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ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH OF ST PIUS X

Our short tribute to the great and saintly Pope.  more

SCRUTINY OF 'GUNNING FOR GOD'

This is a commentary on Dr John C Lennox's recent book attacking arguments advanced by atheists.  more

TWO BISHOPS

Professor Solomon relates a tale of recent past history which may interest our readers.  more

SAINTS UNDER THE NEW DISPENSATION

On 27th April Pope Francis canonised two popes the span of whose reigns covered just 46 years.  The two previous popes the Church had canonised spanned some 350 years.  more

THE MEANING OF MERRY ENGLAND

It is the folly of modern man that he believes the universe in its intricate order and detail to be nothing but the result of a series of happy accidents.  That order never happens by accident, that there is no reason why any series of accidents should be ‘happy’, never troubles him.  Materialist folly allies itself with the atheistic to ground a blindness over the history of the Catholic Church’s influence on the culture of Europe.  It was no ‘happy’ accident that the slavery of the Romans gave way to private property and to personal integrity but the fruit of order imposed by an intellectual cause as is shown in this extract from chapter viii of G K Chesterton’s A Short History of England.  Slavery could not survive in the atmosphere established by the Church in a populace that put its faith in God and His revelation.  That she alone is the guarantor of man’s true freedom is hidden from modern man.   more

HOW TO REGARD VATICAN II

A recent paper published on the rorate caeli website raises some interesting issues.  more

THE AGE OF THE CRUSADES

Chapter vi. of Chesterton’s A Short History of England gives us a fresh view of the contrast between the mind of Catholicism and of Mohammedanism, and of the distortions wrought by a Protestant version of English history.  more

IN DEFENCE OF TOLKEIN’S FANTASY

This is a response to a recent criticism of Tolkein (among others) for his fantasy.  more

ABOLITION OF THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE

The office which defended the Church against the canonisation of those who did not deserve it was abolished by Pope John Paul II in 1983.  How does this action bear on the impending canonisations of the late popes, John XXIII and John Paul II ?   more

‘THE CHURCH’S PROBLEM WITH CHILD ABUSE’

The United Nations is pressing the Vatican for action on child abuse.  This is exactly the reverse of what should be happening.  How has the Church reached this nadir in her fortunes ? (This paper was amended slightly on 8.2. 2014 and on 28.2.2014.)  more

JOSEPH PEARCE AND G K CHESTERTON

A comment on the conversion of Joseph Pearce.  more

ALL OUR PROBLEMS BEGAN OVER A MARRIAGE

We consider the recent Australian High Court decision disallowing the legislation of the Australian Capital Territory parliament permitting ‘gay marriage’.  more

THE ABUSE OF WOMEN & ATHEISM

Former Australian senator, Natasha Stott Despoja has complained that violence against women and children in Australia has reached epidemic proportions.  No doubt she is right.  But she, and her views, are major contributors to the problem.  more

THE CHURCH, THE POPE & CARDINAL MARTINI

Our commentary on recent developments in the Vatican.  more

THE NONSENSE OF ‘GAY MARRIAGE’

Homosexuals cannot marry and any ‘law’ that says a union between them amounts to marriage has about as much effect as a ‘law’ directing the sun not to rise.  more

AMERICA’S PROBLEMS WITH RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Two papers published on the American Catholic website, The Catholic Thing, have put in high relief the problems of ‘religious liberty’ in their country and elsewhere throughout the world.  more

POPE FRANCIS & SECULARISATION OF THE CHURCH

American commentator, Mary Eberstadt, has raised what is perhaps the most important issue for the good of the Church the new pope must consider.  Here is our comment.  more

THE POPE AND THE QUESTION OF ‘CONDOMS’

This is the republication in consolidated form of two papers published in 2010 in consequence of certain remarks by the then pope, Benedict XVI, to the effect that the use of a ‘condom’ in certain circumstances might be ‘a first step towards a moralisation’.   The principle to which the remarks refer, that one may do evil if some good may come of it, is in breach of the Church’s constant teaching.   more

THE POPE THE CHURCH NEEDS

A comment on the needs of the faithful that a new pope will need to address.  more

FAILURE OF THE EXECUTIVE POWER

This is a revision of a paper that appeared on this website in August 2005. It deals with the problems that arose for Catholics on the interplay of two influences, one from outside the Church and the other, the more important, from within.  more

JOHN XXIII AND VETERUM SAPIENTIA

On 22nd February 1962, in the Apostolic Constitution, Veterum Sapientia, Bl. John XXIII wrote as follows:  "[I]t is necessary that the language the Church employs be not only universal but immutable.  For if the truths of the Catholic Church were to be handed on via one or other of more recent and malleable languages, no one of which is superior to another, the meaning of these truths, varied as they are, would not be manifest to everyone with sufficient clarity and precision.  There would, moreover, be no language which could serve as a common and constant norm by which to gauge the exact meaning of other renderings. But Latin is indeed such a language.  It is set and unchanging.  It has long since ceased to be affected by the alteration in meaning of words which is the inevitable concomitant of daily, popular use...  [T]he Catholic Church has a dignity far surpassing that of every merely human society, for it was founded by Christ the Lord.  It is altogether fitting, therefore, that the language it uses should be noble, majestic, and non-vernacular."

The wisdom of these observations and the directives the Apostolic Constitution contained were swamped by the indulgence in novelty which followed upon the Second Vatican Council.  Pope Benedict has stirred the Church's members to recognise the critical place that Latin plays in the Church's mission and liturgy.  It is timely, then, to resurrect this important Church document. more

THE SCHISMATIC TENDENCY IN ‘CREATION SCIENCE’

'Creation Science', the naive assertion that the universe was created only 6,000 years ago, is a Protestant thing.  Its adoption by Catholics presents real dangers to their faith. more

THE LOSS OF METAPHYSICS

John of Salisbury, 12th Century philosopher, says in his Metalogicon: 'Bernard of Chartres used to say that we are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more... because they raise us up...' In the century that followed John of Salisbury, the greatest of the intellectual giants appeared, Thomas Aquinas. His philosophy, metaphysics, is the only ultimately satisfying explanation of reality, the only philosophy which leads us inevitably to the Author of all reality, Almighty God. Thomas's philosophy was adopted by the Catholic Church as her own to assist in formulating doctrine and in solving the great problems of morals. Yet, in the last 40 years that philosophy has been abandoned and the Church and the world have suffered. If the Church is to be returned to her rightful position of influence in the world, her bishops and teachers must return to St Thomas's metaphysics. more