How the Leonine Prayers Helped Create the Vatican State and Crushed the Soviet Union

05/04/2016 Comments (7)

Giuseppe Cesari (1568-1640), “Archangel Michael and the Rebel Angels”

Two years ago this month Edward Pentin reported on this site that there was a “Campaign Under Way to Introduce Prayer at Mass for Persecuted Christians”. Let’s hope that’s still true. The prayers, which were to follow the dismissal at Mass, and were more or less successors to the Leonine Orations, have a long tradition of being so efficacious that, once they accomplished their original object, they were retained (until 1965) for new intentions.

They were named after one of the longest reigning pontiffs, Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903). According to the Roman Missal: “These prayers were introduced by Pope Leo XIII to obtain an acceptable solution to the Vatican’s relations with the Italian State...READ MORE

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The Original Image of Divine Mercy, How Theology of the Body Impacted My Life and More!

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05/04/2016 Comment

Click on The Original Image of Divine Mercy: Untold Story of An Unknown Masterpiece by Sister Helena Burns of Catholic Lane link to read.

The Original Image of Divine Mercy: Untold Story of An Unknown Masterpiece – Sister Helena Burns, Catholic Lane

How Theology of the Body Impacted My Life – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

Retrograde, Intransigent Catholics are in Good Company – Carl E. Olson, The Catholic World Report

A Saint for Our Times: A Review of Shaun McAfee’s “St. Robert Bellarmine” – Anne M. Miller, Ignitum Today

The Slow Decline of the Ordinary Magisterium - Edward N. Peters J.C.D. J.D., The Dispatch via The Catholic World Report

Bought and Sold for $21.62 – Ann Casey, Catholic Stand

Fr. Z Fisks Ross Douthat’s The New Catholic Truce: A Distinctive Late-Marxist Odor - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog


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Shakespeare and the Fading of the Catholic World

05/03/2016 Comments (5)

William Blake, “William Shakespeare” (c. 1800)

Last week the world marked the 400th anniversary of the death of the greatest writer in the English language and one of the three or four most significant artists the human race has produced. William Shakespeare simply contains so much. In the manner of Dante, Homer, Michelangelo, James Joyce, and Aquinas, he seems to encompass the whole: every texture of feeling, every nuance of thought, the tragedy of sin, the most exquisite longings of the soul, the most confounding confusions, heaven, hell, and everything in between. 
It is, of course, this very capaciousness that has made possible such a variety of readings of his work. Kenneth Clark, relying perhaps on the darkest of Macbeth's...READ MORE

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Eleanor Clift Says Planned Parenthood Performs "A Very Small Number of Abortions."

05/03/2016 Comments (10)

Since when is over 300,000 abortions a year a "very small number?" Not just a "small number." A "VERY small number."

Frequent abortion apologist Eleanor Clift reportedly recently said on the McLaughlin Group, "I do have a problem when they try to cut funding to Planned Parenthood which provides a lot of health services and a very small number of abortions."

I know you're shocked. Mostly because you had no idea that the McLaughlin Group was still on the air. Neither did I.

Funny thing is that leftists are always trying to explain that abortion is no big deal at all because it's not the taking of an actual human life or anything but then they try to minimize the number of abortions that...READ MORE

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15 More Errors That Catholics Should Avoid Like the Plague

05/03/2016 Comments (10)

The papal cathedra in the Basilica of St. John Lateran (Image Credit: “Tango7174”, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Following on last week's column, here are 15 more misconceptions that Catholics (and others) should avoid:

1. The Devil is the equivalent of, or otherwise comparable to, God. This is a horrible and ignorant leftover of Manicheanism/Albigensianism/New Ageism that is best laid to rest, quickly. God is the Creator. Everything and everyone else, including Satan, is a mere creature.

If there were a sense of equivalency between the Devil and anyone else, that would be the Blessed Virgin Mary. Both are creatures but when presented with God's plan for humanity, one humbly assented to His plan. The other selfishly rejected the very same Creator Who gave him existence. One enjoys inexpressible joy...READ MORE

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Male Privilege and Women’s Bathrooms, The Light Weight of Doctrinal Declarations, and More!

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05/03/2016 Comment

Click on Male Privilege and Women’s Bathrooms by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., of Catholic Lane link to read more.

Male Privilege and Women’s Bathrooms – Jennifer Roback Morse Ph.D., Catholic Lane

The Light Weight of Doctrinal Declarations - Ken Kniepmann, Catholic Stand

The Omission in that Haunts the Church, 1 Corinthians 11:27-29 and Amoris Laetitia - Peter Kwasniewski Ph.D., New Liturgical Movement

The Poor – The Nicene Guy, Ignitum Today

Why Miracles Are Not Incompatible with Science – Karlo Broussard, Catholic Answers

Catch 23: Why a World with Two Billion Christians In It Stays Such a Mess, Part II – Felix Whelan, Catholic Stand

Cardinal Schönborn: “Sacraments” in Infamous Footnote 351 Means the Sacrament of Penance – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

The Little Sister’s Last Stand for...READ MORE

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The Catholic Church Is “Crunchy”, Too; Propaganda Colors Public Perception, and More!

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05/02/2016 Comment

Click on The Catholic Church Is “Crunchy”, Too by Julie Machado of Ignitum Today link to read more.

The Catholic Church Is “Crunchy”, Too – Julie Machado, Ignitum Today

Genetically Engineered Language: Propaganda Colors Public Perception – Rebecca Taylor, Catholic Lane

Nothing But a Fleck of Matter? – Allison Low, Catholic Stand

The Great Unaddressed Human Rights Issue of Our Day – Jennifer Lahl, Catholic Lane

Bishop Philip Egan: Amoris Laetitia Does Not Allow Communion for Remarried – Catholic Herald

Our (Sexual) Carthage Must Be Destroyed – David Carlin, The Catholic Thing

Pope Francis Seems to Approve Cardinal Schönborn’s Explanation of Amoris Laetitia - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z's Blog

Cardinal Sarah: “There Is No Forgiveness If There Is No Repentance” – Catherine Harmon, The...READ MORE

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What You Need to Know About the Antichrist (According to Bl. John Henry Newman)

05/02/2016 Comments (14)

Luca Signorelli, “Deeds of the Antichrist” (c. 1501). Note the lack of wounds in the hands of the Christ-like figure. This is the artist's way of indicating that he is actually the Antichrist.

With news in late January that the Archdiocese of Chicago sent the Vatican reports of a miraculous healing credited to the intercession of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman, and considering the rise of anti-Christian culture around the world, it looks like a good time to take a look at the cardinal’s four sermons on the Antichrist all grounded in the teachings of the Bible and the Fathers of the Church. Delivered by him a little over 180 years ago, they sound as if they were written and preached in today’s times.

“Times of the Antichrist” was the title of the first sermon. Here as in the rest, Cardinal Newman follows the ancient Fathers who were not too far removed from the apostles, like...READ MORE

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