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To Restore and Defend Our Ecclesiastical Traditions of the Latin Rite to the Diocese of Harrisburg

 

SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Chapel

129 South Beaver Street, York PA 17401


 

 

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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 “received and approved” traditional Roman Rite of the Mass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Sunday in Advent

St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor

St. Barbara, Virgin & Martyr

December 4, 2022

    The whole of today’s liturgy is filled with the thought of Isaias (whose name means ‘The Lord Saves’), since he is beyond all others, the prophet who proclaims the coming of Christ the Redeemer.  He foretold seven centuries before that “a virgin” should “conceive and bear” a son, “Emmanuel” (Is. 7, 14), and that God would send His “angel”; that it is John the Baptist who should “prepare His way before Him,” (Gospel) and the Messias should come clothed with the power of God Himself to free all nations from the bondage of Satan.  “The ox,” says Isaias, meaning the Gentiles, “knoweth his owner and the ass his master’s crib, but Israel hath not known me and my people have not understood” (Is. 1,3).  “The root of Jesse,” he goes on, “shall rise up to rule the nations (Epistle), and the deaf and the blind, plunged in darkness, that is the heathen, shall hear the words of release and shall see (Gospel).  Then shall the true Jerusalem, that is the Church, “tremble with joy” (Communion), for all the nations, sanctified by Christ shall flow unto it (Gradual).

    “The Messias,” as Isaias explains, “will establish salvation in Sion and glory in Jerusalem,” “Sion shall be strong, for the Lord shall be its wall and its bulwark,” that is, its powerful protector.

    The Station takes place at Rome in the church of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem which was built by St. Helena to receive the relic of the Holy Cross.

    St. Peter gained the name Chrysologus, which means “speech of gold,” by his great eloquence.  As the Collect reminds us, his promotion to the See of Ravenna (A.D. 433), owing to an apparition of the Apostle St. Peter to Pope Sixtus III, was miraculous.

    “You are the salt of the earth…and the light of the world,” says the Gospel.  “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, entreat, rebuke…do the work of an evangelist,” continues the Epistle.  That was what St. Peter did: he composed more than one hundred and sixty homilies, full of learning, which earned him the title of Doctor of the Church.    It was he who wrote this well-known saying: “He who amuses himself with Satan cannot rejoice with Christ.”  He died at Imola in 450

 

INTROIT:

Is. 30: People of Sion, behold the Lord shall come to save the nations; and the Lord shall make the glory of His voice to be heard in the joy of your heart.

Ps. 79: Give ear, O Thou that rulest Israel, Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep.  Glory be, etc.  People of Sion, etc. 

 

COLLECT:

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the ways of Thine only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be worthy to serve Thee with purified minds.  Who liveth and reigneth, etc.

 

O God, Who didst decree that the illustrious Doctor Peter Chrysologus should be divinely pointed out and elected to rule and teach Thy Church, grant, we pray, that we may have him for our advocate in heaven, who on earth taught us the way of life. Through our Lord, etc.

 

O God, Who among the marvels of Thy power hast given the victory of martyrdom even to the weaker sex, grant in Thy mercy that we who keep the birthday of blessed Barbara, Thy Virgin and Martyr, may, by her example, draw nearer to Thee. Through our Lord, etc.

 

EPISTLE:  Rom. 15, 4-13.        

Brethren, what things soever were written, were written for our learning, that through patience and the comfort of the scriptures, we might have hope. Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of one mind one towards another, according to Jesus Christ: that with one mind, and with one mouth, you may glorify God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive one another, as Christ also hath received you unto the honor of God. For I say that Christ Jesus was minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers. But that the Gentiles are to glorify God for his mercy, as it is written: Therefore will I confess to thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and will sing to thy name. And again he saith: Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. And again: Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles, and magnify him, all ye people. And again, Isaias saith: There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise up to rule the Gentiles, in him the Gentiles shall hope. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, and in the power of the Holy Ghost.

What does St. Paul teach in this epistle?

The Jews and Gentiles who had been converted to the Christian faith were disputing among themselves at Rome, in regard to abstinence and the use of certain kinds of food, reproaching each other severely; the Jews boasted that the Savior, according to promise, was born of their nation, thus claiming Him from the Gentiles, who, in their turn, reproached the Jews for their ingratitude in having crucified Him. To restore harmony St. Paul shows that each had reason, the Jews and Gentiles alike, to praise God, to whose grace and goodness they owed all; that each had in Him a Redeemer in whom they could hope for salvation; and he warns them not to deprive themselves of that hope by contentions. By these words the Apostle also teaches that we too, have great reason to praise God, and to thank Him for calling us, whose forefathers were heathens, to the Christian faith, and to guard against losing our salvation by pride, envy, impurity, etc.

Why should we read the Scriptures?

That we may know what we are to believe, and do in order to be saved, as all Scripture inspired by God is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice (11 Tim. 3:16); that we may learn from what Christ has done for us, and the saints for Christ, to be patient in our sufferings, and to be consoled and encouraged by their example. To derive this benefit from the Scriptures, the Catholic must read them by the light of that Spirit through whose assistance they came into existence, who lives and remains for ever with the Church: that is, the light of the Holy Ghost must be sought, that their meaning may be read according to the sense of the Church and not be explained according to the reader’s judgment. For he who reads the holy Scriptures by the light of his own private judgment, must, as experience shows, of necessity diverge from the right path, become entangled in manifold doubts, and at last, lose the faith entirely. For this reason the Catholic Church has very properly limited the reading of the Bible, not as has been falsely asserted, unconditionally forbidden it, but she allows the reading of those editions only, which are accompanied by notes and explanations that the unity of faith may not be disturbed, and that among Catholics there may not be the terrible bewilderment of the human intellect which has taken place among the different heretical sects who have even declared murder, bigamy and impurity to be permissible on the authority of the Bible. We are to consider also, that Christ never commanded the Bible to be written or read, and that not the readers but the hearers and the followers of the word of God by which is meant those who hear the word of God in sermons, and keep it, will be saved!

Further instruction in regard to the doctrine of faith on this subject will be found in the “Instruction for Easter Tuesday.”

Why is God called a God of patience, of consolation, and of hope?

He is called a God of patience because He awaits our repentance, of consolation, because He gives us grace to be patient in crosses and afflictions, and so consoles us inwardly, that we become not faint‑hearted; of hope, because He gives us the virtue of hope, and because He desires to be Himself the reward we are to expect after this life.

ASPIRATION O God of patience, of consolation and of hope, fill Our hearts with peace and joy, and grant that we may become perfect in all good, and by faith, hope and charity, attain the promised salvation.

 

GRADUAL:

Ps. 40:  Out of Sion the loveliness of His beauty, God shall come manifestly.  Gather ye together His saints to Him who have set His covenant before sacrifices.  

Alleluia, alleluia.  Ps. 121:  I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: we shall go into the house of the Lord.  Alleluia

 

GOSPEL:  Matt. 11, 2-10.          

At that time, when John had heard in prison the works of Christ, sending two of his disciples, he said to him: Art thou he that art to come, or do we look for another? And Jesus making answer, said to them: Go and relate to John what you have heard and seen. The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, the poor have the gospel preached to them: and blessed is he that shall not be scandalized in me. And when they went their way, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John, What went you out into the desert to see? a reed shaken with the wind? But what went you out to see? a man clothed in soft garments? Behold, they that are clothed in soft garments are in the houses of kings. But what went you out to see? a prophet? yea I tell you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my Angel before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.

Why was John in prison?

He was in prison, and lost his life, because he had rebuked king Herod for his adulterous marriage with his brother’s wife (Mt. 14:31). Truth, as the proverb says, is certainly a very beautiful mother, but she usually bears a very ugly daughter: Hatred. St. John experienced that speaking the truth very often arouses hatred and enmity against the speaker. Let us learn from him to speak the truth always, when duty requires it, even if it brings upon us the greatest misfortunes, for, if with St. John we patiently bear persecution, with St. John we shall become martyrs for truth.

Why did St. John send his disciples to Christ?

That they should learn from Christ, who had become illustrious by His teachings and miracles, that He was really the promised Messiah, the Savior of the world, whom they should follow.

Why did Christ say to the disciples of St. John: “Go and say to John, the blind see, the lame walk, etc.”?

That they should, by His miracles, judge Him to be the Messiah because the prophets had predicted that He would work such miracles (Is. 35:5‑6). “Christ,” says St. Cyril, “proved that He was the Messiah by the grandeur as well as by the number of His miracles.”

Why does Christ add: “And blessed is he who shall not be scandalized in me”?

Christ used these words in reference to those who would be scandalized by His poverty, humility and ignominious death on the cross, and who for these reasons would doubt and despise Him, and cast Him away; though “man,” as St. Gregory says, “owes all the more love to the Lord, his God, the more humiliations He has borne for him.”

What was our Lord’s object in the questions He asked concerning St. John?

His object was to remove from St. John all suspicion of failing in faith in Him; and to praise the perseverance with which, although imprisoned and threatened with death, he continued to fill his office of preacher, thus constituting him an example to all preachers, confessors and superiors, that they may never be deterred by human respect, or fear of man, or other temporal considerations, from courageously fulfilling their duties. Our Lord commended also rigorous penance, exhibited by St. John’s coarse garments and simple food that we may learn, from his example, penance and mortification.

Why does Christ say that John was “more than a prophet”?

Because St. John was foretold by the prophet Malachias as was no other prophet; because of all the prophets he was the only one who with his own eyes saw Christ and could point Him out, and was the one to baptize Him: and because like an angel, a messenger of God, he announced the coming of the Savior, and prepared the way for the Lord.

How did St. John prepare the way for the Savior?

By his sermons on penance, and by his own penitential life He endeavored to move the hearts of the Jews, that by amending their lives, they might prepare to receive the grace of the Messiah, for God will not come with His grace into our hearts if we do not prepare His way by true repentance.

ASPIRATION O Lord Jesus, by the praise Thou didst accord to Thy forerunner St. John, for his firmness and austerities, inflame our hearts with love to imitate his steadfastness and penance, that we may never do anything to please man which may be displeasing to Thee; grant us also Thy grace that we too, like St. John, may have those who are confided to our care, instructed in the Christian doctrine.

 

OFFERTORY:

Ps. 84:  Thou wilt turn, O God, and bring us to life, and Thy people shall rejoice in Thee: show us, O Lord, Thy mercy, and grant us Thy salvation.  

 

SECRET:

Be appeased, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by the prayers and sacrifices of Thy humble servants; and where no merits can be pleaded on our behalf, do Thou still come to our succor and aid.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

May the pious prayer of holy Peter Chrysologus, Thy Bishop and illustrious Doctor, be not wanting to us, O Lord, but make our offerings acceptable to Thee and ever win for us Thy mercy. Through our Lord, etc.

 

Accept, O Lord, the gifts we bring on the festival of blessed Barbara, Thy Virgin and Martyr, by whose patronage we hope to be delivered.   Through our Lord, etc.

 

COMMUNION:

Bar. 5 & 4:  Arise, O Jerusalem, and stand on high and behold the joy that cometh to thee from thy God.

 

POSTCOMMUNION:

Filled with the food of spiritual nourishment we suppliantly implore Thee, O Lord, that, by the partaking of this mystery Thou wouldst teach us to scorn the things of earth and love the things of heaven.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

May blessed Peter Chrysologus, Thy Bishop and illustrious Doctor, intercede for us, O Lord, that this Thy sacrifice may obtain for us salvation.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

 Let the mysteries of which we have partaken help us, O Lord; and throught the prayers of blessed Barbara, Thy Virgin and Martyr, may we ever enjoy their protection.  Through Christ our Lord, etc.

 

 

 

 

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But what went you out to see? a prophet? yea I tell you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my Angel before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROPER OF THE SAINTS FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 4th:

4

Sun

2nd Sunday of Advent

St. Peter Chrysologus, BpCD

St. Barbara, VM

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V

 

Mass 9:00 AM; Confessions 8:00 AM; Rosary of Reparation 8:30 AM

5

Mon

Ferial Day

St. Sabbas, Ab

 

 

 

Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

6

Tue

St. Nicholas, BpC

d

W

 

Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

7

Wed

St. Ambrose, BpCD

Vigil of the Immaculate Conception

d

W

F/A

Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

8

Thu

Immaculate Conception of the BVM

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W

 

Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

9

Fri

Within the Octave

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W

A

Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

10

Sat

Within the Octave

St. Melchiades, PM

sd

W

 

Mass 9:00 AM; Confessions 8:00 AM; Rosary of Reparation 8:30 AM

11

Sun

3rd Sunday of Advent - Gaudete

St. Damasus I, PC

Within the Octave

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Rose

 

Mass 9:00 AM; Confessions 8:00AM; Rosary of Reparation 8:30

 

 

 

What reverence and awe are shown to that inner chamber of a king, where he sits in all the majesty of his power!  Therein no man may enter that is a stranger, or unclean, or unfaithful.  The usages of courts require, that when men came to pay their homage, everything must be the best, and fairest, and most loyal.  Who would go to the palace-gate in rags?  Who would go, that knew he was odious to the prince?  So it is with the sanctuary of the divine Spouse.  No one is permitted to come nigh, but he that is of God’s family, and is intimate, and has a good conscience, and has a fair name, and leads a holy life.  Within the holy place itself God receives but the Virgin, and spotless virginity.  Hence learn, O Man, to examine thyself: who thou art, and what thou art, and what merits thou hast.  Ask thyself, after this, if thou mayst dare to penetrate into the mystery of the birth of thy Lord, or canst be worthy to approach that living sanctuary, wherein reposes the whole majesty of thy King, and thy God. 

St. Peter Chrysologus, On the Virgin Mary during her expectation

 

Tropologically, a reed is a light man, inconstant, tossed to and fro at one time impelled by the cords of flatterers, he asserts something again being driven by detractors, he denies it, as a reed is blown in different directions by different winds.  A reed is one who is devoid of truth, virtue, and consistency, as a reed has no strength, or stamina.  A reed is he who has no fruit of good works to show, since a reed bears no fruit.  It is he who is delighted with, and feeds upon, the fluctuating pleasures of the world. For a reed is dry yet it grows beside the waters.  Whence it is called, “the river reed.”

Rev. Cornelius a Lapide, Commentary

 

St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra was one of the three hundred and eighteen bishops, who proclaimed, at Nicaea, that the Word is consubstantial with the Father.  The humiliations of the Son of God did not scandalize him. Nether the lowliness of the flesh, which the sovereign Lord of all things assumed to Himself in the womb of the Virgin, nor the poverty of the crib, hindered him from confessing the Son of Mary to be Son of God, equal to God; and for this reason, God has glorified this His servant, and given him the power to obtain, each year, for the children of the Church, the grace of receiving this same Jesus, the Word, with simple faith and fervent love. 

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

 

“Listen and let it penetrate your heart my dear little son.  Do not be troubled or weighed down with grief.  Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain.  Am I not here who am your Mother?  Are you not under my shadow and protection?  Am I not your fountain of life?  Are you not in the folds of my mantle?  In the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else you need?” 

Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Juan Diego

 

 

“The fear of God sets us free from the fear of His enemies.” 

St. Ambrose

 

 

Some among you, inflated like bladders with the spirit of vanity strive by profane novelties to cross the boundaries fixed by the Fathers, twisting the sense of the heavenly pages . . .to the philosophical teaching of the rationals, not for the profit of their hearer but to make a show of science . . . these, seduced by strange and eccentric doctrines, make the head of the tail and force the queen to serve the servant.

Pope Gregory IX regarding the 13th century Modernists of his day

 

If Jesus came to sanctify all, if it is God’s will that “all should be saints,” then sanctity cannot consist in extraordinary gifts of nature and grace, which depend solely upon God’s liberality.  Sanctity, therefore, must consist in something that all souls of good will, even the simplest and most humble, can attain, sustained by the divine assistance.  Sanctity is the perfection of the Christian life.  It is the full development in us of the supernatural life, whose beginnings are sanctifying grace, the infused virtues, and the gifts of the Holy Ghost…  When the influence of grace extends effectively to all our actions, directing them solely to God’s glory and uniting us wholly to Him be means of charity, then we have reached the fullness of Christian life, sanctity. 

Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D., Divine Intimacy

 

Act of Abandonment to the Divine Will

O my God, I know not what must come to me today; but I am certain that nothing can happen to me which Thou hast not foreseen and ordained from all eternity: that is sufficient for me.  I adore Thy impenetrable and eternal designs, to which I submit with all my heart; I desire, I accept them all, and I unite my sacrifice to that of Jesus Christ, my divine Saviour; I ask in His name, and through His infinite merits, patience in my trials, and perfect submission to all that comes to me by Thy good pleasure.  Amen 

St. Joseph Pignatelli, S. J., who lived his life as a Jesuit during the 40 years of their suppression dying three years before their official restoration by Pope Pius VII in 1814.  He is considered the “restorer of the Society of Jesus.”

 

“Religion holds the first place among the moral virtues”

The supernatural virtue of Religion is, in the first place, an abiding, persevering disposition inclining us to render unto God the worship due Him. Ease and readiness in the performance of supernatural acts of religion is the fruit of faithful exercise and is obtainable by our own exertions assisted by divine grace. Charity and all the infused moral virtues are inseparably united with sanctifying grace, whilst the two theological virtues of faith and hope (habitus fidei et spei) can still exist even after sanctifying grace has been lost…. Religion holds the first place among the moral virtues. Although, like all other moral virtues, the virtue of religion is inferior in merit and dignity to the divine virtues of faith, hope and charity, it is, nevertheless, most intimately connected with them, for it regulates the conduct of man toward God. It holds the first rank among the moral virtues, because it approaches nearer to God than the others, in so far as it produces and has for its primary object those acts which refer directly and immediately to the honor of God — that is, whatever acts pertain to the divine service…. We read in the epistle of St. James (i. 27) these words: “Religion (religio) clean and undefiled before God and the Father is this; to visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation and to keep one’s self unspotted from the world.” The meaning of the above is — that if we would honor God the Father in a sincere and proper manner, we must be assiduously intent upon assisting the poor, the abandoned and the distressed, upon consoling and comforting them, and, at the same time, endeavor, amid the universal corruption of the world, to serve God alone and to please Him by purity of heart and the righteousness of our ways. Thus the virtue of religion will produce abundant fruits “that in all things and above all things God may be glorified” (ut in omnibus glorificetur Deus). 

Rev. Nicholas Gihr

 

 

 

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 miracle of the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary in her expectation imprinted on the tilma of St. Juan occurred on December 12 of the Julian calendar. The date remained fixed on the 12th after the correction of the Gregorian calendar.  The actual date of the miracle on the Gregorian calendar would be December 21 which is the winter solstice whose meaning was not lost on the Aztecs.

 

 

 

 

 

The Trial of St. Thomas Becket

Whatever credit may be due to reports originating with men, whose great object it was to bring the religious orders into disrepute, and to terrify them into the surrender of their property, there is one proceeding, which, on account of its singularity and absurdity, deserves the attention of the reader. It had been suggested that, as long as the name of St. Thomas of Canterbury should remain in the (liturgical) calendar, men would be stimulated by his example to brave the ecclesiastical authority of their sovereign. The kings’s attorney was therefore instructed to exhibit an information against him and “Thomas Becket, some time archbishop of Canterbury,” was formally cited to appear in court, and answer to the charge. The interval of thirty days allowed by the canon law was suffered to elapse: still the saint neglected to quit the tomb in which he had reposed for two centuries and a half; and judgment would have been given against him for default, had not the king of his special grace assigned him a counsel. The court sat at Westminster: the attorney general and the advocate of the accused were heard; and sentence was finally pronounced; that Thomas, some time archbishop of Canterbury, had been guilty of rebellion, contumacy, and treason; that his bones should be publicly burnt, to admonish the living of their duty by the punishment of the dead; and that the offerings which had been made at his shrine, the personal property of the reputed saint, should be forfeited to the crown.  A commission was accordingly issued; the sentence was executed in due form; and the gold, silver, and jewels, the spoils obtained by the demolition of the shrine, were conveyed in two ponderous coffers to the royal treasury. Soon afterwards a proclamation was published, stating that, forasmuch as it now clearly appeared, that Thomas Becket had been killed in a riot excited by his own obstinacy and intemperate language and had been afterwards canonized by the bishop of Rome as the champion of his usurped authority, the king’s majesty thought it expedient to declare to his loving subjects, that he was no saint, but rather a rebel and traitor to his prince, and therefore strictly charged and commanded that he should not be esteemed or called a saint, that all images and pictures of him should be destroyed, the festivals in his honour be abolished, and his name and remembrance be erased out of all books, under pain of his majesty's indignation and imprisonment at his grace's pleasure. 

Archbishop John Milner, D.D., History of England

 

 

“Charity… unites man with God so that he no longer lives for himself but for God.”  

St. Thomas Aquinas

 

 

The Angel being come in, says the Gospel; the expression “come in,” leads us to believe that Mary was “within” her house.  The Angel reveals to her in God’s name what will take place in her.  “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee.  And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Lk 1, 35).  From that moment God made Himself present in Mary in a very special way, present not only by essence, knowledge, and power, as He is in all creatures; present not only by grace as He is in the souls of the just; but, far more, the Word of God was in Mary by “corporal presence,” as St. Albert the Great says.  

Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D, Divine Intimacy

 

For all the gods of the Gentiles are devils: but the Lord made the heavens. Ps. 95, 5

Wanting to reconcile the Faith with the modern spirit leads not only to a weakening of the Faith, but also to its total ruin. 

Pope St. Pius X

 

 

CONSOLATION IN SUFFERING

"The God of patience and of comfort, the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing" (Rom. 15:5-13).

What gives us the greatest consolation in adversities?

The strong and fervent belief that each and every thing that happens to us, comes to us for our own good from God, and that whatever evil befalls us, is by the will or permission of God. Good things and evil, life and death, poverty and riches, are from God (Ecclus. 11:14). If we have received good things at the hand of God (Job 2:10), saith the pious job in his affliction, "why should we not receive evil?"

