Sunday 22nd September 2019

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Dominant Media Undercut Selves Again . . . The More Horror Grows, The More Reporting Falls Silent

September 22, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Dominant Media Undercut Selves Again . . . The More Horror Grows, The More Reporting Falls Silent

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Do key players working at dominant media have a shred of conscience? The answer hasn’t been hopeful.
How many more horrors will they routinely try to avoid reporting before their deceptions become unbearable, not only to a public that sees them as lying lackeys but also to their own battered sense of moral accountability?
Day after day as September advanced, a San Francisco court hearing considered whether a trial was merited against pro-life investigators from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) who could face prison time for exposing abortionists’ large-scale sale of aborted baby parts.
Main media generally were averse to covering the proceedings, just as they reacted negatively to the CMP’s revelation of these horrors in 2015.
The abortionists themselves instead should be in legal jeopardy in Superior Court, but California’s pro-abortion establishment was out to punish and silence those who’d dare challenge them.
Aborted babies’ beating hearts and greedily grabbed brains were included in the gruesome testimony.
Keeping this quieted was fine with dominant media who’d be having a bloody fit if traffickers were accused of selling cartons of slaughtered endangered animal species. And the very idea that investigators who’d exposed such traffic would be legally in jeopardy instead of the slayers would send those media screaming in outrage into the stratosphere.
However, LifeSiteNews.com was providing regular reports of the hearing.
Always bear in mind that when dominant media minimize, hide or ignore massive abortion outrages, that’s precisely because these media fully realize their horrifying impact, desperately want the monstrous carnage to continue, but know it would not do so if the public were responsibly informed.
These media thus convict themselves of eager complicity in atrocity, which must be harshly judged. … Continue Reading

Does The Left Even Believe Its Own Lies?

September 21, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Does The Left Even Believe Its Own Lies?

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

Sixty years ago, James Burnham asked a simple question. “Do liberals really believe in liberalism?”
Burnham had every right to ask. He’d been a leftist himself, even a fan of Leon Trotsky. He was thoroughly trained in the dialectic. But by 1960, he’d been a founding editor of National Review for five years. The time was ripe for Burnham to write a book describing what the Left was all about. His title succinctly described liberalism’s goal: The Suicide of the West.
When it comes to liberals, or indeed to adherents of any ideological system, Burnham wrote, “very few . . . bother to inquire into the logical foundations of their day-by-day judgments and rules of conduct, nor is there any reason why many people should.”
Sure — why bother? Such an inquiry, then and now, would merely expose the sad facts at the foundation of leftism. At the heart of it all lies the necessary and indispensable principle of contradiction. What the Left said yesterday might differ radically from what the Left says tomorrow. That’s part of the plan.
Burnham wrote sixty years ago, but the truth doesn’t change. That’s especially true of the dialectic, which insists that everything, including truth, can change whenever the ideologue finds it convenient. Today we are witnessing the dreary, predictable spectacle once more. After 2,500 years, liberal humanity has “progressed” to the point that we can now prosper by sending Aristotle’s principle of non-contradiction to the dustbin of history.
Orwell calls this principle the “Memory Hole”: The Left demands that you forget what they said yesterday. After all, they’re going to contradict it today. If they can’t change it, they’ll deny it tomorrow.
In 1960, Burnham carefully parsed the liberalism of his day. On inspection they boil down to one: “We liberals are superior and we should be in charge so we can change things for the better.”
For today’s liberals, it doesn’t matter how much liberalism has succeeded in polluting American life in the past 60 years. Like Karl Marx, today’s liberals hate the past, condemn the present, and promise a better future. They will bestow that better life upon us, of course, only if they are allowed to acquire power and keep it. Naturally, they have to deny reality to do so.
Lyndon Johnson’s massive expansion of government was everything that liberals demanded, yet it changed nothing. Why? Half-measure socialism hasn’t worked, today’s liberals insist, so we need full-blown socialism that will. … Continue Reading

Why The French-Ahmari Debates Matter

September 20, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Why The French-Ahmari Debates Matter

