Safeguarding the Sacred Deposit of the Faith
"It must indeed be held as being of Faith that nobody can be saved outside the Apostolic Roman Church, the only ark of salvation, into which if anybody does not enter he will perish by the flood; but it must nevertheless be likewise held for certain that those who suffer from ignorance of the true religion, provided that it is invincible, will not be held accountable for this."
Blessed Pope Pius IX
Allocution, Singulari quadam
Against the Errors of Rationalism and Indifferentism
December 9, 1854
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED THIS PAST WEEK:
Echoes of True Catholicism Liturgy of the Saints
Thursday Dr. Marian Horvat pointed 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 identified 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 pointed out that the Holy Father seems to be catering to these demons by even considering collegiality as an option as she explained in her column Demons of the Air.
Precious Gift of our Faith
In Thursday's issue we continued a beautiful catechetical apologetic series on the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar on the true meaning of the Holy Sacrifice. The 263rd installment continued 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 concentrated yesterday on the manner of worthily receiving Jesus, truly present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity as we presented Holy Communion
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 would have seen in yesterday's issue when Father revealed the deliberate machinations to diminish the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as he explained in Part Twelve of Chapter Four The Dishonoring of Mary
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
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.
For Lent Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen continued to talk about suffering and the reasons why God allows it. The Bishop pointed out that pain is part of payment to love and be loved by God. It is called Expiation and Reparation and he explained 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 illustrated Wednesday in Love cannot erase pain, but it can diminish it.
Tuesday we brought 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 acknowledged 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 explained in part one of his article A Strange Obsession.
In Tuesday's issue we focused on an excellent essay by Ervan Park, courtesy of Peter Miller, editor of www.Seattle Catholic.com, on the chaos that reigns today in the modern church. Park pointed 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 described in his article Chaos, Common Sense and the Church Catholic Today
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.
With all 21 Ecumenical Councils completed, we began Monday bringing you pertinent Papal Decrees. The first we presented was 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
Monday editor Michael Cain continued his series on the analogy of the Mystical Body of Christ with the sorrowful mysteries as he presented the fourth sorrowful mystery - the Carrying of the Cross. He equated 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 Monday's issue Atila Sinke Guimar„es gave six examples of Church precedence 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 illustrated 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 showed 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
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