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"A riddle wrapped in a
mystery inside an enigma"
Malachi Martin's double agent status DOCUMENTED
the Second Vatican Council,
[Fr. Malachi] Martin
acted as an assistant and translator to
Cardinal Augustin Bea
, head of the
Secretariat for the Promotion of Christian Unity (SPCU). At the time, a
major focus of the SPCU was the Jewish declaration portion of
the Vatican II document that addressed the Church’s relations with other
religions. Cardinal Bea would later be referred to by Archbishop
Lefebvre as an 'instrument of betrayal.'
"In January of 1966, Look Magazine ran an article entitled
“How the Jews Changed Catholic Thinking,”
a lengthy, in-depth look at the influence various Jewish lobbying groups
had over the final draft of Nostra Aetate. In the article, Senior Editor
Joseph Roddy tells of an unnamed Jesuit priest who held a key position
in Rome during the time the Second Vatican Council was in session. The
priest, described as a 'double agent' who 'could never turn down work'
and a 'savior in the diaspora,' would use his position to gather and
disseminate inside information to the secular press and the Jewish
lobbying groups, who would in turn use that information in their efforts
to influence the Council fathers – particularly the progressive American
bishops. Although the priest’s actual name is withheld, several
pseudonyms he used for his various activities are revealed."
NOW Comments: John Grasmeier, writing an exclusive piece
for the pro-Society
of St. Pius X AngelQueen website, has uncovered some
devastating documents that further uncover Fr. Malachi Martin's pivotal
role in the false ecumenism pushed at Vatican II, particularly
concerning the Jews. Martin was later known in various incarnations: the
Jesuit who left the active priesthood to pursue a literary career,
preferring to be called "Malachi" or "Dr. Martin" rather than "Fr.
Martin" and a stylish turtleneck shirt to a Roman Collar; author of
numerous best-selling books concerning the Catholic Church, sometimes
critical of what transpired after the Council, on subjects ranging from
papal conclaves to exorcism to geopolitics to lurid accounts of satanic
cults operating within the Church; frequent radio talk show guest, who
told nationwide audiences gripping tales of conspiracy, diabolism and an
"underground church" of true believers and the priest who belatedly
returned to his first vocation, living and dying in traditional circles,
buried with proper Catholic rites. But despite his apparent conversion
back to the Faith, accepted at face value by some Catholics, many
questions remain about him, including his sincerity in doing so, hence
the citing of the Winston Churchill quote atop this report. More on that
in a moment.
Of special importance in
Grasmeier's study is the astonishing and undeniable paper trail that ran
between Fr. Martin and the
American Jewish Congress. And this was
no casual correspondence; Martin was being paid handsomely by the AJC,
ostensibly to write about what was going on in at Vatican II. The fact
that more was going on behind the scenes and that he and Cardinal Bea
were closely involved with the Jewish lobbying groups is especially
evident in this
from the AJC's Director of Interreligous Affairs, Rabbi Marc
Tanenbaum to Roger Straus, the prominent Jewish head of Farrar, Straus,
then publisher for Malachi Martin, who's cryptically referred to simply
"the Pilgrim" or "Serafian," two of his pseduonyms. In reading the
letter it is quite clear that there is the secret coordination of an
agenda favorable to the aims of the AJC being carried out by Bea and
When it is recalled that
both Bea, who as early as the 1950s had held a post in the Holy See, and
his secretary Martin were genuine "Vatican insiders," the thought of
such intrigues is deeply disturbing, even more so when the Council's
consequences are factored into the equation.
"Cardinal" Bea was a
principal figure in the attack on Catholic teachings concerning the
(he's been referred to as "the architect of Nostra Aetate") and his
legacy in that regard is so strong that at the formerly-Catholic
Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome
there is a
Center for Jewish Studies
that bears his name. (Curiously, the
Anti-Defamation League [of B'nai-Brith, as it was formerly
called] for a time had a Cardinal Bea Interfaith Award, but has removed
all mention of it from it's website--searching the site for it only
turns up empty pages, but NOW has found a
version of a page concerning the award.) It is of importance, then, to
return for a moment to the quotation cited by Grasmeier as coming from
Society of St. Pius X Founder Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, in which Bea
is called an "instrument of betrayal." Lefebvre, active at the Council
and himself well acquainted with Vatican politics, made the statement at
an address he gave on November 5, 1983 at Oyster Bay Cove, Long Island,
New York, at that time the Society's headquarters for the Northeastern
United States. The following excerpt from that talk will show that the
Archbishop was not engaging in hyperbole when he used such a strong term
to characterize Bea. The betrayal of the Church (literally, the
handing over of the Church) to her enemies is precisely what
he meant. Thus Archbishop Lefebvre declared:
It is not one single bishop like myself
who can set the whole situation straight in the Catholic Church. That
is why I strive to keep on going to Rome and to plead the cause of
Tradition. Because I am persuaded that it is by Tradition that the
Catholic Church will recover its position as it was before the Second
Vatican Council, and the means of its true progress. In the first
place, I must tell you that I am under no illusions —the situation in
Rome is very grave, very grave. Let me sum up the whole situation as
it took place at the Council and such as, unfortunately, it still
exists even today, by saying that there were, in fact, three betrayals
of the Church. Holy Church was betrayed in three ways in a very direct
and concrete fashion.
