The truth never changes. What a giant of Tradition penned over thirty years ago is even more pertinent today. |
Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey has been given permission from Father Martin Stepanich, OFM S.T.D. to republish the excellent series of articles that The Remnant so enthusiastically ran back in the seventies. Nothing has changed since then except for the fact that Fr. Martin is persona non grata to those who are presently floundering on the fence, flailing away in trying to justify a false pope and his Motu hoax. Nothing has also changed with those Feeneyites who tried to shout Fr. Martin down thirty years ago. They're still trying to villify a good man, this now 90 plus-year old giant of Tradition who was not "senile" or "out of touch" then nor is he now in continuing to exhibit the wisdom of saints, something so lacking in this era when Modernism stifles the quest for holiness. Most importantly, nothing has changed and never will on the solid Catholic truth he professes in this series to remind all that the First Dogma of the Church will always stand: Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus, but his opponents need to fully understand that the Church is composed of the Church Militant, Church Suffering, and Church Triumphant. Tom provides Father's brief, but comprehensive essays on his site with part one and two of seven parts from this outstanding Franciscan priest with Outside The Church There Is No Salvation
The fact that St. Vincent de Paul's body remains incorrupt to this day is manifest proof of his holiness and Heaven's approval of all the good, saintly priest did on this earth.
St. Vincent de Paul, founder of the Congregation of the Priests of the Mission (Lazarists), and the Society of the Sisters of Charity, while a young priest was held as a slave in Africa where he had been sold by pirates. On his return to France he became a parish priest. For a time he took the place of a galley slave. His parish was a country parish; his experience led him to found the Priests of the Mission, bound by special vow to undertake this special work. At one time he was entrusted by St. Francis de Sales with the spiritual direction of the nuns of the Visitation. Assisted by St. Louise de Marillac he founded the Sisters of Charity. The authority exercised by St. Vincent was immense, and was undisputed throughout the kingdom. He was a member of the king's Privy Council, and thus had control over the appointments to the episcopal sees and to the richest benefices of the Church of France. Yet Vincent, meek and humble of heart, ascended the magnificent stairs of the palace and took part in the royal councils with the same evangelical simplicity, and clothed in the same poor and shabby garments in which he traversed the streets of Paris rescuing abandoned waifs and strays and succoring the helpless sick and suffering. He died in 1660 at St. Lazarus, the motherhouse of his Congregation. His body remains incorrupt behind and above the altar bearing his name in Paris. Pope Leo XIII declared him the Patron of all charitable associations.
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Three years ago, amidst all the emotional angst of the Terri Shiavo tragedy, some took offense to the strict moral theological stance of a few well-respected Traditional clerics. Tom asks Fr. Martin Stepanich to weigh in on whether the reaction of some in boycotting their Masses was wise.
Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey has always been one to get to the truth and one he relies on greatly is a priest who has been around longer than anyone: Father Martin Stepanich, OFM S.T.D. Tom asked Fr. Martin Stepanich to weigh in concerning the death of Terri Schiavo three years ago. Because Bishop Donald Sanborn and Fr. Anthony Cekada considered the case from an objective practical, moral theological viewpoint rather than subjective, emotional view, some protested by no longer going to "their Masses." Fr. Martin illustrates quite clearly the folly of such action of reacting emotionally without understanding these good clerics are not being schismatic or unCatholic in anyway and for those who won't attend "their Masses" they should realize they have walked away from the truest gift they could have: the holy Sacraments merely because these good traditional sacerdotes differ on an opinion, not dogma or doctrine, but an opinion. Fr. Martin puts it so clearly and charitably in his letter to Tom Fr. Martin on Terri Schiavo
The Principal Points of the Principles holy Mother Church requires All to follow, and which must be applied to the Issue of Baptism of Blood and Baptism of Desire, Prove the Fallacies of Feeneyism
Continuing our surge of wiping out the insurgent heresy of Feeneyism, we launch today an old reliable that always hits its target with devastating and definite detonation. That would be the irrefutable artilllery, so fully packed and loaded with infrangible Catholic truth as compiled by one of the masters of Church Militant warfare, Father Anthony Cekada. Indeed, he was one of the first to counter the nasty guerilla tactics of those floundering in Feeneyism in the cult camp Feeney had festered while alive. In publishing on these pages last week the official excommunication decree of Feeney from the Holy Office under Pope Pius XII, we included the link where Fr. Cekada proves without a shadow of a doubt that the bell, book and candle was authentic. Since His Holiness never rescinded it, a good man-gone wrong died canonically (1917 Pio-Benedictine Codex Iuris) outside the Church he had so stubbornly and narrowly, and defiantly defended as needing Baptism of water to be saved with no exception. Let us pray that God made an exception and that Feeney's pride and stubbornness did not exclude him from passage to either the Church Suffering or the Church Triumphant. Today we provide an article Fr. Cekada wrote eight years ago this week detailing the Principles the Church requires us to follow in resolving the issue of Baptism of Blood and Baptism of Desire. He lays it out succinctly in Baptism of Desire and Theological Principles
Does anyone know the day, hour or minute of their visitation when they'll have no choice but to face the Supreme Judge and account for their stewardship on earth? Whenever that time arrives, and it definitely will, it will be too late to correct things if they did not choose wisely when they should have. Knowing how the Brown Scapular will protect souls entails knowing why. Ah, there's the wooly rub.
