"Quid dicit Scriptura?"
Jacob Michael begins appropriately in this Ember Days Issue a series on Indulgences. As he points out, Indulgences are probably one of "the most difficult teachings of the Church to understand, and even harder to defend." Yet, Jacob, no stranger to tackling tough assignments, immediately illustrates ways to better understand what Holy Mother Church intends by taking us directly to Sacred Scripture to refute Protestant accusations and misconceptions. In this thought-provoking first part, he also provides some indulgenced prayers so the reader can put into practice what we preach immediately. Jacob explains in Part One of The Ripple Effect: A Study of Indulgences
Books you can count on!
We want to bring to the attention of all our readers an excellent book by Griff Ruby that clarifies so well what the Traditional Catholic movement is, when, where and how it began and why it has continued to advance - despite the persecutions by the Novus Ordo Church of the People of God and the infighting among various Traditional factions - and how God is employing the Traditional Catholic movement to keep the Faith founded by Christ alive. Griff is not afraid to tackle all issues and emerges with a lucid chronicle of the major camps in the struggle to preserve the True Faith for in the Sacraments, Doctrines, and Immemorial Mass of Tradition - the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in Latin - all Traditional Catholics are united. What amazed this editor was how each of the factions within the Traditional Catholic movement have a God-given function and that no one Traditional group has all the answers, but with Christ working through them, the situation within Holy Mother Church today is "where the Church is there is Peter." We encourage you to read this excellent book and share it with your friends, family and community. It will answer many questions about where they have taken the Mystical Body of Christ. As Mary Magdalen discovered when she asked "Where have they taken my Lord?", the Angel responded, "He is not here. He is risen." So also, thanks to the research and concise compendium Griff has put together, we are witnessing through the Traditional Catholic movement The Resurrection of the Roman Catholic Church
In Living our Faith
In our revised series on emphasizing the practical aspect of our Faith from a totally Traditional Catholic perspective, we continue with the First Article of the Apostles' Creed, which contains the basis for what Catholics believe. This particular chapter is taken from Bishop Morrow's My Catholic Faith. Other chapters will be taken from that excellent Authentic Roman Catholic work as well as "The Catholic Church Alone - The One True Church of Christ" (1902), "Cabinet of Catholic Information" (1904), and "The Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church" (1907). There will be other reputable, unerring works we will be referencing - all before Vatican II including Father George Leo Haydock's comprehensive Catholic commentaries from the Douay-Rheims Version of Sacred Scriptures. You'll also note that all pronouncements by Our Lord in Divine Revelation are characterized in red type to distinguish the Word made flesh. In this third chapter, we discover the most august and unfathomable attributes of the Divine in
The Perfections of God
On Gabriel's Clarion
Gabriel Garnica points out that over the last several month or so there have been many flip-flops and they are not all coming from the mouth of John Kerry, but from many bishops and cardinals who straddle the fence of political correctness at the expense of countless souls, confused even further by the ambiguous proportinate bafflegab that lead to a false rationalism which could be most deadly for the soul come, not election time, but judgment time. A Pope who was not afraid to be clear and absolute - Pope Pius XI - put it most assuredly that God will not be mocked. He will avenge those who are responsible for innocent blood. Gabriel cuts to the chase in his column Politics, Proportionalism and Perdition
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"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost, he emphasizes that we will remain 'dead' if we do not place our trust in Christ and strive to seek first the kingdom and reject the snares and lures of the world. Those who place their trust in humanist institutions from the Conciliar Church to the UN are sadly lacking for these entities come up spiritually empty, incompetent, as Father points out, mainly because they have rejected the sole authority of Christ as their Sovereign King. Only in the True Church is there hope. Father reminds us of what St. Paul admonished and what Our Lady lamented at Fatima regarding sins of the flesh, and he entreats us to shun those things that would harm our souls by being vigilant in the custody of the eyes and closing our ears to the cacaphony of the satanic din that is called 'music' today. If we give in we are dead to sin. These noises are the sirens of satan and we can only shut them out by taking refuge at the Door of Salvation - Jesus Christ. He will muffle the noise of the world with His love, mercy and compassion in raising us up above the din by His pronouncing
"I say to thee, arise."
Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
Kevin Tierney takes a cue from the Traditional Gospel where Our Lord raises up the young man, making him new again - renewed and pure as in Our Lord's words in today's Gospel "I say to thee, arise". Kevin illustrates which Proper is in accord with the fullness of Faith and the fact that Christ indeed can manifest miracles and can raise us up from the mundane to the heights of grace if we are open to His Will for He will have compassion on us. Kevin compares this to the Novus Ordo Proper which may omit the heart of the message for it includes negative theology and that is frowned on in the New Order. As Kevin points out the Traditional Mass gives us the Truth, the whole truth and nothing but the Truth, while the Novus Ordo goes out of its way to omit the essence of man - his soul - because that would be politically incorrect for modern time and might offend man. Never mind how much God is offended! Kevin explains in comparing the Traditional Proper of the Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost with the Novus Ordo 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time in
The Soul Reason We Can Leave No Stone Unturned!
In Living our Faith
In our revised series on emphasizing the practical aspect of our Faith from a totally Traditional Catholic perspective, we continue to treat in this issue the First Article of the Apostles' Creed - statement of belief which contains the basis for what Catholics must believe. These particular chapters are taken from Bishop Morrow's My Catholic Faith. Other chapters will be taken from that excellent Authentic Roman Catholic work as well as "The Catholic Church Alone - The One True Church of Christ" (1902), "Cabinet of Catholic Information" (1904), and "The Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church" (1907). There will be other reputable, unerring works we will be referencing - all before Vatican II including Father George Leo Haydock's comprehensive Catholic commentaries from the Douay-Rheims Version of Sacred Scriptures. You'll also note that all pronouncements by Our Lord in Divine Revelation are characterized in red type to distinguish the Word made flesh. Today we focus on the First Article of the Apostles' Creed God the Supreme Being
On Gabriel's Clarion
With the Olympics in the rear-view mirror, football season upon us and pennant races heating up, sports garners the attention of many males, but it is three women to whom Gabriel Garnica focuses on in showing that two are running the good race as St. Paul refers to in 1 Corinthians 9, while another has abandoned virtue for the temporal treasures that might make her seem brave and powerful to those who oppose God, but a truly pathetic figure to those who realize hers is a corruptible crown. Gabriel explains in his column Define Bravery and You Define Your Values
Mario Derksen emerges after several months with some new perspectives on things and which are his opinions and not necessarily the stance taken by The Daily Catholic. Yet, since what he provides in no way contradicts the constituted evangelic traditions and can be documented by what Holy Mother Church has professed and determined from Peter through Pius XII, we have decided it has much merit for our readers for Mario has studied these issues in depth. He tackles today the Message of La Salette and poses the question if Pope Benedict XV or Pius XI were alive today would they still be so guarded about these messages if they knew indeed the grave crisis that has occurred within the bosom of Holy Mother Church today. The times grow darker as more and more principles and truths are compromised. The Church is nearly in eclipse. Were we not warned by Heaven? Mario explains in his column in part one of the Eclipse of the Church: 1958 and Beyond
Hot off The Remnant pages, editor Michael Matt reports the most recent progress or lack thereof between Father Stephen Somerville and Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic who is truly playing hard ball with the Traditional priest in persecuting and cajoling Father to submit to the heresies of Vatican II. Father is going through the proper channels, but we all know that will get him nowhere. Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and Father Nicholas Gruner can attest to that futility. Matt provides the latest correspondence as it is obvious The Remnant has become a burr in the Cardinal's saddle. By way of a reminder, Father Somerville is the retired priest who Mel Gibson trusted implicitly to say Holy Mass for him on the set of The Passion of The Christ. As we said before, maybe, just maybe this will get Mel's attention of something that has long been needed and which we specifically addressed in our open letter to Mel Turn the mirage into a Miracle! in which we petitioned Mel to set up a fund for priests to leave the exile of the NOM and return home to Tradition without worrying about insurance and pension funds or pandering to the Modernists. Read Canadian Cardinal "Ups the Ante" Against Mel Gibson's Chaplain UPDATE
"Quid dicit Scriptura?"
