Tuesday 20th August 2019

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Socialized Medicine, Student Fees, And Acceptable Speech

August 19, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Socialized Medicine, Student Fees, And Acceptable Speech

By DEACON MIKE MANNO, JD

For all those who favor government controlled health care, this is for you:
Tafida Raqeeb is a five-year-old girl who suffers from a rare condition called arteriovenous malformation, which caused a blood vessel in her brain to burst. She was taken by her parents, Shelina and Mohammed, for treatment at the Royal London Hospital where British doctors told the parents that there was nothing they could do for Tafida. The little girl is now in a coma.
In a repeat of a story that we’ve heard many times before, the British doctors are refusing the parents’ request to release Tafida for treatment elsewhere. The “elsewhere” is the Giannina Gaslini Institute in Genoa, Italy, a facility which has experience in treating arteriovenous malformation and whose medical staff have opined that there is a “good chance [Tafida] will emerge from the coma she is in.”
The Italian doctors have been in contact with the British doctors now treating the girl, so they have all her vitals. However, the British doctors are refusing to allow Tafida to go to Italy, saying it is better for her to be left to die. In furtherance of their belief, they have gone to court for permission to “pull the plug” on Tafida.
Tafida’s parents have taken the case to the High Court, arguing that they are the only people who have the legal right to make decisions for their daughter. While the little girl languishes in the hospital in a life or death condition, the court has scheduled arguments for September, thus postponing a decision until fall.
This, of course, seems to be a pattern in British hospitals under that nation’s socialized medical regime. You will recall the case of Charlie Gard, a one-year-old with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. His parents were trying to take him to the United States for experimental treatment at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital. Rather than releasing the child to his parents, the British doctors went to court for the right to remove his breathing machine where the court sided with doctors and allowed the hospital to unplug Little Charlie, who quickly died.
Then there was the similar case of two-year-old Alfie Evans who suffered from GABA-transaminase deficiency. His parents wanted to take him to the Vatican-owned Gesù Bambino hospital for experimental treatment. Not only was the Roman hospital ready to receive Alfie, the Pope had ordered a plane to stand by to fetch Alfie. … Continue Reading

Proud Of Whose Flag?. . . Hong Kongers Admire U.S. Ideals, While Illegal Aliens Defy Them

August 18, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Proud Of Whose Flag?. . . Hong Kongers Admire U.S. Ideals, While Illegal Aliens Defy Them

By DEXTER DUGGAN

In a world that has gone from bulky computers to miniaturized devices with far more capabilities in three decades, how little has changed in some other ways that could have improved freedom and communication.
In 1989, the totalitarian Chinese Communist government crushed young pro-democracy demonstrators right in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square with a bloodletting. Thirty years later, in 2019, continued economic reforms have made China a different place, but still under a powerful dictatorship.
Young pro-democracy protesters went so far as to shut down Hong Kong’s busy international airport temporarily in August 2019, and once again the Communist-led military awaited orders for action on a wider front.
Hong Kong is less under Beijing’s direct control than the Chinese mainland, but 2019’s demonstrations were sparked in part by a bill to allow China to extradite Hong Kongers.
The Federalist commentary site in the U.S. posted an article by John Daniel Davidson on August 14 noting remarks that the Hong Kong unrest “hearkens back (to) America’s rebellion against Great Britain, when in the Declaration of Independence the Founders decried the king and Parliament ‘for transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses’.”
The website of The Week magazine on August 13 was among sites posting videos of the Asian demonstrators waving the flag of the United States and singing its national anthem.
They weren’t asking for or demanding permission to emigrate massively to the U.S., but were showing respect for the Stars-and-Stripes ideals that they want to install to improve their native land and their lives.
Back in 1989 the Beijing demonstrators had constructed their own sort of Statue of Liberty, which went by different names including the Goddess of Democracy and the Goddess of Liberty. They put papier-maché over a high metal form. The death-dealing Communist troops destroyed it. … Continue Reading

With This Promise, Trump Can’t Lose!

August 17, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on With This Promise, Trump Can’t Lose!

