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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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Catholic Bishop Shocks UU Ecumenical Guru by Speaking Like Catholic Bishop

This is from the 1P5 Blog: After 37 years of Bishop Howard Hubbard leading the Diocese of Albany, it appears that some within the interfaith community may miss him already. Earlier this year Pope Francis appointed Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger to replace Bishop Hubbard who had reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. For nearly four decades Bishop Hubbard was considered to be one of the most … More →


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Synod Update: Cardinal Pell’s Assurances, ‘Blue Thursday’

In the interview below, Cardinal Pell completely contradicts Cardinal Kasper’s estimate that “a growing majority” are taking his own heterodox view on Holy Communion for habitual adulterers. He also makes an excellent point about the sexual chaos of the Roman world that the early Church evangelized. Catholic morality is profoundly liberating: it was for the Roman pagans of the early centuries, and it is for … More →

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Cardinal Kasper Denies Anti-African Comments, Journalist Posts Recording

That a progressivist who routinely denies the Catholic Faith and common sense in favor of liberalism and modernism was caught making xenophobic comments to a journalist about African bishops is news. That he denied making the comments is also news. And that the interviewer, Edward Pentin, can produce a recording of the comments is even more news. Sadly, Zenit news agency has seen fit to black … More →

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Prayer Vigil Challenge

Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River, Massachusetts, is sending out the first prayer vigil challenge to the schools mentioned with more to come. This is a true challenge and needs to go viral! Notice the young man’s emphasis on chivalry and the protection of the weak by the strong. These are the standards of Christendom, fast fading from the West. Notice, too, the … More →


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Cardinal Napier to the Rescue?

The Catholic Herald informs us that an outspoken South African Cardinal has been added to the committee that will draft the final report on the Synod: Pope Francis has added Cardinal Wilfrid Napier to the drafting committee which will produce the final report on the Extraordinary Synod on Pastoral Challenges to the Family. The appointment is significant because the South African cardinal was critical of the … More →

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Prayers Needed: Asia Bibi Appeal to Be Heard Tomorrow

At this year’s SBC Conference several people asked me about the status of Asia Bibi’s appeal. I posted many news items over the last two years concerning her and dedicated a talk to her cause at the 2012 SBC Conference. Here is one link to a past  column I wrote for our website readers. Another with more informative links is here. A list of other news items … More →

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The Ecumenism of Matrimony, ‘Graduality,’ and Sacraments of the Perfect

Reading Vatican Insider today, the thought struck me that they may have contracted with the editorial staff of The Onion for their coverage of the Synod on the Family. But this is no joke. The quotes below are attributed to Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi: During yesterday afternoon’s session, “it was underlined that even imperfect situations must be considered with respect: for instance, de facto unions in … More →

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