RIP Pope Benedict – What Might have Been For Russia

By John B. Manos / December 31, 2022 /

Revisit Pope Benedict’s life and legacy, as well as learn about what could have happened between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church through Fatima if he had reigned longer.

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Screen capture of Vladimir Putin kissing the relics of St. Nicholas

Is this Why the West Hates Putin? (and keeps telling us to hate him?)

By John B. Manos / May 27, 2017 /

Do you ever see those “meanwhile in Russia” memes on the internet or social media?  They make me laugh because they depict some aspect of Russian life that is so different than ours. They are East versus West settings. For instance, this picture: It makes me think of the old “In Soviet Russia…  bear drives you!!!” jokes. So,…

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Russia To Build World’s Largest Statue of Jesus next to China, North Korea, Japan

By John B. Manos / August 22, 2015 /

When I was just coming out of law school, Tom Monaghan had been working on the concept of a University in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The planning and zoning commission had never received the updated area impact study, or developmental impact plans, I forget which part, but I remember going to the planning office and looking at the…

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The Fix is in:  World Russian Council calls to remove abortions from the system of mandatory medical insurance

By John B. Manos / June 5, 2015 /

One of the earliest things the Bolsheviks did after destroying churches in an ISIS fashion was legalize abortion. In 1920, they cried that women were procuring back street illegal abortions and all they wanted to do was make it safe. They made a law permitting it to be performed in hospitals. Note the logic, the incremental approach. The initial…

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What this Russian Defense Minister did Shames American Catholics

By John B. Manos / May 15, 2015 /

I was tickled yesterday when someone sent me a link to this article and highlighted that us Catholics used to do this. In Russia, however, it seems that Catholic practices are proudly public again (unlike here). Reports Russian media:  Before beginning the Victory Day Parade in Moscow’s Red Square, Minister of Defense, Sergei Shoygu crossed himself. The journalists…

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What? Moscow helps Paris fund Notre Dame Christmas tree?

By John B. Manos / November 24, 2014 /

Yesterday, Russia Today released a story that is probably lost on Americans, most of whom have only dim faint lines of history. Catholics, however, particularly anyone with a mild knowledge of Fatima, are keenly aware of Russia’s role in the 20th century. Back in the 1700’s, France and Russia got into a knock-down drag out war. Russia’s…

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Cathedral of Christ Our Savior on the Moscow River

Onion Domes on the Seine! (or, Our Lord will be Praised) – updated

By John B. Manos / November 19, 2012 /

The stones in France refuse to praise Our Lord, so it looks like the Russians will.

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