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Al Matt, Longtime Editor And Publisher Of The Wanderer, Dies

December 11, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Al Matt, Longtime Editor And Publisher Of The Wanderer, Dies

By PEGGY MOEN Born on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, 1931, Alphonse Joseph Matt Jr., The Wanderer’s longtime editor and publisher and father of the current publisher, died on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2019. He was 88 and had been suffering from age-related illnesses for a number of years. He was born and died in St. Paul, Minn., where he lived all his life. After more than a decade in the business world, including eight years as a process engineer with 3M, Al Matt joined The Wanderer in 1965 as a business manager and editorial assistant. Eight years later, he became editor-publisher of The Wanderer following the sudden death of his father, Alphonse Matt…Continue Reading

Is Africa Being Colonized Again?

December 11, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Is Africa Being Colonized Again?

By CHRISTOPHER MANION In Target Africa (Ignatius Press), Obianuju Ekeocha vividly describes the twenty-first century’s version of ideological colonialism. These new, rabid colonialists never give up, and last month some ten thousand of them gathered in Nairobi, Kenya. The stated occasion was the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo in 1994. The real reason was their fear that their crusade to wipe out the next generation of Africans was losing steam. And they were mad, very mad. The 1994 conference, held under the auspices of the United Nations, featured pro-abortion forces (including the Clinton administration) arrayed against a coalition of pro-life Third World countries. A delegation representing the Holy See…Continue Reading

The Church Is Holy

December 10, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on The Church Is Holy

By JOE SIXPACK Last week, we began looking at the four marks of the Church; that is, that she is one. Today we’ll continue with the second mark, which says that the Church is holy. Before we do, however, we need to define the origin of the Church a little more deeply. Have you ever wondered why the Catholic Church refers to herself as the Mystical Body of Christ? It comes from Sacred Scripture. St. Paul refers to the Church as the Body of Christ repeatedly (cf. 1 Cor. 12:12), but in order to understand why he does so, as well as its significance, we need to focus on Paul’s conversion (Acts 9:1-6). St. Paul, who prior to his conversion…Continue Reading

Blame The Amish… New Attack On Parental Rights In Education

December 9, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Blame The Amish… New Attack On Parental Rights In Education

By DEACON MIKE MANNO, JD We know and have long encountered efforts by the Secular Left to erode parental rights over their children’s education. We see that played out nearly everywhere today, from the promulgation of rules for “open” shower facilities, to the recognition of deviant behavior as legitimate lifestyles, to the Marxist indoctrination of students, to claims that America’s white male racist history is oppressive to all others. The progressives have made major inroads into the control of the nation’s educational apparatus. What has limited their further success has been the resistance of concerned parents who have raised the stakes by confronting the left at local town meetings, legislative assemblies, and in the courts. With the help of the…Continue Reading

A Thought For Advent . . . Christmas Is Revolutionary

December 8, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on A Thought For Advent . . . Christmas Is Revolutionary

By DONALD DeMARCO When people refuse to acknowledge bad things that come into their lives, we call it denial. By that we imply that the bad things are indeed real but it is the deniers who are being unrealistic. On the other hand, when people are confronted with exceedingly good things — things that are “too good to be true,” so to speak — they often find a way to reduce them to something trivial. The cynic, in this case, might call such people realistic while he dismisses the exceedingly good things that occur as unrealistic. So often, in the face of either great hardship or great good, people are less than realistic. The greatest good that was ever brought…Continue Reading

Is Africa Being Colonized Again?

December 7, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Is Africa Being Colonized Again?

By CHRISTOPHER MANION In Target Africa (Ignatius Press), Obianuju Ekeocha vividly describes the twenty-first century’s version of ideological colonialism. These new, rabid colonialists never give up, and last month some ten thousand of them gathered in Nairobi, Kenya. The stated occasion was the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo in 1994. The real reason was their fear that their crusade to wipe out the next generation of Africans was losing steam. And they were mad, very mad. The 1994 conference, held under the auspices of the United Nations, featured pro-abortion forces (including the Clinton administration) arrayed against a coalition of pro-life Third World countries. A delegation representing the Holy See…Continue Reading

Maryland Counseling Ban Appealed

December 6, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Maryland Counseling Ban Appealed

GREENBELT, Md. — Liberty Counsel has filed the opening brief asking the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the district judge’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit seeking a preliminary and permanent injunction against Maryland’s harmful counseling ban. The court issued an opinion dismissing Liberty Counsel’s lawsuit against Maryland’s law prohibiting minors from receiving voluntary counseling from licensed professionals to reduce or eliminate unwanted same-sex attractions or gender confusion. However, U.S. District Judge Deborah Chasanow acknowledged the Supreme Court overturned both original cases that upheld similar counseling bans, but then refused to apply the precedent. In Doyle v. Hogan, Liberty Counsel represents Christopher Doyle, a licensed professional counselor in Virginia and Maryland. Doyle is challenging Maryland’s SB 1028, which was…Continue Reading

Let’s Not Forget… The Beauty And Virtue Of Advent Before Christmas

December 5, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Let’s Not Forget… The Beauty And Virtue Of Advent Before Christmas

By REY FLORES Once upon a time, there were many sad little pine trees, cut down from their roots before their time. Christmas was coming, so people demanded and wanted their Christmas trees. Thanksgiving Day dinner had not even been served, but Christmas was coming, and we must have our Christmas trees. It used to be that the Friday after Thanksgiving Day was the first day to start doing your Christmas shopping, but now whenever the retailers can get away with it, they’ll start their Christmas promotions right after Halloween. Black Friday they call it, because it’s the most profitable day of the year for retailers. In business terms, being “in the black” is much better than the negative profits…Continue Reading

Hemlock Or Kool-Aid… The Advent Of Christ The King

December 4, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Hemlock Or Kool-Aid… The Advent Of Christ The King

By JACK KENNY “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” In the Church calendar, the days of holy feasts and solemnities go by with dizzying speed. And sometimes the chronology seems disordered. We might wonder, for example, why the Slaughter of the Innocents on December 28 comes before the Epiphany on January 6. And the short span of time from the end of the Christmas season to the beginning of Lent is, again, dizzying. And we are hardly absorbing the meaning of Good Friday before late afternoon on Saturday brings us to the Vigil Mass for Easter Sunday. But the arrangement of the Church calendar to end one liturgical year with the Feast of Christ the King…Continue Reading

The Queen And The Farmer

December 3, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on The Queen And The Farmer

By JOE SIXPACK Queen Elizabeth of England, whom the British called Good Queen Bess because she regularly oppressed Catholics, was out in the English countryside with her hunting party when she came upon a venerable old farmer working his field. She soon discovered that the old man was a fervent Catholic, faithful to the old religion. The Queen tactfully tried to win the old man over to the religion of her father, King Henry VIII. The old farmer listened attentively and respectfully as she spoke, even nodding his head and smiling occasionally. And as she continued to speak he thoughtfully stroked his rather full and impressive beard. The Queen concluded by asking him, “Well, will you convert and join us?”…Continue Reading