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Where Have All the Catholics Gone?


We just followed along, confident that we were being led to Heaven.

That’s what we talked about then, Heaven and Purgatory, and what we had to do to reach the one and shorten the other. We shuddered to think about Hell, and so we didn’t talk about it much either. We just set about working out our salvation with fear and trembling, like St. Paul told us to do. All for the love of Jesus, the Glory of God, and the Salvation of souls, we used to say.



…The Catholic Schools?

Consider the first obstacle. Too many years of agnostic priests and professors telling us that we don’t really know anything about Heaven has dampened supernatural faith and hope. Nothing seems clear. Questions aren’t answered; doubts are not dispelled. Retreats, religious education lectures, and classroom discussions often go something like this:

“Is Heaven a place?” a student asks.

The pedant-in-charge shakes his head, but says nothing. He strokes his chin and lowers his lids, pondering the question. Everyone waits.

“It is a state of being,” he says at last, carefully, as if he were imparting a deep truth.

The student persists. “But what does that mean?”

“We’re not really sure.”

The student sighs. He turns his head, looks out the window, and never brings it up again.



…The Catholic Identity?

I’ve heard this sort of thing too many times. No sooner spoken, but the words evaporate, portentous as thin smoke. Nothing adheres to the mind; nothing cleaves to the soul.

Enough of this nonsense. Of course Heaven is a place, and those in authority should say so, loud and clear. What this supernatural place is like is beyond our imagination, but that doesn’t mean it’s not real. It is above nature, incorruptible; its substance endures forever.

I mean, come on, if Heaven is not a place, then where is Our Lord? What does He see through His beautiful eyes, and what does He touch with his Wounded Hands? And just where is Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, she who was assumed body and soul into Heaven?

They’re not floating in some ethereal mist. We’re talking physical presence here. Someday, when we behold our King and Queen reigning gloriously in Heaven, it’s real faces we’ll see, real voices we’ll hear.

The denial of the substantial reality of Heaven shatters one doctrine after another. If Heaven is not a place, what about the Resurrection of the Body? Aren’t we supposed to get our bodies back on Judgment Day? Our own blood and bones? Our own fingers and toes? That’s what the Church teaches. That’s what we believe. But where would these glorified bodies go?

Ah, so that’s not so certain either, then.

The Incarnation, the Ascension, and the Second Coming are all called into question. We wind up with some sort of esoteric blather about the Next Life. They tell us we have to have faith that life goes on after death, we’re just not sure how. Perhaps it’s a spiritual immortality, unencumbered by flesh. Who knows?



The second obstacle to open discussion about salvation is the problem of sin and its consequences. Christ died for our sins. Everybody repeats the formula, but do the words really sink in? Does anyone realize why?

To save us from Hell. That’s why. That’s what salvation is. To rescue us from damnation. If we’re not saved, we’re damned. It’s as simple as that.

I’m afraid people don’t fear Hell anymore. They reject the whole idea. It’s just too preposterous for the modern mind; the image doesn’t hold. Flames and darkness and the stench of sulfur—who believes that?

But Hell exists. It is real. And it is eternal.

Imagine the very worst pain, the worst sorrow, the worst regret you’ve ever experienced. Feel again the anguish, the bitterness, the most soul-wrenching loneliness you’ve ever felt. That’s only a glimmer of what Hell is like, and sin consigns one there.

Yet we can’t talk about sin. We must not be judgmental. Let’s not mention the Commandments. It’s as if sin didn’t exist. You’d think the priests had all become Rogerian psychologists. By practicing unconditional positive regard, negativity dissolves, and a beautiful flower grows from the depths of the perfect human heart, rather like a modern version of Rousseau’s Noble Savage. No taint of original sin for them. It’s all good.

And what’s the effect of denying evil? Perdition, that’s what.

Think of all the things people accept now. Things we used to call Mortal Sins—mortal, because they would kill us. The Church used to warn us about them, so we would not be lost, but there’s a lot of silence now.

The biggest one is artificial contraception. I’ll never forget what happened the Sunday after Humanae Vitae was issued. The encyclical was front page news in the local paper. A lengthy article quoted a whole slew of theologians who stated with seeming authority that the teaching was not infallible. People could make up their own minds about it. They were responsible adults.

Curious, I thought, as we went to Mass, expecting to hear true Church teaching. But the priest didn’t even mention the encyclical, and not the next week, either, nor the next. Later we learned that even bishops had rejected it, and Rome did nothing. The dissent stood. No one talked about it. Family planning was a private matter, after all. What did celibate priests know about marriage? they asked.

So people did what seemed right in their own eyes. There were no repercussions. In all these years, I have never heard a priest say from the pulpit that a woman can’t go to Communion if she’s on the pill, or heard a priest talk about the evil of sterilization, the death blow to the body, the infamous mutilation of the flesh.

They are reluctant to talk about the perversion of homosexuality, even in the face of all the scandals. They don’t talk about adultery or fornication or covetousness or theft. Lying? No, not a word.

They rarely speak about the beauty of Heaven, the suffering in Purgatory, or the burning pain of Hell. Imagine that. Nobody mentions that we may not all wind up in the same place. There are no warning signs. I guess there’s nothing to worry about.

Is everyone saved? Is no one lost?

The pedant speaks again:

“Jesus is so merciful,” he says with a wave of his hand. “He couldn’t bear to send anyone to Hell.”

“But don’t you have to do anything to go to Heaven?” an innocent student asks. “Don’t you have to be worthy?”

The pedant rolls his eyes.

The boy persists. “You have to be baptized, right? You have to be Catholic.”

Another student pipes up. “Since the Church is the Mystical Body of Christ, don’t the sacraments change us? Make us fit for Heaven?”

The pedant lifts his chin. His gray eyes are distant, as if he sees beyond the room, beholding something no one else can see. He inhales, deeply, through his nose.

“One must not be divisive,” he says, then expounds at length upon the new understanding, the probability of universal salvation. There is invincible ignorance, after all, and the whole idea of the unconscious Christian. And then there are those near-death experiences that seem to point to a pleasant afterlife for everyone. There’s no sense talking about it, he concludes.

But I say we must.


Why won’t the Magisterium clear the fog? Why won’t the priests and bishops just say: Outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation. Scared, are they? Afraid to offend the infidels? Or worse, have they lost the Faith?

Regardless of that, the doctrine is true.

Let me tell you what that teaching meant to me a long time ago, when I was just a little girl. It was nothing less than an invitation from Heaven.

I was not born Catholic, although I didn’t quite understand that. After all, I knew the Nicene Creed by heart and dutifully recited it at Christ Episcopal Church, proudly proclaiming my belief in the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. I was no Protestant, that was for sure. But it took my fourth grade Catholic friends to set me firmly on the Road to Salvation.

We used to stand in a circle at recess at Southwestern School, hoping the teacher wouldn’t notice and make us play kickball or Red Rover or some other boring game. We had important things to discuss. There were five of us—Dolores, Mary Kay, Anne, Barbara, and me.

Sometimes it was really cold. The snow banked over our saddle shoes, and we huddled together, pulling our coats close and shivering like crazy. But I hardly noticed. Those girls told me the most astonishing things. Things I had never heard before. Things about the Other World. I could have listened to them forever. They had funny words like Purgatory and Limbo and indulgences. They actually believed in Hell. The devil was real, they said.

My friends knew all sorts of things about Heaven. It was amazing. It was like they shared some secret knowledge. There was no doubt in their minds that Heaven was a place, and they talked about it as if they had been there. I clamored to know more.

They looked at each other, shook their heads, then looked sadly at me.

“But you can’t go to Heaven,” they said.

“Why not?”

“’Cause you’re not Catholic.”

“What do I have to do to be Catholic?”

“You have to go to Catechism.”

Those words struck my heart like an arrow. Even though I was not able to actually “go to Catechism” until I was a sophomore in college, I made up my mind right then. I would be Catholic. A real one, not just one saying the Nicene Creed in the whitewashed Episcopal Church, wondering how I could believe in the One Holy Catholic Church and not be in it.

