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Christ or chaos
Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey continues with his special series for Passiontide and Holy Week. Today he shows how we must discard the palms of political correctness and secular ideals for the true fronds of love that come from our heart in which we are willing to not only offer our Hosannas, but take up Christ's Cross for His entire Mystical Body as well in order to keep our focus on the straight and narrow - the sure path that leads up through Calvary. For without the Cross, there can be no Glory! Tom outlines the "Love Trail" in From Eden to the Empty Tomb Part Two: PALM SUNDAY
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Palm Sunday, he shows the analogy of the very situation today to the Epistle and Gospel for Palm Sunday. There are great cheers and hosannas for the Anglo Coalition Forces (mostly American troops) who have "liberated" Iraq from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein. But have they truly liberated them? As we know, to discard the Gift of Fear of the Lord and Humility, and obstinately proffer that man has the better idea - such as the proud and haughty mentality of the American mindset - only plays into the devil's agenda. The evils of Saddam destroyed the body, but could the evils of the seven deadly sins, which are attached as prerequisites for freedom for the Iraqi people, be far worse? (cf. Matthew 10: 28 and 16: 24-27, Mk 8: 36-37). According to Christ's teaching and Church doctrine that is a definite 'yes,' and yet, in our patriotic fervor we get caught up in the emotion and shout 'hosanna' to these earthly rulers who disdain suffering and refuse to heed God's warnings, washing their hands of such 'nonsense' just as Pilate passed off his responsibility. While the outlook for true peace is not promising, it would have been fateful for all generations had it not been for The Suffering Servant of the Lord .
Catholicism and the State
After briefly identifying the pagan, liberal and socialist states in the first installment of this series, Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey delves into the true concept of the Christian State. He quotes from The Framework of the Christian State by Father E. Cahill and the Mystical Body of Christ in the Modern World by Father Denis Fahey. Both priests reference the Papal decrees of Popes Pius IX, Leo XIII, and Pius XI. Tom shows how the corruption spread because man's stubborn will refused to recognize the errors he was falling into even though they were pointed out so clearly by Pio Nino in his Syllabus of Errors. Tom explains how Catholic Social Order has been blotted out by the postconciliar church in Part Two The Christian Concept of the State
We want to share with you an excellent article by Peter Miller, editor of the Seattle Catholic, in which he calls for a concordance between Traditional Catholics and Conservative, neo-Catholics for both have the restoration of the Mystical Body of Christ and the salvation of souls at heart. The ambiguities of Vatican II have caused mass confusion not only because of the drastic changes of the Mass, but because of the liberal agenda that, as he points out, began long before the 1960's. He stresses how it's time to stop bickering and unite against the real enemy of Holy Mother Church which has rendered her so vulnerable to the attacks because so few truly realize what went down before, during and after Vatican II. Common Ground on the Catholic Crisis
White Smoke, Black Fire!
In the fourth episode of Chapter Ten of The Shrouding, Cardinals Macelli and Vendhem verbally spar over their roles and responsibilities as we discover the Legion's ominous plan to blow up St. Peter's and the Sistine Chapel after the Conclave has made Vendhem the Pope. Meanwhile Sister Bridie successfully smuggles a badly-injured Pat Gallagher into the Vatican Infirmary, disguised as Cardinal Gregory Zachmunn's assistant Fr. James Donaldson. Will the medical staff be able to save him in time? Will they detect his real identity? The suspense builds in Part IV, Chapter Ten, Episode Four.
- For all episodes from The Unleashing, The Smoldering, and The Shadowing up to the current episode in The Shrouding, see All Episodes thus far of "White Smoke, Black Fire!"
Pray for the souls of all involved in war at home and in Iraq
"Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you; and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you."
Matthew 5: 44
"Eternal Father, we offer Thee the precious blood of Thy Divine Son Jesus in union with all the [True]
Masses said throughout the world today, for the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere,
for sinners in the universal Church, in my home and in my family. Amen."
Prayer of St. Gertrude
PAPAL PROOF OF WHAT THE CHURCH TRULY TEACHES
For those who truly want to delve deeper into what the Faith teaches and what past Sovereign Pontiffs have decreed, we recommend for your Lenten reading to better KNOW THE FAITH in order to KEEP THE FAITH, pertinent Encyclicals and Papal Bulls which put to the lie what is being promulgated today by the Vatican II church. We strongly encourage you to read these to understand how today the modern church is in Apostasy when compared to what had always been taught by Holy Mother Church and enforced and warned as most grievous by previous Pontiffs. It is obvious in CREDO & CULTURE
Previous Recent Articles, Columns and Series
Doctors of the Church
The twenty-third Doctor in this chronological series on the Doctors of the Church was a man full of "good fortune" from his earliest years. Humility was his virtue; his role model - the holy founder who named him. He followed this man, continuing the ideals of the Franciscans, guiding them during turbulent times when growing pains created problems in the ranks and with various ecclesial authorities opposed to the Friars Minor. This Universal Doctor was one of the first saintly Cardinals of the Church. He was close friends with "The Angelic Doctor" and the saintly king of France. He was the architect of the 2nd Council of Lyons and, fittingly, was called home by God immediately following completion of the Council. His work done on earth but continued through his writings and example; so much so that he is known as "The Seraphic Doctor." He was Saint Bonaventure.
Pro Life Prescriptions
Dr. Frank Joseph, a Catholic physician and long one of the leading crusaders for the Sanctity of Life, explains what these so-called "spontaneous" protests around the country really are and why. They represent a minority of opinion, but, thanks to the liberal pro-abort media, their voice gets heard as they continue to twist the truth.
