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The Novus Ordo Files:
NEWS ARCHIVE for AUGUST
, 2007

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NOVUS ORDO WATCH SPECIAL REPORT
Warning: Seriously disturbing video footage and photo depictions of torture and brutality accompany this report.


Behind smears is Marxist Mugabe, who rose to power aided by post-Vatican II church
Adultery charges against Zimbabwean 'archbishop' politically motivated"Archbishop" Pius Ncube
"Details of a plot hatched by the CIO spy agency working hand in hand with state media journalists have emerged with indications that the two worked hand in glove in planning and exposing the adultery story involving
Archbishop Pius Ncube. [(n)KOO-bay] was slapped with a $20 billion [USD 1.3 million] adultery lawsuit at St Mary's Cathedral a month ago after he was served with the papers by the Deputy Sheriff, who was accompanied by a large contingent of journalists and photographers from the state media.

"However, details have emerged that the journalists present during the serving of papers were part of a well-orchestrated plot involving the CIO. It has also emerged that the state media journalists and even President Robert Mugabe had information about the issue long before the story was broken."

NOW Comments: Last month highly compromising videos taken of a man, purported to be "Abp." Ncube, with an allegedly married woman, were the lurid centerpiece of a bombshell report airing on state-run television; stills from the video later were included in the tabloid-like newspaper coverage. While keeping in mind that Ncube has not admitted involvement and not discounting the possibility of a staged event, digitally-manipulated images or some other sort of optical trickery, there is growing evidence of a conspiracy, first luring him to sin, and then capturing proof of the act to assure his downfall. The government also claims it can prove that Ncube infected both the wife and her husband the HIV virus and that films exist showing he had illicit relations with ten other women, one of who bore two of his children.

Unlike many of the conciliar church scandals covered on our website, however, the focus here is less about Ncube's guilt in this affair (if indeed there is any), than the motivation behind the government's smear campaign. Although "Abp." Ncube's Vatican II brand of "Catholicism" leaves much to be desired and his conduct, if the allegations are true, is deplorable, he certainly must be commended for standing up against the Jesuit-trained, Marxist dictator Robert Mugabe on numerous occasions, whom he's only called an "evil' man" leading a "very violent" government. The timing of the scandal hitting in mid-July was curious, to say the least, as on July 1st Ncube told London's The Sunday Times: “I think it is justified for Britain to raid Zimbabwe and remove Mugabe.”  Yet the beast that is Mugabe is a member in reasonably good standing in the post-Vatican II church and has been for decades. In fact, one study concerning his current opposition to Ncube begins:

Robert Mugabe, the dictator of Zimbabwe, claims to be a man of faith—and with some reason. He was born to mission-educated parents and, like many Zimbabweans of his generation, he attended a Jesuit school. He reportedly still attends weekly Mass in Harare. Martin Meredith, a former "Catholic" dictator Robert Mugabe flashes the Communist clinched-fist salute.southern Africa correspondent for the London Times and a biographer of Mugabe, asserts that, at least in his younger days, Mugabe’s “mentor had been the Catholic Church.”

Yet in his twenty-seven years of dictatorial rule, Mugabe has shorn himself of anything his religious upbringing might have instilled. His genocide in the 1980s against members of the minority Ndebele tribe; his politically induced starvation of opponents; and the arrest, torture, and sometimes outright murder of those who speak out against his rule have all demonstrated a wanton disregard for what the Church—particularly the Church in Zimbabwe—has taught its flock. “I was brought up by the Jesuits and I’m most grateful,” Mugabe has said. “I benefited from their teaching enormously.” In truth, the only thing Mugabe seems to have kept from his Jesuit education is an austere self-discipline, a virtue that he has ruthlessly distorted to keep himself in power at the expense of his suffering countrymen. (From Mugabe's war on the church)

The key to seeing the rotten-to-the-core corruption of the conciliar church is that despite Mugabe having had a vicious, inhumane, tyrannical reign spanning the better part of three decades, which counts the torture and murder of tens of thousands of innocent people as part of a criminal legacy, he still is a member of the counterfeit religion, regularly attends its services and receives communion from the hands of its "priests." Nothing, it would appear, in his blood-stained résumé, disqualifies Mugabe from being a Novus Ordo "Catholic"—nothing constitutes grounds for excommunication.

And yet he would not have been able to turn Zimbabwe into his own personal hell on earth had not Paul VI, John Paul II and other "Catholics" in the Novus Ordo church given him recognition and support early on in his drive to "liberate" it. According to an article written earlier this year:

When [Mugabe] and other nationalists fought against Ian Smith’s Rhodesian regime, the Catholic Church, through the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace, CCJP, assisted them. The CCJP protested against Smith’s discriminatory policies, particularly his land policy, treatment of blacks as second-class citizens and human rights abuses.

Mugabe then was happy that the church was on his side. Ironically, 27 years after independence, when the same church criticizes the same policies that resulted in a wanton land grab and the abuse of human rights, Mugabe turns paranoid.

“The message he is sending is that it was okay for the Catholics to criticize Smith for human rights and other abuses, but that should never be applied to him,” said a priest from the Chinhoyi diocese, Mugabe’s home area.

During the colonial era, Mugabe was happy to tout to the world books he published through the CCJP such as “The Man in the Middle” (1975) and “The Civil War in Rhodesia” (1976), among others, but he was hurt when his atrocities in Matabeleland were published by the same organization, chronicling the massacre of thousands of people in the early 1980s during the period referred to as the Gukurahundi.

At the height of the liberation war, Mugabe’s family members, including his sister Sabina, who is now the member of parliament for Zvimba South, were granted refuge at Silveira House, a Catholic institution just outside Harare.

The CCJP assisted the then 51-year-old Mugabe in 1975 to escape the clutches of Smith’s Rhodesian forces. Key to his escape into Mozambique Mugabe chats it up as he shakes hands with unidentified 'cardinal' at John Paul II's funeral.were CCJP members: Sister Mary Acquinah, who drove him at night to Ruwa, and John Deary, who introduced him to Robert Gumbo, the man who eventually facilitated his journey to Nyafaru near the border with Mozambique. This made Sister Acquinah the target of Smith’s Special Branch and she was forced to flee the country.

At independence, on April 18, 1980, Mugabe was sworn in as the prime minister of the first black government with blessings from the Catholic Church through the late Archbishop Patrick Fani Chakaipa. (For a 1978 photo of Chakaipa, supporter of the known mass-murderer Mugabe, posing with the future Benedict XVI, click here.)

