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Traditio recently alerted readers that "One press that used to be considered 'traditional' was sold out a couple of years ago to a Protestant conglomerate, but still calls itself 'traditional,' even though its publications now fully support the Protestant Novus Ordo. That press that published Fr. James Wathen's 1971 seminal work against the validity of the Novus Ordo, The Great Sacrilege, has pulled the book from its list because, now under its Protestant directors, it is no longer permitted to state that 'the New Mass [sic] is illegal, immoral, and not Catholic.' The once-courageous press can no longer publish a book that it now claims, under its new Protestant management, 'defames the [New]church and calls its approved form of the mass [sic] an invalid sacrilege.' The press now specifically rejects the truth that the Traditional Latin Mass "is the 'only' and 'true' Mass and that the Novus Ordo is invalid or illicit."
The Fathers are, of course, referring to TAN Books. But have no fear. We are pleased to remind all readers that the late Fr. Wathen graciously gave The DailyCatholic permission in September 2001 to publish the entire book online so that it could be read by everyone, no matter the censorship by the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Thus, you can read his entire masterful work that has withstood the test of 40 years. No one has been able to refute the truth of his words in The Great Sacrilege
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Griff Ruby returns after a few months hiatus with installment nine of his series refuting a SSPX anti-sedevacantist book. For several decades now, traditional priests and bishops, who have reached the inevitable conclusion that the Chair of Peter has been vacant, have had to be on the defense against attacks from all corners. Isn't it about time they went on the offense for the sake of souls? In effect, the traditional bishops, who have remained loyal to the infrangible teachings of the Church and have not given one iota of concessions to the conciliar church, have themselves to blame for allowing the chair to remain empty as long as it has. That might seem like a rash statement, but when you consider that they are legally auxiliary bishops of the Eternal Diocese of Rome you realize they therefore have every right to call for a conclave of those eligible to elect a true Pope. While they may reply that they are waiting for a miracle from Heaven to restore the Primacy of Peter, perhaps they do not realize that God just might want them to help effect that by doing what they, who have not apostasized nor subscribed to the false religion of Novus Ordoism, are rightfully expected to do as true Successors of the Apostles: Perpetuate the Faith and restore Catholic Order to the disorder created by the Robber Barons of Vatican II by electing a true Pope to teach, govern and sanctify Catholics for the salvation of all. That is Griff's summation in
Authority by Default? .
John Gregory provides undeniable proof of the veracity of the sedevacantist position. The title of this article would seem to be a no-brainer. Of course trees exist you say. But if that is so obvious, then why is it not as obvious as to whom, over the last five decades, have been the ones responsible for preaching error, for allowing the foxes and wolves in sheeps' clothing to "wretchedly ensnare the souls of the simple, and drag with them into perdition, destruction and damnation countless peoples committed to their care and rule, either in spiritual or in temporal matters"? Those words are from a previous reliable true Pope who foresaw the dangers we face today and sought to do all he could so that when these antipopes would surface we would recognize them. Sadly, too many are like the sleeping dog today. They say let sleeping dogs lay, don't disturb them. That has to come from satan himself because Pope Paul IV warned all "so as to arrest the foxes who are occupying themselves in the destruction of the vineyard of the Lord and to keep the wolves from the sheepfolds, lest We seem to be dumb watchdogs that cannot bark and lest We perish with the wicked husbandman and be compared with the hireling." What good is a mute watchdog? What's needed is an axe to fell the bad trees as John exposes the rot in the forest of false popes in his essay Do Trees Exist?
We have covered the Foundation and Mission of the Church as well as Her Authority, Infallibility, Indefectibility and Indelible Marks. Now we arrive at perhaps the most important aspect of the Church established by Jesus Christ upon this earth: How and why it is only through holy Mother Church that one can be saved. Despite the fact that over 33,000 different sects have arisen over two millennia there is only one true religion, one way to Heaven. That is through Christ's Church of which the gates of hell cannot prevail against it. We have Christ's promise on that, but there are stipulations He set down and which have been passed down by those He authorized providing they adhere to all the constituted evangelic traditions beginning with the dogma Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus. To deviate from that truth is to step off the narrow path and to join the wide path leading straight toward perdition as explained in Step Nine of this series: The Church's Role in Salvation.
