Sunday, July 31, 2022

Letter of Saint Athanasius to his flock

 “May God console you! … What saddens you … is the fact that others have occupied the churches by violence, while during this time you are on the outside. It is a fact that they have the premises – but you have the Apostolic Faith. They can occupy our churches, but they are outside the true Faith. You remain outside the places of worship, but the Faith dwells within you. Let us consider: what is more important, the place or the Faith? The true Faith, obviously. Who has lost and who has won in the struggle – the one who keeps the premises or the one who keeps the Faith? True, the premises are good when the Apostolic Faith is preached there; they are holy if everything takes place there in a holy way … 

“You are the ones who are happy; you who remain within the Church by your Faith, who hold firmly to the foundations of the Faith which has come down to you from Apostolic Tradition. And if an execrable jealousy has tried to shake it on a number of occasions, it has not succeeded. They are the ones who have broken away from it in the present crisis. No one, ever, will prevail against your Faith, beloved Brothers. And we believe that God will give us our churches back some day.

“Thus, the more violently they try to occupy the places of worship, the more they separate themselves from the Church. They claim that they represent the Church; but in reality, they are the ones who are expelling themselves from it and going astray. Even if Catholics faithful to Tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the true Church of Jesus Christ.”

(Letter of St. Athanasius to his Flock)

First Communions today at Saint Francis de Sales


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Saturday, July 30, 2022

UPDATE*: Southern Maryland parish forbidden to offer traditional Latin Mass after investing in quarter million dollar renovation and decoration for the purpose

UPDATE: As a consequence of the cardinal’s decision forcing 90% of my parishioners to go elsewhere for holy Mass after September 21, my parish will be down to 20 or 30 parishioners a week with offertory of $400-600 a week for a monthly budget of up to $15,000. The parish will of course no longer be viable with an unsustainable budget placing it on a glidepath to eventual closure. My bookkeeper estimates we have enough in our bank account to keep us open for one year. More details will be available in my upcoming article in The Wanderer Catholic Newspaper this week.

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Nightmare and heartbreak.

Parishioners of Saint Francis de Sales in Benedict, Maryland, devoted to the Church’s traditional worship, installed a new pine floor, painted altars and gradines, hung chandeliers and lamps, and painted a monumental mural. And more. After an extensive professional renovation and painting of the church’s entire 100-year-old plaster interior walls and ceiling. 

All to give honor and glory to God for the salvation of souls through the most beautiful prayer of the traditional Latin Mass.

By means of draconian cruelty they have been officially forbidden to pray as they desire according to their Catholic patrimony in their own church. This compliments of the hierarchy that boasts of mercy, Synodality, compassion, seeking the margins, listening, accepting everyone, rejecting no one, diversity.

The parish offers a complete weekly schedule of traditional Masses with the exception of one novus ordo liturgy each Sunday so that no one feels excluded or marginalized.

* (As he often does, Father Z copied and pasted this entire blog post onto his blog so, for those who did the favor of clicking through to read my blog post on my blog, I’m providing here some updated information.)

Friday, July 29, 2022

My latest column: “On Choosing the Good News”

On Choosing The Good News

July 28, 2022


I’ve taken to walking for exercise at night to avoid the intense and damaging rays of the summer sun lately. On my outings, I typically see very few others outside also taking advantage of the clement evening weather. Perhaps one or two individuals at most. Often I find myself somewhat eerily alone. There are many good ways to spend free time, but I believe research would bear out my thesis that many spend a large portion of their day away from work in front of screens.

There will always be bad news. Thanks to our ever-present devices and Internet we can treat ourselves to a steady stream of negativity all day long every day. That is one way of using connectivity. There will always be somebody else, someplace else, more beautiful, exotic, or interesting than where we find ourselves at any given moment. There will always be someone younger, better looking, richer, or seemingly happier than we think ourselves to be. The images, voices, and other data available on the Internet merely confirm this to be true.

What the Internet cannot ever replicate is our own lives in which we encounter the irreplaceable beauty of immediacy, unfiltered and real. Replacing the real with a substitute comes at a cost. Everything we do mentally or spiritually, just as with what we eat or drink, has a result positive or negative. Ulterior motives inform the choices of those who select the content we see on screens.

