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Bishop Stowe, You Are Fake News!

August 12, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Bishop Stowe, You Are Fake News!


During a webinar dated July 31, hosted by the International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs, Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Ky., publicly criticized President Donald Trump, saying: “For this president to call himself pro-life, and for anybody to back him because of claims of being pro-life, is almost willful ignorance.”
For a Catholic bishop to attack President Trump on the issue of pro-life is totally dishonest and a disservice to all Catholics and an insult to those who consider themselves pro-life. Attacks like this from members of the clergy embolden and give a false impression to those Catholics who think they can be both practicing Catholics and “pro-choice.”
President Trump can be criticized on many levels, but his record on life is like no other president’s. A quick check of Trump’s record on the defense of the unborn brings to light obvious facts that support a strong stand on the issue of life — from the appointment of multiple pro-life judges on the federal level — to defunding and opposing the radical pro-abortion policies at the United Nations — from stopping taxpayer funding of abortion — to stopping the experimentation involving aborted baby body parts, and protecting conscience rights.
Just a few of the many examples of why President Trump arguably is the most pro-life president of our age.
To attack Trump as … Continue Reading

A Beacon Of Light . . . Portals Of The Divine: Anointing Of The Sick

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(Editor’s Note: Fr. Richard D. Breton Jr. is a priest of the Diocese of Norwich, Conn. He is currently the parochial vicar of St. Andrew Parish in Colchester and St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Lebanon. He received his BA in religious studies and his MA in dogmatic theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn.)

Until now we have examined the sacraments of initiation and one of the sacraments of healing, namely, the Sacrament of Penance. Today we will discuss the second sacrament of healing which is Anointing of the Sick.
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick finds its origins in the ministry of Jesus. As Jesus journeyed with His disciples, He encountered many who were sick. The sick sought out Jesus because they heard of the many miracles He was performing. They heard of the blind man who could now see. They heard of how Jesus had healed Peter’s mother-in-law. What if they could be the recipients of such a miracle? Imagine how their lives would be changed forever.
There is a beautiful encounter of Jesus with a sick man in St. Luke’s Gospel. Do you remember the story of Jesus and the paralytic man? As Jesus was teaching in Capernaum many came to hear Him speak. Some brought the sick to Him to be healed. There was a paralytic who wanted to be healed.
His friends carried him on a mat and brought him to Jesus. When they arrived at the place where Jesus was, they could not even reach Him. There were so many people that even the door was blocked. They climbed the roof and made … Continue Reading

How Risky Is Vote-By-Mail?

August 10, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on How Risky Is Vote-By-Mail?


As I’ve written before, once upon a time I was heavily involved in political activity. Although my interest in politics has never waned, my involvement has and my political activities now are pretty much limited to voting and watching from the stands.
But watch I do. And as I watched I’ve noted that either I have moved too far to the right (evolved, they would say) or the party has moved too far to the left; further away from not only my political views, but my moral center as well.
It has always bothered me that the party of my former allegiance never seemed too concerned about ballot integrity, going so far as to oppose any form of voter ID. To me it seemed a simple and logical method of protecting our franchise lest we nullify legitimate votes.
But in our upside-down world, the claim is now being made that nationwide vote-by-mail is the answer to cleaner and fairer elections and will enfranchise all those who are being discriminated against by the (fill in the blank: white, rich, Republican) power elite. Of course it will, since, according to the proponents, there is really little concern for voter fraud since it is almost nonexistent. That’s why voter-ID laws do not protect the ballot, they only serve to depress the vote of the unfavored by the (white, rich, Republican) power elite.
So it is just more reasonable to vote-by-mail, just like it was peaceful moms, veterans, and seniors who just happened to be standing by a federal courthouse that was being firebombed in the middle of the night. You see how easy it is to just make stuff up?
Before we delve into the world of political fantasy, I think it might be time to take note of a recent report by The Heritage Foundation: “Four Stolen Elections: The Vulnerabilities of Absentee and Mail-In Ballots,” which was just published mid-July. The report by Heritage’s Hans A. von Spakovsky opens:
“[C]hanging the U.S. election system to no-fault absentee balloting, in which anyone can vote with a mail-in ballot … Continue Reading

