Friday 22nd March 2019

Home » Frontpage » Currently Reading:

Blowback For The Unborn

March 6, 2018 Frontpage No Comments

Image result for shummer high five in senate 

 

               By CHRISTOPHER MANION

Last week we reported on the “Fatal Fourteen” Catholic senators who cast the deciding votes on January 29 that killed legislation written to protect from abortion those unborn children capable of pain (i.e., past twenty weeks of gestation). While USCCB leaders were at the time announcing “an important escalation of our efforts” in their nationwide campaign in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens, our shepherds made no similar efforts to protect the unborn capable of surviving outside the womb. In fact, to this day USCCB leaders have been silent regarding the “Fatal Fourteen” Catholic pro-abortion politicians.
Only one brave prelate has stepped forward to exercise his consecrated authority in the face of the USCCB’s manifest silence. Three weeks after the vote, Bishop Thomas Paprocki, of Springfield, Ill., announced that he has advised Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D., Ill.), a longtime proponent of “abortion rights” who resides in the Springfield Diocese, that he would continue to be prohibited from receiving Communion.
Quoting Canon 915, Bishop Paprocki said, “Because his voting record in support of abortion over many years constitutes ‘obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin,’ the determination continues that Sen. Durbin is not to be admitted to Holy Communion until he repents of this sin. This provision is intended not to punish, but to bring about a change of heart. Sen. Durbin was once pro-life. I sincerely pray that he will repent and return to being pro-life.”
Many thanks to Bishop Paprocki, and prayers for the conversion of the Fatal Fourteen senators. The late Catholic leader Michael Schwartz once suggested that a good way to start in states represented by pro-abortion senators might be to pray for them by name in the petitions read out loud during the Sacrifice of the Mass in every parish.

New Virginia Bishops
Face Real Challenges

The intrepid Austin Ruse, who’s been fighting (and often defeating) the international left at the UN, reports that things aren’t going well close to home. The population of Washington, D.C., suburb Fairfax County has grown with the federal government (where most of its money comes from) to ten times its size fifty years ago (founding Bishop Thomas Welsh called the Arlington Diocese the “bedroom of Washington”).
So it’s hardly news that the highly paid left-wing leaders of Fairfax — coached by Antonio Gramsci and Sigmund Freud — succeeded in February in forcing down the throats of Fairfax families a pornography-laden “sex education” curriculum that will begin with five-year-olds.
Naturally, a meeting was held — to hear opinions from the community, or so attendees were told. Fake News: “What happened to them is right out of the Politburo of the Supreme Soviet,” Ruse writes. No discussion was permitted regarding the openly pro-LGBT, pro-abortion, pro-sodomy, and pro-promiscuity curriculum. Motions were shouted down by the majority of the “citizens’ committee” who then demanded anonymity by refusing to allow roll-call votes on any of the issues raised.
“This group has come up with over 80 hours of sex education for these poor kids. And some of it is straight-up pornography,” Ruse writes.
Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington continues to very supportive of the laity’s efforts to fight the Fairfax program, with practical steps like bulletin inserts and videos for parents. Clearly, Bishop Burbidge (in office just over a year) and his brand new Virginia colleague Bishop Barry Knestout of Richmond have their hands full.
Unlike Bishop Paprocki, both have so far maintained public silence about their own Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.), a prominent member of the Senate’s “Fatal Fourteen.” Perhaps now is the time. Sooner or later Bishop Burbidge will have to deal with Kaine, as well as former Maryknoll seminarian and now Cong. Gerry Connolly of Fairfax (D., Va.), who, like Kaine, is rated 100 percent in his support for abortion by NARAL.

Challenges Continue
All Around

Last fall, we reported on the letter addressed to Pope Francis by Fr. Thomas Weinandy, OFM Cap., who served as executive director of the USCCB’s Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices from 2005 to 2013 and still serves as a member of the International Theological Commission. Fr. Weinandy sent the letter, which candidly and charitably listed his concerns regarding the Pope’s teachings, on the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola last July. When he made it public a few weeks later, the USCCB asked him to resign as a consultant to the bishops.
However, that didn’t stop Fr. Weinandy from writing. His most recent article, excerpted February 24 on Sandro Magister’s blog — magister.blogautore.espresso.repubblica.it — addresses his concern that all four Marks of the Church — she is one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic — are being challenged by the events, ideas, and errors flowing from Rome.
Weinandy presented this paper at a February 24 conference in Sydney, organized by University of Notre Dame of Australia — see page 7B of this week’s issue for a report on that conference.
It is clear that the silence of the shepherds has not yet silenced Fr. Weinandy.

