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Priest Says . . . Early Church Showed How Saints Can Arise From Scandalous Lives

May 23, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Priest Says . . . Early Church Showed How Saints Can Arise From Scandalous Lives

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Social media have opened up so much information today that the lives of leaders are laid bare, the director of the All Saints Catholic Newman Center at Arizona State University, in suburban Tempe, said at a presentation of the Institute of Catholic Theology (ictphx.org), which offers continuing education for adult Catholics. And usually the leaders have failed regarding sex or power, Fr. Rob Clements told the May 4 program of the ICT, which is based at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish here. “This never seems to end,” he said. “. . . Does anyone believe in forgiveness anymore? Is there any coming back from scandal?…The calendar of saints is dotted with individuals who have been…Continue Reading

Thousands Of St. Louisans . . . Attend Series Of Lectures With St. Padre Pio’s Spiritual Son

May 22, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Thousands Of St. Louisans . . . Attend Series Of Lectures With St. Padre Pio’s Spiritual Son

By KRISTINE CHRISTLIEB CANAVAN ST. LOUIS — On May 2-4, Adolfo Affatato, specially called spiritual son of St. Padre Pio, traveled from his home in Foggia, Italy, to St. Louis, Mo., to deliver a series of six lectures. Thousands of St. Louisans turned out to show their devotion to the beloved saint and to welcome his spiritual son. In addition to the lectures in St. Louis, Mr. Affatato’s itinerary also included a presentation in Atlanta and two in Clearwater, Fla. But it was in St. Louis where he spoke — to an overwhelming response — six times. Traveling at his own expense, the chain of events that led Mr. Affatato to the United States began in 2013 when St. Padre…Continue Reading

Is There A Difference Between Sex And Gender?

May 21, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Is There A Difference Between Sex And Gender?

By DEACON MIKE MANNO, JD The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a landmark law that was passed by Congress and signed by President Lyndon Johnson. It made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. At the time those terms and their implications were well known and not subject to much debate or controversy. In 1964 discrimination on the basis of sex was clearly understood to be discrimination against women (or men) because of their status as a woman (or man) — and, of course, it was primarily used to protect women in the workplace or academia. Fast forward to the 2000s, and as improbable as it may have seemed to those…Continue Reading

If Issue Is Gun-Grabbing, Abortion, Or Illegal Invasion . . . Democrats Are Being Challenged On Their Pushiness

May 20, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on If Issue Is Gun-Grabbing, Abortion, Or Illegal Invasion . . . Democrats Are Being Challenged On Their Pushiness

By DEXTER DUGGAN Some Colorado teenagers gave the nation a good example often not provided by adults — the teens walked out in protest when some pushy Democrats tried, as Dems often do, to politicize a tragedy as quickly and thoroughly as they could. When possible, their game plan is politics 24 hours a day, every day. They’ve dragged this nation into hostility and divisiveness, assisted by their media allies manipulating the script. Too often adults accede and behave more like sheep hopping to the tune of their national Dem masters. In early May two student shooters opened fire at a Denver-area high school, leaving one young man dead and eight students injured. Eighteen-year-old Kendrick Castillo was hailed as a…Continue Reading

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly . . . Cheers For Alabama’s New Anti-Abortion Law

May 19, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly . . . Cheers For Alabama’s New Anti-Abortion Law

By REY FLORES First the good: Congratulations to the state of Alabama for bringing us closer than ever before since Roe v. Wade to making abortion almost unthinkable, in an unbelievable, unprecedented move Here is what Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey stated in her own words on May 15: “Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, a bill that was approved by overwhelming majorities in both chambers of the legislature. To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.” And here is Claire Chretien’s summary of the new law for LifeSiteNews: “The law, the…Continue Reading

The News We Never Hear

May 18, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on The News We Never Hear
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By CHRISTOPHER MANION Anthony Esolen once wrote that it’s not just what kids are being taught in school these days, it’s what they’re not being taught. The same goes for the media. When it comes to credibility, they’re running on empty. But old habits die hard, and a lot of us grew up believing the “news.” These days, it’s a bad habit — and a hard one to break. Take “gun control.” Spurred by occasional reports of school shootings, it’s close to the top of the repeat offenders list. A year ago a former student killed seventeen people at the Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Fla. Immediately, demands for gun control flooded the national media. Town halls and marches…Continue Reading

Political Correctness Forgets About Christian Persecution

May 17, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Political Correctness Forgets About Christian Persecution

By JOHN J. METZLER UNITED NATIONS — From the appalling murders of Sri Lankan Christians celebrating Easter, to the killings of Coptic Egyptians, Syrian Catholics, and Nigerian villagers, the grisly wave of anti-Christian violence worldwide is rising. Add the formal state repression of Christianity in places like China, North Korea, and even Pakistan and one sees a clear and unmistakable pattern of modern-day persecution. Now a jarringly candid report, commissioned by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, discovers: “Persecution on grounds of religious faith is a global phenomenon that is growing in scale and intensity.” The report, compiled by the Anglican bishop of Truro, the Right Rev. Philip Mounstephen, states: “Evidence shows not only the geographic spread of anti-Christian persecution, but…Continue Reading

Arizona GOP Under Kelli Ward . . . Gives Pro-Life Issues Important Status

May 16, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Arizona GOP Under Kelli Ward . . . Gives Pro-Life Issues Important Status

By DEXTER DUGGAN SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Describing her goals to a gathering of Arizona conservative Republican activists, the recently elected chairman of the state’s GOP said she wants to help Democrats walk away from “the radical, barbaric left” in their party that’s pushing for policies like “infanticide.” Conservative Kelli Ward, a family practice physician who scored an upset last January when state Republican committeemen chose her to lead the Grand Canyon State GOP instead of incumbent chairman Jonathan Lines, emphasized at the May 4 activists’ meeting in this Phoenix suburb that she wants to have an effective, unified party, not one settling scores with old GOP foes. However, Ward made plain where she thinks the party should be on the…Continue Reading

So Much For The Female Diaconate!

May 15, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on So Much For The Female Diaconate!

By SHAUN KENNEY Pope Francis on his return trip from the Balkans put the project of women’s ordination cum female deacons on ice. Reports indicated not only that the commission was split, but that there was enough of a consensus to admit that female deaconesses were an ontological impossibility. This did not please either the German or American delegations to the commission, and reports singled out Phyllis Zagano, who has been in effect a proponent of women’s ordination (despite her protestations that the form isn’t chasing the substance). Zagano et al. cry foul at the charge every time, yet there is no question in anyone’s mind that — should women’s ordination to the diaconate be on the table — such…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: The Charge Of Formal Heresy

May 14, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Pope Francis: The Charge Of Formal Heresy

By FR. BRIAN W. HARRISON, OS There has been a spate of sharply critical Twitter comments in the wake of my recent Wanderer column explaining why I declined to sign the Open Letter to Bishops denouncing Pope Francis for the canonical delict of heresy. (It was originally just a private email circulated to friends, but at the request of the editor of The Wanderer I gave permission for its publication.) Many of the criticisms were apparently prompted by my first expressed reason for declining to sign the letter, namely, “because I don’t think you can judge someone — especially a Pope! — to be a formal (i.e., pertinacious or obstinate) heretic without first hearing what he might have to say…Continue Reading