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New Oxford Notebook by Pieter Vree

Traditionis Custodes: Taking a Bulldozer to an Anthill

TRADITIONALISTS AND POPE FRANCIS

Pieter Vree

October 2021

There are no protagonists in the latest liturgical drama, only antagonists. Nobody comes out clean, neither traditionalists nor Pope Francis.

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Some Dare Call It Schism

NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK

Pieter Vree

July-August 2021

The German Church has launched a program of reforms with elements that, if approved by the bishops’ conference, would contradict longstanding Catholic teaching.

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Dispatch from the Dead Letter Office

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Pieter Vree

May 2021

The McCarrick report is a historical accounting that doesn’t hold anyone accountable, and it will have no practical consequences.

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Imbergoglios or Standard Franciscan Procedure?

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Pieter Vree

March 2021

Pope Francis is entitled to his opinions, and he’s not shy about sharing them in front of microphones. But his opinions don’t equate to magisterial pronunciations.

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Love on Trial

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Pieter Vree

December 2020

The Episcopal Church contorts its theology to conform to the broader culture, but the culture has no real use for a Christianity remade in its image.

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Religious Persecution Is Rising. Do Catholics Care?

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Pieter Vree

November 2020

Our struggles in the U.S. are a far cry from the hard persecution that our coreligionists elsewhere in the world face on a routine basis.

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The Fires This Time

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Pieter Vree

October 2020

July was a cruel month for attacks on Catholic churches. But the mother of them all wasn’t an act of destruction; it was an act of desecration, a hostile takeover of a former Catholic cathedral.

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Will the Coronavirus Lockdowns Usher in a Mustard-Seed Church?

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Pieter Vree

September 2020

The willful suppression of the sacraments by Catholic leaders could portend the diminution of the Church in both numbers and influence.

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Spendthrift Shepherds & Pervert Priests: Where Are They Now?

NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK

Pieter Vree

June 2020

Here we follow-up on some disgraced prelates and their inner circles who did the dirty work of covering fraudulent, criminal behavior.

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A Deficit of Heroes

NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK

Pieter Vree

May 2020

We must maintain an emotional distance even from those who project an aura of holiness. Often, God’s holy ones are known only to Him.

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“Love” Conquers All

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Pieter Vree

April 2020

What a crazy, mixed-up world we live in where even polygamists claim their lifestyles are part of their 'identity' and who they were created to be.

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Million-Dollar Bishops

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Pieter Vree

March 2020

It’s no coincidence that financial corruption walks hand in hand with sexual immorality. Where you find one, you’ll often find the other.

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The Vatican’s Filthy Lucre

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Pieter Vree

January-February 2020

Peter’s Pence doesn’t solicit funds for financial speculation that fattens the Vatican’s investment portfolios; the fund shouldn’t be used that way.

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A Peek into Papal Priorities

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Pieter Vree

December 2019

Here’s your Pope: When pagan idols are removed from a sacred space, he apologizes; when his belief in the divinity of Christ is questioned, he’s silent.

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A “Deeper Understanding” of the Priesthood?

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Pieter Vree

November 2019

No temporal or civilizational events can override the sacramental necessity of the Catholic priesthood’s being reserved to men.

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You Can Say That?

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Pieter Vree

September 2019

China could well be poised to inherit the earth that the U.S. once commanded — especially if our comparative student bodies are any indication.

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Father Figuring

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Pieter Vree

July-August 2019

The Catholic Church's sex-abuse problem is caused by predators who wear clerical collars and who are protected by a clericalist culture.

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The Myth of Meritocracy

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Pieter Vree

June 2019

A meritocracy fits America’s sense of itself as free from the class-based social structures that defined the European countries from which our predecessors fled.

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Wuerl, the Flesh & the Devil

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Pieter Vree

March 2019

The whole Wuerl saga goes to show — yet again — that many of the leaders of the Church aren’t so much interested in professing the truth as they are in protecting their prestige.

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An Outcast Among Organization Men

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Pieter Vree

December 2018

Few are the churchmen who are willing to speak publicly about the root cause of the sex-abuse crisis: the scourge of homosexuality in the priesthood.

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Ecce Papa Franciscus!

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Pieter Vree

November 2018

The Pope has convened a summit for February with the presidents of all bishops’ conferences to discuss ‘protection of minors.’

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At Last, a Reckoning?

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Pieter Vree

October 2018

Archbishop Viganò has cracked open the Vatican cone of silence and exposed what might be a Church-wide cover-up of McCarrick’s crimes.

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