Socialism Kills —
Abroad And At Home

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont, suddenly clammed up when asked about the ongoing disaster in socialist Venezuela. And it is a disaster. Millions of Venezuelans are fleeing starvation and penury in their home country — so many that their plight might represent one of the most dangerous human rights challenges in our hemisphere.
It is curious, given the constant condemnations pronounced by Venezuela’s bishops, that our own hierarchy hasn’t paused to reconsider its longstanding support of the welfare-state agenda of the Democrats in the U.S. Congress. Instead, they seem intent on importing into the U.S. the socialism that Venezuelans, Hondurans, and Mexicans are fleeing.
The news from Parkland, Fla., after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gets worse by the day. At first, gun control groups seized on the incident to recommend, among other policies, disarming those not in law enforcement. However, we have now learned that Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson was armed and stationed at the school, but cowered outside while the shooting inside raged for several minutes (he immediately retired from the force).
One marvels at the widespread emasculation of men that the feminists, the sodomites, and the LGBT crazies have wrought throughout our culture. The pleasure principle, the desire to “feel good about yourself,” and the general bureaucratic aversion to hard work — not to mention danger — seem to have found their poster boy in Scot Peterson.
Not to be outdone, Peterson’s Sheriff Scott Israel has flouted Florida law, refusing to take responsibility for the wholesale collapse of his department in its response to the incident, even as demands for his resignation mount.
Given the vicious attacks on police during the Obama years, it’s perhaps no surprise that many in law enforcement just choose to lay low until they can retire. Well, the kids at Parkland paid the price for that routine, big time.

Would Fr. Hesburgh
Be A Trump Supporter?

On February 22, Christendom College, in Front Royal, Va., featured a brilliant lecture by Notre Dame historian Fr. Wilson “Bill” Miscamble, CSC. Fr. Miscamble is the author of For Notre Dame, a groundbreaking book that was praised on these pages in 2013 for its painstaking and inspiring defense of true Catholic education. He’s now working on his next book, a biography of Fr. Ted Hesburgh, longtime president of the university.
We will soon address that subject at length here, but one timely observation arises. Fr. Miscamble’s visit prompted some digging in my files, rewarded by the discovery of remarks by Fr. Hesburgh in 1981, when he chaired the President’s Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy. Fr. Hesburgh has long been considered a liberal on many social issues, but his opening remarks in the committee’s final report would unfortunately invite scorn and even derision from many of today’s leading bishops:
“As important as immigration has been and remains to our country, it is no longer possible to say as George Washington did that we welcome all of the oppressed of the world, or as did the poet, Emma Lazarus, that we would take all of the huddled masses yearning to be free…if U.S. immigration policy is to serve this nation’s interests, it must be enforced effectively. This nation has a responsibility to its people — citizens and resident aliens — and failure to enforce immigration law means not living up to that responsibility.”

Share Button

2017 The Wanderer Printing Co.

Twitter Feed

Load More...

Nancy Pelosi: ‘I Myself, as a Catholic, Believe…’

(CNSNews.com) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said at her press briefing on Thursday that she wants to “salute” the Green New Deal and went on to explain that “as a Catholic” she believes—“as do many of our Evangelical friends”—that…Continue Reading

Pope Francis warns against gossip, forgetting one’s own sinfulness

Rome, Italy, Mar 3, 2019 / 01:30 pm (CNA).- In a visit to a Roman parish on Sunday, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to stop gossiping and ruminating on the shortcomings of other people, and to instead focus on repenting of…Continue Reading

Catholic network Salt + Light stands by CEO Fr. Rosica despite plagiarism

TORONTO, March 2, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Salt + Light Catholic Media Foundation is standing by Father Thomas Rosica, the network’s CEO, despite revelations of his extensive plagiarism going back almost 30 years. Meanwhile, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops says…Continue Reading

Measure to protect babies who survive abortion fails in Senate 53-44

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Senate in an evening vote Feb. 25 failed to pass a measure sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, to require that babies born alive after an abortion be given medical attention and “the same protection of…Continue Reading

