“…this missal is hereafter to be followed absolutely, without any scruple of conscience or fear of incurring any penalty, judgment or censure, and may freely and lawfully be used… Nor are superiors, administrators, canons, chaplains, and other secular priests, or religious, of whatever title designated, obliged to celebrate the Mass otherwise than as enjoined by Us. … Accordingly, no one whatsoever is permitted to infringe or rashly contravene this notice of Our permission, statute, ordinance, command, precept, grant, direction, will, decree and prohibition. Should any person venture to do so, let him understand he will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul.”
Pope St. Pius V, Papal Bull, QUO PRIMUM,
Tridentine Codification of the traditional Roman Rite of the Mass.
February 17, 2019
In order to understand fully the meaning of the text of today’s Mass we must study it in connection with the lessons of the Breviary, since in the Church’s mind, the Mass and the Divine Office form one whole. The lessons and responses in the night office are taken this week from the book of Genesis. In them is related the story of the creation of the world and of man, of our first parents’ fall and the promise of a Redeemer, followed by the murder of Abel and a record of the generations from Adam to Noe.
“In the beginning,” we read, “God created heaven and earth and upon the earth He made man…and He placed him in a garden of paradise to be mindful of it and tend it” (Third and fourth responses at Matins).
All this is a figure. Here is St. Gregory’s exposition. “The kingdom of heaven is compared to the proprietor who hires laborers to work in his vineyard. Who can be more justly represented as head of a household than our Creator who governs all creatures by His Providence and who, just as a master has servants in his house, has his elect in this world from the just Abel to the last of His chosen, destined to be born as the very end of time? The vineyard which He owns is His Church, while the laborers in this vineyard are all those who with a true faith have set themselves, and urged others, to the task of doing good. By those who came at the first, as well as at the third, sixth and ninth hours, are meant the ancient people of the Hebrews, who from the beginning of the world, striving in the person of their saints to serve God with a right faith ceased not, as it were, to work in cultivation of the vineyard. But at the eleventh hour, the Gentiles are called and to them are spoken the words, “Why stand ye here all the day idle?” (Third Nocturn). Thus all are called to work in the Lord’s vineyard, by sanctifying themselves and their neighbor in glorifying God, since sanctification consists in searching for our supreme happiness in Him alone.
Adam failed in his task and God told him: “Because thou hast eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat, cursed is the earth in thy work; with labor and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life. Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee…out of which thou wast taken.”
“Being exiled from Eden,” says St. Augustine, “the first man involved all his descendants in the penalty of death and reprobation, being corrupted in the person of him from whom they sprung. The whole mass of condemned humanity was therefore, plunged in misery, enslaved and cast headlong from one evil to another: (Second Nocturn). “The sorrows of death surrounded me,” says the Introit, and as a matter of fact, it is in the basilica of St. Lawrence-without- the-walls close to the cemetery at Rome that the “Station” for this Sunday is made. The Collect adds that we are “Justly afflicted for our sins.” In the Epistle, the Christian life is represented by St. Paul as an arena where a man must take pains and strive to carry off the prize, while the Gospel bears witness that the reward of eternal life is only given to those who work in God’s vineyard, where work is hard and painful since the entrance of sin. “O God,” prays the Church, “grant to thy people who are called by the name of vines and harvests, that they may root out all thorns and briars, and bring forth good fruit in abundance” (Prayer on Holy Saturday after 8th prophecy).
“In His wisdom,” says St. Gregory, “almighty God preferred rather to bring good out of evil than never allow evil to occur.” For God took pity on men and promised them a Second Adam, who restoring the order disturbed by the first, would allow them to regain heaven to which Adam had lost all right, when expelled from Eden, which was “the shadow of a better life” (Fourth Lesson). Thou, O Lord, art our helper in time of tribulation” (Gradual); “with Thee there is merciful forgiveness” (Tract). “Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant and save in Thy mercy” (Communion). Show Thy face, O Lord, and we shall be saved,” the Church cries similarly in the season of Advent, when calling upon her Lord. The truth is that God, “who has wonderfully created man, has more wonderfully redeemed him” (Prayer on Holy Saturday after 1st prophecy), for “the creation of the world in the beginning was not a more excellent thing than the immolation of Christ our Passover at the end of time: (Prayer on Holy Saturday after 9th prophecy).
This Mass when studied in the light of Adam’s fall prepares our mind for beginning the season of Septuagesima, and understanding the sublime character of the Paschal mystery for which this season prepares our hearts.
In response to the call of the Master, who comes to seek us even in the depths wherein we are plunged, through our first parents’ sin (Tract), let us go and work in the Lord’s vineyard, or enter the arena and take up with courage the struggle which will intensify during Lent.
Ps. 17. The groans of death surrounded me, the sorrows of hell encompassed me: and in my affliction I called upon the Lord, and He heard my voice from His holy temple.
Ps. I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength: the Lord is my firmament, my refuge, and my deliverer. Glory be, etc. The groans of death, etc.
O Lord, we beseech Thee, graciously hear the prayers of Thy people, that we, who are justly afflicted for our sins, may be mercifully delivered by Thy goodness, for the glory of Thy name. Through our Lord, etc.
From all perils of soul and body defend us, O Lord, we beseech Thee, and by the intercession of the blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of blessed Joseph, of Thy blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the Saints, graciously grant us safety and peace, that all adversities and errors being overcome, Thy Church may serve Thee in security and freedom. Through our Lord, etc.
Mercifully hear the prayer of Thy Church, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that all adversities and errors being overcome, we may serve Thee in security and freedom. Through our Lord, etc.
EPISTLE: 1 Cor. 9, 24-27; 10, 1-5.
Brethren, Know you not that they that run in the race, all run indeed, but one receiveth the prize? So run that you may obtain. And every one that striveth for the mastery refraineth himself from all things; and they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible one. I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty; I so fight, not as one beating the air: but I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway. For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all in Moses were baptized, in the cloud and in the sea: and did all eat the same spiritual food, and drank the same spiritual drink: (that they drank of the spiritual rock that followed them: and the rock was Christ.) But with most of them God was not well pleased.
EXPLANATION Having exhorted us to penance in the Introit of the Mass, the Church desires to indicate to us, by reading this epistle, the effort we should make to reach the kingdom of heaven by the narrow path (Matt. VII. 13.) of penance and mortification. This St. Paul illustrates by three different examples. By the example of those who in a race run to one point, or in a prize-fight practice and prepare themselves for the victor's reward by the strongest exercise, and by the strictest abstinence from everything that might weaken the physical powers. If to win a laurel-crown that passes away, these will subject themselves to the severest trials and deprivations, how much more should we, for the sake of the heavenly crown of eternal happiness, abstain from those improper desires, by which the soul is weakened, and practice those holy virtues, such as prayer, love of God and our neighbor, patience, to which the crown is promised! Next, by his own example, bringing himself before them as one running a race, and fighting for an eternal crown, but not as one running blindly not knowing whither, or fighting as one who strikes not his antagonist, but the air; on the contrary, with his eyes firmly fixed on the eternal crown, certain to be his who lives by the precepts of the gospel, who chastises his spirit and his body as a valiant champion, with a strong hand, that is, by severest mortification, by fasting and prayer. If St. Paul, notwithstanding the extraordinary graces which he received, thought it necessary to chastise his body that he might not be cast away, how does the sinner expect to be saved, living an effeminate and luxurious life without penance and mortification? St. Paul's third example is that of the Jews who all perished on their journey to the Promised Land, even though God had granted them so many graces; He shielded them from their enemies by a cloud which served as a light to them at night, and a cooling shade by day; He divided the waters of the sea, thus preparing for them a dry passage; He caused manna to fall from heaven to be their food, and water to gush from the rock for their drink. These temporal benefits which God bestowed upon the Jews in the wilderness had a spiritual meaning; the cloud and the sea was a figure of baptism which enlightens the soul, tames the concupiscence of the flesh, and purifies from sin; the manna was a type of the most holy Sacrament of the Altar, the soul's true bread from heaven; the water from the rock, the blood flowing from Christ's wound in the side; and yet with all these temporal benefits which God bestowed upon them, and with all the spiritual graces they were to receive by faith from the coming Redeemer, of the six hundred thousand men who left Egypt only two, Joshua and Caleb, entered the Promised Land. Why? Because they were fickle, murmured so, often against God, and desired the pleasures of the flesh. How much, then, have we need to fear lest we be excluded from the true, happy land, Heaven, if we do not continuously struggle for it, by penance and mortification!
ASPIRATION Assist me, O Jesus, with Thy grace that, following St. Paul's example, I may be anxious, by the constant pious practice of virtue and prayer, to arrive at perfection and to enter heaven.
Ps. 9. Thou art a helper in due time in tribulation: let them trust in Thee, who know Thee: for Thou dost not forsake them that seek Thee, O Lord. For the poor man shall not be forgotten to the end: the patience of the poor shall not perish forever: arise, O Lord, let not man prevail.
Ps. 129. From the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my voice. Let Thine ears be attentive to the prayer of Thy servant. If Thou shalt observe iniquities, O Lord, Lord, who shall abide it? For with Thee is propitiation, and because of Thy law I have waited for Thee, O Lord.
GOSPEL: Matt. 20, 1-16.
At that time Jesus spoke to His disciples this parable: The kingdom of God is like to a householder who went out early in the morning to hire laborers in his vineyard. And having agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour, he saw others standing in the market place idle, and he said to them: Go you also into my vineyard, and I will give you what shall be just. And they went their way. And again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour: and did in like manner. But about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing, and he saith to them: Why stand you here all the day idle? The say to him: Because no man hath hired us. He saith to them: Go you also into my vineyard. And when evening was come, the lord of the vineyard saith to his steward: Call the laborers and pay them their hire, beginning from the last even to the first. When therefore they were come that came about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first also came, they thought that they should receive more: and they also received every man a penny. And receiving it they murmured against the master of the house, saying: These last have worked but one hour, and thou hast made them equal to us that have borne the burden of the day and the heats. But he answering said to one of them: Friend, I do thee no wrong; didst thou not agree with me for a penny? Take what is thine and go thy way: I will also give to this last even as to thee. Or, is it not lawful for me to do what I will? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So shall the last be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.
In this parable, what is to be understood by the householder, the vineyard, laborers, and the penny?
The householder represents God, who in different ages of the world, in the days of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and finally, in the days of Christ and the apostles, has sought to call men as workmen into His vineyard, the true Church, that they might labor there industriously, and receive the penny of eternal glory.
How and when does God call people?
By inward inspiration, by preachers, confessors, spiritual books, and conversations, etc., in flourishing youth and in advanced age, which periods of life may be understood by the different hours of the day.
What is meant by working in the vineyard?
It means laboring, fighting, suffering for God and His honor, for our own and the salvation of others. As in a vineyard we spade, dig, root out weeds, cut off all that is useless and noxious, manure, plant, and bind up, so in the spiritual vineyard of our soul we must, by frequent meditation on death and hell, by examination of conscience dig up the evil inclinations by their roots, and by true repentance eradicate the weeds of vice, and by mortification, especially by prayer and fasting cut away concupiscence; by the recollection of our sins we must humble ourselves, and amend our life; in place of the bad habits we must plant the opposite virtues and bind our unsteady will to the trellis of the fear of God and of His judgment, that we may continue firm.
