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This section revised March 2
in implementing the motu proprio
Latin Mass 'indefinitely postponed,' then okayed
"At the end of January,
Bishop [Thomas] McMahon
'indefinitely postponed' the Mass while he explored the provision of the
traditional liturgy in his diocese. Hmm. I don’t recall anything in
about bishops being able to cancel Latin Masses arranged by a parish. In
fact, removing their power to do so was the whole point of the Pope’s
NOW Comments: Of course, this is the
bait of the motu proprio. Traditionally-minded readers like the
above writer, Damian Thompson of London's
Daily Telegraph, don't
see anything in it that permits "bishops" to have the ability" to cancel
Latin Masses arranged by a parish." And that's exactly the
Ratzinger gives in
Summorum Pontificum, but with his background
as one of the chief Modernist
periti at Vatican II, he knows more
than a little about crafting rhetorical vagaries. There is nothing in
the motu proprio and the equally important "explanatory letter"
accompanying it that add up to a Magna Carta for the Latin Mass, though
there is much in the language of those documents that
much. Since translations of both can be found in the above link, we will
not go into great detail here, but note the following few representative
declarations made by "Pope" Benedict about how the "bishops" are to
First, let's look at a key points from the motu itself:
1. The first limitation is placed on
by Ratzinger himself in Article 1: "It is,
therefore, permissible to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass
following the typical edition of the Roman Missal promulgated by Bl.
John XXIII [sic--NOW] in 1962 and never abrogated, as an extraordinary form of
the Liturgy of the Church." So, the traditionally-minded members of
the Conciliar Church don't have a choice as to which missal they can
use if they are going to toe the line set down here, despite the
fact that any number of missals published prior to "Pope" Roncalli's
election have worked perfectly well for countless Catholics and
seemingly ought to be included. Of course,
group, the Society of St. Pius X, uses the '62 missal and it seems to be
Ratzinger's primary target, as it is the largest and most
influential group (though not always the one with the soundest
positions). Of course, implicit in him only mentioning the
Bugnini/Roncalli adulterated missal is the overarching (though
raison d'ętre of the counterfeit church:
The Church began with Vatican II. In any case, here is a
stricture that Benedict XVI hands over to the "bishops" from the
get-go: The only option specifically mentioned for those seeking to
have "approved" Latin Masses is to use the 1962 missal.
2. In Articles 2 and 4, Ratzinger
declares that no permission at all is needed for a priest to offer
the Mass from the 1962 missal if offered in private. Article 3
addresses religious communities and congregations, and there the
"Pope" says "the decision must be taken by the Superiors Major, in
accordance with the law and following their own specific decrees and
statues," so very clearly such priests do
In Articles 5 to 8, which is where we get into the situation
described above by Thompson and of most concern to many readers,
Ratzinger, while seeming to give an open playing field over which to
run for the motu crowd, has strewn the way with some very nasty
booby traps that give considerable discretionary power for "Bp."
McMahon (photo, right) and other obstructionists to meddle,
while never saying it in so many words. He writes that if "a stable
group of faithful" wants to have the "extraordinary" [sic]
form of liturgy, "a pastor should willingly accept their requests.…"
sounds good until we look for details. What, for example,
does the term
stable group of faithful mean? Is he talking
about a certain number of people who
want '62 missal? Or
perhaps how many people regularly will
attend such a Mass?
stable doesn't refer to numbers at all, but requires
the group to be unswervingly loyal to the Novus Ordo "hierarchy," to
accept the "validity" and "holiness" of the 1970 "mass" and to
acknowledge the supposed force and authority of Vatican II's decrees
and declarations (such points are actually alluded to in the
letter). Good questions all, but nowhere is the term actually
defined, so here's the first wiggle point: "Stable group" is an
ambiguous term that gives a "pastor" (and hence, necessarily, a
"bishop") the call on whether or not a group qualifies as stable
based on his own interpretive prejudices.
Also, in the spirit of
"collegiality" pastors are not
commanded to accede to such
requests, as we'd expect to see in any pre-conciliar papal document
"All these things we will and order to be
sanctioned and established by our apostolic authority, aught to the
St. Pius X, Motu Proprio,
but rather it is recommended that they
should honor such
desires. Nothing binding them at all. At the same time
Ratzinger express his concern that the motu crowd's "welfare" be watched over, and
urges the pastor to see that his care for them "harmonizes" with the
usual care of the parish, while "avoiding discord and favoring the
unity of the whole Church." All this is to be done
guidance of the bishop." [emphasis added] But what if the
"ordinary" deems that the best attempts to integrate the 1962 chapel
haven't worked and that its continued presence is creating discord?
Does he not also need to see that the "unity of the whole Church" be
preserved? How could this not be, if it's entrusted to his guidance?
This being the case, he would
certainly have the delegated
authority to pull the plug on the '62ers, if he believed them to be a
disruptive force. Of course, this is reading it a certain way, since
nothing is ever spelled out. But, now, only six months since the
motu's promulgation and four months since its implementation,
experience is already showing in instances like Brentwood above,
that Modernist Rome
is giving it's "bishops" considerable
leeway in interpreting
Summorum Pontificum, and the bottom
line is that if your group's local "ordinary" is a liberal and
doesn't really want any Latin Masses going on, then he's probably
going to find something to use in the language of the motu
proprio/letter as an excuse to shoot down your request or make life
miserable for you (just like with "indult Masses" before the motu).
5. Near the end of Article 5,
Ratzinger states that any priest wishing to offer Mass using the
1962 Missal "must be qualified to do so and not juridically
impeded." More booby traps. Presumably, the "ordinary" has a major
say in whether or not someone is qualified, and can create make the
requirements steep if he wants to keep it out of his "diocese." As
juridically impeded, you don't imagine he had the SSPX in
6. Suppose, however, that the local motu crowd
can't get anywhere with their pastor. Article 7 "solves" the problem
this way: "If a group of lay faithful, as mentioned in art. 5 ő 1,
has not obtained satisfaction to their requests from the pastor,
they should inform the diocesan bishop. The bishop is strongly
requested to satisfy their wishes. If he cannot arrange for such
celebration to take place, the matter should be referred to
the Pontifical Commission 'Ecclesia Dei.'"
must the "bishop" grant their request? No. He's only
"strongly requested" to do so. And if he can't arrange it for them,
then the matter "should be referred" to
Ecclesia Dei. (This
is essentially repeated in Article 8.) Well, "collegiality" strikes
again. The request
should be referred to that commission, but
Ratzinger doesn't say it
must be. In fact, he doesn't even so
much as say it needs to be processed in a timely fashion. (We can
a "progressive" Novus Ordo "bishop" sitting behind his desk
with a copy of the request on his desk thinking to himself: "Hmm, let's see. The rest of
this week doesn't look so good. Thursday night I've got the Bishops
for Obama rally to attend and I'll need to conserve all of my energy
for that one, so no lifting any heavy objects such as stamps and
envelopes. Tomorrow, I've got the luncheon where the guy from PETA
is going to make us all feel guilty about leather shoes and belts
and roast beef, but he's pretty funny so I can handle it. Well,
maybe in the afternoon. No wait, not then, I've got the steering
committee meeting concerning Amnesty for Illegal Aliens on Death
Row. Too important to miss. Okay, Saturday, yeah, maybe Saturday
I'll send that request over to Rome. Oops, forgot. Saturday we've
got the annual Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence picnic and that's
always a real wild time. And it gives me a chance to see some guys
from back at the seminary I haven't seen in years. Ah, you know
what? There's nothing wrong with those fanatics going to the regular
liturgy for a while longer; hey, if it's good enough for Papa Ratzi,
it's good enough for them! I'll send that request when I feel like
it…if I send it, of course. Hey, and that's a really
Next, let's turn briefly to the letter
sent to all of his "bishops" that accompanied the motu. There, Benedict
generally becomes more explicit in his language, especially when he
discusses their duties is carrying out the implementation of the
"universal indult." He reassures them that "these new norms do not in
any way lessen your own authority and responsibility, either for the
liturgy or for the pastoral care of your faithful.
is the moderator of
the liturgy in his own Diocese…"
[emphasis added] This is pretty strong evidence that yes, a bishop
still can make or break the indult in his own "diocese," just as
Summorum Pontificum. The following paragraph in the letter
is the concluding statement on the duties of the "bishop":
Nothing is taken away, then, from
the authority of the Bishop, whose role remains that of being
watchful that all is done in peace and serenity. Should some problem
arise which the parish priest cannot resolve, the local Ordinary
will always be able to intervene, in full harmony, however, with all
that has been laid down by the new norms of the Motu Proprio.
