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CMTV (Church Militant TV) where our friends reside – and an apostolate to which we support and subscribe to it’s premium channel has changed it’s position on several issues of Catholic Tradition including rejection of sympathies of SSPX and outright attack on Catholic traditionalism
I will leave the conjecture that is out there on their changed disposition on this subject in regards to their lead benefactor out of the discussion However I will add the evidence contradicting their own previous position is recorded here on video. One has to be careful, video is a dangerous tool _It can be used for and against and everyone has archives – So someone cannot say, when it comes to video, I did not say that
If you wish to see an objective, short, and well written disquisition on the topic -in a manner more eloquent and well balanced than I can attempt – please see these links for a refutation of CMTV’s recent errors and propagation of division
Cardinal Dolan who previously stated the newly closed Catholic Churches (some of which were economically viable and prosperous) was not for plans or intent to sell that will be left, he said for a future era’s analysis
On the heels of this within a year of the amnesia generation’s hearing he says he’s not only selling but has made a pact with pro-abortion pro-homosexual NY Mayor De Blasio for a deal for affordable housing – more nice looking Projects
In the deal he made with De Blasio he said Jesus Christ told him to do this
In other similar stories and news feeds he denies the sell-off is to pay down the debt ridden Archdiocese’s legal settlements in the pedophile scandals
Acknowledges that he is selling off some of the most expensive Church property in the country
Several of the members of the apostolates of Holy Innocents have questioned why he will not bring in one of the Ecclesia Dei orders in communion with Rome like ICKSP or FSSP and he flatly stated that he doesn’t want them in the Diocese They are not present even one Church or, as in some US Dioceses they will at least give them a Cemetery Chapel.
One such TLM Chapel out in Queens (Brooklyn Diocese) in the middle of a Cemetery is of course, like FSSP in NJ, always SRO for Sunday Masses (standing room only)
I believe the discrimination and the corruption cannot last much longer on a wide scale and the new forma revolution in the Catholic Church is nearing an end
To the Pastor of a Church who has dismantled the High Altar, many of which were sledge hammered in parking lots all over the tri-state area to witnesses of the traditional Knights of Columbus –to the construction of enlarging their Crammer Table Liturgy Altars – They’ve placed high backed Bishop chairs in the center of the former position of Jesus Christ to which they sit looking out over the people
I would say the same thing that Russell Crowe said to the pseudo Caesar in the Gladiator movie
“ The time for honoring yourself is almost at an end “
One of the main reasons that the Bishops do not protest Abortion mills against Planned Parenthood , or State Court houses for legislation against abortions after 20 week gestation, against the redefinition of marriage, or the expansion of tax payer dollars for contraception, legal euthanasia and on and on is for one reason the new teachings of Vatican II –
It is for the same reason that the majority of all Catholic missions have gone defunct and or have had their conversion activities, even hundreds of year old orders whose primary charism it is to convert peoples to Catholicism, banned and renovated to social civil work project missions = Bishophric enforcement of erred Vatican II teachings
Calling a generation of brave Catholic men of honor and courage to rise up and politely but firmly confront a wayward generation of Catholic Bishops with Catholic teaching and facts ………A discourse on the specifics of the errors follows:
Primarily in the 1600s and in the century leading up to the French Revolution’s declaration of the Rights of Man and it’s disastrous effects on Catholic social teaching existed the heresy of Jansenism – Many schools of Jansenism, an officially taught school of thought in the Catholic Church for over a century continued to be retained at the Bishophric levels and as it applies to their order
Specifically what is Jansenism ?
Jansen emphasized a particular reading of Augustine’s idea of efficacious grace which stressed that only a certain portion of humanity were predestined to be saved. Jansen insisted that the love of God was fundamental, and that only perfect contrition, and not imperfect contrition (or attrition) could save a person (and that, in turn, only an efficacious grace could tip that person toward God and such a contrition).
These teachings were officially condemned for their similarities to Calvinism in the 1650s but continued on in the higher ranks of many quarters of the Church and as many say even to this day
The heresy of Jansenism, as stated by subsequent Roman Catholic doctrine, lay in denying the role of free will in the acceptance and use of grace. Jansenism asserts that God’s role in the infusion of grace cannot be resisted and does not require humanassent. Catholic doctrine, in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is that “God’s free initiative demands man’s free response,”—that is, humans freely assent or refuse God’s gift of grace.
What does Sacred Scripture actually teach
. 22Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23For if a man be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he shall be compared to a man beholding his own countenance in a glass. 24For he beheld himself, and went his way, and presently forgot what manner of man he was. 25But he that hath looked into the perfect law of liberty, and hath continued therein, not becoming a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work; this man shall be blessed in his deed.
What does the teachings of preconcilar orthodox Catholic Bishops and Saints clearly state
“Holy abandonment is found ‘not in resignation and laziness but at the heart of action and initiative.’ It would be dishonest to pray for victory without really fighting for it. … ‘The things I pray for’, St. Thomas More prayed magnanimously, ‘dear Lord, give me the grace to work for.’
Ten Highlighted Specific Errors Amongst the Many Similar Heterodox Errors of Vatican II
In the old days there was a list of books that were prohibited for Catholics, called the Index. In order for a book to be put on the Index and become illicit reading for a Catholic, the book does not have to be full of heresy. All that is needed is for it to contain just one heresy, just one thing that is wrong. There were books on the Index that contained just one line that was wrong. For example, there was a very good translation of the Bible on the Index, the “van Ess” translation of the Bible into German, which contained two or three little errors. The whole rest of it was a very good translation, but because of the two or three little errors it got put on the Index. This is also in keeping with the teachings of Saint Thomas Aquinas concerning error. Here are some of the heterodox teachings of Vatican II. This is not an exhaustive list, but a sampling that will give the average reader an idea of how extensive and pervasive the issues are.
Lumen Gentium 1
This says that the Church is “…like a sacrament … both of very close union with God and of the unity of the whole human race.”
No! The Council of Trent dogmatically defines that there are seven sacraments. A sacrament is a sign. The Church is defined as a perfect society and not a sign. It is the Mystical body of Christ. And it does not concern “the whole human race” – like it or not, plenty of people do not belong to the Church. The Church wants them to convert, but as long as they remain outside they are (by their own will) nothing to do with the Church. They do not come under Church law, the Church does not judge them, the Church does not deal with them… They are not a part of the Mystical Body of Christ.
Lumen Gentium 8
“This Church [the Church of Christ] constituted and organized in the world as a society, subsists in the Catholic Church, which is governed by the successor of Peter and by the Bishops in communion with him, although many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside of its visible structure.”
The word subsists doesn’t tell us much in English, but in Latin “subsistere” means to exist, to be present, to lie underneath. You could say for example that the grass is subsistent to my way of walking. But it could also be subsistent to someone else’s way of walking and not just to mine. So when you say that the Catholic Church “subsists” in the Catholic Church, it is phrased that way deliberately so as not to exclude Protestants, Orthodox, etc. The architects of Vatican II were too clever to say that the Church of Christ “contains” the Protestants, the Orthodox and all those other non-Catholics. So they said that it can be found in the Catholic Church in a way that does not exclude the others. But it is defined dogma that the Church of Christ is the Catholic Church, the two are identical. Nothing outside the Catholic Church is part of the Church of Christ and nothing of the Church of Christ is outside the Catholic Church. The two are identical.
Lumen Gentium 15
“Likewise we can say that in some real way they [non-Catholic/Protestant sects] are joined with us in the Holy Spirit, for to them too He gives His gifts and graces whereby He is operative among them with His sanctifying power.”
What way is this “real way”? They never say. In the Gospel of St. John one can read that the Holy Ghost was given only to the Catholic Church, not to Protestants, not to the Lutheran Church, not to the Anglicans. When it is said in Scripture that there only one Church – One Body and One Mind of The Body to which does it refer The Catholic Church or now all the Churches?
Lumen Gentium 16
“But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Muslims, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, together with us adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind.”
What about the Incarnation? What about the Holy Trinity? The Koran, the Muslims’ holy book calls the idea of the Trinity an “excremental idea.” And now Vatican II tells us that they, together with us, adore the one merciful God?!? What about the First Commandment? They have another God, they have the lonely one-person Allah. We have Father, Son and Holy Ghost. “Et Verbum caro factum est,” says the last Gospel at Mass, “And the Word became flesh” I’ve never heard that Allah became flesh. This is blasphemy. It is heresy and it is blasphemy.
The idea that Muslims, Jews and Catholics are basically all the same anyway is a Freemasonic idea. It was being promoted by the Freemasons long before Vatican II, and now we have a so-called Ecumenical Council telling us the same thing too. Give me a Catholic interpretation of that quote about the Muslims together with us adoring the same God. It’s not possible. It’s just a heresy.
Unitatis Redintigratio 3
“The brethren divided from us also use many liturgical actions of the Christian religion. These most certainly can truly engender a life of grace in ways that vary according to the condition of each Church or Community. These liturgical actions must be regarded as capable of giving access to the community of salvation.
