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December 11 Article
Missing the Really Big Picture
Yet another article on ObamaCare and the cooperation of the conciliar "bishops" with its scheme to nationalize the health-care industry. The conciliar "bishops" do not realize that surrendering the health-care industry into the hands of utilitarians who do not accept the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law as these have been entrusted by Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to the infallible teaching authority of the Catholic Church is to give unto civil leaders powers that do no belong to them. ObamaCare is wrong even if, as appears very unlikely at the moment, surgical baby-killing is not included in the final version of the bill that winds up being passed and then signed into law by Caesar Obamus. ObamaCare is opposed to the principle of subsidiarity. We must, therefore, never lose sight of the really big picture: that Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
It is my hope that another original article on this site tomorrow, December 12, 2009, in addition to a republished piece on the great feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
December 10 Articles and Late-Afternoon Update on the Unraveling of the Laypopes Scandal
Absalom Times Two or More
I know. I know. Not another article about Saint Gertrude the Great Church. As I have been writing, stories such as this generate their own momentum. I do have other things to write about. Another article should appear on this site later today. Unfortunately, however, Father Anthony Cekada has written two new entries in his Quidlibet blog that require a response as he once again misrepresents the truth of the situation and minimizes the abuses that Father Markus Ramolla was seeking to end at Saint Gertrude the Great School. It would be good for Father Cekada and Bishop Dolan to accept the fact that there is another traditional venue in the greater Cincinnati area and get on with their own priestly work without making Father Ramolla their new favorite punching bag to replace Father William Jenkins and Immaculate Conception Church.
Well, the cowardly activities of Joseph Charles McKenzie, a very close friend of Bishop Daniel L. Dolan and Father Anthony Cekada, have unraveled. Far from being embarrassed by his cowardly, anonymous attacks upon a priest, Father Markus Ramolla, who was trying to protect the innocence and the purity of children at Saint Gertrude the Great School, and upon a innocent married woman, Mrs. Stephanie Johns, who was seeking to stop the vile abuses that had been indemnified time and again by Father Anthony Cekada, McKenzie claims a "victory" for his Laypopes site, which he has now linked to directly at his own
This is a "victory" that exists only in the dark recesses of McKenzie's mind, blinded as it must be to the repulsive nature of his exercise in cowardly character assassination and his distortion and misrepresentation of events that he has not witnessed with his own eyes. Readers can be assured that McKenzie did not act without at least the approval, if not the actual participation, of Bishop Daniel L. Dolan and Father Anthony Cekada. It is clear as well that McKenzie is also a man going by the name of "Nick" on various chat rooms, including one started by Father Cekada himself (see http://www.cathinfo.com/index.php/topic/t/9660).
This is the sort of "victory" that was proclaimed by then President George Walker Bush aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003:
Thank you all very much. Admiral Kelly, Captain Card, officers and sailors of the USS Abraham Lincoln, my fellow Americans: Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. (Applause.) And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country.
In this battle, we have fought for the cause of liberty, and for the peace of the world. Our nation and our coalition are proud of this accomplishment -- yet, it is you, the members of the United States military, who achieved it. Your courage, your willingness to face danger for your country and for each other, made this day possible. Because of you, our nation is more secure. Because of you, the tyrant has fallen, and Iraq is free. (Applause.)
Operation Iraqi Freedom was carried out with a combination of precision and speed and boldness the enemy did not expect, and the world had not seen before. From distant bases or ships at sea, we sent planes and missiles that could destroy an enemy division, or strike a single bunker. Marines and soldiers charged to Baghdad across 350 miles of hostile ground, in one of the swiftest advances of heavy arms in history. You have shown the world the skill and the might of the American Armed Forces. (End of Major Combat in Iraq; see also
Iraq: car bombs kill at least 101 people in Baghdad.)
As was the case with Bush and the Iraq War on May 1, 2003, Joseph Charles McKenzie's "victory" exists only in his own mind.
The only reason that the identity of the Laypopes site collaborators became an issue for me is to right the grave wrongs done to Father Markus Ramolla and Mrs. Stephanie Johns. I don't see how those still at Saint Gertrude the Great Church can complain about "hard-hitting" articles that point to facts and seek to refute misrepresentations of truth when most of them have been totally silent about the character assassinations on Laypopes and do not want to face the fact that Joseph Charles McKenzie is a very close friend of Bishop Dolan and Father Cekada. Is it just a coincidence that the Laypopes site referred to the "Wingate Hate Church" and that Father Cekada is now referring to "Wingate Group Hate" on his Quidlibet site? Do those still remaining at Saint Gertrude the Great Church want to say that the anonymous postings on Laypopes that had Bishop Dolan and Father Cekada's approval, if only by their silence if not by their actual participation and consent, is not a scandal in and of itself?
Joseph Charles McKenzie will have to live with his cowardice for the rest of of his life as he refuses even now to put his own name on the Laypopes page, giving himself just a bit of cover as a coward by simply posting it on his own website of his very much misnamed "Catholic Institute of Arts and Letters."
Mr. Timothy Duff, the founding principal of Saint Gertrude the Great School and the former choir director of Saint Gertrude the Great Church, offer this reflection from Chapter 13 of the Book of Daniel that apply to the current state of events at his former parish:
“And there were two of the ancients of the people appointed judges that year, of whom the Lord said: Iniquity came out from Babylon from the ancient judges, that seemed to govern the people.
“And he cried out with a loud voice: I am clear from the blood of this priest.
“Then all the people turning themselves towards him, said: What meaneth this word that thou has spoken?
“But he standing in the midst of them, said: Are ye so foolish, ye children of the Church, that without examination or knowledge of the truth, you have condemned a son of the Church?
“Return to judgment, for they have borne false witness against him.
“So when they were put asunder one from the other, he called one of them and said to him: O thou that art grown old in evil days, now are thy sins come out, which thou hast committed before;
“In judging unjust judgments (cf. Jn. 7:24), oppressing the innocent, and letting the guilty to go free, whereas the Lord saith: The innocent and the just thou shalt not kill.
“And having put him aside, he commanded that the other should come, and he said to him: O thou seed of Chanaan, and not of Juda, beauty hath deceived thee, and lust hath perverted thy heart.
“And they rose up against the two elders, (for they had convicted themselves of false witness by their own mouth,) and they did to them as they had maliciously dealt against their neighbor.”
Get out of the country you said to him; as in Daniel, this sentence shall God return upon your own heads.
Continue to pray for all involved.
Believing His Own Stuff
Caesar Obamus has delivered his Nobel Prize for Peace address in Oslo, Norway. The speech is being praised even by naturalists of the "right." Why not? Both the "left" and the "right" believe that the world can be made "better" and more "secure" absent a due subordination to the Catholic Faith in all that pertains to the good of souls and as the authority of the Social Reign of Christ the King is respected and honored. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
December 8 Articles
Republished Article: Spotless Blessed Mother, Spotless Mother Church
"I AM THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION." Those words, uttered by the Mother of God herself to Saint Bernadette Soubirous in the Grotto of Massabielle near Lourdes, France, on March 25, 1858, was a Heavenly ratification of the solemn, infallible proclamation of the doctrine of her Immaculate Conception by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854, in the Bull Ineffabilis Deus. "I AM THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION."
Our Lady was conceived in the womb of her holy mother, Good Saint Anne, without any stain of Original or Actual Sin in anticipation of the merits that would be won by her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, on the wood of the Holy Cross. She, the Singular Vessel of Devotion, had the perfect human nature of Adam and Eve before their Fall from Grace in the Garden of Eden. It is important, therefore, to get the doctrine of Original Sin right in order to understand the great miracle worked by God in the soul of the fairest flower of our race, Our Lady, from the very first moment of her Immaculate Conception. To get anything about the doctrine of Original Sin wrong leads to the efforts on the part of Modernists to deconstruct the doctrinal definitions of Original Sin and of the Immaculate Conception.
Alas, the Catholic Church, our Holy Mother on earth, our Mater and Magister, is as spotless as the Immaculate Blessed Virgin Mary. Holy Mother Church does not deconstruct infallible dogmatic definitions. Holy Mother Church cannot do so, which is why we need to pray to Our Lady, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces and our Immaculate Queen, to help us to cleave to true bishops and true priests in the catacombs who make no concessions to the counterfeit church of conciliarism that has promulgated an abominable "liturgy" and whose officials feel feel to "reinterpret" dogmatic truths according to Modernist propositions that have been condemned by the authority of our spotless Mother on earth, Holy Mother Church.
Mindful of the effects of our own sins on our immortal souls and of our need to make reparation for them to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, may we make the Secret prayer for today's Holy Mass our own
Receive the saving Victim we offer to Thee, O Lord, on the solemn feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: and grant that, as we confess that by Thy prevenient grace she was kept free from every stain of sin; so, by her intercession, we may be delivered from all our offenses. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God.
A blessed Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you all.
Messiah Without A Purpose
This is a brief article examining some of the latest activities of the naturalist "messiah" of the moment, Barack Hussein Obama, who will soon be in Copenhagen, Denmark, to participate in the phony baloney "climate change" conference while he is in in route to pick up his fake, phony, fraud "peace prize" in Oslo, Norway. We'll try to give Rabbi Ratzinger and his miter embossed with the Star of David some attention tomorrow.
Finally, there is a bit of news on the egregious website run by Mr. Joseph Charles McKenzie.
It appears as though Mr. McKenzie had a busy day yesterday covering his tracks as he made his character assassination/propaganda website inaccessible to a number of people whose "internet provider" addresses do not meet his evidently high and cultured, multilingual standards for approval. This is what a reader reporter after getting an assessment from a friend of his who is a computer expert:
Mr. McKenzie has given himself away, however. Earlier today, he took the site "down" by restricting access to certain IP addresses in the exact same way that whomever is behind cathinst.com has done. The similarities in programming and operating style between the two sites are uncanny. So uncanny, in fact, that laypopes.com was put back online within minutes of somebody sending me an email pointing out the similarities.
Mr. McKenzie has left his "fingerprints" over the work he did yesterday, which restricts access to his new site just as his other site has restricted access. (I learned early on in life to accept such rejection, by the way.)
So much time and trouble to conceal that which will be revealed on the Last Day at the General Judgment of the Living and the Dead. Why bother? Or is it the case that his involvement causes others to connect the dots as to the participation or, at the very least, private approval and encouragement of his good and close friends in the clergy at Saint Gertrude the Great Church? Mr. McKenzie can still answer the questions posted below at any time he desires. (All you need to do is to scroll down the page, Mr. McKenzie, to find the questions in case you have deleted them from your inbox..)
Continue to pray for all involved. I continue to forgive those who have sought to injure me. I posted the notice that I did on Sunday to defend an exemplary Catholic mother and her family and a courageous priest from the most insidious attacks I have seen to intimidate a witness from testifying to the assaults upon the innocence and purity of the young that she had seen with her own eyes and heard with her own ears at a supposedly Catholic school. I will accept the attacks on me as a just chastisement for my sins. I will not hesitate, however, to defend those who are being savaged so mercilessly on the attack site. I believe that it is a moral crime to remain silent about such savage attacks.
One of those who is not being silent about the savage attack upon Mrs. Stephanie Johns is Mr. Mario Derksen, a sedevacantist, who has sent me the following statement to post on this site:
"I would like it to be known that in the last 22 months I have come to know Mrs. Stephanie Johns as a most caring, pious, and virtuous young woman, with great love for Our Lord and the Blessed Mother, for her Faith and the Church, for her husband and daughter, and for the school children committed to her care. I would like to express that I can personally testify to the uprightness of her moral character, as well as that of her husband, and that I am grateful and proud to be the godfather of their daughter. Andrew and Stephanie Johns have been a great blessing in my life, and I thank God for them. It is of no surprise to me that they should now be the victims of a wicked smear campaign, as was even Our Lord Himself, for no one who seeks to imitate Christ can expect to be treated any less contumeliously than He was."
Those who know the truth of this matter and can remain silent share in the guilt of Joseph Charles McKenzie and his compatriots for the attempt to discredit a witness against the well-known and very documented offenses against the innocence and the purity of the children at Saint Gertrude the Great School. Mr. McKenzie might be entertaining his "cultured" friends in the elite circle in which he moves. He is offending God greatly by defending Bishop Dolan by attacking a woman he has never met and seeking to discredit her even though he has no personal knowledge of anything that has happened at Saint Gertrude the Great School. I thank Mr. Derksen for his fine statement, which I did not solicit but am very honored to post.
This is not, as some who have sought to excuse their inexcusable silence in the face of the attack on Mrs. Johns, whom they know to be an innocent party and a defender of the souls of children, an "administrative" matter that does not require people to speak out to defend Mrs. Johns and to condemn her attackers and their enablers, both active and passive. Our Lord Himself spoke clearly about our moral responsibility to defend others as we would defend Him:
Then he shall answer them, saying: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to me. (Matthew 25: 45.)
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!
December 6 Article and Evening Update
Collapsing Before Our Very Eyes
Junk theology leads in many cases to an acceptance of junk science. Ratzinger/Benedict, who has praised the penultimate evolutionist, Teilhard de Chardin, and has spoken favorably of "Theistic evolutionism," has been in the vanguard of the "green revolution" as the head of the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Although he has issued statements on the environment that seem to contradict one another (warning on July 24, 2007, that we had to "listen to the voice of the earth" and one five months later that struck a more balanced tone), Ratzinger/Benedict presides over a collection of committed environmentalists who accepted the need for "climate change" even though most of the data upon which this "need" is based has been proved to be lies. Leave to a false religion that is an ape of the Catholic Church to be as one with a false science that is based on manufactured data. Saint Nicholas of Myra, pray for us.
Although I have not sought to defend myself against the distortions and character assassination on the Laypopes site, the most recent, vicious, vile, ugly set of lies posted on this demonic site calls for a brief commentary in order to condemn in the strongest terms possible the insidious attacks made upon Mrs. Stephanie Johns and Father Markus Ramolla. The attacks on Mrs. Johns, whose story was told two days ago in The Firing of Another Teacher and in the
News section of the SGG INFO website, are the most terrible things that I have seen clergy do to a happily married Catholic woman and her husband and a courageous priest. Not even the Novus Ordo thug bishops have stooped to this kind of depravity in most instances.
According to information that has been provided to me, the man responsible for the Laypopes site is one Joseph Charles McKenzie, the president of the Catholic Institute of Arts and Letters. McKenzie is very good friends with Bishop Dolan and Father Anthony Cekada.
Readers can draw their own conclusions as to the level of collaboration that exists among these three merchants of evil and lies, men who have stooped so low now as to attack an innocent married woman solely to discredit her as a witness against the degradation that exists at Saint Gertrude the Great School.
Shame on you, Bishop Dolan. You seek to "save" your "work" by showing us all that your "work" is not worth saving.
Shame on you, Father Cekada (who is not Robert Rawhide as had been thought by one of those chat room hosts; that honor belongs to a man named Robert Sheahan, a man who lives under a number of assumed names in the crevices of the internet). You show us that you are amoral and that you have no regard for truth or even Masonic decency.
Shame on you, you coward Joseph Charles McKenzie for anonymous exercises in character assassination. (I sent McKenzie a series of questions that I asked him to answer by last evening. He did not respond to my requests even though I told him that I would post the questions without his responses if he failed to answer.)
Shame on you, Bishop Donald Sanborn for not raising your voice publicly against the Laypopes site and for not stopping the descent of Bishop Dolan and Father Cekada into a degree of abject evil that makes the scorched earth policy of Bill Clinton during Monicagate seem tame by way of comparison. How can you lay moral claim to oppose Ratzinger/Benedict when you don't have the moral courage to speak out against these evils? (Father Cekada is scheduled to teach at Most Holy Trinity Seminary this very week. I wonder if he will be teaching the "Ethics of Witness Intimidation" while there. Just the sort of person to form the souls of future priests.)
Shame on each member of the clergy who has been in the tall grass until now and has refused to raise his voice in protest over the evils being committed by Bishop Dolan and Father Cekada and their compatriot McKenzie in New Mexico.
The attack on Mrs. Johns and Father Ramolla on this egregious site is one of the most terrible things I have ever seen in my life. Bishop Dolan is presiding over the darkening of the name of Saint Gertrude the Great, who will be known to many people from now on not as the lover of the Sacred Heart but as the patroness of a parish whose clergy stopped at nothing to defend themselves by attacking others with filthy lies as a priest and lay people sought to protect the innocence and purity of the young.
How anyone can continue to attend Saint Gertrude the Great Church from this point forward is beyond me. It is nothing other than a den of pure evil wrapped in sanctimony and fraud.
Please pray for Mr. and Mrs. Johns and their daughter Raissa Anne and for Father Ramolla as they carry this cross that God has known would be visited upon them by vicious liars and amoral reprobates.
We must forgive our enemies. This does not mean, however, that we can't call evil by its proper name and denounce it as such.
These are the questions that I posed to Joseph Charles McKenzie yesterday that have remained unanswered as of today at 2:30 p.m., Eastern time:
Dear Mr. McKenzie,
Information has come to me today from several sources around the country identifying you as being responsible for the Laypopes site.You were one of the individuals who came to the minds of several people as soon as the site was launched. It took some time to put all of the pieces together.
I have questions to ask you for the public record in an article that I will posted this evening on this matter.
1) Do you confirm or deny that you have any connection to the Laypopes website?
2) Do you confirm or deny authorship of the "Ballad of An Armchair Pope"?
3) Do you confirm or deny that you have added other content of your own to the Laypopes site?
4) If you are indeed responsible for the Laypopes site, do you confirm or deny that Bishop Daniel Dolan and/or Father Anthony Cekada have provided information to you for use on the Laypopes site?
5) If you are indeed responsible for the Laypopes site, have any bishops or priests other than Bishop Dolan or Father Cekada supported you in this effort?
6) If you are indeed responsible for the Laypopes site, why have you hid behind the cloak of anonymity in doing so?
7) If you are indeed responsible for the Laypopes site, do you believe that Mrs. Stephanie Johns is lying about the abuses she witnessed at Saint Gertrude the Great School? Do you have any first-hand evidence in your possession that she is lying?
Might the source who provided me with the information about the horrible site be mistaken? Might the source have been attempting to provide disinformation in order to seek to test the person to whom McKenzie's identity was revealed? Anything is possible given the Machiavellian nature of the anonymous cowards behind the evil website. The man responsible for revealing McKenzie's name knows who he is. So do I. I forgive them all. We do know for certain that Bishop Dolan and Father Cekada have not even privately condemned the horrible website, something that speaks, at the very least, of their approval of it.
I have learned that Joseph Charles McKenzie sent out an e-mail on November 24, 2009, containing "Ballad of An Armchair Pope," asking a recipient to pass it along to her list, which she refused to do. This was done, as we can now see, to "direct traffic" to the egregious site." Looks like the source who blabbed was telling the truth this time (for a change).
Evening update: I have just received two e-mails that prove Joseph Charles McKenzie, a close personal friend of Bishop Daniel L. Dolan and Father Anthony Cekada, is the man responsible for the Laypopes site.
The first e-mail was sent on November 19, 2009, before the evil character assassination site was formally launched as a birthday gift to me (and I accepted it as such):
From: Joseph Charles McKenzie [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2009 1:03 AM
To: (Recipient's Name Removed)
Subject: Please Distribute
It is plain to see that the egregious site was still in development on November 19, 2009.
The second e-mail was sent on my birthday, November 24, 2009:
From: Joseph Charles McKenzie [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 9:39 AM
To: (Recipient's Name Removed)
Subject: Wonderful site! Please distribute!
Although no further proof is really necessary, I received this e-mail from another reader at around 8:30 p.m., Eastern time, this evening:
In case you did not already know this, I checked the domain registry for laypopes.com and it is registered to the same registration service provider (IPOWER, Inc.) as the Catholic Institute of Arts and Letters website (cathinst.com) to which Mr. McKenzie's name is attached as the owner. Ownership of laypopes, of course, is hidden. But, people tend to stick to the same provider...
God takes His time, my friends, but He is just. He does not let cowards hide behind such evil works for long. Joseph Charles McKenzie and Bishop Daniel L. Dolan and Father Anthony Cekada have been, as us uncultured folks from the streets of New York would say, busted. The "Laypopes" site stands exposed as nothing other than a cowardly propaganda arm of Bishop Dolan and Father Cekada. Gratuitous denials making the preposterous claims that this is not the case are simply not worth anything. The facts above speak for themselves.
We have great feasts to celebrate this week, including the Feast of Our Lady's Immaculate Conception and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Christmas Day is but nineteen days away. The cowards, whose identities are now revealed for the world to see, on that evil site can continue their dirty work. People can believe what they want. I will concentrate on my work against Modernism and in defense of the Social Reign of Christ the King and let the spiritually dead bury their own.
Let us pray an extra set of Rosaries each day until Christmas Day as a spiritual bouquet to be given to Father Ramolla and Mr. and Mrs. Johns in gratitude for the sufferings that they are enduring so bravely for the good of Holy Mother Church at this time as the clients of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. And, of course, although it is necessary to denounce the works of evil done in darkness with great firmness and conviction, we must keep those who have persecuted and calumniated these innocent souls very much in our prayers, especially at Holy Mass in the Memento for the Living and in our daily Rosaries!
Our Lady of Mercy, pray for us.
December 4 Article and Late Evening Update
The Firing of Another Teacher
Although there is a much fuller account of the firing of yet another teacher, Mrs. Stephanie Johns, from the faculty of Saint Gertrude the Great School, to be found on the
News section of the SGG INFO website, which I urge readers of this site to read before reading this narrative of my own, this article is my own commentary on the firing of Mrs. Johns, who was a much beloved teacher in her third year of teaching at the school. It is regrettable that yet another story about this matter needs to posted. I am, despite my own sins and failings, however, not going to shrink from defending those who are being persecuted for seeking to defend the innocence and the purity of the young at great cost to themselves.
This article contains an excellent commentary written by Mrs. Johns' husband, Mr. Andrew Johns, a well-versed Thomistic scholar, who until recently taught adult catechism classes on Sundays after the High Mass at Saint Gertrude the Great Church. It will be very interesting to see whether he is subject to the same sort of character assassination that has befallen others who have come forth to criticize the operation of Saint Gertrude Church and School. Saint Peter Chrysologus, pray for us. Saint Barbara, pray for us.
Late evening update: An article about the Vatican and "climate change" will be published at some tomorrow, December 5, 2009, or Sunday, December 6, 2009. My apologies for the delay in this much-anticipated article (my tongue is indeed firmly planted in my cheek.)
News reached me earlier today of the launching of a new website, St. Albert the Great, to provide information about the new confraternity and its Mass centers. Please continue to pray for all involved.
Finally, I ask your prayers for the repose of the soul of the late Mr. James Kennedy, the father of Miss Suzanne Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy had received the Sacrament of Extreme Unction from Father Denis McMahon before he died. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
December 3 Article
Lyndon Baines Walker Bush Obama
I know that you have all been waiting breathlessly for this very brief article on the speech given at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, on Tuesday, December 1, 2009, by President Lyndon Baines Walker Bush Obama. Not to keep you waiting any longer, my friends, I present to you this article! (Even an oaf and a lump has a sense of humor now and again.) Saint Francis Xavier, pray for us.
There should be another article or two by tomorrow, Friday, December 4, 2009, the Feast of Saint Barbara. Keep checking.
December 2 Articles, including the latest on the tragic events at Saint Gertrude the Great Church
Huck Passes The Buck
Naturalists are, of course, very good at holding their ideological adversaries to a different set of standards than their allies. Yesterday's attacks on a "liberal" governor's support for a weekend furlough program for convicted felons must be forgotten if a "conservative" governor's grant of clemency to a wild man who had been sentenced to 108 years in person is your ally.
Thus it is that the Fox News Channel, whose president, Roger Ailes, helped to conceive the strategy to make convicted murderer Willie Horton an albatross around the neck of Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis in 1988, is providing a easy pass to former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who granted a commutation on May 3, 2000, of that long prison sentence being served by violent felon Maurice Clemmons, who was shot to death yesteday morning a day after he murdered four police officers near Tacoma, Washington. While it is irresponsible to claim Huckabee deserves blame for what happened three days ago now, it is also a little disingenuous for the naturalists of the "right" to go soft on the affable Huckabee after having savaged--and rightly so-- the cartoon figure named Michael Dukakis. Such are the ways of naturalism, however, that great efforts must be expended to excuse one's own "kind' in order to save face at all costs. Our Lad of Fatima, pray for us. Saint Bibiana, pray for us.
I had hoped to have another article for you by today. My brief commentary on the speech given last night by Lyndon Baines Walker Bush Obama will have to wait until tomorrow.
Remember to keep praying the Christmas Novena and the Novena in Honor of the Immaculate Conception.
In A Capsule
As I noted eight days ago, certain stories generate their own momentum. This is what happened as a result of the reporting on the clerical abuse of authority in the Novus Ordo structures that has now exposed the conciliar "bishops" in Ireland to public scorn and disdain, if not revulsion, for their decades long refusal to deal forthrightly with serious allegations of abuses made by victims of priests/presbyters. None of the scandals that have erupted in Ireland, which were examined in Never Afraid to Scandalize the Little Ones, should have come to public light if those in clerical authority in the conciliar structures had taken the complaints seriously. So many souls have lost the Faith as a result.
Similarly, the tragic turn of events at Saint Gertrude the Great Church need never have come to public light if Bishop Daniel L. Dolan and Father Anthony Cekada had taken the serious concerns of the laity to heart and made the changes that were necessary to protect the children of Saint Gertrude the Great School. Some of these abuses have been catalogued on the home page of the SGG INFO website. Far from being miniscule, these abuses are serious, and yet they have been minimized time and again by Bishop Dolan and Father Cekada. My own current article is simply a summary of events to help readers to understand that it is the same sort of arrogant abuse of clerical authority as found in the structures of the Novus Ordo system that is at the heart of the thoroughly preventable tragedy that has befallen Saint Gertrude the Great Church in West Chester, Ohio.
Bishop Dolan and Father Cekada have been silent in the face of the venomous attacks on a new website posted by anonymous individuals eight days ago. Bishop Donald Sanborn has been silent as well. Their silence betokens approval of the website, which has savaged a priest they used to praise, and a layman, Mr. Timothy Duff, who gave of himself tirelessly to Saint Gertrude the Great Church and School. The attack website is nothing other than an effort, borrowed from Joseph Stalin and Saul Alinsky, to character assassinate existing critics and to prevent others from coming forth lest they be character assassinated themselves.
Although I, for one, accept the attacks on me as a just chastisement for my sins as I pray for the cowards who are responsible for making them, it is nevertheless interesting to note that Bishop Dolan, who was very publicly supportive of my work and who helped to vet at least ten articles on this site, which he used to recommend to his parishioners without reservation, has been very silent as the totality of my work has been eviscerated on the attack website. This does make it appear that anyone who criticizes Bishop Dolan on any matter at all even though he has in the past demonstrated loyalty to the extent of losing friendships and professional associations is at risk of being castigated variously as "breaking
from the Holy Roman Church and setting themselves up as their own authority," implying that Saint Gertrude the Great Church is the authority of the Holy Roman Church, or as "Church bashers and sect builders" or as "Lutheran loners and losers" or as "intellectually bankrupt losers attacking the Church."
I pray for Bishop Dolan and Bishop Sanborn and Father Cekada each day. They are the ones who have brought this scandal upon themselves after years of arbitrarily treating the sheep as an inferior species of people who can be thrown out of their chapels at will. Many people have written to me in recent weeks to explain that they have lived in fear of losing access to the Sacraments if they brought any of their own concerns to the shepherds. Simple Catholics who just wanted to have access to the Sacraments knew that they were viewed with suspicion by their shepherds. Spies have been used by some of these shepherds to see whether any of their sheep had attended "competing" chapels to see who should be thrown out of "their" sacramental preserves and/or forced to sign their names to "scarlet letters" in the vestibules of their chapels to apologize publicly for assisting at the "wrong" Mass. Attitudes and actions such as those exhibited by Bishop Dolan and Bishop Sanborn and Father Cekada make them Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's best friends as they drive their own sheep back into the conciliar church and as their scandalous behavior and schismatic mentality discredits sedevacantism almost in toto.
