another outrage perpetrated by Vienna's notorious Novus Ordo "Cardinal"
and close friend of "tradition's only friend" Benedict XVI,
Christoph Schönborn, who has already
visited upon that city such lamentable spectacles as the
"Youth Church" and its open-air rock "Mass" provocatively
titled "Topless" (warning:
in some of the photos) and for casting a blind eye on the
Sankt Polten seminary
pornography scandal. That someone like Hrdlicka, who in saner, holier
times would be locked away (if not put to death) for such "art" so
militantly contemptuous of the Son of God, is able to exhibit his
perverse mockeries in a gallery closely associated with the once-great
St. Stephen's Cathedral,
is a scandal of monumental proportions. Yet we expect nothing to happen,
no more peep of protest from Modernist Rome than there was for San
Francisco "Archbishop" George Niederauer giving communion to the twisted
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (who also spent Holy Week
openly mocking Christ's Passion).
What's sad (but predictable) is to see neo-Catholics urge action in the
form of contacting Schönborn and the museum's curator to voice disapproval, as
if that's going to do any good. Are they kidding? You don't seek
assistance in putting out a fire from the ones who set it!
'New springtime' update
Modernist Rome boasts: Islam now world's biggest faith
"Islam has overtaken Roman Catholicism as the biggest single religious
denomination in the world, according to new figures. In its
newly-released 2008 yearbook of statistics, the Vatican claims Muslims
now make up 19.2 per cent of the world's population with Catholics at
17.4 per cent."
Novus Ordo nonsense
Should John Paul II be known as 'The Great'?
"In many circles today, there is a debate taking place on whether or
not to attach the honorific of 'great' to Pope John Paul II. It goes
without saying that for now, any label given is strictly done so by
movement of a large body of the faithful. No official statement has
been made by the Church in this regard. Fr. Koterski of Fordham
University once noted: 'Something like that would take it to another
level…(referring to a statement by the Church) This title comes by
acclamation by the church. People are already using it. It now must
stand the test of time.'"
Reality Check: Occultists agree —
Paul the Great - Ascended Immortal Saints
(Here "Pope" Wojtyla is identified as
"the Great" on an occult, New Age website. His 1986 "many paths to
God" interreligious prayer meeting at Assisi mentioned approvingly,
and his supposed occult translation into the status of "ascended
master" is described in detail. For a better appreciation of how
"out there" that website is, check out the "Home" and "Book " pages.
In any case, this is pretty telling.
NOW Comments: Regarding the mania that would demand we call John Paul II "The
Great," a friend of this website
wittily noted: "Only if we add 'Apostate' after that."
From Christ or Chaos
A system based on lies produces liars
"The modern civil state is based upon the false, naturalistic assertion
that it is not necessary for men to submit themselves at all times and
without any exception whatsoever to the binding precepts of the Divine
Positive Law and the Natural Law as these have been entrusted to the
infallible teaching authority of the Catholic Church that Our Blessed
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ founded upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope.
In other words, men, whether acting individually or collectively with
others in the institutions of civil governance, to submit themselves to
the Deposit of Faith in all that pertains to the good of souls."
More rotten fruit of Vatican II
Parents vent fury at nuns over closure of prestigeous U.K. girls' school
Catholic nuns came under fire from angry
parents last night as their exorbitant financial demands on a top
private school were revealed.
It would have needed a billionaire like Bill Gates to save Newcastle
school La Sagesse from closure after the school’s founding order of nuns
trebled the rent to £100,000 a year."
Praying with heretics – Where is the Catholic resistance?
"How can the faithful in the pews realize
that Catholicism is the only true faith through which salvation comes
when our religious leaders – including the conciliar Popes – are
hobnobbing and praying with leaders of all the false religions?"
When Catholics should be standing up against such acts, some
publications like The Remnant are busy defending the Blue Mosque
"pope" as a defender of orthodoxy (sic).
From Eclipse of the Church Summorum Pontificum in perspective
"Had this motu proprio appeared 30 years ago, we too might have at least
considered the terms, but not now. Too much has happened since we first
realized that the Novus Ordo was not simply a translation of the Old
Mass, that it stood for something radically new, and that the catechism
being taught by the local parish authorities reflected the new trends.
Since then we have learned about the revision of other sacraments, too,
including that of Holy Orders. If this has been compromised, can we
really believe the Novus Ordo produces valid priests? Even if newly
trained in Latin and the proper rubrics, and armed with a 1962 Missal,
will they be qualified to say a real Mass, any more than an Anglican
minister? Or will the wide-eyed worshippers in the pews be assisting at
a carefully formulated sham? Let us recall what the late Fr. Carl
Pulvermacher predicted some time ago, that Rome would approve the
traditional Mass when there were no valid priests left to offer it."
'It's about protecting the children…'
Ohio protest against hiring of accused 'pedophile priest'
"A dozen protesters stood outside a
Price Hill Catholic church Sunday as parishioners inside discussed
whether a longtime member who faced a sexual misconduct scandal
years ago should become the parish's new priest.
The Rev. James Kiffmeyer, who applied for the position at Holy
Family Church, was placed on administrative leave for nearly five
years after the allegations surfaced. In 2006, the Vatican's
Congregation for Clergy found that Kiffmeyer should not be penalized
because his accusers waited too long to come forward with details
about his alleged misdeeds."
NOW Comments: Here we go again. More doubletalk from a master.
There are plenty of ways that bishops can interfere, and Hoyos knows it.
We covered this at some length in a
February study. In theory there are no barriers, but when one reads
between the lines they are there. The "bishop" is to decide what
constitutes a "stable group," as he is "the moderator of the liturgy in
his own Diocese," and everything is to be done "under guidance of the
bishop." Further, should any problem arise, "the local Ordinary will
always be able to intervene." (Of course, what happens when he thinks
that the problem is the Latin Mass itself!—LOL)
This is the very language of Benedict XVI in Summorum Pontificum
and its companion letter. As for the Society of St. Pius X, Hoyos
reiterates for the umpteenth time a fiction he's quite fond of, and that
is that it is only SSPX bishops who are "excommunicated" and not the
priests and religious. Now in the
the "Apostolic Letter" in which John Paul II declared those bishops thus
censured for a "schismatic act," writes something entirely different
from what Hoyos maintains:
In the present
circumstances I wish especially to make an appeal both solemn
and heartfelt, paternal and fraternal, to all those who until now
have been linked in various ways to the movement of Archbishop
Lefebvre, that they may fulfill the grave duty of remaining united
to the Vicar of Christ in the unity of the Catholic Church, and of
ceasing their support in any way for that movement. Everyone
should be aware that formal adherence to the schism is a grave
offence against God and carries the penalty of excommunication
decreed by the Church's law (emphasis added throughout).
On July 2 it will exactly 20
years since John Paul II issued Ecclesia Dei. Common sense tells
us that priests and laity who have formally adhered to the "schism" by
their continuing support of the SSPX during all those many years are
certainly "guilty of the crime" and subject to the penalty spelled out
above. Why does Hoyos insist on maintaining a patently false
interpretation? Could it be an attempt to force a wedge between SSPX
bishops and others associated with the group? It would indeed seem so.
refuse to believe him!
Gorbachev refutes rumor that he's a secret Christian
"Former Soviet leader Mikhail
Gorbachev made clear this past weekend that he is an atheist after
European news agencies last week claimed that he had confirmed his
Christian faith during a visit to the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi
NOW Comments: Were initial reports of Gorbachev's "new-found faith" based on a
calculated deception to test the gullibility of the West We certainly
believe that's a distinct possibility, given that his entire career has
been based on lies, as one would expect from a lifelong Marxist. But
there's more to it than merely suspicion based on his past: Reports
observed that he was seen kneeling alongside his daughter before St.
Francis' tomb for half-an-hour, hardly what one would expect from
a casual tourist. This was revealed by "Fr." Miroslavo Anuskevica, Novus Ordo
attached to the basilica, who not only claims to have seen this
remarkable scene play out before his very
eyes, but to have had Gorbachev speak to him about the impact of St.
