Sunday, October 19, 2014
Catholicism is the Law of Life

Catholicism is the law of life, the life of the intelligence, the solution of all problems. Catholicism is the truth, and everything that departs from it one iota, is disorder, deception, and error.” Juan Donoso Cortes, Marquis of Valdegamas


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St. Peter of Alcantara


1955 Calendar (Double): October 19

St. Peter of Alcantara was born the son of Peter Garavita, governor of the palace.  His mother was a member of the noble family of Sanabia.

As a youth, Peter studied grammar and philosophy at Alcantara, and both civil and canon law at Salamanca University. At the age of 16, St. Peter became a Franciscan at Manjarez.

St. Peter founded the friary at Babajoz at the young age 20, and served as its superior at a remarkably young age. He was ordained a priest in 1524 at age 25 and quickly became a noted preacher.

A recluse by nature, he lived at the convent of Saint Onophrius, a remote location where he could study and pray between missions. In 1538, he became the Franciscan provincial for Saint Gabriel in Estremadura, Spain. He worked in Lisbon, Portugal in 1541 to help reform the Order. Shortly thereafter in 1555 he started the Alcantarine reforms, now known as the Strictest Obeservance. St. Peter became the Commissioner of his Order in Spain in 1556 and then the Provincial of his reformed Order in 1561.

He was a friend and confessor of Saint Teresa of Avila, and assisted her in 1559 during her work to reform her own Order. St. Peter is known as a mystic and writer whose works were used by Saint Francis de Sales.

He died on October 18, 1562 or natural causes.  He was canonized on April 28, 1669, by Pope Clement IX.

Prayer:

Almighty God, look upon our weakness and the heavy burden we carry because of our own deeds. Let the prayers of Your blessed martyr bishop Peter, in heaven, be our protection. Through our Lord . . .

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
St. Hedwig of Silesia


1955 Calendar (Simple): October 16

Today the Holy Church celebrates the Feast of St. Hedwig.  Born the daughter of Berthold IV, Duke of Merania, St. Hedwig married Prince Henry I the Bearded of Silesia and Poland in 1186 at age 12. She became the mother of seven children including Saint Gertrude of Trebnitz.  St. Hedwig is the aunt of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.  All in all, the life of St. Hedwig illustrates that holiness within the family is contagious and can help make our loved ones saints. Of Hedwig's children, only Gertrude survived her.

St. Hedwig oversaw a number of ministries including caring for the sick both personally and by founding hospitals. Upon her husband’s death, she gave away her fortune and entered the monastery at Trebnitz where her daughter was abbess.

As the Catholic Encyclopedia summarizes, "The duchess practised severe mortification, endured all trials with the greatest resignation, with self-denying charity cared for the sick and supported the poor; in her interior life of prayer, she gave herself up to meditation on supernatural things. Her piety and gentleness won for her even during life the reputation of a saint. She was interred in the church attached to the monastery, and was canonized by Clement IV, 26 March, 1267, and on 25 August of the same year her remains were raised to the honours of the altar."

Prayer: 

O God, You taught blessed Hedwig to turn from the attractions of the world to follow Your cross humbly and devotedly. May her merits and example teach us to spurn the passing pleasures of this earth and overcome all our difficulties by embracing Your cross; who lives and rules with God the Father . . .

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Synod Document "Relatio post disceptationem" Encourages Sin, Destroys Catholic Teaching


I have chosen to stay away from the topic of the current Synod but as the mid-term report from the Synod was released, we can now see for ourselves the evil being wrought by men who claim to be successors to the apostles.  It is simply unprecedented in the history of the Church! We ought to pray and do penance before the wishes of evil bishops spread heresy and apostacy far and wide in the barque of Peter.

The Secret Synod Does What We Expected: Evil  
by Christopher A. Ferrara  
As if we didn’t know it before, today we learned why the Secret Synod was conducted in secret, with the faithful not being permitted to see the texts of the participants’ addresses or even to know which bishop or cardinal was advancing which position. The Secret Synod was conducted in secret because evil advances in shadows. 
Many others, and not just traditionalists, have already expressed outrage over the disastrous “Relatio post disceptationem,” which appeared on the Vatican website today, October 13. This is the anniversary of Pope Leo’s vision of Satan’s attack on the Church (leading to his composition of the Leonine prayer suddenly abandoned after Vatican II), the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, and the derailing of the Second Vatican Council by Cardinal Liénart’s violation of the procedural rules in seizing the microphone in order to demand new drafting committees for the conciliar documents. 
By way of the comments of others, suffice it to note, as reported by Vatican Radio, that no less than the President of the Polish Episcopal Conference, Archbishop Stanislaw Gądecki, “did not hesitate to say that this document departs from the teaching of John Paul II [meaning the entire Magisterium regarding marriage and procreation], and even that in it can be noticed traces of the anti-marriage ideology. According to Archbishop Gądecki, this text also highlights the lack of a clear vision for the synodal assembly.” 
I must disagree with the final sentence of the report. The Synod had a very clear vision: nullification of the Church’s censures of sexual immorality of all kinds, including sodomy, and with this nothing less than an effective decommissioning of the Church as moral preceptor of humanity. This is what the aged Modernist cabal Pope Francis put in charge of this sham of a Synod has in view.  Continue reading the excerpted article... 
 
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St. Callistus I

1955 Calendar (Double): October 14

On October 14th, the Holy Church celebrates the Feast of Pope St. Callistus I.  St. Callistus reigned as the Vicar of Christ from c. 218 to 223 AD.  The Holy Pontiff was martyred for the Faith during an uprising of persecution at the time of Alexander Severus.

According to legend recorded in the Acts of Saint Callixtus, St. Callistus was thrown down a well to his death.  At night, Asterius, a priest of Rome, recovered the body of St. Callixtus for which action he too suffered martyrdom, this time by being thrown off a bridge into the Tiber River.

St. Callistus was born a slave, the property of Carpophorus, a Christian man in the household of Caesar. His master entrusted a large sum to Callistus to open a bank, which took in several deposits, made several loans to people who refused to pay them back, and went broke. Knowing he would be personally blamed and punished, Callistus fled, but was caught and returned to his owner.

Several depositors begged for his life, believing he had not lost the money, but had stolen and hid it. They were wrong; he wasn’t a thief, just a victim, but he was sentenced to work the tin mines in punishment. By a quirk of Roman law, the ownership of Callistus was transferred from Carpophorus to the state, and when he was later ransomed out of his sentence with a number of other Christians, he became a free man.

Pope Zephyrinus put Callistus in charge of the Roman public burial grounds, today still called the Cemetery of Saint Callistus. St. Callistus became an Archdeacon. In time, he became in c. 218 the 16th Vicar of Christ.

Callistus was on more than one occasion accused of heresy for such actions as permitting a return to Communion for sinners who had repented and done penance, or for proclaiming that differences in economic class were no barrier to marriage. This last put him in conflict with Roman civil law, but he stated that in matters concerning the Church and the sacraments, Church law trumped civil law. In both cases he taught what the Church has taught for centuries, including today, and though a whole host of schismatics wrote against him, his crime seems to have been to practice true Christianity.

Source: “Pope Saint Callistus I“. Saints.SQPN.com. 25 August 2014. Web. 13 October 2014.

Prayer:

O God, You see that we fail because of our weakness. Be merciful to us and let the example of Your saints renew our love of You. Through our Lord . . .

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Monday, October 13, 2014
Christopher Columbus: Catholic Explorer


Christopher Columbus, the great Catholic explorer, has been unjustly marred by historians and liberals. The true Christopher Columbus was a saintly man who sought to serve the Holy Catholic Faith and His Sovereign King.  Despite unprecedented challenges, Columbus ultimately ushered in the colonization and Christianization of the Western Hemisphere.  As a deeply religious man, we can learn from his Faith and devotion.  Join me in crying out: Sancto Subito! (May he be declared a saint soon!)

