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All Published Essays, Articles and Texts

Theology Manuals – Why are they so important in the post-conciliar crisis?

Weaponized Orthodoxy – How to divide Catholics using sound principles, applied selectively

Dogmatic Suicide – Canonizations, infallibility and the consequences

The Visible Unity of the Church I – What does it mean to believe in “One” Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church?

The Visible Unity of the Church II – More on what it means for the Church to be “visibly” one

The Visible Unity of the Church III – Reconciling the Church’s teachings about her own unity with the current crisis

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise – Book Review

Doubtful Baptisms – Reflections on the necessity for widespread access to conditional sacraments

True Law – According to the Teaching of St Thomas Aquinas

Theology & History I: The relationship between liturgical tradition and antiquarianism

The Whig Interpretation of History – A Lasting Influence

Theology and History II: Why understanding this relationship is crucial for avoiding shipwreck

Law and Liberty – State Overreach and the teaching of the Catholic Church

Pope Honorius and Roberto de Mattei – Part I: The History

Membership of the Church: Part I – Visibility

He Must Reign: Re-crowning Christ the King

Membership of the Church: Part II – Baptism

Is the Roman Pontiff infallible in his ordinary magisterium? Chapter VI of nineteenth-century work by theologian J.M.A. Vacant

Pope Honorius and Roberto de Mattei – Part II: “Undoubtedly Magisterial Acts”?

Suffering under Persecution: The example of Robert Southwell and the English Martyrs

Membership of the Church: Part III – Public Profession of the True Faith

The Ordinary and Universal Magisterium of the Church – Chapter I of nineteenth-century work on the magisterium by J.M.A. Vacant

The Organs and Instruments of the Ordinary Magisterium – Chapter II of Fr J.M.A. Vacant’s nineteenth-century work on the magisterium

How the ordinary magisterium expresses itself – Chapter IIIa of Fr J.M.A. Vacant’s nineteenth-century work on the magisterium

Pope Honorius and Roberto de Mattei – Part IIIa: Magisterial Heresy? The Rule of Faith

l’Unité visible I : Pour les catholiques, que signifie croire « en l’Église, Une, Sainte, Catholique et Apostolique » ?

The implicit and tacit expressions of the ordinary magisterium – Chapter IIIb of Fr J.M.A. Vacant’s nineteenth-century work on the magisterium

Pope Honorius and Roberto de Mattei – Part IIIb: Magisterial Heresy? Trust in the Church

Membership of the Church: Part IV – Schism & Excommunication

The New Testament Rosary

The Old Testament Rosary

Theology and the Interior Life – How do they help each other? Fr R. Garrigou-Lagrange, 1943

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: the only foundation of true freedom

“That Golden Book”: On the Roman Catechism, and a review of Baronius Press’s edition

Is it valid? The proximate matter of Baptism

Holy Face I: The Prayers of Reparation, Origins and Papal Approvals

Holy Face Part II: The beginning of the work of reparation

Announcement of the Third Rosary Crusade

Preparation for Tyranny I: Becoming Strong by Rejecting False Hope

Preparation for Tyranny II: What about our Families?

Holy Face Part III: the “exterior object” of reparation

Pope Honorius and Roberto de Mattei – Interlude: The human mind’s ability to apprehend reality without the intervention of authority

Archbishop Lefebvre and the Conciliar Church – Part I: The Archbishop’s words

Archbishop Lefebvre and the Conciliar Church – Part II: Is it a separate society?

Archbishop Lefebvre and the Conciliar Church – Part III: Visibility, the Four Marks and Membership

The Holy Innocents – Liturgical Highlights

Holy Face Part IV: A Work for the Whole Church

Learning Sacred Theology – Part I: Preliminaries, Catechism, Latin, Philosophy and the Magisterium

Learning Sacred Theology – Part II: Ecclesiology, Apologetics and Dogmatic Theology.

