Freebie Downloads Deleted

I just upgraded features to WordPress, and unfortunately, all of my freebie downloads which I had added to my pages have been deleted.  This includes the most popular crochet altar lace pattern, and the Catholic-themed Spanish worksheets.  I don’t know when I can restore these files.   For me, it is a time-consuming process, and time is something which I seem to have less of these days.  Eventually, though….I hope!

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“There is a spiritual limit on how far evil can go.”

-The article which was published on January 20, 2017, and from which I have selected some excerpts, can be read in its entirety by clicking on the link at the bottom.

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Oh, it is so easy these days to plan the eliminating of billions throughout the world, in one easy, clean, fast stroke.  “…this move was well prepared and financed by Washington through USAID”.?  What stroke?  “a test case [India] for global demonetization”:

 A Financial genocide, if there was ever one. Death by demonetization, probably killing hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people, through famine, disease, even desperation and suicide – because most of India’s money was declared invalid.—ordered from way above Obama, from the omni-potent, but hardly visible Rothschild-Rockefeller – Morgan – et al, all-domineering bankster cartel.”

“Time is running out. One of the best ways of controlling populations and unbending politicians is through financial strangleholds. That’s what a cashless society is all about.”

“the East, the Russia-China-Iran-SCO axis, where the future lays, has already largely detached itself from the dollar based western – and fraudulent – monetary scheme.”

Our Lady of Fatima will see her faithful children through the final confrontation.  Pray, especially the rosary!   We do know that for the sake of the elect, the time of trial will be shortened.  May we remain faithful!

The article can be found here.

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Revolution in Full Swing; Schism that’s existed at least since the end of the Second Vatican Council

This is a report which you must absolutely read.  Since the article is copyrighted, please go to the source for the complete interview >  Source, Regina Magazine:

Is there a “Reign Of Terror” Inside the Vatican?

He is a veteran Vatican-watcher, the Rome reporter for the USA’s National Catholic Register. He’s also that rarity among journalists – a practicing Catholic.

He’s a real pro, too.  In 2014 Edward Pentin’s journalistic integrity came under fire from a Pope Francis favorite, German Cardinal Emeritus Walter Kasper. The liberal Cardinal’s disparaging comments about African prelates attending the Synod had been captured on Pentin’s Iphone recorder. Kasper publicly denied ever making such remarks – and then had to retract his denial when Pentin quietly published the audio. The resulting furore quickly derailed attempts to hijack the Synod by Kasper and his cronies.

Now it seems that once again, all eyes are on Rome. A group of high-ranking prelates have made public a ‘dubia’ they had sent to Pope Francis with questions on Amoris Laetitia. This, because the Pope ignored  the same dubia, sent privately two months before.

All quite proper under Canon Law. But the move has set off a firestorm of controversy, even involving the Pope himself, who this week made the astounding comparison of journalists covering Vatican scandals to people with a sexual interest in feces. Now, rumours are swirling that the Pope is unwell, and one British journalist has even called for his retirement. Most recently, 23 scholars have signed a public letter supporting the Cardinals, warning of a ‘metastasizing crisis’ in the Church.

What is going on in the Vatican? In an attempt to get some clarity amidst a storm of spin, REGINA asked Edward Pentin to report on what he’s seeing, from his vantage point in Rome.

REGINA: What reaction to the dubia do you see, on the ground in Rome, from your Vatican contacts?

Edward Pentin: The reaction has been interesting so far: almost all the College of Cardinals and the Roman Curia have remained silent, neither supporting the cardinals, nor, more importantly, coming out in support of the Pope and his decision not to respond. If silence is taken to mean consent for the dubia, then one could therefore argue that the vast majority are in favor of the four cardinals. That can only be speculative of course, but it could conceivably be true as for months one has heard from one significant part of the Curia that they feel great unease about what is happening. The phrases “reign of terror” and “Vatican martial law” are frequently bandied around.

