IN TODAY'S ISSUE:|
Council of Vienne
Six years into the 'Avignon Exile' which would last from 1305-1377, the Council of Vienne lasted two years. It was called in 1311 by the first of the Avignon Popes Pope Clement V in the city of Vienne just south of Lyons. Though the Patriarchs of Antioch and Alexandria joined the Pope, it was a noticable difference from the last Council for far fewer bishops and dignitaries attended. Nevertheless, the council suppressed the Knights Templars and Jacques de Molay, the one who laid the satanic seeds of Freemasonry. They had abused their privileges after the Crusades. Politics also played a huge role in this council with King Philip IV ruler of France being reinstituted in the Church after his legendary excommunication battle with Clement's predecessor Pope Boniface VIII who had issued his famous ex cathedra bull Unam Sanctam. The Council also condemned the heresies of the Beghards and Bequines as well as that of Quietism. For the full documents of the fifteenth Ecumenical Council see COUNCIL OF VIENNE
Today Editor Michael Cain highlights a week which magnifies how the magnificent truths of Holy Mother Church have been twisted into saltless, profane pretzels of politically-correct pastoral pabulum by the post-conciliar church. He illustrates how, in conceding so much, we have allowed the pc police to shove their agenda down our throats. That's tough to swallow! We could ask if this is anyway to live, but for the 44 million unborns, who are victims of Roe vs. Wade, any way to live would have been a better alternative. Yet, compromise is curtailing the chances of future preborn innocents by selling out principle all for the purpose of ecumenism and humanism. Is it all worth it? Definitely not as he points out in his commentary Something loyal Catholics find hard to stomach!
Standing with the Church Militant On the BattleLine
In this issue Atila Sinke Guimar„es continues a multi-part series 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 documents how the League of Nations and ultimately the United Nations came to be. In this process the Catholic state which had been the ideal throughout Europe was sacked in favor of the modern state which even the post-conciliar pontiffs have embraced as Atila illustrates in the second installment of his column In league with the League of Nations and the UN
LATER THIS WEEK:|
Pro Life Prescriptions
This Wednesday Dr. Frank Joseph shows that Roe vs. Wade will continue as long as men like New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer are allowed to wreak havoc in the manner of a modern-day Diocletian in his meticulous campaign to rid the state of Crisis Pregnancy Centers. Dr. Frank addresses Spitzer directly, questioning his credentials as an attorney considering his tremendous lack of having the facts to argue his case. In truth he is not defending anyone's rights, but acting more as a lobbyist for NARAL and Planned Barrenhood as Dr. Joseph points out in his column An Open Letter to Eliot Spitzer
Exspectans exspectavimus Ecclesia Dei
Many are asking if the agreement announced between post-conciliar Rome and the Brazilian contingent will weaken the Society of St. Pius X's stance and cause them to follow suit in accepting everything of Vatican II and the New Mass of Paul VI as legitimate just for the right to continue saying the Tridentine Mass. You'll be interested to hear what Superior General of the Society His Excellency Bishop Bernard Fellay has to say Wednesday in the second part of an interview conducted by and printed in The Latin Mass Magazine. His interview helps put into perspective what is really happening - even to the fact that the Vatican is, obviously, no longer a hierarchy as it had been for 2000 years, but now is considered by those in charge a democracy where if a minority dissent, then all systems close down. Such is the case as Bishop Fellay relates in part two of Bishop Fellay will hold firm to the tried and true
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen continues in Wednesday's issue on the very topic so greatly twisted and misunderstood today: TOLERANCE. It is the devil's watchword, trying to guilt the just into accepting evil. In his second part on tolerance, the wise and beloved prelate points out that while the word "intolerance" gets bandied about a lot - even in his time half a century ago - there are many times when intolerance is not the evil agenda politically correct liberals falsely assess to it. Often times one must need to be intolerant of those things which threaten the sovereign rights of man as Bishop Sheen illustrates in Truth is intolerant of error!
Echoes of True Catholicism
On Thursday Dr. Marian Horvat completes a two-part piece on the Crusades, enlightening all as to what Christians - Catholics - need to realize and must believe despite all the rhetoric of tolerance toward Islam, which, in truth, is a false religion and any reference to anything otherwise is not true Roman Catholic teaching regardless of all the ecumenical spin even Rome is putting on it. She points out how the Crusades were not only necessary, but in harmony with the Church Militant as she explains in part two of her column Understanding the Crusades
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 256th installment continues to unveil the poetic, inspiring essence of why the Mass is the fulcrum of our Faith corresponding to the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ with Divine Regulations for the Sacred Vessels.