The following is excerpted from an excellent article on Nobility.org. Please read the whole article in honor of Columbus Day.
Before leaving [on his legendary voyage], Columbus received the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist, at the hands (it is stated) of Father Juan Perez, the officers and crews of the little squadron following his example. On 3 August, 1492, the people of Palos with heavy hearts saw them depart on an expedition regarded by many as foolhardy. 
... 
Columbus was unquestionably a man of genius. He was a bold, skilful navigator, better acquainted with the principles of cosmography and astronomy than the average skipper of his time, a man of original ideas, fertile in his plans, and persistent in carrying them into execution. The impression he made on those with whom he came in contact even in the days of his poverty, such as Fray Juan Perez, the treasurer Luis de Santangel, the Duke of Medina Sidonia, and Queen Isabella herself, shows that he had great powers of persuasion and was possessed of personal magnetism. His success in overcoming the obstacles to his expeditions and surmounting the difficulties of his voyages exhibit him as a man of unusual resources and of unflinching determination. 
Columbus was also of a deeply religious nature. Whatever influence scientific theories and the ambition for fame and wealth may have had over him, in advocating his enterprise he never failed to insist on the conversion of the pagan peoples that he would discover as one of the primary objects of his undertaking. Even when clouds had settled over his career, after his return as a prisoner from the lands he had discovered, he was ready to devote all his possessions and the remaining years of his life to set sail again for the purpose of rescuing Christ’s Sepulchre from the hands of the infidel.
The following author highlights the Franciscan nature of Columbus.  Columbus was a third order Franciscan and daily prayed the Divine Office:

As early as 1493, Columbus wrote a letter to the Royal Treasurer of Spain in which he speaks of the discovery of the New World as a great victory. Yet, it was not a victory by force of arms but a victory of bringing the truth to people who were sitting in the darkness of unbelief. He wrote, "Since our Redeemer gave this victory to our most illustrious King and Queen and to their famous realms, in so great a manner, it is fitting for all Christendom to rejoice and to make celebrations and give solemn thanks to the Holy Trinity with many solemn prayers for the great exultation which it will have and the turning of so many peoples to our holy Faith." 
All that we know about Columbus testifies to his having lived up to his Franciscan Rule. We know that he would wear the Franciscan habit, especially when he appeared before the Royalty or nobility. Except for the Franciscans with whom he stayed before leaving on his historic voyage, he would never had received the entree to Ferdinand and Isabella which opened the door to the New World. He went to confession to Franciscan priests. He would spend long periods of time in worshiping before the Blessed Sacrament in Franciscan chapels. When he left Palos, Spain on August 3, 1492 to cross the Atlantic, he left his son in the care of the Franciscans at their monastery.
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Sunday, October 12, 2014
Round 5: Collectible Catholic Books for Sale


In an update to my most recent posts on the topic, I also have these titles for sale.  Prices include shipping.  Please email me at acatholiclife[at]gmail[dot]com for more information or to order.

All are in good condition.
"The Structure of Catechetics," Marcel Van Castor, 247 pp., 1965, hb $25

"The Church of Christ," Rev. Wm. Shannon, 220 pp., 1960, hb $25

"Teaching Religion for Living," Sister Agnesine, SSND, 173 pp., 1952, hb $25

"The Logic of Religion," Jos. Bochenski, OP, 173 pp., 1965, hb $25

 "The Life of Jesus," James Cunningham, SSP, 176 pp., 1945, hb $25

"Rebuilding a Lost Faith," John Stoddard, 212 pp., 1922, hb $25

"A Guide to Catholic Action," Fitzsimmons and McGuire, 235 pp., 1938, hb $25

"God and Creation," Thom. Chetwood, SJ, 272 pp., 1928, hb $25

"The Four First Things," R. H. J. Steuart, SJ, 84 pp. 1939, hb $25

"Actual Grace," E. Towers, 90 pp., 1928 , hb $25

"Thomas Aquinas on Providence and Predestination,"147 pp. 1961 ed. , paperback, $20
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Solemn High Mass for Blessed Karl of Austria at Old St. Mary's in Washington, DC

I hope that those of you in the area can attend this Mass.

You may also be interested to learn of the death of Brother Nathan Cochran, OSB, the USA/Canada Delegate to the Blessed Karl League of Prayers.  Here is a link to his obituary:
http://pittsburghlatinmass.org/blog/?p=2167

He was a great promoter of Bl. Karl, and had a great devotion to the Traditional Latin Mass.

Woodlawn Knights of Columbus Council 2161 and the Pittsburgh Latin Mass Community, Inc., will be arranging a Requiem Mass for him at St. Anthony Chapel in Pittsburgh on Saturday, 29 November 2014, at 2pm.
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4 Ways to Help Minorities Become Traditional Catholics

There needs to be an immediate call to action by Traditional Catholics to do more to share the Traditional Faith with minorities.

Kenya, 1937

In my own situation, I frequent a few different chapels/shrines/parishes regularly for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  At each Mass, all of which are Traditional Latin Masses, I am pleased to find a few non-white Catholics in attendance.  These people are extremely intelligent – one of which is very fluent in Latin and an integral part of the schola.  It is rewarding to see the one True Faith bringing in people from all societies, social classes, races, and nationalities.  Our Faith is one.  It is universal – after all, that is what it means to be a Catholic!

As Traditional Catholics, some of us are to be commended for what we do to share the Faith with others – whether digitally (e.g. on our Facebook walls) or in personal discussions with others.  But why do so many of us not reach out to the racial or ethnic minorities in our communities?  Are not these people also called to the one saving Faith that is the Catholic Church, outside of which no one can be saved?  Do we do enough to help their salvation?

It’s unfortunate that there are few Traditional Latin Masses in the Spanish-speaking world, relatively to the number in the English speaking world.  And why is it that when we think of African American Catholic communities we think of “praise and worship” singing and heretical worship rather than people who also need true, valid Sacraments?

It’s a fact that the same Traditional Latin Mass codified by His Holiness Pope St. Pius V was the Mass that converted the inhabitants of the New World when the explorers of Juan Ponce de Leon and Christopher Columbus landed on these shores.  The christianization of the New World consisted of naming many places after the Faith.  Did you realize El Salvador means “The Savior” or that much of Southern California christianized by the Franciscans is named after the saints?  Santa Monica – Saint Monica.  San Diego - Saint Diego de Alcalá.  And there are many other examples.  The point is that these primitive people all became Catholics – Catholics attached solely to the Latin Mass and the Latin Sacraments.  It’s a fallacy to even suggest that these peoples need the Novus Ordo to serve as a bridge between their prior ways and the Solemnity of the Latin Mass.  History is our proof and it is not necessary.

Let's also consider the work of the SSPX in Africa or the ICKSP in Africa today and the many conversions they bring about.  All peoples are called to the beauty of Tradition.

There is a tendency – a subtle one within us – to assume that the extraordinary beauty, awe, history, and ritual of the Traditional Latin Mass is only meant for Europeans and those of European heritage.  We need to completely eradicate this notion out of our minds.  Let’s consider the following:

1. Invite non-Catholic minorities to Mass with you.  It’s a holy act and one that we should all be doing more often.  There are many protestant minorities in our society.  There are too many ex-Catholics in the Hispanic community who are seeking spirituality in the un-holiness of Pentecostalism and the like.  Are we inviting them back to Mass?  Are we bringing them with us to the Solemn High Masses so they can experience the great awe and mystery of the Faith that they may have never truly known?  Do we explain to them why we pray to the Holy Mother of God?

2. Invite Catholic minorities to Mass.  With this group, unlike the aforementioned one, they can and should receive the Sacraments.  Help them follow along in the Missal.  Help explain to them the rituals (e.g. the Signs of the Cross, the many genuflections, the symbolism, etc).  Help them feel the awe and mystery.  Invite them to go to Confession.  Introduce them to the priest afterwards.  Invite them to the monthly social hours or some devotions (e.g. Sunday Vespers, Benediction, Rosary, etc).  These people, just like their Caucasian counterparts in non-Traditional Catholic Churches, yearn for what is True, Good, and Beautiful.  This is especially worthwhile to do by bringing to Mass those with inadequate transportation or health issues who may be completely unable to attend any Mass at all on a given Sunday.

3. Advertise in parishes with high minority concentrations.  Put some handouts in the various literature racks of these parishes with information on the Latin Mass and the local times – or even just some beautiful holy cards of St. Pius X or Pope Pius XII or a holy card on why pray the Rosary.  It’s no secret that many parishes with a large minority makeup suffer from poor catechesis, downright scandalous liturgies, and infrequent Confession times.  These people could really benefit from our missionary work.

4. Invite the homeless and the poor to Mass.  Consider giving them a few dollars when you see them and, at the same time, handing them a holy card or a Rosary.  Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that cometh forth from the mouth of God.

So please, join me in helping to evangelize to all members of our society – regardless of their race or nationality.  Let’s help spread the Traditional Mass to everyone.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
Solemn High Mass for Blessed Karl of Austria in Roslyn, NY

Join us in celebrating the exemplary life of Blessed Karl, Emperor and King.

Reception after Holy Mass

Sponsored by the Saint Agnes Institute
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Saturday, October 4, 2014
2014 SSPX Starkenburg Pilgrimage


Come join us with your family in this 3-day, 40-mile pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady!