[emphasis added throughout]
ambiguity in determining precisely what are to be considered the
parameters of new norms is what makes this a classic Novus Ordo ploy,
one that's been played out repeatedly over the conciliar decades. The
sequencing of events goes something like this: 1. A policy is
established by Modernist Rome that
seeming favors a
"conservative" individual or groups, only to be roundly ignored at the
"diocesan" level; 2. Believing that an injustice is happening, the
offended parties complain that the relevant authority "isn't being
obedient to the Holy Father"; 3. The victims send a letter or petition
to the "Pope" in hope of getting satisfaction for their grievance. 4.
Nothing is done by Modernist Rome (in fact, sometimes the offending
"bishop" may be promoted, even given a cushy job at the
Vatican); 5. Believing that the letter/petition was
prevented by hostile forces from reaching the "Pope's" desk
(giving them an excuse for his inaction), the victims
continue to suffer the same injustices and when they soon become
systemic, refer to them as "abuses"; and 6. Meanwhile, the perpetrators
are interpreting the same policy in a different light, one that is
equally plausible, given the intentional vagueness (we say
intentional because the same "abuses" go on for years or decades
with little or no effort to clarify the policy, stop the "abuse" and
bring the "wayward bishop" into compliance). So, this latest motu mess isn't anything out of the ordinary
in conciliar circles, but, given the unstinting enthusiasm displayed by
many for the motu so far, a refinement of earlier stratagems:
simply eems to have built a much better
mousetrap. (Above left, Papa Devious in all his conniving "glory")
Modernist Rome calls for his release
Gunmen abduct Iraqi 'archbishop'
"AsiaNews reported that Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho had just left
Mosul's Holy Spirit Cathedral when he was kidnapped in the al-Nour
district in the eastern section of the city. Three people who
accompanied him were killed."
Chaldean Catholic Archeparchy of
Group offered $2M to buy another church
Bid to save Ontario church rejected by 'diocese'
"Despite outrage from parishioners, a lawsuit threat and an opportunity
to make $2 million by selling another Windsor church, the Roman Catholic
Diocese of London says it will still close St. Rose of Lima church this
summer and put it up for sale."
Apostasy in the guise of 'inter-religious dialogue'
Malta's 'archbishop prays toward Mecca in a mosque
"The importance of inter-religious dialogue was yesterday highlighted by
Malta's Archbishop who prayed side by side with the Muslim Imam at the
Corradino Mosque. Standing barefoot in the carpeted Mosque, Archbishop
Paul Cremona and Imam Mohamed El Sadi faced Mecca when they immersed
themselves in a few moments of silent prayer."
LEST WE FORGET
HERE CREMONA'S MENTOR
PRAYS AT THE BLUE MOSQUE
CALLED A FRIEND OF TRADITION,
Culture war update
Prayer warriors at 'gay' fest on trial
"A trial is scheduled to begin today in Elmira, N.Y., and
lawyers for the defendants say it will be a test of whether the First
Amendment affirmations of freedom of speech and freedom of religion
still are valid in the United States. 'Choosing to exercise your First
Amendment rights in a public place is not a crime,' Joel Oster, senior
legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund said. 'The government has no
right to arrest citizens for exercising their First Amendment rights in
NOW Comment: Liberal bigotry in action. These closet Marxists
literal want to destroy free speech in this country for anyone who has
traditional values. If they're allowed to succeed with their evil plan
and kill free speech, then they'll march in to our churches and shut
them down for preaching and teaching Jesus Christ. We need to stand up
to them and fight!
True colors come through…surprised?
Colorado 'bishops' backstab personhood amendment
"The Colorado Catholic Conference said it has not endorsed a Colorado
ballot measure that would grant personhood and constitutional rights to
humans from the moment of conception. The conference, which speaks for
the state's three Catholic bishops, issued a statement Thursday
contradicting the petitioners — Colorado for Equal Rights — which
claimed Wednesday that the church's state leaders are on board."
NOW Comments: It makes perfect sense. These hirelings essentially
distort St. Paul's comment that he "became all things to all men, that I
might save all (1 Cor. 9:22)" so they won't alienate pro-death
Democratic candidates and fundraisers. (Hey, kind of tough to rub elbows
with Obama or Hillary at $1000 a plate fundraiser if you've come out
officially taking a tough pro-life stand, huh?
political, gutless position," said Judie Brown, president of the
American Life League of such betrayals, which began earlier in the month
when Georgia "bishops'"
Marxist thugs run amok
Protestors storm 'chancery' in Caracas
"The Archdiocese of Caracas
was taken hostage for several hours by supporters of Venezuela President
Hugo Chavez who staged a protest against the Church. Catholic News
Agency reports the group of 15 Chavistas violently took over the
chancery of the Archdiocese of Caracas, expelling the officials working
inside, including Bishop Jesús González de Zárate."
Planned promiscuity = big $$$ for abortion/contraception providers
Politicians call for defunding Planned Parenthood after
reports of pornography promotion
"Following recent revelations that a Planned Parenthood youth site has
been promoting pornography to teenagers, three House representatives
have called for the termination of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding,
Cybercast News Service reports. A 2007 article on the Planned
Parenthood-sponsored Teenwire.com website advised pornography use as a
“lower-risk form of outercourse.' 'Many couples can read or watch sexy
stories or pictures together,' the article stated. 'They can also share
or act out sex fantasies.'”
Planned Parenthood teen site encourages pornography as 'harmless fun'
Culture of abortion pervades British medical profession, say English
"A British proposal to limit further the circumstances in which abortion
can be performed has won acclaim from some in the British pro-life
movement. However, pro-life leaders also lamented the British medical
establishment’s support for loose abortion regulations as the new embryo
research and fertilization bill nears a vote."
Some clear thinking in the Society
SSPX priest on Motu: Under appearance of good, Devil poses as angel of
"Therefore, the declaration by
Benedict XVI affirming that the true Mass was never abolished appears,
at first sight, to be a victory. However, after closer examination of
the declaration, one perceives both the subtlety and the intelligence of
this action. Benedict XVI is attempting by an audacious and effective
way to accomplish his most profound and desired goal according to his
Modernistic mindset, so that many critics of Modernism have not been
able to appreciate fully the vastness of his aims or the subtlety of his
"Benedict XVI, who has a keen and
penetrating intellect, intends to legitimize the New Mass by attempting
to portray it as a legitimate and faithful development of the ancient
Roman rite. To be successful, he had to heal the rupture created by the
attempted suppression of the Traditional Mass, first by denying that the
Traditional Mass had been abolished. For the Traditional Mass was the
faithful expression of the ancient Roman Mass, both in its historical
development and in its dogmatic content, promulgated in perpetuity.
" [see Feb. 27 entry]
High church, Low church
"One and the Same Rite": How Benedict XVI tries to
destroy the Traditional Mass
THE ULTIMATE GOAL: A HYBRID MASS
“I believe that in the
long term the Roman Church must have a single Roman Rite…The Roman Rite
of the future should be a single rite, celebrated in Latin or in
vernacular, but standing completely in the tradition of the rite that
has been handed down…”
"Cardinal" Joseph Ratzinger
(The Tablet, February 16,
2008, p. 36). Cited,
Heading to a Hybrid Mass
Tainted results for previous test?
New tests for Shroud of Turin at Oxford
"The Oxford laboratory that declared the Turin Shroud to be a medieval
fake 20 years ago is investigating claims that its findings were wrong.
The head of the world-renowned laboratory has admitted that carbon
dating tests it carried out on Christendom's most famous relic may be
inaccurate. Professor Christopher Ramsey, the director of the Oxford
University Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, said he was treating seriously
a new theory suggesting that contamination had skewed the results."
Shroud of Turin on Wikipedia
(additional links included)
"For those who believe, no proof is necessary; for those who don't
believe, no amount of proof is sufficient."
Ignatius of Loyola
Gee, is there a section on global warming?
Third encyclical to cover modern 'social issues'
"Pope Benedict will soon finish his encyclical on social issues, the
Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has confirmed."
'An enemy has done this' [Matt. 13:28]
Freemasonic table replaces altar in Irish church
Openly gay ambassador given 'Catholic' award in India
"Cardinal Telesphore Toppo, the immediate past President of CBCI,
presented the first Blessed Mother Teresa International Humanitarian
Awards to Dr. Peter Piot and Ambassador
Mark R. Dybul (in absentia) on Feb. 26 at the Taj Hotel, New Delhi."
his exorcisms would do any good
Aussie 'archbishop' rejects claims of exorcism increase
"Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby has debunked claims of a spike in
exorcisms in Queensland. The
Catholic Leader reports
Archbishop Bathersby said the claims of an increase of demonic
possession were a 'complete surprise' to him."
