Monday, October 29, 2018

Catholic Culture: Classical Music

This poster is lovely.  God bless the faithful behind these great initiatives.  There is hope for the world.  

Friday, October 26, 2018

Rome Quotes

"The Antichrist will not be so called; otherwise he would have no followers.  He will come disguised as the Great Humanitarian; he will talk peace, prosperity and plenty not as means to lead us to God, but as ends in themselves.  He will tempt Christian(s) with the same three temptations with which he tempted Christ...  He will have one great secret which he will tell no one; he will not believe in God.  Because his religion will be brotherhood without the fatherhood of God, he will deceive even the elect.  He will set us a counter-church...  It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content.  It will be a mystical body of Antichrist that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ."

-Fulton Sheen 

Saint Crispin's Day

Video on Latest Sex Abuse Crisis in the Church

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Once Upon a Saint - St. Rita of Cascia - May 22nd

Renaissance of Catholic Cartoons

Rome Quotes

"It is characteristic of any decaying civilization that the great masses of the people are unconscious of the tragedy...only those who live by faith know what is happening in the world...the great masses without faith are unconscious of the destructive process going on, because they have lost the vision of the heights from which they have fallen."

-Fulton Sheen

CHURCH HISTORY: Introduction to the Campaign.

Catholic Culture: Catholic Historian (Support This Man)

I encourage everyone to watch this video.

Jason Brown is an adult convert to the Faith, and a few months away from his PhD in Church History.  A solid man.

He has started an Indigogo campaign to teach a live university level Church History course online.

If you know anyone who may be interested in supporting such a project, please pass along the link.

I think this is a great way to help increase the amount of solid Catholic material on Youtube.

We have been praying for a new generation of Catholic historians!  This is the answer.  

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The People of Summorum Pontificum - Latin Mass Pilgrimage to Rome

7th Annual International Roman Pilgrimage "Summorum Pontificum" 2018

Be there!

This is the largest annual Traditional Catholic event in Rome and the Vatican.

Numbers count.  This event is incredible to experience. 

Join the forces of glory!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Studying in Rome: A Guide to Pontifical Schools

I recently wrote this article to help students discern where to study in Rome.

Accidentally I left out the Augustinianum.  Sorry!  Will have to amend. 

In any event, here is the article and please share with any young person you may know who may be called to study in Rome:

Let's get the word out!

The Darwinian Roots of the Devaluation of Life | Dr. John G. West

Blessed Karl of Austria: An Example to All Leaders

I was privileged to attend his beatification in the Vatican as well as to meet his son and heir, Otto.  May we follow their eloquent example of public fidelity and piety. 

The Quotes that Best Summarizes These Times We Live In

St. Thomas Aquinas on Bad Seminarians and Weeding Them Out

"When public relations techniques are used to promote vocations, with advertising in religious publications and direct mailings designed to encourage young people to join a given society or community, the danger is always present that stress will be placed on numbers to the neglect of quality.  Saint Thomas insists that the weeding out of the unfit is an obligation of those charged with the selection of candidates...Avoid the methods of the world in promoting vocations.  It is possible to win customers in business by publicity techniques, but vocations require a different approach.  We may never be many, we may never be wise in the eyes of the world, but whatever we do must be done through the foolishness of the Cross."

-Fulton Sheen (Priest and Victim, Chapter 4: The Holiness of the Priest)

From the Angelic Doctor:

"Ad primum ergo dicendum quod Deus numquam ita deserit Ecclesiam suam, quin inveniantur idonei ministri sufficientes ad necessitatem plebis, di digni promoverentur, et digni repellent.  Et si non possent tot ministri inveniri, quot modo sunt, melius esset habere paucos ministros bonos quam multos malos, ut dicit beatus Clemens, epist. 2 ad Jacobum fratrem Dom., ante med."

-St. Thomas Aquinas (Summa Theologiae III, Supp. q. 36, De Distinctione Ordinum, art. 4 ad I)

Rome Quotes

"Great truths are revealed to and placed in the custody of the few who are dedicated to the battle of faith."

-Fulton Sheen

Monday, October 22, 2018

The 10 Universal Principles | Camille Pauley

Rome Quotes

"Because the holiness of the priest in God's designs makes the Church holy, those who seek the priesthood but are wanting in holiness must be purged."

-Fulton Sheen

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Chant from the Venerable See of Milan in Italy

Rome Quotes

"As Western civilization loses its Christianity, it loses its superiority."

-Fulton Sheen

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Norcia Mass at Birthplace of St. Benedict Before the Devastating 2016 Earthquake

God bless the monks of Norcia.  I took these photos in 2015, just one year before the basilica was destroyed during the infamous earthquake.  And God bless our dear chaplain, Fr. William Ashley, who celebrated Mass in the crypt for our small band of Canadian pilgrims.  Little did we know that a year later the historic church and crypt would lay in a pile of rubble.  By God's grace, no lives were lost.  I wrote this short article to alert people the monks are rebuilding and fundraising in earnest:

Travel Writer JPSonnen: Global Pilgrim Catholic Travel Column

Read and share our travel column:

Chiesa della Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini

Have you been?

Make a stop here on your next trip to Rome!

What Cardinals Drink: Espresso Roast with Papal Arms

Queen Mother Visits Vatican (1959)

Pope John XXIII receives the Prince (Rainier III) and Princess of Monaco...

