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


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Aug. 24 Update on SSPX-Rome Relations


Fellay Tales:

“Pope Francis does not think that Canonizations are infallible” & other curious Anecdotes

On August 24, 2016, the Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, Bp. Bernard Fellay, offered more of his usual “Fellay Tales” to his adherents, that intriguing mix of the mysterious, the incredible, and the laughable with regard to the SSPX and its relations with the Vatican, which have as their (no doubt intended) effect the continual pacification and confirmation of Lefebvrists in their current position as adherents to Bp. Fellay and the theological “recognize-but-resist” schizophrenia that characterises the Society.

In an English-language talk that lasted well over 100 minutes and is available in six parts in the videos embedded below, Bp. Fellay once again presents himself as the man with the “inside knowledge” of what is happening in the Vatican, and essentially assures his listeners that things have never been better for the SSPX. In addition to a few stunning new revelations, Fellay’s latest tales contain much of the “same old, same old” he’s been telling people for well over ten years, such as:

  • let me tell you what people in the Vatican told me personally!
  • there are bishops and cardinals who believe/know/say we’re Catholic!
  • there are bishops and other clerics who agree with us!
  • there are bishops who want us to keep fighting!
  • the Pope is on our side, he even says we’re Catholic!
  • John Paul II has lamented the prevalence of heresy!
  • Paul VI said the smoke of Satan had entered the Church!
  • not everything that comes from Rome is in agreement with what the Pope wants!
  • Tradition is making progress!

…All of which always leads the hearers to the same practical conclusion, one that is highly desirable for the SSPX Superior: The Society is right in what it does; therefore stick with us, hang in there; soon we will win. It is a call for perseverance in the status quo, and this seems to be always the same modus operandi for Bp. Fellay and his Society.

Where the SSPX contradicts traditional Catholic teaching — for example, with regard to the infallibility of papal canonizations of saints, as discussed below — this is quickly smoothed over by assuring the hearer that the Pope agrees with us on this! All this would mean is that the “Pope” is in error, too — that’s all. But theological principle has never been the strong suit of the SSPX.

Here are the six videos that together make up the entirety of Bp. Fellay’s conference of August 24, 2016. Most of the “good stuff” is found in Parts 3-6:

Towards the beginning, the SSPX Superior points out that the first principle of unity in the Church is the Faith. Unfortunately, he does not bother to reason what this means for Francis, who does not profess the true Catholic Faith: it means that he is not part of the Catholic Church. But we can let Fr. Sylvester Berry help us here:

Manifest heretics and schismatics are excluded from membership in the Church. Heretics separate themselves from the unity of faith and worship; schismatics from the unity of government, and both reject the authority of the Church. So far as exclusion from the Church is concerned, it matters not whether the heresy or schism be formal or material. Those born and reared in heresy or schism may be sincere in their belief and practice yet they publicly and willingly reject the Church and attach themselves to sects opposed to her. They are not guilty of sin in the matter, but they are not members of the Church. For this reason, the Church makes no distinction between formal and material heresy when receiving converts into her fold.

(Rev. E. Sylvester Berry, The Church of Christ [St. Louis, MO: B. Herder Book Co., 1927], p. 226; underlining added. The 1955 edition of the book is available here.)

Among the newer or more startling claims Bp. Fellay makes in his conference, we would certainly have to number his assertion that he believes, based on what “Abp.” Pozzo has said about the SSPX not needing to accept all of Vatican II, that it’s possible that this marks a “turning point in the history of [the] council” (Part 6, 12:58 min) and the beginning of the end of Vatican II — which, again, amounts to an exhortation to his people to hold out, so that they will remain attached to the SSPX. But as anyone who actually understands Catholicism knows, a church-gone-bad that fixes itself is still a church that went bad. “Fixing” Vatican II solves nothing, because the church that gave us Vatican II already cannot be the Catholic Church — if it were the true Church, the council wouldn’t need fixing! Besides, an authority that first imposes heresy and then later says, “Just kidding! We’re going to rescind it!” is not credible and could never be “the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim 3:15), which enjoys “the perfect and perpetual immunity of the Church from error and heresy” (Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Quas Primas, n. 22).

In the fourth part of the talk, Bp. Fellay makes a curious assertion, perhaps without realizing what implications his statement has for his own position. Speaking about Church unity in matters of government, he says: “...this unity in government is destroyed because the people in Rome no longer obey the Pope” (Part 4, 1:11 min). There is a name for a lack of unity in government, a refusal of submission to the Pope: it’s the nasty word schism. As Pope Leo XIII taught:

Christ therefore must have given to His Church a supreme authority to which all Christians must render obedience. For this reason, as the unity of the faith is of necessity required for the unity of the church, inasmuch as it is the body of the faithful, so also for this same unity, inasmuch as the Church is a divinely constituted society, unity of government, which effects and involves unity of communion, is necessary jure divino [by divine law]. “The unity of the Church is manifested in the mutual connection or communication of its members, and likewise in the relation of all the members of the Church to one head” (St. Thomas, 2a 2ae, 9, xxxix., a. I). From this it is easy to see that men can fall away from the unity of the Church by schism, as well as by heresy.

(Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Satis Cognitum, n. 11; underlining added.)

So, “the people in Rome no longer obey the Pope”? Aren’t there also people like that in Menzingen and Econe, Switzerland — and indeed throughout the entire world, banded together under the name “Society of Saint Pius X” who have not obeyed “the Pope” since at least 1976? Or is Bp. Fellay now in all seriousness going to point to himself and his Lefebvrist Society as examples of fidelity to the man they believe is Pope? Moreover, considering what has Francis has been doing and saying, shouldn’t Bp. Fellay be glad that there are people in the Vatican who will not obey him?

But, again, the SSPX Superior does not reason this far and perhaps hopes that his listeners won’t either. Instead, when it comes to the question of whether the SSPX is guilty of schism, he acknowledges that some “cardinals” indeed believe this, but not the “Pope”! He relates that Vatican “Cardinal” Gerhard Ludwig Muller had a decree of renewed excommunication prepared for the SSPX bishops, all ready to go, and, handing it to Francis, asked him to sign and date it. But Francis, according to Fellay, refused, telling Muller that “they are Catholics!”

And so, once again Bp. Fellay resolves a theological issue in his favor, not with Catholic theology, of course, but with an anecdote that he simply relates and asks his listeners to accept. Oftentimes the sources for these anecdotes are kept entirely anonymous — Bp. Fellay simply likes to claim that “bishops say” and “cardinals have told me” and such like. The more Bp. Fellay presents himself as a quasi-oracle in this manner, the more cultish the SSPX becomes. Catholic theology is thus being replaced by what somone claims someone else said that the “Pope” said. Even supposing it all to be true, that’s simply not how Catholic theology works, and Bp. Fellay knows it.

Clearly, the most interesting claim Bp. Fellay makes in his entire talk comes in Part 6: “Pope Francis does not think that the Canonizations are infallible” (Part 6, 11:24 min)! Yet again, the SSPX ignores traditional Catholic theology, which holds that canonizations of saints are infallible, and replaces it with, “Francis agrees with us that they’re not!”

So let’s say that Francis does indeed agree with them on this and does believe that Lefebvrists are Catholics. So what? Francis also believes Martin Luther was right on justification, that heresy is no big deal, that adultery is just an imperfect participation in the sacrament of matrimony, that the Crucifixion of our Blessed Lord is great to use as the punch line of a joke, that Our Lord probably apologized to Mary and Joseph, that today’s Jews are God’s Chosen People, that the observance of Ramadan can bring abundant spiritual fruit, that the Blessed Mother may have blasphemed, that the greatest problem in the world is the unemployment of the youth and the loneliness of the elderly, and on and on, ad nauseam. (Evidence for all this and much more can be found here.)

But hey, Francis believes the SSPX is Catholic, so that’s all that matters, right? And no doubt he also believes that Joe Biden is a Catholic. Precisely why should anyone care? Francis is being used here as an authority only whenever what he says floats Bp. Fellay’s boat — otherwise, not so much. In other words, the final authority is still and always will be the SSPX; others have authority only insofar as they agree with the Society. That would explain why they are still negotiating with Rome — this is far removed from what is understood by submission to the Pope in Catholic theology. We remember Pope Pius IX, another authority the SSPX pays lipservice to but only adheres to selectively, depending on what Bp. Fellay argues at a particular point in time:

Nor can we pass over in silence the audacity of those who, not enduring sound doctrine, contend that "without sin and without any sacrifice of the Catholic profession assent and obedience may be refused to those judgments and decrees of the Apostolic See, whose object is declared to concern the Church's general good and her rights and discipline, so only it does not touch the dogmata of faith and morals." But no one can be found not clearly and distinctly to see and understand how grievously this is opposed to the Catholic dogma of the full power given from God by Christ our Lord Himself to the Roman Pontiff of feeding, ruling and guiding the Universal Church.