It follows that the separated Churches and Communities as such, though we believe them to be deficient in some respects, have been by no means deprived of significance and importance in the mystery of salvation. For the Spirit of Christ has not refrained from using them as means of salvation which derive their efficacy from the very fullness of grace and truth entrusted to the Church.”
The Protestant “churches,” and the Orthodox “churches,” cannot save anyone, they are not, never have been and never will be a means of salvation to anyone. They can only lead you to error, sin, heresy, and apostasy. Subjectively speaking, you might ask whether a Protestant who has lived a just life all his life, who has tried his best to find the truth, who has tried his best to avoid sin, whether perhaps for whatever reason he was not able to find out about the Catholic Church… or a Russian Orthodox living under communism all his life, who maybe never heard about the Catholic Church… whether because of that God would not send him to hell. Well, subjectively speaking perhaps, but even so objectively speaking they are living in mortal sin and outside Christ’s Church. Who knows if through an extraordinary act of grace from God, through an act of contrition, that man might die as a member of the Catholic Church. In reality, it must be highly improbable if ever possible, especially in this day and age for the likes of you and I. And, objectively speaking, for anyone to say that the Protestant sects or any religion other than the Catholic Church can be a means to salvation, that is a heresy.
Here is a small sample of what the Popes and Councils have taught concerning this:
“On the one hand, therefore, it is necessary that the mission of teaching whatever Christ had taught should remain perpetual and immutable, and on the other that the duty of accepting and professing all their doctrine should likewise be perpetual and immutable. ‘Our Lord Jesus Christ, when in His Gospel He testifies that those who not are with Him are His enemies, does not designate any special form of heresy, but declares that all heretics who are not with Him and do not gather with Him, scatter His flock and are His adversaries: He that is not with Me is against Me, and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth’ (St. Cyprian, Ep. lxix., ad Magnum, n. I).
. . .The practice of the Church has always been the same, as is shown by the unanimous teaching of the Fathers, who were wont to hold as outside Catholic communion, and alien to the Church, whoever would recede in the least degree from any point of doctrine proposed by her authoritative Magisterium.
. . .Wherefore, as appears from what has been said, Christ instituted in the Church a living, authoritative and permanent Magisterium, which by His own power He strengthened, by the Spirit of truth He taught, and by miracles confirmed. He willed and ordered, under the gravest penalties, that its teachings should be received as if they were His own. As often, therefore, as it is declared on the authority of this teaching that this or that is contained in the deposit of divine revelation, it must be believed by everyone as true. … But he who dissents even in one point from divinely revealed truth absolutely rejects all faith, since he thereby refuses to honour God as the supreme truth and the formal motive of faith.”
(Leo XIII, Satis Cogitum, 8 ff.)
“And here, beloved Sons and Venerable Brothers, We should mention again and censure a very grave error in which some Catholics are unhappily engaged, who believe that men living in error, and separated from the true faith and from Catholic unity, can attain eternal life. Indeed, this is certainly quite contrary to Catholic teaching.”
(Pius IX, Quanto Conficiamur Moerore, 7)
“This Council firmly believes, professes and preaches that all those who are outside the catholic church, not only pagans but also Jews or heretics and schismatics, cannot share in eternal life and will go into the everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless they are joined to the Catholic Church before the end of their lives; that the unity of the ecclesiastical body is of such importance that only for those who abide in it do the church’s sacraments contribute to salvation and do fasts, almsgiving and other works of piety and practices of the Christian militia produce eternal rewards; and that nobody can be saved, no matter how much he has given away in alms and even if he has shed his blood in the name of Christ, unless he has persevered in the bosom and the unity of the Catholic Church.”
(Council of Ferrara-Florence, Session XI)
We could, if we wished, quote many, many more Popes and they all say the same thing, indeed until Vatican II one could not find any Pope or Council saying differently. So, it is clear that this one part of this one document is heretical. Therefore the whole document is heretical. Therefore the whole Council, philosophically speaking, is heretical. As noted in the teachings of Saint Thomas Aquinas, just one heresy would be enough to condemn an entire document or work, but it doesn’t here…
Unitatis Redintigratio 6
This document is supposedly about ‘Ecumenism’, and in this paragraph it suggests the following as a means to achieving ‘Christian unity’:
“Christ summons the Church to continual reformation as she sojourns here on earth. The Church is always in need of this, in so far as she is an institution of men here on earth. Thus if, in various times and circumstances, there have been deficiencies in moral conduct or in church discipline, or even in the way that church teaching has been formulated – to be carefully distinguished from the deposit of faith itself – these can and should be set right at the opportune moment.”
The morals of the clergy have often needed reforming throughout the history of the Church. But the idea of “reforming” Church teaching (or its ‘formulation’) is something entirely different. And a supposed “new” distinction introduced here between “Church teaching” and “the deposit of the Faith itself” is completely false. Here is what a Pope Pius XI taught infallibly regarding this bogus distinction:
“12. How so great a variety of opinions can clear the way for the unity of the Church, We know not. That unity can arise only from one teaching authority, one law of belief, and one faith of Christians. But We do know that from such a state of affairs it is but an easy step to the neglect of religion or “Indifferentism,” and to the error of the modernists, who hold that dogmatic truth is not absolute but relative, that is, that it changes according to the varying necessities of time and place and the varying tendencies of the mind; that it is not contained in an immutable tradition, but can be altered to suit the needs of human life.
Furthermore, it is never lawful to employ in connection with articles of faith the distinction invented by some between “fundamental” and “non-fundamental” articles, the former to be accepted by all, the latter being left to the free acceptance of the faithful. The supernatural virtue of faith has as its formal motive the authority of God revealing, and this allows of no such distinction.”
(#12 and #13 Pius XI, Mortalium Animos, 1928)
Dei Verbum 8
The following attempts to re-define Sacred Tradition as being something which:
“…develops in the Church with the help of the Holy Spirit. For there is a growth in the understanding of the realities and the words which have been handed down. This happens through the contemplation and study made by believers, who treasure these things in their hearts (see Luke, 2:19, 51) through a penetrating understanding of the spiritual realities which they experience, and through the preaching of those who have received through Episcopal succession the sure gift of truth.”
So “Tradition” is now a “development” which “grows” through the “contemplation and study” of the laity and through their “spiritual realities which they experience”? Whatever this is, this is not the Catholic meaning of Tradition.
Interestingly enough, in ‘Ecclessia Dei Afflicta,’ 1988, John Paul II criticized Catholic Tradition itself accusing it of having a supposedly wrong interpretive understanding of itself, by using and quoting ‘Dei Verbum’ to make his point, which was a document he himself contributed to authorship. This is in itself what Saint Thomas Aquinas calls a violation of reason in the use of order that exists within natural law of using yourself to substantiate yourself.
Gaudium et Spes 12
This whole document was indirectly written by the founder of Opus Dei, “Saint” Jose Maria Escriva. He wanted the Church to conform to the modern world and he wanted a one world government. Section 12 of this document utters blasphemy when it says:
“According to the almost unanimous opinion of believers and unbelievers alike, all things on earth should be directed towards man as their centre and crown.”
That should sound familiar to anyone who has studied the philosophies and ideologies of Freemasonry and or the similar blasphemous utterances of the United Nations. All the efforts of the Church are directed towards God. All our efforts here on earth should be directed towards God. The old Mass made that clear in multiple instances of every section of the Mass; The new Mass on the other hand has substituted the people, we and I in several of it’s invocations.
Gaudium et Spes also postulates a peaceful government of the whole world under one body of government. This is to say the least naïve since in 1965 most governments on the earth were anti-Catholic and anti-clerical.
Ad Gentes Divinitus 29
“For all missions and for the whole of missionary activity there should be only one competent office, namely that of the ‘Propagation of the Faith,’ which should direct and coordinate, throughout the world, both missionary work itself and missionary cooperation. … In collaboration with the Secretariat for the Promotion of Christian Unity let it seek ways and means for attaining and organizing fraternal co-operation and harmonious relations with the missionary undertakings of other Christian communities, so that as far as possible the scandal of division may be removed.”
Given what has been discussed above regarding the infallible doctrine of there being no salvation outside the Catholic Church and the absolute necessity of belonging to that same Catholic Church, this should hardly require comment. Needless to say, to urge Catholic missionaries to cooperate with Protestant “missionaries” is bad enough, but to do so on the grounds of “unity” is doubly absurd. Protestant “missionaries” are in reality not missionaries at all: what they spread is a false religion, and thus they themselves are a cause of the spread of disunity, causing more souls to be outside the unity of Christ’s Church.
Dignitatis Humanae 2
This is perhaps the best known error of Vatican II, perhaps because its consequences are so visible, or because is an error which so many Popes fought against right up to the Council. Here’s what the document actually says:
“This Vatican Council declares that the human person has a right to religious freedom. This freedom means that all men are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs, whether privately or publicly, whether alone or in association with others, within due limits.
