"No one knows himself except through trial. . . ."

St. Augustine

Lent, Coronavirus, and the Spirituality of Suffering

A devout Christian is ready for anything, including coronavirus. And I don’t mean by that statement that he has a stockpile of toilet paper and tuna fish. What I do mean is that the Christian is spiritually prepared. And Lent is a season of preparation. Many say that it is a preparation for Easter, and […]

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Taking Lent Seriously

[Above photo: Kylemore Benedictine Abbey] Prayer, Fasting, & Almsgiving From the beginning of the NewWalden project, it was always my intention to create a space that could serve as a virtual spiritual retreat. Hence, the name Walden, the famous retreat spot of a quite famous American. Hence, also, the large banners depicting idyllic, pastoral water […]

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"11 Wherefore, as I live, says the Lord GOD, surely, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations, therefore I will cut you down; my eye will not spare, and I will have no pity."

Ez. 5:11, RSV

Pope Francis Is Playing with Fire

At the Mass for the opening of the Amazon Synod on October 6th, Pope Francis commented on the recent outbreak of fires in the Amazon rainforest. This is not surprising, given that biblically-minded Christians might be wondering whether the worst Amazon inferno in a decade was a sign of God’s displeasure with the Pope Francis […]

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The Beginning of Wisdom Is the Fear of the LORD

[Nahum 1:2–6  (RSV)]: 2The LORD is a jealous God and avenging,  the LORD is avenging and wrathful;  the LORD takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies.  3The LORD is slow to anger and of great might, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind […]

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"For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge ... 8 But you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble by your instruction... 9 and so I make you despised and abased before all the people...."

Mal. 2: 7–9, RSV

New Apostolic Exhortation on Amazon Synod Released Today

The much anticipated papal document on the Amazon Synod was published today. Early reports are saying that the document stays away from the controversies that were raised during the synod this past October. The document does not grant permission to the Amazon region to ordain married men, nor does it open a pathway to a […]

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The German Church Has Fallen—Why Is No One Reporting This?

The German bishops have formally rejected the constant teachings of the Catholic faith on sexual morality, teachings that go all the way back to the Apostles and Sacred Scripture. At least that appears to be the case based on a press release from the German Bishop’s Conference of December 5th. LifeSite News has done an […]

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The Catholic News Agency Misrepresented Key Amoris Text

Doctrinal Change in Amoris Laetitia? Pardon the use of an apocalyptic mixed metaphor, but Amoris Laetitia has been at the epicenter of a giant firestorm of controversy since its publication in 2016, the fundamental question being this: The Catholic News Agency was first out of the gate to defend AL. On the very day that […]

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J.D. Flynn’s Defense of Vatican Is Indefensible

Is Flynn presenting an argument or merely promoting Vatican propaganda? A Brief Recap If you follow NewWalden, you know that I’ve been covering the publication of a new book by the Vatican’s Pontifical Biblical Commission. Based on excerpts published in la Repubblica, I concluded—I believe fairly and accurately—that the new Vatican book calls into question […]

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