Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

It’s not an urban legend, it’s a LIE: Paul VI did NOT give permission to nuns to use contraceptives.


The other day Pope Francis, in the infamous post-Mexico airplane presser, said:

Paolo VI – il grande! – in una situazione difficile, in Africa, ha permesso alle suore di usare gli anticoncezionali per i casi di violenza. … Paul VI – the great one! – in a difficult situation in Africa, permitted sisters to use contraceptives for cases of violenze.

I’ve heard this before. I never believed it.

Years ago on the COL Forum (which I ran) we had a discussion about this.  One of the staffers tried to dig up the old files.  In the meantime he – The Great Roman™ – sent this information.  It was not originally written in English, so I touched it up here and there… but not very much.

This reads like a soap opera, the one hand.  It reads like a vicious campaign of lies and disinformation designed to confuse the faithful and undermine the Church, on the other.
The urban legend (lie) is now so common that even high-ranking churchmen cite it as if it happened.   They aren’t lying, per se.  They are passing on something that isn’t true but that they think is true… even if it really doesn’t pass the smell test.

Read the whole article here: It's a Lie

Friday, February 19, 2016

Neglected Truths


The most fundamental truths of the Faith preached by Jesus Christ are precisely the truths most neglected and most misunderstood by Christians. To substantiate what we have said, we may make reference, among other tenets, to realities so little estimated and so greatly misunderstood as the glory of being among the smallest and the most humble, the privilege of occupying the last place, the bliss promised exclusively to the poor and to those who mourn, and the glory of the Perfect Joy granted only to those who are persecuted for their fidelity to the Faith. And how many Christians today are willing to believe these words of Jesus Christ which otherwise describe the only Way to follow Him: How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it! (Matthew 7:14).

Christians, being too intent on following the criteria and ways of thinking of the World, drowned in the infected environment that surrounds them and which they breathe continuously, end up longing for and pursuing the goods of this earth; otherwise always outdated but which they consider as eternal and of absolute value: welfare, the absence of pain and sacrifice, money and material goods, power and fame, and all that leads to what vulgar people unconsciously call enjoying life. 

They forget the saying of Saint Paul: Seek the things that are above, set your affection on things above, not on things on this earth (Col. 3:1-2). It follows that, if there are things worth savoring they are precisely the things above, and only those things. On the other hand, the promise of the Beatitudes (Perfect Joy), made by Jesus Christ, does not in any way refer to the set of things that the World understands as being those leading to enjoying life.

Taken from an article written by Fr. Alfonso Galvez. Read it here: The Laborers Sent to the Vineyard

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Crisis in the Church

The Catholic Church 
is in Shambles

Are you aware of the Crisis? 


This is not a solution:


Overview of the Crisis
(Extract from the book ‘Militant,’ by Michael Voris)

In 2011, an impressive team of highly respected Catholic educators and researchers released results from a national survey they conducted of fellow Catholics over the course of years. They asked Catholics to place themselves in one of three categories they felt best described their commitment level to the Church. The categories were: highly committed, moderately committed, and low commitment. Before examining the numbers in depth, let’s consider an overview.

In 2011, nineteen percent of Catholics (about one in five) regarded themselves as highly committed; sixty-six percent (two out of three) self-identified as moderately committed; fourteen percent (one out of seven) identified themselves as Catholics with a low level of commitment.

Tellingly, the percentage of Catholics who consider themselves “highly committed” has dropped thirty percent in the past quarter century. In 1987, more than one in four viewed themselves this way. Now it’s one in five. In the same time period, the ranks of the self-identified moderate Catholics shot up by fourteen percent. No doubt about it, Catholics are becoming more and more lukewarm and indifferent about the Faith—exactly how Satan wants it. In a very short time, he has drawn much of the flavor out of the salt.

It is only when a deeper examination of the survey results are studied, however, does the very real crisis present itself. The reality of the damage the Church has undergone is breathtaking.

