PIUS IX: “Hated and Slandered”

By |2020-04-27T04:49:41+00:00February 7th, 2020|Articles, RoMen|

After St. Peter, Apostle, Bl. PIUS IX (1792-1878) was the longest-reigning pope in the history of the Church: June 16, 1846 until his death & feast day Feb 7, 1878. A period of nearly 32 years. Reverence toward this longevity is given by countless individuals each day without their knowledge. In St. Peter’s Basilica (Vatican [...]

Forming for Success or Character

By |2020-04-26T05:50:06+00:00January 25th, 2020|Articles, Scrutinies|

A father of some young kids left a long message for me this morning. The message says it all. This article really is a (partial) transcription. Here it goes: Caller: “Dr. Chavez, I want to share something with you. Because I think it is important. Maybe, maybe not. I just got a call from my [...]


By |2020-04-27T04:58:43+00:00January 20th, 2020|Articles, RoMen|

With familial ties to the Rothchild’s, ALPHONSE RATISBONNE advanced through a well-placed line of Jewish bankers in Strasbourg, France.  After studying law in Paris, he worked for his uncle’s banking firm, and later became engaged to the eldest daughter. Ratisbonne was nominally a Jew and deeply impious. He snubbed religion of any kind and became [...]

Mentorship or “Know it All”

By |2020-03-05T03:04:07+00:00December 28th, 2019|Articles, Scrutinies|

The day after Christmas I received an email from a married man with a young kids disgruntled about the dynamics within his extended family. The brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles, in-laws all gathered again this year for their annual Christmas event. But this man began to notice something different—something irritating. “There used to be a bond [...]

Ralph Sherwin: 1st Martyr

By |2020-04-26T06:09:40+00:00December 1st, 2019|Articles, RoMen|

Ralph Sherwin is the first member of the Venerable English College in Rome to die for the Faith on December 1, 1581 (Feast Day). Nestled in the center of Rome lies a small seminary for English students, founded during the Catholic persecutions under Elizabeth I. Agreeing to study there meant a contract to return to [...]

Fatherhood, What do You Mean?

By |2020-03-05T03:16:17+00:00November 26th, 2019|Articles, Scrutinies|

A friend calls me up recently: “My uncle’s sons do not think about fatherhood, it is all about studies, the university and getting a great job…. These young guys are not even thinking about going out with girls.” “When asking these parents about how their kids are doing, it is always about how smart they [...]