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As Pro-Lifers Keep Up Their Hard Work . . . They Ask In Vain For Cardinal To Do His Share

February 3, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on As Pro-Lifers Keep Up Their Hard Work . . . They Ask In Vain For Cardinal To Do His Share

By DEXTER DUGGAN January’s large annual pro-life demonstrations in the U.S. serve as an important public witness that also is growing in other countries, the leader of an international Catholic pro-life organization told The Wanderer. “I see this on a global scale . . . I’m watching these occur around the world,” Fr. Shenan Boquet said in a January 21 interview, between the national March for Life in Washington, D.C., that he attended on January 18 and the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco a week later, where he spoke. Boquet, president of the Virginia-based Human Life International (, has traveled one million miles to more than 80 countries, its website says, adding that he “offers guidance to…Continue Reading

Weapons And Loose Canons

February 2, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Weapons And Loose Canons

By CHRISTOPHER MANION When the New York legislature passed one of the most extreme and vicious abortion laws in the world, the crowd in the chamber stood up and cheered. After Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill, he ordered the spire of Manhattan’s “Freedom Tower” to be lit up in pink. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, New York archbishop, was livid. He made the rounds with media appearances, condemning the governor and calling the law “ghoulish, grisly, gruesome.” Not surprisingly, he was met more than once with a question: Should Cuomo be excommunicated? In different settings he had several observations: “Excommunication should not be used as a weapon. Too often, I fear, those who call for someone’s excommunication do so out of…Continue Reading

Where Horses Are Lacking, Donkeys Trot

February 1, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Where Horses Are Lacking, Donkeys Trot

By SHAUN KENNEY If one requires some sort of preface to the entire week (and to this week’s column), one is reminded by way of First Things of the words of Richard Pipes, a noted Russian historian who commented on how the Bolsheviks managed to overrun their native country so quickly — by co-opting the populace through guilt. To wit: “Like the protagonists in Dostoevsky’s The Possessed, the Bolsheviks had to spill blood to bind their wavering adherents with a band of collective guilt. The more innocent victims the Bolshevik Party had on its conscience, the more the Bolshevik rank and file had to realize that there was no retreating, no faltering, no compromising, that they were inextricably bound to…Continue Reading

Identity Politics And Religious Liberties

January 31, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Identity Politics And Religious Liberties

By MIKE MANNO For many orthodox Catholics, like myself, and a good number of sincere followers of other faiths, the issue of religious liberty and conscience rights are the bedrock principles upon which we build our political ideology. Other issues, while important, we look at with varying degrees of interest. But for those of us who feel as I do, religious liberty and rights of conscience are the sine qua non of liberty itself. Thus, much of my public expression has focused on protecting and defending those rights, and in many cases, warning about infringements on them. My earliest contributions to The Wanderer in the early 2000s, as well as numerous freelance articles and op-eds, and now a weekly column…Continue Reading

Cardinal Dolan . . . All Bark And No Bite

January 30, 2019 Frontpage 3 Comments

An Open Letter To Cardinal Dolan By JOSEPH MATT Your Eminence: God has blessed you with a great gift and has chosen you for a position given to very few people in His Church — a Catholic cardinal and archbishop of New York. This incredible office carries much responsibility and a great deal of public witness to the Catholic faith. Your actions have a direct effect on millions of Catholics and non-Catholics alike. In other words, your actions and word carry a lot of power. The Catholic community and millions of murdered babies are crying out for your leadership. You are in a position to make a significant impact on a life and death issue. Your recent comments fronted by…Continue Reading

46th Roe V. Wade Anniversary… Youthful Enthusiasm Dominates MCCL March

January 29, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on 46th Roe V. Wade Anniversary… Youthful Enthusiasm Dominates MCCL March

By PEGGY MOEN ST. PAUL — As with the national March for Life, MCCL’s March here on January 22, the forty-sixth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, boasted large numbers of youth coupled with a young, hopeful spirit. Before the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life program began, Will Herrmann, a 29-year-old computer programmer from Bloomington, Minn., told The Wanderer that he is indeed “the pro-life generation” — as his sign and many other signs proclaimed. “I actually just came from the March for Life in D.C. It was overwhelmingly young people — so inspiring to see that,” he said. Hermann estimated that 80 percent of the Washington, D.C., pro-life marchers were under age 30. In contrast, the fractured, shrinking Women’s March of…Continue Reading

A Crisis Of Truth . . . What We Can Do About It

January 28, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on A Crisis Of Truth . . . What We Can Do About It

By JOSEPH MATT Pontius Pilate asked Christ, “What is truth?” – Two millennia later, society remains as blind and confused as was Pilate, as many members of the Catholic Church struggle for an answer to this same question. Our world is suffering from a crisis of truth. “All the evils which poison men and nations and trouble so many hearts have a single cause and a single source: ignorance of the truth — and at times even more than ignorance, a contempt for the truth and a reckless rejection of it.” This quote by Pope St. John XXIII truly reflects the cloud of relativism and outright disregard and rejection of truth that permeates our society, both throughout our culture and…Continue Reading

Cuomo Gets His Abortion Dream . . . While Culture Of Death Shrieks For Catholic Students’ Blood

January 27, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Cuomo Gets His Abortion Dream . . . While Culture Of Death Shrieks For Catholic Students’ Blood

By DEXTER DUGGAN Radical New York pro-abortionist Gov. Andrew Cuomo used Manhattan’s One World Trade Center as a symbolic towering torch for national abortion freedom shortly after pro-life Kentucky teenagers were targeted for murderous rage from raving left-wingers looking for any excuse to rip apart Catholic defenders of preborn babies who also admired President Trump. Terrorist fanatics had destroyed Manhattan’s Twin Towers in 2001 with hijacked jetliners. Whoever could have thought that the soaring symbol of freedom constructed to replace them would be used by Cuomo as 2019 began with its spire lit in pussycat pink to hail still more massive slaughter by permissive abortion? Blogger Thomas Peters tweeted on January 23 that the sharp spire “looks just like the…Continue Reading

How Do They Hate Us? Let Me Count The Ways

January 26, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on How Do They Hate Us? Let Me Count The Ways

By CHRISTOPHER MANION The real news from the March for Life in Washington came with President Donald Trump’s stunning, historic promise to the crowd: “Today, I have signed a letter to Congress to make clear that if they send any legislation to my desk that weakens the protection of human life, I will issue a veto.” This bombshell should have led the news for days. It warned the Democrat House majority that any legislation championing their flagship issue — abortion — would be, in Ronald Reagan’s terms, “Dead on Arrival.” But the media left couldn’t let abortion be the headline on a story on the March for Life. That would be too . . . honest. So they cooked up…Continue Reading

In Praise Of Buchanan

January 25, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on In Praise Of Buchanan

By SHAUN KENNEY Having yet read Steve Kornacki’s The Red and the Blue, it is difficult to comment more broadly on the differences between two protagonists in his short repackaging of politics in the 1990s — Pat Buchanan and Donald Trump. Indeed, Kornacki takes to the social media via Twitter and places square aim at both men, lumping in Trump’s critiques of Buchanan as being somewhat contrary to Trump’s present position on issues such as border security and the like. I am far less interested in Kornacki’s characterization of the president, though I would agree that Trump’s shift from Democrat to Republican was more opportunistic than conversion. Rather, I am far more interested in the defense of a much-maligned public…Continue Reading