Monthly Archives: February 2014


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

At Rome, on the Latin Way, the holy martyrs Jovinus and Basileus, who suffered under Emperors Valerian and Gallienus.

Also at Rome, under Emperor Alexander and the prefect Ulpian, many holy martyrs who were a long time tortured and condemned to capital punishment.

At Caesarea, in Cappadocia, the holy martyrs Lucius, bishop, Absalon, and Lorgius.

At Porto, near Rome, the holy martyrs Paul, Heraclius, Secundilla, and Januaria. read more

A Trial Balloon?

The Pope’s homily of February 28, 2014
and communion for “remarried” divorcees:
A Trial Balloon, Multiple Ironies, Unanswered Questions

The Pope’s homily for Friday, February 28, surely is a trial balloon that has been launched with the Synod on the Family in mind. The past weeks have seen a number of statements and conversations about the debated issue of whether a divorced and remarried person can receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion. It would seem that the recent statements made by Cardinal Müller about the indissolubility of marriage and the impossibility of a change in pastoral practice concerning divorced and remarried Catholics would put the question to rest (cf. the recent post on Rorate Caeli). But the voice of the Prefect of the CDF and the Catechism of the Catholic Church seem no longer to put an end to much of anything. Where there is a will, there is a way. read more

J23/JP2 CANONIZATIONS ENDANGERED! (Oh, the irony! Hee hee!)

From Catholic World News website, today

“A severe fiscal crisis in the city of Rome could create enormous problems for Vatican officials planning the April 27 ceremonies for the canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.

Newly installed Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has blocked proposals for an infusion of cash into Rome. As a result, Mayor Ignazio Marino has warned, the city will be unable to pay employees in March. Marino said that the result could be a halt in bus service, trash collection, and other essential services. He observed that the resulting chaos could endanger the canonizations, which he described as “an event of a planetary scale.” read more

Gonna Party Like It’s Seventeen Eighty-nine!

From DICI, today:

The new lists of grievances


A strange questionnaire on the family, to which anyone can answer freely whatever he wants, whatever he feels, perhaps what he believes…concerning the indissolubility of marriage, contraception, homosexuality… The answers to these questionnaires are supposed to help the cardinals understand better the “pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization,” at the Synod that is to be held next October.

For the last several weeks, these answers have been diffused in the press and online by certain Bishops’ conferences that wish to show the world, but especially Rome, that the Catholic doctrine and the practice of Catholics are not on the same page. It is already being suggested that in order to reduce this difference, we need only reduce moral demands… read more


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

At Rome, two hundred and sixty holy martyrs condemned for the name of Christ. Claudius ordered them to dig sand beyond the Salarian Gate, then to have soldiers in the amphitheatre shoot them with arrows.

Also, the birthday of the holy martyrs Leo, Donatus, Abundantius, Nicephorus, and nine others.

At Marseilles in France, the holy martyrs Hermes and Adrian.

At Heliopolis, St. Eudocia, martyr in the persecution of Trajan. She was baptized by Bishop Theodotus, and being fortified for the combat, was put to the sword at the command of Vincent the governor, and thus received the crown of martyrdom. read more

It Used To Be Called “Satire.” Today, It’s Headline News.

To save you all the trouble, the prez of the U of I, a female, apologized for using the term “human nature” with reference to the propensity to commit evil (in the instant case, sexual abuse on campus.) She was met with PC protestors, placards and screeching from self-righteous screechers denying that THEY would EVER do such a thing!

‘Course, none were spotted with materials identifying them as pro-life… read more


Martyrology-February 28th
Roman Martyrology-February 28th-on this date in various years-

At Rome, the birthday of the holy martyrs Macarius, Rufinus, Justus, and Theophilus.

At Alexandria, the passion of the Saints Caerealis, Pupulus, Caius, and Serapion.

In the same city, in the reign of Emperor Valerian, the commemoration of the holy priests, deacons, and many others. When a most deadly epidemic was raging, they willingly met their death by ministering to the sick. The religious sentiment of the pious faithful has generally venerated them as martyrs. read more


Martyrology-February 27th
Roman Martyrology-February 27th-on this date in various years-

At Isola, in the province of Abruzzi, St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin, confessor and cleric of the Passionist Congregation. Having been known for his merits during his short life, and after death renowned for miracles, Pope Benedict XV enrolled him in the canon of the saints.

At Rome, the birthday of the holy martyrs, Alexander, Abundius, Antigonus, and Fortunatus.

