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The Novus Ordo Files:
NEWS ARCHIVE for JULY, 2006

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"...what concord hath Christ with Belial?"
                               
~ 2 Corinthians 6:15

 

The work of far-out radicals?...yes, but far-out radicals totally committed to the false Catholicism of Vatican II
Canadian "Jesuit" peace sculpture a monument to religious indifferentism
The Jesuit Monument to Peace on Grotto Mountain in the Canadian Rockies is an expression of the heretical Modernist contention that "every religion, even that of paganism, must be held to be true." (as condemned by Pope St. Pius X in his anti-Modernist encyclical, Pascendi) Here we see an artwork that blasphemously depicts the Holy Ghost in the form of a dove hovering above symbols of Christianity and twelve other world religions--false religions, which are cast in the two halves of the sculpture representing Christ as the Alpha and the Omega. The implication is clear: While the juxtaposition of the religions together with the cross shows them all held to be true and of value, the placing of the Cross over them but still united with them shows the Catholic religion having an excellence over them only of degree and not of kind (to quote St. Pius again: "the most that Modernists can maintain is that the Catholic has more truth because it is more vivid...")

Some traditionally-minded people in the Conciliar church may object that these Jesuits are on the fringe and not to be taken as truly representing the faith that emerged from Vatican II, however the exact opposite is true, as the sculpture is a very accurate depiction of the Modernist mentality promoted at the Council, then carried on unswervingly by the false popes and permeating the entire Novus Ordo establishment in the ensuing decades. 

For example, in the Council's
Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio, approved in 1965 by Paul VI, bluntly contradicted all prior Catholic teaching (that is, it contradicted the Magisterium) by claiming that "the Spirit of Christ has not refrained from using them [non-Catholic churches and "faith communities"] as means of salvation" (in its explanation of the Creed, the Catechism of the Council of Trent taught precisely the opposite--that the false churches are "guided by the spirit of the devil"), while fourteen years later John Paul II did not hesitate to write a line that St. Pius X would instantly have recognized as Modernist: "the firm belief of the followers of the non-Christian religions--a belief that is also an effect of the Spirit of truth." ("Encyclical" Redemptor Hominis)

For a new, in-depth critical essay on this important subject, see:
 
"Vatican II's Decree on Ecumenism and the "means of salvation" issue"


 



Hmm, looks like another "reform of the reform" is needed

Irreverence, apathy mark  Novus Ordo response to "sacrament of reconciliation"
"Christopher Walsh, a Connecticut priest and author of The Untapped Power of the Sacrament of Penance — A Priest’s View....estimates that 20 percent of Catholics regularly go to confession. That jibes with statistics that 25 percent to 35 percent of Catholics attend Mass weekly. A 2003 University of Notre Dame study of Catholics on their frequency of confessions found 9 percent went once a month or more; 10 percent several times a year; 27 percent once or twice a year; 52 percent almost never or never; and 1 percent didn’t know or refused to answer....

"Walsh gives possible explanations for the decline: It is not fulfilling for many Catholics. There is a 'misinterpretation' of the Vatican II Council that confession itself was obsolete. Catholics are 'absorbing the culture' that has been 'just casting off the whole idea of sin and guilt.'”

More Conciliar confusion concerning confession “You are supposed to be praying and examining your conscience to make a good confession as you stand in line,” said Betty Bova of of St. Bernard of Clairvaux parish. “To tell the truth, I always talk to someone, probably distracting them from praying.”
 



Putting out the fire of the Holy Ghost, perhaps?
Martian firefighters "mass" held in Germany
Okay, we added the "Martian" part, but this is still bizarre by any form of reckoning. Quite in keeping with the endless stream of Conciliar liturgical nonsense, however; anything to demean what should be the dignity and solemnity of Divine Worship seems to be the rule of the day.


Pray for him, not to him!
Two "miracles" surface in Sheen sainthood bid
"Two decades after Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen died, Catholic leaders say two dying people survived through prayers in the name of the Illinois native who became a national celebrity in the early days of television." NOW Comment: Regrettably, Bp. Sheen threw himself head over heels into the Vatican II religion and modified or even denied many of the traditional Catholic positions he once held, even in the late 1970s praising the "new mass" as good for souls (when it was well established that precisely the opposite was true) in Catholic Digest and failing to speak out forcefully against Communism--something that had been almost a trademark for him in his talks and writings, which makes talk of his sainthood suspect, to say the least. We should hope, rather, that he saved his soul.
 

Why bother? No one comes to church anymore anyway!
British "bishops" drop holy days of obligation
"Priests and lay Catholics expressed dismay this week after it emerged that the bishops of England and Wales had abandoned several traditional Holy Days of Obligation. The bishops’ conference announced last Thursday that the Vatican had given its approval for three of the Holy Days to be dropped."
 

Ah, maybe it's because you quit being Catholics?
US bishop says Vatican II has led to polarization within church
"Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, said that this decline of common meaning is corroding Catholic identity and "is shaking our communal self-understanding, which leads to the dangers of divisions, quarrels and fragmentations," he said in a pastoral letter issued a year after his installation as head of the Belleville Diocese."
 

New from Christ or Chaos
The Work of Fools: The "new theology" and "Pope" Ratzinger
At the heart of the Modernist ethos is the belief that truth can contradict itself. As God is the author all truth, Modernists believe that God can contradict Himself, that He has not revealed anything that can be defined definitively, that it is up to believers to "reinterpret" the meaning of "truth" time and events unfold. This is, of course, the work of fools. Nevertheless, the Modernist acceptance of the Hegelian view of the world (that ideas contain within themselves the seeds of their own inherent contradiction, thus creating a conflict that is resolved in the evolution of a new idea, a synthesis, from the first idea and its antithesis) is the foundation of the work of men such as the late Fathers Hans Urs von Balthasar and Henri de Lubac and their protege, Father Joseph Ratzinger.


Palm Sunday 2006 altar servers in Austria
 

No outright condemnation since 1981? Here's why....
Novus Ordo commission to re-review false apparitions at Medjugorje
Outdoor "charismatic mass" at Medjugorje"'

Cardinal' Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, announced a commission would be formed to review the alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje and pastoral provisions for the thousands of pilgrims who visit the town each year. 'The commission members have not been named yet,' Cardinal Puljic told Catholic News Service in a July 24 telephone interview. 'I am awaiting suggestions from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith' on theologians to appoint."

NOW Comments: Earlier this month Ratko Peric, Novus Ordo "bishop" of Mostar-Duvno, Bosnia (the formerly Catholic diocese that includes Medjugorje) declared that neither he nor modernist Rome recognizes the occurrences at Medjugorje as being authentic Marian apparitions and he urged the supposed visionaries to cease such claims. Peric's seemingly stern words led some observers to conclude that a Medjugorje crackdown was soon occur, but the more recent article to which we've linked distinctly shows such is not the case and that there is good reason.

These supposed appearances of our Lady have been taking place since 1981 and, according to proponents, now number in the thousands--and almost invariably the "Blessed Mother" had messages for the seers. Compared this to two of the best-known true, authenticated apparitions of Mary: 1858--Lourdes, eighteen times to St. Bernadette and 1917--Fatima, six times to Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia. In each case, the Holy Virgin's words were relatively few, but of the greatest importance for the wellbeing both of individuals, but of the mankind, always with the emphasis on the spiritual; at Medjugorje, the "Mother of Christ" spoke often and many preposterous things of a worldly nature were attributed to here, such as the claim by "visionary" Vicka that our Lady instructed that she wanted a 100-bed--no, not hospital, but--"pastoral center" (that is, hotel) built in Medjugorje.

The "message of the day" angle, which would turn the Blessed Virgin into the heavenly equivalent of a gossip columnist ought to be a large red flag as far as the Medjugorje sightings go, not to mention the from-poor-village-to-a-money-magnet aspects, which has been subtly advanced through slick marketing ploys. 

Yet there are far more serious questions that the Medjugorje "apparitions" raise, because they touch directly on the Faith. Quite tellingly, the "Virgin" turns away from sound Catholic doctrine and spouts Vatican II errors--she suddenly becomes "Our Lady of Ecumenism." On the frequently asked questions page of Medjugorje Web, a pro-apparition site that boasts over 4000 pages(!), the question is asked: "One one of the messages said that all faiths are equal. Isn't this against the Catholic Church's beliefs?" The webmaster answers as follows:

There was a question asked of Our Lady in October 1981 which was: Are all religions the same? Our Lady answered: "Members of all faiths are equal before God. God rules over each faith just like a sovereign over his kingdom. In the world, all religions are not the same because all people have not complied with the commandments of God. They reject and disparage them."

