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Pope-Pourri: Concerning Francis' Credibility — Francis Finally "Answers " Archbishop Viganò's Letter

     Cooks are familiar with the French term "pot-pourri" but they might not be aware of its literal meaning: rotten or corrupted pot.

On February 16, 2019, the Vatican announced that Theodore McCarrick, named a Cardinal by John Paul II on February 21, 2001, had been reduced to the

Francis: Church Must "Let Go" Her Traditions

     The Church needs the "courage" of letting go her traditions, Pope Francis preached during a Mass for Caritas Internationalis (May 23). [Link here]

His starting point was the decision of the Council of the Apostles (Acts 15) that pagans embracing the Faith don't need to accept

Mary's Month

     Catholic devotion dedicated the month of May in a special way to Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mother of God. It was on the 13th day of May of the year 1917 that Our Blessed Lady began her appearances to the three shepherd children of Fatima. All of

Father Joseph Collins — Requiescat in Pace!

    Father Joseph Collins, ordained by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, and a former member of the Society of Saint Pius V, passed away on Saturday morning. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, the same affliction which took the life of Bishop Alfred Mendez. Please pray for Father Collins' priestly soul,

Dominica in Albis — "The Lord's Day in White Garments"

     In the early days of the Church, moments after the baptismal water is poured, the newly baptized person received a white linen robe, as the priest prayed: "Receive this white garment, which mayest thou bear without stain before the judgment seat of Our Lord Jesus Christ, that thou

The Purple Shrouds of Passiontide

     During Passiontide the church takes on a strange, perhaps even an eerie, appearance. The covering of the statues with the violet fabric surrounds us with shrouded figures looming mysteriously everywhere we look. The bronze bust of Our Lord crowned with thorns is hidden from us. The Pieta –

Your Place at Calvary

     Ask any first grader the question: “Where is God?” “God is everywhere.” is the immediate response. Everywhere! In every nucleus of every atom of every molecule of every galaxy – and in every one of us, God is present in that He knows us perfectly, He loves us

What it means to be a Pro-Life Catholic

     The expression “pro-life Catholic” is every bit as redundant as the expression “traditional Catholic.” Expressions are redundant when they repeat the same idea. The word Catholic necessarily includes the concept of “traditional” because a person cannot truly be a Catholic without believing in and adhering to Catholic tradition.

A Good Confession

     What we usually refer to as “going to confession” actually means receiving a sacrament – the sacrament of Penance. The catechism defines Penance as “the sacrament by which sins committed after Baptism are forgiven.” These two sacraments – ordinarily the first two sacraments we receive in life –

Following Our Lord Jesus Christ On the Way of the Cross During the Days of Lent



     From the earliest days of the Church, Catholics have followed the Stations of the Cross (also called the Way of the Cross or Via Dolorosa, “Way of Sorrow” in Latin).

Early Christians were known to retrace the path Jesus walked to crucifixion through the streets

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