I bear no one any malice. I will, however, refuse to be intimidated from exposing clerical tyranny and an attitude of ecclesiastical exclusivity and near-infallibility that have nothing to do with the proper exercise of the exalted offices of bishop and priest that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ instituted to help the sheep get home to Heaven with the care that He, the Good Shepherd, shows to His sheep, especially when they are suffering and bring to Him their heavy burdens.
Although I had hoped that this would be the last article on this tragedy, I am afraid that more will have to be written, especially as a result of a late-breaking development that has just been made known to me. It would be wonderful to live in peace without any conflict at all. There are times, however, when it is morally obligatory to come to the assistance of those who are being persecuted by clerical thugs who will stop at nothing to crush anyone and everyone who utters a word of criticism about them.
As regrettable as these events are, it is important to remember the words of Pope Saint Gregory the Great:
"It is better that scandals arise than that the truth be concealed." (found in Mr. Michael Cain's
Cease Fire on the Daily Catholic website.)
This whole scandal could have been avoided if the cries of parents had been heard rather than mocked. It is that simple.
Everything gets revealed on the Last Day at the General Judgment of the Living and the Dead. The deeds of darkness done in this life will be exposed for all to see then without any misrepresentations of fact or distortions of truth.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
December 1 Articles
Drinking More Than Swiss Miss Chocolate
The conciliar "bishops" of Switzerland are aghast that voters in this confederal nation have approved, by a margin of fifty-seven percent to forty-three percent, a referendum to ban the construction of more Mohammedan minarets in this land that had, as the Old Swiss Confederacy within the Holy Roman Empire, such as rich Catholic heritage during the Middle Ages. The Swiss "bishops" have been joined in their protests by voices from the conciliar Vatican, including the editor of L'Osservatore Romano, Gian Maria Vian, who has had quite a year publishing articles in support of Barack Hussein Obama, Oscar Wilde, Harry Potter, John Calvin, and Karl Marx (Vian's praise of the Beatles came last year at around this time). What else is new in the life of the counterfeit church of conciliarism?
Oh, my friends, never let the battles of the moment, which pass in due course, make you lose sight of the simple truth that imposters hold possession of the Vatican and diocesan chancery officers. Our Lady will deal with them in due course, especially if we offer up our sufferings in patience and joy and with much gratitude to her Divine Son through her own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart.
Remember to keep praying the Christmas Novena and the Novena in Honor of the Immaculate Conception.
Revised: A Champion for All Ages
Today is the 428th anniversary of the martyrdom of Blessed Edmund Campion, that brave priest of the Society of Jesus who sought to offer Holy Mass for underground Catholics in Elizabethan England at the end of the Sixteenth Century during the midst of vicious persecutions.
Blessed Edmund Campion did not believe in false ecumenism. He wanted to reclaim England, which had been a thoroughly Catholic nation for nearly a thousand years, for the true Faith. Father Campion was a true patriot of his beloved country. He loved God and His Holy Church first and foremost, recognizing that the common temporal good of England would suffer if this land remained separated from the Holy See indefinitely. Behold the results in England today as paganism and even Mohammedanism have taken hold and as the counterfeit church of conciliarism treats the Anglican sect as a legitimate "expression" of Christianity. How sad it is that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI accords special recognition to the heretical Anglican "rites" that Father Campion knew to be a rejection of the Catholic Faith and thus hideous in the sight of the Most Blessed Trinity.
Blessed Edmund Campion, pray for the conversion of England.
Remember that our annual Christmas Novena prayers began yesterday as did the Novena in honor of the Immaculate Conception. Here is a handy link to use for those prayers: Christmas Novena/Novena in Honor of the Immaculate Conception.
There should be, God willing and Our Lady interceding, two new articles tomorrow, December 2, 2009, the Feast of Saint Bibiana.
November 30 Article and Christmas Novena Link
Never Afraid to Scandalize the Little Ones
The conciliar "bishops" in the United States of America are past masters at stonewalling the sheep who have brought to them various complaints in the past forty years, including those dealing with accusations of abusive behavior on the part of conciliar priests/presbyters. These "bishops" wrote the book, if you will, as to how to use old-fashioned clericalism to browbeat the laity. Not to be outdone in this exercise of clericalism, however, are the conciliar "bishops" in Ireland, whose actions in protecting predator priests/presbyters is rocking the Land of Saints. What else can be expected after forty years of offenses against the honor and glory and majesty of God as a false form of worship and false doctrines are promoted as being consonant with the Catholic Faith? Saint Andrew the Apostle, pray for us. We are living through a chastisement of epic proportions.
In case you missed the announcement made yesterday afternoon, there is a very informative article about the founding of Saint Gertrude the Great School that has been written by Mr. Timothy Duff, the founder of the school and, until a few weeks ago, the choir director at Saint Gertrude the Great Church. Please do read Mr. Duff's
The Founding and the Foundering of St. Gertrude the Great School. (An earlier link to an editorial on the Daily Catholic site has been removed as that website's editor has decided to seek the approval of his spiritual director for its publication.)
Remember that our annual Christmas Novena prayers begin today. Also starting today is the Novena to the Immaculate Conception. Here is a handy link to use for those prayers: Christmas Novena/Novena to the Immaculate Conception.
A blessed Feast of Saint Andrew to you all.
November 29 Article and Afternoon Update
A Truly Quiet Revolution
Today, the First Sunday of Advent in 2009, is the forty-fifth anniversary of the inaugural offerings of the Ordo Missae of 1964-1965, the "transitional" Mass between the modernized version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition that was promulgated by Angelo Roncalli/John XXIII in 1961 and 1962 (which is the "gold standard," if you will, for the Motu offerings/simulations of the Mass of Tradition) and the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service, which went into effect forty years ago tomorrow, that is, on the First Sunday of Advent in 1969, November 30.
The revolution of 1964 was a quiet one. Most people accepted the abolition of Psalm 42 prior to the Confiteor and the Prayers after Law Mass without a peep. They accepted English in the liturgy as did the Catholics who had defected to the Anglican sect in the Sixteenth Century. They accepted a quiet revolution that turned out to be the means to prepare them for the acceptance of the very loud revolution that was begun forty years ago today, a revolution that continues to offend Our Lord greatly and to devastate the souls for whom He shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross. We must never make any concessions at all to the Novus Ordo as its spirit is not of God and was designed to propagate a false religion that is at war in many respects with the Catholic Faith, the faith of our fathers whose permanence and stability and glory are still communicated in the true offerings of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition in the underground.
As we enter upon the penitential season of Advent, may we intensify our efforts to make reparation for our own sins, preparing to welcome Our Lord with joy each day into our hearts by means of Holy Communion, cleaning out the stable, so to speak, by weekly confession and begging Our Lady through her Most Holy Rosary to help us to ready at all times for the day of Our Lord's coming for us at the end of our lives.
A blessed Advent to you all.
Afternoon update: A very informative article about the founding of Saint Gertrude the Great School has been written by Mr. Timothy Duff, the founder of the school and, until a few weeks ago, the choir director at Saint Gertrude the Great Church. Please do read Mr. Duff's
The Founding and the Foundering of St. Gertrude the Great School.
Finally, I ask your prayers for the repose of the immortal soul of the mother of Mrs. Judith Sharpe, one of the founders of the In The Spirit of Chartres Committee (ISOC). We offer our condolences to Mrs. Sharpe and assure her and her family of our prayers. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
November 28 Article
Ashamed of Christ the King In Life? He Will Be Ashamed of You in Death?
Although a little tired from recent travels and from some of the unhappy events of recent weeks, which have seemed like the proverbial eternity, I did want to offer this brief article in defense of the Social Reign of Christ the King that was denied and mocked by two apologists of conciliarism, Joseph Bottum and George Weigel, on the Eternally Wishful Television Network (EWTN) recently. Those who are ashamed of the immutable doctrine of the Social Reign of Christ the King in life ought to be a little concerned about the fact that Our King will be shamed of them in death. May God have mercy on us all. Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, pray for us.
There should be another original article tomorrow, the First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2009.
Be sure to keep up with the information found on the SGG INFO website.
November 27 Revised Article
With a few more miles under our belts (and without any motor home problems--should we call the motor home the "Lay Popemobile" now?), I thought that I would let my readership, few in number that you are, of course, know that the next original article on this site will appear tomorrow, November 28, 2009. It will deal with John Paul II apologist George Weigel's recent mockery of the Social Reign of Christ the King.
In the meantime, however, I have slightly revised my annual Advent reflection, Anticipating Advent in 2009.
A number of people have written in the past few days. Our travels have precluded me from responding to each note. A few e-mails from yesterday appear to have been lost. I will respond to the notes when I get a chance over the course of the next few days. Those who have not heard from me ought to resend their e-mails.
There is a lot of useful information about the tragic turn of events at Saint Gertrude the Great Church to be found on the SGG INFO website. And please continue to pray for Father Markus Ramolla.
November 25 Article
More Than Enough Chaos To Go Around
There are some in the "resist and recognize" movement and in "conservative" Catholic circles who are chortling quite a bit about the tragic turn of events at Saint Gertrude the Great Church. A little bit of introspection on their part, however, might reveal that there is more than enough chaos to go around in this time of apostasy and betrayal, starting with the chief fomenter of chaos in conciliar circles, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI. Saint Catherine of Alexandria, pray for us. (This article was revised slightly around 12:45 p.m., Eastern time, this afternoon.)
Well, the fallout from my article that responded to Father Anthony Cekada's "School Dazed" has begun. Someone has brought out heavy artillery to read me out of the Catholic Church for my having left and then criticized some of the operations of Saint Gertrude the Great Church. One person, who hides under the cloak of anonymity, has written a clever, if not brilliant, poem to announce my apostasy to the world. I have created a page on this site, A Bull of Excommunication from An Anonymous Excommunicator, whereby the decree of my excommunication may be read. If leaving and criticizing Saint Gertrude the Great Church casts one outside of the pale of the Catholic Church, my friends, then I am afraid that those who believe such a thing have a mentality that is not consonant with the Catholic Faith (and that is being as charitable and as restrained as I can be).
Everything gets revealed on the Last Day at the General Judgment of the Living and the Dead. (Enough publicity has been given to the new website dedicated to attacking Father Ramolla and me. The anonymous creators of that site are on their own from now on as we pray for and forgive them.)
There are, however, only two tiny corrections that I am going to make as I avoid a general rebuttal of the attacks against me that would utterly pointless to undertake as people are going to believe what they are going to believe.
The first is that I have never claimed in any of my writing at any time to have any expertise in canon law, which was never a field that I took during my seminary studies. I have relied on various priests in recent years for direction in matters of canon law, including the writings of Father Cekada himself. Oops.
Second, I am insulted for my daughter that the photograph chosen for the new site implies that the hat of hers I was wearing when the photograph was taken as a means of poking fun at myself was of an "uncultured" nature. I'll have the anonymous person who created this site know that my daughter only wears cultured winter stocking caps.
Other than that, however, I have nothing to say other than that I forgive the person who has created this site and will his good, the ultimate expression of which is the salvation of his immortal soul, thanking God abundantly for the opportunity to be humiliated in this manner. My sins deserve far worse. Deo gratias!
November 24 Article and Evening Update
Cover-Ups Always Unravel, Well, Almost Always
(Thanks to the eagle eyes of two readers, two typographical errors were brought to my attention. A sentence on this home page should have read as follows: "I have not caused the wound to justice." A sentence within the body of the article should have read:
"One will note that Dr. Gebel was NOT trying to teach Father Cekada about moral theology." There was also an incomplete sentence on this home page that has been completed. I apologize for these errors and thank the readers who brought them to my attention.)
Stories involving fast-breaking events frequently take on lives of their own. There are many other things that I would much rather write about than the truly sad and tragic turn of events at Saint Gertrude the Great Church that have spiraled out of control solely because Bishop Daniel L. Dolan and Father Anthony Cekada have refused to take seriously the earnest pleas that have been made to them by their sheep over the years and sought to punish Father Markus Ramolla for refusing to back down as he sought to give voice to the pleas of these sheep.
Father Cekada's dismissive attitude about these pleas is on full display in "School Dazed," his smarmy, intellectually dishonest, and thoroughly reprehensible attempt to dismiss as merely a "goofy misunderstanding" the fact that well over one hundred parishioners, many of whom have given their life's blood in terms of talent and treasure to the building and maintenance of Saint Gertrude the Great Church and School, have had enough of the endless efforts to insult their intelligence. Are these people who have left Saint Gertrude the Great Church suffering from a case of mass hysteria? Did Father Markus Ramolla have a "master plan" to destroy Saint Gertrude the Great Church and take these families with him as he somehow forgot to provide a residence, automobile and a Mass center for himself when he had pushed the "destruct' button to complete his "plan"?
It is not to be ungrateful to Bishop Dolan for all that he has done for us and for all that he has taught us to take seriously these words of Saint Thomas Aquinas and to put them into action as we pray for his intentions on a daily basis without fail:
"It must be observed, however, that if the faith were endangered, a subject ought to rebuke his prelate even publicly."
"Article 2: Fraternal correction is a matter of obligation (precept) out of charity for the sinner. And if the order of fraternal correction has been observed (beginning with private admonitions until there is no other recourse for the sake of the faith than to publicly proclaim the prelate), to do so for the sake of the faith can be meritorious." (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
Some have, rather pointedly, I should add, asked as to what gives me the "right" to offer commentaries on matters of this sort? "Right" is, of course, the wrong word as a Catholic who sees serious wrongdoing has an obligation to address it, especially when the good of souls is involved. I am a nobody, a terrible sinner who has had some of his sins, both real and exaggerated, thrown in his face in recent weeks. This is very good for my humiliation. With Saint Francis of Assisi, I say with joy and gratitude, "Deo gratias!," for each opportunity to have my pride beaten down as I have been castigated for my faults and mistakes, for which, at age fifty-eight on this very, day, I hope to be able to live long enough in order to correct. Yes, indeed, I have much for which to make reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
This having been noted, however, God has ordained it that sinful creatures must, as they seek to make reparation for their own sins, speak out against injustices committed against others, doing so without malice or vengeance, seeking only to rectify the wounds to justice that have occurred in any given situation. The wound to justice in the case of Father Markus Ramolla is the terrible way in which he has been castigated by Bishop Dolan and Father Cekada for seeking to give voice to the suffering of the sheep at Saint Gertrude the Great Church who have sought a sympathetic ear for so long. I kept my own peace about these events until Father Ramolla was dismissed by Bishop Dolan on November 5, 2009, and I had to put aside all human respect and past personal loyalty to stand with a courageous priest and his manly defense of truth. It is terrible that I have had to do this. However, I did NOT cause the wound to justice. Bishop Dolan and Father Cekada have done so.
There was a time in the Spring of 1995 when I finishing up a year of full-time teaching at the C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University that information was presented to me about the hiring of a pro-abortion law professor to teach at the Saint John's University School of Law in Jamaica, Queens, New York. Although I had many other things to do, including commentaries on other matters to write for The Wanderer, I dropped everything to investigate this story, uncovering more and more material that demonstrated my own undergraduate alma mater's betrayal of the Catholic Faith. I believe that I wrote something along the line of four or five detailed news stories on the matter, prompting Father Donald Harrington, C.M., the President of Saint John's University,
to go out of his way from the enclave of his office in a separate building to burst into the office of the chairman of an academic department. Carrying a copy of The Wanderer, Father Harrington is reported to have said:
"What are we going to do about this? He's killing us!"
I had no intention of "killing" Father Harrington or Saint John's University then. I have no intention of "destroying" Bishop Dolan or Saint Gertrude the Great Church or the traditional movement now. My only goal is to give voice to the truth in as reasoned a manner that I know how. Readers are free to accept or to reject what is written in any article on this site, including this one. I do want to make it clear, however, the traditional movement can be no more immune to self-examination in situations such as this one as the Novus Ordo "bishops" who sought to wrap themselves up in a variety of semantic cloaks to protect themselves from having their own misdeeds brought to light. We must never be afraid of the truth, either about ourselves or the situations that we find ourselves in at various points in our lives.
This is now my fourth--and I sincerely hope--my last article on the subject of Saint Gertrude the Great Church. It has been written because of the serious misrepresentations and distortions of fact offered by Father Anthony Cekada in "School Dazed." A longtime parishioner, Mr. Timothy Duff, has written a piece about the history of Saint Gertrude the Great School that will be posted in a day or so. It is my intention to return to other work later today, November 24, 2009, although I might, as I have when reporting on other stories involving fast-breaking events, have to return to this tragic matter if events require another article.
As I have noted, what it is at stake in this matter is truth. Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI is not going to be taken out in chains and leg irons for distorting the truths of the Faith. The distortions and misrepresentations of truth that have been made by Bishop Dolan and Father Cekada are not necessarily matters that will result in criminal charges. This does not mean that we cannot be as offended by such distortions and misrepresentations of truth made by true bishops as we are when they are made by the false "pope" and his "bishops."
It is time for us to get on with the business of sanctifying our souls and to opposing the errors of the Modernists in the counterfeit church of conciliarism. People are going to believe what they want to believe. Everything is indeed revealed on the Last Day at the General Judgment of the Living and the Dead. Let us continue to pray for each other.
So What? has been amended somewhat to reflect a post from "Robert Rawhide" on a "chat room" that pretty much proves the pseudonym belongs to Father Cekada, which is why he has minimized the purchasing and smoking of cigarettes by minors at Saint Gertrude the Great School.
The next article on this site will deal with the joy that many anti-sedevacantists have taken in the unfolding of events at Saint Gertrude the Great Church. Some of these folks have written to me to speak of "canonical chaos." They should know. Their "pope" has remained mute about "Archbishop Robert Zollitsch's denial, made on Holy Saturday, April 11, 2009, that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ died in atonement for our sins Oh, yes, those who accept Ratzinger/Benedict as their "pope" are experts in the matter of "canonical chaos."
Saint John of the Cross, pray for us.
Saint Chrysogonus, pray for us.
November 23 Article
Although Father Anthony Cekada has issued a "response" to the recent articles that have been published about the events at Saint Gertrude the Great Church that will be the subject of an article to be posted on this site at some soon, Father's five page article, "School Dazed," does present an opportunity for this brief article of mine, which was written four days ago now and has been held back for publication, to be posted.
It is very interesting that Father Cekada denounces those who spend time on chat rooms, something that readers of this site know I do not do. It is interesting that Father Cekada denounces those who spend time in chat rooms as he spends more than a little time in such internet destinations himself, using various pseudonyms. This means that he, a priest, has got a lot of time on his hands that might be, quite possibly, better used for the sanctification and salvation of souls.
We were present at Father Markus Ramolla's offering of high Mass yesterday at the Wingate Hotel in West Chester, Ohio. The Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary sung the Mass as they gave their own support to Father Ramolla as he is excoriated by Bishop Dolan and Father Cekada for attempting to rectify problems that no amount of the use of the ad hominem or the misrepresentation of facts can change in the least.
I am also happy to report that His Excellency Bishop Robert McKenna, O.P., announced his own support of Father Ramolla as he spoke from the pulpit of Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Monroe, Connecticut yesterday, Sunday, November 22, 2009.
My response to Father Cekada's "School Daze" will be posted at some point later today or early tomorrow, November 24, 2009. Apart from that response and a commentary written by a longtime parishioner of Saint Gertrude the Great Church, it is my hope to turn my attention full-time once again to the apostasies of the Modernists in the conciliar church and to the evils being promoted under cover of the civil law by the statists in the world.
Finally, I ask your prayers for the repose of the soul of the father of Mrs. Bridget McDonnell, Mr.
Mark Valderemao, who died earlier yesterday, Sunday, November 22, 2009. The McDonnells, who live in Tasmania, are good friends of ours who have been very generous to us. Please join us in praying for the repose of the immortal soul of Mr.
Mark Valderemao. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
November 21 Article
When Apostates Are Two of a Kind
The electrical cord that powers the computer on which these articles are written has gone bad. The computer's battery is about to lose its juice, shall we say. Suffice it for now to note that this article is but a brief comment (hey, don't you like these shorter commentaries?) on the address that the apostate Rowan Williams, who met earlier today, November 21, 2009, the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with the apostate Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, at the Pontifical University of the Gregorianum on Thursday, November 19, 2009.
Please understand that the constraints of my time do not permit me, especially now with our continued motor home difficulties, to respond to every e-mail that I receive. It is simply not possible to do so. All I can note at this point is what I have stated in the three articles that I have written on the regrettable turn of events involving Saint Gertrude the Great Church and Father Markus Ramolla: this whole tragedy burst into public view because of the treatment that Father Ramolla was accorded as he sought to address his concerns privately. Although I am truly saddened that these events have estranged me from clerics and lay people who have been our friends and to whom we will always be grateful for the many kindnesses they have shown to us, over the years I am honored to stand with Father Ramolla and his defense of truth. Further comment will be offered when events warrant. In the meantime, of course, we must pray very fervently for all involved.
A blessed Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you all.
November 20 Article
Refusing To Take Ratzinger At His Word
Although it is now 4:09 p.m., Eastern time, on the Feast of Saint Felix of Valois, I did want to post this article to respond to an interview that "Monsignor" Guido Pozzo, the Secretary of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, to a French magazine, L'Homme Nouveau, concerning the "reform of the reform."While it is not at all clear that this "reform of the reform" will result in the abolition of the "extraordinary form of the Roman Rite" in the conciliar structures, it is clear that substantial elements of the Novus Ordo, including the feast day in honor of "Pope John Paul the Great," will be incorporated into that modernized version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition. Never doubt the apostate nature of the counterfeit church of concilairism. Saint Felix of Valois, pray to Our Lady so that we can be ransomed from madness of the Modernists in the counterfeit church of conciliarism.
There should be another article at some point tomorrow, the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, prior to a gap of a few days to account for travel. I will write the new travelogue after we have arrived at our next destination.
November 19 Article and Late Evening Update
Still Coming to the Rescue
Another very brief article (it seems as though the immediate aftermath of motor home difficulties brings forth shorter articles more days than not). This one is another "reality check" for those tempted to lose sight of the fact that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict is an apostate who has expelled himself from the bosom of the Catholic Church by holding to one condemned proposition after another. Another good reality check might be a review of If I Were King of the Forest.
Never be discouraged. Never be demoralized. Remember that God has known from all eternity that the events that befall us on a daily basis would occur. Cleave to His Most Blessed Mother, especially by means of her Most Holy Rosary. Hold fast to the unchanged and unchangeable truths of the Catholic Faith. Never surrender to the conciliarists. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, pray for us!
I ask your prayers for the recovery of Mr. Kevin Cain, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cain of the Daily Catholic website, with which I have been associated from early-2001 to the present time. Mr. Kevin Cain is suffering massive epileptic seizures and has been hospitalized at the University of California--San Diego. Please pray for Kevin and his self-sacrificing parents who do so much for Holy Mother Church in this time of apostasy and betrayal.
Finally, remember to keep checking the Saint Gertrude the Great Information website. My own response to Bishop Daniel Dolan's terrible attack on Father Markus Ramolla four days ago was posted yesterday. Please read Shooting the Messenger.
Late evening update: There may be an article posted tomorrow, Friday, November 20, 2009, the Feast of Saint Felix of Valois. It is also possible that the next article will have to wait until the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, November 21, 2009. In the meantime, however, I would like to refer you to an article written in the year 2000 by Mr. Timothy Duff, an eminent Catholic writer who is one of the world's foremost experts on the Venerable Mary of Agreda's The Mystical City of God. His article, Virtue Is Greater Than Dignity, was posted on the Daily Catholic website in 2005.
November 18 Articles
Shooting the Messenger
Bishop Daniel Dolan's attack ("An Apology") on Father Markus Ramolla, which was delivered at Saint Gertrude the Great Church in West Chester, Ohio, on Sunday, November 15, 2009, was direct and it was personal. Bishop Dolan accused his critics of being filled with hate, stating pretty openly in The Lord Hath Done This that at least some of those who were assisting at Father Markus Ramolla's offering of Holy Mass that day were suffering from "mental illness."
These kinds of emotionally manipulative tactics are beneath the episcopal dignity that Bishop Dolan says that he is trying to protect. Father Ramolla was seeking to address his concerns to Bishop Dolan privately. It is Bishop Dolan who has brought about the public scandal by refusing to take seriously these concerns and by treating Father Ramolla with contempt, going so far as to say that he should never have been ordained.
Left unaddressed, of course, is the simple truth that many of the faithful who gave their very lives and much of their fortunes to Saint Gertrude the Great Church are fed up with having their complaints dismissed. They are tired of having to live under the threat of having contracts placed under their noses to sign to pledge to remain silent about various matters in order to receive the sacraments. God Himself has provided these good people with a refuge in this storm in the person of Father Markus Ramolla. Deo gratias.
There is no further need for me to make any additional commentary on this matter unless events warrant my doing so. People will choose to believe what they want. Whatever might emerge in coming weeks concerning the abuses at Saint Gertrude the Great Church and School will be reported in various updates. It is so very sad to see these events play out almost exactly as they have in the conciliar structures as the sheep are browbeaten by their shepherds for seeking help when they and their children have suffered abuse. Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Let us pray for all involved as we continue to make reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary for our sins, which have played no small role in the worsening of the condition of the Church Militant on earth and of the world-at-large.
Obama the Obsequious
Barack Hussein Obama has been in Red China, bowing and scraping to his Communist paymasters there. Tarcisio "Cardinal" Bertone, the conciliar Vatican's Secretary of State, is still urging Catholics in the underground church in Red China to make "nice-nice" with the Communist dictators. Just another day of Chastisement as the errors of Russia continue to flow very freely in the world and in the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
November 17 Article
Rational Thought Need Not Apply
No, this is not the article that responds to Bishop Daniel Dolan's attack on Father Markus Ramolla. That particular article is written. It is being vetted at this time. I must await approval before posting it.
This brief article has been prompted by the re-emergence from former Vice President Richard Cheney's secret hiding place of the former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Heath Palin, who is promoting a book that she claims to have written, admitting the "help" of a co-author. One who is incapable of rational, coherent speech, however, is incapable of rational, coherent writing. Mrs. Palin's turn as an author is somewhat similar to that of former baseball pitcher David Wells, who responded as follows when asked about a statement he had made in his "autobiography:" "I can't comment on that. I haven't read the book yet." A system based on the errors of the Protestant Revolution's overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King must produce people who are steeped in incoherency and contradiction, sort of like Joseph Ratzinger's Principles of Catholic Theology.
Check back later to see if the new article on the terrible tragedy at Saint Gertrude the Great Church has been posted. No one that I know of takes any glee in these events. It is necessary, however, to defend a courageous priest's good name, and this is what the forthcoming article attempts to do. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus, pray for us.
November 16 Update
Although I am working on a response to Bishop Daniel Dolan's attack on Father Markus Ramolla, "Apology", I thought it would be useful for those checking this site to listen to Father Ramolla's own sermon from yesterday, Faith . I will have my next article posted after it is vetted. Saint Gertrude the Great, pray for us.
November 15 Article and Late Afternoon Announcement and Late Evening Update (see below)
Announcement: Bishop Robert L. Neville has confirmed that he is in full support of
Father Ramolla's priestly apostolate, and he has pledged to work with
Father now and into the future.
Justifying Glory Into Shame
No amount of personal protestation as to how the tragic events at Saint Gertrude the Great Church fills one's heart and soul with distress and anguish can even begin to describe the depths of sorrow that many of us feel at having to respond to efforts to misrepresent the truth and/or to minimize the nature of the scandals that have been permitted to fester for so long by His Excellency Bishop Daniel L. Dolan and Father Anthony Cekada.
None of these scandals should ever have come to light. None of the bitterness and hard feelings and of the setting of former friends against each other in the harshest tones imaginable should ever have occurred. This all could have been avoided if Bishop Dolan and Father Cekada had taken the suffering of the sheep seriously and removed those whose actions would, truth be told, not be tolerated even in many former Catholic schools now under conciliar control. I would not have had to write this new article, which is a brief response to His Excellency Bishop Donald Sanborn's letter to a parishioner of Saint Gertrude the Great Church.
