May 20, 2002
volume 13, no. 92
Pentecost Monday Feast of Saint Bernardine of Siena, Confessor and Franciscan Friar who died in 1444. He is Patron Saint of Advertisers, Promotions, and Public Relations Officials.

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 Catholic PewPOINT
Today editor Michael Cain reports from the bunkers where Traditionalists are hunkered down deflecting needless artillery from Modern Rome who has decided the real enemy is anyone who professes to embrace the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church, which is Eternal Rome. Meanwhile the scandalous and very damaging 'fruits of Vatican II' continue to run amok in the post-conciliar jungle as it becomes more apparent everyday that the "top banana" Modernists have no intention to rein in the abusers. They claim they see no evil, hear no evil and say no evil yet it is obvious they're slipping all over themselves on the peels of denial and contradiction as evil indeed permeates every fiber of the hierarchy. So much for trust. The modern hierarchy ape sincerity while continuing to monkey around with the sacrosanct. For this week's editorial, see Who's fooling who?!?

 On the BattleLine
In this issue Atila Sinke Guimar„es shows how the decline of the priesthood both in vocations and caliber of men began when Vatican II relaxed the disciplines and embraced the world in an attempt to accommodate the modern world rather than shepherd the flocks whose pasture was so ascew. Atila points out how the problems today can be traced to this and yet modern Rome refuses to see the obvious as he explains in his column No longer just 'in' the world, but now 'of' it!
  Doctors of the Church
Today's Doctor of the Church was the first to migrate from the north, the Rhineland area of Trier and settled in Milan, Italy where he cast away a lucrative career as a lawyer and politician to accept the people's acclaim as their Bishop. He ruled in holiness and justice and was responsible for converting and nurturing Saint Augustine. Together they fought vigorously against the Arian heresy towards the end of the 4th century. This Bishop, this "Converter of Saints" who we feature as the seventh on the chronological list is Saint Ambrose


 Shears and Tears of a Lamb
Tuesday, Catharine Lamb pinpoints how the family has been neglected in society and in the Church as well as she illustrates how too many Catholics are stuck on the fence of their Faith because the shepherds are too busy with worldly things in galivanting with the world, the flesh and the devil instead of staying home with their flocks and nourishing them with solid doctrine and caring spiritual direction. That is why so many of the Roman Catholic faithful consider themselves, as Catharine titles her column, Latchkey Catholics.

 Traditional Thought
On Tuesday we present the first part of a two part eye-opening, excellent essay by Christopher A. Ferrara that first appeared in The Remnant and is 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, weighs in on why the increased pressure on Traditionalists by Modern Rome as he brings 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 one of Pulling the Plug
 White Smoke, Black Fire!
Tuesday we continue with the sixth episode of chapter seven in Part III - "The Shadowing." As the midday sun darts briefly through a rip in the rain clouds above the eternal city Cardinal Macelli receives a mysterious vial from Elena Grabe in a hidden grove in the hills outside of Rome. Meanwhile, in the heart of the city, Father Niki discovers that the small plastic material he asked his friend Lorenzo to analyze could be very, very shattering to all concerned as the suspense builds in Episode Six


 "Feed My sheep"
In Wednesday's issue we'll addresses the Bishops of France. A few weeks ago we addressed the American prelates. This time we signal the clarion of caution to those bishops who care for the flock in the land known as the eldest daughter of the Church. We charge them with negligence for letting the Faith wither so in this land so precious to the Blessed Mother who appeared in this country numerous times to warn the world of the apostasy that riddles the universal Church today. We plead with them in our very frank, but respectful Open Letter to the Bishops of France

