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

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

Tridentine Codification of the traditional Roman Rite of the Mass. 

 

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Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

St. Martin of Tours, Bishop & Confessor

St. Mennas, Martyr

November 11, 2018

    Today the divinity of our Lord is affirmed through His doctrine, which filled the Jews of Nazareth with wonder (Communion).

    Christ is our King (Introit), for He welcomes not only Jews but also Gentiles into His kingdom.  Called through pure mercy to share in the mystical Body of Christ, we must then in our turn, show mercy to our neighbour since we are made one with him in Christ Jesus (Epistle).  In doing this we shall have need of patience, since in God’s kingdom here on earth there are both good and bad, and it is only when our Lord comes to judge men that He will separate the one from the other for all Eternity.

    St. Martin of Tours, "The Glory of Gaul," was born around A.D. 316 in Szombathely, Hungary (known then as Sabaria, Pannonia) and grew up the son of a Roman military officer in Pavia, Italy. He joined the Roman army and was sent to Amiens, where, on horseback, he met a starving man begging alms at the city gates. Moved by deep compassion, he tore his red, woolen cloak in two with his sword and gave half to the beggar. The next night, he had a dream in which he saw Jesus wearing the half of the cloak he had given away, surrounded by angels. In the dream, Our Lord asked him to look at it and to see if he recognized it. He did, of course, and realized that he must convert and devote his life to Christ. St. Martin's remaining piece of cloak became a very revered relic. In fact, the building where his cloak -- "cappa" in Latin -- was preserved was known as the "cappella," the root of our words "chapel" and "chaplain."
    When he was around 20 years of age, some Teutons invaded Gaul and were repelled. When he went before Emperor Julian to receive his reward, he was moved to refuse the bounty, saying "Up to now, I have served you as a soldier; allow me henceforth to serve Christ. Give the bounty to these others who are going out to battle. I am a soldier of Christ and it is not lawful for me to fight." Julian accused him of cowardice and had him imprisoned, but he was released after a truce was called.
    He got out of the army in Worms and, after spending time at Isola d'Albenga (then Gallinaria), met up with St. Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers and became his disciple, living a solitary life until others gathered around him, forming the Benedictine Abbey of Ligugé. After a decade of this life, he went on journeys around the area to preach the Gospel, and his popularity grew to such an extent that when St. Hilary of Poitier's successor died, the people of the town elected St. Martin to succeed him as Bishop, in spite of St. Martin's protests. Indeed, St. Martin was rather "tricked" into the position. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia

    When St. Lidorius, second Bishop of Tours, died in 371 or 372, the clergy of that city desired to replace him by the famous hermit of Ligugé [St. Martin]. But, as Martin remained deaf to the prayers of the deputies who brought him this message, it was necessary to resort to a ruse to overcome his resistance. A certain Rusticius, a rich citizen of Tours, went and begged him to come to his wife, who was in the last extremity, and to prepare her for death. Without any suspicions, Martin followed him in all haste, but hardly had he entered the city when, in spite of the opposition of a few ecclesiastical dignitaries, popular acclamation constrained him to become Bishop of the Church of Tours.

    As Bishop, he led an exemplary simple life, a life that inspired the formation of yet another monastery, one called Marmoutier. He fought battles against the Priscillianists and Ithacians, evangelized and set up religious communities as far away as Paris and Vienne, visited every parish in his large diocese each year, and died around the age of 81, so loved that he became known as "The Glory of Gaul."            St. Martin is the patron of beggars, vintners, equestrians, soldiers, tailors, innkeepers, alcoholics, and geese. He is usually depicted in art on horseback, handing half of his cloak to a beggar, or relinquishing his arms. His symbol is the goose. You may also see him riding on a donkey based on the apocryphal story of him walking to Rome and meeting up with the devil, who mocked him for not riding on a donkey as a Bishop should. St. Martin turned the devil into a donkey and rode him all the way to Rome, urging him on with the Sign of the Cross. The angered devil cursed him with this palindrome:

Signa te Signa: temere me tangis et angis:
Roma tibi subito motibus ibit amor
 ("Cross, cross thyself, you plague and vex me without need
For by my labors you shall soon reach Rome, the object of your wishes")

    St. Martin's Feast is considered the first day of Winter for practical purposes, so, alluding to the snows of that season, the Germans say that "St Martin comes riding on a white horse." Of course, it might not feel like Winter if one is experiencing a "St. Martin's Summer" -- the equivalent of an "Indian Summer." It is said, too, that one can predict what sort of Winter one will have by the conditions of St. Martin's Day: "If the geese at Martin’s Day stand on ice, they will walk in mud at Christmas."
    The Feast coincides not only with the end of the Octave of All Souls, but with harvest time, the time when newly-produced wine is ready for drinking, and the end of winter preparations, including the butchering of animals (an old English saying is "His Martinmas will come as it does to every hog," meaning "he will get his comeuppance" or "everyone must die"). Because of this, St. Martin's Feast is much like the American Thanksgiving -- a celebration of the earth's bounty. Because it also comes before the penitential season of Advent, it is seen as a mini "carnivale" with all the feasting and bonfires. As at Michaelmas on 29 September, goose is eaten in most places (the goose is a symbol for St. Martin himself. It is said that as he was hiding from the people who wanted to make him Bishop, a honking goose gave away his hiding spot), but unlike most Catholics, those of Britain and Ireland prefer pork or beef on this day.

 

INTROIT:

Jer. 29:   The Lord saith, I think thoughts of peace, and not of affliction: you shall call upon Me, and I will hear you; and I will bring back your captivity from all places.

Ps. 84:  Lord, Thou hast blessed Thy land; Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob.  Glory be, etc.  The Lord saith, etc.

 

COLLECT:

Keep, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy household by Thy continual mercy; that as it leans only upon the hope of Thy heavenly grace, so it may ever be defended by Thy protection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, etc.

 

O God, who knowest that we stand by no strength of our own, mercifully grant that, by the intercession of blessed Martin, Thy Bishop and Confessor, we may be kept from all harm.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who are keeping the festival of blessed Mennas, Thy Martyr, may at his intercessin be strengthened in the love of Thy name. Through our Lord, etc.

 

EPISTLE:  Col 3, 12-17

Brethren, put ye on, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another; even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so you also. But above all these things, have charity, which is the bond of perfection: and let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly, in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another, in psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in your hearts to God. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, all things, do ye in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Why does St. Paul call charity the bond of perfection?

Because charity comprises in itself and links all the virtues in which perfection consists. For whoever truly loves God and his neighbor, is also good, merciful, humble, modest, patiently bears the weakness of his neighbor, willingly forgives offences, in a word, practices all virtues for the sake of charity.

When does the peace of God rejoice in our hearts?

When we have learned to conquer our evil inclinations, passions, and desires, and have placed order and quiet in our hearts instead. This peace then, like a queen, keeps all the wishes of the soul in harmony, and causes us to enjoy constant peace with our neighbor, and thus serve Christ in concord, as the members of one body serve the head. The best means of preserving this peace are earnest attention to the word of God, mutual imparting of pious exhortations and admonitions, and by singing hymns, psalms, and spiritual canticles.

Why should we do all in the name of Jesus?

Because only then can our works have real worth in the sight of God, and be pleasing to Him, when they are performed for love of Jesus, in His honor, in accordance with His spirit and will. Therefore the apostle admonishes us to do all things, eat, drink, sleep, and work in the name of Jesus, and so honor God, the Heavenly Father, and show our gratitude to Him. Oh, how grieved will they be on their deathbeds who have neglected to offer God their daily work by a good intention, then they will see, when too late, how deficient they are in meritorious deeds. On the contrary they will rejoice whose consciences testify, that in all their actions they had in view only the will and the honor of God! Would that this might be taken to heart especially by those who have to earn their bread with difficulty and in distress, that they might always unite their hardships and trials with the sufferings and merits of Jesus, offering them to the Heavenly Father, and thus imitating Christ who had no other motive than the will and the glory of His Heavenly Father.

ASPIRATION O God of love, of patience, and of mercy, turn our hearts to the sincere love of our neighbor, and grant, that whatever we do in thoughts, words and actions, we may do in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and through Him render thanks to Thee.

 

GRADUAL:

Ps. 43:  Thou hast delivered us, O Lord, from them that afflict us: and hast put them to shame that hate us.  In God we will glory all the day: and in Thy name we will give praise forever.  Alleluia, alleluia. 

Ps. 129:   Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my prayer.  Alleluia

 

GOSPEL:  Matt. 13, 24-30

At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to the multitudes: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seed in his field. But while men were asleep, his enemy came, and oversowed cockle among the wheat, and went his way. And when the blade was sprung up, and had brought forth fruit, then appeared also the cockle. And the servants of the good man of the house coming, said to him: Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? whence, then, hath it cockle? And he said to them: An enemy bath done this. And the servants said to him: Wilt thou that we go and gather it up? And he said: No, lest perhaps, gathering up the cockle, you root up the wheat also together with it. Suffer both to grow until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather up first the cockle, and bind it into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather ye into my barn.

What is understood by the kingdom of heaven ?

The Church of God, or the collection of all orthodox Christians on earth, destined for heaven.

What is meant by the good seed, and by the cockle?

The good seed, as Christ Himself says (Matt. 13, 38), signifies the children of the kingdom, that is, the true Christians, the living members of the Church, who being converted by the word of God sown into their hearts become children of God, and bring forth the fruit of good works. The cockle means the children of iniquity, of the devil, that is, those who do evil; also every wrong, false doctrine which leads men to evil.

Who sows the good seed, and by the cockle?

The good seed is sown by Jesus, the Son of Man not only directly, but through His apostles, and the priests, their successors; the evil seed is sown by the devil, or by wicked men whom he uses as his tools.

Who are the men who were asleep?

Those superiors in the Church; those bishops and pastors who take no care of their flock, and do not warn them against seduction, when the devil comes and by wicked men sows the cockle of erroneous doctrine and of crime; and those men who are careless and neglect to hear the word of God and the sacrifice of the Mass, who neglect to pray, and do not receive the Sacraments. In the souls of such the devil sows the seeds of bad thoughts, evil imaginations and desires, from which spring, later, the cockle of pride, impurity, anger, envy, avarice, etc.

Why does not God allow the cockle, that is, the wicked people, to be rooted out and destroyed?

Because of His patience and long suffering towards the sinner to whom He gives time for repentance, and because of His love for the just from whom He would not, by weeding out the unjust, take away the occasion of practicing virtue and gathering up merits for themselves; for because of the unjust, the just have numerous opportunities to exercise patience, humility, etc.

When is the time of the harvest?

The day of the last judgment when the reapers, that is, the angels, will go out and separate the wicked from the just, and throw the wicked into the fiery furnace; while the just will be taken into everlasting joy (Matt. 13, 29).

PRAYER O faithful Jesus, Thou great lover of our souls, who hast sown the good seed of Thy Divine Word in our hearts, grant that it may be productive, and bear in us fruit for eternal life; protect us from our evil enemy, that he may not sow his erroneous and false doctrine in our hearts, and corrupt the good; preserve us from the sleep of sin, and sloth that we may remain always vigilant and armed against the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, overcome them manfully, and die a happy death. Amen.

 

OFFERTORY:

Ps. 129:   Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my prayer: out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord.  

 

SECRET:

We offer Thee, O Lord, the sacrifice of atonement, that Thou mayest mercifully absolve us from our offenses, and Thyself guide our wavering hearts.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

Sanctify, we pray, O Lord, these gifts, which we offer on the festival of Thy holy Bishop Martin; that by them our life may be ever guided both in weal and woe.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

As Thou hast received our gifts and prayers, O Lord, cleanse us, we pray, by Thy heavenly mysteries, and graciously hear us. Through our Lord, etc.

 

COMMUNION:

Mark 11, 24:  Amen, I say to you, whatsoever you ask when you pray, believe that you shall receive, and it shall be done unto you.

 

POSTCOMMUNION:

We beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we may receive the full measure of that salvation, whereof we have received a pledge through these mysteries.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

Grant, we pray, O Lord, our God, that these holy mysteries may avail us unto salvation, through the intercession of those on whose festival they are offered.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

Grant, we pray, O Lord our God, that we who in time render joyful service in memory of Thy saints, may be gladdened by their company in eternity.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

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“Suffer both to grow until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather up first the cockle, and bind it into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather ye into my barn.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 PROPER OF THE SAINTS FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 11th:

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25th Sunday after Pentecost

[5th Sun after Epiphany]

St. Martin of Tours, BpC

St. Mennas, M

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Mass 9:00 AM; Members Ss. Peter & Paul; Rosary of Reparation 8:30 AM; Confessions 8:00 AM

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St. Martin I, PM

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Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

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St. Didacus, C

St. Stanislaus Kostka, C

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Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

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Wed

St. Josaphat, BpM

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Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

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Thu

St. Albert the Great, BpCD

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Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

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Fri

St. Gertrude, Abbess, V

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Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

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Sat

St. Gregory Thaumaturgus, BpC

BVM - Mother of Divine Providence

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

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Dedication Basilicas of Ss. Peter & Paul

26th Sunday after Pentecost

[6th Sun after Epiphany]

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Mass 9:00 AM; Members Ss. Peter & Paul; Rosary of Reparation 8:30 AM; Confessions 8:00 AM

 

 

Three thousand six hundred and sixty churches dedicated to St. Martin in France alone, and well nigh as many in the rest of the world, bear witness to the immense popularity of the great thaumaturgus.  In the country, on the mountains, and in the depth of the forests; trees, rocks, and fountains, objects of superstitious worship to our pagan ancestors, received, and in many places still retain, the name of him who snatched them from the dominion of the powers of darkness to restore them to the true God.  Martin’s mission was to complete the destruction of paganism, which had been driven from the towns by the martyrs but remained up to his time master of the vast territories removed from the influence of the cities.  It was Satan who said to St. Martin, ‘I will beset thy path at every turn’, and he kept his word.  He has kept his word to this very day; century after century, he has been working ruin around the glorious tomb which once attracted the whole world to Tours; in the sixteenth, he delivered to the flames, by the hands of the Huguenots, the venerable remains of the protector of France. 

Dom Gueranger, The Liturgical Year, St. Martin de Tours

 

 

“That they might know that by what things a man sinneth, by the same also he is tormented.”

Wisdom 11:17

 

 

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.

Amos 8:11

 

 

Faithfully do what God expects of you each moment, and leave the rest up to Him.

I assure you that living in this manner will bring you great peace.

St. Jane Francis de Chantal


 

 

 

Invincible ignorance is a punishment for sin. 

St. Thomas Aquinas (De Infid. q. x., art. 1.)

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ordinary Pope Greets Extra-Ordinary Pope!

I spoke because now more than ever, corruption has spread to the highest levels of the hierarchy of the Church. I ask the journalists: why are they not asking what happened to the cache of documents that, as we all saw, were delivered at Castel Gandolfo to Pope Francis from Pope Benedict? Was that all useless? It would have been enough to read my report and the transcript that was made of my deposition before the three cardinals charged with the investigation of the Vatileaks case (Julian Herranz, Jozef Tomko, and Salvatore De Giorgi) in order to begin some cleaning up in the Curia.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, comment during interview after his open letter accusing Pope Francis of covering for homosexual predators in the Catholic Church, August 28, 2018

 

 

 

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò responds to Cardinal Ouellet, and thus, to Pope Francis, and re-affirms his charge that Francis is guilty of covering-up the crimes of the Homosexual Lobby! 

Francis_rainbow_4.jpgTo bear witness to corruption in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church was a painful decision for me, and remains so. But I am an old man, one who knows he must soon give an accounting to the judge for his actions and omissions, one who fears Him who can cast body and soul into hell. A judge, even in his infinite mercy, will render to every person salvation or damnation according to what he has deserved. Anticipating the dreadful question from that judge — “How could you, who had knowledge of the truth, keep silent in the midst of falsehood and depravity?” — what answer could I give?

I testified fully aware that my testimony would bring alarm and dismay to many eminent persons: churchmen, fellow bishops, colleagues with whom I had worked and prayed. I knew many would feel wounded and betrayed. I expected that some would in their turn assail me and my motives. Most painful of all, I knew that many of the innocent faithful would be confused and disconcerted by the spectacle of a bishop’s charging colleagues and superiors with malfeasance, sexual sin, and grave neglect of duty. Yet I believe that my continued silence would put many souls at risk, and would certainly damn my own. Having reported multiple times to my superiors, and even to the pope, the aberrant behavior of Theodore McCarrick, I could have publicly denounced the truths of which I was aware earlier. If I have some responsibility in this delay, I repent for that. This delay was due to the gravity of the decision I was going to take, and to the long travail of my conscience.

I have been accused of creating confusion and division in the Church through my testimony. To those who believe such confusion and division were negligible prior to August 2018, perhaps such a claim is plausible. Most impartial observers, however, will have been aware of a longstanding excess of both, as is inevitable when the successor of Peter is negligent in exercising his principal mission, which is to confirm the brothers in the faith and in sound moral doctrine. When he then exacerbates the crisis by contradictory or perplexing statements about these doctrines, the confusion is worsened.

Therefore I spoke. For it is the conspiracy of silence that has wrought and continues to wreak great harm in the Church — harm to so many innocent souls, to young priestly vocations, to the faithful at large. With regard to my decision, which I have taken in conscience before God, I willingly accept every fraternal correction, advice, recommendation, and invitation to progress in my life of faith and love for Christ, the Church and the pope.

Let me restate the key points of my testimony.

·       In November 2000 the U.S. nuncio Archbishop Montalvo informed the Holy See of Cardinal McCarrick’s homosexual behavior with seminarians and priests.

·       In December 2006 the new U.S. nuncio, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, informed the Holy See of Cardinal McCarrick’s homosexual behavior with yet another priest.

·       In December of 2006 I myself wrote a memo to the Secretary of State Cardinal Bertone, and personally delivered it to the Substitute for General Affairs, Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, calling for the pope to bring extraordinary disciplinary measures against McCarrick to forestall future crimes and scandal. This memo received no response.

·       In April 2008 an open letter to Pope Benedict by Richard Sipe was relayed by the Prefect of the CDF, Cardinal Levada, to the Secretary of State, Cardinal Bertone, containing further accusations of McCarrick’s sleeping with seminarians and priests. I received this a month later, and in May 2008 I myself delivered a second memo to the then Substitute for General Affairs, Archbishop Fernando Filoni, reporting the claims against McCarrick and calling for sanctions against him. This second memo also received no response.

·       In 2009 or 2010 I learned from Cardinal Re, prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, that Pope Benedict had ordered McCarrick to cease public ministry and begin a life of prayer and penance. The nuncio Sambi communicated the Pope’s orders to McCarrick in a voice heard down the corridor of the nunciature.

·       In November 2011 Cardinal Ouellet, the new Prefect of Bishops, repeated to me, the new nuncio to the U.S., the Pope’s restrictions on McCarrick, and I myself communicated them to McCarrick face-to-face.

·       On June 21, 2013, toward the end of an official assembly of nuncios at the Vatican, Pope Francis spoke cryptic words to me criticizing the U.S. episcopacy.

·       On June 23, 2013, I met Pope Francis face-to-face in his apartment to ask for clarification, and the Pope asked me, “il cardinale McCarrick, com’è (Cardinal McCarrick — what do you make of him)?”– which I can only interpret as a feigning of curiosity in order to discover whether or not I was an ally of McCarrick. I told him that McCarrick had sexually corrupted generations of priests and seminarians, and had been ordered by Pope Benedict to confine himself to a life of prayer and penance.

·       Instead, McCarrick continued to enjoy the special regard of Pope Francis and was given new responsibilities and missions by him.

·       McCarrick was part of a network of bishops promoting homosexuality who exploiting their favor with Pope Francis manipulated episcopal appointments so as to protect themselves from justice and to strengthen the homosexual network in the hierarchy and in the Church at large.

·       Pope Francis himself has either colluded in this corruption, or, knowing what he does, is gravely negligent in failing to oppose it and uproot it.

·       I invoked God as my witness to the truth of my claims, and none has been shown false. Cardinal Ouellet has written to rebuke me for my temerity in breaking silence and leveling such grave accusations against my brothers and superiors, but in truth his remonstrance confirms me in my decision and, even more, serves to vindicate my claims, severally and as a whole.

·       Cardinal Ouellet concedes that he spoke with me about McCarrick’s situation prior to my leaving for Washington to begin my post as nuncio.

·       Cardinal Ouellet concedes that he communicated to me in writing the conditions and restrictions imposed on McCarrick by Pope Benedict.

·       Cardinal Ouellet concedes that these restrictions forbade McCarrick to travel or to make public appearances.

·       Cardinal Ouellet concedes that the Congregation of Bishops, in writing, first through the nuncio Sambi and then once again through me, required McCarrick to lead a life of prayer and penance.

·       What does Cardinal Ouellet dispute?

·       Cardinal Ouellet disputes the possibility that Pope Francis could have taken in important information about McCarrick on a day when he met scores of nuncios and gave each only a few moments of conversation. But this was not my testimony. My testimony is that at a second, private meeting, I informed the Pope, answering his own question about Theodore McCarrick, then Cardinal archbishop emeritus of Washington, prominent figure of the Church in the US, telling the pope that McCarrick had sexually corrupted his own seminarians and priests. No pope could forget that.

·       Cardinal Ouellet disputes the existence in his archives of letters signed by Pope Benedict or Pope Francis regarding sanctions on McCarrick. But this was not my testimony. My testimony was that he has in his archives key documents – irrespective of provenance – incriminating McCarrick and documenting the measures taken in his regard, and other proofs on the cover-up regarding his situation. And I confirm this again.

·       Cardinal Ouellet disputes the existence in the files of his predecessor, Cardinal Re, of “audience memos” imposing on McCarrick the restrictions already mentioned. But this was not my testimony. My testimony is that there are other documents: for instance, a note from Card. Re not ex-Audientia SS.mi, or signed by the Secretary of State or by the Substitute.

·       Cardinal Ouellet disputes that it is false to present the measures taken against McCarrick as “sanctions” decreed by Pope Benedict and canceled by Pope Francis. True. They were not technically “sanctions” but provisions, “conditions and restrictions.” To quibble whether they were sanctions or provisions or something else is pure legalism. From a pastoral point of view they are exactly the same thing.

In brief, Cardinal Ouellet concedes the important claims that I did and do make, and disputes claims I don’t make and never made.

There is one point on which I must absolutely refute what Cardinal Ouellet wrote. The Cardinal states that the Holy See was only aware of “rumors,” which were not enough to justify disciplinary measures against McCarrick. I affirm to the contrary that the Holy See was aware of a variety of concrete facts, and is in possession of documentary proof, and that the responsible persons nevertheless chose not to intervene or were prevented from doing so. Compensation by the Archdiocese of Newark and the Diocese of Metuchen to the victims of McCarrick’s sexual abuse, the letters of Fr. Ramsey, of the nuncios Montalvo in 2000 and Sambi in 2006, of Dr. Sipe in 2008, my two notes to the superiors of the Secretariat of State who described in detail the concrete allegations against McCarrick; are all these just rumors? They are official correspondence, not gossip from the sacristy. The crimes reported were very serious, including those of attempting to give sacramental absolution to accomplices in perverse acts, with subsequent sacrilegious celebration of Mass. These documents specify the identity of the perpetrators and their protectors, and the chronological sequence of the facts. They are kept in the appropriate archives; no extraordinary investigation is needed to recover them.