The difficulty that some Catholics have had with this answer is based on the belief that the only salvation is within the Catholic Church. But the Catholic Church does not believe this. In fact, Vatican II in its Dogmatic Constitution on the Church "Lumen Gentium" says this: "Those also can attain to salvation who through no fault of their own do not know the Gospel of Christ or His Church, yet sincerely seek God, and moved by grace strive by their deeds to do His will as it is known to them through the dictates of conscience. Nor does Divine Providence deny the helps necessary for salvation to those who, without blame on their part, have not yet arrived at an explicit knowledge of God and with His grace strive to live a good life."

It is a great privilege to be Catholic and I love my faith. I share my faith through my actions and words whenever possible. But as Matthew 7 says "Judge not, that you may not be judged". It is not up to us to decide who goes to Heaven and who does not by their faith.

In addition, the "apparitions" on more than one occasion have implicitly denigrated our Lady's Immaculate Conception.  For example, an alleged vision of Aug. 2, 1981 concluded with this observation: "That evening during the apparition, those present followed one another in order to touch 'the veil, the head, the hand, the dress' of the apparition. 'At the end the Virgin seemed dirty, full of stains.'" See Medjugorje--A false apparition (included are more of "Mary's" ecumenical quotes)

 Considering this and other equally dubious facets of Medjugorje, there is no way that it's authenticity (or lack thereof) would be  continue an open question for a quarter of a century if real Catholics were occupying seats of power. The notion that a "Bp." Peric and his predecessor could categorically condemn the supposed apparitions (even speaking of "schism") and yet permit the Medjugorje industry to thrive within the boundaries of his diocese without excommunicating the perpetrators of the fraud--likewise, the non-intervention by the past two pretenders on the Chair of Peter--is more evidence, were it needed, that the Vatican II hierarchy does not speak with the authority of the Roman Catholic Church, for true Catholic authority does not permit the endangerment and potential ruin of its flock by spiritual counterfeits. (See, for example, the Church's ruling and subsequent actions against the "seer" of Necedah and her followers).


Opus Dei financier brutally executed
"A banker who had been questioned over a huge corporate scandal was found murdered on Friday, having apparently been kidnapped coming home from a meeting of the Roman Catholic organisation Opus Dei . The body of Gianmario Roveraro, 70, had been chopped into pieces and hidden in a hut beneath a motorway bridge about 30km from Parma."
 

While he upholds the "dignity" of criminals
Chaput hears load of gripes concerning illegal aliens
"[Denver "Archbishop" Charles] Chaput said hearing such frustrations hasn't changed his mind about the need to protect the dignity of immigrants, 'but it might change my personal thoughts about what political solutions are best.'"

NOW asks Caput and other Novus Ordo defenders of crime this question: When someone maliciously enters another person's home without the owner's permission or knowledge with the intention of violating the owner's property rights and helping himself to whatever he finds in the house, how can you talk about "the need to protect the dignity" of the criminal trespasser? Yet that is analogous to what you are doing every time you dare speak about defending illegal aliens and absurdly invoke the "dignity" of those who show utter contempt for our country, its laws and its sovereignty every time they transgress our borders.
 

"Pope" Ratzinger welcomes traditionalists to St. Peter's
Oops, wrong tradition....never mind!
 

But doesn't deny it!
Future FL "bishop's" office disputes report he'd give "Communion" to pro-abort politicians
"Bishop-designate Frank J. Dewane disputed an article in Friday's Herald-Tribune that said he would grant Communion to politicians who favor abortion rights. A spokeswoman for the Diocese of Venice said his comments during an interview were misinterpreted. But the spokeswoman wouldn't say what Dewane's stance was on the controversial issue."

NOW Comments: This is a classic example of Novus Ordo doublespeak, if ever there was one. Who but the shills of the Vatican II church find it difficult to answer in a straightforward way about this issue.  What Dewane told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune was that he doesn't intent to "politicize the sacraments," which is a code language green light to receive for those who push legalized baby-killing with their votes. So why the claim that he was misinterpreted? The Diocese of Venice is made up largely of retired people, many (if not most) of whom are pro-life, so they would not be happy with a "bishop" who coddles pro-abortion politicos and if they aren't happy, the Sunday collections drop off. Hence the spokeswoman's refusal to reveal the putative bishop's stand clearly indicates that he does, indeed, support the pro-abortionists, otherwise a simple, "No, they cannot receive" would have sufficed and satisfied the pro-lifers. Hey, at least she didn't lie (Bill Clinton would be proud of her obfuscation)!

Reality Check: "But let your speech be yea, yea: no, no: and that which is over and above these, is of evil." Matthew 5:37

 

Roman Catholic Faithful group reports:
Springfield (IL) "Bishop" George Lucas allows predatory sodomites to stay in positions of authority
"Yet another individual (Scott J. Kastel) has come forward with first-hand testimony regarding Msgr. John Renken’s predatory homosexual nature. Mr. Kastel has allowed me to use his name publicly because he is scandalized by the fact that Bishop George Lucas, while claiming to want information regarding clergy misconduct, refuses to act once he receives it. Kastel provided both former Bishop Ryan (himself a predator) and Bishop Lucas with statements and only came to Roman Catholic Faithful, Inc (RCF) after Lucas refused to take action."
Database of priests accused of sexual abuse


From "Christ or Chaos"
Disordered Theology (Novus Ordo emphasis: "dignity," not salvation of souls)
"There is not a scintilla of the sensus Catholicus in most of what emanates from conciliarist, Modernist Rome. Even the efforts of conciliarists to oppose various moral evils are couched in conciliarspeak, eschewing any and all language that could be identified with the authentic patrimony of the Catholic Church. Efforts to oppose the slaughter of preborn children in their mothers' wombs and to oppose 'disordered lifestyles' are founded in a desire to assist 'humanity,' not in a desire to save souls. There is not one reference to the possibility that those who are involved in objectively Mortal Sins stand even the remotest possibility of losing their souls for all eternity in Hell if they persist in a state of final impenitence when they draw their dying breaths."


Really "reverent" music
Revealing Novus Ordo vocations video
This comes from Christ the King Seminary, run by Benedictines in British Columbia. It consists of footage of seminary life accompanied by John Paul II quotes, but without any voiceover. Although it appears relatively "conservative" by post-Vatican II standards (even including a minor seminary), the seminary's website includes "Theology of the Body" downloads. Though there isn't a lot that openly offends in the video, the driving rock background music is the antithesis of what should be representing Catholic vocations to the priesthood, but is so typical in the Vatican II religion, the implication being that young men will not be attracted to a vocation unless it's made to seem trendy, "with it" and open to the world. Gregorian Chant is avoided because it represents solitude and detachment from the world, yet these are the very firm foundations upon which true vocations have always been formed.

 

But ten months after her sleazy album debuted!
Ignatius Press dumps its former fair-haired girl
"In light of the recent statements and actions of singer Charlotte Church, Ignatius Press will be dropping all of her products. It is with regret that we do this; Miss Church possesses a great gift from God, and in the past she has used her talent often to offer praise and glory to our Lord...." Related Article: Charlotte Church faces Catholic boycott over Nazi Pope jibe

Reality Check: The righteous indignation of Ignatius Press is around ten months late in coming. The above announcement was issued on July 18, after her blasphemous anti-Catholic television "comedy" routine (some of the things she did actually seemed like an unconscious parody of fringe Novus Ordo behavior). The trouble is that Church released an album, "Tissues and Issues," on last September 13th, which showed her on the cover in immodestly dressed and in suggestive pose and which carried controversial songs, including one hinting at deviant sexual activity. Singles from the album also came with cover photos showing the singer in unladylike dress. Despite all of that Ignatius Press continued to carry her products, so the firm evidently had no problem with her unseemly image makeover until she made went too far on TV, where among other things called Benedict XVI a "Nazi."

 


Dr. Rama Coomaraswamy [RIP]

Dr. Rama Coomaraswamy, doctor, author and former seminary professor, passed away on July 19th. He is best known for the book, The Problems with the New Mass. In the 1980s he wrote extensively for The Roman Catholic magazine and was Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the Society of St. Pius X's St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Ridgefield, Connecticut in the early part of that decade. Please pray for the repose of his soul.

One of Dr. Coomaraswamy's last articles dealt with the controversy over the validity in Novus Ordo episcopal consecrations, in which he challenges the position articulated last fall by the Society of St. Pius X's Brother Pierre Marie that they are, indeed, valid.


 

ADL hails Episcopal Church vote to address anti-Jewish prejudice in Scripture
"The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) applauded the Episcopal Church's decision to address 'anti-Jewish prejudice' in its Scriptures and liturgical texts....ADL noted that since 1965, the Roman Catholic Church has adopted historic new policies that condemn anti-Semitism and call for providing context for Bible passages that appear to be 'anti-Jewish' without proper explanation. In addition, other mainline Protestant churches, including the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Methodist Church, have taken steps to address anti-Jewish prejudice in their sacred texts and liturgy."

