A wonderful passage of G.K. Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man deals with the false claim that Jesus was a “man of his times.” Usually offered as a dismissal of Our Lord’s morals and doctrines as something time-bound and hence obsolete, the … Continue reading
History-minded readers will recognize the letters A.E.I.O.U. as the logo of the Habsburg dynasty and therefore Austria when it was the center of the Holy Roman Empire that they ruled for centuries, an empire which became the Austro-Hungarian one, the … Continue reading
Asianews: Some twenty million Catholics are set to mark the end of celebrations in honour of the Black Nazarene, which began on 31 December and will end on 9 January. This involves the traditional carriage of the centuries-old wooden statue of Christ … Continue reading
Let us pray for the conversion of this courageous Hungarian president, Viktor Orban. Fatima Perspectives, Christopher Ferrara: Even as the Vatican apparatus seems intent on converting the Catholic Church into what Antonio Socci has called “a social assistant to the … Continue reading
Aleteia, Meg Hunter-Kilmer: Buried deep within the largest cemetery in Tokyo, there is a grave marked with a cross. If you ask for directions to this plot, you’ll be met with confusion and astonishment—how could you, a westerner, have someone … Continue reading
New Liturgical Movement: The Quirinal Palace in Rome, the official residence of the Italian president, is currently displaying a nice example of a traditional 18th century Neapolitan Nativity scene. See here.
Christmas is at last upon us. I say at last because even the most devout of Catholics, however keen on keeping Advent strictly they may be, are doubtless aware of the Yuletide decorations up in stores since mid-September. Of course … Continue reading
Church Militant, David Nussman On Friday night in France, a handful of young men disrupted an ecumenical service inside a Catholic church by praying the Rosary. It’s the fourth such incident in the past three months. More here with video.
Rorate Caeli: The tragic story of Francis’ all-but-suppression of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate is well known to our readers. The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, we have now learned, have been banned from accepting postulants for three years, on … Continue reading
CNA: Several Mexican media outlets reported on Nov. 24 that Eduardo Verastegui, internationally known Catholic actor and producer, could be a serious candidate in the country’s 2018 presidential elections. “Eduardo Verastegui could be the Social Encounter Party candidate in 2018” an El … Continue reading
USA Today has come out with a laundry list of celebrities and pols recently accused of taking advantage of their power for base carnal gratification: “Weinstein aftermath: All the men accused of sexual misconduct.” While the piece is not recommended … Continue reading
Catholic Herald; Polish MPs have approved a bill that will phase out Sunday shopping by 2020. Initially proposed by trade unions, the idea received the support of the ruling conservative Law and Justice Party, who want to allow workers to … Continue reading
In light of the concept and reality of “tremendous trifles” — as resonantly presented (and variously illustrated) by G.K. Chesterton himself — we are now encouraged to add one of Hilaire Belloc’s own evocative essays for our consideration. Belloc’s presentation … Continue reading
I visited Ciudad Juarez while in El Paso, Texas, back in the early 1980s. It was a very depressing place. The cathedral was a masonic-looking block of concrete with a few small, scattered, and figureless stained glass windows. It was … Continue reading