anti-Catholicism and convert to Catholicism, his response was quite simple. He said, “To know history is to be Catholic.” Why? Because history alone proves that the Catholic Church was founded by Jesus Christ. We should all read Church history, because nothing will instill pride more.
By the way, it was also Cardinal Newman who said the greatest tragedy in the Church is an ignorant laity. That’s just some food for thought. … Continue Reading

A Potpourri . . . “Refounding” The Institute, Pachamama, And Other Matters

November 12, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on A Potpourri . . . “Refounding” The Institute, Pachamama, And Other Matters

By GEORGE A. KENDALL

I wrote this in the last days (Thank God) of what some might call the Satanic Synod, known to others as the Amazonian Synod. As the dust settles, I would like to offer one thought in particular on the subject of the synod’s obsession with inculturation, and with it the notion that we need to help the “indigenous peoples” to keep their traditional “spiritualities” (a word that I am coming to have an allergic reaction to).
This is one of those partial truths that cry out for qualification and clarification, not the confusion the synod perpetrators seemed so bent on. Yes, there are many truths in the pagan religions, among them the sense of cosmic order and the reverence for the fertility of the Earth. This is something the Church recognized when she preserved the writings of pagan authors, knowing that we could benefit from the truths in these writings while rejecting the errors. St. Thomas, for instance, was heavily influenced by Aristotle and managed to find much that was compatible with Christianity in his writings, while rejecting what was erroneous.
So what we need to do in evangelizing pagans is to find what is true, even if distorted, in their religions, and to show that it can be found in Christianity, purified and complete, not partial and distorted.
Let us take the cult of fertility, for example. The awe at fertility is certainly grounded in truth. But then come the distortions, in the form of cultic practices like human sacrifice to fertility goddesses, orgies, temple prostitution, and so on. All these practices are abominations, deeply destructive to humanity. But for Christians, the holiness of fertility is embodied in Mary, the Holy Mother of God, the Theotokos or God-bearer. The truth found in the cult of Mother Earth is purified and brought to completion in her. The fertility of the creation, constantly bringing forth new life, is fully revealed in her alone, whose fertility made it possible for her to give birth to her Creator. … Continue Reading

The Little Sisters Of The Poor Refuse To Buckle

November 11, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on The Little Sisters Of The Poor Refuse To Buckle

By DEACON MIKE MANNO, JD

Well, I guess there is nothing stopping the Tolerant Left from trying to force the Little Sisters of the Poor into violating their religious beliefs by providing contraception, abortion, and sterilization coverage, among other evils. In fact, there is a decided effort by the left to eviscerate the conscience rights of anyone who does not embrace the left’s high sacrament styled as “reproductive freedom.”
This issue, of course, arises out of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare. Interestingly, the ACA does not require coverage of the above-mentioned sacrament. It does, however, authorize the executive branch to provide for “such additional preventive care and screenings” as deemed necessary, which it did. Thus the requirements for such coverage came, not from Congress, but from the agencies controlled by President Obama.
The requirement that covered employers must provide certain medical care without cost or copay to employees naturally raised the hackles of religious (real religions, not the faux religion of the left) employers who claimed that the requirements of those administrative rules violated the tenets of their faith. Prominent among them was the Little Sisters of the Poor. To refresh everybody’s memory, the Little Sisters is a Catholic order of nuns who care for the elderly poor. It was founded in France by Jeanne Jugan for that purpose in 1839.
Finding themselves between a rock and a hard place, the Little Sisters turned to the courts for relief from the Obama’s administrative burden (comply or pay heavy fines) and won a unanimous victory in the Supreme Court in 2016. After taking office in January of 2017, President Trump issued an executive order directing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to write an exemption from the contraceptive mandate for the Little Sisters and other religious organizations thus affected.
Win one for the good guys — or gals, as the case may be.
But hold on to your hats! The progressives, who included Democrat attorneys general from numerous states, went to court to protect the sacred sacraments of the left. The results were injunctions issued against the new HHS religious exemptions, one in California which applied to the entire Ninth Circuit and a nationwide injunction from a Pennsylvania federal court. Both injunctions have been upheld by their respective appellate courts. … Continue Reading

As Mormon Families Drove By… Here’s Why Cartel Assassins Were In Northern Mexico

November 10, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on As Mormon Families Drove By… Here’s Why Cartel Assassins Were In Northern Mexico

