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Author Archive: Kevin Symonds

Kevin Symonds was born and raised in Massachusetts. He attended Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio where he obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Theology with emphasis in the classical languages. He has published Internet and magazine articles and resides in Texas. His first book, "Refractions of Light: 201 Answers on Apparitions, Visions and the Catholic Church" is now available at Amazon.

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A Year of Living Like Paul

February 6, AD2016 4 Comments
A Year of Living Like Paul

This past January 20 marked the one year anniversary of the death of my friend, Paul Coakley. Last year I wrote two articles about my thoughts on his life, death and subsequent impact upon me. Now that a year has passed, I would like to offer another reflection upon said impact. I wrote at the end […]

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Discerning Private Revelation: Part Two

January 23, AD2016 2 Comments
Discerning Private Revelation: Part Two

In the light of my previous article, Discerning Private Revelation: A Particular Pitfall, it seems right and just to offer another discussion on a particular area of private revelation that is also often in dispute. I am speaking of what I will here call “belief and unbelief” and it is to this theme that the […]

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Discerning Private Revelation: A Particular Pitfall

January 16, AD2016 46 Comments
Discerning Private Revelation: A Particular Pitfall

Over the course of my now fourteen years of studying and working with the Catholic Church’s theology of private revelation, I have come to understand a particular pitfall in discernment. This pitfall concerns the dissemination of alleged private revelations. Unfortunately, there appears to be many different ideas and opinions as to how this dissemination works. […]

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St. Michael and Spiritualism: a Hidden History?

November 28, AD2015 24 Comments
St. Michael and Spiritualism: a Hidden History?

During the research for my book Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael, I came across some intriguing research on the movement known as “Spiritualism” or “Spiritism.” Regretfully, this was an area that I was not able to incorporate much in the book. I would like to sketch briefly the “hidden” history between […]

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Our Lady of Fatima and the Reality of Hell

November 19, AD2015 26 Comments
Our Lady of Fatima and the Reality of Hell

  In the apparitions of Our Lady of Fátima, there are 2 striking aspects. These aspects are the miracle of the sun and the famous three-part secret. Recently, I had cause to think about one of the parts of the secret, namely the vision of hell. There are some intriguing questions about Fátima and hell […]

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Apparitions in Lipa: Is There Hope for Medjugorje?

September 18, AD2015 7 Comments
Apparitions in Lipa: Is There Hope for Medjugorje?

On September 12, the Archbishop of Lipa in the Philippines issued a decree on a case of alleged apparitions from 1948 in Lipa itself. This news has been making its rounds within Catholic media. This is partly because of some history of Lipa that coincides with the Medjugorje phenomenon. In this article, I discuss this […]

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Religious Pluralism and the Contemporary World

September 15, AD2015 5 Comments
Religious Pluralism and the Contemporary World

  Several weeks ago, I published an article entitled Contemporary Culture Wars: Is History Repeating? Since the publication of that article, some significant issues and/or events have compelled me to reflect further on the theme of contemporary culture wars. I will continue to explore this subject here as a continuation of my previous article. In […]

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Cardinal Ottaviani on the Third Secret of Fatima

September 3, AD2015 1 Comment
Cardinal Ottaviani on the Third Secret of Fatima

In light of continued controversy over Fatima and its famous third secret, I am presenting my own amateur translation of an Allocution (Address) of Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani on said secret. The Cardinal’s Allocution has great weight in the controversy over the third part of the secret. It is said that Ottaviani, in the following Allocution, […]

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Reflecting on “Living Like Paul”

August 17, AD2015 4 Comments
Reflecting on “Living Like Paul”

  It is hard to believe but it has been nearly seven months since my friend Paul Coakley went to receive his eternal reward. His wife, Ann, has asked people to write about how they have since been “living like Paul.” It is difficult to explain how I have been doing this without going into the […]

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Has Rome Tipped Its Hand on Medjugorje?

