“Reveal to the faithful the wolves which are demolishing the Lord's vineyard.”
—Pope Clement XIII, Encyclical
Christianae Reipublicae (1766)


Ongoing Amoris Laetitia Fallout: CHAOS WATCH (click)


Dedication scheduled for July 25

House of Horrors:
Hideous New SSPX Church in Madrid


In Madrid, the capital of Spain, the Society of St. Pius X spent the last few years building a new church. The building has now been completed, and the solemn dedication ceremony is scheduled for this coming Monday, July 25, which coincides with the parish’s titular feast, for the church is dedicated to St. James the Greater, Apostle. 

Normally, none of this would be news, for the SSPX builds new parish churches around the globe all the time. The case of St. James the Apostle Church in Madrid, however, is different, because the exterior of the now-completed building is so hideous that it might as well be a Novus Ordo church. One may also easily mistake it for an office building, a library, or worse.

Here are a few sample pictures of this monstrosity (click each photo to enlarge). Make no mistake about it, this church is no longer under construction — it’s done!


The outer facade facing the main road


Another view of the same


The SSPX logo is plastered all over the outer wall


These interesting windows face a side street


A wider view


A view from the corner

You can check this out for yourself. Simply go to Google Maps and use Street View for the following address: Calle de Catalina Suárez, 16, 28007 Madrid, Spain.

By the way, did you notice the odd-looking statue at the top of the building? Here is a close-up:


What is this? The Grim Reaper? Actually, it is supposed to be the Blessed Virgin Mary, to whom the SSPX claims to be especially devoted. Here is a closer view still:


No eyes, no mouth, and just a hideous overall appearance. How much this must have cost? Or perhaps it was a gift from the local Masonic Lodge?

Lots more photos of the church, both during and after construction, can be found at the following links:

Bp. Alfonso de Galarreta is the District Superior for Spain and Portugal and will presumably be the celebrant for the dedication on July 25. No doubt we will get plenty more photos in a few days.

Not much commentary is needed here. It seems that in Madrid the Lefebvrians are trying to out-Novus-Ordo the Novus Ordo, at least as far as exterior church architecture goes. No doubt, with this new Capilla de Santiago Apóstol — Chapel of St. James the Apostle — the SSPX will be yet another step closer to being fully accepted by Modernist Rome. At this point, the writing is, even quite literally, on the wall.

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     Published July 21, 2016

Ready for World Youth Day: The Polish Dancing “Nuns”!

The Michael Voris Show is over...

Michael Voris and the Homosexual Vortex: Author E. Michael Jones flattens Church Militant


[UPDATE 23-JUL-16 14:58 UTC: ChurchMilitant’s Christine Niles accuses Jones of Calumny/Libel]

This is nothing to gloat over, it is just awful, tragic, and depressing because souls are at stake, but it goes to show once more that this whole phenomenon of Novus Ordo celebrities giving you the “real Catholicism” has got to stop.

Michael Voris, the well-known face of Church Militant and its Vortex program, is now becoming the latest in a series of fallen heroes the Modernist Sect has rolled out from time to time as the “real Catholics” one should attach oneself to if one is disillusioned with the namby-pamby ultra-Modernist status quo. Other individuals whose hyped-up status ended in disgrace include: “Fr.” John Corapi“Fr.” Alberto Cutié“Fr.” Francis Mary StoneFr. Benedict Groeschel, and Fr. Kenneth Roberts.

On July 10, 2016, E. Michael Jones, the editor of Culture Wars and director of Fidelity Press, released a book entitled The Man Behind the Curtain: Michael Voris and the Homosexual Vortex, a 71-page work that claims to tell the inside story of Church Militant as an operation suffering theologically and organizationally under the narcissism of its frontman, Michael Voris, a self-confessed former sodomite whose delusions about his own self — still wounded by a past of unnatural vice that can only be overcome by years of penance — are at the origin of his whole super-Catholic-fighting-for-orthodoxy shtick. In fact, according to Jones, Voris’ claim that he was revealing his own sordid past in order to pre-empt the Archdiocese of New York from exposing him, was a lie. The Archdiocese had no such plans; Voris simply needed a credible excuse for why he was outing himself. Based on alleged inside information, Jones recounts the events that really led to this decision. By what moral authority the author presumes to disclose internal business communication, presumably private correspondence, and hidden sins, is not clear. What is clear is that the matter is now public.

The book is available only in electronic format at this point and can be purchased here:

A preview of the contents and customer reviews are also available at the link above. The official description of The Man Behind the Curtain at Jones’ web site reads as follows:

The Man Behind the Curtain: Michael Voris and the Homosexual Vortex by E. Michael Jones. In April 2016 Michael Voris's homosexual past finally caught up with him. The crusading on-camera face of Church Militant TV who had been the scourge of homosexuals in the Catholic Church turned out to be a homosexual himself and tried to bring closure to the scandal by outing himself. But even if damage control brought about a quick fix, many questions remained unanswered. The Man Behind the Curtain addresses all of those questions.

(Source: “The Fidelity Press E-Book Collection”, Culture Wars; italics used for bold print.)

The content of the book is often sordid, disturbing, and depressing. Our decision to even publish this post was not an easy one, because we are certainly not interested in spreading gossip. However, the release of this book by such a credible and respected author is too big of a story to ignore. It has immense implications for the conservative/semi-traditional wing of the Novus Ordo Church, and hence we ought to inform the public about it.


To be clear: Novus Ordo Watch makes no claim as to the accuracy of the content of Jones’ book, and we certainly do not endorse his Novus Ordo theological views. We wish merely to draw attention to the fact that this book has been published and that a serious author stands behind its now-public contents. Although Jones (pictured left) keeps his sources anonymous, it is clear that he is privy to lots of inside information, as is evident, among other things, from the many e-mails he quotes.

