I don’t have time to translate, but the jist of this article is that the commissioner charged with “dismantling” the Franciscans of the Immaculata, Volpi, had a stroke on May 1st and suffered until his death May 5.  The Vatican has remained strangely silent over his death.

There are rumors that the pope is seeking to replace the dead Volpi with a Jesuit to continue the unfinished business of the late Commissioner.

The article in Italian is here:

E Morto Il Kommissario Volpi.

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SSPX Argentina…NewsFlash!!!

What in the world is going on?  The government of Argentina has given an SSPX group official recognition as a Roman Catholic entity, and this with the assistance of a very liberal Cardinal.

The Spanish article titled, The FSSPX Is Recognized in Argentina as Part of the Roman Catholic Church.

The following is a translation of the Spanish, by Michael Fuller found here:

“In Argentina, members of the ultraconservative community founded by the French bishop Marcel Lefebvre -excommunicated by Pope John Paul II in 1988 along with four other bishops formally returned to the Catholic Church.  This follows a decision by the Secretariat of Worship of the Nation -published in the Official Gazette at the end of this week- in which it recognizes that the Fraternity of the Apostles of Jesus and Mary or the SSPX (the Lefebvrists) as a juridical body -the key- and incorporates it into the Registry of the Institute of Consecrated Life, which makes up the congregations and Catholic orders.

For this incorporation a mediation was needed by an order of ecclesiastical authority, in this case, made by the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Mario Poli.

The incorporation into the country by the Lefebrists into the Catholic Church occurs while the Vatican maintains difficult negotiations with that community worldwide for its return to Rome. The discussions began in 2000 as was the will of John Paul II.  In 2009, Benedict XVI decided to lift the excommunication of the four bishops -Lefebvre died in 1991, which was one of the demands of the ultraconservative community.

Joseph Ratzinger’s decision -not lacking in controversy- gave a big headache to the German Pope because declarations almost immediately became known from one of the bishops benefiting [from the lifting of the excommunications], residing in Argentina, Richard Williamson, who denied the Holocaust. Then, the government led by Cristina Kirchner decided to deport him.

As Williamson insisted, at least partially, with his opinions, he was put in the forefront of the most radicalized group of the Lefebvrists. He was expelled from the Society of St. Pius X in 2012.

In turn, Benedict XVI suspended him “ad divinis” and in a letter to all bishops admitted being mistaken, by not being informed about the previous denial [of the Holocaust] of Williamson.

The return of the Lefebvrist to the Church in Argentina, which is deducted as having been the approval of Pope Francis- is seen from those near the pontiff as an achievement because it implies that at least one sector of the followers of Lefebvre have accepted the Second Vatican Council. But it certainly will not be met well by progressive sectors. After all, it was the desire of the immediate predecessors of Francis.

In Brazil, it was already some time ago that some of the Lefebvrists returned to communion with Rome, by becoming an Apostolic Prefecture, reporting directly to the Pope.

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Symbolism of Priestly Vestments

Kankakee TLM blog

Kankakee TLM blog

This is a preview of some of the information which will be appearing in the forthcoming book on Understanding the Theology of the TLM:


“The chasuble symbolizes the purple mantle cast about His shoulders in the praetorium, or else the heavy cross laid upon Him…..In short, the priest in his sacred vestments appears before us as Jesus Christ Himself on His way to the suffering of Calvary.” – St. Peter Julian Eymard, Holy Communion

The chasuble has been traced back to the Roman “paenula”, a circular garment with a hole at the top for the head. In the Church’s history, one finds mention of this garment referred to as a “casula” or “planeta”, the latter word signifying a moving star, or planet. The allusion was to the easy sway of the flowing garment which followed the bodily movements of its wearer.

The word “chasuble” has its origins in the word “casa”, a word meaning small house, or hut which designated the original use of this piece of clothing as a protective shelter when worn during inclement weather. In the ancient church, the chasuble was of such ample fullness, that it had to be arranged in folds over the arms of the priest before he started his Mass.

An example of the size and width of the early chasuble was seen when Pope Innocent VIII (d.1492) was exhumed in 1605. It was noted that the chasuble in which he had been interred extended more than 3 ½ ft. over his arms.