August 3, AD2015 45 Comments
Has Rome Tipped Its Hand on Medjugorje?

Since I wrote an article back in 2013 on the alleged apparitions of Our Lady under the title of “Rosa Mistica,” it turns out that there have been some further developments on this case. Surprisingly, these developments might have a bearing upon the ongoing speculation about the upcoming judgment from the Holy See on Medjugorje. […]

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Contemporary Culture Wars: Is History Repeating?

July 26, AD2015 14 Comments
Contemporary Culture Wars: Is History Repeating?

Lately, there is a lot of talk within Christian circles how to live the Faith in the midst of a morally-decaying (and increasingly hostile) Western culture.[i] I would like to join the fray and add some of my own observations. There is an old saying, “Every analogy limps” and another that says, “History does not […]

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In Defense of the World Apostolate of Fatima

July 5, AD2015 31 Comments
In Defense of the World Apostolate of Fatima

The World Apostolate of Fatima, USA Inc. recently published a biography of Sr. Lúcia—the last surviving visionary of Fátima (†2005)—entitled A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary (see my review here). The book itself was a translation of a Portuguese biography entitled Um Caminho Sob o Olhar de Maria and was published in 2013 by […]

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Remembering Paul Coakley

June 12, AD2015 3 Comments
Remembering Paul Coakley

A friend of mine from college named Paul Coakley recently passed away. His death has had a tremendous impact on my life and in the lives of countless others. I would like to write a tribute to the man and the legacy that he leaves behind. The first notable encounter I had with Paul Coakley […]

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Wayne Weible and the Papal Nuncio: A Response

May 10, AD2015 51 Comments
Wayne Weible and the Papal Nuncio: A Response

On March 23 last, Wayne Weible criticized a letter written in 2013 on Medjugorje by the Papal Nuncio to these United States, Archbishop Carlo Viganò. Weible, himself the author of several books supportive of Medjugorje, has since expanded his criticism in the form of an open letter dated April 27 to Cardinal Müller of the […]

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Book Review: A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary

April 13, AD2015 6 Comments
Book Review: A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary

Shortly after Sr. Lúcia of Fátima died ten years ago, I remember remarking to someone, “Her death means we will only now come to know of things about Fátima that were previously unknown.” Knowing the beautiful story of Fátima, its message, and the unfortunate controversies surrounding it, I also knew that there was a treasure […]

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Medjugorje: More on Ivan Dragicevic

March 15, AD2015
Medjugorje: More on Ivan Dragicevic

The following article was written in the first part of November, 2013 shortly after the event occurred that is described in the beginning. In light of recent events with Ivan Dragičević, this article is being reproduced with some edits for the sake of clarity and to keep the discussion going. In November, 2013, the news […]

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Medjugorje: A Clarification and Disobedience

February 18, AD2015 36 Comments
Medjugorje: A Clarification and Disobedience

Within the past couple of weeks there have been some news reports on Medjugorje. These reports are creating some expectation among the faithful that Medjugorje is soon to be approved by the Holy Father. I would like to clarify these reports for the sake of truth and proper communion among the faithful. Medjugorje is a […]

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Is There a “Fourth Secret” of Fatima?

February 2, AD2015 35 Comments
Is There a “Fourth Secret” of Fatima?

Recently, I read a copy of a magazine with an article that claimed there was new information that (allegedly) proved that there was another text of the third part of the secret of Fátima. While reading this article and checking it against the text of a Portuguese book reference in the article, I noticed some […]

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Cardinal Burke On Female Altar Servers

January 12, AD2015 33 Comments
Cardinal Burke On Female Altar Servers

On January 5, 2015, Matthew James Christoff of the organization The New Emangelization published an interview he conducted with Raymond Cardinal Burke. In this interview, the cardinal made some very candid remarks about the Catholic Church becoming “feminized” as a result of radical feminism from the 1960s and 1970s. The candor of the cardinal’s remarks […]

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