With the debates winding down, thankfully, I would think most have come to the inevitable conclusion I have: we really don't have a clear choice among the finite cast wishing to be elected to the most prestigious secular position on this earth. President George Walker Bush, John Forbes Kerry, Michael Anthony Peroutka or...whoever else has tossed his ego hat into the ring. As Lorenzo Gigliotti, a "quixotic," whimsical free thinking Italian-American who runs The Random Times, and who graciously has provided the above graphic, said:
"This year I can vote for the candidate with a wealthy family, who went to Yale, is a member of the exclusive "Skull and Bones" organization, is descended from English settlers, Edmund Reade and Elizabeth Cooke, and is also a ninth cousin of Hugh Hefner... and don't forget his noble lineage which includes a variety of European royalty... OR I can vote for the candidate with a wealthy family, who went to Yale, is a member of the exclusive "Skull and Bones" organization, is descended from English settlers, Edmund Reade and Elizabeth Cooke, and is also a ninth cousin of Hugh Hefner... and don't forget his noble lineage which includes a variety of European royalty... Oops is that both candidates? Of course since George W. Bush and John Kerry are cousins, they probably have more in common than I'll ever know...Hmmm... two sides of the same coin? Maybe I'll just flip a coin."
Sad but true. Yet can we afford to leave this election to chance? Father Lawrence Smith delves much further into this in his must-read essay in this issue, Eschewing, Not Choosing, the Evil in "Reality Check." While the Democratic Party is the blatant Party that has snubbed God's Laws and flaunted satan's agenda, operatives in the Republican Party have been silent assassins. As Bishop Richard Williamson said about certain Vatican bureacrats - specifically Cardinal Walter Kasper and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger respectively, "You have nasty liberals and nice liberals; the fact remains they're both liberals." So also with the two major party-system. They are all liberals, progressivists, modernists. Yes, the Democrats are nasty; yes, the Republicans can be nice. But whether moderate or neo-conservative, they're still liberals. Just take a look at Bush's fiscal and actual Pro-Life record over the past four years. Oh yes, it will shine compared to the Donkey's ledger, but there is still a huge credibility gap in the elephant pen that is stretching the trunk to the snapping point. The fact that most Republicans are afraid to play the trump card of uncompromisingly standing for morality issues like pro-life and pro-heterosexual marriage is a dead give-away that they are playing the politically correct game with very little concern for God's concerns.
So what are the other alternatives? Well, we have Ralph Ebenezer Nader and his Green Party. Though a better choice than Kerry, that's not saying much and he won't garner much save for a few protest votes. Besides, the acerbic Michael Moore has become the new anti-hero to those who used to be in the Nader camp. Nada for Nader.
Then there is Peroutka, the candidate for the Constitution Party. Because this Jesuit-trained candidate is stumping primarily on the pro-life ticket and vowing to return the nation to God, several Traditional Catholics are warming to his candidacy. However what many of my fellow Traditionalists fail to realize is that, though trained at Loyola University in Maryland, he, like William Jefferson Clinton, is not Catholic and is more a creation of the Evangelical/Fundamental Protestant movement. Yes, his motives are good, but he will not strive to do what the President of the United States needs to do to protect this country consecrated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. That mission is to work to re-establish the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ as Sovereign King over all nations.
Twelve years ago in 1992 while publishing this publication under a Novus Ordo moniker in our "pre-Traditional" - or, as one might say, "unenlightened" - days, we took a lot of flak for promoting a write-in campaign for Jesus Christ as Sovereign King. Many (read Republicans) castigated us because we would be "wasting our vote." Funny, I don't think loyalty to the only One Who counts is "wasting" something. Rather, we've wasted time - as in centuries - in rolling over and allowing the Masonic Modernists to chisel away, infiltrate and try to bring down the only Institution He personally established - Holy Mother Church. That is why it is crucial for true Catholics to realize the futility of placing hope in man and to trust in God.