How is a vice or bad habit to be rooted up?
A great hatred of sin must be aroused; a fervent desire of destroying sin must be produced in our hearts; the grace of God must be implored without which nothing can be accomplished. It is useful also to read some spiritual book which speaks against the vice. The Sacraments of Penance and of holy Communion should often be received, and some saint who in life had committed the same sin, and afterwards by the grace of God conquered it, should be honored, as Mary Magdalen and St. Augustine who each had the habit of impurity, but with the help of God resisted and destroyed it in themselves; there should be fasting, alms-deeds, or other good works, performed for the same object, and it is of great importance, even necessary, that the conscience should be carefully examined in this regard.
Who are standing idle in the market place?
In the market-place, that is the world, they are standing idle who, however much business they attend to, do not work for God and for their own salvation; for the only necessary employment is the service of God and the working out of our salvation. There are three ways of being idle: doing nothing whatever; doing evil; doing other things than the duties of our position in life and its office require, or if this work is done without a good intention, or not from the love of God. This threefold idleness deprives us of our salvation, as the servant loses his wages if he works not at all, or not according to the will of his master. We are all servants of God, and none of us can say with the laborers in the Vineyard that no man has employed us; for God, when He created us, hired us at great wages, and we must serve Him always as He cares for us at all times; and if, in the gospel, the householder reproaches the workmen, whom no man had hired, for their idleness, what will God one day say to those Christians whom He has placed to work in His Vineyard, the Church, if they have remained idle?
Why do the last comers receive as much as those who worked all day?
Because God rewards not the time or length of the work, but the industry and diligence with which it has been performed. It may indeed happen, that many a one who has served God but for a short time, excels in merits another who has lived long but has not labored as diligently (Wis. 4, 8-13).
What is signified by the murmurs of the first workmen when the wages were paid?
As the Jews were the first who were called by God, Christ intended to show that the Gentiles, who were called last, should one day receive the heavenly reward, and that the Jews have no reason to murmur because God acted not unjustly in fulfilling His promises to them, and at the same time calling others to the eternal reward. In heaven envy, malevolence and murmuring will find no place. On the contrary, the saints who have long served God wonder at His goodness in converting sinners and those who have served Him but a short time, for these also there will be the same penny, that is, the vision, the enjoyment, and possession of God and His kingdom. Only in the heavenly glory there will be a difference because the divine lips have assured us that each one shall be rewarded according to his works. The murmurs of the workmen and the answer of the householder serve to teach us, that we should not murmur against the merciful proceedings of God towards our neighbor, nor envy him; for envy and jealousy are abominable, devilish vices, hated by God. By the envy of the, devil, death came into the world (Wis. 2, 24). The envious therefore, imitate Lucifer, but they hurt only themselves, because they are consumed by their envy. "Envy," says St. Basil "is an institution of the serpent, an invention of the devils, an obstacle to piety, a road to hell, the depriver of the heavenly kingdom."
What is meant by: The first shall be last, and the last shall be first?
This again is properly to be understood of the Jews; for they were the first called, but will be the last in order, as in time, because they responded not to Christ's invitation, received not His doctrine, and will enter the Church only at the end of the world; while, on the contrary, the Gentiles who were not called until after the Jews, will be the first in number as in merit, because the greater part responded and are still responding to the call. Christ, indeed, called all the Jews, but few of them answered, therefore few were chosen. Would that this might not. also come true with regard to Christians whom God has also called, and whom He wishes to save (I Tim. 2, 4). Alas! very few live in accordance with their vocation of working in the vineyard of the Lord, and, consequently, do not receive the penny of eternal bliss.
PRAYER O most benign God, who, out of pure grace, without any merit of ours, hast called us, Thy unworthy servants, to the true faith, into the vineyard of the holy Catholic Church, and dost require us to work in it for the sanctification of our souls, grant, we beseech Thee, that we may never be idle but be found always faithful workmen, and that that which in past years we have failed to do, we may make up for in future by greater zeal and persevering industry, and, the work being done, may receive the promised reward in heaven, through Jesus Christ, Thy Son our, Lord. Amen.
Ps. 91. It is good to give praise to the Lord, and to sing to Thy name, O Most High.
Having received, O Lord, our offerings and prayers, we beseech Thee, cleanse us by Thy heavenly mysteries, and mercifully hear us. Through our Lord, etc.
Hear us, O God, our salvation, that through the power of this sacrament Thou mayest defend us from all enemies of soul and body and bestow upon us grace here and glory hereafter. Through our Lord. etc.
Protect us, O Lord, who celebrate Thy mysteries, that holding fast to divine things, we may serve Thee with body and soul. Through our Lord, etc.
Ps. 30. Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant, and save me in Thy mercy: let me not be confounded, O Lord, for I have called upon Thee.
May Thy faithful, O God, be strengthened by Thy gifts, that receiving the same they may long after them, and seeking may receive them without end. Through our Lord, etc.
May the offering of this divine sacrament cleanse and protect us, O Lord, we beseech Thee; and by the intercession of the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of blessed Joseph, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul and all the Saints, may it purify us from all sin and free us from all adversity. Through our Lord, etc.
We beseech Thee, O Lord, our God, that Thou permit not those to whom Thou hast given a participation of divine things to be subjected to human dangers. Through our Lord, etc.
Take what is thine and go thy way: I will also give to this last even as to thee. Or, is it not lawful for me to do what I will? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So shall the last be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.
PROPER OF THE SAINTS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 17th:
Mass 9:00 AM; Confessions 8:00 AM; Rosary of Reparation 8:30 AM; Mass for Mission members
St. Simeon, BpM
St. Marie Bernard Soubirous
Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass
Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass
Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass
Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass
St. Peter's Chair at Antioch
St. Paul, Ap
Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass; Holy Hour of Reparation with Benediction
St. Peter Damian, BpCD
Vigil of St. Matthias, Ap (Anticipated)
Mass 9:00 AM; Confessions 8:30 AM; Holy Hour of Reparation with Rosary and Benediction
Mass 9:00 AM; Confessions 8:00AM; Rosary of Reparation 8:30; Mass for Mission members
The Month of February is dedicated to the Holy Family
“That they might know that by what things a man sinneth, by the same also he is tormented.”
“I will send forth famine into the land, not a famine of bread . . . but of hearing the word of the Lord, . . . they shall go about seeking the word of the Lord and shall not find it.”
Invincible ignorance is a punishment for sin.
St. Thomas Aquinas (De Infid. q. x., art. 1.)
My daughter, I see more Pharisees among Christians than there were around Pilate.
St. Margaret of Cortona
PRESENCE OF GOD ‑ O Lord, I come to You with a keen desire to learn how to respond to Your invitations.
1. The time of Septuagesima is somewhat like a prelude to Lent, the traditional time for spiritual reform. That is why the liturgy presents us today with a program which we must put into effect in order to bring about within ourselves a new, serious conversion, so that we may rise again with Christ at Easter. The Collect of today's Mass, while reminding us that we are sinners, invites us to sentiments of profound humility, "to the end that we, who are justly afflicted because of our sins, may through Thy mercy, be freed from them." The first step toward conversion always consists in humbly recognizing that we need to be converted. The lukewarm must become fervent, the fervent must reach perfection, the perfect must attain heroic virtue. Who can say that he does not need to advance in virtue and in sanctity? Each new step effects a new conversion to God, conversio ad Deum. In the Epistle (I Cor. 9, 24‑27; 10, 1‑5), St. Paul urges us to undertake this ceaseless spiritual labor. To reach sanctity and heavenly glory we must never tire of running and striving, as those who run in the stadium struggle and exert themselves "to receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible one. I, therefore, so run... not as one beating the air," says the Apostle, "but I chastise my body and bring it into subjection!" This is the first point in the program: a generous struggle to overcome ourselves, to conquer evil and achieve goodness; denial of self by humility; denial of the body by physical mortification. Only those who struggle and exert themselves will win the prize. Therefore let us also run in such a way as to obtain the reward.
2. The Gospel (Mt. 20, 1‑16) gives us the second part of the program for this liturgical season: not to remain idle, but to labor assiduously in the Lord's vineyard. The first vine to be cultivated is our own soul. God comes to meet us with His grace, but He does not will to sanctify us without our cooperation. On this Sunday the great invitation to sanctity is repeated to every soul. God in His love seeks out His scattered, idle children and gently reprimands them, "Why stand you here idle?" St. Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi says that "God calls us at various times, because creatures differ in state. In this variety we see God's greatness and benignity, which never fail to call us by means of His divine inspirations, in no matter what stage or situation we may be." Blessed are those who, ever since their youth, have always heard and followed the divine invitation! But each hour is God's hour; and He passes by and calls us, even to the very last hour. What a consolation, and at the same time what an incentive to respond at last to the Lord's appeal: "Today if you shall hear His voice, harden not your hearts!" (Ps 94, 8).
In addition to the vineyard of our soul, we must also consider the vineyard of the Church, where so many souls are waiting to be won to Christ. No one can consider himself dispensed from thinking of the welfare of others. However lowly our place in the Mystical Body of Christ, we are all members of it; consequently, each one of us must work for the welfare of the others. It is possible for everyone to carry on an efficacious apostolate by example, prayer, and sacrifice. If, up to now, we have done but little, let us listen today to the words of Jesus: "Go you also into My vineyard." Let us go and embrace generously the work which the Lord offers us; let us consider nothing too difficult when there is question of winning souls.
Bless, O Lord, this new liturgical season which opens today. By penetrating its spirit may I be disposed, with Your aid, for a serious reform of my spiritual life. Grant me sincere humility, that I may know my misery and see myself as I am in Your eyes, free from those false lights which arise from self‑love, deceiving me and leading me to think I am better than I am. If I wish to consider my wretchedness at Your feet, it is by no means in order to become discouraged: "In my trouble I call upon You, my God, and from Your holy temple, You hear my prayer .... You are my strength, O Lord, my support, my refuge, my Redeemer. You are my help in time of trouble. He who knows You, hopes in You, for You do not abandon the one who seeks You. From the depths of the abyss, I cry to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice. If You will mark our iniquities, O Lord, who can stand it? But with You there is mercy, and by reason of Your law, I trust in You, O Lord!" (Mass of the day).
Infuse into me, O Jesus, new strength to take up more eagerly the course which will lead me to win the incorruptible crown of sanctity. "And since nature opposes what is good, I promise to declare a merciless war against myself. My weapons for the battle will be prayer, the practice of the presence of God, and silence. But, O my Love, You know that I am not skilled in handling these arms. Nevertheless, I will arm myself with sovereign confidence in You, with patience, humility, conformity to Your divine will, and supreme diligence. But where shall I find the aid I need to fight against so many enemies in such a continual battle? Ah! I know! You, my God, proclaim Yourself my Captain, and raising the standard of Your Cross, You lovingly say, `Come, follow Me; do not fear'" (T.M. Sp).
O my Lord, I will no longer resist Your invitation. May today sound for me the decisive hour of a response filled with generosity and perseverance. You call me. Here I am. I come to Your vineyard, O Lord, but if You are not with me to sustain me in my work, I shall accomplish nothing. O You who invite me, help me to do what You ask of me.