Most of the demonstrators are nothing more than robotic Democrats with sour grapes on their forked tongues because their man didn't become president. The manner in which they are giving aid to Saddam treds on treason. They are also being treasonous to God by their double standard for the vast majority of anti-war protesters are pro-aborts who didn't raise a finger when Clinton bombed Kosovo and Iraq. Dr. Frank also shares a first person insight from inside Iraq in his column The Real Reason Why They Protest the War!
While many might think Michael Cain's editorial this week deals with basketball from the reference to "March Madness" the skirmish is not on the court, but rather on the battleground of souls where all the forces of hell wage battle for the souls of the just and unjust. While we rejoice at one soul saved, the fact so many are not should give all pause to reflect and pray and resolve to do their part as loyal members of the Church Militant in a time when so many have abandoned the ranks or weakened their flanks, allowing entrance to the enemy of the Triune Divinity. Cain explains the "Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" of it all in his editorial The March Madness of April's Fools!.
The Germs of G.I.R.M.
In this issue we bring you part sixty-five of Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey's well-received, thought-provoking series on G.I.R.M. warfare as he continues analyzing and commenting on the ambiguity and errors in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal Tom focuses on paragraphs 220 through 244 which continue to treat the whole issue of concelebration which in the Novus Ordo has taken away the true meaning and role of the "alter Christus" and replaced it with "altar Christi in the move to concelebration where the line is blurred so much that Joe and Sally church goers think they're concelebrating as well. In the innovative novelty world of the Novus Ordo there is ConCelebration Confusion
For all installments to date, see The Germs of G.I.R.M.
Gary L. Morella, one of the most astute of Roman Catholic watchdogs in exposing the rot within the postconciliar church takes on one of the larger neo-Catholic organs - the National Catholic Register, specifically a commentary written by a J.P. Zmirak. Gary points out that Zmirak is confusing the role of Church and State. While Bush is deserving of criticism, what about John Paul II? Gary asks about the destruction of countless souls through a deconstruction of the faith by the very men this Pope appointed and his geo-political humanistic pandering to man, rather than to work toward establishing the Social Kingship of Christ. See Patriotism, Papolotry and Passivism toward Perdition
On the BattleLine
Atila Sinke Guimarães calls into question why John Paul II's "poetry" is getting such rave reviews for, when one peals off the layers, his preoccupation with nudity and evolution is troubling to say the least and the problem is that most neo-Catholics will take whatever he writes, including his Roman Triptych as gospel and be influenced thus into further diluting the One True Faith through this dumbing-down process in which they are subjected as Atila points out in his column Papal Poetry
"Feed My sheep"
With Bush's war underway, Doctrina reveals prophets of the near past who could see what we have become as a civilization. We still have a free will, but our choices must be narrowed to only one direction: the narrow way; for that is the only way to save the soul. Those who fear for their physical and material welfare will feel the brunt of God's wrath. To those who fear for their soul, there is still time to make amends, but not much time for we know not the day nor the hour even though there has been a plethora of signs that we are in the End Times as explained in So You Don't Believe We're On The Eve of Destruction?
Mario Derksen continues his multi-part series on the controversy that surrounds "the illicit Episcopal Ordinations of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre." He responds to four more objections. Fourthly, he points out that a person must be guilty of a charged offense with unmitigated proof; Fifthly, Mario emphasizes that one cannot change the rules (Canon Law) in mid-stream; Sixthly, Mario explains that just because the Pope says there is "no state of necessity" does not mean there isn't. seventh objection Mario replies to those who give the Pope more power and authority than he rightly deserves for he is infallible only when speaking ex cathedra which, coincidentally over the past 40 years is, for all purposes: nada. Mario lays out the logic that refutes neo-Catholic claims in part seven of his series with the second of Objections and Replies: True Papal Authority and the Necessity of Keeping the Faith Alive.
Shears and Tears of a Lamb
With the Ides of March having just passed, Catharine Lamb responds to the vitriol that has erupted against Mel Gibson and his dad Hutton, both strong Traditional Catholics. She engages one reporter in particular with a firm "Et tu, Touché
" in answering the writer's titled question "Does Mel Gibson have a Jewish Problem?" with "Does Bill Berkowitz have a Catholic Problem?" Catherine exposes the underbelly of the writer's intent with her column Provoking passions over "The Passion".
Appreciating the Precious Gift of our Faith
We continue with our catechesis series from My Catholic Faith, focusing on the seven little ways towards spiritual perfection which everyone can do - no exceptions. This is especially pertinent during this holy season of Lent and we'd all be wise to learn from the youngest and most recent Doctor of the Church St. Therese of the Child Jesus by doing the ordinary in an extraordinary way and always with Love. See the 285th installment: General Means of Perfection.
Exspectans exspectavimus Ecclesia Dei
Bishop Richard Williamson responds to those who smugly think two plus two don't have to add up to four anymore. The sum of the whole does not add up, leaving holes in not just some key truths. However if any truth is compromised, the entire equation is convoluted. His Excellency provides a parable of the "Delegation" trying to force "Back Ward" to accept the New Math. Of course he can't, just as any faithful Catholic cannot accept the Newisms of Vatican II as the Bishop points out in his letter Nice Rome Not Enough.
Echoes of True Catholicism
Dr. Marian Therese Horvat shares some uplifting accounts of the saints on the power of prayer and the virtue of perseverance, manifested in one whom Marian has been corresponding with. She outlines the five points that pinpoint perseverance of prayer and the infallibility of Christ's words, "Ask and you shall receive" She urges all to turn to Our Lady of Good Success for - what else - success. Marian points out how much more will He open the door for us when we ask for great and noble things like the souls in Purgatory and the liberty and exaltation of Holy Mother Church in these times of abandonment of the True Faith in her article A Lesson in Perseverance in Prayer
For archives of many, many other articles and series, see PORT 2003
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