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  • Father Lawrence Smith continues with his series of poetic reflections of the Way of the Cross which he composed for readers of The Daily Catholic to enhance our meditation along with a pertinent scriptural reading to read and contemplate in making the rest of Passion Week and the ensuing Holy Week leading to the Paschal Triduum ever more meaningful. Today we feature the Fifth Station Via Crucis
  • Gabriel Garnica laments that the producers of one of the more vile films of the past is being brought back 25 years later to further stink up the present and to belittle the greatness of 'The Passion of The Christ'. This aberration is the foul film 'Life of Brian' full of blasphemy and sacrilege in satirical, mean manner of mocking Christ and His Gospel. When will this excrement be recognized for what it really is, satan's own waste. Gabriel asks How Long, O Lord?!
  • Catharine Lamb provides the third part of her series on the "Abandoned Saints of the Canon of the Mass" in better identifying who these holy souls are and why they are perpetually invoked at the Nobis quoque peccatoribus. What is sad and all the more a glaring evidence of the fact that the Mass of the New Order as given by Paul VI in no way resembles the True Apostolic Mass as said in Latin for so many centuries. Today Catharine features four more saints Ignatio, Alexandro, Marcellino, et Petro in Abandoned Saints Part Three
  • FRIDAY      April 2, 2004      Volume 15, no. 93

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    Mel's movie surges to number one in five categories as it continues to amaze with nearly $319 mil. Were it not for 'The Passion of The Christ' Hollywood would lose big! Mel is the cornerstone which the builders have rejected as Hollywood begins to rethink their structure and hopefully its collective soul. See Will Hollywood be grateful that Jesus Saves?
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    Cyndi Cain sends out a heartfelt, urgent plea for financial help for this ministry during this time of almsgiving as we encounter difficult times which have greatly depleted funds. We don't ask often, but now we have no choice left. She entreats the readers to remember The Daily Catholic during this time of Passiontide in her short "Symphony of Suffering" column CHRIST'S HEART BLEEDS
  • Terence Jeffrey wonders if the bishops of the United States will have the guts to challenge John Kerry as the issue of right and wrong, Church and State, Sin and Rights come to the surface. It is nothing new, but with Kerry cast into the limelight as the Democratic presidential candidate, every welt and scar will be exposed. How can the bishops not do something? That's one of Jeffrey's questions in his Townhall column Will the bishops confront Kerry?
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    Stabat Mater

        Stabat Mater dolorosa,
        Juxta crucem lacrimosa,
        Dum pendebat Filius.

      At the cross her station keeping,
      Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
      Close to Jesus to the last.

        Cujus animam gemendtem,
        Constristatam et dolentem,
        Pertransivit gladius.

      Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
      All his bitter anguish bearing,
      Now at length the sword had pass'd.

        O quam tristis et afflicta
        Fuit illa benedicta
        Mater Unigeniti!

      Oh, how sad and sore distress'd
      Was that Mother, highly blest
      Of the sole-begotten One!

        Quae maerebat, et dolebat,
        Pia Mater dum videbat
        Nati poenas inclyti.

      Christ above in torment hangs;
      She beneath beholds the pangs
      of her dying glorious Son.

        Quis est homo; qui non fieret,
        Matrem Christi si videret
        In tanto supplicio?

      Is there one who would not weep
      Whelmi'd in miseries so deep
      Christ's dear Mother to behold.

        Quis non posset contristari,
        Christi Matrem contemplari
        Dolentem cum Filio?

      Can the human heart refrain
      From partaking in her pain,
      in that Mother's pain untold?

        Pro peccatis suae gentis
        Vidit Jesum in tormentis
        Et flagellis subditum.

      Bruis'd, derided, curs'd, defil'd,
      She beheld her tender Child:
      All with bloody scourges rent.

        Vidit suum dulcem natum
        Moriendo desolatum,
        Dum emfsit spiritum.

      For the sins of His own nation,
      Saw Him hang in desolation,
      Till His spirit forth He sent.

        Eia Mater, fons amoris,
        Me sentire vim doloris
        Fac, ut tecum lugeam.

      O thou Mother! Font of love!
      Touch my spirit from above;
      Make my heart with thine accord.