The council further declares that the right to religious freedom has its foundation in the very dignity of the human person as this dignity is known through the revealed word of God and by reason itself.(2) This right of the human person to religious freedom is to be recognized in the constitutional law whereby society is governed and thus it is to become a civil right.”
The supposed reason or grounds for this error, human dignity, is also itself an incorrect interpretation of Catholic teaching. Pope St. Pius X declared “The only dignity of man is in his being a Catholic.”
If I really believed in this teaching that I had religious liberty and another religion could also get me to eternal paradise , I would find an easier religion to belong to. Why not be an Anglican? They have nicer churches than many of today’s Churches, they are more musical, their laws are not as strict… But I am not an Anglican, I am a Catholic because I do not have ‘religious liberty’, I have no choice: I am bound in conscience to be Catholic if I want to save my soul. In addition to infallible Catholic teachings I was also taught this by the Nuns and Priests of our grade school Catholic education – How can this suddenly become no longer the teaching of the Church.
G.K. Chesterton said “If I were not a Catholic I would have a harem.”
“Religious freedom” or “religious liberty” has been infallibly condemned in declarations by the following Popes, Gregory XVI, Pius IX, St. Pius X, Pius XI and Pius XII. You are not free to choose your religion. You are bound in conscience to become a Catholic and to join the Catholic Church in order to save your soul. While it is true that no one can coerce someone else into thinking something they do not want to think or believing something they do not want to believe, the laws of a Catholic state can prevent the followers of a false religion from practicing in public, from trying to make converts, from trying to spread their false doctrine and false morals, etc. To accuse same said Catholics of the various Catholic states, in their use and enforcement of such preventative measures, according to authentic Catholic teaching via the citing pastoral documents of the 1960s Council presents a contradiction of Catholic teachings. Look at the catastrophic numbers of millions of souls today leaving the Church to join ‘evangelical’ protestant sects in countries where before the council everyone was formerly Catholic: South America, the Philippines, etc. These formerly Catholic countries were forced to change their civil constitutions following the Council so as to no longer give the Catholic religion pride of place and so as to conform to what they believe was the new teachings of the Catholic Church which advisory Bishops erroneously concurred as if they themselves had the power and or authority to change Catholic teaching and which is necessarily false. All of these internationally social wide disasters resulted from just two erroneous paragraphs in one of the sixteen documents of this self declared – non-doctrinal, non-binding, pastoral advisory council.
As noted above and according to both Catholic scholastic discipline and the teachings of Saint Thomas Aquinas just one error is enough to make an entire teaching or document invalid and individually inapplicable.
One heresy makes the whole document heretical, and there are as acknowledged by dozens of Bishops multiple such items in each of the Vatican II documents. Enforcing the reality that the documents and teachings of this advisory Council are non-binding and will fade with time in the same way that 150 years of papal proclamations of the teachings of Jansenism were eventually “and officially” declared by the Roman Catholic Church to be a heresy. Therefore for anyone that truly believes in the supernatural power and eternal existence of the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church knows in their academic and supra- natural heart, mind, and soul that the keys of binding and losing were given to one Church even to error The proclamation that it cannot ever error in terms of faith and morals is also interpretative and to be read as “when the bell sounds before the end of a long game, has the error been corrected or will be corrected”
Additional Apologetics Refutation
Many folks are using some of the numerous non-Catholic statements our Pope is regularly making and to which is causing an indefensible furor at Catholic apologetics journals, web sites, and blogs
Professional Catholic apologists have turned and twisted themselves into pretzels trying to defend the Church as to how the sayings and discourses of the current Pope against accusations from non-Catholics and Catholics alike and as to their contradictions to the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church
The pretzel can forthwith be unwound as professional Catholic apologist and Catholic lawyers guild director John Salza answers these charges in Catholic detail. Quite profoundly and simply many of the sayings and teachings of the current Pope are heterodox –citing specific examples against infallible teachings- and in more than several cases a potential material heresy as defined by the Roman Catholic Church
Attached below at the following link for your review and for the protection and salvation of your children
The traditional Catholic community in the center of the garment district of NYC has tripled – Hundreds of people making up Laity – Altar Servers and Gregorian Chant Choirs are seen attending 1st Class Catholic Masses even on weeknights in large numbers – following the 1962 Missal – The Old Rite Calendar – The old Vulgate Bible – Processions, Feasts and all the rubrics
According to several sources of new Rite Priests – Both this and the demand for the old Rite spreading has begun to become an embarrassment to the NY Diocese having to close scores of new Rite Parishes for lack of attendance and participation in new Rite Masses
As collaboration with the increasing evil secularity of US government is spoken of at the pulpit and related to traditional Catholic teachings, ddichotomies of scale and contradiction are coming into focus in a starker, glaring, and largely unavoidable contrast
The Prefect of the Roman Congregation of Religious Cardinal Braz De Aviz has now formally recommended mixed religious communities to stem the tide of 2000 vowed religious defections from the New Rite of the Catholic Church each year
A report on Catholic institutions – charities – schools – hospitals under the jurisdiction and complete knowledge of Catholic Bishops are found to be running like the majority of US Catholic Bishops in full heresy mode – and the Order of Bishops in the United States is needing complete Reform
Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia is denying knowledge of World Meeting of Families Org’s upcoming event with the Pope having donated thousands of dollars to political candidates that thoroughly support abortion and same-sex marriage.
The same World Meeting of Families Executive Cabinet, investigation found that several of them have worked very hard against Catholic moral teaching on matters pertaining to life and marriage. Several members of the leadership team, including honorary co-chairs, co-chairs of the leadership cabinet and cabinet members either promote abortion and homosexuality themselves
As typical of such issues in scores of Dioceses the Archbishop will not comment on the specific charges
There is a call many people will hear many people will not
The devout laity of the Roman Catholic Church are called to rise up and end the denial – to work with the Traditional Catholic media press and – to shine a light into every lying dark corner and acknowledge that the Roman Catholic Church and it’s new corrupted Rite are in need of reform and the Church is in need of return to “The Traditional teachings of the Reign of Christ the King” – a look towards an imminent declaration of the Mother of God as the Mediatrix of All Graces, The Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and a look ahead toward the next era and the need of a war time concigliere Supreme Pontiff
Our Lady’s many past apparitions were to let us know this was coming
It also explains to the world why the words and information of the 3rd Secret of Fatima were suppressed
The real enemies of the Body of Christ ARE WITHIN THE CHURCH
No Bishops showed up to Protest Planned Parenthood nor led Marian or Eucharistic Processions in any Diocese
The protest against the culture of death in 300 cities this past weekend is where the laity began to lead the prelates out of their apostasy of silence and zero orthoprxic action
There were discussions in the streets in front of the mills both where I was and where friends were at other mills as to how to begin Catholic boycotts of corporations that fund Planned Parenthood
It was openly talked about in the street at the protest commonly as well as the shock among Catholics that the Bishops are really not participating in the fight for life
It’s a well known fact that the USCB continues to contribute the Catholic faithful’s money to pro-abortion and pro-homosexual apostolates through their embattled CCHD = The commercial momentary arm of the US Bishops
The movement must eventually turn to a national boycott of funds to the Bishops of all kinds including segregating Parish contributions with disclaimers – In this era it is not the only way unfortunately that people and high level prelates respond The Bishops must be starved of Capital until they return to being Faithful Catholics and no longer rely on the Orthodox laity to do the job they were charged with
Many Parishes have second collection building funds that are not Bishop taxed by the Diocese – Possibly all contributions to your Parish should go to the 2nd collection 100%
I believe we should initiate a circular ( copying the USCB) of intentions to financially starve them Shut down all funding until they end collaboration between PP and Catholic Hospitals – Catholic Colleges and Nursing Schools – Supposed reproductive health courses – abortion and contraception referrals and on and on
Priests For Life not only join Saturday’s rally but are persecuted by Bishops
How do you stop a woman or a couple intent on Infanticide from walking into a mill Sidewalk Advocates will show you how Thousands of babies are being born all over the US ( an entire generation ) due to sidewalk counselors Learn how to save your first life here
Jesuit Colleges their nursing schools and intern programs and referral systems are collaborating into the abortion business up to their elbows and knees
The Bishops are sent numerous formal complaints from various sectors and in their silence -their no show on the PP protests and broadcasted info to the Catholic populace entitles them to the new title of collaborators of scandal
Here are the ties to Catholic Colleges the Bishops are silent about scandalizing faithful Catholics making evangelizing from separated religions a daunting task
For those new to Falung Gong it is a Pantheism religion in China (considered criminal) It’s outlawed in China in the same way that Pantheism is outlawed in Catholicism but practiced in various forms of Protestant denominations as a hybrid religion as it is in Jewish Kabbalism
But should the US foster free trade with a country who’s policy is to harvest the Organs of pantheists – to be cut out of the living just because they are worship a false God ?- China seems to think it’s perfectly legal by their country’s standards and this Pantheism is a ripe field of China’s harvesting as well as other State declared criminals that are used to feed the multibillion dollar international organ harvesting markets
The Traditional Catholic fight
The Blessing of the Herbs on the Feast of the Assumption St Marys In Pine Bluff Wisconsin
Same Ritual is performed at the Traditional Assumption of Our Lady Mass in an Greek Catholic Rite Church in Pittsburgh PA
Other Solemn Processions and Holy Sacrifice of the Mass held in Honor of the Unborn on Assumption Tide- double click to enlarge
The Mater Ecclesia Traditional Communities of Camden NJ goes to battle for life on the Feast of the Assumption in Philadelphia PA The new battle ground for freedom and the Rights Of God
The protection of the ideal of the Catholic Family Estate and the divine plan of the children of the new Jerusalem – In authentic Catholic social teaching it is a core component of the primacy of the social reign of Christ the King as we build towards His eternal reign of infinity Our rights are of tradition, family and property once protected by the United States – although primarily a protestant Country and that of traditional Catholic Countries is still an extant though rarely emphasized Catholic teaching.
