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Loose Thinking And Lost Logic

January 24, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Loose Thinking And Lost Logic

By DONALD DeMARCO Loose thinking occurs when more is attributed to a subject than what the subject contains. For example, the U.S. Constitution does not include any provision for justifying abortion or same-sex marriage. You cannot extract a liter of water from a bottle that contains only a pint.Barack Obama offered us an excellent example of loose thinking when he defended the legalization of same-sex marriage by stating that it is about time that someone can marry the person he loves.Marriage contains marital love, but not all forms of love. Love is far more inclusive than marriage. We can love our parents, siblings, children, and married friends, but we cannot marry them. Marriage demands love, but love does not demand…Continue Reading

Now, The Left Owns It All

January 23, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Now, The Left Owns It All

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN (Editor’s Note: This column by Patrick J. Buchanan was dated January 19.) + + That mob that split off from the Donald Trump rally of January 6 to invade the Capitol has proven a godsend to the left.The death of a Capitol cop has enabled the left — which spent the summer after George Floyd’s death trashing “racist cops” and shouting, “Defund the Police!” — to posture as fighting allies of the men in blue.Liberals who implored us to understand the grievances of the rioters, looters, and arsonists last summer have become sudden converts to the church of law and order.Elites who had condoned the smashing of statues and monuments to Columbus, Washington, Jefferson, and Jackson…Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court . . . Declines To Take Case Concerning Pittsburgh’s Censorship Zone Law

January 22, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on U.S. Supreme Court . . . Declines To Take Case Concerning Pittsburgh’s Censorship Zone Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday, January 11 to weigh in on a Pittsburgh, Pa., censorship-zone law similar to a Massachusetts law the High Court struck down in 2014. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys, who represent five sidewalk counselors challenging the law, asked the court to take the case, and a diverse array of groups, 17 states, and 97 members of Congress filed friend-of-the-court briefs in support.The law at issue in Bruni v. City of Pittsburgh prohibits speech and advocacy — including prayer — in painted zones outside medical facility entrances. The city chose to paint and enforce such censorship zones on the sidewalk outside only two facilities in the entire metropolitan area — Pittsburgh’s two abortion facilities…Continue Reading

In The U.S. Senate… Pro-Lifers Will Have To Fight Hidden Abortion Funding Battles

January 21, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on In The U.S. Senate… Pro-Lifers Will Have To Fight Hidden Abortion Funding Battles

By MATT HADRO WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — With Democrats winning the U.S. Senate races in Georgia, the political landscape for pro-lifers is now clear — they will be defending on multiple fronts against an emboldened abortion lobby.With Democrats holding 50 Senate seats plus Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ tiebreaking vote, they have the slimmest of majorities in the Senate. While 60 votes are normally needed to pass legislation with the filibuster intact, a simple Senate majority can approve judicial nominees and pass certain budget bills.As Democrats already hold the House and White House, it is at this Senate bottleneck where pro-lifers still have the best hope of fending off pro-abortion policies.They will need Democrats to work with, and one new power…Continue Reading

Here’s A Start… Christians Need A Way Through The Coming Years

January 20, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Here’s A Start… Christians Need A Way Through The Coming Years

By DANIELLE ZUCCARO (LifeSiteNews) — What is the Christian response to the wasteland we find ourselves in? The situation in the U.S. right now is indeed a wasteland and a republic of chaos. With the compass not set on God, any government, company, family is bound to end up this way.Now we find ourselves in this situation — the unfathomable has happened. Our country has been handed over to evil forces, and evil seems to reign. (It seemed to reign on Good Friday, too.)I keep thinking about all the unborn babies who won’t see the light of day and the Christians who will be persecuted because Christianity is not welcome here anymore. But lest we become downcast and depressed about…Continue Reading

Ash Wednesday 2021… Vatican Offers Guidance On Ash Distribution Amid Pandemic

January 19, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Ash Wednesday 2021… Vatican Offers Guidance On Ash Distribution Amid Pandemic

By HANNAH BROCKHAUS VATICAN CITY (CNA) — The Vatican gave guidance on January 12 about how priests can distribute ashes on Ash Wednesday amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments published a note directing priests to say the formula for distributing the ashes once to everyone present, rather than to each person.The priest “addresses all those present and only once says the formula as it appears in the Roman Missal, applying it to all in general: ‘Repent, and believe in the Gospel,’ or ‘Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return’,” the note said.It continued: “The priest then cleanses his hands, puts on a face mask and distributes the ashes…Continue Reading

A Book Review… What Does It Mean To Be Human?

January 18, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… What Does It Mean To Be Human?

By JUDE DOUGHERTY O. Carter Snead. What It Means To Be Human: The Case For The Body In Public Bioethics. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; 2020. O. Carter Snead is director of the Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, a professor of law, and concurrent professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame.The subject is public bioethics which Snead defines as the governance of science, medicine, and biotechnology in the name of ethical goods. Public ethics is about procreation, pregnancy, babies, wasting illnesses, devastating injury, desperate enrollees in clinical trials, fearful patients, the disabled, the dying and the dead. Public ethics is the realm of often bitter disagreement.Snead finds that in public discourse, contending sides frequently invoke irrelevant…Continue Reading

Equality And The Loss Of Identity

January 17, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Equality And The Loss Of Identity

By DONALD DeMARCO Philosophy is not the exclusive province of the specialist. It is for every thinking person. The problem lies in the fact that so many people do not know how to apply philosophy. Consider the notion of equality, for example. Many think that it is a free-floating value that does not require being rooted in something other than itself. As a result, they apply equality willy-nilly to areas where things are not equal. The unfortunate consequence of this reckless application of equality is, in many case, the loss of identity. In this sense, therefore, applying equality where it does not belong can be destructive.Equality is justified when it is anchored in truth. At mealtime, servings of food should…Continue Reading

Exploiting The Capitol Riot To Kill Trump

January 16, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Exploiting The Capitol Riot To Kill Trump

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN (Editor’s Note: Patrick J. Buchanan’s column was released on January 12 and this issue of The Wanderer went to press on January 14.) + + Donald Trump has stumbled and fallen, and the establishment is not going to let slip this last opportunity to stomp him and his movement to death.On Sunday, January 10, Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a startling ultimatum:Either Vice President Mike Pence and the Trump Cabinet invoke the 25th Amendment, declare the president “unfit” for office, and remove him within 24 hours, or House Democrats will vote to impeach him again.As the Senate, which would have to hear the case and hold the trial, does not meet again until January 19, the day…Continue Reading

Be Not Afraid

January 15, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Be Not Afraid

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. His TV show episodes can be viewed online at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyFbaLqUwPi08aHtlIR9R0g.) + + The Gospel reading for the last Sunday of Advent was an account of the Annunciation in the Book of Luke (1:26-38). This is the moment when the angel, Gabriel, announces to Mary, the young virgin girl, that she will bear the Son of God, and assures her that she need…Continue Reading