Francis in his life. This story was perpetuated unquestioningly by any number of
Conciliar sources, not the least of which being the Modernist Rome
mouthpiece, Inside the Vatican, which on March 20th actually
reproduced alleged quotes from Gorbachev crediting
with his "conversion." Five days later, the publication carried the
refutation article linked above, but followed it with comments from
ITV's editor, Robert Moynihan, in which he incredibly attempts to
refute Gorbachev's refutation,
writing: "Perhaps Gorbachev is, and wants to remain, a closet
Christian." Moynihan bases this position on the evidence of Gorbachev's
prayerful posture before the saint's tomb, as well as the purported
revelation that in the 1980s Gorbachev was having secret meetings over a
span of two years with John Paul II. It's no doubt curious for an
atheist to spend that long kneeling in a Catholic shrine, but there's a
very serious problem with Moynihan's "closet Catholic" conjecture,
and that is, what sort of Christianwould deny Christ with a
public avowal of atheism, much express no regret for his decades of
service for atheistic Communism? In defense of his stand, Moynihan also asks: "Now, if Gorbachev
is an atheist, why would he consult with John Paul II above many
others?" And all of this just days after his supposed
conversion was making headlines all over the world. What a perfectly
logical time to reinforce those reports with a fuller elaboration of his
newfound faith. Indeed, for him to use the opportunity to dismiss the
rumor in no uncertain terms is proof positive that he remains an
atheist. To say otherwise is Now, that question can easily be inverted to read: "Now, if
John Paul II were a Catholic, why would he have consulted with Mikhail
Gorbachev above many others?" This is certainly a far more
plausible explanation, as we've shown elsewhere this
month. (For that matter we may wonder "Fr." Anuskevica's affiliations,
who so diligently brought the "conversion" story to the world's
attention. Dupe or conscious agent?) Interestingly, the Italian newspaper La Stampa referred to
Gorbachev's visit to Assisi as “spiritual perestroika," a comparison to
(along with glasnost) he brought to the Soviet Union two decades
ago. La Stampa wanted to draw a parallel with what the gullible
see as a legitimate movement for change in a totalitarian society, when
in reality it was (and remains) a ruse to deceive the non-Communist
world into believing that the threat was gone and in its place a friend
emerged, ultimately being the final nail in the coffin of the decadent
West (as is shown conclusively in the link above). And likewise, to
cling tightly to belief in the fiction of Gorbachev's conversion, even
after he publicly denied it, is to persist in reaching for a snake one
believes to be harmless, despite the menacing rattling sound that it
disrupt conciliar Easter service
Protesters disrupted the start of Chicago
"Cardinal" Francis George's Easter homily. Granted, it could be argued
that sparing the congregation half-an-hour of "new church" drivel is
arguably an act of mercy. Yes, true enough, but unfortunately the
effort was not done for the love of God and to remind churchgoers of
genuine Catholic teaching about Christ's Resurrection and expose the
faker at the podium, but rather was an
act of radical theatre, complete with splashes of fake blood.
Members of an antiwar protest group calling itself Catholic Schoolgirls
against the War did the (dis)honors, and gave George a brief opportunity
to show the sort of righteous indignation fitting for what would be
sacrilege, were we talking about a true Mass here. But no, far
from standing up for our Lord, George who earlier drew applause
from his audience, incredibly said that they should be "grateful" for
the peace "witness" of those who interrupted his homily (we wonder if he
would have been equally thankful had the protesters been traditional
Catholics). The Illinois Coalition for Peace and Justice (ICPJ)
lists Catholic Schoolgirls against the War as members and describes them
as "a humorous, political street theatre group." But there is nothing
humorous about the ICPJ, as among its other 130+
members are various radical groups including: American Muslim
Council (fake moderates who have been exposed), Buddhist Peace
Fellowship, Communist Party, Democratic
Socialists of America, Ethical Humanist Society, Episcopal Peace
Fellowship, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Gay Liberation Network, Green
Party, International Socialist Organization, International Solidarity
Movement, Jewish Voice for Peace, Nicaragua Solidarity, Pax Christi,
Progressive Democrats, Proletariat Productions, Students for a
Democratic Society, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom,
and Unitarian-Universalist Church. So don't let the relative youth of
"Catholic Schoolgirls" members fool you, this group is as subversive as
Growing interest in
In Boston, boys step up altar, en Mass
Since April, the number of young boys trained to perform Latin Mass in
the Boston area has more than doubled, from eight to 18 servers, said
the Rev. Charles J. Higgins, pastor at Mary Immaculate, where the
old-style Mass is celebrated every Sunday at noon.…Higgins, 46, who is
self-taught in the Latin liturgy, said the increase in boys studying the
traditional Mass has more to do with his repeated appeals for volunteers
than last years motu proprio from Pope Benedict XVI. The Vatican order
reversed 43 years of near banishment of the worship service by allowing
priests to perform the liturgy without the authorization of a local
Of particular interest was the quote of a twelve-year-old server,
Brendan MacKenzie, who had this to say about the traditional rite: “It’s
really reverent. That’s why I like it, it brings you closer to God.” The
Conciliar church had better be careful, because when the young are
exposed to the true Mass and are given a chance to compare it the Novus
Ordo, they easily can see the difference. Unfortunately, spotting the
difference between validly ordained priests and invalidly ordained ones
is something else again. Still, a bit of encouragement from an unlikely
Wendy's 'Mass' (Girls get to have all
It's can be tough to be a "new Mass"
altar boy these days in Austria, since girls are getting more op
so it doesn't hurt for a young lad to use a little ingenuity. However
the approach pictured above seems dubious; it's just too much like one
weird Wendy's television commercials for our
taste, but, hey, it looks like it worked for him! For more photos in the
above set, click
Our tax dollars at work Good
Friday on NPR: A great day to suggest Gospels are garbage
Public Radio knows how to identify
itself as the secular liberal media. On Good Friday, the show Fresh
Air with Terry Gross recycled a 2004 interview with retired academic
John Dominic Crossan,
a co-founder of the Jesus Seminar, a man who believes the Gospels are
largely mythology, someone's ahistorical hopes, and that the
resurrection of Jesus never occurred, and that perhaps the body of Jesus
was consumed by wild dogs. In this interview, Gross also asked him to
comment on (disparage) the movie The Passion of the Christ, which
he eagerly did. He suggested too much focus on the passion of Christ is
'dangerously close to pathological.'"
"'Cardinal Newman is a most important figure today,' the Archbishop of
Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, told me during a private visit to quiet
Quarr Abbey, the Benedictine monastery, near Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
'Many of the issues that Newman was writing about in the 19th century
are now being played out more generally in the life of the Catholic
Church in the 20th and 21st centuries,' he said, 'Newman's letter to the
Duke of Norfolk on the topic of conscience, his Development of Doctrine,
and the role of lay people in the Church are still crucial issues
'New springtime' update
Historically significant British churches face uncertain future
"Mounting alarm has been created by the Roman Catholic Bishop of
Lancaster when he questioned recently the future of some of the finest
churches in his diocese. In Preston, which was granted city status to
mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, there is talk of closure of a number of
the best preserved Catholic churches in the country, including St
Walburge’s, with the tallest spire of any parish church in England
(309ft — 95m — to Louth’s 295 ft and the 292ft of St Mary Redcliffe, in
Christ is Risen!
Be not affrighted; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, Who
crucified: He is risen, He is not here, behold the place where
they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He goeth
before you into Galilee; there you shall see Him, as He told you.
The staff of Novus Ordo Watch wishes a
Blessed Easter to our readers!
A STUDY IN CONTRASTS: TWO EASTER LITURGIES
Liturgy Video 1:
Sublime, reverent and Catholic to the
core The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Easter Sunday
1941 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Chicago, offered by Rev. J. R.
Keane of the Servite Order and narrated by then-Mgr. Fulton J. Sheen.
Most of the Mass is shown here and all of its elements combine into an
ethereal whole that lifts the spirit to contemplate holy things. The
presence of God is palpable, and one is reminded of why the Mass has
rightly been called the most beautiful thing this side of heaven.
Liturgy Video 2:
Earthy, profane and a cacophonous mockery
The specifics are uncertain here, save that this is a mercifully brief
clip of a "new Mass" memorial meal for Easter being celebrated at a
"Catholic" Church in the southeast African nation of Malawi, and
employing 'inculturation.' What can only be described as wild shrieks can
be heard at the beginning of the video, while around 30 seconds into it
an absurd "procession" begins to emerge, with the apparent "priest"
casually grinning at the churchgoers as though they were partygoers,
instead. Tribal gods, not Christ, are in charge here.
