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A Pot Pourri . . . The Dark Forest, Constitutionalism, And Other Matters

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I got thinking recently about the opening Canto of Dante’s Inferno, where the poet finds himself lost in a dark forest. He tries to find the way and eventually comes to a hill which he tries to ascend, but is always stopped by ferocious animals, symbols of his sins. At last the Roman poet Virgil comes to meet him, and guides him, not only to the top of the hill, but from thence through Hell and Purgatory, till they reach the gates of Heaven, where his beloved Beatrice becomes his guide.
Not long ago, I realized all of a sudden how closely Dante’s account parallels my own journey back to the Church. I left as an undergraduate for mostly preposterous reasons, like an infatuation with liberal theology (Tillich, et al.), and a desire to be respected by the “intellectuals” on campus (I have since come to detest the use of this word as a noun). My years of apostasy were a time of deep darkness, with all kinds of moral, intellectual, and spiritual confusion and spells of depression, very much comparable to Dante’s dark forest.
And then, along came C.S. Lewis, whose apologetic writings I began to read, and that was when the light began to shine in the darkness that enveloped me. His clarity, his wit (“It is easier to pray for a bore than to go and see him”), his sense of the Light which is the center and source of all things, his vision of a creation which is filled with light, were refreshing to say the least, especially after some of the German thinkers I had read (or tried to read). There was an experience like being in a dark prison and realizing that there was no need to remain there, that all you had to do was get up and walk out into light and freedom. So I am convinced that C.S. Lewis led me out of my own dark forest just as surely as Virgil led Dante out of his. Praise be to Jesus Christ!
And now, in this annus horribilis we are suffering through, we find our whole world wandering lost in a very, very dark and tangled forest of our own making (with a lot of help from the Evil One). It is, humanly speaking, impossible to see any way out, but with God, all things are possible. Who will guide us out? Only Christ, with His Blessed Mother, can accomplish that. Deus, in adjutorium nostrum intende.
C.S. Lewis, pray for us.

