March 11, 2002
volume 13, no. 46
Holy Season of Lent. Historical feast of Saint Sophronius who died in 639 and Saint Eulogius who was martyred in 858.

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 Unam Sanctam
With all 21 Ecumenical Councils completed, we begin today bringing you pertinent Papal Decrees. The first we present is the landmark Papal Bull by Pope Boniface VIII which asserted the Sovereign Pontiff as superior to a temporal king and which also asserted that the Church of Rome is the sole means of salvation, using the example of Noah and his ark to represent the only barque of refuge while outside all else is destroyed. For this dogmatic Papal Bull, see Unam Sanctam

 Catholic PewPOINT
Today editor Michael Cain continues his series on the analogy of the Mystical Body of Christ with the sorrowful mysteries as he presents the fourth sorrowful mystery - the Carrying of the Cross. He equates this painful journey of Christ's Passion with the debilitating, fruitless and painful 40-year period during which the Mystical Body of Christ has borne the cross of the 'bad fruits' of the Vatican II reforms in Unsound Doctrine and the Yoke of Blind Obedience.
 On the BattleLine
In this issue Atila Sinke Guimar„es gives six examples of Church precedents for resisting a Roman Pontiff when he is in error. Indeed, while he is the successor of Peter, he is also Simon. The Pope is not the Church and he can err - sometimes most gravely as Atila illustrates documented cases from the first six centuries beginning with St. Paul resisting St. Peter to his face in Galatians 2: 11 "But when Cephas (Peter) came to Antioch I withstood him to the face, because he was deserving of blame." Atila shows how respectfully we must all resist those hierarchs when they are deserving of blame - whether they be priest, bishop, or even the Pope in his column Historical Precedents for Resisting Popes in Error


 Traditional Thoughts
On Tuesday we bring you the first of a two-part excellent article by Christopher A. Ferrara, columnist for The Remnant. Editor Michael J. Matt has graciously given his permission for us to share these words of common sense with our readers. Chris acknowledges that the neo-Catholic establishment has tried to make sport of traditionalists but more often than not they end up being the butt of the joke. The sad thing is it really isn't a laughing matter when souls and the faith are at stake as Chris explains in part one of his article A Strange Obsession. For last week's feature by Peter Miller, see The Eucharistic Heresy of Modern Catholics

On Tuesday we will focus on an excellent essay by Ervan Park, courtesy of Peter Miller, editor of www.Seattle, on the chaos that reigns today in the modern church. Park points out how the ramparts have been so battered that many don't know which way is up as trust and confidence in the hierarchy has sunk to the depths as depravity and insanity rule the roost. Our only hope is the assurance that Christ will always be with His Bride no matter how much she may be assaulted and abused as Park describes in his article Chaos, Common Sense and the Church Catholic Today For last week's FOCUS feature on the second part of an interview with Fr. Amorth, chief exorcist in the Church, see The smoke of satan in the house of the Lord.
 White Smoke, Black Fire!
In episode three of Chapter Seven in Part II - "The Smoldering" - As darkness falls on the seven hills of Rome, Pat's cab makes its way slowly toward his hotel through the nightly grapevine of snarled traffic. He can sense the fetid stench of the Basilisk's breath growing stronger and closer. For last week's episode, see Chapter Seven, Episode Two.


 Pro Life Prescriptions
Wednesday Dr. Frank Joseph contrasts two Spitzers - Eliot on the left, Fr. Edward Spitzer on the right, president of Gonzaga University who, unlike his counterpart at Notre Dame, was not afraid to say no to the obscene promoters of the V-Monologues. Dr. Frank laments how far the South Bend university has fallen for the luster is gone from the golden dome, unlikely even Jesus is shining down on it today as he explains in his column Tale of Two Spitzers and a Tarnished Dome For Dr. Frank's column last week, see The Great Scandal of CINNERS!

