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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.

 

 

 

 

Second Sunday of Lent

February 28, 2021

    The Station at Rome is in the church of St. Mary’s in Dominica, because in former times the Christians gathered there on Sundays in the house of the Lord (Dominicum).  It is said to have been here that Saint Lawrence distributed the goods of the Church to the poor.  It is one of the fifth century parishes of Rome.

    Just as on Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima Sundays, the subject matter of the Divine Office forms the texture of the Masses for the Second, Third and Fourth Sundays of Lent in such a way, that past ages still carry on their work of illustrating the Paschal mystery and so preparing us for it.  And indeed our Lord’s ancestors, according to the flesh, are types of both Him and His Church.

    Today in the breviary we read of the Patriarch Jacob, model of the most complete trust in God in the midst of all adversities.  The Holy Scriptures often call Jehovah the God of Jacob or Israel, when He is referred to as the protector of His people.  In the Introit we say “O God of Israel deliver us from all our tribulations.”  It is then, to the God of Jacob, the God of those who serve Him, that the Church addresses herself today.  In the Introit we read that he who puts his trust in God will never be ashamed.  In the Collect we ask almighty God to keep us both inwardly and outwardly, that we may be preserved from all adversities.  In the Gradual and Tract we beseech our Lord that He will deliver us from our troubles and adversities and “visit us with His salvation.”  The life of the patriarch Jacob could not be summed up in a better way: he whom God always helped in the midst of his trouble and in whom, as Saint Ambrose says, “we must acknowledge singular courage and great patience in labors and trials.”

        Jacob was chosen by almighty God to be the heir of His promises, just as formerly He had selected Isaac, Abraham, Sem and Noah.  The name Jacob really means “Supplanter,” and he fulfilled the meaning of his name when he bought Esau’s first birthright from him for a mess of pottage, and obtained by a trick, that blessing of the elder son which his father meant to give to Esau.  Isaac blessed indeed his younger son, after having touched his hands which Rebecca had covered with goatskin, with the words: “Let peoples serve thee…and be thou lord of thy brethren.” 

    Further, when Jacob had to flee to escape Esau’s vengeance, he saw in a dream a ladder reaching to heaven upon which the angels ascended and descended.  At the head of the ladder was the Lord who told him: “in thee and thy seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.  And I will be thy keeper wither so ever thou goest, and will bring thee back into this land; neither will I leave thee, till I shall have accomplished all that I have said.”  After twenty years Jacob returned to his brother’s confidence and they were reconciled.

    Every feature of the history of this patriarch is typical of Christ and the Church in the Paschal mystery.  Saint Augustine writes: “The blessing which Isaac gave Jacob, has a symbolic meaning in which the goatskins represent sins, while Jacob clothed in these skins is the figure of Him Who, having no sins of His own, bore those of others.”  In somewhat the same way a Bishop uses gloves at a Pontifical Mass and says in effect, that Jesus was offered for us in the likeness of the flesh of sin.  Saint Leo, in his exposition, says: “That for the restoration of the human race, His unchangeable divinity stooped to take the form of a slave and that this is why our Lord promised in formal and precise terms, that some of His disciples should not “taste of death till they see the Son of Man coming in His Kingdom,” that is, in the royal glory which belongs spiritually to His adopted human nature, a glory which the Lord willed to reveal to His three disciples; since “although they were aware of the divine majesty which lay hidden within Him, they were ignorant of the possibilities of the very Body which clothed the divinity.”

    Again, on the holy mountain, where our Lord was transfigured, a voice was heard saying: “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well-pleased.  Hear ye Him.”  So God the Father blesses His Son clothed with our sinful flesh, as Isaac blessed Jacob, clothed with the goatskins, which blessing given to Christ is given also to the Gentiles in preference to the faithless Jews, just as Jacob was blessed in preference to his elder brother.  When the Bishop puts on his pontifical gloves, he addresses the following prayer to almighty God.  “Encompass my hands, O God, with the purity of the New Man come down from heaven, that as Jacob who had covered himself with goatskins obtained his father’s blessing having offered him meats and good wine, so also may I, offering to Thee the victim of salvation at my hands, obtain the blessing of Thy grace through our Lord.”

    It is in Christ that we are blessed by the Father.  He is our elder brother and our head: to Him must we listen for He has chosen us for His people.  “We pray and beseech you in the Lord Jesus,” says St. Paul, “that as you have received from us, how you ought to walk and to please God, so also you would walk, that you may abound the more.  For you know what precepts I have given you by the Lord Jesus…For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto sanctification in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Epistle).

    In St. John’s Gospel, our Lord applies the vision of Jacob’s ladder to Himself, to show that in the midst of the persecutions of which He was the object, He was constantly under the protection of almighty God and His angels.  So St. Hippolytus says: “As Esau planned his brother’s death, so the Jews plotted against Christ and the Church.  Jacob must needs fly into a far country; in the same way Christ, thrust out by the unbelief of His own nation, had to depart into Galilee where the Church, sprung from the race of Gentiles, is given to Him as His Spouse.”  Moreover, at the end of time, these two peoples will be reconciled as were Esau and Jacob.

   

INTROIT:

Ps. 24.  Remember, O Lord, Thy compassions and Thy mercies, which are from the beginning, lest at any time our enemies rule over us: deliver us, O God of Israel, from all our tribulations.

Ps. To Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul: in Thee, O my God, I put my trust; let me not be disappointed.  Glory be, etc.  Remember, O Lord, Thy compassions and Thy mercies, etc.

 

COLLECT:

Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves, keep us both inwardly and outwardly, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may hurt the soul. Through our Lord, etc.

 

From all perils of soul and body defend us, O Lord, we beseech Thee, and by the intercession of the blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of blessed Joseph, of Thy blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the Saints, graciously grant us safety and peace, that all adversities and errors being overcome, Thy Church may serve Thee in security and freedom.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

Almighty and everlasting God, Who rulest the living and the dead, and Who art merciful to all those whom Thou foreknowest to be Thine by faith and good works, we suppliantly implore Thee for all those for whom we have decided to pray- whether still in the body they live in this world, or separated from the body they have entered the future life- that through the intercession of all Thy saints they may obtain from Thy loving clemency the pardon of all their offenses.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

EPISTLE:  1 Thess. 4, 1-7  

Brethren, We pray and beseech you in the Lord Jesus that, as you have received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, so also you would walk, that you may abound the more. For you know what precepts I have given to you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from fornication, that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor; not in the passion of lust, like the Gentiles that know not God: and that no man overreach nor circumvent his brother in business: because the Lord is the Avenger of all these things, as we have told you before and have all testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto sanctification: in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Explanation

    St. Paul exhorts all Christians to live chastely and honestly, and continually to aspire to higher perfection. Such is the will of God, Who has called us to holiness, and will punish severely all impurity and injustice.

Prayer

    Grant, O Lord, that, according to my vocation, I may never be addicted to earthly and fleshly lusts like the heathen, who know Thee not, but may live in modesty, chastity, and holiness, and adorn my name as a Christian with good works. Amen.

 

GRADUAL:

Ps. 24.  The troubles of my heart are multiplied; deliver me from my necessities, O Lord.  See my abjection and my labor and forgive me all my sins.

 

TRACT:

Ps. 105.  Give glory to the Lord, for he is good: for His mercy endureth forever.  Who shall declare the powers of the Lord; who shall set forth all His praises?  Blessed are they that keep judgment, and do justice at all times.  Remember us, O Lord, by favor towards Thy people: visit us with Thy salvation.

 

GOSPEL:  Matt. 17, 1-9        

At that time Jesus took Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: and He was transfigured before them. And His face did shine as the sun, and His garments became white as snow. And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking with Him. Then Peter answering said to Jesus: Lord, it is good for us to be here: if Thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. And lo, a voice out of the cloud, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye Him. And the disciples hearing, fell upon their face and were very much afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said to them: Arise, and fear not. And they, lifting up their eyes, saw no one, but only Jesus. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: Tell the vision to no man till the Son of Man be risen from the dead.

Why was Christ transfigured in the presence of His apostles on Mount Thabor?

To permit them to see the glorious majesty of His divinity; to guard them from doubts when they should afterwards see Him die on Mount Calvary; to encourage the disciples and all the faithful to be patient in all crosses and afflictions, for the bodies of the just at the resurrection will be made like the glorified body of Christ. (Phil. 3, 21.)

Why did Moses and Elias appear there?

That they might testify, that Jesus was really the Saviour announced by the law and the prophets, and that the law and the prophets received fulfillment in Him. The former was represented by Moses, the latter by Elias.

Why, did Peter wish to build three tabernacles there?

The delightful sweetness of the apparition in which Jesus made him participator so enraptured him, that he knew not what he said, not considering that glory can be attained only through sufferings, the crown through fight, joy through crosses and afflictions.

ASPIRATION Draw us, O Jesus, to Thee, that by the contemplation of the sacred joys awaiting us, we, by Thy grace, may not be defeated in the spiritual contest, but conquer through Thy grace and carry off the unfading crown of victory.

 

OFFERTORY:

Ps. 118. I will meditate on Thy commandments, which I have loved exceedingly: and I will lift up my hands to Thy commandments, which I have loved.

 

SECRET:

Be appeased, O Lord, and give heed to these our present sacrifices, that they may avail at once for our devotion and our salvation.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

Hear us, O God, our salvation, that through the power of this sacrament Thou mayest defend us from all enemies of soul and body and bestow upon us grace here and glory hereafter.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

O God, to whom alone is known the number of the elect who will be assigned to the happiness above, grant, we beseech Thee, through the intercession of all Thy saints, that all those for whom we have resolved to pray and all the faithful may have their names written and kept in the book of blessed predestination.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

PREFACE FOR LENT:    

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God; Who by this bodily fast, dost curb our vices, dost lift up our minds and bestow on us strength and rewards; through Christ our Lord. Through whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with these we entreat Thee that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted while we say with lowly praise:  Holy, Holy, Holy etc.

 

COMMUNION:

Ps. 5.  Understand my cry: hearken to the voice of my prayer, O my King and my God: for to Thee will I pray, O Lord.

 

POSTCOMMUNION: 

We ask Thee, almighty God, in humble supplication graciously to grant that they whom Thou dost refresh with Thy sacraments may serve Thee by such behavior as is pleasing to Thee.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

May the offering of this divine sacrament cleanse and protect us, O Lord, we beseech Thee; and by the intercession of the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of blessed Joseph, of Thy blessed Apostles Peter and Paul and all the Saints, may it purify us from all sin and free us from all adversity.  Through our Lord, etc.

 

We beseech Thee, almighty and merciful God, that the sacraments we have received may purify us; and through the intercession of all Thy Saints, do Thou grant that from this sacrament we may not incur guilt and punishment, but may derive a saving intercession for pardon; may it wash away our sins; may it be strength to the weak and a bulwark against every evil of the world; may it bring remission of all their faults to the faithful, living and dead. Through our Lord, etc.

 

 

We must remember the grand things of Thabor, and the adorations paid Him by Moses and Elias, and the bright cloud, and the voice of the eternal Father.  The more we see Him humbled, the more must we proclaim His glory and divinity; we must join our acclamations with those of the angles and the four-and-twenty elders, whom St. John, one of the witnesses of the Transfiguration, heard crying out with a loud voice: ‘The Lamb that was slain, is worthy to receive power and divinity, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and benediction!’ 

Dom Gueranger, The Liturgical Year, Second Sunday of Lent

 

 

 

 

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“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye Him.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Fight, children of light, you little number who see clearly, for behold the time of times, the end of ends is at hand.”

Blessed Virgin Mary, LaSalette

 

 

 

 

PROPER OF THE SAINTS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 28th:

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2nd Sunday of Lent

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

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Ferial Day

 

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Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

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Ferial Day

 

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Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

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Ferial Day

 

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Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

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St. Casimir, C

St. Lucius I, PM

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Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

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Ferial Day

Five Sacred Wounds of our Lord Jesus Christ

FIRST FRIDAY

 

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Morning: Mass 8:30 AM, Rosary of Reparation before Mass; Benediction & Holy Hour after Mass

Evening: Stations of the Cross 5:00 PM; Rosary & Confession before Mass; Mass 6:00 PM

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Ss. Perpetua & Felicitas, Mm

FIRST SATURDAY

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Mass 9:00 AM; Confessions 8:30 AM; Holy Hour of Reparation & Benediction with Rosary after Mass

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3rd Sunday of Lent

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

 

 

God is patient; He waits a long time: but when His anger bursts upon a guilty people like the Jews, the chastisement is without mercy, and serves as an example to future generations.  O sinners! You who, so far, have turned a deaf ear to the admonitions of the Church, and have refused to be converted to the Lord your God, tremble at these words of Jesus: I go. If this Lent is to be spent like so many others, and to leave you in your present state, are you not afraid of that terrible threat: You shall die in your sin?  By remaining in your sins, you number yourselves with those who cried out against Jesus “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”  Oh! If He chastised a whole people – a people that He had loaded with favours, and protected and saved innumerable times – think you, He will spare You?  He must triumph; if it be not by mercy, it will be by justice. 

Dom Gueranger, The Liturgical Year, Second week of Lent

 

 

Israel is deaf and blind.  The fiercest passions are raging in his heart; nor will he rest, till the Synagogue shall have imbrued its hands in the blood of Jesus.  But then the measure of iniquity will be filled up, and God’s anger will burst upon Israel in one of the most terrible chastisements that the world has ever witnessed.  It makes one tremble to read the horrors of the siege of Jerusalem, and the massacre of that people that had clamored for the death of Jesus.  Our Lord assures us that nothing more terrible had ever been from the beginning of the world, or ever would be.  God is patient; He waits a long time: but when His anger bursts upon a guilty people like the Jews, the chastisement is without mercy, and serves as an example to future generations. 

Dom Gueranger, The Liturgical Year, Reflection, Second Week of Lent

 

 

The doctors of the law were sitting on the Chair of Moses; therefore, Jesus bids the people abide by their teachings.  But this chair – which, in spite of the unworthiness of them that sit on it, is the chair of truth – is not to remain long in Israel.  Caiphas, because he is a high priest for the year, will prophesy; but his crimes have rendered him unworthy of his office; and the chair, on which he sits, is to be taken away and set in the midst of the Gentiles.  Jerusalem, which is preparing to deny her Saviour, is to be deprived of her honours; and Rome, the very centre of the pagan world, is to possess within her walls that chair which was the glory of Jerusalem, and from which were proclaimed the prophecies so visibly fulfilled in Jesus.  Henceforth, this chair is never to be moved, though all the fury of the gates of hell will seek to prevail against it; it is to be the unfailing source, at which all nations are to receive the teaching of revealed truth…. What is the cause of Israel’s loss?  His pride… he scorned to recognize any one for the Messias, who was not great in the world’s glory… he sought to imbrue his hands in the Blood of the God-Man, and this because He reproached him for the hardness of his heart.  These proud Jews, even when they saw that the day of God’s judgment was close upon them, kept up their stubborn haughtiness.  They despised the rest of the world as unclean and sinners….  

Dom Gueranger, The Liturgical Year, Second week of Lent

 

Always be fearful if you do not feel sorry for the faults you commit, for even venial sin ought to fill you with sorrow to the very depths of your soul… For the love of God, take care not to commit any deliberate venial sin, even the smallest… And can anything be small if it offends God?

St. Teresa of Avila, Way of Perfection

 

Reflect every day on the fact that He Who has granted you the morning has not promised the evening, and, should He grant this, He gives no assurance of the following morning. Spend each day, therefore, as if it were the last; cherish nothing but the will of God, for you will have to render a strict account for every moment. A final observation should be made. Although you have transacted a great deal of business and have undergone many hardships, you may consider the day worthless and your labor unprofitable, unless you have gained many victories over your passions and your own will, unless you have gratefully acknowledged the benefits received from God, particularly His death on the Cross, unless you have accepted as blessings whatever chastisements the Father of infinite mercy has inflicted as an expiation for your many sins.

Dom Lorenzo Scupoli, The Spiritual Combat

 

Curiosity is another vice from which the mind must be free. If we indulge in vain, frivolous, or sinful dreams, our minds will become incapable of choosing the proper mortification of our disorderly affections.

All earthly things, except those absolutely necessary, must die through our complete disregard for them, even though they are not wrong in themselves. We must control our minds and not permit them to wander aimlessly about. Our minds must become insensible to mundane projects, to gossip, to the feverish search for news. Our indifference to the affairs of this world must give them a dream-like quality. 

Dom Lorenzo Scupoli, The Spiritual Combat

 

While venial sin always consists in a more or less a light transgression of one of God’s laws, imperfection is the omission of some good act to which we are not obliged by any law, but one which charity invites us to do.  To illustrate: when I am aware of the possibility of performing a better act suited to my state, in accord with my actual capabilities, in harmony with my duties, and for the accomplishment of which I may reasonably believe that I am inspired by the Holy Ghost, I cannot deliberately refuse to do it without real actual imperfection.  In this case, my refusal to perform a better act cannot be judged to be good, nor can it be justified by the thought that I am free to omit this better action since no law or commandment obliges me.  This would be an abuse of the liberty which was given me by God for… St. Thomas teaches that man is always bound to act through a reasonable motive and for a good end. 

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

 

The good of all good is the Divine Good, just as God is for all men the Neighbor of all neighbors. In consequence the love due to a man inasmuch as he is our neighbor ought always to be subordinated to that which is due to our common Lord. For His love and in His service we must not hesitate to offend men. The degree of our offense towards men can only be measured by the degree of our obligation to Him. Charity is primarily the love of God, secondarily the love of our neighbor for God’s sake. To sacrifice the first is to abandon the latter. Therefore to offend our neighbor for the love of God is a true act of charity. Not to offend our neighbor for the love of God is a sin. 

Dr. Don Felix Sarda Y Salvany, Liberalism Is A Sin

 

If you are tempted to gluttony or sensuality, retrench something from your usual repasts, even though they in no way exceed the limits of sobriety, and give yourself with more fervor to fasting and other practices of devotion. If you are assailed by avarice, increase the amount of your alms and the number of your good works. If you feel the promptings of vainglory, lose no opportunity of accepting humiliations. Then, perhaps, the devil may fear to tempt you, seeing that you convert his snares into occasions of virtue, and that he only affords you opportunities of greater good. Above all things fly idleness. Even in your hours of relaxation do not be wholly unoccupied. And, on the other hand, do not be so absorbed in your labors that you cannot from time to time raise your heart to God and treat with Him in prayer.

Ven. Louis of Granada 1504-1588 The Sinner’s Guide

 

 

“A virgin can conceive, a barren woman can bring forth a child, a rich man can be saved; these are three miracles, of which the holy Scriptures give us no other reason, but that God is all powerful.”

Bishop Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

 

 

What is essential to the virtue of fortitude is not aggression or self-confidence or wrath but rather steadfastness and patience.  This, however – and this point cannot be repeated too frequently – is not because patience and steadfastness are simply better and more perfect than aggressiveness and self-confidence but rather because the real world is so structured that it is in the most extreme emergency, where the only resistance possible is steadfastness, that the final and most profound spiritual strength of the person can become manifest. 

