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15 Million Women Missing In India

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“The sheer number of lives lost due to sex-selective abortion in India is astounding. The fact that millions of women are now ‘missing’ from the population will undoubtedly have a significant impact on Indian society. Millions of women who otherwise would have contributed to society were never given the opportunity to be born.”
So writes Jonathan Abbamonte, crack research analyst at the Population Research Institute. The Wanderer has reported on PRI President Steven Mosher’s groundbreaking work on China’s barbaric one-child policy, slightly eased in 2015 but still responsible for the death of hundreds of millions of Chinese babies.
“The last thing India needs is a Chinese-style two-child policy,” Mosher says, but Abbamonte’s groundbreaking work digs deep and diligently and exposes troubling aspects of the country’s growing population control efforts. Some are so extreme that government minister Giriraj Singh bluntly suggests “that those who have more than two children should be stripped of their voting rights.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the way on August 15, India’s Independence Day, calling on the central and state governments to implement policies to control the country’s population growth rate. He also called on Indian couples to have smaller families and praised Indian citizens who have already embraced smaller family norms. Having fewer children is “an act of patriotism,” he said.
“I want you to do proper family planning and you will naturally see that a smaller family can be happier and more content. Your family will be away from diseases, will have more resources,” he added.
Abbamonte’s original research discloses that nearly 550,000 unborn girls are killed in India every year by sex-selective abortion. The culprit is a strong cultural preference for sons that is present in India and other Asian cultures, which regards boys as blessings and girls as burdens.
Why are girls aborted? Simple. Because they are not boys.
Abbamonte’s report comes as a surprise to some senior foreign policy analysts. One acknowledged India expert tells The Wanderer, “I’ve never heard any of this.” Clearly Abbamonte’s report needs to be widely distributed and studied for its implications in fields far beyond foreign policy. Consider: A Catholic obstetrician from Punjab tells us that the growth of India’s Muslim population is a major factor in the government’s campaign. “Hindu families have two children, Muslim families have five. That’s a simple fact,” she observes.
Abbamonte’s complete report is scholarly and carefully documented. Readers can examine the entire text at PRI’s website,

Feminists Attempt To Set
Fire To Mexico City Cathedral

Last week, a group of feminist abortion activists tried to set fire to the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City’s Zocalo, the central plaza of Mexico’s capital.
We can understand why the ladies were upset. Just a week before, as reported by LifeSiteNews, some 600,000 pro-lifers marched in Mexico City and in 100 other cities and towns across the country under the slogan, “Not one Mexican Less!” The demonstrations were organized by La Frente Nacional por la Familia (The National Front for the Family, FNF), and the turnout clearly caused a panic among the Mexican pro-abortion left.
This story has a domestic dimension as well. Rodrigo Ivan Cortés, FNF’s president, has taken the battle for life in Mexico a step beyond the border. This dynamic pro-life leader says that, since there are so many Mexicans in the U.S., he has reached out to Mexicans in the United States through FNF’s partner organization, the Pro-Life, Pro-Family Binational League. This group organizes Mexicans in American communities and urges them to take the pro-life message to Mexican consulates throughout the United States (there are about fifty such locations altogether).
U.S. bishops avail themselves of every communications medium to oppose President Trump’s immigration policies. That stands to reason, since those policies have reduced U.S. taxpayer funding of the USCCB’s secular NGOs by many millions of dollars. While we understand that our shepherds receive no government funding for the Church’s pro-life initiatives, we encourage them nonetheless to use their sizable and well-funded public relations entities to encourage and support the work of the FNF and the Binational League.

A Note On The
Current Unpleasantness

“And therefore, as the plan of this work we have undertaken requires, and as occasion offers, we must speak also of the earthly city, which, though it be mistress of the nations, is itself ruled by its lust of rule” —Augustine, City of God, Book 1 (preface).
Impeachment Bottom Line: The charade in Washington represents the last gasp of the alliance between the Left and the Establishment Elites in their attempt to save abortion.
Yes, they hate the Deplorables, they hate the Constitution, they’re globalists, they’re Godless, they hate everything we stand for.
And yes, they are driven by the libido dominandi, the “the lust of rule” that Augustine identifies on the first page of the City of God.
But the fundamental reality is this: If you have the power to kill untold millions of the most innocent human beings on Earth, you have the power to do anything you want.
And today the pro-abortion movement’s greatest fear is that Donald Trump will have the opportunity to name another justice to the Supreme Court . . . maybe two.
Since the Supreme Court created our current abortion laws, the Left reasons, it can change them.
That’s what motivates all this. It’s all abortion, all the time.