The first betrayal was the betrayal with the Freemasons, the second
with the Protestants, and the third was the betrayal with the
There was an understanding before the Council and during the Council
through men commissioned by the Church who were the instruments of
these betrayals, namely, the Secretariat for the Unity of Christians,
which was specially created for that, directed by Cardinal Bea with,
as Vice President, Mgr. de Smedt, Bishop of Bruges, and with, as
Secretary, Mgr. Willebrands, who became Cardinal of Holland. These
were the personalities who were the instruments of betrayal. There
were direct contacts precisely between Cardinal Bea and the Masonic
Lodge here in New York and in Washington, with the B'nai-Brith, the
Jewish Lodge numbering 75,000 members, and with the lodges of the
Why did these contacts take place? Why did Cardinal Bea come in the
name of the Vatican, in the name of Rome, to meet these Freemasons? In
order that we would accept the "rights of man" at the Council. How
could we accept them? By accepting Religious Liberty, which is one of
the "rights of man." Hence, to accept Religious Liberty was in
principle to accept the "rights of man" within the Church. Now, the
Church has always condemned these declarations on the "rights of man"
which have been made against the authority of God....
full text of the Long Island Conference; 1983
This brings us back to the mysterious
Fr. Martin. For all his later often eloquent
concerning the sad state of the Church after the Vatican II and even
regarding the Council's culpability in bringing about the calamitous
changes, we've seen no repudiation of his not-so-insignificant part in
the "reform" of Catholic doctrine nor that of his mentor, "Cardinal"
Bea. In fact, on the more-or-less official
Father Malachi Martin's Home Page,
which has been maintained since his death in 1999, we read that "he was
a close associate of the renowned Jesuit Cardinal, Augustin Bea, and His
Holiness, Pope John XXIII." It is contradictory for someone who had
returned to Tradition to refer to a man as "renowned" who legitimately
had been condemned as an "instrument of betrayal," though it wouldn't be
inconsistent at all if privately he still held to his old views.
Speaking of John XIII, Grasmeier on a linked
Malachi Martin's betrayals (forges papal prayer)
relates how Fr. Martin fabricated a "prayer" asking for forgiveness over
the "crimes" the Church purportedly committed against the Jews (it's the
mother of all those countless Novus Ordo apologies!) and said it had
been written by Roncalli on his deathbed. Grasmeier then produces an
interview with a priest maintaining that Martin had penned it. Still, it
is quite in keeping with something John XIII could have written or had
Fr. Martin ghostwrite for him—one
need only recall his removal of the word perfidious from the Good
Friday liturgical prayer for the Jews.
Yet there is a document
that in its way is just as
disturbing as the others and on a certain level, perhaps even more
disturbing. It was for decades publicly maintained by Fr. Martin (right
up to his death) that he was dispensed of his Jesuit vows in the 1960s,
save for the vow of celibacy. After his death, author Robert Kaiser came
out with the book
that charged the late priest with having had an affair with his wife,
leading to the destruction of his family. Some engaged Catholics leaped
to the defense of Martin's memory, focusing on Kaiser's liberal
reputation as an indicator that this was simply a smear. In this case,
however, the outrage appears to be misplaced, for there is on AngelQueen
a 1965 letter from a Holy Cross priest to a Vatican official outlining
the Kaiser's grounds for an annulment (see
Malachi Martin’s wife stealing documented
For all of this, we would hope that
somehow Fr. Martin did do what was necessary to die in a state of grace.
And we would like to say that we have good hope of that fact, yet when
he lived a double life (or more accurately, double lives) for so
long, it is not something we are completely comfortable in saying.
For when one has been "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma"
for so long, how does one sort through all the layers of deceit to find
their real self anymore? It would take a very special grace for that
indeed; let us hope he found it.
"John Henry Newman, the most famous Catholic convert of the nineteenth
century, once shocked many readers by writing that it would be better that
the whole world perish, in the most extreme agony, than that a single sin
-- even a very minor sin -- should be committed. Newman was renowned for
his personal moderation, but he followed the logic of his beliefs wherever
it led. When attacked for saying this, he calmly repeated the assertion
and explained that he could not retract a word of it.
To be 'extraordinary' form of Novus Ordo Roman rite
Forthcoming 'papal' decree authorizes expanded use of Tridentine Mass,
"According to the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI will, in a few days,
authorize wider use of the Tridentine Mass as an 'extraordinary' form of
the Latin Rite. A Vatican statement released on June 28 says the
forthcoming Motu Proprio, a decree the pope issues 'on his own
initiative,' will expand 'the use of the Missal promulgated by Blessed
John XXIII in 1962.'"
NOW Comments: We'll limit our remarks to two until the decree
itself is manifest and we can see its exact language, both remarks
directed at those who are giddy with delight: 1) We obviously don't share
in your shouts of Deo gratias and Te Deum—way
too premature for any of that; and 2) To recycle an old saying, "Be
careful what you wish for!"
