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A Commentary On Father Schouppe’s Purgatory Explained Alas! We do not sufficiently remember our dear departed, their memory seems to perish with the sound of the funeral bells.  Saint Francis de Sales Have pity on me, have pity on me, at least you my friends (Job 19:21). Reading Jesuit Father F.X. Schouppe’s *(d. 1904) book, Purgatory Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints … More →

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September/October 2016 Mancipia

The September/October 2016 Mancipia is now posted (scroll down for PDF). Back issues of this newsletter are linked from our downloads page. If you would like to receive our bi-monthly newsletter via U.S. mail, please sign up to get it regularly. Click here to download the PDF file.   Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Cardinal Manning: Honour

While attempting to retrieve a memorable 1909 Hilaire Belloc essay (“The Missioner”) for a College student — to be then conveniently found in a 1926 Anthology entitled Representative Catholic Essays — I unexpectedly saw and read for the first time an earlier 1892 essay on “Honor” by Henry Edward Cardinal Manning, who was one of Belloc’s own beloved mentors and heroes. Cardinal Manning’s fresh and … More →

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Dropped Down the Memory Hole

Affirmation today of the dogma that outside the Church there is no salvation (extra ecclesiam nulla salus) is usually immediately qualified with “but…” The qualification is meant as a sign by whoever affirms the teaching that he does not really fall within the parameters set by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, eighteenth-century godfather of liberalism, in his most important book, The Social Contract: “Whoever dares to say outside … More →

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Facing the Implications of Our Professed Principles

During one of our conversations in late 2002—as the build up for the Iraq war was increasing, to include “the psychological preparation of the battlefield” on the home front—Joe Sobran suddenly said, and to me unforgettably: “It can take men a depressingly long time to face the implications of their professed principles.”(His words and tone made me think of G.K. Chesterton and his own logical … More →

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England and Always: Can These Bones Live?

“ENGLAND AND ALWAYS” THE BRITISH, THE EMPIRE, AND THE FAITH Part IX: Can These Bones Live? All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade … More →

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Honor thy Father and Mother

Living Up to the Fourth Commandment — Honor thy Father and Mother The Antidote in Correcting the Behavior of Unruly Children As a practicing psychologist for over forty years, I have worked with more than my share of unruly children and their parents. Needless to say, poorly disciplined children can be a destructive force within the family. The unruly behavior of our youth is much … More →

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July/August 2016 Mancipia

The July/August 2016 Mancipia is now posted (scroll down for PDF). Back issues of this newsletter are linked from our downloads page. If you would like to receive our bi-monthly newsletter via U.S. mail, please sign up to get it regularly.   Click here to download the PDF file.   Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Placing Blame Where It Belongs

The downward spiral of society in Western Europe and North America that began in the sixteenth century with the Protestant revolt, accelerated in the eighteenth when liberal rule began to replace Christian government and then gathered still more speed during the two following centuries, now appears to have stopped. Instead we seem to have gone into free-fall. Consider that only a few years ago it … More →

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Waugh on Kipling and Mexico

In March of 1964, two years before he was himself to die on Easter Sunday of 1966 (10 April), Evelyn Waugh wrote a moving review of two books touching upon the poet Rudyard Kipling, who had died in January of 1936, only six months before G.K. Chesterton himself, on 14 June 1936. When treating of “the heart of Kipling’s character,” Waugh was also to speak … More →

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Four Great Marian Dogmas

There are four defined dogmas of the Faith concerning Our Lady’s divine prerogatives. They are: 1) Her Immaculate Conception, 2) Her Perpetual Virginity, 3) Her Divine Maternity, and 4) Her Glorious Assumption.  How fitting it is that she whose fiat brought down the Son of God into her womb should also reign as Queen of Heaven with a glorified body. To be crowned, a queen, … More →

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To Vote or Not?

The full force of the nation’s quadrennial general-election campaign season is about to hit us. It will not occur to the majority of the nation’s voters who identify as Catholic to assess candidates in the light of teachings of the Faith. It never does. The proof is how they have voted throughout the twentieth century and now into this one, and especially since the so-called … More →

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Chesterton’s Defense of a Lady and Her Pet

Even in G.K. Chesterton’s little essay “On Pigs as Pets,” a reader will soon deeply sense that the writer is a man of gratitude; and that both his chivalrous tone on behalf of an elderly lady and his unexpected encomium of an unusual animal deftly convey—for our further nourishment and delight— “the idea of taking things with gratitude, and not taking things for granted.” Chesterton … More →

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My Morning Cup of Joe – Conclusion

It has been close to a year since I started these articles and I find myself, again, sipping my coffee in my easy chair, early morning, attempting to clear the fog that envelops my mind. My wife, as usual, is bustling to and fro in organized activity stopping now and then to check her to do list which she diligently fills in each day. She … More →

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The Fourteen Holy Helpers

During the chastizing period of the Black Death that devastated Europe from 1346-1349 there were many saints that the faithful invoked against the plague and sudden death. Among these were those who a century later would be known as the Fourteen Holy Helpers. (A brief history of the devotion of the Holy Helpers, and the vision that initiated that devotion, is wonderfully related in a … More →

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