Princess Grace Visits The Pope (1957)

Princess Grace of Monaco's Last Appearance before the Camera


A. VIVALDI: «Filiae Maestae Jerusalem»

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Angelicum Diploma

Study in Rome!

Revival of Thomism at Rome's Angelicum

Nice to see a renewed interest in teaching Thomas at the Angelicum.  This will be the salvation of the Ange.  It has to offer something.  Something to set it apart. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Knights of Malta Ceremony at Versailles Royal Chapel - British Pathe (1967)

What It Looks Like When a Bishop Does Public Penance

Montini in Milan doing a "processione penitenziale" after the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956.  The hood of the cappa magna is up to make the penitent "anonymous."  

We need a return of this wonderful Catholic tradition.  

Catholic Humor

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Courage of Oscar Romero

Dominican Tonsure in 1950s Rome

Typical massive ordination in 1950s Rome, pictured here in 1953 at Sant'Agnese in Piazza Navona.

Pope St. Paul VI

What to Read on Vacation: Liberalism is a Sin

A must read.  The author, Fr. Felix Sarda y Salvany, is so important his name is actually depicted in a fresco inside the main entrance cortile of the hallowed Abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain (near Barcelona).  I have seen it with my own eyes. 

Buy NOW:

St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us!

Angelicum Diploma of Pope St. John Paul II

He received a licentiate in spiritual theology in 1948 "summa cum laude." 

In 1963 the Angelicum was granted the title pontifical "university" by Pope St. John XXIII. 

The original date of the foundation of the Dominican college in Rome was 1577, founded at the Dominican convent of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.   

Study in Rome: Angelicum!

The Church is in need of lay philosophers, theologians, canonists, teachers and professors!   Study in Rome at the Angelicum (most courses offered in English!):

Catholics: Support Pro-Life!

If you are doing nothing for pro-life, then you are lacking in your Faith.  "Rescue those who are being dragged to death."  -Proverbs 24:11.

The Famous St. Agnes Parish in St. Paul, Minnesota (USA)

St. Oscar Romero Images

Catholics Vote Pro-Life

Sunday, October 14, 2018


Thank you, Rodolfo!


60th anniversary of the death of Pope Pius XII, who died after a long agony on the 9th October 1958, at 3:52 am, in the Papal Villa of Castelgandolfo, at the age of 82. 

He had reigned for almost twenty years, his pontificate having started in the most difficult times of the XXth Century. His death was lamented worldwide. 

Among the condolence messages there were those of US President Eisenhower and of many Jewish leaders like Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Golda Meir and Italian Rabi Elio Toaff. American-Jewish conductor Leonard Bernstein asked for a minute of silence prior to a concert of the New York Philarmonic Orchestra in October 1958. 

The Pastor Angelicus and Defensor Civitatis (his acclaimed titles) is currently considered as Venerable by the Roman Catholic Church despite the infamous campaign of hatred (initiated in 1963 following the performance of Rolf Hochhuth’s fictional drama “The Deputy” on stage in Berlin) to denigrate his holy memory. 

Documents show that, far from having abandoned persecuted Jews to their fate during the Second World War, Pius XII’s alleged “silence” (= professional diplomacy) decisively contributed –directly or indirectly– to the salvation of about 850,000 European Jews (source: Israeli consul in Milan and Jewish author Pinchas Lapide).

Thanks, Rodolfo!

San Giovanni XXIII, san Paolo VI, san Giovanni Paolo II già canonizzati. Il venerabile Pio XII ed il venerabile Giovanni Paolo I attendono ancora. Preghiamo perchè presto possiamo vedere anche Loro sugli altari!

A remark in all friendship and no will to argue:

Canonizations belong to the infallible Magisterium of the Church as we see by the formula by which the pontiff declares that a blessed is saint:

« Ad honorem Sanctæ et Individuæ Trinitatis…, auctoritate Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, beatorum Apostolorum Petri et Pauli ac Nostra… Beatum N.N. Sanctum esse decernimus ac definimus, ac Sanctorum Catalogo adscribimus, statuentes eum in universa Ecclesia inter Sanctos pia devotione recoli debere ».

Thanks, Rodolfo!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Homosexualist Art Wins the Day at Santa Maria Maggiore

In 2016 these goofy doors were installed in St. Mary Major -- leading from the gift shop to the outdoor VIP parking, public restrooms and museum.  Countless tourists and pilgrims walk by here every day.  An employee complained to me about it.  I, too, was mortified and did not know what to say.  Who could find this attractive?  A connoisseur of homo erotic art?  The boy-toy image with engorged head and Adam's apple could not be any more obvious.  And the New Age symbols?  Does any parent think this is wholesome for their kids to look at?  How embarrassing for any Catholic trying to keep their sense about them in this age of clerical sexual perversion and homosexual scandal and Vatican silence.  Needless to say, this unnecessary addition replaced gorgeous antique doors that did not need to be replaced.  Who is paying for this?  Us?  Vatican slush fund money?  One more nice thing destroyed.  The artist is "P. Patriarca."  Someone should find out who he is and what he's into.

False Abortion Arguments

Catholic Humor

Neither is the word "Bible."  

Cardinal Newman on Being Deep in History

Youth Synod FAIL