We should be fully convinced that without the permission of God not a single hair of our head shall perish (Lk. 21:18), much less can any other evil be done to us by man or devil (Job 1); we should have a steadfast confidence that if we ask Him, God can and will assist us in our sufferings, if it be for our salvation. Can a woman forget her infant, so as not to have pity on the son of her womb? And if she should forget, yet will not I forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee in my hands (Is. 49:15‑16); we should hope for abundant reward in the future life, which we will merit by patience in our sufferings, for that which is at present momentary and light of our tribulation, worketh for us above measure exceedingly an eternal weight of glory (II Cor. 4:17); we should remember that all complaints and murmurs against the dispensation of God are useless, and lead only to harm and shame; Who hath resisted Him, and hath had peace? (Job 9:4) we should have a vivid remembrance of our sins, for which we have long since deserved the eternal punishments of hell - hence the well-known saying of St. Augustine: O Lord, here cut, here burn, but spare me in eternity. No other way leads to the kingdom of heaven than the way of the cross, which Christ Himself, His sorrowing mother, and all the saints had to tread. Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and so to enter into His glory? (Lk. 24:26) Through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God (Acts 14:21). And we should not forget that sorrows and adversities are signs of God's love, and manifest proofs of being His chosen ones. Whom the Lord loveth He chastiseth, and He scourgeth every son whom He receiveth (Heb. 12:6. compare 7-11).

PRAYER IN SORROW O almighty, kind and merciful God! who hast said: "Call upon me in the day of trouble, I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me" (Ps. 49:15), behold relying upon Thy word, I take refuge in Thee in my trouble. Give honor to Thy name, therefore, and deliver me, if it be pleasing to Thee and beneficial for me, that all may know, Thou art our only help. Amen.

 

 

Catholic doctrine ought thus to be proposed and set forth totally and in its entirety: one ought not to pass over in silence or cover with ambiguous words what Catholic truth teaches on the true nature and means of justification, on the constitution of the Church, on the primacy of jurisdiction of the Roman pontiff, on the only true union which is achieved by the return of dissidents to the one true Church of Christ. It is taught that they, by returning to the Church, do not lose any part of the good that, by the grace of God, has up to now been born in them, but that with their return this good is rather completed and perfected. There is no need to discuss this subject as though these people should believe that by their return to the Church they should bring it some essential element that they have lacked up to now.

Pius XII, Instruction of the Holy Office on Ecumenism, Dec. 20, 1949

 

 

THE LORD WILL NOT DELAY                    SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

PRESENCE OF GOD ‑ I place myself in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, to receive His two‑fold invitation to confidence and repentance, contained in today's liturgy.

MEDITATION:

     I. After we have considered the sublime program of sanctification which we should follow, it is very consoling to consider the magnificent texts of today's liturgy. They invite us to have complete trust in God's help. "Thy salvation cometh quickly: why art thou wasted with sorrow?... I will save thee and deliver thee, fear not .... As a mother comforteth her sons, so will I comfort thee, saith the Lord" (RB). God does not want anxiety or discouragement. If He proposes to us an exalted way of sanctity, He does not leave us alone, but comes to help and sustain us.

    Today's Mass shows clearly how Jesus comes not only for the people of Israel, for a small number of the elect, but also for the Gentiles, for all men. "Behold the Lord shall come to save the nations" (Introit), therefore, let us have confidence and rejoice, as St. Paul exhorts us: "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope" (Ep: Rom 15, 4‑13). And in order to stimulate our hope in Christ, the Gospel (Mt 11, 2‑10) presents His wonderful works: "The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, the poor have the gospel preached to them."

    There is no physical or moral misery which Jesus cannot cure. He asks only that we go to Him with a heart dilated by faith, and with complete trust in His all‑powerful, merciful love.

    2. In today's Gospel Jesus directs our attention to the strong, austere figure of John the Baptist. "What went you out to see? A reed shaken by the wind?... A man clothed in soft garments? "

    If we want to prepare our hearts for Jesus' coming, we, like St. John the Baptist, must detach ourselves from all the goods of earth. John had left everything and gone into the desert to lead a life of penance. His example invites us to retire into the interior desert of our heart, far from creatures, to await the coming of Jesus in deep recollection, silence, and solitude, insofar as the duties of our state in life permit. We must persevere in this waiting, in spite of aridity and discouragement. "The Lord shall appear and shall not deceive us: if He make any delay, wait for Him, for He will come and will not tarry" (RB).

    To our interior recollection, let us add a greater spirit of penance and mortification. Let us examine our generosity in practicing the penances and mortifications prescribed by our Rule, and those which we have imposed upon ourselves with the approval of our confessor or superior. If we discover that we are lax in this regard, it would be well to resolve to do something more: some mortification at meals, in our rest, or in our clothing, some work that is hard or painful to nature.

    If we wish to taste the sweet joys of Christmas, we should know how to prepare ourselves with these dispositions which the Church invites us to pray for today: "We beseech You, O Lord, to teach us. . . to despise the things of earth and to love those of heaven" (RM).

COLLOQUY:

    O my Savior, Word of God, how can I doubt that are coming upon earth to save and sanctify me? Why I do not go to You with complete, loving confidence, when You have spared nothing to show me Your infinitely merciful love? Your Incarnation, Your infant tears, Your humble hidden life, Your apostolate, Your miracles, Your sorrow Passion and death, all Your precious Blood poured out, shall they not be enough to make me believe in Your love, open my heart in the most complete confidence?

    "I repeat with all confidence the humble prayer of the publican. Most of all do I imitate the behavior of Magdalen, for her amazing ‑ rather I should say her loving ‑ audacity, which delighted Your heart .... I am certain that even if I had on my conscience every imaginable crime, I should lose nothing of my confidence, but would throw myself, my heart broken with sorrow, into Your arms, for I remember Your love for the prodigal son who returns to You" (T.C.J. St. 12).

    With this confidence, O my Jesus, I will resume my way and begin again my poor efforts.

    During this Advent You invite me to greater recollection, to greater interior and exterior silence, so that I may be able to hear Your voice and prepare for Your coming. Help me, then, to quiet my continual chatter about useless things, the discordant voices of nature, self‑love, sensitiveness, the distracting prattle of my fantasies, imaginations, thoughts and useless preoccupations.

    I acknowledge that often my mind and heart are like a raging sea in which the waves thunder continually; and yet, if You wish, a sign from You will be enough to make calm return and all be silent.

    Yes, You teach me that interior silence exacts detachment from self and from creatures, exacts interior and exterior mortification. For love of You I will mortify my curiosity, the curiosity of my eyes, ears, thoughts, and imagination. I also want to silence my passions and, therefore, I resolve to be more generous in the practice of corporal mortification.

    O eternal Word, my Savior, draw all my powers to Yourself; fasten my interior gaze upon Yourself, so that I shall no longer seek or hear anything or anyone but You alone, eternal Word of my eternal God!

 

 

Many indeed have never known Thee; many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee.  Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart…. Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism, and refuse not to draw them all into the light and Kingdom of God. 

Consecration to the Sacred Heart, Raccolta

 

An Example of the “Universal and Ordinary” engagement of the Magisterium of the Church to teach Infallibly; “universal” because it is “based on the sources of revelation” and “ordinary” because it is the subject matter of a papal encyclical!

Some say they are not bound by the doctrine, explained in Our Encyclical Letter [Mystici Corporis] of a few years ago, and based on the sources of revelation, which teaches that the Mystical Body of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church are one and the same thing. 

Pius XII, Humani Generis

 

“An Unjust Law is Not a Law”

When Pope Nicholas II ordered the suppression of the Ambrosian Rite, he was opposed by the Catholics of Milan who refused his order.  This order was subsequently overturned by Pope Alexander II who declared it to have been most manifestly “unjust.”  Human law, even the highest form of human law imposed by the pope, has all the limitations of every human law. That is, it must be a promulgation of reason, by the proper authority, promoting the common good, and not in any way opposed to Divine or natural law. As St. Thomas has said, “an unjust law is not a law.” The pope had no authority to bind an unjust law and therefore the Catholics of Milan were completely within their rights to refuse the order of Pope Nicholas II in his attempt to suppress their immemorial traditions. Traditional Catholics are, like them, within their rights to refuse any liturgical innovations to their immemorial customs.

 

I am worried by the Blessed Virgin's messages to Lucy of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith, in Her liturgy, Her theology and Her soul. … I hear all around me innovators who wish to dismantle the Sacred Chapel, destroy the universal flame of the Church, reject Her ornaments and make Her feel remorse for Her historical past.
A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God. In our churches, Christians will search in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them. Like Mary Magdalene, weeping before the empty tomb, they will ask, “Where have they taken Him?”

Pope Pius XII, Roche, Devant L'Historie, p. 52-5

 

 

Whosoever therefore is not united with the Body is no member thereof, neither is he in communion with Christ its Head.” 

Pius XI, Mortalium Animos

                                                          

 

 

“The highest perfection consists not in interior favors,  or in great raptures, or in visions, or in the spirit of prophesy, but in the bringing of our wills so closely into conformity with the will of God that, as soon as we realize He wills anything, we desire it ourselves with all our might, and take the bitter with the sweet.” 

St. Teresa of Avila

 

The portion of the Roman senate still pagan instigated the prefect of Rome to ask the emperor for the re-erection of the altar of victory in the Capitol, under the pretext of averting the misfortunes which threatened the empire.   Ambrose, who had said to these politicians, “I hate the religion of the Neros’,” vehemently opposed this last effort of idolatry.  He presented most eloquent petitions to Valentinian, in which he protested against an attempt which aimed at bringing a Christian prince to recognize that false doctrines have rights, and which would, if permitted to be tried, rob the one only Master of nations of the victories which He had won.  Valentinian yielded which taught him that a Christian emperor can honour only one altar - the altar of Christ.”

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

 

Ecumenism of St. Ambrose

The Lord severed the Jewish people from His kingdom, and heretics and schismatics are also severed from the kingdom of God and from the Church.  Our Lord makes it perfectly clear that every assembly of heretics and schismatics belongs not to God, but to the unclean spirit.

St. Ambrose, Commentary on St. Luke

 

Therefore, none of the heretics holds the truth; the Church alone is in possession of the truth.

St. Ambrose, On Psalm 118

 

Thus does Satan manufacture heretics; thus does he weaken the faith.  Therefore, do not let a heretic ensnare you just because he can quote a few examples from Scripture.  The devil also makes use of texts from Scripture, not to teach but to deceive. 

St. Ambrose, Commentary on St. Luke

 

The portion of the Roman senate still pagan instigated the prefect of Rome to ask the emperor for the re-erection of the altar of victory in the Capitol, under the pretext of averting the misfortunes which threatened the empire.   Ambrose, who had said to these politicians, “I hate the religion of the Neros’,” vehemently opposed this last effort of idolatry.  He presented most eloquent petitions to Valentinian, in which he protested against an attempt which aimed at bringing a Christian prince to recognize that false doctrines have rights, and which would, if permitted to be tried, rob the one only Master of nations of the victories which He had won.  Valentinian yielded which taught him that a Christian emperor can honour only one altar - the altar of Christ.”

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

 

 

Novena Prayer to the Infant of Prague

O Dearest Jesus, tenderly loving us, Thy greatest joy is to dwell among men and to bestow Thy blessings upon us! Though I am not worthy that Thou should behold me with love, I feel myself drawn to Thee, O dear Infant Jesus, because Thou gladly pardon me and exercise Thy almighty power over me.
     So many who turned with confidence to Thee and have received graces and had their petitions granted. Look upon me as I kneel in spirit before Thy miraculous image on Thine altar in Prague and lay open my heart to Thee, with its prayers, petitions and hopes. Especially the affair of... I enclose in Thy loving Heart. Govern me and do with me and mine according to Thy holy will, for I know that in Thy Divine wisdom and love Thou will ordain everything for the best. Almighty, gracious Infant Jesus, do not withdraw Thy hand from us, but protect and bless us forever.  Amen

 

 

Sanctity properly consists only in conformity to God’s will, expressed in a constant and exact fulfillment of the duties of our state in life. 

Pope Benedict XV

 

This moreover is true if you consider the mass of mankind. For by far the greater portion of men are Infidels, Turks, Saracens, or heretics. S. Augustine (lib. 4 contr. crescent. c. 53) compares the Church to a threshing-floor in which there is far more chaff than grains of wheat, more bad than good, more who will be damned than will be saved. Yet others, with greater mildness, think it probable that the greater portion of professing Christians will be saved, because most of them receive the Holy Sacraments before they die. And they justify sinners, not only those who have contrition, but who have attrition. But this seems to be true of those who have not lived in constant and habitual sins, such as fornication, usury, hatred. For such, when they are sick, conceive with difficulty any serious and efficacious purpose of amendment, or if they do conceive it, God in just punishment of their past sins suffers the demon of their bygone lusts to tempt them, and he furbishes and sharpens their memory, and so the sick man in consequence of his habits easily yields, and consents in his heart to sin, and thus he falls and is damned. Of this there are many examples. 

Rev. Cornelius a Lapide, Commentary on St. Matthew

 

 

“In the Church, I perceive two kinds of persecutions: the first in its beginnings, under the Roman Empire, in which violence inexorably prevailed; the second at the end of time, when seduction will reign.” Bishop Jacques-Benigne Bossuet

 

 

At this moment, O Lord, I freely consecrate my will to You without reserve… Grant that Your will may always be fulfilled in me, in the way which is most pleasing to You.  If You wish me to do this by means of trails, give me strength and let them come.  If by means of persecution and sickness and dishonor and need, here I am, my father, I shall not turn my face away. 

St. Teresa of Avila, Way of Perfection

 

Jesus Christ Received the Throne of David from St. Joseph

It may be yet further asked, why S. Matthew unfolded the genealogy of Joseph rather than of Mary, since Christ was born of her alone, being a Virgin? I answer : First, because among the Jews, and other nations, genealogy is customarily reckoned through fathers and husbands, not through mothers and wives. Second, because Joseph was the true and lawful father of Christ, after the manner which I shall explain presently. And Christ was the heir of David’s throne and sceptre, not through Mary, but through Joseph, according to Gods promise to David, 2 Sam. vii. 12; Ps. lxxxix. and cxxxii. The sceptre, therefore, of Judah devolved upon Jesus Christ, not only by the promise and gift of God, but by the right of hereditary succession. For if, by common right, sons succeed to their fathers’ inheritance, when they are only accounted their sons by common repute, how much more was Christ Joseph’s, his father’s, heir, since He was the Son of his wife, by the power and the gift of the Holy Ghost? Wherefore as Joseph had a parent’s right over Christ, indeed, all rights which parents have over sons, so on the other hand, Christ had, with reference to Joseph, all the rights which sons have in respect to their parents. He had therefore a right to the kingdom of Israel after Joseph’s death. Hence the question of the Magi (ii. 2), “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” This was what S. Matthew wished to demonstrate, who, as S. Augustine says, insists, most of all the Evangelists, upon the kingship of Christ. And this explains why he gives the genealogy of Joseph, rather than of Mary. For she could not be the heiress of the kingdom, so long as heirs male, like Joseph and others, survived. Whence also it must be said, as a consequence, that the father and other ancestors of Joseph were first-born, or at least eldest surviving sons of their fathers, so that the right of reigning devolved upon them.

This is what is meant in the first chapter of S. Luke by the words, “And the Lord God will give unto him the throne of his father David.” So likewise in Gen. xlix. to, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come,” that is, Christ, who was to restore to Judah the sceptre, iniquitously taken away by Herod; yea, who was to raise their kingdom to a far higher grandeur, by making it spiritual instead of corporeal, heavenly instead of earthly, and, instead of temporal, eternal. 

Rev. Cornelius a Lapide, Commentary on St. Matthew

 

Home School? - an added benefit, Education!

“(The results show a) picture of educational stagnation.... We must invest in early education, raise academic standards, make college affordable, and do more to recruit and retain top-notch educators.”

Arne Duncan, Education Secretary, commenting on the U.S.A. results from the three-yearly Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) report, which compares the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds in 70 countries around the world, ranked the United States 14th out of 34 OECD countries for reading skills, 17th for science and a below-average 25th for mathematics.  U.S. averages $10,599.00 for a 15 year old's education.

 

Modern “theologians” ignorant of scholasticism and thus, any sense of true theology, should know, the Summa was intended for “beginners.”

Because the Master of Catholic Truth ought not only to teach the proficient, but also to instruct beginners (according to the Apostle: As unto little ones in Christ, I gave you milk to drink, not meat. 1 Cor. 3, 1-2), we propose in this book to treat of whatever belongs to the Christian Religion, in such a way as may tend to the instruction of beginners.  We shall try, by God’s help, to set forth whatever is included in this Sacred Science as briefly and clearly as the matter itself may allow. 

St. Thomas Aquinas, prologue to the Summa

 

The silkworm starts to spin its silk and to build the house in which it is to die…. On then, my daughters, let us hasten to perform this task and spin this cocoon.  Let us renounce our self-love and self-will, and our attachment to earthly things.  Let us practice penance, prayer, mortification, obedience, and all the other good works that you know of…. Let the silkworm die – let it die, as in fact it does when it has completed the work which it was created to do.  Then we shall see God and shall ourselves be as completely hidden in his greatness as is this little worm in its cocoon… And let us see what becomes of this silkworm, for all that I have been saying about it is leading up to this.  When it is in this state of prayer, and quite dead to the world, it comes out a little white butterfly.  Oh, greatness of God, that a soul should come out like this, after being with him for so short a time. 

St. Theresa of Avila

 

If you love Me, keep My commandments… 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.  John 14, 15; 15, 10

 

 

“Pray, they are ringing the Angelus.” 

St. Clement Maria Hofbauer’s last words

 

 

Whoever dwells in the protection of the Almighty, may say to God: “You are my refuge and my castle, Lord, whom I trust”.

Psalm 90: 1-2, Invocation of St. Clement Maria Hofbauer, taught to him by his mother

 

The more joyfully souls do His will, the greater is their perfection. 

St. Therese of the Child Jesus

                                                   

 

Father of Modernism: Novus Ordo “Saint” John Henry Newman

 It has always been incomprehensible to me why Manning’s hostility to Newman should be imputed to him as a sin, while Newman’s hostility to Manning is held to be a virtue. [.....] Yet at the present hour, when the Modernists have claimed Newman as their precursor, supporting their contention with many a passage from his writings, it would seem that Manning, as the exponent of orthodox doctrine, was justified in his appreciation of Newman’s teaching.[....] Manning had everything to lose by becoming a Catholic, Newman had everything to gain. [....]This is shown by the willingness with which (Manning) threw aside ambition, comfort, and prosperity, when as the high road to the foremost and pleasantest preferments in the Church of England, to enter upon the tedious life of a Roman Catholic mission priest. His new durance called forth from him no moaning such as Newman poured out when he was sent to work in Ireland. [.... ] Manning’s religion was free from all pious affectation. Yet in close contact with him one felt that he was always living in the presence of an unseen Power, not as a pompous agent, but as its simple and humble messenger. It has been my lot to witness some of the most imposing religious ceremonies of modern Christendom; but nothing so impressive, so faith-inspiring has ever met my eyes as the sight of the noble old Englishman in his threadbare cassock kneeling alone before the altar of his bare chapel.”

[......]  “I became a Catholic off my own bat” (Manning) exclaimed to indicate the lack of conviction in the Oxford converts. Afterwards the conversation moved to theological ground, and Manning’s tone changed. “From an observation you made”, he said, “I gather that you are under the impression that Doctor Newman is a good Catholic.” I replied that such was my vague belief. He retorted: “Either you are ignorant of the Catholic doctrine, or of the works of Doctor Newman” - he always said ‘Doctor Newman’ in Oxford fashion, and never gave him the title of Cardinal. After asking me which of Newman’s books I had read, he proceeded to tick off on his tapering fingers, in his usual way, ten distinct heresies to be found in the most widely-read works of Dr. Newman.” [.....] To Msgr. Talbot Manning wrote, “. . an English Catholicism, of which Newman is the highest type. It 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. [....] He is the most dangerous man in England.”

Richard Sartino, Another Look at Cardinal Newman, quoting J. E. C. Bodley, a Protestant and Mason, on Cardinal Newman and Cardinal Manning

 

 

St. Ignatius on the Question of Penance

Neither mortification of the body nor that of the passions should be deferred to old age, old age is uncertain, and does not allow of severity being used towards it. [....]Penance is divided into that which is interior and exterior. Interior penance consists in sorrow for one’s sins, accompanied by a firm resolution not to fall again into the same sins nor into any other. Exterior penance is a fruit of the former, and consists in punishing oneself for one’s past faults; which may be practised chiefly in three ways. First, with regard to food. As to which it must be remembered that cutting off what is superfluous is not penance but temperance. That only is penance when we deprive ourselves of something which we might properly take; and, in this sense, the more we succeed in cutting off, the greater and more praiseworthy is the penance, provided it does not go so far as to destroy our strength and to injure our health notably. Secondly, with regard to sleep. As to the manner of taking it, it should be remarked that it is not penance to cut off what only tends to gratify our delicacy and our sensuality. There is penance only in depriving ourselves of part of the things which we might properly use; and, in this sense, the more we succeed in cutting off, the better we shall do, provided we do not greatly injure health and no notable weakness ensues. As to the time to be given to sleep, nothing should generally be cut off from what is expedient unless with the view of correcting the evil habit of sleeping too much and arriving at a right measure. Thirdly, with regard to the body. It consists in causing it to suffer sensible pain by wearing haircloth, cords, or iron chains on the flesh ; by taking the discipline. What appears to be most suitable and least dangerous on this point is, that the pain should only he felt by the flesh, and not penetrate to the bone so that the penance should cause pain and not infirmity.

Exterior penances are used chiefly for three purposes: first, as a satisfaction for past sins; secondly, in order to overcome oneself, that is to say, in order that sensuality may be obedient to reason, and all the inferior parts of the soul be more subjected to the superior; thirdly, in order to seek and find some grace or gift which a person wishes for and desires: as, for example, if he desires to have an interior sorrow for his sins, or to weep much for them, or for the pains and sufferings which Christ our Lord endured in His Passion, or in order to obtain the solution of some doubt he is in. 

