In his continuing marathon of articles leading to the opening of 'The Passion of The Christ', Gabriel Garnica had hoped to take a day off so he could see the film, get in some needed prayer for Ash Wednesday and basically get a breather, but that is pretty difficult to do when there are so many idiots out and about and Mel's movie has brought out the best, or should we say the worst in idiots of every stripe. Gabriel didn't think it could get much worse than Andy Rooney's anal mumblings, but then he picked up the latest issue of Newsweek and clicked on the local telly. Katie bar the door. Gabriel explains in his column The Morons Do Not Fall Far From The Idiots
Our latest copy of The Remnant came this week and I was delighted to discover that Michael Matt's excellent essay on Janet Jackson's Super Bowl Stunt was available to link to on The Remnant site because this is a piece every parent and grandparent needs to read, every teenager needs to understand and be forewarned, every priest needs to realize for the pop culture has so engulfed the morals of today's youth that it threatens even Traditional families who have been sheltered from most of the rot. Matt, author of the acclaimed book "Gods of Wasteland" - which this editor heartily encourages should be in every home to better understand how this danger penetrates every facet of life - pulls no punches in exposing the cesspool of 'entertainment' in today's society. Satan is so clever and he has woven so craftily the whole hip-hop culture into advertising and everyday life in an anti-authority in-your-face attitude that further erodes the family structure and any attempts toward sanctity. In three words: Hip-Hop Hell that never stops gyrating, blurring values (as our animation above depicts) and grating in the ears and souls of those who give in to the sirens of sin. Matt nails it in Janet Jackson's Super Bowl Stunt: Do We Still Need to "Lighten Up"?
A Chronicle of Catholic Tradition
In the eighth chapter of our series on the history of Holy Mother Church and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we enter into the second century and leave the principals until next week to go into the 'parishes' so to speak and how the faithful begin to live the Faith they have been taught, picking up the customs and establishing Traditions handed down from the Apostles and their disciples as bishops multiply and enriched with the Didache begin to understand the true essence of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as it takes form with more rituals and meaning for the faithful. Even in the early years schism had already raised its ugly head, and through trial and error the truth emerged in the stationary rubrics of the Mass so there would be no abuse of the Holy Sacrifice, something sorely missing in the New Order today. Tradition Takes Shape
The Sanity of Sanctity
Father Lawrence Smith shared with our readers his inspiring words for Ash Wednesday in which he provided a meditative symphony of Christ's life and how Lent provides the link between His birth and His Passion, Death and Resurrection. Father emphasized that Our Lord came for the sinner and that each and everyone of us needs to avail ourselves of the Sacrament of Penance in order to gain the graces available during this holiest of seasons which we should embrace with joy in better assimilating with Christ why He did what He did. This and seeing 'The Passion of The Christ' should afford ample opportunity for vivid meditation on improving our lives. The Power and Purpose of the Cross
Gabriel Garnica was righteously indignant. So much so that he was given our HOT ISSUES forum to deliver a witty commentary on the blasphemous actions of Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes Sunday night. Gabriel illustrated so well how Rooney is a has-been elitist who must go. He did so by doing a parody of Rooney's own inimitable and grating style. 60 Minutes needs a new ending because, as every viewer of quality hopes and prays, this will be the end of Andy Rooney. He needs to be benched and Gabriel designated why in his clever way with his editorial piece Out of the Mouths of Idiots
"Quid dicit Scriptura?"
Jacob Michael took a respite from his series on the Mother of God's specific mission as Mediatrix of all graces to provide a special column in follow-up to our editorial Tuesday in defending the First Dogma of the Church. His was much more succinct and extended to Old Testament passages as well as expanding New Testament passages and including early Fathers, Doctors and Popes of the Church to verify the infallibility of the Dogma of 'Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus' in his column Outside the Church, there is No Salvation
Editor Michael Cain usually does not get into apologetics, but this time he had no choice in charitably taking to task internationally-known Protestant evangelist Bill Keller for his claim that Mel Gibson's theology is in error about no salvation outside the Church. Every Traditional Catholic realizes that is the opening we are looking for to proudly proclaim the infallible, ineffable dogma Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus. Cain took that opportunity to refute fully the false Protestant beliefs. And speaking of openings, we couldn't have asked for a better one than handed to us by Rabbi Marvin Hier, a bitter opponent of Mel and his movie who said on national TV: "The film takes us away from Vatican II." That has to be music to every Traditional Catholic's ears for maybe now Protestants and Neo-Catholics will realize the infrangible truths of Catholicism which, in truth, have not changed in 2000 years. Wake up and smell the roses of Truth and Tradition! In syllogistic form, Cain disected the Protestant arguments in his editorial titled "The Film takes us away from Vatican II." Deo Gratias!