Those nine-year-old girls possessed the Truth, and they didn’t hesitate to let me know it. They told me what was necessary for salvation because I was their friend. They didn’t dilute the doctrine. I didn’t need to know about the exceptions. I just needed to be Catholic.

Please spare me the nuances. They exist, I understand that. There can be people in Heaven that we didn’t think would be there. That’s good. I have no idea how the Lord goes about rescuing people at the last minute who didn’t enter the Church during their life. I don’t pretend to know how grace burns the unbelief from their minds before their souls depart this world, but I don’t have to know those extraordinary things. That’s God’s business.

All I know is that every human being on this earth needs to be rescued from Hell. Our Lord died to secure a place for us in Heaven. He founded a Church, the One True Church which is necessary for the salvation of souls.

If that’s not true, then everything we’re doing is a waste of time. Why should we fight so hard? Why should we hold so closely to tradition? Why should we struggle to stand against the flood of immorality and despair that engulfs the world? What does it matter? What’s the point? If there is salvation outside the Catholic Church, then we don’t have to do anything. Just jump right back in the Sea of Unknowing.

For myself, I’d rather be like my old friends, those valiant girls who first told me what I had to do to save my soul.


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      ????? If you don’t believe it why are you a Priest? You’ve paid the price? For what? Following Christ and obeying him? Grandma or their son may well be in Hell – it might shock them into praying for the dead – something I failed to do for decades. Why? Because Priests couldn’t be bothered telling us the truth. If we ignore that particular dogma, we may as well ignore the lot because ignoring it makes a joke of everything else. It doesn’t mean we can’t also remind people that, as I’ve been told on here a number of times, God is not bound by His own laws, which are for our benefit and spiritual good, so we may still HOPE and pray that everyone visibly outside the Church can still be saved by God, but that we should not ‘assume’ that because that is both spiritually dangerous and presumptious.

      I’m amazed I can still be gobsmacked by what Priests say but confess to getting a bit angry now (righteously, I believe) when I hear all the sob stories. which cover up what it simply a lack of belief/conviction/desire to do what a Priest should be doing – teaching the Faith and ALL its dogmas and doctrines.

      Prayers for you………


      Don’t be taken in…Fr Harry….Potter….get it now?
      This guy has plainly not read, or chooses to ignore, the disturbing and tough bits of scripture. Jesus the long haired liberal wimp, not!
      Extra ecclesiam nulla salus is tough and shocking.
      Religion with ‘bite’ is like that.
      Some do seem to prefer the thin soup from CathLite.
      That sickly stuff that does little to nourish the soul.


      I was giving him the benefit of the doubt on the name because, frankly, it wouldn’t surprise me any more if a Priest should choose Harry Potter, Harry Houdini or Dirty Harry. Sad thing is, it wouldn’t surprise me if he really is a Priest, which says it all, really.


      “it might shock them into praying for the dead”.

      It also might shock people into praying for the living. How many souls might be saved if people prayed for those who are in a sinful state while they are still alive on this earth. We see a ton of people living lives that are objectively sinful but if we think everyone goes to Heaven anyway then we don’t pray for them. What’s the point, right? Well the point is that our prayers may get them back on the narrow path because God might answer our prayers for our sakes if not for theirs. Think St. Monica and St. Augustine – he credits her prayers with God turning his heart around. Perhaps if it was just Augustine God wouldn’t have bothered to send those extra graces his way – free will and all that. But the virtuous life Monica lived and her unceasing prayers for her son obviously touched God’s heart and I suspect it was for her sake that He broke through the young man’s obstinate will. It was pity for the father that caused Jesus to raise his daughter from the dead, compassion for the woman that caused Jesus to drive demons from her daughter, and reward for the centurion’s faith that caused Jesus to heal his servant.

      Like you, Heloisa, I didn’t pray for people, either living or dead, for decades Religious pushed the “God’s not bound by His own laws” mantras as a way to get to the “Everyone’s saved” schtick that effectively ends any reason to pray for anyone’s salvation, along with any reason to lead a moral life. I’m so cynical anymore about why all of this was done.


      I agree with you completely, Annie. I didn’t pray for the living either for decades. I was just so angry last night – and still am this morning. It’s this kind of thinking that’s got us all in this mess. Whoever the poster is, he’s got Catholicism turned upside down and I’m wanting to reply to every sentence. Along the lines of:

      The truth isn’t nice and upsets people so better to give it a miss and let people stay in some false sort of ‘Catholicism’ in their own minds? We gain nothing from telling the truth? Jesus wasn’t compassionate when he kept repeating the truth? He wasn’t being ‘Catholic’ enough? He might as well have just made friends with those who couldn’t take it and have done with it? Hellfire sermons almost every other week?
      What do they get the other weeks? The Church of Nice? No wonder people can’t cope with it – sounds like a split personality giving sermons – who shall we get this week.

      This Priest is either having a very bad crisis of faith in which case HE need our prayers badly or he’s exactly what he claims not to be, ie ‘another liberal
      mistaken modern priest’.

      Yes, I’m still jumping up and down – think I’ve finally cracked! Aaaaagh! Pseudo-Trad Intellectuals? Jesus was a Pseudo-Trad Intellectual? Sounds like Pope Francis!


      Sorry you had that experience. I was born in 1950 and the Catholic Church that I grew up in taught the reality of Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell but there was no “brimstone” attached to it. Catholics heard Bible stories at Mass but it was the Baltimore Catechism that generations of Catholics studied and mesmerized. There again, the description and truth of H, P, & H were spelled out but the nuns didn’t go on a rant about it. Lesson 37, Book 3 says it all. The information was presented in an almost clinical way. You read it; you memorized it. I know it like I know the multiplication tables. It’s like having an encyclopedia of dogma stuck in your head for life. Kids like to know what the rules are and God’s rules were spelled out for us in an almost impersonal way. Then came VII and out went the Catechism – interesting, that – and in came “Bible studies” with everyone interpreting what the stories meant – like our more enlightened Protestant brothers, don’tcha know. Now we have the bible stories minus the doctrine to guide us in interpreting them. Instead, our feelings are our guide and that’s gotten us “mercy” minus Truth which is no mercy at all.


      So, what’s your actual problem with the article, then? You just don’t like one of the Catholic dogmas?


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        “Dogma should not be used as a tool of deconstructing faith,”

        So your take is that if a dogma causes someone to move his or her bum off your pews, it’s best to pass over that particular dogma and what exactly? See if another one fares better?

        I’ve realized why your posts are making me so angry, Father. Whilst I believe there are plenty of Priests out there who genuinely have no concept of True Catholicism because of bad catechesis/formation (which doesn’t excuse them not learning the Truth about Catholicism) you, on the other hand are publicly stating that you know what you should be teaching with regard to this dogma but think it should be kept under wraps to keep bums on seats.


      Far better the ‘American Catholic’ vomit up the Truth than that Christ should vomit a Priest out of His mouth for being luke-warm.


      Cool shades, Father!


      When I was in school before VII, I felt safe and secure in the Faith. I knew it was the bedrock I could depend on.
      I am 69 years old. My first shock was in 1960 when the Third Secret of Fatima was not opened, as the Sisters who taught us it would be. They taught us it would be world changing…
      Downhill from there…
      I still wonder who was the “angel” who told John XXIII to call that abomination? Our Church has never been the same since.


      I remember that. Not only the Sisters but parents talked about it. Anticipation, excitement! Then came the announcement that the secret would not be told. Something about the time not being right. About only certain people were supposed to see it. Huh? How could that be when Mary herself had said the Secret should be revealed to the world. By 1960. The Church defying Our Lady? She was to be disobeyed? It smacked of the Church protecting itself from what the letter said. You’re right, oldfogey, if was after that that the Second Vatican Council came into being and we live with the wreckage it has wrought. And all of the VII Popes have been in on it. That’s the harsh truth. I find it hard to even type that.


      Being a ‘nice person’ is what the Catholic faith for the many has been reduced to.
      Occasional Mass going, liberal/secular neo-protestant sentimentality rules. It’s all about ‘lurv’ and not having to actually believe in anything, including God, Christ’s dual nature and other old fashioned stuff.
      Spot a gap God centred Islam might readily fill?