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

 

St. Peter, foretelling that “there shall be lying teachers, who shall bring in damnable heresies, and bring upon themselves swift destruction,” immediately adds, “and many shall follow their riotousness” [or, as the Protestant translation has it, their pernicious ways], “through whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of” (2 Pet. 2, 2). Now, to whom are these ways pernicious but to those who follow them?

The whole Epistle of St. Jude contains a description of all those who follow these pernicious ways, and of their miserable fate, and says, “That they are raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own confusion; wandering stars, to whom the storm of darkness is reserved for ever” (ver. 13).

St. Paul declares, “That in the last times some shall depart from the Faith, giving heed to spirits of error and doctrines of devils, speaking lies in hypocrisy, and having their consciences seared” (1 Tim. 4, 1). Can any one imagine salvation possible to those who follow the spirit of error as their guide, and embrace the doctrine of devils?

Bishop George Hay of Scotland [1729-1811], The Sincere Christian

 

The holy season of Lent is fast advancing; the choicest graces are being daily offered us; woe to the man whose mind is distracted by the fashion of this world that passeth away, and takes no thought for eternity and heaven, and, even in this time of grace, is like tamarick, a worthless weed of the desert.  Oh how numerous is this class!  And how terrible is their spiritual indifference!  Pray for them, O ye faithful children of the Church, pray for them without ceasing.  Offer up your penances and your almsgivings for them.  Despair not; and remember that, each year, many straying sheep are brought to the fold by such intercession as this. 

Dom Gueranger, The Liturgical Year, Second week of Lent

 

The essence of Christian perfection consists in union with God by charity.  While charity, by conforming our wills to God’s, unites us to Him, grave sin, which directly opposes His will, produces the opposite effect.  In other words, charity is the force uniting man to God, and sin the force drawing him away.  Serious sin is therefore the greatest enemy of the spiritual life, since it not only injures it, but destroys it in its constituent elements: charity and grace…. Charity is the essence of Christian perfection, for charity alone has the power to unite man to God, his last end.  But for us poor, miserable creatures, whom God wishes to raise to union with Himself, is charity the ultimate basis of the spiritual life?  No.  There is something deeper still which is, so to speak, the basis of charity, and that is humility.  Humility is to charity what the foundation is to a building…. Humility is the firm bedrock upon which every Christian should build the edifice of his spiritual life…. It forms the foundation of charity by emptying the soul of pride, arrogance, disordered love of self and of one’s own excellence, and by replacing them with the love of God and our neighbor. 

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

 

 

THE TRANSFIGURATION                                       SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

Presence of God:  O Jesus, grant that Your grace may triumph in me and make me worthy to participate in Your glorious

Transfiguration.

MEDITATION:

    I. The soul of Jesus, personally united to the Word, enjoyed the Beatific Vision, which has as its connatural effect the glorification of the body. But this effect was impeded by Jesus, who, during the years of His life on earth, wanted to resemble us as much as possible by appearing “in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Rom 8:3). However, in order to confirm the faith of the Apostles who were shaken by the announcement of His Passion, Jesus permitted some rays from His blessed soul to shine forth for a few brief instants on Thabor, when Peter, James, and John saw Him transfigured: “His face did shine as the sun and His garments became white as snow.” The three were enraptured by it, and yet Jesus had revealed to them only one ray of His glory, for no human creature could have borne the complete vision.

    Glory is the fruit of grace the grace possessed by Jesus in an infinite degree is reflected in an infinite glory transfiguring Him entirely. Something similar happens to us: grace will transform us “from glory to glory” (2 Cor. 3:18), until one day it will bring us to the Beatific Vision of God in heaven. But while grace transfigures, sin, on the other hand, darkens and disfigures whoever becomes its victim.

    Today’s Gospel (Mt. 17:1‑9) brings out the close connection between Transfiguration and the Passion of Jesus. Moses and Elias appeared on Tabor on either side of the Savior.  They conversed with Him, and as St. Luke explains, talked specifically about His coming Passion: “They spoke of His decease, that He should accomplish in Jerusalem” (Lk. 9:31).

        The divine Master wished to teach His disciples in this way that it was impossible -for Him as well as for them- to reach the glory of the Transfiguration without passing through suffering. It was the same lesson that He would give later to the two disciples at Emmaus: “Ought not Christ to have suffered these things and so to enter into His glory?” (Lk 24:26). What has been disfigured by sin cannot regain its original supernatural beauty except by way of purifying suffering.

    2. In ecstasy before the vision on Thabor, Peter cried out with his usual eagerness, “It is good for us to be here,” and offered to make three tabernacles: one for Jesus, one for Moses, and one for Elias. But his proposal was interrupted by a voice from heaven: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him!” and the vision disappeared.

    Spiritual consolations are never an end in themselves, and we should neither desire them nor try to retain them for our own satisfaction. Joy, even that which is spiritual, should never be sought for itself. Just as in heaven, joy will be the necessary concomitant of possessing God, so too on earth, it should be nothing but a means, enabling us to give ourselves with greater generosity to the service of God. To Peter, who wanted to stay on Thabor in the sweet vision of the transfigured Jesus, God Himself replied by inviting him to listen to and follow the teachings of His beloved Son. The ardent Apostle would soon learn that following Jesus meant carrying the Cross and ascending Calvary with Him.

    God does not console us for our entertainment but rather for our encouragement, for our strengthening, for the increase of our generosity in suffering for love of Him.

    The vision disappeared; the Apostles raised their eyes and saw nothing “nisi solum Jesumsave Jesus alone, and with “Jesus alone,” they came down from the mountain. This is what we must always seek and it must be sufficient for us: Jesus alone, God alone. Everything else ‑consolations, helps, friendships (even spiritual ones), understanding, esteem, encouragement (even from superiors) ‑ may be good to the extent that God permits us to enjoy them. He very often makes use of them to encourage us in our weakness; but if, through certain circumstances, His divine hand takes all these things away, we should not be upset or disturbed. It is precisely at such times that we can prove to God more than ever‑ by deeds and not by words only‑ that He is our fill and that He alone suffices. On these occasions the loving soul finds itself in a position to give God one of the finest proofs of its love : to be faithful to Him, to trust in Him, and to persevere in its resolution to give all, even if, by removing His gifts, He has left it alone. The soul may be in darkness, that is, subject to misunderstanding, bitterness, material and spiritual solitude combined with interior desolation. The time has come to repeat, “Jesus alone,” to come down from Thabor with Him, and to follow Him with the Apostles even to Calvary, where He will suffer, abandoned not only by men, but even by His Father.

COLLOQUY:

    “You only do I love, my God. You only do I wish to seek and to follow; I am ready to follow You alone. I wish to be entirely at Your disposal. I beg You to order and command whatever You will, but cure me, open my eyes, that I may see Your slightest gesture. Cure me completely, that I may recognize You. Tell me which way to turn my attention in order to see You; and I hope that I shall be able to do all that You command me” (St. Augustine).

    Permit me to follow you, O Jesus, not only to Thabor, but especially to Calvary. I am attracted by the light and splendor of Thabor; I want to see Your face, O my God, if only for an instant! Calvary is night, solitude, mournful sorrow which terrifies me, but in the darkness there stands a Cross on which I contemplate You, crucified for love. I glimpse Your face, not transfigured by glory, but disfigured by sorrow, the result of our sins!

    O Jesus, destroy sin in me, the sin which has disfigured Your face and disfigured my soul created to Your image and likeness. But to bring about this destruction, I must share Your Calvary, Your Cross. Deign then, O Lord, to unite to Your Passion all the sufferings, little or great, of my life, that they may purify me and prepare me to rise from light to light, until I am completely transformed in You.

    The light and glory of Thabor encourage me.  Thank You, O Lord, for having allowed me, if only for a few moments, to contemplate Your splendor and to enjoy Your divine consolation.  Fortified and encouraged by this, I come down from the mountain to follow You, You alone, to Calvary.

 

 

Practice During Lent

Now, Penance consists in contrition of the soul, and in mortification of the body; these two parts are essential to it.  The soul has willed the sin; the body has frequently co-operated in its commission.  Moreover, man is composed of both Soul and Body; both, then, should pay homage to their Creator.  The Body is to share with the Soul, either the delights of heaven, or the torments of hell; there cannot, therefore, be any thorough Christian life, or any earnest penance, where the Body does not take part, in both, with the Soul.   But it is the Soul which gives reality to Penance.  […….]

But the courageous observance of the Church’s precept of Fasting and Abstaining during Lent must be accompanied by those two other eminently good works, to which God so frequently urges us in the Scripture: Prayer and Alms-deeds.  Just as under the term Fasting, the Church comprises all kinds of mortification; so, under the word Prayer, she includes all those exercises of piety whereby the soul holds intercourse with her God.  More frequent attendance at the services of the Church, assisting daily at Mass, spiritual reading, meditation upon eternal truths and the Passion, hearing sermons, and, above all, the approaching the Sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist, - these are the chief means whereby the Faithful should offer to God the homage of Prayer, during this holy Season.

Almsdeeds comprise all the works of mercy to our neighbor, and are unanimously recommended by the Holy Doctors of the Church, as being the necessary complement of Fasting and Prayer during Lent.  God has made it a law, to which he has graciously bound himself, - that charity shown towards our fellow creatures, with the intention of pleasing our Creator, shall be rewarded as though it were done to himself.  How vividly this brings before us the reality and sacredness of the tie, which he would have to exist between all men!  Such, indeed, is its necessity, that our Heavenly Father will not accept the love of any heart that refuse to show mercy: but, on the other hand, he accepts, as genuine and as done to himself, the charity of every Christian, who, by a work of mercy shown to a fellow-man, is really acknowledging and honouring that sublime union, which makes all men to be one family, with God as its Father.  Hence it is, that Almsdeeds, done with this intention, are not merely acts of human kindness, but are raised to the dignity of acts of religion, which have God for their direct object, and have the power of appeasing his Divine Justice.

Dom Gueranger, The Liturgical Year, Lent

 

 

“In those questions concerning Purgatory which the Church has not decided one must be guided by the thoughts which harmonize with sayings and revelations of the saints.” 

St. Thomas Aquinas

 

 

 “But, didn’t the Holy Spirit help the Council Popes?  The assistance of the Holy Spirit presupposes that on the part of the Pope, there would be unreserved correspondence with the Holy Spirit; without it, the assistance of the Holy Spirit is purely negative i.e.: it only prevents the Vicar of Christ from imposing an error as an infallible dogma.” 

Msgr. Francesco Spadafora, professor at the Lateran University

 

“For the Holy Spirit was promised to the successors of Peter not so that they might, by His revelation, make known some new doctrine, but that, by His assistance, they might religiously guard and faithfully expound the revelation or Deposit of Faith transmitted by the Apostles.” 

First Vatican Council

 

These three denote that those whom God prefers above others to behold the vision and glory of Himself are of a threefold order. Peter denotes the fervent in charity; John, a virgin, signifies virgins; James, the first martyr among the Apostles, denotes those who suffer, and martyrs. Wouldst thou then see God? Be thou a Peter, i.e., firm in virtue; be thou a John in chastity; be thou a James by mortifying thy vices. 

Rev. Cornelius a Lapide, Great Commentary

 

Nothing seems to me more grave, contrary to the holiness of God, than the presumption of clerics who believe, with a pride that is purely diabolical, that they can manipulate the truth, who presume to renew the Church and to save the world without renewing themselves. In all the history of the Church nothing is comparable to the latest Council, at which the Catholic episcopate believed that it could renew all things by obeying nothing other than its own pride, without the effort of holiness, in such open opposition to the law of the gospel that it requires us to believe how the humanity of Christ was the instrument of the omnipotence of the love that saves, in his death. 

Fr. Divo Barsotti (1914-2006), esteemed author of several works of spirituality

 

The history our Saviour gives us is that of a man who led a quiet life; he was agreeable in company, and sought after; he was respected, and did honour to the position he held in society.  He is not accused of any public scandals; there is no mention made of any atrocious crime; our Saviour simply says of him :  he was clothed in purple and fine linen and feasted sumptuously every day.  It is true, he was not charitable to the poor man who lay at his gate; but he did not ill-treat him : he allowed him to lie there, and did not even insult his misery.  Why, then, was this rich man  condemned to burn eternally in that fire which God created for the wicked?  It is because a man who leads a life of luxury and feasting, such as he lived – never thinking of eternity, caring for nothing but this world, which we are told to use as though we used it not, with nothing about him of the spirit of the cross of Christ – such a man as this is already a victim to the triple concupiscence of pride, avarice, and luxury; he is their slave, and seems determined to continue so, for he never makes an effort to throw off their tyranny.  He has yielded himself up to them; and they have worked their work in him – the death of the soul. 

Dom Gueranger, The Liturgical Year, Second week of Lent

 

For two hours she walked up and down the large garden, stopping here and there when she was shown some particularly severe penalty, wringing her hands, turning pale and stooping as under a heavy load and showing such signs of terror that her companions shuddered.  When she came to the spot where the clergy suffered, she sighed heavily and cried out: “Good God, and you, too?” According to her vision those who had sinned without full knowledge and had died young suffered less and were consoled by their angles. The hypocrites were punished most severely and amid terrors close to Hell. The impatient and stubborn appeared laden with a crushing burden.  At one period of her vision she became terror-stricken and called on Heaven for assistance. Then she came to the place where molten lead was poured into the mouths of liars while the misers, who could never acquire enough goods on earth, were over-burdened with pain and the impure were detained in an insufferable stench. Finally, she was shown those who had not been given much to any one sin but had committed nearly all to some degree. They shared the torments of all in a smaller degree. When the vision had passed the saint begged God to never again let her see such misery as her soul would perish (Goerres, Christian Mysticism, 111, 473). 

St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi, Vision of Purgatory

 

“May His Majesty be pleased to make us fear Him whom we ought to fear and understand that one venial sin can do us greater harm than all the forces of hell combined.” 

St. Teresa of Avila

 

 

 

 

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My orders are to fight;

Then if I bleed, or fail,

Or strongly win, what matters it?

God only doth prevail.

The servant craveth naught,

Except to serve with might.

I was not told to win or lose, –

My orders are to fight.  

Ethelwyn Wetherald

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Could You Not Watch One Hour With Me?” (Matt.26, 40)

Holy Hour of Adoration and Reparation

“He is The Bread sown in the virgin, leavened in the Flesh, molded in His Passion, baked in the furnace of the Sepulcher, placed in the Churches, and set upon the Altars, which daily supplies Heavenly Food to the faithful.”  

St. Peter Chrysologus (400-450)

 

What is found to have its origin (i.e.: ecumenism, religious liberty, collegiality, etc.) in the opinion of some Holy Father or particular Council is not a Divine Tradition, even though it should be celebrated throughout the entire Church. For if we did not attend to this rule, we should have to admit without certain foundation, new revelations regarding faith or morals, which has been always abhorred and impugned in the Church by men the most attached to religion. Hence, the sovereign pontiffs, the Councils, and the Fathers, have been most careful to reject all novelties or new doctrines on matters of faith, which differed from those that had been already received.

St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori

 

Charity is man’s friendship with God based on man’s share in the Divine Life, in the happiness of God Himself.  But man cannot naturally share in God’s own life.  Man’s participation in the Divine Life is a free supernatural gift which God gives to man.  Charity then cannot be acquired by any purely human effort.  It is a gift of God infused in man’s soul by God’s goodness and generosity.  Charity, like the other theological virtues, is a supernatural virtue infused in the will by God Himself.  Who can give man a share in the Divine Love except God Himself?

Rev. Walter Farrell, O. P., My Way of Life, Pocket Edition of St. Thomas

 

The Price Our Ancestors Paid to Bring Us the Faith

I know that it is very usual to magnify the merits of the deceased, as usual as it is to detract from them when living, and I very much fear that, after death, we often canonize those in our discourse, on whom God has decided in a very different manner; but when I say that Bishop Challoner was a model of Christian virtue, every breast glows with a conviction of this truth; whatever I can allege in his commendation will barely answer the idea you have already formed of him; and when on every occasion I represent Bishop Challoner as a saint, I say no more of him now after his death, than all who knew him have said of him during his life.

Bishop John Milner of Winchester, on the death of the heroic Bishop Richard Challoner, who died at 90 years of age in 1781, six months after, and in consequence of, the “Gordon Riots” where English Protestant rioters destroyer countless Catholic chapels and homes in response to the Catholic Relief Act of 1778 which ended the penalty of imprisonment for life for Catholic priests.

 

Separation of Church and State is impossible.  Every state has an established religion with a creedal profession containing articles of faith that it demands its citizens profess.  These articles of faith cannot be proven to be true or even demonstrated as consistent with natural law.  The U.S.A. is no exception to this rule. We have a state religion but it is called by another name.  The secular dogma, ‘Separation of Church and State’, is nothing more than a tool to prevent competition against the state religion in the public forum.  The state demands a “faith” in “general values” that are always “relative and changing.”

All organization is action and all action is rude. […..] There is a hierarchy of values which have been expressed in nearly every revolutionary slogan in history….  These values are up on top. The democratic way of life is nothing more than a process, a device, a modus operandi, designed as the best way, we believe, of achieving those values, of growing into them so to speak. Now, those values that I have mentioned cannot be discussed, they cannot be argued, they cannot be debated, they are articles of faith. [..…] In a free and open society, equality is a value you cannot discuss or debate or put on a ballot. If you do not accept our values then you can have no voice in a democratic process. Then get out of our system and go someplace else. [……] These values and goals, out of necessity, are always stated in general terms.  Every literate revolutionary knows that you cannot be any more than general (in your) terms because all values are relative and are changing. 

Saul Alinsky, Jewish revolutionary, explaining the ‘religion’ of the modern democratic state, 1/17/69, UCLA

 

 

And yet, Cardinal Müller as head of the CDF did nothing to defend the faith!

….. Let us now return to the new Tertio interview itself. Cardinal Müller, when speaking about truth and mercy, explicitly says that “there are no circumstances that would make adultery not be a mortal sin” and that “The merciful God does not dispense of the Commandments.” Pastors “cannot remove the responsibility toward others” and cannot “exempt people from the Commandments.” Cardinal Müller also says that “the teaching on the indissolubility of marriage is clear” and stresses the importance of the “responsibility for the children.” While we all as human beings can commit errors and sins, the cardinal adds, we need forgiveness for our sins” and have to “beg for mercy.” Cardinal  Müller importantly explains: “Again, mercy is not a licence to sin or to live in sin.” In Catholic terms, contrition of heart “must be accompanied by a willingness to convert.” The cardinal insists that “a just mercy helps us to live in truth, and a wrong mercy gives us false assurances, but does not make us free.” Thus, with God’s Grace, marriage can be for a lifetime, and we have to pray for that, and therefore “marriage is an achievable project that makes people happy.”

