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Archbishop Cordileone Bulletin Insert

Catholics faithful to the Church's traditional moral principles found a new hero last week in the person of the Most Revered Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco. When members of the American homo-lobby, including Nancy Pelosi, bombarded the Archbishop with letters requesting he not participate in the March for Marriage, the Archbishop, rather than cave to the pressure of the American sodomites, Archbishop Cordileone stood his ground and make a very pointed public statement affirming traditional marriage and the importance of standing up against homosexual redefinition of the institution. He went on to participate proudly in the March - unlike the spineless Cardinal Dolan who has nothing better to say about homosexual relationships than "bravo."


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Comparing Roman and Medieval Technology

The following article was originally featured on the popular traditionalist blog Athanasius Contra Mundum, managed by Ryan Grant, under the title "The Church and Science: Smashing the Roman Illusion" and was published on January 17, 2010. The article explains how one of the most persistent misunderstandings about the Catholic Middle Ages is the idea that technology regressed during this time compared to the Roman period. Mr. Grant demonstrates that, in fact, the medievals gave us several technological innovations that were completely unknown to the Romans of antiquity. In fact, the Romans were held back by an anti-technological bias that kept them ignorant of many labor-saving advances that were subsequently discovered by the medievals.


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The Visible Church

Though Protestants and Catholics have many points of disagreement, it seems the most fundamental area of conflict has to do with the nature of the Church. Is the Church a visible, physically identifiable reality with an institutional government that keeps guard over doctrine and discipline, or is it a kind of invisible, loose union of various communities of Christians with different opinions on doctrinal questions and no institutional reality beyond the local level? Both Protestants and Catholics acknowledge the Church has an invisible, supernatural element; Catholics, however, assert that in addition the Church has a physical, visible side - that it is physically identifiable on this earth. Protestants, following Luther, tend to view the Church as a fundamentally invisible reality. In this essay, we will...


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Tongues of Fire

On the day of Pentecost, the Church was filled with the Holy Spirit - which Pius XII referred to as the Church's "soul" - and which is the source of the manifold gifts, graces and charisms that have characterized Catholicism since the beginning. On that auspicious birthday of the Church, the giving of the Spirit was manifest by the miraculous gift of tongues, a gift which continued on in the Early Church as Christianity spread throughout the Empire. In this article we will look at some very basic questions about the gift of tongues. It is not within the scope of this article to resolve disputed questions about the modern phenomenon of 'tongues' in charismatic movement, nor is it meant to delve into the patristic...


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It's all about God

A certain priest I know operates a homeless shelter in one of Ohio’s larger cities. It is a humble, welcoming ministry - the kind of that goes on patiently doing good largely unbeknownst to the outside world. Every day a constant stream of homeless persons file looking for a hot meal and a clean bed for the evening. There is no limit on who can come or how frequently. The only condition placed upon the poor for receiving this aid is that they attend one of the daily Masses offered in the shelter’s chapel...


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Pius XII on Rural Economy

The 1940's were an interesting time in the economic development of the west. On the one hand, the end of World War II had brought us definitively into the modern era with electrification, modern communication, nascent consumerism, and of course the inauguration of nuclear energy. On the other hand, many regions of Europe and North America were primarily rural and depended upon agriculture for their economic survival. In many places, horse-power was still being used. It was a period of transition, a brief crossroads between two epochs with all the questioning and uncertainty that comes with such times. In 1946, Pius XII gave an address at the Convention of the National Confederation of Farm Owner-Operators in Rome on the importance of agricultural activity in the economy,...


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Solemn Enthronement of Evolution

While it is an established point of our faith that the Church cannot change teachings that have been definitively proposed to the faithful for belief, the about-face the Catholic Church has done on the question of evolution since the mid-19th century is nothing short of revolutionary - revolutionary in the most literal sense of the word, "to turn around", for the Church has done just that, turned around on its approach to evolution and questions surrounding the origin of human life. In this article, we will trace the origins of the Church's interaction with evolutionary theology and witness how, while the papacy of the 19th century condemned evolution as incompatible with Christian theology, the late 20th century Magisterium has essentially enthroned the theory as a...


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Our Greatest Lie

If you are a Catholic striving after sanctity, you make a sincere effort to avoid all mortal sin and even venial sin. You certainly value truthfulness as a basic requirement for living a vibrant spiritual life and never intentionally tell lies or deceive others. Yet even so, there is one lie I have learned that Catholics, even very pious, faithful Catholics, are guilty of telling. And they tell it time and time again, sometimes every day. We go on deceiving others with this lie, and then tell the same lie again, sometimes to the same people. Most likely it is not intentional; we do not set out to be untruthful - but we become untruthful nonetheless. And this untruthfulness is not harmless; it is an...


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Canonization and the Early Church

The method of canonization used by the Magisterium has provoked much discussion in recent years. In the pontificate of John Paul II, traditionalist Catholics frequently complained of the frequency with which John Paul II lifted saints to the altars. This was bound up with his relaxation of the canonization procedures. More recently, some have objected to the waiving of mandatory waiting periods by Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis' common resort to equivalent canonization, whereby a saint is canonized without the requisite second miracle. These anomalies, troubling as they are to faith, have provoked discussion both from liberals who see in the changes grounds for further innovation, as well as traditionalists, many of whom are wont to question the authority of the canonizations themselves based on...


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Homosexual Marriage is not a Civil Right

The debate over same-sex marriage has not been resolved. Instead, the militant homosexual lobby has simply declared that the debate is over and is trying to shut down conversation. The manner in which they are bullying their opposition into silence is by pushing homosexual marriage as a "civil right." This is manifestly false, but has unfortunately been repeated so much that ignorant Americans are starting to accept it as a given. Of course, if one admits that homosexual marriage is a "civil right", then to deny the legitimacy of same-sex marriage puts one in the same category as racists who would deny blacks the right to vote. In this article, we will examine why homosexual marriage is in no way a "civil right." We will...


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History of the Catholic Church

  • Comparing Roman and Medieval Technology

    The following article was originally featured on the popular traditionalist blog Athanasius Contra Mundum, managed by Ryan Grant, under the title "The Church and Science: Smashing the Roman Illusion" and was published on January 17, 2010. The article explains how one of the most persistent misunders…

    Read more: Comparing...

Theology & Liturgy

  • The Visible Church

    Though Protestants and Catholics have many points of disagreement, it seems the most fundamental area of conflict has to do with the nature of the Church. Is the Church a visible, physically identifiable reality with an institutional government that keeps guard over doctrine and discipline, or is it…

    Read more: The Visible...

Catholic Spirituality

  • Our Greatest Lie

    If you are a Catholic striving after sanctity, you make a sincere effort to avoid all mortal sin and even venial sin. You certainly value truthfulness as a basic requirement for living a vibrant spiritual life and never intentionally tell lies or deceive others. Yet even so, there is one lie I have…

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Movie Reviews

  • Pay it Forward (2000)

    Not wanting to drop $30 on the latest box-office tripe, my wife and I decided to watch some older films borrowed from the library this week. One of these was Pay it Forward (2000, PG-13), starring Helen Hunt, Kevin Spacey, and Haley Joel Osment in the lead role. There was also a cameo appearance by…

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Economy & Society

  • Pius XII on Rural Economy

    The 1940's were an interesting time in the economic development of the west. On the one hand, the end of World War II had brought us definitively into the modern era with electrification, modern communication, nascent consumerism, and of course the inauguration of nuclear energy. On the other hand,…

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