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

A millennial named David Ian Robin writes that, “When I graduated in 2011, I owed $137,000 in student loans. Today I have $175,000 [in debt] even as I continue making monthly payments. I will never own a home, start a family, or live debt-free.”
“Bernie Sanders is the only person running who will cancel ALL student debt,” he adds.
It would be unfair to examine Mr. Robin’s judgment, his decision-making over the years, even his understanding of basic arithmetic. Our purpose here is to acknowledge the sad fact of the massive ignorance that prevails among millions of America’s miseducated college students. The Democrat presidential contenders, taking the millennials’ illiteracy for granted, are falling over each other promising generous taxpayer-funded gifts which they want to shower upon these young people.
Donald Trump must respond forcefully. Here’s my plan.
The National Debt amounts to some $21 trillion and change. With some 327 million Americans, that’s about $56,000 for every man, woman, and child.
We’re all in Robin’s shoes. … Continue Reading

America In An Age Of Incivility, Propaganda, And Violence

August 16, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on America In An Age Of Incivility, Propaganda, And Violence

By REY FLORES

Another week, another mass shooting — actually two shootings this time. Between Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, over 30 people lost their lives last week.
Of course, the propagandist fake news media, and the Democrats, but I repeat myself, immediately tried to pin blame on none other than President Trump. They say that because of Trump’s supposedly divisive, inflammatory, and “racist” rhetoric, he is “empowering white nationalists” to act out violently against non-whites.
Since the Democrats’ entire Russia collusion farce fell apart after Robert Mueller failed to deliver the goods against Trump a few weeks back, they went back to beating the dead horse of racism. From gropey old Joe Biden to that despicable “squad” of four freshman congresswomen, the left has nothing else.
Apparently, the Dayton shooter was a supporter of Elizabeth Warren, but the fake news media won’t report that. And while the El Paso shooter may have had some anti-immigrant sentiments, the shooter never mentioned President Trump in any of his online screeds and posts — but that doesn’t stop the media from running with that narrative.
It is one thing for the media to lie and to be biased, but we have now entered a new era of incivility when with each passing day, we will see more acts of violence being committed because of the propaganda being fed to an already unstable and Godless populace.
It’s no laughing matter when people wearing “Make America Great Again” hats are being violently attacked in public places by these unhinged lunatics. Heck, I put my life at risk every day by driving around with a Trump bumper sticker on my car, but I refuse to let the leftist nut jobs deny me my First Amendment rights.
As I’ve said before, all during the Obama presidency, it used to annoy me seeing people driving around with their Obama-Biden bumper stickers, or wearing those stupid Obama “Hope” t-shirts, but never in a million years would it have crossed my mind to in any sense hurt any of these folks. … Continue Reading

St. Thomas More Didn’t Die For This — Did He?

August 15, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on St. Thomas More Didn’t Die For This — Did He?

By SHAUN KENNEY

Our European readers who are attempting to decipher the average Catholic in the United States would do themselves well to watch the film A Man for All Seasons featuring Paul Scofield as St. Thomas More and for good reason. One might posit that More’s example is what most Catholics in America think of when they consider the links between faith and citizenship.
Allow me to rewind just a touch — a good 484 years to be precise. Thomas More was martyred in 1535 for his refusal to assent to the marriage, so goes the hagiography written by Robert Bolt in 1954 and turned into film after a successful debut on stage in London. By 1966, the story of More standing for conscience resonated strongly with many Catholics in the West, precisely for the reason that they balanced conscience between two vices: the unthinking patriotism of those loyal to the lusty King Henry VIII and the unfeeling pedantry of the bureaucratic class whose sole ambition was preferment.
Much of Bolt’s screenplay was inevitably viewed in the lens of the Cold War, yet for the Catholic world suffering under the boot of Soviet Communism the example meant something more — something that the political left could not decipher and could not attain. Much like Crassus in the film Spartacus written by the now-known Communist screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in 1960, both the political left and the Catholic conscientious objector knew the evil of abasing oneself to the state.
Yet Spartacus could not martyr himself the way More did; Trumbo simply lacked the vocabulary Bolt knew by heart. It is the reason why the Soviets collapsed and Catholic Poland perseveres despite new ideologies threatening her fidelity to the faith of old.
More’s martyrdom presages an Anglican Catholicism that never was, or at least the one that could have flourished if allowed to do so under holy men such as John Cardinal Fisher and Reginald Cardinal Pole. Catholic England remains one of the great “what ifs” of history, and while Campion’s Brag continued to offer its body to the racks of Tyburn, her sons and daughters found refuge on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in Catholic Maryland.
This is not to say that Catholics in America enjoyed a bed of roses by any stretch, as you well know. The Fifth of November was celebrated well into the American War of Independence when General George Washington — taught as a young man at Ferry Farm by a Jesuit schoolmaster no less — banned the practice of burning the Holy Father in effigy so as to welcome Catholics into the ranks of the Continental Army. … Continue Reading