Make of everything you can a sacrifice and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication, for the conversion of sinners.
Angel of Fatima to the three children
Having confidence in you, O Mother of God, I shall be saved;
being under your protection, I shall fear nothing;
With your help I shall give battle to my enemies and put them to flight;
for devotion to you is an arm of salvation.
St. Peter Damian
Since Proselytism is Out of the Question, for Pope Francis the “Common Good” and the “Best Solution for Everyone” does not include their salvation!
Dialogue is not negotiating in order to try and get one’s piece of the cake. Dialogue is to seek the common good, for everyone; it is to discuss together and think of the best solutions for everyone.
Pope Francis, defining "dialogue" to the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI)
Virtue cannot grow in the company of vice. If the one is to flourish, the other must perish. Clear away, then, what is superfluous and vicious, and that which is wholesome and virtuous will at once spring up. Whatever you withhold from your lusts will turn to the profit and advantage of your spiritual life. Therefore let us take heed to cut down by a diligent self-examination the noxious growth of, faults, vices, and defects, if we wish to see the flowers of every virtue bloom forth in the garden of our souls.
FOR NOTHING DEFILED CAN ENTER HEAVEN. APOCOLYPSE 21:27
Traditional Catholic Faithful - ‘Rebels without a Pause’
Another vindictive sermon by Pope Francis in which he again maligns those Catholics who know “Absolute Truth” who are faithful to dogmatic truth and necessary ecclesiastical traditions as “idolaters,” committing the sin of “divination,” and “obstinate rebels”! The charges again are gratuitously offered without evidence which is, by definition, the sin of calumny. Whatever spirit possesses Francis cannot be from God!
Pope Francis: obstinate Christians are rebels and idolaters
Vatican Radio | Homilies | January 16, 2015
Christians who say “it’s always been done that way,” and stop there have hearts closed to the surprises of the Holy Spirit. They are idolaters and rebels will never arrive at the fullness of the truth. That was the message of Pope Francis at Mass on Monday morning at the chapel in the Casa Santa Marta.
In the first reading, Saul was rejected by God as King of Israel because he disobeyed, preferring to listen to the people rather than the will of God. The people, after a victory in battle, wanted to offer a sacrifice of the best animals to God, because, he said, “it’s always been done that way.” But God, this time, did not want that. The prophet Samuel rebuked Saul: “Does the Lord so delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obedience to the command of the Lord?” Jesus teaches us the same thing in the Gospel, the Pope explained. When the doctors of the law criticized Him because His disciples did not fast “as had always been done,” Jesus responded with these examples from daily life: “No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”
“What does this mean? That He changes the law? No! That the law is at the service of man, who is at the service of God – and so man ought to have an open heart. ‘It’s always been done this way’ is a closed heart, and Jesus tells us, ‘I will send you the Holy Spirit and He will lead you into the fullness of truth.’ If you have a heart closed to the newness of the Spirit, you will never reach the full truth. And your Christian life will be a half-and-half life, a patched life, mended with new things, but on a structure that is not open to the voice of the Lord—a closed heart, so that you are not able to change the wineskins.”
This, the Pope emphasized, was the sin of Saul, for which he was rejected by God. “It is the sin of so many Christians who cling to what has always been done and who do not change the wineskins. And they end up with half a life, [a life that is] patched, mended, meaningless.” The sin, he said, “is a closed heart,” that “does not hear the voice of the Lord, that is not open to the newness of the Lord, to the Spirit that always surprises us.” This rebellion, says Samuel, is “the sin of divination,” and obstinacy is the sin of idolatry:
“Christians who obstinately maintain ‘it’s always been done this way,' this is the path, this is the street—they sin: the sin of divination. It’s as if they went about by guessing: ‘What has been said and what doesn’t change is what’s important; what I hear—from myself and my closed heart—more than the Word of the Lord.’ Obstinacy is also the sin of idolatry: the Christian who is obstinate sins! The sin of idolatry. ‘And what is the way, Father?’ Open the heart to the Holy Spirit, discern what is the will of God.”
Pope Francis noted that in Jesus’ time, good Israelites were in the habit of fasting. “But there is another reality,” he said. “There is the Holy Spirit who leads us into the full truth. And for this reason he needs an open heart, a heart that will not stubbornly remain in the sin of idolatry of oneself,” imagining that my own opinion is more important than the surprise of the Holy Spirit.
“This is the message the Church gives us today. This is what Jesus says so forcefully: ‘New wine in new wineskins.’ Habits must be renewed in the newness of the Spirit, in the surprises of God. May the Lord grant us the grace of an open heart, of a heart open to the voice of the Spirit, which knows how to discern what should not change, because it is fundamental, from what should change in order to be able to receive the newness of the Spirit.”
Remember in your charity the following pray requests:
Please remember our expectant mother: Vanessa LoStrocco, Kelly Boyle, and Andrea Ebert,
The spiritual welfare of Br. Paul Mary, MICM,
For Kay Levitt, who is ill,
Fr. John Murphy, for his spiritual and physical welfare, and Fr. Joseph Collins,
Charles Muldowney, who is terminally ill,
Luis Rafael Zelaya, for his conversion,
For the health of Kim Cochran, the daughter-in-law of Joseph and Brenda Cochran, the wife of their son Joshua,
Louie Verrecchio, Catholic apologist, who has a health problem,
John Minidis, Jr. family, for help in their spiritual trial,
John and Joann DeMarco, for their health and spiritual welfare,
Regina (Manidis) Miller, her spiritual welfare and health,
Melissa Elena Levitt, her health and conversion, and welfare of her children,
For the spiritual and temporal welfare of Irwin Kwiat,
Fr. Waters asks our prayers for Elvira Donahy, who is recovering from a stroke,
Kimberly Ann, the daughter of John and Joann DeMarco, for her health and spiritual welfare,
Mufide Rende, a traditional Catholic from India has asked our prayers for her welfare,
Mary and Bill Glatz, the welfare of their family,
Barbara Harmon, who is gravely ill, and still cares for her ailing parents,
For the health and welfare of Kolinsky and Sorace families,
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,
Angelina Montesano family & Helen Snyder, for their health and spiritual welfare,
Michael J. Brigg & his family, who have helped with the needs of the Mission,
The conversion of David Keithley and the welfare of the Nathaniel Miller family, 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 Jr. Family, the Sal Messinio Family, Michael Proctor Family,
Ryan Boyle grandmother, Jane Boyle, who is failing health,
Ebert’s request our prayers for the Andreas & Jenna Ortner Family,
Joyce Paglia has asked prayers for George Richard Moore Sr. & his children, and her brother, George Panell,
For the welfare of Anthony & Joyce Paglia, who are responsible for the beautiful statuary in our chapel,
Philip Thees asks our prayers for his family, for McLaughlin Family, the conversion of Bruce Heller, &, the welfare and conversion of Dan & Polly Weand, the conversion of Sophia Herman, Tony Rosky, the welfare Nancy Erdeck, the wife of the late Deacon Erdeck, and the health of his brother, Thomas Thees, John Calasanctis, Tony Rosky, Anthony, and Stephanie Mest.
Pray for the Repose of the Souls:
Kay Levitt, friend of Claudia Drew, who died January 17,
Nancy Balenasse, wife of Anthony, married 73 years, died December 22,
Alfred de Prospero, the brother of Fr. Nicholas de Prospero, died November 29,
Adeline Nardi, died November 13,
Janet Gardner, died March 2017, and Carl Ropeter who died in 2017, Stephen Cagorski, died 2014, John Bogda, died who 2017,
Rev. Paul Petko, who helped with our Mission in the past, died October 21,
Auxiliadora de Gomez, died July 4, the Godmother and aunt of Claudia Drew, and her husband, Eduardo Gomez Lopez, February 28,
Lawrence Hartzer, died June 11,
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,
John and Marlin Manidis, died July 2017,
Joseph and Constance Brown, died 2017,
Martha Mochan, the sister of Philip Thees, died April 8,
George Kirsch, our good friend and supporter of this Mission, died February 15,
Elena Popadenic, for the blessed repose of her soul,
For Fr. Paul J. Theisz, died October 17, is the petition of Fr. Waters,
Fr. Mecurio Fregapane, died Jan 17, was not a traditional priest but always charitable,
Fr. Casimir Peterson, a priest who often offered the Mass in our chapel and provided us with sound advice, died December 4,
Fr. Constantine Bellasarius, a faithful and always charitable Eastern Rite Catholic Melkite priest, who left the Roman rite, died November 27,
Christian Villegas, a motor vehicle accident, his brother, Michael, requests our prayers,
John Vennari, the former editor of Catholic Family News, and for his family’s welfare,
Mary Butler, the aunt of Fr. Samuel Waters, died October 17,
Joseph DeMarco, the nephew of John DeMarco, died October 3,
John Fergale, died September 25 after receiving the traditional sacramental rites of the Church wearing the brown scapular,
John Gabor, the brother of Donna Marbach, died September 9,
Fr. Eugene Dougherty, a faithful priest, fittingly died on the Nativity of the BVM after receiving the traditional Catholic sacraments,
Phyllis Schlafly, died September 5,
Helen Mackewicz, died August 14,
Mark A. Wonderlin, who died August 2,
Fr. Carl Cebollero, a faithful priest to tradition who was a friend of Fr. Waters and Fr. DeMaio,
Jessica Cortes, a young mother of ten who died June 12,
Frances Toriello, a life-long Catholic faithful to tradition, died June3, the feast of the Sacred Heart, and her husband Dan, died in 1985,
John McLaughlin, a friend of the Drew’s, died May 22,
Angela Montesano, who died April 30, and her husband, Salvatore, who died in July 3, 2013,
Charles Schultz, died April 5, left behind nine children and many grandchildren, all traditional Catholics,
Esperanza Lopez de Callejas, the aunt of Claudia Drew, died March 15,
Fr. Edgardo Suelo, a faithful priest defending our traditions who was working with Fr. Francois Chazal in the Philippines, died February 19,
Conde McGinley, a long time laborer for the traditional faith, died February 12, at 96 years,
The Drew family requests your prayers for Ida Fernandez and Rita Kelley, parishioners at St. Jude,
Fr. Stephen Somerville, a traditional priest who repented from his work with the Novus Ordo English translation, died December 12,
Fr. Arturo DeMaio, a priest that helped this Mission with the sacraments and his invaluable advice, died December 2,
J. Paul Carswell, died October 15, 2015,
Solange Hertz, a great defender of our Catholic faith, died October 3, the First Saturday of the month,
Paula Haigh, died October 21, a great defender of our Catholic faith in philosophy and natural science,
Gabriella Whalin, the mother of Gabriella Schiltz, who died August 25,
Mary Catherine Sick, 14 year old from a large traditional Catholic family, died August 25,
Fr. Paul Trinchard, a traditional Catholic priest, died August 25,
Stephen J. Melnick, Jr., died on August 21, a long-time faithful traditional Catholic husband and father, from Philadelphia,
Patricia Estrada, died July 29, her son Alex petitions our prayers for her soul,
Fr. Nicholas Gruner, a devoted priest & faithful defender of Blessed Virgin Mary and her Fatima message, died April 29,
Sarah E. Shindle, the grandmother of Richard Shindle, died April 26,
Madeline Vennari, the mother of John Vennari, died December 19,
Salvador Baca Callejas, the uncle of Claudia Drew, died December 13,
Robert Gomez, who died in a motor vehicle accident November 29,
Catherine Dunn, died September 15,
Anthony Fraser, the son of Hamish Fraser, died August 28,
Jeannette Rhoad, the grandmother of Devin Rhoad, who died August 24,
John Thees, the uncle of Philip Thees, died August 9,
