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Tuesday, we present a piece by Bishop Richard Williamson on the "Closet Catholicism" of William Shakespeare on the 438th anniversary of the birth of the Bard in 1564 and the 386th commemoration of his death in 1616, both at Stratford-on-the-Avon. This literary genius gave the world the God-given treasures of great literature for generations to come. Shakespeare was torn by the torment of the Reformation; his heart and soul were aligned with Rome while his life and political needs were tied to the Church of England and its rulers. This is evident as Bishop Williamson gives insight into the Catholicity of this greatest of English writers. In "Hamlet" he finds a microcosm of what the great poet faced, what modern man faces today, and, in a sense, what faithful Catholics echo in the refrain of Richard III's words "O call back yesterday, bid time return" as the Bishop explains in Hamlet - Alien amidst apostates.
On Tuesday we present the second of an excellent three-part commentary by Michael Matt, editor of The Remnant, who has given us permission to bring this insightful piece to our readers. In it he dissects how what might look good on the surface, such as the "Campos Compromise," is, in effect, a web of deceit in which those who are willing to compromise could very well be engulfed by the insatiable Modernists who are bent on auto-demolition in their relentless effort to eradicate Traditional Catholicism and its Heavenly liturgies. He explains in part two of Vatican II: Weapon of Mass Destruction
White Smoke, Black Fire!
Tuesday we continue with the third episode of chapter seven in Part III - "The Shadowing" as Cardinal Macelli and Cardinal Vendhem plot the Legion of the Basilisk's next move within the hallowed halls of St. Peter's as Father Niki finds shelter in a flat on the other side of Rome, a plain hovel provided by Dr. Makuta Ogidi.
"In prosperity, give thanks to God with humility and fear lest by pride you abuse God's benefits and so offend Him." Saint Louis IX
The Pope has summoned the U.S. Cardinals for an emergency, get-tough meeting today. Accountable before God and His Church for the Scandal, will they right the wrongs beginning with a return to the Truths & Traditions that safeguard the Sacred Deposit? For the sake of the Faith we can only hope and pray! Those involved are Cardinal Bernard Law, Boston; Cardinal Roger Mahony, LA; Cardinal Edward Egan, New York; Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Washington D.C.; Cardinal Francis George, OMI, Chicago; Cardinal Adam Maida, Detroit; Cardinal William Keeler, Baltimore; and Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, Philadelphia, and representing the USCCB is the President, Bishop Wilton Gregory. Those Curial members in Rome involved are Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos,Congregation for the Clergy; Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, Congregation of Bishops; and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Those prelates not involved are the retired Cardinal James Hickey, Cardinal William Wakefield Baum, Cardinal Edmund Szoka, and Cardinal Avery Dulles, and President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity Cardinal James Francis Stafford. Though he is not scheduled to attend, he should in representing the Laity who have been the victim in so many ways.
Death of the Patron Saint of Soldiers
On this date 1,699 years ago in 303 Saint George was martyred by the Roman Emperor Diocletian because George, a Roman calvary centurion, objected to the cruel persecutions of the vile ruler and refused to bow down to the pagan gods. He was inspired by the faith of the Christians who willingly went to their deaths. His bravery was so great that Britain adopted him as their patron saint and he is not only the patron saint today of Christian Soldiers, but also the patron saint of the Boy Scouts of America. Like St. George who fought the demon dragons of paganism and wrongs, he is being called on again to ride strong in upholding the banner that says 'no compromise' - "Jesus is our King!"
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
In each issue we will feature a special prayer to enhance your Catholic devotions
Prayer for the Feast of Saint George
"We humbly beseech Thee, almighty God, that Thou wouldst graciously vouchsafe to grant that we whom Thou hast refreshed with Thy Sacraments, may be able, through the intercession of blessed George, Thy Martyr, to serve Thee by a life well pleasing to Thee. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen."
