Council of Florence |
Though it is called the Council of Florence, it began in Basel (or Basle), Switzerland, called by Pope Martin V. But Martin V did not live to open it. Instead his successor Blessed Pope Eugene IV opened it and met open resistance from many of the bishops. Therefore he dissolved the Council, moving to Ferrara, Italy in 1438 because of the schismatic bishops who elected the antipope Felix V. In 1439 the bubonic plague forced the entire Council to move again, this time to Florence where it was closed eight years later in 1447 by the Eugene IV. Though the Greek Church agreed to accept Filioque, it was shortlived for the infidels conquered Constantinople six years after the Council closed and, demoralized, the Eastern Church stuck to their stubborn agenda. The most stunning aspect of this Council was that Papal Authority triumphed over conciliar authority. Pope Eugene IV, backed by the Council proclaimed infallible the dogma of no salvation for anyone outside the Church in his noted Papal Bull Cantate Domino. For the full documents (Twelve sections) of the seventeenth Ecumenical Council see COUNCIL OF FLORENCE
In this issue editor Michael Cain begins a series on the analogy of the Mystical Body of Christ with the sorrowful mysteries. Today he focuses on the first sorrowful mystery - the Agony in the Garden - and how it correlates with the time from the Protestant Reformation up to Vatican II. He illustrates how Christ saw all the evil and subterfuge while weeping at Olivet, but His humanity and resolve to love us unconditionally even to giving His Own life was buoyed by the goodness and fruits His lambs produced during this 400+ year interval as Cain illustrates in part one of the Sorrowful Mysteries: Silence of the lambs
Standing with the Church Militant On the BattleLine
In this issue Atila Sinke Guimar„es completes his multi-part series on The Ideal of the Universal Republic
Blessed by the Conciliar Pontiffs first carried in Catholic Family News on the alarming trend of the post-conciliar pontiffs to cater to the idea of a Universal Republic. Atila illustrates how incredibly John Paul II has perpetuated all that his conciliar predecessors called for and more in advancing the Masonic ideal by applauding and empowering the UN in many ways that directly contradict what previous Sovereign Pontiffs condemned. Atila points this out in part four John Paul II's part in this Agenda
Was St. John de Britto's death in vain?
Today is the commemoration of the
death of Saint John de Britto in 1693. He was a Jesuit missionary to India who was responsible for many miracles and who, more than once, was captured and subjected to unspeakable tortures but managed to escape until finally at Orirur in Marava, the Raja there was so upset with the number of Christian conversions that he ordered de Britto out of the country. But Fr. John, knowing the people needed him, could not obey the order and thus the Raja had him beheaded. Like the early Romans, his martyrdom did more for future conversions despite the Raja's drastic measures to stop the flow of Christianity. Pope Innocent XII mourned his passing, but today's Pope apologizes for St. John's actions, going so far as to recognize Hinduism as an acceptable religion worthy of belief as seen recently in Assisi, contradicting not only Pope Pius XI's encyclical Mortalium Animos, but negating the fruits St. John helped plant. 309 years ago Fr. John would have been appalled for he truly knew Hinduism for what it was - a false religion and he sought to fulfill Christ's command in Mark 16: 15-16, even to giving his own life.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
In each issue we will feature a special prayer to enhance your Catholic devotionsThe 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
The Angelus |
The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary. And she conceived of the Holy Ghost. (Hail Mary)
Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to Thy word. (Hail Mary)
(while genuflecting) And the Word was made flesh. And dwelt among us. (Hail Mary)
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Let us pray. Pour fourth, we beseech Thee, O Lord. Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His passion and cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Safeguarding the Sacred Deposit of the Faith
"We've had enough of exhortations to be silent! Cry out with a hundred thousand tongues. I see that the world is rotten because of silence."
Saint Catherine of Siena
Traditional Thoughts Liturgy of the Saints
On Tuesday we continue 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 present the second part of his excellent article A Brief Defense of Traditionalism.
Symphony of Suffering
Tuesday Cyndi Cain pleads directly to John Paul II in lovingly expressing her very grave concerns about the direction he is taking the Church. It is a loving, but candid plea to the Pope to realize the great scandal he is causing by his determination to stress ecumenism at the cost of eroding the True Faith. She shares her letter with the readers in Yet another Open Letter to the Holy Father.
White Smoke, Black Fire!
In the fifth episode of Chapter Six in Part II - "The Smoldering" Pat learns of the Legion's main target - the Church of Rome and how they were successful in penetrating the inner sanctum with so many diversions that even the most devout didn't have a clue. Such is the cunning and power of the unearthly Legion of the Basilisk.