Renew and increase your devotion to the Blessed Mother!

The SSPX is pleased to coordinate this Pilgrimage of Tradition in honor of Our Lady of Sorrows to Starkenburg, MO. The pilgrimage route will be along the historic and beautiful Katy Trail.

We offer both a 3-day and a 1-day option for pilgrims.

The 3-day pilgrimage will start at the Katy Trail access point in Jefferson City, MO, proceeding through Tebbetts, Mokane, Portland, and Bluffton to conclude near the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in Starkenburg, MO.

The 1-day pilgrimage will join the 3-day pilgrimage at Portland, MO on the morning of October 18 for the final 12.5 miles.

Learn more by clicking here.
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Requiem Aeternam: Fr. Benedict Groeschel

Please join me in praying for the soul of Father Benedict Groeschel, requiescat in pace. He has passed away after a long life of service to the Faith. May God forgive him his sins.  May St. Francis of Assisi intercede for Fr. Benedict, who has died on the eve of St. Francis' feast.

Taken from the press release:
Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, beloved priest and preacher, died on October 3, 2014, the vigil of the Feast of St. Francis, after complications with an ongoing illness. He was 81.

Fr. Benedict was a founder of the Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFR), a reform community started in 1987 by eight Capuchin Friars based in New York City. A priest and psychologist, he was director of Trinity Retreat House in Larchmont, New York, and also taught Pastoral Psychology for many years at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie. Fr. Benedict was a popular writer, preacher, retreat master, and evangelist on Catholic television. His greatest joy was serving the poor and underprivileged. Founder of St. Francis House and Good Counsel Homes, he also served as chaplain at Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry for 14 years. Always deeply concerned with the welfare of others, he tirelessly provided food, clothing, and assistance to people in need—people he always considered his friends.

Father Benedict is survived by his sister, Marjule Drury, sister Robin Groeschel, brother Gary Groeschel, nine nieces and nephews, 115 CFR brothers and priests, and 31sisters who were inspired by his authentic witness to religious life and devotion to Jesus and His Church. He was preceded by his brothers Edward and Mark.

Image: Fr. Benedict Groeschel after his ordination.
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Friday, October 3, 2014
Photo: First Mass in Versailles Since the French Revolution

Cardinal Spellman, celebrated Mass for the U.S. military in the Royal Chapel of the Palace of Versailles on September 10, 1944. The Mass was the first Mass to be celebrated in the chapel since the French Revolution. Thanks to Archives of the Archdiocese of New York for this photo.

Let us pray for a restoration of the Traditional Mass and an end to the erroneous ideas of the French Revolution, which still plague us.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Happy Michaelmas!

"Michaelmas" is pronounced "MICKel-mus." -- Sept 30 is one of the 4 English Quarter Days

Today is also one of the 4 English "Quarter Days," days which fall around the Equinoxes or Solstices and mark the beginnings of new natural seasons ( i.e., Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall) and which were used in medieval times to mark "quarters" for legal purposes, such as settling debts.  Debt collection was forbidden certain times of the year such as during the Octave of Christmas.

The other days like this are: Lady Day (the Feast of the Annunciation) on March 25, the Feast of St. John on June 24, and Christmas on December 25.
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Saturday, September 27, 2014
Rosary Novena for the Defense of the Family

The following is taken from the recent SSPX Newsletter.  Let us join our prayers for this intention:


Approaching rapidly is the October 2014 Extraordinary Meeting of the Synod of Bishops: “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization”. This Synod will be held from October 5-19 and potentially has the grave danger of undermining the Church's doctrinal and moral teachings on marriage and family issues.

To counteract this danger, the USA District Superior, Fr. Jurgen Wegner, is asking everyone to join in a rosary novena for the defense of the family:
I request that all pastors dedicate at least three sermons in October and November to the fundamental truths about marriage. I request also that you invite all the faithful to join us in a novena of rosaries from September 29th to October 7th. We will offer our rosaries for the defense of the family. Please encourage everyone to pray the 15 decades of the rosary."
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Friday, September 26, 2014
Bishop Morlino vs. Holy Wisdom Monastery

While this story is slightly dated, it’s worth repeating here for those who are in or around the Madison Area.  The “Holy Wisdom monastery" has rightfully been made off limits to all priests of the Diocese.  This place, as the following article indicates, is ripe with the fruits of discord and heresy.  

If you notice in the comments to the article on the website of The Wisconsin State Journal that many people are condemning Bishop Morlino for his actions.  Some are pledging support for the heretics, some of whom still falsely call themselves “Catholic.”  This is a good reminder that the enemies of Christ are always at work to sow discord (e.g. Luke 16:8)

Bishop Robert Morlino is continuing to put more distance between the Madison Catholic Diocese and Holy Wisdom Monastery, a former Catholic monastery on the outskirts of Madison that is now a non-Catholic ecumenical retreat center. 
In the latest development, Morlino is now prohibiting priests in the diocese from “attendance or participation at all events held at Holy Wisdom Monastery and all events sponsored or co-sponsored by Holy Wisdom Monastery or the Benedictine Women of Madison,” according to a March 7 letter to priests leaked to the State Journal. 
... 
In 2000, the monastic Catholic sisters at the site welcomed a Protestant woman to live with them, a move that led them to seek independence from the Catholic Church. The Vatican approved their request in 2006. The monastery is now managed by the Benedictine Women of Madison, an ecumenical community led by Sister Mary David Walgenbach, who is Catholic. 
Morlino’s action highlights a longstanding beef some Catholics, especially those who are more tradition-minded, have with the monastery. The monastery’s worship services, they say, retain so many elements of a Mass that unsuspecting Catholics could be duped into thinking the services are valid representations of Catholic teaching. This is especially worrisome, they say, because the worship services diverge from church doctrine in profound ways, such as allowing women to preach and embracing the relationships of gay couples. 
“Holy Wisdom Monastery is perhaps best known among local Catholics for substantive rejection of the Catholic faith, so I would think priests or sisters should know they are not sending a good message if they attend events there,” said Elizabeth Durack of Madison, who attends the Cathedral Parish in Downtown Madison and has been vocal in encouraging “faithful Catholics” not to attend activities at the monastery. 
... 
Morlino, in his letter to priests, said it was his duty “to protect the integrity and unity of the faith.” There “is a grave potential for scandal and confusion among the faithful, owing to Holy Wisdom Monastery’s status as a former Catholic monastery,” he wrote. 
Read more: The Wisconsin State Journal 
Please remember to support Traditional Catholic charities (check out the Top 10 Charities for Traditional Catholics).  We must all work diligently in order to safeguard the Faith that is under attack from outside and inside the Holy Church.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014
Book Review: AA 1025: The Memoirs of an Anti-Apostle


Back in the 1960s the memoirs of a secret Communist agent were discovered by a French nurse named Marie Carre while attending to an auto accident in which the agent was killed. In his briefcase was found a set of biographical notes which she kept and read, and then decided to publish because of their extraordinary content. The end result is a little book entitled, AA 1025---The Memoirs of an Anti-Apostle, which reveals the sentiments and plans of this Communist who had deliberately entered the priesthood (along with over a thousand others) with the intention of subverting and destroying the Catholic Church from within. The following excerpt is taken from his notes:
"It was during those days that I launched on the market the program that would allow Catholics to be accepted by Protestants... I prophesied with assurance the suppression of Latin, of priestly vestments, of statues and images, of candles and prie-dieu (so that they could kneel no more). And I also started a very active campaign for the suppression of the Sign of the Cross. This Sign, and also genuflections, are all ridiculous customs. I also prophesied (and we were then in 1940) the disappearance of altars, replaced by a completely bare table, and also of all the crucifixes, in order that Christ be considered as a man, not as a God. I insisted that Mass be only a community meal, to which all would be invited, even unbelievers... I searched for the means of suppressing the Pope. I consoled myself by hoping that we would surely succeed in making him look foolish."