In that group of Catholics who self-identify as “highly committed” (which, according to the polling methodology, means they attend Mass frequently, rate the Church as very important to them personally, and are unlikely to ever leave the Church), which again is one in five Catholics in America—the cream of the crop, so to speak—sixty percent support birth control, nearly a third believe abortion is acceptable, and, most revealing, in a stirring triumph for the Church of Nice and its “no Hell” policy, these self-identified Catholics are convinced they can support these evils, commit these acts, and still go to Heaven. They have no holy fear because the leadership of the Church has either cooperated with it or sat by silently while the message was drummed out of them.

Consider the enormity of the disaster for just a moment. Four out of five Catholics admit they are not really committed to the Faith. That’s troublesome enough; but then among the ones who do consider themselves highly committed, almost two thirds of them reject the Church’s dogmatic teaching on birth control. And, as the saying goes, there’s no such thing as just one cockroach; where you see one, there will inevitably be others. In the same way, it is the case in the Church that if you jettison one dogma, you’ll jettison others.

In this same group of “highly committed” Catholics, half say going to weekly Mass isn’t a necessity—which is a rejection of the Third Commandment and a mortal sin. Half of Catholics who consider themselves “highly committed” believe being married in the Church isn’t necessary, and divorce and remarriage is acceptable, thus rejecting the Sixth Commandment. Half support women priests, and two thirds say you can disagree with Church teaching and still be a “good” Catholic.

And again, it needs to be stressed, this is all from the very group who self-identify as “highly committed” Catholics, the top twenty percent. This provokes the question: Exactly what is it they imagine themselves actually committed to? Because it isn’t authentic Catholicism. They are firm adherents to the “theology” of the Church of Nice. And to further prove the woeful lack of necessary ingredients for a comeback of the Faith, the question needs to be put out there: If these are the beliefs of the majority of the most committed, what is going on with the other eighty percent of Catholics?

It needs to be said, because it’s true: Before any serious attempt at recatechizing the faithful can be attempted, before any efforts are poured out on behalf of the much-heralded “New Evangelization,” the crisis must be viewed soberly and seriously. Less than ten percent of the roughly 70 million Catholics in the United States can be seen as authentically Catholic. The starting point for any efforts to revivify the faith life of so many tens of millions must begin with this brutal truth. Of the 70 million US Catholics, 63 million are really not Catholic at all.

Even if they went to Catholic schools, served as altar boys, made their First Communions, were confirmed, even attended Mass for part of their youths, the evil that was allowed to come into the Church, the evil of not presenting the truth as preached by the Son of God, the evil that was supposed to be guarded against by the clergy, most especially by the bishops, has overtaken the vast majority of Catholics. Their only connection to the Church these days is a quasi-nostalgic cultural one—a memory from their childhoods they have outgrown and from which they’ve moved on. Their souls are in peril, and almost no one loves them enough—in the real sense of the word “love,” meaning sacrificial love—to tell them the truth.

So what’s the reality on the ground here? In a typical parish Sunday Mass, half the people present disagree with fundamental Catholic teaching—half! This means that if you yourselves believe all Church teachings, the odds are that the person sitting next to you doesn’t share the same faith—right there in your pew, right next to you, reaching out to grab hold of your hand during the Our Father, exhibiting a unity that doesn’t exist. The unity of the Faith among Catholics has been shattered.

Sixty percent of American Catholics have succumbed to the culture of death and believe the Church is wrong on abortion. Unsurprisingly, two thirds of this group of Catholics—a majority of the majority—believe the issue of contraception and abortion should be left to the individual’s conscience and, as well, over half of them (53%) believe individuals have final say as to whether or not sex outside of marriage is okay, not the Church—the Church established by the Son of God, Who will judge us on our deeds.

When it comes to levels of participation in the sacraments, another startling piece of evidence emerges. Sixty-three percent of self-identified moderate Catholics in the United States disagree with the teaching authority of the Church (the Magisterium) on the necessity of the sacraments—again, the sacraments established personally by Jesus Christ as the normal avenues of grace for our salvation. To reject the necessity of the sacraments is to reject the authority of Christ; in other words, such a person does not really believe in the divinity of Christ. This is the final end of the heresy present in the Church today, as is the case with every heresy.