At Alexandria, the passion of St. Julian, martyr. Although he was so afflicted with gout that he could neither walk nor stand, he was taken before the judge with two servants, who carried him in a chair. One of these denied his faith, but the other, named Eunus, persevered with Julian in confessing Christ. Both were set on camels, led through the whole city, scourged, and then burned alive in the presence of all the people. read more

Nixon Goes To China?

Nixon goes to China:
“Pope Francis, you are the man to regularize the SSPX”
Update: National Catholic Register’s Intolerance

Or so thinks Patrick Archbold, writing for the National Catholic Register.*

His concluding paragraphs:

With the breakdown of discussion between the Holy See and the Society of St. Pius X at the end of the previous pontificate, the public mood during this first year of the current pontificate, and other internal events, traditional Catholics, both inside and outside the Church, have felt increasingly marginalized. Whether fair or true, I say without fear of contradiction that this is a prevailing sentiment. read more

‘Secrets of the Vatican’ exposes moral crises facing Catholic Church’s new pope

‘Secrets of the Vatican’ exposes moral crises facing Catholic Church’s new pope


The Roman Catholic Church is enjoying some of its best press in decades, and hundreds of thousands of alienated Catholics are returning, thanks in large part to the new, and in some cases revolutionary, leadership of Pope Francis.

But, says a new documentary by PBS’ “Frontline,” “Secrets of the Vatican,” the morally wrenching controversies that threatened to destroy the church’s credibility, starting about the time Pope John Paul II died in 2005, have not fully subsided. Further, the success of Francis’ papacy will depend on how quickly and thoroughly he addresses them. read more

Voris Warns Fans: DO NOT Read J. Vennari or M. Matt!

Hat tip to ECS and others, years back, who called this Opie Dopie-funded “newsman” out…

Quote from Voris’ web page article:

“It is our judgment that most Catholics should not read articles and essays such as those above by Christopher A. Ferrara and John Vennari, nor similarly themed articles and essays available elsewhere. We also believe that such articles and essays should not be published anywhere for public consumption but, rather, reserved for those capable of reading such without risk of damaging their faith in the Church and the Vicar of Christ. We make these recommendations for the same reasons that we discourage people from visiting sedevacantist and pornography web sites: they are potential occasions of sin…
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Martyrology-February 26th
Roman Martyrology-February 26th-on this date in various years-

At Pergen in Pamphylia, during the persecution of Decius, the birthday of blessed Nestor, bishop, who praying night and day for the safety of the flock of Christ, was put under arrest. Because he confessed the Name of the Lord with great zeal and freedom, he was cruelly tortured on the rack by order of Pollio the governor. When he still courageously proclaimed that he would remain ever faithful to Christ, he was crucified, and thus triumphantly went to heaven. read more


Martyrology-February 25th
Roman Martyrology-February 25th-on this date in various years-

In Egypt, under Emperor Numerian, the birthday of the holy martyrs Victorinus, Victor, Nicephorus, Claudian, Dioscorus, Serapion, and Papias. After patiently enduring extreme tortures, the first two were beheaded for the confession of the faith, Nicephorus was laid on a heated gridiron, placed over the fire, then thoroughly hacked with a knife; Claudian and Dioscorus were burned at the stake; Serapion and Papias were slain with the sword. read more


Martyrology-February 24th
Roman Martyrology-February 24th-on this date in various years-

In Judea, the birthday of St. Matthias the Apostle. After the Ascension of our Lord, the Apostles chose him, by lot, to fill the place of Judas the traitor, and he suffered martyrdom for the preaching of the Gospel.

At Rome, St. Primitiva, martyr.

At Rouen, the passion of St. Praetextatus, bishop and martyr.

At Caesarea in Cappadocia, St. Sergius, martyr, of whose life a beautiful account still exists.

In Africa, the holy martyrs Montanus, Lucius, Julian, Victoricus, Flavian, and their companions. They were disciples of St. Cyprian and suffered martyrdom under Emperor Valerian. read more

What Does It Mean To Be A “Traditional” Catholic

What does it mean to be a “traditional Catholic”?
Aren’t all Catholics traditional?
a guest-post by Peter Kwasniewski PhD

Tradition means handing on something to someone
(Traditio of the keys to St. Peter – 12th Cent. manuscript, France)

It is sometimes asserted that traditional Catholicism is bound up with a prideful attitude—that it is impossible to profess traditionalism without being pharisaical. Some even object to the phrase “traditional Catholic,” as if it were redundant: Aren’t Catholics by definition adherents of Catholic tradition—and thus, any Roman Catholic has as much right to be called “traditional” as he has to be called “Roman”? read more