By SHAUN KENNEY

For those of you attuned to such controversies, there was a debate little noticed by the media in general but widely panned within Catholic intellectual circles at The Catholic University of America two weeks ago.
The aptly named “Thrilla at the Basilica” or the “Melee at CUA” brought over 600 attendees to the newly restored Heritage Hall — for alumni, that’s the old cafeteria at University Center East — featuring two heavyweights: Mr. David French of National Review and Mr. Sohrab Ahmari of the New York Post.
The topic of the debate? Could have been cloaked in the language of Catholic integralism, but truly was centered more around civility in the public square. Let me set the table for a moment, because this debate after 50 years of the post-Second Vatican Council Church matters a great deal to the generation rising.
We will start with two disconsonant themes: the Second Vatican Council and the rise of postmodernism and the sexual revolution. Consider myself firmly planted in the Patrick Buchanan school of post hoc ergo propter hoc when we point the finger at what is to blame for the collapse of Catholicism in America, but there is little question that whatever remedies the Second Vatican Council attempted to apply have had very little effect on the postmodern secular West — America included.
What is important here is that the American contributions to the Second Vatican Council — specifically here the commitment to religious freedom — exposed the Church to the idea of competing on a level playing field with error. Catholics could afford to roll the dice, it is argued, because the dice are loaded. After all, we are the Deposit of Faith. If God is for us, who could possibly be against us.
Turns out, a great deal can be against us.
There is another problem to diagnose here, and that is the collapse of the old Protestant integralism in favor of a more secular integralism. The concept of integralism — simply put, that laws and society should reflect a moral order — isn’t an old one. … Continue Reading

St. Gianna’s Final Sacrifice Well-known… But What Of Her Decades Of Faith That Came Before?

September 19, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on St. Gianna’s Final Sacrifice Well-known… But What Of Her Decades Of Faith That Came Before?

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — Although St. Gianna Beretta Molla is “known for the final witness she gave by being willing to offer her life for the life of a child,” the 20th century Italian saint and mother, canonized in 2004 by St. John Paul II, had grown up in a family that always strove for holiness, a speaker told an audience attending an Institute of Catholic Theology (ICT) program here.
St. Gianna, who died at age 39 in 1962, shortly after giving birth to her fourth surviving child, was a Catholic physician who earned her medical degree in what at the time was a male-dominated profession, and who strove to reach out to others as she kept awareness of the Kingdom of God before her.
While the saint is revered for her thoroughgoing witness to the sanctity of life, she and her family were solicitous in other ways as well.
Her parents were Third Order Franciscans and she was born on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4, 1922, said Claire Dwyer, a speaker and blogger with an undergraduate degree in theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Dwyer is a presenter for the ICT, based at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish here, and spoke for exactly one hour.
The saint was raised in a devout family that wasn’t poor but lived simply, and prayed the rosary and went to Mass daily, Dwyer said in a September 7 talk. “They kind of lived the paragon of voluntary poverty, very Franciscan,” and were concerned for the poor. St. Gianna was the 10th of 13 children born in the family, eight of whom survived, she said.
Because of her faith formation, Gianna was allowed to receive her First Communion at age 5, Dwyer said.
St. Gianna’s sister Amelia died of an illness in 1937 at age 26, “a big blow for Gianna” because of the girls’ closeness, Dwyer said, and the future saint began to pray seriously — not just a daily rosary but a conversation with God.
She made resolutions on a religious retreat that she kept for the rest of her life, Dwyer said. They included doing all things for the Lord, fearing mortal sin as if it were a serpent, asking the Lord to help her understand His great mercy, proposing to obey even if she didn’t feel like doing that, and to regard the way of humiliation as a sure way to holiness. … Continue Reading

Have A Good Trip

September 18, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Have A Good Trip

By FR. MICHAEL P. ORSI

(Editor’s Note: A priest of the Diocese of Camden, N.J., Fr. Michael P. Orsi currently serves as parochial vicar at St. Agnes Parish in Naples, Fla. He is host of Action for Life TV, a weekly cable television series devoted to pro-life issues, and his writings appear in numerous publications and online journals.)