Prosecutors drop second trial against Cardinal George Pell

Melbourne, Australia, Feb 25, 2019 / 06:21 pm (CNA).- Prosecutors have abandoned a planned second trial against Australian Cardinal George Pell, who was convicted in December 2018 on five charges of the sexual abuse of minors. Pell is reported to…Continue Reading

Rosica resigns from college board after plagiarism apology; Jesuits withdraw award

Washington D.C., Feb 25, 2019 / 02:47 pm (CNA).- A Canadian priest who apologized last week for plagiarism has resigned from the governing board of a Catholic college affiliated with the University of Toronto. “As a sign of contrition and…Continue Reading

Abuse Survivor: Pope’s Devil Comments ‘Outrageous’

Pope Francis’ latest slam on church critics as cohorts of Satan stunned survivors of priest sex abuse and their advocates, who called the pontiff’s remarks “outrageous” on the eve of his clergy summit on the long-running scandal. “It’s outrageous ……Continue Reading

Pope picks liberal cardinals Cupich, Marx, Tagle for featured talks at Vatican Abuse Summit

ROME, February 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Germany, and Cardinal Antonio Tagle of the Philippines will be featured speakers at the Vatican’s upcoming summit on clerical sex abuse titled, “The Protection of Minors…Continue Reading

SD BISHOP CALLS CATHOLIC GROUP ‘EVIL’ FOR OPPOSING CARDINAL CUPICH

RAPID CITY, S.D. (ChurchMilitant.com) – A bishop is calling a Catholic apostolate “evil” for being critical of Cdl. Blase Cupich. Bishop Robert Gruss of Rapid City, South Dakota issued a statement to be read from all parish pulpits the weekend of Feb. 9–10 condemning…Continue Reading

The Christian Faith: The only valid and the only God-willed religion

The Truth of the filial adoption in Christ, which is intrinsically supernatural, constitutes the synthesis of the entire Divine Revelation. Being adopted by God as sons is always a gratuitous gift of grace, the most sublime gift of God to…Continue Reading

Roberts joins Supreme Court’s liberal wing in blocking Louisiana abortion law

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the Supreme Court’s liberal wing on Thursday in temporarily blocking a Louisiana law that would have placed restrictions on abortion clinics, in the high court’s first major ruling on abortion since the confirmation of Associate Justice…Continue Reading

Supermodel Takes On Catholic Poland With Sex Education Campaign

Supermodel Anja Rubik could be a symbol of any modern, progressive European country. After joining a campaign to defend women’s rights, she started tackling school sex education and published a book for teenagers that sought to counter the teachings of…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for 150 years in our weekly print edition.


  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
 
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 150 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
 
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

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

Cburke3

  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

Catechism

Today . . .

On the question of a heretical pope

schneider

The issue of how to handle a heretical pope, in concrete terms, has not yet been treated in a manner which approaches anything like a true general consent in the entire Catholic tradition. So far, neither a pope nor an Ecumenical Council has made relevant doctrinal pronouncements nor have they issued binding canonical norms regarding the eventuality of how to handle a heretical pope during the term of his office. There is no historical case of…Continue Reading

GOP congressman sues Twitter for shadow-bans, discrimination against conservatives

March 20, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes is taking Twitter to court for the social media giant’s alleged discrimination against himself and other prominent conservatives through shadow-banning and other means. Last summer, Nunes was one of several Republican lawmakers and GOP leaders whose Twitter accounts had disappeared from the drop-down menu that normally populates when typing in a name, without comparable figures such as Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez or any…Continue Reading

US bishops’ anti-poverty charity gave $60,000 to pro-gay Marxist group last year

March 15, 2019 (Lepanto Institute) — The 2017–2018 Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) grants list shows that the Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) received $60,000, bringing the total this organization has received to $290,000 since 2005. In 2012, the Reform CCHD Now coalition alerted the US bishops to serious problems with NWBCCC including homosexual activism and the promotion of Marxism. Monsignor Kevin Sullivan of the A

Cardinal DiNardo hospitalized after ‘mild stroke’

Houston, Texas, Mar 16, 2019 / 06:33 pm (CNA).- The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference was hospitalized March 15 after suffering a mild stroke, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, which has been led by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo since 2006. “It is expected that Cardinal DiNardo will remain hospitalized for a few more days of testing and observation, followed by a transfer to another facili

Democrats Demand Right to Life for Kittens, But Block Bills to Stop Infanticide

What do cats have that newborn babies don’t? Democrats’ support. In one of the sickest ironies no one is talking about, Senate liberals picked this moment — 17 days after they voted to kill America’s perfectly healthy infants — to fight for the humane treatment of kittens. Maybe the DNC’s strategists are out to lunch, or maybe the Left really is this shameless, but I can’t wait to see so

Advertisement(2)

Medical Ethics: “Who’s Next?”

