Today we complete our inaugural Tower of Trent Tributes alphabetically among the three lay honorees of the fifteen charter members of the Tower of Trent Hall of Honor. Though "G" would not normally qualify for last in the alphabet, it does in this case and yet, though last, he is definitely not least for this editor owes his convictions to the irrefutable syllogisms Atila Sinke Guimarães laid out and backed up. This quiet quotient Master whispered wisdom on the pages of his books and articles that shouted from the rooftops the very fact that what took place at the Second Vatican Council was not a Renewal of the Faith but an insidious Revolution to destroy the True Faith.
This native Brazilian was born in Rio de Janeiro on May 19, 1946 to Conceição Sinke Guimarães. His father , Junot Guimarães was a military officer who reached the level of General until he retired; only to come out of retirement to become Secretary of Security for his native state of Paraná. He later became president of the state telecommunication company and then Security Director of a large bi-national power plant on the border of Brazil and Paraguay, called Itaipu. Atila's father, still alive today at 93, comes from a long established family in Curitiba, the capital of Paraná. His nationality is Portuguese and Spanish, which is very common in Brazil. The name Guimarães, common in Portugal and Brazil, is derived from the city in north Portugal which was one of the first Portuguese cities after the country separated from Spain in 1139.
Atila's mother, who, in her early 70's passed on to her Heavenly reward in 1985, was of Spanish and German blood. Sinke is the name of his mother's great-grandfather, who migrated to Brazil from Prague when it was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Atila is a Hungarian name and, as he himself puts it, "I would characterize my mentality as primarily German with different facets, Brazilian, Hungarian, and Spanish." The ancestry of the family has been staunchly Catholic for at least 150 years and Atila's strongest influence in his early years was his dear grandmother Etelvina Villamil Sinke who was a very, very good Catholic and so patient in her sufferings. She lived with Atila, his parents and his older sister Aglaé, born in 1943. The etimology of his sister's name is derived from one of the three graces of Greek mythology. During his grandmother's last eight years of her life she was disabled in a wheelchair and Atila tended to her, growing closer to her and learning his Catholicism first-hand through her suffering and by her example. She had a tremendous impact on young Atila.
In his earliest years, Atila had moved around a lot in compliance with his father's military orders, for family traveled with the officers to places that took them to the extreme south of Brazil in Rio Grande do Sul, and then to Paraná and eventually to Berlin, Germany. On their return to Brazil, the family settled down in Curitiba where Atila enrolled in the Marists Brothers School, spending seven years studying what Americans would call junior and senior high school. At 15 he became interested in the anti-communist cause for the Marists at that time were still well-oriented toward Catholic truth and kept the counter-revolutionary position of Blessed Marcellin Champagnat, a strong fighter against the influence of the French Revolution. The Marists' History classes praised the Crusades and the Middle Ages and they held a strong devotion to Our Lady and a true love for Holy Mother Church. These attributes helped mold his strong Catholic formation. In his senior year he was elected president of an anti-communist political association at the high school. Readers need to realize that at that time in 1964, Brazil's president was a communist. The high school group became involved in public reaction against him and that brought Atila into contact with some young men from TFP, who were promoting a petition against agrarian reform, one of the main banners of communism. Friendships were formed and soon they were interacting. It was through the TFP that Atila learned about a book Revolution and Counter-Revolution by Professor Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira in 1964. To say this book strongly influenced Atila's life would be an understatement. As Atila admits after reading the Professor's book, "I quickly realized that the crises of both Christendom and Catholic Church were the fruit of a conspiracy. A Revolution had been planned and secretly executed against the ideals I had always loved. I became indignant with the Revolution and its agents, and I decided to dedicate my life to destroy them."
