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A Book Review… The Novelist Who Is A Watchman

September 25, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review… The Novelist Who Is A Watchman

By DONALD DeMARCO On the Edge of Infinity: A Biography of Michael D. O’Brien by Clemens Cavallin, Justin Press (Ottawa, ON: 2017), 412 pages. Michael O’Brien is a success, though not exactly famous and certainly not a celebrity. This profile suits him fine since he regards any kind of fanfare as alien to his temperament. He does not mind being relatively unknown. His concern is that his art will make Truth and Love better known He was born in 1948 in Canada’s national capital and is very much alive today. Why, then, a biography for a person who is not famous and is still alive? The answer is twofold. O’Brien deserves to be better known and appreciated by Catholics in…Continue Reading

The Left’s Kavanaugh Smear Implodes — Again

September 24, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on The Left’s Kavanaugh Smear Implodes — Again

By TUCKER CARLSON and NEIL PATEL Believe it or not, it was a year ago that a constellation of left-wing activist groups cooked up a series of outlandish lies designed to keep Brett Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court. The national news media, as you will remember, joined the smear campaign. They repeated and magnified the slurs. But in the end, it was to no effect. Kavanaugh was confirmed anyway. Why? Because not a single allegation against him was proven to be true. Not one. Their only lasting effect was to traumatize Kavanaugh’s wife and children. To this day, the left has never apologized for their dishonesty or their profound cruelty. They did not accept defeat. They never do. Why? Because…Continue Reading

Christian Videographers… Win A Free Speech Victory

September 23, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Christian Videographers… Win A Free Speech Victory

By DEACON MIKE MANNO, JD The operators of a small Minnesota media firm wanting to make pro-traditional marriage videos were given a legal victory against state authorities who claimed their business plans violated the state law. Carl and Angel Larsen, who operate a business called Telescope Media Group (TMG), which produces short films, commercials, and other videos, wanted to expand their business to include celebratory wedding videos that would promote their Christian beliefs in traditional one-man, one-woman marriage. The problem was that the state, relying on the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA), cried, “Foul.” It seems that under the terms of the MHRA, Telescope Media Group falls into the category of a “public accommodation” and, as a result, the state…Continue Reading

Dominant Media Undercut Selves Again . . . The More Horror Grows, The More Reporting Falls Silent

September 22, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Dominant Media Undercut Selves Again . . . The More Horror Grows, The More Reporting Falls Silent

By DEXTER DUGGAN Do key players working at dominant media have a shred of conscience? The answer hasn’t been hopeful. How many more horrors will they routinely try to avoid reporting before their deceptions become unbearable, not only to a public that sees them as lying lackeys but also to their own battered sense of moral accountability? Day after day as September advanced, a San Francisco court hearing considered whether a trial was merited against pro-life investigators from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) who could face prison time for exposing abortionists’ large-scale sale of aborted baby parts. Main media generally were averse to covering the proceedings, just as they reacted negatively to the CMP’s revelation of these horrors in…Continue Reading

Does The Left Even Believe Its Own Lies?

September 21, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Does The Left Even Believe Its Own Lies?

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Sixty years ago, James Burnham asked a simple question. “Do liberals really believe in liberalism?” Burnham had every right to ask. He’d been a leftist himself, even a fan of Leon Trotsky. He was thoroughly trained in the dialectic. But by 1960, he’d been a founding editor of National Review for five years. The time was ripe for Burnham to write a book describing what the Left was all about. His title succinctly described liberalism’s goal: The Suicide of the West. When it comes to liberals, or indeed to adherents of any ideological system, Burnham wrote, “very few . . . bother to inquire into the logical foundations of their day-by-day judgments and rules of conduct, nor…Continue Reading

Why The French-Ahmari Debates Matter

September 20, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Why The French-Ahmari Debates Matter

By SHAUN KENNEY For those of you attuned to such controversies, there was a debate little noticed by the media in general but widely panned within Catholic intellectual circles at The Catholic University of America two weeks ago. The aptly named “Thrilla at the Basilica” or the “Melee at CUA” brought over 600 attendees to the newly restored Heritage Hall — for alumni, that’s the old cafeteria at University Center East — featuring two heavyweights: Mr. David French of National Review and Mr. Sohrab Ahmari of the New York Post. The topic of the debate? Could have been cloaked in the language of Catholic integralism, but truly was centered more around civility in the public square. Let me set the…Continue Reading

St. Gianna’s Final Sacrifice Well-known… But What Of Her Decades Of Faith That Came Before?

September 19, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on St. Gianna’s Final Sacrifice Well-known… But What Of Her Decades Of Faith That Came Before?

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Although St. Gianna Beretta Molla is “known for the final witness she gave by being willing to offer her life for the life of a child,” the 20th century Italian saint and mother, canonized in 2004 by St. John Paul II, had grown up in a family that always strove for holiness, a speaker told an audience attending an Institute of Catholic Theology (ICT) program here. St. Gianna, who died at age 39 in 1962, shortly after giving birth to her fourth surviving child, was a Catholic physician who earned her medical degree in what at the time was a male-dominated profession, and who strove to reach out to others as she kept awareness of…Continue Reading

Have A Good Trip

September 18, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Have A Good Trip

By FR. MICHAEL P. ORSI (Editor’s Note: A priest of the Diocese of Camden, N.J., Fr. Michael P. Orsi currently serves as parochial vicar at St. Agnes Parish in Naples, Fla. He is host of Action for Life TV, a weekly cable television series devoted to pro-life issues, and his writings appear in numerous publications and online journals.) + + + Do you believe you’re going to Heaven, or are you going to Hell? That’s really an unanswerable question, because we don’t know our final destination. Dante’s epic poem, Inferno, is what gives us our picture of historical figures trapped eternally in the various regions of Hell. As far as Church doctrine goes, however, the only person we’re certain is…Continue Reading

Saving Souls, Not Whales Should Be Pope Francis’ Focus

September 17, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Saving Souls, Not Whales Should Be Pope Francis’ Focus

By REY FLORES Various media outlets noted an encounter Pope Francis had with reporters on the papal plane as he made his way to visit several African nations. Nicolas Seneze handed him a copy of his recently published book, How America Wants to Change the Pope. When asked about the book, the Pope responded that it’s “an honor if the Americans attack me.” Americans? Yes, we’re Americans, but in my belief, I consider myself a Catholic before anything else. Why does Pope Francis say things like this? Talk about being thin-skinned and divisive. I’m fairly confident that if you’re reading The Wanderer, you probably are praying your daily rosary as well. You know that part toward the end where we…Continue Reading

Democrats… Choose Secularism Over Religion

September 16, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Democrats… Choose Secularism Over Religion

By DEACON MIKE MANNO, JD When following the news, it’s sometimes hard to tell if it’s time to laugh or cry. I never thought, for example, that we would seriously debate the number of sexes that exist; I never thought that public schools would allow boys and girls to use the same shower facilities at the same time; I never thought that we would try to legislate how churches operate or govern themselves; I never thought that our concept of family would be twisted and construed beyond all recognition, or that abortion could mean an after birth procedure. And I never thought that, in America, socialism might be praised while God might be a forbidden topic. Unfortunately, however, that has…Continue Reading