In the public remonstrances directed at me I have noted two omissions, two dramatic silences. The first silence regards the plight of the victims. The second regards the underlying reason why there are so many victims, namely, the corrupting influence of homosexuality in the priesthood and in the hierarchy. As to the first, it is dismaying that, amid all the scandals and indignation, so little thought should be given to those damaged by the sexual predations of those commissioned as ministers of the gospel. This is not a matter of settling scores or sulking over the vicissitudes of ecclesiastical careers. It is not a matter of politics. It is not a matter of how church historians may evaluate this or that papacy. This is about souls. Many souls have been and are even now imperiled of their eternal salvation.

As to the second silence, this very grave crisis cannot be properly addressed and resolved unless and until we call things by their true names. This is a crisis due to the scourge of homosexuality, in its agents, in its motives, in its resistance to reform. It is no exaggeration to say that homosexuality has become a plague in the clergy, and it can only be eradicated with spiritual weapons. It is an enormous hypocrisy condemn the abuser, claim to weep for the victims, and yet refuse to denounce the root cause of so much sexual abuse: homosexuality. It is hypocrisy to refuse to acknowledge that this scourge is due to a serious crisis in the spiritual life of the clergy and to fail to take the steps necessary to remedy it.

Unquestionably there exist philandering clergy, and unquestionably they too damage their own souls, the souls of those whom they corrupt, and the Church at large. But these violations of priestly celibacy are usually confined to the individuals immediately involved. Philandering clergy usually do not recruit other philanderers, nor work to promote them, nor cover-up their misdeeds — whereas the evidence for homosexual collusion, with its deep roots that are so difficult to eradicate, is overwhelming.

It is well established that homosexual predators exploit clerical privilege to their advantage. But to claim the crisis itself to be clericalism is pure sophistry. It is to pretend that a means, and instrument, is in fact the main motive.

Denouncing homosexual corruption and the moral cowardice that allows it to flourish does not meet with congratulation in our times, not even in the highest spheres of the Church. I am not surprised that in calling attention to these plagues I am charged with disloyalty to the Holy Father and with fomenting an open and scandalous rebellion. Yet rebellion would entail urging others to topple the papacy. I am urging no such thing. I pray every day for Pope Francis — more than I have ever done for the other popes. I am asking, indeed earnestly begging, the Holy Father to face up to the commitments he himself made in assuming his office as successor of Peter. He took upon himself the mission of confirming his brothers and guiding all souls in following Christ, in the spiritual combat, along the way of the cross. Let him admit his errors, repent, show his willingness to follow the mandate given to Peter and, once converted let him confirm his brothers (Lk 22:32).

In closing, I wish to repeat my appeal to my brother bishops and priests who know that my statements are true and who can so testify, or who have access to documents that can put the matter beyond doubt. You too are faced with a choice. You can choose to withdraw from the battle, to prop up the conspiracy of silence and avert your eyes from the spreading of corruption. You can make excuses, compromises and justification that put off the day of reckoning. You can console yourselves with the falsehood and the delusion that it will be easier to tell the truth tomorrow, and then the following day, and so on.

On the other hand, you can choose to speak. You can trust Him who told us, “the truth will set you free.” I do not say it will be easy to decide between silence and speaking. I urge you to consider which choice– on your deathbed, and then before the just Judge — you will not regret having made.

October 19, 2018 Memory of the North American Martyrs

+ Carlo Maria Viganò
Tit. Archbishop of Ulpiana
Apostolic Nuncio

 

 

It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to man, and man to God. But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell. If, then, we possess charity, we possess God, for "God is Charity" (1John 4:8).

St. Albert the Great

 

 

ON CHURCH SINGING

"Admonish one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in your hearts to God." (Col. 3, 16).

The custom of singing in the Church-choir* has its foundation as far back as the Old Testament, when by the arrangement of David, Solomon, and Ezechias, the psalms and other sacred canticles were sung by the priests and Levites. This custom the Catholic Church has retained, according to the precepts of the apostles (I Cor. 14, 26; Eph. 5, 19), and the example of Jesus who, after they had eaten the Pasch, intoned a hymn of praise with His apostles Matt 26, 30), that Christians on earth, like the angels and saints in heaven (Apoc. 5, 8-9, 14,  3), who unceasingly sing His praises, might at certain hours of the day, at least, give praise and thanks to God. In the earliest ages of the Church, the Christians sang hymns of praise and thanksgiving during the holy Sacrifice and other devotional services, often continuing them throughout the whole night; in which case the choir-singers probably were bound to keep the singing in proper order and agreement. In the course of time this custom of all the faithful present singing together ceased in many churches, and became confined to the choir, which was accompanied later by instruments in accordance with the words of David who calls to the praise of the Lord with trumpets, with timbrels, with pleasant psaltery and harps (Ps. 150, 3-4, 80, 3-4). In many churches, where the faithful still sing in concert, if done with pure hearts and true devotion, it is as St. Basil says, “a heavenly occupation, a spiritual burnt offering; it enlightens the spirit, raises it towards heaven, leads man to communion with God, makes the soul rejoice, ends idle talk, puts away laughter, reminds us of the judgment, reconciles enemies. Where the singing of songs resounds' from the contrite heart there God with the angels is present."

*The choir is usually a gallery in the Church in which the singers are stationed; the place where the clergy sing or recite their office, is also called the choir.

 

 

The Man Born Blind, the Pool of Siloe - a sign for the absolute necessity of Baptism that those who are pure of heart will “find it” and that it will “burst out for them in a stream”... so they “may not perish for a lack of water.”  But “strangers would not find it, for the water withdrew itself.”

St. Augustine says that Christ made clay of the spittle because the Word was made flesh.  He anointed the eyes of the blind man, but yet he did not see, for when He anointed him He most likely made him a catechumen.  He sends him to the pool of Siloe.  For being baptized in Christ he is illuminated.  The Gloss says that the spittle is the wisdom of Christ, to anoint the eyes is to make a catechumen.  He that believeth in the Word made flesh is sent to wash, that is, in Christ.  But he who is baptized received the light of the mind through faith, grace and charity, which are infused into him by God in baptism.  St. Jerome says that, “Siloe is a source at the foot of Mount Sion, which bubbles up, not in a continuous stream, but at uncertain time of the day, and then through hollows in the ground it makes its way to caves of very hard stone; there is no doubt that this is so, especially for us who live in this region.”  The story of how this stream first burst forth at the prayers of Isaias, and how it acquired its name, is related by Epiphanius in his usual fashion in the following words: “God made the fount of Siloe at the request of the prophet Isaias, who shortly before his death prayed for a trifle: that God would grant the waters to flow from that place, and He immediately poured down from heaven living waters; hence the place obtained the name Siloe which, interpreted, means ‘sent down.’  And under King Ezechias, before he built the pond and the pools, a small stream sprang up at the prayers of Isaias, for the people were under siege by the enemy, so that the city might not perish for lack of water.  The soldiers searched everywhere for a place where they might quench their thirst, but could not tell where to find it.  After they had indeed taken the city, they besieged Siloe.  But whenever the poor Jews went to seek water it burst out for them in a stream.  But strangers would not find it, for the water withdrew itself.  And even up to the present time it bursts forth secretly, thus signifying a mystery.” 

Cornelius a Lapide, The Great Commentary, St. John, Chapter 9

 

 

THE BOND OF PERFECTION      Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost [5th Sun after Epiphany]

PRESENCE OF GOD ‑ O my God, grant that I may desire and seek above all else the perfection of love.

MEDITATION:

     I. The Epistle for this Sunday (Col 3, 12‑17) recalls to our mind the fundamental duty of a Christian: charity. All programs and resolutions of the spiritual life are of little value if they are not animated by love and directed to the perfection of love. Detachment, mortification, humility, and all the other virtues are of little worth if they do not incline the heart to a wider, more complete and more expansive charity. "But above all these things," St. Paul recommends, "have charity, which is the bond of perfection"; not only love for God, but also for our neighbor. It is under this aspect that the Apostle speaks of charity in today's Epistle, carefully pointing out that all our relations with our neighbor should be inspired by love. "Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience: bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another." Fraternal charity is the mark of God's elect. If we do not have this distinctive mark, Jesus does not recognize us as His disciples; our heavenly Father does not love us as His children, nor will He take us into His Kingdom. The spiritual life requires the use of so many means, calls for the exercise of so many virtues that care must be taken lest we become lost in details, forgetting the love which should be the foundation and end of all. Of what value is the spiritual life, consecration to God, or even the vows of religion, if they do not help the soul to tend to the perfection of love?

     Consider the perfect love which the Apostle asks us to have for our neighbor: mercy, compassion, mutual forgiveness, and that love which leaves no room for divisions or dissensions, which overcomes strife and forgets offenses. This is long‑suffering charity which makes every sacrifice and overcomes all difficulties in order to be in harmony with all, because we all form "one body" in Christ, because we are all children of the same heavenly Father.

     Fraternal charity of this kind is the surest guarantee of a spiritual life that is advancing toward sanctity.

     2. The Epistle has presented us with the ideal of the Christian life, an ideal of love which should unite all the faithful in singleness of heart; the Gospel (Mt. 13, 24‑30) shows us the practical way to live this ideal.

     "The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seed in his field. But ... his enemy came and oversowed cockle among the wheat." God has sown the good seed generously in His field, the world; He has sown grace and love, and the desire for total oblation, the ideals of an apostolic, religious, saintly life. But, in the midst of all this good, the enemy comes to sow evil. Why does God permit this? To sift His servants as we sift grain, to test them.

     Sometimes we are scandalized, seeing evil working its way even into the best places, seeing that even among God's friends, among those who should be a source of edification to others, there are some who behave unworthily. Then we are filled with zeal, like the servants in the parable. We want to remedy this evil and root up the cockle. "Wilt Thou that we go and gather it up?" But God answers, "No, lest perhaps gathering up the cockle, you root up the wheat also together with it." The cockle is spared, not because it is good, but in order to save the wheat. In the same way God spares the wicked and does not destroy them, for the sake of the elect. When God asks us to endure with patience certain situations, as inevitable as they are deplorable, He asks for one of the greatest exercises of charity, compassion, and mercy. He does not tell us to fraternize with evil, to make a league with the cockle, but He tells us to endure it with the longanimity with which He Himself endured it. Was there not a traitor among the Apostles? Yet Jesus wanted him among His intimates ‑ and with how much love He treated him! Indeed one of the greatest opportunities for the practice of charity is offered us by those who by their evil conduct give us so many occasions for forgiving them, for returning good for evil, and for suffering injustice for the love of God. Moreover, we should consider that, whereas cockle cannot be changed into wheat, it is always possible for the wicked to be converted and become good. Were not Magdalen, the good thief, and Peter, who had denied Jesus, converted? This is one of the strongest motives to incite us to do good to all. When our love is perfect, we are able to live among the wicked without being harsh or contentious, without being influenced by them, but rather doing them good.

COLLOQUY:

     “O most noble, most beautiful, most innocent Lord Jesus, You have loved me, a vile, ugly creature, deformed by sin; teach me to imitate Your great charity, so that I will love my neighbor with sincere, brotherly love, however imperfect and sinful he may be.

     "Teach me to love all men for love of You, and then I shall never lack motives for benevolence, even if I have to deal with those who are coarse, ill‑mannered, and full of imperfections. Only by keeping my eyes fixed on You, my God, who are infinite love, shall I be able to surmount all the annoyances and difficulties I meet in my contacts with my neighbor.

     "O Jesus, who took on my wretchedness in becoming man and in clothing Yourself with my weak nature, teach me how to accommodate myself to my neighbor and to bear with his faults patiently; help me to do my best to correct my own faults and to eliminate from my conduct everything that might be displeasing to others" (Ven. John of Jesus Mary).

     "See, Lord, how far I still am from true charity and humility! You show me that there is nothing wonderful about living in peace with kind, good people; nothing is more natural. We all love peace and prefer those who love peace also. But it takes great virtue to live in peace with obstinate, perverse, intractable people whose ideas are not like our own

     "I beseech You, Lord, grant me that grace without which I shall never be at peace with my neighbor, but will ever be prompt to take offense. It would be far better for me to correct my own faults than to criticize the actions of others! If I expect others to bear with my defects, I must likewise bear with theirs." (cf. Imit. II, g,2)

 

 

 


But Poland left in a state of humiliating inferiority the clergy and people of the Graeco-Slavonic rite, who had taken shelter in her bosom; her politicians never could be true Catholics on an equality with their Latin brethren.  Soon, however, the Latin Poles were engaged in deadly combat with the Muscovites, and we know how the former were vanquished.  Historians lay down the causes of Poland’s defeat; but they usually forget the principal one, which rendered it irremediable, that is the almost total destruction of the Union of Brzesc (Brest), the forced return to schism of the immense majority of the Ruthenians whom St. Josaphat had brought into the Catholic Church.  The consummation of this execrable work contributed more than political circumstances or military triumphs, to establish Russia’s victory.  Poland, reduced to nine million Latins could no longer struggle against her former rival now become her stern ruler. 

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

 

Just as much as anyone hopes to receive from thee, so much will he surely obtain.  Besides this, whatever thou shalt promise anyone in My Name, that I shall certainly grant him… If anyone should praise and thank Me for the graces lavished upon thee, and ask for a favor, I will, in that love with which I have pre-elected thee from eternity, assuredly grant the plea, provided it is for the eternal welfare of the suppliant. 

Our Lord to St. Gertrude


 

 

ON INCLINATION TO EVIL

Whence then hath it cockle? (Matt. 13, 27)

Whence comes the inclination to evil in man?

It is the sad consequence of original sin, that is, of that sin which our first parents, by their disobedience, committed in paradise, and which we as their descendants have inherited. This inclination to evil remains even in those who have been baptized, although original sin with its guilt and eternal punishment is taken away in baptism, but it is no sin so long as man does not voluntarily yield (Cat. Rom.).

Why, the sin being removed, does the inclination remain?

To humble us that we may know our frailty and misery, and have recourse to God, our best and most powerful Father, as did St. Paul, when he was much annoyed by the devil of the flesh (II. Cor. 12, 7-8); that the glory of God and the power of Christ should be manifested in us, which except for our weakness could not be; that we might have occasion to fight and to conquer. A soldier cannot battle without opposition, nor win victory and the crown without a contest. Nor can we win the heavenly crown, if no occasion is given us, by temptations, for fight and for victory. "That which tries the combatant," says St. Bernard, "crowns the conqueror." Finally, the inclination remains, that we may learn to endure, in all meekness, the faults and infirmities of others and to watch ourselves, lest we fall into the same temptations.

 

 

    St. Josaphat, a native of Wladimir, in Vokhynia, and belonging to a noble family of Kuncewitcz, embraced monastic life in the Order of St. Basil the Great.  He always kept fresh the flower of chastity, which he had from his youth consecrated to Mary.  Commissioned in spite of his early age to govern the monastery of Bytene, he became shortly afterwards archmandrite of Vilna and lastly very much against his wish archbishop of Polotzk, of the Ruthenian rite. 

    The apostolic zeal of the youthful Archbishop excited against him the hatred of hell.  Attacked at Vitebsk by the schismatic and heretical Orthodox, he was cruelly put to death in 1623, and obtained from God the conversion of his murderers.

     Let us pray through the intercession of St. Josaphat that the blood he willingly shed for the conversion of the Orthodox may bring about their return to the holy Catholic Church outside of which there is no salvation. 

St. Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

 

I adore You, O Precious Blood of Jesus, flower of creation, fruit of virginity, ineffable instrument of the Holy Spirit, and I rejoice at the thought that You came from the drop of virginal blood on which eternal Love impressed its movement; You were assumed by the Word and deified in His person. I am overcome with emotion when I think of Your passing from the Blessed Virgin's heart into the heart of the Word, and, being vivified by the breath of the Divinity, becoming adorable because You became the Blood of God.

I adore You enclosed in the veins of Jesus, preserved in His humanity like the manna in the golden urn, the memorial of the eternal Redemption which He accomplished during the days of His earthly life. I adore You, Blood of the new, eternal Testament, flowing from the veins of Jesus in Gethsemane, from the flesh torn by scourges in the Praetorium, from His pierced hands and feet and from His opened side on Golgotha. I adore You in the Sacraments, in the Eucharist, where I know You are substantially present....

I place my trust in You, O adorable Blood, our Redemption, our regeneration. Fall, drop by drop, into the hearts that have wandered from You and soften their hardness.

O adorable Blood of Jesus, wash our stains, save us from the anger of the avenging angel. Irrigate the Church; make her fruitful with Apostles and miracle-workers, enrich her with souls that are holy, pure and radiant with divine beauty.

St. Albert the Great, A meditation on the Precious Blood of Jesus

 
Commentary on today’s gospel by St. John Chrysostom

    What is the difference between this, and the parable before it? There He speaks of them that have not at all holden with Him, but have started aside, and have thrown away the seed; but here He means the societies of the heretics. For in order that not even this might disturb His disciples, He foretells it also, after having taught them why He speaks in parables. The former parable then means their not receiving Him; this, their receiving corrupters. For indeed this also is a part of the devil's craft, by the side of the truth always to bring in error, painting thereon many resemblances, so as easily to cheat the deceivable. Therefore He calls it not any other seed, but tares; which in appearance are somewhat like wheat.
    Then He mentions also the manner of his device. For "while men slept," saith He. It is no small danger, which He hereby suspends over our rulers, to whom especially is entrusted the keeping of the field; and not the rulers only, but the subjects too.
    And He signifies also that the error comes after the truth, which the actual event testifies. For so after the prophets, were the false prophets; and after the apostles, the false apostles; and after Christ, Antichrist For unless the devil see what to imitate, or against whom to plot, he neither attempts, nor knows how. Now then also, having seen that "one brought forth a hundred, another sixty, another thirty," he proceeds after that another way. That is, not having been able to carry away what had taken root, nor to choke, nor to scorch it up, he conspires against it by another craft, privately casting in his own inventions.
    And what difference is there, one may say, between them that sleep, and them that resemble the wayside? That in the latter case he immediately caught it away; yea, he suffered it not even to take root; but here more of his craft was needed.
    And these things Christ saith, instructing us to be always wakeful. For, saith He, though thou quite escape those harms, there is yet another harm. For as in those instances "the wayside," and "the rock," and "the thorns," so here again sleep occasions our ruin; so that there is need of continual watchfulness. Wherefore He also said, "He that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved."
    Something like this took place even at the beginning. Many of the prelates, I mean, bringing into the churches wicked men, disguised heresiarchs, gave great facility to the laying that kind of snare. For the devil needs not even to take any trouble, when he hath once planted them among us.
    And how is it possible not to sleep? one may say. Indeed, as to natural sleep, it is not possible; but as to that of our moral faculty, it is possible. Wherefore Paul also said, "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith."
    After this He points out the thing to be superfluous too, not hurtful only; in that, after the land hath been tilled, and these is no need of anything, then this enemy sows again; as the heretics also do, who for no other cause than vainglory inject their proper venom.
    And not by this only, but by what follows likewise, He depicts exactly all their acting. For, "When the blade was sprung up, saith He, "and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also;" which kind of thing these men also do. For at the beginning they disguise themselves; but when they have gained much confidence, and some one imparts to them the teaching of the word, then they pour out their poison.
    But wherefore doth He bring in the servants, telling what hath been done? That He may pronounce it wrong to slay them.
    And He calls him "an enemy," because of his harm done to men. For although the despite is against us, in its origin it sprang from his enmity, not to us, but to God. Whence it is manifest, that God loves us more than we love ourselves.
    And see from another thing also, the malicious craft of the devil. For he did not sow before this, because he had nothing to destroy, but when all had been fulfilled, that he might defeat the diligence of the Husbandman; in such enmity against Him did he constantly act.
    And mark also the affection of the servants. I mean, what haste they are in at once to root up the tares, even though they do it indiscreetly; which shows their anxiety for the crop, and that they are looking to one thing only, not to the punishment of that enemy, but to the preservation of the seed sown. For of course this other is not the urgent consideration.
    Wherefore how they may for the present extirpate the mischief, this is their object. And not even this do they seek absolutely, for they trust not themselves with it, but await the Master's decision, saying, "Wilt Thou?"
     What then doth the Master? He forbids them, saying, "Lest haply ye root up the wheat with them." And this He said, to hinder wars from arising, and blood and slaughter. For it is not right to put a heretic to death, since an implacable war would be brought into the world. By these two reasons then He restrains them; one, that the wheat be not hurt; another, that punishment will surely overtake them, if incurably diseased. Wherefore, if thou wouldest have them punished, yet without harm to the wheat, I bid thee wait for the proper season. But what means, "Lest ye root up the wheat with them?" Either He means this, If ye are to take up arms, and to kill the heretics, many of the saints also must needs be overthrown with them; or that of the very tares it is likely that many may change and become wheat. If therefore ye root them up beforehand, ye injure that which is to become wheat, slaying some, in whom there is yet room for change and improvement. He doth not therefore forbid our checking heretics, and stopping their mouths, and taking away their freedom of speech, and breaking up their assemblies and confederacies, but our killing and slaying them.
    But mark thou His gentleness, how He not only gives sentence and forbids, but sets down reasons.
    What then, if the tares should remain until the end? "Then I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them. He again reminds them of John's words introducing Him as judge; and He saith, So long as they stand by the wheat, we must spare them, for it is possible for them even to become wheat but when they have departed, having profited nothing, then of necessity the inexorable punishment will overtake them. "For I will say to the reapers," saith He, "Gather ye together first the tares." Why, "first?" That these may not be alarmed, as though the wheat were carried off with them. "And bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn."

 

Some say they are not bound by the doctrine, explained in Our Encyclical Letter [Mystici Corporis] of a few years ago, and based on the Sources of Revelation, which teaches that the Mystical Body of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church are one and the same thing. Some reduce to a meaningless formula the necessity of belonging to the true Church in order to gain eternal salvation. Others finally belittle the reasonable character of the credibility of Christian faith.

These and like errors, it is clear, have crept in among certain of Our sons who are deceived by imprudent zeal for souls or by false science. To them We are compelled with grief to repeat once again truths already well known, and to point out with solicitude clear errors and dangers of error.

Pope Pius XII, Humani Generis

 

Now We consider another abundant source of the evils with which the Church is afflicted at present: indifferentism. This perverse opinion is spread on all sides by the fraud of the wicked who claim that it is possible to obtain the eternal salvation of the soul by the profession of any kind of religion, as long as morality is maintained. Surely, in so clear a matter, you will drive this deadly error far from the people committed to your care.  With the admonition of the apostle that "there is one God, one faith, one baptism” may those fear who contrive the notion that the safe harbor of salvation is open to persons of any religion whatever. They should consider the testimony of Christ Himself that "those who are not with Christ are against Him," and that they disperse unhappily who do not gather with Him. Therefore "without a doubt, they will perish forever, unless they hold the Catholic faith whole and inviolate."

Pope Gregory XVI, Mirari Vos 


 

I adore You, O Precious Blood of Jesus, flower of creation, fruit of virginity, ineffable instrument of the Holy Spirit, and I rejoice at the thought that You came from the drop of virginal blood on which eternal Love impressed its movement; You were assumed by the Word and deified in His person. I am overcome with emotion when I think of Your passing from the Blessed Virgin's heart into the heart of the Word, and, being vivified by the breath of the Divinity, becoming adorable because You became the Blood of God.

I adore You enclosed in the veins of Jesus, preserved in His humanity like the manna in the golden urn, the memorial of the eternal Redemption which He accomplished during the days of His earthly life. I adore You, Blood of the new, eternal Testament, flowing from the veins of Jesus in Gethsemane, from the flesh torn by scourges in the Praetorium, from His pierced hands and feet and from His opened side on Golgotha. I adore You in the Sacraments, in the Eucharist, where I know You are substantially present....