“But it seems that seminarians, especially in the UK and US, tend to understand what’s happening in today’s Vatican and are trying to uphold the Church’s teachings and Tradition. And in trying to make sense of it all, they see it in a positive sense: of clarifying and uncovering what has long been seen as a veiled schism that’s existed at least since the end of the Second Vatican Council.

 

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Calling for Inter-Communion with Heretics? The Scandal of Francis

The final report from Lund, the Pope’s visit to the Lutherans in Sweden.

If this latest ecumenical venture doesn’t horrify Catholics, than those Catholics have lost all sense of the true faith.  This scandal cannot be met with silence on the part of anyone who would call himself Catholic.

The report about Pope Francis and the general-secretary of the world’s Lutheran churches agreeing “to work together for a shared Eucharist”.

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The Crusader’s Mass, Carmel of Traverse City

On Saturday, October 22, I had the privilege of interviewing Fr. John Mary, O. Carm., founder of the Carmelite Hermitage of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Earlier that morning he had celebrated a high Mass of the ancient Carmelite rite, in the chapel of the Infant of Prague Monastery,  Traverse City, Michigan.

Carmelite of the Ancient Observance, Fr. John Mary

During the interview, Father explained to me that after the Holy Land had been conquered from the Muslims in 1099, the crusader priests celebrated a form of Mass which had developed into a fusion of mostly the Roman rite – about 70% – with the rest taken from the Gallican rite.  This form came to be known as the rite of the Holy Sepulchre since it was celebrated in the church over which Emperor Constantine had enshrined the burial site of our Lord, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built in 326.

In the late 12th century, there was then living in Mt. Carmel in Palestine, a group of hermits who had placed themselves under the guidance of the crusader, St. Brocard.  Between the years 1206-1214, Brocard asked St. Albert of Jerusalem to draw up for them a rule of religious life.  This rule is the Carmelite Rule.  Since it was the custom for newly formed religious Orders to use the rite of Mass celebrated in the Cathedral of the diocese in which they existed, the Carmelites adopted the rite celebrated in the Patriarchal church of Jerusalem, the rite of the Holy Sepulchre.

The rite of the Holy Sepulchre was the Mass celebrated by threcrusader-prieste Orders: the Knights Hospitaller, the Knights Templar, and the Carmelite hermits.  With their suppression, this venerable and ancient rite of Mass was lost to the Knights Templar and eventually to the Knights Hospitaller which gradually became a lay association.  Only the Carmelites have the grace of holding on to this treasured rite most commonly now known as the Carmelite rite.

The Prioress of the monastery explained to me that it fell to the “calced” Carmelites – more properly called Carmelites of the Ancient Observance, to retain this most venerable of rites.  After the Council of Trent, the discalced Carmelites opted for the Westerm Roman rite as codified by the Council, much to the displeasure of St. John of the Cross who had voted against it.

This rite of the Holy Sepulchre was celebrated for the very first time in the Traverse City Carmel by Father John Mary, O.Carm. on October 22.  On the 24rd, he celebrated a low Mass.  Father made use of the motu propio Summorum Pontificum, issued by Pope Benedict in 2007, to teach himself the rite and to begin celebrating it.  He said that with this rite he felt his soul to be “more spiritual fed” than with the New Mass.  

Father John Mary has been a priest for 33 years, and is the founder of the Carmelite Hermitage of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.  The community has two priests, one deacon, and five Brothers.  Their life consists of the spiritual labor of 6-7 hours of prayer with 2 hours of mental prayer, plus manual labor which includes maintaining a garden.  Each has his own cell conducive to living the hermitical life.  The community is constructing a chapel which Father assured me will be most beautiful.  The project is in the hands of the well-known architect, Duncan Stroik who has a reputation for the design of beauty and tradition as the standard for architecture worthy of God.  The new chapel will most certainly be the perfect setting for offering the ancient rite of Carmel by future spiritual warrior priests, burning with holy zeal for the restoration of all things in Christ! Father said that it will be the younger generation that will “lift up the Church!”

