Dr. Brian McCall is no stranger to many traditional Catholics, having spoken at the Angelus Press Conferences over the years, and written articles for The Angelus itself. After a distinguished academic record at both Yale and Kings' College in London, where he received his Doctorate, he has taught law at the University of Oklahoma for 12 years. His contributions as a legal mind and historian have been invaluable to the cause of Tradition over the past decade.
During this past Passion Week, in 2018, he served as one of the panelists at the War Symposium, produced by La Salette Academy, an SSPX boys' boarding school. During this series of lectures, he spoke on the theory of Just Wars, and participated in a debate on the Civil War itself.
A reader on the sspx.org website had recently submitted a question about the appropriateness of a Catholic joining the military, when he may be asked to participate in conflicts that contradict St. Thomas Aquinas' definition of a Just War. The editors of the site considered it to be a perfect topic to pose to Dr. McCall, and to discuss his recent appointment as editor of Catholic Family News.
While a 20-minute podcast interview is no substitute for hearing the full lecture from Dr. McCall (or the full symposium, for that matter), this interview touches on one particular aspect of Just War philosophy - that of participation.
The episode is available below, and we encourage you to discover more on this complex topic by listening to the War Symposium audio set.
For more podcast episodes from the SSPX, the links are provided below as well.
The month of November is traditionally dedicated in the Catholic Church to honoring the dead and relieving the sufferings of the souls in purgatory.
On this occasion the Church not only multiplies the number of Masses on November 2, All Souls Day, but also encourages the faithful to honor their graves and to have Masses said for their deceased ones throughout this month. Indulgences are attached to this pious works.
Our Lady of the Snows is an old name for St Mary Major, a Church that is a Major Papal Basilica in Rome and the biggest Marian Shrine of ancient Christianity, being originally constructed by Pope Liberius around the year 360.
It was embellished with beautiful mosaics of Mary and Christ in commemoration of the Council of Ephesus in 431. There, in the presence of the Papal legate, Catholic Orthodoxy triumphed over heresy in the great cry of dogmatic Faith, “holy Mary Mother of God” – Theotokos.