(Pope Pius IX, Encyclical Quanta Cura, n. 5)

One will presumably search SSPX publications in vain for a quotation of this papal teaching.

Returning to the issue of Francis and canonizations: It won’t do, as some may try to argue, to claim that since Francis is the one canonizing, he gets to determine whether his canonizations are infallible or not. It doesn’t work that way. If he’s the Pope, his declaration that someone is a saint is infallible, and it doesn’t even matter what process, if any, was used to arrive at this conclusion, because it is not the process that is ever infallible but the declaration. That’s what Catholics believe. But don’t take our word for it:

...the end of the infallible Magisterium demands those things that are necessary in order to direct the faithful without error to salvation through the correct worship [=veneration] and imitation of the examples of Christian virtues. But for such a purpose infallibility concerning decrees on the Canonization of Saints is necessary.

[This] is certain, because by the solemn decrees of the Canonization of Saints the Church not only tolerates and permits, but also commends and instructs the whole flock of the faithful that certain definite Saints whom it canonizes are to be honored, and it proposes them as examples of virtue who are worthy of imitation. But the mere possibility of error in such a solemn declaration would take away all confidence from the faithful and fundamentally would destroy the whole cult of the Saints; because [then] it could happen that the Church would solemnly propose to all and mandate that condemned and evil men perpetually should be honored. Therefore, in order to direct the faithful without error to salvation through correct worship and imitation of the examples of Christian virtues, infallibility is necessary concerning the solemn decrees of the Canonization of Saints.

(Fr. Joachim Salaverri, Sacrae Theologiae Summa IB: On the Church of Christ, trans. by Fr. Kenneth Baker [original Latin published by BAC, 1955; English published by Keep the Faith, 2015], n. 724; underlining added, italics removed.)

This is the Catholic teaching, to deny which would be “temerarious, bringing scandal to the whole Church, … smacking of heresy … affirming an erroneous proposition”, in the words of Pope Benedict XIV (see Salaverri, n. 726; italics removed). A Pope cannot simply turn his own infallibility on or off at will, because it is not something that proceeds from him as the source, but from the Holy Ghost.

In addition, this also puts to rest the sneaky and erroneous defense put forth by some that a decree of canonization only requires one to believe that the soul canonized is in Heaven, not that he is worthy of imitation or veneration or lived a holy life on earth — only that he finally “made it”. We understand the motivation behind making this claim — for who wants to say that the Koran-kissing snake worshipper John Porn II is worthy of imitation or veneration? — but Catholic theology demands more than having a good motive in making claims. We can’t make up Church doctrine as we go along, carefully tailoring it to give us what we need and nothing we don’t want, just so we don’t have to be sedevacantists. That’s just not how Catholicism works. If Catholic principle applied to the facts results in Sedevacantism, then that’s the position you have to embrace, whether you like it or not.

So, once again, a simple look at a pre-Vatican II theology manual shows that the SSPX cannot be relied on to put forth traditional Catholic doctrine on any given theological issue. And why not? Because they want the Vatican II “popes” to be valid — a Faustian bargain!

Another curious anecdote Bp. Fellay relates in his conference is that some cardinals have allegedly said: “We have exaggerated the power of the Pope. We need to reduce that.” Once again, the cardinals in question remain anonymous, and Bp. Fellay’s motive for mentioning this bizarre statement remains unclear. The power of the Pope comes directly from God; it does not come from the cardinals or from the Church. Although cardinals have the power to elect the Pope, this is merely the authority to designate the man who is to be invested by God Himself with the power of the Papacy. It is not a transfer of power from the cardinals to the Pope, as though the Pope were more or less an “employee” of the cardinals, a sort of CEO elected by a board who can be recalled at any time.

All in all, Bp. Fellay’s Aug. 24 talk is a mixed bag of countless observations, thoughts, ideas, concerns, and anecdotes — with a little bit of theology thrown into the mix to make it sound Catholic. Pray for the poor souls that look up to him as a traditional Catholic leader. He is leading them, alright — slowly but surely into the lion’s den of Jorge Bergoglio. And when that process is finished and the trapdoor closes, the vast majority of SSPX adherents will be caught like a deer in the headlights, not knowing what to do or think, because for decades they’ve fed their minds not on Catholic teaching but on Lefebvrite propaganda peppered with plenty of intriguing tales from Bp. Fellay.

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Benedict XVI on why he resigned:


‘I couldn’t take the Jet Lag I would get from traveling to World Youth Day!’

The bizarre spectacle that is the aftermath of Benedict XVI’s resignation first announced on Feb. 11, 2013, continues unabated. After recent absurd claims that Benedict XVI had not “fully” resigned from the papacy but was still a “contemplative member” of a “two-tier” Petrine office, today we are getting word that the main reason Benedict decided to throw in the towel was the stressful travel to World Youth Day in Rio. Riiight.

In an exclusive interview conducted by Elio Guerrireo and published Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, by the Italian La Repubblica, the “Pope Emeritus”, Joseph Ratzinger, claims that in 2013 he was facing numerous commitments he did not think himself capable of fulfilling. Asked to elaborate on what those commitments were, Benedict XVI says:

In particular, the date for World Youth Day had already been set, which was to take place in the summer of 2013 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Now, in this regard, I had two very specific convictions. After the experience of the trip to Mexico and Cuba, I had the feeling I wouldn’t be able to take such a demanding journey. In addition to this, the setup of World Youth Day given by John Paul II made the physical presence of the Pope essential. Setting up a live streaming link or using some other technological means was unthinkable [was not thought of]. This was another issue that made the resignation a duty for me.

(Elio Guerriero, “Ratzinger, la confessione: “Troppo stanco, così ho lasciato il ministero petrino’”, La Repubblica, Aug. 24, 2016; our translation.)

That’s it: The ultimate reason he took the highly unusual step of resigning from the “papacy” was because he didn’t think he could make the 12-hour flight from Rome to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day 2013. And since we didn’t want to appear on a television screen or skip the event altogether, we just decided to do the unthinkable and throw in the towel entirely and have everyone spend a fortune to organize a conclave and everything a “papal” election entails, before, during, and after the process, and all of that in the middle of the “Year of Faith”. That’s completely normal, right?

Sorry, not convincing. 

But the fun continues, as Ratzinger elaborates further in the interview. 

Above all, [after the Mexico-Cuba trip] I realized I would no longer be able to undertake trans-oceanic flights in the future, due to the problem of jet lag. Of course I also spoke about this issue with my personal doctor, Prof. Patrizio Polisca, MD. Thus it became clear that I wouldn't be able to attend World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in the summer of 2013, because I would not be able to endure the jet lag. From then on I had to decide in a relatively short period of time when I would resign.

And thus the greatest mystery of our recent times has finally been revealed: It was all due to the jet lag!

What? You don’t buy it? You don’t want to believe that we’ve had to listen to 3+ years of Francis drivel because Ratzinger was too tired to fly to Rio?

Look, bizarre Ratzinger claims about his resignation are nothing new. Remember what he told Vaticanist Andrea Tornielli as the reason he decided to retain the white cassock after his time as “Pope”:

I continue to wear the white cassock and kept the name Benedict for purely practical reasons. At the moment of my resignation there were no other clothes available. In any case, I wear the white cassock in a visibly different way to how the Pope wears it. This is another case of completely unfounded speculations being made.

(Benedict XVI to Andrea Tornielli; quoted in “Socci: The Plot Thickens”, Novus Ordo Wire, Feb. 27, 2014)

Yes, you see, the whole reason we have a “Pope Emeritus” wearing white in the Vatican today is that three years ago they couldn’t find a black cassock for the poor fellow, and of course it is just not practical to have anyone refer to him as “Cardinal Ratzinger” (as he was known from 1977-2005), so why not come up with “Pope Emeritus Benedict” instead? That makes things so much easier! The long-term effects of jet lag are just absolutely amazing.

Folks, something is really fishy here, and there is no question that this latest claim that Benedict resigned because of World Youth Day will add more fuel to the fire of the Resignationists, those who believe Benedict’s resignation was invalid and he is actually the legitimate Pope even now. These poor souls are rightly alarmed about the open apostasy of his successor Francis but somehow turn a blind eye to the same apostasy committed much more sneakily by Benedict XVI himself.

