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  • FRIDAY         March 26, 2004
    updated: March 26, 2004   4:40 p.m. CST                    Volume 15, no. 86
    Know the Faith in order to Keep the Faith!
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    TODAY'S PROPER OF THE HOLY MASS:

    Today is the Ferial Friday in the Fourth Week of Lent

    Mass is the Missa
    "Et erunt ut"


    STATIONS OF THE CROSS

    Tomorrow is the Double Feast of
    Saint John Damascene

    Mass is the Missa
    "Tenuisti manum"

    UPDATE
    on the
    igNOMinous
    gNOMe
    igNOMinations

      With one week to go in the balloting for the igNOMinations of the igNOMinious gNOMe Awards, we wanted to bring you up to date on who have been receiving the most votes so far. The fact is there are many cardinals and bishops on the list. Those listed below have received at least 5 votes for consideration. We list them in order of who has received the most votes thus far. Here are the latest tallies.

    • Cardinal Roger Mahony - Los Angeles
    • Cardinal Walter Kasper - Rome
    • Archbishop Rembert Weakland - (formerly of Milwaukee)
    • Archbishop William Levada - San Francisco
    • Monsignor Luciano Guerra - Fatima
    • Cardinal Edward M. Egan - New York City
    • Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald - Rome Inter-religious Dialogue
    • Cardinal Bernard Law (formerly of Boston)
    • Bishop Joseph Fiorenza - Galveston-Houston
    • Bishop Serafim de Sousa Ferreira e Silva - Fatima
    • Fr. Jacques Depuis - Fatima Ecumenist
    • Bishop Thomas O'Brien - (formerly of Phoenix)
    • Bishop Thomas Gumbleton - (formerly of Detroit)
    • Cardinal Jose da Cruz Policarpo - Lisbon
    • Bishop Howard Hubbard - Albany
    • Bishop Anthony Pilla - Cleveland
    • Bishop Patrick McGrath - San Jose
    • Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger - Paris
    • Archbishop Sean O'Malley, OFMCap - Boston
    • Cardinal Francis George, OMI - Chicago
    • Bishop John Quinn - (formerly of San Francisco)
    • Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - Rome
    • Bishop Charles Grahmann - Dallas
    • Bishop Thomas Kelly - Louisville
    • Bishop Joseph Adamec - Johnstown-Altoona
    • Bishop Donald Trautman - Erie
    • Bishop Kevin Britt - Grand Rapids
    • Father Thomas DeYoung - Grand Rapids
    • Archbishop Timothy Dolan - Milwaukee
    • Bishop Matthew Clark - Rochester
    • Bishop Robert H. Brom - San Diego
    • Bishop Tod Brown - Orange
    • Cardinal William Keeler - Baltimore
    • Bishop Paul Loverde - Arlington
    • Cardinal Theodore McCarrick - Washington, D.C.
    • Bishop Wilton Gregory - Belleville, Pres. USCCB
    • Bishop Robert Lynch - St. Petersburg
    • Bishop Joseph Imesch - Joliet
    • Cardinal Francis Arinze - Rome
    • Archbishop Alexander Brunett - Seattle
    • Archbishop Michael Sheehan - Santa Fe, NM
    • Father Richard McBrien - Notre Dame
    • Bishop Daniel Pilarczyk - Cincinnati
    • Cardinal Adam Maida - Detroit
    • Bishop Kenneth Utener - Saginaw, MI
    • Bishop John McCormack - Manchester, NH
    • Cardinal George Pell - Sydney, Australia
    • Bishop John Leibrecht - Springfield-Cape Girardeau
    • Bishop William Skylstad - Spokane
    • Father Andrew Greeley - Writer

       There have been several others submitted thus far, but not gaining the full five votes to make the list. The most have been for the Archbishop of LA with 896 followed closely by the head ecumaniac of Rome Cardinal Kasper with 802 votes. Votes are open until and through April 1st, April Fools' Day. Also, we have decided not to include Pope John Paul II in the selection, but he will receive an honorary igNOMinious gNOMe for obvious reasons. Still seven days to vote for your igNOMinious gNOMe igNOMination choice


    UGLIES AWARDS UPDATE

       Here, too, readers have responded by sending in a slew of names. Most prominent are those who have attacked Mel Gibson with Gavin Newsom, John Kerry, Ted Kennedy pulling down quite a few votes, but Abe Foxman of the ADL has pulled ahead with Rabbi Boteach picking up the pace. UGLIES, of course, is an acronym for Unprincipled Garrulous Liberal Idiots Embracing S Here then is a sampling of the order thus far of those in the running for an UGLIES nod.

