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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Second Sunday of Lent

February 25, 2024

    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, 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.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROPER OF THE SAINTS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 25th:

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Sun

2nd Sunday of Lent

 

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

26

Mon

St. Matthias, Ap (from Feb 25)

(St. Margaret of Cortona, P)

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Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

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Tue

Ferial Day

 

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Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

28

Wed

St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, C

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Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

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Thu

Ferial Day

 

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Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation before Mass

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Ferial Day

Sacred Shroud of Jesus Christ

First Friday

 

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Mass 8:30 AM; Rosary of Reparation 5:00 PM; Stations of the Cross 5:30 PM; Holy Hour and Benediction after morning Mass

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Sat

Ferial Day

First Saturday

 

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Mass 9:00 AM; Confessions 8:30 AM; Holy Hour, Rosary and Benediction after Mass

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Sun

3rd Sunday of Lent

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

The greatness of contemplation can be given to none but those who love….Whoever wishes to hold the fortress of contemplation must first of all train in the camp of action….We ascend to the heights of contemplation by the steps of action….He who would climb to a lofty height must go by steps, not leaps. 

Pope St. Gregory the Great

 

 

“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

 

 

“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

 

Custody of the Eyes

He who through these windows of the body, recklessly looks abroad, very often falls, even against his will, into the sweetnesses of sin, and being fast fettered by desires, begins to will what before he had never willed. 

St. Gregory the Great

 

Story From the First History on the Life of St. Gregory the Great

The Vita Beatissimi Papae Gregorii Magni Antiquissima, the earliest history of  St. Gregory the Great, the Apostle to the Anglo-Saxons, was written by a monk in the latter part of the 7th century at Whitby, the great abbey founded in 656 on the north-east coast of England (which is now in ruins from the Protestant reformation). The manuscript was discovered in a Swiss monastery, the Benedictine Abbey of St Gall, and translated by the renowned English medievalist, Cardinal Francis Aidan Gasquet, OSB.  The history relates that as St. Gregory was walking through Trajan’s Forum, he was moved with pity for the poor pagan emperor, (who had died during the Parthian campaign in 117 A.D. and his cremated remains returned to Rome and eventually placed below Trajan’s column that still stands today), because of a story of how the emperor had personally addressed the pleading of a poor widow and obtained justice for her and her orphaned children.  The history relates how at the prayer of St. Gregory, the emperor was raised from the dead so that he could receive the sacrament of Baptism and thus obtained eternal salvation.  The history was an important source for St. Bede’s History of the English Church and People and was also incorporated in Dante’s Divine Comedy, Purgatorio X.  

 

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, 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

 

 

“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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 Jesum” save 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.

 

 

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

 

 

"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

 

 

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

 

St. Matthias becomes an Apostle while Bishop Judas goes to his “own place”

In those days Peter rising up in the midst of the brethren, said: Men, brethren, the scripture must needs be fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who was the leader of them that apprehended Jesus: Who was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. And he indeed hath possessed a field of the reward of iniquity, and being hanged, burst asunder in the midst: and all his bowels gushed out. And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem: so that the same field was called in their tongue, Haceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. For it is written in the book of Psalms: Let their habitation become desolate, and let there be none to dwell therein. And his bishopric let another take. Wherefore of these men who have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus came in and went out among us: Beginning from the baptism of John, until the day wherein he was taken up from us, one of these must be made a witness with us of his resurrection. And they appointed two, Joseph, called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And praying, they said: Thou, Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, show whether of these two thou hast chosen, to take the place of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas hath by transgression fallen, that he might go to his own place. And they gave them lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

 

Margaret asked: “My Lord, what shall I do that I may live to the end in Thee? For because of the great sweetness I have tasted I am become bold, and do not consider Thy greatness with due fear, nor do I think of mine own lowliness.”

The Lord replied: “My child, keep a pure mind. And because that thy prayer was pleasing to Me when thou didst pray thou mightest be subject to all creatures, I command thee henceforth to subject thyself not only to Me but to all creatures in so far as it will redound to My glory, and for love of Me to hold thyself contemptible in the sight of all mankind, imitating my example; for I made Myself subject to all men and willed that they should hold me in contempt. And this humble lowering of thyself will exalt thee amongst the blessed who are in heaven. And be thou white in thine innocence and ruddy in thy love; for thou art the third light granted to the Order of My beloved Francis. He is the first light, shining in the Order of the Friars Minor; the Blessed Clare is the second light, shining in the order of the Nuns; and thou art the third light, in the order of the Penitents.”

Fr. Cuthbert, O.F.M., The Life and Legend of St. Margaret of Cortona, (https://archive.org/details/cu31924029423500)

 

 

St. Margaret of Cortona: To be called a "Child of God"

But the handmaid of Christ longed to be inseparably united with the Eternal Father as a truly-adopted daughter. She began, therefore, with humble but ardent prayer, to ask that He would, in His infinite love, call her His ''child," instead of poverella, as heretofore.

MargaretCortona_body.jpgAs she prayed thus, He, whose love is never quenched, became as a stern judge or as a master correcting an erring pupil; and He said to her: ''Not yet canst thou be called a child of Mine, since thou art still a child of sin. But go; make a general confession of thy sins, and be entirely cleansed from all thy vices, and then shalt thou be numbered amongst My children."

At these words Margaret was filled with consternation, and, in a flood of tears, beseechingly besought the Lord, saying: ''O Lord Jesus Christ! Thou Who art the True Light, expelling all darkness ! Show me, O Thou Who seest all things, and from Whom no secret can lie hid — show me my hidden sins, that I may wash them all away in a full confession, and, in Thy mercy, be made worthy to be called Thy child !"

Scarcely had Margaret uttered these words than the Eternal Holiness, Who was inwardly teaching her, brought before her mind all her past offences which had not been entirely washed away in her former confessions, so that she knew them all, even to the innermost thought. And at this moment the Father of all Mercy manifested to her all her shame, that in the last day the Just Judge might not be compelled to publish her fall to all nations and kingdoms.

For eight days, therefore, she knelt before her confessor, and set forth all her sins, beginning from her earliest years, that so she might become a pure vessel unto sanctification and honour. Then laying aside her veil, she put a rope round her neck, and thus went to receive the Sacrament of the Body of Christ. And when she had received this most living Bread, which gives life to the world, she heard Jesus Christ sweetly call her His child. Such was the sweetness of His Voice that at the sound Margaret was rapt out of herself, and for very joy thought she must die. And in the sweetness of her joy — a joy given to none but those who belong utterly to Christ — she was that day many times raised in ecstasy, becoming unconscious of earthly things, and motionless, as was witnessed by Fra Rainaldo (the Custos), Fra Ubaldo (the Guardian), the lady Gilea, and myself (her confessor).

And when she came back to her external self, she endeavoured to tell us of what she had experienced as far as she could; but words failed her to express what she had heard and said when absorbed in God, and all she could say was: ''O the immense, the infinite sweetness of God! O day promised me by Thee, my Lord! O word, full of all gladness, by which Thou hast called me Thy child ! "

Having uttered these words, she was again, in the presence of us all, rapt in God — not, as some envious ones related, by simulation, but most truly, as our Friars proved; for the ladies who were present took hold of her, and shook her, and even pulled her hair. And, when she came to herself, she wonderingly asked her soul how it was that it had not fled her body, hearing the word of Christ the King ? Another time she exclaimed : 'O word so long desired, so fervently besought! O word armed with all sweetness, and joyful to remember ! My child ! — and it was Christ my Lord who said it!"

After this, the angel who was set apart to watch over Margaret came to her and spoke many good words, and made her great promises, to the end that she should love Him Who is the Creator and Ruler of all things. And the angel said to her: 'I am not thy Lord, but I am the ambassador of the Great King." Yet the joy of Margaret in listening to the angel was but a half-joy compared with what she had experienced when Christ Himself spoke to her; and she said to the angel: 'Thy word does not fill me with gladness as did the word of Him Whom my soul desires." The angel replied: 'I am the ambassador sent by thy Creator, and I come to prepare in thee a dwelling for the Eternal King."

Then, taking holy humility as the foundation of all virtue, the angel began to instruct her, and to assist her to cast out all defects and set her soul in order, till, by imperceptible degrees, Margaret became imbued with all virtue.

Fr. Cuthbert, O.F.M., The Life and Legend of St. Margaret of Cortona, (https://archive.org/details/cu31924029423500)

 

 

Love Mary!... She is loveable, faithful, constant. She will never let herself be outdone in love, but will ever remain supreme. If you are in danger, she will hasten to free you. If you are troubled, she will console you. If you are sick, she will bring you relief. If you are in need, she will help you. She does not look to see what kind of person you have been. She simply comes to a heart that wants to love her. She comes quickly and opens her merciful heart to you, embraces you and consoles and serves you. She will even be at hand to accompany you on the trip to eternity. 

St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows to his brother

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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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)

 

 

 

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.

 

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

 

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”

 

 

    The Forty Martyrs were soldiers quartered at Sebaste in Armenia, about the year 320. When their legion was ordered to offer sacrifice they separated themselves from the rest, and formed a company of martyrs.  After they had been torn by scourges and iron hooks they were chained together, and led to a lingering death. It was a cruel winter, and they were condemned to lie naked on the icy surface of a pond in the open air till they were frozen to death.  But they ran undismayed to the place of their combat, joyfully stripped of their garments, and with one voice besought God to keep their ranks unbroken. ‘Forty,’ they cried, ‘we have come to combat; grant that forty may be crowned.’ There were warm baths hard by, and a solider stood on guard, ready at each moment to bring to the fire any one amongst them who would deny Christ. As he watched, he saw angels descending with thirty-nine crowns, and while he wondered at the deficiency in the number, one of the confessors lost heart, renounced his faith, and crawling to the fire died body and soul, at the spot where he expected relief.  But the soldier on guard was inspired to confess Christ and take his place, and again the number of forty was complete. They remained steadfast while their limbs grew stiff and frozen, and died one by one, till the last of the forty entered heaven.

    Among the Forty there was a young soldier who held out longest against the cold, and when the officers came to cart away the dead bodies they found him still breathing. They were moved with pity, and wanted to leave him alive, in the hope that he would still change his mind.  But his mother stood by, and this valiant woman could not bear to see her son separated from the band of martyrs. She exhorted him to persevere, and lifted his frozen body into the cart. He was just able to make a sign of recognition, and was borne away, to be thrown into the flames with the dead bodies of his brethren.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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 they profess that they want to change but are not capable of changing. 

 

 

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 was sentenced to 4 years and 9 months in prison.

Sandro Magister

 

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

 

 

“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

 

 

“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.

 

"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 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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Nor is this all (the Neo-modernist theologians do). Disregarding the Council of Trent, some pervert the very concept of original sin, along with the concept of sin in general as an offense against God, as well as the idea of satisfaction performed for us by Christ. Some even say that the doctrine of transubstantiation, based on an antiquated philosophic notion of substance, should be so modified that the real presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist be reduced to a kind of symbolism, whereby the consecrated species would be merely efficacious signs of the spiritual presence of Christ and of His intimate union with the faithful members of His Mystical Body. Pope Pius XII, Humani Generis

 

“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

 

 

Society has already reached a sense of being “defeated” and “futureless.”  The Novus Ordo Church is an essential cause and contributor to 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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

“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

 

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

 

 

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)

 

 

After the Resurrection, our three Apostles made ample atonement for this cowardly and sinful conduct, and acknowledged the mercy wherewith Jesus had sought to fortify them against temptation, by showing them his glory on Thabor, a few days before his Passion. Let us not wait till we have betrayed him: let us at once acknowledge that he is our Lord and our God. We are soon to be keeping the anniversary of his Sacrifice; like the Apostles, we are to see him humbled by his enemies and bearing, in our stead, the chastisements of Divine Justice. We must not allow our faith to be weakened, when we behold the fulfilment of those prophecies of David and Isaias, that the Messias is to be treated as a worm of the earth [Ps. xxi. 7], and be covered with wounds, so as to become like a leper, the most abject of men, and the Man of sorrows [Is. liii. 3,4]. 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 Angels 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! [Apoc. v. 12].

Dom Gueranger, The Liturgical Year, Lent 2nd Sunday

 

 

On Faith and Works
If, without keeping the commandments, it be possible to attain unto life by faith only, and faith, if it hath not works, is dead, James ii. 17, how can it be true that the Lord will say to such as He shall have set on His left hand Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels? He rebuketh them, not because they have not believed in Him, but because they have not wrought good works. Yea, lest any man should promise himself life eternal by faith only, (and faith, if it hath not works, is dead,) the Lord saith that He will gather together all nations, nations who have lived mingled together in the same countries, that we may seem to hear them which have believed indeed in Him, but have not wrought good works, (as though that their dead faith could, being alone, lead them into life eternal,) that we may seem to hear such crying unto Him, Lord, when saw we thee suffering such and such things, and did not minister unto thee?

If they shall go into everlasting fire who have not done works of mercy, shall not they go who have taken their neighbour’s goods? Or shall not they go who have outraged the temple of God in their own selves, and so been merciless to themselves? As if works of mercy could avail anything without love, contrary to the words of the Apostle, Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 1 Cor. xiii. 3. And what manner of love to his neighbour hath he who loveth him as himself and loveth not himself? Remembering that he that loveth iniquity hateth his own soul. Ps. x. 6.

Neither dare we say here that by which some delude themselves, namely, that the fire indeed is everlasting, but that they will not burn therein everlastingly. Such men say that they whose faith is dead, will pass through that everlasting fire, and that they are they to whom it is promised that they themselves shall be saved, yet so as by fire. 1 Cor. iii. 15. So that, though the fire itself be everlasting, the burning of the damned therein, that is, the work of the fire upon them, will not be everlasting. As though the Lord were answering this beforehand, the last words of His Sermon are And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal. As the fire, so shall the burning be; and the Truth biddeth us know that they shall burn therein, who have lacked, not faith, but good works.

St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Homily, xv, 4, taken from the lesson in the traditional Divine Office

 

 

 

“If anyone says that divine faith is not to be distinguished from natural knowledge about God and moral matters, and consequently that for divine faith it is not required that revealed truth should be believed because of the authority of God who reveals it: Let him be anathema.”

Vatican I

 

“The purpose of this is, then, not that dogma may be tailored according to what seems better and more suited to the culture of each age; rather, that the absolute and immutable truth preached by the apostles from the beginning may never be believed to be different, may never be understood in any other way.”  

St. Pius X, Oath Against Modernism

 

 

Dogma is the Proximate Rule of Faith

Modernism is condemned because it virtually destroys Christian dogma by denying that the dogmas of faith are contained in the revelation made by the Holy Spirit to the Catholic Church and subsequently defined through the supreme authority of the same Ecclesia docens{1}. Once the Holy Spirit, speaking through the supreme magisterium{2} of the Church, defines a doctrine as de fide{3} the dogma in question remains, both in se{4} and in its external formula or terminology, unchanged and unchangeable, like God, Whose voice it communicates to us, in the shape of definite truth. Modernism tells us quite the reverse.
{1} Ecclesia docens -- i.e., 'the teaching Church.'
{2} Magisterium = 'teaching authority.'
{3} De fide = 'what is of faith.'
{4} In se = 'in itself.'
Rev. Father Norbert Jones, C.R.L., Old Truths, Not Modernist Errors, Exposure of Modernism and Vindication of its Condemnation by the Pope, 1908, (footnotes in original)

 

 

 

“This faith, which is the beginning of human salvation, the Catholic Church professes to be a supernatural virtue, by means of which, with the grace of God inspiring and assisting us, we believe to be true what He has revealed, not because we perceive its intrinsic truth by the natural light of reason, but because of the authority of God himself, who makes the revelation and can neither deceive nor be deceived.” Vatican I

Virgin most faithful, pray for us! As the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ is Recapitulated in His Church!

At the time of the Passion of our Lord who, I ask you, were the faithful ones that continued with our Lord to the end?... Weigh well the answer: Those who remained in the company of Mary. Whence had they this great grace? From her all-powerful intercession. As it was then, so will it be again: and it will be well for us to think of this earnestly, seriously: not carelessly, but with thought and prayer. 

Venerable Mother Mary Potter, Foundress of the Little Company of Mary, known as the “Blue Nuns”

 

COMMENT: Neo-trads at Rorate Caeli are Conservative Catholics who think that anyone who arrives at the truth before they do is rash and imprudent, and anyone who arrives at truth after they do is timid, fearful and unthinking! You can always recognize a true Traditional Catholic by the knife wounds in his back! The crisis in the Church today is not due so much to people like Pope Francis, who in fact is no more repellant than his conciliar predecessors, and those who have produced and enabled him, as to Conservative Catholics who have done nothing to defend the faith over the last 50 years. A Traditional Catholic is characterized above all by his love for Truth wherever he may find it and adheres to it wherever it may lead. There is more backbone in Archbishop Viganò than all the spineless Conservative Catholics combined! Archbishop Viganò, an admitted latecomer to Catholic tradition, had the decency to apologize to those who came before him. Conservative Catholics will never apologize because they will never arrive. Ingratitude is their calling card.

