An “Ottaviani Intervention” on Signs and Wonders

Given the fever-pitch excitement (or anxiety) in many quarters over Francis's upcoming consecration of Russia, it seems a good time to republish this 1953 text from Msgr Alfredo Ottaviani. He was later made the prefect of the Holy Office, and was chief signatory of the Short Critical Study of the Novus Ordo Missae ("The Ottaviani …

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Initial thoughts on the Consecration of Ukraine and Russia

Here are some brief reflections on what the latest announcement may mean for us. 1. Our Lady said Russia, not Russia and the World, or Russia and Ukraine, or the USSR, or the individual Soviet republic, or the Russian Federation. Without this being a problem - why can't we just do what we're asked? 2. …

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

As we all know, one of the requests of Our Lady of Fatima was that the Pope would, with all the bishops, consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart. Let us read Sr Lucie’s words, referring to June 13, 1929: "Then Our Lady said to me: 'The moment has come when God asks the Holy Father …

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L’Abbé Henry Essex Edgeworth, Louis XVI’s heroic Anglo-Irish confessor

Featured image: Louis XVI avec son confesseur Edgeworth, un instant avant sa mort. Wiki Commons One the most heartbreaking sections of Louis XVI’s will and testament is this: I pray God to forgive me all my sins. I have sought to know them scrupulously, to detest them and to humble myself in his presence, not …

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

As many know, January 21st marks the anniversary of France’s regicide. King Louis XVI of France was condemned to death on January 20th 1793, and the next day went to the guillotine. This event is rich in significance for us today. Our Lord Jesus Christ himself referred to it in the context of the Fatima …

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The Holy Innocents – Liturgical Highlights

"Ye play with your palms and crowns beneath the very altar." There are many moments of beauty and pathos in the Church's year. But, in my opinion, few are so equally filled with both bitterness and glory as the feast of the Holy Innocents. It is very noticeable that Christ's coming to the world is …

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

This is the third part of our series on the Holy Face devotion. In this part we take up the account of the revelations where we left it at the end of Part II. Readers will recall that Our Lord Jesus Christ, in a series of revelations between August 1843 and June 1845 made known …

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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 Picture of Solzehnitsyn (Source Wiki Comons CC) The world is in eclipse. It looks like we have almost entered the …

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

This essay consists of two parts: Part I - Review of Baronius Press's edition of the Roman Catechism Part II - The Roman Catechism itself Historical backgroundThe authority of the Roman CatechismClergy and theologians on the CatechismComparison with the modern catechismThe Roman Catechism and the crisis in the ChurchThe nature and structure of this Catechism. …

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