A traditional answer to the Bugnini changes 'Restored' Holy Week: A critique by Monsignor Léon Gromier
(Pope Pius XII's Master of Ceremonies)
"We can only qualify as vandalism the fact of tearing the Gloria,
laus et honor away from its place at the church door, to mix it up
with the baggage of processional music that has nearly tripled in
length. Stinginess and waste of time go hand in hand. Therefore, no
stopping in front of the door, closed then open; the processional cross
unveiled to magnify it, it is cheapened by refusing it the virtue of
opening the door. All that despite ancient and modern ceremonial, and
for what good? The pastoral rubrics make much ado of the expression,
nothing impedes, nihil impedit quominus. Here they are used to
unleash the faithful who can sing the hymn Christus vincit or
something else in honor of Christ the King. This tolerance has naturally
its consequences; the faithful make pawns of the clergy, they have a
whole choice of chants à la carte. If they are for Christ the
King, they like to sing to his Mother who is Queen. So many desires and
eminently pastoral wishes."
book asks provocative question:
Should Mother Teresa be canonized?
"Ten years after her death, Mother
Teresa of Calcutta still holds the moral imagination of the world.
Those who question Mother Teresa’s sanctity are treated as misguided
souls who would better their time imitating her virtues than probing for
her peccadilloes. The Christian world will praise Mother Teresa feeding
the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty. But what faithful Christian
will praise her for saying: 'I’ve always said
we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better
Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic.…'
"There is much to imitate in Mother Teresa’s
life. But are her critics correct to declare that Mother Teresa was not
a saint? Asking this question of Catholics in particular and mankind in
general, MOTHER TERESA: THE CASE FOR THE CAUSE contrasts the
image of Mother Teresa’s words and deeds, her virtues and her vices,
against the image of Christianity “believed everywhere (ubique), always
(semper), by all (ab omnibus)” and asks all readers to respond to Rome."
While we cannot go along with the author's final suggestion, which
presupposes men of good will in Modernist Rome, we do applaud any effort
to expose her false Catholicism. From advancing religious
indifferentism, to venerating the memory antichristian Hindu Gandhi at
his tomb, to involving herself in Buddhist services, to playing
"Eucharistic minister" (see photo above left), Mother Teresa was in
every inch of her diminutive frame the quintessential Novus Ordo
adherent, which means she didn't adhere to the Catholic "ubique, semper,
ad omnibus" formula. Complaining to Benedict XVI and his cronies about
her "canonization" is to complain to men who are no more Catholic than
she was, hence a colossal waste of time.
Only total annihilation of Good Friday prayer
German Jews accuse 'pope' of stoking anti-Semitism
David Rosen, chairman of the International Jewish Committee on
Interreligious Consultations, said last week that Jewish leaders have
been assured that Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal
Tarcisio Bertone, will issue a statement in March saying that the
pope's revised prayer for Good Friday for the Tridentine rite is not a
call for Catholics to try to convert Jews.
"The statement, likely to take the form of a letter from Bertone to
Israel's chief rabbi of Israel, is expected to be released soon but
perhaps not in time for this Good Friday on March 21. Bertone is second
only to Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican hierarchy. The letter is
expected to stress the concept that all salvation, including that of
Israel, is in God's hands and that the prayer is not a call for
NOW Comments: Elsewhere the article quotes an interview Berlin Rabbi
Walter Homolka gave to the German weekly, Der Spiegel, in
which he contended: "The Internet is already full of commentaries by
right-wing Catholics saying, 'Wonderful, now we finally have the green
light to proselytize.' A message like this serves to stimulate
anti-Semitic circles," adding that "the Church does not have its
anti-Semitic tendencies under control." What Homolka wants is for the
Church to cease to obey
Christ, Who instructed His Apostles thus:
"Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth
not shall be condemned. (Mark
16:15-16)" Please note: He said "preach the gospel to every
creature," not every creature except for Jews. For the
rabbi, therefore, to call efforts at conversion "anti-Semitic" is either
profoundly ignorant or deceitful on his part. Just as he rejects Christ
as his savior, so to does the Church reserve the right to reject the
synagogue as the seat of a false religion. Of course, the rabbi doesn't
have anything to fear from the Novus Ordo church, because the conversion
of the Jews isn't on it's "to do" list. As for his claim that
"right-Catholics" are jubilant that Benedict XVI, we suggest he stop
reading websites like The Remnant, whose writers are just as confused as
he is in imagine that some great missionary effort is going to emerge
from the Good Friday prayer, with "Pope" Ratzinger doing his St.
Ferrer imitation, leading thousands of Catholics into Rome's chief
synagogue and converting the rabbi and congregation en masse. If
Rabbi Homolka truly believes that, then he has no idea of what makes the
counterfeit church work, for the likelihood of something like that
occurring is considerably less than for him to pick up a copy of the New
Testament, be touched by grace and convert on his own (which, of course,
we at NOW would be most happy to see, along with the conversion of
Ratzinger and Company).
'New springtime' update
Irish survey: Losing our religion
"More than three out of four people in Ireland believe in God, heaven
and the concept of sin, while more believe in hell than doubt its
existence. However, despite being a nation of believers, declining
numbers are going to weekly mass or attending other religious services."
Patrick ever have guessed that more than a millennium-and-a-half
after he evangelized the Emerald Isle, that Ireland would be in need of
a new wave of missionary activity? That day has arrived.
From Christ or Chaos Judas the
"When you think about it, ladies and gentlemen,
Judas Iscariot was truly a man for "modern" times. He was the
ultimate naturalist, seeking only earthly treasure and honor when he
could have had the possession of the Beatific Vision for all eternity in
Heaven if only he sought out the ineffable Mercy of the One Whom He had
betrayed with a kiss in the Garden of Gethsemane, Our Blessed Lord and
Jesus Christ, God-Himself in-the-very Flesh. Encapsulated in the
person of Judas Iscariot is the very mentality of 'modern man,' content
to live as though the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Blessed
Trinity made Man in His Most
Blessed Mother's Virginal and Immaculate Womb and His Redemptive Act
on the wood of the Holy Cross, effected during this very week of weeks,
Holy Week itself, are matters of complete indifference to the right
ordering of individuals and their nations."
VIDEO/TEXT Speaks at National Education Association
Abortionist Tiller admits to performing abortions the day
"Notorious partial-birth abortion specialist Dr. George Tiller of
Wichita, KS, was caught on hidden video admitting to aborting babies a
day before the mother's due date. Students for Life of America (SFLA)
today released the video which was made at the Feminist Majority
Foundation's annual Women's Leadership Conference held at the National
Education Association (NEA) on March 9."
Found guilty of criminal damage for protest
Leftist Novus Ordo 'priest' agitator jailed in UK
Testimony: Serial abuser molested dozens of boys
'Priest' from STL area is ruled as sexually violent offender "A DuPage County jury has ruled that a Roman
Catholic priest who spent a decade in the St. Louis area before he was
convicted of sexually abusing school boys in the 1980s must stay in
state custody because he is a sexually violent person. Illinois Attorney
General Lisa Madigan says the Rev. Fred Lenczycki is the first clergy
member committed under the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act."
He said that liturgical abuses were often due to an ignorance that
rejects elements of worship whose deeper meaning is not understood or
whose antiquity is not recognized. Cardinal Arinze clarified the nature
of the reforms of Vatican II, saying they must be seen as continuous
with the past rather than as a dramatic break. 'The Catholic Church is
the same before and after Vatican II. It isn’t another Church,' he
Arinze is on the same page as Benedict XVI in seeking to position the
"new Mass" as an organic liturgical development in the Catholic Church.
What's interesting here is that there should be any need to clarify that
at all. After all, Vatican II ended more than forty years ago and the
Novus Ordo Missae of Paul VI turns 40 next year; isn't that a long
enough period of time for people to figure out that the "reforms" did
not constitute a rupture with Catholic Tradition? Arinze "clarification"
is just the latest attempt by Modernist Rome to paper over the real
problem, which is the continued criminal imposition of the
Protestantized liturgy in countless once-Catholic churches around the
word. It's amazing how ignorant people are to buy into the
Ratzinger/Arinze line, which still trots out the old "abuses" red
herring to divert attention from the core issue, enunciated so well by
Alfredo Ottaviani and
Antonio Bacci in their cover letter to the
Critical Study of the "new Mass," when they declare:
…if we consider the innovations implied or taken
for granted which may of course be evaluated in different ways,
the Novus Ordo represents, both as a whole and in its details, a
striking departure from the Catholic theology of the Mass as it was
formulated in Session XXII of the Council of Trent. The 'canons' of
the rite definitively fixed at that time provided an insurmountable
barrier to any heresy directed against the integrity of the Mystery.
