The Catholic Spectator

  1. The Truth Will Set You Free

    From Zenit.org:

    A foundation that promotes interreligious dialogue announced that it has more than 2,300 pages of original documents illustrating Pope Pius XII’s efforts to help Jews in the face of Nazism.

    The president, himself a Jew, reported that these papers, found through the organization’s private research, give “strong support to the argument that Pope Pius XII — Eugenio Pacelli — worked diligently to save Jews from Nazi tyranny.”

    (Read more…)


  2. Archbishop Burke on Notre Dame

    Selected excerpts from an interview with Archbishop Burke that appeared in Inside the Vatican:

    We all have witnessed the compromise and, indeed, betrayal of the Catholic identity of Notre Dame University.

    That the premiere Catholic university in the United States would give an honorary doctorate of law to one of the most aggressive pro-abortion politicians in our history is profoundly shocking.

    Thank you, Archbishop.


  3. Protecting the Unborn from the Church?

    From Judie Brown’s latest column in RenewAmerica.com:

    What is disconcerting is that Cardinal O’Malley and the Boston archdiocese have thus far failed to clearly explain how abortion and “family planning services” will not occur in Catholic healthcare facilities. The terms of CeltiCare’s contract with the state government specifically require coverage for abortions and other “reproductive health” services. How then could Caritas Christi – which owns 49 percent of the for-profit CeltiCare – justify its involvement and direct connection with this business while adhering to the Catholic Church’s unequivocal teachings on abortion, contraception and sterilization?

    Incrementally separating the Boston archdiocese from committing an abortion or from the provision of contraception, sterilization and other such ’services’ does not negate the fact that, through this agreement, Catholic hospitals will ultimately be referring mothers to abortion and/or contraception facilities such as Planned Parenthood, if the deal between Caritas Christi and CeltiCare remains as it is now written.


  4. David Higbee’s Journey Home, by Lisa Spellman

    The Director of St. Irenaeus Ministries in Rochester, David Higbee has been involved in recognized Christian ministry and pastoral work since 1970. His conversion to Catholicism was preceded by a 25 year search for a divine institution able to authoritatively interpret Scripture. He has a passion for history and the orthodox teachings of Jesus Christ. In reflecting on his life and conversion, David exudes enthusiasm, “It has been a marvelous journey to date.” May God bless David, and we thank him for sharing his story.

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  5. Save Us from the Fires of Hell

    The Fatima children’s vision of Hell (from Catholic.com):

    Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repulsive likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent. This vision lasted but an instant. How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, who had already prepared us by promising, in the first Apparition, to take us to heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror.

    We rarely here about the existence of Hell anymore. That is one reason why relatively few people go to Mass and Confession these days.

    We would do well to frequently reflect on this vision that was given to the three children. Mary certainly gave it to them as a warning to all people.

    Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of Hell


  6. Liberalism is a Mental Disorder

    From an article in The American Thinker:

    Liberals frown upon individual achievement. I heard a news story about a kid banned from Little League pitching because he threw TOO hard. Rather than welcoming an opportunity to raise the game of the batters, Liberals chose to force the gifted pitcher to lower his game. Many schools even ban the keeping of score at sporting events. Typical, touchy, feel-ly, let’s not cause anyone to feel bad, liberalism.

    It’s one thing when liberals are in control of little league baseball. It’s quite another when they gain control of our economy, our military, and, perhaps, our health care. Let’s hope the American people wakeup to this fact before its too late.


  7. The National Organization of Fanaticism

    From the website of the National Organization for Women:

    Dr. Tiller’s slaying is the most recent in a string of murders in the service of the anti-abortion cause, and hundreds of people have been injured or threatened because they provide legal abortion services. Bringing the killers to justice is not enough – the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security must root out and prosecute as domestic terrorists and violent racketeers the criminal enterprise that has organized and funded criminal acts for decades. We call on the new attorney general Eric Holder and head of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to treat these murders in the same way they would treat politically-motivated domestic terrorism of any other kind and put the full resources of their two departments behind that effort.

    My guess is that NOW would include just about any pro-life activity as being part of a criminal enterprise. And they call pro-lifers fanatics?


  8. Archbishop Chaput

    Following are selected excerpts from a piece that Archbishop Chaput wrote for Crisis magazine in 2006. Inside Catholic has just reposted it. It is well worth reading the entire article.

    When people say, “We are the Church,” of course that’s true. We’re all the Church, because the Church is the community of the faithful. But a “community of the faithful” implies that there’s someone and something we have the duty to be faithful to. We don’t invent the Catholic Faith, nor do we own it. We receive it; we live it in community; we witness it to others; and we pass it on fully — if we’re good stewards — to our children.

