Wars and Rumors of Wars, part two

[Update on March 10, 2022, the Feast of the Forty Holy Martyrs: As the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill has issued a statement strongly defended Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and as the Argentine Apostate has stated yet again that all war is "madness," thus ignoring the Just War Theory and the popes' teaching on it, I am in the midst of writing a brief follow-up to this commentary. Although I am tempted to put the follow-up on hold to deal with Jorge Mario Bergoglio's ouster of the conciliar "bishop" of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Daniel Fernández Torres, for failing to observe "collegiality" by refusing to go along with the other six conciliar "bishops" of Puerto Rico in their support for vaccine mandates and for his opposition to the sodomite agenda, I want to complete the follow-up to his commentary first as it will include a good deal of history concerning the Russian persecution of the Uniat Rites both before, during, and after Soviet rule. Thank you.]

Those who do not have the time to ready this study, which attempts to make important distinctions and qualifications without in anyway claiming any kind of infallibility in the judgments contained herein, can simply proceed to the conclusion, which attempts to put the terrible tragedy of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in a supernatural perspective.

However, as there has been much talk about Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin’s stated desire to “de-nazify” Ukraine and much disinformation about what this means, I deem it important to disabuse readers of the propaganda about “denazification,” a slogan that always been used as the pretext for arresting and then liquidating Communism’s opponents (or in this case, Putin’s opponents):

Propaganda efforts have redoubled since Putin launched its aggression against Ukraine a week ago. Suddenly, a host of stories has appeared in conservative media that try to rally support for Vladimir Putin because he is allegedly fighting Nazis and the New World Order in Ukraine.  One of the worst examples is, perhaps, the Gateway Pundit, which has been duped into publishing stories by one Larry Johnson, whose only focus is the glorification of Russia and the smearing of Ukraine as a nation of Nazis.

We could respond by advising Russia and its advocates to worry about their own neo-Nazi infestation, but since this smear has now become widespread, it is prudent to address it.

The Nazi smear is a twisted but effective technique used by Russian propaganda and our left-wing media in equal abundance.  Russia has been doing it since Stalin made it "a thing."  This smear is effective because its victims try to distance themselves from one another and sometimes join in accusations, hoping others won't think of them as Nazis.  It's also effective because it's extremely dirty.  Trying to debunk it makes one dive deep into repulsive dirt.

Remember how Trump was smeared over Charlottesville — where did those Neo-Nazis even come from?  Remember Nick Sandmann?  Remember how Kyle Rittenhouse "became" a neo-Nazi for shooting at violent thugs in self-defense?  Of course you do.  But somehow no one remembers it when exactly the same technique is used on Ukraine.

When the Nazis occupied Ukraine in 1941, my Armenian grandfather became trapped there with four of his children, while his fifth and oldest joined the Soviet Army and was killed in action.  The Nazis arrested my grandfather and sent him to a concentration camp because they decided that he looked Jewish.  By some miracle, he survived and returned home to raise my father and my three aunts.  Growing up, I have been a few times insulted by random antisemites who thought I was Jewish, and I know from personal experience how unfair and downright evil it is to single out people because of their ethnicity.  I've written articles in support of Israel and one time was arrested for hanging pro-Israel posters on the GMU campus.  Don't even bother accusing me of whitewashing a bunch of Nazis.

A lot of the anti-Ukrainian propaganda points have been growing from a widely planted story claiming that their Azov battalion is a Nazi organization.  Debunking that libel today is especially difficult because the Russian influence operators have already distributed the myth around the world, all the way to the U.S. Congress.  It would take an entire think-tank to shovel through that pile of "evidence."

Why have the Russian propagandists chosen that particular group?  Azov is extremely effective against the Kremlin-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.  The fact is, Russian aggression was the only reason Azov was formed in the first place, so the Kremlin has only itself to blame for it.

The Azov battalion was organized in 2014 when the poorly armed and unprepared Ukrainian army was forced to fight an unexpected war against Kremlin-orchestrated "separatism" in eastern Ukraine.  Seeing how the military was failing, one of the richest Ukrainian industrialists and the governor of the Dnipro Oblast, Igor Kolomoisky, spent a hefty chunk of his own money to recruit and arm a volunteer battalion to defend Ukraine.  The unit was named Azov after the small Azov Sea in southern Ukraine.  This was quickly followed by a series of Ukrainian victories, in which Azov played a part.

Its initial sponsor, Kolomoisky, is Jewish and has since become an Israeli citizen, living in Israel.  Not exactly neo-Nazi material, but the media influencers conveniently omit that fact.  The smear is as absurd as if Hitler were to spread rumors about General Patton being a Nazi so as to hinder the American war effort.

Have there been volunteers with extremist views?  Surely, there have been.  Extremists exist in every nation, and they tend to join militias, as such people are drawn to violence.  In a life-or-death situation for the country, when every fighter and every minute counts, no one does background checks on people who volunteer to fight for a good cause.  Or would you rather they stay home and send bespectacled academics to the war instead?

