Category: History

The Solitude of St. Patrick
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The Solitude of St. Patrick

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I rise today with the strength of the sky, with the light of the sun, with the splendor of the moon, with the brilliance of fire, with the blaze of lightening, with the swiftness of wind, with the depth of the ocean, with the firmness of earth, with the firmness of rock. – From the […]

Paul in Arabia: From Messenger of Satan to Ambassador for Christ
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Paul in Arabia: From Messenger of Satan to Ambassador for Christ

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I went into Arabia (Gal 1:17b).  To Arabia, but to what part?  To Mount Sinai, to the Red Sea, and to the city of Petra, a tour of salvation history, for God through his grace equipped Paul to be the Ambassador for Christ. To prepare himself, Paul spent forty days and forty nights in the desert […]

Critiquing Moderation: Does Centrism Befit Our Times?
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Critiquing Moderation: Does Centrism Befit Our Times?

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The postmodern revolution has been transmutating America since JFK’s assassination, with cultural precursors dating back to the Korean War or earlier.  Our responsibilities as Americans oblige us to respond.  As stewards invested with some power of citizenship, a civic response to the Gospel is among our religious duties as Christians. In the process of responding […]

My Little One, Am I Not Your Mother?
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My Little One, Am I Not Your Mother?

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Today the Church celebrates the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a great appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Juan Diego, which forever changed the course of history in the Americas. Her appearance on Tepeyac Hill, Mexico in 1531 helped convert millions and millions of people in the New World — Native Americans, […]

Thousands of Lives to Give: The Philippines
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Thousands of Lives to Give: The Philippines

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By now you probably have heard that a massive typhoon hit the Philippines last Friday. Named Haiyan (or Yolanda), the typhoon is reportedly the strongest ever recorded in history, with winds of 195 miles per hour and gusts up to 235 mph. Early reports coming out of the country say that as many as 10,000 people lost […]

Three Popes, Three Missions
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Three Popes, Three Missions

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The election of Pope Francis was generally an occasion of joy around the world, especially for Catholics in Latin America. His call for simplicity and authenticity in living the Christian life has been received with enthusiasm. His intended mission as Holy Father seems to be to model Christian living in the 21st century. He urges […]

Remembering the Martyrs of Compiegne
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Remembering the Martyrs of Compiegne

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During the period between 1789 and 1799, France was deep in the throes of revolution with forces of change advocating for democratic reforms. With the downfall of the monarchy in 1792, the Committee of Public Safety became the governing body. From September 1793 – July 1794, France lived in the period famously known as The […]

Searching For Paul Revere
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Searching For Paul Revere

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Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year. Other than recalling a fragment of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s wonderful, if historically inaccurate poem, many Americans, myself included, do not know much […]

St. Rita of Cascia
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St. Rita of Cascia

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It is common for a child growing up in a Catholic home to know about Saints.[i] Many Catholic children are asked “to name that Saint”, or the most important question of all “what is your Confirmation name.” These questions take thinking and researching. There are times where researching a Saint can be almost impossible. According […]

What Is Social Justice?
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What Is Social Justice?

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When last we met, we looked at Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical which inaugurated modern Catholic social thought. We now continue our magical mystery tour by turning our attention to Pope Pius XI’s Quadragesimo Anno of 1931. Before we explore the major themes of this incredibly important document, however, it would serve us well […]

A New Pope and A New World: Passing the Torch Below the Equator
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A New Pope and A New World: Passing the Torch Below the Equator

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A review of the Popes in the twentieth century find them fighting a fierce battle against the forces of secularism, atheism, and malevolance that have consumed Western Civilization. Collectively these forces, referred to as “Modernity,” are merely contemporary expressions of the evils that have collapsed empires and civilizations for thousands of years. The election of […]

Finally a Francis
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Finally a Francis

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Congratulations to the former Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina, who is now Pope Francis. He deserves our best wishes, but even more than that, our prayers. He will have a difficult task in a world that clamors for change, while God’s truth and the gospel never change. I am very happy at the name Cardinal Bergoglio […]

The Conclave-Watcher’s Lexicon: What Do They Mean When They Say That?
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The Conclave-Watcher’s Lexicon: What Do They Mean When They Say That?

