The Awful Anti-Catholicism of Maria Monk

The Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk was one of 19th century America’s best sellers. It sold 300,000 copies before the Civil War. It belongs to a particular genre, that of the “escaped nun.” In his highly recommended book, American Catholic, Charles Morris writes: The tales follow a consistent pattern: An innocent young girl, full of [Read More...]

Catholic Action: The Comic Book

The phrase “Catholic Action” was an all-encompassing term that came into wide usage at the turn of the century. It referred to various groups of lay people attempting to bring a Catholicimprint to bear upon society at large. In his book The Soul of the Apostolate, Dom Chautard recalls a conversation Pope St. Pius X [Read More...]

Polish Religious Community Founded 1836

Today in 1836 marks the founding of the Congregation of the Resurrection in France. The first three members were a layman, Bogdan Janski, and two priests, Peter Semenenko and Jerome Kajsiewicz. Living among Polish refugees in Paris, Janski was an intellectual who found in the Gospel’s message the answer to the world’s problems. In his [Read More...]