Issue: December 2017

Letter from the Publisher

The onslaught against authority, particularly in the United States, is unrelenting. From parents to the president, is any form of authority safe?

Fatherly Authority

Catholic fathers face a particularly daunting task, namely to act as proper heads of their respective households without succumbing to either neglect on the one hand or authoritarianism on the other.

“Learn from me”: Aspects of Authority in Frankenstein

A meditation on the role of authority in one of the most famous novels of all time, Frankenstein.

The Good of Authority

A learned rebuke to the liberal attack on authority, particularly liberalism’s usurpation of natural law.

Music on the Rocks

Does rock n’ roll undermine authority? This article presents an argument as to how and why. 

A Treacherous Dilemma

A timely defense of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre’s stance against the authorities in the Church and why it was not an attack on ecclesiastical authority per se.

Feasts of Our Lady: The Immaculate Conception

A thoughtful historical-liturgical analysis of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Cost Benefit Analysis

Should we make life decisions based on a mere cost/benefit analysis or is there an authentically Catholic approach? 

Pope St. Pius X: Our Apostolic Mandate

An excerpt from an oft-neglected but particularly important encyclical of Pope St. Pius X.

Secularism

An overview of the origins, meaning, and effects of secularism in the modern world.

The Authority of the Benedictine Abbot

A brief spiritual reflection on the role of authority in the life of a Benedictine abbot. 

Misacantano

An original translation of the 16th century theological poem “Romance a Cristo Nuestro Señor, misacantano.”

St. Andrew In Art

A historical survey of the place of St. Andrew the Apostle in Christian art.

Pious Mugging: Legitimate Authority, Arbitrary Power, and Protestantism

A powerful critique of the role Protestantism has played in destroying the foundations of authority in the West.

Questions and Answers

  • Is smoking marijuana harmful?
  • Should we receive communion frequently?

Church and World

  • A Purge of Faithful Catholic Intellectuals?
  • New Altar in Honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
  • The Slaughter of Christians in the Middle East Continues
  • Traditional Carmelite Nuns return to Philadelphia
  • Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, RIP
  • The Political Pope

Canon Law and Pastoral Theology of Marriage

A detailed theological and canonical analysis of the sacrament of marriage and the SSPX’s right to celebrate the sacrament.

The Last Word

A reminder that authority begins in the home.