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A Priest Writing Like a Priest Ought to Write

Writing for Rorate Caeli, Father Richard Cipolla has some good and priestly words for his readers (see especially the emboldened paragraph below). To his concerns that the social questions should be important to traditionalists, we add that doctrinal concerns ought to be as well. The traditionalist as an effete aesthete is a grotesque thing. This should be a cautionary tale for some in the Traditional movement in … More →


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September 29: Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

I culled this for today’s feast day, with a little editing, from my trilogy: “All Angels Are Not Created Equal,” “The Angels Our Spiritual Cousins,” and “The Holy Angels: Our Faithful Allies in the History of Salvation.” These articles can all be found in full on our website: September 29: Saint Michael the Seraph, and Saints Gabriel and Raphael Seraphim, the highest among the nine choirs … More →

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Father Claude Barthe on the SSPX Situation and “Imperfect Communion”

The Rorate Caeli site has posted the translation of an important analysis by Father Claude Barthe, originally written in French for the website of the Catholic journal, l’Homme Nouveau. L’abbé Barthe is the main chaplain of the Populus Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage to Rome. Aside from the Reverend Father’s “take” on the nuanced wording of the Holy See’s official communiqué, we note with pleasure a parenthetical comment he makes (our bold emphasis, below), … More →


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Padre Pio’s Stunning Revelation from Our Wounded Savior

The letters of Saint Padre Pio are an inexhaustible treasure. Pauline Books and Media published many of the letters written to his spiritual director in Secrets of a Soul: Padre Pio’s Letters to His Spiritual Directors. Although Padre Pio gives so much uplifting counsel on the importance of trusting God, rejoicing in His Mercy, and not allowing the devil (or our own futile frustrations) to … More →

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2014 Conference Schedule

Update: Print this flyer and get others to come too! Join us on Friday-Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2014, for Saint Benedict Center’s annual conference. You may register online or by telephone: (603) 239-6485. What: This year’s conference theme is “Catholic and Counterrevolutionary” Where: Saint Benedict Center, 95 Fay Martin Road, Richmond, New Hampshire, 03470. When: Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2014. Both will be full conference days. How Much: Go here … More →


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Evil in the Church

Bad news just keeps coming — hard and fast. Many very recent events in the Church have faithful Catholics bewildered, discouraged, and even angered. These are natural reactions to the problem of evil. While righteous anger has its place in the spiritual life, it can quickly become disproportionate, and must be moderated by the virtue of meekness. As for the other two: discouragement and bewilderment … More →


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Why Does (Did) the Roman Catholic Church Make Latin Her Language?

Chris Jackson of The Remnant has provided another excellent article on the reasons why the Church adopted the Latin language in her liturgy, decrees, and official communications. The article was written in 1919 by Father John Francis Sullivan and it is found in chapter XIX in the book, The Externals of the Catholic Church.  Before I post the article I want to note a few simple … More →

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Catholic Columnist Ross Douthat Lambasts Sen.Ted Cruz Insulting Speech

I do not know much about Ross Douthat and I am therefore not advocating his columns. I don’t read them online, nor do I have time to. I try to keep exclusively with news that affects the Church. And this latest spiel by Cruz does affect the Church very much. Cruz is a staunch advocate of Israeli policy, no matter what that might be. “My … More →

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On Papal Infallibility

The Remnant’s Chris Jackson posted last Friday a clear and concise defense of the dogma of papal infallibility — what it is and what it is not — written by Father Michael Gavin in 1881. The article was written to refute an attack on said doctrine by a Protestant, Dr. Littledale. This is definitely worth a slow read. The Remnant: “From Fables About Papal Infallibility” by the Rev. Michael Gavin, 1881: … More →

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Breaking News: Chinese Reds Don’t Like Dalai Lama Saying He’s the Last Reincarnation of Buddha

Need some comic relief. This is a doozy. The atheist Communist  government of China wants the right to say who the next reincarnation of Buddha is. It’s their tradition, say the atheists. The Dalai Lama had dubbed some little tyke to be the reincarnation of his number two man, Panchen Lama, but the Reds put the poor boy under house arrest and named their own reincarnated … More →

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Congratulations to the Newly Professed and Community

A religious profession is a good and beautiful thing. We here at Saint Benedict Center, Richmond, congratulate the Brothers and Sisters at Saint Benedict Center in Still River, Massachusetts, on the recent profession of Sister Mary Imelda: On September 8th, 2014, Sister Mary Imelda, novice, the former Mary-Kate Duffy of Shirley Massachusetts, made her first vows to Our Lord, Jesus Christ, as His bride. The … More →


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Keep the Church of Holy Innocents Opened!

Petition His Eminence Cardinal Dolan to Keep the Church of the Holy Innocents Open! Click here to sign. They almost have reached their goal! Please consider supporting the parishioners of the Church of the Holy Innocents and the daily traditional Mass by signing this petition and by asking others to do the same. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.


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How Power Brokers Beat War Drums

Read Behind the Sinking of the Lusitania by Pat Buchanan if you want to see how the United States have been led into wars by morally bereft politicians. And now they’re doing it again in Ukraine and Iraq/Syria. About how America became involved in certain wars, many conspiracy theories have been advanced — and some have been proved correct. When James K. Polk got his declaration of … More →


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‘The Vicar of Bray’ Explains How to Keep a Job in Tough Times

Thanks to WikiPedia and YouTube, in cooperation with Catholicism.org, ambitious seekers of ecclesiastical preferment everywhere may learn the tricks of the trade. Whether its a cushy sinecure you want, or something more labor intensive, just take the advice of the Vicar of Bray: In good King Charles‘s golden days, When Loyalty no harm meant; A Zealous High-Church man I was,1 And so I gain’d Preferment.2 Unto … More →


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League Criticizes Hibernians for Capitulating to Homosexual Group

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized the Ancient Order of Hibernians — organizers of New York’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade — for inviting a homosexual group to march in the 2015 parade. The parade committee said its “change of tone and expanded inclusiveness is a gesture of goodwill to the LGBT community in our continuing effort to keep the parade above politics.” The … More →


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