Fr. Xavier De Franciosi, S.J., Spirit of St. Ignatius

                                                  

 

Indulgences for the Blue Scapular, (the Scapular of the Immaculate Conception)

“As for me, I would take all scapulars. But above all you must know that the scapular of the Immaculate Conception, which is blessed by the Theatine Fathers, besides all its partial indulgences, has all the indulgences granted to whatever religious order, whatever devotion, whatever person there can be. And particularly that by reciting six times Pater, Ave, and Gloria, in honor of the Most Holy Trinity and Mary Immaculate, can be gained each time all the indulgences of Rome, of Portiuncula, of Jerusalem, and of Galicia, which amounts to 533 plenary indulgences, without speaking of partial indulgences, which are innumerable.”

 St. Alphonsus Liguori, Glories of Mary. These indulgences have been confirmed by Gregory XVI in a decree dated July 12, 18

 

 

For decades the South American Church has been falling into ruin, its crisis the greatest on the planet: the latest data, just published by the Pew Center, confirming the precipitous drop of membership in the Catholic Church in Latin America.  Now that same recipe for failure is being applied to the whole Church.  And so we soon we will see the same ruins.  The Bergoglio Effect.

Antonio Socci, Italian journalist and author

 

 

 

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

Pope 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?

 

 

 

Fly then to arms; let a holy rage animate you in the fight, and let the Christian world resound with these words of the prophet, “Cursed be he who does not stain his sword with blood!” If the Lord calls you to the defense of His heritage think not that His hand has lost its power. Could He not send twelve legions of angels or breathe one word and all His enemies would crumble away into dust? But God has considered the sons of men, to open for them the road to His mercy. His goodness has caused to dawn for you a day of safety by calling on you to avenge His glory and His name.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux, preaching the 2nd Crusade

 

 

“God's word is brief. Believe me, I speak from long experience; the more you say, the less people will remember, and the less you say, the more they will profit. Those who load their hearers' memory destroy it, just as you extinguish a lamp by filling it too full or kill plants by unmeasured watering. When a discourse is too long, the end makes one forget the middle and the middle puts out the beginning. Indifferent preachers are bearable if they are brief, but even good preachers become intolerable when they are lengthy. Depend upon it, there is no more detestable quality a preacher can possess than tediousness.”

St. Francis de Sales

                           

 

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

 

Seek more immediately our Divine Master Himself, I mean His most holy gifts, embrace them, and be closely united to them. This is the happiest and most blessed path, that which leads to, and is concerned with, eternal life. By these gifts I mean such as it is not in our power to have when we desire them, but which are simply bestowed on us by the Giver of all good, to Whose almighty power no blessing is too great: such are, for example, with regard to the Divine Majesty, intensity of faith, hope, and charity, spiritual joy and rest, tears, deep consolations, elevation of mind, Divine impressions and illuminations, and all other spiritual tastes and sentiments relating to such gifts, such as humility, and profound respect for the holy Church our Mother, for those who govern it, and for its teachers. Every one of these holy gifts should be preferred to all bodily acts, which are only good in so far as they aim at acquiring these gifts, or at least part of them. I do not mean by this that we ought to seek them solely for the pleasure which we find in them: certainly not. But recognizing that without these gifts, all our thoughts, words, and deeds are confused, cold and troubled, we should desire these gifts in order that by means of them they may become ardent, clear, and just, for the greater service of God. From this it follows that we ought to wish for these precious gifts wholly or in part, and these spiritual graces, so far as with their help we may promote God’s greater glory. As when the body is in danger, in consequence of excessive labours, the best thing to do is to seek for these gifts by acts of the understanding and by moderate exercises : so, not only will the soul be healthy, but, as a healthy mind animates a body which is so also, the whole will become more healthy, and more fit to serve God.

Fr. Xavier De Franciosi, S.J., Spirit of St. Ignatius, St. Ignatius’ Letter to St. Francis Borgia regarding his "excessive austerities.".

 

“A lamentable spectacle is that presented by the aberrations of human reason when it yields to the spirit of novelty, when against the warning of the Apostle, it seeks to know beyond what it is meant to know, and when relying too much on itself it thinks it can find the truth outside the Catholic Church wherein truth is found without the slightest shadow of error.”

St. Pius X, Pascendi

 

It is most just that the soul, which was the first to fall, should be the first to rise. Let us therefore defer caring for the body, until the day when Jesus Christ will come and reform it by the Resurrection; for, in the first coming, the Precursor says to us: “Behold the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world.” Observe, he says not the maladies of the body, nor the miseries of the flesh; he says sins, which are the malady of the soul, and the corruption of the spirit. Take heed, then, thou my body, and wait for thy turn and time. Thou canst hinder the salvation of the soul, and thine own safety is not within thy reach. Let the soul labour for herself, and strive thou too to help her, for if thou sharest in her sufferings thou wilt share in her glory. Retard her perfection, and thou retardest thine own. Thou wilt not be regenerated until God sees His own image restored in the soul. 

St. Bernard

 

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

 

“No sin has greater power over the soul than the one of cursed sodomy, which was always detested by all those who lived according to God's law. ... Such passion for untenable practices borders on madness. This vice disturbs the intellect, unbalances an elevated and generous state of soul, drags lofty thoughts down to base ones, makes men pusillanimous and irascible, obstinate and hardened, servilely soft and incapable of anything. Furthermore, the will, agitated by the insatiable drive for pleasure, no longer follows reason but rather the tumult of the passions. ... One who lives practicing the vice of sodomy will suffer more pain in Hell than anyone else, because this, the worst sin that exists.”

St. Bernardine of Siena, on the sin of Sodomy

 

The Death of the Blessed Margaret Pole, the Mother of Cardinal Reginald Pole who was the last Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury, by order of the founder of the Anglican Church, a womanizing serial killer.

The part which the Cardinal Reginald Pole (who was a grandnephew of King Edward IV and Kind Richard III) had taken in the negotiation (between Pope Paul III, Emperor Charles V, and King Francis I of France) inflamed the hatred of Henry. Judgment of treason was pronounced against him; foreign princes were solicited to deliver him up; and he was constantly beset with spies, and, as he believed, with ruffians hired to take his life. At home, to wound him in the most tender part, Henry ordered his mother, the venerable countess of Salisbury, to be arrested and examined by the earl of Southampton, and the bishop of Ely: but she behaved with such firmness of character, such apparent consciousness of innocence, as completely disconcerted her accusers. Unable to extract from her admissions sufficient matter for a criminal prosecution, Cromwell consulted the judges, whether a person accused of treason, might not be attainted (i.e.: convicted by a bill of attainder) without a previous trial or confession. They replied that it would form a dangerous precedent: that no inferior tribunal would venture on so illegal a proceeding; but that the court of parliament was supreme, and an attainder by parliament would be good in law. This was sufficient for the king, who sought not justice but revenge; and in a bill of attainder, containing the names of several individuals who had been condemned in the lower courts, were introduced those of Pole’s mother the countess, of his nephew the son of lord Montague, and of Gertrude, relict of the marquess of Exeter, though none of them had confessed any crime, nor been heard in their own defence. With the fate of the young man we are not acquainted: the marchioness obtained a pardon at the expiration of six months; and it was hoped that the king would extend the same mercy to the countess. She was more than seventy years of age, the nearest to King Henry in blood of all his relations, and the last in a direct line of the Plantagenets, a family which had swayed the English sceptre through so many generations. Henry kept her in the Tower, probably as a hostage for the behaviour of her son, or her friends, but at the end of two years, on account of some provocation in which she could have had no share, ordered her to be put to death. In the prison and on the scaffold she maintained the dignity of her rank and descent; and when she was told to lay her head on the block, “No,” she replied, “My head never committed treason: if you will have it you must take it as you can.” She was held down by force and while the executioner performed his office, exclaimed, “Blessed are they who suffer persecution for righteousness’ sake.” Her death, or rather murder which seemed to have no rational object, proclaimed to the world that the heart of the king was not less steeled to the feelings of relationship and humanity, than it was inaccessible to considerations of justice and honour; and proved an awful admonition to his subjects, that nothing short of unlimited obedience could shield them from the vengeance of their sovereign. 

Rev. John Lingard, D.D., History of England

 

I also warn and exhort the same brothers that, in the preaching they do, their words be fire-tried and pure for the utility and edification of the people, announcing to them vices and virtues, punishment and glory, with brevity of speech because the Lord made His words short while He was upon this earth.

St. Francis of Assisi

 

 

 

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

By St. Louis de Montfort

Immaculate Conception of the BVM.gif    O Eternal and incarnate Wisdom! O sweetest and most adorable Jesus! True God and true man, only Son of the Eternal Father, and of Mary, always virgin! I adore Thee profoundly in the bosom and splendors of Thy Father during eternity; and I adore Thee also in the virginal bosom of Mary, Thy most worthy Mother, in the time of Thine incarnation.
    I give Thee thanks for that Thou hast annihilated Thyself, taking the form of a slave in order to rescue me from the cruel slavery of the devil. I praise and glorify Thee for that Thou hast been pleased to submit Thyself to Mary, Thy holy Mother, in all things, in order to make me Thy faithful slave through her. But, alas! Ungrateful and faithless as I have been, I have not kept the promises which I made so solemnly to Thee in my Baptism; I have not fulfilled my obligations; I do not deserve to be called Thy child, nor yet Thy slave; and as there is nothing in me which does not merit Thine anger and Thy repulse, I dare not come by myself before Thy most holy and august Majesty. It is on this account that I have recourse to the intercession of Thy most holy Mother, whom Thou hast given me for a mediatrix with Thee. It is through her that I hope to obtain of Thee contrition, the pardon of my sins, and the acquisition and preservation of wisdom.
    Hail, then, O immaculate Mary, living tabernacle of the Divinity, where the Eternal Wisdom willed to be hidden and to be adored by angels and by men! Hail, O Queen of Heaven and earth, to whose empire everything is subject which is under God. Hail, O sure refuge of sinners, whose mercy fails no one. Hear the desires which I have of the Divine Wisdom; and for that end receive the vows and offerings which in my lowliness I present to thee.
    I, N______ a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in thy hands the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before. In the presence of all the heavenly court I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God in time and in eternity.
    Receive, O benignant Virgin, this little offering of my slavery, in honor of, and in union with, that subjection which the Eternal Wisdom deigned to have to thy maternity; in homage to the power which both of you have over this poor sinner, and in thanksgiving for the privileges with which the Holy Trinity has favored thee. I declare that I wish henceforth, as thy true slave, to seek thy honor and to obey thee in all things.
    O admirable Mother, present me to thy dear Son as His eternal slave, so that as He has redeemed me by thee, by thee He may receive me! O Mother of mercy, grant me the grace to obtain the true Wisdom of God; and for that end receive me among those whom thou lovest and teachest, whom thou leadest, nourishest and protectest as thy children and thy slaves.
    O faithful Virgin, make me in all things so perfect a disciple, imitator and slave of the Incarnate Wisdom, Jesus Christ thy Son, that I may attain, by thine intercession and by thine example, to the fullness of His age on earth and of His glory in Heaven. Amen

                                    

 

St. Anselm, in his work, “Cur Deus Homo?” says, “As the right order requires that we should first believe the deep things of the Christian faith before we presume to discuss them by reason,” so it seems to me to be negligence if, after we are confirmed in the faith, we do not study to understand what we believe. …. A knowledge and belief of the existence of God has never been extinguished in the reason of mankind. The polytheisms and idolatries which surrounded it were corruptions of a central and dominant truth, which, although obscured, was never lost. And the tradition of this truth was identified with the higher and purer operations of the natural reason, which have been called the intellectual system of the world. The mass of mankind, howsoever debased, were always theists. Atheists were anomalies and exceptions, as the blind among men. The theism of the primeval revelation formed the intellectual system of the heathen world. The theism of the patriarchal revelation formed the intellectual system of the Hebrew race. The theism revealed in the incarnation of God has formed the intellectual system of the Christian world. “Sapientia aedificavit sibi domum.” The science or knowledge of God has built for itself a tabernacle in the intellect of mankind, inhabits it, and abides in it. The intellectual science of the world finds its perfection in the scientific expression of the theology of faith. But from first to last the reason of man is the disciple, not the critic, of the revelation of God: and the highest science of the human intellect is that which, taking its preamble from the light of nature begins in faith; and receiving its axioms from faith, expands by the procession of truth from truth. 

Cardinal Henry Edward Manning, 1890

 

Nothing is more evident than this –

Pope Francis knows nothing of the Mother of God, he knows nothing of the spiritual life!

The Gospel does not tell us anything: if she spoke a word or not... She was silent, but in her heart, how many things told the Lord! “You, that day, this and the other that we read, you had told me that he would be great, you had told me that you would have given him the throne of David, his forefather, that he would have reigned forever and now I seen him there!” Our Lady was human! And perhaps she even had the desire to say: “Lies! I was deceived!”

Pope Francis, sermon December 20, 2013, published by Vatican News Service

 

 

Evil is the Depravation of a Necessary Good – Therefore, the Novus Ordo is Objectively Evil

 “Although God knows evil, still there is no ideal of evil in the Divine Mind. For evil is not a positive formation, but a difformity or deformation of things; it is not a work of the Divine Wisdom nor a work of God at all.”

Scheeban’s Manual of Catholic Theology

 

 

His friends just call him “Bergoglio”!

We were close for a few days, the three daily meals and have shared other moments both public and private. We talked about everything: about dialogue, but also about the journey that we will do together to Israel [.....] Together we have celebrated the beginning of Shabbat, he was by my side when I recited the Kiddush and has broken challah, which Zion Evrony, the Israeli Ambassador, brought to the Holy See. They were unforgettable days and I think that they have a value that goes beyond the affection and confidence that has always connected us [.....] "Important signal": "I see great value in Bergoglio's comments against proselytism. It is a point on which he insists with a special emphasis and gets even more weight when we think of the evangelizing framework within which these statements were made...... But now, the Pope speaks of it (of evangelization) only to introduce Catholics to the faith.

Rabbi Abraham Skorka from Argentina, interview for the Jewish monthly Pagine Ebraiche, which was reproduced in Osservatore Romano November 25, about his visit to the Community of Sant'Egidio in Rome as a "personal guest of Bergolio in Santa Maria."

 

Conspiracy Theory 101: Who/What does he mean by “we”?                                   

We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order. 

David Rockefeller

 

 

Pope Francis Declares: ‘Pro-Life Christians Have No Humanity’

By Shoebat | November 15, 2022

Pope Francis recently stated that he nominated Mariana Mazzucato, a pro-choice professor, to the Pontifical Academy of Life, to “bring some humanity” to the Academy, implying that the pro-Life Christians have no humanity. As we read in wPolityce:

“While returning to Rome from an apostolic pilgrimage in Bahrain, journalists on board the plane asked Francis about the matter that has outraged many Catholics around the world. It is about the recent nomination to the Pontifical Academy of Life of atheist and avowed supporter of abortion, Mariana Mazzucato. Francis replied that it was his personal decision because he wanted to ‘bring some humanity’ to the Academy.”

In truth and with anger, I find it a daunting task to see how people could take the Vatican in a serious manner. With the thousands of sexual predators who call themselves priests, to the Pope calling for gay “civil unions”, to the appointing of a pro-choice professor to an academy meant to be against abortion, it would not be a far-fetched thing to say that the fox is ruling the hen house, and the hens have all been slaughtered, and all that is left are foxes dressed as hens.

Its official, for the first time in Catholic history, a pope has come out in support of homosexual “civil unions” which is really just secular marriage under a state. During an interview for a documentary which premiered at the Rome Film Festival, Francis stated:

“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God… You can’t kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for this. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.”

Of course, the priests who are acolytes of Sodom are praising Pope Francis for this, with priests of Sodom like Fr. James Martin saying: “The pope’s speaking positively about civil unions also sends a strong message to places where the church has opposed such laws”. This is coming from a priest who for years has been pushing for the idea of ‘building bridges’ between the Church and Sodom. Well, its obvious that that bridge has been built… and that it has been crossed. […..]

 

 

DOGMA AS THE PROXIMATE RULE OF FAITH

"We teach and define as a divinely revealed dogma that when the Roman pontiff speaks ex cathedra, that is, when,

1. in the exercise of his office as shepherd and teacher of all Christians,
2. in virtue of his supreme apostolic authority,
3. he defines a doctrine concerning faith or morals to be held by the whole church,

he possesses, by the divine assistance promised to him in blessed Peter, that infallibility which the divine Redeemer willed his church to enjoy in defining doctrine concerning faith or morals.  Therefore, such definitions of the Roman pontiff are of themselves, and not by the consent of the church, irreformable."

VATICAN I COUNCIL

 

The ‘Remote Rule of Faith’ is Scripture & Tradition constitute; The ‘Proximate Rule of Faith’ is Dogma!

The definitions of the church have something of the character of criminal jurisprudence. They are not a part of the revelation,—are not necessary to her positive enunciation of the word, or essential to its life and operation; but they are required to vindicate it from error, as criminal courts pass sentences to vindicate the law which has been violated. Nobody who comprehends any thing of the matter restricts the word to the definitions of the church, or supposes that the definitions either make the faith or cover the whole of the revealed word. It is not to be supposed that nothing is believed, or to be believed that is not formally defined by the church, for her definitions touch only so much of the faith as has been controverted or denied. But all theological questions, however unsound they may be, that have not been condemned or declared to be contrary to the faith, may be held without incurring the note of heresy, and be freely discussed, pro and con. according to the judgment or prejudices of theologians.
Orestes Brownson, Faith and Theology

COMMENT: Heresy has both a legal and moral definitions. A legal heretic is a baptized Catholic who denies a revealed doctrine of faith that has been formally defined (i.e.: a Dogma). Few of the revealed truths of the Catholic Faith have been dogmatically defined. The dogmatic definition of Jesus Christ's divinity was made at the Council of Nicaea in 312. Therefore, the arch heretic Arius was a legal and moral heretic after the dogmatic declaration at the Council. Before the Council Arius was a moral heretic. Could an Arian be saved before the Council of Nicaea while denying the divinity of Jesus Christ? No, but all determinations of moral culpability are in the hands of God and known to Him alone. On the other hand, a legal heretic is guilty of manifest sin because the imputability of guilt has been revealed to all by God in the dogma itself. “And if he will not hear thee, take with thee one or two more: that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may stand. And if he will not hear them: tell the church. And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican” (Matt 18:16-17).

 

All the “daughters” of “Sodom” and the “daughters” of “Samaria” will suffer the same punishment!

“However, I will restore the fortunes of Sodom (homosexuality) and her daughters, and of Samaria (religious syncretism) and her daughters, and your fortunes (Phariseeism) along with them, so that you may bear your disgrace and be ashamed of all you have done in giving them [Sodom and Samaria] comfort. And your sisters, Sodom with her daughters and Samaria with her daughters, will return to what they were before; and you and your daughters will return to what you were before. You would not even mention your sister Sodom in the day of your pride, before your wickedness was uncovered.” 

Ezekiel 16:54-57

 

                   

 

Reported exchange NOT yet confirmed by our Vatican Sources:

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

'Oh thank you my snookems, (wink, wink) 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

 

 

 

Remember in your charity:       

Remember the welfare of our expectant mothers: Liana Henderson, Claudia Gergely, and Andrea Ebert,

Geralyn Zagorski and Michael Dulisse, recovery of their health and spiritual welfare, is the petition of Philip Thees,

For the grandson of Joe & Liz Agusta, who is in neonatal intensive care,

The health of Joseph Cox,

Fr. Waters requests our prayers for the health and spiritual welfare of Elvira Donaghy,

For the health and conversion of Stephen Henderson,

Carmen Ragonese, the grace of a holy death,

Fr. Paul DaDamio requests our prayers for the welfare of Rob Ward, and his sister, Debra Wagaman,

For the health and spiritual welfare of Peggy Cummings, the neice of Camila Meiser, who is gravely ill,

Kaitlyn McDonald, for the recovery of her health and spiritual welfare,

Rodolfo Zelaya, the brother of Claudia Drew, who is gravely ill following an accident,

Roco Sbardella, for his health and spiritual welfare,

Mufide Rende requests our prayers for the spiritual and physical welfare of the Rende Family,

The welfare of the Sal Massinio family is the petition of the Drew’s,

The Vargas’ request our prayers for the spiritual welfare of their son, Nicholas,

Monica Bandlow petitions prayers for Kathy Simons, Regina Quinn, James Mulgrew and Ruth Beaucheane,

Fr. Waters requests prayers for the spiritual and physical welfare of Frank McKee,

For the welfare of Lazarus Handley, his mother, Julia, and his brother, Raphael, with Down’s Syndrome, is the petition of Monica Bandlow,

Nancy Bennett and Julia McDonald, for the recovery of their health,

Kathy Elias, who is gravely ill in hospital with heart problems,

For the spiritual welfare of Mark Roberts, a Catholic faithful to tradition,

Monica Bandlow requests our prayers for the health and welfare of John Kopczynski,

Philip Thees asks our prayers for the recovery of Bridget McGuigan, recent hand injury,

Joe Sentmanet request prayers for Scott Nettles, Richard Giles, and Claude Harmon who are gravely ill and in need of conversion,

Michael Brigg requests our prayers for the health of John Romeo,

The health and welfare of Gene Peters who underwent recent cardiac surgery,

Conversion of Anton Schwartzmueller, is the paryer request of his children,

Stacy Fernandez requests are prayers for the heath of Terry Patterson, Steven Becerra, and Roberto Valez,

Christine Kozin, for her health and spiritual welfare,

Teresa Gonyea, for her conversion and health, is the petition of her grandmother, Patricia McLaughlin,

Nolan Moran, a three year old diagnosed with brain tumor, and his family,

For the health of Sonia Kolinsky,

Jackie Dougherty asks our prayers for her brother who is gravely ill, John Lee,

Rose Bradley asks our prayers for the health and spiritual welfare of her granddaughter, Meg Bradley,

Timothy & Crisara, a couple from Maryland have requested our prayers for their spiritual welfare,

Roger & Mandy Owen Family, for their welfare is the request of Monica Bandlow,

Celine Pilegaard, the seven year old daughter of Cynthia Pilegaard, for her recovery from burn injuries,

Rafaela de Saravia, for her health and welfare,

Mary Mufide,  requests our prayers for her family,

Abbe Damien Dutertre, traditional Catholic priest arrested by Montreal police while offering Mass,

Francis (Frank) X.  McLaughlin, for the recovery of his health from a serious work injury,

Nicholas Pell, for his health and spiritual welfare is the petition of Camilla Meizer,

Mary Kaye Petr, her health and welfare is petitioned by Camilla Meizer,

The welfare of Excellency Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò,

The welfare of Rev. Fr. Martin Skierka, who produces the traditional Ordo in the U.S.,

For the health and welfare of Katie Wess, John Gentry, Vincent Bands, Todd Chairs, Susan Healy and James O’Gentry is the petition of Camilia,

Marieann Reuter, recovery of her health, Kathy Kepner, for her health, Shane Cox, for his health, requests of Philip Thees,

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 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 Donaghy, 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 and he family members, living and deceased,

Mary and Bill Glatz, the welfare of their family,

Barbara Harmon, who is 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 Sorace family,

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

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

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

John Rhoad, for his health and spiritual welfare,

Kathy Boyle, requests our prayers for her welfare,

Joyce Laughman and Robert Twist, for their conversions,

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 Rene McFarland, Lori Kerr, Cary Shipman and family, David Bash, Crystal and family, Larry Reinhart, Costanzo Family, Kathy Scullen, Marilyn Bryant, Vicki Trahern and Time Roe are the petitions of Gene Peters,

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, 

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

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 requested our prayers for the welfare of  his 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 welfare of Dan & Polly Weand, the conversion of Sophia Herman, Tony Rosky, the welfare Nancy Erdeck, the wife of the late Deacon Erdeck, John Calasanctis, Tony Rosky, James Parvenski and  Kathleen Gorry.