[emphasis added throughout]
It should be sobering to those who are quick to accept
the "abuse" argument, that what these eminent prelates were writing on
was not a latest comic performance of "Reverend Showman," but the Novus
Ordo Missae in its original Latin edition, issued by Paul VI
himself. That Arinze must attempt to convince his audience no break from
Tradition occurred is evidence in itself that something dramatic did
take place, so dramatic in fact that the terms "pre-conciliar" and
"post-conciliar" have taken on distinct meanings, quite unlike any that
of other council in the history of the Church. And those "abuses," which
have continued unabated for nearly half a century now, also continue to
be convenient diversionary tactics to justify the wretched novelty that
is the "new Mass." His "same Church" protestations are as absurd as a
man standing at ground zero at Hiroshima, trying to convince anyone
who'd listen that the city was just the same as before the bombing.
Michigan abortion clinic accused of illegally
disposing of babies’ remains
'Harmless' sodomites show real face
OK state rep receives death threats, hate mail after warning 'gays'
would destroy USA
"Oklahoma House Representative Sally Kern has received thousands of
emails in light of a recorded speech posted on YouTube.com in which she
called homosexual practices more dangerous to the United States than
terrorism. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is examining the
17 thousand emails Kerns has received for legally threatening content.
Not that it wants to make them illegal, mind you
Royal college warns abortions can lead to mental illness
"Women may be at risk of mental health breakdowns if they
have abortions, a medical royal college has warned. The Royal College of
Psychiatrists says women should not be allowed to have an abortion until
they are counseled on the possible risk to their mental health."
precedent established by verdict
Israeli court recognizes Sanhedrin Court to try jailed teen "Tzviya Sariel of Elon Moreh, who has been
held in jail since December for refusing to recognize
the authority of the secular court system, was allowed to testify before
a Torah court set up by the nascent Sanhedrin Friday. The Sanhedrin
Court for Matters of People and State ordered her immediate release."
"After the verdict was read, the court's rabbis,
wrapped in prayer shawls, stood and recited the special prayers
accepting the justice of the Almighty, according to
in the courtroom followed in a loud chant to say the words, "Hear O'
Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd is One," despite an attempt by
prison guards to prevent supporters, including Ruth Sariel, Tzvia's
mother, from entering the hearing.'"
For Parts 2 to 10 of Vatican II: Council of
method litmus test for orthodoxy St.
Thomas and Philosophical Pluralism
"To read Pope St.
Pius X, Pope
Leo XIII, and many other popes
regarding the Angelic Doctor, St.
Thomas Aquinas, one would get
the impression that the Church held his writings in the highest
regard next to Scripture, and his scholastic philosophy as
worthy of perpetual observance and study. Leo XIII wrote, 'The
Fathers of Trent made it part of the order of the conclave to
lay upon the altar, together with the code of sacred Scripture
and the decrees of the supreme Pontiffs, the Summa of Thomas
Aquinas, whence to seek counsel, reason, and inspiration.' Pope
Leo ordered Thomistic philosophy to be taught and observed
throughout the Church. St. Pius X, confirming Leo XIII, said,
'We, therefore, declare that all the ordinances of Our
predecessor on this subject [Thomistic scholastic philosophy]
continue fully in force, and, as far as may be necessary, We do
decree anew, and confirm, and order that they shall be strictly
observed by all.' St. Pius added, 'there is no surer sign that a
man is tending to Modernism than when he begins to show his
dislike for the scholastic method.'"
The rat cries 'entrapment!' Planned
Parenthood threatens UCLA pro-life advocate on abortion cover-up
"Planned Parenthood is upset that a pro-life student at UCLA posed as a
pregnant teenager and exposed it for advising her to disguise statutory
rape. In an undercover investigative story for a student-run newspaper,
UCLA student Lila Rose posed as a pregnant 15 year-old and entered a
Santa Monica Planned Parenthood."
All the hallmarks were present
Real-life case of demon possession documented
"An American woman who levitated, demonstrated paranormal psychic powers
and spoke foreign languages unknown to her was clearly demon possessed,
according to a board-certified psychiatrist and associate professor of
clinical psychiatry at New York Medical College."
globalist for her 'ecumenical dialogue'
'Pope' sends condolences for passing of Focolare founder,
Chiara Lubich "Early this morning Chiara Lubich,
one of the founders of the Catholic movement Focolare,
passed away. Upon hearing of her death, Pope Benedict sent a
telegram conveying his sadness and 'deep emotion' to the
movement. According to a press release from Focolare, Chiara
Lubich passed away 'in a serene climate, of prayer and deep
emotion' at 2 a.m. March 14 in her home. Her death came
after she spent a month being hospitalized for severe
NOW Comments: Theinterfaithwork of
Jewish socialist 'convert' Silvia Lubich was regarded with suspicion by
the Holy See prior to Vatican II, and with good reason. She promoted
religious indifferentism, false ecumenism, and an internationalism based
not on Christ and His Church, but on the efforts of humanistic/communistic
organizations such as the United Nations. Because her vision of the
future fit so well with what Modernist churchmen have sought, she has
been the darling of Paul VI and every subsequent false pontiff and so,
in our humble opinion, is
a strong candidate for Conciliar "sainthood."
Pardon our skepticism, but we've seen this farce play
Benedict XVI is expected to hold Catholic colleges accountable that
invite pro-abortion speakers
"When he visits the United States next month, Pope Benedict XVI is
expected to hold Catholic colleges accountable that have invited
pro-abortion speakers to campus. The pontiff has requested an audience
with more than 200 top officials from Catholic universities and he is
expected to make it clear they need to follow Church teachings."
NOW Comments: The outcome of this is predictable, given similar instances with
John Paul II: "Hold accountable" translates at most to some rhetorical
finger-wagging and reminders of the responsibility inherent in running a
"Catholic" institution of higher learning. No one will be forced to
resign, no one will be forced to institute truly Catholic procedures at
these schools. At the end of the day there will be enough sound bites
that seem good, so the deluded neo-traditionalists will
congratulate themselves on having a "no-nonsense Pope" who is turning
things around, while nothing really changed at all…same old same old.
dulled by Dr. Seuss widow's support of Planned Parenthood
If you see this movie, say what you will, you'll pay for abortions and
that's BABIES they kill!
"Most adults are quite familiar with the crazy verses, outlandish
characters and quaint charm of Dr. Seuss' children's books. Ted Geisel
(his real name), was a notorious perfectionist and zealously controlled
what was released to the public under the 'Dr. Seuss' brand.… What many
people may not know is that (his widow) Audrey Geisel is also one of
America's more wealthy pro-abort 'philanthropists,' offering generous
support both financially and vocally to Planned
Parenthood. If that were not enough, Geisel is also quite hostile to
pro-lifers. She has gone so far as to take legal action to keep
pro-lifer's from using the 'A Person's a Person No Matter How Small'
slogan on their signs. Nice lady, huh?"
Doing their bidding
Jews reward Benedict for his support "At
the moment that some 'traditionalists' pretend that Benedict XVI took a
strong stance against Judaism by rewording the Good Friday prayer in the
Tridentine Missal, it is useful to remind our readers that he has an
invariable, constant past of support for Judaism."
The Descent of the Modernists
Hallowedground blogsite post,
The Oath, which
also includes the Oath against Modernism and numerous rare photos of
Pope St. Pius X.
brief overview of reservations on the New Rite of Episcopal Consecration
"If Fr. Pierre-Marie's conclusion is not 100% safe – morally certain to
us in the world of theology – and were we to grant him an 83%
probability of safety, the odds are no better than surviving a round of
Russian Roulette. One can readily see why nothing but moral certitude
may be used in the confection of the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and
Latest delusion of a sick mind
'Dr. Death' declares his candidacy for Congress
"Convicted murderer and assisted suicide crusader Jack Kevorkian plans
to run for Congress from his hometown in the Detroit area. The former
pathologist has admitted to killing more than 130 people, including the
televised death of Thomas Youk netted him a 25-year prison sentence"
Earth red chasuble
with 'indigenous image,' but what, no dingo, mate?
WYD08 news: Fewer expected from US than in
2005; funky vestments designed for event
"The number of World Youth Day pilgrims who are expected to arrive from
the United States has dramatically dropped from 37,000 to 20,000.
The Sydney Morning Herald
reports the US Conference of Bishops collated figures which show that
fewer Catholic youths are expected to travel to Sydney in July, compared
with 25,000 who went to Cologne in 2005."