The Ideal Candidate
I know, I know, I've heard it before. It isn't practical to write in Someone who can't physically take office. True, but think of the impact. After all, isn't it the thought that counts? And Who better knows our every thought? On a more practical level, there has been a lot of buzz and even a website or two promoting Mel Gibson for President. Because it was really a second thought and never gained the acceptance of Mel himself, it will only garner publicity but no substantial numbers. However, considering the political landscape and the success of actors in the political arena (can anyone say Ronald Wilson Reagan or Arnold Schwarzenegger?), considering Mel for 2008 might not be as far-fetched as one might think. Take into account what he accomplished in the span of two years with "The Passion of The Christ" amidst every barb and arrow - many poisonous ones - slung at him. He came through it unscathed. In prepping for 2008, he would have practically twice that amount of time to mount a campaign with a dedicated staff and network of loyal followers who have had it with the two-party system. You know he could get enough signatures to be on ballots in every state. He could run on the "Right Ticket" for Mel would be right for America. With his popularity worldwide, thanks to his masterful film and career as a well-liked international personality, all but Al Qaeda would warm to his election. It would truly be a breath of fresh air and I don't doubt the Holy Ghost would hesitate in sending a gentle breeze over the entire electorate.
Of course, it is first up to Mel himself to give his fiat. You know, free will and all that. I wonder if anyone has asked him to run. One benefit is he wouldn't have to get a restraining order to keep fanatic stalkers away because the Secret Service would provide protection for him and his family. That alone might be an incentive for, from what we hear, he can't even pray in private anymore. Another aspect is he would have a loyal following. Consider, that if the same network, that rallied behind him to promote his movie, turned out in droves to support it, and subsequently left Mel's critics and doomsayers eating crow, realized they had a choice they would martial a formidable campaign that could sweep yet another actor into the White House. Hey, you know in your heart Mel would be a much better choice than pro-aborts Hillary or Arnold or Rudy Giuliani!
Why Mel? Because, first and foremost, he can be trusted. Can the same be said of any other candidate running for President this year or recent past years? Secondly, you know if Mel takes on a project he will see it through to its conclusion. Thirdly, the measure of a man is his integrity and no one risked more to fulfill what he believed in. Fourthly, it is that belief that can be the spark to ignite not only his campaign, but a renewed crest of optimism and faith that America can be saved from itself. And fifth, and most importantly, Mel, because he is a staunch Traditional Catholic, believes in the necessity to establish the Social Kingship of Christ. I don't know about you, but I can't think of anyone I would want to have leading our country than a man who believes in the absolutes of the One True Church. Considering the situation in the post-conciliar papacies, the fears that were expressed some 4 decades ago over John Fitzgerald Kennedy's election - about the pope influencing him in secular matters - would not hinder Mel, for we can almost guarantee he is not going to be influenced by the modernists ruling Modern Rome. Mel will defer to Eternal Rome, never modern Rome. There are many who would rally behind Mel Gibson, and not just because of his Catholic Faith, but because he has walked the walk, while everyone else talks the talk. Mel would be able to stand up under the grueling criticism of the liberal left media pundits and skillfully and honestly put them in their place, perhaps convert not just a few. God can work wonders when we place ourselves in His trusting hands. That's what Mel did to produce the most phenomenal masterpiece on the Passion of Our Lord ever. Mel will do whatever God wills. Pray on whether His will is for Mel to rescue America from the clutches of satan.
Folks, something has got to give. If Bush is re-elected, then you know it will be status quo as the One World Order agenda continues unabated and four more years of lukewarmness ensue and possible further involvement in war measures. The only bright side to Bush being re-elected is that he might appoint pro-life judges to the Supreme Court if any of the current liberal black-robed zombies (Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas excepted) retire, and if the other-side-of-the-aisle party pols don't filibuster or sabotage Bush's selections as has happened for the first four years of his first term.
Worse-case scenario: If Kerry is somehow elected by some quirk of fate, then that is what it is - an allowance by God of this evil - which we can only hope and pray would hopefully somehow bring good from such a nightmare. The greatest good would be the conversion of this 'cafeteria catholic' from Massachusetts, who has long ago apostasized his faith and sold out to the devil. If he were, gasp, elected, then consider it the hoped-for final chapter - book ends, if you will, to the ultimate and inevitable collapse of the Revolution. Though the Revolution against God's Holy Church had been festering for centuries, it came to visible maturity under the tenure of the two John's - John Kennedy and John XXIII, who both openly promoted the civilization of man and opened the door wide for satan to march right in. Now some 40 years later John Kerry would join John Paul II as the two John's holding vigil at the demise of the Revolution that has so ransacked Holy Mother Church, and consequently society as a whole, and cost countless - in the multi-billions - of souls who have lost their way thanks to aggiornamento and the "New Evangelization" or "New Springtime" or whatever buzz word they are spinning at the moment. Yes, 45 years is enough time. Perhaps, in our chagrin if Kerry were elected, we can take solace that there is a light at the end of the tunnel - a tunnel many should be scampering to get out of before it collapses and all that has been proclaimed in the newChurch will be consigned to where it belongs: oblivion.