NOW Comments: This is a reminder that the criticisms of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ had less to do with the filmmaker than with his ultimate source: The Gospels. That Jewish groups such as the ADL would have a problem with the New Testament is understandable, because it announces the end of the old covenant, to which modern Jews still adhere in varying degrees, as well as their rejection of the new covenant, manifested in Jesus Christ; hence they necessarily must reject the Gospels as not being divinely inspired and subject to human prejudices and error. However, their "Catholic" allies in attacking both Gibson's film and Holy Scripture as "anti-Semitic" had (nor have) no such excuses. 

While the ADL applauds the Episcopal Church for its efforts in unscriptural revisionism, it also finds time to praise the House for rejecting Marriage Protection Amendment.

 


 

Synagogue of Satan on attack
New Italian Cathedral to Padre Pio designed as Masonic Temple?
In a July 17th posting on the forum page of the Roman Catholic Online website (scroll down the above linked page for photos)  it is reported that the  Italian religious magazine, Chiesa Viva, March 2006 was a special issue devoted to examining the question as to whether a cathedral dedicated to the holy Capuchin stigmatist Padre Pio of San Giovanni Rotondo is really a Masonic temple in the guise of a Catholic church.

The publisher/editor of Chiesa Viva, Dr. Luigi Villa (Novus Ordo Watch carries a translation of his article concerning John XXIII), who is believed to have sent copies of the issue to "Catholic & 'catholic' priests, Bishops, Cardinals, as well as a selected group of Italian lay persons including members of the judiciary."

Clearly, this is a story that bears close monitoring--and it is one that isn't going away any time soon. In fact, according to one person posting on the above forum, "an English language translation...is now being prepared and a print run of 50,000 planned" emphasis added).

For those who read Italian here is the online edition of Chiesa Viva's special issue, "Una 'Nuova Chiesa' a San Padre Pio." (It's worth taking a look at even if you can't read it, because there are photos to see.)

 



Latest member of Heresy of the Month Club
Methodists to sign joint justification declaration
"The World Methodist Conference meeting in South Korea is expected to sign the joint declaration on justification signed in 1999 by the Catholic Church and the World Lutheran Federation. The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity made this announcement today in a communiqué sent to the Vatican press office."

Background articles:
Joint Declaration on Justification "On October 31, 1999 [the same day that in 1517 Luther posted his false theses and that long has celebrated by Lutherans and other Protestants as "Reformation Day"], representatives of various Lutheran bodies and the Vatican signed a Joint Declaration on justification. Martin Luther's teachings on justification were solemnly condemned as heretical by the Council of Trent."
The Augsburg Accord “Ratzinger credited with saving Lutheran pact”

 

Malta holds out against divorce through EU back door
"Malta is the only European Union member state that does not permit divorce. Poland and Ireland, both [formerly] staunch Catholic countries, have introduced a divorce law, but in a very restrictive format."

 

New rival for Madonna, Sinead in Novus Ordo bad girl competition
Charlotte "voice of an angel" Church sparks one unholy row
"[British pop singer] Charlotte Church has sparked a holy row by dressing up as a drunk, drug-taking nun in her new chat show. [Church], who was raised as a Catholic, smashed a statue of The Virgin Mary and stubbed chewing gum out on the face of the baby Jesus in a shocking comedy sketch....Welsh religious leaders blasted Charlotte for dressing up as a nun in a sketch which saw her taking communion wafers in the shape of smiley face ecstasy tablets."

As a sweet-voiced thirteen-year old she had a best-selling pop-classical crossover album that included traditional renderings of "Pie Jesu,"  "Panis Angelicus," "The Lord's Prayer" and "Ave Maria." Appropriately, it was entitled "Voice of an Angel." But that was eight years ago; now, after an image makeover, an official bio of her reads: "Charlotte Church not only has 'the voice of an angel,' but a 'wicked' flare for life." So, sadly to say, it would seem.

 

For your penance, hug a tree and tell it you're sorry
"Cardinal" urges better care of environment
"Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk of Seoul has called on his archdiocese, in a pastoral letter, to be more environment-friendly."

 

The great facade continues to crumble
Novus Ordo "priests": a "a graying, shrinking fraternity"
"Nationally, the average age for newly ordained seminarians in 2004 was 37, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The average age for priests is 57."

 

Caution! Links contains immodest photo
Confirmation 2006: Novus Ordo style
The above photo shows the "Most Reverend" John Ricard visiting with a scantily clad young woman (well-dressed by John Paul II standards, perhaps) at St. Paul Church, Pensacola, FL this spring, when he was on hand to administer "confirmation."  (Is it just us or do you also find this photo highly disturbing? And by that we mean more disturbing, say, than the usual new church photo linked on Novus Ordo Watch--creepy, even.)
See St. Paul confirmation slide show

Also from the Pensacola diocese: Indian priest visiting Florida Panhandle accused of sexual abuse

 

Recalling his ties to Judaism
Jewish leader on John Paul II: "He's our Pope, too"On December 1, 2003 Rabbi Marvin Hier presented a menorah to "Pope" John Paul II in grateful appreciation for his accomplishments in furthering the cause of religious indifferentism.
"'A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II & the Jewish People,' [which] runs through Friday, Aug. 11, at the Catholic university in central Pittsburgh before going on to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, traces the life of the pontiff who would repeatedly condemn anti-Semitism as a sin and become the first pope to recognize the state of Israel."

Related Stories:
A pope whose best friends were Jews  "The late pope lived, moved, studied, played and prayed among Jews. He grew up with Jews, he watched Jews being taken off to Nazi captivity and then cruel death, he returned the love that many Jews had for him. It is not too much to say, and to use the phrase without irony, that many of his best friends were Jews."

The real hero in reconciling Christians and Jews "Pope John Paul II...was the true hero of Christian-Jewish reconciliation. The late pontiff called for 'a new and profound understanding between the Church and Judaism everywhere, in every country, for the benefit of all.' [John Paul II] stated unequivocally that the idea that the Church has replaced the Jewish people in a covenant with God was wrong, and even questioned the attempt to proselytize among Jews." (Emphasis added)

Also see:
Is Conciliar church becoming branch of Judaism?
Orthodox Jewish historian: "Pope" was one of us
John Paul II likely of Jewish descent, says research group



That the Jewish people come into their inheritance in Jesus Christ

Those Sinai's thunders startled, thine own race, Who heard thy Prophets, saw thy miracles,
Who nailed thee to the Cross, despised thy grace: From their veiled eyes, O Lord, remove the scales:
The Wandering Jew who owned thee not, now claim! And Israel bend the knee to Jesu's Name.

From prayers of the Chair of Unity Octave for January 24
 

 

 

Proudly presenting...
Altar servers at St. Sabina "Faith Community"

Looks like they haven't heard about the "reform of the reform" yet at St. Sabina's!

 

"Conversion of Russia" Update
St Petersburg crawling with KGB
"The KGB was supposedly dissolved in August 1991 after its leader Vladimir Kryuchko was involved in an abortive coup against Mikhail Gorbachev, but it carried on under a different name, with the Russian acronym FSB.

"During his six and a half years in power, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin has poured enormous amounts of money into it so that it now has more agents in proportion to the general population than ever before....

"The Orthodox Church is co-operating with the once-atheist FSB like never before to protect the nation's 'spiritual security' by keeping a lid on foreign 'cults' and Western cultural influences such as the Catholic Church." (Emphasis added)

Related Story: The Resurrection of European Communism

 

"Hi, I'm Fr. Prakash, here to help with all your spiritual and networking needs"
Canadian churches outsource "masses" to India due to "priest" shortage
"Catholic churches in Canada are so short of priests they "outsource" hundreds of requests for special masses to priests abroad, especially to India."

 

Cartoon
A mortal sin to kneel?
Good cartoon (aside from some of the mistaken terminology) about the blatant hypocrisy of Conciliar "Bishop" Tod Brown from the Angry Twins conservative Novus Ordo blogspot. Unfortunately, this site, like numerous others populating the internet, is one run by new church whiners. *

*By whiners we mean, those who continually object to and complain about "abuses" in the Vatican II church, but never seem to have either the courage or common sense to acknowledge they're dealing with a creature that isn't Catholic and to wash their hands of it, once and for all. After more than forty years of modernism masquerading as Catholicism, where novelties have been made normative, you'd think these people would wake up and get a clue, but the Novus Ordo establishment could care less about their ineffectual whining, so long as they acknowledge their "authority" and keep feeding the collection basket every Sunday. We would hope at some point that they would see that their position is completely untenable--false "reform of the reform" nonsense notwithstanding (see article below)--and fight the modernists in a positive way. Otherwise, they really have no right to complain, as these "abuses" would ultimately not exist today were they not first tolerated and approved by many of the very men who signed Vatican II's documents concerning the liturgy and by Paul VI himself, who ostensibly gave those decrees the force of law by promulgating them and then more recently institutionalized by the succeeding leaders. In sum, there is nothing going on today that doesn't enjoy the longstanding sanction of the revolutionaries running the Novus Ordo circus. The whiners only have two logical paths to take; either: 1) Reject the evil that goes on as not emanating from unmistakably lawful Catholic authority, since it is per se impossible for the Church to promulgate laws that are harmful to souls, and thus separate themselves from its midst as one would flee from a burning building or 2) acknowledge it as coming from a truly Catholic source, meaning that their complaining about "abuses" really only amounts to them voicing a personal preference and nothing more, which would mean that they need to desist from attacking fellow Catholics (such as "Bp". Brown) and learn to embrace the horror while holding their noses, just as conservative Anglicans do in their false church.