Sarah Harkins, 32 year-old mother of four children, died July 28,
Anita Lopez, the aunt of Claudia Drew,
Fr. Kenneth Walker, a young traditional priest of the FSSP who was murdered in Phoenix June 11,
Fr. Waters petitions our prayers for Gilberte Violette, the mother of Fr. Violette, who died May 6,
Pete Hays petitions our prayers for his brothers, Michael, died May 9, and James, died October 20, his sister, Rebecca, died March17, and his mother, Lorraine Hayes who died May 4,
Philip Marbach, the father of Paul Marbach who was the coordinator at St. Jude in Philadelphia, died April 21,
Richard Slaughtery, the elderly sacristan for the SSPX chapel in Kansas City, died April 13,
Bernedette Marie Evans nee Toriello, the daughter of Daniel Toriello , died March 31, a faithful Catholic who suffered many years with MS,
Natalie Cagorski, died march 23,
Anita Lopez de Lacayo, the aunt of Claudia Drew, who died March 21,
Mario Palmaro, Catholic lawyer, bioethicist and professor, apologist, died March 9, welfare of his widow and children,
Daniel Boyle, the uncle of Ryan Boyle, died March 4,
Jeanne DeRuyscher, who died on January 25,
Arthur Harmon, died January 18,
Fr. Waters petitions our prayers for the soul of Jeanne DeRuyscher, who died January 17,
Joseph Proctor, died January 10,
Susan Scott, a devote traditional Catholic who made the vestments for our Infant of Prague statue, died January 8,
Brother Leonard Mary, M.I.C.M., (Fred Farrell), an early supporter and friend of Fr. Leonard Feeney, died November 23,
John Fergale, requests our prayers for his sister Connie, who died December 19,
Jim Capaldi, died December 15,
Brinton Creager, the son of Elizabeth Carpenter, died December 10,
Christopher Lussos, age 27, the father of one child with an expecting wife, died November 15,
Jarett Ebeyer, 16 year old who died in his sleep, November 17, at the request of the Kolinsky’s,
Catherine Nienaber, the mother of nine children, the youngest three years of age, killed in MVA after Mass, 10-29,
Nancy Aldera, the sister of Frances Toriello, died October 11, 2013 at 105 years of age,
Mary Rita Schiltz, the mother of Thomas Schiltz, who died August 27,
William H. (Teddy) Kennedy, Catholic author of Lucifer’s Lodge, died August 14, age 49, cause of death unknown,
Alfred Mercier, the father of David Mercier, who died August 12,
The Robert Kolinsky asks our prayers for his friend, George Curilla, who died August 23,
John Cuono, who had attended Mass at our Mission in the past, died August 11,
Raymond Peterson, died July 28, and Paul Peterson, died February 19, the brothers of Fr. Casimir Peterson,
Margaret Brillhart, who died July 20,
Msgr. Joseph J. McDonnell, a priest from the diocese of Des Moines, who died June 8,
Patrick Henry Omlor, who wrote Questioning The Validity of the Masses using the New, All English Canon, and for a series of newsletters which were published as The Robber Church, died May 2, the feast of St Athanasius,
Bishop Joseph McFadden, died unexpectedly May 2,
Timothy Foley, the brother-in-law of Michelle Marbach Folley, who died in April,
William Sanders, the uncle of Don Rhoad, who died April 2,
Gene Peters ask our prayers for the repose of the soul of Mark Polaschek, who died March 22,
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,
Regina Spahalsky, 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 6th,
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. James Francis Wather, died November 7, 2006, author of The Great Sacrilege and Who Shall Ascend?, a great defender of dogma and liturgical purity,
Fr. Enrique Rueda, who died December 14, 2009, to whom our Mission is indebted,
Fr. Peterson asks to remember, Leonard Edward Peterson, his cousin, Wanda, Angelica Franquelli, and the six priests ordained with him.
Philip Thees petitions our prayers for Beverly Romanick, Deacon Michael Erdeck, Henry J. Phillips, Grace Prestano, Connie DiMaggio, Elizabeth Thorhas, Elizabeth Thees, Theresa Feraker, Hellen Pestrock, and James & Rose Gomata, and Kathleen Heinbach,
Fr. Didier Bonneterre, the author of The Liturgical Movement, and Fr. John Peek, both were traditional priests,
Brother Francis, MICM, the superior of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Richmond, NH, who died September 5,
Rodolfo Zelaya Montealegre, the father of Claudia Drew, who died May 24,
Rev. Francis Clifford, a devout and humble traditional priest, who died on March 7, priest, who died on March 7,
Benjamin Sorace, the uncle of Sonya Kolinsky.
"Only take heed to yourself and guard your soul diligently" (Deut 4:9)
“It is a sin to believe there is salvation outside the Catholic Church!”
Blessed Pope Pius IX
The people that Pope Francis
has placed in charge of the Catholic Church in China!
The Nightmare of Human Organ Harvesting in China
Transplants far outnumber official donors. Prisoners of conscience evidently account for the difference.
Wall Street Journal | Benedict Rogers | Feb. 5, 2019
China stands accused of a gruesome trade in human organs. It’s difficult to prove, because the victims’ bodies are disposed of and the only witnesses are the doctors, police and prison guards involved. Even so, the evidence supports a damning verdict.
The charge is that many prisoners of conscience—Falun Gong members, Uighur Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists and “underground” Christians—have been subjected to medical testing and had their organs forcibly removed. Those organs have fed an enormous trade in organ transplants. […….]
At last Pope Francis and this Mission have found common ground where we are in complete agreement: Francis says his heretical "document did not go one millimeter beyond the Second Vatican Council" and it was done "in the spirit of Vatican II."
Papal theologian never saw final draft of controversial doc with Muslims, contrary to Pope’s claims
LifeSiteNews | ROME | February 7, 2019 — Informed sources have confirmed that the papal theologian, Dominican Father Wojciech Giertych, was consulted but did not see the final draft of the controversial “Document on Human Fraternity” that Pope Francis signed this week with a Grand Imam.
The news, reported by the National Catholic Register on Wednesday, runs contrary to Pope Francis’s claim that the papal theologian “officially” read and “approved” the document, which even some within the Vatican are calling “heretical.”
The Pope came under fire early this week for signing the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” with Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Cairo’s al-Azhar Mosque, during an interreligious meeting in Abu Dhabi on Feb. 4.
The document incited controversy among Christians for asserting that “the pluralism and the diversity of religions” are “willed by God in His wisdom” – a statement many believe contravenes the Catholic Faith.
While some have sought to downplay the controversial passage, saying it must be read in context, one Dominican has argued that “in its obvious sense [the statement] is false, and in fact heretical.” A respected Catholic historian has also said it “overturns” the Gospel.”
Who approved it?
During an in-flight press conference on his return from Abu Dhabi, Pope Francis sought to allay concerns over the document, telling reporters: “I want to say one thing and repeat it clearly: from the Catholic point of view, the document did not go one millimeter beyond the Second Vatican Council. It’s even cited there several times. Nothing. The document was done in the spirit of Vatican II.”
The Pope continued: “Before taking the decision” to finalize the document, “I had some theologians read it, and also officially the Theologian of the Papal Household, who is a Dominican with the beautiful Dominican tradition — not to go on a witch hunt but to see where the right thing is. And he approved it.”
The current Theologian of the Papal Household, Father Wojciech Giertych, O.P., was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005. The post, which has been held by Dominicans since the Middle Ages, is tasked with providing advice to the Pope on theological issues, as well as checking papal texts for theological clarity.
In light of news that Fr. Giertych never saw the final draft, several questions arise: Who are the other “theologians” who read and counselled the Pope the document? Was the papal theologian’s advice heeded, and if so, to what extent? And if he did not see and approve the final draft, who did?
On his return from Abu Dhabi, Pope Francis said the document “was prepared with much reflection and prayer,” adding that “both the Grand Imam with his team, and me with mine, prayed a lot in order to make this document.” He added that it took almost a year to write. “It needed to ripen, to remain somewhat confidential,” he said, “so as not to give birth to the child before the proper time.”
Pope Francis told reporters that “if someone feels bad” about the document, he “understand[s].”
“It’s not an everyday thing, and it’s not a step backwards. It’s a step forward that comes from 50 years ago, from the Council that must unfold and develop. Historians say that it takes 100 years for a Council to take root in the Church. We’re halfway there.”
The Pope said he can also understand how the “Document on Human Fraternity” might seem shocking to some. “It happened to me, too,” he said. “I read a sentence, and I said to myself: This sentence is a little … I don’t know if it’s sure. Instead, it was a phrase from the Council! It surprised me, too.”
This is not the first time Pope Francis has argued that an apparently “new” (and what some consider heterodox) teaching is actually a “development of doctrine.”
When he changed the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the death penalty (n. 2267), Francis said the new wording “expresses the progress of the doctrine of the most recent pontiffs as well as the change in the conscience of the Christian people, which rejects a penalty that seriously harms human dignity.”
And when Amoris Laetitia was presented at the Vatican, its new teaching on Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics was described as an “organic development” in the spirit of Blessed John Henry Newman.
Responding to the Pope’s in-flight remarks on his return from Abu Dhabi, an anonymous Dominican told LifeSite: “With respect, the Pope needs to remember that his duty is not to conform only to the teaching of Vatican II, but also to that of all the councils.”
“Moreover,” the theologian added, “nothing in Vatican II states that non-Catholic religions are willed by God, so when Pope Francis tells us that nothing in his Document on Fraternity goes beyond Vatican II, he is telling us something that is not true.”
The First Expulsion from the Temple
I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel. Genesis 3:15
Vatican II and the Leap of Faith Facing the Hermeneutics of Continuity
Vatican II pastoral opinion:
And we now ask: What does it mean to restore the unity of all Christians?... This unity, we are convinced, indeed subsists in the Catholic Church, without the possibility of ever being lost (Unitatis Redintegratio) the Church in fact has not totally disappeared from the world. On the other hand, this unity does not mean what could be called ecumenism of the return: that is, to deny and to reject one’s own faith history. Absolutely not!
Pope Benedict XVI, addressing Protestants at World Youth Day, August 19, 2005
… the union of Christians can only be promoted by promoting the return to the one true Church of Christ of those who are separated from it…
Pope Pius XI, Mortalium Animos
Vatican II pastoral opinion:
The Council further declares that the right to religious freedom has its foundation in the very dignity of the human person... This right to religious freedom is to be recognized in the constitutional law whereby society is governed. Thus it is to become a civil right.
Declaration on Religious Liberty, Dignitatis Humanae
And from this wholly false idea of social organization they do not fear to foster that erroneous opinion, especially fatal to the Catholic Church and the salvation of souls, called by our predecessor, Gregory XVI, insanity, namely that the liberty of conscience and worship is the proper right of every man, and should be proclaimed by law in every correctly established society... Each and every doctrine individually mentioned in this letter, by Our Apostolic authority We reject, proscribe and condemn; and We wish and command that they be considered as absolutely rejected by all the sons of the Church.
