Category Archives: REVIEWS

REMINDER: Super new book from Anthony Esolen: An Annotated Reading of the Prologue of John

I’m reposting this because… wow.  What a book. This book just keep rewarding and rewarding. In the Beginning Was the Word: An Annotated Reading of the Prologue of John US HERE – UK When Anthony Esolen and Angelico Press team … Read More

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ACTION ITEM & BOOK NOTICE: A “how to” manual of ceremonies for the PRE-1955 TRIDUUM and PENTECOST! Wherein Fr. Z rants on the times we are in, books you should buy, and why you should buy them.

I have an action item for you.  Below, I am pushing a couple of books, one old and one new.  Here on my treasure chest, this blog, I am channeling my inner Matthew 13:52. But first, a rant from your … Read More

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New Anthology of Fulton Sheen about “The Greatest Commandment”

Soooo many books.  So little time. I bring to your attention a new but old, nova sed vetera, book: The Greatest Commandment: A Fulton Sheen Anthology on Love edited by Al Smith. US HERE – UK HERE (No matter what you … Read More

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NEW BOOK on St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher!

How does the phrase go from… is it Kipling?… if you can keep your head when all around you are losing theirs and blaming it on you…. Something like that.  It describes rather aptly these days how tradition-oriented Catholics  are … Read More

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Super new book from Anthony Esolen: An Annotated Reading of the Prologue of John

When Anthony Esolen and Angelico Press team up… well… it just doesn’t get any better than that. I was really excited at the notification that Anthony Esolen (whose translation of the Divine Comedy is terrific) had written an in depth … Read More

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Spectacular Advent, Christmastide and Epiphany calendars from @SophiaPress and LiturgyOfTheHome.com

I just received beautifully conceived, designed, drawn and printed poster sized calendars from Sophia Press for the Seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany with a special guide sheet as an introduction to their LiturgyOfTheHome.com initiative (go take a look – it’s … Read More

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REPOSTED REVIEW: THE ST. GALLEN MAFIA – Exposing the Secret Reformist Group Within the Church by Julia Meloni.

UPDATE 12 Nov: More people should read this.  Soon. Originally Published on: Oct 30, 2021 I’m reading THE ST. GALLEN MAFIA – Exposing the Secret Reformist Group Within the Church by Julia Meloni. US HERE – UK HERE It is published … Read More

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BOOK ALERT: Collected essays and reviews by the late, brilliant Fr. Paul Mankowski, SJ

Last September 2020, my friend Fr. Paul Mankowski, SJ, died, far too young. Fr. Mankowski was everything that several highly visible Jesuits are not: Catholic, deeply faithful and amazingly intelligent.  He was a Biblical scholar who taught in Rome for … Read More

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BOOK: The Trouble with Magic: Our Failed Search for More and Christ’s fulfillment of our Desires

A priest friend of mine has published an interesting book about magic, witchcraft. The Trouble with Magic: Our Failed Search for More and Christ’s fulfillment of our Desires by Fr. Cliff Ermatinger US HERE – UK HERE (newly added) I haven’t read … Read More

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BOOK RECEIVED: Card. Pell’s – Prison Journal, Volume 2: The State Court Rejects the Appeal

I received the second volume of George Card. Pell’s “prison journal”. I am nearly finished working my way through the first volume. It is inspiring.  I read a little each night and reflect on my own lot.  It’s humbling. This … Read More

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BOOK: Mysteries of the Lord’s Prayer

Lo those many years ago in Rome, I was in school studying the Fathers of the Church (Patristics) with one of the fine young Jesuits who are rising up in many places. I just received a new book by this … Read More

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BOOK: 2034: A Novel of the Next World War

I’ve just finished a disturbing book, 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, by Elliot Ackerman (decorated Marine, try not to hold it against him that he has written for The Daily Beast), Admiral James Stavridis (try not to … Read More

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NEW COMPENDIUM BOOK: Defending the Faith against Present Heresies….

Since the Church’s earliest days, even in the Letters of Paul, there developed a genre of writing adversus haereses, against heresies.  The reason is obvious:  Christ is the Truth.  With the exception of those on the ideological Left regarding elections, Christians … Read More

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If you don’t know your catechism… don’t know your Homer… your Dante… well….

Today is one of those days when there are several good reads on the interwebs.  I can recommend two more from Crisis both from today. First, there is an important piece from Aaron Seng, “The Catechism Crisis”.  He is the head … Read More

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BOOKS RECEIVED: Card. Pell’s Prison Journal, Kwasniewski’s latest, and a post-Conciliar French commentary about the “modern” Church

My spies tell me that, possibly tomorrow, something big in the line of news involving Card. Pell. Meanwhile, today I see at The Australian that since 2014, without the knowledge of senior Church leaders, $2.3 BILLION have be transferred to … Read More

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PREVIEW: London Oratory Schola – Sacred Treasures of Christmas

Charles Cole of the London Oratory let me know in advance about a new recording of Christmas and Epiphany music which will be released on 30 October.  It is now available for PRE-ORDER. This boys choir is one of the … Read More

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REVIEW: Beautiful book on the female martyrs of the Roman Canon!

When I was living in Rome, I made a point to visit or, if possible, say Mass at churches or altars in Rome dedicated to all the saints of the Roman Canon.  Every day, since I read the Traditional Latin … Read More

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REVIEW – Compendium of the Miraculous: An Encyclopedia of Revelation, Marian Apparitions, and Mystical Phenomena

The other day I received a fascinating and helpful – and beautiful – book, published by faithful TAN. Compendium of the Miraculous: An Encyclopedia of Revelation, Marian Apparitions, and Mystical Phenomena by Dcn. Albert E. Graham. US HERE – UK … Read More

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REVIEW: The Lighthouse by Michael D. O’Brien

I was, I believe, on Prince Edward Island when the news that Mother Theresa had died. When I heard of that the Princess of Wales had died I was in bar having something to eat in, I believe, Glace Bay … Read More

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REVIEW: Spectacular old NEW books for children’s preparation for Confession and Communion. Beautiful, traditional!

Our forebears loved their Faith.  They lovingly handed it on because of love.. for the Faith and for us. Some of things (including churches) have been abandoned or forgotten, though they still have real value. St. Augustine Academy Press has … Read More

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