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FIFTY THREE AND A HALF YEARS IT’S TAKEN

Since what?  Since the promulgation of Dignitatis Humanae, Vatican II’s heterodox ‘Declaration of Religious Freedom’.  Finally, we have bishops who are prepared to reject the flawed foundation on which that declaration was based.  more

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

Five bishops, two of them Cardinals, have issued a Declaration of truths relating to some of the most common errors in the life of the Church of our time.  The document rejects positions taken by Pope Francis in theological and moral matters and his endeavours to have Christ’s Church conform to the zeitgeist.  more

THE CALL FOR THE BISHOPS TO ACT

In their Open letter to the bishops of the Catholic Church a number of clerical, religious and lay members of the faithful throughout the world have urged the Church’s bishops to grasp the nettle of Pope Francis’s heretical views, to weigh them against Catholic truth and to act.  This is our comment on the initiative.  The letter ought inspire our Mass intentions and our prayers for the good of Christ’s Church.  more

THE ERRORS IN DIGNITATIS HUMANAE COME TO ROOST

Robert de Mattei has published an analysis of the effects of recent conduct of Pope Francis which reveal his submission to the demands of Freemasonry.  more

THE ROT BEGAN WITH JOHN XXIII

Some reflections on the consequences that flowed from Pope John XXIII’s simple deviation from one element of the Church’s constant teaching.  more

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE NOVUS ORDO—PART III

The events of Holy Week 2019 provide further evidence of the shortcomings of the new rite.  more

A GREAT RESULT FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO CONTINUE KILLING THE INNOCENT

Australia’s High Court has rejected the appeals against conviction of two people whose only offence was that they sought to dissuade a woman from aborting her unborn child.  more

THE TROUBLE WITH AMERICAN CATHOLICS

A comment on a recent paper on The Catholic Thing website which demonstrates its promoters’ adherence to the Americanist principle.  more

KING RICHARD III & THE RISE OF THE HOUSE OF TUDOR

The recovery of the remains of the last Yorkist King of England serves as a catalyst for a fresh study of the man, as of his betrayal into the hands of a man who had no legitimate claim to the English Crown.  The evils flowing from this disruption of right order are with us today (note: a simplified family tree has been added at the request of several readers).  more

LIFE UNDER THE BANE OF SUBJECTIVISM

This is a conflation in one paper of three papers published successively in 2010, corrected for minor errors and brought up to date.  more

PROFESSOR SOLOMON'S LESSONS IN PHILOSOPHY

See the complete set of lessons here

THE POPE AND THE QUESTION OF ‘CONDOMS’

This is the republication of two papers published in 2010 and updated in 2013 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

ETERNITY

In Isaiah we read: “Thus says the High and Holy One who inhabits eternity whose name is Holy and who dwells in the high and holy place.  I am with the humble and contrite of heart to revive in them the spirit of humility and of contrition…”  (57: 15)  Which raises the question, ‘Where will you spend eternity?’   more

REFLECTIONS ON THE SOLUTION OF THE BOGLE/CHANDLER MYSTERY

Peter Butt’s solution of the mystery surrounding the deaths of Dr Gilbert Bogle and Mrs Margaret Chandler early on New Year’s Day, 1963, provides food for some profound thought.  more

ARE GOOD & EVIL NO MORE THAN DICTATES OF THE DIVINE WHIMSY?

This is a commentary on two crucial aspects of a recent paper by John R T Lamont, Tyranny and sexual abuse in the Catholic Church: a Jesuit Tragedy, namely, the right understanding of the powers of intellect and will, and of the sources of good and evil.  more

CANONISATION UNDER THE CURRENT REGIME

Much has been written recently about the Pope Francis’s canonisation of Paul VI and the theological burden for the faithful it involves.  more

CLEANSING THE AUGEAN STABLES OF THE CHURCH

The revelations by the former Papal Nuncio Archbishop Vigano published on 22nd August, a feast of Our Blessed Lady, have rocked the Catholic community.  Here is our comment on the crisis.  more

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE NOVUS ORDO—PART II

The defects in the provenance of the novus ordo are easy to discover.   But to appreciate just how appalling the new rite is the reader MUST attend Mass in its original solemnity.  more

THE AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS PLENARY COUNCIL—TAKE TWO

This is a recasting of our submission on the coming ‘Plenary Council’ following the revelation that the tendentious list of submissions appearing on the Council’s website did not have the bishops’ approval.  more

GERARD WINDSOR’S THE TEMPEST-TOSSED CHURCH

This book, published in 2017, is the latest in the oeuvre of Sydney Catholic, and former Jesuit student, Gerard Windsor.  More about Windsor and his faith than about the Church, it will yet repay the reader who is likely to feel himself entitled to disagree with a deal that the author has to say. more

WHAT ARISTOTLE TAUGHT

Due to a variety of factors, there are many misunderstandings among modern scholars over what Aristotle taught.  This short paper addresses some of the more egregious errors.  more

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE NOVUS ORDO

The indifferent way in which the novus ordo of the Mass is celebrated is testimony to the problems built into the rite.  more

CLOSER TO THE THRESHOLD ON VATICAN II

Italian Catholic philosopher, Paolo Pasqualucci, has published 26 points of rupture with Catholic tradition found in the documents of Vatican II.  It will repay readers to study them closely. more

PROFESSOR SOLOMON'S INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

Professor Solomon's Introduction to Philosophy - First & Second Series are available as booklets from Cardinal Newman Faith Resources for the price of $15 each plus postage - click here to order. They are available also as individual chapters in Adobe Acrobat form on this website -  more