Wait till Antonio Socci and “Fr.” Paul Kramer get wind of this — they will eat this up. That the real reason for Ratzinger’s resignation is a different one, seems obvious. But what’s even more certain is that Ratzinger was never a true Pope, not for one instant, as he is not a Catholic but a heretic, and he is not even a valid bishop. The man denies the Resurrection, Papal Primacy, and original sin. Permitting Mass to be offered according to the 1962 Missal doesn’t erase that.

On September 8, a new interview book with Benedict XVI will be released in Italy (English version: Last Testament: In His Own Words; publication date: November 3), and we can surmise it will likewise contain a few more bombshells and head scratchers.

Speaking of head scratchers: You may recall that twice in the last five years Benedict XVI has made odd, perhaps cryptic, remarks about feeling “safe” in the Vatican around the “cardinals” and “Pope” Francis:

  • May 21, 2012 to “cardinals”: “ are my friends and I feel at home with you, I feel safe in this company of great friends, who are here with me and all together with the Lord” (source)
  • June 28, 2016 to Francis: “More than the beauty found in the Vatican Gardens, your goodness is the place where I live; I feel protected” (source)

So he feels “safe” and “protected”. Safe and protected from what? From jet lag? It may be doubted.

By the way, it is not surprising that Ratzinger would speak of his resignation as something he perceived as a “duty”, for what else was he going to say? That it was just an option he felt like taking? That wouldn’t go over very well. No, “duty” makes it sound much better because doing your duty is an act of virtue.

In all this insanity, just remember that we finally now have the reason for it all: 

It was the jet lag, stupid!


On Twitter, the @vignadelsignore account 
sent this photo of Benedict XVI reportedly taken on August 22, 2016, with Alessandro de Sanctis (click photo to enlarge)

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An Introduction to Sedevacantism


Part I: Vatican II’s New Doctrine on the Church

[UPDATE: We have corrected the volume problem on the video! - scroll down]

We have begun making a series of videos that is meant to introduce newcomers to Sedevacantism in a way that is easy to follow, provides airtight argumentation, and does not overwhelm.

The first part of the series puts before the viewer the Second Vatican Council’s new doctrine on the Church (ecclesiology), according to which the Church of Jesus Christ no longer is the Catholic Church, as taught by Pope Pius XII and all of his predecessors, but instead now “subsists in” it. This bizarre new teaching is typically known as communio ecclesiology, elements ecclesiology, “Frankenchurch”, or — our preferred term — patchwork ecclesiology, because it holds that the Church of Jesus Christ exists in elements: The Catholic Church has all of them, but various other religions also have some of them and hence there exists a “partial communion” between them and the “Catholic” (i.e. Novus Ordo) Church.

Our video shows that the authentic and authoritative post-conciliar interpretation of the “subsists in” clause confirms that the doctrine has indeed changed and that the novel teaching is, by implication, heretical, for it creates a real distinction between the Church founded by Christ and the Catholic Church, whereas the truth is that the two are absolutely identical.

Here is the video:

In 1868, when convoking the First Vatican Council, Pope Pius IX was blissfully unaware of the “partial communion” Protestants supposedly enjoy with the Catholic Church:

Now, whoever will carefully examine and reflect upon the condition of the various religious societies, divided among themselves, and separated from the Catholic Church, which, from the days of our Lord Jesus Christ and his Apostles has never ceased to exercise, by its lawful pastors, and still continues to exercise, the divine power committed to it by this same Lord; cannot fail to satisfy himself that neither any one of these societies by itself, nor all of them together, can in any manner constitute and be that One Catholic Church which Christ our Lord built, and established, and willed should continue; and that they cannot in any way be said to be branches or parts of that Church, since they are visibly cut off from Catholic unity. For, whereas such societies are destitute of that living authority established by God, which especially teaches men what is of Faith, and what the rule of morals, and directs and guides them in all those things which pertain to eternal salvation, so they have continually varied in their doctrines, and this change and variation is ceaselessly going on among them. Every one must perfectly understand, and clearly and evidently see, that such a state of things 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.)

Here we can see that in no way could the Vatican II teaching be considered a “development” of doctrine because no authentic development can contradict prior teaching — it can only make it more clear. But it doesn’t get any more clear than saying that the Catholic Church is the Church established by our Lord Jesus Christ. Funny, but somehow everyone understands what the term “is” means in this context, whereas most people have trouble with “subsists in”. This is also evident from daily life: If you say that this woman is your mother-in-law, everyone understands what you are saying. But try telling your friends that your mother-in-law subsists in this woman, and see if they think you’ve made anything more clear. Good luck.

When analyzing Vatican II’s new ecclesiology, it is also helpful to look at the motive for changing the straightforward “is” into “subsists in”. The reason why the true Catholic doctrine was changed at Vatican II can be summed up in one word: ecumenism. As Bp. Donald Sanborn has pointed out multiple times, one cannot practice Vatican II ecumenism while insisting that the Catholic Church alone is true Church of Jesus Christ and all other “churches” are heretical sects that have no right to exist. Hence the teaching had to be muddied, and the perfect way to do that was to pretend that the new subsistit in formulation was somehow making the teaching of Pius XII “more precise”. Of course it did no such thing, and the ultimate proof of this is that all the heretical “Christian” sects that practice ecumenism with the Novus Ordo Church would be absolutely horrified if the Vatican all of a sudden told them now that the Catholic Church alone is the true Church Jesus Christ, that their own “churches” are bogus, and that they must convert to Catholicism if they wish to be saved.

In 1977, about a year before he became “Pope” John Paul II, the Polish “cardinal” Karol Wojtyla stated explicitly that the Second Vatican Council’s teaching had changed the very nature of the Church: “The Church ... succeeded, during the second Vatican Council, in re-defining her own nature” (Wojtyla, Sign of Contradiction, p. 17). To see a scan of the page where this quote appears in the book, CLICK HEREThink about what Wojtyla is saying here: that the council defined a new church into existence, that the church of and after Vatican II is not the same church as the one prior. That’s what redefining the nature of the church means, for the nature makes a thing what it is.

In 2004, Bp. Donald Sanborn had a fiery debate with Novus Ordo theologian Dr. Robert Fastiggi on precisely this partial-communion ecclesiology of Vatican II. You can watch the video for free at the following link:

We hope that our first video in the Introduction to Sedevacantism series will be helpful to many. Be sure to share it with friends and family, co-workers and fellow-parishioners. Ask them for their opinion of the video — that’s always a good conversation starter.

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Mark Shea Fired from National Catholic Register

[UPDATES to this story found at end of post — scroll down]

The EWTN-owned “conservative” Novus Ordo publication National Catholic Register has finally terminated its relationship with “Catholic” loudmouth blogger, author, speaker, and longtime troublemaker Mark Shea. He was fired. The following message was relayed via Facebook:

The Register is no longer publishing blogs or commentaries submitted by Mark Shea. Mark’s writings at the or published in our print edition were within our editorial guidelines. However, his writings and engagement on other forums were irreconcilable with our editorial vision or standards of charitable discussion.

(Quoted by Steve Ray, “Mark Shea fired at National Catholic Register – reported by many”, Defenders of the Catholic Faith, Aug. 21, 2016)

Although Shea’s blog at NCR is still accessible if one knows the URL, it is no longer linked from the main menu.

Over the years, Shea had demonstrated an uncanny ability to always come down on the wrong side of an issue with a predictability level nearing 100%. Of particularly infelicitous memory is his severe condemnation of David Daleiden, the heroic young man who exposed the horrific, abominable, and illegal works of Planned Parenthood — namely, harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted children, some of whom were reportedly still alive during the harvesting. What reason did Shea see to condemn Daleiden? You see, in order to obtain his underground video evidence, Daleiden had to deceive the monsters at Planned Parenthood, and of course lying is a sin.

Indeed, it is true — lying is a sin, and so is simulation (pretending) — but in the face of the butchering of children and the sale of their body parts to the highest bidder, turning the outrage and the focus on Daleiden and what conceivably did not amount to more than a series of venial sins on his part anyway, is itself outrageous and disturbing. In our TRADCAST podcast program of Aug. 17, 2015, we discuss this whole issue at some length and, exploring what Catholic moral teaching has to say about lying, put everything in perspective.

