Issue: March 2021
"Perhaps the past century of Australian and New Zealand examples of prudence and zeal will inspire us to better meet the next incoming attacks against the family and religion..."
An interview with US District Superior Fr. Fullerton about his time as District Superior of Australia and New Zealand.
"One thousand and thirty souls, of whom 696 were convicts, were the foundation of British Australia. It is estimated that one in ten of all convicts were Catholic, half of them born in Ireland..."
"In February, 1833 there arrived in Sydney aboard the Sir Thomas Munro an English Benedictine monk of very youthful appearance. A lady fellow passenger described him with contemporary English Protestant prejudice as “a nice man but a bit of a Jesuit withal,” an oblique compliment to his subtlety in conversation and behavior. A Benedictine priest, he was Yorkshire-born William Bernard Ullathorne..."
"To assure his own spiritual life and health, Dr. Mannix daily passed some five hours in prayer and meditation before the Blessed Sacrament, with an extra hour or two added when he was on annual holidays. For the sacrament of Penance he simply joined the ordinary confessional line each week, like any other ordinary penitent, at St. Francis’ church..."
"'Benny, that’s Dad!' I exclaimed, pointing at a photograph of first communicants in an old photo album of our little group of Traditional Catholics in New Zealand. Turning the pages, I found an image of a slightly older version of my father, with quite a bit more hair, sitting next to Fr. Juan Carlos Iscara. We had a good chuckle. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but many words were missing from this story..."
"Aotearoa, or the 'land of the long white cloud' as the Maori natives call the New Zealand archipelago, has been home to priests of the Society of Saint Pius X since 1986. Presently, it has one priory, a primary and secondary school, three weekly Mass centers, and four other chapels served less frequently by three SSPX priests, with the help of two SSPX brothers..."
A continuation of the meditations on the Gospel of John.
"In this article we continue an examination of the Canon of the Mass, presenting the work of Msgr. Nicholas Gihr in his fundamental liturgical commentary The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: Dogmatically, Liturgically, and Ascetically Explained..."
"'Everything in Australia is trying to kill you.' That was the ominous title of a video I once watched that outlined in chilling detail all of the shabby ways that native animals, insects, and flora, from the familiar kangaroo down to organisms totally unknown to me beforehand, were out to ruin human life “down under.” Little did I suspect at the time that these life-threatening organisms would come to include the government of the State of Victoria..."
"The beginnings of Australia were associated with prisoners, whether justly or unjustly imprisoned, to colonize the continent. Perhaps the human soul may be compared to those prisoners..."
Monsignor Patrick Joseph Hartigan wrote poetry under the pseudonym of John O’Brien and became one of the legendary icons of Australian Pioneering literature. Here follows one of his poems...
"What the Modernists oppose is not so much the objection that the event never took place, as much as the idea of the divine wrath. A Modernist cannot stand the concept of a God Who is capable of punishing humanity for its sins. This false mercy demands that God forgive everything—with or without the sinner’s repentance..."
“Mommy, Luke pushed me!” “Teacher, Vianney is copying me!” “Mommy, Joan took my book!” How should we respond to such proclamations?
Fr. Iscara answers questions about the virtue of piety and the obligation imposed by the second precept of the Church.
This article continues the series of straightforward responses to frequently-encountered questions and objections concerning the Catholic Faith. The questions and answers are adapted from Professor Felix Otten, O.P. and C.F. Pauwels, O.P.’s The Most Frequently Encountered Difficulties, published originally in Dutch in 1939. This selection covers Holy Scripture and science, and the acceptance of Tradition.
"These past few years, various sociologists have considered the condition of our society and they all agree that it has shattered... France has become an archipelago, that is to say, a series of islands, a collection of juxtaposed communities that no longer have much of anything in common with each, or even much of anything to say to each other because they do not have any idea of a common good."
"In a land far to the north, the druids and witch-doctors were nervous. The prophets had foretold the coming of a foreigner bringing a strange religion..."