Over the past few days I finished this book and it is alarming what has happened in the past 50 years that the Communist, atheistic agents sought:


  • Emphasis on "the Lord's Supper" instead of "The Sacrifice"
  • The use of the Mass in vernacular
  • The abandonment of the High Altar for a bare table
  • Communion in the Hand
  • Less use of the phrase "Real Presence"
  • Communal Penance sessions
  • A New Canon that specifically included removing the reference to Christ's "Holy and Venerable hands"
  • Elimination of the talk of indulgences
  • A shift to the focus of the rights of man instead of the rights of God
  • The abandonment the original schema for Vatican II developed by Traditionalists like Archbishop Lefebvre
  • And much more
This short book is a testament that evil is real and in our midst and that the enemy can hide behind a facade of holiness, when in fact they seek to subvert the Church and create one world religion focused on man.  The best thing that we can do to resist this is to always hold true to the Traditions of our Fathers and reject all novelties.  The Communists would frequently mask their evil behind seemingly good intentions; but they knew that the consequence of their work would ultimately be detrimental to the Faith.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The Martyred Bishops of the Romanian Greek-Catholic Church United with Rome

https://www.amazon.com/Martyred-Bishops-Romanian-Greek-Catholic-Church/dp/0974729515/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=acatlif-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=V5U3TQKVJ2CCL3BQ&creativeASIN=0974729515
A few years ago I received a copy of "The Martyred Bishops of the Romanian Greek-Catholic Church United with Rome" by Peter-Michael Preble.  This week I was able to get around to reading the book.

It is a very quick read - only 79 total pages.  The book itself begins with presenting an overview of the persecution inflicted upon the Church by the Communists in Romania.  For those unfamiliar, the Communists had a false council called in which the Union with Rome from 1700 was allegedly broken.  In so doing, the Romanian Catholics would be forced to accept the puppet Orthodox Church that served the Communists.  But to legitimize this, the Communist regime needed a bishop of the Catholic Church to "convert."

"The Martyred Bishops of the Romanian Greek-Catholic Church United with Rome" presents the story of each of the bishops who, refusing to convert to the Orthodox-Communist sect, won the crown of martyrdom.  Some died while in prison.  Others were shot in the head.  Others died while in exile.  But all won the glorious crown of martyrdom. 

The book itself is a straight-forward and easy read.  You really feel connected with the Bishops whose zeal for the Truth and for the Catholic Church allowed them all to suffer with heroic courage.  One part that truly resonated with me was the following:
In prison the bishops, priests felt moments of indescribable joy.  They knew their heart was with God, whom they loved above all.  This grace renewed their courage and perseverance in following Christ, who "For the sake of the joy which lay before Him, endured the cross, heedless of its shame" (17)
I only wish the book ended with a history of what occurred in the years after Communism fell. Overall the book was inspiring and I am happy to recommend it.

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Monday, September 22, 2014
Massive Outpouring of Reparation for the "black mass" in Oklahoma City


In this video, we present a response effort organized by the priestly Society of St. Pius X here in the United States. After a Black Mass was publicly marketed in Oklahoma City to desecrate our Savior in the Blessed Sacrament, an outcry from Catholics resounded. In an effort to make reparation for this public offense, the SSPX displayed a spontaneous 900 faithful from multiple states. Watch this video to learn more of the SSPX's response. For more information, go to http://sspx.org/

It is simply outrageous that public space was used for a blasphemous mockery of the Catholic Religion. God is not mocked.  He will conquer.  The Immaculate Heart of our Lady will triumph.

The act of reparation hosted by the local Archbishop for the public satanic "black mass" was well attended in Oklahoma City. At 3:00 thousands of Catholics gathered at St. Francis Church for a holy hour, which included a procession and Benediction. About 1,200 people prayed at the Civic Center from 4:45 to 7:00 PM, as the "black mass" was perpetrated against God. At the end of the final rosary, a rainbow appeared over the skyline of Oklahoma City, it was a heavenly reminder of Our Lady's victory over Satan referenced in Genesis. "She shall crush his head." 


Taken from the SSPX Website:
Catholics of Tradition responded with extraordinary generosity to the calling of a crusade of reparation against the Satanic Black Mass in Oklahoma City. With only 9 days for notice and planning, 6 priests, 7 seminarians, a group of Franciscan sisters and almost 1,000 lay faithful from across the country converged on Oklahoma City on September 21.

A Solemn Mass was offered by Fr. Daniel Themann in a ballroom filled past capacity and with hundreds of faithful pouring out into the hotel foyer watching the Mass on live video feed. In his sermon, Fr. Themann reminded the faithful that a good soldier is motivated not by the hatred of that which is in front of him but by the love of that which is behind him. Condemning the Satanic blasphemy permitted by civil authorities to occur in the Civic Center, he also reminded the faithful of how each of us has also offended God. He echoed Fr. Wegner’s call for reparation.

Following Mass, the crowds moved through the hotel in profound silence to march to the gates of the Civic Center. Despite a predicted 80% chance of torrential rain, a blazing sun beat down on the procession as it wended its way through the city with the fifteen decades of the rosary and the Christus Vincit reverberating across town. The Knights and Honor Guard from St. Mary’s, Kansas led the column and a choir from La Salette Boys Academy from Olivet, Illinois sang the Mass and acted as gracious ushers.

Humanly-speaking such a result from Fr. Wegner’s call to arms would have been impossible in so short a time. Faithful came in a spirit of reparation from Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, and Pennsylvania with some chapels organizing chartered buses to make the trip.

Following the Mass and Rosary procession of reparation, the U.S. District provided lunch to the participants in the Sheraton Hotel where the Mass had been sung and in a local restaurant as the crowd exceeded the capacity of the hotel. The response of Tradition demonstrates how God can use even the most base and repulsive evil act to manifest His greatness. The clergy and faithful of the U.S. District joyfully served as His instrument in manifesting His omnipotence over the tiny forces of evil pathetically attempting to mock His power.


 For those unfamiliar with this whole issue, Fox News provides some details:
Protesters far outnumbered attendees of a Satanic 'black mass' held in Oklahoma City Sunday.

The Oklahoman newspaper reported that between 40 and 50 people attended the ritual, which was held in a small theater in the basement of the Oklahoma City Civic Center. The ceremony was led by Adam Daniels, a self-proclaimed Satanist, who had said that his group would tone down the ritual's more decadent elements to comply with state law.

Daniels told the Tulsa World prior to the ceremony that he would include a ritual denouncing Jesus Christ and stomp and spit on a wafer representing the Communion host. He added that private rituals conducted by his group featured sex, urine, and nudity.

Meanwhile, about 1,200 Roman Catholics crowded into St. Francis of Assisi Church to hear a holy hour prayer service led by Archbishop Paul S. Coakely. Those who couldn't get into the sanctuary filled an adjacent gym and cafeteria area, while approximately 400 others gathered outside to hear the service piped through speakers.

Coakley told attendees in his homily that Oklahoma City had been targeted by "dark forces," but noted that as Christians "we know that Christ conquered Satan. The war has been won, Christ has conquered, though skirmishes will continue until Christ comes to reign forever."

The service was followed by a procession to the Civic Center, where protesters from around the region had gathered to demonstrate against the Satanic ritual. Security had been stepped up for the event and Oklahoma City Police told KOKH-TV that someone had called in a bomb threat during the service. The Oklahoman reported that one woman was arrested after she knelt in front of one of the entrances to the Civic Center and refused to leave.  [May she be praised for her actions to defend our Lord.  She is the modern day Veronica from the Via Dolorosa]

Despite the outrage over the service, city officials said they would not block the ritual from going forward because the Civic Center is a public building.
Image Source: SSPX Website
For more images of this act of reparation, please click here.
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363 Cardinals and Bishops Who’ve Said the Latin Mass Since Summorum Pontificum



His Excellency, the Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago says the Traditional Mass, the Mass of the Ages

NOTE: THIS IS AN UPDATE TO MY PRIOR POST FROM 2012.

CLARIFICATION: THIS LIST CONTAINS BISHOPS WHO HAVE BEEN PRESENT AT THE TRADITIONAL MASS, PRESIDED AT THE THRONE, ADMINISTERED SACRAMENTS (E.G. CONFIRMATION) IN THE TRADITIONAL RITE, ETC.  IT DOES NOT MEAN EVERYONE OF THESE BISHOPS HAS SAID THE TRADITIONAL MASS.

Since the Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum of Pope Benedict XVI was put into effect in 2007 the following Bishops and Cardinals have celebrated the Immemorial Mass of All Ages. The Spanish blog Acción Litúrgica has compiled the following list.  H/T to The Eponymous Flower.

Some past articles of this blog covered the celebration of these Masses.  In those instances, I have linked the item below to the post with news, photos, and/or video of that Mass.

GERMANY: Cardinal Brandmüller (President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Historical Sciences).  Bishop Ackermann  (Bishop of Trier), Bishop Dick (Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Cologne), Bishop Hanke (Bishop of Eichsttät), König (Auxiliary Bishop of Paderborn), Bishop Mixa (Bishop of Augsburg),  Ostermann (Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Münster), Overbeck (Bishop of Essen), Zdarsa (Bishop of Augsburg), and Ziegelbauer (Auxiliary Bishop of Augsburg) .