It's not difficult to single out a dimwit or two and provoke them to make stupid statements on record, then magnify them out of proportion in the media.  The media have done it many times to American conservatives; conservatives should know better.

Were there extremist or racist soldiers fighting in George Patton's army?  I bet there were a few, but it doesn't follow that Patton was one of them, or that the U.S. Army had no moral right to fight Hitler and its victory was not legitimate.

To reference American popular culture, Azov is the Ukrainian version of the Suicide Squad.  Accordingly, they chose a bellicose, ominous-looking emblem of the crossed letter Z that also calls to mind a modified Ukrainian Trident but, to the critics, it appears too close to the SS emblem or the swastika.  It arguably follows traditional embroidery ornaments, and, after all, we don't demonize the entire Buddhist community in Asia for the continued use of their traditional swastika symbol.

There is some scary quality about the designs one can make with the letter Z.  Germans used it, Ukrainians used it, and so have the Russians in the war against Ukraine (see the illustration).  Yet, if I were the Azov P.R. agent, I'd probably advise them to hire a different art director.

In the seven years since Azov was formed, it has been cleaned up to become a special unit in the Ukrainian National Guard, but the smear of being a neo-Nazi militia is still being artificially inflated out of proportion.  It came to a point in January of 2021 when the battalion had to write an official refutation to a Time Magazine article that called them a "white-supremacist militia."  If you remember what happened in Washington in January of 2021, you may wonder if the timing of that story was not coincidental and if a Russian influence operation may play a role in the sudden surge of "white supremacist" and "Nazi" name-calling in the American media, aimed to split and demoralize the country.

Appealing to the history of antisemitism in Ukraine isn't much proof.  Ukraine is not unique here because the history of Europe, especially Russia, is littered with examples of antisemitism.  What makes Ukraine unique is its current Jewish president, Zelensky — the only such head of state in the entire world outside Israel.  By the logic of the Nazi smear, Azov should be fighting on the Russian side against Zelensky.  But Russian propaganda has never bothered to be consistent.  The more insane, the better.

By the same propaganda logic, Germany should be open for invasion by anyone willing to do so because it has a history of state-sponsored antisemitism under Hitler.  Except that today's Germany is not what it was generations ago, and that is what should matter now.

It would seem that the Russian influence operation has been successful not just in planting smear stories, but also in removing the stories that counter their narrative.  The existing links that support this article are in Ukrainian or Russian, so they won't be of much use in the U.S., but for those who read either of those languages, here is a detailed breakdown published by Hromadske, a Ukrainian nonprofit organization for public journalism.

Of the English-language sources, observe the debunking of one of the vile examples of the anti-Azov Russian hoaxes.  On the eve of the Netherlands' referendum about relations with Ukraine, Russian propaganda released a video in which alleged "Azov members" in masks threaten Dutch citizens with violent terrorist acts and burn the Dutch flag.  This example speaks volumes about the goals, methods, and targets of such operations.

Speaking of neo-Nazi videos, here's a recent one on Instagram, in which neo-Nazis swear allegiance to their Fuehrer.  Only they are not Azov fighters, nor are they even Ukrainians.  They are goose-stepping, black-clad young Russians declaring their undying love for the Putin regime.  In other words, Putlerjugend.

The best source is saved for last. It was published by The Hill and written by Kristofer Harrison, who worked for defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and was a foreign policy adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign.  He is a co-founder and principal of AMS, a company that specializes in Russian information warfare.

In the article "Did California's Ro Khanna get duped by Russia's propaganda?," Harrison writes:

Congratulations, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), it appears you were just duped by Russia (and bragged about it). As a result, you promoted Russian propaganda about Ukraine's Azov Battalion being Nazis with text in the behemoth $1.3 trillion spending bill. The question is, who put you up to it? ...

It is ridiculous nonsense that Ukraine is beset with a bunch of Nazis. The Russians have been pushing this foolishness for a while. In Russia, if you want to discredit someone, call them a Nazi. Putin is using it to justify his war to his subjects. Russians are not particularly keen on attacking Ukraine. But if it is to free them from the yoke of Nazis, well, that's different.

The reason why the Kremlin is using information war against the Azov Battalion, specifically, is partially because they sometimes make themselves easy PR targets. These are guys with guns fighting a Russian invasion, not a PR agency with media training. But the bigger reason is that the Azov Battalion is one of the most effective defensive units.

Russia can't beat them on the battlefield, so they use K Street lobbyist sellouts to help cripple them. Who wants to provide guns to fascists? Nobody. That is the ruse you fell for.

In this instance, the Russian active measure began with an article in a publication that should know better: Foreign Policy. John Conyers read the piece on the Congressional Record. It then spread like wildfire among lazy journalists and Russia's network of foolsknaves and propagandists. ...

Russia is attacking the U.S., and quisling K Street lobbyists are helping them. Help us identify them.