WYD 2008 World Youth Day - Melbourne
Rock music accompaniment through out, including
the "religious" footage, well except where there's the Aborigine tribal
inculturation dance, of course. WARNING:
Protestants on faculty,
Rector of USA's oldest once-Catholic seminary steps down
"The responsibilities of a Roman Catholic priest have
changed over the last quarter-century - and so have the expectations at
St. Mary's University and Seminary, whose president-rector, the Rev.
Robert F. Leavitt, is stepping down after nearly three decades of
"'When I began, the seminary was a kind of serene world apart from
Baltimore, from the lay people, from the ecumenical, interfaith world,'
says the theologian, who starting today is taking a year's sabbatical from
the nation's oldest seminary. Today, 'the seminary is at the heart of a
much bigger world than it was when I was beginning. There are a lot more
challenges; it's a lot more exciting but also a lot more demanding.'"
Reality Check: Founded in 1791 by the Sulpician Fathers, St. Mary's
was the first Catholic seminary in the United States. Like everything else
Catholic, it was targeted for a Modernist makeover as a result of the
so-called Second Vatican Council. So it isn't surprising to read: "Leavitt
also guided the Ecumenical Institute of Theology, which enriched [sic]
the seminary program. 'It allows the seminarians to see in miniature the
world they're going to be ministering to,' the priest says. 'They get that
sense of the reality of ministry in a pluralistic society.'" On the
Mission page, its inception is clearly linked to Vatican II, while the
lists 37 religions, denominations and/or faith communities represented by
in its "student body and faculty," before adding "...and more." But it's
only when one reaches the Institute's
& Governance page that the depth of its indifferentism and apostasy is
fully manifest, for listed there are not only several openly Protestant
faculty members teaching courses in Spirituality, Practical Theology,
Moral Theology, Systematic Theology, Biblical Studies, etc., but more of
them on it's executive board.
The sellout begins
'Pope' aims to normalize China ties
"In his letter, Pope Benedict points out that underground activities do
not form part of the normal life of the Catholic Church. He also
stresses that Rome has already accepted the full authority of many of the
bishops appointed unilaterally by the Beijing-tolerated Church."
UK 'bishops': right to life for 'manimals' (human/animal hybrid embryos)
"In April, the British government tabled draft legislation that proposes
to allow experiments to create human/animal hybrids. Now the Catholic
bishops of England and Wales have responded by saying that any embryos
created by combining human and animal DNA are human beings with full human
rights, including the right to natural birth. In his letter, Pope Benedict
points out that underground activities do not form part of the normal life
of the Catholic Church.
Benedict XI issues motu proprio (no, not that motu proprio)
Accused Pa. priest commits suicide
"A priest committed suicide two days after his bishop said claims of sex
abuse by the priest dating back more than 30 years would be turned over to
New South Wale MPs vote to lift stem-cell ban
"Despite opposition from the Church and a prayer campaign by Christian
MPs, the NSW Upper House yesterday voted to pass a law lifting the ban on
stem cell research in the state."
Georgetown prof aids ACLU fight for evolution
Science, religion and the battle for the human soul
"In 1950, in a letter to bishops, Pope Pius XII took up the issue of
evolution. The Roman Catholic Church does not necessarily object to the
study of evolution as far as it relates to physical traits, he wrote in
Humani Generis. But he added, 'Catholic faith obliges us to hold
that souls are immediately created by God.'"
Would Latin Mass unite or divide?
Ontario "Catholic" school board is pro-sodomite
"Since a complaint was first made in March, an investigation and two
anonymous complaints have revealed that the Waterloo Catholic District
School Board (WCDSB) is allowing a surprising amount of pro-homosexual
material within Catholic schools."
NOW Comments: The article says that the board is allowing "a
surprising amount of pro-homosexual material" in their schools. Surprising
to whom? Someone should check into all Canadian Novus Ordo
schools for such material. Our guess is that such sewage would be found in
most of them.
are all about. This fiasco, sponsored by the conciliar version of the Claretians,
has disgraced the memory of that order's founder,
Anthony Mary Claret, who was a great defender of Catholic
doctrine against "liberal Catholics" and had a zeal for converting souls
that is utterly at odds with the "no proselytization" policy of the Novus
Paul's confirmation retreat - Chicago
There are games, rock music and The Simpsons, but little in the way
of spiritual reflection, which, after all, is what
Ratzinger: radical then, radical now (rhetoric aside)
As elusive as the fabled reverent Novus Ordo 'Mass'
'Card.' Bertone on the Tridentine indult: 'Sometime soon' (but don't quote
him on that)
“A senior Vatican official has confirmed that sometime soon Pope Benedict
XVI will expand permission” for use of the Tridentine Latin Mass, wrote
John L. Allen Jr. in the May 30 New York Times. Allen’s “senior
Vatican official” is, presumably, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Holy
See’s secretary of state. “One shouldn’t have to wait long to see it
published,” said Bertone in a June interview published by the Italian
newspaper, Avvenire of the motu proprio that would grant
wider permission for celebration of the Tridentine Mass.
"Bertone, however, had said the same thing on March 31."
Meanwhile, more 'collegiality' at work...
