Just as Pope St. Pius V urged the faithful to pray the Holy Rosary for Our Lady's protection and intercession, pray Mary's Psalter for those who were afflicted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Pray that America will turn from the road to perdition and uphold the moral sanctity of life in all aspects. Give thanks for blessings received and we urge prayers for the conversion to the True Faith of the apostate bishops in Rome and throughout the world who cling to the heresies of Vatican II and the pagan-Masonic synthetic Novus Ordo rite. Also pray Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary to help you discern the most critical question below which is a source of dividing the Traditional movement. Pray that True Catholics can resolve this by what the infallible, perennial Magisterium of the Church has declared and be united as one solid Church Militant in fending off the disciples of the devil. Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
That is a question in which a bevy of writers engage as we continue with the topic of Sedevacantism, caused by the necessity to publish both sides. Several writers are weighing in on whether or not the conciliar popes are Catholic throughout this week with verification as to their position. As we have stated all along, The Daily Catholic is here to provide a forum for both the prosecution and the defense and let the reader discern where the truth lies - for the key is to "Know the Faith in order to Keep the Faith!" Though there may be more articles to follow, below is a tentative schedule of articles slated thus far that will be presented on this topic and more:
- MONDAY - Defending the Papacy - Opposing the Sedevacantist Enterprise by Christopher Ferrara
- Defend YOUR Salvation by Father Nicholas Gruner
- TUESDAY - Sedevacantism and Mr. Ferrara's Cardboard Pope by Father Anthony Cekada
- WEDNESDAY - God's Eternal Enterprise by Griff Ruby
- THURSDAY - Opposition to the Anti-Sedevacantists by Joseph C. Maurer
- FRIDAY - The Blind Leading the Blind by Mario Derksen
- SATURDAY - Legitimate Reasons Why There Are Doubts About the Conciliar Popes by John Gregory
- Is Sedevacantism Catholic? by Richard Cure
- SUNDAY - "Let no one deceive you in any way" by Bishop Mark A. Pivarunas, CMRI
- TODAY - A Brief for Sedevacantism by Dr. Rama P. Coomaraswamy
- TUESDAY - It's Not Good to Make Mother Mary Mad by Cyndi Cain
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In drawing toward a close in our forum on whether the conciliar popes are Catholic, we present today Dr. Rama P. Coomeraswamy's treatise in which he deflects the false barbs that sedevacantism is schism by providing proof of St. Cyprian's statement "To adhere to a false Bishop of Rome is to be out of communion with the Church." Coomeraswamy identifies the true purpose and authority of the Magisterium and how the Vatican II concept of collegiality totally skewered this. He also touches on the triregno power of the Papacy in the jurisdiction of teaching, governing and sanctifying and since the Sacraments have been gutted, he provides the obvious syllogisms that leave anti-sedevacantists scrambling for a response and left stuttering for again a Pope cannot teach error and it is a fact that the conciliar popes have done just that. It is the responsibility of every Catholic to not only realize this but do everything one can to know their Faith. He reassures Christ's promise in Matthew 16: 18 and that, despite this nearly impossible situation today afflicting the Mystical Body of Christ, She will not fail, but the conciliar church will crumble just as Our Lord affirms in Matthew 7: 18-20. He concludes that perhaps it is God's permitting will that we put our shoulders to the plow and work at our salvation. It's work, not a picnic! He explains in
A Brief on Sedevacantism
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost, he focuses on today's Epistle and St. Paul's words to alert us to be on guard, to put on the armor of God, the shield of Faith, to be girded for battle because it is a war out there between good and evil and too often, as Father points out, we underestimate the power of the evil one, think that the devil is insignificant or buy into the Vatican II rubbish that it's just superstition which the "old Church" used to teach but in these modern, enlightened times man and hierarch seem to know better than God. Thus, by their lukewarm vigilance, they have paved the way for hordes of scorpion-like locusts to swarm and devastate souls because those shepherds who should have known better have failed miserably as mere mercenaries who will flee, and have fled, when truth and tradition need to be defended. Father shows how the devil so cleverly seduces man into thinking there's no rush to convert, no hurry to do God's holy will and once man relaxes, he has let down his guard and betrayed Christ. And Bingo! Like a pack of voracious locusts with scorpion tails - specifically the ones of the Apocalypse - the devil has accomplished more than imagined because of his willing or unwitting accomplices in the conciliar church who have helped enable this Apocalyptic plague visited upon immortal souls everywhere by not admonishing the faithful to gird themselves with the shield of Faith. Father explains in his sermon.