From the beginning, Shea has been an absolute cheerleader for “Pope” Francis. In a Sep. 17, 2014 interview with the Novus Ordo Jesuit rag America, Shea rhapsodized over the Argentinian apostate: “It’s almost inarticulate, but I have nothing but love for the guy. I think he’s the absolute real deal and I feel tremendous hope for the church.” Again, just to be clear: He’s talking about Francis. That’s this guy. Enough said.

When in 2014 the sodomite pop singer Elton John (aka the “queen” of England), who is “married” to his partner and has two children “with” him, expressed his unbounded admiration of Francis, Shea was overjoyed, arguing that this meant that Elton was “revisiting what the gospel has to say because of [Francis]”. Apparently it did not occur to Shea that the reason Elton John is excited about Francis is because Francis demonstrates contempt for Catholicism. Elton John is essentially saying, “Finally, there’s a man like me on the Chair of Peter, a man after my own heart. Finally, the church is starting to come around to my way of thinking! This deserves recognition! Long live Francis!” We took apart Shea’s daft argumentation in the following blog post:

Indeed, just a few months before his raving endorsement of Francis, Elton John had uttered the unspeakable blasphemy that our Lord Jesus Christ would have favored sodomite “marriages”. Is Mark Shea too stupid to get it? No, intelligence does not seem to be the problem here.

While it is not clear what exactly proved to be the final straw for the National Catholic Register that led to Shea’s long-overdue dismissal, their decision came less than a month after Stephen Herreid of The Stream posted an article entitled, “Pro-Life Catholics Deserve Better Than These Writers”, in which he calls out Mark Shea, Simcha Fisher, and John Paul Shimek — all contributors at the National Catholic Register then — for their unacceptable online behavior. Herreid criticizes Shimek for his article, “Should Good Catholics Read Far-Right Catholic Blogs?”, which was later removed by the NCR editors (the original can still be accessed here). As for Shea and Fisher, Herreid accuses them of calumny, hatred, childish bullying, and revolting language, and he provides copious documentation.

More recently, Shea got into a quarrel with John Zmirak, likewise of The Stream, who had accused Shea of “dusting off the Seamless Garment with a twist” (Zmirak, “The Seamless Garment: A Poison Pill to Kill Off the Pro-Life Movement”, The Stream, Aug. 11, 2016). For those who are not aware, the “Seamless Garment” doctrine was a clever ruse developed by the Satanic “Cardinal” Joseph Bernardin of Chicago to undermine pro-life efforts to stop abortion by lumping the issue of preborn baby killing in with all sorts of other social causes (some of them quite legitimate in themselves), embracing anything from obtaining better air quality to ending the death penalty.

Shea also has his clique of cheerleaders, of course, especially his (now former) fellow-NCR blogger colleague Simcha Fisher. Fisher herself deserves to be fired for her foul mouth alone. Sufficient samples of the kind of things she is not ashamed to say on Facebook — things St. Paul said ought not to even “be named among you, as becometh saints” (Eph 3:3-4) — can be found at the Herreid article already mentioned. But as Our Lord taught: “...out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Lk 6:45).

Independently of his work at NCR, Mark Shea still operates a private blog entitled Catholic and Enjoying It! at the notorious Patheos platform of all religions and none. Quite appropriately, Shea’s blog carries the tagline, “So That No Thought of Mine, No Matter How Stupid, Should Ever Go Unpublished Again!” Now there’s a Catholic approach to publishing! 

It may have escaped Shea, but there is a reason why the Church traditionally requires a nihil obstat and imprimatur for the publication of religious and philosophical works, why she has an Index of Forbidden Books, and why each diocese has a censor — and that is precisely so that many thoughts, especially the really stupid ones, will never get published. This is known as the censorship of books and is a thoroughly Catholic concept. But then again, some “Catholics” are so enamored of their own views and thoughts that they cannot stand the thought that what they have to say may not actually get published or taken seriously.

Thank heavens, Shea’s blogging adventure at the National Catholic Register has finally come to an end. No, we’re not gloating in the fact that someone lost his employment. Rather, we are delighted that a major Novus Ordo troublemaker has finally had one of his biggest platforms for spouting dangerous nonsense taken away from him. Being employed by EWTN, which owns the Register, gave Shea a lot of much-needed credibility. So, by no longer being a blogger there, Shea is able to do a lot less damage to souls for the time being, and that is a cause for joy.

UPDATE 23-AUG-2016 01:45 UTC: Blogger Simcha Fisher has now also been fired from the National Catholic Register, and for good reason. Below is a screenshot of her Facebook post of Aug. 22, 2016:


As with Shea, her blog has been removed from the Register’s menu, although the archives of her blog are still (and will remain) publicly accessible.

UPDATE 23-AUG-2016 13:26 UTC: Mark Shea: “I Stand with Simcha”, shows he still doesn’t get it — It’s always everybody else’s fault, isn’t it?!

Two big cheerleaders for the Novus Ordo Sect and the Francis Revolution are now able to do a lot less damage to souls. This is excellent news for the Catholic Church!

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Sacrilege 2.0

Profanation in Cologne:


“SilentMOD” Light & Music Show inside Historic Cathedral as Part of Local Video Game Trade Fair

The High Cathedral of St. Peter in Cologne, Germany, is one of the most complex and beautiful church buildings in the entire world. Construction of the breathtaking architectural marvel lasted for 632 years, beginning under Pope Innocent IV in 1248 — when St. Albert the Great was still alive — and ending in 1880 under Pope Leo XIII. 

This beautiful sacred building is currently undergoing Novus-Ordo-approved profanation by means of a music and light show in connection with the annual local video game trade fair known as Gamescom. The sacrilegious performance takes place every night from Aug. 18 through Aug. 20, between 10:00 pm and 2:00 am local time. The event has as its name “SilentMOD”. “Mod” stands for “modification” in computer developers’ terminology, and that is exactly what they have done to the cathedral: They have modified it by turning it from its original purpose of the worship of the Most Holy Trinity and the sanctification of souls, to impressing the senses of modern man, whose mind is dull and who, like brute animals, can only be stimulated through the senses. Incidentally, “Mod” also happens to be the backward spelling of “Dom”, which is the common German term for “cathedral.”

The music is a combination of sacred Gregorian chant and secular electronic music, composed specifically for this event by the local DJ duo Blank & Jones. Fog machines, naturally, can’t be missing here. In addition to music and lights, there are also fragrances disseminated, perfumes consisting of a blend of incense, myrrh, and various citrus scents.

Let’s have a look at some video clips that have been published of the event so far:

The official motive behind this sacrilege is, of course, the brilliant Novus Ordo idea that this will draw people, especially youngsters, to church and will allow them to (re-)discover and “come into contact” with “God” and the “church” and the “faith”. It is likewise no surprise that the disgusting spectacle is fully approved by “Cardinal” Rainer Maria Woelki, Cologne’s “archbishop”, who earlier this year had permitted another church in the diocese to be used for an ecumenical funeral celebration of a public Lutheran sodomite. But then again, we have to keep in mind that Woelki was appointed to his post by “Pope” Francis, who is himself an expert at profaning the sacred.

The following pictures also give a general idea of what is going on inside the cathedral during SilentMOD. Of course no sacrilegious laser light show would be complete without a Masonic triangle:

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Granted, compared to other things we’ve seen in the Novus Ordo Sect, this is actually relatively harmless — which says a lot about what else we’ve seen. You know, like the Sound Effects “Mass”, the Skater Park church, the “Electric Church” spectacle, or the Find-Fight-Follow abominations.

In all this, we once again see an application of the Modernist dogma that everything must focus on the individual experience, for in the Modernist religion, faith equals experience or feeling, which of course ultimately rests on no intellectual foundation at all, can never withstand rational challenges, and will only last for as long as the feelings perdure. It is doomed to failure. God? An annoying side object for the Novus Ordo religion, who is invoked only to solve our problems, make us feel good, and give us psychological support — oh yes, and to forgive our sins, of course. But at the center there is always man, about whom Vatican II blasphemously said: “...all things on earth should be related to man as their center and crown” (Pastoral Constitution Gaudium Et Spes, n. 12).

This “mega event” (term used by the dean of the cathedral, Rev. Gerd Bachner) comes with a price tag of 300,000 € (roughly $340,000), although the “archdiocese” of Cologne did have sponsors for at least a portion of that. 

Cologne Cathedral, by the way, is home to the relics of the Three Kings (Three Wise Men), whose feast is celebrated annually on January 6.

Together with the Psalmist we can say: “...see what things the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary” (Ps 73:3).

