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Letter #36, 2021, Sunday, June 20: Schneider

    Above, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, 60, Auxiliary Bishop of Astana in Khazakhstan in central Asia, formerly one of the republics making up the Soviet Union. (link to his own website).     Schneider is one of the more tradition-minded members of the Church's episcopate, known for championing the pre-Vatican II liturgical traditions and practices of the Church. (link [...]

Letter #35, 2021, Friday, June 18: Max Germain

    The late Max Germain is holding a lit candle for the arrival of the newest member of the Germain family, who is in this photo being held by Max's younger brother, Christopher. Max, an altar boy at Sts. Joachim and Anna Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Front Royal, Virginia (link), since the founding of the [...]

Letter #34, 2021, Thursday, June 10: Hilarion

    "Preaching Christ and the Gospel, bearing witness to the lofty spiritual and moral ideals of Christianity — this is what I have dedicated my life to." —Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, who has just been awarded the State Prize in Russia for 2020 in the area of literature and the arts, one of the highest [...]

Letter #33, 2021, Thursday, June 10: Viganò

    This is a letter about an unconfirmed rumor and a confirmed fact:     1) the rumor that Pope Francis has set his sights on restricting the celebration of the old Latin Mass, and has asked for a document to be prepared to impose such restrictions — a rumor that has gone viral;     2) the confirmed fact [...]

Letter #32, 2021, Wednesday, June 9: Putin-Biden

    Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and American President Joe Biden are scheduled to meet in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 16, in one week     Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev (above), a key figure in the Russian Church, has spoken in cautiously hopeful terms about the upcoming meeting of the American and Russian presidents     Letter #32, 2021, [...]

Letter #31, 2021, Friday, June 4: Cardinal Marx Resigns

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, Germany (CNS photo/Cristian Gennari, KNA)     "Without doubt, these are times of crisis for the Church in Germany. This crisis has also been caused by our own failure, by our own guilt." —Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising in Bavaria, southern Germany, in a surprising May [...]

Letter #30, 2021, Thursday, June 3: Sister Margherita Marchione (1922-2021) and the New York Times

    Sr. Margherita Marchione, an American nun known for her defense of Pope Pius XII (Pope from 1939 to 1958) against attacks against his character, courage and actions during the Second World War (1939-1945), died on May 19, 2021, at the age of 99. (link)     After her death, the New York Times published an [...]

Letter #29, 2021, Tuesday, June 1: Lebanon Summit

    "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!     "It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;     "As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the [...]

Letter #28, 2021, Thursday, May 27: Sister Margherita Marchione

Sr. Margherita Marchione (February 19, 1922 - May 19, 2021)     Sr. Margherita Marchione, an American nun known for her defense of Pope Pius XII against attacks against his character, courage and actions during the Second World War, died peacefully in her convent in Morristown, New Jersey on May 19, 2021, eight days ago, at the [...]

Letter #27, 2021, Thursday, May 13: Unitas

    Feast of the Ascension in the Traditional Church calendar and the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima     104th Anniversary of the First Appearance of Our Lady of Fatima to the Three Shepherd Children on May 13, 1917     40th Anniversary of the Assassination Attempt of Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square by Turkish Gunman [...]

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