Whether to sell something to us or get us to do something like vote for a particular person or get a vaccine, or to make us fearful, there are a variety of reasons for the things offered. Very few of them may have anything to do with what we really need at any given moment. We are often manipulated by those who choose digital content.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Deliver me from my enemies, O God

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; * and defend me from them that rise up against me.

Deliver me from them that work iniquity, * and save me from bloody men.

For behold they have caught my soul: * the mighty have rushed in upon me:
Neither is it my iniquity, nor my sin, O Lord: * without iniquity have I run, and directed my steps.
Rise up thou to meet me, and behold: * even thou, O Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel.
Attend to visit all the nations: * have no mercy on all them that work iniquity.
They shall return at evening, and shall suffer hunger like dogs: * and shall go round about the city.
Behold they shall speak with their mouth, and a sword is in their lips: * for who, say they, hath heard us?
But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them: * thou shalt bring all the nations to nothing.
I will keep my strength to thee: for thou art my protector: * my God, his mercy shall prevent me.

Psalm 58

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

No remains unearthed yet from Canada’s residential school grave sites

 Zelda CaldwellKatie Yoder By Zelda CaldwellKatie Yoder for CNA

A teddy bear sits beside a lantern outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School where flowers and cards have been left as part of a growing makeshift memorial created in response to media reports that the "remains" of 215 children have been discovered buried near the facility in Kamloops on June 5, 2021. / Cole Burston /AFP via Getty Images

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jul 25, 2022 / 18:48 pm (CNA).

On May 27, 2021, the news broke that unmarked graves containing the remains of indigenous children had been discovered on the grounds of a former residential school in British Columbia.

The Kamloops Indian residential school, which operated from the late 19th century to the late 1970s, was among Canada’s government-sponsored schools run by the Catholic Church to forcibly assimilate indigenous children.

More than a year later, no bodies have been discovered at the Kamloops site. It is not clear whether the graves said to have been discovered there actually exist.

The topic of the residential schools has come back into focus on the occasion of Pope Francis’ penitential trip to Canada. In apologizing for the Catholic Church’s role in operating Canada’s government-sponsored residential school system, he regretted the “cultural destruction and forced assimilation” inflicted on the indigenous people of the country. Indigenous children were taken from their families and forbidden to speak their native languages.

As a “starting point” the pope called for “a serious investigation into the facts of what took place in the past and to assist the survivors of the residential schools to experience healing from the traumas they suffered.”

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“… the pope, when he exercises his non-infallible teaching authority, as he typically does in encyclical letters, apostolic exhortations, letters to bishops, etc., does not speak therein with the full authority of the Church (as he does when he speaks ex cathedra), but rather with his own authority as the pope.“


Submission to the Non-Infallible Papal Magisterium is Conditional

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In a previous article (here), I made the case that the pope, when he exercises his non-infallible teaching authority, as he typically does in encyclical letters, apostolic exhortations, letters to bishops, etc., does not speak therein with the full authority of the Church (as he does when he speaks ex cathedra), but rather with his own authority as the pope.

This authority, however, which the pope exercises even when not speaking infallibly is still considerable. The obligation to accept non-infallible papal teaching has been forcefully expressed in many authoritative documents. For example, Pope Pius XII, in Humani Generis§20, says this:

Nor must it be thought that what is expounded in encyclical letters does not of itself demand assent, since in writing such letters the popes do not exercise the supreme power of their teaching authority.

Vatican II, in Lumen Gentium §25, puts it this way:

In matters of faith and morals, the bishops speak in the name of Christ and the faithful are to accept their teaching and adhere to it with a religious assent. This religious submission of mind and will must be shown in a special way to the authentic magisterium of the Roman Pontiff, even when he is not speaking ex cathedra; that is, it must be shown in such a way that his supreme magisterium is acknowledged with reverence, the judgments made by him are sincerely adhered to, according to his manifest mind and will.