I place my trust in You, O adorable Blood, our Redemption, our regeneration. Fall, drop by drop, into the hearts that have wandered from You and soften their hardness.

O adorable Blood of Jesus, wash our stains, save us from the anger of the avenging angel. Irrigate the Church; make her fruitful with Apostles and miracle-workers, enrich her with souls that are holy, pure and radiant with divine beauty.

St. Albert the Great, A meditation on the Precious Blood of Jesus

 

All, who have seen Jesus in the flesh but have not seen Him after the Spirit and in His Divinity, and have not believed that He was really the Son of God, are doomed. Also those are doomed who see the Sacrament of the Body of Christ, which is consecrated with the words of the Lord on the altar and by the hand of the priest in the form of bread and wine, but do not see in it the Spirit and Divinity and have not believed that it really is Our Lord Jesus Christ’s most holy Body and Blood. 

St. Francis of Assisi


 

He declared that His kingdom was not "of this world" [John 18:36]. Indeed. this kingdom is presented in the Gospels as such, into which men prepare to enter by doing penance; moreover, they cannot enter it except through faith and baptism, which, although an external rite, yet signifies and effects an interior regeneration.

Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas

 

And first of all, by the death of our Redeemer, the New Testament took the place of the Old Law which had been abolished; then the Law of Christ together with its mysteries, enactments, institutions, and sacred rites was ratified for the whole world in the blood of Jesus Christ. For, while our Divine Savior was preaching in restricted area - He was not sent but to the sheep that were lost of the House of Israel - the Law and the Gospel were together in force; but on the gibbet of His death Jesus made void the Law with its decrees fastened the handwriting of the Old Testament to the Cross, establishing the New Testament in His blood shed for the whole human race. "To such an extent, then," says St. Leo the Great, speaking of the Cross of our Lord, "was there effected a transfer from the Law to the Gospel, from the Synagogue to the Church, from the many sacrifices to one Victim, that, as Our Lord expired, that mystical veil which shut off the innermost part of the temple and its sacred secret was rent violently from top to bottom."

Pope Pius XII, Mystici Corporis

 

Is it permitted for Catholics to be present at, or to take part in, conventions, gatherings, meetings, or societies of non-Catholics which aim to associate together under a single agreement everyone who, in any way, lays claim to the name Christian? In the negative!... It is clear, therefore, why this Apostolic See has never allowed its subjects to take part in the assemblies of non-Catholics. There is only one way in which the unity of Christians may be fostered, and that is by furthering the return to the one true Church of Christ those who are separated from her.

Pope Pius XI, Mortalium Animos

 

Protestantism naturally begets toleration of error. Rejecting the principle of authority in religion, it has neither criterion nor definition of faith. On the principle that every individual or sect may interpret the deposit of revelation according to the dictates of private judgement, it gives birth to endless differences and contradictions. Impelled by the law of its own impotence, through lack of any decisive voice of authority in matters of faith, it is forced to recognize as valid and orthodox any belief that springs from the exercise of private judgement. Therefore does it finally arrive, by force of its own premises, at the conclusion that one creed is as good as another; it then seeks to (16) shelter its inconsistency under the false plea of liberty of conscience. Belief is not imposed by a legitimately and divinely constituted authority, but springs directly and freely from the unrestricted exercise of the individual's reason or caprice upon the subjectmatter of revelation. The individual or sect interprets as it pleases, rejecting or accepting what it chooses. This is popularly called liberty of conscience. Accepting this principle, Infidelity on the same plea rejects all revelation, and Protestantism, which handed over the premise, is powerless to protest against the conclusion; for it is clear that one, who under the plea of rational liberty has the right to repudiate any part of revelation that may displease him, can not logically quarrel with one, who on the same ground repudiates the whole. If one creed is as good as another on the plea of rational liberty, on the same plea no creed is as good as any. Taking the field with this fatal weapon of Rationalism, Infidelity has stormed and taken the very citadel of Protestantism helpless against the foe of its own making. 

Don Felix Sarda Y Salvany, Liberalism is a Sin

 

The “faith” of Martin Luther, A Spirituality Without Grace

A person that is baptized cannot, thou he would, lose his salvation by any sins however grievous, unless he refuses to believe. For no sins can damn him but unbelief alone. Martin Luther, The Babylonian Captivity of the Church

Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong, but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world.  We will commit sins while we are here, for this life is not a place where justice resides...  No sin can separate us from Him, even if we were to kill or commit adultery thousands of times each day. 

Martin Luther, The Wittenberg Project; The Wartburg Segment, translated by Erika Flores, from Dr. Martin Luther's Saemmtliche Schriften, Letter No. 99, 1 Aug. 1521

 

St. Basil the Great considered it an honor to keep up the memory of their great predecessor; they would never suffer that any act, word, or movement other than his (St. Gregory Thaumaturgus), in performing the scared rites should prevail over the traditions he had left. 

Dom Gueranger, The Liturgical Year, St. Gregory Thaumaturgus

 

 

The greater and more persistent your confidence in God, the more abundantly you will receive all that you ask.  

St Albert the Great

 

 

A small error in the beginning begets a great error in the end. A great error in the beginning begets utter ruin!

“Prophets of Gloom” doubting the “new order of human relations which, by men’s own efforts…. are directed toward the fulfillment of God’s…. designs.”

Illuminated by the light of this Council, the Church -- we confidently trust -- will become greater in spiritual riches and gaining the strength of new energies there from, she will look to the future without fear. In fact, by bringing herself up to date where required, and by the wise organization of mutual co-operation, the Church will make men, families, and peoples really turn their minds to heavenly things.

And thus the holding of the Council becomes a motive for wholehearted thanksgiving to the Giver of every good gift, in order to celebrate with joyous canticles the glory of Christ our Lord, the glorious and immortal King of ages and of peoples.

The opportuneness of holding the Council is, moreover, venerable brothers, another subject which it is useful to propose for your consideration. Namely, in order to render our Joy more complete, we wish to narrate before this great assembly our assessment of the happy circumstances under which the Ecumenical Council commences.

In the daily exercise of our pastoral office, we sometimes have to listen, much to our regret, to voices of persons who, though burning with zeal, are not endowed with too much sense of discretion or measure. In these modern times they can see nothing but prevarication and ruin. They say that our era, in comparison with past eras, is getting worse, and they behave as though they had learned nothing from history, which is, none the less, the teacher of life. They behave as though at the time of former Councils everything was a full triumph for the Christian idea and life and for proper religious liberty.

We feel we must disagree with those prophets of gloom, who are always forecasting disaster, as though the end of the world were at hand.

In the present order of things, Divine Providence is leading us to a new order of human relations which, by men's own efforts and even beyond their very expectations, are directed toward the fulfillment of God's superior and inscrutable designs. And everything, even human differences, leads to the greater good of the Church. 

Pope John XXIII, Opening Speech for Vatican II, October 11, 1962

 

Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great for the Poor Souls in Purgatory

"Eternal Father, I offer Thee the most Precious Blood of Jesus, with all the Masses being said all over the world this day, for the Souls in Purgatory."

Our Lord showed St. Gertrude a vast number of souls leaving Purgatory and going to Heaven as a result of this prayer, which the Saint was accustomed to say frequently during the day.

 

 

Prayers of St. Gertrude the Great

"It was revealed to St. Gertrude that reading and meditating on the Passion are far more useful and efficacious than all other spiritual exercises. As those who handle flour cannot avoid contracting some whiteness, so no one, however imperfect his devotion may be, can occupy his mind with the Passion of Our Lord without receiving some benefit therefrom. And, however cold and lukewarm our devotion, Our Lord will look upon us with greater long-suffering and mercy if we never omit the memory of His Passion." 

St. Gertrude the Great, Tan Books

First Prayer: O Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal sweetness and jubilee of those who love Thee, remember all the presentiment of grief Thou didst endure from the moment of Thy conception, and especially at Thy entrance into Thy Passion, when Thou didst say: "My soul is sorrowful even unto death"; and when, by reason of Thy overwhelming dread and anguish and grief, Thou didst sweat, as it were, drops of Blood trickling down upon the ground. Remember all the bitterness of Thy sorrow when Thou wast seized upon by the Jews, accused by false witnesses, condemned by Thy three judges, buffeted and smitten, spit upon, scourged, and crowned with thorns. O sweetest Jesus, I implore Thee, by all the sorrows and insults Thou didst endure, have mercy on me, a sinner. Amen.

Second Prayer: O Jesus, paradise of the delights of God, remember now all the dread and sorrow Thou didst endure when Pilate pronounced on Thee sentence of death; when the godless soldiers laid the heavy Cross on Thy Shoulders, and fastened Thee thereon with rude and blunted nails, cruelly stretching Thy sacred Limbs so that all Thy Bones could be numbered; I beseech Thee, vouchsafe to pronounce a merciful sentence on me in the day of judgment, and deliver me from all punishment. Amen.

Third Prayer: O Jesus, Heavenly Physician, remember now the languor and the pain Thou didst endure when lifted upon the Cross, when all Thy Bones were out of joint, so that no sorrow was like to Thy sorrow, because, from the sole of Thy Foot to the top of Thy Head, there was no soundness in Thee; when, notwithstanding, Thou didst put away the feeling of all Thine own griefs, and pray to Thy Father for Thine enemies, saying: "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." By this, Thy charity and Thy mercy, grant that the dignity and worth of Thy Passion may be the entire remission of all my sins. Amen.

Fourth Prayer: O Jesus, mirror of the eternal splendor, remember now that sadness which filled Thy Heart when Thou didst behold in the mirror of Thy Divinity the reprobation of the wicked and the multitude of the lost; and by the depth of the compassion Thou didst show to the robber on the cross, saying: "This day thou shalt be with Me in paradise," I beseech Thee, O compassionate Jesus, show me Thy mercy in the hour of my death. Amen.

Fifth Prayer: O Jesus, King most beloved, remember now the mournful desolation of Thy Heart, when Thou, forsaken by all, wert mocked as Thou didst hang on the Cross; when Thou didst find none to comfort Thee but Thy beloved Mother, who stood by Thy Cross to the last, and whom Thou didst commend to Thy disciple, saying: "Woman, behold thy son," and to the disciple: "Behold thy Mother." I beseech Thee, O compassionate Jesus, by that sword of anguish which then pierced her heart, do Thou condole with me and console me in all my tribulations. Amen.

Sixth Prayer: O Jesus, inexhaustible fountain of pity, remember now that bitterness which Thou didst endure when, Thy strength being exhausted and Thy sacred Body dried up, Thou didst feel that burning thirst, and hadst not one drop of water to cool Thy parched Tongue, but only vinegar upon hyssop; I beseech Thee that Thou wouldst extinguish in me the thirst of carnal concupiscence and worldy delights. Amen.

Seventh Prayer: O Jesus, mighty King, remember now that when Thou wast plunged into the bitter waters of Thy Passion until they closed over Thy Head, Thou wast forsaken and didst cry out with a loud voice, saying: "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" By this Thine anguish and dereliction, I beseech Thee, forsake me not in my last agony. Amen.

Eighth Prayer: O Jesus, strong Lion of the tribe of Juda, remember now the sorrow and the woe Thou didst endure, when all the forces of Thy Heart and of Thy Flesh failed Thee utterly, and Thou didst bow Thy Head and cry: "It is consummated." By this Thine anguish and Thy woe, have mercy on me at the end of my life, when my soul shall be troubled, and my spirit disquieted within me. Amen.

Ninth Prayer: O Jesus, splendor of the Father's glory and figure of His substance, remember now that earnest commendation with which Thou didst commend Thy Spirit to the Father, saying: "Father, into Thy Hands I commend My Spirit!" and when, Thy most sacred Body being torn and Thy Heart broken, and all the bowels of Thy compassion laid bare for our Redemption, Thou didst give up Thy Spirit; I beseech Thee, the Life of all that live, to submit to death, that Thou wouldst mortify and kill in my soul whatever is displeasing to Thee. Amen.

Tenth Prayer: O Jesus, true and fruitful Vine, remember now the lavish, the excessive profusion wherewith Thou didst shed Thy Precious Blood, when on the Cross Thou didst tread the winepress alone, and wast crushed as a cluster of ripe grapes; when Thou didst give us water and Blood from Thy pierced Side, so that not one drop remained in Thy Heart. Then wast Thou hung up as a bundle of myrrh, and Thy tender Flesh grew pale, and Thy moisture was all dried up within Thee, and the marrow of Thy bones consumed. By this Thy most bitter Passion, and by the shedding of Thy most Precious Blood, I beseech Thee, O most loving Jesus, wash my soul at the hour of my death with the water which flowed from Thy Sacred Side, and adorn it with comeliness in the Precious Blood of Thy sweetest Heart, and render it acceptable in Thy Sight in the fragrant odor of Thy Divine Love. Amen.

Oblation:  Accept, O compassionate Jesus, this my prayer with that exceeding love wherewith Thou didst endure a bitter Death, and didst offer it, together with all the fruit of Thy most sacred Humanity, to God the Father on the day of Thine ascension; and by the depth of those Wounds which scarred Thy flesh and pierced Thy Hands and Feet and Heart, I beseech Thee, raise me up, who am steeped and sunk in sin, and render me well-pleasing to Thee in all things. Amen.

 

Prayer of St. Gertrude to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Most chaste Virgin Mary, by the spotless purity with which you prepared for the Son of God a dwelling of delight in your virginal womb, I beg of you to intercede for me that I may be cleansed from every stain. Most humble Virgin Mary, by that most profound humility by which you deserved to be raised high above all the choirs of angels and saints, I beg of you to intercede for me that all my sins may be expiated. Most amiable Mary, by that indescribable love that united you so closely and inseparably to God, I beg of you to intercede for me that I may obtain an abundance of all merits. Amen.

St. Gertrude the Great, 1256-1301

 

Pope St. Pius X, “Prophet of Gloom” warning that the perpetual war against the Church is both external and internal. The internal war is “waged by unnatural children, nestling in the very bosom of the Church in order to rend it in silence, this war aims more directly at the very root and the soul of the Church” by those who are “seized by the blind frenzy for novelty.”

For you are aware, venerable brethren, and you have often lamented it with Us, how evil are the days on which we have fallen, and how iniquitous the conditions which have been forced upon Us. Even in the unspeakable sorrow We felt in the recent public disasters, Our wounds were opened afresh by the shameful charges invented against the clergy of being behindhand in rendering assistance after the calamity, by the obstacles raised to hide the beneficent action of the Church on behalf of the afflicted, by the contempt shown even for her maternal care and forethought. We say nothing of many other things injurious to the Church, devised with treacherous cunning or flagrantly perpetrated in violation of all public right and in contempt of all natural equity and justice. Most grievous, too, is the thought that this has been done in countries in which the stream of civilization has been most abundantly fed by the Church. For what more unnatural sight could be witnessed than that of some of those children whom the Church has nourished and cherished as her first-born, her flower and her strength, in their rage turning their weapons against the very bosom of the Mother that has loved them so much! And there are other countries which give us but little cause for consolation, in which the same war, under a different form, has either broken out already or is being prepared by dark machinations. For there is a movement in those nations which have benefited most from Christian civilization to deprive the Church of her rights, to treat her as though she were not by nature and by right the perfect society that she is, instituted by Christ Himself, the Redeemer of our nature, and to destroy her reign, which, although primarily and directly affecting souls, is not less helpful for their eternal salvation than for the welfare of human society; efforts of all kinds are being made to supplant the kingdom of God by a reign of license under the lying name of liberty. And to bring about by the rule of vices and lusts the triumph of the worst of all slaveries and bring the people headlong to their ruin - "for sin makes peoples wretched" (Prov. xiv. 34) - the cry is ever raised: "We will not have this man reign over us" (Luc. xix. 14). Thus the religious Orders, always the strong shield and the ornament of the Church, and the promoters of the most salutary works of science and civilization among uncivilized and civilized peoples, have been driven out of Catholic countries; thus the works of Christian beneficence have been weakened and circumscribed as far as possible, thus the ministers of religion have been despised and mocked, and, wherever that was possible, reduced to powerlessness and inertia; the paths to knowledge and to the teaching office have been either closed to them or rendered extremely difficult, especially by gradually removing them from the instruction and education of youth; Catholic undertakings of public utility have been thwarted; distinguished laymen who openly profess their Catholic faith have been turned into ridicule, persecuted, kept in the background as belonging to an inferior and outcast class, until the coming of the day, which is being hastened by ever more iniquitous laws, when they are to be utterly ostracized from public affairs. And the authors of this war, cunning and pitiless as it is, boast that they are waging it through love of liberty, civilization, and progress, and, were you to believe them, through a spirit of patriotism - in this lie too resembling their father, who "was a murderer from the beginning, and when he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own, for he is a liar" (Ioan. viii. 44), and raging with hate insatiable against God and the human race. Brazen-faced men these, seeking to create confusion by their words, and to lay snares for the ears of the simple. No, it is not patriotism, or zealous care for the people, or any other noble aim, or desire to promote good of any kind, that incites them to this bitter war, but blind hatred which feeds their mad plan to weaken the Church and exclude her from social life, which makes them proclaim her as dead, while they never cease to attack her - nay, after having despoiled her of all liberty, they do not hesitate in their brazen folly to taunt her with her powerlessness to do anything for the benefit of mankind or human government. From the same hate spring the cunning misrepresentations or the utter silence concerning the most manifest services of the Church and the Apostolic See, when they do not make of our services a cause of suspicion which with wily art they insinuate into the ears and the minds of the masses, spying and travestying everything said or done by the Church as though it concealed some impending danger for society, whereas the plain truth is that it is mainly from Christ through the Church that the progress of real liberty and the purest civilization has been derived.

Concerning this war from outside, waged by the enemy without, "by which the Church is seen to be assailed on all sides, now in serried and open battle, now by cunning and by wily plots," We have frequently warned your vigilance, venerable brethren, and especially in the Allocution We delivered in the Consistory of December 16, 1907.

But with no less severity and sorrow have We been obliged to denounce and to put down another species of war, intestine and domestic, and all the more disastrous the more hidden it is. Waged by unnatural children, nestling in the very bosom of the Church in order to rend it in silence, this war aims more directly at the very root and the soul of the Church. They are trying to corrupt the springs of Christian life and teaching, to scatter the sacred deposit of the faith, to overthrow the foundations of the divine constitution by their contempt for all authority, pontifical as well as episcopal, to put a new form on the Church, new laws, new principles, according to the tenets of monstrous systems, in short to deface all the beauty of the Spouse of Christ for the empty glamour of a new culture, falsely called science, against which the Apostle frequently puts us on our guard: "Beware lest any man cheat you by philosophy and vain deceit, according to the traditions of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ (Colos. ii. 8).

By this figment of false philosophy and this shallow and fallacious erudition, joined with a most audacious system of criticism, some have been seduced and "become vain in their thoughts" (Rom. i. 1), "having rejected good conscience they have made shipwreck concerning the faith" (I Tim. i. 19), they are being tossed about miserably on the waves of doubt, knowing not themselves at what port they must land; others, wasting both time and study, lose themselves in the investigation of abstruse trifling, and thus grow estranged from the study of divine things and of the real springs of doctrine. This hot-bed of error and perdition (which has come to be known commonly as modernism from its craving for unhealthy novelty) although denounced several times and unmasked by the very excesses of its adepts, continues to be a most grave and deep evil. It lurks like poison in the vitals of modern society, estranged as this is from God and His Church, and it is especially eating its way like a cancer among the young generations which are naturally the most inexperienced and heedless. It is not the result of solid study and true knowledge, for there can be no real conflict between reason and faith (Concil. Vatic., Constit. Dei filius, cap. 4). But it is the result of intellectual pride and of the pestiferous atmosphere that prevails of ignorance or confused knowledge of the things of religion, united with the stupid presumption of speaking about and discussing them. And this deadly infection is further fomented by a spirit of incredulity and of rebellion against God, so that those who are seized by the blind frenzy for novelty consider that they are all sufficient for themselves, and that they are at liberty to throw off either openly or by subterfuge the entire yoke of divine authority, fashioning for themselves according to their own caprice a vague, naturalistic individual religiosity, borrowing the name and some semblance of Christianity but with none of its life and truth.

Now in all this it is not difficult to recognize one of the many forms of the eternal war waged against divine truth, and one that is all the more dangerous from the fact that its weapons are craftily concealed with a covering of fictitious piety, ingenuous candor, and earnestness, in the hands of factious men who use them to reconcile things that are absolutely irreconcilable, viz., the extravagances of a fickle human science with divine faith, and the spirit of a frivolous world with the dignity and constancy of the Church.

POPE PIUS X, Communium Rerum, On St. Anselm of Aosta, April 21, 1909

 

 

 

COMMENT: This is a brief encapsulation of the philosophy of Pope Francis.  He is a pure Modernist who presupposes the Hegelian evolutionary “process” as a given.  All things, including doctrine, are in a state of constant flux including the morality that doctrine determines.  Francis admits to being a “utopian” dreamer who believes that the “processes” created by Vatican II will ultimately yield good fruit in the “utopian future”.  The rotten swill we are currently consuming is only an unfortunate but necessary part of normal development; ‘you can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs’.  Like all liberals, it is always the theory that is normative, the facts keep going askew.  Whatever problems we are currently enduring is because the theory has not been applied correctly in its purity with sufficient rigor for enough time, something like the Elizabethan racking of Catholic saints.  The prescription is always more of the same rotten swill to “enhance human fullness”.  But the truth is that Francis has no idea where his “processes” are going.  He is confident that some future “history” will judge his worth.  We are confident of that as well.  Unfortunately for Francis, if he dies without repenting of this heretical folly, he will not save his soul.  On the 500th anniversary of Luther’s revolt, he stands with the heresiarch without the Catholic Faith.  

Time is greater than space: A constant tension exists between fullness and limitation. Fullness evokes the desire for complete possession, while limitation is a wall set before us. Broadly speaking, “time” has to do with fullness as an expression of the horizon which constantly opens before us, while each individual moment has to do with limitation as an expression of enclosure. People live poised between each individual moment and the greater, brighter horizon of the utopian future as the final cause which draws us to itself. Here we see a first principle for progress in building a people: time is greater than space.

This principle enables us to work slowly but surely, without being obsessed with immediate results. It helps us patiently to endure difficult and adverse situations, or inevitable changes in our plans. It invites us to accept the tension between fullness and limitation, and to give a priority to time. One of the faults which we occasionally observe in sociopolitical activity is that spaces and power are preferred to time and processes. Giving priority to space means madly attempting to keep everything together in the present, trying to possess all the spaces of power and of self-assertion; it is to crystallize processes and presume to hold them back. Giving priority to time means being concerned about initiating processes rather than possessing spaces. Time governs spaces, illumines them and makes them links in a constantly expanding chain, with no possibility of return. What we need, then, is to give priority to actions which generate new processes in society and engage other persons and groups who can develop them to the point where they bear fruit in significant historical events. Without anxiety, but with clear convictions and tenacity.

Sometimes I wonder if there are people in today’s world who are really concerned about generating processes of people-building, as opposed to obtaining immediate results which yield easy, quick short-term political gains, but do not enhance human fullness. History will perhaps judge the latter with the criterion set forth by Romano Guardini: “The only measure for properly evaluating an age is to ask to what extent it fosters the development and attainment of a full and authentically meaningful human existence, in accordance with the peculiar character and the capacities of that age”.

This criterion also applies to evangelization, which calls for attention to the bigger picture, openness to suitable processes and concern for the long run. The Lord himself, during his earthly life, often warned his disciples that there were things they could not yet understand and that they would have to await the Holy Spirit (cf. Jn 16:12-13). The parable of the weeds among the wheat (cf. Mt 13:24-30) graphically illustrates an important aspect of evangelization: the enemy can intrude upon the kingdom and sow harm, but ultimately he is defeated by the goodness of the wheat.