In September 1988, Pope John Paul II visited Zimbabwe in what was seen by many as the Vatican’s acknowledgement of one of their Catholic sons as a morally upright leader.

Five years after Mugabe’s first wife Sally succumbed to a kidney ailment in 1991, the Zimbabwean leader, with the help of the church, brushed aside the moral blemish of tying the knot with his former secretary and mistress Grace Marufu, with whom he had already had two children out of wedlock.

The head of the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe at that time, the late Archbishop Patrick Chakaipa, presided over the grand wedding, which was attended by about 6,000 people, including African leaders. (From Mugabe's turbulent priests )

There are several inaccuracies here, whether deliberate or not, that need to be addressed. First, calling Mugabe a "nationalist" is a euphemism, to say the least; rather, he was a through-going Communist, something that was known about him for years prior to his takeover. Likewise distorted is what's written about Mugabe vis-à-vis the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace Among their numerous atrocities, Mugabe's terrorist thugs beat to death Enias Chakwanya, a schoolteacher, in January of 1974, a full year before the so-called Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace published his book, "The Man in the Middle," and helped him gain a legitimacy he never deserved. (which, as will soon be shown, championed neither justice nor peace, but assisted giving credibility to the public image of a murderous Communist thug, not to mention abetting his killing spree): Just as Mugabe's ideological affiliation was well-documented before his coup succeeded, so to his resorting to the most unspeakable atrocities to cower populations into doing his bidding.  (Warning: Not for viewing by children or those easily offended. The linked page contains graphically photographic proof of some of worst examples of man's inhumanity to man, disfigurements and deaths for which the word demonic truly fits. The photo of a Mugabe murder victim displayed to the right is by far one of the least shocking of the collection. Also, almost as an afterthought, there is immodest attire in one of the pictures, though we guarantee the likelihood of anyone being attracted is virtually nil!) These barbarous acts occurred in the mid-1970s, while the CCJP was busy publishing Mugabe's books and several years before Mugabe's criminal ascendancy. Significantly, the CCJP report mentioned above that chronicles some of Mugabe's atrocities, while substantially whitewashing the subject, also conveniently starts it's examination with an entirely different set of atrocities spanning the 1980s, thus deftly sidestepping the slasher film-type killings Mugabe and his henchman were perpetrating at the same time the CCJP was lionizing him as the savior of his people (a bit of free public relations for which it's never issued a mea culpa as far, as we know). And please note that this "humanitarian" group abetted the thug's escape from the real justice he deserved for his butchery, thus allowing him to run up his body count by continuing his criminal war against the people and government of Rhodesia.

So, this is what "Abp." Pius Ncube finds himself up against and he can "thank" his confreres in the Novus Ordo church for having created a monster so imposing that he must beg the British cavalry to invade Zimbabwe and vanquish the beast. And while that's not so bad an idea, on such a day (if not much sooner) the "archbishop" would to well to reflect long and hard about from whence came the beast, because it will be at that moment he realizes that he himself is caught up in the same rotten institution and that the fight against Robert Mugabe ultimately is a fight against the conspiratorial forces that created him and that have infiltrated and subverted the outer structures of the Catholic Church. This could be a wake-up call for Ncube, otherwise, he ironically may end up a "martyr" for the very same false religion that so ably boosted his maniacal nemesis into power.

Related links:

Mugabe defies ban for John Paul II's burial Yet he wasn't banned from attending!

Gukurahundi in Zimbabwe (book review)

 VIDEO  Zimbabwe: Mugabe's reign of terror PART ONE  ■  PART TWO  ■  PART THREE
(Warning: Brief scenes of violence, immodest attire and the results of brutality.)

 PHOTOS   Zimbabwe torture: early 2003 (Warning: Photos depicting ghastly injuries sustained from torture and beatings; immodest attire.)
 
 

What did he know and when did he know it?
Former 'Bishop' Pilla testifies in kickback trial
"Defense lawyers expected embarrassing bombshells to drop when retired Bishop Anthony Pilla took the stand Wednesday in the kickback trial of a former diocese accountant.

"For months the lawyers had maintained in court filings that the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland had made secret payments to the accountant, with the approval of Pilla. They even said the retired bishop benefited from the payments."

The latest trend in irreverence
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Christ-Osama morph, Muslim Mary entries for art prize
"The head of Australia's Islamic Council believes a statue of the Virgin Mary shrouded in a burqa is not offensive, because it shows a key female figure of Islam in the modest fashion required of all Muslim women.

"Prime Minister John Howard yesterday described as 'gratuitously offensive' the statue and another artwork depicting a holographic image of Osama bin Laden that morphed into an image of Jesus Christ. The artworks were entries into the Blake Prize for religious art."

Related article: Blake Prize goes to indigenous Stations of Cross (which look like Scout Badge Stations)

Taking advantage of a legal loophole
Sacramento 'Diocese' sues alleged sex abuse victim
"In a move critics call bizarre and unprecedented, the Catholic Church in Sacramento is turning the tables. The church is suing a man who says he was sexually abused by a priest when he was a child."


No, get it right¼not Main Street, Pope John Paul II Blvd.
Ecumenical greetings from 'gay'-friendly Novus Ordoville!
"The developers say that they will allow any denomination to build a house of worship in Ave Maria, and that gays are welcome, too. In fact, the Web site for the town and university makes no mention of Catholicism at all, not even noting that the school will be Catholic. Ave Maria reinvents hometown living with a flourishing new community complementing a new university,” the site says. 'Ave Maria is an exciting place to live, work, play and learn for every family, every lifestyle and every dream.'”

Related Links:

Ave Maria, Florida (Official City website)

Ave Maria University (Academics page—Warning: Immodest attire)

AveWatch (investigative journalism on Tom Monaghan's Ave Maria Foundation and entities)


Letters of Legion founder among items said to be worth $750,000
Controversial 'Catholic' group alleges critics stole inside info
"A controversial Catholic group is taking its critics to court in the latest escalation of the decades-long battle between the Legion of Christ and former members of the Legion, some of whom have accused its founder of sexual abuse."

Where a padlocked nose has deep theological meaning

Church of disembodied heads (and naked bodies, too)

A novel teaching on the Church
Ratzinger's subsistent error
"What is fair to say is that some members of non-Catholic sects do happen to hold and profess some supernatural truths, which are spoils taken from the Catholic Church when their schismatic or heretical ancestors made their exit. But these truths cannot sanctify, since they are mixed with adherence of error. Only the whole truth sanctifies, that is, the entire deposit of faith of the Roman Catholic Church believed on the authority of God revealing and the Roman Catholic Church proposing.

