Monthly Archives: June 2014


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

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth.

At Rome, on the Aurelian Way, the birthday of the holy martyrs Processus and Martinian, who were baptized by the blessed apostle Peter in the Mamertine Prison. After being struck on the mouth, racked, scourged with knotted ropes and whips strung with pieces of metal; after being beaten with rods and exposed to the flames, they were beheaded in the days of Nero, thus obtaining the crown of martyrdom. read more

The Sad Contraception Issue


[Originally penned and posted on January 30, ARSH 2012. Given the forthcoming SCOTUS decision (as if the Constitutional Republic, complete with three co-equal b…

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[Originally penned and posted on January 30, ARSH 2012. Given the forthcoming SCOTUS decision (as if the Constitutional Republic, complete with three co-equal branches of government checking and balancing each other, and a functioning Rule of Law, still exist – har har, it is to laugh…) I thought it apropos to repost this. A few contemporary comments inserted IN BLUE.]
The issue before us now is Obama’s “mandate” that Catholic organizations, and all Catholics, and everyone else, must provide health insurance that covers contraception, abortifacients and sterilization with zero copay and zero deductible. Many out there reading may look at this and shrug their shoulders. So what? Everyone’s on the pill, including 95%+ of Catholic women of serviceable breeding age. What are they whining about? Why the sudden outrage? Quit obsessing.
Exactly. You know, satan is very, very intelligent. But he could be one I.Q. click north of a Kardashian and STILL roll today’s Catholic clergy and bishopric. First, the core question: why is contraception a sin? Let’s start with a quote, and see if you can figure out which Pope or prominent Catholic thinker said this: read more


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

The feast of the most Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

On Mt. Hor, the death of St. Aaron, the first priest of the Levitical order.

At Vienne in France, St. Martin, a bishop who was a disciple of the apostles.

At Sinuessa in Campania the holy martyrs Castus and Secundinus, bishops.

In England, the holy martyrs Julius and Aaron, who suffered after St. Alban in the persecution of Diocletian. In the same country a great number were tortured at that time in different ways and barbarously lacerated, ended their combat, and attained to the joys of the heavenly city. read more


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

The commemoration of the holy apostle Paul.

At Rome, St. Lucina, a disciple of the apostles, who relieved the necessities of the saints with her goods, visited the Christians detained in prison, buried the martyrs, and was laid by their side in a crypt which she herself had constructed.

In the same city, St. Aemiliana, martyr.

The same day, the saints Caius, priest, and Leo, subdeacon.

At Alexandria, the passion of St. Basilides, under Emperor Severus. He protected the saintly virgin Potamioena from the insults of shameless men when he was leading her to execution. He was rewarded for his considerate action, for at the end of three days she appeared to him, placed a crown on his head, not only converting him to Christ, but by her prayers making him, after a short combat, a glorious martyr. read more

Magisterial Dis-orientations

Posted by Roberto Hope on June 29, 2014

The instrumentum terroris of the Synod on the Family

by Father Terzio

Taken from: of Thursday, June 26, 2014

Translated from the Spanish by Roberto Hope

Every time some minutia on the coming Synod on the Family is made public, apprehensions among conscientious Catholics increase, alerted (alarmed!) by the pre-synodal deed of Kasper and his lobby. Presentation of the synodal instrumentum laboris confirms our nefarious predictions, anticipating that all which may come from the first Francis synod has already been cast in concrete, all set simply for its presentation, discussion formality, approval and publication. read more


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

At Rome, the birthday of the holy apostles Peter and Paul, who suffered martyrdom on the same day, under Emperor Nero. Within the city the former was crucified with his head downwards, and buried in the Vatican, near the Triumphal Way, where he is venerated by the whole world. The latter was put to the sword and buried on the Ostian Way, where he received similar honours.

In Cypus, St. Mary, mother of John, surnamed Mark. read more


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

The vigil of the holy apostles Peter and Paul.

At Lyons in France, St. Irenaeus, bishop and martyr. St. Jerome relates that he was the disciple of blessed Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, and lived near the time of the apostles. After having strenuously opposed the heretics by word and by writing, he was crowned with a glorious martyrdom along with almost all the people of his city, during the persecution of Severus.