    • Gavin Newsom - Mayor of San Francisco
    • Senator John Kerry - Massachusetts
    • Senator Ted Kennedy - Massachusetts
    • Rabbi Schmuley Boteach
    • Abe Foxman - Head of ADL
    • Andy Rooney - CBS
    • Frank Rich - New York Times
    • Rabbi Marvin Hier - Simon Wiesenthal Center
    • Howard Stern - shockjock
    • Osama bin Laden - terrorist
    • Christopher Hitchens - Vanity Fair
    • Kofi Annan - UN
    • Martin Scorsese - Director of Last Temptation
    • Ted Turner - Atlanta
    • Michael Jackson - singer
    • George Carlin - 'comedian'
    • Janet Jackson - singer
    • Warren Buffet - Billionaire
    • Jacques Chirac - French President
    • Bill Maher - 'comedian'
    • Patricia Ireland - NOW
    • Jay Leno - 'comedian'
    • Robin Williams - 'comedian'
    • Kobe Bryant - Laker
    • Eliot Spitzer - New York
    • Bill O'Reilly - The O'Reilly Factor - FOX News

    These are those receiving at least 5 votes thus far. Surprisingly we have had fewer votes for this category than the gNOMe Awards. There is still time to register your vote by sending your nomination to UGLIES Nominations

    TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jacob Michael provides an excellent argument to verify the total Catholicity of Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of The Christ', reflecting on the very essence of the film - the Sacrifice as Jacob provides scriptural documentation as to the atonement and propitiatory sacrifice which Christ takes upon Himself then and now for He is omniscient as in ever present in the Holy Eucharist as he explains in his column The Sacrifice!
  • Father Yves le Roux strongly recommends we renew the Passion of the Father's Divine Son for without His help we're on our own. Too many have abandoned Christ for the world, the flesh, and the devil. The Jews did not kill Christ, they just rejected Him outright and since then so many have followed that very bad choice as Fr. points out in Treason Against God!

    Could there be sabotage in the theaters? The possibility exists with tickets for other films being sold to movie-goers seeing 'The Passion of The Christ.' Why? To keep box office grosses down for Mel's masterpiece. See Conspiracy and Theft at the Box Office


      We remind you voting for worthy recipients of the "Tower of Trent" Trophies are open until April 11th, but don't put it off like taxes. Get your votes in now. See Below


    Pray for John Paul II that he will awake from the devastating 40-year slumber and return Holy Mother Church to its rightful place as the true Mystical Body of Christ and consecrate Russia to Mary's Immaculate Heart. Read our editorial The Judas Kiss.


    PAPAL PROOF OF WHAT THE CHURCH TRULY TEACHES

      For those who truly want to delve deeper into what the Faith teaches and what past Sovereign Pontiffs have decreed, we recommend for your vital reading to better KNOW THE FAITH in order to KEEP THE FAITH, pertinent Papal decrees which put to the lie what is being promulgated today by the Vatican II church. We strongly encourage you to read these to understand how today the modern church is in Apostasy when compared to what had always been taught by Holy Mother Church and enforced and warned as most grievous by previous Pontiffs as you'll see in CREDO & CULTURE


    The entire thrill-packed suspense novel on the fight to preserve the True Faith and the world against the nefarious Legion of the Basilisk is now online at WHITE SMOKE, BLACK FIRE!


    For links to past articles, columns, series, etc. of contributing writers found in The Daily Catholic plus the ARCHIVES for the past two years, see PORT 2004

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    Today:
    Quid dicit Scriptura?
    Jacob Michael re-asserts 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 reflects on Mel Gibson's masterpiece - his magnum opus - in confirming the totally Catholic truths the film adhers to dogmatically. Jacob shows 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 shows through Scriptural prophecies the fulfillment of the Old Covenant in the establishment of the New Covenant through the Body and Blood of Christ and backs 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 points 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 weighs 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 emphasizes 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 points out that while Christ's Sacrifice represents His Divine Mercy, God is equally just and will have due justice. He urges 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!

