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 ..... this missal is hereafter to be followed absolutely, without any scruple of conscience or fear of incurring any penalty, judgment or censure, and may freely and lawfully be used .....  Nor are superiors, administrators, canons, chaplains, and other secular priests, or religious, of whatever title designated, obliged to celebrate the Mass otherwise than as enjoined by Us.  .....  Accordingly, no one whatsoever is permitted to infringe or rashly contravene this notice of Our permission, statute, ordinance, command, precept, grant, direction, will, decree and prohibition. Should any person venture to do so, let him understand he will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul.

Pope St. Pius V, Papal Bull, QUO PRIMUM,

Tridentine Codification of the traditional Roman Rite of the Mass.

 

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Third Sunday after the Epiphany

St. Polycarp, Bishop & Martyr

January 26, 2020

          The third, fourth, fifth and sixth Sundays after Epiphany have the same Introit, Gradual, Offertory and Communion which testify to our Lord’s divinity, to the fact that He worked miracles, and to the worship which we owe Him.  In fact, throughout this time after Epiphany, the Church does not cease to manifest our Lord’s divinity and therefore His kingship over men.  He is King over Jew and Gentile alike; and thus, from St. Matthew, the Church chooses a Gospel which records two miracles worked by our Lord to prove His divine Sonship to both.  The first of these as on behalf of a leper, the second of a centurion.  The one, as a member of the chosen race was bound by the law of Moses; the other, as our Lord Himself implies, was not of the house of Israel.  By one word from our Lord the leper is cleansed, and his cure is to be made known to the priest as “a testimony unto them” of the divinity of Christ (Gospel).  The centurion, himself bears witness that our Lord is God, by his words of humility and trust, which the Church puts on our lips daily in the Holy Mass.  Moreover, he gives the same testimony by the argument which he builds up; taking his own office as an illustration, he affirms that our Lord has only to speak the word and illness will obey Him; thus the faith obtains the great miracle which he asked.

          All nations will share in the heavenly feast in which the divinity of our Lord will be the food of their souls.  And just as in a banqueting hall all is warmth and light, so the pains of hell, the punishment of those reject that divinity, are well described by the cold and the night which reign outside, the “exterior darkness” which contrasts with the dazzling brilliance of the marriage chamber.

          The two miracles mentioned in today’s Gospel are put by St. Matthew at the end of the Sermon of the Mount, at which  “the people were in admiration,” and so they confirm the fact, that truly it was “from the mouth of God” that that doctrine proceeded, which caused so much wonder in the synagogue at Nazareth (Communion).  Let us make acts of faith in our Lord’s divinity, and that we may enter into His kingdom, let us by deeds of charity “heap upon the head” of those who hate us “coals of fire” (Epistle), that is, feelings of confusion inspired in them by our magnanimity, giving them no rest until they have righted the wrongs which they have done.  In this way we shall make the mystery of the Epiphany a reality in our own lives; that of Christ’s kingship over all men who unite themselves to Him by their common faith, and who must henceforth love each other as brethren.  As St. Augustine says, “Charity is the effect of the grace of faith in Jesus Christ.”

          St. Polycarp, a disciple of St. John, was by him invested with full sacerdotal powers (Introit) and made bishop of Smyrna.  In a letter he writes to the Philippians, he quotes the first Epistle of his master, of which a passage is read in today's liturgy.   “Whoever,” he declares after St. John, “does not confess that Christ has come in the flesh is an anti-Christ.”  He claims for Jesus the reality of His quality of Son of God against the heretics of his day who affirmed that the Incarnation of the Word was only a semblance.  One day when the heretic Marcion asked him if he was known to him, the holy bishop replied “that he knew him as the eldest son of Satan.”  And today's Epistle enables us to distinguish “the sons of God from those who are the sons of Satan.”  Those who, like Christ, love their brethren, and, like Him, give their lives for them, are of God.  That is what St. Polycarp will do.  Martyred in the persecution under Commodus, he bore testimony to Christ (Gospel).  He was burned in the middle of the amphitheatre and then struck with the sword, in the year 166.  He was 86 years old.

          Like Polycarp (which name signifies much fruit) let us produce much fruit by loving our neighbour for Jesus' sake.

 

INTROIT:

Ps. 96.  Adore God, all you His angels: Sion heard, and was glad, and the daughters of Juda rejoiced. 

Ps.  The Lord hath reigned; let the earth rejoice; let the many islands be glad.  Glory be, etc.  Adore God, etc.

 

COLLECT:

Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and stretch forth the right hand of Thy Majesty to help and defend us.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

O God, Who makest us glad with the yearly festival of blessed Polycarp Thy Martyr and Bishop: mercifully grant that, as we now observe his heavenly birthday; so we may likewise rejoice in his protections. Through our Lord, etc.   

 

O God, Who through the fruitful virginity of blessed Mary didst bestow on mankind the rewards of eternal salvation, grant, we beseech Thee, that we may experience her intercession through whom we have deserved to receive the author of Life, Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord. Who liveth and reigneth, etc.

 

EPISTLE: Rom. 12, 16-21. 

Brethren, be not wise in your own conceits. To no man rendering evil for evil: providing good things not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as is in you, having peace with all men; not revenging yourselves, my dearly beloved but give place unto wrath; for it is written: Revenge is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. But if thy enemy be hungry, give him to eat; if he thirst, give him to drink; for doing this, thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head. Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good.

When are we overcome by evil?

When we wish to take revenge. “Revenge is no sign of courage,” says St. Ambrose, “but rather of weakness and cowardice. As it is the sign of a very weak stomach to be unable to digest food, so it is the mark of a very weak mind to be unable to bear a harsh word.” “Are you impatient,” says the same saint, “you are overcome; are you patient, you have overcome.”

What should we do if our reputation is injured?

We should leave its revenge, or its defense and protection to God, who has retained that for Himself. “But as a good name,” says St. Francis de Sales, “is the main support of human society, and as without it we could not be useful to that society, but even hurtful to it on account of scandal, we should feel bound, for love of our neighbor, to aim after a good reputation, and to preserve it.” We should not be too sensitive about this, however, for too great a sensitiveness makes one obstinate, eccentric, and intolerable, and only tends to excite and increase the malice of the detractors. The silence and contempt with which we meet a slander or an injustice, is generally a more efficacious antidote than sensitiveness, anger, or revenge. The contempt of a slander at once disperses it, but anger shows a weakness, and gives the accusation an appearance of probability. If this does not suffice, and the slander continues, let us persevere in humility and lay our honor and our soul into the hands of God, according to the admonitions of the Apostle.

How do we “heap coals of fire on the head of our enemy?”

When we return him good for evil, for seeing our well meaning towards him, the flush of shame reddens his face for the wrongs he has done us. St. Augustine explains these words thus: “By giving food and drink or doing other kindnesses to your enemy, you will heap coals, not of anger, but of love, upon his head, which will inflame him to return love for love.” Learn therefore, from the example of Christ and His saints, not to allow yourself to be overcome by evil, but do good to those that hate and persecute you.

ASPIRATION Ah, that I might, according to the words of St. Paul, so live that I may be a child of the Heavenly Father, who lets His sunshine on the just and the unjust!

 

GRADUAL:

Ps. 101.  The Gentiles shall fear Thy name, O Lord, and all the kings of the earth Thy glory.  For the Lord hath built up Sion, and He shall be seen in His majesty.  Alleluia, alleluia.

Ps. 96.  The Lord hath reigned; let the earth rejoice; let the many islands by glad.  Alleluia.

 

GOSPEL: Matt. 8, 1-13. 

At that time, when Jesus was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him; and behold, a leper came and adored him, saying: Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, stretching forth his hand, touched him, saying: I will, be thou made clean. And forthwith his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus saith to him, See thou tell no man: but go, show thyself to the priest, and offer the gift which Moses commanded for a testimony unto them. And when he had entered into Capharnaum, there came to him a centurion, beseeching him, and saying: Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, and is grievously tormented. And Jesus saith to him: I will come and heal him. And the centurion making answer, said: Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers; and I say to this man: Go, and he goeth; and to another: Come, and he cometh; and to my servant: Do this, and he doeth it. And Jesus hearing this, marvelled; and said to them that followed him: Amen I say to you, I have not found so great faith in Israel. And I say to you that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; but the children of the kingdom shall be cast into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said to the centurion: Go, and as thou hast believed, so be it done to thee; and the servant was healed at the same hour.

Why did the leper say: “Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean”?

He believed Christ to be the promised Messiah, who as true God had the power to heal him. From this we learn to have confidence in the omnipotence of God, who is a helper in all need (Ps. 106; 6, 73, 19), and to leave all to the will of God, saying: Lord, if it be pleasing to Thee, and well for me, grant my petition.

Why did Jesus stretch forth His hand and touch the leper?

To show that He was not subject to the law which forbade the touching of a leper through fear of infection, which could not affect Jesus; to reveal the health-giving, curative power of His flesh, which dispelled leprosy by the simple touch of His hand; to give us an example of humility and of love for the poor sick, that we may learn from Him to have no aversion to the infirm, but lovingly to assist the unfortunate sick for the sake of Jesus who took upon Himself the leprosy of our sins. The saints have faithfully imitated Him in their tender care for those suffering from the most disgusting diseases. Oh, how hard it will be for those to stand before the Tribunal of God at the Last Day, who cannot even bear to look at the poor and sick!

Why did Christ command the leper to tell no man?

To instruct us that we should not make known our good works in order to obtain frivolous praise (Matt. 6, 1), which deprives us of our heavenly reward.

Why did Christ send the healed leper to the Priest?

That he might observe the law which required all the healed lepers to show themselves to the priests, to offer a sacrifice, to be examined and pronounced clean: that the priest if he beheld the miracle of the sudden cure of the leper, might know Him who had wrought the cure, to be the Messiah; and finally, to teach us that we must honor the priests because of their high position, even when they do not live in a manner worthy of their dignity, as was the case with the Jewish priests.

What it taught by the centurion's solicitude for his servant?

That masters should take care of their sick servants, see that they are attended to in their illness, and above all that they are provided with the Sacraments. It is unchristian, even cruel and barbarous, to drive from the house a poor, sick servant, or to leave him lying in his distress without assistance or care.

Why did Christ say: I will come and heal him?

Because of His humility, by which He, although God and Lord of lords, did not hesitate to visit a sick servant. Here Christ's humility puts to shame many persons of position who think themselves too exalted to attend the wants of a poor servant.

Why did the centurion say: Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof?

Because he recognized Christ's divinity and his own nothingness, and therefore regarded himself as unworthy to receive Christ into his house. From this we learn to humble ourselves, especially when we receive Christ into our hearts, hence the priest in giving holy Communion uses the centurion's words, exhorting those to humility who are about to receive.

Why did he add: But only say the word, and my servant shall be healed?

By this he publicly manifested his faith in Christ's divinity and omnipotence, because he believed that Christ, though absent, could heal the servant by a word.  If a Gentile centurion had such faith in Christ, and such confidence in His power, should not we Christians be ashamed that we have so little faith, and confidence in God?

What is meant by: Many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; but the children of the kingdom shall be cast into the exterior darkness?

This was said by Christ in reference to the obdurate Jews who would not believe in Him. Many pagans who receive the gospel, and live in accordance with it, will enjoy heavenly bliss with the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who were the most faithful friends of God, while the Jews, God's chosen people, who as such, possessed the first claim to heaven, will, because of their unbelief and other sins, be cast into outer darkness, that is, into the deepest abyss of hell, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Thus it will be with those Christians who do not live in accordance with their faith. Therefore, fear lest you, for want of cooperation with God's grace, be eternally rejected, while others who have faithfully corresponded to the divine inspirations will enter into your place in the kingdom of heaven.

ASPIRATION O Jesus, rich in consolations! grant me the leper's faith and confidence, that in all things I may rely upon Thy omnipotence, and may resign myself to Thy divine will, and may ever honor Thy priests. Grant me, also, O most humble Jesus! the centurion's humility, that for Thy sake, I may compassionately assist my neighbor, and by doing so render myself worthy of Thy grace and mercy.

 

OFFERTORY:

Ps. 117.  The right hand of the Lord hath exercised power, the right hand of the Lord hath exalted me: I shall not die, but live, and shall declare the words of the Lord.  Alleluia.

 

SECRET:

May this victim, O Lord, we beseech Thee, cleanse our offenses, and sanctify the bodies and minds of Thy subjects to celebrate this sacrifice.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

Sanctify, O Lord, the gifts dedicated to Thee, and through them, by the intercession of Blessed Polycarp thy Martyr and Bishop, do Thou graciously regard us.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

By Thy merciful forgiveness, O Lord, and the intercession of the blessed Mary ever Virgin, may this oblation obtain for us peace and prosperity, now and forever.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

COMMUNION:

Luke 4.  They all wondered at these things, which came from the mouth of God.

 

POSTCOMMUNION: 

As Thou dost grant us, O Lord, to deal with so great mysteries, so vouchsafe, we beseech Thee, to make us worthy to enjoy their fruits.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

We, who are refreshed by partaking of Thy holy gift, beseech Thee, O Lord our God, that through the intercession of blessed Polycarp Thy Martyr and Bishop, we may experience the fruits of that which we worshipThrough our Lord, etc.

 

May this communion, O Lord, cleanse us from our sins, and through the intercession of the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, make us partakers of this heavenly remedy.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

 

 

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PROPER OF THE SAINTS FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 26th:

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Sun

3rd Sunday after Epiphany

St. Polycarp, BpM

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Mass 9:00 AM; Confessions 8:00 AM; Rosary of Reparation 8:30 AM; Mass for the members of Mission

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Mon

St. John Chrysostom, BpCD

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Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

28

Tue

St. Peter Nolasco, C

St. Agnes, VM [2nd time]

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 Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

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Wed

St. Francis de Sales

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Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

30

Thu

St. Martina, VM

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Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

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Fri

St. John Bosco, C

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Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

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Sat

St. Ignatius, BpM

FIRST SATURDAY

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Mass 8:30 AM; Confessions 8:00 AM; Rosary of Reparation 8:30 AM; Benediction & Holy Hour of Reparation

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Purification of the BVM

4th Sunday after Epiphany

[Candlemas Day]

Our Lady of Good Success

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Mass 9:00 AM; Confessions 8:00 AM; Rosary of Reparation 8:30 AM; Mass for the members of Mission

12:00 Benediction & Holy Hour of Reparation for the intention of the purification of the Church

 

 

 

Be firm and immovable in the faith.  Love the brethren.  Be affectionate to one another, being bound together in the truth. 

St. Polycarp

 

He was a disciple of St. John the Evangelist, whom he imitated by zealously opposing the heretics, who were then striving to corrupt the faith.  In obedience to the command of his holy Master, he refused to hold intercourse with Marcion, the heresiarch, whom he called the first-born of Satan.  This energetic adversary of the proud sect that denied the mystery of the Incarnation wrote an admirable Epistle to the Philippians, in which we find these words: Whosoever confesses not that Jesus Christ came in the flesh, is an Antichrist. Polycarp, then, had a right to the honour of standing near the Crib, in which the Son of God shows himself to us in all his loveliness, and clothed in flesh like unto our own. 

Dom Gueranger, The Liturgical Year, Feast of St. Polycarp

 

I have his pledge, and on that I trust, not on my own strength.  I have his written promise.  That is my staff, and my guarantee, and my tranquil port.  What matters it to me if the whole world be upset—have I not his written word? Have I not his letters?  There is my rampart. And there my defense.  What letters?  I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.  Christ is with me—of whom shall I be afraid?  Though stormy billows should rise up against me, though the sea should open to swallow me, though the wrath of kings should be enkindled against me, I will heed them no more than if they were so many spider’s webs.  Had not my love for you kept me, I would have started this very day on my exile, for this is my constant prayer: “O Lord! Thy will be done.  I will do thy will; not what such or such an one may will, but what thou willest.”  If he will me to remain here, I will give him thanks.  Yea, whithersoever he wills me to go, I will bless his holy name. 

St. John Chrysostom, his last homily before going into the exile that would take his life

 

 

ON RESIGNATION TO THE WILL OF GOD

Lord, if thou wilt (Matt. 8, 2).

Those who in adversity as well as in prosperity, perfectly resign themselves to the will of God, and accept whatever He sends them with joy and thanks, possess heaven, as St. Chrysostom says, while yet upon earth. Those who have attained this resignation, are saddened by no adversity, because they are satisfied with all that God, their best Father, sends them, be it honor or disgrace, wealth or poverty, life or death. All happens as they wish, because they know no will but God’s, they desire nothing but that which He does and wills. God does the will of them that fear Him (Ps. 144, 10). In the lives of the ancient Fathers we find the following: The fields and vineyards belonging to one farmer were much more fertile and yielding than were his neighbors’. They asked how it happened and he said: they should not

wonder at it, because he always had the weather he wished.  At this they wondered more than ever: How could that be? “I never desire other weather,” he replied, “than God wills; and because my desires are conformable to His, He gives me the fruits I wish.” This submission to the divine will is also the cause of that constant peace and undimmed joy of the saints of God, with which their hearts have overflowed here below, even in the midst of the greatest sufferings and afflictions. Who would not aspire to so happy a state? We will attain it if we believe that nothing in this world can happen to us except by the will and through the direction of God, sin and guilt excepted, for God can never be the cause of them. This the Holy Ghost inculcates by the mouth of the wise man: Good things and evil, life and death, poverty and riches, are from God (Eccles. 11, 14), that is, are permitted or sent by God; all that which comes from God, is for the best, for God doeth all things well (Mark 7, 37). Whoever keeps these two truths always in mind, will certainly be ever contented with the will of God, and always consoled; he will taste while yet on earth the undisturbed peace of mind and foretaste of happiness which the saints had while here, and which they now eternally enjoy in heaven, because of the union of their will with the divine will.

 

INSTRUCTION FOR MASTERS AND SERVANTS

The master of a house should be careful to have not only obedient, faithful, willing, and industrious servants in his home, as had the centurion in the gospel, but still more, pious and God-fearing ones, for God richly blesses the master because of pious servants. Thus God blessed Laban on account of the pious Jacob (Gen. 30, 30), and the house of Putiphar because of the just Joseph (Gen. 39, 5). The master should look to the morals and Christian conduct of his servants, and not suffer irreligious subjects in his house, for he must, after this life, give an account before the tribunal of God, and he makes himself unworthy of the blessing of God, often liable to the most terrible punishment by retaining such. Will not God punish those masters and mistresses who suffer those under them to seek the dangerous occasions of sin, keep sinful company, go about at night, and lead scandalous lives? Will not God, one day, demand the souls of servants from their masters? The same punishment which will befall those who deny their faith, will rest upon careless masters and mistresses, for St. Paul the Apostle writes:

But if any man have not care of his own, and especially of those of his house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel (I. Tim. 5, 8).

Subjects should learn from the centurion’s servants who obeyed his only word, that they also should willingly, faithfully, and quickly do every thing ordered by their masters, unless it be something contrary to the law of God. They should recollect that whatever they do in obedience to their superiors, is done for God Himself. Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not serving to the eye, as pleasing men, but in simplicity of heart, fearing God. Whatsoever you do, do it from the heart as to the Lord, and not to men: knowing that you shall receive of the Lord the reward of inheritance. Serve ye the Lord Christ (Col. 3, 22-24).

Subjects should learn from the centurion’s servants who obeyed his only word, that they also should willingly, faithfully, and quickly do every thing ordered by their masters, unless it be something contrary to the law of God.  They should recollect that whatever they do in obedience to their superiors, is done for God Himself.  Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not serving to the eye, as pleasing men, but in simplicity of heart, fearing God.  Whatsoever you do, do it from the heart as to the Lord, and not to men: knowing that you shall receive of the Lord the reward of inheritance.  Serve ye the Lord Christ (Col 3, 22-24).

 

 

There is no fault committed by another man of which we ourselves are not capable if we were placed in the same circumstances and surrounded by the same evil examples from the time of our youth.  

St. Augustine

 

    Sent to “preach the word of God to the Calvinists of Chablais, he brought back sixty thousand to the Catholic Faith” (Breviary).  Having become the father of the Church at Geneva and founder of the Order of the Visitation, he shed over this double family (Communion) the rays of his apostolic zeal and of his gently holiness.

     “May your light shine before men, so that seeing your works they may glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Gospel).  It is especially God’s goodness which this saint revealed.  “If we must fall into some excess,” St. Francis would say, “let it be on the side of gentleness.”

    “I wish to love him so much, this dear neighbour, I wish to love him so much!  It has pleased God so to make my heart!  Oh! When shall we be impregnated with gentleness and in charity towards our neighbour?”

    St. Francis de Sales died at Lyons in 1622.

    Let us remember this saint’s two sayings: “You can catch more flies with a spoonful of honey than with a hundred barrels of vinegar.”  “What is good makes no noise, noise does no good.”   

St. Francis de Sales

 

Fight, therefore, with great determination. Do not let the weakness of your nature be an excuse. If your strength fails you, ask more from God. He will not refuse your request. Consider this ------ if the fury of your enemies is great, and their numbers overwhelming, the love which God holds for you is infinitely greater. The Angel who protects you and the Saints who intercede for you are more numerous… All He asks of you is that you defend yourself courageously, and that, despite any wounds you may receive, you never lay down your arms or leave the battleground.

You must not shirk your duty. This war is unavoidable, and you must either fight or die. The obstinacy of your enemies is so fierce that peace and arbitration with them is utterly impossible. 

Dom Lorenzo Scupoli, The Spiritual Combat

 

The Ransomer of Captives, St. Peter Nolasco, is thus brought before us a few days after the Feast of his master, St. Raymund of Pennafort.  Both of them offer to the Divine Redeemer the thousands of Christians they ransomed from slavery.  It is an appropriate homage, for it was the result of the Charity which first began in Bethlehem, in the heart of the Infant Jesus, and was afterwards so fervently practiced by these two Saints…. Sacrifice and oblation thou wouldst not, neither are they pleasing to thee; but a Body thou hast fitted unto me.  Then said I, Behold I come: that is, Behold, I come to offer myself as a Sacrifice. Divine Infant has deigned to call us his brethren, and has given himself for our salvation; it is this same spirit of charity which made St. Peter Nolasco devoted his life to his suffering fellow-men. 

Dom Gueranger, The Liturgical Year, Feast of St. Peter Nolasco

 

God loves with intensely tender love those of us who are happy enough to abandon ourselves entirely to his fatherly care, letting ourselves be governed by his divine providence without wasting time by considering if the effects of this providence will be useful, profitable, or harmful for us. We can be assured that from all that has been sent to us from his fatherly and lovable heart, God will draw goodness and value, provided that we have placed all our confidence in him and that we say willingly: “I place my spirit,” -- my soul, my body, and all that I am -- “into your blessed hands” to do with as you wish.

I recommend to you holy simplicity. Look straight in front of you and not at those dangers you see in the distance. As you say, to you they look like armies, but they are only willow branches; and while you are looking at them you may take a false step. Let us be firmly resolved to serve God with our whole heart and life. Beyond that, let us have no care about tomorrow. Let us think only of living today well, and when tomorrow comes, it also will be today and we can think about it then. In all this we must trust and be resigned to God's providence. We must make provision for enough manna for the day, and no more. Let us not doubt that God will provide more for us tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow, and all the days of our pilgrimage.

Let's not waste time in willing and wishing for things, but let God arrange them. We should “cast all our care upon him, since he cares for us,” as the apostle Peter says. And note that he says: “all our care,” that is, all our concern about what comes to us from the events of life as well as what comes to us from what we want or don't want. “He will take care” of the success of these things and he wishes for us whatever is best. 

St. Francis de Sales on the Providence of God

 

 

When the Pope does not walk “uprightly unto the truth of the gospel”

“But when Cephas (Peter) was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.

And to his dissimulation the rest of the Jews consented, so that Barnabas also was led by them into that dissimulation. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly unto the truth of the gospel....”   Gal 2:11-14

 

 

Let no man deceive himself. Both the things which are in heaven, and the glorious angels, and rulers, both visible and invisible, if they believe not in the blood of Christ, shall, in consequence, incur condemnation. “He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.” Let not [high] place puff any one up: for that which is worth all is a faith and love, to which nothing is to be preferred. But consider those who are of a different opinion with respect to the grace of Christ which has come unto us, how opposed they are to the will of God. They have no regard for love; no care for the widow, or the orphan, or the oppressed; of the bond, or of the free; of the hungry, or of the thirsty. They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer, because they confess not the Eucharist to be the flesh of our Saviour Jesus Christ, which suffered for our sins, and which the Father, of His goodness, raised up again. Those, therefore, who speak against this gift of God, incur death in the midst of their disputes.

St. Ignatius of Antioch, Apostolic Father, Epistle to the Church in Smyrna

 

We must distinguish between the error which we may tolerate on questions not diligently examined and not yet defined by the full authority of the Church, and the error trying to upset the very foundations of the Church, which we cannot tolerate.

St Augustine

 

Take courage, O Zorobabel, saith the Lord; and take courage, O Jesus, the son of Josedec, the High Priest; and take courage, all ye people of the land; for thus saith the Lord of Hosts: Yet one little while, and I will move the heaven, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land.  And I will move all nations; and the Desired of all nations shall come; and I will fill this House with glory.  Great shall be the glory of this House, more than of the first; and in this place I will give Peace, saith the Lord of hosts. 

Aggeus 2, 5-10

 

 

The Order of Mercy (Mercedarians) for the Ransom of Captives founded by St. Peter Nolasco, with the help of St. Raymund of Pennafort and King James of Aragon, was a militant order. It was founded about twenty years after St. Felix of Valois and St. John of Matha founded the Trinitarian Order for the Ransom of Captives dedicated to Our Lady of Good Remedy which was strictly a religious society. The original title of St. Peter's order was: The Royal, Military and Religious Order of Our Lady of Mercy for the Redemption of Captives.  It admitted both knights and religious.  The knights were to guard the coasts against the Saracens, but were obliged to choir when not on duty. Its purpose was to employ whatever means necessary to rescue Catholics held as slaves by the Moslems.  St. Peter himself was never ordained priest; and the first seven generals or commanders were chosen out of the knights, though the friars were always more numerous.  St. Peter Nolasco was buried wearing a cuirass and bearing a sword.  It is estimated that in our present day more than 125,000 Christians are killed annually by Moslems worldwide while Pope Francis sings their praises and begs for “mutual respect.”  He offers the Muslims “respect for their religion, its teachings, its symbols, its values.... its religious leaders and its places of worship” while at the same time he holds in contempt the immemorial ecclesiastical traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and the Catholics who are faithful in the defense of these necessary attributes of our faith. 

    “..... Turning to mutual respect in interreligious relations, especially between Christians and Muslims, we are called to respect the religion of the other, its teachings, its symbols, its values. Particular respect is due to religious leaders and to places of worship. How painful are attacks on one or other of these! It is clear that, when we show respect for the religion of our neighbours or when we offer them our good wishes on the occasion of a religious celebration, we simply seek to share their joy, without making reference to the content of their religious convictions. Regarding the education of Muslim and Christian youth, we have to bring up our young people to think and speak respectfully of other religions and their followers, and to avoid ridiculing or denigrating their convictions and practices. We all know that mutual respect is fundamental in any human relationship, especially among people who profess religious belief. In this way, sincere and lasting friendship can grow.”....     Pope Francis, July 10, 2013

 

 

St. Peter Nolosco and his knights were laymen, not priests, and yet they considered the salvation of their neighbour entrusted to them.  We can each of us by counsel, by prayer, but above all by holy example, assist the salvation of our brethren, and thus secure our own. 

Fr. Henry Sebastian Bowden, Lives of Saints

 

Thus saith the Lord God: Behold I send my Angel, and he shall prepare the way before my face.  And presently the Lord whom you seek, and the Angel of the Testament whom you desire, shall come to his Temple.  Behold he cometh, saith the Lord of hosts: and who shall be able to think of the day of his coming? And who shall stand to see him? For he is like a refining fire, and like the fuller’s herb: and he shall sit refining and cleansing the silver, and he shall purity the sons of Levi, and shall refine them as gold and as silver, and they shall offer sacrifices to the Lord in justice. Malachy, 3

O Lord, Thou dost dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, according to Thy word in Peace, because my eyes have seen Thy Salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples- a Light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel. 

St. Luke 2, 29

   

The Most Holy Virgin in these lasts times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary, to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal, or above all, spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world or of religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations that cannot be solved by the Rosary.  There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Rosary!  With the Holy Rosary we will save ourselves.  We will sanctify ourselves.  We will console our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls. 

Sr. Lucy of Fatima on the Rosary

 

Ignatius stands near to Peter, the Feast of whose Chair we kept a few days since; for the Prince of the Apostles made him his second successor in his first See of Antioch.  From so honoured a position Ignatius derived that courage which made him resist a powerful Emperor even to his face, defy the wild beasts of the amphitheatre, and triumph by a glorious martyrdom.  As it were to show the supremacy of the See of Rome, Divine Providence willed that he, with his chains upon him, should go to see Peter, and finish his course in the Holy City, and thus mingle his blood with that of the Apostles. 

Dom Gueranger, The Liturgical Year, Feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch

 

The decadence which exists in the world is without any doubt the consequence of the lack of the spirit of prayer.  Foreseeing this disorientation, the Blessed Virgin recommended recitation of the Rosary with such insistence, and since the Rosary is, after the Eucharistic liturgy, the prayer most apt for preserving faith in souls, the devil has unchained his struggle against it… The Rosary is the most powerful weapon for defending ourselves on the field of battle. 

Sr. Lucy of Fatima on the Rosary

 

For these ills caused by carnal pride the Fathers (of the Church) offer the usual triple medication, three nostrums which won’t eliminate the disease entirely, but will at least relieve the painful symptoms: 1) Make it a practice to always to place ourselves below others, both mentally and actually.  Even the necessary exercise of authority is no obstacle to this, if we remember that authority is essentially a service to those we must govern.  2) Bear all affronts with patience, meditating the while on our Lord’s Passion and all He endured even though He was the Son of God and supremely innocent.  3) Keep in mind at all times the shortness of this life, which renders the solicitations of pride hardly worth the trouble. 