“To become a holocaust of love in the service of God and for the salvation of men is assuredly difficult and painful to nature; therefore, the genuine life of a priest is and ever will be a yoke and a burden, therefore the priest prays when vesting with the chasuble: ‘O Lord, Who hast said, ‘My yoke is sweet and My burden light, grant that I may so carry it as to merit Thy grace. Amen.’” – Gihr

*“St. Bonaventure , like other medieval authors, associates the various vestments to certain moments of the Passion: “Our High Priest, Jesus, wore in His Passion, all of the sacerdotal vestments. The amice, when the Jews covered his face; the alb, when Herod cloaked him with a white garment; the chasuble, when, through ignorance, they put on Him the piece of purple. So that nothing was lacking, he had the maniple, the stole, and the cincture when he was fastened to the column. The crown of thorns was the mitre; the reed, his scepter. As to the gloves and sandals, he had His hands and feet covered with His blood. Thus, when Bishops wear these ornaments to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice, they do it in remembrance of the Passion of our Lord, of which the Sacrament of the altar is the memorial.”
*Our translation from the Spanish source: http://lamisadesiempre.blogspot.com/2011/02/33las-vestiduras-sagradas.html

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Breaking!!! Volpi Found Guilty

I am a little late with this breaking news posted on Rorate about two hours ago!

It appears that the Pope’s commissioner immediately responsible for the attempted destruction of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, Volpi, has been found guilty.


“The chickens have come home to roost for Pope Francis’ Apostolic Commissioner of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (FFI), Fr. Fidenzio Volpi, and possibly just in the nick of time.

“Rorate Caeli contributor Francesca Romana has translated the first report from Chiesa e post concilio reporting that Fr. Volpi will pay the family of Franciscans of the Immaculate founder Fr. Manelli a large cash sum for his “defamation and lies” and make public apologies on all websites he runs and in a letter to all FI friars and nuns.

“For regular readers of this blog, you know that Fr. Volpi was brought in for just one reason: to crush one of the fastest-growing, traditional-minded religious orders in the world — but not on his own: as he admitted in the past, he was “specifically ordered by the Vicar of Christ,” Pope Francis to carry out his mission.

“Our questions now are simple:

“Will Pope Francis now finally rein this man in and force his boot off the throat of an order that only wants to serve God as the saints have all served Him for two millennia?

“And will Pope Francis finally end this unjust commissioning and allow the poor friars who have had to flee the grip of this cruel man to return to their sworn vows and live out the remainder of their vocations in peace? We pray to hear in the affirmative soon.” ______________________

The full account is here: Rorate Caeli

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This Protestant Asks Catholics,”Why???” “Why???”

Did you think you’d ever  see the day when a Protestant publicly corrects a pope?  And when orthodox believing Catholics would have to agree with that Protestant?  You’ll have to see this video.  This preacher is 100% correct in what he says.

There is no way around it. Let’s face it and admit that the media is not spinning the Pope’s words.  What a scandal this papacy is!

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Traditional Latin Mass, Dec. 8, Calumet City

I have been informed of the following TLM:

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Patroness of the United States

On Monday December 8, 2014

—a Holy Day of Obligation—

 Immaculate Conception 2

The Traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated at

Saint Andrew the Apostle Church

768 Lincoln Ave. Calumet City, Illinois,

At 4:30 p.m.

The celebrant will be Rev. Bernard Danber, O.S.A.


The traditional Latin Mass  is regularly offered at St. Andrew Church

on the first Saturday of every month, at 7:30 a.m.

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Medjugorje ‘extraterrestrials’

If you are still clinging to the illusion that Medjugorje is of God, read this and wake up!  The whole thing is creepy, frightening as they reveal themselves to be ….’aliens’ – mouthpieces for Satan himself.  Either that, or they are should be in psycho  wards:

Conference of 2012 where they speak like extraterrestrials

“We want to tell you clearly that Tomislav Vlašić and I are both part of the Central Nucleus. We can tell you that the action of the Central Nucleus is a wide-ranging action, which touches the whole reality of the universe, and it touches it primarily in spirit…

“The Central Nucleus is the link between the Archangels, the angels, and I would say, the pure spirits and the humanities faithful to God. At the same time, it unites all the pilgrims who are walking to the house of the Lord, living and dead in the entire universe.