Carlo Maria Viganò is Not a Traditionalist

“He was never a Traditionalist. He was never known to have any particular feelings for the Traditional Mass and Liturgy before he retired as Nuncio. He was never known for any specific pronouncements favoring Tradition during his long career in the diplomatic service of the Holy See.

“He made a good contribution on the McCarrick affair, but decidedly after he had left his position as Nuncio to the United States.

We do not know what he represents, who he speaks for, who writes his works, and what he intends to accomplish. We do not know why Rome has let him say whatever he wants, if he still (apparently) receives a Vatican pension, which he does not need, coming, as he does, from a very wealthy Northern Italian family: it looks weird both for Rome and for him. We would not say he is a conspiracy theorist: there doesn't seem to be a theory anywhere there.

Tradition is in need of good families, good bishops, holy priests; holy young men and women, in families, seminaries, and religious life; Tradition is in great need of constancy, predictability, and stability. It is not in need of gurus.” 

Rorate Caeli blog posting

 

It has recently come to our ears, not without great pain to us, that in some parts of upper Germany, as well as in the provinces, cities, territories, regions, and dioceses of Mainz, Koln, Trier, Salzburg, and Bremen, many persons of both sexes, heedless of their own salvation and forsaking the Catholic Faith, give themselves over to devils male and female, and by their incantations, charms, and conjurings, and by other abominable superstitions and sortileges, offences, crimes, and misdeeds, ruin and cause to perish the offspring of women, the foal of animals, the products of the earth, the grapes of vines, and the fruits of trees, as well as men and women, cattle and flocks and herds and animals of every kind, vineyards also and orchards, meadows, pastures, harvests, grains and other fruits of the earth; that they afflict and torture with dire pains and anguish, both internal and external, these men, women, cattle, flocks, herds, and animals, and hinder men from begetting and women from conceiving, and prevent all consummation of marriage; that, moreover, they deny with sacrilegious lips the Faith they received in holy Baptism; and that, at the instigation of the enemy of mankind, they do not fear to commit and perpetrate many other abominable offences and crimes, at the risk of their own souls, to the insult of the divine majesty and to the pernicious example and scandal of multitudes.

Pope Innocent VIII, Sumnis desideranter affectibus, 1484, condemnation of Witchcraft

 

 

WORTH RE-POSTING because WORTH RE-READING

Insight on recent developments on the ongoing Catholic Church vs. The World

The sexual degradation of America’s children in government schools and in the media, the open borders, the Soros District Attorney’s privileging the criminal class—these are not incidental parts of the Great Reset. They are essential tactics in destroying and subjugating the middle classes by destroying their values.

OK, so, with that we pivot to one American Catholic bishop calling an American Catholic Cardinal/Bishop ... a heretic. Here I quote from Lifesite News, which links to the original statement:

(Life SiteNews) — Bishop Thomas Paprocki [Springfield, IL] stepped up his criticism of Cardinal Robert McElroy, accusing the San Diego cardinal and other dissident prelates of “heresy” and suggesting that they have excommunicated themselves from the Catholic Church.

Writing in First Things on Tuesday, Bishop Paprocki said that McElroy’s call to give Holy Communion to grave sinners, including homosexuals and adulterers, meets the definition of heresy, the penalty for which is “automatic excommunication.”

Other bishops have also criticized McElroy in strong terms, but this is the strongest yet.

Now, some readers may be wondering, ‘Mark, what’s with the lack of continuity? We started with Neocons and the Great Reset and the Dividing of America, but ... ecclesial politics?' Actually, there is a connection.

Among other world leaders that the Davos crowd, the globalists, were determined to get rid of, there was Joseph Ratzinger, aka Benedict XVI (B16). If you want my views on Ratzinger, just use the search function. That’s not where I’m going. Whatever his faults, B16 had held fast to traditional teaching on sexual ethics. Recall, I just said that the debasing of sexual morality and, thereby, the destruction of the nuclear family as the fundamental institution of society was a key goal for Soros’ Open Society and for the Cultural Marxist movement generally. Not peripheral, not coincidental—a key goal. Add to that, B16 had empowered a movement within the Catholic world that was spreading by leaps and bounds—quite possibly more rapidly than he had expected. That movement was the movement of Catholics who were faithful to the Traditional Roman Liturgy, aka the Latin Mass. The fact that the FBI, as we recently learned, is investigating such Catholics should tell you how seriously the globalists took this. Readers with a knowledge of Europe will be aware that this movement carries historical and political overtones—all of them hostile to the goals of Davos, the Open Society, the Great Reset.

So, what happened? B16’s Vatican got the Russian Reset treatment, before Russia. Here’s Marco Tosatti, SWIFT WAS THE “BEAST” OF THE APOCALYPSE?:

Few days before Pope Benedict XVI unexpectedly and inexplicably resigned in February 2013, the Vatican Bank (IOR) had been suddenly excluded by SWIFT (the international system of bank identification codes). By this action, it was impossible for the Vatican to carry out any international financial transactions, and the Church was essentially treated as if it were a terrorist state like Iran.

This economic destruction of the Vatican had been long and well prepared . . .

Veiled threats that were made against Moscow to exclude it from the SWIFT network in retaliation for its so- called “annexation” of the Crimea in 2014 — causing immeasurable damage to Russia’s economy — have accelerated the development of an alternative clearing house system called BRICS that is controlled by China and Russia and operates in yen and rubles (and is backed by gold) rather than US dollars, in order to evade the blackmail power that SWIFT wields against sovereign nations.

The Belgian website Media-e (SWIFT is based in Belgium), reported on April 5 about the SWIFT alternative being launched by Beijing and Moscow and referred to the Vatican as an example: “When a bank or territory is excluded from the [SWIFT] system, as the Vatican was in the days preceding the resignation of Benedict XVI in February 2013, all financial transactions are blocked.”

And then, as soon as the resignation of Benedict XVI was announced, the SWIFT system was unblocked for the Vatican, without waiting for the election of his successor.

And so we see that Benedict XVI was blackmailed by means of SWIFT, although we do not know from where it originated. The deeper reasons underlying this story have never been clarified, but it is clear that SWIFT intervened directly in the affairs of the Church.

This explains unprecedented resignation, which many people have mistaken for an act of cowardice. The Church was treated like a “terrorist” state ... The Vatican was no longer able to pay its nunciatures or send any financial support to its missions, and in fact the automated teller machines in Vatican City were all shut down during the weeks preceding Benedict XVI’s resignation. The Church of Benedict could no longer “either sell or buy” (Rev 13: 17); its economic life was in its final hours.

It was a resignation made under duress.

The result was that a known heretic was installed as “pope”, one who had decades long ties to Klaus Schwab. In light of this, does anything that Bergoglio has done as “pope” come as a surprise?

Rob Dreher has a pretty thorough discussion of this event and its significance. I encourage readers to follow the link and read it all: Adventures In Heresy. However, for our purposes this passage gets to the heart of things:

Paprocki goes on to explain why what Cardinal McElroy wrote constitutes formal heresy. (You can read more about what McElroy said in this blog post of mine, titled “Cardinal Screwtape”). I don’t know how it can be denied, frankly. (And by the way, if Cardinal McElroy is guilty of heresy, so is Luxembourg Cardinal Jean- Claude Hollerich, who has described authoritative, magisterial Catholic teaching on homosexuality as “false”). Hollerich is not a nobody. Not only is he a prince of the Church, he is also the Jesuit (naturally) tapped by Pope Francis to lead the Synod on  Synodality.

The must-read independent Catholic news site The Pillar explains why Paprocki’s accusation is so important. It’s not just the accusation itself, as shocking as it is, but also what brought the accusation: McElroy’s endorsing publicly heretical things that a lot of American bishops already believe. From The Pillar:

But consider if the issue he raises go unaddressed, and a conclave happens — in our social media era — in which a number of cardinals accused of heresy were participants. If you think the periodic and isolated challenges to the validity of Benedict’s resignation were just a one-time blip on the radar, you’re probably wrong. Broader challenges to the credibility of a conclave could become a very live issue for the life of the Church, and for the pastoral ministry of American bishops.

All that might seem dramatic. Perhaps even melodramatic. After all, it was just an essay.

But an American bishop accused his brother bishop of heresy, so the fierce debates of recent years will probably seem like prologue to what’s coming next.

Could this have been the opening shot in a coming ecclesiastical civil war in the most fundamental institution in Western Civilization? It could be.

Mark Wauck, faithful Catholic and retired career FBI agent, Meaning in History, Substack

 

 

COMMENT: Neo-trads at Rorate Caeli are Conservative Catholics who think that anyone who arrives at the truth before they do is rash and imprudent, and anyone who arrives at truth after they do is timid, fearful and unthinking! You can always recognize a true Traditional Catholic by the knife wounds in his back! The crisis in the Church today is not due so much to people like Pope Francis, who in fact is no more repellant than his conciliar predecessors, and those who have produced and enabled him, as to Conservative Catholics who have done nothing to defend the faith over the last 50 years. A Traditional Catholic is characterized above all by his love for Truth wherever he may find it and adheres to it wherever it may lead. There is more backbone in Archbishop Viganò than all the spineless Conservative Catholics combined! Archbishop Viganò, an admitted latecomer to Catholic tradition, had the decency to apologize to those who came before him. Conservative Catholics will never apologize because they will never arrive. Ingratitude is their calling card.

Carlo Maria Viganò is Not a Traditionalist

“He was never a Traditionalist. He was never known to have any particular feelings for the Traditional Mass and Liturgy before he retired as Nuncio. He was never known for any specific pronouncements favoring Tradition during his long career in the diplomatic service of the Holy See.

“He made a good contribution on the McCarrick affair, but decidedly after he had left his position as Nuncio to the United States.

We do not know what he represents, who he speaks for, who writes his works, and what he intends to accomplish. We do not know why Rome has let him say whatever he wants, if he still (apparently) receives a Vatican pension, which he does not need, coming, as he does, from a very wealthy Northern Italian family: it looks weird both for Rome and for him. We would not say he is a conspiracy theorist: there doesn't seem to be a theory anywhere there.

Tradition is in need of good families, good bishops, holy priests; holy young men and women, in families, seminaries, and religious life; Tradition is in great need of constancy, predictability, and stability. It is not in need of gurus.”  Rorate Caeli blog posting

 

The West has finally managed to get a governments that are directed by 'idiotic lunatics'!

The human race may be now and then afflicted with lunacy, but it is never an idiot. An idiot is one who has just premises, but cannot draw from them just conclusions, that is, one who cannot reason; a lunatic is one who has false premises, but who is, nevertheless, able to draw logical conclusions from them. His insanity is precisely in his inability to seize and hold true premises.

Orestes Brownson, “Saint-Bonnet on Social Restoration,” Brownson’s Quarterly Review, Oct., 1851

 

He (Henry Cardinal Newman) was led into his error by the false philosophy of the age, which asserts that the mind apprehends truth only under subjective forms, and by his Protestantism, which misapprehends the real character of those new definitions and further explications of the faith opposed by the Church to novel heresies and errors as they arise (i.e.:DOGMA). Confounding the simple belief of the truth with the intellectual process of comprehending it, he fell into the mistake of supposing that heresy has always an honest origin, that it always springs from the necessary and laudable effort of the mind, an effort which every true believer must make, to ascertain and comprehend the truth, and that it always presupposes the faith on the point it contradicts was previously unknown even to the pastors of the Church; — a sad mistake, for the Church has never hesitated as to the faith to be opposed to the novel heresy, which proves that she knew it prior to the heresy, and the heresy never originates in ignorance of the faith or in an honest endeavor to ascertain it, but in the desire to establish a favorite theory, or to follow one's own private judgment.

Orestes Brownson, on the fundamental err of Cardinal John Henry Newman, who Modernist Heretics regard as their principle inspiration, from Newman's theory, written as a Protestant, Essay on the Development of Christine Doctrine

 

My child, thou shalt tell all this to thy confessor; and this also, that in this life no Christian can be perfect who does not restrain his bodily appetite, for without abstinence from food and drink the war of the flesh will never end; and those suffer most from the rebellion of the flesh who refuse this saving remedy. Jesus Christ, addressing St. Margaret of Cortona

 

 

Remember in your charity:   

Remember the welfare of our expectant mothers: Victoria Dimmel, Anastasia Matthews, Vanessa LoStracco,

Rev. Leo Carley, an eighty-nine year old priest faithful to Catholic tradition, who is seriously ill,

For the recovery of Hayden Yanchek, the grandson of Francis Yanchek, injured in a farming accident,

Maureen Nies, for the recovery of her health is the petition of Camilla Meiser,

Daniel Vargs, for his health is the petition of his parents,

Art Noel, for the restoration of his health,

For the welfare of Peg Berry and her husband, Bill,

Marianne Connelly asks prayers for Chris Foley, who is gravely ill, and the welfare of his wife, Mary Beth,

The spiritual welfare of the Sal & Maria Messineo & their family is the petition of the Drew’s,

Liz Agosta, who is seriously ill, for her spiritual and temporal welfare,

Warren Hoffman, a long time member of our Mission who is in failing health,

Patrick Boyle, for the recovery of his health and his spiritual welfare,

For the spiritual welfare of the Drew children,

Lamonte White, requests our prayers for his spiritual and temporal welfare,

Monica Bandlow request our prayers for the welfare of Ray who is recovering from a MVA, and his daughter, Sonia, and Tera Jean Kopczynski, who is in failing health, and for a good death for Mr. Howald, Kathy Simons, Regina Quinn, James Mulgrew, Ruth Beaucheane, John Kopczynski, Roger & Mandy Owen

The health and spiritual welfare of Nate Schaeffer is the petition of Gene Peters,

Peg Berry requests our prayers for her brother, William Habekost,

Louise McCarthy, who has suffered a stroke,

For the health and welfare of Katherine Wedel,

For the recently widowed, Maike Hickson, and her children,

For the spiritual welfare of the Carmelite nuns in Fairfield, PA,

Geralyn Zagorski, recovery of her health and spiritual welfare and the conversion of Randal Pace is the petition of Philip Thees,

For the grandson of Joe & Liz Agusta,

The health of Joseph Cox,

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

For the health and conversion of Stephen Henderson,

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

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

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

Roco Sbardella, for his health and spiritual welfare,

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

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

Family, for the welfare of Lazarus Handley, his mother, Julia, and his brother, Raphael, with Down’s Syndrome,

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

Nancy Bennett, for the recovery of her health,

Julia McDonald, who is gravely ill,

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

Joe Sentmanet request prayers for Scott Nettles (who is in need of conversion), who is gravely ill,

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

The health and welfare of Gene Peters,

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

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

Christine Kozin, for her health and spiritual welfare,

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

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

For the health of Sonia Kolinsky,

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

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

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

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

Rafaela de Saravia, for her health and welfare,

Mary Mufide,  requests our prayers for her family,

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

Francis (Frank) X.  McLaughlin, for the recovery of his health,

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 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, spiritual welfare,     

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,

Joann DeMarco, for her health and spiritual welfare,

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

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

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

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

Conversion of Annette Murowski, and her son Jimmy,

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

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

The spiritual welfare Robert Holmes Family,

For the spiritual and temporal welfare of Irwin Kwiat,

Fr. Waters asks our prayers for Elvira Donaghy,

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, their health and the welfare of their family,

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

Jason Green, a father of ten children, recovery of his health,

For the health and welfare of Sorace family,

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

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

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

John Rhoad, for his health and spiritual welfare,

Kathy Boyle, requests our prayers for her welfare,

Joyce Laughman and Robert Twist, for their conversions,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rev. Timothy A. Hopkins requested our prayers for the welfare of  his Fr Jean-Luc Lafitte,

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

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

Philip Thees asks our prayers for his family, for McLaughlin Family, the welfare of Dan & Polly Weand, the conversion of Sophia Herman, Tony Rosky, the welfare Nancy Erdeck, the wife of the late Deacon Erdeck, John Calasanctis, Tony Rosky, James Parvenski, Kathleen Gorry, health of mind and body of Cathy Farrar.