Since heresy is a rejection of one or more teachings of the Church, then it is a rejection of Christ, for Christ Himself founded and established the Catholic Church. As He said of His Apostles, on whom He personally conferred His authority to preach, forgive sins and represent His Eternal Sacrifice to the Father: “He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me” (Luke x:16).

All heresy is in its origin, maturation, and finale a rejection of Our Blessed Lord. So it should in no way surprise us that, as the rejection of Christ is increased by heresy, so a rejection of His Mystical Body should also be manifest.

Research reflects that between 2001 and 2012, the number of First Communions declined from 900,000 to fewer than 800,000, a decrease of twelve percent in just one decade, a statistic made all the more disturbing when one remembers that all the while, the raw number of those who self-identify as Catholic is actually increasing, for the time being.

That’s a loss of one percent per year. If the raw number of Catholics is increasing each year, then why is the participation rate in the sacraments other than baptism actually declining? Why are twelve percent fewer children being prepared to receive the Body and Blood of Our Lord?

The answer is quite simple. A critical mass has now been achieved whereby the two realities of people baptizing their children but almost totally neglecting any faith life to speak of beyond baptism has now been reached. It is a fait accompli that within a generation, the children baptized in the past few years but not raised in the Faith will grow to adulthood, have children of their own, and not have them baptized—and this will be the great point at which the raw number of Catholics will actually begin a precipitous, rapid decline. The Church in America has not even scratched the surface in terms of parish closings. By the time this current crop of bishops in the United States are handing in their resignations to Rome, they will have sat atop the most monumental collapse of the Faith since the Protestant Revolt of the sixteenth century.

What was ushered in before them, and nurtured to full maturity by them, is a brand of Catholicism never before heard of or contemplated on this grand a scale—a Protestant Catholicism, complete with all the characteristics that define that specific heresy: a rejection of the Real Presence; a sublimation of the ministerial priesthood; an abandonment of acceptance of magisterial authority; an elevation of personal feeling, emotion, opinion, and interpretation of all things in the realm of the sacred; and most importantly, a self-determination with regard to morality and truth, most especially in the arena of sexual morality.

One of the most central beliefs of the Catholic Church, the Real Presence—meaning that Jesus Christ is present, really, truly, and substantially Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity under the appearance of bread and wine—is believed by only half of all Catholics.

When it comes to the issue of weekly Mass attendance and on Holy Days of Obligation, seventy-seven percent believe they can be good Catholics without attending weekly Mass. This single response reveals a huge underlying problem, not among the liberal and Modernist gang in the Church, but among those usually identified as “good” Catholics. They go to Mass, and they don’t know what Mass is!


Continuing with the sacraments, the number of confirmations was at a high in 2004, with 645,000 total, and has declined to 618,000. That’s a decrease of six percent in ten years. For a Church given the mission to go out to all nations, this is nothing less than an epic failure. Confirmation is a sacrament of commitment. It is a Catholic’s way of wedding oneself to the Church of Christ. Now six percent fewer young Catholics make this oath than just one decade ago, and many who do make this oath fail to uphold it.

One of the greatest tragedies in America is the death of marriage. In the US census, the marriage rate from 1970 was 10.6 per thousand. In 2010 the rate had dropped to 6.8 per thousand—a decrease in the overall US marriage rate of thirty-six percent in forty years. By direct comparison, there were 417,000 Catholic weddings in 1970. By 2010, the raw numbers had dropped precipitously to just 180,000—a drop of fifty-seven percent, with Catholics blazing the trail in the United States in decrease in marriages among those holding to a religious belief system.

So here’s the issue: For decades the official number of Catholics according to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has been increasing markedly, but the number of Catholics actually believing and practicing their faith is in steep, steep decline. This is unsustainable. How much longer before this house of cards totally collapses?