Herein which lies the movement to return to the scholarly works of the magisterium of the Catholic Church to be guided by in our work and prayer.
The immigration policies are only a small part of and can be summarized to say that liberal immigration open door policy as being advertised as the Catholic position amongst US Catholic Bishops and the Catholic advocates of Catholic politicians is not purely Catholic and are being falsely represented
Proper teaching is that there is a social order to families (even in the Church) to the classes, to property, to immigration. There are different conditions for different immigrant statuses not all favorable and equal Thomas Aquinas teaches that there is a natural law that guides it as well and those cultures, immigrants, and peoples adverse to the propagation of Christian societal landscape are not equal in terms of economic rights and immigration rights, full stop – That’s properly ordered Catholic social teaching to which there are many an authentic Catholic teaching on , not just by Priest theologians and Bishops through the centuries but several Papal teachings – magisterial letters of the office of the Holy See – exhortations and encyclicals
The ideas – ideologies of the far left currently in power in Democrat regimes in the US and it’s large federal government model is bankrupting families forcing them to become smaller while government becomes bigger and bigger
Following 9-11 which we will not get into here on the topic of rogue federal agencies and federal conspiracy or not except to say what the evidence is in the final result of the entire district surrounding the WTC buildings ended up being (within 30 months of 09-11 -01 )– a conversion of former private properties and share-holder owned to the far majority now government owned.
The accomplishment of the current double term presidential administration has the unique milestone of having moved the socialistic systems sympathetic regime from 25% government ownership of all US land in this country (including farms) to pass the 1/3 mark (of all land in the country) and marching firmly towards their majority 50%+ goal
It’s basically evil
Refer to authentic Catholic teaching encyclical on the subject directly from the Vatican web site archives
What does this translate to in the modern error for the re-establishment of Catholic societies and what our position should rightly unite and lobby towards
To advocate for the true Catholic social position to :
Eliminate the capital gains tax
Eliminate income tax on estates
Eliminate the death tax.
Eliminate OSHA and
Eliminate the Department of Education
In today’s cultural climate this is tantamount to decrying the Emperor has no cloths on
Regardless of the current and strangely mysterious jettisoning of everything Catholic that was taught before the 1960s Council and the adoption of protestant exegesis and social teachings ……….
Private property is a form of stewardship. It requires a recognition that the earth belongs to God and is given for the perfection of every human being These are the lines to which traditional Catholics and pre-conciliar Catholic social teaching propagates still to this day in our traditional Catholic communities.
Further on the subject of Catholic social thought and economics Is an article on the topic from a 1984 Crisis Journal Article on the matter.
And to further advocate to re-establish the Catholic worker guilds that maintain Catholic property and industry amongst the current regime is pitch fork and riot territory for this big government with it’s golden rule = Their mantra is the one with the gold rules
A return to order advocates for awaking a generation in the era of denial of a different way of doing business See the corroboration of same in the following TFP journal article
Take for example the plight of Catholic families being subjected to being surrounded by protestant social thought – protestant worship and presented on a daily basis through their erred exegesis of scripture and even Catholic priests that advocate for a same or similar lens of world views
We are led to believe that pain for instance is no longer ok and if an elderly aunt – uncle or grandparent that is diagnosed with a longer term terminal illness that could result in years of pain prior to death that Catholic teachings should consider the Mercy of euthanasia ?!
This is scripturally based protestant exegesis infused like all the other subjects here in question into current social teaching – Let it be known that there is no mercy in helping to send someone to hell .
The no pain generation in turn firmly believes that as a family enters its years of senior citizen eras in their lives – many without a pension to rely on due to the new social systems in place that they should reverse mortgage their property and “enjoy their last years traveling abroad and living well “ the brochure says Especially if they do not have children or children that already have property it is further insinuated
What they don’t tell you is the primary purchaser behind the funding bank – the new property owner becomes , in the majority of cases , the government
When the condo market first started there was a similar debacle what do we do with the land if there are multiple families that own the different apartments – simple they thought – create an association that owns the property and maintains the land
But what is happening now the same institutions from the reverse mortgage business are being bankrolled and are taking back the condo properties which are slowly (right now minority percentages) becoming again “government” owned
The advertisement says you should sell your property and buy a condo – it’s much better – we maintain you’re land and you’re public utility services logistics – changes and the like
This is a lie of quasi communistic forms of fundamentalist socialism – and the biggest evil obstacle to the restoration of Catholic social order
If you don’t have children You are meant like in the days of our grandparents era to leave the property of the estate to your niece – nephew or in the absence of same to the cousin or to a descendant with the same royal Catholic family name as your own
And if you don’t have children and you are not a vowed religious then why don’t you have children – why have you not adopted You will be asked at the gates of heaven Where are your children ?
How many out there in the growing secularist Christian America have done the math to equate to one overseas vacation per year = one child = contraception
Scripture says salvation comes through child bearing
Scripture says salvation comes through suffering through the family
You must understand the trajectory of where we are headed
For those that live in the section of Catholicism that are still in denial as to the two powerful and different religions that are operating within the Catholic Church in the current era in a virtual civil war will find themselves on the wrong side of history
The current climate of the Obama administration in communion with the USCB and the Vatican in communion with the UN is going to bring the Traditional Catholic communities at odds with secular Diocesan Bishops without a doubt
By natural trajectory the new ideologies which they are coming to own will continue to become the enemy of the Catholic Restoration movement with what they seek to replace all things with via the code word for Universal One World Religion called “Dialogue”
Towards the efforts to end the denial era of the Catholic iconoclastic post –conciliar age of ecumenism in the Catholic Church we must build up our properties to become firmly established “Catholic Estates” closely aligned with traditional Catholic Churches – Traditional Catholic Societies and3rd Orders closely aligned with (non-diocesan secular) Priests
When Catholic Church properties property tax comes to the US and other regions (and it will come) the traditional Catholic churches in the orders of restoration will then be able to lean on the elite Catholic families to consolidate Catholic restoration with unity and Catholic social power and property
Photograph of Italian Catholic properties being pressured into property taxes by a secular & masonic controlled secular Italian government ~ see inset or click to enlarge~
In the preparation for the coming reign of Christ all things must serve the Lord
Everything owned by the baptized and the non-baptized alike is His and is to be brought under His subjection
Infallible Papal encyclical on the social teachings and theology of Christ the King – directly from the Vatican web site archives to be guided by
Traditional Latin Sung Mass St. John the Baptist Church, Manhattan, NY Saturday September 12, 2015 6 P.M.