Britain's 'bishops' resist advance of 'universal indult'
"The Roman Catholic bishops in England and Wales are resisting the Pope's
plans to liberalize the use of the traditional Latin Mass, the Daily
Telegraph has learned. Under the current rules, which apply across the
world, the Tridentine Rite can only be said with the special permission of
a diocesan bishop."
NOW Comments: There is clearly something holding this up,
perhaps several factors. Three come to mind immediately: 1) Opposition
from not just British "bishops," but those in other countries (the U.S.,
France and Italy, to name three conciliar hierarchies voicing disapproval
of which we're aware); 2) the claim that the indult will damage
interreligious dialogue, a concern especially expressed by some Jewish
leaders; and 3) a bogging down of talks with the Society of St. Pius X (we
cannot see Benedict XVI issuing this without some "concessions"--read
compromises--by Bp. Fellay and other SSPX leaders).
return to the Latin Mass
Benedict endorses Assisi '86
So much for the neo-traditionalists who said he opposed John Paul II's
From Christ or Chaos--more on raising Rosmini
to 'venerable' status
Beatifying Their Own (inner workings of the Novus Ordo 'saint factory')
"A careful distinction needs to be made before proceeding: there have been
truly worthy candidates for beatification and canonization who have been
advanced by the conciliarists. The 'wheat' of authentic sanctity (such as
belonged to Jacinta and Francisco Marto, Father Junipero Serra, Father
Miguel Augustin Pro, Venerable Anne Katherine Emmerich, Venerable Pauline
Jaricot, Kateri Tekakwitha, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Bishop John Neumann,
Venerable Juan Diego, Padre Pio, Father Maximilian Kolbe, who opposed all
forms of naturalism, including both 'national' socialism and
'international' socialism) will have to be separated from the 'chaff' of
Modernism (Josemaria Escriva Balaguer y Albas, Mother Teresa, Karol
Wojtyla, Angelo Roncalli, et al.) by a true pope when the conciliarists
are removed by the very hand of God Himself as the fruit of the Triumph of
the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The inclusion of truly worthy candidates to
be considered for canonization has permitted the conciliarists to attempt
to promote their own number (Escriva, Roncalli, Wojtyla) to the ranks of
And who's going to stop him?
Ontario's pro-abortion, pro-same sex 'marriage' premier welcomed at Novus
"In October of 2003 Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty visited a Catholic
school only several weeks after publicly contradicting Catholic teaching
on a serious matter of faith and morals by coming out in support of
homosexual 'marriage.' Now, only several weeks after publicly
contradicting Pope Benedict on a similarly serious matter of the Catholic
faith, Dalton McGuinty has again made an appearance at a Catholic school."
So much for it's pretended pro-life, pro-family stand
Vatican's UN ambassador to honor of 'reproductive health services'
Tomorrow the Vatican ambassador to the United Nations, known officially as
the Holy See Permanent Observer to the United Nations, will be presenting
an award to Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, president of the 61st session of the
U.N. General Assembly. The Vatican ambassador, Archbishop Celestino
Migliore, will be presenting the award on behalf of the Path to Peace
Foundation, over which he presides as President.
theological decree from Modernist Rome: Highway Commandments!
New blasphemy acceptable in Vatican II religion
Embryonic stem cell research "gift from God"
"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has drawn guffaws from
the pro-life community for comments saying that embryonic stem cell
research, which involves the destruction of days-old human embryos, is a
"gift from God." Her remarks came after the House approved a bill to force
Americans to fund it."
NOW Comments: Guffaws do not adequately address Pelosi's
blasphemous remarks, which would make God the author of this
abominable evil. The
statement thus constitutes, objectively speaking, a grave public sin and clearly marks her as a
woman who does not profess the Catholic faith, but it is also one that is
considered permissible and a legitimate opinion to have within the Novus Ordo religion.
Inscribed with Protestant version of 10 Commandments, no less!
visits 'Pope' Ratzinger, gives him really ugly walking stick
"A walking stick is the unlikely center of a debate about political
protocol, theological precision and news-marketing as a corporal work of
mercy. President Bush gave the odd, carved walking stick to Pope Benedict
XVI on June 9 on a visit to Rome. In some quarters, the gift became a
Catholic wins Germany's highest literary award
no plans to convert Russia
"The Vatican does not want to convert Russia to Catholicism, and relations
with the Moscow Patriarchate are improving, President of the Pontifical
Council for Culture Cardinal Paul Poupard told students of the Orthodox
St. Tikhon Humanitarian University on Monday."
Russian Orthodox leader: No compromise on the papal primacy
Hmm, did they use extraordinary ministers?
receive worms at Korean 'Festival for a Green Church'
"Organizers of this year's "Festival for a Green Church" at Seoul's
Myeongdong Cathedral distributed earthworms to 20,000 participants as part
of a bid to raise environmental awareness among Catholics."