 

Pray for the Repose of the Souls:

Michael Proctor, a close fried of the Drews', died November 9,

Richard Anthony Giles, the father-in-law of Joe Sentmanat converted to the Catholic faith on All Saints Day, died November 5,

Robert Kolinsky, the husband of Sonja, died September 18,

Gabriel Schiltz, the daughter of Thomas & Gay Schiltz, died August 21,

Mary Dimmel, the mother –in-law of Victoria Drew Dimmel, died July 18,

Michael Nesbit, the brother-in-law and dear friend of the Drew's, died July 14,

Thomas Thees,  the brother of Philip, died June 19,

Juanita Mohler, a friend of Camella Meiser, died June 14,

Michelle Donofrio McDowell, the cousin of Monica Bandlow, died March 5, and Patricia Fabyanic, the Prefect of Our Lady’s Sodality, March 8,

Hernan Ortiz, the brother of Fr. Juan Carlos Ortiz, died February 3,

Mary Ann Boyle, the mother of a second order Dominican nun, a first order Dominican priest, and a SSPX priest, died January 24, 

John DeMarco, who attended this Mission in the past, died January23,

Charles O’Brien, the father of Marlene Cox, died December 30,

Mufide Rende requests our prayers for the repose of the souls of her parents,  Mehmet & Nedime,

Kathleen Donelly, died December 29 at 91 years of age, ran the CorMariae website,

Monica Bandlow requests our prayers for the health and welfare of John Kinney, died December 21,

Matthew O'Hare, most faithful Catholic, died at age 40 on November 30,

Rev. Patrick J. Perez, a Catholic priest faithful to tradition, pastor Our Lady Help of Christians, Garden Grove, CA, November 19,

Elizabeth Benedek, died December 14, requested by her niece, Agnes Vollkommer,

Dolores Smith and Richard Costello,  faithful Catholics, died November,

Frank D’Agustino,a friend of Philp Thees, died November 8,

Fr. Dominique Bourmaud, of the SSPX, Prior of St. Vincent in Kansas City, died September 4,

Pablo Daniel Silva,  the brother of Elizabeth Vargas, died August 18,

Rose Bradley,  a member of Ss. Peter & Paul, died July 14,

Patricia Ellias, died June 1, recently returned to the Church died with the sacraments and wearing the brown scapular,

Joan Devlin, the sister-in-law of Rose Bradley, died May 18,

William Muligan, died April 29, two days after receiving the last sacraments,

Robert Petti, died March 19, the day after receiving the last sacraments,

Mark McDonald, the father of Kyle, who died December 26,

Perla Otero, died December 2020, Leyla Otero, January 2021, cousins of Claudia Drew,

Mehmet Rende, died December 12, who was the father of Mary Mufide,

Joseph Gravish, died November 26, 100 year old WWII veteran and daily communicant,

Jerome McAdams, the father of, died November 30,

Rev. James O’Hara, died November 8, requested by Alex Estrada,

Elizabeth Batko, the sacristan at St. John the Baptist in Pottstown for over 40 years, died on First Saturday November 7 wearing the brown scapular,

Fr. Anthony Cekada, a traditional Catholic priest, died September 11,

William Cox, the father of Joseph Cox, who died September 3,

James Larson, Catholic apologists, author of War Against Being publication, died July 6, 2020, 

Hutton Gibson, died May 12,

Sr. Regina Cordis, Immaculate Heart of Mary religious for sixty-five years, died May 12,

Leslie Joan Matatics, devoted Catholic wife and mother of nine children, died March 24,

Victoria Zelaya, the sister-in-law of Claudia Drew, died March 20,

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

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

Stephen Cagorski and  John Bogda, who both died wearing the brown scapular,

Cecilia LeBow, a most faithful Catholic,

Rose Cuono, died Oct 23,

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 12, 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 P. Haigh, died October 22, 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,

Msgr. Donald Adams, who offered the Indult Mass, died April 1996,

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 Wathen, 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.

 

For Catholics, Advent is the Penitential Season of preparation for the celebration during the seasons of Christmas and Epiphany.  For the modern world, Advent is a season of celebration followed by a state of drunken stupor, depression and spiritual desolation during Christmas and Epiphany.

    IF our holy mother the Church spends the time of Advent in this solemn preparation for the threefold coming of Jesus Christ; if, after the example of the prudent virgins, she keeps her lamp lit ready for the coming of the Bridegroom; we, being her members and her children, ought to enter into her spirit, and apply to ourselves this warning of our Saviour: “Let your loins be girt, and lamps burning in your hands, and ye yourselves be like unto men who wait for their Lord !” The Church and we have, in reality, the same hopes. Each one of us is, on the part of God, an object of mercy and care, as is the Church herself. If she is the temple of God, it is because she is built of living stones; if she is the bride, it is because she consists of all the souls which are invited to eternal union with God. If it is written that the Saviour hath purchased the Church with His own Blood, may not each one of us say of himself those words of St. Paul, “Christ hath loved me, and hath delivered Himself up for me”? Our destiny being the same, then, as that of the Church, we should endeavour during Advent, to enter into the spirit of preparation, which is, as we have seen, that of the Church herself.

    And firstly, it is our duty to join with the saints of the old Law in asking for the Messias, and thus pay the debt which the whole human race owes to the divine mercy. In order to fulfill this duty with fervour, let us go back in thought to those four thousand years, represented by the four weeks of Advent, and reflect on the darkness and crime which filled the world before our Saviour’s coming. Let our hearts be filled with lively gratitude towards Him who saved His creature man from death, and who came down from heaven that He might know our miseries by himself experiencing them, yes, all of them excepting sin. Let us cry to Him with confidence from the depths of our misery; for, notwithstanding His having saved the work of His hands, He still wishes us to beseech Him to save us. Let therefore our desires and our confidence have their free utterance in the ardent supplications of the ancient prophets, which the Church puts on our lips during these days of expectation; let us give our closest attention to the sentiments which they express.

    This first duty complied with, we must next turn our minds to the coming which our Saviour wishes to accomplish in our own hearts. It is, as we have seen, a coming full of sweetness and mystery, and consequence of the first; for the good Shepherd comes not only to visit the flock in general, but He extends His solicitude to each one of the sheep, even to the hundredth which is lost. Now, in order to appreciate the whole of this ineffable mystery, we must remember that, since we can be pleasing to our heavenly Father only inasmuch as He sees within us His Son Jesus Christ, this amiable Saviour deigns to come into each one of us, and transform us, if we will but consent, into Himself, so that henceforth we may live, not we, but He in us. This is, in reality, the one grand aim of the Christian religion, to make man divine through Jesus Christ: it is the task which God has given to His Church to do, and she says to the faithful what St. Paul said to his Galatians: “My little children, of whom I am in labour again, until Christ be formed within you!” 

Dom Gueranger, The Liturgical Year, excerpt from Practice During Advent

 

 

RATZINGER/HEGELIAN VERSION OF DOCTRINAL DEVELOPMENT

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

 

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

 

 

“Only a misguided mind would seek to afford equal rights to both good and evil.”

Conservative Catholics are double losers. Now that Summorum Pontificum is revoked and with it their grant of legal privilege, they are now at the Indult and have renounced any legal or moral grounds to complain because they accepted the legitimacy of the Novus Ordo and Vatican II!

In the civil sphere, the deep state has managed political and social dissent by using organizations and movements that are only apparently opposition, but which are actually instrumental to maintaining power. Similarly, in the ecclesial sphere, the deep church uses the moderate “conservatives” to give the appearance of offering freedom to the faithful. The Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum itself, for example, while granting the celebration in the extraordinary form, demands saltem impliciter that we accept the Council and recognize the lawfulness of the reformed liturgy. This ploy prevents those who benefit from the Motu Proprio from raising any objection, or risk the dissolution of the Ecclesia Dei communities. And it instills in the Christian people the dangerous idea that a good thing, in order to have legitimacy in the Church and society, must necessarily be accompanied by a bad thing or at least something less good. However, only a misguided mind would seek to afford equal rights to both good and evil. It matters little if one is personally in favor of good, when he recognizes the legitimacy of those who are in favor of evil.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

 

 

 

 

funny.pho.to_clown_face_in_hole.jpgAnother 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

 

 

The ‘householder, bringeth forth out of her treasures new things and old.’

Dogma: The proximate rule of faith - Old because it is a doctrine revealed by Jesus Christ; New because it is formally and infallibly defined by the Magisterium.

And now, if a single individual, a scribe instructed in the kingdom of heaven, be such a householder, how much more the holy Church of Jesus Christ, headed by the successor of St. Peter! Long before our Saviour had actually given to St. Peter the supreme charge of his Church Ho asked him, “Who, thinkest thou, is that faithful and wise steward whom the Lord hath set over His family, to give them their measure of wheat in due season?” (Luke 41:42) Whether St. Peter surmised at that time that he himself was to be raised to that office, as the question addressed to him in preference to the other Apostles insinuated, we will not discuss at present. So much, however, was certain: that one was to be set over the whole household of the Lord by the Lord Himself. In the present parable lie is called “a man that is a householder”; again he is called “the faithful and wise steward whom the Lord hath set over his family.” In both cases the individual thus placed above all others has a treasure to dispose of according to the needs of times and circumstances. In the parable he is described as one “instructed in the kingdom of heaven” ; therefore he possesses full knowledge of the teaching and government of the true Church of God. In the text above quoted he is a “faithful and wise steward” — faithful to his trust, wise in his government and dispensation of the goods entrusted to his care. All this perfectly agrees with what he had said to St. Peter: “I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not, and thou once converted confirm thy brethren.” “Feed My lambs, feed My sheep” (or, in the literal translation of the original Greek text: “Be a shepherd of My lambs, be a shepherd of My sheep” ). Thus we see that Christ conferred on St. Peter and his successors, 1st, the prerogative of unerring faith, comprising all the doctrines of Jesus Christ without alteration (“thy faith fail not ”) ; 2d, the prerogative of the fulness of power in the dispensation of the means of grace (“their measure of wheat”)—wheat is nourishment for the body; the nourishment of the soul is divine grace (“life everlasting”) ; 3d, the prerogative of supreme power of government over clergy and laity (“feed My lambs, feed My sheep”). These prerogatives were to be exercised by St. Peter and his successors, not all at once and everywhere indiscriminately, but according to times and circumstances, as the good of the Church and the wants of the faithful required (“to give them their measure of wheat in due season”). But when or wherever they exercised them they acted the part of the “householder bringing 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, etc.

The Church of Christ, after existing almost nineteen hundred years, had as good a right to meet in council in the Vatican at Rome, under the presidency of Pius IX., the late successor of St. Peter, as it had in the first century of its existence, when St. Peter presided in person, at the Council of Jerusalem. Now, as then, it has a right to decide which of the prevailing opinions is in conformity with the teaching of Jesus Christ and belongs to the sacred deposit of faith “handed down to the saints,” (Jude 1:3) and which is against it and it can say with as much truth as the Apostles : “It hath seemed good to the Holy Ghost and to us.” (Acts 15:28) If it is true the Holy Ghost makes no new revelation to the Church, nor does He teach her anything which Jesus Christ has not taught her before; on the contrary, our Saviour says : “He shall glorify Me : because He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it to you.” (John 16:14) Hence the dogmatic definitions of the popes and general councils of the Church are not new revelations, but a new definition, under the guidance of the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of truth, that such a doctrine belongs to the sacred deposit of faith preached by Jesus Christ, and consequently is received and approved of by the Church, or that another is opposed to it, and therefore is rejected and condemned. That same doctrine belonged to the Church or was opposed to it from the first day when the law of Christ was promulgated. He Himself revealed the articles of faith, but left to His Church, presided over by St. Peter and his successors, “whose faith fails not,” to decide what was in accordance with His teaching when, in the course of time, errors were started that threatened to subvert it. Thus the Church, as a good ‘householder, bringeth forth out of her treasures new things and old.’

Fr. Joseph Prachensky, The Church of the Parables & True Spouse of The Suffering Saviour

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Those who contribute partake of the sin!

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Catholic Campaign for Human Development contributed $17 million (or 30.4% of its budget) to groups supporting abortion, Marxism, and the LGBT ideology and social agenda.

Lepanto Institute, November 14, 2022

 

 

The “received and approved rites of the Catholic Church, accustomed to be used in the administration of the sacraments”:

    …..Because, as we will see, Catholics must celebrate only the “received and approved rites” of the Church as a matter of Divine Law.

    God revealed this truth in Scripture through St. Paul. Before St. Paul teaches the Corinthians liturgical and theological details concerning the Holy Mass (consecration formula, Real Presence), he prefaces his teaching by affirming: “For I have received of the Lord that which I also delivered unto you…” (I Cor 11:23). St. Paul says again: “For I delivered unto you first of all, which I also received” (1Cor 15:3). In these and other verses, St. Paul emphasizes that we must believe and practice only what we have “received” from Christ and the apostles which has been “delivered” unto us, and which includes the liturgical rites of the Church. This is a divinely revealed truth and a matter of Faith.

    The Church has taught this divine truth throughout her history. For example, in the Papal Oath of Coronation, which originates at least as far back as Pope St. Agatho in 678 A.D. (and which was set aside by Paul VI), every Pope swore to change nothing of the received tradition.” Pope Pius IV’s Tridentine Profession of Faith, which is binding on the souls of all Catholics, likewise expresses this principle by requiring adherence to the “received and approved rites of the Catholic Church used in the solemn administration of the sacraments.” The “received and approved rites of the Church” originate from the Spirit of Christ and the traditions of the apostles which have been handed down to us through the ages.
    Because the “received and approved rites” are part of the Church’s infallible expression of the unchanging Deposit of Faith, as inspired and nurtured by the Holy Ghost, they cannot be set aside or changed into new rites. This is why the Ecumenical Council of Trent (1545-1563) infallibly declared:

“If anyone says that the received and approved rites of the Catholic Church, accustomed to be used in the administration of the sacraments, may be despised or omitted by the ministers without sin and at their pleasure, or may be changed by any pastor of the churches to other new ones, let him be anathema.

    Because the Council declares anathema (that is, condemned, or severed from the Body of Christ) anyone who would set aside or change into new rites the already “received and approved rites” of the Church, proves that adherence to the “received and approved rites” is a matter of Divine Law. The absolute necessity to preserve the substance of the Church’s ancient liturgical rites is a requirement of the Faith because the rites preserve and express that Faith. To hold that the Church’s rites can change implies a belief that the Church’s doctrines can change, because the rites preserve and express the doctrines. Hence, those who do not preserve the Church’s rites (by omitting or changing them) are objectively anathema because they sin against the Faith itself.
    In light of the foregoing condemnation, the Holy Council of Trent directed that the Roman Missal be restored so that the faithful would know once and for all what is the “received and approved rite” of Mass. To that end, Pope St. Pius V issued his papal bull Quo Primum Tempore to legally codify “the decrees of the Holy Council of Trent” and render a definitive application of the Divine Law dogmatized by the Council. This judgment mandated a single usage of the Roman rite for the Latin Church, with some minor exceptions for usages greater than 200 years old, “in order that what has been handed down by the most holy Roman Church, the Mother and Teacher of the rest of the churches may be accepted and observed by all everywhere.” Hence, the sainted Pope declared the oft-called “Tridentine Mass” to be the “received and approved rite” of the Church, and which precluded the creation of any “new rite” of Mass in the future. Further, because Quo Primum is an infallible application of Divine Law (that is, we must use only the “received and approved rites”), St. Pius V rightly declared the decree to be irreformable and valid forever.
    This brings us to the inevitable and troubling question: Is the Novus Ordo a “new rite” of Mass that comes under the anathema of the Council of Trent, as definitively interpreted by St. Pius V in Quo Primum? The name of the rite itself (Novus Ordo which means “new order” or “new ordinary” of the Mass) certainly suggests the same. More importantly, so do the words of Pope Paul VI. In his November 19, 1969 General Audience address, Paul VI refers to the Novus Ordo as a “new rite” of Mass several times, for example: “We wish to draw your attention to an event about to occur in the Latin Catholic Church: the introduction of the liturgy of the new rite of the Mass.” He also says, “In the new rite you will find the relationship between the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist...”
    We also consider the statements of the members of Paul VI’s liturgical commission that created the New Mass, such as the secretary and head of the commission, Fr. Annibale Bugnini, who said: “It is not simply a question of restoring a valuable masterpiece, in some cases it will be necessary to provide new structures for entire rites…it will truly be a new creation.” Bugnini’s assistant, Fr. Carlos Braga, also stated that the New Mass has “an entirely new foundation of Eucharistic theology” and whose “ecumenical requirements” are “in harmony with the Church’s new positions.” Fr. Joseph Gelineau, one of the most influential members of the commission, also said: “To tell you the truth, it is a different liturgy of the Mass. This needs to be said without ambiguity: the Roman rite as we knew it no longer exists.” Therefore, both Paul VI and his appointed authors of the Novus Ordo admitted that the New Mass is not the rite “received” from tradition, but rather a rite created by innovation – an entirely unprecedented act in the history of the Church.
    But we should not rely on these statements alone. While they may reveal the intent of the innovators, it is still necessary to look at the substance of the Novus Ordo rite itself. As we have seen, the Council of Trent and St. Pius V intended to preserve the substantial identity of the Roman rite forever. If the New Mass does not preserve this identity, then it cannot be considered the “received and approved rite” of the Catholic Church no matter what anyone says. Even the Second Vatican Council, which did not (and could not) mandate the creation of a new rite of Mass, recognized this truth by directing that the rites “be revised carefully in the light of sound tradition” with “due care being taken to preserve their substance.”
    The Council of Trent’s condemnation of omitting or changing the “received and approved rites” into “new rites” is best understood by referring to one of the oldest maxims of the Church’s sacred theology:legem credendi statuit lex orandi.” This is a Latin phrase which means “the rule of prayer determines the rule of faith” (often referred to as “lex orandi, lex credendi”). In other words, the way we pray determines what we believe. If a liturgical tradition which expresses a doctrine of the Faith is altered or removed altogether, the underlying doctrine will necessarily be compromised. This is why the “received and approved rites” must be faithfully preserved and never transformed into “other new ones” as declared by Trent.

    …… However, the Novus Ordo Missae deviates from the Roman Missal of St. Pius V to such an extent that it no longer retains the substantial identity of the Roman rite. Even before the introduction of such abuses as audible canons, vernacular and versus populum (toward the people) celebrations, lay ministers, Communion under both species, Communion in the hand to standing communicants and the like, Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci advised Paul VI that “the Novus Ordo represents, both as a whole and in its details, a striking departure from the Catholic theology of the Mass as it was formulated in Session XXII of the Council of Trent.” Consequently, Cardinal Ottaviani (who, as head of the Holy Office, was responsible for safeguarding the doctrine of the Faith), in his famous intervention, concluded that the Novus Ordo was indeed a different rite of Mass.
    For example, Ottaviani says: “To abandon a liturgical tradition which for four centuries stood as a sign and pledge of unity in worship, and to replace it with another liturgy which, due to the countless liberties it implicitly authorizes, cannot but be a sign of division – a liturgy which teems with insinuations or manifest errors against the integrity of the Catholic Faith – is, we feel bound in conscience to proclaim, an incalculable error.” He also says, “It is obvious that the New Order of Mass has no intention of presenting the Faith taught by the Council of Trent. But it is to this Faith that the Catholic conscience is bound forever.” Accordingly, Ottaviani appealed to Paul VI “not to deprive us of the possibility of continuing to have recourse to the integral and fruitful Missal of St. Pius V, so highly praised by Your Holiness, and so deeply venerated by the whole Catholic world.” Therefore, both the critics and the creators of the New Mass, including Paul VI himself, agree that the Novus Ordo differs in substance from the Tridentine Missal and, hence, constitutes a “new rite” of Mass.

John Salza, J.D., The Novus Ordo Mass and Divine Law, excerpt from Catholic Family News

 

 

Hermeneutics of Continuity/Discontinuity

Jesus Christ:  “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28:19)

Pope Francis the Adjudicator:  “Never, never bring the gospel by proselytizing. If someone says they are a disciple of Jesus and comes to you with proselytism, they are not a disciple of Jesus. In front of an unbeliever, the last thing I have to do is try to convince him. Never! The last thing I have to do is speak.”  (Pope Francis addressing students at Rome’s classical secondary school, Pilo Albertelli, 2020)

 

 

Latae sententiae crimes in the external forum require a determination of guilt!