        Fac ut ardeat cor meum
        In amando Christum Deum,
        Ut sibi complaceam.

      Make me feel as thou hast felt;
      Make my soul to glow and melt
      With the love of Christ our Lord.

        Sancta Mater, istud agas,
        Crucifixi fige plagas
        Cordi meo valide.

      Holy Mother! Pierce me through;
      In my heart each wound renew
      Of my Savior crucified.

        Tui nati vulnerati,
        Tam dignati pro me pati,
        Poenas mecum divide.

      Let me share with thee His pain,
      Who for all my sins was slain,
      Who for me in torments died.

        Fac me tecum pie flere,
        Crucifixo condolere,
        Donec ego vixero.

      Let me mingle tears with thee,
      Mourning Him who mounr'd for me,
      All the days that I may life.

        Juxta crucem tecum stare,
        Et me tibi sociare
        In planctu desidero.

      By the cross with thee to stay,
      There with thee to weep and pray,
      Is all I ask of thee to give.

        Virgo Virginum praeclara,
        Mihi jam non sis amara:
        Fac me tecum plangere.

      Virgin of all virgins best,
      Listen to my fond request:
      Let me share thy grief divine.

        Fac ut portem Christi mortem,
        Passionis fac consortem,
        Et plagas recolere.

      Let me, to my latest breath,
      in my body bear the death
      Of that dying Son of thine.

        Fac me plagis vulnerari
        Fac me cruce inebriari,
        Et cruore Filii.

      Wounded with His every wound,
      steep my soul till it hath swoon'd
      In His very blood away.

        Flammis ne urar succensus.
        Per te, Virgo, sim defenses,
        In die jucidii.

      Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
      Lest in flames I burn and die,
      In His awful Judgment day.

        Christe, cum sit hinc exire,
        Da per Matrem me venire
        Ad palmam victoriae.

      Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
      Be Thy Mother my defense,
      Be Thy cross my victory.

        Quando corpus morietur,
        Fac ut animae donetur
        Paradisi gloria. Amen.

      While my body here decays,
      May my soul Thy goodness praise,
      Safe in Paradise with Thee. Amen.

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    Today:
    Gabriel's Clarion
    Gabriel Garnica is righteously upset that in this most holiest and somber of seasons the obscene, blasphemous, and sacrilegious film Life of Brian is being re-released into theaters to compete with Mel Gibson's masterpiece 'The Passion of The Christ' in a most mocking form. The irreverence which the anti-Catholic group Monty Python showed 25 years ago has not subsided as they have approved this action which should not only outrage Catholics, but, as Gabriel points out, should have Jews incensed. He wonders if the same critics of Mel will come forward and castigate this latest abomination or, as he suspects, why go after someone who ideologically and politically is on the same page. It all adds up to further scourging of Our Lord during the week we focus solely on Him. Gabriel expands on this in his column How Long, O Lord?!.
    Shears and Tears of a Lamb
    Catharine Lamb continues her feature on the Canon of the Mass and those who are honored, continuing with the list of saints invoked in the Nobis quoque peccatoribus after the Consecration. These saints have been abandoned by the New Order for the very words "To us also, Thy sinful servants," which are the only audible words spoken in the Canon of the Mass per the rubrics and celebret set in stone by Trent and Pope Saint Pius V. Thanks to the Vatican II popes the powerful intercession of these saints have been eliminated just as the idea of being a sinner has been downplayed so that all will feel better about themselves. Catharine has a shock for those who have bought into this 'all is love' hype: they're in for a shock when they stand before their Maker at their Particular Judgment. She shares insight into four more saints Ignatio, Alexandro, Marcellino, et Petro who all gave their lives for their Faith rather than betraying Our Lord and the Church He founded. A far cry from what is promoted today as she explains in - Abandoned Saints to sustain Thy Sinful Servants - Part Three
    Hope on the Horizon
    Terence Jeffrey in his Townhall column points out the pending confrontation that is bound to break out soon and that is John Kerry's absolute acceptance of sin and his direct opposition to God's Laws and the Church's. The Massachusetts senator's feeble excuse of separation of Church and State doesn't hold a lick of water as Jeffrey points out that "if it violates the natural law, the bishops have a right and a duty to hold him accountable." While he really only touches the surface, it is interesting that he cites an event where the Baptist minister Dr. Martin Luther King relied on the wisdom of the holy Doctors of the Church - both St. Augustine and the Angelic Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas. Their contention: "Unjust laws are no laws at all!" Since abortion is unjust because it is murder and goes against the absolute Laws of God,it is no law. Though we wouldn't put as much, if any, hope as Jeffrey does in St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke, Terence seems to think he is the answer, but he has still been all talk. Only when a bishop officially excommunicates a pro-abort politican publicly will the rest sit up and take notice. Regardless, we provide Jeffrey's Townhall column Will the bishops confront Kerry?