"To resist in the evil day"
Living in Tradition
His Excellency Bishop Mark A. Pivarunas has expressed, in the most charitable of terms, the exact course true Catholics must take if they are to remain authentic Roman Catholics. We have taken four of his essays and compiled them into one to bring you the arguments for the Congregatio Mariae Reginae Immaculatae (CMRI). The point comes down to whether one believes in all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches because Jesus Christ has revealed them and it is a fact of dogma that Our Lord cannot deceive nor be deceived as we state daily in the Act of Faith. Since the conciliar church does not possess all of the necessary four indelible Marks of the Church, as the Bishop illustrates, this conciliar entity along with its popes - cannot in any way be considered truly Catholic. If one thinks otherwise, then one would have to conclude that all that went before - from Peter through Pius XII - was in vain. That is, as we know, impossible for Christ's Mystical Body is indefectible. His Excellency explains in "Let no one deceive you in any way"
John Gregory is an Arlington, Virginia resident who, as so many Traditional Catholics in their journey to truth began with EWTN and then the Indult and then realized the True Mass and Truths of the Faith were only to be found in those chapels and areas where Vatican II indoctrination was not taught and the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church upheld, preserved and practiced. A member of St. Athanasius independent chapel in Vienna, John has looked at both sides of the arguments for and against the chair being empty and replies in an 'everyman' way that many Traditional Catholics will be able to relate to and understand. We present his sincere and simple way of deciphering this problem and his plea to not condemn one another when we should be working together for the greater honor and glory of God. He only asks for the Novus Ordinarians to be less ignorant in realizing what has happened and the anti-sedevacantists to be more logical and less timid and more consistent in their thinking so that it will correspond more with their actions and beliefs - the beliefs of the True Church as opposed to those of the new church founded upon Vatican II. He explains in Legitimate Reasons Why There Are Doubts About the Conciliar Popes
In an effort to provide balance we have found an article that represents, evidently since it is on their site, the Society of St. Pius X's position as laid out by a layman Richard Cure who wrote his article in 1998. In it he traces the Great Western Schism, Gallicanism and Antipopes in Church history and various councils and comes to the conclusion that a visible head would be necessary for the Church to continue, thus negating - no matter how manifest the heresies of the Vatican II popes - any possibility that the chair could remain empty for an extended period of time that the faithful would know of. Cure believes the conciliar popes cannot be heretics and therein he builds his arguments which, to our knowledge have already been refuted, but we will leave that for another day. For now, in order to balance the responses for sedevacantism over the last several days we have endeavored to find an article against sedevacantism even though he concludes his article with the state of Epikea and the fact that St. Athanasius, Father of Tradition, "simply practiced his faith as it
was given to him by the teachings of his apostolic predecessors, the upholders
of tradition." Is this not exactly what almost every true Catholic - sedevacantist and non-sedevacantist - strives to do as well? You see the differences aren't as wide as some may think. Following is Richard Cure's four-part piece titled Is Sedevacantism Catholic?
