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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.

The Desolation of Katrina

Almost nine years ago, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast and did great damage to New Orleans, where I grew up. The Crescent City’s “Ninth Ward” was one of the hardest hit areas. It so happens that the Ninth Ward is where my high school, Holy Cross, was located. I was just sent a link to the two-minute YouTube video below, that has joined aerial shots … More →

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Three New Saints Were Apostles of the Americas

A little Triumphalism here, cobbled from Rome Reports and Vatican Information Services. The Pope signed the decree for an “equivalent canonization,” recognizing them as saints of the Universal Church. Vatican City, 3 April 2014 (VIS) – This morning the Holy Father Francis received in audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, during which he extended the liturgical cult … More →

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He Would Have Been a Priest: Rocky Versace, Killed by Viet Cong

Donald McClarey, The American Catholic: For his entire life Captain Humbert Roque ‘Rocky’ Versace was on a mission.  His first mission was as an Army Ranger.  His second mission was to be a Catholic priest and to work with orphan kids.  He had been accepted to a Maryknoll seminary but then fate intervened.  The son of Colonel Humbert  J. Versace from Puerto Rico and his wife Marie … More →

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Philadelphia: Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe OK’d for Street Corner

This is an interesting story in that the Sister, recently deceased, who was behind the project, claimed that an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in place of a photograph she had taken, using an old box camera, of a different mosaic in a prayer garden at Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Catholic news Service: Religious shrines or art in the public places … More →

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Are Catholics Being the Light to The Nation?

This sermon was preached by Rev. Fr. Shawn Landenwitch at Saint Henry Parish in Dayton, Ohio, on 02/09/2014. It was the 11 AM Novus Ordo Mass. He’s taking American Catholics to task for not converting the nation. Just ignore the “Good Morning” at the beginning. It gets better after that.

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Quaint Theories of Modernity

In his humorous but informative documentary “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” Ben Stein refers to Darwinism as a “quaint nineteenth-century theory.” This is what is known as “damning by faint praise,” and it is a commonly employed rhetorical device. Oftentimes, it is nothing more than a cheap shot, being far heavier on rhetorical effect than on justice or logical rigor. In this case, however, I think … More →

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When Government Fails

In 1906, my home town of San Francisco, then the largest city in the United States west of Chicago, was destroyed by earthquake and fire. When I was a kid there were still a lot of folks around who had adult memories of the disaster and I often heard their stories. What I now remember most is the pride of those persons. They had every … More →

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What is the American ‘Pays Reel’?

In his excellent article “Thy Kingdom Come,” Gary Potter explains an important distinction in French society of the nineteenth century: What we need to grasp is that all during the years of which we speak, and to a very real extent even today, there were virtually two countries within the national territory of France. Toward the end of the nineteenth century they would be given … More →

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Linebacker for Cleveland Browns to Apostle for Divine Mercy

More important things than my own glory: Eric Mahl Eric Mahl has always loved a challenge. In his youth, it was the prospect of being the best football player ever. This desire drove him to bench press 450 pounds, earn an NCAA Division I football scholarship and later a place on the Cleveland Browns’ roster. The 30-year-old Ohio native’s challenge now, however, is sharing the message … More →

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Miracle Approved to Advance New Jersey Sister to Sainthood

My aunt, Sister Mary Susan Boyle, Sister of Charity, worked for many years with Sister Zita of Saint Elizabeth’s convent at the Sister Miriam Therese League in Convent Station, NJ. Sister Zita was the force behind the cause for Sister Miriam Theresa Demjanovich’s canonization. I don’t think the League House exists anymore, but when I was a young man, my mother and I used to … More →

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KKK Musician Jives With Black Blues Great

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 →

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The Mount Monadnock Group Is Prepared!

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 →

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Poll Shows Huge Ideological Gap Among Americans on Domestic Issues

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 →

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CTSA Liberals Feeling a Bit Guilty for Being Soooo Exclusive

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 →

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Our Lady of the Rosary Church in NYC

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 →

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