Thursday 21st March 2019

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Are We Facing The Complete Loss of Innocence?

March 20, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Are We Facing The Complete Loss of Innocence?

By REY FLORES

It’s Girl Scout Cookie time again as I write this, but this column isn’t about cookies. It’s about how we as individuals and as a society have made the country an almost completely unsafe and dangerous place for children. We have failed our children in so many respects, and as Christians, we all know about that millstone around our necks.
With every generation that comes, we have lowered the bar every time, almost as if we were enjoying the downward spiral as if it were some kind of twisting waterslide. The thing about this whirlpool is that it is the flushing of our entire civilization down the toilet.
When I see those little girls and their parents outside the local grocery store, peddling their cookies in order to raise money for whatever project their troop is working on, I can’t help thinking about Planned Parenthood (PP).
Those Planned Parenthood demons, purveyors of perversion and death, have not only stuck their greedy meat hooks into the flesh of unborn children, but they have also now stuck them into the souls of the hundreds of thousands of little girls who are members of the Girls Scouts of America (GSA).
And it’s not just the GSA and PP, it’s everything else too. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), the National Education Association (NEA), the United States government, the so-called entertainment industry, and, even worse, the homosexual and other infiltrators inside the Catholic Church.
There appears to be no safe place, or “safe space” — as today’s wimpy snowflakes like to say. Children of the world today have had it all, but their purest innocence has been stolen. We have allowed this by not being stronger, not standing firmer, and not listening to God.
Like the GSA Cookies, we live in a world of pop culture trash, like the HBO two-part documentary Leaving Neverland highlighting the story of two men who allege that they were sexually molested by the late pop singer Michael Jackson when they were just little boys. The show has been making headlines since its premiere on the cable network a few weeks back.
I always found it interesting how Michael Jackson was always portrayed by the media as some kind of modern-day saint who loved children, and who even named his Hollywood estate after the Neverland in the Peter Pan children’s stories. While acquitted on some charges, it turns out that there are out-of-court multimillion-dollar settlements with the parents who essentially pimped their own children to Jackson. He loved children all right; it appeals that he loved to abuse them. … Continue Reading

Longtime Physician Says . . . Conference In Rome Will Explore “The Fallacies Of ‘Brain Death’”

March 19, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Longtime Physician Says . . . Conference In Rome Will Explore “The Fallacies Of ‘Brain Death’”

By DEXTER DUGGAN

How the practice of medicine viewed patients began to change in 1968, when “brain death” was proposed as a shift in medical thinking in order to obtain healthy organs for transplant, a longtime physician who helped plan a conference in Rome on brain death scheduled in May told The Wanderer in a telephone interview.
“I question whether Roe v. Wade would have happened” in 1973, when the Supreme Court legalized nationwide permissive abortion, without the brain-death proposal in 1968, Paul Byrne, MD, a former president of the national Catholic Medical Association, said in a March 4 interview.
It was an intoxicating period of time when some physicians reconsidered whom they were primarily serving, the patient or “certain new facts and social realities which are becoming recognized,” as an editorial in the September 1970 issue of California Medicine, the official journal of the California Medical Association, put it.
The editorial, “A New Ethic for Medicine And Society,” said that such factors as “human population expansion,” “an ever growing ecological disparity,” and “a quite new social emphasis on…the quality of life” seemed “certain to undermine and transform” the traditional ethic of placing “great emphasis on the intrinsic worth and equal value of every human life, regardless of its stage or condition.”
Replacing the traditional ethic with the new one was “seen most clearly in changing attitudes toward human abortion,” the 1970 editorial said. “. . ..The very considerable semantic gymnastics which are required to rationalize abortion as anything but taking a human life would be ludicrous if they were not often put forth under socially impeccable auspices.”
It’s not too early for the medical profession to prepare to apply this new ethic “in a rational development for the fulfillment and betterment of mankind in what is almost certain to be a biologically oriented world society,” the editorial concluded.
Byrne cited this editorial and said “yes, absolutely,” that it expressed the changed ethic coming into being.
Before about 1968, he said, “medicine revolved around the sick patient,” but when the brain-death definition was proposed, “Medicine changed. . . . . Changes happen gradually over time. . . . That made it so a doctor, or anyone,” could look at a patient and say the person is dead.
“1968 made it legal to dissect a 19-year-old who was on a ventilator” after being injured in a motorcycle accident, Byrne said.
The conference in Rome, organized by the John Paul II Academy for Human Life and the Family, is scheduled for May 20 and 21 and is titled, “‘Brain Death,’ A Medicolegal Construct: Scientific & Philosophical Evidence.” … Continue Reading

Where Has Our Sense Of Humor Gone?

