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Analysis of grave flaws in family synod final report: Urgent prayer and action needed

What follows is an exact reposting of “Analysis of grave flaws in family synod final report: Urgent prayer and action needed” from the Voice of the Family site.  Earlier this month the Synod Secretariat published the lineamenta of the Ordinary Synod on the Family to be held in October 2015. This lineamenta consists of (1) the final report (relatio synodi)  of the Extraordinary Synod held … More →

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Dalai Lama Admits His Office is a Man Made Institution

(TIME) The Dalai Lama has conceded that the title may die with him and that it is “up to the Tibetan people” to decide whether someone follows him. In a BBC interview on Tuesday night, the 79-year-old leader said: “The Dalai Lama institution will cease one day. These man-made institutions will cease.” “There is no guarantee that some stupid Dalai Lama won’t come next, who will … More →

Posted in Columns, Heresies and Errors | 1 Comment

Torture Is Never Justified

Phil Lawler has what may be considered by some traditional-minded Catholics a “controversial” article on Catholic Culture website on this current issue of the CIA’s use of torture to get information from terrorists or suspected terrorists. Prescinding from the issue of capital punishment, which the Church has never objected to for certain crimes, when it comes to torture, Lawler, in my view, is right. Catholic … More →

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G.F. Handel: Dixit Dominus

Doing some research for a series of classes I’m giving on Handel’s Messiah, I came across this fun fact on Wikipedia: In Italy Handel met librettist Antonio Salvi, with whom he later collaborated. Handel left for Rome and, since opera was (temporarily) banned in the Papal States, composed sacred music for the Roman clergy. His famous Dixit Dominus (1707) is from this era. He also … More →

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Sheep in Bethlehem in December?

Yes, sheep in the hills of Bethlehem and in December.  And, yes, the Birth of Christ was on December 25. Brother André wrote a noteworthy  article for this website nine years ago defending the traditional date for Christmas. Now would be a good time to study it in order to refute any skeptics that you may know. Jimmy Akin has just posted a specific … More →

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Analogical Knowledge of God

What does it mean when we say that “all our knowledge of God is analogical”? In brief, it means that every concept that we rightly apply to God is partly the same as, but also partly different from, that same concept as applied to creatures. In Logic, we study the three modes of predication: univocity, equivocity, and analogy. As will soon become obvious, predication is … More →

Posted in Columns, Philosophy, Theology | 2 Comments

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 →

Posted in Columns, Current Issues in the Church | 3 Comments

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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