“A sentence declaratory of the offence is always necessary in the forum externum, since in this tribunal no one is presumed to be excommunicated unless convicted of a crime that entail such a penalty.”

Pope Benedict XIV, De syndod, X, I, 5

 

 

When the Church is restored, Neo-Modernism condemned, it will not be just Vatican II that is trashed but the utter uprooting of its foundations laid by Pius XII!

In the hope of making the seemingly incredible not only credible but obvious, this study will ignore the Second Vatican Council as a cause and treat it as an effect, the inevitable effect of a dedicated, single minded line of actions begun decades before. John XXIII called the bishops of the world to assemble; His summons will be seen not so much as a call for consultations as a demand for signatures. With many of the transformations already in place and many of the others well worked out on paper, John’s welcome to the long, slow procession of high-mitered prelates on that October morning in 1962 will be seen as the fulfillment of an extended, persistent undertaking.

In perspective, the Council appears to have been a bringing of the hierarchy to Rome  in order to show them what was already happening, to give them the satisfaction of a very limited amount of participation and then to exert strong moral pressure on them to put their names to each and every document emerging from the skillfully managed deliberations. Signatures were of the greatest importance, giving as they would, credibility to the transformations, thus making it easier for the bishops to face their flocks when they returned with a bag full of novelties. [….]

Probably no pope in history has been as misunderstood (as Pope Pius XII). He has been revered and scorned, loved and hated for all the things he never did and never was. No pope in history did as much to change the Church; yet, Catholic conservatives look on him as the last firm pillar of orthodoxy. No pope in history ever did as much for the Jews; yet Jewish writers continue to accuse him of indifference to their fate. No pope did as much to oblige the Marxists; yet he is hailed in the West as an anti-Communist hero of the Cold War. In his long years as Vatican diplomat when he pioneered what has bome to be called Ostpolitik, in his decade as Secretary of State to Pius XI, in his nearly twenty years as Supreme Pontiff to followed in extension through the pontificate of his protégé and chosen heir, Giovanni Battista Montini (Paul VI), the work of Pius XII spanned nearly a century.

Mary Ball Martinez, The Undermining of the Catholic Church

 

 

Hermeneutics of Continuity/Discontinuity

Jesus Christ: 

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28:19)

Pope Francis the Adjudicator on the Word of God:

“Never, never bring the gospel by proselytizing. If someone says they are a disciple of Jesus and comes to you with proselytism, they are not a disciple of Jesus. In front of an unbeliever, the last thing I have to do is try to convince him. Never! The last thing I have to do is speak.”  (Pope Francis addressing students at Rome’s classical secondary school, Pilo Albertelli, 2020)

 

 

Peace Plan of Our Lady of Fatima

1. WHAT DOES THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA REQUEST?

At Fatima Our Lady said that God wished to establish in the world devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lady said that many souls would be saved from Hell and the annihilation of nations averted if, in time, devotion to Her Immaculate Heart were established principally by these two means:

A) the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Pope together with the world’s bishops in a solemn public ceremony,

B) the practice or receiving Holy Communion (and other specific devotions of about 1/2 hour in duration) in reparation for the sins committed against the Blessed Virgin Mary, on the first Saturdays of five consecutive months--a practice known to Catholics as “the First Saturday” devotion.

2. HAVE THESE REQUESTS OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA BEEN HONORED?

No, not entirely. A number of the Faithful practice the “First Saturday” devotion, but Russia has yet to be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a solemn public ceremony conducted by the Pope together with the world’s Catholic bishops.

In 1982 the last Fatima seer, Lucia, when a cloistered nun living in Coimbra, Portugal, was asked if an attempted consecration by Pope John Paul II had sufficed. She replied that it did not suffice, because Russia was not mentioned and the world’s bishops had not participated. Another attempted consecration in 1984 likewise did not mention Russia or involve the participation of many of the world’s bishops, and Sister Lucia stated immediately afterwards that this consecration, too, had failed to meet Our Lady’s requirements.

3. WHAT DOES THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA WARN?

It warns that if the requests of Our Lady of Fatima for the Consecration of Russia and the First Saturday devotion are not honored, the Church will be persecuted, there will be other major wars, the Holy Father will have much to suffer and various nations will be annihilated. Many nations will be enslaved by Russian militant atheists. Most important, many souls will be lost.

4. WHAT DOES THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA PROMISE?

The Message of Fatima promises that if the requests of Our Lady of Fatima are carried out “My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will Consecrate Russia to Me, which will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to mankind.”

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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.

 

 

“The New Evangelization” – Without a foundation of repentance, prayer, and penance, there will be no fruit, for “The Interior Life is the Soul of the Apostolate.”

The purpose of the struggle against our passions, the practice of the virtues, recollection, prayer, the practice of the presence of God, and frequent reception of the Sacraments, is to foster union with God and the growth of charity.  The interior life is a secret hearth where a soul in contact with God is inflamed with His love, and precisely because it is inflamed and forged by love, it becomes a docile instrument which God can use to diffuse love into the hearts of others.  Therefore, it is very important to recall frequently this great principle: the interior life is the soul of the apostolate.  A deep interior life therefore, from it will spring a fruitful apostolate, a true sharing in Christ’s work of saving souls… Where there is little or no interior life, charity and friendship with God are in danger of being extinguished; and if this interior flame be extinguished, then the apostolate will be emptied of its substance and reduced to mere external activity which may make a great noise, but will not bring forth and fruit. 

Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D., Divine Intimacy

 

 

 

Is Fr. Sheehy the last Catholic Priest in Ireland?

Irish priest insists deputy PM will go to hell

Father Sean Sheehy has been condemned by his own bishop for giving a homily against abortion, homosexuality, and transgenderism

RT | World News | 3 Nov, 2022

An Irish Catholic priest has refused to back down after he was censured by his own bishop for condemning the “mortal sins” of abortion and homosexuality. The priest maintains that his views are in line with the Church’s teachings, and that Ireland’s deputy prime minister, Leo Varadkar, will burn in hell for being gay.

Father Sean Sheehy, a resident of Listowel in County Kerry, came out of retirement on Sunday to fill in for a local priest currently on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Churchgoers were shocked, with several dozen walking out of mass, when Sheehy took to the pulpit to denounce the “rampant” sin in Irish society.

“What is so sad today is you rarely hear about sin, but it’s rampant,” he declared.

“We see it, for example, in the legislation of our governments,” Sheehy continued. “We see it in the promotion of abortion. We see it in the example of this lunatic approach of transgenderism. We see it, for example, in the promotion of sex between two men and two women.”

“That is sinful, that is mortal sin,” he continued, adding that “sin leads to hell.”

Once a staunchly Catholic society, Ireland legalized gay marriage in 2015 and lifted its constitutional ban on abortion in 2018. Both decisions were made following popular referendums.

Bishop Ray Browne of Kerry later apologized “to all who were offended” by Sheehy’s fiery homily. In a statement published on the diocesan website, Browne said that Sheehy’s views “do not represent the Christian position.” Browne later told Radio Kerry that Sheehy had been banned from giving mass in the diocese.

In an interview with the same radio station on Tuesday, Sheehy insisted that he did nothing wrong, and that his views on sin were in line with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Speaking to RTE Radio on Wednesday, Sheehy said that gay politicians like Varadkar would “absolutely” go to hell if they didn’t repent.

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney called on Sheehy to retract his remarks, while a spokesperson for Varadkar said that although the deputy PM “profoundly disagrees with Father Sheehy's views” he “respects his right to express his religious beliefs freely.” 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, which summarizes the Church’s main beliefs, describes homosexual acts as “acts of grave depravity” that run “contrary to the natural law.”

 

 

 

“And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White – ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father.’ Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way.” 

Sister Lucia of Fatima, the Third Secret, as she transcribed it.

        

COMMENT ON THE MODERN MIND DEVOID OF GOD’S GRACE   

“But instead of a mind, universal literacy has given [the common man] a rubber stamp, a rubber stamp inked with advertising slogans, with editorials, with published scientific data, with the trivialities of tabloids and the profundities of history, but quite innocent of original thought. Each man's rubber stamp is the twin of millions of others, so that when these millions are exposed to the same stimuli, all receive identical imprints. [...] The amazing readiness with which large masses accept this process is probably accounted for by the fact that no attempt is made to convince them that black is white. Instead, their preconceived hazy ideas that a certain gray is almost black or almost white are brought into sharper focus. Their prejudices, notions, and convictions are used as a starting point, with the result that they are drawn by a thread into passionate adherence to a given mental picture.”

Edward Bernays, from his book, The Minority Rules, 1927. Bernays was a Jewish double nephew of Sigmund Freud and a pioneer in public relations and propaganda. He was called "the father of public relations" in his obituary. Bernays was named one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century by Life Magazine. He was the subject of a full-length biography called The Father of Spin (1999) and later an award-winning 2002 documentary for the BBC called The Century of the Self. (Wiki)

 

 

 

The world is governed by very different personages to what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes....  That mighty revolution which is at the moment preparing in Germany, and which will be, in fact, a second and greater Reformation, and of which so little is yet known in England, is developing entirely under the auspices of the Jews. [.....]

One can trace Jewish influence in the last revolutionary explosions in Europe (1848). An insurrection has taken place against traditions, religion and property, the destruction of the semitic principle, the extirpation of the Jewish religion, either under its Mosaic or Christian form, the natural equality of men and the annulment of property are proclaimed by the secret societies which form the provisional government, and men of Jewish race are found at the head of each of them. The People of God cooperate with atheists, the most ardent accumulators of property link themselves with communists. The select and chosen race walks hand in hand with the scum of the lower castes of Europe. And all this because they wish to destroy this Christianity which owes them its very name and whose tyranny they can no longer bear. 

Benjamin Disraeli, Jewish Prime Minister of Great Britain, from Vicomte Leon De Poncins, The Secret Powers behind Revolution, Freemasonry and Judaism, 1929

 

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

 

 

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)

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

The day when society, forgetting her (the Church’s) doctrinal decisions, has asked the press and the tribune, newspapers and assemblies, what is truth and what is error, on that day error and truth are confounded in all intellects, society enters on the regions of shadows, and falls under the empire of fictions….. The doctrinal intolerance of the Church has saved the world from chaos. Her doctrinal intolerance has placed beyond question political, domestic, social, and religious truths, - primitive and holy truths, which are not subject to discussion, because they are the foundation of all discussions; truths which cannot be called into doubt for a moment without the understanding on that moment oscillating, lost between truth and error, and the clear mirror of human reason becoming soiled and obscured… Doubt perpetually comes from doubt, and skepticism from skepticism, as truth from faith, and science from truth. 

Donoso Cortes, Essays

 

 

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

 

 

 

 “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

 

 

The Ideology of Pope Francis whose "utopian future" requires the evolution of Dogmatic Truth

“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

 

 

 

Modernists and Neo-modernists "corrupt the origin and nature of dogma"!

         Thus, We have reached one of the principal points in the Modernists' system, namely the origin and the nature of dogma. For they place the origin of dogma in those primitive and simple formulae, which, under a certain aspect, are necessary to faith; for revelation, to be truly such, requires the clear manifestation of God in the consciousness. But dogma itself they apparently hold, is contained in the secondary formulae.

         To ascertain the nature of dogma, we must first find the relation which exists between the religious formulas and the religious sentiment. This will be readily perceived by him who realises that these formulas have no other purpose than to furnish the believer with a means of giving an account of his faith to himself. These formulas therefore stand midway between the believer and his faith; in their relation to the faith, they are the inadequate expression of its object, and are usually called symbols; in their relation to the believer, they are mere instruments.

         Hence it is quite impossible to maintain that they express absolute truth: for, in so far as they are symbols, they are the images of truth, and so must be adapted to the religious sentiment in its relation to man; and as instruments, they are the vehicles of truth, and must therefore in their turn be adapted to man in his relation to the religious sentiment. But the object of the religious sentiment, since it embraces that absolute, possesses an infinite variety of aspects of which now one, now another, may present itself. In like manner, he who believes may pass through different phases. Consequently, the formulae too, which we call dogmas, must be subject to these vicissitudes, and are, therefore, liable to change. Thus the way is open to the intrinsic evolution of dogma. An immense collection of sophisms this, that ruins and destroys all religion. Dogma is not only able, but ought to evolve and to be changed. This is strongly affirmed by the Modernists, and as clearly flows from their principles. For amongst the chief points of their teaching is this which they deduce from the principle of vital immanence; that religious formulas, to be really religious and not merely theological speculations, ought to be living and to live the life of the religious sentiment. This is not to be understood in the sense that these formulas, especially if merely imaginative, were to be made for the religious sentiment; it has no more to do with their origin than with number or quality; what is necessary is that the religious sentiment, with some modification when necessary, should vitally assimilate them. In other words, it is necessary that the primitive formula be accepted and sanctioned by the heart; and similarly the subsequent work from which spring the secondary formulas must proceed under the guidance of the heart. Hence it comes that these formulas, to be living, should be, and should remain, adapted to the faith and to him who believes. Wherefore if for any reason this adaptation should cease to exist, they lose their first meaning and accordingly must be changed. And since the character and lot of dogmatic formulas is so precarious, there is no room for surprise that Modernists regard them so lightly and in such open disrespect. And so they audaciously charge the Church both with taking the wrong road from inability to distinguish the religious and moral sense of formulas from their surface meaning, and with clinging tenaciously and vainly to meaningless formulas whilst religion is allowed to go to ruin. Blind that they are, and leaders of the blind, inflated with a boastful science, they have reached that pitch of folly where they pervert the eternal concept of truth and the true nature of the religious sentiment; with that new system of theirs they are seen to be under the sway of a blind and unchecked passion for novelty, thinking not at all of finding some solid foundation of truth, but despising the holy and apostolic traditions, they embrace other vain, futile, uncertain doctrines, condemned by the Church, on which, in the height of their vanity, they think they can rest and maintain truth itself.

         ....... To finish with this whole question of faith and its shoots, it remains to be seen, Venerable Brethren, what the Modernists have to say about their development. 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. 

St. Pius X, Pascendi

 

 

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

 

 

Moreover, one baptism regenerating all baptized in Christ, just as “one God and one faith”, is to be faithfully confessed by all, which, celebrated in water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we believe to be the perfect remedy for salvation for both adults and children…... one is the universal Church…. Outside of which absolutely no one is saved, one is the Lord, one is the faith and one is the baptism of all.

Pope Clement V, Council of Vienne, 1311-1312

      

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, Exultate Deo, Council of Florence

 

 

Dogma is the Proximate Rule of Faith for all the faithful including the Pope!

Infallibility is essentially and necessarily an attribute of the Church; Infallibility is only secondarily and accidentally an attribute of the pope which he alone can enter into under dogmatically specified conditions for dogmatically specified ends! God is the Formal and Final cause of Dogma. The pope is the simply the necessary Material and Instrumental cause of Dogma.

An attribute is something that must be attributed to a nature because that nature demands it. For example, the attribute of infallibility follows from the nature of the Church. For the Church is a divine institution, a work of God Himself, and, in its founding He declared that it was to speak in His name and to lead men to God. Now, such being its nature, how can it conceivably lead men astray? In other words, how can it be denied that this divinely founded and dowered institution is infallible? The fact of infallibility follows from and attends upon the nature of the Church. Precisely because the Church is the essential thing that it is, it must be infallible. Therefore, by a necessity of its nature (i. e., by natural necessity) the Church must be infallible. And so we say that infallibility is an attribute of the Church. [.....] The examples show us plainly that in creatures an attribute is something that follows from, and attends upon, the rounded and operative essence of a reality, but is, in itself, an accidental thing, not to be identified with the essence to which it belongs. The Church, for example, is not its infallibility; the Church has infallibility.

Rev. Msgr. Paul Joseph Glenn, Ph.D., S.T.D., President of College Seminary of St. Charles Borromeo, Theodicy


We see that of the four major causes two belong to the very being of the effect; they are intrinsic to the effect as such: these are the material and the formal cause. The other two causes, viz., the efficient and the final cause, are not part and parcel of the effect, but are extrinsic to it. Thus we divide the four causes as follows:

1.      Intrinsic

a)    Material (exists only for bodily effects)

b)    Formal (substantial and accidental)

2.       Extrinsic

a)    Efficient (subserved sometimes instrumental and exemplary causes)

b)    Final

Rev. Msgr. Paul Joseph Glenn, Ph.D., S.T.D., President of College Seminary of St. Charles Borromeo, Apologetics

 

 

Why do Jewish leaders overwhelmingly support homosexual “marriage” for the U.S. (and Europe) and not for Israel? Is this what is meant by “hostility” and “innate fury”?

On May 21, 2013, Vice President Joseph Biden “praised Jewish leaders in the media... crediting them with helping change American attitudes on gay marriage.”  In a speech at a Democratic National Convention reception celebrating Jewish Heritage Month, Biden claimed that the Jews were responsible for changing peoples' attitudes on gay marriage: “It wasn't anything we legislatively did.  It was ‘Will and Grace,’” said Biden, referring to an NBC sitcom that went off the air nine years ago.  “It was the social media.  Literally.  That's what changed peoples’ attitudes.  That’s why I was so certain that the vast majority of people would embrace and rapidly embrace” gay marriage..... I bet you 85 percent of those changes, whether it’s in Hollywood or social media, are a consequence of Jewish leaders in the industry... The influence is immense, the influence is immense.  And, I might add, it is all to the good.”

The liberal Jewish magazine Tikkun agreed with Vice President Biden's assessment: gay marriage was a Jewish creation.  As Amy Dean put it: “In a few short years, same-sex marriage went from being an untouchable political hot potato to a broadly accepted civil right in eighteen states and the District of Columbia.  Jews, and their social justice organizations, helped make that happen. [.....] The victories in the states around marriage equality owed much to local and national Jewish social justice groups who looked beyond the political consensus of the time.  Even five years ago, many of these groups stood behind same-sex couples who wished to marry.  National Jewish social justice organizations such as the National Council of Jewish Women, the Religious Action Center of reform Judaism, and Bend the Arc (on whose board I currently serve as co-chair), helped to galvanize the American Jewish community to support pro-marriage equality bills in the states.  In fact, Jews can claim a fair share of the credit for bringing Americans to a tipping point of accepting marriage equality.”

E. Michael Jones, Why we Lost the Culture Wars

 

Jews have persecuted the Catholic Church from the time of Jesus Christ to this very day!

[The Jews are] a people who, having imbrued their hands in a most heinous outrage [Jesus’ crucifixion], have thus polluted their souls and are deservedly blind. . . . Therefore we have nothing in common with that most hostile of people the Jews. We have received from the Savior another way . . .  our holy religion. . . .  On what subject will that detestable association be competent to from a correct judgment, who after that murder of their Lord . . .  are led…  by. . .  their innate fury? 

Council of Nicaea, 325 AD

 

The Novus Ordo Memorial Meal begets the non-sacrificial Priesthood

The priest must be in his own way a victim. Why? Because Christ in offering himself during the sacrifice of the Mass offers also his entire Mystical Body, and especially his minister who is celebrating Mass. Therefore every priest has his own individual vocation to be a victim in order to become like to Christ. The truth of this becomes even more evident if we consider the opposite error. Take the case of a priest who shares in the priesthood of Christ by virtue of his ordination and yet refuses to share in his state of victim. Such a priest is refusing the obligation laid on all the faithful of taking up the cross; and this obligation presses all the more urgently upon a priest in view of the fact that he is intended to be another Christ amongst the faithful.

Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, The Priest in Union with Christ

 

Same old, same old…

“Have a care never to let the people slumber outside the influence of agitation. Surround them constantly with noise, emotions, surprises, lies, and merry-makings. Let everything be disorder: a country is not revolutionized in the midst of clam, morality, and truth; in order to draw it towards us we must make it crazy.”

Giuseppe Mazzini, 1848, “spearhead of the Italian revolutionary movement” (Wikipedia), former Grand Master of the Grand Orient of Italy, and father of democratic republicanism in Europe, L’Italie rouge, p. 72

 

“Fear nothing, God is with us.”

Countess de Spaur, (wife of the Count de Spaur, the Bavarian Ambassador to Rome): “Most Holy Father, pardon your unworthy servant if necessity has obliged her to sit at your side, an honour she does not deserve.”

Pope Pius IX: “This day you are an instrument of Providence in carrying out its mysterious designs. Fear nothing, God is with us.”

Exchange with Pope Pius IX, under disguise at night, upon entering the carriage of the Countess helping him to escape from Rome under revolutionary control to the city of Gaeta, November 24, 1848.

 

 

 

Pope Francis marks 60th anniversary of Vatican II opening by pleading for the church to overcome polarization

National Catholic Reporter | Rome | October 11, 2022 | Christopher White

Pope Francis on Oct. 11 marked the opening of the 60th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council — a three-year period that launched landmark reforms in the Catholic Church's relationship to the world around it and the church's own liturgy and practices — by pleading for the church to "overcome all polarization and preserve our communion."

In a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, which served as the council's chambers during the 1962-1965 meetings, Francis said the council, which was inaugurated by Pope St. John XXIII, was "one great response" to the question "Do you love me?" posed by Christ to his disciples. 

"To rekindle her love for the Lord, the church, for the first time in her history, devoted a council to examining herself and reflect on her nature and mission," said Francis. "She saw herself once more as a mystery of grace generated by love; she saw herself anew as the people of God, the body of Christ, the living temple of the Holy Spirit!"

Yet while the ecumenical council revisited many areas of Catholic doctrine, reassessed its relationship with other Christian communities and religions, revised Catholic liturgy to allow for the vernacular, and reconfigured church structures to allow for greater participation of the laity, in the 60 years that have followed, it also proved to be a flashpoint among various ecclesial circles. 

During the 60th anniversary Mass, Francis lamented that those changes had sometimes led to deep divisions within the church. 

"How often, in the wake of the council, did Christians prefer to choose sides in the church, not realizing that they were breaking their mother's heart! How many times did they prefer to cheer on their own party rather than being servants of all? To be progressive or conservative rather than being brothers and sisters?" he asked.

