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Quo usque tandem? Doctrine of Faith dicastery “blesses” sin against nature

The Declaration Fiducia supplicans on the pastoral meaning of blessings issued on December 18, 2023 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith marks one of the lowest points of Pope Francis’ pontificate. Indeed, this document, contradicting Church doctrine, approves and in fact promotes the “blessing” of “couples” living in an intrinsically immoral situation, with a special focus on homosexual couples. To understand the origins of what happened, one must go back to the early 1970s, when, on the wave of the 1968 Revolution, but also…

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Archbishop Viganò: towards anarcho-vacantism?

This article follows Part I: “Bishops Strickland, Schneider and Viganò: A few essential points” Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, referring to Pope Francis, has often called him “the tenant of Santa Marta”, implying that he does not recognise him as the Vicar of Christ, for whom respect is obligatory. Yet only in the last months of 2023 has he explained his position with sufficient clarity. In particular in a video contribution for the Catholic Identity Conference of 1 October 2023, which the organisers did not broadcast…

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Bishops Strickland, Schneider and Viganò: a few essential points

On 11 November 2023, the Holy See announced that Pope Francis had removed Bishop Joseph E Strickland from the pastoral governance of the diocese of Tyler in the United States, and appointed the bishop of Austin, Joe Vásquez, as apostolic administrator of the now-vacant diocese. The main reason for the removal is thought to be a lack of communion with the other bishops of the United States. Now, if the attitude of Bishop Strickland appeared “divisive” to the Holy See, it is because the bishop…

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Man has a soul destined for eternity

The world is moved by the children killed by the bombing in Palestine but does not shed tears for little Indi, sentenced to death in Great Britain by the state authorities, against her parents’ wishes.1 Why can this happen? Because life is considered only from a material and utilitarian point of view. We forget that every man, even a brain-damaged person, lives because he has a soul, and for that reason, has an inalienable dignity which entails the right to life. One of the reasons why…

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The aurora borealis and the illusions of the West

The Wall Street Journal of 1 November published an interesting article by Jakub Grygiel, a professor of politics at the Catholic University of America. The article entitled “Three foreign-policy illusions” shows how the errors made by the West in the face of the Russian war in Ukraine, the aggression of Hamas and Iran against Israel and the threats of China in the Pacific region are based on three illusions, deeply rooted in the American and European mentality. The first illusion is that: “[L]eaders are responsible for wars…

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In memoriam: Wolfgang Waldstein (1928-2023)

The funeral of Wolfgang Waldstein, an eminent legal philosopher and exemplary Catholic, who passed away on Oct. 17, 2023, at the age of 95, was held at St. Sebastian Church in Salzburg on Oct. 31, 2023. Count Wolfganf Waldstein was born on August 27, 1928, in Hangö, Finland to a historic Bohemian family, whose members include Albrecht von Waldstein or Wallenstein, (1583-1634) the imperial army general assassinated during the Thirty Years’ War, to whom Friedrich Schiller dedicated a famous tragedy. A branch of the family…

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Wanda Półtawska (1921-2023), a Pro-Life Leader

Wanda Półtawska. one of the leading pro-life figures of the 20th century and a close collaborator of John Paul II, died in Krakow at the age of 102 on October 25, 2023. Wanda Półtawska was born in Lublin on November 2, 1921. After the German invasion of Poland, because of her involvement in the resistance, she was arrested by the Gestapo and imprisoned in Lublin Castle. After being interrogated and tortured, she was deported to Ravensbrück concentration camp on November 21, 1941, where she was…