An article at Lifesite News that bears reading and sharing. Let us all consecrate/reconsecrate ourselves to Our Lady this feast of the Annunciation.
Our Lady of Fatima, triumph over God’s enemies!
An article at Lifesite News that bears reading and sharing. Let us all consecrate/reconsecrate ourselves to Our Lady this feast of the Annunciation.
Our Lady of Fatima, triumph over God’s enemies!
At this time of spiritual attack, I wanted to post this letter of Archbishop Viganò, in hiding from the Bergoglio cabal, and one of the few faithful bishops left. Originally posted at The Remnant:
WHAT WE ARE witnessing in these hours is dramatic — certainly throughout Italy, but in a tragically exemplary way, in Rome, the heart of Catholicism.
The scenario is all the more disconcerting as what is at stake is not only public health but the salvation of souls — and for some time now we, as Pastors, have stopped inflaming the hearts of our faithful with the desire for eternal salvation. We have thus deprived them of those supernatural gifts which make us capable of facing trials here below, even the assaults of death, with the power of faith and that spark of inexhaustible and unshakable hope which comes to us from our yearning for the destiny of glory for which we were created.
The statements of the Italian Episcopal Conference, those of the Cardinal Vicar of Rome, as well as the surreal and spectral images that have come to us from the Vatican, are many expressions of the darkening of the faith that has struck the heights of the Church. The Ministers of the Sun, as St Catherine of Siena was fond of calling them, have caused the eclipse, and delivered the flock to clouds of thick darkness (cf. Ezekiel 34:12).
Regarding the measures of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI): when those issued by the State were still limited only to at risk areas, to certain activities and at precise times of day, the CEI had already cancelled the totality of public liturgical celebrations in all the churches of the territory, helping to fuel fear and panic and depriving the faithful of the indispensable comfort of the sacraments. It is difficult not to think that such a measure was suggested to the president of the CEI by the one who, protected by the Leonine Walls, has been dreaming for seven years now of an outgoing, rugged, field hospital Church, which does not hesitate to embrace everyone and to get dirty.
Cardinal Bassetti, who in his diligence seems more realistic than the king, appears to have forgotten a very important lesson: that the Church, in order to serve the common good and the State, must never give up being herself, nor fail in her mission to proclaim Christ, our only Lord and Savior. She must beware of obscuring her divine prerogatives of Wisdom and Truth and in no way abdicate the Authority that comes to her from the Sovereign of the kings of the earth, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
The ecclesial events of these hours have manifested clearly — if there was still any need — the tragic subjection of the Church to a State that is striving and doing all it can to destroy the Christian identity of our Italy, by enslaving it to an ideological, immoral, globalist, Malthusian, abortionist, migrant agenda that is the enemy of man and of the family. The goal of this agenda is the destruction of the Church, and certainly not the good of our country.
The courage and wisdom of ardent priests and lay faithful has partly remedied the absence of an authoritative voice and heartening gestures from the Vicar of Christ and from pastors.
Open, throw open wide the doors to Christ! Open, throw open wide the doors of our churches so that the faithful may enter in, repent of their sins, participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and draw upon the treasury of graces that flow from the pierced Heart of Christ, our only Redeemer who can save us from sin and death.
+ Carlo Maria Viganò
I can’t generate, or fake, enough interest in what Bergoglio has published in the Pachamamexhortation to read it or care what it says. Parsing that man’s words is a waste of time. Good luck with your effort if your conscience directs otherwise.
Without endorsing or condemning its conclusions, I found this post at Les Femmes- the Truth to be very interesting and worth careful reading. Clearly, those with any Catholic sense and eyes to see know very well that the situation in Rome is bizarre, unprecedented and furthermore is causing profound confusion. It is natural to try to make sense out of it in light of what we know about our Lord and His fidelity.
And so, some say we have an abdication and a bad pope. Others say we have an abdication but that Bergoglio was not validly elected or else has lost the papacy through heresy, leaving the See vacant. Others say we have an invalid abdication (done through mistake or intent) and Benedict is still pope. Others say Benedict created a unique situation and bifurcated the ministry of the papacy while retaining the office. Others say Benedict retained the office but resigned its exercise, creating a “pontificate of exception”. Others say that the abdication was invalid but that the attempt to bifurcate the papacy was a heresy that caused Benedict to lose his office, and thus the See is vacant.
As you can see, a total mess is what we have. And in the void the sodomites and satanists in the hierarchy are running amok.
