Airplane Magisterium Stutters Out...

Torch of The Faith News on Monday 27 August 2018 - 17:00:34 | by admin

From questions about Amoris Laetitia on all the way to the Zika Virus, the ''Airplane Magisterium'' of Francis has so often been a veritable A-Z of confusion, contradiction and ''go read it for yourself'' obfuscation.

Francis' non-answer to the journalistic questions, posed to him on the return flight to Rome from the gravely sacrilegious and scandalous World Meeting of Families in Dublin, is in perfect continuity with that tradition.

We might even say that it may only be fully understood within that hermeneutical continuity!

It is, first of all, interesting to notice on the on-line video footage, how Francis immediately lowered his microphone and drooped his shoulders, when the lady journalist asked him to comment on the bombshell document, which had just been published by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano.

When asked the question whether it was true that Vigano personally told Francis about the behaviour of, and sexual abuse by, former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, in 2013, and even that Pope Benedict XVI had imposed key sanctions on McCarrick, Francis did what he basically used to do when asked searching questions about Amoris Laetitia: He told journalists to go and read the statement through carefully for themselves and then make their own judgement.

Again, to the subsequent question, ''When was the first time that you heard about the abuses that the former cardinal had committed?'' Francis replied: ''Study and then I will say something.''

This failure to answer a simple and direct question is a dramatic revelation before the whole world.

No matter what happens after this to obscure or slight Vigano, or to hinder those who are seeking the truth, everyone with eyes to see has now witnessed this radical inability of Francis to provide a straight answer to an honest and direct question.

It has already been interesting, and indeed most disturbing, to see how various mainstream media sources, as well as the usual ''journalistic'' supporters of Francis, are already trying to undermine Vigano's sincere call for the truth to be exposed. They are doing this by slighting the archbishop's claims, and the work of faithful Catholics, without even first searching for the truth as one would expect authentic journalists to do.

Nevertheless, the truth is beginning to come out and everyone who cares for the truth will indeed read carefully through those eleven pages of Archbishop Vigano's letter and draw their own conclusions.

And Cardinal Burke has alluded that this will lead to legitimate ecclesiastical action.

Although I imagine that this is only the beginning of a very difficult and painful road for the Catholic Church and the persecuted, orthodox members of the faithful, it certainly looks as though the ''Airplane Magisterium'' of Francis has now begun to stutter out.

And by the reality of that refusal to answer a straightforward question - which could have proved or disproved his innocence involving a very grave matter - the confusions, obfuscations, and indeed outright errors, of Francis' whole ''Airplane Magisterium'' of interviews and acts on aeroplanes must be judged.

And, when the truth is established, likely his whole time in the role of pope, to boot.

Ladies and gentlemen, please buckle up your seatbelts; for I believe we are in for a very bumpy ride.

PS: That bit about the sanctions applied by Pope Benedict XVI to McCarrick certainly casts an interesting light on Cardinal Kevin Farrell's video denials of knowledge. 

The Truth is coming out.

Let us heed the words of Cardinal Raymond Burke, who has noted that the truth of each of Archbishop Vigano's declarations must be established and then appropriate sanctions must be applied: ''All good Catholics must pray and sacrifice for the Church at this tumultous time.''

Our Lady of Fatima - Pray for us!       

The Cascading Descent of Revolution

Torch of The Faith News on Saturday 25 August 2018 - 13:47:52 | by admin

The bishops at the World Meeting of Families presenting a spectacle of frivolity, somewhere between a circus, a sports fixture and a pagan ceremony. At last night's Mass, whilst bedecked in the pinkish set of ''swirl'' vestments, the American homosexual activist, Deacon Ray Dever, stood alongside Theodore McCarrick's long-time house-mate, Cardinal Kevin Farrell...

I've been reading LifeSiteNews' overview of Dr. Thomas Ward's presentation at Lumen Fidei Institute's Catholic conference; an orthodox alternative to the official, and clearly pro-homosexual, World Meeting of Families in Dublin.