Come On, Man . . . Bleary Biden Dems Shouldn’t Count His Chickens Before They’re Scratched

August 9, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Come On, Man . . . Bleary Biden Dems Shouldn’t Count His Chickens Before They’re Scratched


The Justice Democrats is a relatively new Dem wing that lets us know the old wing by default must be the Injustice Democrats.
The Justice Ones boast such shimmering sights as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Of whom it was truly said that someone who attacks alleged colonialists, as AOC just did by sliming Catholic saint Damien De Veuster, the martyr to leprosy of Hawaii, shouldn’t have Cortez (as in the Spanish conqueror) as part of her name.
Blatant racist AOC looked at European-born St. Damien’s skin color, perhaps in an earlier old nineteenth-century photo, before his flesh had grown so blotched, he who traveled across half the world to serve the abandoned and dying, and AOC knew he deserved some denouncing for his aloof, selfish, privileged existence.
“This is what patriarchy and white supremacist culture looks like,” thus saith encompassingly tolerant and merciful AOC from the bulwarks of her progressive encampment.
Another of this Left’s shimmering anti-saints is Marie Newman, the strident pro-abortionist who beat longtime pro-life Democratic Cong. Dan Lipinski in the Illinois primary last March. What’s left of the Democratic voting base continues to be replaced by far-left red hots.
Ah yes, stomping on a Catholic saint’s grave, digging more graves for preborn babies regardless of the religion they would have followed, the Justice Democrats are an awesome gang.
Meanwhile, over there among the earlier brand, the Injustice Democrats, Republican conservatives see some sweet justice indeed in the ghostly Dementia Joe Biden. If there’s anything the Injustice Ones hate, it’s blustering, fulminating old Donald Trump.
We can’t exactly say Biden has become the mirror image of Trump — because Trump appears healthy and energetic — but aren’t Joe’s sputterings the very thing that Dems swear they can’t stand in Trump? But Joe, not content to be number two, leaves Trump in the dust as the former vice president grabs the trophy for being the Number One Out Of It.
If Trump deserves to be thrown out of the White House, Joe can’t deserve to be thrown into it, not when he’s already got one leg into the door of that other place where soothing doctors ask whether you miss your first teddy bear.
When black television journalist Errol Barnett asked the dementia ghost about taking cognitive tests, the Wan One seized the opportunity to ask Barnett if he’s a junkie — yes, meaning a drug-taker. What a treat Biden must be to have at home, above his basement.
On August 5 USA Today posted … Continue Reading

A New Challenge — And Opportunity — For Parents

August 8, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on A New Challenge — And Opportunity — For Parents


Another reopening dilemma for NJ schools: Students, teachers ...

“Going to school” used to be pretty routine, but it’s an uncertain prospect these days. Amidst the widespread uncertainty, many parents are discovering a new dimension of their God-given vocation as their children’s first teachers.
Holy Mother Church has defended this parental role for centuries, and she reaffirms it once more in Vatican II’s Declaration on Christian Education: “Parents who have the primary and inalienable right and duty to educate their children must enjoy true liberty in their choice of schools,” the Church fathers taught.
As the sexual revolution raged, St. John Paul II was a faithful defender of parents as we faced the secular culture’s assaults on the family. In Familiaris Consortio, John Paul highlights the Church fathers’ emphasis of not only the rights of parents, but also their responsibilities: “Since parents have conferred life on their children, they have a most solemn obligation to educate their offspring. Hence, parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it.”
In embracing that noble task, today’s parents face a host of unknowns. Children no longer simply “go to school” at the end of summer. Even where school takes place can be a matter of intense debate. But amidst the cloud of uncertainty, parents have the opportunity to fulfill their obligation in new and creative ways.
Whatever the teaching … Continue Reading