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — Like the lawbreaker who reputedly shrugged that he robbed banks because that’s where the money is, vicious Latino criminals gather just south of the Southwestern United States because that’s the porous entryway for their booming illicit businesses.
On November 4, the month of Thanksgiving and the month before Christmas, three mothers and six children, including two infants, were slaughtered and other youngsters in a three-vehicle caravan were wounded when their innocent drive through northern Mexico, not far from Arizona, ran afoul of terrorist-like gunmen.
Open borders has been the poisoned holy grail of vote-hungry U.S. Democrats, big-business Republicans, and Catholic Church bureaucrats for far too long. This deadly drink led to still more deaths in violent cartel-land with the brutal attack on the offshoot U.S. Mormon families living in Sonora, which borders the Grand Canyon State.
To enjoy dual citizenship and be bilingual in rural northern Mexico might seem a wonderful life, although subject to the limitations of all earthly existence, except for the lawless gangs of the land whose criminal lusts are worsened by the opportunities abundant near open borders.
And what could be more enticing than a U.S. whose addled leftists dangle sanctuary cities and states before them, where crime can pay even more? Thanks, Dems, GOP bizmen, and the bishops’ bureaucrats.
Meanwhile, some Americans headed to the polls on November 5 after dominant media once again had minimized dangers along the border for month after month.
National Public Radio reported on November 6: “The large Mormon community lives in an area just south of Arizona where rival cartels are currently at war, fighting to secure smuggling routes close to the U.S. border. But citing the intensity of the attack, relatives say the criminals intentionally killed carloads of women and children.” … Continue Reading

The Chronicles Of Pachamama

November 9, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on The Chronicles Of Pachamama

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

The “Amazon Synod” has finally ended. For three weeks a raft of advocacy, pageantry, heterodoxy, even idolatry, paraded through the Holy City’s streets and churches. While the synod was described as an opportunity to reflect on the Church’s mission to the region’s indigenous peoples, its stage managers quickly shifted to their desired narrative: women deacons, married priests, and the diluting of the Church’s teaching in order to accommodate the pagan religions of the region, as well as the worship of their gods and goddesses.
To put it bluntly, the synod’s cast of characters was stacked with theological and political leftists, steeped in the language of Liberation Theology. Many participants weren’t interested in theology at all. Consider: Former United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki Moon and Jeffrey Sachs were both invited by the synod’s organizers. The “theology” label just gave them cover for their agenda of worldwide abortion and population control.
One might say that the gathering served as a Rorschach test. It was quite vivid: Nuns calmly explaining how they hear “confessions”; a missionary bishop bragging that he hadn’t baptized one indigenous person in fifty years; a group of synod bishops declaring in the catacombs their devotion to Mother Earth and the fight against global warming; the bishops’ promise to “walk ecumenically with other Christian communities in the inculturation and liberating proclamation of the gospel with other religions.”
On hearing this palaver, some cheer, while others tremble in horror and fear of divine retribution. … Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . More Than One Valuable Resource Among Many

November 8, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review . . . More Than One Valuable Resource Among Many

By JAMES BARESEL

Probes: Deep Sea Diving into Saint John’s Gospel, by Peter Kreeft. (Ignatius: 2019). Order at Ignatius.com.

One of the most effective methods of indoctrination used by teachers, professors, and leaders of study groups is one which purports to ask students to “think for themselves” while in reality directing them to think on the basis of presuppositions which are merely taken for granted, as though not in need of justification let alone open to debate. The result is that the students, regardless of the questions they give to the questions they are asked, are formed in a habit of mind which assumes the truth of the presuppositions on the basis of which they were asked to think.
So, for example, a professor who wishes to inculcate leftist economic beliefs in his students will ask them what they think are the best ways to create economic equality. By leading students to think on the basis of the presupposition that economic equality is a goal at which we should aim, this question subliminally inculcates into students’ minds the belief that economic equality is in fact a good thing — often enough to the point that they take it for granted as an “obvious truth” and become impervious to rational argument on the topic.
To ask students to debate whether we should work for economic equality or whether property rights ought to take precedence would form them in a very different habit of mind. Asking them how best we can defend property rights against egalitarianism would form them in yet another one.
We can see the same method of indoctrination at work in many religious education programs. A religion teacher might, for example, use the story of the Good Samaritan as a basis for asking “who are the outsiders that aren’t accepted in today’s society or who haven’t been accepted by practicing Catholics?” Probably without, and if necessary with, some basic manipulation he can then ensure that the answers are dominated by a predictable laundry list of putative “victim groups.”
And the students will go away assuming that Christ was anachronistically advocating contemporary theories of “inclusiveness” rather than teaching that nationality was not among those factors determinative of who is to be included in and who excluded from membership of His Church. … Continue Reading

