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Background to betrayal
Interview with the liturgical subversive who arranged John Paul II's pagan 'exorcism'
"While [Modernist Rome's ex-Master of Ceremonies Piero] Marini’s papal liturgies were always precise and deeply rooted in tradition [sic], he would occasionally push the envelope. It was Marini, for example, who allowed an indigenous Mexican shaman to exorcise John Paul II [see photo left and here] during the canonization Mass [sic] for Juan Diego in Mexico City in 2002, and who permitted scantily clad Pacific islanders to dance for the pope during the opening liturgy of the Synod for Oceania in St. Peter’s Basilica in 1998 -- both under the rubric of 'inculturation,' adapting the rites of the church to speak to the experience of local cultures. He also favors local decision-making over centralized Roman control. In fact, both of the envelope-pushing instances cited above originated with requests from local bishops." (More on the shaman affair here

NOW Comments:
This is one of the more important interviews to surface in quite some time, as Marini, who began his career as personal secretary to the "architect of the New Mass" (accused Freemason) Annibale Bugnini, tells the leftist National Catholic Reporter [NCR] that the liturgical "reforms" of Vatican II are "irreversible," equating efforts to go back to an earlier liturgy with Lot's wife, who was turned into a pillar of salt for turning back to Sodom. Noting that he grew up with "the Mass of Pius V," he adds "I don’t have any nostalgia for this older rite" because it "had to be adapted to changing times."

Marini's departure as "Papal" Master of Ceremonies is seen as a reason to cheer by those who believe that "Pope" Ratzinger is making a change for the better ( that is, for Tradition). What they fail to recognize (or choose to ignore) is the fact that Piero Marini was Benedict XVI's emcee for nearly two-and-a-half years (pictured together below right) or that Benedict, far from showing any displeasure with Marini, named him President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, meaning that he will still have some input in liturgical matters, just not the liturgies of the "pope," which from now on are to take a more conservative style.

And the matter of the motu proprio on the 1962 missal came up in the NCR interview. Marini did not want to discuss it at any length and it's clear he would have gone a different route had it been his call, but he did emphasize a bitter truth that many traditionally-minded supporters of the motu simply don't want to hear:

"the pope himself wrote in the letter that accompanied the motu proprio that it takes nothing away from the authority of the Second Vatican Council. In the same way, the pope said that this is no way detracts from the validity of the liturgical reform. From my point of view, therefore, the motu proprio does not change the need to keep moving forward with renewal of the liturgy." 

Significantly, NCR chose to accompany the Marini interview with a strongly worded editorial reminding all who read it that the liturgical revolution was indeed a war against Tradition and that descendants of those 20th Century Luthers are, like Marini, bound and determined to prevent a restoration of the Faith:

"If liturgy has characteristically been below the radar for most Catholics, opponents of Vatican II knew from the outset that the one way to preserve Trent was to halt liturgical reform. To look back over the 42 years since the close of the council is to see that progress in the reform has been real but slow, and to admit that any awakening of Catholic laity to their full baptismal identity is still in the future. At the same time, those devoted at many levels to a pre-Vatican II model of the church have worked hard to bring down many aspects of liturgical reform. Frustrating the process of vernacular translations, crimping the rubrics for Mass to accentuate the ordained and, most recently, restoring the Tridentine rite, are among the more visible signs of successful retrenchment."

Full text here:
Liturgy reform: No going back

Book Review:
Piero Marini's A Challenging Reform

Vatican denies exorcist expansion
"The Vatican is denying reports it plans to install more exorcists around the world so possessed people can get help quickly. 'Pope Benedict XVI has no intention of ordering local bishops to bring in garrisons of exorcists to fight demonic possession,'' Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told reporters in Rome Friday.

Humanistic death mongers

The Global Warming suicide cult
"The Global Warming movement has been compared to a religion -- albeit one without God, but with a vision of sin and repentance, damnation and salvation. Not quite.  Real religion is about improving the human condition by encouraging moral conduct in obedience to the will of God. The proponents of Global Warming are creating a suicide cult, which -- if followed to its logical conclusion -- will lead to human extinction."

Abortuary worker: "He got what he deserved!
Blood-crazed abortion supporter nearly kills elderly defender of the unborn
"At 6:30 am on Saturday, December 22, while most were snug in bed, resting up for Christmas activities, veteran pro-lifer Ed Snell was arriving at Hillcrest Abortion Center, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.…As Ed stood on his platform that morning, a man and woman exited a car in the parking lot and proceeded towards that door of the abortion mill.  When Mr. Snell tried to counsel the woman, his words were cut short when the man became furious, jumped the fence and, in the words of [a witness], 'leaped on the vehicle with Ed and catapulted him off of the vehicle and onto the ground.' Mr. Snell hit his back and head on the pavement and was knocked unconscious."