Again, submitting my personal opinions, theorized without sufficient knowledge to make them conclusions, and submitting always to the lawful Supreme Pontiff and to the correction of Holy Mother Church, I tend to think Benedict intentionally retained his office to protect it from the Church’s enemies. The above linked article takes the Socci “pontificate of exception” thesis and uses it as a jumping off point. Again, an interesting take.
What is almost certainly true in this article is that this situation is likely tied up with Fatima and/or the End of the World. What is definitely true is that repentance, prayer, and fasting are very good ideas.
Our Lady Fatima, protect the faithful remnant and save souls!
Things are heating up on the “Is he or isn’t he?” front, and thus I wanted to briefly state my positions on a few things, in case it matters (which I strongly suspect it doesn’t, but still):
For some time I have been of the opinion that it is, mathematically-speaking, more likely than not that Pope Benedict XVI is still Pope, and that by definition there can be a maximum of one pope at any one time. I don’t know he still is, but I believe it. Feel free to do your own weighing of the question.
I believe the abdication, so-called, was not valid, and not effective. I believe it was likely phrased intentionally the way it was phrased by a lucid and intelligent Benedict, intending not to abdicate, for reasons he knows well and which in time will be made clear. Thus I don’t agree with the “Barnhardt thesis”, that he intended to bifurcate the papacy and thus made an invalidating substantial error. I do agree with her conclusion, however, that he did not resign, and will further state that if her premises were true, her conclusion would be true as well. IF he intended to resign part, he resigned none. In my opinion, he intended to resign none.
However that may be, I credit Miss Barnhardt for the sincerity and courage of her convictions, and for for her public witness. Others, too, the reasoning of whom I don’t necessarily follow in every particular, I also credit for their witness as to the probability that Benedict is still pope, and perhaps held against his will in Rome by the enemies of the Church: Bishop Gracida, Brother Bugnolo, and others.
For what it’s worth, it is highly likely the “abdication” was coerced and invalid for that reason alone, but this involves facts we cannot know. In any event, whatever contra-canonical hijinks were involved with the Sankt-Gallen mafia, we needn’t reach them before concluding the above.
In defense of Cardinal Burke, I don’t think he is a coward at all. Quite the contrary. I think that there is some mysterious reason he has not publicly opined on this.
On the other hand, I agree with many that it is high time to act, for the defense of God’s rights and the faith of the lay members of the Church. I agree that ANY Cardinal elector could put an effective end to this charade by speaking out publicly that there is need for an investigation into the alleged abdication and that the teachings of Bergoglio should be viewed with suspense until it is completed.
That is all. I submit unreservedly to the correction of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, and to the Pope, welcoming correction by competent authority. I am further happy to issue retractions if I am wrong in any particular. And, again, these are merely my thoughts after my own evaluation of the matter, far from infallible, and intending no offense to anyone who comes to the opposite conclusion in good faith.
Enjoy your evening. Pray for the pope. Pray for the Church. In your charity, pray for me. Just trying to get to Heaven.
Merry Christmas, dear Readers! I was motivated by all of the end-of-decade (sic— the end of the teens will be next year at this time, don’t @me) recaps in the media these days to check out this little blog for posts from this day ten years ago. You know, maybe to write about the very different scene we thought we had back then, compared to the reign of
mercy terror we have now. And the post below is what I found.
After reading it, I thought I could have posted the exact post this year. And you know what? I will. Happy New Year to you all:
As we end the calendar year, here within the Octave of Christmas and on the Feast of Pope St. Sylvester I (of whom I can never think without recalling Benson’s Lord of the World), ready to usher in the New Year tomorrow on the Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord, I thought I would put out a few lines.
1. I pray that all my readers are having a blessed and holy Christmas; I thank you for the many well-wishes and words of encouragement you have sent during the year. I thank those whom I annoy for sending me the many amusing comments that usually lift my spirits–and only occasionally dampen them– as well.
2. The end of the year is a traditional time of thanksgiving for the blessings of a loving, almighty God. So for myself, I thank Him most of all for His Being, His Love, and all that He does for us. It is pretty nice of Him to keep the world and all of us in existence, and He sent His only Son to suffer, die and rise to save us from sin. I thank God for His Holy Catholic Church, which is the means of the salvation of man. I am grateful for His Mother, and I thank her as well for all she does to assist me as I try to work out my salvation in fear and trembling. I renew my consecration of myself, my family, my work and all that I do to her. Mother, do with me as you will.
I thank God for the embarrassing bounty of spiritual and material blessings He gives me. My sainted wife, my beautiful children, the means to earn a living to support them, good friends, family and everything else.