Given this reality surrounding Catholic marriage, it should come as no surprise that half of all American Catholics reject the Church’s definition of a valid marriage. To wit, fifty-seven percent of American Catholics believe they can be good Catholics without accepting Church teaching on same-sex marriage, and sixty-seven percent of American Catholics (two out of three) believe they can be good Catholics without adhering to the Church’s teaching on divorce and remarriage. Whatever these Catholics are, they are not Catholic.


Learn more about the Crisis here:
Michael Voris, Militant: Resurrecting Authentic Catholicism. St. Michael's Media Publishing.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

'Whatever you can do to stop Communion in the hand will be blessed by God'. Fr. Hardon



Dear friends,

It occurred to me that it would be a good idea to record our High Masses with a high definition camera from the choir loft and then post the videos online in our public channel on Youtube. This would help the Latin Mass to be more alive and accessible to those 'seeking souls' who are searching for something better (more Catholic, or simply 'Catholic') than the regular protestantized Novus Ordo Mass at the regular protestantized Novus Ordo parish. I mean, the beauty and reverence of the liturgy and the amazing musical arrangements of a High Mass are, as you well know, irresistible (especially when you have a choir like the one we have been blessed with at St. Norbert!), and this same beauty of the Mass of the Ages is nowadays one of the primary reasons why many people (although not as many as we would like!) are discovering and embracing the One True Faith. More people would be able to experience it (even if it is on Youtube for the first time!) and become interested in it if we were to make these videos available. The only thing preventing me from doing this right now is that we do not have a high definition camera. Would any of you be willing to either donate a camera, donate towards a camera, or at least let us borrow one for a long, long time?

Another thing I am already working on and would like to ask for your help with is the following project: as some of you know, I have been making different brochures with the goal of catechizing my parishioners, especially those parishioners of mine who have not had the fortune -the grace from God, because that's what it is- of having been well catechized. They are legion, as you know. Together with these brochures, and with the primary goal in my mind and heart being the total elimination of the practice of receiving Holy Communion in the hand, I have been making also hundreds of copies of a DVD containing an excellent video I found on Youtube ('Rethinking Communion in the hand'). The only problem has been the actual work and time it takes me to make so many copies of this DVD one by one (the attached picture will give you an idea). 


I am making so many copies because I am planning on giving one to every single one of my parishioners. If I had this contraption (http://www.amazon.com/Produplicator-Duplicator-Software-Replication-Recorder/dp/B002TIBI3O) everything would be easier, and I could even make hundreds of copies at your request for you to distribute wherever you would like. I would mail them to you. And there are other videos that we could also copy and distribute.

Is the annihilation of this practice worth spending all this money? Is it worth doing all this work? Definitely. I know of people who would be willing to give up their lives right now in exchange for the infinite graces that would befall upon the whole Church if this practice were rooted out forever. Bishop Athanasius Schneider calls it one of the five wounds in the Liturgical Mystical Body of Christ. The Church has been bleeding to her death (that thanks to the mercy of God will not happen) through this wound for too many years, and millions of souls have been lost as a result of the loss of faith in the Real Presence and the fact that people become desensitized to sin when they don't feel the need to be in the state of grace in order to receive Holy Communion. We should do as much as we can to stop it. As Fr. Hardon said: 'whatever you can do to stop Communion in the hand will be blessed by God'.

So, if you want to help me acquire both the camera and the DVD produplicator, please go here:

Thank you, and God bless you.

My Dear Sheep

The Four Last Things

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

What is the Purpose of Life?

Watch until the end and find out...







BELLA DODD—THE COMMUNIST INFILTRATION OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH



Over the course of nearly 20 years, former Communist Bella Dodd helped recruit more than 1,100 Communists to enter Catholic seminaries.



Bella Dodd was a “revert”. Raised a Catholic, she rejected her faith in adult life and finally returned to the Church under the guidance of Bishop Fulton Sheen in 1952. She died in 1969.