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Pope compares politicians who persecute gays, Jews to Hitler

Pope Francis denounced the persecution of gay people on Friday and compared public officials who stoke hatred and anti-gay sentiment to Hitler. Francis delivered his remarks at an international conference on criminal law at the Vatican City, Reuters reported. “It is…Continue Reading

7-year-old whose mom tried to ‘transition’ him chooses to attend school as a boy

DALLAS, Texas, November 5, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Seven-year-old James Younger, whose mother enrolled him in kindergarten as a “girl,” has finally been able to attend school as a boy for the first time. James’ parents’ fight over whether he should…Continue Reading

Cardinal Dolan on Biden communion denial: ‘I wouldn’t do it’

Washington D.C., Oct 31, 2019 / 04:58 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York has responded to questions about the denial of Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden last Sunday. On an Oct. 31…Continue Reading

Judge blocks Alabama law banning abortions, pro-lifers plan to appeal to Supreme Court

October 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Alabama’s ban on virtually all abortions will not take effect on November 15 as planned, thanks to a preliminary injunction issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson. In May, Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the Alabama…Continue Reading

Biden denied communion at South Carolina church over abortion stance, report says

Democratic front-runner Joe Biden was reportedly denied communion by a priest at a South Carolina Catholic church over the weekend. Biden, a lifelong Catholic, stopped by Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Florence on Sunday, but was denied Holy Communion by Father Robert E. Morey,…Continue Reading

Bishops call out Fr. James Martin for questioning if Bible is right to condemn homosexuality

October 24, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Fr. James Martin, S.J. is coming under fire from a U.S. bishop and a cardinal after a tweet appearing to question the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality. Yesterday afternoon, Fr. Martin posted the following to his…Continue Reading

Pope Francis appoints new head of Vatican security

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2019 / 04:39 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Tuesday appointed the second-in-command of Vatican security to head the City State’s national police force, after the resignation of the former chief Oct. 14. The pope named Oct. 15,…Continue Reading

Ecological ritual performed in Vatican gardens for pope’s tree planting ceremony

Vatican City, Oct 4, 2019 / 10:30 am (CNA).- Pope Francis witnessed an indigenous performance at a tree planting ceremony in the Vatican gardens Friday, during which people held hands and bowed before carved images of pregnant women, one of…Continue Reading

Young man stuns courtroom by forgiving brother’s murderer, urging her to seek Christ

DALLAS, Texas, October 3, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — In an incredible display of human compassion, a young man whose brother was shot and killed forgave the cop who had been found guilty of his murder. Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger shot and…Continue Reading

Cardinal Ouellet defends priestly celibacy ahead of Amazon synod

Rome, Italy, Oct 2, 2019 / 11:35 am (CNA).- Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, presented a book Wednesday arguing that in the face of challenges, the Church should not grab at quick solutions, but seek to…Continue Reading

President Trump Defends Religious Freedom at UN, Announces Campaign to Protect Churches

President Donald Trump urged nations across the world to protect religious freedom Monday in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly. Trump, the first U.S. president to highlight religious freedom at the UN, said America will set aside $25…Continue Reading

Archbishop Harry Flynn dies at 86

Minneapolis, Minn., Sep 23, 2019 / 03:40 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Harry Flynn, a former leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, has died. Flynn died Sunday in the St. Paul rectory where he had spent his final days…Continue Reading

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Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love

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  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

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Pope Francis proposes adding ‘ecological sin’ against ‘common home’ to catechism

VATICAN CITY, November 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis said today that he is thinking about adding the “‘ecological sin’ against our common home” to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. “We have to introduce―we are thinking about it―to the Catechism of the Catholic Church the sin against ecology, the ‘ecological sin’ against our common home, because a duty is at stake,” Pope Francis told his hearers. The Argentinian pontiff made the remark in a…Continue Reading

Jury rules against Daleiden, pro-lifers who exposed Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts

SAN FRANCISCO, California, November 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress undercover investigators have been found guilty of multiple crimes and must pay millions in damages to Planned Parenthood for the work they did in exposing organ harvesting on aborted babies. The jury of nine men and one woman released its verdict Friday afternoon after deliberating less than two days, even though the landmark civil trial

1 in 3 US bishops at fall meeting vote against calling abortion ‘pre-eminent’ issue

BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 12, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — American Catholic bishops showed today that the current pontificate has divided them on fighting abortion as a social justice priority, voting 143-69 to keep the issue “pre-eminent.” This morning during the Fall General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the bishops debated, and voted upon, a letter based on the USCCB’s document on political life, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizens.” At issue was the letter’s insistence…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke: Pope would be leading a schism if he endorsed errors in Amazon Synod working doc

November 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the Church’s most outspoken defenders of perennial Catholic teaching, suggested that Pope Francis could be leading a “schism” if he were to put his “stamp” of approval on the Amazon Synod’s controversial working document that has been criticized by top-ranking prelates, including Burke, as constituting apostasy, heresy, and “false teaching”. The Cardinal made this comment in a wide-ranging interview with Ross Douthat that was published

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News That Is Not News

By DONALD DeMARCO Back in 1973, when the Roe v. Wade decision was handed down, The New York Times editorialized that the Supreme Court had brought “an end to the emotional and divisive public argument.” In retrospect, this oracular statement appears not only completely wrong-headed, but actually somewhat comical. If anything, the divisiveness of the…Continue Reading

Bernie Leads His Party To Open Borders

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Some 100 members of an American Mormon community in northern Mexico, nine of whom — women, children, toddlers — were massacred weeks ago on a lonely stretch of highway, just crossed over into Arizona. Other family members who have lived there for decades will follow. The atrocity was the work of…Continue Reading

U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chair… Supports Dignity For Aborted Children Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. (ZENIT) — Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Pro-Life Activities, sent a letter on October 31, 2019, to members of the U.S. Congress in support of S. 2590 and HR 4934, the Dignity for Aborted Children Act. In the letter, Archbishop Naumann cited the…Continue Reading

Cardinal Pell . . . Objected To Controversial Vatican Hospital Loan

By ED CONDON VATICAN CITY (CNA) — A 50 million euro loan request to secure the purchase of a bankrupt hospital was vetoed by George Pell Cardinal Pell and financial authorities at the Institute for Works of Religion, commonly called the Vatican Bank, before it was approved by the Holy See’s central bank, APSA, where…Continue Reading

Reverence: The Ultimate Form Of “Active Participation” In The Sacred Liturgy

By JAMES MONTI Over the decades since the Second Vatican Council, a lot has been said and debated concerning the concept of “active participation” in the Mass and how this should properly be defined. There has been a growing recognition and consensus that active participation is not about inventing external roles for everyone to play…Continue Reading

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Editor’s Note: In a recent weekly bulletin, Fr. George Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City offered these perceptive comments: “ ‘Secularism’ is a religion with a non-creedal creed censuring those who do not believe in unbelief. Young people in the United States who claim to have ‘No Religion’ — called ‘Nones’ — now outnumber Catholics,…Continue Reading

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Bringing An Era To An End

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Mal. 3:19-20a 2 Thess. 3:7-12 Luke 21:5-19 In the Gospel reading today our Lord tells His listeners that the day would come when the Temple would be destroyed and not one stone would be left upon another. When the people asked what the sign would be to let…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Life Is Beautiful With Final Judgment In View

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The prospect of final judgment brings negative impressions, images, or emotions to mind for many. Sometimes it also does so for some who claim our Catholic faith. As a step along the way to spiritual maturity, we must often be purged of our childish or worldly impressions. With an authentic and deeper faith, the prospect…Continue Reading

God’s Plan… Embrace Glorious Chastity

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND (Editor’s Note: As Bishop Strickland has been traveling, he wasn’t able to submit a column for this week’s Wanderer. Instead, we reprint here, with permission, his reflections on chastity from his Bishop’s Blog of February 14, 2019.) + + + In the year 2019, we live in a world that’s off kilter. One of the…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Guido Maria Conforti

By CAROLE BRESLIN Many men and women who have established religious orders had to overcome various obstacles to obtain canonical approval. In addition to finding those persons with the same heart to serve God’s people, they must acquire housing, and find funding. These may be worldly concerns, but they are still important. Founders must also consider the statutes for their…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Joseph Pignatelli

By CAROLE BRESLIN Since the founding of the Society of Jesus in 1540 by St. Ignatius of Loyola up to the mid-eighteenth century, the order of priests and brothers had met with phenomenal success. But despite the high respect the Jesuits received from Popes, bishops, and kings, they eventually found themselves exiled and suppressed. The same bishop who started the…Continue Reading

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