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Issue No. 117, Spring 2004

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What Does It Take to be Saved?
By the Very Rev. Fr. Casimir Puskorius, CMRI
One more discussion on baptism of desire: Neither baptism of desire nor baptism of blood are the sacrament of Baptism, but in cases of necessity they achieve the effect of forgiveness of sin and incorporation into the Church....

Bishop McKenna’s Letter to the Dimond Brothers:
In the following letter, Bishop Robert McKenna, O.P., asks Bros. Michael and Peter Dimond why they reject the Church’s teaching on Baptism of Desire and of Blood. As of June 1, 2004, there has been no reply or explanation. The letter is reproduced by permission of the author.

Russia and the Icon
Editor’s note: ...Sadly, Russia has been in schism from the true Church for many centuries, and yet, according to Our Lady of Fatima, its conversion is a key element in God’s plan. Perhaps its singular devotion to Our Lady is the reason this country is destined for eventual union with the Roman Catholic religion....

The Scapular Medal
At times it is asked whether the Scapular Medal is officially approved by the Church as a legitimate replacement for the Brown Scapular or any other scapular. According to the Rev. Frederick Schulze, D.D. (A Manual of Pastoral Theology, B. Herder Book Co.: St. Louis, 1960, pp. 292-294), the answer is a most definite “yes.” Here is Fr. Schulze’s summary of the decree given during the reign of Pope St. Pius X....

Short Catechism of Church History
From the Book by Right Rev. Mgr. J. H. Oechtering, V.G.
...What great principle ruled the relation of Church and State during the Middle Ages? The principle that Church and State should be in friendly union, both independent in their own spheres, bu8t protecting and helping each other in order to promote the honor and glory of God and the eternal and temporal welfare of the people....

The Act and Meaning of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
From the Lectures of Father Messias D. Coelho
In speaking of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we must distinguish between two points: the actual Act of Consecration and the meaning of our consecration....

Interior Mortification and Conformity to the Will of God
For our Confraternity Members — by Rev. Fr. Dominic Radecki, CMRI
...if we do not bridle our self-will through the practice of interior mortification and conformity to God’s will, we cannot advance in the spiritual life. Because of our self-will, we will be destroying with one hand the spiritual edifice which we are trying to construct with the other....

Moral Theology Questions: Country or Conscience
From More Answers to Today’s Moral Problems by the Very Rev. Francis J. Connell
One of the questions sometimes put to Catholics in the United States is this: “In the event that there was a conflict between the laws of our country and the teachings of the Catholic Church, which would you obey?” What reply should a Catholic give to this query?...

History of Christian Places of Worship
Just as Christ had held the Last Supper in a room of a private dwelling, the Apostles also evidently celebrated the Eucharist in the houses of the well-to-do...

Pope Pius XII’s Instructions on Raising Children
...Give careful attention that as your children grow up you wield over them an authority that is benevolent and serence, strong and frank, not surrendering to every scene of tears and caprice. From the very dawn of their rational life, make them trustfully conscious of the touch of hands that delicately caress but still control and guide with untiring prudence. To combine graciousness with authority is to win, to triumph, in that contest which becomes your duty as parents...

The Door
From Tabernacle and Purgatory Magazine, June 1958.
Only the twinkle of the sanctuary lamp and a few flickering vigil lights before the statue of the Sacred Heart relieved the scented darkness of the church as Francis Fenton made his way up a side aisle...

The Storm-Tossed Barque of the Church
From Pusillum, Vol. I, a meditation book for priests.
As regularly as the cry went up, “Now the Church is done for!”, just so regularly the Church came forth from every storm rejuvenated....

Other titles:
Newsnotes:
 Communion for Pro-Abortion Politicians
 New Uses for Churches
 Opposition to Abortion in Portugal
 More Abortions Than Births in Romania
 Box Office Success
 Irish Soil Fertile for World Religions
 AIDS Epidemic Worsening
 Unborn Victims of Violence Act
 Ultrasound May Help Reduce Abortions
 Swiss “Self-Serve” Suicide
 “Catholic” Universities Honor Pro-Abortion Celebrities
 Empty Confessionals
 Loss of Faith in Europe
 and more...


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