Is There a Christian Socialism?

And the multitude of believers had but one heart and one soul: neither did any one say that aught of the things which he possessed, was his own; but all things were common unto them. Acts 4:32 No one can at the same time be a sincere Christian and a true Socialist. Pope Pius XIContinue reading “Is There a Christian Socialism?”

The Light of the Living

Psalm 55 (56 in the Hebrew) is written for “a people that is removed at a distance from the sanctuary.” Separated from his Creator, man turns on himself and becomes his own enemy: Have mercy on me, O God, for man hath trodden me under foot; all the day long he hath afflicted me fightingContinue reading “The Light of the Living”

The Lesson of the Latin Mass

The central lesson of the Church’s ancient liturgy is the absolute dependence of man upon God. What Adam denied in one garden, and Christ affirmed in another, we contemplate and embrace in our own bodily and spiritual union with the sacrifice that makes possible our rebirth into fellowship with our Creator. Though changes have (rarely)Continue reading “The Lesson of the Latin Mass”

The Truth About the Latin Mass

In his declaration of war against those of his flock too “rigid” to shake with the winds of political correctness, the man who above all ought to serve the servants of God references a global survey, whose results (likely never to be published) he deems disturbing. Relying on his account, the naïve reader might reasonablyContinue reading “The Truth About the Latin Mass”

Who’s Afraid of the Latin Mass?

To their credit, many of the world’s bishops, addressed in Francis’s recent missive as “Guardians of Tradition,” are scratching their head at its apparently senseless venom. “Upon reflection,” one faithful shepherd of souls observed, “it seems that in addressing the ‘problems’ of the traditional Latin Mass community—real or perceived—Pope Francis used a chainsaw when onlyContinue reading “Who’s Afraid of the Latin Mass?”

Passing the Guardians By

A man identifying himself as “Francis” recently appealed to the bishops of the world, addressing them as Guardians of Tradition (Traditionis Custodes). The Tradition of which he speaks includes a liturgy lovingly designed, century by century, to manifest as tangibly as possible the death, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord. In guarding this treasure ofContinue reading “Passing the Guardians By”

Fire, Spirit, and Life

These are the qualities W. A. Mozart discerned in the compositions of a man known to the world as Il Boemo (the Bohemian). In his music, Josef Mysliveček (1737-1781) was able to channel this fire and spirit into musical forms of exquisite beauty. In his life, alas, those same fires seemed to burn in lessContinue reading “Fire, Spirit, and Life”

On Keeping One’s Head (Part II)

And if thy hand, or thy foot scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee. . . . And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee. Matthew 18:8-9 These words, metaphorical though they be, and no matter how one interprets them, are among the many hard sayingsContinue reading “On Keeping One’s Head (Part II)”

Systemic Duplicity

So-called critical theorists like to speak about “systemic” racism, and other social sins. Most people spouting such cant have no idea what it means, but they know what it does: it renders their opponents—unrepentant members of “privileged” social “groups”—guilty without a trial, and therefore subject to various forms of abuse without the right to effectiveContinue reading “Systemic Duplicity”