Monthly Archives: January 2017

Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes Feb 2nd – Feb 10th

O Ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners,
comfort of the afflicted, thou knoweth my needs, troubles and sufferings.
Deign to cast upon me a look of mercy.
By appearing in the grotto of Lourdes thou wast pleased to make it a
privileged sanctuary from which thou dispenseth thy favors.
Already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both corporal and spiritual.

I come therefore, with unbounded confidence, to implore thy maternal intercession.
Obtain, O Loving Mother, the granting of my requests….. read more

Archbishop of Malta: Bergoglio as Sun Myung Moon

Archbishop of Malta: Bergoglio as Sun Myung Moon

Posted by Oakes Spalding on 1/30/17

A few weeks ago, Archbishop Charles Scicluna and the only other Maltese bishop Mario Grech, published controversial guidelines for the interpretation of the Papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Among other things, the guidelines stated that the divorced and remarried can receive communion “as long as they are peace with God.”

Today, Edward Pentin has an interesting albeit disturbing article where he dissects the first interview on the matter given by Scicluna. I encourage you to read it here. read more

Catholic Prayer Warriors for Children

You are invited to join if you are so inclined.
We are Catholics who are concerned about the health and salvation of all children.
We pray for them and teach them our Catholic Faith.

We pray novenas, aspirations, special requests and the rosary.

While it will be for the health and salvation of all children,
you are free to add something like especially for my own children, for all sick children, etc. to the intention.
You are also free to privately add other intentions not related to the main purpose of this site. read more

Author’s admiration for Pope Francis turns to disenchantment over his ‘superficiality,’ ‘ambiguity’

INTERVIEW: Author’s admiration for Pope Francis turns to disenchantment over his ‘superficiality,’ ‘ambiguity’

[That’s an understatement!]

Jan Bentz

January 31, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — An Italian author who was supportive of Pope Francis at the beginning of his pontificate has changed his mind during the past few years and grown cold toward his leadership of the Catholic Church.

Aldo Maria Valli, a Vatican journalist for the Italian TV station TG1, spoke with LifeSiteNews about his latest book, “266 Jorge Maria Bergoglio, Franciscus” in which he lays out his initial fondness for Pope Francis that has faded over time. read more

Exorcist: “I wish that one day a Great Exorcism will be carried out in the Vatican.”

Exorcist: “I wish that one day a Great Exorcism will be carried out in the Vatican.”

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Trans: Tancred

(Rome / Madrid) Father Gabriel Amorth, who died in September 2016, was severely criticized when he repeatedly said in interviews that there were satanic sects in the Vatican. Now another exorcist, “I wish that one day a Great Exorcism will be carried out in the Vatican.”

In January 2008, Father Amorth said in an interview of Alexander Smoltczyk for the weekly magazine Der Spiegel : read more

A Surprising Choice for Krakow

A Surprising Choice for Krakow

January 30, 2017

Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski is charismatic and easily mingles with the faithful, including those living on the margins of the Church. Yet he is also a deeply orthodox culture warrior unafraid of vocally expressing unpopular truths.

“Time will tell if Jędraszewski will lead Krakow like he did in Lodz” [or be another] “typical ‘Francis bishop'”

Filip Mazurczak

Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski new Archbishop of Krakow

When Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz turned 75 in 2014, Pope Francis extended his tenure. The conventional wisdom was that the pope wanted to keep Dziwisz in Krakow until World Youth Day was held in the city last year. In recent months, many Poles impatiently waited to learn who would lead the diocese whose pastor was once Pope St. John Paul II. There were many rumored candidates, but nobody had expected the appointment of Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski of Lodz. This choice is not only surprising because of the fact that Jędraszewski is not a Cracovian. Above all, he is not a typical “Francis bishop”; as a solid defender of orthodox, yet an erudite open to dialogue, he is reminiscent of the best appointments of the Ratzinger era. read more

On the Maltese Guidelines’ Troubling Similarity to 1930 Lambeth Decision

Original Article


January 30th, 2017

One thing about the Maltese bishops’ document on Amoris Laetitia that does not seem, as yet, to have been sufficiently emphasized by anyone is the similarity of its argument to that put forward in the infamous Lambeth Decision of 1930 on contraception. In fact, the two statements, in justifying themselves, use almost identical phrases:

               Our role is patiently to help them to form and enlighten their own conscience, in order that they themselves may be able to make an honest decision before God and act according to the greatest good possible (see AL 37). read more

Tripling the Dubia for Pope Dubius Maximus

THE LAST WORD…Tripling the Dubia for Pope Dubius Maximus

Written by Father Celatus

By now much of the world is aware that four Cardinals of the Church have presented Pope Francis with five dubia regarding the papal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Among these Cardinals—the only one not retired (yet)—is Cardinal Burke, who provided this helpful description of dubia in an interview:

“Dubia is the plural form of the Latin word dubium which means a question or a doubt. When, in the Church, an important question or doubt arises about the faith itself or its practice, it is customary for bishops or priests or the faithful themselves to articulate formally the question or doubt and to present it to the Roman Pontiff and his office which is competent to deal with it. The formulation of an individual question or doubt is a dubium. If more than one question or doubt is articulated, they are called dubia.” read more

The Heresy of “Discernment”

The Heresy of “Discernment”

Written by Christopher A. Ferrara

Bergoglio confers with a chief co-conspirator

Purely from the standpoint of ecclesiastical history, the Bergoglian pontificate is a fascinating anomaly. Never before has the Church witnessed a Pope fanatically devoted to the overthrow in practice of universally applicable, exceptionless negative precepts of the natural moral law, beginning with Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery.