In his continuing marathon of articles leading to the opening of 'The Passion of The Christ', Gabriel Garnica, showed that when the dust settles as it inevitably will, the mighty mastidon of truth will trumpet over all. So also will Mel Gibson's masterpiece stand as an achievement of amazing fruits while the fruit-flies that buzz about him now with the stings and peskiness of charges of 'too violent' and 'anti-Semitic' will be swatted into oblivion as so much waste just as the art exhibit of elephant dung has passed into obscurity but Our Lady lives on as a bright light which Mel has portrayed in his brilliant casting of Mary. Gabriel pointed out that Mel's work translates across time in his column Like Flies on An Elephant
In his continuing marathon of articles leading to the opening of 'The Passion of The Christ', Gabriel Garnica, with tongue firmly in cheek, announced a hypothetical press conference he called to let the press know that he is going to do a movie and that he is prepared ahead of time for the criticisms that will come down, especially from the accusations that his film will be anti-Idiot, even though no idiot was singled out as being anything but how they depict themselves as morons, hypocrites, pathetic secular scholars, shrill political leaders and spineless ecclesial leaders. This witty twist should enlighten all readers as to the ridiculous, desperate and hollow claims of Mel's critics toward his masterpiece, already given a thumbs up by Ebert and Roeper. Gabriel's parody of the persecution exposed the absurdity of the enemies of the Gospel in his mock press conference wherein he revealed his latest project: The Poison of The Hypocrite
Gary Morella provided an insightful Catholic perspective on reinforcing the very tenets Mel Gibson has not been afraid to express to a dumbed-down media and public what the Church has always taught. That is the redemptive sacrifice of the Cross. So many are raising concerns about the violence. Unnecessary they say. Really? We didn't hear them voicing concerns over 'Kill Bill' or 'Schindler's List'. Gary takes the Protestant-oriented article in The Dallas Morning News to task for their opinions coming across as authentic thoughts, whereas the Authentic Word is considered mere hypothical unenlightenment with a political agenda. Gary exposed the fallacy of such error while also providing an insightful piece on the Exsultat in his commentary:
No Glory Without the Cross!
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Quinquagesima Sunday, he equated how the events being expedited today - from the blatant anarchy against supernatural and natural law, against Divine and human laws, are making a mockery of all order - such as in San Francisco with the flaunting of the sin of sodomy in blasphemy to Holy Matrimony to the attacks against the Word of God carried out against 'The Passion of The Christ' and Mel Gibson's beliefs to the veering from the tenets of the Faith by the hierarchy today to the terrible scandals within the Church - making it only too evident that the Church is undergoing her own Passion right now. As the persecution and slanderous scourging and spitting intensify, the ones suffering the most are those who understand those things hidden from others. Those are the Traditional Catholics who unceasingly cling to the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church. Yet in this suffering, in this testing of our Faith like "silver and gold are tried in the fire," so also are tried "acceptable men in the furnace of humiliation." One must be willing to be sacrificed and offered up humiliatingly in that crucible, which Father cited from Ecclesiasticus, so that we have the mettle to go the distance with Christ and His Church and reap the rewards that await the other side of the Crucifixion. It is our passion as well as
The Passion of the Church
In his continuing marathon of articles leading to the opening of 'The Passion of The Christ' Gabriel Garnica manifested the demarcation point which everyone will have to cross. Either you are against God or for Him. If you are for Him, you will understand the truths of the Word transferred to film that will spark a flame in the heart and soul of the viewer. Each will be moved in his own particular way for God effects hearts as He sees fit. Mel is merely the tool to push the soul to the edge so each soul will be forced to see how God sees them. Once revealed in the inner depths of the soul, it is every loyal Catholic's prayer that they will be moved to cross over from a life of sin and faithlessness to embracing Jesus and take up His cross as their crosses and follow Him. Gabriel pointed out the three Ls in his column entitled A Line in the Sand
Nothing seems to be a hotter issue right now then two subjects which are on the lips and minds of everyone: the fabricated controversy over Mel Gibson's film 'The Passion of The Christ' and the anarchy of the sodomites in San Francisco. We are alerted to the Bay area that Bishop Patrick McGrath of the San Jose Diocese has deemed it necessary to write a special article in the secular San Jose Mercury News to warn his flocks. Why one would logically deduct he would write against the sin of sodomy and what is going on just north of him where he was schooled in his own episcopal ways and inform his flock as to where the Church clearly stands. But nooooo! He took the space to spew anathema and heresy in disavowing any association with Mel or his movie. We know where McGrath and the vast majority of bishops stand and we take them on and challenge them to prove they are not in anathema. Why can't they see what is so obvious? The 'Apostles' are scattering into the Alleys of Anathema!
