Suffering under persecution – the example of Robert Southwell, priest and martyr

One of the great delusions of the modern age is the presumption that human beings today are in some way “better”, more “enlightened”, more “moral” than people in the past, who were were cruel, or ignorant, or incapable of seeing things which are obvious to “modern man”. This attitude reveals itself in the frequent use …

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Law and Liberty – Covid 19 lockdowns and the teaching of the Catholic Church

This article explores the Covid-19 lockdowns in light of the Catholic Church’s teaching on liberty. It was first published in Calx Mariae in September 2020. It is republished with here in a slightly edited form with permission. References to lockdown restrictions in the United Kingdom refer to regulations in force during the summer of 2020; …

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

In late 2020, it emerged that two priests had been required to seek baptism, confirmation and ordination after being invalidly baptised as infants. What are the potential consequences of the breakdown of sacramental practice in the post-conciliar Church? How does this compare to the sacramental security enjoyed in the Catholic Church prior to the Second …

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Dogmatic Suicide – canonizations, infallibility and the consequences

The canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII. (Source) This essay by S.D. Wright was originally published by Mr Louie Verrecchio. Pictures have been added subsequently. Many Catholics, including ourselves, reject the canonizations of Paul VI, John Paul II and others. Some reject all post-Vatican II canonizations. But everyone is instinctively aware that there …

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