E. Michael Jones is a dyed-in-the-wool Novus Ordo and no friend of traditionalists in general, much less of sedevacantists in particular. But unlike many internet loudmouths, Jones is a respected and serious author who has credibility. Some of his books have been produced by such recognized publishers as Ignatius Press and St. Augustine’s Press. Jones’ work focuses mostly on issues of culture, society, and (the Novus Ordo version of) Catholicism. In 1993, Jones debated the British Lefebvrist Michael Davies on the Society of St. Pius X and the question of schism.

When Michael Voris announced to the world on April 21, 2016, that he had lived as a sodomite for years before his conversion, we did not make a big announcement about it. One or two tweets, perhaps a post on Facebook, and that was it. We thought it was the higher and better road to take, especially since our essential criticism of Voris pertained to his erroneous theology and his refusal to rebuke Francis for the same things he blames everyone else for, and not for what he may or may not have done 20 years ago that he has since repented of. 

However, not everyone else thought the same way. Some people in fact seemed to detect that something was fishy about the whole thing. The following is a list of links to articles authored by different people, all non-sedevacantists, who commented on Voris’ confession back in April:

But be all that as it may, we very much intend this post to be the last one of its kind regarding Michael Voris and Church Militant. The real problems with the Novus Ordo Sect and its various fight-from-within factions are theological

So, let this latest scandal be yet another warning to people not to get invovled with — and be potentially burned or scandalized by — such celebrity personas and organizations that promote them. Due to their inexperience, the youth in particular are in danger of getting sucked into such “cool”, “super-Catholic” organizations.


Semi-traditionalists and neo-conservatives in the Vatican II Sect who now experience a crisis of faith because of this are merely demonstrating that they have put their faith, their trust, their hope in a human being or a human apostolate rather than in God and the true Catholic Church. But as Holy Writ counsels us: “Put not your trust in princes” (Ps 145:2), and, “It is good to trust in the Lord, rather than to trust in princes” (Ps 117:9). Just like with obsessing about private revelations and apparitions, people who attach themselves to celebrity personas have not understood Catholicism.

Naturally, this goes for Novus Ordo Watch too, which is also a merely human apostolate: Please do not “follow” Novus Ordo Watch in the sense of outsourcing your faith, your intellect, or your will to it. We only try to be a tool that helps you discover and understand what the Catholic Church teaches and how this differs from the false doctrines of the Modernist Vatican II Sect. We try as much as possible to keep the focus on content and away from the people who produce it: Embrace sedevacantism because you realize it is true, not because Bp. X, Fr. Y, or Mr. Z says so.

Be attached to our Lord Jesus Christ, His true (!) Vicars, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the saints. Be attached to our Lord’s Mystical Body, the Church. This alone is where you will find salvation. The true Catholic Church does not need to be “resisted”. She is not in need of a super-orthodox layman that fights the heretical bishops, for the simple reason that if any bishop is indeed a heretic, he is no longer a bishop of the Church.

In 1885, Pope Leo XIII laid out the correct attitude Catholics must have with respect to their bishops, and it is not the attitude Michael Voris has nor any of the self-appointed semi-traditionalist pundits like Michael Matt, Chris Ferrara, or John Vennari:

To the shepherds alone was given all power to teach, to judge, to direct; on the faithful was imposed the duty of following their teaching, of submitting with docility to their judgment, and of allowing themselves to be governed, corrected, and guided by them in the way of salvation. Thus, it is an absolute necessity for the simple faithful to submit in mind and heart to their own pastors, and for the latter to submit with them to the Head and Supreme Pastor. In this subordination and dependence lie the order and life of the Church; in it is to be found the indispensable condition of well-being and good government. On the contrary, if it should happen that those who have no right to do so should attribute authority to themselves, if they presume to become judges and teachers, if inferiors in the government of the universal Church attempt or try to exert an influence different from that of the supreme authority, there follows a reversal of the true order, many minds are thrown into confusion, and souls leave the right path.

(Pope Leo XIII, Apostolic Letter Epistola Tua)

This goes to show once more that this middle position of recognize-and-resist is contradicted by Catholic teaching. If Francis is the Pope, then to be truly Catholic, one has to subscribe entirely to the Novus Ordo magisterium. Then everything the Catholic Church teaches about herself applies exactly the same way to the church of which Francis is the head. But this would result in a contradiction, of course, because the Novus Ordo religion differs essentially from the Catholic religion of Pope Pius XII and his predecessors.

This leaves only one option: The only way to be a real Catholic today is to be a sedevacantist.

Here’s how to do that.

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From the frying pan into the fire?


Vatican Rumors: Schönborn to head CDF, Müller to Mainz?

The Malaysian Novus Ordo paper Herald has published an interesting article regarding expected upcoming personnel changes at the Vatican. Citing “well-placed sources” at Vatican City, the July 15 article states that Francis had originally meant to make some major changes to the Roman Curia in mid-May, which are now expected to take place in September, after the long summer hiatus. Here is a link to the full article:

The Herald makes a number of interesting predictions. The most explosive of them is the following: Francis may transfer “Cardinal” Gerhard Ludwig Muller, currently the head of the so-called Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), to the vacant see in Mainz, Germany — and move “Cardinal” Christoph Schonborn, currently the “Archbishop” of Vienna, from the Austrian capital to Rome to become Muller’s successor at the CDF. This would be a bombshell and guarantee that Francis’ steamroller of apostasy will be operating at full throttle without interference from the CDF for years to come. (The CDF, we remember, is the Novus Ordo version of the Holy Office, charged with overseeing and ensuring doctrinal orthodoxy throughout the Church.)

This prediction, although it is unclear whether it is just a “good guess” or a credible rumor, certainly comes with a solid foundation:

Although Muller is as much of a Modernist as the rest of the gang in the Vatican, he has repeatedly spoken out against adultery, something effectively sanctioned by Francis’ new course. For his part, Schonborn is everything that is wrong with the Novus Ordo religion all rolled up into one individual: He is on record praising homo couples, he has expressed his delight at a transvestite blasphemer’s victory in a European song contest, he has stabbed at least two local priests who spoke against homosexuality in the back, he has been accused of being a Freemason, and of course he has given his full support to the now-defunct “Find-Fight-Follow” chaotic liturgical youth movement. 