ARGENTINA: Baseotto  (Bishop Emeritus Military of Argentina), Fenoy (Bishop of San Miguel), Laise (Bishop Emeritus of San Luis) and Sánchez Sorondo (Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences).

AUSTRALIA: Cardinal Pell (Archbishop of Sydney). Archbishops Coleridge (Archbishop of Brisbane), Hart (Archbishop of Melbourne), Hickey (Archbishop of Perth) and Wilson (Archbishop of Adelaide). Bishops Elliot (Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne), Grech (Bishop of Sandhurst, +2010), Jarrett (Bishop of Lismore), Long (Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne), Mathys (Bishop of Armidale), Porteus (Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney), Prowse (Bishop of Sale) and Tomlinson (Bishop of Sandhurst).

AUSTRIA: Cardinal Stickler (Archivist Emeritus of the Vatican, +2007). Bishop Laun (Auxiliary Bishop of Salzburg).

BELGIUM: Archbishop Leonard (Archbishop of Brussels and Primate of Belgium). Bishop Harpigny (Bishop of Tournai).

BENIN: Bishop N'Koue (Bishop of NATITINGOU).

BRAZIL: Archbishops Pena (Archbishop of Niterói, Emeritus in 2011), Rezende Dias (Archbishop of Niterói), Taveira Correa (Archbishop of Belem do Pará) and Tempesta (Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, created cardinal in 2014). Areas raffle Bishops (Bishop Apostolic Administration of St. John Vianney Marían), Bergamin (Bishop of Nova Iguaçu), Canindé Palhano (Bishop of Senhor do Bomfim), Costa Souza (Auxiliary Bishop of Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro), Da Silva ( Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Fortaleza), Da Silva Brito (Auxiliary Bishop of Rio de Janeiro) Forge Peace (Bishop of Campos dos Goytacazes), Homem De Castro (Auxiliary Bishop of Rio de Janeiro), Fontes de Matos (Bishop of Palmira dos Indios ) Guimarâes Gomez (Bishop Emeritus of Campos dos Goytacazes) Gouvêa Matosso (Bishop of Nova Friburgo), Marchiori (Bishop of Apucarana), Monteiro Guimarães (Bishop of Garanhuns), Lopes de Faria (Bishop Emeritus of Diamantina, +2009) Paixao (Auxiliary Bishop of Salvador-Bahía), Pestana Filho (Bishop Emeritus of Annapolis, +2011), Romer (Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Rio de Janeiro), Silva Matthes (Bishop Emeritus of Franca), Sivieri (Bishop of Propriá-Sergipe) Soares da Costa (Auxiliary Bishop of Aracaju) Stringhini (Bishop of Franca, now Bishop of Mogi das Cruzes), Ubiratan Lopez (Bishop of Itaguaí).

CANADA: Cardinals Collins (Archbishop of Toronto) and Lacroix (Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada). Archbishops Roussin (Archbishop of Vancouver, Emeritus in 2009), Miller (Archbishop of Vancouver), Prendergast (Archbishop of Ottawa). Bishops Blais (Auxiliary Bishop of Quebec), Daniels (Bishop of Grand Falls), Fabbro (Bishop of London, Ontario), LaRocque (Bishop Emeritus of Alexandria-Cornwall, Ontario),   Lemay (Auxiliary Bishop of Quebec [Now Bishop of Amos]).

CHILE: Cardinal Medina Estévez (Prefect Emeritus of Worship). Archbishop Piñera Carvallo (Archbishop Emeritus of La Serena). Duarte Garcia de Cortazar Bishops (Bishop of Valparaíso), Gleisner Wobbe (Auxiliary Bishop of La Serena), and González Errazuriz (Bishop of San Bernardo).

CHINA: Cardinal Tong Hon (Bishop of Hong Kong), Cardinal Zen (Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong).

COLOMBIA: Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos (em. President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission) Bishops Hurtado López (Bishop of Girardot) and Ramírez Gómez (Bishop Emeritus of Garzón, President of the Ecclesiastical Court).

CROATIA: Bishop Pozaic (Auxiliary Bishop of Zagreb).

DENMARK: Bishop Kozon (Bishop of Copenhagen).

ECUADOR : Bishop Pine Castle (Auxiliary Bishop of Portoviejo).

SLOVAKIA: Bezák Archbishop (Archbishop of Trnava).

SLOVENIA: Cardinal Rode (Prefect for Consecrated Life).

SPAIN: Cardinal Cañizares Llovera (Prefect for Divine Worship), Martínez Sistach (Archbishop of Barcelona), Herranz Casado (President Emeritus of the Council for Legislative Texts), and Navarrete Cortés (Rector Emeritus of the Pontifical Gregorian University, +2010). Archbishops Rodríguez Plaza (Archbishop of Toledo and Primate of Spain), and Ureña Pastor (Archbishop of Zaragoza). Bishops: Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru (Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts) Cases Andreu (Bishop of Canarias), Fernández González (Bishop of Córdoba), Iceta Gavicagogeascoa (Bishop of Bilbao), Martínez Camino (Auxiliary Bishop of Madrid and Secretary the Spanish Episcopal) Conference and Yanguas Sanz (Bishop of Cuenca).

UNITED STATES: Cardinals Baum (Major Penitentiary Emeritus), Burke (Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura), DiNardo (Archbishop of Galveston-Houston), Egan (em. Archbishop of New York), Foley (Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, + 2011), George (Archbishop of Chicago), Levada (Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Emeritus in 2012), O 'Malley (Archbishop of Boston) and Wuerl (Archbishop of Washington). Archbishops Apuron (Archbishop of Agana), Aquila (Archbishop of Denver), Brown (Titular Archbishop of Aquileia and Papal Nuncio in Ireland), Brunett (Archbishop of Seattle, Emeritus in 2010), Carlson (Archbishop of Saint Louis), Coakley (Archbishop of Oklahoma), Di Noia (Vice President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei), Hugues (Archbishop Emeritus of New Orleans), Kurtz (Archbishop of Louisville), Lucas (Archbishop of Omaha), Myers (Archbishop of Newark), Nienstedt ( Archbishop of Sain Paul and Minneapolis), Pilarczyk (Archbishop Emeritus of Cicinnati), Sartain (Archbishop of Seattle), Vigneron (Archbishop of Detroit) and Wenski (Archbishop of Miami). Bishops Backer (Bishop of Birmingham), Bambera (Bishop of Scranton), Barber (Bishop of Oakland), Barres (Bishop of Allentown) , Bevard (Bishop of Saint Thomas), Blair (Bishop of Toledo, Ohio), B oyea (Bishop Lansing), Bruskewitz (Bishop of Lincoln, now emeritus), Burbidge (Bishop of Raleigh), Caggiano (Bishop of Bridgeport), Callahan (Bishop of LaCrosse), Conley (Auxiliary Bishop of Denver, now Bishop of Lincoln), Conlon ( Bishop of Jolliet) Cordileone (Bishop of Oakland, appointed Archbishop of San Francisco in 2012), Cotta (Auxiliary Bishop of Sacramento), Cummins (Bishop Emeritus of Oakland), D'Arcy (Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend), Dewane (Bishop of Venice), Di Lorenzo (Bishop of Richmond), DiMarzio (Bishop of Brooklynn), Doran (Bishop of Rockford, Emeritus in 2012), Elizondo (Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle), Etienne (Bishop of Cheyenne), Farrell (Bishop Dallas), Finn (Bishop of Kansas City), Foley (Bishop Emeritus of Birmingham), Foys (Bishop of Covington) Gainer (Bishop of Lexington, appointed Bishop of Harrisburg in 2014), García (Bishop of Monterey), Gelineau ( Bishop Emeritus of Providence), Hanchon (Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit), Hermann (Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Louis), Hying (Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee), Hurley (Bishop of Grand Rapids), Jugis (Bishop of Charlotte), Keleher (Bishop Emeritus Kansas City), Kicanas (Bishop of Tucson), Libasci (Bishop of Manchester), Loverde (Arlington Bishop), Madera Uribe (Bishop Emeritus of Fresno), Matano (Bishop of Burlington, in 2014 Bishop of Rochester), McFadden ( Bishop of Harrisburg, +2013), McManus (Bishop of Worcester), Morlino (Bishop of Madison), Mulvee (Bishop Emeritus of Providence), Murphy (Bishop of Rockville Centre), Nevares (Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix), O'Connell ( Bishop of Trenton), Olmsted (Bishop of Phoenix), Paprocki (Bishop of Springfield, Illinois), Parkes (Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee), Perry (Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago), Provost (Bishop of Lake Charles), Reiss (Auxiliary Bishop Detroit), Rhoades (Bishop of Harrisburg, now Fort Wayne-South Bend), Rice (Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Louis), Ricken (Bishop of Green Bay), Sample (Bishop of Marquette, now Bishop of Portland), Serratelli ( Bishop of Paterson), Silva (Bishop of Honolulu), Slattery (Bishop of Tulsa), Timlin (Bishop Emeritus of Scranton), Tobin (Bishop of Providence), Waltersheid (Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh), and Van Johnston (Bishop of Springfield, Missouri).

