Category Archives: History

Category: History


Grateful Memories of a Slow Learner

When a 1954 graduate of the West Point Military Academy consented to read and critique an extended monograph I had written on the strategic imperial phenomenon of Private Military Companies and Security Services (also in the clandestine or covert world), I was fearfully hesitant to let him do so. For, he was a very learned and keen-minded man, and a retired Lieutenant General then also … More →

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Black Catholic American, Daniel Rudd, Newspaper Man and Proselytizer

Aleteia, Larry Peterson: Daniel Rudd was born August 7, 1854, and was one of 12 children. His dad was a slave on the Rudd estate close to Bardstown, Kentucky, and his mom was a slave on the Hayden plantation in Bardstown. Since the Rudds and Haydens were Catholic, so were Daniel’s parents. It followed that Daniel was baptized into the Catholic faith at St. Joseph’s … More →

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Reginald Pole, Last Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury

National Catholic Register, Stephanie Mann: On November 30, 1554, an exile had returned to reconcile his native land to the universal Catholic Church. He called himself the son of a martyr; he had lead the first session of the Council of Trent; he was the last Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury; almost elected pope in 1550. He was Reginald Pole — Plantagenet heir, Renaissance scholar, and reformer. … More →

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Brother Francis: Historical Battles in Defense of Christendom

Brother Joseph Mary put together this YouTube video from excerpts of Brother Francis’ lectures. Our beloved teacher is here speaking of historical armed conflicts in defense of Christendom. Who says triumphalism is bad? Please consider supporting our work (this web site and our other apostolates) as you deepen your own knowledge of the Faith — all by purchasing lectures of Brother Francis, such as those on philosophy or … More →

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Vietnam Vet, Sergeant Samuel Davis, a Story of Incredible Heroism

Tradition, Family and Property: This is the story of Samuel L. Davis who earned the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Vietnam War. When his 42-man unit was attacked by a 1500 man Vietcong battalion, he refused to give up. After suffering a broken back and perforated kidney, he was not only able to repel the enemy, but carry three men to safety, AT … More →

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A Wordly Knight to a Hermit Saint, Galgano Guidotti and His Miraculous Sword

Here is a story for every Knight of the Immaculata, featuring Our Lady, the Apostles, and most prominently, Saint Michael the Archangel. Could it be the source of the legend of King Arthur’s sword? This is a saint of whom I had never heard. And, being that he was the first saint canonized (1185) under the newly promulgated canonical process for canonizations, the history of his … More →

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Our Lady of Prompt Succor and the Battle of New Orleans

Magnificent article by historian Marian Horvat Tradition in Action: The cities and towns of Europe often have a particular devotion to Our Lady. Through the ages she manifested herself under a particular title and expressed her desire to be invoked under a different name. A shrine with that particular image would become a pilgrimage site as Our Lady worked miracles for the people of the vicinity. … More →

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Irish Catholic ‘Martyr’ Ann Glover Hung as a ‘Witch’ in Boston 1688

CNA, Mary Rezak: The last person hanged for witchcraft in Boston could be considered a Catholic martyr. In the 1650s, Ann Glover and her family, along with some 50,000 other native Irish people, were enslaved by Englishman Oliver Cromwell during the occupation of Ireland and shipped to the island of Barbados, where they were sold as indentured servants. Full article here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, … More →

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Priest, Poet, Patriot: Father Abram J. Ryan

The first American-born child of Irish parents who immigrated to this country sometime before 1835, Abraham Joseph Ryan came into the world on February 5, 1838 in Hagerstown, Maryland. Matthew Ryan and Mary Coughlin Ryan, his parents, came to the United States from Clogheen, County Tipperary, Ireland with their two daughters and one son seeking a better life in a new land. They settled first … More →

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Commemorating Blessed Emperor Karl

Nothing can be made again exactly as it once was. That would include the Catholic Christendom which consisted of the peoples of the lands of Europe and their overseas outposts whose laws and customs were rooted in and conformed to the teachings of Our Lord as recorded in Holy Scripture and of the Latin-rite branch of the Church He founded. It is possible, however, to … More →

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Cardinal Manning’s Understanding of Courage

In 1892, near the end of Cardinal Henry Edward Manning’s life, he published an essay entitled “Courage,” which is the last-but-one chapter of his own longer collection of eleven essays modestly entitled Pastime Papers.His Chapter 10 on “Courage” is also a fitting complement to his profound Chapter 1, entitled “Honour.” Because of the learning and depth and unmistakable variety of Cardinal Manning’s fresh insights concerning … More →

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Columbus Believed in and Lived the Doctrine That There Is No Salvation Outside the Church

Although our country celebrates Columbus Day today, Monday October 10, so as to give workers a long weekend, everyone knows that the real holiday is October 12. This is the day, in 1492, when Christopher Columbus first sited land after a seventy-two day voyage westward across the Atlantic. The day before that he had promised his crew that if they did not see land by … More →

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Prelude to a Martyrdom

In the Summer of 1586, three priests arrived for a secret meeting at Hurleyford, the “lonely but spacious mansion”1 belonging to one Mr. Richard Bold. The house was in England’s south, in Buckinghamshire, between the Thames and the Chiltern foothills, an area where one of the clerical number, Father William Weston, knew a number of recusant Catholics, like Bold, who hosted priests — but secretly, … More →

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Father John P. Chidwick, Heroic Chaplain of the Maine

Catholic Stand, Donald McClarey: Night, February 15, 1898, the American battleship USS Maine lay at anchor in the harbor of Havana.  Although tensions were running high between the US government and Spain, the colonial power occupying Cuba, the night was calm.  Suddenly, at 9:40 PM,  a huge explosion devastated the forward section of the Maine, an external explosion setting off the powder in the magazines of the … More →

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Frances Allen, Daughter of Ethan Allen, First U.S. Citizen to Become a Nun

She was not the first American to become a nun. That was the convert Lydia Longely of Groton, Massachusetts. Lydia was born in 1674. At the age of twenty, after being ransomed from the Indians who slaughtered her parents some months before, she ended up in Canada living with the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame in Montreal. She came into the Catholic Church in … More →

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