This is a rendition of their future chapel:

Interior Perspective

Should you feel inspired to help the work of these Carmelites, your donation would be most appreciated! Here is a link to their donations page> Carmelite Hermits.  

Carmelite Hermitage
of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8249 de Montreville Trail
Lake Elmo, MN 55042-9545

As the Carmelites say, “God reward your charity! 

It was an inestimable grace to have been able to assist at the very first two Masses celebrated in the rite of the Holy Sepulchre at the Infant of Prague Monastery.  At the beginning of the High Mass, I almost expected to hear the manly baritone chant  of crusader monks, but instead we heard the angelic voices of the Sisters! Praise be Jesus Christ!  It was beautiful!


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“The Eighteen Religions of Mother Teresa”

Above is the title of the article on Mother Teresa as found in the publication of the late Abbe de Nantes, CRC He Is Risen!, No 15, November 2003.  The following is taken from  pgs. 2, 3 of that newsletter:

“An account of it [interreligious celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the Missionaries of Charity foundation, 1975] was written by a nun but was only intended for her sisters, the Missionaries of Charity throughout the world.  The review Missi, nevertheless, published excerpts illustrated by photos…

“It all got off to a start on the morning of 28th September in the Armenian church.  Then after a visit to the Protestants of Calcutta, the Methodist, ‘Mother hurried off to the Jain Digambara Temple with a group of nuns.  When they entered, seven drums,two cymbals and three pairs of Jerry Jerries welcomed them.  It was in a large square room; rugs were spread out on the floor.  We were then led to the four digambaras (Jain monks).  These monks belong to the strictest sect of Jains and are contemplatives who observe five vows: non-violence, respect of property, fidelity, celibacy, and poverty, including clothing, and are completely naked…..The four of them were seated to the left of the altar, while to the right were the female Jain religious, dressed white saris….’

“On 1 October, the ceremony took place among another group  of Jains; on 2 October in the Church of God where[were]..celebrated the merits of Mother Teresa….

“On 3 October, they went to the ‘Hindus to attend the solemn prayer of Brahmo…’at the Hindu temple…everyone touched Mother’s feet and led her into the shrine.  All those present invoked the one hundred names of God with great devotion….’

” ‘That same evening at 4:30 we [the single quotations are the written record of one of the Sisters of Charity reporting] were with the Parsis praising the Lord for His goodness.’

The Abbe de Nantes explains who the Parsis are: ” The Parsis are Persians who refused to convert to Islam and kept the Zoroastrian religion.”  They are Manichaeans.

“On the morning of 5October, ‘the Mass of thanksgiving was celebrated in our cathedral…..Then Mother and the nuns went to another thanksgiving service organised by a third group of Jains.’ “

“Then they went to the Sikhs…” (a religion with elements of Hinduism and Muslimism)

“On 6 October, the thanksgiving service was held at Maghen David synagogue.”

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Mother Teresa undoubtedly had a kind heart, but I cannot and will not be recognizing her as the “real thing” – an authentic, Catholic saint worthy of emulation.  I certainly don’t believe her inter-religious activities were pleasing to God. Would He want to hold her up to His Church as a role model? I don’t think so!

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Ex-Priest, Curtis Wehmeyer, Archbishop Neinstedt, Complicit in Crime

This video was uploaded  not too long ago (July 20).  It is the latest from the attorney representing the victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

“A trove of documents released …by prosecutors as part of a legal settlement with the Twin Cities archdiocese shows a pattern of alleged sexual harassment and retribution by Nienstedt”, another news source has said.

The attorneys now have 100’s of 1,000’s of documents which expose the corruption which leads to the top. This attorney calls upon Pope Francis to act willingly, or he will be shamed into doing so with the release of more evidence.

Enough is enough!  If our hierarchy refuses to start a serious cleansing, then God will have to do it!