    (Read more…)


  9. Controversy Continues in Boston

    The following are selected excerpts from a Lifsite News article about the controversy surrounding the Archdiocese of Boston’s health care partnership with Celticare:

    The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston and its hospitals have responded to the controversy surrounding its joint participation in abortion-covering health care, insisting that the hospitals will remain faithful to Catholic moral teaching, and will not change their protocol concerning those seeking abortion. However, the American Life League says that it is still opposed to the arrangement, saying the explanation from the Archdiocese and its hospitals is “absolutely not” acceptable.

    “I find it extremely tragic that the Cardinal cannot stand up and simply say that it’s unacceptable under any circumstance to enter into any kind of business relationship with a company that’s involved in sterilization, contraception, and abortion,” said American Life League president Judie Brown. “I don’t understand what’s going on.”

    “I think at the end of the day this is about money,” she continued. “Caritas Christi has been in financial trouble for a long time, and the Cardinal is trying to massage the rules in order to allow this to go forward, and I think we are succumbing to the world when the Church does things like this, and it’s bad.”


  10. New Book in Defense of Pius XII

    The following are selected excerpts from a CNA story:

    The director of L’Osservatore Romano, Giovanni Maria Vian, will present a new book entitled, “In Defense of Pius XII. The Reasons of History,” at the Luigi Sturzo Institute of Rome on June 10.

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  11. A Prescient Warning

    The following is from Sacrorum Antistitum and the Background of the Oath Against Modernism by Msgr. Joseph Fenton. First published in the American Ecclesiastical Review, October, 1960.

    No one has ever been as well placed to harm the true Church and to counteract its essential work as a priest in good standing. If such a man by his preaching, his teaching, or his writing, actually sets forth the kind of teaching condemned in the anti-Modernist documents Lamentabile sane exitu and Pascendi dominici gregis, or if he works to discredit the loyal defenders of Catholic dogma without receiving any repudiation or reproof from those to whom the apostolic deposit of divine revelation has been entrusted, the Catholic people are in grave danger of being deceived.


  12. The Nazi War on Christianity

    The following is a reader’s review of the book The Swastika Against the Cross: The Nazi War on Christianity by Bruce Walker:

    Historians will be surprised by this book. It runs so counter to what is taught in academia, that the author could only make his case convincingly by doing just what he did: Walker read a lot of very old books and relates just what famous commentators at the time were writing about the pure hatred that the Nazis had for Christianity and the brave opposition that Christians in Germany made to the Nazis…This is a very good reference if you know someone who insists that the Christians ever supported Hitler or that Christians are responsible for the crimes of Nazism.

    Perhaps the Holocaust Study Group could bring in the author, Mr. Walker, to present a rational analysis of the Holocaust and Christianity. I know of two deacons who would greatly benefit from such a presentation.


  13. Equal Rights for Slave-Holders?

    If you substitute the concept of slavery for abortion in Obama’s Notre Dame speech, this is what you get:

    And of course, nowhere do these questions come up more powerfully than on the issue of slavery.

    As I considered the controversy surrounding my visit here, I was reminded of an encounter I had during my Senate campaign, one that I describe in a book I wrote called “The Audacity of Hope.” A few days after I won the Democratic nomination, I received an e-mail from a doctor who told me that while he voted for me in the Illinois primary, he had a serious concern that might prevent him from voting for me in the general election. He described himself as a Christian who was strongly anti-slavery — but that was not what was preventing him potentially from voting for me.

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  14. Should be Required Reading

    The following are selected excerpts from Pascendi Dominici Gregis (On the Doctrine of Modernism), written by Pope Pius X in 1907:

    It must, however, be confessed that these latter days have witnessed a notable increase in the number of the enemies of the Cross of Christ, who, by arts entirely new and full of deceit, are striving to destroy the vital energy of the Church, and, as far as in them lies, utterly to subvert the very Kingdom of Christ.

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  15. Story is Gaining Momentum

    The story of Deacons Sciolino’s and Driscoll’s collaboration with the Holocaust Study Group is continuing to garner the attention of multiple Catholic internet news sites. The story is now a featured news item on SpiritDaily.com and Pewsitter.com. I expect the story will continue to be picked up by national media, especially now that it is being featured on these prominent websites.

    It is our hope that Bishop Clark will put an end to this association with the Holocaust Study Group as soon as possible. It is a discredit to the diocese to be in collaboration with abortionist Morris Wortman on this project. Beyond that, Deacon Sciolino’s portrayal of Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust is, at best, highly questionable.