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I’m Catholic. Can I Disagree With Pope Francis on Property?

Pope Francis’s encyclical Fratelli Tutti presents a dilemma for all who defend the right of private property. On the one hand, the teaching document Pope Francis signed on 3rd October questions this right. On the other, past popes, theologians, and canonists have always taught that private ownership, as it is largely practiced, is just and necessary …

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A Century Before Fatima, Providence Announced a Chastisement

The May, 2002 issue of the Brazilian Magazine Catolicismo carried a lead article about the private revelations of Blessed Elizabeth Canori Mora. Since these practically unknown revelations tie in remarkably with those given at Fatima, we consider it opportune to make these available to our readers. Hence we have reproduced key extracts from the article. One …

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Faithful Resistance to Pope Francis’s Call for Civil Union Laws

  Catholics have long extended the benefit of the doubt to Pope Francis when he frequently veers off the path of orthodoxy. With his latest statement regarding same-sex civil unions, there are no benefits in entertaining doubts. Many Catholics sense something is terribly wrong. “What we have to create is a civil union law,” says …

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How the Internet Dumbs Down Smart Phone and Social Media Users

Perhaps the truest thing ever said about the Internet is the axiom, “If you aren’t paying for the product, you are the product.” Never has so broad a set of service and entertainment options been laid before humanity at little or no charge. However, “no charge” does not mean at “no cost.” So many options …

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Three Themes Needed to Recover from the Coronavirus Crisis

The coronavirus crisis is turning our lives upside down. The shutdown’s economic impact will be extremely severe. However, we should hope for a profound religious turnaround as we struggle to find meaning in the events around us. Much of the media seeks to reduce the crisis to natural causes. Its apocalyptic character, though, thrusts us …

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Is the Voice of God Resounding in the Recent Catastrophes?

The string of natural calamities and man-made tragedies afflicting the world and the United States […] have stimulated many people to reflection. Some see these tragic events as God’s chastisement of a sinful mankind; others see them as yet one more merciful warning from Providence; others yet deny both options and give various reasons. Modern …

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How to Revive the Notion of Good and Evil

The notion of good and evil can be revived in various ways, including: Avoiding all formulations that smack of secularist or inter-denominational morality, because secularism and inter-denominationalism logically lead to amorality. Opportunely pointing out that God has the right to be obeyed and that, therefore, His Commandments are true laws, which we ought to observe …

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The Principle of Subsidiarity

A society with authority and vital flux is one of an immensely rich social life. Every family, social group, profession, region, and State tends to gather together under natural leaderships to address the needs so proper to our social nature. Each unit produces by custom and good sense that which it is capable of producing. …

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How Communism, Socialism, and Equality Threaten Freedom

James Bascom is an assistant director with TFP Student Action, an organization dedicated to defending traditional moral values on college campuses. In this interview recorded at the 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference, Bascom explains how socialism and the widespread emphasis on equality are vanguards of communist ideology and threaten our very fundamental freedoms.