Solange Hertz, Sin Revisited

   

As in the order of nature a child must have a father and a mother, so likewise in the order of grace, a true child of the Church must have God for his Father and Mary for his Mother; and if anyone should glory in having God for his Father and yet has not the love of a true child for Mary, he is a deceiver, and the only father he has is the devil. 

St. Louis de Montfort, The Secret of Mary

 

I am the way… No man cometh to the Father but by Me (Jn. 14, 6).  I have given you an example, that as I have done to you, so you do also (Jn. 13, 15).   Learn of Me because I am meek and humble of heart (Mt. 11, 29).  

First, let us have a habitual desire to imitate Christ in everything that we do, conforming ourselves to His life; upon which life we must meditate, so that we may know how to imitate it and to behave in all things as Christ would behave. 

St. John of the Cross, Ascent of Mt. Carmel

 

 

JESUS WELCOMES EVERYONE                  THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

PRESENCE OF  GOD ‑ O divine Savior, I, too, am a poor leper; receive me: “If Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean!”

MEDITATION:

    I. Today’s Gospel (MI 8, 1‑13) places before us two miracles of Jesus, two profound lessons in humility, faith, and charity.

    Observe the humble faith of the leper: “Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean.” He is so certain that Jesus can heal him that he feels nothing else is necessary for his cure other than the Lord’s will. Christian faith does not wander about in subtle reasonings; its logic is simple: God can do all that He wills; therefore, His will alone is necessary. Yet the leper does not insist; one who lives by faith knows that God always wills whatever is best for him, even if it brings him suffering. Therefore, instead of insisting, he prefers to abandon himself to God’s good pleasure.

    Next comes the centurion. The strong, proud Roman soldier is not ashamed to personally beg Jesus, a Galilean, to help his paralyzed servant. Our Lord is touched by this humble, charitable act, and says at once, “I shall go and heal him!” But the centurion continues, “I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed.” At this point humility becomes still more profound, and faith reaches its maximum:  it is not, necessary for the Lord to go; His power is so great that a word spoken from afar suffices to perform any miracle. Jesus Himself “marveled and said: `Amen I say to you, I have not found so great faith in Israel!’” Is this not a complaint against those who live so close to Him, who perhaps live in His own house, receiving constant favors from Him, while their faith remains very weak and therefore inefficacious?

    2. According to Jewish law, lepers were kept apart from society and no one was allowed to go near them; likewise, the pagans were to be shunned because they did not belong to the chosen people. Jesus goes beyond the old law and in the name of universal charity He welcomes and heals the leper, listens to the foreign centurion and cures his pagan servant. Thus Christ teaches us to make no distinction of persons, not to despise sinners and infidels, but to welcome all with loving kindness. He does not wish the good to enclose themselves in a little circle, but to open the doors to everyone, doing good to all without concerning themselves about the traits and opinions of others. All men are children of God; and our charity, like the mercy of our heavenly Father, should extend to all. This is the dominant thought of today’s Epistle (Rom 12, 16‑21), where St. Paul exhorts us to practice charity, especially toward our enemies. “To no man rendering evil for evil .... If it be possible, as much as in you, have peace with all men. Revenge not yourselves…. but if thy enemy be hungry, give him to eat .... Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good.”

    Jesus conquered evil, both physical and moral evil, by His mercy and love. This must be our strategy too. Whatever the evil around us, whatever the suffering it may cause us, we shall never overcome it by arguments and discussions or by taking a stand and adhering rigidly to it. This can only be accomplished by a delicate charity which understands intuitively the mentality, the tastes, and the needs of others, and which knows precisely when to intervene, to condescend and to sacrifice itself for the good of another, even if that other is unfriendly toward us‑only such charity can triumph over evil.

COLLOQUY:

    “Being what we are and having our free will, when we do not receive what pleases us, we sometimes refuse what the Lord gives us, even though the gift might be the best one possible .... But no, my God, no, no more trust in anything which I can desire for myself: do You desire for me that which You are pleased to desire; for that is my desire, since all my good consists in pleasing You. And, if You, my God, should be pleased to please me, by fulfilling all that my desire asks of You, I know that I should not be lost” (T. J. Way, 30 ‑ Exc, 17).

     O my Jesus, I trust You, I abandon myself to You, dispose of me, of my health and of all that concerns me, according to what You know is best for my spiritual advancement. I beg but one thing: heal my poor soul. I too, spiritually, am a poor leper, a poor paralytic. My pride and vanity are always ready to impair and vitiate the little good I accomplish. Sloth and inertia seek to paralyze my efforts toward perfection. Behold me at Your feet, O Lord; I need Your help like the leper and the paralytic servant. I too, O Lord, believe that, if You will, You can heal me.

    “Miserable though I am, I firmly believe that You can do what You will; and the greater are Your marvels that I hear spoken of, and the more I reflect that You can work others still greater, the stronger grows my faith and the greater is the resolution with which I believe that You will hear my requests” (T.J. Exc, 4).

    O sweet Jesus, I beg for a little of Your overflowing charity, which is so universal, so kind. You well know the difficulties I sometimes encounter when practicing this virtue, especially toward those whose ways of acting and thinking are so different from mine. O Lord, fill my heart with warm, sincere kindness toward them. Only the charity which comes from You will give me strength to overcome all the conflicts which arise from differences in temperament, education and ideas. Only this charity can enable me to sacrifice myself generously for those who hurt me and to continue to act kindly toward those whom I naturally dislike.  

    O Jesus, You came on earth to enkindle the fire of charity: enkindle in me an ardent love for my neighbor.

 

 

Both the habit and the act of faith are necessary both as means of salvation and by precept.  A necessary means of salvation is an absolute condition without which it is impossible to attain to eternal life.  A precept makes something obligatory for salvation when a special command is made by a legitimate superior who imposes something as a condition of salvation but not in such an absolute fashion that salvation could not be obtained otherwise.  Therefore no excuse is permissible when there is a question of a necessary means; on the other hand, moral impossibility is usually taken to excuse from things that are necessary from precept. 

Rev. Dominic Prummer, Handbook of Moral Theology

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ . . . has inspired you with this resolution (which is worthy of your zeal for the Catholic faith), to endeavor, by delivering yourselves and your kingdom from a woman’s passion, to restore it to its ancient obedience to this holy Roman See . . . and if, in maintaining the Catholic faith and the authority of this Holy See, even death should be encountered by you and your blood should be shed, it is far better for the confession of God’s truth to pass quickly to eternal life by the short road of a glorious death, than to live on in shame and ignominy, to the loss of your souls, in bondage to a feeble woman’s passion. For think not, beloved sons in Christ, that those Bishops, or other leading Catholics (principibus Catholicis) of your country whom you mention, have made an unhappy end; who, for their refusal to give up their confession of the Catholic faith, have been either cast into prisons, or unjustly visited with other penalties. For their constancy, which has been encouraged by the example (still, as we believe, effective) of the blessed Thomas Archbishop of Canterbury, can be praised by none as much as it deserves. Imitating this same constancy yourselves, be brave and firm in your resolve! and abandon not your undertaking through fear or threat of any dangers.

Pope St. Pius V, Letter to the St. Thomas Percy, Earl of Northumberland and to his friend, the Earl of Westmoreland, regarding the moral right to rebel, February 22, 1570

 

St. Francis de Sales to reproach the Church with this intolerance is to reproach her with being and with believing herself necessary truth. It belongs to truth to exclude all that is contrary to it, and consequently not only is true religion intolerant, but so also is all science. There is nothing more intolerant than mathematics, for the reason that it is founded on invariable principles. The Church, by the very fact that she is certain of possessing religious truth in its entirety, must inexorably condemn all error. Thus Bossuet acknowledged that “the Catholic religion is the most severe and the least tolerant of all religions;” and Jules Simon, a contemporary naturalist philosopher, confesses that “the lawfulness of ecclesiastical intolerance is beyond dispute.”
We readily acknowledge that, in this sense, the other religious societies are not intolerant. J. J. Rousseau could say of Protestantism: “The Protestant religion is tolerant in principle, it is essentially tolerant, it is as tolerant as it is possible to be, since the only dogma it does not tolerate is that of intolerance.” But such praise is the most crushing refutation of a religious doctrine.

Rev. Walter Devivier, S.J., Christian Apologetics: A Defense of the Catholic Faith

 

 

The Church of Christ IS the Roman Catholic Church

    “On this the Earl, turning towards the people, said: ‘I should have been content to meet my death in silence, were it not that I see it is the custom for those who undergo this kind of punishment to address some words to the bystanders as to the cause of their being put to death. Know, therefore, that, from my earliest years down to this present day, I have held the Faith of that Church which, throughout the whole Christian world, is knit and bound together; and that in this same Faith I am about to end this unhappy life. But, as for this new Church of England, I do not acknowledge it.’

    “Here Palmer, interrupting him, cried out in a loud voice: ‘I see that you are dying an obstinate Papist; a member, not of the Catholic, but of the Roman Church.’

    “To this the Earl replied: ‘That which you call the Roman Church is the Catholic Church, which has been founded on the teaching of the Apostles, Jesus Christ Himself being its corner-stone, strengthened by the blood of Martyrs, honoured by the recognition of the holy Fathers; and it continues always the same, being the Church against which, as Christ our Saviour said, the gates of Hell shall not prevail.’

    “When Palmer tried a second time to interrupt him, the Earl said: ‘Cease, pray, to further trouble me, for of this truth my mind and conscience are most thoroughly convinced.’ And when Palmer still would not be silent, the Earl, turning to the people, said: ‘Beware, beloved brothers, of these ravening wolves, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, whilst, meantime, they are the men that devour your souls.’ At this, rushing straight down from the platform, as though he had received a blow, Palmer left the Earl free to finish his address.

    “To me it has been a grievous sorrow,’ he continued, ‘that, in consequence of an occasion furnished in a manner by myself, so many of the common people have been put to a violent death for the zeal with which they strove to further God’s religion, and clung also personally to myself. Would that by my own death I might have saved their lives! and yet I have no fear but that their souls have obtained the glory of Heaven.’

    “‘As to other matters brought against me, they are already fully explained in my answers to the questions set me by the Privy Council; but I know that in them there is no room for mercy, and therefore from them I expect none: but from Him alone, whom I know to be the author of all mercy, who will, as I truly believe, grant mercy to me.’

    “After commending to his brother’s care his children (four daughters, the eldest but ten), his servants, and some small debts, he begged all present to forgive him, declaring that he on his part forgave all from his heart. Then kneeling down he finished his prayers.

    “Then, after kissing a cross, which he traced upon the kidder of the scaffold, with his arms so folded on his breast as to form a cross, he stretched himself upon the block; and as soon as he had said, ‘Lord, receive my soul!’ the executioner struck off his head. At that same instant, a great groan, which sounded like a roll of thunder, burst from the weeping spectators, as with one voice they called on God to receive his soul into eternal rest.

    “It was thought very wonderful that, from the moment of his laying himself upon the block, he gave not even the smallest sign of fear, and made no movement whatsoever, either of head or body.

Martyrdom of St. Thomas Percy, Earl of Northumberland, August 22, 1572, Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; Taken from, Lives of the English Martyrs by Dom Bede Camm, O.S.B. St. Thomas’ father, also Thomas Percy, was martyred under the reign of Henry VIII.

 

 

The Religion of Sloth

        If we are going to turn away from spiritual joy, we are going to look for joy elsewhere. And so the slothful man ends by putting something else in the place of the revealed spiritual good.

        For the mainstream Catholic clergy, ecumenism is that something else. It is the substitute for the Divinely revealed spiritual good. It has been the driving force of every papacy since John XXIII’s; the overarching concern of most every precept and policy to issue from Rome these past 40-some years. It is the reason there is a New Mass. It is the reason we are identified as traditionalists. We are resisting the new religion fashioned by sloth. We are the declared enemies of ecumenism. We are, quite simply, Catholic.

         And because we are Catholic, we are either despised or ignored by the vast majority of the Catholic hierarchy. We are not of their faith. We do not attend their Mass. And we are an irritating, hateful reminder of the spiritual good from which they have turned away.

Edwin Faust, Catholic commentator

 

Unto the Angel of the Church of Ephesus write: …
But I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first charity (Apocalypse 2:4).

St. Timothy, Bishop of Ephesus for more than 40 years, showed himself to be somewhat lax in preaching of the word of God to the Ephesians in the work for their conversion. The reason for this was that he had to face the pertinacity of both the Jews and adorers of Diana against his apostolate. Hence, moved in part by pusillanimity and moderation and in part by human prudence, he considered it more convenient to become softer so as not to disturb the life of Religion by an excessive zeal or to provoke the fury of the Gentiles against him and his flock, as happened with St. Paul, who had to face the mob shouting against him: ‘Hail the great Diana of Ephesus’ (Acts 19: 34). So, the first ardor of St. Timothy in preaching the Gospel grew weaker, and this was his sin, not mortal but venial.
This also happens with persons who have authority. They sin more often by tepidity disguised as prudence, than by imprudence under the appearance of zeal.
The counsel of Christ given through St. John to St. Timothy corrected his fault, and he returned to his first fervor. Actually he reproved the adorers of Diana so ardently that he received martyrdom by their hands in the year 109 of the Lord, on the 24th day of January, whose memory is registered in the sacred annals of the Church.

Rev. Cornelius a Lapide, Commentarii in Sacram Scripturam, regarding St. Timothy

 

 

The American Novus Ordo Church has lost every cultural battle since Vatican II to defend the moral order.  Why? They “know neither Jesus Christ & the Catholic Faith nor the enemy that seeks to destroy it.”

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.  If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.  If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” 

Sun Tzu, The Art of War

 

 

Dogmas are not Precepts – They are Divinely Revealed Truths

The dogmas of the Faith are to be held only according to their practical sense; that is to say, as preceptive norms of conduct and not as norms of believing, Condemned Proposition. 

St. Pius X, Lamentabili Sane

 

Popes and the corruption of Dogma, of worship, and the undermining of morals

Although it clearly follows from the circumstances that the Pope can err at times, and command things which must not be done, that we are not to be simply obedient to him in all things, that does not show that he must not be obeyed by all when his commands are good.  To know in what cases he is to be obeyed and in what not, it is said in the Acts of the Apostles: “One ought to obey God rather than man,”; therefore, were the Pope to command anything against Holy Scripture, or the articles of faith, or the truth of the sacraments, or the commands of the natural or divine law; he ought not to be obeyed, but in such commands, to be passed over.  

Juan Cardinal de Torquemada, O. P., Summa de Ecclesia, quoted by St. Robert Bellarmine

 

There is a fitting irony that it was on the 500th anniversary of the Luther’s revolt that Pope Francis should embrace divorce and adultery when he publically proclaimed his personal belief in the heretical doctrines of Martin Luther!

By his teaching on the impossibility of continency either in celibacy or In marriage, he paves the way to the sanction of a bigamic marriage, at least In the case of the Landgrave Philip von Hessen. In union with Melanchton and Bucer, Luther acts the spiritual adviser, with counsel pertinent to the matter in hand. On account of the sensation caused by the bigamic marriage, the Landgrave Is recommended to deny it, but secretly he may keep the trull—”Metze”—as a “conjugal concubine.” In principle, Luther had already enunciated these tenets after his interior apostasy from the Church. They only prove his bent and readiness with regard to lying, cunning, and deception.  

Rev. Heinrich Denifle, O.P., Luther and Lutherdom

 

Why is John Henry Cardinal Newman regarded by Modernists as their Spiritual Father? – Because he was!  So why do “Conservative Catholics” admire Newman?  Because he explained how dogma can be discarded.

“Dr. Newman is the most dangerous man in England. And you will see that he will make use of the laity against your Grace. You must not be afraid of him. It will require much prudence, but you must be firm, as the Holy father sill places his confidence in you; but if you yield and do not fight the battle of the Holy See against the detestable spirit growing up in England, he will begin to regret Cardinal Wiseman, who knew how to keep the laity in order.”

Msgr. George Talbot, Papal Chamberlain, Letter to Cardinal Henry Edward Manning, after Pope Pius IX suppressed a plan for Dr. John Henry Newman going to Oxford to establish an inter-faith oratory.

 

An English Catholicism, of which Newman is the highest type, is the old Anglican, patristic, literary, Oxford tone transplanted into the Church... In one word, it is a worldly Catholicism, and it will have the worldly on its side, and will deceive many.

Cardinal Henry Edward Manning, on Dr. John Henry Cardinal Newman

 

Another influential writer during the last century was Lord Acton (Sir John Dalberg), who was famous for his critical historicism and also renowned for his friendship with (Rev. Johann von) Dollinger (a Munich priest and professor at the University, excommunicated for rejecting the dogma of papal infallibility). Acton was almost excommunicated, as Dollinger was, but managed to maintain the appearance of orthodoxy and remain in the Church. As liberal as Lord Acton was, and although he sided with Newman in fighting the dogma of Infallibility, he came to the same conclusion as (Cardianl Henry Edward) Manning regarding Newman’s heterodox position. In a letter written by Acton a few weeks before Manning’s death, after mentioning the ‘personal aversion to Manning’ displayed by Newman he said, “Many will wonder how anybody who saw much of him (Newman) could remain a Catholic — assuming that Newman really was one.” Acton, although an ally of Newman in editing the liberal journal The Rambler, was not baffled by Newman’s prosaic tact. Acton went much further than Manning in his strictures on his old ally. He described Newman as “a sophist, the manipulator and not the servant of truth.” When men of diametrically opposed beliefs, as Acton and Manning, agree in their judgment of another man whom they so well knew, the assumption that they are not both in error is not unreasonable.  

John Edward Courtenay Bodley, On Cardinal John Henry Newman

 

 

 

“For there will rise up false Christs and false prophets, and they shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce (if it were possible) even the elect.” Mark 13:22

Apparently, They Think We are Fools, By Christopher A. Ferrara

Beware of “moral theologians” in pastel blue...

As Pope Francis continues his long tirade against the imaginary Catholic Pharisees who defend the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage and the integrally related Eucharistic discipline, he and his collaborators are busily engineering neo-Pharisaical escape hatches from the negative precepts of the divine and natural law emanating from the Sixth Commandment.

Determined to quell any Catholic opposition to his moral subversion, Francis has slapped the label Authentic Magisterium® on his outrageous opinion that in “complex circumstances” wherein it is not “feasible” to live as brother and sister, two people who are not married can be admitted to Holy Communion without ceasing extra-marital sexual relations so long as they engage in an ill-defined “process of discernment.”  As Father Brian Harrison has so trenchantly observed, this means that people embroiled in adultery can receive Holy Communion while they “discern” that they should not be receiving Holy Communion because they are embroiled in adultery.

Do they think we are fools?

Then there is the endlessly double-talking Cardinal Müller. In a recent interview concerning Rocco Buttiglione’s verbal contortions aimed at demonstrating that the administration of Holy Communion to public adulterers is consistent with the Church’s bi-millennial prohibition of precisely that, Müller proposed this preposterous “solution” to a “problem” that does not exist:

It is possible that the penitent may be convinced in conscience, and with good reasons, of the invalidity of the first marriage even though they cannot offer canonical proof. In this case the marriage valid before God would be the second one and the pastor could grant the sacrament, certainly with the appropriate precautions as not to scandalize the community of the faithful and not to weaken the conviction of marriage indissolubility.  

The Cardinal knows this is moral and canonical nonsense. No Catholic, whether or not he consults a priest, can declare for himself that his marriage in the Church was invalid, especially when—indeed because—he lacks canonical proof of invalidity.  Moreover, absent an annulment granted by the competent Church tribunal, a purported “second marriage” can only be an invalid civil ceremony and thus a thinly disguised form of continuous public adultery. Cardinal Burke, whom Francis sacked as head of the Church’s highest tribunal because he was a major impediment to the conspiracy culminating in Amoris Laetitia (AL), has observed the obvious in this regard:

Such cases do not exist. No priest has the authority to declare a marriage null in the internal forum. Marriage is a public state in the Church, and the judgment regarding an accusation of nullity of marriage must be made in accord with the long practice of the Church. If a college of judges in a matrimonial tribunal is not able to arrive at moral certitude regarding the nullity of a marriage after a careful and thorough examination of the petition of nullity, how can an individual priest be capable of making such a judgment having to do with the eternal salvation of the soul in question?

The only case in which a priest could admit a person living in an irregular matrimonial union to receive the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist is the case of a couple who agree to live “as brother and sister”, that is to respect the marriage to which they are bound by not living in a marital way with another person. Even then, the priest would have to insist that the couple living in continence receive the Sacraments in a place in which they are not well known, lest other faithful be led to believe that persons living in an irregular matrimonial union may receive the Sacraments.

Does Cardinal Müller think we are fools?  Some of us apparently are, or at least are willing to serve as knowing dupes by defending neo-Pharisaical sophistry that would produce “a discipline alien to the entire Tradition of the Catholic and Apostolic faith.”

Apparently, they think they can fool us in the next phase of the program of moral subversion that this incredible Pope seriously expects us to believe is an imperative of “mercy”: the justification of contraception in “complex cases” to which “discernment” must be applied. Consider the recent declaration by one of Francis' new appointments to the Pontifical Academy for Life, whose entire membership he sacked and whose constitution he ordered rewritten to neutralize it. In a lecture at the Gregorian, one Father Maurizio Chiodi, a “moral theologian” of the post-Vatican II variety, proposed that “an artificial method for the regulation of births could be recognized as an act of responsibility that is carried out, not in order to radically reject the gift of a child, but because in those situations responsibility calls the couple and the family to other forms of welcome and hospitality.” 

That is, Francis’ man at the reconstituted Pontifical Academy declares openly that there is a duty to contraceptChiodi’s sole “authority” for this lie from the pit of hell is nothing more than Chapter 8 of AL, the only document of its kind in the entire history of the Church. AL will doubtless be providing cover for a whole new line of Authentic Magisterium® products, all of which will be utter fakes, including some form of “pastoral integration” of homosexual unions.

Evidently, they do think we are fools or willing to play the fool in exchange for the benefits of respectable conformity in the midst of an unparalleled debacle for the Church. (Consider the example of Catholic Answers, which “defends the Faith” while refusing to recognize that it is under ferocious attack from the very vertices of the Church. Silence at best is the price it must pay for remaining in good standing with the pro-homosexual bishop Francis has installed in San Diego.)

But we are not fools. And God will not be mocked. Francis and all his designs will ultimately come to nothing. Meanwhile, ours is but to keep the Faith and protest before God and man the blows now raining down against the Church, even when they come from a wayward Roman Pontiff at her summit.  Indeed, especially then.

 

DOGMA IS THE PROXIMATE RULE OF FAITH; DOGMA is revealed doctrine formally defined by the Church. The pope is the necessary but insufficient means by which DOGMA is declared.

Hence, the distinction is made betewen the Remote and the Proximate Rule of Faith.  The remote Rule of Faith is the Objective Deposit, [Scripture and Tradition], It contains revealed truths which - for some reason or other - were forgotten, obscure, or not sufficiently understood.  Hence, they were broght into discussion, or denied without injury to the Faith until they became clear or werer defined by the Church.  The Proximate Rule of Faith is the teaching of the Church sufficiently proposed and manifestly promulgated to the Faithful, [DOGMA].  If this Proximate Rule of Faith proclaims anything as belonging to the Remote Rule of  Faith, it can no longer be challenged without shipwreck of the Faith.  For unity of faith is whole and entire only while there is no dissent with the Proximate Rule of Faith.  On this point Gregory of Valentia declares: “The Church has from darkness brought to light wth her infallible authority some doctrines which, through human negligence or malice or perversity of mind, remained concealed.  And mayhap there are some still hidden in the Church.” 

Msgr. George Agius, D.D., J.C.D., Tradition and the Church

 

 

I saw a pope who is casting out the bad clergy, who thought to be able to act out of themselves, without Christ and without the traditional Church manners.

Blessed Anna Katherine Emmerich, August 28, 1820

 

 

First of all, he admonished the Churches of every city that, most of all, they shopuld avoid heresies, which already had begun to break out, and advised them to hold firmly to the Traditions of the Apostles.

St. Eusebius, the historian of the early Church in the 4th cenutry, on St. Ignatius of Antioch, the first successor of St. Peter

 

I firmlly admit and accept the Apostolic and Ecclesiastical Traditinos and all the other observances and constitutions of the Church.... I also accept and admit the received and approved rites of the Catholic Church in the solemn administratin of all the Sacraments. 

Tridentine Profession of Faith

 

ON THE FEWNESS OF THOSE WHO FIND SALVATION

“Only a few will be saved; only few will go to Heaven.  The greater part of mankind will be lost forever.”

St. John Neumann

 

“There are a select few who are saved.” 

St. Thomas Aquinas

 

“The number of the Elect is so small - so small - that, were we to know how small it is, we would faint away with grief.  One here and there, scattered up and down the world!” 

St. Louis Marie de Montfort

 

“I tremble when I see how many souls are lost these days.  They fall into Hell like leaves from the trees at the approach of winter.”

St. John Mary Vianney

 

“So vast a number of miserable souls perish, and so comparatively few are saved!” 

St. Philip Neri

 

“How narrow is the gate and how strait the way that leads to life, and few there are who find it.” 

Jesus Christ, Mt. 7, 13-14

 

     

For those in the state of grace every act is meritorious or demeritorious.

St. Thomas Aquinas

 

 

Worth Repeating: The SCHISM is already HERE!

COMMENT: This book in the article below provides an interpretation of Chapter 8 of Amoria Laetitia.  It is addressed to bishops with a “merciful heart” and offers an interpretation that is consistent with the interpretation approved in the private letter sent by Pope Francis to the bishops of Argentina as well as with the interpretation of Cardinal Schornborn who Pope Francis has publically identified as its ‘official interpretor.’  These bishops say that the proper understanding and application is that any Catholic living in public adultery based upon their own private judgment in the internal forum can declare themselves worthy to receive Holy Communion and absolution in the sacrament of Penance and therefore cannot be denied these sacraments.  It is given semi-official approval by its publication in L’Osservatore Romano. 

Now in the Novus Ordo which may be nothing more than a memorial meal as initially defined by Pope Paul VI, perhaps giving the Novus Ordo communion wafer to a person in objective mortal sin is not a real problem.  But what is certainly a grave sin it that these persons can expect to be absolved by a confessor in the sacrament of Penance without confessing or repentance of mortal sin.  Pope Francis and his CDF puppet, Cardinal Muller, will not be answering the Dubia in any official capacity.  This does not represent a change in the Church’s teaching.  It represents the active effort of a Francis and his minions to destroy the Catholic doctrine and morality.  As we announced during the synod, the schism has long been present.  It is more evident each passing day and every Catholic will have to pick sides.  God cannot let an open attack upon the sacrament of marriage go unpunished.  Their hypocrisy is oozing from every pore.  Imagine if a Catholic with “humility, discretion and love for the Church and her teaching, in a sincere search for God’s will and a desire to make a more perfect response to it” arrives at traditional Catholicism, what kind of response can be expect from the local bishop and Rome?  If you want to know read our OPEN LETTERS!

 

“If, as a result of the process of discernment, undertaken with “humility, discretion and love for the Church and her teaching, in a sincere search for God’s will and a desire to make a more perfect response to it” (Amoris Laetitia 300), a separated or divorced person who is living in a new relationship manages, with an informed and enlightened conscience, to acknowledge and believe that he or she are at peace with God, he or she cannot be precluded from participating in the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist (see AL, notes 336 and 351).”

Bishops Charles J Scicluna and Mario Grech, Guide for the Interpretation of Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia: An Invitatiion to the Bishops of Merciful Hearts.  This received semi-official approbation by being featured in the publication, L’Osservatore Romano, 1-2017

 

What belongs to the foundation of the Faith is one thing, but it is a different proposition when, in good faith, the most learned and the best defenders of the Faith do not agree - with the result that one may say something better and truer than another. 

St. Augustine

 

 

“Those who do not repent and cannot therefore be forgiven disappear. There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls.” 

Pope Francis the Vanishing, quoted by Eugenio Scalfari

 

 

 

“We Embraced Each Other” - What Francis Confided to Scalfari

Pope Francis gives another exclusive interview with his favorite reporter, the atheist Eugenio Scalfari, published in La Repubblica, on January 14, 2020. Scalfari wrote the article entitled: “Francis, Ratzinger, and the Salvation of the Earth” on January 20.  Scalfari attributes the following quotes to Pope Francis:

·        “The Church is forced to become more modern: to be with the poor and the weak, not with the rich and strong.”

·        “The planet is under threat, the climate must be our first concern.”

·        “I am only driven by the desire that our church survive by adapting our collective spirit to modern civil society.”

The “Church is forced to become more modern”?  By whom and for what ends? And what does being “more modern” have to do with being with the “poor and the weak” and less “modern” have to do with being with the “rich and strong”?  Where in the gospels does Jesus Christ give a mandate to His Church as their “first concern” any supposed questions of “climate”?  But poor Francis is “only driven by the desire that our church survive by adapting our collective spirit to modern civil society.”  This proposition is a direct paraphrase of a condemned proposition of the heresy of Liberalism and Modernism:

The Roman Pontiff can, and ought to, reconcile himself, and come to terms with progress, liberalism and modern civilization.- -Allocution “Jamdudum cernimus,” March 18, 1861, Condemned proposition #80, Syllabus of Errors, Bl. Pope Pius IX

 

 

 

Scalfari's Report of Pope Francis' comments over Cardinal Sarah's and Benedict/Ratzinger's book defending priestly celibacy after Vatican pressures Sarah to remove Benedict/Ratzinger's name from book!

Scalfari, a professed atheist, refers to Pope Francis as "Our pope"!

Sarah thought he opposed the positions of Francis and had hoped that Ratzinger would associate himself with his own positions. Benedict had provided a text and on the basis of this Sarah sent to press a co-authored book with very polemical content. Almost all the major Italian newspapers prominently highlighted this news which, if it had been true, would have produced a considerable crisis by gathering, under the banners of a cardinal and Pope who had resigned but was still fully active, a number of bishops more or less discontent with the current pontificate, and thus putting Pope Francis in considerable difficulty.