At Utrecht, St. Benignus, bishop and martyr. read more


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

For 2014 The Feast of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

In Galatia, St. Crescens, disciple of the blessed apostle Paul. In passing through Gaul he converted many to the Christian faith by his preaching. Returning to the people for whom he had been especially made bishop, he confirmed the Galatians in the service of the Lord to the end of his life. He finally completed his martyrdom under Trajan.

At Cordova in Spain, St. Zoilus and nineteen other martyrs. read more

Shocking News

Bishop Paprocki: Return the Tabernacle to the Center of the Sanctuary


Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois has directed all the pastors in his diocese to move the tabernacles in their churches back to the center of the sanctuary.

In a beautifully written pastoral letter, Ars celebrandi at adorandi (The Art of Celebrating and Worshiping), Bishop Paprocki expounds on the rich tradition and teachings of the Church regarding the celebration and reverence for the Eucharist.

Bishop Paprocki also recounts the lamentable movement in the last few decades that has seen the Blessed Sacrament relegated to “side chapels,” which he notes are sometimes nothing more than converted storage closets. read more


Martyrology-June 26th
Roman Martyrology-June 26th- on this date in various years-

At Rome on Mt. Ceolius, the holy martyrs John and Paul, brothers. The former was steward, the other secretary of the virgin Constantia, daughter of Emperor Constantine. Afterwards, under Julian the Apostate, they received the palm of martyrdom by being beheaded.

At Trent, St. Vigilius, bishop, who, while he endeavoured to root out the remains of idolatry, was overwhelmed with a shower of stones by cruel and barbarous men, and thus endured martyrdom for the name of Christ. read more


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

In the territory of Guletto near Nusco, St. William, confessor, founder of the hermits of Monte Vergine.

At Beraea, the birthday of St. Sosipater, disciple of the blessed apostle Paul.

At Rome, St. Lucy, virgin and martyr, with twenty-two others.

At Alexandria, St. Gallicanus, exconsul and martyr who had been honoured with a triumph, and was held in affection by the emperor Constantine. Converted by Saints John and Paul, he withdrew to Ostia with St. Hilarinus, and consecrated himself entirely to the duties of hospitality and to the service of the sick. The report of such an event spread throughout the whole world, and from all sides many people came to see a man who had been a senator and consul now washing the feet of the poor, preparing their table, serving them, carefully waiting on the infirm, and exercising other works of mercy. Driven from this place by Julian the Apostate, he repaired to Alexandria, where, for refusing to sacrifice to idols, at the command of the judge Raucian, he was put to the sword, and thus became a martyr of Christ. read more


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

The Nativity of St. John Baptist, precursor of our Lord, son of Zachary and Elizabeth, who, while yet in the womb of his mother, was filled with the Holy Ghost.

At Rome, in the time of Nero, the commemoration of many holy martyrs. Being falsely accused of having set fire to the city, they were cruelly put to death in various manners by the emperor’s order. Some were covered with the skins of wild beasts and torn to pieces by dogs, other were fastened to crosses, others again were delivered to the flames to serve as torches in the night. All these were disciples of the apostles, and the first fruits of the martyrs which the Roman Church, a field so fertile in martyrs, offered to God even before the death of the Apostles. read more


Martyrology-June 23rd
Roman Martyrology-June 23rd- on this date in various years-

The Vigil of St. John Baptist.

At Rome, in the reign of Julian the Apostate, St. John, a priest who was beheaded on the old Salarian Way before an idol of the sun. His body was buried near those of other martyrs by the blessed priest Concordius.

Also at Rome, St. Agrippina, virgin and martyr, under the emperor Valerian. Her body was taken to Sicily, where it works many miracles.

At Sutri in Tuscany, St. Felix, priest. By the command of the prefect Turcius, he was struck on the mouth with a stone until he breathed no more. read more


Martyrology-June 22nd
Roman Martyrology-June 22nd- on this date in various years-

At Nola in Campania, the birthday of blessed Paulinus, bishop and confessor, who, although a noble and wealthy man, made himself poor and humble for Christ; and what is still more admirable, became a slave to liberate a widow’s son who had been carried to Africa by the Vandals when they devastated Campania. He was celebrated, not only for his learning and great holiness of life, but also for his power over demons. His great merit has been extolled by Saints Ambrose, Jerome, Augustine, and Gregory in their writings. His body was translated to Benevento, and later to Rome, but was taken back to Nola by the order of Pope Pius X. read more