The Power of the Rosary

Today is the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. The Battle of Lepanto took place on 7 October 1571 when a galley fleet of the Holy League, a coalition of the Republic of Venice, the Papacy (under Pope Pius V), Spain (including Naples, Sicily and Sardinia), the Republic of Genoa, the Duchy of Savoy, […]

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Lifting SSPX Bishops’ Excommunication–A Compromise?

The Congregation for Bishops has published a decree signed by its prefect, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, and dated 21 January, concerning the Pope’s remission of the excommunication pronounced on four bishops consecrated by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1988. (http://212.77.1.245/news_services/press/vis/dinamiche/e1_en.htm) There has been concern expressed that this action is a compromise with the SSPX over its […]

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Episcopal diocese of Pittsburgh splits from US Episcopal Church

Episcopal diocese of Pittsburgh splits from US Episcopal Church “Clergy and lay members of the theologically conservative Pittsburgh diocese voted overwhelmingly Saturday to break from the liberal Episcopal Church, with which it differs on issues ranging from homosexuality to biblical teachings on salvation.” There’s a lot going on here. For an overview you can read […]

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Obedience to Change

Leon Suprenant forwarded an article by Bishop Robert Vasa (Baker, OR), who asks the faithful of his diocese to examine their response to change.  ”Overcoming Self-will is Critical to Understanding Obedience” “When, however, the proposed change stimulates an emotional reaction, as proposed changes to ecclesial practices have a propensity to do, I have found that […]

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Are angels “saints”?

A CUF member asks… Isn’t sainthood for human beings that led extraordinary lives of faith? Then why do we call Michael the Archangel St. Michael the Archangel? He is an angel, a strictly spiritual being. The word “saint” derives from the Latin “sancta,” which means “holy” one.  Thus, by definition all of God’s holy angels […]

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Naming names in hell

A CUF member asks… I understand the Catholic Church has never stated that a particular person has been condemned to hell. I think I understand the reason for this but what exactly would be the reason? We haven’t been given an explicit reason. It might be said that the Church has not been led by […]

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Where do aborted babies go?

A CUF member asks… What happens to aborted babies at death? Are they considered martyrs? Are they admitted directly into heaven? We don’t know what happens to aborted babies. In hope we commend them to God’s infinite Love and Mercy. Theologians are working on the answer. Recently, the International Theological Commission  came out with a […]

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Dissent

A CUF member asks… Is there anywhere a list of the definitive moral teachings of the Church? Would it be correct to call anyone a dissenter who dissents from a teaching in the Catechism even if it not on a list of definitive teachings? Leon Suprenant answers: Probably the closest thing comprehensive list of definitive […]

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