It is to be hoped that this set of authentic quotes from this latest interview of Cardinal Müller may now spread in lieu of the earlier misrepresentations. [….]   Steve Skojec, editor OnePeterFive, commenting on March 1, 2017 interview by the Belgian Catholic weekly, Tertio, of Cardinal Gerhard Müller

 

 

Society has already reached a sense of being “frustrated, defeated, lost and futureless.”  The Novus Ordo Church is the both a cause and major contributor of this sense rather than a light of hope of union with Jesus Christ!

[You must help]  the people in the community… feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future. [An] organizer must shake up the prevailing patterns of their lives –agitate, create disenchantment and discontent with the current values, to produce, if not a passion for change, at least a passive, affirmative, non-challenging climate. [You must] fan the embers of hopelessness into a flame of fight. 

Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals

 

Pope Francis will “come to nothing.”

The Church has ever proved indestructible. Her persecutors have failed to destroy her; in fact, it was during times of persecution that the Church grew more and more; while the persecutors themselves, and those whom the Church would destroy, are the very ones who came to nothing. 

St. Thomas Aquinas

 

 

Be not without fear about sin forgiven.  (Eccles. 5:5)

Man knoweth not, whether he be worthy of love or hatred.  (Eccles 9:1)

Unless ye do penance, ye shall all perish.  (Luke 8:3)

Prayer is good with fasting and alms, more than to lay up treasures of gold for alms delivereth from death, and the same is that which purgeth away sins, and maketh to find mercy and life everlasting.  (Tob 12:8-9)

 

 

Pope Francis’ Idea of Zero Tolerance!

In Italy there has been an uproar over the act of “mercy” with which Francis has graced Fr. Mauro Inzoli, a prominent priest of the movement Communion and Liberation, reduced to the lay state in 2012 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for having abused numerous young boys, but restored to the active priesthood by Francis in 2014, with the admonishment that he lead a life of penance and prayer. In the civil arena, Inzoli was caught again and charged.  He has been sentenced to 4 years and 9 months in prison. 

Sandro Magister

 

One single sentence from Sacred Scripture can nourish the soul, illuminate it, strengthen it in adversity. Sacred Scripture is something far superior to a simple exposition of dogma, subdivided into special tracts: it is an ocean of revealed truth in which we can taste in advance the joys of eternal life. 

Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange

 

 

Now the Novus Ordo Church has its own Bergoglian Schism!

“I want to change, but I know that I am not capable of changing, but I want to change..... You have to pay attention to what the penitent says. If you know — you can tell if he is misleading you.” 

Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, President of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, applying the new Bergoglian rule that those remaining in adulterous relationships can received sacramental absolution in the confessional and Holy Communion if the profess that they want to change but are not capable of changing.

 

 

Be converted to me, and you shall be saved, all ye ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is no other. 

Isaias 45:22

 

You shall seek me, and shall find me: when you shall seek me with all your heart.

Jeremias 29:13

 

Now therefore saith the Lord: Be converted to me with all your heart, in fasting, and in weeping, and in mourning.

Joel 2:12

 

Therefore will I judge every man according to his ways, O house of Israel, saith the Lord God. Be converted, and do penance for all your iniquities: and iniquity shall not be your ruin.

Ezechiel 18:30

 

Be penitent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. 

Acts 3:19

 

“No, I say to you: but unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen upon whom the tower fell in Siloe, and slew them: think you, that they also were debtors above all the men that dwelt in Jerusalem? No, I say to you; but except you do penance, you shall all likewise perish.”

Jesus Christ, Luke 13:3-5

 

 

Thus saith the Lord: Stand ye on the ways, and see and ask for the old paths which is the good way, and walk ye in it: and you shall find refreshment for your souls. And they said: we will not walk. And I appointed watchmen over you, saying: Hearken ye to the sound of the trumpet. And they said: We will not hearken. Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what great things I will do to them. Hear, O earth: Behold I will bring evils upon this people, the fruits of their own thoughts: because they have not heard my words, and they have cast away my law. To what purpose do you bring me frankincense from Saba, and the sweet smelling cane from a far country? Your holocausts are not acceptable, nor are your sacrifices pleasing to me. 

Jeremias, 6, 16-20

 

 

With her own lips the Blessed Virgin Mary told St Bridget, “I am the Mother of all sinners who wish to amend.” Let the sinner remember too, what befell Thomas a Kempis, who saw the Virgin distribute to his companions a nectar of Paradise, while on coming to him, she looked at him coldly, and passed on without bestowing upon him the like favour: the reason was, that he had omitted some of his accustomed prayers in her honour. Nothing is so pleasing to the Blessed Virgin as fidelity and constancy in the honour which we render to her.

Rev. John Baptist Scaramelli, S.J., Guide to the Spiritual Life

 

The progressives have found no substitute for virtue. They can offer only such morbid stopgaps as contraception, abortion, and euthanasia. The Dark Ages understood virtue built a civilization; the progressive age doesn’t understand virtue and is tearing down the civilization it inherited. Euthanasia is a fitting symbol: the last sacrament of a society that cannot aspire to heaven, but only to painless annihilation.

Joe Sobran, “Dark Ages, New Morality”

 

St. Teresa of Avila considered her greatest honor: “I am a daughter of the Church.”

“Because outside the unity of faith and love which makes us sons and members of the Church, no one can be saved, hence if the Sacraments are received outside the Church, they are not effective for salvation, although they are true Sacraments. However, they can become useful if one returns to Holy Mother the Church, the only Spouse of Christ, whose sons alone Christ deems worthy of eternal inheritance.” 

St. Bonaventure, Breviloquium

 

Wisdom is the most perfect knowledge, of the most important things, in their right order of reference.  Without the “right order of reference”, Wisdom is impossible. Pope Francis has no Wisdom.  He does not even know the “greatest commandment in the law”!

Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.

Matt. 22:36-38

Along with the virtues, this means above all the new commandment, the first and the greatest of the commandments, and the one that best identifies us as Christ’s disciples: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (Jn. 15:12). 

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, (161) On the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World

 

“The Blessed Virgin rules in My Kingdom, not as the other Saints, but as My Mother, as Queen and Mistress; and hence to her it is granted to dispense with general laws as often as there is a just cause. There was a most just reason for dispensing with the soul of Charles, for it was right that one who had in his lifetime so honoured and loved her should be honoured and favoured at his death.”

Jesus Christ addressing Satan who complained that the Mother of God did not permit him to tempt Charles, the son of St. Bridget of Sweeden, while in his agony of death thus obtaining his salvation.

 

 

“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

 

 

 

Francis Besmirches and Humiliates our Spotless Mother, the Holy Catholic Church

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TJnm6YfESC0/XIJ8C34BUgI/AAAAAAAAUk4/3cMT17pMT682mAfEudKTp9_4Zknh-wJcgCLcBGAs/s1600/churchdet%2B%25281%2529.jpg         The technique is old: the criminal accuses the innocent in order to create the impression that all are to blame. "In this they are accusing the Church of something for which their own conscience plainly reproaches them," as Saint Pius X warned about the Modernists in Pascendi.

         In a meeting with the clergy of Rome in the Lateran Basilica yesterday, the Bishop of the City, Francis, had the temerity to say this while discussing the abuse crisis, of which he is surely a protagonist:

“It is saving us from hypocrisy, from the spirituality of appearances. He is blowing his Spirit to restore beauty to his Bride, surprised in flagrant adultery.” ("Ci sta salvando dall’ipocrisia, dalla spiritualità delle apparenze. Egli sta soffiando il suo Spirito per ridare bellezza alla sua Sposa, sorpresa in flagrante adulterio.")

         No, the Church is not and cannot be compared to unfaithfulness of the Old Testament chosen people, whose infidelity warranted even a writ of "divorce" (cf. Jeremiah, ch. 3). She is spotless and without wrinkle, as Saint Paul explained to the Ephesians:

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church, and delivered himself up for it: That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life: That he might present it to himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy, and without blemish. So also ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife, loveth himself. For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, as also Christ doth the Church: Because we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh. This is a great sacrament; but I speak in Christ and in the Church.

         The One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, our Holy Mother Church, is spotless, without wrinkle and without blemish. She is holy, immaculate, absolutely untouched in her purity washed by the Blood of the Lamb by the unfaithfulness of the laity and of the clergy, in particular of the careless popes of the past few decades, who let the hierarchy be taken by a volcanic wave of immorality and debauchery.

         She remains spotless! Those who besmirch her accusing her of adultery when they are the adulterers themselves -- may Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom, who calls her "my sister, my love, my dove, my Undefiled," punish them mightily for their horrid defamation!

Posted from Rorate Caeli

 

 

The observance of Lent is the very badge of the Christian warfare. By it, we prove ourselves not to be enemies of the Cross of Christ. By it, we avert the scourges of divine justice. By it we gain strength against the princes of darkness, for it shields us with heavenly help. Should mankind grow remiss in their observance of Lent, it would be a detriment to God’s glory, a disgrace to the Catholic religion, and a danger to Christian souls. Neither can it be doubted, but that such negligence would become the source of misery to the world, of public calamity, and of private woe. 

Pope Benedict XIV, encyclical, May 30, 1741

 

Sweet Jesus, my soul ardently desires to be bathed and entirely submerged in Your Blood... since in Your Blood I find the source of all mercy; in Your Blood are clemency, fire, piety. In Your Blood, mercy abounds for our faults. In Your Blood, justice is satisfied and our hardness is melted; what is bitter becomes sweet and what is heavy becomes light. And since all virtues reach maturity in  Your Blood, O Christ, inebriate my soul, engulf it in Your Blood, so that it will be adorned with real and solid virtues. 

St. Catherine of Siena

 

 

Ye cruel thorns, in mocking wreath entwin’d

My Saviour’s brow in agony to bind,

Oh, cease to rend that flesh Divine,

My loving Lord torment no more;

Wound rather, wound this heart of mine,

The guilty cause of all He bore.

St. Alphonsus de Liguori

 

 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: all men and women are created, by the, you know the, you know the thing.”

President Joe Biden, pro-abortion, Novus Ordo Catholic, on the campaign trail in Texas, 3-3-2020

 

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

St. Pius X, Pascendi

 

 

 

THE IDOLATRY OF VATICAN II: Francis and the War on Tradition

Similes illis fiant qui faciunt ea, et omnes qui confidunt in eis.

Their makers will come to be like them, and so will all who trust in them. - Ps 113:16
THE IDOLATRY OF VATICAN II: Francis and the War on TraditionQUICUMQUE VULT SALVUS ESSE or Concerning the Idolatry of Vatican II

While nations that were once Catholic introduce laws that promote abortion and euthanasia, gender theory and sodomitical “marriages;” while in the United States a legitimately elected President is seen to be usurped in the White House by a corrupt, depraved, and pro-abortion “President” placed in power by a gigantic fraud to the sycophantic applause of Bergoglio and progressive bishops; while the world population is held hostage by plotters and conspirators who profit from the psycho-pandemic and the imposition of ineffective and dangerous pseudo-vaccines, the solicitude of Francis is focused on catechesis, in a monologue staged on January 30 for the selected audience of the National Catechetical Office of the Italian Bishops’ Conference [CEI]. The show was presented on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Catechetical Office, “an indispensable instrument for catechetical renewal after the Second Vatican Council.”

In this monologue, written in all probability by some grey functionary of the CEI in an outline form and then developed off the cuff thanks to the improvisation in which the august orator excels, all the words that are dear to the followers of the conciliar church are used: first and foremost the word “kerygma” that every good modernist can never omit in his homilies, despite the fact he is almost always ignorant of the meaning of the Greek term, which with all probability he does not even know how to decline without stumbling on accents and endings. Obviously the ignorance of those who repeat the refrain of Vatican II is the instrumentum regni ever since the Clergy were forced to set aside Catholic doctrine in order to privilege the creative approach of the new way. Certainly, using the word announcement instead of kerygma would trivialize the speeches of the initiates, and also reveal the contemptuous intolerance of this elite caste towards the majority who stubbornly cling to the forbidden post-Tridentine notionism.

It is no coincidence that the Innovators detest with all their strength the Catechism of Saint Pius X, which in the brevity and clarity of its questions and answers does not leave any margins for the catechist’s creativity. The catechist should be – but for sixty years no longer has been – the one who transmits that which he has received, not an elusive “personal recollection” of salvation history that from time to time chooses which truths to transmit and which ones to leave aside in order not to offend his listeners.

In the merciful Bergoglian church, the heir of the post-conciliar church (which are both variants of a spirit that no longer has anything Catholic about it), it is licit to discuss, contest, and reject any dogma, any truth of the Faith, any magisterial document, and any papal pronunciation prior to 1958. Since, according to the words of Francis, one can be “brothers and sisters of everyone, independently of faith.” Any believer can clearly understand the very grave implications of the present pseudo-magisterium, which brazenly contradicts the constant teaching of Sacred Scripture, the Divine Tradition, and the apostolic Magisterium. However, the naive victim of decades of conciliar reprogramming of Catholics could believe that, in this composite babel of heretics, protesters, and those given over to vice, there remains at least some space for those who are orthodox, devoted subjects of the Roman Pontiff, and virtuous.

All brothers, independently of faith? This principle of tolerant and indistinct acceptance knows no limits... except for actually being Catholic. In fact, we read in the monologue given by Bergoglio in the Sala Clementina on January 30:

This is magisterium: the Council is the magisterium of the Church. Either you are with the Church and therefore you follow the Council, and if you do not follow the Council or you interpret it in your own way, as you wish, you are not with the Church. We must be demanding and strict on this point. The Council should not be negotiated in order to have more of these... No, the Council as it is. And this problem that we are experiencing, of selectivity with respect to the Council, has been repeated throughout history with other Councils.

May the reader have the goodness not to dwell on the uncertain prose of Our orator, who in his “off the cuff” improvisation combines doctrinal chaos with the slaughter of syntax. The message of the speech to Catechists precipitates the merciful words of Fratelli Tutti into contradiction, forcing a necessary change of the title of the “encyclical” letter to: “All Brothers, with the exception of Catholics.” And if it is very true and acceptable that the Councils of the Catholic Church are part of the Magisterium, the same cannot be said for the only “council” of the new church, which – as I have stated many times – constitutes the most colossal deception that was ever carried out by the Shepherds of the Lord’s flock; a deception – repetita juvant – which occurred in the moment in which a clique of conspiring experts decided to use the instruments of ecclesiastical governance – authority, magisterial acts, papal discourses, documents of the Congregations, texts of the Liturgy – with a purpose opposed to that which the Divine Founder established when he instituted the Holy Church. In so doing, the subjects were forced to adhere to a new religion, ever more blatantly anti-Catholic and ultimately antichristic, usurping the sacred Authority of the old, despised and deprecated pre-conciliar religion.

We therefore find ourselves in the grotesque situation of hearing the denial of the Most Holy Trinity, the divinity of Jesus Christ, the doctrine of Suffrages for the dead, the purposes of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Transubstantiation, and the perpetual Virginity of Mary Most Holy without incurring any canonical sanction (if this were not the case, almost all the consultors of Vatican II and the present Roman Curia would already have been excommunicated); but “if you do not follow the Council or you interpret it in your own way, as you wish, you are not with the Church.” Bergoglio’s gloss on this demanding condemnation of any criticism of the Council leaves us truly incredulous:

It makes me think of a group of bishops who left after Vatican I, a group of lay people, groups, to continue the “true doctrine” that was not that of Vatican I: “We are the true Catholics.” Today they ordain women.

It should be noted that “a group of bishops, a group of lay people, groups” that refused to adhere to the infallibly defined doctrine of the First Vatican Ecumenical Council were immediately condemned and excommunicated, while today they would be welcomed with open arms “regardless of faith,” and that the Popes who at that time condemned the Old Catholics would today condemn Vatican II and would be accused by Bergoglio of “not being with the Church.” On the other hand, the lectresses and acolytesses of recent invention are not a prelude to anything else except the place of “Today they ordain women” where those who abandon the teaching of Christ invariably end up.

Curiously, ecumenical openness, the synodal path and the pachamama do not prevent the showing of intolerance towards Catholics whose only fault is that they do not want to apostatize from the Faith. And yet, when Bergoglio speaks of “no concession to those who try to present a catechesis that does not agree with the Magisterium of the Church,” he disavows himself and the alleged primacy of the pastoral over doctrine that is theorized in Amoris Lætitia as the conquest of those who build bridges and not walls, to use an expression dear to the courtiers of Santa Marta.

So from now on we could update the incipit of the Athanasian Creed: Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat Modernistarum hæresim.

+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop

 

 

Excerpts from Open Letter from Catholic prelates on the morality of the Covid vaccine published in full on LifeSiteNews

On the moral illicitness of the use of vaccines made from cells derived from aborted human fetuses

'Vaccines derived from the cells of cruelly murdered unborn children are clearly apocalyptic in character and may possibly foreshadow the mark of the beast (see Rev. 13:16).'

In the case of vaccines made from the cell lines of aborted human fetuses, we see a clear contradiction between the Catholic doctrine to categorically, and beyond the shadow of any doubt, reject abortion in all cases as a grave moral evil that cries out to heaven for vengeance (see Catechism of the Catholic Church n. 2268, n. 2270), and the practice of regarding vaccines derived from aborted fetal cell lines as morally acceptable in exceptional cases of “urgent need” — on the grounds of remote, passive, material cooperation. To argue that such vaccines can be morally licit if there is no alternative is in itself contradictory and cannot be acceptable for Catholics…

…The theological principle of material cooperation is certainly valid and may be applied to a whole host of cases (e.g. in paying taxes, the use of products made from slave labor, and so on). However, this principle can hardly be applied to the case of vaccines made from fetal cell lines, because those who knowingly and voluntarily receive such vaccines enter into a kind of concatenation, albeit very remote, with the process of the abortion industry. The crime of abortion is so monstrous that any kind of concatenation with this crime, even a very remote one, is immoral and cannot be accepted under any circumstances by a Catholic once he has become fully aware of it. One who uses these vaccines must realize that his body is benefitting from the “fruits” (although steps removed through a series of chemical processes) of one of mankind’s greatest crimes…”

…More than ever, we need the spirit of the confessors and martyrs who avoided the slightest suspicion of collaboration with the evil of their own age. The Word of God says: “Be simple as children of God without reproach in the midst of a depraved and perverse generation, in which you must shine like lights in the world” (Phil. 2, 15)…”

December 12, 2020, Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Guadalupe

Cardinal Janis Pujats, Metropolitan archbishop emeritus of Riga
Bishop Tomash Peta, Metropolitan archbishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana
Bishop Jan Pawel Lenga, Archbishop/bishop emeritus of Karaganda
Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, Bishop of Tyler (USA)
Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana

 

 

COMMENT: Archbishop Viganò recently published a defense of the Oath Against Modernism and the crime of its suspension. Below is an excerpt censoring Benedict/Ratzinger for his part in that crime suggesting that he, in “consideration of the Divine Judgment that awaits him,” should “distance himself from those theologically erroneous positions.”  But why mince words with niceties? It is not a question of “theologically erroneous positions” but rather of frank heresy for that is what Modernism is. There is no evidence whatsoever that Benedict/Ratzinger has repented from the theological errors of his youth. There is no evidence that he will make any abjuration of heresy and profession of faith necessary to be reconciled with God and His Church. Benedict/Ratzinger’s book, Introduction to Christianity, is full of heresy from its theological presuppositions to its erroneous conclusions. The book would have merited for Benedict/Ratzinger burning at the stake during a more sober period in Church history. We can be thankful that Archbishop Viganò is looking in the right direction.

