“The conversion of America to the one, true Church.” This is a stated part of our community’s charism, one that provokes reactions. Even omitting the frank “one, true” part, and rendering it the more nondescript “we wish to convert our … Continue reading
Contemporary historians are inclined to classify the efforts of early Jesuits in this country as being essentially exploratory. The truth is that these noble sons of Saint Ignatius explored our untamed regions simply to bring the message of salvation to … Continue reading
When writing to the people of the United States in 1895, Pope Leo XIII observed: “The names newly given to so many of your towns and rivers and lakes teach and clearly witness how deeply your beginnings were marked with … Continue reading
Question: What do a French beggar-saint, a burned-down Boston convent, and County Limerick, Ireland, all have in common? Answer: The subject of this article, the first “Yankee Priest,” Father John Thayer.
As thinking Catholics the world over realize, the Church today is in a state of crisis — one that Pope Paul VI described as its “auto-demolition,” its self-destruction. The great majority of those who acknowledge this agonizing reality are inclined … Continue reading
Introduction: The following account is from Daniel Sargent’s book, Mitri, pages 113-116. A few explanations are in order to help the reader understand.
A century ago, a very remarkable miracle took place in this country, that just now seems to be making the headlines. The people who witnessed it were very excited and jubilant indeed, but surprisingly little mention is made of it … Continue reading
In 1985 the US bishops received a confidential report on sexual abuse by clerics, warning them that there was “simply too much at stake for the Church” for the hierarchy to ignore the issue. (From the Introduction to The Faithful … Continue reading
A Patron Saint for Boy Scouts? Yes, there is a candidate whose cause has been introduced for canonization.
God sees all things and all acts an eternity before they are or happen. Most are aware of this paralyzing truth, of course. But, because our finite minds cannot really grasp it, we tend to give little if any thought … Continue reading
Catholicism.org introduction: This is classical apologetics from a real American Apostle of the Catholic Faith. Readers can learn more about Father Damen here: A missionary in Chicago: Fr. Arnold Damen S.J. by Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I.