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November 12, 2002
Volume 13, no. 134
Semi-Double Traditional Feast of Pope Saint Martin I, Martyr

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November is the Month of the Communion of Saints. The first day is dedicated to the Church Triumphant (All Saints), the second to the Church Suffering (All Souls); the rest of the month and year is up to us - the Church Militant - to do our part.

Shears and Tears of a Lamb
Catharine Lamb laments the closing of another religious institution - a once-thriving Benedictine Abbey which, in essence, tells the story of the fate of the Church in America. Another Tradition will soon be obliterated; one that St. Benedict weeps over despite all the conciliar spin that the 'Benedictine spirituality' is mushrooming. The only things 'mushrooming' are the toadstools of the Vatican II fungus that continue to rot away within the Church. Holy institutions that once provided the conduit for vocations are falling by the wayside thanks to 'modern spirituality', novelty and ecumenism. Catharine relates the sad details in her column Death of an Abbey.

HOT ISSUE: Compromise with the Jews.
Gary Morella analyzes and comments on a news report by Vatican correspondent John Thavis for Catholic News Service in which Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, is quoted and cornered in his own heresy. You can read the news story - read it right from the 'horse's mouth' in the CNS story "Christians can't hide mission role in talks with Jews, cardinal says" in our SIGNS THAT CAUSE ONE TO WONDER section. Gary refutes this absolute insanity with a short, but concise defense of true Catholic orthodoxy in his commentary in which he claims in the subtitle, To say that the Catholic Church is no longer in the conversion business as Cardinal Kasper did is heresy, not Catholicism! You'll find his comments on this HOT ISSUE of the Jewish Compromise at Voices of Deceit.
White Smoke, Black Fire!
Gleaned from the daily headlines and Sacred Scripture, "White Smoke, Black Fire!" deals with how the followers of the Anti-Christ, through political cunning, compromise and media manipulation, try to wrest control from within the Vatican after a horrific holocaust of terror at the birthplace of Abraham. As the world tries to recover, evening has descended on the fourth night of November. Pat, Niki, Stephen and Ogidi stay longer at the Ristorante Romano than they should have and the consequences are disastrous as the beast bellows forth its hideous, hatred, targeting Pat as the prize of Maria Figuerido's mission from hell. Is Pat prepared to face his own death? Some insight into his past gives us a hint of what lies ahead in Chapter Eight, Episode Eight
Profiles of the Saints & Seasons
Today is the Semi-Double Feast of Pope Saint Martin I, the 74th Successor of Peter who was martyred in 655. He was elevated on July 5, 649 and condemned the Eastern bishops who appealed to the Byzantine Emperor. The latter retaliated against Martin, imprisoning him and then having him dragged through the streets. Unlike today, this Vicar of Christ would not compromise. For the Proper of the Mass of the day and profile, see Pope Saint Martin I


Christ or chaos
Tomorrow Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey will begin a series of articles on the socio-political climate in respect to the teachings of Holy Mother Church. He will weighs in just what last week's election means. He will point out that those still basking in the euphoria of the Republican victories last Tuesday truly must have short memories for, despite all the pro-life rhetoric a Republican-controlled Congress with a very popular sitting president did nothing to curtail the culture of death. What makes anyone think they will this time he asks. He will lay out the measures necessary to assure God's protection and graces. The problem is will those in control from congress to the chanceries do anything to effect it. If you are a neo-Catholic, which he addressed in his article Monday in Needless Antagonisms, the answers might surprise you. If you cling to what was always taught in Holy Mother Church before Vatican II, you won't be surprised at all as he will explains in Thirty Years of Indifference.


On the BattleLine
Atila Sinke Guimar„es, a foremost authority on the causes and effects of Vatican II, shared with us excerpts from his new book Animus Delendi - II, the fifth in a his excellent, thorough series Eli, Eli, Lamma sabacthani. These excerpts from Animus Delendi - II are barely the bones of the 'maneuvers' the conciliarists have engineered and to get the full picture - the meat of the matter - we encourage you to purchase and read Animus Delendi - II as well as the many other excellent books and booklets available from Tradition In Action. These books are must reads for they hold the key to all that is happening today. Monday he presented his Introduction to Animus Delendi - II, provided in abridged form, on how aggiornamento became Secularization, thus opening the way for the pan-religious concept of Ecumenism to eke into the Church lexicon and open the door wide for novelty and abuse, masked in ambiguity for the very purpose intended: the desire to destroy: animus delendi. He explained in Secularization and Ecumenism - the Two Principal Maneuvers of Vatican II.

"Qui legit, intelligat"
In his sermon for the 25th Sunday After Pentecost, taken from the Fifth Sunday After Epiphany, which Father Louis Campbell delivered to his parishioners Sunday, he cited the Gospel reading of Matthew 13: 24-30. Father pointed out how the cockles of sin squeeze and choke our spiritual life. The most suffocating rotting root being satan's tabernacle - the television and the obscene material emitting from this "black box of terror" that far exceeds anything imagined in the times of Sodom and Gomorrah. Mock and smirk all you want, he cautioned the faithful, but damnation is no laughing matter and the more we forget that and cave to the wiles of the devil, the more the architect of hell plants more weeds to choke out everything around the few strands of wheat that remain in the remnant garden. We need to help eradicate the weeds through a strong sensus fidelium. Father gave his traditional 'garden tips' in his sermon, Weeds Among the Wheat.


Traditional Insight
Over the weekend Mario Derksen began a series on the controversy that surrounds "the illicit Episcopal Ordinations of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre." In part one, Mario presented apologetics, based on the Angelic Doctor of the Church, Canon Law and a documented letter from the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops that prove that before the ordinations on June 30, 1988, there was no excommunication. He showed that the law of salvation supercedes all other laws when placed on the list of priorities and necessities. Thus he set up the undeniable arguments for why Archbishop Lefebvre acted as he did in ordaining four bishops for the Society of St. Pius X. More and more as the truth comes forward countless Catholics are beginning to look differently at the SSPX. They are not the 'raging schismatics' they've been portratyed to be by the post-conciliarists. Mario laid out the syllogisms in the first part of his series with Refuting Claims of Excommunication Before June 30, 1988.


Christ or chaos
Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey answered his critics who have accused him of pope-bashing. In a masterfully written response, he showed that if that is true, then his accusers stand guilty of bashing today the saints and holy Pontiffs that preceded John Paul II over the past 2000 years. Be careful of the company you keep, he warns in tweaking consciences. Tom's syllogisms leave no room for neo-Catholics to retort since he references the very 'heroes' conservative Catholics had always considered thee 'authorities' as Tom shared what the great Saint Bernard of Clairvaux cautioned a pope of his time to his face. Since meeting the pope personally is nigh unto impossible for Traditional Catholics, we hope his Holiness will read it here and understand the sincerity and love that Tom imparts through his words, which are truly sensus Catholicus in every way as you'll discover in his column yesterday Amazing Conclusions .

Petition the Pope

In reinforcing what Dr. Droleskey called for above, we are encouraging all readers to go to which is the site established to petition the Holy Father to tune a deaf ear to the modernists he has appointed within the Curia and in chanceries and to establish without delay Traditional Apostolic Administrations to truly fulfill what he first promised in his Ecclesia Dei motu proprio in 1988. It is a petition to the Pope for canonical protection so that priests may freely say the Mass that was never abrogated - the Traditional Latin Mass - without reprisal from their local bishops. A strong response to this petition could go a long way in the faithful being assured of assisting at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass universally. To sign the petition and research further the canonical reasons, see Traditional Apostolic Administrations .

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