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Cardinal Burke and the Doctors of the Law

No doubt, a large segment of readers is already aware of the recent excitement caused by Cardinals Walter Brandmüller, Raymond L. Burke, Carlo Caffarra, and Joachim Meisner thanks to their laudable attempt to clarify the pastoral and doctrinal confusion surrounding the Holy Father’s post-synodal exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. In the economic words of the respected Catholic journalist Edward Pentin, Four cardinals asked Pope Francis five dubia … More →


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Dealing with Evil

With the Fall of Adam sin entered the world, and with sin, death. Worse than physical death is the “second death” (Apoc. 20:14) of eternal damnation. It is from this death, and from sin that leads to it, that Christ came to save us. He who is goodness itself came to conquer the kingdom of evil and share His own goodness with us. But Our … More →


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Christ the Conqueror

Our Lord Jesus Christ is truly King. As Pope Pius XI taught, He is so by right of nature, that is, by virtue of His being the God-Man; but He is also King “by a right of conquest, which He acquired when He became our Redeemer.” One way to conceptualize the life of Christ is as a warrior come down to conquer. Our Lord Himself … More →


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Prelude to a Martyrdom

In the Summer of 1586, three priests arrived for a secret meeting at Hurleyford, the “lonely but spacious mansion”1 belonging to one Mr. Richard Bold. The house was in England’s south, in Buckinghamshire, between the Thames and the Chiltern foothills, an area where one of the clerical number, Father William Weston, knew a number of recusant Catholics, like Bold, who hosted priests — but secretly, … More →


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A New Order of Crusaders: Seriously!

As I write, two events are on the horizon for the religious here at Saint Benedict Center. The first is the annual Pilgrimage for Restoration (September 23-25), a three-day, sixty-five mile walking pilgrimage from Lake George, New York, to Auriesville, New York, where we will pray in the spot sanctified by the martyrdom of three of the eight holy Jesuits known collectively as the “North American … More →


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Why Read the Old Testament?

The question is not a silly one. We Christians live in the New Dispensation now. We have what Saint Paul calls “a better testament which is established on better promises” (Heb. 8:6). The old Scriptures pointed to a reality that is now present in the New Covenant. When the object of our hopes is made present, hope recedes and yields to possession. So why bother … More →


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From Indifferentism to Apostasy

Indifferentism is the condemned heresy that advances the possibility of salvation in any religion. Apostasy (according to Father Hardon) is the “complete abandonment of the Christian religion and not merely a denial of some article of the creed.” There is a certain inexorable logic — or at least a psychologically coherent dynamism — that facilitates the journey from indifferentism to apostasy. It may take some … More →


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How Do You KNOW That?

The philosophical subject of epistemology is the study of knowledge. Father A. C. Cotter, S.J., who was Father Leonard Feeney’s philosophy teacher, and whose book on the subject was heavily utilized by Brother Francis in his philosophy course, defines epistemology as “the science of the certitude of our cognitions.” Epistémē (ἐπιστήμη) is the Greek word for knowledge. Cognition, I should say, is both (subjectively) the … More →


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What on Earth Do Catholics Want?

The incomparable Patrick J. Buchanan authored a column on the racial and religious remapping of Europe and America: “Will the West Survive the Century?” The twin engines propelling these demographic shifts are the birth dearth of Europeans (in both continents), and the careless immigration policies of Europe and its North-American outposts. Inasmuch as these phenomena are both practical expressions of liberalism, and inasmuch they are … More →


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Jean-Paul Sartre: ‘Bathroom Bill’ Philosopher Extraordinaire

Anyone who has studied a smattering of modern philosophy in college has probably heard the misanthropic utterance of Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) from No Exit, “Hell is other people” (L’enfer, c’est les autres). As with Friedrich Nietzsche’s “God is dead,” this pithy little impiety has been scrawled as graffiti on bathroom walls (where it arguably belongs), and blazoned on t-shirts, stickers, and now, on Internet “memes.” And just … More →


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Sursum Corda

On Sunday, June 12, our little IHM School had its graduation. Two young ladies made up the entire graduation class. What follows is the very brief opening speech I gave at our commencement exercises. At some point in their intellectual formation at IHM School, these young ladies have learned the definition of truth — specifically that of logical truth. For those who might not have … More →


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O Sacred Banquet!

Saint Paul twice speaks of handing on to others things which he himself had received. One of these things was the truth concerning the Death and Resurrection of Christ (I Cor. 15:3-4); the other was the mystery of the Holy Eucharist (I Cor. 11:23ff). This passing on of something received is called “tradition.” It is by tradition that the Church receives her doctrines, her scriptures, … More →


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Saint Robert Bellarmine

(You can learn more about this great saint on the Reconquest episode I recorded with Mr. Ryan Grant.) He was born on October 4, 1542, at Montepulciano, Tuscany, and died September 17, 1621 in Rome. Saint Robert’s parents were Vincenzo Bellarmine and Cinzia Cervini, a niece of Pope Marcellus II. His mother was conspicuous for her piety. Robert was the third of their ten children … More →


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The Mass in Type and Prophecy

This week’s Reconquest show is called The Mass in the Old Testament. The title is not meant to connote an anachronism: I am well aware that the Mass was instituted on that first Holy Thursday, the night before Our Lord suffered His Passion. In invoking the Old Testament, I am speaking about types and prophecies that pointed to the future reality of the Holy Sacrifice … More →


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Kill Them All!

Much attention has been given to the so-called “dark passages” of the Bible in recent years. This is largely due to the use put to these passages by the enemies of the Christian name, by which I mean the aggressive, new-fangled atheists, who lately write pompous books against God, and get further media attention in order to attack Him. The “dark passages” are those parts … More →


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