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  • Pope Emeritus Benedict breaks silence: speaks of ‘deep crisis’ facing Church post-Vatican II

    03/16/2016 2:41:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 16, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    March 16, 2016 ( -- On March 16, speaking publicly on a rare occasion, Pope Benedict XVI gave an interview to Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian Bishops' Conference, in which he spoke of a “two-sided deep crisis” the Church is facing in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. The report has already hit Germany courtesy of Vaticanist Guiseppe Nardi, of the German Catholic news website Pope Benedict reminds us of the formerly indispensable Catholic conviction of the possibility of the loss of eternal salvation, or that people go to hell: The missionaries of the 16th...
  • Pope Francis confirms it: SSPX has always had supplied jurisdiction [Catholic Caucus]

    09/02/2015 5:55:55 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 15 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | 9/1/15 | Louie Verrecchio
    As the entire “traditionalist” (aka Catholic) community surely knows by now, in a Letter of the Holy Father Francis to the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization at the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis stated: A final consideration concerns those faithful who for various reasons choose to attend churches officiated by priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X. This Jubilee Year of Mercy excludes no one. From various quarters, several Brother Bishops have told me of their good faith and sacramental practice, combined however with an uneasy situation from...
  • A Look at the “Actual Mass” of Vatican II: the 1965 Missal

    01/29/2015 7:46:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Look at the “Actual Mass” of Vatican II: the 1965 Missal By: Msgr. Charles PopeA couple of weeks ago I wrote a cautionary article aimed at my traditionally-minded brethren saying, among other things, that we ought to be careful in identifying the Ordinary Form of the Mass (1970 Missal and beyond) as the “Mass of Vatican II.”  I will not reproduce that whole article here. I will only recall three points:1. The Mass was already undergoing significant changes, beginning in the 1940s and picking up speed through the 1950s. More changes were planned by the Vatican before the Second Vatican...

    07/21/2007 6:19:13 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 48 replies · 1,534+ views
    My own work ^ | June 29, 2007 | Joseph Dwight
    The following article (with the university class reference documents) was written with the motive to help my sister and her husband, with seven children, to leave the traditionalist groups SSPX, SSPV and CMRI and to return to the one, true Catholic Church. If you want the reference documents (Ecclesiology.doc, Religious-Freedom.doc, Psy-Cult.doc and Subsists.doc), send an email to:; please specify if you want the documents in plain text format or MSWord format with the footnotes incorporated, or in one document all together in either format. A SIMPLE, COMMON SENSE REBUTTAL to SSPX, SSPV and CMRI When I was younger my...
  • Fr. Longenecker strikes again

    07/14/2014 11:38:21 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 174 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | 7/14/14 | Louie Verrecchio
    Fr. Dwight Longenecker, posting on his“Standing on my Head” blog (appropriately named given the frequency with which pontifications seem to flow so freely from his other end), recently suggested that traditionalists (aka Catholics) are “getting old.” Obviously, he’s never been to a “traditionalist” gathering to witness the overwhelming presence of young, often quite large, families. “Not only are they dying out,” he wrote, “but their ideas are dying out.” It isn’t immediately clear what “ideas” he has in mind, but presumably he is speaking of such notions as the Social Kingship of Christ as taught with such stunning clarity by...
  • Rodriguez Carballo Lets the Cat out of the Bag: “Fidelity to the Council is Not Negotiable"

    05/08/2014 5:08:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | May 7, 2014 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Barcelona / Rome) Does the Congregation of Religious suffer from a villainous portrait of tradition? This question has hung in the air since last weekend. The Franciscan José Rodriguez Carballo, for a year secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, participated in a Conference of Religious of Catalonia. In his speech he delivered last Saturday without directly mentioning the Order by name, gave a first official hint as to why the Franciscans of the Immaculate have been reprimanded by his Congregation. The reason implied much to the young religious Order, and is of...
  • Pope Paul VI: Next Contestant on the Santo Subito Show

    04/28/2014 10:22:50 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 22 replies
    The Remnant ^ | 4/24/14 | Michael Matt
    But, wait, there’s more! According to La Stampa, Pope Paul VI has reportedly been penciled in for beatification this coming fall at the conclusion of the Synod of Bishops in Rome. Yes, that’s right—Paul VI! Remember him? That vague, sort of nondescript pontiff who made up for negligible personal magnetism with an almost fanatical penchant for novelty. There is no particular cult associated with his cause, of course, other than among a few aging ecclesiastical hippies inside the Vatican who are evidently bound and determined to nominate their pal Paul for a Halo Award, come hell or high water. Something...
  • Assessing Vatican II: A Response to My Critics