      Yesterday:
      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

        SUNDAY:
        "Qui legit, intelligat"
        In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Laetare Sunday, he equated the beauty of the rose as the symbol of grace so magnified in the ethereal beauty of the Blessed Virgin Mary - the Mystical Rose who is the antithesis of all that is ugly: sin. Father shared St. Augustine's longing for this incomparable beauty and what he longed for when he had exausted all else that the world, the flesh and the devil had to offer. So, too, we need to turn to this immaculate Ark of the Covenant, Cause of our joy - Causa nostrae laetitiae - to console us and encourage us that like the everlasting Golden Rose - we will not wilt in our fervor for the True Faith and eternal salvation. Nothing in Catholicism is more precious than the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass so beautifully preserved in the the Traditional Latin Mass as a perfect rose, thorns and all as part of the journey of the Cross. It is a reminder that our Via Crucis continues, but we take this day to rejoice, to rest and to refresh. The Golden Rose of Traditional Catholicism blooms forth more vibrant than ever even in the weed-filled fields of the dreaded dandelions of the Novus Ordo. Truth and Grace are beauty that cannot be marred. Father clarified in his sermon Beauty ever ancient, ever new
        Gabriel's Clarion
        Gabriel Garnica dug through the makeup cases, which have been made up by the New Order operatives, in order to expose the hideous face of sin that looks back; and yet so many are blinded by the rush and false hope of temporal perfection that they cannot see this aberration. Nor can they taste it as Gabriel mixed metaphors in describing the cursed cuisine of Vatican II and the Revolution which have diluted the hearty and healing broth of true Catholicism for a synthetic, spoiled stew with every ingredient to please all while infecting so many. Yet, the latter is passed off as must-food for those who want to look good, feel good, and not be reminded of anything but good things in this world. He pointed to this as one of the contributing factors of why man has rejected the poor, the suffering, the sick and why there is such outrage by the fabricators of this lie against Mel Gibson and the Truth he has expressed and illustrated so magnificently in 'The Passion of The Christ.' You see passionate spirituality is on the comeback and that doesn't set well with those who would rather we forget sacrifice as Gabriel explained in his column The New Order's Cosmetic Spirituality.

        Saturday:
        "Father, forgive them..."
        Gary L. Morella took the head of the Jewish Hillel Center at Penn State University to task for the culprit Tuvia Abramson's idiotic expressions in critiquing Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of The Christ'. Ol' Tuvia was prejudice going in, determined to point out that it was all false! So confident or disturbed was he, that he didn't even see the entire film, walking out for a third of the film and then returning. In other words, the man is as qualified to write a critique on Mel's movie as the theater's popcorn vendor who might duck in and out during break times. One thing was sure as Gary rebutted the idiocy of Abramson's statements, both the fare which the vendor prepares and Tuvia's logic are full of hot air and there is not a kernel of truth in Abramson's deductions. Gary masterfully refuted this modern Pharisee so blinded by the gnat that he has swallowed the camel as Morella illustrated in "Blind guides..."
        Christ or chaos
        Dr. Thomas Droleskey, very familiar with the landscape of New York City and even more so with the Traditional thermometer of the Big Apple, lamented that the beautiful old St. Ann's is being sold. The sacred will become the profane for a post-office is scheduled to be built there. But Cardinal Edward M. Egan doesn't seem to be sensitive to the needs of souls. After all, his reputation is more treasured as a Donald Trump of real estate than of souls. Sad but true. Tom shared some of his own personal experiences and what this cherished old church represents to faithful Catholics and the entire course of history as the revolution is prepared to wipe out totally any vestiges of Traditionalism in the largest city of the world. What price progress?! Tom detailed in his column posted on his site on the feast of St. Joseph Faithless, Heartless Bureaucrats!