Ah, the vigor and zeal of youth and Atila had the energy to carry out his pledge. In his late teens while the second session of Vatican II was under way, everything in his life began to take purpose for he was able to meet the man who would be his long-time friend and mentor, the outstanding Brazilian Catholic leader Professor Plinio, who, as Atila relates, "expounded a unique panorama of the Philosophy of History, in which the present-day crisis of the Church inserts itself as the last, and most important assault on the centuries-old enemies of the Catholic Church and Christendom." Just as St. Timothy learned from St. Paul, as St. Augustine was tutored by St. Ambrose, and the Angelic Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas gained his great knowledge from the inspiration of St. Albert the Great, so also Atila would learn at the master's knee, so to speak, for he realized the importance of the fight for the Faith and that the Professor held the torch of truth. Professor Plinio had challenged his pupil to be exact, to leave no stone unturned and took the young and eager student under his wing. Atila moved to Sao Paolo to begin a course of Catholic studies under the Professor. He dedicated himself to the study of History, Psychology, Sociology, the Philosophy of History and contemporary religious analysis. As if this weren't enough, at the same time he undertook the necessary theological points to understand these matters. In 1972 he wrote his first book The Human Process, dealing with the psychology of the human search for the Absolute order to fulfill man's need for plenitude, which in theological terms, was man's need of God.
Atila matured in mind and spirit, clinging to the Truths and Traditions while others vacated the great altars to accept the tables of the Novus Ordo novelties that spread like wildfire throughout the world. The more the bishops and priests endeavored to propagandize the new mass, the more Atila cringed. In 1973 Professor Plinio invited Atila to be a member of a select study commission which he led. Atila became its secretary and often prepared the lectures for the commission which was dedicated to studying various topics with the aim of understanding the Revolution in its deepest roots as well as finding more efficient ways to counter-attack it. Atila prepared summaries of the studies compiling them into 42 volumes and organized an index for the ensemble. In addition to his scholarly formation, the Professor was preparing him well - for this work provided Atila the opportunity to acquire a method of analysis so that he could distinguish and judge topics in a straightforward and orderly way. This has become a benchmark of his books and writings.
When John Paul II was elected Pope in 1978, Atila so hoped he would end the madness that was raging out of control, but soon he realized Cardinal Karol Wojtyla was one of the engineers of the Vatican II agenda. Four years into his pontificate, Professor Oliveira entrusted his work and the task of examining Vatican II with a fine tooth comb. Atila was the perfect choice for this theological cosmetologist would not split hairs. He had traveled with the Professor throughout Brazil, proving himself an outstanding, brilliant student of Plinio's wisdom.
In 1982 the Professor knew his pupil was ready and so he asked Atila to give a symposium on the theology and philosophy of Teilhard de Chardin. Successfully completing this, Atila was now ready for the final mammoth task asked by the Professor: to begin analyzing Vatican II. After studying the 16 documents and the philosophical and theological background of the Council, he gave another two-week symposium.
After that the next project was something that might seem impossible on the surface, but became possible only through Atila's drive and persistence. That was to get first-hand interviews with the very persons who had been part of the Revolution. This entailed that Atila travel back to Europe in 1983 and throughout the next decade to find out why and how the new had usurped so much. Exhibiting the passion of an investigative reporter, he wanted to hear from the horse's mouth, so to speak, and set up interviews with the very architects of the Council, interviewing theologians and periti from the mighty to the least. Naturally he did not tip his hand that he was a Traditional Catholic, at that time a steady member of the TFP in Brazil. Keeping that veiled from the very ones who so veiled the truths at Vatican II served him well, for they were more than happy to be candid. He was a veritable Barbara Walters in getting his subjects to drop their guard and divulge things they would never have admitted had they known who they were talking to. He met twice with Cardinal Yves Congar who played such an influential role in forcing through 12 of the final 16 documents of Vatican II and who, in fact, was one of the chief architects of the Revolution. Atila also met with Cardinal Henri de Lubac as well as Hans Kung, Cardinal Christopher von Schönborn and Fr. Dominique Chenu. In addition, Atila was able to garner an extensive interview with the editor of the Jesuit publication La Cattolica, Fr. Giovanni Caprile, S.J. who had penned the most comprehensive chronicle of the Council at that time. One interview Guimarães just missed out on was with Fr. Karl Rahner who just a few days before Atila was to meet with him in Munich, suffered a severe heart attack. With every interview, which Atila recorded for posterity, he could clearly see that the more he uncovered, the greater he realized what he had to do. He began to write, and to write, and to write some more. By 1991 he had written eleven volumes in his native Portuguese language of his collection which he titled Eli, Eli, Lamma Sabacthani? He chose that title for seemingly God had forsaken His Church. Though we know that is not true, the words of Our Lord in Matthew 27: 46 and Mark 15: 34 perfectly illustrated the true Catholic's plight in the face of the devastating changes since Vatican II.