The sole importance of All Souls Day
In that same vein, oblivion, of course, means "the state or fact of being completely forgotten." Has anyone else realized the significance of this year's elections? I'm not talking this time about who is running, but when. Is it not ironic that Catholic voters going to the polls will do so a day after the Church honors the Church Triumphant on the very day we remember specifically the Church Suffering? Yes, Election Day this year is on All Souls Day. Significant when you consider what is at stake. The modern post-conciliar church has, so sadly, long ago forsaken the poor souls in Purgatory and few there are left among the Church Militant who realize their integral role in the Communion of Saints. Our eyes can not see nor can our minds understand the sufferings of the Holy Souls. How can a soul suffer since it is not made of flesh and bone? This is for God to know, and for us, as His children, to believe. But, for a moment, consider the many times that you have seen a particular item which you desire. It might be a new home,a vacation package, new car, a new appliance, some particular garment that is beyond your financial means. But you've seen it, and the memory lingers and haunts long after you've at least recognized that you'll never possess this thing. How painful is the loss, and even more painful, the recurring memory of that which will not be in this earthly life. We've all experienced the shattering of earthly dreams.
If we can relate to this, then for a moment ponder upon the fact that at death your soul is taken into the presence of Almighty God for its Particular Judgment. And in that instant of eternity, your soul beholds the magnificence, the splendor and beauty of the Beatific Vision. Then, in less than the beat of a butterfly's wing, you are whisked off by your guardian angel to a place of purification. That in and of itself should be the greatest relief to the soul. You know at that second that someday Heaven will be yours. You have escaped hell. But you have not escaped Purgatory, where atonement must be made for all transgressions which have not been expiated for while on earth.
Your soul has seen God. For a brief, fleeting instant. An everlasting memory, an everlasting understanding of God that has never been permitted to you in your earthly life. And with this memory and knowledge, the soul knows that it is deprived of the Beatific Vision and must remain in this place of suffering aided by the intercession in Heaven of the saints, and more importantly, by those of us on earth who, by our sufferings here, our charitable works, and offerings of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, are the only ones able to assist these holy souls, and release them from suffering into the unending splendor of God's Heavenly Kingdom. Would you not be grateful for all eternity to have been freed from suffering, so that you might forever rejoice in the presence of the Triune Divinity? If we, in our humanity, would be grateful if someone gave us a magnificent gift of that thing which we could never afford, so that we might know its pleasure on earth, how much more should we be grateful to have eternal joy as our reward? For the newChurch to suppress this knowledge and to downplay the importance of praying for the souls in Purgatory and to downgrade our role in the great Communion of Saints is, well, downright demonic. What else could it be?
Saint Augustine, the great Bishop of Alexandria and holy Doctor of the Church, reflected upon the souls of the faithful departed in his writings when he stated:
"...we should not think that anything reaches the dead whom we care for, except what we solemnly ask for them by the sacrifice of the altar or by prayer or almsgiving. In fact, these do not benefit all those for whom they are made, only those whose lives were such that they are prepared to be benefitted by them. But because we cannot tell who these may be, we should do these things for all the baptized, so that none be left out whom these benefits could and should reach. For it is better that they be superfluous for those whom they can neither hinder nor help than that they should be lacking to those whom they would help. But each person does these things very diligently for his relatives and friends, in expectation of a similar remembrance from the relatives and friends who will survive him. What is done as to burying the body is not an aid to salvation, but rather a duty of humanity, prompted by the love according to which 'no one hates his own flesh.' And so it is fitting that each man care for the body of his neighbor as best he can, when the neighbor has gone where he can not care for himself. If those who do not believe in the resurrection of the body do these things, how much more should those carry them out who do believe. Carrying out this office for a dead body which is to rise and live forever is a kind of witness to faith in the resurrection."
Why, may I ask, would the Church of St. Augustine, of St. Thomas Aquinas, of St. Robert Bellarmine and St. Pius V, of St. Pius X, Pius XI and Pius XII minimize the importance of this? She would not. But the usurper church would and that is exactly what the post-conciliar church has done by eliminating the Requiem Mass and black vestments, thus depriving souls of their rightful assurance that those left behind will not forget them.
