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catholic Courting Concerns & Lay Celibacy
Readers question old courting rules & call the single life dangerous

catholic For Introductions, Who Takes the First Step, Man or Woman?
Follow the old rules & avoid the egalitarian dating game

catholicHow Should Traditionalists Dress?
Not in an ugly Puritanical way, but according to decorum & aesthetics

catholicIs the Hawaiian Shirt of Pres. Truman Correct?
No, it isn't

catholicSince Women Worldwide Use Trousers, Are They Now Acceptable?
No; women should dress like women

catholicSince Customs Have Changed, Can Women Now Wear Trousers?
No, this custom was an artifice of revolutionary couturiers

catholicAre You Uncharitable to Criticize the Dress of Pro-Life Demonstrators?
Their clothing was revolutionary: Good ideas go with good customs

catholicWhy Do You Criticize World Youth Days?
WYD favors Situation Ethics; Catholic morals is not subjective

catholicDon't You Think Your Cultural Beliefs Are Utopian?
No; our behavior and ambiences should conform to God and the Church

catholicAre You Being Worldy by Praising Fine Food and 'Fancy' Customs?
No, grandeur & refinement are part of sacrality; the opposite is Calvinism

catholicHave You Written Books on Traditional Behavior between Spouses?
Our book Courtesy Calls Again might answer some of your questions

catholicWhat Do You Think about Weddings in Ecumenical Chapels?
It is quite inconvenient and should be avoided

catholicHow Do I Make a Traditional Catholic Wedding Reception?
We have two articles you can read on this subject

catholicDo You Have Information about Courtship?
Check our new pages here and here

catholicWere Adult Baptisms Originally Done Nude?
No; there is no evidence to substantiate this absurd claim

catholicWhere Should Catholics Be Buried?
In a Catholic cemetery; if unable, a public one with the grave blessed by a priest

catholicIs There a Way to Ensure My Body Is Not Embalmed after I Die?
Specify this in your will; in most states, embalming is not required by law

catholicWhat Were the Burial Customs of the Middle Ages?
They varied from place-to-place & the social status of the deceased

catholicWhere Can I Find CD's 6 and 7 of the Formation of Children Series?
Unfortunately, Dr. Horvat has not yet had the leisure to record these tapes

catholicCan You Recommend a Catechism for Homeschoolers?
Yes; St. John Neumann's Catechism

catholicWhat Are Some Good Christmas Movies Suitable for the Family?
Consult your local Traditional Catholic bookstore. We welcome suggestions

catholicWhy Do So Few European Women Wear Veils To Mass?
Women stopped wearing veils because the priests stopped requiring it

catholicShould I Give the Sign of Peace to Women in Mass?
It shouldn't be given at all, because it creates a Protestant ambience

catholicIs It Disrespectful to Hang a Rosary on a Rear-View Mirror?
Not necessarily; it can be for spiritual protection

catholicWhen a Nun Signs a Letter With 'I.M.A.,' What Does this Mean?
The acronym stands for Society of Life International Medical Association

catholicAre Benedictines Allowed to Eat Meat?
The Rule says no; however, eating practices differ in various provinces

catholic As a Catholic in Canada, Do I Owe Allegiance to the Queen of England?
It is a complicate problem; we must pray for the Queen's conversion

catholicAren't Your Criticisms Exaggerated in Your Picture of the Week?
No, Catholic morals is not subjective as you imagine, but objective

catholicWhat Do You Think about Insurance?
In principle, it seems to be in accordance with Catholic Morals


catholicWhat Is a Good Way to Begin Cultivating Refinement?
You can start by reading our Catholic Manual of Civility, a good refresher

catholicWhen Should I Be Courteous to Others & When Should I Shun Them?
Know these levels of treatment - urbanity, cordiality, courtesy, familiarity

catholicHow Do I Respond When I Am Introduced to Someone's 'Partner'?
Say hello, be civil, but do no socialize with the 'couple'

catholicShould Men Still Be Courteous to Women Wearing Trousers?
Yes, they should

catholicHow Do I Manage When a Person Interrupts My Conversation?
Simply ignore the interruption and the intruder

catholicWhen Kissing a Lady's Hand, Should My Lips Actually Touch Her Skin?
There are two schools, read here about the pros and cons

catholicShould Hats Be Removed in Protestant Temples?
Yes, in the few cases when a Catholic can be inside a Protestant temple

catholicIsn't It More Practical to Carry Tissues instead of a Handkerchief?
Not necessarily; a handkerchief is simple & handy for the day-to-day

catholicWhat Should I Do if I Take a Too-Tough-to-Swallow Bite?
Cover your mouth with your hand & bring it back to your plate with the fork

catholicWho Should Learn Etiquette First: The Parents or the Children?
Parents should be the models, children will immitate them

catholicShould I Suppose that My Children Are also Invited to Social Events?
If the children are not named in the invitation, they are not invited

catholicDo You Have Articles on How to Form Gentlemen in Good Manners?
See our Cultural Page; we also recommend our series on the necktie

catholicHow Do I Write & Address My Christmas Cards?
Here is a guide based on Emily Post & American Catholic Etiquette

catholicWhat Are the Rules of Rhetoric?
Be clear, use elevated language & be amiable

catholicDo You Sell The Small Manual of Civility in English?
Yes, click here for more

catholicHow Should We Address the Clergy?
Normal invitations require reciprocation; rules for clergy can be found here

catholicIs There a Rule of Etiquette for Priests?
Not a specific a manual, but general counsels by St. Pius X