March 18, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Where Has Our Sense Of Humor Gone?

By MIKE MANNO

“Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners” — George Carlin.

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The best humor, they say, is based in reality. If that’s true, then George Carlin hit one out of the park.
For the last several years I’ve noticed that we’ve stopped laughing at — or with — one another. What was once a great American sense of humor, especially involving current events, has apparently been replaced by systematic dowdiness. We used to be able to poke fun at ourselves and others in a friendly sort of way like we do with our families and close friends.
So what has happened? Well, my guess is that our overreliance on mandated political correctness as well as our self-imposed avoidance of micro-aggressions has a lot to do with it. You see, we’ve become a culture that is so ultra-sensitive, and we take things so seriously, that we have created a nation of faux victims who are ready to negatively react to anything that can be interpreted as an insult or an affront regardless of intent.
And the result is that we now either don’t speak frankly with one another, avoiding certain subjects, or we confine our humor to those who we think agree with us politically or sociologically, which results in humor that is one-dimensional and laced with a bitter political point.
Over the past few years, a number of comedians have withdrawn from certain venues, mainly college campuses, due to what they feel is an overly sensitive public.
Jerry Seinfeld, for one, has stopped playing colleges,
“They’re so PC,” he said. The students don’t understand racism and sexism, he said. “They just want to use these words: ‘That’s racist,’ ‘that’s sexist,’ ‘that’s prejudice.’ They don’t even know what they’re talking about.”
“Let me give you an example,” he said a few years ago. “My daughter’s 14. My wife says to her, ‘Well, you know, in the next couple of years, I think maybe you’re going to want to be hanging around the city more on the weekends, so you can see the boys.’ You know what my daughter says? She says, ‘That’s sexist’.”
Comedian Adam Carolla put the problem in a nutshell: “Nothing kills comedy quite like people who are constantly offended. It’s impossible to be funny if we’re not allowed to poke fun at each other and that’s what’s happening with a new generation of people who seem to be offended for a living. If we can’t have fun with one another, than we lose our humanity. If free speech goes, then our basic freedoms will follow soon after.” … Continue Reading

Meghan McCain… Intensifies Her National Profile For Defending Preborn Babies

March 17, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Meghan McCain… Intensifies Her National Profile For Defending Preborn Babies

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — If the late Sen. John McCain ever used his local branch library here, it would have been Century Library at 1750 E. Highland Ave. McCain’s high-rise condo was a few blocks to the east.
The morning of Tuesday, March 12, one of that city library’s workers carried some newspapers that had arrived over the weekend over to the newspaper reading racks.
One of them was the March 11 Wall Street Journal, whose opinion pages included a column that McCain’s daughter Meghan co-authored with Sen. Ben Sasse (R., Neb.). It was headlined, “America’s Extremist Abortion Industry.”
Meghan’s pro-life views already were well known. She had been vocal about them on the ABC television daily program The View that she co-hosts.
It would have been easier for her to mute or cover up her pro-life views, especially in the big-media world she inhabits. But others’ bashfulness about standing up for preborn babies had led to where we are now, with aggressive pro-abortionists feeling free to keep expanding their outrageous radicalism, even now into the fourth trimester.
Some members of an older generation of influential Americans originally may have been beguiled into favoring Planned Parenthood when it focused on serving married couples, not forever trying to lure more single teenagers into sin, and it condemned abortion as “kill(ing) the life of a baby after it has begun.”
More recently, an incessant major-media propaganda push for both Planned Parenthood and permissive abortion has ensnared members of younger generations. But the dominantly young faces at major pro-life marches and rallies continue to show a promising future for defending the preborn.
And pro-life power within the Republican Party has only been increased after the radicalized Democratic Party kept purging and harassing its traditional-values members, who found a new home in the GOP.
Still, it’s worth recalling that the upper echelons of both major U.S. parties have produced many pro-abortion family members, even though abortion aborts the family. Among them, Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Chelsea Clinton, Barbara Pierce Bush, Nancy Reagan, Barry Goldwater’s first and second wives, Peggy and Susan, and Betty Ford.
A columnist at LifeSiteNews.com noted on March 1, 2017, “With the sole exception of adopted son Michael, the Reagan children are all very pro-abortion.” … Continue Reading

Do Catholic Laity Need Our Own Conference?