A Great Artist’s Tribute To The Faith Of Suffering Catholics

August 7, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on A Great Artist’s Tribute To The Faith Of Suffering Catholics


In 1653, a young Dutchman of Delft named Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), the son of Calvinist parents, married the daughter of a devout Catholic widow. It is clear from the circumstances of the marriage that Vermeer also made the life-changing decision of embracing the Catholic faith. His first two sons were given distinctly Catholic names, Ignatius and Franciscus, and one son for a time studied for the priesthood.
Vermeer’s earliest known painting is expressly Catholic in its subject matter, a depiction of a virgin saint of second-century Rome, Praxedis, in the act of collecting a martyr’s blood as a relic, doing so with a crucifix in her hand.
Over the years that followed, Vermeer was to develop a highly successful career as a painter of serene and introspective scenes of Dutch domestic life, a corpus of work for which he is widely acclaimed. But toward the end of his years, he produced an artwork so seemingly different from his core repertoire that many admirers of his other paintings have dismissed it as a failure, dismayed and even embarrassed by its mysterious, overtly Catholic symbolism.
In Vermeer’s Allegory of the Catholic Faith, an ornamental curtain is pulled aside to reveal the interior of a Dutch drawing room, at the center of which a woman in white and blue sits on a richly carpeted dais beside a veiled table, upon which rests a gilded chalice, an ebony crucifix and a large folio-sized book lying open to a page … Continue Reading

Has Drudge Report Flipped?… Conservatives Sensing A Bad Apple Turn To Alternate News Aggregators

August 6, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Has Drudge Report Flipped?… Conservatives Sensing A Bad Apple Turn To Alternate News Aggregators


As 2020 began, Iran shot down a Ukrainian passenger jetliner. Before January had expired, basketball luminary Kobe Bryant, one of his daughters, and a few family friends died in a California helicopter crash.
As August starts, how far in the past those shocking events already seem. What was on the crest of the wave, as a poet once wrote, quickly recedes. But the news cycle rolls on, day after day, year after year.
The guy who dispenses the news always is in business. It’s like the grocer who keeps selling you food. Last week’s apples in your sack aren’t this week’s apples, so you buy some more. And the news hawker never runs out of a product.
For more than 20 years, one of the best-known news-pushing personalities, although ironically one of the most reclusive, has been Matt Drudge. You don’t see him in front of the cameras. His outreach comes through the eponymous Drudge Report, a news aggregator that soon became popular with conservatives because it had a focus missing from dominant, left-wing media.
If people wanted a biased liberal slant on the news, they knew where to get it in particular large newspapers, magazines, and other outlets including online. The Drudge Report offered an alternative instead of an echo. So it grew tremendously.
If dominant media played it straight, there’d be no need for an alternative to balance the journey through unfolding daily events. How could you drive a car safely whose steering wheel kept pulling to the left?
Pro-lifers still gratefully remember when Drudge in 1999 wanted to show the photo on his weekend concurrent Fox News program of preborn baby Samuel Armas during spina bifida surgery at 21 weeks. Samuel’s little hand curiously reached from the womb to grasp a surgeon’s finger.
Pro-abortionists were horrified at this dramatic proof that preborn babies aren’t “clumps of cells.” The abortion-lovers wanted to continue to rip off their limbs without limit — like Joe Biden and his Democrat radicals do today — rather than … Continue Reading