At Gallup Cathedral… New Ad Orientem Mass Receives “Overwhelmingly Positive” Response

August 14, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on At Gallup Cathedral… New Ad Orientem Mass Receives “Overwhelmingly Positive” Response

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Response to the reintroduction of the historic ad orientem celebration of the Mass in the Diocese of Gallup, N.M., “has been overwhelmingly positive,” the diocese’s communications director told The Wanderer.
Suzanne Hammons said there were “a lot of good conversations on social media when it was first announced — many people who had neutral or negative reactions did not realize that the ad orientem position is still the default,” in which the celebrant and congregation both face toward the Lord instead of facing each other in church.
Gallup Bishop James S. Wall announced the change in a July 22 letter to the diocese, in the tenth year since he began his episcopal service there in largely rural northwestern New Mexico in 2009 at age 44, then the youngest U.S. diocesan bishop.
While the ad orientem service began regularly at the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Wall said in his letter that he wished to encourage this form of the Mass “throughout the Diocese of Gallup.” He added:
“I believe it is pastoral to offer Masses both ad orientem and versus populum, so that, together, we can all be exposed to the varied riches of the Church and Her prayerful history.” In the versus populum Mass, the celebrant faces the congregation.
Hammons, the communications director, told The Wanderer on August 2 that some people “mistakenly thought this was our attempt to return to pre-Vatican II rubrics, without understanding that even Vatican II documents themselves assume the priest says the Mass ad orientem.”
Hammons added that “we’ve had emails from people in other countries (Ireland, England) expressing gratitude to Bishop Wall” for this additional option. … Continue Reading

Take A Breath… America Is Still A Decent Country Filled With Decent People

August 13, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Take A Breath… America Is Still A Decent Country Filled With Decent People

By TUCKER CARLSON and NEIL PATEL

What’s the point at which rhetoric forces action? When do words become incitement? At what point do political attacks get so reckless and unhinged that you can no longer heal the divide they create with politics? It’s hard to know exactly, but the left is getting very close. Take, for example, this exchange on MSNBC, in which frequent guest Malcolm Nance accuses the president of the United States of sending secret messages to neo-Nazis:
“These people feel that they are the foot soldiers and executors of the disenfranchisement that the white race is feeling, and Donald Trump is giving them subliminal orders in their head,” Nance said.
Subliminal orders? Whatever Trump’s faults, you can be certain he isn’t doing that. Trump is the least subliminal politician in American history. He has no subtext. If he’s thinking it, he says it. The claim is ludicrous.
But at MSNBC, it wasn’t even the weirdest thing recently said on air. That distinction goes to Frank Figliuzzi, a former FBI official turned talking head-conspiracy nut. He used numerology to explain the president’s coded messages:
“It’s the little things and the language and messaging that matters,” Figliuzzi said. “The president said that we will fly our flags at half-mast until August 8. That’s 8/8. Now, I’m not going to imply that he did this deliberately, but I am using it as an example of the ignorance of the adversary that’s being demonstrated by the White House. The numbers 8, 8 are very significant in neo-Nazi and white supremacy movement. Why? Because the letter H is the eighth letter of the alphabet, and to them, the numbers 8, 8 together stand for ‘Heil Hitler’.”
Got that? Eight is a racist number. That’s MSNBC’s position. In other words, things are getting dangerously crazy on the left. How crazy? On Monday, August 5 former Jeb Bush spokeswoman Nicolle Wallace explained that Trump is planning a genocide of Hispanic Americans:
“President (Barack) Obama used the power of the presidency to try to pass comprehensive immigration reform with the Latino community, Latino leaders at the table,” Wallace said. “You now have a president…talking about exterminating Latinos.” … Continue Reading

Who Ran The Mueller Investigation?