      Francis says Hell doesn’t exist. Cardinal Pell says Adam and Eve weren’t real people. Cardinal Kasper said the Resurrection isn’t a real physical event. Anyone on the outside looking in would be inclined to ask; Do Catholics actually believe anything?


      Here’s a clue:
      They’re few and far between in the FSSP and the SSPX…


      The problem is the Church apparently believes in anything. Doctrine is downplayed and has been for a long while. It is outright mocked under Francis. With very few calling foul. The lack of core belief among the hierarchy – as we are witnessing by the tepid response among those few questioning Francis – is shocking but tells a tale.
      Gallup just released a poll on Mass attendance in the US. It has collapsed since 1955 when it was 75% to 45% in 2008 and finally a sharp decline during the last years of Benedict’s Papacy to today under Francis when it is 39%. At the same time, Protestant attendance at Sunday services has remained stable since the mid-2000s. So one can’t put the blame totally on the secularization of America as that would have impacted Protestant churchgoers too. Seminary numbers are falling sharply and have since 2012.
      This article informs and helps explain these stark numbers. If the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church continues to abandon doctrine more people will leave the Church. Francis and the hierarchy seem not to care. For believers struggling with all this the FSSP and other “Latin Mass” groups as well as the Eastern Rites provide an alternative. One in which doctrine is preached and the fullness of the faith is intact.


      Dear Remnant, this is a soul-touching video after having walking to Chartres twice myself. It is an indescribable experience that truly wakes up our soft souls to WANT to give everything for GOD, and NOT OURSELVES. The world has forgotten, but WE have not. God bless you and save me a spot for Chartres 2019!


      Great article. Depressing, yet terribly accurate. One of the things I found odd, as a new Catholic convert, was the prevelance of Notre Dame football talk among the Catholic men I met. When there was a decent homily, no one talked about it after-Mass, just football, or weather. And at the church suppers I attended, all the talk was secular. No table talk about Bible reading, nor anything God related, so I thought, Catholics have the Mass, but little else. The Assembly of God, my former denomination, didn’t have the truth of the Mass, but they were interested in Bible learning and about the life of Jesus.
      This article struck close to home. Our Church needs help desperately…


      Yes, such men are Idolaters. Football is a Cult with each area having its local sub-cult (team) and patron deities (team stars).


      It’s a caricature that Catholics were not allowed to read the Bible … but, but it was not heavily encouraged. I have older friends in their 80s who experienced the Church before V2 and they tell me that their parishes as a rule did not have Bible study. Or any real outreach by the laity to bring in converts. That was left to the priest. It’s an unfortunate thing but it appears to be a fairly valid picture of the Church in the 50s and 60s. Scott Hahn, who was an evangelical Protestant in the early 90s, focused on bringing young Catholics to “real” Christianity, sadly reports it was easy. Young Catholics had virtually no Biblical knowledge or ability to state and defend Catholic doctrines. This is why, since his conversion, his focus has been on teaching the Bible and the Biblical basis of Catholicism to as many Catholics, including seminarians and priests, as possible.


      As someone earlier mentioned, Francis seems unconcerned and oblivious to these sentiments. His love doesn’t seem to extend to the rank and file, to the everyday struggling Catholic. He seems strangely intent on other things. Nor does he seem to care about the harm he is inflicting. But it’s far worse, in fact, I sence a deep disrespect, even a loathing, on his part, toward those that yearn for a closeness with Christ in the Mass, for Christ’s Mother, and our religion in general.


      At the wedding of a niece of mine some years ago, I met an acquaintance of my (older) sister who had been raised Catholic pre-V2. She admitted quite honestly that she really didn’t know much about the Bible. It just wasn’t taught much to Catholic children when she was young (in distinction to the Biblically-oriented Protestant childhood my siblings and I had.)

      My father, a lifelong Protestant, had for a time been engaged to a Catholic woman before the engagement broke and he later met my mother (another lifelong Protestant). For a time he had been taking instructions from a priest, and he once said to me that the priest had told him, You want to know what the Bible says? You come ask me, and I’ll tell you. This was in the 1930s. (In other words, don’t go back to your Protestant ways and try to figure out the Bible for yourself.)


      Has Hell frozen over? Isn’t this what rad trads have been saying for five years? Better late than never. Welcome, Michael V.


      Archbishop Lefebrve’s position is still absolutely correct all these years later. At some point- only God knows when- the Magisterium must address all of Vatican II and the Novus Ordo.


      Isn’t it interesting to notice how far the SSPX has moved from the ideas of Lefebvre. Where Lefebvre said the Novus Ordo church is irreconcilable with Catholicism, we now have Bishop Fellay seeking a personal prelature with the most radical, Marxist, revolutionary pope the Church has ever seen.


      Uh, no. The Pope is still the head of the Church, right? When he asks to meet, you meet. Has Bishop Fellay signed the agreement? No. And if and when he signs something, it will be with the backing of the SSPX’s General Council. But I suppose you’ll tell me that it’s under Bishop Fellay’s control.


      Yes, I have also noticed the same thing.


      The Enemy now occupies the highest positions in the Church, including right at the top. Since 1965 the faith has not been preached from any pulpits of the Novus Ordo Church. There are still a few – pitifully few – real Catholics left: Most of them associate with Society of St Pius X.


      SSPX isn’t the only option for traditional Catholics, thankfully. There are other independent priests and organizations that offer traditional Catholic Masses. Without getting mired down in a sede/R-R dialogue, there may be other options for you.


      I was depressed with what seemed a bleak future for the church. Then I went to a Latin Mass at Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, read about Priests of St. Cantius, and the seminary near Lincoln, Ne. SPPV (?). All embrace the Latin Mass! Seminaries are filling with vocations! Then I read about youth who are exploring the TLM and getting hooked with passion and enthusiasm about it. Latin Mass parishes growing! But the one thing that really gave me new hope for the Church is a youth group called JUVENTUTEM, which embraces the love for the Latin Mass! It is world wide and growing! The Archbishop of Portland, Oregon is another positive joy for the future of the Church! I expect a rebirth and flowering of the Church! We just have to be patient. Architecture will be restored, beautiful sacred art will return, Gregorian chant, and beautiful music. Communion rails will return. Reverence will be the norm again.


      I love your enthusiasm! I believe the same thing. Those who are very liberal will be given the opportunity to join us, or continue in their stubborn NO ways and, well, we can pray for them, but they will have to make a choice. I am a convert and so excited to be in the RCC. I know the doctrines, the dogmas, the traditions of the Church (thanks to the Baltimore Catechism) and can explain them to anyone. You have to know your faith, sisters and brothers. It is gratifying to tell others of the glory and magnificence of Jesus’ true Church. God expects us to be his hands and feet in the Kingdom. We have to learn our faith, and be able to clearly define it. I have been called medieval in my understanding (mostly because I veil at Mass) but the teachings are the true Church, not a secular one. Let’s shed the culture and enjoy and embrace the one true faith!! Blessings!


      I have one question. If the SSPX seminaries have a full enrollment, why do we not see more SSPX chapels across the world?


      There are 590 priests in 175 priories in 62 countries. The missionary plan set up by Abp. Lefebvre means that priests generally live in a community during the week and then travel to their chapels for masses. Perhaps there would be different benefits of having 590 priests stationed at 590 different priories, but Abp. Lefebvre felt strongly that the priests should have a life in common where they could become spiritually strong for their apostolates.

      Also, his missionary idea is based on what he did as a bishop in Africa: establish a priory with many priests that feeds priests to the small chapels. Ideally, the priory should have a school, which will foster more vocations. Over time, the small chapels grow bigger and become their own priories and, eventually, they have their own schools from which come more vocations, which leads to more chapels, priories, schools, vocations.


      There’s over 600 priests now and 16 more will be ordained by the end of June but yes, the need is great.


      Multi sunt vocati, pauci vero electi. The Church–the True Church–is already very small. All the rest just occupy traditional Catholic real estate. Starting with the pope, they are all not true Catholics. They are not the Church. What is left of the Church is a remnant. They remained faithful to the traditional Church even after the horror of VII. Thank you, Archbishop Lefebvre and the rest of the few.