By BARBARA SIMPSON (Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on WorldNetDaily, March 1, 2019.) + + + It’s really getting out of control. The headlines and news reports are filled with life and death. Not war. Not accidents. No, these news stories are about how and when our medical system can, and will, legally kill…Continue Reading

A Dark Night Finally Turns To Day

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributes his column.) + + + They could have just kept going, but they didn’t. It was another cold South Dakota day on February 28, 1981, when Lee Litz went out with a friend to test-drive a…Continue Reading

My Reply… An Eastern Orthodox Writer’s Attempt To Justify Divorce And Remarriage

By JAMES LIKOUDIS An Eastern Orthodox correspondent has taken issue with Catholic teaching rejecting adultery as a legitimate ground for divorce and remarriage. His arguments stem from ill-digested readings drawn from both Catholic and Eastern Orthodox sources. The writer, in effect, rejects Catholic doctrine regarding the absolute indissolubility of sacramental marriage. That doctrine, based on…Continue Reading

How Middle America Is To Be Dispossessed

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In all but one of the last seven presidential elections, Republicans lost the popular vote. George W. Bush and Donald Trump won only by capturing narrow majorities in the Electoral College. Hence the grand strategy of the left: to enlarge and alter the U.S. electorate so as to put victory as…Continue Reading

Love And The Virtue Of Love

By JUDE DOUGHERTY At some time in the last century, perhaps due to the influence of John Dewey and other influential academics in this country, the concept “the values we hold dear” came to replace the notion that we may be accountable to a moral order quite independent of ourselves. Politicians, educators, and journalists commonly…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Empty Chalice At Consecration Time… Could Signal A Grave Violation Of Canon Law

By Fr. Edward McNamara, LC (Editor’s Note: Following is a Q-and-A from Fr. Edward McNamara’s regular column published by ZENIT News Agency. The date of this column is March 12, 2019. (ZENIT holds the copyright to this article. All rights reserved.) + + + (Legionary of Christ Fr. Edward McNamara is a professor of liturgy and dean of theology at…Continue Reading

Heaven, The Promised Land

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Third Sunday Of Lent (YR C) Readings: Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15 1 Cor. 10:1-6, 10-12 Luke 13:1-9 In the readings today we hear about both the justice and the mercy of God. The first reading is all about God’s mercy. The people of Israel had been enslaved in Egypt for 430 years, but in that time they…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Cardinal Pell: The Pendulum Swings

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The pendulum means nothing on its own and functions only by means of a power external to itself: the law of gravity. The swing of the pendulum is a symbol of the lack of balance, for the forces at work upon it which keep it in constant motion prevent its rest in a central position…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: In his weekly bulletin at the Church of St. Michael in New York City, Fr. George Rutler, after noting that John Henry Cardinal Newman of England will soon be proclaimed a saint and Jozsef Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary will be declared venerable, said that “Mindszenty was not Newman’s intellectual peer, but his life was the most muscular testimony…Continue Reading

The Church In The Midst Of The Storm . . . “Come To Me All Who Are Weary”

By FR. SHENAN J. BOQUET (Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted with permission of Human Life International, www.hli.org. It first appeared at www.hli.org on March 4, 2019. Fr. Boquet is the president of HLI.) + + + “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still, and trust in me” (John 14:1). Holy Mother Church is in the…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello

By CAROLE BRESLIN Mary and Joseph led a chaste life, as husband and wife for the greater glory of God. The parents of Therese of Lisieux, Marie-Azélie Guérin and Louis Martin, also hoped to live this way, but their spiritual director advised them not to do so. In obedience, they provided the Church with a wonderful example of holiness. Another…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Cuthbert

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Melrose Abbey in Scotland, which is located about 30 miles south-southeast of Edinburgh, attracts more visitors than just about any other attraction in Scotland. Although mostly in ruins now, the abbey boasts a museum and other sites of interest, such as the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce. Mel Gibson revived interest in him with the…Continue Reading