Monthly Archives: August 2017

If we want converts, we must be as uncompromising as Blessed Dominic Barberi

Following a recent spate of disputes on the web surrounding converts to Catholicism – including accusations of incomplete Catholic instruction programmes for the catechumens – this captivating story of Blessed Dominic Barberi (the Italian priest who was instrumental in bringing … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Is Diminishing the Papacy. Good.

We thank our old friend and contributor to this blog, johnhenrycn, known here as JH, for drawing our attention to this perceptive and highly amusing article. As JH has advised, please don’t be put off by the title. The Papacy … Continue reading

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Pray for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and all Natural Disasters

The horrific images of the catastrophic landscape Hurricane Harvey has left in its wake in Houston (Texas) and its surroundings, together with some tragic reports of personal stories, has left the rest of the world reeling in shock and with … Continue reading

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Beheading of Saint John the Baptist

“Decapitation is not something new to the Church, ‘defenestration‘ of Conservative Cardinals on the other hand is something new to the Church!” (Abyssum) —— Martyrdom of John the Baptist In addition to the feast of the nativity of St. John … Continue reading

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The Catholic Faith actually strengthened by the heretics. (St. Augustine)

Today is the Feast of St. Augustine whose intercessions we ask – for us and for our Holy Mother Church. From The City of God, by St Augustine of Hippo. Book XVIII, Chapter 51: ‘But the devil, seeing the temples … Continue reading

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On popes and the problem with preemptive resignation

By John L. Allen Jr. on CRUX Following confirmation this week that Pope Paul VI wrote resignation letters in advance in case he was struck by a disabling condition, debate is likely to revive about whether such a preemptive resignation … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

From: The Benedictine Monastery of Christ in the Desert. (by kind permission of the Abbot)     FIRST READING            Isaiah 22:19-23 Thus says the Lord to Shebna, master of the palace:  “I will thrust you from your office and pull … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia is a ticking ‘atomic bomb’ set to obliterate all Catholic morality: philosopher

By Pete Balinski on LifeSiteNews One of the world’s top Catholic philosophers has called Pope’ Francis’ Exhortation Amoris Laetitia a ticking “theological atomic bomb” that has the capacity to entirely destroy all Catholic moral teaching. Dr. Josef Seifert, founding rector … Continue reading

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Vatican “Youth Synod” poses new threat to Faith and Family

From Voice of the Family: Earlier this year the Synod Secretariat released a preparatory document, and accompanying questionnaire for the world’s bishops, ahead of the October 2018 synod on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” It is now clear to … Continue reading

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The Newer Phariseeism

By Fr. Timothy V. Vaverek: The debate over remarriage after divorce has resurfaced with an interpretation of controversial aspects of Amoris laetitia by Archbishop Victor Fernandez, a papal advisor rumored to have ghostwritten the document. Like many wishing to accommodate … Continue reading

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A Burke and a Berk?

from Dom Hugh Somerville-Knapman ( (Recently returned from Sacra Liturgia in the South of France) The summer school has wound down and the participants have been wending their way, at various speeds, back to home. My return was direct. The … Continue reading

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The Message of Our Lady of Knock: The Silence Veils a Secret

Written by Gregory Johnson One rainy night on the 21st of August 1879, from around 7:15 to 9:30 in a small village of no more than a dozen homes, Our Lady made a unique, silent public appearance that has become … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

from: The Monastery of Christ in the Desert ( By kind permission of the Abbot.   FIRST READING Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Thus says the Lord: Observe what is right, do what is just; for my salvation is about to come, … Continue reading

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Leading theologian: “change canon law to correct papal errors”

 CP&S comment – This is an unprecedented moment in the history of the Catholic Church: a pope who consistently divulges doctrinal errors to the Church Militant. Popes are human and thus not infallible in their informal pronouncements, but when they … Continue reading

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Facing East

Fr. Gerald E. Murray It has been one year since our parish changed over to the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass facing the liturgical East. My decision to switch to ad orientem was prompted by Cardinal Sarah’s … Continue reading

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