The new rite of exorcism critiqued
Possession epidemic in Indonesia
(Okay, what about
From our 'A world gone insane' department
Legal expert claims that unborn babies are really
"A former attorney general and human rights commission chairman is
claiming that unborn children in the earliest stages of development are
not human, and are in fact chimpanzees. Dr. Jorge Carpizo McGregor
claims that "for the topic of abortion, there are very important
scientific advances that prove that the DNA of chimpanzees is 99 percent
identical to that of a human being. The difference between ourselves and
chimpanzees is one percent, this quantity that makes the difference is
the central nervous system."
Dwindling attendance cited as reason for closing
Vatican high court rejects latest effort to save 132-year-old Buffalo
"For the second time, the Vatican has upheld a decision by Bishop
Edward U. Kmiec to close St. Adalbert Catholic Church in the
Broadway-Fillmore area. "
of Communism' update
'Cardinal' Bertone and Raul Castro conclude meeting with hopes for
"The historic meeting between Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican
Secretary of State, and the new president of Cuba, Raul Castro, came to
an end on Tuesday with the hope of better relations between the Catholic
Church in Cuba and the Communist government, although without concrete
The Real Cuba
(a site that exposes what the news media is silent about)
All this amounts to is a great propaganda coup for the Communists in
Cuba. Raul Castro is another dictator with the misleading title of
"president," who was put into power not by an democratic election, but
by the the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party. Reality
check: This is
Fidel's brother we're talking about, who's been a
professed Communist all of his adult life, participated in a bloody
revolution that persecuted and martyred Catholics, and has been his
ruthless sibling's right-hand during nearly 30 years in power. The only
change going on, aside from the transition of power being relinquished
by a charismatic tyrant and turned over to a nondescript one, is one in
the perception of the gullible that is being assiduously advanced by the
news media at every turn that there is the possibility of real reform.
(A link on the Real Cuba site shows that Raul's second-in-command is
regarded as a hardliner, a Stalinist.) Our only question is whether
Bertone is merely a useful idiot of the Communists or a sympathizer.
(And if Barack Obama isn't secretly a card-carrying Communist, then he's
cheating the CPUSA out of membership dues. It has now been revealed that
his great friend and political influence, someone he's simply identified
publicly as "Frank,"
was literally a card-carrying member! See
Obama mentor identified as communist)
23% of 'Catholics' are divorced and 11% also
USCCB Poll: Those who attend 'Mass' less likely to divorce
"A poll commissioned by the USCCB Subcommittee on Marriage and the
Family Life and conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the
Apostolate has found that Catholics who attend Mass frequently are less
likely to get divorced and are more likely to have large families,
reports Lifesite News."
Before anyone try toot the horn for the "new Mass," it is noteworthy
that the report states: "Older Catholics, especially those who came of
age prior to Vatican II, are typically more involved in Church life and
more frequently attend Mass than younger generations of Catholics." We
submit that such couples simply retained what they had been taught in
the pre-Vatican II Church about the sanctity of the Sacrament of
Matrimony and also retained something of their worship habits, albeit
not all of them, as they compromised their faith by falling away
from the true Mass. Still, most of these aren't the sort of Novus Ordo
churchgoers we'd typically expect would attend a "clown mass" or "gay
Apology rings hollow to successor
'Priest' stole money for secret family
"A retired Catholic priest will serve 63 months behind bars for stealing
hundreds of thousands of dollars to support his secret family in the
Philippines. AP reports Rodney Rodis, 51, plead guilty to money
laundering and mail frauds for theft of more than $650,000 from St Jude
Church and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Virginia, United
States between 2002 and 2006.
Liberal rabbi plays 'guilt' card
Revised Good Friday prayer fuels Jewish walkout of German 'Catholic'
"The new Catholic Good Friday prayer for the conversion of Jews has now
affected the upcoming German Catholic Church Congress. The
representative of the World Union for Progressive Judaism in Germany,
Walter Homolka, has cancelled his participation in the Christian meeting
in Osnabrück in May. The Catholic prayer for 'enlightenment of the
Jews,' after the guilt of the Catholic Church 'in the history of their
relationship with the Jews' and most recently in the time of National
Socialism, is 'totally inappropriate' and "should be rejected in the
strongest terms,' he said on Monday in Potsdam."
Well, we guess
those Jews won't be converting anytime soon.—
LOL Not that
they had anything to fear along that line from their Novus Ordo partners
in dialogue. What sticks in the craw is Homolka's ignorant calumny that
the Church's traditional prayer for Jewish conversion can be linked in
any manner to Nazism. Nothing short of an acknowledgement of the
absolute equality between Catholicism and Judaism,
between church and synagogue will suit such a one!
The Vatican II meltdown continues
Pennsylvania 'diocese' to shutter four churches, last school
"Four of the five Roman Catholic churches in Johnstown’s historic
Cambria City section will close next year, and the last remaining
Catholic school in the neighborhood is shutting in June. The
announcement of the closings, made by Bishop Joseph Adamec late Monday
after word leaked during the weekend, rocked the neighborhood best known
for its annual church-based ethnic festival.…Adamec also stressed
that church closings have been taking place since 1994 'as the result of
a declining number of priests and a dwindling population in the area.'"
here for a photo of one of the doomed churches.)
School suspends teens for wearing crucifixes
about 'the social transformation that Roe began'
'Catholics for Free Choice' endorses subversive Obama
"Not all pro-abortion feminists from the heyday of the Sexual Revolution
are behind Hillary Clinton as their abortion candidate. Frances Kissling,
former president of the abortion advocacy group, Catholics for Choice,
has instead come out swinging for Barack Obama, whom she believes is the
best abortion candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.…'It
is no longer about winning the culture war. It is about completing the
social transformation that Roe began but did not solidify,' Kissling
concluded. 'That task, I believe, will best be accomplished by a
president who sees her or his role as calling us to greatness ... I
think Barack Obama is the person who can do that.'"
Liturgical dance by conciliar 'Benedictines'
We can well imagine what St. Scholastica would say about
these women posing as her spiritual daughters—and
it wouldn't be very pleasant!
The revision of the revision
Genuflecting to the Jews
"In fact it is not a prayer for the
conversion of any Jews, since
it does not speak to of the abandonment of unbelief and their entering
the Church. It should not be forgotten that in the Novus Ordo theology
the Jews have their own covenant with God, still valid despite their
rejection of Christ, which covenant will bring them
'End of the JP2 era': Benedict's revised
prayer attacked at Seton Hall (Here is the kind of
attack that allows Ratzinger to position himself falsely as a friend of
get any lower than this
Loyola Marymount film attempts 'multi-part rebuttal' of
Biblical strictures against homosexuality
He says he's being libeled
Murphy-O'Connor's aide 'was behind this abortion'
"The ex-lover of a former spokesman for the Catholic Church
was rushed into an abortion by the man and his mother, the High Court
was told yesterday. Moyra Bremner, a writer, said she was 'horrified' to
return from a holiday to India in 1989 and hear that her daughter,
Siobhan, then aged 26, who had become pregnant by Austen Ivereigh, had
gone through with the abortion.
'New springtime' update
Irish directory shows Ireland heading toward major priest shortage
Correction: Ireland already has a severe priest shortage; what it's
heading toward is a
Caught in another heresy
Benedict XVI: Catholics in communion with Lutherans
See entry for February 27th. (If
the link has been changed when you read this, it will be necessary to
the week in question either at
Some of the Recent Feature Articles
The Heresy of the Week Archive
for those from years back.)
Kasper to participate in anniversary of Lutheran school of theology
Fostering 'ethical and religious values'…yeah, right
'Jesuit' University to host obscene rapper Ludacris
"A Jesuit University has invited the rapper Ludacris to perform at a
campus concert, despite the rapper's very obscene, violent and sexually
explicit lyrics.…Fairfield University in Connecticut, which claims to
foster 'ethical and religious values and a sense of social
responsibility' in its mission statement, invited Ludacris to perform a
concert on February 15. The university promised $85,500 to bring
Ludacris to campus, despite the fact that the university has an official
concert budget of only $33,000."
Can anyone seriously maintain that Fairfield University a Catholic
institution of higher learning in anything but name? Quite plainly, for
parents to knowingly send their children to a school that throws its
students into harm's way like this (not to mention the myriad
heresies and other errors they teach while misappropriating the name
Catholic) are necessarily committing mortal sin.
'New springtime' update
Religion in America poll: Novus Ordo sect suffers most defections
"While those Americans who are unaffiliated with any particular religion
have seen the greatest growth in numbers as a result of changes in
affiliation, Catholicism has experienced the greatest net losses as a
result of affiliation changes. While nearly one-in-three Americans (31%)
were raised in the Catholic faith, today fewer than one-in-four (24%)
describe themselves as Catholic. These losses would have been even more
pronounced were it not for the offsetting impact of immigration.…"
One in ten, three out of ten
Ever wonder what is behind the fanatical support of the U.S.
