Monthly Archives: January 2017

An FAQ on the Pope’s authority for baffled Catholics and softly snickering Protestants

By John Zmirak (The Stream) and republished on LifeSiteNews, January 23 Pope Francis warned us that he wanted to “make a mess” in the church, and at the moment, he seems to be making good on that promise. In still-fresh 2017, … Continue reading

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That’s Amoris

For a good morning laugh, watch and listen to this sing-along video from The Bones…  

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Traditional-Leaning Priests Mentally Ill… Msgr Loftus (Echoing Papa Francis)

An article from the excellent Catholic Truth blog yesterday, points to an appalling piece* by Msgr Basil Loftus published in the Catholic Times It’s been a while since we’ve reported on the dreadful writings of Monsignor Basil Loftus, whom we dubbed … Continue reading

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St. Michael and Our Lady of Fatima: Why 2017 is Such a Critical Moment

Will you join me in special prayer this year, the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions? Msgr. Charles Pope I have written elsewhere about why I think that 2017 will be a critical year. I believe it will be a … Continue reading

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Feast of St Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

Father Willie Doyle, SJ: “Even as a child I was convinced that one day God would give me the grace of martyrdom. When quite small I read and re-read every martyr’s life in the twelve volumes of Butler’s Lives of … Continue reading

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Reflection for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

  The readings for this Sunday are: Isaiah 9:1-4; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17-18; and Matthew 4:12-23. Both today’s first reading from the prophet Isaiah (8:23-9:3) and the Gospel passage (Matthew 4:12-23) keep alive the memory of Christmas for us. “The people who walked … Continue reading

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St. Padre Pio on Purgatory (and two rare videos)

Anyone who met Padre Pio believed that he had a direct connection with the afterlife. When asked about a dead relative or friend, it was fascinating the good Padre always had an answer. Padre Pio said of Heaven: “Heaven is … Continue reading

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A Postage Stamp from the Vatican to “Commemorate” Luther’s Revolt?

Today I got a message from some Catholic Irish friends, saying (more or less): “It’s OK guys – looks like it’s been a false alarm! Below is the final design for the stamp to be issued by Vatican City to … Continue reading

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Fathers! You are the mighty enemies of our enemy, Hell!

We publish a great post from Father Z’s blog yesterday that is based on a Must Read post from Crisis. It can never be repeated often enough, the importance of being always in a state of grace, for we ‘know … Continue reading

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Malta Bishop threatens priests who refuse Holy Communion to civilly remarried

Cdl. Burke: Priests ‘must refuse and face the consequences’ GOZO, Malta ( Malta’s priests will be the first clerics to ever face suspension for refusing Holy Communion to divorced Catholics who have remarried outside the Church. Bishop Mario Grech of … Continue reading

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Malta – Another perspective

Needless to say, the Maltese Bishops’ guidance on AL has not been received with joy throughout the Church (see here, for example). In the Irish Catholic another view is expressed here. This is the key part of the argument (my … Continue reading

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A Surprising German Editorial: A De Facto Schism in the Church

By Maike Hickson at OnePeterFive: Out of Germany there now come to us some newly unexpected and surprisingly strong words. For, the candid source is that same national Catholic newspaper, Die Tagespost, and that same Rome Correspondent – Guido Horst himself … Continue reading

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Maltese Bishops surprised at “conservative” Catholic criticism of their “guidelines”!

According to an unashamedly biased article in the “Times of Malta”, entitled: Bishops’ guidelines on divorced Catholics stir ire of conservatives, but support elsewhere Guidelines issued for priests to understand Amoris Laetitia, we read: The bishops have stirred the ire of … Continue reading

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Meltdown in Malta

From The Catholic Thing By Father Gerald E. Murray  One of the most troubling and questionable affirmations in Amoris Laetitia is found in paragraph 301: “The Church possesses a solid body of reflection concerning mitigating factors and situations. Hence it can no longer … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Pontmain – feast day January 17

“Pray, my children; God will soon answer your prayers,” was the message of the Blessed Virgin OUR LADY OF PONTMAIN On January 17, 1871, Paris was besieged; two-thirds of the country was in the power of the Germans. The battle … Continue reading

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