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May Our Lady Of Paris Rise Again

April 26, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on May Our Lady Of Paris Rise Again

By SHAUN KENNEY

The Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris looks a lot worse than she actually is. The roof fire looks horrible from the air, but the 850-year-old timbers did not damage the structure as a whole.
The relics were indeed saved, as were works of art, golden crosses, the Crown of Thorns, and more. Yet amazingly enough as folks were watching the tragedy unfold, no one asked the serious question: “Who saved the Blessed Sacrament?”
Good news is that a priest at Notre Dame rushed into the burning building to save the Eucharist. The secular media certainly did not find this noteworthy, but more alarmingly was that even Catholic media did not comment on this for quite some time. Only when the false outrage over not having raised the question reached a crescendo did Catholic Twitter (for instance) breathe a falsetto sigh of relief.
Beyond the works of art and the relics, too many people are ignorant of the fact that the Catholics of France are indeed under siege. Parishes have been burnt, priests slaughtered in front of their congregations in places such as Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy back in 2016, and the beautiful churches built in the middle part of the nineteenth century. Two world wars and a half century of neglect have seen many parishes in France close, bereft of both parishioners and a long tradition of French devotion to the Blessed Mother.
Catholic France still survives where the French Revolution has not overwhelmed. Which is why it is a sort of slander to see some Catholics claim that Notre Dame was God’s retribution upon a faithless people. Surely Robespierre and Napoleon deserved such retribution? Surely the secular French government of the late nineteenth century deserved such retribution? Surely a nation that condones abortion and redefines marriage merits such divine punishment? … Continue Reading

Former Cong. Dornan . . . Urges That Trump Invite Abortion Survivors For 2020 SOTU

April 25, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Former Cong. Dornan . . . Urges That Trump Invite Abortion Survivors For 2020 SOTU

By DEXTER DUGGAN

In a presidential election year, the January State of the Union speech in the U.S. House chamber is about as powerful a kickoff as can be for the coming months of frenzied political activity.
All the members of both the House and Senate — except for partisan boycotters — should be there, as well as such notables as Supreme Court justices and the military Joint Chiefs of Staff, all under the gaze of media lenses assembled to cover the president’s annual politically honed report to the nation.
And with such a president as media-savvy, if not media-beloved, Donald Trump, interest is heightened in how he may go off-script, or decide to put in his script.
“Just say the implications of this are powerful,” a conservative former southern California congressman told The Wanderer in an April 14 interview.
He’s Robert Dornan, a Catholic and strong pro-lifer who served in the U.S. House for more than a decade and a half, in the latter part of the twentieth century, and who knows a thing or two about media himself, having been a talk host and actor before entering politics.
In some ways, that’s like another Californian who went higher politically and whose initials were “RR.”
Wikipedia starts off its picture of Dornan thusly: “A boisterous former actor and television and radio talk-show host, Dornan had a flair for the dramatic that drew supporters and detractors well beyond his congressional districts.”
Dornan, a veteran fan of The Wanderer, contacted this writer seeking visibility for an idea he hopes would hand President Trump an influential tool as he seeks re-election — and throw Trump’s left-wing media foes for a loop.
With Washington’s power players heading for Capitol Hill in January to see and be seen around the president, Dornan said, the State of the Union (SOTU) speech is an even bigger event than the boggling Senate confirmation hearings for now-Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“As a single-evening event, nothing equals their all marching over” to the House chamber, Dornan said. “Can you imagine kicking off the election year” this way?
Given that Trump has associated himself strongly at the White House with pro-life activism, Dornan would like to see the president invite as many survivors of abortion as he can to be his guests in the House gallery, whom he can acknowledge during his speech. … Continue Reading

Mayor Pete And The Crackup Of Christianity

April 24, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Mayor Pete And The Crackup Of Christianity