Down through the ages Mount Carmel has been a rock of inspiration and sanctification from the time of Elias to present day. The story of Carmel is prose, poetry and prayer and basically the benchmark of the Blessed Virgin Mary's integral role as Advocate, Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces. Carmel has been favored by Our Lady as foretold in the Old Testament and as manifested to St. Simon Stock in 1251 when she bestowed on him the Brown Scapular and the amazing promise of ultimate salvation to all who abide by the rules of the Scapular. In addition, at Lourdes the Blessed Mother appeared to Bernadette as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on this day 147 years ago and in the same heavenly garb on her final apparition at Fatima on October 13, 1917. We provide a thorough backgrounder on the meaning and magnificence of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and its history, masterfully conveyed by Abbe Dom Prosper Gueranger in his masterpiece The Liturgical Year as well as the Act of Consecration to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in honor of today's Double Major Commemoration in a feature we have chosen to call The Lasting Magnificence, Grace, and Power of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
As we covered in Step Two on the Blessed Trinity, there is only one God. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Maker of everything that ever was and ever will be. God is forever and ever eternal. This means He always was and always will be, and always remains the same. God had no beginning; there never was a time when there was no God. God can never cease to exist; He will have no end. He will always be living, immortal. This mystery can fry the minds of the most erudiate of intellectuals, and yet it is so simple if we but have the faith of a little child as Christ asks. In Step Eight we delve into the very essence of the Supreme Being Who made Heaven and earth, and the whole universe. Is there other life in the galaxy? Does it really matter? Should we be concerned with such things when we earthlings have forgotten or refuse to acknowledge God's role, yay, in fact His very existence? We all need to realize the very essence of God and what He meant when He proclaimed to Moses "I AM Who AM" .
July 14 is the Double Feast of Saint Bonaventure. He is the only doctor celebrated in July. Satan is indeed furious and we need today men of the caliber of St. Bonaventure who was a man full of "good fortune" from his earliest years. Humility was his virtue; his role model was St. Francis of Asissi, the holy founder who named him. He followed this man, continuing the ideals of the Franciscans, guiding them during turbulent times when growing pains created problems in the ranks and with various ecclesial authorities opposed to the Friars Minor. This Universal Doctor was one of the first saintly Cardinals of the Church. He was close friends with "The Angelic Doctor" St. Thomas Aquinas and the saintly king of France King Louis IX. He was the architect of the 2nd Council of Lyons and, fittingly, was called home by God immediately following completion of the Council. His work done on earth but continued through his writings and example; so much so that Saint Bonaventure is known as The Seraphic Doctor
In the overall metaphor of the edifice of the Church, the walls are made of the sturdy dogmas and doctrines, fashioned from the concrete base of Divine Revelation. Canon Laws, Papal decrees and the teachings of the Fathers of the Church create the buttresses for the roof. Yet, the architectural plans of the Church, so to speak, are structured from the blueprint of the Creed - The Apostles' Creed - which contains the twelve Articles of Faith. What was applicable and necessary for the first Council of Jerusalem in the first century holds true today and tomorrow. It cannot change with the ages or adapt to the times; rather, it must always be the other way around. Man must always adapt and adhere to God's Laws and the guidelines He has set down for man's salvation via A Creed We Must Live By .
John Gregory provides an insightful inspiration on the Visitation where Our Lady dismissed all concerns for herself to minister to others, most notably her cousin St. Elizabeth who was further along in her pregnancy than Mary. Elizabeth recognized in Mary God's design for her younger cousin as did the babe in her womb - Saint John the Baptist who, though not conceived free of Original Sin was sanctified at the presence of the Babe in Mary's womb - the fetus of the God-Man. In this time when man's uncharity towards his fellow man is legend, we need to refocus on the intention for the Second Joyful Mystery - charity towards our neighbor out of our love for God. This charity is not reserved only for a select few, but all we meet. This charity is not about doing only humane things for others, but going well beyond that in doing all we can to do all in our power to see that our neighbor will save his eternal soul. This means charitably rebuking, correcting and admonishing if our neighbor has veered from the path God intended, and that means knowing our Faith so others will know it and convert. That's the greatest charity we can do for others because we do not want to see them condemned. That's what can happen as Jesus so clearly told us in St. Matthew 28: 20 and St. Mark 16: 16. John shares the meditation of The Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation
It has definitely been a decade of transition, as this editor dubs it - Transition to Tradition, our last opportunity before God really lowers the boom. Looking back, it doesn't take a brain surgeon to see the deterioration in society as the ranks of the good, decent ones striving for holiness grow smaller and the enemy flanks are massing larger and larger, more threatening than ever. With every day we inch closer to the apocalypse foretold in the book of the same name, contrary to Protestant and conciliar concerns that it was always called "Revelation." Would St. John the Evangelist be surprised, and for that matter the holy Doctor of the Church who translated it and several of the holy hierarchs who ratified the Scriptures at various major councils of the Church, most recently at the dogmatic Council of Trent. Many closet conciliarists reading this may not be familiar with that council since the robber barons have sought to eliminate any mention of Trent in the same manner as the U.S. Government is doing everything it can to wipe out any mention of God. For both these offenses there are consequences, grave ones and we are beginning to see now that both anti-Catholic campaigns by the counterfeit church of conciliarism and the United States Congress and its cohorts in the Obama administration both in Washington and Chicago are getting more desperate as each day passes. Those not grounded in grace had best get right with God before it is too late. Call it "gloom and doom" if you want, but that doom can be eternal and that would cause anyone gloom. Can you say fire and brimstone? To remind you, we will be bringing you throughout this year "Diadems of the Decade" featuring an article from each month of each of the past ten years. We're not saying these are the "Best" of the decade for how do you choose which ones are the best? Yet, they are gems that we want to share for we're sure you will treasure them and realize, like fine jewels, they are still as valuable today especially when investing in souls. For this edition, we present a diadem for each July from 2000 through July 2009.