This being the situation, Ratzinger had made it known that he had not sided with Sarah at all nor had he ever authorized a co-authored book with him.

Benedict therefore showed Francis all his solidarity. Our Pope [Francis] did not take the attempt of a group of cardinals backing Sarah seriously at all, and he accepted Ratzinger’s friendly and even fraternal offer the day before our meeting. 

As for me aware of Sarah’s attempt, I asked at the beginning of our meeting what his inner reaction was to the existence of a group in opposition to his pontificate. 

The answer was that there is always someone opposed in an organization that embraces hundreds of millions of people around the world. The issue with Ratzinger was therefore closed and the small or great opposition that still remains standing ought to be considered a fairly normal phenomenon in such structures.

Source: LifeSiteNews, 1-21-2020

 

 

 

Despite his faults, President Trump has done far, far more to defend the God given right to life of children in the womb than all the other Republican presidents together!

Hundreds of thousands to protest abortion, hear Trump speak at March for Life today

Donald Trump is the first U.S. president to attend the March for Life in person.

LifeSiteNews | WASHINGTON, D.C. | January 24, 2020— Pro-life activists from countless backgrounds across the United States are marching the streets of Washington, D.C. today for the annual March for Life, where President Donald Trump is anticipated as the first U.S. president to attend and speak at the event.

Wednesday was the 47th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which, along with its sister case Doe v. Bolton, imposed abortion on demand across the nation in 1973. At least 60 million preborn children have been slaughtered over the last 47 years. The theme of this year’s march is “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.”

Trump’s planned appearance was announced Wednesday evening. 

“See you on Friday...Big Crowd!” he tweeted. Trump previously addressed marchers via recorded or live video message. Vice President Mike Pence spoke from the March for Life stage last year. Today, Pence is occupied meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Trump will the first US President to attend the March For Life!

In addition to President Trump, speakers at Friday's March will include abortion survivors Claire Culwell and Melissa Ohden, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey, Louisiana state senator Katrina Jackson, Focus on the Family’s Jim Daly, Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List head Marjorie Dannenfelser, Pastor David Platt of McLean Bible Church in D.C., and more, including yet to be announced guests.

“We’ve come a long way from ‘safe, legal, and rare’ to ‘shout your abortion,’” March for Life president Jeanne Mancini said. “We know this message about women and abortion is both deceptive and hurtful.”

On Tuesday evening, Trump declared this year’s anniversary of Roe v. Wade to be “Sanctity of Life Day.” The contenders for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination, meanwhile, marked the occasion by promising to appoint pro-abortion judges and force American taxpayers to fund unrestricted abortion.  [.....]

 

 

 

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Remember in your charity the following pray requests:  

Remember the welfare of our expectant mother: Victoria Dimmel,

Thomas Thees, recently hospitalized,

Thomas A. Nelson, long time faithful traditional Catholic the founder and former owner of TAN Books & Publishing, suffered a recent stroke,

The Joseph Cox Family, their spiritual welfare,

The Thomas Dube Family, for their conversion and spiritual welfare,

Luis Rafael Zelaya, the brother of Claudia Drew, who is seriously ill,

For the health of Kim Cochran, the daughter-in-law of Joseph and Brenda Cochran, the wife of their son Joshua,

Louie Verrecchio, Catholic apologist, who has a health problem,

John Minidis, Jr. family, for help in their spiritual trial,  

John and Joann DeMarco, for their health and spiritual welfare,

Regina (Manidis) Miller, her spiritual welfare and health,   

Melissa Elena Levitt, her health and conversion, and welfare of her children,

For the grace of a holy death, Nancy Marie Claycomb,

The health and spiritual welfare of Tom Grow, Amanda Gardner, and Alex Estrada,

Conversion of Annette Murowski, and her son Jimmy,

Brent Keith from Indiana has petitioned our prayers for the Keith Family,

The welfare of the Schmedes Family, and the Mike and Mariana Donohue Family,

The spiritual welfare Robert Holmes Family,

For the spiritual and temporal welfare of Irwin Kwiat,

Fr. Waters asks our prayers for Elvira Donahy, who is recovering from a stroke,

Kimberly Ann, the daughter of John and Joann DeMarco, for her health and spiritual welfare,

Mufide Rende, a traditional Catholic from India has asked our prayers for her welfare,

Mary and Bill Glatz, the welfare of their family,

Barbara Harmon, who is gravely ill, and still cares for her ailing parents,

Jason Green, a father of ten children who has been seriously injured,

For the health and welfare of Kolinsky and Sorace families,

Fr. Waters asks our prayers for the health and spiritual welfare of Brian Abramowitz,

Janine Mullen, for her health and help for her family,

Thomas Schiltz family, in grateful appreciation for their contribution to the beauty of our chapel,

Carlo A. De Porto, who is in failing health,

Welfare of Bishop Richard Williamson, for strength and courage in the greater battles to come,

John Rhoad, for his health and spiritual welfare,

Angelina Montesano family & Helen Snyder, for their health and spiritual welfare,

Kathy Boyle, requests our prayers for her welfare,

Michael J. Brigg & his family, who have helped with the needs of the Mission,

Nancy Deegan, her welfare and conversion to the Catholic Church,

Francis Paul Diaz, who was baptized at Ss. Peter & Paul, asks our prayers for his spiritual welfare,

The conversion of David Keithley and the welfare of the Nathaniel Miller family, Rene McFarland, Scott Osborn, Larry Hitsman, Mrs. Shoup, Cary Shipman and family, David Bash, Crystal and family, Larry Reinhart, and Cayden Costanzo, are the petitions of Gene Peters,

The Drews ask your intercession for the welfare of Brendan McGuire, a young father of three, who has been diagnosed with cancer,

For the conversion of Ben & Tina Boettcher family, Karin Fraessdorf, Eckhard Ebert, and Fahnauer family,

Fr. Waters requests our prayers for Br. Rene, SSPX who has been ill, and for Fr. Thomas Blute, 

Rose Cuono, who is in failing health,

For the health and welfare of Kathryn Lederhos, the aunt of David Drew,

Fr. Peterson asks our prayers for Charles Valenti, and his wife, Julia,

For the welfare of Fr. Paul DaDamio and Fr. William T. Welsh,

The Drew’s ask our prayers for the welfare of Joe & Tracy Sentmanat family, Keith & Robert Drew, Christy Koziol & her children, Fred Nesbit and Michael Nesbit families, and Gene Peters Family, the John Manidis Family, the Sal Messinio Family, Michael Proctor Family,

Ryan Boyle grandmother, Jane Boyle, who is failing health,

Mel Gibson and his family, please remember in our prayers,

Rev. Timothy A. Hopkins, prayers for his mother, the Mission of St. Philomena in Miami, and the welfare of Fr Jean-Luc Lafitte,

Ebert’s request our prayers for the Andreas & Jenna Ortner Family,

Joyce Paglia has asked prayers for George Richard Moore Sr. & his children, and her brother, George Panell,

For the welfare of Anthony & Joyce Paglia, who are responsible for the beautiful statuary in our chapel,

Philip Thees asks our prayers for his family, for McLaughlin Family, the conversion of Bruce Heller, & Janet Gardner, the welfare of Dan Polly Weand, the conversion of Sophia Herman, Tony Rosky, and Carl Ropeter, the welfare Nancy Erdeck, the wife of the late Deacon Erdeck, and the welfare of Frank D’Agustino who is ill, the health of Charles Kanaskie, and the health of his brother, Thomas Thees, John Calasanctis, Stephen Cagorski, Tony Rosky, John Bogda, Maryann Reutter, James Parvenski, Kathleen Gorry, and Cecilia LeBow.

 

Pray for the Repose of the Souls:

Ricardo DeSilva, died November 16, our prayers requested by his brother, Henry DeSilva,

Joyce Laughman and Robert Twist, for their conversions,

Roland H. Allard,  a friend of the Drew’s, died September 28,

Sandra Peters, the wife of Gene Peters, who died June 10 receiving the sacraments and wearing our Lady’s scapular,

Rev. Francis Slupski, a priest who kept the Catholic faith and its immemorial traditions, died May 14,

Martha Mochan, the sister of Philip Thees, died April 8,

George Kirsch, our good friend and supporter of this Mission, died February 15,

For Fr. Paul J. Theisz, died October 17, is the petition of Fr. Waters,

Fr. Mecurio Fregapane, died Jan 17, was not a traditional priest but always charitable,

Fr. Casimir Peterson, a priest who often offered the Mass in our chapel and provided us with sound advice, died December 4,

Fr. Constantine Bellasarius, a faithful and always charitable Eastern Rite Catholic Melkite priest, who left the Roman rite, died November 27,

Christian Villegas, a motor vehicle accident, his brother, Michael, requests our prayers,

John Vennari, the former editor of Catholic Family News, and for his family’s welfare,

Mary Butler, the aunt of Fr. Samuel Waters, died October 17,

Joseph DeMarco, the nephew of John DeMarco, died October 3,

John Fergale, died September 25 after receiving the traditional sacramental rites of the Church wearing the brown scapular,

John Gabor, the brother of Donna Marbach, died September 9,

Fr. Eugene Dougherty, a faithful priest, fittingly died on the Nativity of the BVM after receiving the traditional Catholic sacraments,

Phyllis Schlafly, died September 5,

Helen Mackewicz, died August 14,

Mark A. Wonderlin, who died August 2,

Fr. Carl Cebollero, a faithful priest to tradition who was a friend of Fr. Waters and Fr. DeMaio,

Jessica Cortes, a young mother of ten who died June 12,

Frances Toriello, a life-long Catholic faithful to tradition, died June3, the feast of the Sacred Heart, and her husband Dan, died in 1985, 

John McLaughlin, a friend of the Drew’s, died May 22,

Angela Montesano, who died April 30, and her husband, Salvatore,  who died in July 3, 2013,

Charles Schultz, died April 5, left behind nine children and many grandchildren, all traditional Catholics,

Esperanza Lopez de Callejas, the aunt of Claudia Drew, died March 15,

Fr. Edgardo Suelo, a faithful priest defending our traditions who was working with Fr. Francois Chazal in the Philippines, died February 19,

Conde McGinley, a long time laborer for the traditional faith, died February 12, at 96 years,

The Drew family requests your prayers for Ida Fernandez and Rita Kelley, parishioners at St. Jude,

Fr. Stephen Somerville, a traditional priest who repented from his work with the Novus Ordo English translation, died December 12,

Fr. Arturo DeMaio, a priest that helped this Mission with the sacraments and his invaluable advice, died December 2,

J. Paul Carswell, died October 15, 2015,

Solange Hertz, a great defender of our Catholic faith, died October 3, the First Saturday of the month,

Paula Haigh, died October 21, a great defender of our Catholic faith in philosophy and natural science,

Gabriella Whalin, the mother of Gabriella Schiltz, who died August 25,

Mary Catherine Sick, 14 year old from a large traditional Catholic family, died August 25,

Fr. Paul Trinchard, a traditional Catholic priest, died August 25,

Stephen J. Melnick, Jr., died on August 21, a long-time faithful traditional Catholic husband and father, from Philadelphia,

Patricia Estrada, died July 29, her son Alex petitions our prayers for her soul,

Fr. Nicholas Gruner, a devoted priest & faithful defender of Blessed Virgin Mary and her Fatima message, died April 29,

Sarah E. Shindle, the grandmother of Richard Shindle, died April 26,

Madeline Vennari, the mother of John Vennari, died December 19,

Salvador Baca Callejas, the uncle of Claudia Drew, died December 13,

Robert Gomez, who died in a motor vehicle accident November 29,

Catherine Dunn, died September 15,

Anthony Fraser, the son of Hamish Fraser, died August 28,

Jeannette Rhoad, the grandmother of Devin Rhoad, who died August 24,

John Thees, the uncle of Philip Thees, died August 9,

Sarah Harkins, 32 year-old mother of four children, died July 28,

Anita Lopez, the aunt of Claudia Drew,

Fr. Kenneth Walker, a young traditional priest of the FSSP who was murdered in Phoenix June 11,

Fr. Waters petitions our prayers for Gilberte Violette, the mother of Fr. Violette, who died May 6,

Pete Hays petitions our prayers for his brothers, Michael, died May 9, and James, died October 20, his sister, Rebecca,  died March17, and his mother, Lorraine Hayes who died May 4,

Philip Marbach, the father of Paul Marbach who was the coordinator at St. Jude in Philadelphia, died April 21,

Richard Slaughtery, the elderly sacristan for the SSPX chapel in Kansas City, died April 13,

Bernedette Marie Evans nee Toriello, the daughter of Daniel Toriello , died March 31, a faithful Catholic who suffered many years with MS, 

Natalie Cagorski, died march 23,

Anita Lopez de Lacayo, the aunt of Claudia Drew, who died March 21,

Mario Palmaro, Catholic lawyer, bioethicist and professor, apologist, died March 9, welfare of his widow and children,

Daniel Boyle, the uncle of Ryan Boyle, died March 4,

Jeanne DeRuyscher, who died on January 25,

Arthur Harmon, died January 18,

Fr. Waters petitions our prayers for the soul of Jeanne DeRuyscher, who died January 17,

Joseph Proctor, died January 10,

Susan Scott, a devote traditional Catholic who made the vestments for our Infant of Prague statue, died January 8,

Brother Leonard Mary, M.I.C.M., (Fred Farrell), an early supporter and friend of Fr. Leonard Feeney, died November 23,

John Fergale, requests our prayers for his sister Connie, who died December 19,

Jim Capaldi, died December 15,

Brinton Creager, the son of Elizabeth Carpenter, died December 10, 

Christopher Lussos, age 27, the father of one child with an expecting wife, died November 15,

Jarett Ebeyer, 16 year old who died in his sleep, November 17, at the request of the Kolinsky’s,

Catherine Nienaber, the mother of nine children, the youngest three years of age, killed in MVA after Mass, 10-29,

Nancy Aldera, the sister of Frances Toriello, died October 11, 2013 at 105 years of age,

Mary Rita Schiltz, the mother of Thomas Schiltz, who died August 27,

William H. (Teddy) Kennedy, Catholic author of Lucifer’s Lodge, died August 14, age 49, cause of death unknown,

Alfred Mercier, the father of David Mercier, who died August 12,

The Robert Kolinsky asks our prayers for his friend, George Curilla, who died August 23,

John Cuono, who had attended Mass at our Mission in the past, died August 11,

Raymond Peterson, died July 28, and Paul Peterson, died February 19, the brothers of Fr. Casimir Peterson,

Margaret Brillhart, who died July 20,

Msgr. Joseph J. McDonnell, a priest from the diocese of Des Moines, who died June 8,

Patrick Henry Omlor, who wrote Questioning The Validity of the Masses using the New, All English Canon, and for a series of newsletters which were published as The Robber Church, died May 2, the feast of St Athanasius,  

Bishop Joseph McFadden, died unexpectedly May 2,

Timothy Foley, the brother-in-law of Michelle Marbach Folley, who died in April,

William Sanders, the uncle of Don Rhoad, who died April 2,

Gene Peters ask our prayers for the repose of the soul of Mark Polaschek, who died March 22,

Eduardo Gomez Lopez, the uncle of Claudia Drew, February 28,

Cecelia Thees, died February 24,

Elizabeth Marie Gerads, a nineteen year old, the oldest of twelve children, who died February 6, 

Michael Schwartz, the co-author with Fr. Enrique Rueda of “Gays, Aids, and You,” died February 3,

Stanley W. Moore, passed away in December 16, and Gerard (Jerry) R. Pitman, who died January 19, who attended this Mission in the past, 

Louis Fragale, who died December 25,

Fr. Luigi Villa, Th.D. author of Vatican II About Face! detailing the heresies of Vatican II, died November 18 at the age of 95,

Rev. Michael Jarecki, a faithful traditional Catholic priest who died October 22,and Rev. Hector Bolduc, who died September 10,

Jennie Salaneck, died September 19 at 95 years of age, a devout and faithful Catholic all her life,

Dorothy Sabo, who died September 26,

Cynthia (Cindy) Montesano Reinhert, the mother of nine children, four who are still at home, died August 19,

Stanley Spahalski, who died October 20, and his wife, Regina Spahalski, who died June 24, and for the soul of Francis Lester, her son,

Julia Atkinson, who died April 30,

Antonio P. Garcia, who died January 6, 2012 and the welfare of his teenage children, Andriana and Quentin,

Helen Crane, the aunt of David Drew who died February 27,

Fr. Timothy A. Hopkins, of the National Shrine of St. Philomena, in Miami, November 2,

Frank Smith, who died February 7, and the welfare of his wife, Delores,

Eduardo Cepeda, who died January 26,

Larry Young, the 47 year old father of twelve who died December 10 and the welfare of his wife Katherine and their family,

Sister Mary Bernadette, M.I.C.M., a founding member of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died December 16,

Joeseph Elias, who died on September 28,

William, the brother of Fr. Waters, who died September 7,

Donald Tonelli, died August 1,

Rev. Fr. Gregory Hesse, of Austria, a great defender of Catholic Truth, died January 25, 2006,

Emma Colasanti, who died May 29,

Mary Dullesse, who died April 12, a Catholic convert who died wearing our Lady’s scapular,

Ruth Jantsch, the grandmother of Andre Ebert, who died April 7, Derrick and Denise Palengat, his godparents,

Philip D. Barr, died March 5, and the welfare of his family, 

Judith Irene Kenealy, the mother of Joyce Paglia, who died February 23, and her son, George Richard Moore, who died May 14, 

For Joe Sobran who died September 30,

Fr. Hector Bolduc, a great and faithful priest, died, September 10, 2012,

John Vennari asks our prayers for Dr. Raphael Waters who died August 26,

Stanley Bodalsky, the father of Mary Ann Boyle who died June 25,

Mary Isabel Kilfoyle Humphreys, a former York resident and friend of the Drew’s, who died June 6,

Rev. John Campion, who offered the traditional Mass for us every first Friday until forbidden to do so by Bishop Dattilo, died May 1,

Joseph Montagne, who died May 5,

For Margaret Vagedes, the aunt of Charles Zepeda, who died January 6,

Fr. Michael Shear, a Byzantine rite Catholic priest, died August 17, 2006,

Fr. James Francis Wather, died November 7, 2006, author of The Great Sacrilege and Who Shall Ascend?, a great defender of dogma and liturgical purity,

Fr. Enrique Rueda, who died December 14, 2009, to whom our Mission is indebted,

Fr. Peterson asks to remember, Leonard Edward Peterson, his cousin, Wanda, Angelica Franquelli,  and the six priests ordained with him.

Philip Thees petitions our prayers for Beverly Romanick, Deacon Michael Erdeck, Henry J. Phillips, Grace Prestano, Connie DiMaggio, Elizabeth Thorhas, Elizabeth Thees, Theresa Feraker, Hellen Pestrock, and James & Rose Gomata, and Kathleen Heinbach,

Fr. Didier Bonneterre, the author of The Liturgical Movement, and Fr. John Peek, both were traditional priests,

Brother Francis, MICM, the superior of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Richmond, NH, who died September 5,

Rodolfo Zelaya Montealegre, the father of Claudia Drew, who died May 24,

Rev. Francis Clifford, a devout and humble traditional priest, who died on March 7,

Benjamin Sorace, the uncle of Sonja Kolinsky.

 

 

 

“Through the deceit of evil men….. (who are) most Indifferentism_jan_2016.jpgcertainly going to perish forever…”

Now we come to another very fertile cause of the evils by which, we are sorry to see, the contemporary Church being afflicted. This is indifferentism, or that wicked opinion which has grown up on all sides through the deceit of evil men. According to this opinion, the eternal salvation of the soul can be attained by any kind of profession of faith, as long as a man’s morals are in line with the standard of justice and honesty. You must drive out from the people entrusted to your care this most deplorable error on a matter so obviously important and so completely clear. For, since the Apostle has warned that there is one God, one faith, one baptism, those who pretend that the way to [eternal] beatitude starts from any religion at all should be afraid and should seriously think over the fact that, according to the testimony of the Savior Himself, they are against Christ because they are not for Christ; and that they are miserably scattering because they are not gathering with Him; and that consequently, they are most certainly going to perish forever, unless they hold the Catholic faith and keep it whole and inviolate. 

Pope Gregory XVI, Mirari Vos

 

 

 

Catholic Dogma: Only the sacrament of Baptism received by those who hold the true faith can make men “children of God” and members of His Church!

In this crowd, in this range of religious, there is only one certainty we have for all: we are all children of God. I hope you will spread my prayer request for this month: That sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice. I have confidence in your prayers.

Pope Francis the Indifferent, Prayer intention for January 2016

 

 

Dogmas “are to give light, not to receive light from human reason”!

             I answer: The obligation to believe what God says is a natural duty, it is a natural law, dictated by the common sense of reason which the Creator has deposited in every human soul. The Church only enforces this law, which existed before she herself existed, because from all eternity it was a truth that the creature is bound to believe the word of the Creator. If the Church allows no denial, no doubt, no alteration or misconstruction of any of her dogmas, it is because the veracity of the Son of God, who has revealed these truths, is attacked when any of His doctrines are denied or doubted. These dogmas are so many fixed stars in the firmament of holy Church. They cannot be reached by the perversity and frivolity of man. He may close his eyes against them and deny their existence; he may misrepresent them and look at them through glasses stained the color of every prejudice; but he cannot do away with them altogether, nor change in any way their natural brightness and brilliancy. Like the stars that deck the vault of heaven, they are to give light, not to receive light from human reason. They are the word of God, and what God says is truth, that cannot be made untruth. The mind that receives truth is enlightened thereby; the mind that denies or misrepresents it is darkened and corrupted.

             Besides, every dogma of faith is to the Catholic cultivated mind not only a new increase of knowledge, but also an incontrovertible principle from which it is able to draw conclusions and derive other truths. They present an endless field for investigation so that the beloved Apostle St. John could write at the end of his Gospel, without fear of exaggeration: “But there are also many other things which Jesus did: which if they were written every one, the world itself, I think, world not be able to contain the books that should be written.”

             The Catholic Church, by enforcing firm belief in her dogmas—which are not her inventions, but were given by Jesus Christ—places them as a bar before the human mind to prevent it from going astray and to attach it to the truth; but it does not prevent the mind from exercising its functions when it has secured the treasure of divine truth, and a “scribe thus instructed in the kingdom of heaven is truly like a man that is a householder, who bringeth forth out of his treasure new things and old.” …. They are new because newly enacted, declared, defined; they are old because they contain no new revelation or any assumption of power never granted by Christ, but simply old truths under new forms, the old power exercised under new circumstances.

Rev. Joseph Prachensky, S.J., The Church of the Parables and True Spouse of the Suffering Savior

 

 

 

“Don’t get me wrong Sisters.  I am sure your hearts are in the right place.  OK, but you know, somebody has got to lift the scab, the festering scab that is the Vatican.” 

Jerry Fletcher, Conspiracy Theory, addressing two nuns, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let nothing disturb thee, Nothing affright thee;

All things are passing; God never changeth;

Patient endurance attaineth to all things;

Who God possesseth in nothing is wanting;

Alone God sufficeth.

Bookmark of St. Teresa of Jesus

 

 

 

How beauteous is the courage which we find,

with childlike confidence in God combined!

Who fears his God shall know no other fear -

He heeds not pitying smile, nor unkind sneer.

 

 

 

 

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"The virtue of fortitude protects a person from loving his life so much that he loses it." 

Josef Pieper, A Brief Reader on the Virtues of the Human Heart

 

"Prayer draws its merits from charity; but its imperative efficacy comes from faith and confidence." 

St. Thomas

 

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“Only take heed to yourself and guard your soul diligently.” (Deut 4:9)

 

 

 

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"It is a sin to believe there is salvation outside the Catholic Church!"  

Blessed Pope Pius IX


 

 

 

 

 

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It is “Unthinkable” to Question Vatican II only for those who do not think. Or what they mean to say is that there is only one immutable “dogma” in the Church – Vatican II. Yes, for the NeoModernist, there is no such thing as immutable dogma except the dogma of the mutability of all truth! Here Card. Koch declares the Holy Father cannot deny “his own personal (magisterium) teaching” based upon his grace of state but can deny the infallible teaching (Magisterium) of the Church if it does not agree with his own!

Those who deny Jesus Christ are not the “elder brothers” of those who worship Jesus Christ!

JEWS-CATHOLICS: CARD. KOCH (HOLY SEE), “UNTHINKABLE” TO QUESTION THE COUNCIL

“Absolutely not”: the Catholic Church cannot change her position on the Second Vatican Council and the Nostra Aetate Declaration “because she cannot question the Council. That is unthinkable. And the Holy Father cannot deny his Magisterium.” Card. Kurt Koch

 

 

It is the FAITH itself they hate, and every one of its perfect images!

Novusordoism is the cult of Man. This is what the New Religion is made of; this is its constituent stuff: religiously indifferentist, specifically anti-creedal, humanistic, secular, horizontalist, man-centered with a few little Scriptural references tacked on as a fig leaf. It’s easy for a person caught up in it, like a half-boiled frog, not to know he’s no longer a creedal Catholic, but objectively it just isn’t the same business. This bishop’s (Rev. Derio Olivero, Appointed as bishop of Pinerolo, Italy by Bergoglio) public refusal to confess the Creed of the Catholic religion at an ostensibly Catholic Mass on one of the highest feast days of the year just shows that it’s finally coming out of the closet. 

Hilary White, No Creed? No surprises in the NuChurch!

 

 

 

For all the gods of the Gentiles are devils; but the Lord made the heavens. Ps. 44

Pope Francis denigrates traditional Catholics as schismatics and regards those who keep the immemorial ecclesiastical customs of our Faith as "neo-Pelegians."  If the members of Ss. Peter & Paul were really "schismatics" or "Pelegian heretics," we would then have their "respect" for us, and "respect (for our) religion, its teachings, its symbols, its values.... (for our) religious leaders and (our) places of worship."  The immemorial ecclesiastical traditions they mock are the work of God.  Those that they "respect" are not.

    ....Turning to mutual respect in interreligious relations, especially between Christians and Muslims, we are called to respect the religion of the other, its teachings, its symbols, its values. Particular respect is due to religious leaders and to places of worship. How painful are attacks on one or other of these!
   It is clear that, when we show respect for the religion of our neighbours or when we offer them our good wishes on the occasion of a religious celebration, we simply seek to share their joy, without making reference to the content of their religious convictions.
    Regarding the education of Muslim and Christian youth, we have to bring up our young people to think and speak respectfully of other religions and their followers, and to avoid ridiculing or denigrating their convictions and practices.
    We all know that mutual respect is fundamental in any human relationship, especially among people who profess religious belief. In this way, sincere and lasting friendship can grow.....

Pope Francis, greeting to Mohammedans at the end of Ramadan

 

Just what is this comment intended to mean?

Francis: Same-sex couples pose new educational challenges

The Pope mentioned this in his speech to Superiors-General of religious orders. We must be careful not to “administer a vaccine against faith” to children of same-sex couples    vatican insider staff: rome 01/ 4/2014 

From an educational point of view, same-sex unions “provide us with new challenges which sometimes are difficult for us to understand,” (Pope) Francis said in the speech he gave to superiors general last 29 November, published by Italian Jesuit journal, La Civiltà Cattolica. We must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith to the children of same-sax couples.

 

 

A fair question! - IS Pope Francis not just a supporter but a bona fide member of the homosexual lobby? 

“I remember the case of a very sad little girl who finally confided to her teacher the reason for her state of mind: ‘my mother’s (female) fiancé doesn’t like me.’ The percentage of children studying in schools who have separated parents is very high. The situation in which we live now provides us with new challenges which sometimes are difficult for us to understand. How can we proclaim Christ to these boys and girls? How can we proclaim Christ to a generation that is changing? We must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith to them.” 

Pope Francis, address to Superiors-General  of Religious Orders, Civiltà Cattolica

N.B.: The English translation says "mother's fiancé" leaving out the of word the gender which is incorrect. The original Italian text quoting the words of the Pope said that the “little girl” is “sad” because her mother’s “fidanzata” did not like her — fidanzata, that is, her “fiancée” (a woman engaged to be married), not “fiancé” (a man engaged to be married), as translated.

 

 

Readers Digest Version of an Encyclopedic Discourse

Pope Francis confesses grave doubts about his own “Hypocritical” religious formation.  He admits to getting the “Creeps.” Directs Religious Superiors to end the “Novice Business” and “Caress Conflicts” with “Tenderness.”  Confesses that religious orders have been producing “Heartless... Little Monsters” over last fifty years that have been “Forming the People of God” into “Little Monsters” populating an “Unfeeling World” largely overseen by his great predecessors, Benedict XVI-Ratzinger and John Paul II.  Identifies “Fundamentalism” with anti-neomodernism.  And so on, and so on, and so on, and so on.....

Pope Francis said, “You have to form the heart, or we will make little monsters. And then, these little monsters form the people of God. That gives me the creeps.” Among other topics covered, the Jesuit magazine Civiltà Cattolica writes: “the complexity of life between grace and sin, the Prophetic being in our world; the brotherhood, the indictment of the novice trade; hypocrisy and fundamentalism; praise for Pope Benedict XVI's fight against (sic) child sexual abuse by clergy and the importance of charisms and the pressing challenges; the relationship between the religious and the bishops, the need of tenderness  'to caress conflicts,' and a 'jolt to awaken our unfeeling world.'”

Pope Francis, Address to Superiors-General of Religious Orders, Civiltà Cattolica, November 29, 2013

 

 

http://www.traditioninaction.org/RevolutionPhotos/Images/055_popekissesKoran.jpg“As Time Goes By”:

“John Paul II for Dummies,” by Dummies: And where is the picture of the Moslem kissing the “commemorative coin”? 

Or, what would JP II have done if they handed him a toilet plunger?

Question for the Dummies: Why did JP II, who kisses the Sacred Scripture, kiss the Koran that contains blasphemies against Jesus Christ and His blessed Mother?