Apocalypse Now,
One More Time

The international Left’s version of impeachment is apocalypse. “If you don’t give us power, the world will end.” While this approach might get a shrug from sensible adults, it has proven to be quite effective with children, who have been manipulated by ideologues in teachers’ clothing not to think, but to feel — properly, of course, as guided by their anointed betters.
Here we see a parallel inversion that the Left has already imposed on Christian anthropology. The Church teaches that the intellect informs the will and together they rule the passions and the appetites. But now a passion — inchoate, apocalyptic fear — demands that we reject reason and succumb to another passion, that of the manipulators — and once more we meet the tireless, timeless libido dominandi.
With the marvels of current technology, the wild frenzy of manipulated children approaches the intensity of the “Feelies” in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Naturally — no, that’s the wrong word; the manipulators turn nature upside down once more. So: un-naturally, the world’s most prominent leaders sit in awe as a misguided sixteen-year-old berates them for ruining her life. (The usual suspects adore her — we’re not kidding: in 2018, the “Church of Sweden” proclaimed that she was “an appointed successor of Jesus.”)
President Trump dispelled the gnostic magic spell when he gave the delegates to the United Nations the unvarnished truth. “Americans will never tire of defending innocent life,” he told the startled dignitaries. “We are aware that many United Nations projects have attempted to assert a global right to taxpayer-funded abortion on demand — right up until the moment of delivery. Global bureaucrats have absolutely no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that wish to protect innocent life.”
How curious! Why, those are the same global bureaucrats who are manipulating American schoolchildren, with their fellow global bureaucrats at the USCCB championing the same cause with the same language.
And the same goal: power. Because no global entity can change the weather, but it can kill untold millions of innocents, born and unborn, once a frightened and benighted population falls under their spell.

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Pope compares politicians who persecute gays, Jews to Hitler

Pope Francis denounced the persecution of gay people on Friday and compared public officials who stoke hatred and anti-gay sentiment to Hitler. Francis delivered his remarks at an international conference on criminal law at the Vatican City, Reuters reported. “It is…Continue Reading

7-year-old whose mom tried to ‘transition’ him chooses to attend school as a boy

DALLAS, Texas, November 5, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Seven-year-old James Younger, whose mother enrolled him in kindergarten as a “girl,” has finally been able to attend school as a boy for the first time. James’ parents’ fight over whether he should…Continue Reading

Cardinal Dolan on Biden communion denial: ‘I wouldn’t do it’

Washington D.C., Oct 31, 2019 / 04:58 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York has responded to questions about the denial of Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden last Sunday. On an Oct. 31…Continue Reading

Judge blocks Alabama law banning abortions, pro-lifers plan to appeal to Supreme Court

October 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Alabama’s ban on virtually all abortions will not take effect on November 15 as planned, thanks to a preliminary injunction issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson. In May, Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the Alabama…Continue Reading

Biden denied communion at South Carolina church over abortion stance, report says

Democratic front-runner Joe Biden was reportedly denied communion by a priest at a South Carolina Catholic church over the weekend. Biden, a lifelong Catholic, stopped by Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Florence on Sunday, but was denied Holy Communion by Father Robert E. Morey,…Continue Reading

Bishops call out Fr. James Martin for questioning if Bible is right to condemn homosexuality

October 24, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Fr. James Martin, S.J. is coming under fire from a U.S. bishop and a cardinal after a tweet appearing to question the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality. Yesterday afternoon, Fr. Martin posted the following to his…Continue Reading

Pope Francis appoints new head of Vatican security

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2019 / 04:39 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Tuesday appointed the second-in-command of Vatican security to head the City State’s national police force, after the resignation of the former chief Oct. 14. The pope named Oct. 15,…Continue Reading

Ecological ritual performed in Vatican gardens for pope’s tree planting ceremony

Vatican City, Oct 4, 2019 / 10:30 am (CNA).- Pope Francis witnessed an indigenous performance at a tree planting ceremony in the Vatican gardens Friday, during which people held hands and bowed before carved images of pregnant women, one of…Continue Reading

Young man stuns courtroom by forgiving brother’s murderer, urging her to seek Christ

DALLAS, Texas, October 3, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — In an incredible display of human compassion, a young man whose brother was shot and killed forgave the cop who had been found guilty of his murder. Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger shot and…Continue Reading

Cardinal Ouellet defends priestly celibacy ahead of Amazon synod

Rome, Italy, Oct 2, 2019 / 11:35 am (CNA).- Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, presented a book Wednesday arguing that in the face of challenges, the Church should not grab at quick solutions, but seek to…Continue Reading

President Trump Defends Religious Freedom at UN, Announces Campaign to Protect Churches

President Donald Trump urged nations across the world to protect religious freedom Monday in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly. Trump, the first U.S. president to highlight religious freedom at the UN, said America will set aside $25…Continue Reading

Archbishop Harry Flynn dies at 86

Minneapolis, Minn., Sep 23, 2019 / 03:40 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Harry Flynn, a former leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, has died. Flynn died Sunday in the St. Paul rectory where he had spent his final days…Continue Reading

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Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love


  By DON FIER (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. This is part one of the…Continue Reading


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Pope Francis proposes adding ‘ecological sin’ against ‘common home’ to catechism

VATICAN CITY, November 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis said today that he is thinking about adding the “‘ecological sin’ against our common home” to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. “We have to introduce―we are thinking about it―to the Catechism of the Catholic Church the sin against ecology, the ‘ecological sin’ against our common home, because a duty is at stake,” Pope Francis told his hearers. The Argentinian pontiff made the remark in a…Continue Reading

