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Today Dr. Marian Therese Horvat addresses a seemingly harmless issue for all parents. However, before you race down to your neighborhood video store to rent the newly released Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone you should read what's really behind all the hype, renewed this week with the release of the movie on video and DVD. Dr. Marian explains that the books are even more subliminal in her column Harry Potter and the Problem of Good and Evil.
Appreciating the Precious Gift of our Faith
In this issue we continue our catechesis on the Sacrament of Penance with the means to purging our souls of both mortal and venial sins. That tool is the sacramental confession, created for us that we might confess our sins, do penance and amend our life. By admitting our faults to Christ through His representatives on earth - the alter Christus the priest, we can be assured of forgiveness if we make a firm purpose of amendment as you can see the means in How to Make a Good Confession.
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 can see in today issue when Father focuses on Chapter Five with Part Three of The Apostolic Constitution of Pope Paul VI, Missale Romanum
The Wit & Wisdom of one of Catholicism's Great Tradtionalists G. K. Chesterton
"The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man."
Death of the Maid of Orleans
On this date 571 years ago in 1431 Saint Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Known as the Maid of Orleans, she was the youngest of five children, who was given mystical
graces at a young age, and told that her mission was to defend the Dauphin of France. She
led an expedition to relieve besieged Orleans. Captured in battle, Joan was sold to the British in 1430.
She was burned at the stake for false charges of heresy on this day in 1431. Soon after her death she was exonerated and considered a martyr for the Faith and would be honored thus when canonized
by Pope Benedict XV in 1920.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
In each issue we will feature a special prayer to enhance your Catholic devotions
Prayer for the Feast of Corpus Christi
O God, Who in a wonderful Sacrament hast left unto us the memorial of Thy Passion; grant, we beseech Thee, that we may so venerate the sared mysteries of Thy Body and Blood as to experience continually within ourselves the fruit of Thy Redemption. Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
From the Collect for the Feast of Corpus Christi
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
On Friday Mario Derksen will continue with his series on the The Humanism of John Paul II with his 8th installment in which he explains the true Catholic stance on the Death Penalty and how it has been locked up these days by the constant post-conciliarist preaching against it without realizing what the Church really says. In incarcerating the truths they greatly cloud the Pro-Life issue and dilute the force of stopping abortion from the Pope on down. Could it be because it is not politically correct? See what Mario says in On Death and Life (I). For his column last week, see With a Kiss, Like Judas.
Christ or chaos
In Friday's issue Dr. Thomas Droleskey continues his popular series on G.I.R.M. Warfare when he analyzes paragraphs 100 through 104 in exposing the ridiculous anglicanization of the Latin Rite and all the modernist trends that have made the Mass unrecognizable over the past 40 years as Tom explains in his 48th installment, The Vernacular Variety Show. For last week's column, see Ecclesiastical Egalitarianism.
The Fatima FILE
On Friday we continue 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 2000 to the Present in part five of Chronology of a Cover-Up. For part four, see The Nineties
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED THIS WEEK:
"Feed My sheep"
In Wednesday's issue Dr. Edward Ciaccio pointed out that throughout history despots have been created because they usurped their powers for wrong reasons. Just because the Church founded by Christ is holy, doesn't mean its hierarchy or it organizations always are. As much as we would like them to be holy, this is sadly not the case today with the sex abuse scandals that extend not only to the dioceses, but orthodox organizations such as the Legion of Christ. Power and control for personal purposes are never of God as he explained in Power, Control and the Legion of Christ.
Pro Life Prescriptions
Wednesday Dr. Frank Joseph laid out the formula for victory for all Pro-Life Politicians running this Fall which is not to shy away from the abortion issue. Rather, take it and run with it right into office because you've got the pro-aborts in a no-win situation as Dr. Frank illustrated in his column A DNAmite Win-Win Opportunity!
In the Wednesday issue we brought you a short essay by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen which dealt with facing responsibility both with our fellow man and especially before God. If we betray the trust we are given, if we offend the moral order, we must make good. We cannot escape that fact which is vital for a smoother ride both here and in the hereafter. He illustrated this in You cannot escape Reparation!
Shears and Tears of a Lamb
Tuesday Catharine Lamb reminded the reader how much has been lost with the loss of Latin. Lex orandi, lex credendi. With the exodus of the official language of the Church out also went reverence and spiritual discipline. A structured, purposeful direction was abandoned. In place of unity of the universal Church there is now division everywhere, created by the confusion of the wholesale changes wrought by the sorry reforms of Vatican II, reforms that fostered a slothful attitude towards the sacred and profound as Catharine explained in her column From Latin to Lazy.