Pope Francis, Evangellii Gaudium

 

 

 

 

"I read that statement (Archbishop Vigano's accusation that Pope Francis is guilty of suborning the cover-up of homosexual molestation in the Catholic Church) this morning. I read it and I will say sincerely that I must say this, to you and all of who are interested: read the document carefully and judge it for yourselves. I will not say one word on this. I think the statement speaks for itself and you have sufficient journalistic capacity to reach your own conclusions.  It is an act of trust, when time passes and you'll draw the conclusions maybe I will speak but I'd like that you do this job in a professional way." 

Pope Francis, commenting on Archbishop Vigano's Public Accusation against him. 

 

Verifying Viganò: Francis Incriminates Himself

Remnant | Elizabeth Yore | November 6, 2018

Now that nearly three months have passed since the MOAB (Mother of All Bombs) was dropped on the Francis pontificate by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, it is time to assess what can be gleaned from the Vatican response about the accuracy of the Viganò charges.

The Pope’s Response

Remnant readers will recall that, within hours of the release of Viganò ’s Testimony, Pope Francis personally issued his own non-answer to the charges. For all with all eyes to see, he inadvertently confirmed the very “conspiracy of silence” detailed by Archbishop Viganò in his initial testimony. 

Pope Francis uttered the astonishing words, “I will not say a single word about this.” What? Surely, this Pope of Mercy understands the pain and suffering of clergy abuse victims anxiously awaiting an appropriate papal response to the McCarrick predation?

Apparently, not.  Instead, Francis stunned them with his silence and apparent indifference, thus adding fuel to the fires of accusation of a papal coverup while providing even more evidence of papal complicity.

Apparently, the pontiff from ‘the ends of the earth’ just doesn’t get it. His dismissive response to the damning allegations against then-Cardinal McCarrick greatly strengthens the Viganò case. Francis refused to refute any of the charges leveled against him by a most credible witness. Not a one.

Imagine a corporate CEO refusing to address detailed accusations of malfeasance and cover up leveled against him by an insider whistleblower. If said CEO responded as Francis did, he’d be gone in twenty-four hours. But the papal hubris on display at 30,000 feet is made all the worse by the fact that this scandal is not about faulty airbags or dirty restaurants. This is about the predatory sexual assaults of a cardinal on young males and seminarians.

Perhaps Bergoglio needs the USCCB VIRTUS® refresher course. Even Catholic school janitors understand that, for the protection of children, if there is a credible allegation of sexual abuse it must be reported to authorities and investigated.

The VIRTUS lesson plan might have come in handy with all the clergy abuse victims that Francis ignored while still Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires and, later, as Pope, with the substantiated allegations against his pal Bishop Barros, Fr. Grassi, Fr. Inzoli, Fr. Capozzi, to name just a few.

Beatriz Varela is an Argentine woman whose son suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a Buenos Aires priest where Francis once served as the cardinal. Varela said the Francis ignored victims of sexual abuse while welcoming celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio with open arms.

Sounding more like a Borgia Pope, Francis castigated those people that accuse clerics and bishops of sexual abuse as being like Satan, “the Great Accuser.” That medieval attitude and stance will land you in jail in America.

In classic Bergoglian foot dragging, the USCCB was forced to wait a month following the Viganò accusations before the Pope granted a meeting with the American delegation of Cardinals DiNardo, O’Malley and Archbishop Gomez. The long-awaited meeting was for the purpose of requesting an apostolic visitation to investigate the charges surrounding McCarrick’s serial predation. 

Having learned his lesson from the disastrous Barros Apostolic Visitation, which forced a papal public apology over his personal mishandling of the scandal, Francis refused to grant an Apostolic Visitation into the McCarrick sex abuse allegations. Instead—and this can only be described as a public insult to victims and concerned Catholics--the Vatican:

Communications Office released a photo of that meeting with all the participants laughing along with the Pope. This insulting photo sent a strong message that the Vatican does not take these allegations seriously.

Vigano_ Bergoglio_ Advisors_publicity_photo_Cardinals DiNardo, O’Malley and Archbishop Gomez.jpgThe photo served as a finger in the eye to American Catholics and clergy abuse victims and it further bolsters Viganò’s allegation that the Vatican isn’t appreciating the enormity of the McCarrick scandal. How troubling that Francis is unwilling to permit an apostolic visitation which would reveal the full extent of the sexual misconduct of McCarrick and those that protected him. Optics matter. Just view Cardinal Kevin about Cardinal McCarrick’s sexual misconduct.

Despite 15 Attorney General investigations (and 2 federal grand jury investigations) into McCarrick and the clergy abuse scandals, the Pope shows no interest or inclination to clean up his own house. His obstinate inaction and total lack of transparency further confirms Viganò’s allegation of a conspiracy of silence with Francis at the center of the plot.

From the moment he stepped out onto the Loggia in 2013, Francis has been stonewalling, slow walking, and dismissing serious allegations of clerical sex abuse in the clergy.  It’s the Argentine way.

V.S. Naipaul captures the culture of Argentines in his book, The Return of Eva Peron:

“It is the Argentine attitude: suppress, ignore. There is no history in Argentina. There are no archives; There are only graffiti and polemics and school lessons.”

The Francis papacy seems fashioned after the tyranny of his hero, Juan Peron. As Bergoglio systematically and successfully ignored and suppressed the cries of clerical sex abuse victims in Buenos Aires, he is adopting a similar attitude now as Pope.  

While returning from his ill-fated Ireland visit, Francis commented further to the reporters about the Viganò allegations:

“I read the statement this morning, and I must tell you sincerely that, I must say this, to you and all those who are interested: Read the statement carefully and make your own judgment.”

Make our own judgment?

Well, we have.

Viganò is telling the truth.

 

 

NPR is simply wrong to blame ‘traditionalist’ Catholics for Church’s sex-abuse crisis

Life_Site.jpgLifeSiteNews | November 8, 2018 – National Public Radio (NPR) has attempted to saddle traditional Catholics with blame for the Church’s clerical sex abuse problem while dismissing the presence of homosexual priests and prelates as the source of the Church’s current crisis. 

In a short, four-minute segment which aired Wednesday morning, the government-funded broadcaster said, “traditionalist Catholic media” which publishes articles “blaming sex abuse on gay priests” are wrong to do so because “researchers in the field say they’ve found no evidence linking clerical pedophilia to sexual orientation.”

Instead, “The only way to eliminate sex abuse is to wipe out the sense of entitlement and unaccountability enshrined in that culture so dear to conservatives: Clericalism,” declared NPR. 

NPR wants its listeners to think that clericalism is a trait of orthodox Catholics who embrace the teachings of the Church — including what it refers to as an “old boys network” of Catholic clergy — simultaneously inferring that progressive Catholics are above reproach. 

Wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong. 

But NPR didn’t stop there.

Evidently, the source of all the Church’s woes are “traditionalists.” The entire segment seems to serve no purpose other than to shift attention away from the current pontificate while protecting the agenda of progressives and homosexualists within the Roman Catholic Church. 

According to NPR, conservative, traditional Catholics are to blame for, well, everything, for every evil facing the Church inside and out. 

“Many of the Pope’s most vocal opponents are in the U.S., attacking him in tweets, blogs, and conservative media,” because, according to NPR, they have been “emboldened” by this year’s sex abuse revelations.

“Blame escalated this summer after ‘disgruntled’ former Vatican diplomat, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, accused Francis of covering up abuse and called for his resignation,” asserted NPR. 

“That’s kind of a perfect storm that has really tossed the Pope’s pontificate around,” said David Gibson, Director at Fordham University’s Center on Religion, during the NPR segment. 

“This conservative opposition which is very much based in the United States has been able to use the anger — the widespread anger — over the sex abuse crisis to create even more difficulties and opposition to Pope Francis,” added Gibson. 

“Now there is no shame in launching attacks that were unthinkable under John Paul II, or Pope Benedict,” said Massimo Faggioli, professor of theology at Villanova University.  

Faggioli lamented to NPR via skype that only a handful of bishops defended Pope Francis against Vigano’s vitriolic attack. “There is some kind of undeclared schism. As a church historian, I don’t remember anything like that happening in these last six centuries.” 

“So much of this scandal was seeded and sewn in the pontificate of Pope John Paul II,” said Gibson. There’s a reluctance among many to go unearth all of that because, obviously, the Pope has been canonized and he’s Saint John Paul II.”

While, of course, the pontificate of St. Pope John Paul II must be held to the same standard of scrutiny as every other pontificate when it comes to the mishandling of sex abuse, but this is clearly a ploy to deflect attention away from Pope Francis. It was Francis who, at the outset of his pontificate, restored known homosexual predator Theodore McCarrick to high-profile public ministry, installed Fr. James Martin, SJ, America’s chief promoter of the normalization of homosexuality in the church as a consultant to the Vatican office of communicastions, has appointed homosexual-friendly bishops and archbishops and cardinals, and has accused sexual abuse victims of slander.

NPR WRONG

The problematic “sense of entitlement and unaccountability” which NPR points to comes not from clericalism, but from the narcissism which is a hallmark of homosexuality, and which plagues homosexual priests and prelates in a particular way.

One only has to think of abusers like former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who without pangs of conscience, brazenly abused young men and seminarians for decades, thinking only of his own sexual fulfillment.  He risked bringing horrific scandal on the Church while endangering the souls of the young men for whom he lusted, while utterly abandoning his role as pastor and shepherd.  

To this day, McCarrick’s narcissistic self-love chooses pride over repentance.  He remains the prime example of the church’s narcissistic homosexual clergy problem.

Properly attributed, clericalism — that “sense of entitlement and unaccountability” — applies not to those priests who honor the magisterium of the Church, but to those who flagrantly disregard the magisterium, asserting their own interpretations of Church teaching.  They do not hold themselves accountable to God.  

NPR’s assertion that there is “no evidence linking clerical pedophilia to sexual orientation,” is objectively false.

A recently published study titled Is Catholic clergy sex abuse related to homosexual priests? by the Ruth Institute and authored by Fr. Paul Sullins shows that there is a correlation between the presence of a high proportion of homosexuals in the priesthood and the incidence of clergy sex abuse.  

The landmark report also examines how “homosexual subcultures” within Catholic seminaries may have contributed to creating an environment where homosexual clergy were more likely to abuse minors. 

With 80% of all clergy sexual abuse perpetrated on young males, the source of the problem is clearly neither clericalism nor the “traditionalist” Catholics NPR seeks to indict.  Active homosexual priests along with their prelate protectors are the epicenter of this earthquake rocking the Church.   

 

 

               

 

You have abandoned me in Purgatory!

from Rorate Caeli

From the writings of Don Giuseppe Tomaselli (1902-1989).

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In this life of moral wretchedness, to justify our weaknesses, we say: my passions are so strong that I can’t always resist them! Anyway, after sinning I rush back to Confession! Others say: I don’t commit serious sins! I fail constantly in certain small things, which are unavoidable! There are those instead who sin more than I do and much more gravely! 

When someone dies, we are want to exclaim: What a holy person! He did so much good! For sure he went to Heaven! On headstones the most illusory and flattering inscriptions present the dear departed as models of noble virtue.   

We are simply what we are before God.  

 

Man judges from a human viewpoint and frequently falls into error. The judgments of God instead are perfectly exact and we need to ponder on their rigor, in order to live as holy a life as possible and to come to the aid of those who have left this valley of tears, where they are paying in Purgatory for the wretched acts committed on this earth.  

 

PURGATORY

The Yearning!

An almost eighty year old lady died on February 3rd 1944. My mother. I was able to gaze on her dead body in the Cemetery Chapel before the burial. As a Priest I thought to myself: You, woman, as far as I can judge, did not even once transgress gravely one of God’s commandments! And in my mind I went over her life. 

 

In reality my mother was a great model and to a large extent I owe my priestly vocation to her. Every day she went to Mass, even in her old age - with the crown of her children. Her Holy Communion was daily. She never omitted the Rosary. She was so charitable that she even lost an eye while acting with exquisite charity towards a poor woman. She was so united to the will of God, that she asked me when my father’s dead body lay at home: What can I say to Jesus right now to please Him? 

- Lord may Your will be done!

 

On her death-bed she received the Last Rites with great faith. A few hours before expiring, suffering intensely, she repeated: O Jesus, I’d like to ask you to lessen my sufferings. But I don’t want to go against Your will; may Your will be done! This is the way the woman who brought me into the world died.  

 

Basing myself on the concept of Divine Justice, paying little attention to the praises that acquaintances and Priests might make, I intensified the  prayers for her soul: a great number of Masses, abundant charity, and, wherever I preached I exhorted the faithful to offer their Communions, prayers and good works for her soul.  

 

And then the Lord allowed my mother to appear to me.  I  examined this phenomenon, discussing it with good Theologians and the conclusion was: It was a real apparition! 

 

My mother had been dead for two years.  She suddenly appeared in my room, in human form. She was very sad. 

- You abandoned me in Purgatory!

 - How long were you in Purgatory?

 - I’m still here!  My soul is surrounded by darkness and I can’t see the Light – which is God!  I’m on the threshold of Heaven, near eternal bliss, and I’m yearning with the desire to enter, but I can’t! I’ve said so many times: If my children knew of my terrible torment – ah! How they would come to my aid!

-Why didn’t you come before to tell us?

-It was not in my power.

-So you haven’t seen the Lord yet?
-As soon as I expired, I saw God, but not all of His Light.

-What can we do to free you immediately?

-I need only one Mass. The Lord allowed me to come and ask you for it. 

-As soon as you are in Heaven, come and tell us!

-If the Lord allows it! What Light – what splendor!  Saying this the vision vanished. 

 

Two Masses were celebrated and one day later she reappeared, saying: I am in Heaven! 

 

After what I have reported, I say to myself: An exemplary Christian life, a great amount of prayers for her soul  - and two and a half years in Purgatory! So much for the judgments of men! 

 

[Extract from   "I nostri morti - La casa di tutti",  [ Our  Dead – Everyone’s Home] by Don Giuseppe Tomaselli].

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jesuits are the voice of the Homosexual Lobby in the Catholic Church.  They are a fifth column within the Catholic Church who are in league with 'Devil, the flesh and the world' to overthrow the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. The order should be suppressed and its membership laicized. If it were not for Pope Francis, the disgusting Fr. James Martin, S.J. would be the most famous Jesuit in the world.

Jesuit-run America mag runs article denying link between homosexuality and clergy sex abuse

LifeSiteNews | NEW YORK | October 29, 2018– The Jesuit-run publication America has Jesuit_America_mag_cover_OCT-2018_1.jpgcarried an article by a professor-psychologist who claims that homosexuality is not the “root cause” of clerical sexual abuse. The photo accompanying the article contained an angel with a rainbow in the background. 

Dr. Thomas G. Plante, a professor of psychology at the Jesuit Santa Clara University and an adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine, had his article published on October 22 in which he states that sexual orientation is “simply” not a factor in the clerical sex-abuse of minors.

“Many people believe that homosexuality is the root cause of sexual abuse by clergy in the Catholic Church since about 80 percent of the known victims have been male,” he wrote. 

“This has led some church leaders to suggest that banning homosexual men from the priesthood could prevent future victimization of children in the church,” he continued. “While it may be understandable that some believe this, it is simply not true,” he averred.  

Plante did not appear to understand that men with deep-seated homosexual attractions are already de jure, if obviously not de facto, barred from admission to seminaries. This teaching in the Catholic Church is not new and has been backed by Pope Francis. 

Plante said that readers need to be clued in on the “psychopathology of sex offenders and pedophiles” to understand the issue.

It was one of many times in which Plante skirted the fact that the majority of underage victims, at least in the United States, have not been pre-pubescents who are of sexual interest only to pedophiles but adolescent boys.

The Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report clearly identified the 78% of abuse cases it scrutinized as examples of “homosexual predation”. However, despite this finding, Plante wrote that “the research data on the topic makes clear that sexual orientation alone is not a risk factor for pedophilia or for committing sexual crimes against children or teens or anyone. Sexual orientation by itself is irrelevant to child sexual abuse behavior or risks.”

Plante suggested that priests who prey on male children and teens have been “‘situational generalists’, or men who simply abused victims to whom they had access” and “with whom they had the opportunity to develop trust.” 

“In the Catholic Church, these individuals tended to be boys. If Father wanted to have private time with an altar boy or perhaps take a boy off on a camping trip or to a baseball game back in the 20th century, no one would have thought much of it. Boys were trusted with priests. But most of the clergy sex offenders during the last half of the 20th century, according to the [second, 2011] John Jay Report, viewed themselves as more likely to be heterosexual than as homosexual,” he wrote. 

Again lumping pedophiles and ephobiles in the same paragraph, Plante stated that risk factors for pedophiles included “impulse control problems, brain injury, poor peer relationships, antisocial personality, a lack of nonsexual intimate connections with others, alcohol and substance abuse, and a history of sexual victimization.”

“Sexual orientation is not a risk factor at all,” he concluded. 

Then he divided child abusers into those who target children, those who target teens those who prefer adult sexual partners but “select minors as a substitute”, and those who “like most clerical sexual offenders in the church elect those with whom they have access and trust.” 

Blaming homosexual men for sexual abuse of minors is not the solution, Plante counsels. He also reminds readers that only a small percentage of people select children and teens for sexual abuse, and most of them are heterosexual, married and “noncelibate” [sic] lay people who “tend to exploit members of their own family.”

Plante's interpretation of the data may not provide the full picture. He failed to mention the findings of the first John Jay report. 

There were two John Jay Reports into clerical sexual abuse in the United States. The first John Jay Report, published in 2004, was officially called The Nature and Scope of the Problem of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States. This first study reported that 81% of victims within the fifty year period under scrutiny were male. Of all the victims, only 22% were under the age of 10. Of the remainder, 51% were aged between 11 and 14, and 27% were aged between 14 and 17. 

The second John Jay Report, published in May 2011, was officially called The Causes and Context of Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010.  As Plante attests, it blames “situational generalists” for the attacks on boys. 

But not every psychiatrist agrees with Plante or the second John Jay Report’s assurances that the primary reason that criminal clerics preyed on males was opportunism.  

Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons recently wrote in LifeSiteNews  that his professional opinion “as a psychiatrist with forty years of clinical experience is that the cause of the abuse crisis is rooted in psychological and spiritual conflicts in bishops and in priests, specifically a narcissism and a profound weakness in male confidence which inclines them to homosexual predation.” 

Citing his 40 years of treating priest abusers, Fitzgibbons said that in every case of sexual involvement with children or teenagers he knew of, “the perpetrator had previously been involved in adult homosexual relationships.” 

Fitzgibbons believes that the second John Jay Report is seriously flawed. 

“The Causes and Context study (2011) by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice concluded that the childhood and adolescent sexual abuse committed by clergy was unrelated to homosexuality,” he observed. 

“Instead, they identified the predation and abuse of adolescent males, the primary victims in the crisis, as a crime of opportunity or availability.  While criminologists may describe homosexual predation in imprisoned men as arising from availability, this theory is not applicable to the general public or to priests,” he continued.

He thinks there was a deceitful attempt on the part of those involved in the report to cover up the role of homosexuality. 

Fitzgibbons also opined that the second John Jay Report ignored “severe psychological conflicts” and behaviours present in abusive clergy:

“The John Jay second study ignored the severe psychological conflicts and grooming behaviors in priests and bishops, such as Archbishop McCarrick who sexually abused minors, seminarians and adults,” he wrote.

The psychiatrist told LifeSiteNews that by disguising the real causes, the cover up of clerical sexual abuse of minors is still going on. Fitzgibbons is particularly incensed at the blame being placed on “clericalism” by Pope Francis

“We have this massive, massive denial of the true origins,” he said.

Fitzgibbons has asked for Pope Francis to stop the cover-up.

“The Pope should acknowledge that the worldwide sexual abuse crisis is caused by clerical homosexual predation. The logical response: encourage priests and seminarian to lead chaste lives.” 

He recommends that the Courage apostolate be developed for international online use in the Church “as soon as possible” to assist clerics in remaining chaste and to protect “youth adults and seminarians from ongoing sexual abuse.”

 

 

The Fire of Purgatory Comes from Hell

OnePeterFive | October 30, 2018

The time from Michaelmas until the Hallowtide, for me, has always been a time to reflect upon Hell itself. After all, as fall settles on the Northern Hemisphere, people tend to reflect upon the afterlife as the days grow shorter and darker. And didn’t Christ talk about perdition quite a bit? It used to be said that you ought not eat blackberries after Michaelmas, for the Devil fell out of Heaven after that day, landing on the blackberry bush, cursing its thorns and defecating upon it.

As Halloween approaches and we gear up for All Souls’ Day, Purgatory also comes to mind.

Now about Purgatory. It’s not an easy place. It is a place of purgation. Purgatory – that place between this world and Heaven – is a realm where you are purged of all your worldly evil so you are presentable to God. Everyone who goes to Purgatory eventually goes to Heaven. But once in Purgatory, you’re not waiting in a waiting room. You are on fire. You are burning. You are suffering. And most frustrating of all, none of your prayers will be effective. You cannot appeal to God’s mercy there. You are stuck there until you’ve been cleaned off by fire.

Many Catholics realize these facts. Yet what most Catholics don’t understand is that Purgatory shares the fires of Hell. Think on this. Hellfire is utilized to burn away your evil. Should you be wicked enough not to merit a direct route to Heaven when you die, you will have to be touched by Hell before you can ascend and be with your Lord.

There is in Purgatory, as in Hell, a double pain – the pain of loss and the pain of sense. The pain of loss consists in being deprived for a time of the sight of God, who is the Supreme Good, the beatific end for which our souls are made, as our eyes are for the light. It is a moral thirst which torments the soul. The pain of sense, or sensible suffering, is the same as what we experience in our flesh. Its nature is not defined by faith, but it is the common opinion of the Doctors that it consists in fire and other species of suffering. The fire of Purgatory, say the Fathers, is that of Hell, of which the rich glutton speaks, Quia crucior in hac flamma, “I suffer,” he says, “cruelly in these flames.”
–From Chapter IX of Purgatory: Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints by Rev. Fr. F.X. Schouppe, S.J.

This opinion, says Fr. Schouppe, is shared by great theologians and even Church fathers, although he will admit that their teaching on this is not unanimous. Still, it’s a topic worthy to pursue. The following statements come from the saints of the Church, all who will attest that the fire of Purgatory is shared by Hell itself.

The greatest punishment of Purgatory is in the first level above the darkness. The demons can touch it there. There is heat and cold, darkness and confusion, all coming from the punishment of Hell.
–Revelations to St. Bridget

 

The lowest region is filled with a fierce fire, but which is not dark like that of Hell; it is a vast burning sea, throwing forth immense flames.
–Revelations given to St. Frances of Rome

 

“The same fire torments the damned and purifies the elect.”
–Pope St. Gregory the Great

 

As to the suffering, it is equal to that of Hell.
–St. Catherine of Genoa

 

Almost all theologians teach that the damned in Hell and the souls in Purgatory, suffer the action of the same fire.
–St. Robert Bellarmine

Bellarmine goes on to say there is no comparison between the sufferings of what you experience here in this world and what you suffer in Purgatory. St. Thomas Aquinas goes even farther, telling us the smallest pain of Purgatory surpasses all the sufferings of this life, no matter how great they are. It is said that St. John Bosco severely burned his hand by merely touching the most outer wall of Hell itself. How much more dreadful, then, to be scorched by Hell’s fires?