Swiss Modernist is his friend, mentor, likely fellow Freemason
Tony Blair goes 'Catholic' (at least Hans Küng-style)
"The decision of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to join the Roman Catholic Church might seem to be of little interest to Americans, except for Anglophiles and students of ecclesiastical politics. But Blair's 'conversion' -- a term left over from the pre-ecumenical 20th century -- offers a timely opportunity to compare and contrast the relationship between religion and politics in the United Kingdom and the United States."

Lodge Brothers?: A number of sources (both Catholic and non-Catholic) have argued that the above photo shows Tony Blair and Benedict XVI shaking hands in the Masonic fashion. Certainly, it does not appear to be an everyday handshake, but we wondered whether it matches the Lodge greeting. It didn't take long to find that someone online has done research that seems to increase the likelihood significantly. While it doesn't definitively prove the case, it does raise speculation. Especially when the following points are taken into account.…

What many don't realize is the friendship between Blair and Modernist Swiss theologian Hans Küng. In fact, Blair has, with the prompting of the Vatican II heavyweight, patterned a foundation after Küng's own Global Ethic Foundation. It was speculated back in May that Küng persuaded Blair to become a "Catholic." Now at about the same time the Freemason's were awarding their Lodge brother Küng for his services to Masonic "ideals" by his promotion of a Global Ethic, a concept so in keeping with the Brotherhood's notions of religious indifferentism and a one-world religion. (Also see
here and here.)

At the same time it should be noted that Blair himself had been a suspected secret society member months before his meeting with Benedict XVI, as is evident in a  VIDEO  entitled
Is Tony Blair a Freemason?

Now as for Ratzinger the investigation goes on, but there are certainly things he's said and done that would point that direction, at least of him being a Lodge sympathizer (for example, praying in a mosque in the manner of a Muslimvery much in keeping with Masonic principles).…

A disturbing track record
The legacy of Judas: National Right to Life's betrayal of the unborn
"In 1981, after President Ronald Reagan agreed he would sign federal personhood legislation for the unborn, National Right to Life and their longtime attorney James Bopp actually opposed that effort claiming they supported a states' rights approach. Move forward in time a quarter century to today. Notice that NRTL and Bopp have long opposed all state personhood efforts. Demonstrated below, NRTL has continuously promoted legislation that undermines the personhood of an innocent child. In betrayal, NRTL quietly worked to oppose South Dakota's recent abortion ban referendum.…"

Related story:
New group challenges National Right to Life

St. Paul's Outside the Walls to Outside the Church

Papal basilica to open 'ecumenical' chapel
"An ecumenical chapel at St. Paul's Outside the Walls is one of the first initiatives of the upcoming Pauline year. Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, archpriest of the papal basilica, announced plans for the chapel in an interview with L'Osservatore Romano."

Communist and Freemasonic infiltration of the Catholic Church (Part 1of 9)

New lectionary illustration deemed 'courageous initiative'
A test of courage: Have the Nativity painted by an abstract artist
"The Italian bishops' conference has entrusted the illustration of the new Lectionary to thirty contemporary artists, with their styles. It's the first time that a liturgical book has been associated with modern images. An audacious undertaking – and one immediately criticized."

 'The 'Hanukkah, Christmas & Hajj Festival'
Maryand Novus Ordo church joins Jews, Muslims, Protestants in interfaith 'holiday' dinner
"The first interfaith dinner was held last year during the holiday season with nearly 100 members from the Islamic Society of Frederick and two Jewish congregations — Congregation Kol Ami and Beth Sholom. This year, five Christian communities were invited to participate in the event — United Church of Christ, Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Unity Church, Frederick Interfaith and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick.

Ferrara's 'Modernist termite' at it again
Kasper presides over Methodist event
"Cardinal Walter Kasper led an anniversary celebration Dec. 3, marking the birth of Charles Wesley (1707-1788), one of the initiators of the Methodist congregation. The ecumenical event was organized by the World Methodist Council and held at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. It was attended by the highest Methodist leaders and the Anglican Communion."