This Weeks . . . The Bishop Strickland Hour . . . A Message For Our Time

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Getting Specific

August 5, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Getting Specific


Last week, we began looking at the Seventh and Tenth Commandments. Well, actually we only covered the Seventh Commandment partially, but they’re treated together because both have to do with other people’s property. So this week we’ll finish up the Seventh Commandment with a look at specific obligations, the irresponsible use of money and goods, and then a brief look at desiring things that belong to others — the Tenth Commandment.
If you recall, I mentioned last week that cheating is one of the most common ways we sin against the Seventh Commandment, and now we’ll look at a couple of more specific ways this is done. The first deals with employees and employers.
Employees must conscientiously provide quantitative and qualitative work they are being paid to perform, as well as guard against damage to their employer’s property. It’s a sin to take anything from your employer without his express permission — and I do mean anything. You can’t even take a few paperclips from the office or an empty carton from the stock room without his permission. These would be venial sins, but why sin at all when asking permission avoids that. Besides, I can think of no better way to increase your employer’s trust in you than to ask about little things like that.
If you live in a union town, then you’re no stranger to the concept of a strike. All too often these days we see strikes that the Church would consider immoral, and this is usually due to our current culture of “ME.” There are three conditions under which we may legitimately strike:
First: When real rights (not perceived rights) are violated or ignored.
Second: When lawful contracts are broken.
Third: When other difficulties of a serious nature exist.
Unless one or more of these conditions exist in a strike situation, then a Catholic is obligated … Continue Reading

A Beacon Of Light . . . The Sacrament Of Penance: An Encounter With Christ

August 4, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on A Beacon Of Light . . . The Sacrament Of Penance: An Encounter With Christ


(Editor’s Note: Fr. Richard D. Breton Jr. is a priest of the Diocese of Norwich, Conn. He is currently the parochial vicar of St. Andrew Parish in Colchester and St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Lebanon. He received his BA in religious studies and his MA in dogmatic theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn.)

  • + + We continue our reflection on the Sacraments as Portals of Divine Light. Today we will begin our discussion of the two sacraments of healing. These two sacraments are Penance and the Anointing of the Sick. This week we will focus on the Sacrament of Penance.
    After the fall of Adam, humanity would be forever tarnished with original sin. Through the unconditional love of God, however, the process of humankind’s redemption would begin. This process involved being saved by Jesus Christ, the Son of God. God took on our human nature, the very human nature that was lost by original sin, and God restored us to His grace.
    We were left, however, with the effects of original sin. The effects of original sin include death and suffering, concupiscence, and the absence of sanctifying grace. When we mention the effects of death and suffering, we mean the whole human race experiencing death of the body, which is the punishment of sin, and the death of the soul. The effect of concupiscence leaves humanity with the inclination to sin. Baptism erases original sin, but the inclination to sin remains.
    Another effect of sin is the absence of sanctifying grace. This is the consequence of Adam’s sin. Adam having received holiness and justice from … Continue Reading

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Planned Parenthood acknowledges Margaret Sanger’s ‘racist legacy’, continues abortions

CNA Staff, Jul 21, 2020 / 11:05 am MT (CNA).- The New York affiliate of the nation’s largest abortion provider said Tuesday it will remove the name of its founder, Margaret Sanger, from its Manhattan building because of her support…Continue Reading

Statue of Virgin Mary beheaded at Tennessee parish

CNA Staff, Jul 15, 2020 / 10:40 am MT (CNA).- A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was attacked this weekend at a parish in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the third reported incident against a statue of Mary occuring in the same…Continue Reading

21 doctors tell bishops Communion on tongue ‘safer’ than in hand

June 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Twenty-one Austrian doctors have authored a letter appealing their country’s Bishops’ Conference to lift the de facto ban on receiving Holy Communion on the tongue, which has been enforced since Communion in the hand was…Continue Reading

Catholic priest among defenders of St Louis statue

CNA Staff, Jun 27, 2020 / 09:36 pm MT (CNA).- Fr. Stephen Schumacher, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, was among the defenders of a prominent statue of the city’s namesake as protesters called for its removal Saturday.…Continue Reading

‘I cannot remain silent’: Madison Catholic bishop condemns destruction of religious statues

Denver Newsroom, Jun 24, 2020 / 04:08 pm MT (CNA).- As rioters across the United States target statues depicting historical figures, the Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin on Tuesday denounced that destruction, along with calls to destroy some depictions of Jesus…Continue Reading

John Roberts tries to suppress Reagan’s letter

After three and a half years of legal wrangling, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in August of 1985 ordered the 16,433 mangled babies’ bodies found in Woodland Hills in 1982 to be turned over to the Guerra-Gutirrez-Alexander Mortuary…Continue Reading