    05/22/2013 11:15:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 22, 2013 | Fr. Regis Scanlon, O.F.M. Cap
    It’s ironic to me that my recent article, “Fifty Years Later—Vatican II’s Unfinished Business,” has provoked anger among many traditionalists, because for most of my priesthood I have angered liberals who consider me an arch traditionalist. Nevertheless I want to respond to those traditionalists who include both the SSPX and my fellow Catholics still fully united to the Church. I assure you of my prayers and support for your passionate defense of Church practices through the ages.Nevertheless, I stand fully by my article and support the Second Vatican Council, called by one pope, John XXIII, and brought to a close...
  • Fatima, Freemasonry, Vatican II and 1960

    05/22/2013 12:57:42 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 44 replies
    Consecration Now Conference ^ | May 13, 2011 | John Salza
    “Freemasonry, Vatican II and 1960” By John Salza Consecration Now Conference Rome, May 13, 2011 There is a body of clear and compelling testimony from the likes of Cardinal Pacelli (future Pope Pius XII), Fr. Fuentes, Fr. Alonso, Fr. Schweigl ,Cardinal Oddi, Cardinal Ciappi, Fr. Malachi Martin, and even Cardinal Ratzinger (the future pope Benedict XVI) that the Third Secret of Fatima, not yet revealed by the Vatican, predicts a spiritual crisis in the bosom of the Church. In this presentation, I am going to elaborate on this theme, by demonstrating that this crisis is nothing less than a world...
  • Pope Francis says Catholics still need to enact teachings of Vatican II

    04/17/2013 1:47:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    cns ^ | April 16, 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    (CNS/Paul Haring) By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While some Catholics would like to undo the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, others basically are trying to build a monument to it rather than fully live its teachings, Pope Francis said. In his homily April 16 at an early morning Mass in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis said Christians must struggle with the temptation to tame the Holy Spirit. "To speak plainly: The Holy Spirit annoys us," he said. The Spirit "moves us, makes us walk, pushes the church to...
  • Benedict XVI: Vatican II as I saw it

    02/15/2013 2:12:47 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | February 15, 2013 | SHAWN TRIBE
    Recently there has been some vigorous discussion around the question of the Council, continuity and rupture. Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI shared his own reflections on this subject, which has been published on the Vatican Radio website here: Pope Benedict's Last Great Master Class: Vatican II, as I saw it. The entire address can be read over there, but I thought I would publish the following excerpts which should be of particular interest to NLM readers: ... we went to the Council not only with joy, but with enthusiasm. The expectation was incredible. We hoped that everything would be renewed, that...
  • The Top Ten Most Important Church Councils

    10/29/2012 1:25:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 57 replies
    CE ^ | October 25, 2012 | STEPHEN BEALE
    To be deep into history, John Henry Newman wrote, is to cease to be a Protestant. Put another way, to be deep into history is to become stronger in the Catholic faith—something we are all called to do in this Year of Faith.To make that journey into the history of our faith is to discover anew its most basic tenets. Who was Jesus really? How can God be three persons in one being? What is the proper role of the Church in salvation? And how does Mary fit into all this?These questions, and many more, were raised and answered in...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Traditionalists [Catholic Caucus]

    04/17/2012 8:05:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies ^ | 2006 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Traditionalistsby Sebastian R. FamaThere are a number of Traditionalist groups who reject the Second Vatican Council and the changes that followed. They consider those who have accepted the changes to be what they call "The Conciliar Church." They somehow imagine that members of this "Conciliar Church" are no longer Catholic and that they themselves are the loyal remnant. Traditionalists are well aware that ecumenical councils have always spoken with authority. They try to get around this by claiming that Vatican II was a pastoral and not a doctrinal council. A pastoral council, they contend, can teach error and thus does...
  • For the record - Latest Tornielli: "Fellay's response has arrived; it is positive"