“The answer is simple: Same lips, different reason.  The pope had been advised that in the Near Eastern culture, when a gift is received, it is normally kissed as a sign of respect to the gift’s giver.  The pope would have kissed whatever gift was given to him, whether it was the Koran or commemorative coins which is actually what the pope gives to visiting guests.”

Rev. John Trigilio, Phd, ThD, Rev. Kenneth Brighenti, PhD, & Rev. Jonathan Toborowsky, MA, John Paul II for Dummies

 

 

After all, even Clerical Pedophiles need a patron saint!

JP II, who the Dummies call, “the people’s pope,” know very well that his duty is to be the “vicar of Christ,” and not a popular cult figure, presided over the greatest decline over the shortest period of time in the history of the Catholic Church.  Now there is mounting evidence that he may have actively participated in the cover-up of homosexual predator priests and the homsexual bishops he appointed, yet these Dummies “firmly believe and trust [that JP II] will one day be proclaimed John Paul the Great and Doctor of the Church, the Luminous Doctor, just as St. Thomas Aquinas was known as the Angelic Doctor and St. Bonaventure as the Seraphic Doctor.”

 

 

JP II the Grate - if somehow he made it to Purgatory -  ask him to turn out the lights and lock the place up when he is the last to leave.

             John Paul II was a pope under whose reign we had the most horrific scandal in the Church's 2000-year history.  Thousands of children were molested by priests and bishops he ordained.  By the end of his pontificate, lawsuits were bankrupting Catholic Churches all over the world; and between one third and one half of the clergy (sources available upon request) were admittedly homosexual, with a significant percentage being pederasts whom the pope didn't even admit existed when he was told of their crimes, much less did anything to stop them, even when stark evidence was brought before him, as in the case of Legionnaires leader Marciel Maciel.  At the same time he hid other clerics from prosecution, as in the case of Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston.

             This was the pope who allowed the Vatican Bank's corruption that started under Paul VI to continue with little or no reform; and who protected its chief perpetrator, Bishop Paul Marcinkus, from prosecution.  He did nothing to investigate the suspected murder of John Paul I, the very pope who made it known in the first days of his reign that he was going to clean up the financial misdealings of his curia.  This was the pope who took 250 million dollars of the Vatican's money and gave it to Solidarity in Poland, thereby making the Church a political institution instead of a spiritual one.  By the same token he condemned Liberation theology because if its tendency to get involved in politics.

             This was the pope who went to the hut of an African witch doctor in 1985 and afterward wrote, "the prayer meeting in the sanctuary at Lake Togo was particularly striking.  There I prayed for the first time with animists."  In December 1984 he sent a

Vatican representative to the laying of the foundation of the largest mosque in Europe.  In September 1989 he wrote to Muslim leaders and said: "In the name of the same God we adore," without any qualifications whatsoever.  In May 1999 he kissed the Koran in a public ceremony; and in 2000 asked John the Baptist "to protect Islam."  In February 1986 he received the red dust of the Hindu religion on his forehead in honor of the goddess Shiva.  In March 1986 in New Delhi he stated that "collaboration between all religions is necessary for the good of mankind... as Hindus, Buddhists, Jainists, and Christians, we unite to proclaim the truth about man."

             This was the pope who invited all the world's non-Christian and pagan religions to pray for world peace at Assisi in 1986 and Assisi in 2002 (with five additional Assisi-like gatherings in the 1990s in various countries) and never once in those 16 years did he preach the Gospel to them about conversion to Christ for salvation.  Instead he sent them all back to their countries encouraging them to continue to pray to their false gods, the very opposite that St. Paul did in Acts 17.  He paid no attention to any of his high-placed clerical advisors who told him these acts were abominations.

             This was the pope who, against two millennia of Catholic tradition, told husbands to be mutually submissive to women; dispensed with head coverings for women; and allowed women and girls to be communion ministers, altar girls, and directors of chanceries, thereby increasing the feminization of the Church amidst an already feminized clergy who were by this time at least a third homosexual, while another significant portion were receiving paternity suits.

             This was the pope who profusely apologized for the ecclesiastical policies of previous popes; who had his Vatican envoy sign the 1998 Lutheran/Catholic Joint declaration which, in direct contradiction to the Council of Trent, said "man is justified by faith alone."  This was the pope who told the Lutherans they had a "profound religiousness and spiritual heritage" and that Martin Luther was driven by a "burning passion of the question of eternal salvation," and who told the Lutheran bishops that Rome's excommunication of Luther had expired, and that "There is a need for a new evaluation of the questions raised by Luther and his teaching."  This was the pope who implied or taught universal salvation and that hell may not be applicable to any human being.  This was the pope who at the very beginning of his pontificate in the 1979 encyclical Redemptor Hominis used the word "church" 150 times but never once mentioned the word "Catholic."  This was the pope who continually sided with liberals like Karl Rahner, Urs von Balthasar and Raymond Brown but who would hardly give an ear to those, such as Archbishop Lefebvre, who wanted to preserve the tradition and who decried the anti-Catholic innovations being foisted on the Catholic populace.  (Fortunately, Pope Benedict XVI saw John Paul II's mistake and reversed the decision against Lefebvre).  This was the pope who was criticized by his own admirers for failing to discipline wayward clerics, both in their doctrinal aberrations and moral laxity (Charles Curran, Edward Schillebeeckx, Hans Kung, et al).  Ironically, the only cleric that was excommunicated was Lefebvre, yet he was one of the most doctrinally sound and morally upright clerics the Church had ever known.

             This was the pope who in 1981, contrary to tradition, implied or taught that the Jewish Old Covenant is not revoked and that Jews have a special relationship with God, as does Paragraph 121 of his papally-signed 1994 Catechism.  He continued to propagate confusing and doctrinally fallacious teaching about the Jews and Judaism through his cardinals who taught that the Jews did not need to convert to Christianity to be saved since they have their own covenant with God (Kasper, Keeler, Willebrands, George, Ratzinger, et al).  This was the first pope in history to visit Israel and who then placed himself under Judaism by praying at the Jerusalem's Wailing Wall.  This was the pope who, for the first time in the history of the papacy, visited and prayed in Jewish synagogues - the religion that denies more than any other that Jesus Christ is God.

             Last but not least, this was the pope who changed the Church's criterion for sainthood, which now allows him and all his fellow 20th century popes to be easily canonized in the face of the fact that there have been only three popes canonized since 1294 (Pius X, d. 1914; Pius V, d. 1572; Celestine V, d. 1294).  As such, the very popes who lived and reigned during the Church's worst corruptions and scandals are now being exonerated and place in heaven.

Robert Sungenis, Ph.D., Letter to Editor, Culture Wars Magazine

 

 

Remedial Catechism 101: Pope Francis identifies a Pagan as a Christian “who doesn't want to serve.”

It is an ugly thing when you see a Christian who doesn’t want to humble himself, who doesn’t want to serve, a Christian who struts about everywhere: it’s ugly, eh? That is not a Christian: that’s a pagan! 

Pope Francis, General Audience, Vatican Radio, 12-18-13

 

 

 

Pope Francis betrays the Catholics of China!

"May the Lord not permit the realization of these desires, the desires of those who want the death of the true faith in my beloved homeland. Lord, have mercy!" Cardinal Joseph Zen

Cardinal Joseph Zen To His Brother Cardinals: The Church is Being Killed In China

Marco Tosatti | January 8, 2020

Dear friends and enemies … we are publishing a letter that Cardinal Joseph Zen sent some time ago to all the cardinals, and that he has now decided to make public. Needless to say, the latest news coming from mainland China only confirms and augments the concerns expressed for some time by many people about the interim agreement signed by representatives of the Holy See and the government of Beijing. Happy reading.


Omnem sollicitudinem vestram proicientes in Eumquoniam Ipsi cura est de vobis.

[“Cast all your cares on him, because he cares for  you” 1 Pt 5:7 (Episcopal motto of Cardinal Zen)]

27 September 2019

Dear Eminence,

Zen_Francis_1.jpgPlease forgive me for the disturbance that this letter will cause you. I am writing you because, in conscience, I believe that the problem that I am presenting concerns not only the Church in China, but the entire Church, and we cardinals have the grave responsibility to help the Holy Father in guiding the Church.

Now, based on my analysis of the Document of the Holy See (June 28, 2019) “Pastoral guidelines of the Holy See concerning the civil registration of clergy in China” it is absolutely clear that it encourages the faithful in China to enter into a schismatic Church (independent of the Pope and under the orders of the Communist Party).

On July 10 I presented my “dubia” to the Pope. His Holiness, on July 3, promised me that he would be interested in it, but until now I have heard nothing.

Cardinal Parolin says that when we speak of the independent Church today, we should no longer mean that this independence is absolute, because the agreement recognizes the role of the pope in the Catholic Church.

First of all, I cannot believe that there is such a statement in the agreement and I still have not seen it (among other things, why should such an agreement be secret and not even given to me, a Chinese cardinal, to see it?), but, even more clearly, the whole situation after the signing of the agreement shows that in reality nothing has changed.

Cardinal Parolin quotes a phrase from the letter of Pope Benedict completely out of context, indeed, in such a way that it is diametrically opposed to the whole meaning of the paragraph [from which it comes].

This manipulation of the thought of the Pope Emeritus is a grave lack of respect; indeed, it is a deplorable insult to the person of the very meek still-living pope.

It also disgusts me that they often declare that what they are doing is in continuity with the thought of the preceding pope, when in fact the opposite is true. I have good reason to believe (and I hope that one day I will be able to prove it with archival documents) that the accord that has been signed is the same one that Pope Benedict had, at the time, refused to sign.

Dear Eminence, can we passively witness this killing of the Church in China on the part of those who should be protecting and defending it from its enemies? Begging you on my knees, your brother

Cardinal Joseph ZEN, S.D.B.

 


 

Dubia” of Cardinal Zen on the Pastoral Guidelines of the Holy See concerning the civil registration of the clergy in China

(updated July 8, 2019)

First of all, it seems strange that such an important document is issued by the “Holy See” without specifying which dicastery and with no signature of an authority who is responsible for it.

In paragraphs 1 and 2 the document sets out the problem and the general line of the solution.

1) The problem is that the government abandons its promise to respect Catholic doctrine, and in the civil registration of the clergy it almost always requires them to accept the principle of independence, autonomy, and self-administration of the Church in China (it should be completed with what is said in the letter of Pope Benedict XVI section 7.8: “to adopt attitudes, make gestures, and undertake commitments that are contrary to the dictates of their conscience as Catholics”).

2) In the face of a complex situation that is not always the same everywhere, the Holy See gives a general line of how to behave:

On the one hand, it does not intend to force consciences, and so it asks (omitting to say explicitly “of the government”) that the Catholic conscience be respected;

On the other hand, it lays down as a general principle that “the clandestine condition is not a normal feature of the Church’s life” (Letter of Pope Benedict 8.10), that is, it is normal for it to come out in the open.

Regarding the citation of the Letter of Pope Benedict XVI section 8.10, permit me to include the entire paragraph here

(a) “Some of them (bishops), not wishing to be subjected to undue control exercised over the life of the Church, and eager to maintain total fidelity to the Successor of Peter and to Catholic doctrine, have felt themselves constrained to opt for clandestine consecration.”

(b) “The clandestine condition is not a normal feature of the Church’s life,”

(c)and history shows that Pastors and faithful have recourse to it only amid suffering, in the desire to maintain the integrity of their faith”

(d)and to resist interference from State agencies in matters pertaining intimately to the Church’s life.”

Father Jeroom Heyndrickx and Cardinal Parolin love to quote only part (b); Pope Francis (in his message of September 26, 2018) also adds part (c); but to me it seems that parts (a) and (d) are also important.

The paragraph shows clearly that non-normality is not a choice of those who are clandestine; the choice is unavoidable. It is the situation that is abnormal! Perhaps today this situation has changed?

3) The long paragraph 3 [of the Holy See document] attempts to prove that what it will suggest in paragraph 5 is justified.

First proof: the Constitution guarantees religious freedom.

I ask: But what does the long history of persecution say to us, despite the Constitution?

Second proof: After the Agreement, “logically,” independence should no longer be understood as absolute independence, but only relative to the political sphere.

First of all I say: if I have not seen the text of the Agreement, it is difficult for me to believe that they have truly recognized the “role that is peculiar to the Successor of Peter.”

I ask then: Is there anything logical in totalitarian systems? The only logic is that, as Den Xiaoping said, “a white cat is the same as a black cat,” so long as it serves the purposes of the Party.

Immediately after the Agreement, nothing changed in the party’s religious policy; everything was officially reaffirmed, and the facts prove it.

Third proof: The context of “consolidated” dialogue

I ask: But does the document not recognize that the government has gone back on its promises, as stated in both paragraph 1 and paragraph 9?

Fourth proof: All the bishops are legitimate.

This proves only the infinite generosity of the pope or perhaps the almighty pressure of the government, but in those forgiven and “rewarded” we do not see any change, no sign of repentance, but rather clear acts of audacious triumph, laughing at the others who got on the wrong horse.

4) Paragraph 4 says that the reasons given above justify a new approach. Here at least there is the honesty to say that what is being proposed is a novelty, and that thus it is not in continuity with the past, but negates the past as being already in the past, that is, as no longer valid.

It says also that the Holy See is seeking to agree with the government on a formula (that will have the best of both worlds).

But we ask ourselves: “A formula”? What the government asks for is not a declaration of a theory: it is all a system, in which there will no longer be pastoral freedom, but in everything the orders of the Party will be followed, including the prohibition of minors under the age of 18 from participating in any religious activity.

5) In paragraph 5 contains the true pastoral guidelines. In short: sign everything the government asks you to sign, possibly followed by a written clarification that denies what you have signed. If such a written clarification is not possible, do it verbally, either with a witness or without one. It is enough that you have the intention to not accept in conscience what you have actually signed.

A text is signed contrary to the faith and what is declared is that the intention is to favor the good of the community, a more adequate evangelization, and the responsible management of the Church’s assets.

This general norm is obviously contrary to every principle of morality. If it is accepted, it would justify apostasy.

6) In paragraph 6 it says that the Holy See understands and respects those who in conscience do not accept the above guideline. Obviously this is compassion towards a “stubborn” minority who have not yet succeeded in “understanding” the new guideline. Their attitude is wrong, but the Holy See “temporarily” tolerates them.

7) Paragraph 7 speaks of certain duties of the bishops, citing a document that has nothing to do with this question.

8) In paragraph 8 it says that the faithful welcome the decision of their pastors. What does this mean? Do they not have the freedom to make this choice for themselves? Should not their conscience be respected?

To my brothers who ask me what to do, I always give the same answer: respect the choices of others and remain firm in the conviction of your own conscience. This is because I do not have any authority to impose on others my judgement of what is right or wrong.

But does not the Holy See have the authority and thus the duty to clarify for the members of the Church what is right and what is wrong? Has it done this with these “Guidelines”? Is leaving clandestinity to be encouraged while remaining in clandestinity is only tolerated? Do bishops and priests have a choice while the lay faithful do not?

9) In paragraph 9 it says that the Holy See in the meantime asks (again omitting to say “of the government”) that there be no intimidating pressures placed against non-official Catholic communities, as happened previously. (Not naming the government is a bit like the traditional reverence shown for the Emperor in not mentioning his name.) Finally, all are encouraged to discern the will of God with “patience and humility.” But I ask myself: when did it stop encouraging firmness in the faith?

Then it says that “the present journey is marked by much hope but also by enduring difficulties.” To me it seems, instead, that the facts destroy every basis for human hope. As for hope in God, it can never be separated from the sincere desire to be ready to suffer according to His will.

Conclusion

This document has radically reversed what is normal and what is abnormal, what is a duty and what is to be tolerated.

The hope of its redactors is perhaps that the pitiable minority will die a natural death. By this minority I mean not only clandestine priests (who for some time have not been given bishops when the old bishops die, but only more Delegates, because the official bishop of the diocese is already considered legitimate), but also many of our brothers in the official community who have worked for a change with great tenacity, hoping to be supported by the Holy See, but now instead being encouraged to accept submission to the government and derision from their opportunistic conquerors.

May the Lord not permit the realization of these desires, the desires of those who want the death of the true faith in my beloved homeland. Lord, have mercy!

 

 

COMMENT: Reports are sketchy but confirm that a petite Chinese woman attempted to plead with Pope Francis for the persecuted Catholic Church in China only to have her hand repeatedly slapped by Francis the Thug.  He behaved disgracefully responding as if she had bitten his hand. After gauging the world-wide response, Francis offered a self-serving apology to everyone but the victim. 

 

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Instead of returning home with his family, he stayed in Jerusalem, in the Temple, causing great distress to Mary and Joseph who were unable to find him. For this little “escapade”, Jesus probably had to beg forgiveness of his parents. The Gospel doesn’t say this, but I believe that we can presume it. 

Pope Francis, babbling another stupid “presumption” on which his faith is established

 

 

Our “duty” is to “obey international institutions... to put the human person at the center.” 

Pope Francis pitches for one-world humanistic religion.

Pope renews call for global pact promoting ‘new humanism’ in address to Vatican diplomats

When the Vatican launched the Global Education Pact back in September, Pope Francis omitted any reference to the prerogatives of parents as the primary educators of their children.

LifeSiteNews | Diane Montagna |  Rome | Jan 9, 2020  In a renewed and enthusiastic endorsement of globalism in 2020, Pope Francis today Sneer.JPGrepeated his call for international and religious leaders to sign a “Global Education Pact” in May at the Vatican, saying it is all the more urgent in light of the sexual abuse crisis

In his annual New Year’s audience with the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, the Pope looked back at key events of 2019, including last February’s Vatican sex abuse summit. 

He told diplomats that “given the gravity of the harm involved [in the sexual abuse crisis], it becomes all the more urgent for adults not to abdicate their proper educational responsibilities, but to carry out those responsibilities with greater zeal, in order to guide young people to spiritual, human and social maturity.” 

“For this reason,” the Pope continued, “I have planned a worldwide event to take place on 14 May next with the theme: Reinventing the Global Compact on Education.” 

When he launched the initiative last September, Pope Francis said that “a global educational pact is needed to educate us in universal solidarity and a new humanism.” 

A Vatican-backed website to promote the pact added: “Educating young people in fraternity, in learning to overcome divisions and conflicts, promote hospitality, justice and peace: Pope Francis has invited everyone who cares about the education of the young generation to sign a Global Pact, to create a global change of mentality through education.”

Citing his September 2019 message for the launch, in his address to diplomats on Thursday, the Pope explained that: “This gathering is meant to ‘rekindle our commitment to and with young people, renewing our passion for a more open and inclusive education, including patient listening, constructive dialogue and better mutual understanding.’”

“‘Never before has there been such need to unite our efforts in a broad educational alliance, to form mature individuals capable of overcoming division and antagonism, and to restore the fabric of relationships for the sake of a more fraternal humanity,’” he said.

Repeating Hillary Clinton’s favorite aphorism, “It takes a village to raise a child,” Pope Francis asserted the need to create an “educational village” to face new challenges.

“All change, like the epochal change we are now experiencing, calls for a process of education and the creation of an educational village capable of forming a network of open and human relationships,” he said. 

The Pope asserted that in order to reach the objectives of the Global Education Pact, as a “village” we must “put the human person at the center, investing creatively and responsibly in long-term projects” that “train individuals willing to offer themselves in service to the community.”

“What is needed,” he said, “is an educational vision that can encompass a broad range of life experiences and learning processes, in order to enable young people, individually and collectively, to develop their personalities.” [.....]

In comment to LifeSiteNews following today’s papal audience, Eduard Habsburg, Hungary’s ambassador to the Holy See, who was present at the address, said: “In a time of globalization it is important not to forget the first right of children is to one father and one mother and the first right of parents is to educate their own children according to their values.” [.....]

In his address to diplomats, Pope Francis highlighted two key areas related to the Global Educational Pact: climate change and interreligious dialogue. 

He said that one of the places where many young people “have become active in calling the attention of political leaders to the issue of climate change.” 

“Care for our common home ought to be a concern of everyone and not the object of ideological conflict between different views of reality or, much less, between generations,” he said. 

“Young people are telling us that … at every level we are being urgently challenged to protect our common home and to ‘bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development,’” he said. “They remind us of the urgent need for an ecological conversion, which ‘must be understood in an integral way, as a transformation of how we relate to our sisters and brothers, to other living beings, to creation in all its rich variety and to the Creator who is the origin and source of all life.’”

The second area Pope Francis linked to the educational pact is interreligious dialogue. 

Recalling his February 2019 visit to Abu Dhabi, and co-signing of the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, the Pope said, “it is particularly important to train future generations in interreligious dialogue, the main road to greater knowledge, understanding and reciprocal support between the members of different religions.” 

Readers will recall that the Abu Dhabi document aroused controversy for stating that the “diversity of religions” is “willed by God.”

In launching the Global Education Pact last September, Pope Francis mentioned the Abu-Dhabi document and said that in this new global village, “the ground must be cleared of discrimination and fraternity must be allowed to flourish.” Conferences and events will be held throughout 2020 to prepare for the May 14 signing of the “Global Pact” on education.  

In May 2019, Pope Francis made a strong push for globalism, calling for a supranational, legally constituted body to enforce United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and to implement “climate change” policies.

More recently, during an inflight press conference on his return from a seven-day apostolic visit to Africa, Francis said our “duty” is to “obey international institutions,” such as the United Nations and the European Union.

 

 

Is Pope Francis a member of the Church that he governs?

From this definition it can be easily gathered what men belong to the Church and what men do not. For there are three parts of this definition: the profession of the true Faith, the communion of the Sacraments, and the subjection to the legitimate Pastor, the Roman Pontiff.
By reason of the first part are excluded all infidels, as much those who have never been in the Church, like the Jews, Turks and Pagans; as those who have been and have fallen away, like heretics and apostates.
By reason of the second, are excluded catechumens and excommunicates, because the former are not to be admitted to the communion of the sacraments, the latter have been cut off from it.
By reason of the third, are excluded schismatics, who have faith and the sacraments, but are not subject to the lawful pastor, and therefore they profess the Faith outside, and receive the Sacraments outside. However, all others are included, even if they be reprobate, sinful and wicked.

St. Robert Bellarmine

 

 

 

Holy baptism, which is the gateway to the spiritual life, holds the first place among all the sacraments; through it we are made members of Christ and of the body of the Church. And since death entered the universe through the first man, “unless we are born again of water and the Spirit, we cannot,” as the Truth says, “enter into the kingdom of heaven” [John 3:5]. The matter of this sacrament is real and natural water.

Pope Eugene IV, The Council of Florence, “Exultate Deo,” Nov. 22, 1439

 

 

We want to thank all the people, those little people behind the scenes that get next to no credit in the dioceses of Harrisburg and Philadelphia, who with their worm-like petty and pedantic dedication to detail, none of this would have been possible!

By heresies, the sons of the Catholic Church are awakened from sleep as by thorns, so that they may make progress in the knowledge of Holy Writ…. There is much good in the world which would not exist were there no evils. There would be no patience of the just, for instance, were there no malice of persecutors.

St. Thomas

 

When the “means” are necessary to achieve the “ends”, then the “means” must be “judged” in the same “respect” as the ends, that is, they must be judged without “measure,” “within no limits.”

One must judge one way in respect to the end and another in respect to the means. With regard to the latter, there is measure; not so with regard to the end itself. Every one attains it as best he may. The commandment of the love of God, which is the end of the Christian life, is confined within no limits, as if a certain measure fell under the commandment, but a greater love came under the counsel as an achievement transcending the bounds of the commandment. Each and every one is commanded to love God as best he can, and this is evident from the form of the commandment, 'thou shalt,' etc. Each and every one fulfills it according to his capacity, one more perfectly, another less perfectly. 

St. Thomas

 

 

In 2005 the Dover, PA electorate removed the School Board members that permitted Intelligent Design to be considered in as a possible explanation for the natural order found in the material universe. Scientists, while affirming that the natural order in the universe must necessarily be the result of mechanical chance, “listened with a vast radio telescopic network for signals (from outer space) that resembled coded intelligence and were not merely random” for evidence of intelligent life in the universe.  If these scientists affirm that the DNA code of biological life, which is clearly goal directed, is “merely random” and not a sign of “intelligence” how can they be open to recognize any sign of intelligible communication!? Is this WSJ article evidence that there is no intelligence design in the Dover, PA electorate or in modern science? 

Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God

The odds of life existing on another planet grow ever longer. Intelligent design, anyone?

Eric Metaxas: Dec. 25, 2014

WSJ.jpgIn 1966 Time magazine ran a cover story asking: Is God Dead? Many have accepted the cultural narrative that he’s obsolete—that as science progresses, there is less need for a “God” to explain the universe. Yet it turns out that the rumors of God’s death were premature. More amazing is that the relatively recent case for his existence comes from a surprising place—science itself.

Here’s the story: The same year Time featured the now-famous headline, the astronomer Carl Sagan announced that there were two important criteria for a planet to support life: The right kind of star, and a planet the right distance from that star. Given the roughly octillion—1 followed by 27 zeros—planets in the universe, there should have been about septillion—1 followed by 24 zeros—planets capable of supporting life.

With such spectacular odds, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, a large, expensive collection of private and publicly funded projects launched in the 1960s, was sure to turn up something soon. Scientists listened with a vast radio telescopic network for signals that resembled coded intelligence and were not merely random. But as years passed, the silence from the rest of the universe was deafening. Congress defunded SETI in 1993, but the search continues with private funds. As of 2014, researches have discovered precisely bubkis—0 followed by nothing.

What happened? As our knowledge of the universe increased, it became clear that there were far more factors necessary for life than Sagan supposed. His two parameters grew to 10 and then 20 and then 50, and so the number of potentially life-supporting planets decreased accordingly. The number dropped to a few thousand planets and kept on plummeting.

Even SETI proponents acknowledged the problem. Peter Schenkel wrote in a 2006 piece for Skeptical Inquirer magazine: “In light of new findings and insights, it seems appropriate to put excessive euphoria to rest . . . . We should quietly admit that the early estimates . . . may no longer be tenable.”

As factors continued to be discovered, the number of possible planets hit zero, and kept going. In other words, the odds turned against any planet in the universe supporting life, including this one. Probability said that even we shouldn’t be here.

Today there are more than 200 known parameters necessary for a planet to support life—every single one of which must be perfectly met, or the whole thing falls apart. Without a massive planet like Jupiter nearby, whose gravity will draw away asteroids, a thousand times as many would hit Earth’s surface. The odds against life in the universe are simply astonishing.

Yet here we are, not only existing, but talking about existing. What can account for it? Can every one of those many parameters have been perfect by accident? At what point is it fair to admit that science suggests that we cannot be the result of random forces? Doesn’t assuming that an intelligence created these perfect conditions require far less faith than believing that a life-sustaining Earth just happened to beat the inconceivable odds to come into being?

There’s more. The fine-tuning necessary for life to exist on a planet is nothing compared with the fine-tuning required for the universe to exist at all. For example, astrophysicists now know that the values of the four fundamental forces—gravity, the electromagnetic force, and the “strong” and “weak” nuclear forces—were determined less than one millionth of a second after the big bang. Alter any one value and the universe could not exist. For instance, if the ratio between the nuclear strong force and the electromagnetic force had been off by the tiniest fraction of the tiniest fraction—by even one part in 100,000,000,000,000,000—then no stars could have ever formed at all. Feel free to gulp.

Multiply that single parameter by all the other necessary conditions, and the odds against the universe existing are so heart-stoppingly astronomical that the notion that it all “just happened” defies common sense. It would be like tossing a coin and having it come up heads 10 quintillion times in a row. Really?

Fred Hoyle, the astronomer who coined the term “big bang,” said that his atheism was “greatly shaken” at these developments. He later wrote that “a common-sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has monkeyed with the physics, as well as with chemistry and biology…. The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.”

Theoretical physicist Paul Davies has said that “the appearance of design is overwhelming” and Oxford professor Dr. John Lennox has said “the more we get to know about our universe, the more the hypothesis that there is a Creator . . . gains in credibility as the best explanation of why we are here.”

The greatest miracle of all time, without any close seconds, is the universe. It is the miracle of all miracles, one that ineluctably points with the combined brightness of every star to something—or Someone—beyond itself.

Mr. Metaxas is the author, most recently, of “Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life” (Dutton Adult, 2014).

 

 

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Queers Always Hang Together

“Sodomy Is a Gift from God…. Those who oppose sodomy should be debarred from church seminaries.”

Rev. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P., Pope Francis’ appointment to the Pontifical Council of Justice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUESTION:Who are they who want to replace the traditional feast of the Circumcision and why do they want to do this?

ANSWER: Novus Ordites want to suppress this feast because it directly addresses two revealed truths they deny.  It is the first shedding of the Precious Blood, the price of our redemption, and it takes place in the rite that prefigures the sacrament of Baptism.  It is from the shedding of the Precious Blood that merits the graces conferred in holy Baptism that incorporates the faithful recipient into the divine life making him a child of God.  Without this incorporation into Jesus Christ by grace that takes place only through the sacrament of Baptism with faith in the merits of the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, there is no possibility of salvation, there is no union with the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, that is the Catholic Church, there is no entering by Charity into the divine life of the Trinity.  It was on the feast of the Circumcision that Christ received His name, JESUS, which means Savior.  Those who attack the true evangelization by claiming that "proselytism is solemn nonsense" deny these dogmatic truths. 

 

 

Christmas Message:

“Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” The primary duty of every Catholic is to profess and defend the Catholic faith. Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Mission defends the right of every Catholic to the immemorial ecclesiastical traditions, in particular, the “received and approved rites customarily used in the solemn administration of the sacraments” (Council of Trent), that without which the faith can neither be known nor communicated to others. This is done, and can only be done, by defending Catholic dogmas as dogma. That is, revealed truths of divine revelation that have been formally and infallibly defined by the Magisterium and constitute the proximate rule of faith for every Catholic. Many Catholics are granted by legal concession a privilege to practice the traditions of our Church on the condition that they will regard these traditions as matters of mere discipline, that is, simple accidents that can be changed or eliminated at the discretion of the legislator at any time and for any reason, and what is worse, they agree to keep their mouths shut when the dogmas of our faith are trampled underfoot by enemies of the Catholic faith within the hierarchy of the Church. Simply said, these Catholics have traded the Catholic faith for crumbs from the table pleading that obedience will excuse their supine cowardice. Our gift to them this Christmas is to let them know that it will not.

