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The Dog Days Of August, Then And Now

August 28, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on The Dog Days Of August, Then And Now

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Early one morning 50 years ago this week, I was awakened by a bomb blast. Apparently, somebody had blown up a house two doors down the street.But that was nothing new. After all, I was in in La Paz, Bolivia, and not back home in Indiana. And Bolivia was having another revolution, a pretty commonplace event in those days.Che Guevara had been killed five years before — and that story has a Catholic angle. An Irish priest from Achill Island, who was a missionary for the White Fathers, served as a chaplain to the Bolivian military after having served in Burundi during the early 1960s. There he had witnessed clashes between the Tutsis and the Hutus, the…Continue Reading

Sultan Schlamyl

August 27, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Sultan Schlamyl

By JOE SIXPACK In 1852, the people of the Caucasus Mountains in the southern part of the Russian Empire were ruled over by a just sultan named Schlamyl. He wanted to clean out corruption and bribery from among his people, so he made a law that anyone convicted of bribery should be punished with fifty lashes with the whip in front of all the people.To everyone’s surprise, the first person to be caught in the act of bribery was Schlamyl’s own mother. He was grief stricken that his mother should do this grave act against his law, and for three days he struggled with himself about what he should do. On the fourth day he appeared before all the people,…Continue Reading

Fund-Raising Program . . . Enables Pro-Life Centers To Have Ultrasound Machines To Save Preborn Babies’ Lives

August 26, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Fund-Raising Program . . . Enables Pro-Life Centers To Have Ultrasound Machines To Save Preborn Babies’ Lives

By DEXTER DUGGAN (Wanderer Editor’s Note: In the coming weeks, The Wanderer’s website will feature a podcast about this remarkable pro-life initiative.) Every September, people in the U.S. and elsewhere devote a moment of silence to recall the approximate 3,000 lives lost to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in New York City, Washington, D.C., and rural Pennsylvania.If people were to devote such a quiet moment for every 3,000 preborn babies killed by abortion in the U.S., “We would be silent for 118 years,” said Diego Wendt, the co-founder of a charity fund-raising program to buy ultrasound machines for pro-life pregnancy centers.That figure for abortion deaths doesn’t even include other countries, Wendt said — a total of 62 million…Continue Reading

Afghanistan’s Saigon Scenario

August 25, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Afghanistan’s Saigon Scenario

By JOHN J. METZLER PARIS — Sadly, we have seen this movie before. In the spring of 1975 the collapse of South Vietnam coming to a crescendo with the fall of Saigon indelibly marking a generation. Cities like Pleiku, Da Nang, and Hue in this contemporary saga are Kunduz, Kandahar, and Herat. Now with the Taliban’s stunning success over the beleaguered and ineffective Afghan Army, the same tragic fate awaits Afghanistan as the Taliban capture Kabul.“Afghanistan is spinning out of control,” warned UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. He added, “Humanitarian needs are growing by the hour.”America’s frustrating twenty year military commitment in Afghanistan was coming to an end in any event. It was certainly time to go and both sides…Continue Reading

A Beacon Of Light . . . My Tour Of Beautiful Churches Along The Mississippi

August 24, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on A Beacon Of Light . . . My Tour Of Beautiful Churches Along The Mississippi

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.) + + Over the last few weeks I had the pleasure of taking a much-needed vacation. During my vacation I traveled throughout the United States and visited friends and colleagues. I began by visiting the beautiful Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Unique in their own right, these cities have histories that blend together to make them the unique places they are today. Of the two cities, St. Paul captured my heart. Towering above the…Continue Reading

Academic Racism?

August 23, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Academic Racism?

By DEACON MIKE MANNO When a bill is passed by Congress or a state legislature, the president or the state governor usually hosts a public signing ceremony. It is, of course, a way to get some good publicity for the executive — “See, I’m getting stuff done for you” — and it gets their names mentioned, mostly favorably, in the news.That’s what happens most of the time. I suppose there are times when an executive is signing something very controversial where the signing is done behind closed doors, sometimes in the dead of the night, hidden in darkness. Those times are few and far between, but they do raise questions about what the legislation being signed into law really does.This…Continue Reading

Hope To Cast Him From White House . . . Will An Insider Be Brave To Reveal Some Secret On Declining Biden?

August 22, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Hope To Cast Him From White House . . . Will An Insider Be Brave To Reveal Some Secret On Declining Biden?

By DEXTER DUGGAN Will Joe Biden and his teammates including Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi have stepped aside or been removed from their posts by about the time you read this? That may be too optimistic a hope for the beginning of the restoration of the United States. However, other recent major events have moved quickly.To sweep these bad political players from the board, all it would take is for whistleblowers to reveal disastrously damaging evidence from behind the scenes about the machinations and embarrassments in the daily flow of the cognitively impaired, immoral government head and his enablers.Even more so than previously, the 78-year-old bad Catholic prez seemed to have trouble getting through the hours without turning to covert…Continue Reading

Abortion Industry Leader Attacked For Truth-Telling

August 21, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Abortion Industry Leader Attacked For Truth-Telling

By CHRISTOPHER MANION On July 16, 2019, Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood, was fired from her position by what she called a “secret meeting” of the organization’s Board of Directors.The group’s public explanation focused on her inadequate management skills.Wen replied that she left due to “philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood.” The organization wanted to prioritize abortion care while she wanted to advocate for a “broad range of public health policies,” she said.Ho-hum? Maybe not. Because just eleven days before being fired, Wen had written an op-ed for The Washington Post in which she disclosed that she had recently suffered a miscarriage that was “devastating in a way that I couldn’t have anticipated.”And now,…Continue Reading

Jimmy And Carrying The Cross

August 20, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Jimmy And Carrying The Cross

By JOE SIXPACK Jimmy was a twelve-year-old boy, ordinarily good and obedient to his parents. But one afternoon his mother told him he couldn’t go swimming. Jimmy went swimming anyway, and his mother found out. When Jimmy returned, his mother told him how disappointed she was over his disobedience. Jimmy told her he was sorry, and that he wouldn’t do it again.His mother said, “Well, Jimmy, I forgive your disobedience, but I still have to punish you. You can’t ride your bike for a week.”Jimmy thought of a way to cut down his punishment. After dinner, he offered to dry the dishes for his mother. This was very unusual, if you knew Jimmy. His mother saw right through the plan,…Continue Reading

Siren Song Of Technology . . . If Temptation Weren’t Alluring, No One Would Bother To Buy It

August 19, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Siren Song Of Technology . . . If Temptation Weren’t Alluring, No One Would Bother To Buy It

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — The hugely best-selling twentieth-century novelist Taylor Caldwell wrote with a religious sensitivity of complex moral situations. Her own rambunctious life was an example not to be emulated at every turn.She portrayed a visit by the devil as that of a charming fellow, not a filthy demon. After all, if temptation were repellent, who would fall for it? Eating the apple in the Garden of Eden supposedly offered great wisdom, not the awful expulsion from Paradise. The serpent hadn’t signed the businessmen’s pledge for truth in advertising.During the same recent day that I happened to recall this tale of temptation’s empty allurement, I later had an experience that served as a reminder of its daunting reality.This…Continue Reading