Jury rules against Daleiden, pro-lifers who exposed Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts

SAN FRANCISCO, California, November 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress undercover investigators have been found guilty of multiple crimes and must pay millions in damages to Planned Parenthood for the work they did in exposing organ harvesting on aborted babies. The jury of nine men and one woman released its verdict Friday afternoon after deliberating less than two days, even though the landmark civil trial

1 in 3 US bishops at fall meeting vote against calling abortion ‘pre-eminent’ issue

BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 12, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — American Catholic bishops showed today that the current pontificate has divided them on fighting abortion as a social justice priority, voting 143-69 to keep the issue “pre-eminent.” This morning during the Fall General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the bishops debated, and voted upon, a letter based on the USCCB’s document on political life, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizens.” At issue was the letter’s insistence…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke: Pope would be leading a schism if he endorsed errors in Amazon Synod working doc

November 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the Church’s most outspoken defenders of perennial Catholic teaching, suggested that Pope Francis could be leading a “schism” if he were to put his “stamp” of approval on the Amazon Synod’s controversial working document that has been criticized by top-ranking prelates, including Burke, as constituting apostasy, heresy, and “false teaching”. The Cardinal made this comment in a wide-ranging interview with Ross Douthat that was published

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News That Is Not News

By DONALD DeMARCO Back in 1973, when the Roe v. Wade decision was handed down, The New York Times editorialized that the Supreme Court had brought “an end to the emotional and divisive public argument.” In retrospect, this oracular statement appears not only completely wrong-headed, but actually somewhat comical. If anything, the divisiveness of the…Continue Reading

Bernie Leads His Party To Open Borders

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Some 100 members of an American Mormon community in northern Mexico, nine of whom — women, children, toddlers — were massacred weeks ago on a lonely stretch of highway, just crossed over into Arizona. Other family members who have lived there for decades will follow. The atrocity was the work of…Continue Reading

U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chair… Supports Dignity For Aborted Children Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. (ZENIT) — Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Pro-Life Activities, sent a letter on October 31, 2019, to members of the U.S. Congress in support of S. 2590 and HR 4934, the Dignity for Aborted Children Act. In the letter, Archbishop Naumann cited the…Continue Reading

Cardinal Pell . . . Objected To Controversial Vatican Hospital Loan

By ED CONDON VATICAN CITY (CNA) — A 50 million euro loan request to secure the purchase of a bankrupt hospital was vetoed by George Pell Cardinal Pell and financial authorities at the Institute for Works of Religion, commonly called the Vatican Bank, before it was approved by the Holy See’s central bank, APSA, where…Continue Reading

Reverence: The Ultimate Form Of “Active Participation” In The Sacred Liturgy

By JAMES MONTI Over the decades since the Second Vatican Council, a lot has been said and debated concerning the concept of “active participation” in the Mass and how this should properly be defined. There has been a growing recognition and consensus that active participation is not about inventing external roles for everyone to play…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: In a recent weekly bulletin, Fr. George Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City offered these perceptive comments: “ ‘Secularism’ is a religion with a non-creedal creed censuring those who do not believe in unbelief. Young people in the United States who claim to have ‘No Religion’ — called ‘Nones’ — now outnumber Catholics,…Continue Reading

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Bringing An Era To An End

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Mal. 3:19-20a 2 Thess. 3:7-12 Luke 21:5-19 In the Gospel reading today our Lord tells His listeners that the day would come when the Temple would be destroyed and not one stone would be left upon another. When the people asked what the sign would be to let…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Life Is Beautiful With Final Judgment In View

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The prospect of final judgment brings negative impressions, images, or emotions to mind for many. Sometimes it also does so for some who claim our Catholic faith. As a step along the way to spiritual maturity, we must often be purged of our childish or worldly impressions. With an authentic and deeper faith, the prospect…Continue Reading

God’s Plan… Embrace Glorious Chastity

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND (Editor’s Note: As Bishop Strickland has been traveling, he wasn’t able to submit a column for this week’s Wanderer. Instead, we reprint here, with permission, his reflections on chastity from his Bishop’s Blog of February 14, 2019.) + + + In the year 2019, we live in a world that’s off kilter. One of the…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Guido Maria Conforti

By CAROLE BRESLIN Many men and women who have established religious orders had to overcome various obstacles to obtain canonical approval. In addition to finding those persons with the same heart to serve God’s people, they must acquire housing, and find funding. These may be worldly concerns, but they are still important. Founders must also consider the statutes for their…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Joseph Pignatelli

By CAROLE BRESLIN Since the founding of the Society of Jesus in 1540 by St. Ignatius of Loyola up to the mid-eighteenth century, the order of priests and brothers had met with phenomenal success. But despite the high respect the Jesuits received from Popes, bishops, and kings, they eventually found themselves exiled and suppressed. The same bishop who started the…Continue Reading