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so,” said Hamlet, who thereby raised some crucial questions:
Is moral truth subjective? Does it change with changing times and changing attitudes? Or is there a higher law, a permanent law, God’s law, immutable and eternal, to which man’s law should conform?
Are, for example, the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament, Christian teaching and natural law unchangeable and applicable to all men at all times? Or can some of the 10 be consigned to the dumpster of antiquated moral prohibitions?
This question has been brought straight into the presidential primaries by Pete Buttigieg, breakout star of the spring of 2019.
“Mayor Pete” is proudly gay and living happily with his husband.
He says God made him the way he is, and he is living the life God intended for him. Raising the same-sex marriage issue himself, the mayor defiantly taunted Mike Pence:
“Yes, Mr. Vice President . . . it has moved me closer to God. . . . That’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand: That if you have a problem with who I am, your quarrel is not with me. . . . Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”
Buttigieg declared his candidacy Sunday, April 14, and his bid ensures that America’s deepening moral divide will be front and center in 2020.
Our culture wars will not be ending anytime soon.
This past weekend, General Social Survey data revealed that Americans who profess to have “no religion,” 23.1 percent, now exceed Catholics, our largest religion with 23 percent, and Evangelicals at 22.5 percent. And the “nones” have grown by 266 percent since 1991.
As for the mainstream Protestant congregations, together, they are not half as numerous as those Americans who profess no religion.
Added to our racial and ethnic diversity, America is growing more diverse religiously, de-Christianizing with all deliberate speed.
We are becoming another people, and a post-Christian America appears to be our destiny well before the end of this century.
Consider what has changed already. … Continue Reading

What Happens Next After Notre Dame?

April 23, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on What Happens Next After Notre Dame?

By REY FLORES

Like many of you last week, I was horrified by watching the news reports and videos of the grand old Notre Dame in Paris burning and collapsing. It reminded me of watching the World Trade Center Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, but thankfully no one died this time, and the church edifice was saved for the most part.
While the initial reports from the investigators and the Paris fire department claimed that the fire was started accidentally, I have some serious doubts. I wonder why this happened at the start of Holy Week, for one thing.
Perhaps I’m too jaded, but after the rash of vandalism across many Catholic churches in France and across the world, I still believe that there must be something more sinister behind the fire — that or maybe Heaven itself is sending us some kind of message here.
As with most news nowadays, it’s hard to trust what we are being told. It certainly isn’t my preference to be skeptical of what we’re being spoon-fed by the “news” media, but I think we have to trust our gut instinct, especially when it comes to something as important as attacks against the Church.
In one Fox News report, the insufferable Shep Smith cut off a guest literally in mid-sentence when he brought up the possibility that the Notre Dame fire could have been an act of terrorism. While most people view Fox News as the most reliable source for news nowadays, aside from Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson and a few others, Fox is going the way of CNN and MSNBC.
As with most major world events like the Notre Dame blaze, social media outlets were lit up with all sorts of viewpoints and opinions about what was truly behind this event. As usual, the word “conspiracy” is brought up from all sides of the argument, each claiming that the contradicting viewpoints are the ones that add up to nothing more than a conspiracy. For crying out loud, people are still debating things like the JFK assassination and whether we did indeed ever land on the moon or not.
Only two days after the Notre Dame blaze, a man was caught trying to set fire inside of the grand St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. From what reports say, late on Wednesday evening the man walked into the cathedral with two cans of gasoline. A bit later, it was reported that some gasoline was spilled. Unfortunately, that’s all the information we had been given at the time of my submitting this column.
The man has been identified — Mark Lamparello of New Jersey. … Continue Reading

An All Too Familiar Tune

April 22, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on An All Too Familiar Tune