PHILIPPINES: Archbishops Argüelles (Archbishop of Lipa), Lagdameo (Archbishop of Jaro), and Palma (Archbishop of Cebu). Escaler Bishops (Bishop Emeritus of Ipil), De Gregorio (Administrator of the Prelature of Batanes) Hobayan (Bishop Emeritus of Cazarman), Tobias (Bishop of Novaliches) and Vergara (Bishop of Pasig).

FRANCE: Cardinal Barbarin (Archbishop of Lyon), Ricard (Archbishop of Bordeaux) and Ving-Trois (Archbishop of Paris and President of the French Episcopal Conference). Archbishops Aubertin (Archbishop of Tours), Bacque (Nuncio in Holland), Carré (Archbishop of Montpellier), Cattenoz (Archbishop of Avignon), D'Ornellas (Archbishop of Rennes), Le Gall (Archbishop of Toulouse), Madec (Archbishop Emeritus Toulon), Maillard (Archbishop of Bourges), Thomazeau (Archbishop of Montpellier, retired in 2011) and Wintzer (Archbishop of Poitiers). Aillet Bishops (Bishop of Bayonne), Aumonier (Bishop of Versailles), Bagnard (Bishop of Belley-Ars), Batut (Auxiliary Bishop of Lyon), Beau (Auxiliary Bishop of Paris), Benoît Gonnin (Bishop of Beavois, Noyon and Senlis), Boivineau (Bishop of Annecy), Bonfils (Bishop Emeritus of Apostolic Administrator of Nice and Ajaccio), Brouwet (Auxiliary Bishop of Nanterre, appointed Bishop of Tarbes-Lourdes in 2012), Castet (Bishop of Luçon), Centene (Bishop Vannes), De Dinechin (Auxiliary Bishop of Paris), De Germay (Bishop of Ajaccio), De Kerimel (Bishop of Grenoble), Delmas (Bishop of Angers), Dubost (Bishop of Evry), Dufour (Bishop of Limoges) Fikart (Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Paris), Fort (Bishop of Orleans), Gaschignard (Bishop of Aire and Dax), Ginoux (Bishop of Montauban), Fréchard (Bishop Emeritus of Auch), Gaidon (Bishop Emeritus of Cahors, +2011) Guillaume (Bishop Emeritus of Saint-Dié), Herbreteau (Bishop of Agen), Kalist (Bishop of Limoges), Kratz (Auxiliary Bishop of Strasbourg), Le Bègue Germiny (Bishop of Blois), Lebrun (Bishop of Saint-Etienne ), Mathieu (Bishop of Saint-Dié), Nahmias (Auxiliary Bishop of Paris, now Bishop of Meaux), Pansard (Bishop of Chartres), King (Bishop of Frejus-Toulon), Riocreux (Bishop of Pontoise), Scherrer (Bishop Laval) and Séguy (Bishop Emeritus of Autun).

GABON: Mvé Engone Archbishop (Archbishop of Libreville). Bishop Madega Lebouankenham (Bishop of Mouila).

EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Bishop Nsué Edjang (Bishop of Ebebiyin).

HAITI: Gayot Archbishop (Archbishop Emeritus of Cap-Haitien, +2010).

HUNGARY: Bishops Farhat (Nuncio to Austria) and Lajos Varga (Auxiliary Bishop of Vác).

ITALY: Cardinal Antonelli (Archbishop of Florence, retired in 2008), Bagnasco (Archbishop of Genoa), Bartolucci (Choirmaster Emeritus of the Sistine Chapel), Caffarra (Archbishop of Bologna), De Paolis (Prefect of Economic Affairs), Piovanelli (Archbishop Emeritus of Florence), Poggi (Librarian Emeritus of the Holy See, +2010), Scola (Archbishop of Venice). Archbishops Accerbi (Prelate of the Order of Malta), Appignanesi (Archbishop Emeritus of Potenza), Bassetti (Archbishop of Perugia, created cardinal in 2014), Berloco (Apostolic Nuncio in Belgium), Betori (Archbishop of Florence), Boccardo (Archbishop of Spoleto-Norcia), Brugnaro (Archbishop of Camerino-San Severino), Crepaldi (Archbishop of Trieste), De Magistris (Major Penitentiary Emeritus), Fisichella (Titular Archbishop of Vicohabentia and President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization ), Molinari (Archbishop of L'Aquila), Negri (Archbishop of Ferrara) and Pozzo (Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei and Titular Archbishop of Bagnoregio). Bishops Ambrose (Bishop of Piacenza), Cancian (Bishop of Città di Castello), Cerrato (Bishop of Ivrea), Fisichella (President of the Pontifical Academy for Life), Giovanetti (Bishop of Fiesole, retired in 2010), Giusti (Bishop Livorno), Lambiasi (Bishop of Rimini), Miglio (Bishop of Ivrea, now Archbishop of Cagliari), Mistrorigo (Bishop emeritus of Treviso), Oliveri (Bishop of Albenga-Imperia), Rabitti (Bishop of Ferrara), Raspanti (Bishop Acireale), Ravignani (Bishop Emeritus of Trieste), Reali (Bishop of Porto-Santa Rufina), Scanavino (Bishop of Orvieto), Sciacca (Secretary to the Government of the Vatican State, now Deputy Secretary of the Apostolic Signatura), Sigismondi (Bishop Foligno), Tardelli (Bishop of San Miniato), Zenti (Bishop of Verona) and Zuppi (Auxiliary Bishop of Rome).

IRELAND: Martin (Archbishop of Dublin). Bishop Magee (Bishop of Cobh) and Moriarty (Bishop Emeritus of Kildare and Leighlin).

KAZAKHSTAN: Bishop Schneider (Auxiliary Bishop of Astana).

LIECHTENSTEIN: Haas Archbishop (Archbishop of Vaduz).

LITHUANIA: Bishop Bartulis (Bishop of Siauliai).

MEXICO: Cardinal Sandoval Iñiguez (Archbishop Emeritus of Guadalajara). Archbishop Suárez Inda (Archbishop of Morelia). Bishops González González (Auxiliary Bishop of Guadalajara) and Gutiérrez Valencia (Auxiliary Bishop of Guadalajara).

MONACO: Archbishop Barsi (Archbishop of Monaco).

NIGERIA: Cardinal Arinze (Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship). Ochiagha Bishops (Bishop Emeritus of Orlu), and Tochukwu Ukwuoma (Bishop of Orlu).

NEW ZEALAND: Bishop Basil Meeking (Bishop Emeritus of Christchurch).

NETHERLANDS: Bishop Punt (Bishop of Haarlem-Amsterdam), and Van Burgsteden (Bishop Emeritus of Haarlem-Amsterdam).

PARAGUAY: Bishop Livieres (Bishop of Ciudad del Este).

POLAND: Cardinal Dziwisz (Archbishop of Krakow) and Nycz (Archbishop of Warsaw). Archbishops Golebiewski (Archbishop of Wroclaw, Emeritus in 2013), and Zycinski (Archbishop of Lublin, + 2011). Bishops Balcerek (Auxiliary Bishop of Poznań), Cieslik (Auxiliary Bishop of Koszalin-Kolobrzeg), Czaja (Bishop of Opole), Depo (Bishop of Zamosc-Lubaczow, since 2012 Archbishop of Czestochowa ), Dziuba (Bishop of Lowicz) Gorny ( Bishop of Rzeszów, Emeritus in 2013), Malysiak (Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Krakow), Mizinski (Auxiliary Bishop of Lublin), Pieronek (Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Sosnowieck), Rys (Auxiliary Bishop of Krakow), Stobrawa (Auxiliary Bishop of Opole) , Szkodon (Auxiliary Bishop of Krakow) and Watroba (Bishop of Rzeszów) .

PORTUGAL: Faria Bishop (Bishop Emeritus of Funchal).

PUERTO RICO: Bishops Corrada del Rio (Bishop of Mayagüez), and Torres Oliveira (Bishop Emeritus of Ponce, +2012).