'New Springtime' update
Indiana 'bishop': fewer priests, but 'more vibrant church'
The Pelosi Problem
"San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer gave an interview to KCBS
radio in February that left Catholics stunned. Asked about his approach to
Nancy Pelosi, the U.S. Speaker of the House whose support for legal
abortion is notorious despite her avowed Catholicism, the archbishop
replied: '…We haven’t had an opportunity to talk about the life issues. I
would very much welcome that opportunity, but I don’t believe that I am in
a position to say what I understand her stand to be…'”
NOW Comments: This article highlights the flipside of the issue
raised in "The Enduring Costs of John F. Kennedy's Compromise," which we
covered in depth earlier this month. It is one thing for "Catholic"
politicians like Pelosi to express their supposed personal opposition to
abortion and at the same time maintain that they can't impose their belief
on others, but it is quite another for those ostensibly serving as
shepherds of souls to abet them in their crimes against God and His
creation. By doing nothing, the conciliar hierarchy is giving its tacit
approval to pro-abort politicians and, by extension, to legalized
Judge allows challenges to church property in abuse
"A federal bankruptcy judge has ruled that plaintiffs suing the Roman
Catholic Diocese of San Diego on sex abuse claims will be permitted to
challenge property deals and other financial transactions between the
diocese and parishes."
NJ 'parish' ousts priest sex abuse group
"A support group for victims of sexual abuse by priests has been told it
no longer will be allowed to meet at St. Joseph's parish, where it has
been holding meetings for the past five years."
Giuliani 'struck' by abortion question
"An electrical glitch at a debate of
Republican presidential candidates had Rudy Giuliani joking on Tuesday
that he was about to be struck by lightning for differing with a Catholic
When $100K just isn't enough!
'Catholic' pastor quits amid salary dispute with Baltimore 'archdiocese'
"The pastor of a Roman Catholic parish in northern Anne Arundel County has
stepped down after church officials concluded that he persuaded lay
leaders to pay him more money than the Archdiocese Of Baltimore allows.
The Rev. Domenic L. Cieri, who led St. Bernadette Catholic Church in
Severn for nearly 15 years, received salary and Mass stipends above the
scales approved by the archdiocese, according to an audit conducted in
October. Archdiocese spokesman Sean Caine said Cieri also received a
housing allowance to live in northern Baltimore County, although his
parish has a rectory."
Why didn't they just get Elton John and be done with it?
World Youth Day '08 composer supports homosexuality
"The May 16 Zenit report read, 'The theme song for World Youth Day 2008
was written by singer/song-writer Guy Sebastian, the winner of the first
Australian idol context in 2003.' This is the same Guy Sebastian who
ridiculed Catholic teaching against homosexuality. In an October 2006
interview, Sebastian was asked if homosexuality clashed with his Christian
'Priest' shortage, more funerals than baptisms or weddings, fuel talk
Pennsylvania 'parishioners' ponder consolidation of four churches
“We’re a dying breed,” ['Msgr.' John] Bendik told the crowd. “If you want
to have a parish, you have to have priests.”
'personally opposed, but...' politicians
The enduring costs of John F. Kennedy's compromise
"Kennedy knew that he had no chance of ascending to the Presidency if he
did not address the religious issue directly. Militant anti-Catholics
would not be open to persuasion, but he hoped to answer their attacks in a
way that reassured other Americans. His first widely publicized attempt to
do so came in March 1959, when Look magazine published an
interview in which he gave this quote: 'Whatever one's religion in private
life may be, for the office-holder, nothing takes precedence over his oath
to uphold the Constitution and all its parts — including the First
Amendment and the strict separation of church and state.' Kennedy then
highlighted his opposition to federal aid for parochial schools and to an
appointment of an ambassador to the Vatican — positions that he had
reversed since his earlier days in Congress, when he had supported such
"Kennedy's comments sparked a backlash in the Catholic
press. From America to Commonweal and to diocesan
papers, editors criticized his views on church and state and his claim
that parochial school aid was unconstitutional. Protestant reaction,
meanwhile, ran the gamut. Some were reassured by Kennedy's statements.
Others — including some mainline Protestants who had initially defended
him — were alarmed. Episcopalian Bishop James Pike said, '. . . far from
posing the threat of ecclesiastical tyranny, [Kennedy's statement] would
seem rather to represent the point of view of a thoroughgoing secularist,
who really believes that a man's religion and his decision-making can be
kept in two watertight compartments.' Presbyterian Robert McAfee Brown
surmised that Kennedy was 'a rather irregular Christian.' And Lutheran
Martin Marty opined that Kennedy was 'spiritually rootless and politically
almost disturbingly secular.'"
Above photo: Kennedy shakes
hands with Fr. Richard Casey, pastor of Holy Trinity Church, where the
President-elect attended Mass prior to his inauguration on January 20,
1961. It is to be hoped that despite his compromise, JFK, who was known to
attend Mass regularly, was able to
save his soul.