By MIKE MANNO

A new drama is being played out in a federal courtroom near the Cleveland suburb of South Euclid, Ohio, that has all the notes we’ve heard sung before: “In the name of toleration you can’t practice your belief.”
The story is simply a remake of stories we hear from all parts of the nation. A local city, town, school board — you pick the place — has decided that if you cannot support and embrace the new political morality that rejects traditional concepts of marriage and gender, you must be bad and need to be silenced or put out of business.
The victim this time is a school, The Lyceum, which is described as “a classical religious school.” The city, as other cities, towns, school boards, and so on across the country have done, passed an ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on religion, creed, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Gender is defined as “actual or perceived sex.” The ordinance applies to all public accommodations.
Now The Lyceum: The word itself refers to a classical educational system, and it is a Catholic school that, according to its petition to the court, “believes that a classical Catholic liberal arts education enables a person to seek the light of truth, especially ‘the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ’.” In keeping with its religious tradition, the school’s curriculum is ordered by its study of theology which is “based on the Holy Scriptures, Catholic Tradition, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Magisterium, the Church Fathers, the Doctors of the Church, and Catholic authors.”
Thus the school upholds traditional Catholic values, including those based on the Church’s teachings on marriage, sexual identity, and sexual ethics. The Lyceum will not accept students who, along with their parents, reject Church teachings on “marriage as the union of one man and one women, sexual identity, and sexual ethics.”
In its court filing it further states that “The Lyceum will not permit employees, students, or parents or guardians to join or remain part of the school community if they wish to adopt a gender identity at variance with their sex…[and it] will not permit sex-specific facilities to be accessed by members of the opposite sex, regardless of gender identity.”
When the city drafted its legislation it originally included an exception for religious institutions. That provision, however, was removed by the city council before final passage. So the question for the school to answer was whether the newly passed ordinance applied to it as a public accommodation. So the school asked the city.
There was no response. … Continue Reading

He is not here, for He is risen, as He said. Come, and see the place where the Lord was laid

April 21, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on He is not here, for He is risen, as He said. Come, and see the place where the Lord was laid
RISEN LORD

Matthew 28:

28 And in the end of the sabbath, when it began to dawn towards the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalen and the other Mary, to see the sepulchre.

And behold there was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and coming, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.

And his countenance was as lightning, and his raiment as snow.

And for fear of him, the guards were struck with terror, and became as dead men.

And the angel answering, said to the women: Fear not you; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.

He is not here, for he is risen, as he said. Come, and see the place where the Lord was laid.

And going quickly, tell ye his disciples that he is risen: and behold he will go before you into Galilee; there you shall see him. Lo, I have foretold it to you.

And they went out quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy, running to tell his disciples.

And behold Jesus met them, saying: All hail. But they came up and took hold of his feet, and adored him.

10 Then Jesus said to them: Fear not. Go, tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, there they shall see me.

11 Who when they were departed, behold some of the guards came into the city, and told the chief priests all things that had been done.

12 And they being assembled together with the ancients, taking counsel, gave a great sum of money to the soldiers,

13 Saying: Say you, His disciples came by night, and stole him away when we were asleep.

14 And if the governor shall hear this, we will persuade him, and secure you.

15 So they taking the money, did as they were taught: and this word was spread abroad among the Jews even unto this day.

16 And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

17 And seeing him they adored: but some doubted.

18 And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.

19 Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.

Recall Cartoonist’s Fanciful Distractions?. . . U.S. Being Run Like A Crazy Rube Goldberg Machine

April 21, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Recall Cartoonist’s Fanciful Distractions?. . . U.S. Being Run Like A Crazy Rube Goldberg Machine