In Tuesday's issue we presented the second part of a two part eye-opening, excellent essay by Christopher A. Ferrara that first appeared in The Remnant and was reproduced here through the gracious cooperation of editor Michael Matt. Ferrara, who has been on the frontlines and seen it all up close and personal, weighed in on why the increased pressure on Traditionalists by Modern Rome as he brought us an account of what really went on during the emergency synod of American Cardinals at the Vatican last month and what should be done in part two of Pulling the Plug
Christ or chaos
In Tuesday's issue we brought you a piece by Dr. Thomas Droleskey on a subject he is truly expert in, for when he is not devoting his time to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts, he is at the Mets games - a familiar fixture for years as the "Lone Ranger." He has written an entertaining and faith-based book on this experience titled "There's No Cure for This Condition" which you can read more about at Chartres Communications. He weighed in on the recent controversy over rumors of Mike Piazza being gay after irresponsible remarks by Mets manager Bobby Valentine. Tom took issue with him in his column Bobby V is Not a Theologian!
White Smoke, Black Fire!
We continued with the seventh episode of chapter seven in Part III - "The Shadowing." Pat prepares for his evening rendezvous with Karel on the Via Magdalena in tracking down the Legion of the Basilisk, while Swiss Guard Riage Benziger saves his strength to find help later in the evening when he can make it to the main gate and confide in one he trusts as the suspense built further in Episode Seven.
On Monday editor Michael Cain illustrated how the domino effect is toppling the post-conciliar Church and the momentum is picking up with the revelations of the modernists' darling Archbishop Rembert Weakland's sodomy tendencies. The American Church is coming apart at the seams and yet the USCCB continues to ignore the pleas for help, to snub their noses at accredited Catholic organizations whose input would truly help. Instead they have gone into bunker mentality while all around them alien forces of the satanic nature abound. In a comparison to the final episode of the X-Files, Cain showed how the facts can be more bizarre than fiction in his editorial Until the Domino effect completes its sordid run, the Dominus effect won't be effective!
On the BattleLine
In Monday's issue Atila Sinke Guimar„es pointed out how we should be indignant instead of tolerant of the "appalling sin" and no amount of rationalization or excuses can justify the grave offense against God and Catholic doctrine for the sin of sodomy that seems so rampant in the post-conciliar Church today, especially here in the United States. He relied on St. Peter Damian's arguments to reveal the vile vice pedophilia is and that there is precedent for dealing with this problem as Pope Saint Gregory VII proved the clergy could be cleaned up. So also today the same measures are needed as he explained in his column The Modernist Spin on Sodomy
Monday was Memorial Day in the U.S., a time when we honored those who fell in battle over the two centuries this nation has existed. But that dates back only to 1776. The Roman Catholic Church has existed for 2000 years and there is plenty to remember, plenty of fallen heroes to memorialize. They're called saints. Unlike all other entities, only the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church founded by Christ has survived and will continue to survive no matter what the ramparts of hell throw at the True Church. We presented an anonymous essay, sent to us by www.WhyDoCatholics.com, that so well illustrates how faithful Catholics feel and believe. As the Church Militant we cannot shy away from the battle just when it is heating up. It's part and parcel of being Catholic, of carrying the Cross daily as you could see in the article "An Apology for Our Day" which we titled Bring it on!!!
Doctors of the Church
Monday's Doctor of the Church was born into a wealthy family and used those riches to receive the finest education at the hands of the world's greatest professors in Rome and then employed that wealth of knowledge for Christ's holy Church. He amassed all of the Scriptures and translated them into the Latin tongue, all wrapped up in the magnificent Latin Vulgate. This masterful Doctor, the "Father of the Mother Tongue" who we featured as the eighth on the chronological list was Saint Jerome
LITURGY OF THE SAINTS
THURSDAY, June 6:
Feast of Saint Norbert, Bishop who died in 1134.
FRIDAY, June 7:
FEAST OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS Also the historical feast of Saint Robert of Newminster, Abbot who died in 1159.
SATURDAY, June 8:
Traditional Feast of Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces. In the new, the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Historical feast of Saints Medard and Gildard, twin brothers who were both Bishops and who both died in 560.
SUNDAY, June 2:
Traditionally the Third Sunday after Pentecost in the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Traditional feast of Saints Primus and Felician, who were both martyred in 297. In the new, the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time and the feast of Saint Ephrem of Syria, Deacon and Doctor of the Church who died 373. Historical feast of Saint Columbkille, Abbot who died in 597.
For reflections on the Sunday Liturgy, see Fr. Cusick's reflections