The Irish, God bless 'em, have contributed much to the Faith, but the Irish Wake has given rise to the new "Mass of the Dead" where everyone celebrates rather than focusing on the needs of the soul; they assume the soul has bypassed purgation and gone straight to Heaven. I am still amazed how many will eulogize someone today as "living saints," no matter how bad a life they led. This is obvious when some Hollywood star or personality passes away. Two blatant examples of this were the Versace funeral and the Bernadin funeral, as if they don't need prayers for the faithful departed. It is as if it would be an insult to the deceased that one pray for their soul. I don't know about you, folks, but when God decides my time on earth is completed, I pray you will assume I'm going to spend a lot of time in Purgatory. That way I can take comfort in knowing now that you will pray for me then. In the meantime I'm doing all I can to shorten that cleansing time by trying to scrub the soul as clean as possible while I still have my faculties here on earth. More about that in future editorials.
Right now I'd like to follow up on the thoughts of St. Augustine and what Holy Mother Church recommends to us, the Church Militant. She asks us to make an HEROIC ACT OF CHARITY on behalf of the holy souls. By this act a person surrenders, on behalf of the souls in Purgatory, all the satisfaction made to God by his good works, including whatever satisfaction may be offered for him by others during his life and after. The Racculta points out:
"Those who make the Act may gain a plenary indulgence applicable only to the dead. (1) each day that they receive Holy Communion, if they have made their confession, and visited a church or public oratory and prayed for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff of Holy Mother Church; (2) on Mondays if they attend Mass in supplication for faithful departed, and fulfill the usual conditions of #1.
Sacred Scripture leads us to a deeper devotion and understanding of the importance of praying for and making an Heroic Act of Charity for the faithful departed. Consider Saint Paul's words to the Corinthians in the First Book, Chapter 15: 35-44:
"But some one will say: How do the dead rise again? or with what manner of body shall they come? Senseless man, that which thou sowest , thou sowest not the body that shall be: but bare grain, as of wheat, or of some of the rest. But God giveth it a body as He will: and to every seed its proper body. All flesh is not the same flesh: but one is that of men, another of beasts, another of birds, another of fishes. And there are bodies celestial, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and that of the terrestrial another. One is the glory of the sun, another the glory of the moon, and another the glory of the stars. For star differeth from stary in glory: So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it shall rise in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it shall rise in glory: It is sown in weakness, it shall rise in power: It is sown a natural body, it shall rise a spiritual body. If there be a natural body, there is also a spiritual body, as it is written."
It is important to note that the existence of Purgatory can be referenced to 2 Maccabees 12: 43-46. The doctrine of Purgatory was given solemn definition by the Council of Trent as follows:
"This dogmatic definition contains three points of faith that all Catholics are compelled to believe: (a) that there is a Purgatory; (b)that after death souls suffer there for their sins; (c) that the living can extend assistance to such souls."
In the Book of the Apocalypse, 21: 27, in describing the New Jerusalem referring to the Church and Heaven, St. John writes: "There shall not enter it any thing defiled, or any one that worketh abomination, or a lie, but they who are written in the book of life of the Lamb." Our Lord expounded on the Mercy of God in Matthew 5: 26, "Amen, I say to thee, thou shalt not go out from thence, till thou pay the last farthing."
In the early Church, the canonical penances were severe. Grave sins, such as apostasy, were punished with a penance of seven years. During all this time the penitent was excluded from the company of the faithful. He knelt at the entrance of the church, asking for prayers of those that entered. He heard only the first part of the Mass - the Mass of the Catechumens, and was not permitted to receive Holy Communion. On fixed days during the period of his penance, he was obliged to fast on bread and water. But if those faithful interceded, the penitent was granted an indulgence; his penance was shortened.
True, over the centuries Holy Mother Church has mitigated some of the extreme harshness of such an offense, but it is a perfect reminder of the plight of the soul in Purgatory. On the sin of apostasy, imagine today how many would be kneeling at the door of the church, beginning with the bishops and rest of the modernist hierarchy! Nobody would be able to get in the door it would be so cluttered with prelates. But at least they would have the opportunity to be penitents before their Particular Judgment. As it stands now they will go to their grave, and may not even have a shot at Purgatory. That would be tragic. Especially in light of the fact that God desires the salvation of all of His children.
