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Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… American Criminal Justice In Disarray

October 15, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… American Criminal Justice In Disarray

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bi-monthly]. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists and a lawyer. Among his books are: Abortion: Politics, Morality, and the Constitution; Liberalism, Conservatism, and Catholicism; The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic; Catholicism and American Political Ideologies, and a Catholic political novel, American Cincinnatus. The views expressed here are his own. This column originally appeared in + + + We hear a great deal nowadays about criminal justice…Continue Reading

Can Ruth Bader Ginsburg Make A Man Into A Woman?

October 14, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Can Ruth Bader Ginsburg Make A Man Into A Woman?

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of Creators Syndicate,, distributes his column.) + + + Judging by the argument that one lawyer made to Justice Neil Gorsuch, Tuesday, October 8 must have been an interesting day in the restrooms at the U.S. Supreme Court. “There are transgender lawyers in this courtroom today,” attorney David Cole told Gorsuch. “Of course, there are,” said Gorsuch. Cole was in the court to represent a biological male who decided in 2013 that he “identified” as a female — and who then fought a family-owned Michigan-based funeral home all the way to the Supreme Court because it fired him as a funeral director when he indicated that…Continue Reading

This Bud’s For You

October 13, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on This Bud’s For You

By DONALD DeMARCO The purpose of commercial advertising is to persuade consumers to purchase something that they do not need. This is not to say that advertising products are not useful, but to point out that they are inspired by sales and are not grounded in natural desires. By contrast, nature has equipped human beings with inclinations toward things that are not only good, but perfective. St. Thomas Aquinas established his notion of the natural law on the natural inclinations that human beings have that are personally fulfilling. Among these natural inclinations are life, love, the search for truth, and the desire to know God. Advertising takes the place of natural inclinations (or natural appetites) but cannot offer what is…Continue Reading

Is Trump At Last Ending Our “Endless Wars”?

October 12, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Is Trump At Last Ending Our “Endless Wars”?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The backstage struggle between the Bush interventionists and the America-firsters who first backed Donald Trump for president just exploded into open warfare, which could sunder the Republican Party. At issue is Trump’s decision to let the Turkish army enter Northern Syria, to create a corridor between Syrian Kurds and the Turkish Kurds of the PKK, which the U.S. and Turkey regard as a terrorist organization. “A disaster in the making,” says Lindsey Graham. “To abandon the Kurds” would be a “stain on America’s honor.” “A catastrophic mistake,” said Cong. Liz Cheney. “If reports about U.S. retreat in Syria are accurate,” tweeted Marco Rubio, Trump will have “made a grave mistake.” “The Kurds were instrumental in our…Continue Reading

A New And Orthodox Papal Document On Sacred Scripture

October 11, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on A New And Orthodox Papal Document On Sacred Scripture

  By Fr. BRIAN W. HARRISON, OS Increasingly, over the six years of the Francis pontificate, a lot of us have been asking, wearily, “Can anything good come out of Domus Sanctae Marthae”? Well, something just did. Everyone watching Rome lately has been focusing on the Ominous Amazon — the synod starting this Sunday, October 6 [Editor’s Note: This issue of The Wanderer went to press on October 3] that seems primed to discharge muddy and odoriferous waters contaminated by paganism, pantheism, and indifferentism into the clear sea of sound Catholic doctrine. But now, practically on the eve of the synod, the Bergoglian “God of surprises” has given us a totally unexpected document on a totally different topic. Happily, however, there are no surprises at…Continue Reading

One Greta Is Enough

October 10, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on One Greta Is Enough

By BARBARA SIMPSON (Editor’s Note: This article first appeared September 29 on World Net Daily [] and is reprinted here with permission. All rights reserved.) (Barbara Simpson has a 20-year radio, TV and newspaper career in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. She is frequently quoted in Dexter Duggan’s articles.) + + + Let’s hope the climate evangelism of Greta Thunberg isn’t catching; because if it is, we’re in for a terrible time. It’s already clear those behind her speechifying have succeeded in pulling together hundreds (if not more) of young people who think they can and will change the world by insulting adults. All I can say to that is: How dare you! Oops, can’t use that. Greta said…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Dare To Be Great: Warren Carroll

October 9, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Dare To Be Great: Warren Carroll

By JEFF MINICK One Man Perched On A Rock: A Biography of Dr. Warren H. Carroll by Laura S. Gossin (Christendom Press, 2017, 310 pages). Available at In the eighth century AD, the Muslims invaded Spain. Within three years, they had conquered the Iberian Peninsula, sacking churches and cities, killing many people, and forcing Christian women into their harems. One of these women was the beautiful, beloved sister of a Spaniard named Pelayo. On learning his sister’s fate, Pelayo launched an insurrection against the newly instituted Muslim government. He founded a tiny principality in the Cantabrian Mountains, attracted a handful of men to his cause, and launched what would become the longest war in history: the 700-year attempt to…Continue Reading

DOJ Urges Indiana Court . . . Stay Out Of Deciding What It Means To Be Catholic

October 8, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on DOJ Urges Indiana Court . . . Stay Out Of Deciding What It Means To Be Catholic

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Department of Justice filed a statement of interest on Friday, September 27 supporting the Archdiocese of Indianapolis’ right to decide what it means to be Catholic without government interference. In Payne-Elliott v. Archdiocese of Indianapolis, a former teacher is suing the archdiocese after he lost his job at a Catholic high school for entering a same-sex civil union in violation of his employment agreement. The Justice Department’s statement says, “The First Amendment demands that this lawsuit be dismissed.” All teachers in the archdiocese’s schools agree to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church in both their professional and private lives. In 2017, Joshua Payne-Elliott, who taught at Cathedral Catholic High School in Indianapolis, entered…Continue Reading

Becket Says… Foster Families Win Big In Michigan Court

October 7, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Becket Says… Foster Families Win Big In Michigan Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. — St. Vincent Catholic Charities, along with Chad and Melissa Buck, parents of five children with special needs, won a major victory for the adoption agency and the families and children it serves. In Buck v. Gordon, St. Vincent joined the Bucks and Shamber Flore, a former foster child, in fighting the attorney general of Michigan’s attempt to shut down faith-based foster and adoption agencies. The federal court ruled that “the State’s real goal is not to promote non-discriminatory child placements, but to stamp out St. Vincent’s religious belief and replace it with the State’s own.” The September 26 ruling ensures that faith-based agencies can continue working with the State to find more homes for foster children. Melissa…Continue Reading

The Sanctity Of Life And Overcoming Differences

October 6, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on The Sanctity Of Life And Overcoming Differences

By DONALD DeMARCO There was a particularly inspirational moment on January 18, 2019 at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., when Benjamin Shapiro, a member of the Jewish faith, spoke to the throng of pro-lifers. Responding to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s claim that pro-lifers are “not in line with where we are as a government and quite frankly where we are as a society,” Shapiro retorted by saying: “Maybe we today are not in line with the rest of society. To which I say, ‘good.’ So were the abolitionists. So were the civil rights marchers. So were the martyrs in Rome and the Jews in Egypt. Righteousness doesn’t have to be popular; it just has to be righteous.”…Continue Reading