We will have to see how all this plays out. Meanwhile, get the popcorn ready.


“Cardinal” Muller, then “Bishop” of Regensburg, at World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne, Germany

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Mopping the floor with Chaos Frank…

Episode 014 Now Available

The Traditional Catholic Podcast


Our popular TRADCAST program returns with a brand-new episode that focuses on Francis’ outrageous remarks of June 16 that “most marriages are invalid” while at the same time maintaining that people can merit the grace of a “real marriage” by repeated acts of fornication as long as they fornicate exclusively with one another. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, after 50+ years of Vatican II and hordes of semi-traditionalists “resisting” while nevertheless “recognizing” the false hierarchy, this is where we’re at.

The total run time of TRADCAST 014 is just under an hour. As always, the show is packed with solid Catholic doctrine, razor-sharp analysis, insightful information, and a touch of delightful humor. No fluff. We begin this episode with a surprise announcement that all fans of Novus Ordo Watch will want to hear, before taking Chaos Frank to task for his latest scandalous tripe.

Here’s an idea: Why not have a TRADCAST party at your home and invite family, friends, or neighbors over to discuss the show? Makes for great conversation and will open people’s eyes about Francis and the Novus Ordo Sect! It’s one way you can do evangelization the easy way. In any case, don’t miss this TRADCAST and spread the word!

You can listen free of charge by clicking the YouTube video above, or you can go to our TRADCAST 014 page, where you will find all the information you need for this show, including links to all the articles, blog posts, etc., mentioned in the podcast, and where you will also find ways to download this episode to your computer and sign up to be notified of new episodes by email.


TRADCAST? Francis is NOT amused!

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10: NOT All Are Welcome!

With this tenth installment we continue our special Year of Exclusion, Judgment, and Condemnation series, where we remind people of forgotten truths of the holy Catholic Faith that are considered by our sorry society as extremely judgmental, exclusionary, negative, hateful, bigoted, intolerant, condemnatory, unwelcoming, dogmatic, narrow-minded, and everything else that oh-so-enlightened modern man despises and detests.

One of the most politically-correct and foolish mantras being mindlessly thrown around these days is the effeminate “All are Welcome” slogan. The most famous proponent of this idiocy is the Jesuit apostate Jorge Bergoglio, better known by his stage name “Pope Francis”. For example, in May of this year, he gave a homily at the Vatican in which he claimed that a Christian always includes and never excludes — without reference to any object or person; no, he was speaking quite generally: inclusion good, exclusion bad!

The truth is, of course, that neither inclusion nor exclusion have any moral significance per se — it entirely depends on what or who is to be included or excluded, in or from what, in what way, in what sense, and in what context. But this makes little difference to the all-are-welcome cheerleaders because their intent is to be deliberately vague about it in order to smooth over what their maxim is really meant to signify: “All Public Perverts are Welcome” and “All Immoral Ideas are Welcome”! That’s what this is about.

So then, let us pose the question: Are all welcome in the Catholic Church? The answer depends on how the question is meant: Yes, all are welcome to join her and be Catholics, absolutely. In fact, that is not merely an invitation but God’s very command! But if what is meant is that all be welcome to remain as they are and be accepted in the Catholic Church regardless of what they believe or how they live, the answer is a clear NO, absolutely not!

Of course, it is exclusively — no pun intended — the latter understanding of “All are Welcome” that is in everyone’s mind whenever this slogan is used in connection with the question of whether “all are welcome” in the Church. We need but look at the news story of the “Catholic” parish in San Jose, California, that promoted an inclusive “All Are Welcome” message, which in reality was just an abridged way of saying, “All Unrepentant Public Perverts Are Welcome”. But if you put it that way, it’s just not that attractive.

Yet, the fact that not all are welcome in the Catholic Church should not be particularly puzzling, for it is quite natural for any institution to have conditions for membership, participation, or any other sort of attachment. If you want to play tennis in a club, you are welcome only insofar as you are actually willing to play the game of tennis. If you show up with a baseball bat and try to introduce that into the game of tennis in order to be “inclusive”, you will find out very quickly how un-welcome you are. Likewise, you are welcome to be a teacher in the American public school system only if you adhere to their standards, guidelines, and curriculum, and should you refuse to do abide by their terms, you will find out in a jiffy that the door also swings the other way. And why should this be surprising? Even the diabolical Freemasons only allow people to become members who profess some sort of creed in line with their Naturalist and anti-Catholic ideals. 

Or try to join and remain in a country club without paying the membership dues. Will you be “included”? Not so much. Even the European Union has rules that determine whether a country can be included in it or must be excluded from it, and probably countries from America, Oceania, Africa, and Asia aren’t going to find themselves in the former category any time soon. People who are looking to join the Zoroastrian religion will presumably be confronted with a few rules before they are accepted as converts, and last time we checked, present-day Jews, too, aren’t exactly the “inclusive” kind.

So, just as there are certain conditions that have to be met to be included in various institutions, organizations, and communities, and just as we find codes of belief and behavior also in other religions, so there are non-negotiable standards and conditions in the true religion, the Catholic religion. Does this mean we “exclude”? You bet it does! And if you don’t like it, you know where the door is.

