Category Archives: Vatican II

What’s this all about anyway?

I was asked, “What are all these Pope canonizations really about, anyway? Are they all saints? Paul VI? Every Pope? Except… like … any Pius? Really?” I wrote about this a long time ago. More and more people, I now … Continue reading

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Could Pope Francis be the one to reconcile the SSPX?

At CMR Pat Archbold offers that, if Pope Francis can reach out so cordially to Protestants gathered at a conference, even send a video, then why shouldn’t he reach out to the priests and bishops of the SSPX. A darn … Continue reading

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Harvesting Conciliar “fruits”: half of adults polled think Harry Potter and Hunger Games could be Biblical

It often seems that, these days, the odds are never in our favor. I take time out from my furious conference preparation (on art coming up in Detroit) to present something that only confirms the great fruits of Vatican II and the … Continue reading

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Rome intervenes to keep open church slated for closing

When parish churches have to be closed, heartbreak ensures. But do churches have to be closed? I have seen some instances where viable places were shut down, with the concomitant hurt and anger, for no very good reason that I … Continue reading

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Not more Catholic than the Popes

In case you have forgotten already, it’s the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity!  I am sure that you have participated in many meaningful celebrations. In the Low Countries, however, a shadow has been cast over this august occasion. Protestants are … Continue reading

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Fr. Hunwicke on “The Big Lie”

I hope hereby to draw the readership’s attention to the blog of Fr. John Hunwicke, Mutual Enrichment (olim “Liturgical Notes“).  In particular Fr. Hunwicke posted two entries: (Crypto)Lefebvrianism (1) Lefebvrianism (2) Since I have often been – much to my … Continue reading

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Sad. Was this inevitable?

The fruits of Vatican II continue to enrich our lives. From Clerical Whispers: Oldest Benedictine convent in United States to close The members of the oldest Benedictine convent in the United States have decided to close their convent, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. St. … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Am I being selfish for not reading at Mass?

From a reader: I am newly back to the Church (just over a year) and attend daily mass frequently (NO). [Great!] I have been approached twice now asking to either regularly do the readings or help out as a Eucharistic … Continue reading

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Why don’t as many men go to church as women?

Today is the 50th anniversary of Sacrosanctum Concilium. What great fruits the liturgical reforms have produced!  Jammed churches, long confession lines, full schools, lots of weddings and baptisms, convents bursting, seminaries churning out priests as fast as they can be … Continue reading

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450 years ago today: Council of Trent closed!

Today is the 450th anniversary of the closing of the Council of Trent. Let’s think about this for a moment. First, the day the Second Vatican Council opened Pope John XXIII gave an address to the world and to the … Continue reading

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Active Participation … for WHOM?

On the 50th anniversary of Sacrosanctum Concilium, I read this: Dutch bishops give Pope Francis a bleak picture of Catholic Church in decline Dutch bishops visiting Rome this week have given Pope Francis a dramatic snapshot of the steep decline … Continue reading

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Again HUGE news: Pope Francis explicitly endorses Benedict XVI’s “hermeneutic of continuity”

You will want to read this carefully and put it in your “IMPORTANT” file. This is, again, HUGE news. The 450th anniversary of the closing of the Council of Trent is coming up on 4 December.  We like to celebrate … Continue reading

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STOP THE PRESSES: Bad news for liberals who have hijacked Pope Francis!

Here is something that really caught my eye. If this is the real thing, if… this is the real thing… this is huge. It is plausible, but I want to take it with just a grain of salt. This smells … Continue reading

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3000 religious leave religious life each year. Why? Some reasons.

I saw this at CWN: Curial official: over 3,000 religious leave consecrated life each year [Makes you wonder how many enter religious life.  I’ll bet not 3k!] The secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of … Continue reading

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Card. Pell on the SSPX and Pope Francis

Vatican Insider has an interview with Card. Pell, who is one of the Gang of 8. In this interview the cardinal comments on the recent meeting of the Council of Cardinals with Francis, the reform of the Roman Curia, and … Continue reading

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