“We feel an obligation to communicate to the people of Earth that God has done great things in the universe…

“Earth is the last planet to receive this announcement

‪”However, if not even a small part of mankind of Earth will respond, God will entrust to another humanity of the universe, faithful to Him, the task of being in charge of the transformation intended for the entire human race.”

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Pro-abort Rocker invited by Pope to Sing for Christmas

In case you haven’t heard yet, the blasphemous rocker Patti Smith has been invited by Francis to perform at the Vatican for the Christmas concert.

Pope Francis surprised the Curia and called Patti Smith (pro-abortionist singer known as the accursed priestess of rock) to invite her to his Christmas concert to sing on the same stage as Sr. Cristina in the auditorium of via della Conciliazione.

The Portosalvo Committee, a lay group, has been protesting her appearance in a church in Naples, calling it blasphemous. Catholics in that city had even called upon Cardinal Sepe to intervene to prevent her from singing in their church, but then, Francis turns around and does this!

As Sandro Magister stated in a recent interview, “Whereas Francis’ popularity is more conspicuous outside the Church, even if it isn’t eliciting waves of conversions. Actually, with him there seems to be a certain pleasure in outside culture, even hostile, to Christianity.”  That interview can be read in its entirety at Rorate Caeli.

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Government “light”: Cause of Wayward Paths, Says Bishop

“Pope Francis will have to give an account to God.”

The ex-bishop of of Ciudad del Esta, Paraguay, Bishop Livieres, has recently published another letter which our friend Jose Sarto posted today on his blog Página Católica. The  translation from the Spanish is ours:   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The Catholic Church is one; there are not several churches of Christ. But if we look at her in a [purely] human way today, we find that within her, there are very contradictory modes of thinking and living the faith. I do not refer to different modes of thinking and living the same faith, something which is perfectly legitimate. Rather, we see that different kinds of “faith” are given within it. I stress, humanly speaking, because the Catholic faith is one: what has been believed and practiced everywhere, and always by all Catholics as St. Vincent of Lerins said -  what was taught by Jesus Christ and transmitted by the living Magisterium of His only Church.

However, it must be acknowledged that within the Catholic Church, incompatible modes of thinking have coexisted for decades. Already, Cardinal Ratzinger had pointed it out in his famous book about the faith, The Ratzinger Report, which came out in 1985. The dissident groups, instead of voluntarily leaving the Church, or being declared outside the faith and her discipline, remain within it, despite denying [the Church’s] most fundamental principles.

Someone as foreign to theological disputes as Jean-Marie Guénois, a journalist quite sympathetic to all kinds of changes within the Church, has acknowledged in a recent article in the French Le Figaro, that “de facto schisms exist within the Church among many priests and faithful who, for example, no longer accept the Catholic faith on the Virgin Mary, the Eucharist; and who call themselves Catholics when they are, better than Christian, authentic Protestants… The Synod opens a crisis in the Church in the old sense of the word, that is, in the imposing of [the necessity to make] a choice or a decision… It may be that the shock of the Synod opens the eyes of some.”

This that Guénois points out is evident. Does it not seem that today the Church is a conglomerate of contradictory beliefs, that one priest says one thing and another something else, as for example, in the Anglican Communion?

There exist among us, along with the Catholic faith, schisms and heresies along the length and the width of the planet. Those who promote them have declared that it is much more efficient and profitable to remain within the Church, to not depart from her, to work from her interior. They even assume important posts in her government and presume to speak on her behalf, to represent her.

In the last decades, the Church hierarchy knew how to go about finding ways to avoid institutional divisions in the face of this heterodoxy diffused throughout many countries, surroundings and social classes. At times, she succeeded by looking for a consensus through doctrinal formulas more or less acceptable for all, even though, in this way, diluting truths that seemed “difficult”.

The truth is that even in those cases in which valiant contributions and doctrinal precisions were made (Consider the marvel of so many papal documents of these decades), frequently, there was a lack of firmness in implementation, in disciplinary correction and in pastoral practice.  One hand erased what the other had written.