        Friday:
        Friday was the joyful Double of the First Class Feast of Saint Joseph - like an oasis in the midst of Lenten sacrifice, fasting and penance. Though it was still a day of fast and abstinence, it was a day of celebrating the holy Joseph. We shared some of the many titles this foster-father of Jesus has been given that outside of Our Lord and Our Lady, there is no saint more worthy or powerful in calling upon for intercession. Why? Because he is the 'quiet saint' - called thus because so little is written of him. Yet, by steadfastly calling upon this silent giant we can eradicate sin in our lives and bring grace alive through emulating this holy, fatherly saint whose intercession is attributed to killing vice with the swift sword of virtue. That is why he is called The Silent Assassin!
        Gabriel's Clarion
        Gabriel Garnica got out his boots because the ridiculous diatribes against Mel Gibson and his magnificent masterpiece 'The Passion of The Christ' seem to grow more foul by the day and being uncovered for exactly what they are: all-out anti-Catholicism - actually anti-Traditional Catholicism as Jews preach Vatican II on the tube and apostate theologians deny the divinity of Christ and accuse Mel of 'making it up.' Right!!! No, it is getting deeper and deeper in the dung-heap as the fertilizer is spread out in ink and on the air. Gabriel sounded the clarion of what we need to do when those who prize trash and profanity call the Divine just that. Beware, warned Gabriel in his column, to those who would spread this bull to Watch Your Step!.
        Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
        Kevin Tierney presented his third 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. Kevin broke down the Gospel of the Transfiguration of Our Lord and showed how the NO skirts the entire issue of what Christ demands. The Disciplines of Lent: The Second Sunday of Lent

        Thursday:
        A Chronicle of Catholic Tradition
        The eleventh chapter of our series on the history of Holy Mother the Church and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass continued to focus on the first half of the Third Century overall with the focus on the establishing of the official Mother Tongue of the Church as Latin. We outlined the reasons for this which led, indirectly to the first schism within the Church and the first antipope Hippolytus who would eventually repent of his apostasy and die a holy man. But the crack had already appeared and over the next several centuries grow wider as the chasm between East and West grew deeper and further apart. Compounding the inner turmoil was the stepped-up persecution by ruthless Roman emperors who went to great lengths to once and for all eliminate these pests called Christians. As we all know their efforts thankfully failed miserably and from the blood sprouted new life as Christianity gained a strong foothold throughout the Roman Empire. These are some of the topics covered in the eleventh installment: The Price to Pay for the Priceless Gift
        Reflections on 'The Passion of The Christ'
        The renowned Dr. David Allen White checked in with his reflections of Mel Gibson's masterpiece in an excellent article he submitted to The Remnant and which we highly recommend for as this noted PhD. pointed out that just by its being made has provided a "straightforward spiritual litmus test" for all. With all the drug-testing conversation going on about steroids, etc. this is a test to see who accepts Christ uncompromisingly today or rejects Him today. No different than during the very time when he trudged up the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem. David brought up a very interesting point that we agree with. When one sees it more than once one gets an even greater perspective and consciousness that might have evaded one in watching it initially. In that point it makes the experience all the greater. David's article is a must read. Reflections on 'The Passion of The Christ' .
        Hope on the Horizon
        Marvin Grove in his column for The Hollywood Reporter on St. Patrick's Day listed the ten rules Mel Gibson has shattered in making and marketing 'The Passion of The Christ'. In what Hollywood calls the "Ten Commands" Mel has become the "new Moses" by smashing the old safe norms of past moguls and studios that was the dogma for so many years. In like manner that Christ established the New Covenant, Mel has established a New light on how to produce a successful film that defies all the tenets of Hollywood and embraces a staunch faith in God that everything will turn out all right if we work as if everything depends on us, and pray and let go in realizing everything depends on God. Mel has introduced no new dogmas, but a traditional hardwork ethic that has paid off because he didn't go by the book Hollywood wrote, but the book inspired by the greatest Author of all time: the Holy Ghost. Read Grove's take on Mel's breaking all the taboos in his article Gibson breaks Hollywood's 10 Commands .