Gabriel Garnica continued his marathon of articles defending Mel Gibson and 'The Passion of The Christ' by taking on the crafty scholar Paula Fredericksen who has a biased agenda to demean Mel and what he is endeavoring to convey on film. A lauder of the profane, Fredericksen twists the truth to fit her revisionist ways while passing herself off as an expert. It is a mask for her feminist agenda that applauds the theoretical 'The DaVinci Code' but tries to find fault when it isn't there against 'The Passion'. The problem is she is not just attacking Mel, she is attacking Sacred Scripture and the True Faith. Evil comes in many forms and Gabriel cannot sit still for that as he asserted in his column Paula Fredericksen: The Anti-Mel!
Gabriel Garnica sounded the clarion on the silence that is growing more deafening by the day. He examined the paradoxes of society which, as he stated, has outSodomed the Sodom of old. The facts verify that. He tried to stir the consciences of Catholics everywhere to get off their duffs, to be the Lions of Right and Truth in roaring forth with a passion for Christ and His infrangible teachings. He asked what ever happened to the fervor, valor and zeal of the saints of yesteryear? They have compromised with the icons of idiocy that pervade civilization today, molding them into mute muppets of mammon. Unfortunately, the echo of ennui and disinterest reverberates through souls - an eerie siren of the lukewarm of which the Lord has promised in Apocalpyse 3: 16 He would vomit from His mouth for from the mouths of the lukewarm come the Sounds of Cowardice
Father Lawrence Smith completed his three part treatise on "Vital Distinctions in Moral Theology" Friday. It is something very needed in these times for
this week the sodomites in San Francisco have gone to town with "regularizing" their depravity by the supposedly 'Catholic' Mayor Gavin Newsom directing the City Clerk to issue marriage licenses to all comers. Anarchy rules. Father asked if they realize that in celebrating the lusts of the flesh they are imprisoning themselves, calling down God's wrath upon them. It is true charity to speak out against such perverse sin for any true Christian truly loves his neighbor and doesn't want him damned. If we truly love God then we too will speak out uncompromisingly against the aberration of sodomy which has been the bane of destroying civilizations in the past. Great empires have gone the way of the dinosaur because they defied the natural and supernatural law. So also today in the United States. We must do all in our power to uphold the sacredness of Holy Matrimony and all it represents as Father explained in part three Clarity, Charity and True Justice in calling out those who defy God's Laws.