catholicHow Should I Address a Jesuit in a Letter?
The envelope, salutation & body have certain rules, click here for more

catholicHow Should I Sign My E-mails to a Priest?
There are several different formulae, click here for some suggestions

catholicHow Should Deacons Be Addressed?
Check here on Deacons & Prelates


catholicWhat Are the Meanings of B.C. and A.D.?
B.C. means 'Before Christ'; A.D. means 'Anno Domini' (year of Our Lord)

catholicWhat Is the Symbolism of Regalia?
It symbolizes power & militancy; click here for more

catholicWhat Is the Counter-Revolutionary Stance on Nazism/Fascism?
Their principles lead to totalitarian Socialism & go against Catholic doctrine

catholicHow to Prevent a Corrupt Monarch from Damaging a Kingdom?
Yes; it is to have a prevailing ambience of strong Catholic Morals

catholicWhat Is the 'European Black Nobility?'
They were Roman nobles who wore black to mourn Pius IX's losses

catholicWhat Is the Symbolism Behind the Rooster?
The cock is a symbol of ideals, suffering, vigilance and awakening

catholicWas the First Thanksgiving Actually in Florida?
It is possible, but we are still researching on the topic to be sure

catholicWhy Should We Reject Freud; Why Is He Dangerous to the Soul?
Freudianism is essentially a Kabbalistic sexual obsession

catholicWhat Do You Think of the Artist Antonio Gaudi?
Grotesque, distorted & modernist

catholicWhy Do You Venerate Washington, A Man Who Died A Freemason?
We don't venerate him, we simply point out that he had good manners

catholicDid Mother Mariana's Convent Had a Prison?
Here is the rationale behind convents & monasteries prisons

catholicWhat Is the New Humanism?
It is the 'worship of man' initiated by Paul VI

catholicHave You Written Articles on Feminism's Destruction of Families?
See our pages on Feminism; and on Women and Men in Society

catholicLiturgical Dance Does Not Violate Church Rules; Is It Acceptable?
The US Bishops' document Dance In the Liturgy forbides it

catholicDoes Dressing Well Go against America & Favor Pride?
No; casual dress is uncivilized & was once considered abnormal in the U.S.

catholicDo You Know Anything about the Knights of Santiago?
We aren't familiar with this order

catholicWhere Can I Find Pictures of the Jesuits Who Survived Hiroshima?
We have included a few links

catholicWere Card. Tisserant, Popes Pius XI & Pius XII Poisoned?
We don't know, but perhaps Pius X and John Paul I were

catholicDid Charlemagne Really Have Illegitimate Children?
This is an unsubstantiated rumor

catholicDid John Law Help to Bring about the French Revolution?
Somewhat; the poverty caused by his imprudence fueled Masonic campaigns

catholicWas Kennedy's First Marriage Really Annulled?
Yes, and his second marriage was "blessed" in 1995

catholicWhat about the Pagan Monuments & Buildings in Rome?
They are historic examples of the triumph of Christianity over paganism

catholicWhy Does the Pope's Companion in this Photo Use Two Names?
He might have Americanized his original name to advertise his occult practices

catholicWere There Catholics at the Alamo?
We are not sure; we forwarded your question to Texan scholar-friends

catholicWhat Did You Think of Goya's Ghost?
The movie is a Judeo-Protestant effort to slander Catholic Spain

catholicDo You Know Traditionalist Clubs that I Can Join?
The customary coffee and donut hour after Mass is a good place to start

catholicWhat Can Be Said in Defense of the Magdalene Laundries?
It is a laudable institution. Please read here and here

catholicWas the 'Angel's Veil' a Medieval Hairstyle?
This term is new to us; perhaps it refers to the Medieval widow's beak

catholicDid Jews in the Middle Ages Make Rituals to Kill Christian Children?
Yes, there is evidence for this in the book Bloody Passover by Ariel Toaff

catholicHave You Made a More Detailed Review of Bloody Passovers?
Yes we have, Mr. Guimarães wrote a review on it, here

catholicCan You Recommend Some Books for a New Counter-Revolutionary?
Revolution & Counter-Revolution, True Devotion, Soul of the Apostolate...

catholicDid Jews in the Middle Ages Make Rituals to Kill Christian Children?
Yes, there is evidence in the book Bloody Passover by Ariel Toaff

catholicHave You Made a More Detailed Review of Bloody Passovers?
Yes we have, Mr. Atila Guimarães wrote a review on it, click here to read it

catholicCan You Recommend Some Books for a New Counter-Revolutionary?
Revolution & Counter-Revolution, True Devotion, Soul of the Apostolate . . .

catholicWhat Are Some Good Books on Organic Society?
Nobility and Analogous Traditional Elites, The Ancient City and Chivalry

catholicWhat Books Tell the Truth about Catholic Medieval History?
Dr. Horvat suggests several good books

catholicCan You Suggest Some Catholic History Textbooks for High School?
Christ the King Lord of History and Puritan's Progress: A Catholic Perspective

catholicCan You Recommend a Reliable Book on Marie Antoinette?
Yes: Trianon, A Novel of Royal France and Madame Royale by E.M. Vidal

catholicCan You Recommend a Catholic History of the French Revolution?
We recommend six different books, click the link to find out more

catholicWhat Do You Think about the 'Twilight' Book Series?
It aims to move youth toward the occult and preternatural world of Satan

catholicMay I Read the Books of H.G. Wells?
Since he was anti-Catholic, no

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