Obviously, this has all happened in God's Holy Providence. Father Louis Campbell, the pastor of Saint Jude Shrine in Houston, Texas, tells us in the sermon that he is to deliver tomorrow that it is not up to us to always understand the ways of God:
Many of us weep and mourn about the state of the world. “If God is a God of love,” we say, “how can He allow all this evil to exist? How can He allow us to be at the mercy of power hungry politicians and money grabbers? How can He allow illegal aliens and unwelcome visitors to overrun our country? Why these terrible events like 911 and Fort Hope? And how can God even allow His holy Church to be obscured, eclipsed, as Our Lady said at La Salette?
We get angry because things are not going the way we think they should. And when our minds are clouded by anger and resentment, we are even less capable of making correct judgments about the way the world is going. In effect, we are telling God that He is not doing a very good job, and that if only He allowed us to run the world things would go much better. We have much to learn.
In our pride we want to be God. Like our first parents, Adam and Eve, we want to be equal to God. And wasn’t it the proud angel of light, Lucifer, who rebelled against God, taking a great multitude of rebellious angels with him down into hell? We read in the Prophet Isaiah:
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, who didst rise in the morning? How art thou fallen to the earth, that didst wound the nations? And thou saidst in thy heart: I will ascend into heaven. I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will sit in the mountain of the covenant, in the sides of the north. I will ascend above the height of the clouds. I will be like the most High. But yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, into the depth of the pit” (Is.14:12-15).
We will never be able to fully understand or fathom the will of God: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts: nor are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are exalted above the earth, so are my ways exalted above your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts” (Is.55:8,9).
When we contemplate the Divine Will we realize that there is, first of all, God’s sovereign will, which none can resist or change. Through the prophet Isaiah God says:
“So shall my word be, which shall go forth from my mouth. It shall not return to me void, but it shall do whatsoever I please and shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Is.55:11).
But there is also God’s permissive will. God, for His own reasons and purposes, permits evil and suffering. God wants us to freely choose to serve Him, and not to be forced into service, like slaves, or robots. This means that we can also choose not to serve, saying, like the devil, “I shall not serve.” He will not force us even if we choose offend Him through mortal sin. The result is that the world is filled with evil due to our sinfulness and that of the rebellious angels. In the end the world will be destroyed amid cataclysmic disaster and suffering, but those who have been obedient to God will have nothing to fear.
And although I have often quoted the following passage from the late Father Edward Leen's In The Likeness of Christ, it is worth doing so again in light of the tragic events unfolding before our very eyes at Saint Gertrude the Great Church:
In other words, it is the law of things as they actually are that we must continually suffer from others; it is the condition of our being that we shall be the victims of others' abuse of their free wills; it belongs to our position that our desires and inclinations should be continually thwarted and that we should be at the mercy of circumstances. And it is our duty to bear that without resentment and without rebellion. To rebel is to assert practically that such things are not our due, that they do not belong to our position. It is to refuse to recognize that we are fallen members of a fallen race. The moment we feel resentment at anything painful that happens to us through the activity of men or things, at that moment we are resentful against God's Providence.
We are in this really protesting against His eternal determination to create free beings; for these sufferings which we endure are a consequence of the carrying into effect of that free determination. If we expect or look for a mode of existence in which we shall not endure harshness, unkindness, misunderstanding, and injustice, we are actually rebelling against God's Providence, we are claiming a position that does not belong to us as creatures. This is to sin against humility. It is pride. (Father Edward Leen, In The Likeness of Christ; this quotation, which has survived various computer crashes, will be supplemented soon with page numbers as I have recently reacquired Father Leen's book. You can find almost any old and/or hard-to-find Catholic book on AbeBooks.)
This does not mean, of course, that we cannot pursue justice and expose wrongdoing. Not at all. It does mean that we must do so without malice, without vindictiveness and without using injustice and wrongdoing as excuses to wish ill for others.
None of us who are supporting Father Markus Ramolla's courageous defense of the suffering sheep at Saint Gertrude the Great Church bear any ill will for those responsible for this scandal. We have caused enough suffering for others in our own lives, if we are honest about ourselves.
No, those of us who are supporting Father Ramolla simply want a pattern of blaming the sheep for the problems they bring to their shepherds' attention to stop so that the hard work and sacrifice of so many ordinary Catholics that made possible the building and operation of Saint Gertrude the Great Church will not be lost forever as the glories of this parish are tarnished by the shame of the present moment.
Please continue to pray for all involved in this tragedy.
For the Mass time and site of Father Ramolla's Sunday Mass today, please see Saint Gertrude the Great Information.
Our motor home is still not fully repaired. More penance to be given to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. There should be, therefore, another article by tomorrow, November 16, 2009, the Feast of Saint Gertrude the Great.
Finally, I ask your prayers for the repose of the soul of Mr. Stan Trahan, a parishioner of Christ the King Church in Lafayette, Louisiana. Mr. Stan Trahan. It was in connection with Mr. Trahan and his wife, Elma, that I wrote the following about six months ago now:
One of the Catholics who attended my talk, Part 1 of Sketching the Errors of Modernity and Modernism, on Saturday evening, February 7, 2009, was, Father Francis informed me recently, visited by two officials of the Diocese of Lafayette, who implored her to "obey" "Bishop" Michael Jarrell's edict concerning Christ the King Church. The woman held up her hand to stop the brainwashing session, saying that she worships at a church now where she sees Christ the King enthroned on an altar of sacrifice. "When I enter your church," the woman said, "I see a man enthroned on a chair. Your tabernacle which contains what you think is the Real Presence of Our Lord is nowhere to be found. God is the center of the worship where I pray as Catholics prayed for centuries. You are the center of the worship in your false religion."
The woman's husband, who is, evidently, a man of few words, piped up and said, "I know that when I go to Confession now that my sins are forgiven. I have a confessor who listens to me, who understands that sin is sin and who does not tell me to go 'easy' on myself or who tries to explain away my sins as nothing more than feelings of misplaced guilt." The two diocesan officials simply walked out of the house. They thought that the "obedience card" to their false religion that is the incarnation of the Modernism condemned by Pope Saint Pius X in Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907, could trump an understanding for and love of the Holy Faith as It has been transmitted down to us under the direct and infallible guidance of God the Holy Ghost from the time of the Apostles to the death of the last true pope thus far, Pope Pius XII, who died on October 9, 1958. They were wrong.
We hereby express our deepest condolences to Mrs. Elma Trahan and her family upon the death of her husband. I ask readers of this site to keep the happy repose of Mr. Trahan's immortal soul in your prayers and to have Masses said for that intention. Mr. Trahan's Requiem Mass will be offered by Father Francis Miller, O.F.M., at Christ the King Church, 510 N.W. Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette, Louisiana, at 9:45 a.m. on Monday November 16, 2009. It was our intention to be present at this Requiem Mass. Our motor home's continued problems will prevent us from being there.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Late evening update: There will be an article on this site at some point tomorrow to respond to Bishop Daniel Dolan's distortion of all truth in his bitter denunciation of Father Markus Ramolla that he delivered in a sermon entitled "Apology" this morning at Saint Gertrude the Great Church. You have to hunt for this sermon on the Sermons page of the Saint Gertrude the Great Church website. A milder form of this sermon is posted on the home page of the parish's website. We had heard that Bishop Dolan had denounced Father Ramolla by name from the pulpit. It was not until a former parishioner of Saint Gertrude the Great Church, considered an "apostate" now by longtime supporters of Bishop Dolan, alerted me that the "red meat" sermon we had heard about this morning was posted on the Sermons page.
Father Ramolla offered his Mass today for the conversion of Bishop Dolan, for whose person Father Ramolla begged the people assisting at his Mass today to respect no matter the bishop's denunciation of him. That Mass intention was certainly prophetic in light of the horrific, self-serving sermon of Bishop Dolan that minimizes the evils he has indemnified that have cost the Faith in the souls of many of his own parishioners over the years. May God have mercy on us all.
November 13 Update
Well, we are stuck in a parking lot, having been reunited with our motor home, which has come back to us with a problem that it did not have before and that the repair shop did not think was worth repairing: an exhaust manifold leak. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary and, and Joseph, we love you. Save souls.
There will be another posted tomorrow, Saturday, November 14, 2009, the Feast of Saint Josaphat. We are not going to get very far in our journeys today, it appears.
It is my sad duty at this point, acting upon advice given me by a member of the clergy who vetted Sanctimony Won't Work This Time, to report that I received a telephone call around 1:00 p.m. this afternoon, Friday, November 13, 2009, from Dr. Mary Ann Wozny, a veterinary kinesiologist, to inform me that I had "crossed the line" and was trying to "destroy" Saint Gertrude the Great Church. She said that she was going to start a website entitled "Cash or Chaos" to "expose" me, telling me to "stop" or suffer the consequences. While I will certainly link to this website once it is started so that readers can judge for themselves the accuracy of the information placed thereon, I will not be intimidated or deterred in any way from defending the truth.
Shoot the messenger, if you want, Dr. Mary Ann. The message does not depend upon the messenger. And no amount of threats or intimidation will deter me from defending the courageous actions taking by Father Markus Ramolla, who has been subject to the most vile form of persecution by Bishop Dolan and Father Cekada, including the revocation of his work visa before they fired him last week.
This is tragic as it was Dr. Wozny who told us, almost night after night in the months of May and June of this year, of the problems that existed at Saint Gertrude the Great Church. She told me that I had a responsibility to approach His Excellency Bishop Daniel L. Dolan privately about these serious matters. She had our souls in great distress over the information she gave us. Dr. Wozny, who was held in high esteem by Bishop Dolan, was also in close contact with Father Markus Ramolla during this same period.
Although there is much that could be written at this point, suffice it to say that for now that the people who are responsible for the destruction of the reputation of Saint Gertrude the Great Church are Bishop Daniel Dolan and Father Anthony Cekada, both of whom have been stonewalling parishioners who have brought them their heartfelt concerns about pastoral matters for over two decades now. Father Ramolla makes this clear in his new letter to Bishop Dolan, Father Ramolla to Bishop Dolan.
I will have another commentary on this tragic tale of self-destruction and shooting the messengers at some point tomorrow, the Feast of Saint Josaphat.
Let us pray for all involved, forgiving all injuries and threats as Our Lord forgives us in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance. Our Lady of Mercy, pray for us.
Finally, there is an excellent response to a letter sent out by His Excellency Bishop Donald J. Sanborn that seeks to minimize the problems at Saint Gertrude the Great Church. The letter, written by a former parishioner of Saint Gertrude's, can be found on the home page of Saint Gertrude the Great Information. It will be incorporated into the body of an article that I am writing at this time but will not be posted until after it is vetted.
November 12 Article and Late Evening Update, including an open Letter from Father Markus Ramolla to the parishioners of Saint Gertrude the Great Church
Implementing Obamadict's New World Order
Another late hour. We have much driving to do in the next few days if we can, after three long and very penitential weeks, return to our motor home this evening.
This very brief article is yet another treatment of ObamaCare. It is short. It should not take too much of your time. Viva Cristo Rey!
I also want to thank those of you who have sent us non-tax-deductible financial gifts in the past three weeks. While we are not out of the woods entirely, the generosity of those who have helped us is greatly appreciated. It is nice to know that even though many people resent the fact that I make requests for these non-tax-deductible financial gifts, there are some wonderful, thoughtful and generous people who do indeed appreciate the work that goes into these articles and who have the means to be of assistance to us. Thank you so very much.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
There will be a gap of several days before the next article, which will be the two hundredth to be posted on this site in calendar year 2009, can be written and posted. We have a lot of driving, the last long distance trip that we intend to take for a very long time, to complete in the next few days. Please pray for us.
Late-evening update: No, we don't have our motor home back yet. It looks as though tomorrow will be the day of the happy reunion with our home on wheels. As this has been a very busy day, I have not had time to write a new article. It is likely to be the case that the next original article on this site will appear on Tuesday, November 17, 2009, although there is a little bit of a window for one to get posted by Saturday, November 14, 2009.
I do want to inform readers of this site that Father Markus Ramolla has posted a new open letter to the parishioners of Saint Gertrude the Great School concerning the conditions under which he expected to operate as its principal before he was fired (and his work visa revoked) prior to his ever assuming those formal duties. Please do read this most informative letter, which provides facts not provided in Sanctimony Won't Work This Time. Please read Father Ramolla's new open letter at the ever-informative Saint Gertrude the Great Information. Please keep praying for Father Ramolla, who is acting under the direction of true members of the clergy, and for all involved in this terrible tragedy that, as I have been learning in recent days as a result of some truly heartfelt notes that have been sent to me, has been decades in the making as abuse of clerical authority has gone unchecked, even causing some Catholics to lose the Faith. Our Lady of La Salette, pray for us!
November 11 Article
Killing In The Name of The Religion of Peace
As you might imagine, I am pretty thoroughly exhausted from the events of the past few weeks and from trying to keep up with my writing. The article that I posted on Sunday (two were posted yesterday) was not an easy one to write and I took no glee in having to post it. Indeed, I am still very saddened by having to do so. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we love you. Save souls.
This article is a brief reflection on the massacre that took place at Fort Hood, Texas, on Thursday, November 5, 2009. We must pray for the victims of this Mohammedan terrorist attack as we attempt to make reparation for our sins and those of the whole world, offering whatever merit we might earn for our acts of reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, especially by praying as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit. We must pray for the conversion of men and their nations, including our own nation, to the Catholic Faith as we seek to fulfill Our Lady's Fatima Message as far as we can in our own lives every day.
Readers will discover that I have restored a link to The Four Marks newspaper I have communicated to Mrs. Kathleen Plumb my sincere apologies over the disagreement that took place that prompted me to remove the link and to sever my own relationship with the newspaper. Once again, I was wrong to have done so. God does give us length of years so that we might learn a few things. I have made sins and errors for which to make reparation! Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
There should be a new article posted by tomorrow, November 12, 2009. It will deal with ObamaCare once again.
November 10 Articles (including on the transfer of disaffected Anglicans from one part of the One World Church to another)
Always Coming to the Rescue
Although it is frequently the case that those of us who make no concessions to conciliarism are the best recruiting agents for Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's counterfeit church of conciliarism by means of our bad behavior and by means of our mistakes that scandalize so many, we should never doubt that the conciliar church is indeed counterfeit. Coming to the rescue in this regard is the former conciliar "archbishop" of Galveston-Houston, Joseph Fiorenza, who wrote an article on October 28, 2009, to praise the "Second" Vatican Council's Nostra Aetate, contending that the Mosaic Covenant was never superseded.
Never doubt that the counterfeit church of conciliarism is the work of the adversary, a fact that is explored in Still Defaming The English Martyrs, a very article that deals with the "apostolic constitution" issued by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI on the amalgamation of disaffected Anglicans into the structures of his own false church. The terms of the "constitution" permit, as I explained in Defaming The English Martyrs, the Anglicans to keep their "liturgical traditions" against which thousands upon thousands of Catholics gave up their lives rather than to recognize as legitimate. Yes, my friends, we can always count on the conciliarists to come to the rescue to give us a "reality check" when things look bleak in the underground church. This is what I explain, if ever so briefly, in Still Defaming The English Martyrs.
Articles in the next two days will cover the Fort Hood massacre by a devoted follower of Mohammedanism and the progress being made by ObamaCare's institutionalizing socialized medicine. No end to the work.
Finally, I have, of course, gotten all kinds of notes, many thoughtful and kind, some rather hostile, in the wake of the article posted yesteday. I remind one and all that we must pray for each other in difficulties of this sort, remembering that nothing anyone does to us or says about us is the equal of what one of our least Venial Sins caused Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to suffer in His Sacred Humanity on the wood of the Holy Cross and caused His Most Blessed Mother's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart to be pierced through and through the with those Seven Swords of Sorrow.
While we may disagree with others, sometimes with great vigor, we must always remember that we must bear malice toward no one. No one is ever permitted to carry a grudge at any time for any reason about anything. We must accept all that happens to us as within the Providence of God and coming from His very hand so that we can grow in sanctity. This does not mean that we cannot pursue justice when necessary, doing so, of course, without vengeance, remembering that it might not be until the revelation of the intentions of all hearts and the circumstances of all lives on the Last Day at the General Judgment of the Living and the Dead that we will be fully reconciled to those from whom circumstances or perceptions, some of them most mistaken, estrange us in this passing, mortal vale of tears. Let us pray for each other especially in the midst of divisions and conflicts. Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us.
November 8 Article
Sanctimony Won't Work This Time
His Excellency Bishop Daniel Dolan has delivered a sermon this morning that seeks to wrap himself up yet again the garment of sanctimonious righteousness, portraying himself as the "victim" of "calumnies" committed against him. This is not the first time that His Excellency has played "mind games" with his faithful as he refuses to admit that any of the problems at Saint Gertrude the Great Church are at all the result of his indemnification of the poor decisions made over and over again by Father Anthony Cekada. Bishop Dolan seems to be incapable of admitting that his critics are actually his best friends as they are trying to help him to rectify longstanding patterns of stonewalling parishioners who have brought to him their legitimate complaints. It is Father Markus Ramolla who has been victimized here, not Bishop Dolan. It is not calumnious to speak the truth. This is all that Father Ramolla has done. Nothing more, nothing less.
This article is unsparing in its discussion of the long history of abuse of clerical authority at Saint Gertrude the Great Church about which many of us have been silent for far too long. This article, although strongly worded, is written in true Charity to help those who have abuse their authority and sought to silence and intimidate critics in a manner that would make the thugs in a lot of Novus Ordo chancery offices quite proud to see the errors of their ways and to repent.
Articles of this sort are not written for the sake of popularity or donations. It pains me greatly to have to write this article, which took all day yesterday and part of the day to compose. It is necessary, to quote Father Ramolla, to speak truth to power, doing so without malice and without any spirit of vindictiveness whatsoever.
Many readers, steeped in the sappy sentimentality of naturalism, will be horrified by the strength of the wording of this article. Please review my article,
Putting Love of God Above All Else about Saint Jerome, who gave as good as he got. I am sure this messenger will be "shot" figuratively with a ferocity that will make the wording of this new article pale by way of comparison. I am sure those who do this figurative "shooting" will be withering in their direct, personal attacks upon me. Deo gratias!
Bishop Dolan misrepresented the truth in a letter he sent around the world two days ago now, Friday, November 6, 2009. This misrepresentation cannot be allowed to stand. The possession of the fullness of the priesthood does not give one license to abuse his episcopal powers to misrepresent the truth as he continues a lifelong process of seeking to intimidate and browbeat critics, wrapping himself up in the mantle of sanctimonious righteousness. I am sorry. As much we have--and will always have--gratitude to Bishop Dolan for all that he has taught us and has done for us, the use of sanctimony to justify the character assassination of a brave priest, no less to attempt to portray himself as the victim in this matter, is cowardly and beneath contempt
This article has been reviewed and approved by Father Ramolla and by other members of the clergy.
Let us entrust this all to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
I look forward to getting back to other writing tomorrow or by Tuesday! This is not the sort of article to give one a lot of "vim and vigor," shall we say.
Father Ramolla Mass Update: Once again, for those in the Cincinnati area seeking a refuge away from Saint Gertrude the Great Church, Father Markus Ramolla will be offering Holy Mass tomorrow, the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost and the Octave of All Saints' Day, at 1:00 p.m. at 6397 Holloway Drive, Liberty Township, Ohio. Confessions will be heard before and during Holy Mass. Father Ramolla will also be offering Holy Mass in Urbana, Ohio, at 5:00 p.m. New Mass centers are thus springing up in the Cincinnati and Columbus areas. Deo gratias!
You may read an excerpt from Father Ramolla's sermon from this afternoon at the excellent new website, Saint Gertrude Information. Father Ramolla will be offering Holy Mass at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, Monday, May 9, 2009, the Feast of the Dedication of Saint John Lateran, at 6397 Holloway Drive, Liberty Township, Ohio.
November 7 Updates
We are very tired from four days of driving in the TrailBlazer, having been reunited, if ever so fleetingly, with the motor home in Ohio yesterday to retrieve some items. We hope that the repairs will be completed by Wednesday, at which point we will travel back south for the winter.
A lot of "fan" mail was sent while we were on the road yesterday. While I will address the issues raised by Father Markus Ramolla in his letter to His Excellency Bishop Daniel Dolan, who has, I am informed, issued a letter of his own that will be discussed in my next article, I am hereby, at Father Ramolla's request, posting an audio version of his farewell letter to the faithful of Saint Gertrude the Great Church. Please listen to. Father Ramolla's Farewell. My own commentary on this sad turn of events will be published tomorrow or morning. I am sending the article out for review before it is posted, at which point I can get back to discussing current events and Joseph Ratzinger's One World Church.
Evening Update: For those in the Cincinnati area seeking a refuge away from Saint Gertrude the Great Church, Father Markus Ramolla will be offering Holy Mass tomorrow, the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost and the Octave of All Saints' Day, at 1:00 p.m. at
6397 Holloway Drive, Liberty Township, Ohio. Confessions will be heard before and during Holy Mass.
Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us!
November 6 Article and Mid-Morning Update
Unhappy Is The "Happy" "Bishop"
It is approaching 2:00 a.m., Eastern time, on the First Friday in the month of November. Even though we drove about four hundred seventy miles yesterday, arriving at a motel around 10:00 p.m., I decided to write and complete this article as I did not know if time could be found later today to do so. More driving is in store for us.
All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we love you. Save souls! Oh, the article, you ask? Read it for yourselves. I am going to get a few hours of sleep. Thank you.
Mid-morning update: Although we are on the road, soon to pay a visit to our motor home in the repair shop, Father Markus Ramolla, who has tried, as we have, to bring various problems extant at Saint Gertrude the Great Church to the attention of His Excellency Bishop Daniel Dolan on a private basis, has asked me to publish a letter that he has written to His Excellency and to the faithful of Saint Gertrude the Great Church.
I have tried to keep my own peace on these matters in the hope that needed changes at Saint Gertrude the Great Church would be made so that the honor and glory given to God there would be not be stained by the arbitrary treatment of those who have attempted to remonstrate, privately and repeatedly, with their pastors over most grave matters. Please be assured that I continue to abhor the use of "chat rooms" to discuss these matters and to speculate, in full violation of the Eighth Commandment, about the moral lives of clerics. Such speculation is unwarranted and must be condemned.
This having been noted, however, the treatment accorded to Father Ramolla by Bishop Dolan and Father Cekada, which those who are aware of what has been happening can see is alluded to in Unhappy Is The "Happy" "Bishop" not so indirectly, requires the sort of public remonstration with one's clerics according to the teaching of Saint Thomas Aquinas:
"It must be observed, however, that if the faith were endangered, a subject ought to rebuke his prelate even publicly.
"Article 2: Fraternal correction is a matter of obligation (precept) out of charity for the sinner. And if the order of fraternal correction has been observed (beginning with private admonitions until there is no other recourse for the sake of the faith than to publicly proclaim the prelate), to do so for the sake of the faith can be meritorious."
Yes, I did not believe that it was appropriate last year to remonstrate publicly with Bishop Dolan as efforts to contact him publicly prior to the publication of a certain commentary had not been made. As numerous and repeated entreaties made by a priest and by lay people have now placed a priest, Father Markus Ramolla, in jeopardy of having his reputation damaged as has happened to "whistle-blower" priests in the Novus Ordo structures, I hereby publish, at Father Ramolla's request, and express my full support of Father Ramolla's letter to Bishop Dolan and his farewell to the faithful of Saint Gertrude's.
This is done with great sadness. We have great love for Bishop Dolan and are very grateful to him for all that he has done for us. Truth is not a respecter of persons, however, and we hereby express our full support for Father Ramolla and stand ready to assist him in any way. A priest had to be the one to bring this matter to light. God bless Father Ramolla for his courage in doing so.
Please read: From The Heart: Father Markus Ramolla
Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us.
November 5 Article
As The Blood of the Innocent Continues to be Shed
Another short article, this one dealing with the results of the November 3, 2009, off-off-year elections.
We continue to be displaced from the motor home. The insurance company just yesterday authorized the repairs to commence. It took a lot of doing to get this done. I will write it all up in the next travelogue, which will be completed upon our taking possession of our home on wheels, which has been reposing (or decomposing) in a shop in Ohio for thirteen days now, sometime late next week. Until that time, however, we are bearing our crosses with gratitude and joy. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we love you. Save souls.
Finally, as we are indeed on the road a lot right now, I want to refer readers to two articles that I have written concerning the "negotiations" between the representatives Society of Saint Pius X and representatives of the counterfeit church of conciliarism: Negotiating To Become An Apostate and
If I Were King of the Forest. I will have another commentary on this farce soon. (I also ask correspondents to be patient with me. I am behind in my responses to e-mails. Thank you. And I am paying no attention at all to the impending triumph of evil in the Bronx.)
November 3 Article and Late Evening Update
Dark Days Are Upon Us Once Again
A very short article. The hour is late. We must get on the road tomorrow to find out what is happening with our motor home, which remains in a state of limbo at this time. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we love you. Save souls.
There will be another commentary on the amalgamation of disaffected Anglicans into the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism once Ratzinger/Benedict's "apostolic constitution" is released later this week or next week. It is interesting, however, that several conciliar officials are going to great lengths to reassure members of the "worldwide Anglican Communion" who want to remain right where they are in their false religion that the new structures designed to accommodate their disaffected brethren does not mean that they have to convert to what they think, albeit erroneously, is the Catholic Church.
Late evening update: Our displacement continues. It is possible that we might have some word on the motor home's fate tomorrow. In the meantime, of course, we must give this all to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. There should be a post-2009 off-off year election commentary by Thursday morning, November 5, 2009. Please continue to pray for us. And we continue to thank--and to pray for-those who have assisted us in the past two weeks with non-tax-deductible financial gifts.
November 2 Article
Apostasy: A Model of Reconciliation
Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's efforts to forge "reconciliations" at the price of truth (see also Defaming The English Martyrs) is certainly bearing fruit. Unfortunately for the false "pontiff," however, the fruit is most rotten. Ratzinger/Benedict's outreach to the Red Chinese Communist authorities to effect a "reconciliation" between underground Catholics there and the rump Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association is forcing underground bishops to violate their consciences and to register with the Chicom authorities. Yes, just as Ratzinger/Benedict has contempt for the sacrifices made by the English Martyrs to resist the doctrines of practices of the Anglican sect that he, Ratzinger/Benedict, accepts as legitimate "traditions" worthy of respect and protection in the structures of his counterfeit church of conciliarism, so does he, the apostle of the toleration of error and blasphemy and sacrilege, have contempt for the sacrifices made by the Catholic martyrs of Red China. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
There should be new articles on each of the next two days before we have to drive back to the Midwest to discover the disposition of our motor home. Continue to pray for us. Thank you.
Let us be generous to the Poor Souls today and every day during this month of November. I will endeavor to type up the text of a thirty-day Novena for the needs of Poor Souls at some point during the coming week.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls, and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
November 1-2 Revised Article
Revised: Suffering Is The Only Path to Triumph
Our one and only goal in this life is to get home to Heaven by dying in a state of Sanctifying Grace as a member of the Catholic Church. Absolutely nothing else matters. The path to Heaven runs through the Cross of our Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as we consecrate ourselves to Him totally through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of His Most Blessed Mother. We must embrace suffering and humiliation and hardship with equanimity, joy and gratitude, mindful of the fact that Our Lady desires use whatever merits we earn from our embrace of our sufferings for the honor and glory of the Most Blessed Trinity and for the good of souls, especially the Poor Souls in the Church Suffering in Purgatory, whose intentions we must remember every day and especially during this month of November. There is no other path to the triumph of the empty tomb other than the suffering of the Cross.