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Do you believe you’re going to Heaven, or are you going to Hell?
That’s really an unanswerable question, because we don’t know our final destination.
Dante’s epic poem, Inferno, is what gives us our picture of historical figures trapped eternally in the various regions of Hell. As far as Church doctrine goes, however, the only person we’re certain is in Hell is Judas, because that’s mentioned in Scripture.
We have plenty of evidence that there is a Heaven and a Hell (the first being eminently preferable as a destination to the second). Jesus speaks clearly about the topic.
For instance, on the cross He assures the “good thief” that “this day you will be with me in Paradise.” And in his metaphor of the sheep and the goats, He says the sheep will “go to the father” while the goats will be condemned.
But today, a lot of people deny Hell’s existence. A highly placed churchman recently called the Devil merely a “symbol of evil.”
Which, of course, raises some pertinent questions: Is God just a symbol of good? If Satan isn’t a real being, when Jesus spoke of him was He speaking only symbolically?
We can be confident that we have the answers to those questions. Both the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church attest to the existence of Heaven, of Hell, and of Satan.
Jews of Jesus’ time — at least those who believed in the afterlife (and not all did) — were confident that by following the prescribed devotional and sacrificial practices of Judaism they were guaranteed salvation. Jesus cast doubt on that assumption, suggesting that more was demanded of them than mere observance. In fact, He described the difficulty of getting into Heaven as like a camel trying to pass through the eye of a needle. … Continue Reading

Saving Souls, Not Whales Should Be Pope Francis’ Focus

September 17, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Saving Souls, Not Whales Should Be Pope Francis’ Focus

By REY FLORES

Various media outlets noted an encounter Pope Francis had with reporters on the papal plane as he made his way to visit several African nations. Nicolas Seneze handed him a copy of his recently published book, How America Wants to Change the Pope.
When asked about the book, the Pope responded that it’s “an honor if the Americans attack me.” Americans? Yes, we’re Americans, but in my belief, I consider myself a Catholic before anything else. Why does Pope Francis say things like this? Talk about being thin-skinned and divisive.
I’m fairly confident that if you’re reading The Wanderer, you probably are praying your daily rosary as well. You know that part toward the end where we pray for the Pope’s intentions? Well, this month of September 2019, Pope Francis wants us to pray for Charlie the Tuna and all of his pals under the sea. Cue in Sebastian the crab singing Under da Sea from Walt Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
I don’t mean to make light of it, but given all of the other evils and conflicts going on in the world, Pope Francis instead wants us to pray to literally “save the whales.” What about saving souls?
This morning I got a call from my son John Paul who lives in Omaha with his mom and the rest of our kids. He wanted to wish me a good day before heading off to school. What a joy! Anyway, we talked about this column which I was writing as we spoke.
At fourteen years of age, even he gets it. We discussed the many other concerns going on in the world that Pope Francis could be asking us to pray about. Things like the increasing suicide rates among military servicemen. Then there’s the increase of Catholic divorce, abortion, addictions, the Christian persecution in a few flashpoints across the globe, child sex-trafficking, and more.
My son and I could have gone on all day listing things that we thought were a lot more concerning than the oceans. To Francis’ credit, he did ask us to pray against human trafficking back in February.
I get it. We are to care for all of God’s creation including the environment. Certain industrial entities have been responsible for polluting the waterways by dumping toxic sludge into them. Then there’s the smog that chokes so many people in mega-cities like Beijing, Los Angeles, and Mexico City. … Continue Reading

Democrats… Choose Secularism Over Religion

September 16, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Democrats… Choose Secularism Over Religion

By DEACON MIKE MANNO, JD

When following the news, it’s sometimes hard to tell if it’s time to laugh or cry.
I never thought, for example, that we would seriously debate the number of sexes that exist; I never thought that public schools would allow boys and girls to use the same shower facilities at the same time; I never thought that we would try to legislate how churches operate or govern themselves; I never thought that our concept of family would be twisted and construed beyond all recognition, or that abortion could mean an after birth procedure.
And I never thought that, in America, socialism might be praised while God might be a forbidden topic.
Unfortunately, however, that has become the state of affairs in our nation today. And if there is any doubt consider this: The National Democratic Committee has unanimously adopted a resolution praising the religiously unaffiliated and nonreligious voter and in doing so took a veiled swipe at conservative Christians and traditional Catholics.
We should have seen this coming.
Back in 2012 the Democratic National Convention booed an effort to insert the words “God-given” into the party platform.
More recently the Democrats in the House of Representatives unanimously passed something called “The Equality Act” that eviscerates legal protections given to religious groups under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Hostility toward religion has publicly surfaced in the halls of Congress where judicial nominees are now being challenged for their religious beliefs — “the dogma lives loudly within you” — and for their membership in, of all things, the Knights of Columbus.
And last year Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez complained that electorally the Democrats are at a disadvantage to Republicans because “people buy” what they hear at church — implying that that is the conservative voter’s main source of information.
Thus, anyone who attempts to follow the tenets of their faith by refusing to engage in certain activities is now labeled as either a deplorable, a racist, or a homophobe who should be publicly identified, shunned, and prohibited from entry into the public conversation. … Continue Reading

As Mattis Laments “Contempt”. . . Didn’t Former Pentagon Chief See That Suppression Was Culprit?