"bishops" for the invasion of illegal aliens into the country? Wonder no
more. Gullible replacements are needed to help replenish the collection
baskets made bare through graft, child abuse payouts and the
Colorado faithful grieve over church
"For more than 50 years, Lucy Martinez has been a faithful parishioner
at Bessemer's Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church. 'All five of
my kids made their First Communion and were confirmed there,' she
said.…In five weeks, Martinez and hundreds of other parishioners of
Assumption and nearby St. Patrick's Church (photo, left, in better
times) will be forced to leave their longtime parishes - where
many have worshipped for decades - when the Diocese of Pueblo closes
their doors for good on March 30."
Catholic diocese to close two parishes in Pueblo
It's easy to sympathize at a certain level with these people (who
number so many), but when we read of someone like Lucy Martinez, who
started attending church there in 1957when Pope Pius XII still reigned,
we need to recall that she was a young mother at the time, so she
clearly knew what worship and Catholic life was like well before all of
the destructive changes of the ensuing decades. Yet she
those changes, and apparently
still embraces them. While like
many Catholics, she quite possibly was lulled to accept them through the
gradualism with which they were introduced in the early-to-mid-1960s
(and to a degree before 1960), later to be crystallized in Vatican II
revolution and Bugnini/Montini's liturgical monster, the "new Mass."
Perhaps Our Lady of the Assumption was one of the more "conservative"
churches, so she didn't have a steady stream of "abuses" to suffer, but
"non-abuses" of a "mainstream, middle of the road" church are
still quite significant. They could include (but not limited to): the
"table," no tabernacle, no altar rail, no ladies' head coverings, casual
dress, throwaway missalettes instead of missals, elimination of Rosaries
and other traditional devotions, the Sacred Heart being replaced with
representations of Sr. Faustina's Divine Mercy devotion, crucifixes
and/or statues removed (and perhaps destroyed), these being replaced
with largely undecipherable modernistic "art," pop music replacing
chant, polyphony and other appropriate hymns, lay lectors, pastors
giving insipid (at best) "homilies" and promoting questionable causes,
communion received in hand, communion received standing, communion
received from an "extraordinary
eucharistic minister, etc.…not to mention, of course, the biggest
"non-abuse" of them all—the Novus Ordo Missae itself. Anyone of these
examples taken alone should be a red flag and a few going simultaneously
a real cause for concern. But when they're taken en mass, and the
irreverence becomes pervasive, then the only thing left for a Catholic
who values his or her Faith to do is rise up from the pew and dragging
the family along, and head for the closest exit. And like Lot and his
daughters leaving Sodom,
they must leave and not look back at the
destruction. And so Lucy Martinez and others in her situation need
to think and act. Church closings are but more of the rotten fruit
produced by the counterfeit church. Just like the seemingly never ending
string of sex abuse scandals, wreckovations, ecumenical get-togethers,
dying religious orders, heresies, malfeasances and so forth, each church
closing is another bright neon sign with twenty-foot-high flashing
letters that spell out: "WE'RE NOT CATHOLIC!" The time is long overdue
that the Lucy Martinezes of the world to stop the whining, wipe away
their tears, abandon the sinking ship and see that such crises ought to
be considered as wakeup calls, opportunities to return to the Catholic
traditions in which they once took part. The bottom line is that
everywhere we turn we see the same thing taking place around the world:
The counterfeit conciliar church is dying and it's dying because as
an imposture it does not have the divine grace granted to the true
Catholic Church, which down the centuries has enabled her to overcome
the failings of her members and ever rebuild herself and replenish her
children. For it is only to the Catholic Church that Christ has
promised through His Apostle:
Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell
shall not prevail against it."
While flunking their own liturgical
Rebel Catholics say Vatican caved on Latin prayer
"The Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), which was expelled from the Church
in 1988, denounced the change in a Good Friday prayer that it said was
one of the oldest in Christianity, dating back to the third century."
no, the change made by Benedict XVI was most emphatically
not to a prayer dating from the third century, but to a
revised version of it appearing in the adulterated 1962
Niederauer is going to be
Church welcomes British 'gay pride parade'
But we're paranoid to think the North American Union on the way?
N. American Army created without okay by Congress—US
and Canada ink deal
"In a ceremony that received virtually no attention in the American
media, the United States and Canada signed a military agreement Feb. 14
allowing the armed forces from one nation to support the armed forces of
the other nation during a domestic civil emergency, even one that does
not involve a cross-border crisis."
Still need time to think about it (too bad threatened unborn don't have
'Human life' amendment tabled in Georgia, thanks in part to NRL,
"Chairman Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, advised House members to
simply put down the broad-reaching legislation. He said it could tie
legislators’ hands in the future when deciding specific issues ranging
from fertility counseling to birth control to medical treatments. 'I am
concerned about a culture of death, but we’re best off giving the
Legislature flexibility to work through these thorny issues,' Rep.
Lindsey said. 'More thought is needed.' He pointed out that abortion
opponents such as the National Right to Life organization and Georgia’s
two Catholic bishops have come out against the proposed amendment
because they don’t think it offers a viable way to challenge Roe v.
Wade. That Supreme Court precedent would need to be overturned to ban
abortion in any state.
Wanted: pro-life integrity
The Legacy of Judas: National Right to
Life's betrayal of the unborn
Source: Vatican has long known married men
already getting ordained there
Brazilian presiders ask Benedict XII to waive celibacy requirement
priests have spoken directly to Pope Benedict XVI to ask him for a
revision of the canonical law obliging celibacy for those carrying out
priestly functions. The decision appeared in the final document of the
12th National Meeting of Priests, which ended on Tuesday in the Itaici
monastery in the Indaiatuba municipality (in the state of Sao Paulo)."
An evil compounded
"Emma Beck hung herself in Helston, Cornwall after aborting twins. Her
note read: 'I should never have had an abortion. I see now I would have
been a good mum. I told everyone I didn't want to do it, even at the
hospital. I was frightened, now it is too late. I died when my babies
died. I want to be with my babies: they need me, no-one else does.'"
'Lavender Mafia' victim?
Remembering Father Kunz
"On March 4, it will be ten years since the murder of Father Alfred
Kunz. The case remains unsolved."
Guess that sort of think didn't end with JP2
Indigenous women to share WYD stage with
"An Indigenous women's singing group from Tiwi Island will be making the
exciting journey to Sydney to sing for the Pope during World Youth Day."
text of Fr. Fahey's study now online
The Kingship of Christ and the Conversion of the Jewish Nation
"The annual celebration of the Feast of
Christ the King is meant to lead men 'to reflect on the Last Judgment,
in which Christ, who has been cast out of public life, despised,
neglected and ignored, will severely avenge such insults.' Our Lord
Jesus Christ came down to proclaim His Father’s program for the
restoration of ordered life in the world and died proclaiming it. After
Pope Pius IX in the Syllabus had catalogued modern errors against the
order of society demanded by the infinite dignity of the Life of
Sanctifying Grace, restored through the foundation of the Mystical Body
on Calvary, Popes Leo XIII, Pius X, Benedict XV, Pius XI and Pius XII
have set forth in their Encyclicals the Positive program for order
enjoined upon us by Christ Our Head, Priest and King. In this series of
books I am endeavoring to make known that positive program to as many as
possible, so that they may have a thorough knowledge of the order of the
world they should stand for as members of Christ. The series is placed
under the patronage of St. Joan of Arc. At the beatification of that
lovely saint in 1908, Blessed Pius X sadly reminded members of Christ
that: 'All the strength of Satan’s reign is due to the easy-going
weakness of Catholics.'”
Quas Primas (Encyclical on the
Kingship of Jesus Christ of
Pope Pius XI [December 11, 1925]
About the author of The Kingship of Christ & the Conversion of the
Fr. Denis Fahey, C.S.Sp.
'understanding' and 'community building'
'Catholic' University announces
"The University of Portland, run by the Holy Cross Fathers, has
recognized a club that seeks to build community and
understanding between students who are heterosexual and those
with a homosexual orientation."
Stealth priestess sighting in Austria
Still in good standing with 'Pope'
Head of German 'bishops' stirs controversy with comments
"Barely a week since taking office, the head
of the German Catholic Church, Robert Zollitsch, has raised eyebrows
with comments that clerical celibacy is not 'theologically necessary.'"