We must also forgive right readily those who have offended us in any way and to ask forgiveness from those whom we have offended, whether advertently or inadvertently. Nothing anyone does to us or says about us is the equal of what one of our least Venial Sins caused Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to suffer in His Sacred Humanity during his Passion and Death and that caused His Most Blessed Mother's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart to be pierced through and through with Seven Swords of Sorrow.
We must continue to pray for each other on a daily basis, praying especially that the disagreements of the present moment in this time of apostasy and betrayal will be washed away by the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and by the maternal intercession of His Most Blessed Mother. If we want to be in Heaven for all eternity, you see, in the presence of the Most Blessed Trinity, Our Lady, Saint Joseph and all of the angels of the saints, then it is a pretty good idea to pray for everyone whom God's Providence has placed in our paths, hoping that those from whom we might be estranged at the present time, especially because of the divisions among Catholics created by conciliarism and its apostasies, will be united with us for all eternity in the glories of Heaven, please God that each of us dies in a state of Sanctifying Grace.
One of ways in which we can practice true Charity is to remember the Poor Souls every day in our prayers. Terrible, terrible sinner that I am, one of my devotions has long been to the Poor Souls. To help the Poor Souls repay the debt that they can no longer pay for themselves is to acquire friends for eternity who will help us at the moment of our own deaths. Charity to the Poor Souls can help to undo our own uncharity to others in this passing, mortal vale of tears. Although the Commemoration of All Souls this year is transferred to Monday, November 3, 2008, this is indeed the month of the Poor Souls. Let us show them our due attention each and every day of the year, especially in this month of November.
Remember, of course, that
from noon today on All Saints' Day through midnight of the Commemoration of All Souls tomorrow the Catholic faithful, as often as they visit a church or Catholic cemetery to pray for the dead, reciting six times during each visit the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be for the intentions of Holy Mother Church may gain a plenary indulgence applicable only to the souls in Purgatory, under the usual conditions of making a good Confession within a week before or after, worthily receiving Holy Communion within the week and having the right intention of heart. This is called the Toties Quoties Indulgence
We want to thank those of you who have responded so generously to the appeals that I have made for assistance during our continued displacement from the motor home. Friends of ours in Ohio informed us of several generous donations that we were waiting in our post office box. We thank everyone who has donated to us online and those who have sent non-tax-deductible financial gifts via the snail mail. We pray for our benefactors every day without fail at Holy Mass, in our daily Rosaries and in our nightly Novena to Saint John Bosco.
Even though we are displaced from our motor home and are experiencing expenses that we did not anticipate, we are happy to be back East again. It is simply wonderful to be with old friends and to assist at Holy Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel. Lucy had a grand time at the All Saints' Day party on Friday afternoon with her former schoolmates from Saint Dominic's Academy. Oh, for a gazillion dollars to live in Connecticut! As always, of course, fiat voluntas tua--Thy Will be done.
It was also nice to visit once again with our friends in Rhode Island yesterday after assisting at Holy Mass offered by Father Benedict Hughes (who, zealous pastor of souls that he is, had flown back to the inland Pacific northwest after offering the Requiem Mass for the late Judge Robert J. McOsker on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, returning to New England on Friday, October 30, 2009, to offer Holy Mass in Warwick, Rhode Island, yesterday, and in Stoneham, Massachusetts, and Hallowell, Maine, today, All Saints' Day). Mrs. Joanne McOsker, who is indefatigable, also taped two more programs for public access television in which I discussed the business of the amalgamation of conservative Anglicans into the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism.
A blessed All Saints' Day to you all.
A new article should appear tomorrow, November 2, 2009, the Commemoration of All Souls. I don't know if I can match the output of September (twenty-five articles) or of October (twenty-two articles) during this current month. I will try, however, to write as many articles as our time and circumstances and my own physical strength permit.
October 31 Article
So Rare to Find a Champion of Christ the King
This very brief article is a reminder that all of the evils being fomented by the current presidential administration are, of course, the result of the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King wrought by the Protestant Revolt and the rise of Judeo-Masonry and its assortment of naturalistic philosophies and ideologies. We will be forever spinning our wheels as long as we think that we fight naturalism with naturalism. Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order.
It is rare to find a champion of Christ the King today as a result of the effects of the false ideas of Modernity and the heresies of Modernism. This article discusses, ever so briefly, the life of one of those champions, the late Judge Robert J. McOsker, a devoted son of Our Lady and her Most Holy Rosary. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
We are going to continue to need assistance to meet out of pocket expenses associated with our being dispossessed from the motor home. Work on our home on wheels will not begin until Tuesday of this coming week, at the earliest. Anything you can do to help us at this time would be greatly appreciated.
I learned yesterday that some readers have complained to a third party about these fundraising appeals. Some resent the fact that they are made at all. Others believe that I am "scolding" those who do not give. This is truly a no-win proposition.
While, yes, I have expressed disappointment at the level of support for the work of this site, I have always qualified that disappointment by stating that I accept everything as coming from the hand of God. I have tried, perhaps imperfectly and replete with a New Yorker's sardonic style at time, to remind readers that a lot of work goes into the writing of these articles and that it would be nice for those who have the means to provide non-tax-deductible gifts and who support the work of this site to make such modest gifts on a regular basis. Everything else is left for the Last Day at the General Judgment of the Living and the Dead.
October 29 Article
Defaming The English Martyrs
As promised, here is my analysis of the initiative that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI has undertaken to effect the amalgamation of disaffected Anglicans into the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Those disaffected Anglicans will be able to keep many of their revered "traditions." Unfortunately for them and for their new benefactor, Ratzinger/Benedict, those "traditions" were the result of a fundamental rejection of the Catholic Faith against which scores of thousands of Catholics gave up their lives rather than acknowledge as coming from the hand of God. The witness of these brave English Martyrs has been defamed by a man willing to concede almost anything in the name of a false "unity" to advance the tenets of the heretical "new ecclesiology" of the counterfeit church of conciliarism. (This article has been approved by two different reviewers.) Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
We had the privilege of assisting at the Requiem Mass that Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI, offered yesterday at the Russell Boyle and Son Funeral Home in Warwick, Rhode Island, for the repose of the soul of the late +Judge Robert McOsker. Father Benedict gave a powerful sermon. Father Joseph Collins and two of the Sisters from the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen added splendor to the Requiem Mass with their singing. It is amazing to behold the Providence of God that we were able to be present at this Mass despite all that has happened to us in the past week. As Lucy added after the burial, Yes, Dad, the Providence of God was made manifest to us right here in Providence, Rhode Island." (She comes up with these things all on her very own by means of Our Lady's graces.)
We are likely to be without our motor home for quite some time. Please continue to pray for us as we seek to give all of the difficulties of the present time to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we love you. Save souls!
October 28 Article
The H1N1 Flu, also known as the "swine flu" (oink, oink), is presenting statists with yet another opportunity to increase the size, the power and the scope of the Federal government of the United States of America. There are worse things than getting the "swine flu." One of those worse things is getting the "swine flu" vaccine. Worse yet, of course, is dying in state of unrepented Mortal Sin. We must not let the statists use this manufactured crisis to experiment on our bodies in the name of "public health." The statists who govern us are liars who believe that the civil law can sanction the direct, intentional taking of innocent preborn lives. Why do we think that those who support the killing of the innocent preborn, whether by chemical or surgical means, are going to tell us the truth about anything? Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saints Simon and Jude, pray for us.
My article on the amalgamation of "conservative" Anglicans into the conciliar structures will be published tomorrow, October 29, 2009. It is still undergoing the vetting process. It passed one hurdle yesterday. I hope that it will pass one or two more hurdles tomorrow before it it posted.
We still await word as to how long we will be dispossessed from the motor home, which, it appears at this juncture, will be repaired, although not quickly. We are grateful to those who have made non-tax-deductible gifts during this period of displacement, which might extend through the end of next week, that is, until Friday, November 6, 2009. We are going to be in need of other such gifts as the days tick by. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we love you. Save souls.
October 27 Article
"Partial" Communion Only Goes So Far
The "new" ecclesiology of the counterfeit church of conciliarism that was critiqued so well by His Excellency Bishop Donald Sanborn in
The New Ecclesiology: An Overview contends that Protestant sects and the Orthodox churches have "elements" of truth and sanctification that place them in "partial"communion with the Catholic Church. This is, of course, not so. It is interesting, however, that the wide degree of toleration for the beliefs and liturgical practices of false religions exhibited by the conciliar officials is not extended to sedevacantists. "Bishops" who would have no problem with a Catholic attending a Baptist funeral service or wedding ceremony discover their non-episcopal staffs and start thundering with great concern whenever someone asks them if he can attend passively an offering of Holy Mass in a chapel where no concessions are made to conciliarism or its false officials. "Partial" communion only goes so far, you see. (This is a very brief article).
My article on the amalgamation of conservative "Anglicans" into the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism has been completed. It has been sent out for vetting. I hope to have it published on Thursday, October 29, 2009.
No word as of yet about our motor home. We are motel dwellers for the interim. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we love you. Save souls.
October 26 Article
It does occur to me, at least now and again, that the lords of Modernism in the counterfeit church of conciliarism read this site and take advantage of lulls caused by our travel mishaps to wreak all manner of damage, knowing full well that this one man "rapid response team" is unable to respond rapidly. (I am only joking. I am a New Yorker. I use irony to make a point now and again.) I do have a lot of my "to do" list this week, including completing my article on the "reception" of "conservative" Anglicans into another part of the One World Ecumenical Church, which will not be posted until it is vetted. I did think it useful, however, to pay a bit of attention in their brief article, the first original article on this site in six days, to the idiocy of a Professor Georg Sans, who wrote in L'Osservatore Romano that Marxism has "distorted" the "philosophy" of Karl Marx. Conciliarists live in a world of fantasy and delusion of their own making. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
We hope to have word about the state of our motor home at some point today, Monday, October 26, 2009. In the meantime, however, we are staying in the northeast, happy to be back, at least for a few more days, at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Monroe, Connecticut, which is where we'd stay if we had a gazillion dollars or if I had a job that paid a gazillion dollars. It is very good to be back "home" in the northeast, and I am grateful to those, including His Excellency Bishop Robert F. McKenna, O.P., who attended my lecture yesterday on the Feast of Christ the King. It was particularly wonderful and so very heartwarming to see our daughter play after Holy Mass with her former school mates from Saint Dominic's Academy.
There should be original articles most of the days this week.
We extend our thanks once again to those who have made non-tax-deductible financial gifts to help us with our out-of-pocket expenses at this time.
Feast of Christ the King Update
I do not believe that No Christ the King? No Rosary? No Good Cause is the last original article that will ever appear on this site. As it is, however, the last one to have appeared on this site since our new round of penitential adventures began, it is appropriate to highlight it once again on the Feast of Christ the King. Indeed, I had something of a premonition that No Christ the King? No Rosary? No Good Cause might serve as my reflection for the feast that we celebrate liturgically today. Given the complete state of physical exhaustion that has overtaken me as a result of the events of the last few days, including driving straight through the night in our TrailBlazer to get to Holy Mass on the Feast of Saint Raphael the Archangel yesterday, Saturday, October 24, 2009, at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Monroe, Connecticut, I can do no better than to ask those who have not read No Christ the King? No Rosary? No Good Cause to do so on this feast day.
Pope Pius XI instituted this feast day in his encyclical letter on the Social Reign of Christ the King, Quas Primas, December 11, 1925, placing its liturgical observance on the last Sunday of the month of October. This was done to counteract the observance of a day in honor of Protestantism ("Reformation Day") that was observed on the last Sunday of the month of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary and the Holy Angels. Protestantism is, of course, the tool used by the devil to effect the initial overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King in Europe. There can be no better way to defend the Sacred Rights of the Social Reign of Christ the King than to celebrate this day with great joy as we seek to plant a few seeds for the day upon which, to quote the motto that Pope Saint Pius X took from Saint Paul the Apostle's Epistle to the Ephesians, all things will be restored in Christ.
There is also a liturgical significance as to the placement of the Feast of Christ the King on the last Sunday of October in that it there are as yet four weeks left in Holy Mother Church's liturgical calendar prior to the beginning of the new liturgical year with First Vespers for the First Sunday of Advent. Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is meant to reign as the King of both men and their nations here and now before His Second Coming at the end of time, a doctrinal truth that is rejected equally by the lords of Modernity in the world and the lords of Modernism in the counterfeit church of conciliarism.
It is no accident, therefore, that the liturgical revolutionaries who brought us the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service, placed this feast on the last Sunday of the liturgical year to emphasize the eschatological Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ at the end of time as they reject the necessity of seeking the restoration of His Social Kingship by means of the confessionally Catholic civil state. Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI specifically and categorically rejects the necessity of seeking the restoration of the confessionally Catholic civil state by means of the conversion of men and their nations to the true Faith as he advocates time and time again the falsehoods of "religious liberty" and "separation of Church and State."
We must be ever committed to the truth for which millions of Catholics gave up their lives, that, to quote the late
Louis-Edouard-François-Desiré Cardinal Pie:
"To say Jesus Christ is the God of individuals and of families, but not the God of peoples and of societies, is to say that He is not God. To say that Christianity is the law of individual man and is not the law of collective man, is to say that Christianity is not divine. To say that the Church is the judge of private morality, but has nothing to do with public and political morality, is to say that the Church is not divine." (See the reference cited in A New Fatima For A New Religion.)
Nothing but disaster has befallen men and their nations in the wake of the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King, something that Pope Leo XIII noted very clearly in Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus, November 1, 1900:
From this it may clearly be seen what consequences are to be expected from that false pride which, rejecting our Saviour's Kingship, places man at the summit of all things and declares that human nature must rule supreme. And yet, this supreme rule can neither be attained nor even defined. The rule of Jesus Christ derives its form and its power from Divine Love: a holy and orderly charity is both its foundation and its crown. Its necessary consequences are the strict fulfilment of duty, respect of mutual rights, the estimation of the things of heaven above those of earth, the preference of the love of God to all things. But this supremacy of man, which openly rejects Christ, or at least ignores Him, is entirely founded upon selfishness, knowing neither charity nor selfdevotion. Man may indeed be king, through Jesus Christ: but only on condition that he first of all obey God, and diligently seek his rule of life in God's law. By the law of Christ we mean not only the natural precepts of morality and the Ancient Law, all of which Jesus Christ has perfected and crowned by His declaration, explanation and sanction; but also the rest of His doctrine and His own peculiar institutions. Of these the chief is His Church. Indeed whatsoever things Christ has instituted are most fully contained in His Church. Moreover, He willed to perpetuate the office assigned to Him by His Father by means of the ministry of the Church so gloriously founded by Himself. On the one hand He confided to her all the means of men's salvation, on the other He most solemnly commanded men to be subject to her and to obey her diligently, and to follow her even as Himself: "He that heareth you, heareth Me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth Me" (Luke x, 16). Wherefore the law of Christ must be sought in the Church. Christ is man's "Way"; the Church also is his "Way"-Christ of Himself and by His very nature, the Church by His commission and the communication of His power. Hence all who would find salvation apart from the Church, are led astray and strive in vain.
As with individuals, so with nations. These, too, must necessarily tend to ruin if they go astray from "The Way." The Son of God, the Creator and Redeemer of mankind, is King and Lord of the earth, and holds supreme dominion over men, both individually and collectively. "And He gave Him power, and glory, and a kingdom: and all peoples, tribes, and tongues shall serve Him" (Daniel vii., 14). "I am appointed King by Him . . . I will give Thee the Gentiles for Thy inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession" (Psalm ii., 6, 8). Therefore the law of Christ ought to prevail in human society and be the guide and teacher of public as well as of private life. Since this is so by divine decree, and no man may with impunity contravene it, it is an evil thing for the common weal wherever Christianity does not hold the place that belongs to it. When Jesus Christ is absent, human reason fails, being bereft of its chief protection and light, and the very end is lost sight of, for which, under God's providence, human society has been built up. This end is the obtaining by the members of society of natural good through the aid of civil unity, though always in harmony with the perfect and eternal good which is above nature. But when men's minds are clouded, both rulers and ruled go astray, for they have no safe line to follow nor end to aim at. (Pope Leo XIII, Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus, November 1, 1900.)
The path to the restoration of the Social Reign of Christ the King and public exaltation of His Most Sacred Heart runs through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Every Rosary we pray helps to plant the seeds for the day when all men, consecrated to that Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, will exclaim that words uttered by the late Father Miguel Augustin Pro, S.J., as he was put to death by the Masonic revolutionaries on November 23, 1927:
Viva Cristo Rey!
We must remember also these words spoken by Our Lord Himself to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque:
"I will reign in spite of all who oppose Me." (quoted in: The Right Reverend Emile Bougaud. The Life of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, reprinted by TAN Books and Publishers in 1990, p. 361.)
A blessed Feast of Christ the King to you all! (Well, that wasn't a new article per se. However, it's a start in the direction of resuming writing after six straight days of penance sent to us by God as the means by which can give Him honor and glory through the Immaculate Heart of Mary as we seek to make reparation for our sins and those of the whole world.)
Finally, I beg the indulgence of correspondents who have to yet to hear from me in response to their e-mails. It will take me a few days to respond to all of the e-mails that I have received, although I have acknowledged the notes of those who have sent us non-tax-deductible gifts. I will endeavor to get that next new article completed for posting by tomorrow, Monday, October 26, 2009. We still have many loose ends to tie up with respect to the motor home, from which we are once again dispossessed pending its repair or replacement. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we love you. Save souls!
Late October 23 Update and Prayer Request for the Repose of the Soul of the late +Judge Robert McOsker, R.I.P.
I hope to have the next original article on this site by Sunday morning, the Feast of Christ the King, October 25, 2009.
We are traveling to Connecticut in the TrailBlazer. The motor home is a shop in Ohio. We are grateful to His Excellency Bishop Daniel Dolan for offering Holy Mass for us earlier today before we backtracked to the scene of the the motor home's temporary demise last evening and thence on the way to Connecticut. It has been a long, long five days of driving and adventures. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we love you. Save souls!
We are also very grateful to those who have responded to the appeal to help us with our out of pocket expenses as the motor home is in the shop. Please forgive my not being able to respond to you personally right now. I will rectify this by tomorrow afternoon, God willing and Our Lady interceding, with personal notes.
We will know by Monday if the undercarriage damage is repairable. We do invite others to make non-tax-deductible financial gifts to help us with these out of pocket expenses. Thank you. I will have a travelogue at some point in the next ten days. Continue to pray for us. We have another 550 miles to travel!
Finally, I request your prayers for the repose of the soul of a great champion of the Social Reign of Christ the King and the Catholic Faith, the late Judge Robert McOsker, who died this afternoon in Rhode Island at 3:30 p.m. after being in a coma for nearly three years as a result of complications of the latter stages of multiple sclerosis. We express our condolences to Judge McOsker's widow, Mrs. Joanne McOsker, an indefatigable champion of the Social Reign of Christ the King and of the Catholic Faith in her own right, and to his children and grandchildren and their families. Eternal rest grant unto Judge Robert McOsker, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
October 22 Road Emergency Update, Part Deux
God fashions each of the crosses, large or small, that we encounter in our daily lives perfectly to suit the needs of our immoral souls so that we can give Him the honor and glory that are His due through the Immaculate Heart of His Blessed Mother as we make reparation for our sins and those of the whole world. It is important to remember this at all times. Nothing--and I mean absolutely nothing--that we suffer in this passing, mortal vale of tears is the equal of what one of our least Venial Sins caused Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to suffer during His Passion and Death and caused Our Lady's Immaculate Heart to be pierced through and through with those Seven Swords of Sorrow.
This is something that I repeat frequently on this site. This is, however, not trite saying. To bear our suffering well is part of the price of discipleship of Our Lord as members of His true Church.
Thus it is that we find ourselves on the side of the road once again as we have had not one but TWO blown tires on the motor home. We had checked the inflation just three days ago in Lafayette, Louisiana. God has known from all eternity that this would occur. The graces He won for us on Calvary by the shedding of every single drop of His Most Precious Blood that flow into our souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces, are sufficient for us to deal with the precarious situation in which we find ourselves at the time.
One blow tire ripped apart the motor home's sewer system. The newly repaired generator, which just cost us $338 to work--and it was working so very well!--has had its electrical writing torn torn to shreds.All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we love you. Save souls.
Please pray for us as we await roadside assistance on this ferial day in the month of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary and of the Holy Angels.
I will know more later this evening about whether the motor home is able to make it to Connecticut.
Late evening road emergency update: We were on the shoulder of an interstate highway for five hours this afternoon into the middle part of the evening as we had to purchase a new tire (cost $375.00, replete with labor to get our spare tire door open!--hint, hint). Knowing that our muffler had to be replaced, I was going to drive to the nearest exit to detach the car to place Sharon and Lucy and Chase in it so that they would not be exposed to the carbon monoxide fumes. As I was exiting the highway, however, I discovered that the damage to the undercarriage of our motor home was more extensive than I thought: the motor home had no brakes! I thought we were goners. We are now off the side of the exit, stuck in a field. Pray for us. And I do have to ask those of you who have the means to assist us and who support the work of this site to help us in this time of emergency.
October 21 Updates
Our travels continue. There should be, God willing and Our Lady interceding we complete our travels by tomorrow morning, a new article on this site by late tomorrow, one dealing with the announcement made yesterday of the "structure" that the conciliar Vatican is creating to facilitate the conversion of "conservative" Anglicans to the conciliar structures while they, the Anglicans, are able to maintain "elements" of their Anglican "spiritual and and liturgical" "traditions." Thus it is that novel practices that constituted a break with Catholic Church can become "traditions" over the course of time that are recognized as legitimate by the authorities of the counterfeit church of concilairism. The Anglican liturgy, for example, is a precursor and prototype of the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service itself.
Remember, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI rejects the "ecumenism of the return." The proposed structure for the reception of "conservative" Anglican into the counterfeit church of conciliarism represents something along the lines of the "ecumenism of amalgamation," reflecting perfectly Ratzinger/Benedict's words in Cologne, Germany, on August 19, 2005:
We all know there are numerous models of unity and you know that the Catholic Church also has as her goal the full visible unity of the disciples of Christ, as defined by the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council in its various Documents (cf. Lumen Gentium, nn. 8, 13; Unitatis Redintegratio, nn. 2, 4, etc.). This unity, we are convinced, indeed subsists in the Catholic Church, without the possibility of ever being lost (cf. Unitatis Redintegratio, n. 4); the Church in fact has not totally disappeared from the world.
On the other hand, this unity does not mean what could be called ecumenism of the return: that is, to deny and to reject one's own faith history. Absolutely not!
It does not mean uniformity in all expressions of theology and spirituality, in liturgical forms and in discipline. Unity in multiplicity, and multiplicity in unity: in my Homily for the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul on 29 June last, I insisted that full unity and true catholicity in the original sense of the word go together. As a necessary condition for the achievement of this coexistence, the commitment to unity must be constantly purified and renewed; it must constantly grow and mature. (Ecumenical meeting at the Archbishopric of Cologne English)
The "faith history" of the heretical and schismatic Anglican sect represents a break with the Catholic Church that over 72,000 thousand martyrs refused to acknowledge as legitimate or to accept as part of Catholicism. So much for their martyrdom in fidelity to the authentic tradition of the Catholic Church.
We'll never get to Holy Mass at this point.
Late-evening update: We're inching our way back to Connecticut, having stopped to get more repair work done on the motor home's ever-malfunctioning generator. This will delay the next article, probably until Saturday. I am not going to rush the article on the conciliar "reception" of the "conservative" Anglicans. Thank you in advance for your patience.
October 20 Article
No Christ the King? No Rosary? No Good Cause
A reader of this site informed me recently that he was roped into attending a meeting of Catholics that turned out to be a fund-raising effort for a naturalistic organization devoted to Americanism and religious indifferentism as the pathways to retard the social evils of our day. Political ecumenism is as wrong as theological ecumenism. That is why I, for one, use this standard rule of thumb when measuring any organization that proposes to have "solutions" to our problems, each of which is caused by Original Sin and our own Actual Sins: No Christ the King? No Rosary? No "good cause." Viva Cristo Rey! Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint John Cantius, pray for us.
As we are on the road for our trip up north from Texas, there might not be a new article on this site until Thursday, October 22, 2009. Keep checking, however. Thank you. I also ask correspondents for their patience as we drove a long distance yesterday and have many more miles to drive before we reach Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in time for the Feast of Christ the King. I can't do the marathon drives that I used to do years ago with impunity without paying a huge price physically. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we love you. Save souls!
October 19 Article
If I Were King of the Forest
The absurdities of the moment are such that it is sometimes necessary to descend to the absurd to prevent from screaming such things as: HOW CAN ANY SANE, RATIONAL HUMAN BEING CONTEND THAT JOSEPH RATZINGER/BENDICT XVI IS SEEKING TO RESTORE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH'S ECCLESIASTICAL TRADITIONS or that, as "Bishop" Walter Nickless of the Diocese of Sioux City in conciliar captivity is contending, that there is "no difference" between the "pre-Vatican II" Church and the "post-Vatican II" Church. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
Oh, I didn't mean to scream. Unlike some writers who employ capital letters and eighteen gazillion exclamation points to emphasize their views, now or at least at some point in the past, I try to avoid such abuses of language and composition. THERE ARE TIMES, HOWEVER, WHEN THE ABSURDITIES ARE SUCH THAT ONE WANTS TO DO PRECISELY THAT, USE CAPITAL LETTERS AND A GAZILLION EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ratzinger as a restorer of the Catholic Church's ecclesiastical traditions? It's enough to drive a man to sing "If I Were King of the Forest"!
Saint Peter of Alcantara, pray for us.
There should be another original article tomorrow, Tuesday, October 20, 2009.
Our friends in Ohio reported to us a few days ago that there two fifty dollar non-tax-deductible gifts (both from the same person) at our post office box in the past week. We accept all as within the Providence of God. We do, however, always need your help.
Finally, there is a notice on the Speaking Schedule page of a brief lecture this coming Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King.
October 17 Article
Suffering For The Love of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Another very late (or early) hour. This is but a brief reflection on the suffering endured by Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque to spread public devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus at the specific request of Our Lord Himself. The hearts of men had grown cold because of Jansenism when Our Lord revealed the secrets of His Most Sacred Heart to Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque in the Visitation Convent in Paray le Monial, France, between December of 1673 and June of 1685. We cannot let our own love for the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus grow cold in our hearts. We must forgive as we are forgiven, and we must remember the high price of infidelity that France paid for the refusal of King Louis XIV to consecrate the whole of France, and not just Paris, to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (as is related in an appendix to this article). Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, an intimate of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and a faithful client of Our Lady through her Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.
October 16 Re-Highlighted Article
I had hoped to have an original article posted by today. One will appear by tomorrow morning, the Feast of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. (Only twenty-two people have read yesterday's posting. So much for the great "influence" I am alleged to have!)
In the meantime, however, I thought that I would re-highlight an article from October 1, 2008,
And Away Goes Shea. Yes, Shea Stadium, a place where I wasted a good deal of time between April 18, 1964, and July 16, 2002, is long gone, having been demolished on a piecemeal basis between October 14, 2008, and February 18, 2009. However, today, October 16, 2009, is, believe it or not, the fortieth anniversary of the time when the second baseman of the American League Champions, the Baltimore Orioles, a chap named Davey Johnson, hit a fly ball off of the pitcher, Jerry Koosman, for the National League Champions, the New York Mets, that landed securely in the glove of left fielder Cleon Joseph Jones, who dropped to one knee to give thanks for the fact that the former basement dwellers of the National League, the New York Mets, had won the fifth and deciding game of the 1969 World Series.
Although I do understand now far more than I did then, shy of my eighteenth birthday by thirty-nine days, I must admit that the thought of the Mets' winning the World Series in 1969 still brings a tear to my eye. Yes, I accept what Father Charles McGuire preached last year in a sermon on
Agony Contention And Sports. I cannot, however, undo my misspent past. And, being a flesh and blood human being, I have very fond memories of the time that I spent at Shea Stadium, especially of my fellow fans and the ushers, most of whom were hard-working Catholic men, and the front office personnel who helped to facilitate my annual gathering of friends in the stadium's picnic area.
