Here are further extracts from my upcoming book: While a subtle (or not so subtle!) materialism gains ever-greater credence in the Church, that which is distinctly Catholic becomes sidelined. Nowhere is the situation more grave than in the attitudes towards the Eucharist. Following the Vatican Council, there was a widespread tendency to recast the [...]
For today, just another short extract from my upcoming book – regarding one of the chief concerns of this website: The attitude became prevalent during the 1960s that the ‘problem’ with the Catholic Church was that it was too closed-off or even hostile to modernity in all its tolerance, diversity and pluralism. It [...]
From Valentin Tomberg on Charles de Gaulle of France, Pope Paul VI and averting chaos in the Catholic Church in 1968.
Traditional Catholic Education: an unforgettable memory of the tradition at work in Catholic France.
The French have a saying: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose: The more things change, the more they stay the same. That paradox is most apt for this little volume. For on the one hand, Louis Veuillot’s 1866 book concerns a lost world, that lost world of Nineteenth Century Catholic France, overwhelmed by [...]
There are delays with numerous things at this end. I am sorry to be slower than perhaps indicated in resuming certain series here, particularly the one on Valentin Tomberg. For the nonce, I am going to rip a small section from my upcoming book to present here. The section comes from early in the book [...]
Weeping. I watch her weeping. My beloved weeps, while she reads this book. This book, we read it together. Our hearts ripped. ***** The book calls itself a mosaic. It is written in an unusual style. In fragments. Shards of the life of Archbishop Lefebvre juxtaposed with fragments from the Twentieth Century, which serve as [...]
Earlier this week we said the following: “We briefly interrupt our series on the New Age to note this possibly landmark day. It is the fourth anniversary of the implementation of Summorum Pontificum and if rumours reported in the French press (Le Figaro) are to be believed, a day of potential earthquake (English translation here). [...]
We briefly interrupt our series on the New Age to note this possibly landmark day. It is the fourth anniversary of the implementation of Summorum Pontificum and if rumours reported in the French press (Le Figaro) are to be believed, a day of potential earthquake (English translation here). If such reports have truth, they suggest [...]
For my part, it has been striking to note a metaphor used in common, by both Valentin Tomberg and Malachi Martin – those two great defenders of the Catholic Tradition who witnessed and deplored the changes in the Church during the 1960’s. For regarding the Second Vatican Council and its outcomes, both of these immensely [...]
Another extract ripped from my book in preparation: Much of the world stands before the Catholic Church, completely ignorant of Her central claims. Naturally, this includes countless members of Indian, Chinese, African traditions that may have never glimpsed the Church at all. But what of that which was once known as the Christian West? There [...]
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This is a book about war – outright warfare – in the Church. Like most of the late Father Malachi Martin’s works, it is about the war in the Church between conservatives and progressives, so-called. And like most of Father Martin’s works, it is about war not simply in this world – but other worlds [...]
The first part here is a slightly edited version of a review I wrote for Amazon some years back … This book – I am incapable of thinking of it as anything other than one of the greatest books of the twentieth century. My writing of these words is very, very personal. Though I never [...]
Dear Reader, There are rumours and reports of renewed threat to the Latin Mass. How credible these are is impossible for me to judge. However sources I consider reputable such as The New Liturgical Movement and Rorate Caeli are promoting a multinational, multilingual appeal for a petition to the Holy Father. Thus I think the [...]
This is a long excerpt from my upcoming self-published book Cor Jesu Sacratissimum – RB.
Ah, the soundbite. That idol of the Modern Age. Unfortunately – or rather not – the most important things of life are not easily captured in soundbites. Now this web project is very much an attempt to grapple with that which seems most important to my wife and to myself. (Though how much we succeed, [...]
“They sure don’t make ‘em like this anymore!” Such I imagine might be the exclamation of many a traditional Catholic on discovering this storehouse of treasure. The storehouse of treasure in question here is a catechism of the Faith written by the English Father – later Canon – Francis Ripley in 1951. In its time, [...]
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Fragmentary: Like the Pyramids along the Nile … Like the Sphinx … These are things I have remarked to myself, privately till now, in these travels through France. For how often it has felt like I behold the relics of a long-lost civilisation. True, many of these weather-beaten crucifixes along the roads are barely a [...]
Fragments of a soul beholding the death of the Church in France: In the past, how my liberal Catholic heart failed to FEEL the Tragedy of the Church. Still further in the past, how my unconscious liberal New Age heart had not the least idea of any of this. In the past, how I failed [...]
More fragments. Very personal: Travelling through France. So very hard to find a daily Mass. But here appears to me an opportunity. Yet another half-dead convent – the second half dead convent we have found which appears like this. The aged sisters dressed as to be nigh-indistinguishable from the non-religious state. No young at all. [...]