    Yesterday:
    Traditional Insights
    Mario Derksen continued his excellent series on "The Truth About Ecumenism" as he meticulously analyzed the final word of the Church on ecumenism. Surprise, surprise it is not Ut unum sint but rather Mortalium animos, the no nonsense Papal encyclical by Pope Pius XI who warned in 1928 against the very insanity that has run wild over the past several decades and grows worse by the year, by the month. Mario provided the proof that ecumenism is not just a grave error, but an anathema which, in effect, is apostasy pure and simple for it denies the ineffable truths of the One True Church, denies the primary dogma of Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus, and denies Christ's command in the Scriptures. Mario provided the second installment on An Analysis of the Encyclical Mortalium Animos and other true Catholic Teaching on Religious Unity with part two Allurements & Temptations
    A Chronicle of Catholic Tradition
    The thirteenth chapter of our series on the history of Holy Mother the Church and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass moved out of the age of persecution from the Romans and encountered a new persecution, one from within as the devastating Arian heresy raises its ugly head. This Medusa of madness would cause more souls to be lost than all the Christians of the first three centuries. Many say that with the end of the cruel reign of Diocletian and the rise of Constantine the Great as the new emperor who, through the Sign of the Cross, conquered, that the growth spurted with Christians free to worship publicly for the first time. With this freedom, abuse entered in as is usually the case and it would be left to the emperor and Pope St. Sylvester I to try to quell the heresy with the First Major Council at Nicaea in 325 as we covered the first half of the fourth century during the pontificates of seven Popes in the thirteenth installment In Hoc Signo Vinces

    Wednesday:
    Gabriel's Clarion
    Gabriel Garnica showed why everything is topsy-turvy today and why some want to strike God from the Pledge, from the schools, even from the churches, and definitely from the courts. They no longer recognize the absolute mandate of the Ten Commandments handed down from Almighty God to Moses on Mt. Sinai for all time. Considering the state of things today, is it any wonder the Ten Suggestions have replaced the Ten Commandments? No wonder they wanted to take the Decalogue monument out of Judge Roy Moore's rotunda. Do you think Moses might be mighty mad still? It's a sure thing that God's not happy because so many today have by and large turned their collective backs on the True God and His Laws and embraced the Golden Calf of The New Order both secularly and ecclesiastically. Gabriel has titled his column: Moses Meets The New Order.
    Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
    Kevin Tierney presented his sixth installment on the Disciplines of Lent in this series simply called "Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi." He took the reader through the Propers of the Traditional Latin Mass for this past Passion Sunday and compared it to what is offered in the proper for the Fifth Sunday in Lent Novus Ordo Missae. He pinpointed the passages that are optional and showed why those particular passages which the priest is at freedom to omit are key to the entire meaning and message of the Scripture reading. If one wonders why so many do not believe as they once did reading these particular points will help open eyes to the vast difference between the structured, purposeful Traditional rite and the novelty-ridden option-oriented New Order rite. Kevin identified the wide chasm in The Disciplines of Lent: Passion Sunday

