Letter #5, 2017: Knights of Malta and Freemasonry, #2

January 26, 2017, Wednesday — Knights of Malta and Freemasonry, #2 “One of the difficulties with the Order (of Malta) is that there is a split between those like Matthew Festing who regard the Order as a religious institution doing charitable work in the light of the teachings of the Church and others who would […]

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Letter #4, 2017: Knight of Malta and Freemasonry

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January 25, 2017, Wednesday — Knights of Malta and Freemasonry “Charybdis was a sea monster in Greek mythology, which dwelt in the Strait of Messina. It was later rationalized as a whirlpool. It was believed that Charybdis lived under a rock on one side of the strait. Opposite Charybdis, Ancient Greeks believed there was another […]

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Letter #17, 2015: The News Stories Keep Coming

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May 23, 2015, Saturday — Thinking about Francis The news stories keep coming: — the Irish referendum yesterday on marriage (the Irish voted “Yes,” to allow same-gender marriage); — the upcoming papal encyclical on the environment (June); — preparations for the Pope’s trip to Cuba and the USA (September); — the “Bishops’ Synod, Part #2” […]

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Letter # 7, 2015: Decisions

March 3, 2015, Monday — Decisions (For Easter this year, which falls on April 5, we will be hosting a small group of friends of Inside the Vatican magazine in Rome. We also will visit Assisi, Norcia, Manoppello and Lanciano. We have four spots still open on this pilgrimage. If you would like to join […]

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Letter # 45, 2014: Another Papal Interview — also on Burke

December 7, 2014, Sunday — Another Papal Interview — also on Burke I just received this note from my good friend, Bill Doino, my colleague for many years and one of the world’s leading experts on the pontificate of Pope Pius XII (Bill will have an important essay on Pope Francis and his critics in […]

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