September 15, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on As Mattis Laments “Contempt”. . . Didn’t Former Pentagon Chief See That Suppression Was Culprit?

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Donald Trump’s former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis had been dubbed one of the adults in the room by Trump foes who painted the president as a tantrum-throwing child in need of mature supervision.
Trump’s defenders might reply that if these were tantrums, they’re a corrective that the U.S. sorely needed.
Whether or not Mattis agreed that he had been a necessary adult, the retired Marine Corps general expressed his concern on September 8 that one of the important threats to the United States today is the amount of sharp division between people here.
Asked by Face the Nation moderator Margaret Brennan on CBS News what he considered “the biggest national security threat,” Mattis broke it down to the external threat of Russia and China and two internal threats — “our growing debt that we’re going to transfer to the younger generation with seeming no fiscal discipline, and more than that it’s the — it’s the lack of friendliness.
“It’s the increasing contempt I see between Americans who have different opinions,” Mattis added. “I mean we’re going to have to sit down and remember if we want this country to survive, we are going to have to work together. And … there’s no way around that. That’s the way a democracy is set up.”
If Mattis meant “democracy” to be understood as simply the majority will of the people directly expressed, the U.S. has been sadly lacking in democracy for quite a bit of time. Moreover, as constitutionalists argue, the U.S. is intended as no pure democracy at all but a small-“r” republican form of government constrained by a written Constitution.
One might observe that the last thing the ascendant leftists in the Democratic Party want is either a democracy or republic. They prefer a managerial elite whose supposedly superior expertise entitles them to make the unchallengeable important calls that rule the “deplorables.” And establishment Republicans hadn’t seemed to disagree much with this system of governance.
Consider massive national permissive abortion imposed overnight in January 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court, overriding every abortion law in the U.S. back then, from the most restrictive to the least. It’s hardly the only example of a U.S. elite gone wild but remains perhaps the most vivid illustration in a half-century. … Continue Reading

Making The House Representative Again

September 14, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Making The House Representative Again

Image result for house of repBY CHRISTOPHER MANION

Rep. Sean Duffy, a Catholic member of Congress from Wisconsin, announced on August 26 that he will leave Congress before his term is up. Why? His ninth child will need heart surgery when the baby’s born next month, CNS News reports.
“I’m not a lifetime member of Congress,” Duffy told Fox News. “Service is not for a lifetime. . . . We [Republicans] have better transition than Democrats. Democrats stick around forever.” Duffy has served in Congress since 2011.
Duffy’s decision befits a family man. “There’s 435 members of Congress. There’s only one Duffy dad,” he says. He’s made no plans on what he’ll do next, apart from taking care of his family when Duffy baby number nine is born next month.
Duffy’s decision to choose his family first is so unusual that it’s news in itself. And that’s a problem.
Why? Well, the next time you see your congressman, ask him where he and his family live. Most likely he’ll say “Washington,” and that answer explains the dismal condition of Congress as it lurches, panic-stricken, toward elections every two years.
To most Representatives, politics means using taxpayer money to perpetuate themselves and their power. And don’t forget planning retirements designed to maximize sweetheart pension deals while keeping their campaign funds for personal use! They cultivate contacts (and cast votes) designed to create post-Congress jobs as million-dollar lobbyists. And there’s big money in those “retirements”: one study reveals that overall spending on lobbyists by special interests has increased by a factor of fifty — 5,000 percent! — since the 1980s.
With encouragement and funding from the special-interests, these “paid liars” do everything they can to keep the party going. As one insider put it, they knew when they came here that Washington was a sewer; the trouble is, they wind up treating it like a hot tub.
If Congress can’t put its own house in order, the American people will have to. This writer suggests that we do it by adopting a Choice in Representation plan that allows them to elect representatives who, instead of moving to Washington, would live and work in their districts. … Continue Reading

From The Papacy Of “Clarity And Dialog” . . . In-Flight Press Conference — More Stones From The Vatican

September 13, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on From The Papacy Of “Clarity And Dialog” . . . In-Flight Press Conference — More Stones From The Vatican

Image result for stonesBy JOSEPH MATT

In yet another in-flight press conference, Pope Francis in his return from Madagascar has created more confusion with his ambiguous and seemingly disingenuous remarks to a question asked by Jason Drew Horowitz from The New York Times.