NOW Comments: During the 1960 presidential campaign John Kennedy
was pushed so hard into a corner about his views by anti-Catholic forces
in America, who had more than a little clout, that his advisors urged him
to publicly disavow his membership as a Catholic so far as it would affect
the way he would govern the nation. It is unclear how much of his own
beliefs were behind the Look comment and how much came from his
handlers, but there's no question that that quote and others like it from
JFK a far greater resemblance to
frankly Machiavellian model of the
Christian ruler to anything
St. Robert Bellarmine would have envisioned. Ironically, aside from the
ludicrously fictitious Vatican plots they whispered about, the
anti-Catholics did at least have one thing right: A Catholic President
must govern first and foremost as a Catholic. Dr. Thomas Droleskey
alluded to this in a commentary on the baneful influence of Americanism on
Church and State:
"The first Catholic candidate to have won the Democratic Presidential
nomination, although not without a great deal of opposition from the
Freemasons and Protestant bigots in the Democratic Party, especially
those hailing from the South and the Midwest, was New York Governor
Alfred E. Smith, in 1928. A little known fact is that Smith, who went to
Mass every Sunday and was known to be a fairly serious Catholic in his
devotional life, took almost the exact, Americanist line about the
separation of Church and State that would be popularized by then Senator
John Fitzgerald Kennedy thirty-two years later, in 1960. Smith lost in a
landslide to Secretary of Commerce Herbert Clark Hoover, prompting
anti-Catholic bigots to say that he had sent a one word cablegram to
Pope Pius XI: 'Unpack.' You see, Protestants and Freemasons had a far
clearer understanding of what a Catholic statesman should be about, that
is, the Catholicizing of the country, than did those Catholics who
actually got involved in politics and ran for high office, including the
champion of the Americanist spirit
But if Smith as the first politico to use such a tact and Kennedy was the
first to win with it, it was Mario Cuomo who to actually coined the
expression "personally opposed" in the context that its been used for the
past two decades, particularly as regarded abortion. The punch line was,
of course, that while he believed abortion to be wrong, he would not
impose his private view on others who did not share. It is amazing
that this political sophism has lasted this long, as it is so
transparently false. Clearly, if abortion is wrong it is profoundly
wrong--a grave offense against both God and His creation--and a ruler
would be obliged to defend the state against such an evil. Then,
too, hadn't abortion been legalized by people who forced their personal
views on others? (In fact, does not every law of man involve
someone imposing a certain set of beliefs on the populace?)
There have been certain variations on the basic "personally opposed"
arguments, refinements if you will. Now, instead of simply saying one does
not seek to impose their ideas, which is a negative, the politicians of
the new century have attempted to spin the concept in a more superficially
"affirming" sort of way, so we now see them talking about respecting the
cultural, social, ethnic, religious diversity of their constituency and
having the duty to respect all of their views. In a word, to oppose
abortion would be to oppose the pluralistic imperative. And today there is
no shortage of unscrupulous and irreligious members of both parties (and
even foreign politicians) who use such drivel as they troll for votes or
defend their policies and voting records, as the following links (both
current and historical) demonstrate.
Pell accused of bullying in stem cell debate "Prominent [Australian]
Catholic MP Kevin Greene has accused Cardinal George Pell of trying to
'bully' members like himself into voting against legislation to expand
stem cell research."
Schwarzenegger- 'I am a Catholic and a very dedicated Catholic, but...'
"Speaking at a press conference at the MaRS Discovery District
research centre in Toronto yesterday, actor-turned California Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger defended his support for embryonic stem cell
research seen as controversial in light of his self-professed Catholic
Opposed but … "Presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani told a
conservative audience at Houston Baptist College on May 11 that he was
both personally opposed to abortion and supportive of the right of others
to choose differently."
Canadian premier pops off on 'pope' "I think it is pretty clear that
there are very few political leaders who would allow themselves and their
actions to be formed exclusively by the dictates of the Church."
Tap dancing around abortion "For example, America's mayor is in the
habit of explaining he 'personally' thinks abortion is bad -- he says he
hates it and that it is 'morally wrong.' Even though he personally opposes
abortion, he does not think it should be legally restricted. Indeed, he
thinks it's a woman's "right" to have an abortion."
The fallacy of 'personally opposed, but...' "There are two things
Republican Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani wants voters to know about
where he stands on abortion. Number one: He hates it. Number two: If
elected president, he wouldn't do a thing to restrict it, and, based on
recent comments, would force taxpayers to fund it."
Kerry 'personally opposed' to assisted suicide but will not oppose Oregon
euthanasia law "US Presidential candidate John Kerry, who has
angered Catholics for his endorsements of abortion and same sex unions,
added euthanasia to the list while campaigning in Oregon. While on a break
in Portland, Kerry was interviewed by Steve Law for the Statesman
'Personally opposed, but...' five pro-abortion dodges "It is all too
common for a politician, clergyman, or fellow parishioner to claim that he
is 'personally opposed' to abortion but wouldn’t dream of 'imposing' that
opinion on a public with diverse religious and ethical beliefs—and then
sit back, secure in the feeling that his is an ironclad position."
extremists forcibly turn 'Catholic' church into mosque
"On the same day as Father Ragheed Ganni’s funeral, Muslim fundamentalists
sent another message of hatred to Catholics, this time attacking two
churches in Iraq. Fr. Ragheed, along with three deacons were killed just
this past Sunday after they had finished celebrating Mass."
Extremists turn Baghdad
church into mosque
Man jumps onto 'Pope' Benedict's jeep, causes scare
"A man caused a scare when he jumped onto Pope Benedict
XVI's jeep while he rode through St. Peter's Square Security personnel
quickly tackled and stopped the man."
