Catholic Culture

Now That You’ve Heard the New Translations: Why?

By Cindy Paslawski / November 28, 2011 /

(Editor’s note: The italicized words are the questions asked by an educated 30-something Catholic, who attends Mass regularly.) “Why are they doing this to us? Why are they changing the words of the Mass? What’s the big deal about a few words here and there?” The person asking these questions is a victim of over-preparation…

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From our Friends at the Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation

By John M. DeJak / November 26, 2011 /

“No one can be at the same time a sincere Catholic and a true Socialist.” These words of Pope Pius XI that adorn every masthead of every edition of The Wanderer is as applicable today as it was when it was first penned. Along with that revered publication, the Wanderer Forum Foundation and the Cardinal…

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Bait and Switch

By Charles E. Rice / November 20, 2011 /

[Ed. Note. The ubiquity of scandal given by so-called Catholic universities is too much to recount here. One need only to surf the web, find a Catholic college or university and preview its lecture series, theological offerings, campus ministry departments or the general tenor of its university life. With only a few exceptions can one…

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For University Students: Authentic Common Sense in An Age of Uncommon Nonsense

By John M. DeJak / November 14, 2011 /

I just saw an ad for Google TV. It was entitled “Date Night.” The ad featured a man and a woman sitting on a couch together. The perspective of the viewer is seeing the backs of their heads. Both are watching a screen; playing on the screen is an obvious “romance” movie where a woman…

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Englishing the Liturgy

By John M. DeJak / November 5, 2011 /

In presenting background for the 2011 linguistic changes in the Mass, the Wanderer Forum Foundation hopes to initiate a revitalization of faith. While many instructions to the faithful merely concentrate on the change in the words, we hope this background on the Mass explains why the change was needed to safeguard the true teachings of…

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In memoria aeterna erunt justi: Remembering the Holy Souls

By John M. DeJak / November 1, 2011 /

One of the curiosities of the Roman Calendar (or more properly, the calendar of the Roman Rite) is the dedication of the month of November to the Holy Souls in Purgatory.  For many of us, these souls are also known as the Poor Souls in Purgatory–“poor” because of the sufferings they endure as the result…

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Fr. Walter J. Ciszek, S.J. Day

By John M. DeJak / October 16, 2011 /

Today is Fr. Walter J. Ciszek, S.J. Day in Shenandoah, PA. St. Casimir’s, the boyhood parish of Fr. Ciszek hosts this annual day to pray for his Cause of Canonization. In typical good Polish style, there is Mass, a hearty meal, and a social afterwards. Why should we pray for Fr. Ciszek’s canonization? G.K. Chesterton once commented: The saint…

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Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation: “An American Crucible: Barack Obama and America’s Two Great Debates”

By John M. DeJak / October 16, 2011 /

 An excellent analysis from the October 2011 Mindszenty Report. Check out our friends at the Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation.

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Francis Thompson: A Reflection on the Poetic Vocation

By John M. DeJak / October 2, 2011 /

Is there such a thing as a “poetic vocation?” What is it that the poet sees that the rest of us don’t? Veteran Catholic journalist and Wanderer Forum Foundation Board Member Frank Morriss tells us in this truly Catholic appreciation of English poet Francis Thompson (1859-1907). More than simply an analysis of Thompson and his work,…

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