Monthly Archives: January 2014


Martyrology-February 2nd
Roman Martyrology-February 2nd-on this date in various years-

The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, called by the Greeks the Hypapante (meeting) of the Lord.

At Caesarea in Palestine, St. Cornelius, a centurion, whom the blessed apostle Peter baptized, and raised to the episcopal dignity in that city.

At Rome, on the Salarian Way, the passion of St. Apronian,, a notary. While he was yet a heathen, and was leading St. Sisinius out of prison to present him before the governor Laodicius, he head a voice from heaven saying: Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess the kingdom which I have prepared for you from the beginning of the world.” At once he believed, was baptized, and after confessing our Lord, received sentence of death. read more

Is Cardinal Maradiaga a Voodoo Practitoner or Just Plain Nuts?

“He (Pope Francis) asks for advice, he seeks dialogue, he prays and he is trying to discern the spirits.

“The Bishops’ Conferences are one of the best fruits of the Second Vatican Council. A teaching office also derives from them.”

The Catholic Church has no monopoly on the Holy Spirit. This “blows where it wills. read more


Martyrology-February 1st
Roman Martyrology-February 1st-on this date in various years-

St. Ignatius, bishop of Antioch and martyr, who gloriously suffered martyrdom on the 20th of December.

At Smyrna, St. Pionius, priest and martyr, who, after writing apologies for the Catholic faith, and after suffering imprisonment in a loathsome dungeon, where by his exhortations he encouraged many of his brethren even to martyrdom, and after enduring excruciating pains from being pierced with nails and laid on a hot fire, ended happily his life for Christ. With him suffered fifteen others. read more


Martyrology-January 31st
Roman Martyrology-January 31st-on this date in various years-

At Turin,the birthday of St. John Bosco, confessor, founder of the Salesian Congregation and of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians. Conspicuous for his zeal for souls and for the propagation of the faith, he was canonized by Pope Pius XI.

At Rome, on the road to Ostia, the holy martyrs Cyrus and John, who were beheaded after suffering many torments for the name of Christ.

At Alexandria, in the time of Emperor Decius, the birthday of St. Metran, martyr, who, because he refused to utter blasphemous words at the bidding of the pagans, had his body all bruised with blows, and his face and eyes pierced with sharp pointed reeds. He was then driven out of the city and stoned to death. read more

Vatican Strikes Back at Rolling Stone

[ From Zenit website and with a hat tip to John Vennari ]

Vatican Spokesman Calls Rolling Stone Article ‘Superficial Journalism’

Denounces ‘Shameful’ Portrayal of Pope Benedict’s Pontificate

Vatican City, January 29, 2014 ( Junno Arocho Esteves | 41 hits

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, had strong words regarding a recent article on Pope Francis that appeared in Rolling Stone magazine. The Holy Father made the cover of the magazine yesterday. read more

Man of the Year not enough? Francis now ‘SuperPope’

Link to original:

The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, January 29, 2014 8:34AM EST

VATICAN CITY — It wasn’t enough that Pope Francis was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” or that he fronted this week’s Rolling Stone magazine. Now there’s SuperPope graffiti sprouting up around the Vatican.

The white caped crusader appeared Tuesday on a wall just off Borgo Pio, a tiny cobble-stoned street near St. Peter’s Square. In typical superhero fashion, Francis’ right fist is thrust in the air, leading him in flight, while his left clutches his black satchel. “Valores,” or values in Spanish, is written across it. read more


Martyrology-January 30th
Roman Martyrology-January 30th-on this date in various years-

St. Martina, virgin and martyr, who is commemorated on her birthday, the first day of this month.

At Edessa in Syria, in the reign of Trajan, St. Barsimaeus, bishop, who converted many Gentiles to the faith, sent them before him to gain their crown, and then followed them with the palm of martyrdom.

At Antioch, the passion of the blessed Hippolytus, priest, who for a short time deceived by the Novatian schism, was converted by the grace of Christ, and returned to the unity of the Church, for which and in which he afterwards underwent a glorious martyrdom. Being asked by the schismatics, which was the better side, he said that he detested the doctrine of Novatus, and that the faith which the Chair of Peter taught ought to be professed, after which he was beheaded. read more


Martyrology-January 29th
Roman Martyrology-January 29th-on this date in various years-

St. Francis de Sales, bishop of Geneva, confessor and doctor of the Church, special patron before God of all Catholic writers in explaining, promoting, or defending Christian doctrine either by publishing journals or other writings in the vernacular. He departed to heaven on the 28th of December, but because of the transfer of his body on this day, his feast is now celebrated.

At Treves, the death of the blessed bishop Valerius, disciple of the apostle St. Peter. read more

“Be on da front, smilin’, man — awww, beau-teee-ful!”

By Mark Binelli

January 28, 2014 7:15 AM ET

Nearly every Wednesday in Rome, the faithful and the curious gather in St. Peter’s Square for a general audience with the pope. Since the election of the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio last March, attendance at papal events has tripled to 6.6 million. On a recent chilly morning in December, the thousands of amassed pilgrims appear to gleam in the sunlight, covering the square like a pixelated carpet. Maybe it’s all the smartphones raised to the heavens. read more

A Warning to “Gulled” Conciliarists?

[ Any experienced hunter or farmer knows predators quickly learn how to score an easy happy meal, nevertheless…. ]

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Gulls and Ravens Hunt the Pope’s Doves — Of Signs and Symbols

(Vatican) Last Sunday, 26 January, Pope Francis released two doves at the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square. A tradition. Since Paul VI, is that every year on the last Sunday in January a meeting with Catholic Action will take place. The Vaticanist Antonio Margheriti Martino watched the scene, which was brought to his attention by a reader. At first he took the hint to be exaggerated, but “if I want to read the incident symbolically, he has alerted me to something.” Here is his report: read more

German church to help insolvent [esoteric] bookseller

Source: Yahoo News

German church to help insolvent bookseller

Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Roman Catholic church officials in Germany have agreed to contribute up to 65 million euros ($89 million) to help employees of insolvent bookselling group Weltbild GmbH. Weltbild, whose owners include 12 Roman Catholic dioceses, applied for insolvency Jan. 10. It pointed to declining sales and projections of lower revenue over the next three years.

The company has more than 6,000 employees in total though not all of its activities are directly affected by the insolvency.

The German Bishops Conference said Tuesday that bishops are aware they share responsibility for the employees. It said an assembly of diocese officials approved providing a maximum 65 million euros to help keep Weltbild’s business going and possibly finance future help for employees.

My Brother-in-Law, Jack: RIP +

Jack entered eternal life very early this morning with his family at his bedside.

The Lord blessed him, and everyone of us that love him, with another 30 years of life following the accident that would have killed any other man and, from which, his surgeons in Toronto could only describe his survival as an authentic miracle.

Thank you everyone, for your prayers for the repose of Jack’s soul and for his family.

Please Continue Praying for Jack – Death is Imminent

My brother-in-law received Last Rites this morning at the hospital in North Carlolina.

Family is already with him or enroute.

Doctors can do no more. He’s comatose and not expected to live much longer.

Thank you one and all. Your prayers are deeply appreciated by his wife (my late wife’s sister), their five adult children and many grandchildren.