DESTROYER: Pope to Celebrate New Rite of Mass at Youth Synod Closing

The author uses a rhetorical trick. Be sure to read the entire article to get his point before you explode.

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For those just now connecting the dots


Pattern of Liturgical Deviance

Plenty of controversy now surrounds Pope Francis: his seemingly invalid election, his long pattern of heterodox teaching, the Viganò report implicating him in cascading sex abuse crimes, the ongoing Amoris Laetitia debacle, the Vatican sell-out to Communist China, pick your disaster.

As this Pope’s penchant for “making a mess” shows no sign of diminishing to the peril of countless souls, we agree with Chris Ferrara’s assessment over at The Remnant, and his call (like Bishop Gracida’s) for an imperfect synod to defend the Church from Francis: a kind of emergency family intervention to stop the violence of an abusive father.

But having noted earlier controversies, we maintain that the worst dimension of this pontificatus horribilis has been a certain revisionist approach to divine worship, now set to display itself in liturgical spades at the conclusion of the Youth Synod currently underway in Rome.



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Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

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Rubens_tribute_moneyAccording to Honorius of Autun, the Mass of today has reference to the days of Antichrist. (Hon. Aug., Gemm. an. 4:93) The Church, foreseeing the reign of the man of sin, (2 Thessalonians 2:3) and as though she were actually undergoing the persecution, which is to surpass all others—she takes her Introit of this twenty-second Sunday from the Psalm De profundis. (Psalm 129)

If, unitedly with this prophetic sense, we would apply these words practically to our own personal miseries, we must remember the Gospel we had eight days ago, and which, formerly, was the one appointed for the present Sunday. Each one of us will recognize himself in the person of the insolvent debtor, who has nothing to trust to but his master’s goodness; and in our deep humiliation, we shall exclaim, If thou, O Lord, mark iniquities, who shall endure it?

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October 21 – St Hilarion, Abbot

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St_Hilarion_the_Great_(Menologion_of_Basil_II)“Monks were unknown in Syria before St. Hilarion,” says his historian St. Jerome. “He instituted the monastic life in that country, and was the master of those who embraced it. The Lord Jesus had his Anthony in Egypt and his Hilarion in Palestine, the former advanced in years, the latter still young.” (Jerome, Life of S. Hilarion 2) Now our Lord very soon raised this young man to such glory that Anthony would say to the sick, who came to him from Syria attracted by the fame of his miracles: “Why take the trouble to come so far when you have near you my son Hilarion?” (Jerome, Life of S. Hilarion 3) And yet Hilarion had spent only two months with Anthony, after which the patriarch had said to him (according to the Greek translation): “Persevere to the end, my son, and thy labor will win thee the…

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There’s a Sinister Back Story to the Homosexual Infestation of the Church

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We aren’t just simply living in days that are evil, we are living in the days that Isaiah spoke about, the days when they will call evil good and good evil. And we have been brainwashed into thinking that evil things are okay. They’re not. [LES FEMMES]

On August 19, 2018 Fr. Robert Altier presented a homily that addressed the Crisis in the Church: Communist & Homosexual Infiltration & a Time for Purification – Part 2. On August 25 we posted an audio link to that most revealing homily (transcript below) but there is more to say on this subject. One could say that Fr. Altier is a visionary. Twenty five years ago, in 1993, at the St. Paul/ Minneapolis Marian Conference he presented:

In This Sign You Will Conquer – Part 1 — 1993

In This Sign You Will Conquer – Part II – 2018

“So, from…

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October 16 – St. Hedwige, Widow

Poland is still standing strong against the barbarians.

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St. Hedwig the Catholic Duchess

At the beginning of the thirteenth century, the plateau of Upper Asia poured down a fresh torrent of barbarians, more terrible than all their predecessors. The one fragile barrier, which the Graeco-Slavonian civilization could oppose to the Mongols had been swept away by the first wave of the invasion; not one of the States formed under the protection of the Byzantine Church had any prospect for the future. But beyond this Ruthania, which had fallen into dissolution before being conquered, the Roman Church had had time to form a brave and generous people: when the hour arrived, Poland was ready. The Mongols were already inundating Silesia when, in the plains of Liegnitz, they found themselves confronted by an army of thirty thousand warriors, headed by the Duke of Silesia, Henry the Pious. The encounter was terrible; the victory remained long undecided, until at length, by the odious treason of some…

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The SSPX Holds a Treasure in its Hands: Fr. Pagliarani Interview

No matter your thoughts on the status of the SSPX, Fr. Pagliarani shares some inspiring thoughts in the interview below.

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Comment: In the current climate of treachery, confusion and threatening doctrinal apostasy among many of the bishops (successors of the Apostles) in the Church today, it is encouraging to hear that the Truths and Traditions of the Catholic Church are very much in place and will remain so till the end of time. The SSPX may well be in canonical irregularly with the current ecclesiastical hierarchy – due, mainly, to its refusal to accept certain parts of the documents of Vatican Two – but its faithfulness to the treasure of the Church’s unchanging Deposit of Faith is irreproachable.

Interview with the Very Reverend Father David Pagliarani, Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X, first published in NouvellesdeChrétienté [NewsaboutChristendom] Issue173.