I thank Him for our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, who just might be Benedict the Great one day. Summorum Pontificum is not his only achievement, but it would be enough, I think, to merit the title. I thank God for the many faithful sons and daughters in the priesthood and religious life whom I have been privileged to meet and get to know, often because of this ridiculous blog, especially for my spiritual director.
And I thank Him for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. I credit the Institute with being the oasis of the faith in my life.
3. St. Francis de Sales Oratory will be singing a solemn Te Deum in thanksgiving for the past year today at 5 pm. The faithful who attend may receive a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions of detachment from sin, sacramental confession, Holy Communion, and prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father.
Te Deum laudamus:
te Dominum confitemur.
Te aeternum Patrem
omnis terra veneratur.
Tibi omnes Angeli;
tibi caeli et universae Potestates;
Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim
incessabili voce proclamant:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus,
Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt caeli et terra
maiestatis gloriae tuae.
Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus,
Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus,
Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus.
Te per orbem terrarum
sancta confitetur Ecclesia,
Patrem immensae maiestatis:
Venerandum tuum verum et unicum Filium;
Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum.
Tu Rex gloriae, Christe.
Tu Patris sempiternus es Filius.
Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem,
non horruisti Virginis uterum.
Tu, devicto mortis aculeo,
aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum.
Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris.
Iudex crederis esse venturus.
(kneeling)Te ergo quaesumus, tuis famulis subveni:
quos pretioso sanguine redemisti.
Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis in gloria numerari.
Salvum fac populum tuum,
Domine, et benedic hereditati tuae.
Et rege eos, et extolle illos usque in aeternum.
Per singulos dies benedicimus te;
Et laudamus Nomen tuum in saeculum, et in saeculum saeculi.
Dignare, Domine, die isto sine peccato nos custodire.
Miserere nostri domine, miserere nostri.
Fiat misericordia tua,
Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in te.
In te, Domine, speravi:
non confundar in aeternum.
(Translation, because it’s Christmas:)
We praise thee, O God :
we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee :
the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud :
the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubin and Seraphin :
continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy :
Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty :
of thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles : praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets : praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs : praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world :
doth acknowledge thee;
The Father : of an infinite Majesty;
Thine honourable, true : and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost : the Comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory : O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son : of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man :
thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death :
thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God : in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come : to be our Judge.
(kneeling) We therefore pray thee, help thy servants :
whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy Saints : in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save thy people :
and bless thine heritage.
Govern them : and lift them up for ever.
Day by day : we magnify thee;
And we worship thy Name : ever world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord : to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us : have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us :
as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted :
let me never be confounded.
Merry Christmas again, and a very happy and blessed New Year!
Merry Christmas, dear readers, and prayers for a blessed feast of St. John. I brought seasonal party wine to Mass today for the traditional wine blessing on the feast of the Evangelist. May the blessings flow as freely as the wine this Christmas season!
I just wanted to write a little piece today covering three blog posts about Jorge Mario Bergoglio, two by Ann Barnhardt and one by Louie Verrecchio. Miss Barnhardt and Mr. Verrecchio are known to be a little crunchy at times, but they do make you think.
The first post over at Ann Barnhardt’s site rightly calls out the apostasy of Bergoglio’s Franciscardinals in participating in a “catechesis” of the demonic idol Pachamama. Don’t look for any decrees of excommunication being issued against them; we all know the Pachamamization of the hierarchy and the poor souls they are paid to delude is a positive agenda item for Team Bergoglio.
Which leads pretty naturally to the other Barnhardt post, this one canvassing a news item that a community of hermits in Scotland has been excommunicated for severing communion with the Holy See. Ann does a terrific job dissecting the problem with this community’s announcement of all the real issues surrounding the Bergoglio regime. Which leads me to my one point of departure from her.
Miss Barnhardt takes the position that Pope Benedict’s attempted abdication was invalid due to substantial error. Namely, that the attempt to bifurcate the papacy into an “active” and “passive” ministry– resigning the one and keeping the other, based upon Benedict’s mistaken belief he could resign part of the papacy, rendered the abdication void ab initio. I won’t go into her entire argument, she lays it out well enough and in detail on her site. But if she’s right then Benedict was and still is the Pope. I don’t agree with her rationale– it doesn’t seem to me to fit with the Pope Benedict I know, neither his decency nor his intellect. But am inclined to agree with her conclusion.