      The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord — so, if we let people know there is a good reason to fear the Lord — that we have to work out our salvation in fear and trembling — that is a good way to bring people back to the true faith.


      A sobering thought is this,everyone who has ever lived,who is living today,and who will ever live until the end of the world,that the majority of souls are DAMNED! who said that? the Church Fathers said that! basing their belief on scripture and Our Lord’s words. so how in the name of Heaven can ANYONE take their salvation so lightly?


      When men lose his faith, why should he bother about salvation?
      He is then not even thinking about that, let alone fighting for it.


      Sometimes at the Novus Ordo parish I do hear “go to confession” but never, ever about what is sin or why to go to confession. I attended a TLM last Sunday and heard about sin and about the devil, the world, and the flesh and what temptation is and where is can come from. Just a totally different outlook at most TLMs. In November we heard about Heaven, Hell, Judgment, and Purgatory at the TLM. Nothing like that at the TLM where just the readings are sort of reread but without much extrapolation.


      Hi Susan! Thank you for your wonderful “turn on a word”. Adds to the certitude. I’ll be reading it to my children at lunch. “the Changes”. Love it! Where are the catechism changes? Where are the good books? Where are the unedited books? They’re hard to find. And getting harder considering “editions”.


      Tan and Sophia Institute Press have old, solid books–I’ve often found used “out of print” Catholic books on Amazon.


      Well said, Susan:

      “Why won’t the Magisterium clear the fog? Why won’t the priests and bishops just say: Outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation. Scared, are they? Afraid to offend the infidels? Or worse, have they lost the Faith?”

      In fact, some of the high and mighty in the Church are saying the exact opposite:

      1) The Papal Preacher telling the Holy Father back in 2002 that all religions are willed by God:


      2) The Pope’s alleged ghostwriter, Archbishop Vincent Fernandez, who declares flat out that everyone is saved:


      3) The head of the CDF, Archbishop (soon to be Cardinal!!) Luis Ladaria, explains in this 2008 book how God acts in a mysterious way through other religions. As he is a Jesuit, he puts in a few token lines about the possibility of damnation, but he is plainly willing to consider even the salvation of Old Nick and all the fallen angels.…

      4) Father Gerry O’Collins also seems keen on Universal Salvation. By an amazing coincidence, his book was also published in 2008. And, by an even more amazing coincidence, he is also a Jesuit. They must be putting something in the coffee at Jesuit social gatherings.……

      5) Best of all, even Martin Luther can smell that Pope Francis is a “raging Universalist” (at the 47 seconds mark). A less than respectful contribution from the Lutheran satirists:

    LEFEBVRE: What is Happening In The Church? (1980)

    What is Happening In The Church?
    A Sermon Pronounced by His Excellency Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre at the Church of St. Simon Piccolo, Venice
    7 April 1980

    In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

    My dear brethren,

    I hope you will excuse me if I am not very fluent in your language but I hope that you will understand my words.

    Perhaps there are some among you who are having doubts. They are maybe wondering why Archbishop Lefebvre has come here to Venice, without having been invited by Cardinal Cé. My presence here creates a situation which, in the Church, is not normal.

    This is true. When I was Archbishop of Dakar, if a bishop had come to my diocese without having asked me and without having been invited, I would have been very surprised. I realize this, that we are dealing with an abnormal situation. We definitely have to ask ourselves what the present situation in the Church is.

    Never, never would I have wanted to do anything contrary to the Church! All of my life has been devoted to the service of the Church. In my fifty years of priesthood, thirty-three of them as a bishop, I have done nothing but serve the Church as a missionary, as a bishop in France, as Superior General of the Holy Ghost Fathers, and as a missionary bishop. The young seminarians and the priests that you see here with me represent a very small part of all those presently studying in my five seminaries.

    Ten years ago I began this work – this Society of St. Pius X – with the intention of wanting always to serve the Church. Why, then, is Cardinal Cé, Patriarch of Venice, not happy that I have come here? Why does he not understand the reason? How can I best explain? Obviously, he is not happy that I have continued my duties unchanged since the day of my ordination to the priesthood. I have never changed in any way, whether it was when I established new seminaries in Africa, or when, as Apostolic Delegate of His Holiness Pope Pius XII, I visited the sixty-four dioceses of French Africa during the course of eleven years. I visited all the seminaries, laying down to the diocesan bishops the standards for the new ones to be opened.

    I have never changed. I have preached and done what the Church has always taught. I have never changed what the Church said in the Council of Trent and at the First Vatican Council. So who has changed? Myself or Cardinal Cé? I don’t know, but I think that considering the way things are – that is, the fruits of the changes made in the Church since the Second Vatican Council – as Catholics we can observe the fruits for ourselves, you can see it with your own eyes.

    How are things going in the Church today? Ask His Grace Monseigneur Pintonello, former Chaplain to the Armed Forces, who has made a detailed report on the present conditions of the Italian seminaries: a disaster! A real disaster! How many seminaries have been sold or closed? The Seminary of Turin with three hundred places – empty! And how many others have you seen closed in your own dioceses? So then, surely, something is wrong in the Church, because if there are no longer any seminaries there will in the future be no more priests – thus, there will no longer be the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. What will become of the Church? All this is unbelievable! They have changed, yes. They have changed, but why? They have done this, of course, with the idea of saving the Church, of doing something new. Before the Council there was a real decrease of fervor and therefore they thought that by changing, the Church would become more alive. But one cannot change what Jesus Christ has established. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Sacraments, the Creed, our catechism, the Sacred Scriptures – all come from Jesus Christ. To change them is to change the establishment of Jesus Christ. Impossible! One cannot say that the Church has been mistaken; if something is wrong one must look for the reason somewhere, but not in the Church. They also say that the Church must change as modem man changes, that as man has a new way of life, so too the Church must have another doctrine – a new Mass, new Sacraments, a new catechism, new seminaries – and, in this way, everything has gone to ruin. Everything has been ruined!

    The Church is not responsible. It is not the Church but rather the priests who are responsible for the deterioration of Catholicism. Pope St. Pius X, your Holy Patriarch of Venice, in the first pages of his encyclical Pascendi, writes that already in his time there were errors and heresies not outside but inside the Church; within the Church and not only among the laity but, more to the point, amongst the priests. St. Pius X saw these enemies from the very beginning of this century. Today we can add that if St. Pius X were still alive, he would see them not only amongst the priests but amongst the bishops and cardinals as well. It is certain, unfortunately, that there are even some cardinals who are diffusing error.

    Where does the Dutch Catechism originate? Certainly not from the Catholic Catechism, even though it was approved by cardinals and bishops. Even the French catechism, with which I am acquainted, contain errors. It is no longer the true Catholic doctrine which has always been taught. We are dealing with a very serious situation.

    Throughout the world, everywhere I have been, I have visited groups of Catholics like you, who ask themselves: “What is happening in the Church?” The Church is hardly recognizable today. The ceremonies – the half – Protestant, half-Catholic liturgy – are a circus; it is no longer a Mystery. The Sacred Mystery of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass – a great Mystery, heavenly and sublime – is no longer considered such. One no longer feels the supernatural character of the Mass; those who are present have a feeling of emptiness and no longer know whether they have been at a Catholic ceremony or at some king of secular gathering.

    This is an inadmissible situation. The faithful, good and simple people, are opposed to it. Because they intuitively know that there is something which is not right in this reform. They see seminaries empty; the novitiates of religious communities empty throughout the world. This, too, is inadmissible.For the good of the Church we must resist without being against those in authority.

    I have always had a great respect for the Holy Father, for the bishops and cardinals. I am not capable of pronouncing uncharitable words in the confrontation with Cardinal Cé, but that does not stop me from affirming Catholic doctrine because I want to remain a Catholic.

    When I was baptized, the priest asked my godparents: “What does this child ask of the Church?” They replied: “Faith. He asks Faith from the Church.” And even today I still ask Faith from the Church – the Catholic Faith. Why do the godparents ask Faith of the Church for the child? They do so to enable him to obtain everlasting life. If it is the Faith that obtains everlasting life, then it is this Faith that I want- and I don’t want to change it!