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Miami Vice: 129-Page Dossier documents former Archdiocesan Vocations Director’s Involvement with Sodomite Santería Practitioner


Now that it’s summer and “Pope” Francis has slowed down talking a little to prevent a sunburn on his tongue, we can finally catch up on a big story that broke in the month of May but that we never got around to covering because the Vatican’s Modernist-in-Chief can’t figure out how to close his mouth: “Father” Pedro Corces (pictured below left), pastor of St. Rose of Lima parish in the Novus Ordo Archdiocese of Miami, Florida, has reportedly been caught in a sodomite relationship with a practioner of the syncretistic Santería religion who also has a criminal background. To make matters worse, “Fr.” Corces hired the man as a maintenance worker for the parish and the K-8 parochial school. When Miami’s “Archbishop” Thomas Wenski was notified of the scandal by concerned parishioners and given an exhaustive dossier compiled by a private investigator detailing the evidence against Corces and his lover, Wenski lashed out at the whistleblowers and accused them of spreading “gossip”.

Once you’ve closed your mouth, go on reading for the details.


It all started with Corces’ sudden removal of the “nuns” from the parochial school at St. Rose of Lima “Catholic” church in Miami Shores, where he was serving as pastor. When the announcement came in January 2016, parents were furious, and some staged a protest. Religious sisters had been running the school since 1951.

As “multiple conflicting reasons were given for the nuns' departure, … families began to suspect that Corces was forcing them out”, according to a report in the regional New Times. “…[C]oncerned parents ... wanted to move forward with an investigation of Corces after the kerfuffle over the nuns led to ‘tips’ about his behavior. … [M]ultiple families pooled funds to hire a private investigator”, and this is when things hit the fan.

Organizing under the name of Christifidelis, the group of concerned laymen and parents had their investigator put together a dossier on the activities of “Fr.” Corces, and the result is a shocking 129-page report that was sent to the archdiocesan authorities and has since been released to the public. You can access it here:

The report from the New Times gives the following summary of the dossier:

1. Fr. Pedro puts the children of the Parish in grave danger. He has a history of placing unsuitable characters in close contact with children. During his tenure as Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Miami, which ran from 1996 to 2006, he allowed for the placement of Miguel Cala in St. Andrew Catholic School in Coral Springs, where Mr. Cala later sexually abused children and is currently serving time. Fr. Pedro has also apparently circumvented the background checks which are required for hiring employees who may be in contact with children. Most recently he replaced members of his maintenance staff with a felon and prostitute, Santeria practitioners, promiscuous gay practitioners and people who openly mock the Catholic faith.

2. Fr. Pedro throughout his career has made a mockery of his vows of celibacy. He has a documented history of being involved in romantic gay relationships, including his current relationship with a maintenance worker, [name redacted by New Times] whom he subsequently hired to work in the church.

3. Fr. Pedro leads a Catholic church yet he openly mocks and defies the religion. ... Of the two charities that he operates, Mision Manos Hermanas is listed in its IRS filing as a Protestant organization and Action of Solidarity Inc. is listed as nonreligious. His boyfriend is a Santero (voodoo religion) who openly mocks the Catholic faith. Fr. Pedro has hosted an interdenominational service where he hosted practitioners of the following religions at the altar: Protestant, Judaism, Islam. He also led a gay rights petition in defiance of Archdiocese policies.

4. Fr. Pedro has lied repeatedly to parishioners about the reason for the departure of the Sisters of the I.H.M. One such, outright lie was repeated by him in the Sanctuary, in front of the altar, to a group of parishioners. When asked for answers, Fr. Pedro generally insists on one on one meetings with parishioners without witnesses, which raises questions about his trustworthiness.

5. There are troublesome red flags around Fr. Pedro’s financials, putting the Parish’s financials at risk. Fr. Pedro enjoys frequent, lavish trips and dinners with his boyfriend. His boyfriend lives in a condominium, not commensurate with the salary of a maintenance worker. Last year Fr. Pedro raised funds in the parish for the purchase of a house in Cuba but did not give any information about the recipients and it is rumored that the receiving family was that of a maintenance worker at Saint Rose of Lima. Also raises questions that the parish St. Vincent de Paul failed financially shortly after his tenure as its administrator. Fr. Pedro has increased secrecy and reduced controls by dismantling the Financial Oversight Committee of the parish, by changing the financial administrator three times in a year, and by changing the security code of all video cameras as soon as he became pastor of St Rose of Lima.

6. Fr. Pedro demonstrates and has made clear his lack of interest in the Parish. He has told the parishioners various times in the homily that he did not want to be our Pastor. He has told another priest that he “hates” us.  Ever since he became a priest, the parish has gone from meeting its ABCD [Archbishop’s Charities and Development campaign] collections targets to missing them consistently. Fr. Pedro, unlike other priests, never publicly appealed to our knowledge for donations for the ABCD even though any shortfall would have to be covered by the parish.  When a petition was presented to Father Pedro, which was signed by over 600 parents, students and other stakeholders, asking that the Sisters of IHM stay at Saint Rose, he ignored the petition, just as he has ignored all other such. Father Pedro has rejected the many calls for a parish town hall.

7. Fr. Pedro openly violates Archdiocese polices and lacks morale character by not screening maintenance employees he has hired to work amongst the children.  Additionally, once when he went on a vacation to Puerto Rico with [the maintenance worker, name redacted by New Times] took a “sick leave” to fly with him. Father Pedro thus covered for his employee’s lie and unethically allowed him to collect sick pay while another employee who was actually sick had to come in and cover for him.

8. Fr. Pedro operates in ways that mock the example and teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. Instead of freely serving others he cultivates loyalties of individual parishioners through favors so that they are beholden to him. When a group of nine parishioners asked him why the Sisters of I.H.M. where leaving he demanded to know why one was questioning him given that Fr. Pedro had helped him with a tuition problem previously. Likewise he reprimanded another parishioner in front of the group when she tried to question him by pointing out that he had counseled her in times of need. In both cases he attempted to intimidate those that questioned him and publicly reminded them of private “favors” in front of the other, shocked parishioners.

9. Fr. Pedro has stoked deep divisions in our parish. An email to the men’s Emmaus group describes our community as “harshly divided” in the aftermath of Fr. Pedro’s recent actions.

(Deirdra Funcheon, “Miami Archdiocese Investigating Catholic School Scandal After Group Compiles ‘Dossier’ on Priest”, New Times, May 23, 2016; formatting changed.)

The Neo-Catholic
Church Militant web site summarizes further:

The document is a result of several weeks of investigation by a private investigator and various members of the parish and outlines the sordid relationship between Fr. Corces and his gay prostitute "boyfriend" whom he hired as a maintenance worker at the parish.

The private investigator obtained video footage of Fr. Corces traveling to his boyfriend's apartment to stay for the night, surveillance footage of them eating at restaurants and going on outings together. The document also shows the boyfriend has a criminal record of prostitution, insurance fraud, impersonation of a doctor and forgery. His Facebook posts show he has a disdain for Catholicism and a proclivity for the pagan voodoo religion Santeria.

Paperwork for a massage parlor the boyfriend owns were found in the parish trash along with receipts from sex shops and gay musicals. Records show Fr. Cortes [sic] and his boyfriend on vacation to Key West and Puerto Rico together and stayed at resorts together; the investigator confirmed the rooms had one bed.

Despite all this, the boyfriend has been working on Church property in almost daily close proximity to school children. [Attorney] Armesto told that the parish does criminal background checks on all parents before they are allowed to set foot into the school — even if they are just picking up or dropping off their children.

Yet Corces' boyfriend has an extensive criminal background and is allowed free reign on parish property. The report also alleges that Fr. Corces has had homosexual relations with three other maintenance employees of the parish and a deacon.

Christifidelis is urging the archbishop to take prompt action and remove Fr. Corces immediately from the parish as well as the homosexual maintenance workers he hired. They are also asking that his financial decisions as pastor be investigated.

(Rodney Pelletier, “Miami Parishioners demand Abp. Wenski remove reportedly Homosexual Priest”, Church Militant, May 26, 2016)

Miami attorney Rosa Armesto, who herself has a child enrolled at St. Rose of Lima school, is the legal representative of Christifidelis. According to the New Times article quoted earlier,

Armesto stressed that homosexuality was not the issue with Corces so much as "nepotism and cronyism. Father Cortes basically hired his boyfriend and he sleeps at the boyfriend's house and at the rectory — that's what the surveillance has shown. Surveillance video shows Father Cortes [sic] at the [boyfriend's] apartment building. He has the code to get in, he parks on the space allotted for the apartment. He sleeps there; in the morning, surveillance has shown both of them exiting together. That's been proven. Tips were given about them vacationing together." The dossier includes hotel receipts and Facebook check-ins that seem to confirm a relationship.