 


 

Traditional Mass attacked as one of two "extremes"
Liturgical discipline needed, Vatican official says
"The Vatican is planning to restore some disciplinary control of the liturgy, according the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, in response to widespread abuses....

"Archbishop [Albert Malcom] Ranjith said that two extremes must be avoided: a liturgical free-for-all in which 'every priest of bishop does what he wants, which creates confusion;' or a complete abandonment of liturgical reforms, leading to a vision that is 'closed up in the past.' Today, he said, those two extremes are becoming more prominent, and the Church needs to establish a middle ground."

Why there must be no sellout
Filipinos fill Lefebvrist church pews
"At Our Lady of Victories, people received Holy Communion by mouth only while kneeling along the altar rail. 'Communion in the hand is a sacrilege,' a pamphlet kept at the back of the church teaches. Most of the people at the July 9 Sunday morning Mass were Catholics, though some were Buddhists and Muslims living around Manila."

 


 

Emerald Isle "New Springtime" update
Ireland's Catholic church tries to reverse rapid decline
"When it was poor, Ireland’s main export was people. Among them were many priests. Irish seminaries produced far more priests than the country needed, and the main beneficiary of the overflow was the United States.

"These days, Irish seminaries are nearly empty. Last year, for the first time, the Dublin archdiocese ordained no priests [emphasis added]...."

NOW Comment: Look on the bright side: fewer lawsuits and more "lay ministers"!

 

Is there a money-back guarantee?
John Paul II intercession package
"Financial needs, Health needs, Family needs...let us invoke Pope John Paul the Great!"

 

Measure opposed by leading pro-life leaders
Keeler supports bill that would "create and then kill human embryos"

"Two of the best-known Catholic pro-life leaders in the United States have come out against a stem cell bill proposed by Senators Rick Santorum and Arlen Specter which is up for debate and vote in the US Senate next week.  At the same time the Cardinal Archbishop of Baltimore has written Senators calling on them to support the bill."

 

Democrats continue assault on Catholic beliefs with anti-Christian photo
"A summary of the Democratic approach to reaching out to Catholics and other voters of faith: championing the legality of Partial-Birth Abortion, calling the belief in traditional one-man, one-woman marriage 'outdated and bigoted,' opposing Catholic Supreme Court nominees who practice their faith, and now, using content from a website that depicts our Lord wearing a shirt entitled: 'The Moron.'"

NOW Comment: Of course, this doesn't stop the Democrats from continually seeking to make inroads with Novus Ordo voters, as was also seen in this article.

 

Abstract religious sculpture?
Budapest basilica's melting blue cow
Okay, this isn't a "artistic creation" commissioned by the Novus Ordo church in Hungary and some churchgoers to their credit were outraged by it, but it really isn't any worse than some of the trash that's finding it way into Vatican II churches, trash that's getting into them with the expressed permission (or even commission, in some cases) of Conciliar "bishops" and tolerated (at the very least) by modernist Rome. If you think we're kidding, just  take a look at
these photos (of many we could show).

 

Photographic study in contrasts
True nuns vs. new "nuns"--what a difference!
Quick quiz: Take a look at the photos and ask yourself which best depicts women consecrated to God, spouses of Jesus Christ, daughters of Mary and in the world, but not of it. (Hint to hard line Novus Ordo types: There's only one right answer here.) Note: The slideshow includes an audio accompaniment.

 

Caution! Link contains immodest photo
Welcome to Novus Ordo "Purity Fashion Show"
"Bishop John Yanta of the Catholic diocese of Amarillo, Texas, has published a pastoral letter on modesty in dress, especially at Sunday Mass, a subject that inevitably arouses strong reactions even in conservative circles."

Reality Check: While there is much commendable in the letter, it has no teeth--it's all about encouraging such dress at "mass," but with no call for enforcement. It's no dress code, but a mere collection of points made about the need for modesty and while some will read and take it to heart, so long as it's just a "it would be nice if you cover up" sort of thing, others will choose to ignore it, especially if their pastors don't care. For all that, if what are depicted as "purity fashions" (like those in the accompanying photo) are what "Bp." Yanta has in mind as acceptable dress, then he himself still needs some education on the subject. We suggest that a good place for him and for other interested readers to start is the book, Immodesty: Satan's Virtue, which describes much of modern attire as a revolt against God. At Fatima, the Blessed Virgin Mary predicted that "Certain fashions will be introduced which will offend My Son very much" and warned that "more souls go to hell for sins of the flesh than any other reason". The Roman Catholic Church has through the years instructed the faithful on what has been referred to as Mary-like standards of dress, but the former and current occupant of the Holy See never answered letters asking for modesty guidelines. While new church apologists might argue that perhaps the letters never crossed their desks, it is evident that neither John Paul II, nor Benedict XVI take modesty that seriously anyway. One look need look no further that the not so Mary-like dress of girls at World Youth Days from both "pontificates" to see this. (As evident, for example,  2002 and 2005. Again, please exercise caution as these links contain immodest photos).


 There always exists an absolute norm to be preserved.
                                    --Pope Pius XII on proper attire

 

 

"Grandfather Creator" invoked at Native American service
Indian "mass" includes pagan symbols, songs, and blessing
"
The group of Indians above is preparing to enter San Gabriel Mission Church for a Confirmation Mass that integrated Indian rituals, songs, and dances into the Catholic liturgy. Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala officiated at the event, calling it an 'historic' Native American Mass."

 

Hearing heretic's speech "highlight of the weekend”
"Catholic" counselors attend Billy Graham festival
"The Metro Maryland Festival is an evangelical festival hosted by Billy and Franklin Graham in order to bring people back to the faith they lost or to find a new faith. The three-day, faith-filled extravaganza consisted of nightly messages from Franklin Graham, Christian rock and country artists and the highlight of the weekend, an address from 87-year-old Billy Graham."

 


 

U2 fan JP2 called "first funky pontiff" by JP2 fan Bono
U2 a Christian rock band? "Catholic priest" sings praises of Irish groupJohn Paul flashes "wickedest smile" when trying on rock star Bono's sunglasses

"As a college student in the 1980s, Father Erich Rutten first associated the Irish rock band U2 with 'great political rock.' Then he discovered one of the band's early albums from 1981, 'October.' Listening to songs such as 'Gloria' and 'Rejoice,' with references to Jerusalem and the themes of death and resurrection, he realized that 'virtually every song on the album is explicitly Christian,' he said."

Audio: We intended to link to an interview of U2's Bono reminiscing about his meeting with John Paul II (see below links), but when we began previewing it, found his speaking so laced with profanity and filth that we didn't even bother to listen to the conclusion of the clip. But it does tell a little about the character of the lead singer for a "Christian" rock group whose "spirituality" so overwhelmed "Fr." Rutten that he developed a "Theology on Tap" presentation about them for young people.

Related links: U2's Bono fondly recalled a meeting with John Paul II, when he showed the "Pope" his sunglasses: "I asked if he wanted them. He not only nodded, but he put them on and made the wickedest smile (maximizing linked page enlarges photo)."

 


 

Okay, but more apologies needed
Liberal Jewish magazine rates Benedict XVI
"Benedict XVI’s first year record is mixed. Although unity, peace, and love have been key words of his papacy, his actions or inactions are at times at odds with such rhetoric. While his fashionable wardrobe has received much attention—flashy redshoes by Prada, hip sunglasses by Gucci, elaborately imperial gowns by Gamarelli, and, most recently, a stylish white 2GB iPod Nano—the jury is still out on how open-minded the former top guardian of the Church’s tradition really is...."

 

Guess all those annulments don't count
John Paul II hailed "Family Pope"
"The audience at the Theological-Pastoral Congress thanked John Paul II's long-time secretary Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz with a standing ovation. Cardinal Dziwisz, currently the archbishop of Krakow, went to Valencia to give the address 'John Paul II, Pope of the Family and of Life.'

"'Taking into account the history of his priestly life, John Paul II can be described as one of the greatest pastors of the family [sic] in the history of the Catholic Church of the 20th and beginning of the 21st centuries,' said Cardinal Dziwisz."

Reality Check: Myths of this sort are addressed in the first paragraph of our recent special report on Benedict XVI's alleged defense of traditional family values, as the failings and hypocrisy of one purported "papal" champion of the family apply equally to the other.