Lest we be accused of not being in line with the Gospel of our Merciful Savior or the Bible in general, let’s have a look at a few rather narrow-minded, negative, and “exlusive” passages in Holy Scripture. All of the following pericopes in some way speak about or imply people being excluded, and/or allude to conditions for inclusion (all underlining added):

  • And he destroyed all the substance that was upon the earth, from man even to beast, and the creeping things and fowls of the air: and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noe only remained, and they that were with him in the ark. (Genesis 7:23)

  • And when your children shall say to you: What is the meaning of this service? You shall say to them: It is the victim of the passage of the Lord, when he passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, striking the Egyptians, and saving our houses. And the people bowing themselves, adored. (Exodus 12:26-27)

  • Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it! Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (Matthew 7:13-15)

  • If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Matthew 16:24)

  • And the king went in to see the guests: and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment. And he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? But he was silent. Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen. (Matthew 22:11-14)

  • Then shall the kingdom of heaven be like to ten virgins, who taking their lamps went out to meet the bridegroom and the bride. And five of them were foolish, and five wise. But the five foolish, having taken their lamps, did not take oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with the lamps. And the bridegroom tarrying, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made: Behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye forth to meet him. Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise: Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out. The wise answered, saying: Lest perhaps there be not enough for us and for you, go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. Now whilst they went to buy, the bridegroom came: and they that were ready, went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut. But at last come also the other virgins, saying: Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answering said: Amen I say to you, I know you not. Watch ye therefore, because you know not the day nor the hour. (Matthew 25:1-13)

  • He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned. (Mark 16:16)

  • But this know ye, that if the householder did know at what hour the thief would come, he would surely watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken open. (Luke 12:39)

  • If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not carry his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple…. So likewise every one of you that doth not renounce all that he possesseth, cannot be my disciple. Salt is good. But if the salt shall lose its savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither profitable for the land nor for the dunghill, but shall be cast out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Luke 14:26-27,33-35)

  • See then the goodness and the severity of God: towards them indeed that are fallen, the severity; but towards thee, the goodness of God, if thou abide in goodness, otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. (Romans 11:22)

  • But now I have written to you, not to keep company, if any man that is named a brother, be a fornicator, or covetous, or a server of idols, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner: with such a one, not so much as to eat. For what have I to do to judge them that are without? Do not you judge them that are within? For them that are without, God will judge. Put away the evil one from among yourselves. (1 Corinthians 5:11-13)

  • Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

  • If any man come to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into the house nor say to him, God speed you. (2 John 1:10)

  • And whosoever was not found written in the book of life, was cast into the pool of fire. (Apocalypse 20:15)

Ouch, it’s just not looking too good for our lemmings of perpetual inclusion, is it?

So, next time some “All are Welcome” cheerleader challenges you, “Where in the Bible is anyone ever excluded?!!”… LET HIM KNOW!

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“Dear Arsonist, please put out the fire!”

“Plea to the Pope”:
VIP Lineup asks Francis to get his Act together

Well, at least it’s a serious effort they’re making, and not just a “click here to sign a petition” ad: “Bishop” Athanasius Schneider, “Fr.” Linus Clovis, and fourteen Novus Ordo life and family leaders from various countries have produced a 30-minute video in which they plead with their “Holy Father” to please stop attacking Catholicism and finally teach sound doctrine. The immediate trigger for this move was the release of Francis’ chaos exhortation Amoris Laetitia, which effectively permits unrepentant public fornicators and adulterers to receive the Novus Ordo version of Holy Communion:

The following clip is a four-minute summary, followed by the full-length video:

These clips were published by the pro-life web site Life Site News, which has also released an article to accompany the videos:

While it seems clear that these people are of good will, it must again be pointed out that it is sheer folly to recognize the manifest apostate Jorge Bergoglio as the Pope of the Catholic Church. That is the source of all the agony and confusion to begin with. Here a public non-Catholic is being accepted as the head of the Catholic Church, and people are in shock that he’s not teaching Catholicism. Well?!

Amoris Laetitia was written with the intent to cause precisely the chaos it is now producing, so Francis won’t change a thing. If he had not wanted these results, he would have published a different document. Ambiguity is the method of choice for heretics, especially Modernists, who seek to undermine Catholicism. Have these people forgotten what Francis told “Archbishop” Bruno Forte? He said to him: “If we speak explicitly of Communion for the Divorced-and-Remarried, we don’t know what a mess will result. So let’s not mention it directly. Make sure the premises are there, and I will draw the conclusions”! This was related to the media directly by Archlayman Forte, who, by the way, had been appointed by Francis as the Special Secretary of the Synods on the Family. 

So, by petitioning Francis to “clarify” or withdraw Amoris Laetitia, or even “condemn” its errors, these 16 people are effectively asking the arsonist to put out the fire. It’s like asking McDonald’s for help in combating obesity. Fat chance of that happening!


“If they ask me to ‘clarify’, I’ll tell them to call someone who cares!”

Life Site effort to petition Francis to change course comes on the heels of a 13-page document being delivered to all 219 Novus Ordo cardinals that calls on them to tell Francis to repudiate the errors contained in the infamous exhortation. The document sent “Cardinal” Angelo Sodano et al. has been signed by 45 “Catholic prelates, scholars, professors, authors, and clergy from various pontifical universities, seminaries, colleges, theological institutes, religious orders, and dioceses around the world”, as Edward Pentin reports. So far, the full text has not been released.

As a reminder to all those who consider themselves traditional Catholics, let’s recall two Apostolic Letters of Pope Leo XIII in which he addressed the question of submission to the Pope and his Magisterium:

  • "To the shepherds alone was given all power to teach, to judge, to direct; on the faithful was imposed the duty of following their teaching, of submitting with docility to their judgment, and of allowing themselves to be governed, corrected, and guided by them in the way of salvation. Thus, it is an absolute necessity for the simple faithful to submit in mind and heart to their own pastors, and for the latter to submit with them to the Head and Supreme Pastor.” (Leo XIII, Apostolic Letter Epistola Tua)
  • " is to give proof of a submission which is far from sincere to set up some kind of opposition between one Pontiff and another. Those who, faced with two differing directives, reject the present one to hold to the past, are not giving proof of obedience to the authority which has the right and duty to guide them; and in some ways they resemble those who, on receiving a condemnation, would wish to appeal to a future council, or to a Pope who is better informed." (Epistola Tua)
  • "That obligation, if it is generally incumbent on all, is, you may indeed say, especially pressing upon journalists.... The task pertaining to them ... is this: to be subject completely in mind and will, just as all the other faithful are, to their own bishops and to the Roman Pontiff; to follow and make known their teachings; to be fully and willingly subservient to their influence; and to reverence their precepts and assure that they are respected." (Epistola Tua)
  • "No, it cannot be permitted that laymen who profess to be Catholic should go so far as openly to arrogate to themselves in the columns of a newspaper, the right to denounce, and to find fault, with the greatest license and according to their own good pleasure, with every sort of person, not excepting bishops, and think that with the single exception of matters of faith they are allowed to entertain any opinion which may please them and exercise the right to judge everyone after their own fashion.” (Leo XIII, Apostolic Letter Est Sane Molestum)
  • " scrutinize the actions of a bishop, to criticize them, does not belong to individual Catholics, but concerns only those who, in the sacred hierarchy, have a superior power; above all, it concerns the Supreme Pontiff...." (Est Sane Molestum)

This would prevent an insoluble dilemma for Catholics if Francis were indeed the Pope of the Catholic Church. Good thing he’s not!

