“With over 13 years’ experience providing in-depth coverage on a wide range of issues as a Rome correspondent, Edward Pentin has built up a unique combination of extensive contacts and expertise on the papacy, the Vatican and Catholic Church. He is one of just a handful of English-speaking correspondents to have covered the Vatican for English… Read More Larry Chapp interviews journalist Edward Pentin on the papacy of Pope Francis
Medea Benjamin Russia’s brutal February 2022 invasion of Ukraine has attracted widespread condemnation across the West. Government and media circles present the conflict as a simple dichotomy between an evil empire and an innocent victim. In this concise, accessible and highly informative primer, Medea Benjamin and Nicolas Davies insist the picture is more complicated. Yes,… Read More War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict
Overcoming Dark Emotions. St. Francis de Sales’ wrote, “The persons for whom I write are those only who are determined not to commit any fault deliberately, though many [fall into] them through surprise, inadvertence, and weakness, notwithstanding their resolution. It usually happens that such persons are astonished and troubled at their faults, conceive a false… Read More Discouraged?
When the Secular Saints Go Marx-ing In. “Fox News is not conservative. It is, in fact,much less conservative than Theodor Adorno and Herbert Mar-cuse, leaders of the FrankfurtSchool“. By Jason M. Morgan.The New Oxford Review. Alexander Riley, in a review of Mark Levin’s recent bestseller American Marxism, charges the radio and television star with failing… Read More Fox News? The Frankfurt School Was More Conservative Morally
“Does it make any sense today to write an encyclical to condemn communism? Or to condemn national socialism? No, they are dead, they are not the problem. Capitalism is the problem. It is also important to stress that the Church does not pass a scientific judgment on capitalism…the Church passes an ethical judgment. It says:… Read More Capitalism is the Problem
A most beautiful and critically important rosary (below). For our own sins and for the sins of the whole world. What sins are not covered in this particular formulation of the blessed timeless prayer? “Acknowledge that you have sinned. Everyone does this every day. We sin in ways we are aware of, but also in… Read More Repentance Rosary
In Proclamation, Word, Deed … against all infiltrations, apostasy and persecutions. 2 Cor 4:5-7 – 5 “For we preach not ourselves, but Jesus Christ our Lord; and ourselves your servants through Jesus. 6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of… Read More As Francis Decreases We Pray Jesus Christ Increases
Anti-colonialism was one of the dominant political currents of the 20th century, as dozens of European colonies in Asia and Africa became free. Today we are still living with the aftermath of colonialism. Apologists for terrorism, including Osama Bin Laden, argue that terrorist acts are an understandable attempt on the part of subjugated non-Western peoples… Read More History is Complex. Dinesh D’Souza on The Legacy of Colonialism
… but what are we becoming if not a “culture of Death” according to this “repackaging?” Depression can be treated, but some “professionals” would rather not be bothered. See below. Jn. 21: 8 – “Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are… Read More Liberals Didn’t Like John Paul II Saying it
by Peter Hitchens. Has the mass murder of Europe’s Jews eclipsed the other significant horrors of Hitler’s Germany? Does it matter? And is it possible to address this without being accused by the thought police of belittling the Holocaust? Let me try. These questions are raised in the greatest film released in the past year, Never… Read More Hitler the Progressive
“For the scientist who has lived by faith in the power of his reason, the story ends like a bad dream” —Robert Jastrow, American NASA astronomer, physicist and cosmologist. “Around every circle another circle can be drawn, under every deep another deep opens” —Ralph Waldo Emerson “Ever learning but never able to come to a… Read More The Mystery That Dwarfs
Mary Harrington: “The era began in the mid-twentieth century, with a biomedical innovation that radically changed what it is to be a human, in the human social order: reproductive technology. The Pill was the first transhumanist technology: it set out not to fix something that was wrong with ‘normal’ human physiology — in the ameliorative… Read More The Pill was the first transhumanist technology.
Vaclav Havel waves to crowds in Prague, shortly before becoming Czech president in December 1989. Kamila Valenta writes in America, “I was 17 years old when I heard the Lord’s Prayer spoken in public for the first time. It was in November 1989 during the Velvet Revolution, which brought freedom to Communist Czechoslovakia. The crowd… Read More The Lord’s Prayer, Freedom, and the Spiritual Vaclav Havel
FBI whistleblowers say pro-life groups, Catholics and others were ‘target of the government‘ “The FBI targeted pro-life groups, Catholics, and parents attending school board meetings with investigations in an effort to “inflate” the sense that they were a domestic terrorism threat, according to new whistleblower reports. “House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, detailed the reports in a… Read More News Conference on FBI Malfeasance. FBI Whistlerblowers Come Forward
I “asked” Bing AI about those who see the traditional family as “a social structure of oppression” and who suggest that the dissolution of the traditional family might or would be a good thing for the world. I asked about those who say boys and girls, men and women, are becoming obsolete categories making room… Read More Catholic “Chat” with Bing AI About the Future, Family and Gender
“If you like Wokeism then Michel Foucault is your Guy… I confess I find challenging Foucault’s later work on sexuality…Can we be a little more modest about the claims we make? … The very people who gave us our Natural Law morality, it’s clear in the platonic dialogues, sex between an older man and younger… Read More Barron Sketches Michel Foucault
by Roger KimballThe New Criterion On The Passion of Michel Foucault by James Miller Michel Foucault’s personal perversions involved him in private tragedy. The celebration of his intellectual perversions by academics continues to be a public scandal. The career of this “representative man” of the twentieth century really represents one of the biggest con jobs in recent intellectual… Read More The Perversions of Michel Foucault
“In the first book, O The-oph′ilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.”— Acts 1, 1-2 “The fortieth day after Easter Sunday, commemorating the Ascension of Christ… Read More The Glorious Feast of the Ascension
Immanuel Kant wrote, “Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed nonage. [‘Nonage’ is the immature inability to use one’s own understanding without another’s guidance]. He continues: “This nonage is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one’s own mind without another’s guidance. Dare to know!… Read More Immanuel Kant, Philosopher of the New Light
“Our Savior and His Love for Us“* The greatest Thomist mystical theologian of the 20th century, who mentored so many*, in this important volume leads us beyond the corruptions of too much mere academic Christology today into the deep of Gospel truth. “The need of reflecting on the interior life of the Savior is particularly… Read More Garrigou-Lagrange on Christology: What Christ Must Be to Us
Hatred delights in the troubles of another. It is often manifest, sometimes very subtly, by the sins of gossip and detraction. “He who says he is in the light and hates his brother is in the darkness still.”— 1 Jn. 2:9 We Christians— no matter how proper and successful we may outwardly appear to be… Read More The Sin of Detraction. “Triple Murder.”
