Thursday, July 11, 2024

BREAKING: Rouen Cathedral fire under control

UPDATE: “In Rouen in northern France, a fire broke out in the spire of the cathedral during construction work. According to the fire department, it was mainly plastic materials that were on fire. The fire is now under control."


Original story:

BREAKING: 1000-Year-Old Notre Dame Cathedral in Normandy Has ‘Caught Fire’ – Authorities Say Possible ‘Religious Attack’

A 1000-year-old cathedral in the French city of Rouen has caught fire in what authorities say could be a religiously motivated attack.

While details about the blaze are currently scarce, firefighters are currently working to extinguish the fire and reduce the level of damage.

Local television footage initially showed a dark plume of smoke rising from the spire, with onlookers in the streets below watching in horror.

Other images revealed smoke seeping through a gap in the white cover surrounding the scaffolding.


A masterpiece of French medieval Gothic architecture, the cathedral dates back to the 12th century and gained international fame after being repeatedly painted by the Impressionist artist Claude Monet in the 19th century. Between the years of 1876 and 1880 it was the tallest building in the world.

The scenes are reminisicient of the devastating damage caused to the world-famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in 2019, repairs for which are only recently reached completion.

Bishop Strickland: Remove Rupnik mosaics now


Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Cardinal Müller: Vatican official prefers empty churches to cathedrals full of people who reject New Mass

 In an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews, Cardinal Gerhard Müller relays a conversion he had with a Vatican official about the Traditional Latin Mass after the Chartres pilgrimage in France as well as the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and the Holy Land.

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(LifeSiteNews) — In an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews reporter Maike Hickson, Cardinal Gerhard Müller discussed the attitude of some in the Vatican toward the Traditional Latin Mass following the Chartres pilgrimage in France, as well as the ongoing crises in Ukraine and the Holy Land.

Speaking to Hickson, Müller revealed that when he shared his joy at having participated in the recent Paris to Chartres pilgrimage, during which 20,000 young pilgrims packed Chartres Cathedral to attend the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), an official of the Roman Dicastery for Divine Worship responded that it was more important that young people “respect” the New Mass.

Müller further elaborated that the unnamed Vatican official effectively said that young people who do not “respect” the New Mass might as well “not come” to church at all, and that an “empty church” would be preferable. 

Müller expressed his disagreement with the statement, telling Hickson that such an attitude is contrary to good pastoral practice and that it effectively “excludes” those “true and good Catholics” who attend the ancient liturgy. 

It is worth noting that despite the success of the traditional-minded Chartres pilgrimage, which LifeSite’s Paris correspondent Jeanne Smits heralded as a massive success that allowed the whole of France to see images of “thousands of young people who reject relativism and hedonism,” the Vatican seems intent on crushing the TLM.

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Monday, July 8, 2024

Newly ordained priest in Winona-Rochester Diocese celebrates first Mass ad orientem


From West Point to the Priesthood

Newly ordained West Point grad will minister both as diocesan priest and Army chaplain.

L to R: Joshua Miller in uniform at his West Point graduation in 2012; Father Miller at his first Mass in June 2024
L to R: Joshua Miller in uniform at his West Point graduation in 2012; Father Miller at his first Mass in June 2024 (photo: Courtesy of Father Joshua Miller and Goldhouse Productions)

While Father Joshua Miller was a West Point cadet, he expected he’d be deployed to either Iraq or Afghanistan after completing his training at the New York-based U.S. military academy.   

But by the time he graduated in 2012, the U.S. government was bringing troops home from the conflict areas, and Father Miller’s Alaska-based team was put on standby for the Pacific rather than the Middle East. Some of the soldiers he supervised, however, have served in those war zones and came to him psychologically, emotionally, spiritually or physically wounded.  

“What they really needed was someone to listen, someone to talk to, someone to listen to their stories,” said Father Joshua, 34, who, as an Army captain for five years, supervised a combat team of up to 40 soldiers, mostly at Fort Wainwright near Fairbanks, Alaska, before discerning a call to become a priest and military chaplain. 