UK: Cardinal O'Brien (Edinburgh Archbishop and Primate of Scotland, retired in 2013). Archbishops Conti (Archbishop of Glasgow), Longley (Archbishop of Birmingham), McDonald (Archbishop Emeritus of Southwark) and Stack (Archbishop of Cardiff). Bishops Arnold (Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, London), Brain (Bishop of Salford), Brainey (Bishop of Middlesbrough), Campbell (Bishop of Lancaster), Cunnigham (Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle), Davies (Bishop of Shewsbury), Doyle (Bishop of Northampton), Drainey (Bishop of Middlesbrough), Egan (Bishop of Portsmouth), Gilbert (Bishop of Aberdeen), Hopes (Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, London), Kenney (Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham), McGough (Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham), McMahon (Bishop of Nottingham), Moran (Bishop of Aberdeen), Pargeter (Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Birmingham), Sherrington (Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, London), and Williams (Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool).

CZECH REPUBLIC: Bishop Baxant (Bishop of Litomerice).

RUSSIA: Archbishop Pezzi (Archbishop of the Diocese of Mary Mother of God).

SINGAPORE: Archbishop Goh Seng Chye (Archbishop of Singapore).

SRI LANKA: Cardinal Ranjith (Archbishop of Colombo).

SWITZERLAND: Bishops Farine (Auxiliary Bishop of Lausanne), Genoud (Bishop of Lausanne and Fribourg, +2010), Huonder (Bishop of Chur) and Perisset (Nuncio in Germany).

Bishops of the Society of St. Pius X: Fellay, De Galarreta, Tissier de Mallerais and Williamson.
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Sunday, September 21, 2014
Litany to the Old Testament Saints


Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.

God of Abraham,
Have mercy on us.

God of Bethel,
Have mercy on us.

Mighty One of Jacob,
Have mercy on us.

God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
Have mercy on us.

God Almighty,
Have mercy on us.

God the Most High,
Have mercy on us.


Archangel Michael,
Pray for us.

Archangel Gabriel,
Pray for us.

Archangel Raphael,
Pray for us.

All you holy angels and archangels,
Pray for us.

Noah,
Pray for us.

All you holy people before the flood,
Pray for us.

Abraham,
Pray for us.

Isaac,
Pray for us.

Jacob,
Pray for us.

Joseph,
Pray for us.

All you holy patriarchs,
Pray for us.

Aaron,
Pray for us.

All you holy priests,
Pray for us.

Moses,
Pray for us.

Joshua,
Pray for us.

All you holy leaders,
Pray for us.

David,
Pray for us.

All you holy kings,
Pray for us.

Job,
Pray for us.

Tobit,
Pray for us.

All you holy men,
Pray for us.

Sarah,
Pray for us.

Rebecca,
Pray for us.

Rachel,
Pray for us.

Miriam,
Pray for us.

Deborah,
Pray for us.

Ruth,
Pray for us.

Hannah,
Pray for us.

Judith,
Pray for us.

Esther,
Pray for us.

All you holy women,
Pray for us.

Samuel,
Pray for us.

Jeremiah,
Pray for us.

Ezekiel,
Pray for us.

Daniel,
Pray for us.

Malachias,
Pray for us.

Elijah,
Pray for us.

Elisha,
Pray for us.

Isaias,
Pray for us.

All you holy prophets,
Pray for us.

Abel,
Pray for us.

Eleazar,
Pray for us.

Ananias,
Pray for us.

Azarias,
Pray for us.

Misael,
Pray for us.

All you holy martyrs and heroic witnesses,
Pray for us.

All you holy men and women, Old Testament saints of God,
Make intercession for us.

Be merciful,
Spare us, O Lord.

Be merciful,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.

From all evil,
O Lord, deliver us.

From all sin,
O Lord, deliver us.

From breaking Your Commandments,
O Lord, deliver us.

From falling away from the Faith,
From doubting Your Word,
O Lord, deliver us.

From denying Your Name,
O Lord, deliver us.

From fear of proclaiming Your Name,
O Lord, deliver us.

From lack of sincere repentance,
O Lord, deliver us.

From losing hope,
O Lord, deliver us.

From fear of fraternal correction,
O Lord, deliver us.

From doubt of Your Power,
O Lord, deliver us.

From all false desires,
O Lord, deliver us.

From lack of zeal in Your service,
O Lord, deliver us.

We sinners,
We implore You, hear us.

That we continue to walk by faith,
We implore You, hear us.

That we witness to You regardless of human respect,
We implore You, hear us.

That we grow in love for Your Holy Word,
We implore You, hear us.

That we appreciate the blessing of having children,
We implore You, hear us.

That we overcome evil by the power of good,
We implore You, hear us.

That we who have more respond more,
We implore You, hear us.

That the Jewish nation will recognize You,
We implore You, hear us.

That all non-Christians will come to the Light,
We implore You, hear us.

That You would give eternal rest to the faithful departed,
We implore You, hear us.

That You would grant my special intention,
We implore You, hear us.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us. Amen.
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Saturday, September 20, 2014
Fr. Goffine in "The Church's Year" for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost

See the Mass readings for this Sunday by clicking here.

The Introit of the Mass is a fervent prayer; which may be said in every necessity and adversity:

INTROIT Bow down thine ear, O Lord; to me, and hear me: save thy servant, O my God, that hopeth in thee: have mercy on me, O Lord, for I have cried to thee all the day. Give joy to the soul of thy servant: for to thee, O Lord, I have lifted up my soul. (Ps. 85) Glory, etc.

COLLECT Let Thy continued pity, O Lord, cleanse and defend Thy Church: and because without Thee it cannot abide in safety, govern it ever by Thy gift. Through, etc.

EPISTLE (Gal. 5:25, 26; 6:1-10) Brethren, If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be made desirous of vain-glory, provoking one another, envying one another. Brethren, and if a man be overtaken in any fault, you, who are spiritual, instruct such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so you shall fulfil the law of Christ. For if any man think himself to be something, whereas he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let everyone prove his own work, and so he shall have glory in himself only, and not in another. For every one shall bear his own burden. And let him that is instructed in the word, communicate to him that instructeth him, in all good things.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for what things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap. For he that soweth in his flesh, of the flesh also shall reap corruption: but he that soweth in the spirit, of the spirit shall reap life everlasting. And in doing good, let us not fail: for in due time we shall reap, not failing. Therefore, whilst we have time, let us work good to all men, but especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

EXPLANATION This epistle is taken, like that of the Sunday before last, from the epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians, in which St. Paul shows them the insufficiency of the Jewish law, and that they can only be saved by a lively faith in Christ, but now he admonishes them to the performance of good works. You now live, he tells them, in the Spirit, that is, the Holy Ghost animates your heart by His grace, enlightens, confirms, and inflames you, admonishes and teaches you, impels your heart to do good; you must, therefore, also regulate your external conduct accordingly, and in particular devote yourself to the practice of humility and charity, as the foundations of a truly spiritual life. Humility must teach and move you to think little of yourself, to avoid vain glory, and not to confide in your own strength.

But charity should impel you to be meek and compassionate to all, even sinners, to correct them charitably, and lead them back to the path of virtue; since he who is harsh to the erring, despises and treats them roughly, is often permitted by God to fall into the same, nay, even into greater sins. Particularly you must show your charity one for another, that one bears the burdens of the other: that you bear the faults and imperfections of others just as patiently as you wish others to bear with your own imperfections; thus you will fulfil the law of Christ, which commands us to love our neighbor; you will prevent many sins which are occasioned by considering yourself perfect, raising yourself above others, criticizing their failings, and causing disturbance. True glory consists in knowing ourselves, our faults and evil inclinations, and in eradicating them.

Be grateful to those who instruct you in the word of God, and give to them willingly of your earthly possessions. What you sow, you shall reap; if you only follow the dictates of the flesh, do not mortify yourself, do not correct your failings, and indulge your sinful appetites, you will one day reap death, destruction and damnation, whereas, on the contrary, if you follow the dictates of the Holy Ghost, you will reap of the Spirit of life.

Let us obey this doctrine, for it is of interest to us, and impress deeply on our heart that without mortification of body and soul we cannot be saved.

ASPIRATION O, St. Paul! beg of God the grace for me, that I may always walk in humility, and the love of my neighbor, particularly in bearing with his imperfections and failings, and thus fulfil the law of Christ in this as in all things.

GOSPEL (Luke 7:11-16) At that time, Jesus went into a city called Naim: and there went with him his disciples, and a great multitude. And when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold a dead man was carried out, the only, son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a great, multitude of the city was with her. Whom when the Lord had seen, being moved with mercy towards her, said to her: Weep not. And he came near, and touched the bier. And they that carried it stood still. And he said: Young man, I say to thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on them all; and they glorified God, saying: A great prophet is risen up amongst us, and God hath visited his people.