Atila could see how Liberation Theology was ravaging his beloved Brazil and the rest of South and Central America. His up close and personal talks with Congar confirmed the cardinal's vision was exactly the direction the Church was taking and it was definitely not Catholic. With every year, indeed practically each month Atila would go back and fine tune his work as he updated his facts with what was happening in the Church. He knew instinctively the only way to fight against this evil was as a counter-revolutionary in the very same manner of the Catholic counter-reformation of Trent for Atila knew it was the Revolution that was behind the current changes in the Church which has veered so far from the true path and contradicted so many doctrines and past infallible papal decrees. He began recruiting others who had the same noble goals in mind, which led him to his association with a distinguished Ph.D. lady from the plains of Kansas. It came about through a sad event: the death of the Professor in 1995.
In the mid 90's he began working with Dr. Marian Therese Horvat whom as a supporter of the TFP, had translated and edited various works of the Professor's into English. With the death of Professor Plinio, they decided to collaborate and to perpetuate the memory of this great Catholic leader. It began with a statement, actually an ad, Atila had written in response to San Francisco Archbishop John Quinn in a talk he gave in Britain at Oxford in which the progressive prelate spoke about the future of the church and what needed to happen to the papacy. The Wanderer published the piece the day after Christmas in 1996. The following year an agreement was struck between Dr. Horvat and Atila to publish his first volume in English - The Murky Waters of Vatican II but first it had to be translated and edited. Marian holds a degree in Journalism and a Master's and Doctorate in Medieval History from the University of Kansas. In addition, she is fluent in multi languages. Thus she was the perfect cooperator for this important project as they formed Tradition In Action. Atila attributes her input as playing a "decisive role in the translation, the publication, and the dissemination of this book." Atila traveled to the U.S. in 1998 to follow-up on publishing the second edition of his book since it had been so well received in the Traditional community. A year later he moved permanently to the U.S. following a rift with the TFP over Atila's publishing his work in English. In 1999, thanks to the generosity of an old friend Patrick Odou invited Atila to live and work in Southern California. Since then he has been working in close collaboration with Marian in their non-profit organization Tradition in Action, formed in the mid-nineties.
Before moving permanently to the west coast, Atila began corresponding with John Vennari of Catholic Family News who had written a most favorable review of The Murky Waters of Vatican II which greatly enhanced circulation of the book. John invited Atila to do a review of Notre Dame University professor Dr. Ralph McInerny's book on Vatican II. Vennari published it and thus began the association with CFN that continues to this day. Once in the U.S., Atila was introduced to Michael Matt, editor of The Remnant whose father Walter Matt was enshrined into the Tower of Trent Hall of Honor posthumously a few weeks ago on these pages. Michael invited Atila to become a regular contributing writer to the pages of The Remnant and worked in collaboration with Michael, John and Marian to co-author two benchmark statements of the Traditional movement. The traditional bonds had been fused as Atila affirms, "The collaboration with these two distinguished journalists became closer when we decided to publish together - the three of us plus Dr. Horvat - a statement declaring our position of resistance to the novelties of Vatican II and the things that came from it that did not harmonize with the prior Pontifical Magisterium of the Catholic Church." This, of course, was their daring work We Resist You to the Face which alerted this editor to the Catholic truths of what they wrote in echoing what St. Paul said to Peter when the latter was wrong.
A year later they joined forces again to publish Urgent Plea: Do Not Change the Papacy - a follow-up to the alarming trend taking place and what Quinn and many other bishops had set in motion. Atila graciously granted us permission to publish on these pages of The Daily Catholic the entire work in 2002.
It was in the Spring of 2001 that I first discovered Atila's work and that had a great bearing on us walking out of the Novus Ordo forever on Ash Wednesday of that year. Like a gigantic puzzle the pieces were beginning to fit together after our pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, Lourdes and Rue du Bac in the early summer of 2000. The Blessed Mother promises healing at Lourdes and, in addition to being healed of a severe blood clot there, we had a spiritual healing in which God opened the doors for us to truly see what was happening in the Church and why. We began to realize what we must do, but, as is normal for human nature, second thoughts started to creep in over the magnanimity of the decision we had to make. The release of the Third Secret of Fatima, which we knew was a fabrication just by its contents, was a definite eye-opener and the appointments of the German progressivists Cardinal Karl Lehmann and Cardinal Walter Kasper among other questionable selections in the Consistory of early 2001 was not only a definite red flag, but the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. We had had enough.