"To be on the 'right' or 'left,' rather than with Jesus? To present themselves as 'guardians of the truth' or 'pioneers of innovation' rather than seeing themselves as humble and grateful children of holy mother church?" he continued. "That is not how the Lord wants us to be. We are his sheep, his flock, and we can only be so together and as one."

While the work of the council and the years that followed radically altered the Catholic Church's relationship with the rest of the world and realigned itself with a more open posture to it, in marking its anniversary, Francis also warned against the temptation of "worldliness."

"Let us be careful: Both the 'progressivism' that lines up behind the world and the 'traditionalism' that longs for a bygone world are not evidence of love, but of infidelity," he cautioned. "They are forms of a Pelagian selfishness that puts our own tastes and plans above the love that pleases God, the simple, humble and faithful love that Jesus asked of Peter."

Throughout his homily, Francis revisited many of the central themes from his own nearly decadelong papacy, especially his call for a church committed to evangelization and prioritizing the needs of the poor. 

"You are not here to shepherd yourselves," the pope said to the hundreds of clergy present in St. Peter's, "but others — all others — with love. And if it is fitting to show a particular concern, it should be for those whom God loves most: the poor and the outcast. The church is meant to be, as Pope John put it, 'the church of all, and particularly the church of the poor.' "

The council, the pope said, calls for a church that is "madly in love with its Lord and with all the men and women whom he loves" and "that is rich in Jesus and poor in assets" and "a church that is free and freeing."

"A church in love with Jesus has no time for quarrels, gossip and disputes," the pope added. "May God free us from being critical and intolerant, harsh and angry! This is not a matter of style but of love. For those who love, as the Apostle Paul teaches, do everything without murmuring." 

In recent years, Francis has dedicated particular attention to continued liturgical reforms in the church, arguing that they are necessary for the embrace of the reforms of the council, which he has said are "irreversible." More recently, some of the pope's top advisers have expressed concern that some of the resistance to the Francis papacy is rooted in resistance to Vatican II.  

During the Mass, the pope once more reiterated his support for the reforms of Vatican II.

"How timely the council remains!" he said. "It helps us reject the temptation to enclose ourselves within the confines of our own comforts and convictions."

As the pope concluded his homily, he again issued a clarion call for church unity.

"You who desire that we be a united flock, save us from the forms of polarization that are the devil's handiwork," he said. "And we, your church, with Peter and like Peter, now say to you: 'Lord, you know everything; you know that we love you.' " 

COMMENT: Does Francis the Ideologue really believe his own rubbish? “Forms of Pelagian selfishness”? Does Francis own a dictionary of Catholic dogmatic theology? Pelagianism, among other things, denies Original Sin and professes that man can obtain salvation and the beatific vision through natural virtue alone. It denies the necessity of the sacraments and divine grace for salvation. The modern Novus Ordo Church believes and teaches that the one and only thing necessary to obtain salvation is to believe in a “god who rewards and punishes.” This is nothing more than the necessary general fundamental philosophical ground that permits a person to be open to the Gospel message and receive the grace of God. In and of itself, it is not salvific! The Novus Ordo Church believes that any “good-willed” Jew, Hindu, Moslem, Protestant, pagan, etc., etc. can obtain salvation by virtue of his own “good-will.” The Novus Ordo Church is Pelagian. And Pelagianism is just one part of the heresy of Modernism which as St. Pius X said, “is the synthesis of all heresies.” “Forms of Pelagian selfishness” is just more ideological posturing by Francis to smear his enemies with an appearance of erudition and intellectual rigor. Anyone who does not do as Francis commands is a “selfish Pelagian” who does not love God. Setting aside this stupidity, this little diatribe does make one thing clear: After 60 years the Vatican II Council has only produced schism in the Church. Jesus Christ said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” Francis and his Progressive Catholic buddies do not keep the commandments and they unceasingly make war against Catholics faithful to tradition that do. They do not keep the commandments; they do not love God.

 

 

“Pope appoints pro-abortion World Economic Forum speaker to Pontifical Academy for Life”

LifeSiteNews | October 18, 2022

image007.jpg"The Pontifical Academy for Life on Saturday announced Pope Francis’ appointment of pro-abortion, World Economic Forum-linked economist Mariana Mazzucato as one of its new 'Ordinary Academicians.'

Mazzucato, a self-described 'atheist' and professor of economics at University College London (UCL), was first announced as one of the PAL’s new appointees in an October 15 press release...

While the PAL says this appointment is part of its larger goal of fostering an 'ethical' and 'Gospel-based' reflection to 'promote human life always and everywhere,' in addition to being a speaker at the WEF – the globalist group behind the socialist, anti-Christian 'Great Reset' agenda – Mazzucato is also enthusiastically pro-abortion, in direct contradiction to the infallible and unchangeable teaching of the Catholic Church.

In June, following the United States Supreme Court’s overturning of the landmark 1973 pro-abortion Roe v. Wade decision, Mazzucato tweeted 'So good!' in response to a pro-abortion commentator making anti-Christian statements disparaging the Bible while condemning the court’s pro-life ruling.
In 2016, Mazzucato also tweeted favorably about Pope Francis’ support of the so-called 'climate change' agenda, saying, 'As an atheist, never thought I would love a Pope this much.'

Appointing people who hold positions in direct opposition to the Catholic faith has become a trend in the Vatican during Francis’ pontificate.

Last year, Francis appointed pro-abortion population control activist Jeffrey Sachs to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and in 2017, appointed a pro-abortion Anglican minister to the PAL.

Outside of his appointments of non-Catholics to official positions in Rome, Francis also has a history of appointing heterodox prelates to high-ranking positions of authority within the Church’s clerical hierarchy.

In September, Francis appointed pro-LGBT Portuguese Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça as Prefect of the Dicastery for Culture and Education, just months after his June decision to promote a collection of pro-LGBT and anti-Latin Mass cardinals to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments."

 

 

 

Jews have hated & persecuted the Catholic Church from the time of Jesus Christ to this very day!

[The Jews are] a people who, having imbrued their hands in a most heinous outrage [Jesus’ crucifixion], have thus polluted their souls and are deservedly blind. . . . Therefore we have nothing in common with that most hostile of people the Jews. We have received from the Savior another way . . .  our holy religion. . . .  On what subject will that detestable association be competent to from a correct judgment, who after that murder of their Lord . . .  are led…  by. . .  their innate fury? 

Council of Nicaea, 325 AD

 

Jewish Power is inversely proportional to the spiritual health of the Catholic Church

“Jews should not be placed in public offices, since it is most absurd that a blasphemer of Christ should exercise power over Christians.” 

Fourth Lateran Council

 

 

“For the Jews, ‘Anti-Semitism’ is anything that is in opposition to the naturalistic Messianic domination of their nation over all the others.”  Rev. Denis Fahey, C.S.Sp., B.A., D.Ph., D.D.

image017.jpg On the Charge of Anti-Semitism in Our Time

“…Two reasons can be assigned to the fact that Our Lord’s faithful members will often be betrayed by those who should be on the side of Christ the King. Firstly, many Catholic writers speak of Papal condemnations of Anti-Semitism without explaining the meaning of the term, and never even allude to the documents which insist on the Rights of Our Divine Lord, Head of the Mystical Body, Priest and King. Thus, very many are completely ignorant of the duty incumbent on all Catholics of standing positively for Our Lord’s Reign in society in opposition to Jewish Naturalism. The result is that numbers of Catholics are so ignorant of Catholic doctrine that they hurl the accusation of Anti-Semitism against those who are battling for the Rights of Christ the King, thus effectively aiding the enemies of Our Divine Lord. Secondly, many Catholic writers copy unquestioningly what they read in the naturalistic or anti-Supernatural Press and do not distinguish between Anti-Semitism in the correct Catholic sense, as explained above, and ‘Anti-Semitism’ as the Jews understand it. …”

Fr. Fahey’s Preface in Grand Orient Freemasonry Unmasked: As the Secret Power Behind Communism by Monsignor George F. Dillon, D.D.

 

“One just soul can attain pardon for a thousand sinners.” 

St Margaret Mary Alacoque

                                           

 

Good Night, Sweet Princeton! By Fr. Leonard Feeney, 1952

Maritainism is a system of thought which allows Catholics to be both Catholic and acceptable in the drawing rooms of Protestant and Jewish philosophers. Maritainism is not a seeking and a finding of the Word made flesh. It is a perpetual seeking for un-fleshed truth in an abstract scheme called Christianity. Maritainism is the scrapping of the Incarnation in favor of a God Whose overtures to us never get more personal or loving than the five rational proofs for His existence. This plot to encourage only pre-Bethlehem interest in God takes its name from its perpetrator, that highly respected religious opportunist, Jacques Maritain.

The slightest acquaintance with Maritain’s history is sufficient to indicate how awry he must be in his Catholicism. He is a former Huguenot who married a Jewish girl named Raïssa. During their student days in Paris, both Jacques and Raïssa felt a double pull in the general direction of belief. Intellectually they were attracted to the religious self-sufficiency of a Jewish intuitionist named Henri Bergson. Sociologically they were attracted to the spurious Catholicism of Leon Bloy, a French exhibitionist who made a liturgy of his own crudeness and uncleaness and tried to attach it to the liturgy of the Church. At some point in their association with an unbaptized Bergson and an unwashed Bloy, the Maritains figured out that there was a promising future ahead of them in Catholicism.

Jacques Maritain is noted for his solemn-high, holier-than-thou appearance. For this reason, more than one priest reports that by the time a Maritain lecture is over, any priest who is present has been made to feel that the Roman collar is around the wrong neck and that perhaps he, the priest, ought to put on a necktie and kneel for Maritain’s blessing.

One explanation of Maritain’s distant expression is that he fancies himself to be the Drew Pearson of the Christian social order. Judging by Maritain’s passion for the abstract, the fulfillment of all his prophecies will come in an era when mothers can sing such songs as “Rock-a-bye Baby, on the Dendrological Zenith,” and children recite such bedtime prayers as “The Hail Mariology.”

Jacques Maritain prefers Thomism to Saint Thomas Aquinas and, similarly, he much prefers the notion of the papacy to the person of the Pope. He could not, however, turn down the prestige of an appointment as French ambassador to the Vatican. Maritain went to Rome, but he protected himself against over exposure to Italian faith by visits to Dr. George Santayana. In Maritain, Santayana recognized a brother, the kind of European intellectual cast-off that is annually being grabbed-up by American Universities.

That Jacques Maritain should now be found preaching at Princeton University is not so strange. It did not require too much insight on Princeton’s part to see that a Catholic who hates Franco, speaks at Jewish seminaries, and favors “theocentricity” in place of Jesus, would be a bizarre, but harmless, addition to anybody’s faculty club.

Perhaps Princeton realized also that a Catholic’s admirers are a good measure of his militancy. Among Maritain’s more prominent sympathizers are John Wild, Charles Malik and Mortimer Adler (N.B. Adler was converted and received into the Catholic Church in 1999 only 18 months before he died at 98 years of age), who are, respectively, an Anglican, a Greek schismatic, and a Jew. Naturally Maritain could not insult intellectuals like these by telling them that although they are outside the Church they can get into Heaven because of their “invincible ignorance.” It was necessary that Maritain concoct a new way of getting around the dogma, “No Salvation Outside the Catholic Church.”

After a lot of abstract deliberation, Maritain decided that a man could be “invisibly, and by a motion of his heart, a member of the Church, and partake of her life, which is eternal life.” According to Maritain’s new covenant, the important salvation-actions in our world are no longer a head bowed to the waters of Baptism, a hand raised in Absolution, a tongue outstretched to receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. “A motion of his heart,” says Maritain, is all that is required before a man may partake of eternal life.

The Sacred Heart might have saved Himself a lot of inconvenience had He only known this, one Friday afternoon on Calvary.

COMMENT: Jacques Maritain was Paul VI’s favorite philosopher. Maritain's reputation as a great philosopher is based on his supposed integration of the Scholastic principles of St. Thomas with the modern world. He had a world-wide reputation and following that extending beyond his native France to hold visiting professorships at Princeton and the University of Chicago, as well as a visiting lecturer at Notre Dame, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Toronto. Pope Paul VI publicly confessed his profound respect and influence by Maritain’s thought on his Credo of the People of God (1968). At the close of the Second Vatican Council on December 8, 1965, the pope’s “Address to Men of Thought and Science” was dedicated to his dear friend and mentor, Jacques Maritain.” Pope Paul offered Maritain a cardinal’s hat, but the philosopher declined it. Vatican II’s Declaration on Religious Freedom—Dignitatis Humanae—which teaches that the dignity of man is so exalted that he possesses the inalienable right to neither conform his mind to God’s revealed truth nor obey God’s commandments, drew as its inspiration Maritain’s book Man and the State (1951) which is an articulation of the language of “rights” that Dignitatis Humanae employs.

 

 

 


The proper literal understanding of this dogma from the Council of Trent:

Canon 4 on the sacraments in general: If anyone says that the sacraments of the New Law are not necessary for salvation but are superfluous, and that without them or without the desire of them men obtain from God through faith alone the grace of justification, though all are not necessary for each one, let him be anathema.

The Dogma defines two revealed doctrinal truths:

1.      If anyone says: that the sacraments of the New Law are not necessary for salvation but are superfluous, let him be anathema.

2.      If anyone says: that without the sacraments or (if anyone says) without the desire of the sacraments men obtain from God through faith alone the grace of justification, let him be anathema.

Both the Sacrament of Baptism and the will to receive the Sacrament are necessary for salvation!

“But God desired that his confession should avail for his salvation, since he preserved him in this life until the time of his holy regeneration.” St. Fulgentius

 

 “If anyone is not baptized, not only in ignorance, but even knowingly, he can in no way be saved. For his path to salvation was through the confession, and salvation itself was in baptism. At his age, not only was confession without baptism of no avail: Baptism itself would be of no avail for salvation if he neither believed nor confessed.” St. Fulgentius

 

Notice, both the CONFESSION AND THE BAPTISM are necessary for salvation, harkening back to Trent’s teaching that both the laver AND the “votum” are required for justification, and harkening back to Our Lord’s teaching that we must be born again of water AND the Holy Spirit.

 
In fact, you see the language of St. Fulgentius reflected in the Council of Trent.  Trent describes the votum (so-called “desire”) as the PATH TO SALVATION, the disposition to Baptism, and then says that “JUSTIFICATION ITSELF” (St. Fulgentius says “SALVATION ITSELF”) follows the dispositions in the Sacrament of Baptism.

 
Yet another solid argument for why Trent is teaching that BOTH the votum AND the Sacrament are required for justification.

“Hold most firmly and never doubt in the least that not only all pagans but also all Jews and all heretics and schismatics who end this present life outside the Catholic Church are about to go into the eternal fire that was prepared for the Devil and his angels.” St. Fulgentius

 

 “The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics, can have a share in life eternal; but that they will go into the ‘eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels.’”  Pope Eugene IV, Cantate Domino

Ladislaus, CathInfo

 


 

 

Jews contextualize murder of children: It’s our “religious tradition”

Jewish women sue over Kentucky abortion laws, citing religious freedom

Washington Post | Yonat Shimron  | October 10, 2022

Three Jewish women in Kentucky have filed a lawsuit arguing that a set of state laws that ban most abortions violate their religious rights.

The lawsuit, filed in Jefferson Circuit Court in Louisville, is the third such suit brought by Jewish organizations or individuals since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the right to an abortion in its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. In all three suits — the first in Flordia, the second in Indiana — the Jewish plaintiffs claim their state is infringing on their religious freedom by imposing a Christian understanding of when life begins.

Under current Kentucky laws, life begins at the moment of fertilization. Another law bans abortion after six weeks when cardiac activity is first detected.

Clerics sue over Florida abortion law, saying it violates religious freedom.

Abortion will be on the ballot next month when Kentuckians decide the fate of a proposed constitutional amendment that would eliminate the right to abortion in the state.

“There are a whole patchwork of laws, passed over the last 20 years,” said Ben Potash, one of the lawyers who filed the complaint. “They’re internally inconsistent and, put together, very vague.”

Most Jews believe abortion is allowed and, in some cases, even required.

“Judaism has never defined life beginning at conception,” the Kentucky suit says, adding that “millenia of commentary from Jewish scholars has reaffirmed Judaism’s commitment to reproductive rights.”

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The women are not the first to challenge Kentucky’s abortion bans. The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood sued the state shortly after the Dobbs ruling was handed down.

What’s distinct about the latest suit is that all three of the Jewish women require in vitro fertilization to become pregnant but are afraid of beginning the procedure without greater clarity about what the law will permit them to do with excess frozen embryos. The suit claims the women must spend exorbitant fees to keep their embryos frozen indefinitely, and they are unsure whether they will face felony charges if they dispose of them.

Further, because pregnancies resulting from infertility treatments have a higher rate of stillbirth, the women foresee the possibility of not wanting to carry their IVF pregnancies to term if the fetus is not viable.

The law “does not impose clear standards, rules, or regulations regarding the potential experiences of potential birth givers with regards to their access to reproductive technology,” their suit says.

In this sense, the Kentucky suit is about women who want to give birth, not women who want to abort, said Sheila Katz, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, which is supporting and advising plaintiffs in all three states where the abortion restrictions are being challenged in court.

“It’s a scary time to be pregnant,” Katz said. “The state is telling them their life is not as valuable as the fetus. These women are saying, ‘A, that’s against our religious tradition, and B, you owe us with being less vague about what this will look like so we can start our families.’ ”

In June, a Jewish congregation in Florida filed suit arguing the state’s 15-week abortion ban — signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) — prohibits Jewish women practicing their faith free of government intrusion. In September, a group called Hoosier Jews for Choice sued, claiming, among other things, that the Indiana law banning abortion violated the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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The women in Kentucky claim the abortion ban similarly violates their state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That law states that government “shall not substantially burden a person’s freedom of religion” unless it proves a compelling interest and uses “the least restrictive means” to do so.

“If you’re Jewish, you’re having a very narrowly defined idea of when life begins imposed on you that is incongruent with our religious beliefs of when life begins,” said Lisa Sobel, 38, one of the women in the lawsuit.

She said she met the other plaintiffs, Jessica Kalb and Sarah Barton, through Louisville’s Jewish community. They learned that all three require IVF treatments to have children.

“When Dobbs came down,” Sobel said, “we didn’t know what to do.”

 

 

“By their fruit you shall know them!”; & by their fruit you had better well know them!

For such false apostles are deceitful workmen, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no wonder: for Satan himself transformeth himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his (Satan’s) ministers be transformed as the ministers of justice, whose end shall be according to their works. II Corinthians 11:13-15

 

The order of divine justice exacts that whosoever consents to another's evil suggestion, shall be subjected to him  in his punishment; according to II Peter 2:19: “By whom a man is overcome, of the same also he is the slave.” 

St. Thomas Aquinas

 

 

 

This is the argument made by every criminal to cover his crime.  It has been the modus operandi for the HomoLobby since Vatican II.  It is Satan who “counsels” and “commands” “silence” so that the homosexual perverts may continue “partaking” and “concealing” the sins of Sodomy to which they have given their “consent” by claiming, “Who am I to judge.” These are nine ways of being an accessory to another's sin and this is a sin that “cries to heaven for vengeance”:

 

·       Francis_Hell_4.jpgBy counsel.

·       By command.

·       By consent.

·       By provocation.

·       By praise or flattery.

·       By concealment.

·       By partaking.

·       By silence.

·       By defense of the ill done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explicit Supernatural Faith in God’s Revealed Truth is Necessary as a Necessity of Means for Salvation.

If you do not believe this, you do not possess Supernatural Faith!

Responses of the Holy Office under Pope Clement XI, 1703:
Q. Whether a minister is bound, before baptism is conferred on an adult, to explain to him all the mysteries of our faith, especially if he is at the point of death, because this might disturb his mind. Or, whether it is sufficient, if the one at the point of death will promise that when he recovers from the illness, he will take care to be instructed, so that he may put into practice what has been commanded him.
Resp. A promise is not sufficient, but a missionary is bound to explain to an adult, even a dying one who is not entirely incapacitated, the mysteries of faith which are necessary by a necessity of means, as are especially the mysteries of the Trinity and the Incarnation.
Q.  Whether it is possible for a crude and uneducated adult, as it might be with a barbarian, to be baptized, if there were given to him only an understanding of God and some of His attributes, especially His justice in rewarding and in punishing, according to this passage of the Apostle "He that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder' [Heb . 11:23], from which it is inferred that a barbarian adult, in a certain case of urgent necessity, can be baptized although he does not believe explicitly in Jesus Christ.
Resp. A missionary should not baptize one who does not believe explicitly in the Lord Jesus Christ, but is bound to instruct him about all those matters which are necessary, by a necessity of means, according to the capacity of the one to be baptized.”

 

There is yet a time of stillness and indifference. Liberalism is a twilight state in which all errors are softened, in which no persecution for religion will be countenanced. It is the stillness before the storm. There is a time coming when nothing will be persecuted but truth, and if you possess the truth, you will share the trial.

Cardinal Henry Edward Manning, Archbishop of Westminster

 

It is proper to grace to strive against nature. Therefore, we must expect that it will frequently, or rather continually, demand of us such things as are contrary to our vicious or imperfect tendencies, and that consequently nature will offer a violent resistance, and will not yield until the last moment. The will, however, must always be on the side of grace. By the word 'will', I do not mean certain ineffective desires, certain repugnances or aversions which are not free, but a firm and determined resolution - not I would, but I will, triumphant equally over likes and dislikes. .... There is a great difference, said a holy man who spoke from experience, between sacrificing one's life to God in a transport of fervour, and doing the same thing at the foot of the gallows. the true disposition of the will is to be judged at the actual moment of the sacrifice, when the temporary effect of the heavenly warmth is withdrawn, and the soul has cooled down and returned to a state of ordinary grace. Therefore we ought not lightly to imagine that we have this good will: rather we should always fear that we have it not. We are not, indeed, to be pusillanimous, but we are bound to mistrust ourselves always and rely solely on help from heaven, confident that it will never fail us in time of need.