Mario Derksen weighs in on the attacks against sedevacantists by documenting the very words used by Christopher Ferrara, Fr. Gruner and Fr. Kramer to reveal the fact that the tone used prior to the election of Joseph Ratzinger was no-holds barred in taking the head of the CDF to task for his heresies, but once he became Benedict XVI it is hands off. Mario wants to know if he missed something; if, upon being elected, the liberal Ratzinger repented and recanted of his heresies and subterfuge including the authorship of Lumen Gentium, his signing off on the Jews not needing to be converted, and the flat-out lie that the Fatima Third Secret had totally been revealed in 2000 and fulfilled. To Mario's knowledge and to everyone else's, such a retraction never took place meaning Ratzinger as Benedict is still in the state of deviation from the Faith. Yet mum is now the word from the Fatima.org franchise as well as The Remnant. Why have they given this man a pass and declared hands-off? Mario tackles this conundrum in his column in pointing out that from their own words, if they take off their blindfolds they'll find they are no different than those sedevacantists they have castigated. Mario explains in his column The Blind Leading the Blind
Hope on the Horizon
In these times when Congress is freewheeling and spending money like there is no tomorrow and putting on hypocritical airs as if they are being so generous one realizes why: Because they are spending the people's money, not theirs. Thanks to Maria Hughes we see what the Constitution really intended and what a true statesman, the likes of which have not passed this way since, admits in an excerpt by Edward Sylvester Ellis in his book The Life of Colonel David
Crockett. For it is the words of none other than the legendary Davy Crockett who, as one can see in this piece, is more than the coonskin image Disney made him out to be. In truth, he was a man who sought to be as Christ-like as possible in representing the people before God. You can see the comparisons of his colleagues then and the entire congress today and the charade that is the pork-bellied hand-outs for Katrina in which everyone is dipping their hands into a resevoir of treasure that is not theirs - legally and morally. You'll understand when reading Not Yours To Give
Weighing in with an air-tight intelligent and brilliant rebuttal to Ferrara's piece is guest editorialist Joseph C. Maurer who uses Ferrara's own words to prove it is all a smoke-screen and that the Fatima.org franchise's arguments against sedevacantism in these times evaporate in the sands of contradiction as he illustrates in citing not only the Scriptures, holy Popes and Doctors of the Church, but Ferrara himself as well as Fr. Gruner, Fr. Paul Kramer, and CFN Editor John Vennari. Joe provides the facts that the basis for today's Sede Vacante position is based on the rock-solid foundation of Christ's teachings and His Apostles as Joe reminds all of St. James' clear words in his epistle 2:10 "and whosoever shall keep the whole law but offend on one point, is guilty of all" and cites several passages of Sacred Scripture that illustrate only too clearly the manifest heresies of the conciliar popes and bishops. To work within is to be without the True Faith. Joe refutes Ferrara's commentary in his piece which was sent to Catholic Family News as a Letter to the Editor. In case it is not published, it is too important not to publish it here for the evidence is overwhelming: if anathema sit, you cannot acquit. Thus we present Joe's commentary Opposition to the Anti-Sedevacantists
The Straight Stuff
In deference to the prophet David in the Psalms, it is time to fire back. Griff Ruby wants to know why Chris Ferrara has switched his focus from exposing the 'neo-Catholic' fallacies to getting downright personal in his vicious attack on those who have strived to be Catholic in every way and obedient to God rather than man; especially when man is speaking anathema. Though Griff had not intended on addressing the issue, the vindictiveness with which the Fatima.org franchise went on the attack begs a response and, in the vein of Psalm 17: 15 - "And He sent forth His arrows, and He scattered them: He multiplied lightnings, and troubled them" - Griff perceives that many have been troubled by Chris' assault on Tradition and Ferrara's attempt to scatter the faithful. Thus Griff pulls out his quiver and hits a bullseye in pinpointing why Ferrara and company have bitten off more than they can chew; in fact, he wonders why the Fatima.org franchise would bite the hand that feeds them by alienating an ever growing number of devout and concerned Catholics. Our Lord has asserted that the truth shall set us free and it is by considering all the evidence, and the obvious facts that the only 'Free Enterprise' rests in Christ Who is The Source of Truth and Tradition of Eternal Rome, and by the very fact that this is sorely and blatantly missing in action in modern Rome in these times that Griff suggests Ferrara should re-examine his brief against the 'Enterprise'for Chris will realize he is very much a part of that very 'Enterprise' whether he wants to admit it or not. Griff explains in his column God's Eternal Enterprise