 

You guys supported him, now deal with it
Militarization concerns Venezuela bishops
"Roman Catholic leaders Wednesday criticized what they called the militarization of Venezuelan society and the persecution of government opponents.  The comments the Venezuelan bishops' conference are the latest by a church body that has been among President Hugo Chavez's most vocal critics, accusing him of accumulating too much power."

Background Check: Chavez, an open admirer of Cuba's murderous Communist dictator Fidel Castro, is yet another Novus Ordo tyrant along the lines of Spain's Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, who all benefited from the early support of Conciliar churchmen. In May, he had a cordial meeting with Benedict XVI (click the photo to enlarge it) on the very day that a Chavez-backed Venezuelan court liberalized abortion laws. More photos from that meeting

 


 

Liberation theology in the 1950s
John Paul II a Communist sympathizer?Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev enjoys a chuckle with "Pope" John Paul II
Excerpt from book by Fr. Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II): “In a well organized society, orientated to the common good, class conflicts are solved peacefully through reforms. But states that base their order on individualistic liberalism are not such societies. So when an exploited class fails to receive in a peaceful way the share of the common good to which it has a right, it has to follow a different path.” [emphasis added]

Reality Check: "Of these duties, the following bind the proletarian and the worker: fully and faithfully to perform the work which has been freely and equitably agreed upon; never to injure the property, nor to outrage the person, of an employer; never to resort to violence in defending their own cause, nor to engage in riot or disorder; and to have nothing to do with men of evil principles, who work upon the people with artful promises of great results, and excite foolish hopes which usually end in useless regrets and grievous loss." [emphasis added] --Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum (1891)

 


 

Playing God, Novus Ordo-style
Conciliar Aussie professor touts embryonic stem cell research
"As a Catholic, I deeply value my nine years at a Jesuit school, and my career as a medical scientist has further deepened my respect and reverence for human life. Embedded in this value is the belief that everyone should be given the opportunity to live as free from serious illness as medical science can ensure."

NOW's take: Giving people a chance to live free from serious sickness, however laudable a goal, clearly can never be justified at the expense of the innocent unborn, so what he writes is contrary to basic Catholic moral teaching. Yet a prominent Australian Novus Ordo website carried a link to the full column on July 13th without the slightest critical comment. 

 

"I haven't received wine at Communion in 13 years" [Well put]
"Catholics" work to change stigma associated with AIDS
"Rev. Jon Fuller, a Jesuit priest and AIDS physician at Boston Medical Center, believes a change in the Vatican stance would have a dramatic impact in preventing the spread of AIDS. Like other Catholic health professionals on the AIDS front lines, Fuller argues that condom use to prevent HIV does not contradict the church ban on artificial birth control."

 

Looks like he's back with "the missus"
Milingo: "time for church to reconcile with married priests"
"Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo , whose 2001 marriage caused an international scandal within the Roman Catholic Church, set out on a new mission Wednesday to override church rules and let married priests continue their ministries."

 


 

Death knell for the Society?
Fellay reelected as SSPX leaderHello, Papa? We won!!!
Word out of the Society of St. Pius X's [SSPX] meeting in Ecône, Switzerland, is that Bishop Bernard Fellay has been reelected to another twelve-year term as the group's superior. The above link is a brief report posted at 5:10 GMT on the Rorate Cæli blogsite and is the first of any kind we've seen in English so far [as of July 11, 5:00 p.m. EST], whether official or unofficial. The information has shown up in a French press release that is linked by Rorate Cæli and at the SSPX's German-language Swiss website, where the story is being carried on the homepage.

Will this development bring about the dissolution of the Society, at least as it is currently constituted (that is, as any semblance of a potentially formidable foe to the Vatican II church) and cause a full-fledged schism between the capitulators such as Bp. Fellay and his right hand man, Father Franz Schmidberger, whose motto, protestations aside, seems to be "strike a deal with modernist Rome as soon as possible" and the more hard line leaders (surely a term of limited accuracy when applied to those who stubbornly insist that legitimate ecclesiastical authority still reigns in the Holy See and other sees around the world), such as Bishops Richard Williamson, Alphonso de Galarreta and Bernard Tissier de Mallerais? The answers, sadly, may well prove to be yes and yes.

One person who seeks the Society's union with the modernists, in responding to Rorate Cæli's blog, happily posted the following:

This is the best news we could hope for... for those of us who desire the SSPX to reconcile with Rome.......

That Bp. Bernard Fellay will pick up right where he left off and begin dealing anew with Benedict XVI and the other hirelings is not a matter of debate: It will happen, the only question is when, not if. It is to be hoped that the hardliners in the Society had a large enough bloc present at the elections to be able to exert enough of a braking action on the Fellay-Schmidberger locomotive that it is unable to get up to top speed in its destructive journey before counter-measures can be put into place.   

 


 

"Pro-life" news
Lawsuit challenges execution by injection
Take a guess at who's joining the leftist American Civil Liberties Union in filing this suit.

 

Like it sounds...
Theology on tap
This is called desperation with a capital "D". For more on this nationwide Conciliar boondoggle, plus audio, go to NPR's "'Theology on Tap' in New Hampshire".

 

Still more money down the Conciliar rat hole
Skylstad: Diocese can raise $35 million for settlements
"The Catholic Diocese of Spokane can raise at least $35 Million to divide among victims of sex abuse by priests, and may have to ask parishioners to contribute if more money is needed." Database of priests accused of sexual abuse   (be sure to scroll to the bottom of the Spokane page)

Wake up call to those attending Novus Ordo churches in Spokane: If this sort of thing get doesn't you looking for real Catholic churches, we not sure what it's going to take.

 

Leading Polish priest admits spying for communists
"A leading Catholic priest in Poland, where the late Polish Pope John Paul II championed resistance under communism [sic], said on Tuesday he had for 24 years spied on dissidents and clerics for communist secret services."

 



Like painted dolls--pretty, but artificial
Spain gets a large dose of Ratzinger family values
Three figures appearing to be something they're not

The theme of "Pope" Benedict XVI's visit to Spain over the weekend was to supposedly to defend and celebrate the traditional family, which sounds good, yet to those who closely follow the the woeful events occurring in Vatican II church on a daily basis, there's a certain emptiness in his platitudes that are difficult to miss. In the more than forty years since the council ended, "Pope" Ratzinger's church has issued what by now is over two million false marriage annulments; looked the other way repeatedly ("follow your conscience") while couples have used birth control to prevent the blessing of God only knows how many offspring; weakly "opposed" legalized abortions, while often letting voters cast their ballots for pro-abortion candidates and allowing pro-abortion politicians to remain in good standing; called sodomy disordered and even sinful, yet urged that such transgressors be treated with "respect" and "dignity"; spoken out against same-sex "marriages," yet given approval to benefits for those in same-sex civil unions; promoted a feminist "equality for women" that unduly drives them from the home and into the workplace and young children into "daycare centers" (a concept first established in Communist Russia under Lenin), to name some of the most glaring examples of the Novus Ordo church's hypocritical family values.

Benedict's "cordial meeting" with political heir of priest killers
While articles leading up to Benedict's visit to Spain (such as the one heading this section and Time's "Holy war of words") characterized it as a fierce ideological clash with the country's Socialist Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
, what transpired was markedly different. The BBC, in it's European press review for Monday, July 10th, noted that the French Leftist paper, Libération

stresses the conciliatory side to the visit.

The Pope "carefully avoided controversy" and held a cordial meeting with Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on Saturday.

"To the great displeasure of those who wanted to turn the papal visit into an anti-Zapatero high mass, Joseph Ratzinger displayed moderation," it says.

"The two men barely argued at all about the Spanish socialists' reforms of society," it says, citing the end of obligatory catechism in schools, the go-ahead for stem cell research and the easing of restrictions on abortion.

 What makes this talk of a "cordial meeting" all the more amazing is that Zapatero also heads the (to use a bogus media term) "center-leftist" Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, a group founded in 1879, "inspired by the revolutionary principles of Marxism and Leninism" and a member of the Socialist International The SSWP was part of the murderous "Republican" coalition that took power in 1931 and initiated a veritable reign of terror against the Catholic Church that over a three-year period destroyed nearly half of Spain's churches--around 20,000 out of 42,000--and martyred 6832 priests and religious. What would have happened to that nation had not Generalissimo Francisco Franco led a spirited counterattack to free his nation from the godless oppressors is too grim to ponder. In any event, Franco was betrayed two years after his death, when the same SSWP--which had been banned for over forty years--was legalized in 1977. 

One is permitted to ask what a real pope would have to tell someone of Zapatero's ilk, save that the two of them have no common ground upon which to commence a discussion. Certainly there would be no cordial meeting. An irony here is that the radical Zapatero goes under the guise of being--surprise!--a "Roman Catholic." (Now here's a point on which he does have common ground with Benedict XVI, who shares the same phony guise! And while we're at it, let's not forget another sterling example of a Novus Ordo "Catholic statesman"...)
 