The re-highlighted article is not for everyone. However, I do get notes now and again from other recovering baseball fans. This article is being re-highlighted for their enjoyment on this fortieth anniversary of the Mets' first World Series championship.
Mind you, I am glad that I walked out when I did even though I was in the midst of marketing my book about the early years of the Mets (no, I've never mastered the marketing process). I should have done it years before. I'd be lying, however, if I said that I did not look back on the years at Shea with sappy, naturalistic warmth.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Hedwig, pray for us. Saint Gerard Majella, pray for us.
October 15 Article
Only When They Win
Naturalists who belong to the false opposite of the "left" are on the warpath with savage fury against naturalists who belong to the false opposite of the "right." This makes for grand political theater of the absurd. None of this, however, can retard a single social evil as Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order. Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us.
I will try to have original articles on each of the next two days before taking something of a break to regain my strength from the spate of articles in the past month or so.
October 14 Article
A New Fatima For A New Religion
Another very late (or early) hour. This new article deals with the necessity of the conciliar Vatican's efforts to deconstruct Our Lady's Fatima Message. The true message of Our Lady in the Cova da Iria near Fatima, Portugal, from May 13, 1917, to October 13, 1917, to Jacinta and Francisco Marto and Lucia dos Santos is incompatible with false ecumenism and with conciliarism's penchant for the new world order represented by Barack Hussein Obama's method of "changing the international conversation." Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
There should be another original article tomorrow, October 15, 2009, the Feast of Saint Teresa of Avila.
Finally, some have asked me why I do not respond to personal attacks that are, evidently, being mounted against me in various chat rooms. My response: why should I respond? My sins deserve far worse than I suffer in this life. The true measure of the good, the bad, and the ugly of each person's life will be revealed only on the Last Day at the General Judgment of the Living and the Dead.
Until then, my attitude toward one and all who want to spend their time attacking me personally (as opposed to criticizing my work) is this: Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos
dimittimus debitoribus nostris. I will not be forgiven my sins in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance if I do not forgive the sins of others without malice and without holding or nursing any kind of grudge.
Nothing that any of us suffers in this life is the equal of what one of our least Venial Sins caused Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to suffer in His Sacred Humanity during His Passion and Death. We will see only on the Last Day how the Mercy and Justice of God was made manifest in the lives of each of us before we died. With Saint Francis of Assisi, we must say, "Deo gratias!" for every opportunity God sends us to be mortified and humbled in His sight as our sins deserve. "Deo gratias!"
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
October 13 Revised Article
Revised: King for a Day, Queen of All Ages
Having hit the proverbial figurative "brick wall" of physical fatigue, I was unable to write an original article yesterday, October 12, 2009, which as given over to providing our daughter with a tour of the Blue Bell Creamery in Brenham, Texas. I did, however, dust off an article from four years ago on Saint Edward the Confessor and the final apparition of Our Lady in the Cova da Iria near Fatima, Portugal, revising it in a few places for republication today, the ninety-second anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun. Another older article, Our Lady Does Not Act on Her Own might be interesting to review on this anniversary of Our Lady's last Fatima apparition.
Assuming that I am revived after a night of sleep, there should be another original article tomorrow, Wednesday, October 14, 2009, the Feast of Pope Saint Callistus I. The question remains, however, as to whether the multitudes of people in cyberspace can wait for that next original article without going into apoplexy. (I hope that some of you out there have a sense of humor.)
October 12 Articles
Working for the Nobel Prize From Hell and Revised: The Work of Columbus
Another late hour. I have the strength to tell you this: the first of these articles deals with the continued praise that the pro-abort, pro-perversity, statist Barack Hussein Obama is continuing to receive from officials in the counterfeit church of conciliarism following Caesar Obamus's being awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace for 2009. The other article is a revision of my tribute to the work of Christopher Columbus, who planted the Cross of the Divine Redeemer on the shores of the Americas so that the peoples and the lands of the "new world" could be won for Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through His true Church and by te intercessory power of the Mother of God.
Please continue to pray for the repose of the souls of Mrs. Nadine Henry and Mr, Thaddeus Zapp.
There have been twenty-five original articles on this site in the past twenty-three days now (please scroll down in case you've been off the site for a while). I will endeavor to new articles on each on the next two days. I might--emphasis on might--need a break of several days thereafter. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we love you. Save souls.
Finally, we can always use non-tax-deductible financial gifts. The proceeds from the sale of our manufactured house won't last forever. Those who have the means to make such non-tax-deductible financial gifts and who are supportive of the work of this site are invited to do so sooner rather than later. Many have written to me to say that this laborer is not worth his keep. I hope, however, that those who do think otherwise might help us out now and again. Even a two or five dollar gift helps. Thank you.
October 11 Article and Late Afternoon Prayer Requests for the Repose of the Immortal Soul of the late +Mrs. Nadine Henry, R.I.P.
Today is the Feast of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Council of Ephesus (431 A.D.) declared Our Lady to be the Mother of God. This is a doctrine that that the devil particularly hates, which is why he has raised up all manner of Protestant sects to attack it with a fury, which we why we must defend the doctrine of the Divine Maternity of Our Lady with all of the graces that she sees fit to send us through her loving hands as the Mediatrix of All Graces.
As Father Benedict Baur, O.S.B., explained in The Light of the World, Volume II:
Fifteen hundred years have passed since Nestorius, a Patriarch of Constantinople, launched the heresy which taught that the person of Christ was different from the person of the Son of God. Nestorius asserted that Mary did not conceive nor bring forth the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, but only the man Christ. According to his teaching she was not the Mother of God, not a God-bearer, but only the mother of a mere man, in whom God dwelt only as in a temple. A few years later after the beginning of the Nestorian heresy, a council was assembled at Ephesus (431 A.D.), which proclaimed that Mary had given birth to Jesus, who was, at one and the same time, God and man, having two natures but one person. God does not live in Him merely as in a temple, but the man Jesus is at the same time God. Mary is mother, not only of the humanity of Christ, but of the Son of God also. She is the Mother of God. The people of Ephesus awaited the decision of the council hall were opened and the decision was made known, the people greeted the Fathers with great rejoicing and accompanied them to their dwelllings with flaming torches, crying out: "Mary is the bearer of God; Mary is the Mother of God." Today, fifteen hundred years later, we make the same joyful confession.
Mary is the mother of Jesus, the Son of God. The Gospel recounts an incident of His childhood during which He first refers to His divine origin. When Jesus was twelve years old, Joseph and Mary went to Jerusalem to offer sacrifice. "When they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem, and His parents knew it not." They believed Him to be in the company of relatives. But they were mistaken. After a long and anxious search they found Him in the Temple, sitting among the doctors of the law. "And His mother said to Him: Son, why hast Thou done to so us? Behold Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing." This rebuke shows the concern of a mother who has borne suffering with love. But Jesus meekly answers: "Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?" He refers to His Heavenly Father, for He is Son of God. He was conceived, not by the power of man, but by the power of God (Offertory). When the angel had first brought the message to Mary, she had answered: Behold the handmaid of Lord; be it done unto me according to thy word" (Luke 1: 38). And at her word, the only-begotten Son of God was made flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mother. We pray tribute to this mystery at the Communion, when we confess, "Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary, which bore the Son of the eternal Father." Blessed art thou, O holy Mother of God, who wert united to the Son of God in a most intimate union when thou dist bear Him in thy womb.
Mary provided the body for the Son of God, and he in return Christ filled the soul of Mary with the fullness of His spirit. Mary became wholly absorbed in Him and became like Him. She became united to Him in a most intimate union. "Alleluia, alleluia. Virgin Mother of God, He whom the whole world cannot contain, enclosed Himself in thy womb, being made man, Alleluia." "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus."
"As the vine, I have brought forth a pleasant odor, and my flowers are the fruit of honor and riches" (Epistle). The blossoms on this vine are the precious virtues of faith and humility which the Virgin exhibited when she received the message of the angel. She was resolute in her attachment to her virginity: "I know not man" (Luke 1: 34). Yet she is obedient to the will of God and speaks her fiat: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy word" (Luke 1: 38). "My flowers are the fruit of honor and riches," Christ the Lord. "There shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse," Mary, who is sprung from the house of David; "and a flower shall rise up out of his root," Christ, the Son of Mary (Gradual). Humanity and divinity are united in this one person. "Come over to me, all yet that desire me, and be filled with my fruits" (Epistle). Mary does not keep her child for herself; she bequeaths Him to us when He is born at Bethlehem, when He is offered in the Temple, and when He offers Himself up on the cross. She gives Him to us again daily in Holy Communion. Mary has borne Christ for us. Together with her Divine Son, she has given us salvation and an abundance of grace. She stands even today at the throne of God as our advocate and or all-powerful intercessor, armed with irresistible intercessory power, the mother of all those who are in the state of sanctifying grace.
We renew our faith in the mystery of Mary's divine motherhood. "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee." God is thy child, having taken His humanity from thy flesh.
"Come over to me . . . and be filled with my fruits," for it is Christ Jesus whom I give you. He was first given to us when we were reborn through baptism: He is given to us today at Mass and Holy Communion: "Hath He not also with Him given us all things?" (Rom. 8: 32.) Since Mary has given us all things through Christ, we today express our gratitude to her. (Father Benedict Baur, O.S.B., The Light of the World, Volume II, B. Herder Book Company, Saint Louis, Missouri, 1954, pp. 440-442.)
A blessed Feast of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you all.
Late afternoon update: Word has just reached us from friend in Ohio that Mrs. Nadine Henry, a parishioner of Saint Gertrude the Great Church in West Chester, Ohio, died yesterday, October 10, 2009, from cancer. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Mrs. Henry was a remarkable person. She was born blind. Her physical blindness, however, did not prevent her from have one of the keenest supernatural visions imaginable. Mrs. Henry was well-versed in authentic Catholic Scriptural studies and, knowing that she was to die soon, told a friend of ours, Mrs. Kathleen Ritter, within the past two weeks that she was never to accept the "mark of the beast" by means of the microchip that so many fascists in our government desire to implant in us. Mrs. Henry's devoted husband, Charles, brought her to Holy Mass every week (along with Mrs. Henry's seeing-eye dog, Delta), and frequently during the week.
While we pray for the repose of the soul of this remarkable disciple of Our Lord who was particularly devoted to His Most Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of Consolation (the Henrys gave us the image of Our Lady of Consolation at a Catholic Family News conference in Cleveland, Ohio, in October of 2004), Sharon and Lucy join me in extending our deepest condolences to her devoted husband, Charlie, and we ask you to pray for Mrs. Henry's soul and to have Masses offered for her.
There should be a new article and a republished article posted by tomorrow morning, Monday, October 12, 2009.
October 10 Article
Enter Lord of the World?
This is a very brief follow-up to yesterday's bonus article, Figures of Antichrist Applauding Each Other, concerning the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Peace to Barack Hussein Obama. There are quite some similarities between the principal antagonist in the late Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson's Lord of the World, Julian Felsenburgh, and Barack Hussein Obama, See for yourselves. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Francis Borgia, pray for us.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of my late father, Dr. Albert Henry Martin Droleskey, who would have turned ninety years old today had he not died on Saturday, September 5, 1992. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
October 9 Articles
Figures of Antichrist Applauding Each Other
This article, which was posted earlier today, has been slightly revised and expanded. It is a brief effort to respond to the absurdity represented by the awarding of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Peace to Barack Hussein Obama, a man who does much to undermine peace in the souls of men and thus in the world as he promotes the killing of innocent preborn babies and the brute power of the civil state as the answer to economic and social problems. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Pinning The Tail On The Next Bob Dole
Readership is really, really down recently. However, time and strength permitting according to the graces sent to me by Our Lady, I will endeavor to continue writing articles such as this one that explore the insanity of the inconsistencies of naturalism as naturalists seek to find ways to "win" elections without caring about the victory that Christ the King has won for them on the wood of the Holy Cross by the shedding of every single drop of His Most Precious Blood. Indeed, naturalists, including many Catholic fellow-travelers, believe that the Incarnation and Redemptive Act of the God-Man are totally irrelevant to the right ordering of the civil state. Such a delusional belief leads naturalists of the false opposites of the "left" and the "right" always preparing for the "next election," always concerned about power as an ultimate end that justifies making whatever compromises are deemed necessary to secure and retain such power. We must care about the restoration of the Social Reign of Christ the King as the fruit of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
I will try to have a new article posted on Sunday, October 11, 2009, the Feast of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
October 8 Article and Prayer Request for the Soul of +Mr. Thaddeus Zapp, R.I.P.
Word has just reached me, at 3:14 p.m. Central Daylight Saving Time, that Mr. Thaddeus Zapp, the father of Father Thomas Zapp, one of The Nine who courageously defended the Catholic Faith against the false ecclesiology of the Society of Saint Pius X, died last evening on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
On behalf of my wife Sharon and our daughter Lucy, I extend our deepest condolences to Father Zapp and the members of his family. I ask the readers of this site to join me in now in prayer for the repose of the soul of Mr. Thad Zapp as we pray for the needs of his family at this time of loss.
Eternal rest grant unto Mr. Thaddeus Zapp, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace, Amen. I will pass along information about Father Zapp's Requiem Mass when I receive the details of its offering.
Naturalistic Time Bombs
So few people, including so few Catholics, even care to examine the extent to which their views of the world are shaped by naturalism. The devil has been quite successful in planting what could be called "naturalistic time bombs" into the very fabric of anti-Incarnational civil state of Modernity, convincing most people that there is no necessity of subordinating every aspect of their person and social lives to the Deposit of Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has entrusted exclusively to His Catholic Church for Its eternal safekeeping and infallible explication. Saint Bridget of Sweden, pray for us.
October 7 Articles and Afternoon Update
Revised: The Gates of Our Very Souls and Always Our Apostates
Although I published Sent From Heaven Above three days ago (on what was Rosary Sunday in many fully traditional venues), I am republishing The Gates of Our Very Souls in honor today's Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. We must never tired of reminding our fellow Catholics that the Rosary is, after the perfect prayer, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the most powerful prayer we have to make reparation for our own sins and those of the whole world as we seek the conversion of all men, including those in the false religion of Talmudic Judaism, to the true Faith, something that the American "bishops," who are Always Our Apostates are willing to compromise in the face of criticism from their rabbinical "partners" in the futile, blasphemous exercise in apostasy that is "inter-religious dialogue." Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Afternoon update: Always Our Apostates has been revised slightly. The text of the conciliar "bishops'" Statement of Principles has been entered manually. An appropriate commentary on that "statement" has been added into the text of the article. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
October 6 Article
Offending God Every Day
Lost in the trees, many Catholics yet attached to the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism cannot see the forest of conciliarism, unable to admit that various outrages at the local parish level in the conciliar church are but the logical results of the false religion of conciliarism itself, starting with the evil that is the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service. The Novus Ordo service offends God every time it is simulated. We need to include the intention of reparation for the offenses given to God by the Novus Ordo of its very pernicious nature in every Rosary of reparation that we pray. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Urling of Brooksville, Florida, have requested urgent prayers for their son, Gabriel, who is in need of a kidney transplant. Mrs. Urling wrote to say that physicians told her three times to kill Gabriel while he was developing within her womb. That was nine years ago now. Named after Saint Gabriel the Archangel, Gabriel Urling has been a messenger for the truth that the power of the graces won for us by the shedding of every single drop of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross and that flow into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces, can never be understood by men convinced of their own omnipotence over matters of physical life and death. Please pray for Gabriel Urling and his parents and his three sisters and four brothers. Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for the Urlings. Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for the Urlings. Saints Cosmas and Damian, pray for the Urlings.
There should be another very brief article tomorrow, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, to accompany a republished article on the feast day itself.
October 4 Articles
Sent From Heaven Above
It is, at least in some traditional venues in this time of apostasy and betrayal, Rosary Sunday today. Although I will have republished article on Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary on October 7, this new article, which incorporates some material from an older article, is being published today in honor of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary on the first Sunday in October, which is the formal end this year of our champion Bishop Robert F. McKenna's Rosary Crusade. We must make good use of the spiritual weapon that Our Lady gave to Saint Dominic de Guzman in 1208 to help us to get home to Heaven. Those of us who pray the Rosary every day faithfully while meditating upon the mysteries contained therein can be assured of the help of Our Lady nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae." Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
From Riches to Lady Poverty to Eternal Treasures
Today is also the Commemoration of the Seraphic Saint, Saint Francis of Assisi, who was born as Giovanni di Bernardone in 1182 (some say 1181). This article is a poor way to pay tribute to the follower of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who gave up earthly riches to embrace Lady Poverty, earning himself eternal riches in the process, eternal riches that helped to save the Church Militant on earth from falling down at a time of great clerical corruption. It is my hope, however, that this poor tribute to Saint Francis, a saint of profound Eucharistic piety and deep, tender devotion to the Mother of God who rejoiced in the midst of trials and sufferings and insults and even the rejection of his own father and brother, will provide some food for meditation about the glorious life of this joyful saint of prayer and penance. Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us! A blessed feast day to our friends Father Martin Stepanich and Father Francis Miller--and to all Franciscans, including those of the Third Order.
October 3 Articles
Republished: Holiness Unalloyed
Today is the Feast Day of Saint Therese of Lisieux, Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Marie-Frances Therese Martin was born to the holiest of parents, Louis and Zelie Martin, who endeavored to shield their children as much as possible from the influences of the world. The sacrifices made by Louis and Zelie Martin produced five vocations to the consecrated religious life. Zelie Martin's prayers from eternity after her death assisted her husband as he raised one canonized saint and four other daughters who served Holy Mother Church as brides of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The simplicity and love of the Little Flower teaches each of us to pursue holiness as befits redeemed creatures, seeking the things of Heaven in this life so that we may spend our Heaven doing good here on earth. Saint Therese of Lisieux, pray for us!
Stalking Us All
This is just an old-fashioned, hard-hitting Christ or Chaos explication of the Social Reign of Christ the King and how Caesar Obamus, who seems to be stalking us all with his omnipresence in every outlet of the mass media imaginable, is the logical result of a world awash in one naturalist error after another. As I am always aware that there might be some new reader who happens onto this site in God's Providence, I have included a few familiar (and one less familiar) papal quotes to reiterate the points made in this commentary. This, however, a brand new composition. Although I am tired pretty much all of the time (especially after the spate of twelve articles in ten days between September 20 and 30, 2009), I will never tire of defending the truth that Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order, something that the Irish, aided and abetted by conciliarism and the conciliar "bishops," seem to have rejected pretty thoroughly. What was that Saint Patrick said about Ireland being swept under water prior to the time of the Antichrist?
Today, the Feast of the Little Flower, Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, is the First Saturday of the month of October and the fifteenth and last Saturday in Bishop Robert F. McKenna's Rosary Crusade. We are called upon to pray for Perseverance as we meditate upon the Fifth Glorious Mystery, the Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth by her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. May Our Lady help us to persevere in our fidelity to her Most Holy Rosary, one of the two last remedies given to us in these our days of apostasy and betrayal.
Today is also the birthday of that wonderful son of Saint Francis of Assisi, Father Francis Miller, O.F.M., who has done so very much for us, both spiritually and temporally. Please pray for Father Francis, remembering also in your prayers today Father Martin Stepanich, O.F.M., S.T.D., who took the religious name "Martin" in honor of the Little Flower's family name. As God's Providence would have it, Father Martin's caregiver, Miss Samantha Current, celebrates her own birthday today. Happy birthday to Father Francis and Miss Samantha. Happy feast day to Father Martin and to a certain seven and one-half year-old girl named Lucy Mary Therese Norma Droleskey!
I will endeavor to have an article, perhaps two, for tomorrow, Rosary Sunday, which is also the Commemoration of the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost and the Commemoration of Saint Francis of Assisi.
October 2 Articles (including a new article)
Republished: Put Your Guardian Angel to Work at All Times
This article is a brief, republished reflection in honor of the Angels sent to us by God Himself to help guard us in this passing, mortal vale of tears as they seek to guide us to the glories of the Beatific Vision of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. Each of us must have a special devotion to--and daily conversation with--our Guardian Angels, making sure to ask them to greet the Guardian Angels of all of the people we meet each day. Our Guardian Angels have been given to us by God help get us back to Him in Heaven. We should make good use of our Guardian Angels. Unlike many of us who have lazy bones at times, our Guardian Angels want to work hard to help us get home to Heaven. We should put them to work every day! And we should make sure to thank our Guardian Angels at the end of each day for keeping us safe in body and, eternally more important, of course, in soul.
Flying The Flag for the Commies
Although there were reports on the internet in early September about the flying of the Red Chinese flag over the White House on the sixtieth anniversary of the Maoist takeover of mainland China on October 1, 1949, the Obama White House issued a press release on September 4, 2009, to debunk those reports. The Red Chinese flag was raised on the Ellipse south of the South Lawn of the White House yesterday, not over the White House itself.
In truth, of course, the Red Chinese flag, which did fly over the White House during an official visit by Hu Jintao to then President George Walker Bush in April of 2006, doesn't need to fly over the White House, which is occupied by the Marxist-trained statist and pro-abort named Barack Hussein Obama. One American president after another has done the bidding for the Red Chinese and their American corporate enablers for the past thirty-seven years. The Red Chinese have also been enabled by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI in his betrayal of Catholics in the underground church there twenty-seven months ago now.
All the more need for us to pray our Rosaries of reparation during this month of the Most Holy Rosary, the month of October.
Remember, tomorrow, the Feast of the Little Flower, Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, is the First Saturday of the month of October and the last Saturday in Bishop Robert F. McKenna's Rosary Crusade. We are called upon to pray for Perseverance as we meditate upon the Fifth Glorious Mystery, the Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth by her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. May Our Lady help us to persevere in our fidelity to her Most Holy Rosary, one of the two last remedies given to us in these our days of apostasy and betrayal.
Finally, it appears as though the Irish people have chosen for Big Brother, voting "yes" in the referendum to ratify the Treaty of Lisbon. More proof, of course, that
apostasy has consequences, yes, sadly, even in the land of saints and scholars and, over the course of the last nearly five centuries, martyrs, Ireland. The conciliar "bishops" of Ireland urged a "yes" vote to strengthen the European Union, composed of open enemies of Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen. Then again, the conciliar "bishops" themselves are such enemies. Our Lady of Knock, pray for us.
I have, at 2:53 p.m., Central Daylight Saving Time, uploaded a brief video presentation on the situation in Ireland. (Yes, I have a new video camera. It works much better than the old one.) The link will download a compressed (zip) file to your computer. Click on the file. The video should play just fine. Just press the play button on the Windows Media Player. It's only eighteen minutes long. There were technical adjustments to be made prior to the recording. I had thought that I recorded one program that turned out not to have been recorded. Please let me know how this new video upload feature works. I will make more use of it in coming months. (I have checked the .zip link above several times. It works just fine for me. I hope that it does for you. Oh, in case you are wondering, the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in a side chapel at Saint Jude Shrine in Texas. My back was not to Our Lord in His Real Presence in the video.) I ask those of you who have family and friends and acquaintances in Ireland to let them know of this video. Thank you.
Putting Love of God Above All Else and Surrendering What Saint Patrick Won
Two brief articles today. The first is in honor of Saint Jerome, who defended the Faith tirelessly as he gave us the proper translations of the Old Testament from the Hebrew and the New Testament from the Greek Septuagint, defending also the honor of Our Lady's Perpetual Virginity. The second article is an amplification of one that I posted four days ago,
Voting In Favor of the Druids, concerning the referendum to be held in the Republic of Ireland on Friday, October 2, 2009, the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels, on the Treaty of Lisbon that is designed to the strengthen the European Union.
As today is my dear--and much younger--wife's forty-sixth birthday, I may not have time to write an article to post by tomorrow. Please check tomorrow to see if I found time to do so. And, in your Charity, may I ask you to pray for my dear wife, who desires with a purity of heart that has such a love for God and His Most Blessed Mother to gain eternal birth in Heaven upon her death, on her birthday today. Thank you.
September 29 Articles
Religious "Liberty" and Blasphemy and Revised: Sancte Michael Archangele, Defende Nos in Praelio
Today is the Feast of the Dedication of the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel. We need Saint Michael's intercession more now than ever before. We need his help in our own daily battles with the forces of the world, the flesh, and the devil. And, of course, we need his help with to remain faithful to the true Faith without making any concessions at all to conciliarism or its false officials who blaspheme God so regularly, so boldly, so repeatedly and with a chorus of bobble heads making excuses for them in their sins against the First and Second Commandments. Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us and keep us!
There should be another original article tomorrow, Wednesday, September 30, 2009, the Feast of Saint Jerome (and the forty-sixth birthday of my dear--and much younger-- and long-suffering wife).
Please do listen to His Excellency Bishop Daniel Dolan's sermon from two days ago,
Finally, there is a new link on my seldom-updated "Links" page. The new link will take you to the very useful and user-friendly
Saint Andrew Missal site.
September 28 Articles
Revised: A King Prostrate Before THE King
Today is the feast of the great Saint Wenceslaus, King of Bohemia, who was murdered by his own brother, who hated the fact that that he, King Wenceslaus, was everything that he, Boleslaus, hated, namely, pious and devoted, a servant of Christ the King, a just ruler who ruled to advance the common temporal good in light of man's Last End. Boleslaus hated the fact that his brother, our dear saint, loved the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and baked the Eucharistic bread with his own hands. This should give us pause for reflection in our own circumstances today when so many of our own relatives and one-time friends and acquaintances might hate us simply for being Catholic, no less Catholics who try, despite our sins and failings, to adhere to everything taught by Holy Mother Church from time immemorial. Saint Wenceslaus was a king who was prostrate before THE King, Christ the King, in life who adores him in Heaven face to face. Saint Wenceslaus, pray for us.
Banging Those "Tom-Toms" Once Again
The War Party is at it again. After their marvelous success in Iraq and Afghanistan, the War Party, which consists of naturalists from both major organized crime families in the United States of America, the Democratic and Republican Parties, are banging the tom-toms for war with Iran. It is more important than ever before for us to adhere to Heaven's Peace Plan, that is, Our Lady's Fatima Message.
There have been a number of articles in the past few days that seem to have escaped the attention of most people in cyberspace. Take a "look see" below.
Word has reached us from friends in Ohio that only one fifty dollar non-tax-deductible gift was in our post office box in the past ten days. Yes, we really, really did have to sell our manufactured house. We could never have sustained ourselves on the few gifts that are sent to us. All is in God's Holy Providence. We accept all as coming from His very hand for His greater honor and glory through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and for our own sanctification as we make reparation for our sins. It would be nice if the lack of reader support for the site changed. We will, however, carry on as we lift high the Cross with joy and gratitude for finding ourselves in the exact, precise circumstances that God has willed for us from all eternity.
There should be a new article tomorrow, the Feast of the Dedication of the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel, in addition to a republished article on our great defender, Saint Michael.
September 27 Article
Death To Babies: Kennedy's Continued Legacy
Very few people read these articles on weekdays. Fewer still read them on Saturdays and Sundays. For those who do check this site on Sundays, here is a new article for you. Aren't you glad you checked?
September 26 Articles
Republished: We Must Do No Less
Today is the Feast of the North American Martyrs, the eight Jesuits who gave up their lives for the Holy Faith in what are now parts of Canada and upstate New York between 1642 and 1649. Each of these holy martyrs (Isaac Jogues, Rene Goupil, Jean Lalande, Gabriel Lalemant, Noel Chabanel, Anthony Daniel, Charles Garnier, and John de Brebeuf) shed their blood to Catholicize the upper reaches of North America. They were not interested in "inculturating" the Catholic liturgy with the pagan superstitions and barbaric practices of the Iroquois. They were concerned only about attempting to convert the heathens to the true Faith and to plant the seeds for the conversion of the land in which their noble missionary work had taken them. Can we do any less than they? We must seek to "keep it Catholic" at all times as we seek to plant the seeds for the conversion of this nation to become the Catholic States of America. Saint Isaac Jogues and Companions, pray for us!
