Category Archives: Columns

From the Laptops

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I Saw Bishop Athanasius Schneider Last Night, and I’m Glad I Did

Last night, at Holy Ghost parish in Tiverton, Rhode Island, Brothers and Sisters from Saint Benedict Center were among the hundreds present for Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s much-anticipated presentation on the crisis in the Church. What was especially rewarding for me in hearing His Excellency speak were not so much his own words, but the “prophetical” writings of a succession of recent popes that he quoted at length. Citing Blessed Pius … More →


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Reconquest Episode 30: Saint Ferdinand III, with Dr. Alexandra Wilhelmsen

For this show, I am joined by Dr. Alexandra Wilhelmsen (with whom I previously discussed the Spanish Carlists). Our subject is Saint Ferdinand III, the Crusader and liberator of Catholic Spain, who united the two Iberian Kingdoms of Leon and Castile, ruling — after his successful Reconquista — a territory roughly two-thirds the size of present-day Spain. Included in our discussion are the Saint’s Marian piety, … More →


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Gianna Jessen and Brownson’s ‘Smallest Peg’

Meet Gianna Jessen. She’s not a Catholic. She identifies as a Christian. She says she only wants Jesus. Before I go on with this, let me say that I, too, hate reading news stories (or anything else on the Internet) peppered with Twitter tweets. I will try to be sparing in my selection of embedded tweets. But, as this concerns something that happened on Twitter, … More →


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Reconquest Episode 29. Giving God His Due

On this show, I consider a standard objection to Catholic devotion: the charge of idolatrous worship of the Blessed Virgin, the saints, and the angels. I call the show Giving God His Due. The question boils down to this: What is it that Catholics offer to the Virgin Mary, the other saints, or the angels that is due to God alone? What is God’s due that … More →


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The Problem of Pluralism and the Remedy of (True) Religion

Mike Church and Chris Ferrara discuss the contrast between Christendom and Western Modernity, and also the remedies to the problems of the latter. To cut to the chase, the real remedy is conversion to the Catholic Faith and the Christian social order that goes along with it. If you consider that this kind of programming should get to more people, please consider supporting the Veritas … More →


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Reconquest Episode 28. Saint Robert Southwell: The Truth, the Beauty, and the Gore. Guest: Charles Coulombe

For my next Reconquest, I will be joined by Charles Coulombe. Charles and I will discuss “Saint Robert Southwell: The Truth, the Beauty, and the Gore.” Topics will include a brief biological sketch of the missionary-martyr-poet, the purpose of his poetry, and some of that poetry itself. His was an amazing career as a hunted missionary who not only exercised a priestly, sacramental mission among the … More →


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Simon Bening: The Temptation of Christ

The Temptations of Christ in the Desert

The Three Temptations of Christ in the Desert After forty days of fasting and prayers Our Lord is tired and hungry. He has not yet begun His public life. Saint John the Baptist has given testimony that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Jesus is baptized by John and he retires to a desert place to prepare … More →

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Mass Schedule from June 14 to July 18

Sunday Masses for the rest of June are at the regular time (7:30 low Mass/9:30 sung Mass). Weekday Masses will be offered only on the following days: Wednesday, June 15; Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, June 20-22; Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, June 27 to 29. All of these scheduled June Masses will be offered by Msgr. Lamothe. There will be only one Sunday Mass on July 3. … More →


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Saint Columba and the Loch Ness Monster

(Courtesy of Fisheaters.com) St. Columba (also known as “Columcille”) was born of the O’Donnell Clan in Garten, County Donegal, Ireland, on December 7, 521; he died on 9 June, 597. In between, he founded monasteries in and evangelized Ireland and Scotland. The story of his meeting Nessie — said to have taken place in A.D. 565 — was first recorded by Adamnan in “The Life … More →


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Mike Church to Speak at 2016 Saint Benedict Center Conference: Fri, Sept. 30-Sat., Oct. 1

Join us on Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1. Our topic this year will be “Keeping the Counter-Reformation Going.” Speakers will include: Gary Potter Joe Doyle Charles Coulombe Mike Church Of course, SBC’s MICM religious.  Other speakers, TBA! More information will posted as details become available. Register Here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.


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Armenian Martyr Archbishop Ignatius Maloyan

Reading through the tenth anniversary issue of the Knights of Columbus’ Colombia magazine I came to a short, boxed article on Blessed Archbishop Ignatius Maloyan. He was one of the Armenian martyrs, victim of the Turkish genocide. Shoukr Allah Maloyan was born in Mardin Turkey in 1869. As a priest he took the name Ignatius. For ten years he served as a parish priest in … More →

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Reconquest Episode 27. Contracepting Heaven and Earth. Guest: C.J. Doyle

My good friend C.J. Doyle joins me for the next Reconquest. C.J. is the Executive Director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, a frequent speaker at Saint Benedict Center Conferences, and an informed and erudite Catholic culture warrior, who has done a great deal for many years to defend faith and family in the Bay State. Our subject is “Contracepting Heaven and Earth,” which … More →


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Mass Schedule for the Rest of June

From now until June 13, the Mass schedule at Saint Benedict Center will be as normal: 7:30 AM daily low Mass; 7:30 AM low and 9:30 AM high Mass on Sundays. For the remainder of June, our Sunday schedule will remain normal, but we will not have daily Mass — at least at this point we have no prospects for daily Mass during that time. … More →


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The Wilton Diptych. Edmund is shown with Edward the Confessor, John the Baptist and Richard II.

And Now for Something Completely Different: the Islamification of the U.K.

Due to some mystery lurking deep within the algorithms of YouTube, I was recently presented with a recommendation to watch this video, dating from 1984, of Graham Chapman appearing on a British television program called “Opinions.” I was intrigued because of something I saw in the text summarizing the video. Not yet five minutes in, I stopped it in disgust. If you recognized the first part of … More →


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Sister Maria Philomena, M.I.C.M.

Reconquest Episode 26. Corpus Christi, Feast and Mystery. Guest: Sister Maria Philomena, M.I.C.M.

Sister Maria Philomena joins me for Reconquest, Episode 26. We are discussing the topic, “Corpus Christi, Feast and Mystery.” Subjects include general Catholic notions of sacramentality and liturgical piety, Saint Thomas Aquinas’ explanation of past, present, and future aspects of the sacraments in general and the Blessed Eucharist in specific, the history of the Feast of Corpus Christi, some of the music inspired by the … More →


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