From the Postcommunion for today's Mass
The Rosary of Mary is our most powerful weapon. See Holy Rosary to recite the full Rosary in either English or Latin.
For prayers posted thus far, see Devotions and Reflections
"Feed My sheep"LITURGY OF THE SAINTS
In Wednesday's issue we'll provide a scenario of how Assisi goes, so goes the Church. In the past it was a retreat from the world, a paradise in the hills untouched by modern man. But by inviting Modernism in through the scandalous Assisi interreligous conferences, the devil has entered and God is not happy. An earthquake did not seem to shake their senses and we should all fear that more trouble is ahead in Francis' oasis of peace and prayer in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains. For the commentary last week, see Make no mistake about it: Bad company corrupts good character.
Pro Life Prescriptions
This Wednesday Dr. Frank Joseph shows how society is putrified by books that justify the most abominable sins of lust imaginable all for the purpose of exploitation of innocence for the instant gratifications of the perverse.But then what should we expect from a society that has become comfortable with human sacrifice? He relates the unbelievable responses of the irresponsible Dr. Jocelyn Elders in approving such trash that Bill O'Reilly, a Catholic, soundly condemned and rebuffed on his show The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News. Dr. Joseph will explain in his column Wrestling with Satan's Book of Pedophilia For his column last week, see The Triumph of Will and Grace!
On Wednesday, we'll focus on any news forthcoming from the meetings of the U.S. Cardinals with the Pope and key Curial representatives. We can only hope John Paul II will not rely on foxes to guard the henhouses or wolves to tend to the sheep. Modern Rome must learn from Eternal Rome and not cave to more "new" experimental novelties that only make it worse. On the Hotseat!
In Wednesday's issue we bring you a short essay by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on breaking free from our self-imposed prison from inside or outside. It's our free will as he explains in Time: A prison or a novitiate for eternity? For last week's SIMPLY SHEEN, see There's a Consequence to Ignoring Moral Law
LATER THIS WEEK:
Defending Catholic Truth and Tradition
Thursday we bring you the fourth installment from the series critiquing the Pontifical Biblical Commission's error-filled document. This critique was written by Atila Sinke Guimar„es, with Dr. Marian Therese Horvat assisting in translating and editing an orthodox, Traditional, true Roman Catholic response in seven installments (from April 15-May 6) to the flawed document "The Hebrew People in its Holy Scriptures and the Christian Bible" issued late last year by the Vatican's Pontifical Biblical Commission. Each Thursday for the next two weeks this series will replace Dr. Marian's regular column "True Echoes of Catholicism." Thus, on Thursday Atila will examine part two of the document and expose the Grave Errors and Tendentious Relativizations in an essay that should truly alarm you regarding the Changes in Doctrine and New Anathemas
Appreciating the Precious Gift of our Faith
Thursday we will continue to focus on contrition both perfect and imperfect. Love of God and sorrow for offending Him because we love Him is part and parcel of perfect contrition, while the human element within us often expresses imperfect contrition out of a fear of hell. That is not necessarily a bad thing. In the confessional we have the opportunity to regain the graces lost. What a faith! We present on Thursday the fourth part in our 270th installment taken from My Catholic Faith in Perfect and Imperfect Contrition. For last week's installment on the Sacrament of Penance, see Sorrow for Sin
The Great Sacrilege
Father James F. Wathen, O.S.J. has granted permission to publish his entire work which was first published by Tan Books in 1972, and which we urge you to read for everything he wrote back then is backed by the solid depositum fidei - the Sacred Deposit of the Faith and still holds true. It takes up where the Ottaviani Intervention left off as you'll see in Thursday's issue when Father addresses one of the cruxes of Newchurch - ecumenism as even back in the early seventies he could foresee the events that would transpire at Assisi in 1986 and 2002. He will explain in Part Eighteen of Chapter Four Ecumenism. For the third section, see The "Communion".
