Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Knights of Malta Ceremony at Versailles Royal Chapel - British Pathe (1967)

What It Looks Like When a Bishop Does Public Penance

Montini in Milan doing a "processione penitenziale" after the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956.  The hood of the cappa magna is up to make the penitent "anonymous."  

We need a return of this wonderful Catholic tradition.  

Catholic Humor

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Courage of Oscar Romero

Dominican Tonsure in 1950s Rome

Typical massive ordination in 1950s Rome, pictured here at Sant'Agnese in Piazza Navona. 

Pope St. Paul VI

What to Read on Vacation: Liberalism is a Sin

A must read.  The author, Fr. Felix Sarda y Salvany, is so important his name is actually depicted in a fresco inside the main entrance cortile of the hallowed Abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain (near Barcelona).  I have seen it with my own eyes. 

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St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us!

Angelicum Diploma of Pope St. John Paul II

He received a licentiate in spiritual theology in 1948 "summa cum laude." 

In 1963 the Angelicum was granted the title pontifical "university" by Pope St. John XXIII. 

The original date of the foundation of the Dominican college in Rome was 1577, founded at the Dominican convent of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.   

Study in Rome: Angelicum!

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Catholics: Support Pro-Life!

If you are doing nothing for pro-life, then you are lacking in your Faith.  "Rescue those who are being dragged to death."  -Proverbs 24:11.

The Famous St. Agnes Parish in St. Paul, Minnesota (USA)

St. Oscar Romero Images

Catholics Vote Pro-Life

Sunday, October 14, 2018


Thank you, Rodolfo!


60th anniversary of the death of Pope Pius XII, who died after a long agony on the 9th October 1958, at 3:52 am, in the Papal Villa of Castelgandolfo, at the age of 82. 

He had reigned for almost twenty years, his pontificate having started in the most difficult times of the XXth Century. His death was lamented worldwide. 

Among the condolence messages there were those of US President Eisenhower and of many Jewish leaders like Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Golda Meir and Italian Rabi Elio Toaff. American-Jewish conductor Leonard Bernstein asked for a minute of silence prior to a concert of the New York Philarmonic Orchestra in October 1958. 

The Pastor Angelicus and Defensor Civitatis (his acclaimed titles) is currently considered as Venerable by the Roman Catholic Church despite the infamous campaign of hatred (initiated in 1963 following the performance of Rolf Hochhuth’s fictional drama “The Deputy” on stage in Berlin) to denigrate his holy memory. 

Documents show that, far from having abandoned persecuted Jews to their fate during the Second World War, Pius XII’s alleged “silence” (= professional diplomacy) decisively contributed –directly or indirectly– to the salvation of about 850,000 European Jews (source: Israeli consul in Milan and Jewish author Pinchas Lapide).

Thanks, Rodolfo!

San Giovanni XXIII, san Paolo VI, san Giovanni Paolo II già canonizzati. Il venerabile Pio XII ed il venerabile Giovanni Paolo I attendono ancora. Preghiamo perchè presto possiamo vedere anche Loro sugli altari!

A remark in all friendship and no will to argue:

Canonizations belong to the infallible Magisterium of the Church as we see by the formula by which the pontiff declares that a blessed is saint:

« Ad honorem Sanctæ et Individuæ Trinitatis…, auctoritate Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, beatorum Apostolorum Petri et Pauli ac Nostra… Beatum N.N. Sanctum esse decernimus ac definimus, ac Sanctorum Catalogo adscribimus, statuentes eum in universa Ecclesia inter Sanctos pia devotione recoli debere ».