        Wednesday:
        The Sanity of Sanctity
        In honor of Saint Patrick's Day, we presented a special diary of Saint Patrick himself written by the saint that delved into his mindset and heart and revealed the pure holiness of this great man who brought Catholicism to a pagan island in the 5th Century. It detailed the hardships and obstacles he encountered and how, through his immense love for the Triune Divinity and the True Faith, he persevered, even to being rebuked by his superiors, even when a normal person would abandon all hope of converting these stubborn people of Eire. That is what separates common men from saints and this humble confession by the Patron Saint of Ireland. Translated from his own Latin, it is a testimony to his sanctity. Through the natural - the shamrock - he was able to explain the Supernatural. Truly a testament to the sanity of sanctity. Since the 5th Century the emerald isle has remained one of the staunchest bastions of the Roman Catholic Faith in the world. He would weep today at how it has deteriorated over the past 40 years with the cancer of Vatican II that has so ravaged every parish, parishes that produced so many priests who populated the clergy in America in the 40's and 50's but, thanks to the drying up of the True Faith, that constant stream of vocations has slowed to barely a trickle. Nevertheless, we pray that the holy Patrick's diary might be a spark that will once again ignite the chaste fire of a true vocation in someone's heart and soul as we presented Conversion of Souls in St. Patrick's Own Words
        Gabriel's Clarion
        Gabriel Garnica took Wednesday, when we honored one of the great missionaries in St. Patrick of Ireland, to remind all of how so many saints and missionaries took Our Lord's charge in Mark 16: 15-16 so very serious that they gave their entire lives, indeed many willingly gave up their lives to martyrdom, so that souls would have the opportunity of knowing, believing and enjoying eternal life. There are so many saints, but Gabriel highlighted a little known saint besides St. Paul, such as St. Tarsicius who is a prime example of this fortitude and fealty to Christ and His Church. Yet, as Gabriel pointed out, in the New Order their feats are downplayed and apologized for. In such cowardice and denial these modern Pharisees of the Vatican II church are, in effect, blaspheming Almighty God Himself. When Cardinal Kasper tells the Catholic bishops in Russia to stop proseltyzing the true Faith, what kind of message does that send Our Lord and Savior, or the saints that gave their all? The message is definitely NOT Catholic and must not be followed. Gabriel explained in his column Spitting On Their Graves.
        FOCUS
        Several years ago Michael Vincent Boyer, a well-respected Catholic insider expert on what's happening in the entertainment industry, wrote an exclusive piece for this publication before we had fully embraced our Traditional Catholic stance. The title of the feature on Movies and Morals, Videos and Virtues, and Television and Temperance was "How Holy would help Hollywood." Little did anyone realize how holy would indeed help Hollywood until 'The Passion of The Christ' bowled them over. Now Hollywood knows what it takes. Mel is showing the way for this retro piece we brought you was about the pre-'Passion' days of this popular Irish-descendant American raised-in-Australia. Boyer, former publisher of Goodbye, Hollywood wrote this piece for us over four years ago. Keep that in mind in respect to Mel's children who are older now and, I believe, have an additional child even. If Mel's worth was great before 'The Passion of The Christ', it is even greater now as are his values in real life with his family as Michael illustrated for Mel's heart is brave and his real 'passion' is his devotion to family values and his Catholic Faith. For Boyer's column, with the title updated on how Mel Gibson's greatest ensemble is his family preserved by his strong Catholic values, see What Hollywood Didn't Want You to Know is Now Known to the World!

        Tuesday:
        Catholic PewPOINT
        Editor Michael Cain followed up the inspired plea of Protestant evangelist Bill Keller of Liveprayer.com in calling for President George W. Bush to put aside politics and personal agendas for 40 days and direct Congress and the rest of the citizens of these United States to figuratively put on sackcloth and ashes in a second Lent, if you will, a period of an additional 40-days of Prayer and Fasting from May 1 leading right up to the Feast of Corpus Christi. Considering the peril of body and soul in these times, it is most necessary and all of Christian America needs to come together in calling upon the mercy of God by atoning for the sins that have cried to Heaven for vengeance. If Bush wants to turn this country around, if John Kerry wants to make true change, then the only direction is to our knees in repentance and to fast after a brief Paschal celebration. Cain detailed in an Open Letter to the President of the United States, those elected officials, judicial officials, and every citizen from the greatest to the least that we must, for the sake of our eternal souls and the soul of America, follow the example of the Ninivites who, warned by Jonas, responded sincerely and were spared from God's wrath. Cain, on the day after the Ides of March, warned President Bush in his editorial "Et tu, Presidente?"
        Shears and Tears of a Lamb
        Catharine Lamb had to chuckle, yet shed a tear of sadness for the enterprising New Order capitalists who stage Fish Fries every Friday during Lent. On the surface it might be a laudable idea to help a person avoid the temptation of eating meat, a definite no-no every Friday of the year in the True Catholic Church. But no, one look at the sign at the local Novus Ordo, made to order for those who have no concept of what fasting really means, says it all: ALL YOU CAN EAT! Go ahead and stuff yourselves she quipped for those in the Vatican II church have no concept of what Lent really means or the purpose of self-sacrifice. It is not to lose weight; not to stop certain cravings while taking up other cravings which could be even worse, but to focus on our own vulnerabilities and that without God we are nothing. It is only by heeding what Holy Mother Church in her wisdom has passed down, especially from St. Thomas Aquinas' inspired words and Sacred Scripture and focusing on the why of Lent that we can understand the why of the Passion and Death of Christ. Contrary to the Novus Ordinarians who dismiss Traditional practices as old-fashioned and out of touch, what Catherine shared was no wild "fishy tale," but a "fish story" for the ages in the footsteps of the true fishers of men. The New Lent: Another Dud.