Don't ask, don't tell?

Letter roils LA fugitive priest case
"An internal letter suggests that a high-ranking official of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles may have known that a priest accused of sexual abuse planned to flee to his native Mexico. The letter, written by then-Rev. Monsignor Thomas J. Curry in 1988, was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court along with other papers as part of a lawsuit brought by one of Rev. Nicolas Aguilar Rivera's accusers."

Background article:
Archdiocese for years kept allegations of abuse from police

Used by JP2 in attempt to lure SSPX into 'full communion'
'Cardinal' Gagnon dies at 89; favorite of Paul VI, John Paul II
"Edouard Cardinal Gagnon, a Canadian-born former Vatican official who once tried to resolve the case of a renegade archbishop, has died in Montreal, the Holy See said Monday. He was 89. Pope Benedict sent his condolences in a telegram to Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte of Montreal. Gagnon died on the weekend, the Vatican announced." 

Related article:
Canadian Cardinal Gagnon dead at 89

A reminder of the Poor Souls
Fire breaks out at Purgatory Museum
"Fire has damaged a significant painting at Rome's Purgatory Museum.¼The damaged work is a canvas painting of the souls in Purgatory being assisted by angels."

Old news, but still hot boycott issue
Starbucks markets more 'anti-God' coffee cups
"Coffeehouse giant Starbucks is standing by its campaign to put thought-provoking messages on its coffee cups despite a national uproar and threat of boycott over a message some felt was 'anti-God.'

"Controversy erupted this week after a customer became steamed reading a quote that stated: "Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? As cognitive beings, why would we ask something that may well be a figment of our imaginations for guidance? Why not search inside ourselves for the power to overcome? After all, we are strong enough to cause most of the catastrophes we need to endure.'"

Another good reason to swear off Starbucks: The infamous ‘gay’ cup

It's called selective amnesia

'Cardinal' Bertone's theatrical indignation
"
How can someone pretend that Card. Bernard Law acted with dignity when he covered up for the sexual abuse of monsters like Fr. John Geoghan and Fr. Paul Shanley – the first with more than 100 charges of abuse, the second, besides his countless children molestations, a speaker who publicly defended pedophilia, bestiality and incest as normal?"

But ER 'protocol' permits it!

Emergency contraception (i.e., 'morning after pill') controversial at 'Catholic' hospital
"When a woman is sexually assaulted in Stevens Point, where does she go for help? St. Michael's Hospital can provide care. However, the hospital requires all women to take a pregnancy test before receiving emergency contraception, as some Catholics think administering emergency contraception may endanger pregnancy."

NOW Comments:
The Catholic Church has recognized the moral permissibility of hospitals to assist victims of such violations to expel or destroy the invading , it has always been with the understanding that this assistance can only occur prior to conception, after which time new life has come into being and cannot be destroyed. (See, for example, Fr. Charles J. McFadden, OSA, PhD,  Medical Ethics, Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Co., 1956, 4th ed., 149-150)  But the protocol for St. Michael's and other Novus Ordo hospitals is, after administering a pregnancy test, to give the "morning-after" pill to rape victims. What makes this problematic is that in cases where fertilization has occurred, such emergency contraception becomes an abortifacient, because it prevents the fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus. This is compounded by the fact that such tests are not infallible, so there's no way of knowing whether conception simply has been prevented or actually terminated. (Sad to say, the Department of Health and Human Services under the supposedly pro-life, pro-family values Bush Administration, promotes emergency contraception (not only or even primarily in cases of sexual assault, but for those who forgot to take their pill, didn't use birth control, etc.) with as much vigor as the Clinton Administration, even giving the link to Planned Parenthood's website! Further, it falsely states the "morning after pill" is never an abortifacient, even when preventing fertilization. For a refutation of HHS's contention, see Lifesite's
Contraceptive or Abortifacient? page).

Related column: Catholic hospitals and the ‘emergency contraception’ conundrum

 VIDEO
 
Sad to say, it's accompanied by Plainchant

Druid-style Holy Thursday service in Ireland mocks Last Supper


a novus ordo watch pictorial essay


Expressions of the same faith?
Below is a traditional Catholic representation of the Crucifixion painted as part of set of Stations of the Cross; at the bottom, an avant-garde Novus Ordo painting claiming to represent the same subject, which was also commissioned as part of a set of "Stations." Greater contrast in the artistic approaches taken in depicting the same subject can be scarcely be imagined, but, despite such glaring differences, can they both somehow be said to reflect the Catholic Faith? The Catholic credentials of the former are evident and can be attested to by noting that Catholics, whether they be from the First Century or the 21st Century, would immediately know what is being represented and respond favorably how it's been rendered, while the latter, unable to make such a claim and although admittedly a "unique" version, is found prominently displayed on the website of an ostensibly Catholic diocese and has in no way been censured by those controlling the Vatican. Yet the question remains: Do they express the same faith?  full essay >

The 12th Station of the Cross 


 


The 12th Station of the Cross


Or, more properly, at once-Catholic University of America
Pro-abort Sen. Kerry to speaks at Catholic University of America
Former presidential candidate John Kerry will speak on campus this semester despite initial opposition by the office of University Center, Student Programs and Events (UCSPE). The College Democrats will host the Massachusetts senator, who has been approved to speak specifically on environmental concerns and the Iraq war."

God-based morality 'inadequate'

'Bishop' calls for most radical religious changes since Luther

"The Catholic Church is still not serious about confronting sexual abuse, only 'managing' it, according to the Sydney bishop who headed Australian efforts to tackle abuse. Bishop Geoffrey Robinson says the Catholic Church needs to reverse 2000 years of teaching on sex and power as part of radical reforms from the Pope down."

Related Article: Retired Sydney 'bishop' ignites bombshell

But to Yanks it's plain old 'wreckovation'
In London it's referred to as "re-ordering" a church
First look at the photo of the "re-ordering" in the above link, then compare with interiors of Masonic temples shown here to see disturbing similarities. 

But to sue is to deny their "legacy"

Commentator to Novus Ordo 'bishops': Sue the 'sexperts'
"Certain Catholic Church administrators hired sexuality educators who taught Kinseyan values. This employment pattern held as well for some selected psychologists who screened aspiring seminarians, many of whom were rejected because they were said to be too sexually 'orthodox,' not 'tolerant' of homosexuality. Bishops sent pedophile priests for treatment to therapists who accepted pedophilia as an 'orientation.'”