LATER THIS WEEK:
"Feed My sheep"
In Wednesday's issue we introduce Dr. Edward Ciaccio who shares with the reader mellow insights on matters of faith and morals; essential elements the bishops have failed to emphasize. With Mardi Gras celebrations so prevalent this coming weekend leading up to Shrove Tuesday, he provides a pledge of chastity for both young women and for young men to help remind them their bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost in Pledges of Chastity
Pro Life Prescriptions
This Wednesday Dr. Frank Joseph cites how the 'talking heads' of cable TV are taking the pro-aborts to task on the definition of a child in the womb. They insist on calling it a 'fetus' but media movers and shakers like Chris Matthews, Bill O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity are taking the ball tossed by the Bush administration on recognizing legally the Unborn child in the womb as having rights and applying a full court press on the leaders of NOW, Planned Barrenhood and that ilk. The latter are fumbling argument after argument with a cheshire grin so transparent even Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum know their days are numbered as Dr. Joseph points out in his column Have the pro-aborts been Bush-whacked?
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen continues in Wednesday's issue on his treatise on the very topic so greatly twisted and misunderstood today: Tolerance! He shows the between 'love' and 'like' and who, indeed, our neighbor really is. One we must do, the other is not necessary in order to love with a divine love as he points out in It's likely we won't like everyone, but we must love them!
Echoes of True Catholicism
On Thursday Dr. Marian Horvat points out the unmistakable link between an apparition from the 1600's in Quito, Ecuador and the renowned message of Fatima over 300 years later. She shares the messages imparted to a simple, holy Conceptionist Spanish nun from Our Lady in Quito, Ecuador and how the visionary Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres was shown the grave crisis in the Church in these times and that they would not be fully revealed until this time. Dr. Horvat shows the inextricable link in explaining the five meanings of the extinguished Light of the Tabernacle in her column The Secret of Success
Precious Gift of our Faith
This Thursday 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 258th installment begins 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 in their infallible wisdom settled on this most perfect propitiatory sacrifice to uniquely and purposely represent every aspect of Christ as we present part one 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 Seven of Chapter Four - "Mysterium Fidei"
Christ or chaos
This coming Friday Dr. Thomas Droleskey continues his series on G.I.R.M. Warfare. He comments on paragraph 83 and 84 on the Protestantization of the Mass, which especially comes into play with the emphasis on the eucharist as a 'banquet' in downplaying the essential propitiatory sacrifice as Tom explains in his 38th installment NO way to treat the Host!
Mario Derksen continues with his young and refreshing Traditional Insights with a four-part series on The Crisis in the Catholic Liturgy. Friday he completes his essay on this by pointing out the absurdity some will go to to alter the theater of the Lord to where the priest and people take front and center stage ad-libbing their way to oblivion while leaving the Sacrificial Lamb far behind as Mario explains in part four Are we heading toward what Pius XII called 'theological suicide?'
The Fatima FILE
On Friday we present the third in a new series on the consequences to the world and Russia for the failure to faithfully follow Our Lady's specific messages at Fatima. Despite the spin the post-conciliar church has put on the fulfillment of Fatima and the completion of the Third Secret, common sense, history and current events prove that the mission of Fatima has not been faithfully carried out. This series will include articles that address these issues. Through the good graces and permission of John Vennari of Catholic Family News we present the first set of articles, with part three - If you can't beat 'em, join 'em! - The blurred line between the post-conciliar church and communism in an excellent, fact-filled feature by Cornelia R. Ferreira on The Perestroika Deception Updated
MONDAY, February 4:
Traditional Feast of Saint Andrew Corsini, Bishop who died in 1373. Historical feast of Saint Veronica of the Veil, the holy woman who dried the face of Jesus
TUESDAY, February 5:
Feast of Saint Agatha, Virgin who was martyred in 251. Patroness of Nurses.
WEDNESDAY, February 6:
Traditional Feast of Saint Titus, Bishop who died in 96 and Saint Dorothy, Virgin who was martyred in 311 under Diocletian. She is Patroness of Florists. In the new it is the feast of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs in 1597.
THURSDAY, February 7:
Traditional Feast of Saint Romuald, Abbot who died in 1027. Historical feast of Saint Richard of Lucca, King and Father of Saints Wallburga, Willibald and Winibald
FRIDAY, February 8:
Traditional Feast of Saint John of Matha, Priest who died in 1213. In the new liturgy it is the feast of Saint Jerome Emiliani, Priest and Religious Founder who died in 1537. He is considered the Patron of Orphans and Abandoned Children.
SATURDAY, February 9:
Traditional Feasts of Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church who died in 444 and Saint Apollonia, Virgin who was martyred in 249. She is considered the Patron Saint of Dentists. Historical feast of Saint Nicephorus, who was martyred in 260.
SUNDAY, February 10:
Traditionally Quinquagesima Sunday; the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time in the new. Also the Feast of Saint Scholastica, Virgin and Religious Foundress. This twin of Saint Benedict died in 543. She is considered the Patroness of Convulsive Children. For reflections on Quinquagesima Sunday, see Fr. Cusick's reflections