    Tuesday:
    Catholic PewPOINT
    Editor Michael Cain dovetailed from Gabriel Garnica's column on 'Reality' TV from Monday's issue, in asking how some of these other shows get televised. He wondered how many are getting sucked in by promos on television which always leave one wanting, never truly entertaining and even worse, so insidiously injecting anti-Catholicism into the content. While many times it is subliminal, other times it is quite obvious, blatantly such as in last Friday night's episode of Fox's Wonderfalls. As bad as that was, Cain came back for more punishment by sitting through CBS 'Jesus' Sunday night. He shared the sad side effects of the Andy Rooney-network's latest effort to offset the good Mel Gibson has been able to accomplish through his masterpiece film 'The Passion'. As for the CBS fare, Cain gave all a hint of why they should stick exclusively to broadcasting NCAA basketball games and the Masters Golf Tournament. It would be better if all the networks scrubbed their programming because it's hard to decipher one network from another. They all look alike and they're all carrying the same damaging type of trash that is harmful to souls as he pointed out in his editorial March Madness Gone Berserk!.
    Pro Life Prescriptions
    Dr. Frank Joseph returned to these pages with a stirring, impassioned plea to Archbishop Sean O'Malley to get off his hierach duff and do something before it is too late. He was, of course, referring to John Kerry and his shameful, scandalous flaunting of his sinful ways and receiving the sacraments as if nothing is wrong. Frank reminded the Archbishop of his duty before God and closed with a poignant and most pertinent piece by radio legend Paul Harvey titled "If I were the devil" in which it is quite obvious the bishops have done nothing to stop the evil one, even to curtail the devil somewhat. Now push has come to shove and it's time for O'Malley to stand and be counted or lose out forever if Kerry is elected. This has nothing to do with politics, but everything to do with saving souls as Frank emphasized in his column An Open Plea to Archbishop Sean O'Malley

    Monday:
    Gabriel's Clarion
    Gabriel Garnica wondered what if all the shallow programming, especially the inane so-called reality television shows that seem to litter the major networks over the past two years, instead strove to provide something of value using the same concept but put towards good in a Christ-like manner. He realized he was just dreaming for the world would never buy it as programmers and viewers seemingly sink lower and lower in the base mentality of pushing the envelope beyond any kind of moral standards. Gabriel reminded us that there is definitely a reality at play here, one that can effect the very outcome of eternal life. With those kind of stakes, it is best to do a reality check as he pointed out in his column The Reality of 'Reality Entertainment'.
    Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
    Kevin Tierney presented his fifth installment on the Disciplines of Lent in this series simply called "Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi." He took the reader through the Propers of the Traditional Latin Mass for Laetare Sunday and compared it to what is offered in the Novus Ordo Missae. For his analysis of Laetare Sunday we would like to rejoice, but there is so much lacking in the synthetic rite that on laments instead. It is a fact that the man-made rite of Vatican II is sorely lacking as Kevin explained why: the New Order has left it so ambiguous and avoids those things which are absolutely necessary not only for striving toward sanctity, but for salvation. The whole purpose of the Novus Ordo liturgy is to negate the negative theology that we are totally dependent on God and are unworthy unless blessed by Him and in His good graces by having sanctifying grace on our souls. Kevin broke it down in The Disciplines of Lent: Laetare Sunday

    SUNDAY:
    "Qui legit, intelligat"
    In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Passion Sunday, he reminded us all of the infallible truths handed down in Sacred Scripture as to the New Covenant which he likened to a marriage covenant between man and God. The Hebrews of the Old Covenant had the same covenant until they wandered for the final time and, by their own choosing, rejected God, despite constant warnings and curses to bring them back to their senses. Their blessings ran out. God divorced forever the Old Covenant and took to Himself the Bride of the New Covenant through His only-begotten Son to live, literally happily ever after. However, as Father pointed out, that is only possible if we are faithful to Him. If we stray, then, like the Jews, we too will be deserving of the seven-fold curses, the woes that befell the Hebrew people and are befalling His unfaithful children of the Bridegroom today. What is most pertinent and shameful is that the present bride, seeking to please man rather than her eternal Spouse, has gone behind the back of the Divine Groom and conspired with the exiled "divorcee" to tell the latter that an annulment is no longer necessary for the marriage to the Bridegroom is as good for the old bride as well as the new bride. This would be spiritual polygamy and there are dire consequences for such infidelity as Father illustrated through Scripture in his sermon Blessings and Woes
    Books you can count on!
    Gary L. Morella provided a most positive review of an outstanding book by Atila Sinke Guimar„es just released by Tradition In Action. It is considered a special edition of his vaunted and eye-opening collection Eli, Eli, Lamma Sabacthani which already includes the landmark volumes The Murky Waters of Vatican II, Animus Delendi I, and Animus Delendi II. His latest, Vatican II, Homosexuality & Pedophilia is a book that needs to be in the hands of every bishop in the world, including the Pope, as well as in the hands of every religious editor and investigative journalist so they'll understand what the Church truly teaches and not buy the modernist/tolerant-speak and psycho-babble that has so insidiously undermined Holy Mother Church. Gary L. Morella presented a succinct, compact review that hopefully should pique the interest of all in desiring to read and better understand why the Church has gotten itself into such a sordid situation and why she has done so little to extricate herself. The facts and evidence may shock you, but satan is so clever and has masqueraded himself and his agenda so insidiously. Gary pointed out Atila's work helps "connect the dots as to why Rome is impotent to right the Barque of Peter by sadly coming to the realization that the pro-sodomite mentality in the Church goes right up to the highest levels of the Vatican." Atila's book is a must read in order to alert all to how deep the rot goes and why the scandal in America was really only the tip of the iceberg. We encourage you to order, read and share with others his book: Vatican II, Homosexuality & Pedophilia