A Blessed Christmas
to all of our readers from the Novus Ordo Watch Staff

"Our Savior, dearly-beloved, was born today: let us be glad. For there is no proper place for sadness, when we keep the birthday of the Life, which destroys the fear of mortality and brings to us the joy of promised eternity. No one is kept from sharing in this happiness. There is for all one common measure of joy, because as our Lord the destroyer of sin and death finds none free from charge, so is He come to free us all. Let the saint exult in that he draws near to victory. Let the sinner be glad in that he is invited to pardon. Let the gentile take courage in that he is called to life. For the Son of God in the fullness of time which the inscrutable depth of the Divine counsel has determined, has taken on him the nature of man, thereby to reconcile it to its Author: in order that the inventor of death, the devil, might be conquered through that (nature) which he had conquered.…"

Pope St. Leo the Great
from Sermon on the Feast of the Nativity )

'New' as in Modernist
Vatican gives Nativity scene a 'new look'

"This year's Nativity scene [at the Vatican--NOW] will be unlike any other. Instead of the traditional depiction of a stable in Bethlehem, on-lookers might soon find the Baby Jesus born in Joseph's Nazareth workshop. The State Department of the Vatican announced the transformation in setting and location, citing the need for 'a change' and a desire to crack down on the various 'fanciful Nativity scenes' as their reasoning, the London Daily Telegraph reported."

NOW Comments:
Considering some of the major doctrinal scandals that have come forth from the post-conciliar Vatican, for many observers this may seem a mere trifle by comparison, however, that is a mistaken view. True, it may not have the shock value of Benedict XVI praying like a Muslim at Turkey's Blue Mosque or John Paul II telling voodoo witchdoctors in Benin that their religion and his can mutually enrich each other. The new Nativity scene came about, stated a spokesman for Benedict in the textbook Modernist jargon, because a change was needed, yet the change is one that reflects falsified translation of the Gospel of Matthew and openly contradicts
the Gospel of Luke, which does not state that Christ was born at St. Joseph's home, but at a stable in Bethlehem "because there was no room for them in the inn."  And St. Luke is very explicit as to why the Holy Family was in Bethlehem and that to enroll in a census decreed by the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus. So, this move by Modernist Rome is putting two Gospels at odds with each other, thus throwing into doubt the Divine inspiration of scripture. Thus, this Christmas innovation ironically is as fanciful in its way as any of those upon which "Pope" Ratzinger and company are supposedly cracking down. And according to a well-placed Zenit columnist in Rome, this Modernist so-called "Nativity scene" is "very much of Joseph Ratzinger." That we can well believe!

The aftermath of 144 sexual abuse claims

San Diego's Novus Ordo 'diocese' sells land to settlement
"San Diego's Roman Catholic diocese is selling land once set aside for a new school campus in order to pay for its share of a $198 million settlement with victims of sexual abuse by clergy."

A Catholic oasis in the Modernist desert
Mother Cabrini's shrine: A pictorial essay

Niederauer: Bay area's 'moral compass' without a ne
San Francisco 'Archbishop' speaks on political participation
"Using the 'high level of political consciousness and energy' in the Archdiocese of San Francisco as a kind of backdrop, Archbishop George H. Niederauer issued a pastoral letter on the role of the church in the political arena."

NOW Comments: Please excuse us for being less than enthusiastic about Niederauer's posturing as a shepherd of souls, but we just have a little trouble getting
these images out of mind. Two months later and he's still Benedict XVI's man in what some claim has a higher percentage of sodomites than any other city on earth.

Let's just say the water there won't be holy

Irish 'Jesuits'' sale of church will turn it into: tavern? traditional Mass center? swimming pool?

Contradicts police report
'Priest' pleads innocent to jogging nude

"The Rev. Robert Whipkey entered his plea to the indecent exposure charges this week, disputing a police officer's allegation that he was found completely in the buff on a Frederick city street early one morning, Denver's KMGH-TV reported Wednesday."

Holiday card from Modernist Rome

He was knowingly allowed to prey on boys
Fort Worth 'diocese' reaches settlement with priest's accusers
"Three alleged victims of convicted child molester the Rev. Thomas Teczar have reached an out-of-court settlement with the Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese. But their lawyer, Tahira Khan Merritt of Dallas, says she's prepared to go to trial for a fourth man who says he was abused by Teczar and another priest, the Rev. James Hanlon, who died in 1990."


Related article:
Press release - Blinded by faith? Long-secret documents reveal Fort Worth bishop was aware of priest's troubled past

Background  VIDEO :
1998 TV news report on allegations against Teczar (Warning: Disturbing content and brief immodesty ) 

The latest in Novus Ordo 'relics'?
"I wanted to let you know that 'Ma' has arrived here safe and sound! You were right.....she IS a beauty!!" (Should such "relics" ever become available for, say, John Paul II or Mother Teresa,
here's proof that the minimum donation won't be cheap.)

