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Consistory 2022: a great opportunity missed

There exists a relationship between grace and nature analogous to the one between faith and reason. An imbalance arises when there is faith without reason or grace without nature, and vice versa, but perfect balance does not consist in putting these realities on the same level; on the contrary, it consists in placing them in their legitimate order, subordinating nature to that grace of which it is the precondition, just as the precondition of faith is reason, which is however subject to faith. This helps…

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Dugin, Putin, and the scenarios of chaos

Six months ago, at dawn on February 24 2022, Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation”in eastern Ukraine. A few hours later all of Ukraine, including the capital, Kyiv, was hit by air and missile attacks as Russian ground forces crossed the borders. Europe found itself at war. The Russian-Ukrainian war, furthering a conflict that began in 2014, was not the blitzkrieg Putin had imagined. The president of the Soviet Federation underestimated the Ukrainians’ determination to fight, starting with President Zelensky, who has shown himself…

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On Pope Francis’s “mea culpa” in Canada

Faithful to the mandate of her divine Master to “go into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mk 16:15), the Catholic Church, since her foundation, has carried out a great missionary work, through which she has brought to the world, not only the faith, but civilisation — sanctifying places, peoples, institutions and customs. Thanks to this work, the Church has also civilised the peoples of the two Americas, immersed in paganism and barbarism. In Canada, the first Jesuit mission among the Iroquois…

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A historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court: the myth of the irreversibility of abortion falls

The decision with which the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973, which established a constitutional right to abortion, has a historical significance that transcends the borders of the United States. The alleged right to abortion is an ideological banner of progressivism, as demonstrated not only by the violent protests staged in many American states, but also by the anger of the leaders of the international left, such as Italian Democratic Party secretary Enrico Letta, who says the decision of the…

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A Spiritual Manual of Christian Militancy

A concise and profound manual of spiritual life, without rhetoric and without compromise: an antidote to modern, nebulous and sentimental pseudo-spirituality. This is Lived Christianity, the magnificent text by Dom François de Sales Pollien, just published by Calx Mariae Publishing in the first English edition (London: 2022). Joseph Pollien was born on 1 August 1853 in Chèvenoz, near Annecy, Haute-Savoie (France), into a deeply Christian family. He was ordained in 1877 and on 4 October 1884 entered the Grande Chartreuse in Grenoble as a postulant,…

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The only means of averting catastrophe

Pope Francis closed the month of May with a Rosary for peace, recited in front of the Regina Pacis, a statue of Mary at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, in union with others at the most important shrines throughout the world. While many faithful followed the ceremony by live stream, the choir of the Cappella Liberiana made the words of the traditional hymn, Salus Populi Romani, “O Mary, Holy Mother, for the Roman people you are salvation, light and guide”, echo before the monument…

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Francis, Kirill, and the Russian war in Ukraine

Among the many successes attributed by the mass media to Pope Francis has been the “historic meeting” that took place on February 12 2016 in Havana with Moscow patriarch Kirill. An event, it was written at the time, that saw the collapse of the religious wall that for a thousand years divided the Church of Rome from that of the East (la Repubblica, February 5 2016). But Pope Francis’s ecumenical project has run aground in the tempest of the war in Ukraine, blessed by Patriarch…