March 16, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Do Catholic Laity Need Our Own Conference?

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

Back in the 1980s, writes Catholic author Robert Royal, “Michael Novak organized a group of us who presented alternatives to the bishops’ statements on nukes and the economy. But for me, the most memorable moment in all of those controversies was an exchange between a prominent Dutch philosopher and Fr. Brian Hehir [top adviser at the USCCB] at one of our meetings:
“ ‘Fr. Hehir, the work you have produced is quite serious. But I don’t see why the bishops should put their moral authority behind this particular set of proposals when there are a dozen others equally ethical. It would have been better to stick to moral and social principles.’
“ ‘Well, if we did that, it would have been a very short document,’ Fr. Hehir replied.”
If there’s one thing that America’s bishops have not been short on since Vatican II, it’s documents — especially “short” documents. In addition to Fr. Hehir’s endless admonitions regarding the economy and U.S. defense policy, post-Vatican II bishops have for years advocated for higher taxes, more foreign aid (including, under Obama, taxpayer financing of international abortion providers), the federal budget, immigration, sanctuary for criminal illegals, nationalized health care (including Obamacare, until they discovered that they’d been betrayed), federal financing of their Nongovernmental Organizations, refugee policy, and a host of other political issues large and small.
For every one of these proposals, there were “a dozen others equally ethical.” In every case, “it would have been better to stick to moral and social principles.”
Some ten years ago, I began writing the prelate-signatories on various USCCB press releases, letters to Congress, and other semi-authoritative documents that seem to flow incessantly. “Am I bound to ‘believe with divine and Catholic faith’ your views on (fill in the political blank here) with the same ‘religious submission of mind’ with which Canon Law requires that I adhere to Humanae Vitae?” I asked. … Continue Reading

Secret Works, Secret Examples, Secret Archives!

March 15, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Secret Works, Secret Examples, Secret Archives!

By SHAUN KENNEY

One of my favorite things about this column is that readers so often send me their thoughts to add to the conversation. The mention of Solzhenitsyn sent readers to the mailbox (my favorite means of communication, it must be said) and I couldn’t be happier to place your thoughts alongside my own.
First, I am exceedingly grateful to Mr. D — for mentioning that Solzhenitsyn’s last work has yet to be translated into English. There is some indication that the work is a bit too sensitive for American ears, as it deals with Russia’s relationship with the Jewish people through the February Revolution and up to this day. The book has been translated into French and German, yet apparently Solzhenitsyn’s appeal on this topic seems to be ebbing a bit.
There is another recently published book by Paul Hanebrink out of Rutgers University entitled, A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism that explores a roughly similar theme, where Judeo-Bolshevism prior to the Second World War seemed to exist as a more-than-latent de facto starting point across both Europe and America.
After the Second World War, the Jews experienced a sort of transition where Judeo-Bolshevism transitioned into the Judeo-Christian framework we hear repeated so often today — one designed to include Protestants, Jews, and yes even those squirrely papists and mackerel-snappers. The book seems resigned to the idea, but only for the moment as it watches anti-Semitism return to the political landscape of Europe. Good while it lasts seems to be the sentiment. . . .

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In another letter, I am exceedingly grateful to have received a letter from the great Mr. Bob Bird of Illinois, currently living in luxurious and self-imposed exile in Alaska (I may be laying it on a bit thick here, but stick with me).
Bird is a fellow traveler with the likes of Patrick Buchanan, Judie Brown, and Joe Sobran, among others, who very nearly succeeded in establishing the Alaska Independence Party with a near-run U.S. Senate campaign against incumbent Ted Stevens. A committed pro-lifer, Republican stalwart, and a fan of Solzhenitsyn himself — what’s not to like?
Mr. Bird takes up the question of Roe v. Wade and the desirability of overturning the U.S. Supreme Court decision. The question isn’t over ending abortion (we all want that), says Bird, but rather whether returning the question to the state governments is the proper constitutional path to assert the basic human right to exist. In short, according to his letter, does the federal government have the right to determine such questions in the first place?