Pope Francis is not a doctor but reading the following interview one is easily reminded of the old idiom “physician heal thyself.” Unfortunately one is hard pressed to see any evidence of the physician taking his own advice especially in response to matters such as the McCarrick scandal, the Vigano allegations, the dubia, the filial correction, and the multitude of other situations that require answers and clarity from the Chair of Peter. The Holy Father states in this interview that fair criticism of the Pope require dialogue and answers – fair enough — yet much of this pontificate has been a barren desert void of answers and clarity. Thus far the successor to Peter apparently is immune to his own advice. … Continue Reading

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Missouri AG refers 12 former Catholic priests for potential prosecution after abuse probe

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Friday that his office had referred 12 former Roman Catholic priests for possible criminal prosecution following a 13-month probe of how diocesan leaders handled allegations of child abuse. The investigation reviewed personnel records for every priest serving…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke, Bishop Schneider call for prayer crusade, cite dangers of Amazon Synod

Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider have issued an eight-page declaration warning against six “serious theological errors and heresies” they say are contained in the Amazonian Synod working document, and calling for prayer and fasting to prevent them being approved. Cardinal Burke, patron…Continue Reading

Leader of Jesuit order: Satan doesn’t exist as ‘personal’ reality, only ‘symbolic’

August 22, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The devil is a not a personal reality but a symbol for evil, the head of the Jesuit order said this week. Satan, the devil whom the Catholic Church says was behind the fall of…Continue Reading

American Catholics Must Stand with Hong Kong

The autonomous territory of Hong Kong is in a fight for its life. For over two months, the citizens of Hong Kong have persisted in protesting an attempt by the Hong Kong chief executive to impose an amendment to the…Continue Reading

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

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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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Chaput: Fr. James Martin’s message causes confusion about Church doctrine

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 19, 2019 / 07:46 am (CNA).- After Fr. James Martin, SJ, spoke at a Philadelphia university, the Archbishop of Philadelphia urged caution about the priest’s message, especially regarding the possibility that Catholic teaching on sexuality might change. “Father Martin has sought in a dedicated way to accompany and support people with same-sex attraction and gender dysphoria. Many of his efforts have been laudable, and we need to join him in stressing the…Continue Reading

Initiative of Prayer and Fasting from now through October 2019

A call has been issued by Card. Burke and Bp. Schneider to fast one day a week and, daily, to recite one decade of the Holy Rosary in the lead up to, the prosecution of, and the immediate aftermath of the upcoming Synod of Bishop which will deal the Amazon. The Instrumentum Laboris or “working document” for the Synod

Pope Francis invites religious, political leaders to sign ‘Global Pact’ for ‘new humanism’

ROME, September 13, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — In a renewed and enthusiastic endorsement of globalism, Pope Francis has announced he is hosting an initiative for a “Global Pact” to create a “new humanism.” The global event, set to take place at the Vatican on May 14, 2020, is themed Reinventing the Global Educational Alliance.  According to a Vatican statement issued on Thursday, Sept. 12, the Pope is inviting representatives of the main religions, international organizations and various humanitarian…Continue Reading

Rochester diocese, facing flood of sex-abuse claims, files for bankruptcy protection

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, facing potentially huge judgments for past sexual abuse by its priests and other ministers, filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday. “This was a very difficult and painful decision,” Rochester Bishop Salvatore Matano said at an afternoon news conference that detailed the action. The diocese filed its petition for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Rochester at about 9:30 a.m. The petition estimates the diocese’s…Continue Reading

A New Church?