  • + + Some pundits on the right have been using the term “soft totalitarianism” to characterize the kind of regime they expect will (perhaps soon) be replacing the American republic. Their expectation is that the new form of totalitarianism will not find it necessary to employ tactics like mass executions, forced labor camps, artificial famines, and so on to control people, unlike their counterparts in Russia, China, and Germany.
    Instead, they will use various forms of psychological manipulation, drugs, entertainment (bread and circuses). We will enjoy having our humanity taken away from us. It will be something you could call “feel-good” totalitarianism, a regime comparable to the one depicted in Huxley’s Brave New World. An interesting speculation, but one lacking a connection to reality.
    In 1965 (I think) I sat in on a lecture at Notre Dame by Eric Voegelin. One thing he said, speaking of totalitarian ideologues, has always stuck with me: “These men like to kill people.”
    Now, totalitarian ideologies are, I am convinced, the principal product of the so-called Enlightenment. During the nineteenth century, there were two men who understood the Enlightenment better than anyone — Dostoyevsky and Nietzsche. Both understood that it was about murder — the murder of God and the murder of mankind. What better way could there be to usurp divinity, to put yourself in the place of God (if such a thing were possible), than to claim the right of life and death over others, then to exercise that “right” on a huge scale?
    And so, mass murder is not merely a means used by totalitarian ideologues to get and keep power, it is the whole point of the thing. Murder is what totalitarian regimes are all about. They love it. That means that soft totalitarianism is a figment of the imagination. It may start out that way, but sooner or later the killing will start, and the results will look a lot more like Orwell’s 1984 than Brave New World. Get ready.
  • + + I admit to not feeling much reassured when I hear that a “conservative” nominee to the Supreme Court is a strict “constitutionalist” or “constructionist” who will make his or her decisions strictly on the existing law, including longstanding precedents, without factoring in his or her personal beliefs or preferences. This is what is called legal positivism, which holds that there is nothing beyond the human law by which it may be judged, no way to judge that a law is unjust. The only way we can judge that a law is unlawful and hence not binding on us is to find that when it was made, the lawmakers failed to follow the rules embedded in the law for the enactment of laws. So, for instance, if a particular law requires a two-thirds majority in Congress and failed to meet that requirement, it might be overturned. But it cannot be nullified simply because it is unjust.
    Now, is the natural law merely a preference, a subjective “value” with no objective reality? Of course not. The natural law is the order of creation, grounded in the loving will of the Creator. It is the very structure of reality. Now human law, whose function is to rightly order human reality, including the state and the social order, the right relationships among human beings, must order these things in accordance with this structure of reality, which means in accordance with the natural law. Otherwise, law is arbitrary and justice is only “the right of the stronger” — the sociopath’s idea of law.
    So the genuine constitutionalist judge should not reject a law or a precedent because he dislikes it but should reject it because he finds that it is contrary to the natural law, i.e., to reality. But our courts have not been doing things that way for a long time. Nearly half a century ago, our Supreme Court legalized abortion, an act egregiously contrary to the natural law, condemning tens of millions of human infants to death.
    Since then, it has been challenged repeatedly by new lawsuits aimed at getting the court to overturn it. All have failed, because invariably the court, with the collaboration of “conservative” appointees, falls back on the doctrine of stare decisis, according to which you respect precedents unless there is a very compelling reason to overturn them, and the court has so far been unable to find such a reason (if 60 million dead babies isn’t compelling, what is?).
    Yes, we need constitutionalists, but ones capable of exercising the kind of simple common sense shown by Justice Thomas, when he said, in regard to the abortion cases, that all those precedents are wrong and need to be overturned.
    So what we desperately need now is natural law jurisprudence. The arguments for it are compelling to anyone who believes in Creator and Creation, hence that there is reality and that it can be known. The “nothing is real” crowd have disqualified themselves from taking part in the debate, and should shut up.
    (© 2020 George A. Kendall)