By the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ we receive merciful, divine love in the sacramental life of the True Church and through the mercy of God Himself poured into us through grace. We should remember that Love does not exclude Justice , and that nothing passes unseen or unnoticed before Almighty God. Thus, as humble members of the Church Militant we should acknowledge our own sins and work arduously to expiate for them in this, our exile. We should also, as true children of God, gather beneath our Heavenly Mother Mary's Immaculate protective Mantle, and proceed with unfailing charity the true Heroic Act of Charity, to pray for our departed brothers and sisters, and for all the Holy Souls, especially the most abandoned. We can emulate the Little Flower St. Theresa of the Child Jesus who, in her simple, obedient way, placed her complete trust in God by surrendering all her good works and any merit they might receive into His Hands, to use as He sees fit, ready to appear before Him at the moment of our death and clothed with our nothingness, only to receive, as she did, the blessing of being clothed in the very mercy of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
The children of Fatima were shown a vision of hell as well as Purgatory, yet modern Rome seeks to obfuscate that and further confuse the pure Message of Fatima. The interfaith nonsense the Fatima apparatchiks are trying to cover up is being exposed by those who realize Our Lady will not be contradicted or her words fabricated as Catholic Family News and Father Nicholas Gruner's The Fatima Crusader have vigilantly reported. These publications mentioned have done so because they have not been persuaded by the new doctrine, and have not bought into the modernist spin for they are loyal to the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church as taught from Saint Peter through Pius XII. So also most all other Traditional Catholic publications, apostolates, and priests. They will not compromise and for this they are persecuted. But then, Christ has documented in several places in the Gospels that this would happen. So why should we be surprised or shocked?
In fact, tragically, nothing seems to surprise or shock us anymore. We have been systematically anesthetized and anathematized by accepting whatever comes down the pike without challenging it in light of infrangible Catholic doctrine. This is exactly how the Church of Pius XII was undermined and became the church of Paul VI and further deteriorated under his successor Karol Wojtyla - a newChurch diametrically opposed to the Church of nearly 2000 years. I think it is important to realize something very vital: If those who still cling to the failing Novus Ordo church continue to go along with the crowd, they could well be surprised and shocked when their number comes up and the Book of Life is turned to their page, and they hear those fateful words from Our Lord in Matthew 7: 23, "I never knew you: depart from Me, you that work iniquity."
No one, I don't care who they are, ever wants to hear that!
So how do we prevent such a fate? Simple, begin here and now on earth to make amends for sins committed. And the True Church makes forgiveness readily available through the Sacrament of Penance in the confessional, the veritable unending font of God's divine mercy. Yes, the Novus Ordo church offers confession and, yes, it's better than nothing, but if you truly want to know your sins are forgiven and seek assurance, then seek out a Traditional priest - even if you have to drive for hours. Isn't it worth it time-wise compared to the time you might have to spend in Purgatory because you didn't want to make the effort?
Outside of the Paschal Triduum this year, there are no three succeeding days more important in Holy Mother Church's liturgical one-year calendar - than the back-to-back Double of the First Class Feasts of the Sovereign Kingship of Jesus Christ on October 31, and All Saints Day, followed by the Double Feast of All Souls' Day. These three days lay out the ideal roadmap to Heaven. First, we must resign our will in humble obedience to our One and Only King - Christum Regem Regum. We can do this at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in recommiting totally to our Sovereign and Supreme King. The next day, again at Holy Mass for it is a Holyday of Obligation, we can call on the Saints to intercede in helping us reinforce our resolutions to resist the Revolution by emulating the saints in striving for personal holiness. On the third day, we can put into action what we, as members of the ranks of the Church Militant are charged to do, pray and do penance for the Holy Souls waiting to be released.
And on that day - All Souls' Day, November 2 - top off the triumverate by putting your personal stamp of approval on the ballot by either writing in either Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ or one who will uphold all He asks. Don't forget to bring a pen and don't be afraid to go against the grain, for the fields will be harvested sooner than you may think. when the wheat is separated from the chaff, you will want to be bundled safely with the shafts of wheat and not shafted with the chaff for that will definitely be chaffing, to say the least. Yes, we truly can make heads or tails out of this presidential election. With grace we can more clearly see the two sides of the same coin and realize Our Lord's words in Matthew 22: 21 to "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's: and to God, the things that are God's." The laws of morality in this country no longer belong to "Caesar" for they go against what is rightfully God's. Therefore, we have a moral obligation before our Sovereign King to not waste our vote on one who has no intention of living up to God's Laws. And, please, don't buy into the two-party spin that you are wasting your vote. Remember St. Augustine's words as you enter the polling booth: "Wrong is wrong even if every one is doing it, and right is right, even if no one is doing it." Also remember, there is no more important issue than your salvation and that no vote is ever wasted when we stand for Christ!