Author Archives: gpmtrad

Randy Engel re. E. Michael re. LaVoris re. OD re. etc.

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April 19, 2017
“All the Men Behind the Opus Dei Curtain”

By Randy Engel

“You can fool all the people some of the time,
and some of the people all the time, but you
cannot fool all the people all the time.”
Abraham Lincoln
President Lincoln may or may not have uttered these words, but what is clear from E. Michael Jones’ book The Man Behind the Curtain – Michael Voris and the Homosexual Vortex is that the author didn’t believe them. Jones thought he could, indeed, fool all his readers all the time. And he almost succeeded.

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Pope Benedict XVI on the Primacy of God in Liturgy

Exclusive Text by Benedict XVI: The Crisis that has subverted the Church is a Crisis of Liturgy Above All

The Russian edition of volume XI of the Opera Omnia of Benedict XVI Ratzinger was published this Easter (a common date this year for East and West) and Pope Benedict XVI had been asked at the beginning of the project, in 2015, to write a preface — which he did.

Corriere della Sera provided the Italian version of the Russian publication, which we now present in English:

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Dr. Byrne’s Continuing Series on Liturgical Havoc

Dialogue Mass

The Liturgical Reform’s Ecumenical Hues

Dr. Carol Byrne, Great Britain

Before looking at the 1955 reform of the Sacred Triduum ceremonies (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday), it would be useful to recall that the Church from Apostolic times to the 20th century never failed to maintain an attitude of reverence towards liturgical tradition. The reason is precisely that it was the vehicle for protecting the deposit of the Faith. Here the principle lex orandi lex credendi applies: if the liturgy undergoes a radical alteration, so will the faith of the people.

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Remnant: Short Video Clip from Vennari Funeral

[ Corpus Christi Parish, Buffalo, NY. SSPX-led Requiem Mass ]

Pray for the repose of the soul of John Vennari whose funeral is taking place right now.

Posted by The Remnant Newspaper on Saturday, April 8, 2017

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Does This Historical Testimony Shed Light on Today?

This is an old chestnut I expect most AQ regulars have listened to and learned from already. It may help explain why and how the stupefying policy reversals within the new Administration have taken place with such blinding speed and at the cost of a platform in which serious Catholics and other Americans actually found reason for some optimism; someone worth voting for, if only to prevent an Amazonian Feminazi from coming to power.

Freedman (the speaker in the video) was from the inside of the inside of the wealthy Zionist elite, going back to Woodrow Wilson’s capitulation to their demands. Today, we have the new President’s own family members now replaying an old, familiar role, it would appear.

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Putin Speaks to the Press re. US Strike Against Syria

When "Assad's chemical weapons" is a 'crock of shit.'

When "Assad's chemical weapons" is a 'crock of shit.'

Posted by Eurasia Daily on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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Syrian BISHOPS on the Tomahawk Attack

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Two prominent Catholic leaders in Syria criticized the U.S. missile strikes against their nation, wondering why they occurred before investigations into the origins of chemical attacks reported April 4.

But U.S. President Donald Trump said Syrian President Bashar Assad “launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians” and “choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children.”
“No child of God should ever suffer such horror,” he said April 6, announcing that he had ordered the strike against the air base from which he said the chemical weapons attack was launched.
Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph Younan called the attack an aggression and told Catholic News Service: “It is a shame that the United States administration didn’t wait until an honest United Nations investigation was thoroughly made into what is said to be a chemical air strike in Khan Shaykun.”

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Ed Faust’s Tribute to John Vennari


By Edwin Faust

I was always happy to see John. As soon as he came into view, or when I heard his voice on the telephone, I smiled. John had this effect on most everyone who came into his orbit. I think this was so because John was happy, and he communicated that happiness by his presence and words. It surrounded him like an aura, and those who were close to him could not help being drawn into that happiness in some measure.
But all men, we know, face difficulties in in this world. The sheer strain of making a living can weigh heavily, not to mention the demands of family life. And we haven’t even gotten to the perplexities involved in trying to figure out the answers to the larger questions. John was certainly not immune to any of these problems. He was, in many respects, more acutely aware than most of the enormous dislocation of values in the modern world and the contemporary Church. He did all he could to redirect others to the proper orientation. He wrote tirelessly, researched deeply, traveled, spoke and gave himself generously to all who came to him for knowledge and guidance. But he carried his burdens lightly, with grace. And he never put himself first. When you spoke to him, you knew that you mattered to him, that he was regarding you with affection and a ready desire to help in any way he could.
Such humility, such a sense of service, of fraternal charity, is rarely encountered. It sprang to some extent from John’s natural disposition, but most importantly, it was sustained by his profound Faith and devotion. John believed whole-heartedly in the Catholic Faith. He had full confidence in its doctrine and in the promise of eternal life. And the Faith gave him joy. He spread this joy wherever he went.
I met John almost 30 years ago, when I was a reporter for a daily newspaper researching an article for the Religion Page. I discovered that there was a monastery in the area at which a few monks maintained a chapel where the Traditional Latin Mass was said. I went there, met John, and we became friends immediately. It was as though we had been waiting to talk to each other eagerly for a long time and now we were blessed with the opportunity.
John helped me to understand what had happened to the Catholic Church, which I had been away from for many years. He guided me, through conversations, through recommended books, through the uplift I felt in his presence.
We traveled different roads through the years, and lived in different places. I was often preoccupied with job and family, and John married and became the father of three beautiful children, who I know were the joy of his life. But John has always been in my heart. I will always think of him with love and gratitude. I know I am but one among so many who will say the same thing. The measure of John’s life can be found in all the loving words he has elicited and in the deluge of prayers, Masses and sacrifices offered for his body and spirit. I know that John would not want us to canonize him, but rather to pray for his soul. We who knew him will certainly pray for him, but we cannot help but be convinced that he is likely to be among the saints. Thank you, John, for all you have done for all of us. And may God bless your family.