August 12, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Who Ran The Mueller Investigation?

By DEACON MIKE MANNO, JD

I’m taking a bit of a vacation this year — most years I don’t — so I’m writing a couple of weeks ahead. Thus, as I write this, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has just finished testifying before two committees of the U.S. House of Representatives. I watched much, if not most, of both hearings. I was appalled.
At the time that Mr. Mueller was appointed special counsel, the Democrats, the media, the progressive left, and nearly anyone sitting in his basement with a tin-foil hat believed — or at least claimed — that Donald Trump had won the White House because of unprecedented assistance from the Russians, courtesy of Vladimir Putin. Thus Mr. Trump was necessarily beholden to our “archenemy Russia” even though the Democrats bristled at that characterization of Russia only four years earlier when Mitt Romney suggested as much.
But, of course, consistency in politics is valued these days about as much as common sense is. One only need to look at the issue of the border wall or balanced federal budgets to understand that.
Anyway, Mr. Trump was inaugurated one day and the next day thousands marched in Washington in opposition to him with one celebrity dreaming that she might fire-bomb the White House. The real problem, of course, wasn’t the Russians or anything the president had done in his first day in office — dancing with Melania at the Inaugural Ball hardly qualifies as an impeachable offense — but that Mr. Trump had surprisingly beat the fair-haired woman from the left, Hillary Clinton, and all the demanded recounts and attempted bribes of electors could not change the outcome of the election.
So Mr. Trump started his presidency under a cloud: claims of electoral collusion with enemy powers, vague references to violations of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, demands for his taxes, and on, and on ad nauseam. Finally, the president’s first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, reacting to calls for an investigation, took the fateful step of recusing himself from any such investigation, thus putting his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, in charge of it.
Rosenstein then appointed Mr. Mueller, a former director of the FBI, as special counsel to investigate the anti-Trump allegations. My first thought, and I’m sure I wasn’t alone in this, was that it was a good move; Mueller was, after all, a well-respected attorney and lawman, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, and a man of unquestioned character and ability.
Then, after two years of investigations and some dubious legal tactics, including predawn raids on the homes of Trump associates, the Mueller Report was finished and to the dismay of the progressive left, the president was cleared — well, maybe he was cleared. Maybe there is a nugget of collusion that can still be dug up from this report, the Dems thought, so let’s have the honorable special counsel testify before Congress. … Continue Reading

In Less Than A Half Century… Culture Goes From Saying A Prayer To Shrieking For Blood

August 11, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on In Less Than A Half Century… Culture Goes From Saying A Prayer To Shrieking For Blood

By DEXTER DUGGAN

There’s no perfect time to live or perfect person to be, but pop singer Dionne Warwick’s lilting I Say a Little Prayer (for You), successfully released in 1967 for a general audience, evokes an everyday trust and spiritual awareness that seem harder to grasp today.
Whether she’s combing her hair, choosing her dress for the day, running for the bus, or taking a coffee break at work, the lyrics have the singer sparing a moment to say a prayer for her boyfriend. This wasn’t intended as an inspirational tune for a Christian audience but for the wider society and its mainstream line of thought.
Nor did the songwriters say that only an outstandingly religious person would be fit to perform it.
The Sixties weren’t simple times. To name a few: President John F. Kennedy was assassinated four years before this song’s release, Asia’s Vietnam War wasn’t an easy fight against Communist expansionism, and the vice president who succeeded Kennedy in the White House, Democrat Lyndon Johnson, was scandalously corrupt although not publicly known to be so at the time.
The very next year, civil rights crusader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, in April 1968. His death was announced the same evening by the late president’s brother, Democratic New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, to a black audience that briefly screamed in shock. Back in those days, people didn’t have cellphones to provide instant news.
A record of Kennedy’s remarks in Indianapolis at the traumatic time showed just the opposite of potential vengeance, retribution, and venom against conservative Republicans.
“For those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and distrust at the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I can only say that I feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling,” Kennedy said.
“I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man. But we have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to go beyond these rather difficult times.
“My favorite poet was Aeschylus,” the senator continued. “He wrote: ‘In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God’.”
Fifty-one years later, on August 7, conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt recalled Kennedy’s uplifting words in Indianapolis but said that’s not the language of the seething left today: “Bobby Kennedy’s spirit is not alive on the left.” … Continue Reading