    Saturday:
    Gabriel's Clarion
    Gabriel Garnica reminded us that we can learn a valuable spiritual lesson from the journey Mel Gibson has taken in his odyssey of being able to make 'The Passion of The Christ' one of the most seen movies of all time. Gabriel pointed out that had Mel played by man's rules, which is the norm in Hollywood - especially in following the 'sacred Hollywood rules' - his movie might have reached $100 million by now, but it would soon phase into oblivion. Because Mel did not trust in man, but God his movie not only has legs in surpassing $300 million at the box office but will become a classic for posterity. Gabriel listed five specific lessons we can learn and ties it all into the fact we are in the world, not never of it in his column Directing for the Divine Director.
    Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
    Kevin Tierney presented his fourth installment on the Disciplines of Lent in this series simply called "Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi." He took the reader through the Propers of the Traditional Latin Mass and compared it to what is offered in the Novus Ordo Missae. Needless to say the latter pales in comparison, but Kevin explained why the New Order has left it so ambiguous and avoids those things which are absolutely necessary not only for striving toward sanctity, but for salvation. The whole purpose of the Novus Ordo liturgy is to negate the negative theology that we are totally dependent on God and are unworthy unless blessed by Him and in His good graces by having sanctifying grace on our souls. Kevin broke it down in The Disciplines of Lent: The Third Sunday of Lent
    Deprograming Diabolical Disorientation
    Father Lawrence Smith provided a compact updated 'Syllabus of Errors' since the wisdom of Pius IX's Syllabus, the strongly worded encyclical to the American Bishops on Americanism by Leo XIII, and St. Pius X's Pascendi Dominici gregis have all been discarded in favor of the diabolical disorientation that seems to be the rule of the land today both in civil and ecclesiastical circles. The Constitution of our land and the Sacred Deposit of Faith have been ransacked to please those who do not please God. Is there any wonder why our country and beloved Church are in such dire straights? Father showed the blaring contradictions in his pertinent and short, but succinct list which illustrate only too well the dichotomy of discord. Father asked who has the authority and audacity to do this and who really is in charge now? Questions that will hopefully prompt one to think seriously on the diabolical disorientation that so badly needs the Light of Truth. When Modernists Rule.

    Friday:
    Quid dicit Scriptura?
    Jacob Michael re-asserted the infrangible teaching of The Council of Trent on the connection between the Sacrifice of Calvary and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, infallibly set in stone by Pope St. Pius V for all time in the Traditional Latin Mass. Jacob reflected on Mel Gibson's masterpiece - his magnum opus - in confirming the totally Catholic truths the film adhers to dogmatically. Jacob showed how Mel's flashback scenes are not coincidental but in line with the very intrinsic link of Atononement and the Propitiatory Sacrifice begun at the Last Supper and consummated on Golgotha. He also showed through Scriptural prophecies the fulfillment of the Old Covenant in the establishment of the New Covenant through the Body and Blood of Christ and backed this up by pertinent truths from holy men of the Early Church in confirming that Mel's work is a true gift from Heaven. 'The Passion of The Christ' can only enhance one's love for the continual Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as Jacob pointed out in his column The Sacrifice!
    Traditional Thoughts
    Considering that the Supreme Court is currently sitting in judgment on whether "Under God" should be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, Father Yves le Roux weighed in with a timely article of which everyone should strongly take notice. With all the fears of anti-Semitism raging out of control because of Mel's movie, a canard spawned by mostly the progressive Zionist front and not orthodox Jews, we can see it was all a sham on their part. There have been no pogroms. Yet the fact remains the Jews did reject Christ and still do today, but they are not alone, not by a long shot. Man has made his own mess and asked for the due punishments visited upon him. The sad fact and the fallout of so much of the destruction of the moral fabric of society today is the abandonment of Christ's Social Kingship. Father emphasized that all the modern vices combined do not add up to the greatest crime mankind has committed and that is "the crime of treason" setting man against God. Father pointed out that while Christ's Sacrifice represents His Divine Mercy, God is equally Just and will have due justice. He urged us all to be mindful of this and to use the rest of this Lent to prepare and be prepared for the Chastisements and Punishments inevitably growing stronger as man veers farther away from the Divine. Treason Against God!