Working 24/7…And Obeying God

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One day, two men stood outside the parish church after Holy Mass and carried on a conversation. One said to the other, “Why, Bill, you’ve put on some weight! Don’t you work anymore?”
“I work about twenty-four hours a day,” replied Bill with all seriousness.
“Impossible!” exclaimed his friend.
“Not with a system,” Bill began to explain. “I work twelve hours down at the shop and around the house. Then I support our parish, the diocese, and mission work — that money works even while I’m sleeping.”
Bill understands the precept of the Church that “the faithful are obliged to assist with the material needs of the church, each according to his own ability” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2043). The parish can’t exist without the financial and prayerful support of its parishioners.
Although no one likes to compare a parish church to a business, it does indeed meet anyone’s criteria for a business. Every business has a deliverable — a product or a service. Your parish’s deliverables are Baptism, Confirmation, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Confession, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, spiritual consolation, spiritual growth, and aid to others in the form of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
Every business also has overhead, and your parish’s overhead is at the very least the costs for grounds and building maintenance, heating, cooling, lighting, cleaning, office expenses, water, sewer, and all the little perks you enjoy from your parish. If there is a school…well, that usually costs more than the tuitions being charged. And if your parish is involved with special services to people in need, that is itself a tremendous cost in remaining true to Christ’s command to go out into all the world.
Every business must make a profit. This is where people get a bad feeling in the pit of their stomachs when talking about the parish church as if it were a business, but the parish must take in more than it spends or it can’t survive — which is the principal reason bishops close parishes. Not only must a parish take in at least as much as it is required to spend, but it must take in more. Why? For the same reasons you have a savings account. What happens if the pipes freeze and break? What happens if the heating system goes out? What happens when office equipment breaks or wears out? If a parish is only taking in as much as it spends, how are these things paid for? They must be taken care of from the parish collections that exceed expenditures.
Apart from the cold business aspects of parish finances, there is also the spiritual aspect. The Church does have the fifth precept (a Church law) we are all required in conscience to obey: “You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church.” That law of the Church is more fully explained in the 1983 Code of Canon Law: “The Christian faithful are obliged to assist with the needs of the Church so that the Church has what is necessary for divine worship, for apostolic works and works of charity and for the decent sustenance of ministers” (Canon 222, para. 1). This canon law and the fifth precept have as their basis some of the biblical writings of St. Paul.
“Now concerning the contribution for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that contributions need not be made when I come” (1 Cor. 16:1-2).
“The point is this: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and provide in abundance for every good work” (2 Cor. 9:6-8).
It is a pitiful commentary on modern Catholics that statistically only 10 percent of parishioners provide 90 percent of the parish income. Are we to believe 90 percent of parishioners are thoughtless and selfish? That would seem to be the implication. That Catholics don’t give as they should seems totally unreasonable to me. After all, you wouldn’t dream of expecting the products or services of any business without having to pay for it — or taking services from government without paying taxes, both of which are compelled contributions. Why would you expect the parish to be able to provide all it does without making a decent free-will contribution?
Ah, yes, the free-will contribution brings up another matter. Many Catholic theologians have taught that the Old Testament law of tithing (giving 10 percent of your earnings) is still in force under the New Covenant, while others claim it is merely free-will contributions from your excess. Both are acceptable theological thought, as the Church has never ruled on that one way or the other. But for those who agree with the tithing concept, many of those theologians promoting a gift of 10 percent tell us that 5 percent is actually sufficient in America because government has chosen to take on some of the Church’s responsibilities through entitlement programs through taxation.
Regardless of how you view what is acceptable, the bottom line is you need to begin examining your conscience to determine how well you’re obeying the fifth precept of the Church. It is wrong that only 10 percent of your fellow parishioners provide 90 percent of the parish income, and it is equally wrong that you should expect them to carry you while you enjoy all the benefits without contributing to them.
But what if you lack the resources to make a contribution to the collection basket? If you honestly cannot contribute to the parish financially, then you are obliged to contribute in other ways. For example, if your pastor has to pay someone to clean the church, why can’t a group of you organize and take turns cleaning up? Who mows the grass? Maybe you could. Maybe you have the wherewithal to teach a class or chaperone parish kids on outings planned by the parish. There are countless ways you can contribute to the parish . . . if you can’t afford to make financial contributions.
If you have a question or comment you can reach out to me through the “Ask Joe” page of JoeSixpackAnswers.com, or you can email me at Joe@CantankerousCatholic.com.
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Who’s The Ringleader Behind All The Trump Smears?

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(Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on WorldNetDaily, www.wnd.com, October 9. All rights reserved.)

OK — I did my duty and watched the vice-presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris – but I could have done without Harris’ constant smirking. As a longtime Californian, I’m familiar with Harris’ liberal history and her politics, so nothing she would say or do could surprise me.
I knew going in that nothing would change my mind as to how I’ll vote on Election Day — and I will go to the polls and vote in person.
I never vote by mail — because I don’t trust the Post Office. I’ve endured so many of their mistakes in deliveries over the last couple of years, I worry about anything I mail — from bill payments to personal correspondence. They manage to screw it all up, repeatedly.
So, after watching Mike and Kamala go at it, I realized nothing had changed and California politics have thoroughly infiltrated the national ticket, continuing the Obama “legacy.” Media coverage of this debate and the debate between Trump and Biden proves the point.
We’re dealing with the most biased media this country has ever endured. I worked in television news and radio news for a very long time, and I will tell you that the control the leftist media has over the news that’s reported to the public is almost beyond belief.
So much of what we’re dealing with is the effort of the left to perpetuate the mythology they generated about the entire life and career of Barack Obama. The left is still patting themselves on the back that they elected the “first black president,” and they’ll never let us forget it.
If you really want your eyes — and mind — opened as to how … Continue Reading

Fr. Altman . . . The blood of babies is ‘on the hands’ of bishops if Biden wins in 2020

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A Beacon Of Light… The Seventh And Tenth Commandments: Theft And Envy

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(Editor’s Note: Fr. Richard D. Breton Jr. is a priest of the Diocese of Norwich, Conn. He is currently the parochial vicar of St. Andrew Parish in Colchester and St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Lebanon. He received his BA in religious studies and his MA in dogmatic theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn.)

