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A Sick and Satanic US War Against Catholic Mexicans: Polk’s 1846 Massacres

I posted this in the Column section in the hope that more people would read it. Just a bit more information as a side bar: The Spanish flag has flown for a longer period over more of the land that would become the USA than the Stars and Stripes. Am I patriotic? Do I believe “My country, right or wrong?” “Yes,” to the first question, … More →

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‘No, We Cannot,’ Enough Said to the Homosexual Activists

I do not understand why morally upright “Christians” who have to deal with the homosexual agenda in their businesses should always apologize for their convictions. They say things like, “we do not care what homosexual couples do in the privacy of their own lives, but we cannot compromise our biblical beliefs by validating their lifestyle with a wedding cake, a good time photo,  or a … More →

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Curious Carthusian News

Readers may recall that, a little over two years ago, we reported that… The new Prior General of the Carthusians, Dom François Marie Velut, O. Carth., was once known as Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité. …and was the Fatima scholar who wrote a hard-hitting and scholarly trilogy on the whole truth of Fatima. This former disciple of the Abbe de Nantes has asked to … More →

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Comment Moderation Note: ‘Hell’

Some readers recently commented on a posting regarding the tragic case of Brittany Maynard. The word “hell,” which appeared in several of the comments, flagged off our moderation system not to allow those comments to be published, pending moderation. I have just removed “hell” from the list of “bad words” that Disqus flags for moderation. (That list is long and grotesque, by the way!) I’m … More →

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From the Chair of Jeff Mirus

Jeff Mirus does not believe in the thrice defined dogma of “no salvation outside the Church” in its literal and “irreformable” clarity (as a de fide doctrine is defined at Vatican I). Yet Mirus props himself in a gratuitous “chair” to issue his decrees against Catholics who receive the sacraments from SSPX priests. Going so far as to say that their confessions are invalid. And he … More →

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NY Archdiocese 112 Parishes Will Be Merged to Create 55 New Parishes

WHY? If one can be saved in any religion, why bother with the “burden” of the One True Religion’s demands? Why bother going to Mass or Confession? Protestants can be saved without these sacraments. For that matter, so can Jews, Moslems, Buddhists, Hindus, even atheists who are sincere in their atheism. Does going to Mass just make me “feel good”? Good for me, but my … More →

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Glitch with Disqus Comment System Now FIXED!

We are experiencing some problems with the Disqus comment system. All comments are being recorded and posted. The problem is with their syncing to our web site in such a way that they are properly displayed on our front page. It may take some time to fix this problem as we are unable to attend to it right away due to the other duties that … More →

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The Deliquescent Hermeneutic of Moral Mensheviks

Today’s neo-conservatives in the Church — also called “neo-Catholics” — are the doctrinal, moral, and theological equivalent of Russia’s revolutionary Mensheviks. As Solzhenitsyn often said, Mensheviks prepare the field for Bolsheviks (as did the Girondins for the Jacobins). Dr. Jeffrey Mirus is one such. He has recently declared that there is room for considering what he calls “the Kasper Proposal,” because it is not, after all, a … More →

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Cardinal Kasper’s Error on God

Having read Father Serafino M. Lanzetta’s “Mercy according to Cardinal Kasper,” a couple of weeks ago, I was recently musing over the matter when it struck me: If, as Father Serafino Maria says, the Cardinal makes mercy God’s fundamental attribute, then he errs gravely on the nature of God, and for one principal reason. Mercy is not an attribute that God would ever manifest in eternity. Why? Because … More →

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Just a Few Unusual Happenings in the Lives of the Saints

Unusual Things in the Lives of the Saints I am posting this without doing reference work. These accounts are in my memory, having read many books on the saints, including Father Alvin Butler’s magnum opus: short biographies for every saint for every day of the year. His work must have taken a lifetime. Saint John Chrysostom takes the prize for Father Butler’s longest entry: forty … More →

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Bishop Tobin’s Frankness on the Synod

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, of Providence, R.I., has published some frank observations on the Synod, some of which I excerpt here: In trying to accommodate the needs of the age, as Pope Francis suggests, the Church risks the danger of losing its courageous, counter-cultural, prophetic voice, a voice that the world needs to hear. The concept of having a representative body of the Church voting on … More →

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The Progressivist Putsch at the Synod

I am currently writing something about the Synod to be published as an Ad Rem. Meantime, here are some thoughts that I should not attempt to fit into that piece, which I am trying to keep concise. The Relatio that came out a week ago is a masterstroke of the progressivist approach to doctrine. For the progressivist, truth changes and dogma evolves, as Cardinal Reinhard Marx explicitly stated at the end … More →

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Two Talks on ‘Where we are. How we got here. What we need to do.’

From “Video Sancto.” The speaker is not named on the YouTube video. Commenters are asked to refrain from doing so on this site. Part I. We are in a revolutionary time of history. Revolutions have been a part of the world since Lucifer rebelled from God and became the adversary—Satan. In this talk we will gain a deep knowledge as to how revolutions come about … More →

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Synod: Manipulation and Blowback

Sandro Magister outlines the methodology employed to assure that the progressivist agenda succeeds at the Synod on the Family. “New paradigms of divorce and homosexuality are now at home in the highest levels of the Church. Nothing has been decided, but Pope Francis is patient. An American historian confutes the ideas of La Civiltà Cattolica…”  [Read more…]. Below, Michael Voris reports on the blowback — among cardinals, bishops, … More →

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Breaking News: Cardinal Burke on the Synod, His Canning, and Pope Franicis

(Buzzfeed) A top cardinal told BuzzFeed News on Friday that the worldwide meeting of church leaders coming to a close in Rome seemed to have been designed to “weaken the church’s teaching and practice” with the apparent blessing of Pope Francis. Cardinal Raymond Burke, an American who heads the Vatican’s highest court of canon law, made the remarks in a phone interview from the Vatican, … More →

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