Propaganda surely exists on both sides, it's part of any war.  But it's curious to see how, in American social media, especially among some conservatives, it has become popular to ridicule and debunk any embellishments coming out of Ukraine, with no attention whatsoever to a less noticeable, creeping insertion of anti-Ukrainian tropes in the American media, which comes not as a meme, but as an "eye-opener" of a "serious political expert."

Think about that before you make another disparaging comment about an underdog nation fighting for freedom and independence against a stronger, dictatorial neighbor.  Just like some Americans on January 6, Ukrainians rebelled over a brazenly stolen election by a Kremlin-backed candidate in 2004, and then they rebelled again against a Kremlin-backed president in 2014, and they have been fighting off Russian aggression ever since.  Today, Russia is bombing Ukrainian cities, and the Azov battalion is the only force that bravely stands in the way of a superior invading army, defending a strategic port city, Mariupol, on the Sea of Azov. (About Those Neo-Nazis in Ukraine.)

There is much more in this commentary, which does not have be read at once. Indeed, some may not decide to read it at all. Fine.

However, there is propaganda being used by the “left” and the “right” here in the United States of America, and this commentary attempts to use Vladmir Putin’s own words to demonstrate that, despite having legitimate grievances against the globalist agents of the New World Order in the West, Vladimir Putin desires to wipe Ukraine, which has been exploited by those globalist agents to prod and provoke the Russian bear in big and little ways, off the map and to make it clear to other Soviet republics that they either toe the Russian line or face extinction in their own right.

Pray for conversion of the ruthless Vladimir Putin.

Pray for the conversion of the showman and tool of Western globalists, Volodymyr Zelensky.

Pray for the restoration of a true pope on the Throne of Saint Peter, and to these ends pray Our Lady’s Most Holy Rosary daily.

Finally, I ask you all to pray for the repose of soul of the late Bishop Andres Morello, about whom I will have a bit more to write either later today or within the next few days.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint John of God, pray for us.

Fray Zero: Saint John of God, Who Was Understood by God Alone

This article in honor of Saint John of God, whose feast is celebrated today, was written seven years ago now. A lot of hard work went into its completion. I believe it to be one a piece that will give great consolation to those who have not as of yet read it.

Saint John of God was little understood during his life. It was the case that even his longtime spiritual director, Saint John of Avila, who knew him fairly well, did not understand his decisions. Saint John of God suffered from all manner of slanders and even beatings in his life. He suffered slanders even up to the point of his own death. It was enough for him to be understood by God. It should be enough for us as well, especially during this time of apostasy and betrayal when so many of us are misunderstood and castigated by relatives and friends and acquaintances as being "outside of the Church" for our refusal to make any concessions to conciliarism or its false shepherds. We should be grateful that we are as misunderstood and hated and calumniated as was Saint John of God!

Part two of "Wars and Rumors of Wars" will be published within ten minutes of this posting. Thank you.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint John of God, pray for us.

On the Feast of the Angelic Doctor, Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P. (2002)

This is a revised and expanded, although still entirely inadequate, commentary on the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., Monday, March 7, 2022.

Part two of "Wars and Rumors of Wars" has turned out to be a very detailed study of the unspeakable tragedy unfolding in Ukraine as the Russians. I had hoped to have it completed by today, but, having worked on it until just shortly before preparing this reflection for republication, I will do my best to have it ready for publication in twenty-four hours. I have done little else in the past three days than to work on the new commentary.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., pray for us.

Memento Homo, Quia Pulvis Es, Et in Pulverem Reverteris (2022)

Update on the Feast of Saint Casimir:

I am working on part two of "Wars and Rumors of Wars," which is turning out to be a very long study. 

One of the points that I am covering at length in the new commentary focuses on Vladimir Putin's claim that he wants to "denazify" Ukraine even though a neo-Nazi political paerty in Ukraine only garnered two percent of the vote in a recent election.

It was in a recent speech, which will be analyzed in the next commentary, that Putin discussed how Ukrainians embraced the Nazis when they invaded the country in 1941 without, however, explaining that there was a reason for this initial embrace: the Soviets had spent most of the 1930s engineering a famine that killed nearly ten million Catholic Ukrainians. The German military forces were looked upon as “saviors” by many Ukrainians, who soon came to understand that their putative saviors desired to enslave them every bit as much as they had been enslaved by the Soviets.

Thus, Putin’s use of the term “denazification” is extremely important as this is the term that was used by Joseph Stalin and his stooges throughout Eastern Europe to root out all anti-Communist political forces, including thousands upon thousands of Catholic priests and laity who were deemed “Nazis” because of their opposition to Marxism-Leninism, thereby imprisoning, torturing, and killing them. I have no doubt at all that this is what will happen in Ukraine. 

Putin has many legitimate grievances against the West. None of them provide him with a casus belli for an invasion of a sovereign nation replete with an incredible swath of destruction and the displacement of nearly a million innocent Ukrainians. There is no justification for this destruction, devastation, and displacement. 

