Tag Archives: Church in Crisis

Is Catholicism Fading? (Three Staggering Words …)

Is Catholicism Fading? How can one even ask the question – with a straight face? Some sobering statistics …

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Valentin Tomberg, the Reformation and the Enlightenment

How Valentin Tomberg’s Catholic thinking was marked by a profound critique of the Reformation and the Enlightenment.

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Catholicism Must Not Become A Clone of Protestantism!

Why Catholicism must not become a clone of Protestantism …

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On the Eve of My Half-Centenary: Losing My Ecumenism

An uncomfortable, personal post about the need for courage …

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On Catholic Ireland, the Institute of Christ the King and more …

On the tragedy of Catholic Ireland and the need for the Institute of Christ the King.

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The Future of Irish Catholicism?

    This blog, in so many ways, is the result of a journey: From Catholic Ireland to the ruins of Catholic France – and back again. Admittedly, there was also time spent in Britain and Spain, along the way. Still, my life, my writings are shaped by Catholic France and Catholic Ireland in a very […]

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The Catholic House: Divided Against Itself

    I regret that I remain unable to devote the needed time and attention to both this site and correspondence. However, here is another extract from my upcoming book:   A clear disjunction can be found everywhere in the contemporary Church. There is a dissonance between the desire to resemble the world and the […]

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The Holy Mass: Losing Reverence means Losing Credibility …

  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 […]

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Becoming a Clone: The Danger of Liberal Catholicism

    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 […]

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Valentin Tomberg, Catholic France and the Sacred Heart – More Very Personal Reflexions Part IV

From Valentin Tomberg on Charles de Gaulle of France, Pope Paul VI and averting chaos in the Catholic Church in 1968.

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Traditional Catholic Education: Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me …

Traditional Catholic Education: an unforgettable memory of the tradition at work in Catholic France.

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Louis Veuillot – The Liberal Illusion (Book Review)

An invaluable insight into the Catholic France of 1866 by Louis Veuillot – which is still very relevant today in terms of the Liberal Illusion.

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Bleeding Heart Conservative

Bleeding heat liberal is an unfortunate term indeed. A little suggestion that the Catholic origins of this term point to a need for bleeding heart conservatives …

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On Archbishop Lefebvre: The Horn of the Unicorn by David Allen White (Review)

  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 […]

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Tectonic Shifts in the Vatican

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). […]

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The (Catholic) Tide is Turning …

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 […]

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Witnesses to the Wind of Death: Valentin Tomberg and Malachi Martin

  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 […]

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Answering the New Age: Where the Temples are Today …

The New Age asks: Where are the Temples today? The answer will surprise …

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The Jesuits – Malachi Martin (Review)

The Jesuits by Malachi Martin, where the ex-Jesuit Martin recounts not only the Jesuits origins, but the tragedy that has befallen them …

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Lazarus Come Forth by Valentin Tomberg (Review)

  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 […]

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  • The Gentle Traditionalist Returns!

  • First Video from Kim Buck!

  • EWTN Interview with Roger Buck here!

    TWO-part “Celtic Connections” EWTN  Interview!

    Part One here.

    Part Two here.

  • YouTube Channel – Featured Video with Roger Buck

    Probably my favourite video. Shorter, more succinct, it captures the essence of so much I’m trying to say …

  • Books from Roger Buck

     

    The Gentle Traditionalist

     

    ”Roger Buck ... in the spirit of Chesterton and Belloc ... takes on everything—from the reforms of Vatican II to the New Age ... a wonderful book.”— MICHAEL MARTIN

    ”A tale of whimsical fantasy, melancholy realism, and supernatural joy ... Buck’s deftly-reasoned post-modern apologetic for full-blooded Catholicism—a Syllabus of Errors in narrative form, a rousing hymn to ‘meaning, grace, beauty, life’.” — PETER KWASNIEWSKI

    "As brilliant a guide for the perplexed as this age is capable of producing” — CHARLES A. COULOMBE

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    Read First Chapter Online Here!

     

    Cor Jesu Sacratissimum

     

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    ”Buck goes to the heart of the problem paralyzing our broken-hearted world ... moving beyond the spirit of the age to the Spirit who moves all ages.” — JOSEPH PEARCE

    ”In this elegant feast of a book, Roger Buck ... expertly skewers the modern world ... without a drop of malice in his compassionate soul ... to reveal the bright, shining love and truth at the center of the universe—symbolised by the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and incarnate in the Catholic Church.” — CHARLES A. COULOMBE

    ”A great service to the Church ... Buck shows that the New Age is an attempt, however flawed, to escape the materialism of modernity, and that it is Catholicism in its traditional forms that can best reveal the immense reality of the suffering and love for all mankind of Christ’s Sacred Heart.”— JOSEPH SHAW

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