The fact that numerous high-profile Novus Ordo clergy, academics, and others have now publicly challenged Francis makes Michael Voris look even worse now than he ever did before. Just the other day he told his hapless lemmings that Francis “isn’t the problem”, it’s the evil “bishops” he and his predecessors have appointed! He should work for the Comedy Channel.

As far as the particular errors contained in Amoris Laetitia, we highly recommend the following programs that dissect the exhortation and refute its theses using traditional Catholic doctrine:

Will these high-profile efforts to get Francis to change course actually make a difference to anything? Probably not. Our prediction is that Francis will ignore all of this. At the very least, he will most certainly not accede to these petitioners’ requests. He would look like a complete pushover and jeopardize his entire putative power if he did so. It will never happen. Yet, it will be interesting to see how Francis addresses this if some reporter brings it up to him in the next in-flight entertainment press conference. Ed Pentin, you up for that?

In any case, although what we’re seeing here will surely come to nothing, nevertheless it shows a growing exasperation with Francis’ destructive work, which is a necessary prerequisite for a future schism — which appears to be exactly what Francis intends to bring about.

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They’re at their wits’ end...

The Trouble with Jorge:
Semi-Trads at the Breaking Point


The Semi-Traditionalists are reaching their breaking point over “Pope” Francis. Jorge Bergoglio has been putting out so much blasphemous, heretical, and scandalous blather that Christopher Ferrara, the popular 
Remnant columnist, author, speaker, and retired attorney, can’t write commentaries fast enough to keep up with him.

The next recognize-and-resist self-help conference, scheduled for Sept. 9-11, won’t do much more than simply get the usual people together for their little “we’re the real Catholics” powwow and have exactly zero impact on the Vatican II Sect, which they still claim is the Catholic Church.

Why do we say zero impact? Because that’s what the record shows: 

No, folks, the much-touted “resistance” ain’t working out, and there’s a reason for that: It’s the wrong “cure” — because it’s the wrong diagnosis. Oh, sure, countless “traditional Masses” are offered all over the place, and for those who only care about the externals of a beautiful liturgy — rather than about the true, unadulterated Faith that refuses to be united to a manifest heretic/apostate — this is surely a consolation.

In many ways, however, the phenomenon of the “Francis papacy” is a great blessing for all of good will, because Jorge Bergoglio brings the absurdity of the false “recognize-and-resist” position out to the fore like no one before him ever did and perhaps no one after him ever will. The silly “recognize-him-as-a-valid-Pope-but-oppose-his-religion-and-do-your-own-thing” chickens are now coming home to roost, but this is a mercy Almighty God is showing those many pious souls who mean to be good Catholics but are caught in the recognize-and-resist insanity of mainstream traditionalism.

But alas, not everyone is allowing the clear evidence to determine his position — such as Mr. Ferrara, for example, who is taking Orwellian doublethink to a new level: In his June 30 installment of his Fatima Perspectives column at, Ferrara, apparently at the end of his wits, demotes Bergoglio further, from “Undertaker Pope” earlier to now nothing short of “Anti-Catholic Pope” (!). The semi-traditionalist pundit sighs:

This is the Vicar of Christ? Never in 2,000 years, never even during the pontificates of personally corrupt Popes, have we seen a man such as this on the Chair of Peter. This is not even a question of malice or cunning. We clearly have in Francis a Pope who, incredibly enough, does not have a very high regard for Catholicism, does not mind telling us so, and seems blissfully unaware of the rather apocalyptic paradox of an anti-Catholic Pope.

(Christopher A. Ferrara, “An Anti-Catholic Pope?”, Fatima Network, June 30, 2016)

One does not know whether to laugh or cry. At first sight, it seems that Ferrara might be starting to question whether Jorge Bergoglio “is the Vicar of Christ”, and this would be an encouraging sign. After all, as he correctly notes, we are not talking here about a merely morally bad “Pope” but about a non-Catholic “Pope” — and the difference is crucial

Unfortunately, in the same breath Ferrara then asserts his belief in the “apocalyptic paradox” of an “anti-Catholic Pope”, thus shattering our high hopes from a moment ago. But there is a silver lining to it nonetheless: Ferrara is now at least willing to use the word “anti” in close proximity to the word “Pope”, with only one word in between, so perhaps in the near future he’ll finally figure out that an anti-Catholic who is also the head of the Catholic Church is an intolerable and impossible contradiction. At least that’s what the Catholic Church requires us to hold, based on her teaching about the nature of the Papacy. Have a look at this brief video:

The idea that Jorge Bergoglio is or could be the Pope of the Catholic Church leads to a contradiction of her teaching. Calling the contradiction a “paradox” — whether “apocalyptic” or not — does not change the fact that it’s a contradiction, and contradictions are false. Mr. Ferrara has succumbed to a perfect example of doublethink: He affirms two inherently contradictory ideas at the same time and in the same sense. He does this because he refuses to be a sedevacantist but at the same time also cannot deny what the empirical facts are screaming about Francis’ “Catholicism”. (On this latter point at least he is one up on Michael Voris, who just killed off any last remaining vestiges of credibility by declaring in all seriousness that Francis “isn’t the problem”.)