Following the closure of Holy Cross Catholic on 42nd Street, the parishioners –merged name and charisms will now be jointly administered by the Capuchin Franciscan Friars at Saint John the Baptist on 31st St across the Street from Madison Square Garden – On this Saturday evening Feast of the Holy Name of Mary a Traditional Votive Mass of the Holy Cross will be offered at 6pm in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite – This event Mass is sponsored by The Third Friday Reparation to the Most Precious Blood prayer group and other Benefactors with convinvium to follow – Entrances on both 31st Street and 32nd Street nearest 7th Avenue
The New Fall Semester of Catholic Theology and Philosophy Classes based on the Baltimore Catechism and Saint Thomas Moore as taught by Father Perricone PhD is announced
The other Lecture series of Dr. John Rao, The Pilgrimage to God and Spiritual Renewal with each installment released on Mondays can be gotten through the splash page of FSSP’s home page link to Traditional Catholic Radio
at this link http://fssp.com/press
* Additional Excellent Resources *
The Traditional Mass explained via ICKP – The Order Of The Institute Of Christ The King Sovereign Priest
A Catholic Retreat for Men requiring pre-registration is slated for the weekend of Nov 6th as sponsored by the Traditional Knights of Columbus Council – Agnus Dei –
Retreat Master Father John Perricone reminds potential male retreatants of the ancient empowerment of the Supreme Pontiff to be able to bestow a Plenary Indulgence on those individuals that complete the retreat and receive in a state of grace free from all mortal and venial sin
Photopost Feast of the Assumption & 5th Anniversary of the Traditional Rite Having Gone Full Time At The Church of The Holy Innocents NY and Key Catholic News Stories
Photograph credits for the beautiful hi res pictures by both Mr.Anthony Dacosta and Mr. Arrys Ortanez Look close between the photographs of Father Christopher Salvatore and Msgr Ambrosio for Little Francesca Marie who is spotted in several amongst the worshipers
India people of Canada appealing to the Holy Father for relief from the New Rite are granted reprieve, a patriarchal see and a right to follow adhere instead to one of the 18 Approved Rites of the Catholic Church the Traditional Malabar Rite – Celebrate their achievements on this Radio Vatican News Article, largely suppressed in US Catholic mainstream news
The New Evangelization has been a major effort in the Catholic Church for more than 40 years. Unfortunately, it has failed to appeal to and rally “men” Our Catholic Priests and the feminization of the Catholic Church are largely to blame in this “Catholic World Report” release
Also like Benedict XVI in his work The Spirit of the Liturgy echoes the former Holy Father’s Liturgical teaching that between the beginning of the Liturgy and the Official end of the Liturgy there should be no applause for persons, music, or accomplishments only the rare acknowledgement of applause for the Lord and something great he has done
Preparation for Martyrdom and The Ways of Perfection – the Catholic teachings of Saint John Fisher in video tutorials – each part in 40 something minute sections available on You Tube and also a Treatise on Saint John Fisher follows in print
The Preaching of St. John Fisher By Michael Davies
John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester [pictured right], was the greatest theologian and the greatest preacher of sixteenth-century England,1 and certainly her greatest preacher until the advent of Newman. He was almost certainly Europe’s greatest Catholic theologian of that century, whose influence upon the Council of Trent was greater than that of any other individual. It must be borne in mind that the majority of English bishops never preached. They were civil servants, servants of the King, and rarely visited their dioceses. A contemporary writer pays this tribute to the Bishop of Rochester:
He was also a very diligent preacher and the most notable in all this realm, both in his time or before or since, as well for his excellent learning as also for edifying audiences, and moving the affections of his hearers to cleave to God and goodness, to embrace virtue and to flee sin. So highly and profoundly was he learned in divinity that he was, and is at this day, well known, esteemed, and reputed and allowed (and no less worthy) not only for one of the chiefest flowers of divinity that lived in his time throughout all Christendom. Which hath appeared right and well by his works that he wrote in his maternal tongue, but much more by his learned and famous books written in the Latin tongue.
His English sermons, although erudite, were intended to be understood by a lay audience. There are frequent Latin citations, but he always provides an English paraphrase. The vast majority of his references come from the New Testament, and he is especially found of St. Paul. Augustine is the Church Father most frequently cited. Fisher followed Augustine’s dictum that the aims of preaching were to instruct, to divert, and to move. Other patristic writers quoted by Fisher include Chrysotom, Origen, Jerome, Ignatius, Ambrose, Gregory, Cyprian and Eusebius.
Seventeen of Fisher’s sermons have survived, the most notable being the ten on the seven Penitential Psalms, which have recently been republished in modern English.2
The cycle was preached soon after Fisher had become Bishop of Rochester, and was first published in 1508 and reprinted seven times before 1529. It is not known for certain to whom they were addressed, but in all probability it was to the household of his patron, Lady Margaret Beaufort [pictured left], mother of King Henry VII. The length of the sermons indicates that they would have been preached outside Mass. Father Edward Surtz, S.J., considers Fisher’s sermons on the Penitential Psalms to be “his most popular and brilliant, undoubtedly his literary masterpiece.”3
A strong sense of structure manifests itself in every sermon. Brendan Bradshaw writes: “Formally they belong to a scholastic tradition, highly structured and analytical. But they achieve and often powerful rhetorical effect by means of an imaginative manipulation of imagery, deployed by was of simile or allegory to illuminate and develop the argument.”4 J.W. Blench, in his book Preaching in England in the late Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries, describes “the most felicitous aspect of Fisher’s ornamentation” as “his frequent use of similes.”5 The sinner who produces contrition and confession, but not satisfaction, is compared to a tree which brings forth buds and flowers but no fruit.6 The soul needs grace or it will wither, just as an herb withers without moisture.7 God can no more withhold his grace from a soul prepared to receive it than the sun can fail to shine through an open window.8 The hungry lion waiting for its prey resembles sinners waiting for the occasions of sin.9 Rubbing makes rusty iron bright; thus do tears of penitence wash the soul.10 Confession is compared to the lancing of a wound.11
Some of his imagery might appear somewhat crude to present-day ears. In his commentary on Psalm 31 Fisher speaks of those who continue in sin without availing themselves of the healing remedy of confession:
In reality, true bliss is in heaven, where all goodness and pleasure can be found without end, while the utmost wretchedness is in hell, where all evil and no pleasure can be found. We are brought to this misery by our sin and on the contrary, to bliss by the purging of our sins. Once the filthiness of sin is conceived in the soul and continues there a long time by unfortunate habit, the soul becomes foul and more and more infected. We see that the longer urine or any other stinking liquid is kept in a vessel, the more that vessel becomes foul and corrupt. And in another example, we see that the more and the longer a boil or a swelling full of matter and filth is hidden, the more its corruption and venomous infection grows, until it finally pierces to the bones and corrupts them. Likewise, the longer sins are kept confined in souls, the more feeble and contagiously corrupt the souls become.12
This can hardly be said to get the message across beautifully, but it certainly does so effectively.
In Fisher’s preaching there are quotations from the Bible, the apocryphal acts of the Apostles, the Fathers, the great medieval theologians, classical allusions, and historical references. Thus Fisher:
In the beginning of the world, almighty God made paradise a place of honest pleasure. And from out of that place issued a flood divided into four parts, signifying the four capital virtues, justice, temperance, prudence, and fortitude, with which the whole soul could be washed and made pleasant as with so many waters. But contrariwise, the devil has conceived and made another paradise of bodily and sensual pleasure, and from out of that come four other floods, far contrary to the others: the flood of covetousness contrary to justice, the flood of gluttony against temperance, the flood of pride against prudence, and the flood of lechery against fortitude. Whoever is drowned in any of these floods finds it hard to be turned to God by true contrition, for the raging of them is so great and overflowing. For this reason, the prophet says, verurntamen in diluvio aquarum multarum, ad eum non approximabunt, those who have all the pleasures of this world and are, in a sense, drowned in them shall not draw near almighty God for their salvation. But what is the remedy for us who are in the midst of all these floods? Where shall we fly? Truly, God is the only remedy and refuge, for without his help none can escape without being drowned.13
Among my favorites are the saint’s frequent similes and allegories derived from nature. His half-sister, Elizabeth, became a Dominican nun, and it was for her, while a prisoner in the Tower of London, that he wrote A Spiritual Consolation and The Ways to Perfect Religion. Elizabeth refused to take the Oath of Supremacy in the reign of her royal namesake, Elizabeth I, and went to live out the remainder of her life in a poor monastery on what was then the Island of Zeeland in the Netherlands. Of her life there and her death nothing is known.
In The Ways to Perfect Religion, the saint is almost ecstatic in describing the beauty of God’s creation: “Behold the Rose, the Lily, the Violet, behold the Peacocks, the Pheasant, the Popinjay: behold all the other creatures of this world: All these were of his making, all their beauty and goodliness of him they received it.”14 The closeness of his observation of God’s creatures is made clear in his sermon on Psalm 101, where he comments on verse 8: Vigilavi, et factus sum sicut passer solitarius in tecto – I have watched, and am become as a sparrow all alone on the housetop:
When the sparrow suspects that snares or traps are laid for her on the ground, she quickly flies up to the covering of the house or the eaves, and if at any time hunger forces her to come down again, yet out of fear she quickly goes back up, fleeing there for shelter and safety in her danger and peril. There she wipes and sharpens her beak; there she preens and sets her feather in order; there she also brings forth birds; and there she rests and makes merry as she can, after her manner. Likewise, those who desire and go about to make satisfaction for their offenses must be wary and wise to keep themselves from the devil’s snares and must fly to heaven, set their felicity not in worldly pleasures but in heavenly things, which are a defense and a covering over all the world.15
In his famous sermon against Luther at St. Paul’s Cross in May, 1521, the saint seems almost to have taken inspiration from the May day on which he was preaching. The first third of the sermon is filled with allusions to nature in the English spring: the sun, the clouds, the light, the stronger sunbeams, the burning glass using sunbeams to set fire to tinder or clothe, the greater warmth, the difference between the tree in winter and in spring, the stock of a dead tree, the live tree with its buds and leaves, the tree and its shadow, and so forth.