Liturgical travesty du jour

'historic encounter'

'New Mass' and Japanese tea ceremony meet
"Grand Master Jimyosai performs the tea ceremony at many religious places, such as Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, but this was the first time he had done so at a Catholic Mass. He used a new tea bowl marked with a silver cross. The tea ceremony followed the homily."

USCCB reviewer caught okaying another film celebrating homosexual immorality
"Harry Forbes, director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Office of Film and Broadcasting, has given a positive review to the homosexually-themed 'Rent.' Forbes, whose initial positive review of 'Brokeback Mountain' two years' ago was subsequently modified by the USCCB, became the center of controversy earlier this month after the USCCB withdrew his positive review of 'The Golden Compass.'"

For 1980 ritualistic murder of nun
Ohio prosecutors file brief against overturning conviction of priest
"The Lucas County Prosecutor's Office filed an 80-page brief yesterday detailing its reasons why Toledo priest Gerald Robinson's murder conviction should not be overturned. Robinson was convicted in May, 2006, for the 1980 murder of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl, a 71-year-old Catholic nun who was strangled nearly to death, then stabbed 31 times."

Related links:
'Sacrilege: Sexual abuse in the Catholic Church'
Also see NOW's coverage in the November 2007 archive

The same reason Niederauer is still running things in San Francisco. He fits their plans!
Why is 'Cardinal' Kasper still in charge of anything at the Vatican?
"In a recent undated report by The Catholic Herald online, we learn that Cardinal Wal
ter Kasper, the modernist termite who still holds the position of head of the Pontifical Council for “Christian Unity” (PCCU) is opposed to the idea 'that a breakaway group of Anglicans might be received into the Catholic Church en masse,' and that he opposes it 'despite Benedict XVI’s personal support for such a move.'”

NOW Comments: Can't mistake a Chris Ferrara article. He loves to throw the word "termite" around. Keep one thing in mind, however: When he uses it, it's just a lawyer word that can mean anything or can mean nothing. It's very pliable, like verbal Playdough. Pretty strong-sounding expression, "modernist termite," isn't it? That's something you'd expect from a real traditional Catholic. Trouble is that in this context it's coming from a sham traditionalist. Before you brand us as being harsh, consider a couple of things. First, when you read the context above, it seems that Kasper is being racked over Ferrara's prosecutorial coals for opposing the position of the "cardinal's" good friend, Benedict XVI, as to Anglicans joining the Novus Ordo sect. It would seem, then, that the modernist termite Kasper, is tearing down what the "Catholic pontiff" Benedict is attempting to build up. Well, that sounds familiar.…

And so it should, for nearly three years ago, in February, 2005, the same Chris Ferrara made an similar observation about another notorious "cardinal":

"More and more it becomes apparent that this man is perhaps the most industrious ecclesial termite of the post-conciliar epoch, tearing down even as he makes busy with the appearance of building up. The longer Ratzinger 'guards' Catholic doctrine, the more porous the barriers that protect it become." (emphasis added throughout)

Yes, that Ratzinger, as in Papa Ratzi! Yet if Fr. ("Cardinal") Joseph Ratzinger was such a destructive force in Rome, even going so far as to attempt to consecrate a neo-modernist and to thoroughly warrant the description of "industrious ecclesial termite," then how is it that he would be in opposition to a brother termite (unless they were they were fighting over same piece of timberLOL)?

Well, this is where something "miraculous" comes into the picture, You see, two months after the Tale of Termite Joe something momentous occurred. In a metamorphosis surpassing anything in nature, Ferrara's termite turned into a Prada-clad butterfly, when Ratzinger was named the counterfeit church's head. Also morphing remarkably was the attitude of a certain Remnant writer, for there in St. Peter's Square stood Ferrara, weeping at the announcement of Benedict XVI's election. And mind you, those weren't tears of sadness over an industrious termite now in position to inflict damage on a far grander scale. No, Chris Ferrara had become a true believer, who would scurry back to his
laptop, banish the word "termite" from his word list (at least for a couple of years or so) and wax eloquent about the "great hope" for Catholics. The same man he had sarcastically referred to as “our only friend in the Vatican” suddenly had been transformed into our only friend in the Vatican.