    04/17/2012 10:01:38 PM PDT · by narses · 8 replies
    Just mentioned by Andrea Tornielli for La Stampa: Lefebvrists: the positive response has arrived 17.09.2012 (1900 GMT - 2100 Rome) The Superior of the Society of Saint Pius X has signed the doctrinal preamble proposed by the Holy See, even if with some slight modifications ANDREA TORNIELLI CITTŔ DEL VATICANO The response of the Society of Saint Pius X has arrived in the Vatican and it is positive: according to the informal information gathered by Vatican Insider, Bishop Bernard Fellay would have signed the doctrinal preamble that the Holy See had proposed last September as a condition to reach full...
  • 1968 – A Fateful and Terrible Year Where Many in the Church Drank the Poison of this World

    03/12/2012 2:25:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | March 11, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There was something awful about the year 1968.I was but a lad at the time, merely seven or eight years of age, but almost everything on the T.V. terrified me. Terrible reports from Viet Nam, (where my father was at the time), the Tet Offensive nightly reports of death and casualties (was my daddy one of the ones killed?). Riots and anti-war demonstrations in America’s cities and college campuses. The first stirrings of militant feminism. A second hideous year of hippies with their “summer of love” nonsense, which was just an excuse for selfish, spoiled college kids to get high,...
  • Finally listening to Blessed John XXIII? (Latin for Seminarians)

    12/28/2011 5:21:46 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    The hermeneutic of continuity ^ | Dec. 28, 2011 | Fr Tim Finigan
    Blessed Pope John XXIII, in the Apostolic Constitution Veterum Sapientia of 1962, strongly mandated the study and use of Latin in ecclesiastical studies, theology, the Liturgy, and as a prerequisite for priestly formation. This February, there is to be an International Convention in Rome to mark the 50th anniversary of Veterum Sapientia. I can't help thinking that after 50 years we are perhaps finally prepared to take the document of the Blessed Pope seriously. Here is one passage from the standard translation that you can find in various places on the internet: Of its very nature Latin is most suitable for promoting...
  • The Assent Owed to Vatican II (Catholic Caucus)

    12/02/2011 2:59:57 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | December 2, 2011 | Jeff Mirus
    From Our Store: Essays in Apologetics, Volume I (eBook) What is finally emerging as the sticking point between the Vatican and the Society of Saint Pius X is the question of the assent owed to the Second Vatican Council. This is now the subject of an important essay in L’Osservatore Romano by one of the key negotiators for the Vatican, the vicar general of Opus Dei, Msgr. Fernando Ocariz. Note that there is a link to the full text at the end of our news story, which itself includes substantial quotations.I hate to say I told you so, but Msgr. Ocariz...
  • Interview with Bishop Bernard Fellay: The Society of St. Pius X and the Doctrinal Preamble

    11/28/2011 3:35:35 PM PST · by mas cerveza por favor · 2 replies
    DICI ^ | 11/28/2011 | DICI
    Q. Why is the Doctrinal Preamble that Cardinal Levada delivered to you on September 14 still surrounded by so much secrecy, both on the part of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and by the Society of St. Pius X? What is this silence hiding from the priests and faithful of Tradition? A. This discretion is normal for any important proceeding; it ensures the seriousness of it. It so happens that the Doctrinal Preamble that was delivered to us is a document which can be clarified and modified, as the accompanying note points out. It is not a...
  • Pius X Society says Vatican's current offer not acceptable (Catholic Caucus)

    11/29/2011 3:30:59 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | November 29, 2011 | David Kerr
    St. Pius X Society superior general Bishop Bernard Fellay Rome, Italy, Nov 29, 2011 / 01:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X says he will inform the Vatican “in the next few days” that they cannot give the doctrinal reassurances required of them to advance reconciliation with the Catholic Church.“It is true that this Doctrinal Preamble cannot receive our endorsement,” said Bishop Bernard Fellay on the society’s website, Nov. 28. However, Bishop Fellay said his understanding is that the document is “not a definite text” and that it “can be clarified and...
  • Dynamic, missionary, ‘evangelical’ Church of today is world away from unthinking pre-VII complacency

    10/08/2011 2:30:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 7, 2011 | FRANCIS PHILLIPS
    Pilgrims at the World Youth Day closing Mass (Photo: CNS)A friend has forwarded to me an interesting blog, dated September 28, by Fr Stephen Wang of the Westminster diocese. Entitled “Liberal, conservative, progressive, traditionalist: where is the Church going?” it throws open a debate about an article written by John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter at the conclusion to World Youth Day.In his article, Allen thinks the Church is turning towards “Evangelical Catholicism”. He defines this as having three aspects: 1. A strong defence of traditional Catholic identity, meaning attachment to classic markers of Catholic thought (doctrinal orthodoxy) and...