Of course, Ferrara is in a rather unenviable position here: For decades he has vilified Sedevacantism as patently absurd, and most recently he gave his whole-hearted endorsement to the anti-sedevacantist propaganda mammoth True or False Pope? by John Salza and Robert Siscoe. Not to mention the fact that so much of his public work has depended upon Sedevacantism being false, especially his involvement with the Fatima Center of the (now deceased) Rev. Nicholas Gruner. The main goal of the Fatima Center has always been the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Pope in union with the bishops of the world — something they cannot seriously fight for if they have to admit that there is no Pope to do the consecration and it’s not looking like the next true Pope will be right around the corner. Yet, imagine what could have been accomplished if all these Rosaries had been prayed not for the consecration of Russia but for God to grant His Church a true Pope again! 

See what a difference the right diagnosis of a problem can make. 

Instead, however, the Fatima Center continues to promote the absurd idea that Francis is the Pope despite his obvious hatred of Catholicism and relentless denials of and attacks on the true Faith. In fact, on July 8, 2016, the Fatima Network sent out an email newsletter to its subscribers entitled “The Final Battle: Pray for the Holy Father”. You can access a PDF copy of it here (highlights and markings on it are our own). In it, the unnamed author relates with great sorrow Francis’ latest blasphemies and attacks on Catholic doctrine and morality and then goes on to utter a blasphemy himself, namely, that the Catholic Church has stood firm on doctrine and morality until Francis! This is a blasphemy because the Catholic Church — not the Modernist Novus Ordo Sect — will always stand firm in her doctrine, morals, laws, and liturgy because she is indefectible and cannot abandon her divine mission, regardless of who the current valid occupant of the Papal Throne is.

We can see in the Fatima Network’s July 8 letter a clear example of how the semi-traditionalists actually — although surely unwittingly — deny the indefectibility of the Church, even though they think this is what we sedevacantists are guilty of doing. Not so! The Chair of St. Peter can be vacant — that much is compatible with Catholic doctrine — but it cannot fail. Listen to the explanation given by the great 19th-century Cardinal Johann Franzelin, as quoted and related by John Daly:

“It is necessary to distinguish between the See and its occupants ... in considering the subject of its ‘perpetuity’,” says the leading Jesuit theologian of the nineteenth century, Cardinal Franzelin. “The See ... is a perpetual right of primacy … and never ceases to conserve ... the power which was established by God for the individual successors of Peter ...; but the individual occupants of the Apostolic See are mortal men, and for this reason, though the See can never fail, it can be vacant, and indeed often is vacant. At such times the ... institution of perpetuity certainly remains ... but ... actually belongs to no one.” (Franzelin: De Ecclesia; “Thesis on the Perpetuity of the Papacy.”)

(John Daly, Michael Davies — An Evaluation, 2nd ed., p. 105, fn. 15)

If we juxtapose this with what is stated in the July 8 email from the Fatima Center, we see that the candid admission of the semi-trads that the (putatively Catholic) Church has been unfaithful to Christ and no longer stands firm under Francis, is a clear denial of Catholic doctrine and an intolerable, outrageous, unspeakable blasphemy! 

Of course we realize that the author probably did not intend to commit blasphemy — he is no doubt sincerely struggling to navigate through this terrible mess — but that is not the point. The point is that objectively it is a blasphemy and contrary to Catholic dogma. It is heresy. It cannot be held, and it cannot be promoted by anyone who claims to be speaking for traditional Catholicism and even Our Lady herself!

Still don’t believe it? Here is some more evidence to ponder:

Every one must perfectly understand, and clearly and evidently see, that such a state of things [as claimed by Protestants] is directly opposed to the nature of the Church instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ; for in that Church truth must always continue firm and ever inaccessible to all change, as a deposit given to that Church to be guarded in its integrity, for the guardianship of which the presence and aid of the Holy Ghost have been promised to the Church for ever.

(Pope Pius IX, Apostolic Letter Iam Vos Omnes; underlining added.)

All who defend the faith should aim to implant deeply in your faithful people the virtues of piety, veneration, and respect for this supreme See of Peter. Let the faithful recall the fact that Peter, Prince of Apostles is alive here and rules in his successors, and that his office does not fail even in an unworthy heir. Let them recall that Christ the Lord placed the impregnable foundation of his Church on this See of Peter [Mt 16:18] and gave to Peter himself the keys of the kingdom of Heaven [Mt 16:19]. Christ then prayed that his faith would not fail, and commanded Peter to strengthen his brothers in the faith [Lk 27:32]. Consequently the successor of Peter, the Roman Pontiff, holds a primacy over the whole world and is the true Vicar of Christ, head of the whole Church and father and teacher of all Christians.

Indeed one simple way to keep men professing Catholic truth is to maintain their communion with and obedience to the Roman Pontiff. For it is impossible for a man ever to reject any portion of the Catholic faith without abandoning the authority of the Roman Church. In this authority, the unalterable teaching office of this faith lives on. It was set up by the divine Redeemer and, consequently, the tradition from the Apostles has always been preserved. So it has been a common characteristic both of the ancient heretics and of the more recent Protestants -- whose disunity in all their other tenets is so great -- to attack the authority of the Apostolic See. But never at any time were they able by any artifice or exertion to make this See tolerate even a single one of their errors

(Pope Pius IX, Encyclical Nostis et Nobiscum, nn. 16-17; underlining added.)

the Church has received from on high a promise which guarantees her against every human weakness. What does it matter that the helm of the symbolic barque has been entrusted to feeble hands, when the Divine Pilot stands on the bridge, where, though invisible, He is watching and ruling? Blessed be the strength of his arm and the multitude of his mercies!

(Pope Leo XIII, Allocution to Cardinals, March 20, 1900; excerpted in Papal Teachings: The Church, p. 349; underlining added.)

Not least among the blessings which have resulted from the public and legitimate honor paid to the Blessed Virgin and the saints is the perfect and perpetual immunity of the Church from error and heresy. We may well admire in this the admirable wisdom of the Providence of God, who, ever bringing good out of evil, has from time to time suffered the faith and piety of men to grow weak, and allowed Catholic truth to be attacked by false doctrines, but always with the result that truth has afterwards shone out with greater splendor, and that men's faith, aroused from its lethargy, has shown itself more vigorous than before.

(Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Quas Primas, n. 22; underlining added.)

The cognitive dissonance involved in perhaps professing these truths externally — as they semi-trads might very well do — while at the same time thinking, acting, and speaking in contrary fashion is beginning to push people over the edge.


But there is more to say about the July 8 email of the Fatima NetworkThe favorite semi-trad joker of “diabolical disorientation” is played once again, which effectively keeps people from inquiring into the compatibility of Catholic teaching with the claim that Francis is a true Pope. After listing some of Francis’ outrages, the author asks: “Can diabolical disorientation be any plainer?” But the real question that should be asked instead is: “Can the fact that Francis is not the Vicar of the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity be any plainer?” The author just conceded that to say Bergoglio is Pope is to say the Church has defected. But the Church cannot defect. Ergo, Bergoglio is not Pope. This is as plain as it’s going to get.

Also, one may be permitted to ask if “diabolical disortientation” is a fitting term for what has been going on in the Vatican since the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958. No doubt it is diabolical, but is it really disorientation? Disorientation implies confusion and loss of sense of direction with hints of diminished culpability. But is “confusion” not too soft a word to use here? These people are not confused — they are evil. Of course one cannot make this assertion about absolutely everyone, but that’s not the point. Rather, the Vatican II Sect leadership at large is diabolical and knows full well what it is doing. Their systematic success in ruining souls alone gives it away. No, Francis is not disoriented — he is very much oriented, just not oriented towards good but towards evil. So let’s finally stop the “disorientation” copout.

But then comes the worst part of the Fatima Center letter. The author writes:

What should we do as now even the Pope has undermined the sacrament of Holy Matrimony and unsettled the minds of countless Catholics? We were told by Our Lady to pray for the Holy Father, who will have much to suffer. This we should do now in great earnestness. We must do all we can to repair the damage done by these terrible words uttered by the very man charged with strengthening the Faith of his brothers and sisters and upholding the traditions of which he is supposed to be the chief guardian.

(underlining added)

This is where it gets absolutely crazy, and where you can see why we keep saying that these people are the blind leading the blind. Our Lady said the Holy Father will have much to suffer. Hello! Is Francis “suffering much”? No, he is the one inflicting the suffering! Here our Lady herself gives us yet another reason why Francis cannot be the “Pope” who has “much to suffer”! What are the Grunerites doing with this? They are not listening, they are simply mindlessly repeating the same mantras they have used for decades, apparently unaware that they do not fit the narrative they themselves have constructed!

This goes not just for Francis but for all the Vatican II “Popes”: The Revolution that is rightly deplored and condemned by the Fatima Center was planned, begun, executed, maintained, accelerated, and intensified by the “Popes” themselves! Even “Cardinal” Mario Ciappi, whom the Grunerites like to quote on occasion, said explicitly: “In the Third Secret it is foretold, among other things, that the great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top” (source). At the top! Where might that be? 

Vatican II, the Novus Ordo Missae, the 1983 Code of Canon Law, the 1993 Ecumenical Norms, the endless Modernist encyclicals… all of these things were imposed by the “Popes”, not some evil “disobedient bishops”, who could have simply been removed at any point anyway! No, it was the false Vatican II “Popes” who began it all and have kept it all going, and it is their underlings who have been ensuring that their soul-destroying program would be executed flawlessly. That is the truth. How tragic that many good-willed souls in the recognize-and-resist camp have allowed themselves to be used as the apostasy’s “useful idiots” inasmuch as they have continually upheld the credibility and authenticity of the Revolution by their recognition of its diabolical authors and abettors as legitimate Catholic authorities!

It is bad enough that so many are misled, but what is infinitely worse is that some are willfully blind

For example, when it came to interpreting “Cardinal” Ciappi’s clear statement that the apostasy began “at the top”, the Fatima Center’s own leader, “Father” Nicholas Gruner, found himself unable to figure out that this was a veiled reference to a putative Pope. Here is what Mr. Gruner said about this verbatim:

These are the very words of Cardinal Ciappi (personal Papal Theologian to Pope John Paul II). The result of "the great Apostasy" starting "at the top" is corruption of the clergy and the laity in doctrine, in morals and in liturgy.

Today, the Church is in great crisis. Its very leaders — priests, bishops, and even Cardinals — cause scandal within and without the Church; heretical statements are proclaimed and immorality practiced — such as homosexuality, pedophilia, abortion, contraceptives, and divorce, just to mention a few.

(Rev. Nicholas Gruner, “God Have Mercy on Us All”, Fatima Crusader, vol. 71, Autumn 2002)

Did you notice? Gruner mentions “priests, bishops, and even Cardinals” — yet curiously omits the mention of “Pope”, whom even the public-school-educated masses of our day would associate with the “top” of the Catholic Church. Back in 2002 it was precisely John Paul II and his predecessors of unhappy memory who were primarily responsible for “corruption … in doctrine, in morals and in liturgy” and for endless scandals, but perhaps Mr. Gruner was aware that pointing to the obvious heretical and impious liturgical wildcat wouldn’t go very well with the “the Holy Father will have much to suffer” spiel.

The bottom line is this: In Resistance Land, the Pope is the problem. In Sedevacantism, the Pope is the solution. Now guess which of these two positions is compatible with Catholicism! The Resisters already have a “Pope”, but at the price of an emasculation of the Papacy to the point where it has lost all its inherent binding authority; it is a “Papacy” that can no longer govern the wills of its subjects, who each determine on their own whether to accept or reject what the “Pope” mandates, as though he were in essence no different than a Protestant pastor. Sedevacantists, by contrast, only need the vacant Papal Throne to be filled, and all problems will at that point be solved, at least potentially. That’s because we sedevacantists actually believe in the Papacy. We did not sacrifice it so we could have an individual to point to and say, “There’s our Pope!” No, we preferred the Faith over expediency. The result is that the recognize-and-resist adherent is caught in a hopeless situation that is unsolvable even in principle, whereas the sedevacantist with great hope, patience, and joy simply awaits the blessed day when God, who can turn rocks into the children of Abraham (see Lk 3:8), decides to bestow upon His Church a true Pope again. This is the essential difference between the resistance and the sedevacantist positions, and its importance cannot be overstated. The resister is caught in a dead end of contradictions; the sedevacantist finds himself surrounded by mystery with an end that is not dead but wide open.