It is certainly notable that, with 400 attendees, the alternative family-friendly event pulled in double the number that attended for Cardinal Vincent Nichols' presentation at the official Francis-Vatican sponsored event.

From what I have read of his presentation, the good Dr. Ward has made a very accurate prognosis of the situation now facing the Church and society, as well as the historical context which has brought everything to this distressing point.

This is something I speak of in terms of a cascading descent of revolution.

And so, Dr. Ward asks whether we are witnessing ''an intent at a Vatican revolution which would be a culmination and fulfillment of all three previous revolutions (French, 1789), Communist (1848), and sexual (1968).''

To which I would only add the earlier 16th-Century Protestant Revolution, which contained the seed of these later revolutions in germ-form and paved the way for them.

All faithful Catholics now find themselves in an excruciating position of seeing the One True Faith infiltrated, obscured, subverted and maligned.

Francis, his entourage and their liberal fellow travellers throughout the Church are out in the open taking as many opportunities to undermine the Faith and the faithful as they possibly can. They do this by their words, their actions and the photographic visuals for which they pose during these kind of events.

Worse still the defence of the Faith, which continues to fall on less than a handful of prelates, and a small number of suffering clergy and lay people around the world, takes place in the midst of a hostile cultural situation, with an increasing propensity for persecution.

It is certainly revealing of the true nature and mission of Francis that his choice of words, actions and supporters increasingly exposes orthodox Catholics to the grim winds of persecution.

For example, at the World Meeting of Families, Francis has given a platform for his homosexualist friend James Martin SJ to promote homosexual ideology within the Church, complete with the LGBT nomenclature, at an official Catholic event.

Yet, when Catholics stand up to defend the Faith and souls with the full catechetical teachings of the Church, Martin labels them, and this in mainstream media, as ''haters''.

Not only is this an unjust label which misrepresents the motivation of orthodox Catholic commentators, but it is also a dangerous one to put about in jurisdictions which increasingly interpret such defences of traditional morality as ''hate crimes''.

Then, too, Francis' identification of ''clericalism'' as the central cause of the unfolding sex-abuse and cover-up crisis, ignores the fact that, in around 70% of the recently revealed cases, the clericalism in action was only a secondary problem to the fact that homosexual men were abusing post-pubescent males and being protected after doing so by their superiors.

That is merely a statement of the evidential facts.

Again, such targeting of ''clericalism'' is itself a loaded term in a liberal environment which, unjustly, confuses clerical abuse of power with the legitimate expressions of clerical life.

For example, many orthodox Catholic priests and seminarians are already persecuted for supposed ''clericalism'', just because they wear the Roman collar and cassock, comport themselves reverently in a priestly manner, hold to the male hierarchical structure of priestly authority, and order their lives, personal prayer, liturgical practice and pastoral activities around the canonical norms of tradition.

It is easy to see how the unjust identification of ''clericalism'' in relation to these men will only be accelerated by Francis' un-nuanced application of ''clericalist'' guilt in his recent Letter on the Sex Abuse Crisis.

Indeed, such is already happening; as was witnessed in the since-removed tweet by a certain ''Brother Joseph'', who tweeted: ''If you guys want to lessen the clericalism in the Church, then STOP the Extraordinary Form mass: it is clerical worship through and through.''

By the way, that use of a small ''m'' for Mass looks telling in itself.

Actually, one of the key reasons that so many Catholics are rediscovering their true liturgical patrimony, is to enable them to worship the most holy and infinite Triune God without the hindrance of man-centred liturgies.

It is, rather, the too-frequent experience of the Novus Ordo culture, to find priests who think and act as though they were themselves at the centre of all things. The internet is replete with video evidence of this disturbing phenomenon.

Beyond this, Francis arrives in Dublin today for the concluding period of the World Meeting of Families; on a weekend which marks the third month since that very city witnessed the enormous and diabolical ''celebration'' of Ireland's deathly abortion referendum.

And yet, as the picture and caption above portray, the bishops are brazenly parading themselves at the WMOF in Dublin, bedecked in frivolous vestments which, whilst being at once inappropriate for the dignity of either their office or the Sacred Liturgy, also demonstrate an acute lack of awareness of the gravity of these times.