 Pro Life Prescriptions
This Wednesday Dr. Frank Joseph asks what so many have been wondering, why is it today's bishops won't respond unless their reputation or jobs are on the line? He rightly asserts that had they been vigilant and truly the successors of the Apostles, they would have clearly seen by the grace of the Holy Ghost the infiltration of those intent on violating the Fifth and Sixth Commandments. Because they did not, because they refused to pull their heads out of the sands of acceptance by the world we have today the terrible holocaust of abortion and the widening scandal of sex abuse. Truly they have been negligent as Dr. Frank illustrates in his column Why does the Hierarchy continuously hide except when its their own hide?
 Simply Sheen
In Wednesday's issue we bring you a short essay by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen which could have been written today considering the state of the world and the post-conciliar Church. He talks about how when man blames his own responsibilities on others there are consequences in both the physical and moral laws. He points out the universality of God for the Almighty is not reserved only for Americans, only for Brits, or anyone else and that Christ is King of all throughout history. He illustrates this in Denial of Responsiblity
 Echoes of True Catholicism
On Thursday Dr. Marian Therese Horvat will address the homosexual agenda in the post-conciliar Church today by reviewing a book that tries to claim sodomy was accepted in medieval times. She shows the error of this in an essay that refutes the revisionists who seek to change the course of history by changing history courses through books that deny the truths Christ handed down. Dr. Marian will explain in her column Rewriting History to Serve the Gay Agenda
 Appreciating the Precious Gift of our Faith
Thursday we resume 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'll see the means in Sacramental 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'll see in Thursday's issue when Father focuses on Chapter Five with Part Two of The Apostolic Constitution of Pope Paul VI, Missale Romanum
 Traditional Insights
On Friday Mario Derksen will continue with his series on the The Humanism of John Paul II with his 7th installment in which he asks would any Pope - any Pope before the conciliar modernists - ever have conceived of such a blasphemy as to deny Catholic truths through a blatant gesture of kissing the Koran and, by doing so, giving recognition to a false religion? The answer is clearly no! But John Paul II did just this in 1999. The real shocker is that it did not scandalize or incense Catholics everywhere. Such is the papal idolatry of today as Mario points out in his column 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 paragraph 97 through 99 and how euphemistic phrases and ideas have been drummed into the Catholic collective conscience that are in no way Roman Catholic but, in truth, Protestantism. Yet, few have seen through the veneer and, because of this, the abuses have been allowed to spread like wild fire as Tom explains in his 47th installment, 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 1991 up to the Jubilee Year 2000 in part four of Chronology of a Cover-Up

   "Because the Lord has ordained not only bishops to protect His flock, but also has appointed the Angels."

"The life of the Saints is the norm of living for others."

Saint Ambrose

Today in Church History
Death of the First Pope from Portugal

Today is the 725th commemoration of the death of Pope John XXI, 187th successor of Peter, the first Portuguese Pope who died when the ceiling of the Viturbo Palace, which had been hastily erected, collapsed on top of the pontiff and some of his entourage. He died a few days later from internal injuries. It was similar to what happened in Assisi when the frescos fell on two friars a few years ago, though many attribute that to the wrath of God incurred because of the blasphemies of the ecumenical mania called by the present Pope in 1986. The same debacle in January this year doesn't bode well for the tiny village made famous for Saint Francis.

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

Prayer for the Feast of Saint Bernardine of Siena

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst grant to blessed Bernardine, Thy Confessor, a surpassing love for Thy holy Name; we beseech Thee by his merits and intercession, graciously pour into our hearts the spirit of Thy love. Who livest and reignest, with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

From the Collect for today's Mass

For prayers posted thus far, see Devotions and Reflections
MONDAY, May 20:
Pentecost Monday. Feast of Saint Bernardine of Siena, Confessor and Franciscan Friar who died in 1444. He is Patron Saint of Advertisers, Promotions, and Public Relations Officials.

TUESDAY, May 21:
Pentecost Tuesday. Historical feast of Saint Godric of Finchale, Hermit who died in 1170 and Saint Andrew Bobola, Priest who was martyred in 1657.

Ember Day after Pentecost. Day of Fast and Partial Abstinence. Historical feast of Saint Rita of Cascia, Widow who died in 1456. Patroness of "impossible" cases.

Pentecost Thursday. Historical feast of Saint Julia of Corsica, Virgin who was martyred in 440. She is considered the Patroness of Corsica. Historical feast of Saint John Baptist de Rossi, Priest who died in 1764. He is considered the Patron of the Abandoned.

FRIDAY, May 24:
Ember Friday after Pentecost. Full Day of Fast and Abstinence. Historical feasts of Our Lady, Help of Christians, and Saint Joanna who died in the first century, and Saints Donatian and Rogatian, who were both martyred in 287.

Ember Saturday after Pentecost. Day of Fast and Partial Abstinence. Feast of Pope Saint Gregory VII. The holy monk Hildebrand died in 1085. Trational Feasts of Pope Saint Urban I, who was martyred in 230, and Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, Virgin and Religious Foundress who died in 1865. In the new, feast of Saint Bede the Venerable, Priest and Doctor of the Church who died in 735 and Saint Mary Magdalen de Pazzi, Virgin who died in 1607.
Feast of Saint Philip Neri, Priest and Patron of Rome who died in 1595. Traditional Feast of Pope Saint Eleutherius who was martyred in 526. For reflections on the Sunday Liturgy, see Fr. Cusick's reflections

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