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Editor’s Note: Fr. George Rutler hit the nail on the head once again in his weekly column at the Church of St. Michael in New York City:
Materialism, fantasy, and false worship were the temptations Satan thrust at Christ, and he is tempting our nation the same way. These seductions are a formula for Socialism, which Winston Churchill in 1948 defined as “the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.” A poorly educated generation succumbs to adolescent idealism, bereft of history, unaware that a cult of the state has been a consistent failure, costing countless millions of lives in modern times.
State worship was resisted by the earliest Christians, who refused to offer incense to Caesar. Socialism is simply Communism not yet in power, and its smiling face in the guise of “Democratic Socialism” quickly scowls once it has control. As the economist Ludwig von Mises showed in various ways, the essence of Socialism is coercion and manipulation. Pope John XXIII, quoting Pope Pius XI, taught in 1961: “No Catholic could subscribe even to moderate Socialism.” Socialism in the guise of benevolence exploits the naive. As a corollary, Yeats said: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”
Lack of conviction moved appeasers to sign the Munich Agreement, and in present times it has ceded the Church’s integrity to the Chinese government. Naive people were scandalized by the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, but Stalin and Hitler were simply Socialists in different uniforms. Just as the National Socialist manifesto of 1920 tried to replace the Church with a pastiche of “Positive Christianity,” which was Christianity without Christ, so has the Chinese government ordered that images of Christ be replaced with images of Party leader Xi Jinping.
In 1931, Pope Pius XI denounced the exaltation of the state as “Idolatry.” He insisted that “Religious socialism, Christian socialism, are contradictory terms; no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist.” From a conviction born of suffering under National Socialism and Soviet Socialism, Pope John Paul II maintained that “the fundamental error of Socialism is anthropological…[because it] considers the individual person simply as an element, a molecule within the social organism….”
As the Catholic Church is the largest charitable organization in the world, Catholics should note what a present candidate for his party’s presidential nomination, who calls himself a Democratic Socialist, said years ago: “I don’t believe in charities…government, rather than charity organizations, should take over responsibility for social programs.” But Pope Benedict XVI has said: “We do not need a State which regulates and controls everything, but a State which, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, generously acknowledges and supports initiatives arising from the different social forces. . . .”
The prophet Samuel warned the Israelites who wanted a king in charge of everything: “He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves” (1 Samuel 8:17). That voice is louder now.

Q. I have heard fundamentalists say that when Jesus told the Scribes and Pharisees to “call no one on earth your father,” He was saying that it is wrong for us to call priests “father.” How can I respond to this? — T.S., via email.
A. If we consider the context of our Lord’s remarks, we see that He was denouncing the Pharisees not for using the titles of “rabbi” or “father” or “teacher,” but rather for building up a cult of superiority around themselves, for requiring the people to perform hard tasks while avoiding such works themselves. Instead of helping to lighten the burdens on the people, the Pharisees were busy seeking places of honor at banquets, in the synagogues, and in the marketplace.
So Jesus told them to avoid being called “‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Messiah” (Matt. 23:8-10). He told them that “the greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matt. 23:11-12).
What our Lord was doing was using hyperbole, engaging in exaggerated speech to make a point. He was not ruling out the use of such titles (what else are we to call our male parent or the person who instructs our children in school?), but was criticizing the Pharisees for abusing the authority attached to these titles, for proudly setting up themselves, instead of God, as the ultimate authority.
That Christ was not forbidding the use of the title “father” on Earth is clear from its use by those in the early Church. For example, when Stephen was brought in before the Sanhedrin, he addressed the members of the ruling council as “my brothers and fathers” (Acts 7:2).
In his first letter, John said, “I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning” (1 John 2:13). And Paul had no problem with being considered as a spiritual father to the people of Corinth: “I am writing you this not to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children. Even if you should have countless guides to Christ, yet you do not have many fathers, for I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel” (1 Cor. 4:14-15).

