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Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II
June 02, 2012
The oldest trick in the Good Book
By Louie Verrecchio

The cover of Newsweek recently hailed Barack Obama as “the first gay president” after he formally announced his support for same-sex “marriage,” and this just weeks before Sports Illustrated published an article on the plight of the “transgender” athlete.

For people like me who “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them” (to quote a famous liberal elitist) this is just further evidence of a society going to Hell in a hand basket, but while our...

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May 17, 2012
Bullying: a pseudo crisis of convenience
By Louie Verrecchio

According to the late “humanist” sex-educator, Dr. Sol Gordon, “The traditional family, with all its supposed attributes, enslaved woman; it reduced her to a breeder and caretaker of children, a servant to her spouse, a cleaning lady, and at times a victim of the labor market as well.”

Inspired by the supposed injustice of it all, self-righteous liberal elites and their malleable minions (composed largely of irreligious malcontents in search of a cause) are actively engaged in what...

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April 24, 2012
Exclusive interview with SSPX insider
By Louie Verrecchio

In an effort to dispel some of the misinformation surrounding the negotiations between the Holy See and the Society of St. Pius X, it is with pleasure that I offer the following interview conducted with a man who is arguably one of the Society’s most influential insiders (the identity of whom must be held in strict confidence until such time as prudence may suggest otherwise). This very high-profile individual (referenced herein by the initials GS) is very generous in providing remarkable...

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April 12, 2012
Is the SSPX homecoming imminent?
By Louie Verrecchio

The doctrinal discussions between the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) and the Holy See - which commenced in 2009 to study such matters as the concept of Tradition, the interpretation of Vatican II and the Council’s treatment of religious freedom - have arrived at what both parties agree is a critical juncture.   

On September 14, 2011, the Holy See presented the Society with a “Doctrinal Preamble” outlining “certain doctrinal principles and criteria for the interpretation of Catholic...

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April 05, 2012
Lift high the Cross!
By Louie Verrecchio

Holy Week is upon us. Our Lenten journey through the desert of earthly detachment and repentance is not as yet complete, but we have arrived at a moment in time when we can almost hear the faint strains of Alleluia! building in the near distance.

Even though the eyes of faith cannot help but see the light of new life glowing ever more brightly on the horizon, we must be careful not to look too far ahead lest we lose our bearings and fail to fully savor the liberating truth that the Via...

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March 20, 2012
The Church’s mission: Apostolic or political?
By Louie Verrecchio

In a recent column at CatholicCulture.org, Phil Lawler criticized the bishops of the United States for issuing statements on “too many debatable political issues” rather than sticking to matters that fall more properly within the scope of their teaching authority.

As an example, he pointed to a newly released USCCB statement that “appeared to give the bishops’ perspectives on the federal budget, taxation, deficits, welfare, defense spending, housing assistance, foreign aid, job...

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February 29, 2012
The social kingship of Christ
By Louie Verrecchio

In the Gospel reading for the First Sunday of Lent in the Ordinary Form of Holy Mass, Jesus proclaims, “The Kingdom of God is at hand,” but what does that mean?

Is this Kingdom still to come such that we might participate in bringing it to fulfillment, or is the reign of Christ the King a present reality that we are duty bound to proclaim? The answer is yes!

Sadly, however, we all-too-often fail to do our part.

The book of Wisdom speaks rather poignantly to the present day...

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February 10, 2012
Catholic news in brief
By Louie Verrecchio

With so many items of Catholic interest in the news these days, why focus on just one? Here are three that caught my eye.

Hope and Changing Scripture

When Barack Obama ran his presidential campaign on “Hope and Change,” most thinking Americans saw it for what it was – a bumper sticker slogan purposely devoid of all substance.

The rest voted for him.

Now, after President Obama’s shameless performance at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast, one wonders if twisting the...

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February 02, 2012
Who are we: Americans or Catholics?
By Louie Verrecchio

The big Catholic news item in the United States these days centers around the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate requiring nearly all employers to offer health insurance plans that provide zero-deductible coverage for “preventative services” like sterilization and contraception, including drugs that cause abortion.

When the mandate was first proposed, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), citing our Constitutional right to “religious liberty”...

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January 26, 2012
Was John Courtney Murray right? A postscript
By Louie Verrecchio

After initially intending to complete this series in three parts, it appears that it may be useful to tie up any remaining loose ends with an overview of the propositions put forth in the Declaration on Religious Liberty of Vatican II, followed by Fr. Murray’s own reflections dated the year after its promulgation. (Note: A bibliography follows.)

First, a recap of the salient issues beginning with a brief outline of the Church’s traditional teaching which states the following:

  • Man...

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