Unecumenical Saints: St. Peter Canisius

St. Peter Canisius is perhaps one of the more neglected doctors of the Church. Amongst the names of the great saints in his era, of Borromeo, Ignatius, Philip Neri, Francis Xavier, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, St. Pius V, etc., his name tends to get lost. In Germany and Switzerland, however, his name […]

The Growth and Decline of the Roman Economy

Originally Published on the Distributist Review, 7 March 2011 When one harkens back to Rome he is usually met with consistent comparisons to political ideals, military glory, or the decadence and immorality of the upper classes in the late republican and imperial periods. Very rarely however, is the economy that made the wealth of the […]

Dissecting the Instrumentum Laboris for the October 2014 Synod

The Instrumentum Laboris, or working document (in Latin literally, the device of the work) was issued last month, and it foretells essentially more of the same. The Document is riddled with programs, programs, and more programs! More this and more that! Change! Yet the only things useful for a constructive discussion on how to meet […]

The Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, and the Instrumentum Laboris

                We, just yesterday, had the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, which is a holy day of obligation in most of the world, but for some reason not here in the USofA. Not sure why, apart from the general trend to not disturb people’s comfortable lives by […]

Aude Sapere Podcast 001 – Re-introduction and Canonization

 Download        Play in new window Today on this first Aude Sapere podcast I re-introduce myself and launch into the issue of the infallibility of canonizations. The double-canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII has left a lot of Traditional Catholics dismayed, as the obvious message is that they are trying to canonize Vatican II. […]

New Pentecost?

Often one will hear the phrase “Vatican II is a new Pentecost in the Church today”, or there is a new springtime that “will bring a new Pentecost”, and some other such thing. Here, I wish to differentiate between those attempting to draw a comparison to an outpouring of grace. Even at that, the comparison […]

The Binding Force of Tradition, by Fr. Chad Ripperger, SMD

Originally Published on Rorate Caeli, July 2013. Didn’t you know, Vatican II got rid of that! Or so you thought. How many countless times, more than what space in this journal could recount, have traditional Catholics along with conservative minded faithful been told such and such by priests and even bishops, by “habitless” nuns running […]

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