Father Joshua Miller platoon
With his platoon in South Korea(Photo: Courtesy of Father Joshua Miller)

“I recognized, through many, many of these conversations, in my own heart the desire to be a spiritual father to them rather than be their boss,” he said. 

Father Miller’s desire to help wounded soldiers, their families and other military personnel led him to leave his 10-year Army career, discern and apply for the priesthood in two different dioceses, and study at two major seminaries, while also preparing to serve as a full-time military chaplain. 

His ordination to the priesthood on June 8 at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka in Winona, Minnesota, by Winona-Rochester Bishop Robert Barron, marked the end of his long journey to his priestly vocation and the beginning of a new adventure of bringing Christ as a priest to the Winona-Rochester Diocese and into the military culture he knows well. 

Father Joshua Miller, first Mass
Father Joshua Miller celebrates his Mass of thanksgiving, June 2024.(Photo: Goldhouse Productions)

Read the rest: From West Point to the Priesthood| National Catholic Register (

Sunday, July 7, 2024

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Viganò Excommunication: a pope who verbally attacks doctrine now defending doctrine?

This is a puzzler. Modernism is once again demonstrated to be nothing if not a tissue of contradictions. Ironically, however, now that Viganò is no longer a Catholic in good standing, perhaps Francis will initiate ecumenical dialog with him?


Comments on Viganò's Excommunication: "Will He Be Given a Church in Rome to Celebrate Liturgy - like to the Orthodox or Anglicans?"

Francis declared Archbishop Viganò excommunicated on Friday. Voices.

John A. Monaco, publicist: "Now that Viganò has been excommunicated and in a state of schism, I look forward to the Catholic Church’s warm, friendly, and irenic ecumenical outreach to him. The Vatican should treat him like they treat Orthodox and Protestants: warm embrace, allowing the use of our churches."

And, "It’s very weird to have the same crowd begging for shared communion between Catholics/Orthodox, who do ecumenical prayer services with Protestant clergy, and who have 'reasonable hope' that hell is empty to suddenly demand 'submission to the Roman Pontiff or else'. Or else what?"

Mel Gibson, Open Letter to Viganò: "I’m sure you expected nothing else from Jorge Bergoglio. I know that you know he has no authority whatsoever – so I’m not sure how this will effect you going forward. I hope you will continue to say mass & receive the sacraments yourself – it really is a badge of honor to be shunned by the false, post conciliar church. You have my sympathies that you suffer publicly this grave injustice. To me & many others you are a most courageous Hero."

Michael Matt, "I have my disagreements with Archbishop Vigano but this swift 'justice' for the 83-year-old whistleblower on the part of a Vatican notorious for dragging its feet for decades when it comes to sexual abuse cases involving priest and even bishop predators . . . well, this pretty much says it all when it comes to the fraud that is the so-called 'Church of Accompaniment'."

Edward Feser, philosopher: "Schism and heresy are both grave sins. But as Aquinas teaches, heresy is worse than schism, for whereas schism attacks ecclesiastical unity, heresy attacks divinely revealed truth and thus more directly offends against God himself. Yet what we find in the Church today is that while schism is (rightly) still punished, heresy is allowed to run rampant. This disorder reflects a deeper one, namely a tendency to emphasize the second great commandment (love of neighbor) over the first great commandment (love of God). And since God is the ultimate good for our neighbor, this inversion of the right order of things actually hurts our neighbor rather than helps him. Schismatics who are excommunicated may be moved thereby to repent. But heretics who remained unpunished are likely to become hardened in their heresy and thus are in graver danger of damnation."

Michael Humpherys, publicist: "Schismatics who see the treatment of heretics may be all the more recalcitrant and fail to repent precisely because of the unpunished heresy that lead to their schism."

