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Marriage Vote in Ireland

For Immediate Release Friends of Ireland Warn of Dangers To Religious Freedom In Yes Vote On Marriage Referendum Pro-Life and Pro-Family friends of Ireland in the United States today are sending a message of caution to the Irish people about the potential dangers to religious freedom in the Irish Republic, which could result from a change in the traditional definition of marriage. Irish citizens will … More →


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You’re Going to Love This Humble Tribute to the Queen of the May

Richard Becker is now my favorite internet writer. At least for the rest of the month. I have heard similar words to his uttered with stirring pathos from Father Michael Jarecki our chaplain here at Saint Benedict Center for many years. He died on October 22, 2012, at the age of ninety-five. Father never ended a sermon without calling upon us to love Mary for she … More →

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Amazing Story of How the Works of St. John of the Cross Survived the Revolution in Spain

Who would have thought that a South African poet who studied in England where he befriended Tolkien, Lewis, and Eliot, lived in Provence, moved to Toledo where he and his family were baptized into the Church, would be called upon by the Carmelites to protect the writings of Saint John of the Cross from anti-clerical revolutionaries. When he and his family escaped the hands of … More →

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Thank You, Pope Francis

Traditionalists are often criticized for being insufficiently respectful of the Holy Father, Pope Francis. Be it noted that we here at Saint Benedict Center not only respect the office and the man who occupies it (and pray for him), but we are particularly grateful for three recent moves, which have, in varying degrees, political as well as religious significance. In stating our gratitude, I risk … More →


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Mic’d Up—Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus

Christine Niles hosts an informative and stimulating edition of “Mic’d Up” on ChurchMilitant.com: “Mic’d Up—Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus.” Here is their teaser copy: “In this week’s edition of Mic’d Up, guest host Christine Niles tackles the little-discussed topic of Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus, or “Outside the Church there is no salvation.” Guests include host of Romanus Contra Mundum Father Roman Manchester, historian and author Charles Coulombe, … More →


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The Franciscans of the Immaculate: ‘the Volpi era’ is Over

Schadenfreude is not allowed. Let us pray for Father Volpi. And let us pray that the malicious and unlawful prohibition of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (and Divine Office) according to the traditional rite be completely rescinded. (There is much more to restore as well.) From Roberto de Mattei via Francesca Romana/Rorate Caeli: Sic transit gloria mundi. For the Franciscans of … More →


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Catholicism.org Gets DDoS Attack from China and Brazil

The site was briefly down today due to malicious activity. Our provider tells us we sustained a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack from a range of IPs primarily from Brazil and China. A DDoS attack is a hostile maneuver whereby numerous IPs send requests to your site all at once in order to bring it down. Unfortunately, we had to block China’s and Brazil’s IP range from … More →


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A Misleading ‘Survey’ from a Liberal Demagogue

Ann McLane Kuster, as her online bio says, “was elected to the United States Congress to represent New Hampshire’s 2nd District in November 2012, and was sworn into office on January 3, 2013.” Probably because I wrote her office at some time or another, I get her emails. She is rabidly pro-baby-killing. She is also on record as a supporter of the Gomorrean abomination of … More →


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Pamela Geller Dares the Jihadi Devil

The neoconservative warhawk Pamela Geller did what all great strategists in the history of armed conflict would recommend — from Sun Tzu to Thucydides to B. H. Liddell Hart: she organized a cartoon drawing contest to mock what is most sacred to her enemy in an effort to show the moral superiority of her people over that enemy. Brilliant. If Ms. Geller cannot be commended for prudence or fortitude, she … More →


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Father Václav Gunther Jacob: Bohemian, Benedictine, and Baroque

Searching for a recording of Ian Dismas Zelenka’s wonderful Missa Dei Filii (Mass of God the Son), I found myself continuously running across a work of the same name by another Bohemian composer of the Baroque era, Václav Gunther Jacob. I had never heard of him. Finally stopping to learn something about Zelenka’s fellow countryman and contemporary, I was thrilled to learn that Jacob was not only a Catholic priest, … More →


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‘Consider the Ant You Sluggard’

Our house is receiving a lot of unwelcome guests since the warm weather ensued. I speak of ants. The little ones I can understand, they are racing around looking for real food. But the big black ants are another story. I never see them on a kitchen counter, just walking across our living room rug. Not an army of them, but one here one there. … More →

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Father Nicholas Gruner, the ‘Fatima Priest,’ Has Died

Last night, John Vennari posted the following on the Catholic Family News Blog: It is my sad duty to announce the sudden death of Father Nicholas Gruner. He died suddenly late today [Wednesday, April 29] of a heart attack while working at his Fatima Center office. At the moment, I do not know more than this. Please re-visit our page for updates. He was truly the … More →


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Charles Coulombe Interviewed on Americanism

ChurchMilitant.com: On this week’s edition of Mic’d Up, Michael Voris unpacks the heresy of Americanism. Guests include historian Charles Coulombe, Catholic apologist Robert Sungenis, and theologian Fr. Brian Harrison. Catholicism.org comment: Charles Coulombe’s interview is first, beginning right after the short news segment. Apparently the video cannot be imbedded here, so readers are encouraged to go to the ChurchMilitant.com site to view it. If you like what … More →


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Save the Dates for the 2015 Saint Benedict Center Conference

Join us on Friday-Saturday, October 16 and 17, 2015, for Saint Benedict Center’s annual conference. NOTE: In recent years, our Conference has been on Columbus Day weekend. But this has caused some conflicts with the previously scheduled activities of other traditional Catholic communities. Therefore, we have transferred it to the following weekend.  Who: YOU! And our speakers so far lined up — Dr. G.C. Dilsaver, Robert Hickson, Gary Potter, … More →


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The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Death of Saint Catherine of Siena

I have never read the life of any saint that so affected me as that of Saint Catherine of Siena. The best biography was that of Sigrid Undset on which I based my own short life of Saint Catherine, “I Have Seen the Secrets of God”. We have her Dialogues, dictated to secretaries, but a great book would be a collection of all the things she said … More →

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