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Some Gifts In Strange Packages From 2019

January 15, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Some Gifts In Strange Packages From 2019

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. This commentary first appeared on his blog dated January 1, 2020. It is reprinted here with Msgr. Pope’s kind permission. All rights reserved.) + + + It is hard to describe 2019 in glowing terms for the Church, both in the United States and around the world. I will not recite every gory detail here but this year saw a further unfolding of the drama of sexual abuse, the coverup of sexual abuse, and the deposing of several bishops and other clergy for this reason, and with more likely to follow in the year to come. All…Continue Reading

Seven Rivers

January 14, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Seven Rivers

By JOE SIXPACK A certain holy monk was taken in a dream by his guardian angel and shown a vast plain covered with many cities and men. On one side of the plain a rushing spring of water came forth from a hillside, and divided into seven clear streams, which flowed down into the plain. At the other side of the plain another fountain rushed up from a dark cave, and also spread out into seven streams. He watched the streams that came from the cave and saw many people drinking eagerly from their waters, as the waters were sweet to taste. Soon after drinking the water, though, these people were seized with violent pains and vomiting, and many died.…Continue Reading

More Campus Craziness

January 13, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on More Campus Craziness

By DEACON MIKE MANNO, JD And so here we go again. Anyone who thought the New Year would be free from educational idiocy needs to think again. Campus Reform is reporting that at Rutgers University-New Brunswick a student was told not to use Scripture in an academic paper. The student was given the assignment to write an autobiographical paper in his “Intro to Gender, Race, and Sexuality” class last semester. In the paper, the student cited a close friend who struggled with his own sexual identity whose mother continued to cite Bible verses to her son about the dangers of homosexual activity. The student supported his friend and in response to the mother’s use of Scripture quoted John 3:16: “For…Continue Reading

Cosmos Or Chaos?

January 12, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Cosmos Or Chaos?

By DONALD DeMARCO The word “cosmos” was coined by Pythagoras and referred to a universe that is unified, ordered, good, and beautiful — that last adjective endures among cosmetologists whose work with cosmetics are aimed at restoring beauty to the face. According to Hesiod, chaos was the first thing that came to be. Many religious groups in ancient Greece believed that chaos was nothingness, but not entirely inert. It was a matrix of unintelligible entities from which things took shape and became distinct, ultimately forming the cosmos. Given the intimacy between cosmos and chaos, it was inevitable that people would fear that the cosmos would eventually return to that vast amorphous soup known as chaos. These terms were not created…Continue Reading

Confucius, Humpty Dumpty, And Impeachment

January 11, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Confucius, Humpty Dumpty, And Impeachment

By CHRISTOPHER MANION “In rebuilding a society in disarray, the first priority is to restore the proper meaning of words” — Confucius, Analects. “ ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’ “ ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’ “ ‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all’” — Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass. + + + The constitutional process of impeachment has roots in centuries of jurisprudence. The authoritative Black’s Law Dictionary recounts at length the term’s provenance, including frequent mention of the Common…Continue Reading

A Forgotten Hero In The Cause Of Truth

January 10, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on A Forgotten Hero In The Cause Of Truth

BY JAMES MONTI As we continue to reflect upon the legacy of the recently departed Alphonse Matt as a heroic defender of the truth in an age of rampant attacks upon our faith, it seems appropriate to share with you the story of another Catholic layman and family man who fought the good fight four centuries ago, but whose name is little known today — Georg Eder (1523-1587). I myself had never so much as heard of Eder until I discovered a book by him in the rare books collection of the seminary library where I work. What I was to learn of this forgotten hero of our faith is that like Alphonse Matt he fought his battles for the…Continue Reading

The Baptism in the Jordan: The Theophany. Why Was Jesus Baptized?

January 9, 2020 Frontpage, Uncategorized Comments Off on The Baptism in the Jordan: The Theophany. Why Was Jesus Baptized?

By Deacon Keith Fournier   In the Catholic Church we end the Christmas season this Sunday with the Feast of the Lord’s Baptism in the Jordan. Some of the most beautiful readings in the Office of Readings are found in the Liturgy of the Hours, the official prayer of the whole church, on the days between the Feast of the Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord. The Liturgy of the Hours is also called the Breviary. It is the sort of baseline prayer of all Clergy, Bishops, Priests and deacons, as well as those in the consecrated life. However, since the last great Church Council, Vatican II this official Prayer of the Church is recommended for all Christians –…Continue Reading

Stuck In A Basement In San Francisco

January 9, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Stuck In A Basement In San Francisco

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY “Why isn’t it moving?” “We’re stuck.” “Are you sure?” “Yes.” “Oh, my G—!” That was not a prayer — however much one was needed. The scene, as I recall, unfolded on a Friday night in the late 1980s. We had started the evening with pesto and shrimp at a great Sicilian restaurant in San Francisco’s North Beach. Our group included my wife and me, one of my brothers, one of my sisters and several friends. Over dinner, my sister told us how much she enjoyed her job, teaching sixth grade at the nearby Sts. Peter and Paul School. Many Americans who have never been to San Francisco have nonetheless seen this parish church — in a…Continue Reading

The Wanderer Interviews Cardinal Burke (Part 2) . . . He Is With Us: Trusting In The Lord In Turbulent Times

January 8, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on The Wanderer Interviews Cardinal Burke (Part 2) . . . He Is With Us: Trusting In The Lord In Turbulent Times

By DON FIER (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Prefect Emeritus of the Apostolic Signatura, recently visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis. On December 9, His Eminence graciously granted The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview and offered many illuminating insights on matters that concern the Church in the present time. Below is part two of this two-part of interview; part one appeared in the issue of December 26, 2019.) PART TWO Q. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, is the editor of a soon-to-be-published volume entitled Catechism of the Catholic Church with Theological Commentary (its publication has…Continue Reading

I Need A Drink…While You Fix My Car

January 7, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on I Need A Drink…While You Fix My Car

BY JOE SIXPACK An odd way of thinking has crept into the minds of Catholics over the last 45 or 50 years…one that is decidedly not Catholic. Actually, there are several philosophies most certainly not Catholic that have gained ground in our thinking in recent decades, but there is one we should all find disturbing because it has eternal implications. The thinking I’m talking about here is what happens immediately after our death; that is, the four last things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Traditionally we refer to only these as the four last things, but they actually imply much more — as is the case with a summary of most of the Church’s teaching. Just so you know where…Continue Reading