She told her own story many times and to many people. She also wrote it down in a book:


Read the book here:


or here:


And




Listen to the interview with Alice Von Hildebrand: 

The "Prophecy" of Bella Dodd

The "Prophecy" of Bella Dodd

by Christopher A. Ferrara

In light of the current confusion and moral scandal in the Church, it would be well to consider a neglected bit of recent Church history: the public testimony of Bella Dodd, who served as legal counsel to the Communist Party in the United States until her conversion to Catholicism, after which she spent the rest of her life atoning for her role in the communist infiltration of the Catholic Church.

An article in Christian Order magazine (November 2000) recounts how Dodd and her associate, Douglas Hyde, revealed the plan for communist subversion of the Church:

Ex-Communist and celebrated convert Douglas Hyde revealed long ago that in the 1930s the Communist leadership issued a worldwide directive about infiltrating the Catholic Church. While in the early 1950s, Mrs. Bella Dodd was also providing detailed explanations of the Communist subversion of the Church. Speaking as a former high ranking official of the American Communist Party, Mrs. Dodd said: "In the 1930s we put eleven hundred men into the priesthood in order to destroy the Church from within." The idea was for these men to be ordained and progress to positions of influence and authority as Monsignors and Bishops. A dozen years before Vatican II she stated that: "Right now they are in the highest places in the Church"  —  where they were working to bring about change in order to weaken the Church's effectiveness against Communism. She also said that these changes would be so drastic that "you will not recognize the Catholic Church."

Dodd gave voluminous testimony on communist infiltration of Church and state before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee in the 1950s. In a lecture at Fordham University during that time, Dodd unveiled what would seem to be an uncanny prophecy of future chaos in the Church. The lecture was attended by a monk whose account of the talk is presented in Christian Order:

I listened to that woman for four hours and she had my hair standing on end. Everything she said has been fulfilled to the letter. You would think she was the world's greatest prophet, but she was no prophet. She was merely exposing the step-by-step battle plan of Communist subversion of the Catholic Church. She explained that of all the world's religions, the Catholic Church was the only one feared by the Communists, for it was its only effective opponent. The whole idea was to destroy, not the institution of the Church, but rather the Faith of the people, and even use the institution of the Church, if possible, to destroy the Faith through the promotion of a pseudo-religion: something that resembled Catholicism but was not the real thing. Once the Faith was destroyed, she explained that there would be a guilt complex introduced into the Church…. to label the ‘Church of the past’ as being oppressive, authoritarian, full of prejudices, arrogant in claiming to be the sole possessor of truth, and responsible for the divisions of religious bodies throughout the centuries. This would be necessary in order to shame Church leaders into an ‘openness to the world,’ and to a more flexible attitude toward all religions and philosophies. The Communists would then exploit this openness in order to undermine the Church.

Does any of this sound familiar? Unless you have been comatose since Vatican II, you would be aware that Bella Dodd was describing the state of the Catholic Church today. Today, post-conciliar churchmen wallow in guilt over the Church’s "intolerant" past, make public apologies for the sins of dead Catholics (but not their own sins against the living faithful, including the victims of the homo-priest cover-up), and extol the virtues of other religions, thereby de facto abandoning the defined dogma that there is no salvation outside the Church.

Bella Dodd was no prophet. She merely told us what the infiltrators of the Church were planning to do. And lo, they have done it.


Don't Touch Me (John 20:17)



St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the greatest minds the Church has ever known, writes the following regarding the Blessed Sacrament: "Secondly, because the priest is the appointed intermediary between God and the people, hence as it belongs to him to offer the people's gifts to God, so it belongs to him to deliver the consecrated gifts to the people. Thirdly, because out of reverence towards this sacrament [the Blessed Sacrament], nothing touches it but what is consecrated, hence the corporal and the chalice are consecrated, and likewise the priest's hands, for touching this sacrament. Hence it is not lawful for anyone to touch it, except from necessity, for instance if it were to fall upon the ground, or else in some other case of urgency" (SummaTheologica, III, Q. 82, Art. 13).

Please offer a prayer, every single day, for the end of Holy Communion in the Hand.