Pope Pius IX, Quanta Cura
3. ON SALVATION
Vatican II pastoral opinion:
The separated churches and communities as such, though we believe they suffer from the defects already mentioned, have been by no means deprived of significance and importance in the mystery of salvation. For the Spirit of Christ has not refrained from using them as means of salvation which derive their efficacy from the very fullness of grace and truth entrusted to the Catholic Church.
Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio
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, unless before death they are joined with her...
Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence
Vatican II pastoral opinion:
May the faithful, therefore, live in very close union with the men of their time. Let them strive to understand perfectly their way of thinking and feeling as expressed in their culture. Let them blend modern science and its theories and the understanding of the most recent discoveries with Christian morality and doctrine.... Thus their religious practice and morality can keep pace with their scientific knowledge and with an ever - advancing technology...
Decree on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes
The Roman pontiff can and must reconcile himself with human progress, with liberalism and with modern and human culture. – condemned.
Blessed Pope Pius IX, Syllabus of Errors
Vatican II pastoral opinion:
Upon the Moslems, too, the Church looks with esteem...They adore the one God...though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God they revere Him as a prophet.... In addition they await the day of judgment when God will give each man his due.... and give worship to God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting.
Decree on the Relation
of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, Nostra Aetate
...that false opinion which considers all religions more or less good and praiseworthy... Not only are those who hold this opinion in error and deceived, but also in distorting the idea of true religion they reject it, and little by little, turn aside to naturalism and atheism...from which it clearly follows that one who supports those who hold on these theories and attempt to realize them, is altogether abandoning the divinely revealed religion.
Pope Pius XI, Mortalium Animos
Francis the CEO of the HomoLobby endorses public sex-education that is “objective, without ideological colonization” as an answer to the epidemic rate of unwed teen pregnancies in Central America. Jesus Christ replies, "It were better for him that a millstone were hanged around his neck, and he were cast into the sea."
The Pope: “Sex is a gift, we must talk about it also in schools”
Francis’ words on the flight back from his trip to Panama: “We need an objective education, without ideologies”
Scopri Top News | DOMENICO AGASSO JR | January 29, 2019
ABOARD THE PANAMA-ROME FLIGHT
Sex is not a “monster” to escape from. It must not be a taboo. On the contrary, it is “a gift from God”. And we need “sex education” in schools. But there is more: it should not be “too rigid and closed”. In this way one can understand its true value. These would not be unusual words, if it weren’t a Pope to pronounce them. On the plane that took him back to Rome from Panama, where he was in recent days for World Youth Day, Francis talked, among other things, also about sex education.
And of youth and sex the Pontiff reasoned during the traditional press conference on the papal flight, responding to an American journalist who informed him of a “problem common throughout Central America, including Panama and much of Latin America: early pregnancies”. In Panama alone there were “ten thousand last year”. The question is: “Detractors of the Catholic Church blame the Church for opposing sex education in schools. What is the Pope’s opinion?”.
Francis kept it cool, and with a serious and concentrated tone he started to express his opinion on this issue. Never in his words will there be a position taken in defense of his “fort”. Nor predictable prudent formulations for such a delicate theme. That of Pope Francis is a Christian and concrete and human discourse. They were innovative words, without wanting to undermine Catholic tradition and teaching, as we would ultimately expect from Pope Francis.
He said: “Sex education must be given in schools”. Specifying and underlining that above all “sex is a gift from God”. And “it’s not a monster”. It is God’s gift “to love”. Then – fully aware he added - that some people use it to earn money or exploit is another problem”, yet it does not affect the innate purity of the gift. Bergoglio substantiates his thesis - for many unexpected: we must offer “sexual education” at school that is “objective, without ideological colonization”. He is probably referring to the theories of gender, he has often denounced as invasive dynamics, along with movements that can “destroy, making everything the same”, without the ability to “tolerate differences”. Then he adds and explains: “Because if sexual education is given in schools soaked in ideological colonization, you destroy the person”. At the same time, sex understood “as a gift from God must” be “taught” not with “rigidity”, or with mental and ideological closure. By creating taboos, precisely. The Pope specifies that “to educated, from the Latin “educere”. (to lead, to draw out, ed.), is to bring out the best of the person and accompany him/her along the way”. The Bishop of Rome warns: “The problem is the system”. He warns against the risks that “those responsible for education, both at the national and local levels, as well as in each school unit, may encounter”: in particular, the type of “teachers” chosen for this task, and the “textbooks” that are adopted for children and young people.
“I - the Pope confides - have seen all sorts of them”, including some inappropriate, “dirty”, he defines them. Because also and above all in this area “there are things that make people mature and others that do harm”. What matters to the Pope is that the schools open the doors to a true and proper sexual education, to be transmitted first of all to the youngest. On the contrary, the ideal would be to “start at home, with the parents”. But “it’s not always possible because of the many family situations that can be complicated”. Or because often fathers and mothers “do not know how to deal with the subject”. Therefore, the school can and must “make up” for this, take responsibility. “Otherwise - the Pope fears – it will remain a void that will be filled by any potentially dangerous ideology”.
Transfer of faithful Catholics to the jurisdictional control of Communists is well underway by Francis the Destroyer. The Communist Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association is now the official "Catholic Church" in China and its bishops never made any profession of faith or renunciation of heresy.
Shantou’s two bishops celebrate the “handover” together
The 88 year old “emeritus” Pietro Zhuang, on his way to retirement, publicly manifests his unity with the former excommunicated Joseph Huang, the new ordinary bishop of the diocese. A sign of reconciliation stronger than any “political” reading of the Chinese ecclesial affairs
Scopri Top News | GIANNI VALENTE | rome | January 23, 2019
The Holy See’s much desired reconciliation between Chinese Catholic communities is now tangible in the diocese of Shantou. In that ecclesiastical circumscription, two bishops - the first until recently not-recognized by the government, and the other with a past as “illegitimate” bishop, who has even been excommunicated by the Holy See - participated in a public ceremony in a church for the first time. Another step towards making decades of lacerating ecclesial conflicts sink into oblivion.
The protagonists of the event are 88-year-old Pietro Zhuang Jianjian and 52-year-old Giuseppe Huang Bingzhang. The first was ordained bishop of Shantou in 2006 outside the procedures imposed by government religious policy. The second, instead, in 2011 had accepted to be ordained bishop of the same diocese without the consent of the Pope. For this reason, right after his ordination, the Holy See had explicitly invoked the penalty of excommunication latae sententiae, which automatically affects bishops ordained in an illegitimate manner.
During the last phase of the negotiations that on 22 September last led to the agreement between the Holy See and Beijing on the procedures for the appointment of Chinese Catholic bishops, the Vatican negotiators, on behalf of the Pope, had asked Bishop Zhuang to leave, at the age of 87, the leadership of his diocese, in view of entrusting it to the younger Giuseppe Huang Bingzhang (who in the meantime had expressed his repentance for having accepted to be ordained without pontifical mandate). [....]
Jesus said Himself at the Last Supper, "This is the chalice of My Blood, of the New and Eternal Testament." He had previously said to the Jews, "You shall die in your sins. For if you believe not that I am he, you shall die in your sin. (John 8:24) and, "He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned." (Mark 16:16)
St. Peter preaching to the Jews after the first Pentecost declared to them: "Therefore let all the house of Israel know most certainly, that God hath made both Lord and Christ, this same Jesus, whom you have crucified. Now when they had heard these things, they had compunction in their heart, and said to Peter, and to the rest of the apostles: What shall we do, men and brethren? But Peter said to them: Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call. And with very many other words did he testify and exhort them, saying: Save yourselves from this perverse generation. They therefore that received his word, were baptized; and there were added in that day about three thousand souls." (Acts 2: 36-41)
The Old Testament is over and done and this was done by God and manifested to all in the destruction of Temple in 72 AD. The Old Testament religion is dead and gone. There is no priesthood, no temple, no sacrifice for all these were types of the New Testament to come established in the Blood of Jesus Christ, the eternal High Priest. The Jewish religion today is Talmudism. Their present day Messiah is Zionism and this Messiah can only lead them to the same end as all their previous false Messiahs have invariably done.
What is worse about these "dialogues" is that they presupposes that Catholics are responsible for the historical cases of Jewish persecution. It never address what the Jews did to provoke these persecutions. Jews today support abortion, divorce, pornography, sex education, homosexuality, homosexual "marriage," gender ideology, modern psychology, Hollywood entertainment, usury, Zionism that is a racially base theology, unjust wars in the Middle-East, etc. It is these types of acts that are historically responsible for engendering Jewish persecution.
Jewish "dialogue" has no interest in hearing about Jesus Christ. They are only interested that the Catholic Church legitimize the salvific validity of the Old Testament, take responsibility of historical Jewish persecutions, and declare the legitimacy of Zionism as their new Messiah. All of this is impossible for any faithful Catholic. The failure to preach Jesus Christ to the Jews as St. Peter did is a grave sin against charity.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and German Rabbinical Exponents quietly engage in unofficial discussions
Behind the Scenes Vatican Meetings on the Theology of Jewish-Christian Relations
Vatican Insider | Lisa Palmieri-Billig | 1-29-2019
It has often been noted by those engaged in the Catholic-Jewish dialogue that the most precious outcome of the conciliation process begun after the promulgation in 1965 of the Vatican II document, Nostra Aetate, 4 has been the enduring personal friendships between members and representatives of the two faiths and the consequent increase in mutual understanding and breakdown of historically determined preconceptions. In other words, the building of mutual trust and familiarity with the other’s beliefs and traditions, is greatly boosted by the personal encounter. [....]
Earlier this month there was a quiet, behind-the-scenes visit to the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with Jews by a group of five German speaking rabbis led by Vienna’s Chief Rabbi Arie Folger, which culminated in a personal meeting and talk with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. [.....] The venture was the result of the Pope Emeritus’ provocative personal reflections on Catholic-Jewish relations published by the German Catholic review “Communio” last June. [.....]
The points under discussion seemed to require further clarification and so a personal encounter was arranged at the Pontifical Commission for Rabbi Folger and 4 other rabbis from Germany. [....]
“There were words of both gratitude and friendship”, said Rabbi Folger of both meetings, “as well as profound discussions and even some disagreements, but most importantly a commitment was made to continue talking to and with one another, especially when we disagree.”
Cardinal Koch, said Folger, stressed that there had clearly been no intention of creating a setback in Christian-Jewish relations. Folger explained that he understood that each faith community had “its own understanding of the proper path to salvation, and just as we cannot be expected to confirm Christian theology, so too we cannot expect the church to confirm Jewish theology. However, while our interlocutors deny the legitimacy of “Supersessionism” or “Replacement Theology” (which posits that Christianity is the New Israel and that the Covenant with Jews has been abrogated because of Jewish refusal to recognize Christ), and dispute the existence of such theology in mainstream Catholic teaching, they fail to emphasize that it has long been and still is prevalent among many of the faithful of Catholicism and Protestantism, and that it has produced hatred, contempt, and been at the cause of real suffering, including very bloody massacres throughout nineteen hundred years of enmity. We hold that the Lord’s covenant with the Jewish people has not only never been abrogated by Him, nor “superseded”, but as a Divine Covenant, cannot be abrogated by man, either.
