Monthly Archives: February 2015


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

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, ex-Notre Dame president, dies at 97

Nick Anderson
Washington Post
27 February 2015
Link to Original Article:


The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, a transformative figure in Catholic higher education who led the University of Notre Dame for 35 years and wielded influence with U.S. presidents on civil rights and other charged issues of his era, died Feb. 26 on the university campus. He was 97. 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

To Whom Do We Appeal Now?

Since it now appears that there is no avenue of appeal to the Holy See (Apostolic Signatura) for those of us who are attached firmly to Tradition, my question is: To whom do we appeal now that it appears fruitless to do so? My family is split; some go to the newchurch, some to the Traditional Chapel with us and, sadly, some who do not even attend church. We trads have no desire to do battle publicly with those who are in power in the Church today; we simply want to be left alone to practice our Faith as we have been taught before the novelties imposed following the Second Vatican Council. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to do this without being told that we are disobedient and outside Church or “not in full communion.” Is this what Our Lord intended? 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


The Valid But Illicit Church (satire). I’m sure readers probably have heard the statement “their ordinations are valid but illicit” or “their sacraments are valid but illicit” or “they don’t have faculties from me (local Ordinary) to minister in this diocese.” Usually, these statements are made by newchurch bishops who collaborate in answering questions from the faithful concerning why such and such a place or group is not recognized by the diocesan bishop. In actual fact the truth is probably that the diocese itself is “valid” but “illicit” in the eyes of God because it does not conform to the traditional teachings of the Church as promulgated throughout 2,000 years of church history. And there are many faithful Catholics who see what is happening and want answers and, unfortunately, get none. Young people, especially, when confronted with the “collision of opposites” recoil in disgust. read more


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

Bertone knew of resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the advent of Pope Francis months beforehand

Shorter version from the British Catholic Herald ( ):

Cardinal Bertone: I knew of Benedict’s plan to resign seven months in advance

posted Thursday, 19 Feb 2015

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican Secretary of State, has said he knew Benedict XVI was planning to resign “at least seven months” in advance – and that it was “not at all easy” to keep it a secret.

The cardinal made the revelation in a candid interview in which he offered a staunch defence of his record and his lifestyle – much criticised in the Italian press – since stepping down. read more

If You Don’t Like the Message, Shoot the Messenger

If You don’t like the Message, shoot the Messenger. That seems to be the attitude shown by the hierarchy these days in dealing with concerns of Traditional Roman Catholics. Frankly, I’m tired of it and I won’t stand for it any longer. These canards that are passed around in chanceries and diocesan newspapers, neo-catholic blogs and venues these days that “so and so” is outside the Church and not in full communion with the Pope or bishops in communion with him, because of their, get this, refusal to accept the novelties in liturgy and church teaching since Vatican II (a pure BS claim). 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