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 with Part Five of Chapter Four - The New Form of Consecration - first part in THE "NEW MASS."
Christ or chaos
This coming Friday Dr. Thomas Droleskey will resume his series on G.I.R.M. Warfare. He comments on paragraph 79 and 80 on the diminishing returns from sacking many of the canons of the Mass and replacing it with passive, limp 'Eucharistic Prayers' which eliminate so much of the essence surrounding the Consecration of the Mass. There is no precedent for this denuding the Mass of its treasures as Tom explains in his 36th installment Novus Ordo can't shoot straight without a Canon!
Mario Derksen continues with his young and refreshing Traditional Insights with a four-part series on The Crisis in the Catholic Liturgy. Friday he highlights how the sacred has been eroded to where many Catholics have forgotten what to believe because the ways and means of how they worship and pray have been so drastically watered down and altered. But then what do you expect when the Altar is removed along with the tabernacle? When the crucifix is compromised and architectural, liturgical and hymnal trends lean more and more to Protestantism, then the common Catholic in the pew has no clue that he is being led astray as Mario points out in part two Lex orandi, lex credendi - How we pray is how we believe!
The Fatima FILE
On Friday we present the first 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 one - KGB Defector Confirms Fatima Message in an excellent, fact-filled feature by Cornelia R. Ferreira on The Perestroika Deception Updated
Test your knowledge of the Faith and Church History:
Answer to this past weekend's quiz:
The answer to where Saint Sebastian was born was Gaul. He was born in Narbonne, Gaul which today is France. He enlisted in the Roman army in Rome in 283 and was martyred around 288. He was venerated in Milan during the time of St. Ambrose. He is the patron saint of archers, athletes and military personnel as well as law enforcement.
Today in Church History
Election of a Blessed Pope whose company were Doctors of the Church
On this day 726 years ago Cardinal Pierre of Tarentaise, a close confidant of two great Doctors of the Church Saint Albert the Great and the Angelic Doctor Saint Thomas Aquinas, was chosen as the 185th successor of Peter, becoming Blessed Pope Innocent V. It was Innocent who was responsible for bringing the faith to the far east, baptizing the three ambassadors sent to him by the great Khan. His pontificate was short-lived for Innocent died six months later on June 22, 1276.
In each issue we will feature a special prayer to enhance your Catholic devotions
The Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, thae forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
For past prayers posted thus far, see Devotions and Reflections
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Liturgy of the Saints|
This is Respect Life Week and Promoting Christian Unity - through conversion, not compromise!
MONDAY, January 21:
Feast of Saint Agnes, Virgin who was beheaded by Diocletian in 304 She is the Patron Saint of the Children of Mary.
TUESDAY, January 22:
Feast of Saint Vincent of Zaragoza, Deacon martyred in 304. He is the Patron Saint of Seafarers and Winegrowers. Traditional Feast of Saint Anastasius, a Persian Monk who was martyred in 628.
WEDNESDAY, January 23:
Traditional Feast of Saint Raymond of Penafort, Priest and Patron Saint of Canon Lawyers who died in 1275, and Saint Emerentiana, foster-sister of St. Agnes, who was also a virgin and martyred in 304. Historical Feast of Saint Ildefonsus, a bishop who died in 667.
THURSDAY, January 24:
Traditional Feast of Saint Timothy, Bishop and Martyr who was a companion of the Apostle Paul and who died in 97 A.D. In the new liturgy Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church and Patron of Catholic Journalism, is observed.
FRIDAY, January 25:
Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul.
SATURDAY, January 26:
Traditional Feast of Saint Polycarp, Bishop who was martyred in 166. In the new liturgy it is the feast of Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops. Historical Feast of Saint Paula, Widow who assisted St. Jerome in translating the Latin Vulgate Bible. She died in 404.
SUNDAY, January 27:
Traditionally Septuagesima Sunday; the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time in the new. Also the Traditional Feast of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. The golden-voiced preacher died in 407. In the new liturgy it is the feast of Saint Angela Merici, Virgin and Foundress of the Ursulines who died in 1540. For reflections on the Second Sunday after Epiphany, see Fr. Cusick's reflections