Category: History

Christian Revolution Under Constantine: 1700th Anniversary Series, Part 2
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Christian Revolution Under Constantine: 1700th Anniversary Series, Part 2

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  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 Prose Introduction to My Poem, Constantine’s Flight to Constantius Diocletian had been governing the Roman Empire since 284, eventually establishing his headquarters at Nicomedia in western Asia Minor.  Nine years into his reign, Diocletian set up the First Tetrarchy (293-305), dividing the Empire into four huge […]

August 15th, A Day for Miracles in Detroit
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August 15th, A Day for Miracles in Detroit

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On Wednesday, August 15th Catholics from all over Northeastern United States and Canada will converge on one of the hidden jewels of Detroit; a 131 year old replica of the miraculous Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France. In 1858, a peasant girl by the name of Bernadette of Soubirous claimed to see a […]

In Search for Conciliar Clarity
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In Search for Conciliar Clarity

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As a writer and speaker who frequently addresses topics related to the Second Vatican Council, I read with great interest Archbishop Gerhard Muller’s recent interview with Catholic News Agency (CNA) in which he was asked about the “doctrinal discussions” between the Holy See and the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). While declaring his optimism […]

Christian Revolution Under Constantine: 1700th Anniversary Series, Part 1
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Christian Revolution Under Constantine: 1700th Anniversary Series, Part 1

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Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 The air of centuries ago is healthful to inhale, especially when it blows balmy and pristine.  Wafting from the past, the great Christian revolution of the 4th century has the capacity to ennoble modern hearts and uplift minds that have sunk like stones into what is seen […]

Unhappy Anniversaries
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Unhappy Anniversaries

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Unbeknownst to many, July 21, 2012 marks the 45th anniversary of an event that has severely and negatively impacted the life of every single Catholic on the planet; namely, the issuance of a decree by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) suppressing the requirements outlined in the Oath Against Modernism. Together with […]

On the Vatican's Norms for Discerning Private Revelation, Part Two
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On the Vatican’s Norms for Discerning Private Revelation, Part Two

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For part one, please click here. Overview of Normae S. Congregationis: The original copy of NC comprised a total of four pages in Latin.  It was signed by Francis Cardinal Seper, then Prefect of the CDF.  It was undersigned by Fr. Jerome Hamer, O.P., then Secretary of the CDF. The document as a whole provides […]

An 'Imaginary' President Appeases a Very Real Islam
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An ‘Imaginary’ President Appeases a Very Real Islam

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American intellectual Will Durant’s The Lessons of History—co-written with wife Ariel and published in 1968, when the Soviet Union posed a threat to the United States—still offers insightful lessons, especially concerning American-Muslim relations. In the chapter titled “History and War,” the Durants posit some hypothetical speeches and approaches concerning war. First, an imaginary U.S. president […]

Movie Review: <i>U.N. Me</i>
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Movie Review: U.N. Me

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Every once in a while, I watch a movie that I hate. U.N. Me is just such a movie. I hated watching it but I have to recommend that others see this movie.  Why?  Because I believe that even if the truth is brutally hard to digest, it’s better than ignorance. I hated what was […]

On the Vatican's Norms for Discerning Private Revelation, Part One
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On the Vatican’s Norms for Discerning Private Revelation, Part One

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A couple of months ago I openly questioned Andrea Tornielli’s publishing the Latin text of the Vatican’s document Normae S. Congregationis (NC).[i]  This past week, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) published not only the Latin text of the document, but also issued a translation in the major European languages.[ii] As the […]

You Should Be Worried!
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You Should Be Worried!

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“He moved about freely with them in Jerusalem, and spoke out boldly in the name of the Lord.  He also spoke and debated with the Hellenists, but they tried to kill him.” (Acts 9:29, NAB) When St. Paul began traveling throughout the Roman Empire, truly going into the culture of death in order to proclaim […]

Upcoming Movie Review: <i>For Greater Glory</i>
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Upcoming Movie Review: For Greater Glory

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I’m doing something I’ve never done before. I’ve never written a movie review for a movie I have not yet seen or a book review for book I have not yet read. But I am so excited by the “buzz” about an upcoming movie that I thought I’d let you in on some of it. […]

The Titanic’s Catholic Priest Who Went Down Hearing Confessions
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The Titanic’s Catholic Priest Who Went Down Hearing Confessions

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Amidst all the tales of chivalry from the Titanic disaster there is one that’s not often told. It is that of Fr. Thomas Byles, the Catholic priest who gave up two spots on a lifeboat in favor of offering spiritual aid to the other victims as they all went down with the “unsinkable” vessel. A […]