“Benedict posits that Substitution Theology is ‘bad theology’ from a Catholic perspective, and has also explicitly confirmed that Catholics are not called to missionize Jews, for which we are grateful. In our conversations, they also explicitly recognized that Supersessionism - despite being a wrong theology - was once widespread among Catholics. What we respectfully requested of our interlocutors was that they publish and underline this last point”.
Both the Pope Emeritus and Cardinal Koch expressed a desire for further theological dialogue specifying that the aim is better mutual understanding, not persuasion. The German rabbis replied that while there was more willingness to engage in theological dialogue today than in the past, it is nonetheless limited. Orthodox Jews see no reason to engage in Christological discussion, “specifically proscribed by our revered Rabbi Joseph Ber Soloveitchik.”
Among the new issues that might be considered for discussion, according to Rabbi Folger, “there is now a readiness on both sides to meet and hold a theological discussion regarding the ’Return to Zion’ and the establishment of the State of Israel, while obviously maintaining safeguards against the meddling of one faith community into another faith community’s beliefs. We meet as brothers, i.e. as equals, respecting our unbridgeable differences while highlighting our commonalities.”
“The Church already acknowledges that the State of Israel has religious significance for Jews and that Jews have a right to self determination. However, in response to some statements made by the Pope Emeritus in his essay, we stressed that it is not reasonable to seek a theological interpretation for the destruction of the Second Temple of Jerusalem and the subsequent dispersion of the Jewish people which created the Diaspora, while simultaneously maintaining that the Return to Zion and the establishment of the State of Israel is a purely secular matter.”
The five German rabbis also met with Rome’s Chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni for consultation before the Vatican meetings, but he did not join them since they were conducted exclusively in the German language (“making for easier communication”, as Rabbi Folger has noted).
"For there will rise up false Christs and false prophets, and they shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce (if it were possible) even the elect." Mark 13:22
Apparently, They Think We are Fools, By Christopher A. Ferrara
Beware of “moral theologians” in pastel blue...
As Pope Francis continues his long tirade against the imaginary Catholic Pharisees who defend the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage and the integrally related Eucharistic discipline, he and his collaborators are busily engineering neo-Pharisaical escape hatches from the negative precepts of the divine and natural law emanating from the Sixth Commandment.
Determined to quell any Catholic opposition to his moral subversion, Francis has slapped the label Authentic Magisterium® on his outrageous opinion that in “complex circumstances” wherein it is not “feasible” to live as brother and sister, two people who are not married can be admitted to Holy Communion without ceasing extra-marital sexual relations so long as they engage in an ill-defined “process of discernment.” As Father Brian Harrison has so trenchantly observed, this means that people embroiled in adultery can receive Holy Communion while they “discern” that they should not be receiving Holy Communion because they are embroiled in adultery.
Do they think we are fools?
Then there is the endlessly double-talking Cardinal Müller. In a recent interview concerning Rocco Buttiglione’s verbal contortions aimed at demonstrating that the administration of Holy Communion to public adulterers is consistent with the Church’s bi-millennial prohibition of precisely that, Müller proposed this preposterous “solution” to a “problem” that does not exist:
It is possible that the penitent may be convinced in conscience, and with good reasons, of the invalidity of the first marriage even though they cannot offer canonical proof. In this case the marriage valid before God would be the second one and the pastor could grant the sacrament, certainly with the appropriate precautions as not to scandalize the community of the faithful and not to weaken the conviction of marriage indissolubility.
The Cardinal knows this is moral and canonical nonsense. No Catholic, whether or not he consults a priest, can declare for himself that his marriage in the Church was invalid, especially when—indeed because—he lacks canonical proof of invalidity. Moreover, absent an annulment granted by the competent Church tribunal, a purported “second marriage” can only be an invalid civil ceremony and thus a thinly disguised form of continuous public adultery. Cardinal Burke, whom Francis sacked as head of the Church’s highest tribunal because he was a major impediment to the conspiracy culminating in Amoris Laetitia (AL), has observed the obvious in this regard:
Such cases do not exist. No priest has the authority to declare a marriage null in the internal forum. Marriage is a public state in the Church, and the judgment regarding an accusation of nullity of marriage must be made in accord with the long practice of the Church. If a college of judges in a matrimonial tribunal is not able to arrive at moral certitude regarding the nullity of a marriage after a careful and thorough examination of the petition of nullity, how can an individual priest be capable of making such a judgment having to do with the eternal salvation of the soul in question?
The only case in which a priest could admit a person living in an irregular matrimonial union to receive the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist is the case of a couple who agree to live “as brother and sister”, that is to respect the marriage to which they are bound by not living in a marital way with another person. Even then, the priest would have to insist that the couple living in continence receive the Sacraments in a place in which they are not well known, lest other faithful be led to believe that persons living in an irregular matrimonial union may receive the Sacraments.
Does Cardinal Müller think we are fools? Some of us apparently are, or at least are willing to serve as knowing dupes by defending neo-Pharisaical sophistry that would produce “a discipline alien to the entire Tradition of the Catholic and Apostolic faith.”
Apparently, they think they can fool us in the next phase of the program of moral subversion that this incredible Pope seriously expects us to believe is an imperative of “mercy”: the justification of contraception in “complex cases” to which “discernment” must be applied. Consider the recent declaration by one of Francis' new appointments to the Pontifical Academy for Life, whose entire membership he sacked and whose constitution he ordered rewritten to neutralize it. In a lecture at the Gregorian, one Father Maurizio Chiodi, a “moral theologian” of the post-Vatican II variety, proposed that “an artificial method for the regulation of births could be recognized as an act of responsibility that is carried out, not in order to radically reject the gift of a child, but because in those situations responsibility calls the couple and the family to other forms of welcome and hospitality.”
That is, Francis’ man at the reconstituted Pontifical Academy declares openly that there is a duty to contracept! Chiodi’s sole “authority” for this lie from the pit of hell is nothing more than Chapter 8 of AL, the only document of its kind in the entire history of the Church. AL will doubtless be providing cover for a whole new line of Authentic Magisterium® products, all of which will be utter fakes, including some form of “pastoral integration” of homosexual unions.
Evidently, they do think we are fools or willing to play the fool in exchange for the benefits of respectable conformity in the midst of an unparalleled debacle for the Church. (Consider the example of Catholic Answers, which “defends the Faith” while refusing to recognize that it is under ferocious attack from the very vertices of the Church. Silence at best is the price it must pay for remaining in good standing with the pro-homosexual bishop Francis has installed in San Diego.)
But we are not fools. And God will not be mocked. Francis and all his designs will ultimately come to nothing. Meanwhile, ours is but to keep the Faith and protest before God and man the blows now raining down against the Church, even when they come from a wayward Roman Pontiff at her summit. Indeed, especially then.
Dogmas “are to give light, not to receive light from human reason”!
I answer: The obligation to believe what God says is a natural duty, it is a natural law, dictated by the common sense of reason which the Creator has deposited in every human soul. The Church only enforces this law, which existed before she herself existed, because from all eternity it was a truth that the creature is bound to believe the word of the Creator. If the Church allows no denial, no doubt, no alteration or misconstruction of any of her dogmas, it is because the veracity of the Son of God, who has revealed these truths, is attacked when any of His doctrines are denied or doubted. These dogmas are so many fixed stars in the firmament of holy Church. They cannot be reached by the perversity and frivolity of man. He may close his eyes against them and deny their existence; he may misrepresent them and look at them through glasses stained the color of every prejudice; but he cannot do away with them altogether, nor change in any way their natural brightness and brilliancy. Like the stars that deck the vault of heaven, they are to give light, not to receive light from human reason. They are the word of God, and what God says is truth, that cannot be made untruth. The mind that receives truth is enlightened thereby; the mind that denies or misrepresents it is darkened and corrupted.
Besides, every dogma of faith is to the Catholic cultivated mind not only a new increase of knowledge, but also an incontrovertible principle from which it is able to draw conclusions and derive other truths. They present an endless field for investigation so that the beloved Apostle St. John could write at the end of his Gospel, without fear of exaggeration: “But there are also many other things which Jesus did: which if they were written every one, the world itself, I think, world not be able to contain the books that should be written.”
The Catholic Church, by enforcing firm belief in her dogmas—which are not her inventions, but were given by Jesus Christ—places them as a bar before the human mind to prevent it from going astray and to attach it to the truth; but it does not prevent the mind from exercising its functions when it has secured the treasure of divine truth, and a “scribe thus instructed in the kingdom of heaven is truly like a man that is a householder, who bringeth forth out of his treasure new things and old.” …. They are new because newly enacted, declared, defined; they are old because they contain no new revelation or any assumption of power never granted by Christ, but simply old truths under new forms, the old power exercised under new circumstances.
Rev. Joseph Prachensky, S.J., The Church of the Parables and True Spouse of the Suffering Savior
Pope Francis, CEO of the HomoLobby, taking care of his own!
Pope Francis’s commitment to sex abuse reform is nonexistent. Here’s proof
CatholicCulture.org | January 14, 2019– Early this month, the Vatican acknowledged that an Argentine bishop working at the Vatican faces sex-abuse charges. The story drew little attention from American media outlets, and understandably so: just one more in a long line of complaints against clerics, in this case involving a bishop whose name (Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta) was unfamiliar to readers in the US. But reporters who look at the story just a bit more carefully recognize it as a blockbuster: a potentially fatal blow to the reputation of Pope Francis as a reformer.
The facts, in brief: Zanchetta was appointed Bishop of Oran by Pope Francis in July 2013. He had served under the future Pontiff on the staff of the Argentine bishops' conference, and was one of the new Pope's first episcopal appointments. He abruptly resigned, however, just four years later, leaving the city without warning, at the age of just 53. At the time Bishop Zanchetta cited health reasons for his departure. Today Vatican officials say that he stepped down because of administrative problems; he had developed a rocky relationship with the priests of his diocese. After a few months without assignment (during which he showed no signs of ill health), Pope Francis gave him an important post at the Vatican, at the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA), the agency that handles the Vatican's investments and its enormous real-estate holdings.
Late in December – in fact, on Christmas Day – the Argentine newspaper El Tribuno revealed that Bishop Zanchetta had been accused by seminarians of sexual abuse. The Vatican insists that these charges were lodged only recently, and had nothing to do with his resignation from the Oran diocese. El Tribuno disagrees, saying that the charges date back to 2015 and were the reason for his removal. Readers can decide for themselves which claim seems more credible.
Now why is this bishop's story so important?
John Allen of Crux took the first step in explaining the significance of the Zanchetta case, noting that it is embarrassing to Pope Francis for two reasons. First, just as the Vatican is preparing for a February meeting on sexual abuse, here is another case in which the Pontiff himself has apparently protected – indeed promoted – a prelate with a questionable background. Second, the particular job that Zanchetta was given in Rome, with APSA, put the Argentine bishop into an office that is at the very center of debates about financial accountability. How serious could the Pope be about financial reforms, if he arranged a soft landing for a troubled bishop as the second-ranking official at an agency that has been criticized for making sweetheart deals, arranging no-bid contracts, undervaluing assets, and resisting independent audits?