 

 

 

Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us. Sometimes after a meeting I want to arrange another one because new ideas are born and I discover new needs. This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. 

Pope Francis

 

“Nicolas, the PROSELYTE of Antioch”

And the saying was liked by all the multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith, and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte of Antioch. 

Acts of Apostles 6:5

 

Where did Pope Francis get the idea that Proselytism is “solemn nonsense” and why is the document of Aparecida the working outline of his pontificate?

The Church does not engage in proselytism. Instead, she grows by “attraction”- just as Christ “draws all to himself” by the power of his love, culminating in the sacrifice of the Cross, so the Church fulfills her mission to the extent that, in union with Christ, she accomplishes every one of her works in spiritual and practical imitation of the love of her Lord.

Benedict XVI, Aparecida in 2007, a gathering of the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM) which had a great impact on Cardinal Bergoglio. (Note: the Aparecida document from the South American Bishop's Conference is the structural outline for the “new evangelization.”

 

There are differences in style between Francis and Benedict but not in matters of faith – Archbishop Georg Gänswein  By Deacon Nick Donnelly, on October 11th, 2013

    Archbishop Georg Gänswein, prefect of the Pontifical Household and the personal secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, has said in an interview in the German magazine Bunte that there are differences in style between Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict but not in matters of faith. The Tablet reports: ‘Asked how close the relationship between Pope Francis and his predecessor was, Archbishop Gänswein differences lay in certain matters of style and taste but not in matters of faith. The biggest difference between them was the way they approached people, Archbishop Gänswein said. Pope Francis walked straight up to people and loved to embrace everyone while Pope Benedict was more reticent, loved peace and quiet and tended to withdraw from crowds, he said.’ [.....]  Bunte reports: ‘Pope Francis often visits his predecessor and phones him.” This relationship between the two is warm and trusting,”  Archbishop Gänswein also talks about his relationship with Pope Francis, ‘We have a very cordial relationship. Francis Pope says clearly what he wants and what he does not. He is decisive and appreciates the direct word. He listens to advice and takes reasonable suggestions like.’ Protect the Pope comment: After the series of interviews that Pope Francis has given to the press which have unsettled at best, or deeply upset and alienated at worse, faithful and loyal Catholics, it is time that the Holy Father and his inner circle reach out to to real Catholics. Archbishop Georg Gänswein’s interview with Bunte may be the first step in such overtures. There is a long way to go and a lot of bridges have to be re-built.

 

“Faith then cometh by hearing.”

For if thou confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thy heart that God hath raised him up from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For, with the heart, we believe unto justice; but, with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith: Whosoever believeth in him, shall not be confounded. For there is no distinction of the Jew and the Greek: for the same is Lord over all, rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved. How then shall they call on him, in whom they have not believed? Or how shall they believe him, of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear, without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they be sent, as it is written: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, of them that bring glad tidings of good things! But all do not obey the gospel. For Isaias saith: Lord, who hath believed our report? Faith then cometh by hearing; and hearing by the word of Christ. St. Paul, Romans 10:9-17

[Footnote: Thou shalt be saved; To “confess the Lord Jesus,” and to “call upon the name of the Lord” is not barely the professing a belief in the person of Christ; but moreover, implies a belief of his whole doctrine, and an obedience to his law; without which, the calling him Lord will save no man. St. Matt. 7. 21.]

 

 

COMMENT: The Frenetic “New Things...Church of Motion”  - Another application of the old dictum, 'Form Follows Function' - “Pope Francis means by reform: making sure that instruments and structures better serve the mission of the Church.”  We ask, What “Mission”?   The reply, “We are not presented with any specific goals or any specific picture of how tomorrow’s Church will need to be organized to achieve this (unknown) goal.”  He might just as well have said - 'If we don't do something people will think we don't know what we are doing.  Anyway, at least, if you are moving they won't think you're dead.'  “Moving” is another word for  Change” and St. Pius X teaches in Pascendi that perpetual change is a foundational doctrine of the Modernist heretics.    

Fr. Lombardi: “For the Pope reform is above all about the Gospel not about new structures”

Fr. Federico LombardiThe director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, talks to Vatican Radio about Francis’s work and actions: vatican insider staff - Rome - 12/27/2013 

    [......] “Pope Francis really has set the Church on its way, with great strength and he has set it on its way with his example, his effort and with various messages and initiatives – think of the new Synod on the family; think of how he has encouraged the renewal of the Church and of our lives,” Lombardi said.

    I believe that what distinguishes Pope Francis’ spirituality and leadership in a special way is the fact that we are constantly in motion, trying to find the new things which God asks of us in our daily lives.  We are now part of a Church in motion. We are not presented with any specific goals or any specific picture of how tomorrow’s Church will need to be organized to achieve this goal.”

    “The purpose or value of the all-important structural changes, the reforms that everyone is talking about, is primarily to ensure that the Church’s structures, instruments and organizations are indeed serving the spirit and announcement of the Gospel. This is what Pope Francis means by reform: making sure that instruments and structures better serve the mission of the Church.”

 

REPLY: First of all they lay down the general principle that in a living religion everything is subject to change, and must change, and in this way they pass to what may be said to be, among the chief of their doctrines, that of Evolution. To the laws of evolution everything is subject - dogma, Church, worship, the Books we revere as sacred, even faith itself, and the penalty of disobedience is death. The enunciation of this principle will not astonish anybody who bears in mind what the Modernists have had to say about each of these subjects. 

St. Pius X, Pascendi

 

 

We have not heard this kind of naïve prognosticating since the halcyon days of Vatican II

Christ is preparing a new spring time all over the earth.  I have seen its first fruits and I know that others will joyfully reap the full harvest. 

Pope Francis, CELAM, 7-28-13

 

 

The Neo-Iconoclasts who have spent their lives destroying the doctrinal and spiritual foundations that formed countless Catholic Saints - now offer a....

“Revolution of tenderness.... nearness and encounter  -

Pope Francis, CELAM address, 2013

Who regard traditional Catholics as....

The Pelagian solution. This basically appears as a form of restorationism. In dealing with the Church’s problems, a purely disciplinary solution is sought, through the restoration of outdated manners and forms which, even on the cultural level, are no longer meaningful. In Latin America it is usually to be found in small groups, in some new religious congregations, in tendencies to doctrinal or disciplinary “safety”. Basically it is static, although it is capable of inversion, in a process of regression. It seeks to “recover” the lost past.[....] Every utopian (future-oriented) or restorationist (past-oriented) impulse is spiritually unhealthy. God is real and he shows himself in the “today”.  

Pope Francis, CELAM, 2013

 

 

 

COMMENT:  Bishop Ronald Gainer recently met with Pope Francis the Destroyer in an ad limina visit.  The exchanges between the bishop and the pope are "confidential" so what is released for public consumption is intended by Bishop Gainer to serve for propaganda purposes, that is in this case, we are to believe the sex abuse scandal by clerics is on the front-burner and being, as we speak, actively corrected from the very top.  But such words as "homosexual" or "pederast" nowhere surface in the conversation.  So whatever Harrisburg and Rome are doing to correct the sex abuse crisis in the Church cannot work because the nature of the problem has been studiously left unidentified as to its true cause.  Those who refuse to properly identify the problem are by definition members of the HomoSexual Lobby.

The Catholic WITNESS - The Newspaper of the Diocese of Harrisburg

Ad Limina Meeting Engaged Bishops in ‘Open and Frank’ Conversation with Pope Francis

By Jen Reed | The Catholic Witness | December 20, 2019

The bishops of Pennsylvania and New Jersey engaged in a "free-flowing, open and frank" conversation with Pope Francis during their ad limina visit to Rome Nov. 25-29. Bishop Ronald Gainer told The Catholic Witness Dec. 9 that the 20 bishops of Region III who met with the holy father for more than two hours on Thanksgiving Day experienced honest discussion of several topics, including clergy sexual abuse of minors. "What is clear is that they are very aware of our situation," Bishop Gainer said of Pope Francis and the heads of several Vatican offices with whom they met, including those of the Secretariat of State, the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for Clergy. "And it came up because we also raised it," the bishop said. The bishops participated in meetings with 12 different offices over the course of four days. Their meeting with Pope Francis was on Thanksgiving Day. Bishop Gainer spoke of a significant difference in the format of the ad limina meetings under the current pope. Prior to Pope Francis’ pontificate, ad limina meetings with the pope and the heads of Vatican congregations included a prepared speech by the congregation head, followed by questions from the bishops. Pope Francis changed the format to an open conversation, allowing the bishops to ask questions or present topics for discussion. "In all of the meetings with the congregations, there were no pre-pared presentations. They simply wanted to know what we wanted to talk about," Bishop Gainer said. "They really did address very thoroughly the issues that we raised." Pope Francis spent more than two hours with us. It was an amazing, free-flowing, open conversation," he said, maintaining the confidential nature of the meeting. "We had extensive conversations about the scandals, and he was very much aware of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report," Bishop Gainer said. "He was willing to hear our concerns and respond frankly."The bishops inquired about the status of the Vatican’s report on its investigation into former cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick. He had served in two New Jersey dioceses and as archbishop of Washington before his resignation from the College of Cardinals and dismissal from the clerical state for sexual abuse of seminarians and minors. "The bishops have been asking for a report, of who knew what and when. We were told during the meetings that it is being translated into Italian for the holy father to read," Bishop Gainer said. "No one indicated to us what’s in it, but we’re hopeful that it will be very thorough and answer all our questions when it is released.

Aspects of an Ad Limina Visit

An ad limina is short for ad limina apostolorum, which means "to the thresholds of the apostles." The visits, which take place typically every five to seven years, are an occasion for diocesan bishops to draw inspiration and guidance from the center of Catholicism, and to visit the tombs of St. Peter and St. Paul. The visits also call upon each bishop to give an account of his Diocese to the pope and to the various Vatican offices. Six months prior to his ad limina visit, Bishop Gainer presented the Vatican an exhaustive, 300-page report, known as a Quinquennial Report, on every aspect of the Diocese. Bishop Gainer spoke to the three aspects of an ad limina visit. "First, it is a pilgrimage," he said. The bishops celebrated Mass at Rome’s four major basilicas: St. Peter’s, St. Paul Outside the Walls, St. John Lateran and St. Mary Major. "I’ve had the privilege of living and studying in Rome, so I’ve been to these basilicas many times, but you never lose the awe," he said. "Each time you visit is like the first time. The four major basilicas are so amazingly beautiful. The history, the magnificence of the artwork and architecture can’t help but overwhelm you." The second aspect of the visit is giving an account of the state of the Diocese. "Submitting the Quinquennial Report recognizes the universal jurisdiction of the pope," Bishop Gainer said. "He has clear jurisdiction over each Diocese‑ therefore, to make a report to him has become a requirement of Church law." The third aspect of the ad lim-ina visit is "the opportunity to be received in audience by the Successor of Peter and to receive his counsel and to interact with him," he said. "Pope Francis was very relaxed. It was a very easy conversation. He is a very sincere, prayerful and humble person, and a very good listener," he observed. "Having been with the holy father and those offices that assist him in the daily shepherding of the Church, despite the stormy seas in which we’re now navigating, brings me back to the center," Bishop Gainer said of the ad limina visit. "The opportunity to pray with my fellow bishops and be with Pope Francis helped to focus on what really matters as we go forward in hope."The U.S. bishops’ ad limina visits are divided into 15 regions. The visits began the first week of November, and are expected to conclude by the end of February.

 

 

 

This letter sent by Archbishop of Zaragoza, Spain, Vicente Jiménez Zamora, to Fr. Philippe Brunet Superior of the FSSPX in Spain Casa San Jose 28607 EL ÁLAMO (Madrid).  Fr. Brunet submitted a formal request to Archbishop Zamora to renew the Indult for his community to offer the Extra-ordinary form of the Roman rite, i.e., the 1962 Bugnini transitional Novus Ordo Missal.  This letter is the denial of that request.

This letter is important because it proves two things that Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Mission has said for many years.  Firstly, it proves that the SSPX has already been regularized by Rome. This has not been revealed by the inner circle of SSPX leadership to the rank and file priests or the faithful who attend their chapels and finance their operations, but it has been evident from necessary canonical deductions drawn for a long time from actions of their leadership. 

Secondly, it demonstrates that the 1962 Missal, aka, the Extra-ordinary form, an Indult and grant of legal privilege, can be denied by any authority for any reason whatsoever. Anyone who has accepted this grant, by so doing, has accepted in principle that it is a privilege, and therefore has conceded that he possess no legal or moral recourse to its denial.

Those who are intent upon defending the Catholic faith and passing it their children cannot do so by supporting the Indult community or any of its institutional structures. 

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English Translation:

Zaragoza, December 18, 2019 The Archbishop of Zaragoza Fr. Philippe Brunet Superior of the FSSPX in Spain Casa San Jose 28607 EL ÁLAMO (Madrid)

Dear Fr. Philippe:

 

I received your kind letter of 13 December 2019, in which you ask me to renew the Indult to celebrate Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form, which my predecessor, Bishop Manuel Ureña, granted aloud, through the priest D. Waldir Consuega, former pastor of Calaceite.  In reply to this letter, I communicate the following:
1. I had no knowledge of the subject until now.  

2. I am not renewing the permit because I know that in Calaceite there are not enough people to celebrate Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form.  The participants belong to other parishes which are not in the Diocese of Zaragoza.  Moreover, it is not practical for the full communion of the parish community of Calaceite.  
3. With the same date, I am sending a copy of this letter to the present parish priest, Rev. Mr. Arturo Hollman Ladino Gutiérrez, in order not to authorize Father José M Jiménez, in charge of the Region of Catalonia and Aragon, to celebrate in any of the parishes, which he has entrusted to his pastoral care.  

With my affection and blessing,

 

+ Vicente Jiménez Zamora Archbishop of Zaragoza

 

 

 

 

“Living Tradition,” synonym for Immanentism of the Modernist

The term, “living tradition,” a novelty of modernist construction given official standing at Vatican II, conflates the subjective understanding with the objective truth, is part of the theological justification to replace our received traditions with novelties grounded in fantasy.

The root of this schismatic act can be discerned in an incomplete and contradictory notion of Tradition. Incomplete, because it does not take sufficiently into account the living character of Tradition, which, as the Second Vatican Council clearly taught, “comes from the apostles and progresses in the Church with the help of the Holy Spirit. There is a growth in insight into the realities and words that are being passed on. This comes about in various ways. It comes through the contemplation and study of believers who ponder these things in their hearts. It comes from the intimate sense of spiritual realities which they experience. And it comes from the preaching of those who have received, along with their right of succession in the episcopate, the sure charism of truth”. 

John Paul II, explaining the problems with Archbishop Lefebvre’s consecration of four bishops from his failure to understand the novel Vatican II definition of tradition

 

 

“Pearls of Great Price” – Every single one of our Immemorial Ecclesiastical Traditions which the “dogs” despise!

What are these mysteries? What are these good pearls? They are not only every doctrine of Jesus Christ and every dogma of His Church, but every holy sacrament, every pious practice, every rule and ordinance of the Church; every means of practicing and advancing virtue and good works; every means of conferring and increasing the sanctifying grace of God, consequently sanctity and holiness of life, which is a pearl of infinite value, and adorns the soul with such transcendent beauty that the mind of man can never conceive its inestimable grandeur and loveliness. Moreover, each of these heavenly gifts was purchased at the infinite price of the precious blood of Jesus, from which it derives all its beauty and virtue. The least of them is worth buying, even the risk of losing all that a man holds dear in this life. Even a drop of holy water or a blessed medal is to time pious believer a “holy thing,” a valuable pearl. “The sensual man, who perceiveth not the things that are of the Spirit of God,” despise them; they are “foolishness to him.” But the true Christian believes that “every creature is sanctified by prayer and the word of God,” and when sanctified it is a “holy thing” and not to be given to dogs — that is to say, to such as would have no more respect for them than a dog, if it were given to him.

Rev. Joseph Prachensky, S.J., The Church of the Parables and True Spouse of the Suffering Savior

 

“It is not to be excluded that I will enter history as the one who split the Catholic Church.”

Pope Francis, concluding remarks attributed to him in the Der Spiegel article on the Crisis in the Catholic Church.

COMMENT: As if that is not Pope Francis' intention and what in fact he has long been doing? The question remains as to what name in history will Francis be known? But let's leave that for later. The truth is that Conservative Catholics have never gotten anything in its right hierarchical order. They stupidly thought the “split” in the Church began when traditional Catholics were disobedient by resisting the overthrow of our Ecclesiastical Traditions by which alone the Faith can be known and communicated to others. Conservative Catholics are only now turning to face the front of this conflict but they are unarmed for the fight. Pope Francis, professing the same doctrine as his conciliar predecessors, has only driven the wedge far deeper into the Bark of Peter to “split” the Church. The Conservative Catholics are at last alarmed because the Ship is taking on massive amounts of water. Unfortunately, the poor Conservative Catholics who are raising their voices against the corruption of Francis will surely fail. Let's call them the Dubiaists. The Dubiaists have doubts but no real convictions. They will fail because they turned their backs against the literal meaning of DOGMA long ago and now have nothing from which to mount their defense for DOGMA is the one and only weapon against an abusive authority. Authority is subject only to Truth.   

 

Hermeneutics of Continuity/Discontinuity

Pope Francis Teaches:

If someone comes to you and feels something must be removed from him, but perhaps he is unable to say it, but you understand … it’s all right, he says it this way, with the gesture of coming. First condition. Second, he is repentant. If someone comes to you it is because he doesn’t want to fall into these situations, but he doesn’t dare say it, he is afraid to say it and then not be able to do it. But if he cannot do it, ad impossibila nemo tenetur. And the Lord understands these things, the language of gestures. Have open arms, to understand what is inside that heart that cannot be said or said this way … somewhat because of shame … you understand me. You must receive everyone with the language with which they can speak.  Pope Francis the Faithless

Catholic Church Teaches:

If any one denieth, that, for the entire and perfect remission of sins, there are required three acts in the penitent, which are as it were the matter of the sacrament of Penance, to wit, contrition, confession, and satisfaction, which are called the three parts of penance; or saith that there are two parts only of penance, to wit, the terrors with which the conscience is smitten upon being convinced of sin, and the faith, generated (a) by the gospel, or by the absolution, whereby one believes that his sins are forgiven him through Christ; let him be anathema. Council of Trent, Canon IV on the sacrament of Penance

 

 

Pope Francis "feels bitterness" because a pagan and a heretic become members of the Church founded by Jesus Christ outside of which there is no salvation! This crime is called "proselytism." So if proselytism is so wrong to convince non-Catholics to become members of the Church, why is it that Novus Ordites always try to "proselytize" traditional Catholics demanding unconditional obedience, to "subjugate" them, to destroy their "freedom," to "violate their conscience"? When a principle is invoked and yet clearly seen to be applied only to produce a given end, it is evidently not a principle at all, but an ideological weapon.  

This is exactly what Jesus condemns in the Pharisees of his time. I’ve said it many times: proselytism is not Christian.

Today I felt a certain bitterness after a meeting with young people. A woman approached me with a young man and a young woman. I was told they were part of a slightly fundamentalist movement. She said to me in perfect Spanish: “Your Holiness, I am from South Africa. This boy was a Hindu and converted to Catholicism. This girl was Anglican and converted to Catholicism.” But she told me in a triumphant way, as though she was showing off a hunting trophy. I felt uncomfortable and said to her, “Madam, evangelization yes, proselytism no.”

What I mean is that evangelization is free! Proselytism, on the other hand, makes you lose your freedom. Proselytism is incapable of creating a religious path in freedom. It always sees people being subjugated in one way or another. In evangelization the protagonist is God, in proselytism it is the I..... Indeed, the very identity of the Church involves evangelizing. Unfortunately, however, not only in the sects, but also within the Catholic Church there are fundamentalist groups. They emphasize proselytism more than evangelization.... Evangelizers never violate the conscience: they announce, sow and help to grow. They help. Whoever proselytizes, on the other hand, violates people’s conscience: this does not make them free, it makes them dependent.

Pope Francis, September 5, 2019, addressing the Jesuits Provence of Zimbabwe-Mozambique

 

 

Pope Francis tells teens they’re not a ‘disciple of Jesus’ if they try to convert non-believers

LifeSiteNews | ROME, December 23, 2019 — In an apparent repudiation of the Great Commission to baptize and teach all Francis_Luther_4.jpgnations (Matthew 28:16-20), Pope Francis has recently told a group of high school students in Rome that speech should never be used in order to convince a non-believer of the truths of the Catholic Faith.

Citing a fictional 11th century account of an episode of forced conversion, attributed to the eighth century emperor Charlemagne, Pope Francis implied that the belief that positive efforts should be made to convert non-Christians to the Gospel through argument entails coercion to the faith. [.....]

Describing the fictional passage that recounts the forced conversion of Muslims in the Song of Roland, he said, “This happened in history! … What happened here to me is shameful because it is a story of forced conversion, of disrespect for the dignity of the person.”

Asked by a school boy how one ought to give a reason for one’s own faith, the Pope replied: “With a non-believer the last thing I have to do is try to convince him. Never. The last thing I have to do is talk. I have to live in accordance with my faith.”

A theologian whom LifeSite consulted said that “although Charlemagne was guilty of attempting forced conversion, this occurred in Saxony and not in Islamic Spain, and he was rebuked for this by leading Churchmen of the day, including his adviser Alcuin.” [.....]

Pope Francis is strident in his opposition to the verbal communication of Christianity.

“I have to live in accordance with my faith. And it will be my testimony that will awaken the curiosity of the other who says: ‘But why do you do this?’ And that’s where I can talk. But listen, never, ever advance the Gospel through proselytism. If someone says he is a disciple of Jesus and comes to you with proselytism, he is not a disciple of Jesus. We shouldn’t proselytize, the Church does not grow from proselytizing.”

Commenting on the Pope’s exchange with Roman high schoolers, the theologian consulted by LifeSite said, “Instead of converting non-believers, Pope Francis insists that our message to the non-believer should be: ‘Be consistent in your faith and that consistency is what will make you mature.’ Pope Francis seems to see the various confessions as a variety of cultural patrimonies, not as competing claims concerning the truth about God,” he observed. “Insofar as passage from one religion to another is permissible, it will come only because one person’s patrimony, lived well, becomes for another person an interesting lifestyle choice.” 

“It would be as inappropriate for a Catholic to try to convert a Muslim to Christianity as it would for a German to try to convince a Frenchmen to repudiate his nationality and become German,” he added. “Whereas for Benedict Christianity is precisely the religion of the Logos, the Word or Reason, because it is in accordance with reason and so communicable through speech instead of violence. The way you turn bits of France into Germany is by invading France, but the way you convert Pagans to Christianity is by preaching the Gospel.” 

“The Church did not launch the crusades in order to convert Muslims to Christianity, the Church launched the crusades in order to prevent Muslims from invading Christian countries and forcing Christians to become Muslims,” the theologian explained, adding: “The Muslims think this is legitimate because, like Pope Francis, they do not think religion a matter of persuasion.” [.....]

In his December 20 remarks to students in Rome, Pope Francis said he was deeply affected by his experience of multiculturalism in the Argentina of his youth. 

“‘There is a Jew, ah Russian ... Come on, come on! I’m the friend of the Russian!’ They said Russian because the majority of Jews came from Odessa, some from Poland but the majority from Odessa. Then there were some Arabs, Lebanese, Syrian ... ‘Ah, Turkish! Come on, come on!’ This one was Mohammedan; this one was Jewish ... But we all played football together. We were all friends. This taught me so much, that we are all the same, all children of God, and this purifies your gaze, it humanizes it.” [.....]

 

 

 

Those who choose to be faithful to God must move toward God and away from sin. Those who do nothing, who try not to choose at all will have the choice made for them. They will by default be turned away.

There are moments in our life and in the history of the Church in which one is obligated to choose between two sides, without ambiguity and compromise. The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius and theology of history of Saint Augustine in The City of God do nothing other than emphasize the Gospel maxim according to which “no one can serve two masters; either he will hate the one and love the other or love the one and hate the other” (Matthew 6:24). Seen in this light, the recent publication in AAS of the letter of Pope Francis to the bishops of Buenos Aires reduces the matter to two diametrically opposed positions. The line of thinking of those cardinals, bishops, and theologians who maintain that it is possible to interpret Amoris Laetitia in continuity with Familiaris Consortio 84 and other documents of the Magisterium has been reduced to dust. Amoris Laetitia is a document which serves as a litmus test: it must be either accepted or rejected in toto. There is not a third position, and the insertion of Pope Francis’ letter to the Argentine bishops [into AAS] has the merit of making this clear. 

Professor Roberto de Mattei

 

 

Our refuge in temptation

LET us take two very simple practical rules. One is: when we are tempted by any approach of evil, to fix our eyes inwardly upon Him hanging upon the Cross. Let us then call to mind His five wounds, and His crown of thorns. This will abate our pride, break our will, and cast out our evil thoughts. If the temptation be strong and abiding, keep your eyes upon him until you are delivered. Look upon Him, as upon the true Serpent of brass, till the fever and the poison of your sin be healed. Go, if you can, into some secret place, and kneel down in His sight; and, there, stay upon your knees till the sting of sin is allayed, and the temptation passed away.

The other rule is: to pray, day by day, that our will may be crucified with Him. This prayer, if we persevere, will, by His grace, slay the enmity that is in us, and make us, not enemies, but lovers of His Cross. St. Paul says, “They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts;” (Gal. v. 24.) and again, he says still more, “I am crucified with Christ;” (Gal. ii. 20.) This shall be even our state at last. Happy and blessed are they who are dead to themselves, alive to Him alone. Let us, therefore, pray Him so to unite us to the spirit of His crucifixion, that we may die to sin, to the world, to our own will; to all that flatters, fosters, strengthens the love of ourselves. As in Baptism we were signed with His life-giving sign, and charged to fight manfully under His banner, so let us pray, that in life and in death we may be under the shadow of His Cross. Howsoever He may fulfil this prayer, be not afraid. It may be He will send you sickness, or sorrow, or contradiction of sinners, or suffering of some kind. For your prayer is an appeal to His Passion. He may suffer you to receive the stigmas which the world printed on Him. Be it so. Let come what may, if only we have upon us the mark of our crucified Master at that day when the sign of the Son of Man shall appear, and the angels “shall gather His elect from the four winds of heaven.”

Cardinal Henry Manning, sermon

 

 

 

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“As regards the bishops, very few of them possess genuine zeal for souls … So we have to pray to Jesus Christ that he would give us as head of the Church one possessed of more spirit and zeal for the glory of God than of learning and human prudence. He should be free of all party attachments and devoid of human respect. If, by chance, for our great misfortune, we should get a Pope that does not have the glory of God as his sole purpose, the Lord will not help him greatly and things from their present condition will go from bad to worse.”

St. Alphonsus Marie Liguori, excerpt from letter commenting on the Papal Conclave, October 24, 1774

 

 

 

 

 

Revolutionary France: Civil Constitution of the Clergy, Title II, Article XXI

Things began to change quickly in 1789. On August 4, the newly assembled National Assembly drafted the ‘Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen,’ and over the next year completely dismantled French society and rebuilt it from the ground up. Part of this included nationalizing all Church lands and transferring ownership to the state. By June 1790 the Assembly had officially abolished the nobility, and on July 12 passed the Civil Constitution of the Clergy.[.....]

The most contentions aspects of the constitution, however, involved how new bishops would be appointed to office and the duties required of them. The Church was now essentially completely incorporated as a branch of government, and bishops were to be elected by popular vote. This was received with outrage by many clergy, as it not only completely up-ended the top-down appointment system of the Church, but would then allow Protestants, Jews, and atheists to directly influence Church matters. What would cause the greatest problems though, was Article XXI of Title II. This required bishops to take an oath before municipal officials asserting their loyalty to the nation of France before all other things, or their office would be declared vacant.[.....]

The oath of loyalty created a massive schism within the clergy. Many lower clergy had supported revolutionary calls for reform, even reform within the Church, but this was beyond the pale. Thousands of priests, monks, and nuns now had to choose between refusing the oath and risking arrest and punishment, or taking the oath and risking their salvation. In March 1791, the Pope forced the issue by issuing a papal bull officially condemning the Revolution's actions towards the Church and leveling excommunication upon any clergy who took the oath.

The clergy was then split into juring priests (those who took the oath) and non-juring or refractory priests (those who refused). ....

Wikipedia

COMMENT: The situation in revolutionary France is analogous to the revolutionary Church that is known as the "Church of the New Advent."  Article XXI of Title II required of every Catholic priest as a necessary condition to function as a priest that he take an oath placing the authority of man above the authority of God. Today, the Church of the New Advent imposes the 1989 Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity upon every priest in the Church as a necessary condition to exercise any authority. This Profession includes an unconditional oath of submission of the mind and will, or as Lumen Gentium say, submission of the soul, to the authentic magisterium of the pope. The "authentic magisterium" is a term that only identifies the person who occupies the office of the papacy. The Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity demand an unconditional submission of the mind and will to a man as man. Unconditional submission of the mind and will can only be given to God and to God alone. It is time that those priests in the Church of the New Advent be referred known as "juring" priests as it will become more and more evident with the passage of time when they will be required to go along with Pope Francis' overturning all Catholic morality.

 

 

The Barbarian hopes — and that is the mark of him, that he can have his cake and eat it too. He will consume what civilization has slowly produced after generations of selection and effort, but he will not be at pains to replace such goods, nor indeed has he a comprehension of the virtue that has brought them into being. Discipline seems to him irrational, on which account he is ever marvelling that civilization, should have offended him with priests and soldiers.... In a word, the Barbarian is discoverable everywhere in this, that he cannot make: that he can befog and destroy but that he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilization exactly that has been true. We sit by and watch the barbarian. We tolerate him in the long stretches of peace, we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence; his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creed refreshes us; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond, and on these faces there are no smiles. 