 

 

And guess who's going to pay...
Bankruptcy looms for Milwaukee's Conciliar "archdiocese"
"'Archbishop Timothy Dolan is reminding churchgoing Catholics here that they - and not he and his fellow Milwaukee bishops - will have to pay for the cover-up that allowed Father
Siegfried Widera to sexually assault and sodomize Catholic children in Wisconsin and California,' said Peter Isely, Midwest representative of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests."

 

Closed Wichita abortion mill will be opened to public for tours
"Operation Rescue will open the Central Women’s Services abortion mill to the media and public for tours on July 13-15, 2006. OR purchased the building last month, insuring the closure of the abortion mill."

Cartoon
When liberal bishops don't mind kneeling

Hmm, what's that setting there next to Tod?

 


 

Audio
Whither goeth thou?

Bishop Fellay: "nothing to compromise"Bishop Bernard Fellay

"...there is no idea, no thought in our heads of making any kind of compromise. It's nonsense. There is nothing to compromise. There is nothing to negotiate; we can not negotiate the Faith." -- Bp. Bernard Fellay

NOW Comments: This five-minute Catholic Family News [CFN] clip, narrated by John Vennari and featuring excerpts from Bp. Fellay's ordination sermon last month, is certain to appeal to many who will be relieved at tough-sounding rhetoric like that cited above, yet at bottom of it is the same refusal to face reality that has long plagued both the Society of St. Pius X [SSPX] and CFN.

Among the errors expounded therein are:

1. There is an authentic move being made towards Tradition by Benedict XVI;

2. Conciliar "hierarchy" who favor a ghetto of "freedom" for the Tridentine Mass (while, of course, insisting on the abominable "new mass" as normative) are our friends and should be trusted;

3. Somehow modernism mysteriously emerged after the council and those who are pushing it today (such as the "Pope") are merely confusedly lost under its sway, are in no way accountable for their heretical words and deeds and just need to be gently nudged back to Tradition by the Society, and

4. Good can be accomplished and compromise is not to be feared by entering into "dialogues" with Benedict XVI and others leaders in the Novus Ordo power structure.

When Bp. Fellay speaks of no compromise and nothing to negotiate, readers need to flashback to what transpired when he had his meeting last August with "His Holiness" at Castel Gandolfo:

 Joaquin Navarro-Valls, the director of the Vatican press office, reported that the meeting had been held "in a climate of love for the Church and a desire to arrive at perfect communion." He said that the Pope and Bishop Fellay were hoping to make gradual progress in overcoming differences, so that a full agreement could be reached "in a reasonable time." (emphases added, source: Pope meets traditionalist bishop)

Now, it is precisely this sort of report that have led some to use words like "sellout" and "betrayal." But whether that is the case (and we would prefer to think not) or it is simply an inability on the Bishop's part to wake up to the truth, the harmful effects upon the traditional movement would be the same. Please note that while Bp. Fellay avows that he will not compromise or negotiate, what he doesn't say is that he will cease his communications with modernist Rome, that he will put an end to all dangerous dialogue. In other words, the underlying fatal perception of the Vatican II establishment as simply confused victims of what another writer for Catholic Family News absurdly argues is "diabolical disorientation," the ultimate free pass to get away red-handed with any heresy, schism, apostasy, blasphemy or sacrilege without the least culpability.

This position is utterly bankrupt and nonsensical, excusing the most grave attacks on Holy Mother the Church by Fr. Ratzinger and his modernist cohorts as nothing more serious than the theological equivalent of a small child innocently playing with matches, who will realize the danger when scolded by an adult. As long as the SSPX is led by people who fail to see things for what they are--namely, that there is a plot to destroy the Catholic Church from within and that the some of conspirators have succeeded in penetrating to the highest posts of the Church, including the papacy itself--then they simply are playing into the enemy's hands. There is assuredly all the difference in the world between recognizing your general, who simply happens to be weak and muddleheaded, and mistaking an enemy, aiming at mayhem, for your general because he happens to be wearing the general's uniform and is familiar with certain military protocol. (An appreciative nod to Hutton Gibson  for originating this analogy in his book, Paul VI's legacy: Catholicism?, later retitled Is the Pope Catholic?)

Likewise, CFN does its readers a significant disservice by its constant sugarcoating of the situation, as though Fr. Ratzinger no longer is to be held accountable for his act since (illicitly) ascending to the Chair of St. Peter. The faithful who attend SSPX chapels and subscribers to Catholic Family News need to start holding, respectively, their clergy and editorial staff to more logically consistent and uncompromisingly militant defenses of the Faith, which begins by acknowledging that Benedict XVI and the entire Vatican II mafia have nothing whatsoever to offer to Catholics.


 

 Summer slideshow
"Eucharistic" procession on the beach

"Fr. Antony, visiting from Poland, bears a striking resemblance to John Paul II." What a ringing endorsement...plus the other "priest" has one of JP's twisted cross crosiers! And that's not to mention the women without head coverings, in slacks and sleeveless blouse. All of which are quite appropriate for a procession honoring an exceedingly doubtful "sacrament."

 

Baltimore "bishop's" New Age jargon, religious liberty pitch 
Awaiting basilica's reopening, honoring its role as a symbol
"This is a sacred space, reminding us that this world is sacred [emphasis added]," ["Bishop" Denis J. Madden] told the several dozen who gathered at what is now the intersection of Mulberry and Cathedral streets. "It is the work of the hand of God."

Reality Check: "
And to Adam He said: Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat, cursed is the earth [emphasis added] in thy work; with labor and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life. Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herbs of the earth." (Genesis 3:17-18)

 

"Catholics" and Lutherans prepare to commemorate Luther's revolt
"Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton, the eminent American theologian, rightly observed that Martin Luther’s alleged Reformation of the Church 'consisted in an effort to have people abandon the Catholic Faith, and relinquish their membership in the one true Church militant of the New Testament, so as to follow his teaching and enter into his organization.'”

 


Confounding the neo-trads

"Show me one actual heresy"

"John-Paul II never quite said, 'All men are saved', but he repeatedly used words that he cannot have failed to see would give that impression. He never quite said, 'It is quite unnecessary to be a Catholic, even in desire, to be saved.' But he used every means short of directly saying it to ensure that everyone would believe that heresy.

"However, personally, against John-Paul II I like to use the Koran-kissing episode precisely because St Thomas Aquinas uses praying at Mohammed's tomb as an example of apostasy by acts. The two are so similar it is very hard to evade the obvious conclusion." (emphasis added)

It is instructive to note that the cited passage from St. Thomas is found in the Summa Theologica (Second part of the second part, Question 12, Article 1) Considering the lofty position in which the Church has always held the Summa, it reasonably can be concluded that the quotation here is consistent with the Magisterium.

More on John Paul II's reverencing the blasphemous "scriptures" of Islam and his invoking St. John the Baptist to protect Islam

For more on the subject of judging heresy, see : The Heresy page of the Aquinas Site
 

 

 BOOK REVIEW
 
Vatican II, Homosexuality and Pedophilia
"Huge homosexual conventions under Catholic auspices are held from time to time. Bishops are often present. At one such event, a priest speaker concluded his talk with these absurd, outrageous and blasphemous words: 'Jesus wants us to be erotically in love with him and that is not possible for homophobes.'"

 

China and the Vatican
"In a gesture smacking of Realpolitik, Rome has indicated that it will turn its back on Taiwan, with which it has long had diplomatic ties, in the interest of wooing the vastly more powerful China."

 

As barren as a Vatican II church
Abstract anti-Way of the Cross
Proudly displayed on the Novus Ordo "diocese" of Linz, Austria's website, these fourteen lifeless, impersonal, modernist monstrosities seem to have been designed with no other purpose in mind than to warp and destroy the faith of those who behold them. You don't need to read a word of German to see that they are, in a word, satanic.

 


MONSIGNOR JOSEPH CLIFFORD FENTON
[1906-1969]

July 7th marks the thirty-seventh anniversary of Msgr. Fenton's death. An intrepid anti-modernist theologian, he was for many years a professor at Catholic University of America and the editor of the American Ecclesiastical Review. Msgr. Fenton is perhaps best known for having engaged in a fierce intellectual battle on the question of religious liberty with the Jesuit Fr. John Courtney Murray, a modernist who rejected the teaching of the Church and who ultimately would win the day when he was able to persuade the bishops at the Second Vatican Council that his novel theory was somehow reconcilable with the Magisterium; this, despite a vigorous defense of the true teaching by Msgr. Fenton, who attended Vatican II as one of the closest American advisors to Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani. Consequently, through Fr. Murray's machinations, Dignitatis Humanæ, the Council's Declaration on Religious Freedom, was passed.  While at the Council, Msgr. Fenton wrote with grave concern about the evil effect that individuals like Frs. Hans Kung and Gregory Baum were having on the direction the Council was heading; his concern would prove prophetic. Among his many other important contributions to the cause of upholding Catholic tradition, Msgr. Fenton was the professor who taught a number of priests who would later be fighters against the Vatican II revolution, including Fr. Francis E. Fenton, STL [1918-1995] a celebrated writer, orator and organizer of the traditional Catholic resistance. (Despite sharing the same surname, these two great priests were not related.)