Jacob Michael resumes his series on "Mother's Medicine: Mary as Mediatrix" with his fourth and last installment on the Mother of God's specific mission as Mediatrix of all graces and the affirmation of Mary's role in suffering as recorded in St. Luke and the prophesy of Simeon who proclaimed "Behold this child is set for the fall and for the resurrection of many in Israel and for a sign which shall be contradicted. And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed." Jacob shows how the four elements of this prophesy illustrates Our Lady's instrinsic role in the Passion and Redemption and how thus she serves as the channel of all graces. This is illustrated clearly in the Scriptures manifested in The Presentation in the Temple
In Living our Faith
In our revised series on emphasizing the practical aspect of our Faith from a totally Traditional Catholic perspective, we begin with the Apostles' Creed, which contains the basis for what Catholics believe. This particular chapter is taken from Bishop Morrow's My Catholic Faith. Other chapters will be taken from that excellent Authentic Roman Catholic work as well as "The Catholic Church Alone - The One True Church of Christ" (1902), "Cabinet of Catholic Information" (1904), and "The Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church" (1907). There will be other reputable, unerring works we will be referencing - all before Vatican II including Father George Leo Haydock's comprehensive Catholic commentaries from the Douay-Rheims Version of Sacred Scriptures. You'll also note that all pronouncements by Our Lord in Divine Revelation are characterized in red type to distinguish the Word made flesh. The Apostles' Creed
On Gabriel's Clarion
Gabriel Garnica addresses an aspect of John Kerry that hasn't been discussed but is evident throughout his gauntlet in the public limelight as his past is attacked for his lack of integrity. It is how he reacts today that shows he still cannot connect the dots, cannot find the one missing link in ascending order that would free him from the slavery of denial and stubborn humanism. Until that True Chain of Command is righted, Kerry will continue to come up short just as the New Order church has come up short in trying to convince True Catholics that it is still Catholic. Kerry is no longer Catholic even though he says so. But what he says and does tells the measure of a man. This is what Gabriel zeroes in on in his column The Vital Missing Link in the True Chain of Command
In honor of the Double of the Second Class Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Tradition In Action shares an excellent essay on this feast as the late Professor Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira provides a meditation on how Our Lady is beyond compare and why this feast is so special in the life of the Church. One such aspect of interest is that on her feast days it is said she visits Purgatory to welcome countless souls into Heaven with God's blessing. Another reason we need to keep the holy souls in our prayers for someday, when our time as members of the Church Militant are completed, we may need this during our time in the Church Suffering before Blessed Mary comes to escort us into membership in the Church Triumphant. The professor shows the necessity of the Communion of Saints through the Queen of Saints in his short commentary on
The Nativity of Our Lady
The Sanity of Sanctity
Need a little extra devotional prayer to add to your daily Rosary? What follows is a litany to all of the saints whose feast days are celebrated in the month of September. Many of these saints are little-known and often are not, for that reason, invoked in our prayers. Thanks to Jacob Michael, readers can add this short litany to your daily Rosary, having the benefit of invoking the prayers of some of these lesser-known saints for the rest of the month.
Litany of September Saints
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost, he points to the fact that we cannot put our hopes or trust in man for, as evident from the actions of the post-conciliar church in sync with the world, the things of God come secondary to the things of man. It is a barometer today that Catholics were not shocked by the heretical words uttered by John Paul II in mid-August in upholding the Masonic Creed of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. So dumbed down have so many become that error can be trumpeted as truth and few blink. Today's Gospel warns against serving mammon for Jesus clearly states "No man can serve two masters" and those who try, well, pray for them and pray for the Social Kingship of Christ to materialize in God's time as we are encouraged to seek a devout life devoid of the thorns and thistles growing up on unstable ground that threaten to choke the life out of the modern church and society. We have Christ's promise that those who build their house upon the rock and believe in Him, keeping His commandments, shall not perish. Father leaves us with this strong ray of faith, hope and love in his sermon today. "God so loved the world..."
Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
Kevin Tierney points out how the Traditional Latin Mass this week emphasizes man's total dependence on God and follows the logical conclusion that if we cooperate with God He will provide all we need in order to attain eternal happiness with Him. Kevin laments if only the Novus Ordo were as succinct and clear. But alas, that is not possible with such a synthetic concoction as the NOM, which only clouds the mind more with the abrasive New American Bible translations that gut Sacred Scripture of so much in inordinately focusing on man. He explains in his column for the first Sunday of September
Is it really out of the Ordinary to be dependent on God?
In Living our Faith
This Labor Day weekend we launch a revised series originally laid out in our Appreciating the Precious Gift of Our Faith series. This time, we want to emphasize the practical aspect of our Faith from a totally Traditional Catholic perspective so Catholics, so confused by the bafflegab and ambiguity of the compromising post-conciliar church can better understand what the Catholic Faith truly teaches and what it forbids. Thus in keeping with the spirit of this weekend we begin this work Ora et Labora with the basic tenet of Catholic catechesis Why Did God Make You?
Deprogramming Diabolic Disorientation
William Kennedy, author of "Lucifer's Lodge", provides a brief essay in which he effectively debunks the heresies inherent in the blasphemous trash book by Dan Brown called "The Da Vinci Code" which questions the blood lineage of Jesus Christ and the heresy that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene. It is rubbish and Bill identifies why. Brown's anti-Catholic work needs to be exposed for what it is: FICTION, with not a shred of truth to the Modernist author's premises. William clearly identifies and refutes two of the chief premises which Brown bases everything else. A house built upon sand cannot stand and Bill Kennedy exposes the rotting beams holding up the house of cards known as The Da Vinci Code in his short essay
The Da Vinci Code: Debunked and Junked!
Jacob Michael offers some sobering thoughts in tweaking the consciences of Traditional Catholics everywhere to consider what this 'business' of salvation truly entails. On this Feast of St. Pius X, he points out that we need to focus less on the juicy news and more on the pulp of prayer and penance in helping restore all things in Christ. He urges all to focus on if we're doing enough to keep ourselves on the straight and narrow and not worry about all the wreckage going on in the Novus Ordo establishment. It's inevitable it is going to happen and rather than looking for the carnage as ambulance chasers, let us put our minds to knowing and practicing our Faith so when the collapse does occur, we can be their with the net to help save souls, primarily our own by offering whatever we do for the greater honor and glory of God and for the souls in Purgatory. That's the essence of being a member of the Church Militant as he explains in his column Assisting in the Restoration
Shears and Tears of a Lamb
Catharine Lamb follows in the same vein as Jacob as she comes to the conclusion that nothing is going to get done while the present regime reigns for the Chair of Peter is Sede-vacation - since the pope is seldom there and when he is, well who knows what he is going to say. No anathemas have been pronounced, discipline is a thing of the past, and collegiality has taken over. If we allow these overwhelming situations to depress us it won't help our own spirituality and therefore only through prayer and penance can we expect the abbeys, seminaries and convents to be teeming with vocations again. It won't happen in the Novus Ordo no matter what novelty they come up with. Catharine advises we chalk that up and move on. It's time we're resigned to the fact that we need to know our Faith and seek to improve our own prayer life in the Traditional Latin Mass and other devotions so Catholic before the abandonment of the Faith by the Modernists. She points this out in her column
The Sanity of Sanctity
In honor of the holy Pontiff Pope St. Pius X, the only Pope to be canonized since Pope Saint Pius V, we provide a detailed essay on his life and accomplishments for during his reign all was right within the Church. True outside and plotting were the Modernists, Masons and Communists, but due to his strong pontificate they didn't dare show their heads. One would have thought his strong decrees including the Oath Against Modernism and his encyclical on the dangers of Modernism Pascendi Dominici Gregis would have been enough to stave off what he referred to Modernism as the "Mother of all heresies," but then who would have thought Quo Primum would ever be tinkered with either. Nearly a century later we must remember the wisdom of this holy Pope and do all we can to restore all things in Christ. That begins with each one of us doing our small part. His life helps inspire us as you'll see in The Pope of the Blessed Sacrament