Niederauer's haunt lives again in infamy
Notorious SF church holds award ceremony for gays
"A 'coalition of eight leather- and motorcycle-oriented clubs in the
South-of-Market Area gay and lesbian community' held its annual
community awards Feb. 16 at Most Holy Redeemer parish’s Ellard Hall in
the Castro District of San Francisco. Most Holy Redeemer is well known
as a 'gay-friendly' Catholic parish."
They would have to kill preborn babies or make referrals
NY legislation would force abortion on religious
"Under legislation sitting in the New York Assembly, religious hospitals
and social service agencies in the state would be required to perform
abortions or refer women to an abortionist."
to deceive the elect?
'Pope' Benedict XVI changes Good Friday prayer to
"Pope Benedict XVI has changed a traditional Good Friday
prayer which called for the conversion of Jews by removing references to
the 'blindness' in their hearts. In recent years, only the traditional
Latin mass has used the Good Friday prayer. Members of both the Jewish
and Catholic communities have already condemned the alteration.
"The new translation of the Good Friday prayer has removed mention of
'blindness,' a 'veil' or 'darkness' in reference to those of the Jewish
"After the publication of the Motu, which
re-introduced the pre-Conciliation Mass, many in the Hebrew world were
concerned. The Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, and spiritual guides of the
Sephardic and Aschenazi communities wrote to Pope Benedict XVI to ask
that the Good Friday prayer be altered."
An unofficial translation of the changed prayer
written by Benedict XVI to replace the version in the 1962 Missal:
Let us pray, and also for the Jews.
May our God and Lord enlighten their hearts, so that they may
acknowledge Jesus Christ, savior of all men.
Let us pray.
Let us kneel.
Almighty and everlasting God, who desirest that all men be saved and
come to the knowledge of truth, mercifully grant that, as the
fullness of the Gentiles enters into Thy Church, all Israel may be
saved. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Besides removing divinely-inspired words of
scripture to describe the rejection by the Jews of their Messiah, "Pope"
Ratzinger has done very little to the prayer in terms of achieving any
appeasement, were that his principal aim. The problem lies squarely
language that petitions God that He "enlighten [Jewish] hearts, so they
may acknowledge Jesus Christ…," which implies that the Jews suffer from
darkened heart, something that was a bone of contention in the
first place, and that they should be converted to Christ. For some Jews,
this is made to out to be an insult, even tantamount to anti-Semitism.
For example, Abraham Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League, called
the revision "troubling"
and a potential stumbling block to improved relations between Jews and
Modernist Rome. Of course, a
real pope wouldn't allow
dictate to him
how the prayers of the Church are to be worded—the
very thought of such a thing would at once be absurd and a betrayal of
Christ. According to John L. Allen Jr., writing for the National
Catholic Reporter, there are some liturgists who believe Ratzinger took
such a step to send a message to tradition
As The New York Times noted, some
Catholic traditionalists are disturbed - if not by the content of
the new prayer itself, then by the precedent that the old Mass can
be bowdlerized in response to external pressure. (Some liturgical
experts, by the way, think this may be the lasting significance of
the pope's decision. As one put it to me this week, "It shows that
the '62 missal can be reformed, that it's not inviolable or frozen
in time.") (Synod
of Bishops on the Bible already causing ferment; Good Friday prayer
revised) In other words, such
a move can have a
radicalizing effect on the faithful, which
we maintain was the intention.)
But for Traditional Catholics there are
equally disturbing aspects to this new prayer. Firstly, there's the
phrase, "savior of all men," which can easily be read as an affirmation
of the universal salvation error. And this is obviously a very serious
concern. Yet there is still something that may in a sense be more
dangerous than any point raised so far, and that is the fact that the
revision was made in the first place, because it is a move that targets
no one but those who use the 1962 Missal. Here's where Ratzinger the
Modernist emerges with all his deviousness, because here, just over six
months from the day he issued the "motu proprio"
the document allegedly "liberating the Traditional Latin Mass," he's
made the first bold move to restricting that Missal, or rather
refashioning it a way that will lead to a melding of the 1962 liturgy
with the Novus Ordo Missae. He did this with a rather obvious
slight-of-hand that nevertheless very few observers seem to have picked
up on: A peculiar stipulation of the motu is that any priest who wishes
to offer the Mass from the 1962 Missal may do so throughout the year
with the exception of the Holy Triduum, for which he must say the 1970
"Mass"; now, of course Holy Triduum
includes Good Friday, which
means the Prayer for the Jews from '62 Missal
isn't even going to be
prayed at all! As we've already
shown quite conclusively, back in July
Benedict had stated quite clearly that the 1962 Missal
altered with prayers and feast days from the "new Mass." So, this
modified Good Friday prayer can be seen as something of a trial balloon,
to see who is credulous enough to buy into the fraud. (He already has a
taker, or rather a group of them, as can be seen
It is time for Catholics to see through this deceit, and realize
that it's only a lure for their own destruction.
'New springtime' update
Steep drop in numbers at Polish seminaries
"The bishop in charge of recruitment for Poland's Roman Catholic clergy
says he does not believe recent scandals are to blame for a sharp fall
in vocations, after the church noted a 24 percent reduction in
admissions to the country's 84 Catholic seminaries."
Alas, more pedophile crimes in the shadows
Irish 'cardinal' withdraws legal challenge on documents
"Former archbishop of Dublin Cardinal Desmond Connell, has withdrawn an
attempt to stop documents handed over by his successor from being
considered by the Government's inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse
in the Dublin Archdiocese."
Gynecologists push for
In one year 66 babies survive abortions in UK and are
left to die
"A government report in the UK has revealed that babies who survive
abortions are refused medical treatment and often left to die. According
to Lifesite News, at least 66 infants survived abortions in one year
alone. Thirty-three of the survivors lived for an hour while one
struggled for life for 10 hours."
Miter against miter
VT 'bishop': Indiana 'diocese' partially responsible in molestation
"Vermont's Roman Catholic bishop considered suing an
Indiana Roman Catholic diocese to make it pay part of a court settlement
in a priest molestation case in Vermont. Bishop Salvatore Matano said
that the Indiana church withheld information about the priest when he
was hired in Vermont and therefore should pay some of the $965,000
With the blessing of the USCCB!
Novus Ordo groups fund projects with hardcore pornography
"Five hundred years ago the Catholic Church was laid low for selling
indulgences. Six years ago the Church was rocked by news of bishops
covering up the sexual misdeeds of their fellow priests. Today hundreds
of Catholic groups -- dioceses, archdioceses, and religious orders --
help fund their work through the sale of sex. Not sex per se, but the
graphic depiction of sex found in hardcore pornography. Yes, the
seamiest and steamiest hardcore porn films are brought into our living
rooms and hotel rooms everyday through the investments of a veritable
who's who of Catholic religious groups."
of Communism' update
Moscow warns of a 'looming war of civilizations'
"Moscow is warning that U.S. 'attempts to dictate its rules and laws to
others" has led to a 'looming war of civilizations.' America's emphasis
on human rights must be balanced by 'the rights of peoples, countries,
and historical religious, cultural, or other [identities],' according to
Moscow. The statements were made on the Voice of Russia World Service,
an official broadcasting service of the Russian Federation."
Self-deception and the train from China
Olympians forced to sign contract
prohibiting criticism of Red China
Novus Ordo Watch Special Report:
Exposing the "Communism is Dead" Myth
Ferrara contra Ferrara
"That is amazing insight into the methods of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope
Benedict XVI--that he tears down even as he creates the appearance of
building up. What has changed since 2005 when Christopher Ferrara wrote
those words and now? Ratzinger's phony conservatism? H---, no. But
something has changed in Ferrara's thinking. Witness the amazing
transmutation--as Ferrara is transformed from the prosecuting lawyer in
2005 to the defense lawyer in 2008, watch how the image of the same
Joseph Ratzinger is transformed accordingly.…"
This photo was taken during an indult "Mass"
in a Salt Lake City church. Novus Ordo chasuble, Novus Ordo
table, in a Novus Ordo church, with no doubt Novus Ordo hosts! (The word
Mass is qualified here because of the possibly doubtful validity
of the celebrant.)
Village of the damned?
Novus Ordo officials plan 'exorcism center' in Poland
"A retreat center that some have billed as Europe’s only center
dedicated to performing exorcisms is being planned to be built in a
village in the northwest of Poland, the Washington Post reports. Father
Andrzej Trojanowski, the priest leading the project, says he plans to
build a 'spiritual oasis.'”
'Catholic' author urges Muslims to return to their roots
"Retrieval and development, rather than rupture and revolution: Is this
a model that might be attractive to serious Muslims who want to do
something positive to resolve the intra-Islamic civil war that has
spilled out from the House of Islam and now affects all world politics –
most lethally, through jihadist terrorism?"