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Younger folks may be unfamiliar with the term, but beginning in the early twentieth century, a “Rube Goldberg machine” meant, as Wikipedia describes it, a series of simple devices that create a domino effect — sometimes including real dominoes — in which each device triggers the next one, achieving a basic goal only after complicated steps.
Goldberg, a cartoonist and inventor, produced hilarious drawings of how the insanely fanciful devices would work.
Activating his self-operating napkin, for instance, began with a diner raising a spoon to his mouth, which pulled a string that jerked a ladle that threw a cracker past a bird who jumped for it, allowing its perch to tilt, which upset seeds into a pail, causing the heavier pail to pull a cord that ignited a lighter to set off a skyrocket that caused a sickle to cut a string, allowing a pendulum with a napkin attached to swing back and forth, wiping the diner’s chin, Wikipedia said.
Although Goldberg had begun his career more than a century ago, Rube Goldberg devices remain very much with us, even though they may go by other names now. Such as “Democratic Party strategy.”
Attracting more traditional working-class voters might be accomplished simply by taking stands obviously appealing to them. But the Dems’ strategy is to make their party repellent and disgusting while figuring out some elaborate way to distract and deceive voters.
Don’t, for instance, give the party’s presidential nomination to a “San Francisco liberal.” Give it maybe to an abortion-loving Texas Irishman who pretends to be Mexican, or an unknown little Indiana mayor whose aggressively immoral views sprout behind the corn stalks.
But the result is the same as if a Manhattan leftist ended up on the ballot.
Do Democrats make many actual attempts simply to stand up for what the mainstream wants? Or do they define “mainstream” as some dry gulch way over to the side while Goldbergishly proposing to abolish the centuries-old Electoral College, pack the U.S. Supreme Court, give minors the vote (and maybe redefine “minor”), nurture vote fraud, and illegally import tens of millions of aliens?
If the voters don’t fall for this, Dems say, simply replace the voting population through massive abortion to wipe out their line while hustling those unending illegal immigrants into the U.S. to stay. … Continue Reading

Benedict Emerges From The Shadows

April 20, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Benedict Emerges From The Shadows

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

On April tenth, an essay by the Pope Emeritus appeared in print in several languages. Clear and candid, it was more coherent and perceptive than anything else that has appeared from the Vatican since Pope Benedict’s departure six years ago.
The essay’s beginnings prompt more than a tad of curiosity. “After the meeting of the presidents of the bishops’ conferences was announced, I compiled some notes by which I might contribute one or two remarks to assist in this difficult hour,” Benedict writes. Perhaps he had in mind a brief address that he might deliver to the assembled prelates, many of whom he had named to their first see.
However, as we now know, Benedict was not invited to address the assembled prelates at all when they met in Rome in February, even though he had appointed many of them. On reflection, it’s not hard to see why. With his usual understated insight, Benedict employs his essay to address precisely the “forbidden question” that was avoided like a dread disease throughout the February meeting: What about homosexuality and its role in the abuse and coverup scandals?
Benedict focuses on the twin cataclysms of the ’60s: first, the sexual revolution, introduced and spurred on by the introduction of the birth control pill. And then came Vatican II. “Until the Second Vatican Council,” he writes, “Catholic moral theology was largely founded on natural law, while Sacred Scripture was only cited for background or substantiation. In the Council’s struggle for a new understanding of Revelation, the natural law option was largely abandoned, and a moral theology based entirely on the Bible was demanded.”
On reflection, we can consider the promulgation of Humanae Vitae in July 1968 as sort of a “Last Hurrah” for natural law; immediately after it appeared, the document was securely locked in the bottom desk drawer of virtually every theologian, bishop, priest, and seminarian worldwide. Students at prestigious Rome theologates in the 70s and 80s were bluntly told to ignore it, since “it would soon be overturned.”
Benedict doesn’t blame the collapse of theology on the sexual revolution. Rather, it had been a long time coming in the work of a generation of dissidents. The ’60s merely supplied a massive supporting cast. He recounts how “[t]he long-prepared and ongoing process of dissolution of the Christian concept of morality was…marked by an unprecedented radicalism in the 1960s,” a spirit that had a profound impact on priests and the seminaries that taught them. … Continue Reading

Good Friday… The “Hour” Of Christ’s Battle Against Satan And The Spirit Of The World

April 19, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Good Friday… The “Hour” Of Christ’s Battle Against Satan And The Spirit Of The World