Father General, you are succeeding a bishop who headed the Society of Saint Pius X for twenty-four years and who, moreover, ordained…

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Norcia Monk, Fr. Cassian Folsom, OSB, on Chastity and Fasting


The below is an excerpt from an interview Mr. Julian Kwasniewski conducted with Fr. Cassian Folsom, OSB of the Benedictines of Norcia at the Sacred Liturgy Conference in Salem, Oregon, June 27-30, 2018. The entire interview can be found at this website:


We culled out this section of the interview to highlight Fr. Folsom’s great response to Mr. Kwasniewski’s question about chastity and fasting.


– The Editors



Q: In the Holy Rule, St. Benedict mentions chastity only once. He just says the brothers should “love chastity.” How can young people take that as an example of how to approach chastity, even if they are not called to consecrated virginity?


A: It’s a wonderful question, and very timely. This particular phrase can be understood best by referring to one of Benedict’s sources – that is, St. John Cassian, who has three treatises on chastity. Cassian makes a distinction between continence and chastity. Let me talk about that for the celibate first, and then everyone.


For the celibate, continence means the self-discipline of restraining your natural impulses. We don’t love continence because it is a struggle, a battle. Chastity, in Cassian’s vocabulary, is the peace that comes as a result of the struggle: it’s the prize. It is the tranquility of body and spirit that comes at the end of the struggle. So we can certainly love that, and desire that ardently.


Now, I said that first about the celibate, but it applies to every Christian as well. In a sex-saturated culture like our own, with enormous confusion in the sexual realm, the notion of self-restraint seems “out of place” in our times, or something…like you have three heads! But I would say unrestrained sexual liberty is devastating to the human person and leads only to unhappiness. Why people can’t see that is because sexual pleasure acts like a drug. So to learn self-restraint is a wonderful quality that should be part of every human life, including married life. Being married doesn’t mean you can have sex whenever you want to! That’s the most absurd notion that a lot of people have. It does not work that way.


So, there is a lot of confusion in this area, in our culture and in our Church. St. Benedict is saying that to love chastity is a thing for everyone: chastity in the sense of the proper use of the sexual faculty according to your state in life. For a married man, it means, frequently enough, self-restraint and abstinence. Likewise for the woman. It’s a very attractive virtue that we should cultivate.


This is related to fasting. It’s not the struggle [that we want], but the tranquility that comes at the end of a fast period, just as we love chastity as a sort of physical and spiritual integrity, and peace that comes from abstinence. The two are related. We see this in the desert fathers. They say, “If you want sexual purity, fast.” Because they are both controlling physical appetites.


Q: Fasting is not an end in itself; it’s a tool that develops our will so that when we are used to denying ourselves in small things, we can also deny the big things when they come along.


A: Exactly. That sense is gone, completely gone. But it can be recovered!


Q: One meal a day: that may be unrealistic for many laity, but what about an internet fast?


A: Absolutely! But even in terms of fasting, our [Eastern] Orthodox friends look on us with disdain, because their laity fast before certain feasts! A two-week fast in the summer, before the Assumption: well, we are just wimps! And that is because, in our society, the proposal is “fulfill your desires; whatever you want, just do it.” This comes especially through commercials, over and over again. It’s a lie. And we are in a mess! But it was Bishop Schneider who was saying: “It seems like we are in a winter, but there are signs of flowers coming through the snow.”

I struggle with despair at the future of the Church. Fr Z replies.

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From a reader…


I am blessed to attend a beautiful Extraordinary Form Mass each Sunday, offered by devout, orthodox priests. I go to confession regularly and make every effort to lead a good Christian life.

Yet, I struggle with despair at the future of the Church. Between the news of the scandals and what’s happening in Rome, I find it my faith regularly disturbed. I often seriously wonder whether I will die a Catholic, because there are days – increasingly more in recent months – where I think of giving up entirely. Why bother when it seems as if so few of the Church’s priests and bishops believe in her teachings? Why cling to tradition it seems increasingly likely that, within my lifetime, Rome will capitulate to the fads of the world?

Rather than finding consolation in…

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October 13 – St. Edward the Confessor, King of England

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This glorious saint was like a beautiful lily, crowning the ancient branch of the kings of Wessex. The times had progressed since that sixth century, when the pagan Cerdic and other pirate chiefs from the North Sea scattered with ruins the island of saints. Having accomplished their mission of wrath, the Anglo-Saxons became instruments of grace to the land they had conquered. Evangelized by Rome, even as the Britons they had just chastized, they remembered, better than the latter, whence their salvation had come; a spring-tide blossoming of sanctity showed the pleasure God took once more in Albion, for the constant fidelity of the princes and people of the heptarchy towards the See of Peter. In the year of our Lord 800, Egbert, a descendant of Cerdic, had gone on pilgrimage to Rome, when a deputation from the West Saxons offered him the crown, beside the tomb of the Prince…

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Lepanto 1571: the Battle that Saved Europe

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Yesterday, 7th October, was the 547th anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto and the great feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, once called Our Lady of Victory. As it fell on a Sunday this year it is customary for such feasts to be moved onto the following Monday in many places.  In these times of continuing global Mohammadan atrocities – occurring in a particularly barbaric way in the Middle East – it is a day we should celebrate, the day of Christendom’s greatest victory against this dangerous, false religion through the intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Lepanto, 1571: The Battle that Saved Europe

by H. W. Crocker, III

The clash of civilizations is as old as history, and equally as old is the blindness of those who wish such clashes away; but they are the hinges, the turning points of history. In the latter half of the…

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