Issue: December 2006
It can be said that the perpetual virginity of the Mother of God and the celibacy of the Christian priesthood are bulwarks and contexts for the central mysteries of the Faith. For a pagan world these doctrines are simply ridiculous; and as the Faith is weakened among Catholics themselves, these teachings become less understood and subsequently are denounced as outdated, unnecessary, and superfluous. But are they?
Dominican Fr. Albert, O.P., participated in the annual traditional pilgrimage to the Polish national shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. About 100 traditional Catholics set out from Warsaw to cover the 185-mile distance to Czestochowa in ten days. At the destination, a Mass in honor of the Immaculata, the holy Heroine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, was celebrated. In Part Two of the article, Fr. Albert concludes his thoughts about St. Maximilian and his love of Our Lady.
Ten Minutes with Father De Chivré on the Catholic School
"What a grandeur is in our Catholic schools, teaching man his true measure and inviting him to establish his existence upon the heights of moral nobility and intellectual certainty..."
There are over 150 Sisters in the Congregation of the Dominican Teaching Sisters of the Holy Name of Jesus of Fanjeaux, established in the very place where St. Dominic's apostolate began. Here his spirit lives and his preaching continues in the form of education, which comprises their vocation.
Stephen Heiner interviews the recent Swedish convert Joacim Svensson, who is attending St. Mary's College in St. Marys, Kansas.
Bishop Fellay's secretary, Fr. Philippe Lovey, describes a day in the life of the SSPX's Superior General–when he is not on the road!
Fr. Beck insightfully examines the spirit of penance and offers an abundance of practical ideas for uprooting self-love and making room for the Savior's advent in our souls.
Fr. Peter Scott examines the legal status of the 1917 Code of Canon Law, and addresses the question of traditional priests' faculty to absolve from censures in the internal forum.