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August 04, 2021
Melanie McDonagh
Melanie McDonagh on how the Vatican Trial of the century highlights the injustice to Cardinal Pell
August 04, 2021
Fr Gerald Murray
The scandal of elected officials – such as President Biden – who take Communion yet promote views at odds with the Catholic Church must be countered, says Fr Gerald E Murray
August 01, 2021
Br. Mark Dohle
Below is a letter I have written to a prisoner, whose name is Joseph. He has been in prison for twenty-fie years and there is no chance for him to be paroled. It is of course difficult. He was very young when he was first imprisoned, but over the years he has come a long
July 31, 2021
Devra Torres
My mother has dementia. I’ve been a mother myself for a good quarter century, so I’m used to trying to help people who can’t express what they want. Or who don’t want what they should. Or who don’t understand what they truly want. But this is different. In those cases I’d be trying to show respect and
July 30, 2021
Robert P. George
There is an error Catholics and other Christians can commit, and have committed, despite the Church’s own historic warning against it. That is the error of supposing that children can legitimately be taken away from their parents for the sake of their spiritual welfare. The subject has come out most recently in the story of
July 30, 2021
James Jeffrey
In an age of secular pilgrimage, James Jeffrey 
writes about walking with spiritual purpose
July 28, 2021
Jaspreet Singh Boparai
The soul gives the body life and is the only part of us that cannot die. 
We should learn to appreciate it
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
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