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This blog will be our Witness for the Faith. We see a need for good, traditional, Catholic fellowship. Witness will strive to be imbued with charity. Love of neighbor - and yes, love of enemy.
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Since faith is one, it must be professed in all its purity and integrity". Pope Francis/Pope Benedict

Monday, March 2, 2015

BREAKING: Cardinal Burke on suing a Catholic blogger: "I don't think that's the way we as Catholics should deal with these matters...we should be able, as Catholics, to resolve these matters among ourselves"

This morning Rorate Caeli carries an extensive interview with Raymond Cardinal Burke. On the issue of officials of the Vatican threatening to sue Catholic bloggers, the Cardinal had the this to say:  


Rorate Caeli: Your Eminence, thank you very much for agreeing to this interview. As the most-read international blog for traditional Catholics, we believe this will give much hope to our readership, and to traditional-minded Catholics everywhere. For our first question: The traditional world, recently, has been stunned by the news that two officials of the Vatican have threatened to sue traditional-minded Catholic bloggers and reporters. Do you agree with this approach, and do think we should expect to see more of this in the future?

Card. Burke: Unless the blogger has committed a calumny on someone's good name unjustly, I certainly don't think that that's the way we as Catholics should deal with these matters. I think contact should be made. I presume that the Catholic blogger is in good faith, and if there's someone in the hierarchy who is upset with him, the way to deal with it would be first to approach the person directly and try to resolve the matter in that way. Our Lord in the Gospel and St. Paul in his First Letter to the Corinthians instruct us not to take our disputes to the civil forum, that we should be able, as Catholics, to resolve these matters among ourselves. (cf. Mt. 18:15; 1 Cor. 6:1-6)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

BREAKING from POLAND: Archbishop Depo of Czestochowa:"In the face of evil, there can be no tolerance..."

H. E. Archbishop Waclaw Depo blessing Mary Wagner

His Excellency, Waclaw Depo, the Archbishop of Czestochowa, and Custodian of the Marian Shrine of Jana Gora, has denounced evil and its false pomps in no uncertain terms. In a sermon on the 28th of February, the Archbishop spoke these words: 

"Satan is God's greatest enemy and he is our greatest enemy... why does he hate us? Because he sees in us the image and likeness of God. Satan is the father of  lies and hatred, but God is the Father of Truth and Love...."

"Against Satan's lies, evil, and sin there can be no tolerance and let us speak that loudly and clearly, even those who today claim to be modern people, supposedly liberated from religious beliefs. Let us say that you are wrong. Never, never tolerate this. Tolerance may be against the wicked, as a person, but not to his sin". 

"The Church prays constantly for sinners, because She believes that they can receive the grace of conversion, that this grace can implore any one of them; so once again I plead: let us pray for those who have fallen away from God and his commandments..."

Happy Saint David's Day

I have a special attachment to Wales, and on this, the Feast Day of the Patron Saint of Wales, let us celebrate this great Catholic bishop. Please say a prayer for the conversion of that nation. 

From New Advent: 

Bishop and Confessor, patron of Wales. He is usually represented standing on a little hill, with a dove on his shoulder. From time immemorial the Welsh have worn a leek on St. David's day, in memory of a battle against the Saxons, at which it is said they wore leeks in their hats, by St. David's advice, to distinguish them from their enemies. He is commemorated on 1 March. The earliest mention of St. David is found in a tenth-century manuscript Of the "Annales Cambriae", which assigns his death to A.D. 601. Many other writers, from Geoffrey of Monmouth down to Father Richard Stanton, hold that he died about 544, but their opinion is based solely on data given in various late "lives" of St. David, and there seems no good reason for setting aside the definite statement of the "Annales Cambriae", which is now generally accepted. Little else that can claim to behistorical is known about St. David. The tradition that he was born at Henvynyw (Vetus-Menevia) inCardiganshire is not improbable. He was prominent at the Synod of Brevi (Llandewi Brefi in Cardiganshire), which has been identified with the important Roman military station, Loventium. Shortly afterwards, in 569, he presided over another synod held at a place called Lucus Victoriae. He was Bishop (probably not Archbishop) ofMenevia, the Roman port Menapia in Pembrokeshire, later known as St. David's, then the chief point of departure for Ireland. St. David was canonized by Pope Callistus II in the year 1120.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pope Francis: A schism is coming and only you can stop it!