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Thus my conclusion that the solution to the crisis of abortion culture in America will not be a political one for the simple reason that the problem itself is inherently non-political, but spiritual.
The Blessed Mother — when asked — has ended similar scourges: secularism in Portugal (Our Lady of Fatima), Communism in Austria (Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception), Communism in Brazil (Our Lady of Fatima again), the Turkish Navy at Lepanto (Our Lady of the Rosary).
What has the pro-life movement yet to do? It has not yet asked the Blessed Mother to end abortion in America.
If not now, when? If not, why not? … Continue Reading

Women’s Pro-Life Health-Care Consortium Looks To Expand Its Reach

March 14, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Women’s Pro-Life Health-Care Consortium Looks To Expand Its Reach

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — A budding consortium of pro-life help centers has “a gold seal of approval” to confer for facilities that qualify to become certified with Pro Women’s Healthcare Centers, the consortium’s executive director told the monthly meeting of the Catholic Medical Association of Phoenix (CMAP).
Christine Accurso told the meeting at the headquarters of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix on March 2 that the aim is to “raise the bar, and raise the volume, on what excellent women’s health care is.”
A slide she projected onto a screen said the consortium members want “to partner with women to provide comprehensive, convenient, compassionate, high-quality medical services and access to social services that empower them to care for their health.”
A booklet that Accurso distributed to the audience said the centers “welcome collaboration with many faiths, denominations, and community groups willing to cooperate in pro-life work.”
It added, “We believe that, in some ways, the medical field’s current approach to women’s health has drifted from the Hippocratic Oath, and, in certain practices, departed from being medicine that truly helps the women served.”
Accurso told the meeting, “No health-care provider can ever say there’s no spiritual aspect to a human being.”
Certified centers already are in Virginia, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, and California, according to the organization’s website, www.pwhcenters.org.
The consortium arose, Accurso told The Wanderer, after an initial phone call “on how we could unite . . . to support one another,” because doctors and providers “have a difficult time pushing up against” what’s considered the mainstream.
“Health care is about restoring the body,” but contraception has nothing to do with that, she said.
After a presentation was made during March for Life events in the nation’s capital in January, 143 pro-life centers have expressed interest in the consortium, Accurso told the CMAP audience, adding that there’s a $495 fee per year for certification.
One woman in the audience spoke up to suggest that the consortium is an idea that “could grow exponentially, in Europe and around the world.”
The PWHC booklet is illustrated with the gold seal of certification that the organization awards, and lists a number of standards it either requires or encourages — the latter being considered desirable but not mandatory. … Continue Reading

A Book Review… Poetry To Calm And Lift The Soul

March 13, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review… Poetry To Calm And Lift The Soul

By PEGGY MOEN

As I was reading Wilfred G. Chen’s God Speaks in Silence: Poems for All Seasons, I also reread Pope John Paul II’s message for Lent of 2004, in which the late, sainted Holy Father reflected on the severe suffering innocent children sometimes undergo:
“What evil have these children done to merit such suffering? From a human standpoint it is not easy, indeed it may be impossible, to answer this disturbing question. Only faith can make us begin to understand so profound an abyss of suffering. By becoming ‘obedient unto death, even death on a Cross’ (Phil. 2: 8), Jesus took human suffering upon himself and illuminated it with the radiant light of his resurrection. By his death, he conquered death once for all.” … Continue Reading

Surrogacy And The Erosion Of Motherhood

March 12, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Surrogacy And The Erosion Of Motherhood

