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Letter #96, 2022, Fri, Aug 5: Francis

    Letter #96, 2022, Friday, August 5: Francis     Vatican News, which is an official agency of the Vatican (preparing news reports every day on Vatican affairs), on July 30 published a transcription of the press conference Pope Francis, 85, gave on his flight back to Rome from Canada.     First, a few general observations:     1) It seems [...]

Letter #95, 2022, Monday, Aug 1: Viganò

    Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 81, has issued a comment on the Pope's recent trip to Canada, and on certain controversies that emerged during the trip (text below).     The controversies were mainly on two points:     (1) The Pope's apology for the abuse said to have been committed by Catholic missionaries and teachers of many Indian children [...]

Letter #94, 2022, Monday, Aug 1: Pathologies of affection

    "I am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it. It’s impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that. A community is calling its very being into question when it suddenly declares that what until now was its holiest and highest [...]

Letter #93, 2022, Wednesday, July 27: Opus Dei

    On the Work of God ("Opus Dei")     "Therefore, the Prelate shall not be honoured with the episcopal order." —Article #4 of the recent (dated July 14, two weeks ago, but released July 22, five days ago)) letter from Pope Francis entitled "Ad charisma tuendum" [literally, "For the charisma safeguarding," so, "For the safeguarding of the [...]

Letter #91, 2022, Fri, July 22: Vatican to Germany

    "The universal Church lives in and of the particular Churches, just as the particular Churches live and flourish in and from the universal Church. If they find themselves separated from the entire ecclesial body, they weaken, rot and die." —Pope Francis, from his "Letter of the Holy Father Francis to the Pilgrim People of God [...]

Letter #89, 2022, Wed, July 20: Hyperpapalism

    The article below appeared today on the increasingly interesting One Peter Five website.     It is a rapid overview of Church history, and the role of the papacy in that history, by American writer and scholar Charles A. Coulombe.     Some may find one or another sentence here to criticize, but the essay does not pretend to [...]

Letter #88, 2022, Monday, July 18: The Beatitudes

An artist's depiction of the Sermon on the Mount, in about 30 A.D., nearly 2,000 years ago, when Jesus preached his "new law," summed up in eight blessings, the Beatitudes (Matthew, Chapter 5)     The Church of the Beatitudes, a Roman Catholic church located on the Mount of Beatitudes near the Sea of Galilee in Israel, not far from Capernaum. The church is located [...]

Letter #87, 2022, Friday, July 15: The ordainer

    Right, the recently ordained Catholic priest, Fr. Alcuin Reid, a traditionalist Benedictine monk in the diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, France.     Here, an excerpt from an important interview published today:     RC: Some difficult questions: First, who conferred the ordinations?     Dom Alcuin Reid: Obviously, I cannot answer that question. The prelate concerned deserves his anonymity in order that [...]

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