If even the non-infallible teaching of popes and bishops requires “religious assent” or “religious submission of will and intellect,” it might be tempting to conclude that the distinction between infallible and non-infallible papal teaching is merely academic. If a faithful Catholic is obliged to accept all of it in any case, then there would not seem to be much practical difference between the infallible teaching and the authentic (non-infallible) teaching.

But what exactly is this religious assent? It must correspond in nature to the kind of teaching to which it responds; that is, teaching which is authoritative but not infallible. Because it is authoritative, we owe it our assent; but because it is not infallible, this assent must be opinionative and conditional in nature.

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Back to the “catacombs” of the 70’s


Dr Paul Alexander: “If monkeypox spreads outside of the GAY & bisexual community, it is not due to the virus, it is due to the CDC & NIH & WHO ensuring it does; Yes it could expand especially due to bisexual sex contact,

“ … physical skin-to-skin; It is not inevitable or destined to spread. They, CDC, WANT it to! If you stopped me from going to church & burying my dead, my family, if you locked me down for 2 years with a fraud of asymptomatic spread, with a fake fraud RT-PCR test that denoted everyone as positive, with it’s high false positives, then why can’t you tell the GAY community no anal sex for 3 weeks? To flatten the curve! Why? Yes, we may learn it may have an aerosol component but all data today says it does not. All data today says over 99% of cases are in GAY or bisexual males, men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) and it may be a political hot potato for you, but not for me.

‘The Vaccine will eventually be known as biggest scandal in medical history’…

Christine Anderson, member of European Parliament:

Monday, July 25, 2022

This is the novus ordo: the “unique” liturgical expression of the Roman rite

 Novus Ordo “Mass” in the Ocean

— with Air Mattress Altar

Paul VI’s Novus Ordo Missae, the “New Mass” of the Vatican II Church, is the gift that keeps on giving.

While the pope is currently making an apology tour through Canada, even donning a Native American headdress and getting smudged by the indigenous, an Italian news site is reporting on a “Mass at Sea” in which an air mattress was used as an altar. Here’s how that looked:

The incident reportedly took place on Sunday, July 24, 2022, off Alfieri beach in the southern Italian region of Calabria. …

Get used to it: it’s the unique and privileged expression of the Church’s highest prayer. And the TLM has to go.

“The Church will be punished because the majority of Her members, high and low, will become so perverted. The Church will sink deeper and deeper until She will at last seem to be extinguished, and the succession of Peter and the other Apostles to have expired. But, after this, She will be victoriously exalted in the sight of all doubters.”

- St. Nicholas von Flue (15th century)

Why The Latin Mass - Father Gommar A. De Pauw

Incredible intelligence, vast education, immense charity, rock-solid faith and with a front seat to witness Church history because he was there in the room at Vatican II.

Government using charities to hide just how much money is going to illegal immigration

 By Betsy McCaughey

If you’re a taxpayer — in New York or anywhere in the US – you’re getting scammed by groups like United Way, Catholic Charities and the Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN). You may think these are charities. Truth is, these groups are hauling in millions in taxpayer dollars — your money — under government contracts to facilitate illegal immigration.

It’s money laundering. Democratic politicians want to maximize illegal immigration, but they don’t want their fingerprints on it. The remedy: pay so-called charities that will do the  work for them. Who’s in on this scam? President Joe Biden, and politicians across the country including Gov. Kathy Hochul, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and our own Mayor Eric Adams.

Even before crossing the border, migrants still in Mexico are being handed debit cards loaded with $800 a month to enable them to pay for necessities. The gift cards are distributed by the non-profit Organization for Migration, thanks to money provided by the US State Department. 

After crossing and surrendering to US Border agents, many migrants are directed to Catholic Charities, which provides them with hotel rooms, meals and clothing, and sometimes pays for their bus or plane tickets to their chosen destinations.  Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley  explains that the mission is merely to “give a cup of water in Jesus’ name.”  

Who can argue with that?  Except that the money isn’t coming from the Sunday collection basket. Sister Pimentel admits her organization is reimbursed by the federal government. It’s coming from taxpayers, who have no clue they’re supporting this operation.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

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