 

Pray for the Repose of the Souls:

Chris Foley, the brother of Mary Lou Loftus, died February 1,

Louis Zelaya, the brother of Claudia Drew, died January 30,

Monica Bandlow asks prayers for Fr. Juan-Carlos Iscara, SSPX, who died December 20,

Monica Bandlow requests our prayers for Fr. James Louis Albert Campbell, a faithful priest who died December 18 at 91 years of age,

Charles Harmon, the father of Tracey Sentmanet, died October 1, after receiving the rites of the Church, 

Fr. Waters requests prayers for Elvira Donaghy, his friend and former secretary a for Bishop Gerado Zendejas, died September 9,

Robert Hickson, a faithful Catholic apologist who died Septembber 2,

Monica Bandlow requests prayers for her brother, Richard Bandlow, died August 22, Fr. Christopher Darby, SSPX,  who died March 17, Robert Byrne, Michelle Donofrio McDowell, her cousin, died March 5, and Patricia Fabyanic, the Prefect of Our Lady’s Sodality, March 8, John Kinney, died December 21, Willaim Price, Jr., and Robert Arch Ward, died January 10, and Myra, killed in a MVA June 6,

John Sharpe, Sr., died July 20,

Maria Paulette Salazar, died June 6,

Dale Kinsey requests prayers for his wife, Katherine Kinsey, died May 17,

Richard Giles, who died April 29, the father of Traci Sentmanat who converted to the Catholic faith last All Saints' Day,

Joseph Sparks, a devout and faithful Catholic to tradition died February 25, 

Joyce Paglia, died January 21, and Anthony Paglia, died January 28, who were responsible for the beautiful statuary in our chapel,

Joe Sentmanet request prayers for Richard Giles and Claude Harmon who converted to the Catholic faith shortly before their deaths, 

Rodolfo Zelaya, the brother of Claudia Drew, died January 9,

Elizabeth Agosta petitions our prayers for Joseph Napolitano, her brother, who died January 2,

Michael Dulisse, died on December 26,

Michael Proctor, a close friend of the Drews, died November 9,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carmen Ragonese, died June 22,

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

Kathleen Elias, died February 14,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jerome McAdams, the father of, died November 30,

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

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

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

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

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

Hutton Gibson, died May 12,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cecilia LeBow, a most faithful Catholic,

Rose Cuono, died Oct 23,

Patrick Rowen, died March 25, and his brother, Daniel Rowen, died May 15,

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, April 4,

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

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

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

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

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

Phyllis Schlafly, died September 5,

Helen Mackewicz, died August 14,

Mark A. Wonderlin, who died August 2,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

J. Paul Carswell, died October 15, 2015,

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

Paula P. Haigh, died October 22, a great defender of our Catholic faith in philosophy and natural science,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Catherine Dunn, died September 15,

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

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

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

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

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

Anita Lopez, the aunt of Claudia Drew,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Natalie Cagorski, died march 23,

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

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

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

Jeanne DeRuyscher, who died on January 25,

Arthur Harmon, died January 18,

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

Joseph Proctor, died January 10,

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

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

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

Jim Capaldi, died December 15,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Margaret Brillhart, who died July 20,

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

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

Bishop Joseph McFadden, died unexpectedly May 2,

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

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

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

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

Cecelia Thees, died February 24,

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

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

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

Louis Fragale, who died December 25,

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

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

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

Dorothy Sabo, who died September 26,

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

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

Julia Atkinson, who died April 30,

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

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

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

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

Eduardo Cepeda, who died January 26,

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

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

Joeseph Elias, who died on September 28,

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

Donald Tonelli, died August 1,

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

Emma Colasanti, who died May 29,

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

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

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

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

For Joe Sobran who died September 30,

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

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

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

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

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

Joseph Montagne, who died May 5,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Benjamin Sorace, the uncle of Sonja Kolinsky.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

“But it did not last long.”

I saw many pastors cherishing dangerous ideas against the Church. . . . They built a large, singular, extravagant church which was to embrace all creeds with equal rights: Evangelicals, Catholics, and all denominations, a true communion of the unholy with one shepherd and one flock. There was to be a Pope, a salaried Pope, without possessions. All was made ready, many things finished; but, in place of an altar, were only abomination and desolation. Such was the new church to be, and it was for it that he had set fire to the old one; but God designed otherwise.
Blessed Anna Katherine Emmerich
 
I saw also the relationship between the two popes.... I saw how baleful would be the consequences of this false church. I saw it increase in size; heretics of every kind came into the city of Rome. The local clergy grew lukewarm, and I saw a great darkness... Then, the vision seemed to extend on every side. Whole Catholic communities were being oppressed, harassed, confined, and deprived of their freedom. I saw many churches close down, great miseries everywhere, wars and bloodshed. A wild and ignorant mob took to violent action. But it did not last long.
Blessed Anna Katherine Emmerich, May 13, 1820

 

 

“We have to admit . . .  that the testimony of the Fathers, with regard to the possibility of salvation for someone outside the Church, is very weak. Certainly even the ancient Church knew that the grace of God can be found also outside the Church and even before Faith. But the view that such divine grace can lead man to his final salvation without leading him first into the visible Church, is something, at any rate, which met with very little approval in the ancient Church. For, with reference to the optimistic views on the salvation of catechumens as found in many of the Fathers, it must be noted that such a candidate for baptism was regarded in some sense or other as already ‘Christianus,’ and also that certain Fathers, such as Gregory Nazianzen and Gregory of Nyssa deny altogether the justifying power of love or of the desire for baptism. Hence it will be impossible to speak of a consensus dogmaticus in the early Church regarding the possibility of salvation for the non-baptized, and especially for someone who is not even a catechumen. In fact, even St. Augustine, in his last (anti-Pelagian) period, no longer maintained the possibility of a baptism by desire.” 

Rev. Karl Rahner, Theological Investigations, Volume II, Man in the Church

 

 

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

 

 

Pope Francis: ‘Without liturgical reform there is no reform of the Church’ 

Pope Francis addressed members of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on Thursday morning, Feb. 8, 2024, to discuss the importance of liturgical reform as a core feature of the broader “renewal of the Church.”

Catholic News Agency | Matthew Santucci | Feb 8, 2024

Pope Francis met with members of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on Thursday morning to Lutheran_worship_service_1.jpgdiscuss the importance of liturgical reform as a core feature of the broader “renewal of the Church.” 

The address comes as the dicastery is meeting for its annual plenary assembly, which is addressing the “liturgical formation from Sacrosanctum Concilium to Desiderio Desideravi” for ordained ministers as well as “liturgical training courses for the people of God.”

The meeting will also seek to “provide bishops with practical suggestions for developing pastoral projects in their dioceses with the aim of putting into practice the reflections of the papal document,” a Feb. 5 press release from the dicastery stated. 

Recalling that it has been 60 years since the promulgation of the Second Vatican Council’s seminal document on the liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, the pope stressed in his Feb. 8 address that liturgical reform underscored the council fathers’ objective of renewing the Church’s “fundamental dimensions” such as “spiritual, pastoral, ecumenical, and missionary” work. 

“Without liturgical reform there is no reform of the Church,” the pope said. 

“A church that does not feel the passion for spiritual growth, that does not try to speak in an understandable way to the men and women of his time, that does not feel pain for the division between Christians, who does not tremble with the anxiety of announcing Christ to the people, is a sick Church, and these are the symptoms,” the Holy Father emphasized in his address. 

The pope qualified these remarks by saying “we can only make such a statement by understanding what the liturgy is in its theological sense.” 

Speaking specifically on the theme of the assembly’s 2024 meeting, the pope noted that their work must focus on making formation more accessible so it is not a  “specialization for a few experts, but of an interior disposition of all the people of God.”

“This naturally does not exclude that there is a priority in the training of those who, by virtue of the sacrament of orders, are called to be mystagogues, that is, to take each other by the hand and accompany the faithful in the knowledge of the holy mysteries,” Francis continued. 

The Holy Father also noted that liturgical formation is predicated upon a love for Christ by highlighting the theological representation of the Church as Christ’s bride, saying: “Every instance of reform of the Church is always a question of spousal fidelity.”

“The Church is a woman, the Church is a mother, the Church has its figure in Mary and the Church-woman.” 

The pope added that the Church “is more than Peter … everything cannot be reduced to ministeriality. The woman in herself has a very great symbol in the Church as a woman, without reducing her to ministeriality.” 

“This is why I said that every instance of reform of the Church is always a question of spousal fidelity, because she [the Church] is a woman.” 

The pope also reflected on the centrality of the liturgy in our lives, saying that “it is the place for excellence in which to encounter the living Christ,” which “continually animates and renews baptismal life.” 

The pope also said that it is his desire that the dicastery undertakes this work in collaboration with the Dicastery for Culture and Education, the Dicastery for the Clergy, and the Dicastery for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life to reflect “the spirit of synodal collaboration.”

COMMENT: This is rich, really rich! Pope Francis says, “A church that does not feel the passion for spiritual growth, that does not try to speak in an understandable way to the men and women of his time” now calls priests, “mystagogues”, and calls upon the “mystagogues” to rise above mere “ministeriality” and direct liturgical renewal in the “the spirit of synodal collaboration”! Man-made worship is about to reach its term. The Novus Ordo Church of the New Advent, the Church of the New Evangelization, the Church of the Third Millennium is not a bride but a whore. It strives to evangelize the Faithful to its heretical and schismatic doctrines.

But we will give Francis credit for this, “Without liturgical reform there is no reform of the Church,” without pointing out the obvious: Without liturgical deformation there is no deformation of the Church! Sacrosanctum Concilium was the first document published by Vatican II and from the corruption of Divine Worship all the other Vatican II documents followed. Pope Francis has correctly identified the cause of the greatest collapse of Catholic faith and practice in the history of the Church. First deform the acceptable worship of God by replacing it with a man-made, man-centered Gnostic mystery cult effectively cutting off the flow of grace and the Church will essentially wither like the branch cut from the vine.

Francis was born in 1936 and knows that in his youth and early manhood there were in every diocese Catholic schools, hospitals, orphanages, nursing homes, charitable institutions of every king staffed by priests and religious dedicating their lives to corporal and spiritual works of mercy. What is left of them are totally corrupted from the ends to which they were created. Besides those in active ministry there were thousands consecrated souls living lives dedicated to constant prayer and penance for the welfare of the Church and the conversion of sinners. They are all dead and dying excepting where traditional restoration is active. Francis like every ideologue never takes credit for the evil their actions are directly responsible. The failure is always attributed to others who failed to apply their innovations with enough purity, with enough rigor, for sufficient time.  To this ugly fact, Francis replies, “Time is greater than space.” It has been as Francis said, 60 years since the promulgation of Sacrosanctum Concilium, 60 years of marching deeper into the spiritual desert, but as time goes by, fewer and fewer are following this old fool and more and more are returning to the acceptable worship of God from which true reform will begin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OLDER BULLETIN POSTINGS THAT REMAIN TIMELY CONTINIUE BELOW:

 

 

 

 

“I do not bless a ‘homosexual marriage,’ I bless two people who love each other and I also ask them to pray for me... No one is shocked if I give a blessing to an entrepreneur who maybe exploits people, and that is a very serious sin, whereas they are scandalized if I give it to a homosexual (couple)… This is hypocrisy! The heart of the document is welcome.”

Pope Francis, defending his "blessing" of homosexual couples in Fiducia Supplicans

COMMENT: This is rich! The entrepreneur "maybe exploits people" and then again, maybe not. The homosexual couple is publically living in a grossly perverse relationship and asking the Church to bless this manifest sin with no evidence of repentance. And if the entrepreneur is in fact manifestly defrauding the laborer of his wages and oppressing the poor, sins which also cry to heaven for vengeance, he should not receiving a blessing either. The comparison is as perverse as the person making it. As for love, Pope Francis has no comprehension what the word means. The love of a man for pizza dinner causes the destruction of the pizza. Such is the narcissistic love shared by a homosexual couple. The love of God is sacrificial not narcissistic. As for "hypocrisy", Pope Francis the Pharisee is a real master of the art.

 

 

Abp. Viganò: Pope Francis’ invitation of Anglican ‘bishopess’ signals his intention to ‘ordain’ women


‘Bergoglio intends to fundamentally change the concept of Holy Orders, placing alongside the Priesthood (reserved for men) forms of ‘non-ordained’ ministry for women, with a view to their sacramental ordination,’ Archbishop Viganó said.


LifeSiteNews | Emily Mangiaracina | Feb 8, 2024 — Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has declared that Pope Francis’ invitation to a female Anglican prelate to speak to the Council of Cardinals about “gender equality and the role of women in the Church” signals his intention to eventually “ordain” women.

In a message posted to X on Tuesday, Archbishop Viganò wrote, “Bergoglio intends to fundamentally change the concept of Holy Orders, placing alongside the Priesthood (reserved for men) forms of ‘non-ordained’ ministry for women, with a view to their sacramental ordination.”

Anglican_Women_Bishop Jo_Bailey_Wells.pngBergoglio intends to fundamentally change the concept of Holy Orders, placing alongside the Priesthood (reserved for men) forms of "non-ordained" ministry for women, with a view to their sacramental ordination.

The public defender will say that no, Bergoglio does not want to…

The Vatican whistleblower anticipated the objection that Francis “does not want to make women deacons or women priests, much less women bishops, and that these are speculations put out by those who sow division among the faithful.”

“If that is the case, why did Bergoglio invite an Anglican ‘bishopess,’ i.e., a heretical, schismatic, invalidly ordained woman, to the Council of Cardinals meeting to speak about ‘gender equality and the role of women in the Church’?” he questioned.

The archbishop’s assessment is shared by Deacon Nick Donnelly, who wrote regarding Rev. Jo Bailey Wells’ presence before the pope and the C9 that Catholics “couldn’t have a stronger signal that Bergoglio is planning the faux ordination of women deacons, with a trajectory towards the faux ordination of women priests and bishops.” Couldn't have a stronger signal that Bergoglio is planning the faux ordination of women deacons, with a trajectory towards the faux ordination…

Wells, a “bishop” of the Church of England who has been described as “a pioneer in the spread of equality between the sexes,” gave a speech to Pope Francis and his Council of Cardinals on Monday.

The C9 – as the group is known – is continuing the examination of the “role of women in the Church,” a subject it began discussing in December 2023. The timing of such discussions is significant, given that the 2023 Synod on Synodality interim report highlighted an “urgent” call for canon law to be changed in order to allow more female governance roles.

A Synod on Synodality voting lay member shared last year that “a large number of bishops” are now “ready to take clear steps” to women’s “ordination” via a discussion on “women deacons.”

Helena Jeppesen-Spuhler, a member of the Swiss delegation to the Synod’s European Assembly, clarified that while she doesn’t think “women priests” are now possible, she sees that the possibility of women’s “ordination” to the diaconate is on the table.

 “There are now a large number of bishops who are ready to take clear steps,” said Jeppesen. “The priesthood of women will not be introduced immediately, but the diaconate of women should be seriously discussed at the assembly in Rome.” 

Regarding the “role of women” in the Catholic Church in general, Jeppesen said “it became clear in practically all country reports that the church must finally move forward.”

Both clerical and lay Catholics have raised concerns that the Synod on Synodality’s call for increased female governance may signal the Church hierarchy’s intention to “ordain” women. Indeed, the campaign for female “deacons” continues to receive vocal support from leading members of the synod, as evidenced by Cardinal Blase Cupich advocating for recognition of women “pastors” who are already “serving as the head of communities because they don’t have enough priests.”

Pope Francis established a 12-member commission to study the issue of women deacons in August 2016, and the commission included a leading advocate of “ordaining women” to the “diaconate”. With another commission then drawn up in 2020, the 2023 Synod report called for the results of both studies to be presented at the October 2024 Synod meetings. [.....]

Pope John Paul II affirmed this truth (that women cannot be ordained) when he condemned attempts at female “ordination” in his 1994 apostolic letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, writing: “I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful.” 

This letter, former CDF prefect Cardinal Gerhard Müller explained, refers to the diaconate as well, and expresses a “dogma” of the Catholic Faith.

He further noted that “the impossibility that a woman validly receives the Sacrament of Holy Orders in each of the three degrees [deacon, priest, bishop] is a truth contained in Revelation and it is thus infallibly confirmed by the Church’s Magisterium and presented as to be believed.”

 

 

“We can see how many of the Euro-Atlantic countries are actually rejecting their roots, including the Christian values that constitute the basis of Western civilization. They are denying moral principles and all traditional identities: national, cultural, religious and even sexual. They are implementing policies that equate large families with same-sex partnerships; belief in God with the belief in Satan.

“The excesses of political correctness have reached the point where people are seriously talking about registering political parties whose aim is to promote pedophilia. People in many European countries are embarrassed or afraid to talk about their religious affiliations. Holidays are abolished or even called something different; their essence is hidden away, as is their moral foundation. And people are aggressively trying to export this model all over the world. I am convinced that this opens a direct path to degradation and primitivism, resulting in a profound demographic and moral crisis.

“What else but the loss of the ability to self-reproduce could act as the greatest testimony of the moral crisis facing a human society? Today almost all developed nations are no longer able to reproduce themselves, even with the help of migration. Without the values embedded in Christianity and other world religions, without the standards of morality that have taken shape over millennia, people will inevitably lose their human dignity. We consider it natural and right to defend these values. One must respect every minority’s right to be different, but the rights of the majority must not be put into question.”

Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Republic, 2013

 

 

“If there be no enemy, no fight; if no fight, no victory; if no victory, no crown.”