  The Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart
Wednesday we will bring you 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 as we will continue with Part Ten - Meditation on the Fifth Promise.
 Simply Sheen
For Lent Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen continues to talk about suffering and the reasons why God allows it. The Bishop points out that pain is part of payment to love and be loved by God. It is called Expiation and Reparation and explains that love does not eradicate pain, but it does diminish it if we see it in its proper light and how God intended suffering in order for the Church Militant to help the Church Suffering then we can better understand this earthly journey toward salvation as he will illustrate Wednesday in Love cannot erase pain, but it can diminish it. For last week's "Simply Sheen" see One thief's soul was stolen; the other stole into Paradise
 Echoes of True Catholicism
On Thursday Dr. Marian Horvat will point out that when life gives you lemons, you can make delicious lemonade through prayer. That recipe for virtue is necessary against the pesky, unrelenting demons of the air which constantly agitate souls, trying to disrupt our goal of adhering to God's Will. She identifies these demons of the air as the same ones who have consternated so many since Vatican II, even to the idea of entertaining such radical thoughts as to compromise the Petrine Primacy. As was first addressed in An Urgent Plea, she points out that the Holy Father seems to be catering to these demons by even considering collegiality as an option as she explains in her column Demons of the Air. For Dr. Marian's column last week, see Fast-Food is Protestant!
 Precious Gift of our Faith
This Thursday we continue a beautiful catechetical apologetic series on the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar on the true meaning of the Holy Sacrifice. The 263rd installment continues an enthralling, truly inspiring and enlightening understanding of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass gleaned from My Catholic Faith and presented as it was taught for centuries. We concentrate this week on the manner of worthily receiving Jesus, truly present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity as we present Holy Communion For last week's installment on the Perfect Plan of the Mass, see Installment 262nd.
 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 reveals the deliberate machinations to diminish the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as he'll explain in Part Twelve of Chapter Four The Dishonoring of Mary For part twelve, see Validity and Liceity.
 Christ or chaos
This coming Friday Dr. Thomas Droleskey will continue focusing on the glaring differences between the Old Roman Rite observed for centuries and the New Roman Rite that is like a chameleon. While some may think the only difference between the Novus Ordo Mass of Modern Rome and the Traditional Latin Mass of Eternal Rome is no different than preferring one flavor over another, in truth the latter satisfies fully in every way, leaving one satiated in grace, while the former leaves an aftertaste that is foul and sipid, changing tastes constantly to please whatever the careless chefs of this new rite want to put on the liberal menu as Tom explains in part two of Merely a Matter of Preference? For Tom's first part, see Merely a Matter of Preference?
 Traditional Insights
On Friday Mario Derksen continues his series on "Vatican II and the Gospel of Man" as he meticulously peels off the skin-deep layers of rhetoric, exposing the tightening muscles of modernism that seek to squeeze the bones of doctrine. This prevents the living organs of Truth and Tradition from fully being able to function, thus allowing the cancer of humanism to penetrate the pores of the Mystical Body of Christ. Mario will illustrate the ambiguities that mark the post-conciliar church, specifically the pontificate of John Paul II in showing how difficult modern Rome has made it for Catholics to know their faith in what would seem to be a deliberate attempt to cloak the teachings of the Church in mystery and hide them under a cloud of nearly impenetrable gobbledygook as Mario will explain Friday in part five with his column The Razzmatazz of the Post-Conciliar Church For part four of Mario's series, see Actions Speak Louder Than Words.
 The Fatima FILE
On Friday we present the final of a three part series on arguments regarding Sister Lucia and how it doesn't calculate with the swashbuckling Vatican spin that was disseminated through the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's The Message of Fatima. In truth, there are too many holes in their theory to make it sail. Sadly, the propaganda has dulled and deceived so many into believing what in truth is a false flag raised to deceive souls and cover up the real intentions of the modernist buccaneers. Through the good graces and permission of John Vennari of Catholic Family News we present an excellent, fact-filled feature by journalist Mark Fellows who exposes the facades as he will illustrate Friday with part three of Lucy and the Pirates For part two, see Lucy and the Pirates.

"The Latin is also so close to the Church's liturgical and theological wellprings that its abandonment has left many people badly out of touch with their traditions. Its demise has been one of the principal stimuli to teh belief that liturgy ought to be a completely contemporary thing...

"The association of the Latin language with the timeless, mystererious, and traditional aspects of worship is so profound that no fully adequate translation of it into the vernacular is possible. The decision to translate the liturgy into the vernacular has had momentous consequence which should not be minimized. It may lead to the disappearance of almost all sense of the sacred in liturgy."

James Hitchock
The Recovery of the Sacred, 1974

Today in Church History
A master is given his brush

   On this date in 1515, Prior to the full upheaval of the Protestant Reformation, Pope Leo X appointed Michelangelo Buonarrati as the chief master artist for the Vatican. He was named to replace the master Donato Bramante who had died. Michelangelo would go on to produce works of art that are timeless - a basilica and great dome for the ages and the art within, especially the Sistine Chapel and the prized Pieta, work that have become priceless and enhanced reverence in so many souls.

In each issue we will feature a special prayer to enhance your Catholic devotions

Prayer for the Fourth Monday in Lent

We beseech Thee, O almighty God, grant that as year by year we devoutly keep these sacred fasts, we may please Thee both in body and mind. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, One God world without end. Amen.

From the Collect for today's Holy Mass

For prayers posted thus far, see Devotions and Reflections

For Stations of the Cross, see WAY OF THE CROSS

Liturgy of the Saints

Holy Season of Lent

MONDAY, March 11:
Historical feasts of Saint Sophronius who died in 639 and Saint Eulogius who was martyred in 858.

TUESDAY, March 12:
Traditional Feast of Pope Saint Gregory the Great, Doctor of the Church who died in 604. Historical feast of Saint Theophanes the Chronicler who died in the 8th century.

WEDNESDAY, March 13:
Historical feast of Saint Euphrasia, Virgin who died in 410 and the historical feast of Saint Roderick who was martyred in 857.

THURSDAY, March 14:
Historical feast of Saint Matilda, Queen who died in 968. She is the Patron Saint of Parents of Large Families.

FRIDAY, March 15:
Day of Abstinence. Historical feast of Saint Longinus, Roman Centurion from the 1st century who pierced the side of Christ. Historical feast of Saint Louise de Marillac , Religious Foundress of the Sisters of Charity and the Servants of the sick and the poor. She died in 1660.

SATURDAY, March 16:
Historical feast of Saint Abraham, hermit who died in 360 and of Saint Herbert, Bishop who died in 1021.

SUNDAY, March 17:
PASSION SUNDAY. Feast of Saint Patrick, Bishop. This Patron Saint and Apostle of Ireland died in 493. Historical feast of Saint Joseph of Arimathea who so lovingly provided Our Lord the sepulchre and shroud. Also the historical feast of Saint John Sarkander, Priest who was martyred in 1620. For reflections on Passion Sunday in Lent, see Fr. Cusick's reflections

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