Several of Msgr. Fenton's articles can be found at this link.
 

 

Only in the Novus Ordo...
Our wedding: A personalized Jewish-Catholic interfaith ceremony
"We chose a ketubah, or traditional Jewish wedding contract, which had an interfaith text and read it before our vows. We used a traditional Catholic style of vows because the vows are often one of the most important elements in Catholic tradition. The ring exchange is most important in a Jewish ceremony, however, so we exchanged rings with a simple Old Testament verse, with my fiancé reciting the Hebrew."

 

"Irreverend Fortuna" still at it
"Priest"-rapper releases new "Catholic" hip-hop CD

“'I continue to do rap music because it’s a genre that makes the message intelligible to many young people,' says Fr. Stan from his office in the Bronx."

 

US dioceses facing financial squeeze
Catholic dioceses in the United States "appear to be running through their reserves at an alarming rate," Francis J. Butler, president of Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities, told the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management June 29.
 

 


 

New church's monster still on the prowl
Robert Mugabe: Zimbabwe's Novus Ordo Dictator
Robert Mugabe
"Mugabe is an avowed Marxist-Leninist and is no way apologetic about his being a devout Catholic [sic] into the bargain."

More on Mugabe's "Catholicism": Zimbabwe prez woos Catholics, as archbishop criticizes gov’t and Mugabe olive branch for Church in Zimbabwe

Reality Check: Communist/Novus Ordo revolutionary Robert Mugabe rose to power through a ruthless campaign of murder, torture and mutilation, yet the Vatican II church would have us believe that he is a statesman worthy of respect--aside from his occasional "abuses" of power, of course (for the Novus Ordo true believers the most horrendous acts are always reducible to abuses and mistakes, never culpable acts of the will--that is, to use an "old-fashioned" word, they're never sins). Indeed, far from being regarded as a public sinner, he was even present at John Paul II's funeral. Yes, he's an embarrassment to them, but he still remains in their church.

To demonstrate how truly depraved the Conciliar establishment was and continues to be in backing his terrorist revolt against the Rhodesian government, we've linked to the pictorial report, Anatomy of Terror, which brings into nightmarish focus the monstrous reality that was the bloody handiwork of Mugabe and his cohorts.  Be forewarned, these photographs are not for the faint of heart. Not recommended for children under 16. Also see Zimbabwe and the Politics of Torture

 


 

"New Springtime" dying on the vine in Scotland
Parishes set to close in age of supermarkets
Frank admission: "There are around 1,400 congregations and around a quarter of them will be looking for a minister."

 

Pat Buchanan asks:
Is Catholicism now "unacceptable"?
"As for homosexuality, where it has been prevalent -- in the late Roman Empire, Weimar Germany, San Francisco -- it has been regarded as a mark of and a metaphor for moral decadence and societal decline."

 

Other nations also take note!
July 4th, 2006 AD: Should America be celebrating?
"A civil government that refuses to recognize the Catholic Church and stakes out a position that men can pursue the common good without reference to the binding precepts of the Divine positive law and the natural law that have been entrusted solely to the Catholic Church for their safekeeping and explication will degenerate into barbarism over the course of time no matter the good intentions of those who believed in the delusional proposition that man can do anything good of a lasting nature absent Our Lord and His true Church...." Related column:
The debasement of the flag and man

 

A marriage made in...no, think south of there, way south of there!

Democrats woo Novus Ordo "Catholics"
The debate over immigration legislation has provided an opening for Democrats anxious to align themselves with the church hierarchy when they can. Case in point, the April 28 visit of Cardinals Roger Mahony and Theodore McCarrick with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Catholic Sens. Edward Kennedy and Richard Durbin. “

 

Hey, ya'all come down to Fr. Billy Bob's country-fried trailer "mass"
No trailer "mass" is truly complete without a genuine folding table "altar"! (What's that dude in sunglasses reading...a menu?)

 

 Roots of the Revolution
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre speaks on
Luther's Mass: An examination of the shocking similarities between the "new mass" and Luther's "mass"
"It is impossible in psychological, pastoral and theological terms for Catholics to abandon a Liturgy which has always been the true expression and sustenance of their Faith, and to adopt in its place new rites conceived by heretics without exposing this Faith to the most serious peril. One cannot imitate Protestantism indefinitely without becoming Protestant." Through the Novus Ordo Missae the enemies of the Church have carried out Luther's battle plan: "Tolle missam, tolle ecclesiam" [Destroy the Mass, and you destroy the Church] to perfection.

 

SSPX seminary flourishes
“By restoring the old Mass, the true Mass, the Tridentine Mass, it expresses the teachings of the Catholic Church. By restoring that we want to restore the beliefs, which over time, with Vatican II especially, they’ve been put out, watered down, taken out of people’s minds.”

As does SSPV convent


 


 

Well-deserved accolade for "interfaith" promoter of condoms, abortions
"Cardinal" Martini receives honorary doctorate at Hebrew University
"Cardinal" Carlo Maria Martini
"Prof. Steven Kaplan, dean of the Faculty of Humanities, was on hand to offer greetings and initial remarks at the award ceremony. He is the son of a Conservative rabbi from Pittsburgh who was deeply involved in interfaith dialogue. He fondly recalled that his father was, in fact, named 'man of the year for Catholic education in Pittsburgh.'"

The Jesuit Fr. Martini ("consecrated a bishop" in 1980 by none other than John Paul II) earlier this year made some controversial remarks in an interview with the Italian magazine, L’espresso, in which he said that condom use could in some cases be "the lesser of two evils," that the legalization of abortion had a "positive" side and that "respect must be granted" to every woman who, by following "her own conscience," opts for abortion.  (See Vatican liberal backs condoms to fight AIDS and  When Does Life Begin? Cardinal Martini Replies) However much those confused souls who want see Benedict XVI as a champion of orthodoxy will rail at the Pharisaical Jesuit as going against the teachings of the Vatican II church, the fact remains that there have been no repercussions for Martini for these and other immoral and erroneous pronouncements. Not only has he not been excommunicated, he has not even been declared "not a Catholic theologian," called to Rome to defend himself nor made to repudiate publicly the remarks. In other words, what he's teaching must therefore be seen, at the very least, as being legitimate theological opinions within the Novus Ordo church. Were this not the case, then a certain "watchdog of orthodoxy" surely would by now have condemned them as being impious teachings harmful to souls.

 


 

Ex-KGB chief Putin also gives thumbs-up
Moscow religious summit has "Pope's" blessing
"A Vatican delegation will attend the summit, led by Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and Cardinal Paul Poupard, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture." Also see: "Cardinal" Kaspar interview that shows him explicitly calling for a "joint" effort by Novus Ordo and schismatic Orthodox leaders to fight secularization (as if the post-Vatican II church hasn't been instrumental in bringing about the decline of faith in the first place!). Moscow summit shows the need for cooperation despite differences

 

"New Springtime" Update:
U.K. book: Catholicism "faces biggest crisis since Reformation"
"The 260-page study of the Church indicates that the number of adult converts fell by 55 per cent and first communions by nearly 40 per cent, described as the 'greatest pastoral and demographic catastrophe' since the Reformation of the 16th century."

 

At least the "Catholic" pretense is gone (now if only Fr. Ratzinger would follow suit)
Vatican approves formal decatholization of once-Benedictine(?)* convent
"The Saint Benedict Center, a Benedictine ecumenical community serving Madison for the past 40 years, has ended its ties to the Roman Catholic Church....[T]he Sisters of St. Benedict petitioned the Vatican for dispensation from their vows as a Catholic religious order and that request was granted." (Of course, that won't stop them from claiming that some of the "sisters" still "will remain Roman Catholics [sic]....") *NOW note: The question mark behind "Benedictine" is there because there is nothing on the group's website to show that this particular convent had a history prior to the Vatican II revolution and the only tenuous tie it has to the order it claims to be part of is its citing of the Rule of St. Benedict.

 

More confusion from Boston's "archdiocese"
Questions and answer about marriage and same-sex unions
In reprinting a 2003 USCCB document on the subject, "Cardinal" O'Malley and company revisit Conciliar errors. While warning that "giving same-sex unions the legal status of marriage would grant official public approval to homosexual activity and would treat it as if it were morally neutral," it is argued that Catholics should "oppose as immoral both homosexual acts and unjust discrimination against homosexual persons" and treat the latter :with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.” Yet if sodomy is not "morally neutral," but in actuality sinful, then no discrimination against such evildoers is is unjust, anymore than there could be unjust discrimination against thieves, murderers or blasphemers. Further on, the document states that homosexual "partners" already enjoy some of the legal benefits available to married couples, but nowhere condemns such a deplorable state of affairs as itself immoral and destructive of society. Here, like so many other issues, even when the Novus Ordo church comes out ostensibly on the right side for or against something, the underlying arguments are fatally flawed.