To me, the most likely (that is, to my mind, I don’t know with certainty and you are all free to disagree) reason the abdication is almost certainly invalid is because Pope Benedict intentionally refrained from resigning the office (munus) of the Papacy in order to protect the office and the magisterium from the very monsters who took over the apparatus. I have opined on this before, so won’t belabor the point. The reason for stating this here is that, assuming arguendo that Pope Benedict XVI is still in fact Pope, her analysis of the defects of the hermit community’s public statement is dead-on accurate. You should read it in full.
Never, never, sever yourself from communion with the Holy See, with Peter, with the Vicar of Christ. That way lies damnation. You can resist an evil pope. You can resist, ignore, block, punish or lots of other things an antipope. This is why the questions about the putative abdication need to be IMMEDIATELY addressed by the College of Cardinals. The cardinals named by Benedict and earlier, obviously. The repugnance of this community of hermits at the crimes of Bergoglio is understandable. But we have brains we must use, and tools of canon law, philosophy, theology and Church teaching to help us use them.
Finally, Louie Verrecchio has a very interesting point about the latest writings of the brave Cardinal Vigano. He points out all of the ways that Vigano seems to be coming closer to moving beyond merely (and correctly, and courageously) identifying and condemning evil actions of Bergoglio, to proceeding to drawing some necessary conclusions about them and what caused them. He also gives a bit of criticism of some of Vigano’s thinking, but in my book Vigano gets a HUUUUUUUUUGGE benefit of the doubt on nearly everything he says. That’s how important his witness has been.
Enjoy, be back anon.
This time, at the Curia. The Feast of the Nativity of this man’s Saviour arrives in two days. And this is his message?
Hello, Dear Readers. I pray that your Advent preparations have borne much fruit, and that you and your loved ones enjoy with serenity and confidence, amidst the perils of the world, the birth of the One and Only Saviour of Man.
As for me, I had a bit of a health scare and brief hospitalization for a few days of observation. But, as I have no direct testimony to offer about any of Hillary’s crimes, I have returned home unscathed.
There is One Lord, Jesus Christ. He founded One Church, outside of which there is no salvation. His Church is visible, and ruled on Earth by the Sovereign Pontiff, His Vicar. There is only one of those holding that office at any one time. He teaches infallibly on faith and morals. Submission to the Roman Pontiff is necessary for salvation.
Friends, as we contemplate the cesspool in Rome and the world at large, do not doubt your sanity or your Catholicity if you notice the stench. It is not insane or schismatic to want to submit to the pope so much that you would actually like to know his identity.
As time speeds on, and more and more people abandon belief in Christ and His Church, I like to think that each sincere believer who celebrates the Birth of Christ and what it really means is more precious to Him. After all, in His discourse on the end of times, He wondered whether, when the Son of Man returns, would He find any faith on earth? Let us beg His grace to be faithful when He returns. Let us beg Our Mother Mary to cover us with her mantle.
Yes, it is a little early. But Merry, Merry Christmas to you all!
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
–W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming
Have you not noticed that there are enough omens of the natural, preternatural and supernatural variety concerning Bergoglio that the Ancients would have stormed the Vatican five years ago at least, armed with pitchforks and torches?
Beginning on the loggia that horrible night in March 2013, his presence filled me with a dread and revulsion for which I could find no natural explanation. Actually, before that, we saw the lightning strike of St. Peter’s the day Benedict XVI made his announcement that he was
abdicating resigning the papacy resigning the munus ministerium.
Then, the earthquakes in Italy. The mysterious lack of medium black cassocks throughout Rome, yet the plenitude of white ones. The Dubia addressed to the Holy Father, without Bergoglio answering them. The refusal to let poor lay trash kiss his ring, and yet he kisses Pope Benedict’s ring. The refusal to bless anyone, at least not with the sign of the cross.
He won’t kneel for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and he won’t genuflect before Him at Mass. Kneeling to kiss anyone below the knees, that he can do.
Cardinals are announced; they all go see Pope Benedict. Hmm.
And no monastery for Benedict; no, he sits there in the Vatican, wearing white, wearing his ring, being called Holiness, calling himself Holiness, giving his papal blessing.
And the heresy. Let’s not forget the heresy. And finally, what? Idolatry? You mean Bergoglio countenanced flat out idolatry in Catholic churches in Rome, including St. Peter’s? And seemingly, knowingly participated in idolatry?
People, is it really so insane to question the validity of the abdication? To ask the question– even if not answering it– just who is the Pope? And why nobody with any influence and knowledge of what’s right does anything effective about it?
The Church is visible. The Church is indefectible. The Pope? Infallibly protected from teaching error in faith or morals.
Let’s redouble our prayers this Advent, yes?
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