Hellfire is not like our fire in this world. In fact, our fire is cold compared to that of Hell and Purgatory. The fire of Hell is created expressly to torment. In Hell you are immersed in an abyss of fire, like a fish in the water, and the flames get inside you so that even your insides are scorched. It is an irrevocable pain that will never go away. You suffer it for all eternity. And yet, in spite of this fire, you cannot see, for it does not emit any light whatsoever.

Light is a gift from God – probably the first gift ever. Yet there are no gifts in Hell. Even if you could see, the smoke and sulfurous fumes of Hell sting the eyes to such an extent that you cannot see, and the damned are like helpless blind men. But in Purgatory, there is at least some light. This is one of the things that differentiates Purgatory from Hell.

There is something even more comforting about Purgatory that makes it better than life in this world: the fact that the souls of Purgatory are secure and safe in the guarantee that they will one day be united with God:

The souls are in a continual union with God … They are perfectly resigned to His will, or rather their will is so transformed into that of God, that they cannot will but what God wills; so that if Paradise were to be opened to them, they would throw themselves into Hell, rather than appear before God with the stains with which they see themselves disfigured. They purify themselves willingly and lovingly, because such is the Divine good pleasure. …

They wish to be there in the state wherein God pleases, and as long as it shall please Him. “Their bitterest anguish is soothed by a certain profound peace. It is a kind of Hell as regards the suffering; it is a Paradise as regards the delight infused into their hearts by charity –  Charity, stronger than death and more powerful than Hell; Charity, whose lamps are all fire and flame. Happy state! More desirable than it is appalling, because its flames are flames of love and charity.
–From Chapter IX of The Spirit of St. Francis de Sales

 

There is no peace to be compared with that of the souls in Purgatory, except that of the saints in paradise, and this peace is ever increased by the inflowing of God into these souls, which increases in proportion as the impediments to it are removed. The rust of sin is the impediment, and this the fire continually consumes.
– St. Catherine of Genoa

It is disturbing in many ways to realize that most people will eventually at some point in their existence experience the pains of hellfire. Most people end up in Hell, after all. Of those who do avoid an eternity in Hell, most must pass through purgatorial fires first. But, at St. Bridget once said, knowing that Heaven is their ultimate end is a comfort, much like a bedridden sick person receiving visits and well-wishes from guests.

How much more, then, for a person in Purgatory to be suddenly graced by the prayers of his loved ones in this life? How much more incredible and wonderful to be suffering in a pool of fire, when suddenly your burdens are lifted and your waiting time is shortened because of the prayers of someone? On Earth, in the world of the living, our prayers can help those who suffer in Purgatory. We can ask God to shorten the time that people suffer. The poor souls who are trapped in that place cannot ask God for help. But we can be their advocates to God and ask for His mercy.

It would behoove all of us to remember our dead loved ones and our friends who may be suffering and waiting in that place. Purgatory shares the ever consuming fire of Hell. During the Hallowtide, remember your passed on loved ones. Pray for their souls, and appeal to God to release them from that pain once and for all, that they may finally be admitted through the gates of Heaven

         

 

The Third Revolution in the Catholic Church

OnePeterFive | Al Ruhl | October 31, 2018

Any Catholic who has studied the history of the Church since the 1960s knows that revolution has happened. “Revolution” is an important word, as it describes points in history when change has happened, often violently but sometimes under cover of “progress.”

It took France three revolutions to finally get rid of the monarch. There was the 1789 revolution, which we all know about but which was only the beginning. The later revolutions of 1830 and 1848 sealed the fate of the French monarchy, and no king has sat on the throne of France since.

The Catholic Church knows only too well of these multiple revolutions. In fact, the third revolution in the Church is taking place as we speak, and Catholic tradition is losing ground by the day.

The first revolution was Vatican II, the council that changed nothing and everything at the same time. The 16 documents of Vatican II gave us ambiguous and squishy language that modernists ran with to implement heresy left, right, and center. Our liturgy was deformed, our bishops embraced their role as politicians, and Christ was effectively demoted from Lord of the universe to the duke of His estate. Also, the greatest evil in the world at that time and most horrific persecutor of Catholics was communism. This was not condemned at all at the council, leaving the bishops of Eastern Europe to fight their own battles. This was the first revolution.

The second revolution contained the papacies of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. This is where the Vatican II documents were surpassed. They weren’t quite enough anymore, so the Spirit of Vatican II had to pick up from where the documents left off. In this revolution, we saw the novelty of altar girls receive papal approval under the reign of the Polish pontiff. In addition, interfaith prayer meetings with representatives of false religions became the norm, whether at Assisi or the synagogue in Rome. Let us never forget that it was during this pontificate when the priestly sex scandals reached their zenith. While priests disgraced their collar, many in red and purple robes not only protected them, but ascended to higher offices while doing so. Benedict XVI continued down the path of John Paul II. After all, he was the right-hand man during John Paul’s pontificate. When he was elected in the conclave of 2005, we all knew that this would be a continuation of the John Paul papacy.

Enter Jorge Mario Bergoglio and the start of the third revolution. Pope Francis possesses all of the bad qualities of his two predecessors and almost none of the good ones. Catholic values that John Paul II stood up for are now being thrown to the wolves. The firm teaching of Familiaris Consortio has been replaced by the shaky ground of Amoris Laetitia as the Church moves closer to communion for unrepentant adulterers. Homosexuality is hardly ever condemned in an era where the sexual revolution faces little to no opposition. The agents in this revolution have the ultimate goal of turning Christ’s body into a church that looks not at all different from any mainline Protestant denomination whose numbers are in steep decline and will most likely cease to exist within a few generations. All of this had been made possible in these churches by synods. The same type of synods is being used in the Catholic Church to give the revolutionaries ground that Vatican II didn’t. In addition to this, they seek a church that wields absolutely no political power and gives cultural elites carte blanche to spread their agenda at the expense of human life and biblical morality.

After three revolutions, the French monarchy ceased to exist. Will the Church fall victim to this same fate after this third revolution is over?

The Church has something that France never did, and that is a promise from our Lord Jesus Christ. We’ll win in the end, and the victory will be complete. However, this doesn’t mean that the enemy won’t do damage. The enemy will cause souls to be lost, churches to be closed, and vocations to be destroyed. Christ promised that the gates of Hades would not overcome the Church, but he never said the Church won’t be hurt in process.

Archbishop Viganò helped us out by identifying the enemy for us. Every single high-ranking member of the homosexual cabal in the American Church has been exposed. What Viganò did will certainly slow them down now that the spotlight is on them. Regardless, they haven’t been defeated. McCarrick and Wuerl are gone, but Cupich and Tobin still hold their offices. Fr. James Martin is still wearing his clerical collar while promoting sexual subversion and disgracing the once great order founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola. These clerics are still operating and working hard to steal the faith from Catholics, just as the Tudor monarchs of the 16th century stole it from the English people.

The third revolution removed the last king of France from his throne. As Catholics, this is our opportunity to crush the revolution and restore our monarch. It won’t be easy in the same way things weren’t easy for valiant Catholic warriors like St. Joan of Arc and Don Juan of Austria. We may not live to see the victory, but that doesn’t exclude any of us from doing his part.

 

The hypocrisy of Pope Francis again evident: He bends the synodial process to his own agenda to give the appearance of collegial support for his corrupting policies and heretical doctrine.

Francis’s liberal supporters made sure the Youth Synod approved his agenda

Catholic Culture. org | October 31, 2018 – Remember back in 2014 and again 2015, when angry bishops protested that the Vatican staff was Fracis_ha-ha.jpgmanipulating the Synod of Bishops? This year, when the Synod met to discuss youth and vocation, the complaints were different in tone. The participating bishops could no longer claim to be surprised by the maneuvering of the staff. The manipulation was too obvious.

As the Synod ended its work, George Weigel provided a comprehensive summary of how the meeting had played out. The tensions between the Synod staff and the participating bishops were evident, he reports. Discussing the heavy-handed approach taken by the secretary-general of the Synod, Weigel writes: "If Pope Francis is serious about making the Synod of Bishops work better, he will thank Lorenzo Baldiserri for his services and bring in a new general secretary – right away."

That's an unlikely prospect, however, because Cardinal Baldiserri, who was appointed by Pope Francis, is one of the Pontiff's staunchest allies. His tactics during the October session were calculated to advance two of the Pope's favorite goals: to increase the teaching authority of the Synod, and to ensure that the bishops' message was in line with the Pope's preferences.

You can see the difficulty there, can't you? It's no easy trick to tell a group of bishops that they should teach with authority, and then to tell them what they should teach. If the Synod is merely to rubber-stamp papal policies, then it doesn't have much authority on its own.

Nevertheless this year's meeting, as orchestrated by Cardinal Baldiserri, saw a series of attempts to tell the bishops what they should say. The committee of bishops selected to draft a final statement for the group found that a statement had already been drafted, by the ever-helpful Synod staff. That statement included a lengthy discussion of synodal government – a topic that the bishops had not really addressed, but one close to the Pope's heart. And finally, the final statement included an admonition that the bishops' document should be read in the light of the Instrumentum Laboris, the preparatory document that had been presented to the assembly by the staff before the bishops began their discussions. As Father Raymond de Souza points out, "The 'working document' [the Instrumentum Laboris] was not prepared by the Synod, nor was it voted upon by them." So how could this staff document be interpreted as an expression of the bishops' thoughts?

It couldn't, of course. But the staff seemed less interested in collecting the bishops' thoughts than in promoting the thoughts of Pope Francis. For that matter, even the thoughts of previous Pontiffs were given short shrift. Weigel reminds us that Pope John Paul II was spectacularly successful in reaching out to young people, yet the final document of this Synod – whose topic was reaching out to young people – ignores him.

In another perceptive report on this Synod, Christopher Altieri remarks that the bishops did not allow their discussion to be dominated by the current crisis of confidence in the hierarchy. But in his closing remarks to the assembly, in which he spoke again of the "Great Accuser" who criticizes bishops, Pope Francis betrayed his own preoccupation with that crisis. As well he might. Altieri writes: "Pope Francis still has a chance – perhaps his only one left – to right the ship." Whatever else this October meeting accomplished, it did not enhance confidence in the Pope's leadership.

 
Devotions to the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Requiem aeternam dona eis domine; et lux perpetual luceat eis.   Requiescant in pace. Amen.

(Eleternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May they rest in peace. Amen.)

·       Sunday  O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee by the Precious Blood, which Thy divine Son Jesus shed in the Garden, deliver the souls in purgatory, and especially that one which is the most forsaken of all, and bring it into Thy glory, where it may praise and bless Thee for ever. Amen.     Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest, etc.

·       Monday  O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee by the Precious Blood which Thy divine Son Jesus shed in His cruel scourging, deliver the souls in purgatory , and among them all, especially that soul which is nearest to its entrance into Thy glory, that it may soon begin to praise Thee for ever. Amen.    Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest, etc.

·       Tuesday  O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee by the Precious Blood of Thy divine Son Jesus that was shed in His bitter crowning with thorns, deliver the souls in purgatory, and among them all, particularly that soul which is in the greatest need of our prayers, in order that it may not  long be delayed in praising Thee in Thy glory and blessing Thee for ever. Amen.    Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest, etc.

·       Wednesday  O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee by the Precious Blood of Thy divine son Jesus that was shed in the streets of Jerusalem whilst He carried on His sacred shoulders the heavy burden of the Cross, deliver the souls in purgatory and especially that one which is richest in merits in Thy sight, so that, having soon attained the high place in glory to which it is destined, it may praise Thee triumphantly and bless Thee for ever. Amen.    Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest, etc.

·       Thursday  O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee by the Precious Body and Blood of Thy divine Son Jesus, which He himself on the night before His Passion gave as meat and drink to His beloved Apostles and bequeathed to His Holy Church to be the perpetual Sacrifice and life-giving nourishment of His faithful people, deliver the souls in purgatory, but most of all, that soul which was most devoted to this Mystery of infinite love, in order that it may praise Thee therefor, together with Thy divine Son and the Holy Spirit in Thy glory forever. Amen.    Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest, etc.

·       Friday  O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee by the Precious Blood which Jesus Thy divine Son did shed that day upon the tree of the Cross, especially from His Sacred Hands and Feet, deliver the souls in purgatory, and particularly that soul for whom I am most bound to pray, in order that I may not be the cause which hinders Thee from admitting it quickly to the possession of Thy glory where it may praise Thee and bless Thee for evermore. Amen.    Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest, etc.

·       Saturday  O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee by the precious Blood which gushed forth from the sacred Side of Thy divine Son Jesus in the presence and to the great sorrow of His most holy Mother, deliver the souls in purgatory and among them all especially that soul which has been most devout to this noble Lady, that it may come quickly into Thy glory, there to praise Thee in her, and her in Thee through all the ages. Amen.    Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest, etc.

 

Heroic Act of Charity for the Souls on Purgatory
An "Heroic Act of Charity" is the offering of the satisfactory value (not the merits) of all of our sufferings and works of our rest of our lives and of any time we may spend in Purgatory for the relief of the souls in Purgatory. We do this by first deciding to do so, and then praying (using our own words or the more formal prayer below) to offer these things to God through Mary's hands.

Doing this is not a matter of taking a vow; it doesn't bind under pain of sin, and it is revokable (unless one vows never to revoke the Act). But it is a tremendous sacrifice, hence the name. It is truly heroic, a giving up of one's own earned relief from the temporal effects of sin -- even relief of the sufferings of Purgatory -- for the good of others.

In addition to asking God to use their satisfactory works for the souls in Purgatory, those who make this Act also receive a plenary indulgence (under the usual conditions) for the souls in Purgatory each time they receive Communion, and each time they hear Mass on Mondays for the sake of the departed. Words to a formal Act of Heroic Charity are as follows:

O Holy and Adorable Trinity, desiring to aid in the relief and release of the Holy Souls in Purgatory, through my devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, I cede and renounce, on behalf of these souls, all the satisfactory part of my works, and all the suffrages which may be given to me after my death. In their entirety, I offer them to Mary, the Most Holy Mother of God, that she may use them, according to her good pleasure, for those souls of the faithful departed whom she desires to alleviate their suffering. O my God, deign to accept and bless my offering which I make to Thee through the most august Queen of Heaven and Earth. Amen.

 

 

Remember in your charity the following pray requests:         

For Kay Levitt, who is ill,

Fr. John Murphy, for his spiritual and physical welfare, and Fr. 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 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, & Janet Gardner, the welfare of Dan Polly Weand, the conversion of Sophia Herman, Tony Rosky, and Carl Ropeter, the welfare Nancy Erdeck, the wife of the late Deacon Erdeck, and the welfare of Frank D’Agustino who is ill, the health of Charles Kanaskie, and the health of his brother, Thomas Thees, John Calasanctis, Stephen Cagorski, Tony Rosky, John Bogda, and Maryann Reutter.

 

Pray for the Repose of the Souls:

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phyllis Schlafly, died September 5,

Helen Mackewicz, died August 14,

Mark A. Wonderlin, who died August 2,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

J. Paul Carswell, died October 15, 2015,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Catherine Dunn, died September 15,

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

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

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

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

Anita Lopez, the aunt of Claudia Drew,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Natalie Cagorski, died march 23,

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

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

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

Jeanne DeRuyscher, who died on January 25,

Arthur Harmon, died January 18,

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

Joseph Proctor, died January 10,

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

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

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

Jim Capaldi, died December 15,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Margaret Brillhart, who died July 20,

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

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

Bishop Joseph McFadden, died unexpectedly May 2,

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

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

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

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,

Benjamin Sorace, the uncle of Sonya Kolinsky.

 

 

 

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

Blessed Pope Pius IX

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Quotable Pope Francis -  BYOC (Bring Your Own Clarity)

Each one of us has his own vision of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and to fight the evil as he understands them. This would be enough to change the world. Pope Francis

 

Spiritual interference in personal life is not possible.  Pope Francis

 

If a homosexual person is of good will and is seeking God, I am no one to judge him. Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has made us free. Pope Francis

 

Scalfari: "Is there a single vision of the good? And who establishes it?”

Pope Francis: "Each of us has his vision of the good. We must incite him to proceed toward what he thinks to be the good.”

 

Vatican II, inspired by Pope John and by Paul VI, decided to look to the future with a modern spirit and to open to modern culture. The council fathers knew that opening to modern culture meant religious ecumenism and dialogue with nonbelievers. After then very little was done in that direction. I have the humility and the ambition of wanting to do it.  Pope Francis

 

If a person is gay and is seeking the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge him? Pope Francis

 

Our objective is not proselytism, but listening to the needs, the desires, the disappointments, the desperation, the hope. We must bring hope back to the young, help the old, open to the future, spread love. Poor among the poor. We must include the excluded and preach peace. Vatican II, inspired by Pope John and Paul VI, decided to look to the future with a modern spirit and to open to modern culture. The council fathers knew that opening to modern culture meant religious ecumenism and dialogue with nonbelievers. After then, very little was done in that direction. I have the humility and the ambition to want to do it. Pope Francis

 

 

 

 

Young Catholics urge Vatican to issue inclusive LGBT message

APNews | By NICOLE WINFIELD | October 21, 2018

Francis_Homo.jpgVATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic bishops are entering their final week of debate over hot-button issues facing young Catholics, including how the church should welcome gays and respond to the clerical sex abuse scandal that has discredited many in the church hierarchy.

The month long synod of bishops ends next Saturday with the adoption by the 260-plus cardinals, bishops and priests of a final document and approval of a separate, shorter letter to the world’s Catholic youth.

Some of the youth delegates to the meeting have insisted that the final document express an inclusive message to make LGBT Catholics feel welcome in a church that has often shunned them.

The Vatican took a step in that direction by making a reference to “LGBT” for the first time in its preparatory document heading into the meeting.

But some bishops have balked at the notion, including Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, who insisted in his speech that “there is no such thing as an ‘LGBTQ Catholic’ or a ‘transgender Catholic’ or a ‘heterosexual Catholic,’ as if our sexual appetites defined who we are.”

But other bishops have expressed a willingness to use the language, though it remains to be seen if the final document or the letter will. Each paragraph will be voted on one by one and must obtain a two-thirds majority.

“The youth are talking about it freely and in the language they use, and they are encouraging us ‘Call us, address us this because this is who we are,’” Papua New Guinea Cardinal John Ribat told a press conference Saturday.

One of those young people, Yadira Vieyra, who works with migrant families in Chicago, said gays often feel attacked and shunned by the church.

“We know that’s not true, any Catholic knows that’s not true,” she said. But she added bishops need to communicate that “the church is here for them.”

Catholic church teaching holds that gays should be loved and respected but that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered.”

The Oct. 3-28 synod has unfolded against the backdrop of the clergy sex abuse scandal exploding anew in the U.S., Germany, Poland and other nations. Some conservatives have charged that a gay subculture in the priesthood is to blame, even though studies have shown that gays are not more likely than heterosexuals to abuse.

Many of the young delegates have insisted that the final document address the abuse scandal straight on, and Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli hinted that it would.

“One of the key things that will be important going forward is not just that there might be a word of apology, of recognition and of aiming for better practices, but that there is action associated with that,” he said.

Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich said young people are also demanding accountability and transparency from the church’s leadership, which has been excoriated for having covered-up the abuses of predator priests for decades.

He repeated his call, first made in an interview last week with National Catholic Reporter, for bishops to cede their own authority and allow an external process involving lay experts to investigate them when an accusation against them has been made.

“Lay people want us to succeed. People want us to get this right,” Cupich said. “Yes, there’s a lot of anger out there. But beneath that anger there’s a sadness. There’s a sadness that the church is better than this, and that we should get this right.

 

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

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

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

Emmett O'Regan, published by Vatican Insider

 

 

 

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

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

Benedict XV, Ad beatissimi apostolorum, November 1, 1914

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

If God is nothing, everything is permitted; if God is nothing, everything is a matter of indifference. 

Feodor Dostoyevsky, The Devils (The Possessed)

 

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

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

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

 

 

Excerpts from the Diary of Msgr. Joseph Fenton:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Pope Francis continues his slander against faithful Catholics for being "rigid" in the profession of Catholic truth and practice of Catholic morality!

Pope’s Latest Homily: ‘Rigid’ Catholics Lack the ‘Spirit of God’

OnePeterFive | Bree A Dail | October 16, 2018

Pope Francis has returned to a common theme of his pontificate, this time in his homily for daily Mass at Casa Santa Marta, earlier this morning. The following are quotes from the pontiff, as reported as by VaticanNews.va correspondent Adriana Masotti:

They [the Pharisees] were truly an example of formality. But they lacked life. … They were rigid.

Rigidity has been theme often repeated by the pope in connection to the rise of interest in the traditional Latin Mass among youths and young adults, as has been reported by LifeSiteNews in the past.

Continuing his homily, the pope stressed that such “rigid” individuals, like the “hypocritical” Pharisees of Jesus’s time, look to perfect only the external, and therefore – like whited sepulchers – hide corruption, greed, wickedness.

Jesus spoke clearly; He was not a hypocrite. He spoke clearly. And he said to them, “But why do you look at what is external? Look at what is within.” Another time He said to them, “You are whitened sepulchers.” Nice compliment, eh? Beautiful on the outside, all perfect…all perfect…but within, full of rottenness, therefore of greed, of wickedness, He says. Jesus distinguishes between appearances and internal reality. These lords are “doctors of appearances”: always perfect, always. But within, what is there?

The pope continued to focus on the “hypocrisy” of those who seem to “rigidly” adhere to their Catholic Faith. It should also be noted that the pontiff used language similar to that of one of his closest advisers, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, when referring to those who report on the current crisis in the Church. “Jesus describes these people with one word: ‘hypocrites.’ They are people with greedy souls, capable of killing: ‘capable of paying to kill or calumniate, as happens every day. It happens today: they are paid to give bad news, news that smears others.’ But always, under or behind rigidity, there are problems, grave problems. Jesus is not there. The spirit of the world is there.”

Pope Francis ended his homily with a warning: “Be careful around those who are rigid. Be careful around Christians – be they laity, priests, bishops – who present themselves as so ‘perfect,’ rigid. Be careful. There’s no Spirit of God there. They lack the ‘spirit of liberty.’”

 

 

Paul VI - Beatified?   Fr. Luigi Villa, Th.D.

Read about the "virtue" the Novus Ordo looks for in their "saints"!

 

 

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

A Novus Ordo Saint is a man-made saint. Contrasted with Catholic saints who are God-made saints. In virtue of their union with God they are sanctified, and therefore, Catholic Saints exhibit heroic virtue in their lives. God confirms their sanctity by working miracles through their intercession and thus, a cult of veneration (dulia) develops and spreads throughout the Church. The Church recognizes God's evidence that they are saints and declares this fact to the universal Church. Contrary to this, Novus Ordo Saints are man-made saints and their elevation to the title of sainthood is for the purpose of promoting the human ideology exemplified in their lives. There is no real cult of veneration (dulia) among the faithful to Novus Ordo Saints. Since God does not work true miracles through the intercession of man-made saints, only man-made miracles are required for the beatification of man-made Novus Ordo Saints. Finally, the Novus Ordo beatification process does have a promotor fidei, the so-called “devil’s advocate,” although his role has been change as the promotor ideologiae. The greatest difference between Catholic Saints and Novus Ordo Saints is that the former are in heaven and the latter, very well may not be.

