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

Thesis: The Church at least sometimes expects us to apprehend reality and make cognitive judgments without waiting for the intervention of an authority; canon law may include processes for authoritative judgments on such matters, but this does not always absolve a man from the duty of making a cognitive judgment - nor does it prohibit …

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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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Suffering under persecution – the example of Robert Southwell and the English Martyrs

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

In the chaos of the last sixty years, it has become common for Catholics to look for historical precedents for our situation. But in desperation to find some sort of evidence that the Church has experienced such things before, it is tempting for some to allow history to become a sort of “source of theology.” …

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

This is the second part of a response to the historian Roberto de Mattei’s call for Catholics to unite around the Church’s tradition. It is not possible for us to 'unite around tradition' without accepting the Church's received, traditional doctrine in its integrity. In the previous article, we considered the relationship between liturgical tradition and …

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Book review – The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise

An important book by Darío Fernández-Morera demonstrates just how much our understanding of the past can be distorted by unsound, or dishonest, approaches to history. [1]   In his book, The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise (UK: here), he demolishes, point by point, the widely held belief that under Islamic rule Spain enjoyed a golden …

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