A few more words about the Fatima Center / Gruner apostolate are in order.


It may have escaped many pious souls, but there is a presumptuous identification by the Fatima Center of its work with the Mother of God herself — as though Our Lady had appointed “Fr.” Gruner (pictured left) as her official spokesman, or as though his work had the divine stamp of approval on it or came with a special endorsement from Our Lady herself. Yet, that is precisely the message that is constantly communicated, sometimes openly, sometimes covertly. So, for example, the Fatima Network calls itself “Our Lady’s Apostolate”, its web presence is tagged “Our Lady of Fatima online” (see the email newsletter linked above), the Fatima Crusader publication presumes to be “Our Lady’s magazine”, and its conference web site is entitled “Our Lady’s Army of Advocates”.

This incessant identification of the Gruner operation with Our Lady herself is as presumptuous as it is disturbing, and it seems that good-willed and pious souls have been manipulated in this fashion. The subliminal message that is being communicated is this: Gruner = Fatima; Fatima = Gruner. In other words, whoever opposes the Gruner operation, opposes Our Lady! 

This, of course, is something that has surely helped the semi-traditionalist camp keep people away from Sedevacantism for years. Sedevacantists claim there is no Pope, so that would mean no appeals to the “Pope” for the consecration of Russia, which is the be-all and end-all of the Grunerite apostolate. This, in turn, would mean that “Fr.” Gruner is wrong, and since Gruner = Fatima, this would mean Our Lady is wrong! But since Our Lady cannot be wrong, the Grunerites must be right and the sedevacantists wrong! Alas, this can only be the reasoning of people who, no matter how pious they might personally be, have subconsciously abandoned adherence to Catholic doctrine as the rule of Faith and replaced it with a quasi-cult of Fatima, and not even the true Fatima necessarily but merely the Grunerite interpretation thereof!

Speaking of Mr. Gruner and the consecration of Russia, it is perhaps useful to call to mind what Gruner said on the day of the election of Jorge Bergoglio as “Pope” Francis (March 13, 2013): He expressed his conviction that, because of letters he had received from Bergoglio as an auxiliary and “archbishop” in Buenos Aires and because of a “prophecy” made by one Antonio Ruffini, “Pope” Francis would be the one to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Have a look (starts at 10:32 mark):

Obviously, one cannot fault either Ferrara or Gruner for not knowing at the time how disastrous Francis would turn out to be, but even today the same Fatima Center is still pushing for the blasphemous apostate Bergoglio to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. That’s the “Anti-Catholic” and “Undertaker Pope” (Ferrara’s words) who has uttered “remarks that either deny or call into question longstanding Church teaching” and made other comments that “can only be described as blasphemous” (Fatima Network email newsletter of July 8). That’s the same Francis who has been speaking “terrible words about Our Lord” and who “has undermined the sacrament of Holy Matrimony and unsettled the minds of countless Catholics” (ibid.). 

This is the man who is supposed to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and thus effect world peace? The very same Jorge Bergoglio who has been accelerating the destruction of the Catholic religion and Christendom with every breath he takes? The man who publicly mocks and humiliates Christ? What is wrong with these people?!

Of course, the Grunerite mantra is always the same: “Pray for the Holy Father!” ...Well, how’s it been working out so far? Things have only gotten worse, much worse. That “praying for the Holy Father” thing isn’t working out! Why not? Does God not hear our prayers? Oh, but He does! The problem is, Francis isn’t the Holy Father. And no prayer in the world can change that.

But to say that Francis isn’t Pope, and there is no Pope and we don’t know how God will resolve our current situation, presents a sheer insurmountable problem for the whole semi-traditionalist enterprise, for a whole host of reasons, but there are two that stand out: (1) the Society of St. Pius X’s impending reconciliation with Rome under Francis of all people; (2) the colossal embarrassment and other consequences for the semi-trad star apologists to have to admit that sedevacantists are right (at least about Francis), just after the release and wide endorsement of True or False Pope?. Although admitting only that Francis isn’t the Pope is much different from saying there hasn’t been a Pope in over 50 years, nevertheless this admission would mean an acceptance of the sedevacantist principle, which is the foot in the door to saying that none of his five predecessors were valid Popes either. A third salient difficulty would be that the Fatima Center could basically shut its doors, or at least would have to change its program significantly and reduce its operations to a fraction of their current size. Obviously, the Fatima message is still urgently needed, but the “consecration of Russia” program is dead on arrival for the time being.

But here too a serious reality check brings both hope and clarity: The simple truth is that the Fatima message and the triumph of Our Lady of Fatima in no wise depend upon the operations or the success of the Grunerite Fatima Center. Gruner & Co. have no monopoly on the “authentic” Fatima anything. It is nothing short of manipulative to insist otherwise. This is very good news for Catholics everywhere: Our Lady has no need of the Fatima Center! Contrary to what you may have been led to believe, it is not “Our Lady’s” apostolate, although it may very well have been intended as an apostolate for Our Lady; but those are two entirely different things.

And thus, the semi-trad apologist is at a crossroads. The agony over Francis that the recognize-and-resister must now endure is the just wages of his false position. He must decide: Will he continue in cognitive dissonance until he loses his mind, or will he finally bite the bullet and recognize that what cannot be true, is not true? Should he decide for the latter, he will find in us his greatesty ally and supporter. There will certainly be no gloat fest on Novus Ordo Watch but only a friendly “welcome home” sign.

Just please do — finally — come home, before you truly lose your mind.


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