    09/14/2011 1:49:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    VIS ^ | September 14, 2011
    VATICAN CITY, 14 SEP 2011 (VIS) - At midday today the Holy See Press Office released the following communique concerning the postion of the Society of St. Pius X: "On 14 September at the offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal William Joseph Levada, prefect of the congregation and president of the Pontifical Commission 'Ecclesia Dei'; Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer S.J., secretary of the congregation, and Msgr. Guido Pozzo, secretary of the pontifical commission, met with Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, who was accompanied by Fr. Niklaus Pfluger...
  • Lefebvrians say they will never accept Vatican Council [Catholic Caucus]

    09/09/2011 4:27:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | September 6, 2011
    Fellay Before a key meeting in Rome, the leader of the traditionalists stressed that he was not prepared to make any compromises and also revealed some interesting behind the scenes happenings… “If their aim is still to force us to accept the second Vatican Council, the discussions have been clear enough in showing that we have no intention of  doing any such thing.”  These were the decisive but prudent words of Bernard Fellay, who was adamant he would not agree to any compromise with the Vatican. On the 15 August, Fellay spoke openly about the talks between the Lefebvrians...
  • Liturgy: A Scandalous Photo is Worth 1000 Words

    08/26/2010 4:33:22 AM PDT · by 0beron · 6 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 08/26/2010 | Tancred
    Liturgical Abuses: A Photo is Worth a Thousand Words Italy. From Friday to Sunday there will be a "Ratznger Schülerkreis" over the supposed "fruitfulness and success of the Second Vatican Council". As the primary speaker, the new President of Christian Unity, Archbishop Kurt Koch, will speak. He is speaking under the title: "The Second Vatican Council between Tradition and Innovation". In a second essay he will mention the Liturgical Constitution of the Second Vatican Council and the devastating post-Conciliar liturgical reform. Link goes to photos:
  • New CUA president believes Pledge of Allegiance violates Vatican II’s teaching on ...

    06/16/2010 8:28:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies · 223+ views
    CNA ^ | 6/16/2010
    Washington D.C., Jun 16, 2010 / 09:01 am (CNA).- Incoming Catholic University of America (CUA) president John H. Garvey has defended the freedom of Catholic adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples. However, he also holds that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional and may violate Vatican II’s Declaration on Religious Freedom. Garvey, presently the Dean of Boston College Law School, made his comments on the Pledge in the Spring / Summer 2007 issue of BC Law Magazine. The issue featured a symposium on the late Fr. Robert Drinan, S.J., a Georgetown University law professor and Democratic...
  • "Was Vatican II a triumph of naďve optimism?" (Catholic Caucus) + EWTN Special tonight!

    02/04/2010 3:14:10 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 310+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | February 4, 2010 | Carl Olson
    Two Ignatius Press authors have an engaging conversation in the pages of The Catholic Herald about that question; the conversation has been going on with an exchange of letters going back to last summer (see links below).  The two authors are Moyra Doorly, who wrote No Place For God: The Denial of the Transcendent in Modern Church Architecture (Ignatius Press, 2007), and prolific author and theologian Aidan Nichols, O.P., whose books include Looking at the Liturgy (1996), Hopkins: Theologian's Poet (2006), Lovely Like Jerusalem: The Fulfillment of the Old Testament in Christ and the Church (2007), and Rome and the...
  • Muslim scholar rouses support over visa revocation

    09/22/2004 9:12:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies · 763+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | September 16, 2004 | Patricia Zapor
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A Muslim scholar whose visa to teach at the University of Notre Dame was revoked shortly before the start of the school year has roused the support of Christians and Muslims who say he would add a valuable voice to religious understanding. Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss Islamic theologian, was to have started work at the Catholic university in Indiana in August. In February, he was issued an H-1B visa, a category reserved for professionals. In late July, after his family had already shipped their belongings to Indiana, the State Department revoked the visa and told Ramadan he...
  • The Paradox of the Neo-Catholic Traditionalist