It is easy enough to show that the rest of this pontificate is merely a continuation of the trajectory established during and after the Second Vatican Council, which provided the decisive opening for the neo-Modernist uprising that has convulsed the Church ever since. As I have noted on these pages before, Pope Bergoglio’s rampant ecumenism, his disdain for liturgical tradition, his demagogic attacks on “rigorists,” his religious indifferentism, his pursuit of endless, fruitless “dialogue” with the Church’s implacable foes, and his preoccupation with social and political issues beyond the purview of the Magisterium differ from the line of immediate predecessors, if at all, only in intensity. read more

SSPX Close to Reconciliation with Rome – Wonderful, Yes, But Is This the Right Time?

SSPX Close to Reconciliation with Rome – Wonderful, Yes, But Is This the Right Time?

January 30, 2017
Posted by Tantumblogo

There have been growing pronouncements from both the Vatican and the SSPX leadership that the two camps – if that is the right term – appear close to a formal accord regularizing the SSPX’s canonical situation. Just today, the Secretary of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, Archbishop Guido Pozzo, said full communion is near:

We are working at this moment in the completion of some aspects of the canonical frame, which will be the Personal Prelature. Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Ecclesia Dei commission, charged with dialogue with the Society of Saint Pius X, confirms [SSPX Superior-General Fellay’s words] to Vatican Insider that the stage of full communion with the Lefebvrians is near. The accomplishment of the agreement is now in plain sight, even if some time is still needed. read more

Know-Nothing Catholics on Muslim Immigration

Know-Nothing Catholics on Muslim Immigration


“In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles.” ∼ Executive order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

It can be expected that Catholic bishops will respond with dismay to President Trump’s order banning immigration from seven Muslim nations. When Trump first proposed banning Muslims from entering the U.S., Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the president of the USCCB issued a statement repudiating “the hatred and suspicion that leads to policies of discrimination.” At about the same time, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore said Catholics could “not possibly countenance” restricting entry to the U.S. solely on the basis of religious affiliation. It can also be expected that bishops will employ an argument they have long used against opponents of Muslim immigration—namely, that Catholic immigrants were once treated with similar suspicion. read more

Bishop Fellay on SSPX Regularization: “There is One Condition…”

Bishop Fellay on SSPX Regularization: “There is One Condition…”

“That we can stay as we are,” i.e., “that one has the right not to be in agreement [with some aspects of the Second Vatican Council, e.g., the practical “integration of Communism”; “Religious Liberty”; the “relationship between Church and State”; and the question of toleration of other religions] but still be considered to be Catholic.”

Maike Hickson January 30, 2017

In a new interview – this time with the French Catholic television station TV Libertés – Bishop Bernard Fellay, the Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, spoke once more about the current situation of the Society with regard to Rome. read more

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops denounces Trump’s plan to favor refugees from persecuted religious minorities

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops denounces Trump’s plan to favor refugees from persecuted religious minorities


“‘We believe in assisting all, regardless of their religious beliefs,’ said Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, the chairman of the committee on migration for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.”

That sounds very high-minded until one realizes that the Trump plan is to favor refugees who are fleeing being persecuted for their religious beliefs. This includes Christians, Yazidis, and other non-Muslims. The USCCB, by opposing this, is essentially calling upon Trump to admit people among whom will be the persecutors as well as the persecuted. read more

More Questions Than Answers

More Questions Than Answers

From Malta Besieged: An Ancient and Sovereign Order Toppled by Rome

Steve Skojec January 28, 2017

More Questions Than Answers

Following this complex sequence of events [read the first half of this article at OnePeterFive], we are left with many important questions. Foremost among them:

Why would the pope ask Cardinal Burke to clean house at the Order, only to later take action against the Order for doing just that?

What instructions were actually contained in the Pope’s December 1 letter to Cardinal Burke, and were they carried out appropriately? read more

Horrible – gpmtrad goes of the deep end ?

Gmptrad; is it another case of I told you so, or a case, I have always wanted to be the one who told you, I told you so? – Either way, I hate to disappoint you again.

I think we have been through this several times here. Same old, “SSPX is going to sell out” – Please give us a break. If the SSPX wanted to sell out it would have done so long ago. If it wanted to sell out, what is it waiting for? Permission from Gmptrad and co?

Gmptrad – Once more, you seem make a mountain out of nothing. – It is clear that what Bp. Fellay has said needs to be understood in the context. What context, the context of the entire history of the SSPX and it’s struggle with the conciliar novelties. read more