“Whoever excommunicates me, excommunicates God.”

Fra Girolamo Savonarola, excommunicated by Pope Alexander VI and burned to death as a heretic

 

 

Modernism vs. Neo-modernism: A difference in method, an agreement in ends

The heresy of Modernism denies dogma directly. Neo-modernism is a more subtle heresy.  The end remains the denial of dogma but the method of denial is indirect.  Dogma, the revelation of God that forms the formal objects of divine and Catholic faith, is formulated in categorical propositions that are always and everywhere true or false.  There are two methods the Neo-modernist employs to destroy dogma. The first method is to change the category of dogma from truth-falsehood to the category of authority-obedience.  They treat dogma as if it were laws, commands, precepts, injunctions, etc., etc., etc., and then limit the universal truth with all the moral restrictions that apply to laws, etc.  For example, the dogma that the sacrament of baptism is necessary for salvation is treated as a law and therefore as a law, it does not bind in cases of impossibility, necessity, unreasonable burden, psychological impediment, etc., etc.

 

The second method is to corrupt the dogmatic proposition be changing the meaning of the terms OR altering the universality of the copula. An excellent example of this corruption of terminology can be seen in Benedict/Ratzinger’s treatment of the word, substance.

“…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.”

Joseph Ratzinger, Faith and the Future, p. 14

 

It is impossible to affirm the Catholic dogma that “Lord Jesus Christ... is consubstantial with the Father” or the Catholic dogma of Transubstantiation if the concept of “substance” is rejected in the sense as used by scholastic theologians found in the perennial realist philosophical tradition.  And so we have Benedict/Ratzinger writing:

“Eucharistic devotion such as is noted in the silent visit by the devout in church must not be thought of as a conversation with God. This would assume that God was present there locally and in a confined way. To justify such an assertion shows a lack of understanding of the Christological mysteries of the very concept of God. This is repugnant to the serious thinking of the man who knows about the omnipresence of God. To go to church on the ground that one can visit God who is present there is a senseless act which modern man rightfully rejects.”
Joseph Ratzinger, Die Sacramentale Begrundung Christliche Existenz

 

The Catholic Church infallibly teaches:

“By the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation.” Council of Trent, Session XIII, chapter IV

 

“If anyone denies that in the sacrament of the most Holy Eucharist are contained truly, really and substantially the body and blood together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and consequently the whole Christ, but says that He is in it only as in a sign, or figure or force, let him be anathema.”  Council of Trent, Session XII, Canon I

 

Benedict/Ratzinger’s affirmation of these dogmas is done within the corrupted context of mutilating the meaning of the terms. The entire hermeneutic of discontinuity/rupture vs. the hermeneutic of reform proposed by Benedict/Ratzinger is predicated upon accepting or rejecting his false philosophy which ultimately elevates the accident of relationship to overthrow the concept of substance. Reciting the Credo is no longer evidence of the Catholic faith without clearly defining every term.

 

 

“The plenitude of power over the Universal Church, conferred on the Holy See, is limited by nothing but Divine and natural law.”

The Bishop of Rome, as direct successors of the Prince of the Apostles, according to Catholic teaching, possess by Divine appointment the plentitude of episcopal power over the Universal Church. Supreme, full, and lawful spiritual authority over all the faithful is theirs. In virtue of this supreme authority, all her members, including Bishops, are subject to the Pope; subject, whether we view them as isolated individuals, or as assembled in Council. Far from subjecting the Pope to a Council, the early Church held it as a principle that the supreme authority could be judged by no one. A General Council cannot exist without the Pope or in opposition to him, for, as head of the Church he is the necessary and essential head of the General Council, whose decrees receive their oecumenical validity solely from his confirmation. As supreme legislator, the Pope can, in matters of discipline, revise and change the decrees of a General Council, as well as those of his predecessors. Former ecclesiastical legislation forms a precedent for his action, in so far as he, being the superior, is by his own example to show respect to the law. The power of the Primacy also contains, comprehended within itself, the supreme judicial power. Appeal may accordingly be made to him in all ecclesiastical matters; there is no appeal from his judgment to another tribunal; the plenitude of power over the Universal Church, conferred on the Holy See, is limited by nothing but Divine and natural law.

Dr. Ludwig Pastor, Professor of History in the University of Innsbruck, History of the Popes from the close of the middle ages, 1906

 

 

 

Pope Francis: Small ideological groups oppose same-sex blessings; Africa a ‘special case’

Catholic News Agency | Tyler Arnold | Washington, D.C. | Jan 29, 2024

Pope Francis suggested that the opposition to the Vatican’s approval of non-liturgical blessings for same-sex couples mostly comes from “small ideological groups” with the exception of Africa, which he said is “a special case.”

“Those who vehemently protest belong to small ideological groups,” Francis said in an interview on Monday with the Italian newspaper La Stampa, according to an English translation from the Church-run Vatican News. 

Fracis_ha-ha.jpgRegarding the bishops in Africa, who have expressed some of the strongest criticisms of such blessings, the pontiff said they are “a special case” because “for them, homosexuality is something ‘ugly’ from a cultural point of view; they do not tolerate it.”

The Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF), led by Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández, published a declaration on Dec. 18, 2023, titled Fiducia Supplicans, which prompted the backlash. The declaration permits “spontaneous” pastoral blessings for “same-sex couples” and other couples in “irregular situations” but does not allow liturgical blessings, recognition of civil unions, or any actions that would make the blessings appear like a marriage.

Bishops around the world have been divided on how to implement the document or whether to implement it at all.

The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, which represents all of the African bishops’ conferences, is refusing to bless same-sex couples. In a statement, it said such blessings could not be carried out on the continent “without exposing themselves to scandals.” 

The bishops’ conferences in Hungary and Poland similarly rejected any blessings for same-sex couples, as have various other bishops around the world.

Alternatively, the heads of the bishops’ conferences in other countries, such as Austria, Germany, and Argentina, have embraced the declaration and the opportunity to bless same-sex couples. Some other bishops’ conferences, such as the United States, have accepted the declaration but put a strong emphasis on ensuring that such blessings are not confused as a change in Church teaching.

Francis, in his interview, dismissed the idea that this division could spark a schism in the Catholic Church. 

“In the Church, there have always been small groups that manifest reflections of a schismatic nature,” the pope said. “One must let them carry on and pass away... and look ahead.”

Francis said that he trusts that “gradually, everyone will be reassured about the spirit of the declaration,” which he said “aims to include; not divide.” He added that the declaration “invites us to welcome and then entrust people, and to trust in God.”

“The Gospel is to sanctify everyone,” the pontiff said. “Of course, there must be goodwill. And it is necessary to give precise instructions on the Christian life (I emphasize that it is not the union that is blessed, but the persons). But we are all sinners: Why should we make a list of sinners who can enter the Church and a list of sinners who cannot be in the Church? This is not the Gospel.”

Earlier this month, the DDF issued a five-page news release in response to the backlash from some bishops. The news release, written by Fernández, said that the opposition “cannot be interpreted as doctrinal opposition because the document is clear and definitive about marriage and sexuality.”

“There is no room to distance ourselves doctrinally from this declaration or to consider it heretical, contrary to the tradition of the Church, or blasphemous,” the cardinal said.

COMMENT:

  "We are all sinners" is true. Jesus came to "call sinners" to penance. Those sinners that go to heaven do penance and those who go to hell do not. Jesus said, "I say to you: but 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). So we do in fact have a "list of sinners who can enter the Church and a list of sinners who cannot enter the Church." The "good Thief" entered the Church and stole heaven by doing penance; the "bad thief" was cast into hell because he did not.

  Pope Francis thinks homosexuality is normal in non-African nations and opposition there is characterized as 'ideological'. In the unlighted African nations it is a cultural opposition that only time will correct. Catholic morality is grounded upon the law of God which does not change irrespective of individual cultures. Pope Francis in this clearly proves he is an ideologue. But this comment is not concerned with Pope Francis' corrupted ideology but another pressing matter: The question of schism. Can the pope enter into schism and lead others into schism?

  The modern Novus Ordo Church of the New Advent looks to the pope as the proximate rule of faith. For them, whatever the pope says and whatever the pope does is the rule for what Catholics must say and do. For faithful Catholics, dogma is the proximate rule of faith and what Catholics must say and do is driven by God's revealed Truth.

  The three attributes of the Church are: Infallibility to teach without the possibility of error, Indefectibility to sanctify the faithful, and Authority to govern. These are first and essentially attributes of God and God alone. They are attributes of the Church because the Church is a divine institution, the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ. These are NOT personal attributes of the pope! Those that make the pope their proximate rule of faith are guilty of divinizing the pope by attributing to him personally divine attributes. The pope, occupying the office of the papacy established by God for His Church, can, secondarily and accidentally, under specific circumstances and for specific reasons, engage these attributes to teach, sanctify and govern the faithful for specific ends established by God.

  Schism has a legal definition of refusing communion with the pope or with those subject to him. Its moral definition concerns refusing to recognize the universal jurisdiction of the pope to govern the Church. Jurisdiction is practical application of the attribute of Authority. The authority of the pope is not arbitrary. St. Pius X in Pascendi says “every society needs a directing authority to guide its members toward the common end, to foster prudently the elements of cohesion, which in a religious society are doctrine and worship; hence, the triple authority in the Catholic Church, disciplinary, dogmatic and liturgical” (emphasis his). The purpose of the “directing authority” (i.e. disciplinary) is to direct the Church “toward the common end” which are “doctrine” (dogmatic) and “worship” (liturgical). The “directing authority” does not possess any authority to harm doctrine, pervert worship or corrupt morals. Law as an "act of reason for the common good" cannot be valid if it opposes the "common end."

  Human law, even the highest form of human law imposed by the pope, has all the limitations of every human law. That is, a law for validity must be a promulgation of reason, by the proper authority, promoting the common good, and not in any way opposed to Divine or natural law.  As St. Thomas said, an ‘unjust law is not a law.’  St. Thomas lists three principal conditions which must be met for any human law to be valid: 1) It must be consistent with the virtue of Religion; that is, it must not contain anything contrary to Divine law, 2) It must be consistent with discipline; that is, it must conform to the Natural law; and 3) It must promote human welfare; that is, it must promote the good of society (Fr. Dominic Prummer, Moral Theology). Sodomy is a direct perversion of Divine and natural law. It is a sin that "cries to heaven for vengeance."

  "Every best gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of alteration" (James 1:17). The attributes of God are 'without change, or shadow of alteration', and so are these divine attributes of the Church, a divine institution. When a pope by virtue of the office of the papacy engages a divine attribute he is exercising accidentally an attribute of God. Jurisdiction of the pope is the practical exercise of the attribute of Authority. Every pope from St. Peter to Pope Francis, when exercising the attribute of divine Authority is exercising the one and same Authority in which there is "no shadow of change, nor shadow of alteration." When any pope exercises authority contrary to the divine Authority, he is acting in opposition to the jurisdiction delegated by God and is in fact refusing to recognize the jurisdiction of the papacy. He then acts schismatically.  Pope Francis is in schism from the Church he governs and unless he does penance, 'he will likewise parish'.

  Lastly, many bishops let the loose theological terminology and dissimulating language of Vatican II stand because it was merely a "pastoral council" and therefore, they falsely held that it could not adversely affect Catholic doctrine. This current document by the downgraded Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and signed by Pope Francis is playing the same corrupted dissimulation. The document permitting blessing sodomite couples is dismissed and merely "pastoral" and not "liturgical" affecting Catholic doctrine or worship. Vatican II is the mother of sodomite "blessings".

 

 

Being homosexual isn't a crime, it's a human condition. We are all children of God and God loves us as we are and for the strength that each one of us had to fight for our dignity. Yes, it's a sin. Being homosexual is not a crime. It's not a crime. Let's make the distinction first between sin and crime. But it's also a sin to lack charity with one another, so what about that? And being homosexual isn't a crime, it's a human condition.

Pope Francis, Interview with The Associated Press, Jan 25, 2023

COMMENT: All crimes are not sins but all sins are crimes. The four sins that cry to heaven for vengeance are willful murder, oppressing the poor, defrauding the laborer of his wages, and sodomy. All four sins have been decriminalized throughout the former Christian nations. Abortion is willful murder, excessive taxation oppresses the poor, usury and inflation defraud the laborer of his wages and property. Sodomy has not only been decriminalized it is being idolized throughout the corrupted West. The "human condition" is fallen human nature from original sin. The remedy for the human condition is the grace of God through faith and baptism, and only through faith and baptism, by which we can become children of God. To deny this remedy to homosexuals is a grave sin against charity. Would Pope Francis regard willful murder as a sin but not a crime? Usury a sin but not a crime? Theft from the poor a sin but not a crime? God loves us for what we can be and not for what  we are. His love is conditional: "If you love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). "If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; as I also have kept my Father's commandments, and do abide in his love" (John 15:10).

 

 

 

Novus Ordo Church now to be known as the Church of the Third Millennium:

CTMers ‘Up, Up & Away!’

"Synodality is a style, it is a walk together, and it is what the Lord expects from the Church of the Third Millennium." Pope Francis, Synod on Synodality

 


USCCB post on the Seven Catholic Attitudes Necessary for membership in the CTM; and no if, ands, or buts!!


1.    Innovative Outlook

2.    Inclusivity

3.    Open Mindedness

4.    Listening

5.    Accompaniment

6.    Co-responsibility

7.    Dialogue

 

 

 

CTM found in Catholic Prophecy: “A Dark Cloud of Fog Instead of a Head”

I saw a strange church being built against every rule.... No angels were supervising the building operations.  In that church, nothing came from high above... There was only division and chaos.  It is probably a church of human creation, following the latest fashion, as well as the new heterodox church of Rome, which seems of the same kind...  I saw all sorts of people, things, doctrines, and opinions.  There was something proud, presumptuous, and violent about it, and they seemed to be very successful.  I did not see a single Angel or a single saint helping in the work.  But far away in the background, I saw a laughing figure which said: 'Do build it as solid as you can; we will pull it to the ground'.... Among the strangest things that I saw, were long processions of bishops. Their thoughts and utterances were made known to me through images issuing from their mouths. Their faults towards religion were shown by external deformities. A few had only a body, with a dark cloud of fog instead of a head. Others had only a head, their bodies and hearts were like thick vapors. Some were lame; others were paralytics; others were asleep or staggering.

Blessed Anna-Katarina Emmerick, Yves Dupont, Catholic Prophecy

 

COMMENT: Historians require an appitutde to enter into the mind of the historical setting they are considering: its level of civilization, culture, fundamental suppositions, self-understanding, its religion, its heros, etc. When Church historians look upon Vatican II era they will be at a loss because there is simply is no mind to enter into.

 

 

 

“And if Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand?”

“Mutual respect… Freedom to practice one’s religion… Freedom to follow one’s conscience without suffering ostracism or persecution,” is extended to every error but, has and will never be extended by the Novus Ordo hypocrites toward Catholic tradition and truth.

Ever since the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church has placed special emphasis on the importance of dialogue and cooperation with the followers of other religions. In order to be fruitful, this requires reciprocity on the part of all partners in dialogue and the followers of other religions. I am thinking in particular of situations in some parts of the world, where cooperation and dialogue between religions calls for mutual respect, the freedom to practise one’s religion and to engage in acts of public worship, and the freedom to follow one’s conscience without suffering ostracism or persecution, even after conversion from one religion to another. Once such a respect and openness has been established, peoples of all religions will work together effectively for peace and mutual understanding, and so give a convincing witness before the world.

Pope Benedict XVI, St. Mary’s University College, London, September 17, 2010

 

 

Daily Examination of Conscience

“The troubled waters of venial offenses rise daily in the hold of our hearts; whoever, then, wishes not to perish, let him empty out every day, as sailors do the hold of a ship, by a careful and contrite Examination of Conscience.” St Augustine

“Virtue, cannot grow in the company of vice. If the one is to flourish, the other must perish. Clear away, then, what is superfluous and vicious, and that which is wholesome and virtuous will at once spring up. Whatever you withhold from your lusts will turn to the profit and advantage of your spiritual life. Therefore, let us take heed to cut down by a diligent self-examination the noxious growth of faults, vices, and defects, if we wish to see the flowers of every virtue bloom forth in the garden of our souls.”

St Bernard

“St Paul says, ‘If we judge ourselves we shall not be judged.’ If we examine and search into our conscience, submitting it to a rigorous trial, and if, when we discover any sins, we wash them away with tears of contrition, we shall not be judged by God; in other words, we shall escape punishment at His awful judgment.” 

Rev. Cornelius a Lapide

 

 

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

 

 

The CHURCH: “Another Christ”;The “most perfect image of Christ”, and now, the Image of Christ as seen in the Shroud of Turin.