NOW Comments: This is all consistent with what came out in the book, Goodbye, Good Men, and other exposés concerning the cesspool that is the conciliar seminary system. Judith Reisman, the Jewish author cited above who, from the standpoint of natural law, is taking the question of pedophilia and who is best known for debunking the the idea that Alfred Kinsey, the father of "sexology," was a great pathfinder toward the better understanding of human sexuality, courageously challenged New Order 'bishops' with her findings in 2002. So far, she's been ignored, but is that really surprising? It's tough to sue someone they hired with the most glowing accolades and whose concepts they largely still accept, especially when defense attorneys would have a field day introducing evidence and witnesses conclusively showing that many "dioceses" continue to embrace, sanction and encourage "sexologolical" teachings not only in seminaries, but from the pulpit, at retreats and seminars, in schools, convents, mission fields, marriage and vocational offices, official publications, and, of course, in the "reconciliation room." True, the prospect of recouping some of the money lost in the mega-million dollar clergy abuse lawsuits would be tempting for the "bishops," but it would come at too dear a price: Admitting that a very big part of what they've taught (or at least tolerated) for four decades is wrong, along with the implicit admission that they've been leading their flocks down dangerous and destructive paths (that is, to admit that they're false shepherds). Therefore, no one should hold their breath until a class action suit is announced, because it simply is not going to happen. Possibly, isolated attempts may be made by a few of the more conservative Novus Ordo "bishops," but that's the most to expect, if anything.

'consecrated altar lay in a dumpster along with a bag of garbage¼'
Chaplain accused of jail sex is known church 'wreckovator'

Calvin's successor: "This book has ruined us!"
The Political Philosophy of St. Robert Bellarmine
"It was St. Robert Bellarmine who proclaimed, 'Unjust laws are, properly speaking, no laws,' thereby articulating the limits of the
state, the Dominion of God and the Scriptural principle of freedom from tyrannical oppression, upon which the American War of
Independence and all legitimate movements for government by consent of the people, are based."


Humanae Vitae subtly pushed birth control
Marriage, babies and progressivism
John Galvin writes in an article Humanae Vitae: Heroic, Deficient – or Both?": "Humanae vitae step by step builds a case for birth control. First it discusses the ‘serious difficulties’ of population, conceding the argument to the population control advocates. Then it speaks of ‘responsible parenthood,’ commending a decision to ‘avoid new births’"

In any discussion about Humanae vitae, he correctly notes that a singular fact is never doubted. "The encyclical has absolutely failed in its mission to teach and to persuade Catholics. Statistics show that contraceptive usage is ubiquitous. Widely available data indicate only five percent of women of childbearing years are refraining entirely from the use of artificial contraceptives."

Smoking Gun: Humanae Vitae (Official English translation from the Vatican website)


If possible, please plan to attend this important event¼
Largest international anti-euthanasia/assisted suicide symposium
"Nearly every leader and significant speaker on the issues of euthanasia and assisted suicide will be attending the International Symposium on Euthanasia "Current Issues and Future Directions" to be held Friday, Nov 30th, Saturday, Dec 1, 2007 at the Four Points Sheraton - Toronto Airport Hotel."

Here's the shocker: It wasn't a Novus Ordo dumpster

Exquisite medieval crucifix found in Austrian trash bin

From Christ or Chaos
Enemies of souls universally
"Then again, why should the conciliar revolutionaries care about how souls have been abused, both physically and spiritually? They preside over the liturgical offense given to God Himself every day in the form of the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service. They preside over the abomination of inter-religious 'prayer meetings' that are held in full violation of the precepts of the First Commandment. They have presided over the destruction of church sanctuaries and the removal of statues in order to conform Catholic church buildings to the new theology underlining the new order of 'worship.' They preside over the constant dissemination of lies concerning 'religious liberty' and the 'separation of Church and State' and the new ecclesiology. With very few exceptions, they are inert and passive when presented with evidence of 'bishops' and 'priests' and consecrated religious and lay teachers denying articles contained in the Deposit of Faith, transcending even the errors of conciliarism itself. The conciliar revolutionaries demonstrate themselves over and over again to the the enemies of souls universally."

Coming soon to a 'worship space' near you!
DJ Bill breaks down the "Catholic Dance"
Huh?

'Wear white. If there's anything evil, it won't get on you.'

Cigar-smoking 'Catholic' woman implicated in blood-drenched voodoo ritual at NYC school
"A Manhattan principal determined to rid her school of 'negative energy' paid a priestess to drip chicken blood on the floors and stalk the halls with dozens of lighted candles during bizarre Santeria ceremonies, investigators and sources revealed yesterday. Principal Maritza Tamayo invited a neighbor to perform the rituals twice in Unity Center for Urban Technologies in SoHo - hoping 'it would calm the students down,' according to a report by schools investigator Richard Condon."


The road to apostasy, that is!
'Catholic'-Jewish relations: Bumps in road should not slow journey
"Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Commission for Relations With the Jews, told a U.S. conference that Christians cannot ignore their core belief in the universality of salvation in Christ. However, he said, 'this does not mean that Jews, in order to be saved, have to become Christians; if they follow their own conscience and believe in God's promises as they understand them in their religious tradition, they are in line with God's plan, which for us comes to historical completion in Jesus Christ.'

"Because Jews believe in the one God, creator of all and source of salvation, 'mission understood as a call to conversion from idolatry to the living and true God does not apply and cannot be applied to Jews,' the cardinal said."

Related Articles:
 Vatican seeks to reassure Jews    A Jewish 'cardinal'? Oy vey!

Flashback:
Benedict XVI visits Cologne Synagogue

Reality Check:
He that believeth in the Son, hath life everlasting; but he that believeth not the Son, shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
John 3:36


ROMA LOCUTA EST:
The Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and teaches that the matter pertaining to the law of the Old Testament, of the Mosaic Law, which are divided into ceremonies, sacred rites, sacrifices, and sacraments, because they were established to signify something in the future, although they were suited to divine worship at that time, after our Lord’s coming had been signified by them, ceased, and the sacraments of the New Testament began; and that whoever, even after the passion, placed hope in these matters of the law and submitted himself to them as necessary for salvation, as if faith in Christ could not save without them, sinned mortally. Yet it does not deny that after the passion of Christ up to the promulgation of the Gospel they could have been observed until they were believed to be in no way necessary for salvation; but after the promulgation of the Gospel it asserts that they cannot be observed without the loss of eternal salvation. All, therefore, who after that time (the promulgation of the Gospel) observe circumcision and the Sabbath and the other requirements of the law, it declares alien to the Christian faith and not in the least fit to participate in eternal salvation, unless someday they recover from these
errors. Pope Eugene IV,  Bull Cantate Domino [1441]


Don't forget your chapel veils, girls!
New England's exciting Life Teen 'Mass'


Oh, like 'Pope' Ratzinger did in the mosque!?