    The Catholic Faith is the Catholic Faith. The Creed is the Creed. They cannot be changed. One cannot change the Catechism; one cannot change the Mass, transforming it into a meal as the Protestants have.

    The Mass is a Sacrifice, the Sacrifice of the Cross and, as the Council of Trent says, it is the same Sacrifice as Calvary, with the only difference being that one is bloody and the other unbloody. But the two are the same; the same priest – Jesus Christ, and the same Victim – Jesus Christ.

    If the Victim is truly Jesus Christ, God, our Creator and our Redeemer, who shed all His Blood for our souls, it is impossible to receive Him in our hands like just any piece of bread. And it is therefore impossible for a Catholic not to have respect and adoration, if he truly believes that in the Blessed Sacrament is Jesus Christ – God Himself – the Creator, our Judge, who will be seen coming in the clouds of heaven to judge the entire world. Like you, I am also scandalized, I am saddened and it pains my heart to see it – they even show it on television – pictures in which a cardinal or bishop approaches the Blessed Eucharist without making a genuflection or any other sign of respect towards the Blessed Sacrament – nothing! Once again, this is inadmissible and does not reflect the attitude of the Catholic Church. We must keep the Faith in this storm through which the Church is passing – a storm that has lasted for a long time and that we hope will soon be over so that the Church can return to the Faith that she had before. We must have a little patience.

    I go to Rome five or six times a year to plead with the cardinals, the Pope himself, to return to Tradition and to give back to the Church her Catholic spirit. I quote again from St. Pius X: “Who are the friends of the people? The true friends of the people are neither the revolutionaries nor the innovators but rather the traditionalists.” Those are the words of St. Pius X to the French bishops. The true friends of the people are neither revolutionaries nor the innovators – and it was precisely the innovators who condemned St. Pius X – but rather the traditionalists. We want to be in the same spirit of St. Pius X whom for this reason I have chosen as patron of our Society, which is recognized by the Church.

    My Society, in fact, was officially recognized ten years ago by Rome and by the Bishop of Fribourg in Switzerland in which diocese it was founded. Afterwards, progressive bishops and Modernists saw in my seminaries a danger for their theories. They were enraged with me and said to themselves: “We need to destroy these seminaries, we need to finish off Ecône and the work of Archbishop Lefebvre, because it presents a danger to our progressive and revolutionary plan.” They addressed themselves to Rome in this calumnious manner and Rome consented.

    But as I said to His Holiness John Paul II, the suppression was carried out in a manner contrary to Canon Law. Not even the Soviets pronounce judgments as the cardinals at Rome have done against my work. The Soviets have a tribunal, a kind of tribunal to condemn someone, but I have not even had this tribunal – nothing! I have been condemned without having had anything, not even a forewarning or a summons – nothing! One fine day a letter arrived to tell me that the seminary would have to be closed.

    I have repeated this to the Holy Father that not even the Soviets behave like this. I told him that I have continued because this is not how the Church acts – it is the enemies of the Church that want her seminaries closed down. The Catholic Church cannot just forget her Tradition, it is impossible. It is the enemy, as St. Pius X said, the enemy who is working within the Church because he wants the Church to be finished with her tradition; because he is in a fury against her Tradition.

    It is up to you to judge the facts. In my seminaries we have over 200 seminarians and many vocations to the religious life. When a house opens it is soon filled with many new vocations. Why? Because the youth seek to find the Church – Tradition. There, where one finds Tradition, one also finds the Church. Through a priest all finds its ideal; all his heart is in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. To go unto the altar of God, to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, to give Our Christ, the true Victim – to souls. Thus the fullness of the priesthood and the priests. My seminarians, such as those at Ecône, know this; they prepare themselves for the priesthood upon this basis.

    I congratulate and thank those who have invited me to come. I hope that my visit has encouraged Catholics to maintain the Church of all time, the Catholic Church. In Rome it has been said of me that I have done nothing other than halt, impede, progress in the Church. In that alone I would be doing a splendid thing! If only this, to halt, to impede the ruin of the Church!

    That is not our only purpose. Not only do we wish to halt this ruin but we desire also to reconstruct the Church, a living Church. For this end I preach to you a crusade, a true crusade of all Catholics who desire to maintain the Faith. In order to do so you must gather about good priests who wish to conserve the Faith by assuring life in the Church.

    In closing, I ask all who are gathered around this altar, a true altar with a true priest, I ask you to continue the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We pray also for your children that they may see and know the Catholic religion, that they may frequent Catholic schools. Indeed, there are great trials for Catholic parents. These children must also conserve Tradition. We invoke, to this end, our highly venerated Patriarch of Venice, Pope St. Pius X, who was a saint who foresaw the future.

    During the course of this Mass let us ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to whom we must have a great devotion, especially through the invocation of the most holy Rosary, let us ask her to terminate this crisis in the Church and return to the Church the peace and grace of Almighty God.

    In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Ghost. Amen.

    A Prayer for Ireland

    pray for Ireland.

    Mary, greatest of Marys,
    pray for Ireland.

    Most great of women,
    pray for Ireland.

    Queen of the angels,
    pray for Ireland.

    Mistress of the heavens,
    pray for Ireland.

    Woman full and replete with the grace of the Holy Ghost,
    pray for Ireland.

    Blessed and most blessed,
    pray for Ireland.

    Mother of eternal glory,
    pray for Ireland.

    Mother of the heavenly and earthly Church,
    pray for Ireland.

    Mother of love and indulgence,
    pray for Ireland.

    Mother of the golden light,
    pray for Ireland.

    Honor of the sky,
    pray for Ireland.

    Harbinger of peace.
    pray for Ireland.

    Gate of heaven,
    pray for Ireland.

    Golden altar,
    pray for Ireland.

    Couch of love and mercy,
    pray for Ireland.

    Temple of the Divinity,
    pray for Ireland.

    Beauty of virgins,
    pray for Ireland.

    Mistress of the tribes,
    pray for Ireland.

    Fountain of the gardens,
    pray for Ireland.

    Cleansing of sins,
    pray for Ireland.

    Washing of souls,
    pray for Ireland.

    Mother of orphans,
    pray for Ireland.

    Breast of the infants,
    pray for Ireland.

    Refuge of the wretched,
    pray for Ireland.

    Star of the sea,
    pray for Ireland.

    Handmaid of God,
    pray for Ireland.

    Mother of Christ,
    pray for Ireland.

    Abode of the Godhead,
    pray for Ireland.

    Graceful as the dove,
    pray for Ireland.

    Serene like the moon,
    pray for Ireland.

    Resplendent like the sun,
    pray for Ireland.

    Undoing of Eve’s disgrace,
    pray for Ireland.

    Regeneration of life,
    pray for Ireland.

    Perfection of women,
    pray for Ireland.

    Chief of the virgins,
    pray for Ireland.

    Garden enclosed,
    pray for Ireland.

    Fountain sealed,
    pray for Ireland.

    Mother of God,
    pray for Ireland.

    Perpetual Virgin,
    pray for Ireland.

    Holy Virgin,
    pray for Ireland.

    Prudent Virgin,
    pray for Ireland.

    Serene Virgin,
    pray for Ireland.

    Chaste Virgin,
    pray for Ireland.

    Temple of the Living God,
    pray for Ireland.

    Throne of the Eternal King,
    pray for Ireland.

    Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit,
    pray for Ireland.

    Virgin of the root of Jesse,
    pray for Ireland.

    Cedar of Mount Lebanon,
    pray for Ireland.

    Cypress of Mount Sion,
    pray for Ireland.

    Crimson rose in the land of Jacob,
    pray for Ireland.

    Fruitful like the olive,
    pray for Ireland.

    Blooming like the palm,
    pray for Ireland.

    Glorious Son-bearer,
    pray for Ireland.

    Light of Nazareth,
    pray for Ireland.

    Glory of Jerusalem,
    pray for Ireland.

    Beauty of the world,
    pray for Ireland.

    Noblest born of the Christian people,
    pray for Ireland.

    Queen of life,
    pray for Ireland.

    Ladder of Heaven,
    pray for Ireland.