And this is happening even when some members of the hierarchy who are in attendance are themselves being investigated due to the unfolding sex-abuse/cover-up scandal.

Instead of the penitence of liturgical purple, they thus present a spectacle which falls somewhere between a circus act, a sports fixture and a pagan ceremony.

One is reminded of the awe-inspiring words of St. Padre Pio, spoken to a man who had presented himself before the saint in an initially unrepentant state. St. Pio fixed his eyes penetratingly on his soul and asked, ''Do you not realize when the hand of God is upon you?''

What the Church, the unborn, the family, the peoples of Ireland, and the entire world needed from this event was an authentic public demonstration of penance and reparation, as well as a dramatic call to conversion and repentance.

Instead, we are witnessing, as did the people in the days of the collapsing Roman Empire, nothing more than bread and circuses.

When one recalls Ireland's glorious past, with the sending of monastic missionaries across Europe and the globe, and then compares all of that to Francis' junket to Dublin, it becomes clear that we are reaching an unprecendented nadir for the Catholic Church in particular and Western civilization in general.

At the conclusion of his presentation, Dr. Thomas Ward wondered whether, with the removal of parental rights and the scandalous case of little Alfie Evans, we have now entered into the last battle.

The final battle over marriage and family.

The definitive battle between God and the enemy of souls.

Dr. Ward concluded by reminding his hearers not to be afraid, for they have the Queen of Heaven with them.

Given the frivolity and radical dissent which has so sadly subverted the previously-orthodox tradition of the World Meeting of Families, it seems appropriate to conclude with the words of Sr. Lucia of Fatima to Fr. Fuentes from 1959.

In an interview during which she also spoke of the final battle, Sr. Lucia said:

We should not wait for the Holy Father's call to penitence for the whole world to come from Rome; neither should we wait it for it to come to us from the bishops in their dioceses, nor from the religious orders. No, Our Lord has already, very often, used these means and the world has not paid attention. This is why it is now necessary for each one of us to reform himself spiritually. Each person must not only save his soul, but also the souls that God has placed in our path...

...Regarding the Holy Rosary, look, Father, the Most Holy Virgin, in these last times in which we live, has given a new efficacy to the Holy Rosary. So much so, that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or, above all, spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, our families, of the families of the world, or even of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations, that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by praying the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary, we will save ourselves, we will sanctify ourselves, we will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls.

Finally, the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Most Holy Mother, consists in considering Her as the seat of mercy, of goodness, and of pardon, and as the certain door by which we can enter Heaven.

Dear readers: Let us Run To Our Lady and the Holy Rosary!

Our Lady of Fatima - Pray for us!

WMOF 2018: As Empty as Balthasar's Hell?!!!

Torch of The Faith News on Thursday 23 August 2018 - 18:46:48 | by admin

Westminster's Cardinal Vincent Nichols, speaks to the, erm, crowds at the Parish...sorry!...World... Meeting of Families in Dublin!

Whilst perusing Gloria TV News a little while ago, I spotted this remarkable photograph beneath a headline which reads, Pro-Gay World Meeting of Families - No Interest Among Catholics

The picture shows Westminster's Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who is at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin to deliver a keynote speech on the theme of, ahem, Support and Preparation for Marriage in the Light of Amoris Laetitia.

Because of all the heterodox subversions being peddled at the World Meeting of Families, we've been particularly concerned about how this theme of marriage preparation and Amoris Laetitia might go. I am not exaggerating when I say that I have lost sleep over all of this.

That is because, and if you've been reading this blog long enough you will already know, Torch of The Faith was set up, in no small part, to offer marriage preparation rooted in the true, orthodox teachings of the Church regarding faith in Christ, cohabitation, contraception, IVF, divorce, re-''marriage'' and homosexuality.

As we had discovered during preparation for our own marriage in 2002, orthodox Catholics could experience bullying and mockery when they tried to resist the dissent and heretical views which were too often being pushed on young engaged couples, during their compulsory marriage preparation programmes in England. Certainly, that is what happened to us.