Pope Francis declares Catholic sister killed in Satanic ritual a martyr

Vatican City, Jun 19, 2020 / 12:40 pm MT (CNA).- Pope Francis declared Friday that Sister Maria Laura Mainetti, an Italian religious sister killed by three teenage girls in a Satanic sacrifice, was a martyr for the Catholic faith. The…Continue Reading

Bishop Schneider: Catholics and Muslims share no common faith in God, no common adoration

June 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Athanasius Schneider has once more raised his voice concerning the controversial February 4, 2019 Abu Dhabi Statement on Human Fraternity where Pope Francis and a Grand Imam jointly declared, among other problematic statements, that God wills…Continue Reading

German cardinal criticizes ‘synodal path,’ exhorts German Church to ‘remain Catholic’

COLOGNE, Germany, June 5, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, the head of the Archdiocese of Cologne in Germany, has called on the Church in Germany to strengthen its identity as part of the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic…Continue Reading

US bishop reverses plan to ban Communion on tongue as churches reopen

LAFAYETTE, Louisiana, May 15, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Douglas Deshotel has revised his decision to allow only reception of the Eucharist in the hand amid the coronavirus pandemic. He credited guidelines issued by the Thomistic Institute for correcting his previous…Continue Reading

Sainthood causes open for St John Paul II’s parents

A ceremony launching the causes of the Wojtyłas took place at the Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Wadowice, John Paul II’s birthplace. At the ceremony, the Kraków Archdiocese officially formed the tribunals that will seek…Continue Reading

President Trump on National Day of Prayer: “Never Forget That All Things are Possible With God”

On this National Day of Prayer, Americans reaffirm that prayer guides and strengthens our Nation, and we express, with humility and gratitude, our “firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.”  As one Nation under God, we share a legacy…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


Today . . .

Biden picks Kamala Harris as VP candidate

CNA Staff, Aug 11, 2020 / 03:10 pm MT (CNA).- Former vice president Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president, has selected Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) to be his running mate.   Harris is the first Black woman, and the first person of Indian descent, to be selected as a running mate for a major party’s ticket. Harris’ mother was born in India, and her father was born in Jamaica. Harris is a staunch…Continue Reading

Conservative Catholics call on Biden to break ‘deafening silence’ on anti-Catholic vandalism, arson

A conservative faith-based political advocacy group has called on presidential candidate Joe Biden to publicly condemn the “disturbing rise” of attacks on the Catholic faith and to break his “deafening silence.” CatholicVote cited a growing number of violent acts of vandalism and arson against Catholic churches and other symbols of the faith. “Catholic churches across America are literally burning, and Joe Biden has said nothing,” CatholicVote President Brian Burch said Thursday. “Leading members of the Democratic Party have fueled a…Continue Reading

Biden talks Catholic faith after Trump says former VP is ‘against God’

CNA Staff, Aug 6, 2020 / 11:30 pm MT (CNA).- Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday spoke about his Catholic faith, in response to comments from President Donald Trump that a Biden presidency would “hurt God.” “Like so many people, my faith has been the bedrock foundation of my life: it’s provided me comfort in moments of loss and tragedy, it’s kept me grounded and humbled in times of triumph and joy. And in this…Continue Reading

Minnesota bishop retires early while seeking health treatment

CNA Staff, Aug 6, 2020 / 04:09 am MT (CNA).- Pope Francis has accepted the early resignation of Bishop John LeVoir, who has led the Minnesota diocese of New Ulm since 2008, and took a leave from his position last month to be assessed for physical and psychological concerns. “I applaud Bishop LeVoir for recognizing his health concerns and making the request for early retirement. I thank him for his devoted leadership during his tenure…Continue Reading