        Monday:
        Fingerprints of Anathema?
        Editor Michael Cain, acting as locum tenens examiner, administered the Galatians Anathermometer Theological Exam (GATE) to Boston's Archbishop Sean O'Malley in kicking off yet another series in The Daily Catholic. This, he has promised, will be a hard-hitting feature in which we will give no quarter if, in the prelates' own words, they have convicted themselves of Anathema per the Apostle Paul's infallible statements in Galatians 1: 8-10. That confirmation is the gage for the GATE and Monday His Excellency from Boston was on the hot seat, not only for his inane and non-Catholic words published in a secular newspaper, but for his totally lukewarm handling of two very dangerous men who have caused great scandal because they have not been corrected by the appropriate authorities of the Church. As we saw in Monday's 60th reason why one cannot in good faith attend the Novus Ordo, the question must be asked: has the archbishop abdicated his position of authority? Even worse, with the smudges of anathema everywhere, one has to wonder what else the archbishop has indicted himself of; the reader discovered in Giving the GATE to Archbishop Sean O'Malley!
        Gabriel's Clarion
        On the Ides of March Gabriel Garnica showed the evolution of the revolution just in the term persecution, which has morphed from the barbaric physical torture employed by the Romans against the Christians to an even more barbaric torture of the soul and psyche today with the modern barbarians at the gate - the politically correct secularists who, by lobbying, legislation and lies, have changed the landscape of morality and resorted to the same arena, so to speak, as the coliseum floor where Christians are once again oppressed for the very same principles they have always upheld. Today's mangy beasts are not the four-legged cats, but two-legged apostates, atheists and agnostics who revel in sin and will cry persecution if they are reminded of their evil way. Therefore they have mounted the forum steps and signal the collective death of Christian principle and ideals with their thumbs down. Despite the catechetical catacombs of reason and truth, the good are being hunted down and held up for ridicule in a world gone mad, a culture out of control. Therefore it is no surprise that A Tent Grows in The Coliseum.
        Hope on the Horizon
        In reaffirming the above two articles we presented a most enlightening and no nonsense letter sent to the Bishops two years ago which makes their actions since all the more suspect for they have seemingly neglected the wisdom and prudence and facts presented by three very respected doctors of the Catholic Medical Association on behalf of NARTH (National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality). In the letter these doctors, one a highly regarded Catholic psychiatrist strongly advised against the ordination of homosexually-oriented priests. Archbishop O'Malley read it, and yet he responded in the secular manner he did in the Boston Globe? Please. The President of the USCCB Bishop Wilton Gregory has read it, yet continues to ignore the natural conclusions to the unnatural. As an aside, the program coordinator for the Secretariat for African-American Catholics at the USCCB moonlights for a known pro-abortion, pro-sodomy legislator - Senator John Kerry. Talk about the need to clean house! It is evident from reading this letter that the bishops surely haven't even considered cleaning house as you'll read in Letter to the Catholic Bishops on Screening Homosexual Candidates for the Priesthood