For example, going against the current, and under enormous pressure from the media, Paul VI heroically reaffirmed Catholic morality in his encyclical Humanæ Vitæ.  However, those who publicly opposed his teaching were allowed to continue acting and preaching “as if it were nothing”.  And how many priests and even bishops, although they did not publicly criticize it,  simply ignored the Magisterium of the Pope in the confessional, and allowed or even recommended the use of artificial methods of contraception as well as other serious moral disorders!

After more than half a century of this style of Government “light”, in which coexistence with doctrinal error and pastoral and disciplinary disobedience was not missing, we can see much more clearly that then, it was not the good road required for the circumstances, but that, on the contrary, it has been the cause of many wayward paths which now, regretfully, have reached unsuspected heights and magnitudes.

We have had decades of bad formation in many seminaries and theological faculties. Educated in this environment, some bishops and Cardinals during the recent Synod on the family openly aired through their opinions, many of these confusions on issues as fundamental as the family, the intrinsic immorality of homosexual acts and adultery.

“The Synod opens a crisis in the Church in the old sense of the word, that is, in the imposing of [the necessity to make] a choice or a decision…” I am in complete agreement with this reflection of Mr. Guénois. All of us must choose and decide. None of us can “let the ball pass”.

We have to assume our baptismal vows of faith, be we bishops, priests, religious or laity; old or young; academically formed or with a simple faith. We must, as Jesus Christ and the Apostles, preach the faith “in due season or out of season”, and defend it from errors and deviations, be they on the doctrinal or pastoral level. Therein, we play out not only our salvation, but that of very many men and women who depend on our modest action as “useless servants”, although faithful.

With Peter and under Peter, the hour has now arrived for holy religious to come forth and to make themselves present, that, as new Saint Catherines of Siena, they remind the Church’s hierarchy of compliance with the discharge of their duties. And for bishops disposed to “play for keeps” in   defense of the faith as modern Saint Athanasiuses. And Cardinals that imitate St. Paul and are not afraid to denounce deviations, acts and expressions which sow confusion. And laity, such as new St Thomas Mores, to be disposed to [making] the highest sacrifices, insisting on the indissolubility of marriage, not only at the doctrinal level, but even in the more difficult and politically costly pastoral cases. And also even of children who, like other Tarcisius saints, are willing to sacrifice themselves in order to maintain respect for Holy Communion, which one can only approach to receive when not living in sin.

With Peter and under Pedro, we all must renew our baptismal commitments and defend the integrity (without lapsing into fundamentalism) of the Catholic faith.  St. Thomas Aquinas reminds us that, when it pertains to failure in what concerns faith and morals, fraternal correction should be made publicly, so that errors are not disseminated which may endanger the salvation of unsuspecting people.

Both the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its wonderful compendium, which sums it up and makes it precise, are true gems that can serve us all as “maps of the faith” – so we know where we stand, and by which road we need to proceed.

It is good that we appreciate them, study and know them deeply. We must defend what they teach us and correct errors that can misrepresent those truths. Not only in the field of doctrine. Also in the pastoral. Because we live as we think, or we will end up thinking how we live.

The same heroic hour which Paul VI faced when, against the current, he published Humanae Vitae, is thrust upon Pope Francis today.  He is the custodian and supreme guardian of doctrine and the practice of the faith.

He is the custodian and the supreme guardian of the doctrine and practice of the faith. As with all popes, it is for him to be a loyal administrator who must confirm his brothers in the faith.  Let us unite ourselves with him and fervently pray for him so as to accompany him with our filial love in this test with so many pressures and confusion.

We are at peace.  A Pope may not formally teach error.  What can happen, and has happened at times throughout the history of the Church, is that by means of silence and omissions, by means of appointments and promotions, of actions and gestures, authority contributes to the expansion of confusion, and the faithful, who are “fighting” in the missionary trenches of the edge of humanity become discouraged.

It happened in Galatia to St. Peter himself, the first Pope.  After affirming the true doctrine at the Council of Jerusalem, he however, through human respect sowed confusion in Galatia.  But the Lord did not abandon him: he had the grace of counting on the support and the fraternal correction which St. Paul gave him.