By JAMES MONTI

Each year the return of Holy Week brings with it a sense of entering into a loftier realm, a more sacred domain, the Holy of Holies surpassing any other liturgical season. From the middle of Lent onward, the daily readings from the Gospel of St. John at the weekday Masses have fostered within our souls a building sense of drama. Time and again in the pages of John’s inspired account, there appear the evocative words “hour” and “world.” Yet these are not mere literary inventions of the Evangelist; he has taken them from the lips of our Lord.
And it is from the lips of Christ that the Church has learned to understand His Passion as the ultimate battle between good and evil, an understanding that she eloquently articulates through the sacred liturgy of Holy Week. From an early date the Church has seen the palms of Palm Sunday as a symbol of this combat. Both St. Isidore of Seville (+636) and a prayer for the blessing of palm and olive branches from the tenth century Romano-Germanic Pontifical speak of the salutation of Christ with palms as anticipating His triumph over “the prince of death.”
The term “world” is used in a twofold manner by our Lord. There is the world as created by God, created to be good, created for our good, and it is of this “world” that He speaks when He tells Nicodemus, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:16-17).
Yet this world created by God has become a fallen world, which is precisely why it needs to be saved by Him. And it is of this world in the sense of its alienation from God that our Lord speaks when, in answering those urging Him to go to Jerusalem for the Passover, He replies, “The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify of it that its works are evil” (John 7:7). His enemies are the slaves of this alienated world:
“You are from below; I am from above; you are of this world; I am not of this world” (John 8:23). And this world alienated from God has its prince (cf. John 12:31), its tyrant, the author of its hatred for God, he who is “a murderer from the beginning…a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).
There are those who insinuate that the Church has had a centuries-old “bad attitude” toward the world, with the Gospel of St. John blamed for this. First of all, the Church has never had a bad attitude toward the goodness of the world as God created it; in fact, she has condemned as heresy the idea that creation is evil.
As for the Gospel of St. John, this Gospel is the inspired and inerrant word of God. Like the other three Gospels, it has faithfully preserved for us the very words of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity made man, uttered while He dwelt among us, and these words include warnings about the spirit of “the world,” that is, the ethos or culture that fallen, sinful man has fashioned for himself under the tutelage of Satan, an ethos of materialism, relativism, and the pursuit of carnal pleasure in which the sovereignty and very existence of God, the reality of the supernatural and an afterlife, as well as the reality of God-given Commandments are ignored or flatly denied.
It was all the amassed wealth and power of such a world, “all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them” (Matt. 4:8), that Satan offered to hand over to Christ when he madly dared to tempt our Lord, as recorded in the Gospels of Saints Matthew and Luke: “To you I will give all this authority and their glory; for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will” (Luke 4:6; see also Matt. 4:8-9). … Continue Reading

Pope Benedict: Hammer Of Heretics

April 18, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Pope Benedict: Hammer Of Heretics