Voting In Favor of the Druids
As promised several days ago, this article deals with the referendum that will be held in the Republic of Ireland on Friday, October 2, 2009, the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels, on the "Treaty of Lisbon," which was signed on December 13, 2007, and is an effort to increase the size and the power and the scope of the collectivist, statist, socialist and otherwise no-goodnik European Union. Not surprisingly, of course, the conciliar "bishops" of Ireland have told Catholics in the land of saints and scholars that had been converted from Druidism by Saint Patrick that they can "safely" vote in favor of a return to Druidism, thereby undermining the opposition to the Treaty of Lisbon, which must be ratified each of the twenty-seven member states of the European Union, on the part of various pro-life and pro-national-sovereignty organizations of one sort or another. Once again, you see, the conciliarists side with the statists. What else is new? Saint Patrick and all of the Irish saints, pray for Ireland, pray for us!
Check back on Monday, September 28, 2009, the Feast of Saint Wenceslaus, for the next original article on this site, which gratefully accepts--and looks forward to--your non-tax-deductible financial gifts.
Finally, Mr. Dario Protomanni has written to his e-mail list that his daughter Clare has been released from the hospital. Doctors are not able to say what caused her to be hospitalized. Please continue to pray for the Protomanni family! Thank you.
September 25 Article
Persecuting Those Who Defended Our Lady's Honor
"Father" John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the President of the University of Notre Dame du Lac, continues to resist pleas to request leniency for the eighty-eight Catholics who were arrested between May 15, 2009, and May 17, 2009, on the campus of my Master's alma mater in Notre Dame, Indiana, for protesting the commencement address of--and honorary doctorate awarded to--the Marxist-trained, statist, pro-abortion President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama. This refusal on the part of "Father" Jenkins to do justice to those who should never have been arrested in the first place simply adds to this terrible scandal. Ordinary Catholics who were attempting to defend the honor and glory of the very Mother of God on the campus of a university named for her are being persecuted with the full approval and and consent of "Father" Jenkins, who will have to face Christ the King at the moment of his Particular Judgment with this sin, objectively speaking, of persecuting this good Catholics on his immortal soul if he does not repent of it before he dies. Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
I have, quite in God's Holy Providence, stumbled upon a very fine article written by Father Anthony Cekada that once again debunks the untrained lay "experts" who make pronouncements about the legitimacy of the episcopal consecration of the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (and, by extension, of the late Archbishop Pierre Martin Ngo Dinh Thuc)--and thus of his priestly ordinations. Please read this important article, Sacramental Intention and Masonic Bishops.
There should be another article at some point tomorrow, the Feast of the North American Martyrs, in addition to a republished article in honor of these great Jesuits who died to inaugurate the Social Reign of Christ the King in the upper reaches of North America (see We Must Do No Less).
September 24 Evening Article and Urgent Prayer Requests
Apostasy Is His Field
As there have been several prayer requests made today that I want to post sooner rather than latter, I am posting this new article, which deals with Roger Mahony's incredible statement that he is too busy focusing on immigration issues to follow whether surgical baby-killing will be funded by ObamaCare:
This is way beyond my field. My field is immigration. I really haven’t kept up on that, and I spend all my time on this other. You have to get somebody who spends time on that.” (Way Out Of His Field)
Roger Mahony's field is apostasy. Read the article. I'm working on two other ones at the present time, at least one of which will be posted by tomorrow morning, Friday, September 25, 2009, God willing and Our Lady interceding.
Father Denis McMahon has asked me to request prayers for the father of Father Thomas Zapp, Thad Zapp, who is in very grave health at this time. We met Father Zapp, one of "The Nine," from whom we have learned so very much in the past three and one-half years, a few months ago after the Requiem Mass for Father McMahon's mother, the late Mrs. Anne McMahon. Please pray for Mr. Thad Zapp and his family.
Mr. Dario Protomanni, who has now given me permission to use his name (I've had to learn this lesson the hard way as I have, most innocently, referred to one or two people--in a most favorable manner, mind you--without getting their permission to use their names), has e-mailed me to request prayers for his youngest daughter, Clare, who was just taken to a hospital in an unresponsive condition, unable to walk properly. Please pray for the Protomanni family and their daughter Clare in this time of crisis.
Mrs Kathy Heckenkamp, who runs the Apostolate of Our Lady of Good Success, sent an e-mail to her list yesterday to request prayers for the repose of the soul of her late mother, Helen Zibolski, who was killed in an automobile accident on Sunday, September 20, 2009, as she was returning from two different wakes. Please remember the soul of Mrs. Zibolski and the needs of her family members at this time. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Please also note the Novena to Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and Holy Face that I posted earlier today. The Novena begins today and runs through next Friday, October 2, 2009, the Feast of our Holy Guardian Angels.
Back to work!
Worthy Son of Daffy Gaddafi
All manner of naturalistic and infidel speakers took to the rostrum at the General Assembly of the United Masonic Nations Organization, whose world headquarters is located on First Avenue in the Borough of Manhattan in the City of New York, New York, yesterday to promote their naturalistic views of the world. One of those speakers was Muammar Gaddafi (whose name is also rendered as Muammar Qaddafi, Muammar Khaddfy, and just plain Daffy), who rambled on for ninety minutes, exceeding his allotted time by, oh, say, something around seventy-five minutes. Gaddafi referred to another of the speakers, indeed, the man who had just preceded him but who left the hall before the Libyan dictator began his diatribe, as his "son," and hope that this man would be the leader of his country "forever." Gaddafi, was, of course, referring to none other than the man he called the "African Kenyan," Barack Hussein Obama.
The naturalism extant in the speeches delivered yesterday at the United Masonic Nations Organization, which promotes contraception and abortion and perversity and collectivism, compare favorably with those that have been given there by three false "pontiffs" of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, each of whom made his "reconciliation" with the anti-Incarnational principles of Modernity. The similarities are striking, as you can see in this article. Our Lady of Ransom, pray for us. Saint Peter Nolasco and Saint Raymond Pennafort, pray for us.
Here is a "user-friendly" Novena to Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and Holy Face. The Novena begins today, September 24, 2009, and runs through net Friday, October 2, 2009, prior to the Feast of Saint Therese of Lisieux next Saturday, October 3, 2009, the concluding day of
Bishop McKenna's Rosary Crusade.
Another article, dealing with a referendum being held in the Republic of Ireland on Friday, October 2, 2009, too approve or reject the strengthening of the European Union socialist entity by means of the "Treaty of Lisbon," is being written at this time. It should be posted no later than tomorrow, Friday, September 25, 2009. There should be, God willing and Our Lady interceding, articles on this coming Saturday, the Feast of the North American Martyrs (there will be a republished article for the feast itself) on Sunday, the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost and the Commemoration of Saints Cosmas and Damian.
Non-tax-deductible financial gifts, anyone? The proceeds of the sale of our manufactured house are not going to last forever. Every little bit we receive now helps to make that proceeds last for a little while longer. Only those of you who have the financial means to be of assistance can decide if the work on this site is worthy of even some modest and regular donations. Thank you.
September 23 Article
This is a very short article with a short title. It took a reasonably long time to write the article, however. My advice to you is: read it! Pope Saint Linus, pray for us. Saint Thecla, pray for us.
There should be another original article tomorrow, the Feast of Our Lady of Ransom, Thursday, September 24, 2009.
September 22 Article
Modernists In Love With Old-Fashioned Clericalism
This is one of those articles that must not be given to the young or to those who are easily scandalized. It deals with the abuse of clerical power by the conciliar "bishops," aping the worst behavior of their predecessors in the Catholic Church, as they have browbeaten and intimidated the sheep who have come to them to complain about the predators under their direct pastoral supervision who have harmed their children both physically and, more importantly, spiritually. Although the old-fashioned clericalism used by the Modernists to browbeat the faithful has cost them over $2 billion thus far, they are continuing to act as gangsters to keep the truth from being known. As we know, however, the truth about each of our lives will be revealed on the Last Day. The Modernists will not be able to hide their crimes at that point. We must, of course, cleave to our true shepherds who make no concessions to these spiritual robber barons. Our Lady of La Salette, pray for us.
There should be another original article tomorrow, September 23, 2009, the Feast of Saint Linus and the Commemoration of Saint Thecla.
September 21 Article
Revised: From Caesar's Collector of Tribute to God's Collector of Souls
Today is the Feast of Saint Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist. Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ called Levi from his duties as a collector of tribute for Caesar to follow Him. Levi quit his position as a tax collector to become a collector of souls for God and His true Church.
Saint Matthew wrote His Gospel to convince his fellow Jews to accept Our Lord as the Divine Redeemer and to convert to the true Faith, Catholicism. This is quite a contrast with the work of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, who esteems Talmudic Judaism as an instrument of "justice" although it denies the Sacred Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ and wages warfare upon those who seek to restore the Social Reign of Christ the King, to say nothing of the fact that many of its rabbis support abortion and perversity under cover of the civil law. Quite a difference. It's the difference between fidelity and apostasy, between Catholicism and conciliarism. Saint Matthew the Apostle, pray for us.
There might be an original article posted by late this afternoon. The slackers out there in cyberspace who don't check this site habitually on the hour might have missed yesteday's original article. (My tongue is planted firmly in my cheek, I will have you know!)
September 20 Article
Fascism Here, Fascism Now
Here, postponed from Saturday's posting, is yet another article dealing with the fascism that is fast upon us all across the "developed" world that has develop inter-related systems of statism as a direct result of the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King wrought by the Protestant Revolt and institutionalized by the rise of the various naturalistic forces associated with--and them stem from--Judeo-Masonry. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Eustacius and Companions, pray for us.
There should be another original article at some point tomorrow, Monday, September 21, 2009, the Feast of Saint Matthew the Apostle.
September 18 Article and Late Evening Update
Eight Years To Go
No, this title does not refer to the number of years until the end of what would be Barack Hussein Obama's second term as President of the United States of America. That term would end on January 20, 2017, which is actually just seven years, four months, two days away from today, September 18, 2009, the Feast of Saint Joseph of Cupertino. And I happen to believe that there will be serious efforts to repeal the Twenty-second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America if Obama wins a second term on November 6, 2012, to make it possible for Obama to become the Hugo Chavez of North America.
Oh, I digress. The title of this article refers to the fact that the five hundredth anniversary of Augustinian monk Father Martin Luther's posting of his ninety-five theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, is but eight years, one month, thirteen days away from this very day. I shuddered to think even in my "conservative" and "indulterer" days in the 1980s and 1990s as to how the conciliar Vatican would "celebrate" Luther's revolution against the Divine Plan that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Himself personally instituted to effect our return to Him through His Catholic Church. At least one conciliar "bishop" in Germany in speaking up in praise of Luther, not an uncommon phenomenon in conciliar circles. You just can't make any of this up. (This article is a little longer than some of the others that have appeared on this site recently. I wanted to repeat quotations that are not used regularly for those readers who are new to the site.) Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Joseph of Cupertino, pray for us.
Late evening update: I will try to have another original article at some point tomorrow, Saturday, September 19, 2009, the Feast of Saint Januarius, known in Italian as San Gennaro, which is primarily observed as Ember Saturday in September, a day of fast and partial abstinence. Tomorrow is also the thirteenth Saturday of
Bishop McKenna's Rosary Crusade. We meditate upon the third Glorious Mystery, the Descent of God the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles and our dear Blessed Mother on Pentecost Sunday, praying to have zeal for the salvation of souls! Now that's an intention that should be near and dear to any true Catholic's heart!
September 17 Article
Ever Anxious To Give Us His Malaise
Former President James Earl Carter, Jr., who gave us malaise and agita for the four miserable, nightmarish years of his presidency, has opened his mouth yet again, this time to tell us that all criticism of the current occupant of the White House, Barack Hussein Obama, who just happens to be half Caucasian, by the way, is racially motivated. Racially motivated? Did we care about the color of your skin, Mr. Carter, when we criticized your endless appeasement of leftist dictators and enabled the Cuban-backed Sandinista revolutionaries in Nicaragua thirty years ago this year? Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us. Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
Today, Jimmy Carter, tomorrow, Martin Luther. No end to the work.
September 16 Article
Oh, Bother! It's Just A Thousand Years
The conciliar archbishop of Moscow, Paolo Pezzi, says that a "reconciliation" between the counterfeit church of conciliarism and the heretical and schismatic Russian Orthodox church is possible in the near future. Such a "reconciliation," however, must be premised upon a re-definition of the meaning of the doctrine of Papal Primacy, to say nothing of ignoring altogether certain other doctrines that the Orthodox reject and have no intention of accepting at any time in the near future. Oh, bother! It's just a thousand years, right? Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us. Saint Andrew the Apostle, pray for us. Saint Hyacinth, pray for us.
It appears as though the two most recent original articles on this site, Why We Must Oppose Naturalism and Naturalists and Negotiating To Become An Apostate have gone unnoticed by even the most loyal readers of this site. They're there for the reading. Go ahead, give them a read!
There should be another article tomorrow, Thursday, September 17, 2009, the Feast of the Impression of the Stigmata on Saint Francis of Assisi.
September 15 Articles
Republished: Our Mother of Sorrows
Today is the Feast of the Seven Dolors of Our Lady in September. It has been five months, twelve days since we observed the Feast of the Seven Dolors of Our Lady on Friday in Passion Week (Friday, April 3, 2009). In truth, of course, we are called to meditate on the Seven Dolors of Our Lady every day of our lives. While there are many good meditations on the sufferings of Our Lady, including those provided by the revelations of Anne Katherine Emmerich and the Venerable Mary of Agreda, the late Father Frederick Faber has given us much food for inspirational meditation in his The Foot of the Cross, published originally as The Dolors of Mary in 1857.
Consider this brief excerpt from Father Faber's reflections:
But let us make the world stand still, and see how it looks. If our common love for God, which is so poor, is irritated by the sight, what must Mary have suffered? For what is irritation to our weakness to her would be the most deep and transcending sorrow. God comes to His creation. It does not stir. It cannot. It lies in the hollow beneath Him, and has no escape. He comes in the beauty of a mercy, which is almost incredible, because it is so beautiful. But seemingly it does not attract the world. He draws nigh. Creation must do something now. It freezes itself up before His eye. He may have other worlds, more fertile, more accessible to Him, than this. In the spiritual tropics, where the angels dwell, He may perhaps be welcome. But not here. This is the North Pole of His universe. He shed His life's blood upon it, and it would not thaw. It is unmanageable, unnavigable, uninhabitable for Him. He can do nothing at all with it, but let His sun make resplendent colored lights in the icebergs, or bid the moon shine with a wanner loveliness than elsewhere, or fill the long-night sky with the streamers of the Aurora, which even the Esquimaux, burrowing in his hut, will not go out to see. The only difference is that the material pole understands its business. which is to make ice in all imaginable shapes; whereas we men are so used to our own coldness, that we do not know how cold we are, and imagine ourselves to be the temperate zone of God's creation.
Our sins helped to thrust those Seven Swords of Sorrow through and through Our Lady's Immaculate Heart at various points during her life, including during her Divine Son's Passion and Death. We must resolve never to grieve her Immaculate Heart again as consider our joy and our privilege to live penitentially as the consecrated slaves to her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the same Immaculate Heart.
We can help to make reparation for our sins that have grieved the Immaculate Heart of Mary if we pray more and more Rosaries each day, if we help to propagate devotion to her Seven Dolors. Indeed, Our Lady promises us the following graces if we promote devotion to her Seven Dolors:
1) I will grant peace to their families
2) They will be enlightened about the divine mysteries.
3) I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.
4) I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.
5) I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.
6) I will visibly help them at the moment of their death, they will see the face of their Mother.
7. I have obtained (This Grace) from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy.
As a terrible sinner, I am counting on my own promoting of devotion to the Seven Dolors of Our Lady to help me just a little bit at the moment of my Particular Judgment. What about you?
A blessed Feast of the Seven Dolors of Our Lady to you all.
Negotiating To Become An Apostate
Although the conciliar "archbishop" of Vienna, Christoph Schonborn, is not on the conciliar Vatican's "negotiating" team that will "discuss" the documents of the "Second" Vatican Council and the "magisterium" of the conciliar "popes" with representatives of the Society of Saint Pius X, the irrepressible Austrian conciliarist and truth-mangler has laid down what he considers to be "non-negotiable" positions, including religious liberty and openness to various false religions, to be accepted by the Society's "negotiators." For their part, of course, the Society's "negotiators" believe that it is their "mission" to seek to "convert" conciliar officials to accept the perennial truths of the Holy Faith. Never before in the history of the Catholic Church has it ever been necessary for a "super-magisterium" to monitor or parse the words and actions of true pope, and it is not necessary now as the apostates who have been running the counterfeit church of conciliarism expelled themselves from the Catholic Church long ago. Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.
September 14 Articles
Republished: Lift High The Cross and Why We Must Oppose Naturalism and Naturalists
As promised earlier today, this republished article on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is now accompanied by a companion article, Why We Must Oppose Naturalism and Naturalists. Naturalists believe that it is neither necessary or desirable to make public reference to the Holy Cross of the Divine Redeemer as the only means by which we are given the Sanctifying Graces to ameliorate the problems of the world, each and every single one of which is the result of Original Sin and our own Actual Sins.
The devil, who is the chief naturalist, understands that there can be fewer greater victories in the lives of men and their nations than to rob them of the knowledge of the Holy Cross of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and/or to convince them that that Holy Cross is irrelevant to proper ordering of social life. This is what the founders of the United States of America believed as they trusted in the nonexistent "ability" of men to pursue the common good absent a total subordination to the Deposit of Faith that Our Lord has entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church and as they rejected the belief that it was necessary for men to cooperate with the graces won for them on the wood of the Holy Cross in order to be virtuous, no less to scale the heights of personal sanctity. This is what all naturalists, whether of the "left" or of the "right," believe, which is why we must oppose them and their empty, hollow "plans" to "save" the world.
The Saviour of the world hung on the wood of the Holy Cross:
Ecce lignum Crucis, in quo salus mundit pependit.
Behold the wood of the Cross, on which hung the Saviour of the world. (Adoration of the Cross, Good Friday Liturgy.)
The Cross of the Divine Redeemer was displayed prominently on street corners and in the nooks and crannies of every village in Europe during the era of Christendom. There is "expiration date" on the Cross of the Divine Redeemer's relevance to the life of any man or of any nation. We must lift high the Cross in our own daily lives and we must plant it firmly in the soil of our nation without any apology whatsoever as Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order.
We must also remember that Our Lady stands at the foot of her Divine Son's Most Holy Cross in every true offering of Holy Mass just as she stood at the foot of the Holy Cross on Good Friday. She stands with us as we bear our own crosses in our daily lives. We must, therefore, seek the assistance of the Mother of God in lifting high her Divine Son's Holy Cross in our daily lives, praying as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit.
The cross is ever present in each of our lives, and for this we must say with Saint Francis of Assisi, Deo gratias! Indeed, we had a small cross yesterday as that tow bar I knew was on its last legs finally snapped off, resulting in the Trail Blazer's crashing into the back of the motor home (it was a gentle crash with no real damage done). Penance is the path to Heaven. We do our penances by carrying our crosses with gratitude. Isn't it great to be a Catholic?
You will notice that the temporary index page has become the new home page. I have to find a way to rename the page. However, I do want to thank the staff at Blue Modus for replacing the old home page with the temporary page. I have no idea what happened to the original formatting of the old home page. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we love you. Save souls!
A blessed Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross to you all!
September 12 Article
Revised: A Name That Must Be On Our Lips At All Times
Today is the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary, commemorating the victory won by King Jan Sobieski of Poland over the Mohammedans at the Gates of Vienna on September 13, 1683. The troops under the command of Jan Sobieski exclaimed "Jesus, Mary, Sobieski!" as they prayed their Rosaries and routed the Turkish forces.
Each of us does battle every day with the Turks, that is, with the forces of the world, the flesh, and the devil. We must call upon the Holy Name of Mary, something we do at least one hundred fifty-three times every day if we pray all fifteen mysteries of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary. This sweet name of the Mother of God must be on our lips at all times, and it must be exclaimed by public officials as she is honored as the Queen of Heaven and on earth, yes, of each and every nation on earth, including the United States of America. No one should be ashamed at any time to proclaim the Holy Name of Mary publicly. Indeed, we must do so with joy and confidence.
Saint Louis de Montfort taught us in True Devotion to Mary that those who are the consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary should address others with a Marian salutation. How felicitous it is, therefore, to greet others with Ave Maria! or a Salve Regina! How glorious it is to make invocations such as "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we love you, save souls!" or "Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation" or "Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and the hour of our death."
Let us honor Our Lady on this great feast day as we keep the twelfth Saturday in
Bishop McKenna's Rosary Crusade, meditating today especially on the Second Glorious Mystery, the Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven for the virtue of Hope. May Our Lady, she who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, help us to grow in this virtue, especially in this time of apostasy and betrayal.
Although I had expected to have another short article ready by this morning, my time last evening was spent formatting this temporary home page. I will try to have that short article by later today, God willing and Our Lady interceding. May God bless and Mary keep you, Thomas A. Droleskey.
September 11 Article
Airbrushing The Truth
Why, oh why, are Catholics surprised by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's constant efforts to deconstruct the truths of the Catholic Faith as he attempts to airbrush the lives of the saints in order to make them witnesses in behalf of concilairism? Although I have written on the themes contained in this article quite a lot, the new posting is an entirely new composition. We should not be surprised by the false "pontiff" has airbrushed the life and the work of Saint Peter Damian. He has done so with Saint Paul, Saint John Chrysostom, and Saint Augustine of Hippo. He has done so with the Faith Itself. Saints Protus and Hyacinth, pray for us.
Also, it has come to my attention that a certain website noted for its occasional misrepresentation of the news--and for its selective reporting on the arrests of clerics charged with various crimes--is propagating the "George Washington died as a Catholic" chestnut. For a important corrective of this falsehood, see Dr. Marian T. Horvat's Did George Washington Convert to Catholicism? It would also be good to once again read Dr. John C. Rao's Founding Fathers vs. Church Fathers: 666-0 as an antidote to the untruth about Washington's "conversion."
A good historian is not infallible. He or she can come to invalid conclusions based on the facts studied. However, good historians are a bit more reliable than sensationalists who distort the truth either to make headlines or to advance certain heresies, such as the heresy of Americanism, which was condemned by Pope Leo XIII in Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae, January 22, 1899, written four years after he had warned the American bishops of the necessity to teach Catholics in the United States of America his encyclical letters on the state, which--surprise, surprise--they were not teaching, and to reject the American notion of separation of Church and State that became the foundation for conciliarism's own view of Church-State relations, championed, of course, very vigorously by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI:
Yet, though all this is true, it would be very erroneous to draw the conclusion that in America is to be sought the type of the most desirable status of the Church, or that it would be universally lawful or expedient for State and Church to be, as in America, dissevered and divorced. The fact that Catholicity with you is in good condition, nay, is even enjoying a prosperous growth, is by all means to be attributed to the fecundity with which God has endowed His Church, in virtue of which unless men or circumstances interfere, she spontaneously expands and propagates herself; but she would bring forth more abundant fruits if, in addition to liberty, she enjoyed the favor of the laws and the patronage of the public authority. (Pope Leo XIII, Longiqua Oceani, January 6, 1895; see also King George III Is Owed An Apology and A Catechism of the Social Reign of Christ the King.)
There should be a new article posted tomorrow, the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary, in addition to a republished article about the feast day itself.
It's time to get back to work. (I will try to find some way to fix this home page, whose formatting has gone blooey! My apologies.)
September 10 Article
TelePrompTer: Weapon of Mass Disinformation
Another day, another speech from Caesar Obamus. Another day, another article from me. This article was revised ever so slightly late this afternoon in order to elaborate on one or two points made in the original posting. Two points that I had made in previous articles on this topic concerning the seeking of extraordinary medical treatment were omitted from this article. As not everyone reads every article, I should have included those points in the original text.
I will try to have another article published by some time tomorrow afternoon. Speaking of health, mine is not the best, which is why I may need to take this night off from writing.
Viva Cristo Rey! Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, pray for us.
September 9 Articles
You Could Be Swingin' On A Star
There are those who beat me up pretty good for criticizing the fraudulent nature of former President George Walker Bush's claim to be "pro-life." The former President was nothing of the sort. Indeed, he was a statist and a globalist of the first order. Naturalism is naturalism, and it does not matter to me if the naturalism is coming from the false opposite of the "right" or the false opposite of the "left." I will never cease (although I do occasionally get very tired physically!) in reminding the few numbers of people who read my articles that Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order.
Those who raked me over the coals for exposing the fraudulent nature of Bush the Lesser's claim to be "pro-life" failed to forget that I was a fierce critic of the pro-abortion administration of former President William Jefferson Blythe Clinton and Vice President Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. Computer crashes have destroyed most of the articles that I wrote about the policies of that nefarious administration for The Wanderer and for the printed pages of Christ or Chaos between 1992 and 2001.
I do hope, however, that those with short memories will note the fact that Caesar Obamus is not getting off lightly on this site of little earthly influence (I write for the honor and glory God and hope only that my work will help, not hinder, the sanctification and salvation of my immortal soul). Today's article rebuts Obama's TelePrompTer-aided speech on education, given yesterday at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. Several others this week will deal with other aspects of the full-blown statism that it is upon us at this time as a Chastisement for our sins and as a direct result of the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King wrought by the Protestant Revolt and institutionalized by the rise of Judeo-Masonry and by all of the inter-related naturalistic ideologies spawned thereby. Naturalists don't get off easy on this site. Naturalism and Catholicism are mutually irreconcilable.
Republished: A Misplaced Zeal For Souls?
In contrast to the blase and practically indifferent attitude of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict about the state of the souls of those who adhere to various false religions, Saint Peter Claver, S.J., had a great and truly Catholic zeal for souls, baptizing over 300,000 people in Colombia who were destined for chattel slavery in the Americas. Saint Peter Claver freed those souls from enslavement to the devil by means of Original Sin, equipping them to offer up the injustices of chattel slavery as disciples of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and as the devoted clients of His Most Blessed Mother. Saint Peter Claver's example does indeed stand in stark contrast to that of the revolutionaries of the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Saint Peter Claver, pray for us!
I will try, physical strength permitting, to have another original article for you tomorrow, the Feast of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino.
September 8 Revised Article
Revised: Maria Bambina
Today is the great feast day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, she who is the fairest flower of our race.
The angels rejoiced around the crib where Good Saint Anne placed her all-holy daughter, who had been conceived without any stain of Original Sin nine months before, that is, on December 8. The New Eve, whose act of perfect obedience to the will of God the Father at the moment that Saint Gabriel the Archangel announced to her that she would be the very Mother of God untied the knot of the first Eve's prideful disobedience in the Garden of Eden, shone at her Nativity with exterior beauty and brightness that reflected the interior beauty and brightness of her immortal soul, filled with grace at the very moment of Immaculate Conception. The favor of God rested upon Our Lady from all eternity.
How can words capture our gratitude and joy to God for giving us Our Lady to be our own Heavenly Mother and Queen? They can't. Words can only approximate our gratitude and joy this day--and every day of our lives--over the fact that the Singular Vessel of Devotion in whose Virginal and Immaculate Womb would be conceived Our Divine Redeemer.
We would not have any chance of getting to Heaven if Our Lady had not been conceived and born. We have no chance of getting to Heaven without Our Lady's help, which is why we, as the consecrated slaves of her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through her own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, must cling to her at all times, especially by means of wearing--and the fulfilling the terms of our enrollment in--her Brown Scapular and by praying as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit.
Perhaps the best birthday gift that we can give to Our Lady, apart from our worthy reception of her Divine Son in Holy Communion at a true offering of Holy Mass at the hands of a true bishop or a true priest who makes no concessions to conciliarism whatsoever, is to resolve now to do live more penitentially in reparation for our sins and those of the world world. By living more penitentially and by praying more Rosaries each day, you see, our souls might--emphasis on might--begin to be filled with more fervor and tenderness for Our Most Blessed Mother, she who made possible our salvation and who is the Mediatrix of All Graces.
A blessed Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you all.