 

 

Two More High-Ranking Papal Appointees Implicated in Alleged Misconduct

OnePeterFive | Steve Skojec | October 16, 2018

OnePeterFive.jpgPope Francis has once again found him at the center of scandal after two of his most high-ranking appointees have been implicated in misconduct allegations. Monsignor Edgar Peña Parra, who has been tapped to take on the number two role at the Vatican Secretariat of State, has become the subject of a dossier compiled by laity in his home diocese which makes mention of possible homosexual behavior. Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), has also failed to respond to a court summons in France as a co-defendant in the trial of the Cardinal Archbishop of Lyon, Philippe Barbarin, for “failing to denounce a sexually abusive priest”. Ladaria was made aware of the accusations years before he advised disciplinary action in his capacity as secretary of the CDF, which handles such cases.

Peña Parra, who is the former papal nuncio to Mozambique, will soon take the position of Sostituto for General Affairs in the Vatican Secretariat of State. According to Emiliano Fittipaldi of Italy’s L’Esspresso, “the position of Sostituto is a most delicate nomination, and the name of Peña Parra has caught Vatican insiders by surprise.” Fittipaldi describes the role as “second in influence only to the Pope and the Secretary of State.”

Peña Parra, however, was one of the figures Archbishop Viganò warned about in his initial testimony about abuse coverup and corruption in the Church. Viganò wrote:

Finally, the recent appointment as Substitute of Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra is also connected with Honduras, that is, with Maradiaga. From 2003 to 2007 Peña Parra worked as Counsellor at the Tegucigalpa Nunciature. As Delegate for Pontifical Representations I received worrisome information about him.

In Honduras, a scandal as huge as the one in Chile is about to be repeated. The Pope defends his man, Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, to the bitter end, as he had done in Chile with Bishop Juan de la Cruz Barros, whom he himself had appointed Bishop of Osorno against the advice of the Chilean Bishops. First he insulted the abuse victims. Then, only when he was forced by the media, and a revolt by the Chilean victims and faithful, did he recognize his error and apologize, while stating that he had been misinformed, causing a disastrous situation for the Church in Chile, but continuing to protect the two Chilean Cardinals Errazuriz and Ezzati. [emphasis in original]

According to Fittipaldi, a 25-page dossier on Peña Parra was mailed to “various prelates” by “enemies” of the Venezuelan priest just nine days after his appointment to the Secretariat of State was announced – prelates who Fittipaldi says “promptly informed the pope.” Signed by the “Laity of the Archdiocese of Maracaibo” — the capital of the Venezuelan state of Zulia, where Peña Parra was “born and raised” — the document provides a possible insight into the idea of “worrisome information” reported, but not explicitly disclosed, by Viganò.

It includes, according to Fittipaldi, “a very strong report about the alleged immoral conduct of this priest, enclosing as well some photocopies of signed letters of the then-Archbishop of Maracaibo, Domingo Roa Pérez, in which he makes reference to these doubts and to grave accusations” against the new Sostituto.

Fittipaldi writes that L’Esspresso has read the document, and that:

The heart of the accusations is a letter from 1985 signed personally by Archbishop Roa Peréz and sent to the rector of the first seminary (San Tommaso D’Aquino in San Cristobal) where the young Peña Parra attended. The young Edgar received his philosophy degree in 1981, and at the beginning of 1985 he had completed his theological studies at another inter-diocesan seminary, Santa Rosa de Lima in Caracas.

That August he was scheduled to be ordained as a priest. Archbishop Roa Peréz, who had held doubts about the candidate for some time, received an anonymous yet credible letter and decided to make it known. In a letter to the rector of San Tommaso D’Aquino, Pio Leon Cardenas, the prelate wrote:

“Dear Monsignor, in this beloved seminary the young Edgar Robinson Peña Parra studied philosophy. Reports concerning his personal habits were quite negative. For this reason, the administration decided to not allow him to continue in formation. Thinking that perhaps his error was not so serious as to exclude him definitively from the seminary…I decided to send him to the seminary in Caracas, where he has studied theology and is now about to receive the diaconate and soon after the priesthood. The reports on him from the inter-diocesan seminary are generally positive, indeed quite good,” wrote Archbishop Roa Peréz. “Now I have received an anonymous letter from Caracas, which says that [Peña Parra] “was expelled from San Tommaso D’Aquino seminary at the end of his third year because he was a homosexual…” Roa Peréz affirmed that such a fact “was actually verified by Peña Parra’s priest-formator [padre assistente] for that year of study, Padre Leye,” but that he [Roa Peréz] did not find out “because a priest of this archdiocese falsified the report.”

“I do not know if we are dealing with false accusations,” Roa Peréz finally concludes. “Your illustrious Lordship can imagine the anguish which now assails me. I have a great need of priests, but I cannot be “a pitiful impious one” as a saint of the Church says referring to the ordination of those who are clearly unworthy. As I have said, it could be that this is a false accusation, and it also could be that what this anonymous letter declares so strongly is true. I beg you with vehemence to re-examine these reports and speak to Padre Leye to see if he remembers the case.”

Fittipaldi writes that within the various documents of the dossier are “several sheets on the moral and spiritual character of the new Sostituto”. L’Esspresso claims to have requested clarification or comment from the Holy See about the dossier, “asking for days” but “without receiving any response.”

It is perhaps fitting that Viganò mentioned Peña Parra in the same breath as Juan Barros; just as he did in the case of his hand-picked Chilean bishop accused of complicity in sexual abuse, Francis appears to have again chosen stubborn recalcitrance in the face of accusations against his pick for Sostituto. Writes Fittipaldi:

It is a fact, however, that the Pope – after being informed of the affair – explained resolutely that he did not believe at all in the credibility of the accusations, saying to his supporters that this is yet another attack against him following the attack of Viganò. “It is always the conservative frontline trying to discredit his magisterium and the image of his faithful collaborators,” so says the commentary from his inner circle.

L’Esspresso announced a plan to release a full investigation in their Sunday, October 14 edition, which was not available online at the time of this writing. It is unclear whether they will provide the answer, if one was received, from San Tommaso D’Aquino seminary, from which Peña Parra was alleged to have been dismissed for immoral conduct.

Cardinal Ladaria Fails to Respond to Summons in French Abuse Trial

The accusations against Peña Parra come as reports that a French court has ordered Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, to be tried early next year for “failing to denounce a sexually abusive priest”. According to TheTablet (UK), the trial will move forward despite the Vatican’s “failure to respond to a summons” issued to Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer, the CDF prefect, who has been named as a co-defendant in the case. Attorneys representing the alleged victims of Fr. Bernard Preynat say that “Ladaria had advised Barbarin by letter in 2015 to discipline Preynat but avoid public scandal. At the time, he was secretary of the CDF, the Vatican department that handles clerical sexual abuse cases.”

The Tablet reports that “Nadia Debbache, a lawyer for the victims, said the Vatican’s failure to acknowledge receipt of the summons amounted to obstruction of French justice. ‘There is clearly a will to drag things out and cover them up,’ she said.”

Ladaria has, according to The Tablet, “denied wrongdoing but admitted his reaction to abuse accusations he learned about in 2007 was ‘belated’.” Preynat was not removed from priestly ministry until 2015 — eight years after the abuse accusations were brought to the now-cardinal prefect’s attention.

Ladaria, a Jesuit, was promoted by Pope Francis to head up the CDF after the abrupt dismissal of its previous prefect, Gerhard Ludwig Müller, in 2017.

 

 

“The Rosary is the most powerful weapon for defending ourselves on the field of battle.” 

… The decadence which exists in the world is without any doubt the consequence of the lack of the spirit of prayer. Foreseeing this disorientation, the Blessed Virgin recommended recitation of the Rosary with such insistence. And since the Rosary is, after the holy Eucharistic liturgy, the prayer most apt for preserving faith in souls, the devil has unchained his struggles against it. Unfortunately, we see the disasters he has caused.

… We must defend souls against the errors which can make them stray from the good road. … We cannot and we must not stop ourselves, nor allow, as Our Lord says, the children of Darkness to be wiser than the children of Light … The Rosary is the most powerful weapon for defending ourselves on the field of battle. 

Sr. Lucy of Fatima, Letter to Dom Umberto Pasquale

 

“Revelation manifests itself more and more each day… it’s always moving.” 

It is a dogma of divine and Catholic faith that Revelation was completed at the death of the last Apostle!

Ideologies are bewitching; and so Paul says: “Oh foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you?” Those who preach with ideologies: everything’s right! They are bewitching: it’s all clear!  But look, God’s revelation isn’t clear eh? God’s revelation manifests itself more and more each day; it is always moving. Is it clear? Crystal clear! It is Him, but we have to find it along the way. Those who think they possess the whole truth are not just ignorant, Paul goes as far as to call them ‘foolish’ for letting themselves be bewitched.

Pope Francis, sermon, October 6, 2016

 

Maybe he meant to say, 'Time is greater than Grace'?

“Time is Greater than Space: A constant tension exists between fullness and limitation. Fullness evokes the desire for complete possession, while limitation is a wall set before us. Broadly speaking, “time” has to do with fullness as an expression of the horizon which constantly opens before us, while each individual moment has to do with limitation as an expression of enclosure. People live poised between each individual moment and the greater, brighter horizon of the utopian future as the final cause which draws us to itself. Here we see a first principle for progress in building a people: time is greater than space.”

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, “Time is Greater than Space

 

God manifests himself in historical revelation, in history. Time initiates processes, and space crystallizes them. God is in history, in the processes. We must initiate processes, rather than occupy spaces.” 

Pope Francis, Interview with Anthony Spadaro

 

Since “time is greater than space,” I would make it clear that not all discussions of doctrinal, moral, or pastoral issues need to be settled by interventions of the magisterium. Unity of teaching and practice is certainly necessary in the Church, but this does not preclude various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching or drawing certain consequences from it. This will always be the case as the Spirit guides us towards the entire truth (cf. Jn 16:13), until he leads us fully into the mystery of Christ and enables us to see all things as he does. Each country or region, moreover, can seek solutions better suited to its culture and sensitive to its traditions and local needs. For “cultures are in fact quite diverse and every general principle…needs to be inculterated, if it is to be respected and applied.”

Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia

 

“If you love me you will keep my commandments… He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them; he it is that loveth me. And he that loveth me, shall be loved of my Father: and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him… If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; as I also have kept my Father’ s commandments, and do abide in his love… In this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God, and keep his commandments.” (John 14:15; 14:21; 15:10; 1 John 5:2)

Pope Francis will learn, souls are “condemned for ever” who teach the Lutheran heresy of justification & deny the Catholic dogma that to abide in “true charity” is “conditional” upon keeping the commandments!

The way of the Church is not to condemn anyone for ever; it is to pour out the balm of God’s mercy on all those who ask for it with a sincere heart… For true charity is always unmerited, unconditional and gratuitous….

It is a matter of reaching out to everyone, of needing to help each person find his or her proper way of participating in the ecclesial com-munity and thus to experience being touched by an “unmerited, unconditional and gratuitous” mercy. No one can be condemned for ever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel!

Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, paragraphs 296 and 297

 

 

 

Cardinal Müller confirms sex abuse investigation against UK Cardinal was stopped

LifeSiteNews | October 3, 2018Cardinal Gerhard Müller has confirmed that the Vatican investigation into sexual abuse by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor was not completed, but instead was stopped for lack of the Pope’s approval.

The cardinal spoke with LifeSiteNews yesterday in Washington, D.C. while there to speak at the Napa Institute’s Conference on Authentic Catholic Reform.

LifeSiteNews asked Cardinal Müller if Pope Francis had indeed halted the investigation into Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, who passed away in 2017. Müller was until recently the Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the Vatican body tasked with investigating sex abuse cases. Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor was accused of abusing a girl when she was 13 or 14 during the 1960s.

Cardinal Müller told LifeSiteNews he was “bound by Pontifical Secret,” but said that “the Pope’s approval is required for investigations” of a Cardinal. LifeSiteNews informed Müller that some news reports were suggesting he had completed the investigation, rather than the investigation having been interrupted and prevented from continuing.

LifeSiteNews asked the cardinal if he would at least go on the record to indicate that the investigation was stopped, rather than completed, and he agreed, “yes.”

‘The Pope wants to speak to you’

Despite suggestions to the contrary, neither LifeSiteNews nor Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò claimed that Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor was guilty of the abuse. Rather, LifeSite’s original report focused on the fact that the investigation into the allegations did not follow proper Church protocol, and Archbishop Viganò mentioned the halting of the investigation in the context of the Pope’s larger record on sex abuse cover-up.

The bizarre circumstances around the Pope stopping the investigation were revealed by famed Vatican reporter Marco Tosatti. From a source close to Cardinal Müller, Tosatti learned that the Cardinal, when he was Prefect of the CDF, was interrupted by a phone call from the Pope while saying Mass in June 2013 at the Church of Santa Monica (next to the CDF building) for a small group of German students.   

As Tosatti put it in an article for First Things last year:

His secretary joined him at the altar: “The pope wants to speak to you.” “Did you tell him I am celebrating Mass?” asked Müller. “Yes,” said the secretary, “but he says he does not mind—he wants to talk to you all the same.” The cardinal went to the sacristy. The pope, in a very bad mood, gave him some orders about a dossier concerning one of his friends, a cardinal.

In a joint report with LifeSiteNews last week, Tosatti revealed for the first time, via a source close to Cardinal Müller, that it was the CDF’s investigation of Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor that Pope Francis nixed during that urgent phone call.

The allegation, and failed investigations

From a source in England close to the Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor case, LifeSiteNews learned that the lady around 2009 accused Murphy-O’Connor of involvement in her abuse. She had been, as a young teen in the 1960s, a victim of notorious pedophile priest Michael Hill. She asserted around 2009 that there were several priests involved in her abuse at the time, with Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor being one of them. Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor later infamously transferred the known abuser Hill to be the chaplain at Gatwick airport despite warnings that he would offend again. (He did indeed offend again.) The lady in question is an acknowledged victim of Fr. Hill and was paid at the beginning of the 2000s a £40,000 settlement by the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton for the abuse she suffered.

While the left-leaning Tablet in England has claimed that the woman’s allegations against Murphy-O’Connor were investigated by police and the Church and found lacking in credibility, our source in England provides needed clarification.

Our source notes: “The police did not decide that she was not credible, but that they did not have corroborating evidence.” The source added that, had the police not found the victim a credible source, “they would not have investigated the case.” Rather, the source said, the police took the case so seriously that they interviewed Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor himself “under caution,” which means that they made it clear to him that his answers could be used against him in court. Moreover, the source says the police never closed the case, but put it aside awaiting corroborating evidence.

The Tablet author Christopher Lamb omits in his description of the history of the case that the Archdiocese of Westminster altogether refused to investigate the allegations of the female victim according to Church protocols. As LifeSiteNews has reported, it was not the Archdiocese of Westminster, but two other dioceses – Portsmouth and Northampton – which filed a case directly with the CDF in 2011. As our well-placed source in England has affirmed, it was not Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster since 2009, who instigated the CDF investigation. Only in 2011 – that is, three years after the lady started to claim Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor abused her – Nichols finally had his diocesan officials meet with her in person. Still, they did not open an investigation.

According to our source in England, Bishop Crispian Hollis (of Portsmouth, now retired) and Bishop Peter Doyle (Northampton) both knew the female victim for years and found her a credible person. “All people involved [i.e., police, as well as the English bishops filing the case with the CDF] found that the female victim is a credible witness,” the English source told LifeSiteNews.

The Tablet reports on a CDF investigation in 2011 of the case under then-CDF head Cardinal William Levada. That investigation apparently determined there was no case. However, our English source states that the CDF’s investigation in 2011 was not thorough, inasmuch as the victim herself was not even personally interviewed by the CDF officials.

As The Tablet so ambiguously puts it, the need to restart the case then in 2013 was due to an “administrative gap.” Of what that “administrative gap” could be, our source commented: “The CDF itself had not followed protocol.”

 

Francis_Youth_Synod_2018_ferula.jpgPope Francis opens "Youth" Synod with novel ferula that is appropriate for his LGBT agenda!

Stang 

The stang is a straight branch with a fork or Y at one end, and is most used in ritual circle as a type of centerpiece representing the magick of the three –the trinity– in the following ways: Earth, Sea, and Sky; Body, Mind and Spirit; God, Goddess and Unity; the three faced of the God; the three faces of the Goddess; and the crossroads of life. Stangs used today are normally five to six feet in height and are often decorated with ribbons and flowers that match the seasonal ritual. The stang also relates to the legend of the World Tree, and in some ritual groups it is the pole of libation, where gifts of food and liquid are arranged or poured by the base in honor of the Gods. This is similar to the pole erected in the center of a Voodoo rite, dedicated to Damballah, called the Ponteau Mitan. The stang is normally place at the north (the seat of all power) or directly behind the altar. A few groups, often with Druidic leanings, place the stang in the center of the circle.

Definition provided by:  "Magickal Necessities by Witches of the Craft"

 

 

 

A Forked Staff: Perfect Symbol for the Synod on Youth and Blah, Blah, Blah

Fatima Perspectives #1239; By Chris Ferrara

As one website observes, when the Antichrist arrives to preach his lies among men, seducing “(if it were possible) even the elect” (Mk. 13:22), his forked tongue “will have the eloquence of angels, his honeyed words will pierce to the very heart of those who hear him. His arguments and positions will be so well presented that even those who recognize him will be hard pressed to resist what he has to say.”

The Antichrist will make the devil’s ultimate sales pitch.  For now, however, the forked tongue belongs to lesser voices, lacking all eloquence and nuance, including those who will be spouting empty demagogic slogans and emotivist rubbish at the Synod of Youth and Blah, Blah, Blah now underway in Occupied Rome.

We have heard it all before at the last phony Synod, which was merely a disguise for what Francis wanted from the beginning and shamelessly passed off as the voice of the Holy Ghost.  And now — bearing a forked staff, appropriately enough — Francis has said it all again in his homily at the beginning of this elaborate stage show for further subversion of the Church:

For we know that our young people will be capable of prophecy and vision to the extent that we, who are already adult or elderly, can dream and thus be infectious in sharing those dreams and hopes that we carry in our hearts…

May the Spirit grant us the grace to be synodal Fathers anointed with the gift of dreaming and of hoping. We will then, in turn, be able to anoint our young people with the gift of prophecy and vision…

Hope challenges us, moves us and shatters that conformism which says, “it’s always been done like this”. Hope asks us to get up and look directly into the eyes of young people and see their situations….

And this demands that we be really careful against succumbing to a self-preservation and self-centredness which gives importance to what is secondary yet makes secondary what is important.

The gift of that ability to listen, sincerely and prayerfully, as free as possible from prejudice and conditioning, will help us to be part of those situations which the People of God experience….

This disposition protects us from the temptation of falling into moralistic or elitist postures, and it protects us from the lure of abstract ideologies that never touch the realities of our people…. 

Here we go again: “prophesy and vision,” “dreams and hopes,” “see their situations,” eschewing “conformism,” moving beyond what is “secondary,” freedom from “prejudice and conditioning,” rejecting “moralistic or elitist postures” versus “the realities of our people.” 

In other words: another poisonous dose of situation ethics to follow the recent scandal of “permission” for Holy Communion to be administered to people who intend to continue engaging in sexual relations within “second marriages” which constitute “none other than disgraceful and base concubinage, repeatedly condemned by the Church,” to quote Blessed Pope Pius XI. 

This preposterous sham of a Synod features the attendance of two communist Chinese bishops handpicked by Beijing from the ranks of the Catholic Patriotic Association, which, following the Vatican sellout of the Underground Church, promptly declared its “independence” from Rome. Francis ludicrously declared in his homily that the attendance of these puppets of Beijing and its “independent” pseudo-Church means that “the communion of the entire Episcopate with the Successor of Peter is yet more visible thanks to their presence.”

The inevitable outcome of this sham (barring a veritable miracle) will be a further erosion of the Church’s moral foundations under the specious pretext of an expression of the “ordinary Magisterium” that takes into account “situations” and “concrete realities” — as if reality and morality were somehow opposed, when in fact it is conformity to God’s moral law that leads a soul to the reality of true freedom.

God help us.  God rescue us. Holy Mother of God, intercede for us and obtain for the Church that holy and courageous Pope who will put an end to this utter madness by doing at long last what You requested of the Roman Pontiff nearly a century ago at Tuy: the Consecration of Russia to Your Immaculate Heart.

 

 

We deceive ourselves greatly if we think that union with God consists in ecstasies and spiritual consolations.  It consists alone in thinking, saying, doing that which is in conformity to the will of God.  This union is perfect when our will is detached from everything, attached but to God in such a manner that it breathes but His pure will.  This is the true and essential union that I ardently desire, and continually ask of Our Lord. 

St. Teresa of Avila

 

Europe will return to the faith or…. perish. 

Hilaire Belloc

 

CATHOLIC PROPHECY

May 13, 1820: I saw also the relationship between the two popes. . . I saw how baleful would be the consequences of this false church. I saw it increase in size; heretics of every kind came into the city (of Rome). The local clergy grew lukewarm, and I saw a great darkness. . . Then, the vision seemed to extend on every side. Whole Catholic communities were being oppressed, harassed, confined, and deprived of their freedom. I saw many churches close down, great miseries everywhere, wars and bloodshed. A wild and ignorant mob took to violent action. But it did not last long.

Once more I saw that the Church of Peter was undermined by a plan evolved by the secret sect, while storms were damaging it. But I saw also that help was coming when distress had reached its peak. I saw again the Blessed Virgin ascend on the Church and spread her mantle [over it]. I saw a Pope who was at once gentle, and very firm. . . I saw a great renewal, and the Church rose high in the sky.

Sept. 12, 1820: I saw a strange church being built against every rule. . .  No angels were supervising the building operations. In that church, nothing came from high above. . . There was only division and chaos. It is probably a church of human creation, following the latest fashion, as well as the new heterodox church of Rome, which seems of the same kind. . .

I saw again the strange big church that was being built there (in Rome). There was nothing holy in it. I saw this just as I saw a movement led by Ecclesiastics to which contributed angels, saints and other Christians. But there (in the strange big church) all the work was being done mechanically (i.e. according to set rules and formulae). Everything was being done according to human reason. . .

I saw all sorts of people, things, doctrines, and opinions. There was something proud, presumptuous, and violent about it, and they seemed to be very successful. I did not see a single Angel nor a single saint helping in the work. But far away in the background, I saw the seat of a cruel people armed with spears, and I saw a laughing figure which said: “Do build it as solid as you can; we will pull it to the ground.”

Blessed Anna Katherina Emmerich, Catholic Prophecy by Ives DuPont

 

 
15 Promises for Praying the Most Holy Rosary

1.     Whoever shall faithfully serve Me by the recitation of the Rosary shall receive signal graces.

2.     I promise My special protection and the greatest graces to all who shall recite the Rosary.

3.     The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against Hell. It will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies. (Actually, were that the only promise, we should pray it for that reason. Because what have we in our world today? We are surrounded by, wherever we are in the world, vice, sin and heresy.)

4.     It will cause virtue and good works to flourish. It will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God. It will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

5.     The soul which recommends itself to Me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.

6.     Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its Sacred Mysteries, shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death. If he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God and become worthy of eternal life.

7.     Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.

8.     Those who are faithful in reciting the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces. At the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the Saints in Paradise.

9.     I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.

10.  The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.

11.  You shall obtain all you ask of Me by the recitation of the Rosary.

12.  All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by Me in their necessities.

13.  I have obtained from My Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire Celestial Court during their life and at the hour of death.

