IN TODAY'S ISSUE:|
Echoes of True Catholicism
In today's issue Dr. Marian Horvat zeroes in on the bleak picture in Russia where Rome seems to be doing a high wire act in wooing the Russian Orthodox to cooperate while establishing four new dioceses there. All the while trying to convince the rest of the Catholic world that the Fatima prophecies have been fulfilled. The facts don't back that up as anyone can see by scanning the headlines of the neo-Catholic news services each day. She cites various examples that point to a humanistic global agenda in her column The Myth of a Converted Russia Exposed
Precious Gift of our Faith
Today we continue a beautiful catechetical apologetic series taken from The Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church on the true meaning of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The 260th installment continues an enthralling, truly inspiring and enlightening understanding of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass like you never realized before. After you read this, you will clamor for the return of the Mass of All Ages for only in the Tridentine Rite is its fullness realized. You will see the Mass as it was always intended and why the Council of Trent featured this week in Ecumenical Councils, in their infallible wisdom settled on this most perfect propitiatory sacrifice to uniquely and purposely represent every aspect of Christ as we present part three of The Perfect Plan of the Mass
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 gets down to the serious violations perpetrated on the faithful, explaining in Part Nine of Chapter Four - the drastic changes caused by disregarding "Pro Multis"
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:|
"Feed My sheep"
In Wednesday's issue we addressed the problems haunting the Church today from pedophilia to outward disregard for Catholic truths. As the Church goes, so also goes the world. We point out that when we point the finger at someone else in the 'blame game' we are basically pointing three fingers back at ourselves and rightly so, for we can no longer claim innocence or naivete to what is going on by hiding our heads in the sand. We allowed it to happen and must not only share in the blame, but strive to do something about correcting the situation by being ever more vigilant and that begins at home as we illustrated in The Finger of Blame
Pro Life Prescriptions
Yesterday Dr. Frank Joseph provided an outstanding platform which pro-life politicians can take to the polls and produce votes from those constituents who have a conscience. With the primaries getting underway in this pivotal year where the pro-life vote is paramount to beginning to overturn Roe vs. Wade and return America to a semblance of sanity in a world gone mad, Dr. Frank provided fail-safe ammo for speech writers of all those pro-life candidates who want to win. All they have to do is take off the gloves and be honest. Honesty will go a long way with the people and with God as he affirmed in his column A Primary Primer for Pro-Life Politicians
Exspectans exspectavimus Ecclesia Dei
Chris Ferrara points out the ridiculousness of the charges against Traditionalists who seek to uphold the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church and recognize the Pope as the successor of Peter, while the accusers ignore the aberrations and outright rebellion of a schismatic group in China. Thanks to Michael J. Matt of The Remnant we share Chris Ferrara's excellent syllogisms which first appeared in a recent edition of The Remnant as we present part one of his article A Tale of Two Schisms
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen continues in today's issue on his treatise on the very topic so greatly twisted and misunderstood today: Tolerance! He turns from the negative aspects of tolerance, which is what the word purports to, instead reflecting on the antithesis of the word - love - God's Love where the bishop shows that no matter who we are, there is always room for love for we can never escape the Light of His Truth as he concludes in They know not what they do.
Tuesday we continued a special series on what Traditionalism truly is - Roman Catholicism. Peter Miller, editor of the www.Seattle Catholic.com, shares a simple, concise response to 'conservatives' who see their beloved Church collapsing everywhere but continue to keep their heads in the sand, refusing to see the obvious. Peter shows the distinctions between 'traditionalist' and 'conservative' and clears up misconceptions that hopefully will better alert neo-Catholics to the true path they need to follow and to dispell the many myths about Traditionalism as we presented the fourth and final part of his excellent article A Brief Defense of Traditionalism.
In Tuesday's issue we focused on the controversial buzz about a Vatican document released in November that just recently came to the attention of the public on "The Jewish People and the Holy Scriptures in the Christian Bible." John Vennari weighed in on its repercussions first published in the February issue of Catholic Family News and has given us permission to reprint his commentary. We have also acquired the document in Italian and have passed it on to Atila Guimar„es in order to truly know what is in this confusing document. We presented the condensed story with comments by Gary Morella within the New York Times article followed by John's commentary in Contradiction of Divine Revelation?
White Smoke, Black Fire!
In the eighth episode of Chapter Six in Part II - "The Smoldering" Fasif gives Pat his marching orders as he prepares the American reporter for what he will encounter when he rendezvous in Rome with Fasif's niece Karel Shenneker in staving off the next suspected assault by the nefarious Legion of the Basilisk.