"There were bishops at the Synod who wished to erase the truth" 
Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, quoted in Polonia Christiana, Oct, 30th, 2014

Gerhard Cardinal Muller
There are reports coming from Poland that there is going to be very, very serious resistance to any attempt to  overturn doctrine, under the pretext of changing pastoral practice, but "officially" leaving doctrine untouched. 2015 may well be a year of official schism. In fact, recently, a number of leading churchmen in Germany have signaled as much. Outside of Poland a number of Cardinals have already passed judgment on this heterodox approach. Gerhard Cardinal Muller has denounced it as a "serious Christological heresy". There you have it: it is heresy! As such, those promoting it are, according to Canon Law, "material heretics".

Most people ignored the very serious statements coming from Poland during and following the extraordinary Synod of the Family held last October, where the Polish bishops denounced the mid-term relatio as contrary to the teachings of the Church, contrary to the Magisterium of St. Pope John Paul II. Most people continue to ignore these warnings being sent our way by the Polish Bishops Episcopal Conference. I can assure readers, that the fight has barely begun, and that the Polish bishops were outraged by the mid-term relatio's heresies.

Archbishop Henryk Hoser
The two main errors stemming from the mid-term relatio is the proposal to fudge on giving Holy Communion to a canonically married Catholic who has "divorced" and "re-married" in a civil "ceremony". Such a second impure relationship is know as adultery: this is the "Adulterist Party". The second main error is the mid-term relatio's statement on homosexuality (introduced, as we now know by Archbishop Bruno Forte without knowledge of the fathers); this is the "Homosexualist Party".

Sadly, the voices of Catholic sanity coming from Poland, denouncing these two main errors were ignored. Very few "official" Catholic sources reported the words of Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki or, more recently, Archbishop Henryk Hoser. The words of these two men deserve careful study, for they are of exceptional gravity. Archbishop Gadecki also severely criticized the church in Germany. He was ignored. Let us not delude ourselves: a line in the sand has been drawn between the Vistula and the Rhine.

St. Pope John Paul II - betrayed by the Hierarchy 
according to Archbishop Hoser
In 1939, the forces of darkness, the logical spiritual heirs of Martin Luther, unleashed their hatred on Christ and the world. Now, in 2015, German bishops (along with allies in western Europe and North America), intoxicated on Luther, Kant and Hegel, backed by decadent financial muscle, believe they can "strong arm" the Pope into granting them a change on pastoral practice, but leave doctrine "officially" alone. They have seriously miscalculated. The Church in Poland may not have financial muscle, but the Church in Poland prays, the Church in Poland still has Mary for her Queen, and the Church in Poland with her allies from the Churches in Africa, Asia, and other strong pockets of resistance from around the world, will defeat the new invading forces of darkness. Be assured of that.

If there is going to be schism, it will be the material heretics going. Catholics are already joining together in prayer, educating themselves, and preparing for serious spiritual combat with the promoters of this "serious Christological heresy".

It is time for the Tiber to decide: do they wish spiritual death to flow from the Rhine, or spiritual life from the Vistula? Most Holy Father: Quo vadis?

A Rosary Bouquet for David and Francoise Domet

"By each Hail Mary we give Our Lady the same honor that God gave her when He sent the Archangel Gabriel to greet her for Him"
St. Louis De Montfort

Our Lady of Lebanon, pray for us

Dear friends, 

To pray for someone is the greatest act of love. Our Blessed Saviour has the greatest love imaginable for His most Blessed Mother. It is to her that we turn to take our petitions to Her Son. The greatest gift She has given us is the Most Holy Rosary.  

I invite you in praying the Rosary for the intentions of David and Francoise Domet; that God, in His goodness, may hear our prayers. Please ensure that you likewise offer a Rosary for Fr. Thomas Rosica. May peace and reconciliation according to the mind of Christ be accomplished with regards to the threat of a lawsuit. 

A Facebook Page has been created for the purpose of pledging a Rosary towards a Rosary Bouquet. Please reflect, pray and visit. The Bouquet will be completed on Easter Sunday. 

