Gregorian Chant: how and why it was strangled in its own cradle -
The prior of the Roman monastery of Pope Gregory the Great enriches, with
new details, the record of the musical disaster following the Second Vatican
Council. And the Vatican still does nothing to correct the situation.
The end of Gaudium et Spes? -
James Hitchcock *
A strained optimism--possibly a product of
the era in the Second Vatican Council met --thwarts realistic attempts
to address the crisis in Catholicism today.
(From The Catholic World Report – Sept. 2, 2003)
The Collapse of the Church in the West:
Father G.H. Duggan S.M.*
It is a fact, now evident to everyone, that the Church in
the West has in recent decades suffered a severe
setback; severe enough to call it a collapse.
Since no one has invented an agapometer to measure the
degree of spiritual fervour in the hearts of the faithful, our only means of
measuring the extent of the collapse is statistics and the statistics show
clearly that the collapse is real.
In his book The Battle for the American Church,
the historian Monsignor George A. Kelly, has the figures up to 1979 for the
Church in the United States. They were then horrendous and there has not
been any improvement in the intervening years. Nor is the statistical
picture notably different in the other countries that, with the United
States, constitute the West.
An embassy to Heaven -
Clergymen who left everything to undertake a journey
towards sure death, avid for giving their own blood for Our Lord Jesus
That happened in Japan in the XVIth Century.
The pillage of Spanish treasure - Victor Peregrino
The incredible history of Stalin's spoliation of
the Spanish gold.
Gnosis: the occult religion in history - Orlando Fedeli
With the fall of communism, what has already manifested
itself here and there, was spread throughout all our skeptical
there was a great boom of mysticism. Nowadays,
conversations are often about horoscopes, tarot, hinduism, homeopathy,
alchemy, occultism, esotericism and all types of superstitions
widespread. And even atheistic communists began to display the bumper
stickers “I believe in gnomes” on their cars. It's the old gnosis.
Hail to the
Pope! - Orlando Fedeli
In times of religious and ecclesiastical crisis -
specially when it reaches the highest authorities of the Church - two opposite temptations
The first, and more serious one, is of revolt against the Pope's authority, which may lead
to schism and heresy.
The second, and subtler one, is to accept in silence all error, by respect of authority,
or to close one's eyes to the sins of scandal into which authority might incur.
Conspiracy in History: examples from the
Old Testament - Orlando Fedeli
The conspiratorial view of
History is rejected by the liberals, for it is incompatible with their
belief in the natural goodness of man. This view of History is exposed in
a ridiculous manner by a certain anti-masonic literature, which seems to
find secret actions, meetings, phantasmagorical crafty schemes, entangled
intrigues everywhere and imagine mysterious cabalistic symbologies in
ordinary things. It was the universal conspirative view which Umberto Eco
caricaturized in his book "Il Pendolo de Foucault" (Foucault's