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Son of Legendary Catholic Author Dies at 95

January 16 brought the news that Christopher Tolkien, best known as the longtime literary executor of his father J.R.R. Tolkien, had died at his home in the South of France at the age of 95. Tolkien was born in 1924 in Leeds, England, while his father was a professor at the University of Leeds prior to obtaining his more famous chair at Oxford. His mother was the former Edith Bratt, J.R.R. Tolkien’s wife and the...

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Which Pope said this?

“The enchanting image of the Christmas crèche, so dear to the Christian people, never ceases to arouse amazement and wonder. The depiction of Jesus’ birth is itself a simple and joyful proclamation of the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God. The nativity scene is like a living Gospel rising up from the pages of sacred Scripture. As we contemplate the Christmas story, we are invited to set out on a spiritual journey,...

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Bishop James Conley Takes Medical Leave of Absence

Today has brought the news that James D. Conley, Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska and successor of the archconservative stalwart Fabian Bruskewitz in that diocese, has taken an indefinite leave of absence from his ministerial duties, due to serious mental health issues. Bishop Conley himself writes: I also want to tell you about my health because I hope, in some small way, to help lift the stigma of mental health issues. I have been medically diagnosed...

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Which Pope said this?

“So it is that Christ the Judge speaks of “one of the least of the brethren”, and at the same time he is speaking of each and of all. Yes. He is speaking of the whole universal dimension of injustice and evil. He is speaking of what today we are accustomed to call the North-South contrast. Hence not only East-West, but also North-South: the increasingly wealthier North, and the increasingly poorer South. Yes, the South...

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Are you concerned about the synod?

Some thoughts to consider if you’re at all concerned about the Synod on the Amazon or the final synod document: 1. A synod is ultimately just an advisory body for the pope. Likewise, the Amazon Synod was simply bishops and religious from the Amazon area coming together, as a unified assembly, to inform Pope Francis and Church leadership about the reality of Catholicism in the Amazon and to make the pope and the Church aware...

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Which Pope said this?

“My first word, uttered in silence and on my knees, has been a kiss on this soil (…) It’s like a kiss given in the hands of a mother, for the homeland is our earthly mother” (scroll down for answer) . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pope St. John Paul II Speech on the Welcome Ceremony on his Apostolic Travel to...

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Which Pope said this?

“The only and exclusive source of the visible institutions of the Church are the sacraments born out of the Side of Christ, among them the Eucharist and the Baptism that prepares it. Sometimes, we hear about «sacramentalism», opposing it to evangelization (Evangelii Nuntiandii 47), but this overlooks that there, in the administration of the sacraments supporting the global catechesis, there is a hidden organization hidden in the bosom of the people who is faithful to...

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The Synthesis of All Catholic Conspiracy Theory (Part 3)

A major part of Taylor Marshall’s argument in Infiltration rests upon highly dubious traditionalist interpretations of the ‘secrets’ associated with two famous Marian apparitions, thus providing another link between Infiltration and fringe Catholic conspiracy theory and apocalypticism. In this third part of my look at Infiltration (see parts one and two), I will compare Marshall’s interpretations of the secrets of Our Lady of La Salette and Our Lady of Fatima with interpretations that are more...

The Synodal Way of the Pilgrim Church

Where Peter Is received some criticism last week in the wake of breaking news regarding the wrangling in the Vatican that took place over the proposed ‘synodal way’ of the Church in Germany. Some asked why we weren’t issuing breathless condemnations over this allegedly real schism in the Church. I don’t know if our accusers realize that Where Peter Is is not a news agency. It publishes work by normal folks who research and write...

The Synthesis of All Catholic Conspiracy Theory (Part 2)

In my last post I summarized part of the grand conspiracy laid out in Taylor Marshall’s Infiltration, in order to refute his claim that his book puts forward no such thing and to give the reader an idea of its key features. It’s actually difficult to say that it is his theory, since he covers some very well-trodden ground. Many of its parts, including those I have not outlined so far, can be found in...

