“… the political fantasies of Jean-Jacques Rousseau have a great deal to answer for. For two centuries, his sentimentalizing utopian rhetoric has provided despots of all description with a means of pursuing conformity while praising freedom. It is a neat trick. Words like “freedom” and “virtue” were ever on Rousseau’s lips. But freedom for him… Read More Jean-Jacques Rosseau and the Antinomian Principle
Never more timely. Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979). A formidable scholar, prolific author, and Catholic University professor for 23 years, Archbishop Sheen was also a pioneer of the new evangelization. A charismatic radio and television personality and a zealous preacher of the Gospel, his whole-hearted embrace of modern means of communication gave him access… Read More Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on False Compassion
Fr. Dwight Longenecker 1. Self Righteousness – There are few things more off putting than a self righteous know it all. When the self righteousness is religious it’s even worse. You can spot this self righteousness in both the radical conservatives and the radical progressives. They’ve turned their version of Catholicism into the only one and they’re… Read More Ten Things That Empty Churches
By Thomas J. Paprocki.bishop of Springfield, Illinois.First Things Magazine Imagine if a cardinal of the Catholic Church were to publish an article in which he condemned “a theology of eucharistic coherence that multiplies barriers to the grace and gift of the eucharist” and stated that “unworthiness cannot be the prism of accompaniment for disciples of… Read More Imagining a Heretical Cardinal
I do not consider Pope Benedict XVI to have been perfect. Which pope in history was? Even Pius XII allowed the infamous Teilhard de Chardin to remain a priest and teacher in the Church. Why he did so I will never know. And he ordained or consecrated many of the leading luminaries who went on… Read More Benedict XVI by Joseph Pearce
Pinned 2.15.23 —Auctorem Fidei, August 28, 1794, is a Bull issued by Pius VI in condemnation of the Gallican and Jansenist acts and tendencies of the Synod of Pistoia (1786) In the introductory text the Pope exposed the method, the “art of deception,” as Pius X did again at the dawn of the twentieth century… Read More When Popes Exposed and Denounced Doctrinal Ambiguity, the “Art of Deception.”
“On the occasion of the release of his autobiographical book retracing the last 50 years of the history of the Church, retired Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard discusses the great challenges of our time. “… from the theological and pastoral drifts that marked the post-Vatican II period to the current debates surrounding the Synod on Synodality and… Read More Belgian Archbishop: The Fundamental Teachings of the Church Are Under Threat
… Being careful to provide and protect the hermeneutic of continuity of Pope Benedict XVI. “Built in the mid-14th century, and dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria, this chapel served pilgrims on their way to England’s Nazareth. Saint Catherine was the patron saint of pilgrims to the Holy Land and her knights kept open the… Read More Could Walsingham point the way to a post-Francis liturgical renewal?
“In Archbishop Georg Gänswein’s memoir, Nothing but the Truth — My Life Beside Benedict XVI, there are some passages which confirm that the pope emeritus, in relation to ethically sensitive issues, was in full harmony with the Magisterium of the Church and in significant discord with the magisterium of Pope Francis albeit presented with extreme grace… Read More On abortion and gender Benedict and Francis are irreconcilable
From the book Benedict XVI Defender of the Faith “Having stressed that the traditional Mass was “never abrogated,” he sought to ensure the freedom of the faithful to be present at the celebration of the Mass by replacing John Paul II’s earlier indult and Motu Proprio, which had relied on the good faith of the… Read More Joseph Pearce on the Heart and Mind of a Real Shepherd
Biblical Interpretation in Crisis. On the Question of the Foundations: and Approaches of Exegesis Today by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, 1988 In Wladimir Solowjew’s History of the Antichrist, the eschatological enemy of the Redeemer recommended himself to believers, among other things, by the fact that he had earned his doctorate in theology at Tübingen and had… Read More Biblical Interpretation in Crisis — Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, 1988