Peter Kwasniewski, philosopher: "I am waiting for the announcement that the Vatican has excommunicated German bishops for pushing ahead with the Synodal Way, and President Biden for aggressively promoting abortion-on-demand across the world."

Eric Sammons, "I’ve found that most traditional Catholics are sympathetic to Viganò but don’t support his more extreme views. Most will likely look on his excommunication with sadness while not following him into sedevacantism. His excommunication will just deepen their distrust of a Vatican that is persecuting them while letting heretics roam free."

And: "Very unpopular opinion among Catholics in my milieu: I think Archbishop Viganò deserved excommunication. Very unpopular opinion among Catholics outside my milieu: I think many, many other hierarchs and priests should have been excommunicated before Viganò."

John Henry Westen, "Francis’ Vatican has declared Archbishop Viganò excommunicated, while Francis was personally involved in undoing the excommunication of notorious sex abuser priest, Father Marko Rupnik." started a petition praying for Archbishop Viganò. It supports Archbishop Viganò and his many "courageous public statements". It also notes that there has been a "blatant double standard" the Vatican has taken towards him with this unjust decree in comparison to truly dissident clerics and prominent laity across the world.

Francis in March 2016: "No one can be excluded from the mercy of God. The Church is the house where everyone is welcomed and no one is rejected."

Thomas Carr, publisher: "For the record, Francis has excommunicated 17 people during his pontificate (16 if we count the mercy given to Rupnik). I'm not sure, but this may be a historical record number. [Full list below]."


Saturday, July 6, 2024

The Pope is NOT an Absolute Monarch! Catholics Must Understand the Limits of Episcopal Authority!

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How many bishops are willing to walk in
the footsteps of martyr Bishop John Fisher?
People tend to think of the pope as the head of a large company with the ultimate power to 
make all the decisions and impose them on his underlings beginning with the heads of the various departments. They can express their opinions to him, but he is the ultimate authority and if they disagree they can obey anyway or "off with their heads!"

That is not a proper image for the Catholic Church.

The pope is not a dictator with the ultimate power to throw out bishops on a whim because he doesn't happen to like them. Unfortunately, the bishops themselves have promulgated that image by the unjust treatment some have dished out to their spiritual sons. Cancelled priests are a growing problem. I know some of them and it is disturbing to see how unjust some bishops are. The sad truth for those bishops is that you reap what you sow. They will be measured out the same measure and rotten fruit they've dished out to others. Get ready for it, Your Excellencies!

Crisis Magazine has an interview with Peter Kwasniewski that explores this issue of the proper way to look at the pope's role and his relationship to the bishops. The interview addresses a recent book of essays edited by Kwasniewsk rooted in the pope's treatment of Bishop Joseph Strickland, Unresolved Tensions in Papal Episcopal Relations: Essays Occasioned by the Deposition of Bishop Joseph Strickland. The title of the piece Should Bishops Ignore the Vatican? certainly pertains to the recent situation with Archbishop Vigano as well. So let's look at some of the points, first how the Church looks at the role of the bishops in relation to the papacy:

Basically, what we have to understand is that the church teaches, and teaches consistently, that the bishops, no less than the pope, are successors of the apostles...they’ve been appointed by the pope and they have to be consecrated, but once they’re in possession of that episcopal office, they rule and they teach and they sanctify with a rite proper to them...They’re not like branch managers hired by the CEO of a corporation who can hire and fire at will. That’s not the way the church has ever thought about it. In fact, throughout church history, some of the points of tension, which have arisen from time to time between the episcopacy and the papacy have precisely to do with an overreach, either on the part of the one or on the part of the other.

So obviously, it's possible that either the pope or a bishop can "overreach" his authority. 