Sandro Magister, the veteran Vatican-watcher for L'Espresso, took the analysis a few steps further. If Zanchetta had been persuaded to resign because of his administrative deficiencies, he asked, why was he given an administrative job at APSA? And why was he placed in an agency handling financial affairs, when the accounts of the Oran diocese were reportedly in a shambles? What was he doing at APSA, in a post ("assessor") that had not existed before his appointment?
Magister also probed into the seminarians' abuse charges, questioning whether Pope Francis had been aware of those complaints in 2017 when the bishop resigned, and had chosen to ignore them – just as, a few years earlier, he had dismissed charges against the Chilean Bishop Juan Barros; just as, according to Archbishop Vigano, he ignored complaints about then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
Even without the Vigano testimony, however, and even without the precedent of Bishop Barros, it is undeniably true that in this case, Pope Francis appointed a bishop with a problematical past to a very sensitive position. That fact would be shocking enough, if it were an unprecedented move by the Pope. But it is not.
Along with APSA, the Vatican institution most central to any bid for financial reform is the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), commonly known as the Vatican bank. In 2013, Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Battista Ricca as prelate of the IOR. Years earlier, Msgr. Ricca had reportedly brought a boyfriend along with him to a posting as a Vatican diplomat. Questioned about the prelate's past, Pope Francis offered his famous rhetorical question: "Who am I to judge?" Msgr. Ricca remains at his post at the IOR.
Both Bishop Zanchetta and Msgr. Ricca have been charged with abusing their offices and with sexual misconduct. Yet Pope Francis has found jobs for them at the Vatican – and not just any jobs, but jobs in which they are responsible for detecting misconduct by other Church officials.
Let me put it plainly: Both were obvious potential targets for blackmail. And they were put in positions where they might have ample opportunity to blackmail others.
The Zanchetta case demonstrates that Pope Francis continues to protect his friends and allies, regardless of his professed commitment to accountability. This one case illustrates how, since Francis was elected, the Vatican has actually moved backward on two crucial fronts: the fight against sexual abuse and the quest for financial transparency. In this pontificate, the cause of reform is dead, unless the reform begins with the Pontiff himself.
COMMENT: The most prevalent form of child abuse is sending your children to be psychologicaly corrupted by public, and now more often than not, parochial schooling. Home schooling is a great blessing for its intellectual enrichment that is well documented, but that is not nearly as important as the blessings obtained in psychological development and socialization skills. It is the duty of every parent to protect their children from these demonic perversions that seek the destruction of the soul. There is no price to pay that is too high.
Gendercide - By Dr. G.C. Dilsaver
Adapted from his new book: Celebrating God-Given Gender: Masculinity & Femininity per Nature & Grace
January 10, 2019
“APA’s new Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Boys and Men strive to recognize and address these problems in boys and men while remaining sensitive to the field’s androcentric past. Thirteen years in the making, they draw on more than 40 years of research showing that traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful and that socializing boys to suppress their emotions causes damage that echoes both inwardly and outwardly.”
American Psychological Association, January 2019, Vol 50, No. 1
The most demonic war in the history of the world is now being waged. It is nothing less than a ubiquitous war of terror, but this terrorism is being spearheaded not by the ancient Islamic archenemy of Christendom but by the very Western nations that were the birthplaces and defenders of the Holy Faith itself. This post-Christian era of terrorism is first and foremost a terror against the family and, as such, a terror against gender and marriage. This war of terror’s weapons are truly those of mass destruction, for they are weapons of the mass-media and a pervasive and perverse political correctness enforced by totalitarian political, judicial, economic, and social policies.
Destroy the meaning of gender and you destroy the meaningfulness of marriage, for gender is what makes marriage possible. Destroy the meaningfulness of marriage and you destroy the sacrosanct integrity of the family, for it is marriage that both animates and binds the family. Destroy the sacrosanct integrity of the family and you destroy a just, righteous, and sound sociopolitical order, for the sociopolitical order is both made up of the family and properly ordered to the facilitation of the family. Thus marriage and family’s given prerequisite—its first principle—is God-given gender. No wonder in these days of “gender confusion” the condition of marriage, the family, society, and the ecclesial community is in such advanced decay.
The most effective way to destroy the family is to destroy gender distinctions, that is, to promulgate gendercide. Not only does the rejection of gender deal a death blow to marriage and family, which is the basic cell of society and the Church, but it entails the rejection of the most elementary and essential demarcation of the human person as an incarnate being made in God’s image. Rejecting the realities of gender is the final result of rejecting man’s contingent and dependent nature, thus it is the result of rejecting and rebelling against both God and His natural law.
The gendercidal agenda that is being advanced today in the post and now anti-Christic West is no accident. Yes, the perverse popular culture enables the total State, which in turn controls the kowtowing corporations, mind-numbing mass-media, and politically-correct educational (read indoctrination) institutions; all of which combine in an orchestrated death-blow against the family. But be certain, the conductor of this hellish campaign is no other than the Evil One himself. Believe in this conspiracy, for it is no theory. Utilizing scientific technology, mass-media thought control, and governmental coercion, the demonically orchestrated campaign against gender, against womanhood and motherhood, against manhood and fatherhood, against the sacrosanct family is furiously accelerating. And make no mistake, it is the State’s perverse moral magisterium – the mental health system of psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, et al.–that continue to spear head this ideological assault on gender and the family.
January is Dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus
WHAT DOES THE NAME OF JESUS MEAN?
The name Jesus comes from the Greek Iesous which was derived from the Aramaic, Yeshu. It means “Yaweh is salvation.” The name was not unique, even in biblical times, and today it is common in Arabic-speaking East and in Spanish-speaking countries. From apostolic times the name has been treated with the greatest respect, as honor is due the name which represents Our Lord, himself.
The Holy Name of Jesus is, first of all, an all-powerful prayer. Our Lord Himself solemnly promises that whatever we ask the Father in His Name we shall receive. God never fails to keep His word.
When, therefore, we say, “Jesus,” let us ask God for all we need with absolute confidence of being heard. For this reason, the Church ends her prayer with the words, “through Jesus Christ,” which gives the prayer a new and Divine efficacy.
But the Holy Name is something still greater.
Each time we say, “Jesus,” we give God infinite joy and glory, for we offer Him all the infinite merits of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. St. Paul tells us that Jesus merited the Name Jesus by His Passion and Death.
Each time we say “Jesus,” let us clearly wish to offer God all the Masses being said all over the world for all our intentions. We thus share in these thousands of Masses.
Each time we say “Jesus,” we gain indulgences for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, thus relieving and liberating very many of these holy souls from their awful pains. Thus they may be our best friends and pray for us-----they cannot pray for themselves, however.
Each time we say “Jesus,” it is an act of perfect love, for we offer to God the infinite love of Jesus.
The Holy Name of Jesus saves us from innumerable evils and delivers us especially from the power of the devil, who is constantly seeking to do us harm.
The Holy Name of Jesus gradually fills our souls with a peace and joy we never had before.
Tell Novus Ordo “Saint” JP II the “Great” – if he indeed made it to Purgatory - to turn out the lights and lock the place up when he is the last to leave.
John Paul II was a pope under whose reign we had the most horrific scandal in the Church’s 2000-year history. Thousands of children were molested by priests and bishops he ordained. By the end of his pontificate, lawsuits were bankrupting Catholic Churches all over the world; and between one third and one half of the clergy (sources available upon request) were admittedly homosexual, with a significant percentage being pederasts whom the pope didn’t even admit existed when he was told of their crimes, much less did anything to stop them, even when stark evidence was brought before him, as in the case of Legionnaires leader Marciel Maciel. At the same time he hid other clerics from prosecution, as in the case of Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston.
This was the pope who allowed the Vatican Bank’s corruption that started under Paul VI to continue with little or no reform; and who protected its chief perpetrator, Bishop Paul Marcinkus, from prosecution. He did nothing to investigate the suspected murder of John Paul I, the very pope who made it known in the first days of his reign that he was going to clean up the financial misdealings of his curia. This was the pope who took 250 million dollars of the Vatican’s money and gave it to Solidarity in Poland, thereby making the Church a political institution instead of a spiritual one. By the same token he condemned Liberation theology because if its tendency to get involved in politics.
This was the pope who went to the hut of an African witch doctor in 1985 and afterward wrote, “the prayer meeting in the sanctuary at Lake Togo was particularly striking. There I prayed for the first time with animists.” In December 1984 he sent a Vatican representative to the laying of the foundation of the largest mosque in Europe. In September 1989 he wrote to Muslim leaders and said: “In the name of the same God we adore,” without any qualifications whatsoever. In May 1999 he kissed the Koran in a public ceremony; and in 2000 asked John the Baptist “to protect Islam.” In February 1986 he received the red dust of the Hindu religion on his forehead in honor of the goddess Shiva. In March 1986 in New Delhi he stated that “collaboration between all religions is necessary for the good of mankind... as Hindus, Buddhists, Jainists, and Christians, we unite to proclaim the truth about man.”
This was the pope who invited all the world’s non-Christian and pagan religions to pray for world peace at Assisi in 1986 and Assisi in 2002 (with five additional Assisi-like gatherings in the 1990s in various countries) and never once in those 16 years did he preach the Gospel to them about conversion to Christ for salvation. Instead he sent them all back to their countries encouraging them to continue to pray to their false gods, the very opposite that St. Paul did in Acts 17. He paid no attention to any of his high-placed clerical advisors who told him these acts were abominations.
This was the pope who, against two millennia of Catholic tradition, told husbands to be mutually submissive to women; dispensed with head coverings for women; and allowed women and girls to be communion ministers, altar girls, and directors of chanceries, thereby increasing the feminization of the Church amidst an already feminized clergy who were by this time at least a third homosexual, while another significant portion were receiving paternity suits.
This was the pope who profusely apologized for the ecclesiastical policies of previous popes; who had his Vatican envoy sign the 1998 Lutheran/Catholic Joint declaration which, in direct contradiction to the Council of Trent, said “man is justified by faith alone.” This was the pope who told the Lutherans they had a “profound religiousness and spiritual heritage” and that Martin Luther was driven by a “burning passion of the question of eternal salvation,” and who told the Lutheran bishops that Rome’s excommunication of Luther had expired, and that “There is a need for a new evaluation of the questions raised by Luther and his teaching.” This was the pope who implied or taught universal salvation and that hell may not be applicable to any human being. This was the pope who at the very beginning of his pontificate in the 1979 encyclical Redemptor Hominis used the word “church” 150 times but never once mentioned the word “Catholic.” This was the pope who continually sided with liberals like Karl Rahner, Urs von Balthasar and Raymond Brown but who would hardly give an ear to those, such as Archbishop Lefebvre, who wanted to preserve the tradition and who decried the anti-Catholic innovations being foisted on the Catholic populace. (Fortunately, Pope Benedict XVI saw John Paul II’s mistake and reversed the decision against Lefebvre). This was the pope who was criticized by his own admirers for failing to discipline wayward clerics, both in their doctrinal aberrations and moral laxity (Charles Curran, Edward Schillebeeckx, Hans Kung, et al). Ironically, the only cleric that was excommunicated was Lefebvre, yet he was one of the most doctrinally sound and morally upright clerics the Church had ever known.