The Church came forth from the side of our Savior on the Cross like a new Eve, Mother of all the living....  Christ sustains the Church in a divine manner; He lives in her to such a degree that she is, as it were, another Christ... We can think of nothing more glorious, more noble, and more honorable than membership in the Holy Roman Catholic Church, by which we become members of such a holy Body (the Mystical Body of Christ), are guided by one divine Spirit (the Holy Ghost), and finally, are nourished in this earthly exile with one doctrine (Dogma) and one same heavenly Bread (the Holy Eucharist) until we are permitted to share the one eternal beatitude in heaven.... (Let us love the Church,) the most perfect Image of Christ.

Pope Pius XII, Mystici Corporis

 

 

The Novus Ordo: Fulfilling both the genus and species of true Sacrilege

As the student of moral theology is aware, there are many difficult questions concerning the doctrine of sacrilege. Doctors are not agreed even upon the definition of the term. Sir Henry Spelman, who was deeply read in the scholastic theologians and canonists, defines it as “an invading, stealing, or purloining from God, any sacred thing, either belonging to the majesty of His Person, or appropriate to the celebration of His divine service.” Thus there are two kinds of sacrilege; the first kind is committed “when the very Deity is invaded, profaned, or robbed of Its glory,” says Sir Henry. And so the sin of Lucifer and his angels, of our first parents, of Cain (who offered the fruits of the earth and the work of human hands), of those destroyed by the flood, of the builders of the tower of Babel, of Nimrod, and of others, was a sin of sacrilege. “In this high sin,” he further says, “are blasphemers, sorcerers, witches, and enchanters; and as it maketh the greatest irruption into the glorious majesty of Almighty God, it maketh also the greatest divorce betwixt God and man.”  In other words, as modern theologians say, all sins against the virtue of religion may be called sacrilege in the wider sense of the term. In this sense it is not a specific sin, but rather a genus containing under it many different species of sin.

Sir Henry admits that this meaning of the term was not the common one with the schoolmen and canonists. “I come now,” he says, “to the second part, which indeed is that which the schoolmen and canonists only call sacrilege, as though the former were of too high a nature to be expressed in the appellation: so exorbitant a sin, as that no name can properly comprehend it:  the Greek word meaning, a warring against God, and a Greek word meaning, a direful violence upon Divine Majesty, a superlative sacrilege.” In the strict sense of the term, the specific sin of sacrilege is “a violating, misusing, or a putting away of things consecrated or appropriated to divine service or worship of God: it hath many branches time, persons, function, place: and materially. All (saith St. Thomas Aquinas) that pertains to irreverent treatment of holy things, pertains to the injury of God, and comes under the character of sacrilege. . . . Sacrilege of time is, when the Sabbath or the Lord’s day is abused or profaned: this God expressly punished in the stickgatherer.”

Rev. Thomas Slater, S.J., Questions of Moral Theology, Doctrine on Sacrilege in Moral Theology

 

 

Believe Dogma as it was once declared
     There is only one way to believe dogma: as holy mother Church has once declared.
Pope Pius IX, First Vatican Council, Sess. 3, Chap. 2 on Revelation, 1870, ex cathedra: 

“Hence, also, that understanding of its sacred dogmas must be perpetually retained, which Holy Mother Church has once declared; and there must never be a recession from that meaning under the specious name of a deeper understanding.”

     This definition of the First Vatican Council is critically important for dogmatic purity, because the primary way the Devil attempts to corrupt Christ’s doctrines is by getting men to recede (move away) from the Church’s dogmas as they were once declared.  There is no meaning of a dogma other than what the words themselves state and declare, so the Devil tries to get men to “understand” and “interpret” these words in a way that is different from how holy mother Church has declared them. 
     Many of us have dealt with people who have attempted to explain away the clear meaning of the definitions on Outside the Church There is No Salvation by saying, “you must understand them.”  What they really mean is that you must understand them in a way different from what the words themselves state and declare.  And this is precisely what the First Vatican Council condemns.  It condemns their moving away from the understanding of a dogma which holy mother Church has once declared to a different meaning, under the specious (false) name of a “deeper understanding.”
     Besides those who argue that we must “understand” dogmas in a different way than what the words themselves state and declare, there are those who, when presented with the dogmatic definitions on Outside the Church There is No Salvation, say, “that is your interpretation.”  They belittle the words of a dogmatic formula to nothing other than one’s private interpretation.  And this also is heresy.
Pope St. Pius X, Lamentabile, The Errors of the Modernists, July 3, 1907, #22:

“The dogmas which the Church professes as revealed are not truths fallen from heaven, but they are a kind of interpretation of religious facts, which the human mind by a laborious effort prepared for itself.”- Condemned

Pope St. Pius X, Lamentabile, The Errors of the Modernists, July 3, 1907, #54:

“The dogmas, the sacraments, the hierarchy, as far as pertains both to the notion and to the reality, are nothing but interpretations and the evolution of Christian intelligence, which have increased and perfected the little germ latent in the Gospel.”- Condemned

     Dogmas of the faith, like Outside the Church There is No Salvation, are truths fallen from heaven; they are not interpretations.  To accuse one who adheres faithfully to these truths fallen from heaven of engaging in “private interpretation” is to speak heresy. 
      The very point of a dogmatic DEFINITION is to DEFINE precisely and exactly what the Church means by the very words of the formula.  If it does not do this by those very words in the formula or docuмent (as the Modernists say) then it has failed in its primary purpose – to define – and was pointless and worthless. 
     Anyone who says that we must interpret or understand the meaning of a dogmatic definition, in a way which contradicts its actual wording, is denying the whole point of the Chair of Peter, Papal Infallibility and dogmatic definitions.  He is asserting that dogmatic definitions are pointless, worthless and foolish and that the Church is pointless, worthless and foolish for making such a definition. 
     Also, those who insist that infallible DEFINITIONS must be interpreted by non-infallible statements (e.g., from theologians, catechisms, etc.) are denying the whole purpose of the Chair of Peter.  They are subordinating the dogmatic teaching of the Chair of Peter (truths from heaven) to the re-evaluation of fallible human docuмents, thereby inverting their authority, perverting their integrity and denying their purpose. 
Pope Gregory XVI, Mirari Vos (#7), Aug. 15, 1832: “…(Regarding Dogma) nothing of the things appointed ought to be diminished; nothing changed; nothing added; but they must be preserved both as regards expression and meaning.”
    Thus, there is no “strict” or “loose” interpretation of Outside the Church There is No Salvation, as the liberal heretics like to emphasize; there is only what the Church has once declared. 

Most Holy Family Monastery, Outside the Catholic Church There is Absolutely No Salvation

 

 

 

Abp. Viganò: Attacking those who denounce the Deep State and Deep Church is a ‘stab in the back’


The new conciliar and synodical religion requires giving up the exclusivity of the Gospel in order to 'reposition ourselves under the banner of pluralism,' that is, apostatize from the Faith and give up the Christian combat.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò


LifeSiteNews | January 25, 2024— Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò issued a statement on X, (formerly Twitter), on Thursday rebuking an article written by Canadian Catholic Cardinal Marc Oullet in which Oullet said the “age of Christianity is over” and urged Christians to “reposition themselves in relation to their environment.”

Vigano-5.jpegWhere is the “missionary nature” of the Vatican II church? Where is the “conciliar spring” that by opening its doors to the world was supposedly going to revive the church after the post-Tridentine “obscurantism”? In their eagerness to conform to the demands of the age, the proponents of the conciliar and synodal revolution have become irrelevant and superfluous.

In the civil sphere they tell us that globalism requires sacrifices and that we must give up our sovereignty, impoverish ourselves, eat insects, be controlled in all our movements, and undergo ethnic replacement. In the ecclesiastical sphere they repeat the same mantra: the new conciliar and synodical religion requires giving up the exclusivity of the Gospel in order to “reposition ourselves under the banner of pluralism,” that is, apostatize from the Faith and give up the Christian combat, the apostolate, preaching, and the defense of Catholic principles. Deep State and Deep Church both show that they are the origin of the impending ruin and demand that we surrender to the enemy without resistance. The proponents of dissolution, just like their globalist accomplices, contemplate the rubble of sixty years of apostasy as if the ruin around them had nothing to do with their subversive action.

But if the lies of the subversives who undermine the social and religious order are not surprising, the contradiction of those who deplore the effects of the current revolution but refuse to identify those responsible for it is becoming increasingly evident. With a myopic gaze they denounce the daily horrors of the Hierarchy and civil leaders rulers but do not hesitate to attack those who, in the face of the cowardly absconding of authority, try as best they can to resist. This schizophrenic attitude – it must be acknowledged – is worse than the action of the declared enemy, it is friendly fire, it is a stab in the back.

“No one can serve two masters: for either he will love the one and hate the other; or he will prefer the first and despise the second. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Mt. 6:24).

COMMENT: The most assured sign that a Catholic has a true member of the faithful is when he is repeatedly attacked by Conservative Catholics. This is happening Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò more and more frequently. We have said from the beginning of this Mission that it is not the liberal heretical Catholics who have brought about such unmeasured destruction to the Church with the concomitant loss of countless souls but rather the Conservative Catholics who have not only failed to defend the Church, but have constantly attacked the Catholics who have been faithful to the traditions of our Church. They believe that obedience to what is objectively sinful will excuse their supine cowardice. As Archbishop Viganò says, they are “worse than the action of the declared enemy, it is the friendly fire, it is a stab in the back.”

 

 

 

Pope Francis doubles down on homosexual blessings: ‘Not the union, but the people’ are blessed


Pope Francis emphasized that the extra-liturgical blessings 'do not require moral perfection to be received' and 'that when a couple spontaneously approaches to ask for them, one does not bless the union, but simply the people who together made the request.' 


LifeSiteNews | VATICAN CITY | Michael Haynes— Pope Francis defended the controversial text Fiducia Supplicans today, stating that blessings of same-sex couples do “not bless the union, but simply the people who together make the request.”

The Pontiff made his comments during a January 26 meeting with the plenary assembly of the Congregation (now Dicastery) for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). Fiducia Supplicans emerged from that same body of the Roman Curia on December 18, having been written by the new CDF Prefect Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández, and approved by the Pope. 

Fernandez_Victor_Manuel_7_Francis_1-26-025.jpgSpeaking about “evangelization” and the sacraments, Francis closed his address by commenting on the hotly contested text. “The intent of ‘pastoral and spontaneous blessings’ is to show concretely the closeness of the Lord and the Church to all those who, finding themselves in different situations, ask for help to carry on – sometimes to begin – a journey of faith,” he said. 

The Pontiff doubled down on the arguments both he and Fernández have respectively made in the document and in their subsequent brief comments on it, stating that the blessing of two people together is not meant to condone the fact of the two people being together:

I would like to emphasize briefly two things: the first is that these blessings, outside of any liturgical context and form, do not require moral perfection to be received; the second, that when a couple spontaneously approaches to ask for them, one does not bless the union, but simply the people who together made the request. 

Not the union, but the people — of course taking into account the context, the sensitivities, the places where people live and the most appropriate ways to do it.

The Pope’s defense of Fiducia Supplicans, and by extension its author Cardinal Fernández, follows widespread opposition to the text from bishops, cardinals, and bishops’ conferences around the world. 

COMMENT: Pope Francis the Blasphemous Pervert, official head of the HomoLobby, like his fellow-travelers, is shameless. It is ironic that this comment should occur in the context of the 'new evangelization' which, unlike Catholic evangelization, officially repudiates any connection with conversion and repentance (proselytism). Any homosexual, responding to actual grace in an effort to convert and repent, can approach a Catholic priest and beg a blessing. But such a blessing is impossible to homosexual couples because the fact that they are a "couple" manifests no intention to convert and repent. Any attempt to "bless" a homosexual couple is sacrilegious because the nature of the actor, a priest who is ordained to more perfectly share in the priesthood of Jesus Christ, and it is scandalous because it leads others to believe that sodomy is acceptable to the Church, and thus, acceptable to God. Sodomy is a sin that "cries to heaven for vengeance." The sins that cry to heaven for vengeance are sins that directly violate the fundamental nature of man and its social relationships at their very core. 

 

 

 

Pope Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury lead ecumenical Vespers in papal basilica


Archbishop Justin Welby joined Francis on the altar at St. Paul's Outside the Walls and commissioned the assembled Anglican and Catholic prelates in pairings to return to their home nation to promote Christian unity.


LifeSiteNews | VATICAN CITY | Michael Haynes— Pope Francis and the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury concluded an ecumenical ceremony in Rome today with a “commissioning” to the assembled Anglican and Catholic prelates.

In the Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, Pope Francis and Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby joined forces on the altar to lead ecumenical Vespers and to send out pairings of Anglican and Catholic prelates – both male and female – on ecumenical endeavors. 

Hailing from 27 countries, the ecumenical pairing involved a Catholic and Anglican prelate from each country, who then return to their home nation to spread ecumenical efforts in the current style of Christian unity.

During Pope Francis’ homily, he spoke on the manner in which “unity” was to be effected, saying that “only a love that becomes gratuitous service, only the love that Jesus taught and embodied, will bring separated Christians closer to one another.

“Only that love, which does not appeal to the past in order to remain aloof or to point a finger, only that love which in God’s name puts our brothers and sisters before the ironclad defense of our own religious structures will unite us,” he added.

Stating how “each baptized person is a member of the one Body of Christ,” Francis drew heavily from today’s feast – the Conversion of St. Paul – saying “all efforts to attain full unity are called to follow the same route as Paul, decentralizing our own ideas in order to hear the Lord’s voice and give him the space to take the initiative.”

Addressing the assembled ecumenical clergy and a large body of the Roman Curia, Francis did not highlight the primacy of the Catholic Church but spoke instead of the role of “prayer” in the pursuit of “unity.” Quoting from St. Paul’s dialogue with God in the Scripture passage of his conversion, Francis stated:

What are we to do Lord? In asking that question, we already have an answer, because the first answer is prayer. Prayer for unity is the primary responsibility in our journey together. And it is a sacred responsibility, because it means being in communion with the Lord, who prayed above all to the Father for unity.

Francis thanked Welby for being present for the joint commissioning of bishops, highlighting that “we can confer on these joint groups of bishops the mandate of continuing to testify to the unity willed by God for his Church in their respective regions, as they move forward together ‘to extend the mercy and peace of God to a world in need.’”

Welby delivered an unplanned homily after Francis’, highlighting the themes of “unity” and “love” and how such aspects must be prioritized over “anger.”

During the commissioning itself, Francis pointed back to Pope Gregory the Great sending St. Augustine to convert the English people. Meanwhile Welby urged that “your ministry alongside one another as Catholics and Anglicans be for the world a foretaste of the reconciling of all Christians in the unity of the one and only Church of Christ for which we pray this day.”

At this point, Francis and Welby pronounced together in English a commendation to the bishops before greeting them in their pairs as the prelates approached the altar and shook hands with Francis and Welby. 

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you,” Francis and Welby said in unison after greeting the prelates.

Canterbury_Welby_Francis_1-25-24_C.jpgJust prior to the close of the Vespers, Cardinal Kurt Koch – prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Christian Unity – thanked the Pope for his presence, saying it highlighted “how much ecumenical engagement is close to your heart.”

“The ecumenism of charity has enabled us to rediscover the fraternity that, among us Christians and among us Christian communities, exists by reason of the baptism common to all, offering us an effective network of friendly relations,” Koch continued.

The ceremony took place at the conclusion of the week of prayer for Christian unity. Running alongside the week of prayer for Christian unity is the “Growing Together” summit, which is being organized by the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM).

IARCCUM is “an official commission of the Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church, established to support ecumenical dialogue between the traditions,” and it was the final event of the Rome section of the IARCCUM summit that Francis joined forces with Welby at Vespers.

IARCCUM described the event as “a significant moment, symbolic for Anglican-Catholic bonds and advancing ecumenical dialogue.”

It marks the second time that Francis and Welby have commissioned the pairs of Anglican and Catholic bishops since 2016, a year which saw the first IARCCUM summit.

Over his pontificate, Pope Francis has formed a close relationship with Welby, most recently journeying with him to South Sudan on an ecumenical pilgrimage and inviting the Anglican prelate to take a place of honor at the ecumenical prayer vigil held on the eve of the Synod on Synodality. 

COMMENT: The "unity" Jesus Christ prayed for His Church at the Last Supper was granted by God and has never been absent from His Catholic Church. The Church is called the "Mystical Body of Christ" and constitutes a substantial unity so that we can speak of the Church as one, holy, catholic and apostolic. It is one in the profession of faith; it is holy in the sacraments and the grace of God; it is catholic in that it is universal in both time and space. The unity is characterized by the attributes of faith, sacraments and government. Those that deny any dogma of Catholic faith are called heretics. Those that deny the jurisdictional governance of the pope are schimatics. Both heretics and schismatics are cut off from God's grace and the unity of the Mystical Body of Christ even if they remain a material member of the Church and even if they constitute part of the governance of the Church.

