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July 27, 2021
Charles Collins
For millions of Catholics around the world who find comfort in the traditional Latin Mass, the fights of the rectory and professional Catholic class have once again struck them at home.
July 25, 2021
Dom Alcuin Reid
In a homily preached on 18 July 2021 at the Monastère Saint-Benoît, liturgical scholar Dom Alcuin Reid offers both a reflection on the place of the traditional Latin Mass in the unity of the Church, and a description of how his monastery will respond to Francis’s Traditionis Custodes. He asked us to highlight his call
July 24, 2021
From the Archives
Journalist and eccentric Christian Malcolm Muggeridge visits a monastery during lambing season and thinks of the fantastic moment when men first saw their God in the likeness of a lamb.
A week after Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI, liturgical scholar Dom Alcuin Reid predicts what he will do about the liturgy. A monk of the Monastere Saint-Benoit in Frejus-Toulon, France, his book The Organic Development of the Liturgy carried a preface by then-cardinal Ratzinger. His 2007 article Summorum Pontificum a restoration after a gross impoverishment
Reviewing a book called Inquisition: The Reign of Fear by Toby Green, Quentin de la Bedoyere warns against apologetic attempts to rationalize the Spanish Inquisition. He was the science editor of the Catholic Herald, and the son of Michael, who edited the newspaper from 1934 to 1962. The review was titled “Inquisition apologists are missing
July 20, 2021
Catholic News Agency
By Courtney Mares. Rome, Italy, Jul 19, 2021 / 16:00 pm. The former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has critiqued Pope Francis’ recent restrictions on extraordinary form Masses as “harsh” compared to his modest response to the “massive attacks on the unity of the Church” posed by the Synodal Way
July 18, 2021
From the Archives
The poet Elizabeth Jennings was born on this day in 1926. A devout Catholic, she attended St Anne’s College, Oxford, where she lived all her life, before working as a librarian then in publishing before writing full-time. Her “sincere and scrupulous work” has been praised for its “unassuming technical craft”, “emotional restraint,” and “sensitivity towards
July 16, 2021
Catholic News Agency
Vatican City, Jul 16, 2021 / 04:45 am. Pope Francis issued a motu proprio on Friday restricting Masses celebrated in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite. In the motu proprio, issued July 16, the pope made sweeping changes to his predecessor Benedict XVI’s 2007 apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum, which acknowledged the right of all priests to say
July 15, 2021
Catholic News Agency
Madrid, Spain, Jul 14, 2021 / 05:30 am. A body representing Spain’s medical colleges said on Monday that a government minister’s threat to conscientious objection on abortion is “unacceptable, illegal, and unjust.” The General Council of Official Medical Colleges (CGCOM) was responding to proposed changes to the country’s abortion law announced by Spain’s Equality Minister Irene
July 15, 2021
Catholic News Agency
Vatican City, Jul 15, 2021 / 09:00 am. Members of the Vatican’s Council for the Economy met in person on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the Holy See’s final balance for 2020 and its investment policy. The July 14-15 meeting was the first time that the body has met face-to-face since Pope Francis nominated six women to
July 14, 2021
Catholic News Agency
The car, with darkened windows, taking Pope Francis back to the Vatican after his stay at the Gemelli hospital for colon surgery.   By Hannah Brockhaus Vatican City, Jul 14, 2021 / 04:30 am Pope Francis returned to the Vatican on Wednesday after spending 11 days in a Rome hospital to recover from colon surgery.
July 13, 2021
Catholic News Agency
Camagüey, Cuba, Jul 12, 2021 / 12:03 pm. Father Castor Álvarez was beaten and arrested in Camagüey while he was defending young protesters amid protests of Cuba’s communist government on Sunday. Protests took place across the island July 11. According to information confirmed by CNA’s sister agency, ACI Prensa, the priest is being held at