Quite simply, we wanted young Catholic couples to receive the true and beautiful teachings of the Church for the good of their souls, their families and for the good of society. When we could not get anywhere through official channels, we started our own apostolate.

Perhaps, if the small numbers in the above photograph are anything to go by, then we need not have been so worried this week...

To be honest, I couldn't help but laugh out loud when I read a comment beneath the picture at Gloria TV, which jested that most of those present had been bussed in anyway!

I don't know, perhaps the organisers of the World Meeting of Families might need to get Bishop Robert Barron to draw on Balthasar's depiction of Hell to develop them a specific theology for the event...

You know, something along the lines of: The World Meeting of Families; yes, we're told it does exist, but probably there isn't anybody there!

Do you know, I don't think I've laughed so much since the Archdiocese of Liverpool had to cancel its 2015 conference exploring the continuing impact of the teaching of the Second Vatican Council in the life and mission of the Church, because of a lack of numbers!

Oh, the poetic irony.

Then again, it isn't really funny to see the Church being emptied by heretical teachers or teachings, because the ongoing spread of ''Spirit of Vatican II'' Modernism will only make sure that Hell isn't anything like empty...

And Our Lady of Fatima warned us, through the little seers, that most souls go to Hell because of the sins of the flesh.

It also reminds me of the HLI founder Fr. Paul Marx's discerning line that Modernists were ''spiritually contracepting'' themselves out of existence.

Then again, I'm sure we all needed a bit of a laugh at this testing time.

Perhaps we should have sent the family along to WMOF after all, if only to double the numbers...

Sorry, I just couldn't resist that!

THIS is Clericalism!

Torch of The Faith News on Thursday 23 August 2018 - 13:24:04 | by admin

No Wuerl, but the Whirl: At the launch of the World Meeting of Families, Cardinal Kevin Farrell said he is always open to respectful dialogue. Well, I wonder how that's working out for the more than 16,000 faithful - and yet totally ignored - Catholics who petitioned for the disinvitation of the event's radically dissenting homosexualist, James Martin SJ?

In his Francis-backed capacity as Prefect of the Vatican's Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, Theodore McCarrick's long-time friend and house-mate, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, has given a press conference which provides a very clear indication of the agenda running right through the World Meeting of Families in Ireland.

Having claimed to be ''open to respectful dialogue with everybody'', Farrell continued his theme with an obvious allusion to James Martin SJ's homosexualist book, Building a Bridge, by opining: ''We have to learn how to deal with each other, and the most important aspect of dialogue and building bridges is to listen to people. We don't all have to agree with each other every time; we don't all see the world, or the future of the world or the changing culture of the world in the same way.''

He went on: ''I have always in my life tried to listen and enter into communication and dialogue with all groups of people.''

In light of that, we must ask: Why has the petition calling for the disinvitation of the event's keynote speaker - and radical dissenting homosexualist - James Martin SJ, so far been totally ignored; even though that petition has been signed by more than 16,000 concerned and faithful Catholics?

This mystery calls to mind the time when half-a-million of the faithful signed the famously ignored petition, calling on Francis and the Synod Fathers to uphold and reinforce Church teaching on marriage at the infamous Rome Synods.

Now this, my friends, is the very definition of Clericalism!

In light of this careful engineering of consent, it becomes clear that, in its own unique way, the World Meeting of Families in Ireland is shaping up to be no less of a grotesque parody of orthodox Catholicism, than the disgusting Met Gala in New York ever was.

Just ask yourself this: Do you really imagine that the Holy Family would be truly welcome, or even likely to wish to attend, an event which so deliberately subverts Church teaching as this?


May the Holy Family - pray for us!

World Meeting of Families? We're Telling Irish Loved Ones and Friends: Don't Go!

Torch of The Faith News on Monday 20 August 2018 - 11:06:58 | by admin

The Crucifixion scene at the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland. Given the circumstances, it would be far more appropriate for a period of prayer, penance and reparation to be made.