How the Infallibility of the Church Works

Catholic teaching holds that the Church is indefectible.  She can never fall away into error, but will forever hold fast to the true faith. The teaching authority of the Catholic Church resides in the “Magisterium,” which is simply the body of bishops who govern the Church in communion with the Bishop of Rome, the Pope.  God has given what I’ll call the “gift of reliability” to the teachers of the Church, so that what they...

A quick note about comments

This is just a quick post about comments on our site, for those who might be confused. Our more regular commenters seem to be generally aware of our policy — it’s more of a “practice” than a formal policy, but we often receive questions from new commenters. Please don’t consider these to be absolute, strict rules, but a glimpse of what typically happens behind the scenes when comments are submitted. First of all, we want...

Weekly roundup (28 Apr – May 4)

Pope Francis donated 500,000 dollars from the Peter’s Pence collection to assist the thousands of immigrants stranded on the USA border, thereby highlighting the humanitarian crisis of our brothers and sisters in Christ who travelled thousands of miles in hopes of a better life for themselves and their families, only to be abandoned without shelter or assistance. It also highlights the need for Catholics to have a consistent approach to the doctrine of the Church,...

We cannot take our faithfulness for granted

Several years ago, I realized that I hadn’t seen a friend of mine for a few months. He and his family were active in my parish. He was a young man with a very lovely wife and a bunch of rambunctious little boys. They could always be found in the narthex during the 11:30 Sunday Mass, working hard to wrangle the kids and doing their best to participate in the Mass. He was active in...

Links of interest (Apr 14-22)

After his most insightful article diagnosing the roots of American Catholic polarization, Robert Christian addresses its possible remedies: “One critical way to reduce enmity is for American Catholics who are publicly dissenting from Church teaching to be honest about their dissent. Catholics should not overstate their knowledge of Church teaching or their commitment to it. They should not distort it—intentionally or through neglect. And they should never downplay it or undermine it by making it...

Meditate on the Stations of the Cross with Pope Francis

This year’s meditations on the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum, led by Pope Francis, were written by Italian Sister Eugenia Bonetti, who has worked with victims of sex trafficking for decades. Crux recently wrote about her background and her decision to accept the invitation to compose the prayers: The 80-year-old nun, who has dedicated much of her life’s work to rescuing women from human trafficking and sex slavery, was convinced to say yes...

Links of interest (Apr 7th – 13th)

Certainly one of the most newsworthy happenings this week was Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s new article about the sexual abuse crisis. Of course, the usual papal detractors have taken the opportunity to pit Benedict’s opinion against Francis’ reforms and teachings. Others have attacked Benedict for publishing this essay. However, good apologists have set out to defend both pontiffs. Austen Ivereigh and Pete Vere have written good articles, that explain the wrongfulness of the critics. Also,...

Links of interest (Mar 31st – Apr 6th)

Journalist Christopher Lamb provides an excelent preliminary analysis on Christus Vivit, as well as its context in light of Jorge Bergoglio’s lifestory. In this excellent essay, Robert Christian explains the roots of American Catholic polarization, one of the causes of much of the dissent and division within the Universal Church. A must-read! Only by understanding the problem may we start to address it. “The various costs of polarization have led many to grow concerned about...

Links of interest (March 24 – 30)

Pope Francis has issued a Motu Proprio, enacting legislation for the protection of minors and vulnerable people in the Roman Curia and the Vatican City State. The Motu Proprio can be read in full here. These guidelines have been hailed by an editor from Vatican News as “state of the art” and up-to-date with the best current evidence on the protection of minors: read here why. Regarding the abuse crisis, it is also noteworthy this...

Links of interest (March 17th – 23rd)

In the context of the terrorist attacks to the mosques of Christchurch, New Zealand, Pope Francis affirms his closeness with our Muslim brothers and renews his invitation for prayers for peace. During the bishops’ summit dealing with the sexual abuse scandal, reporter Inés San Martin asked about the case of Bp. Zanchetta who would’ve been found with gay porn in his cellphone involving young people, a case reportedly know to Pope Francis himself. Allegedly, His...