This was the pope who in 1981, contrary to tradition, implied or taught that the Jewish Old Covenant is not revoked and that Jews have a special relationship with God, as does Paragraph 121 of his papally-signed 1994 Catechism. He continued to propagate confusing and doctrinally fallacious teaching about the Jews and Judaism through his cardinals who taught that the Jews did not need to convert to Christianity to be saved since they have their own covenant with God (Kasper, Keeler, Willebrands, George, Ratzinger, et al). This was the first pope in history to visit Israel and who then placed himself under Judaism by praying at the Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall. This was the pope who, for the first time in the history of the papacy, visited and prayed in Jewish synagogues - the religion that denies more than any other that Jesus Christ is God.
Last but not least, this was the pope who changed the Church’s criterion for sainthood, which now allows him and all his fellow 20th century popes to be easily canonized in the face of the fact that there have been only three popes canonized since 1294 (Pius X, d. 1914; Pius V, d. 1572; Celestine V, d. 1294). As such, the very popes who lived and reigned during the Church’s worst corruptions and scandals are now being exonerated and place in heaven.
Robert Sungenis, Ph.D., Letter to Editor, Culture Wars Magazine
COMMENT: He forgot to mention that it was JP II who left Bishop Zanic and, then Bishop Peric, former ordinaries of Medjugorge, who had condemned the false apparitions as the work of the devil, hanging in the wind by his silence on the matter. More than 20 million Catholics have made the pilgrimage the “shrine” and helped spread the doctrinal errors worldwide.
The “Miracle of the Red Thread”- The Talmud Confirms the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross
by Giuseppe Nardi, posted on Eponymous Flower Blog
Talmud and Zohar report that the Jewish high priest offered animal sacrifices only once a year, on Yom Kippur, the “Day of Atonement,” entering the Holy of Holies of the Temple (see also Heb 9: 6-7). He asked for forgiveness for the sins of the Jews, who were once called Israelites. The Zohar is the most important font of Kabbalah, a Jewish secret doctrine. Both scriptures mention “the miracle of the red thread.”
The Zohar is included in the commentary to Vayikra, as the Book of Leviticus or Third Book of Moses in Hebrew reads:
“On this day, all sins will be forgiven [...] the impurities of the souls and bodies [...] all of them, on that day [...] God forgives Israel and freed it from all sins. On this day, the priest prays for himself, his house, the priests, and for all and for the sanctuary for forgiveness [...] they would know whether the priest had success by the red thread. “(Vayikra, 3).
If the thread discolored to white from red, there was rejoicing among all the people. If it remained red, there was general dejection, because it was the sign that the sacrifice of the High Priest and his prayers were not heard by God. The priests and people knew that God had not forgiven the sins.
The emergence of the Zohar is now dated by the research in the 13th century and its authorship is attributed to Mosche de León. It is not Orthodox Judaism, that affirms Shimon ben Jochais, a Talmudic Rabbi of the 2nd century AD. The prophet Isaiah alluded to this “thread”, without expressly describing it. That was for the Jews not even necessary. They knew how to interpret the words:
“Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool “(Isaiah 1:18).
For 40 years the miracle ceased
The Talmud reports that this great miracle of divine confirmation of the acceptance of the priestly sacrifice and therefore the forgiveness of sins, had already ceased for forty years before the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.
“Originally they fastened the thread at the gate of the outer [temple] Court. Were it white, the people rejoiced, when it was not know they were troubled. [...] For forty years before the destruction of the Temple the red thread was no longer white, but remained red.”(Babylonian Talmud, Rosh Hashanah 31b). The same is reported in the Jerusalem Talmud (yYom 6,3,43c).
The Talmud is the central font of Judaism after the denial and execution of Christ. The quoted passage is goes back to the time of the Pharisee Rabbi Gamaliel II, who died in the year 114 AD. Gamaliel was responsible for the final expulsion of the Jewish Christians from the synagogue and cursing them as heretics.
The temple was destroyed in 70 AD by the Romans under the high command of Titus, the son of Emperor Vespasian, who himself was later emperor. The “miracle of the red thread” therefore, had no longer occurred since the year 30 AD. This is exactly the time when Jesus was crucified at Calvary. The New Testament, which was written by Jews who saw Christ and followed him, teaches that the sacrifice of the Cross of Christ replaced the animal sacrifices of the Old Covenant. The old temple had lost its meaning and the animal sacrifice their effectiveness. In place of the old covenant, a new covenant was entered.
COMMENT: In 2005 the Dover after attention from the natinoal media, PA electorate removed the School Board members that permitted Intelligent Design to be considered as a possible explanation for the natural order found in the material universe. Scientists, while affirming that the natural order in the universe must necessarily be the result of mechanical chance, “listened with a vast radio telescopic network for signals (from outer space) that resembled coded intelligence and were not merely random” for evidence of intelligent life in the universe. If these scientists affirm that the DNA code of biological life, which is clearly goal directed, is “merely random” and not a sign of “intelligence” how can they be open to recognize any sign of intelligible communication!? Is this WSJ article evidence that there are no signs of intelligence life in the Dover, PA electorate?
Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God
The odds of life existing on another planet grow ever longer. Intelligent design, anyone?
Eric Metaxas: Dec. 25, 2014
In 1966 Time magazine ran a cover story asking: Is God Dead? Many have accepted the cultural narrative that he’s obsolete—that as science progresses, there is less need for a “God” to explain the universe. Yet it turns out that the rumors of God’s death were premature. More amazing is that the relatively recent case for his existence comes from a surprising place—science itself.
Here’s the story: The same year Time featured the now-famous headline, the astronomer Carl Sagan announced that there were two important criteria for a planet to support life: The right kind of star, and a planet the right distance from that star. Given the roughly octillion—1 followed by 27 zeros—planets in the universe, there should have been about septillion—1 followed by 24 zeros—planets capable of supporting life.
With such spectacular odds, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, a large, expensive collection of private and publicly funded projects launched in the 1960s, was sure to turn up something soon. Scientists listened with a vast radio telescopic network for signals that resembled coded intelligence and were not merely random. But as years passed, the silence from the rest of the universe was deafening. Congress defunded SETI in 1993, but the search continues with private funds. As of 2014, researches have discovered precisely bubkis—0 followed by nothing.
What happened? As our knowledge of the universe increased, it became clear that there were far more factors necessary for life than Sagan supposed. His two parameters grew to 10 and then 20 and then 50, and so the number of potentially life-supporting planets decreased accordingly. The number dropped to a few thousand planets and kept on plummeting.
Even SETI proponents acknowledged the problem. Peter Schenkel wrote in a 2006 piece for Skeptical Inquirer magazine: “In light of new findings and insights, it seems appropriate to put excessive euphoria to rest . . . . We should quietly admit that the early estimates . . . may no longer be tenable.”
As factors continued to be discovered, the number of possible planets hit zero, and kept going. In other words, the odds turned against any planet in the universe supporting life, including this one. Probability said that even we shouldn’t be here.
Today there are more than 200 known parameters necessary for a planet to support life—every single one of which must be perfectly met, or the whole thing falls apart. Without a massive planet like Jupiter nearby, whose gravity will draw away asteroids, a thousand times as many would hit Earth’s surface. The odds against life in the universe are simply astonishing.
Yet here we are, not only existing, but talking about existing. What can account for it? Can every one of those many parameters have been perfect by accident? At what point is it fair to admit that science suggests that we cannot be the result of random forces? Doesn’t assuming that an intelligence created these perfect conditions require far less faith than believing that a life-sustaining Earth just happened to beat the inconceivable odds to come into being?
There’s more. The fine-tuning necessary for life to exist on a planet is nothing compared with the fine-tuning required for the universe to exist at all. For example, astrophysicists now know that the values of the four fundamental forces—gravity, the electromagnetic force, and the “strong” and “weak” nuclear forces—were determined less than one millionth of a second after the big bang. Alter any one value and the universe could not exist. For instance, if the ratio between the nuclear strong force and the electromagnetic force had been off by the tiniest fraction of the tiniest fraction—by even one part in 100,000,000,000,000,000—then no stars could have ever formed at all. Feel free to gulp.
Multiply that single parameter by all the other necessary conditions, and the odds against the universe existing are so heart-stoppingly astronomical that the notion that it all “just happened” defies common sense. It would be like tossing a coin and having it come up heads 10 quintillion times in a row. Really?
Fred Hoyle, the astronomer who coined the term “big bang,” said that his atheism was “greatly shaken” at these developments. He later wrote that “a common-sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has monkeyed with the physics, as well as with chemistry and biology…. The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.”
Theoretical physicist Paul Davies has said that “the appearance of design is overwhelming” and Oxford professor Dr. John Lennox has said “the more we get to know about our universe, the more the hypothesis that there is a Creator . . . gains in credibility as the best explanation of why we are here.”
The greatest miracle of all time, without any close seconds, is the universe. It is the miracle of all miracles, one that ineluctably points with the combined brightness of every star to something—or Someone—beyond itself.
Mr. Metaxas is the author, most recently, of “Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life” (Dutton Adult, 2014).
“Don’t get me wrong Sisters. I am sure your hearts are in the right place. OK, but you know, somebody has got to lift the scab, the festering scab that is the Vatican.”
Jerry Fletcher, Conspiracy Theory, addressing two nuns in the back of his cab
Pope Francis the Hypocrite Converting to Atheism?
Pope Francis rails against ‘hypocritical Christians’: ‘Better to live as an atheist’
OnePeterFive | Bree A. Dail | January 2, 2019
VATICAN CITY, January 2, 2019 – Pope Francis addressed a crowd of faithful with some jarring remarks during his first Wednesday Audience of 2019. Speaking in the Paul VI Audience Hall, this morning, the pope focused on two reoccurring themes of his pontificate: hypocritical Christians and the “revolutionary” nature of the Gospel.
“How many times do we see the scandal of those people who go to church and stay there all day or go every day and then live hating others or talking badly about people? This is a scandal – it is better not to go to church: better to live as an atheist,” the pope admonished.
Reading from his prepared statements, the pope continued, “The Christian is not one who commits himself to be better than others: he knows that he is a sinner like everyone else.”
According to the Italian media outlet La Repubblica, reporting from the audience hall, the pope continued to read from his prepared texts, “where there is Gospel, there is revolution: the Gospel does not leave us quiet, it pushes us: it is revolutionary.” Pointing to the Our Father, he would conclude that St Matthew placed Jesus’ prayer “at the center of the mountain’s discourse[.] … Blessed are the poor, the meek, the merciful, the humble people of heart: It is the revolution of the Gospel.”
The Roman pontiff’s use of the term “revolution” harkens to a recent LifeSite exclusive with Chilean author José Antonio Ureta on his book, Pope Francis’s Paradigm Shift: Continuity or Rupture in the Mission of the Church? In his full interview (found here, interview in Spanish), Mr. Ureta would explain the concerning trend of some in the Vatican – to include Pope Francis – to label attempts at change in the Church as “revolutions” or “paradigm shifts.” Such terms have found their place in the theological narratives of Pope Francis and his close advisers.
To note, Pope Francis’s prepared statements, today, are the first since news shook the international press of the joint resignation of Vatican spokesman Greg Burke, and his deputy, Paloma García Ovejero, over the New Year.