Although we feel sad that we have to do so, we are nevertheless counselling our Irish loved ones not to attend this week's World Meeting of Families over there in Ireland. Our main reasons for this are as follows:-

1. Reparation Would be More Appropriate

From his consistent refusal to kneel before the Blessed Sacrament, on through the subversive Synods of '14/'15, the creation and application of Amoris Laetitia, and on and on via many other sagas to the most recent catechetical subversions, Francis' entire leadership must by now have done such damage to the Church that only our Heavenly Father could put things right.

It has encouraged untold numbers of sacrilegious communions by adulterers and even Protestants, as well as weakening the institution of marriage per se and countless individual marriages in actuality.

This is to say nothing of the wider damage caused to the Church and to the faithful, or to the general perception and understanding of the papacy, the hierarchy, the priesthood, the sacramental order, the Catechism, the moral life, and even the conception of ethics and right reason.

All of these things would be enough in themselves to require a global movement of prayer and penance.

However, the horrid scandals emerging from Pennsylvania, and so many other places, the dreadful criminal cover-ups which have gone on for decades, together with Francis' belated and lacklustre response to all of this, positively demand it.

Francis has released a letter inviting Catholics to prayer and penance over the abuse crisis. Well, let's see this penance, instead of the ongoing promotion of heresy and sin, begin at this World Meeting of Families in Ireland.

Instead of Francis and compromised-looking figures like Cardinal Kevin Farrell hosting an event like this, it would be better to bring in Archbishop Morlino of Madison to extend his local, and among the present hierarchy all too rare, expressions of honesty and calls to penitence to the whole universal Church.

2. The Sign of Approval Which it Gives

Francis remained largely silent before, during and after Ireland's Referendum on homosexual pairings in 2015 and the Referendum on abortion earlier this year.

If he again fails to communicate effectively a call to repentance to the people of Ireland and the rest of the world, and so far all the indications are that he will continue to do so, then his presence at this World Meeting of Families will be taken by society as a sign of his, at least tacit, approval for the ''new Ireland'' and for the ''new model of family life''.

Indeed, this is happening already.

3. More Amoris...

Whilst the event's officially commissioned triptych icon of the Holy Family is beautiful in itself, and was painted carefully by religious sisters as part of their prayer for families, the fact that it is mounted on a base announcing the legend ''Amoris Laetitia'' will only serve to further the sacrilegious communions and further eroding of marriage and married life, which that writing of Francis has itself massively accelerated.

A disaster of such magnitude needs not the active cooperation, but rather the holy and prayerful resistance, of religious sisters and true Catholics everywhere.

4. The Direct Promotion of LGBT Ideology

The Lumen Fidei Institute has put out an on-line video which warns that Fr. James Martin SJ and Cardinal Christoph Schonborn are to present keynote speeches at the World Meeting of Families.

Lumen Fidei Institute reminds that Martin has really become the ''chief propagandist of LGBT ideology within the Catholic Church''. The institute points out that, as such, Martin tweeted a blasphemous image of Our Blessed Lady; said that Catholics should ''reverence'' homosexual pairings; supports transgenderism, even for children; favours homosexual kissing, even during Holy Mass; called a dissident pro-homosexualist nun a ''saint''; and continues to undermine Catholic teaching with his book, ''Building a Bridge''.

Further to these things, Martin took part, last week, in a homosexualist Quest conference in England, which featured a child's hand being ''walked towards'' by an adult male hand, in its promotional materials.

Lumen Fidei Institute also recalls that, last December, Cardinal Schonborn of Vienna co-hosted a homosexual themed ''prayer service'' in his cathedral, which was followed by an official address by the pop-culture transvestite, Conchita.

Again, the Cardinal's deep involvement with Amoris Laetitia and its obscurations is manifest.

Although it is true that the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics has been refused a stand in the exhibition hall at the World Meeting of Families, the exhibition's co-ordinator has said that this was done because of ''uncertainties over the amount of space'' and other ''logistical considerations''.