Council of Trent
The greatest and longest of all the major ecumenical councils was convened by Pope Paul III on December 13, 1545 in the mouintain village of Trent in northern Italy. There were 25 major sessions that spanned eighteen years under five popes - Pope Julius III, Marcellus II, Paul IV and Pope Pius IV who closed the last session on December 4, 1563 with Pius IV issuing a Papal Bull on February 7, 1564 confirming all that was declared at Trent. Pope Saint Pius V completed the commission of Trent, reforming the Roman Missal with his De Defectibus and Quo Primum writing the Catechism of Trent based on all the decrees of Trent and also set up a commission to issue a more exact edition of the Latin Vulgate Bible. The Council issued the most dogmatic and reformatory decrees ever, specifically on the Holy Eucharist, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Sacraments plus reinstating traditions always held 'Catholic.' Trent was the ideal Counter-Reformation to the Protestant Reformation where Protestantism was condemned as anathema along with Martin Luther and other reformers who had bolted the Church. Moral discipline was emphasized and reinforced in order that Holy Mother Church regain the respect and authority intended for the Church Christ founded and passed down through His infallible, perennial Magisterium of the Church, preserving the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church in the Sacred Deposit of the Faith. For an overview to the full documents of the nineteenth Ecumenical Council see COUNCIL OF TRENT
On Monday editor Michael Cain continued his series on the analogy of the Mystical Body of Christ with the sorrowful mysteries, staying with the second sorrowful mystery - the Scourging at the Pillar as he illustrated offenses that occurred just the past few weeks which clearly show the Mystical Body of Christ being thrashed unmercifully by those within the Church who would scandalize for the sake of political correctness or some other humanistic reason. In doing so they scandalize and contribute to the endless scourging as he powerfully explained in part three of the series on the Sorrowful Mysteries: The longer the scourging continues, the greater the consequences!
Standing with the Church Militant On the BattleLine
In Monday's issue Atila Sinke Guimar„es recalled an article he wrote a few years ago in which he expressed fears that the Vatican was caving to the liberal ideas of men like Cardinal Martini, Cardinal KŲnig and Archbishop John Quinn. In light of Martini's announced retirement on turning 75 last week, Atila revisited this issue about the possibility of another Council to further the progressivists' agenda. Even with the retirement of older cardinals, the possibility still remains very plausible considering the ecumenical advancements made by this regime as Atila explained in his column A New Council, an Old Yearning
Today in Church History
The Agony and the Ecstasy
"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people."
On this date two Sovereign Pontiffs passed on to their Heavenly reward. The first was the 'warrior pope' Pope Julius II 489 years ago in 1513 as the Protestant Reformation was looming. This 216th in the line of Peter is best remembered during his ten year pontificate for completing construction of St. Peter's Basilica and during that time his love-hate relationship with the master painter Michelangelo Buonoratti made famous in the novel, and then the film "Agony and Ecstasy". He also called the 18th Ecumenical Council - the The Fifth Lateran Council.
The second Pontiff to die on this day 272 years ago in 1730, was Pope Benedict XIII, the 245th successor of Peter whose six year pontificate was highlighted by the 17th Jubilee in 1725. He concentrated mostly on his spiritual mission, strengthening the Church during this time.
In each issue we will feature a special prayer to enhance your Catholic devotions
Prayer for Thursday in the First Week of Lent
Mercifully look down, we beseech Thee, O Lord, upon the devotion of Thy people that they who are mortified in the flesh by abstinence, may be refreshed in mind by the fruit of good works.
Collect for Today's Holy Mass
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Liturgy of the Saints|
MONDAY, February 18:
Traditional Feast of Saint Simeon, Bishop and Patriarch of Jerusalem and first cousin of Christ. He was martyred in 112. Traditional Feast of Saint Bernardette Soubirous, Virgin and Visionary of Lourdes who died in 1879. Her body is still incorrupt. Historical feast of Saint Flavian, Bishop who was martyred in 449
TUESDAY, February 19:
Historical feast of Saint Gabinus, who died in 296. He was the brother of Pope Saint Caius, and nephew of the evil emperor Diocletian. Also the Historical feast of Saint Conrad of Piacenza, Hermit who died in 1351. He is the saint the faithful invoke for the cure from hernias.
WEDNESDAY, February 20:
Ember Wednesday in Lent - Day of Fast and Partial Abstinence. Historical feast of Saint Eucherius, Bishop who died in 743 and Saint Amata, Religious who died in 1250. She was the niece of Saint Clare of Assisi.
THURSDAY, February 21:
In the new liturgy the feast of Saint Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church who died in 1072. Also the historical feast of Saint Peter Mavimenus who died in 743.
FRIDAY, February 22:
Ember Friday - Day of Fast and Abstinence. Feast of The Chair of Saint Peter
SATURDAY, February 23:
Ember Saturday - Day of Fast and Partial Abstinence. Traditional Feast of Saint Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church who died in 1072. In the new it is the feast of Saint Polycarp, Bishop who was martyred in 166. He is the saint the faithful ask intercession for when they have earaches.
SUNDAY, February 24:
SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT. Traditional Feast of Saint Matthias, the Apostle who replaced judas iscariot and was martyred in 65 A.D. Also historical feast of Saint Ethelbert, king of Kent who died in 616. For reflections on the Second Sunday of Lent, see Fr. Cusick's reflections