Armesto says that when Corces was appointed pastor, "the school had their own maintenance workers that had been there years and years" but he replaced them with three staff of his own choosing. Armesto says that Corces "has denied any sexual relationship" with any of the maintenance workers, but that the private investigator found they stayed in a hotel room with just a single bed.

"It's no different than when President Clinton denied having sex with that White House intern," says Armesto. "Both are lying." Families suspect that Corces wanted the nuns gone because they lived on parish grounds and could witness his activities around the clock, she claims.

(Funcheon, “Miami Archdiocese Investigating”New Times, May 23, 2016)

On May 26, Miami’s “Archbishop” Wenski sent a letter to the parents of St. Rose school, in which he accused them of “[s]landerous gossip, calumny, [and] detraction”, insisted that 
some of the allegations in the dossier were false, and said that other accusations were still being investigated. In any case, however, he had asked “Fr.” Corces to resign as pastor and had appointed someone else in his stead as interim principal. The story, together with a copy of the Wenski letter, can be found here:

Needless to say, the parents and concerned laymen of Christifidelis were outraged: “It’s such a shameful letter. The archbishop is not upset at what the priest has done but that it has been uncovered… The church isn’t upset by the sins of their priests but by the fact that the faithful have had the audacity, the temerity, to bring this up”, the Miami Herald quoted the group’s lawyer in a reaction to the Wenski letter. 

According to Susan Matthiesen at the Novus Ordo Les Femmes — The Truth blog, who was once almost “excommunicated” by Wenski when he was “bishop” of Orlando (2004-2010), it is very typical of him to blame the complaining laity: “…nothing has changed. Archbishop Wenski acts exactly the same and speaks the same as when the Orlando Truth was in active combat with him” (“The Immutable Archbishop Thomas Wenski”).

On July 5, 2016, Wenski wrote another letter to the parishioners of St. Rose of Lima, telling them of the outcome of a “thorough investigation” the archdiocese had supposedly conducted in response to the accusations made in the dossier:

The investigation of these allegations is now completed. Based on the outcome of extensive interviews of all persons that could have knowledge of the truth of these allegations as well as the results of a voluntary polygraph examination of Fr. Corces, it is concluded that no sexual impropriety had occurred. Nevertheless, Father’s decision to hire friends to work for the parish and his continued socializing with them outside the parish did contribute to the perception among some of inappropriate behavior. 

On a positive note, St. Rose of Lima Parish and School were in compliance with the Archdiocese of Miami Safe Environment protocols during Fr. Corces' administration and no one hired or employed by Father Corces represented a risk to minors.


Archlayman Wenski’s assertion that “no sexual impropriety had occurred” defies credibility. Furthermore, the fact that the hiring of the homo-perverted maintenance worker with a criminal past apparently does not violate the diocese’s “Safe Environment” protocols, says a lot about those protocols. As a follow-up report by Church Militant pointed out:

The report by Christifidelis shows incontrovertible evidence that Fr. Corces traveled to his boyfriend's apartment and spent the night. There is surveillance footage showing them eating at restaurants and going on outings together. Receipts to sex shops and gay musicals were recovered from the parish garbage, along with paperwork for a massage parlor owned by the boyfriend.

The document also shows the boyfriend has a criminal record of prostitution, insurance fraud, impersonation of a doctor and forgery. His Facebook posts show he has a disdain for Catholicism and a proclivity for the pagan voodoo religion Santeria.

Records show Fr. Corces and his boyfriend vacationed at Key West, Florida and Puerto Rico and stayed at resorts together. The investigator confirmed the rooms only had one bed.

(Rodney Pelletier, “Miami Archbishop condemns Laity, exonerates suspected Gay Priest”, Church Militant, July 12, 2016)

Why Mr. Wenski thinks he can erase this evidence simply by claiming he interviewed some people and assuring everyone that Mr. Corces passed a polygraph test, is anyone’s guess, but it is a testimony to what he must think of the intelligence of the very people who put money in the collection basket every week and pay the school’s tuition. The dossier was very detailed and concrete in its findings and allegations — Wenski on the other hand delivers a defense that is very general and vague, and which ultimately requires people to simply take him, the “archbishop” of Miami, at his word. The concrete evidence the investigator produced is “refuted” simply by Mr. Wenski’s assurance that it isn’t so. Not convincing.


So, who’s paying for this party?
“Fr.” Pedro Corces, left, with his alleged lover

For the “Archdiocese” of Miami, however, none of this comes as a real surprise, given its history. Corces himself had labored under suspicions of being a homosexual for years, and back in 2005, “a group also calling itself Christifidelis compiled 400+ pages of similar investigative documents about John Favalora, who was then the Miami archbishop. Christifidelis accused Favalora of running a ‘homosexual superculture’ among church employees” (Funcheon, “Miami Archdiocese Investigating”New Times, May 23, 2016
). While Favalora eventually resigned a few months ahead of his mandatory retirement, the Novus Ordo authorities at the Vatican, which had received the dossier years before, were dragging their feet taking any action.

As Renew America columnist Eric Giunta reported in 2009, a Miami “priest” had told him that if they were to “get rid of every gay priest, this Archdiocese [of Miami] could run maybe ... ten parishes.” This quote and much more can be found at the following link:


By the way, from 1996-2006, “Fr.” Corces was the vocations director for the Miami diocese. This means, as the archdiocesan web site states, that he was “responsible for recruiting and screening candidates to the priesthood”. This explains a lot.

When “Archbishop” Wenski finally took over for his disgraced predecessor Favalora in 2010, many in the archdiocese were hopeful that the apparent sodomite hell hole would finally be swept clean. However, Wenski is himself a product of the Miami diocese, and aside from some tough words here and there, at this point a substantial housecleaning of the diocese has not occurred.

Of course, not every cleric in Miami is a sodomite. One presbyter who definitely wasn’t a homosexual was Alberto Cutié, a celebrity clergyman who had his own TV show, “Padre Alberto”, and was considered staunchly orthodox and conservative by Novus Ordo standards. In 2009, he was caught on the beach having a good time with a female divorcée he later “married” in the Episcopal (Anglican) Sect, for which he now acts as “priest”. To add insult to injury, he claimed that he had discerned it was “God’s will” for him to become an Episcopalian. In 2012, he cashed in on his scandal by publishing a book called Dilemma: A Priest’s Struggle with Faith and Love. But of course, there was no genuine “dilemma” at all: He simply didn’t want to keep his vow of celibacy, and that’s that. Testosterone-based theology didn’t work out for King Henry VIII, and it won’t work out for Mr. Cutie, either.

As far as the case of Mr. Corces, his maintenance-worker boyfriend, and the vanishing religious sisters goes, it seems that by removing Corces as pastor and assigning him to some other ministry, “Archbishop” Wenski has effectively quelled the bad publicity. However, he has failed to address all the evidence and what the whole scandal implies for the people involved, the parish, and the school. In other words, Wenski has applied a band-aid to stop the bleeding for the time being, but without treating the wound. He provided a quick fix to get the people off his back, yet nothing was really resolved. As long as he can get away with this kind of “problem resolution”, we can assume that this is always how it will be.

Just recently Life Site published a good summary article on everything that has transpired in this latest sordid Miami scandal:

Folks, there is only one thing these people understand: money. Even if you are not, at this point, convinced of our theological position of Sedevacantism and therefore still believe the Vatican II Sect to be the Catholic Church, at least stop feeding the beast! There are many good, legitimate causes to which you can donate your money. If you wish to ensure that your money will not be used to fund the lavish and wicked lifestyles of the Novus Ordo Sect’s homo-perverts, there is only one way to do that: stop giving them your money.

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11: Papal Condemnations of Freemasonry

We have arrived at installment no. 11 of our ongoing special Year of Exclusion, Judgment, and Condemnation series, which is being observed in direct contrast to the phoney Year of Mercy of the papal impostor Jorge Bergoglio, who goes by the stage name “Pope Francis”. Our Year of Condemnation runs parallel to the Year of Mercy, and each installment focuses on some forgotten truth of the holy Catholic Faith that is 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.

