Saturday, January 22, 2022

Being Human in an Age of Unbelief

Being Human in an Age of Unbelief: Four points in defense of human dignity. Adapted from an address delivered last night at the University of Pennsylvania.

Friday, January 14, 2022

The Seven Church Walk is traditionally done on Wednesday of Holy Week.

 The Seven Church Walk is traditionally done on Wednesday of Holy Week.

There is also a Seven Churches tour in Turkey that visits all seven of the Christian churches mentioned in the Book of Revelations, including the church at Ephesus.

Guidebooks to Rome

Guidebooks have existed since Ancient times. A periplus was a manuscript listing ports and coastal landmarks, in order and with approximate intervening distances, that the captain of a vessel could expect to find along a shore.[7] An itinerarium was an Ancient Roman road map in the form of a showing cities, villages (vici) and other stops, with the intervening distances.

The first such guidebooks for Medieval Rome were compiled in the 12th century to address the needs of travelers to Rome. The Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome are listed in the following order in the guide by Franzini (1595): San Giovanni Laterano, St Peter's, San Paolo fuori le mura, Santa Maria Maggiore, San Lorenzo fuori le mura, San Sebastiano, and Santa Croce in Gerusalemme.[8] Giovanni Baglione in his book list nine major churches of Rome, adding somewhat peculiarly the church of Santa Maria Annunziata dei Gonfalone and the trio of churches known once as alle Tre Fontane, and located at the site of St Paul's martyrdom: Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio alle Tre Fontane, Santa Maria Scala Coeli and San Paolo alle Tre Fontane.[9]

Thursday, January 13, 2022

The Anti-Sacramental Metaverse

The Anti-Sacramental Metaverse: Will the metaverse allow the Great Reset to happen?

The “Great Reset” is an attempt to remake the world in a utopian vision. A world where “you’ll own nothing and you’ll be happy.” Joel Kotkin, writing about our neo-feudal future for First Things, touched on one facet of this great-reset-in-the-works, suggesting that the result will be a society redesigned to serve the oligarchs and the [new] clerisy, who will be served in turn by the yeomanry and the new serfs. 

COVID-19, the Church, and the Challenge to Ecumenism

 COVID-19, the Church, and the Challenge to Ecumenism

21 Eucharistic Processions Amid Coronavirus Pandemic| National Catholic Register

21 Eucharistic Processions Amid Coronavirus Pandemic| National Catholic Register: "All the sick of the world can be won through the Great power of the Eucharistic adoration." —Saint John Paul II

US Archbishop calls for abolition of nuclear weapons

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Saturday, January 8, 2022

We Live in an Age of Martyrs

We Live in an Age of Martyrs: I have an elderly clerical friend who describes himself as a “martyr to his stomach.” Now, there are many reasons why one might become a martyr, but to bear witness to the needs of the colon seems fairly low on the list. He also goes to the pub and orders his beer in half-pint glasses, …

The Devil Wants a Civil War

The Devil Wants a Civil War: “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” asserted Abraham Lincoln during his acceptance speech for the Illinois Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate in 1858. Three years later Lincoln would be sworn in as President of the United States and would be leading his country through the American Civil War. Of course, Lincoln did not …

Will the Left’s Violence Lead to Martyrdom?

Will the Left’s Violence Lead to Martyrdom?: Like any other abuser, the Left threatens violence to keep their victims in line, scared and submissive, ready to appease even the most ludicrous of demands.

On Faith and Martyrdom

On Faith and Martyrdom: By Regis Martin - Where amid the bourgeois comforts of today’s Church are we likely to find examples of heroism?

Martyrs Know Apostasy Can Not Be Justified

Martyrs Know Apostasy Can Not Be Justified: A recent article in First Things by J.D. Flynn reflects upon Shusaku Endo’s 1966 Japanese novel Silence, now being released as a film directed by Martin Scorcese (which should tell you something). The tale follows an idealistic Jesuit missionary who, towards the end of the story, well, in Flynn’s words: At its pivotal moment, Silence’s protagonist, the Jesuit missionary …

Recollections of Martyrdom in an Age of Terrorism

Recollections of Martyrdom in an Age of Terrorism: The most dramatic part of being a Catholic lies in our calling to be ready for martyrdom. While not all of us are called to be actual martyrs, killed out of hatred for the Faith, the headlines announcing murders by ISIS and others who hate the Church and her members remind us that we could …

An Interview with a Saint

An Interview with a Saint: The following interview with Rev. John A. Hardon, S.J., by Anita Crane, appeared in the Dec. 1997 edition of Crisis Magazine. Father Hardon died on Dec. 30, 2000, and the cause for his canonization has already been introduced.   John Hardon, S.J., has fought the good fight for some time. He has published more than …

Kasper versus Kasper

Kasper versus Kasper: Book-tours can be risky affairs. There’s always the chance you’ll say something during your tenth radio interview of the day which you retrospectively wish you’d phrased differently. Then there’s the possibility you’ll play up to a live audience and make some truly imprudent comments. In a few short May days in New York, Cardinal Walter …