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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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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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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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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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Break Your Silence: Speak About Amoris Laetitia!

By Thomas Peters* on CatholicVote It has been 600 days since I last composed a blog post, but this is so important I am breaking my hiatus. Almost exactly 1600 years ago, in the midst of the Pelagian heresy which … Continue reading

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“What is man, that thou art mindful of him?” (Psalm 8:3)…. a good question considering the mind-boggling size of creation

Another thought-provoking post by Fr. George W. Rutler, parish priest of St. Michael, NYC. Take a step back to ponder on the vastness of the Universe and the mystery of time, with the unique dignity and love bestowed by God on … Continue reading

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Reflection for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A.

  In today’s Gospel passage (John 1:29-34), the figure of John the Baptist appears once again almost as if to send us back to Advent…to look carefully at the evidence of the Baptizer and of Jesus, and to make some … Continue reading

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Divorced & remarried can receive communion if “at peace with God”, say Maltese bishops

Yet another former bastion of Catholicism bites the dust, Malta! Thanks to the spreading confusion of the Church’s doctrinal requirements necessary for the reception of Holy Communion, it is now the Maltese bishops who have fallen victim to the contradictions … Continue reading

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January 13: 470 years of the Decree on Justification of the Council of Trent – a Permanent Bulwark againt Protestant Heresy

  From Rorate Caeli On this day, exactly 470 years ago, the August Fathers of the Sacrosanct Ecumenical Council of Trent, at the end of the sixth session, issued one of their most decisive and extensive documents, the Decree on … Continue reading

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Why more and more priests can’t stand Pope Francis

He has been pigeonholed as fearless reformer, but questions are arising about his judgment By Damian Thompson on The Spectator On 2 January, the Vatican published a letter from Pope Francis to the world’s bishops in which he reminded them … Continue reading

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Two Movies That Tell Better Than Any Other The Current Situation in the Church

There are two recently released films that are causing an explosion of debate on the MSM for the doubts and confusion* the Catholic viewer is left with in their underlying messages. (“Doubt and confusion”? Sound familiar?) The general opinion that … Continue reading

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