Dutch 'bishop' suggests calling God Allah
"A Dutch Catholic bishop who once said the hungry were entitled to steal bread and advocated condom use to prevent AIDS has made headlines again, this time by saying God should be called Allah. "'Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn't we all say that from now on we will call God Allah?' Bishop Tiny Muskens said in an interview broadcast this week. 'God doesn't care what we call him.'"

From Christ or Chaos
No such thing as a small sacrilege
"Nothing seems to outrage those who have permitted themselves to be put under Joseph Ratzinger's Hegelian spell. Taking off shoes in that mosque in Turkey and turning in the direction of Mecca while assuming the Mohammedan prayer posture? No big deal. Ratzinger just 'had' to do it. Calling the heretical and schismatic 'patriarch' of Constantinople a 'pastor' in the Church of Christ? What's a few differences among equals, eh? Permitting the conciliar Vatican to hold the world premiere of a motion picture, Nativity Story, that mocked the effects of Our Lady's Immaculate Conception, which is the reason that her body did not have to suffer decay after death and was Assumed into Heaven on this very day, which include the perfect integrity of her human nature, making it a portrayal of her as 'moody' and 'sulky' and 'disobedient' to be completely blasphemous? Oh, well, it was only a movie, right? What, I ask you, will wake Ratzinger's sycophants out of the fog of delusion in which they find themselves to realize that no amount of Catholic-sounding allocutions can redeem even one of these outrages?"

'...no longer in the era of Christianity'
Mexican Freemasons on the attack
"After decades of indirectly criticizing the Catholic Church through friendly media outlets, the powerful Mexican Masonry has now directly gone after Catholic bishops, accusing them of pretending to 'control' Mexican politics by demanding the right to education and information. The previous Mexican Constitution, because of Masonic influence, stripped the Church of the right to own schools and communications media. Recently, the Mexican bishops announced they would begin a campaign to regain these rights."

NOW Comments:
One need only look at the top news article from July to see that Freemasonry is well ensconced in Mexico's Novus Ordo church. The chest-beating by the Lodge there must be viewed in that context when evaluating the remarks above. As seen by the remarks quoted below in Reality Check, the control of the external structures of the Church is regarded by Masonic leaders merely as at a stage leading to the real goal, which is "the destruction forever of Catholicism." But as Rome wasn't built in a day, neither can it be toppled in a day. For now, it is important to them that there appear to be a struggle going on between the two forces. Certainly, it is also important to keep in mind that while some "Catholic" leaders in Mexico are Lodge brothers, most of them are merely dupes who are carrying out the Masonic agenda without entirely grasping it and within this larger group, while all to some extent have breathed in the noxious spirit of the Lodge as part of the counterfeit religion, some  have retained some of the Faith. Such ones, few as they are, cannot but be seen as a potential problem by Masonry, for they know from experience that wherever the Faith is not fully eradicated, it has an uncanny way of rekindling. These scoundrels, like their fathers before them, know that a good priest is more dangerous to their cause than an entire army, which is why they sought to kill them whenever possible. In the end more than anything the Freemasons fear a revival of true Catholicism in Mexico and a new Cristeros revolt that would this time rout them once and for all.

Related links:

 
SERMON  Viva Cristo Rey!

Valor and betrayal - The historical background and story of the Cristeros

 VIDEO  The Cristeros Rebellion (scroll down slightly to see this fascinating and inspiring collection of interviews with Catholics who rose against the tyrannical and murderous Mason,  Plutarco Elías Calles)

Father Miguel Pro SJ links

Reality Check:

Fr. Pro's execution2. ¼At this period, however, the partisans of evil seems to be combining together, and to be struggling with united vehemence, led on or assisted by that strongly organized and widespread association called the Freemasons. No longer making any secret of their purposes, they are now boldly rising up against God Himself. They are planning the destruction of holy Church publicly and openly, and this with the set purpose of utterly despoiling the nations of Christendom, if it were possible, of the blessings obtained for us through Jesus Christ our Savior.

21. ¼With the greatest unanimity the sect of the Freemasons also endeavors to take to itself the education of youth. They think that they can easily mold to their opinions that soft and pliant age, and bend it whither they will; and that nothing can be more fitted than this to enable them to bring up the youth of the State after their own plan. Therefore, in the education and instruction of children they allow no share, either of teaching or of discipline, to the ministers of the Church; and in many places they have procured that the education of youth shall be exclusively in the hands of laymen, and that nothing which treats of the most important and most holy duties of men to God shall be introduced into the instructions on morals.Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Humanum Genus [1884]

"Our final end is that of Voltaire and of the French Revolution, the destruction for ever of Catholicism and even of the Christian idea which, if left standing on the ruins of Rome, would be the resuscitation of Christianity later on." The permanent instruction of the Alta Vendita

John Paul II supported his 'vocation'
Crooner 'with a calling' sings Elvis...in Latin

"Die-hard Elvis addicts might not approve, but hits by the man who defined cool when he took rock 'n' roll into the mainstream can now be heard ... in Latin sung by a Finnish literature professor.
In yet another testament to the irrepressible influence of The King, fans can croon along to the broody Nunc Hic Aut Numquam (It's Now Or Never), shake hips to the slightly scary sounding title Nunc Distrahor (All Shook Up), or just have fun with Ne Saevias (Don't Be Cruel)."

Ron Paul, Thomist
"
While politicians have most certainly always been men whose stock and trade was the empty phrase, a critical eye turned to today’s political establishment shows that we have done history a turn worse. Our politicians have ceased to believe in ideas themselves, as noted by the White House aide who presciently remarked that, as the vanguard of the American Empire, the neo-cons are free to 'create our own reality.'"

Resident expert on guilt trips

N.J. rabbi new head of 'Catholic' interfaith center

"As commutes go, his daily trip to and from his home in Bergenfield to his job in Fairfield, Conn. isn’t too bad, said Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn, the new executive director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding at Sacred Heart University. But his travels from ordination by the Israeli rabbinate in 2003 to head up the 15-year-old institution established as the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding to nurture ties between the Jewish people and the Catholic Church have perhaps been more extensive."