RATZINGER AND THE OATH AGAINST MODERNISM

It is obvious that Joseph Ratzinger is to be counted among those who swore the Oath; that he “played a crucial role in overturning the preparatory schemas of the Council and initiating a completely new approach,” and that in doing so he violated the Oath, is equally indisputable. Whether in doing this Ratzinger had full knowledge of committing sacrilege, only God knows, who scrutinizes the depths of the heart.

It also seems to me undeniable that there are many of his writings in which both his Hegelian formation as well as the influence of Modernism emerge, as Professor Enrico Maria Radaelli has illustrated very well in his essays and as the new biography of Pope Benedict XVI by Peter Seewald confirms with an abundance of particulars and numerous sources. In this regard, I believe it is obvious that the declarations of the young Joseph Ratzinger reported by Seewald largely contradict the hermeneutic of continuity which Benedict XVI later theorized, perhaps as a prudent retraction of his former enthusiasm.

I think, however, that the passage of time, his role as Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, and finally his election to the Throne have contributed to at least some sort of a change of heart about the mistakes he committed and the ideas he professed. It would, however, be desirable that he, above all in consideration of the Divine Judgment that awaits him, would definitively distance himself from those theologically erroneous positions – I am referring in particular to those in Introduction to Christianity – which are still disseminated today in universities and seminaries which boast to call themselves Catholic. Delicta juventutis meae et ignorantias meas ne memineris Domine (Ps 25: 7).

+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop

 

“Just as mortal sin is contrary to charity, so is disbelief in one article of faith contrary to faith. Now charity does not remain in a man after one mortal sin. Therefore neither does faith, after a man disbelieves one article.”

St. Thomas, Summa, II-II, Q.5, A.3

 

 

Hermeneutics of Continuity/Discontinuity

Modernist Heresy

“The medieval concept of substance has long since become inaccessible to us. In so far as we use the concept of substance at all today we understand thereby the ultimate particles of matter, and the chemically complex mixture that is bread certainly does not fall into that category.”

Benedict/Ratzinger, Faith and the Future

Catholic Truth

If anyone does not confess that the world and all things which are contained in it, both spiritual and material, were produced, according to their whole substance, out of nothing by God; or holds that God did not create by his will free from all necessity, but as necessarily as he necessarily loves himself; or denies that the world was created for the glory of God: let him be anathema

Vatican Council I, Dogmatic Constitution on the Catholic Faith

Modernist Heresy

“At this time the idea of salvation history had moved to the focus of inquiry posed by Catholic theology and this had cast new light on the notion of revelation, which neo-scholasticism had kept too confined to the intellectual realm. Revelation now appeared no longer simply as a communication of truths to the intellect but as a historical action of God in which truth becomes gradually unveiled.”

Benedict/Ratzinger, Milestones (Memoirs 1927-1977), published 1998

Catholic Truth

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

Vatican I

 

“Fourthly, I sincerely hold that the doctrine of faith was handed down to us from the apostles through the orthodox Fathers in exactly the same meaning and always in the same purport. Therefore, I entirely reject the heretical misrepresentation that dogmas evolve and change from one meaning to another different from the one which the Church held previously. I also condemn every error according to which, in place of the divine deposit which has been given to the spouse of Christ to be carefully guarded by her, there is put a philosophical figment or product of a human conscience that has gradually been developed by human effort and will continue to develop indefinitely.

Oath Against Modernism

 

 

 

Remember in your charity the following pray requests:        

Remember the welfare of our expectant mothers: Erika Zepeda and Andrea Ebert,

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

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

Rafaela de Saravia, for her health and welfare,

Mary Mufide,  requests our prayers for her family,

Rosemary Bradley, who is in failing health, for her welfare,

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

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

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

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

The welfare of Excellency Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò,

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

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

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

Thomas Thees, recently hospitalized,

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

The Joseph Cox Family, their spiritual welfare,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conversion of Annette Murowski, and her son Jimmy,

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

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

The spiritual welfare Robert Holmes Family,

For the spiritual and temporal welfare of Irwin Kwiat,

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

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

Mufide Rende, a traditional Catholic from India has asked our prayers for her welfare and he family members, living and deceased,

Mary and Bill Glatz, the welfare of their family,

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

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

For the health and welfare of Robert Kolinsky and his family, and the Sorace family,

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

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

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

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

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

John Rhoad, for his health and spiritual welfare,

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

Kathy Boyle, requests our prayers for her welfare,

Joyce Laughman and Robert Twist, for their conversions,

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

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

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

The conversion of Rene McFarland, Lori Kerr, Cary Shipman and family, David Bash, Crystal and family, Larry Reinhart, Costanzo Family, Andy Julius, Kathy Scullen, and Marilyn Bryant are the petitions of Gene Peters,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Philip Thees asks our prayers for his family, for McLaughlin Family, the welfare of Dan Polly Weand, the conversion of Sophia Herman, Tony Rosky, the welfare Nancy Erdeck, the wife of the late Deacon Erdeck, and the welfare of Frank D’Agustino who is ill, and his brother, Thomas Thees, John Calasanctis, Tony Rosky, Maryann Reuter, James Parvenski and  Kathleen Gorry.

 

Pray for the Repose of the Souls:

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

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

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

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

Jerome McAdams, the father of Daniel, died November 30,

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

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

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

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

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

Hutton Gibson, died May 12,

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

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

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

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

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

Cecilia LeBow, a most faithful Catholic,

Rose Cuono, died Oct 23,

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

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

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

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

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

Fr. Mecurio Fregapane, died Jan 12, was not a traditional priest but always charitable,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phyllis Schlafly, died September 5,

Helen Mackewicz, died August 14,

Mark A. Wonderlin, who died August 2,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

J. Paul Carswell, died October 15, 2015,

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

Paula 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,

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

Anita Lopez, the aunt of Claudia Drew,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Natalie Cagorski, died march 23,

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

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

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

Jeanne DeRuyscher, who died on January 25,

Arthur Harmon, died January 18,

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

Joseph Proctor, died January 10,

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

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

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

Jim Capaldi, died December 15,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Margaret Brillhart, who died July 20,

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

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

Bishop Joseph McFadden, died unexpectedly May 2,

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

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

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

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

Cecelia Thees, died February 24,

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

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

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

Louis Fragale, who died December 25,

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

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

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

Dorothy Sabo, who died September 26,

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

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

Julia Atkinson, who died April 30,

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

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

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

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

Eduardo Cepeda, who died January 26,

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

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

Joeseph Elias, who died on September 28,

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

Donald Tonelli, died August 1,

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

Emma Colasanti, who died May 29,

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

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

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

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

For Joe Sobran who died September 30,

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

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

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

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

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

Joseph Montagne, who died May 5,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Benjamin Sorace, the uncle of Sonja Kolinsky.

 

 

The 14 promises revealed to Brother Estanislao by Our Lord for those who pray the Way of the Cross

·         I promise Eternal Life to those who pray from time to time, The Way of the Cross.

·         I will grant everything that is asked of Me with faith, when making The Way of the Cross.

·         I will follow them everywhere in life and help them, especially at the hour of death.

·         Even if they have more sins than blades of grass in the fields, and grains of sand in the sea, all of them will be erased by praying The Way of the Cross.

·         Those who pray The Way of The Cross often, will have a special glory in Heaven.

·         I will deliver them from Purgatory, indeed if they go there at all, the first Tuesday or Friday after their death.

·         At the hour of death I will not permit the devil to tempt them; I will lift all power from him in order that they shall repose tranquilly in My Arms.

·         If they pray it with true love, I will make of each one of them a living Ciborium in which it will please Me to pour My grace.

·         I will fix My Eyes on those who pray The Way of The Cross often; My hands will always be open to protect them.

·         I will bless them at each Way of The Cross, and My blessing will follow them everywhere on earth and after their death, in Heaven for all Eternity.

·         As I am nailed to the Cross, so also will I always be with those who honor Me in making The Way of The Cross frequently.

·         They will never be able to separate themselves from Me, for I will give them the grace never again to commit a Mortal sin.

·         At the hour of death I will console them with My Presence and we will go together to Heaven. Death will be sweet to all those who have honored Me during their lives by praying The Way of the Cross.

·         My Soul will be a protective shield for them, and will always help them, whenever they have recourse.

 

 

FOOTNOTE for LENT:  This Sunday is the last in the season of Septuagesima whose purpose is to prepare us for Lent.  We have covered during the last weeks the Sin of Adam and our consequent fallen nature with Original Sin, the general corruption of mankind and its destruction in the flood sparing only Noah and his family where the Ark is a type of the Church, and, beginning this week of Quinquagesima, the promise made to our patriarch Abraham for the Redeemer to come after his willing sacrifice of his “only-begotten son” Isaac. The Novus Ordo has thrown out this entire season ultimately because the deny Original Sin and the consequences of a fallen human nature. It follows quite reasonable that the Novus Ordo prescribes no penance for Lent outside of the meaningless abstinence from meat on Fridays, and fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Jesus Christ said, “Unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish.….  No, I say to you; but except you do penance, you shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13: 3, 5). The Church has always and everywhere in every rite prescribed the necessary penance for “all” the faithful so that we may not “all likewise perish.” Penance is not prescribed in the Novus Ordo Church because Dogma is not their rule of faith. The faithful must keep a holy Lent not only so that they may not “perish,” but also because prayer and penance are needed as reparation for those Catholics who do not.

 

 

Limits of Papal Authority imposed by the Faith itself!

“The gravity of sin is determined by the interval which it places between man and God; now sin against faith, divides man from God as far as possible, since it deprives him of the true knowledge of God; it therefore follows that sin against faith is the greatest of all sins.” 

St. Thomas Aquinas

 

“If the Faith were endangered, a subject ought to rebuke his prelate even publicly.”

St. Thomas Aquinas

 

 “Were the pope to command anything against Holy Scripture, or the articles of faith, or the truth of the Sacraments, or the commands of the natural or divine law, he ought not to be obeyed, but in such commands is to be ignored.”

Juan Cardinal de Torquemada (1388–1468)


“You must resist, to his face, a pope who is openly tearing the Church apart—for example, by refusing to confer ecclesiastical benefices except for money, or in exchange for services…  A case of simony, even committed by a pope, must be denounced.”

Thomist Cardinal Cajetan (1469–1534)


“If the Pope lays down an order contrary to right customs one does not have to obey him; if he tries to do something manifestly opposed to justice and to the common good, it would be licit to resist him; if he attacks by force, he could be repelled by force, with the moderation characteristic of a good defense.” 

Francisco Suárez, S.J. (1548–1617)

 
“In answer to the question, ‘What should be done in cases where the Pope destroys the Church by his evil actions?’ [I reply]: ‘He would certainly sin; he should neither be permitted to act in such fashion, nor should he be obeyed in what was evil; but he should be resisted with a courteous reprehension.… He does not have the power to destroy; therefore, if there is evidence that he is doing it, it is licit to resist him. The result of all this is that if the Pope destroys the Church by his orders and acts, he can be resisted and the execution of his mandate prevented. The right of open resistance to prelates’ abuse of authority stems also from natural law.’”

Sylvester Prieras, O.P. (1456–1523), Dominican theologian, appointed master of the Sacred Palace by Pope Leo X who wrote the rebuttal to Luther’s 95 Theses


“As it is lawful to resist the pope, if he assaulted a man’s person, so it is lawful to resist him, if he assaulted souls, or troubled the state, and much more if he strove to destroy the Church. It is lawful, I say, to resist him, by not doing what he commands, and hindering the execution of his will; still, it is not lawful to judge or punish or even depose him, because he is nothing other than a superior.”

St. Robert Bellarmine (1542–1621), Doctor of the Church


And then, pure papalolatry! So is there any wonder why Cardinal Bacci failed to defend Catholic tradition?
“There is in the world … one man in whom the greatness of God is reflected in the most outstanding way of all. He participates in the authority and in a certain sense in the personality of Christ. This man is the Vicar of Jesus Christ, the Pope. … His power extends to the ends of the world and is under the protection of God, Who has promised to confirm in Heaven whatever he will decree upon earth. His dignity and authority, then, are almost divine. Let us bow humbly before such greatness. Let us promise to obey the Pope as we would Christ. … We cannot dispute or murmur against anything which he teaches or decrees. To disobey the Pope is to disobey God. To argue or murmur against the Pope is to argue or murmur against Jesus Himself. When we are confronted with His commands, we have only one choice—absolute obedience and complete surrender.”

Cardinal Antonio Bacci (1885-1971), the Vatican’s chief Latinist under four successive popes (Pius XI, Pius XII, John XXIII, and Paul VI) and the co-author of the Ottaviani Intervention with Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani, the head CDF. Which, explains why the Intervention failed.

 

Some things never change… The press that is!

The propaganda of Communism throughout the world, in organization and direction is in the hands of Jewish agents. As for anyone who does not know that the Bolshevist movement in Russia is Jewish, I can only say that he must be a man who is taken in by the suppression of our deplorable press.

Hilaire Belloc

 

 

With friends like Pope Francis, who needs enemies?

“Pope Francis asked me not to convert.”

Eugenio Scalfari, nearly 95 year old atheist, journalist, former editor of L’espresso, former member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, founder of La Repubblica newspaper, friend of the pope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

St. Thomas

 

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

 

 

 

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

Blessed Pope Pius IX


 

 

 

 

 

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The ‘Bergoglio Business Plan’! Now that “apologetics” is nothing more than “subtle theoretical discussions” over “opinions” and “proselytism is solemn nonsense,” how do they measure “strong Christian witness,” “effective evangelization,” “fruitful ecumenical spirit,” and “constructive dialogue”? If the “Mission of the Church in the World” is the supreme law… the salus animarum, how does any of this contribute towards fulfilling this “Mission”? It is never “easy to achieve such a goal” under the best of conditions because to obtain salvation is to enter by the “narrow gate.” Now that every material sign to measure success toward this goal has been destroyed by the modern Church how can they possibly have any idea what they are doing? 

    Today we will present a summary of the work done in recent months to develop the new Apostolic Constitution for the reform of the Curia. The goal to be reached is always that of promoting greater harmony in the work of the various Dicasteries and Offices, in order to achieve a more effective collaboration in that absolute transparency which builds authentic synodality and collegiality.

    The reform is not an end in itself, but a means to give a strong Christian witness; to promote a more effective evangelization; to promote a more fruitful ecumenical spirit; to encourage a more constructive dialogue with all.

    The reform, strongly advocated by the majority of the Cardinals in the context of the general congregations before the conclave, will further perfect the identity of the same Roman Curia, which is to assist the Successor of Peter in the exercise of his supreme pastoral office for the good of and in the service of the universal Church and the particular Churches. This exercise serves to strengthen the unity of faith and communion of the people of God and promote the mission of the Church in the world.

    Certainly, it is not easy to achieve such a goal. It requires time, determination and above all everyone’s cooperation. But to achieve this we must first entrust ourselves to the Holy Spirit, the true guide of the Church, imploring the gift of authentic discernment in prayer.

    It is in this spirit of collaboration that our meeting begins, which will be fruitful thanks to the contribution which each of us can express with parrhesía, fidelity to the Magisterium and the knowledge that all of this contributes to the supreme law, that being the salus animarum. Thank You.

Pope Francis, on the agenda of the Consistory for the Reform of the Roman Curia

 

 

Gee, what do you suppose happened in the 1960s that started this “erosion of the Catholic Faith in Germany”?

One notes in particular in traditionally Catholic regions a very strong decline in participation at Sunday Mass, not to mention the sacramental life.  Where in the 1960s everywhere just about all the faithful still participated at Holy Mass every Sunday, today there are often less than 10 percent.  Ever fewer people seek the sacraments.  The Sacrament of Penance has almost disappeared.  Ever fewer Catholics receive Confirmation or contract Catholic Matrimony.  The number of vocations to priestly ministry and the consecrated life has sharply diminished.  In consideration of these facts, one can speak truly of an erosion of the Catholic Faith in Germany. 

Pope Francis, addressing the German bishops, Nov. 2015

 

 

Hermeneutics of Continuity/Discontinuity

Explains why Novus Ordo Catholics have dumped the season of Septuagesima and do not do penance for Lent – they have ‘dialogued’ themselves out of Original Sin!

Original Sin:

Benedict/Ratzinger teaches:

The account (of Genesis 3) tells us that sin begets sin, and that therefore all the sins of history are interlinked. Theology refers to this state of affairs by the certainly misleading and imprecise term ‘original sin’. What does this mean? Nothing seems to us today to be stranger or, indeed, more absurd than to insist upon original sin, since, according to our way of thinking, guilt can only be something very personal, and since God does not run a concentration camp, in which one’s relatives are imprisoned because he is a liberating God of love, who calls each one by name. What does original sin mean, then, when we interpret it correctly?
Finding an answer to this requires nothing less than trying to understand the human person better. It must once again be stressed that no human being is closed in upon himself or herself and that no one can live of or for himself or herself alone. We receive our life not only at the moment of birth but every day from without – from others who are not ourselves but who nonetheless somehow pertain to us. Human beings have their selves not only in themselves but also outside of themselves: they live in those whom they love and in those who love them and to whom they are ‘present.’ Human beings are relational, and they possess their lives – themselves – only by way of relationship. I alone am not myself, but only in and with you am I myself. To be truly a human being means to be related in love, to be of and for. But sin means the damaging or the destruction of relationality. Sin is a rejection of relationality because it wants to make the human being a god. Sin is loss of relationship, disturbance of relationship, and therefore it is not restricted to the individual. When I destroy a relationship, then this event – sin – touches the other person involved in the relationship. Consequently sin is always an offense that touches others, that alters the world and damages it. To the extent that this is true, when the network of human relationships is damaged from the very beginning, then every human being enters into a world that is marked by relational damage. At the very moment that a person begins human existence, which is a good, he or she is confronted by a sin- damaged world. Each of us enters into a situation in which relationality has been hurt. Consequently each person is, from the very start, damaged in relationships and does not engage in them as he or she ought. Sin pursues the human being, and he or she capitulates to it.”

Benedict XVI/Ratzinger, Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall (1995)

 

Catholic Church teaches divine Truth with precision and clarity:

“For that which the Apostle has said, ‘By one man, sin entered into this world, and by sin death, and so death passed upon all men in whom all have sinned.’ (Rom 5:12), is not to be understood otherwise than as the Catholic Church spread everywhere hath always understood it. For, by reason of this rule of faith, from a tradition of the Apostles, even infants who could not as yet commit any sin of themselves, are for this cause truly baptized for the remission of sins, that in them that may be cleansed away by regeneration which they have contracted by generation. For, ‘unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.’” (John 3:5).