“I wonder how many readers are aware of the full extent of the threat to the faith posed by Modernism, “the synthesis of all heresies,” as St Pius X described it. Modernism is not simply a danger to Catholicism; it undermines the very basis of any form of religion that claims belief in a supernatural… Read More Michael Davies on Modernism
By Catholic Worker, Dr. Larry Chapp Michael Sean Winters is either hoping we are naïve enough to not remember the Reporter’s long and problematic history, or he thinks we are stupid enough to not be concerned with incoherent zig-zagging. The folks over at the National Catholic Reporter must think we have poor memories or no… Read More The “Hypocritical Ultramontanism” of The National Catholic Reporter
Then, The Jesuits: What Went Wrong? But first: Franciscan University Presents. Panelists Dr. Regis Martin, Dr. Scott Hahn, and special guest Fr. Gerald E. Murray, a diocesan priest in the Archdiocese of New York, and Co-Author of the new book “Calming the Storm: Navigating the Crises Facing the Catholic Church and Society“, as they discuss… Read More Facing Crises in the Church and Society | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
In 2008 Nikolas Kozloff wrote in the New York Times, “During the 1980s and 1990s Benedict, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, acted as John Paul II’s doctrinal czar. At the time, John Paul was in the midst of a fierce battle to silence prominent Church liberals. “This conception of Christ as a political figure, a revolutionary,… Read More Catholic Social Teaching and Liberation Theology
Updated. “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… Read More Barron Sketches Michel Foucault
Weaponizing Jesus, Flowers, Rainbows… It was never a controversy about skin color for Catholics, despite NCRs disingenuous claims. The problem went much, much, deeper. “First unveiled on NBC’s Today Show in 2000, Janet McKenzie’s painting, Jesus of the People was the first place winner of the National ‘Catholic’ Reporter’s global competition to identify an image of Jesus… Read More Why NCRs Androgynous ‘Jesus 2000’ Was a Problem
— Trent Horn on the double standard of those Catholics who push “LGBT Pride“. — Also critiques Fr. Martin’s LGBT Outreach website — Why French Postmodernists we’re pro-pedohilia. Foucault, Sartre, Derrida, Barthes, Simone de Beauvoir, Deleuze… 1968 was the powderkeg. “The Catechism’s teaching on homosexuality and homosexual acts is based on Christian anthropology not bad… Read More Trent Horn Reviews Fr. James Martin Documentary
Note: the choice of James Martin’s photo here is mine alone, not Dr. Chapp’s. SH Opinion “Bishop McElroy is on record stating that the language of the Catechism on [rainbow theology] being “gravely disordered” should be changed to something more “inclusive” (whatever that means) and is clearly sympathetic to the project of Fr. James Martin.… Read More Dr. Larry Chapp on McElroy and the Moral Theological Project of Pope Francis
I personally think that Catholic education, combining the teaching of traditional theology, philosophy, the great books and intensive practical skills necessary to build a home, ought to be returned to holy men and women in small orthodox monastic or other communities at comparatively little cost. — Why colleges are becoming cults — Trent Horn reviews… Read More The Quicksands of “Catholic” Education and the Future.
Paul Kingsnorth. “Do not be conformed to this world“— St. Paul Welcome to the Abbey. ‘Instead of thought there is a vast, inhuman void, full of words, formulas, slogans, declarations, echoes, ideologies … If we do not think, we cannot act freely; we are at the mercy of forces which we never understand, forces that… Read More The Abbey of Misrule
Matt Taibbi writes at his TK News site, “News2Share and Ford Fischer recap the history of “Progressive Anti Abortion Uprising,” or “PAUU,” a group mentioned in this space during anti-abortion demonstrations last December. The group’s director of activism, Lauren Handy, was arrested along with eight other group members in connection with an incident in 2020 when they allegedly blocked access… Read More Progressivist Prolifers on Trial
“… Some German Catholics have voiced concern that the abuse crisis is being exploited in order to introduce the Synodal Way’s revolutionary goals. The sex-abuse scandal “is only being used for the radical restructuring of the Church,” said Meuser, himself an abuse survivor. “Because of abuse, we need abuse prosecution, not ‘Church reform,’” he added. … Read More Synod Using Clerical Abuse Crisis as Revolutionary Pretext?