The Last Will and Spiritual Testament of Louis XVI, King of France

The heroic and moving life of l’Abbé Henry Essex Edgeworth, Louis XVI’s Anglo-Irish confessor

The King of France, Fatima and the Crisis in the Church

Holy Face Part V: our struggle against Communism

Announcement of the Fourth 54-Day Rosary Novena Against Tyranny beginning 2 February: For a worthy Roman Pontiff

Learning Sacred Theology – Part III: Scripture, Moral Theology, History, Fathers, and Canon Law

Leo XIII on the Holy Rosary

How should Catholics treat private revelations when studying theology?

Newman on “The Eternal See”

The Loss of Ecclesiastical Offices – Part I: Is Holy Church Unprotected?

Why the Rosary and the Immaculate Heart are Fatima’s Two Last Remedies for the World

The Lives of the Early English Saints: Prelude, and St Alban, proto-martyr of Britain

St Thomas Aquinas, Universal Doctor – Sermon by Fr Edward Leen CSSP, 1923

Our Lord in the Desert – from Fr Aloysius Ambruzzi SJ’s “Companion to the Spiritual Exercises”

The Holy Wrath of St Thomas Aquinas, by G.K. Chesterton

The Fioretti of St Thomas, from sworn testimonies at the canonisation enquiry – Part I: His Life

St Thomas Aquinas on the Five Qualities of Prayer

The Fioretti of St Thomas, from sworn testimonies at the canonisation enquiry – Part II: His Death

The Fioretti of St Thomas – Part III: The Miracles after his Death

Initial thoughts on the Consecration of Ukraine and Russia

An “Ottaviani Intervention” on Signs and Wonders

Possible Miracles, Possible Deceptions: How credulity can lead us to ruin

Fatima, Theology and the Crisis – What should be their relationship?

Portrait of a Pope: St Gregory the Great, Apostle of the English

Pope Leo XIII – On the Duties of Laymen to Study and Spread the Faith

The Mental Sufferings of Our Lord – Meditation for Maundy Thursday

Our Lord Refuses Sympathy – Meditation for Maundy Thursday

The Bodily Sufferings of Our Lord – Meditation for Good Friday

“It is Consummated” – To Our Lord in the Tomb – Meditation for Holy Saturday

The Kingdom of God – Christ is Risen! – Meditation for Easter Sunday

Hadrian’s Wall, St Oswald and the Forgotten Triumph of Heavenfield

God Alone – On St Thomas the Apostle

How can we teach Bible stories to children?

Devotion to St Joseph, Part I: Theological Reasons – Fr Bover SJ

The Royal Road of the Holy Cross – The Imitation of Christ

Devotion to St Joseph, Part II: Logical Consequences – Fr Bover SJ

Pope St Pius V – “Crushing of the Enemies of thy Church”

St Gregory Nazianzen and the Crisis in the Church

Why St Robert Bellarmine was declared a Doctor of the Church – Pius XI

Portrait of a Pope: St Gregory the Great and the End of Imperial Rome

Humility – St Philip Neri Novena

Devotion – St Philip Neri Novena

Exercise of Prayer – St Philip Neri Novena

St Thomas Aquinas and the Church – His Intrinsic Authority

Purity – St Philip Neri Novena

Tenderness of Heart – St Philip Neri Novena

Cheerfulness – St Philip Neri Novena

Patience – St Philip Neri Novena

Care for the Salvation of Souls – St Philip Neri Novena

Miraculous Gifts – St Philip Neri Novena

Fun – Aquinas and Neri

St Thomas Aquinas and the Church – His Extrinsic Authority

Portrait of a Pope: The Reign of Odovacer in Italy

Profession of Faith, Heresy and Separating Oneself from the Church – Canonist Fr Augustine OSB

One year of The WM Review – thank you for supporting us!

“The Great Rethink” and our Anniversary Appeal

The Teaching of the Theological Manuals – Mgr Fenton against the Rethinkers of his day

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