To criticize Putin is not to indemnify Volodymyr Zelensky, but it is to say that this is not a bettle between "good guys" and "bad guys" as no one is fighting forb Christ the King and His true Church. No one is fighting to restore public honor to the Mother of God. This war is a needless tragedy and it is a chastisement that will lead to further suffering in the future.

Pray ot Our Lady of the Rosary for peace!




Our annual Lenten journey into the desert begins today,  Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Deo gratias!

The season that begins on Ash Wednesday is the time of penance. This is the time to withdraw from the world. This is the time to be earnest about relying upon the ineffable graces that were won for us by the shedding of every single drop of the Most Precious Blood of Our Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, during His Passion and Death and that flow into our sous through the loving hands of His Most Blessed Mother, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces.

This period of six weeks, four days until Easter Sunday (six weeks, three and one-half days until the Easter Vigil) is nearly one-ninth of an entire calendar year. May we beg Our Lady to help us make the best Lent of our lives as we do not know if it will be our last. Indeed, we do not know whether we will live to see Easter Sunday in this life on Sunday, April 17, 2022.

Our Lady of Dolors, pray for us.

Wars and Rumors of Wars

The title of this commentary should be self-explanatory.

We must remain forever calm while we pray Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary as far more important than the battles taking place in the world is the battle taking place between the Kingdom of Heaven and the kingdom of perdition for the possession of our immortal souls.

It is my hope to have part seventeen of "Sin: More Deadly Than the Coronavirus" published within a week, mindful that I will undergo medical tests (which are completely unrelated to the fractured right hip that I suffered seventy-six days ago)today, Monday, February 28, 2022, that might delay the completion of this next commentary by a few days. 

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Men and Nations Who Submit Not to Christ the King Must Always Live Under the Tyranny of the Adversary

February 20, 2022, marked the eighteenth anniversary of this website’s debut online to continue the work of the eponymous journal, which began publication in August of 1996, after its operations have moved to the internet.

Even though, as is well-known and much-derided, I came to understand the true state of the Church Militant during this time of apostasy and betrayal twenty-four months after this website went “live” without wavering one little bit in my conviction on this truth, this site has been consistent since its inception in continuing the work of the printed journal to advance knowledge about and love for the Social Reign of Christ the King, especially by spreading knowledge about true devotion to Our Lord through His Most Blessed Mother’s Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart.

To be honest, I have lost count of the numbers of articles published on this site. Many of the articles have repeated the same things repeatedly as I know that people are prone to forget what they read, especially with all the plethora of “information” available online.

This particular study, therefore, attempts to put the recent admirable protests by truckers in the People’s Republic of Red Canada under Deng Xiaoping Trudeau in some historical perspective as totalitarianism is the only thing than can result over the course of time when men do not submit themselves to the sweet yoke of the Social Reign of Christ the King as it must be exercised by His Catholic Church in all that pertains to the good of souls.

Men will run rampant, both individually and collectively, when they do not fear the just judgment of Christ the King on their own individual immortal souls and when they believe that it is possible to establish a just social order without a due reliance upon the graces He sends to us through the loving hands of His Most Blessed Mother and also a due submission to the authority of Holy Mother Church when necessity compels her intervention after the exhausting of her maternal duty to exhort and to admonish.

Our Lady, her most Holy Rosary, her Miraculous Medal, Brown Scapular, and Green Scapular provide us with both the hope and the help that we need in these perilous times. Most importantly, Our Lady will shower us with graces upon graces here if we advance knowledge of and love for her role as our Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate.

Finally, as I have noted, it takes me more time to write than in the past. Things have been slowed by my recovery from the surgery I underwent ten weeks, two days ago, and there are a few other minor health problems that continue to cause a decrease in my former prolificity. Thank you for your patience.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Matthias, pray for us. 

More of a Mess Than Any of Us Can Comprehend

Yes, it is I, the formerly prolific writer who moves now at a snail’s pace. However, just as the snail usually reaches its destination, I still keep trying to write these articles, and there are at least four major ones to tackle after having this one, which deals with the recent story of conciliar presbyter who used an invalid formula (“We baptize you”) when presiding over baptismal ceremonies within the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism for over twenty years. Twenty years and no one noticed until just recently?

What a mess, and as bad as “Father” Andres Arango’s “mistake” (his term) is, it is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg that will face a true pope when one is restore to the Throne of Saint Peter within the Providence of God.

As the late Bishop Robert Fidelis McKenna, O.P., used to pray after each Mass, “O Lord, grant us a true pope!”

Once again, this is a reminder that  have started a GiveSendGo page to help raise funds for the medical expenses that have caught with me nine weeks, four days after the two-hour surgery to repair four fractures in might right hip. I have chosen "GiveSendGo" to avoid any further contact with "GoFundMe" given its treatment of the Canadian truckers who are demanding an end to the totalitarian vaccine mandates in the People's Republic of Red Canada. However, donations to pay down the medical expenses cab also be made through PayPal or Zelle (follow the instructions and make a donation by entering my email address, DrThomasADroleskey@gmail.com). 

Another commentary will follow in about four days.  

