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COVID Gloom Shadows World

January 18, 2022 Featured Today Comments Off on COVID Gloom Shadows World

By JOHN J. METZLER As the New Year brings hope and possibility for a global reset and renewal, the tragic reality remains that COVID-19, with all its deadly variants, continues to plague the planet now fully two years after the malady emerged from Wuhan, China. Thus, despite much justified optimism over wider vaccinations, the pandemic has not broken its deadly grip on societies and economies — nor on the collective psychology of most people.So here we stand more than a year after Operation Warp Speed produced three vaccines in record time, saving millions of lives worldwide. Yet stunningly during 2021, and despite widespread vaccinations across America, the USA actually suffered more COVID deaths than in 2020! Fatalities in the U.S.…Continue Reading

Voter ID Requirements Make Sense

January 17, 2022 Featured Today Comments Off on Voter ID Requirements Make Sense

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY A young man who looks like a teenager walks into a liquor store and pulls a bottle of cheap whiskey off a shelf.He puts it down at the checkout counter and pulls out his wallet.The clerk at the counter looks at him skeptically. “Can I see your ID?” he asks.“Yes,” says the young man, who instantly takes his driver’s license out of his wallet and hands it to the clerk.The driver’s license indicates to the clerk that the customer in front of him had turned 21 two months ago. He sells him the cheap whiskey.Then another young man walks into the store. He grabs a bottle of very expensive champagne and puts it on the counter.Once…Continue Reading

The Road To Emmaus

January 16, 2022 Featured Today Comments Off on The Road To Emmaus

By DONALD DeMARCO The road that stretched from Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus, as Luke informs us (Luke 24:13-35), was about seven miles (60 estadia). What transpired in the story of the “Road to Emmaus,” however, has a far richer meaning than the route on which two people, and then a third, traveled. It means far more than the geographical distance between two points or the terra firma that underlies our feet. This “road,” more significantly, is the road to salvation. Moreover, it is the road on which we should all be traveling.It was Easter Sunday, the third day since Christ had been crucified. Two travelers, who began their walk toward Emmaus, were deeply saddened by His death. They…Continue Reading

Where Does NATO Enlargement End?

January 15, 2022 Featured Today Comments Off on Where Does NATO Enlargement End?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and the Warsaw Pact dissolved, the breakup of the USSR began. But the dissolution did not stop with the 14 Soviet “republics” declaring their independence of Moscow.Decomposition had only just begun.Transnistria broke away from Moldova. South Ossetia and Abkhazia seceded from Georgia. Chechnya broke free of Russia but was restored to Moscow’s control after two savage wars. Crimea and the Donbass were severed from Ukraine.Besides these post-Cold War amputations, assisted by Russia, what do Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia have in common?All seek admission to NATO, and with it Article 5 war guarantees that oblige the United States to wage war against Russia to restore their sovereignty and territorial integrity…Continue Reading

Our Entire System Of “Sexual Liberation” Depends On The Abortion Industry

January 14, 2022 Featured Today Comments Off on Our Entire System Of “Sexual Liberation” Depends On The Abortion Industry

By JONATHON VAN MAREN (Editor’s Note: Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as in print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator, and others.) + + (LifeSiteNews) — If you dare to suggest, in 2022, that sex and procreation are inherently linked, you will instantly incur the wrath from all sides of the spectrum. In our post-sexual revolution culture, the procreative act is now considered to be recreational, with a battery of pills, rubbers, and other measures ensuring that no unwanted offspring arrive; if they do, there are always abortionists willing to scrape the…Continue Reading

The Pope’s Stalled Vatican Reforms

January 13, 2022 Featured Today Comments Off on The Pope’s Stalled Vatican Reforms