In the same manner we have provided the anti-sedevacantist viewpoints above, so also we provide Father Anthony Cekada's rebuttal to Ferrara's comment which was published at TraditionalMass.org shortly after the CFN article was printed. We have reproduced it here so the reader can gain the full scope of the situation and make an objective discernment of this situation. Fr. Cekada has long been the most eloquent of spokesmen for the sedevacantist cause in which he refutes, point by point, Ferrara's points and documents them in a fail-safe fashion that leaves those who previously had dismissed the sedevacantist position as schismatic or heretical as reconsidering what constitutes the true Catholic position. Father points out that, considering the anathemas pronounced and the fact that Pope Paul IV's Papal Bull Cum ex Apostolatus officio has never been abrogated and therefore is still very much in effect, the logical conclusions are not for us to judge for Holy Mother Church has already pronounced sentence on John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II and Benedict XVI. The duration of interregnum has never been established and though these times are indeed unprecedented, the position that the chair has been empty has nothing to do with Christ's promise that "the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Fr. Cekada shows how the visual evidence that the aforementioned men who posed as Roman Pontiffs in the 'spirit of Vatican II' deviated from the Catholic Faith and therefore lost all authority in the eyes of Eternal Rome is unmistakable. Those men propped up as 'popes' are for display purposes only as Fr. Cekada points out in his rebuttal piece Sedevacantism and Mr. Ferrara's Cardboard Pope
Christ or chaos
Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey cites the truths of Sacred Scripture in exposing the heresy of Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the Papal Preacher of modern Rome for the past 25 years, who has, along with most in the Vatican, totally rejected the teachings of Holy Mother Church and denies the infallible decrees of the Council of Florence. Tom points out that if Cantalamessa is right, then Christ was wrong, St. Paul was wrong, St. Stephen and all the martyrs over the past 2000 years died in vain. We all know that is impossible. Tom points to why Our Lady bestowed her Miraculous Medal on her children and why Fr. Alphonse Ratisbonne converted miraculously from Judaism to Catholicism and converted so many both in his family and others to the True Faith through the graces of the Holy Ghost and Our Lady's intercession. Tom then asks why did Benedict XVI patronize the Jews in Germany rather than speaking boldly as St. Paul and St. Stephen did, or for that matter past faithful Pontiffs before Vatican II? Compromise is the devil's doings when denying any article of Faith and it is obvious this has been the politically correct modus operandi of the Vaticantwoarians as Tom documents the Word of God in asking many questions in his article from the Feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus at Christorchaos.com with Papal Preacher to Pope (Saint Peter) and Council (of Florence): You're Wrong: Do Not Seek to Convert the Jews
The Agony of Aggiornamento
In order to provide the pros and cons, in order to provide the case of the prosecution vs. the defense, and to assure you read the very words expressed, we have formatted Christopher Ferrara's attack on the Sedevacantist "Enterprise" published recently in both The Fatima Crusader and Catholic Family News. For some reason Chris has chosen to launch out at a small segment that seems to be growing much larger as more have syllogized the sedevacantist viewpoint thanks to the anathematical abuses manifesting themselves daily in the conciLiar church and its leaders. We are reaping the agony of aggiornamento and yet, in this time when a united front would serve the purpose of Traditional Catholicism much more in exposing the facts that the church of Vatican II is not Catholic, this high profile author and reporter has chosen to turn on the ranks. We provide his piece here in our effort to provide balance for both positions. You be the judge in reading
Defending the Papacy - Opposing the Sedevacantist Enterprise
We've placed this article under our "Hot Issues" feature because it was the respected Fatima priest Fr. Nicholas Gruner who uncharacteristically 'Pearl-Harbored' the Traditional faithful by launching the first volley against those who believe the Vatican II popes from John XXIII through Benedict XVI cannot be recognized as true Popes because they are not Catholic. In order to provide the pros and cons, in order to provide the case of the prosecution vs. the defense, and to assure you read the very words expressed, we have formatted Fr. Gruner's words along with the original source which was The Fatima Crusader Summer Issue, no. 80. Editorially speaking, we have sensed a certain desperateness in his words for if it can be proven the Popes are not Catholic and it can be, just as it can be proven the Novus Ordo Bishops are not Catholic, then no wonder his constant request for the "Pope and his bishops" to consecrate Russia has fallen upon deaf ears over all these years. That would explain the new strategy of attacking sedevacantists with unfounded logic. You be the judge in reading
Defend YOUR Salvation
