Crucifix above the door of Poland's lower house of parliament, the Sejm. From the Excelsis File - December 2000 Strange wars are waged these days. Take the blood being spilt on most Catholic College campuses. No, no, I don’t mean the red blood pouring from the knife wound on someone’s flesh. I mean the more… Continue reading Lift High the Cross
2012 South Hampton’s typical hollow chatter to an abrupt halt last week. Well, not altogether. It just switched subjects, but the subject these pampered mandarins turned to was quite unusual – a nun. Sister Jacqueline Walsh had been struck and left dead by a hit a and run driver of an SUV as she was… Continue reading NUNSENSE, Redux – Part II
Latin Mass Magazine - Fall 2017 The Priesthood and the Holy Eucharist are bound in as intimate a union as you and your body. Reasons for this are clear to a Catholic as his own name. The Holy Eucharist is Our Lord’s very own Body and Blood, soul and divinity, under signs of bread and… Continue reading The Priesthood
From the Excelsis File - August 2002 Just when you thought it was safe to begin trusting the Bishops, Dallas 2002 came along. This was the alleged moment when the Bishops would address the tidal wave of scandals threatening to drown them. The most jaded Catholic observers thought that this was The Moment. Perhaps now… Continue reading (Bad) Business as Usual
From the Excelsis File - December 2002 Max Scheler aptly remarked that for the Middle Ages the hero was the saint, but for the Renaissance the hero was the genius. Perhaps we can complete Scheler’s analysis by saying the hero for modernity is the anti-hero. This creature of modernity wins celebrity status by standing mightily… Continue reading Prophets du Jour
The Battle of Lepanto. Paolo Veronese, 1571. Latin Mass Magazine - Fall 2016 The year 1571 was a year that sent shivers down the spines of Catholics. Each one was staring down the tip of a spear. Islam’s spear. Like a salivating beast, Islam was devouring nation after nation, and now, Catholic Europe was in… Continue reading Our Lepanto Moment
From the Excelsis File - November 1996 Praise stretched itself to it’s limits in the obsequies of Joseph Cardinal Berdardin. Newspaper after newspaper was jammed with fulsome raves of the late Archbishop of Chicago, right down to the editorial pages where, curiously, even the usually anti-Catholic wolfpack in the mainstream press mourned like First Communicants.… Continue reading Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, R.I.P.