Schism like heresy has both a legal and a moral definitions. Legally schism is the failure to have communion with the pope and those who are subject to him. Morally schism must be viewed from the perspective of God and divine law. God established His Church with jurisdiction. This jurisdiction is one and universal. Every pope from St. Peter to the current occupier of the papacy enters into the one and only jurisdiction established by God. When any pope or bishop engages the jurisdiction of the Church to destroy the ends for which Jesus Christ established His Church, he becomes morally a schismatic for he acts against and denies the jurisdiction established by God.

Pope Francis by entering into common liturgical prayer, which the Divine Office is, with the heretical and schismatic Anglicans is committing the sin of heresy and schism. Although the pope cannot be legally judged by any man because there exists no greater criminal jurisdiction, does not prohibit any of the faithful Catholics from a moral judgment when the pope commits manifest sins of heresy and schism.  Manifest sins are sins that have already been judged by God. And so St. Paul could say with divine certitude:

Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind (sodomites), nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God. 1 Cor. 6:9-10

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury, idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects, envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God. Gal 9:19-21

Those who habitually commit "manifest sins" with no intention of conversion or repentance are known as "dogs" and "swine" and Catholics are warned by Jesus Christ to "Give not that which is holy to dogs; neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turning upon you, they tear you" (Matt 7:6).

 

 

Hermeneutics of Continuity/Discontinuity

Pope Francis denies Catholic Dogma:

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

Pope Francis the Vanishing, quoted by Eugenio Scalfari in a private interview

 

“What I’m about to say is not a dogma of the Faith but something I hold personally: I like to think that hell is empty. I hope that’s the reality!"

Pope Francis the 'Is there anyone else here?', Italian television interview, 1-13-2024

 

St. Athanasius Profession of Catholic Dogma:

“Who suffered for our salvation; descended into hell; rose again the third day from the dead. He ascended into heaven, he sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from whence he will come to judge the living and the dead. At whose coming all men will rise again with their bodies; And shall give account for their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire.

This is the catholic faith; which except a man believe truly and firmly, he cannot be saved.”

Athanasian Creed

 

 

 

 

 

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Pope Francis the Pasty Faced does not have long to live. He will soon know existentially that Hell is real, the punishment is real, and the duration is eternal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Archbishop Viganò: Today we celebrate the papacy amid a historic phase of ‘crisis and apostasy’


During this crisis, we remember the prophecy of Leo XIII who warned that 'where the See of Blessed Peter and the Chair of Truth was established to enlighten the nations, there they have placed the throne of their abomination and impiety, so that by striking the Shepherd they might also scatter the flock.'


CATHEDRA VERITATIS

Sermon on the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter in Rome

Praised be Jesus Christ.

Today the Church in Rome celebrates the feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, with which the authority that Our Lord conferred on the Prince of the Apostles finds in the Chair its symbol and ecclesial expression. We find traces of this celebration since the third century, but it was in 1588, at the time of the Lutheran heresy, that Paul IV established that the feast of the Chair qua primum Romæ sedit Petrus would take place on January 18, in response to the denial of the presence of the Apostle in the City of Rome. The other feast for the Chair of the first Diocese founded by St. Peter, Antioch, is celebrated by the universal Church on February 22. 

Let me point out this important aspect: just as the human body develops antibodies when disease arises, so that it can be defeated when it is infected; so too the ecclesial body defends itself from the contagion of error when it occurs, affirming with greater incisiveness those aspects of dogma threatened by heresy. For this reason, with great wisdom, the Church proclaimed Truths of the Faith at certain times and not before, since those Truths were hitherto believed by the faithful in a less explicit and articulated form and it was not yet necessary to specify them. The sacred Canons of the Ecumenical Council of Nicaea respond to the Arian denial of the divine nature of Our Lord, and are echoed by the splendid compositions of the ancient liturgy; the denial of the sacrificial value of the Mass, transubstantiation, suffrages, and indulgences are answered by the sacred Canons of the Council of Trent, and along with them also the sublime texts of the Liturgy. Today’s feast responds to the anti-papal denial of the foundation of the Diocese of Rome by the Apostle Peter, a feast that was desired by Paul IV precisely in order to reiterate the historical truth contested by Protestants and to strengthen the doctrine that derives from it. 

The heretics and their neo-modernist followers, who have infested the Church of Christ for the past sixty years, act in the opposite way. And where they do not brazenly deny the Catholic Magisterium, they attempt to weaken it by being silent about it, omitting it, and formulating it in such a way as to make it equivocal and therefore acceptable even by those who deny it. This is exactly how the heresiarchs of the past also acted; this is how the innovators acted at Vatican II; and this is how those who, in order not to be accused of formal heresy, seek to cancel those “immune defenses” with which the Church had endowed herself, so as to make the faith fall into error and infect those defenses with the plague of heresy. Almost everything that the Mystical Body had wisely developed over the centuries – and particularly during the second millennium of the Christian era – growing harmoniously like a child who becomes an adult and strengthens himself in body and spirit, has now been willfully obscured and censured, with the deceptive excuse of returning to the primordial simplicity of Christian antiquity, and with the unspeakable purpose of adulterating the Catholic Faith in order to please the enemies of the Church. If you take the Montinian Missal, you will not find explicit heresies in it; but if you compare it with the traditional Missal, you will find that the omission of so many prayers composed in defense of revealed Truth was more than enough to make the Reformed Mass acceptable even to Lutherans, as they themselves admitted after the promulgation of that fatal and equivocal rite. To confirm this, even the feasts of the Chair of St. Peter in Rome and Antioch have been combined into one, in the name of that cancel culture that the modernist sect adopted in the ecclesiastical sphere well before the woke Left appropriated it in the civil sphere. 

Today we celebrate the glories of the Papacy, symbolized by the Cathedra Apostolica that the genius of Bernini artistically composed on the altar of the apse of the Vatican Basilica, which is dominated by the alabaster window depicting the Holy Spirit and guarded by four Doctors of the Church: Saint Augustine and Saint Ambrose for the Latin Church, Saint Athanasius and Saint John Chrysostom for the Greek Church. In the original project, which has remained intact through the centuries, the Chair was located above an altar, which the devastating fury of the innovators did not spare, moving it between the apse and the baldacchino of the Confession. Yet it is precisely in the architectural unity of altar and chair – which today has been deliberately erased – that we find the foundation of the doctrine of the Primacy of Peter, which is founded on Christ, He who is the lapis angularis, just as the altar of sacrifice, which is also a symbol of Christ, is made of stone. 

We celebrate the Papacy in a historical phase of grave crisis and apostasy, which has risen even to the level of the Throne on which Peter first sat. And while our hearts are broken in contemplating the ruins caused by the devastation of the innovators to the detriment of so many souls and the glory of the divine Majesty; while we implore from Heaven a light that will allow us to understand how to combine Our Lord’s promise Non prævalebunt with the steady stream of heresies and scandals spread by the one whom Providence has inflicted on us at the head of the ecclesial body as punishment for the sins committed by the Hierarchy in these decades; while we see the division between those who deluded themselves that they still had a Pope segregated in the Monastery and the schism in the Dioceses of Northern Europe with their wicked synodal journey strongly desired by Bergoglio, we remember the prophecy of Leo XIII of happy memory, who wanted to insert in the prayer of the Exorcism against Satan and the apostate angels those terrible words that at the time must have sounded almost scandalous, but that today we understand in their supernatural sense: 

Ecclesiam, Agni immaculati sponsam, faverrimi hostes repleverunt amaritudinibus, inebriarunt absinthio; Ad omnia desiderabilia ejus impias miserunt manus. Ubi sedes beatissimi Petri et Cathedra veritatis ad lucem gentium constituta est, ibi thronum posuerunt abominationis et impietatis suæ; ut percusso Pastor, et gregem disperse valeant. 

Terrible enemies have filled the Church, bride of the immaculate Lamb, with bitterness, they have poisoned her with absinthe; they have laid their wicked hands on all desirable things. There where the See of Blessed Peter and the Chair of Truth was established to enlighten the nations, there they have placed the throne of their abomination and impiety, so that by striking the Shepherd they might also scatter the flock. These are not randomly written words: they were written after Leo XIII, at the end of Mass, had a vision in which the Lord granted Satan a period of time of about a hundred years to test the men of the Church. They echo the message of the Blessed Virgin at La Salette, fifty years earlier: “Rome will lose the Faith and become the seat of the Antichrist,” and precede by little more than a decade that third part of the Secret of Fatima in which, in all likelihood, Our Lady predicted the apostasy of the Hierarchy with the Second Vatican Council and the liturgical reform. 

Every believer down the centuries has been able to look to Rome as a beacon of truth. No Pope, not even the most controversial popes in history like Alexander VI, ever dared to usurp his sacred Apostolic Authority in order to demolish the Church, adulterate her Magisterium, corrupt her Morality, and trivialize her Liturgy. In the midst of the most shocking storms, the Chair of Peter has remained unshaken and, despite persecution, it has never failed in the mandate conferred on it by Christ: Feed my lambs. Feed my sheep (Jn 21:15-19). Today, and for ten years now, feeding the lambs and sheep of the Lord’s flock is considered as a “solemn foolishness” by the one who now occupies the Throne of Peter, and the command that the Lord has given to the Apostles – Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you (Mt 28:19-20) – is seen as deplorable “proselytism,” as if the divine mission of the Holy Church were comparable to the heretical propaganda of sects. He said so on October 1, 2013; January 6, 2014; September 24, 2016; May 3, 2018; September 30, 2018; June 6, 2019; December 20, 2019; April 25, 2020, and again just a week ago on January 11, 2023. And here collapses the last, gasping vestige of what was Vatican II, which made “mission” [missionarietà] its watchword without understanding that in order to proclaim Christ to a paganized world it is necessary first of all to believe in the supernatural Truths that He taught the Apostles and that the Church has the duty to guard faithfully. Watering down Catholic doctrine, silencing it, and betraying it in order to please the mentality of the age is not the work of Faith, because this virtue is based on God who is the Supreme Truth; it is not a work of Hope, because one cannot hope for the salvation or help of a God whose revealing authority and saving love one rejects; it is not a work of Charity, because one cannot love Him whose very essence is denied. 

What is the vulnus that has struck the ecclesial body, making possible this apostasy of the leaders of the Hierarchy, to the point of causing scandal not only in Catholics, but also in the people of the world? It is the abuse of authority. It is believing that the power connected with authority can be exercised for the very opposite purpose of that purpose which legitimizes authority itself. It is taking God’s place, usurping His supreme power to decide what is right and what is not, deciding what can still be said to people and what is to be considered old-fashioned or outdated in the name of progress and evolution. It is to use the power of the Holy Keys to loose what ought to be bound and bind what ought to be loosed. It is not to understand that authority belongs to God and to no one else, and that both the rulers of nations and the prelates of the Church are all hierarchically subjected to Christ the King and High Priest. In short, it is separating the Chair from the altar, the authority of the Vicar and the Regent from that of the One who makes that authority sacred, ratified from above, because He possesses its fullness and is its divine origin.

Among the titles of the Roman Pontiff, there recurs, along with Christi Vicarius, also that of Servus servorum Dei. If the first has been disdainfully rejected by Bergoglio, his choice to retain the second sounds like a provocation, as his words and his works demonstrate. The day will come when the prelates of the Church will be asked to clarify what intrigues and conspiracies may have led to the Throne one who acts as the servant of Satan’s servants, and why they have fearfully assisted his excesses or made themselves accomplices of this proud heretical tyrant. Let those tremble who know and yet are silent out of false sense of prudence: by their silence they do not protect the honor of the Holy Church, nor do they preserve the simple from scandal. On the contrary, they plunge the Bride of the Lamb into ignominy and humiliation, and drive the faithful away from the Ark of Salvation at the very moment of the Flood.

Let us pray that the Lord will deign to grant us a holy Pope and holy rulers. Let us implore Him to put an end to this long period of trial, thanks to which – like every event permitted by God – we are now understanding how fundamental it is instaurare omnia in Christo, to recapitulate everything in Christ; how hellish – literally – is the world that rejects the Lordship of Christ, and how much more infernal is a religion that strips itself with contempt of its royal garments – robes dyed with the Blood of the Lamb on the Cross – to become the servant of the powerful, of the New World Order, of the globalist sect. Tempora bona veniant. Pax Christi veniat. Regnum Christi veniat.

And so may it be.

+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop

January 18, 2023
Cathedra sancti Petri Apostoli, qua primum Romae sedit

COMMENT: It is an uplifting sermon by Archbishop Viganò. It is particularly encouraging for our Mission that Archbishop Viganò is celebrating the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter at Rome. This feast was removed from the 1962 Bugnini transitional Missal celebrated by Indult communities. Archbishop Viganò is using the same Missal used at our Mission which is undoubtedly the "received and approved" immemorial Roman rite which every Catholic possesses by the right of his baptism.

 

 

 

COMMENT: Víctor Manuel Fernández –  Pope Francis' appointment to head the downgraded “Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith,” is as fundamentally perverse as his boss. The African and many Eastern Catholic bishops have revolted against Francis/Bergoglio's recent authorization for "blessings" of Sodomites which they dismiss as a "cultural" problem. These "blessings" however will proceed at the Vatican. It is unfortunate that it has taken something so grossly perverse to awaken these bishops and remove the scales from their eyes but awake they are, and if they now begin to trace carefully the roots of this problem they will eventually return to the Catholic Faith in its purity and worship. In the end, Vatican II will be thrown into the same garbage with Fernandez and his books.

Abp. Viganò: Fernández’s blasphemous sex book is yet another fruit of the Vatican II revolution


'If we think of the spousal model that Saint Paul offers us in the most chaste relationship between Christ and the Church (Eph 5:22), Tucho’s unmentionable obscenities reveal to us a soul totally corrupted by vice, and by a vice that with all evidence seems to have been amply experimented.'

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò


image094.jpgLifeSiteNews | January 11, 2024 — If, before Vatican II, an official of the Holy Office had been tasked with examining the text of La Pasión Mística to draw up a report on it in view of making a judgment about it, in all probability he would not have dedicated more than “ten, fifteen seconds” to it before throwing it into the stove. But before Vatican II a heretical pornographer would never have aspired, not only to the Sacred Purple of the cardinalate, but not even to the priesthood; nor would his Superiors have ever admitted him to Holy Orders. Víctor Manuel Fernández – known as “Tucho” by the friends of Santa Marta – instead rose to the very top of the Hierarchy, created Cardinal and appointed Prefect of the Holy Office – excuse me, of the “Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith” – by another Argentine heretic, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who, since March 13, 2013, has demonstrated by his governance and teaching actions that he is an emissary of the globalist elite, following the wishes, or rather the mandates, of the Anglo-American deep state. But just when Fernández’s cursus horrorum seemed to reserve him entry into the Conclave as Jorge Mario’s candidate, along came the embarrassing pamphlet dusted off from the shelf, destined to weigh like a tombstone on Tucho’s ambitions.

A cursory reading of La Pasión Mística is difficult and shocking for anyone. The limping prose and the didactic insistence on aspects of copulation are accompanied by descriptions of obscenity that would embarrass even a consummate frequenter of brothels, to the point of wondering if certain details were also the subject of personal experimentation by Tucho Fernández. The most obvious and normal reaction to seeing the obscene pages of this pamphlet is the instinctive disgust one feels for the shameful satisfaction in juxtaposing perversions unworthy of a civilized person to the sphere of spirituality, and this is enough to avoid indulging in dangerous curiosities and throw it into the flames. No complex theological speculations are needed to understand that this insistence on sexuality cloaked in mystical ambitions is one of the incontrovertible signs of diabolical action, as Saint Ignatius teaches. But once we have seen Fernández’s foul work being consumed in the avenging fire, we are left with the feeling of having been somehow stained by his moral filth.

image073.jpgIf the condemnation without appeal of this work does not even have to be explained, so obvious is its obscenity, it is nevertheless necessary to ask ourselves some questions about its author and ask ourselves how much the doctrinal and spiritual approach that emerges from La Pasión Mística and Saname Con tu Boca is compatible with the priestly, episcopal and the cardinalatial dignity and the role of Prefect of the Dicastery. Because what shocks the reader is not only the author’s ease in dealing with scabrous topics, but in having dared to take them as a key to understanding the mystical experience, in a blasphemous subversion. In fact, if the Christian soul starts from the union with God, from the bond of pure and spiritual Charity that binds it to its Lord, Creator and Redeemer, to behave accordingly in the face of good and evil; Tucho starts instead from a borderline reality to make it the yardstick of divine life, to interpret the relationships between the Three Divine Persons and the soul in the light of a corrupt and deviant sexuality. In his view it is therefore not the Truth of God that illuminates our moral action, sanctifying it and making it meritorious, but the sinful action of the individual and the couple that determines the very essence of God. We have already had various previews of this inverted vision of the terms, not the least of which is the idea that would like to consider the Commandments as ideal objectives which man is supposedly unable to conform to, according to the situational morality endorsed by the Argentine Jesuit. For Tucho it is not the individual who must obey God, but God who must adapt His requests, His Law, to what the individual decides. It is the mentality of Fiducia Supplicans, which in the absence of any doctrinal basis to legitimize a seriously sinful union, invents a new way of considering the blessings in use in the Church – a “true novelty” – in order to bless what cannot be blessed and ratify what not only cannot be ratified, but must indeed be condemned.