'New springtime' update
Conciliar religious orders suffer sharp decline
"The number of Catholic religious belonging to Orders has dramatically
dropped bringing the total number to under one million. The BBC reports
recent statistics show a drop of 10 percent between 2005 and 2006."
are we to think of these troubling remarks?!
Cardinal Ottaviani praises the UN and a Universal
"It is necessary to make the decisions of established international
organs—such as the International Court of Justice in The Hague
[Netherlands] and the United Nations—more
binding in order to resolve international controversies.…The Council
should express the desire that all the nations of the world participate
in a single Universal Republic, which transcends the individual
characteristics of nations, so that the peace of Christ in the reign of
Christ will become a reality."
For the second week in a row, the Tradition in Action [TIA] website has
used its "Progressivist Document of the Week" section to present
disturbing statements from
Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani, a prelate
generally viewed as a hero by traditional Catholics, especially for his
courageous condemnation of the "new Mass." In those rather vague
comments, Ottaviani voiced reluctant acceptance of Vatican II "reforms"
and a commitment to the "new laws," but the above linked quotes are far
more problematic, since he is urging more power for groups that included
Communists and other anti-Catholics, so the world government he's
advocating necessarily does not recognize the social kingship of Christ,
and that in the case of many member nations strongly oppose it. So it
isn't a new Holy Rome Empire being proposed, comprised of Catholic
nations, however much he may have ardently hoped that it would become
that; instead, we're talking about a body that had a distinctly
direction. The Catholic voice there was almost nil, even at the
Considering that the above-cited section
routinely exposes the agenda of "Progressivists" (that is,
the council, we expressed
our surprise and
concern that Cardinal Ottaviani would suddenly be a target.
Now, we feel obliged to do so again, though this time, the cardinal does
not get off so lightly in our minds. It is a fact that the conciliar "popes"
to legitimize the drive for world government and even to an extent merge
the Vatican and other captive Catholic institutions into it. John XXIII
warmly praised the United Nations in 1963 with
Pacem in Terris, which was two years
after he ignored a
"plea to the moral conscience of the world" to denounce horrendous
atrocities that were being committed by U.N. "peacekeeping" forces in
the Congo. Paul VI took this a step further by addressing delegates at
U.N. headquarters, where he spoke of the organization as "the
world's greatest hope." The late Fr. Francis
Fenton, one of the great figures in the traditional movement, once
responded to this quote by saying that
the Catholic Church was
the great hope of humanity! (John Paul II would later
visit the United Nations
himself, and up the ante by using the buzz phrase for world government
when he called for
a new world order based on the principles of the United Nations.)
Given this backdrop, particularly in light of the shady personages
behind the founding of the organization, not to mention the butchery of
perpetrated by the U.N. in the Congo, crimes against humanity which
occurred a year before the beginning of Vatican II, it's difficult to
fathom how Cardinal Ottaviani could have thrown his support behind such
an group. While not seeking to totally exonerate him, a few things need
to be kept in mind to give a balanced view of the matter. It should
first be recalled that Ottaviani, who was born in Rome in 1890, as an
adult witnessed firsthand the bloodshed of the two most horrible wars in
history. In particular, he lived through the advent of "terror bombings"
used by both the Allied and Axis forces in World War II, culminating in
the atomic devastation visited upon Japan at the war's end. Pope Pius
XII condemned such conduct as opposed to what is required for a just
As a consequence many, including Pius himself, embraced the idea of an
international organization that would devote itself to preserving peace
among nations. It should be remembered in this context, however, that at
the time the U.N. had not shown its true colors as it would during John
XXIII's disastrous reign. (Though it is also true that some in the know
had already begun warning about the group.) It is well known that
Cardinal Ottaviani was committed to advancing what Pius XII had taught
about just war and how waging such a war has become more and more
difficult with technological advances (see his article linked below),
and he made such an impassioned plea at the Council. His promotion of
the U.N. surely was based on this, as is clear from what Tradition in
Still, in addition to the history of the United Nations noted above,
there is that disturbing quote from Pope Benedict XV
in 1920 that bears an even more ominous
profile in our time:
a Universal Republic, which is longed for by all
the worst elements of disorder, and confidently expected by them, is
an idea which is now ripe for execution. From this republic,
based on the principles of absolute equality of men and community of
would be banished all national distinctions, nor
in it would the authority of the father over his children, or of the
public power over the citizens, or of God over human society, be any
longer acknowledged. If these ideas are put into practice, there
will inevitably follow a reign of unheard-of terror.
(Emphasis added. Curiously, the motu proprio in which this passage
Bonum Sane, is conspicuous in its by its absence on
the Vatican's presumably "complete" list of that pontiff's motu
Now, compare this to Ottaviani's advocacy at
Vatican II of an international government, where "all the nations of the
world participate in
a single Universal Republic, which
transcends the individual characteristics of nations (emphasis
added) …." This is certainly a much more difficult thing to excuse than
the rest, especially as he uses nearly the precise terminology that
Benedict XV employed in condemning something profoundly evil. And, too,
it is a secular, non-Catholic world government about which is being
spoken. While Cardinal Ottaviani may well have meant something more
benign, as we suggested at the start, the use of "Universal Republic"
continues to be troubling and something that bears further scrutiny.
Cardinal Ottaviani on
The future of offensive war
Niederauer's boys back in action
S.F. sodomite-friendly church rents hall to
"gay" bridge club
"In October 2006, the Archdiocese of San Francisco ordered
“gay-friendly” Most Holy Redeemer parish to stop leasing its parish hall
to the infamous Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for their monthly bingo
games. But it didn’t take long for the parish to find a replacement,
according to the
Bay Area Reporter."
You can't make this stuff up!
Cigarette sin: A social justice issue
Sure. It ranks right up there with "homophobia," triumphalism and
rainforest deforestation as a very big no-no in the Novus Ordo sect,
don't you know!
2008 Dr. Frankenstein Award winner
Three parents produce one embryo
"Human embryos with three parents have been created by British
scientists. In a world first procedure, IVF embryos each containing DNA
from one man and two women were produced as part of a medical research
project on serious inheritable diseases by a team at Newcastle
More rotten fruit of Vatican II
Spain turning its back on Catholic past
"A generation ago, traditional families were sacred in Spain. Gen.
Francisco Franco liked them big and Catholic, and gave hefty cash prizes
to parents with the most copious broods. These days, a civics course in
Spain's public schools teaches that modern families can be quite
different - single parents with kids, or same-sex couples raising
'Brokeback' Harry Forbes is at
USCCB's Ebert-wannabe gives thumbs up for
more immoral films
"Harry Forbes, the Director of the USCCB Office for Film and
Broadcasting, who provoked disbelief from U.S. Catholics when he praised
Brokeback Mountain and the explicitly anti-Catholic
Golden Compass, has again endorsed movies rife with explicit
sexuality and extreme violence, this time in the USCCB's just released
yearly top-10 movie listing."
'Apostolic administrator' for Shreveport
presides over Mardi Gras festivities
"Monsignor" Earl Provenza is dressed in a way that would make him feel
right at home visiting Germany's "Cardinals"
Immodest attire shown in some of the photos.)
Implementing Ratzinger's stratagem
Modernist Rome's 'curia' wakes up and
strikes three blows
Thanks to a few carefully chosen changes in the Vatican offices,
Benedict XVI is getting what he wants. The proof is in three recent
decisions by officials for the clergy, the causes of saints, and the
As with the motu
are grand, seemingly Tradition-oriented gestures designed to disarm the
Hasidic Jew Buber a preferred author; St. Thomas deemed 'impersonal'!
The Memories of a Destructive Mind: Joseph 'Cardinal' Ratzinger's
"The cultural interests pursued at the seminary of Freising were joined
to the study of a theology infected by existentialism, beginning with
the writings of Romano Guardini. Among the authors preferred by
Ratzinger was the Jewish philosopher
Martin Buber. Ratzinger loved
St. Augustine, but never St. Thomas Aquinas: 'By contrast, I had
difficulties in penetrating the thought of Thomas Aquinas, whose
crystal-clear logic seemed to be too closed in on itself, too impersonal
and ready-made.' This aversion was mainly due to the professor of
philosophy at the seminary, who 'presented us with a rigid,
neo-scholastic Thomism that was simply too far afield from my own
"According to Cardinal Ratzinger, whose current
opinions appear unchanged from those he held as a seminarian, the
thought of Aquinas was 'too closed in on itself, too impersonal and
ready-made,' and was unable to respond to the personal questions of the
faithful. This opinion is enunciated by a prince of the Church whose
function it is to safeguard the purity of the doctrine of the Faith!