A Rosary Bouquet for David and Francoise Domet

Friday, February 27, 2015

BREAKING from POLAND: Fronda headlines reads: "Disgrace! A Basilian publicly insults Cardinal Burke"

Fr. Timothy Scott's outrageous use of an obscenity against H. E. Raymond Cardinal Burke is now major news in Poland. Though not a spokesman any more for the Basilians, Fr. Scott has yet to offer his resignation from the Canadian Religious Conference. 

Fronda asks: 'It remains to be asked: if some priests have the effrontery to publicly insult Cardinals, to what extent of hatred must the defenders of doctrine and Tradition have endowed on them by so-called liberals ?!

The headline reads: Disgrace! A Basilian publicly insults Cardinal Burke

An Open Letter to Thomas Cardinal Collins: use your moral suasion to end the threat of a lawsuit

Your Eminence, 

This morning,  you and all priests of the Roman Rite read the following from the Office of Readings. St. Aelred outlined, in a truly inspired  manner, the Christian belief in brotherly love, and, by extension, forgiveness.

The moment I began to read the passage, how could one not begin to think of the threat of a lawsuit against a Catholic blogger, which, as Your Eminence knows, has also exploded on the blogosphere - the medium of communication - with future consequences no one can foresee. 

St. Aelred's passage, that we read this morning, shows us precisely why a brother in Christ should not even consider a lawsuit against another brother in Our Lord. Disagreements are to be resolved in the Church. 

I therefore appeal to you, as Shepherd of the Archdiocese of Toronto in which both Fr. Thomas Rosica and Mr. David Domet reside, to intervene and use your moral suasion to bring the threat of a lawsuit to a close. 

Though we are all guilty of sin, we are all also capable - only by the Grace of God - to forgive. Forgiveness is commanded of us by Our Lord, to allow His divine love to work and grow in us. 

Catholics may wish to contact His Eminence over this matter to express their concern: 

His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins (Member, Pontifical Council for Social Communications):


t:416-934-0606, ext. 609

From the Mirror of Love by Saint Aelred, abbot
(Lib 3, 5: PL 195, 382)

Christ, the model of brotherly love

The perfection of brotherly love lies in the love of one’s enemies. We can find no greater inspiration for this than grateful remembrance of the wonderful patience of Christ. He who is more fair than all the sons of men offered his fair face to be spat upon by sinful men; he allowed those eyes that rule the universe to be blindfolded by wicked men; he bared his back to the scourges; he submitted that head which strikes terror in principalities and powers to the sharpness of the thorns; he gave himself up to be mocked and reviled, and at the end endured the cross, the nails, the lance, the gall, the vinegar, remaining always gentle, meek and full of peace.

In short, he was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and like a lamb before the shearers he kept silent, and did not open his mouth.

Who could listen to that wonderful prayer, so full of warmth, of love, of unshakeable serenity—Father, forgive them—and hesitate to embrace his enemies with overflowing love? Father, he says, forgive them. Is any gentleness, any love, lacking in this prayer?

Yet he put into it something more. It was not enough to pray for them: he wanted also to make excuses for them. Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. They are great sinners, yes, but they have little judgment; therefore, Father, forgive them. They are nailing me to the cross, but they do not know who it is that they are nailing to the cross: if they had known, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory;therefore, Father, forgive them. They think it is a lawbreaker, an impostor claiming to be God, a seducer of the people. I have hidden my face from them, and they do not recognise my glory; therefore, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.

If someone wishes to love himself he must not allow himself to be corrupted by indulging his sinful nature. If he wishes to resist the promptings of his sinful nature he must enlarge the whole horizon of his love to contemplate the loving gentleness of the humanity of the Lord. Further, if he wishes to savor the joy of brotherly love with greater perfection and delight, he must extend even to his enemies the embrace of true love.

But if he wishes to prevent this fire of divine love from growing cold because of injuries received, let him keep the eyes of his soul always fixed on the serene patience of his beloved Lord and Savior.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bishop Athanasius Schneider: a true Shepherd of the Flock of Jesus Christ

His Excellency, Bishop Athanasius Schneider

The Miraculous Medal: the Bishop's Ring

God, eternal shepherd, you tend your Church in many ways and rule us with love. You have chosen your servant, Athanasius, to be a shepherd of your flock. Give him a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care, may he build your Church as a sign of salvation for the world. Amen.