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Modernism's Own Geiger Counter

UPDATED: While there are many subjects in the world of Modernity and the world of Modernism in the counterfeit church of conciliarism to cover in the coming days and weeks, I work a lot more slowly than I did years ago.

Thus, this commentary is perhaps a little “dated” given the rush of events. However, I believe that the commentary is nevertheless timely as the conciliar “archbishop” of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Hollerich, received the Abraham Geiger Prize for “contributions to Judaism” on January 31, 2022.

The only “contribution to Judaism,” which was superseded by the New and Eternal Covenant Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ instituted at the Last Supper on Holy Thursday and ratified by the shedding of every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross on Good Friday as the earth quake and the curtain in the Temple in Jerusalem was torn in half from top to bottom to signify the end of the Mosaic Covenant, is to do what Saint Peter, our first Pope, did on Pentecost Sunday: to seek the unconditional of all Jews to the true Faith, outside of which there is no salvation and without which there can be no true social order:

And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue. And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying: Behold, are not all these, that speak, Galileans? And how have we heard, every man our own tongue wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews also, and proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God. And they were all astonished, and wondered, saying one to another: What meaneth this? But others mocking, said: These men are full of new wine. But Peter standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke to them: Ye men of Judea, and all you that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to you, and with your ears receive my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day:

But this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel: And it shall come to pass, in the last days, (saith the Lord,) I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. And upon my servants indeed, and upon my handmaids will I pour out in those days of my spirit, and they shall prophesy. And I will shew wonders in the heaven above, and signs on the earth beneath: blood and fire, and vapour of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and manifest day of the Lord come.

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved. Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you, by miracles, and wonders, and signs, which God did by him, in the midst of you, as you also know: This same being delivered up, by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you by the hands of wicked men have crucified and slain. Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the sorrows of hell, as it was impossible that he should be holden by it. For David saith concerning him: I foresaw the Lord before my face: because he is at my right hand, that I may not be moved.

For this my heart hath been glad, and any tongue hath rejoiced: moreover my flesh also shall rest in hope. Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, nor suffer thy Holy One to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life: thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. Ye men, brethren, let me freely speak to you of the patriarch David; that he died, and was buried; and his sepulchre is with us to this present day. Whereas therefore he was a prophet, and knew that God hath sworn to him with an oath, that of the fruit of his loins one should sit upon his throne.

Foreseeing this, he spoke of the resurrection of Christ. For neither was he left in hell, neither did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised again, whereof all we are witnesses. Being exalted therefore by the right hand of God, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath poured forth this which you see and hear. For David ascended not into heaven; but he himself said: The Lord said to my Lord, sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy enemies thy footstool.

Therefore let all the house of Israel know most certainly, that God hath made both Lord and Christ, this same Jesus, whom you have crucified. Now when they had heard these things, they had compunction in their heart, and said to Peter, and to the rest of the apostles: What shall we do, men and brethren? But Peter said to them: Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call. And with very many other words did he testify and exhort them, saying: Save yourselves from this perverse generation.

They therefore that received his word, were baptized; and there were added in that day about three thousand souls. And they were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles, and in the communication of the breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: many wonders also and signs were done by the apostles in Jerusalem, and there was great fear in all. And all they that believed, were together, and had all things common. Their possessions and goods they sold, and divided them to all, according as every one had need.

And continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they took their meat with gladness and simplicity of heart; Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord increased daily together such as should be saved.  (Acts 2: 1-47)

Saint Peter did not believe that any "evaluation" had to take place before he preached to the Jews to urge them to convert to Catholicism. Prompted by the immediate indwelling of God the Holy Ghost upon his soul, Saint Peter proclaimed the Gospel out of fidelity to the Divine Master and out of true love for the salvation of the souls of his own Jewish brethren. There was no ambiguous call for "the conversion of Israel." There was simply a call for individual mean to "do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the Holy Ghost." There was nothing ambiguous about the Apostles. They were willing to suffer everything, including death itself, to proclaim the Name of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the midst of a hostile world.

Chapter 5 of The Acts of the Apostles records the aftermath of Saint Peter's curing of a lame man:

And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. But of the rest no man durst join himself unto them; but the people magnified them. And the multitude of men and women who believed in the Lord, was more increased: Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that when Peter came, his shadow at the least, might overshadow any of them, and they might be delivered from their infirmities.

And there came also together to Jerusalem a multitude out of the neighboring cities, bringing sick persons, and such as were troubled with unclean spirits; who were all healed. Then the high priest rising up, and all they that were with him, (which is the heresy of the Sadducees,) were filled with envy. And they laid hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. But an angel of the Lord by night opening the doors of the prison, and leading them out, said: Go, and standing speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.

Who having heard this, early in the morning, entered into the temple, and taught. And the high priest coming, and they that were with him, called together the council, and all the ancients of the children of Israel; and they sent to the prison to have them brought. But when the ministers came, and opening the prison, found them not there, they returned and told, Saying: The prison indeed we found shut with all diligence, and the keepers standing before the doors; but opening it, we found no man within. Now when the officer of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were in doubt concerning them, what would come to pass. But one came and told them: Behold, the men whom you put in prison are in the temple standing, and teaching the people.