    V. Hear the petition of the poor.
    R. Spurn not the wounds and the groans of the miserable.

    V. Let our devotion and our sighs be carried through thee to the presence of the Creator,
    R. For we are not ourselves worthy of being heard because of our evil deserts.

    V. O powerful Mistress of heaven and earth,
    R. Wipe out our trespasses and our sins.

    V. Destroy our wickedness and depravity.
    R. Raise the fallen, the debilitated, and the fettered.

    V. Loose the condemned.
    R. Repair through Thyself the transgressions of our immorality and our vices.

    V. Bestow upon us through Thyself the blossoms and ornaments of good actions and virtues.
    R. Appease for us the Judge by Thy prayers and Thy supplications.

    V. Allow us not, for mercy’s sake, to be carried off from Thee among the spoils of our enemies.
    V. Allow not our souls to be condemned, but take us to Thyself for ever under Thy protection.

    We, moreover, beseech and pray Thee, holy Mary, to obtain, through Thy potent supplication, before Thy only Son, that is, Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, that God may defend us from all straits and temptations. Obtain also for us from the God of Creation the forgiveness and remission of all our sins and trespasses, and that we may receive from Him further, through Thy intercession, the everlasting habitation of the heavenly kingdom, through all eternity, in the presence of the saints and the saintly virgins of the world; which may we deserve, may we enjoy, forever and ever. Amen.


    Our beloved Son, Monsignor Bartholomew Woodlock, one of our Chamberlains of Honor, and Rector of the Catholic University in the City of Dublin, has lately caused to be laid before Us a certain Pious Prayer, or Form of Supplication, to the Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the beginning of which is, in the English tongue “O Great Mary! Mary Greatest ” in the Italian language, O Maria, eccelsa Signora and has also caused it to be set forth to Us that it was lately recovered from oblivion by one of the Professors of the said University, and that it is the same which used to be recited in the Churches by the Irish faithful in their primitive language from the most remote period. But, now, Our aforesaid beloved Son has caused Us to be informed that he himself, and very many others, have it extremely at heart that, with the view of increasing more and more, in the minds of Christ’s faithful of Ireland, piety and devotion towards the Immaculate Mother of God. We should vouchsafe, of Our Apostolic favor, to unlock the heavenly treasures of Indulgences for the faithful who shall recite that prayer. We, who regard with fatherly charity and special good will all Christ’s faithful of Ireland, from whom We have always had peculiar proofs of dutiful service towards this Holy See, have been pleased to meet the prayers they have addressed to Us, and to grant Indulgence as below.

    Wherefore, unto all and singular the faithful of Christ of either sex, now or temporarily residing in Ireland, being at least contrite in heart, who shall on any day devoutly recite the aforesaid Prayer, translated into whatsoever language, provided only the version be faithful, whereof We have ordered a copy, written in the English and Italian languages, to be kept in the Registry of the Briefs of Our Secretary’s Office, We, relying on the mercy of the Almighty God, and by the authority of His Apostles, the Blessed Peter and Paul, do remit, in the wonted form of the Church, on the day whereon they shall do this, One Hundred Days from penances enjoined, or otherwise in what manner soever due, of which relaxations of penances.  We grant also in the Lord the application, by way of suffrage, to the souls of Christ’s faithful who shall have departed from this life united in charity to God. Anything making to the contrary notwithstanding. These presents to hold to all future times. And We will have precisely the same confidence which would be accorded to these presents, if they were exhibited or shown, to be accorded to translations or copies, even printed, of the present Letters, inscribed by the hand of some public notary, and furnished with the seal of a person placed in an ecclesiastical dignity.

    Given in Rome, at St. Peter’s, under the Ring of the Fisherman, 5th day of September, 1862, in the 17th year of Our Pontificate.

    The Church Was NOT Born at Pentecost: CANCEL The Birthday Party!



    Put away those birthday cakes for the Church on the 50th day after Easter Sunday.  It is time to snuff out the candles on a cake made from non-Catholic ingredients.  The Church was NOT born at Pentecost.

    Traditionally, Catholics have held that the Church was born three days before Easter on Good Friday.  Yet, many Catholics and most Protestants are celebrating the ‘Birthday of the Church’ at Pentecost based upon the Protestant ideal of Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone) interpretations.  Informed Catholics somberly recall the venerable and authoritative Traditional teaching based on Sacred Scripture that the Church was born amidst blood and water from the wounded side of our Lord and God, Jesus Christ on Calvary.

    The ultimate foundation for our One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Faith is not based on Sacred Scripture alone.  It is based on the twin pillars of truth: Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition.  We may recall the teaching of the Second General Council of Constantinople (553 AD) on Sacred Tradition:

    “We firmly hold and teach the Faith which from the beginning was given to the Apostles by our great God and Savior Jesus Christ and by them proclaimed to the whole world.  The holy Fathers confessed it and explained it and handed it on to the Holy Church …”

    In Sacred Scripture, Saint Paul the Apostle (d.67 AD) declared that Adam foreshadows the coming of the Son of God, thus first evidencing the Apostolic Tradition of interpreting the first man as a ‘type’ of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    • “The first man, Adam, became a living soul; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.” (I Cor 15:45)
    • “… yet death reigned from Adam unto Moses, even over those who did not sin after the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a figure of Him Who was to come.” (Romans 5:14)

    The Fathers of the Church and others have expounded upon Saint Paul the Apostle’s typology between the first Adam from the Garden of Eden and the second Adam Whose Garden of Gethsemani (aka: Gethsemane) led to Calvary.  Their instruction forms the foundation of the Church’s Sacred Tradition.  In addition, a number of these Church Fathers are also Saints honored as Doctors of the Church recognized for being of particular importance in their contributions to theology or doctrine.

    Tertullian (d. 223 AD) considered to be the ‘founder of Latin theology’ was a Latin Father of the Church who expressed:  “If Adam is a type of Christ then Adam’s sleep is a symbol of the death of Christ and by the wound in the side of Christ was formed the Church, the true Mother of all the living.”

    Origen of Alexandria (d. 254 AD) the head of the Catechetical School of Alexandria and a Greek Father of the Church explained:  “Christ has flooded the universe with divine and sanctifying waves.  For the thirsty He sends a spring of living water from the wound which the spear opened in His side.  From the wound in Christ’s side has come forth the Church, and He has made Her His Bride.”

    St. Ambrose of Milan (d. 397 AD) was a Bishop and Latin Father and Doctor of the Church.  Ambrose professed: “He (Moses) also taught that God made woman: for He made Adam sleepy, and he fell asleep, and He took a rib from his side, and covered it with his flesh.  And the Lord God fashioned the rib which He took from Adam into woman … that they should be two in one flesh and that a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and that we are members of His Body, of His flesh and of His bones … The Church, who is gathered together from the gentile peoples, leaves Her parents … for the sake of which Man … from Whose side, while asleep God took a rib … when the soldier opened His side, immediately there poured out Blood and water for the life of the world … This life of the world is Christ’s rib, the rib of the second Adam … Therefore we are members of His Body, of His flesh, and of His bones … This is Eve, the mother of all the living … therefore the mother of the living is the Church.”

    St. John Chrysostom (d. 407 AD) was a Greek Father of the Church who was also the Patriarch of Constantinople and a Doctor of the Church.  The renowned speaker known as the “golden-mouthed” deepened our understanding: “The Gospel records that when Christ was dead, but still hung on the Cross, a soldier came and pierced His side with a lance and immediately there poured out water and Blood.  Now the water was a symbol of Baptism and the Blood of the Holy Eucharist … From these two Sacraments the Church is born … Since the symbols of Baptism and the Eucharist flowed from His side, it was from His side that Christ fashioned the Church, as He had fashioned Eve from the side of Adam … As God then took a rib from Adam’s side to fashion a woman, so Christ has given us Blood and water from His side to fashion the Church,  God took the rib when Adam was in a deep sleep, and in the same way Christ gave us the Blood and the water after His own death.”