By SHAUN KENNEY

Pope Benedict XVI (emeritus) has issued what some have termed a post-papal encyclical identifying the rot at core inside the Catholic Church — and it is worth reading in full.
One of the key highlights thus far? The source of the disease. Pope Francis, who not only signed off on the document but whom Benedict explicitly praised, has argued that the disease lies within a certain pernicious form of clericalism. What is clericalism, one might ask? No one is quite sure . . . but we are all very certain that it is very bad and we should all throw rocks at it this very moment.
Alternatively, Benedict offers a rather simple answer that — once his vision of a smaller, more faithful Catholicism proves true — should stand the test of time. Namely, that the world simply forgot God.
There are other bold lines in this letter that are worth noting, specifically the lens through which the Second Vatican Council was interpreted by certain theologians attempting to build a morality based purely on Sacred Scripture. In the end, Catholic natural law was quite nearly replaced by a form of relative judgments. Benedict explains this as an effort to replace morality with intention. Without the natural law to ground anyone, all acts are perceived through conditions. The very idea of an intrinsically evil act (or an intrinsically good one?) was very nearly wiped out.
Two things happened. First, the leader of this effort — the German theologian Franz Bockle — had sworn to fight any encyclical that determined that some acts truly were intrinsically evil. He died, and Pope John Paul II published Veritatis Splendor some months later, and the world was given insight into a new category of goods.
For those of you not acquainted with Catholic moral theology, most goods are broken down into two sorts: basic goods which require no further grounding, and instrumental goods which lead us to some other basic good (money or medicine in the pursuit of health, for instance).
Benedict mentions specifically that there are certain goods which can never be subject to a trade-off. “Martyrdom is a basic category of Christian existence,” Benedict writes. “The fact that martyrdom is no longer morally necessary in the theory advocated by Bockle and many others shows that the very essence of Christianity is at stake here.”
Benedict introduces a third category: Great Goods. What are these great goods, one might ask? The Catholic Faith — and not merely in the sense of some idealistic thing hovering in the clouds, but the Catholic faith both as a society and as an individual.
Yet this “great good” cannot be protected so long as basic goods can be pursued for illegitimate ends. Benedict mentions a reform of canon law that is oriented to the protection of “great goods” such as human persons and the Deposit of Faith. Yet once again Benedict imposes this consistent theme that humanity has forgotten God and expected freedom in return, and yet instead is coming to discover that by forgetting God we have put an end to human freedom. … Continue Reading

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Bishop Donald J. Hying appointed to lead Madison diocese

Vatican City, Apr 25, 2019 / 04:04 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Thursday appointed Donald J. Hying the next bishop of Madison, Wis., following the death of Bishop Robert C. Morlino in November. Hying, 55, has been the bishop of Gary,…Continue Reading

Fr. James V. Schall, S.J., has died at the age of 91

Fr. James V. Schall, the prolific and much-beloved Jesuit, professor and author, died earlier today. His family states that “he was comfortable and at peace” at the time of his death. He was born in Pocahontas, Iowa, January 20, 1928.…Continue Reading

North Carolina Gov. vetoes bill requiring care for babies born alive after failed abortion

RALEIGH, April 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – North Carolina Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed legislation Thursday morning that would require abortionists to provide basic medical care to newborns who survive failed abortions, just days after the measure cleared the state legislature.…Continue Reading

How Cardinal Wuerl Misled the Papal Foundation

In 2017, Cardinal Donald Wuerl provided false and misleading information to the board of the Papal Foundation to secure a $25 million grant for the Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata (IDI), a scandal-plagued hospital in Rome. Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro…Continue Reading

Since “Unplanned” Movie Released, 94 Abortion Clinic Workers Have Said They May Quit Their Jobs

Abby Johnson’s powerful conversion story is moving hearts inside the abortion industry. Chuck Konzelman, who is a co-writer/co-director of “Unplanned,” the new film detailing Johnson’s life, said nearly 100 abortion workers have reached out to them in the past few…Continue Reading

Franciscan University president resigns

Steubenville, Ohio, Apr 8, 2019 / 07:50 am (CNA).- Fr. Sean Sheridan, TOR, has resigned as president of Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. Fr. Sheridan informed the university’s trustees of his decision during a regular meeting of the board on…Continue Reading

CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY HONORS ABORTION PROPONENT WITH COMMENCEMENT SOAPBOX, DOCTORATE

Alumni of Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland and the Cardinal Newman Society are voicing their outrage at the school’s selection of Mark Shriver to deliver the 2019 commencement address while also receiving an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Shriver is president of the Save the…Continue Reading

Emails show Planned Parenthood behind California rule to make churches pay for abortions

Sacramento, Calif., Apr 5, 2019 / 03:01 pm (CNA).- A 2014 California rule forcing religious groups, including churches, to cover elective abortions for employees was the result of direct pressure from Planned Parenthood, internal emails have shown. On April 4,…Continue Reading