 

A Traditional Catholic priest's view
 The Da Vinci Fraud: Turning aside to fables
"Today's great interest in the gnostic gospels (such as the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and the Gospel of Judas) and the tremendous hype surrounding The Da Vinci Code are artificially generated to blaspheme Our Lord, to attack His Church and to undermine faith in both...."


 

From the "We all worship the same God(s)" Department
Indian "cardinal": Novus Ordo church doesn't seek conversions

Ganesh"Cardinal Ivan Dias, archbishop of Mumbai, who takes on a coveted office in the Vatican on Tuesday, stressed that all the health, educational and social projects of the Catholic Church in India had 'no ulterior motives of conversions'."

Nor is there a one word in the "Catholic" Bishops' Conference of India's Message to the Nation about conversion as a necessity for salvation. Instead, what the people of India get is typical Conciliar drivel about "sharing our faith," as well as praise for Christ denier Mahatma Gandhi, mention of Christianity's alleged "beautiful symbiosis [mutual benefit] with the surrounding traditions," an asking of forgiveness for the "offenses" of Catholicism, alluding to God as "our common Father /Mother," a claim that the authors of the Hindu "holy" book, the Veda teach what Jesus taught and even invoking the three "ideals" of French Revolution: "liberty, equality and fraternity." Again, not a word about accepting Christ and His Church as requirements for salvation.

Such nonsense was also promoted by the Novus Ordo "saint," Mother Teresa, who said things like: “I’ve always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic.” In other words, things that would have gotten her excommunicated prior to Vatican II. (Side note: The title of the linked article expresses doubts about her orthodoxy, but statements such as the one sited above are so blatantly un-catholic that there is no room for doubts.)

Bottom Line from the V2 church: If you want to worship an obese, four-armed, elephant-headed god named Ganesh (or any of the myriad of Hinduism's deities), the leaders of "Catholic Church" in India--and in Rome--want you to know that they have no problem with that and will even receive your "blessing", use your "liturgical" dance and join you on your "faith journey" (well, what do you know, it's "Cardinal" Dias!).

RELATED ARTICLE: They've been framed!
Indian police detain nuns on charges of attempted conversion


 

 

"Papal" plea falling on deaf ears Down Under
Singing praises of modern music in "mass"
"Pope Benedict XVI might not be a big fan of modern music during Mass, but he would have trouble finding Hobart worshipers who share his views." And Jamaica's not listening either: Dance moving up the pews

 

Yep, of course there's a Novus Ordo connection!
Clowns break into a nuclear missile launch facility

(For those special times between Bozo "masses" that call for just the right attire: fright wig, bright red rubber nose, baggy polka dot jump suit and floppy shoes!) 

 

Throwing good money after bad
Scandal-plagued Arizona diocese exceeds goal for donations
"Less than one year after it emerged from bankruptcy, the Roman Catholic [sic] Diocese of Tucson has received a record amount of donations in its Annual Catholic Appeal." Background: Bishop of Tucson Diocese resigns and Database of priests accused of sexual abuse 

 

Co-authored by Fr. Ratzinger
Fr. Rahner: Divine Revelation is the message of human history and the world's evolution
"I refer to the idea that God, in his free relation with the creature, is not a categorical cause [the Prime Mover of Thomism] along with others, but rather the living, permanent, and transcendental source of the evolution of the world."

 


 

Oh, we get it, more of that "sister church" stuff
Unity declaration adopted by US "Roman Catholic," Polish National Catholic churches

Model for "Unity" paper? "Pope" John Paul II and schismatic false Patriarch TeoctistThe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has jointly issued a "unity declaration" with the heretical, schismatic Polish National Catholic Church. It states among other things that there is "no doctrinal obstacle" to prevent the unification of the two sects.

This is a remarkable development, even by Conciliar standards, considering that the PNCC openly denies not only the teachings of Vatican I regarding the papacy, but much of the Council of Trent, modern papal bulls and encyclicals and the Syllabus of Errors, and the dogmas of the Immaculate Conception, Hell and Original Sin, to name a few magisterial teachings rejected; further, as early as the 1920s, the PNCC had imposed a vernacular "Mass," made confession and priestly celebacy optional; it also has praised as "divinely inspired" such figures as Buddha, Mohammed, Luther and Calvin. (Sources: The background article, Polish National Catholic Church ; from the PNCC's website: Beliefs and Principles and pages 7-8 and 15 of its 2002 Constitution and Peter Anson, Bishops at Large, NY:October House, 1964, pp. 523-527.)

See Also
Catholic-Polish National church dialogue makes unity declaration
Official statement from the USCCB's website
"Joint Declaration on Unity"

 


 

"Adventures in Apostasy" photo gallery
"Pope" John Paul II "the Great" and his friends

Antipope John Paul II, May 6, 1984: "…the world looks to Korea with particular interest.  For the Korean people throughout history have sought, in the great ethical and religious visions of Buddhism and Confucianism, the path to renewal of self… May I address a particular greeting to the members of the Buddhist tradition as they prepare to celebrate the festivity of the Coming of the Lord Buddha?  May your rejoicing be complete and your joy fulfilled."

 

Gee, no kidding?
Von Balthasar: Ratzinger did not change
"I have known him for a long time, since he was a professor, and I can assure you that he did not change.  Everyone says the opposite, that there are two Ratzingers: one before he came to Rome, and a different one later. To the contrary, he has always remained the same!"

For more about the once and future modernist, see our exclusive feature:
What you need to know about "Pope" Benedict XVI


 

It's like Lepanto, only in reverse...
In Europe, Islam rises, Christianity falls
"In France and in almost every other European country, Christianity appears to be in a free fall. Although up to 88% of the French identify themselves as Catholic, only about 5% go to church on most Sundays; 60% say they 'never' or 'practically never' go."

 

And "bishops" give lip service
Massachusetts lawmakers recommend easing statute of limitations on sex abuse

"A key Statehouse committee is recommending the state extend the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse by 10 years."

 


 

Put on your Surprise Face:
Ratzinger XVI approves Assisi meeting to commemorate 1986 abomination
John Paul II sits with fellow non-believers at Assisi abomination
"We will pray for peace together but in different places"... sound familiar?

Background document:
Revealing 2004 "spirit of Assisi" letter from John Paul to "Cardinal" Kaspar



Reality Check:
"Men must look for the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ... When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony." --Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Quas Primas, par. 1,19, 1925
"The peace of Christ ... is the only true peace" --Pope Pius XI,
Encyclical Ubi Arcano Dei, par. 37, 1922
"Jesus has loved us with an immense, infinite love, and He came on earth to suffer and die so that, gathered around Him in justice and love, motivated by the same sentiments of mutual charity, all men might live in peace and happiness. But for the realization of this temporal and eternal happiness, He has laid down with supreme authority the condition that we must belong to His Flock, that we must accept His doctrine, that we must practice virtue, and that we must accept the teaching and guidance of Peter and his successors. Further, whilst Jesus was kind to sinners and to those who went astray, He did not respect their false ideas, however sincere they might have appeared. He loved them all, but He instructed them in order to convert them and save them." --Pope St. Pius X, Letter
"Our Apostolic Mandate", 1910


 

It's a Fun Church, after all:
Novus Ordo-approved "comedy" makes fun of sacred things

Notice how they always mock the real thing, not the Novus Ordo counterfeit. Could you imagine them mocking some plain-clothes "nun" worshipping some earth goddess, or Fr. Flapdoodle conducting a youth "mass"?

 

"Recovery of the Sacred" Flashback:
Demolishing Tradition in the name of "Tradition"

"Needless to say, the passion to replace current usage with an older tradition [sic] stops abruptly once the favored new practice is adopted. A few years ago when Bishop William Bullock of Madison, Wis., directed the progressive St. Paul's Newman Center parish to stop using lay 'concelebrants' at Mass, modernists excoriated him for 'disturbing the community's settled custom.'"

 

More "Tough Talk" from the Vatican:
"Excommunications" threatened for pro-embryonic stem cell research scientists, politicians

 

Secrecy, intimidation fostered by USCCB
"Sodomy" book author exposes Santa Rosa bishop, priest
"Santa Rosa Bishop Daniel F. Walsh’s complicity in the escape to Mexico of Jesuit Father Xavier Ochoa, accused of the sexual molestation of a 12-year-old altar boy in Sonoma County, should come as no surprise to Catholics who have followed Walsh’s early clerical career as vicar general and auxiliary bishop under Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco."

 

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