    01/20/2010 3:46:18 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 467+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | Januay 20, 2010 | Mark Shea
      Last week, I chronicled something of the bafflement that ensued as I was confronted with the weirdly malleable term "neo-Catholic." Judging from the combox discussion that followed, many readers share the tremendous confusion surrounding the term. Did it denote converts or those who loathe converts? Was it code for "neocon" or for non-neocon? Was it meant to denote a political or theological group? Was it a floor cleaner or a dessert topping? So many questions!   In response to my bafflement over the meaning of the term, one of my readers finally replied:   In the past, when...
  • The Vatican and the Lefebvrists: Not a Negotiation

    11/21/2009 5:27:42 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 487+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | November 21, 2009 | George Weigel
    Prior to the opening of formal conversations between officials of the Holy See and leaders of the Lefebvrist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), which began on Oct. 26, the mainstream media frequently misrepresented these discussions as a negotiation aimed at achieving a compromise that both sides can live with. That was to be expected from reporters and commentators for whom everything is politics and everything is thus negotiable. Alas, similar misrepresentations came from “Vatican insiders” who suggested that the teaching of the Second Vatican Council was under joint review by the Holy See and the SSPX, which only made...
  • Is the SSPX right about the liturgy?

    10/30/2009 11:50:51 PM PDT · by narses · 9 replies · 749+ views
    Catholic Herald Limited ^ | 30 October 2009 | Moyra Doorly and Fr. Aidan Nichols
    Following their exchange in July, author Moyra Doorly and Aidan Nichols discuss the merits of post-Vatican II liturgical reform Dear Fr Aidan, In your kind reply to my first letter you made the point that I was drawing "unnecessarily sharp" contrasts between a theology of "propitiation and supplication" on one hand, and teachings on the "fruits of Communion" on the other. But what I was trying to demonstrate is that the pre-Conciliar sources give ample teaching on both, whereas the documents of Vatican II ignore the theology of propitiation and supplication. Now, to me this represents a doctrinal discontinuity of...
  • Bishop Nickless: The 'Spirit' of Vatican II is a Demon that Must be Exorcised (in detail)

    10/16/2009 2:23:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 867+ views
    NC Register ^ | October 16, 2009 | TIM DRAKE
    I first met Sioux City, Iowa Bishop Walker Nickless a month ago at the Serra International gathering in Omaha, Neb. Little did I know then that he was working on his bold first pastoral letter since his installation as bishop four years ago. Ecclesia Semper Reformanda (The Church is Always in Need of Renewal), released yesterday, takes a look at the impact of the Second Vatican Council and sets forth a plan for the people of Sioux City and beyond. In many ways, it’s a pastoral letter unlike one we’ve yet seen. Forty-four years after the close of the...
  • Glenn Beck Talking about the Social Justice Movement within Religion, Catholic Church involved

    10/08/2009 7:42:40 AM PDT · by Scythian · 127 replies · 3,302+ views
    This woman is talking about how her kids are bringing home Social Justice teachings at the catholic school ... I'm sure other faiths are too ...
  • Kobler's Key to the Council

    12/20/2007 6:13:51 PM PST · by Dajjal · 1 replies · 100+ views
    Catholic Family News ^ | December, 2007 | Paul Zarowny
    Kobler’s Key to the CouncilBOOK REVIEW: Kobler, John F., C.P.  Vatican II, Theophany and the Phenomenon of Man: The Council's Pastoral Servant Leader Theology for the Third Millennium.  (American University Studies, Series 7, vol. 100)  New York: Peter Lang, 1991.  0820414921, 9780820414928  $51.95 by Paul Zarowny, Ph.D. Whatever its multiple shortcomings, my book on the Council is the only published attempt to provide a synthesis, at least in a seminal way, of the religious ontology shaping the sense of the Council.[1]     Passionist priest Fr. John F. Kobler’s Vatican II, Theophany and the Phenomenon of Man (1991) is a follow-up to...
  • Church Digs Mel Gibson's $5 Million