Hilaire Belloc

 

“Give not that which is holy to dogs; neither cast ye your pearls before swine...”

I reproached a woman some months ago in a parish because she was pregnant with her eighth child, after having had seven C-sections. But does she want to leave the seven as orphans? This is to tempt God. I speak of responsible paternity. This is the way, a responsible paternity. [......] Therefore, the key word, to give you an answer, and the one the Church uses all the time, and I do too, is responsible parenthood. How do we do this? With dialogue. Each person with his pastor seeks how to do carry out a responsible parenthood. That example I mentioned shortly before about that woman who was expecting her eighth child and already had seven who were born with caesareans. That is an irresponsibility. That woman might say ‘no, I trust in God.’ But, look, God gives you means to be responsible. Some think that – excuse the language – that in order to be good Catholics, we have to be like rabbits. No. Responsible parenthood.

Pope Francis, from his “authentic magisterium” during return flight from the Philippines, 1-19-2015

 

 

Pope Francis wants a “Church of the poor.” If he gave the money to the poor then they wouldn't be poor anymore and we would end up with a  “Church of the rich.” So it is clearly better if Pope Francis just keeps the money for himself.  St. Martha's house is as well appointed as any five-star hotel. 

Only 10% of Vatican’s $55 million ‘Peter’s Pence’ actually goes to poor, Wall Street Journal claims

LifeSiteNews | NEW YORK, December 11, 2019 – Only about 10 percent of donations made to the Holy See’s “Peter’s Pence” actually goes to the poor while the majority of the annual collection, worth about $55 million USD, goes to plug Vatican budget deficits, a top U.S. financial newspaper is claiming. 

Catholics from all over the world donate to a special papal fund called Peter’s Pence every year. The money is ostensibly used to support charitable enterprises dear to the pontiff’s heart. Today the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) alleged in a piece titled “Vatican Uses Donations for the Poor to Plug Its Budget Deficit” that most of the over $55 million collected by the fund annually “goes toward plugging the hole in the Vatican’s own administrative budget.” 

According to the WSJ’s unnamed sources, only 10% is “spent on charitable works.” 

“The little-publicized breakdown of how the Holy See spends Peter’s Pence, known only among senior Vatican officials, is raising concern among some Catholic Church leaders that the faithful are being misled about the use of their donations, which could further hurt the credibility of the Vatican’s financial management under Pope Francis,” wrote Francis X. Rocca for the WSJ.  

According to the Vatican’s own webpage, Peter’s Pence is “the name given to the financial support offered by the faithful to the Holy Father as a sign of their sharing in the concern of the Successor of Peter for the many different needs of the Universal Church and for the relief of those most in need.” 

The custom of sending money to the pontiff is believed to have begun with the Anglo-Saxons in the 11th century, when every household in England gave one penny towards the papal fund. The modern Peter’s Pence, international in scope, was established in 1871 by Pope Pius XI. The collection is taken up from church-attending Catholics on the Sunday closest to June 29, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. 

As the WSJ reported, the official Peter's Pence website gives little indication that much of the funds may actually be going to support the Vatican’s administrative budget.  

“The Peter’s Pence collection is a gesture of solidarity. Through it, every member of the faithful can participate in the Pope’s activity. It is an activity that supports the most needy and ecclesial communities in difficulty who approach the Apostolic See for help,” the site reads.

In its  “Works Realized” section, readers can find a gallery of recent donations made by Pope Francis to various communities around the world, which range from 100,000 € ($110,794 US) sent to Albania in the wake of this November’s earthquake to undisclosed sums given to a boys’ school in Syria.      

However, the WSJ notes that under church law, the pope may use Peter’s Pence fund in “any way that serves his ministry, including the support of his administration.” There is also an allusion on the Peter’s Pence webpage to funding ecclesial structures, but in a way that suggests these are predominantly in mission territories:

“The Pope’s charitable works, supported by Peter’s Pence, extend […] to the whole of humanity, at whose service the structures of the Church exist,” the webpage states. “For this reason, Peter’s Pence also contributes to the support of the Apostolic See and the activities of the Holy See, as Pope John Paul II recalled: “It is known that the needs of the apostolate and ecclesial communities are growing especially in mission territory. […]”  

But about 75% of the Peter’s Pence fund is used to fill a budgetary hole at the Vatican, the WSJ’s sources said. 

“In 2018, the budget deficit reached roughly €70 million on total spending of about €300 million, reflecting chronic inefficiencies, rising wage costs and hits to investment income,” the financial broadsheet reported. 

The WSJ also quoted its sources in saying that donations to Peter’s Pence have dropped from over 60 million € ($66,842,700 US) in 2017 to over 50 million € ($55 million US), thanks to Catholics’ concern about the clerical sex abuse crisis and lack of financial transparency in the Vatican. 

Meanwhile, the sources say that the fund’s assets are shrinking, too, dropping to about 600 million € ($668 million US) from the 700 million € ($779.5 million US) it comprised early in Francis’ reign. This is apparently because of unfortunate investments. 

Vatican investments and other aspects of its financial endeavors have been much in the news of late, thanks to the thwarted attempts of Cardinal Pell and others to stem suspected money-laundering and other forms of economic corruption, this October’s Vatican police raid on the Secretariat of State, revelations that an Italian businessman made huge profits on a Vatican purchase of a luxury property in London, and the discovery that Peter’s Pence helped finance a biographical film about Elton John that contained depictions of homosexual activity. 

Beverly Stevens, editor of Regina Magazine, once taught Finance at the  University of Maryland's European Military Campus and was a financial writer for 20 years. She told LifeSiteNews that Vatican leadership is firmly to blame for the misuse of Peter’s Pence

“All organizations reflect the management policies and ethos of their head,” Stevens said via social media. 

“The Church is no different. Based on what we have seen at the Vatican level in this pontificate (investing in posh London flats & Elton John biopics) and the diocesan level (Bishop Bransfield's million-dollar lifestyle, Archbishop Gregory's Atlanta McMansion, Cardinal Tobin's live-in Italian actor) it looks pretty simple,” she continued.  

“The operating principle is 'talk big about the poor and the marginalized while living like princes' -- and don't be too 'rigid' about accounting rules or other pesky details.”

In November, Pope Francis defended the use of Peter’s Pence in investment schemes, saying, “When the money from Peter’s Pence arrives, what do I do? I put it in a drawer? No. This is bad administration. I try to make an investment and when I need to give, when there is a need, throughout the year, the money is taken and that capital does not devalue, it stays the same or it increases a bit.” 

 

 

Official Heresy –which every bishop of the “Church of the New Advent” has sworn to unconditionally obey!

The fact that the pope requested that his letter and the interpretations of the Buenos Aires bishops be published in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis (AAS) means that His Holiness has given these documents a particular qualification that elevates them to the level of being official teachings of the church. While the content of the pope’s letter itself does not contain teachings on faith and morals, it does point toward the interpretations of the Argentine bishops and confirms them authentically reflecting his own mind.  Thus together the two documents became the Holy Father’s authentic magisterium for the whole church. 

Archbishop Francesco Coccopalmerio, Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts

 

The work of the devil will creep even into the Church in such a way that cardinals will be opposed to other cardinals, and bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me, will be despised and hindered by their brethren… the Church will be full of those who accept compromises.

Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Akita

 

 

 

Hermeneutics of Continuity/Discontinuity – Even JPII did not deny this dogma!

Francis-hidden-crucifixPope Francis Teaches:

We hold the Jewish people in special regard because their covenant with God has never been revoked, for “the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable” (Rom.11:29). The Church, which shares with Jews an important part of the Sacred Scriptures, looks upon the people of the covenant and their faith as one of the sacred roots of her own Christian identity (cf. Rom. 11:16-18). As Christians, we cannot consider Judaism as a foreign religion; nor do we include the Jews among those called to turn from idols and to serve the true God (cf. 1 Thes. 1:9). With them, we believe in the one God who acts in history, and with them we accept his revealed word. Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

The Church officially recognizes that the People of Israel continue to be the Chosen People. Nowhere does it say: “You lost the game, now it is our turn.” It is a recognition of the People of Israel.  Pope Francis, On Heaven and Earth

 

The Catholic Church Teaches:

Hebrews 7:18: “On the one hand, a former commandment is annulled because of its weakness and uselessness…”;

Hebrews 10:9: “Then he says, ‘Behold, I come to do your will.’ He takes away the first [covenant] to establish the second [covenant]…”;

2 Corinthians 3:14: “For to this day when they [the Jews] read the Old Covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away”;

Hebrews 8:7: “For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another”;

Colossians 2:14: “Having canceled the written code, with its decrees, that was against us and stood opposed to us; He took it away nailing it to the cross”;

Pope Pius XII, Mystici Corporis, para. 29: “…the New Testament took the place of the Old Law which had been abolished…but on the gibbet of His death Jesus made void the Law with its decrees fastened the handwriting of the Old Testament to the Cross”;

The Catechism of the Council of Trent: “…the people, aware of the abrogation of the Mosaic Law…”;

Council of Florence: [This council] firmly believes, professes, and teaches that the matter pertaining to the law of the Old Testament, of the Mosiac law, which are divided into ceremonies, sacred rites, sacrifices, and sacraments, because they were established to signify something in the future, although they were suited to the divine worship at that time, after our Lord’s coming had been signified by them, ceased, and the sacraments of the New Testament began; and that whoever, even after the passion, placed hope in these matters of the law and submitted himself to them as necessary for salvation, as if faith in Christ could not save without them, sinned mortally. Yet it does not deny that after the passion of Christ up to the promulgation of the Gospel they could have been observed until they were believed to be in no way necessary for salvation; but after the promulgation of the Gospel it asserts that they cannot be observed without the loss of eternal salvation. All, therefore, who after that time observe circumcision and the Sabbath and the other requirements of the law, it declares alien to the Christian faith and not in the least fit to participate in eternal salvation, unless someday they recover from these errors.  Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Cantate Domino

Council of Trent: “but not even the Jews by the very letter of the law of Moses were able to be liberated or to rise therefrom”;

Cardinal Ratzinger: “Thus the Sinai [Mosaic] Covenant is indeed superseded” (Many Religions – One Covenant, p. 70).

St. John Chrysostom: “Yet surely Paul’s object everywhere is to annul this Law….And with much reason; for it was through a fear and a horror of this that the Jews obstinately opposed grace” (Homily on Romans, 6:12); “And so while no one annuls a man’s covenant, the covenant of God after four hundred and thirty years is annulled; for if not that covenant but another instead of it bestows what is promised, then is it set aside, which is most unreasonable” (Homily on Galatians, Ch 3);

St. Augustine: “Instead of the grace of the law which has passed away, we have received the grace of the gospel which is abiding; and instead of the shadows and types of the old dispensation, the truth has come by Jesus Christ. Jeremiah also prophesied thus in God’s name: ‘Behold, the days come, says the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah…’ Observe what the prophet says, not to Gentiles, who had not been partakers in any former covenant, but to the Jewish nation. He who has given them the law by Moses, promises in place of it the New Covenant of the gospel, that they might no longer live in the oldness of the letter, but in the newness of the spirit” (Letters, 74, 4);

Justin Martyr: “Now, law placed against law has abrogated that which is before it, and a covenant which comes after in like manner has put an end to the previous one; and an eternal and final law – namely, Christ – has been given to us, and the covenant is trustworthy…Have you not read…by Jeremiah, concerning this same new covenant, He thus speaks: ‘Behold, the days come,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah…’” (Dialogue with Trypho, Ch 11).

John Paul II: “Christ fulfills the divine promise and supersedes the old law.” (Redemptoris Mater)

Taken from Robert Sungenis, The Old Covenent: Revoked or Not Revoked?

 

 

This is the expected fruit from the blasphemous 1989 Profession of Faith which demands a vow of unconditional obedience to man on his own authority.  Unconditional obedience can only be given to God!

Pope Francis Promulgates Buenos Aires Guidelines Allowing Communion for Some Adulterers in AAS as his “Authentic Magisterium”

This week, the Vatican's organ for promulgating the Official Acts of the Apostolic See, Acta Apostolicae Sedis (AAS), has published its October 2016 issue, containing Pope Francis' infamous Letter to the Buenos Aires Bishops. AAS not only published this letter, declaring that there are "no other interpretations" ("No hay otras interpretaciones") of Amoris Laetitia other than those of the Buenos Aires bishops, but it also published the full Buenos Aires guidelines themselves, which permit Holy Communion in some cases for couples in a state of permanent and public adultery who are not committed to living in complete continence. 

Rorate Caeli

 

 

 

Reported exchange NOT confirmed by our Vatican Sources:

'Please accept this as an honest, sincere token of my undying passion and devotion to your sweet person!'

'Oh thank you snookems, I could just pinch your cheek!' (Smack, Smack, Smack)

On 13 June 1525, after weeks of speculation, Martin Luther secretly married Katharina von Bora, a former nun, in a private ceremony officiated by city preacher Johann Bugenhagen and attended by jurist Johann Apel, professor Justus Jonas, and artist Lucas Cranach and his wife. Over the last centuries, scholars, writers, artists, Wittenberg citizens—in their popular, annual Lutherhochzeit [Luther’s wedding] festival—and even a recent filmmaker have characterized this event as one of the iconic episodes of the Lutheran Reformation. Yet Luther’s marriage neither legalized nor heralded an immediate acceptance of priestly marriage even in reformed territories. Luther certainly was not the first cleric to marry. Three of the witnesses at his wedding—Apel, Bugenhagen, and Jonas—were former Catholic clergy who had all married by mid-1523, a full two years before this event. Only a few weeks prior to this event, Luther expressed hesitation about marriage even for political reasons, suggesting perhaps he would agree to a chaste marriage, a Josephehe, to support married clergy. Luther’s marriage does illustrate many aspects of the ongoing reform process. His mixed feelings about marrying, the atmosphere that led him to a decision, the subsequent outcry about marriage, and the personal trials that faced him and his wife in their married life had much in common with the many clergy who married before and after him in the first decades of the German Reformation.

Marjorie Elizabeth Plummer, Western Kentucky University, From Priest’s Whore to Pastor’s Wife: Clerical Marriage and the Process of Reform in the Early German Reformation

 

 

 

 

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The Barbarian hopes — and that is the mark of him, that he can have his cake and eat it too. He will consume what civilization has slowly produced after generations of selection and effort, but he will not be at pains to replace such goods, nor indeed has he a comprehension of the virtue that has brought them into being. Discipline seems to him irrational, on which account he is ever marvelling that civilization, should have offended him with priests and soldiers .... In a word, the Barbarian is discoverable everywhere in this, that he cannot make: that he can befog and destroy but that he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilization exactly that has been true.

Hilaire Belloc, Defender of the Faith

 

The Fall of Simon the Magician and his “lying wonders”

For there shall arise false Christs, etc. Signs, wrought by art magic, by the power of the devil, whom many heresiarchs have had as a familiar spirit, as I have shown in I Tim. 4:1.  Such was their great prince Simon Magus (Simon the Magician), who deluded Nero and the Romans, so that they erected a statue to him at Rome; but at length he himself, flying through the air by the aid of the devil, was dashed down to the earth by the prayers of St. Peter, and falling upon a stone, broke his knees “so that he who had attempted to fly was not able to walk; and he who had taken wings, lost his legs,” as S. Maximus says (Hom. 5, de SS. Petro et Paulo).

Rev. Cornelius a Lapide, The Great Commentary, Matt 24:24

 

RATZINGER/HEGELIAN VERSION OF DOCTRINAL DEVELOPMENT - the interplay between truth and error, between good and evil!

In contrast to the Hermeneutic of Continuity/Discontinuity we have the Hermeneutic of Reform. The nature of Reform lies in the interplay on the different levels between continuity and discontinuity.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

 

Within a few blocks around Ss. Peter & Paul Chapel there are at least five protestant Hispanic churches.  These souls have been lost to the Catholic Church being wholly ignorant of the doctrinal and moral teachings which must necessarily be believed to save their souls.  December 4 we will begin a novena to our blessed Mother for the conversion of the Hispanic people of York to the Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation.

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for the conversion of the Hispanic people of York

(Novena begins December 4th and ends on December 12th)

    Our Lady of Guadalupe, according to your message in Mexico I venerate you as the Virgin Mother of the true God for whom we live, the Creator of all the world, Maker of heaven and earth.  In spirit I kneel before your most holy image which you miraculously imprinted upon the cloak of the Indian Juan Diego, and with the faith of the countless numbers of pilgrims who visit your shrine, I beg you for this favor: (the conversion of the Hispanic population of York to the true Church).

    Remember, O immaculate Virgin, the words you spoke to your devout client: “I am a merciful mother to you and to all your people who love me and trust in me and invoke my help.  I listen to their lamentations and solace all their sorrows and sufferings.”  I beg you to be a merciful mother to me, because I sincerely love you and trust in you and invoke your help.  I entreat you, our Lady of Guadalupe, to grant my request, if this should be the will of God, in order that I may bear witness to your love, your compassion, your help and protection.  Do not forsake me in my needs.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us. (Hail Mary three times)

Note: The Feast day of December 12 is the date on which the miraculous image was imprinted on St. Juan Diego's tilma. This was before the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar. Upon the adoption of this calendar, ten days were lost in the change. The actual date of the miracle of our Lady would be December 21, the winter solstice which is seen in the constellations of the image.

 

 

 

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Another Creepy Clown sighting!

“He was born a female, a girl, and he suffered greatly because he felt that he was a boy but physically was a girl. He told his mother, when he was in his twenties, at 22, that he wanted to have an operation and so forth. His mother asked him not to do so as long as she was alive. She was elderly, and died soon after. He had the operation. He is a municipal employee in a town in Spain. He went to the bishop. The bishop helped him a great deal, he is a good bishop and he “wasted” time to accompany this man. Then he got married. He changed his civil identity, he got married and he wrote me a letter saying that it would bring comfort to him to come see and me with his bride: he, who had been she, but is he. I received them.”

Pope Francis the Weird, CEO of the Homosexual Lobby, comment during in flight press conference from Azerbaijan, October 2, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pope Francis and his “subtle” sins against the Catholic Faith

Many men sin against Faith in an even more subtle way through the sins against the Holy Ghost, namely, the sins of despair, presumption, impenitence, obstinacy, resisting the known truth and envy of someone else's spiritual good.  The sins against the Holy Ghost are not sins of weakness or ignorance.  They are sins of certain malice.  By despair a man rejects God's goodness and mercy.  By presumption he rejects God's justice.  By impenitence he refuses to turn from sin to God.  By obstinacy a man hardens his will in sin.  A man sins in resisting the known truth because he does so in order to sin more freely.  Lastly a man sins by envying someone else's spiritual good because he hates the increase of God's grace in the world.  In all these sins there is great danger for man because these sins mean that man is deliberately refusing to consider those truths and motives which would keep him from sin and enable him to turn to God.  It is for this reason that the sins against the Holy Ghost are said to be unforgivable.  It is not that God is unwilling to forgive any sins.  It is rather that in these sins a man shows that he does not wish forgiveness.

Fr. Walter Farrell, O.P., S.T.M., My Way of Life, Pocket edition of St. Thomas

 

 

 

DictatorPope.jpgBook on Pope Francis the Humbler than Thou

Father (Peter Hans) Kolvenbach (superior general of the Jesuits from 1983 to 2008) accused Bergoglio of a series of defects, ranging from habitual use of vulgar language to deviousness, disobedience concealed under a mask of humility, and lack of psychological balance; with a view to his suitability as a future bishop, the report pointed out that he had been a divisive figure as Provincial of his own order. It is not surprising that, on being elected Pope, Francis made efforts to get his hands on the existing copies of the document, and the original filed in the official Jesuit archives in Rome has disappeared.

Marcantonio Colonna, The Dictator Pope

 

 

 

“Family Ties” within the Homosexual Lobby
             Notorious homosexual Cardinal Terrance ("Blanche,  'call-me-Uncle Teddy'") McCarrick was ordained by the notorious homosexual Cardinal Francis ("Franny") Spellman of New York who also ordained the notorious homosexual Cardinal Terence ("Cookie") Cooke who took the notorious homosexual McCarrick as his "personal secretary" and consecrated McCarrick an auxiliary bishop.  Cardinal Donald (Whirly Girl) Wuerl was ordained by the notorious homosexual Bishop Francis Fredrick Reh of Charleston, SC who was consecrated a bishop by the notorious homosexual Spellman.  Wuerl became the "private secretary" to the notorious homosexual Cardinal John Wright who was Prefect for the Congregation of the Clergy and represented Wright at the conclave that elected John Paul II who consecrated Wuerl a bishop and made McCarrick a cardinal.  It was Benedict/Ratzinger, formally head of the CDF responsible for cleaning up the Homosexual Lobby, who made Wuerl a cardinal. The homosexual Wuerl ultimately followed in the line of the homosexual Wright as Archbishop of Pittsburg and was himself followed the homosexual McCarrick in Washington.  The Pennsylvania Grand Jury report, 900 plus pages citing Wuerl's name more than 200 times,  charges that Wuerl as Archbishop of Pittsburgh for eighteen years repeatedly covered for the Homosexual Lobby. 

             The mansion that housed Wuerl and the local branch of the Homosexual Lobby in the Diocese of Pittsburgh was obtained by his homosexual predecessor Cardinal Wright and was appraised twenty years ago for $1.5 million. It was sold after Wuerl's departure.  The Jacobethan Revival house along Fifth Avenue, at 9,842 square feet (914.4 m2) with 39 rooms including 11 bedrooms, six full baths, and a half-bath is one of the largest homes in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. It housed an extensive collection of antiques, Oriental rugs and art during Wuerl's residency. 

             Just as Wuerl had covered up for the Homosexual Lobby in Pittsburgh, he did the same for McCarrick in Washington claiming to know nothing about McCarrick's perversion.  McCarrick was Cardinal Archbishop of Washington 2001 to 2006.  Homosexual McCarrick's "personal secretary" was the current Archdiocesan Vicar General Monsignor Charles Antonicelli who subsequently became the "personal secretary" to Homosexual Cardinal Wuerl.  When Antonicelli was McCarrick's "personal secretary" in Washington, the Dioceses of Trenton, Metuchen, and Newark in 2004 and 2006 paid settlements for $100,000 and $80,000 to two men who had been abused by McCarrick while they were in the seminary as well as after they had become priests.  It is, believe it or not, Antonicelli who now claims that he and Wuerl knew nothing about the homosexual escapades of McCarrick.

Compiled from information from Randy Engel, Rite of Sodomy, published in 2006, and recent articles from LifeSiteNews and WikiPedia

 

 

Francis the Apostate

Pope Francis: ‘Do I love God or dogmatic formulations?’

Stang_2.jpgLifeSiteNews | VATICAN CITY, October 9, 2019 – During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis today insinuated that Catholics who hold strongly to the orthodox teachings of the Church are ideologues and, like Saul of Tarsus, are in need of conversion.  

“Ideologues” who “desire the so-called ‘purity’ of the Church are attacking Christ,” said the pontiff.

Pope Francis recounted the story of St. Paul’s conversion in the Acts of the Apostles saying that up until that time, he was an ideologue who persecuted members of the early Church and that “fratricidal fury” compelled him.  

“The young Saul is portrayed as intransigent, that is, one who shows intolerance towards those who think differently from him,” he said. Saul “absolutizes his political or religious identity and reduces the other to a potential enemy to fight.”   

“For Saul, religion had turned into ideology: religious ideology, social ideology, political ideology,” he said. 

 “The angry condition – because Saul was angry – and Saul's conflictual situation invites everyone to ask themselves: How do I live my life of faith? Am I going to meet others or am I against others?” asked Pope Francis.  

 “Do I belong to the universal Church – with the good and the bad, all of us – or do I hold a selective ideology?” he continued. “Do I love God or dogmatic formulations?” 

Pope Francis added, “What is my religious life like? Does professing faith in God make me friendly or hostile towards those who are different from me?”  

“An attack against a member of the Church is an attack against Christ himself! And those who are ideologues because they desire the so-called ‘purity’ of the Church are attacking Christ himself.”

Pope Francis concluded: “Let us ask the Father to let us too, like Saul, experience the impact of his love that can only make a heart of stone a heart of flesh, capable of embracing ‘the same sentiments of Christ Jesus.’”

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments,” Jesus sys in the 14th chapter of the Gospel of John. “Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.”

COMMENT: Saul was an ideologue before his conversion. An ideology is a man-made system of thought and action that is grounded upon merely human presuppositions that form their first principles and are assumed as incontrovertible. What was the ideology of Saul? His was the ideology of the Pharisee that is the ideology of the Talmudism practiced by Jews today. It is this ideology that Jesus said was a merely human construct for the purpose of nullifying the commandments of God. Its purpose is therefore to put an end to the love of God. Yet Francis has no problem with Jewish ideology. The same is true for the religion of Mohammedanism.

The Catholic faith is believing what God has revealed on the authority of God the revealer, therefore it is not an ideology. Catholic charity is doing the will of God by keeping His commandments and therefore the action is not ideologically driven. Dogma is divine revelation that has been infallibly defined and constitutes the formal object of divine and Catholic faith. Dogma is the proximate rule of faith for every Catholic. No faithful Catholic would ever drive a wedge between the “love of God” and the “love of dogmatic formulations” for they constitute the same love. God is truth.  What Pope Francis believes is that the Catholic faith is nothing more than a human construct. He is not just a heretic. He is an apostate.   

 

 

Pope Francis who rejects Proselytism to the Catholic Church wants to Proselytize Catholics to his Gaia Cult Religion!

The Amazon Synod and the Church as Laughingstock

OnePeterFive | Maureen Mullarkey | November 25, 2019

The synod is done. But the mutant thing lives on in its final document, “Amazonia: New Ways for the Church and for a Holistic Ecology.” Prudence and discretion, rationality itself, are baffled by its opening hysteria.

The Amazon rainforest … is in an unbridled race to death. It requires radical changes with great urgency, a new direction that can save it. It is scientifically proven that the disappearance of the Amazonian biome will have a catastrophic impact for the whole planet!

In all its turbulent history, the Church has never made a laughingstock of itself. Not until now. Scientifically proven? Our bishops have lost the ability to distinguish between contention and settled fact. They concentrate their indignant energies on facile borrowings from the climate change script, conventional academic leftism (e.g., multiple references to “extractivism,” the “technocratic paradigm,” the argot of victimology), and what Pascal Bruckner called “the racism of the anti-racists.”

When they are not sermonizing, the bishops descend into guidance counseling: “The Church’s job is to accompany them [young people] to deal with any situation that destroys their identity or damages their self-esteem.” Emphasis on the “rights of the young” serves to spotlight the cruel silence of the Vatican on — to take one example — China’s tyrannical exclusion of anyone under 18 years of age from entering a church. In reality, the Vatican is no more interested in the young of the Amazon than they are in the Chinese. What matters is the utility of the one, and the non-utility of the other, in positioning the Vatican as a bureau within the United Nations.

The prose alone is an embarrassment. It is easy to imagine the document having been written by undergraduate journalism majors over a beer with middlebrow social justice warriors:

We note that human intervention has lost its “friendly” character, to assume a voracious and predatory attitude that tends to squeeze reality until the exhaustion of all available natural resources. … Together with the Amazonian peoples, we request that governments stop considering the Amazon as an inexhaustible pantry.

Chapter One, “Amazon: From Listening to Integral Conversion,” takes the cue for its title from Hillary Clinton, who made listening tours famous: “Listening to the Amazon, in the spirit of a disciple and in the light of the Word of God and of Tradition, leads us to a profound conversion of our plans and structures to Christ and his Gospel.” Throwing itself at the feet of climate-change dogmatism and pop-culture psychosis, the Church contorts itself to what it has heard.

Note the direction conversion takes. The synod reverses two millennia of evangelization by urging us to convert ourselves to “the voice and song of the Amazon.” Free-range bishops have discerned a proto-Gospel in the ancient ways of indigenous peoples. From the rainforest come extra-biblical insights that beckon Western man back to the Pleistocene for the salvation of his venal colonizing soul.

Overall, the text testifies to a morally and intellectually exhausted Vatican, one that mocks itself with manic complicity between religious references and a secular ideology with a tainted history. Its ideological core germinated outside the Church and in contradiction to it.

Turgid with religiosity, there is little recognizably Christian about the final document unless you accept fashionable loathing for Western identity as a central dogma of the Church. Michael Pakaluk is one of the few who grasped the document’s failures on the ground of its animus toward Western civilization: “The contempt it shows for the West and, indeed, for the existing Church as inserted in Christendom compels the inference that it means ultimately to replace the one with the other.” The “other” refers to a sanitized version of traditional indigenous culture.

The single most damning aspect of the synod was inadvertently divulged by Bishop Erwin Kräutler, friend of Pope Francis and coauthor of the instrumentum laboris. Ten years ago, he admitted knowledge of the continuing practice of infanticide among various indigenous tribes. He remains opposed to prosecuting it as a crime. Maike Hickson writes in LifeSiteNews:

Kräutler explicitly rejects the idea that the state could prosecute those who commit such crimes. He is, rather, in favor of “convincing the people, with pastoral patience, that the culturally prescribed death of a child is anachronistic and undercuts their own strategy of life.”

“We have always fought for the physical and cultural survival of the Indians,” he continues, “and we do so on the foundation of the Gospels, and not with help of the gospel of fundamentalism.”

Thus, he rejects ideas of penalizing infanticide, because “here, in the name of human rights and under the pretext of suppressing infanticide, a broad ethnocide, a cultural murder, is being installed.”

Note the wording. Infanticide is “anachronistic” and not optimal for a “strategy of life” — whatever that means. But unlike murder, it appears not to violate divine command. Any culturally insensitive suggestion to the contrary can be dismissed as “fundamentalism.” In that one statement, Kräutler exposes the covert truth that “a Church with an Amazon face” entails more than an indigenous liturgy. It establishes a separate moral order as well.