    Thursday:
    Gabriel's Clarion
    Gabriel Garnica clarioned a beautiful melody of the example we can take from the feast of the Annunciation, the First Joyful Mystery and the first opportunity for the Blessed Virgin Mary to say 'yes' to God. From that point on it would always be 'yes' even though her Immaculate Sorrowful Heart was so pierced - seven times, and many times over by the children of God who have so offended her Divine Son by their rejection of His truths and true Church. Gabriel reminded us of another who said 'yes' and that was St. Francis of Assisi in rebuilding Christ's Church. Not an easy task, just as today our task is not easy, but no great opus was ever accomplished without much effort and persistence. Only by being in tune with the harmonious orchestra of Divine Will can we expect the Symphony of Sanctity to reach Heavenly ears and hearts as Gabriel explained in his column Let the Master Play The Divine Music!.
    A Chronicle of Catholic Tradition
    The twelfth chapter of our series on the history of Holy Mother the Church and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass continued to focus on the Third Century, as we turned our attention to the second fifty years and the eight popes who ruled, martyrs all as persecution became even more intense. While pagan Rome offered a few carrots to keep the Christians in line and recruit them to build up their own army to fend off the Barbarians at the gates, Christians continued to be the target of a society fast eroding in morals, very similar to what has happened in today's civilization, especially in America. Yet, despite the increased numbers of martyrs, indeed Christianity grew and the Popes continued to universalize the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with specific rubrics which would be part of the eternal unbloody sacrifice as we saw in the twelfth installment Fruits of the Blood

    Wednesday:
    Mass Confusion
    Kathleen Willet Redle began a multi-part thesis called "The Golden Calf Experiment" - an expansion of her "The Golden Calf Dancers" previously published in Canada. However the aberration of liturgical dancing is merely a component of the experiment and that the entire bent is towards taking away attention from the One True God - Three Persons in the Blessed Trinity - Who alone must be worshipped. Many false idols today pose a threat and Kathleen showed here another insidious agenda that further corroborates that very fact in her multi-part essay, illustrating the great battle for souls, reminiscent of St. John Bosco's and Pope Leo XIII's pertinent mystical visions in which satan is stirring the denizons of the deep in trying to totally capsize the Barque of Peter in these treacherous times. The mutineers have been prepared for their nefarious deeds in Part One Tossed To and Fro
    FOCUS
    Robert A. Sungenis cut across the swath of Protestant mentality in 'A Guide to the Passion', a supposedly 'Catholic' book positing 100 Questions and Answers on 'The Passion of The Christ' film. Robert exposed the fact that there are more questions than answers in this book as he enlightened the reader what the proper Catholic viewpoint should be. He critiqued Catholic Exchange's much-hyped book, which was quickly compiled and rushed out by a consortium of neo-Catholic authors, hoping to latch onto the mass publicity of Traditionalist Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of The Christ.' Thus they have been marketing their book as thee answer to any questions anyone might have. The problem, as Robert pointed out, is that often they do not have the correct nor complete answer because they have skewered the whole concept of Atonement and the Propitiatory Sacrifice. Such is the shallowness of the Novus Ordo mindset. Sungenis pointed to Trent and the early Fathers, Doctors, Saints, and Popes who have substantiated the true Catholic teaching on this most necessary point which is essential for truly understanding the why and the necessity of the degree of how much Our Lord suffered. Along with Gerry Matatics, Bob Sungenis is undoubtedly one of the leading Catholic Apologists in Traditional circles today; one who can go toe to toe with anyone in upholding the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church as he proved in his critique: A Guide to 'A Guide to the Passion'.