    02/13/2006 9:09:11 AM PST · by laney · 47 replies · 1,535+ views
    Religion News ^ | Feb 13th, 2006
    Mel Gibson made so much money from “The Passion of the Christ” that he’s now putting it where his mouth is, so to speak. He’s continuing to build a religious compound in Malibu for Catholics who reject Vatican II, and is implicitly endorsing his controversial father’s beliefs by helping him launch a similar church in Pennsylvania. Last year, according to federal tax filings, Gibson parked $5 million of his "Passion" profits in his tax-free private foundation — the same vehicle he’s used to pour millions into a 17-acre religious compound he’s building in Agoura Hills, Calif., at a “secret” rural...
  • Bishop Bruskewitz says... para-council distorted Vatican II

    01/25/2006 7:55:44 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 9 replies · 461+ views
    Renew America ^ | 1/24/2006 | Brian Mershon
    Bishop Bruskewitz says... para-council distorted Vatican IIBrian Mershon January 24, 2006 Pope Benedict XVI addressed his Roman Curia December 22 with an analysis of the reception of the Second Vatican Council after the past 40 years, and outlined a plan and call for action for the Church to bear fruits. With eager anticipation, many Catholics are now asking, "Could this 40 years of 'wandering in the desert' finally be coming to an end?" Indeed, perhaps the biblically significant 40 years is over. A "re-centering" of the Church is now perhaps necessary, according to Bishop Álvaro Corrada, SJ, of the Diocese...
  • "In Light Of Tradition"... The Society Of St. Pius X And Vatican II (Written by FReeper)

    12/12/2005 8:56:21 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 60 replies · 1,191+ views ^ | 12/12/2005 | Brian Mershon
    "In Light Of Tradition"... The Society Of St. Pius X And Vatican IIBy Brian Mershon Dec 12, 2005 For those vaguely familiar with traditional Catholic circles, two recent articles by Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, curial prefect for the Clergy and for the Ecclesia Dei Commission, might not seem meaningful. Admittedly, even within circles of those who keep tabs on Church issues, this story has not received much press. Many recognize a cordial dialogue took place between the Society of St. Pius X superior general, Bishop Bernard Fellay, on August 29 with the Holy Father. In November, Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos appeared...
  • Vatican II: The Real Untold Story

    06/22/2005 6:23:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 766+ views
    Chiesa ^ | June 22, 2005 | Sandro Magister
    ROMA, June 22, 2005 – Forty years after its closing, Vatican Council II is still waiting for its story to be written “not from a partisan stance, but according to the truth.” Cardinal Camillo Ruini made this statement while presenting a newly issued book, published by Libreria Editrice Vaticana. The author is Bishop Agostino Marchetto – a scholar of Church history who later served in the Holy See’s diplomatic corps and is now the secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People – and it is entitled “The Ecumenical Council of Vatican II: A...
  • "They divided my clothes among them; for my vesture they cast lots"

    10/28/2004 12:17:02 AM PDT · by AskStPhilomena · 6 replies · 280+ views ^ | October 13, 2004 | Michael Ryan
    The Passion of Christ is being re-enacted before our eyes. I refer not to Mel Gibson’s recent cinematic offering, but of the present state of the Mystical Body of Christ: the One, True, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. In Boston, at the last Mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, a statue of Our Lady fell over––by itself––after which Mass the doors of the century-old parish church closed forever. It was as if this symbol of Mary had fainted at the symbolic passion of the Mystical Body of Christ. As I have argued before, the plan to radically downsize...
  • What's Past is Prologue

    08/16/2004 12:28:39 PM PDT · by Convert from ECUSA · 120 replies · 1,817+ views
    The Seattle Catholic ^ | August 16, 2004 | Dr. John C. Rao
    As confused and horrified spectators of the tragic collapse of the Church in the West in recent decades, orthodox Catholics justifiably want to identify those responsible for this disaster and punish them. We often look to the decisions of this or that modern conclave, pope, or interest group, or to any of a wide variety of conspiracy theories for what are, indeed, often partial explanations of a seemingly inexplicable nightmare. Nevertheless, our efforts to place the blame where it belongs are often crippled from the outset by our lack of historical knowledge. The Second Vatican Council and the post-conciliar era...
  • The end of religious liberty

