Forum Asides

Who is Laughing Now? R.I.P. Rev. Richard P. McBrien

By John B. Manos / January 25, 2015 /

Years and years ago, I remember listening to Bill Marra and Fr. Micelli talk on the Catholic shows they did, and frequently they’d discuss Fr. McBrien and nearly every time the topic of his work came up, they’d compare the past of Notre Dame to what it had become. I miss those kinds of guys, with…

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On Feast of St. Andrew: Francis & Bartholomew sign joint declaration

By John B. Manos / November 30, 2014 /

Not leaving the occassion of being in Turkey on the Feast of St. Andrew untapped, Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew signed a resolution affirming that it continues to be a priority to seek answers to the conundrum of Orthodox separation. Radio Vatican reports the following as the text of the declaration. I, for myself, am always…

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The Feast of St. Andrew

By John M. DeJak / November 29, 2014 /

While our minds should rightly turn towards the First Sunday of Advent, don’t forget the Feast of St. Andrew (November 30). The brother of St. Peter and one of Our Lord’s Apostles. Fr. Reginald Foster, OCD, former Papal Latinist gives us a perspective on one of the great relics of Christendom–Andrew’s head!  (I’ve written about an aspect…

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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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On Meetings of Bishops (This should be shared and Tweeted far and wide!)

By John M. DeJak / November 23, 2014 /

If I should write the truth, I believe that I ought to flee all meetings of bishops, because I have never seen any happy or satisfactory outcome from any council, nor one that has deterred evils more than it has occasioned their acceptance and growth. (St Gregory of Nazianzus, Letter 131 from 382 AD; cf.…

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Eternal Rest: Father Benedict Groeschel – Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

By John B. Manos / October 4, 2014 /

Today, on the Solemn feast of St. Francis, The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal report that Father Groeschel went to sleep in the Lord. October 3 is the feast of St. Francis and there is little doubt that Fr. Groeschel spent his life working to know and imitate the founder of the Franciscan rule, even in creating…

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Patriarch Sako Schools American Bishops

By John M. DeJak / September 28, 2014 /

“[This American Bishop] is also not experiencing first hand what we are experiencing. In America they put baskets with asylum request forms on church altars during mass. As if the migration of thousands of Iraqi Christians to the US was something to ask God’s blessing for. That’s a strange thing to do and only confuses…

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Meanwhile, in China… Government wars against the Cross, Wreckovates

By John B. Manos / September 22, 2014 /

In my dining room, there is an image that came to me after I asked Our Lady for a picture of her to put in the spot where it hangs. I had no idea about Our Lady of Peking, her history of miraculous intercession in China, nor did I know that her devotions had been in…

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The Wreckovators say the silliest things… Our Saviour NYC Sanctuary Lamps gone for a year “for cleaning”

By John B. Manos / September 11, 2014 /

Last year, when the wreckovation of Our Saviour parish in NYC began, one the early things that happened, in addition to the things I mentioned here, was that the new pastor said that the sanctuary lamps had been removed, “for cleaning.” Mr. Samuel J. Howard provided me with the following picture of the BEFORE, notice…

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The Forensics of an AmChurch hit on a Good Parish – Our Savior NYC fits

By John B. Manos / August 25, 2014 /

I read the news about Our Savior church in New York city, and I pour over emails I’ve received in the past year and it reminds me of the other times I’ve watched a successful traditional parish destroyed. Let’s not pull any bones here — when you read the letter Fr. Rutler wrote when he was…

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