Thanks, Rodolfo!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Homosexualist Art Wins the Day at Santa Maria Maggiore

In 2016 these goofy doors were installed in St. Mary Major -- leading from the gift shop to the outdoor VIP parking, public restrooms and museum.  Countless tourists and pilgrims walk by here every day.  An employee complained to me about it.  I, too, was mortified and did not know what to say.  Who could find this attractive?  A connoisseur of homo erotic art?  The boy-toy image with engorged head and Adam's apple could not be any more obvious.  And the New Age symbols?  Does any parent think this is wholesome for their kids to look at?  How embarrassing for any Catholic trying to keep their sense about them in this age of clerical sexual perversion and homosexual scandal and Vatican silence.  Needless to say, this unnecessary addition replaced gorgeous antique doors that did not need to be replaced.  Who is paying for this?  Us?  Vatican slush fund money?  One more nice thing destroyed.  The artist is "P. Patriarca."  Someone should find out who he is and what he's into.

False Abortion Arguments

Catholic Humor

Neither is the word "Bible."  

Cardinal Newman on Being Deep in History

Youth Synod FAIL

Saturday, September 15, 2018

A Word About Bishops Doing Public Penance

This from the Diocese of Richmond Facebook page...

I include my own snarky comments in red in the spirit of a lot of other bloggers.  

"After removing his episcopal ring [do not remove this as an act of penance, it is a blessed object and a symbol of your jurisdiction], Bishop Knestout removed other symbols of his office [wait, the mitre was placed on the ground...what, who is the MC!?] - his miter and crozier - as an act of humility [really?], following the introduction of the Penitential Rite [why did he wear a red vestment then?] at the Mass of Atonement [isn't every Mass a "Mass of Atonement"?]. Bishop then prostrates himself before the cross and altar [this is what you get with liturgy by committee...it's made up]. This prostration, similar to the prostration at the Good Friday liturgy, signifies contrition, humility, reverence, deep anguish for the suffering Christ, and grief and sorrow of the Church" [remember, the Church is the sinless Bride of Christ...this is a dogma of the Faith].

It must be said diocesan liturgical offices need to be looking at the tradition of the Church.  The answer is penitential processions.  This has always been the custom of the Latin and Greek world.  Stop reinventing the wheel; there are only so many ways you can design a shoe box.

Penitential processions are done in the dark with the bishop in cappa magna with the hood up, carrying a cross for the Via Crucis under the stars, with all his chacnery staff, priests, seminarians and lay faithful in procession with him.  Chanting the Litany of the Saints.  Maybe even when appropriate the bishop may remove his shoes.  Didn't Charles Borromeo once process with a cross and a rope around his neck?   

I suggest the Pope himself take a cue from Pio IX and make a journey up the Scala Sancta in Rome (actually the Vatican - it's extraterritorial property) on his knees, just as Blessed Pius IX did on September 19, 1870 - a public act of penance for reparation on the eve of an imminent disaster.  

Thursday, September 13, 2018

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Freedom of Conscience Trailblazer and Citizen Hero Mary Wagner

My hero.  Seen in Victoria, British Columbia.  A tremendous honor to meet her and to shake her hand and to thank her for her fine work and heroic example.  Google search her name.  The new Terry Fox.  A national Canadian hero and one of the most accomplished human rights activists of our day.  Someday bridges and schools in Canada will be named after her.  She brings to mind Sophie Scholl, persecuted hero of Germany. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Amor Patriae Nostra Lex

Pray for the US.  Although it was a country founded by Masons on Enlightenment principles, it has historically been a great voice for reasoned liberty and religious freedom.  Let us pray the Union will be preserved.  Vote Republican.   

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Fr. Johnson on the Abuse Crisis


Fr. Ripperger on the Abuse Crisis


Traditional Catholic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 2018


Limited seating.  

Teach Your Kids of the Evils of Ouija (Spirit/Talking Boards)

Did You know Orbis Catholicus Travel has Over 3,000 Photos on Instagram?

When Visiting Rome: Visit FSSP Roma

Corpus Domini (Corpus Christi) Rome 2018.

It is my wish that every Catholic visiting Rome as a pilgrim can visit this church of the Most Holy Trinity of Pilgrims.  

Yours truly is kneeling in the blue jacket.  An great joy to worship here with serious Catholics from across the globe!

