Monthly Archives: February 2018

Opponents of Ostpolitik: Monsignor Pavol Maria Hnilica (1921-2006)

(Roberto de Mattei, Rorate Caeli, 21 february 2018)

Pope Francis‘ political collaboration with Communist China has direct precedents in the Ostopolitik of John XXIII and Paul VI. But yesterday, just as today, Ostoplitik had strong opponents who deserve to be remembered. One of these was the Slovakian Bishop Pavol Hnilica (1926-2006), whom I’d like to recall, based on my own personal memories and by referring to a precise study dedicated to his figure, to be published shortly by Professor Emilia Hrabovec, to whom I express my gratiude for allowing me to consult and quote from her manuscript. leggi tutto

To be faithful sometimes means resisting those at the top who cause division

(Roberto de Mattei, Rorate Caeli, 08 february 2018)

As the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ election draws near, we hear repeatedly that we are facing a dramatic and absolutely unprecedented ‘page’ in the history of the Church. This is only partly true. The Church has always experienced tragic times which have seen the laceration of the Mystical Body since its very beginnings on Calvary right up to the present day. leggi tutto