Category Archives: Columns

Category: Columns

Robert Louis Stevenson, Father Damien, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson visited Molokai in 1889 shortly after Saint Father Damien’s death (April 1889). He spent eight days there assisting Sister Marianne Cope (also canonized) with the lepers (much to her chagrin, for the author himself then had TB and could have easily  contracted the disease in that weakened state). Not long afterwards (actually four years before his own death in 1894), Stevenson came to … More →

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Asia Bibi Case Delayed, Judge Recuses Himself

Our community here in Richmond, NH, were all praying for Asia Bibi Wednesday night. As my column stated, the life of this Catholic mother of five was in the hands of the Pakistani Supreme Court. I found nothing on the major Catholic websites covering what happened with her trial on October 13. An evangelical website, Christianity Today, posted the latest developement: Christianity Today: After seven years in prison, … More →

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Urgent Prayers: Asia Bibi’s Final Appeal Case to Be Heard October 13

As I post this it is 1:00 AM, October 13, now in Pakistan. Please pray for Asia Bibi right now and before you go to sleep. Catholic Herald, Father Alexander Lucie-Smith: Regular readers of the magazine will not have forgotten the plight of Asia Bibi, the Christian Pakistani woman who has been imprisoned in solitary confinement for the last seven years for the supposed crime of blasphemy. … More →

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Clinton Staffers Rip Catholic Teaching and Catholics

Wikileaks has revealed some embarrassing anti-Catholic remarks from Hilary Clinton’s staffers. To quote Mike Church (from a Facebook post): Slick Hillary’s good squad of J. Halpin and Jennifer Palmieri, with an assist from the ubiquitous electronic voyeur John Podesta, had an email exchange in which they mocked “conservative Catholics” for being duped by Catholic “systematic thought” and “severely backwards gender relations”. Ahh yes, the Dogma … More →

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Called to Be a Brother?

The vocation to the consecrated life as a religious brother is a great gift of God. Brothers live the vows of evangelical perfection. We also live the common life of liturgical prayer, mental prayer, study, work, and apostolic action in a masculine atmosphere of joy and sacrifice. For us Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary [The male branch of the Slaves of the Immaculate … More →

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Columbus Believed in and Lived the Doctrine That There Is No Salvation Outside the Church

Although our country celebrates Columbus Day today, Monday October 10, so as to give workers a long weekend, everyone knows that the real holiday is October 12. This is the day, in 1492, when Christopher Columbus first sited land after a seventy-two day voyage westward across the Atlantic. The day before that he had promised his crew that if they did not see land by … More →

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Patriotism and the Conversion of America

What is patriotism for a Catholic? Do we have to be patriotic? How do we do so? These questions are answered in the first segment of this episode of Reconquest. For the remaining segments, I give a rapid-fire review of the history of evangelism in the New World. Here are some links to helpful resources on the same subject. The YouTube video below is a free. … More →

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Going to War in Syria: Seriously?

Catching up on news after our conference weekend (a good one, by all accounts I’ve heard from attendees), I became disturbed at the possibility of imminent war. I speak of the saber rattling over Syria. If the Warhawks get their way, there will be more useless deaths of Americans, increased (and justified) hatred of us abroad, worse conditions for the Christians in the Middle East, and … More →

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Padre Pio and the Russian Prince

A Russian prince, Karl Klugkist, born in Kiev on March 25, 1871, went into exile to Italy at the start of World War I. He was, as a prince, very well educated and had a healthy interest in religious matters. From what I gather from a short account of his experience with Padre Pio (found on the Padre Pio Foundation website) Prince Karl was a … More →

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Protest Emily Rooney’s Slander of Padre Pio

If you have not read yesterday’s release by the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, please do so and consider this action item: Please contact WGBH and let them know how outraged you were by Emily Rooney’s contemptuous and unjust slander of Padre Pio. You may email WGBH at: . You may also contact Jeff Keating, managing editor of WGBH News at 617-300-2539. You may contact Emily … More →

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Catholic Action League Rebukes Emily Rooney for Defaming Saint Padre Pio

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized public television host Emily Rooney for claiming that Padre Pio—Catholicism’s most popular modern saint—was “a charlatan.” Rooney, a former network television producer, moderates a weekly, half-hour discussion program, Beat the Press, where she and four panelists, usually a mix of columnists and professors of journalism, analyze news coverage of local and national events. The program is broadcast on Boston’s WGBH-TV, the so-called flagship … More →

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Paul Likoudis, News Editor for The Wanderer, Author, RIP

CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE MOURNS THE DEATH OF PAUL LIKOUDIS C.J. Doyle The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts is today mourning the untimely death of one of the most valiant exponents of the Catholic Faith of our generation, Paul Likoudis, who died, after a long battle with cancer, on September 22nd. He was sixty-one. Paul was the News Editor of The Wanderer from 1990 to 2014, where … More →

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Frances Allen, Daughter of Ethan Allen, First U.S. Citizen to Become a Nun

She was not the first American to become a nun. That was the convert Lydia Longely of Groton, Massachusetts. Lydia was born in 1674. At the age of twenty, after being ransomed from the Indians who slaughtered her parents some months before, she ended up in Canada living with the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame in Montreal. She came into the Catholic Church in … More →

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Conference Update: Frà Alexis Bugnolo to Speak

The learned and much labored Brother Alexis Bugnolo will be speaking at our conference this year. Brother Alexis is translator of the works of Saint Bonaventure, Registrar of the Scholasticum, author of the Italian language L’osservanza antica, and editor of the scholarly and voluminous Franciscan Archive (which has its own blog). He last spoke at our conference two years ago. Following a venerable Franciscan tradition of promoting armed 1 Catholic resistance … More →

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‘Power Corrupts and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely’

This saying (often overrated as an axiom), is attributed to Lord John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron of Acton (1834-1902). This historian, writer, and moralist did not invent the cliché. That may have been William Pitt  who uttered something nearly identical in a speech to the House of Lords in 1770. If power in itself corrupted then all human authority would be corrupt, which is anarchic. Power “can” corrupt, … More →

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