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Holiness: The Only Solution to the Crisis of Our Time — by Prof. Roberto de Mattei of the Lepanto Foundation

(by Roberto de Mattei) The crisis of our time has moved as of now from the cultural and moral field to the psychological, meaning psychology in its etymological sense, which is that of “science of the soul.” If morality establishes the laws of human behavior, psychology investigates the cognitive and affective life of man. Man is a composite of soul and body, and the soul, which is the vital principle of the body, has two main faculties, intellect and will. As a corporeal being, man is also endowed with internal and external senses that participate in his cognitive process.  When man’s primary and secondary faculties are well ordered, his personality develops harmoniously. But when, in the obscure meeting place between sense impressions and the spiritual faculties disordered passions develop, the soul experiences a situation of imbalance that can lead to moral and psychological ruin. Man risks psychological breakdown when he becomes unaware of the one true end of his life, which is our sanctification and the glory of God.


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Motus in fine velocior (part 2) – “With a Divisive, Useless, and Unjust Persecution, the Francis Crisis is Gathering Even More Speed” – by Roberto de Mattei on Rorate Caeli

Taken from https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2021/12/motus-in-fine-velocior-2-with-divisive.html posted on 22 December 2021.

On February 11, 2014, one year after the day on which Benedict XVI made known his decision to resign from the pontificate, I published an article entitled Motus in fine velocior to signal the beginning of a dizzying acceleration of time’s pace, starting with the resignation of Benedict and the election of Pope Francis on March 13, 2013. 

Benedict XVI reigned from April 19, 2005, to February 28, 2013, seven years and ten months. From the election of Pope Francis to the approach of Christmas 2021 eight years and nine months of pontificate have passed. Benedict XVI’s post-pontificate is therefore longer than his pontificate: a paradoxical fact, which makes his resignation even more inexplicable, if the only or primary reason for it was the burden of advancing age. Had he not abdicated, Benedict XVI might have died earlier, due to the natural physical and moral strain that the government of the Church entails, but he would have been forced to face what, in his view, was the most serious problem of the contemporary Church: the loss of faith.

On October 11, 2011, Benedict XVI announced …  [ Click here to read the rest of the essay at https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2021/12/motus-in-fine-velocior-2-with-divisive.html . ]


Macron, Metsola and the abyss that awaits us — by Prof. Roberto de Mattei of the Lepanto Foundation

(by Roberto de Mattei) When France took over the presidency of the European Union on 19 January, French President Emmanuel Macron called for the inclusion of abortion in the Charter of Fundamental Rights. The Charter, approved in Nice in 2000 and ratified by the Lisbon Treaty in 2007, is intended as a sort of European constitutional charter. Alongside Macron, the Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola was elected President of the European Parliament, in Strasbourg the day before, replacing David Sassoli.

Upon her election, Metsola wanted to reassure those who had concerns about her previous statements against abortion that, “My position is that of the European parliament”. Such compliance with the decisions of the majority of parliamentarians, would presumably apply, not only to abortion, but to any abomination that the assembly might approve. The next day, President Metsola listened to Macron’s words without batting an eyelid.


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Do we have to take the ‘covid-jab’ or wear masks to enter Italy on pilgrimage to Rome?

No. And, no.

Italy is currently not requiring (more…)

printable brochure – Pilgrimage to Rome

The brochure shown below can be downloaded & printed, to distribute to those who may wish to make pilgrimage with the MIC to Rome in October, 2021.

This tri-fold brochure does not itself contain a registration form, though it does have (more…)

Send them your virtual (if not exactly vital) support today!

Thanks to bishops worldwide, almost to the man (a term used here lightly), images of clergy praying alone what was once Liturgical — viz., public prayer of the Church — are now ‘live-streamed’ to the faithful on earth, who remain otherwise ‘virtually’ locked-out of the sacred places.

Indeed, in many instances, the bishops have accomplished what no earthly power hitherto (more…)

What’s going on here

It’s a question on the mind of many a caller to NCCL, looking for help in the current crisis.

“What does NCCL do, anyway?”

It reminds of an amusing story one of the apostolate’s co-founders, Dr. William (more…)

Sermon of St. Pope Gregory the Great on the Mystery of the Resurrection

Given to the People in the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on the Holy Day of the Resurrection

1. It has been my custom, beloved brethren, to speak to you on many of (more…)

An American saint’s plea for uncommonly American intolerance

Does America suffer from tolerance, or intolerance? From an abundance, or from a depravity?

Click here to find out.

What has happened before, recently, when two popes were duly elected?

One remained silent.

Photo-commemoration of the 100th birthday, 20 May A.D. 1906, of Giuseppe Cardinal Siri of Genoa – THE DAUPHIN of Pope Pius XII