Background study:
Former ADL Director, Rabbi Eugene Korn's new appointment at Sacred Heart University


No honors for 'dissenters,' but they can remain members
Good news, bad news from Knight of Columbus convention
"Using language which has been included in their resolutions for some years now, the Knights of Columbus this week again resolved at their annual convention to forbid pro-abortion politicians from attending their events. The resolution forbids 'bestowing on [dissenters] honors or privileges of our Order of any kind.¼' However, said [Patrick] Korten [the Knights' Vice President for Communications], 'the statement of policy is not used to expel men who are already members.'"

NOW Comments: Korten defends allowing such men to continue as Knights by saying: "They are our brother Knights. Out of brotherly love, we wish to help them save their souls." There is no contradiction in removing them from the group, while praying for their souls at the same time. However well-intentioned, such thinking as that expressed by Korten is manifestly wrongheaded, for such individuals must be regarded as public sinners in the same way as someone caught stealing from the council coffers or "romantically" involved with the wife of a brother Knight. If publicly promoting abortion and "gay rights" aren't grounds for expulsion, then the standards of the Knights have sunk to a new low. Of course, considering that they're a once-Catholic group that's taken iWHEN IN BOSTON--Senator John Kerry receives communion at Novus Ordo church in home state, thus belying the deceptive answer "Cardinal" Bertone gave about "norms" to a reporter at this year's Knights of Columbus convention.n the "anything goes" approach of the Novus Ordo religion, this is not so surprising. The confusion ensues because they're trying to mix such a liberal policy with what remnants of real Catholic teaching they've retained, when the two cannot be reconciled. Of course, when you have Modernist Rome's Secretary of State "Cardinal" Tarcisio Bertone on hand to use some classic Clintonesque doubletalk when reporters asked him if the Vatican would be issuing guidelines concerning communion and pro-abortion candidates: "I don't think that it is necessary to repeat new norms because the norms are well explained in the doctrine of the Church, and those norms which deal with the proper stance of individuals who want to receive Communion." What's laughable to anyone who's followed the issue, like so much in the counterfeit church, there are no norms except on scraps of paper: Communion is or is not given to such politicians solely on whether the "bishop" or  "priest" in question is or is not sympathetic to the pro-abortion position—that's the real Novus Ordo norm and if anyone believes otherwise, then they are living in a fantasyland.

Reality Check: Knights & Masons Together (Like all Catholic groups, the Knights of Columbus have been infiltrated, leading to stories such as the one linked here. Most Knights aren't infiltrators, of course, but they have let themselves be led astray.)


¼an eclectic stew of readings, prayers, meditations and music”
L.A. prayer vigil: Sufi chant, balloons, and African drums
"The feminist theologian – the other Catholic presence mentioned by the Tidings – was Rosemary Radford Ruether, visiting religion professor at Claremont Graduate University. Ruether, known as an “eco-feminist,” has said Christianity presents the image of a tribal war god instead of 'wisdom pervading the universe.' Ruether wants a more inclusive God – who, she has suggested, should be called 'Gaia' (the name for the Roman mother earth goddess) as well as Father."

The faith of a shyster
Giuliani: 'I pray like a lawyer'
"Rudy Giuliani evokes his Catholic upbringing as he campaigns for president, yet he refuses to say whether he is a practicing Catholic. When a voter asked this week if he is a "traditional, practicing Roman Catholic," Giuliani insisted his faith should be private.

"'My religious affiliation, my religious practices and the degree to which I am a good or not-so-good Catholic, I prefer to leave to the priests,' the former New York mayor responded in Davenport, Iowa."

Complete with ants!
Missionaries' picnic 'Mass' pic
Warning: Highly immodest attire

 


'New springtime' update
 
Fall from Grace: Buffalo church's demise caused by 'diocese's' autodestruction

“A few short months ago, an anonymous man marched through the front door of Artvoice’s editorial offices and presented himself at the front desk. He reached into his pocket, withdrew a slate tile, set it on associate editor Katherine O’Day’s desk and, with gravitas, told her, 'These are falling off the roof of Transfiguration Church onto the sidewalk, and if anyone gets hurt, now the blood is on your hands.'

"¼Ever since that day, we haven’t been able to shake the image of the small, sharp piece of slate roofing tile—five by seven inches, weighing a total of 11 ounces—falling from the roof and lodging itself firmly in the skull of an unsuspecting passerby. The danger is very real. A tile like that, falling from the lofty roof of the church, could kill somebody. How was this allowed to happen? How did the solid, 110-year-old building, once designated a local landmark by the city, decay to the point that it is falling literally to pieces?"



Related Links:

A brief history of Transfiguration Church  another history

A sign of things to come

Church of the Transfiguration: photos of the ruins

 VIDEO
 
Transfiguration Church Filmmaker John Paget's short feature juxtaposes interior shots of the rubble with some of the beautiful art still extant in Transfiguration. His addition of Gregorian Chant as the soundtrack makes for an eerie two minutes. (Please note that near the top of the page there's a tab with more about the church.)

 VIDEO  Discovery Channel's Urban Explorers in Buffalo The "reality" series, which ran on Discovery in 2004-05, had urban exploration (or urbex, for short) for its subject Urbex involves investigating off-limits or unseen parts of civilization, frequently including abandoned buildings. In this video the youthful Urban Explorers protagonists find a way into Transfiguration past the "No Trespassing" signs, their object being to see if the church still had it's bells. Upon finding that they were left behind, one of them exclaims: "One of the first things they do when they shut down a Catholic church to fully deconsecrate it is remove the bells and so that's why I was totally surprised to find the bells were still there, because technically that means it's still a Catholic church." The Transfiguration segment of the video runs for the first three minutes or so and has some good footage of the church's interior and exterior. Warning: Slightly immodest attire near the end of the segment. 


More from Buffalo:
Priests struggling with uncertainty: Downsizing has some worried for future

 


Oops, there goes the neighborhood...
Will minarets rise from Cologne's skyline?
"For Cologne's 120,000 Muslims, most of them of Turkish origin, the $20 million mosque is clearly intended to be more than a house of prayer. It is a symbol of the community's growing sense of pride and confidence, a marker of its determination to take what it sees as its rightful place in German society. 'After 50 years in this country, it is time for us to move out of the mosques in backrooms and abandoned warehouses and to worship in a real mosque,' said Mehmet Yildirim, director of the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs, the organization behind the construction of the mosque.

But Cardinal Joachim Meisner, spiritual leader of the city's Roman Catholics and a close friend of Pope Benedict XVI, has said the proposed mosque leaves him with an 'uneasy feeling.'"

NOW Comments: Hey, look on the bright side, "Cardinal." Now you won't need to go all the way down to Assisi for your next big interfaith meeting!