Council of Trent, Decree on Original Sin

 

“I was under a necessity to write unto you: to beseech you to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).

COMMENT:

Benedict/Ratzinger’s (B/R) heretical theology presupposes modern doctrine of scientism that material reality consists of atoms and the void in constant evolutionary progress. He therefore denies the existence of substantial reality in the place of substance, he offers the accident of relationship as the fundamental essence of all reality beginning with the reality of God.  Being is rejected for becoming. The pursuit of Truth is favored over its possession. This theology of B/R is applied to man and sin including Original Sin. For the Catholic, sin is a transgression of the will of God in a more or less serious degree. A serious violation of God’s will is a mortal sin ending the life of grace in the substantial soul of an individual man. The relationship of friendship with God is ended but God remains in a relationship with all creatures including sinners because without a relationship with God they would not exist. But while sin ends the life of grace in the soul, the sin itself does not touch God. 

And where does “relationality” lead? B/R’s “essential” Christianity is a religion of fantasy that has no real doctrinal or moral impediments and offers ‘dialogue’ as a nostrum for healing all problems of “relationality.”

But who in their right mind would want to join the ‘Church of Relationality’, which explains why the Novus Ordo Church has massive defections and few conversions. It also explains why for Francis/Bergoglio “proselytism is solemn nonsense.”  How can you “proselytize” for a religion that does not know what it believes or for what end it was established?

As for “relations,” if we want to “essentialize our faith,” Jesus Christ makes perfectly clear just what is really “essential”: “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26). The “essential… relation” is with Jesus Christ, not man, and this “relation” is only possible by believing what Jesus Christ has revealed and doing what Jesus Christ commands.

Seewald: “The Church prays for Christians to be reunited. But who ought to join up with whom?”

Benedict/Ratzinger: “The formula that the great ecumenists have invented is that we go forward together. It’s not a matter of our wanting to achieve certain processes of integration, but we hope that the Lord will awaken people’s faith everywhere in such a way that it overflows from one to the other, and the one Church is there. As Catholics, we are persuaded that the basic shape of this one Church is given us in the Catholic Church, but that she is moving toward the future and will allow herself to be educated and led by the Lord. In that sense we do not picture for ourselves any particular modes of integration, but simply look to march on in faith under the leadership of the Lord – who knows the way.”

“We can only humbly seek to essentialize our faith, that is, to recognize what are the really essential elements in it – the things we have not made but have received from the Lord – and in this attitude of turning to the Lord and to the center, to open ourselves in this essentializing so that he may lead us onward, he alone.”

Benedict/Ratzinger, God and the World, interviewed by Peter Seewald, pp 452-453

 

Lastly, if there is no Original Sin and the Church of Jesus Christ lies somewhere in the unknown future, the sacrament of Baptism becomes meaningless! What the Church has taught always and everywhere is now regarded as “unenlightened” and “problematic” for him. 

Mr. Seewald: “In canon 849 of Church canon law it says: ‘Baptism… [is] necessary to salvation in fact or at least in intention.’ But what happens, when a man dies unbaptized? And what happens to the millions of children who are killed in their mothers’ wombs?”

Benedict/Ratzinger: “The question of what it means to say that baptism is necessary for salvation has become ever more hotly debated in modern times. The Second Vatican Council said on this point that men who are seeking for God and who are inwardly striving toward that which constitutes baptism will also receive salvation. That is to say that a seeking after God already represents an inward participation in baptism, in the Church, in Christ.
To that extent, the question concerning the necessity of baptism for salvation seems to have been answered, but the question about children who could not be baptized because they were aborted then presses upon us that much more urgently.
Earlier ages had devised a teaching that seems to me rather unenlightened. They said that baptism endows us, by means of sanctifying grace, with the capacity to gaze upon God. Now, certainly, the state of original sin, from which we are freed by baptism, consists in a lack of sanctifying grace. Children who die in this way are indeed without any personal sin, so they cannot be sent to hell, but, on the other hand, they lack sanctifying grace and thus the potential for beholding God that this bestows. They will simply enjoy a state of natural blessedness, in which they will be happy. This state people called limbo.
In the course of our century, that has gradually come to seem problematic to us. This was one way in which people sought to justify the necessity of baptizing infants as early as possible, but the solution is itself questionable. Finally, the Pope made a decisive turn in the encyclical Evangelium Vitae, a change already anticipated by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Note: Not so, even the compromised CCC teaches the necessity of Baptism for salvation), when he expressed the simple hope that God is powerful enough to draw to himself all those who were unable to receive the sacrament.”

Benedict/Ratzinger, God and the World, interviewed by Peter Seewald, pp 401-402

 

Catholic Church teaches divine Truth with precision and clarity:

Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God….. Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

Jesus Christ, (John 3:3, 5)

 

If any one saith, that true and natural water is not of necessity for baptism, and, on that account, wrests, to some sort of metaphor, those words of our Lord Jesus Christ; Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost; let him be anathema.

Council of Trent, Canon II on the sacrament of Baptism

 

If anyone saith, that Baptism is optional, that is, not necessary for salvation, let him be anathema.

Council of Trent, Canon V on the sacrament of Baptism

 

 

 

 

For unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition…. 2 Thes 2:3

“The divorced and remarried, de facto couples, those cohabitating, are certainly not models of unions in sync with Catholic Doctrine, but the Church cannot look the other way. Therefore, the sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion should be given even to those so-called wounded families and to however many who, despite living in situations not in line with traditional matrimonial canons, express the sincere desire to approach the sacraments after an appropriate period of discernment.

Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, his new book entitled, The Eighth Chapter of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia

 

“Inflated expectation,” such as, the Church hierarchy might actually identify the cause of the sex abuse problem as a homosexual clergy problem, adapt effective policies to prevent homosexuals from entering the religious state, and implement effective procedures to get the homosexuals out of the clerical state. Unfortunately, the HomoLobby is running the Synod!

“I permit myself to say that I’ve perceived a bit of an inflated expectation. We need to deflate the expectations to these points that I’m saying, because the problem of abuse will continue. It’s a human problem, but human everywhere.”

Pope Francis, commenting before the sex-abuse synod that did nothing to end the homosexual crisis in the Church

 

 

Francis: 'No concession' to those who deny Vatican II teachings

National Catholic Reporter | Joshua McElwee | Feb 1, 2021

Rome — Pope Francis on Jan. 30 urged those charged with passing on the principles of the Catholic faith to consider the teachings of the Second Vatican Council as sacrosanct, saying that to be Catholic one must adhere to the reforms brought about by the landmark event.  

"You can be with the church and therefore follow the council, or you can not follow the council or interpret it in your own way, as you want, and you are not with the church," the pontiff said in a meeting with a group of catechists connected to the Italian bishops' conference.

"The council is the magisterium of the church," said the pope. "On this point we must be demanding, severe. The council cannot be negotiated."

"Please, no concession to those who seek to present a catechesis that does not accord with the magisterium of the church," he told the catechists.

The Second Vatican Council, called by Pope John XXIII and held in Rome from 1962 to 1965, brought about a number of reforms for the global Catholic Church, including the use of vernacular languages during liturgies and the redefinition of the church as the "People of God."

The council's effect has been hotly debated by Catholics in the decades since the event, with some movements now even choosing to go back to a Latin-language celebration of the Mass.

Francis told the catechists that the church is living through a problem of "selectivity" with regard to the council's teachings, and said it was a similar problem to one experienced after earlier church councils. 

The pope mentioned a group of Catholic bishops who decided to create their own church because of disagreements after the First Vatican Council, held in Rome from 1869 to 1870, in an apparent reference to what is now known as the Old Catholic Church.

"I think often about a group of bishops who, after Vatican I, left … to continue the 'true doctrine' that wasn't that of Vatican I," said the pontiff. 

"Today, they ordain women," the pope continued, adding: "The severest attitude, to guard the faith without the magisterium of the church, brings you to ruin."

COMMENT:  Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò must have the Vatican apparatchiks worried that the jig is up and their scam exposed. It is a sad to say that no matter how ignorant and ill informed a traditional Catholics may be on many subjects, he still knows a lot more about the Catholic Faith than Pope Francis. As a typical product of modern Jesuit ideological formation, Francis does not even now what the Magisterium of the Church is! Yet he knows enough to play this shell game by using the word “magisterium” in an equivocal manner for no other purpose than to deceive. For Pope Francis, proselytism is “solemn nonsense” except when he wants to proselytize faithful Catholics to the Novus Ordo Religion.

The Magisterium is the teaching authority of the Church grounded upon its divine attributes of infallibility and authority. The Magisterium of the Church is one thing and has been engaged in either in its Extra-ordinary or its Ordinary & Universal mode of operation from the time when Jesus Christ founded His Church, His bride. Vatican I council engaged this Magisterium when it defined doctrines of divine revelation and then imposed these definitions upon the universal Church as formal objects of divine and Catholic Faith. That is, it created dogmas. It was this same Magisterium that Blesssed Pius IX engaged when he defined the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception and again, the same Magisterium that Pope Pius XII engaged when he defined the doctrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven.  The Magisterium is the insufficient but necessary material and instrumental cause of dogma. But since dogma is divine revelation, it is God Himself who is the necessary formal and final cause of dogma.

Vatican II never engaged the Magisterium of the Church and, in fact, formally repudiated any intention whatsoever of doing so. Vatican II exercised no greater authority than the personal magisterium of the Pope Paul VI grounded upon his grace of state. No doctrine of divine revelation was every defined at Vatican II. There is nothing from Vatican II that constitutes a formal object of divine and Catholic Faith. From the standpoint of doctrine, the teaching of Vatican II must be judged by the dogmas of the Church which constitute proximate rule of faith. And in this judgment, the teaching of Vatican II is a corruption of Catholic truth. As a pastoral council, Vatican II must be judged by its pastoral successes or failures. By every objective category of evidence, Vatican II has been a colossal and utter pastoral failure. How does Pope Francis the Shameless get around this? He babbles that “time is greater than space,” and professes his unfounded hope that once we get beyond this cramped and confined “space,” the “teachings” of Vatican II, when applied with enough purity and rigor, in “time” will someday most assuredly yield a harvest of good fruit. Unfortunately, in the “space” since Vatican II, countless souls have been lost and we have yet to see a single blossom from this blighted tree. We must ask, “why cumbereth it the ground?” (Luke 13:7). It has been “digged” and “dunged” about so much that that all that remains is the dung. But if you think you have heard this argument before, you have. It is the same argument Communists have been saying for the last hundred years waiting for the promised nirvana of communist bliss, the “dictatorship of the proletariat”.

Now if Pope Francis the Shameless wants to make the “teaching” of Vatican II a product of “the Magisterium of the Church,” he has to do the following: 1) He must with clarity articulate the “teaching” of Vatican II; 2) He must demonstrate that these teachings are doctrines of divine revelation from Apostolic tradition; 3) He must formally define these doctrines as universal categorical propositions; and then 4), he must place himself in the “Chair of Peter,” and by his authority as the pope, engage the Magisterium of the Church and declare these defined doctrines as a dogmas, bind the dogmas on the universal Church as a formal object of divine and Catholic faith, and anathematize any Catholic who refuses to believe them.

Unfortunately for Francis, God has promised to protect His Church from any pope binding upon the Catholic faithful any doctrinal novelty or moral error. If Pope Francis attempts to do this, he will discover that lost souls do not simply “disappear” but are punished for all eternity in Hell. And then, we will hear less and less from him as “time” goes by.

 

 

 

 

Since Proselytism is ‘Out of the Question,’ for Pope Francis the “Common Good” and the “Best Solution for Everyone” does not include their salvation! 

“Dialogue is not negotiating in order to try and get one’s piece of the cake. Dialogue is to seek the common good, for everyone; it is to discuss together and think of the best solutions for everyone.”

Pope Francis, defining “dialogue” to the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI)

 

Pope Francis has denied his faith and the duty of his office. Dialogue, whose purpose is to end at opinion, without Proselytism cannot dissolve the essential difference between heretics and Catholics. Ultimately, that essential difference will result, as Father Abraham said, “And besides all this, between us and you, there is fixed a great chaos: so that they who would pass from hence to you, cannot, nor from thence come hither.”

Luke 16:26

Question from a young girl: Eighty percent of locals do not belong to any Christian denomination. Should I convince these friends, who are good and happy people, of my faith?

Pope Francis Reply: It's not licit to convince someone of your faith. Proselytism is the strongest venom against the path of ecumenism. The Apostle Paul tells us that, by virtue of our baptism, we all form the one Body of Christ. The different members, in fact, are one body. This is why we belong to each other and when one suffers, all suffer, when one rejoices, all rejoice. Let us continue with confidence on our ecumenical journey, because we know that, beyond the many open questions that still separate us, we are already united. What unites us is much more than what divides us.

Pope Francis, October 13, 2016, to a group of Lutherans in Rome

 

 

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FOR NOTHING DEFILED CAN ENTER HEAVEN. APOCOLYPSE 21:27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMENT: “Erroneous positions”? A more honest assessment would be ‘frank heresy’! Not only is the young Benedict/Ratzinger (B/R) a Modernist, the old B/R is as well. Will B/R ever make a public profession of faith and an abjuration of heresy? Not likely. B/R has on many occasions edited his earlier publications for greater clarification, yet he has never repudiated any heresy in his early writings. Never has he publically acknowledged any heresy. Posted before in this bulletin were citations where B/R denied the dogmatically affirmed philosophical doctrine of substance taking in its place the accident of evolving relationship as the one necessary first principle. He has embraced modern scientific doctrine of atoms and the void. From this denial of substantial reality, he denied the Catholic dogma of Transubstantiation and the True Presence.

Viganò: The Young Ratzinger Was A Modernist

EN.NEWS | January 8, 2021

Father Joseph Ratzinger played a crucial role in overturning the theological schemas for Vatican II when he was a theological Peritus (councillor) of liberal Cologne Cardinal Josef Frings (+1978), Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò told LifeSiteNews.com (January 6).
It is undeniable for Viganò that many of Ratzinger’s writings show that he was influenced by Hegel and Modernism. Viganò refers to Professor Enrico Maria Radaelli and Peter Seewald who have illustrated this point.
Viganò observes that Ratzinger's early declarations “largely contradict" the hermeneutic of continuity with which Benedict XVI came up.
At least, Viganò thinks that Ratzinger's role as Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and as Pope "contributed to at least some sort of a change of heart regarding the mistakes he committed and the ideas he professed."
Viganò would wish that Ratzinger distanced himself from his “early theologically erroneous positions.”

 

 

 

 

Sr. Lucia of Fatima told the historian, Thomas Walsh, that the world would be subjected to Communism, and that included the United States.

The Genealogy of the Italian Communist Party on the Centenary of its foundation

Roberto de Mattei | Corrispondenza Romana | January 20, 2021

Gramsci.jpgThe Italian Communist Party was founded at Livorno on January 21, 1921, as a result of a split in the Socialist Party. Its principal founders were Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937), Palmiro Togliatti (1893-1964) and Amedeo Bordiga (1889-1970) subsequently expelled and subjected to damnatio memoriae, according to the typical internal dialectic of every Communist Party.

 

In 1917, the Bolshevik Party seized power in Russia, under the leadership of Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky. The Italian Communist Party was the Italian section of Komintern, the international organization founded in Moscow in 1919 with the aim of propagating the Communist Revolution in the world.

In the history of Communism, the Russian Revolution was a more important event than the publication of the Communist Party Manifesto when Karl Marx and Friederich Engels, in February 1848, launched an appeal to the proletariat of the entire world to bring down the bourgeoisie and create a “classless society”.

Marx and Engels were commissioned [to write]The Communist Manifesto by the League of the Just, a secret revolutionary society and a subsidiary of The Sublime Perfect Masters created by Filippo Buonarroti and Adam Weishaupt’s Illuminists of Bavaria. Among the direct precursors of Communism, Engels counts the Anabaptists, the Levellers of The English Revolution, the Illuminists of the 18th century and the Jacobins (L’evoluzione del socialismo dall’utopia alla scienza, Editori Riuniti, Roma 1958, pp. 15-17). Marx and Engels put together the legacy of these sects, but in order to achieve their goals, they heralded a new method of action, called “scientific socialism”.

In the “eleventh thesis” of his comment on Feuerbach’s philosophy, Marx sustains that the role of philosophers is not to interpret the world but to “transform it.”  (Materialismo dialettico e materialismo storico, La Scuola, Brescia 1962, pp. 81-86). This would seem to have been achieved in 1917, in Moscow, where, for the first time in history, Communism came to power and began its diffusion in the world. Stalin succeeded Lenin (after his death in 1924) eliminating Trotsky’s dissidence which accused him of “betraying” the Revolution. In Italy, while Gramsci - imprisoned by Fascism - was  elaborating his “philosophy of praxis” in his Quaderni dal carcere, Palmiro Togliatti, the most faithful among the Stalinists, led the Communist Party clandestinely and there after during the postwar period. With the help(even financial) of the Soviet Union, the Communist Party became the second Italian party after the Christian Democrats.

According to Gramsci, the success of the Communists was not possible in Italy without the collaboration of the Catholics. The betrayal of the “Catholic Democrats” was necessary not so much to gain power, but to keep  it. “Catholic Democracy does what Communism could never do: it amalgamates, orders, vivifies and commits suicide (…)   The working class is to the socialists what Kerensky was to Lenin  (I popolari, in L’ordine nuovo, 1 novembre 1919).  Togliatti applied Gramsci’s lesson, in particular, when the election of John  XXIII, and the Second Vatican Council opened by him on October 11, 1952,  created an unexpected window of opportunity.

On March 7, 1963, John XXIII received in the Vatican, Alexis Adjubei -  Khrushchev’s son-in-law and Director of the Izvestija Agency. A few days later, Togliatti, in full election campaign, officially proposed a collaboration between Catholics and Communists (Rinascita, March 30, 1963).  In the elections of April 29, The Italian Communist Party increased by a million votes, coming mainly from Catholic environments. Togliatti died in Yalta, in 1964, while the Christian Democratic Party was forming the first “centre-left” governments, with the blessing of the new Pontiff, Paul VI. The Second Vatican Council closed on December 8, 1965, not uttering a single word about Communism,  although almost 500 Council Fathers had asked for its official condemnation.

In 1973, after the rise and fall of the Socialist-Communist government of Salvador Allende in Chile, the new Secretary of the Italian Communist Party, Enrico Berlinguer (1922-1984), published in the Party’s magazine Rinascita, a series of Reflections on Italy after the events in Chile, wherein he put forward a proposal of “historical compromise” that would bring the Communists to the government painlessly, with the backing of the Christian Democrats.  Berlinguer’s main contact was Aldo Moro, who enjoyed the complete trust of Paul VI and who [subsequently] began constructing ground for a government with the Communists.