Movie Review: <em>War Horse</em>
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Movie Review: War Horse

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Baby seals, puppies and horses all seem to have a universal ability to tug at people’s heartstrings. It’s just something about how we’re made, and Steven Spielberg’s War Horse doesn’t disappoint in that department. This film takes you on an emotional ride from the opening scene, the birth of a horse in rural England, right […]

This Fiesty Manifesto is Just What American Catholics Need
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This Fiesty Manifesto is Just What American Catholics Need

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“Social issues.” It’s a squishy, equivocal term suited to a mentality ill at ease with the hard-edged implications of “moral issues” and “morality.” What implications? That there are definite moral truths that show some things to be always and everywhere wrong and deserving of condemnation. Not what the “social issues” mindset cares to hear. There’s […]

Roman Fever
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Roman Fever

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A city like no other, maybe even more so this time of year. What do you call a city with a jail named Regina Coeli (Queen of Heaven)? For the last 3,000 years, you call it Rome. Forty years had passed since I had last visited Rome, broke and hitchhiking through Europe the summer after […]

Western Survival Depends on Western Pride
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Western Survival Depends on Western Pride

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Claude Guéant, the French interior minister, sparked a firestorm last month when he praised Western values as “superior” to the oppressive ones found elsewhere, namely the Islamic world. Yet the controversy did more to spotlight an area in which the West clearly trails its rivals: self-confidence. If a government official cannot extol the unique virtues […]

99¢ Can Buy You a Practical Answer to Our Nation's Woes
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99¢ Can Buy You a Practical Answer to Our Nation’s Woes

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Archbishop Charles Chaput has written one of the most insightful pieces of our time on modern journalism and the role, or should I say, “non-role” of religion in today’s public square. His searing piece, A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America, is a must read for all those who seek to live […]

Bumper Sticker History: Remembering Some Truly Audacious Military Operations
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Bumper Sticker History: Remembering Some Truly Audacious Military Operations

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On March 19, speaking at a Morris Township, New Jersey Democratic Party fundraiser, Vice President Joe Biden provided what may be the mother of all election year bumper stickers when he asserted, “Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive. Think about it.” To help wrap our minds around these two facts, referring […]

The Invention of Judaism
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The Invention of Judaism

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It is a common misconception today to associate the religion of Judaism with that of Moses, the prophets and even Jesus – when in reality, Judaism is newer than the Christian Church. This confusion is only compounded due to the existence of the modern state of Israel – a state that has no connection or correlation with […]

The Church’s Mission: Apostolic or Political?
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The Church’s Mission: Apostolic or Political?

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In a recent column at CatholicCulture.org, Phil Lawler criticized the bishops of the United States for issuing statements on “too many debatable political issues” rather than sticking to matters that fall more properly within the scope of their teaching authority. As an example, he pointed to a newly released USCCB statement that “appeared to give […]

George Weigel’s Mission Impossible
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George Weigel’s Mission Impossible

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Even if you don’t agree with him, you have to admire George Weigel’s moxie. It can’t be easy serving as the spokesperson for a “conservative” Catholic movement that labors so mightily against the preponderance of evidence to reconcile every last scintilla of conciliar innovation with the Faith handed down from the Apostles. Yet, he does […]

The Historical Reality of the Muslim Conquests
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The Historical Reality of the Muslim Conquests

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Because it is now almost axiomatic for American school textbooks to whitewash all things Islamic (see here for example), it may be useful to examine one of those aspects that are regularly distorted: the Muslim conquests. Few events of history are so well documented and attested to as are these conquests, which commenced soon after […]

The Social Kingship of Christ
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The Social Kingship of Christ

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In the Gospel reading for the First Sunday of Lent in the Ordinary Form of Holy Mass, Jesus proclaims, “The Kingdom of God is at hand,” but what does that mean? Is this Kingdom still to come such that we might participate in bringing it to fulfillment, or is the reign of Christ the King […]

The Story of Guadalupe: Hope for Our Violent World
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The Story of Guadalupe: Hope for Our Violent World

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On December 8, 2006 (Feast of the Immaculate Conception), Mel Gibson released his epic movie, Apocalypto . Hopefully many eyes were opened by this movie’s portrayal of the evil of human sacrifices practiced by the Aztecs and other Indian cultures in what would become Mexico. The movie provides the historical backdrop of today’s Marian celebration: the Memorial […]

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