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Libellus Hand-Delivered to Cardinal Parolin

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As a result of the Veri Catholici conference of June 25, in Rome, a Libellus of the errors contained in the papal Exhortation Amoris laetitia. was drawn up; a filial appeal to the pope was subsequently made requesting that he read the libellus, and withdraw the document.  As the organizers of the conference promised, the pertinent papers have been hand-delivered to Cardinal Parolin. 

Something concrete was actually accomplished instead of just complaining.  May God prosper the work of this conference.  It was done for His greater glory, even though our petition may fall on deaf ears. 

Link to the Libellus:

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Veri Catholici: Libellus of Condemned Errors regarding ‘Amoris Laetitia’

This past June 25, a conference of Veri Catholici (consisting of lay faithful) took place in Italy to denounce the errors in the papal Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia.   Among those participating with a presentation submitted through e-mail, was an admin of this blog. The result has been the compilation of the Libellus of Condemned Errors regarding ‘Amoris Laetitia’ which is to be   hand-delivered to the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin,  tomorrow, June 28, 2016.

Presented here is the paper submitted by Kankakee TLM:

This will be a short commentary on three of the opening paragraphs of the 264-page Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.  I will leave it to others to delve into a more critical analysis of its dangers to the faith, including in its appropriated and heretical key elements from the works of Fr. Victor Manuel Fernandez, one of Francis’ top theological advisors.

(paragraph 2)  “The complexity of the issues that arose revealed the need for continued open discussion of a number of doctrinal, moral, spiritual, and pastoral questions.  The thinking of pastors and theologians, if faithful to the Church, honest, realistic and creative, will help us to achieve greater clarity.”

 Well, the verbose document employs novel terminology, so that in the end, its proposal to “achieve greater clarity” fails miserably.  The verbosity (52,500 words) and the usage of new terms are implemented in an attempt to present as true teaching, dangerous theological poisons which obfuscate and undermine infallible teaching of the Magisterium on the subject of Catholic marriage and the family.  This is not the kind of document that will be helpful to souls when the highest good is at stake, i.e., the salvation of their souls from the danger of eternal damnation!

 The Church already possesses a clear, authoritative answer to the problem of the world’s and Satan’s attacks on God’s design for the family.  Holy MatrimonyThe Church on earth would consist of a multitude of couples honoring their vows of holy Matrimony, if only the Catholics of our day would imitate the zeal of the early Church which had but one heart and one soul.  The early Christians regulated their lives by the simplest maxims of the Gospel, first and foremost, complying with our Lord’s mandate to his disciples.  “If you love me, you will keep my Commandments.”  Our hierarchy must adhere to Christ’s commands, preaching the Word of God and standing with diligence “in season, out of season, to reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine”,  2 Timothy 4:2.

 Our Holy doctrine has been likened to a net, which though composed of many meshes is knit of one string.  If one of the threads is cut, the entire net will be useless for its purpose of catching fish.  A strong pull against a broken mesh will rip out more, and the entire catch could be lost.  Likewise one, small cut, i.e., a compromise, in the doctrinal teaching of Marriage, will inevitably tear into the entire fabric of Divine Revelation delivered once and for always.  The foundation of Christendom is the family composed of one man and one woman, united in the bonds of Holy Matrimony until death and open to new life.  Destroy the family, whose model is the home of Nazareth, and everything that is godly, collapses.  We are already well on the way, and the Exhortation would give the collapse its more rapid acceleration should it be implemented according to the mind of Francis.

 We know that when our Lord told Peter to cast out his net into the right side of the boat, Peter obeyed, and “although there were so many [fish], the net was not broken”,  John 21:11.  This is a lesson to the Church that in obeying Our Lord, He will make it possible to keep the “hard sayings” without a “tear” in doctrine, all the while reaping a large catch of souls for heaven!

 ( paragraph 3)  “Unity of teaching and practice is certainly necessary in the Church, but this does not preclude various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching or drawing certain consequences from it.  This will always be the case as the Spirit guides us towards the entire truth (cf.Jn 16:13).

