Category Archives: Announcements

Category: Announcements

Reconquest Episode 38: Purgatory

This week’s show is a cultural-apologetical romp through the Catholic doctrine of Purgatory. This greatly confused and misunderstood dogma of our religion makes sense only in the context of an economy of salvation wherein our acts (our merits and demerits, our sins and our good works) actually have a bearing on our salvation. The Scriptural evidence for Purgatory is considered, mostly in the New Testament, … More →


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Reconquest Episode 37: Queen Isabella’s Holy Rule. Guest: Dr. Alexandra Wilhelmsen

The topic of this show is is Queen Isabella’s Holy Rule, and it is a sequel to last week’s show. My guest is once more the gracious and erudite Dr. Alexandra Wilhelmsen, Professor of Spanish and Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Dallas. Subjects included in this show are the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, and the complex social and religious situation in … More →


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Reconquest Episode 36: Queen Isabella’s Holy Life. Guest: Dr. Alexandra Wilhelmsen

The topic of this show is is Queen Isabella’s Holy Life. My guest is once more the gracious and erudite Dr. Alexandra Wilhelmsen, Professor of Spanish and Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Dallas. Along with her profound scholarship of the subject, Dr. Wilhelmsen brings an enchanting enthusiasm for, and devotion to, the cause of Catholic Spain and the glory and honor of this most … More →


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Reconquest Episode 35: Old Clothes and Dead Men’s Bones (on Relics) Guest: Charles Coulombe

In the second segment of this episode I interview Charles Coulombe, historian and author, on the subject of holy relics. The first segment is a brief apologetic for the custom of venerating relics as it is practiced in the Catholic Church (and the Eastern Orthodox communions, too). For links to articles on the subject, as well as the website of an organization that promotes relics, please … More →


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Reconquest Episode 34: Why the Church? Why Not Just Jesus?

In this show, I go through four different arguments to answer these questions: “Why the Church? Why Not Just Jesus?” The topic results from common objections from modern non-denominational “Bible Christians,” who claim that “the church” (or “religion”) is a mere sideline (or worse) in Christianity, while it is the personal relationship with “Jesus only” that is front and center. What is wrong with the objections implied in … More →


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Reconquest Episode 33: Heretics, Apostates and Schismatics Oh My! Guest: Ryan Grant

There is a schedule change for this Episode of Reconquest. It will premiere at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (6 p.m. Central) on Wednesday, July 20. My guest once more in Mr. Ryan Grant. As the name I’ve given the show suggests, the topics covered — from Saint Robert Bellarmine’s book, On the Church Militant — are heretics, apostates, and schismatics. Ryan and I discuss what these … More →


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Reconquest Episode 32. On the Church Militant. Guest: Ryan Grant

Mr. Ryan Grant, of Mediatrix Press, is my guest. The subject is the book by Saint Robert Bellarmine, On the Church Militant, which Ryan translated and published. We discuss the first three chapters of the book, which explain the origin of the word Church, its precise and accurate definition (against false definitions on the sectarians), and a summary of who are considered members of the … More →


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Reconquest Episode 31. The Precious Blood of Jesus

The price of our salvation is the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. In the nineteenth century, there was a real flowering of devotion to the Precious Blood, thanks to such notables as Saint Gaspar del Bufalo, Father Frederick Faber, and, of course, Blessed Pope Pius IX, who instituted the Feast of the Precious Blood (later moved by Saint Pius X to July 1), in thanksgiving for the … More →


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Reconquest Episode 30: Saint Ferdinand III, with Dr. Alexandra Wilhelmsen

For this show, I am joined by Dr. Alexandra Wilhelmsen (with whom I previously discussed the Spanish Carlists). Our subject is Saint Ferdinand III, the Crusader and liberator of Catholic Spain, who united the two Iberian Kingdoms of Leon and Castile, ruling — after his successful Reconquista — a territory roughly two-thirds the size of present-day Spain. Included in our discussion are the Saint’s Marian piety, … More →


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Reconquest Episode 29. Giving God His Due

On this show, I consider a standard objection to Catholic devotion: the charge of idolatrous worship of the Blessed Virgin, the saints, and the angels. I call the show Giving God His Due. The question boils down to this: What is it that Catholics offer to the Virgin Mary, the other saints, or the angels that is due to God alone? What is God’s due that … More →


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Reconquest Episode 28. Saint Robert Southwell: The Truth, the Beauty, and the Gore. Guest: Charles Coulombe

For my next Reconquest, I will be joined by Charles Coulombe. Charles and I will discuss “Saint Robert Southwell: The Truth, the Beauty, and the Gore.” Topics will include a brief biological sketch of the missionary-martyr-poet, the purpose of his poetry, and some of that poetry itself. His was an amazing career as a hunted missionary who not only exercised a priestly, sacramental mission among the … More →


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Mass Schedule from June 14 to July 18

Sunday Masses for the rest of June are at the regular time (7:30 low Mass/9:30 sung Mass). Weekday Masses will be offered only on the following days: Wednesday, June 15; Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, June 20-22; Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, June 27 to 29. All of these scheduled June Masses will be offered by Msgr. Lamothe. There will be only one Sunday Mass on July 3. … More →


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Mike Church in the Bulldog KIA Studio

Mike Church to Speak at 2016 Saint Benedict Center Conference: Fri, Sept. 30-Sat., Oct. 1

Join us on Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1. Our topic this year will be “Keeping the Counter-Reformation Going.” Speakers will include: Gary Potter— Finding Reasons to Keep Going Joe Doyle— Church Militant Restored: How the Counter Reformation Saved Christendom Charles Coulombe — Anglo-Catholicism, the Ordinariates, and the Conversion of the Anglosphere Mike Church Of course, SBC’s MICM religious.  Other speakers, TBA! More information will posted as details … More →


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Reconquest Episode 27. Contracepting Heaven and Earth. Guest: C.J. Doyle

My good friend C.J. Doyle joins me for the next Reconquest. C.J. is the Executive Director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, a frequent speaker at Saint Benedict Center Conferences, and an informed and erudite Catholic culture warrior, who has done a great deal for many years to defend faith and family in the Bay State. Our subject is “Contracepting Heaven and Earth,” which … More →


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Mass Schedule for the Rest of June

From now until June 13, the Mass schedule at Saint Benedict Center will be as normal: 7:30 AM daily low Mass; 7:30 AM low and 9:30 AM high Mass on Sundays. For the remainder of June, our Sunday schedule will remain normal, but we will not have daily Mass — at least at this point we have no prospects for daily Mass during that time. … More →


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