Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II
March 28, 2013
An inheritance stolen
By Louie Verrecchio

On Feb. 10, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI announced his intention to renounce the papacy due to his waning strength in the face of a world “subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith.”

Many, including me, understood him to mean that navigating the obstacles (some well-known, others a matter of speculation) that litter the course of renewal upon which he had set the Barque of St. Peter needed a more energetic helmsman in order to carry the...

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March 07, 2013
Worshiping at the altar of human dignity
By Louie Verrecchio

Our first parents, endowed with every good gift and living in friendship with the benevolent Creator, yielded to the temptation to assert an autonomy that was never their own, exalting themselves over God. 

Thus, as illustrated in the masterwork of St. Augustine, was the “city of men” set in conflict with the “City of God.” Yet in the fullness of time, God sent His only begotten Son to establish that Kingdom wherein He might offer to humankind infinitely more than it had...

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February 28, 2013
Gender-bending child abuse
By Louie Verrecchio

On February 26, 2013, the Denver Post ran an article that contained the following:

Colorado parents of transgender 1st-grader file complaint over restroom ban. The parents of a transgender 6-year-old have filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division because Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain banned the first-grader from using the girls’ restroom. The child, Coy Mathis, was born male but identifies as female.

She (sic) had attended the school since December 2011 before...

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February 21, 2013
A hermeneutic without history
By Louie Verrecchio

Last summer, I had a conversation on the topic of religious liberty with a dear priest friend who is a very accomplished moral theologian and seminary professor. He’s one of very few people I know whose rock-solid orthodoxy, knowledge and insight make him a reliable guide in all matters Catholic.

That being the case, I was surprised to discover how little familiarity he had with the relevant papal magisterium of the centuries prior to Vatican II, and how comfortably he repeated the...

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February 15, 2013
Spiritual warfare and the Pope’s resignation
By Louie Verrecchio

Pope Benedict XVI has tendered his resignation effective 28 February, 2013. 
In making this stunning announcement before the College of Cardinals, the Holy Father cited “advanced age” and a lack of “strength of mind and body” as the factors that led him to conclude that he is incapable of “adequately fulfilling” the Petrine ministry.

At first blush, the Holy Father’s statement seems to say little more than, “I’m old and I’m tired,” and while I’ve no doubt that he...

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January 24, 2013
Fr. Ratzinger's vision and the Pontificate of Paul VI
By Louie Verrecchio

Pope Benedict XVI (more accurately, Fr. Joseph Ratzinger) is often quoted as saying that he envisions a day when there will be a “smaller, more faithful Church.”

Though not precisely verbatim, the quote is derived from a series of radio addresses given by the future Holy Father in 1969-1970, a print version of which is available in the book, Faith and the Future (Ignatius Press).

According to Ignatius Press, Fr. Ratzinger said that the church “will become small and will have to start...

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January 14, 2013
Catholicism clarified
By Louie Verrecchio

Through his extremely popular “Catholicism” video series, Fr. Robert Barron is imparting a wealth of information and insight on the Catholic faith and the nature of the Church to large numbers of people, both Catholic and otherwise, who desperately need it.

The series is well produced, and serves as an effective showcase for Fr. Barron’s remarkable ability to communicate deep theological principals in a compelling and approachable way.

In spite of the excellence of the overwhelming...

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January 03, 2013
Are traditionalists guilty of heresy?
By Louie Verrecchio

The Year of Faith is in full swing, a year during which the Holy Father is encouraging the faithful to undertake an exploration of the Council documents with renewed vigor.

Bravo! The simple fact that far too few among us have actually taken the time to read the conciliar text is one of the primary reasons there is so much discord surrounding Vatican II and its implementation.  

Pope Benedict XVI has arguably made the matter of conciliar interpretation, as articulated in his now famous...

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December 12, 2012
How the west was really won
By Louie Verrecchio

On December 9, 1531, a poor and humble man from a remote village, some fourteen miles outside of present-day Mexico City, had a miraculous encounter with a mysterious lady and the Americas would never be the same.

That peasant was Juan Diego, and the mysterious lady that he encountered was none other than she whom we now know as Our Lady of Guadalupe.

It was just before dawn on that fateful Saturday morning, when Juan, a convert who was received into the Catholic Church less than ten years...

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November 15, 2012
Election 2012: A Church gone astray
By Louie Verrecchio

In the days following last week’s U.S. presidential election, a staggering amount of analysis has been focused on Republican messaging, demographics and core constituencies, but it misses the most fundamental point entirely.

If the Second Coming of Obama is evidence of anything it is the godlessness of a nation, the majority of whose citizens worship an idol who not only grants free license to practically every immoral impulse that one can imagine, but who also evidently demands human...

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