And the moral of this story? There's still hope for "Cardinal" Walter Kasper. He, too, can instantly shed the dreaded termite label. How? Simple. Be elected successor to his former bug brother! And if he gazes carefully with his modernist eyes upon the throng assembled in the square below him, he might just catch a glimpse of an attorney whose eyes are welled up with tears of joy.

Related columns:
Ratzinger personally consecrates neo-Modernist bishop
The blind leading the blind

Hundreds join wacky 'Franciscan's' hunger strike for threatened river
"Hundreds of protestors have come out in force to support a Brazilian Bishop's hunger strike to stop the environmentally destructive diversion of the country’s fourth largest river."

A 'serial predator' of young boys
Church attorney admits in court that 'priest' was molester
"An attorney for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis acknowledged in court Monday that one of its priests 'was a child molester and serial predator' of young boys."

Led by Notre Dame Modernist Fr. Richard McBrien's TV interview

Bobby Schindler reveals shocking support by 'Catholic' clergy for sister's euthanasia killing
"Bobby Schindler, the brother of Terri Schiavo, the young woman who was dehydrated to death in Florida in 2005, has become a prominent opponent of euthanasia since that wrenching time for his family. In a recent Challenge magazine interview with Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Schindler revealed the shocking details of the support from many prominent Catholic clergy for the court ordered removal of food and hydration from Terri. Bobby is a practicing Catholic as was his sister."

Related Link:
Hospice Patients website: Terri Schindler Schiavo page

This is meant tongue in cheek, right?!

Vatican strongly affirms Church's duty to faith
"Acknowledging 'a growing confusion about the Church's missionary mandate,' the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has released an important 19-page document strongly defending the right and duty of all Catholics to spread the faith."

NOW Comments: Growing confusion? Couldn't guess where that's coming from, can you? Maybe Ratzinger's Mad Tea Party known as Vatican II? Yes, there you go. And now this great concern forty plus years after the fact. What's behind it. Well, nearly all genuinely Catholic missionary efforts were successfully smothered as a result of the novel ideas that took hold after the Council about how all religions are true in their own ways, so converting their adherents is not only regarded as unnecessary, but even rude and intolerant. (The only true missionary activity of note today comes from traditional Catholics.) So, again, why the fuss now about getting missions up and running again. Sadly, it's because after the counterfeit faith supplanted the true Faith in tens of thousands of once-Catholic churches around the world, it has been deemed the appropriate time "to share the full and abundant means of salvation" with others; not, mind you, the only means of salvation, for that would be to deny the Modernist "truth" that all false religions have at least partial mean of salvation. (It's like equating a fast food takeout order and a well-balanced, fully nutritious meal.) 

Up to 100,000 pages of church documents
Providence, RI: More abuse files open
"[Rev. Roland] Lepire was a few years out of the seminary and the assistant pastor at St. Aloysius in Woonsocket in 1979 when a mother reported in an affidavit that her son was groped by the priest.…The mother said that she brought her son to the Woonsocket police station, where the boy was questioned; the police said that they believed him and that they would be in touch. A few days later, the mother said in her affidavit, a Woonsocket police detective came to her house.

"'He said the bishop [at that time Bishop Louis Gelineau] would like my permission to handle this situation,' said the mother in her affidavit. '.…According to the paper, what he [the bishop] was proposing was that he would remove Father Roland from the parish and he would be given necessary counseling. The document gave the bishop my permission to handle the situation. It said that I would not press charges, and I would not take any legal action.' Not wanting to put her son through a trial, the mother said, she signed the paper. Father Roland was gone within a few weeks."

From Christ or Chaos

Conciliarism's Sacred Duty
"The twin forces of Modernity and Modernism have produced a monstrous world, one in which most people have not a blessed clue as to their identity as redeemed creatures or that they will have to face the moment of their Particular Judgments after they die. Rather than to seek with urgency the unconditional conversion of all men to the Catholic Faith, however, the scions of the counterfeit church of conciliarism want to engage in the sort of "obstinate wrangling" (called 'dialogue' in conciliarspeak) that was condemned by Lactantius, a Third Century Catholic apologist, who was cited by Pope Pius XI in Mortalium Animos, December 31, 1929. Indeed, Walter 'Cardinal' Kasper, the President of the 'Pontifical' Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said in the very presence of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI on November 23, 2007, that ecumenism is a 'sacred duty.'"