14.  All who recite the Rosary are My sons, and brothers of My only Son, Jesus Christ.

15.  Devotion to My Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

 

 

How to Pray the Rosary with True Devotion

    Before beginning a decade, pause for a moment or two----depending upon how much time you have----and contemplate the mystery that you are about to honor in that decade. Always be sure to ask of Almighty God, by this mystery and through the intercession of the Blessed Mother, one of the virtues that shines forth most in this mystery or one of which you stand in particular need.
    Take great care to avoid the two pitfalls that most people fall into during the Rosary. The first is the danger of not asking for any graces at all, so that if some people were asked their Rosary intention they would not know what to say. So, whenever you say your Rosary, be sure to ask for some special grace. Ask God’s help in cultivating one of the great Christian virtues or in overcoming one of your sins.
    The second big fault a lot of people make when saying the Holy Rosary is to have no intention other than that of getting it over as quickly as possible! This is because so many of us look upon the Rosary as a burden which is always heavier when we have not said it----especially if it is weighing on our conscience because we have promised to say it regularly or have been told to say it as a penance more or less against our will.
    It is really pathetic to see how most people say the Holy Rosary----they say it astonishingly fast and mumble so that the words are not properly pronounced at all. We could not possibly expect anyone, even the most unimportant person, to think that a slipshod address of this kind was a compliment and yet we expect Jesus and Mary to be pleased with it! Small wonder then that the most sacred prayers of our holy religion seem to bear no fruit, and that, after saying thousands of Rosaries, we are still no better than we were before! Dear Confraternity members, I beg of you to temper the speed which comes all too easily to you and pause briefly several times as you say the Our Father and Hail Mary. I have placed a cross at each pause, as you will see:
    Our Father Who art in Heaven,
CROSShallowed be Thy name, CROSSThy kingdom come, CROSSThy will be done CROSSon earth as it is in Heaven. CROSSGive us this day CROSSour daily bread CROSSand forgive us our trespasses CROSSas we forgive those who trespass against us, CROSSand lead us not into temptation CROSSbut deliver us from evil. Amen.
    Hail Mary, full of grace,
CROSSthe Lord is with Thee, CROSSblessed art thou among women CROSSand blessed is the Fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. CROSS
    Holy Mary, Mother of God,
CROSSpray for us sinners, now CROSSand at the hour of our death. Amen.
    At first, you may find it difficult to make these pauses because of your bad habit of saying prayers in a hurry; but a decade that you say recollectedly in this way will be worth more than thousands of Rosaries said all in a rush----without any pauses or reflection.

St. Louis de Montfort, The Secret of the Rosary

 

In rejecting the Redeemer Himself, the social unit [the old Jewish religious commonwealth] had automatically rejected the teaching God had given about Him. The rejection of this message constituted an abandonment of the Divine Faith itself. By manifesting this rejecting of the faith, the Jewish religious unit fell from its position as the company of the chosen people. It was no longer God’s ecclesia, His supernatural kingdom on earth. It became part of the kingdom of Satan….. At the moment of Our Lord’s death on Calvary, the moment when the old dispensation was ended and the Jewish religious association ceased to be the supernatural kingdom of God on earth, this recently organized society of Our Lord’s disciples began to be the supernatural Kingdom of God on earth, this recently organized society of Our Lord’s disciples began to exist as the ecclesia, or the kingdom.

Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton, The Catholic Church and Salvation, 1958

 

 

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

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

Council of Nicaea, 325 AD

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

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

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

E. Michael Jones, Why we Lost the Culture Wars

 

 

 

Pope Francis says that whatever he says is what  “Jesus says.” This is only true when the pope engages the infallible magisterium of the Church.  When this is not the case, whatever Francis says is only what Francis says.  And Francis, who said he “would not say another word” about the “Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s extraordinary testimony” has not shut-up since.  Meanwhile, we are looking for volunteers to pull the Francis’ knife out the back of the Catholic Church in China.

Pope says he received a ‘sign from God’ through Chinese bishops after Viganò testimony

LifeSiteNews | ROME | September 26, 2018 — Pope Francis has claimed to have received a “sign from God,” in response to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s extraordinary testimony implicating him and several high-ranking prelates in covering up the Theodore McCarrick abuse.

But some are suggesting that the only “sign” that has been given is that Pope Francis wants to “sweep the bombshell Viganó dossier completely under the carpet.”

In concluding remarks during a Q&A with journalists, on his return from the Baltic States last evening, the Pope said the divine “sign” came from two Chinese bishops — from the underground and patriotic churches — just before the Vatican signed a provisional agreement with the People’s Republic of China on the appointment of bishops. 

The Pope was asked by a Spanish journalist if he would provide additional information about the content of the Vatican’s provisional agreement with China (the text of the agreement has not been released), and how he responds to Cardinal Zen’s accusation that he is “selling out” the Church to the Communist government in Beijing.

Pope Francis replied by describing the process by which the agreement was reached, and then praised several of the key negotiators for the Vatican, including Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, whom he lauded for his devotion to detail.

As to accusations of “selling out” the underground Church in China, Pope Francis offered this reply:

“I think of the resistance, of the Catholics who have suffered: it’s true, they will suffer. There is always suffering in an agreement. But they have great faith and they write, they send messages, affirming that what the Holy See, what Peter says, is what Jesus says: that is, the ‘martyr’ faith of these people today continues on. They are great.” 

Taking full responsibility for signing the agreement, the Pope said it was not “an improvisation” but “a journey.” 

He then wrapped up his remarks with a curious reference to the extraordinary 11-page testimony of former U.S. Nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò. Seeming to treat the dossier more as an historical event than a current issue, he said:

“And then, a simple anecdote and a historical fact, two things before ending. When there was that famous statement by a former Apostolic Nuncio [a reference to the  testimony of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò], the episcopates of the world wrote to me saying that they felt close, that they were praying for me. The Chinese faithful wrote, and the signature on the letter was that of the bishop — so to speak — of the traditional Catholic Church and the bishop of the patriotic Church: together, both of them, and the faithful of both [Churches]. For me, this was a sign from God.”

While the bishops of Canada and New Zealand have come out in support of Pope Francis, dozens of cardinals and bishops from the U.S. and abroad have shown support for Archbishop Viganò, and have attested to his character and integrity.

Some prelates, including Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, have even called for an investigation into the allegations contained in the Viganò dossier. DiNardo’s proposed investigation, however, appears to have been put on hold after his recent meeting with Pope Francis.

Commenting on the Pope’s remarks, respected priest and theologican Fr. Brian Harrison, O.S. had this to say: 

“In another plane interview (Sept. 25th), returning to Rome from his trip to the Baltic States, Pope Francis let slip another indication that he wants to sweep the bombshell Viganó dossier completely under the carpet. 

Speaking of that document in the past tense as something now over and done with, Francis managed, within a very few words, to convey the impression that he has been an innocent victim enjoying total support and sympathy from all the world’s bishops in the face of an isolated accuser. (He conveniently omitted all mention of the dozens of cardinals and bishops who have now publicly called for transparency and a proper investigation of Archbishop Viganó's grave and all too credible allegations about corruption, homosexual predation and cover-ups reaching up to the very top of the Church.)”  

It is also unclear, from the Pope’s words, exactly what the divine “sign” denotes. Were the joint signatures of the two Chinese bishops a “sign from God” that he did the right thing in signing the accord with China? 

Pope Francis’ comments come one month after he was asked, during an inflight press conference on his return from Ireland, exactly when he learned of McCarrick’s history of homosexual abuse.

The Pope responded by telling journalists that he’s “not going to say a word” about the McCarrick cover-up.

Since then, however, in what have come to be known as his “GreatAccuser homily series, Pope Francis has compared Archbishop Viganò — and concerned lay faithful who question bishops — to Satan, saying the cries for justice and accountability come from a diabolical spirit. He has reportedly also compared himself to Jesus, the Good Shepherd who “chooses silence when the ‘Great Accuser’ accuses him ‘through so many people.’”

Italian and American journalists had reportedly been “poised” during last evening’s press conference to “return to issues dodged by the Pope” on previous occasions. They also reportedly intended to ask the Pope why he had not yet launched “a full-scale investigation into the McCarrick case, which the U.S. bishops’ conference had explicitly requested.”

 

 

Political Comment: Although President Trump has not kept, or has been unable to keep, his promises to end the unjust wars in the extension of the Empire, he has exposed the existence and tyranny of the Deep State for even the most obtuse to clearly see. For this we should be most grateful. The identification of the enemy is the first necessary step in any effective opposition. We have a great divide in this country ruled be an alien oligarchy that has existed for many years. Now everyone knows it. The Democrats are like the citizens in Aldous Huxley's utopia Brave New World which embraces, with real affection, a drugged slavery in exchange for unrestricted sexual license. The Republicans are like the oppressed citizens in George Orwell's dystopia Nineteen Eighty-Four who rebel against the impositions of the soulless Big Brother and his double-speak and perpetual wars. The Democrats love the Deep State and the Republicans are developing a great hatred against it. The Deep State is clearly demonic but God will not help the Republicans until they call upon Him in humility.  

 

 

Collaborating evidence supporting Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò's charge that Pope Francis has aided and abetted the cover-up of clerical sexual abuse.

Cardinal Müller confirms sex abuse investigation against UK Cardinal was stopped

LifeSiteNews | October 3, 2018Cardinal Gerhard Müller has confirmed that the Vatican investigation into sexual abuse by Cardinal Cormac Life_Site.jpgMurphy-O’Connor was not completed, but instead was stopped for lack of the Pope’s approval.

The cardinal spoke with LifeSiteNews yesterday in Washington, D.C. while there to speak at the Napa Institute’s Conference on Authentic Catholic Reform.

LifeSiteNews asked Cardinal Müller if Pope Francis had indeed halted the investigation into Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, who passed away in 2017. Müller was until recently the Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the Vatican body tasked with investigating sex abuse cases. Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor was accused of abusing a girl when she was 13 or 14 during the 1960s.

Cardinal Müller told LifeSiteNews he was “bound by Pontifical Secret,” but said that “the Pope’s approval is required for investigations” of a Cardinal. LifeSiteNews informed Müller that some news reports were suggesting he had completed the investigation, rather than the investigation having been interrupted and prevented from continuing.

LifeSiteNews asked the cardinal if he would at least go on the record to indicate that the investigation was stopped, rather than completed, and he agreed, “yes.”

‘The Pope wants to speak to you’

Despite suggestions to the contrary, neither LifeSiteNews nor Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò claimed that Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor was guilty of the abuse. Rather, LifeSite’s original report focused on the fact that the investigation into the allegations did not follow proper Church protocol, and Archbishop Viganò mentioned the halting of the investigation in the context of the Pope’s larger record on sex abuse cover-up.

The bizarre circumstances around the Pope stopping the investigation were revealed by famed Vatican reporter Marco Tosatti. From a source close to Cardinal Müller, Tosatti learned that the Cardinal, when he was Prefect of the CDF, was interrupted by a phone call from the Pope while saying Mass in June 2013 at the Church of Santa Monica (next to the CDF building) for a small group of German students.   

As Tosatti put it in an article for First Things last year:

His secretary joined him at the altar: “The pope wants to speak to you.” “Did you tell him I am celebrating Mass?” asked Müller. “Yes,” said the secretary, “but he says he does not mind—he wants to talk to you all the same.” The cardinal went to the sacristy. The pope, in a very bad mood, gave him some orders about a dossier concerning one of his friends, a cardinal.

In a joint report with LifeSiteNews last week, Tosatti revealed for the first time, via a source close to Cardinal Müller, that it was the CDF’s investigation of Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor that Pope Francis nixed during that urgent phone call.

The allegation, and failed investigations

From a source in England close to the Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor case, LifeSiteNews learned that the lady around 2009 accused Murphy-O’Connor of involvement in her abuse. She had been, as a young teen in the 1960s, a victim of notorious pedophile priest Michael Hill. She asserted around 2009 that there were several priests involved in her abuse at the time, with Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor being one of them. Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor later infamously transferred the known abuser Hill to be the chaplain at Gatwick airport despite warnings that he would offend again. (He did indeed offend again.) The lady in question is an acknowledged victim of Fr. Hill and was paid at the beginning of the 2000s a £40,000 settlement by the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton for the abuse she suffered.

While the left-leaning Tablet in England has claimed that the woman’s allegations against Murphy-O’Connor were investigated by police and the Church and found lacking in credibility, our source in England provides needed clarification.

Our source notes: “The police did not decide that she was not credible, but that they did not have corroborating evidence.” The source added that, had the police not found the victim a credible source, “they would not have investigated the case.” Rather, the source said, the police took the case so seriously that they interviewed Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor himself “under caution,” which means that they made it clear to him that his answers could be used against him in court. Moreover, the source says the police never closed the case, but put it aside awaiting corroborating evidence.

The Tablet author Christopher Lamb omits in his description of the history of the case that the Archdiocese of Westminster altogether refused to investigate the allegations of the female victim according to Church protocols. As LifeSiteNews has reported, it was not the Archdiocese of Westminster, but two other dioceses – Portsmouth and Northampton – which filed a case directly with the CDF in 2011. As our well-placed source in England has affirmed, it was not Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster since 2009, who instigated the CDF investigation. Only in 2011 – that is, three years after the lady started to claim Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor abused her – Nichols finally had his diocesan officials meet with her in person. Still, they did not open an investigation.

According to our source in England, Bishop Crispian Hollis (of Portsmouth, now retired) and Bishop Peter Doyle (Northampton) both knew the female victim for years and found her a credible person. “All people involved [i.e., police, as well as the English bishops filing the case with the CDF] found that the female victim is a credible witness,” the English source told LifeSiteNews.

The Tablet reports on a CDF investigation in 2011 of the case under then-CDF head Cardinal William Levada. That investigation apparently determined there was no case. However, our English source states that the CDF’s investigation in 2011 was not thorough, inasmuch as the victim herself was not even personally interviewed by the CDF officials.

As The Tablet so ambiguously puts it, the need to restart the case then in 2013 was due to an “administrative gap.” Of what that “administrative gap” could be, our source commented: “The CDF itself had not followed protocol.”

 

         

Viganò releases new ‘testimony’ responding to Pope’s silence on McCarrick cover-up

Life_Site.jpgLifeSiteNews | ROME | September 27, 2018— Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has today issued a new extraordinary testimony, responding to Pope Francis’ refusal to answer the charge that he knew of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual abuse, yet made McCarrick “one of his principal agents in governing the Church.”

In the four-page document (see below), the former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States also responds to the Pope’s recent homilies which seem to cast himself in the role of Christ and Viganò as the diabolical “Great Accuser.”

“Has Christ perhaps become invisible to his vicar? Perhaps is he being tempted to try to act as a substitute of our only Master and Lord?” Archbishop Viganò asks in the new statement, sent to LifeSiteNews today.

Given the symbolic date of September 29, the liturgical feast of St. Michael the Archangel, and bearing the Archbishop’s episcopal coat of arms and motto, Viganò:

·       explains why he believes he had a duty to come forward despite his oath to keep the “pontifical secret,” adding that “the purpose of any secret, including the pontifical secret, is to protect the Church from her enemies, not to cover up and become complicit in crimes committed by some of her members”;

·       restates with vigor his central charge that “since at least June 23, 2013, the Pope knew from me how perverse and evil McCarrick was in his intentions and actions, and instead of taking the measures that every good pastor would have taken, the pope made McCarrick one of his principal agents in governing the Church, in regard to the United States, the Curia, and even China, as we are seeing these days with great concern and anxiety for that martyr Church”;

·       points to the Pope’s initial response that he would “not say a word” but then notes that he contradicts himself, in comparing “his silence to that of Jesus in Nazareth and before Pilate,” and Viganò to “the great accuser, Satan, who sows scandal and division in the Church, though without ever uttering my name”;

·       raises concern over revelations that Pope Francis played a role in covering up for or blocking investigations into other priests and prelates, including Fr. Julio Grassi, Fr. Mauro Inzoli, and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor;

·       and says it was Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, who told him of Pope Benedict’s sanctions against McCarrick. Addressing the Cardinal, he writes: “You have at your complete disposal key documents incriminating McCarrick and many in the curia for their cover-ups. Your Eminence, I urge you to bear witness to the truth...” 

“My decision to reveal those grave facts was for me the most painful and serious decision that I have ever made in my life,” Viganò writes. “I made it after long reflection and prayer, during months of profound suffering and anguish, during a crescendo of continual news of terrible events, with thousands of innocent victims destroyed and the vocations and lives of young priests and religious disturbed.”

“The silence of the pastors who could have provided a remedy and prevented new victims became increasingly indefensible, a devastating crime for the Church,” he writes. “Well aware of the enormous consequences that my testimony could have, because what I was about to reveal involved the successor of Peter himself, I nonetheless chose to speak in order to protect the Church, and I declare with a clear conscience before God that my testimony is true.” 

In the statement, Archbishop Viganò also encourages the faithful to “never be despondent!”  Exhorting them, he writes:

“Make your own the act of faith and complete confidence in Christ Jesus, our Savior, of Saint Paul in his second Letter to Timothy, Scio cui credidi, which I choose as my episcopal motto. This is a time of repentance, of conversion, of prayers, of grace, to prepare the Church, the bride of the Lamb, ready to fight and win with Mary the battle against the old dragon.” 

Here below is the official English text of Archbishop Viganò’s new testimony. It can also be accessed here as a PDF.

 

Is he lying or just getting senile?

Pope Francis says he ‘never’ pardoned sex abusers. Has he forgotten Fr. Mauro Inzoli?

LifeSiteNews | September 27, 2018– During his recent flight from Estonia to Rome, Pope Francis denied ever having pardoned clerical sex abusers. This was a surprising statement, given the sad case of Don Mauro Inzoli.

On September 26, after answering, and refusing to answer, reporters’ questions, Pope Francis addressed the issue of child sexual abuse during a stream-of-consciousness speech. According to an unofficial transcript in the Catholic Herald, the pontiff said:

“The Church… I take the example of Pennsylvania, watch the correlations and watch when the Church became conscious of this [abuse]. It dedicated all and recently, I have received so, so many completed convictions from the Doctrine of the Faith and I have said forward, forward, never have I signed a request for grace after a conviction. On this I do not negotiate, there is no negotiation.”

This statement, however, is contradicted by the well-documented case of Don Mauro Inzoli.

Nicknamed “Don Mercedes” for his love of flashy cars and high living, Communion and Liberation priest Mauro Inzoli was accused of molesting boys, including in the confessional. An ecclesiastical court found Inzoli guilty, and he was suspended from the priesthood in 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI.  

However, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio and Monsignor Vito Pinto for Inzoli to the newly-elected Pope Francis. Ignoring the advice of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Pope Francis decided in 2014 to return Inzoli to the priesthood. Directed to live a life of “humility and prayer,” to take a course of psychiatric treatment, and to stay away from children, Inzoli nevertheless attended an Italian conference on the family in 2015.

According to historian Henry Sire, author of The Dictator Pope, Francis’ gesture of clemency didn’t work out well for Inzoli in the long run.

“[Francis’] leniency, however, backfired,” Sire wrote, “and after complaints from Inzoli’s home town of Cremona, police reopened the case against him.”

In 2016, an Italian civil court convicted Inzoli of sexual violence against five boys between the ages of 12 and 16. These crimes took place between 2004 and 2008. The then-66-year-old Inzoli was sentenced to four years and five months of imprisonment. Prior to the conviction, Inzoli had agreed to pay 25,000 euros as compensation to the families of his victims.

The prosecutor, Roberto di Martino, complained that the Vatican had not supplied all requested documents the court had deemed necessary. Di Martino also suggested that there may have been more than 100 “questionable incidents” in Inzoli’s conduct toward minors. The long delay in Inzoli’s civil prosecution, said Di Martino, was the embarrassment of the victims’ families, who all belonged to the Communion and Liberation movement.

After that, Inzoli went through a second ecclesiastical trial, and on May 20, 2017, Pope Francis stripped the convicted sex abuser of the priestly faculties Francis had himself restored.

In addition to the Inzoli case, Pope Francis has been implicated in neglecting the cries of victims or of promoting and protecting, rather than disciplining, bishops accused of abuse or cover-up. Most recently, there have been allegations that Pope Francis restored now ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to a position of power despite knowing of his sexual predation. Before those revelations, Pope Francis courted controversy by including in his inner circle the Belgian Cardinal Godfried Daneels, the Honduran Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, and the Chilean Cardinal Francisco Errazuriz and for supporting Bishop Juan Barros, all of whom have been implicated in covering up clerical sexual abuse.

Recently a prominent left-wing German magazine, Der Spiegel, criticized Pope Francis for his failures in the abuse crisis.

As archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis - then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio - attacked and stonewalled sex abuse victims.

 

 

 

St. Joseph’s forgotten role in Fatima’s ‘Miracle of the Sun’

Voice of the Family | – The 13 October 2017 will be the centenary of the Miracle of Sun and the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. Despite being essential for understanding the period of history that we are now living through, the details of these remarkable events are far too little known, including amongst Catholics. In this article, we wish to draw attention to the much-neglected role of St Joseph during that momentous event.

Following the Miracle of Sun, and at the culmination of Our Lady’s final apparition, St Joseph also appeared to the three young seers. Father John de Marchi, in his book The True Story of Fatima, describes it as follows:

To the left of the sun, Saint Joseph appeared holding in his left arm the Child Jesus. Saint Joseph emerged from the bright clouds only to his chest, sufficient to allow him to raise his right hand and make, together with the Child Jesus, the Sign of the Cross three times over the world. As Saint Joseph did this, Our Lady stood in all Her brilliancy to the right of the sun, dressed in the blue and white robes of Our Lady of the Rosary. Meanwhile, Francisco and Jacinta were bathed in the marvelous colors and signs of the sun, and Lucia was privileged to gaze upon Our Lord dressed in red as the Divine Redeemer, blessing the world, as Our Lady had foretold. Like Saint Joseph, He was seen only from His chest up. Beside Him stood Our Lady, dressed now in the purple robes of Our Lady of Sorrows, but without the sword. Finally, the Blessed Virgin appeared again to Lucia in all Her ethereal brightness, clothed in the simple brown robes of Mount Carmel.

This final apparition at Fatima points us towards three particular forms of devotion towards Our Lady that we are called to practice during this “final battle” against Satan. These are devotion to:

·       her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart

·       the Holy Rosary

·       the Brown Scapular.

However, it is of the greatest importance to note that the final apparition of Fatima also directs us towards the intercession of St Joseph, whom Our Lord intimately associated with Himself in his blessing of the world.

Father de Marchi wrote:

Our Lord, already so much offended by the sins of mankind and particularly by the mistreatment of the children by the officials of the county, could easily have destroyed the world on that eventful day. However, Our Lord did not come to destroy, but to save. He saved the world that day through the blessing of good Saint Joseph and the love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for Her children on earth. Our Lord would have stopped the great World War then raging and given peace to the world through Saint Joseph, Jacinta later declared, if the children had not been arrested and taken to Ourem.

On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8 December 1870, Blessed Pope Pius IX, following appeals received from bishops worldwide, had declared St Joseph to be Patron of the Universal Church, “in this most sorrowful time” when “the Church herself is beset by enemies on every side and oppressed by heavy calamities, so that impious men imagine that the gates of Hell are at length prevailing against her.”

Pope Leo XIII, to whom it was revealed in 1884 that Satan would be given, for a time, increased power to work for the destruction the Church, instituted a new devotion to St Joseph in his encyclical letter Quamquan pluries, promulgated on the Feast of the Assumption, 15 August 1889. The Supreme Pontiff wrote:

During periods of stress and trial – chiefly when every lawlessness of act seems permitted to the powers of darkness – it has been the custom in the Church to plead with special fervour and perseverance to God, her author and protector, by recourse to the intercession of the saints – and chiefly of the Blessed Virgin, Mother of God – whose patronage has ever been the most efficacious.