The Imaginative Conservative.Victor Orban interview excerpt. “… the Hungarian position was that there was hardly any chance that there could be a winner in this war. It will have losers, but it won’t have winners. “Russia is coming up against a brick wall, and as NATO is supplying Ukraine with weapons and money, it’s simply… Read More The Ukraine War, the Pope, & the West
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is not on board with the potential launch of a central bank digital currency by the Federal Reserve. “On … DeSantis proposed legislation that would make Florida the first state in the country to ban the use of digital currencies issued by the Fed or any foreign central bank. The Fed has been… Read More Florida Gov. de Santos on Dangers of Central Bank Digital Currency. End of Privacy.
E. Michael Jones on Sexual Liberation as Political Control. Note: I had some difficulty formatting the text here, but I think the reader will find the selection useful. “On August 7, 1773. Pope Clement XIV, after four years of stalling, finally acceded to the pressure exerted by the House of Bourbon and its Masonic ministers… Read More E. Michael Jones on Chaos
“A pioneering researcher and the “Godfather of AI” Geoffrey Hinton quit his role at Google so he could more freely speak about the dangers of the technology he helped create. Over his decades-long career, Hinton’s pioneering work on deep learning and neural networks helped lay the foundation for much of the AI technology we see… Read More Godfather of AI’ leaves Google, warns of grave dangers
By Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, 1951. The meaning of biblical, patristic Christology vs. speculative, merely academic versions. Our Savior and His Love For Us: Catholic Doctrine on the Interior Life of Christ as it relates to our own. “For to me, to live is Christ.”Phil. 1:21. We are “not the Center of the Universe” IN ORDER first… Read More The Interior Life and the Mystery of Christ
Or how to squeeze Union Theological Seminary into two Millennia of unambiguous Catholic teaching. Raymond Brown’s Wayward Turn in Biblical Theory by Msgr. George A. Kelly Ignatius Press, San Francisco, CA, January / February Note: Raymond E. Brown was professor emeritus at Union Theological Seminary (UTS) in New York City, where he taught for 29 years. He was… Read More Raymond E. Brown’s Mischievous Tactic: the “Scientifically Controlled Evidence”
By Karl Keating, New Oxford Review “…I have a favorite line from Pope Leo XIII. It’s from Rerum Novarum (1891), the first of the social encyclicals. Nearly every pope since his time has written one or more social encyclicals. The line I remember isn’t quite as Leo wrote it. Often we remember lines a little… Read More A Life’s Worth of Failure, an Abundance of Gratitude
“Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy scolded Democrats at a Tuesday hearing, in particular Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, for reportedly threatening Supreme Court Justices in 2022. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday to examine ethics rules for the Supreme Court after Democrats accused Justice Clarence Thomas of accepting trips from a wealthy friend. Kennedy turned… Read More Schumer Called Out For His Anti-Life, Anti-Constitution Viciousness
Beyond excuses and worldly rationalizations, pornography represents an abuse of ‘liberty’ and makes a mockery of Western Law. It should be outlawed. It is a clear and present danger to human souls and threatens marriages, families, priestly vocations, every child of God. More… —May 2023: Testosterone levels ‘plummeting’ in young men due to porn consumption… Read More Pornography: and Spiritual Devastation.
Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Sen. John Kennedy (D-LA) questioned witnesses about Late Term Abortion. Town Hall.com. “During his time to ask the witnesses questions, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) asked “do you support it being legal to abort an unborn child up to the moment of birth,” a pretty straightforward question. One witness called by the… Read More ‘I Don’t Mean To Be Rude’
Urges Hungary to welcome migrants. America Magazine (CNS): “As expected, in his first speech in Hungary—to government and civic leaders and diplomats serving in Budapest—the pope acknowledged efforts to protect traditional values, but insisted those values include supporting European unity, welcoming migrants and working to end the war in neighboring Ukraine… Mentioning some areas of… Read More Pope Francis Repeats Words on Gender Ideology, Abortion and Migrants
Opinion. “A Note of Support, from a Surprising Detente”. DR NAOMI WOLF.APR 28. The whole world is commenting on and speculating about the abrupt departure of former Fox commentator Tucker Carlson from his former network. Addressing the current moment is not my intent. I have no idea what the “inside story” is on the events… Read More The Crime of “Talking to Tucker Carlson”
St. Joseph the Worker Shrine, Lowell, Massachusetts. Jesus calms the storm. This Week’s Messagefrom Fr. AmesseApril 23, 2023 In a month, we will celebrate the “40 Hours Devotion.” The Holy Eucharist will be exposed on the altar for approximately 40 hours. St. John Neumann made the 40 Hours Devotion popular as Bishop of Philadelphia (1852-1860). … Read More He Is Here. And He is Not Silent.