Council of Constance |
Just over a century after the Council of Vienne the sixteenth Ecumenical Council was called in the French area of Switzerland in 1414. Because of the Great Western Schism the legitimate Pope Gregory XII abdicated the Papal throne during the Council at the Emperor Sigismund's request for the sake of unity so that the Council could sort out the mess and end the Schism amid the confusion of the multi-popes which included the anti-popes of Avignon - Benedict XIII and John XXIII. The latter had called a Council in Pisa in 1403 which was not recognized because of its illegality. The Council took control and elected Pope Martin V to the seat of Peter in 1417, three years after the Council was opened. It brought to an end the Great Schism and opened a whole new can of worms with the struggle between papal power and conciliar power. Condemned were the heresies of John Wycliffe and John Hus, the tip of the iceberg that would erupt a century later. For the full documents of the sixteenth Ecumenical Council see COUNCIL OF CONSTANCE
In the aftermath of Assisi II, editor Michael Cain takes the gloves off. It's high time to call a spade a spade and he has plenty of ammo to show that the post-conciliar church is not acting as the Catholic Church but rather as an imposter. He asks if conservatives are aware of how the Pope in his agenda of ecumenism has violated the First Commandment and contradicted so much of what past pontiffs decreed. He asks if those who consider our Holy Father errorless cannot see the grave scandal the Pope gives by continuing his ecumenical bent and promulgating beliefs that were condemned by the infallible, perennial Magisterium of the Church. Assisi was supposedly about praying for peace. There can be no peace when there is division and there is plenty of division inside and outside the Church. This is because the Marks that distinguish the True Church have been greatly blurred by the post-conciliar church, thus calling into question if, indeed, it is still truly Catholic today as Cain points out in one of his hardest hitting commentaries ever in Perhaps it is time to consider calling Trent II
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 points out how Paul VI rejected the wisdom of all his predecessors by parrotting the very cry of the French Revolution with his infamous pledge at the United Nations in October 1965. Atila documents all of this in the third installment of his column How Paul VI distanced himself from holy and wise Pontiffs of the past by embracing the ideals of the French Revolution
Anniversary of the death of Charlemagne
On this day 1,188 years ago in 814, the great and blessed Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne died. Like another emperor Constantine, Charlemagne played a significant role in the advancement of the Holy Roman Church for it was he was in position to do more than the Popes of his time to advance the hierarchy, disciplines and doctrines of the Church and restore the unity of the liturgy during a tenuous time in the Holy See.
NOTE: Because our CGI scripts were hacked, we are temporarily down this week and therefore the "Test your knowledge of the Faith and Church History" will hopefully resume next week.
Answer to this weekend's quiz:|
In Acts of the Apostles 9: 3-18, we find the answer to Friday's question for Saul after his vision, could not see for three days. He basically fasted for three days in a 'purification', if you will, to becoming Paul after his baptism at which time sight was restored to him.
Day Five of the Novena to Our Lady of Good Success
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.
Salve Regina |
Salve Regina, Mater misericordiae, vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Evae. Ad te suspiramus gementes et fientes in hac lacrymarum valle. Eia ergo, Advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis, post hoc exilium, ostende. O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genitrix. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.
This Novena honors an early 1600 visionary Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, a Spanish Conceptionist nun whose mission was Quito, Ecuador where she received prophecies for these time in which Our Lady warned of the dire crisis the Church is undergoing today. For more information we urge you to see Our Lady of Good Success.
For the Novena, see Prayer and Devotions
On Tuesday we begin 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 first part of his excellent article A Brief Defense of Traditionalism.
The Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart
Tomorrow we continue with the excellent work by Father Joseph McDonnell, S.J. first written during the Pontificate of Pope Saint Pius X and which, now out of print, Catholic Family News has given us permission to reprint following their publishing of it. It is a beautiful meditation and commentary that should encourage more devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus with Part Eight - Meditation on the Fourth Promise.
White Smoke, Black Fire!
In the fifth episode of Chapter Five in Part II - "The Smoldering" Fasif draws Pat deeper into the intrigue as a crucial, final chess game is revealed; one between good and evil, between good kings and bad kings, good queens and bad queens, good knights and bad knights, good bishops and bad bishops...very bad prelates as we learn of major religions' involvement, including Rome and the Israeli Mossad and the deadly compromise with Freemason interests.
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Pro Life Prescriptions
This Wednesday Dr. Frank Joseph gets down to brass tacks by clearly showing how to embrace the Democratic platform of pro-abortion and call oneself a Catholic is a contradiction of the greatest degree. Jesus says if you love Me, keep My Commandments. If one does not keep His Commandments, even though they know better and every Catholic does, then the natural syllogism would have to be that one doesn't love God. Since the Democrats openly defy His Commandments, then for a Catholic to be a Democrat would greatly jeopardize his soul. There is absolutely no rhyme nor reason to compatibility of being both as Dr. Joseph points out in his column How Can a Catholic be a Democrat?