St. John Fisher liked to spend his day in the company of Our Lady. He would say: “Therefore let us go into this mild morning, our Blessed Lady Virgin Mary.” Throughout his life he had a very great devotion to the Blessed Virgin, whom he would compare to a morning:
The blessed lady, Mother of our Savior, may well be called a morning, since before her there was none without sin. After her, the most clear sun Christ Jesus showed his light to the world, expelling utterly by his innumerable beams this darkness in which all the world was wrapped and covered before. We see by experience that the morning rises out of darkness, as the wise man says, Deus qui dixit de tenebris lucem splendescere. Almighty God commands light to shine out of darkness. (2 Cor 4:6). The clerk Orpheus marveled at it greatly, saying O nox, que lucem Amadeus, O dark night, I marvel greatly that you bring forth light.16 And of a truth it is a marvel to man’s reason that light should spring out of darkness.
So in like manner, we may marvel at this blessed Virgin, she being clean, without a spot of any manner of sin, and shining, even though she came forth originally from sinners who were covered and wrapped in darkness and the night of sin. Likewise, after the morning the sun rises, as if it were brought forth and had its beginning from the morning. In the same way our Savior Christ was born and brought forth from this blessed Virgin and spread his light over all the world. We also perceive that when the sun rises from the dawn, he makes the morning grow clearer by the effusion of his light. So Christ Jesus, born of this Virgin, defiled her not with any spot of sin, but endowed and filled her with much more light and grace than she had before.
Lastly, although it seems as if the morning is the cause of the sun, it is the sun that is undoubtedly the cause of the morning. And likewise, although the blessed Virgin brought forth our Saviour Jesus, yet he made her and was the cause of her being brought froth in to this world. Thus, you can perceive by nature that this Blessed Virgin may well be compared to a morning…. Every generation of mankind since the creation of Adam was wrapped and covered with the darkness of sin, and although the spirit of God was ever aloft, ready to give grace, yet for all that none was found able to receive it until the time this blessed Virgin was ordained by the holy Trinity to spring and to be brought forth in to the world. By the providence of almighty God, she was safely kept and defended from every spot and blemish of sin, so that we may well say to her:
Tota pulchra es, amica mea, et macula non est in te, O blessed Lady, you are all fair and without spot or blemish of sin (Canticles 4:7). The angel at her Annunciation said, Ave, plena gratia, Hail, full of grace (Lk. 1:38). This blessed Virgin, full of the beams of grace, was ordained by God as a light of the morning and she afterward brought forth the bright shining sun with his manifold beams, our Savior Christ, Qui illuminant omnem hominem, venientem in hunc mundum, who gives light to every creature coming into this world (Jn. 1:9).17
In John Fisher’s sermons far more attention is given to the joys of haven than the pains of purgatory or hell. The most striking feature of his sermons on the psalms is their strong emphasis on God’s mercy, and on the efficacy of penance: “Our most gracious Lord, almighty God, is merciful to them that be penitent.” His message was dominated by the concepts of God, sin penitence, and mercy. These four words and their many synonyms run through the sermons and put other themes into the shade. Where hell and damnation are mentioned about a hundred times (about as frequently as heaven), mercy and forgiveness are mentioned more than five hundred times, God and sin more frequently still. Sin (rather than hell) is presented as the enemy; and devils, when they are mentioned, are agents of temptation in this world rather than of torture in the next.18
A consoling evocation of the boundless nature of God’s mercy can be found in the sermon on Psalm 50:
It is written, nemo bonus nisi solus Deus, no man is good but only almighty God (Lk 18:19). Only He is of so great a meekness and pity that no pint of malice or falseness can be in him. Therefore, since he is so meek and merciful, and since he is above his laws, or in no way subject to them, he can forgive and be merciful to whom he will. And so shall he do, for he cannot have little mercy but always great and plentiful mercy. Truly, the mercy of our most might and best Lord God is great, that it has all measures of greatness. Trees are sometimes called great for their excellent height; pits are called great for their depth; far journeys are called great for their length; and streets and highways are called great for their breadth and width. But the mercy of God contains and is measured by all these measures of greatness, not just by one of them. Of its greatness in height it is written, Domine, usque ad celos misericordia tua. Lord, your mercy extends and reaches up to the heavens (Ps. 56:11). It is also great in depth, for it reach down to the lowest hell. The prophet says, misericordia tua magna est super me, et eruisti animam meam ex inferno inferiori, Lord, your mercy is great over me, and you have delivered me form the lowest and deepest hell (Ps. 85:13). It is broad, for it occupies and spans all the world, the same prophet saying, misericordia Domini plena est terra, the earth is full of the mercy of our Lord (Ps. 32:5). It lacks no length, for also by the same prophet it is spoken: misericordia eius ab eterno, et usque in eternum supertimentes eum, the mercy of God is without end on those who fear him (Ps. 102:127). Therefore since the mercy of God is so high, so deep, so broad, and so long, who can say or think it is little? Who will not call it great by all measures of greatness? Then everyone who want to acquaint himself with this mercy can say, Miserere mei, Deus, secunum magnam misericordiam tuam, Lord, have mercy on me according to Thy great mercy.19
If, as the saint assures us, God cannot have little mercy but always great and plentiful mercy, how are we to explain that His wrath is directed against sinners? If God can be wrathful then He cannot be consistently merciful. Fisher explains that God is immutable, unchanging.
Although almighty God in himself and of his eternal being and nature is without mutability or change, yet diverse human affections are attributed to him, as if it might be thought he is sometimes angry, sometimes merciful, or changed from wrath into meekness. But St. James says, apud Deum nulla transmutatio est neque vicissitudinis obumbratio, God is without mutability or change, he is always one (James 11:17). For just as we see that the sunbeam is always one in itself and without any change in its operation, yet hurts and grieves the eye that is not clean and perfect while it comforts the eye that is pure, so almighty God, without any mutability in himself, is called grievous to a sinner who is infected with the malice of sin but meek and gentle to the righteous man who is purged from sin. Truly as long as a creature continues in the wretchedness of sin he shall think that God is angry with him, just as the eye, as long as it is sore, shall find the sunbeam grievous, offensive, and never comfortable till the sickness and disease be done away.20
The saint stresses the fact that satisfaction is an essential element in the Sacrament of Penance:
By the virtue of contrition our sins be forgiven, by confession they be forgotten, but by satisfaction they be so done away that no sin or token remains in any condition of them, but as clean as ever we were. We are shown and warned that it is not enough just to be contrite and confess our offences, but we must also be active in doing good works to make satisfaction for them. For if we are negligent in this third part of penance, which is satisfaction, it is to be feared that some sort secret guile or fault is left in us by which we are deceived. When we see a tree bringing forth buds and flowers but afterward no fruit, we think that there must really be some fault in that tree; even so, in a man’s soul that has first brought forth the bud of contrition and afterwards the flower of confession, if at last it douse not bring forth the good works of satisfaction, it is to be dreaded that some secret guile or deceit still remains. That is to say, the soul is not really contrite and truly confessed.21
Fisher illustrates this point with an analogy that might require some explanation, the scraping of words from paper. By paper he is referring to parchment, and in his day writing could be scraped off and the parchment reused.
Only those who are penitent are blessed, for they alone take their journey into the heavenly country of real blessedness, now in this life by true faith and hope and after it in reality. But since penance has three different parts, that is to say, contrition, confession, and satisfaction, the more diligently anyone exercises himself in each of them, the nearer he is to eternal bliss, for by those three, as by so many instruments, we erase and cleanse our soul perfectly from sins. When we are about to erase and remove any sort of writing, we first scrape the paper and, by that erasing or scraping, remove something of the letters, like a defacing of true, perfect knowledge. And if we do so the third time, then shall nothing of the least letter be seen, but the paper shall be as clean as ever it was. In this way the three parts of penance achieve in our souls the removal of sins. By the virtue of contrition, our sins are forgiven; by confession, they are forgotten; but by satisfaction, they are s full removed that no sign or token remains of them of any sort, but we are as clan as ever we were.