As a personal testimony to the impact Atila's works have had, the reality that Vatican II was a bad tree and not from God hit us hard at first, especially in light of the fact we had been among the most staunch promoters of "John Paul the Great." Our first reaction to Atila's claims would naturally be of denial and to castigate him as a narrow-minded integrist who was outside the Church. But, the fact of the matter is that it rang true because this editor was weaned on the same truths in Assumption School in Richfield, Minnesota in the 50's and imbued with solid Catholic doctrine during my 7 years of seminary with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Another fact was that the most reverent Mass we had attended was in 1989 at St. Joseph's Church, a Society of St. Pius X chapel in San Antonio. It had bothered me from that day on that what soothed my soul, what nourished me and fulfilled me in the way no "Eucharistic celebration" could, and what I was brought up on was now wrong. Yet, blinded by blind obedience we stayed clear of the SSPX from that day forward because we were led to believe they were in schism and therefore no longer Catholic. Oh, what a tangled web the devil weaves.
With all this in mind, I took up Atila's open challenge to readers to prove him wrong. Okay, I thought, it's time to do some detective work. The deeper Cyndi and I delved, the more Atila's facts rang true. What impressed us in reading every one of his works to date is the unmistakable, rock-solid documentation he always provides that cannot be denied. When he says it, you can count on it being so because he has the facts to back it. With this realization we knew we had to do what our Board of Directors warned us not to do: turn The Daily Catholic into a totally Traditional Catholic publication. Despite the fallout of six of the Board members resigning, we had the support of our Spiritual Director Father Al Svobodny, OMI and our legal counsel Martin Sweeney. Forming a quorum we voted to go forward. The first matter was to shut down the site which we did with a long summer issue while Cyndi and I began to research, pray, read, pray, and pray some more. The more we discovered, the more solid Atila's facts were as we also read The Rhine Flows into the Tiber by Father Ralph Wiltgen, Iota Unum by Romano Amerio, as well as many of the books by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and Father James F. Wathen's two masterful books The Great Sacrilege and Who Shall Ascend?. In addition, we researched countless pre-Vatican II encyclicals and all the Councils. Sure enough Atila had been right on. We had to share all this with our readers so they could read it for themselves and not just take our word for it. We had begun corresponding with Atila and Marian shortly after leaving the Novus Ordo and were able to see up front and personally the deep commitment and sincerity of these two stalwarts of the Traditional cause.
Had it not been for Atila's definitive works, it is unlikely we would have taken such a daring step as to turn The Daily Catholic from what it was in 2000 as a thriving Novus Ordo publication parroting the pabulum being so cleverly fed to all Catholics in diocesan publications, to sacrificing it all in order to do the right thing. Cut off by most of our Novus Ordinarian supporters at the time, we set out on the lonely but fruitful and sure path of Tradition and have never looked back. To that commitment, we thank today's honoree, the distinguished gentleman and esteemed chivalrous author of the Eli, Eli, Lamma Sabacthani? series that we believe will be remembered as quite possibly the most succinct and definitive collection to flesh out the causes and effects of these troubled times in the history of Holy Mother Church. That's the good news. The bad news is that he and Marian are only half way through translating the Collection.
When one first enters Atila's stately, but modest office one is overwhelmed by the floor to ceiling bookshelves packed with books of documentation in many languages including bound past copies of all A.A.S. daily releases going back to Pope Pius XII and well before that even, as well as volumes and volumes of bound issues of L'Osservatore Romano and other Catholic publications. But that is merely a teaser, for when one turns the corner one is confronted with more bookshelves on either side leading down a long hallway where it turns right towards another hallway where the shelves rise up on either side once again. It reminded me of my first experience in New York City when driving toward the then Pan Am Building which seems like it is the end of the city, only to discover that once around it one discovers you're only halfway through the Big Apple. Chances are few Traditional Catholics in the world have as extensive a collection of primary sources on pre-Vatican II, Vatican II and post-Vatican II as Mr. Guimarães. To say our experience was awesome and awe-inspiring would be an understatement. As I told Atila, I felt like a kid in a candy store. It was another confirmation that few scholars have the thorough acumen to trace and document the why, what, when, where, how and who as Atila has done in his marvelous Eli, Eli, Lamma Sabacthani? collection which, book by book, exposes the the massive, murky mess that has been created as a result of the Vatican II agenda.