Notre Dame’s Catholic duty

On Wednesday, the LGBT Law Forum at the law school hosted an event featuring Jim Obergefell, Greg Bourke and Michael DeLeon, plaintiffs in the Supreme Court caseObergefell v. Hodges, which mandated that every state recognize same-sex marriage. The talk was co-sponsored…Continue Reading

Catholic priests in Poland burn alleged sacrilegious books including ‘Harry Potter,’ condemn magic

Polish Catholic priests condemning magic burned dozens of books they considered to be sacrilegious, including works from the “Harry Potter” series. The SMS from Heaven Foundation – an evangelical group – posted photos of the burning at Gdansk’s Mother of…Continue Reading

Vatican Life Academy: Parents must vaccinate, even if vaccines come from aborted babies

VATICAN CITY, March 26, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — In a stunning declaration, the Pontifical Academy for Life — now populated entirely with Pope Francis appointments — has urged parents to vaccinate their children, even if the vaccines are derived from aborted…Continue Reading

Cardinal DiNardo discharged from hospital, expected to make full recovery

Houston, Texas, Mar 21, 2019 / 08:59 am (CNA).- Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston has been released from the hospital, following a mild stroke last week, his archdiocese announced March 20. The cardinal, who serves as president of the U.S.…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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Joe Biden Announces He is Running for President, He Supports Abortions Up to Birth

Former Vice President and Senator Joe Biden today announced that he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Biden, who is pro-abortion, enters a crowded Democrat field with candidates like Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, Beto, O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren and others vying for the chance to take on President Donald Trump in 2020. In 2007, Biden made his approach on abortion crystal clear, indicating he would vote to defend and expand abortions at al

Cardinal Sarah condemns ‘barbaric Islamist violence’ in Sri Lanka

April 23, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Two respected cardinals known for their defense of the Catholic faith spoke out about the horrific Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Sri Lanka. Cardinal Robert Sarah condemned “barbaric Islamist violence” on Monday in a tweet and Cardinal Joseph Zen tweeted that the attacks are a call to prayer for all persecuted Christians.

Italian Bishop doubles down on ban of traditional Latin Mass

ROME, April 19, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Documents obtained by LifeSite show that an Italian bishop has ordered a priest to cease celebrating the Mass in the Extraordinary Form, after the traditional liturgy drew an increasing number of young lay faithful. Bishop Antonio Napolioni, of the northern Italian diocese of Cremona, is upholding a ten-year ban on the Latin Mass begun by his predecessor, on the grounds that such “objectively disharmonious initiative

Islamic State claims responsibility for Sri Lanka Easter bombings

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Apr 23, 2019 / 07:09 am (CNA).- The Islamic State claimed responsibility Tuesday for the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that killed at least 321 people and left 500 injured. “The perpetrators of the attack that targeted nationals of the countries of the coalitions and Christians in Sri Lanka before yesterday are fighters from the Islamic State,” the Islamic State said through its Aamaq news agency April 23. Sri Lankan officials suspected…Continue Reading

Cardinal Tobin: Catechism language ‘very unfortunate’ on homosexuality

Newark, N.J., Apr 18, 2019 / 10:54 am (CNA).- The Archbishop of Newark said Wednesday that the language used by the Catechism of the Catholic Church to describe homosexual acts is “very unfortunate,” adding that he hopes the Catechism will use different language in its discussion of homosexuality. “The Church, I think, is having its own conversation about what our faith has us do and say with people in relationships that are same-sex. What should…Continue Reading

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Sri Lanka’s Cardinal Ranjith . . . Would Have Canceled Easter Mass If Bomb Warnings Had Been Passed On

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNA) — The archbishop of Colombo says that government officials in Sri Lanka should be fired for failing to act on tips that terrorist attacks were imminent in the hours preceding Easter Sunday bombings in the country. “It’s absolutely unacceptable behavior on the part of these high officials of the government, including…Continue Reading

