What Catholics Believe

Fr. Jenkins' Writings

G. K. Chesterton on "Modern" Religion

     "The Catholic Church is the only thing which saves a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his age. " (G. K. Chesterton, "The Catholic Church and Conversion," Chapter 5: The Exception Proves the Rule)

 In his incisive and compelling work, "The Catholic Church

A Church without Scandals...?

     An argument used against the Catholic Church is this: "We know that the Catholic Church cannot be the church founded by Jesus Christ because of all the scandals in her history." The Pharisees used a similar argument against Christ Himself when they criticized and rejected Him because He

"Begone, Satan!"

     Behold the astounding humility of the Son of God! He willingly submits to undergoing trial and temptation in order to set the example for us. "For I have given you example, that as I have done to you, so you do also." (John 13:15) In fact, Satan can

What Woman Would…?

     During the month of August we celebrate the wonderful consummation of Our Blessed Mother's life. On the Holy Day set for August 15, we commemorate her Assumption into heaven, when God finally called her to join Him in heaven. One week later we honor her Immaculate Heart, and

Catholic Faith vs. Modernist Myth

     The Catholic Church understands "faith" to be the supernatural virtue which enables the human intellect to assent, purely on the authority and veracity of God Himself, to the truths which God has revealed. It is by the power of this virtue in the soul that we believe with

The Modernists Latest Strategy to Eliminate the Mass?

     [Originally published in the Immaculate Conception Church bulletin on February 24th 2013.]

For the past several years under Benedict XVI, there has been steady talk of blending, or synthesizing, the New Mass with the traditional Latin Mass (actually the 1962 version) in order to produce a "hybrid rite

The Spiritual Life of the Parent and Teacher

     The personal spiritual life of parents and teachers is most single important factor determining their effectiveness in educating children. Admittedly, it is one matter for an educator to teach and quite another for children to learn. Both must do their parts, and even if a parent teaches well,

Francis' Revolutionary Synods

     Francis has said that he will govern his new order church by periodic Synods, that is, by gathering selected representatives of the laity with the members of his hierarchy to discern what the current faith is, and should be, and then proclaim the modern updated faith to the

"Wasted" Communions?

     Why do so many people receive Holy Communion day after day, year after year, without any tangible spiritual benefit? Furthermore, why do some people seem to have less and less fervor for the Faith and less and less love for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament the more

Insights into the Committee that Produced the New Order Liturgy

     At the end of Vatican II, Paul VI established a committee to produce new rites of Mass and the sacraments. Father Ferdinando Antonelli, O.F.M. was appointed as member of that committee, which was called the Consilium ad exsequendam Constitutionem de Sacra Liturgia -- or simply the Consilium.

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