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

How should laymen go about learning sacred theology? Should we just read spiritual books, popular apologetics, the Fathers, works by this or that theologian, modern crisis polemics, and papal encyclicals – and hope for the best? Theology is a science, with its own proper end and methodology. This three-part series is about how laymen can …

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Holy Face Part IV: A Work for the Whole Church

This is the fourth part of our series on the revelations of Our Lord Jesus Christ to Sister Marie of St Peter, a Carmelite nun of the Carmel of Tours, between 1843 and her death in 1848. These revelations, calling for a “work of reparation to the Holy Face”, were regarded as authentic by the …

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

Essay by John Lane, edited with permission by S.D. Wright. Originally published on the St Robert Bellarmine Forums as a printable PDF here. Image is from Wikicommons. Editor's comment: Whatever some may think about Archbishop Lefebvre, his thoughts, words, and deeds, it is clear that he was an enormously significant figure in the twentieth century …

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

Essay by John Lane, edited and expanded with permission by S.D. Wright. Originally published on the St Robert Bellarmine Forums as a printable PDF here. Photo from Wikicommons (Source) Editor's comment: Whatever some may think about Archbishop Lefebvre, his thoughts, words, and deeds, it is clear that he was an enormously significant figure in the twentieth century …

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

This article is a set of reflections and observations, rather than a more tightly-argued essay. While it has arisen from my ongoing study of de Mattei and his concept of a “heretic pope,” and addresses certain relevant points, it is supplementary and informal. As a very wise man once asked: If the pope dies and …

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Preparation for Tyranny II: What about our Families?

"I have married a wife; and therefore I cannot come."Luke 14.20 In Preparing for Tyranny Part I, we considered Solzhenitsyn's advice for those who fall into the Gulag apparatus, including his hard words on how they should consider their loved ones: "For me, those I love have died; and for them, I have died."SOLZHENITSYN, THE …

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Preparation for Tyranny I: Becoming Strong by Rejecting False Hope

... If pow'rs divine behold our human actions (as they do): I doubt not then, but innocence shall make false accusation blush, and tyranny tremble at patience. Hermione in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, 3.2.27 The world is in eclipse. It looks like we have almost entered the stage known as “totality,” in which the whole …

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