Ecclesia Dei

What Ireland’s Abortion Referendum is Really About

This year Ireland will hold a referendum on the issue of abortion. The date has not yet been set but the vote will probably take place in May. Since 1983, enshrined in Article 8 of the Irish Constitution, there has been a constitutional ban on abortions taking place in the Irish Republic. This prohibition was [...]

Vatican Instruction Released: The Good and the Bad

  The long-awaited (and occasionally feared) Instruction on Summorum Pontificum was published earlier today, addressing some of the questions that the ultra-slow motion return of the Traditional Latin Mass has occasioned. So what do we learn? First, the good: Bishops can't stymie a Latin Mass group just because their visiting priest doesn't have the Latin [...]

Can the Theological Virtues Eat the Natural Ones?

Like many tradition-loving Catholics, I feel terrible for Darío Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos -- now the second-most hated cardinal in the Church, after Bernard Cardinal Law. As John Allen observed, Cardinal Castrillón once "was widely considered a serious contender to become the first Latin American pope." Today, he "has achieved global infamy in light of a [...]

Benedict’s Revolution: The Return of the Old Latin Mass

When the secular media suddenly start talking about Catholic liturgy, something is afoot in the life of the Church. By the second year of Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate, that's exactly what happened. The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, U.S. News and World Report -- the subject was everywhere.   The [...]

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