"Why, then, should anyone be surprised at the current disastrous crisis
of Catholicism, or seek to attribute it to the world, when those who
should be the defenders of the Faith, and hence of genuine Catholic
thought, are like sewers drinking in the filth, or like gardeners who
cut down a tree they are supposed to be nurturing? What can it mean to
stigmatize St. Thomas as having a 'too impersonal and ready-made' logic?
Is logic 'personal?' These assertions reveal, in the person who makes
them, a typically Protestant, pietist attitude, like that found in those
who seek the rule of faith in personal interior sentiment."
Part II: The Memories of a Destructive Mind: Joseph 'Cardinal'
'Pope' rewrites prayer following Jewish protest
The above two-part article appeared in the "Si si no no" section of
the March and May 1999 issues of
The Angelus, a magazine closely
associated with the Society of St. Pius X in the United States. It
Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977, a book consists of
interviews made by in 1996 when "Cardinal" Ratzinger was serving as the
head of the Novus Ordo Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under
John Paul II.
In the article one finds a good deal of information damning to the
reputation Benedict XII has acquired undeservedly in some circles as a
friend of tradition, who is determined to turn back the agents of
revolution that have held captive the outer structures of the Catholic
Church since Vatican II. Truly, in "Memories of a Destructive Mind" it
becomes evident that Ratzinger himself was one of the destructive
agents, and he was regarded as such long before the convening of the
Council in 1962.
Discussing his student days at Freising, the article goes into a major
red flag concerning his orthodoxy, namely his doctoral dissertation in
What especially interests us is the reason for the
opposition he encountered from the competent professor,
Professor Michael Schmaus. The work by Ratzinger on the concept of
revelation as it occurs in the works of
St. Bonaventure and the interpretation of this concept were accused
of being unfaithful to the texts as well as manifesting 'a dangerous
modernism that had to lead to the subjectivization
of the concept of revelation.' The charge was serious: the
subjectivist concept of revelation was typical of modernists.
Effectively, Joseph Ratzinger was being accused of having heretical
Holy See under Pope Pius XII undoubtedly received word of Ratzinger's
unorthodox views and duly noted them, for when Paul VI tabbed him for a
position on a post-conciliar theological commission, the following was
revealed about him:
German, age 45, dogmatic theology, ecumenism; previously suspect [of
heresy] by the Holy Office; member of the Faith and Ecumenism
Commission; outstanding work (sic) in collaboration with Karl
Primacy and Episcopate. (See
Fr. Ratzinger was under suspicion of
heresy by the Holy Office)
The Rahner connection involved the Modernist takeover
of the Second Vatican Council, in which Ratzinger was a key figure as
peritus attached to the liberal Josef Cardinal Frings of
O Estado de Sao Paulo - What are the more
significant differences between the Ratzinger of Vatican II and the
Ratzinger of today? Who changed more: you or the Church?
'Cardinal' Ratzinger – I do not see a real, profound
difference between my work at Vatican Council II and my present day
work. While preparing this course for Bishops, I went to review a
course of ecclesiology that I taught for the first time in 1956.
Naturally, I found elements that needed to be updated. But as for
the fundamental vision, I found a profound similarity. What I
proposed to the Bishops in Rio de Janeiro (in this trip) was the
same fundamental vision that I set out (then). (See
Card. Ratzinger: There is no
difference between my work at Vatican II and now)
In the second part of "Memories of a Destructive Mind"
it is revealed that "Cardinal" Ratzinger in no way repudiated the
Vatican II, as has been claimed by some of his neo-traditional
apologists, nor did he renounce any of his unorthodox views, as is also
evident in the above quote. Leftist "Cardinal" Leo Suenens, echoing
comments of Freemasons (into whose ranks he was said to have
on June 15, 1967), approvingly
declared that "Vatican II is the French Revolution of the Church," a
opinion elaborated on by "Si si no no" in relation to Modernist factions
led by Küng and Ratzinger at the council:
Some commentators have compared the Second Vatican
Council to the Estates General of the French Revolution. Developing
the analogy, one might say that Cardinal Ratzinger is a Girondist.
The members of that faction were certainly more politically moderate
than were the Jacobins, and especially their left wing (to which, in
theology, we could compare the Küngs, Drewermanns, etc.), but they
were no less revolutionary. They wanted to accomplish the same
objectives, only in a more gradual, pragmatic manner. Their vision
of the world, though, was identical: human reason exalted and placed
in the center of the universe, democracy, bourgeois individualism;
identical, too, was their hatred of Christianity, their desire to
confiscate the goods of the Church, etc.
other words, Ratzinger has every been as much the revolutionary as Küng,
but less overtly so, which is why he has been able to deceive so many
more people. It was our awareness of this deception that caused us to
warn Catholics immediately after his election as head of the Novus Ordo
"What to Expect
of Benedict XVI") The idea that people
believing themselves to be conservative, even
Catholics are actually looking at this man as some savior of Tradition,
despite the many, many "papal" proofs of his continuing zealous pursuit
of Modernist goals (to name a few: attending service in a Cologne
synagogue, praying in a Turkish mosque like a Muslim, failing to
discipline—severely or otherwise—openly
pro-homosexual San Francisco "Archbishop" George Niederauer (Benedict
own appointment), for having over the past year: a)
supported sodomite adoptions through a Novus Ordo charity, b) allowed
BBC-TV to broadcast worldwide a "gay Mass," c) permitted homophilic Most
Holy Redeemer Church to host transvestite activities, and 4) given
communion to members of the blasphemous transvestite troupe, Sisters of
Perpetual Indulgence, while they were dressed in costumes openly mocking
traditional Catholic nuns), is extremely distressing.
What such false hope entails is deception on Ratzinger's part, yes, but
much more disturbing, a fundamental loss of any sense of discernment on
the part of these people as to what it means to profess and defend the
Catholic Faith. And the genesis of such confusion is the revolutionary
and unorthodox reshaping of every aspect of what it means to be Catholic
that followed the council. This significant destruction of Catholicism
can be laid at the doorstep of Ratzinger and other Modernist
who dominated Vatican II. Benedict XVI's refusal to acknowledge any
wrongdoing (rather, an admission that he hasn't changed his "vision"
from those days) or harm that came out of it clearly shows him to be the
same revolutionary with the same destructive mind. For those who feel
themselves being drawn in by the motu proprio on the 1962 Missal and
other seeming traditional gestures of his, we reiterate our warning:
Do not be deceived, this man is
not a friend to you or to other any Catholic worthy of the name!
Let's see, where's the recipe section?
Vatican paper goes 'mod' with color photos, more articles by women
"It may not seem like much of a publishing upheaval, but the Vatican
newspaper's switch to color pictures is part of a quiet media revolution
for the conservative institution.…Other changes include more
articles by women - a specific request by the Pope - more international
cover, and a more reader-friendly layout and typeface."
A different sort of pro-life story
Unborn twins save mom's
life, kick loose deadly
"Like any thrilled mother to be, Michelle Stepney
cherished the first kicks she could feel from her unborn babies. But her
lively twin girls were doing more than simply making their presence
felt. Each little kick was saving their mother's life."
Broken vows across the board
Husband slams love-cheat 'priest'
"A love rat monsignor advised a husband to leave his wife - then bought
a house with her. Shamed priest Joseph Creegan acted as a marriage
counselor for Graham and Anne Odgen. Graham claims the senior Catholic,
sacked after an 18-year affair with another married woman, told him to
Ecclesia Dei, contradicts Hoyos
on 'canonical status'
Polish 'Bishop' warns against expansion of the SSPX
"On Sunday, January 13, Archbishop
of Gdansk, had a pastoral letter concerning the SSPX read in all the
parishes of his diocese. It reads : 'The Society is a schismatic group
which does not recognize the pope nor the council. This group has opened
a chapel and is inviting the faithful to join them under the pretext of
pre-conciliar liturgy.…This schismatic group is trying to spread in
Poland.…Those who join them are excommunicated.'”
NOW Comments: Goclowski's remarks are at odds with those of
"Cardinal" Dario Hoyos, who in recent years has claimed that the group
formally in schism from the counterfeit church. However,
Hoyos' position is itself at variance with the clear language of John
Paul II's 1988 "apostolic letter"
Ecclesia Dei, which spoke of
the "schismatic act" of the SSPX's Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in the
consecration of four bishops as the reason for his excommunication and
the letter clearly stated that those priests and laity who continued to
adhere to him would also fall into the schism.
Founder of 'conservative' Legionaries of Christ
Controversial religious leader Maciel dies at 87
"The Rev. Marcial Maciel Degollado, the charismatic founder of the
religious order Legionaries of Christ, who was disgraced toward the end
of his life by Vatican censure over sexual abuse accusations dating from
the 1950s, is dead at the age of 87. According to the Legionaries of
Christ, the powerful Mexican priest died Wednesday of natural causes in
the United States. His death was reported for the first time Thursday.