Theologians challenge Benedict XVI's self-serving revisionism
Confirmed: The Second Vatican Council was 'historic transition'!
"But from the historical point of view, Ruggieri objects, everything changes. The 'novelty' of Vatican II is an undeniable fact. And
Ratzinger himself contributed to this, when he was German Cardinal Josef Frings' (photo, left) expert consultant at the Council. According to Ruggieri, it was the young Ratzinger who wrote the explosive address that Frings read in the assembly hall during the first session, an address that broke completely from the ecclesiastical magisterium of the last two centuries."


Related Column:
De Lubac: Holy Office destroyed by Frings, Ratzinger

NOW Comments:
"Pope" Ratzinger's claims of there being a Novus Ordo continuity with the pre-conciliar Church (certainly aimed in part to assure groups such as the Society of St. Pius X that he's really a friend of Tradition at heart) not withstanding, the above theologians have spoken a the truth and any Catholics not peering from behind rose-colored glasses can see the break in continuity as clearly as the nose on their faces. Any Catholic, that is, who will admit that the "coincidental" pandemic radicalizing of priests and religious during and immediately after Vatican II constitutes such a break, as does the abandonment by the tens of thousands from the priesthood and religious life also at that time. Any Catholic who sees through the "new Mass" for the novelty that it is and hence, the sharp break in continuity with the pre-conciliar Mass (so much that the sham liturgy was foisted on the faithful in stages). Any Catholic who can grasp that what's been done to the annulment process, making nearly anything an excuse to "nullify" a marriage and grant "Catholic divorce," is a profound attack on the sacrament of matrimony and thus a disconnect. And so on.…we could build up a large list, but for for those who want more proof of the discontinuity being discussed, a good place to start can be found by scrolling up the page you're now on and read what's on the link page in the "About this page" section
—as we say, for starters. The incident alluded to above, Cardinal Frings' infamous speech at the Council, was also mentioned by John L. Allen in his book, Cardinal Ratzinger: The Vatican's Enforcer of the Faith, which we quote here:

Ratzinger was present for all four sessions of Vatican II as the chief theological advisor Cardinal Joseph Frings of Cologne, Germany. Frings repeatedly squared off against [Secretary of the Holy Office Cardinal Alfredo] Ottaviani (photo, right) over the direction the council ought to take. It was Frings who, in one of the most dramatic moments of the entire four years of Vatican II, proclaimed that Ottaviani's office was a "source of scandal" to the world (to the world. a clear indication of the Modernist orientation of Frings/Ratzinger in there wishing to conform the Church to the dictates of secular opinion, especially when the rest of the phrase is considered, “methods and behaviors do not conform at all to the modern era," this the same Holy Office for all intents and purposes as the one led by Pope St. Pius X who, of course, waged war against these men's theological ancestors only decades before—NOW). Protestant observer Robert MacAfee Brown, who was in the council hall on the day Frings spoke—November 8, 1963—said his criticism of Ottaviani had "blown the dome off of St. Peter's."

Given Ratzinger's image today as a strong conservative and Roman enforcer, it is easy to forget how central he was to Vatican II. Theologians played a uniquely important role during the council, drafting documents, and organizing coalitions and preparing their bishops for floor debates, and Ratzinger was the very heart of all this activity (emphasis added—NOW). So important were German theologians and bishops, in fact, that the best early history of the council was titled simply The Rhine Flows into the Tiber. In the opinion of virtually anyone who has ever studied Vatican II, Ratzinger was among the theologians who had the greatest impact (emphasis added—NOW).

Time magazine's senior religion correspondent Richard Ostling also has commented about that day and the seeming contradiction between the liberal peritus of the Council and the alleged "watchdog of orthodoxy" in John Paul II's wreckovated Holy Office (now ironically named the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith):

In the early 1960s, no one would have thought Joseph Ratzinger would become the enforcer of conservatism. At the Second Vatican Council, from 1962 to 1965, Ratzinger and [Fr. Hans] Küng (photo, left) were young theological stars advising the West German contingent. In those heady days, Ratzinger and Kung applauded from the sidelines as Joseph Cardinal Frings, the Archbishop of Cologne, electrified the council by calling the prosecutorial tactics of the very office Ratzinger now leads "a cause of scandal to the world." Ratzinger is said to have ghostwritten most of that speech. (emphasis added; see Keeper of the Straight and Narrow )

It's understandable, then, that Benedict XVI prefers to revise perceptions of the Council in a way that suggests a continuation of the previous councils, because to do otherwise would be to directly implicate himself in the greatest theological and spiritual upheavals the Church has ever been forced to endure.   

