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The Globe’s Kevin Cullen Defines Once Catholic Ireland as “Backward”

In a metro column of The Boston Sunday Globe of August 24th, serial Catholic basher Kevin Cullen wrote about the controversy in Ireland over the discovery of unmarked graves of children at the site of a maternity home in Tuam administered bythe Bon Secours Sisters. Though disturbing questions remain, the affair has been characterized by hysterical press coverage and extravagant claims, almost all of which … More →


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Victory for School Choice in New Hampshire

(Cato Institute) Low- and middle-income children in New Hampshire will now be able to use tax-credit scholarships at any school they choose, whether secular or religious. This morning, the New Hampshire Supreme Court (NHSC) followed the precedent of the U.S. Supreme Court in unanimously ruling that the petitioners challenging the “Live Free or Die” state’s scholarship tax credit law lack standing because they could not demonstrate any harm. The law grants … More →


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Anthony Fraser, RIP

We received sad news this morning. Anthony Fraser, the son of Hamish Fraser, died of a heart attack, either last night or early this morning. Anthony was the editor of Apropos Magazine, the successor to his father’s Approaches. Like his great father, he was an intrepid defender of the Social Rights of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King and an ardent devotee of integral Catholic … More →


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The Saint Thérèse We Did Not Read About

Joe Sparks of Catholic Household website highlights some of the temptations that Saint Thérèse, the Little Flower, had to endure that are, to put it mildly, frightening. The first issue of her autobiography, Story of a Soul, was heavily edited (censored actually) by her sister, Mother Agnes. That must have been the version I read many years ago. John Clarke’s edition, however, which was published in 1975, is … More →

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Fr. Grimm: Church Should Canonize Exemplary Non-Catholics

Below is a clip from Father Grimm’s fanciful article in UCANews. The last paragraph is a perfect example of the condescending obfuscation typical of liberal theologians. Abraham, Moses and the prophets had the same Faith, inchoatively, that we do; they believed in a Savior to come; we believe that He has come, rose from the dead, and lives forever in heaven and in the Eucharist. “Abraham,” Jesus told the pharisees, … More →

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Loving Father to Prodigal Daughter: ‘First, We Go to Confesssion’

This is very inspiring conversion story. One need not be a beautiful model to identify with Leah Darrow. Nor does one need to be a young woman. Her story is for every fallen away Catholic, especially the young who are living in sin or frequently falling. Her story is for Catholic parents, as well, who are suffering and praying for their wayward sons and daughters, … More →

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100 Years Ago Today Pope Saint Pius X Passed Away

Great tribute follows from Rorate Caeli website: Thank you, Saint Pius X! Please, intercede for us in Heaven above, that we may accomplish the words of the Apostle to the Gentiles you made your lifelong aspiration: “to restore all things in Christ“! For the past 8 years, we have strived to cover each major centennial of Pope Saint Pius’ amazing holy work for the Restoration of … More →

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Nice Home for Sale Near Saint Benedict Center

(Realtor.com— click here for pictures) Looking for that Wow factor? Airy and bright custom open concept home with post & beam effect. Living and dining great room with cathedral ceiling, skylights and floor to ceiling windows. Cherry and pine floors. Open staircase to 2nd floor balcony. Updated kitchen with breakfast bar and 2 freshly renovated baths. French door to family/sunroom with cathedral ceiling and sliders … More →


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Twitter Issue with Catholicism.org

Users attempting to “tweet” posts on this site in the last couple of days will have seen a message like this: “This request looks like it might be automated. To protect our users from spam and other malicious activity, we can’t complete this action right now. Please try again later.” But Google’s Safe Browsing Diagnostic page says that our site is NOT “listed as suspicious.” We have opened … More →


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Identical Twin Priests Whose Mother Refused Their Abortion

This is a wonderful story, not only because of the mother’s refusal to abort what her doctors told her was a terribly deformed baby with two heads and three arms but also because of the twin’s own conversion after they both stopped practicing their Catholic Faith. Not only that, but, while she was carrying the two, the doctor also told the mother that without an abortion she herself might die. … More →

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Transfiguration and Theosis

The Ad Rem just posted today was intended to be up in time for yesterday’s feast of the Transiguration. Circumstances forbad that. I’m posting here something of a “coda” to it. For your consideration of the great mysteries of Our Lord’s Transfiguration and of Theosis, here are some further readings. Two notes are in order: (1.) Because of the heavy emphasis that our Eastern Christian brethren … More →


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Good News from France

From Gaza to Mosul to America’s southern border to Ukraine, there is an awful lot of Bad News — so much so that it deserves to be capitalized. We are assured of these things, however: “And where sin abounded, grace did more abound” (Rom. 5:20). “And we know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good, to such as, according to … More →


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The Cause of the Horror in Palestine: Good Article

I just read this excellent post by an anti-Zionist Jew who is not afraid to put his name on line.  The horror of the massacres of Palestinian civilians continues, but conservative Catholic websites dismiss the Israeli atrocities by focusing totally on fanatical statements (and acts) by jihadists. Many of these Palestinian civilians are Christian. Most are innocent Moslems who have no use for Hamas and … More →

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Feminized Clergy and Young Men

This is an issue that we have touched upon many times on this site. (ChurchMilitant.TV) One survey after another keeps coming out showing how young men are in increasing danger. In danger that is, of losing any sense of who they are, of their masculine identity – that is, what little of it the prevailing liberal culture will let them maintain – which is to … More →


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