Why did Christ show compassion to this widow?

To convince us that God takes sorrowful and destitute widows under His protection; and is to them a consoler and helper; and to teach us to do the same. Woe, therefore, to those who oppress them and cause them to weep. The tears and cries of widows will ascend to God, who will terribly punish the injuries inflicted upon them. (Exod 22:22, 23)

Christ had still other reasons for compassion, for He saw in this deceased youth the death of sinners, and in the afflicted mother the pain which the Church experiences at the spiritual loss of so many of her children. Should this not also awaken our sympathy since it was the principal cause which moved our Savior to compassion. If we are faithful children of our mother, the Church, it is impossible for us not to share her sorrow, and we would surely not be her children, if we could contemplate without sorrow the multitude who daily die the death of sin, and thus separated from the living body of Christ, hasten to eternal destruction. O let us with the Church unceasingly, ask Jesus, that He raise sinners from their spiritual death, enlighten those in error so that all recognize the truth, find, and walk the path Which leads to life !

Why did Christ say to the widow: Weep not?

He wished to moderate her excessive sorrow, and to teach us that we should not mourn for the loss of our relatives, like the heathens who have no hope of resurrection to eternal life. (Thess. 4:16) Resignation to the will of God, with prayer and good works, will be of more use to the dead than many tears.

What else do we learn from this gospel?

That no one, however young and healthy, will escape death, wherefore we should always be prepared to die.

Instruction concerning death

IF there were locked up in prison several hundred persons, on whom sentence of death had irrevocably been pronounced, yet who knew not the day or hour of their execution; if one after the other, and often he who least expected it, were taken out to be executed; would not each one's heart tremble, whenever the prison door opened? Now the irrevocable sentence of death is pronounced on us all; we are all locked up in our bodies, as in a prison; (Ps. 114:8) one after the other is called hence, yet we do not regard it. We live as though we could live forever; we think only of the body, but for the soul nothing is done, except that we load it with sins and vices.

Is this rational? The body will be food for worms, but the soul (without knowing when) will travel into the house of eternity, to which place she must bring treasures of good works, in order to live happy for ever. Who would, therefore, be so foolish as to care only for the body during life, and neglect the salvation of the soul?

O man, says St. Francis of Sales, (Phil. part 1, chap. 13.) represent to yourself in lively colors, that at your death the world will cease to exist with respect to you. In that last hour the pleasures, the vanities, the riches, the honors, the friendships, and all that was dear to you, will disappear before your eyes as so many shadows. O fool that I am! you will then say, for what trifles and fooleries have I lost all! On the contrary, piety, good works, penance, etc., will appear pleasant to you, and you will exclaim: O, why did I not travel on this blessed road! Then the sins which you now consider as mere trifles, will seem to you like mountains, and all that you thought you had accomplished as, great things, with regard to piety, will seem to you very little.

What terrible fear will then seize your soul, when she must travel alone into the bottomless abyss of eternity which, as St. Bernard says, devours all possible, imaginable ages, and of which St. Gregory says, that we can easier say what it is not than what it is. What terrors will befall her, when she must appear before the tribunal of that God whom she never really loved and honored in her life-time and before whom she must now give the strictest account, and hear an irrevocable and just sentence!

Should not these thoughts make an impression upon you? How can you escape this terrible future? By living now, as you would wish to have lived at the hour of death. Die daily with St. Paul by crucifying the flesh and its lusts and by voluntarily withdrawing your heart from the world, its pomps and vanities, before death will do this by violence.

RESOLUTION O world! because I cannot know the hour, in which I must leave you, I will not be attached to you. O you dear friends and relatives, you, too, I will in future love only with a holy inclination, directed to God, which will not cease with death, but remain forever. O Lord! help me, that I may die totally to myself and the world, and live only for Thee, and partake of eternal happiness.


Instruction on the ceremonies used at funerals

"Behold, a dead man was carried out, the only son of his mother, and a great multitude of the city was with her." (Luke 7:12)

Of these people who accompanied the funeral of the youth, we should learn to pay the last honors to the dead, and follow their bodies to the grave. This is a meritorious work, one pleasing to God, if it be not performed from vanity and self-interest, but for love of God and the deceased, with the charitable intention of assisting him by prayers. Therefore those do very wrong, who from worldly motives either omit this good work entirely, or during the funeral procession indulge in idle talk and deny the deceased even a short prayer.

Why is a cross carried before the corpse?

By this is indicated that the deceased during life professed Christ, died believing in Him, and hoping for resurrection through Him.

Why are lighted candles carried before the bier?

To represent the desire of the Church that the deceased through the grace of God may be received into eternal light. This custom is very ancient; wax-candles and torches, together with prayer and great solemnity were made use of at the burial of St. Cyprian who was beheaded for Christ's sake, in the year 258 after Christ. (P. Theodorici Ruinart, Acta Martyrum: Acta SS. Firmi et Rustici)

Why are the coffin and the grave sprinkled with holy water?

In order, as St. Thomas of Aquinas (Lib. iii. art. 21.) remarks, to implore God, on account of the prayers which the Church says when she blesses the water, that the souls of the faithful may be cleansed from all stains, and may receive consolation and refreshment in the tortures which they may still have to suffer.

Why are the body and the grave incensed?

By this the Church indicates that the deceased by his Christian vocation was a good odor of Christ (II Cor. 2:14, 15), and admonishes the faithful that their prayers should ascend like incense to heaven for the deceased.

Why are psalms and other sacred canticles sung?

This is done to remind us of the teaching of St. Paul, (I Thess. 4:12) not to be excessively sorrowful for the loss of the deceased, like the heathens who have no hope of eternal life. We also signify, thereby, that we congratulate the dead for the peace which they now enjoy. (Apoc. 14:13) This custom, as St. Jerome shows, (Ep. 53) is derived from the apostles, who interred St. Stephen, singing psalms and hymns of praise.

Why are the bells rung?

To invite the faithful to the funeral and to pray for the dead who, during lifetime, was called very often by the same bells, prayed with and for us during religious worship, and who is not separated from us by death.

Why are the bodies of the faithful buried with the head towards the East, and those of the priests towards the West?

The faithful are buried towards the East, whence the sun rises, to indicate, that they are waiting for Christ who is called the Orient from on High, (Luke 1:78) and whose voice they will hear at the end of the world, when He calls them to the resurrection; the priests towards the West, as a sign that on the day of judgment they will be placed opposite to the souls confided to them, to give an account of their charge and to bear judgment for or against them.

Why is a cross or monument erected aver the grave?
To show that the deceased was a follower of Christ, the Crucified, to admonish the passers-by to pray for him, and to remind us of the solemn moment of death.

Why is the body laid in consecrated ground?

This is done through reverence for the bodies of the dead which are, by baptism, temples of the Holy Ghost; to show that, even in death, they still belong to the communion of that holy Church, in which they were embodied during life by baptism, and to which they clung in faith even until death; to inspire the surviving with a holy fear lest they profane graves.

Why is the solemn funeral service of the Church denied to heretics?

Because they would not belong to the Church during life, and despised the holy customs and prayers of the Church for the dead. How should the blessing and prayer of the Church be useful in death to one who despised them during life.

Why does not the Church permit criminals and suicides to be buried on consecrated ground?

In order to express her horror for the crimes perpetrated by them, and to deter the faithful from committing similar actions.
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Friday, September 19, 2014
Cardinal George Will Be Succeeded by Bishop Blase Cupich

BREAKING NEWS: Cardinal George Replacement Will Be Succeeded by Blase Cupich of the Diocese of Spokane, Washington.

Three pieces of immediate interest to this blog's readers:

1. Back in 2002, Bishpo Cupich severely restricted the Latin Mass community in his diocese of Rapid City by locking them out of their Church during the Triduum.  Source: Rapid City Journal

2. Bishop Cupich had in Spokane prohibited priests and others from praying outside of abortion clinics and severely hurt the pro-life cause.  Source: The Orate Fratres

3. He has not celebrated the Traditional Latin Mass.

Prayers are very much in order.



While some may praise Bishop Cupich’s appointment, I’m skeptical.  The Catholic Church is not a democracy.  We believe the Church to be God’s instrument on earth, although led by imperfect people.  Committed Catholics like me want a traditional Church to take root in Chicago.  We want the Latin Mass.  We want traditional doctrine.  We want charitable works to help the poor, marginalized, and sinners.  I pray that Bishop Cupich be a force for what is truly good – not another modernist who waters down Catholic Dogma to make friends.
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