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Don Pietro Leone’s Book The Family Under Attack – a Much Needed Guide for the Synod of Bishops on Marriage and the Family

Loreto Publications has just published an important and very timely book. The Family Under Attack, written under a pseudonym by a traditional Catholic priest with broad and deep scholarly learning, comes right in time for the second part of the Synod of Bishops on Marriage and the Family, which will take place in October 2015 in Rome. Don Pietro Leone — the author’s nom de … More →

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Considering Catholic Ecclesiology in Some of Its Professedly Progressive Forms

“Catholics today will need heroic virtue — did you hear me? heroic virtue — just to hold on to the Faith, much less to grow more in the Faith and to pass it on intact to our children.” More →

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The Way to the Father

Not long ago, I penned an appreciation of the Father. Presently, I would like to consider Our Lord as the Way to the Father. That is how Jesus described Himself, and, moreover, we cannot have a filial relationship with the Father without Jesus, who is the “one mediator of God and men” (I Tim. 2:5). In order to to this, we must first consider things … More →

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Close Advisor of Pope Speaks about Pope’s Methods of Changing the Church

On May 10, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera published an interview with Archbishop Victor Fernández who is a close collaborator of Pope Francis. He is said to have ghost-written Pope Francis’ first Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium and to be now involved in the drafting of the Pope’s encyclical on questions concerning the environment. He had previously worked together with then-Cardinal Bergoglio in Argentina, and … More →

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An Invitation to The Modern Traveller (1898): Hilaire Belloc’s Satirical and Youthful Narrative Verse

If we would want to appreciate the comic genius of Hilaire Belloc, and especially the inimitable comic cadence and comic syntax which mark and unmistakably pervade his 1898 narrative verse satire, The Modern Traveller, we should first consider the larger structure of his work and the nature of his boastful and mendacious narrative persona, Mr. Rooter. For, Rooter is the only survivor of the three … More →

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Perseverance: a Graduation Speech

The following is a brief introductory speech I gave at IHM School’s graduation this past Sunday. Readers should know that our school in rural southern New Hampshire is very small. We had one graduate this year — a fine young man who is very intelligent. Not that I would actually do this, but I surmise that if I invited Marc to the microphone to recite Brother Francis’ … More →

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“England and Always”: The British, The Empire, and The Faith. Part I: Separated by a Common Language

If England was what England seems An’ not the England of our dreams, But only putty, brass, an’ paint, ‘Ow quick we’d drop ‘er! But she ain’t! — Rudyard Kipling Americans in general, and American Catholics in particular, have a very strange relationship with England and the memory of the British Empire. Much of it is fueled by more or less distorted remembrances of the … More →

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The Irish Referendum

Some may have hoped the outcome would be otherwise, but it is difficult to see how anyone could actually expect Irish voters to reject same-sex “marriage”. If there was a surprise about the outcome it was that the “Yes” votes were not higher than 67 percent. I expected something nearer to 75 percent. But, then, my view of Irish Catholicism, and especially its historically dominating … More →

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Maurice Baring’s Insights on the Russian Character

How might a deeply reflective book of almost four hundred pages written by a Catholic Englishman some seven years before the 1917 Communist Revolution in Russia — and thus also seven years before Our Lady of Fatima’s own 1917 sustained appearances in Portugal — help us to understand “the errors of Russia” and well as Russia’s distinctive religious and moral strengths? To include Russia’s persevering … More →

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The Celtic Church — Myth and Reality II

[Click here for part one.] Depending upon whom you read or speak to, the received modern narrative about “Celtic Spirituality” is roughly like this. Once upon a time, the Druids lived happily in green and misty Celtic lands, leading their smiling people in harmony with nature. Healers, vegetarians, and in touch with the rocks, plants, animals, stars, suns, planets, Moon, and of course Mother Earth … More →

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The Suffocation of a Managed Political-Ecclesiastical Glossary

It was almost three months after the raids of 11 September 2001 against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and yet the language of public discourse was still swollen and fevered. On many fronts one could not easily block out the strident and intrusive sounds and shifting images of alarm, mounting fear, and an obscurely expanding war — for, we were incessantly told “America … More →

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A Most Beautiful Hymn to our May Queen, Mary the Mother of God, Akathistos Theotokos

There are many good reasons why May is dedicated to Our Lady. Several important Marian feast days fall during this month: Our Lady of Fatima on the 13th, Our Lady Help of Christians on the 24th, feast of the Visitation on the 31st and, on the same day, we have the feasts of Our Lady Mediatrix of all Graces and the Queenship of Mary. May … More →

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The Armenian Genocide

Since little media attention was paid in this country to the anniversary, most readers may be barely aware, if aware at all, that it was a hundred years ago last month that the rulers of Turkey in 1915-16 began a campaign of deportations and killings that nearly exterminated the Armenians, the first of the world’s peoples to become Christian. About two million Armenians lived in … More →

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The Conflict Between the North and the South–A Book Review

Volume I – The North and the South and Secession: Who was in the Right? An Examination of Cause and Right Adam Miller is a brave man to tackle this touchy subject — the American Civil War, or (more correctly) the War Between the States, or (as he prefers) the War of Northern Aggression. As he explains, it cannot correctly be called a “civil” war, … More →

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The Higher Chivalry of Catholic Christianity

In any reflective discussion of a man’s “chivalrous disposition” or of the “chivalrous ethos and attitude” itself, one is also soon likely to speak of “a man of honor” and even “the matter of honor” itself and perhaps even “honor’s” own etymological relation to “honesty” — and even as a form of “gracious but firm forthrightness.” However, today, one does not usually, or immediately, think … More →

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