Following up his first book in the collection he released his second book translated and edited by Marian in 2000 Animus Delendi-I which, in reality was Volume IV from the Portuguese collection. Yet it was so important Atila found it necessary to produce ahead of Volumes II and III for this work further defined Atila's documentation of how the Church was sabotaged through Vatican II and by whom. The Latin title translates to "The Desire to Destroy", which is exactly what the progressivist perpetrators had planned. As in his other works, Atila is so meticulous that he not only checks his references several times, but solidifies his statements with numerous quotes that affirm his facts.
In the aftermath of the devastated vineyard laid so bare from Jubilee events that were great photo ops but opportunists for expanding the ecumenical heresy, Atila found it necessary to publish a special edition of his collection which was titled
"Quo Vadis, Petre?" translated, "Which way are you going, Peter" in asking the present successor of Peter what direction he was taking in light of the scandalous Jubilee events that revealed such a pan-religious nature and further weakened Holy Mother Church by confusing even more of the faithful. As usual, no response from Rome for indeed the Pope nor anyone else in the Curia could not honestly answer the questions Atila so respectfully, but firmly asked or they would have had to admit before the world they were wrong and Atila was right.
In 2002 he solidified the findings of his first two books with Volume V, Animus Delendi - II, which focused on Secularization and Ecumenism, the two main initiatives of Vatican II. He showed how these measures are destroying the unity of Holy Mother Church and the foundations of the Faith. In this masterful work, Atila exposed the half-truths and laid bare for all to see the barren tree of Vatican II; irrefutable documentation that innocent souls are being led to the slaughter by blatant denial of Catholic truth.
rather than immediately for we is what not only woke us up, but planted the zeal
Prior to releasing Volume V, he and Marian collaborated on a most revealing book released in the Fall of 2001 titled Previews of the New Papacy, which shocked even us at the time and we made our feelings known personally to Atila and Marian. They were most gracious in hearing our concerns, but resolved not to amend anything in the book, which is basically a pictorial compendium of the scandalous papacy of John Paul II. Though initially we thought it was harsh, in retrospect, as we admitted to Dr. Horvat and Atila, it wasn't bold enough for slowly but surely it has been documented over and over the veracity of the very things conveyed in the photos. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and for those Novus Ordinarian Catholics with short attention spans who wouldn't take the time to read, the pictures shout the truth so visually. Indeed since the release of the book more aberrations have been documented by NovusOrdoWatch and Father Moderator at Traditio.
When the War with Iraq broke out in the aftermath of 9-11, Atila found it necessary to remind readers with a short book in 2003 - titled War, Just War - of the forgotten principles from Natural Law, Scriptures, and Catholic Morals that support war and applied them to the current crisis in the Middle East. He answered in this work the reasons why progressivists were against this war as he outlined their utopic dream for a one-world order. That is what was hidden behind the anti-war position. He also tackled the pacifist hysteria of some religious leaders. Unfortunately this issue also caused some friction within the Traditional movement itself as no issue, outside of abortion, became more emotional in lieu of Americans once again going into battle.
Again Atila went against the grain in adhering to what Holy Mother Church has always taught.
Probably his most devastating statement as to the bitter fruits wrought by the conciliarists came with the release of his most recent book Vatican II, Homosexuality, and Pedophilia published this year on the moral crisis within the universal Church. It was an appendix to The Murky Waters of Vatican II which updated the malaise that has so confused Catholics in the new millennium. With all the scandals breaking over the past two years in the secular media and the American church imploding, Atila's book
is key to understanding the purpose and rationale of those who would twist the Sacred Deposit of the Faith to accommodate sin, and who must be exposed and eradicated for the welfare of Holy Mother Church. It 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 for, as Atila sadly documented, the sin of sodomy permeated all the way to the Papal quarters during the reign of Paul VI. That, in and of itself, is as tragic as it gets and yet so many Catholics, who have been so mesmerized by the lies and the fabricated facade, would deny it despite numerous very credible eyewitnesses at that time, who had no personal axe to grind, only that they were loyal to Holy Mother Church and could not understand the perversions that were even more scandalous than the times of Pope Alexander VI. whose actions helped ignite the Protestant Reformation.