Lebanese priest: ‘We need your prayers’ after Beirut explosions

CNA Staff, Aug 4, 2020 / 01:15 pm MT (CNA).- A Lebanese Catholic priest has asked believers around the world to pray for the people of his country, after two explosions in Beirut injured hundreds of people and are reported to have left at least 10 people dead. “We ask your nation to carry Lebanon in its hearts at this difficult stage and we place great trust in you and in your prayers, and that…Continue Reading

The Bishop Strickland Hour – Week of August 4

Fr. Frank Pavone Warns Against . . . Bishops Who Sidestep Official Responsibility To Defend Morality

By DEXTER DUGGAN In a statement to The Wanderer, Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life (, noted that clear instructions from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to Catholic politicians and voters to defend preborn babies are being supplanted in various dioceses with a preference to avoid what is called anger or…Continue Reading

The Leprosy Of Hate

By JUDIE BROWN (Editor’s Note: Mrs. Brown is the president of American Life League. Her article is reprinted here with permission of ALL.) + + St. Damien of Molokai is one of the most incredible examples of what it means to be genuinely pro-life. He reflected this way of life in his words, but more…Continue Reading

Ilhan Omar Wants To Transfer Wealth — But To Whom?

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY Democratic Cong. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is proposing that the federal government transfer a massive amount of wealth to a class of Americans she perceives to be exploited and descending into desperation.On Tuesday, August 4, she tweeted a video that featured her discussing the issue at a press conference she held…Continue Reading

Exercising The Funny Bone

By DONALD DeMARCO These are, indeed, times that try men’s souls. Our spirits are weighed down by the COVID-19 pandemic together with the horrifying spectacle of our cities being vandalized, churches being ravaged, statues being desecrated, stores being looted, bad Supreme Court decisions being delivered, and sporting events being closed to spectators.Keeping one’s spirits up…Continue Reading

The Biden Rule: ‘No Men Need Apply!’

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN There is a real possibility that, this coming week, Joe Biden will be selecting the 47th president of the United States.For the woman Biden picks — he has promised to exclude from consideration all men, black, brown, white, or Asian — has a better chance of succeeding to the presidency than…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

A Leaven In The World… Celebrating COVID Lockdown Weddings

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Lord gives grace in each celebration of a sacrament. The Latin phrase, “Ex opere, operato” explains that the merit of the sacrament is not in who does it humanly speaking, but in the Lord who gives the grace through the doing of the sacrament.For these reasons, we don’t simulate sacraments. We must mean what…Continue Reading

Faith, Obedience, Prayer, And Repentance

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Readings: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7Romans 11:13-15, 29-32Matt. 15:21-28 In the first reading, God tells us through the Prophet Isaiah that His salvation is about to come and His justice is about to be revealed. What follows after these statements is astounding: the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, ministering to Him, loving His Name, becoming His…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . Christians, Voting, And The Common Good

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND Part 1 As the fall elections loom, it is essential to ask this question, “What is the role of the Catholic Christian faith in informing our participation in the political and public policy process?” In the next several columns, I will touch upon several important areas of moral concern which should be considered as we…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 and Catholic Replies 2 (both $17.95), All Generations Will Call Me Blessed and Who Do You Say That I Am? (both $10.95), and Catholicism & Reason…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Where The Clergy’s Moral Failings Began

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and men should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.“But you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble by your instruction; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the Lord of hosts, and…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Junipero Serra: America’s First Hispanic Saint

By DEB PIROCH What grounds do Black Lives Matter anarchists have for beheading statues of St. Junipero Serra? In a word, none. It’s time to lay to rest the lie that Christianization of the American Indians or, indeed, indigenous people anywhere, is a crime against their native cultures. The mode used by Fr. Juniper Serra (1713-1784) and, indeed, the Catholic…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Charles Lwanga Of Uganda And Companions

By DEB PIROCH As the world becomes increasingly politically correct, we would do well to remember the sainthood of St. Charles Lwanga and his 24 or more companions who went to their deaths over 160 years ago, upholding chastity and resisting the deviant sexuality ordered by their king.Born in Buganda in south-central Uganda under the rule of good King Muteesa…Continue Reading