The Purpose of Beauty

Like many people, I have a love affair with old churches. I lived in Rome a few years ago, and I am surprised I was at all coherent during that period. The wealth of churches—small ones down little cobblestoned side streets, gloriously gaudy ones at the end of...

The Lasting Legacies of Peter and Paul

Keeper of the Keys Most readers are familiar with the various Gospel accounts of St. Peter as the Apostle specially chosen by Christ to “feed my sheep” (John 21:17). Jesus gave to Peter (not to the other apostles) the keys to the “kingdom of...

The Persistence of China’s Underground Church

On this solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul – and a blessed one to all our readers – it is good to know that there are still principles for which the Church is willing to stand, even unto death: Last year’s agreement between the Vatican and the...

Peter and Paul Against AntiChrist

A blessed solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, put to death under Emperor Nero in 67 Anno Domini, which, according to calendar reckoning then customary – for counting the years from Our Lord’s birth did not become a thing until Dionysius Exiguus began the...