There might be another original article posted on this site later this afternoon. It will deal with Caesar Obamus's "nanny speech"
to those entrapped in America's Concentration Camps.
September 7 Article
More Rationalizations and Distortions
Another day, another conciliar "bishop" to take to the woodshed over his rationalization--and distortion--of the scandalous travesty represented by the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo "Mass of Christian Burial" that was accorded to the late statist, pro-abort United States Senator Edward Moore Kennedy.
"Bishop" Robert Morlino, known as a "hard-line" "pro-life" "bishop" in conciliar circles, justified Kennedy's funeral, saying in a column (found in its entirety in the body of this article) that it was a "subdued" liturgical experience befitting Kennedy's support for abortion. Subdued?
Several of the quotations used in Sean O'Malley: Coward and Hypocrite have been used in this article. Many of the same themes have been repeated. The article is, however, an entirely new composition. And while it is indeed very tiring to have to repeat myself so much, it is my prayer and my hope that at least a few of those who access this site will see that conciliarism and Catholicism are two entirely different religions. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us. Saint Cloud, pray for us.
There will be a republished article on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary tomorrow, Tuesday, September 8, 2009. There should be, God willing and Our Lady interceding, another original article as well for the multitudes who flock to this site!
September 5 Article
It's About The Faith, Not About Face
Another relatively late hour. Another award-winning article that will be viewed by about fifty-eight people or so (that's the average for articles posted on Saturdays). All to thee Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we love you. Save souls!
This new article, which does not really cover any new territory, discusses the decision of the conciliar "bishop" of the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Edward Slattery, to "offer" the Protestant and Novus Ordo service facing the Cranmer table rather than facing the people. "Bishop" Slattery has written a very thoughtful explication of why he will do so, if only at Holy Family Cathedral in Tulsa. Unfortunately, however, the Novus Ordo is in and of itself an offense to God and attack on the Deposit of Faith that He entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church for Its eternal safekeeping and infallible explication. The battle we fight is for the integrity of the Holy Faith, not about which way to "face" in Holy Mass.
There is no need to debate the "orientation" of the priest in the Immemorial Mass of Tradition, which safeguards the integrity of the Holy Faith, as the Immemorial Mass of Tradition is oriented in the direction of God, our First Cause and our Last End. And the true God of Revelation is not pleased that a synthetic liturgy that has been built in large part on the basis of recommendations made by Protestants mocks Him as it undermines the Holy Faith. We must, of course, cleave always to true bishops and true priests in the Catholic catacombs who make no concessions to conciliarism, praying fervently that Catholics yet attached to the counterfeit church of conciliarism but who have a true and sincere love for God, such as "Bishop" Slattery, may find their way out of this false church as did the courageous Michael Oswalt earlier this year (see Embracing The Faith No Matter the Consequences).
This is the First Saturday of the month of September and the eleventh Saturday of Bishop Robert McKenna's Rosary Crusade. We meditate today upon the First Glorious Mystery, the Resurrection of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ from the dead on Easter Sunday, praying for the virtue of Faith. This is so very appropriate given the fact the Faith has been under attack by the Modernists for over a century now. Please continue to pray also for Bishop McKenna's recovery from his illness.
In your charity, good readers, I ask you to remember to pray for the repose of the soul of my late father, Dr. Albert Henry Martin Droleskey, who died on this date, September 5, seventeen years ago at Flower Memorial Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
The next article? Just keep checking. I pushed to get this one done! The Kennedy-O'Malley articles required a lot of work. (Any interest in having those articles published in a pamphlet?)
Saint Lawrence Justinian, pray for us.
Late Afternoon Article on September 3
Sean O'Malley: Coward and Hypocrite
Here is another new article (in addition to the new article posted early this morning) on this Feast of Pope Saint Pius X. The new article is a rejoinder to "Cardinal" Sean O'Malley's "defense" of his decision to permit a Novus Ordo "Mass of Christian Burial" for the late United States Senator Edward Moore Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) and for his own presence there. The article speaks for itself. Look for another new article on the First Saturday of the month, September 5, 2009, the Feast of Saint Lawrence Justinian.
Other September 3 Articles
What's Good For Teddy Is Good For Benny
Today is the feast of the great Pope Saint Pius X, whose work against Modernism is summarized in Revised: Modernism's Eternal Foe, Our Eternal Friend. Unlike his immediate predecessor, Pope Leo XIII, and each of his three successors (Popes Benedict XV, Pius XI, and Pius XII), the former Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto was not in the diplomatic service of the Holy See at any time during the nearly forty-five years of his priesthood prior to his rather remarkable election as the Successor of Saint Peter on August 4, 1903. He was not prone to accept the word of diplomats, and he did not suffer lies and misrepresentations easily.
The farm boy from Riese, Italy, who served as a pastor of souls in a rough-and-tumble Italian cow town, Tombolo, and then in Salzano before becoming Bishop of Mantua and the Cardinal Patriarch of Venice, was always close to Our Lady. This tender devotion to Our Lady, which he learned from his saintly mother, helped him to keep close to the sheep even when he was the Vicar of Christ on earth. Thanks to the sign given him by the life and death of Little Nellie of Holy God, Pope Saint Pius X was the advocate of early First Communion (and early Confirmation) and of frequent Communions.
It is no accident at all that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI made no reference to the centenary of Pascendi Dominci Gregis on September 8, 2007. Ratzinger/Benedict, if he is alive in eleven months, will make no reference on August 15, 2010, to the centenary of Pope Saint Pius X's Notre Charge Apostolique, which was a ringing condemnation of the false philosophy of the Sillon that is of the essence of conciliarism. The contrast between the Catholicism of Pope Saint Pius X, a defender of the Social Reign of Christ the King and the confessionally Catholic civil state, and the conciliarism of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, who is a defender of "healthy laicism" and "religious liberty" and the "separation of Church and State, could not be more clear.
Here is the Collect for today's feast in the Immemorial Mass of Tradition:
O God, who for the defense of the Catholic Faith and the restoration of all things in Christ didst fill Saint Pius, Supreme Pontiff, with heavenly wisdom and apostolic courage: grant in Thy loving kindness that by following his teachings and examples we may attain eternal rewards. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, forever and ever. Amen.
Pope Saint Pius X opposed Modernism. So must we as we refuse any "communion" at all with conciliarism or its false shepherds who are at war with the Catholic Faith. Pope Saint Pius X, pray for us!
I have been sent the following information about Mass centers that have been established by His Excellency Bishop Donald Sanborn in the doctrinal and liturgical wasteland of Georgia and North Carolina. Here is the information:
Saint Teresa of Avila Mission, Atlanta, Georgia (Contact: Mr. Dan Hilliard, 706-215-3939).
Douglas, Georgia (Contact: Hank Haklin, 912-384-1000.)
Saint Philomena Mission, Jacksonville, North Carolina (Contact: Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Brown, 910-938-3311.)
As noted late yesterday, Wednesday, September 2, 2009, the Feast of Saint Stephen of Hungary, I was informed by a reader that some people at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Monroe, Connecticut, are upset with the prayer request that I have made for His Excellency Bishop Robert F. McKenna, O.P. I want to once again reiterate the fact that I did not learn about His Excellency's battle with Waldenström's macroglobulinemia until he informed me of his illness when I spoke with him on the telephone on Thursday, August 27, 2009. I asked His Excellency for explicit permission to post a prayer request for his intentions. He consented to the request. No such request is ever posted on this site without the permission of the individual for whom prayers are being requested. Once again, therefore, I ask one and all to continue to pray for Bishop McKenna as he is treated for Waldenström's macroglobulinemia.
Finally, news has reached me of the death of Mr. Robert Schindler, the father of the murdered Theresa Marie Schindler-Schiavo, whose death by court-ordered starvation and dehydration was examined in over thirty articles on this site in 2004 and 2005. I had met Mr. Schindler several times, including during a rally held in Pinellas Park, Florida on March 12, 2005, across the street from where Terri Schiavo would undergo her thirteen day period of execution by starvation and dehydration, and again in Rome, Italy, two months later, meeting up with him again at a presentation at the headquarters of their foundation on Friday, September 15, 2006.
Bob Schindler died on the Feast of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, Saturday, August 29, 2009, the same day as the Kennedy fiasco in Boston. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mr. Bob Schindler and the consolation of his family. He suffered much in the past few years. Imagine the horror of seeing your daughter die such a cruel death and to be unable to do anything to stop it. (Please see Father Martin Stepanich on Terri Schiavo.)
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
September 2 Article
Republished: Christo Rex Esto Perpetua
There is quite a contrast between the great Saint Stephen of Hungary, the son-in-law of Saint Henry the Emperor and the father of Saint Emeric (after whom the Americas were named), and the "Catholic" public officials of today. Saint Stephen sought to advance the common temporal good in light of man's Last End: the possession of the glory of the Beatific Vision of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost for all eternity in Heaven. To this end, Saint Stephen, whose own parents had become Catholic as a result of the missionary work that had been sponsored by Saint Henry, sought to convert the entirety of what is now Hungary, understanding that Catholicism was the one and only foundation of personal and social order, the one and only path to a genuine peace among men and among their nations founded in the Social Reign of Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen, to whom Saint Stephen was so tenderly devoted throughout his life. Unlike the late Edward Moore Kennedy, who defied the Received Teaching of the Catholic Church, Saint Stephen of Hungary sought to convert souls to that teaching so that they could be good subjects in this life and thus be fit citizens of Heaven for all eternity. Saint Stephen of Hungary, pray for us.
There will be another original article tomorrow, September 3, 2009, in addition to a republished tribute to Pope Saint Pius X, Modernism's eternal foe and our eternal friend. The illness that wiped me out for most of last week is not entirely through with thrashing me around, something that I accept in reparation for my many sins. A continued bit of this illness is what kept a new article from being posted today, for which I apologize.
Late Afternoon Update: I have been informed by a reader that some people at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Monroe, Connecticut, are upset with the prayer request that I have made for His Excellency Bishop Robert F. McKenna, O.P. May I assure those people that that prayer request was only posted after I had asked explicit permission from His Excellency to do so, which His Excellency gave to me. No such request is ever posted on this site without the permission of the individual for whom prayers are being requested. I ask one and
September 1 Article
Spotlight On The Ordinary
The travesty that took place in the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston, Massachusetts, three days ago has received much attention, and rightfully so. When all is said and done, however, as horrible as the spectacle was--and it was horrible, it was simply a pretty ordinary occurrence in the life of the counterfeit church of conciliarism as a man who supported grave evils was treated as though his immortal soul went straight to Heaven. This is pretty much the norm in many, although certainly not all, parishes in the counterfeit church of conciliarism. The "Mass of Christian Burial" of the late Edward Moore Kennedy simply put a spotlight on what is very ordinary in the false church. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Keep checking for the next article. I will, however, try to have one ready for publication tomorrow, the Feast of Saint Stephen of Hungary.
August 31 Update
After seven original articles between last Monday, August 24, 2009, and last Saturday, August 29, 2009, it is time for a day off from writing. There will be a new article tomorrow or Wednesday, September 2, 2009, the Feast of Saint Stephen of Hungary. In the meantime, however, I ask those who have not read my articles on the death and abominable funeral of the late United States Senator Edward Moore Kennedy to consider reading these articles: Another Victim of Americanism, Behold The Free Rein Given to Error,Unfortunate Enough to Be A Baby, and Beacon of Social Justice? Another brief article on this subject will be posted tomorrow or Wednesday.
Please do remember to pray today for His Excellency Bishop Robert F. McKenna, O.P., as he undergoes six-hour intravenous treatment for Waldenström's macroglobulinemia, which is a form of blood cancer that thickens the blood. Please consider praying a set of mysteries of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary for a true son of the Rosary and of the priest to whom it was given, Saint Dominic de Guzman, O.P., the founder of the Order of Preachers.
August 30 Articles
Republished: The Difference Between Heaven and Hell
This is a short reflection on the life of Saint Rose of Lima, a member of the Third Order of Penance of the Order of Preachers of Saint Dominic de Guzman. Among many other works in her devout life of prayer and austere penances, Saint Rose, who lived among a cluster of saints in Lima, Peru, exhorted the people of Lima to gather in their churches and pray their Rosaries to turn back a pending invasion of their city by a fleet of those virulent anti-Catholics, the Dutch Calvinists. Those hideous people with their diabolical beliefs that have nothing at all to do with Christianity turned back as a result of the Rosaries that were prayed to repel them in their designs to invade Lima and to sack Catholic churches and to desecrated the Most Blessed Sacrament images of the Mother of God. May we pray to Saint Rose of Lima so that we will remain faithful to the daily recitation of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary as the powerful weapon, after Holy Mass itself, to turn back the enemies of Christ the King in the world and in the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Saint Rose of Lima, pray for us. Saints Felix and Adactus, pray for us.
Finally, yesterday's second original article, Beacon of Social Justice?, was revised late last night in light of the incredible, self-serving letter that the late United States Senator Edward Moore Kennedy sent to Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI. Please do give this article a wide circulation as the scandals caused yesterday might convince a few people that the pastoral praxis of the counterfeit church of conciliarism is, shall we say, a little different than that of the Catholic Church. May God continue to have mercy on us all.
August 29 Articles
Unfortunate Enough to Be A Baby
Unexpectedly, here is another award-winning, eye-popping original article. This one deals with comments made by various conciliar "bishops" about baby-killing under cover of the civil law being, in their warped view, just "one" issue. The apostate L'Osservatore Romano referred to the late Edward Moore Kennedy as having "unfortunately" supported abortion. Unfortunately? Our Lady of Fatima pray for us. Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Beacon of Social Justice?
In light of the travesty that took place at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston, Massachusetts, this morning, this new article, which covers old themes but is an entirely new composition, has been written. It speaks for itself. We know now that Edward Moore Kennedy died as an unreconstructed supporter of baby-killing under cover of the civil law. No letter of apology or abjuration was read during the travesty we witnessed a few hours ago. May God have mercy on this proud and arrogant man's immortal soul. May God have mercy on us all. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
Check back in two or three days for the next original article. Please continue to pray for Bishop McKenna as we participate in the tenth week of his Rosary Crusade, meditating today on the Crucifixion of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
August 28 Article
Behold The Free Rein Given to Error
Just another award-winning article on Americanism and conciliarism that will be read by about 112 people or so (that seems to be the average number of people who access articles on the day that they are posted). It's late. I'm very tired. Go read the article. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us. Saint Augustine, pray for us.
Please do read the notice I posted yesterday about His Excellency Bishop Robert F. McKenna's health and keep His Excellency in your prayers. Thank you.
The next article? Well, there will be a republished article for tomorrow, the Feast of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist. As to a new article? There have been five in a row this week. That might be all you get for a few days. Keep checking.
August 27 Article and Prayer Request for the Intentions of Bishop Robert F. McKenna, O.P.
Another Victim of Americanism
Enough with the eulogies of the late United States Senator Edward Moore Kennedy (D-Massachusetts). He has had the moment of his Particular Judgment. God, Who alone searches the hearts and souls of all men, has rendered that Judgment, from which there can be no appeal. It is our duty to pray for the dead. I will pray for the late senator's soul every day until I die (I have particular devotion to the Poor Souls, naming scores upon scores of them every day in my mental prayers) as I prayed for his conversion back to the true Faith before he dies. No prayer is ever wasted. Our Lady will direct the fruit of our prayers to other souls in the event that some departed soul for whom we are praying has no need of our prayers as they are in Heaven or in Hell.
All of that having been noted, however, it is not an act of true Charity for the soul of the late Edward Moore Kennedy to lionize him or to avoid mentioning the simple truth that he died, barring some unexpected note that might be read at his Novus Ordo funeral service, without publicly repenting of his support for baby-killing under cover of the civil law. The late senator remained an unapologetic support of the thoroughly pro-abortion Barack Hussein Obama until his death from brain cancer late Wednesday evening, August 25, 2009.
Senator Kennedy, a victim of Americanism, did not believe that he had to adhere to everything taught by the Catholic Church without any exception whatsoever, and he was reaffirmed in this falsehood by one conciliar "priest" and presbyter after another. Then again, conciliarism, which is a progeny of Americanism, is itself a defection from truths taught by the authority of the Catholic Church. Senator Kennedy "kept the faith" of Americanism and conciliarism until the end, and sadly that is not a good way to end one's days. Kyrie eleison! Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.
Prayers for Bishop McKenna: His Excellency Bishop Robert F. McKenna, O.P., informed me this morning, August 27, 2009, that he will be undergoing a six-hour treatment on Monday, August 310, 2009, the Feast of Saint Raymond Nonnatus, for Waldenström's macroglobulinemia, which is a form of blood cancer that thickens the blood. Please join us, who have profited so much from His Excellency's guidance and instruction, in praying for this good shepherd of souls who has spent himself so tirelessly in the past forty years to provide Catholics with the true Sacraments in this era of apostasy and betrayal. Saint Peregrine, pray for Bishop McKenna!
There should be another original article tomorrow, Friday, August 28, 2009, the Feast of Saint Augustine of Hippo.
August 26 Article
Meathead Meets Meathead
What happens when a Hollywood actor-writer-producer-director who is of the "leftist" bent of naturalism teams up with the former Solicitor General of the United States of America who is known as a naturalist of a "Federalist" bent in order to promote the absurdity of "marriage rights" for those steeped in unrepentant acts of perversity against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments? Well, it's a case of Meathead meets Meathead, that's all. Read more "inside!" Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
This home page is being updated at 12:31 a.m. Central Daylight Saving Time. News has just been posted on the New York Post website of the death of Edward Moore Kennedy. While one hopes that he made a good Confession to a true priest before he died, it is so very sad to think of all of the moral evils, including that of "marriage" between people of the same gender and, of course, baby-killing that he championed so boldly.
It is indeed a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God. We cannot presume the judgment of God on Edward Moore Kennedy's immortal soul as we pray for his soul. We can, however, say that, humanly speaking, the late United States Senator from Massachusetts had much to answer for at the moment of his Particular Judgment. We must be careful in our own lives to do reparation for each of our sins and to do nothing that in any way reaffirms others in their sins, worse yet to protect sinful behavior under cover of the civil law as Edward Moore Kennedy did so righteously and for so long. I will have a commentary about this man's tragic promotion of evil later tomorrow, August 27, 2009, the Feast of Saint Joseph Calasanctius.
What I wrote yesterday in Applause For Killers is suddenly of great relevance once again:
And does anyone doubt that Edward Moore Kennedy, who has been in the United States Senate since November 7, 1962, will be praised greatly by conciliar officials when he dies of the brain cancer that he has been battling since it was diagnosed last year? There will also be an outpouring of "love" for Kennedy on the part of many ordinary Catholics, who have come to accept--or at least to be "comfortable" with--baby-killing under cover of law. (See Apostasy Has Consequences and Accustomed to Apostasy.)
I am afraid that the new few days will see an outpouring of effusive praise on a man who showed his contempt for Christ the King by his embrace of that which put Our King to death on the wood of the Holy Cross: Sin. What a spectacle will unfold before our eyes as Catholics show their own contempt for Christ the King by praising a statist and a pro-abort. May God have mercy on us all.
Finally, friends of ours in Ohio checked our mail two days ago, depositing a few non-tax-deductible financial gifts in our bank account for us. We thank the five people who made such gifts to us. The small amount received was, however, a ratification that we cold not have kept our manufactured house as the amount was short by about, oh, say, ninety percent of what we would need to pay our bills in September. While I am not soliciting such non-tax-deductible financial gifts by means of a new fund-raising letter, it is always helpful to receive such gifts in order that the proceeds of the sale of our manufactured house can last as long as possible. Thanks to those who always give. Thanks to those who have given for the first time. Perhaps a few more of you can join their ranks.
August 25 Articles
Applause For Killers
There is much outrage in the United States of America over the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, who was convicted of bombing Pan American Flight 103 that exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, on Wednesday, December 21, 1988, by Scottish authorities on humanitarian grounds. Leaving aside Al-Megrahi's guilt or innocence, something that is not the subject of this article, and taking away nothing from the grief of the relatives of those who were killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, it is rather telling that there is no such outrage over the fact that those responsible for the daily slaughter of the preborn, both by chemical and surgical means, that has taken over 50,000,000 innocent human lives in the United States of America alone in the past four decades. And as horrified as many Americans have been by the sight of Al-Megrahi's enthusiastic reception by his fellow Libyans five days ago now, it is also true that Americans give their applause rather enthusiastically to baby-killers and the politicians who support them. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us. Saint Louis IX, King of France, pray for us.
Republished: From His Mother's Knee: A King Who Ruled For Christ the King
Today is the Feast of Saint Louis IX, King of France, that great exemplar of the Social Reign of Christ the King. Saint Louis was taught by his holy mother, Blessed Blanche of Castile, to prefer death rather to commit a deliberate Mortal Sin. He heard two Masses a day and was a member of the Third Order of Saint Francis, whose patron saint he remains to this day. Saint Louis strove to rule according to the Mind of Christ the King as He had deposited It exclusively in the Catholic Church, recognizing that he, Louis IX, would have to answer to Christ the King at the moment of his own Particular Judgment for how he ruled his subjects. His letter to his son Philip is a succinct summary of the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. It is a model for how everyone in public life should conduct himself in order to please Christ the King as the devoted client of Mary our Immaculate Queen. Vivat Christus Rex! Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon. Saint Louis IX, pray for us.
There should be a new article tomorrow, Wednesday, August 26, 2009, the Feast of Pope Saint Zephryinus.
August 24 Article
Keep Trying, Keep Trying
Be wary of purported news digests that are found on some popular websites as not everything reported on those websites is always completely accurate. Inaccuracy can occur when news is compressed for an easy reading. It can occur, of course, when editors attempt to shade a story a certain by way by changing a word or two. Just be wary of those news digests on some sites, especially those that never provide any "hot links" to take you directly to the original article from which the digest was written.
Case-in-point: a recent news digest on one site provided "commentary" on the assertion, made by the recently retired Maestro of the Sistine Chapel, Monsignor Dominico Bartolucci, that Angelo Roncalli/John XXIII had a "convinced and moving traditionalism" when it came to matters of the Sacred Liturgy. While Monsignor Bartolucci did indeed assert this fantasy, the particular website on which a digest of his interview with an Italian website was reported made it appear as though Bartolucci's unfounded comment ratified its own past commentaries about Roncalli's alleged "traditionalism." Keep trying, keep trying.
Yes, the Angelo Roncalli/John XXIII who suppressed feast days of saints, the Angelo Roncalli/John XXIII who suppressed the Confiteor before Communion, the Angelo Roncalli/John XXIII who suppressed the commemoration of saints in Masses on Sunday, this Angelo Roncalli/John XXIII is supposed to be considered a man who was possessed of a "convinced and moving traditionalism." Keep trying, keep trying. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Bartholomew, pray for us.
I had hoped to have another article for posting today. Given my continued illness--and the fact that the motor home was once again on the side of the road today when its engine overheated despite the recent repairs that have been done to stop it from overheating, that additional article will appear tomorrow, Tuesday, August 25, 2009, the Feast of Saint Louis IX, King of France, along with a republished article in honor of this great champion of Christ the King. Penance is indeed better than ever in 2009. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we love you. Save souls!
August 22 Republished Article
Republished: Two Last Chances
Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, that heart that was pierced with Seven Swords of Sorrow during the Life of her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was formed out of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. These twin hearts of matchless love suffered as one and they beat as one while on earth and they have beat as one in Heaven since Our Lady was Assumed there body and soul after her death.
Our Lady's Immaculate Heart was unstained by Original Sin or Actual Sins. The Immaculate Heart of the Mother of God, therefore, was capable of a purity of love of God and of her fellow men that is almost indescribable. Our Lady's Most Pure, Most Holy Heart despises the sins that caused her Divine Son to suffer in His Sacred Humanity during His Passion and Death but at the same time is full of a perfect and completely pure maternal compassion for erring sinners such as you and me.
Our Lord, showing us His infinite compassion for us erring sinners, has sent us His Most Blessed Mother to provide us with her maternal assistance to get home to Heaven as members of His true Church founded upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope. We have been given the Rosary, the Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel, the Miraculous Medal, and the Green Scapular through her loving hands, through which flow the graces won for us by the shedding of Our Lord's Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross. Her apparition to Juan Diego and the miraculous image of herself she left on his tilma helped to convert millions of Indians to the true Faith in the Americas. Our Lady ratified Pope Pius IX's solemn proclamation of her Immaculate Conception by proclaiming herself to Saint Bernadette Soubirous to be the Immaculate Conception on March 25, 1858. And Our Lady's appearance in the Cova da Iria from May 13, 1917, to October 13, 1917, gave us Heaven's Peace Plan, one that runs through her Immaculate Heart.
We must endeavor at all times to fulfill, as far as we are able in this time of apostasy and betrayal, Our Lady's Fatima Message in our own lives, especially by praying as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit and by living penitentially as the consecrated slaves of her Divine Son through her own Immaculate Heart. The era of apostasy and betrayal will end when the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is made manifest. We can play our roles, small though they may be, in helping to bring about this triumph. What are we waiting for?
A blessed Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to you all.
I had hoped to have an original article for you today. Alas, it was within God's Holy Providence for me to come down with the first sickness that I have had since leaving Ohio. There is simply no strength to write that new article. Keep checking. There's an outside chance one might appear tomorrow, Sunday, August 23, 2009. And there will be several more, God willing and Our Lady interceding, in rapid succession after that one.
One of the next articles will deal with the "hero's welcome" that has been given in Libya to the terrorist convicted in Scotland of the bombing of Pan American World Airways flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988, killing 259 people on the plane and eleven on the ground in Lockerbie. While it is, of course, revolting to see a hero's welcome being given to a mass murderer, mass murderers in the United States of America get "heroes welcomes" all of the time. Actual baby-killers--and those in public life who support them--get applauded all of the time. The madness of Modernity is a spectacle to behold!
Finally, I need to apologize for the more than usual typographical errors in the initial posting of yesterday's article. My fever and sore throat had laid me pretty low on Thursday night, and I struggled to complete the article, doing a spell check that did not, obviously, catch other typographical errors, each of which has been corrected. Please re-read the article in the event you gave up because of the errors, for which I apologize once again. Mea culpa!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon.
August 21 Article
Death To Us All
Another article about ObamaCare. Another short article about ObamaCare. Another short article about ObamaCare that will be read by a breathtaking number of people (somewhere around 112 or so).
There should be two articles tomorrow, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. One of these will be a republished article on the feast itself, the other will be a short article on a recently published interview with a Vatican official who has never offered the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service, about which he has offered scathing criticism.
All well and good, save for the simple fact that the Catholic Church can never give us a liturgical rite that is defective or displeasing to God. The Council of Trent made this clear in a nutshell:
CANON VII.--If any one saith, that the ceremonies, vestments, and outward signs, which the Catholic Church makes use of in the celebration of masses, are incentives to impiety, rather than offices of piety; let him be anathema. (Session Twenty-Two, Chapter IX, Canon VII, Council of Trent, September 17, 1562, CT022.)
More tomorrow, God willing and Our Lady interceding.
August 20 Article
Another of the newer, shorter articles. This one deals with the loss of the Faith in the Province of Quebec, Canada, that was chronicled in the Toronto Globe and Mail by a writer who is clueless about the fact that it is the very false "spirit" of the "Second" Vatican Council that helped to undermine the Faith in the former New France and elsewhere in the world, not the "strictness" of the Faith that kept Quebeckers on their knees before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer and praying their Rosaries most devoutly. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, pray for us.
There should be another article tomorrow, Friday, August 21, 2009, the Feast of Saint Jane Frances de Chantal.
August 19 Article
Insects Living Under The Rocks
All manner of vermin live under rocks, especially in muddy terrain. The muddy wasteland upon which the naturalistic rocks of Modernity rests features all manner of pests who believe in a variety of insane ideas, one crazier than the other. That the administration of Caesar Obamus has living under its rocks a variety of insane insects should come as no surprise. Insanity is but the logical result of believing in the false, naturalistic, anti-Incarnational, religiously indifferentist, and semi-Pelagian principles of Modernity. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us. Saint John Eudes, pray for us. Viva Cristo Rey!
