Cardinal Martins, Fátima, and the Last Three Popes

Catholic News Service has a nice article on Cardinal Saraiva Martins and the last three Popes with respect to Fátima. I encourage you to read it.


VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Recent popes have had a special affection for Our Lady of Fatima, but no pope’s connection can match that of St. John Paul II.

“We cannot forget that he was saved by Our Lady of Fatima from the assassination attempt here in St. Peter’s. This is fundamental and central. It is never forgotten,” Portuguese Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, former prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, told Catholic News Service March 29.

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St. Michael and Spiritualism: a Hidden History?

Originally published at Catholic Stand on November 28, 2015.

During the research for my book Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael, I came across some intriguing research on the movement known as “Spiritualism” or “Spiritism.” Regretfully, this was an area that I was not able to incorporate much in the book. I would like to sketch briefly the “hidden” history between the Spiritualism movement and the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.

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Religious Pluralism and the Contemporary World

Originally published at Catholic Stand on September 15, 2015.

Several weeks ago, I published an article entitled Contemporary Culture Wars: Is History Repeating? Since the publication of that article, some significant issues and/or events have compelled me to reflect further on the theme of contemporary culture wars. I will continue to explore this subject here as a continuation of my previous article.

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A Year of Living Like Paul

Originally published at Catholic Stand on February 6, 2016. I am happy to say that the LCHF diet continues to work well for me as I maintain my weight loss.

This past January 20 marked the one year anniversary of the death of my friend, Paul Coakley. Last year I wrote two articles about my thoughts on his life, death and subsequent impact upon me. Now that a year has passed, I would like to offer another reflection upon said impact.

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Reflecting on “Living Like Paul”

Originally published at Catholic Stand on August 17, 2015.

It is hard to believe but it has been nearly seven months since my friend Paul Coakley went to receive his eternal reward. His wife, Ann, has asked people to write about how they have since been “living like Paul.” It is difficult to explain how I have been doing this without going into the background.

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