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The Common Factor

A month ago the SBC website posted an article by me in which I wrote: “Money is not evil. We all need it. What is evil is putting it at the center of the life of the society and men making the acquisition of it a main purpose of their life, as if our lives haven’t higher purpose.” My language was mild. That of Our … More →


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Allowing Polyandry in China: A Development of Doctrine and of Mercy

At a recent unashamedly Catholic Traditionalist Conference in New Hampshire (a part of which was held concurrently with the 5-19 October 2014 Synod in Rome on Marriage and the Family), I began to write my own Retractationes (Retractations), in imitation of Saint Augustine (the Bishop of Hippo), since I discovered at the Conference reliably that Pope John Paul II made none, nor did Pope Benedict … More →

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False Prophets

In the Gospel of Saint Matthew (7, 15-26), Our Lord presented this warning to His disciples: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” In short, Our Lord was warning His disciples to avoid being tricked by appearances. False prophets present themselves as sincere followers of the Word. Internally, however, they are “ravenous” — filled with envy, … More →


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Disaster Capitalism

Editor’s Introduction: This article was originally published in No. 27 of the late Anthony Fraser’s fine journal, Apropos. It is a review of Naomi Klein’s 2007 book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. As Ms. Klein is lately in the Catholic and secular news due to her involvement in the events surrounding the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter, Laudato Si’, the book and … More →

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England and Always: When the King Enjoys His Own Again

“England and Always” The British, the Empire, and the Faith Part II: When the King Enjoys His Own Again Though for a time we see Whitehall With cobwebs hanging on the wall Instead of gold and silver brave Which formerly was wont to have With rich perfume In every room, Delightful to that princely train Yet the old again shall be When the time you … More →


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Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber: a Rap Sheet

It is no secret that the German Professor, Hans Joachim “John” Schellnhuber, was one of the three speakers on the occasion of the official presentation of the Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si, this past June 18. Numerous Catholic commentators were taken aback by this selection of one of the main advocates of the trans-national Global Warming Agenda for the task. That agenda, we recall, maintains … More →


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The Real Truth About the Crusades: The Glory of the Crusades

Haven’t we all at some time in our discussions with Catholics, both practicing and fallen-away, and with non-Catholics alike, heard the comment in the middle of a conversation, “But what about the Crusades; what about the Inquisition?” While we make our point on some other aspect of the Faith, these two topics are invariably brought up to throw us off kilter because they absolutely know … More →


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July/August Mancipia

The July/August 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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The Apostles Creed

The feast day of Saint Thomas the Apostle on the traditional Roman calendar is December 21. In the new calendar it is July 3, so I took the liberty of giving him honor on this day too. Saint Jerome had the Apostle’s feast day listed on July 3. It was transferred to July 3 in 1969 so that the feast would not interfere with the … More →


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G.K. Chesterton’s View of Tolstoy’s Aspiration to Simplicity

When in 1902 G.K. Chesterton first published his essay “Tolstoy’s Cult of Simplicity” in a book of twelve of his collected essays, he was only twenty-eight years of age, and it was then only two years after he had first met Hilaire Belloc in a London Soho Pub in 1900. Although Chesterton would finally be received into the Catholic Church only some twenty years later … More →


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Money, the Immigration Problem, Islam

Although leftist propaganda has always portrayed it as the successful rising of peasants and the urban poor, and if the mob, incited by frustrated intellectuals, renegade priests and enthusiastic women, were in fact masters of the streets of Paris for a time, the principal outcome of the French Revolution of 1789 was that the bourgeoisie replaced the aristocracy as France’s ruling class. In the U.S., … More →


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‘The Family Under Attack': a Much Needed Guide for the Synod on 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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