Category Archives: Catholic America
Along with our crusade in defense of the defined doctrine of no salvation outside the Church, Saint Benedict Center is committed to working for the conversion of America. The false ecumenism and religious indifferentism that infected the Church in the twentieth century did much to dissipate the promising momentum of conversions to the Faith that marked nineteenth century America.
It is astonishing to read about the great work that Catholic priests and religious, sisters and brothers, were doing throughout this vast land not so long ago. Converts were flocking into the Church because our priests were giving Protestants not only an invitation, but knowledge of the Faith, and a challenge to submit to a visible religious authority that had all the divine credentials. Whether it was through reading apologetic and polemical materials or by attending one of the thousands of missions given by Jesuits and Redemptorists, the hearts of non-Catholics were responding to grace in ever growing numbers. America was on its way to becoming a Catholic nation, and that was before the more massive waves of Catholic immigrants came here after the turn of the century.
It can happen again.
Much like Daryl Davis I grew up having no clue what racial prejudice meant. I just didn’t. Fact! Some readers my age (61, BTW) may think that I am exaggerating, but I don’t care what people think. Skin color meant nothing to me growing up in New Jersey as far as friends went. I need not elaborate on that. This immunization from racial prejudice was … More →
Estote semper parati! (“always be prepared”) is the motto of the Federation of North American Explorers (FNE). Now that our adult leaders have made their promise, FNE’s Mount Monadnock Group, based at Saint Benedict Center in Richmond, N.H., is prepared! Our male and female sections, with their adult leaders, hiked two different trails of our eponymous Mount Monadnock. At the base and the summit, promise … More →
I rarely look at polls, but this one, the ABC News/Fusion Poll, is significantly revealing in the picture it paints of the huge disparity among Americans of voting age as to issues of women in the workplace, race and employment, immigration, role of and trust in our government, Obamacare, and, what I found most interesting, the wide gap between Democrats, Republicans, Independents, the under 30 … More →
The Catholic Theological Society of America is not “Catholic.” It is run by liberals who scoff at members who defend Church teaching. Liberals dominate the Board, or, I should say, totally are the Board. Speakers that represent the CTSA are all liberal. Conservatives (pardon the term as it is ambivalent nowadays) are simply not invited to speak at CTSA sponsored events. Now the liberal bosses on … More →
National Catholic Register: “People say, ‘Wow!’ when they walk in,” Father Walter Tonelotto enthused as we talked about the church he pastors, Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii Church in New York City. That jaw-dropping response happens upon entering the beautiful shrine-like church, which celebrates by its name what the universal Church has for centuries: the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, which … More →
Catholic Culture’s Phil Lawler posted from chapter four of his book of stories: When the Faith Goes Viral. “Latin Americans Give Jesus for Christmas,” by Angelique Ruhi-Lopez. Many Christians lament the over-commercialization of Christmas. A group in Peru is doing something about it by bringing Jesus back into Christmas celebrations and bringing people celebrating Christmas back to Christ. The program is called Navidad es Jesús, (Christmas … More →
The new College of Saints John Fisher & Thomas More (“Fisher More College”) in Fort Worth, Texas, is one of several small Catholic colleges working to recapture the true liberal arts tradition in Catholic higher education. Unlike the others, it boasts being: …the only College in the United States which is singularly devoted to the Traditional Latin Mass and the teaching of the Doctrines of the … More →
There are five saints who graced the city of Lima, Peru, in the first half of the seventeenth century: two were born and died there, three died there who came from Spain to be missionaries. They are Saints Rose (1617, whose feast day is today, August 30. She was the first person canonized who was born in the New World), Martin de Porres (1639), Turibius … More →
Triathlete Brad Seng resides in Boulder Colorado where he trains for triathlons as a professional athlete. Can you imagine swimming for 2.4 miles, biking for 112 miles, and just to make sure you do not have too much energy left over, run a full marathon of 26.2 miles? Those three events are run back to back to back (in 1 day!), and is exactly what Brad Seng trains for as … More →
As a public service, the Internet Archive, the “Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine,” has posted, as part of their “Old Time Radio” category, the radio programs of the Canadian Born “Radio Priest,” Father Charles Edward Coughlin (1891–1979).
CNA: Abortion activists interrupted Mass at the Cathedral of the Chilean capital Santiago the evening of July 25, destroying confessionals and defaming several side altars with blasphemous graffiti. More on this here.
CNA: The story of the persecution of Mexican Catholics in the 1920s is being told anew, in an English translation of a book by a scholar of Mexican culture and history. Read more here.
Given the medals by his Catholic fiancee, Katherine May Hewitt, the General and Miss Hewitt made a pact. If the General died in the war, Miss Hewitt would enter a convent. The General did die, holding the hill at Gettysburg; he was one of the battle’s first casualties. And Miss Hewitt? She kept her promise and went to Emmitsburg where she joined the Daughters of … More →
John Baptist Grieco’s Holy Theme Park may come back to life. I remember years ago on my many trips home to New Jersey passing by a Calvary scene poised on mountain top in Waterbury, Connecticut. How impressive it was, and so large, overlooking Interstate 84. A devout lawyer had planted it there with all the Stations of the Cross leading up the mountain to Calvary. … More →
(NOTE: At a public dinner in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1816, Stephen Decatur, naval hero of the War of 1812, famously declared: “Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be right; but our country right or wrong.” When the U.S. invaded Mexico in 1846, U.S. Senator John J. Crittenden of Kentucky expressed the same idea: “I hope to find my country in … More →