Love one another in the truth. That truth which, according to the promise of Christ, is the only one that will make all of us truly free.

S.E.R. Mons. Rogelio Livieres,

Ex-Obispo de Ciudad del Este.



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“He may be false Pope 38″

The biggest attack against Pope Francis: “He may be false Pope 38″

The above is the title given to an article published in Spanish this past Monday on LV12 Online.  (The translation is ours.)

Cardinal Pell ... "conservative, doctrinaire, and authority-based" says former NSW Premier.Cardinal George Pell of Australia, anticipated “divisions” in the Catholic Church: Rebellion against the Argentine Pope, by the hierarchy [that will be] in Philadelphia, when he visits there.

For some time, it has been observed how the more conservative sectors of the Catholic Church have almost always faced the developments implemented by Jorge Bergoglio, Pope Francis, in a restrained manner,

But this weekend there was a situation which now leaves all in the open with the “anti-Francisco” trend, and which is being put on the table by the Australian and British media.  It pertains to the homily of Cardinal George Pell of Australia, written in Latin, and which he himself could not present due to “health reasons”, but which was made known in the Cardinal’s name at the principle Mass of the nation by another priest.

Pell was terse: [He] hinted that the Argentinean may be false pope number 38 and not the true pope number 266 of the Church. And he gave signs of schism: “In the next 12 months we will have the task of explaining the need for conversion, the nature of the Mass and [of the need for] purity of heart according to the Scriptures to receive Holy Communion.”

“Today”, wrote the prelate, “we have one of the most unusual Popes in history who enjoys almost unprecedented popularity.”

The British journalist Andrew Brown, from the newspaper The Guardian, and a specialist in Vatican affairs , expressed concern. He wrote  that “until yesterday it was certain that the liberal Relatio that sustains the reforms of Francis was unstoppable. But the conservative reaction has been so fierce and with such extensive repercussions that for the first time, the possibility of things coming to a head appears to be more real than distant.”

Up until now, the Catholic Church has had 37 “false” pontiffs, a thing which was remembered from his [Pell’s] homily due to its best explanation of the [Catholic] religion on the island country. Being “false” implies to Catholics that “the devil sent him” and not God, so that the allusion is more grave than a mere internal revolt: the Argentinean Pontiff is accused of being what is called  “an anti-pope”.

Pell accused Bergoglio of “stacking Cardinals” to win positions in the Synod for the Family, and he believed “that kind of thing should be done by consensus”.

 Coincidence from the American Hierarchy

After Burke, Chaput – Important U.S. Cardinals have accused Pope Francis of destabilizing the Catholic Church and turning it into a “rudderless ship” causing the Congregation to feel betrayed, according to [news source] Religión Digital.

Philadelphia Archbishop, Charles Chaput, said that at present the Church is “a ship without rudder” [Cardinal Burke has also said this.] leaving the faithful “a little sea-sick”, due to the Vatican suggesting a softer approach to homosexuality, reports the source, Daily Mail.

These statements come after the Vatican’s Synod on the subject of the family which was held this past October, and which suggested an opening for homosexuals, since these “have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community”.

“I was very concerned about how things were unfolding” at the Synod, said Chaput. “The Church cannot give us a welcome on our own terms.  She welcomes us on the terms of Jesus. That means being a Christian. To submit to Jesus and his teachings. It is not necessary to recreate the body of spirituality”, added the Cardinal, who will meet with Francis in September of next year for the World Reunion for Families to be held in Philadelphia.

The Synod closed with the approval of a document that although not definitive, shows for the first time that the balance is tipping towards the Church’s integration of divorced and homosexual couples, social issues which until now had been left aside by the Vatican. *


*This is not true.  The Church has her unchanging dogma on the moral issues relating to the themes discussed at this synod. I consider this article to be very good except for that last paragraph.  Unrepentant sinners are deluded if they think the Church will change the teachings of her Founder our Lord “Jesus Christ, yesterday, and today; and the same forever.  Be not led away with various and strange doctrines (Hebrews 13:8, 9).


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