Alexander VI, is widely believed to have been the worst of the popes. He is said to have spent his nights in orgies and his days in organising the assassination of rivals, purloining church funds,... More > and granting high offices to his numerous illegitimate children.
But the most serious and scholarly historian to have studied the original sources for his life, Mgr. Peter De Roo, concludes that he was entirely innocent of any of the offences he is charged with: he did not obtain the papacy by bribery, he was not the father of any children, legitimate or otherwise, he was not a murderer or corrupt. Very much to the contrary, he was in fact a man of austerity, prayerfulness and charity, highly principled, a superb administrator, justly revered and loved throughout his life, and altogether an exemplary Pope, indeed quite possibly a saint.
In these pages N. M. Gwynne draws on the five volumes of De Roo's unrefuted scholarship, to show that Pope Alexander VI may well be the most calumniated man in history.< Less
Cambridge-educated translator John S. Daly puts the scholarship of the late Michael Davies under the spotlight. What emerges from systematic comparison with statements of the Magisterium and the... More > greatest theologians must destroy Davies's credibility in the eyes of every serious reader. "Michael Davies – An Evaluation" remains not only an unanswered indictment of Davies as a Catholic scholar, but a standing refutation of the entire ecclesiology of those who believe it possible for an orthodox Catholic to reject the doctrinal errors and reformed rites spawned by Vatican II without calling into doubt the legitimacy of recent papal claimants and the validity of the new sacraments.
This book was hailed by celebrated traditionalist pastor Fr. Oswald Baker (1915-2004) as one of the two most important to have emerged from the post-Vatican II crisis in the Catholic Church.< Less
Most people can easily see why abortion is wrong. But the issue of abortion on medical grounds is more complex for many when doctors say that, if the baby is not destroyed, both mother and child will... More > inevitably die. It is argued that between two evils, the lesser should be chosen. Father Bouscaren’s classic work is devoted to the only case in which this conflict is at all likely: the case of ectopic pregnancy. With the skill of a gifted moralist who is also a persuasive debater, the author shows that, although the death of one person is evidently a lesser evil than the death of two, nonetheless the death of one person intended and produced directly by a violation of the moral law is not a lesser evil than the death of two from natural causes without any sin on the part of anyone. But he also opposes the simplistic view that would require every ectopic pregnancy to be left to its fatal conclusion. He explains which procedures are morally acceptable and medically useful.< Less
General Gaston de Sonis (1825-1887) was one of France’s most distinguished soldiers of the nineteenth century. He displayed outstanding skill and valour on the battlefields of Algeria, Italy... More > and in the Franco-Prussian war in which he lost a leg, but saved the honour of a defeated nation. An exemplary father of twelve children, he was also a warrior of the Sacred Heart, ennobled by Pope Leo XIII and the cause of whose canonisation is pending at Rome. Lying close to death upon the battlefield of Loigny in 1870 he received signal graces and light from Our Lady. This book tells his inspiring story.< Less
"The delict of heresy in its commission, penalization, absolution" : the full title given by Father MacKenzie (later Bishop MacKenzie) to his 1932 theological and canonical study gives the... More > clearest possible picture of its contents. This is a work of serious scholarship - originally written as a doctoral dissertation. Layfolk or clergy, ordinary readers or specialists will all find in its pages a mine of thoroughly documented information about what heresy is, how it is committed, what punishments are incurred by heretics and how the repentant heretic is absolved and reconciled.< Less
Join Chesterton in his evocative gallop through the great books of the nineteenth century. Meet the men who wrote them and feel the atmosphere they breathed. Every insight remains as fresh as when it... More > was written. With unfailing sympathy Chesterton assesses each writer in his thought and style, in his life and his influence, and leaves us hungry to return to the classics of prose and verse, better equipped to delight in all they contain of truth, goodness and laughter, but also more alert to any breath of mischief. At the end of this short book the reader feels that he has read a thousand others of which he hardly knew the names before, and is determined to read a thousand more.< Less
Les ennemis sectaires du Christ-Roi voulaient que l’an 1889 fût une grande fête en l’honneur du centenaire de leur Révolution. Ce fut l’occasion pour Mgr Freppel... More > de rédiger le livre ici réédité, où il cite la Révolution devant le tribunal de la justice pour rendre compte de ses œuvres. Le résultat est décisif: jamais la France n’a connu de pire calamité que la Révolution. Jamais elle ne retrouvera paix et bien-être jusqu’à ce que l’œuvre de la Révolution soit effacée.< Less
This re-edition of Enid Maud Dinnis's classic tale of the noblest form of chivalry - the combat of grace against self-love - against a backdrop of authentic mediaeval colour is full of interest,... More > insight and humour. It will delight readers of all ages.< Less
Did Christ found His Church on St. Peter ? Was Peter prince of the Apostles and visible head of the Church ? Was he infallible in his doctrinal teaching ? Had he the power to make... More > laws that bind all Christians ? Was he the first bishop of Rome ? Were his privileges communicated by divine law to succeeding Roman Pontiffs ? Is there a consensus on the answer to these questions discernible in the New Testament and in the Early Fathers and Councils ?
No one could be better qualified than Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930) to answer these questions. Distinguished for his learning and holiness, he was selected by Pope St. Pius X as his right hand man and spent his adult life in the most senior Vatican posts. This book, written in reply to Protestant propaganda, effortlessly sweeps away errors and misunderstandings leaving the truth plain to any sincere reader. It quotes all the major sources of the early centuries.
An ideal book to instruct Catholics or convert Protestants.< Less
When we cease to breathe and when our heart stops beating, we are to all appearances dead. Almost everyone would judge that we are dead. But has the soul really left the body?
Fr. Ferreres draws on... More > medical testimony to show that there is a substantial interval between apparent death and real death. He offers the most convincing of all proofs: countless examples of persons “dead” for some hours, so far as science could ascertain, who later “came back to life”.
This truth gives rise to grave questions: how long is the usual interval between apparent and real death? How may we be certain when death has occurred? Can the apparently dead patient still hear and understand? What measures can be used to restore life to an apparently dead patient? What can the priest do for the soul if he arrives after the cessation of the vital functions? How long should burial be delayed?
Fr. Ferreres’s work will rivet every reader’s attention and will reward him with information of the greatest usefulness.< Less