The years between 1974 and 1976 were the most successful electorally for the Italian Communist Party, and in the elections of June 21, 1976, it gained 34.4% of the votes expressed. However, in 1978, the tragic death of Aldo Moro, followed a few months later by that of Paul VI, slowed down the realization of the historical compromise, while in the Soviet Union, struck by a colossal economic crisis, Mikail Gorbachev’s perestroika  was being formed. In 1989, there was the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union began its auto-dissolution. “The way the decomposition of the Soviet Union and accordingly its empire happened, remains mysterious” writes   Francois Furet in his study on Il passato di un’illusione (Mondadori, Milano 1995, p. 354). With no bloodshed, between 1989 and 1991, the Soviet nomenclature disbanded the old company, and put itself at the head of the new one. Communism freed itself of its bureaucratic apparatus, in Russia and in the World, giving the impression that the Communist idea could have its say in new forms and modalities of action.

On February 3, 1991, also the Italian Communist Party deliberated its own disbandment, consequently promoting the constitution of the Leftist Democratic Party  (PDS). On February 14, 1998, The PDS, at the end of the States General of the Left, again changed its name to Democrats of the Left (DS), a team that was, in turn,  the founder of the Ulivo, created under the initiative  of Romano Prodi, who finally got the Communists into the government in 1996. The Ulivo then merged into the Democratic Party (PD) founded in 2007 and today now governs.

The ideological roots of these groups and parties following one another over the last thirty years is Marxist-Leninist, refined by the teachings of Antonio Gramsci and the Catho-Communist praxis of Enrico Berlinguer, which still enjoys great popularity even among those that should be its enemies. Eugenio Scalfari, in commemorating the 35 years since Berlinguer’s death, wrote that “Enrico Berlinguer had a role in  Italian politics (and not only there) in some way similar to what Pope Francis is having today in the Catholic religion (and not only there). Both have followed a path of such radical reformism, producing revolutionary effects; both have been loved and respected even by their adversaries: both have the charisma that grasped reality and fostered a dream.”  (La Repubblica, June 9, 2019).

For Pope Francis, likewise for Berlinguer, praxis is more important than doctrine, action more than thought, the result more that the means of reaching it. In an essay on Lenin and Our Party, published in the May 1960 edition of Rinascita, Palmiro Togliatti summed up the essence of Marxist-Leninism in a quotation by Marx and Engels: “Our theory is not a dogma, but a guide to action”.

Communism is not theory, it is revolutionary praxis, and the Revolution doesn’t create but destroys. All that matters is to bring down the enemy, which is always: the family, private property, the State and the Church. Any metamorphosis, any alliance is licit.  Those who collaborate in this enterprise are welcome and whatever means necessary are used to attain the goal. The genealogical research of the Italian Communist Party, helps us to understand the continuity that still exists today among its forefathers and their descendants.

 

 

 

 

 

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"Up and Onwards with a precious friendship"

A shared commemoration of Nostra Aetate’s 55th Anniversary 

Vatican Insider | Lisa Palmieri-Billig* | 28 October 2020

Leaders and members of the Catholic Church and world Jewry, in a shared spirit of friendship and esteem, celebrated the 55th anniversary on October 28 of the Church’s groundbreaking (in the contemporary idiom, we might call it “game-changing”) Vatican II document, Nostra Aetate with formal letters and statements. Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with Jews and Rabbi Noam Marans, Chair of the International Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) exchanged messages and issued a joint press release giving recognition to the significant achievements of an ongoing reconciliation process that is helping to heal a two millennium rift during which the «teaching of contempt» by many Christian clergy on all levels planted the seeds of hatred that nourished repeated persecutions, pogroms, and helped create a climate that led to the unfathomable crimes of the Shoah.   

Nostra Aetate as a whole, redefined the Catholic Church’s relations with world religions. Its most portent section, paragraph 4, is dedicated to relations with Jews. Cardinal Koch refers to this as the “Magna Carta” of Catholic-Jewish relations. He points out a fact that still encounters disbelief in many parishes despite the admirable dedication of preachers and teachers, namely that «Christianity has its roots in Judaism; the latter constitutes the nucleus of its identity, Jesus is and remains a son of the people of Israel». He goes on to say that Jesus «is shaped by that tradition and, for this reason, can only be truly understood in the perspective of this cultural and religious framework». [….]

Cardinal Koch  recalls that IJCIC (which is considered the most authoritative formal voice of world Jewry through its composition of delegates from 11 of the major world Jewish organizations representing all branches of Judaism such as ADL – Anti-Defamation League, AJC - American Jewish Committee, B'nai B'rith, Rabbinical Council of America, WJC - World Jewish Congress, etc.) has «since its foundation in 1970 been the official partner of the Holy See's Commission for Religious Relations with Jews, promoting and fostering Jewish-Catholic dialogue on the worldwide level». The two organisms constitute the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee (ILC) which generally holds meetings in different venues of the world every two years. This year the ILC had been scheduled to meet these days in Sao Paolo, Brazil, but obviously had to be canceled because of the pandemic. Koch reflects that: «Even if we are not able to meet personally, our contact remains steadfast, attesting to the fact that our friendship is stable and strong. Let us give thanks to God the Eternal and Almighty for these bonds of friendship and for all that has been achieved in the last decades of Jewish-Catholic dialogue».

Rabbi Marans, speaking for IJCIC in the organization’s message to Cardinal Koch, points out Nostra Aetate’s recommendation that: «Since the spiritual patrimony common to Christians and Jews is thus so great, this sacred synod wants to foster and recommend that mutual understanding and respect which is the fruit, above all, of biblical and theological studies as well as of fraternal dialogues». He notes that the message «has been dramatically amplified by papal visits to synagogues, to the horrific yet sacred sites of the Holocaust, and to the State of Israel following the establishment of Vatican-Israel diplomatic relations in 1993» and also «the Church’s teachings and initiatives since 1965 that expanded upon Nostra Aetate (no. 4)». [….]

«Our destinies are inextricably linked», Marans continues, «as we battle a pandemic that does not distinguish between its victims, these values draw us closer as guideposts for our religious lives». 

«At a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise and the physical threat to Jewish communities and individuals is very real, we are grateful for the steadfastness of Pope Francis, who has forcefully and repeatedly spoken out against this scourge. Early in his pontificate, when Pope Francis met with IJCIC, he reminded the world of Nostra Aetate (no.4)’s firm condemnation of “hatred, persecution and all forms of anti-Semitism”. He added “Due to our common roots, a Christian cannot be anti-Semitic!”».

Indeed, Francis has built solidly on a path embarked on with firm commitment by all popes since the determined step taken by the enlightened and humane pope, John XXIII, when he called for a Vatican Council that would include «a document on the Jews». Perhaps the greatest inroads were built later by St. John Paul II through his widely acclaimed gestures and words with breakthroughs, among others, such as an unprecedented visit to Rome’s Grand Synagogue where he referred to Jews as «our elder brothers»; the great international interreligious prayer at Assisi that same year of 1986; his moving visit on March 26,2000 to Jerusalem and the Kotel where he slipped note into a crack of the Western Wall stating, «God of our fathers, you chose Abraham and his descendants to bring your Name to the Nations: we are deeply saddened by the behavior of those who in the course of history have caused these children of yours to suffer, and asking your forgiveness we wish to commit ourselves to genuine brotherhood with the people of the Covenant. Amen».

This prayer was the apex of a lifetime commitment against anti-Semitism by Pope Wojtyla. Already in 1991 he declared, during a visit to the Hungarian Jewish Community, that Anti-Semitism is a «sin to God and man». Pope Francis has fully and totally embraced this same commitment.

Given the global surge of anti-Semitism in these troubled times when health and economic crises often reinforced by perverse ideologies seek a scapegoat that historically has nearly always been the Jews, Catholic-Jewish solidarity becomes a foremost necessity in stemming this frighteningly destructive tide. 

Jews are known to consider the transmission of memory as a fundamental value, a tradition dating back to pre-biblical times with the oral recounting of the stories and ethical teachings that have become the everlasting heritage of both Judaism and Christianity, and continue to be passed down from generation to generation. Consequently the repeated instruction to remember the past is part and parcel of the Jewish DNA. […..]

* Lisa Palmieri-Billig is Representative in Italy and Liaison to the Holy See of AJC – American Jewish Committee

 

COMMENT: The entire Vatican II ecumenical dialogue process with Jewry is based upon two erroneous presuppositions. The first is that Jews today believe and practice the religion of Abraham and Moses. They do not. And everyone knows it yet the Modernists in Rome pretend otherwise. The Jewish religion is governed by the traditions codified in the Talmud and not the Old Testament scripture. There is no “spiritual patrimony common to Christians and Jews” and it is utterly false and deceptive to claim that, “Christianity has its roots in Judaism; (and Judaism) constitutes the nucleus of (Christian) identity.” The reason that the Catholic Modernists and Jews “share a spirit of friendship and esteem”, even camaraderie, is because the “common patrimony” they both share is a mutual rejection of Jesus Christ. This friendship is evidence of their apostasy. The second erroneous presupposition is that the Jews, because they are Jews, have their own operative covenant with God whereby they obtain salvation. Again, they do not. God is not impressed by “Jewish DNA”. As Jesus Christ said, “And think not to say within yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father’. For I tell you that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham” (Matthew 3:9).

St. Paul said of the Jews of his day that they are they, “Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and the prophets, and have persecuted us, and please not God, and are adversaries to all men” (1Thess 2:15). The relationship between those who “killed the prophets” and those who “killed the Lord Jesus” is not a literal but a spiritual one. The analogous imputation is clear. There exists today and historically a spiritual relationship between the Jews who literally “killed the Lord Jesus” and their descendants who follow them in their rejection of Jesus as the true and only Messias and persecute Him in His Church, the Mystical Body of Christ.

Modernists Rome denies that Jews must accept Jesus Christ and be members of His Church to obtain salvation. They deny what St. Peter, explaining the miraculous cure of a cripple, affirmed to the Jewish high priest in the Temple that, “by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God hath raised from the dead, even by him this man standeth here before you whole. This is the stone which was rejected by you the builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:10-12). Or as St. John simply said, “He that hath the Son, hath life. He that hath not the Son, hath not life” (1 John 5:12). The Modernists believe the absurd Jewish racial theory that Jews, because of “Jewish DNA”, irrespective of what they believe or of what they do, are in a salvific relationship with God without Jesus Christ. The attribution of historical “persecution” of Jews is likewise adapted to the Jewish racial theory and thus the historical opposition to Jews is always seen as being motivated by racial hatred and not what in fact Jews have historically done. Catholics, according to their estimation in a clear example of Jewish racial projection, are therefore racists guilty for “a two millennium rift during which the ‘teaching of contempt’ by many Christian clergy on all levels planted the seeds of hatred that nourished repeated persecutions, pogroms, and helped create a climate that led to the unfathomable crimes of the Shoah.” 

Modern Jewish messianic theology holds that the Jews as a people constitute a collective Messias, the Holocaust is their passion, and the establishment of the State of Israel their resurrection. They believe in fact that the collective Jewish Messias will one day rule the world from Jerusalem. The Jews have followed many false Messiasse since their rejection of Jesus Christ and every one of these has invariably led to ruin. This false Messias will be no different and perhaps, much worse.

Anti-Semitism is the hatred of Jews because of their race. This is a sin. There is no greater manifestation of anti-Semitism, and thus no greater sin, than refusing to tell a Jew, because and only because he is a Jew, that that there is no hope of salvation outside of Jesus Christ and His Church. This racial theory of salvation is a door that will necessarily lead to abject ruin.

 

 

 

 

THIS ARTICLE OFFERS INSIGHT INTO THE FUDAMENTAL CORRUPTION OF THE POPE FRANCIS' VATICAN

Pope Francis and Infallibility

Vatican Insider | Paolo Scarafoni and Filomena Rizzo | 11 November 2020

The infallibility of the Pope was proclaimed as a dogma 150 years ago in Vatican Council I. We know well problems and difficulties that it has generated within the Church and the Christian world and the political crises in relations with States, threatened in sovereignty; but little thought has been given, even in theology, to the innovative scope.

Beyond that historical moment, from an anthropological point of view, the real novelty of this dogma was universality. The real awareness of being able to challenge the totality of humanity today is called “globalization”. Something unthinkable until then, that the Catholic Church first had the courage to propose around the figure of the Pope. We are faced with a prophecy of what will be an irreversible journey of humanity: a global world where everything is connected. The great powers of the world will try to imitate this path, in the political, military, economic, financial, cultural field, also living the same limits and the same difficulties experienced in the Church.

At that time the two great limits of the interpretation of infallibility and universality were: the claim of the dominion of all minds with the submission of all men; and the attainment of the univocity of the expressions of faith. Universality as uniformity, demanding the renunciation of freedom and cultural diversity. The Pope was seen as an absolute monarch.

The other powers of the world have moved and still move along the same line: to achieve universal domination and to standardize the life and mentality of all men, making us believe that universality is not possible without imposing these two limits. Such premises have been made to pass as the only condition for world development. Today, we all experience it in the digital world, which asks us to abdicate our privacy, to allow ourselves to be tracked everywhere, and to be influenced in the choices of almost all aspects of our lives.

A second providential moment of experience of universality was the Second Vatican Council, which perhaps could never have been realized without the beautiful awareness of John XXIII, who willingly called himself “the pope of all”: “The whole world is my family. This sense of universal belonging must give tone and vivacity to my mind, to my heart, to my actions” (Il Giornale dell’Anima 29 November - 5 December 1959).

The presence in Rome of the bishops of all the peoples of the world, of the delegated observers of the Orthodox Churches and of the other Christian confessions, the guests of the secretariat of Christian unity, the contribution of the experts, especially the laity, the auditors and the parish priests, have illuminated even more the path of universality and consequently of infallibility. In that interweaving of relationships and knowledge it was immediately evident to everyone that infallibility and universality could not mean renunciation of freedom and elimination of diversity for uniformity. On the contrary, the Council was lived as collegiality, freedom, and appreciation of the many Christian traditions in the various cultures, also inevitably creating frictions and difficult moments. An experience of the Church that has radiated so many hopes to all humanity.

The Council in fact largely modified the guidelines of the previous papal magisterium. The events channeled the exercise of infallibility into collegiality. The Pope gave his support to the change, and his figure was further valued, not mortified, as many feared. Collegiality is not understood only as the feeling of living bishops, but also as a patrimony left by all those who preceded them.

The epochal change that we live today, accentuated by the pandemic, where everything is connected, refines even more like gold the service of infallibility as a journey in the truth: the infallibility of the people of God, the sensus fidei, shines out, to which recourse has already been made in the proclamation of the two Marian dogmas (Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Mary into Heaven). Pope Francis identifies in the sense of the faith of the people of God the element of balance and discernment between the controversies of pastors. He is insisting precisely on this point: it is time to learn to walk by referring to the people of God. It is a matter of teaching having listened and learned from the people that is the source, especially in difficulties: it is capable of “rising up” together also in faith. It is the path of synodality, which accompanies collegiality and the Petrine ministry. Many people find it impossible to take this route from a practical point of view and prefer paths already known.

It is the work of the Holy Spirit, but success is not taken for granted. History has already experienced it. Some prelates, from what can be seen in the media, try to bring the Church back to the post-Tridentine climate, creating tensions in view of the upcoming papal election. It was at the time of the Council of Trent that the succession to the papal throne was decided by casting suspicion on the candidate.

For the first time in a conclave (1549-1550) the charge of heresy was launched against the English cardinal Reginald Pole, which reflected the divisions in the Church in the face of Protestantism. He was a great defender of the papacy, moderate and mediator, and personally paid for the commitment to the unity of the Church in England. In his book De Summo Pontifice, written a few years before, he presented the role of the successor of Peter as an imitator of Christ, and formulated “infallibility” as a guarantee of freedom before the power of States. Probably with his election the face and history of the Church would have had a turning point.

Precisely on the infallibility maneuver those who oppose Pope Francis. But now it is no longer synonymous with power, but of service in love to all humanity for a truly universal Church of Christ.

* Fr. Paolo Scarafoni and Filomena Rizzo teach theology together in Italy and Africa, in Addis Ababa. They are authors of books and articles of theology.

COMMENT: What colossal tripe is this Vatican Insider (therefore, authorized by Pope Francis) publication offering an apologetic for the ‘Great Reset’, the new world order globalization, as a work of the Holy Spirit, while identifying its enemies as those who would endorse a return “to the post-Tridentine climate, creating tensions in view of the upcoming papal election” by accusations of “heresy” against the new pope.   

The authors are the kind of people that the Francis the Apostate surrounds himself with and therefore parrot his thinking. This article is grounded upon thoroughly non-Catholic presuppositions. It is the stuff from which fables lacking any foundation are constructed. The corrupted world has infected the Church with its habit of mistaking fantasy for imagination. While imagination is the disciplined power to innovative vision within the possibilities of the real, fantasy is mental sloth fermented in a soup of moral degradation to escape from any and every challenge, burden or suffering. It is a refusal to carry the cross.

The authors argue that the declaration of infallibility was a type of “prophecy” that, with “courage,” proposed an “irreversible journey of humanity” toward a “global world where everything is connected.”  “From an anthropological point of view, “ (anthropology being comparative sociology from a historical perspective), all human endeavors became universal in scope directed by the “great powers of the world”: Politics became oriented to a one world authority, military to a one world police state, finance to a one world bank, economics to a one world control of exchange, religion to a one world church, etc., etc. The Jewish Satanist, Karl Marx, would appreciate this argument.

They continue. Vatican II providentially “channeled the exercise of infallibility into collegiality” and universality brings any and every form aberro-catholicism under the tent, so no one should be worried about a one world abuse of authority or imposition of strict conformity.  John XXIII claimed to be “the pope of all”: “The whole world is my family. This sense of universal belonging must give tone and vivacity to my mind, to my heart, to my actions.” Therefore, the authors conclude, “it was immediately evident to everyone that infallibility and universality could not mean renunciation of freedom and elimination of diversity for uniformity.” The new world order is certainly our friend!

         Without any sense of shame or danger these dreamers affirm that this new modernist gospel “is the work of the Holy Spirit, but success (for its implementation) is not taken for granted.” After all, the new world order has already called for universal access to abortion and reduction of the world population to 500 million that would eliminate 5.5 billion people. This is a demonic program and to attribute this evil to the Holy Ghost is a sin that “shall not be forgiven... neither in this world, nor in the world to come” (Matt 12:32).

Setting aside for the moment “the upcoming papal election,” an examination of the ideological presuppositions can be instructive. The pope is held as the rule of faith in that he personally discerns and exemplifies the sensus fidei by the direct guidance of the Holy Ghost through the process of collegial synodality. He discerns the shifting winds and infallibly guides the Church in a new direction and everyone is called upon to follow him wherever he goes.  Catholic faithful are those who follow the pope. Those Catholics who want to keep the faith and return to a “post-Tridentine” climate where dogma is taken as revealed truth do not possess the sensus fidei and are its enemies. Collegiality and synodality are really just for appearance sake. The pope ends up doing whatever he “discerns” as was evident in the previous carefully scripted synods of Pope Francis. 