    Tuesday:
    Traditional Insights
    Mario Derksen returned after a brief hiatus to begins a series on "The Truth About Ecumenism" as he commenced to meticulously analyze a powerful encyclical on ecumenism; not Ut unum sint but rather Mortalium animos, the no-nonsense Papal encyclical by Pope Pius XI who warned against the very insanity that has run wild over the past several decades and grows worse by the year, by the month. Mario provides the proof that ecumenism is not just a grave error, but an anathema which, in effect, is apostasy pure and simple for it denies the ineffable truths of the One True Church, denies the primary dogma of Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus, and denies Christ's command in the Scriptures. Mario presented his series on An Analysis of the Encyclical Mortalium Animos and other true Catholic Teaching on Religious Unity with part one Truth and Method
    Gabriel's Clarion
    Gabriel Garnica identified that vast majority who may not even realize they are CINNERs because many think they are 'Catholic.' Yet, if one rejects any truth of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church they have rejected the Church and are no longer Catholic in the truest sense. Thus there are so many today, because of their tolerance and acceptance of sin, and their rationalizing sins around them who have abandoned the true Faith. As great as it would be to weed out these vermin who infect the Faith, we must put up with them longer and Gabriel expressed fears that it will only grow worse for few of the shepherds have the courage of their convictions to stand up for Truth. This means those who are faithful will suffer all the more. Yet this also is God's permitting will that we might more closely unite ourselves with the Divine Son on our journey with Him to Calvary. Our Stations have commenced. Let us take up our cross willfully and follow Him even as all around are held hostage to the world, the flesh and the devil for we have been Faithjacked!.

    Monday:
    "Father, forgive them..."
    Gary L. Morella took on yet another Jewish leader Monday. This time it was the nationally-known talking head rabbi that has appeared on practically every network newstalk show in bashing Mel Gibson and 'The Passion of The Christ'. That would be none other than Rabbi Schmuley Boteach, pronounced Bo-tay-echh. Schmuley is pronounced as in schmooley as is one who is an evident 'schmo,' which Webster's defines as a naive, pitiable person. Also known as 'schmoe' in Yiddish, so he should be quite used to the term. This time the subject was not 'The Passion' but "Gay" Marriage - as if there is anything 'gay' in the vile sin of sodomy. The Rabbi seems to be more worried over the so-called dreaded homophobia fears than the fact that this sin is the root of so many evils and cries to Heaven for vengeance. Boteach praises Vatican II and has used that base for condemning Mel. Here he called upon the tolerances and diversity sensitivities to key in on the Vatican II message that God loves all and, hey, man is man and he can't help it so don't be so harsh. Gary so masterfully carved up Boteach's feeble arguments and then sicked the greatest arguer in history on the poor blind-sided blind modern Jewish leader. Gary's ace in the hole? None other than the Angelic Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas to totally negate any rationale or reason for Schmuley's anathemas as you could see in a piece we called 'Pope' Boteach Pontificates!
    Traditional Thoughts
    In our efforts to continue to bring you outstanding pieces focusing on different aspects of Mel Gibson's masterpiece and some of the nuances others might have missed, we presented our readers Jonathan Tuttle's viewpoint from a recent article first posted on the Seattle Catholic. He called it not only a magnum opus, but "'The Passion of The Christ' is the greatest Christological artistic work since Michelangelo's Pieta." That might sound sensational and over-exaggerated except that he's right. Tuttle went on to show the vast differences of the Novus Ordo's vanilla 'Jesus of Nazareth' and 'The Passion' and can see why Novus Ordinarians have become so acceptable of the plain and bland. By Franco Zefferelli's own admission his work, the former, was fashioned in the pan-religious mode of Vatican II, whereas Gibson stuck with the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church to convey a canvas of faith that will be fresh for generations. Mel Gibson's Pieta

      The GOOD: The "Tower of Trent" Trophies!