The entirety of revealed Truth ended with the death of the last Apostle.  The idea that the Holy Spirit is still trying to impart “new” revelations which contradict previous truths is a heretical notion already condemned, for as Vatican 1 taught, “[T]he doctrine of faith which God revealed has not been handed down as a philosophic invention to the human mind to be perfected” and, “God cannot deny Himself, nor ever contradict truth with truth.  But, a vain appearance of such a contradiction arises chiefly from this, that either the dogmas of faith have not been understood and interpreted according to the mind of the Church, or deceitful opinions are considered as the determinations of reason.  Therefore, “every assertion contrary to the truth illuminated by faith, we define to be altogether false”.  – Vatican Council 1 (See also, Lateran Council V, session 8.)

The theologian Anton Günther, who scorned Scholastic theology, (1783-1863) taught “that the meaning to be attached to revealed doctrines is undergoing constant change as human knowledge grows and man’s mind develops; so that the dogmatic formulæ which are now true will gradually cease to be so. His writings were put on the Index in 1857, and his erroneous propositions definitively condemned in the decrees of the Vatican Council I”.  New Advent, Catholic Encyclopedia

 After the formal condemnation of Günther’s heretical theology, most of his followers went on to join the movement of the Old Catholic sect.  Those who embrace the erosion of doctrine, a tear in the fabric of the Church’s perennial net of doctrine, will find themselves outside the church just like the followers of Günther and all those who prefer their own thinking to immutable truth.

(Par. 3  ) “Each country or region, moreover, can seek solutions better suited to its culture and sensitive to its traditions and local needs.  For “cultures are in fact quite diverse and every general principle…needs to be inculturated, if it is to be respected and applied”.

 Adultery is a moral evil in itself, and even diverse circumstances or different cultures, cannot make an intrinsic evil, a good.  Adultery is the appropriation to oneself of somebody else’s spouse, and under no circumstance has the Church ever given Her blessing to this moral evil.  We recall that St. John the Baptist reproved Herod for putting away his wife and taking his brother’s, and subsequently, being beheaded; this for defending Christ’s teaching against adultery.  It is insidious to even hint that God could change His mind to “better suit” the Herod’s and Herodias’s of this world!

(Par. 6)  “I will then examine the actual situation of families, in order to keep firmly grounded in reality….. “Finally, I will offer an invitation to mercy and the pastoral discernment of those situations that fall short of what the Lord demands of us..”

The true Church in her dogma is always the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow, never yielding to the fluctuating tempests of the world, in season and out of season, and His Word is for always:  “Marriage honorable in all, and the bed undefiled.  For fornicators and adulterers, God will judge”, Hebrews 13:4;  and “Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God?  Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers,  1 Corinthians 6:9.

 The crisis in the family in this age of apostasy is evinced in the proliferation of the dysfunctional family.  The sad part of this reality is that it need not have happened in the proportions we are seeing.  People have lost the sense of sin.  They no longer have the Scriptures and Holy Tradition preached to them as it should be.  They walk in darkness and consequently fall into sin.  God, from all eternity had planned the remedy for the weakness of his creatures, and He still supplies the particular graces and necessary assistance for the fulfillment of His will in marriage.  In the lawful and proper celebration of the sacrament of Holy Matrimony, and through a devout life, the couple is enabled to faithfully support, in Charity, all the crosses and sorrows incident to that state in life.  God never commands the impossible!

That the Exhortation lauds mixed marriages by speaking of their “intrinsic value” and “the contribution they can make to the ecumenical movement” (par. 247) is nonsense and is also dangerous to the Catholic spouse and to the souls of any children.  To those now suffering the consequences of a mixed marriage, and perhaps who are alienated from the Catholic Church and her sacraments, true hope must be offered to them.  The first remedy of infallible assistance that I would suggest is the praying of the daily rosary.  Regardless of the most difficult circumstances, our Blessed Mother will begin to open doors, once a penitent has started praying the rosary.  Our Lady has promised that there is no problem whatsoever that cannot be fixed, with her Psalter of the153 beads!