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Remnant: USCCB Questions Matthew as Author of the Gospel of Matthew

Written by Steven O’Reilly

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Many faithful lay Catholics, I suspect, look at the conclusions that Catholic scripture scholars and theologians have come to in their studies over the last 50 plus years and have come to a conclusion of their own: theology is too important to be left to the theologians. That is not to say there are not good scholars and theologians who are perfectly fine. While that is no doubt true, it is also true in past decades that theologians have been sort of like the toddlers the adults shoo into the backroom to play while the adults entertain their adult guests. At some point in the evening, an adult goes to check on the toddlers and discovers to his or her horror that the little ones have torn up the sofa, smashed family heirlooms and colored the walls and paintings with crayons and indelible-ink markers. The shouted reaction of course is:”Oh my God, what have you done to my house!”
That is something of the reaction I recently experienced while debating an atheist via an internet list site. We were discussing the historicity of the Resurrection. Attempting to rebut my use of the Gospel of Matthew as a historical book written by an eyewitness to relevant events, the atheist cited an authority to show that I, a Catholic, could not use Matthew as a reliable historical source written by an eyewitness. What was his authoritative source?  Was it some scholar-atheist? No. Was is some wacko, liberal protestant theologian? No. It was none of above. No, the atheist had cited an article found on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  To be more specific, he provided a link to the bishops’ introduction to the Gospel of Matthew (see the USCCB’s introduction to this gospel here).

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Re. My Earlier John Vennari Post

Information I posted here within the past hour was largely incorrect.

It was probably a simple mistake made with good intentions and I sought to bring what I had been told to the attention of good souls who have been praying for John and his family since last Summer.

Anyway, John’s situation does appear to be very grave, according to new information I just received from a mutual friend who has been with John and his family today. If I learn anything further and it comes from this particular source, which is completely reliable, I will update then.

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Rorate: Warning about fake Italian news site

Important: Speaking of Fake News, beware of the following website Now, this is no April fool’s, but quite serious.

Rorate has learned from several different sources in Italy that the recent page “Anonimi della Croce”, led by a “friar” named “Fra’ Cristoforo” is merely a disinformation website by an agent provocateur, whose sole purpose is to provoke real outbursts of outrage or scandal from pious Catholics out of its fake news and fake rumors.

Though Rorate has never used it as a source, ever, we know people who have and would just like to warn them. – See more at:

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Buchanan: Putin vs. Western Globalists

Is Putin the ‘Preeminent Statesman’ of Our Times?

Is Putin the ‘Preeminent Statesman’ of Our Times?
Thursday – March 30, 2017 at 8:35 pm

By Patrick J. Buchanan

“If we were to use traditional measures for understanding leaders, which involve the defense of borders and national flourishing, Putin would count as the preeminent statesman of our time.

“On the world stage, who could vie with him?”
So asks Chris Caldwell of the Weekly Standard in a remarkable essay in Hillsdale College’s March issue of its magazine, Imprimis.

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Comrades, Since 1958

Anyone who listens to the late, truly great Canon Gregory Hesse’s conferences on YouTube has likely heard him state without missing a beat that Roncalli was a communist.

Here’s a sourced time capsule to back up the assertion.

(Feel free to apply to certain ecclesial loony tune characters in our own hidebound era of intergalactic nuttiness, PC terrorism and galloping apostasy…)

[h/t to one Giuseppe Antonio Francisco on Facebook]

Angelo Roncalli (would-be John XXIII) in March 1953, speaking before the entire city council and the mayor of Venice Italy, as quoted by his biographer, Lawrence Elliot:
“Not a week had passed before he went to the town hall to pay a call on the mayor, Armando Gavagnin, in thanks for the warmth of his welcome. Present, as Roncalli anticipated, was the entire city council, Socialists, Communists, and all. He told them that he was glad to be in the house of the people, the place where men worked for good government. ‘Only he who works for good is a Christian,’ he went on gently, ‘EVEN IF it happens that there may be several here who do not call themselves Christians. Yet they MAY be considered such for the good that they do, and so to all of you, WITHOUT DISTINCTION, I give my paternal blessing.’ ” [Cf. “I Will be Called John: A Biography of Pope John XXIII,” by Lawrence Elliot, Reader’s Digest Press (1973), pp. 208-209. Emphasis added.]

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