In Kräutler’s view, suffocating a newborn — strangling him, or bashing his skull against a tree or a rock — is a lamentable folkway. This, while in the wider Church, even non-abortive contraception has been deemed an intrinsic evil. The disjunction will not be lost on Catholic consciences in the developed world where the Church is already in decline.

 

 

Remembering Earlier Ecological Prophecies

“The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate...” 

Paul Ehrlich, 1968, Jewish Liberal Hysteria, The Population Bomb

 

 

Any Catholic who contributes to the Novus Ordo Church is Partaking of their Sin!

EVIL USCCB GIVES $750.000.00 to Promote Sodom

Lepanto Institute | November 22, 2019 Over the summer, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), an anti-poverty program run by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), provided a $750,000.00 Strategic National Grant to the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN).  Shortly after the June announcement of the grant, the Lepanto Institute reported that the ISN regularly held workshops promoting homosexual and transgender activism.  In response to concerned Catholics regarding the promotion of sexual perversion from ISN’s workshops – which included presentations by same-sex “marriage” advocacy organizations like New Ways Ministry and Dignity USA – the USCCB’s Communications Manager for Social Mission, Alexandra Carroll claimed that ISN “was not encouraging or promoting anything contrary to Catholic teaching.”

But over this past weekend, from November 16-18, ISN held its annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, which again included condemned homosexual advocacy groups and pro-homosexual messaging.  As with previous events, the Teach-In included pro-homosexual speakers and workshops on homosexual integration into the life of the Catholic Church.  The difference in this year’s Teach-In, in contrast with all the previous ones, is that this year’s was funded, in part, by the CCHD.

It should be noted that the Catechism of the Catholic Church is explicitly clear that homosexual acts are “acts of grave depravity” and are “intrinsically disordered.” [.....]

 

 

The Pagan Idol that Francis Blessed and brought into the St. Peter Basilica

INCAS SACRIFICED BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN TO PACHAMAMA

Giuseppe Nardi |  Lima, Peru | November 17, 2019
Inca_ritual_murder_child.jpgThe work of archaeologists in Peru was reported at the end of September without any direct connection with the Amazon Synod.  It was a research activity that has particular relevance in view of the recent, so pervasive presence of Pachamama portrayals.
The Pachamama, which literally means "World Mother," rather than "Mother Earth," was a deity of South America that ruled over one of several worlds (Pacha means world, Pachakuna are the worlds), which also means cosmos and era.
The Incas, the high culture of South America encountered by the Spaniards as they explored the newly discovered continent, worshiped the Pachamama as a dragon goddess.  They sacrificed animals to their gods and other deities, as well as humans on special occasions.  The human sacrifices that could be proven so far were all children.
The archaeologists now know so much: These children, who were sacrificed to the pagan gods by the Incas and who were found by archaeologists on the tops of volcanoes, could come from different parts of the empire.  The archaeologists, especially Polish, know at least a dozen places in Peru where the Incas sacrificed some 500 years ago to their gods on the tops of mountains or volcanoes.  These human sacrifices were part of the Capacocha ritual.
Dagmara Socha, bio-archaeologist of the Centro de Estudios Andinos (CEAC) of the University of Warsaw in Cuzco, studied together with Rudi Chavez Perea, director of the Santuario Andinos Museum of the Catholic University of Santa Maria (Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria) in Arequipa (Peru), carried out the project on the remains of these children for several years.
This year, researchers focused on the children sacrifices placed on two volcanoes, the 6,288 meter high Ampato and the 5,665 meter high Picchu Picchu.  Several decades ago, the American anthropologist Johan Reinhard found the mummies of these children in a sitting position on stone platforms.  At present, these ice mummies are kept refrigerated at the Museo Sancturios Andinos.
According to Dr. Socha believed the Incas that at the time of sacrifice, children would become mediators between the gods and humanity.  The Incas, said the scientist, considered the children as pure and immaculate.  Therefore the human sacrifices had to be impeccable and virginal. Accordingly, they were carefully selected.  Their status should have made it easier for the gods to make concrete decisions.
However, the scientists do not yet know the exact criteria in choosing the sacrificed children.  Socha told Szymon Zdziebłowski of Science in Poland, a website of the Polish Ministry of Science, that they needed "extraordinary qualities" such as beauty or a certain social background.  In one of the girls, whose remains were found on a platform on the Picchu Picchu, the researchers found a deliberate deformation of the head, which was extended specifically.  It is well known that this practice was not applied in the mountains, but in the plains and coasts of the Inca Empire.  This could mean that this girl came from a family living in a region far from the place of sacrifice.
 Using their teeth, the scientists were able to determine that the girl had either starved for a certain time or had suffered a severe trauma at the age of three.  At the time, the girl was allegedly brought to Cusco by her parents to be prepared for her offering for three years.  The trauma may have been caused by the separation from the parents, either first in Cuzco or already at home.  Then the child would have been brought to the capital by representatives of the theocratic Inca Empire.
Some of the mortal remains of six children examined by Dagmara Socha this year were mummified, if not all.  Other remains are poorly preserved and some have burn marks.  Socha explains that the Incas erected sacrificial platforms in places exposed to lightning.  There is ample evidence that these platforms have been repeatedly hit by lightning.  In the cosmology of the Incas, lightning represented
connections between the various god-worlds (Pachakuna) and the human world.
While the altitude of the sacrificial sites meant that the sacrificed children were preserved as permafrost corpses, so-called ice mummies, some were indeed very well preserved, this is not always due to the lightning strikes for their clothes.
According to the Incas, a person struck by lightning was being bestowed with great honor, as a god expressed interest in him.
The mummies studied by the Polish archaeologist are now in a similar state as before their discovery.  The mummies did not have to be moved.  Scientists used X-rays to minimize interference with the remains.  This made it possible to discover also many objects that were given to the children as grave goods: gold brooches for fastening the robes, wooden objects such as ritual cups, but also a gold tube and even petals.
The best-known example of a surviving human sacrifice of the Incas is the boy from El Plomo, who was found in 1954 near the summit of the 5424 meter high Cerro El Plomo in Chile.  At the time of his sacrifice, he was eight years old.  His skin was soft at the time of the discovery, as if he had just passed away.  The sacrifice was almost 500 years back.  The boy then was mummified by being transported to lower altitudes and becomes almost rock hard.
All in all, 192 sacrificial ceremonial sites have been located on 192 mountains in the former Inca Empire.  So far, 27 surviving human sacrifices of the Capacocha ritual have been discovered on 14 mountains.  All were found over 5400 meters above sea level, which explains their conservation.
The Capacocha ritual was part of the religiously motivated state cult in the Inca Empire.  The boy of El Plomo was sacrificed after 1483, when central Chile was incorporated into the Inca Empire, and before 1533, when the Spaniards reached the area and put an end to the human sacrifices.
According to the scientists, the children were stunned with coca leaves and fermented drinks before being "buried" alive.  At least in the high-altitude sacrificial sites, they quickly froze, largely maintaining the squatting posture in which they had to sit.  In this position they were then worshiped - eerily scary - like living dead.
Don Felipe Waman Puma de Ayala, an Indio, born around 1550 in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru, in what is now southern Peru, wrote a history of more than a thousand pages of Andean peoples, including 398 drawings (see illustration) ).  His mother tongue was Quechua, the language of the Inca Empire.  As a boy, he learned Spanish.  One of his drawings also shows how a child sacrificed on a mountain is worshiped.  His chronicle ends with his death in 1615. The description describes that in pre-Christian (pre-Columbian) time, human sacrifice was common.  The mentioned drawing expresses this, but also that at the beginning of the 17th century the sacrificed children were still worshiped by some of the Indians.
In detail, Don Felipe Waman portrays Puma de Ayala's sacrificial customs for the various deities, including Pachakamaq.  All were sacrificed in addition to other offerings and children in greater or lesser numbers.
Its primer Nueva Corónica y Buen Gobierno was made fully accessible on the Internet a few years ago by the Copenhagen-based Congolese Bibliotek, in whose possession it is located.
Basically, it should be not that in past epochs ago, more or less, human sacrifices existed in all peoples and cultures in pre-Christian times.

That the true God does not want human sacrifices, He made clear already in Genesis, the First Book of the Bible, in the prevented sacrifice of Isaac by his father Abraham.  In the time of Abraham, and long after that, human sacrifices in the Middle East were obviously common practice.  In Divine Pedagogy, the great work of civilization, God led Abraham and his descendants away from human sacrifice for the time being because of the incomprehension of human beings, as an intermediate stage, as an animal sacrifice, although God Himself did not want that.  Where Christianity came, this cruelty was overcome, which illustrates its outstanding civilizational significance - and makes the contrast to the return of pagan amazons as the Pachamama in the context of the Amazon Synod all the more evident.

 

 

 

 

Abp Viganò decries Pope-approved plan to build ‘Abrahamic’ religious site with Muslims, Jews

LifeSiteNews | ROME, November 21, 2019 — Invoking the blasphemous Tower of Babel, whose builders sought to attain to heaven by their own power, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has denounced plans approved by Pope Francis to erect a monument to “Human Fraternity” uniting Islam, Judaism and Catholicism, calling it “a Babelesque enterprise, designed by the enemies of God.”  

The “House of the Abrahamic Family” will house a mosque, a synagogue, and a church symbolically united on one foundation. 

In a Nov. 19 article published by Italian journalist Aldo Maria Valli on Duc in Altum, Archbishop Viganò writes: “In the garden of Abu-Dhabi the Temple of the World Syncretic Neo-Religion is about to arise with its anti-Christic dogmas. Not even the most hopeful of the Freemasons would have imagined so much!"

The “House of Abraham” project was presented to Pope Francis at the Vatican on November 15, during an audience with the Grand Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Sheik of Al-Azhar (main photo), members of the Abu Dhabi government, and representatives of the Higher Committee for achieving the goals contained in the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together, signed last August. […..]

[Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò continues]

Sir David Adjaye Obe is the creator of this architectural project, which will rise in the opulent and extravagant Abu Dhabi. It is the House of the Abrahamic Family, a sort of New Tent of Universal Brotherhood that evokes that other Tent of Reception in which the Old Testament Patriarch hosted three mysterious Angels (cf. Gen 18), the prefiguration of the Trinitarian God who was fully revealed to the legitimate Abrahamic posterity through faith in Jesus Christ.

nightaerialviewoftheabrahamicfamilyhouse_1.jpgAbrahamic Family House is therefore the name of this structure that will house a synagogue, a mosque and a church, naturally dedicated to the Poverello [St. Francis of Assisi].

Sir David’s project envisages the three different places of worship united by unique foundations and placed inside a garden, evoking a New Eden, a Gnostic and Masonic re-edition of the paradise of the First Creation.

As explained to Pope Bergoglio, this “structure ... will serve as a place of individual worship, but also for dialogue and interreligious exchange.” In fact, a fourth building is also planned, the headquarters of the Centre for Studies and Research on the Human Fraternity, whose objective, which is inferred from the Abu Dhabi document, will be to “make the three religions known.” The ceremonies for the presentation of the Human Fraternity Award will also take place here. 

The building of the House of the Abrahamic Family appears like a Babelesque enterprise, designed by the enemies of God, of the Catholic Church and of the only true religion capable of saving man and the whole created from destruction, both present as well as eternal and definitive. The foundations of this “House,” destined to give way and crumble, precisely where, at the hands of the same builders, the Only Corner Stone is incredibly about to be removed: Jesus Christ, Savior and Lord, on whom stands the House of God. “Therefore,” warns the Apostle Paul, “let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Cor 3:10) [……]

COMMENT: If any doubt where this is all headed, take a look at this YouTube video of the darling Cardinal Schonborn, the sweet-heart of Pope Francis, and his demonic display in the Cathedral in Vienna: https://youtu.be/CFEaDILDnF0

 

 

 

 

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This could equally be said by one who, in alliance with the forces of hell, is aflame with the fire of revenge!

“One deceives himself who thinks that the prophetic mission of Fatima is concluded.” 

Pope Benedict XVI, May 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Francis the Apostate

Pope Francis: ‘Do I love God or dogmatic formulations?’

LifeSiteNews | VATICAN CITY, October 9, 2019 – During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis today insinuated that Catholics who hold strongly to the orthodox teachings of the Church are ideologues and, like Saul of Tarsus, are in need of conversion.  

“Ideologues” who “desire the so-called ‘purity’ of the Church are attacking Christ,” said the pontiff.

Pope Francis recounted the story of St. Paul’s conversion in the Acts of the Apostles saying that up until that time, he was an ideologue who persecuted members of the early Church and that “fratricidal fury” compelled him.  

“The young Saul is portrayed as intransigent, that is, one who shows intolerance towards those who think differently from him,” he said. Saul “absolutizes his political or religious identity and reduces the other to a potential enemy to fight.”   

“For Saul, religion had turned into ideology: religious ideology, social ideology, political ideology,” he said. 

“The angry condition – because Saul was angry – and Saul's conflictual situation invites everyone to ask themselves: How do I live my life of faith? Am I going to meet others or am I against others?” asked Pope Francis.  

“Do I belong to the universal Church – with the good and the bad, all of us – or do I hold a selective ideology?” he continued. “Do I love God or dogmatic formulations?” 

Pope Francis added, “What is my religious life like? Does professing faith in God make me friendly or hostile towards those who are different from me?”  

“An attack against a member of the Church is an attack against Christ himself! And those who are ideologues because they desire the so-called ‘purity’ of the Church are attacking Christ himself.”

Pope Francis concluded: “Let us ask the Father to let us too, like Saul, experience the impact of his love that can only make a heart of stone a heart of flesh, capable of embracing ‘the same sentiments of Christ Jesus.’”

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments,” Jesus sys in the 14th chapter of the Gospel of John. “Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.”

COMMENT: Saul was an ideologue before his conversion. An ideology is just a man-made system of thought and action that is grounded upon merely human first principles that assumed as incontrovertible. What was the ideology of Saul? His was the ideology of the Pharisee that is the ideology of the Talmudism practiced by Jews today. It is this ideology that Jesus said was a merely human construct for the purpose of nullifying the commandments of God.  Its purpose is therefore to put an end to the love of God. Yet Francis has no problem with Jewish ideology. The same is true for the religion of Mohammedanism.

The Catholic faith is believing what God has revealed on the authority of God the revealer therefore, it is not an ideology. Catholic charity is doing the will of God by keeping His commandments and therefore is action that is not ideologically driven. Dogma is divine revelation that has been infallibly defined and constitutes the formal object of divine and Catholic faith. Dogma is the proximate rule of faith for every Catholic. No faithful Catholic would ever drive a wedge between the "love of God" and the "love of dogmatic formulations" for they constitute the same love. What Pope Francis believes is that the Catholic faith is nothing more than a human construct. He is not just a heretic. He has committed apostasy.   

 

 

 

“Where will the correction come from?”  There is only on possible answer, and it is not from conservative Catholics. That answer is a restored Catholic Church and that will only happen when the true faith revealed by God is believed and defended, and the true worship of God is practiced.  The Mission of Ss. Peter & Paul is fighting the only fight worth fighting.  It is the only fight where any possible hope of victory lies both in this life and in the life to come! 

So tell me where the Salvation to come from, other than that Jesus comes back – and we wouldn’t recognize him if he did.  These are all symptoms of a society that’s in a deeper malaise and my analysis of that is that it is what Alexander Mitscherlich, the German psychoanalyst who fought the Nazis, was referring to when he wrote a book called Society Without the Father, and he talked about the Sibling Society in which there would be no adults, or generations of half-adults. So that’s all we have now: generations of half-adults. Adulthood is the ingredient that is missing from everything, from politics, from media, from academia, from all these central institutions which have been vital for the maintenance of civilization there are no adults in them. There are no adults left. This is one of the fundamental problems with our civilization. Without responsible adults, without leadership, without a conversation, there’s no hope. There are all these trends that show that the world actually is in a final meltdown. There is nowhere it can come back from. This is the mistake that people are making, that somehow there will be a correction, but then you have to ask ‘where will the correction come from,’ from what sector of humanity will the correction come? There’s no possibility because the educational trends are continuing, the media trends are continuing, the social media trends are continuing, and they will continue to have the influence that they’ve had unless we actually stop them – unless we literally take Twitter off the air then you won’t get a change in our cultural drift.

The Catholic Church is the repository of the wisdom of the ages, the mainstay of the old civilization which retained the archives of knowledge and wisdom that had been accumulated through the ages; it is the voice of God in the world; the other religious are not relevant. In one of my books I talked about an occasion when I was at a meeting of Atheist of Ireland: I walked in with a friend of mine and just sat there, listening, and one guy was actually a well-known figure stood up and said, ‘We have to make alliances with Moderate Islam against Catholicism’ – well, that’s brutality! Look, this is a kind of sabotage of our culture. They’re actually welcoming hordes of Islamists into Ireland; this is one of the hotspots of Jihadism in Europe because it’s not Catholic….. They’re not really Catholics. (The climate change ideologues and their campaign) is only a tactic; the LGBT do that as well. The Church has been destroyed not be its enemies, but from within; it is no longer the Catholic Church.

John Waters, Irish conservative Catholic, journalist and author, most recently of the book, Give Us Back the Bad Roads.  He is a contributor to the journal, First Things. Comments on the current state of Ireland, interviewed by Geraldine Comiskey, published in Culture Wars Magazine.

 

 

AMAZON SYNOD: Why does the “New Evangelization,” not just permit, but require a married clergy?

In his Encyclical Menti Nostre, Pope Pius XII declares, “The priest is... the organ of the communication and increase of life in the Mystical Body of Christ. Far from losing the gift and the office of paternity because of his celibacy, the priest increases them immeasurably, since if he does not beget children for this passing life on earth, he begets them for that of life which is heavenly and eternal.”

Parents of children collaborate with God on the natural level in the communication of life to new human beings, of rearing and educating them for the glory of God. The priest has an “immeasurably” higher calling to beget children of God, that is, of being the material cause of proselytizing human beings to faith in the truths which God has revealed and obedience to the laws which God commands. The New Evangelization radically opposes proselytizing anyone to the Catholic faith therefore, the priest no longer begets children to God and turns to begetting of natural progeny. The New Evangelization is spiritually sterile. The Novus Ordo priest is a clerical gelding. He is worthless to both man and God.

 

 

100 priests, lay scholars call Pope Francis to repent for Pachamama idolatry at Amazon Synod

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò added his name this morning to the statement urging Pope Francis to repent for Pachamama idolatry.

LifeSiteNews | November 12, 2019 – An international group of 100 priests and lay scholars published a statement today to protest the pagan worship of Pachamama that took place last month during the Amazon Synod in Rome with Pope Francis' active participation and apparent support. They called upon the Pope to “repent publicly and unambiguously of these objectively grave sins” and asked bishops’ around the world to “offer fraternal correction to Pope Francis for these scandals.”

Titled “Protest against Pope Francis's Sacrilegious Acts,” the statement (read full below) highlights Pope Francis' personal responsibility for the worship of a pagan idol in Rome. 

Among the signatories, which include more than 20 priests and deacons, are Professor John Rist, Professor Roberto de Mattei, Professor Claudio Pierantoni, Professor Josef Seifert, as well as Professor Anna Silvas. There are also to be found twenty priests and deacons, among them Father Brian Harrison and the outspoken critic of Pope Francis, Father Cor Mennen. The prominent German Catholic laywoman, Gloria Princess of Thurn und Taxis, also signed, in addition to authors such as Henry Sire, José Antonio Ureta, and Dr. Gerard J.M. van den Aardweg.

The priests and scholars “protest against and condemn the sacrilegious and superstitious acts committed by Pope Francis, the Successor of Peter, in connection with the recent Amazon Synod held in Rome,” and they give detailed evidence of the different incidences of pagan worship during the Amazon Synod.

Most prominently, Pope Francis hosted a pagan ceremony with Pachamama statues in the Vatican Gardens on Oct. 4 and even blessed one of the statues. Additionally, he prayed in front of the Pachamama statue at St. Peter's Cathedral on October 7 and then accompanied it in procession into the synod hall.

As the statement points out, “Pope Francis himself confirmed that these wooden images were pagan idols. In his apology for the removal of these idols from a Catholic church, he specifically called them Pachamama, a name for a false goddess of mother earth according to pagan religious belief in South America.”

Pachamama_worship_Vatican.pngThe signers make it clear that pagan worship by Catholics is unacceptable. 

They state that “the rendering of worship to anyone or anything other than the one true God, the Blessed Trinity, is a violation of the First Commandment,” and that therefore “absolutely all participation in any form of the veneration of idols is condemned by this Commandment and is an objectively grave sin, independently of the subjective culpability that only God can judge.”

The authors also quote Professor Josef Seifert with regard to Pope Francis' claim that these statues had been used “without idolatrous intentions.” Stated Seifert: “Even if there is no subjective idolatrous intention behind this, as Pope Francis affirms, the objective fact of putting idols in a Church, let alone in St Peter's, is an offence against God and an objectively sacrilegious act.”

For the signers, the Pachamama worship that took place under Pope Francis' leadership “was anticipated by the statement titled 'Document on Human Fraternity', signed by Pope Francis and Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Mosque, on February 4, 2019.” That document states that the “diversity of religions” is “willed by God.” “Pope Francis’ involvement in idolatrous ceremonies,” the signers continue, “is an indication that he meant this statement in a heterodox sense, which allows pagan worship of idols to be considered a good positively willed by God.”

Additionally, the statement refers to the many cardinals and bishops who have already condemned the Pachamama veneration in Rome (among them Cardinals Burke, Müller, Brandmüller, Urosa; and Archbishop Viganò, as well as Bishops Eleganti, Voderholzer, and Azcona). And the statement also quotes a passage from Holy Scripture which makes clear that “the things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God” and that “you cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord, and of the table of demons” (St. Paul).

“We respectfully ask all the bishops of the Catholic Church,” the signers conclude, “to offer fraternal correction to Pope Francis for these scandals, and to warn their flocks that, according to the divinely revealed teaching of the Catholic faith, they will risk eternal damnation if they follow the present examples in offending against the First Commandment.” [.....]

 

 

NEW DOCTRINAL DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN THE SSPX AND ROME?

COMMENT: The SSPX has announced that it will resume its "doctrinal discussions" with Rome.  Who will pretend to represent Catholic tradition in these discussions? The SSPX is sending Bishop Bernard Fellay, with Frs. Nealy and Pfluger.  No, this not meant to be a joke.  They are pretending to be serious and actually sending Bishop Fellay, the ignoramus whose sacramental theology is so shallow that he actually believes that a disaffected priest, like Marlin the Magician, can maliciously consecrate an entire bakery or a wine cellar by reciting the words of consecration. Rest assured that these "discussions" will have nothing to do with "doctrine." Fellay apparently thinks dogma is just another word for bitch. Lieutenant Colonel James Bogle, the former head of Una Voce International, has publically confirmed on Gloria TV that the SSPX under Fellay, with the help of Nely and Pfluger, was formally regularized by the Novus Ordo Church but has kept the truth of this concealed from the rank and file members as well as those who attend their chapels where the 1962 Indult Missal in dialogue style is offered.  Bogle personally confirmed that Fellay is currently a member of the Roman Rota.  The purpose of dialogue is to arrive at opinion.  For both parties involved, the true faith is just another opinion.

 

 

 

New Evangelization in the Diocese of Harrisburg - Bishop Ronald Gainer the Insipid and his own inner Pachamama."Healing" what? "Hope" for what? Dialogue, which is the nothing more than an exchange of opinions, presupposes a denial that the Catholic Church possesses truth, for those who possess truth have no interest in exchanging opinions. "Responding to division" assumes that the division between good and evil can be bridged. The stupidity is evident in exchanging "opinion" with a woman masquerading Ecumenical_3.jpgas a "bishop." 

Day of Dialogue Addresses Hope in Midst of Division

Ecumenical.jpgThe Catholic WITNESS | Chris Heisey | November 8, 2019

Responding to division is society and in the Christian Church, the annual LARC Day of Dialogue brought together clergy and parishioners of local Christian traditions for prayer and discussion. The annual event is a joint effort of the Lutheran, Anglican and Roman Catholic churches in central Pennsylvania for prayer and greater cooperation between the Churches. Titled “Division on Society, Division in the Church: Healing and Hope for the 21st Century,” the gathering was Oct. 28 at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. The Day of Dialogue featured three speakers, prayer in the three Christian traditions and a panel discussion. It is hosted annually by the Diocesan Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, directed by Father James Lease. Dr. Maria Erling, a Professor of Modern Church History and Global Mission at the United Lutheran Seminary, spoke on what ecumenism holds today. The Very Rev. Dr. Amy Doyle Welin, Dean of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral in Harrisburg, addressed pastoral theological Christian unity. The third speaker was Eric Failing, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, who spoke on reshaping debate to achieve wisdom. The event is an extension of the LARC Covenant, signed in 1993 by the Bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, the Lower and Upper Susquehanna Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg. Its aim is to bring clergy and laity together to work in the cause of Christian unity. For information about ecumenical and interreligious activities in the Diocese, visit www.hbgdiocese.org/about/diocesan-offices/ecumenical/ or contact Father Lease at frjlease@hbgdiocese.org.

 

 

 

 

Vatican II condemned out of their own mouths!

Francis_receives_Pachamama_during_pagan_rite_in_Vatican_Gardens_prior_to_opening_of_Amazon_Synod__Oct._4__2019_720_470_75_s_c1.jpgCardinal Blase Cupich: Vatican II permits pagan inculturation of Catholic worship

CHICAGO, November 8, 2019 - Archbishop Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago defended the use of the “Pachamama” statues during the Amazon Synod, saying the church has “always adopted pagan elements in its traditions and especially its liturgical rites” while quoting from a Vatican document about “inculturation.”
Writing in the diocesan newspaper Chicago Catholic on Wednesday, Cardinal Cupich asserted that the “artwork” at the Vatican depicting Pachamama – a fertility goddess venerated by indigenous people of South America – was merely “a pregnant woman, a symbol of motherhood and the sacredness of life, that represents for indigenous peoples the bond humanity has with our mother earth, much as St. Francis of Assisi portrayed in his Canticle of the Creatures.” Cupich was made a cardinal by Pope Francis in November 2016.

 

 

 

 

The Hermeneutics of Continuity/Discontinuity

and other “highly reductive ideological views”

Bishop Guido Marini, Pope Benedict’s Master of Ceremonies, said that there is no difference in the traditional Church before Vatican II (1962-1965) and after. He stated: “Terms like ‘preconciliar’ and ‘postconciliar,’ belong to an outdated language, and if they are used with the intention of indicating a discontinuity in the Church’s journey, I maintain that they are mistaken and typical of highly reductive ideological views.”  

Cardinal Kasper teaches:

today we no longer understand ecumenism in the sense of a return, by which the others would ‘be converted’ and return to being Catholics.  This was expressly abandoned by Vatican II.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, Prefect of Vatican Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Feb. 26, 2001

 

The Church Infallibly Teaches:

the union of Christians can only be promoted by promoting the return to the one true Church of Christ of those who are separated from it.

Pope Pius XI, Mortalium Animos

The Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that all those who are outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans but also Jews or heretics and schismatics, cannot share in eternal life and will go into the everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless they are joined to the Church before the end of their lives….

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Cantate Domino

 

Cardinal Kasper teaches:

The old theory of substitution (of the New Covenant for the Old) is gone since the Second Vatican Council… Therefore, the Church believes that Judaism, that is, the faithful response of the Jewish people to God’s irrevocable covenant, is salvific for them, because God is faithful to his promises. 

Cardinal Walter Kasper, Prefect of Vatican Council for Promoting Christian Unity, May 1, 2001

 

The Church Infallibly Teaches:

The Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and teaches that the matter pertaining to the law of the Old Testament, of the Mosaic Law, which are divided into ceremonies, sacred rites, sacrifices, and sacraments, because they were established to signify something in the future, although they were suited to divine worship at that time, after our Lord’s coming had been signified by them, ceased, and the sacraments of the New Testament began; and that whoever, even after the passion, placed hope in these matters of the law and submitted himself to them as necessary for salvation, as if faith in Christ could not save without them, sinned mortally.  Yet it does not deny that after the passion of Christ up to the promulgation of the Gospel they could have been observed until they were believed to be in no way necessary for salvation; but after the promulgation of the Gospel it asserts that they cannot be observed without the loss of eternal salvation.  All, therefore, who after that time (the promulgation of the Gospel) observe circumcision and the Sabbath and the other requirements of the law, it declares alien to the Christian faith and not in the least fit to participate in eternal salvation, unless someday they recover from these errors.

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Cantate Domino

 

 

There is no difference between this example of Jewish “truth” and Novus Ordo theology and praxis?

Lying is now a “heightened version of reality” because it may be “true in a higher metaphysical sense”!?
 . . . . What anti-Semites keep insisting are “fake Holocaust stories” need to be seen in a more positive light as “the truth of imagination,” to quote the famous phrase of the poet John Keats. If something is perceived as true by the mind, though strictly speaking it may not have happened, and if that event is subsequently seen as a living truth in the minds of millions of other good people who have been exposed to that same heightened version of reality, then it must on no account be dismissed as a “lie” ( . . . ) All such stories are true in a higher metaphysical sense, and to deny them is a sacrilege ( . . . ) We have a sacred obligation to the six million who died under the tyranny of the evil Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler to remember the dead and dismiss with contempt all attempts to deny the Holocaust by referring to “fake Holocaust stories.” I repeat: there is no such thing as a fake Holocaust story. Every Holocaust story is true, 100 per cent true, whether it happened or not. ( . . . ) In the sublime words of Elie Wiesel: “In literature, certain things are true though they didn’t happen, while others are not true, even if they did happen.”

Seymour Zak, defending “fake Holocaust stories” after Herman Rosenblat’s holocaust story, An Angel at the Fence, was publically exposed as a pure fabrication.  Hollywood was unmoved.  The film production based upon the book proceeded as planned.