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost, he pinpoints some of the cracks in the apostate wall where the serpent slithered through as he highlights the Apostle Paul's Epistle in today's Mass to the Ephesians in which he warns the faithful to walk carefully and wisely for the days are evil and one must live in honesty and grace, giving all to Our Lord Jesus Christ in order to survive these evil times. And indeed, as Father reveals the subterfuge that created the monster Nostra Aetate, the Zionist conspiracy has only grown stronger over the fated 40 years it has been allowed to fester its heretical tenets where today Jesus Christ is downplayed by the conciliarists in order to placate man. The heck with the Redeemer and Messiah of the world. We can't offend the Jews! In the midst of all the hypocritical, hollow celebrating of the 40th anniversary of the dastardly Vatican II document Nostra Aetate, which senselessly submitted to a wretched miniscule minority of stubborn perfidious Zionists who continue to reject Christ as the only way to Heaven, those very shepherds who should be Catholic, and wise, and who should be Successors of the Apostles, are not! For they have betrayed not only Christ but their flocks and will be held in account and be treaded upon for they have betrayed the Triune Divinity. Father explains in his sermon.
The Struggle for the Catholic Church
Gabriel Garnica applies the principles of business acumen in deciphering why Christ said in Matthew 10: 14, "whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words: going forth out of that house, or city, shake off the dust from your feet." The bottom line is that you cannot save everyone. There are those who are more malleable to God's will and those are the ones to influence as an ally, even working to persuade an adversary for those two categories are conditional and can be swayed through solid orthodoxy, penance, and prayer. As for unconditional antagonism, Gabriel identifies very clearly the roots of this evil - coming from the devil himself - and to dance with the devil can be dangerous. That is why striving to lead holy lives is the best policy for getting ahead in life - eternal life and, just as a vehicle needs fuel to run, so also we need grace to click on all cylinders as Gabriel explains in his column The Business of Salvation
Christ or chaos
Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey, in the midst of a mid-west odyssey that would rival the travails of Job, took time to comment on the blatant syncretism and manifest heresy of the very visible Archbishop of Washington D.C. Theodore McCarrick who praised Allah in patronizing the King of Jordan. Tom points out just which King McCarrick and all the other hierarchs should praise and that is Jesus Christ and Him alone for there is no other by which men are saved as St. Paul affirms.Tom exposes the grave offenses committed by the leaders of the conciliar church against the First Commandment. Dr. Droleksy hammers home the point that Christ asserted in Matthew 10: 32-33, "Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father, Who is in Heaven. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father, Who is in Heaven." If that is not a wake-up call for Modern Rome, nothing is for these mercenary shepherds from the popes on down over the last 40 years have gone out of their way by omission and commission not to offend man, but greatly offending the only One Who counts. Woe be to them at their Particular Judgement. Tom reinforces the need to speak out uncompromisingly for the Social Reign of Jesus Christ and the First Dogma of the Church - Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus at Christorchaos.com in his column Denying Christ by Omission and Commission
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost, he points out that, thanks to the sin of Adam and Eve, we are all sinful paralytics like the one lowered down in today's Gospel. As such we cannot walk on our own without God's help. In order to walk upright in grace, we need to follow the infallible prescriptions set down by the Divine Physician. But too many spurn these graces, preferring to crawl and grovel in the dregs of the seven deadly sins, assuming they don't have to work at their own salvation. Holy Scripture is very clear on this in illustrating God's Justice and Mercy. He will not be mocked, He will not stand for disobedience. He allows such deadly disasters as Hurricane Katrina to bring man back to his senses just as He used the prophet Daniel to reveal to the wicked Baltassar of his fate if he did not amend his ways. There is a pattern throughout the history of mankind - a checks and balance that when man veers from God, He extends His mercy for only so long, then the Almighty lowers the boom in order to re-establish the balance of nature and the supernatural. It is the latter that so few take seriously and that without sanctifying grace we are not only immobile in this life, but dead to the next. Father explains in his sermon that shows in this day and age God's handwriting on the wall:
"MANE, THECEL, PHARES"
We present here the conference talk given by the Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X Bishop Bernard Fellay on the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua in Brussels, Belgium and posted by DICI and Christendom. It is interesting what His Excellency says and, in retrospect to his mere 35 minute meeting with Benedict XVI on August 29, one would have to ask what was discussed because the following contains fascinating insight as to the mindtrap of Ratzinger himself, not to mention an insider's confidential on the exact strategy and numbers of the most recent conclave that provides an interesting scenario as to whether Fellay will bite at the bait or follow Bishop Richard Williamson's advice to be very, very leery for nasty or nice, Benedict is still Ratzinger and Ratzinger has always been a liberal. Read what Fellay says in his talk
What are the prospects for the Church with the advent of a new pope?