By DONALD DeMARCO

New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a new law that would remove the ban on surrogacy contracts that has existed since 1992, thus making commercial surrogacy legal. The bill is expected to pass, allowing New Yorkers, for the first time, to pay a woman to have a baby for them through in vitro fertilization. The typical cost for such a procedure is somewhere between $45,000 and $50,000.
According to Cuomo, “New York’s antiquated laws are discriminatory against all couples struggling with fertility, same sex or otherwise.” Critics of the bill, on the other hand, have pointed out that commercial surrogacy discriminates against infertile couples who cannot afford such a high cost as well as against the “carrier” (the pregnant woman) who may bond with the baby and want to raise the child herself. Also problematic, is that this procedure creates an opportunity for two homosexual men or a transgendered couple to have and raise a child.
Cuomo’s commercial surrogacy bill came just a few days after New York State made it legal to abort a baby up until the time of birth. There is a strange irony here in that it is legal to abort an unborn child, conceived through natural intercourse, at any time during pregnancy, while it is urgent to pay for a child, conceived artificially, who will be brought to term. In this scenario, marriage, conjugal intimacy, the child in the womb, and motherhood itself are all devaluated. A law could hardly be deemed “antiquated,” as Cuomo claims, when it was enacted to protect all of these values. … Continue Reading

Democrats: The Party Of Moloch

March 11, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Democrats: The Party Of Moloch

By MIKE MANNO

For anyone who doesn’t know, Moloch was a god mentioned and referred to in the Old Testament. He may have belonged to the Canaanites, or to the Ammonites, or to any number of other early cults, but he was also one of the false gods that Israel would turn to during periods of apostasy.
Moloch’s sacramental base was in the Hinnom Valley which was pronounced in Hebrew as “Ge Hinnom” and was thus translated into Greek as “Gehenna.” It was there, just south of Jerusalem, that his cult worshiped him by human sacrifice.
And it was there that his followers built an altar-pyre containing his metal image: a human figure with an animal’s head. His arms were outstretched ready to receive children for sacrifice. A fire was started inside the image and the children sacrificed would roll from his arms into the fire pit below. During the sacrificial ceremony, flutes were played and drums beaten to drown out the cries of the victims as their mothers stood by.
God, the real one, wasn’t impressed. He told the Israelites in Leviticus (18:21): “You shall not offer any of your offspring to immolation to Moloch, thus profaning the name of your God.” A few lines later He warns about laying with a man as you would with a woman, but I digress; we’ll have to take that one up at another time.
When King Josiah halted the practice of child sacrifice and destroyed Moloch’s pyre at Topheth in the Hinnom Valley, it was written, “The king also defiled Topheth in the Valley of Ben-hinnom so that there would no longer be any immolation of sons or daughters by fire in honor of Moloch” (2 Kings 22:10).
Now it seems that God was not just unimpressed with child-sacrifice, He imposed a penalty on such activities. In chapter 20 of Leviticus he instructs Moses: “Tell the Israelites: Anyone, whether an Israelite or an alien residing in Israel, who gives offspring to Moloch shall be put to death. . . . If the people of the land condone the giving of offspring to Moloch, by failing to put the wrongdoer to death, I myself will turn against that individual and his or her family, and I will cut off from their people both the wrongdoer and all who follow this person prostituting themselves with Moloch.”
I’ve mentioned before that I am not a biblical scholar, but I would take that as a serious warning about those who support or condone child sacrifice! … Continue Reading

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Nancy Pelosi: ‘I Myself, as a Catholic, Believe…’

(CNSNews.com) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said at her press briefing on Thursday that she wants to “salute” the Green New Deal and went on to explain that “as a Catholic” she believes—“as do many of our Evangelical friends”—that…Continue Reading

Pope Francis warns against gossip, forgetting one’s own sinfulness

Rome, Italy, Mar 3, 2019 / 01:30 pm (CNA).- In a visit to a Roman parish on Sunday, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to stop gossiping and ruminating on the shortcomings of other people, and to instead focus on repenting of…Continue Reading

Catholic network Salt + Light stands by CEO Fr. Rosica despite plagiarism

TORONTO, March 2, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Salt + Light Catholic Media Foundation is standing by Father Thomas Rosica, the network’s CEO, despite revelations of his extensive plagiarism going back almost 30 years. Meanwhile, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops says…Continue Reading

Measure to protect babies who survive abortion fails in Senate 53-44

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Senate in an evening vote Feb. 25 failed to pass a measure sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, to require that babies born alive after an abortion be given medical attention and “the same protection of…Continue Reading