Words, Words, Words

August 10, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Words, Words, Words

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

Who said it first? Was it Hamlet? Or Liza Doolittle? In the 50’s my father, who headed a presidential commission for Eisenhower, found one of its members to be especially loquacious. Apparently one Hubert Humphrey, a new senator from Minnesota, had a little machine that he constantly dictated into. It was always hanging around his neck, ready to spring into action at the very first hint of a thought.
“Hubert gets paid by the word,” Dad laughed. (As the youngest of a very talkative family, I thought that sounded like a pretty good idea. In retrospect, I did my honest best to earn my room and board.)
In 1984 (yes, Orwell’s), Symes was assigned by the Ministry of Truth to rewrite the Newspeak Dictionary. His goal was to reduce the number of words in the English language to somewhere around 500. In fact, his mononymous name reflects the urgency of his effort (I had to look it up: mononymous indicates a person whose full name is one word. The rock & roller son of our former sheriff here in the middle of nowhere actually went to court to change his legal name to a one-word description of his music. I don’t recall what word he chose, but “horrific” would have been appropriate. His father, who helped me chase trespassers off our bottomland, said his son made tons of money after that. Unfortunately, Symes didn’t enjoy the same fruits of his labor. He was vaporized).
But back to NewSpeak, where that last paragraph-as-one-sentence would have gotten me vaporized too. So: In order to achieve his frugal goal, Symes invented several neologisms. One of his techniques was quite appealing. Instead of “good, better, best,” he coined “good, plusgood, and doubleplusgood.” And he doubled down by adding “ungood, plusungood, and doubleplusungood.”
All in a day’s work.
Today, Symes’ apostles would be pleased. In the past 35 years (since 1984 — although Orwell wrote the work in 1948, and reversed the last two digits), the Left has reduced their vocabulary to well under a dozen words. Of course, this is in reference to Trump, but what else do they talk about but Trump? And those words, so familiar to us all, constitute the Left’s entire metaphysical universe — except they don’t believe in metaphysics, being dialectical materialists — you know, like Teilhard. … Continue Reading

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German archbishop in Auschwitz: Stand up against hubris of the politically powerful

Krakow, Poland, Aug 14, 2019 / 02:31 pm (CNA).- On the eve of the 80th anniversary of the German invasion of Poland, a German archbishop has called for a stand against hubris and arrogance of those in political power. Speaking…Continue Reading

Vatican ‘struggling to put out fire’ of public scandal over JPII Institute purge

ROME, August 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — The “firefighters for the new direction” being taken at the John Paul II Institute in Rome are “struggling” to put out a blaze of public scandal, as controversy sparked by a recent purge of professors threatens to reach the door of the Pope’s…Continue Reading

Survey on Catholic belief in the Eucharist prompts calls for better catechesis

Washington D.C., Aug 10, 2019 / 03:32 pm (CNA).- After a recent survey found that two-thirds of Catholics do not believe Church teaching about the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, Catholic commenters are stressing the importance of better…Continue Reading

Apple News bans LifeSite without warning: says it ‘shows intolerance’

July 31, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A little over one week ago, Apple approved LifeSiteNews’ application to publish our news on their Apple News platform. Today, without warning, Apple News abruptly reversed course, telling LifeSite that they had deleted our channel and all…Continue Reading

Kamala Harris’ “Medicare for All” Plan Will Force Americans to Fund Abortions

Democrat presidential candidate Kamala Harris released her own Medicare-for-all proposal today. Just like the proposal handed down by pro-abortion presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Harris’s plan would force Americans to fund abortions. Harris confirms her plan will cover abortions in an…Continue Reading

Pew report: Only half of America’s Catholics know what the Church teaches about Communion