Today’s installment focuses on the Catholic Church’s severe condemnation of Freemasonry. Recalling the true Church’s opposition to the diabolical doctrines of Masonry is especially useful today, when Masonic ideas emanate from the Novus Ordo Sect in the Vatican like smoke pours out of a chimney. The current perpetrator-in-chief: “Pope” Francis, the ultimate Naturalist, whose greatest concern is the temporal life, not people’s eternal destiny, and who embraces whole-heartedly the unholy masonic trinity of liberty, equality, and fraternity. These three concepts were injected into Catholic minds at the Second Vatican Council by means of their theological equivalents: religious freedom, collegiality, and ecumenism.

It is no accident that Francis is constantly cheered by Freemasons all over, has been made an honorary member of the Lodge, and invited thousands of Rotarian Masons to celebrate their jubilee in the Vatican. He is also particularly talented at giving Masonic handshakes.

But now, on to some select excerpts of various Catholic condemnations of Freemasonry, authored by true Roman Pontiffs, beginning with Pope Clement XII (in chronological order):

We therefore, having taken counsel of some of Our Venerable Brothers among the Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, and also of Our own accord and with certain knowledge and mature deliberations, with the plenitude of the Apostolic power do hereby determine and have decreed that these same Societies, Companies, Assemblies, Meetings, Congregations, or Conventicles of Liberi Muratori or Francs Massons, or whatever other name they may go by, are to be condemned and prohibited, and by Our present Constitution, valid for ever, We do condemn and prohibit them.

Wherefore We command most strictly and in virtue of holy obedience, all the faithful of whatever state, grade, condition, order, dignity or pre-eminence, whether clerical or lay, secular or regular, even those who are entitled to specific and individual mention, that none, under any pretext or for any reason, shall dare or presume to enter, propagate or support these aforesaid societies of Liberi Muratori or Francs Massons, or however else they are called, or to receive them in their houses or  dwellings or to hide them, be enrolled among them, joined to them, be present with them, give power or permission for them to meet elsewhere, to help them in any way, to give them in any way advice, encouragement or support either openly or in secret, directly or indirectly, on their own or through others; nor are they to urge others or tell them, incite or persuade them to be enrolled in such societies or to be counted among their number, or to be present or to assist them in any way; but they must stay completely clear of such Societies, Companies, Assemblies, Meetings, Congregations or Conventicles, under pain of excommunication for all the above mentioned people, which is incurred by the very deed without any declaration being required, and from which no one can obtain the benefit of absolution, other than at the hour of death, except through Ourselves or the Roman Pontiff of the time.

(Pope Clement XII, Bull In Eminenti)

Make known through yourselves the deceits of the sects and with how much diligence [Catholics] must guard against them and their social intercourse. Let them dread their perverse doctrine which mocks the Most Holy Mysteries of our Religion and the most pure Precepts of Christ, and which attacks every Legitimate Power, while you act as their models and teachers. And finally let Us exhort you with the words of Our Predecessor, Clement XII, in his Encyclical Letter to all the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, Bishops of the Catholic Church of the 14th day of September of the year 1758: “Let Us be filled, I pray, with the Power of the Spirit of the Lord, with discernment and with virtue, lest just as dumb dogs not having the power to bark, We suffer Our flocks to be as pillage and Our sheep forage for the beasts of the field. And let not anything detain Us from giving ourselves up to all battles for the Glory of God and the salvation of souls. Let Us consider Him, who underwent such great contradiction against Himself by sinners. But if We fear the boldness of those wicked ones, it has been from the force of the Episcopate, and from the sublime and Divine Power of Governing the Church; but neither are We able to remain much longer or be any longer Christians, if it has come to this point that We are terrified at the threats or the artifices of the destroyers.”

(Pope Leo XII, Encyclical Quo Graviora)

We want you to know of another secret society organized not so long ago for the corruption of young people who are taught in the gymnasia and the lycea. Its cunning purpose is to engage evil teachers to lead the students along the paths of Baal by teaching them un-Christian doctrines. The perpetrators know well that the students' minds and morals are molded by the precepts of the teachers. Its influence is already so persuasive that all fear of religion has been lost, all discipline of morals has been abandoned, the sanctity of pure doctrine has been contested, and the rights of the sacred and of the civil powers have been trampled upon. Nor are they ashamed of any disgraceful crime or error. We can truly say with Leo the Great that for them "Law is prevarication; religion, the devil; sacrifice, disgrace." Drive these evils from your dioceses. Strive to assign not only learned, but also good men to train our youth.

(Pope Pius VIII, Encyclical Traditi Humilitati, n. 7)

Now is truly the time in which the powers of darkness winnow the elect like wheat [Lk 22:53]…. We speak of the things which you see with your own eyes, which We both bemoan. Depravity exults; science is impudent; liberty, dissolute. The holiness of the sacred is despised; the majesty of divine worship is not only disapproved by evil men, but defiled and held up to ridicule. Hence sound doctrine is perverted and errors of all kinds spread boldly. The laws of the sacred, the rights, institutions, and discipline -- none are safe from the audacity of those speaking evil. Our Roman See is harassed violently and the bonds of unity are daily loosened and severed. The divine authority of the Church is opposed and her rights shorn off. She is subjected to human reason and with the greatest injustice exposed to the hatred of the people and reduced to vile servitude. The obedience due bishops is denied and their rights are trampled underfoot. Furthermore, academies and schools resound with new, monstrous opinions, which openly attack the Catholic faith; this horrible and nefarious war is openly and even publicly waged. Thus, by institutions and by the example of teachers, the minds of the youth are corrupted and a tremendous blow is dealt to religion and the perversion of morals is spread. So the restraints of religion are thrown off, by which alone kingdoms stand. We see the destruction of public order, the fall of principalities, and the overturning of all legitimate power approaching. Indeed this great mass of calamities had its inception in the heretical societies and sects in which all that is sacrilegious, infamous, and blasphemous has gathered as bilge water in a ship's hold, a congealed mass of all filth.

(Pope Gregory XVI, Encyclical Mirari Vos, nn. 4-5)

You already know well, venerable brothers, the other portentous errors and deceits by which the sons of this world try most bitterly to attack the Catholic religion and the divine authority of the Church and its laws. They would even trample underfoot the rights both of the sacred and of the civil power. For this is the goal of the lawless activities against this Roman See in which Christ placed the impregnable foundation of His Church. This is the goal of those secret sects who have come forth from the darkness to destroy and desolate both the sacred and the civil commonwealth. These have been condemned with repeated anathema in the Apostolic letters of the Roman Pontiffs who preceded Us We now confirm these with the fullness of Our Apostolic power and command that they be most carefully observed.

(Pope Pius IX, Encyclical Qui Pluribus, n. 13)

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

For as soon as the constitution and the spirit of the masonic sect were clearly discovered by manifest signs of its actions, by the investigation of its causes, by publication of its laws, and of its rites and commentaries, with the addition often of the personal testimony of those who were in the secret, this apostolic see denounced the sect of the Freemasons, and publicly declared its constitution, as contrary to law and right, to be pernicious no less to Christendom than to the State; and it forbade any one to enter the society, under the penalties which the Church is wont to inflict upon exceptionally guilty persons….

Their chief dogmas are so greatly and manifestly at variance with reason that nothing can be more perverse. To wish to destroy the religion and the Church which God Himself has established, and whose perpetuity He insures by His protection, and to bring back after a lapse of eighteen centuries the manners and customs of the pagans, is signal folly and audacious impiety. Neither is it less horrible nor more tolerable that they should repudiate the benefits which Jesus Christ so mercifully obtained, not only for individuals, but also for the family and for civil society, benefits which, even according to the judgment and testimony of enemies of Christianity, are very great. In this insane and wicked endeavor we may almost see the implacable hatred and spirit of revenge with which Satan himself is inflamed against Jesus Christ. -- So also the studious endeavor of the Freemasons to destroy the chief foundations of justice and honesty, and to co-operate with those who would wish, as if they were mere animals, to do what they please, tends only to the ignominious and disgraceful ruin of the human race.

(Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Humanum Genus, nn. 2,6,24)

And since it is the special and exclusive duty of the Catholic Church fully to set forth in words truths divinely received, to teach, besides other divine helps to salvation, the authority of its office, and to defend the same with perfect purity, it is against the Church that the rage and attack of the enemies are principally directed.