 

Dogma is the proximate Rule of Faith. Deny this Catholic truth and this is what follows. So now we have an infallibly infallible magisterium and a infallibly non-infallible magisterium! The pope become the revealer of truth rather than its divine appointed guardian! 

This false accusation railed against Pope Francis, claiming that he is teaching or prompting heresy in part of his Ordinary Magisterium is in effect a denial of the one of the essential truths behind the teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff, who is granted Divine assistance which prevents him from erring in matters of faith and morals, even when teaching non-infallibly.

So while there may be certain deficiencies present in the Ordinary Magisterium, the faithful are still required to submit their will and intellect to its higher prudential judgment by giving religious assent, and such deficiencies can never fall into error in matters of faith and morals through the promise of Divine assistance accorded to even these non-infallible pronouncements.

Emmett O'Regan, published by Vatican Insider

 

 

And, lastly, to sum all up in a word. As the Incarnation is God’s Book of Life, the knowledge of his Sacred Heart is the interpretation and the unfolding of that Book. The whole mystery of God and of man, and the relations of God and man in grace and in glory, are all written in the Sacred Heart. They that know the Sacred Heart know God; they that love the Sacred Heart love God; and they that are made like to the Sacred Heart are made like to God. It is the compendium of the whole science of God, of the whole way of salvation, of the whole gospel of eternal life.

Cardinal Henry Edward Manning, The Sacred Heart, God's Way of Love

 

"I love them that love Me: and they that in the morning early watch for Me shall find Me." 

Prov. 8:17

 

 

Religious Liberty from Vatican II has its root in the Americanist Heresy

On every side the dread phantom of war holds sway: there is scarce room for another thought in the minds of men. The combatants are the greatest and wealthiest nations of the earth; what wonder, then, if, well provided with the most awful weapons modern military science has devised, they strive to destroy one another with refinements of horror. There is no limit to the measure of ruin and of slaughter; day by day the earth is drenched with newly-shed blood, and is covered with the bodies of the wounded and of the slain. Who would imagine as we see them thus filled with hatred of one another, that they are all of one common stock, all of the same nature, all members of the same human society? ....We implore those in whose hands are placed the fortunes of nations to hearken to Our voice. Surely there are other ways and means whereby violated rights can be rectified. Let them be tried honestly and with good will, and let arms meanwhile be laid aside.

Benedict XV, Ad beatissimi apostolorum, November 1, 1914

 

“We consider the establishment of our country’s independence, the shaping of its liberties and laws, as a work of special Providence, its framers ‘building better than they knew,’ the Almighty’s hand guiding them. We believe that our country’s heroes were the instruments of the God of nations in establishing this home of freedom; to both the Almighty and to His instruments in the work we look with grateful reverence. And to maintain the inheritance of freedom which they have left us, should it ever–which God forbid—be imperiled, our Catholic citizens will be found to stand forward as one man, ready to pledge anew ‘their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.’”

Archbishop (soon to be Cardinal) James Gibbons, addressing the American bishops at the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore, 1884 attended by 14 archbishops and 61 bishops.

 

Moved to the very depths of our hearts by the stirring appeal of the President of the United States, and by the action of our national Congress, we accept whole-heartedly and unreservedly the decree of that legislative authority proclaiming this country to be in a state of war. Inspired neither by hate nor fear, but by the holy sentiments of truest patriotic fervor and zeal, we stand ready, we and all the flock committed to our keeping, to cooperate in every way possible with our President and our national government, to the end that the great and holy cause of liberty may triumph and that our beloved country may emerge from this hour of test stronger and nobler than ever. Our people, as ever, will rise as one man to serve the nation.

Pledge of U.S. Catholic Archbishops, April 18,1917; sent to President Woodrow Wilson by Cardinal James Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, the leading Catholic prelate in the United States.

 

“The primary duty of a citizen is loyalty to country. It is exhibited by an absolute and unreserved obedience to his country’s call.”

Cardinal James Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore (1877-1921), April 1917 in support of the U.S. declaration of war against Germany and Austria-Hungary. The Balfour Declaration agreement committed the British to deliver Palestine into Jewish hands in return for the Jews bringing the United States into WWI in support of the British. Cardinal James Gibbons was the chief propagator of the heresy of Americanism which became settled Novus Ordo doctrine after Vatican II (religious liberty) primarily by the work of Fr. John Courtney Murray who greatly admired Cardinal Gibbons. Gibbons did his best to align American Catholics with Jewish interests to bring the United States into the Great War. In doing so Gibbons worked directly to undermine the peace plans of Pope Benedict XV. Pope Benedict devised a generous peace plan and contacted Cardinal Gibbons to do what he could to influence the United States government to back his offer of a negotiated peace. Gibbons did nothing of the sort. While giving lip service to the Pope's peace plan six months too late, he in fact never contacted President Wilson or any official of the government to even mention Pope Benedict's peace plan. Gibbons was too busy building the National Catholic War Council (NCWC) and supporting the call of universal military service. The purpose of the NCWC as Gibbons said in a letter to all American bishops was to form “the mental and moral preparation of our people for the war.”

 

 

 

To Congar's credit, he at least told the truth about what he helped destroy!

"It cannot be denied that the Declaration on Religious Liberty does say materially something else than the Syllabus of 1864; it even says just about the opposite of  Propositions 15 and 77 to 79 of this document..... I collaborated on the final paragraphs which left me less satisfied.  It involved demonstrating that the theme of religious liberty was already contained in Scripture. Now, it isn't there."

Cardinal Yves Marie Joseph Congar, O.P., forbidden to teach by the Church and whose books were suppressed in the early 1950s, made a peritus at Vatican II by Novus Ordo St. John XXIII, and is considered by many to have been the most influential of all the periti. He was raised to the cardinalate by Novus Ordo St. John Paul II. He rejected the dogmatic teaching of Trent which his teacher and mentor, Fr. Marie-Dominique Chenu, O.P., derisively called “Baroque theology”.

 

 

Excerpts from the Diary of Msgr. Joseph Fenton:

·        “He [Cardinal Ottaviani] remarked that we were on the eve of the Council, and that no one knew who the Council’s theologians were to be.” (Sept. 28, 1962)

·        “It is a crime that we did not take the Anti-Modernist Oath. Poor O[ttaviani] must have failed to have our own profession passed by the central commission. It contained his condemnation of [Fr. John Courtney] Murray [the Americanist heretic who structured the Council teaching on Religious Liberty].” (Oct. 9, 1962)

·        “I had always thought that this council was dangerous. It was started for no sufficient reason. There was too much talk about what it was supposed to accomplish. Now I am afraid that real trouble is on the way.” (Oct. 13, 1962)

·        “I started to read the material on the Liturgy, and I was shocked at the bad theology. They actually have been stupid enough [to say] that the Church is ‘simul humanam et divininam, visibilem et invisibilem’ [at the same time human and divine, visible and invisible]. And they speak of the Church working ‘quousque unum ovile fiat et unus pastor’ [until there be one fold and one shepherd], as if that condition were not already achieved.” (Oct. 19, 1962)

·        “I do not think that any little work on our part is going to bring good to the Church. We should, I believe, face the facts. Since the death of [Pope] St. Pius X the Church has been directed by weak and liberal popes, who have flooded the hierarchy with unworthy and stupid men. This present conciliar set-up makes this all the more apparent. [Fr.] Ed Hanahoe, the only intelligent and faithful member of [Cardinal] Bea’s secretariat has been left off the list of the periti. Such idiots as [Mgr. John S.] Quinn and the sneak [Fr. Frederick] McManus have been put on. [Fr. George] Tavard is there as an American, God help us. From surface appearance it would seem that the Lord Christ is abandoning His Church. The thoughts of many are being revealed. As one priest used to say, to excuse his own liberalism, which, in the bottom of his heart he knew was wrong, ‘for the last few decades the tendency in Rome has been to favor the liberals.’ That is the policy now. We can only do what we can to overt an ever more complete disloyalty to Christ.” (Oct. 19, 1962)

·        “[Fr.] Ed Hanahoe gave me two books on Modernism. In one of them I found evidence that the teaching in the first chapter of the new schema on the Church [that became the Vatican II dogmatic constitution Lumen Gentium] and the language are those of [the excommunicated Modernist Fr. George Tyrrell [who died outside the Catholic Church and was denied ecclesiastical burial]. May God preserve His Church from that chapter. If it passes, it will be a great evil. I must pray and act.” (Sept. 24, 1963)

 

 

Paul VI declared Novus Ordo Saint. So just what is a “Novus Ordo Saint”?

A Novus Ordo Saint is a man-made saint. Contrasted with Catholic saints who are God-made saints. In virtue of their union with God they are sanctified, and therefore, Catholic Saints exhibit heroic virtue in their lives. God confirms their sanctity by working miracles through their intercession and thus, a cult of veneration (dulia) develops and spreads throughout the Church. The Church recognizes God's evidence that they are saints and declares this fact to the universal Church. Contrary to this, Novus Ordo Saints are man-made saints and their elevation to the title of sainthood is for the purpose of promoting the human ideology exemplified in their lives. There is no real cult of veneration (dulia) among the faithful to Novus Ordo Saints. Since God does not work true miracles through the intercession of man-made saints, only man-made miracles are required for the beatification of man-made Novus Ordo Saints. Finally, the Novus Ordo beatification process does have a promotor fidei, the so-called “devil’s advocate,” although his role has been change as the promotor ideologiae. The greatest difference between Catholic Saints and Novus Ordo Saints is that the former are in heaven and the latter, very well may not be.

 

If the damned were asked 'Why are you in hell?', they would answer: 'For having resisted the Holy Ghost.'  If the Saints were asked: 'Why are you in heaven?', they would answer: 'For having listened to the Holy Ghost.'

St. John Mary Vianney, Cure d'Ars

 

The necessary first act of liturgical corruption is the 'Dialogue Mass' whose end is to destroy liturgical recollection and contemplation!

In recollection and contemplation - kindred but not identical attitudes - we encounter two more basic constituents of religious life. Recollection is a condition of all truly wakeful and deep modes of living, and hence indispensable for our transformation in Christ.  Contemplation, again, is the source that feeds all life in Christ, and at the same time, the end in which that life finds its fulfillment.

Dietrich Von Hildebrand, Transformation in Christ

 

 

Pope Pachapapa does believe in "proselytism" as long as the proselyte is being converted FROM the Catholic faith and not TO it!

Conversion: of the Amazon, or of the Church?

CatholicCulture.org | October 25, 2019 — An article published last week in Civilta Cattolica — the journal edited by Father Antonio Spadaro, one the Pope’s closest associates — announces: “The Synod of the Amazon is called to be an occasion for ‘conversion.’” Read the whole essay carefuly (if you can plow through the blizzard of ecclesiastical jargon), and you might have the impression that the goal is the conversion of the Catholic Church, not the people of the Amazon region.

The call to conversion comes from the peripheries, Civilta tells us, and “the Church is called to listen to its voice and to assume the commitment to conversion.” The Synod, we are told, can’t expect to change the people of the Amazon, because “the periphery can contribute to the transformation of the center to the extent that it does not lose its identity.” 

So we are to transform the culture of the Church, but not of the Amazon? That is, to put it mildly, not the attitude of Catholic missionaries in previous generations. But then, one of the key figures in this Synod is a bishop who boasts that he has never baptized a member of the Amazon’s indigenous tribes.

And Civilta, too, takes a novel approach to missionary work, as becomes evident a few paragraphs later in the essay:

“If God’s dream is the redemption of humanity,…

God’s dream?

 

 

 

Francis_amazon_Light_show_on_facade_of_basilica_of_Santa_Maria_sopra_Minerva_crop.jpgOfficial Explanation of Light Show on the façade of Roman Catholic Basilicas? It apparently has not occurred to Francis that a “bridge” between “historical reality and divine transcendence” has already been perfectly accomplished in Jesus Christ and this truth is the very reason for the basilicas themselves which they perfectly symbolize!

Disturbing light shows projected on Rome’s churches at close of Amazon Synod

The organizers of the light show stated: “The artistic light project recalls the perfect geometry of the architectural structure of the Pantheon and therefore of the Basilica of Santa Maria ad Martyres, transforming the oculus into a powerful light source: the light, taken as a symbol of God's revelation and of its presence in history, it emanates from the basilica as a bridge between the earth and the sky, as an element of communion between historical reality and divine transcendence.” (????????)

The project had cooperation from Italy’s Ministry of Culture and the Vicariate of Rome, thus ensuring Vatican approval.

LIFESITENEWS

 

 

 

Santa Maria sopra Minerva

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMAZON SYNOD: Why does the “New Evangelization,” not just permit, but require a married clergy?

In his Encyclical Menti Nostre, Pope Pius XII declares, “The priest is... the organ of the communication and increase of life in the Mystical Body of Christ. Far from losing the gift and the office of paternity because of his celibacy, the priest increases them immeasurably, since if he does not beget children for this passing life on earth, he begets them for that of life which is heavenly and eternal.” Parents of children collaborate with God on the natural level in the communication of life to new human beings, of rearing and educating them for the glory of God. The priest has an “immeasurably” higher calling to beget children of God, that is, of proselytizing human beings to faith in the truths God has revealed and obedience to the laws which He commands. The New Evangelization radically opposes proselytizing anyone therefore, the priest no longer begets children to God and turns to begetting of natural progeny. The New Evangelization is spiritually sterile. The Novus Ordo priest is a clerical gelding. He is worthless to both man and God.

 

CLOSING COMMENTS from the Pope Pachamama

The "beam" in his "own eye"!

“How many times do those who are prominent, like the Pharisee with respect to the tax collector, raise up walls to increase distances, making other people feel even more rejected.  Or by considering them backward and of little worth, they despise their traditions, erase their history, occupy their lands, and usurp their goods…. Worship of self carries on hypocritically with its rites and ‘prayers,’ forgetting the true worship of God which is always expressed in love of one’s neighbor.”

Pope Francis, ending sermon from the Amazonian Synod

COMMENT: How the hypocrite Francis is blind to the ‘beam in his own eye.’  The arrogant pretense that he and his Novus Ordite cronies actually know anything about the “worship of God” and the “love of one’s neighbor.”  Catholic institutions of charity have collapsed since Vatican II because these institutions were staffed by countless vocations, men and women who gave their lives in the service of the love of their fellow man for the love of God.  Vocations have dried up and these institutions have closed their doors because without faith, there is no charity. 

Furthermore, no one, absolutely no one, has been considered of “little worth” more than Catholics faithful to our “received and approved” traditions of the Catholic Church which produced these vocations.  Faithful Catholics have had their “traditions despised,” their “history erased,” their churches and shrines “occupied,” and their “goods usurped,” by the philistines of Vatican II.   

The Mission of Ss. Peter & Paul has set out to recover and restore this despised heritage by which alone the faith can be known and communicated to others, from which alone true charity may once more abound.  May our Good God cleanse His Church from this corrupt pontificate of Francis and everything he represents.

 

Do you want to be sure of never resisting God? Then remember always our Lord's own words: The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. We must watch and pray, as He bids us, that we enter not into temptation. Watch, so as not to expose ourselves or give advantage to the enemy; pray, in order that we may obtain from God the strength we need. Abiding, thus, in the salutary fear of being unfaithful to grace, God will preserve us from all evil. Or, if He permits us from time to time to realize our weakness, it will never be by a deadly fall; He will interpose His own hand between us and the blow, to prevent it from doing us harm. He will quickly raise us up again, and we shall be all the stronger afterwards. 

Rev. John Grou, S.J., Spiritual Maxims

 

 

 “Revelation manifests itself more and more each day… it’s always moving.” 

It is a dogma of divine and Catholic faith that Revelation was completed at the death of the last Apostle!

Ideologies are bewitching; and so Paul says: “Oh foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you?” Those who preach with ideologies: everything’s right! They are bewitching: it’s all clear!  But look, God’s revelation isn’t clear eh? God’s revelation manifests itself more and more each day; it is always moving. Is it clear? Crystal clear! It is Him, but we have to find it along the way. Those who think they possess the whole truth are not just ignorant, Paul goes as far as to call them ‘foolish’ for letting themselves be bewitched.

Pope Francis, sermon, October 6, 2016

 

 

 

Francis_Youth_Synod_2018_ferula.jpgPope Francis open the Youth Synod with novel ferula that is most fitting for his LGBT agenda!

Stang: The stang is a straight branch with a fork or Y at one end, and is most used in ritual circle as a type of centerpiece representing the magick of the three –the trinity– in the following ways: Earth, Sea, and Sky; Body, Mind and Spirit; God, Goddess and Unity; the three faced of the God; the three faces of the Goddess; and the crossroads of life. Stangs used today are normally five to six feet in height and are often decorated with ribbons and flowers that match the seasonal ritual. The stang also relates to the legend of the World Tree, and in some ritual groups it is the pole of libation, where gifts of food and liquid are arranged or poured by the base in honor of the Gods. This is similar to the pole erected in the center of a Voodoo rite, dedicated to Damballah, called the Ponteau Mitan. The stang is normally place at the north (the seat of all power) or directly behind the altar. A few groups, often with Druidic leanings, place the stang in the center of the circle.

Definition provided by "Magickal Necessities by Witches of the Craft"

 

 

 

 

A Forked Staff: Perfect Symbol for the Synod on Youth and with its “synodal” Blah, Blah, Blah

Fatima Perspectives #1239; By Chris Ferrara

As one website observes, when the Antichrist arrives to preach his lies among men, seducing “(if it were possible) even the elect” (Mk. 13:22), his forked tongue “will have the eloquence of angels, his honeyed words will pierce to the very heart of those who hear him. His arguments and positions will be so well presented that even those who recognize him will be hard pressed to resist what he has to say.”

The Antichrist will make the devil’s ultimate sales pitch.  For now, however, the forked tongue belongs to lesser voices, lacking all eloquence and nuance, including those who will be spouting empty demagogic slogans and emotivist rubbish at the Synod of Youth and Blah, Blah, Blah now underway in Occupied Rome.

We have heard it all before at the last phony Synod, which was merely a disguise for what Francis wanted from the beginning and shamelessly passed off as the voice of the Holy Ghost.  And now — bearing a forked staff, appropriately enough — Francis has said it all again in his homily at the beginning of this elaborate stage show for further subversion of the Church:

For we know that our young people will be capable of prophecy and vision to the extent that we, who are already adult or elderly, can dream and thus be infectious in sharing those dreams and hopes that we carry in our hearts…

May the Spirit grant us the grace to be synodal Fathers anointed with the gift of dreaming and of hoping. We will then, in turn, be able to anoint our young people with the gift of prophecy and vision…

Hope challenges us, moves us and shatters that conformism which says, “it’s always been done like this”. Hope asks us to get up and look directly into the eyes of young people and see their situations….

And this demands that we be really careful against succumbing to a self-preservation and self-centredness which gives importance to what is secondary yet makes secondary what is important.

The gift of that ability to listen, sincerely and prayerfully, as free as possible from prejudice and conditioning, will help us to be part of those situations which the People of God experience….

This disposition protects us from the temptation of falling into moralistic or elitist postures, and it protects us from the lure of abstract ideologies that never touch the realities of our people…. 

Here we go again: “prophesy and vision,” “dreams and hopes,” “see their situations,” eschewing “conformism,” moving beyond what is “secondary,” freedom from “prejudice and conditioning,” rejecting “moralistic or elitist postures” versus “the realities of our people.” 

In other words: another poisonous dose of situation ethics to follow the recent scandal of “permission” for Holy Communion to be administered to people who intend to continue engaging in sexual relations within “second marriages” which constitute “none other than disgraceful and base concubinage, repeatedly condemned by the Church,” to quote Blessed Pope Pius XI. 

This preposterous sham of a Synod features the attendance of two communist Chinese bishops handpicked by Beijing from the ranks of the Catholic Patriotic Association, which, following the Vatican sellout of the Underground Church, promptly declared its “independence” from Rome. Francis ludicrously declared in his homily that the attendance of these puppets of Beijing and its “independent” pseudo-Church means that “the communion of the entire Episcopate with the Successor of Peter is yet more visible thanks to their presence.”

The inevitable outcome of this sham (barring a veritable miracle) will be a further erosion of the Church’s moral foundations under the specious pretext of an expression of the “ordinary Magisterium” that takes into account “situations” and “concrete realities” — as if reality and morality were somehow opposed, when in fact it is conformity to God’s moral law that leads a soul to the reality of true freedom.

God help us.  God rescue us. Holy Mother of God, intercede for us and obtain for the Church that holy and courageous Pope who will put an end to this utter madness by doing at long last what You requested of the Roman Pontiff nearly a century ago at Tuy: the Consecration of Russia to Your Immaculate Heart.

 

 

Pope Francis the Space Cadet

“Time is Greater than Space: A constant tension exists between fullness and limitation. Fullness evokes the desire for complete possession, while limitation is a wall set before us. Broadly speaking, “time” has to do with fullness as an expression of the horizon which constantly opens before us, while each individual moment has to do with limitation as an expression of enclosure. People live poised between each individual moment and the greater, brighter horizon of the utopian future as the final cause which draws us to itself. Here we see a first principle for progress in building a people: time is greater than space.”

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, “Time is Greater than Space

 

God manifests himself in historical revelation, in history. Time initiates processes, and space crystallizes them. God is in history, in the processes. We must initiate processes, rather than occupy spaces.” 

Pope Francis, Interview with Anthony Spadaro

 

Since “time is greater than space,” I would make it clear that not all discussions of doctrinal, moral, or pastoral issues need to be settled by interventions of the magisterium. Unity of teaching and practice is certainly necessary in the Church, but this does not preclude various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching or drawing certain consequences from it. This will always be the case as the Spirit guides us towards the entire truth (cf. Jn 16:13), until he leads us fully into the mystery of Christ and enables us to see all things as he does. Each country or region, moreover, can seek solutions better suited to its culture and sensitive to its traditions and local needs. For “cultures are in fact quite diverse and every general principle…needs to be inculterated, if it is to be respected and applied.”

Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia

 

 

 

CATHOLIC PROPHECY

May 13, 1820: I saw also the relationship between the two popes. . . I saw how baleful would be the consequences of this false church. I saw it increase in size; heretics of every kind came into the city (of Rome). The local clergy grew lukewarm, and I saw a great darkness. . . Then, the vision seemed to extend on every side. Whole Catholic communities were being oppressed, harassed, confined, and deprived of their freedom. I saw many churches close down, great miseries everywhere, wars and bloodshed. A wild and ignorant mob took to violent action. But it did not last long.

Once more I saw that the Church of Peter was undermined by a plan evolved by the secret sect, while storms were damaging it. But I saw also that help was coming when distress had reached its peak. I saw again the Blessed Virgin ascend on the Church and spread her mantle [over it]. I saw a Pope who was at once gentle, and very firm. . . I saw a great renewal, and the Church rose high in the sky.

Sept. 12, 1820: I saw a strange church being built against every rule. . .  No angels were supervising the building operations. In that church, nothing came from high above. . . There was only division and chaos. It is probably a church of human creation, following the latest fashion, as well as the new heterodox church of Rome, which seems of the same kind. . .

I saw again the strange big church that was being built there (in Rome). There was nothing holy in it. I saw this just as I saw a movement led by Ecclesiastics to which contributed angels, saints and other Christians. But there (in the strange big church) all the work was being done mechanically (i.e. according to set rules and formulae). Everything was being done according to human reason. . .

I saw all sorts of people, things, doctrines, and opinions. There was something proud, presumptuous, and violent about it, and they seemed to be very successful. I did not see a single Angel nor a single saint helping in the work. But far away in the background, I saw the seat of a cruel people armed with spears, and I saw a laughing figure which said: “Do build it as solid as you can; we will pull it to the ground.”

Blessed Anna Katherina Emmerich, Catholic Prophecy by Ives DuPont

 

 

“Europe will return to the faith or…. perish.” 

Hilaire Belloc

 

 

“If you love me you will keep my commandments… He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them; he it is that loveth me. And he that loveth me, shall be loved of my Father: and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him… If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; as I also have kept my Father’s commandments, and do abide in his love… In this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God, and keep his commandments.” (John 14:15; 14:21; 15:10; 1 John 5:2)

Pope Francis will learn, souls are “condemned for ever” who teach the Lutheran heresy of justification & deny the Catholic dogma that to abide in “true charity” is “conditional” upon keeping the commandments!

“The way of the Church is not to condemn anyone for ever; it is to pour out the balm of God’s mercy on all those who ask for it with a sincere heart… For true charity is always unmerited, unconditional and gratuitous….

It is a matter of reaching out to everyone, of needing to help each person find his or her proper way of participating in the ecclesial com-munity and thus to experience being touched by an “unmerited, unconditional and gratuitous” mercy. No one can be condemned for ever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel!”

Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, paragraphs 296 and 297

 

 

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Open Enemies of the Kingship of Jesus Christ

“Someone could ask himself: why is the Pope going with the Muslims and not just Catholics? With Muslims, we are descendants of the same father, Abraham. There are many religions, but they always look towards heaven; they look to God. What God wants is brotherhood among us, in a special way with our brothers, sons of Abraham like us, the Muslims.” 

Pope Francis the Mason, proselytizing for the Masonic Brotherhood One World Religion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devotions to the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Requiem aeternam dona eis domine; et lux perpetual luceat eis.   Requiescant in pace. Amen.

(Eleternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May they rest in peace. Amen.)

·  Sunday  O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee by the Precious Blood, which Thy divine Son Jesus shed in the Garden, deliver the souls in purgatory, and especially that one which is the most forsaken of all, and bring it into Thy glory, where it may praise and bless Thee for ever. Amen.     Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest, etc.

·  Monday  O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee by the Precious Blood which Thy divine Son Jesus shed in His cruel scourging, deliver the souls in purgatory , and among them all, especially that soul which is nearest to its entrance into Thy glory, that it may soon begin to praise Thee for ever. Amen.    Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest, etc.

·  Tuesday  O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee by the Precious Blood of Thy divine Son Jesus that was shed in His bitter crowning with thorns, deliver the souls in purgatory, and among them all, particularly that soul which is in the greatest need of our prayers, in order that it may not  long be delayed in praising Thee in Thy glory and blessing Thee for ever. Amen.    Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest, etc.

·  Wednesday  O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee by the Precious Blood of Thy divine son Jesus that was shed in the streets of Jerusalem whilst He carried on His sacred shoulders the heavy burden of the Cross, deliver the souls in purgatory and especially that one which is richest in merits in Thy sight, so that, having soon attained the high place in glory to which it is destined, it may praise Thee triumphantly and bless Thee for ever. Amen.    Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest, etc.

·  Thursday  O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee by the Precious Body and Blood of Thy divine Son Jesus, which He himself on the night before His Passion gave as meat and drink to His beloved Apostles and bequeathed to His Holy Church to be the perpetual Sacrifice and life-giving nourishment of His faithful people, deliver the souls in purgatory, but most of all, that soul which was most devoted to this Mystery of infinite love, in order that it may praise Thee therefor, together with Thy divine Son and the Holy Spirit in Thy glory forever. Amen.    Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest, etc.

·  Friday  O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee by the Precious Blood which Jesus Thy divine Son did shed that day upon the tree of the Cross, especially from His Sacred Hands and Feet, deliver the souls in purgatory, and particularly that soul for whom I am most bound to pray, in order that I may not be the cause which hinders Thee from admitting it quickly to the possession of Thy glory where it may praise Thee and bless Thee for evermore. Amen.    Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest, etc.

·  Saturday  O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee by the precious Blood which gushed forth from the sacred Side of Thy divine Son Jesus in the presence and to the great sorrow of His most holy Mother, deliver the souls in purgatory and among them all especially that soul which has been most devout to this noble Lady, that it may come quickly into Thy glory, there to praise Thee in her, and her in Thee through all the ages. Amen.    Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest, etc.

 

 

Heroic Act of Charity for the Souls on Purgatory
An “Heroic Act of Charity” is the offering of the satisfactory value (not the merits) of all of our sufferings and works of our rest of our lives and of any time we may spend in Purgatory for the relief of the souls in Purgatory. We do this by first deciding to do so, and then praying (using our own words or the more formal prayer below) to offer these things to God through Mary’s hands.

Doing this is not a matter of taking a vow; it doesn’t bind under pain of sin, and it is revokable (unless one vows never to revoke the Act). But it is a tremendous sacrifice, hence the name. It is truly heroic, a giving up of one’s own earned relief from the temporal effects of sin -- even relief of the sufferings of Purgatory -- for the good of others.

In addition to asking God to use their satisfactory works for the souls in Purgatory, those who make this Act also receive a plenary indulgence (under the usual conditions) for the souls in Purgatory each time they receive Communion, and each time they hear Mass on Mondays for the sake of the departed. Words to a formal Act of Heroic Charity are as follows:

O Holy and Adorable Trinity, desiring to aid in the relief and release of the Holy Souls in Purgatory, through my devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, I cede and renounce, on behalf of these souls, all the satisfactory part of my works, and all the suffrages which may be given to me after my death. In their entirety, I offer them to Mary, the Most Holy Mother of God, that she may use them, according to her good pleasure, for those souls of the faithful departed whom she desires to alleviate their suffering. O my God, deign to accept and bless my offering which I make to Thee through the most august Queen of Heaven and Earth.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

Quotable Pope Francis - BYOC (Bring Your Own Clarity)

Each one of us has his own vision of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and to fight the evil as he understands them. This would be enough to change the world.

Pope Francis

 

Spiritual interference in personal life is not possible. 

Pope Francis

 

If a homosexual person is of good will and is seeking God, I am no one to judge him. Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has made us free.

Pope Francis

 

Scalfari: “Is there a single vision of the good? And who establishes it?”

Pope Francis: “Each of us has his vision of the good. We must incite him to proceed toward what he thinks to be the good.”

 

Vatican II, inspired by Pope John and by Paul VI, decided to look to the future with a modern spirit and to open to modern culture. The council fathers knew that opening to modern culture meant religious ecumenism and dialogue with nonbelievers. After then very little was done in that direction. I have the humility and the ambition of wanting to do it. 

Pope Francis