Welcome back to our continuing examination of conscience. Today we will focus on the Seventh and Tenth Commandments. The Seventh and Tenth Commandments focus on respecting and honoring the possessions of others.
The Seventh Commandment is: Thou shall not steal. This Commandment forbids the act of taking someone else’s property. The Catholic Church believes that this Commandment also denounces cheating people of their money or property, depriving workers of their just wage, or not giving employers a full day’s work for a full day’s pay. Embezzlement, fraud, tax evasion, and vandalism are all considered extensions of violations of the Seventh Commandment.
The Tenth Commandment is: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods.” The Tenth Commandment forbids wanting to take someone else’s property. Along with the Seventh Commandment, this Commandment condemns theft and the feelings of envy, greed, and jealousy in reaction to what other people have.
As I was preparing to write this week’s column, I was reminded of the first time I experienced what was meant by stealing. I was about 5 years old and went to the grocery store with my mother. As we were going down the candy aisle, I asked if I could have a candy bar. The answer was an immediate no. I did not listen and when … Continue Reading

Life Trumps All . . .

October 23, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Life Trumps All . . .


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Four year ago, The Wanderer endorsed President Trump for his bid for the presidency, because of his commitment and promises for the pro-life cause. Today, four years later, American voters are again faced with a stark contrast. On the one hand, we have a candidate who has a four-year track record of exemplary support for life at all stages, arguably more than any other president in our day. On the other hand, we have a candidate who calls himself a “devout” Catholic — yet flouts his beliefs in the face of Church teachings — boasting a lifelong political career in support of abortion along with his uber-progressive running mate insisting that the taxpayers fund abortions.

And if those credentials aren’t enough to pass for a “devout” Catholic — he even presided over a “gay” wedding while serving as vice president.

Hark back to that dark day, January 22, 1973, when our country turned its back on the Author of Life Himself, our Creator, and in a bold defiant burst of arrogance our nation proclaimed in the form of law, saying — NO, we will decide who lives and dies. Satan’s resounding victory on that fateful day in which Roe v. Wade became the law of the land continues to have a stranglehold on our society to this day. As we look at the cultural landscape of this country today we see the ruins and the destruction upon our communities that Roe v. Wade continues to inflict today. This is still the premier issue of our day.

The lines continue to blur between good and evil now — even more as the effects of this evil decision continue to filter into all aspects of our society, as Pope St. John Paul II stated in Evangelium Vitae: “Not only is the fact of the destruction of so many human lives still to be born or in their final stage extremely grave and disturbing, but no less grave and disturbing is the fact that conscience itself, darkened as it were by such widespread conditioning, is finding it increasingly difficult to distinguish between good and evil in what concerns the basic value of human life.”

It is no secret that today’s golden calf – abortion — is now the litmus test for membership in the Democratic Party. Those that worship at the altar of abortion are finding … Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke . . . Statement on the Declarations of Pope Francis Regarding Civil Unions

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Oct 22, 2020

The worldwide communications media have reported with strong emphasis, as a change of course, the news that Pope Francis has declared that persons in the homosexual condition, as children of God, “have a right to have a family” and that “no one should be thrown out or be made unhappy because of it.” Moreover, they write that he has declared: “What we have to create is a civil union. In this way they will be legally covered. I have defended this.” The declarations were made in an interview with Evgeny Afineevsky, director of a documentary, “Francesco,” premiered on October 21, 2020, on the occasion of the Rome Film Festival (Festa del Film di Roma).

