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Catholic Action League Applauds Pope’s Letter on the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today applauded Pope Francis for his Letter on the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which extends to all Catholic priests the faculty to absolve penitents from the mortal sin of abortion, and which authorizes the priests of the Society of Saint Pius X—founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre—to validly and licitly administer the Sacrament of Penance. As the grave sin of … More →

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Pope Francis: Priests of SSPX Absolve ‘Validly and Licitly’ During Holy Year of Mercy

To My Venerable Brother Archbishop Rino Fisichella President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization [Source] [Skip to penultimate paragraph, here emboldened, regarding our headline —] With the approach of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy I would like to focus on several points which I believe require attention to enable the celebration of the Holy Year to be for all believers … More →

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Priest Arriving This Week!

Later this week, a priest will begin a four-week visit to Saint Benedict Center. He is coming with our Bishop’s permission in order that we might get to know each other. What happens after his four-week visit is not yet planned, nor can it be at this point.1   Father will offer the Holy Mass on Friday Morning, and daily for the duration of his stay. (Providentially, he arrives in time for First … More →

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‘Catholics’ Who Serve Planned Parenthood in the Massachusetts House of Representatives

Amid the gruesome revelations of the ghoulish practices by Planned Parenthood—the country’s worst perpetrator of abortions—came the news that the local political arm of this organized crime network, the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, keeps a list of “Champions” and “Allies” who serve the interests of the abortion industry in the Massachusetts General Court. In the first part of our analysis, released on July … More →

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Catholic Laymen Speak Up in Defense of a Persecuted Swiss Bishop

On August 10, as reported (, a Swiss umbrella organization of homosexuals, Pink Cross, has sued Bishop Vitus Huonder for defending the Catholic Church’s traditional teaching on homosexuality. Bishop Huonder has since then made a public statement where he repeats his apology for not putting the quotes from the Old Testament in a sufficient context — namely, that he did not intend to invite violence … More →

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Bella Mercedes (May 14, 2013 – August 5, 2013)

O Beauty’s mercy, Mercy’s beauty sweet, A ray of light from God our Father’s dawn: So brief your stay, so soon was your retreat; O Bella! O Mercedes! Now you’re gone. The man who sired you grieves his Beauty’s loss, While she who birthed you does her Mercy mourn; They gave you life and you gave them a Cross. And tears and pains and sorrows … More →

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Father Paul Trinchard, RIP

We have just learned that Father Paul Trinchard, of New Orleans, died on Saturday night or Sunday morning last following emergency surgery due to colon cancer. That cancer had been diagnosed as advanced metastatic only some three weeks previously. Father Trinchard visited the Center in Richmond about 23 years ago. I knew him personally before that, as we are both from New Orleans. Father suffered … More →

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C. J. Doyle’s Remarks at the National Day Of Protest Rally In Boston: August 22, 2015

This is really a wonderful turnout. It looks like we have more than 250 people here today. God bless all of you, and you are certainly to commended for showing up on this Saturday in August. Well, the mask has been torn away with these videos. The veneer has been shattered, irretrievably. The seemingly impenetrable, carefully constructed facade of public respectability of Planned Parenthood has cracked and … More →

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Boston: Hundreds Rally to De-Fund Planned Parenthood

Nearly 300 supporters of the Right to Life gathered this morning for a rally and prayer vigil in front of the Planned Parenthood facility on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. The event was part of a National Day of Protest against the abortion giant. More than fifty pro-life organizations in three hundred communities across the United States staged demonstrations today calling for the de-funding, investigation and criminal … More →

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Is the Bible Catholic?

A logical, lucid, and brief article below by Jeff Mirus for Catholic Culture. Well worth sharing with Bible-thumpers, or any Protestant, who is open to the truth. You may also want to read Father Arnold Damen’s, The Church or the Bible, on our website. It is a great work of simple, and humorous, apologetics. Catholic Culture: The other day I referred to Dave Armstrong’s fine collection of essays, Proving the … More →

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The Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes Was Real

I was reading an article on The Remnant website dealing with a sermon Pope Francis gave during his whirlwind tour of Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. The sermon, as related in the original Spanish and in the English translation given by the anonymous author, Father X, offers a moral interpretation of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Being that the miracle was … More →

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Keene, New Hampshire Planned Parenthood Protest

The recently released undercover videos from The Center for Medical Progress have had good results. These are the videos that expose the crimes of Planned Parenthood employees and their business partners, who are trafficking in human organs for profit. This Saturday, across our Republic, a National Day of Protest is being sponsored by a coalition of pro-life groups, including Human Life International and New Hampshire Right to … More →

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Human Capital – Episode 3: Planned Parenthood’s Custom Abortions for Superior Product

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 (The Center for Medical Progress) — The third episode in a new documentary web series and 7th video on Planned Parenthood’s supply of aborted fetal tissue tells a former procurement technician’s harrowing story of harvesting an intact brain from a late-term male fetus whose heart was still beating after the abortion. The “Human Capital” documentary web series, produced by The Center for Medical … More →

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Priest Wanted

Saint Benedict Center is losing our resident priest, who has been with us the last almost five years. We are looking for another priest to fill that role as soon as possible. Here in southern New Hampshire are a small group of religious brothers, sisters, and traditional Catholic lay faithful (200+ on Sundays). We have a small school, too, and do some publishing, such as … More →

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Please Pray for Two Deceased Founding Members of SBC/MICM

We have just arrived home from the funeral of Sister Gemma, M.I.C.M., one of the founding members of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and a Sister at Saint Ann’s House in Harvard, Massachusetts. Sister Gemma was predeceased by a mere two days by Sister Mary Lucy, M.I.C.M., also a founding member and a religious of Saint Ann’s House. These two Sisters made … More →

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