On Gabriel's Clarion
Gabriel Garnica weighs in on the sad plight of France. This once mighty fortress of the Faith has practically lost all semblance of the sensus Catholicus. To make matters worse, the pope of modern Rome travels to one of the most holy of Marian Shrines and proclaims for all the world to hear the Masonic Creed of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity and Tolerance. To compound the anathema, he did so on the 150th anniversary of Pope Pius IX's proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception. While Gabriel laments how far France has fallen, in reading between the lines we can see how far the papacy has plumetted since men named Pius ruled the Primacy of Peter with respect and Fear of the Lord. This, sadly, has been lost on the modern popes who prize placating man above pleasing God. Gabriel lays out the facts in his column France is Falling!
Echoes of True Catholicism
The Olympics are over, though few paid much attention to all the commercial hype. For that we are thankful and many, including the editor, didn't watch any of it at all. Neither did Dr. Marian Therese Horvat and she gives an indication why by broaching a subject few talk about, but is part of the core of masculinizing women today: Sports and the short shorts they wear. Marian points out the immodesty inherent both in apparel and activities that have deteriorated to brutal combat where all femininity is removed and the absurd and obscene take over. An example is the photo above taken from TIA of women in tight, tight leotards - yes, they are covered but it wouldn't look like it from the photo above - who marched for the Pope in 1984 to his thunderous approval! The book, published by Marian and Atila Sinke Guimarăes, Previews of the New Papacy, has hundreds of pictures that show the laxity in the Papacy today. This is not as it should be nor as it was just a short several decades ago. Marian bases her argument not on just her personal opinion, but on the words of vigilant popes - yes, we did have such before Vatican II allowed for the demasculization of men and defeminization of women. Today women wear leotards and suggestive wear while taking part in Papal Masses no less, so we shouldn't be surprised that the modern Vatican saw fit to place more importance on establishing a special Sports commission for the brotherhood of man rather than cleaning up the charlatans in wolves' clothing who pose as bishops, scandalizing so many and causing countless Catholics to lose their Faith and disuading anyone from converting to the True Faith. Marian shares the wisdom of Holy Fathers Pius XI and Pius XII in her column on decency in how one should comport oneself and finishes with the solid words of the Angelic Doctor. She explains the perennial moral teaching of the Church in her article
Women in Sports: Natural and Unnatural Challenges to Purity
The Fatima File
John Vennari, editor of Catholic Family News, provides the latest volley in exposing the lies coming from the Modernist humanists. He is one of the chief journalists who has been at the forefront in exposing the unCatholic skimble-skamble coming from the Rector of Fatima in trying to cover-up the inevitable - an interfaith shrine at the Cova where the ugly heresy of ecumenism will be celebrated much to Our Lady's chagrin. In his signature piece appearing this month in CFN, he documents on film the facts that prove Monsignor Guerra, the Shrine Rector, is either living on another planet or is lying. You be the judge. Also, with this undeniable proof, surely Father Robert Fox of the Fatima Apostolate has to see how he himself has been deceived and come clean himself, beginning with an apology to Traditional Catholics for not abandoning Our Lady's plea when all others have. John dots the i's and crosses the t's in getting to the crux of the matter in his excellent article, which, because of its length, we are carrying only this article today so readers can take their time reading his insight and facts. As Jack Webb used to say, "Just the facts, sir." Well, that's what Vennari provides in Shrine Rector Attempts to Justify Hindu Prayer Service at Fatima