Such declarations generate great bewilderment and cause confusion and error among Catholic faithful, inasmuch as they are contrary to the teaching of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, and of the recent Magisterium by which the Church guards, protects and interprets the whole deposit of faith contained in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. They cause wonderment and error regarding the Church’s teaching among people of good will, who sincerely wish to know what the Catholic Church teaches. They impose upon … Continue Reading

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St. Teresa Of Jesus . . . And The Contrast Between The Faithful And The Faithless

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(Publisher’s Note: We have been blessed with the opportunity of having Fr. James Altman write a column for us this week and hope to have him as a regular in our weekly pages. You may recall that Fr. Altman was in the news recently because of his explosive and unapologetic homily on how Catholics can put themselves in the state of mortal sin by voting Democratic. We look forward to and welcome the unabashedly Catholic and truth-telling words of Fr. Altman to our weekly pages. Below is his homily for the Memorial of St. Teresa of Jesus, October 15.)

  • In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
    Dear family, grace and peace to you this morning on the feast day of the Catholic luminary St. Teresa of Jesus, a/k/a St. Teresa of Avila, a Carmelite nun, Virgin and Doctor of the Church. She was born about 505 years ago, on March 28, 1515 and was called to her eternal reward on October 15, 1582.
    She is renowned as a mystic, a reformer of both the women’s and the men’s Carmelite orders, an author and theologian of the contemplative life and of mental prayer.
    The movement she initiated was later joined by another luminary, Spanish Carmelite friar and mystic St. John of the Cross. As a simple aside, she eventually established the Discalced Carmelites, another order distinguished by not wearing shoes, either going barefoot or wearing sandals.
    Not surprisingly, her efforts to … Continue Reading

Gosh, Had I Known I Would Have Baked A Cake

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What was I thinking? As a former newspaper editor and reporter you would have thought that I’d remember National Newspaper Week at the beginning of this month. But, alas, I forgot. Too bad; I would have baked a cake had I remembered.
The nation’s newspapers are in a sorry state. Since the early 2000s nearly a quarter of U.S. newspapers have closed and employment in the industry has dropped by fifty percent. There are a lot of reasons for this including the rise of electronic media, cable news, and the changing demographics of the nation.
Had I baked that cake I could have used this year’s theme, “America Needs Journalists,” on the top of the cake. It’s a true sentiment, America does need journalists but not more of the kind that we now have: PR flacks for liberal causes. And, as good PR flacks will do, they not only point you to the news they want you to hear, but keep you away from that which is forbidden, lest we begin to doubt the party line.
I think I know what a true journalist is. He or she is a person who is curious about the things around them. They want to know how things they deal with really work. For good or ill they seek the truth — even when it challenges power — in order to inform the public. And they don’t pick sides only working the liberal or conservative side of the street. They find the facts and report only the facts without color or insinuation.
That’s what an American journalist, whether working in print or other media, does, or is supposed to do. Unfortunately that is not happening in today’s media world.
A few days before this writing, there was a potential bombshell that went off in Washington. The Director of National Intelligence (DNI), John Ratcliffe, declassified former CIA Director John Brennan’s handwritten notes that showed Brennan had briefed then-President Barack Obama on an apparent Hillary Clinton attempt to create the Trump-Russia scandal to injure Mr. Trump’s campaign.
In a report to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ratcliffe noted that in July of 2016 U.S. intelligence had … Continue Reading

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Polish president Duda welcomes landmark abortion ruling

CNA Staff, Oct 23, 2020 / 06:00 am MT (CNA).- Polish president Andrzej Duda welcomed a landmark court ruling on abortion Friday. He told the newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna Oct. 23 that he supported the constitutional court’s verdict that a law permitting…Continue Reading

Pope Francis to create 13 new cardinals, including Washington Archbishop Gregory

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2020 / 06:00 am MT (CNA).- Pope Francis said Sunday that he will create 13 new cardinals, including Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory, at a consistory on Nov. 28, the vigil of the First Sunday of Advent.…Continue Reading

