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Relocated Catholic Campus . . . Welcomes Video-Game Professionals To Network Event

March 24, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Relocated Catholic Campus . . . Welcomes Video-Game Professionals To Network Event

By DEXTER DUGGAN Although one belief about video games equates them with violence and immorality, there’s a positive side to this electronic entertainment, too — production of family-friendly puzzle games and adventure games, said the head of a southern California Catholic school that prepares students for careers in media and business. Derry Connolly, Ph.D., president of John Paul the Great Catholic University, told The Wanderer that from what he observed, these gaming executives are like “50-year-old teddy bears…just jolly people” who’d be happy to be home playing games with their own children. Connolly’s school hosted an event in February to network with San Diego-area gaming professionals and show off what its new campus has to offer, hoping to provide interns…Continue Reading

Does The President “Believe In This Country”?

March 23, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Does The President “Believe In This Country”?

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I find it intriguing to talk to those who are eager to give “the inside scoop” about their line of work. I am talking about the people who will pull you close and give you a “wink-wink” about the “way things really are” in their world: waiters and waitresses who inform you about how “daily specials” are used to con diners into buying certain dishes, stockbrokers who will key you in on how shady brokerage houses can make big money selling over-hyped stocks to gullible investors, political insiders who scoff at the clueless folks who know nothing about how influence-peddlers and lobbyists shape legislation.

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Presidential Power: A Rescuer, Not A Nemesis

March 22, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Presidential Power: A Rescuer, Not A Nemesis

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s “Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic” column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. 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. He is the author of several books including The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers: 2012], and most recently published an edited volume entitled Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press: 2013]. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. All rights reserved.) +    +    + Conservative voices are railing against excessive presidential power in this Obama…Continue Reading

The Wanderer Interviews Archbishop Kurtz… “The Truth Is Written In Our Hearts”

March 21, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on The Wanderer Interviews Archbishop Kurtz… “The Truth Is Written In Our Hearts”

By REY FLORES I recently had the opportunity to interview Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., and also president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The interview included questions on the HHS mandate, same-sex marriage, the liturgy, and more. +    +    + Q. What are your hopes and expectations for the Supreme Court decision on the HHS mandate? A. We certainly look forward to a favorable decision to relieve the Little Sisters of the Poor and all Catholic entities as we seek to serve others. By end of June we would like to have some direction from the Supreme Court of the United States and have Catholic organizations relieved of requirement of objectionable participation…Continue Reading

McCain Backs Off A Bit . . . But Media Hucksters Hold To Their SB 1062 Deceit

March 20, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on McCain Backs Off A Bit . . . But Media Hucksters Hold To Their SB 1062 Deceit

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Outraged consumer reporters would be clogging the aisles of a grocery store that routinely sold stinking, spoiled food in tightly sealed bags and lied about the posted prices. You thought 90 cents a pound? Actually, $9.90 a pound. Sorry, suckers, you’re stuck with the bill. So what are consumers of news to think when liberal media massively lie and lie again and seem to think they can get away with it? Any consumer reporter would leap into action if a fuming mom showed up at the newspaper office carrying two grocery sacks full of garbage and a check-out tape totaling $800. However, if dripping garbage knowingly is spewed by the newspaper or television station, news…Continue Reading

Are Atheism And Conservatism Compatible?

March 19, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Are Atheism And Conservatism Compatible?

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It was no surprise that there was considerable give-and-take in the comments section that followed Charles C.W. Cooke’s column in the online edition of National Review on February 26. Cooke, a graduate of Oxford and staff writer at National Review, argued that Brent Bozell, the director of the conservative watchdog group the Media Research Center, was gravely wrong when he criticized the Conservative Political Action Conference for inviting a group called the American Atheists to participate in its annual gathering in Washington in March. Bozell had written that the invitation to the atheist group was “an attack on conservative principles” and “an attack on God Himself. American Atheists is an organization devoted to hatred of God.”

S.F. Catholic Radio Host . . . Confronts Moral Topics And Lauds The Wanderer

March 18, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on S.F. Catholic Radio Host . . . Confronts Moral Topics And Lauds The Wanderer

By DEXTER DUGGAN Radio talk host Barbara Simpson had a copy of The Wanderer up on the glass window between her San Francisco studio and the adjoining control room when I stopped by KSFO in January to report on the day’s pro-life Walk for Life West Coast, which marched down nearby Market Street. From its 11th-floor location, “Hot Talk KSFO” (560 AM) is a neighbor to the city’s financial district — where the iconic Transamerica Pyramid building looms — and about a 25-minute walk from the Ferry Building on San Francisco Bay. Simpson repeatedly lauded The Wanderer on the air, mentioning that a listener introduced her to the paper, which she hadn’t known about, with a gift subscription years ago.

After A Light Went On In His Head . . . Pastor Decided To Change Lighting Style

March 17, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on After A Light Went On In His Head . . . Pastor Decided To Change Lighting Style

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Various versions of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass may be offered legitimately in Catholic churches. The variations include the use of different languages. But how often does one think they also could use different lumens? No, a lumen isn’t in the same etymological league as “catechumen,” although a ceremony for catechumens would necessarily involve lumens. Lumen, says “vocabulary.com,” means “a basic unit for measuring brightness, just as the gram is a basic unit for measuring mass. A typical light bulb in your home might produce about 1,000 lumens. Lumen is related to the word luminous, which means ‘bright’ or ‘radiant’.” The pastor of a large Phoenix Catholic church, St. Thomas the Apostle, tried out…Continue Reading

Henry George: A Neglected Economist

March 16, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Henry George: A Neglected Economist

By JOHN YOUNG American economist Henry George (1839-1897) is best known for his site rent philosophy — the so-called “single tax.” He argued that land values arising from society and natural advantages should be the source of government revenue, instead of taxing the money that people earn by labor or investment. I have written about that on various occasions, but in this article I want to sketch other parts of his thought, aspects that are often neglected when he is discussed. Not that we hear much about him today, which is regrettable; although organizations promoting his land philosophy are active in many countries, including the United States. In the late 19th century and the early 20th century, his views were…Continue Reading

What Would The GOP Do?

March 15, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on What Would The GOP Do?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Though Barack Obama is widely regarded as a weak president, is the new world disorder really all his fault? Listening to the more vocal voices of the GOP one might think so. According to Sen. Lindsey Graham, Vladimir Putin’s move into Crimea “started with Benghazi.” “When you kill Americans and nobody pays a price, you invite this type of aggression,” said Graham. Putin “came to the conclusion after Benghazi, Syria, Egypt” that Barack Obama is “a weak indecisive leader.” Also blaming Obama for Crimea, John McCain got cheers at AIPAC by charging, “This is the ultimate result of a feckless foreign policy in which nobody believes in America’s strength anymore.” This “blatant act” of aggression “cannot…Continue Reading