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost, he reasserts Catholic teaching, something that has been sorely and sadly lacking over the past 40 plus years. He relates God's promises of the Old Covenant and the fulfillment of those promises, and the establishment of all the Old foretold with the New Covenant of the Son of David in Jesus Christ, Lord, Savior and Messiah for all people - Jew and Gentile. Yet the Synagogue of Satan has managed to dupe the hirelings who have usurped Holy Mother Church into buying their rot that the 'Jews' are exempt from all that Christ commanded. Father cites the syncretistic remarks of Ratzinger to show how far away from Catholic Dogma the conciliar church has drifted and therein is their sin for those who have abandoned the absolutes of conversion to the True Faith will be held responsible for the souls they did not attempt to convert when they had the opportunity. For Modern Rome to continue the insanity of accommodating unbelievers is akin to suicide of the soul. As we commemorate the 4th Anniversary of 9-11 and the terrible aftermath of the Katrina disaster, are we still so dense to think God is happy and will welcome all into Heaven no matter the state of their soul? Not on your life as Father explains in his sermon
The Decline and Fall of Practically Everything.
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost, he strives to balance the mantra of the Evangelicals and conciliar church that 'alleluia, everybody is saved and we're all going to Heaven,' theoretically quoting the satirical character of Mad Magazine fame, Alfred E. Newman - "What, me worry?" - with the other extreme which is the rhetoric of some who have become so narrow-minded that they are even condemning fellow Traditional Catholics and consigning to hell anyone who does not agree with them. Father points out that we must take the Scriptures literally and abide by what Holy Mother Church has decreed through her Traditions and decrees of dogmatic councils such as Trent, holy saints such as St. Alphonsus Liguori, a Doctor of the Church no less, and the last Traditional Pope His Holiness Pius XII. Father documents what the Church truly teaches which is not the narrow letter of the law, but what Christ preached from His merciful Heart for those who do not believe and are not baptized will be condemned, but that is still for God to determine, not man. Father explains in his sermon
"The Power at Work in Us."