The dysfunctional family is a plague.  It is not the norm; it is at odds with the Gospel; it is not good for society; it is not something a Pope must even consider accommodating into the life of the Church.  Instead, the Church must lead the good fight against this plague which brings so much misery and sorrow into the home.  The remedy is already known.  It just has to be dusted off and put to use:  1.)  The clear, honest, and simple teaching of the Gospel;  2.)  Devotion to our Lady and her Rosary;3.)  The Church’s past encyclicals such as Casti Connubii – which, incidentally , consists of thirty-three thousand, nine hundred ninety-three FEWER words than AL, and yet is rich in doctrine and pastoral guidance.

Those who find themselves in complicated situations to which sin has led them – and honestly, that is the only reason for the existence of the dysfunctional family sin; they should remember that God is able to bring good from evil if one is truly repentant.  That means leaving behind a life of sin and willingly endeavoring to satisfy God’s justice by bearing patiently the consequences of past sinful deeds.  God does not countenance, encourage, or regard with indulgence any sin from His creatures whom He redeemed at the cost of blood.  Reparation for every sin must be made even when the sin is already forgiven.  The yoke of His justice, however, is light and sweet, with the reparation He asks, always being something which in its accomplishment will bring the greatest advantage to the soul.

I can think of no better way to conclude than to echo the recent call of Bishop Athanasius Schneider that “all Catholics, beginning from the bishops…to the simplest faithful, who still take seriously their baptismal vows, should with one voice…make a profession of fidelity, enunciating concretely and clearly all those Catholic truths, which are in some expressions of AL undermined or ambiguously disfigured.”  Bishop Schneider also said “…there should be made to my opinion, by competent scholars of dogmatic and moral theology, also a solid analysis of all ambiguous and objectively erroneous expressions in AL.”

Being one of those simple faithful who take seriously my baptismal vows, I am participating in this conference, not as a competent authority on dogma and moral theology, but as a laywoman who feels duty-bound to make an outcry of protest against the travesty of divine truth found in AL.  Moreover, I do publicly appeal to competent authority, to manfully defend the correct, orthodox dogma of faith as it pertains to marriage and the family, and to denounce the errors found in the Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

Viva Cristo Rey!  Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!

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“We the members of Veri Catholici wish to express our loyalty to the faith which we have received from the lips of Christ through the preaching of the Apostles, as handed down in the Catholic Church and fortified by the infallible Magisterium of the Church…..”  (Follow the link for the Veri Catholici blog with the complete Libellus, as it is to be delivered to Cardinal Pietro Parolin.)

 

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Planning the Burial;The Elderly Pontiff, Fatima

What is happening in the Vatican  would make for the most intriguing  of mysteries – dead body and all!  (Well, someone has the tomb already prepared!)  Not only the body, but most importantly, the 3rd secret of Fatima must be buried once and for all.   Perhaps “they” are afraid Benedict might reveal too much.  Maybe I speculate, but consider that the Vatican was more than quick to quell the Fr. Dollinger declaration about the Fatima 3rd secret having to do with a “bad council” and a “bad Mass”.

Here is the report about the “elderly pontiff”; link to the source is provided at the end:

Rumors about Benedict XVI

Vatican, May 24, 2016

Given the current situation of turmoil in the Vatican, it is not unusual that all kinds of rumors are circulating about Benedict XVI.

What is happening with the elderly pontiff at this moment? On May 16 a Tweet was divulged through a false Twitter account attributed to Cardinal Pietro Parolin, claiming that he had just died. The news was promptly denied and the false account deleted. It is not the first time that this has happened, for the same news had already been spread on January 29, through a false account of Cardinal Bertone, while on March 31 the news was repeated through another false account accredited to Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, a week after Lombardi had explained the existence of a new tomb in the Vatican grottos: “It is the tomb of the next deceased Pope.”

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From our contacts, we have been receiving the strangest rumors …which we dare not publish yet, for at first glance they appear to be fiction…fiction that will perhaps be surpassed by reality.

