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21 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (6)

Does my husband have the power to take my children to his Church even though i forbid it?

Question from anonymous on 6/16/2011: My husband has been attending a local SSPX chapel exclusively for over 2 years. I and our 7 children (ages 3-19) attend…

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The body and Mass box of Pearl Harbor priest identified 75 years later

When Archbishop Michael Jackels lifted the chalice during the consecration at a memorial Mass on Oct. 8 in Dubuque, Iowa, many hearts were filled with emoti…

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Parishioners to leave closed church after 11-year protest

Protestors had hoped to reverse a decision by the Archdiocese of Boston to close St Frances X Cabrini church For more than 11 years, die-hard parishioners of S…

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‘Society marginalises the elderly,’ Pope tells audience of grandparents

Francis spoke about the value of older people, describing them as 'a precious treasure', at an audience with more than 7,000 people The Pope has warned that th…

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09 Oct 2014 Vatican Comments (1)

Backing 'Humanae vitae' a prime goal for bishops' synod

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2014 / 12:03 pm .- With Paul VI due to be beatified at the end of the Synod on the Family, his teaching on the regulation of birth in Human…

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22 Dec 2016 News No comments

Vatican: ‘Ordination in China marred by presence of illegitimate bishop’

The Vatican said the presence of the bishop at an ordination 'created turmoil among Chinese Catholics' The Vatican says it was saddened that the ordination of …

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New York City prepares for 'The Francis.'

Everyone and everything from singers and priests to the cathedral itself in the New York archdiocese are making final preparations for the Pope's next stop duri…

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04 Jun 2015 Articles No comments

God or Atheism — Which Is More Rational? - Peter Kreeft

The conclusion that God exists doesn't require faith. Atheism requires faith. Is it rational to believe in God?  Many people think that faith and reason ar…

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29 Aug 2016 Articles Comments (1)

St. Augustine on a Personal Relationship with Jesus

But we too can encounter Christ in reading Sacred Scripture, in prayer, in the liturgical life of the Church. We can touch Christ's Heart and feel him touching …

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Iconic Lesson

Icons have long fascinated me, and I have often heard how they are written and not drawn, and how they require spiritual discipline to produce. But it was not until I read Michael Schrauzer’s excellent essay on iconography (Eyes to See, July/August 2007) that I gained any real understanding of what those notions meant: that an icon is “not the invention of painters, but the result of the . . . approved tradition of the Church”; that an iconographer “must be humbly obedient to the tradition he has received,” a tradition “that is the equal of written Tradition, or Scripture.” It was not until I read Schrauzer’s essay that I understood the point of the abstracted imagery, the way the iconographer seeks to portray “a supernatural reality that transcends time and space” by eliminating shadow, portraying multiple events simultaneously, flattening images, etc. And it was not until sheread the essay that my wife Deirdre found a way to explain her initial distaste toward and gradual warming to iconographic images. What struck her as odd from an aesthetic sensibility eventually became attractive as a spiritual one.

Schrauzer’s essay was remarkably clear, expressive, and illuminating, and we are both grateful to have read it. Schrauzer closed by noting that “there is much more to be said about icons.” I sincerely hope that he will take up the task in future issues of This Rock.

—Matthew Lickona
La Mesa, California


Cristeros’ Legacy




I thoroughly enjoyed Christopher Check’s piece on the Cristeros uprising in Mexico. It always amazes me to consider that even in an overwhelmingly Catholic country such as Mexico, the remnants of the Constitution of 1917 and Calles Law of 1926 had an effect even to recent times. As with all persecutions, the Holy Spirit bears fruit. One of the most inspiring fruits of the Cristeros was that of Fr. Marciel Maciel, LC of Cotija. In reading the history of the Legion, it

is clear that martyrs like Joe Sanchez del Rio had a tremendous impact on Fr. Maciel. We witness the fruit of that with over 600 priests and 2,500 seminarians faithful to the Church and the Holy Father and a lay movement (Regnum Christi) that requires of its faithful a life of

charity, prayer, and apostolate. Having had my life changed by my experience with these Legionary priests, brothers, and consecrated men and women I can only thank God for the witness of Jose Sanchez del Rio and the others willing to die for their faith. Viva Cristo Rey!

—Earl Scott
Via e-mail


God’s Face—and Feet

I liked the September issue of This Rock, especially that you saw fit to include a close-up of the face of Jesus from the Call of Matthew from the church of St. Louis of France in Rome (Eyes to See, September 2007). I have long loved and admired that painting for the intensity in the gaze of Jesus. You get to see his bare feet in the full painting, though, which makes him look even tougher.

—Alexander Schimpf
Via e-mail


A Contrarian Grammarian

Someone needs to take Pete Vere and the editor who handled his article to the woodshed (“Keep It Together,” September 2007). There they should write 500 times the following mantra: “It’s immune to, not immune from.”

—[B.M. Hugues]









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