Author: D.W. Lafferty

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Christendom and Conspiracism

Check out the third episode of The Critical Catholic on Where Peter Is Media, with Mike Lewis and D.W. Lafferty. We stream live every Sunday on YouTube at 8 p.m. EST. This week’s guest: Paul Fahey Overview: We all have a...

Christendom and Conspiracism

Truth and Reconciliation

Nowadays, it is easy to be tempted to turn the page, to say that all these things happened long ago and we should look to the future. For God’s sake, no! We can never move forward without remembering the past;...

Truth and Reconciliation

Another Viganò Wake-Up Call

Archbishop Viganò’s latest missive—an “Open Letter to Confused Priests,” published on The Remnant—is ostensibly about the general “problem of a perverted authority” in the Church and society, and whether one may reject the teaching of the CDF and the pope regarding...

Another Viganò Wake-Up Call

The Great Reset Is Good, Actually

In recent months we’ve heard dramatic warnings from figures in Catholic media regarding an alleged plan for post-COVID global change called “the Great Reset.” Some of these warnings are based upon reasonable concerns, while others are examples of outright conspiracy-mongering....

The Great Reset Is Good, Actually

No Idle Dream

The Catholic world, and the world at large, is in need of unambiguous and prophetic spiritual guidance, and Pope Francis has provided just that in his new book with Austen Ivereigh, Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future...

No Idle Dream

Abortion and Political Love

Now that the votes have been cast in the US election, I hope Catholics can once again discuss the issue of abortion without being accused of trying to sway the Catholic vote. And discuss it we must, because it is...

Abortion and Political Love

The Revenge of Pan: A Short History of Moral Panic

What did Archbishop Viganò mean when he declared in a recent interview that “Trump is fighting pedophilia and pedosatanism”? Even for Viganò, whose descent into conspiratorial and apocalyptic thinking should by now be obvious to everyone, this is a jarring...

The Revenge of Pan: A Short History of Moral Panic

LifeSiteNews: The Origin Story

We all know LifeSiteNews. Their articles are shrill, sensationalistic, highly biased, and frequently display the marks of a fanatical Catholic traditionalism. The titles of the regular blog posts of their editor-in-chief capture the obsessions that underlie their reporting: President Trump...

LifeSiteNews: The Origin Story

Biblical

For years I worried that the QAnon conspiracy theory would find its way into Catholicism, but thankfully it seems there are few fervent Catholics who openly support QAnon right now. Recently, however, I came across an exception in “Friend of...

Biblical

The Marian Apocalypse Now: Part 4

Meet the “Apostle of the End Times.” In this installment of my primer on Marian apocalypticism I will shift focus from the world of Catholic traditionalism to what I have labelled (for lack of a better term) charismatic apocalypticism. Here...

The Marian Apocalypse Now: Part 4