The authors claim that the “innovative scope” of the dogma of papal infallibility, the “real novelty of this dogma was universality.” The problem is that if anything has “universality,” it cannot at the same time have the quality of “novelty.”  A universal is a stable form in the mind of God “with whom there is no change, nor shadow of alteration” (James 1:17). A universal truth is always and everywhere for everyone without exception true. A dogma is a universal, therefore it is not a “novelty” nor is it proper to talk about its “innovative scope” because it is by definition already a truth revealed by God.  Only in a subjective sense can such attributes be considered. Such as, the authors of this article may have just discovered a universal truth but this discovery has no bearing on the truth itself.

Every dogma is an article of divine revelation that is formally and infallibly defined by the Magisterium of the Church and proposed to the faithful as a formal object of divine and Catholic faith. The Magisterium of the Church is the power conferred by Jesus Christ upon His Church to teach in the name of God without the possibility of error. The Magisterium is grounded upon two of the attributes of the Church: infallibility and authority (the third being indefectibility). These are properly attributes of God and God alone. They are attributes of the Church only because the Church is a divine institution. The Church is the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ composed of those who are baptized, profess the Catholic faith, and are subjects of the Roman pontiff. The pope is the necessary but insufficient instrumental cause of dogma because to him alone belongs the power to engage the Church’s attribute of infallibility and to authoritatively impose on all the faithful the formal object of divine and Catholic faith. God is the formal and final cause of dogma.

The attributes of infallibility and authority that Jesus Christ endowed His Church have been known by every faithful Catholic since the time of the Apostles. Historically, divine revelation is only formally defined where there is a crisis of faith regarding a particular revealed truth. The truth is one while error is manifold. The truth of papal infallibility can be corrupted by either denying its existence (such as by, the rationalists, liberals, materialists, etc.) or by excess in claiming that the pope personally possesses the attributes of the Church making him personally infallible in all he says and does (such as by conservative Catholics today who make the pope their proximate rule of faith). The pope is only infallible accidentally. This latter error takes the attributes of God and attributes them to the pope essentially. This is idolatry. 

The very definitions of universality and dogma are corrupted. Dogma as the proximate rule of faith for every Catholic is replaced by the pope. From this idolatry, the faith itself becomes subject to the whims of the pope and whatever he does is claimed to be the work of the Holy Spirit and an expression of the sensus fidei. So what do the authors mean by “Some prelates, from what can be seen in the media, try to bring the Church back to the post-Tridentine climate, creating tensions in view of the upcoming papal election”?

Apparently, there is already a planned “upcoming papal election” when Francis perhaps resigns and there is concern that clerics who look to dogma as their proximate rule of faith will accuse the next pre-selected candidate of being a heretic. The “post-Tridentine” Catholics will claim that it is the dogma that is “infallible” and their objection will be, “Precisely on the infallibility maneuver those who oppose Pope Francis. But now (infallibility) is no longer synonymous with power, but of service in love to all humanity for a truly universal Church of Christ.”

Infallibility is in fact “synonymous with power” because infallibility is an attribute of the All-powerful God. Those who are confused on this truth do not possess it. They do not possess the Catholic faith. The definition of heresy is the denial of a dogma. Neo-Modernists and Modernists deny dogma in its very essence. For them, heresy is the failure to follow current papal ideology. “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema. As we said before, so now I say again: If any one preach to you a gospel, besides that which you have received, let him be anathema” (Gal 1:8-9).

 

 

 

How Catholic Family News, formerly operated by the late Fr. Nicholas Gruner and edited by the late John Vennari, came under the control of the SSPX is not entirely clear. What is certain is that the publication, while praising its previous directors, has made the publication little more than a cheer leader for the Society while quietly dropping links to previous editorial writings of John Vennari. The two short excerpts reposted below have been removed from the archive.

Pope Francis’ Vatican Sends “Blessing” to Publisher of Homosexual-Friendly Books for Children
Catholic Family News | John Vennari
         On August 28 Pope Francis reportedly sent an encouraging letter to lesbian founder of publishing house for children’s books.
         Today’s Il Giornale reports, “The Pope blesses gender ideology books. To the author he writes: “Go ahead.”
         The report continues, “Pope Francis still amazes, writing a long letter to the author of the books that the mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, wanted to ban from its schools. After the Synod on the family that threatens to split the church, the Pope again lines up in defense of the same-sex couples.”
         Francesca Pardi, founder with her partner Maria Silvia Fiengo of the publishing house for childrens’ books, The Block Letters, is the author of books such as Little Egg, Little Story of a family: Why you have two mothers? and "What is the secret of Dad?
         Pardi received a positive letter from Francis’ Vatican signed by Msgr. Peter Wells of the Vatican Secretary of State, who on behalf of the Pope, urged her “go ahead on her pathway.”
         Pardi celebrates her response from Pope Francis on her Facebook page, where she displays a photo of the Vatican envelope.
         Il Giornale describes the Vatican letter as “A new episode in which Bergoglio seems to break the tradition of the Church and to side instead with the ‘modernity’.”
         In June, Pardi had an entire catalogue of her books sent to the Pope, hoping he could read them.
         Pardi wrote in her letter to Francis, “You won’t find, in these pages any faintest sign of the gender theory that these books are said to be the main instrument: where do we tell children that they can choose their own gender? where do we talk to them about sex?”
         Yet Pardi and Fiengo follow the tactics of homosexual strategists Marshal K. Kirk and Erastes Pill who in their landmark 1987 article  “The Overhauling of Straight America,” urged the necessity to “Talk About Gays and Gayness as Loudly and as Often as Possible.”
         “The principle behind this advice is simple”, say Kirk and Pill, “almost any behavior begins to look normal if you are exposed to enough of it at close quarters and among your acquaintances. The acceptability of the new behavior will ultimately hinge on the number of one’s fellows doing it or accepting it.”
         A person may be offended initially by the novelty of it all, but as Kirk and Pill point out “as long as Joe-Six-pack feels little pressure to perform likewise, and as long as the behavior in question presents little threat to his physical and financial security, he soon gets used to it and life goes on.” As time goes on, Joe-Six pack and his friends will become more tolerant of homosexuality as no more than an alternative, legitimate way of life.
         This is the strategy of telling the story of homosexual families to small children, especially when these books are introduced in children’s schools. It means equalizing, in the educational period, the traditional family with the homosexual couples.
         Homosexuals do not reproduce. They must recruit, and they seek to recruit and proselytize our children.
         Francis’ Vatican appears ignorant of the moral confusion such books inflict on our little ones. While the books may not explicitly propose “gender theory,” they certainly indoctrinate children to accept homosexual families and the homosexual lifestyle.
         Once again, the Vatican Press Office leapt into Francis-damage control.
         “In no way does the letter from the Secretariat of State mean to endorse behavior and teachings not in line with the Gospel,” the Vatican press office said on Friday.
         In the letter of response Monsignor Peter B. Wells wrote that "His Holiness is grateful for the delicate gesture and for the sentiments that I have suggested," and "calls for a more profitable activity in the service of the young generations and the spread of authentic human values and Christians', imparting the apostolic blessing."
         Francis' Vatican seems blind to the contradiction of sending the author of homosexual books encouragement to "go ahead," along with an exhortation to spread authentic human and Christian values. Here again we see the modernist confusion: what is affirmed in one place is denied in another.
         The press office claimed the letter to Francesca Pardi, in response to a letter from her to the Pope after Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro banned 'gay' books from the city's schools, was meant to remain private, something which “unfortunately did not happen.”
         Il Giornale, however, notes that Pardi received a warm, encouraging letter from Francis’ Vatican. Yet the Mayor of Venice who banned these books, received no such letter of congratulations.
         Mayor Brugnaro, Il Giornale notes, is “too much in line with Tradition.”

 

Blind Guides: Conciliar Vatican Announces “No Mission” to Convert Jews
Catholic Family News | John Vennari
The Vatican just published one of the worst documents of the post-Conciliar period.
Titled “The Gifts and the Calling of God are Irrevocable,” it is the latest aggiornamento in Jewish Catholic relations. The text was released to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Vatican II decree that dealt with the Jews, Nostra Aetate.
The document claims:

         The New Covenant does not supersede the Old Covenant;

         The Catholic Church, in principle, should have no mission to convert Jews;

         The Word of God is present to today's Jews by means of the Torah (and equates this to the Word of God being present to Christians through Jesus Christ);

         Modern Jews are in an acceptable position before God regarding salvation;

         “The term covenant, therefore, means a relationship with God that takes effect in different ways for Jews and Christians”;

         “It does not follow that Jews are excluded from God’s salvation because they do not believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah and the Son of God.”

In standard modernist fashion, the document unleashes torrents of word-flow on these and similar points, yet pretends that inconvenient dogmatic pronouncements of the past that contradict these points do not exist.
Nowhere in the latest Vatican text do we see any mention of the infallible dogmatic teaching of the Council of Florence that "Pagans, Jews, heretics and schismatics" are "outside the Catholic Church," and as such, "can never be partakers of eternal life," unless "before death" they are joined to the one true Church of Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church.
Nowhere do we see the citation from Catechism of Pope Saint Pius X, which, centuries later, presents the same truth without change: "Outside the true Church are: Infidels, Jews, heretics, apostates, schismatics and excommunicated persons", and further, “No one can be saved outside the Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman Church, just as no one could be saved from the flood outside the Ark of Noah, which was a figure of the Church."
Nowhere in this latest text do we see a reiteration of the solemn Profession of Faith of the Council of Florence under Pope Eugene IV that teaches:

“The sacrosanct Roman Church ... firmly believes, professes, and teaches that the matter pertaining to the Old Testament, of the Mosaic law, which are divided into ceremonies, sacred rites, sacrifices, and sacraments, because they were established to signify something in the future, although they were suited to the divine worship at that time, after Our Lord’s coming had been signified by them, ceased, and the sacraments of the New Testament began; ... All, therefore, who after that time observe circumcision and the Sabbath and the other requirements of the law, it [the Roman Church] declares alien to the Christian faith and not in the least fit to participate in eternal salvation, unless someday they recover from these errors."

The doctrine of the supersession of the Old Testament by the New is a universal and perpetual doctrine of the Catholic Church that cannot be diluted to fit the exigencies of ecumenical churchmen. Yet the new Vatican document labors mightily to deny the truth on this point. “The Gifts and Calling of God Are Irrevocable” is an avalanche of heterodoxy. It constitutes a grave danger to the Faith, especially to those not well grounded on the topic.
No Magisterial Authority
“Gifts and Calling” was signed by the ever-ecumenical Kurt Cardinal Koch, Prefect of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, who was raised to this prestigious position by the allegedly conservative Pope Benedict XVI.
The Preface of the documents states, “The text is not a magisterial document or doctrinal teaching of the Catholic Church but is a reflection prepared by the Commission on Religious Relations with the Jews…” [......]

 

COMMENT: With respect to the Jews, the Conciliar Church likes to pretend that the Old Covenent is still operative for the Jews to obtain salvation quoting St. Paul (Romans 11:29), "For the gifts and the calling of God are without repentance." Unfortunately for the Jews, the cited text is taken entirely out of the context of the passage. St. Paul, using the same analogy Jesus Christ used of the vine and its branches, speaks of the Jews as being the natural branches that have been cut off but can still be grafted again onto the vine on the condition that they accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. St. Paul warns the Gentile converts to the Catholic faith that they too can be cut off. He says, "Well: because of unbelief they (the Jews) were broken off. But thou standest by faith: be not highminded, but fear. For if God hath not spared the natural branches, fear lest perhaps he also spare not thee. See then the goodness and the severity of God: towards them indeed that are fallen (the Jews), the severity; but towards thee, the goodness of God, if thou abide in goodness, otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they (the Jews) also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. For if thou wert cut out of the wild olive tree, which is natural to thee; and, contrary to nature, were grafted into the good olive tree; how much more shall they that are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?" (Romans 11: 20-24) Jews are "cut off" because of "unbelief" yet the grace of conversion is always open to them so that by belief they can be "grafted into their own olive tree." The "gifts and the calling" God does not repent so that the "olive tree" remains "their own."  But until they by belief are grafted again into the vine there is no hope of salvation. For any branch cut from the vine can bear no fruit. There is no hope for salvation for anyone, Jew or Gentile that is not grafted into the vine of Jesus Christ by supernatural grace. There is no greater possible form of anti-semitism, of pure racial hatred, than refusing to bring the Good News of the Gospel to Jews simply because they are Jews.

 

 

 

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

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

Pope Francis, CELAM, 7-28-13

 

 

 

Hermeneutics of Continuity/Discontinuity

Pope Francis Teaches:

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

Catholic Church Teaches:

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

 

 

 

A DEN OF THIEVES

Exsurgat Deus, et dissipentur inimici ejus: et fugiant qui oderunt eum a facie ejus. Psalm 67

In the past few days, the latest news is that Bergoglio is dedicating his time to making a television series called Sharing the Wisdom of Time, produced by Netflix, which yesterday published a post on Twitter that summarizes its ideological point of reference: Praise Satan. It goes without saying that this multinational corporation is involved in the spread of immorality and vice, including the sexual exploitation of minors.

Similarly, in the past few days the Holy See has signed an agreement with the UN to promote sustainability and gender equality, thereby giving its support to an organization that promotes abortion and contraception. On the very day dedicated to the Immaculate Conception – December 8, 2020 – almost like a shameful insult against the Blessed Mother, a new partnership was officially instituted between the Vatican and the “Council for Inclusive Capitalism”[1] promoted by Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a close friend of Hillary Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein, after sending a message of praise to Klaus Schwab, the president of the World Economic Forum and theorist of the Great Reset. And in order not to give rise to misunderstandings, after numerous appeals to obey the authorities in the emergency of the psycho-pandemic, it appears that the Covid vaccine will be made obligatory for all the officials and staff of Vatican City, despite the fact that is has been produced with aborted fetal tissue and provides no guarantee of being either effective or harmless.

I believe it is now understood beyond all reasonable doubt that the leaders of the present Catholic Hierarchy have placed themselves at the service of the globalist Oligarchy and Freemasonry: the idolatrous cult of the pachamama in the Vatican Basilica is now joined by a sacrilegious Nativity scene, whose symbology appears to allude to ancient Egyptian rites as well as aliens. Only a naive person or an accomplice can deny that in this whole chain of events there is a very clear ideological coherence and a lucid diabolical mind.

But as I have already pointed out, it would be misleading to limit oneself to an evaluation of events within the Church without framing them in the wider political and social context: there is only one direction being given in which both the main protagonists as well as the extras follow the same script. The purpose has now been declared: destroying Nations from within by means of the deep state and the Church of Christ by means of the deep church, in order to establish the kingdom of the Antichrist, with the help of the False Prophet.

The secret Sino-Vatican agreement, very strongly desired by Bergoglio and renewed a few weeks ago, fits perfectly into this disturbing picture, confirming the pactum sceleris which consigns Chinese Catholics to persecution, dissidents to re-education, churches to demolition, Sacred Scripture to censorship and adulteration. It is no coincidence that this agreement, which the popes always refused with disdain, was made possible thanks to the offices of the former Cardinal McCarrick and his accomplices, with the decisive help of the Jesuits: the actors, we know, are always the same. They are both corrupted and corruptors, both blackmailed and blackmailers, all united by their rebellion against doctrine and morals and indiscriminately subservient to anti-Catholic, indeed anti-Christian, powers.

Communist China constitutes the militant arm of the New World Order, both in the spread of a mutant virus created in a laboratory, as well as in the interference in the American Presidential elections and the enlistment of fifth columns in the service of Beijing regime. It also promotes the apostasy of the leaders of the Church, preventing her from proclaiming the Gospel and placing herself as a defending wall against the attack of the élite. The fact that this brings economic advantages for the Vatican makes the Bergoglian sect’s subservience to this infernal plan even more shameful, creating a significant counterpoint to the business of migrants, which is also part of the intentional dissolution of the society that once was Christian. It is disconcerting that such a scandalous betrayal of the mission of the Catholic Church does not merit firm and courageous condemnation from the Episcopate, which – in the face of evidence of an apostasy pursued with ever greater determination – does not dare to raise its voice out of fear or a false concept of prudence.

The words of Dr. Arthur Tane, Director of the Council on Middle East Relations, may sound bold and strong, but they have the merit of highlighting without false fears the subversion carried out under this most ominous “pontificate.” It is to be hoped that with the publication of Tane’s letter to Cardinal Parolin there will be some who will finally open their eyes, before the plot of the conspirators is accomplished. In this regard, we agree with commendable denunciation made by Cardinal Burke on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe about the use of COVID for the purposes of the “Great Reset” – a denunciation that joins the one I made last May and have reiterated many times, as well as that of other Pastors who are faithful to the Word of God and solicitous towards their flock.

The letter of Arthur Tane to the Secretary of State closes with a citation from the Gospel that is more appropriate than ever: “Either the Church understands the significance of its mission, or it itself has become a temple of money changers. For in the words of Jesus: It is written that my house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers (Mt 21:12-13).”

As Bishops, we cannot be silent: our silence would constitute an intolerable connivance and complicity with those mercenaries who, abusing a usurped power, deny Christ and consign souls to the Enemy of the human race.

+Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop

18 December 2020

Ember Friday of Advent

[1] http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/speeches/2019/november/documents/papa-francesco_20191111_consiglio-capitalismo-inclusivo.html 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/08/business/dealbook/pope-vatican-inclusive-capitalism.html

https://www.maurizioblondet.it/lynn-forester-rothschild-e-la-nuova-papessa-della-chiesa-bergogliana-del-sacro-great-reset-viene-alla-luce-il-grande-piano-gnostico-finanziario-per-cui-bergoglio-e-stato-promosso/

 

 

Pope Francis, endorsing the “Great Reset”

“This is a moment to dream big, to rethink our priorities – what we value, what we want, what we seek…. God asks us to dare to create something new. We cannot return to the false securities of the political and economic systems we had before the crisis.

Pope Francis, recently published book, Let us Dream: A Path to a Better Future

 

 

 

The mother of St. Lucy for four years suffered from an issue of blood, and the help of men failed. Mother and daughter went from Syracuse to Catania, and sought help from God. St. Lucy reminded her mother that a woman in the Gospel had been healed of the same disorder. ‘St. Agatha,’ she said, ‘stands ever in the sight of Him for whom she died. Only touch her sepulchre with faith, and you will be healed.’ They spent the night praying by the tomb, till, overcome by weariness, both fell asleep. St. Agatha appeared in vision to St. Lucy, and calling her sister, foretold her mother's recovery and her own martyrdom. That instant the cure was effected; and in her gratitude the mother allowed her daughter to distribute her wealth among the poor, and consecrate her virginity to Christ.  A young man, to whom she had been promised in marriage, accused her as a Christian to the heathen; but for this pure soul, on fire with the love of Christ, martyrdom was easy. ‘I have sacrificed,’ she said to Christ, ‘all that I had: now I offer the one sacrifice which remains - myself.’ Our Lord, by a special miracle, saved from outrage this virgin whom He had chosen for His own. The fire kindled around her did her no hurt. Then the sword was plunged into her heart, and the promise made at the tomb of St. Agatha was fulfilled. 

