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After Fulton, what next?

July 12, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on After Fulton, what next?

By DEACON MIKE MANNO A couple of weeks ago, as I write this, the Supreme Court, in a case called Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, delivered what we had hoped would be a knockout blow for religious liberty. But after reading the opinion, what we had hoped for turned into a dud, as the good guys won, but not with the victory they might have had.Let’s set the stage: For at least a century Catholic Social Services of Philadelphia (CSS) had operated a foster care agency. In 2018 the local media reported on the efforts of a same-sex couple who requested foster care information from another agency, Bethany Christian Services. The couple was told that it could not foster through…Continue Reading

Once They’re Just A Husk . . . What Do Bad Catholics Take Into Their Eternity But Emptiness?

July 11, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Once They’re Just A Husk . . . What Do Bad Catholics Take Into Their Eternity But Emptiness?

By DEXTER DUGGAN One genre in science fiction is the human victim whose very being has been emptied out, leaving only a husk to be replaced with some new organs and identity. Think pod people.That can happen in real life, too. Think religious practice that has been replaced with left-wing politics claiming to be somehow a better version of what existed before, even though it denies and contradicts the faith that vanished. Think, say, Democrat Nancy Pelosi insisting on receiving the Eucharist even though she’s just a brittle shell of having been a practicing Catholic.Or think Joe Biden “clutching” his rosary — the verb the media love to assign to anyone else holding rosary beads — even though this particular…Continue Reading

The Left Attacks Archbishop Cordileone — And That’s Good News

July 10, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on The Left Attacks Archbishop Cordileone — And That’s Good News

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Last week, the San Francisco Chronicle published an attack on Catholic bishops in the United States, focusing on the city’s own archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone. The headline accuses the bishops of “trying to weaponize Communion,” and of “alienating their own flock.”The article was written by one Joe Garofoli, the “senior political reporter” at the city’s most prominent newspaper. Perhaps it should be no surprise that he immediately embraces the canard that the Communion issue is a political one.According to Garifoli’s bio at the Chronicle, he “has covered everything from fashion . . . to his own vasectomy.” He also “is available to entertain at bar mitzvahs and First Communions.”The approach of our savvy reporter is as diverse as…Continue Reading

The Farmer And His Friends

July 9, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on The Farmer And His Friends

By JOE SIXPACK St. Isidore (1070-1130) was a Spanish laborer who was hired as a ploughman on the lands of a wealthy nobleman from Madrid. He worked very hard at his job, yet he never failed to attend daily Mass. Neighbors jealous of his piety accused Isidore to his employer of neglecting his work in order to attend Mass. When the wealthy employer questioned him about it, Isidore replied, “I know that I’m your servant, but I have another Master as well, and I owe Him service and obedience too. If you think you’re cheated because I serve God, please deduct whatever you want from my wages.”The landowner knew Isidore to be a good and honest man, but he also…Continue Reading

Singer Robbins’ Cowboy . . . Found Death In El Paso, But Kamala Doesn’t Find Anything At All

July 8, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Singer Robbins’ Cowboy . . . Found Death In El Paso, But Kamala Doesn’t Find Anything At All

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — A talk-radio host here played Arizona-born singer Marty Robbins’ tragic 1959 ballad El Paso as bumper music to note Kamala Harris’ quick stop in the west Texas city of that name while the vice president tried a belated attempt to fend off criticism over Joe Biden’s doubly tragic and self-inflicted open-borders catastrophe.Latino supporters of Donald Trump greeted the hapless Harris with posters humorously playing off her first name as “Que Mala” in Spanish, meaning “how bad.” Now that’s a poster that bad-news Kamala deserves to see wherever she goes.Robbins’ huge hit told the sad story of a jealous cowboy who shoots down a handsome rival for the affections of a saloon girl, then, having destroyed…Continue Reading

The Annunciation . . . A Moment In Time That The Church Celebrates Every Day

July 7, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on The Annunciation . . . A Moment In Time That The Church Celebrates Every Day

By JAMES MONTI One of the most remarkable dimensions of divine Providence is that while the great plan of God for the salvation of mankind unfolds on a scale spanning very many centuries and encompassing billions of souls on a physical stage reaching to the furthest galaxies, the specific course of this grand scheme He has chosen to make dependent upon events that transpire in a matter of just seconds or minutes in the most intimate of surroundings.Few events fit this description as perfectly as does the Annunciation — a private conversation between an angel of the Lord and a young Virgin scarcely two minutes in length that changed the fate of man forever. If many of our Protestant friends…Continue Reading

A Beacon Of Light . . . God’s Gift Of Animals

July 6, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on A Beacon Of Light . . . God’s Gift Of Animals

By FR. RICHARD D. BRETON JR. (Editor’s Note: Fr. Richard D. Breton Jr. is a priest of the Diocese of Norwich, Conn. He received his BA in religious studies and his MA in dogmatic theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn.) + + As the weather warms up and we venture outside, we are surrounded by the wonderful gift of God’s creation. In particular we enjoy the gift that animals play in our daily lives. We experience this in many ways. Our day often begins by hearing the singing of the birds at dawn as they rejoice in the new day. The creepy crawly insects get into mischief as they find their way into places they are…Continue Reading

The Hubris Of Pro-Abort Democrats

July 5, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on The Hubris Of Pro-Abort Democrats

By DEACON MIKE MANNO Our bishops are struggling with a fundamental issue of life in all its forms as they continue to proclaim that life, from conception to natural death, belongs only to God. The struggle for the bishops is how to address those pro-abortion politicians who continue to support, and often act, to expand abortion. While some give the impression that the issue is of little consequence and they wish they didn’t have to deal with it, most are forthright prelates who are trying to balance the moral issues with how the Church interacts with society as a whole.Many may have legitimate questions about how to deal with the issue without alienating the faithful, especially when so many Catholics…Continue Reading

Even Trump Justices Cower . . . High Court Fears Partying Elite More Than Hardworking Main St.

July 4, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Even Trump Justices Cower . . . High Court Fears Partying Elite More Than Hardworking Main St.

By DEXTER DUGGAN Long before powerful officials in the nation’s capital worried about COVID-19, a political disease known as Potomac Fever imperiled liberty and independence. It was a virus caught by living along the banks of the river that goes through Washington, D.C., making its victims want to get in the swim of backscratching, power plays, falsehoods, sycophancy and other ills.The tide grew worse and overflowed its banks so the mere Potomac was replaced by an ever-growing swamp whose quicksands and seductions threatened the survival of the country.The moral and religious populace that the Founders had judged necessary for the proper conduct of a healthy nation was under increasing threat by weird creatures rising up through the slimy waters to…Continue Reading

Kamala Harris Skips Border Crisis But Picks Up A Rosary

July 3, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Kamala Harris Skips Border Crisis But Picks Up A Rosary

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Kamala Harris finally went to the border on last Friday, June 25, briefly visiting a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, touring a migrant center, and meeting with five young girls from Central America. The main event, however, was a meeting with El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz.Wanderer readers will recall Seitz’s strident support of open borders. He became a national leader in the movement after he attacked nine state attorneys general and a Catholic governor for supporting U.S. immigration law. In an op-ed for USA Today in the early days of the Trump administration, Seitz called them “hypocrites and pharisees.”Last year, Seitz got a pat on the back after he knelt before a Black Lives Matter placard.…Continue Reading