Editor Michael Cain gets personal in entreating John Paul II in an open letter to prove his mettle and asking him to walk the walk. Cain points out that this pontiff has talked the talk, but not followed up with any authority; something in his capacity he must do. Cain relates his own miraculous healing at Lourdes and prays that the Holy Father will experience the same kind of spiritual healing that will take away the scales of prejudice against Tradition and prompt him to turn Holy Mother Church around by finally admitting before God and man that the experiment of Vatican II has proven to be a horrendous mistake and to continue on that path would not only be folly, it will lead to perdition. It would take a man truly of God to do that and Cain is throwing down the gauntlet to see if this Pope is truly "Mary's Pope" by respectfully, but rightfully asking him to
Prove Totus Tuus To Us
Father Lawrence Smith illustrates why he is such a prolific writer as he contributes a cornucopia of food for thought that will make every person examine their own conscience to discover their own level of sanity in this sanitarium of dimentia called earth. He examines the demise of society and the craziness of those who write the unwritten rules that seem to dominate in a topsy-turvy world that Christ said we should never be of, but only in. Even being in this world can be a taxing exercise in futility if we are not centered in Christ and the unchangeable teachings of His Church. Father lays out the symptoms and maladies of a civilization lacking in common sense from his perspective as an inmate of Prison Earth. He presents an essay on the uncommonness of commen sense with an honest assessment for the stout of heart that one will want to read twice, three times even more. He nails the maladies in Bad News For Modern Man
The Agony of Aggiornamento
Kathy Willett Redle completes her three-part essay on the ill-effects of Dignitatis Humanae, which, of course, is the Vatican II document on Religious Liberty. Kathy devoted this treatise to respectfully challenge Novus Ordinarian priest Fr. Brian Harrison to acknowledge the barren fruits of the Vatican II tree in order that he can partake in the rich and grace-filled fruits harvested through the good tree of the Traditional Latin Mass. Kathy shows clearly why "by their fruits you shall know them" as she cites the reasons and contradictions that prove Religious Liberty is anathema. She illustrates the stark contrast between Popes Pius XI and Pius XII with that of Paul VI. She summarizes in Part Three of Truth is stranger than Fiction!
"Father, forgive them..."
With our Mid-Summer Hiatus issue, Kevin takes a break from his weekly Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi comparisons of the Propers to expound on one of the problems that only compounds the problem: The drivel that drives Deal Hudson and his magazine Crisis - that self-absorbed publication battling with Envoy for most outrageous Novus OrdinArian malaprop propping up the New Order from a "conservative perspective". Kevin takes on George Sim Johnston, but the buck stops at the top and, like any publication, the contributing writers reflect the essence of what the publication says and therein lies the crisis with Crisis. It would seem Deal is not dealing with it but characters such as Michael Moore would love it for indeed Johnston's piece reads more like "Fahrenheit V2" as you'll see in Kevin's commentary How to Deal with the Crisis at Crisis
Gabriel Garnica continues his multi-part series "PRIMER FOR THE PRELATES" as he continues to expose the Democratic Platform and those pushing the agenda of the Party of Death. Not that the Republicans are pure, but next to the donkey-clad ones, well, let's just say the pachyderms aren't publicans. Gabriel lists the disses so prominent in the DNC and illustrates how each dis further disturbs the sensibilities of the faithful and certainly disgusts God. It's time to dis the disses as Gabriel outlines in his fourth installment Dis is what dem Dems are all about!
Hope on the Horizon
In this issue Doug Giles, author of 'Ruling in Babylon' and syndicated columnist whose columns appear in Townhall.com and on his clashradio.com site, lays out ten reasons why pastors, priests and, yes, the United States Bishops, have been so timid and unvigilant. He points out why they have not lead their flocks in ways Our Lord wishes, but have kowtowed to the politically correct creed to placate man and political parties. Doug unabashedly sends a wake-up call for them to remember why they were called in the first place as he explains candidly in his column Pastors, Priests, and Politics