He further explained:

We see faith, the root of all the Christian virtues, lessening in many souls; we see charity growing cold; the young generation daily growing in depravity of morals and views; the Church of Jesus Christ attacked on every side by open force or by craft; a relentless war waged against the Sovereign Pontiff; and the very foundations of religion undermined with a boldness which waxes daily in intensity. These things are, indeed, so much a matter of notoriety that it is needless for Us to expatiate on the depths to which society has sunk in these days, or on the designs which now agitate the minds of men. In circumstances so unhappy and troublous, human remedies are insufficient, and it becomes necessary, as a sole resource, to beg for assistance from the Divine power.

More than a century after the promulgation of this encyclical the evils identified by Pope Leo XIII have intensified to a degree that would have been inconceivable to most people in 1889. Thousands of innocent children are slaughtered every day with the approval of the governments that ought to be defending them, the sanctity of marriage is defiled by divorce, adultery and contraception, and the bonds between parents and their children are being deliberately targeted for destruction by the most powerful states and institutions in the world. Worst of all, the Pope himself is responsible for the spread of heresies which are leading the flock away from Christ and towards eternal damnation.

Pope Leo XIII urged the faithful, just as Our Lady would do twenty-eight years later at Fatima, to combat these evils through the prayer of the Holy Rosary:

At this proximity of the month of October, which We have already consecrated to the Virgin Mary, under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary, We earnestly exhort the faithful to perform the exercises of this month with, if possible, even more piety and constancy than heretofore. We know that there is sure help in the maternal goodness of the Virgin, and We are very certain that We shall never vainly place Our trust in her. If, on innumerable occasions, she has displayed her power in aid of the Christian world, why should We doubt that she will now renew the assistance of her power and favour, if humble and constant prayers are offered up on all sides to her? Nay, We rather believe that her intervention will be the more marvellous as she has permitted Us to pray to her, for so long a time, with special appeals.

But then, once more anticipating Fatima, he directed the faithful also towards St Joseph:

But We entertain another object, which, according to your wont, Venerable Brethren, you will advance with fervour. That God may be more favourable to Our prayers, and that He may come with bounty and promptitude to the aid of His Church, We judge it of deep utility for the Christian people, continually to invoke with great piety and trust, together with the Virgin-Mother of God, her chaste Spouse, the Blessed Joseph; and We regard it as most certain that this will be most pleasing to the Virgin herself.

He further explained:

The divine house which Joseph ruled with the authority of a father, contained within its limits the scarce-born Church. From the same fact that the most holy Virgin is the mother of Jesus Christ is she the mother of all Christians whom she bore on Mount Calvary amid the supreme throes of the Redemption; Jesus Christ is, in a manner, the first-born of Christians, who by the adoption and Redemption are his brothers. And for such reasons the Blessed Patriarch looks upon the multitude of Christians who make up the Church as confided specially to his trust – this limitless family spread over the earth, over which, because he is the spouse of Mary and the Father of Jesus Christ he holds, as it were, a paternal authority. It is, then, natural and worthy that as the Blessed Joseph ministered to all the needs of the family at Nazareth and girt it about with his protection, he should now cover with the cloak of his heavenly patronage and defend the Church of Jesus Christ.

Therefore the Holy Father instituted a new prayer to said after the Holy Rosary throughout the month of October. He intended this prayer to be said, not just in October 1889, but in October every year. As we prepare for the centenary of the Miracle of Sun, let us learn the lesson of St Joseph’s apparition at Fatima, and turn to him for help and protection.

St Joseph, terror of demons, pray for us!

 

 

 

Kindness is for fools. They want them to be treated with oil, soap, and caresses but they ought to be beaten with fists! In a duel you don’t count or measure the blows, you strike as you can. War is not made with charity, it is a struggle, a duel. If Our Lord were not terrible he would not have given an example in this too. See how he treated the Philistines, the sowers of error, the wolves in sheep’s clothing, the traitors in the temple. He scourged them with whips!

St. Pius X, how Modernists should be treated

 

Extraordinary! Pope Fracis' chief advisor and head of the C9 club, Cardinal Andrés Rodriguez Maradiaga, characterizes McCarrick's perversion and abuse as a matter of “private order” and an “administrative affair.” What is even worse, he characterizes Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò revelation of this "administrative affair" as a “sin against the Holy Spirit.” 

Maradiaga is not just another member of the HomoLobby, he is the Chief Executive under the CEO Francis.  This has been the HomoLobby's modus operandi for years, cover-up the crime and move the perpetrator to a fresh field of operation where he can continue his abuse of Catholic boys.  This homosexual infestation of the Catholic Church will only end when God Himself cleanses His House.  Until then, their crimes must by exposed whenever possible as a warning to others. 

Cardinal Maradiaga rebukes papal critics: McCarrick abuse scandal ‘of a private order’

Life_Site.jpgLifeSiteNews | September 14, 2018– The scandal of ex-Cardinal McCarrick’s homosexual abuse of young priests and seminarians and Pope Francis’ alleged cover-up are “of a private order,” and a merely “administrative affair,” according to one of the Pope’s top advisers, Cardinal Andrés Rodriguez Maradiaga. He made these remarks in a recent interview in one of the most revealing statements to date on the Viganò testimony.

In an interview published on Wednesday evening by Religion Digital, the religious portal of the Spanish-language news site Periodista Digital, Maradiaga once again strongly criticized Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò for having gone public about McCarrick’s sexual predations and the protection the Cardinal received from the highest spheres in the Vatican, especially since Pope Francis was elected to the See of Peter and trusted the American prelate to help him choose new cardinals for the Church in the USA.

Asked to comment about Viganò’s call on the Pope to resign, Maradiaga answered:

It does not seem correct to me to transform something that is of the private order into bombshell headlines exploding all over the world and whose shrapnel is hurting the faith of many. I think this case of an administrative nature should have been made public in accordance with more serene and objective criteria, not with the negative charge of deeply bitter expressions.

francis-maradiaga-2.jpgComing from Maradiaga, the head of the “C9” Council of Cardinals commissioned to help reform the Church and also a close friend of Francis, as Religion Digital takes care to underscore, it is a statement in which every word counts. If homosexual activity on the part of a top member of the Church's hierarchy such as McCarrick is a purely private matter that only needs to be managed at the administrative level, than it surely cannot be as bad as traditional believers are making out.

Misconduct of a private order – note that Maradiaga does not use the word “sin,” nor does he speak of priests’ grave obligation to live chastely as celibates – is something that should be taken care of outside the public eye, with at best confession and absolution and perhaps a private reprimand. Troubling the public order is what happens when crimes and lesser offences break criminal law as such. Only then do public authorities and representatives of the judiciary intervene to have the offender punished in the name of the public good.

The logic is quite clear: sexual abuse on minors, or at least adolescents who because of their age are not capable of agreeing to consensual relations is one thing, but having sexual relationships of whatever nature with adults is another, private matter. It is wrong, no doubt, but should not be made a fuss of and belongs to the internal forum. Where there is no penal crime, why should the Church see a transgression with dire consequences for its own Body?

Maradiaga’s minimizing of sexual misconduct, and of the perverting of seminarians and priests by a predator who is in a position of authority over them, is another sign that homosexual acts between consenting adults are in some circles no longer being regarded as a great evil that sullies the Church but as, at most, unfortunate falls comparable to other ordinary and widespread sins – disorders that a bit of paperwork will set right. It is another way of demanding silence.

Cardinal Maradiaga once more expressed his support for Francis, saying that he did not personally know what the Pope had done or not to take care of the situation, but insisting: “I believe that the Pope is a man of God always acts with faith and wisdom.”

In the same interview, Maradiaga was asked whether there is a “gay lobby” in the Vatican. His response was dismissive: “I get the impression that the notion of a gay lobby in the Vatican is out of proportion. It is something that exists much more in the ink of the newspapers than in reality. It's obvious to me that the objective of all these poison-laded expressions and smears is to hurt the Holy Father. But if there is no faith, the actors of this media circus will not renounce their slandering.”

Asked whether adult homosexuals should be allowed to become priests, he went on to say that all the Bishops Conferences in the world are “very clear about the absolute and apodictic principles of the Church, those for instance that have been established in the Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis” about the formation of priests. In its revised version in 2016, the Ratio Fundamentalis states that men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be accepted into the priesthood, but Maradiaga did not clarify this.

When asked who was “behind Viganò,” Maradiaga answered: “I do not know what or who, a person or persons can be behind Mons. Viganò, but it should be – as with every servant of Christ and of the Church – the charity of the Gospel, the love of the truth and the Holy Spirit."

He also said that he was “greatly surprised” at having been quoted as a protector of McCarrick: “I consider that to be a gratuitous accusation. My best response is the facts, which is why I'm not concerned with defending myself as to what Mons. Carlo Maria Viganò has said.”

Religion Digital is the news source in which Maradiaga already already attacked Edward Pentin at the end of August for having spread the Viganò testimony, calling himself “the victim of a hitman who practices media harrassment,” a laughable accusation to all those who know EWTN’s Vaticanist. He also said that Viganò had committed a “sin against the Holy Spirit.”

The Hispanic news source is also well known for its liberal standpoints and its eagerness to discredit conservative Catholics: the director of the religious platform of Religion Digital, Jose Manue Vidal, is a former priest who at the time of Cardinal Ratzinger’s election as Pope Benedict complained about his being guilty of “destroying the idea of a more popular Church that would be faithful to the Gospel of the poor.” At that time, he also denounced Ratzinger’s work as a “Cerberus of the faith” who had helped the “Catholic right to set aside a whole innovative current in the pastoral, theological, catechetical and social areas,” in particular the tenets of Liberation Theology.

In September 2016, a conservative priest who up to then wrote a blog for Religion Digital – which prides itself on being the most widely read Spanish-speaking website on Catholic affairs – decided to step down, proclaiming that “Religion Digital was the website that had inflicted the most harm on the Catholic Church.” Father Jose Antonio Fortea, explaining that he had only stayed in order to reach out to people who need the chance to be in contact with something different from the site’s standpoints, decided to leave when José Manuel Vidal violently attacked the conservative Spanish bishop Munilla. He added that Religion Digital makes a big show of being faithful to the Pope while attacking the faith.

 

 

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


·       By counsel.

·       By command.

·       By consent.

·       By provocation.

·       By praise or flattery.

·       By concealment.

·       By partaking.

·       By silence.

·       By defense of the ill done.


Every faithful Catholic has duty in charity to all Catholics to reveal the crimes of the HomoLobby members.  They are enemies of God and His Church and cannot be removed until they are exposed for what they are.  Anyone who defends this perversion is by definition a member of the HomoLobby and most likely a homosexual themselves.  That includes Pope Francis who is now the CEO of the HomoLobby. The hypocrisy of Francis is evident when comparing the treatment of clerics who have been caught embezzling Church funds: they are typically remanded to civil authority for criminal prosecution. Well, when it is a question of money, becoming the "Great Accuser" is OK.

Pope Francis: Catholics who ‘enter into logic of accusing’ are doing Satan’s work

LifeSiteNews | ROME | September 13, 2018 – On the same day he met with a delegation from the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB), Pope Francis again took up the theme of the ‘Great Accuser’ during his homily in the chapel where he resides within the walls of Vatican City.  

The Pope in his homily said that Christians should never enter “into gossiping,” or “into the logic of insults,” which only cause “war,” reported Vatican News.

Christian logic goes against the current of that leads one to “badmouth enemies or those who are of a different party,” and follows instead the “folly of the Cross.” 

“Only the merciful are like God the Father. ‘Be merciful, as your Father is merciful.’ This is the path, the path that goes against the spirit of the world, that thinks differently, that does not accuse others. Because among us is the ‘Great Accuser,’ the one who is always going about to accuse us before God, to destroy. Satan: he is the ‘Great Accuser.’ And when I enter into this logic of accusing, of cursing, seeking to do evil to others, I enter into the logic of the ‘Great Accuser’ who is the ‘Destroyer,’ who does not know the word mercy, does not know, has never lived it,” he said 

“Pope at Mass today again referred to the Great Accuser who is ‘among us,” noted Vatican correspondent Edward Pentin via Twitter.  “You cannot do it to the other. You cannot enter into the logic of the accuser. ‘But Father, I have to accuse.’ Yes, accuse yourself. You do well. For the other, only mercy...”

Pope at Mass today again referred to the Great Accuser who is “among us.”
“You cannot do it to the other. You cannot enter into the logic of the accuser. ‘But Father, I have to accuse.’ Yes, accuse yourself. You do well. For the other, only mercy...”
https://t.co/3BKN6sXzQI

— Edward Pentin (@EdwardPentin) September 13, 2018

 Today the Pope met with a small group from the USCCB to discuss the clergy sex-abuse scandal in the United States, with a focus on the Francis_Homo.jpgdamage done by disgraced now ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

The group included USCCB President Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the head of Pope Francis’ papal Commission for the Protection of Minors, and Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  

Pope Francis came under fire on Tuesday when he said during a homily in the same chapel that Satan "tries to uncover" bishops' sins in order to “scandalize” the faithful.

“In these times, it seems like the 'Great Accuser' has been unchained and is attacking bishops,” said Pope Francis in a homily today as reported by Vatican News. “True, we are all sinners, we bishops. He tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible in order to scandalize the people,” he added.

Reaction came quickly to the Pope’s words, with many saying that it sounded like the Pope was suggesting that uncovering the sins of a bishop, such as abuse, was somehow the work of the devil. 

In that sense, some viewed the Pontiff as himself taking the role of the accuser, in order to silence those critical of members of his hierarchy and to hush discussion about clergy sex abuse.

 

 

Vatican betrays the faithful Catholics of China placing them under the control of Communist authorities

Vatican to Allow Beijing to Name Bishops

OnePeterFive | Steven W. Mosher | September 15, 2018

It is never a good idea to sign a deal just for the sake of signing a deal

The Vatican is set to sign an agreement with China by the end of the month, one that cedes control over the appointment of bishops to Beijing. In return, we are told, Beijing has agreed to recognize the pope as the head of China’s Catholics.

From my position as a long-time observer of the machinations of the Chinese Party-State, this seems like a bad deal. The pope is ceding his very real authority to name bishops to China’s Communist authorities in return for the promise of symbolic recognition as the titular head of all Catholics in China.  Might he not be giving up something for nothing?

The Vatican originally proposed that China follow the terms of an agreement it had reached with the Vietnamese government over the appointment of bishops.  Under its terms, the Vatican and the Vietnamese authorities, working together, draw up a list of potential candidates.  The Vatican then chooses someone from the list who, once Hanoi ratifies the choice, is consecrated as a bishop by the pope. Such a model clearly preserves papal authority.

This “Vietnam model” was rejected by China, however.  As the official Global Times later reported, “Such a model was not accepted by China when it was tested in the country in 2005, as the Chinese authorities want total control over choosing candidates.” [italics added]

Beijing went on to insist upon a “Chinese model”, under the terms of which the Communist authorities alone will nominate a potential candidate for bishop. The pope must then approve or reject that candidate. If he vetoes the first candidate, Beijing will nominate another.

The pope’s “veto power,” however, is not unlimited.

As a Chinese official familiar with the negotiations was quoted as saying, “We cannot submit endless candidate lists to the Vatican if the pontiff keeps saying no. We may have to appoint bishops unapproved by the pontiff after a set number of rounds of negotiations. Such bishops may not be legitimate under the Church doctrine, but they can still give Church services to Chinese Catholics.”

In other words, the pope may veto an obviously unsuitable candidate or two, but Beijing has made it clear that there is a limit to the number of times a papal veto can be used. It has also limited the amount of time that the Vatican has to respond once a candidate’s name is submitted.

This means that at the end of the day it is the Communist authorities, and not Pope Francis, who will have the final say over who becomes a bishop in the Chinese Catholic Church.

The Vatican is reportedly prepared to make other concessions as well.

Perhaps the most important is that Pope Francis will formally consecrate as bishops seven men who were made “bishops” by the Communist authorities over the past decade.  All of these men have been previously rejected by the Vatican as bishop candidates for various reasons having to do with personal morality, public actions, or both.

In a further concession, the Vatican has promised that the Pope will lift the excommunication of the seven illicit “bishops” of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association even before the new agreement is signed.

Second, the Pope will order two bishops of the underground Church, who have faithfully served for decades under intense persecution, to hand over their dioceses to bishops appointed by the Communist authorities. Shantou Bishop Zhuang Jianjian has been ordered to retire, a decision that has caused enormous pain to the local Church, while Mindong Bishop Guo Xijin has been told that he will be made an “auxiliary” of the Shantou diocese he has long headed.

The fate of the forty or so other underground bishops is unknown, although the Times reports that the Communist authorities are expected to recognize the “underground” bishop of Qiqihar, in Heilongjiang province, Bishop Wei Jingyi.

Not long ago, I was told by a senor Vatican official that the signing of a formal agreement with the Chinese Party-State would give Rome the leverage it needs to improve conditions for Catholics in China.  His view of the trustworthiness of Chinese officials struck me as naïve, especially in view of the many agreements that Beijing has signed–only to violate–over the years.

It seems to me even more unwise to move forward with an agreement at the present time, when the Communist authorities are engaged in a widespread crackdown on all forms of religious expression in China.

Will the same people who are tearing down churches and burning bibles suddenly cease and desist simply because they have signed an agreement with the Vatican?  It seems unlikely, especially given that new regulations restricting religious activities were just announced on February 1st of this year and are being carried out with ever-increasing fervor.

To make matters worse, the purported Vatican-China agreement almost seems deliberately designed to be nonbinding, since its terms are to be kept secret from the world in general, and from Chinese Catholics in particular.  How can it be used as “leverage” if its terms are known only to a handful of people in Rome?

The same senior Vatican official insisted that, since “we will be signing an agreement with Xi Jinping himself. . . will they not abide by it?”

I quickly recited to him a litany of agreements that the Chinese government has signed, only to violate.  These included the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, the Sino-British Agreement over Hong Kong, and the World Trade Organization covenants.

It is also clear that Xi Jinping simply will not tolerate “foreign interference in internal Chinese matters.” As I write in Bully of Asia, Xi is channeling the late Chairman Mao, and like him is carrying out a Cultural Revolution in China to eliminate all religions.  If the Vatican thinks the proposed agreement will put it in a position to aid the Chinese Catholic Church, much less direct its activities, it is in for a disappointment.

The Chinese Party-State, on the other hand, will undoubtedly use the pretext of a Vatican-China agreement to increase its persecution of the Underground Church in China. It will insist that each and every one of China’s 12 million Catholics worship only in churches approved by the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.  It will use the borrowed authority of the Vatican to further clamp down on unregistered churches in so-called underground communities led by bishops loyal only to Rome.

Those in the Underground Church, who have suffered so much over the decades, may be in for yet another season of suffering.

 

Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness: that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.” Isaias 5:20

In these times, it seems like the Great Accuser has been unchained and is attacking bishops. True, we are all sinners, we bishops. He tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible in order to scandalize the people. The Great Accuser, as he himself says to God in the first chapter of the book of Job, “Roams the earth looking for someone to accuse.”

A bishop’s strength against the Great Accuser is prayer, that of Jesus and His own, and the humility of being chosen and remaining close to the people of God, without seeking an aristocratic life that removes this unction. Let us pray, today, for our bishops: For me, for those who are here, and for all the bishops throughout the world.

Pope Francis, homily during recent Novus Ordo service, calling those who “uncover the sins” of homosexual bishops’ perversions of being ‘Satan’.

 

 

Francis/Bergoglio has a long history of covering-up and defending homosexual predator priests while archbishop in Argentina.

Mainstream media catch up: AP publishes story on Pope’s cover-up as archbishop in Argentina

LifeSiteNews | NEW YORK | September 19, 2018— The American mainstream media have finally shown an interest in the stunning allegations that Pope Francis, as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, did his best to protect an abusive priest from justice.

The Associated Press (AP) published an article on August 18 detailing Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio’s role in Argentina’s most well-known clerical sex abuse scandal, which surrounded celebrity priest Julio Grassi. Grassi is now serving a 15-year sentence for sexually abusing minors and misappropriating funds meant for the charitable foundation he ran.

LifeSiteNews’ Latin American correspondent Matthew Hoffman presented his own report on this last week, but the story has featured in Spanish-language and Italian media for years.

The AP obtained a copy of the four-volume “forensic study” Bergoglio commissioned that concluded that Grassi was innocent, and interviewed one of Grassi’s victims, Gabriel. After challenges to Grassi’s conviction, Argentina’s Supreme Court had ruled that Grassi did abuse Gabriel when he was 13. Sitting beside his psychiatrist, Gabriel told the AP’s reporter that the Catholic Church had never reached out to him.

“I’d like for the church to say something, even though I don’t expect it will,” he said. “No one ever reached out to me.”  

“No one bothered.”

The AP focused on the attempts of the “forensic study” to discredit Gabriel and other abuse victims who spoke out.

“Under Bergoglio’s presidency, Argentina’s bishops conference in 2010 enlisted a leading Argentine criminal defense attorney, Marcelo Sancinetti, to research a counter-inquiry into the prosecutors’ case against Gabriel and two other former residents of Grassi’s Happy Children homes whose cases were thrown out in the initial trial,” wrote Nicola Winfield and Luis Andres Henao.

“In the four tomes, which were produced at an annual clip from 2010-2013, Sancinetti accused Gabriel of changing his story and trying to extort Grassi. But a court years earlier had already thrown out a criminal complaint filed by Grassi accusing Gabriel of extortion,” they continued. “Sancinetti compared the ‘current trials and condemnations with severe sentences based exclusively on the word of a person who calls itself victim of sexual abuse to the trials for witchcraft of the Middle Ages.’ And in the final volume and on his law firm’s website, Sancinetti said Francis in particular had commissioned the work.”

During his trial, Grassi himself praised Cardinal Bergoglio’s support for himself, saying that “Bergoglio never let go [of] my hand.”

Gabriel told the AP that he and the other victims were shocked by this remark.

“We were all like ‘wow!’ It was Bergoglio,” he said.

Neither Sancinetti nor the Vatican responded to the AP’s requests for comment, and Gabriel hasn’t had any luck in getting Pope Francis to respond to him. Gabriel told the AP that he and his lawyer brought a letter addressed to Francis to the Vatican Embassy in Buenos Aires shortly after his election in 2013. He asked for an audience with the Pope, but never received a reply.

“In fact, his lawyer said they were threatened at the embassy and don’t know what became of the letter,” the AP reported.

LifeSiteNews correspondent Matthew Hoffman says that he is pleased that the AP pursued the story, but he isn’t taking credit for it.

"We don't know if it was because of our article or because of the Italian coverage or both perhaps,” he said from his home in Mexico.

On September 14, Hoffman was the subject of an extended interview by Breitbart News Tonight. Host Rebecca Mansour called Hoffman’s groundbreaking LifeSiteNews article about then-Cardinal Bergoglio’s role in the Grassi case a “bombshell” and praised the website for its ongoing coverage.

“This article was amazing,” she said. “It was just one revelation after another.”  

During the interview, Hoffman revealed that the story had been covered in Latin America – especially in Argentina – and in Spain, but generally it hadn’t been reported by the international press.

“There’s never been a single investigative report that really puts the information together from years and years of coverage that they did in Argentina.”

Hoffman lives in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish, so he researched Pope Francis’ involvement in covering up the Grassi case for several weeks before putting it altogether.

“The story is a terrible one,” he said.   

Hoffman was particularly struck by Pope Francis’ refusal to meet with Argentinian victims of abuse. He hopes to get in touch with them himself.

“[Pope Francis] doesn’t seem to care about reconciling with victims of … bad priests,” he said.

 

 

 

 


 

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