        SUNDAY:
        "Qui legit, intelligat"
        In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Third Sunday of Lent, he reinforced the words of David in Psalm 24 from Sunday's Introit, "Oculi mei semper ad Dominum" - "My eyes are ever towards the Lord." Every Catholic must be focused on God and His infrangible truths, beginning with the Credo of Belief - that Christ founded His One True Church "outside of which there is no salvation. It is a primary dogma of the Church Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus reiterated infallibly by numerous Saints, Doctors of the Church and Popes throughout the ages. With the vapors of universal salvation given credence at Vatican II with such anathema-ridden decrees like Nostra aetate and Ut unum sint, the viper of apostasy slithered in and sits coiled today more wicked than ever, ready to strike out at anyone who dares present the truth for those who have been conquered by the new religion are all blind guides who not only refuse to accept Catholic truth, but are leading the blind sheep to perdition. That is fine with the serpent who has wrought so much destruction, but not with true Catholics who, for love of God, want their fellow man to share in eternal bliss. That can only be accomplished through the True Holy Catholic Church as Father affirmed and we affirm every day when we pray the Act of Faith in confirming St. Anselm's words "Credo ut intelligam" - "I believe that I may understand." For our journey is "Fides quaerens intellectum" Faith Seeking Understanding
        On the BattleLine
        The faithful fighting On The BattleLine are not only those here on the homefront in America, but also in the Ukraine where they are locked in a bitter battle with the schismatics who have a strange ally. Then again, as Atila Sinke Guimar„es illustrated, it is not so strange when one understands the ecumaniacal bent of Cardinal Walter Kasper. Atila detailed how the church of Vatican II is now caught in their own vortexed vapors and the stench of the Pact of Metz. Once compromised, always compromised and thus is the case in Russia where Kasper is so hell-bent on acceptance that he has ordered the Catholic bishops not to proselytize the Word of God and the Faith. The faithful Ukrainian Catholics are not taking this well and, to their credit, are resisting the rot being spewed all in the name of ecumenism. Kasper's Curious "Code of Behavior"

            The problems above are all part of the Vatican II agenda and one which Atila has meticulously exposed in his magnificent Eli, Eli, Lamma Sabacthani series of books. His latest, and quite possibly most shocking book considering what is divulged and documented, has just been released and 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 and Pedophilia".

      The GOOD: The "Tower of Trent" Trophies!

         Other than the coveted Walter L. Matt Memorial Lecture, there are no official recognitions 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

      Mel less than $80 million from catching 'Return of the King' all time!

      Passion's' Passionate Returns Illustrate the Fever of the Fervor of Faith!
        With the crowd count down for the first time this past weekend, we urge all to see it if you haven't seen it yet, and if you have: SEE IT AGAIN! and then let us know what you thought of the film and how it affected you. Share with our readers by writing My take on 'The Passion'

    THEFT at the Box Office depriving Mel Gibson of his rightful share and numbers!

    If you hear a theater manager tell you "Mel's made enough money already!" it's a sure sign something illegal is going on at your theater. No wonder numbers have slipped this past week!

      Newsmax.com has just reported that the possibility exists that 'The Passion of The Christ' could be getting short-circuited at the box office by an old trick prejudiced theater owners have used in the past. It seems to be happening again as they report WSVN-TV uncovered this tactic at a movie cinemaplex in Miami, Florida where a woman Frances Cannon bought tickets to see Mel's movie and was given tickets reflecting Hidalgo instead of 'The Passion.' Naturally the tickets were good for 'The Passion' but that was not the point for even though Mrs. Cannon went into the theater and watched 'The Passion' the proceeds she plopped down were earmarked for 'Hidalgo'. This prompted the reporter for WSVN to ask about Mel's film, which in the last week has dropped considerably in box-office returns after steady and phenomenal returns, "should that dollar figure even be higher ... yes." Newsmax wrote:

      Frances Cannon "is upset because she says Gibson's movie isn't getting all the credit or cash it deserves."

      A deeply religious woman, she and her family paid to see the movie but noticed their six tickets were marked "Hidalgo," not "The Passion of the Christ." (The unpopular "Hidalgo," by the way, just so happens to star Bush-hating appeasement activist Viggo Mortensen.) When Mrs. Cannon noticed the mistake and asked the cashier to fix it, the manager intervened. "He told me that they have already sold enough tickets and these six credits wouldn't matter anyway ... he's [Gibson] made enough money anyway." She contacted Seven News (the Miami TV station) after the manager again refused to give proper credit to "The Passion."

    The deduction, as the station's legal expert, Howard Finkelstein affirmed is "Theft."
      He said: "This is clearly a breach of contract ... when someone makes a movie they get money based upon ticket sales ... in this case the money that Mel Gibson's movie should have gotten went to another movie ... if this was done intentionally it's theft."

