The Deep Church: From the Borgias to Becciu

The Australian government is now beginning to confirm what most of us have suspected for years. In a display of ruthlessness and corruption that would thrill the Borgias, Vatican bureaucrats wired a small fortune to unknown parties in Australia to initiate the fraudulent sex-abuse charges against George Cardinal Pell. According to local media reports, officials in Rome sent AU$2 million to Australian agents to “secure evidence against Cardinal Pell.” The transfer was discovered by Austrac, the nation’s financial watchdog, and is being investigated by the Australian Federal Police and the Victorian Police. Of course, the prime suspect is Giovanni Cardinal Becciu. In …

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Where Are You Going, Peter?

Jane Stannus is a journalist and translator. Her writing has also appeared in the Catholic Herald of London, The Spectator USA, and the National Catholic Reporter. It’s raining spiritually again. The Pope has scandalized faithful Catholics and delighted progressives of every stripe by expressing support for civil same-sex unions. Waugh fans will recall one of English literature’s most obnoxious Canadians, Rex Mottram, receiving instruction for baptism from a priest who quizzes him on his grasp of the doctrine of infallibility. What if the Pope were to say it was raining, but it wasn’t? Well, Rex says, “I suppose it would be sort of raining spiritually, …

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Joe Biden’s 800-Pound Gorilla

We’ve been hearing a great deal of noise lately from Democrat politicians about Judge Amy Coney Barret, in whose dark soul they are horrified to find that “the dogma lives loudly…” So intolerable is the threat she poses, they tell us, that in thwarting her nomination to the Supreme Court they are engaged in the most noble and necessary task imaginable. Keeping the nation safe from Roman Catholic bigotry, you see, has become a full-time job. What they really need to do is to lighten up. Because, quite simply, there are no dogmas requiring her, or anyone else for that matter, …

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For Catholics, There’s Only One Choice

Editor’s note: This article was excerpted from a homily preached by Father Stravinskas on October 17, 2020 at the Church of the Holy Innocents in Manhattan. Fr. Peter M. Stravinskas is the founder and superior of the Priestly Society of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman. He is also president of the Catholic Education Foundation and editor of The Catholic Response. As the grandson of immigrants, I was raised to think that to be Catholic automatically meant being a Democrat; after all, it was the Democratic Party that had been so involved in assisting the newly-arrived with possibilities for financial security and upward mobility. …

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Wilton Gregory Is the Deep Church

No one should be surprised by the recent revelation that Pope Francis believes that civil unions between same-sex couples ought to be legal. Just as no one should be surprised by the promotion of Wilton Gregory—Archbishop of Washington, D.C., oligarch, and political activist—to the College of Cardinals this past Sunday. The two are intimately connected, as many are probably aware. The character and quality of Francis’s papacy is abundantly clear by now and represents a continuation of the Catholic Church’s theological, cultural, and intellectual emphases since the mid-twentieth century. We should not be surprised when, fifty years hence the Church itself …

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An Apologia

I wasn’t surprised to find that my last column, “Against Women’s Suffrage,” attracted some criticism. I was rather surprised—and very pleasantly so—by the overwhelmingly positive feedback I received from women. In fact, the majority of detractors were men who were offended on behalf of their wives and daughters. I commend these gentlemen. It shows the proper feudal spirit. Though perhaps misguided, they appear instinctively to understand that the public arena is properly their domain. They didn’t send their women-folk into the fray: they confronted me themselves. And so, again: bravo. It is to these chaps that I’ll address the current article—mano a …

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For Integralism: A Realist’s Case for the Confessional State – Against Integralism: A Thomist’s Case for Limited Government

For Integralism: A Realist’s Case for the Confessional State by Jonathan Culbreath Jonathan Culbreath is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College, and has studied philosophy at the graduate level at the University of Leuven in Belgium. He is an assistant editor at The Josias, an online manual of Catholic social teaching and Catholic integralism. He lives with his wife and son in Southern California, where he teaches Latin at a small Catholic high school. He tweets @maestrojmc. Catholic integralism holds that the state must confess the Catholic religion. Integralism follows the teaching of Pope Leo XIII (as in his encyclical Immortale Dei) …

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ON VATICAN II NEWS: COMMENTARY

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò is countering suggestions that, through his recent criticism of Vatican II, he is flirting with schism.   In an open letter to Italian journalist Sandro Magister, the Vatican whistleblower reaffirms the need to highlight unresolved problems stemming from the Second Vatican Council and warns that “conspirators” have capitalized on the 1962–65 gathering to “demolish the Church from within.” 3 July 2020Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr Dear Mr. Magister, Permit me to reply to your article “Archbishop Viganò on the Brink of Schism,” published at Settimo Cielo on June 29. I am aware that having dared to express an opinion strongly critical of the …

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‘Espinoza v. Montana’ Is a Victory for Religious Freedom

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer  a legal analyst for the Judicial Education Project. A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on June 30, the day the high court issued the 5-4 decision that made clear that the U.S. Constitution required Montana’s modest tuition-assistance program to be available for use at all private schools, including religious ones. Espinoza is about more than righting the ugly past of anti-Catholicism. It’s about our present and future. Tuesday’s Supreme Court decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue vindicates the free exercise of religion — all religions — but has special meaning for America’s Catholics.  At long …

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Archbishop Viganò’s Powerful Letter to President Trump: Eternal struggle Between Good and Evil Playing Out Right Now

Editor’s note: Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has released this powerful letter today to President Trump warning him that the current crises over the coronavirus pandemic and the George Floyd riots are a part of the eternal spiritual struggle between the forces of good and evil. He encourages the president to continue the fight on behalf of the “children of light.” Mr. President, In recent months we have been witnessing the formation of two opposing sides that I would call Biblical: the children of light and the children of darkness. The children of light constitute the most conspicuous part of humanity, while the …

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