A fine gift for Christmas or anytime!
An homage to Pius IX: The Pope's Cologne

More in the John Paul II mold

Zefirelli offers to do a 'happier Pope' makeover for Benedict XVI
"Pope Benedict has been offered a make-over by famous Italian film and opera director to help him portray a 'happy image.' Reuters reports Franco Zeffirelli says he will gladly be the image maker of the Pope, who 'comes across as cold.'"

Survey reasons include problems with teachings, pedophile priests
Aussie 'bishops' listen to why people stopped attending their churches
"Australia's Catholic Bishops have discussed a survey that reveals many Catholics have stopped attending Mass because they feel the Church is irrelevant to their lives."

Baptist leader joins 'pope,' Dalai Lama in documentary

Bad attitude 'Catholic'
TV review: Hard as Nails
"I grew up in the same city as Justin Fatica, a Catholic youth minister who infuses his religious program with a touch of Scared Straight. It's a small city with a predominantly Catholic citizenry. Fatica, a Catholic, attended the region's most notable Catholic high school (one that is still boys only). The HBO documentary Hard as Nails follows Fatica as he builds his controversial Catholic ministry, Hard as Nails."

Related links:
Hard As Nails Ministries Website
Preacher goes to extremes with passion for Christ

The worst chasuble ever
Yet CathCon insists on calling this man a Catholic priest, apparently without the slightest trace of irony! When will they ever learn?

The Ravenna Document - the Vatican II sect's latest ecumenical outrage with the "Orthodox"
"A commission under Benedict XVI recently put out a document with the 'Orthodox.' It received many headlines in the mainstream press. The commission which published the document is entitled the Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. The heretical document it produced is called The Ravenna Document. If I were to sum up the document in one sentence, it would be: A Vatican commission under Benedict XVI has approved the schismatic 'Orthodox' view of the Church, the 'Orthodox' view of the authority of bishops and how they work together, the 'Orthodox' view of how ecumenical councils are approved, etc."

Once-Catholic Ireland organizing secular schools
"Ireland's government announced Thursday it will organize new nonreligious primary schools in the capital, a move that reflects growing immigration and declining church power in this traditionally Roman Catholic nation."

John Paul II confidant
Austrian 'Cardinal' Stickler dead at 97

Currently pastor of a Milwaukee church

Weakland's former secretary arrested high on crack
"The pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Brookfield and former priest-secretary to now-retired Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, was charged Tuesday in Milwaukee County with misdemeanor possession of cocaine."

Procedure, chopped-up body part shown in hidden-camera exposé
The horrors of late-term abortion shown on Spanish television

Liturgical traditions attacked at Ave Maria University
"Despite its short life and frequent claims to being 'authentically' or 'unabashedly' Catholic, AMU already has a history of intolerance for certain traditionalist forms and practices, and has acted in ways that appear to misappropriate liturgical decisions to be made by priests or the local bishop to, instead, lay university administrators."

Object to its anti-abortion, anti-euthanasia posture
Doctors in once-Catholic Italy want to scrap 'outdated' Hippocratic oath
"Senior medical figures in Italy are campaigning to scrap the Hippocratic Oath for doctors on the ground that the passages forbidding abortion and euthanasia are outdated. Giorgio Iannetti, a professor of surgery at Rome University, said that the oath, which is read out by medical students when they graduate, must either be abolished or 'radically modified”'


Fr. Harry Marchosky passes on at 84

Divide and conquer!
Novus Ordo sells off more churches in England

Replacing it with links to other articles favoring film!
USCCB deep-sixes positive review of The Golden Compass … sort of
"Days after its publication, a largely positive review of The Golden Compass that appeared in Catholic newspapers across the country was retracted this week by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.…

"The Golden Compass review can no longer be found on the service's Web site. Instead, a brief message appears reporting the bishops' decision and referring readers to other articles concerning the film and the controversy surrounding it. Among those articles is a review from Sister Rose Pacatte, director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City, Calif., in which she praises The Golden Compass as 'a very exciting film about a young girl, Lyra, and her high-spirited companion, Pan.'"  VIDEO  (Warning: immodest dress in Baltimore Sun link)

Related links:
Catholic Digest's backdoor endorsement of Golden Compass (while feigning neutrality)
Inside Catholic: Don't fear for 'Golden Compass,' Margaret (an attack on the USCCB's review)
Golden Compass star predicts far greater religious controversy in upcoming sequels (in-your-face anti-Catholicism to come)