      The station says a corporate official of the chain, which it did not identify, admitted the manager was wrong, should have corrected the error and would correct it.

      WSVN reports: "The theater wanted to know why Frances was so concerned about this. Bottom line ... she didn't want to get anyone in trouble ... she just wanted to make sure that Mel Gibson's movie got the money she paid ... We contacted Mel Gibson's people ... they are aware of the situation."

      The reader who sent us this tip wonders, "Is this kind of theft of Mel Gibson going on in other parts of the country?"

      Movie fans, check your ticket stubs and raise hell if your money is incorrectly going to Viggo or the other pampered leftists of Tinseltown.

       And Newsmax has a very poignant point. There are many ways to sabotage a movie if one wants to and this time it is coming from within the theaters themselves by the theater owners. We've seen where Zionist Karmitz in France has refused to show it, calling it "Fascist Propaganda" when in truth he is the Fascist. There is an underground of opposition among the liberals and they'll do anything to prevent Mel's movie from becoming the largest grossing and most popular movie ever, even to fabricating the returns by selling tickets to other movies for 'The Passion'. It's a dirty little trick which can add up big. It would also explain why Mel's movie dropped below the cult film 'Dawn of the Dead' and one wonders how many tickets to 'Dawn' were sold to those who went to see 'The Passion'. That would justify why Mel's movie has been hanging just below the elusive $300 million mark when many projected it would already have reached that zenith. It is something everyone should check carefully when going to see 'The Passion'. If you find the same tactics, ask others in the theater if they too have been duped and then ask the theater manager and owners: What do you have against Mel? If they come back with the liberal remark, "Mel's made enough money already," then you know the sabotage has been going on at your theater and you need to bring it to the attention of both the media and authorities for it is outright dishonest. It is against the Seventh Commandment!

       This is another reason we need to flood theaters in the next two weeks for many theater owners, as indicated in earlier editions, would like to see 'The Passion' gone from their theaters as soon as possible. Why is a reason that reaches all the way to the depths of their liberal bias for they have been making good money from the takes on 'The Passion' but because they might be anti-Catholic or anti-Christian or just hate the good guy Mel, they'll do anything to sabotage the film. Rise up, Christian America, and let them know we will not stand for such shameful tactics!

      As more return to see it again or for the first time beginning in Passion Week through Easter when churches will turn out in droves once again to incorporate the totally Catholic essence of the Passion and Death of Christ into their Lenten devotions. Let us hope and pray they will understand the Catholic meaning of Atonement and the necessity of the Propitiatory Sacrifice which is only re-enacted in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the untained Latin Mass. Sadly, there are way more more theaters than churches that offer the True Mass today, making our own walk to Calvary all the more significant and lonely. Yet it's important not to go the lonely route as far as the film is concerned. It's important that 'The Passion' stays in theaters through Easter so get your family, friends and neighbors together and go see it again this week. I guarantee you'll come away with more each time. It's that kind of experience. That is another reason it should easily have surpassed $300 million by now and this story broken by Newsmax.com could be just the tip of the iceberg.

       Projections are already coming in that Mel will reap ten-fold what he invested in the movie. How appropriate and biblical. In light of The Hollywood Reporter's Martin Grove, article, which showed just how well Mel Gibson and his film are positioned, the suspicion of sabotage grows all the more strong. Satan is furious with Mel and those who go and will do anything to throw a monkey wrench into the works. We can throw up our hands and say 'ah, what are you going to do?" but why go the lukewarm route that will only result in the inevitable ugliness described in Apocalypse 3: 16.

       Have hope! Ah, yes, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19: 25). Truly Our Lord is rewarding Mel for his work and rewarding souls for this film has caused EVERYONE to talk about Jesus Christ! Now the Vatican needs to come clean and hopefully the Holy Ghost will touch the heart of John Paul II who will realize the folly of the past 40 years and why Christ has suffered all the more because the Pope was not more vigilant on his watch and has allowed error and anathema to spread so. We can only pray for a miracle that he would wake up and return Holy Mother Church to the Truths and Traditions of St. Peter through Pope Pius XII. ABANDON THE ECUMENICAL PATH for the sake of souls! Mel's movie is bringing the whole question of ecumenism to the surface and it won't hold up against the infrangible Dogma Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus which every NO bishop is afraid to admit. Rid the Church of these charlatans! Mel's movie is a start!



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