Then went the officer with the ministers, and brought them without violence; for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, Saying: Commanding we commanded you, that you should not teach in this name; and behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and you have a mind to bring the blood of this man upon us. But Peter and the apostles answering, said: We ought to obey God, rather than men. The God of our fathers hath raised up Jesus, whom you put to death, hanging him upon a tree.

Him hath God exalted with his right hand, to be Prince and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel, and remission of sins. And we are witnesses of these things and the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to all that obey him. When they had heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they thought to put them to death. But one in the council rising up, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, respected by all the people, commanded the men to be put forth a little while. And he said to them: Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do, as touching these men.

For before these days rose up Theodas, affirming himself to be somebody, to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all that believed him were scattered, and brought to nothing. After this man, rose up Judas of Galilee, in the days of the enrolling, and drew away the people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as consented to him, were dispersed. And now, therefore, I say to you, refrain from these men, and let them alone; for if this council or this work be of men, it will come to nought; But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it, lest perhaps you be found even to fight against God. And they consented to him. And calling in the apostles, after they had scourged them, they charged them that they should not speak at all in the name of Jesus; and they dismissed them..

And they indeed went from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were accounted worthy to suffer reproach for the name of Jesus. And every day they ceased not in the temple, and from house to house, to teach and preach Christ Jesus.  (Acts 5: 12-42) 

Yes, the Apostles rejoiced because there were deemed worthy to "suffer reproach for the name of Jesus."

Which one of the conciliar "bishops" today is willing to suffer reproach for the Holy Name of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ?

Which one of the conciliar "bishops" bishops today is willing to preach the Gospel to those who deny the Sacred Divinity of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and who are in steeped in the darkness of the Talmud? Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis?

Which one of the conciliar "bishops" today exhibits any degree of apostolic zeal for the salvation of the souls of the very people from whom Our Lord took His Sacred Humanity, whose conversion to the Faith Saint Paul tells us in his Epistle to the Romans is an important sign of end times (which means, obviously, that we're not quite there right now)?

Which one of the conciliar "popes" or "bishops" has spoken to the children of Abraham and Moses as Saint Stephen, the Church's Protomartyr, spoke just before his martyrdom?

And Stephen, full of grace and fortitude, did great wonders and signs among the people. Now there arose some of that which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of them that were of Cilicia and Asia, disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit that spoke.

Then they suborned men to say, they had heard him speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God. And they stirred up the people, and the ancients, and the scribes; and running together, they took him, and brought him to the council. And they set up false witnesses, who said: This man ceaseth not to speak words against the holy place and the law. For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the traditions which Moses delivered unto us. And all that sat in the council, looking on him, saw his face as if it had been the face of an angel

Then the high priest said: Are these things so? Who said: Ye men, brethren, and fathers, hear. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charan. And said to him: Go forth out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee. Then he went out of the land of the Chaldeans, and dwelt in Charan. And from thence, after his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein you now dwell. And he gave him no inheritance in it; no, not the pace of a foot: but he promised to give it him in possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.

And God said to him: That his seed should sojourn in a strange country, and that they should bring them under bondage, and treat them evil four hundred years. And the nation which they shall serve will I judge, said the Lord; and after these things they shall go out, and shall serve me in this place. And he gave him the covenant of circumcision, and so he begot Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begot Jacob; and Jacob the twelve patriarchs. And the patriarchs, through envy, sold Joseph into Egypt; and God was with him, And delivered him out of all his tribulations: and he gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharao, the king of Egypt; and he appointed him governor over Egypt, and over all his house.

Now there came a famine upon all Egypt and Chanaan, and great tribulation; and our fathers found no food. But when Jacob had heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent our fathers first: And at the second time, Joseph was known by his brethren, and his kindred was made known to Pharao. And Joseph sending, called thither Jacob, his father, and all his kindred, seventy-five souls. So Jacob went down into Egypt; and he died, and our fathers.

And they were translated into Sichem, and were laid in the sepulchre, that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Hemor, the son of Sichem. And when the time of the promise drew near, which God had promised to Abraham, the people increased, and were multiplied in Egypt, Till another king arose in Egypt, who knew not Joseph. This same dealing craftily with our race, afflicted our fathers, that they should expose their children, to the end they might not be kept alive. At the same time was Moses born, and he was acceptable to God: who was nourished three months in his father's house.

And when he was exposed, Pharao's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son. And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians; and he was mighty in his words and in his deeds. And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel. And when he had seen one of them suffer wrong, he defended him; and striking the Egyptian, he avenged him who suffered the injury. And he thought that his brethren understood that God by his hand would save them; but they understood it not.

