December 2009—An interview with Bishop Robert F. McKenna OP, by Michael Grant is featured on the front page. Thomas Chapman correspondent for The Four Marks from Portugal writes, “Vatican opens its doors to Anglicans”. The editorial talks about crosses and the struggles of the Christmas season. Thomas A. Droleskey reconciles with The Four Marks. (Page 3) “Ave Mater Boni Consilii”, by Br. Pio-Francis TOF, is the fascinating story of St. Francis of Assisi and the Third Order. The Fathers Radecki cover The Third Council of Constantinople (680-681 AD) and the rise of Islam. In John Lane’s The Church Crucified he writes about “The Fifth Opinion: A Pope who fell into public heresy would cease ipso facto to be the visible head of the Church.” Fr. Brendan Hughes continues on the topic of the Great Western Schism. Stephen Heiner’s The Restoration looks at etiquette. Griff Ruby writes “The Absent-Minded Professor” with interesting applications for today. John Gregory tells readers about St. Francis Xavier. Father Tim’s Talks is on “Why he says the breviary” in his homespun way of addressing Protestants’ questions. Science writer Hugh R. Miller’s Digging for the Facts gives a report on recent C-14 dating of fossils including dinosaur bone collagen. David Goldstein’s letters continue addressing Mr. Isaacs about sacrifice. As always, there are hidden jewels throughout.