Symphony of Suffering
AS we head into our annual Summer Hiatus Issue, Cyndi Cain shares her heart with readers everywhere. To many this is a rare treat since she has written very little, choosing as God's will to remain in the background most of the time and being the powerful prayer warrior who is the "Mary" rather than "Martha". She has led a very contemplative lifestyle, offering up numerous Holy Rosaries throughout the day and communing with Our Lord and His Blessed Mother in her deep meditative prayer life where she offers her redemptive suffering in expiation for the sins of her family, in the Universal Church and throughout the world. It is not an easy life, but she has forged on as a noble soul who asks for so little and gives so much. She has come out of her self-imposed exile from the public eye for this issue to do what is so difficult for her, for us, and that is to inform our readers of her dire straits medical-wise. When plan A and plan B don't work, we must turn to plan C and that is what she shares in her inspiring words in this month when we take special notice of why Our Lady weeps so. Cyndi pours out her heart and soul in Vale of Tears
Making Sense of Sensus Catholicus
Father James F. Wathen, the pioneering traditional author of The Great Sacrilege, we present a short but edifying work that captures the essence of the priesthood - the dedication and the power from the most humble of God's creatures for the responsibilities are so heavy that the priest carries with him as custodian of the most precious commodity there is - souls, that he must be in tune with God's will and carry out his duties in loving obedience without ever casting any hint of scandal or placing worldly things before Heavenly things in every word, deed and thought of God's precious few priests that remain today. There is a mighty big difference between the Traditional priests and those who profess the new rite. The former follows what God has deigned, the latter most often what man desires. That is why we place such a premium on good priests as Father points out The Value of Traditional Priests
Editor Michael Cain weighs in on the recent horrific accounts of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and how it correlates with the state of the Faith today, especially in the United States. He relates the comparison of so many wandering aimlessly on the streets of New Orleans having no place to go with the same dead-end that is inevitable in the church of the "New Springtime" for Novus Ordinarians have been wandering and wondering for well over 40 years, getting nowhere. Cain matches metaphors with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the situation today where one nourishes and endlessly refreshes, the other leaves one parched and thirsting for the truth, for the way, and for the life. It can only be found in Christ Jesus as Cain points out in his commentary Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink!
The Straight Stuff
Because of its vital importance and because you have a month to digest what Griff Ruby has presented that to so many is one of the greatest arguments to expose the very point of how, when, what, where, who and especially why modern Rome broke away from Eternal Rome. We have compiled his six-part installments into one compendium for September so you can see all the components and nuances and undeniable facts that prove Griff's point. Thus, we have taken his series earlier this year entitled "What's your picture?" and altered the title to better describe the subterfuge as Griff takes us past the spin right through the skin to the bare bones and then fleshes out what really happened in 1964. Griff lays it all out in his series we've entitled for this issue Down the Yellow Brick Road to Apostasy: The Lumen Gentium Syndrome
Gabriel Garnica takes a break from his weekly multi-part series "Incorrigible Dirigibles" which have been running in August to present an interesting equation that to the modernists does not add up, but to those who believe it is very simple. Christ said it so clearly that whatever we do we must keep God first and foremost and everything else will fall in place through grace. If we veer from that path then we deserve the worse part which is not what God wants for us. Hint, He wants us to to love Him, know Him and serve Him in this life so that we will be happy with Him in the next. That is basic Baltimore Catechesis, but to the arrogant ones they are blind to these simple truths. Pity them as Gabriel shows the distinctions in his column, "The Better Part"
In honor of the holy Pontiff Pope St. Pius X whose Double Feast we celebrate on September 3rd - First Saturday this year - we highlight the only true 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 Holy Mother Church. It is true that outside the gates of Rome, the Modernists, Masons and Communists were plotting, but due to his strong pontificate they didn't dare show their heads, remaining in the shadows. 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 - Instaurare in omnia Christo. 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
The Sanity of Sanctity
We have been remiss over the past several months in bringing you the Litany of the Saints for that particular month. Thus, we resurrect this practice with all the saints honored in the Liturgy during this Month of the Mother of Sorrows. We encourage all to add this extra devotional prayer to your daily Rosary, helping you to remember all of the saints whose feast days are celebrated this month. Many of these saints are little-known and often are not, for that reason, invoked in our prayers. Litany of the September Saints
Living in Tradition
The ides of September bring us the Feast of the Seven Sorrows or Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Editor Michael Cain shares a reflection on those seven sorrows and how they apply in this most sorrowful month of September when we remember tragedies of the recent past such as the terrible events of 9-11-01 and present day in the aftermath of the horrific Hurricane Katrina. When it seems there is no hope, we can learn much from the Mother of God if we turn in confidence to Our Lady, Mother of Sorrows for she is the Comfort of the Afflicted, Consolatrix afflictorum. Cain points this out as he enumerates each of the seven sorrows in his reflection, Seven Sorrows of the Immaculate Heart