Q. According to some Catholic leaders, if you receive the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ on the tongue, both you and the priest or extraordinary minister will be in danger of getting the coronavirus. All I can say is, “O, ye of little faith.” What say you? — G.B., Florida.
A. We think that if there is any chance of getting the virus while receiving Holy Communion, it is more likely through the hand than on the tongue. The contact through placing the Host on the tongue is much less than placing the Host on a hand that has touched, among other things, the handles on the doors of the church, the bench on which one sits, the missalettes that one uses at Mass, and the money or envelopes touched during the collection.
It is our opinion, based on faith, that the Lord’s Body and Blood would never be the source or the carrier of any virus or disease. This was confirmed by a scientific study first published in 1943 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. The study, entitled “Survival of Bacteria on the Silver Communion Cup” and prepared by William Burrows and Elizabeth Hemmens of the University of Chicago, said that wiping the chalice with a purificator after each use reduced the bacterial count on the chalice by more than 90 percent. The study came to this conclusion:
“Evidence is presented which indicates that bacteria swabbed on the polished surface of the silver chalice dies off rapidly. Experiments on the transmission of test organisms from one person to another by common use of the chalice showed that approximately 0.001 percent of the organisms are transferred even under the most favorable conditions; when conditions approximated those of actual use, no transmission could be detected.
“Only small numbers of bacteria from the normal mouth could be recovered from the chalice immediately after its use by four persons. It is concluded that in practice the silver communion cup is not an important vector of infectious disease.”
We also remember reading some years ago of scientific studies conducted at Lourdes, the shrine to Our Blessed Lady in France where thousands of people with all kinds of diseases bathe in the waters there. The studies showed that the waters were loaded with every kind of bacteria imaginable, but no one ever got sick. It is not unusual for stretcher-bearers and nurses, at the end of the day, to “scoop out a glass of water from the baths and drink it down as an act of faith,” said Ruth Cranston in her book The Miracle of Lourdes. “Maybe this will be too strong a ‘dose’ for the average reader — but at Lourdes it is an everyday fact” (p. 60).
She mentioned “the old Count de Beauchamp, president of the Hospitallers and now eighty-seven, [who] said, ‘I have drunk a whole hospital-full of microbes, but I have never yet been sick’” (ibid.).

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On this painful Palm Sunday I pray that we can all cling to the joy that the Lord Jesus is keeping His Promise, He is still with us. It is excruciating not to receive Him in Communion but He awaits us “in the room next to us” May Spiritual Communion place us in His Real Presence

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Covid-19: First Catholic bishop dies of coronavirus

Ethiopia’s Apostolic Vicar, Bishop Angelo Moreschi, has died. He is the first Catholic Bishop to succumb to the coronavirus pandemic. By Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ Italian missionary and Apostolic Vicar to Ethiopia’s Gambella Vicariate, Bishop Angelo Moreschi, SDB, died on…Continue Reading

Catholic church offers curbside confessions during coronavirus outbreak

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All priests, half of seminarians at traditional Catholic order infected by coronavirus

OPFENBACH, Germany, March 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Almost all priests and roughly half of the seminarians currently at a German seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), a traditionalist community of priests and seminarians, have been infected by…Continue Reading

Catholic Herald US to shut down offices

The Catholic Herald’s U.S. edition is shutting down its offices in Washington, D.C., after less than two years of publication, people familiar with the matter told the Washington Examiner. The magazine, which claims to be “America’s only national Catholic weekly…Continue Reading

Middle school hangs LGBT flag in cafeteria, bans flag of traditional family

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, March 6, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A small town Minnesota school has become a center of controversy because of a LGBT pride flag hanging in its cafeteria. Following several weeks of parental and community concern, packed school board meetings, and…Continue Reading

Pope cancels visit with Rome priests for ‘slight’ illness

ROME – Pope Francis is sick and skipped a planned Mass with Rome clergy across town on Thursday, officials said. The Vatican said the 83-year-old pontiff had a “slight indisposition” and would proceed with the rest of his planned work…Continue Reading

Rush has lung cancer. Catholics owe him BIG TIME. Wherein Fr. Z rants. ACTION ITEM!

Rush Limbaugh has advanced lung cancer.  He made the sad announcement yesterday. ACTION ITEM: Please pray for a complete, swift, durative miraculous cure for him, perhaps through the intercession of Ven. Augustus Tolton. Every reader here, every committed conservative, faithful…Continue Reading

Catholic parish will not host Episcopalian consecration

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Cardinal Dolan conducting ‘Vos estis’ investigation into Brooklyn’s Bishop DiMarzio

New York City, N.Y., Jan 18, 2020 / 09:05 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan is conducting an investigation into Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, following an allegation of sexual abuse. The investigation is being conducted under the provisions of Vos estis lux…Continue Reading

Theodore McCarrick has moved from Kansas friary

Denver, Colo., Jan 7, 2020 / 11:00 am (CNA).- The disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick has moved from the Kansas friary where he had been living since 2018. A spokesman for the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Conrad told CNA…Continue Reading

Vatican Archbishop: those who say Judas is in hell are ‘heretics’ and priests may ‘accompany’ assisted suicides

ROME, December 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — In a statement difficult to reconcile with Scripture and Tradition, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has claimed on behalf of the Catholic Church that anyone who says Judas Iscariot is in…Continue Reading

Buffalo’s Bishop Richard Malone resigns after year of scandal

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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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See What the End Shall Be – A Homily for Palm Sunday

The Passion, which we read in the liturgy for Palm Sunday, is too long to comment on in detail, so we will only examine a portion of it here. It may be of some value to examine the problems associated with the more moderate range of personalities involved. The usual villains (the Temple leaders, Judas, and the recruited crowd shouting, “Crucify him!”) are unambiguously wicked and display their sinfulness openly. But there are others involved…Continue Reading

Vatican theologian: Pandemic is God’s chastisement for ‘infidelity’ of top Catholic shepherds

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John Paul II embraced his suffering with love: Cardinal reflects 15 years after saint’s death