Prosecutors drop second trial against Cardinal George Pell

Melbourne, Australia, Feb 25, 2019 / 06:21 pm (CNA).- Prosecutors have abandoned a planned second trial against Australian Cardinal George Pell, who was convicted in December 2018 on five charges of the sexual abuse of minors. Pell is reported to…Continue Reading

Rosica resigns from college board after plagiarism apology; Jesuits withdraw award

Washington D.C., Feb 25, 2019 / 02:47 pm (CNA).- A Canadian priest who apologized last week for plagiarism has resigned from the governing board of a Catholic college affiliated with the University of Toronto. “As a sign of contrition and…Continue Reading

Abuse Survivor: Pope’s Devil Comments ‘Outrageous’

Pope Francis’ latest slam on church critics as cohorts of Satan stunned survivors of priest sex abuse and their advocates, who called the pontiff’s remarks “outrageous” on the eve of his clergy summit on the long-running scandal. “It’s outrageous ……Continue Reading

Pope picks liberal cardinals Cupich, Marx, Tagle for featured talks at Vatican Abuse Summit

ROME, February 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Germany, and Cardinal Antonio Tagle of the Philippines will be featured speakers at the Vatican’s upcoming summit on clerical sex abuse titled, “The Protection of Minors…Continue Reading

SD BISHOP CALLS CATHOLIC GROUP ‘EVIL’ FOR OPPOSING CARDINAL CUPICH

RAPID CITY, S.D. (ChurchMilitant.com) – A bishop is calling a Catholic apostolate “evil” for being critical of Cdl. Blase Cupich. Bishop Robert Gruss of Rapid City, South Dakota issued a statement to be read from all parish pulpits the weekend of Feb. 9–10 condemning…Continue Reading

The Christian Faith: The only valid and the only God-willed religion

The Truth of the filial adoption in Christ, which is intrinsically supernatural, constitutes the synthesis of the entire Divine Revelation. Being adopted by God as sons is always a gratuitous gift of grace, the most sublime gift of God to…Continue Reading

Roberts joins Supreme Court’s liberal wing in blocking Louisiana abortion law

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the Supreme Court’s liberal wing on Thursday in temporarily blocking a Louisiana law that would have placed restrictions on abortion clinics, in the high court’s first major ruling on abortion since the confirmation of Associate Justice…Continue Reading

Supermodel Takes On Catholic Poland With Sex Education Campaign

Supermodel Anja Rubik could be a symbol of any modern, progressive European country. After joining a campaign to defend women’s rights, she started tackling school sex education and published a book for teenagers that sought to counter the teachings of…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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On the question of a heretical pope

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The issue of how to handle a heretical pope, in concrete terms, has not yet been treated in a manner which approaches anything like a true general consent in the entire Catholic tradition. So far, neither a pope nor an Ecumenical Council has made relevant doctrinal pronouncements nor have they issued binding canonical norms regarding the eventuality of how to handle a heretical pope during the term of his office. There is no historical case of…Continue Reading

GOP congressman sues Twitter for shadow-bans, discrimination against conservatives

March 20, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes is taking Twitter to court for the social media giant’s alleged discrimination against himself and other prominent conservatives through shadow-banning and other means. Last summer, Nunes was one of several Republican lawmakers and GOP leaders whose Twitter accounts had disappeared from the drop-down menu that normally populates when typing in a name, without comparable figures such as Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez or any…Continue Reading

US bishops’ anti-poverty charity gave $60,000 to pro-gay Marxist group last year

March 15, 2019 (Lepanto Institute) — The 2017–2018 Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) grants list shows that the Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) received $60,000, bringing the total this organization has received to $290,000 since 2005. In 2012, the Reform CCHD Now coalition alerted the US bishops to serious problems with NWBCCC including homosexual activism and the promotion of Marxism. Monsignor Kevin Sullivan of the A

Cardinal DiNardo hospitalized after ‘mild stroke’

Houston, Texas, Mar 16, 2019 / 06:33 pm (CNA).- The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference was hospitalized March 15 after suffering a mild stroke, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, which has been led by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo since 2006. “It is expected that Cardinal DiNardo will remain hospitalized for a few more days of testing and observation, followed by a transfer to another facili