On Friday Mario Derksen will continue with his series on the The Humanism of John Paul II with his fourth installment in which one would have to ask why has everything over the past 40 years have to be new? Why is man stressed so much over God? Is the novelty not worn thin? And what happens to passing fancies that no longer are useful? The fire for bad fruit awaits as Mario will explain in part four in his column Friday Humanism and Novelty For Mario's column last week, see The Assisi Interfaith Prayer Scandals - III
Christ or chaos
In Friday's issue Dr. Thomas Droleskey continues his popular series on G.I.R.M. Warfare when he analyzes paragraph 93 in which he examines the role of the priest of the True Roman Rite with the limited, diminished role of the presider who has become an entertainer, the focus of novelty with no restrictions as he points out in his 44th installment, Alter Christus, not altar personalities! . For Tom's installment last week in this series, see Designation can lead to Disintegration.
The Fatima FILE
On Friday we begin a chronological account of the cover-up by Modern Rome as documented by Father Paul Kramer and brought to you through the good graces and permission of John Vennari, editor of Catholic Family News. Friday we present the time frame from 1929 up to the notorious Pact of Metz and through Vatican II when suddenly doors were shut, contradictions made and Sister Lucia silenced as is documented in part one of Chronology of a Cover-Up
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED YESTERDAY:
Defending Catholic Truth and Tradition
Monday we continued with the third installment of a series by Atila Sinke Guimar„es, with Dr. Marian Therese Horvat assisting in translation and editing an orthodox, traditional, true Roman Catholic response in seven installments to the flawed document "The Hebrew People..." by the Vatican's Pontifical Biblical Commission. It created quite a stir with a horror story in the New York Times in late January. Guess what? Those horror stories are true! Atila critiqued part one of the document, pointing out Imprecise Language and Suspicious Texts in the third installment of an essay that should truly alarm you regarding the Changes in Doctrine and New Anathemas
Monday editor Michael Cain borrowed from Shakespeare to illustrate how his tragic figure of Hamlet portends ill-winds ahead for those who do not act swiftly, do not come clean and purify their houses thoroughly for they are parties to the slaughter of all that is holy. He cited the meeting between the Pope and Cardinals this week as a crucial crossroads. There can be no delay, no compromises, no stay of sentences. The offenders and pretenders must go as he emphasized in his commentary O holy Mother Church, Thy honor they besmirch!
Doctors of the Church
Monday's Doctor of the Church was another from the fourth century who encountered great rebellion and persecution from the Arian bishops. He was the first Doctor chronologically of what is today France, eldest Daughter of the Church. Born in 315 and died at the age of only 53, he was the Aquitaine Bishop - the Laborer for God - Saint Hilary of Poitiers.
TUESDAY, April 23:
Feast of Saint George, who was martyred in 303. He is the Patron Saint of those afflicted with Skin Diseases. Historical feast of Saint Adalbert, Bishop who was martyred in 997.
WEDNESDAY, April 24:
Feast of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest who was martyred in 1622. Historical feast of Saint Euphrasia Pelletier, Foundress of the Good Shepherd Sisters. She died in 1868.
THURSDAY, April 25:
Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist. Patron Saint of Notaries. Also Traditionally it is the Feast of The Greater Litanies.
FRIDAY, April 26:
Traditional Feasts of Our Lady of Good Counsel and the Martyred Popes Saint Cletus in 88 and Saint Marcellinus in 304. Historical feast of Saint Alda (Aldobrandesca), Widow who died in 1309.
SATURDAY, April 27:
Feast of Saint Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor of the Church who died in 1579. Historical feast of Saint Zita of Lucca, Virgin who died in 1278. She is the Patron Saint of Domestic Workers.
SUNDAY, April 28:
Fourth Sunday after Easter. In the new the feast of Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, Priest, Founder of the Montfort Fathers. He died in 1716. Traditional Feast of Saint Paul of the Cross, Priest who died in 1775.
For reflections on the Sunday Liturgy, see Fr. Cusick's reflections