Look for another new article tomorrow, the Feast of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux.
August 17 Articles and Evening Update
Legionaries of Cash and Cover-Up
More revelations of moral misconduct have emerged about the founder of the cult known as the Legionaries of Christ, the late Father Marcial Maciel Degollado. These are public revelations. Much of these public revelations have been done to officials in the conciliar Vatican, including the late Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II and Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, for a long time. The culture of corruption and deception that exists within the Legionaries of Christ is simply a mirror image of the culture of corruption and deception that exists within the counterfeit church of conciliarism itself. Saint Hyacinth, pray for us.
Revised: Compare and Contrast
Today is the Feast of Saint Hyacinth, O.P., the great Apostle of the Northland. Saint Hyacinth's great zeal for souls and his desire to convert pagans out of their diabolical superstitions into the true Faith, outside of which there is no salvation and without which there can be no true social order. Saint Hyacinth, who had such a great and abiding love for Our Lady, who favored him with apparitions, stands in quite a contrast with Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, who praises the very false religions that Saint Hyacinth--and every other Catholic missionary--sought to eradicate from the face of the earth by seeking the unconditional conversion of their adherents to the false religion. The difference between Saint Hyacinth's fidelity and Ratzinger/Benedict's apostasy is stark. It is right there in black and white for all who have the grace to see. See four yourself.
The next article on this site should appear on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, the Feast of Saint John Eudes.
It appears that some "passers-by" never scroll down past the initial postings on this site. If this describes you, please note that an original article was posted on Saturday, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Stalag America. Take a look at it.
Evening Update: Father Francis Miller, O.F.M., informed us today while we were in Beaumont, Texas, to make a deposit at a branch of our bank that has not branches in Louisiana (or in Ohio, for that matter) that he had received word that Father Anthony Cekada's father died yesterday, Sunday, August 16, 2009, the Feast of Saint Joachim. We hereby express our own condolences to Father Cekada and to his family as we assure them of our prayers for the repose of Mr. Cekada's soul. Mr. Cekada had turned ninety-one years of age on July 9, 2009. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
August 16 Republished Article
Republished: Fatherly Affection, Eternal Orientation
Saint Joachim, the father of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God and the Mediatrix of All Graces, knew the contempt that would be visited upon His Divine Grandson, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, sent himself into voluntary exile after he was denounced by a priest of the Old Dispensation for not producing a child after twenty years of marriage to his wife, our good Saint Anne. He was visited by an angel, who reminded him of the fact that Abraham's wife, Sarah, did not conceive a child until she was ninety years old, telling him that his wife, Saint Anne, would conceive a daughter named Mary, who would be the Mother of God.
Saint Joachim and Saint Anne brought their daughter to the Temple when she was three years ago, giving their long-awaited child back to the good God Who had given them to her so that she could be the Mother of their own Saviour, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. This should teach us to do everything possible to foster vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated religious life among our children, so that we can give them back to God so as to yield a spiritual bounty of souls in His service, especially in this time of apostasy and betrayal. Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us!
Work on the next original article for this site has been started. It should be posted tomorrow morning, Monday, August 17, 2009, the Feast of Saint Hyacinth, along with a republished article on this Apostle of the Northland who was one of the first followers of Saint Dominic de Guzman, the founder of the Order of Preachers.
August 15 Articles
Republished: Taking Her Rightful Place
Today is the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She who was conceived without stain of Original Sin and who committed no Actual Sins in her life did not have to have her body undergo the corruption of the grave. Separated physically from her Divine Son after His Ascension into Heaven on Ascension Thursday, although she received Him in Holy Communion, Our Lady was Assumed body and soul into Heaven to plead for us with her Divine Son as the Queen of Heaven and of Earth, the Queen to whom every man must pledge his heart's oblation, the Queen whom every nation must honor publicly with Rosary Processions. Our Lady wants us to be in Heaven with her for all eternity. She wants our bodies to rise up incorrupt and glorious from the grave on the Last Day at the General Judgment of the Living and Dead so that our bodies can be reunited with our souls for all eternity in the glory of Heaven. We need to ask her to help us make such perfect reparation for our sins in this passing, mortal vale of tears that we will pay the debt of what we our for our sins now rather than in the fires of Purgatory. We need to ask her to help us to be serious about seeking sanctity as the consecrated slaves of her Divine Son through her own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. What are we waiting for?
This is the eighth Saturday in Bishop Robert F. McKenna's Rosary Crusade. We meditate today upon the mystery of Our Lord being Crowned with Thorns, praying for love of contempt.
Another of the newer, shorter articles. This one deals with reports that the Federal government is building detention or internment centers for people like us. The National Guard was even advertising on its website for goons to staff these concentration camps until news got spread around the internet about the matter. The page, linked below in my posting for yesterday, August 14, 2009, is now blank, devoid of any "job listing." Much like what happened to Barack Hussein Obama when he said "Oops" after referring to "my Muslin faith" in an interview with former (and current) Bill Clinton spin-doctor George Stephanopoulos last year (see Oops! Obama says 'my Muslim faith' :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES), someone at the National Guard must have said "Oops!" (or the equivalent of what Major Wolgang Hochstetter said to Colonel Wilhelm Klink, the Kommandant of Stalag 13 in Hogan's Heroes, "You dumkopf, Klink!) after news spread around the internet about hiring "detention/internment specialists." We should remember that Caesar Obamus and his minions, much like the caesars and their minions of yore, brook no opposition to their statism. We must consider it to be our privilege to suffer--and to suffer well--for the cause of Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen.
A blessed Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you all!
August 14 Article
Penance Is Better Than Ever in 2009, part 4
Well, here is the new travelogue. As the hour is very, very late and a lot of work has gone into this new travelogue in the past two days, I will write little else than to say that the new installment brings you up to date on the rather interesting events of the past two months. We accept all as coming from the hand of God, grateful to embrace our crosses with joy as the consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through His Most Blessed Mother's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, trying to live in the shadow of the Holy Cross as we lift high our Rosaries in reparation for our sins and those of the whole world. Penance is indeed better than ever in 2009! Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
There is also A Photographic Essay: As The Travels Resume to accompany the new travelogue.
The next substantive article on this site will deal with preparations to build internment centers (there's already an job advertisement for goons to staff these centers, http://www.nationalguard.com/careers/) and more on Obama's health care proposals that will encourage "end of life counseling" sessions (as I discussed two days ago in Das Vierte Reich.
Keep praying your Rosaries. Figures of Antichrist do indeed walk amongst us.
August 12 Article
Das Vierte Reich
The Fourth Reich. That's what we're facing with the brownshirted tactics of the statists and utilitarians and positivists of the administration of Caesar Obamus as they attempt to "assure" us that "end of life" counseling sessions between a doctor and his patients once they become eligible for Medicare will not turn into "community death panels" who will make life or death decisions based on a person's economic "productivity." The very people who believe in the lie of baby-killing can be trusted to tell us the full truth of about ObamaCare and its eventual implications for Americans over the course of time? Saint Clare of Assisi, pray for us.
We want to thank Father Francis Miller, O.F.M., and his brother, Mr. Normand Miller, and Mr. Michael Gerace, our friend and a parishioner of Christ the King Church in Lafayette, Louisiana, for all of the hard work that they have expended on our motor home in the past few weeks, including a session yesterday that saw a new clutch for the radiator fan installed. We very much appreciate their kindness and generosity to us. The Franciscan spirit is alive and well at Christ the King Church in Lafayette, Louisiana.
August 11 Article
Without A Single Compromise
Another late hour. This is a very brief article in honor of our dear Wonderworker, Saint Philomena, whose intercession we so desperately need in this era of apostasy and betrayal.
There should be another new article on this site tomorrow, the Feast of Saint Clare of Assisi, at some point.
Sleep beckons. Please read the Donations update letter.
August 10 Article
Another Parish in Turmoil
The hour is late. It was difficult write to articles such as this one during my days with The Wanderer. It was difficult to write articles such as this one during my days with The Remnant and Catholic Family News. It is sometimes necessary, however, to take on the difficult assignments and to write about turbulent situations in a parish. I believe that I have done so in this case with a sense of true historical perspective and by placing the parish conflict reviewed in this article in the context of the warfare against the Faith being waged by the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Lawrence the Deacon, pray for us.
There should be another original article tomorrow, August 11, 2009, the Feast of Saint Philomena, our dear Wonderworker.
Finally, I ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of my late paternal grandfather, Edward Martin Droleskey, who was born one hundred twenty-five years ago today, that is, on August 10, 1884. He died on October 6, 1968. Thank you.
August 9 Revised Article
Revised: Serving Souls To The Point Of Death
The feast of Saint John Mary Vianney is commemorated today, Sunday, August 9, 2009, the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost this year. This great saint, the patron of diocesan priests, teaches us much about humility and perseverance.
Saint John Mary Vianney humbly recognized that he was not the brightest pupil, that he was, to use even his own description, slow in his studies. He had great difficulty learning his Latin. Other studies came hard to him as well. He did not give up. Helped by a wonderful mentor, Father Balley, who had worked as a carpenter during the French Revolution so as to hide his identify as a Catholic priest as he offered Mass in various hideaways and without any "communion" with the bishops and priests of the "constitutional church," John Mary Vianney persevered time and time and time again, praying to Saint John Francis Regis for help and guidance.
Yes, he was tempted to quit his studies, believing himself to unworthy of priestly ordination because of his lack of intellectual aptitude. Father Balley told him very pointedly, "You've decided to give in to the devil?" That knocked some sense into our Saint, and it should knock some sense into any young man today who might have experienced some difficulties and perhaps even gross injustices in their own pursuit of the priesthood. Never give up. We need priests, especially now in this time of apostasy and betrayal.
Always close to Our Lady, Saint John Mary Vianney was brought to the point of his priestly ordination on August 13, 1815. His superiors judged that his moral qualities had overcome any academic deficiencies that would have held others back from being ordained to the priesthood, and they were vindicated in their judgment by the long and devoted service that he gave to the people of Ars. Oh, yes, sure, he tried to run away from his people on three occasions, wanting to seek the solitude of a monastery. Each time, however, he responded to the pleas of his sheep who loved their shepherd, who spent so much time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and in the confessional to hear the confessions of the thousands of people who flocked from all over the world to the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus applied to their souls through his priestly ministry, and returned home to Ars.
Saint John Mary Vianney, who knew failure in his studies for the priesthood, was a firm supporter of the "patron of failures," Pauline Jaricot, the foundress of Society of the Propagation of the Faith and the Universal Living Rosary Association, and zealously devoted to the cause of our great wonderworker, Saint Philomena. Saint John Mary Vianney spent himself tirelessly in behalf of the flock that was entrusted to his pastoral care. We need to invoke his intercession so that our own true bishops and priests will be fortified by his example as they seek to serve us, the scattering and wandering sheep of this time of apostasy and betrayal, unto eternity.
Saint John Mary Vianney, the Cure of Ars, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Pauline Jaricot, pray for us.
Father Balley, pray for us.
August 8 Article
Poster Boys Of Modernity
Then President Richard Milhous Nixon gave his resignation speech to the nation thirty-five years ago tonight, that is, on Thursday, August 8, 1974. Thirty-five years. I was visiting my parents at their home in Harlingen, Texas, during a break in studies for my doctorate in political science at the State University of New York at Albany. I had a profound sense of sadness in my heart as I watched the resignation speech in my parents' living room. As an unreconstructed naturalist in matters political at that time, I had hoped six years to the day before, August 8, 1968, that the then former Vice President of the United States of America Nixon, delivering his acceptance address to the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida, that Nixon was indeed going to turn back the Great Society of Lyndon Johnson and appoint "strict constructionists" to the Supreme Court of the United States of America. I was living under the delusions and myths of Modernity.
Richard Nixon, like each of his predecessors and each of his successors, was steeped in the naturalist delusion that men can build the "better" world absent a due subordination to the Deposit of Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church for Its eternal safekeeping and infallible explication. To believe this lie is tragic. To live without the benefit of the light of Faith is tragic, which is why we must never take the true Faith for granted as we seek to make reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary for our own many sins--and for those of the whole world. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
Our late friend, Father Salvatore V. Franco, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn who was ordained in 1953, gave us quite a refuge on Long Island after the birth of our daughter, Lucy Mary Norma Droleskey, on March 27, 2002. Despite suffering from heart problems and an undiagnosed form of blood cancer that wound up taking his life on Friday, December 13, 2002, the Feast of Saint Lucy, Father Franco permitted my family to assist at his offerings of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition in his kitchen in Westbury, New York. This made us, indulterers at the time, able to assist at the Mass of Tradition every day of the week without having to go to the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service. And it was after his death that we made the resolution never to assist at the Novus Ordo again for any reason at all.
Father Franco was very erudite. He knew the Faith very well. He was not, however, conversant with each of the saints on the Roman calendar. Indeed, there were times when he, a balding man of short stature, would shrug his shoulders on the feast days of some of the lesser known saints as if to say, "God knows who they are, not me."
Well, there is one amongst who knows the saints better than any of us, and that is His Excellency Bishop Daniel L. Dolan. Please do listen, therefore, to his informative sermon on the lives of today's martyrs, St. Cyriacus, St. Largus, and St. Smaragdus, which is can be found on the excellent Traditional Catholic Sermons website. There are numerous sermons given by His Excellency on the lives of the Saints. Please do listen to them! Saints Cyriacus, Largus, and Smaragdus, pray for us! The Fourteen Holy Helpers, pray for us!
Yes, we still need non-tax-deductible financial gifts (see Donations). No windfall as of yet. If you can't give, please do pray for us. Thank you.
Finally, there will be a republished article tomorrow as the Feast of Saint John Mary Vianney is commemorated. The next original article on this site may not appear until Tuesday, August 11, 2009, the Feast of Saint Philomena, our great Wonderworker (and believe me when I tell you that we are really praying to her these days). Here, once again, is the link to the Novena in honor of Saint Philomena.
August 7 Article
Truth Just Doesn't Go Away
The penultimate statist, Barack Hussein Obama, and his apologists want to assert gratuitous statements about ObamaCare as being true as all potential critics are intimidated into silence. While this is, of course, most egregious, it is pretty much standard fare in a nation founded upon the lie that men can know personal and social order absent an abiding fidelity to the Deposit of Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church and absent a belief in, access to and cooperation with Sanctifying Grace. Those who deny articles contained in the Deposit of Faith must degenerate into tyrants of positivism, something that is also true for apologists of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, who himself offends God so regularly and so openly. Indeed, the positivism of Barack Hussein Obama is made all the more possible as a result of the false "pontiff's" use of positivism to assert things as being in conformity with the Catholic Faith that have, as a matter of fact, been condemned solemnly by the Church. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
There should be another original article tomorrow, August 8, 2009, before a republished article on the great Saint John Mary Vianney is published on Sunday, August 9, 2009. We had another set of adventures on the road yesterday as the motor home overheated for an unknown reason while we were driving on Interstate 10 east of Beaumont, Texas. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we love you. Save souls!
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August 6 Article
To Be Transfigured In All Glory
Today is the great Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Mount Thabor in the presence of the Apostles Peter, James and John and in the company of Moses and Elias. God the Father repeated the proclamation that He had made as His Co-Equal Son made Flesh in Our Lady's Virginal and Immaculate Womb was baptized by His cousin, Saint John the Baptist in the Jordan River prior to the assumption of His Public Ministry, "This is My beloved Son, hear yet Him."
Our Lord was transfigured in the glory that He shared with the God the Father and God the Holy Ghost for all eternity in Heaven in order to show forth His Sacred Divinity to Saints Peter, the first Pope, Saint James, the first Bishop of Jerusalem and the first of the Apostles to be martyred, and Saint James's brother, Saint John, the beloved Apostle and the Apostle of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, to help console them during the events of His Passion and Death.
It is our goal to be transfigured in glory for all eternity in Heaven. The only path to the heavenly Mount Thabor, however, is by climbing atop Mount Calvary every day of our lives, willingly bearing our crosses in reparation for our sins and those of the world as we offer whatever merit we gain for the patient and joyful endurance of these crosses to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Indeed, our climb to Heaven by ascending first to Mount Calvary is signified every day a true bishop or a true priest completes the prayers at the foot of the altar and ascends the three steps (mystically symbolic of the Thee Persons of the Most Blessed Trinity and of the three stages of the interior life) to the altar itself. If we desire to be transfigured in all glory in Heaven we must, therefore, be willing to be shamed and humiliated by the the ignominy associated with the Holy Cross.
The glories of Heaven are worth such temporary shame and humiliation and ignominy, are they not? May Our Lady, who awaits us in the heavenly Mount Thabor and intercedes for us from there, help us to ascend to Mount Calvary every day in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass so that we can keep her company at the foot of the Cross every day our lives as a a preparation for spending all eternity in the glories of Heaven with her and Saint Joseph and all of the angels and the saints.
A blessed Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to you all.
We want to express our congratulations to our good friend, Mr. Matthew D. Hardin, on the first anniversary of his reception into the Catholic Church at the hands of His Excellency Bishop Daniel L. Dolan at Saint Gertrude the Great Church. Please see It's Still Better This Than Purgatory (or Worse!) in 2008, part 5 for a brief precis of his conversion story. Photographs of his reception into the true Church may be found in You Wanna See Pictures? I've Got Pictures for You!, part 2. Congratulations, Matt! We pray for you every day and thank you for your remaining steadfast in the Faith.
A correction: a reader brought to my attention a dyslexic mistake of mine at the start of yesterday's article. I will be fifty-eight years of age in three months, eighteen days, not three years, eighteen days from today, August 6, 2009. I am very, very happy to be the age that I am as this is how long that God has seen fit in His Holy Providence to keep me alive. I have never shaded my age, and I never will. This mistake was purely a matter of the mind working faster than my fingers on the keyboard. I apologize!
August 5 Article
Duh, Part Trois
The "worldwide Anglican communion" is in shambles, the victim of its own many defections from the true Faith that have multiplied so wildly in the 475 years since its corrupt and venal founder. King Henry VIII, took Catholic England out of the true Church and had himself declared by Parliament to be "supreme head of the church in England." Who seeks to come to the rescue of this schismatic and heretical "church" now that various of its constituent parts, such as the "Episcopal Church" in the United States of America, are endorsing the consecration of known perverts as "bishop"? Why none other than Walter Kasper, "President" of the "Pontifical" Council for Promoting Christian Unity, is trying to "preserve" "unity" in the Anglican sect, explaining that:
"It is our prayer that the Anglican Communion, even in this difficult situation, may find a way to maintain its unity and its witness to Christ as a worldwide communion." (Anglican leader's concern for unity reflects Vatican concerns )
Huh? Duh? How can heretics who defect from the truths of the Catholic Faith bear any "witness" to Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ that is not of the devil? Takes one to know one, however, as Kasper himself and his fellow conciliar revolutionaries, including, of course, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, defect from many things contained in the Deposit of Faith (see Ratzinger's War Against Catholicism).
Our Lady of the Snows, pray for us.
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August 4 Republished Article
Republished: With Our Lady's Weapon Held High
Although I am working on another new article, I did not want to eclipse the great feast we celebrate today, that of Saint Dominic de Guzman, the founder of the Order of Preachers who was favored to receive from the Mother of God's own hands her Psalter, the Most Holy Rosary. The new article can wait, especially given the relatively low viewership of even the shorter articles that have been appearing on this site lately!
Saint Dominic de Guzman had such great zeal for souls from his earliest days in seminary. As is well known, it was a conversation with an innkeeper in the Albigensian stronghold of Toulouse, France, changed the whole direction of his priesthood as he sought to win back souls from the darkness of an early forerunner of Calvinism, Albigensianism. Our Lady, sent by her Divine Son out of the ineffable Mercy that He has in His Most Sacred Heart, which was formed out of her own Immaculate Heart, to bring back the lost sheep (and not to beat up on the sheep when their souls are sorely distressed) out of the new form of Manicheanism that had arisen in southern France, gave Saint Dominic her Most Holy Rosary to the be the weapon to crush the Albigensian heresy. Saint Dominic de Guzman used the weapon of Our Lady's Mos Holy Rosary very well and taught others how to do so.
Every Catholic, of course, owes a great deal to Saint Dominic, who walked between southern France and Rome several times during his life--and who accompanied two of the first Dominicans, Saints Hyacinth and his brother, Saint Ceslaus, on the first leg of their trip in Italy back to Krakow before he, Saint Dominic, had to turn back. Although there are only a handful of true Dominicans still left today, starting with our dear friend, His Excellency Bishop Robert Fidelis McKenna, O.P., the Dominican spirit of great love for Our Lady and her Most Holy Rosary should beat with great fervor within our hearts, consecrated as they must be to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
This is a day of great celebration, and we want to express our best wishes for a blessed patronal feast day to Bishop McKenna and the Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to all lay Dominicans of the Third Order of Penance for their fidelity to the Faith during this time of apostasy and betrayal and for the unswerving devotion to Our Lady and her Most Holy Rosary.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Dominic de Guzman and all of the Dominican saints, pray for us.
Please see the link for the Novena to Saint Philomena, which began yesterday, below under the August 3 posting. Thank you.
Donations, anyone? We need them, please!
August 3 Article and Novena to Saint Philomena
Instant Communications, Instant Sins
Here's an assignment for those of you who read this site and who read my articles (not all people who read this home page bother to read my articles): Read Caritas Super Omnia (2006), written in December of 2006, BEFORE you read this new article, which was completed, more or less, on Saturday, August 1, 2009, although most of its text was written by Monday, July 27, 2009.
The new article deals with the incredible spectacle of what I could call "cannibalism" among Catholics as they eat each other up in various "chat rooms," coming to conclusions about the moral lives and the subjective intentions of people they have never met. While it might be necessary for us to disagree with each other over the state of the Church and perhaps even to express a disagreement with our pastors now and again, we must treat all others as we would treat Our Lord Himself, Who forgives us our trespasses just as we must forgive those who trespass against us.
As I wrote in Caritas Super Omnia (2006):
Moreover, we should be grateful for the humiliations that are sent us in life. How many times have we withdrawn our friendship from Our Lord by choosing to persist in our sins? None of us suffers as our sins deserve. We should consider it a singular privilege to suffer humiliation and misunderstanding at the hands of others, especially those who have been closest to us over the years. Look at the Cross, ladies and gentlemen. Nothing we suffer in this mortal vale of tears is the equal of what one of our least venial sins caused Our Lord and His Blessed Mother, our Co-Redemptrix, to suffer during His fearful Passion and Death. Who are we to complain about ill-treatment at the hands of others, worse yet to caricature entire categories of people in order to try to dismiss their particular position on the grounds of the bad example given by some?
Enough said. Our Lady of Mercy, pray for us. Saint Stephen the Protomartyr, pray for us.
I will endeavor to complete the next installment of the travelogue, which may not appear until Wednesday, August 5, 2009, the Feast of Our Lady of the Snows.
We received one response to our recent Donations letter yesterday. We do need more, however. Thank you.
Here is a Novena, composed by Saint John Mary Vianney, to our dear Wonderworker, Saint Philomena. The Novena begins tonight, August 3, 2009, and runs through August 11, 2009:
Prayer for Each Day during the Novena.
O Glorious Virgin and Martyr, beloved of God, Saint Philomena! I rejoice with thee in the power which God gave thee for the glory of His Name, for the edification His Church, and to reward the merits of thy life and death. I rejoice to see thee so great, so pure, so generous, so faithful to Jesus Christ, and to His Gospel, and so splendidly rewarded in Heaven, and on earth. Attracted by thy example to the practice of solid virtue full of hope at the sight of thy recompense granted to thy merits. I resolve to follow thee in avoiding all evil and in fully obeying what God commands. Help me, O great Saint by thy powerful intercession. Obtain for me particularly, a purity inviolable forever, a strength of soul always invincible in every kind of assault, a generosity which denies no sacrifice to God, and a love as strong as death for the Faith of Jesus Christ, for the Holy Roman Church and for Our Holy Father, the Father of all the Faithful, the Shepherd of shepherds and of their flocks, the Vicar of Jesus Christ over all the world.
With all the fervor of my soul, I implore these graces from thee, and, in addition, I ask these other benefits from thee with equal confidence in obtaining them through thy powerful intercession. (Here tell Saint Philomena what you need, with simplicity, confidence and humility).
Surely that God so good for Whom thou didst give thy blood and thy life that God so good Who is so generous to thee and through thy mediation, so generous with gifts and favors to us, that God so good Who has loved me even unto dying for me, even unto giving me Himself under the Eucharistic appearances, surely He will never be deaf to thy prayers, nor to my appeals, unless it be that He Himself is in some different way seeking to do me good. Full of confidence, I place all my trust in Him and in thee. Amen
For the exercises recommended for each day of this Novena please go to Novena, which has been circulated by the Apostolate of Our Lady of Good Success in Wisconsin, is found on website administered by the Universal Living Rosary Association. Saint Philomena, pray for us!
August 2 Articles
Republished: Giving Us What For
Today, apart from the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, is the Commemoration of the great Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, the Patron of Moral Theologians. It was nearly thirteen months ago that I recorded each of the Sunday sermons of Saint Alphonsus for the "Save Thy Souls" section of Traditional Catholic Sermons.org. It was a very sobering experience as I recognized that Saint Alphonsus was speaking directly to me, condemning my sins and my lukewarmness. Ouch. He certainly gave me what for, and I am grateful that he did so.
Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, the founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (the Redemptorists), was particularly emphatic in teaching us that we must avoid sins of human respect. That is, we can show no partiality or favoritism to those in power if they are doing things that put the temporal or, more important, the eternal welfare into jeopardy. This applies to the likes of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, who blasphemes God on a regular basis, and to most of his "bishops," men who believe that the sheep are their enemies and that they can stonewall and intimidate the sheep into remaining silent about real and documented abuses of power and real and documented violations of the integrity of the Holy Faith:
And when there is question of the divine honour, we should not be frightened by the dignity of the man who offends God; let us say to him openly: This is sinful; it cannot be done. Let us imitate the Baptist, who reproved King Herod for living his brother's wife and said to him: "It is not lawful for thee to have her"--Matt., xiv. 4. Men indeed shall regard us as fools, and turn us into derision; but, on the day of judgment they shall acknowledge that they have been foolish, and we have shall have the glory of being numbered among the saints. They shall say: "These are they whom we had some time in derision. . . . . We fools esteemed their life madness, and their end without honour. Behold how they are numbered among the children of God, and their lot is among the saints"--Wis., v. 3, 4, 5. (Sixth Sunday After Easter: On Human Respect.)
Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, pray for us.
Bishop Pivarunas on Jurisdiction
Although His Excellency Bishop Mark A. Pivarunas, the Superior General of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen, is out of the country at this time, Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI, was kind enough to write to me with his belief that His Excellency would approve of my reprinting his excellent article in the July, 2009, issue of Adsum, concerning the issue of Jurisdiction, that is, whether bishops consecrated without a papal mandate--and the priests ordained by those bishops--have any right to administer the Sacraments. There are some lay "theologians," people who have never studied Canon Law formally in a classroom setting, who have set them up as "experts" in the field of Jurisdiction, urging Catholics to be, in effect, "home aloners" (a term coined by Father Anthony Cekada) if they cannot find a priest ordained in the traditional rite by a bishop who had been appointed by Pope Pius XII, our last true pope. Bishop Pivarunas provides a succinct but nevertheless very thorough refutation of the nonexistent "expertise" of those lay "theologians."
I have an original article ready for publication. However, I am "sitting" on it as I want to spend a bit more time praying about the prudence of its being posted. It is sometimes the case that the best articles one writes are the ones he doesn't publish!
Finally, we are still in need of people responding to our new Donations letter. We received only one non-tax-deductible financial gift yesterday. We will be down to around fifty dollars in cold, hard cash once bills are debited from our checking account in the coming two days. We really need your help until our cash cow, the manufactured house, delivers its cash, at which point all of these appeals will cease for the better part of a year. Thank you for any consideration that you can give to this appeal.
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