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The Catholic Strategic Response to “Undo 1492!”

The following essay by Dr. Robert Hickson appeared in APROPOS magazine in the Christmas issue 2004 # 23. The publisher of APROPOS was the late Anthony Fraser, son of Hamish Fraser. Dr. Hickson gave us permission to publish it on our website. ______________________________ It was some time between late 1966 and mid-1967 — but before the Israeli Six-Day War in June of 1967 — that … More →


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Saint Leopoldo of Castelnovo: A Great Gift of God in a Very Small Package

The saints of God are as varied as the human race itself. God seems to send each one to the right place at the right time so that he (or she) can work the most good. One thinks of the importance of the towering personality of Saint Paul to the spread of Christianity in the first century, the millions of known and unknown martyrs in … More →


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Spanish Carlism: An Introduction

Editor’s note: This paper originally appeared in the book, A Catholic Witness in our Time: A Festschrift in Honor of Dr. Robert Hickson. It is published here with the gracious permission of that book’s publishers. The subject of Carlism is treated elsewhere on this site in Eleonore Villarrubia’s piece Dios, Patria, Fueros, y Rey: The Story Of The Spanish Carlistas. We are privileged now to … More →


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January/February 2016 Mancipia

The November/December 2015 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 VIEW full size, DOWNLOAD as PDF file, and/or PRINT. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.


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England and Always: Imperium et Libertas?

“England and Always” The British, the Empire, and the Faith Part VI: Imperium et Libertas? His column was five thousand strong—all mounted men—and guns: There met, beneath the world-wide flag, the world-wide Empire’s sons; They came to prove to all the earth that kinship conquers space, And those who fight the British Isles must fight the British race! From far New Zealand’s flax and fern, … More →


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My Morning Cup Of Joe — Part III

The previous two articles in this series highlighted my morning woes, my inability to rise and shine as quickly as I should, and my difficulty in adorning my apparel. There is a reason for this: I am simply getting older. But in reality, from the moment we are born, we are getting older, so I think it would help to delineate the starting points in … More →


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The Wisdom of Good Mentors

More than once down the years I have been told by wise men that a good leader knows how to praise you not so much for what you have done nor for what you are, but, rather, for what he sees that you could be — and for what you ought to be. Mentors I have had, even as a young military officer, have more … More →


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The Crime that Led to U.S. Defeat in Vietnam

The majority of today’s Americans aren’t old enough to have an adult memory of the Vietnam War from its beginning in the 1960s to the Communists’ victory in 1975. However, most everybody is aware, even if it has never been and never will be officially acknowledged, that it was in Vietnam that the U.S. met its first defeat in a foreign war. Why were we … More →


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Faith and Miracles

What is faith? The Baltimore Catechism gives a very simple definition of faith as the first of the three theological virtues: “Faith is a Divine virtue by which we firmly believe the truths which God has revealed on the authority of His revelation in the scriptures and the Church teaching.” Holy scripture and tradition are the two pillars that the Church uses to teach the … More →


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Fr. John Hardon: On Doctrinal & Moral Disorders, Part II

In this second and final portion of Jesuit Father John Hardon’s confidential June 1990 Commentaries to Archbishop Schotte and Father von Schönborn concerning the “Revised Draft” of the proposed new Catechism of the Catholic Church, we propose to present in Father Hardon’s own lucid words his comparably deepening analysis of the “Revised Draft.” If our selection from pages 4-68 of the Dossier now engages further … More →


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Fr. John Hardon: On Doctrinal & Moral Disorders

Almost a decade after first meeting Father John A. Hardon, S.J. in 1980 at Christendom College, I had the fruitful occasion of introducing him to then-Archbishop Jan Schotte, C.I.C.M.—the Secretary of the Synod of Bishops—and to Father Christoph von Schönborn, O.P., the latter being the Executive Secretary and Editor of the still-then-developing new Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). Both of them—one a Belgian and … More →


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God or Nothing

Our subject here is an important and inspiring book published earlier this year, God or Nothing. It resembles The Ratzinger Report, a record of conversations between a journalist and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI when the latter was still Prefect of the Congregation for the Faith. God or Nothing records conversations between a journalist, Nicholas Diat, and Robert Cardinal Sarah, for twenty-three years the Archbishop of … More →


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November/December Mancipia

The November/December 2015 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 VIEW full size, DOWNLOAD as PDF file, and/or PRINT. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.


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My Morning Cup of Joe, Part 2

[Part 2] It is early morning. I am in my favorite chair sipping coffee hoping that the morning fog enveloping my mind will soon wear off. My wife’s whirlwind of activity continues but I can’t stir until the life giving liquid I hold in my hands starts coursing through my body. I contemplate the coming day, the routine I will follow, the actions expected of … More →


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Forty Years After Franco’s Death

A young American male traveling in Spain in the early 1960s, as I was and did, would notice that women did not sunbathe topless on the country’s beaches the way many did on the French Riviera. There weren’t even any bikinis. An American who lived in the country explained to me that the body-covering one-piece swimsuits I saw everywhere were “required.” I was also told … More →


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