By PHIL LAWLER (Editor’s Note: This commentary is reprinted from CatholicCulture.org of January 5, 2022. All rights reserved.) + + Informed sources in Rome predict that the long-awaited apostolic constitution reorganizing the offices of the Roman Curia will be released sometime early this year.But then, informed sources said exactly the same thing last year. And two years ago, more than a few Vatican-watchers thought the document would be published early in 2020. After all Pope Francis had revealed the title of the apostolic constitution (Praedicate Evangelium), which was already in draft form, in December 2019.Months have now passed since members of the Council of Cardinals — the group created to advise the Pontiff on Curial reform — disclosed that the…Continue Reading

Dr. Alberto Piedra Dies At Age 95

January 12, 2022 Featured Today Comments Off on Dr. Alberto Piedra Dies At Age 95

Alberto Martinez Piedra, professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Economics in the School of Arts and Sciences as well as former director of the Latin American Institute, died on December 20, 2021 at the age of 95.He is predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Edita Enriquez de Martinez-Piedra. He is survived by his five children and 14 grandchildren, Alberto Martinez-Piedra, Javier Martinez-Piedra, Pedro Martinez-Piedra, Edita Martinez-Piedra Robinson, Conchita Martinez-Piedra Heffron and his fourteen grandchildren: Edita Maria, Colin James, Pedro, Nicolas, Alix, Andrew, Alexander, Isabel, Maximilian, Anna, Katarina, Gordon, Cameron, and Isabel.Dr. Piedra contributed numerous articles to The Wanderer, on subjects ranging from “Pope Benedict: The Forgotten Pope” (December 2, 2017) to the work of German philosopher…Continue Reading

Blessed Charles Of Austria: A Role Model For Men

January 11, 2022 Featured Today Comments Off on Blessed Charles Of Austria: A Role Model For Men

By JAMES MONTI A Book Review: Blessed Charles of Austria: A Holy Emperor and His Legacy, by Charles Coulombe. TAN Books, Gastonia, NC, 2020. + + In his Gospel account of the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt, St. Matthew relates that the admonition to leave the land of Israel was addressed by an angel to St. Joseph in a dream (Matt. 2:13). It is not without significance that this message came not to our Lady but rather to Joseph. When the Blessed Virgin arose in the dead of night and took the Christ Child into her arms to set out on this sudden, difficult and dangerous journey, she did so entirely at the command of Joseph, taking him at his…Continue Reading

Biden’s Staring Into The Abyss — And So Are We

January 10, 2022 Featured Today Comments Off on Biden’s Staring Into The Abyss — And So Are We

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers / That perches in the soul,” wrote Emily Dickinson. “And sore must be the storm / That could abash the little Bird / That kept so many warm.”Staring ahead on New Year’s Eve, at what appear to be the coming storms of 2022, this once-hopeful country is going to have to fall back on its reserves.What storms?Suddenly, the omicron variant of the coronavirus is sweeping the nation, shutting schools, shops, restaurants, and bars that were only lately reopened. In this last week of 2021, new infections twice set records.Is a fifth wave of the pandemic arriving, just two years after the first wave hit in March 2020?What is hopeful here?While…Continue Reading

Archbishop Of Lima … Says Jesus Died As A Layman And Without Offering A Sacrifice

January 9, 2022 Featured Today Comments Off on Archbishop Of Lima … Says Jesus Died As A Layman And Without Offering A Sacrifice

By WALTER SANCHEZ SILVA LIMA, Peru (CNA) — Archbishop Carlos Castillo Mattasoglio of Lima, Peru, has yet to clarify remarks he made in a pre-Christmas Mass that contradict the teaching of the Catholic Church about Jesus’ death.The Catechism of the Catholic Church affirms that Jesus is “the true priest” whose death is “a redemptive sacrifice.”Speaking on December 19, however, Castillo stated that Jesus died as “a layman,” and did so without offering a “sacrifice.”“And Jesus doesn’t die offering the sacrifice of a holocaust, Jesus dies as a murdered layman, to which He decides not to respond with vengeance and who accepts the cross to give us a sign of life,” the archbishop said during Mass in the Lima cathedral.“And He…Continue Reading