Church or Chaos
Mocking the Faith (The drive to rehabilitate Luther)
"Given the text of
Principles of Catholic Theology, [Ratzinger's book, in which he
wrote "Luther's historical instinct is clearly proving itself right"—NOW,
quoted in the linked article] my friends, a most reasonable 'outcome' of
the upcoming meeting in Castelgandolfo will be, at least in part, some
kind of declaration that whatever 'problems'
Martin Luther had with the Catholic Church
were the result, at least to a certain extent, of the 'distortion' of
the Church Fathers provided by Saint Thomas Aquinas and Scholasticism,
which is why Benedict XVI is attempting to portray such early Church
Fathers as Saint Augustine as champions of religious liberty, a false
concept Saint Augustine condemned (as
Pope Pius VII, noted in
Post Tam Diuturnas, April 29, 1814). Thus it is that a 'way'
could be found to 'reconcile' at least some of Luther's beliefs with
those of the early Church Fathers, men whom Ratzinger contends were 'not
Roman Catholic as the thirteenth or nineteenth century would have
understood the term.' Remove Scholasticism, you see, and a 'bridge' can
be found to 'reconcile' Catholics and Protestants with each other
without demanding the unconditional conversion of
Protestants to the Catholic Church, finding 'common ground' as the basis
for respecting the 'traditions' of each as a basis for 'full communion'
Not long after the above stories hit, one of Benedict XVI's spin doctors
denounced the claims as
groundless rumors, which doesn't come as a
surprise. For "Pope" Ratzinger to do something along such lines is
really quite plausible, however, and certainly in keeping with his past
statements regarding the infamous German heresiarch. After all, as a
Modernist, Ratzinger sees doctrine as something constantly evolving,
which is why he can suggest that a Church Father wouldn't be regarded as
Catholic by modern theologians. (Compare that statement to the following
Modernist proposition condemned by Pope St. Pius X: 62. The chief
articles of the Apostles' Creed did not have the same sense for the
Christians of the first ages as they have for the Christians of our
Lamentabili Sane) This gets Luther off the hook, because
he lived in a different age, as Ratzinger is under no obligation to
regard him in the same manner as Pope
X or the
Council of Trent. (Similarly, "Cardinal"
Walter Kasper is quoted as extolling Luther for having "anticipated
aspects of reform which the Church has adopted over time" as if the
spectral hand of Luther was at work at Vatican II, which in a sense it
was, of course.) The following links regarding Ratzinger's past
activities all will make clear his bonds with Luther:
For further proof of Ratzinger's admiration, we
suggest going to the
Principles of Catholic Theology link and doing a search for the
name "Luther." That should remove doubt, should any remain after
visiting the above links. It is worth noting as an aside that the "New
Mass," Benedict's own liturgy of choice to celebrate and what he views
as the "ordinary form" of the Roman Rite, was rightly exposed as an
"Luther's Mass" by Archbishop
Marcel Lefebvre; while at the Vatican II,
Ratzinger collaborated with Lutheran minister,
Oscar Cullmann, who assisted in crafting the Novus Ordo
Moral theology for the New World Order Modernist Rome's new
global 'Deadly Sins'
"Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, head of the
Apostolic Penitentiary, the Vatican body which oversees confessions and plenary
indulgences, said after a week-long Lenten seminar for priests that surveys
showed 60 percent of Catholics in Italy no longer went to confession. He said
that priests must take account of 'new sins which have appeared on the horizon
of humanity as a corollary of the unstoppable process of globalization.' Whereas
sin in the past was thought of as being an individual matter, it now has 'social
While there is always a social dimension to sin, though remote at times,
all iniquity is ultimately an individual matter between a fallen
creature and his Creator. Each of us will one day go alone as an
individual to face the Almighty at a particular Judgment, and we will be
culpable for our sins and no one else's, nor will anyone else answer for
our sins but for there's alone. As St. Paul wrote: "it is appointed unto
men once to die, and after this the judgment." [Heb. 9:27] The new
sins proposed by Girotti are either nebulous (accumulating excessive
wealth—who decides at what point it becomes excessive or gravely
sinful or how this differs from greed?), already implicit in other sins (taking drugs equates to
drunkenness), or dubious at best and ludicrous at worst as "grave sins" (polluting the environment—will
someone really go to Hell for littering or not recycling?). This nonsense about "social
resonance," as though Christ allowed His Church to be clueless for two
millennia over what does or doesn't
constitute sin, along with the equally absurd rhetoric about "the
unstoppable process of globalization" have a collectivist stench more
akin to Marxist liberation theology than to anything Catholic. And make no
mistake, this is the very serious thrust behind the seemingly silly
declaration, fitting quite in line with the grandiose interreligious
aims of Modernist
Global Ethic Foundation.
The Passion of Lent
Traditional devotional readings taken from the writings of the great
Benedictine abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger.
Wow, what a surprise!
President of once-Catholic Notre Dame University okays on-campus
pornographic play "University of
Notre Dame President, Father John Jenkins, C.S.C., announced today that
he has approved campus performances of the lurid play, 'The Vagina
Monologues,' on March 24-26. It will be the sixth year since 2002 that
Notre Dame has hosted the play. The 'Vagina Monologues' is a sexually
explicit and offensive play that favorably describes lesbian activity,
group masturbation, and the reduction of sexuality to selfish pleasure.
In one scene, the lesbian seduction of a teenage girl is described as
the girl's 'salvation' that 'raised her into a kind of heaven.'"
Comments: Destroy the souls of your students and turn them into fine
young pagans, is that the idea, "Fr." Jenkins? Even the "bishop" of Fort
Wayne-South Bend made a
but did nothing beyond the hand-wringing. What is somewhat astounding,
though, is that this is announcement came out at the same time the
Centers for Disease Control issued a truly alarming report that over a
quarter of American girls has at least one sexually transmitted disease
percent of teens has STD).
Clearly, the United States is in the midst of it's own real-life
reenactment of the fall of the Roman Empire, yet to think that those
claiming to act in the name of the Church are a significant part of the
freefall would be difficult for Catholics to believe, if we hadn't with
our own eyes seen it be played out on a daily basis for the past five
'Jazz Mass' (To the greater glory of Satchmo, but not of God)
Wasn't this supposed to be a dead issue?
USCCB: Amount for abuse payouts in 2007 over twice the previous year
"The Roman Catholic church in the United States paid out more than
half-a-billion-dollars in 2007 for child sex abuse cases involving
members of the clergy, or 54% more than in 2006, an official report
showed Friday, says Agence France-Presse. Of the $615,000,000 paid out,
“526 million dollars went to settling cases - almost double the amount
paid out in 2006, the annual report on how well the church is
implementing a charter to protect youngsters said,” says the story,
going on: 'Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, president of the USCCB,
said in a statement Friday that child protection was a priority for the
bishops, and praised them for "working diligently to implement the
Statue of martyr of Mexican Civil War attacked Mormon 'missionaries' investigated in
vandalism at 'Catholic' shrine
"The damaged statue seen in one of
the photos depicts Manuel Morales, who was the 28-year-old president of
Mexico's National League for the Defense of Religious Liberty when he
was executed in 1926 for refusing to recognize laws he considered
While the shrine in question here is associated with the Novus Ordo
Sangre de Christi
parish, make no mistake, this was an attack intended against the
Catholic Faith. The article quotes a local LDS leader as saying, "We
have a history of people doing things like this to us, so we're
mortified that our missionaries would do it to someone else.…" That may
be the case, but to be perfectly honest he should admitted that the by
far the single greatest American atrocity committed in the name of
religion was the Mormon-instigated Meadow Mountain Massacre (see
…Warning: Brief clips of immodest attire).
on the revised Good Friday prayer
Bertone tells Jewish leaders: 'We ask for reciprocity'
"'According to the Cardinal, "nobody wishes that one party change its
own identity or be forced to perform acts, gestures, or to say prayers
which do not conform to its own tradition, even to its own faith. And,
therefore' - he continued - 'it is an attitude of reciprocity which is
asked, of respect for the affirmation of one's own identity, without
desiring the forced conversion of anyone, but proposing one's own faith
with maximum respect.'"