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A votive Mass “in time of pandemic” and a new prayer for Good Friday

The Congregation for Divine Worship adds an intention to the Solemn Intercessions during the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion and proposes a votive Mass taking into consideration the crisis in which the world is living By Vatican News The Congregation for Divine Worship has issued a votive Mass for this time of pandemic, and a new intention for the Solemn Intercessions during the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday. The new liturgical texts…Continue Reading



On Sunday, March 29, 2020, the Fifth Sunday of Lent, I offer this statement concerning the “Statement on Scarce Healthcare Resources” issued by the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops” on March 27, 2020.  I offer it out of prayer and with a sincere heart. I appreciate the effort of my brother Bishops in Texas to apply sound bioethical principles, as well as their concern that health care professionals are not held to an impossible standard…Continue Reading


But What Is The Real Answer? Trump Warns Of Drugs, Depression, Suicides

By BILL DONOHUE (Editor’s Note: Catholic League President Bill Donohue commented March 30 on remarks made by President Trump on the social effects of coronavirus.) + + + In his March 29 briefing on coronavirus, President Donald Trump alluded to the social consequences of not taking seriously the threat it poses. He mentioned the “massive”…Continue Reading

The Power Of For

By DONALD DeMARCO One of the most agreeable phrases in the English language is, “This is for you.” A certain brewery has capitalized on the expression with the words, “This Bud’s for you.” A most welcomed phrase for me is “There is mail for you.” It brings to mind that the entire postal system is…Continue Reading

Is The Pandemic Killing Biden’s Bid?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “This is the question that is going to dominate the election: How did you perform in the great crisis?” So says GOP Cong. Tom Cole of Oklahoma in the March 31 New York Times. GOP National Committeeman Henry Barbour of Mississippi calls the crisis “a defining moment. . . . The…Continue Reading

Prayer In Times Of Collective Crisis

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON Pope Francis said in his weekly angelus message on Sunday, March 22, that he would deliver a special “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) blessing that Friday evening, March 27 as a response to the coronavirus. Normally given only at Christmas and Easter, his decision to give this…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . The Return Of Proportionalism Threatens The Church


By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND I have been discussing Catholic Moral Teaching in the last two columns. The authentic Magisterium of the Catholic Church affirms that there are intrinsically evil acts which can never, ever, ever be chosen. A clear summary of this teaching is found in paragraph 80 of the encyclical letter of Pope…Continue Reading


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Dutch Cardinal . . . Only Orthodox Teaching And Worthy Liturgy Will Attract Catholics

By JEANNE SMITS (LifeSiteNews) — The French-based association for the promotion of the Traditional liturgy of the Latin Church, Paix Liturgique (“Liturgical Peace”), recently published an interview in French with Willem Jacobus Cardinal Eijk, archbishop of Utrecht in the Netherlands regarding the future prospects of the Church in that deeply secularized country. Cardinal Eijk spoke frankly about the decline of…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: We are in the process of reducing our supply of books and are offering them to interested readers at a substantial discount. The books available, all in mint condition, are Catholic Replies, Catholic Replies 2, All Generations Will Call Me Blessed, Who Do You Say That I Am, Catholicism & Reason (Apologetics), Catholicism & Scripture (Salvation History), and…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… A Chance To Strengthen Catholic Identity

By Fr. KEVIN M. CUSICK Never let a crisis go to waste. This is true for cynical politicians and unscrupulous business types. Should it be true for the Church as well? I think so. Weeks ago, dioceses nearly worldwide, in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, have ordered public Masses canceled. Bishops have stipulated that these not be replaced by…Continue Reading

The Meekness And Humility Of The Lord

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Palm Sunday (YR A) Readings: Matt. 21:1-11 Isaiah 50:4-7 Phil. 2:6-11 Matt. 26:14-27:66 Today we remember the remarkable change of perspective that took place among the people between the time Jesus came into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the attitude of the people only five days later as they called for our Lord’s crucifixion. However, in…Continue Reading

The Stations Of The Cross… Follow The Final Earthly Journey Of Christ

By FR. EDWARD McNAMARA (Editor’s Note: Following is a question on whether or not stations of the cross are liturgical or not, answered by Legionary of Christ Fr. Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university. (Fr. McNamara writes the “Liturgy Q-and-A” column for ZENIT News Agency, which provided this text in 2016. All…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Magdalena Of Canossa

By CAROLE BRESLIN There is a palace overlooking the Adige River that twists through Verona, Italy — about 75 miles east of Venice. In 1527 the Marquises of Canossa commissioned Michele Sanmicheli to build it, and it still stands today, having had such prominent guests as Alexander I of Russia, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Francis I of Austria. Although you cannot…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Anselm

By CAROLE BRESLIN St. Anselm was born in France near the Swiss Alps around 1033. At the age of 15, he wished to enter religious life by joining a monastery. Sadly, his influential father was so against it that the monastery refused to accept him. This so discouraged the youth that he drowned his sorrows in worldly pursuits. He deeply…Continue Reading