“Let us now ask ourselves whether these particularities of the male and female in orgasm are somehow also present in the mystical relationship with God,” writes Tucho, who does not only speak of the “aggressive grunts” of the man or of “images with violent sexual scenes, images of orgies” which according to the author should entice the man more than the woman, but also of their sacrilegious use as a figure of supernatural love, so that it is no longer the married couple who give themselves in the fruitful marital relationship on the model of divine Charity, but it is the Divine Persons who see themselves reduced to partners in a sexual relationship, with the aggravating circumstance that this reference model is deliberately distorted and distorted by choosing it from the most extreme examples inspired by pornography, an industry managed almost entirely by Rabbi Solomon Friedman’s MindGeek, with the aim of morally corrupting the goyim.

If we think of the spousal model that Saint Paul offers us in the most chaste relationship between Christ and the Church (Eph 5:22), Tucho’s unmentionable obscenities reveal to us a soul totally corrupted by vice, and by a vice that with ll evidence seems to have been amply experimented.

The horror that a normal person feels when reading the revolting pamphlet is twofold: one’s horror at the indecent and blasphemous contents is combined with the horror of seeing how the current Prefect of the most important Roman Dicastery is not only not ashamed of it, but actually has brazenly tried to justify his literary attempts, which according to him could constitute “a moment of dialogue with young couples who wanted to better understand the spiritual meaning of their relationships”. Because if certain perversions are deplorable and serious in a soul brutalized by vice, they become intolerable when they are made the subject of publication by a priest who is a professor of moral theology – as Tucho was at the time the book was published, before being made a Bishop by Bergoglio.

It is not surprising if, in conjunction with the news of the existence of this pamphlet, the Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna – Adjunct Secretary of the Tucho dicastery, former Promoter of Justice of the CDF under Benedict XVI – asked to discuss – rectius: asked to open up for discussion – the topic of ecclesiastical celibacy. If the Prefect of the former Holy Office was able to write and publish such blasphemous obscenities, it is because he wants them to become normality not only for lay people, but also and above all for clerics, so that their moral brutalization precludes them from any even remote possibility of preaching a Gospel that they are the first to contradict, and which, according to another Cardinal, “is not a distillation of truth”. Those who ask to abolish Celibacy do so because it is the last Catholic bastion to protect the Priesthood. Look at the erotic frescoes commissioned by Vincenzo Paglia in the Terni cathedral; Rupnik’s blasphemous and sacrilegious sexual magic rituals; the “chem parties” with prostitutes of the secretary of Cardinal Coccopalmerio, Monsignor Capozzi; the appointments of Ricca in Santa Marta and as Prelate of the IOR [Vatican Bank], of Maradiaga to the Council of Cardinals, of Grech, of Hollerich, not to mention the Substitute of the Holy See, Archbishop Peña Parra; the shame of Fabian Pedacchio, former personal secretary of Bergoglio and “companion” of the Secretary of the Dicastery of Bishops Ilson Montanari; look at the cover-ups of the McCarrick sex scandals that I denounced and how his circle is still found in roles of high responsibility, both in the Vatican and in the United States, with Farrell, Cupich, Tobin, Gregory, and McElroy; Bergoglio’s audiences with transsexuals, well-known homosexuals, and cohabiting lovers: can anyone seriously believe that there is no coherence in this cesspool of vices and perversions with what Tucho wrote in 1998?

The first confirmation of this coherence comes from the enthusiastic approval enjoyed by Bergoglio and his henchmen among the declared enemies of Christ and the Church: Freemasons, globalists, LGBTQ+ and gender activists, promoters of the woke ideology, proponents of neo-Malthusian eugenics, abortionists. How can we believe that those who enjoy the support of Lynn Forester de Rothschild, the Soros’s, the Clinton’s, Bill Gates and Klaus Schwab can at the same time fight in the name of the Gospel of Christ against the infernal ideology that drives these criminal subversives? There are those who have rightly pointed out that, in light of this shameful mass of pseudo-mystical and sacrilegious pornography, all the insistence of Tucho and the Bergoglian sect on the inclusion of sodomites and concubinarists sounds like a shameless and shameless Cicero pro domo sua. Even the simple faithful, with the common sense that comes from being members of the Church, have understood that this mass of perverts only seeks to legitimize the vices of others in order to be able to practice them themselves in broad daylight, after having clumsily hidden them for decades; and that this shameful conflict of interest is so evident in its obscene arrogance that it disqualifies the mellifluous and deceptive declarations of welcome. Because these misguided people do not seek the salvation of lost souls, but cynically use them as a pretext for their own personal gain, to indulge their own vices and those of their accomplices, to fuel the vile network of blackmail that controls rulers, politicians, actors, clerics, journalists, magistrates, doctors, and entrepreneurs from all over the world.

What Fernández writes in La Pasión Mística is not that different from what actually happened on Jeffrey Epstein’s island. But this is not normality, even if it is what the author of the pamphlet would like us to believe, with pseudoscientific petulance: “On a hormonal and psychological level there are no pure males and females.” If these are Tucho’s hormones and psychology, there are however many people who live their affection and marital relationship using reason, free will, and the Grace of God. There are people – and this is what Fernández cannot understand – who have the humility to recognize themselves as weak and fallible, but who precisely because they are aware of their own weakness find in God the strength to resist temptations and grow in virtue, with that heroism that only Charity can inspire and nourish in the hearts of those who do not look at reality from a pool of smelly manure. Virtue: something unknown to the new usurpers of Santa Marta. The silence we have witnessed so far has finally been broken by a choral protest to say the least: the list of entire Episcopal Conferences, of some Cardinals, of diocesan Ordinaries, of associations of clerics and professors of ecclesiastical disciplines who oppose Bergoglio is growing longer every day. And to the grievances of the Clergy are added those of the Catholic laity and even exponents of other religious confessions, tired and exasperated by this mad rush towards the abyss. But if the indignation for Fiducia Supplicans and the concomitant Vatican scandals is right and proper, we must have the courage to recognize that the Argentine Jesuit represents the metastasis of the conciliar cancer, and that his apostasy through synodalism – that is, resorting to methods of control of assemblies in which the totalitarian communist regimes are very expert – is consistent with the ideological foundations laid by the collegiality theorized by Vatican II.

I repeat: we must recognize that a revolutionary process has been underway for over a century; a planned process which then materialized with the subversive action of the neomodernists at the Council and with their seizure of power throughout the post-conciliar period; a process in which all the Popes from John XXIII to Benedict XVI took an active part. If we arrived at the worship of the Pachamama it is because we passed through Assisi; if the Abu Dhabi Declaration was signed and desired by the Holy See, it is because we first tolerated Nostra Ætate and Dignitatis Humanæ; if we have come to hear deaconesses theorized it is because we have suffered in silence the introduction of “extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist” and altar girls. And – let’s say it! – if today the Vatican is reduced to a brothel, it is because since the time of Paul VI there was no desire to nip in the bud the lavender mafia that was encysted in the Vatican, instead favoring those who, being more blackmailable, gave greater guarantees of obedience. The pattern of how the deep church acted to infiltrate the Catholic Church is a mirror image of what the deep state followed to take control of civil governments, as recent news shows us. The sewer from which the infamous pamphlet of the Prefect of the former Holy Office re-emerged is the same from which the scandals of the characters mentioned in Epstein’s list emerge. We need a radical return to the God of the human race, through a purification of civil society and the ecclesial body. We need to oppose this attack with collective action, so that the Papacy may return to being a Beacon of Truth and a Harbor of Salvation, and not the megaphone of the antichristic synarchy of the World Economic Forum.

 

 

 

 

RULE OF FAITH

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

Scheeben’s Dogmatic Manuel of Catholic Theology

 

 

Without faith, it is impossible to please God. (Heb. 11-6)

Scripture and Tradition ARE the ‘Remote Rule of Faith’; DOGMA IS the ‘Proximate Rule of Faith’ 

If Pope Francis wants to understand St. Vincent of Lerins, he has only to read Vatican Council I!

For, the doctrine of faith which God revealed (the “doctrine of faith” that “God revealed,” is found in Scripture and Tradition, the remote rule of faith) has not been handed down as a philosophic invention to the human mind to be perfected, but has been entrusted as a divine deposit to the Spouse of Christ, to be faithfully guarded and infallibly interpreted (the “faithful and infallible interpretation” of the “divine deposit” of faith is called DOGMA which is the proximate rule of faith). Hence, also, that understanding of its sacred dogmas must be perpetually retained, which Holy Mother Church has once declared (that is, the DOGMA itself is the “once declared... understanding”); and there must never be recession from that meaning under the specious name of a deeper understanding. “Therefore […] let the understanding, the knowledge, and wisdom of individuals as of all, of one man as of the whole Church, grow and progress strongly with the passage of the ages and the centuries; but let it be solely in its own genus, namely in the same dogma, with the same sense and the same understanding.” [Vincent of Lerins, Commonitorium, 23, 3].  

Vatican Council I, Dogmatic Constitution on the Faith, Dei Filius

 

 

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

Pope Francis denigrates traditional Catholics as schismatics and regards those who keep the immemorial ecclesiastical customs of our Faith as “neo-Pelegians.”  If the members of Ss. Peter & Paul were really “schismatics,” we would then have their “respect” for us, and “respect (for our) religion, its teachings, its symbols, its values.... (for our) religious leaders and places of worship.” 

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

Pope Francis, greeting to Mohammedans at the end of Ramadan

 

 

 

The Theological Virtues of faith and hope can exist without charity.  But then they are not perfect virtues.  Perfect virtue enables a man to act perfectly in the pursuit of happiness.  But an act of faith which does not proceed under the impulse of charity is not a perfect act of faith.  Believing in God without loving Him does not effectively lead a man to God.  Similarly hope cannot be perfect without charity or the love of God.  The sinner who hopes for Heaven through some future repentance is doing a good thing, but he is not doing it well.  To hope perfectly in God’s goodness a man must love God and be in union with God’s will.

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

 

 

 

 

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COMMENT: The former bishop of Harrisburg, the Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades, became visibly angry when he was told that we know that the only reason he has established an Indult community for the Latin Mass in Harrisburg, in a beautiful church, at a central location, and at convenient Mass times, with all the other sacraments is because that is what is being offered in York, PA. He did not deny it because it is true. He became visibly angry because it revealed his hypocrisy. We rejected Bishop Rhoades offer to become an Indult community because the Indult is a conditional grant of legal privilege to do something that is normally against the law. It therefore can be revoked or altered at any time for any reason whatsoever. What is more damaging, accepting an Indult is at the same time a renouncement of any claim to our God given rights as Catholics to the "received and approved" immemorial Roman rite of Mass. As long as Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Mission is here in York, the Indult will be available in Harrisburg. We are glad for this. This is one of the important reasons for the establishment of our Mission. It is, however, not the most important reason. 

The current regulations governing the Indult published with this letter by Bishop Senior contains no changes excepting the use of the 1962 Rituale Romanum will be restricted to the chapel in Harrisburg. If anyone wants to be married, buried or shriven in the 1962 Bugnini rite they will have to do so in Harrisburg. The conditions to obtain the Indult requires Catholics to accept only 1962 Indult Bugnini transitional Missal and they must accept the "validity" of Vatican II.

We at Ss. Peter & Paul reject the Indult Bugnini transitional Missal and offer only the "received and approved" immemorial Roman rite dogmatized at the Council of Trent, inserted in the Tridentine Profession of Faith, and codified after the Council by the infallible decree, Quo Primum.  It is the Mass in common usage before Bugnini laid his filthy Masonic hands on it.

As for the "validity" of Vatican II we are in agreement. It was an act of the "authentic magisterium," that is, an act of valid churchmen acting by virtue of their grace of state. It was "valid" in a legal sense and legally "valid" merely as pastoral council that binds no Catholic conscience whenever it departs from or undermines any Catholic doctrine or morals. Vatican Council II has corrupted the Catholic faith and Catholic worship and wrought unspeakable damage to the Church with the concomitant loss of untold number of souls. "Valid" in purely legal sense but nevertheless heretical in the doctrinal sense. The bishops of Harrisburg have been repeatedly invited to enter into an open public exchange on the merits of our doctrinal, moral, liturgical and canonical claims for over twenty years now for the purpose of bringing those in error back to the truth. We have had no takers. Pope Francis is the fruit of Vatican II. He now declares that a bishop cannot forbid a priest from "blessing" homosexual couples but the bishop can forbid the acceptable worship of God.    

 

 

 

 

“Living Tradition,” synonym for Immanentism of the Modernist

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

Hermeneutics of Continuity/Discontinuity

Pope Francis Teaches:

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

Catholic Church Teaches:

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

 

 

God is TRUTH, and those who fall away from TRUTH fall away from GOD

While he (the eldest brother of the Machabees) was suffering therein long torments, the rest, together with the mother, exhorted one another to die manfully, saying: The Lord God will look upon the truth, and will take pleasure in us, as Moses declared in the profession of the canticle: 'And In his servants he will take pleasure'. (II Machabees 7:5-6)

“That it should be very clear that these priests have nothing to do with those who place in doubt… the doctrinal soundness of the Roman Missal promulgated by Pope Paul VI, in 1970 and that their position should be without any ambiguity and publicly known.” One of several "conditions" agreed upon by Indult Catholics to offer or attend a Bugnini transitional Missal Mass of 1962

COMMENT: IF Saints Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Mission were not in York, PA, the Indult community under the Fraternity of St. Peter would not be in Harrisburg, PA. There is not a single Catholic receiving a single sacrament at the Harrisburg Indult who does not owe a debt of gratitude for the sacrifices made by members of our Mission. God always keeps score.

 

 

 

 

 

Signs of the Times:

"Rome will lose the faith...." Our Lady of LaSallette

image011.jpgStatue of St. Peter, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church of St. Nicolas located close to Buenos Aires, Argentina was stuck by lightening on Gaudete Sunday melting away the aureole and the keys. Could it mean that we should 'rejoice' because our Lady of the Holy Rosary has stripped the heretic pope, Francis/Bergoglio, of his image of sanctity and the keys of authority? Or maybe it means Francis/Bergoglio was never pope because Benedict/Ratzinger never fully abdicated and, therefore, he is just a bishop symbolized by the crosier being undamaged? After all, the very hairs on the head even of this statue are numbered! Why should a singular lightening strike be seen as anything but purposefully directed by God's providence?

 

 

 

The Jewish genocidal holocaust against the Palestinian people will soon enter its third month with over 20,000 dead, the majority of them children. The U.S.A. has provided all the munitions to Israel to make this possible.

image014.jpgIsrael Routinely Dropping US-Supplied 2,000-lb Bombs in Dense Civilian Areas

Zero Hedge | Tyler Durden | December 24, 2023

As civilian casualties in the Israel-Hamas war continue to mount -- surpassing 20,000 from a population of just 2 million -- alarm is growing over Israel's all-too-eager use of a particularly devastating weapon: the 2,000-pound MK-84 bomb.  

Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas on Earth. For most other militaries, that image017.jpgwould be cause for restraint, particularly where the MK-84 is concerned, given its 3,280-foot hazardous blast radius. However, as the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces ) presses its campaign against the militant group Hamas and its elaborate tunnel system, it's exhibiting an unusually high tolerance for civilian harm.

For perspective, consider that the US military used only one MK-84 bomb during its entire fight with ISIS. However, the US has poured an astounding 5,400 of them into Israel's arsenal since the Oct. 7 Hamas invasion of southern Israel.

Defying IDF assurances that it seeks to minimize civilian casualties, a New York Times analysis of satellite imagery suggests that Israel has even dropped more than 200 MK-84 bombs alone in the area of South Gaza where it told Palestinians to flee for safety. 

 

 

 

 

Parish Priest: Around noon today, December 16, 2023, a sniper of the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) murdered two Christian women inside the Holy Famnily Catholic Parish in Gaza,  where the majority of Christian families have taken refuge since the start of the war. Mahida and her daughter Samar were shot and killed as they walked to the Sister's Convent. One was killed as she tried to carry the other to safety. Seven more people were shot and wounded as they tried to protect others inside the church compound. No warning was given, no notification was provided. They were shot in cold blood inside the premises of the Parish, where there are no belligerents.