In any event, the age of the Pope emeritus and recent photos really tend to raise speculation. But there are even stranger facts. Why bring up the topic of the apparitions of Fatima now? Wasn’t this a closed case? We are surprised by this declaration from the Vatican:

Communiqué on articles regarding the “Third Secret of Fatima”

Several articles have appeared recently, including declarations attributed to Professor Ingo Dollinger according to which Cardinal Ratzinger, after the publication of the Third Secret of Fatima (which took place in June 2000), had confided to him that the publication was not complete.

In this regard, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI declares “never to have spoken with Professor Dollinger about Fatima”, clearly affirming that the remarks attributed to Professor Dollinger on the matter “are pure inventions, absolutely untrue”, and he confirms decisively that “the publication of the Third Secret of Fatima is complete”.

What kind of authority does this Professor Dollinger have to deserve such a refutation? Why does the communiqué speak of declarations attributed to him in the first phrase, but then afterward points out that Benedict XVI had never spoken with him about the topic, to once again speak of attributed phrases? So, were the declarations real with a false content, or did they never existed in the first place? Doesn’t it give the impression of communiqué hastily written, for some unknown reason?

But the most peculiar aspect of the case, is that this is the first time Benedict XVI makes an official declaration through the Vatican Press Office, ever since his renunciation — never before had he broken his silence through an official means. And it was done in a very strange way, through a communiqué in which only some of his supposed words are put in quotation marks. If the topic of Fatima is so important to the Vatican…wouldn’t a video of the declarations from Benedict XVI himself have been more appropriate? Doesn’t this have a certain air of excusatio non petita? Will we soon have another surprise regarding Benedict XVI, who has not been seen in public for some time?

Source: The Denzinger-Bergoglio

 

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Justice and Mercy – inseparable

Someone, not too long ago, commented on FB, that the faithful had a right to the Sacraments.  Of course this is not true, but it is understandable that the faithful almost unconsciously have imbibed this heretical notion floating around since after Vatican II.

Recall that it was in the opening speech of VII that Pope John XXII stated that “Nowadays, however, the Spouse of Christ prefers to make use of the medicine of mercy”.  Mercy – one hears so much about Mercy, that the grievousness of sin and the punishments due to it, have been largely forgotten.  It is almost as if God owes his creatures  the eternal paradise!

Citing Session 14, Chap. 2, of the Council of Trent, the Church teaches that if the faithful should have the misfortune of losing sanctifying grace through the committing of mortal sin, “we can by no means acquire the same newness and integrity by the sacrament of penance, without great weeping and labors upon our part, the divine justice so requiring it.”

The Manual of the Holy Catholic Church (1906) teaches us the correct and infallible doctrine – for then, for now, and for all future posterity:

“[C}onsidering the dreadful evil of sin, when committed after Baptism, a sinner, by committing it, forfeits all title to mercy, and God could, without the least injustice, condemn him to the eternal punishment his sins deserve, treating him with the same rigor of justice with which he treated the fallen angels…

“He is still willing, through the merits of Christ, to receive us into mercy, but it is upon condition that we endeavor to satisfy his justice also….he positively requires that justice and mercy should go together, and be no more separated.

“[H]e absolutely demands that, by penitential works, we punish ourselves for our shocking ingratitude, and satisfy the divine justice for the abuse of his mercy.  So that the effect of mercy here is not to free us entirely from the punishment, as in baptism, but to change the eternal punishment which we deserve, and which we cannot undergo but  to our utter destruction, into a temporal punishment which we can perform, and the performance of which is attended with the greatest advantages to the soul.”

Lest all of this seem frightening,  recall that our Lady of Fatima said that the penance God exacts of us, is faithful compliance with our daily duty.  This of course, entails doing it while in a state of grace after having confessed mortal sins, and avoiding the occasions of sin which led one to forsake God’s love in the first place.

Tissot, repentance Mary Magdalen“I am the Lady of the Rosary, I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men.”

– Our Lady of Fatima

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