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Putin, the United States elections, and the upcoming Conclave

A mantle of concern looms these weeks over the decision-making centers of the Western world.  On Jan. 24, General Patrick Sanders, chief of staff of His Majesty’s Army, said that British nationals may be called upon in the not-too-distant future to fight against Russia (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-68086188). For Dutch Admiral Rob Bauer, head of the NATO Military Committee, it is also necessary to prepare for an imminent conflict (https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/russia-war-nato-military-exercise-admiral-rob-bauer-brussels-cold-war-b1133399.html). In the same days, the Swedish Minister of Civil Defense, Carl-Oskar Bohlin, said that everyone must prepare for…

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The tears of Don Bosco and the hour of truth

Among the thousands of travellers who crowd the Termini station in Rome every day, some stop by the nearby Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Via Marsala. The church was commissioned by Pius IX, who laid the foundation stone of the new building in 1870, but due to the annexation of Rome to the Kingdom of Italy, the work was soon interrupted. In 1880, Leo XIII, who shared his predecessor’s esteem and affection for Don John Bosco (1815–1888), entrusted him with the difficult task of…

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“The Catholic Church is not the Pope’s Church and Catholics are therefore not papists but Christians”: An Exclusive Interview with Cardinal Gerhard Müller

I recently sent some questions to Cardinal Gerhard Müller regarding papal infallibility and the Cardinal’s recent words describing Pope Francis as having endorsed material heresy. The Cardinal was gracious enough to answer my questions in the following email exchange. How would you describe the nature of papal infallibility? Under what circumstances does papal infallibility apply? Cardinal Müller: The nature, conditions, and limits of papal infallibility as an expression of the infallibility of the whole Church are defined in Chapter 4 of the Dogmatic Constitution Pastor aeternus of the…

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The origins of a moral revolution: Vatican II on marriage and the family (Part 2)

This is the second part of the article begun in last week’s Digest, which was originally written by Professor Roberto de Mattei as an introduction to the Italian reprint of Draft of a dogmatic constitution on chastity, marriage, the family and virginity, one of the preparatory schemata fatefully rejected at the beginning of the Second Vatican Council. This schema was reprinted during the Synod on the Family (2014–2015) in response to the attempts to spread the revolutionary tendencies sown during the Council, which continue to bear their…

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The origins of a moral revolution: Vatican II on marriage and the family (Part 1)

The advancing threat to Catholic teaching on marriage and the family, discussed in last week’s article, “Fiducia supplicans and the challenge for 2024”, is also a call for faithful Catholics to deepen their understanding of the roots of the moral revolution within the Church. This article, which will be published in two parts, was originally written by Professor Roberto de Mattei as an introduction to the Italian reprint of Draft of a dogmatic constitution on chastity, marriage, the family and virginity, one of the preparatory schemata…

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The mystery of the Holy Name of Jesus

The Gospel of Saint Luke relates to us that, eight days after His birth, Jesus, in keeping with Jewish custom, received His name at the time of circumcision: “And after eight days were accomplished, that the child should be circumcised, his name was called Jesus, which was called by the angel, before he was conceived in the womb.” (Luke 2:21) Circumcision was a Jewish ritual that involved the shedding of a small amount of blood. It is important to emphasise how Our Lady and Saint…

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“Fiducia Supplicans” and the Upcoming Conclave

The promulgation of the Declaration of the Doctrine for the Faith Fiducia supplicans on Dec. 18, 2023 and the reactions that followed it offer us a possible key to the next conclave. The author of the Declaration is Pope Francis’ close collaborator and ghost writer, Victor Manuel Fernández, who was appointed prefect of the new Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith on July 1st, 2023 and created cardinal the following September 30th. The document is signed ex audientia by Pope Francis, in a manner that makes it unappealable. Normally…