Chinese underground bishop arrested again
"A prominent leader of the 'underground' Catholic Church in China has been
arrested for the 9th time in the past three years, the Cardinal Kung
U.K. churches told to hang up 'no smoking' signs
Lucky for them they don't use that frankincense anymore. LOL
Novus Ordo dictator warns 'bishops' to back off
Zimbabwe: Mugabe's turbulent 'priests'
Novus Ordo rarity: It's well-attended
Buffalo 'parish' won't stand by while church is closed
"Bishop Edward U. Kmiec of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, recently
announced the proposed closing of Transfiguration Church due to
reconfiguration. This process seems to have been flawed from the
beginning; in many instances the criteria doesn't apply. Closing a fully
attended, growing, vibrant church in excellent condition and maintenance
seems contrary to all the criteria given for parish closures. This quick
fix may solve a problem within the diocese but it doesn't correct the
long-term problem of the shortage of priests."
Top Vatican official- Documents show Pius XII worked to help Jews
"Thousands of Vatican documents
demonstrate that Pope Pius XII worked quietly but effectively to help Jews
and others during World War II, a top Vatican official said."
Mexican 'cardinal' faces grilling on priest abuse
"Cardinal Norberto Rivera, Mexico's most senior Roman Catholic
clergyman, will be questioned by lawyers and may have to appear in a U.S.
court over accusations he protected a priest wanted for sexually abusing
children, Rivera's spokesman said on Tuesday."
Detroit church will be leveled
San Jose church provides weekly 'Mass' for sex perverts
'Consciences that differ from official Church teaching'
"Dignity/San Jose calls
itself 'a faith and support community of and for Catholic Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons, their Families, Friends and
Supportive Others.' But Dignity/San Jose is unique among other California
Dignity chapters: its weekly community Mass is celebrated in a Catholic
church -- St. Martin of Tours in San Jose."
Ohio woman hopes Supreme Court allows her to sue 'Catholic'
Former priest, arrested for sexual battery, confesses he's a sex addict
"The counselor arrested on sexual battery charges at a North Idaho private
school for troubled teenage boys has admitted to authorities he had been a
long-time sex addict, including the more than three decades he served as a
The St. Ignatius College Prep scandal
Ratzinger: concerns over Rosmini's writings are outdated
Priest whose writings were condemned by Pope Leo XIII nears
"The pope also approved a
miracle attributed to Antonio Rosmini, an Italian priest and philosopher
who died in 1855 and whose writings were once condemned by the Vatican. In
2001, the then-head of the Vatican's watchdog office for doctrinal errors,
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict, ruled the concerns over his
writings were outdated."
Reality Check: Before considering the current
decision, it must in fairness be remembered that
Rosmini repudiated errors that were brought to his attention during
the reign of Pius IX and died in the Church. Nevertheless, after his
death, when other of his writings were discovered, they along with his
previously known works, were examined found to contain forty propositions
that were not reconcilable to the Catholic Faith. The condemnation was
approved by Leo XIII himself. In 2001 "Cardinal" Joseph Ratzinger, head of
the conciliar Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, acting on behalf
of John Paul II, decreed that Leo was mistaken to condemn the
writings, because the pontiff was viewing the propositions from the narrow
confines of a Thomistic point of view. Ratzinger wrote:
"The adoption of Thomism created the premises for a negative judgment
of a philosophical and speculative position, like that of Rosmini, because
it differed in its language and conceptual framework from the
philosophical and theological elaboration of St Thomas Aquinas." Hence,
Modernist Rome deemed it appropriate to overrule the the prior ruling.
Note on the force of the doctrinal decrees concerning the thought and work
of Fr. Antonio Rosmini Serbati
In an in-depth article about the decree's background,
neo-traditional writer James Larson arrives at a striking conclusion
regarding the just-cited passage:
"We have now reached the heart of the problem. What is
at stake here is Thomism, and all that it teaches us about God, man, and
the nature of being. I fully believe that the real reason behind the
Rosmini rehabilitation is the agenda to implement alternatives to
Thomistic philosophy and theology. And as I have said in previous
writings, the central point of contention in this war against Thomism, and
against both the being of God and man, is the doctrine of
Rosmini rehabilitation and the Ratzinger Agenda
It is significant to note that Rosmini's cause wasn't
even begun until 1994 and the members of the institute and religious order
he founded (who have gone thoroughly Novus Ordo, including priests in lay
clothes and sisters in post-Vatican II-style "traditional" habits), tout
the fact that his teachings were a major influence at the
council (see link entitled "Documents relating to the cause of Antonio
Mexicans hold canine 'Mass'
[Literal] wake-up call for those who favored
Terri Schindler-Schiavo's killing
Polish man wakes from 19-year 'coma,' talks and expected to walk soon
"A Polish railway worker has astonished his doctors by waking
spontaneously after 19 years and talking about memories of his time in a
'coma,' the Associated Press (AP) reported yesterday. Jan Grzewski was
injured at work and while he was hospitalized, his doctors found cancer in
his brain and predicted he would not recover.
"After his doctors concluded nothing more could be done for him, Mr.