There have been times when popes have tried to dictate to bishops, “This is the way you’re going to rule your diocese. You’re going to establish or disestablish this religious community or this monastery. You’re going to appoint my favorite nephew into one of your posts.” The bishops have had to say, “No, with all due respect, Your Holiness, this is going too far. You don’t have the authority to do whatever you want.”...the pope is subject to the constitution of the church. There are certain rights and responsibilities, duties, obligations that the pope has, given the nature of the Church of Christ, that he can’t simply sidestep because he doesn’t feel like it. He’s not omnipotent. He’s not absolute in that sense...What I mean there is the divine constitution of the church. What our Lord, Jesus Christ, wills for His church. In terms of what her common good is, what her sacramental structure is, what is the role of tradition in the church, this is also part of the divine constitution of the church, and I don’t just mean scripture and tradition as revelation, as divine revelation, but I also mean the normative value and function of tradition of, “I hand on what I have received,” that very important principle which is fundamental to Catholicism.

Many Catholics seem to think every pronouncement of a pope is a Church doctine. It's not! And in fact,  we've had a number of evil men sitting in Peter's chair. Nothing we are experiencing today is a first! In the award for worst pope ever contest, Francis has a number of rivals. However, he seems to be leading in the "Sack the bishops you don't like" category.

And, not only does he sack them, but they are generally deprived of their canonical right to a trial. Archbishop Lefebvre also experienced the grave injustice inflicted on Bishop Strickland. No trial, no real hearing, just the hobnailed boot.

Kwasniewski mentions two questions from a book by Bishop Athanasius Schneider scheduled for release in mid July, Flee from Heresy. It addresses the laity's sensus fidei about obedience to dictates from the pope or a bishop:

Alerted by his sensus fidei, the lay faithful may deny assent, even to the teachings of legitimate pastors when these appear evidently contrary to right faith or morals, or undermine their integrity. St. Paul warned even of bishops who would teach error as ravening wolves, Acts 20:29, formulating this principle for both clergy and lay faithful. Even if we or an angel from Heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be a curse. As we have said before, so now we repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be a curse, Galatians 1:8-9.”

Then his next question is exactly what you said. Isn’t this sinful disobedience, dissent from the Magisterium and a form of Protestantism? That’s the next question. And he answers, this is a short answer, “No. Rather than treat oneself as the ultimate criterion of truth, which is a form of Protestantism, the faithful Catholic, faced with a disturbing, yet ‘authorized’ teaching, merely defers to the superior authority of the universal perennial traditional teachings of the church, rejecting what departs from it.”


With the bombs already dropped on the TLM and the other traditional sacraments and the likely nuke coming soon, Kwasniewski supports the legitimate approach of continuing to attend the TLM where it is offered with the caveat of remaining in union with the Church:

For me, the number one principle is that we, as Catholics, need to adhere to our traditional lex orandi lex credendi lex vivendi. We have to do that. That’s not just about a liturgical preference. It’s about the entire religion. Everything is connected to this. If people want to see why that’s the case, they should just check out my book, The Once and Future Roman Rites. That’s really where I make the case most fully....Law has to be rational or reasonable in order to go into force and to have binding force on us. That’s another point here that we have to bear in mind. When Pope Francis says, “The Novus Ordo is the only form of the Roman rite, the unique form of it.” That’s false. That’s a falsity. It isn’t even the Roman rite. That’s what my book, The Once and Future Roman Rite demonstrates. There’s the Roman rite and then there’s the modern rite of Paul IV and they’re not the same rite. They’re two different rites. That can be shown by all of the criteria that liturgists use to define rites.

There's much more in the interview, but I'll stop here with a plea to faithful Catholics to study the faith. In a time of confusion, that becomes an absolute necessity. You can't keep the faith if you don't know the faith. I always start my day with the prayer to the Holy Spirit, the source of wisdom. Remember from your Confirmation the seven gifts. Wisdom is always mentioned first. As confirmed Catholics let us strive for the gift of wisdom followed by those of understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. God will always say yes to those who pray for the gifts. Let us beg for them in great abundance!

Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

St. Joseph, patron of the universal Church, pray for us

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