Tag Archives: Dechristianisation

Stripped of the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Mystery …

The loss to the world of the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Mystery is incalculable. Without all Seeven Sacraments, Christianity may continue to wither.

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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 Ireland of Éamon de Valera

      Today, we continue with extracts on Ireland, from my upcoming book Cor Jesu Sacratissimum. [UPDATE: Now Available here!] Two earlier instalments have appeared: Encountering Catholic Ireland (here) and Charity, Community and Caring in Catholic Ireland (here). In the most recent of those, I commented on my experience of living in Ireland and being […]

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Protecting Ireland from the Sword of Death

  There shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned into fables. (Saint Paul to Timothy (2 Timothy 4:3-4)   Many years ago, Roger and […]

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Entering Catholic Ireland

  This weblog has been exceptionally personal of late – a little too personal, I feel. Nonetheless, I want to make at least one further exception at this time. Re-entering Ireland has been rocky, due to certain personal troubles. Yet re-entering Ireland has also brought very, very deep joy to our hearts, my family and […]

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Secularism and the Feast of Christ the King

  Today is the Feast of Christ the King. And how Kim and I have been blessed today by a high Latin Mass celebrated today by the Institute of Christ the King … Now, it is a truism that the Catholic Church has changed a great deal since Vatican II. It is also a truism […]

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The Suffering of the Heart of Sacred Humanity

How the Sacred Heart of humanity suffers …

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Valentin Tomberg, the New Age and the Way of the Heart

Or: An Open Letter on the Salvation of the World     APOLOGIA This Page is in process of a regrettable Deconstruction. The Deconstruction will be ongoing over the days ahead. We will explain the reasons for this regrettable Deconstruction and aim for a Reconstruction with most of this material and indeed expanded on. Until […]

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Hilaire Belloc on ‘Dumbing Down’ and Despair

The great Hilaire Belloc would have found our modern term dumbing down hideous – but his was a prophetic voice of cultural decadence.

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On Hilaire Belloc: Fumbling in the Footsteps of a Giant

Bullet points on Hilaire Belloc to introduce the thinking of a giant of the spirit …

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Hilaire Belloc: Survivals and New Arrivals (Review)

Hilaire Belloc was a prophet. His book Survivals and New Arrivals remains very relevant today in regards the threats to Catholicism.

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St. John-Marie Vianney Comes to the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

On the first Friday of July, the Archdiocese of Liverpool welcomed a very special guest. A relic of the heart of St. John-Marie Vianney, the Curé d’Ars,  – whose Feast it is today – came to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Liverpool in the city centre. Hundreds of pilgrims, including myself, flocked to the Metropolitan Cathedral to […]

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On Mélanie Calvat: Sr Mary of the Cross: Shepherdess of La Salette by Fr Paul Gouin (Review)

A haunting biography of Mélanie Calvat, shepherdess of La Salette.

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Catholic Counter Revolution, the Land and the Enlightenment Myth of Progress

Pauls Kingsnorth does not belong to the Catholic Counter Revolution – and yet his writings about land and the Enlightenment myth of progress will speak to Counter Revolutionaries everywhere.

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The Tears of the Blessed Virgin: “The Cross Will be Despised and Overthrown …”

On the Blessed Virgin’s tears for the overthrowing of the Cross, at both the Rue du Bac and La Salette …

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

I have been writing here, a very personal series of reflexions, uncomfortably personal … I want to start picking up the threads now and drawing to a close in the next two or three entries. At the heart of this little series has been my own painful struggle with modernity. The crisis of our modern […]

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On Dechristianisation: Priests, Prelates and People – Nicholas Atkin and Frank Tallett (Review)

Nicholas Atkin and Frank Tallett write a well-rearched, but flawed account of Catholicism since 1750. It contains a sobering account indeed of the de-Christianisation of Europe.

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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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Musings on an Antithesis: Catholic England

From the opening to Dennis Sewell’s Catholics: Britain’s Largest Minority: “When I was sent away to the Jesuits at the age of eight, my paternal grandmother plotted to have me abducted. Family legend has it that her co-conspirator was Great Aunt Mary, a strict Presbyterian with a booming voice and a developed propensity to meddle. […]

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