Catholic Pilgrimages to Guadalupe Mexico

Our group photo this year.  

We had a terrific group tour.  A great outpouring of spiritual graces.

Deo gratias et Mariae.


A Catholic Psychiatrist on the Subject of Homosexuals in the Priesthood

Religion and Homosexuality

"A young, homosexually inclined Christian told me he had studied the Bible and found reasons to reconcile his conscience with his homosexual relationship of that moment, provided he remained faithful.  Predictably, after some time he dropped that pretension, but he continued on his course, and his  Christianity withered.  That is the history of many young persons who try to reconcile the irreconcilable.  If they convince themselves that homosexuality is morally good and beautiful, they either lose their faith or invent one of their own, which sanctions their desires.  Of the last possibility, examples abound as well as of the first.  A well-known homosexual Dutch actor from a Catholic background, for instance, presently plays the role of self-appointed priest, 'blessing' young couples at marriage celebrations (not excluding homosexual 'couples', of course) and 'ministering' at funerals.

This brings up a topic of current interest: Why are so many Protestant and Catholic homosexuals, male and female alike, interested in theology, and why do they not infrequently want to be ministers or priests?  Part of the answer lies in their infantile need for sympathy and contact.  They view church professions as soft and sentimentally 'caring' and imagine themselves in them as being honored and revered, elevated above common human beings.  They see the Church as a noncompetitive, friendly world where they may enjoy high status and be protected at the same time.  For male homosexuals, there is the additional incentive of a rather closed men's community where they need to prove themselves as men; women with lesbian feelings, on their part, may feel drawn to an exclusive women's community, like a convnet.  Unctuous ways, which they associate with 'pastoral' manners and ways, moreover, appeal to some, being in line with their overfriendly, soft manners.  And in the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches, there is the attraction of the garments and the aesthetic rituals, which male homosexuals may, in their childish perception, experience as feminine and which enable a narcissistic showing off, comparable to the exhibitionistic joys of homosexual ballet dancers.

Remarkably, lesbian women may also feel attracted to the role of vicar and priest.  In their case too the attractive element for those who feel they don't belong is the social recognition as well as the enjoyment of being able to dominate others.  It is interesting that the attraction of homosexuals to priestly functions is not restricted to modern Christianity; in several primitive societies, as in antiquity, homosexuals have fulfilled the priestly role.

These interests stem for the most part, then, from an infantile, self-centered imagination and have precious little to do with the objective contents of Christian belief.  What some homosexuals thus see as their 'calling' to the priesthood is an attraction to an emotionally rewarding, but self-centered, way of life.  These are self-imagined or 'false' vocations.  Needless to say, these ministers and priests are inclined to preach a soft, humanistic reinvention of traditional beliefs, especially of moral principles, and a distorted concept of 'love.'  Moreover, they tend to create a homosexual subculture within their churches.  There they undoubtedly pose a subtle threat for the orthodoxy and undermine church unity by their habit of forming subversive coteries that do not feel responsible to the official church community (the reader may recall the homosexual complex of 'not belonging').  Otherwise, they generally lack the balance and the strength of character necessary for giving fatherly guidance.

Do real vocations never go along with homosexual interests?  I do not dare to affirm that fully; perhaps I have seen a few exceptions in the course of the years.  But, as a rule, homosexual orientation, whether acted out or experienced only in the private emotional life, must certainly be regarded as a contradiction to the supernatural source of priestly interests."

-Dr. Gerard J.M. van den Aardweg, Ph.D., (The Battle for Normality, pp. 85-87).

How to Understand the Clerical Sex Abuse Crisis


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An Interview With Henry Sire, Author of 'The Dictator Pope'

Why did Pope Benedict Resign?

The Style of Vestments Now Associated with the Explosive Clerical Abuse Scandal

Let us follow the recommendation made by the USCCB and Bishop Barron that the testimony of Archbishop Viganò be factually investigated by an outside body so that transparency can be established. 

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