Pope Francis calls for ‘integral ecology’ in TED Climate Countdown video

Vatican City, Oct 11, 2020 / 05:30 am MT (CNA).- Pope Francis sent a video message to the TED Countdown summit on climate change Saturday explaining how a more “integral ecology” can help the poor. “Science tells us, with more…Continue Reading

Beatification of Carlo Acutis: The first millennial to be declared Blessed

With the beatification of Carlo Acutis in Assisi Saturday, the Catholic Church now has its first “Blessed” who loved Super Mario and Pokémon, but not as much as he loved the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. “To be…Continue Reading

‘All-star,’ ‘brilliant jurist’: Pro-life leaders thrilled Trump nominated Barrett to Supreme Court

September 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett is “an absolute all-star” and “a judicial role model for the next generation,” pro-life leaders said today.  If confirmed, Barrett will replace pro-abortion Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died just…Continue Reading

Farewell, Uncle Di: Father Paul Mankowski, RIP

My editorial career has brought me into close contact with quite a few impressive thinkers. I have worked with famous authors, with noted theologians and philosophers, with canny political strategists, with at least a half-dozen Nobel Prize winners. Among them…Continue Reading

VIDEO: BLM mob threatens, chases Rand Paul down streets of DC

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky found himself the target of left-wing violence yet again Thursday night as protesters swarmed him as he was leaving the White House, chasing him and his wife…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood acknowledges Margaret Sanger’s ‘racist legacy’, continues abortions

CNA Staff, Jul 21, 2020 / 11:05 am MT (CNA).- The New York affiliate of the nation’s largest abortion provider said Tuesday it will remove the name of its founder, Margaret Sanger, from its Manhattan building because of her support…Continue Reading

Statue of Virgin Mary beheaded at Tennessee parish

CNA Staff, Jul 15, 2020 / 10:40 am MT (CNA).- A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was attacked this weekend at a parish in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the third reported incident against a statue of Mary occuring in the same…Continue Reading

21 doctors tell bishops Communion on tongue ‘safer’ than in hand

June 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Twenty-one Austrian doctors have authored a letter appealing their country’s Bishops’ Conference to lift the de facto ban on receiving Holy Communion on the tongue, which has been enforced since Communion in the hand was…Continue Reading

Catholic priest among defenders of St Louis statue

CNA Staff, Jun 27, 2020 / 09:36 pm MT (CNA).- Fr. Stephen Schumacher, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, was among the defenders of a prominent statue of the city’s namesake as protesters called for its removal Saturday.…Continue Reading

‘I cannot remain silent’: Madison Catholic bishop condemns destruction of religious statues

Denver Newsroom, Jun 24, 2020 / 04:08 pm MT (CNA).- As rioters across the United States target statues depicting historical figures, the Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin on Tuesday denounced that destruction, along with calls to destroy some depictions of Jesus…Continue Reading

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

  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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Bishop Strickland . . . The Church’s Clear Teaching

Our beautiful Catholic faith always shows respect for every person and calls them from the darkness of sin into the light of faith. Although the opinion expressed recently by Pope Francis is confusing let us simply turn to the Church’s clear teaching on the question of legal recognition of homosexual unions. We absolutely embrace every person with compassion but let us never forget that the greatest compassion is to draw the children of God closer…Continue Reading

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Pope Francis calls for civil union law for same-sex couples, in shift from Vatican stance

In a documentary that premiered Wednesday in Rome, Pope Francis called for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples, departing from the position of the Vatican’s doctrinal office and the pope’s predecessors on the issue. The remarks came amid a portion of the documentary that reflected on pastoral care for those who identify as LGBT.  “Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a…Continue Reading

Dutch government backs euthanasia for under-12s

The Dutch government will permit doctors to euthanise terminally ill children aged between one and 12 after months of debate within the ruling coalition. The country’s health minister, Hugo de Jonge, said a change in regulations was necessary to help “a small group of terminally ill children who agonise with no hope, and unbearable suffering”. The government estimates that the new rules, lifting the threat of prosecution from doctors,