Grzewski’s wife, Gertruda, cared for him at home, moving his body and
feeding him by hand. 'I would fly into a rage every time someone would say
that people like him should be euthanized, so they don't suffer,' she told
So? Any news about abolishing the "new
Bertone: Tridentine Mass document coming soon
Called 'adversarial' by Steinbock
Fresno's former indult 'priest' still in exile
"In 2003, Father Joe Baca, of the Fresno, Calif., diocese — and who, for a
time, was permitted to celebrate the Tridentine Mass at St. Agnes Mission
Church in Pinedale, Calif. — was removed from public ministry by Bishop
Religious liberty, ecumenism to be included?
Sydney archdiocese to extend oath of fidelity
VIDEO/TEXT Decision due on gutted Wisconsin
Future of Madison churches depends on St. Raphael's fate
"Church officials revealed this weekend new information about the future
of the St. Raphael's Catholic Cathedral in Madison and that information
might have far-reaching consequences."
'Catholic' paper for decriminalizing prostitution
Planned destruction of the priesthood continues unabated
closing signals 'final nail' for Catholic tradition
"For more than a century,
Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary has quietly prepared teenage
boys for the priesthood, largely unchanged as the city transformed around
it from gritty industrial center to gleaming modern metropolis. But
another kind of change finally caught up with Quigley.
"The 102-year-old seminary - housed in a Gothic-style building that looks
like it belongs on a square in Europe instead of in a tony Chicago
shopping district - will close its doors for good in two weeks because of
a shrinking student body that has seen just one graduate ordained in the
last 17 years."
NOW Comments: Tolle missam, tolle ecclesiam "Destroy the
Mass and you destroy the Church" Such was the instruction of Martin
Luther, but he could just as easily have declared: "Tolle sacerdotiam,
tolle ecclesiam." And, indeed, one of the most crucial targets for
destruction by the Vatican II revolutionaries, but one that isn't
discussed nearly as much as it should be, is the vocation to the
priesthood. Anyone who has studied the matter knows that one of the first
opening salvos against the priesthood was the widespread encouragement of
priests to question whether they really even had a vocation to
begin with. As a consequence, thousands of them succumbed to the
temptation, some simply leaving the priesthood, but others attempting to
contract a marriage and leaving the Church altogether. Meanwhile, the
revolution had penetrated seminaries, as well, not only by a poisoning of
the curriculum, but by a piecemeal removal of disciplinary measures meant
as safeguards to a seminarian's vocation (the "new" way included allowing
seminarians to go out on the town on weekends and bringing in to study
side-by-side with them non-seminarians, including young women) and the
introduction of a homosexual network within the seminaries. Add to this,
the distorted "people of God" propaganda that deliberately diminished the
importance of an ordained priesthood and promoted, in its place, a
plethora of lay "ministries" that's ended up with the ongoing growth in
the number of "priestless parishes," and it's no wonder that the
preparatory (or minor) seminaries are being phased out (actually,
Quigley appears to be one of the final ones closed as part of a
Killing off the minor seminaries is a really crucial part of the
infiltrators' plan, since there is no better way to abolish the priesthood
than to nip it in the bud. If there are no longer such incubators for
future priests, then the number of teenage boys interested in becoming and
then preparing to become priests necessarily dwindles. It might be asked
why the subversives aren't content with simply corrupting what it means to
be a priest. Certainly, that is an aim, as well, but because we're
discussing what is ultimately diabolical in it's roots, the mere
corrupting of priests is only a stepping stone to the goal, which is the
complete extirpation of the very idea of the priesthood. Remember,
this is part of the plan that was spelled out over 150 years by the
enemies of the Church in no uncertain language:
"Our ultimate aim
is that of Voltaire and of the French Revolution - the final destruction
of Catholicism, and even of the Christian idea." from
Freemasonry and the Subversion of the Catholic Church - The Permanent
Instruction of the Alta Vendita
For more on the calculated demise of the Church's minor seminary
here (warning: photo of immodest attire).
Spokane 'diocese' emerges from bankruptcy, must raise $48M
Religious liberty and free thought pushed in New Zealand
'Catholic' and Anglican Bishops- Statement on the National Statement on
"From our own faith position we cherish freedom of thought and freedom of
religious expression, both for ourselves and for others. This is inherent
in our understanding of the Christian Gospel, as a gift that is freely
given, to be freely experienced and freely received in a climate of
"Meet the Catholics who are using YouTube and other new online technology
to spread the faith, provide historical footage - and draw attention to
3 Milwaukee 'Catholic' churches to close
Odor of sanctity?
Exclusive Pius IX Cologne
Smell like a real Pope! Just in time for Father's Day, the perfect gift
for the traditional Catholic man who has everything! No joke, The Pope's
Cologne is reportedly made based on the same private stock formulated over
150 years ago for the Holy Father.
Louisville 'archdiocese' okays pro-abort commencement speaker at Spalding
"The Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky has no objection to the
appearance of pro-abortion Rep. John Yarmuth as commencement speaker at a
local Catholic university. Yarmuth will give the address and receive an
honorary doctorate from Spalding University, a nominally Catholic school,
despite his position as a board member of Planned Parenthood."
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