St. Peter Claver was born at Verdu, Catalonia, Spain, in 1580, of impoverished parents descended from ancient families. He studied at the Jesuit college of Barcelona, entered the Jesuit novitiate at Tarragona in 1602, and took his final vows on August 8th, 1604. While studying, the young religious was influenced by St. Alphonsus Rodriguez to go to the Indies and save “millions of perishing souls.” In 1610, he landed at Cartagena (modern Colombia), the principle slave market of the New World, where a thousand slaves were landed every month. After his ordination in 1616,…Continue Reading

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Getting Things Straight

By DONALD DeMARCO One of the most bizarre features of the modern world is that ad men and retailers try to make products out to be more than they are, while certain lawyers and philosophers are at pains to make human beings out to be less than they are. One has to fight against the…Continue Reading

Buttigieg Needs To Man Up

By BILL DONOHUE (Editor’s Note: Catholic League [www.catholicleague.org] President Bill Donohue commented September 19 on Pete Buttigieg’s decision to weigh in on the abortion controversy in his backyard.) + + + Abortionist Ulrich Klopfer has legally killed thousands of babies in South Bend, Ind., home to its mayor and presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg. After refusing…Continue Reading

Maine Bishop… Laments Failed Challenge To Assisted Suicide, Abortion Laws

PORTLAND, Maine (CNA) — Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland, Maine, has expressed his disappointment at the failure of efforts to force a public vote on the legalization of physician-assisted suicide and taxpayer-funded abortion in the state. “I am saddened to learn that despite great opposition in the public to physician-assisted suicide and taxpayer-funded abortion, these…Continue Reading

The Divine Invitation

JAMES MONTI Those who have seen the classic religious film Song of Bernadette (1943) often enough to notice some of the subtler details of this compelling adaptation of Franz Werfel’s 1941 historical novel of the same name will recall that in the final scene, as the saint and visionary of Lourdes is speaking her last…Continue Reading

K Of C State Council . . . Helps Sponsor Cardinal Burke’s Upcoming Detroit Address

The State Council of Knights of Columbus made a generous donation to help Call to Holiness bring Raymond Cardinal Burke to speak at a dinner on October 26 outside Detroit. The cardinal’s celebration of Mass on the following day will contain all of the ceremony appropriate for a prince of the Church. Cardinal Burke was…Continue Reading

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Q. In a recent reply about whether God answers our prayers, you said that God does answer all sincere prayers, but we don’t always get the answer we want right away because He wants us to continue praying fervently to Him. A situation in my family proves this to be true. My kid brother was born with a severe case…Continue Reading

The Real Presence

By FR. JOHN A. HARDON, SJ (Editor’s Note: We are reprinting Fr. John A. Hardon’s commentary on the Real Presence with the kind permission of Inter Mirifica. All rights reserved. (As is widely known and as has been reported in The Wanderer, a recent survey shows that only a minority of Catholic believe that Christ is truly present, Body and…Continue Reading

Become Friends With A True Friend, Jesus

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Amos 8:4-7 1 Tim. 2:1-8 Luke 16:1-13 In the second reading today St. Paul asks us to pray for everyone, especially for kings and those in authority. Two reasons are given for this: first, so we can live quiet and tranquil lives in dignity and devotion. Second, because…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World … Dear 30 Million Catholics OnLeave

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Our present catechetical emergency requires all hands on deck. The new evangelization proposed by Pope John Paul II and carried forward by Benedict XVI targets the over 30 million baptized and lapsed Catholics, or as they are sometimes affectionately called, “Catholics on Leave.” Many of the faithful are returning through the Church’s most powerful means…Continue Reading

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Q. There appears to be some speculation that Pope John Paul I was murdered during the Vatican Bank/Mafia scandal in the late Seventies, especially in the actions of Jean-Marie Cardinal Villot, who appeared shortly after the Pope’s death and essentially was responsible for cleaning and removing all possible evidence from the Holy Father’s bedroom. Your input, please. — R.B.K., via…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Thomas of Hereford

By CAROLE BRESLIN During the High Middle Ages the power of kings began to disintegrate, as shown by the Magna Charta, which was established in 1215. Although neither party of the agreement held up to its commitments, the beginning of more democratic rule had arrived. Three years later a noble family gave birth to a man who played a significant…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Simon De Rojas

By CAROLE BRESLIN The subject of this article lived in a time of great saints, great Spanish saints, so it is not surprising that he is little known. St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) who wrote the Spiritual Exercises, St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) who reformed the Carmelites and wrote The Interior Castle, and St. John of the Cross who wrote…Continue Reading

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