At present Atila is just reaching that Pan Am building for he is only half way through the collection, devoting his time and energies, along with Marian's expertise in keeping every thought and content in tact in the translations. Definitely no easy task. His next work he and Marian are hard at work on presently is the sixth volume Inveniet Fidem?. Like a kid counting down the days til Christmas morning, we can't wait. We were so honored when Atila and Marian agreed to provide The Daily Catholic with columns with our debut of the totally Traditional publication in September 2001. His first column on the Pact of Metz which ran here on the Feast of St. Michael was a real eye-opener to our readers for it explained so well then why modern Rome has continued and intensified the entire false Fatima fabrication of Our Lady's request all because of the insidious and treasonous agreement made with the Communists as authorized by John XXIII in seeking to placate man rather than God. As the Apostle Paul said so clearly in Galatians 1: 8-10, that is a definite no-no! In fact, he had even stronger words: "let them be anathema!"
Both Atila and Marian contributed regular articles to our publication for many years until, like Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey, they were able to maintain their own site in operational order where they now publish on their excellent TRADITION IN ACTION.ORG site and which we link to breaking articles as often as possible under their respective column titles which we have archived since September 2001 in On the BattleLine and Echoes of True Catholicism We share in this issue Atila's most recent Bird's Eye View of the News on the furtherance of syncretism at Fatima, the cowardice of Rome to uphold Catholic moral truth, and the misconception being bandied about which the Modernists are now embracing that the Old Jerusalem needs to be restored. They have forgotten Christ forever established the New Jerusalem in ending the Old Covenant. That New Jerusalem: His Holy Catholic Church. Atila and Marian use, as the theme and logo of counter-revolution for Tradition In Action, the great Charlemagne on his noble steed accompanied by his knights Sir Roland and Sir Olivier, a monument which stands at the entrance to the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral rising above the banks of the River Seine in Paris. The motto of their ministry is taken from the French idiom La plus belle aventure du monde, c’est la nôtre, translated: The most beautiful adventure in the world is ours. And indeed it is for there is no nobler act than to work to reinstate everywhere the most beautiful thing this side of Heaven - the Immemorial Mass of Tradition.
At their easy-to-navigate www.traditioninaction.org site you will also find more about Atila's books and Marian's as well, such as her comprehensive books on Our Lady of Good Success and also Restoring the Family , along with other available booklets, articles, and an in-depth interview of Atila conducted by an Eastern European magazine. It reveals so much more about this Crusader and Word Warrior for Truth and Tradition which time and space to do not allot here.
Finally, one of our proudest blessings came when we obtained the Italian text of the Pontifical Biblical Commission document "The Hebrew People and its Holy Scriptures in the Christian Bible" before all the hubbub broke out over the anathemas which Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had himself signed off on. From our contact in Rome we knew this must be disseminated to all, but there was no English translation yet, and so, despite the fact Atila was working on Animus Delendi-II, he graciously took the time to read it and write a landmark exhausting analysis and critique of the Commission's document. He clearly identified the anathemas blatantly professed in the document and sent his complete analysis to us to publish. We were honored and privileged to break the series exclusively on these pages in April 2002 and which is available to read for yourself at Changes in Doctrine and New Anathemas. This was later published in booklet form and now available from TIA.
And now, as we complete the charter Tower of Trent Tributes for this inaugural year of the awards, it is with great pride and truly an honor to enshrine Atila in the Tower of Trent Hall of Honor and present our trusted friend with the Tower of Trent Trophy and declare this day and the next two Within the Octave of Corpus Christi Days as Atila Sinke Guimarães Days in all of Christendom.
For other charter members honored in this inaugural presentation of the Tower of Trent, see Charter Recipients of the Tower of Trent Trophy