Cites "Byzantine accounting system"
Judge asks 'diocese' to defend bankruptcy filing
"A federal judge found Friday that the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego misrepresented its finances and ordered it to explain why its bankruptcy case shouldn't be dismissed."

Mexican 'priest' killed secret son to save career
"A Mexican priest has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for killing a son he did not want his superiors to discover, prosecutors said Thursday. The Rev. Dagoberto Valle Arriaga confessed to killing his son, Oscar Emmanuel Valle Hernandez, two years ago, said the attorney general's office for the central state of Mexico."


A veritable "How To..." of occultism
No good comes from Harry Potter
"Harry Potter is a series of books and movies that place the child smack-dab in the middle of the occult. Witchcraft is the 'means to the end' for Harry. The story and the characters are developed and the plot is moved along by witchcraft. All the while exciting an interest in and giving a sort of 'how to...' course in the things forbidden by the First Commandment. There is nothing good about that."

NOW Comments: The Harry Potter character, who more than dabbles a bit in the occult, is the likeable hero of the book/movie series. The target audience for the series is impressionable young people and a line of Official Harry Potter paraphernalia including magic wand, wizard's hat, action figure and role-playing game is now readily avaliable. One of the main problems with Potter is that while he may be seen to be upholding some good values in places, he achieves his aims by resorting to the Dark Arts, so children could reason that "If a good guy like Harry can use these things, why can't I?" And in any fairly large city there are plenty of New Age shops whose staff and customers will be more than happy to lead them astray, not to mention books about Wicca and magick on the shelves of any well-stocked secular bookstore, occult-themed rock groups and web pages on diabolical sites. And unless parents teach their children that real good only comes through a close union with Jesus Christ and His Church, then they are leaving them vulnerable to all sorts of mischief, of which Harry Potter is a prime example. The USCCB reviewer gives a thumbs-up to the fifth and latest installment of the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which isn't at all surprising, since the other Potter films have received positive reviews, as well. Order of the Phoenix is touted for having a "meaningful subtext about the power of love and personal choice in doing good rather than evil." Again, this is a less than persuasive argument, given the context of what methods are being used to achieve the desired results (see the first two articles linked below, in particular, to better discern the fallacy of the USCCB's position).

Links of Interest:

Harry Potter: agent of conversion Observations of a reformed occultist

Some thoughts on the Harry Potter series Touches on why it's a serious mistake to compare Potter to Narnia and Lord of the Rings

Religious opposition to the Harry Potter series


Yes, but for all the wrong reasons...
U.K. 'bishops support book attacking Benedict XVI
"The Catholic Church in England and Wales has helped commission a withering attack on Pope Benedict XVI that also refers to the atrocities of 9/11 as 'the "terrorist" attacks' in inverted commas."

Restraining order issued in sex case
"A Roman Catholic priest charged last week with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy was ordered Wednesday to have no contact with him." 


Sneaking global taxation through the backdoor
Benedict XVI: New 'encyclical' to condemn 'socially unjust' tax evasion
Pope Benedict XVI is working on a doctrinal pronouncement that will condemn tax evasion as "socially unjust", according to Vatican sources. In his second encyclical -- the most authoritative statement a pope can issue -- the pontiff will denounce the use of "tax havens" and off-shore bank accounts by wealthy individuals, since this reduces tax revenues for the benefit of society as a whole.

NOW Comments: If Benedict wants to write about tax evasion or outright fraud, he'd better be sure to include those factors that provoke citizens into violating the law. While in some cases it's simply a matter of greed, but to think that that's the reason for all or even most tax evasion is to ignore motives that are not so easy to dismiss as unethical, such as: 1) The funding of abortion and other blatantly immoral, anti-Christian activities; 2) The funding of a war that many argue is not a just one; 3) The wasting of vast amounts of money in programs best left to the private sector; 4) The funding of "entitlement programs" that sap industry and creates a permanent underclass that is encouraged to idleness, promiscuity and criminality; 5) Further extension of "entitlement" funds to include illegal aliens, thus, in essence, robbing law-abiding citizens to reward law-breaking non-citizens; 6) Penalizing married couples by making them pay more as spouses than if they were living together unmarried and filing separately; 7) Leveling of inherently unjust and unjustifiable taxes, such as the inheritance tax; 8) Leveling of taxes that are onerous to Catholics parents, such as those that force them to fund public schools while they at the same time must pay additionally to educate their own children in Catholic schools or at home); 9) Serious reasons to question not government prudence, but its utter profligacy (in the U.S., for example, the national debt now approaches $9,000,000,000,000—that's nine trillion dollars); and 10) Adding layer upon layer of taxes (federal tax, state tax, city tax, direct tax, hidden tax, income tax, property tax, sales tax, etc. etc.) to the point of going way past the average citizen's mere surplus income and striking at his or her very financial sustenance. But the encyclical is going to go well beyond just admonishing people to file their taxes. In fact the gist of it, as far as it can be gleaned from this article, is that the continuing globalization of the economy requires a mechanism to assure a more just and equitable world economy. This sounds like a euphemism for a Marxist redistribution of the wealth, which involves the rich "First World" nations doing the "socially just" thing by giving more to the poorer "Second World" and "Third World" nations. And we're not talking here about volunteer relief or missionary efforts, which have over the years raised a substantial amount of money to help the less fortunate around the world. No, we're talking about a one-world government apparatus, something that is evolving into that role through regional consolidations, such as the European Union and African Union, but soon to include other mergers including a proposed North American Union. And that's not to mention the proposed funding spike for the world government wannabe we already have—a United Nations tax. So, yes, Benedict XVI could write something of importance about both taxation and the world condition, but none of that is to be expected.

Related links:

Taxed to Death

more taxation links from the Mises Institute

The Coming Entitlement Meltdown

Stop the North American Union

Eagle Forum: North American Union page

North American Union/Websites

The United Nations Tax Department

International Taxes?


John Paul II's visit gave murderous dictator big public relations boost
Novus Ordo 'bishop' says spirituality richer in Communist Cuba
"The photograph is historic: Cuban leader Fidel Castro in a suit and tie, greeting Pope John Paul II on the red carpet at Havana's International Airport. Many predicted John Paul's January 1998 visit would prompt profound changes in communist Cuba, after the first Roman Catholic pontiff to visit urged the island to 'open to the world' and 'the world to open to Cuba.' He also called for Castro to increase liberty for the church and society, and denounced U.S. efforts to isolate the island.

"But in the decade since, Cuba's Catholic church has made only limited progress. Masses are sparsely attended except on major holidays such as Christmas. Meanwhile, U.S. trade and travel sanctions are even tighter."