There's the crux of the matter: "nobody wishes that one party change its
own identity." As noted before, despite all the wishful thinking of
neo-traditionalists, the Ratzinger revision is not a prayer for
the conversion of the Jews in any substantive sense. Why should it be,
since the most Modernist Rome maintains is that accepting Christ is only
the icing on the cake for Jews, who already have a perfectly acceptable
"Modernists do not deny, but actually maintain, some confusedly, others
frankly, that all religions are true. That they cannot feel otherwise is
obvious. For on what ground, according to their theories, could falsity
be predicated of any religion whatsoever?…In the conflict between
different religions, the most that Modernists can maintain is that the
Catholic has more truth because it is more vivid…"
Outrage at St. Patrick's Cathedral! [Warning:
Vulgar dance moves] Voodoo-related music and dance in front
of high altar
communities in Puerto Rico were forbidden to worship their ancient
African gods so they instead fused their customs onto the worship of
St James. During festivals to honor the Christian St James, bomba
music was played and the traditional mask was worn. The mask, called
"vejigante" in Spanish, was supposed to scare away evil spirits and
Music Genre: Bomba - Music of Puerto Rico)
This kinship is shown in the following video, which
begins with a visit to a santeria shop and music of that cult and ends
with a highly-charged and vulgar bomba dance where, like in voodoo
dances, the participants appear possessed or at least strongly under
Suggestive movements in the bomba dance.)
Good Friday lies and deception from Benedict's household preacher
"The following is an excerpt from a Good Friday sermon given by Benedict
XVI's pontifical household preacher, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa which is
filled with deception. My [that is, Maurice Pinay blog's] comments are
interspersed. Fr. Cantalamessa begins by fabricating a blood libel
against Christians and basing a need for "purification" upon it:
centuries Good Friday was the main cultural context
for misunderstanding of and hostility toward the
Jews. It is therefore right that the work of
reconciliation and “purification of memory “ begin
on Good Friday. St. Paul offers this interpretation
of the event of the Cross: “He himself is our peace,
who has made both one, and has broken down the
barrier of separation...to reconcile them both to
God in one Body through the Cross, thereby putting
to death the enmity...For through him we both have
access by one Spirit to the Father.” (Eph 2:14-18)
The two people referred to are, of course, the Jews
and the gentiles.
"This is a Satanic mockery of St.
Paul's word's. In Ephesians 2:14-18 Paul is saying that Jews and
Christians who have faith in Jesus have been reconciled in one body by a
miracle of grace.…"
NOW Comments: A few of points of note here. First, what we see
here is a reiteration of the false notion often promoted since Vatican
II that the Jews have "access by one Spirit to the Father" through
Christ, despite the fact that they reject Him. Hence there is no need
for the Church to seek there conversion. Next, there is the attack on
Christians as guilty of "misunderstanding and hostility toward the Jews"
due to the Good Friday, as though: 1) Jews have never been guilty of
misunderstanding and hostility toward Christians, and 2) Good
Friday, the holy day parexcellence in proclaiming
forgiveness, has had precisely the opposite effect on churchgoers
over the centuries. These arguments are, of course, exactly the
falsehoods pushed by so many rabbis down through time in their
opposition to the Church.
Then there is a curious, vaguely Orwellian phrase used by
Cantalamessa: “purification of memory.“ It sounded familiar, but where
had we hear it? We did a little web surfing and came up with an
article from 2000 in which "Cardinal" Ratzinger explained to
reporters the use of the term in a document he penned preceding a John
Paul II appeal for pardon. The document, entitled
Memory and Reconciliation: the Church and
the faults of the past, in turn references
a John Paul II bull from two years before,
Incarnationis Mysterium, in which "Pope" Wojtyla writes of the
so-called purification of memory that it "calls everyone to make an act
of courage and humility in recognizing the wrongs done by those who have
borne or bear the name of Christian." So, simply put, it's
Modernist Rome's justification for the endless stream of apologies it's
made over the past few decades for the alleged sins of the Church.
Long before Vatican II, however, this same "guilt trip" mentality was
being bandied about by certain "progressive" Catholics, and one of the
great churchmen of the 20th century condemned it as suicidal to the
Faith. Sometime prior to his election as Pope
Pius XII, Cardinal
Eugenio Pacelli, speaking about Fatima, expressed his grave concern over
what he was hearing from innovators who would
"alter the Faith".
One of the things they sought was to "make Her [the Church]
feel remorse for Her historical past. (emphasis added)"
But there was more to it than just that. "Purification of memory" sounds
like something out of a Communist "reeducation" program, where people
are put through "thought reform" that includes self-denunciation and
brainwashing. In his article, "Chinese
Communist “Thought Reform”: Confession and Re-Education of Western
Civilians," psychiatrist Robert Lifton quotes
a Chinese Communist newpaper's justification of the program:
"All crimes have definite social
ideological roots. The evil ideology and evil habits left behind by
the old society, calling for the injuring of others for self profit,
and seeking enjoyment without labor, still remains in the minds of
some people to a marked degree. This, if we are to wipe out all
crimes from their root, in addition to inflicting on the criminals
the punishment due, we must also carry out various effective
measures to transform the various evil ideological conceptions in
the minds of people, so that they may be educated and reformed into
And actually, there is another
Communist term even closer sounding to "purification of memory" that has
essentially the same meaning: thought purification as a means of
correcting wayward Party members (see examples,
The Novus Ordo concept of
purification of memory has a similar aim, which is to get Catholics to
break from the "old," pre-Vatican II teachings and attitudes so that
they can be molded into the new order "Catholics." It is perhaps
not coincidental that Karol Wojtyla
be the originator of the term, since he spent much of his adult life in
Communist Poland. But did he simply assimilate this or was he a secret
member of the Party, as have many Polish priests and prelates recently
been exposed? Much in his past indicates a working relationship with the
Red dictatorship, and perhaps more. It's well known that he was given a
free pass to go pretty much anywhere he wanted, something unprecedented
for any Catholic bishop behind the Iron Curtain. Later, as "pope," he
and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev were on good terms, with the latter
once penning an article entitled, "My Partner the Pope," in which he
wrote of how the two of them were working for the same goal of a new
world order. When questioned about it, John Paul II made no attempt to
refute it, but spoke of Gorbachev in equally glowing terms, calling the
atheist a man of profound spiritual values.
When he visited Latin American
Communist countries such as
Cuba, which were always great propaganda coups for those nations
rulers, he held outside "Masses" with in areas where several stories
high posters of revolutionary "heroes" served as backdrops. And then
there was the textbook on social teachings he wrote back in Poland in
the 1950s that
approved violent worker strikes,
which made perfect sense if he was a Communist Party member, but was
completely contrary to the Church's position on the subject, most
Leo XIII 's great encyclical on
More properly, then, purification of memory should be called the
perverting of memory for very bad ends.
'gay'-friendly Niederauer didn't condemn it …
Perverted 'Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence'
staged mockery of Christ's Passion
"In April 2007, in the city of San Francisco,
homosexuals of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence movement made a
public parody of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We are not
aware of any protest against or reparation for this blasphemy made
by Archbishop Niederauer: an incomprehensible silence..." (Warning:
Photos depict people in immodest or otherwise improper dress.)
NOW Comments: Tradition in Action put the above link on its
"Church Revolution in Pictures" page on March 2nd, and while we
share TIA's outrage and call for reparation, we totally disagree
with the remark about 'Archbishop'
"incomprehensible silence" over this blasphemy of the Sisters of
Perpetual Indulgence [SPI]. There's nothing incomprehensible about
it at all, and the good folks at TIA should know better than
to suggest such a thing. After all, they are quite aware that this
is not a temporary lapse of good judgment from him, but his modus
operandi, as is plainly revealed in the following
search of their website for "Niederauer."
(And there's more that TIA missed, too, including photographic
evidence that the two SPI "nuns" to whom Niederauer gave "Communion"
had previously counter-protested against pro-lifer demonstrators.
For this and numerous other examples of Niederauer's
activity/inactivity vis-à-vis the "gay" community, see the
following page from the
The Cafeteria Is Closed blog. Please note that
the final link of that page, dated January 27, 2007, has a faulty
This can be remedied, however, by removing the %20 from the
end of the web address and then reentering the address. But even
before the recent Niederauer-related scandals in San Francisco, his
unsavory was evident from the very day in 2005 that Benedict XVI
gave him his present job, at which time the
sodomites cheered. So why are we in disagreement
with TIA? Simply because Niederauer's consistent record shows him to
be not Catholic prelate at all, butrather a false
shepherd, a wolf in sheep's clothing, a hireling. In other words, for him to utter not so much as a word
of protest over the Passion parody, far from being
"incomprehensible," is exactly what we'd should expect from someone
like him. What's truly incomprehensible is that Tradition in
Action would expect a Catholic response from an enemy of the Church!
What must Niederauer do for this state of affairs to be
comprehensible for TIA, take active part in one of the Sisters of
Perpetual Indulgence's abominable events?