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 26, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) ― Do only half of America’s Catholics know what their Church teaches about Holy Communion? In a recent report called “What Americans Know About Religion,” the Pew Research Center suggested that Catholics are divided…Continue Reading

Pro-Life Businessman Michael Lindell, Creator of MyPillow, May Run Against Pro-Abortion Ilhan Omar

Michael Lindell is a pro-life businessman and the creator of MyPillow, a successful invention and company in its own right. Lindell was responsible for helping to fund production of the popular movie “Unplanned,” but now he’s turning his attention to…Continue Reading

Tucker Carlson: big business is now at war against your family

July 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The first thing to note about Tucker Carlson is that when he’s on stage and riffing on his irritations, he is hilarious. He began his keynote speech at the National Conservatism conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday…Continue Reading

Teacher sues Catholic school for firing her over pro-abortion posts on social media

BERKELEY COUNTY, South Carolina, July 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A former teacher filed a wrongful termination suit against a South Carolina Catholic school that fired her for championing legal abortion on social media in violation of long-settled, well-known Catholic doctrine.…Continue Reading

Bombshell Claim: Scientists Find “Man-made Climate Change Doesn’t Exist In Practice”

A new scientific study could bust wide open deeply flawed fundamental assumptions underlying controversial climate legislation and initiatives such as the Green New Deal, namely, the degree to which ‘climate change’ is driven by natural phenomena vs. man-made issues measured as…Continue Reading

Cineplex explains decision to screen Abby Johnson’s ‘Unplanned’ in Canada

July 8, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The pro-life film Unplanned, which tells the true story of pro-life activist Abby Johnson’s conversion from the abortion industry, will be shown in Canada after all thanks to a decision by film distributor Cineplex. Unplanned tells the…Continue Reading

Viganò criticizes Pope Francis’ handling of abuse allegations

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2019 / 02:47 pm (CNA).- Recently published remarks from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano take aim at two situations described by the former nuncio as “allegations of offenses against minors during Pope Francis’ tenure.” In fact, in…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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Trump rule to nix Obama order forcing religious contractors to hire LGBT workers

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The Trump administration is proposing a rule that would permit government contractors to make employment decisions that are consistent with their sincerely held religious tenets and beliefs, without fear of sanction by the federal government. If adopted, the rule would reverse an Obama-era executive order that restricted religious federal contractors’ ability to consider employees’ adherence to their faith on matters of sexuality and gender. In 2014, former President Ba

Cardinal Pell: ‘Amazon or no Amazon, the Church cannot allow any confusion’

Melbourne, Australia, Aug 9, 2019 / 08:36 am (CNA).- Cardinal George Pell has written a letter thanking supporters for their prayers and saying he is “disturbed” by the preparations for the forthcoming synod on the Amazon. The text of the two-page, handwritten letter – images of which were shared with CNA and confirmed by sources close to Pell – has been circulated amongst a group of Pell’s closest supporters in Australia. In the letter, dated from…Continue Reading

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke weighs in on 2020 Dems, calls out Biden, Harris

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Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke weighed in on the field of 2020 Democratic candidates and how some who describe themselves as Roman Catholics conflict with the religion. “I’ve had non-Catholic leaders of government in this nation tell me that they were certain that the Catholic teaching on abortion and so-called same-sex marriage have changed because so many Catholics on Capitol Hill are regularly supporting this kind of legislation. And that’s a scandal,” Cardinal Burke said in an exclusive interview on Fox News’ “The…Continue Reading

Three Wisconsin lawmakers take aim at the confessional

MADISON, Wis. — Catholic priests would be required to report suspected child abuse or the sexual abuse of a minor based on information heard during the Sacrament of Penance under legislation proposed August 7th by a trio of Democrat state lawmakers. Legislation introduced by Reps. Chris Taylor and Melissa Sargent of Madison, and Sen. Lena Taylor of Milwaukee, would eliminate protection that exists in state law for information priests hear solely “in a confessional setting”…Continue Reading

In his first public statement, Washington’s new Catholic archbishop slams Trump for ‘diminishing our national life’

