Here are some pictures we took at the Shrine of Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos and the German parish church, Saint Mary’s Assumption. Both the shrine and church are simply stunning. We went slightly out of our way on the CAT … Continue reading
I have erred. A couple of weeks ago, I bombed it. Yes, I — the Philosopher — made a colossal mistake. It seems I imprudently trusted a friend who sent me a quote alleged to be from the pen of … Continue reading
One could easily grow a bit weary of correcting the blunders about Father Feeney so commonly made by writers in Catholic publications. But I think Father would exhort us to patience and a charitable correction, rather than a boisterous and … Continue reading
The day before Ash Wednesday, in all English speaking countries except the United States, is called Shrove Tuesday. “To shrive” (active voice), or to “be shrove” (passive) in Old English meant not only to confess one’s sins and be absolved, … Continue reading
James Edwin Coyle was born March 23, 1873, in Drum, Athlone, County Roscommon, Ireland, and ordained in Rome on May 30, 1896. Having heard so many inspiring accounts of the challenges the Catholic Church faced in America, Father Coyle asked … Continue reading
The unnatural phenomenon we know as feminism has de-feminised the female. Some former feminists are reckoning with this stark reality. That there are important differences between the sexes — something children understand and are made to “unlearn” in state-sponsored propaganda … Continue reading
We have some pictures from the CAT trip. The most special thing we saw was in Saint Louis was not the Arch, but Calvary Cemetery, where the mortal remains of Father De Smet and Father Damen are interred. Brother Maximilian … Continue reading
I want to get these facts out a month early, so that come next month, the 17th of March to be precise, when some smart-aleck, Irish Catholic, college grad writes in your local paper that there were no snakes in … Continue reading
The Catholic America Tour is just beginning. We’re 1300 miles away from home, in Quincy, Illinois (parked in front of a Staples, to be precise). Nearby is the Mississippi River, the “great waters” in the Ojibwa language. It was named … Continue reading
Man did not descend from apes. Adam and Eve had no mother and father, never mind apes for parents. Contrary to what Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi says, Saints Augustine and Aquinas never would have held any such view, nor would they … Continue reading
This was in January. That is more than died in combat in both Afghanistan and Iraq for that same month. Some are surmising that the long deployments may account for some of the tragic deaths.
The Holy Father is under attack internationally for a pastoral measure he took as the Church’s Supreme Pontiff. Please let the Roman Pontiff know that you support his measures in favor of tradition and Church unity. Go here to sign … Continue reading
If you look at his face, these features are those of a man who means business. As bishop in Medellin, Colombia, he was known to walk the streets giving whatever charity he could to his impoverished flock.
The Holy Father does not think in sound bytes or headlines. That may be the way of most people today — even many world leaders — but it is obviously not his way, for he knows how ephemeral these things … Continue reading
Michael Foley, in his Why Do Catholics Eat Fish On Friday, came up with four words invented by saints. That’s not very impressive if you are comparing them to Shakespeare, who invented about one hundred new words, but it’s still … Continue reading