Ten years later we can see there is nothing 'Supreme' left in the Supreme Court for they have totally turned from the Supreme Judge.
This column ran ten years ago in which Dr. Frank Joseph, one of our first contributing writers, presented the dubious award for "Jurisprudence Absurdity" to the "Faulty Five" of the Supreme Court and asked how men and women of such intelligence could make such a stupid, demented decision as to overturn the Partial-Birth Abortion ban in Nebraska and consequently in other states. He deduced that it is not stupidity but a stubborn lack of ethics in which they have sold their souls to the Democratic Party cause by rationalizing that it is the woman's choice first and foremost without any consideration for the living, human body within their bodies. We can see a decade later that nothing has changed, in fact only grown worse as a result of their decision which, as we know, sealed the fate of countless millions of pre-born souls who cried out for life only to be crushed to death through a process called D&X which is an euphenism for outright murder. With the addition of avowed pro-abort radical Elena Kagan, it is only getting worse than back in
2000 Supreme Court Wins Absurdity Title .
The Soul of America is under the Microscope!
We need to stem the destruction of Christ's Mystical Body. Embryonic Stem-cell research is wrong!
Nine years ago, with the issue of embryonic stem-cell research being thrown into the political fray and so many waffling on the absolutes of what the Roman Catholic Church must uphold, we proudly brought you a no-nonsense composition by Dr. Thomas Droleskey which pinpointed so expertly the undeniable truths of Catholic doctrine. He pointed out how certain past American prelates, supposed pro-life advocates, and even conservative Catholics had compromised and, in that concession to moral truth, had allowed the Catholic mindset to be muddied and confused, yes, hijacked. The results are only to evident today for all of this diabolical disorientation has only further prevented Christ the King to work in us, for us and through us. Tom explained in
God Remains a Majority of One
Before you race down to your neighborhood video store to rent Harry Potter films or buy the books, you should read what's really behind all the hype.
Eight years ago Atila Sinke Guimar„es, a foremost authority on the causes and effects of Vatican II, pinpointed the parallel problems of the corruption in the conciliar church and the climate of France before the French Revolution. It would seem, as he pointed out, to be only a matter of time before history repeats itself and the flock is further scattered thanks to the clever games being played for the temporal prize. We can see less than a decade later the rebellion against Christ rising both inside the conciliar church and outside. The problem is it's harder these days to distinguish from the two because
The Revolution Rumbles On!
When the balance of nature, as God designed it, is disrupted, consequences, very dangerous consequences result for those who dare to taunt the Almighty.
Seven years ago Father Louis Campbell filed a sermon for the Seventh Sunday After Pentecost in which he focused on the fact that the fruits of truth were being bruised by worms of modernism and paganism including the idiotic emphasis on ecology and 'animal rights' activism over the God-given human right of life. This lunacy had pervaded the church of Vatican II as all have marched in lockstep towards the everlasting fire being prepared for the bad trees Our Lord speaks of in the Gospel. Fr. Lous reaffirmed what Sacred Scriptures say about the hierarchy of homo sapiens over all other species and why God provides for such. He also reminded us that while the animal and plant kingdom are for man's use, it cannot and must not be abused. Yet, in defiance of God's holy Will, man, in his quest to become god, has disrupted the natural order. Father explained in his sermon
"The wolf shall dwell with the lamb"
Revolution vs. Evolution - The bad fruits of Europe's fall from grace are the reapers of the apostasy that has made the American State all the more ugly by her total abandonment of Christ and His Church and the Masonic banner held high.
