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Bishops On Wrong Side Of The Fence?… Polls Show Growing Opposition To Illegal Entry

August 13, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Bishops On Wrong Side Of The Fence?… Polls Show Growing Opposition To Illegal Entry

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — As Arizona’s August 26 primary election approaches, Republican candidates know the public wants a firm stand against illegal immigration. GOP hopefuls don’t dare send campaign mailers bragging that they support the lax border policies of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). And, regardless of their party, few candidates want to go into November’s general election boasting of favoring massive unauthorized entry. This is increasingly true around the nation, too. One would hope USCCB officials finally sit down seriously and acknowledge they need to back away from their “comprehensive immigration reform” policies that give illegal immigrants false hope, encourage massive border violation that includes violence and death, and immerse the bishops year after year into…Continue Reading

Facing A Bad Fate In November . . . Pro-Abort Democrats Try To Hush Up The Facts

August 12, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Facing A Bad Fate In November . . . Pro-Abort Democrats Try To Hush Up The Facts

By DEXTER DUGGAN U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a liberal Democrat representing high-rolling Nevada and low-balling Obama, is a downcast sort of politician who gives the image of undertakers a bad name. Funeral directors may speak softly and do the best they can to comfort the unavoidably bereaved. But the sometimes lifeless-seeming, murmuring Sen. Reid takes custody of legislation and either passes it with prettified, rouged-up lies — think of “cost-cutting” Obamacare — or smothers Republican bills in the crib. On occasion, just about literally so. Last year the Republican-led U.S. House passed and sent to Reid’s Senate a bill to restrict horrifying late abortions, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The hollow Reid just set the measure aside,…Continue Reading

Dat’s Nuthin

August 11, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Dat’s Nuthin

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK For most of my married life I was a member of a parish located about 50 miles north of Manhattan. A large percentage of the parishioners were like my late wife and me, émigrés from apartments in the Bronx and northern Manhattan. But there was also a generous sprinkling of people from upstate New York and points further west, many of them employees of one of the IBM facilities in the area. One night while working on a parish committee with a man from the Buffalo area, he said something I had not thought of before: “I like people from New York City, but one thing bugs me. No matter what you say, they always think…Continue Reading

Rebranding Abortion Changes Nothing

August 10, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Rebranding Abortion Changes Nothing
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By REY FLORES One thing I have said time and again is that no matter how hard anyone tries, no one can ever sugarcoat abortion and change the horrible and heinous act that it truly is. Ad Week Magazine recently published an article titled, “How 6 Ad Women Would Rebrand Pro-Choice, Updating a label that’s not resonating with younger women,” and The New York Times also published “Advocates Shun ‘Pro-Choice’ to Expand Message” in late July. The mere fact that the abortion industry is trying its hardest to repackage their product, which is infanticide, is absolute proof that more and more young women are coming to the realization that abortion is nothing more than a euphemism for child murder. The…Continue Reading

Trivializing Bureaucracy, And Other Matters

August 9, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Trivializing Bureaucracy, And Other Matters

By GEORGE A. KENDALL Almost everyone complains about bureaucracy (though a few deluded souls actually defend it, spouting oxymorons like “bureaucratic rationality”), but at the same time almost everyone seems to see it as something relatively trivial, as an inconvenience, a nuisance attendant on life in the modern world, one to which we need to resign ourselves. That is one of the great lies of our age. In truth, bureaucracy is an abomination, an atrocity, a horror (ask anyone who has tangled with the IRS). It is a form of organization that wages war against the spirit, because it is grounded in a positivist-utilitarian picture of man, one which denies the dignity and goodness of the human person as the…Continue Reading

How To Double The Trouble

August 8, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on How To Double The Trouble

By DONALD DeMARCO Fishermen of yore realized that starfish were their chief competitors in harvesting clams and oysters. Their initial strategy, however, proved to be counterproductive. They captured a number of starfish, chopped them in half and threw them back into the water. What they did not realize at the time was that starfish have the capacity to regenerate. By cutting them in half, they were actually doubling their enemies. It goes without saying that doubling one’s enemies is not a wise strategy. It does not place one on the road to victory. Yet, we continue to employ the old starfish technique without realizing that our maladaptive attempt to solve a problem multiplies our difficulties.

Trahison Des Clercs

August 7, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Trahison Des Clercs

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK There is a long string of words and phrases I used to come across quite often, but seldom see anymore now that William F. Buckley is no longer with us. I have in mind terms such as a fortiori, supererogatory, chiliastic, mutatis mutandis, immanentize the eschaton, and quod licet Iovi non licet bovi. (Look them up: They are effective figures of speech, except for the fact that hardly anyone will know what you mean if you use them. That never bothered Buckley. He thought it a valuable teachable moment when you had to get out your dictionary.) Another of Buckley’s favorites was “trahison des clercs,” a phrase with its roots in a 1927 book with that…Continue Reading

Revisiting The Restoration Of The Jesuits

August 6, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Revisiting The Restoration Of The Jesuits

By RAY CAVANAUGH Many assume that Jesuits have existed without much official opposition. Such has not been the case. This August 7 will mark the 200th anniversary of the issuing of the papal bull, Sollicitudo omnium ecclesiarum, which restored the Jesuit power that had been suppressed for some 41 years. The post-Restoration decades would see a mighty rebound, as Jesuit institutions — including many in the U.S. — began to flourish. Established in 1540 by Ignatius of Loyola, the Society of Jesus consisted of members known as Jesuits who each desired “to serve as a soldier of God.” By the 1750s, there were over 20,000 Jesuits across the world. Aside from converting countless souls to Catholicism, they were an intellectual…Continue Reading

“One’s Heart Can Sink”. . . Watching What Has Happened To People’s Lives In Texas

August 5, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on “One’s Heart Can Sink”. . . Watching What Has Happened To People’s Lives In Texas

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Just back from a trip to McAllen, Texas, a longtime resident along the Southwest border told The Wanderer that she was pleased with a recent statement concerning Central America by an official of the U.S. Catholic bishops. However, she added, the bishops need to remember the importance of the rule of law that’s flouted by the illegal immigrants they defend. She provided this newspaper with observations of life from her trip. McAllen, located on the southern tip of Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, has been in recent news coverage because of the surge of illegal aliens into the Lone Star State. The woman, who asked not to be identified because of border-security concerns, is…Continue Reading

Hatred For Jews?

August 4, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Hatred For Jews?

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK American conservatives have been banishing irresponsible right-wingers from their ranks since the late 1950s, when William F. Buckley took an uncompromising stance toward the John Birch Society. Buckley denounced the Birch Society’s founder Robert Welch as “idiotic” and “paranoid.” Welch had called President Dwight D. Eisenhower a “conscious, dedicated agent of the Communist conspiracy” and held the U.S. government to be “under operational control of the Communist Party.” Buckley’s condemnation worked. Mainstream conservatives distanced themselves from the Birch Society. The motive for such a public denunciation of people and groups allied to us politically can be one of two things: a desire to not to be linked publicly with a person or group that we find irresponsible…Continue Reading