    St. Augustine of Hippo (d. 430 AD) was a Bishop who earned the titles of Latin Father and Doctor of the Church.  Augustine elucidated:

    • “When [Christ] slept on the Cross, He bore a sign, yea, He fulfilled what had been signified in Adam: for when Adam was asleep, a rib was drawn from him and Eve was created; so also while the Lord slept on the Cross, His side was transfixed with a spear, and the sacraments flowed forth, whence the Church was born.  For the Church, the Lord’s Bride, was created from His side, as Eve was created from the side of Adam.”
    • “Adam sleeps, that Eve may be born: Christ dies, that the Church may be born.  When Adam sleeps, Eve is formed from his side; when Christ is dead, the spear pierces His side that the sacraments may flow forth whereby the Church is formed.
    • “The first woman was called Life and Mother of the living.  The second Adam with bowed head slept on the Cross, in order that a spouse might be formed for Him from that which flowed from His side as He slept.  Death, by which the dead come to life again!  What could be more cleansing than this blood?  What more healing than this wound?”

    Quodvultdeus (d. 453 AD), Bishop of Carthage, was a disciple of Augustine who instructed his flock: “Now let our Bridegroom climb onto the Cross and sleep there in death, and let His side be opened and the Virgin Bride come forth.  As once from the side of Adam Eve was formed, so let the Church be formed now from the side of the dying Christ, as He hangs on the Cross.  Oh wonderful mystery!  The Bride is born from the Bridegroom!”

    Venerable Pope Pius XII  (d. 1958 AD) in his Encyclical on the Mystical Body of Christ, Mystici Corporis Christi, authoritatively proclaimed:

    • “As we set out briefly to expound in what sense Christ founded His social Body, the following thought of Our predecessor of happy memory, Leo XIII, occurs to Us at once: ‘The Church which, already conceived, came forth from the side of the second Adam in His sleep on the Cross, first showed Herself before the eyes of men on the great day of Pentecost.’  For the Divine Redeemer began the building of the mystical temple of the Church when by His preaching He made known His Precepts; He completed it when He hung glorified on the Cross; and He manifested and proclaimed it when He sent the Holy Ghost as Paraclete in visible form on His disciples.”
    • “That He completed His work on the gibbet of the Cross is the unanimous teaching of the Holy Fathers who assert that the Church was born from the side of our Savior on the Cross like a new Eve, mother of all the living …  One who reverently examines this venerable teaching will easily discover the reasons on which it is based.”

    Pope Pius XII also expounded upon the subject of Pentecost in Mystici Corporis Christi, without once mentioning the words, birth, born, or birthday: “The Church which He founded by His Blood, He strengthened on the Day of Pentecost by a special power, given from Heaven … He wished to make known and proclaim His Spouse through the visible coming of the Holy Spirit with the sound of a mighty wind and tongues of fire … Christ our Lord sent the Holy Spirit down from Heaven, to touch them with tongues of fire and to point out, as by the finger of God, the supernatural mission and office of the Church.”

    The Post-Vatican II Catholic Catechism holds to this Tradition of the Fathers of the Church:  “The Church is born primarily of Christ’s total self-giving for our salvation, anticipated in the institution of the Eucharist and fulfilled on the Cross. ‘The origin and growth of the Church are symbolized by the Blood and water which flowed from the open side of the crucified Jesus.’ ‘For it was from the side of Christ as He slept the sleep of death upon the Cross that there came forth the wondrous sacrament of the whole Church.’  As Eve was formed from the sleeping Adam’s side, so the Church was born from the pierced Heart of Christ hanging dead on the Cross.”

    The visionary Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (d. 1824 AD) saw Adam after his expulsion from the Garden of Eden weeping at Mount of Olives (Gethsemani) where Jesus would have His ‘Agony in the Garden.’  She also had a vision in which she received insight into why Calvary (in Greek) also known as Golgotha (in Hebrew) was known as the “Place of the Skull.” She saw the tomb of Adam and Eve at an immense depth below the rock which constitutes Mount Calvary.  She beheld the Cross of Christ placed vertically over the skull of Adam.  In addition to the foregoing authoritative sources, including Fathers and Doctors of the Church, the typology of the first and second Adam is attested to by this acclaimed mystic of the Church.

    The ‘Vision of Tuy’ of the Most Holy Trinity with Our Lady of Fatima on June 13, 1929, showed to Sister Lucia our Crucified Lord shedding His Precious Blood onto a Communion Host, then pouring forth into a Chalice, both suspended in the air.  The Blessed Virgin Mary with Her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart was at the foot of the Cross at Tuy, just as She was at Calvary.  Under the left arm of the Cross were large letters, as if of crystal clear water, which formed the words: “Grace and Mercy.”

    • The Traditional teaching on the Birth of the Church with the Blood and water flowing from our Savior on Calvary could well be reinforced at Tuy.
    • Perhaps the dreadful situation that the Mystical Body of Christ finds itself today was also predicted in that Tuy vision of which Sister Lucia would say: “… I received lights about this mystery which I am not permitted to reveal.” Consider that at Bethlehem, Our Lady felt no pain at the Virgin Birth.  Conversely, at Golgotha, Our Lady experienced great pain as the Church was born.  As the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church, is being crucified in our time, Our Lady is afflicted once again – as She is Mother of the Church.  Perhaps Our Lady of Sorrows appeared at Fatima to console the faithful members of the Church who are undergoing a horrific crucifixion today.  She is standing by our side, just as the Mother of God stood near the Cross of Her Divine Son.
    • The Vision of Tuy can also refer to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, especially in that the apparition appeared over the Altar in Sister Lucia’s convent and was a powerful re-presentation of Calvary.  One of the many distressing deviations from the venerable Traditional Latin Mass was that for centuries of not ever having referred to Pentecost as the ‘Birthday of the Church’ in the liturgy, the Novus Ordo Mass in its initial Preface for Pentecost referred to “At the Church’s beginning …” and later, after Pope Benedict XVI’s reform, revised it to “ …as the Church came to birth …”  The introduction of such novelties inconsistent with Church Tradition is a source of great distress for those of us who profess what should be unchanging Catholic truths.

    Also be aware that various publications – even some written before 1960 – lamentably evidence that many Catholics of different ranks and most Protestants adhere to the innovation that the Church was born at Pentecost.  The Catechism Explained is a book written 118 years ago that has the gratuitous unsupported undocumented sentence: “Pentecost is the birthday of the Church.” This is a ‘red-flag’ that goes along with the Modernistic sub-title of the book:  “An Exhaustive Exposition of the Christian Religion, with Special Reference to the Present State of Society and the Spirit of the Age.”  No wonder Pope Saint Pius X had to write the Encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis on the doctrines of the Modernists in 1907.  Modernism existed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and has become even more virulent today.

    Many of the people celebrating the Birthday of the Church at Pentecost are good souls who are simply misinformed.  In charity, we have a duty to instruct them in the truth of Tradition, even if it ruins their party.  Others, such as Modernists, deliberately seek to attack venerable Traditions of the Church in order to weaken the One True Faith founded by Christ.  As the Church Militant, we have a duty to refute Modernism.

    None of the Fathers of the Church ever said that the birth of the Church was at Pentecost; nor did they offer any recipes for any such birthday cakes. Neither should we.  It is time to put an end to such nonsense that undermines Church Tradition.

    We conclude with this quote from the ‘Oath Against Modernism’ prescribed by Pope Saint Pius X:  “I reject any way of judging or interpreting Holy Scripture which takes no account of the Church’s Tradition … So I hold, and I shall firmly hold till my dying breath, the faith of the Fathers …”

    Always remember my Three R’s of Modernism:   Recognize it; Refute it; and Return to Tradition.

    Father Cizik’s Three R’s of Modernism:  Recognize it; Refute it; Return to Tradition.



    Feast of St. Pope Pius V, May 5

    Written by  Remnant Staff



    Remnant TV’s CATHOLIC SAINTS AND HOLY DAYS pays homage to the great St. Pius V–the pope who called the Holy League to rise up against Islam, commissioned the Catechism of the Council of Trent against the errors of the Protestants and codified the Traditional Latin Mass and the 15-mystery Rosary in anticipation of the Modernists.

