“The Great Rethink” and our Anniversary Appeal

“How many problems in theology seem unsolvable – simply because they start from badly-posed questions.” Dom Paul Nau OSB Confused at the state of the world and the Church? Frustrated by conflicting explanations and theories? Looking for answers, but don’t know where to start? Then it was FOR YOU that we established The WM Review one …

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St Thomas Aquinas and the Church – His Extrinsic Authority

"A singular force and power to cure the evils which afflict our age." In this essay... - The nature of extrinsic authority - The adoption of St Thomas by the Church and her councils- His position in educational establishments- His status as the measure of all other authors- The Church and her doctors- Later doctors …

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St Thomas Aquinas and the Church – His Intrinsic Authority

“When someone parts company with Thomas, he seems to be parting company with the Church.” - Pope St Pius X In this essay... - St Thomas Aquinas as “The Common Doctor” - Intrinsic vs extrinsic authority - St Thomas as the best exponent of Tradition, the Fathers and Scripture - The universal and providential excellence …

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

"Take this glorious Saint for your master, and you will not wander out of the way.” In honour of St Joseph, we are publishing this exclusive translation of a sermon by Fr José María Bover SJ in two parts. This first part was published in advance of the feast of St Joseph the Worker (1 …

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

"Great evils must be met with great remedies." "The great remedies for the evils that weigh upon the earth are to be sought in heaven. The great remedies for the immense evils that afflict us (and for the greater evils that threaten us) are these: devotion to the Heart of Jesus Christ; to the Immaculate …

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How can we teach Bible stories to children?

A review of Knecht’s Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture Available from Amazon US, Amazon UK and Saint Austin Press. What is the difference between the story of David and Goliath, and Jack and the Beanstalk? More importantly – how do we convey that difference to children? If the difference is merely that the Bible story …

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

We are like an army battalion, trapped behind enemy lines for decades. Our battalion's officers have either died, or defected to the enemy - or at least made their loyalties so doubtful that we cannot have recourse to them. We are not in clear contact with the rest of the army. We are on our …

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

"Private revelations cannot be used to contradict traditional theology without creating serious problems." Throughout history God has made private revelations to chosen souls, even for the public good. We could consider the revelations made to St Joan of Arc, which led to the victory of France over English rule; or the revelations of the Sacred …

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

"All of us – yes, even you and I – are liable to be deceived." In this essay we will consider: - Miracles as proof of Christ's revelation - The continuation of miracles in the Church - Being too dependent on signs and wonders - Credulity and false miracles - The purpose of miracles, and …

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