The Rome-based Legionaries has a presence in Connecticut: Its U.S.
headquarters is in Orange and it has operated a seminary in Cheshire."
really behind the Vatican II "reforms"
What has happened to the Catholic Church?
* "The sense of Universalism that is rampant in Rome these days, is very
close to our purpose for existence. With all our hearts we support the
revolution of John XXIII." (Yves Marsaudon, State Minister of the
Supreme Council of French secret societies) After the anti-pope's death,
Marsaudon wrote: "To the memory of John XXIII, who has designed to give
us (freemasons) his benediction, his understanding, and his protection."
"Death of Communism" update
Fetal Soup served in Chinese restaurants
"China has become a nation who without conscience aborts their own
future generations. And this is Satan's ultimate victory here. Is this
conscience loss regarding the transcendent dignity and inherent right of
human life to be blamed exclusively on atheistic Communism? Have not the
recent influences of Western morals of secular humanism, materialism,
hedonism, and ultimately unmitigated egoism, also contributed to this
Chinese terrorism of the womb? In any case, the combination amounts to
self-inflicted Chinese genocide, which so saddens the God that creates
and loves the ethnical uniqueness of China."
We must disagree with one of the author's suggestions here. Whatever
social ills have visited upon mainland China through Western influences,
a nation that by it's very own self-definition is militantly atheistic,
and which has a political system based upon dialectical materialism that
persecutes believers, runs over student protesters with tanks and
routinely performs forced abortions, certainly doesn't need any "help"
from us when it comes to destructive policies. Let's keep in mind that
after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, the dictator Vladimir
Lenin instituted the first laws legalizing abortion since pre-Christian
Rome, and Communist regimes the world round would follow suit, Red China
XVI's continuing rejection of Fatima
Another rebuff from the Russian schismatics
"The present Pope in particular has done all in his power to put aside
the Third Secret, to finish with the idea that Russia should be
converted, and to destroy Fatima as the symbol of restoration of the
Catholic Church. On the 90th anniversary of the October miracle at
Fatima, when the chastisement was announced by the Virgin and prefigured
by the sun spinning out of its orbit, he said not a word. For him,
Fatima is past history. To all appearances, for him, the future lies
with Vatican II ecumenism and the eventual implantation of the One-World
How is it possible the author of the words above not see the
inherent contradiction of referring to someone as "present Pope" who
seeks the "implementation of the One-World Religion," which is plainly
an act of apostasy? (Sure, one might argue that there is the
qualification "to all appearances" preceding talk of this anti-Church,
but then to be consistent one must also say that "to all appearances
Benedict XVI cannot be Pope and espouse such utterly un-Catholic
Confronting a politically-charged issue
Revisited: prison for women who procure abortions?
"I can understand why pro-lifers do not want to call for jail time for
women who have had abortions. I can see how such a call would severely
damage the prospects for anti-abortion legislation. But the truth is the
truth. This question of the 'mother's' guilt must be dealt with in the
philosophical and moral arena, even if it makes sense to keep it low key
in the political process."
'Post-Christian' forces show their fangs
Photographer persecuted for refusing services to same-sex
"The case of a Christian photographer who refused to photograph a
same-sex 'commitment ceremony,' was heard before the New Mexico Human
Rights Division on Monday. A same-sex couple asked Elaine Huguenin,
co-owner with her husband of Elane Photography, to photograph a
'commitment ceremony' that the two women wanted to hold. Huguenin
declined because her Christian beliefs are in conflict with the message
communicated by the ceremony."
Protestants back off remark by politician's aide
Church of Ireland: Pope 'is not the Anti-Christ'
"The Pope is not the Antichrist, the Church of Ireland has declared. In
a statement released on Jan 23, the Church of Ireland distanced itself
from comments made by an aide to Northern Ireland Enterprise Minister
Nigel Dodds. Mr Wallace Thompson, an advisor to the minister and
secretary of the Evangelical Protestant Society, told RTE radio he
opposed plans for a visit to Ulster by the Pope, who was a ‘man of sin
and son of perdition.’"
If the reference of "pope" here is to Benedict XVI specifically, and not
the position of Bishop of Rome in general, then we would say that while
The Antichrist, he is certainly following the same false
spirit, and as such certainly qualifies as small letter "a"
antichrist. We say this because while he poses as Vicar of Christ,
his words and deeds clearly mark him as an apostate.
Ah, is that in your
Once-Catholic Trinity University extols pro-abortion alumnae
"Despite its Catholic mission, Trinity University in Washington, D.C.,
continues to extol two of its pro-abortion alumnae, Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. Both public
officials identify themselves as Catholics, but reject Catholic teaching
on serious moral issues."
else was said?
Another take on Heath Ledger's death, Mel Gibson's reaction
"Traditional Catholic Producer-Director-Actor Mel Gibson, named 'The
Most Powerful Christian in Hollywood' by Beliefnet, told the press that
he lamented the untimely death on January 22, 2008, at age 28, of his
younger fellow Australian actor, Keith Ledger. Ledger had played
Gibson's son in 2000's
The Patriot, in which Gibson starred.
Gibson said that he had distanced himself from Ledger since 2005 when,
against Gibson's advice, Ledger chose to play a 'gay' cowboy in
Brokeback Mountain.…" (See complete item under February 1, 2008
entry at Traditio for
NOW Comments: Last month we carried news of the death of Ledger,
along with a strongly-worded commentary from an
external link. Those remarks drew a
connection between the actor's role in the scandalous film and the
circumstances of his early death, remarks that in all likelihood are not
without foundation. Unfortunately, the writer then makes what we believe
to be largely unwarranted attacks on Mel Gibson, implying that the
filmmaker approved of Ledger's appearance in the movie and indeed was
"all in favor" of his career, which the above shows is not the case
(possibly, the writer at Most Holy Family Monastery hadn't seen this
important information). In addition, Gibson is racked across the coals
for his supposed denial of the dogma, Outside the Church There is No
Salvation. Making such a blanket remark is inaccurate, because while
there are quotes from him that strongly deny the dogma, others strongly
support it (see Modernist Rev. Richard McBrien's attack in
Mel Gibson's Catholicism). The trouble is that it's difficult to
know which Mel to believe or what he believes; it's as though he tailors
his remarks to those around him. In this regard we're reminded of Gerry
Matatics, who also has been known to vacillate on the subject.
While there are nuances to the teaching
Ecclesiam nulla salus that must go into any discussion of the
subject, as the Church herself tells us, one cannot qualify the dogma to
death without doing a severe injustice to Truth.
Human Events: The Top 10 Most & Least Pro-Life States
Call Christian, Jewish dialogue mutually enriching
Dutch 'bishops' organize a day of Judaism
"On January 17, for the first time, the Dutch Bishops’
Conference organized a day of Judaism. Mgr. Adrianus Van Luyn, the
bishop of Rotterdam and president of the Bishops’ Conference since
January 8, 2008, declared : 'The commitment of Jesus as teacher, Prophet
and Savior can not be understood if one detaches Him from His Judaism.'"
Sodomites free to prowl on campus, receive benefits
Polish 'Catholic' university bars discrimination on sexual orientation
"The Catholic University of Lublin - where Pope John Paul II once taught
theology - has banned employment discrimination on the basis of sexual
orientation, the Polish newspaper
Nasz Dziennik reports."
Multiple heresies and errors expounded by the false pope Benedict XVI
Benedict XVI, Address to La Sapienza University
in Rome, January 17, 2008:
“... humanity’s wisdom –
the wisdom of the great religious traditions
– should be
valued as a heritage that cannot be cast with impunity into the dust-bin
of the history of ideas. Let us go back to our initial question.
The Pope speaks as the representative of
a community of believers in
which a particular wisdom about life has evolved in the course of the
centuries of its existence... Various
things said by
theologians in the course of history, or
practice by ecclesiastical authorities, have been shown by history to be
false, and today make us feel ashamed.” (Emphasis in the original)
This was posted as Most Holy Family Monastery's "Heresy of the Week"
for the week of January 30th, 2008, and is remarkable, first, in the
number of different statements against Church's magisterium Ratzinger is
able to squeeze into a single speech, and, second, the boldness with
which he brazenly approves a proposition
explicitly condemned as
Lamentabili by Pope St. Pius X (specifically, the
purported evolution of Church teaching—see
citation provided by Brother Michael Dimond in the above link). If the
link has been changed when you read this, look for
the week in question either at
Some of the Recent Feature Articles
The Heresy of the Week Archive
for those from years back.
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