How to commit national suicide
Colombia announces free abortifacients for teens
"The government of Colombia has announced a new program through which it
will distribute the abortifacient 'morning after pill' as 'emergency
contraception' free to all women who are of the age of fertility. 'The
measure covers victims of rape and all women who have had sexual
relations without protection. The first must make an emergency request
and the second through a priority consultation with her EPS (Health
Promoting Entity),' said Blanca Elvira Cajigas, Vice Minister of Health
and Well Being in an interview with El Tiempo.
NOW Comments: Colombia marks yet another once-Catholic country
that has lost its way since Vatican II and in part because of
Still think there's no subversion in the Church?
Once-Catholic university displayed indecent 'art' of Virgin Mary
"Artwork depicting the Virgin Mary as a stripper stirred trouble while
on display at a small Catholic university before the piece was
apparently stolen. The print was part of an exhibit last month at the
University of Dallas that featured the work of students at Murray State
University in Kentucky. Joanna Gianulis, a senior art major at Murray
State, said she was trying to raise questions about perceptions of
saints and sinners and didn't intend to be sacrilegious.
The following motu moment is
brought to you by the FSSP…
extraordinary rite in just 5 minutes! The Transformation: Novus Ordo table to
The above video been on the Internet a while and we've seen it before,
but it never fails to make an impression on us. Actually, the events
recorded above took fifteen minutes, but they've been sped up and edited
to run just over a third of the time in the clip. At first, it almost
seems this is a sitcom that came out after Summorum Pontificum
was issued, because there's no question about the unintentional humor.
Funny but sad, because these people believe that the motu proprio is a
godsend from a tradition-friendly pope, who genuinely wants to revive
the true Mass. For these people and any others who may harbor such
views, Novus Ordo Watch poses a friendly challenge:
Show us even one instance in the entire
history of the Catholic Church prior to Vatican II where such a
radical makeover as above was required before a Mass could be
Similarly, show us anywhere prior to Vatican
II that such extreme efforts (adding tabernacle, crucifix, Mass candles, false
front, etc. to the Freemasonic-looking table) were needed because two forms allegedly
of the same Roman Rite were so radically different from each other
that the two could in no way be reconciled and offered at the same
Let them look in vain for such a footnote in their
volumes of Church history, specifically liturgical history, for the
exhibition recorded above is unique in the annals of our Faith, unique
to the Novus Ordo captivity.This very fact ought to give these
people pause for thought, because the the proper reaction to the
the confusion inherent in the above video is to acknowledge it not
as a positive development for the Church, but as cognitive dissonance
(2+2=5). It is time that they remove their blinders, for the situation
can in no way be one that is pleasing to God.
has come from the assembly of the Italian rabbis. In a statement signed
by their president, Giuseppe Laras, this said that the new prayer
constitutes 'a defeat for the very preconditions for dialogue' and is
'only apparently less strong' than the previous version. It 'also
legitimizes in liturgical practice an idea of a dialogue aiming, in
reality, at the conversion of the Jews to Catholicism, which is
obviously unacceptable to us.' And therefore, 'in relation to the
continuation of dialogue with Catholics, at the very least a pause is
required for reflection that would permit understanding fully the actual
intentions of the Catholic Church concerning dialogue itself.'"
NOW Comments: The protests give Benedict XVI some cover to justify his prayer for
those Catholics who have a problem with it as weakening and already weak
formulation of the prayer. In reality, there is little for Jews to find
offenses from there point of view, save the implied (yet false) call for
their conversion. As we've mentioned before, "Pope" Ratzinger
Beyond this, once again it is falsely alleged in print that Ratzinger
has revised a prayer dating back to the earliest centuries, when in fact
all he's revised is an already twice-revised prayer from the 1962
Ordo Watch Flashback: August 2005
Novus Ordo 'priest' defends, endorses Satanic rock singer, sings
in metal band himself
"Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson sparked furor when he
announced his desire to perform in Croatia - but a Croatian Catholic
priest has leaped to his defense. Priest Anton Bobas, who claims the
best concert he ever attended was seeing Manson live in Germany three
years ago, says: 'How could Manson turn young people into Satanists and
drug addicts in the two hours of his act?'" (From the NOW News Archive
NOW Comments: It is good every now and then to
plumb the depths of conciliar "tolerance" to see what's down there.
We're not just thinking here about a cleric's open admiration for the
antichristian rock star Marilyn Manson (nee Brian Warner, shown
above left visiting one of the figures who profoundly influenced him,
the late "high priest" of the Church of Satan, Anton LaVey), however
insane that may be. No, beyond that is the fact that "Fr." Anton Bobas
is still a "Dominican priest" in good standing in the Novus Ordo church.
So Bobas made international news for defending a vile, openly Satanic
rock star and had his own metal band, but gets a free pass from
Modernist Rome and his Modernist Dominican superiors. Understandable, of
course, he's not doing anything really offensive to Ratzinger,
like, say, defending the Traditions of the Catholic Faith. Now, that
can get you in trouble.
Forgiveness vs. vengeance
Jesus and Muhammad's words, actions,
"If a computer acts up, the technician resets it to the default settings
it had when it left the factory. If followers of a religion act up, one
should examine the default settings the religion had when it left its
founder. One can examine the life of
Jesus from the four Gospels.
One can examine the life of Muhammad
from the Quran, Hadith
and sources like the Sirat Rasul Allah.…A
review of these resources reveal:
* Jesus was a
religious leader. * Muhammad was a religious leader and a military leader.
* Jesus never killed anyone. * Muhammad killed an estimated 3,000 people, including beheading 700
Jews of the Banu Qurayza tribe in Medina, A.D. 627…"
The Vatican II revolution revisited Religious
freedom: a delusion, a crime, an apostasy! "The declaration
on religious freedom, the inevitable preamble to the 'opening' of the
Church to the modern world, is the conciliar charter of their mutual
'reconciliation': without the recognition of every man’s social right to
religious freedom, no 'dialogue' is possible. 'This document is
essential,' Pope Paul VI said to Mgr De Smedt, the reporter of the
schema on 30 September 1965, at a crucial moment of the conciliar
debates. 'It determines the attitude of the Church for several
centuries. The world is waiting for it.' This world that the Council
promised to please..."
Termite Control hard at work
'Cardinal' Kasper on Good Friday prayer controversy
"Kasper’s letter, which he (or someone) strategically leaked to the
press, has no doctrinal or juridical import whatever. The letter to
Rabbi Rosen begins: 'Dear Rabbi Rosen, Upon my return to Rome, I found
your letter of 10 February 2008 regarding the prayer formulated for the
extraordinary rite of the Good Friday liturgy.' It is simply ludicrous
to contend that the Pope personally 'authorizes' as his teaching such
informal private missives from the heads of Vatican departments to
individual recipients. To be perfectly candid, I am disgusted that any
traditionalist would seize upon this letter as evidence of a papal
intention to betray us. This is the essence of rash judgment; and rash
judgment of papal intentions is an especially grave matter.
"Worse, in his letter the always-pernicious Kasper has managed to
mislead both Jews and some traditionalists by declaring as follows:
text no longer speaks about the conversion of the Jews as some
Jewish critics wrongly affirm. The text is a prayer inspired by
Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans, chapter 11, which is the very
text that speaks also of the unbroken covenant. It takes up Paul's
eschatological hope that in the end of time all Israel will be
saved. As a prayer the text lays all in the hands of God and not in
ours. It says nothing about the how and when. Therefore there is
nothing about missionary activities by which we may take Israel's
salvation in our hands."
NOW Comments: Since the issuance of the
"new, improved" Good Friday prayer by Benedict XVI, The Remnant's
Christopher Ferrara has used every trick in his defense attorney's black
bag to convince traditional Catholics that they should be pleased with
the results. His smoke and mirrors act consists of some ploys he's used
before. For example, in the above passage he attempts at once to
distance "Pope" Ratzinger from Kasper as far as the latter's remarks,
and to insinuate that Kasper is a malign influence in the otherwise holy
and tradition-friendly Vatican.
Ferrara maintains that it is "ludicrous
to contend that the Pope personally 'authorizes'" the contents of
Kasper's letter. True enough, but when Benedict makes no effort to
publicly correct his "wayward" confidant on such a matter, especially as
Kasper's personal letter became international news, then in this case
the "Holy Father's" silence clearly suggests his assent to its contents.
It's up to Benedict, not Chris Ferrara, to set Kasper straight,
should the "Pope" really be misinterpreted, and the fact that he did not
do so is in itself a refutation of sorts to one of the main contentions
of Ferrara's column. Ratzinger and Kasper are on the same wave
length about this, after all.