    08/07/2004 6:00:51 AM PDT · by AskStPhilomena · 9 replies · 324+ views
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | 29 July 2004 | Christopher Ferrara, Esq
    On July 7, 2004 reported on the remarks of Vatican Cardinal Paul Poupard that "Europe is not safe from religious persecution" and that "modern-day attacks on believers may take more subtle forms." Poupard, who is president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, lamented that: "Christians are mocked for their faith; many young couples are ostracized socially if they want a lot of children; those who oppose same-sex 'marriage' are considered intolerant." The forms of persecution, "hidden or overt, will bear their fruits," he added. According to CWNews, "The French prelate explained that an aggressive secularizing trend in Europe would...
  • Buddhists takeover Catholic sanctuary in Scotland

    07/24/2004 8:04:34 AM PDT · by AskStPhilomena · 20 replies · 502+ views
    The Remnant ^ | July 31,2004
    During the recent visit of the Dalai Lama to Scotland when he was rapturously welcomed by Edinburgh’s Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien and his brothers, Archbishop Mario Joseph Conti of Glasgow went so far as to put at the Buddhists’ disposal St. Patrick’s Church in the City Center. The enclosed photographs and literature relate to the “Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert” performed by a Buddhist nun from the high altar of that now desecrated church on the evening of Friday 28 May. Among these enclosures are copies of our Miss Ellen Ward’s subsequent heartfelt letter to Archbishop Conti and his absolutely disgraceful...
  • Michael Davies: Astute Author of Liturgical Logic

    06/08/2004 4:48:31 PM PDT · by AskStPhilomena · 9 replies · 255+ views
    Daily Catholic ^ | June 6, 2004
    Michael Davies was raised an Anglican. Born in 1936 in Wales, he was brought up in Somerset, although of Welsh descent, converted to Catholicism and attended St. Mary's where he received his degree and began teaching. He also served as a regular soldier in the Somerset Light Infantry during the Malayan emergency when race riots broke out in Kuala Lampur as well as serving in the military during the Suez Crisis, and the EOKA campaign in Cyprus. It was his research for truth that led him to the writings of Cardinal John Henry Newman whom he has written several works...
  • Devotion to tradition

    05/25/2004 11:19:08 AM PDT · by AskStPhilomena · 3 replies · 142+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | May 23rd 2004 | Michael Paulson
    Visitors to the noon Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity Church in Boston's South End might be forgiven for thinking time travel is possible. Women and girls wear mantillas -- a lightweight lace -- to cover their heads. Only men are allowed in the sanctuary, the area hard by the altar. The priest faces east, just as the worshipers do, so for much of the service only his back is visible as he quietly mouths ancient prayers in Latin. When the time comes for the homily, the priest climbs the steps into a pulpit -- rarely seen in Catholic churches today...
  • Legalizing abuses

    05/14/2004 11:23:21 PM PDT · by AskStPhilomena · 2 replies · 133+ views
    Liturgical Timebombs in Vatican 2 ^ | 2004 | Michael Davies
    Cardinal Lercaro's letter did nothing to halt the spread of "arbitrary initiatives." Rome adopted the tactic of bringing illicit innovations to an end by making them licit and official. Communion was given in the hand illicitly-----let it be given in the hand officially! Communion was illicitly distributed by laymen-----then appoint laymen as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. Those who considered that the essence of the Mass lies in its being a common meal began (not without logic) to receive Communion at more than one Mass on the same day-----then let this be permitted in many circumstances. Priests began illicitly using...
  • Relics of Saints and Vatican II

    10/03/2003 5:25:26 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 21 replies · 307+ views
    Queen's Quarterly, Vol. 109 ^ | Winter 2002 | Sue Donaldson, Will Kymlicka
    A little-known reform under Vatican II (1962-65) was to end the centuries-old requirement that every newly consecrated Roman Catholic church encase within its altar the relics of saint. For the previous 1,500 years, the bones of the saints and martyrs had travelled far and wide, mapping the spread of Christianity.
  • By the Time we Got to Woodstock: Vatcan 2 and the Spirit of Woodstock

    04/26/2002 9:33:29 AM PDT · by traditionalist · 9 replies · 554+ views
    The Remnant ^ | ? | Christopher Ferrera
    Thirty years ago today, August 15, 1969, the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, some 500,000 young people made their way to Yasgur’s Farm in upstate New York to participate in “three days of peace, love and music.” The gathering was advertised as the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, although Yasgur’s Farm was actually located in the nearby hamlet of Bethel. Bethel means “house of God” in Hebrew, but those half-million souls were not seeking God’s house that late-summer weekend. This I know, for I was one of them. Yes, I confess it here and now: I went to...