We've all heard the axiom, "there but for the grace of God go I", but how many of us really understand this? Today's guest contributor, Ava Bell, now a committed Traditional Catholic, relates how this hit home for her in her earlier days before her awakening, if you will, in the same manner that Saint Augustine wrote about when confiding his past sins in his landmark book "Confessions." Her experience is pertinent for our times, especially in this day and age when so many worship at the altar of the world, the flesh and the devil, not really thinking about each's own visitation when each one of us will stand before God at his or her Particular Judgment. Ava ties in the theme of this past Sunday's Gospel, the visitation of the Mother of God to the children of Fatima, and the significance of our Lady's promise for those who wear her Brown Scapular. Yes, it is most pertinent for this era, for this very week and day. While hordes of clueless Catholics with hormones at a peak gather for the conciliar version of Woodstock: Worldy Youth Days in Sydney this week, she presents a sobering story that should shake the timbers of our souls and wake the echoes of those who assume security when, in truth, there is only one way to secure eternal salvation and no amount of superstitions will stay the inevitable truth that for any sacramental to be effective, the one receiving it must be of good will and open to the grace of God, specifically Sanctifying Grace. Without this protection, all else is futile, fateful. She candidly explains in her article
The Brown Scapular is Not a Good Luck Charm
When vicious vipers dishonestly attack a good, authentic priest of the Church, there is a line that's been crossed that cries for a defense of all we hold holy and true.
Because of the importance of Griff's third installment and today's article by Thomas A. Droleskey in defense of both the Faith and a dedicated, humble and holy giant of the Church in these times, we continue to feature these articles against the heresy of Feeneyism so that readers can focus on how the vipers desperately defending such heresy, when cornered in their den, coil and, baring their fangs, strike with such venom against good priests. One such holy sacerdote is Fr. Martin Stepanich, OFM S.T.D. who has viciously been attacked by the cobras of collusion and confusion: The Dimond Brothers. Why? Because he dared declare Catholic truth in his article first debuting on July 1. With fierce and desperate measures the pit vipers vented more venom. Intending to do what St. Patrick did in Ireland many centuries ago - drive the snakes out - Tom has taken these seamy serpents to task for their senseless attempt to poison souls through their total lack of charity and venomous vitriol. Just as Griff has so clearly exposed Peter Dimond's arguments for exactly what they are: Scholastic Dishonesty, so also does Dr. Droleskey expose them for not only their dishonesty, but their total lack of charity. And it must be done for the good of souls because the Dimonds' dishonesty has deceived souls and, what is even worse in trying to distract readers from this deception, they've deliberately bullied and intimidated by lashing out and "condemning" anyone and everyone who do not agree with these self-appointed "experts" who think they know more than the infallible, perennial Magisterium of the Church. Just as Caesar was warned on the Ides of March, we join Tom and Griff and Fr. Martin in issuing the warning on the Ides of July. Beware of false prophets in sheeps' clothing who call themselves professed religious, but show no proof of legitimate profession nor can they provide proof of spiritual direction by either a valid priest or bishop. Christ said it best, "By their fruits you shall know them." Tom repels the reptiles, while praying for their conversion in his poignant thrust against the Dimonds' hateful and heretical rhetoric, Just Defending the Faith
Each time we worthily assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in person, we gain graces that are placed in a "golden chalice", so to speak, and is offered to God to be weighed in substance when we stand before Him at our Particular Judgment. The more we have filled this chalice, the better will it go for our spiritual welfare in eternity.
In this time of Epikeia when the true Church is in eclipse and so few true Masses available, when we pray the Mass prayers and make a spiritual act of Communion at home, graces are also received and placed in a "silver chalice", as it were, which, of course, is not as valuable as the gold one, yet is efficacious when the time comes to make an accounting for our lives.