And the day following, he shewed himself to them when they were at strife; and would have reconciled them in peace, saying: Men, ye are brethren; why hurt you one another? But he that did the injury to his neighbour thrust him away, saying: Who hath appointed thee prince and judge over us? What, wilt thou kill me, as thou didst yesterday kill the Egyptian? And Moses fled upon this word, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begot two sons. And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the desert of mount Sina, an angel in a flame of fire in a bush.

And Moses seeing it, wondered at the sight. And as he drew near to view it, the voice of the Lord came unto him, saying: I am the God of thy fathers; the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses being terrified, durst not behold. And the Lord said to him: Loose the shoes from thy feet, for the place wherein thou standest, is holy ground. Seeing I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, and I will send thee into Egypt. This Moses, whom they refused, saying: Who hath appointed thee prince and judge? him God sent to be prince and redeemer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush.

He brought them out, doing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the desert forty years. This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel: A prophet shall God raise up to you of your own brethren, as myself: him shall you hear. This is he that was in the church in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on mount Sina, and with our fathers; who received the words of life to give unto us. Whom our fathers would not obey; but thrust him away, and in their hearts turned back into Egypt, Saying to Aaron: Make us gods to go before us. For as for this Moses, who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him.

And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifices to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. And God turned, and gave them up to serve the host of heaven, as it is written in the books of the prophets: Did you offer victims and sacrifices to me for forty years, in the desert, O house of Israel? And you took unto you the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Rempham, figures which you made to adore them. And I will carry you away beyond Babylon. The tabernacle of the testimony was with our fathers in the desert, as God ordained for them, speaking to Moses, that he should make it according to the form which he had seen. Which also our fathers receiving, brought in with Jesus, into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drove out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David.

Who found grace before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob. But Solomon built him a house. Yet the most High dwelleth not in houses made by hands, as the prophet saith: Heaven is my throne, and the earth my footstool. What house will you build me? saith the Lord; or what is the place of my resting? Hath not my hand made all these things?

You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do you also. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain them who foretold of the coming of the Just One; of whom you have been now the betrayers and murderers: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. Now hearing these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed with their teeth at him. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looking up steadfastly to heaven, saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. And he said: Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

And they crying out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and with one accord ran violently upon him. And casting him forth without the city, they stoned him; and the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, invoking, and saying: Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And falling on his knees, he cried with a loud voice, saying: Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep in the Lord. And Saul was consenting to his death. (Acts 6: 8-15; 7: 1-59)

We have not only witnessed a refusal of the conciliar "popes" and "bishops" to speak at Saint Stephen spoke. We have witnessed them consorting with pro-abortion rabbis without once condemning their support of baby-killing, no less seeking their conversion to the true Faith (see Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI with the "papal knight," Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Friday, April 18, 2008, April 18, 2008 - 5 p.m. - Park East Synagogue Windows media format.) We have witnessed them bestowing papal honors upon pro-abortion rabbis (see Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI "Archbishop" Donald Wuerl and "Bishop" Tod Brown). Let's put it to you this way: when was the last time you heard a conciliar "pope" or a "cardinal" or a "bishop" refer to the miraculous conversion of Alphonse Ratisbonne from Judaism to Catholicism when Our Lady appeared to him as she appears on the Miraculous Medal that he, Ratisbonne, once mocked?

The story of Alphonse Ratisbonne is remarkable because it was effected by Our Lady herself, who was in the Upper Room in Jerusalem on Pentecost Sunday as the Apostles left to start the missionary work of the infant Church. Ratisbonne, who became a priest, wrote: 

"I had come out of a dark pit, out of a tomb...and I was alive, completely alive. I thought of my brother Theodore with inexpressible joy. But how I wept as I thought of my family, of my fiancee, of my poor sisters. I wept indeed, as I thought of them whom I so loved and for whom I said the first of my prayers. Will you not raise your eyes to the Savior shoe blood blots out original sin? Oh! How hideous is the mark of this taint, and how does it alter beyond recognition the creature made in God's own likeness!"

When priests wanted to delay his Baptism for a time, Alphonse Ratisbonne said:


"The Jews who heard the preaching of the Apostles were baptized immediately, and you want to put me off, after I have 'heard' the preaching of the Queen of the Apostles?"

Alphonse Ratisbonne knew that Our Lady wanted him to be converted out of Judaism in imitation of what happened on Pentecost Sunday and thereafter by the working of God the Holy Ghost. What's wrong with the conciliar "popes" and "bishops?" The loss of the Catholic Faith. Isn't this obvious? God the Holy Ghost does not change His mind. He is God. He does not contradict Himself. The preaching of Saint Peter on Pentecost Sunday cannot be valid then and not valid now. It is valid for all eternity. Only formal apostates reject the timeless nature of the work of the Apostles to convert souls.

