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Letter #24, Wed., September 16, 2020: The election

   Above, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 79, former papal nuncio in the United States (2011-2016), who has just granted a new, wide-ranging interview on the moral issues raised by the upcoming US presidential election    Preparing for the November 3 Election     As the November 3 presidential election in the United States draws near, following months of lockdowns [...]

Letter #23, Monday, September 14, 2020: No passport

Correction: In my Letter #21 of August 10, entitled "Again, the Council," I identified the well-known American Franciscan Capuchin theologian Father Thomas Weinandy, OFM Cap., in the opening caption as a "Dominican." Dozens of readers quickly sent in a correction: Weinandy is not a Dominican, but a Franciscan Capuchin. I apologize to Father Weinandy and [...]

Letter #22, Friday, September 4, 2020: Messori

    "The splendour of truth shines forth in all the works of the Creator and, in a special way, in man, created in the image and likeness of God (cf. Gen 1:26). Truth enlightens man's intelligence and shapes his freedom, leading him to know and love the Lord." —St. John Paul II, Veritatis Splendor (in English, literally, "Of truth [...]

Letter #21, Thursday, August 13, 2020: Become a friend of Lebanon

"Ah, let me cross over and see this good land beyond the Jordan, this fine hill country, and the Lebanon!" – Deuteronomy 3:25 Dear friends,     I am writing to invite you to join with several dozen other readers of this letter who have become "friends of Lebanon" by donating even a small amount — a [...]

Letter #21, Monday, August 10, 2020: Again, the Council

Two Churchmen who are thinking about the meaning and impact of the Second Vatican Council on the life of the Church. Left, Franciscan Capuchin Father Thomas Weinandy and, right, Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò. Again, the Council     In the issue of Inside the Vatican magazine currently going to press, we are [...]

Letter #20, Friday, August 7, 2020: Lament for Lebanon

    Above, the moment of the terrible explosion on the evening of Tuesday, August 4, 2020, in Beirut, Lebanon. The massive explosion unleashed a terrific shock wave that traveled outward for 6 miles, knocking out windows, killing more than 150, and wounding thousands.     Above, two different views of the explosion, one a close-up, and one from [...]

Letter #18, Thursday, July 30, 2020: Archbishop Viganò

The McCarrick Case     "It's so much deeper than anyone knows." —Michael Voris, speaking about the McCarrick case in a Church Militant article published on July 20, 2020 (link). Voris contends that "investigators Church Militant has communicated with" have "revealed to us that McCarrick had offshore accounts they believe were funded by the Kremlin to the tune [...]

Letter #17, Wednesday, July 29, 2020: China

    This Letter is devoted to the question of the Catholic Church in China.     The question is important because the historic "secret agreement" between the Holy See and China to regulate the relations of the Church to the Chinese Communist government — especially regarding the selection of bishops for the Church — signed on September 22, [...]

Letter #16, Tuesday, July 28, 2020: Dossier Vatican II Reply #1: Prof. Anthony Esolen

      This Letter contains a reply by Prof. Anthony Esolen to commenters on and critics of his recent essay on the Second Vatican Council.     In this reply, Esolen makes a dramatic proposal: that the "Last Gospel," the beautiful verses from the beginning of the Gospel of John which speak so eloquently of Christ the Logos of [...]

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