Letter #34, Thursday, November 5, 2020: No Clarity

    No Clarity     As I write on November 5 at 5 p.m., the final result of the US presidential election remains in doubt.     Almost two full days have passed since the closing of the polls on November 3.     Millions do believe it is "clear" now that Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden has in fact defeated incumbent [...]

Letter #31, Friday, October 23, 2020: The Plan

"And it is exactly this, in my opinion, that Bergoglio’s 'magic circle' [Note: the words 'magic circle' are used in Rome to describe the small group of the Pope's closest advisors; among others, this group includes several influential "progressive" Jesuits] wants to achieve: to reach the paradoxical situation in which the one who is recognized as [...]

Letter #30, Wednesday, October 21, 2020: Redemption

    "Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God. You can't kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for this. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered." —Pope Francis, speaking in a just-released (2020) documentary film, shown in [...]

Letter #1, 2020: The Controversy over the Book

"O Salutaris Hostia, Quae caeli pandis ostium!" ("O Saving Victim, opening wide The gate of heaven to man below!") —A hymn in praise of Jesus Christ, composed by St. Thomas Aquinas, writing in the 1200s. Aquinas says the work of Jesus Christ was, through his sacrificial death, to open the gates of Heaven (eternity) to man. [...]

Letter #53, 2019: Viganò’s “Fraternal Correction”

CNS/Paul Haring Monday, October 7, 2019 “Silence leaves in error those who might have been instructed.”—Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 78, citing St. Gregory the Great (Pope from 590 to 604). St Gregory's words are part of the Office of Readings for the Feast of St. Bruno. That feast fell on Sunday, October 6. Viganò entitled [...]

Letter #49, 2019: The Matter of Schism

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 "Schism embraces two distinct species: heretical or mixed schism, and schism pure and simple. The first has its source in heresy or joined with it, the second, which most theologians designate absolutely as schism, is the rupture of the bond of subordination without an accompanying persistent error, directly opposed to a definite dogma. This distinction was drawn by St. Jerome and St. Augustine. 'Between heresy and [...]

Letter #48, 2019: A New Church?

Archbishop Vigano in a 2013 photo (CNS photo/Roberto Gonzalez) Monday, September 9, 2019 — Feast of St. Peter Claver, S.J. (1580-1654) St. Peter Claver was born at Verdu, Catalonia, Spain, in 1580, of impoverished parents descended from ancient families. He studied at the Jesuit college of Barcelona, entered the Jesuit novitiate at Tarragona in 1602, and took his final vows on August 8th, 1604. [...]