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      His glory is found in his standardization of the Mass worldwide. It’s that Mass that the modernists of Vatican II abandoned…and that I attend every Sunday. I will once again, as I always do, visit his glass-enclosed remains at St. Mary Major when in Rome in July. St. Pius V, pray for us and intervene on our behalf so that the heretics of today can be cast out and the true faith reign.


      So St. Pius V did not convene Trent, but he implemented its decisions and ordered the Roman Catechism in answer to Trent’s call for better education of priests.

  • Seraphia: The Real Veronica (Based on the Visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich)

    Written by  Jean McGill Meyer


    Introductory Note to the Editor:

    The real life of the woman called St. Veronica is virtually unknown. Some writers just guess about who she really was. But in the four volumes of Anne Catherine Emmerick’s Life of Jesus Christ, she is mentioned many times. Sometimes Anne Catherine calls her Seraphia, her real name, and sometimes Veronica, the woman of the veil. I have gathered from these four books tidbits of information about her life and wrote this little narrative about her. I felt her story of true dedication to Jesus all His life should be known. It was my hope that you would publish this article in The Remnant so others will know who this saintly person really was. She was, according to Anne Catherine Emmerich, the keeper of the Holy Grail until Christ requested it for the Last Supper. That is another story in itself. J. Meyer

    HER NAME WAS SERAPHIA, TAKEN FROM THE SERAPHIM, the angels on fire with love. It suited her well. She was the niece of the old Temple prophet, Simeon. She was cousin of John the Baptist through his father Zachary. Yet she is known to the world only as Veronica, the woman of the veil.

    She was tall and stately, a woman of about fifty, still showing the beauty she was once known for in her youth. She stood, waiting on the steps leading to her house, listening to the cursing, jeering, and yelling of the crowd as the slow pitiful procession approached.

    Frightened, yet deep in sorrow, Seraphia waited, her veil wrapped about her head, holding the hand of her little adopted daughter. Then she saw Him coming, the One she knew was the Messiah, bloodied from the terrible scourging, a crown of sharp thorns upon His head, barely able to walk while carrying the cross of His crucifixion. How had it come to this? Only a few days ago people stood cheering Him on the roadway leading into Jerusalem, as Jesus entered the city on a donkey. They laid their coats and palm branches before Him crying, “Hosanna, Hosanna.”

    She had been there. She had removed the long veil from her head and spread it out before Him as He rode by, giving her a loving, and knowing glance.

    Now everything was turned upside down. The slow procession was just before her. Taking all the courage she could gather, Seraphia forced her way through the jeering crowd and ran in front of Jesus, causing the long line of boisterous soldiers carrying chains and whips, executioners, and Pharisees on horseback to halt. She knelt on one knee, quickly removed her veil, and handed it to Jesus.

    “Master, wipe your face so that you may better see your way.”

    Jesus gratefully took the scarf and wiped the blood, sweat, and spit from His face and eyes.

    Stunned, then enraged, Caiaphas and the other Pharisees, already impatient with the slow pace, screamed, “Get that woman out of here! How dare she interfere and give homage to a criminal!”

    One of the soldiers roughly pulled her away. Clutching her veil to her, she pushed through the crowd and rushed up the steps to her house. She flung the veil onto a table and collapsed onto the floor. A few minutes later a friend burst into the room, saw her and roused her, exclaiming “Seraphia, that was such a brave thing you did.”

    Looking at the veil lying on the table her friend cried, “Look at your veil”. Looking at the veil, Seraphia saw the bloody imprint of the face of Jesus. She was filled with both grief and consolation. On her knees before the image she declared, “Now will I leave all, for the Lord has given me a memento.”

    She held the veil to her heart and followed Mary, the mother of Jesus, Mary Klopas, her niece, Johanna, and the other holy women to the place of the crucifixion. After Joseph of Arimathea and the others had taken Jesus down from the cross, they all formed a small procession to the tomb where Jesus was laid.

    In a few days, word of Seraphia’s miraculous veil spread all over the little community of the faithful. Everyone flocked to her to see and marvel at the wonderful cloth. Soon they were calling her Veronica, from veri icon, the “true image.” This remained her name ever after.

    The news of the image of the veil spread even to the Emperor Tiberius. He was very angry when he heard of the crucifixion of Jesus, the wonder-worker, the healer of many. He had thought that Jesus could have cured him of the terrible disease he had suffered from for so long. Greatly angered at Pilate for having Jesus executed, Tiberius sent him off to the wilds of Gaul in disgrace. Then Tiberius heard of the woman Veronica and her wondrous veil. He immediately sent his consul to Jerusalem to bring her and the veil to Rome. Obediently, she went, accompanied by Nicodemus and a young servant from the Temple.

    Tiberius was propped up with pillows on his couch when Veronica was ushered into his room. He was greatly impressed when Veronica, with regal bearing, walked in carrying her miraculous gift over her arm.

    “So you are the woman of the veil, the one they call Veronica. Show me this veil with the wondrous image of the Man.” She opened up her veil all the way so he could see it. Tiberius stared but said nothing. Finally he said, “Tell me all about this Jesus and how you got this wondrous image.”

    “Jesus is our Messiah. It had been predicted for centuries that he would come to save us. My uncle Simeon, whom I lived with since early youth, was a holy prophet. He spent many hours in the Temple praying that the Messiah would come and that he would live to see the Messiah and hold him in his arms. When he saw the bright star shining in the east he knew that was the sign that the Messiah was born and that He would soon be brought to the Temple. I saw Simeon with much great joy as he held the Holy Babe in his arms. Since that day I have dedicated myself to Him.

    “I watched Him as He grew whenever Mary and Joseph brought Him to the Temple.   When He was twelve and alone in Jerusalem, I sent baskets of food to Him. When He grew to manhood and started His teachings I again sent baskets of food to Him. Later I followed Him and with His mother, Mary, and others helped to see that He and the disciples had food and other comforts. My husband, Sirach, often forbade me to do this, thinking Jesus was just a troublemaker. Still I would try to be with Jesus and the other women to listen to His teachings. Sirach several times actually had me imprisoned for long stretches to keep me from following Jesus. But later our friends Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea convinced Sirach that He was wrong, that they too believed in Jesus.”

    Veronica went on to tell how Jesus had healed many people of blindness, deafness, leprosy. She told how He had fed thousands with just a few fishes and loaves of bread. She then told how the Pharisees came to hate Jesus and wanted Him killed, how they had threatened Pilate with riots and reports to Tiberius if he did not have Jesus crucified. Pilate had Jesus scourged; the soldiers crowned Him with thorns. Jesus then had to carry a heavy cross to the place of execution. It was then, she told Tiberius, that she ran out to let Jesus wipe His face with her veil so that He could see better. Later it was discovered that He had left His image upon the veil.

    She spoke with such eloquence and love that Tiberius felt the warm glow of her words burning inside him. Then he realized he had been cured. Tiberius was so grateful to Veronica that he wanted her to stay in Rome. He would give her a large house, with servants, and she would never want for anything. Veronica refused, saying she had to go back to Jerusalem.


    “I want to die where my Lord Jesus died.” Feeling she didn’t have much more time, she went back to Jerusalem. Fearing for the veil, she sent it on to Mary, the mother of Jesus for safe keeping.

    Back in Jerusalem, she found the Pharisees were putting many of Christ’s followers into prison. When they heard that Veronica, a follower of Jesus, the woman with the veil, had found great favor with Tiberius, the Emperor, they were enraged. Veronica and some of the other women tried to leave Jerusalem and go to a safer place, but the Temple guards were sent after them. Veronica could not escape. The guards caught her and took her back to Jerusalem to the Pharisees. She was put into prison to die. She was given no food. She who had been so generous with food for others was now to be deprived of this life sustenance. Her last days were undoubtedly spent in much pain and prayer. She must have prayed much until her strength gave out.

    Jesus would never forget this woman who had showed such kindness and devotion to Him all His life. When she closed her eyes in death, Jesus was surely there to take her by the hand and say to her, “Come, dear Seraphia. Well have you lived up to your name, fire of love, burning one. Come, I have prepared a place for you.”

    Suggested Reading:

    Anne Catherine Emmerich, The Life of Jesus Christ and Biblical revelations from the Visions of Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich (Tan Books), vols I-IV

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