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Lippmann: Insight For Our Times

By JUDE DOUGHERTY In speaking of the intellectual temper of his time, George Santayana in 1913 wrote on the opening page of his The Winds of Doctrine: “The shell of Christendom is broken, the unconquerable mind of the East, the pagan past, the industrial socialistic future confront it with equal authority. Our whole life and…Continue Reading

A Movie Review . . . Looking At The Two Crowns Of St. Maximilian Kolbe

By REY FLORES Originally released in Poland in 2017, the film that tells the story of St. Maximilian Kolbe has been overdubbed in English for its North American release through Fathom Events.Two Crowns is the first film showing, up to now, unknown facts about the life of Franciscan friar, St. Maximilian Kolbe. This is a…Continue Reading

They Call It A Hearing, But They Don’t Listen

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY When Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota began her 30-minute turn at questioning Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday afternoon, October 13, Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii was not in the room.Hirono apparently was not that interested in what she anticipated Klobuchar would…Continue Reading

Crowds Hidin’ From Biden?. . . Dems Support Another Court Revolution As Joe Goes His Lonely Way

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — A local television reporter noted her puzzling setting on October 8. “This is a huge event politically, but you can’t tell by the outside of the Heard Museum. There’s really not a lot going on here,” she said, stepping aside to let her camera operator reveal just the normal flow…Continue Reading

The Rorschach Bible . . . On Icons And The Holy Face

By JOHN G. BOULET, MD (Author’s Note: This article was presented on October 1, 2020, Feast of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, or October 3 according to the pre-1963 calendar. © 2020.) + + Hermann Rorschach (November 8, 1884 to April 1, 1922) was the Swiss psychiatrist who developed the…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Live The Word With Joy

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirtieth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Exodus 22:20-261 Thess. 1:5c-10Matt. 22:34-40 In the second reading today, St. Paul extols the Thessalonians for their great faith. This faith came through hearing the Gospel preached by St. Paul. However, it is interesting to note that St. Paul speaks of how the people received the Word of…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… It Is A Sin To Vote For Biden

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK We were treated again this month to the political spectacle of a Supreme Court nomination hearing. Amy Coney Barrett sat patiently, and mostly silently, while Democrat politicians forced her and us to hear them once again rant on about every hot-button issue they believe will promote their careers and increase their power.Put these creatures in…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: We are in the process of reducing our supply of books and are offering them to interested readers at a substantial discount. The books available, all in mint condition, are Catholic Replies and Catholic Replies 2 (both $17.95), All Generations Will Call Me Blessed and Who Do You Say That I Am? (both $10.95), and Catholicism & Reason…Continue Reading

Jesus Is The Only Path To Peace

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND We all long for peace. Yet, it seems that everywhere we look in these tumultuous times, we see violence and hostility. Major cities are besieged with protests. Many have moved away from any claim to being peaceful. Sadly, they foster and promote violence and destruction. In the nineteenth chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. Thank you for answering my question about the false claim that the Virgin Mary was an “unwed mother.” However, in the Rosary Handbook I use for meditations, it says that Joseph “went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.” Please comment on the word “engaged.” — S.B., Kentucky.A. Joseph and…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Henry Morse

By DEB PIROCH Born to Protestant parents during extremely turbulent times in English history, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, young Henry Morse (1595-1645) was studying law at Grey’s Inn in London and living a “normal” life — until some force moved him to convert to Catholicism. This, despite the fact that Catholics had been tortured and martyred both…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. John Mary Vianney

By DEB PIROCH Today, so much of Catholicism has been “dumbed down.” If those in the pews recognize the name of this great saint of Ars, France, they may know only that he is the patron saint of priests. Without the priesthood, there are no sacraments, no Masses, no Blessed Eucharist. When urged to pray for vocations, we must pray…Continue Reading