Reality Check:
John Paul II says 'Mass' in Havana's Revolution Square facing huge portrait of mass murderer Che Guevara
'Cool' icon Che Guevara was murderous thug, author says-Part I   Part II   Che's Mirror
John Paul II, Cuba, and a Problem of Conscience


What else to expect from the counterfeit Church?
Jewish Kaddish, Catholic psalms at funeral of Lustiger
"Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, who was born Jewish and converted to Roman Catholicism as a boy, will be laid to rest Friday in unusual ceremonies opening with a sacred Jewish prayer and closing with a funeral Mass at Notre Dame in Paris."

Note:
More Novus Ordo Watch coverage and commentary of the passing of "Cardinal" Jean-Marie [Aaron] Lustiger's can be found earlier this month by scrolling down the page.

Picnic table 'Mass'

Liturgy at 'Franciscan' retreat
Click for enlarged photo to better see the 'friars' in their glory—bottled water and all!

Lawyer to invoke 'separation of church and state'

Judge to hear motion to dismiss charges against 'priest'
"A Louisa County judge will hear arguments later this month on whether to dismiss 13 embezzlement charges against a priest accused of taking donation money from two Catholic churches where he served as pastor."

Darwinism takes big hit!
Fossils challenge old evolution theory
"
Surprising research based on two African fossils suggests our family tree is more like a wayward bush with stubby branches, challenging what had been common thinking on how early humans evolved. The discovery by Meave Leakey, a member of a famous family of paleontologists, shows that two species of early human ancestors lived at the same time in Kenya. That pokes holes in the chief theory of man's early evolution - that one of those species evolved from the other."

Eight years after first investigation
Nude-jogging Denver 'priest' suspended

"The Archdiocese of Denver announced Thursday it has placed a Frederick priest on administrative leave after it became public knowledge that he had been charged with indecent exposure for allegedly jogging in the nude....[The Rev. Robert] Whipkey, 53, the pastor for three Roman Catholic churches in Frederick, Mead and Erie, was stopped by Frederick police at 4:30 a.m. June 22 for walking down the street naked. He told police he had been jogging at the Frederick High School track and was walking home."

NOW Comments: "But Officer, I can explain everything! I was simply putting Pope St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body into practice."

Related article:
Naked jogger priest risks defrocking


'Death of Communism' update
China's gold medal priest snatchers
"Tiananmen Square, where tanks mowed down pro-democracy demonstrators 18 years ago, was the scene this week of a celebration to mark the one-year countdown to next year's summer Olympics, which will be held in Beijing.

"The same communist regime that killed democracy advocates in 1989 will host the Olympics in 2008. The first Gold Medal of these games should be awarded to the Chinese Politburo for its Olympian achievements in religious persecution."

Related website:
No Beijing Olympics 2008 Warning: The linked blogsite includes graphic videos of the grisly harvesting of human organs by the Red Chinese government.


Surely, ...crime begets crime!
Abortion raises crime rates, economist says
"Legalized abortion has led to increased crime, according to a recently published study of people born before and after the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision."

Just call it America's Most Wanted—Conciliar-style
Victims: Church should ID abusive 'priests' on Web
"Victims of priest sex abuse on Wednesday called on the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington to post information about admitted or accused clergy on its web site, in church bulletins and newspapers."


Rabbi on hand at death-bed
Jewish-born 'Cardinal' Lustiger dies
"Described by Pope Benedict as a 'great figure' of the Church in France, retired Paris Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, a Jew who converted to Catholicism and whose Polish mother was a victim of Auschwitz, has died after a long illness. The International Herald Tribune reports that Pope Benedict praised Cardinal Lustiger on Monday as an intellectual intent on improving relations between Christians and Jews. Lustiger, who was 80, served as Paris archbishop for 24 years before stepping down in 2005."


Related columns:
The "Jews' Catholic Prince"
Jewish-born Archbishop Lustiger passes away
Lustiger's NY Yeshiva tour, endorsement of Chabad Lubavitch as religious model


Sacrilege at carnival-time
Majorette 'Mass' in Germany

Rainbow-tinged vestments, peacock-plumed cap, cowboy hat, biker's helmet and clownish attire are also on display at this balloon-festooned liturgy. By the way, this "abuse" is fully sanctioned by Benedict XVI's good friend, "Cardinal" Karl Lehmann, who's known to participate in such "pious" merrymaking. Warning: Photos showing less than decent attire.

Another undesirable alien
U.S. lawyers grill top Mexico 'cardinal' in abuse case
"Mexico's top clergyman, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, was questioned by U.S. lawyers on Wednesday in a child sex abuse case that is a new blow to the Roman Catholic Church in its second-largest stronghold."

Marxist martyr?
Controversy surrounds beatification cause of slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero
"Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, the outspoken church leader who was killed in 1980 as he celebrated Mass, has become as polarizing in death as he was in life. The campaign to make him a Roman Catholic saint appears to be languishing, as Vatican officials privately debate whether Romero was a martyr for the faith or for the political left."

Ratzinger eulogized chief proponent of 'empty hell' theory
If Limbo is gone—then it's on to Universal Salvation
"The document says that babies who have not been baptized go to Heaven because they have not committed any personal sins. They are not deprived of the beatific vision of God. But this document also says that everyone -- babies and adults, good people and bad people -- is entitled to salvation. Huh? We hear echoes of Hans Urs von Balthasar."

NOW Comments: At the conclusion of the above New Oxford Review column is a plea: "The document is a theological novelty, and speculation has no power to teach the Church. We do not need speculation. We need sound teaching." We concur, of course, but encourage NOR and other conservative-minded members in the Novus Ordo church to consider whether sound teaching is to be found by appealing to Benedict XVI, who as John Paul II's right-hand man, had absolutely no problems with the notorious neo-Modernist
von Balthasar being named "cardinal" in 1988; indeed, it was "Cardinal" Ratzinger himself who, in preaching at the funeral, declared: "What the pope intended to express by this mark of distinction, and of honor, remains valid, no longer only private individuals but the Church itself, in its official responsibility, tells us that he is right in what he teaches of the faith." Even right about universal salvation? Apparently so, as there's no evidence Ratzinger in any way qualified his statement at that time or since then. Need sound Catholic magisterial teaching? Okay, NOR, here's something for you: Proposition 17 condemned by Venerable Pope Pius IX in the Syllabus of Errors: "Good hope at least is to be entertained of the eternal salvation of all those who are not at all in the true Church of Christ."


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