Democrats Demand Right to Life for Kittens, But Block Bills to Stop Infanticide

What do cats have that newborn babies don’t? Democrats’ support. In one of the sickest ironies no one is talking about, Senate liberals picked this moment — 17 days after they voted to kill America’s perfectly healthy infants — to fight for the humane treatment of kittens. Maybe the DNC’s strategists are out to lunch, or maybe the Left really is this shameless, but I can’t wait to see so

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A Dark Night Finally Turns To Day

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributes his column.) + + + They could have just kept going, but they didn’t. It was another cold South Dakota day on February 28, 1981, when Lee Litz went out with a friend to test-drive a…Continue Reading

My Reply… An Eastern Orthodox Writer’s Attempt To Justify Divorce And Remarriage

By JAMES LIKOUDIS An Eastern Orthodox correspondent has taken issue with Catholic teaching rejecting adultery as a legitimate ground for divorce and remarriage. His arguments stem from ill-digested readings drawn from both Catholic and Eastern Orthodox sources. The writer, in effect, rejects Catholic doctrine regarding the absolute indissolubility of sacramental marriage. That doctrine, based on…Continue Reading

How Middle America Is To Be Dispossessed

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In all but one of the last seven presidential elections, Republicans lost the popular vote. George W. Bush and Donald Trump won only by capturing narrow majorities in the Electoral College. Hence the grand strategy of the left: to enlarge and alter the U.S. electorate so as to put victory as…Continue Reading

Love And The Virtue Of Love

By JUDE DOUGHERTY At some time in the last century, perhaps due to the influence of John Dewey and other influential academics in this country, the concept “the values we hold dear” came to replace the notion that we may be accountable to a moral order quite independent of ourselves. Politicians, educators, and journalists commonly…Continue Reading

Support Abortion?… Then You Better Know How It’s Done

By BARBARA SIMPSON (Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on WorldNetDaily, March 1, 2019.) + + + Anyone following the ongoing controversy about late-term abortions should be aware of the grisly descriptions of the procedure. While the media do their best to keep that kind of information or photographs of those abortions away from the…Continue Reading

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Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Empty Chalice At Consecration Time… Could Signal A Grave Violation Of Canon Law

By Fr. Edward McNamara, LC (Editor’s Note: Following is a Q-and-A from Fr. Edward McNamara’s regular column published by ZENIT News Agency. The date of this column is March 12, 2019. (ZENIT holds the copyright to this article. All rights reserved.) + + + (Legionary of Christ Fr. Edward McNamara is a professor of liturgy and dean of theology at…Continue Reading

Heaven, The Promised Land

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Third Sunday Of Lent (YR C) Readings: Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15 1 Cor. 10:1-6, 10-12 Luke 13:1-9 In the readings today we hear about both the justice and the mercy of God. The first reading is all about God’s mercy. The people of Israel had been enslaved in Egypt for 430 years, but in that time they…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Cardinal Pell: The Pendulum Swings

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The pendulum means nothing on its own and functions only by means of a power external to itself: the law of gravity. The swing of the pendulum is a symbol of the lack of balance, for the forces at work upon it which keep it in constant motion prevent its rest in a central position…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: In his weekly bulletin at the Church of St. Michael in New York City, Fr. George Rutler, after noting that John Henry Cardinal Newman of England will soon be proclaimed a saint and Jozsef Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary will be declared venerable, said that “Mindszenty was not Newman’s intellectual peer, but his life was the most muscular testimony…Continue Reading

The Church In The Midst Of The Storm . . . “Come To Me All Who Are Weary”

By FR. SHENAN J. 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 March 4, 2019. Fr. Boquet is the president of HLI.) + + + “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still, and trust in me” (John 14:1). Holy Mother Church is in the…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Cuthbert

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Melrose Abbey in Scotland, which is located about 30 miles south-southeast of Edinburgh, attracts more visitors than just about any other attraction in Scotland. Although mostly in ruins now, the abbey boasts a museum and other sites of interest, such as the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce. Mel Gibson revived interest in him with the…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Jane Frances De Chantal

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the sixteenth century, the Catholic Church was reeling from the Protestant Reformation, which led to the Council of Trent (1545-1563) to renew the Church. In addition, God provided many holy men and women to help usher in a spiritual revival as well. Some of those champions of the Counter Reformation were St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556),…Continue Reading