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About Gertrude

Sáncte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium.

SSPX, 50 years of Vatican 2, and the Family Synod.

from: Yesterday Pope Francis sent a letter to the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, and made a completely unexpected announcement regarding the SSPX: “A final consideration concerns those faithful who for various reasons choose … Continue reading

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Priests Invited to Be Missionaries of Mercy During Jubilee

I will be most interested in the comments to this.   Applications Accepted by Pontifical Council Rome, August 27, 2015 ( This Ash Wednesday, missionaries of mercy will be sent forth by Pope Francis during a celebration in St. Peter’s, … Continue reading

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Bishop of Plymouth gives his ‘recognitio’ to the School of the Annunciation

  The Rt Rev. Mark O’Toole, Bishop of Plymouth, has officially issued a canonical Decree, known as a ‘recognitio’, establishing the School of the Annunciation as a Catholic Institute of Higher Education. The School’s campus at Buckfast Abbey is located … Continue reading

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Muslim to be Vice Director for Bavarian Oberammergau Play

This, I confess is a little strange. Perhaps I am missing something, but what can a Muslim, denying the divinity of Christ, as Muslims do, add to something that has inspired Christians the world over for centuries?.  from: An … Continue reading

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Vatican For Sale: Very Wealthy Rent the Sistine Chapel, Dine with the Pope and Buy Secret Archives

This article, be warned, is from the secular ForbesLife in the United States. However I hope I am not alone in finding the history of the Catholic Church available to the highest bidder a trifle distasteful.  It is impossible to … Continue reading

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Saint Dominic: Called from His Mother’s Womb

From His Mother’s Womb, Saint Dominic Was Called to Spread the Light of Christ and Set the World Ablaze! In the image of Christ, Saint Dominic was a light to the world and possessed a fiery zeal for souls, to … Continue reading

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When faithful Catholics get it seriously wrong

By kind permission of the Editor, Catholic Voice Ireland. by Deacon Nick Donnelly As an ordained minister of the Church the key purpose of my life is very straightforward – adoring God and saving souls. Nothing else matters. I proclaim … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: A Church 200 Years Out of Date

This is an interesting and indeed rather worrying post from Andrea Gagliarducci: This is a catastrophe waiting to happen. from: By Andrea Gagliarducci  Benny Lai, dean of Italian Vatican-watchers, during the last years of his life always insisted, “It’s not … Continue reading

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The Worrying Thoughts of Cdl. Vincent Nichols on Divorce & Remarriage

from Church Militant by Nick Donnelly   What are the chances of the 2015 Synod voting in favour of abandoning Our Lord’s categorical teaching on divorce and the immorality of adultery? There are worrying signs coming from England. Since … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ schedule for the Jubilee of Mercy

    Pope Francis before the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica during the convocation of the Jubilee of Mercy, April 11, 2015. Credit: L’Osservatore Romano. Vatican City, Jul 22, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Twelve prominent events, each … Continue reading

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Kneeling Ban: Good Liturgy or Loss of Religious Freedom?

from: Homiletic & Pastoral Review.  By Fr. Regis Scanlon, O.F.M. Cap.Some religious leaders in the Latin Rite are pressuring Catholics not to kneel at the Consecration, or to genuflect at their reception of the Eucharist. This trend has gained … Continue reading

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The hyperbolic and exhausting papacy of Francis

A reasoned and thought provoking article from Carl Olson at The Catholic World Report ( My impression is that many Catholics are weary of the seemingly constant addresses, homilies, interviews, texts—many of which read like lectures—that come from the Holy … Continue reading

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Exorcise Ireland and do it now (by Deacon Nick Donnelly)

from Catholic Voice Ireland. (by kind permission of the Editor.)   Homosexual activists have succeeded in persuading the ruling elites to use the power of the State, media and big business to successfully campaign for the legalisation of same-sex … Continue reading

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Full text of Pope Francis’ in-flight interview from Paraguay to Rome

from Catholic News Agency.   Please read below the full text of the Pope’s inflight interview: Fr. Federico Lombardi: The Holy Father has said that he can give us an hour of his time and no more. So, know that … Continue reading

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Pour la vie de mon fils [For my son’s life], Vincent Lambert

As the U.K. prepares to debate The Assisted Murder Bill, and Belgium prepares to lower the age of consent (as well as allowing a beautiful 21 year old depressive to end her life) I beg anyone of you reading this … Continue reading

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