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Can the Souls in Purgatory Pray for Us?

As we pray this month for the holy souls in purgatory a question may arise: Can the souls in purgatory pray for us — and do they? This is a question that I have been asked recently. I always assumed that the answer was “yes;” but, after doing some research in the Catholic Encyclopedia I see that the question has been open to opinion, or … More →

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Roberto de Mattei on Liberal Westerners Not Getting the Paris Massacres

Professor de Mattei condemns the foolish maneuvers of liberal Western powers (the U.S., France, etc.) in causing the Paris massacres of 13 November, 2015. Included in the historian’s denunciation are both the domestic idiocy of liberalism (embodied in the diabolical trinity of liberté, egalité, fraternité) and the foreign policy idiocy of supporting jihadists in a “democratic revolution” against Arab/Muslim leaders the West does not like. The liberal mind either does … More →

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Cardinal Sarah’s Words Should be in Gold Letters

A priest who speaks as a priest ought, a bishop as a bishop, a cardinal as a cardinal, an official of the Holy See as an official of the Holy See. Ecce sacerdos magnus: (LifeSite) The cardinal’s most powerful statements, however, are his lament at the confusion about Holy Communion among the clergy. “I feel wounded in my heart as a bishop in witnessing such … More →

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‘Simon, Son of John, Lovest Thou Me?’

I am continuing here from my previous column, “I Go a Fishing,” with the rest of chapter 21 of Saint John. After the Apostles had caught so many fish, they tied the net and moored the boat. Meanwhile, as I wrote in my last column, Jesus had been waiting on the shore roasting the one fish. Then, Peter left Him to return to the boat. … More →

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Would You Like to Give Alms, Memorialize a Loved One, AND Beautify the Mass with These Lovely Vestments?

Would you like to help beautify the liturgy here at Saint Benedict Center? Our sacristy is in need of some “everyday” vestments to give us a chance to repair our aging items. We are able to get the vestments shown below for an unbelievable deal from skilled vestment makers in Catholic Poland, so the memorialization of each set of vestments (one set per color) is only $300. If … More →

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‘Let Us Stand in Defense of Christianity’ Bravo Polish Football

Is the Faith coming alive again in Poland? This is great news. Perhaps it is the beginning a real Crusade to keep Islam out of Catholic Poland. It was only a banner unfurled at a football (soccer) game, but it had the support of the fans. The Remnant: Just a week after Poland voted to kick out every left-wing member of it’s national parliament, ordinary Poles … More →

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‘I Go a Fishing’

“I go a fishing” One of the Apostles said this. Can you guess who? Right you are; it was Peter. Not many days hence he would have more important things to say — and do — after receiving the Holy Ghost at Pentecost. Chapter twenty-one of Saint John’s Gospel is one of my favorites. It is so innocent and human. And I don’t mean only … More →

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Catholic Author Exposes Bigotry of The Boston Globe

The Hollywood formula film Spotlight, which celebrates The Boston Globe for its campaign to bring down the Catholic Church by revealing that hundreds of minors in the Archdiocese of Boston were molested by perverted priests—who are always carefully described as pedophiles and sexual abusers, rather than what they actually were, homosexual predators—opened today in Boston and throughout the nation. Predictably, the intrepid reporters of Morrissey … More →

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Leo McKinstry: ‘Mass Immigration Is on the Verge of Destroying Europe’

Says the British journalist and author, “SEVERAL millennia were required to build European civilisation but its impending destruction has been the work of just a few years, carried out by a cadre of irresponsible, unpatriotic and deluded politicians led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.” His words ought to be pondered. But a weakness can be seen in his thinking: As the social revolution accelerates traditional … More →

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Our Lady’s Knight

Many years ago as a young man I read an inspiring book to which I was drawn by its title: Our Lady’s Knight: The True Story of Technical Sergeant Leo E. Lovasik.  I do not have the book in hand but it is available from Amazon and other booksellers. I remember how inspired I was by this biography of a valiant US army pilot who … More →

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The Pope and the UN’s ‘Development Goals’

On September 25, shortly after Pope Francis gave his speech to the United Nations in New York, all 193 member states of the United Nations formally adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) about which many Catholics are very concerned. LifeSiteNews reported last August that, even though some more explicit pro-abortion points were left out of the final version of the SDGs — such as an “international … More →

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November 3: One Big Day for Many Saints

Today, in this month dedicated to All Saints, our calendar gives us five saints to venerate. Paging through the Saint Benedict Center book, Saints to Remember, by the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Still River, Massachusetts, I see no day of the year where that many saints are included in this great little book. The interesting thing is that each of these … More →

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Mike Church’s New Venture: Veritas Radio Network

Our friend Mike Church has a new venture in online radio syndication. After being unceremoniously booted from SiriusXM Radio, for bringing too much Catholicity onto that venue, Mike has launched out into the deep. His new venture? Veritas Radio Network, which describes itself in these words: Where Religion Collides With Politics, History and Culture. No one offers listeners a more compelling lineup of ORIGINAL radio … More →

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Bishop Athanasius Schneider on the Final Report of the Synod: Obscuration, Confusion, Subjectivity

(Rorate Caeli) The XIV General Assembly of the Synod of the Bishops (October 4 – 25, 2015), which was dedicated to the theme of “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World”, issued a Final Report with some pastoral proposals submitted to the discernment of the Pope. The document itself is only of an advisory nature and does not possess … More →

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The Saint Augustine Institute of Wisdom: Look and Learn!

The Saint Augustine Institute of Wisdom (SAI) has a new web site! Take a look and sign up! SAI is the educational division of Saint Benedict Center. The Institute provides well-rounded and conveniently simple courses of instruction in Catholic thought. The course will have the aspect of continued adult education: Catholic men and women, in any ordinary occupation in life, increasing their knowledge of the … More →

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