In Wednesday's issue we bring you a probing article by Gary L. Morella which every Catholic must read for he illustrates how the dumbing-down and desensitizing of Catholics and the compromising of Catholic truths are playing right into the hands of those out to destroy Holy Mother Church. The entire ecumenical agenda is on a one-way course toward the abyss because the ultimate goal of those out to establish a one world religion is to get the Holy Roman Catholic Church to apologize and deny the Nicene Creed. It is heresy plain and clear. He pleads for Catholics to know their Faith if they are to survive the multicultural, politically correct, pan-christian, post-conciliar march toward a worldly global utopia that has no place in it for the One, True God - Jesus Christ, present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. Gary sounds the clarion in his excellent insightful article The Dangers of Syncretism and Indifferentism
Exspectans exspectavimus Ecclesia Dei
In the aftermath of Assisi II and the compromise by the traditional priests of Campos, Brazil, Father Peter Scott points out that though Rome has managed to lure the Campos contingent into compromising the principles they previously had so defended and stood for, the Society of Saint Pius X remains strong in rejecting the path post-conciliar church has taken in their quest to accommodate all religions and therefore compromise the church's once unyielding position as the True Church. Ecumenism is the death knell and Father reasserts that rather than caving to accepting modernism, the SSPX will be even more fortified just as Archbishop Lefebvre was motivated to ordain bishops because of Assisi I, this second aberration at Assisi should reinstill in Traditional Catholics the resolve to stand ever stronger for the unchangable Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church as he points out in What price for the Campos Compromise?
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen continues in Wednesday's issue on the very topic so greatly twisted and misunderstood today: TOLERANCE. He speaks of the four kinds of way one can love - utilitarian, romantic, democratic and Divine. The fourth is the most important as His Excellency points out. He also expresses the concern that too many emphasize the 'brotherhood of man' while ignoring the 'Fatherhood of God.' He asks if they will "make humanity a brood of illegitimate children?" That is a serious concern with the late, great prelate in Four ways to love, but only one way to truly love!
Echoes of True Catholicism
On Thursday Dr. Marian Horvat poses the problem facing many young Catholics today as she portrays the view through the eyes of a 10-year old child. She illustrates how what that child sees will not prompt him to want to sacrifice, not move him to want to convert others to his Faith, not light a fire of zeal in him to join others in the Church Militant. In this lack, another soul multiplied by millions will stray from the most precious gift he has been given and embrace such false religions that worship everything and everybody but the One, True God. She offers as an excellent example the Dalai Lama's appearance at Fatima as merely a photo-op for advancing the heresy of ecumenism while causing scandal to countless souls who don't see the distinction. She puts it plainly and quite clearly in her column Actions Speak Louder Than Words
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 257th 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 as passed down in the uninterrupted traditions with Ecclesiastical Vestments and Colors.
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 Six of Chapter Four - The New Form of Consecration - second part in THE "NEW MASS."
Christ or chaos
This coming Friday Dr. Thomas Droleskey continues his series on G.I.R.M. Warfare. He comments on paragraph 81 and 82 on the Protestantization of the Mass, which is especially noticeable during the Lord's Prayer and the greatly abused 'rite of peace' which has turned into a social function instead of a reverent, necessary time of preparing the faithful for receiving Our Lord, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Most Holy Eucharist as Tom explains in his 37th installment There can be no peace in the piece-meal new order!
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 feelings dictate how one worships in the post-conciliar church which explains how the charismatic movement has made such inroads and taken Catholics farther away from how they truly should worship because the emphasis is taken away from sacrifice and placed on celebration. They forget that there can be no resurrection without the crucifixion as Mario points out in part three Warm 'fuzzies' quickly cool off the Faith!
The Fatima FILE
On Friday we present the second 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 two - Communism's New Look in an excellent, fact-filled feature by Cornelia R. Ferreira on The Perestroika Deception Updated
Liturgy of the Saints
MONDAY, January 28:
Traditional Feast of Saint Peter Nolasco, Religious and Founder of the Order of Our Lady of Ransom and second feast of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr. In the new liturgy it is the Feast of the Angelic Doctor of the Church Saint Thomas Aquinas, Patron of Catholic Teaching.
TUESDAY, January 29:
Traditional Feast of Saint Francis de Sales, Patron of Catholic Journalism, who was a Bishop and Doctor of the Church who passed to his Heavenly reward in 1622. Historical Feast of Saint Gildas the Wise, Abbot who died in 570.
WEDNESDAY, January 30:
Traditional Feast of Saint Martina, Virgin who was martyred in 228. Historical Feast of Saint Bathildis, Widow who died in 680.
THURSDAY, January 31:
Feast of Saint John Bosco, Priest and Founder of the Salesian Order and beloved as Patron Saint of Altar Boys, Editors and Apprentices. He died in 1888. This holy visionary died in 1888.
FRIDAY, February 1:
Traditional Feast of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop who was martyred in 107. Historical Feast of Saint Brigid of Ireland, Virgin and Patroness of Dairy Workers who died in 523.
SATURDAY, February 2:
FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE CHILD JESUS IN THE TEMPLE. This feast is also known as Candlemass, or the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Historical feast of Our Lady of Good Success
SUNDAY, February 3:
Traditionally Sexagesima Sunday; the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time in the new. Also the Feast of Saint Blaise, Bishop and Patron Saint of those with throat diseases. He was martyred in 316. In the new liturgy it is the feast of Saint Ansgar, Bishop and Patron Saint of Scandinavia who died in 865. For reflections on Sexagesima Sunday, see Fr. Cusick's reflections