Rev. Henry Sebastian Bowden, Lives of the Saints

 

 

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COMMENT: St. Lucy’s uncorrupt remains are in the Cathedral Church in Syracuse. Across the Cathedral in the same plaza is the Church of St. Lucy which has the painting of her burial by Caravaggio a portion of which is shown above. St. Lucy is the patroness of Syracuse. Her compatriot and fellow martyr, St. Agatha, is buried nearby. The Church of St. Agatha and her tomb were desecrated only a few weeks ago. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Thomas Aquinas was not an “Aristotelian,” and the neo-Modernists are not saints

When, in the 13th century, Aristotelian thought entered into contact with Medieval Christianity, formed by the Platonic tradition, and when faith and reason were at risk of entering into an irreconcilable opposition, it was Saint Thomas Aquinas who played the role of mediator in the new encounter between faith and philosophy, thus placing faith in a positive relation with the form of reason dominant in his epoch. […] With Vatican Council II the moment when a new reflection of this type was necessary arrived. […] Let us read it and welcome it, guided by a just hermeneutic. 

Benedict XVI, speech of December 22, 2005

 

The simple fact is that those who have dubbed Thomas with the epithet “Aristotelian” have not hit the mark.  This is the reason why the first modern efforts to open up the world of St. Thomas, which date from about 1890, failed.  Yet they established an image of Thomas which prevailed for a long time, an image which has in fact prevailed to the present day..... From a purely historical point of view, it is a misinterpretation of what really happened to imagine that young Thomas turned to Aristotelianism because it had become modish and that he thus became an “Aristotelian.”  This notion literally obstructed any real understanding of Thomas for decades until in recent years it was energetically pointed out that Plato too, Augustine too, the Neo-Platonists Dionysius Areopagita too, are very much very much present and effective in the work of St. Thomas, and that Thomas himself was not unaware of their presence.  Thomas frequently defends Plato against Aristotle; he points out that Aristotle, in his polemics, often did not consider the substance of what Plato said, the veritas occulta, but only the superficial phrasing, the sonus verborum.  The doctrine of Ideas, the conception of the Creation as following prototypes living within the divine Logos, this central Platonic concept was something that Thomas never abandoned.  And a tally of the works of St. Thomas has turned up almost seventeen hundred quotations from Dionysius Areopagita.  This will astonish only those who regard intellectual history as a succession of “isms” that replace one another.... For St. Thomas was anything but a participant in the “excessive cult of Aristotle” which had become a fad in his time. 

Josef Pieper, Guide to Thomas Aquinas

 

 

“Christianity is naturally impossible. However, it exists. Therefore it is supernatural!”

Ernest Hello

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

A singular event that perfectly encapsulates the great political crisis today!

“So on the one hand we have American policemen being trained (by Jews) to treat their fellow citizens in the same way that Israelis treat Palestinians, including the knee holds that will subdue and sometimes kill them. This explains the white cop side of the equation. But on the other hand, we have George Soros funding Black Lives Matter (as well as Antifa) and the insurrections which follow incidents of police brutality as the black side of the equation. Taken together both Jewish-funded groups perpetuate the cycle of increasing violent racial conflict in America, while remaining all the while invisible.”

E. Michael Jones, Culture Wars Magazine, The Invisible Man at the Race Riots (in Minneapolis, Minnesota)

COMMENT: A Joe Biden victory is the conquest of a radical Jewish Marxist ideology; a Donald Trump victory only at the cost of martial law to suppress Marxist uprisings. Either way, the constitutional republic and the rule of law in the United States is at an end and will no longer be supported by platitudes. The man in the middle promoting this artificial fight and stoking the fire is hoping to walk away with the winnings. 

 

 

“Truth is One, and religion, being true, can neither contradict nor embarrass Truth… God is never in danger. Error is charged with its own destruction… As Truth does not belong to us, we cannot concede on fraction of it.”

Ernest Hello, French Catholic apologist and journalist

 

Hell strives with all its might to break the unity of those who recite the same Credo.

Ernest Hello


 

 

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

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

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

 

 

Who is Taylor Marshall? Part 1: The Crucified Rabbi

By: Dr. Jesse Russell | AKACatholic | November 6, 2020

Marshall_Taylor_Frank_book_plug_1.jpgSomething strange has happened to traditional Catholic media.

For at least five years, there has been a radical shift in both the tone and content of much of the stalwarts of traditionalist publications and journals as well as a new generation of more polished, “Web 2.0” friendly podcasters, writers, and meme-smiths.

This change has followed the rapid influence of “JPII” conservative Catholics into the traditionalist movement, a phenomenon initially triggered by Pope Benedict XVI’s July 2007 Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum as well as the general “trad-friendly” tenor of the Bavarian theologian’s pontificate.

These growing ranks of refugees from the John Paul II era were accustomed to the upbeat and flashy world of Steubenville conferences, EWTN news reports, and National Catholic Register articles.

Upon first approach, the often dour, Count Dracula-esque, “get off my lawn,” demeanor of some in the traditionalist milieu was off-putting to those nursed on late twentieth and early twenty-first century conservative American Catholicism, a movement very much influenced by the very bourgeois and suburbanite Evangelical Protestantism.

However, as if by magic, many of the old traditionalist publications (as well as, interestingly, some traditionalist groups) began a radical about face in how they presented their material, adopting the methods of “Web 2.0”—especially the world of YouTube-ing with the aid of relatively cheap A.V. equipment and sophisticated, professional grade editing software.

This rhetorical shift was itself matched by a marked change in the content of traditionalist media.

No longer were certain “red pilled” topics acceptable in either electronic or print traditionalist media.

Beginning in 2019, there was further a decided effort to unite major members of the Catholic right together—regardless of how these Catholics interpreted Vatican II and the Novus Ordo Missae.

As quickly became apparent, this initiative to fuse together the disparate factions in traditionalism with trad-leaning conservative Catholics was not for the sake of a genuine search for a true and clear understanding of what has happened to the Church over the past century, but rather to form a political alliance to attempt to ensure that president Donald Trump would receive the lion’s share of the Catholic vote in 2020.

While many traditionalists have made (and continue to make) legitimate arguments for Catholic support of Donald Trump, the frenzied and almost messianic tone of traditionalist support of Donald Trump became increasingly unnerving.

Moreover, it soon became evident that these rebranded Catholic traditionalists had a curious relationship with the secular media empire of the neo-populist right, a movement with curious ties to both foreign and domestic entities traditionally hostile to the interests of the Catholic Church.

While “old school” traditionalist media groups spear-headed this effort, a new, rising star quickly was anointed as the spokesman of Trumpian neo-traditionalism: Dr. Taylor Marshall.

A former Anglican minister whose entrance to the Catholic Church in May of 2006 brought him into the high powered world of Opus Dei (Marshall began his Catholic career as the assistant director of Opus Dei’s Catholic Information Center in Washington, DC), Marshall had made a career in Catholic education as well as in the burgeoning business of online blogging, vlogging, and other forms of internet self-promotion.

However, the publication of Marshall’s 2019 Infiltration and its curious subsequent promotion on a host of conservative and populist media outlets, the east Texan Catholic convert quickly became the face of the new brand of Catholic traditionalist.

A reading of Infiltration is essential to our argument, but it will have to wait until the third installment of our series.

In order to understand who Taylor Marshall is as well as who has helped to promote him and the new rebranding of Catholic traditionalism, we must turn to Dr. Marshall’s 2009 work, The Crucified Rabbi: Judaism and the Origins of Catholic Christianity

Based on a series of lectures that Marshall gave at the Catholic Information Center, The Crucified Rabbi is, in effect, a polyphonic book with two principal voices.

The first is the Catholic voice, which makes a solid and reasonable assessment of those who identify as Jewish in the contemporary, as well as those who have been critical of various powerful elements in the Jewish community.

Marshall rightly notes in The Crucified Rabbi that “to disagree with Zionism or Israeli politics is not anti-Semitism” and one “can be opposed to the Jewish Talmud, Zionism, Israeli politics, and even the Jewish religion without hating Jews or seeking their extermination.”

Marshall makes a number of important points here.

Since the discovery of the contents of the Talmud, Catholics have, until the twentieth century, viewed this key text of diasporic Judaism as a fundamentally wicked book full of blasphemous and sacrilegious material.  Thus, criticism of the Talmud does not necessarily translate into malice toward Jews as an ethnic group.

Moreover, while many Evangelicals and Catholic neoconservatives are fanatical supporters of the state of Israel, a Christian is certainly able to present legitimate criticism of Israel and its supporters without being inspired by hatred or malice.

In The Crucified Rabbi, Marshall further notes that there “is a vast difference between the biblical Judaism of Moses and the Talmudic Judaism of the rabbis in the centuries after Christ.”

Again, this point is critical, for many Catholics assume that the religion of contemporary Jews is merely a continuation of the Old Testament religion when, in fact, Talmudic Judaism incorporates a number of beliefs and practices that differ markedly from the faith of Moses.

Indeed, in The Crucified Rabbi, Marshall even goes so far as to say that “post-Pentecostal Judaism is a dead letter.”

However, at the same time, there is a second voice in The Crucified Rabbi, which, paradoxically, gives the impression (whether Marshall intends or not) that Talmudic Judaism is synonymous with the Old Testament religion.

More importantly, Marshall’s The Crucified Rabbi creates the impression that, for the past 2,000 years, Jews have been the victims “of numerous examples of violence” perpetrated on them by Christians. Although these “Jewish persecutions were sparked by secular politics,” Marshall continues, “we cannot deny that it was baptized Christians who committed these acts of injustice.”

Marshall’s characterization of Jewish-Christian relations as being a one sided persecution of Jews by Catholics is especially curious.

It seems to chafe against the argument presented by Dr.  E. Michael Jones in his The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit and Its Impact on World History, which Dr. Jones released in 2008.

In Jones’s view, the past two thousand years of Catholic-Jewish relations has been marked by efforts by members of the Jewish community to destroy Catholic civilization through revolutionary mischief.

Marshall’s book, it must be noted, was released in 2009, a year after Jones’s and presents a radically different picture of Catholic Jewish relations.

Finally, Marshall admits that in an earlier edition of Crucified Rabbi, he condemned the Catholic teaching of “supersessionism” as “an erroneous teaching.” Due to critical feedback he received, Marshall edited these statements in later editions of the book.

Nonetheless, Marshall approvingly provides Pope John Paul II’s statement that the “people of Israel” are “the people of the covenant.” Marshall further writes that “the people of Israel continue to be a perpetual eschatological sign of God’s love. They are a reminder that the ‘gifts and calling of God is irrevocable’ (Rom 11:29). The preserving presence of Israel on earth is perhaps the best proof that God exists…”

Whatever Marshall means by these words, they lead to the impression that God still has a covenant with the people of Israel (and perhaps even the state of Israel?).

As a final aside, Marshall has boasted on his website that he himself is of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry (allegedly only 9.65%).

Certainly, having Jewish ancestry does not prove that Taylor Marshall’s motives are somehow impure.

What is weird, however, is that Marshall pulled his revelatory post down after it began to circulate on various traditionalist blogs.

Why?

To answer this question, we must dig deeper into the life and work of Taylor Marshall, and, by doing so, we will uncover just how and why not simply traditionalist Catholic media, but virtually the entire Catholic traditionalist movement in America has been, it appears, infiltrated.

AKACatholic: https://akacatholic.com/who-is-taylor-marshall-part-1-the-crucified-rabbi/

 

 

 

 

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 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. And repentance is problematic for Francis attributes these blind processes that overturn revealed truth to the Holy Ghost and, Jesus said, “He that shall speak against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in the world to come” (Matt 12:32).  

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

 

 

 

Pope Francis extends ‘blessings and congratulations’ to pro-abortion Joe Biden

Election results have not yet been certified, although the media on Saturday projected Biden to win.

LifeSiteNews | Vatican City | Nov 12, 2020

Pope Francis and pro-abortion Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden talked on the phone this morning, with the Holy Father extending “extending blessings and congratulations” to Biden. The media had called the presidential race for Joe Biden last Saturday, while election results are not yet officially certified.

In a short press statement released on the Biden-Harris transition website, Biden “thanked His Holiness for extending blessings and congratulations and noted his appreciation for His Holiness’ leadership in promoting peace, reconciliation, and the common bonds of humanity around the world.”

Biden then “expressed his desire to work together on the basis of a shared belief in the dignity and equality of all humankind on issues such as caring for the marginalized and the poor, addressing the crisis of climate change, and welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees into our communities.”

The media are characterizing the event as a call from the Pope to the second Catholic President after John F. Kennedy in the 1960s.

Despite the media calling the race for Biden, the official result has not yet been certified, and President Trump is currently taking legal action regarding widespread voter fraud concerns. [.....]

COMMENT: President Trump by the grace of God may very well win this election.  A week ago we were like the Israelites on the west bank of the Red Sea wondering just how God would deliver us from the gross corruption of the Democratic oligarchs and their drug addled sexually pervert cheer leaders after they orchestrated an apparent Biden win with blatant voter fraud. With the current revelations of voting illegalities and the movement of state legislators for detailed examination of the process and recounts, this corruption may well be exposed and overturned. Maybe President Trump can make Joe Biden his ambassador to the Vatican where he can obtain political asylum from Francis after being charged for the crime of high treason. After all Joe Biden must be a saint because he has worked the incredible miracle of raising thousands from the dead to vote for him. 

 

 

If we are known by our friends, what is to be said about our admirers?!

Grand Master: Pope Francis’ encyclical reflects Masonic values

Masonic_Frank.jpgChurchMilitant | Jules Gomes | ROME | November 4, 2020 - Italy’s biggest Masonic lodge is eulogizing Pope Francis’ encyclical Fratelli Tutti (All Brothers) as “close to the ideals that have constituted the very foundations of Freemasonry from the very beginning.”

Titled “A Masonic Value,” the cover article in the October issue of the Grand Orient lodge’s journal Erasmus extols the pope for expressing “apertis verbis” (in explicit words) a “key to universal fraternity” consistent with the doctrine of Freemasonry.

Fratelli Tutti has “many similarities with Masonic principles and vision,” Erasmus notes, explaining how “for over 300 years the principle of fraternity has been indelibly written in the Masonic triad placed ... in the temples together with those of liberty and equality.”

“The realization of a universal brotherhood is from the origins of the great mission and the great dream of Freemasonry,” it underscores.

Recent Rash of Masonic Praise

The commendation from Italy’s biggest lodge for the recent encyclical follows close on the heels of an endorsement from Spain’s main lodge, the Gran Logia de España, which claimed that the encyclical “demonstrates how far away the present Catholic Church is from its former positions.”

“In Fratelli Tutti, the pope embraces universal fraternity — the great principle of modern Freemasonry,” the lodge’s official statement declared.

The faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion.

In May, Italy’s Grand Orient lodge’s journal Nuovo Hiram extolled Pope Francis’ Abu Dhabi “Human Fraternity” pact with Grand Imam Ahmad al-Tayyeb as “a turning point in civilization because it will open a new era” if applied.

Eight popes in the course of 200 years have issued 20 legal interdicts condemning Freemasonry and never have any of the pronouncements been revoked.

The Erasmus article cites the falsified version of St. Francis of Assisi’s visit to Sultan Malik al-Kamil in Egypt, which claims the saint visited the Sultan for dialogue, not evangelism.

The article gushes over the pontiff’s “openness to Islam,” observing that “Bergoglio in the encyclical does not hesitate to acknowledge that he felt inspired in a special way” by the grand imam of al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, with whom he signed his Human Fraternity document in Abu Dhabi in 2019.
Stressing the prerequisite of fraternity for the triad of liberty, equality and fraternity to function, the article labels it “the principles that Freemasonry has always pursued and preserved for the elevation of humanity.”

The lodge article goes on to praises the pope for identifying “the fanaticisms that also exist among Christians and in Catholic circles ... lashing out against the death penalty and against life imprisonment, which he [Francis] defines as a ‘hidden death penalty.’“

Freemasonry Pushing ‘Religious Indifferentism’

In mid-October, Fr. Frank Unterhalt from the Paderborn diocese identified clear Masonic leitmotifs in the encyclical’s “tone of religious indifferentism and the call to universal fraternity.”

In Fratelli Tutti, the pope embraces universal fraternity — the great principle of modern Freemasonry.

“The French Revolution is of particular importance in Masonic strategy,” Unterhalt wrote. “It is striking that Fratelli Tutti literally adopts its slogan when the headline of [paragraph] numbers 103 to 105 reads ‘Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.’”

“The striving for universal ecumenism of religions has always been a concern of Freemasonry on the way to its actual goal, namely to bring about the breakthrough of that self-constructed religion in which all human beings are supposedly in agreement,” the German priest pointed out.

Unterhalt notes that “the agenda that took shape in Abu Dhabi is, of course, not new, but the exact implementation of the Masonic ideology in Lessing’s drama Nathan the Wise, which is based on the lodges’ creed that truth and religion are relative.”

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729–81) an influential (Jewish) Enlightenment philosopher and writer, painted in “the Parable of the Ring the picture of the supposed fraternal unity of the three so-called ‘Abrahamic religions,’ which in their historical conditionality were only of relative importance and interchangeable.”

Throughout history, the Catholic Church, through its Magisterium, has condemned any attempt towards “unity” with other sects or religions.

Papal Condemnation of Freemasonry

“Certainly, such attempts can nowise be approved by Catholics, founded as they are on that false opinion which considers all religions to be more or less good and praiseworthy,” Pope Pius XI declared in Mortalium Animos (1928), his encyclical against religious unity and the ecumenical movement.

Pope Leo XIII in Humanum Genus emphasizes that “the ultimate and principal aim” of Freemasonry “was to destroy to its very foundations any civil or religious order established throughout Christendom, and bring about in its place a new order founded on laws drawn out of the entrails of naturalism.”

In his bull In Eminenti Apostolatus (1738), Pope Clement XII condemned Freemasonry for its reliance on mere natural virtue while ignoring Christ’s unique role as Savior.

As prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Cdl. Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) categorically stated that “the Church’s negative judgment in regard to Masonic association remains unchanged since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church and therefore membership in them remains forbidden.”

The striving for universal ecumenism of religions has always been a concern of Freemasonry on the way to its actual goal.

“The faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion,” the CDF statement declared.

In his book on Christian brotherhood, Die Chrisliche Brüderlichkeit, Ratzinger concludes that, according to the Bible, “only the limited application of the idea of brotherhood is Christian.” 

According to the New Testament, brothers (and sisters) are those who belong in the unity of God’s chosen people. Believers only become brothers in virtue of their common participation in Christ’s sonship, Ratzinger stresses.

 

 

 

 

funny.pho.to_clown_face_in_hole.jpgAnother Creepy Clown sighting!

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

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