NOW Comments:
What is exhibited by the Novus Ordo here, whether it be the USCCB's "now-you-see-it, now-you don't" review or those from other "Catholic" sources is a thinly-veiled deviousness of purpose that's played over and over in these writings. On the one hand, they'll say, yes we know the author is an atheist who wants to destroy belief in God, but the film also has some good values being represented. Or this review shouldn't be construed as an endorsement of the film, but nonetheless it is an uplifting fantasy that has it's young protagonists fighting for freedom against oppressive forces. Yet, again, this isn't to say you should take your family to see this movie, but if you do take your family to see this movie, here are the things to discuss with your children. And so on.… Over and over are these enticements to generate interest: wonderful acting, great special effects, a tale of wonderment and charm, "intelligent and well-crafted entertainment," etc., etc. Instead of admonishing on why Catholics shouldn't spend their hard-earned money to further enrich a man who's made a living attacking God and His Church, these false Catholics are doing everything in their power to pull people into the theaters to watch the film. This phenomenon in allegedly Catholic reviews (even officially sanctioned reviews) of subtly promoting such trash and thus endangering faith and morals (witness the "Catholic" support for the sodomite movie, Brokeback Mountain, or going a step further, the performing of the immoral plays at once-Catholic universities) is proof that there is a spirit far from that of the Church at work here.

What, still not enough illegals?!
Niederauer, California 'bishops' call for fair immigration reform
"California Catholic Bishops called for continued efforts towards comprehensive and "fair" immigration reform Wednesday to protect the rights of undocumented immigrant workers and their families in the U.S. Archbishop George Niederauer said at a press conference in San Francisco that the current immigration system is, 'outmoded because it does not contain sufficient work visas for temporary migrant workers to enter the country in a safe, legal, and orderly manner.'"

More false ecumenism from a master
Benedict XVI welcomes Baptists for talks
"Pope Benedict XVI met on December 6 with participants in a conference on Scripture, jointly organized by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Baptist World Alliance."

Another product of Novus Ordo seminaries

HIV-positive Navy chaplain receives two-year sentence
"An HIV-positive Navy chaplain was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to forcible sodomy and other charges, admitting that he forced himself on a Naval Academy midshipman and had sex with an Air Force officer without disclosing his HIV status. Lt. Cmdr. John Thomas Lee, 42 years old, of Burke, Va., was sentenced after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors at a court-martial at Quantico Marine Corps Base, south of Washington."

Vatican astronomer assails Creationism as superstition
"Speaking in Glasgow this week, Brother Guy Consolmagno said that scientists should protect against the tendency of religion to slide into superstition. In turn, he said, science needs religion 'in order to have a conscience.' In the case of creationism, he said, believers have constructed a theory that is not supported by scientific facts."

Muslim dervishes dance in once-Catholic Church

He wasn't there for conversions!
Wisconsin 'bishop' participates at synagogue's Hanukkah service
"Two days after Catholics began their Advent season, the local Jewish congregation began Hanukkah with an interfaith first for the Coulee Region. Bishop Jerome Listecki, head of the Diocese of La Crosse, addressed about 50 people at Congregation Sons of Abraham, making him the first Catholic bishop to speak at the synagogue.

“I am here with you this evening as a friend,” Listecki said, wearing a violet zuchetto that resembled the yarmulkes worn on the heads of Rabbi Saul Prombaum and others gathered. “In that friendship, I share in the confidence that together we might walk in a rededication to our freedom and mutual respect directed by the light that guides our path.”
Related section:
Novus Ordo church goes ga-ga over Hannukkah (scroll nearly half-way down the page)

Relatively speaking, of course

Vatican: Benedict XVI didn't attack U.N.
"Benedict XVI has not accused the United Nations of moral relativism, despite some media reports, explained a Vatican spokesman."



John Paul II's Betrayal in Benin

Now for the first time anywhere on Internet comes the most devastating exposé of the scandalous1993 visit to Benin, at which time he praised voodoo and spoke of "mutual enrichment" that supposedly could be achieved between Catholicism and the cult. "Voodoo You Trust" is a comprehensive examination of John Paul II's apostate behavior there and elsewhere in Africa. This report includes 86 footnotes (plus 14 additional references, 51 links (including 6 video and 3 audio), and 30 photos/illustrations. If you know anyone who still thinks that John Paul is a bona fide saint, or at least a basically decent sort, then they need to read this. If there's any flicker of Faith in them then this should given them real food for thought. The only ones who still be on his bandwagon after reading this are the ones who have made themselves oblivious to the truth. This is a wakeup call for Catholicsread, then forward the link! 

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