But against the apostolic see and the Roman Pontiff the contention of these enemies has been for a long time directed. The Pontiff was first, for specious reasons, thrust out from the bulwark of his liberty and of his right, the civil princedom; soon, he was unjustly driven into a condition which was unbearable because of the difficulties raised on all sides; and now the time has come when the partisans of the sects openly declare, what in secret among themselves they have for a long time plotted, that the sacred power of the Pontiffs must be abolished, and that the papacy itself, founded by divine right, must be utterly destroyed. If other proofs were wanting, this fact would be sufficiently disclosed by the testimony of men well informed, of whom some at other times, and others again recently, have declared it to be true of the Freemasons that they especially desire to assail the Church with irreconcilable hostility, and that they will never rest until they have destroyed whatever the supreme Pontiffs have established for the sake of religion.

If those who are admitted as members are not commanded to abjure by any form of words the Catholic doctrines, this omission, so far from being adverse to the designs of the Freemasons is more useful for their purposes. First, in this way they easily deceive the simple-minded and the heedless, and can induce a far greater number to become members. Again, as all who offer themselves are received whatever may be their form of religion, they thereby teach the great error of this age -- that a regard for religion should be held as an indifferent matter, and that all religions are alike. This manner of reasoning is calculated to bring about the ruin of all forms of religion, and especially of the Catholic religion, which, as it is the only one that is true, cannot, without great injustice, be regarded as merely equal to other religions.

(Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Humanum Genus, nn. 12,15-16)

Let Us then show you masonry as an enemy of God, Church, and country. Recognize it as such once and for all, and with all the weapons which reason, conscience, and faith put in your hands, defend yourselves from such a proud foe. Let no one be taken in by its attractive appearance or allured by its promises; do not be seduced by its enticements or frightened by its threats. Remember that Christianity and masonry are essentially irreconcilable, such that to join one is to divorce the other. You can no longer ignore such incompatibility between Catholic and mason, beloved children: you have been warned openly by Our predecessors, and We have loudly repeated the warning.

Those who, by some supreme misfortune, have given their name to one of these societies of perdition should know that they are strictly bound to separate themselves from it. Otherwise they must remain separated from Christian communion and lose their soul now and for eternity. Parents, teachers, godparents, and whoever has care of others should also know that a rigorous duty binds them to keep their wards from this guilty sect or to draw them from it if they have already entered.

(Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Custodi di Quella Fede, nn. 10-11)

On this topic, we heartily recommend the booklet The Papacy and Freemasonry by Mgr. Ernest Jouin (1930), which is available in paperback here and electronically for free here. We also encourage you to watch Bp. Donald Sanborn’s crash course in the history of Christendom that explains how we got to where we are today and what we can expect about what lies ahead.

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Get ready for “Assisi 5”….

Now it’s Francis’ Turn:


New Interreligious Prayer Meeting in Assisi on September 19, with “Decalogue of Human Coexistence”

UPDATE 19-AUG-2016: Vatican confirms Francis will take part in Interreligious Prayer meeting in Assisi on Sep. 20]

Since it didn’t work the last four times, they will give it a fifth try: The Interreligious Prayer Meeting at Assisi first perpetrated by “Saint” John Paul II in 1986 will get a remake by “Pope” Francis on September 19 of this year, according to Mohamed Abdel Qader, the local imam in the Assisi region, who attended Francis’ August 4 ceremony celebrating the 800th anniversary of Pope Honorius III’s Portiuncula indulgence.

Although the Vatican has yet to confirm Francis’ attendance officially, the interfaith “prayer for peace” event is definitely scheduled. A recent news report from the so-called Catholic News Agency gives the following details:

Imam Qader told TV2000 that there will be a papal visit to Assisi for peace Sept. 19-20.

“I and many other representatives of the national and international Muslim community will go and greet the Pope,” the imam said.

Father Mauro Galimberti, custodian of the Sacred Convent of Assisi, said that the Franciscan friars will join the Sant’Egidio community and the diocese to “open wide the doors for a new meeting among the world leaders of religion.”

The event, the custodian said, will be “a choral prayer.”

“Together, we will ask ourselves: what are the principles acknowledged by all the religions for peaceful coexistence? What contribution to politics, science and culture in general can we propose to draft a decalogue of human coexistence?”

This interreligious dialogue effort is part of other efforts to advance a “culture of encounter” which the Pope has prized during his pontificate.


(Andrea Gagliarducci, “Will Pope Francis visit Assisi again this year? This imam says yes”Catholic News Agency, Aug. 11, 2016)

So there we have it. On September 19 of this year, there will be “a new meeting among the world leaders of religion”, a “choral prayer”! You know there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell that Francis will miss out on that, especially since they will try to draw up a “decalogue of human coexistence”, and if there’s one perfect man for the job, it’s His Humbleness, Jorge Bergoglio. He will be happy to issue the “Ten Commandments of Man” (remember his Ten Tips for Happiness?), which have long replaced the Ten Commandments of God anyway. As Pope Leo XIII said, “The world has heard enough of the so-called ‘rights of man.’ Let it hear something of the rights of God” (Encyclical Tametsi, n. 13).


Which one of these do you think Francis would put on his “Popemobile”?

So far, there have been four interfaith prayer meetings for world peace in Assisi. They took place in 1986, 1993, and 2002 (all under John Paul II), and in 2011 (under Benedict XVI). It is only “fair” that it should now be Francis’ turn, and 2016 does, of course, mark the 30th anniversary of the first meeting, although the exact date of this first gathering was October 27, 1986.

Here is some video footage of the 1986 event that started it all:

Far from obtaining world peace, this incredibly evil, syncretist, indifferentist, and naturalist abomination will only further provoke the wrath of Almighty God; and , because it equates the only true God and His only true Religion with false deities and all sorts of heretical sects. “Bear not the yoke with unbelievers”, St. Paul the Apostle warned the Corinthians, “For what participation hath justice with injustice? Or what fellowship hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath the faithful with the unbeliever? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?” (2 Cor 6:14-16).

In 1928, Pope Pius XI condemned precisely such kinds of gatherings and prohibited Catholics from having anything to do with them:

[Since some people] hold it for certain that men destitute of all religious sense are very rarely to be found, they seem to have founded on that belief a hope that the nations, although they differ among themselves in certain religious matters, will without much difficulty come to agree as brethren in professing certain doctrines, which form as it were a common basis of the spiritual life. For which reason conventions, meetings and addresses are frequently arranged by these persons, at which a large number of listeners are present, and at which all without distinction are invited to join in the discussion, both infidels of every kind, and Christians, even those who have unhappily fallen away from Christ or who with obstinacy and pertinacity deny His divine nature and mission. Certainly such attempts can nowise be approved by Catholics, founded as they are on that false opinion which considers all religions to be more or less good and praiseworthy, since they all in different ways manifest and signify that sense which is inborn in us all, and by which we are led to God and to the obedient acknowledgment of His rule. Not only are those who hold this opinion in error and deceived, but also in distorting the idea of true religion they reject it, and little by little, turn aside to naturalism and atheism, as it is called; from which it clearly follows that one who supports those who hold these theories and attempt to realize them, is altogether abandoning the divinely revealed religion.

(Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Mortalium Animos, n. 2)

Pius XI’s teaching speaks for itself, and you won’t find Francis quoting it any time soon.

So, after this “Assisi 5”, expect even greater wars and destruction and even more unspeakable evils to befall this world, for that is what God will surely send in punishment of this grave insult against His Infinite Majesty. In fact, this is exactly what happened after Francis brought Jewish and Muslim leaders to the Vatican two years ago, likewise to pray for “peace”. Shortly thereafter, all hell broke loose for the people in the Middle East when ISIS stepped up its bloody persecutions and announced its formation as a caliphate.

In case you need a refresher on what abomination took place at the Vatican in 2014 at Francis’ initiative, here are some links:

By the way, on September 26, 1997, a powerful earthquake in Assisi destroyed the Basilica of St. Francis, the place where John Paul II had held two such interfaith gatherings several years earlier. A number of people were killed, frescoes were destroyed, and the church had to be closed for two years for restoration.

The following video clip shows the destruction suffered by the church and shows the ceiling collapsing during an aftershock:

The true way to world peace was laid out by Pope Pius XI in the 1920s, as we showed in our recent post against Francis’ silly naturalist silly “peace through sports” initiative: The conversion of hearts and minds to Christ the King and the sweet yoke of His most gentle rule (cf. Mt 11:29-30), this alone will result in a peace that is lasting and true. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid” (Jn 14:27).

Let us pray to Our Lady of Fatima, the Queen of Peace, to bring about the conversion of sinners to Jesus Christ the King, so that this world may finally know true and lasting peace.

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