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Rolling Stone Or Solid Rock?

February 5, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Rolling Stone Or Solid Rock?

By FR. DWIGHT LONGENECKER (Editor’s Note: Fr. Dwight Longenecker is an American who has spent most of his life living and working in England. He studied theology at Oxford University. He was eventually ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge, and a country parson on the Isle of Wight. Realizing that he and the Anglican Church were on divergent paths, in 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. He is the author of The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty. (The article is reprinted with permission from Aleteiaw, ww.aleteia.org, where it first appeared on January 30, 2014. All rights reserved.) +    +    + Pope…Continue Reading


February 4, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Obsession

By DONALD DeMARCO What does “obsession” mean? When Calvin Klein uses the term he is thinking of a perfume that “set the world on fire with its powerful sensuality” and “revolutionized the prestige fragrance business with its feverish intensity and irresistible appeal.” Mikhail Baryshnikov confessed: “Dancing is my obsession. My Life.” For Claude Monet, “Color is my day-long obsession, joy, and torment.” Eugene Delacroix saw obsession as continuingly drawing from a bottomless well: “What moves those of genius, what inspires their work is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.” At the same time, the dictionary defines “obsession” in terms of “addiction,” “fixation,” “mania,” “fetish,” and “hang-up.” Like…Continue Reading

Glimmers Of Hope

February 3, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Glimmers Of Hope

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Most of the correspondents to First Teachers are pessimistic about the state of education in the United States. It is easy to see why. There seems to be little progress on the issues that matter most to them: discipline and standards in our public schools, a voucher system that would provide school choice for parents dissatisfied with their local public schools, counteracting union opposition to merit pay and reforms of the tenure system. Even so, there are glimmers of hope on these issues. In recent weeks there have been reports on the web site Education News (educationnews.org) that indicate a consensus to the liking of readers of this column is beginning to form on all of…Continue Reading

McCain Is Defiant . . . Arizona GOP Censures Pile Up

February 2, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on McCain Is Defiant . . . Arizona GOP Censures Pile Up

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Sen. John McCain keeps having problems with fences, not only leaving them porous to alien invasion on his home state’s southern border, but also refusing to mend them with his own Arizona Republican Party. After Arizona’s state Republican committeemen censured him recently for breaking faith with party principles, McCain didn’t make a move for reconciliation or apologize for perhaps going astray. Instead, he doubled down in defiance — just like the behavior of his “bromance” buddy, Barack Obama, against American voters. The resounding voice vote against McCain on January 25 by state leadership sounded as if it was about two-to-one. Two weeks earlier, on January 11, a recorded censure vote by precinct committeemen in McCain’s…Continue Reading

Ugandan Women In The Crosshairs

February 1, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Ugandan Women In The Crosshairs

By BRIAN CLOWES The battle between the Culture of Life and the Culture of Death in Africa is at its most intense in three nations: Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda. It is not an exaggeration to say that the rest of sub-Saharan Africa follows what these three countries decide on many issues, including those involving life and family. This means that a large number of population control groups are expending a lot of effort and money to ensure that these countries eventually embrace abortion and homosexuality. In Uganda, the leading organization actively involved in anti-life work at the local level is Marie Stopes International. MSI is backed up by the usual alphabet soup of population control groups, from AVERT to USAID,…Continue Reading

Dr. Pangloss, Free Trader

January 31, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Dr. Pangloss, Free Trader

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “We’ve outsourced our manufacturing and much of our pollution, but some of it is blowing back across the Pacific to haunt us.” So says University of California scientist Steve Davis. Smog from Chinese factories has already saturated cities like Beijing, where residents go about in surgical masks, and crossed the East China Sea to foul the air of Korea and Japan. Now China’s smog is coming to America’s West. Among the pollutants wafting their way over the Pacific, says the Guardian, is black carbon, which is “linked to cancer, emphysema, and heart and lung diseases,” and travels “huge distances on global winds known as ‘westerlies’.” Davis is one of a team of U.S. and Chinese researchers…Continue Reading

Frank Morriss, RIP… May His Memory Be Eternal

January 30, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Frank Morriss, RIP… May His Memory Be Eternal

By GEORGE A. KENDALL Following is the full obituary for Frank Morriss, well-known Wanderer journalist. +++ Frank Morriss, Catholic journalist, scholar, author, educator, and defender of the faith, well-known to Wanderer readers for weekly columns appearing over a 40-year period, died Saturday, January 25, 2014, at his home in Wheat Ridge, Colo., a few weeks short of his 91st birthday. Frank was born March 28, 1923, in Pasadena, Calif., the son of B.G. Morriss and Regina Spann Morriss, but spent most of his life in Denver. He married Mary Rita Moynihan on February 11, 1950.

The Pro-Life Generation

January 29, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on The Pro-Life Generation

By ANNA CONROY (Editor’s Note: Anna Conroy is a high school senior enrolled in Mother of Divine Grace School, an online distance education institution for home-schooled students. She lives in Minnesota with her parents and six younger siblings.) +    +    + On January 22, the forty-first anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I joined hundreds of thousands in Washington, D.C. for the forty-first annual March for Life. I witnessed a peaceful yet powerful commitment to the pro-life movement. Walking to the pre-march rally from my hotel, I watched dozens of large groups surging towards the National Mall, already waving signs and excitedly chanting, “We love babies!” Even upon reaching the Supreme Court Building after hours of being in bitter cold, the…Continue Reading

The Mood Of A Nation

January 28, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on The Mood Of A Nation

By DONALD DeMARCO Robert H. Bork, in Slouching Towards Gomorrah, states that modern liberalism is “a mood rather than a philosophy.” As such, “it cannot be other than anti-intellectual.” By philosophy, he is referring to the ideals of truth, justice, goodness, and liberty that inspired the Founding Fathers of America as well as the great philosophers of history. A “mood” may be private or public. A private mood will have little effect on society if it is not supported by one that is more national. Victoria Woodhull is a good example of a political aspirant whose mood was virtually solitary. She was the first woman to run for president of the United States. Her platform was an amalgam of free…Continue Reading

Pedophilia: Why The Rise And Fall?

January 27, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Pedophilia: Why The Rise And Fall?

By JOHN F. KIPPLEY (Editor’s Note: John F. Kippley is the author of Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality and other books and articles. With his wife Sheila, he is a coauthor of Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach. The commentary below is reprinted with permission from his blog at johnkippley.com. All rights reserved.) +    +    + The recent (January 16) grilling of Vatican officials by United Nations officials about the sexual abuse of minors by priests plus its cover-up by dioceses does not seem to have revealed anything new. It seems to be primarily a way of trying to oust the Holy See from the UN and a victory for the habitual anti-Catholics. Left unexplored and…Continue Reading