The following paragraph from Pope Pius VIII’s Traditi Humilitate Nostrae is, other than Pope Saint Pius X’s Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910, the best refutation of concilairism’s to show “respect” to false religions and their false principles:

They, therefore, label with the stigma of levity and stupidity those who, having abandoned the religion which they learned, embrace another of any kind, even Catholicism. This is certainly a monstrous impiety which assigns the same praise and the mark of the just and upright man to truth and to error, to virtue and to vice, to goodness and to turpitude. Indeed this deadly idea concerning the lack of difference among religions is refuted even by the light of natural reason. We are assured of this because the various religions do not often agree among themselves. If one is true, the other must be false; there can be no society of darkness with light. Against these experienced sophists the people must be taught that the profession of the Catholic faith is uniquely true, as the apostle proclaims: one Lord, one faith, one baptism.[4] Jerome used to say it this way: he who eats the lamb outside this house will perish as did those during the flood who were not with Noah in the ark.[5] Indeed, no other name than the name of Jesus is given to men, by which they may be saved.[6] He who believes shall be saved; he who does not believe shall be condemned.[7]

Catholicism is the only bond of true fraternity that God wills to exist among men in this passing, mortal vale of tears as a foretaste of the eternal bond of joy that exists among the members of the Church Triumphant in Heaven, and it is thus a fundamental act of Charity to seek with urgency—but without any kind of force or coercion—the conversion of all non-Catholics to the true Church.

We work not for the Abraham Geiger Prize but for a reward of eternal glory with Christ the King Himself.

May Our Lady’s intercession help us to make reparation for our own sins so that we can be better able to seek the conversion of all others outside the Barque of Saint Peter.

There will be two more conciliarism-themed commentaries before I return to the events of the world. I suppose that it will sometime in early-March when part seventeen of “Sin: More Deadly Than the Coronavirus” will appear after spending time on several other events taking place in the world at this time.

A reminder: I have started a GiveSendGo page to help raise funds for the medical expenses that have caught with me nine weeks, two days after the two-hour surgery to repair four fractures in might right hip. I have chosen "GiveSendGo" to avoid any further contact with "GoFundMe" given its treatment of the Canadian truckers who are demanding an end to the totalitarian vaccine mandates in the People's Republic of Red Canada. However, donations to pay down the medical expenses cab also be made through PayPal or Zelle (follow the instructions and make a donation by entering my email address, DrThomasADroleskey@gmail.com

A new commentary is being written. It is my hope that it will appear by Saturday, February 19, 2022.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Septuagesima Sunday: Preparing for Lenten Penances in 2022

Today is Septuagesima Sunday. 

Lent begins in but seventeen days.

Easter is exactly nine weeks way.

It is time to start our preparations for Lent, time to start thinking about the penances we are going to undertake starting on Ash Wednesday in order to make reparation for our sins and those of the whole world as we prepare to enter deep into the mysteries of the Paschal Triduum of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Passion, Death, and Resurrection on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The purple vestments representing a penitential season of Holy Mother Church make their reappearance today to remind us that we must be deadly serious about the business of making the best Lent of our lives as we do not know whether this Lent will be our last one on the face of this earth--or whether we will even live to see the end of this particular Lent! Let us use this time well as the consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, praying as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit.

A new conciliarism-related commentary is being written. Articles take a little longer to complete these days than in the past. Thank you for your patience.

Our Lady of Dolors, pray for us.

Joseph Alois Ratzinger: Without A Word of Contrition for His Crimes of Heresy

Joseph Alois Ratzinger/Benedict XVI recently issued an "apology" for what he described as "faults" during the short time he was the conciliar "archbishop" of the venerable Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, Germany, from 1977 to 1982.

Joseph Alois Ratzinger/Benedict XVI should be apologizing for his Seventy Long Years of Priestly Apostasy. As one who prays every day for his conversion and public abjuration of his sins against the Holy Faith before he dies, this review of his antipapal record should serve as a reminder to those who want to cut this pitiable figure a "break." He has misled souls through his entirely priestly life, and he remains clueless as to how he continues to offend the true God of Divine Revelation, the Most Blessed Trinity, which is why we must pray for his conversion as we fulfill our duties to perform the Spiritual Works of Mercy and commend him to Our Lady, whose most sweet name of Holy Mary, rarely passes his lips publicly, so that he might awaken to the fact of his crimes and turn to her for the graces of admitting them publicly and issuing a full apology for them

Lest we be smug, however, we must always recognize that the moment of our own death can occur at any time, remembering that our sins have worsened the state of the world-at-large and the state of the Church Militant on earth far, far more than we know or would care to admit. 

We need our Our Lady's help to go home to Heaven for we are lost for all eternity without her blessed hope, which is why we must be ever conscious of our need to make good use of our time by praying as many Rosaries each day as a our state-in-life permits.

Another conciliarism-related article will be published in several days.

Finally, I have started a GiveSendGo page to help raise funds for the medical expenses that have caught with me eight weeks, two days after the two-hour surgery to repair four fractures in might rip hip. I have chosen "GiveSendGo" to avoid any furthe contact with "GoFundMe" given its treatment of the Canadian truckers who are demanding an end to the totalitarian vaccine mandates in the People's Republic of Red Canada. A commentary on the trucker boycott will appear by the end of next week.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

Saint Bernadette Soubirous, pray for us.


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