There were, essentially, three different series of FORTES IN FIDE issues. The first consisted of six issues released between 1975 and 1979. A representative cover of the magazine at that time is shown to the left in the "View sample FORTES IN FIDE covers" at the end of this file. That series is named "fif1-X.zip" where "X" stands for the particular issue number (from 1 to 6). Fr. Barbara's translator for the first series was Fr. Peter Morgan of England.
The second "Union pour la Fidelite" ("Union for Fidelity" or "UPF" hereafter) series was issued irregularly between 1981 and 1987. The format varied considerably - from a magazine with a full-sized page to rather plain booklets with no particular cover design. This was a time of difficult collaboration for Fr. Barbara, as it involved some important differences in perspective between himself and other principals in the UPF. Eventually, he found it necessary to disassociate himself from the UPF. Files in this second series are named in the format "fif2-X.zip" where "X" represents the approximate issue number when they are ranked chronologically (subject titles instead of issue numbers were used during that time period, and many of the "issues" were really regarded as "supplements" which addressed various topics of interest). Fr. Barbara's translator for the second series was Maj. J. J. Horton of England.
In the third (and last) series (1988-1993), Fr. Barbara resumed his customary style and approach. The issues themselves were more elaborately produced on higher quality paper and issued in booklet form with a fairly heavy-weight buff-colored cover. Occasional use of black-and-white graphics images (begun in the UPF releases) was continued, and the images are reproduced in the archive files presented below using the ".tif" graphic file format. The cover of issues of this last series featured a Greek icon-type depiction of the Blessed Mother and Child Jesus on the front cover (a sample is shown on the right in the "View sample FORTES IN FIDE covers" option at the end of this file. The back cover featured a Western-style depiction of St. Joseph and Child Jesus. These graphics images (entitled "icon.tif" and "joseph.tif" respectively) are contained in file "covgraph.zip" (39K) and to save file storage space are NOT included in each archive file in the third series. These files are named simply as "fif3-X.zip" where "X" stands for the issue number. Translator for the third series was Rama P. Coomaraswamy, M.D. of the U.S.A., who contributed to FORTES IN FIDE by authoring a "special supplement" to Issues 10/11 entitled "The Problems with the new post-Conciliar Sacraments".
Because of Fr. Barbara's advanced age (he was then 83), publication of FORTES IN FIDE was terminated in 1993. He still writes occasional short articles in French. These may appear on this site at some time in the future.
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