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Tag Archives: Robert Royal
My good friend Prof. Robert Royal has a highly useful essay at Claremont Review of Books, Winter – 2019 – entitled “Is The Pope Catholic?” [UPDATE: Prof. Royal wrote this during during the Synod of October 2018! It is still … Read More
My friends Fr. Murray and Prof. Royal were on EWTN with Raymond Arroyo’s The World Over. They discussed Francis’ comments during the latest PPP (papal plane presser).
My friends Fr. Murray and Dr. Royal were on EWTN with Raymond Arroyo last Friday, 21 June. They spoke at length about the upcoming Synod, about the new document from the Cong. for Catholic Education on “gender theory”, about ongoing … Read More
Robert Royal of The Catholic Thing went to Rome for the Vatican “summit” on abuse. He has an excellent summary piece today, which I warmly recommend. Three things in particular stood out for me in his piece. First, try this … Read More
In Dublin, there is scheduled a World Meeting of Families, later this month. Is this a good idea right now? Given what is going on, is an autumn Synod on Young People (where homosexual stuff is sure to be soft-peddled … Read More
The other day my friend Fr. Gerald Murray and Prof. Robert Royal were on The World Over offering some analysis of present issues. I think you will find it useful. They get into it near the 5:00 mark.
You all know that I tend to bang on about Latin in our sacred liturgical worship. Most of us belong to the Roman Catholic, Latin Church. The Latin Church. Never using or hearing our language of prayer and teaching affects … Read More
Must view video. Fr. Gerald Murray and Prof. Robert Royal comment on what’s going on. In the wake of the Letter to Argentinian Bishop being placed in the AAS and of Il Papa Dittatore… just watch.
This morning I awoke to a veritable banquet of rich and useful reading. First, I direct your attention to a post at The Catholic Thing by Robert Royal, who never disappoints. (He also writes about Dante. YAY! US HERE – UK HERE) He … Read More
You must rush to read the whole of Robert Royal’s latest column. HERE I preface it with a reminder that I posted a tongue in check call to arms that wasn’t really tongue in cheek at all. HERE Here’s the … Read More
The well-deserved fallout continues for the vicious anti-American attack piece penned at Inciviltà cattolica by Jesuit Fr Antonio “2+2=5” Spadaro, who is also so interested in the life and works of Pier Vittorio Tondelli that he created his own website about him (HERE). Today I read at The … Read More
My good friend Fr. Murray was on EWTN the other day along with Prof. Robert Royal. Outstanding. They react to Card. Sarah, Bp. Morlino, Thomas Reese, SJ, James Martin, SJ, Card. Schoenborn, etc. Oh boy! Speaking of JESUITS… HERE
Today at The Catholic Thing Robert Royal has a short and suggestive piece about sex and deception. Dante – Il Poeta – gives him a lift. Royal recounts teaching Dante’s Inferno, the first part of the Divine Comedy, to students. One of the … Read More
Robert Royal on ‘Amoris Laetitia’: Beautiful, Moving, and Divisive… Chaos and conflict, not Catholicity
I begin with a call for prayer. Please pray, then read. Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up … Read More
I admit to having Synod Fatigue™ already. I am so sick of it already, that even now I force myself to write this. I hereby commit myself to use my irritation and concern to my advantage. I will force myself to pay … Read More
I had intended to write today about the translation error in the English version of the recent Synod’s final document. However, over at The Catholic Thing, Robert Royal covers the issue well and says many of the same things I had … Read More
Have you been following the reports of Robert Royal about the Synod of Bishops? Here’s today’s: Synod Day 8 – A Bizarre Document and Process Print I have been in Rome, by my rough count, 100 times during my adult … Read More
From The Catholic Thing: Quo Vadis – O, Bishops? By Robert Royal I am not a big fan of taking the long view. It may sometimes be wise, even necessary, in human terms. But I’m far more attracted by what … Read More