         Other than the coveted Walter L. Matt Memorial Lecture, there are no official recognitions of Traditional warriors that we know of. That is why we have created the "Tower of Trent" Trophies to present on the web to worthy recipients who have fought for the cause of preserving and upholding the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church. Though we are announcing this first in the order, it will be the last to be rewarded. Deadline for nominations and categories so that we might be able to acknowledge more worthy efforts will be Easter Monday, April 12th. That is the day after the Feast of Saint Leo the Great. The actual announcement of winners will be on the 87th Anniversary of Our Lady's First Apparition at Fatima and the Feast of that great Doctor of carrying out the Decrees of Trent, Saint Robert Bellarmine. You can send your nominations and ideas to Tower of Trent Nominations and Category Suggestions

      Tower of TRENT Trophy
    Mel's Movie #1 in five categories in only five weeks!

    Passion's' Passionate Returns Illustrate the Fever of the Fervor of Faith!

      The fervor is picking up again. Just like a batter presses when going for his 1,000th hit, so also it's been a little tougher for 'The Passion' to reach that lofty $300 mil goal over the last week. Part of that stall could be in the problems we document below. Now that the $300 mil goal is achieved with a total of $318,970,000. through Wednesday, March 31st*, watch for it to continue rising with a spike in the numbers during Holy Week. We urge all to see it if you haven't seen it yet, and if you have: SEE IT AGAIN!
    As Holy Week Approaches 'The Passion of The Christ' expects resurgence at the Box Office

       The term bandied about "Jesus Saves" can be taken literally as far as the godforsaken pagan Hollywood is concerned for were it not for 'The Passion' which accounted for a record winter season which The Hollywood Reporter calls "How Mel Saved the Winter Boxoffice Season and Maybe the Year." Gibson's masterpiece was the second highest box-office film of all time for a winter season, just missing topping the all-time BO champ Titanic a just less than 6 million dollars. The film is already thirteenth all time and by Easter will comfortably be in the top ten. Meanwhile it is basking in five number one categories:

    • The number one R-rated film ever, leaving its closest competition Matrix Reloaded a distant second at $281 million.

    • The top independent film ever distributed. Period! And it's only begun!

    • The number one film as far as February openings for all time.

    • It is the number one film ever for a non-English movie which also is a first - released in the US. By the way, come Oscar time it will not be eligible for Best Foreign Language Film. Why? Because there is no country which speaks Aramaic or Latin anymore. As for the latter, sadly, not even Vatican City.

    • Mel's movie stayed at the top as number one at the box office for 23 consecutive days. Interesting also that those who later beat out 'The Passion' for a weekend, such as 'Dawn' and 'Scoobey Do' drop off dramatically after the initial three-day push whereas 'The Passion' continues to hold up.

       One interesting fact is that a recent Gallup poll said that 34% that had not seen it yet would definitely see it which guarantees legs for Mel's film. Ad to this that 31% will either see it again or definitely rent or buy the DVD or video and many believe that eventually it will topple Titanic.

       What is truly more amazing than the monetary numbers is the impact the film has had on lives. Already there are accounts of over 70,000 testimonies of how the film changed their lives. We know about the murderer and the thief who turned themselves in because their consciences, not fear of being caught, caught up to them after they say Mel's magnum opus. The other interesting point is that church attendance since the movie's release is up 10% and what is even more amazing is that Mel has everyone talking about Jesus in a positive manner and going back to the Sacred Scriptures to fill in the blanks, if you will, for there is a thirst for "the Truth, the Way, and the Life."

       As we head toward Holy Week, if you have stayed away because you couldn't handle the violence or were put off by negative reviews, check your Faith. Ask yourself why. Christ didn't like it either but He was willing to undergo the humiliation and unbearable pain for you. It's Lent; offer it up and help carry His cross by experiencing this miracle that is moving souls, so much so that two men have turned themselves into law authorities for their crimes, one was for murder, the other for theft. Why? Because Mel's movie tinged their consciences. True modern Dismas men in our midst. How many more have changed and amended their lives? God only knows. Go see 'The Passion' again and then let us know what you thought of the film and how it affected you. Share with our readers by writing to My take on 'The Passion'

    * Sources: www.hollywoodreporter.com, Passion-outreach.com



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