Even if sin is removed after contrition and confession, a duty remains in the soul that needs to be paid and performed by suffering pain. For although the eternal pain that we would have suffered is removed by contrition and confession, yet there abides in the soul a certain tax or duty that must surely and undoubtedly be paid and satisfied, either here in this life by temporal pain or else after this life in purgatory. But when a person has made due satisfaction in this life, he shall never after suffer more pain; he is completely out of debt, and nothing after that shall ever be claimed of him. Therefore, the prophet says, beati quorum remisse sunt iniquitates, blessed are they whose sins are forgiven.22
That Fisher was a close observer of human nature is made clear by many of the allusions he makes to it in his preaching. He urged women to put their souls before their shoes:
Ye women, when there is any black spot upon your faces, or any mool in your kerchiefs or any mire upon your clothes, be ye not ashamed? Yes, forsooth, sir. But I shall tell you whereof you ought to be ashamed. Surely, if your souls have any spots of deadly sin in them, for when our Savior so dearly with His most precious blood and with all these grievous pains did wash and wipe and cleanse our souls from every spot of deadly sin, ye should be much ashamed to defile them again, If you he ashamed for a foul, miry she, and not of a foul stinking soul, ye make more dearer your shoes than your souls.23
The year 1509 was a significant one in the life of the saint. Both Henry VII and his mother, Lady Margaret, died, and John Fisher, acknowledged as the greatest preacher of his day, preached the funeral sermon for the king and the sermon for her month’s mind (that is, the Requiem Mass celebrated on the 30th day after death) for his mother. In his funeral sermon for Kind Henry VII, Fisher employed classical devices used by secular orators in their funeral orations: 1) the commendation of the dead, 2) the stirring of the hearers to have compassion on him, 3) the comforting of them again.24 In the presence of the greatest in the realm, the saint had no hesitation in reminding them of the ephemeral nature of material possessions of political power:
First, as touching his laud and commendation, let no man think that my intention is to praise him for any vain transitory things of this life, which by the example of him all kings and princes may learn how fleeting, how slippery, how failing they be. Albeit he had as much of them as was possible in manner for any king to have…his treasure and riches were incomparable, his buildings most goodly and after the newest cast all of pleasure. But what is all this now, as unto him all is but fumus et umbra, a smoke that soon vanisheth and a shadow that soon passeth away. Shall I praise him then for them? Nay forsooth.25
If the king’s great wealth and power gave him no hope for the attainment of eternal life, then the saint spoke of where that hope could be found: “The cause of this hope was the true belief he had in God, in his Church, and in the Sacraments thereof, which he received all with marvelous devotion, namely in the sacrament of penance, the sacrament of the altar, and the Sacrament of anointing.”26
King Henry VIII would have done well to have taken careful heed of a passage from the saint’s commentary on Psalm 101, one of the most striking passages of Fisher’s eloquence:27
The life of man here is only for a while; it will shortly perish and be at an end. No space, no void of time, no leisure can be had, but always it draws to an end. It cannot be at a point; it is never truly at rest for one minute of an hour. Whether we eat or drink, wake or sleep, laugh or weep, our life here is always drawing to an end.
Where are now the kings and princes that once reigned over all the world, whose glory and triumph were lifted up above the earth? Where are now the innumerable company and power of Xerxes and Caesar? Where are the great victories of Alexander and Pompey? Where are now the great riches of Croesus and Crassus? But what shall we say of those who once were kings and governors of this realm? Where are they now whom we have known and seen in our days in such great wealth and glory that it was thought by many they would never have died, never have been forgotten? They had all their pleasures at the full, both of delicious and good fare, of hawking, hunting, also of excellent horses and stallions, greyhounds and hounds for their entertainment, their palaces well and richly furnished, strongholds and towns without number. They had a great plenty of gold and silver, many servants, fine apparel for themselves and their lodgings. They had the power of the law to proscribe, to punish, to exalt and set forward their friends and loved ones, to put down and make low their enemies, and also to punish by temporal death rebels and traitors. Every man held with them, all were at their command. Every man was obedient to them, feared them, also honored and praised them, everywhere now? Are they not gone and wasted like smoke? Of them it is written in another place, mox ut honorificati fuerint et exaltati, dificientes quemadmodum fumus deficient, when they were in their utmost prosperity and fame, they soon failed and came to nothing, even as smoke does (Ps. 36:2). St. James compares the vanity of this life to a vapor, and he says it shall perish and wither away as a flower in the hay season. (James 4:15).28
The saint’s most celebrated sermon is, without doubt, the one that he preached at the Month’s Mind of Lady Margaret Beaufort [right], the mother of King Henry VII [below left], who had a great respect for her. She had a deep devotion to the Church and a great love of learning. She was a patron of the relatively new printing press. Caxton had produced the first book printed in England when John Fisher was eight years old. She very soon came to appreciate the exceptional worth of the young priest, and asked him to be her confessor. He was able to say in all sincerity in a letter written in 1527: “Though she chose me as her director to hear her confessions and to guide her life, yet I gladly confess that I learned more from her great virtue than ever I could teach her.”
Under John Fisher’s guidance Lady Margaret was to do a great deal for religion and scholarship. The depth of her religious devotion can be gauged from Fisher’s references to it in his oration for her Month’s Mind. “This sermon,” one scholar explains, “like the funeral oration for Henry VII, shows evident classical characteristics. Fisher followed the classical scheme for the praise of a great personage; before life, and after death. The orator was expected to praise the ancestors, the gifts of body, fortune and mind, of the subject of his discourse, together with his noble deeds and glorious death. Thus Fisher speaks of Lady Margaret’s noble family, her exemplary manners, her gifts and virtues, her ascetical practices and good works, her painful but holy death, and the hope of her salvation.” 29
In prayer every day at her uprising, which commonly was not long after five of the clock, she began certain devotions, and after them, with one of her gentlewomen, the matins of Our Lady, then she came into her closet, where, with her chaplain, she said also matins of the day, and after that daily heard four masses on her knees, so continuing in prayer until the hour of dinner, which on the eating day was ten o’clock, and on the fasting day eleven.
After dinner full truly she would go to her stations to three altars daily, and daily her dirges and commendations she would say, and her Evensong before supper, both of the days of Our Lady, besides many other prayers and Psalter of David through the year, and at night before she went to bed she failed not to resort unto her chapel, and a large quarter of an hour to engage in her devotions. No marvel all this long time her kneeling was to her painful, that many times it caused in her back pain and disease, nonetheless when she was in health she failed not to say the Crown of Our Lady, which containeth sixty and three Aves, and at every Ave a kneeling, and as for meditation she had divers books in French wherewith she occupied herself when weary in prayer, wherefore divers she did translate into English.
In his final surviving sermon, “A sermon very fruitful, Godly and learned,” the saint presents the crucifix as a book, a book that will “suffice for the study of a true Christian man all the days of his life.” He urged the faithful to imitate St. Francis did, to see or remember the image of the crucifix as often as possible, and say to themselves while doing so: “Who art Thou, Lord, and who am I?”
Is it not a wonderful thing, that he that is the Lord and author of all liberty, would thus be bound with ropes and nailed hand and foot unto the Cross? Thus whoever with a meek heart and a true faith muses and marvels over this most wonderful book (I speak of the Crucifix), he shall come to more fruitful knowledge than many others who each day study their common books. This book may suffice for the study of the true Christian man all the days of his life. In this book he may find all things that are necessary for the health of his soul. St. Francis could pass his time with this book, and was never weary thereof, and his great study was within the compass of a few words. Quis tu, et quis ego Domine? That is to say, who are thou Lord, and who am I? … This holy St. Francis so profited in this lesson, that it caused in his heart such a fervent love, such a devotion, such an affection for Christ, that the capital wounds which he beheld in the hands and feet and side of Christ were, by a miracle, imprinted in his own hands and feet….A man may easily say and think with himself (beholding in his heart the Image of the Crucifix), who are Thou and who am I. thus every person, both rich and poor, may think, not only in the church here, but in every other place, and in his business where about he goeth. Thus the poor laborer may think, when he is at plough carrying his ground, and when he goeth to his pastures to see his cattle, or when he lies in his bed waking and cannot sleep.30
The saint explained the spiritual fruits that we would derive from this devotion:
Contemplation of the crucifix should therefore cause Christians to fear the punishment of sin which Christ bore for them on the cross; to be ashamed of their own sins against Christ, who had done so much for them, and for breaching their baptismal promises; to feel sorrow at his sufferings; and to hate their own sins which had brought such suffering upon him.31
No matter how great his sins, the sinner should never despair of Christ’s forgiveness, and Fisher quotes St. Bernard, who considered the very posture of the corpus on the crucifix to be one of welcome:
But peradventure thou thinkest that our Savior because thou hast been so unkind to Him, will not receive thee unto His mercy? I say, therefore forsake thy sin and accuse thy unkindness, receive thee again unto his great mercy….Behold earnestly the manner how thy Savior hanged on the cross, and thou shalt see great cause of hope of his mercy if thou thus return. St. Bernard sayeth: Who may not be ravished to hope and confidence if he considers the order of His body, His head bowing down to offer a kiss, His arms spread to embrace us, His hands bored through to make liberal gifts, his side open to show unto us the love of His heart, His feet fastened with nails, that he shall not start away but abide with us. And all His body stretched forcing himself to give it wholly unto us.32
The saint concludes this, his final surviving sermon, preached upon Good Friday, with words that have lost none of their relevance today. He urges the sinner to have this wonderful book constantly before his eyes, and warns him that his response to its lesson will decide his eternal destiny. If he sincerely laments his sins then their debt shall be thoroughly paid and he will escape everlasting woe:
But if thou dost refuse this remedy, and follow the desires of this world and of the flesh, be thou well assured that then thou shalt pay thine own debts amongst the devils in hell with everlasting woe. From the which may he defend us, that for our love as this day suffered on the Cross, his most painful and sorrowful death, our Savior Christ Jesus. Amen.
