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St. John Henry Newman’s Conscience Against the Pope and the Vaccine

One can only presume that the relative unpopularity of St. John Henry Newman’s “Letter to the Duke of Norfolk” comes from its very name. A tract called “On Papal Infallibility and the Duty of Conscience,” written as it is by one of the greatest […]

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The Failure of the Ultramontanist Hermeneutic of Continuity

Translator’s Preface: The following book review, which appeared in German at kathnews.de on January 4, 2022, is illuminating for many reasons. In describing the oddity of a new (but not updated) German translation of a book written by Bishop Rifan […]

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Pornocracy and the Coming Reign of Antichrist

In our first essay we discussed some of the horrors of the three pornocracies of the Church, and suggested the term “Third Pornocracy” to be an accurate historical description of our own epoch. It is helpful, I believe, because the […]

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Are Traditionalists Guilty of “Private Judgment” Over the Popes?

Author’s Note: Readers who follow Rod Dreher at The American Conservative may have noticed an article published on December 18th in which he cites my article from OnePeterFive on the Responsa ad Dubia document, followed by a quotation from a […]

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The Third Pornocracy: What We Are Living Through

Pornocracy. The term was coined to refer to the period that Cardinal Baronius called “the dark age” (saeculum obscurum): the tenth century Papacy. Protestants attempted to use this term to discredit the Church as entirely corrupt, but they failed to […]

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Leo XIII: The First Liberal Pope Who Went Beyond His Authority

Liberal Catholics: “The Sole Rule of Salvation Is to be With the Living Pope” (as Long as He is a Liberal…) — In a previous article, I cleared up the misunderstanding that has led some traditionalists to blame ultramontanes and […]

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