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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. (Learn here about “Real American Apostles.”) 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.

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More Exemplary Testimony About Yogi Berra the Catholic

Thank you to Brother John Marie Vianney, M.I.C.M., Tert., a baseball enthusiast to be sure, for these tidbits and clippings about the recently deceased great Yankee catcher. These were the days when athletes did not have big egos and had thick skin. Baseball was just a game. Players did not take themselves so seriously as tender souls do today. Yogi and Pope John  XXIII Reporter: “I … More →

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Pope Francis Canonizes Father Junipero Serra

Sister Maria Philomena wrote a biography of Father Serra, The Father of California. You can read it here. In his homily for the canonization, Pope Francis stressed the zeal of the saint to spread the joy of the gospel unto death: “He kept going, because his brothers and sisters were waiting. He kept going forward to the end of his life. Today, like him, may we … More →

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The Devil’s Tabernacle

When I was still in grammar school an Irish missionary priest visited our home. His name was Father Patrick Shine. He had been a missionary in Africa. He was as a traditionalist before there were “traditionalists,” a friend of and guest at Saint Benedict Center when we were in Still River, Massachusetts. He once prophesied concerning himself: “When I have said a perfect Rosary I … More →

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The OFFICIAL Graphic for the Pope’s American Visit (SBC Version)

The media in the US have been scrambling for “papal” and “Catholic” news stories in the lead-in to Pope Francis’ American visit (September 22 – 27). With headlines like “Conservative dissent is brewing inside the Vatican” and “As Pope visit nears, U.S. Catholic Church faces financial strain,” the press is telling us all about Catholic, and specifically “American Catholic” things (the American Cardinal Burke figures prominently … More →

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Mark Twain Admired Church in Hawaii for Being ‘Unmistakably Catholic’

Servant and Steward: Finding myself in the unusual situation without another book to read at hand, I picked up a copy of Mark Twain’s Letters from Hawaii, edited by A. Grove Day (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1966). More here.   Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Holy and Heroic Priest Who Died on the Battlefield in Vietnam

Donald McClarey, The American Catholic: Born in New York City on September 11, 1929, he dreamed as a boy of being a missionary in Asia.  He would go to Asia, as a priest, but as a Chaplain in the Army.  A graduate of Seaton Hall University and Maryknoll Seminary, he had served as a priest in the diocese of Mobile Alabama, before joining the Army … More →

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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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More Than Half of Young Catholic Families in US Identify As Hispanic

Although this survey offers other reasons why Hispanic/Latinos identify themselves as Catholic I like to think it is because they believe in Catholic religious teaching and they love the Blessed Mother. Latin Post: More than half of young Catholic families (53 percent) identify themselves as Latino or Hispanic compared with 32 percent of all Catholics, according to a recent survey. Could the presence of Hispanic … More →

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Jamestown Captain Archer May Have Been Catholic

The Atlantic: After 400 years in the Virginia dirt, the box came out of the ground looking like it had been plucked from the ocean. A tiny silver brick, now encrusted with a green patina and rough as sandpaper. Buried beneath it was a human skeleton. The remains would later be identified as those of Captain Gabriel Archer, one of the most prominent leaders at Jamestown, … 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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Early New England’s Anti-Catholic Fanaticism

Bradley J. Birzer, Catholic World Report: Maryland had not been the only place harboring anti-Catholic feelings in the colonies. Indeed, every colony had some form of anti-Catholic law, except for Pennsylvania. The farther north one journeyed, the stronger the anti-Catholicism became. As early as the 1640s, for example, the New England colonies had passed a law that a man could enter a congregation only if armed with his … More →

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George Washington’s Portrait of Our Lady Back at Mount Vernon

George Washington’s Mount Vernon: Throughout the year, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association is delighted to welcome members of the Washington and Custis families to Mount Vernon. One such family visit, however, will remain especially memorable. In November 2003, when a group of descendants of John Augustine Washington III came to Mount Vernon, one family member brought with her a photograph of a work of art … More →

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Obergefell v. Hodges: A Moment of Grace

At the end of a short posting on our site, “Rod Dreher on Obergefell and Living as Exiles,” I said about that horrible SCOTUS ruling: “this is a moment of grace for us.” The promise was made to develop that thought, which I now set out to do. Some background is in order. By and large, American Catholicism has a long history of cowardice and … More →

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Chris Ferrara’s Interview with Mike Church, a Philosophy Student of Brother Francis

We’ve told our readers about Mike Church before. Now, Chris Ferrara has interviewed Mike for The Remnant. The interview features questions and answers about Mike’s reversion to Catholicism, his conversion to tradition, and his love of the traditional Mass. The major thrust, though, is on how this radio personality has transformed his secular radio program into an instrument for evangelism, getting converts to the faith in the process. … More →

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In 1922 Oregon Tried to Force Catholic Children to Attend Public Schools

Interesting interview with Father David Endres, assistant professor of Church history and historical theology at The Athenaeum of Ohio. CNA: In 1922, Oregon passed a law forcing all children between the ages of eight and sixteen in parochial and private schools into public schools. The law, the Compulsory Education Act of 1922, was supported by the Ku Klux Klan as a measure to push for standard … More →

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