Israeli Response: I would reject the characterization of the words he used, 'cold blooded killing'. That would indicate deliberate targeting of civilians that is something we don't do. We don't shoot people that are going to church to pray. That doesn't happen. That's not the way the IDF operates. That's against our rules of engagement. We don't know exactly what happened and I would urge people to not jump to conclusions. There have also been in the past all sorts of stories put out by Hamas and their supporters accusing Israel of all sorts of terrible deeds that in the end proved to be wrong. We are talking about a combat area where there is an exchange of fire between Israeli forces and Hamas terrorists. To say that Israel is deliberately targeting Christian worshipers is a terrible accusation that is unfounded. 

FACT: As for a policy of targeting civilians, IDF snipers have been directly targeting international press reporters wearing clear press identification. Approximately 80 press reporters have so far been shot and killed. Israel is anxious that photographic evidence of their war crimes are suppressed. The use of a 2,000-pound MK-84 bombs each with a destructive radius of more than 1/2 mile against a densely populated area to kill a 'suspected terrorist' is the very definition of terrorism.

 

 

Fiducia supplicans, published by the prefect of the Dicastery (formally the Congregation ) for the Doctrine of the Faith, on the question of blessings for “couples in an irregular situation and couples of the same sex”, was signed by the Pope Francis himself.

Most American bishops are going along with Pope Francis’ ‘blessings’ for homosexual couples

The majority of prelates so far have sought to defend and downplay Pope Francis’ new declaration approving ‘blessings’ for homosexual couples despite the unchangeable Catholic teaching that the Church cannot bless sinful relationships.

LifeSiteNews | Michael Haynes | December 19, 2023 In the aftermath of Pope Francis’ new document attesting that priests are permitted to bless “couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples,” the majority of prelates so far have sought to defend and downplay the document’s significance, with others welcoming it as a sign of change.

Across the U.S. episcopate reactions have as yet been largely muted, with bishops seeking to avoid or downplay Pope Francis and Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández’s December 18 document Fiducia Supplicans, in which the Vatican approved of “blessings” for same-sex couples. Providing the national response was a statement from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), although only from a spokesman, not from a representative bishop.

It read:

The Declaration issued today by the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) articulated a distinction between liturgical (sacramental) blessings, and pastoral blessings, which may be given to persons who desire God’s loving grace in their lives. The Church’s teaching on marriage has not changed, and this declaration affirms that, while also making an effort to accompany people through the imparting of pastoral blessings because each of us needs God’s healing love and mercy in our lives.

Fiducia Supplicans reiterated the Church’s teaching on marriage as only between man and woman, but added that under certain conditions there exists “the possibility of blessings of couples in irregular situations and of same-sex couples.”

In his preamble to the document, Fernández – the new prefect of the Congregation (now Dicastery) for the Doctrine of the Faith – stated that the Church’s teaching on marriage was not changing, but that the document’s “innovative contribution” to, and “broadening” of, the “understanding of blessings” was a “real development from what has been said about blessings in the Magisterium and the official texts of the Church.”

Causing instant consternation in the Catholic world, the text was swiftly welcomed by pro-LGBT advocates, notably including Father James Martin S.J, who said he would now “be delighted to bless my friends in same-sex unions.”

Numerous traditional Catholics have also been swift to highlight the import of the text from the opposite position, however there has also been widespread efforts by both clerical and lay figures to present Fiducia Supplicans as not being in juxtaposition with Church teaching. 

Some bishops argued that the text did not offer any possibility of blessing for same-sex couples. Bishop Robert McManus of the Diocese of Worcester wrote the document “reaffirmed that the Church does not have the power to impart a liturgical blessing on irregular or same-sex couples or to bless their union.” 

Instead, McManus argued it offered “a type of blessing that can be conferred on anyone to invoke God’s help and mercy in their lives if the individuals seek to be guided by a greater understanding of God’s plan for love and truth. These blessings are offered for the people themselves, not their union.” 

But in contrast, Bishop Mark Brennan of the Diocese of Wheeling–Charleston was well aware of the document’s openness to the blessing of homosexual couples. “I guess the change is widening the scope of our consciousness of who can receive blessings,” he said, adding: 

But all the way along I think people have received blessings whether they were in any kind of union they were in, heterosexual or homosexual… If they’re living in a union in which they’re sexually active, and if it’s not a union the church can recognize, then they should not receive Holy Communion. They are welcome to come to Mass, they are welcome to pray.

This awareness was similarly stated by Bishop Michael Fisher of the Diocese of Buffalo, who noted not to confuse any homosexual blessing with marriage, and said:

Although we have not had time to study the document more fully, we understand that Catholic priests may now bless a same-sex couple, or other unmarried couples, as long as it is not a formal liturgical blessing and that the blessing does not impart the impression that the Church is blessing the union as if it were a marriage.

Especially warm in his praise for the pope and Fernández’s new document was the pro-LGBT Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe. He described the text as “a wonderful decision the Pope has made, and I support it completely.” 

“God loves us all. That is what the pope is saying,” added Wester, before saying that the document was a preventative measure to clergy “who only deny, reject and exclude.”

According to local news, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Houston–Galvaston stated he had “no problems” with the document’s proposal of blessings that do not resemble marriage. The reason for this stance was “because I don’t think anything really has changed, except we want to be merciful, always merciful,” he said:

God wants to bless everyone. There is a thing called sacramental blessings for marriage. They remain what they are. People who are not in valid unions you can’t bless the union but human beings reach out to God. They sometimes cry out to God, so for a priest to say a blessing for someone, that’s fine. [.....]

COMMENT:

Then they led Jesus from Caiphas to the governor's hall. And it was morning; and they went not into the hall, that they might not be defiled, but that they might eat the pasch (John 18:28).

During the mock mob trail of Jesus before Pontius Pilate the proceeding was conducted outside the governors hall located in the Antonia Fortress so the Jews would maintain their ritual purity and not be defiled before the great feast of the Passover. But what could be more defiling than conspiring for the death of the God-Man Jesus Christ? This document of Pope Francis, Fiducia Supplicans, is an attempt to maintain 'ritual purity' while at the same time 'blessing' the sin of Sodom in the sight of the secular world.

The possibility that Pope Francis could be converted to the Catholic faith is as morally impossible as the conversion of Caiaphas the High Priest. From the subjective perspective Francis/Bergoglio denies the value of proselytism, that is, he categorically denies the value of what St. John the Baptists called for, conversion and penance. From the objective perspective, he has repeatedly attributed heretical teaching and immoral acts to the work of the Holy Ghost. Jesus Christ said that those who "speak against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in the world to come" (Matt. 12:32). The sin against the Holy Ghost was identified by Jesus Christ when the Pharisees attributed the miracles of Jesus to Beelzebub. Attributing acts of God to the devil and attributing acts of the devil to God are of the same nature because "He that is not with me, is against me.... Therefore I say to you: Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but the blasphemy of the Spirit shall not be forgiven." (Matt. 12:30-31).

When we look at Pope Francis, we are looking at a damned soul. Is this giving unjust judgment? No! We are forbidden to cast pearls before swine or to give what is holy to dogs. We therefore are to distinguish who are pigs and who are a dogs! The sins of Pope Francis are manifest. They, by their very nature, do not and cannot admit a good intention that could mitigate guilt and reserve judgment. St. Paul describes many manifest sins: "Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, Nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind (sodomites), nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God" (1 Cor. 6:9-10). These manifest sins are already judged: "Some men's sins are manifest, going before to judgment: and some men they follow after. In like manner also good deeds are manifest: and they that are otherwise, cannot be hid" (1 Tim. 5:24-25).

The sins of Pope Francis will cause immeasurable damage to the Church but will not touch the faithful who keep dogma as their proximate rule of faith. As for the American bishops, Bishop Strickland is the only voice of opposition to be raised. All the other bishops are dogs that do not bark. They will learn in turn that silence or any equivocation in the face of the manifest sins of Pope Francis makes them accessories to his sins and equally worthy of condemnation.

We know that in the end, as the Mother of God has said, "My Immaculate Heart will triumph." She will crush the head of Satan. Remember that Jesus said that the gates of hell will not prevail against His Church. "Gates" are an image of a defensive fortress. It is the Church that is attacking against the gates of hell. After the fall of Adam and Eve we have the promise of the Woman who will crush the head of Satan. In the Old Testament there are several types of the Blessed Virgin Mary seen in women who repeatedly strike deadly blows against the heads of Satan's seed. In everyone of these types, the woman is the aggressor such as Jael, Judith, and the woman throwing the millstone. The Mother of God will triumph, and by the grace of God, she will see that her children will have part in this victory.

 

 


 

 

St. Paul addressing the bishops in Greece before his final departure

Wherefore I take you to witness this day, that I am clear from the blood of all men; For I have not spared to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed to yourselves, and to the whole flock, wherein the Holy Ghost hath placed you bishops, to rule the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. I know that, after my departure, ravening wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock. And of your own selves shall arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, keeping in memory, that for three years I ceased not, with tears to admonish every one of you night and day.

St. Paul, Acts of the Apostles, 20:26-31

COMMENT:

"Clear from the blood of all men"? How so? By preaching God's truth without a shadow of prevarication. The point is, St. Paul is warning the bishops "take heed" of themselves so that they too will be "clear from the blood of all men." They must guard the flock committed to their care from "ravening wolves." And some of the "ravening wolves" will be bishops. But we may observe, if all the warnings given to the Apostle Judas by Jesus Christ Himself repeated oven more than a year only hardened his heart in sin, what will the warnings of St. Paul produce? No, St. Paul is not addressing the "ravening wolves" among the bishops. He is addressing the faithful bishops that they will someday need to protect the faithful from other clerical wolves. In the apostasy of England Bishop John Fisher alone stood against the "ravening wolves." Today in the U.S.A. only the conservative Bishop Strickland has opened his mouth against the blasphemy of Fiducia Supplicans which has as its ultimate purpose the indirect destruction of the sacrament of marriage. Yet Bishop Strickland fled from the "ravening wolves" and abandoned the flock that the 'Holy Ghost had placed him to rule.' Pope Francis, like all heretics and schismatics, will attempt to overthrow the sacrament of marriage for it is the metaphor Jesus Christ has established to represent His union with His Church and each of His Faithful. As we approach the punishment that will cleanse the Church we pray that some of them may repent but expect that most if not all will 'go to their own place' (Acts 1:25) as did Judas. 

 

 

 

The precious light of faith will go out in souls because of the almost total moral corruption… The licentiousness will be such that there will be no more virgin souls in the world… By having gained control of all the social classes, the sects will tend to penetrate with great skill into the heart of families and destroy even the children… Priests will abandon their sacred duties and will depart from the path marked out for them by God. The then Church will go through a dark night for lack of a Prelate and Father to watch over it with love, gentleness, strength and prudence. 

Our Lady of LaSalette to Melanie

 

 

 

Pope Francis the Despicable

'One ought to obey God rather than man'; therefore, were the Pope to command anything against Holy Scripture, or the articles of faith, or the truth of the Sacraments, or the commands of the natural or divine law, he ought not to be obeyed, but in such commands is to be passed over (despiciendus).

Juan Cardinal de Torquemada, O. P. (1388-1468) Summa de Ecclesia

COMMENT: Pope Francis the Despicable has managed to corrupted Holy Scripture, denied Catholic Dogma, perverted the Sacraments, and now issues direct commands against divine and natural law. The translation of despiciendus as "to be passed over" is mild. The literal translation is "to be despised."

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Akita

 

 

 

Our refuge in temptation

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

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

Cardinal Henry Manning, sermon

 

 

The Collegium Traditionis is born

A traditional house of clerical formation

image025.jpgDear Friends and Benefactors,

On December 2, the President of Exsurge Domine offered hospitality in Torrita di Siena for the celebration of Mass on the First Saturday of the month, followed by a reception attended by a number of friends and supporters. It was an opportunity to get to know each other in person - or to meet again - and to let you know about the decision to undertake the establishment of the Collegium Traditionis, the house of clerical formation that will welcome young traditional vocations and accompany them with discernment toward the Priesthood: I invite you to read my homily for a more complete picture. Needless to say, this ambitious project responds to an obvious pastoral need of the faithful - especially in Italy - and to my duty, as Successor of the Apostles, to ensure a doctrinally and morally safe harbor for new and holy Vocations: only with a long-term view, projected toward the future of our children, will we be able to create the basis for the rebirth of a genuinely Christian society. Without workers, you know well, the Vineyard of the Lord bears no fruit.

By now you will have learned of the unilateral decision of the Nuns of Pienza not to continue on the path they had taken and to abandon the Monastic Village project, which Exsurge Domine had generously offered them. Without going into the merits of the choice of the Benedictine Community, I would like to reiterate - as the President has already had the opportunity to communicate - that what has been done so far thanks to your support will not be interrupted, but will simply be adapted to the new destination of the properties and buildings: no longer a cenobium for nuns, but a Seminary and a place of retreat for those who feel called to the service of God. I also believe that this change has allowed the realization of something more urgent and certainly desired by Divine Providence. Of course, I cannot help but feel sorry for the attacks made against Exsurge Domine; but you know better than I that any work that has a supernatural purpose is targeted by the devil. So let us not be surprised if even our efforts - however prudent and conscientious they may be - are made the object of ungenerous criticism and slander: this will rather enable us to commit ourselves with greater confidence to the Lord's help.

This new issue of the Exsurge Domine Newsletter is published on a special and symbolic occasion: the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. And it is under Her patronage that we place our apostolate, our activity, our commitment, but also your families, your intentions and concerns. To Her, our Queen and Lady, we entrust ourselves, our loved ones and all of you, whose prayers and material support have made possible what has been done so far. I trust that we can count on your help and that of so many generous people to support all that remains to be accomplished.

With deep gratitude, I wish you all to spend Advent in a spirit of preparation for the Nativity of Our Lord, accompanied on this journey of waiting and prayer by the maternal protection of the Immaculate Virgin.

+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop

www.exsurgedomine.org

 

 

What we cannot do, because we do not have the authority, is to officially declare that Jorge Mario Bergoglio is not Pope. The terrible impasse in which we find ourselves makes any human solution impossible.

Our task must not be to engage in the abstract speculations of canonists, but to resist with all our strength – and with the help of God’s Grace – the explicitly destructive action of the Jesuit Argentine, refusing with courage and determination any collaboration, even indirect collaboration, with him and his accomplices.

+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop

December 9, 2023, Infra Octavam Imm. Conc. B.M.V.

 

Pope Francis is an enemy of the Catholic Faith and Catholic Morality. Although we pray for our enemies, we do not pretend that they are our friends!

But I say to you, Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you: That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh his sun to rise upon the good, and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust. For if you love them that love you, what reward shall you have? do not even the publicans this? And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more? do not also the heathens this? Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect. Matt. 5:44-48

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Wikipedia

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

Ernest Hello

 

 

“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

 

 

Lord God our Master, Who established in heaven the ranks and armies of angels and archangels for the service of Your glory, grant that as we make our entrance, the holy angels may enter too, serving with us and joining in the praise of Your goodness. For all glory, honor and worship befit You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever Amen.

Byzantine Liturgy, Entrance prayer

 

 

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

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

Pius XII, Humani Generis

 

 

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

Rev. Cornelius a Lapide, Commentary on St. Matthew

 

 

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

St. Theresa of Avila

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

Antonio Socci, Italian journalist and author

 

 

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

Pope Francis Teaches:

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

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

 

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

Pope Francis, On Heaven and Earth

 

The Catholic Church Teaches:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Rev. Cornelius a Lapide, Commentarii in Sacram Scripturam

 

 

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

St. Francis de Sales

 

 

 

DOGMA AS THE PROXIMATE RULE OF FAITH

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

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

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

VATICAN I COUNCIL

 

His friends just call him “Bergoglio”!

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Reported exchange NOT yet confirmed by our Vatican Sources:

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

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

image027.jpgOn 13 June 1525, after weeks of speculation, Martin Luther secretly married Katharina von Bora, a former nun, in a private ceremony officiated by city preacher Johann Bugenhagen and attended by jurist Johann Apel, professor Justus Jonas, and artist Lucas Cranach and his wife. Over the last centuries, scholars, writers, artists, Wittenberg citizens—in their popular, annual Lutherhochzeit [Luther’s wedding] festival—and even a recent filmmaker have characterized this event as one of the iconic episodes of the Lutheran Reformation. Yet Luther’s marriage neither legalized nor heralded an immediate acceptance of priestly marriage even in reformed territories. Luther certainly was not the first cleric to marry. Three of the witnesses at his wedding—Apel, Bugenhagen, and Jonas—were former Catholic clergy who had all married by mid-1523, a full two years before this event. Only a few weeks prior to this event, Luther expressed hesitation about marriage even for political reasons, suggesting perhaps he would agree to a chaste marriage, a Josephehe, to support married clergy. Luther’s marriage does illustrate many aspects of the ongoing reform process. His mixed feelings about marrying, the atmosphere that led him to a decision, the subsequent outcry about marriage, and the personal trials that faced him and his wife in their married life had much in common with the many clergy who married before and after him in the first decades of the German Reformation.

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

 

 

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

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

Scheeban’s Manual of Catholic Theology