Washington’s new Catholic leader — the country’s lone black archbishop — on Thursday issued his first public statement since his installation, accusing President Trump of “diminishing our national life” with his recent tweets about lawmakers of color. Wilton Gregory, who came to Washington in May, is known through his long, prominent career for being nonconfrontatio

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China’s Human Rights Sham

By JOHN J. METZLER PARIS — It’s never polite to question the deteriorating human rights situation in China, but let’s do it anyway. The hidden and systematic repression of ethnic Uighur Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang province and the high-profile crackdown on pro-demonstrators in Hong Kong, many of them Christian, are both rooted in the…Continue Reading

Wisconsin Lawmaker Lies About Catholic League

By BILL DONOHUE (Editor’s Note: Catholic League President Bill Donohue commented as follows August 14 on Wisconsin state legislator Chris Taylor’s attack on the League.) + + + Having co-authored a bill that would require Catholic priests to violate the seal of the confessional, Rep. Chris Taylor distorts the Catholic League’s opposition to this bill…Continue Reading

China, Not Russia, The Greater Threat

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Ten weeks of protests, some huge, a few violent, culminated August 13 with a shutdown of the Hong Kong airport. Ominously, Beijing described the violent weekend demonstrations as “deranged” acts that are “the first signs of terrorism,” and vowed a merciless crackdown on the perpetrators. China is being pushed toward a…Continue Reading

Cicero On Old Age

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Marcus Tulius Cicero, philosopher orator, statesman completed De Senectute (On Old Age), one of many books, in July 44 B.C. Dedicated to Cato the Elder, the book addresses “the common burden of old age.” A beloved author through the ages, Cicero lived from 106 B.C. until he was murdered in 43 B.C.…Continue Reading

French Language Under Assault From English

By JOHN J. METZLER PARIS — A long linguistic battle between French and English appears to have been settled: English won. Some twenty-five years after passage of legislation to specifically defend use of the French language, and protect its patrimony throughout the land, what’s known as the Toubon law has become a quaint footnote. The…Continue Reading

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Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

A Leaven In The World… Spiritual Materialism Cannot Save Your Soul

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Some call it cafeteria Catholic. It manifests itself as a demand to take one thing Christ handed down in the Church while rejecting others likewise handed down. The Eucharist is the Real Presence of the Lord and it is thus the source and summit of our faith. The sight of the faithful going forward at…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Regarding a recent discussion in this column of Communism and socialism, and the sway that these collectivist ideologies hold over many Democrat politicians today, D.M. of Virginia sent along an excerpt from Whittaker Chambers’ 1952 book Witness that accurately describes the nature of Communism and its impact on the world over the past century, when its practitioners caused…Continue Reading

Pope Benedict XVI . . . The Legacy Of John Paul II On Marriage And Family

(Editor’s Note: Below is the address of Pope Benedict XVI to members of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family on the occasion of the institute’s twenty-fifth anniversary. Pope Benedict delivered this historic address on May 11, 2006 in the Hall of Blessings. (Following the address are some quotations from John Paul II’s Familiaris Consortio,…Continue Reading

Live Truth In Charity

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twentieth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Jer. 38:4-6, 8-10 Heb. 12:1-4 Luke 12:49-53 In the Gospel reading today, Jesus says something quite startling. The Prince of Peace said: “Do you think I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” The division Jesus speaks of is about…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Thou Shalt Not Kill

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Violence — whether perpetrated by means of a gun or any other weapon — and the anger and hatred which give rise to it do not have a color. The victims do: They come from a variety of backgrounds of various races, religions, and languages. This week the funerals of the slain continued. There is…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Mariam Baouardy

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the Bible, there are numerous references to Galilee with about 80 in just the New Testament. Galilee is an area in northern Israel and it includes the city of Nazareth, Mt. Tabor, and the site of the Sermon on the Mount. In John 1:46. Nathaniel responds to Philip, who told him of Jesus, “Can anything good…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Joseph Of Cupertino

By CAROLE BRESLIN Now that the school year is about to begin, students — especially Catholic students — will find recourse to their favorite patron saint of studying. Some may choose St. Thomas Aquinas or St. Augustine of Hippo. For those students who find it difficult to retain what they read and write about it, perhaps this saint will encourage…Continue Reading