“Vile Attack”. “Erase him from memory of the Church.” Speaking to an Italian newspaper, the pope emeritus’ personal secretary noted that such people ‘never loved him as an individual, his theology, his pontificate.’ Edward Pentin, February 10, 2022, National Catholic Register VATICAN CITY — Archbishop Georg Gänswein has claimed that a movement is not only… Read More Archbishop Ganswein: Progressivist Forces Want to Destroy Benedict XVI’s Life and Work
By John A. Perricone | New Oxford Review, January-February 2021 The Deleterious Effects of a Subtle Inversion One of Hollywood’s more sybaritic starlets solemnly announced the other day that she was embarking on a 30-day “spiritual cleanse” in India. Since neither ecumenism nor eco-enthusiasm is my métier, I was bewildered. Could it be some novel… Read More “New Spirituality” & the Ghost of Catholicism
“…[T]here is no shortage of those who today are railing against him “They are free to do so, but I can affirm that I have never found in him any shadow or attempt to hide or minimize anything. Nor can his sensitivity in dealing with things with a profound moral sense be mistaken for uncertainty… Read More Finishing Off a Pope too Traditional?
From Trojan Horse in the City of God,by Dietrich von Hildebrand. Note: what follows by Dietrich Von Hildebrand is lengthy but well worth a print-out and read — SH. I MET TEILHARD DE CHARDIN in 1949 at a dinner arranged by Father Robert Gannon, S.J., then president of Fordham University. Previously, the noted scholars Father… Read More Teilhard de Chardin: False Prophet
By Elise Ann AllenDec 18, 2021, CruxNews ROME – In a new interview, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston spoke out against American critics of Pope Francis with ties to the EWTN television network, insisting that despite this opposition, the pope enjoys broad support in the United States. A key papal advisor, O’Malley spoke to veteran… Read More O’Malley says EWTN, social media give distorted image of US support for Pope
“What they are proposing to do to Notre-Dame [Paris] would never be done to Westminster Abbey or Saint Peter’s in Rome. It’s a kind of theme park and very childish and trivial given the grandeur of the place.’ … Under new proposals confessional boxes, altars and classical sculptures will be scrapped for trendy art murals,… Read More Notre Dame reportedly ‘being turned into woke theme park’
“Since Pope Leo XIII’s landmark encyclical Rerum Novarum of 1891, a significant part of Catholic social doctrine has focused on man’s economic life and the challenge of building a well-ordered society rooted in correct first principles and animated by the twin virtues of justice and charity. The Church has boldly engaged the ideologies of the modern age—not… Read More Thomas Storck on Catholic Social Justice
National Catholic Registerhttp://www.ncregister.com BALTIMORE — Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles presides this week over the annual fall assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore — a closely watched gathering that will debate a draft document on Eucharistic coherence, prompting some media outletsto claim an escalating standoff between the U.S. episcopacy and… Read More Archbishop Gomez at the Eye of the Storm | & Dr. Ralph Martin
“God is Dead; but given the way of men, there may still be caves for thousands of years in which his shadow will be shown. And we – we still have to vanquish his shadow, too. — Frederich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, 109. For the Neo-modernist or Progressivist Catholic today, the Traditional understanding of God is… Read More Progressivist Theology. What it is.
Francis X. Maier, The Catholic Thing. Tuesday, October 26, 2021 Every pontificate gets mixed reviews. So, too, the current one. For some, Francis is the great reformer. He’s a visionary pope. A voice of the marginalized. A champion of compassion. He’s returning the Church to the proper path of Vatican II – a course sadly… Read More Praying for the Pope
Pope Francis names Jeffrey Sachs to Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences — See, too, facts about human population. The Population Research Institute — October ’22 Extraordinary intervention by Jeffrey Sachs at the Athens Democracy Forum. Jeffrey Sachs praises Chinese, accurately describes the US as “the most violent country in the world” and then gets shut down… Read More Jeffrey Sachs. Who he is ideologically and Why It Matters
How Mother Angelica’s nuns suffered loss, decay from fight against tradition. [Photo: Fr. Timothy Radcliff, LGBT activist] Maike HicksonLifesite NewsMon Oct 4, 2021 FAIRFIELD, Pennsylvania (LifeSiteNews) — Even nuns in a monastery founded by EWTN’s Mother Angelica have suffered from an insensitive “Apostolic Visitation”, a Vatican-approved investigation. In a newly published interview conducted by LifeSite’s… Read More Lifesite News Reports The Persecution of The Late Mother Angelica’s Nuns