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“Crypto-Lefebvrianism” & the Willful Confusion Around the SSPX

Author: Steve Skojec I was on the receiving end of the “crypto-lefebrvist” charge yesterday – a neat trick considering that the originator of that term is now sentenced to pay hefty restitution for defaming the founder of a religious order. … Continue reading

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Two Meditative Hymns for Lent

Attende Domine To Thee, highest King, Redeemer of all, do we lift up our eyes in weeping: Hear, O Christ, the prayers of your servants.  Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against Thee! … Innocent, He was … Continue reading

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An Understanding of Temptation

We had no ‘Lectio Divina’ on the Mass readings this past Sunday, but the Gospel of the three Temptations of Jesus is one that is very important for us to understand as we commence our Lenten journey towards Holy Week. … Continue reading

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Kneeling for Communion

(Please excuse the poor choice of music for this YouTube video.) I have no alternative but to attend a Novus Ordo Mass, except for every first Sunday of the month when a visiting priest comes to our city to celebrate … Continue reading

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A Blessed who spread Devotion to the Way of the Cross

Blessed Alvarez of (Córdoba) Cordova (1350-1430) whose feast day is celebrated on 19th February, was born to a noble family in Zamora, Spain. He joined the Dominican Order and preached throughout Spain. Upon his return from pilgrimage to the Holy … Continue reading

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The Happiness of the Soul – a Sermon by Bl. John Henry Newman

“Ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father.” Rom. viii. 15.: “When Adam fell, his soul lost its true strength; he forfeited the inward … Continue reading

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Acting on Inspirations

From the moment the Apostles left the Upper Room, fired up with the love and gifts of the Holy Spirit, to preach the Good News to all men, the Catholic Church has produced countless numbers of saints and scholars who bring … Continue reading

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I Just Want To Be Catholic

Originally posted on EX MAGNA SILENTIUM or EX MAGNO SILENTIO:
I just want to be Catholic.  So what does that mean?  Of course, these days, that has to be defined.  It is difficult to imagine that what one means by…

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The Unreached Millions

“No one has the right to hear the gospel twice while there remains someone who has not heard it once.” An Irish friend of mine (Catholic of course ;-) ) sent me this quote that he had seen – surprise, … Continue reading

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Jihad vs. Crusades (and Barack Obama’s mistaken words)

Barack Obama: “Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ… And in our home country, … Continue reading

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Fulton Sheen answers Stephen Fry

In the comment thread of this post yesterday, CP&S’s “resident jester”, who goes by the name of Toadspittle (‘Toad’ for short) posted a link to an article by Henry McDonald in The Guardian that many people have found deeply shocking. It was … Continue reading

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The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (Candlemas) – 2nd February

[From the text for the previous name of this feast: The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary] Presence of God – O Lord, I come to You and beg You, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to purify … Continue reading

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Pope Pius XII and Fatima

‘Suppose, dear friend, that Communism [one of “the errors of Russia” mentioned in the Message of Fatima] was only the most visible of the instruments of subversion to be used against the Church and the traditions of Divine Revelation. … … Continue reading

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St. Francis de Sales: “Introduction to the Devout Life”

Today is the feast of St. Francis de Sales: Bishop & Doctor of the Church As a cradle Catholic, I hang my head in shame to admit that I had never before read ‘Introduction to the Devout Life’ by St. Francis … Continue reading

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How to Kill Vocations in Your Diocese

With the vocation crisis (to the Catholic priesthood) in the West having suffered a steady hemorrhaging of numbers since the 70’s, it is nothing new to Western Catholics, naturally concerned about these dwindling numbers of priests, to take an honest … Continue reading

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