Dispute Over Papal Foundation’s $25 Million Grant Approval Continues

By KEVIN JONES VATICAN CITY (CNA) — Scrutiny continues for the U.S.-based Papal Foundation, amid questions of whether some of its grant activity was motivated by a desire to secure leniency for disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick. The ongoing controversy surrounds the foundation’s decision to make an unprecedented grant to a leading Italian hospital whose…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Renaissance Man Looks At Human Worth

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Manetti, Giannozzo. On Human Worth and Excellence. Edited and translated by Brian P. Copenhaver; Cambridge, MA. Harvard University Press, I Tatti Renaissance Library, pp LI + 362. One does not have to be a Renaissance historian or know much medieval philosophy or theology to appreciate this delightful book. On Human Worth and…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Make A Devotional Journey Into The Mass

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY A Devotional Journey Into the Mass: How Mass Can Become a Time of Grace, Nourishment, and Devotion, by Christopher Carstens (144 pages, Sophia Institute Press, Paperback and Kindle). Visit www.sophiainstitute.com or call 1-800-888-9344. A Devotional Journey Into the Mass is an in-depth study of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, and the first thing…Continue Reading

Memento Mori… The Danger Of Being Ultra-Nice

By DONALD DeMARCO A man wakes up in his nice apartment and, while having a nice cup of coffee, is told by a nice radio voice that the weather will be nice. He drives his nice car through his nice neighborhood and is wished a nice day, verbally by the teller at the bank and…Continue Reading

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Q. As we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus this Easter, can you give me a short summary of the reasons why we believe that Jesus really rose from the dead? — K.J., via e-mail. A. Defenders of the Resurrection have usually grouped the reasons for the belief in the Resurrection of Jesus into three categories: The empty tomb, the many…Continue Reading

Looking To Cardinal Sarah . . . The Arrival Of Spiritual And Religious Collapse

By FR. SHENAN BOQUET (Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted with permission of Human Life International, www.hli.org. It first appeared at www.hli.org on April 15, 2019. Fr. Boquet is the president of HLI.) + + + Recently I traveled to Phoenix in order to lead a mission. When I arrived at the airport, I was stunned to see a group…Continue Reading

Do Not Doubt, But Believe

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday Of Easter, Divine Mercy (YR C) Readings: Acts 5:12-16 Rev. 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19 John 20:19-31 Today we celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy, a Feast our Lord Himself requested through St. Faustina. Mercy has been indispensable throughout history, but in God’s Providence He has waited until our own time to ask for a liturgical…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… To Rise From The Ashes, To Quit The Tomb

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK A blessed Easter to all of our readers. “The Lord is risen. Alleluia!” Christ’s story, recounted in the Scriptures proclaimed liturgically in these holy days, must become our story, too. Easter is our most important annual celebration of this fact. Baptized as we are into Christ’s death, we must live so as to rise with…Continue Reading

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Editor’s Note: It is easy to get discouraged at the state of the Church these days, particularly at the decline in the number of Religious sisters from 181,000 in 1965 to about 47,000 today, which Fr. George Rutler blames partly on those orders which “accepted bad advice from misguided and misguiding theologians and leaders. Bishops often have been at fault,…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Marie Of The Incarnation

By CAROLE BRESLIN Stories of St. Rene Goupil and St. Isaac Jogues, two of the first French Jesuit priests to be martyred in the New World, led many other French citizens to seek missionary service in Canada. Women as well as men set sail for New France. Women such as St. Marguerite Bourgeoys left the comforts of France to bring…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Peter Of St. Joseph De Betancur

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Catholic Church is the largest provider of health care in the world. As of 2013, more than 40,000 hospitals, clinics, and homes for the elderly were run by the Catholic Church throughout the world. The pioneering work of many devout saints for centuries provided care for the sick and the homeless. To care for the sick…Continue Reading