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The media and pundits, as well as churchmen, use a lot of jargon that many ordinary readers, unaccustomed to romanità, the carefully encoded diplomatic language used by the Vatican and its cadre of experts, will not be familiar with. A lot of the writing leading up to the conclave is about the “priorities” of the new pope. […]

The Inquisition of the Knights Templar
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The Inquisition of the Knights Templar

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Warriors, monks, Christians: the Knights Templar were all these things, but according to the pope they were also heretics. These knights for Christ had once been some of the most respected people in Europe and known as models of Christian virtue. But as the world began changing they incurred the wrath of kings and priests […]

A Call to Conversion: John the Baptist, Jesus, and Mary
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A Call to Conversion: John the Baptist, Jesus, and Mary

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St. Asterius of Amasea wrote: “Reflect for a moment on the wealth of [God’s] kindness. Before he came as a man to be among men, he sent John the Baptist to preach repentance and lead men to practice it. John himself was preceded by the prophets, who were to teach the people to repent, to […]

The Real Vatican II: A 10-part Television Series
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The Real Vatican II: A 10-part Television Series

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Recently, Pope Benedict XVI, now Pope Emeritus, criticized the media for it’s continued misrepresenting of Vatican II. In response, NET (New Evangelization Television) debuted a 10-part weekly series called Vatican II: Inside the Vatican Council, on Thursday, February 21 at 8:30 PM ET. CNA/EWTN reported that “Pope Benedict XVI said that many of the misinterpretations of the Second […]

Concerning the Malachy List
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Concerning the Malachy List

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Since the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI to renounce the Papacy at the end of this month, the Internet has been buzzing with the legend of the “List of St. Malachy.”  This list is said to contain the names of all the Popes beginning with Pope Celestine II to the end of time.  The total […]

Papal Resignation Rates an A+
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Papal Resignation Rates an A+

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For the last several weeks I’ve been teaching an online course about the role of the Catholic laity. We’d just gotten to the subject of personal vocation when the startling news came through: Benedict XVI was stepping down as pope. Posting a question that Monday morning to get my students’ discussion rolling for the week, […]

Without a Script: The Professor Pope from the Heart on Vat.II and the Church
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Without a Script: The Professor Pope from the Heart on Vat.II and the Church

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“Only a permanent formation of the heart and mind can actually create intelligibility and participation which is more than one external activity, which is an entering of the person, of his or her being into communion with the Church and thus in fellowship with Christ.”—Pope Benedict XVI this morning, in his annual address to the […]

Benedict's Unfolding Spiritual Testament
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Benedict’s Unfolding Spiritual Testament

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“While the Lord continues to raise up examples of radical conversion, like Pavel Florensky, Etty Hillesum and Dorothy Day, he also constantly challenges those who have been raised in the faith to deeper conversion.”—Pope Benedict XVI, at his next-to-last General Audience, this morning in the Paul VI Audience Hall in Vatican City Benedict Reaches Out […]

POW Admiral Jeremiah Denton Released From Captivity Forty Years Ago Today
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POW Admiral Jeremiah Denton Released From Captivity Forty Years Ago Today

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Forty years ago today,  Navy Admiral Jeremiah Denton was freed from captivity as a POW by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi.  In May 2007, Admiral Denton agreed to serve as Chairman of the Thomas More Law Center’s Citizens Advisory Board. Admiral Jeremiah Denton served as United States Naval Aviator during the Vietnam War and was the […]

A Hermeneutic Without History
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A Hermeneutic Without History

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Last summer, I had a conversation on the topic of religious liberty with a dear priest friend who is a very accomplished moral theologian and seminary professor. He’s one of very few people I know whose rock-solid orthodoxy, knowledge and insight make him a reliable guide in all matters Catholic. That being the case, I […]

The Teutonic Knights
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The Teutonic Knights

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Throughout history, there have been a number of religious military orders.  These orders dwelt in the shadow of the Church, shaping it through their deeds and accomplishments.  One such order was the Teutonic Knights. There were three major religious military orders formed during the Crusades.  The most known were the Templar Knights founded around 1119, […]

Les Miserables and the Index
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Les Miserables and the Index

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For the past several weeks, Catholics around the Internet have been talking about a scandal, and, surprisingly, they’re more or less in agreement.  It is a real-life scandal of a bishop who forgave a criminal for robbing from him.  It is a fictional scandal of a criminal who broke parole, became a successful businessman and […]

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