The History and Symbolism of Tenebrae

With a dimly-lit church, a rarely-seen candle holder, somber tones, and a candle hidden behind a curtain or the altar, Tenebrae is a unique and special liturgy in the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. Most parishioners who live near … Continue reading

Removing the Blindfold by Dr. John Rao

Among American Catholics, there is a certain unwillingness to see anything amiss with modern civilization as embodied in the American dream of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Often, this is because the only alternatives to democracy we know are the much more frightening specters of socialism and communism. To many, it seems the only way to have an effective voice in the American political arena is to align ourselves with the so-called conservative “Right.” Yet if we follow the logic of the “Right” today, we may wonder why people who support individual rights and freedom of conscience in the economic and political realm are so vehemently opposed to the supremacy of individual rights and freedom of conscience in the moral realm. Many Catholics give up following the logic at this point and cast their vote in favor of freedom of conscience as the most important principle—because it is the most advantageous to them at this moment. Continue reading

The Greatest Catholic President: Garcia Moreno of Ecuador

Few Catholics today know the story of Gabriel Garcia Moreno, the devout, saintly leader who briefly re-established the shining light of Christendom in a small corner of the world during the nineteenth century. Garcia Moreno’s role in Catholic history is so significant that the Blessed Virgin Mary specifically foretold his presidency more than two centuries before his birth. Continue reading