How many have had it with the whole 'anti-Semitism' smokescreen that has made a mountain of out a molehill? We sure have and it's time to expose the snakes, or in this case the 'fox' who is igniting this bonfire of the Vanities or should we see the Vaticanities, for Abraham Foxman, the Caiphas of modern times is desperate. He is in such a panic that despite his denial on national TV Monday night that Mel and his film 'The Passion of The Christ' are not anti-Semitic, he has traveled to Rome to see the Roman 'governor' - the Pilate of modern times in John Paul II. What is Foxman stirring up? That Mel Gibson is the enemy because he is challenging the faux doctrine of Vatican II. Ah, yes, misery loves company. We got to the heart of it in our editorial Caiphas Appeals To Pilate
A Chronicle of Catholic Tradition
In the seventh chapter of our series on the history of Holy Mother Church and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we picked up after the death of Saint Peter with the three successors who finished out the first century. To the chagrin of the Romans, this gnat they thought they could squash instead grew like a centipede everywhere. The more they tried to quell the peaceful uprising of following a man who died on a cross, the more Christians there were. True to the words of Tertullian, "the blood of the martyrs is the seed of Christianity." Meanwhile, many Jews came to the stark realization that the Old Covenant had indeed ended with the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 A.D. Many converted and died for the Faith of the New Covenant in order to return to the bosom of Abraham and his Creator, the Triune God as we discussed in Nothing can destroy the Spirit
"Quid dicit Scriptura?"
Jacob Michael began a series on the Mother of God's specific mission as Mediatrix of all graces. He documented through the early Doctors of the Church, Saints, and Popes that Church teaching has always verified Mary's role scripturally as a channel ordained by God to convey grace to mankind for she is Co-Redemptrix, Advocate and Mediatrix. In citing the renowned holy scholars such as Sts. Iraneus, Ambrose, Jerome and Bernard, as well as Popes Leo XIII through Pius XI there is irrefutable proof of the legitimate claim of calling Mary Mediatrix of all graces. Because of her healing touch, Jacob has chosen to call this set: Mother's Medicine: Mary as Mediatrix. He shared these findings in Part One The Mediatrix in the Church's Teaching
Father Lawrence Smith presented the second part of his three part treatise on "Vital Distinctions in Moral Theology" - something very needed in these times for
this week the sodomites in San Francisco have gone to town with "regularizing" their depravity by the Mayor directing the City Clerk to issue marriage licenses to all comers. Massachusetts spent the last week trying to find a way to enshrine sodomy in their constitution and yet not offend the Godly while doing it; needless to say, they failed, which means that in the next couple of months, that state will throw out any pretense of righteousness and just cave in to the sodomites. Sodomy looks to loom large in the upcoming general election of the President. Father holds nothing back in exposing this ugliest of sin for what it is and that human rights have nothing to do with accommodating and promoting sin and perversion. The color of one's skin or culture are one thing, blazenly going against the natural and supernatural order are another which only calls down the vengeance of the Almighty.
The selling of sodomy must stop! Father Smith focused on why the sodomy agenda cannot continue in urging every child of God to fight and abhor it vigorously and courageously. Father delineated in part two The Depravity and Devastation of Homosexuality
In two articles that touch on the same theme Tuesday, Gabriel Garnica led off with the prologue on how the events two millenia ago are repeating themselves today as the release of 'The Passion of The Christ' is a week away. Gabriel pointed out that "those who cry division divide, and those who cry inacurracy defraud. Those who cry sin are the greatest sinners, and those who criticize artistically have hailed trash in the past!" Gabriel exposes the hypocrisy of those who cclaim righteousness but beneath that veneer are bursting at the seams to cry out 'Crucify Him!' anew. 'Give us Barrabas', they demand, represented in the criminal 'The Da Vinci Code'. 'We will not have truth interrupt our agenda!' Gabriel laid out the scenario of how this is playing out in his column History Repeats Itself!
While Gabriel above sounded the clarion on the stage that is The Passion, editor Michael Cain went further in identifying the players, exposing the Scribes and Pharisees for what they are: hypocrites. Documenting this hypocrisy he lambasted certain bishops and a priest who dared anger the Triune God by besmirching His house with pagan worship. It is uncanny how the events and players surrounding 'The Passion of The Christ' in 2004 so clearly replicate the very characters of that very real drama in 33 A.D. As Cain explained in naming names, the players, both good and bad, retain the same characteristics. Just as they did not get the message the first time, so too they do not seem to get it this time around. Cain lamented that if Mel Gibson's film doesn't move their hardened hearts, most likely nothing will. That is why prayer is so vital right now and why The Daily Catholic has called for a Novena of Rosaries for the conversion of hearts as he explained in his editorial
The Passion and Conversion of Hearts!
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