Later, Ferrara ridicules traditionalists who
disagree with his newfound devotion to Ratzinger, when he writes: "For
it seems there are some traditionalists
who actually hope that Kasper and Bertone will succeed in their
maneuvering, so that they can proclaim a vindication of their audacious
thesis that Pope Benedict XVI is a sinister Hegelian modernist who
intends to 'synthesize' tradition and novelty into some hideous hybrid
that would destroy the Faith." (For a columns dealing with Ratzinger's
Hegelianism at some length, see
High Church, low Church and
See no Hegel, hear no Hegel.)
And yet the very sorts of things at which
Ferrara now scoffs, are precisely the same that he himself wrote
of Ratzinger a mere two months before the latter's election:
“our only friend in the Vatican” has struck again. 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.
Indeed, as I have pointed out more than once on these pages, it was
Ratzinger who wrote in 1987 (in the second edition of his Principles
of Catholic Theology) that the “demolition of bastions” in the
Church is “a long-overdue task.” The Church, he declared, “must
relinquish many of the things that have hitherto spelled security
for her and that she has taken for granted. She must demolish
longstanding bastions and trust solely the shield of faith.” Now it
seems that with the bastions all but demolished, even the shield of
faith is about to clatter to the ground.
Ferrara seems to have forgotten having written this (perhaps Ginkgo
biloba will help your memory lapse, Chris!), because now the
destructive termite label has shifted from "Demolition Joe"
Ratzinger to the "Always-pernicious Walt" Kasper. This is all the
more puzzling since Ferrara clear states that he has "pointed out
more than once" how Ratzinger had written of his commitment to
destruction in the Church. So if we traditionalists are adhering to
an "audacious thesis" concerning Ratzinger's nefarious intentions,
we are only repeating the same line of thought to which Ferrara also
subscribed a number of times in 2005 and before.
real question is whether Benedict XVI has really given us any reason
to believe he's changed for the better. It must be noted that even
back in 1987 when he was writing about the need for the Church to
demolish bastions, he was John Paul II's "watchdog of orthodoxy" and
already exhibited some of the same pseudo-conservative traits that
Ferrara accepts as legitimate. But Chris Ferrara's own sense of what
constitutes Catholic orthodoxy is so warped that although "Pope"
Ratzinger goes and prays in a mosque, a apostate act that would have
gotten any priest defrocked prior to Vatican II, he's
absurdly held up as a champion of all things Catholic by The
Remnant's absentminded columnist.
Oh, and by the way, since the subject here is the Good Friday
revision, it's of note that Ferrara wrote of it as his erstwhile
Papal Masterstroke, the
subtitle declaring "Pope's
Good Friday prayer reinforces infallible Church teaching." He
maintains that the changed prayer "leaves intact the Church’s
unambiguous call for the conversion of the Jewish people." As we've
seen above, one of Ratzinger's closest colleagues has refuted this
position and that refutation has not been challenged by the only one
who can speak to the matter authoritatively. (We challenge Chris
Ferrara to show any other documentation dating anywhere in the
public life of Fr. Joseph Ratzinger where he has ever called for the
conversion of Jews either in spoken or written. However that, we
submit would be a fool's errand, as no such documentation exists.)
The fact is that the prayer was changed in the first place due to
Jewish pressure. Besides, for Ratzinger to pen a prayer
promoting the conversion of the Jews is contrary to his own belief
system, which postulates that they have their own equally valid
covenant, their own road to salvation, and that the Catholic Faith
in better than Judaism only in degree, not in kind. (And yes, Chris,
that's Modernism. (For proof of Benedict's false views on the
subject, see VIDEO
amazing heresies of Benedict XVI (part 1 of 7);
his false teachings regarding the Jews begin around 2:34.)
As far as Ferrara's remark about the "audacious
thesis" of some traditional Catholics that Benedict XVI "intends to
'synthesize' tradition and novelty into some hideous hybrid that
would destroy the Faith," this is something that is spelled out
fairly explicitly in the
letter accompanying Summorum Pontificum, the motu proprio
"liberating" the 1962 Missal, where "His Holiness" instructs the
"bishops" that "the two Forms of the usage of the Roman Rite can be
mutually enriching: new Saints and some of the new Prefaces can
and should be inserted in the old Missal. (emphasis added)"
If that isn't mixing tradition and novelty into a hybrid, what would
be? If, when this is implemented and it becomes more accurate to
talk about newly published "1962" Missals as 1962/2008
Missals, then aren't we speaking of a hybridization? Of course we
are. And the revised Good Friday prayer, which will go into any
subsequent "1962" Missal printings, is a step in a process,
conditioning people to accept change for change's sake so long as it
seems "orthodox." But Chris Ferrara must ask himself whether he
really can accept a prayer that is a revision of a revision
of a prayer that has served the Church nobly for the better part
of two millennia, and indeed is one of the oldest parts of the
liturgy. Then he must follow that question with these: Can a
Catholic really trust as a friend and restorer of Tradition a man
who is not returning to the ancient prayer of the Church, but is
content foisting a readymade substitute aimed at placating enemies
of the Church and deceiving the gullible? And for that matter, what
sort of defender of Tradition allows what in theory is a solemn
prayer for one of the greatest holy days of the Church calendar into
a political football?
When, and only when, he can answer such questions in a
compelling fashion, should anyone take his arguments seriously.
VIDEO/TEXT 'Communism is Dead' update
Soviet strategists install Medvedev as Putin's 'successor' in Russian
"Not surprisingly Vladimir Putin's anointed
successor, Gazprom CEO, and Komsomol graduate Dmitry Medvedev has won
Russia's presidential election, which means Putin will be appointed
prime minister again. Thus, while the KGB dictator will animate his
puppet from the background, Putin himself will be carrying out the
dictates of the restored/continuing Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
Russia's state-run economy is thriving on revenue generated by oil,
natural gas, and arms exports, the 'ex'-communist/'ex'-KGB oligarchy is
lining its pockets, and the West continues to perceive the Russian
"Right,' as personified by Putin's Chekist administration and United
Russia's domination of the State Duma, as the real powerbrokers in
Moscow." (Scroll down right column of linked page to "Multimedia"
section for Reuters video of Russian election
can be found directly across from photo of Chinese soldiers.)
"If My requests are not granted, Russia
will spread her errors throughout the world raising up wars and
persecutions against the Church, the good will be martyred,
Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated."
—Our Lady at Fatima
"JP2 all the way, all the time" Catholic rap with 'Fr.' Stan Fortuna
An interview with/performance by "Fr." Stan
Fortuna, who tells about his World Youth Day "gigs," a book he's written
based on the teachings of "the great John Paul II," and more.
While we're at it, we ran across a Fortuna
School of the Eucharist video, which is 7+ minutes of rap
tedium accompanied by stills of him saying the "new Mass." (Impossible to watch
all the way through!)
Stan Fortuna link on the "fresh. hip. catholic."
Agrees that church should be 'more fun'! Mahony
promotes yoga, liturgical dance
"Alexis asked, 'Is their anything against the Catholic church being more
fun? I mean the priest talks and kids don't pay attention, so couldn't
we sing and dance, and make it more like gospel churches do, so kids
will want to participate? I was just wondering if that was against our
faith?' 'Sounds good to me!” replied Cardinal Mahony. 'Our parishes need
to offer a variety of liturgies which appeal to different age groups and
to different likes. Youth Masses with groups such as Life Teen are
Padre Pio exhumed, body is 'well preserved'
"In the most discrete manner possible, the body of St.
Padre Pio was exhumed at 12:30 a.m. Monday morning by a group of medical
experts, while Church representatives observed."
A 'return to the roots of the faith'
Benedict XVI approves interfaith forum with Muslims
"Pope Benedict XVI gave his approval Wednesday to the creation of a
permanent Catholic-Muslim interfaith forum that will hold it inaugural
meeting this November in Rome, the Vatican said."
Useful idiots department
'Cardinal' Bertone visits Cuba, attacks the American embargo
"On his trip to Cuba - February 20 to 27, 2008 - Card. Tarcisio Bertone,
Vatican Secretary of State, strongly attacked the American economic
embargo against Cuba. Bertone qualified this anti-communist position of
the United States as "unjust and ethically unacceptable." In a press
conference he stressed that the restrictive measures imposed by
Washington "constituted an oppression of the Cuban people and a
violation of their independence," reported Granma, the official organ of
the Cuban Communist Party. The Cardinal also affirmed that the Vatican
is pressuring the American government to suspend the embargo."
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