The essential teaching here is “if thou dost refuse.” Throughout his sermons the saint is adamant that God does not condemn us to hell; we condemn ourselves. Until the very last moment of our lives we have the chance to repent:
What about these obstinate sinners who would never be converted by the great benefits of God? It had been far better for them to have suffered the greatest punishment that might be in this life. For they shall be drawn down by the cruel tormentors, the devils, into the deep pit of hell, there to be crucified eternally, where the worm of their conscience shall never die….But whoever in this life will do penance, no matter how great a sinner he was before (if he does not despair of forgiveness) almighty God shall be merciful and forgive him. St. Augustine says, if all the sins of the world were compared to the mercy of God, they would be in comparison to it no more than a spark of fire in the great sea. And I dare well say to the sinner, no matter how wicked he is in his living, if at any time in this life he will be penitent for it and desire forgiveness and mercy, almighty God of his great goodness will forgive him as quickly the water in the sea can quench a spark of fire that is cast upon it. For when the sinner is very penitent, nothing remains in the soul that can withstand the infinite mercy of almighty God, which stands round about, ready on every side. The prophet makes this point in the following words: Sperantem autem in Domine misericordia circumdabit. The mercy of God shall be ready round about on every side to defend the sinner who trust in him and will do penance for his sins. 33
Surtz, The Works and Days of John Fisher (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1967), p. 238. In his Chapter XIII, “A Method and Style of the Preacher,” Surtz provides the most scholarly and detailed analysis yet written of Fisher’s style and literary accomplishment in these sermons and orations for Henry VII and Lady Margaret. [back]
(1) Top: West Window from the Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs in Cambridge (detail) by Juan de Jaunes;
(2) Bishop John Fisher (about 1532–4) by Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8–1543), Tate Gallery, London — Lent by Her Majesty The Queen; Coloured chalks, watercolour, brush, pen and ink on pink primed paper;
(3) St. Paul’s Cross, in St. Paul’s Cathedral Churchyard, London (sketch by unknown artist);
(4) The Annunciation by El Greco;
(5) Lady Margaret Beaufort, c1500, by Rowland Lockey (Cambridge University);
(6) King Henry VII, by unknown artist (early 16th century);
(7) Portrait of Lady Margaret Beaufort (after 1510), dressed in habit of a widow of vowess (woman vowed to chastity), holding a devotional book, probably based on posthumous image by Maynard Vewick, a Netherlandish painter who worked for both Henry VII and Henry VIII;
(8) Bishop John Fisher, by Hans Holbein, digitally remastered by the Giclee printing process.
[Michael Davieswas president of Una Voce International and the author of many books on Catholic history and liturgy. His biography of St. John Fisher and the Exposition of the Seven Penitential Psalms in modern English can both be obtained from the St. John Fisher Forum. 1546 Concord Road, Jacksonville, IL 62650; Ph: (217) 245-0023; www.stjohnfisherforum.org. The present article, “The Preaching of St. John Fisher,” was originally published in Latin Mass: A Journal of Catholic Culture and Tradition (Summer 2003), pp. 10-17, and is reprinted here by permission of Latin Mass Magazine, 391 E. Virginia Terrace, Santa Paula, CA 93060.]
Saturday August 22nd Is Declared A National Pro-Life Day of Protests Against Planned Parenthood Abortion Mills- Please support this Orthopraxic action – Bring a picture -photo or statue of our Lady – and your Rosary – Outdoor Demonstrations Begin at 9:00am
Hackensack, NJ at 575 Main Street is one of them and is sponsored by 40 Days For Life – This is a chance for Catholics to speak up and begin to UNdo some of the damage of that the USCB and Roe Vs. Wade did to this country
For a full list of the locations which in NJ include Hamilton Township and Morristown NJ abortion mills – as well as Margret Sanger Clinic in NYC on Bleeker Street go to this link http://protestpp.com
Nationally famed pro-lifer Monica Miller and author of the best work to date written on the pro-life activist movement in the United States in her book Abandoned writes here anew to defend the subject “Were Planned Parenthood Videos Produced Unethically?” using Traditional Catholic teachings in a Crisis Catholic Journal feature article
American Life League has been creating and sharing a lot of images, videos, social media posts, press releases, and commentaries during this current scandal that has engulfed Planned Parenthood. Take a look at our collection of many such items on one webpage at
For the Vigil of the Assumption of Our Queen, the Divine Office of the Liturgy of The Hours in apropos fashion adds the Office of today’s Feast of Saint Maximilian Kolbe – Martry for Our Lady
From the book of the prophet Micah
The Lord accuses his people
Hear, then, what the Lord says:
Arise, present your plea before the mountains,
and let the hills hear your voice!
Hear, O mountains, the plea of the Lord,
pay attention, O foundations of the earth!
For the Lord has a plea against his people,
and he enters into trial with Israel.
O my people, what have I done to you,
or how have I wearied you? Answer me!
For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,
from the place of slavery I released you;
And I sent before you Moses,
Aaron, and Miriam.
My people, remember what Moab’s King Balak planned,
and how Balaam, the son of Beor, answered him
. . . from Shittim to Gilgal,
that you may know the just deeds of the Lord.
With what shall I come before the Lord,
and bow before God most high?
Shall I come before him with holocausts,
with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with myriad streams of oil?
Shall I give my first-born for my crime,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
You have been told, O man, what is good,
and what the Lord requires of you:
Only to do the right and to love goodness,
and to walk humbly with your God.
Hark! the Lord cries to the city.
[It is wisdom to fear your name!]
Hear, O tribe and city council,
You whose rich men are full of violence,
whose inhabitants speak falsehood
with deceitful tongues in their heads!
Am I to bear any longer criminal hoarding
and the meager ephah that is accursed?
Shall I acquit criminal balances,
bags of false weights?
Rather I will begin to strike you
with devastation because of your sins.
You shall sow, yet not reap,
tread out the olive, yet pour no oil,
and the grapes, yet drink no wine.
You shall eat, without being satisfied,
food that will leave you empty;
What you acquire, you cannot save; what you do save,
I will delver up the sword
Second reading -From the Letters of Maximilian Mary Kolbe
Apostolic zeal for the salvation and sanctification of souls
The burning zeal for God’s glory that motivates you fills my heart with joy. It is sad for us to see in our own time that indifferentism in its many forms is spreading like an epidemic not only among the laity but also among religious. But God is worthy of glory beyond measure, and therefore it is of absolute and supreme importance to seek that glory with all the power of our feeble resources. Since we are mere creatures we can never return to him all that is his due. The most resplendent manifestation of God’s glory is the salvation of souls, whom Christ redeemed by shedding his blood. To work for the salvation and sanctification of as many souls as possible, therefore, is the preeminent purpose of the apostolic life. Let me, then, say a few words that may show the way toward achieving God’s glory and the sanctification of many souls.
God, who is all-knowing and all-wise, knows best what we should do to increase his glory. Through his representatives on earth he continually reveals his will to us; thus it is obedience and obedience alone that is the sure sign to us of the divine will. A superior may, it is true, make a mistake; but it is impossible for us to be mistaken in obeying a superior’s command. The only exception to this rule is the case of a superior commanding something that in even the slightest way would contravene God’s law. Such a superior would not be conveying God’s will.God alone is infinitely wise, holy, merciful, our Lord, Creator, and Father; he is beginning and end, wisdom and power and love; he is all. Everything other than God has value to the degree that it is referred to him, the maker of all and our own redeemer, the final end of all things. It is he who, declaring his adorable will to us through his representatives on earth, draws us to himself and whose plan is to draw others to himself through us and to join us all to himself in an ever deepening love.Look, then, at the high dignity that by God’s mercy belongs to our state in life. Obedience raises us beyond the limits of our littleness and puts us in harmony with God’s will. In boundless wisdom and care, his will guides us to act rightly. Holding fast to that will, which no creature can thwart, we are filled with unsurpassable strength.
Obedience is the one and the only way of wisdom and prudence for us to offer glory to God. If there were another, Christ would certainly have shown it to us by word and example. Scripture, however, summed up his entire life at Nazareth in the words: He was subject to them;Scripture set obedience as the theme of the rest of his life, repeatedly declaring that he came into the world to do his Father’s will. Let us love our loving Father with all our hearts. Let our obedience increase that love, above all when it requires us to surrender our own will. Jesus Christ crucified is our sublime guide toward growth in God’s love.
We will learn this lesson more quickly through the Immaculate Virgin, whom God has made the dispenser of his mercy. It is beyond all doubt that Mary’s will represents to us the will of God himself. By dedicating ourselves to her we become in her hands instruments of God’s mercy even as she was such an instrument in God’s hands. We should let ourselves be guided and led by Mary and rest quiet and secure in her hands. She will watch out for us, provide for us, answer our needs of body and spirit; she will dissolve all our difficulties and worries.
From the last Chapters of the Catholic’s mission in Mary’s Apostolic Mission by Father E.N. Neubert