Six years ago Fr. Lawrence Smith
asked readers to stop and reflect and ask ourselves what were we really celebrating on July 4 Independence Day. Freedom? He begged to differ with those who have such myopic utopian illusions and provided the facts tracing the bad fruits back to the protestant reformation which inaugurated the beginning of Europe's fall from grace. America is merely an extension and despite the cries of "God bless America" the facts are that the reapers of the apostasy that felled Europe have been feeding themselves quite well on the rotting corpse of America which has fallen into decay because it was never preserved in the manner God so willed because from the beginning the Founders abandoned Christ and His Church. That is why the Masonic banner flies so high over the United States though few can see it through the illusion they've bought into. Father called for a reality check in The Dissolution of Church and State
Non-Catholics do not understand the vital, life-saving and infinite meaning of the "laver of redemption" available only in the Immemorial Mass of All Ages.
Back in 2005, Before his death five months later on November 7, Father James F. Wathen, the pioneering traditional author of The Great Sacrilege, left this gem in which he cited the Epistle for the Feast of the Most Precious Blood to illustrate how the New Testament is superior to the Old in the manner and essence of sacrifice, for all worship necessitates a sacrifice of blood and, while animal sacrifice was accepted in the Old Covenant, the New Covenant necessitates but one sacrifice. That is the memorial of the ultimate sacrifice given by the Divine Son to the Eternal Father by shedding every drop of His Most Precious Blood for all mankind as a "laver of redemption." Only by washing our sins in His Most Precious Blood can we be cleansed, and ultimately saved by adhering to His truths revealed to the Church He founded. Non-Catholics do not understand the vital, life-saving and infinite meaning of this and because of that, they have misconceptions about and antipathy for Catholics because, in truth, Catholic worship is what Our Lord established and only by "doing this in memory of Me" - "Haec quotiescumque feceritas, in Mei memoriam facietis" is the Immemorial Sacrifice for all ages perpetuated and pleasing to the Father. The Precious Blood of Christ
Knowing that Christ will put things well in focus, we just need to keep our eye on the Prize through our powerful spiritual binoculars and realize that all that is not of Him will fade away.
Late in July 2006, Griff Ruby pointed out that the picture of the situation in the Traditional Movement wasn't as bleak as some may have thought even if - through eyes of our fallen human nature - the future might have looked hazy and dark thanks to the distortion wrought by the conciliar church, but, when we put our spiritual binoculars to the horizon, we know that the Restoration - the Resurrection of the Roman Catholic Church - is not only possible, viable and plausible, but a veritable fact. He reminded that few could judge the distance in linear time, yet we could see clearly that Christ will put things well in focus and we just need to keep our eye on the Prize for all that is not of Him will fade away and the Holy Sacrifice will be restored universally when the abomination of desolation is discarded once and for all. Until then, as Griff advised, be patient. What Griff and the rest were not counting on was the cunning of Ratzinger in foisting the Motu Mess on the gullible a year later. It has only made it more difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff but, as Griff insisted, we can afford to wait and work toward conversion one at a time for "conversion is gradual, repentance is abrupt." He explained in his column View to the Long Term
In Saint Anne's womb was formed the most Immaculate, perfect finite being the world has ever, or will ever, know. How could we ever forget Mary's mother and Jesus' Grandma?
How could we ever forget Mary's mother and Jesus' Grandma? Denise Michele (Trias), who is presently fighting for her life in her battle with cancer, illustrated three years ago how St. Anne sets the example of perseverance and the priority of bearing children. This is a lesson lost on today's selfish, instant-gratification generation who have so sadly forgotten that the rewards of motherhood are 'rolled over' in Heaven forever. Why? Because mothers work in cooperation with God to populate Heaven, and this would never have been possible without the fiat of good Saint Anne. Denise also took the reader inside St. Anne's Shrine in Massachusetts to illustrate some of the magnificent statues in this magnificent edifice, most notably of St. Anne herself nurturing her beloved, Immaculate daughter in body, mind and soul. Denise, whom we ask you to remember in your prayers, shared her experience in
Good Saint Anne, Patroness of Mothers
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? Two years ago Ava Bell, a committed Traditional Catholic, related 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. Ava presented 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. The Brown Scapular is Not a Good Luck Charm
Last year the editor Michael Cain filed an editorial on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul that ran throughout July, in which he lamented that most are sadly complacent, falling into that vial lukewarm category so castigated by the Lord in Apocalypse 3: 16. The devil is having a field day by creating diversions in diversity in both temporal and spiritual matters. Nowhere is this more evident than in the disunity he sows within the Traditional Catholic movement, pitting one against the other. When will we bury the hatchets and seek the common ground of Catholic Truth in our fight against those who oppose just that? When those who pine for the good ol' days, those who complain about the sacrilegious travesties in the New Order, those, such as TIA, who claim exclusivity in the Resistance movement, and dissident 'home-aloners' all realize that the nearest sedevacantist chapel is where they will all discover that the sacramental life of the Church is alive and well. And why not? The Church has provided as Christ promised. Cain explained in his editorial, A Question no one has yet to Answer
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