Rev. John Nicholas Gou, S.J., Spiritual Maxims

 

 

 

Pope Francis, in corrupting the Sacrament of Matrimony, has perpetrated a terrible injustice to countless Catholics!

Many Catholic families had hoped that the Synod on the Family would address the serious problem of the divorce epidemic and its long-term damage to youth, innocent spouses, the sacrament of marriage, the culture, and the Church. (It did not!) The divorce plague has inflicted severe pain upon Catholic families worldwide. Married couples need to be encouraged by the Church not to give up on their marriages during stressful, unhappy times, and to persevere in loyalty to their marital vows. [.....] Over the past forty years, I have never worked with a Catholic marriage in which both spouses wanted a divorce. In the majority of marriages under stress, one spouse remains happy with the marriage, believes the conflicts can be resolved and is loyal to the sacramental bond.

The spouses who are not happy and who want to pursue divorce and a decision of nullity most often refuse to address their own weaknesses. Instead, they portray themselves as victims of insensitive treatment or emotional abuse.[......]

The majority of spouses who pursue divorce — in our experience with several thousand couples — have never worked on these issues. This explains, in part, why the national survey of divorced men and women, conducted by the Office of Survey Research at the University of Texas at Austin, found the honest response that only one in three divorced spouses claimed that both they and their ex-spouses worked hard enough to try to save their marriage. There is reason to be hopeful about the resolution of marital difficulties. In a major study from the University of Chicago among spouses who rated their marriages as very unhappy, 86 percent of those who persevered reported themselves as happily married five years later.

One grave danger to Catholic marriages and families from the changes made in canon law made by the Holy Father (without a careful study by a commission of experts) is that spouses will not be motivated to engage in the hard work of addressing personal psychological and spiritual weaknesses. Instead, they will pursue divorce and with a belief that they are entitled to a decision of nullity if they can meet the criteria cited, including the new one, “etcetera.”

With all due respect, the determination of nullity by only one priest or by a bishop after 30 to 45 days, is seriously flawed because they lack the proper mental health training to uncover and evaluate the numerous complex psychological conflicts that lead to a decision for divorce. This new process is a grave injustice and, therefore, a manifestation of a severe lack of mercy towards the sacrament of marriage, innocent spouses, children, and Catholic families.

In his closing talk at the Synod, the Holy Father criticized bishops and priests, whom he claimed hide behind rigid doctrines and ignore wounded families. In fact, his radical change in canon law in regard to annulments, made prior to the Synod, will weaken and harm Catholic marriages and families. [.....]

Rick Fitzgibbons, Psychological Science and the Evaluation of Nullity, published by “The Catholic Thing”

 

 

 

 

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“I want to say this so that you can help those who believe that morality is purely casuistic. Help them understand that the great Thomas possesses the greatest richness, which is still able to inspire us today. But on your knees, always on your knees…”

Pope Francis, Attributing the vulgar immorality of Amoris Laetitia to St. Thomas, interview Sept 28, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pope Francis does not qualify for a Christian Burial for no “favourable construction can be found”!

“Quibus viventibus non communicavimus mortuis communicare non possumus (We cannot hold communion in death with those who in life were not in communion with us).” Pope Leo the Great

It has further been recognized as a principle that the last rites of the Church constitute a mark of respect which is not to be shown to those who in their lives have proved themselves unworthy of it. In this way various classes of persons are excluded from Christian burial — pagans, Jews, infidels, heretics, and their adherents (Rit. Rom., VI, c. ii) schismatics, apostates, and persons who have been excommunicated by name or placed under interdict. If an excommunicated person be buried in a church or in a consecrated cemetery the place is thereby desecrated, and, wherever possible, the remains must be exhumed and buried elsewhere. Further, Christian burial is to be refused to suicides (this prohibition is as old as the fourth century; cf. Cassian in P.L., XL, 573) except in case that the act was committed when they were of unsound mind or unless they showed signs of repentance before death occurred. It is also withheld from those who have been killed in a duel, even though they should give signs of repentance before death. Other persons similarly debarred are notorious sinners who die without repentance, those who have openly held the sacraments in contempt (for example by staying away from Communion at Easter time to the public scandal) and who showed no signs of sorrow, monks and nuns who are found to have died in the possession of money or valuables which they had kept for their own, and finally those who have directed that their bodies should be cremated after death. In all such cases, however, the general practice of the Church at the present day has been to interpret these prohibitions as mildly as possible. Ordinarily the parish priest is directed to refer doubtful cases to the bishop, and the bishop, if any favourable construction can be found, allows the burial to proceed. 

Christian Burial, Catholic Encyclopedia

 

 

 

 

Biden_Selfie_Nord_Stream.jpgBiden Keeps “Promise”: United States Commits Act of Terrorism Against European People!

Nord Stream Gas Lines to Germany Sabotaged by the United States who alone has the strongest motive and the material means to commit this crime against humanity! 

President Biden: “If Russia invades… then there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it.”

Reporter: “But how will you do that, exactly, since… the project is in Germany's control?”

Biden: “I promise you, we will be able to do that.”

Joint Press Conference with President Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, ABC NEWS, February 7, 2022

 

“If Russia invades Ukraine, one way or another, Nord Stream 2 will not move forward.”

 Victoria Nuland, Jewish Neo-Con Undersecretary of State, January 27, 2022

 

 

 

The War is getting HOT and will be getting HOTTER!

Yet as always, ‘Man preposes, God disposes!’

“This is about what we are doing here today. Why is the family an enemy? Why is the family so frightening? There is a single answer to all these questions. Because it defines us. Because it is our identity. Because everything that defines us is now an enemy for those who would like us to no longer have an identity and to simply be perfect consumer slaves. And so they attack national identity, they attack religious identity, they attack gender identity, they attack family identity. I can't define myself as Italian, Christian, woman, mother. No. I must be citizen X, gender X, parent 1, parent 2. I must be a number. Because when I am only a number, when I no longer have an identity or roots, then I will be the perfect slave at the mercy of financial speculators. The perfect consumer. That's the reason why. That's why we inspire so much fear. That's why this even inspires so much fear. Because we do not want to be numbers. We will defend the value of the human being. Every single human being. Because each of us has a unique genetic code that is unrepeatable. And like it or not, that is sacred. We will defend it. We will defend God, country and family. Those things that disgust people so much. We will do it to defend our freedom because we will never be slaves and simple consumers at the mercy of financial speculators. That is our mission. That is why I came here today. (G. K.) Chesterton wrote, more than a century ago... ‘Fires will be kindled to testify that two and two make four. Swords will be drawn to prove that leaves are green in summer.' That time has arrived. We are ready. Thank you.”

Giorgia Meloni, the new Prime Minister of Italy, which the bureaucratically appointed dictator of the European Union has threatened to punish Italy for electing.

 

 

 

Vatican Council I listing the beneficial Fruits of the Council of Trent which are in every detail exactly the opposite which we have seen from Vatican Council II

Now this redemptive providence appears very clearly in unnumbered benefits, but most especially is it manifested in the advantages which have been secured for the Christian world by ecumenical councils, among which the council of Trent requires special mention, celebrated though it was in evil days.

Thence came:

1.      a closer definition and more fruitful exposition of the holy dogmas of religion and

2.      the condemnation and repression of errors; thence too,

3.      the restoration and vigorous strengthening of ecclesiastical discipline,

4.      the advancement of the clergy in zeal for

·  learning and

·  piety,

5.      the founding of colleges for the training of the young for the service of religion; and finally

6.      the renewal of the moral life of the Christian people by

·  a more accurate instruction of the faithful, and

·  a more frequent reception of the sacraments. What is more, thence also came

7.      a closer union of the members with the visible head, and an increased vigour in the whole Mystical Body of Christ.

Thence came:

1.      the multiplication of religious orders and other organisations of Christian piety; thence too

2.      that determined and constant ardour for the spreading of Christ’s kingdom abroad in the world, even at the cost of shedding one’s blood.

While we recall with grateful hearts, as is only fitting, these and other outstanding gains, which the divine mercy has bestowed on the church especially by means of the last ecumenical synod, we cannot subdue the bitter grief that we feel at most serious evils, which have largely arisen either because

o the authority of the sacred synod was held in contempt by all too many, or because

o its wise decrees were neglected.

First Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Faith, listing some of the manifold beneficial fruits from the Council of Trent!

 

 

 

 

image020.jpgPriestly Fraternity of St. Peter Sings the Swan Song

“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

“The Motu proprio Traditionis Custodes and its accompanying letter from Pope Francis have shocked us all. We have not yet been informed of any definitive decisions regarding the future of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter and its apostolates….. The Roman Congregation for Religious Orders, which in the future will be responsible for us instead of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, will also begin its work in a few weeks and will also make the first decisions concerning the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. [….] With your help, the Rosary will be prayed without interruption during the month of September. […..] Each rosary should be prayed with the following intention: We pray for our Holy Father and for all the bishops, as well as all those in authority in the Church who will have to make significant decisions regarding the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in the near future. We pray for all the priests and seminarians of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, that they may continue to carry out their ministry in the Church with fidelity, reverence and obedience, giving guidance to the faithful through a clear ecclesial and humble attitude. We pray for all the faithful in our apostolates and for all the people attached to the traditional Mass, that they will not lose heart, but will be able to accept this time of trial and, with the help of God’s grace, come out of it stronger.”

Fr. Stefan Reiner, Chaplain General of the Confraternity of St. Peter

COMMENT: The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter knows neither itself nor the enemy. They “will succumb in every battle.” They have never understood that it is the faith itself that is under attack and that the faith itself must firstly be defended even at the cost of one’s life. They have never understood that Dogma is the proximate rule of faith and that Dogma is irreformable in both its form and matter. They have never understood that our immemorial traditions are images of the faith grounded in dogmatic canons and that the destruction of these images is heresy, a neo-Iconoclasm, already condemned. They have never understood that obedience is only a virtue when properly regulated by the virtue of Religion which under the virtue of Justice firstly “renders to God the things that are God’s”. When obedience is not directed by the virtue of Religion, it is a sin. They have never understood that subjecting what is of God in the faithful to what is of man in the faithless is not humility but the act of a groveling spineless coward.

Only the willfully blind would be “shocked” by the action of Pope Francis. Let’s suggest a more manly intention for the continual Rosary recitation for the month of September:

Grant us our good God, Thine unworthy servants, through the intercession of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Thy beloved Mother, the gift of Understanding so as to know the Truth; the gift Fortitude to defend the Truth and to withstand to the face any authority who would betray the truths of our Faith even at the cost of life; the gift of Knowledge to know the deep seated malice of any ecclesiastical authority who would destroy the immemorial images of our Faith by which alone the Faith can be known and communicated to others; the gift of Fear of God that we may give no consideration to the strength of the enemy or his malice; the gift of Piety that we may serve our good God without weight or measure but offer all to Him who has given all for us; the gift of Counsel to reject any and every voice of conciliation and accommodation with error; the gift of Wisdom to seek only the glory of God and his holy will.

The Fraternity of St. Peter was born in accommodation of error and it will be destroyed. May its priests organize themselves under Our Lady of Battles for the war they have yet to fight. Where is all this leading: Expect Rome to relent by offering the SSPX a prelature and then herd all Indultist communities into one corral. The hierarchy of the SSPX has already reached a sub rosa accommodation with Rome and will be used as reeducation camps for their followers. It is time to know yourself, to know the enemy, and to know what the fight is about.    

 

 

Men have imagined that the acknowledgment of the divinity of Christ relieves them of the obligation of taking His words seriously. They have twisted certain texts of the Gospel so as to get out of them the meaning they want, while they have conspired to pass over in silence other texts which do not lend themselves to such treatment. The precept ‘render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s’ is consistently quoted to sanction an order of things which gives Caesar all and God nothing. The saying “My Kingdom is not of this world’ is always being used to justify and confirm the paganism of our social and political life, as though Christian society were destined to belong to this world and not to the Kingdom of Christ. On the other hand the saying “All power is given Me in heaven and earth’ is never quoted. Men are ready to accept Christ as sacrificing Priest and atoning Victim; but they do not want Christ the King. His royal dignity has been ousted by every kind of pagan despotism, and Christian peoples have taken up the cry of the Jewish rabble: ‘We have no king but Caesar!’ Thus history has witnessed and we are still witnessing, the curious phenomenon of a society which professes Christianity as its religion but remains pagan not merely in its life but in the very basis of that life.

Vladimir Solovyev, 1853-1900, Russian theologian, philosopher, poet who worked to bring the Orthodox into the Catholic Church. He made a profession of faith before an Eastern rite unite Catholic priest and was received into the Catholic Church in 1896. He died in extreme poverty.

 

“But if the faith communicated by the Church to Christian humanity is a living faith, and if the grace of the sacraments is an effectual grace, the resultant union of the divine and the human cannot be limited to the special domain of religion, but must extend to all Man's common relationships and must regenerate and transform his social and political life.”

Vladimir Solovyev, 1853-1900, Russia and the Universal Church

 

Looking ahead: What is the ultimate goal of the ‘color revolution’ U.S. coup that traces its support to the likes of George Soros, Norm Eisen, et al.?

“Let me tell you the following words as if I were showing you the rungs of a ladder leading upward and upward: Herzl, the Zionist Congress, the English Uganda proposition (a planned temporary Jewish settlement in East Africa abandoned in 1905), the future World War, the peace conference where, with the help of England, a free and Jewish Palestine will be created.”

Max Nordau, co-founder with Theodor Herzl of the World Zionist Organization, addressing the Sixth Zionist Congress in 1903 in Basle, Switzerland

 

 

Tikkun olam (Hebrew תיקון עולם‎, literally, 'repair of the world') is a concept in Judaism, often interpreted as aspiration to behave and act constructively and beneficially. Documented use of the term dates back to the Mishnaic period (ca. 10-220 AD), (that is, the time when the oral traditions of the Jews were committed to the written form in the Mishna, also called the Oral Torah). Since medieval times, kabbalistic literature has broadened use of the term. In the modern era, among the post-Haskalah (Jewish enlightenment, 1770-1880) movements, tikkun olam is the idea that Jews bear responsibility not only for their own moral, spiritual, and material welfare, but also for the welfare of society at large. For many contemporary pluralistic rabbis, the term refers to "Jewish social justice" or "the establishment of Godly qualities throughout the world".  Wikipedia

COMMENT: Jews repeatedly since the time of Jesus Christ are the passionate creators and principle instigators of ideological movements conceived as necessary for the moral and material improvement of political and social order. When one after the other proves to be a political and social failure, it is simply dropped and they move on to another. They recognize a ‘fall from grace’ because they recognize the ‘world needs to be repaired.’ Since they have rejected Jesus Christ, the incarnate Logos, the eternal Wisdom of the Father, they have rejected His divine plan for the ‘repair of the world’ and in its place offer what Fr. Denis Fahey, C.S.Sp. described as “Organized Naturalism” in opposition to the Supernatural Order of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is that whoever is not working for God is working for the Devil. There is no middle ground. As Jesus said, “He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth” (Matthew 12:30). 

 

 

Where Tikkun Olam can lead

OPINION: Stalin’s Jews

We mustn't forget that some of greatest murderers of modern times were Jewish

Israel News | ynetnews | Sever Plocker

image021.jpgHere's a particularly forlorn historical date: More than 100 years ago, between the 19th and 20th of December 1917, in the midst of the Bolshevik revolution and civil war, Lenin signed a decree calling for the establishment of The All-Russian Extraordinary Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution and Sabotage, also known as Cheka. 

Within a short period of time, Cheka became the largest and cruelest state security organization. Its organizational structure was changed every few years, as were its names: From Cheka to GPU, later to NKVD, and later to KGB. 

We cannot know with certainty the number of deaths Cheka was responsible for in its various manifestations, but the number is surely at least 20 million, including victims of the forced collectivization, the hunger, large purges, expulsions, banishments, executions, and mass death at Gulags. 

Whole population strata were eliminated: Independent farmers, ethnic minorities, members of the bourgeoisie, senior officers, intellectuals, artists, labor movement activists, "opposition members" who were defined completely randomly, and countless members of the Communist party itself.

In his new, highly praised book "The War of the World," Historian Niall Ferguson writes that no revolution in the history of mankind devoured its children with the same unrestrained appetite as did the Soviet revolution. In his book on the Stalinist purges, Tel Aviv University's Dr. Igal Halfin writes that Stalinist violence was unique in that it was directed internally. 

Lenin, Stalin, and their successors could not have carried out their deeds without wide-scale cooperation of disciplined "terror officials," cruel interrogators, snitches, executioners, guards, judges, perverts, and many bleeding hearts who were members of the progressive Western Left and were deceived by the Soviet regime of horror and even provided it with a kosher certificate. 

All these things are well-known to some extent or another, even though the former Soviet Union's archives have not yet been fully opened to the public. But who knows about this? Within Russia itself, very few people have been brought to justice for their crimes in the NKVD's and KGB's service. The Russian public discourse today completely ignores the question of "How could it have happened to us?" As opposed to Eastern European nations, the Russians did not settle the score with their Stalinist past.

And us, the Jews? An Israeli student finishes high school without ever hearing the name "Genrikh Yagoda," the greatest Jewish murderer of the 20th Century, the GPU's deputy commander and the founder and commander of the NKVD. Yagoda diligently implemented Stalin's collectivization orders and is responsible for the deaths of at least 10 million people. His Jewish deputies established and managed the Gulag system. After Stalin no longer viewed him favorably, Yagoda was demoted and executed, and was replaced as chief hangman in 1936 by Yezhov, the "bloodthirsty dwarf."

Yezhov was not Jewish but was blessed with an active Jewish wife. In his Book "Stalin: Court of the Red Star", Jewish historian Sebag Montefiore writes that during the darkest period of terror, when the Communist killing machine worked in full force, Stalin was surrounded by beautiful, young Jewish women.

Stalin's close associates and loyalists included member of the Central Committee and Politburo Lazar Kaganovich. Montefiore characterizes him as the "first Stalinist" and adds that those starving to death in Ukraine, an unparalleled tragedy in the history of human kind aside from the Nazi horrors and Mao's terror in China, did not move Kaganovich. 

Many Jews sold their soul to the devil of the Communist revolution and have blood on their hands for eternity. We'll mention just one more: Leonid Reichman, head of the NKVD's special department and the organization's chief interrogator, who was a particularly cruel sadist. 

In 1934, according to published statistics, 38.5 percent of those holding the most senior posts in the Soviet security apparatuses were of Jewish origin. They too, of course, were gradually eliminated in the next purges. In a fascinating lecture at a Tel Aviv University convention this week, Dr. Halfin described the waves of soviet terror as a "carnival of mass murder," "fantasy of purges", and "essianism of evil." Turns out that Jews too, when they become captivated by messianic ideology, can become great murderers, among the greatest known by modern history. 

The Jews active in official communist terror apparatuses (In the Soviet Union and abroad) and who at times led them, did not do this, obviously, as Jews, but rather, as Stalinists, communists, and "Soviet people." Therefore, we find it easy to ignore their origin and "play dumb": What do we have to do with them? But let's not forget them. My own view is different. I find it unacceptable that a person will be considered a member of the Jewish people when he does great things, but not considered part of our people when he does amazingly despicable things. 

Even if we deny it, we cannot escape the Jewishness of "our hangmen," who served the Red Terror with loyalty and dedication from its establishment. After all, others will always remind us of their origin.

 

 

“Don’t Jews still believe in a Messias to come?” asks the credulous Christian. “And don’t they believe in the same Biblical Heaven and Hell that we do?”

The answer to both these questions is — no. And it is an emphatic “No!” as the subsequent Jewish testimony will verify.

Concerning the Messias: The Jews of today reject the notion of a personal redeemer who will be born of them and lead them to the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies. The Jews believe that the whole Jewish race is to be elevated to a position of prosperity and overlordship and that, when this happy day arrives (the Messianic Age), they will have achieved all that is coming to them by way of savior and salvation. In his recent book, The Messianic Idea in Israel, Jewish theologian Dr. Joseph Klausner explains: “Thus the whole people Israel in the form of the elect of the nations gradually became the Messiah of the world, the redeemer of mankind.”

Concerning Heaven and Hell: A succinct summary of Jewish teaching on “life after death” was given in the May, 1958 issue of B’nai B’rith’s National Jewish Monthly. Under the caption, “What Can A Modern Jew Believe?” there appeared: “Judaism insists that ‘heaven’ must be established on this earth. The reward of the pious is life and happiness in this world, while the punishment of the wicked is misery on earth and premature death … By hitching its star to the Messianic future on this earth, Israel became the eternal people.” The article goes on: “The best Jewish minds have always held that a physical hereafter is a detraction from mature belief.” And the conclusion: “There is neither hell nor paradise, God merely sends out the sun in its full strength; the wicked are consumed by its heat, while the pious find delight and healing in its rays.”

Fr. Leonard Feeney, MICM, The Point, October 1958

 

 

 

Pope Francis the HomoLobby CEO Church of the New Advent that "excludes no one" except Catholics

Italian LGBT advocates meet Pope Francis, discuss church 'that excludes no one'

Francis_rainbow_flag.jpgVatican | Christopher White | Sep 22, 2022

Rome — Pope Francis on Sept. 21 met Italian LGBT Catholic advocates who say the pontiff encouraged their efforts to build a church "that excludes no one." 

According to the daily newspaper L'Avvenire, which is published by the Italian bishops' conference, representatives from the LGBT organization The Tent of Jonathan met with Francis following his Wednesday general audience. 

The organization, which was founded in 2018, aims to provide "sanctuaries of welcome and support for LGBT people and for every person affected by discrimination."

One participant, Fr. Gianluca Carrega, who heads the LGBT pastoral ministry in the Archdiocese of Turin, reportedly asked for the pope's permission to continue "building a hospitable church that excludes no one." 

Other delegates gave the pope a collection of letters from parents of LGBT children who have faced "isolation and suspicion within the Christian community." [....]


 

 

In the never ending effort to impose a one-world liberal democratic governance, a new German version of “we have ways of making you talk”!

“We will see the result of the vote in Italy. If things go in a difficult direction, we have tools, as in the case of Poland and Hungary.”

Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen, September 2022, the appointed head of the European Commission, threatening the electorate of Italy if they should democratically elect the “wrong” government leaders.

 

 

Hermeneutics of Continuity/Discontinuity

Novel theory: Dogma contains “perennial truths” and contingent accretions.

My fundamental impulse, precisely from the Council, has always been to free the very heart of the faith from under any ossified strata, and to give this heart strength and dynamism. This impulse is the constant in my life.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Salt of the Earth

The steps taken by the Council towards the modern era which had rather vaguely been presented as ‘openness to the world’ [aggiornamento], belong in short to the perennial problem of the relationship between faith and reason that is re-emerging in ever new forms.... The Council had to find a new definition of the relationship between the Church and the modern age.... Here I shall cite only John XXIII’s well-known words, which unequivocally express this hermeneutic when he says that the Council wishes “to transmit the doctrine pure and integral, without any attenuation or distortion”.  And he continues: “Our duty is not only to guard this precious treasure, as if we were concerned only with antiquity, but to dedicate ourselves with an earnest will and without fear to that work which our age demands of us…” It is necessary that “adherence to all the teaching of the Church in its entirety and preciseness…” be presented in “faithful and perfect conformity to the authentic doctrine, which, however, should be studied and expounded through the methods of research and through the literary forms of modern thought. The substance of the ancient doctrine of the deposit of faith is one thing, and the way in which it is presented is another…”, retaining the same meaning and message.... It is clear that this commitment to expressing a specific truth in a new way demands new thinking upon it and a new relationship with it.

Pope Benedict XVI, speech to Roman Curia on Dec 22, 2005, outlining his papal agenda 

Catholic teaching: Dogma is the irreformable formal object of Divine and Catholic Faith

For the doctrine of faith which God has revealed has not been proposed like a philosophical invention, to be perfected by human ingenuity; but has been delivered as a divine deposit to the Spouse of Christ, to be faithfully kept and infallibly declared. Hence, also, that meaning of the sacred dogmas is perpetually to be retained which our holy Mother the Church has once declared; nor is that meaning ever to be departed from, under the pretence or pretext of a deeper comprehension of them. Vatican Council I

 

 

Ugly fact ignored by Reform of Reform – Bugnini was appointed by Paul VI, his work was approved and imposed by Paul VI, and his work accurately reflected the novel principles of liturgical innovation adopted in 1948 and approved at Vatican II

Sacrosanctum Concilium, Vatican II document on the liturgy, is the justification for Bugnini’s Novus Ordo

• The order to promote urgently a liturgical reform is in SC §§ 1, 14, 25, 31, 40, 43, 50, 63b, 128.
• The encouragement of the participation of the faithful in the liturgy is stated in §§ 11, 14, 18, 19, 21, 27, 41, 53, 114, 121, 124.
• In § 12 communitarian prayer is recommended.
• In § 30 acclamations and dances are advised.
• Inculturation is counseled in §§ 37-40, 112, 119.
• Communion under two species is counseled in §55.
• In §§ 62, 67-82 a complete change in the ceremonies of the sacraments and sacramentals is imposed.
• The reform of Divine Office is decreed in §§ 87-88, 91-93, 97.
• The reform of the liturgical year is ordered in § 107.
• The introduction of liturgical modern art is approved in § 123.
• The suppression of the statues in the churches is recommended in § 125.
• The change of sacerdotal vestments is allowed in §128.

Atila S. Guimarães, Tradition in Action

 

 

What every normal person already knows! Anyone supporting the novelty of Gender Ideology is de facto guilty of child abuse!

Gender Ideology Leads to Child Abuse: Pediatricians           

Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D. | NEW YORK, Center for Family & Human Rights

 “Facts – not ideology – determine reality,” the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) said in a warning to legislators and educators about the dangers of surgical and medical sex change operations to children.

“Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse,” the physicians said, “Rates of suicide are twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBTQ – affirming countries.”

The group, which aims at getting parents involved in their children’s health and education about health, said, “Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one,” and that, “A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking.”

To the contrary, the group maintained that human sexuality is a “binary trait” and said the XY and XX chromosomes that determine female or male sex are “genetic markers of health” not “genetic markers of a disorder.”

“No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex,” the statement said.

The American Academy of Pediatricians, the larger professional society from which the ACP broke away in 2002, has surgical and medical interventions in youth to suppress the hormones that naturally cause girls to grow into women and boys to men.

The ACP says this change in position has put American teens at higher risk for physical and mental illness.  ”Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous…as many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty,” the ACP pointed out, and noted that children who use puberty blockers to “impersonate the opposite sex” will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence that in turn can cause dangerous health risks such as high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer.

One of the statement’s authors is psychologist Paul McHugh. Drawing upon his clinical work with LGBTQ persons as chief psychologist at Johns Hopkins hospital and research as distinguished professor at the university’s medical school, McHugh has criticized what he sees as the American Psychological Association’s embracing of gender ideology at the expense of sound medical practice. McHugh authored an amicus brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned man-woman marriage laws in the U.S. last year.

Pro-LGBT groups criticized the ACP statement saying it would incite discrimination; one group called it an “attack on transgender children”. A public interest law firm labeled the ACP a “hate group” when it filed an amicus brief with the Alabama Supreme Court which favored exceptions to the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling knocking down U.S. laws protecting marriage as between a man and a woman.

Activists similarly criticized Pope Francis’ recent remarks to Polish bishops where he identified gender “ideology” as a form of “ideological colonization” and linked it to government corruption. He said, “Today children – children! – are taught in school that everyone can choose his or her sex. Why are they teaching this? Because the books are provided by the persons and institutions that give you money. These forms of ideological colonization are also supported by influential countries. And this is terrible!”

 

 

TO KNOW THE FAITH, YOU MUST KNOW THE RULE

The Rule of Faith was given to the Church in the very act of Revelation and its promulgation by the Apostles. But for this Rule to have an actual and permanently efficient character, it must be continually promulgated and enforced by the living Apostolate, which must exact from all members of the Church a docile Faith in the truths of Revelation authoritatively proposed, and thus unite the whole body of the Church, teachers and taught, in perfect unity of Faith. Hence the original promulgation is the remote Rule of Faith, and the continuous promulgation by the Teaching Body, (i.e.: DOGMA) is the proximate Rule.

Rev. Scheeben’s Manual of Catholic Theology

 

 

 

“This dialogue should serve to strengthen our common hope in God in the midst of an increasingly secularized society. Without this hope, society loses its humanity.”

Benedict XVI, addressing Jewish Community, Berlin, Germany, September 22, 2011

“Strengthen Our common hope in God”??? – Society lost “its humanity” after Vatican II

96% of Jewish Leaders Support Abortion, 93% believe that homosexuality is not wrong!

The study also found that on a variety of issues involving sexual morality that have roiled other religious groups, Jews are much more liberal than other Americans. Jews take a less critical view of homosexuality, abortion, birth control and pornography than do Gentiles,” the study found.  In each case, Jewish leaders are even more tolerant than the Jewish public.

For example, 48 percent of non-Jews say homosexuality is wrong, compared to 23 percent of Jews and 7 percent of Jewish leaders. And while 56 percent of non-Jews support abortion rights, 88 percent of Jews and 96 percent of Jewish leaders do.

Only 38 percent of Jews support allowing the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public schools, compared to 65 percent of non-Jews; 39 percent of Jews would allow the teaching of creationism, compared with 63 percent of non-Jews; and 22 percent of Jews would support vouchers that could be used at religious schools, compared with 43 percent of non-Jews.

Pew Charitable Trusts, examining the contemporary role of religious groups in the United States

 

 

Hermeneutics of Continuity/Discontinuity  

Tradition: from an Objective Truth Received reduced to a Subjective Impression of Historical Events

Now I make known unto you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand; By which also you are saved, if you hold fast after what manner I preached unto you, unless you have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all, which I also received. 

St. Paul, 1 Cor. 15: 1-3

 

Concluding and summing up, we can therefore say that Tradition is not the transmission of things or words, a collection of dead things. Tradition is the living river that links us to the origins, the living river in which the origins are ever present, the great river that leads us to the gates of eternity. 

Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, April 26, 2006

 

Both the Catholic and Protestant interpretation of Christianity have meaning each in its own way; they are true in their historical moment... Truth becomes a function of time... fidelity to yesterday’s truth consists precisely in abandoning it, in assimilating it into today’s truth. [.....] The truth is whatever serves progress, that is, whatever serves the logic of history.

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Principles of Catholic Theology: Building Stones for a Fundamental Theology

 

 

“It is the crime of the age not to hate Evil.”

We ought clearly to understand what is meant by charity. The more glorious a word, the more dangerous it may be. It is impossible to overstate the importance of language. Words are terrible in their complaisance. They lend themselves to any abuse, and make no protest.

It is just because charity is of all things most sublime, that the abuse of charity, and the employment of its name in a false sense, is exceptionally dangerous. Optimi corruption pessima. The grander the word, the more awful it is; and if the power which was intended to give life be directed against Truth, what service may not thereby be rendered to death?

Now, we use the word charity as a weapon against Light, every time when instead of crushing error we parley with it, under pretext of consideration for the feelings of others. We employ the word charity as a weapon against Light, every time we make it serve as an excuse for relaxing our execration of evil. As a general rule, men love to relax their efforts. There is something in the very act of faltering pleasing to human nature; and besides, the absence of any horror of error, evil, sin, and the devil, becomes a plausible excuse for the evil there is in us. To feel less detestation of evil in general is only perhaps a way of excusing ourselves for the particular evil we cherish in our own soul.

There is a verse in the Psalms to which little attention is paid. It is this: Qui diligitis Dominum, odite malum. (You who love the Lord, hate evil.)

At the close of a long war, when each side is exhausted, kings have often been known to cede to each other such and such fortresses. They are tired of fighting, and these concessions have the effect of silencing the cannon. But truths cannot be treated like fortresses. When it is a question of making peace in spirit and in truth, it is conversion we must have, and not compromise. Justice demands it, and it is not for us to tamper with justice.

In the relations between man and man, a reconciliation seems sometimes to take place, and yet there is no change in the heart of the offender, who thinks that a simple handshake will do instead of repentance and compunction for the wrong he has wrought. But it is not long before this false reconciliation reveals its true tendency, which is to lead inevitably to a second separation fro wider than the first. The same holds good with regard to doctrines. Apparent peace, purchased by concession, is as contrary to charity as to justice, and opens out an abyss where before there was only a ditch. Charity must have Light, and Light avoids wven the shadow of a compromise. All beauty implies completeness. Peace is perhaps, at bottom, victory sure of itself.

It is the crime of the age not to hate Evil, but to discuss terms of peace with it and make it proposals. There is only one proposal to make to it – that it should disappear.

Earnest Hello, French Catholic writer & apologist, 1828-1885, Life, Science and Art

 


 

Archbishop Viganò Calls for Abolition of the Novus Ordo
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò calls on his fellow bishops to celebrate in the Traditional Rite.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former Apostolic Nuncio in the USA and a prominent critic of the Pope, calls on the bishops to celebrate Holy Mass in the rite of St. Pius V in an interview he gave to Paix Liturgique.

 

COMMENT:

Although Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has not yet understood that the 1962 Bugnini transitional reform missal is not the "received and approved" immemorial Roman rite of Mass but the missal that cleared away what he considered "gross accretions and evident distortion" of the immemorial Roman rite of Mass, he does clearly see that Vatican II is heretical and its ultimate form of worship in the Bugnini missal of 1969 is a gross parody of true Catholic worship and corruption of the Catholic faith.

It will not take long before Archbishop Viganò understands this and as he does, more conservative Catholic commentators will become more critical and distance themselves from his sound guidance.


Paix Liturgique: Monseigneur, why has the liturgical issue been so burning since Vatican II?

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò: The liturgical question is of great importance because the ordinance summarizes the doctrine, morality, spirituality, and discipline of the ecclesial body that performs it. Just as the Catholic Mass is a perfect and coherent expression of the Catholic Magisterium, the Reformed liturgy is an expression of the conciliar deviations, indeed it reveals and confirms, without the ambiguities and ramblings of the texts of Vatican II, its heterodox nature. One could say, to use a parable, that the healthy blood of the Gospel flows in the veins of the Tridentine Mass, while in the veins of the New Rite flows the polluted blood of heresy and the spirit of the world.

Paix Liturgique: Doesn't Pope Francis, who is not very interested in the Liturgy, have the merit of addressing the real problem by saying that the two liturgical forms, the old and the new, correspond to two ecclesiologies?

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò: That is exactly what I have just said and what Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci said in their Breve esame critico, Msgr. Lefebvre in his numerous statements and other bishops and liturgists have denounced before me. What are described as "two liturgical forms" of a single Rite are in fact two Rites, one wholly Catholic and one which conceals Catholic truths and through which Protestant and modernist errors creep. On this point Bergoglio is absolutely right: whoever accepts the Second Vatican Council and its heretical developments cannot find these errors in the traditional liturgy, which, for its clearness in the profession of faith, represents a condemnation and denial of the mens, the Novus Ordo has produced.

Paix Liturgique: The documents of the offensive against the traditional rite followed in quick succession over the past year: Traditionis custodes, Responsa of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Apostolic Exhortation Desiderio desideravi. Can one assume that the attempt failed and that the old liturgy will not die?

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò: The first deception we must not fall for is the subversive use of governmental and magisterial acts. In this case, we are dealing with documents that were not promulgated to encourage the brothers in the faith but to dissuade them, which stands in blatant contradiction to the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum by Benedict XVI., who, on the other hand, had recognized the full rights of the Tridentine Liturgy. Second, the intemperances of an authoritarian tyrant, consumed with hatred of Christ's Church, open the eyes of even the most moderate and show them that all conciliar fraud is based on a repugnance to the truths expressed in the traditional Mass while according to the official statement, the liturgical reform should only serve to make it more accessible to the faithful through translation.

Paix Liturgique: The way in which Traditionis custodes is applied varies greatly from country to country and from bishop to bishop. Some have recognized the Pope's document, but in reality have not changed anything. Isn't there a feeling, especially in Italy, that Francis' successor will not be able to maintain this repressive line?

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò: The Church is not a society governed by an absolute monarch, free from any higher authority and able to impose his whims on his subjects. The Head of the Church is Christ, and Christ is her only true King and Lord, of whom the Pope is Vicar, as he is Successor to the Prince of the Apostles. When one abuses the vicarious power of Christ and places oneself outside of the succession, by spreading heterodox teachings or by imposing norms related to them, one breaks this inner bond with Christ the Head and with the Church the Mystical Body. In fact, the vicarious power of the Pope enjoys all the prerogatives of absolute, immediate, and direct authority over the Church only in so far as salus animarum, following tradition and faithful to our Lord. Moreover, in the exercise of this authority, the Pope always enjoys the special graces of class within the well-defined limits of this end, while they have no effect when acting against Christ and against the Church. Because of this, Bergoglio's furious attempts, however violent and destructive, will inevitably fail and will surely be declared null and void.

Paix Liturgique: What advice do you have for desperate laymen in this situation?

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò:The laity are living members of the mystical body, and as such have the innate right to demand that the visible authority of the body act and legislate according to the commission it has received from Christ. When this earthly authority acts and legislates against the will of Christ, with providential permission, believers must first understand that this test is a providentially sanctioned means of opening their eyes after decades of being overwhelmed by deviation and hypocrisy, to which many have adhered in good faith precisely because they were obedient to Hierarchy and unaware of the deceit committed against them. When they become aware of this, they will realize what a treasure they have been cheated of by those who should have preserved it and handed it on to future generations instead of hiding it, having depreciated it to replace it with a miserable forgery. They will then implore the majesty of God to shorten the time of trial and to give the Church a pastor who obeys Christ, who belongs to him, who loves him and who worships him perfectly.

Paix Liturgique: The diocesan priests seem to be the target and the main victims of the Roman measures against the traditional liturgy: What advice would you give them?

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò: In the decades leading up to the Council, Church leaders were aware of the growing threat posed by the seditious work of modernist infiltrators. For this reason Pius XII. to centralize power, but his decision - which is understandable - had the effect of inculcating in the clergy that authority in the Church is unassailable, while doctrine teaches us that the uncritical acceptance of any order signifies subjection and not true obedience. This attitude of obedience exhibited by bishops and priests at the time of Vatican II was used by those carrying out the coup to achieve something hitherto unthinkable. Parallel to this, the indoctrination work of the post-conciliar period and the ruthless cleansing of the few dissidents did the rest. In the decades that followed, the narrative of the alleged horrors of the "old Mass" became the only official version taught in seminaries and pontifical universities.

Today's situation allows us to look at post-conciliar events with greater objectivity, not least because the results of the "conciliar spring" are visible to all, from the crisis in vocations to the collapse in the participation of the faithful in the sacraments. The release of the traditional mass by Benedict XVI. has led many priests to discover the priceless riches of the true liturgy, totally unknown to them, and they have rediscovered in this Mass the sacrificial dimension of their priesthood, leading the celebrant to the alter Christ makes and transforms him profoundly. Those who have experienced this "miracle" of grace are no longer willing to forego it. Therefore I invite all my confreres to celebrate the Mass of St. Pius V and allow Christ, Priest and Victim, to work in their priestly soul and give their ministry a firm supernatural meaning.

My advice to these priests is to resist and stand firm in the face of a series of abuses that have gone on for far too long. It would help them to understand that it is not possible to put the Apostolic Mass and the Mass invented by Bugnini on the same level, because in the former the truth is clearly affirmed, to give glory to God and save souls, while in the latter the truth is fraudulently withheld and often denied to please the spirit of the world and leave souls in error and sin. Once this is understood, the question of choosing between the two rites does not even arise, because reason and faith inspired by charity show us which of them corresponds to the will of God and which deviates from it. A soul that loves the Lord tolerates no compromises and is willing to lay down its life to remain faithful to the divine Bridegroom.

Paix Liturgique: Some think that we should use this crisis to ask the future pope not to return to Summorum Pontificum but to give full freedom to the traditional liturgy. Is that possible?

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò: The traditional Liturgy already enjoys de jure full freedom and full rights because of its venerable antiquity, the Bulle Quo primum of St. Pius V and its ratification by the ecclesiastical body for two thousand years. The failure to exercise this liberty stems from the "caution" of the servants of God, who uncritically obeyed every decision of ecclesiastical authority, thereby committing the sin of subjection, rather than obeying God, who is the origin and ultimate goal of that authority. Full freedom for the traditional liturgy will certainly also become de facto restored, but together with this restoration it will necessarily be necessary to abolish the new Rite which has proved to be the cause of the doctrinal, moral and liturgical dissolution of the people of God. The time will come when the misunderstandings and errors of the Council will be condemned and with them their cultic expression.

Paix Liturgique: What do you think is the main flaw of the new Mass?

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò: I think that three critical points should be mentioned, which stem from a single problem of understanding the Catholic liturgy.

The first defect of the new Rite is that it was drawn up with the cynical coldness of a bureaucrat, while the Liturgy is a harmonious corpus that has evolved organically over the centuries, with its immune system adapted, so to speak, to ward off viruses at any time. The assumption that an adult body can be restored to its "original simplicity" by forcing it to return to childhood is an unnatural process that reveals the malicious intent of those who have trodden this path with the sole purpose of making the Church more vulnerable to make for the enemy's attacks. Those who concocted this fraud knew very well that they could only convey their errors by eliminating that Mass, which they condemn and disavow with every gesture, every ceremony, every word. It was not good intentions in those who created this liturgical monster to give free rein to the most perverse and sacrilegious deviations.
The second defect is the deception with which the Novus Ordo was presented and imposed on the Church: claiming that it was a mere translation of the ancient Rite. In Sacrosanctum Concilium the Council Fathers approved the translation of the readings and the didactic parts of the Mass into the vernacular, prescribing that the canon should be kept in Latin and in a sotto voce. What has been prepared for us by the Consilium ad exsequendam is something quite different, a Rite which seems slavishly copied from Cranmer's Book of Common Prayer of 1549, and which corresponds perfectly to the ideological approach of its authors.

The third defect is that the main object of worship, the Holy Trinity, has been deliberately replaced by the congregation gathered with the celebrant, which has become the lynchpin of the entire liturgy, the reference point of the sacred act. The vision of the priest as "president of the assembly", the loss of sacredness in favor of improvisation, the replacement of the sacrificial altar by a convivial table are the consequences of a doctrinal error that denies the essence of the Mass, in which Christ's sacrifice on the Cross is sacrificed in bloodless form is offered to the Father.

A Rite based on lies and deceit, devised by a modernist Freemason and violently enforced by the abolition of a Rite two millennia old, does not even deserve to be analyzed in all its critical aspects: it must simply be obliterated.

Paix Liturgique: Why is the Pope so hostile to the American episcopacy?
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò: Bergoglio is particularly hostile to the faithful of the United States, even more than to the American episcopate. This is due to the mentality of this nation, which is essentially liberal, but in which - precisely because of the coexistence of different and heterogeneous religions and cultures - conservatives and traditionalists also have their say, who in fact have represented a numerically significant, ardent and committed part. American parishes, movements, and traditional groups show how much the Tridentine liturgy and full Catholic doctrine are being rediscovered and appreciated by the faithful, while the churches where the Montinian Rite is celebrated lose, inexorably, believers, vocations and not to be underestimated, financial resources.

The mere possibility of attending the Tridentine Mass “with impunity” and without social stigma is unheard of and unacceptable to Bergoglio, for the evidence of the success of the so-called “traditional option” undermines decades of progressive proclamations and self-adulation. When you see thousands of believers, young people, families with children, gathered in the old Mass and living their baptism consistently - while on the other side the financial and sex scandals of the clergy and self-proclaimed Catholic politicians are emptying the churches and lose the consensus in civil society - then it's that annoying "control group" that proves the ineffectiveness of a therapy in medicine, precisely because those who have not undergone it are healthy. Just as vaccination with an experimental gene serum must be imposed on everyone so that one does not see that the side effects and deaths only affect those who have been vaccinated, so there must be no community in the liturgical field that shows the failure of this mass vaccination of modernism, which Second Vatican Council was.