That this cannot be taken as a certain defence of Catholic teaching is clear from the statement by the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics themselves. In response to the refusal of their stand at the exhibition, the organization has stated that they hope this is not because of their pro-LGBT stance, and that they hope to have a stand at the next World Meeting of Families. Again, the organization boasts that it has, in any case, succeeded in getting official press credentials to report on the event.

5. What's with the Whirls?

Numerous commentators have drawn attention to the official vestments, which have been chosen for the event...
Obviously, the effeminate overtones have already been much spoken of.

So, too, has the strange swirl logo, which also features in the letter ''o'' in the word ''of'', in the official literature for the World Meeting of Families.

Various people around the world have been asking if the logo is pagan, or even represents ''666''.

I'd make the sign of the cross, and ask for Holy Michael the Archangel to protect your spirituality before perusing this next bit.

You see, funnily enough, we spent a day of intense prayer at the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, in the summer of 2011. When we left that day, we began to spot ''666'' and other occult logos subliminally, and liberally, peppered throughout contemporary culture. For example, and as though we had suddenly become able to discern, we noticed for the first time that there were ''666'' logos and swirls, zeus lightning-bolts, all-seeing-eyes, 5-pointed stars and flowers angled like pentagles, pointed devil tails and infinity signs practically everywhere in our society.

These things showed up, and continue to do so, on adverts, brand logos, patterned clothing, sandals and shoes, watches, greetings cards, food and drink packaging, supermarket signs and many other things.

Once aware of them, it becomes easy to see that these things have been in advertising, and that they have even featured in old black and white movies, for many, many decades.

Here are just a few that we spotted back in 2011... 
If you look more closely at the curly hair of the face above, then you will see what I mean...
That wouldn't be an allusion to the mark of the beast on the forehead and hand in Revelation 13:16-18, now would it?!!!

Weirdly, such an impression was only reinforced by the fact that the pricing on nearby shelves featured ''£6'' listed three times in unison.

Then there were these kid's hammers in a different store...
Is that a ''swirly six'' in the middle of the orange hammer heads? And why are they stacked in threes to make three lots of sixes appear in a row? Is the ''3 for 2'' sign a hidden-in-plain-sight subliminal clue? And is the small image of a hand with writing on the palm another nod to the mark of the beast on forehead and hand again?

How about this crazy-looking pink sheep in Ireland?
Are they two sets of ''swirly six-six-six'' logos?

Or, what about this chocolate sheep in England, one Easter?
Does the eye subliminally direct the attention to the three ''swirly sixes'' and the angled 5-pointed flower?

If you think this is all a bit left-field, then what about the subliminal ''666'' on the side of this chocolate-cake box?
Or how about the three equally spaced ''swirly sixes'' running along the bottom part of this Mother's Day sign. Did you also see the angled 5-pointed flowers just above each of the sixes?
One thing that our sudden awareness of these things throughout contemporary culture eventually led us to discover was that swirling ''6'' patterns were originally found throughout ancient cultures, including the Celtic, Greek and Chinese.

In Celtic culture this is known as the triskelion.

This was an ancient pagan symbol, with thousands of years of history. In Ireland, this would thus be representative of part of the druidic culture.

It appears from our research, that the early Christians in Ireland did incorporate swirl designs into their upright stone carvings, for example at ancient monastic sites.

Eventually, these upright stones were developed into large stone Celtic crosses, which continued for some time to feature many such designs of interlocking swirls. The intricate carving on the stonework is often incredible to look at, in terms of the workmanship and precision. Such was also mirrored in metalwork as that fine craft developed.

However, it looks to me that, gradually, the swirl patterned crosses at monastic sites gave way to actual Crucifix designs, which principally featured Our Blessed Lord as the true focus on the Cross.

Even allowing that the ''666'' meaning might be a little far out, and acknowledging that triskelion swirl patterns are Celtic, and did even feature for some time in early Celtic Christianity, one must ask why a multi-coloured swirl design is deemed suitable to feature in 2018, in an Ireland which is all too sadly returning to its pre-Christian paganism, mingled with a deal of post-modern relativism, on such already un-Catholic looking ''vestments'' for the World Meeting of Families.

After all, St. Patrick drove druidic paganism away from Ireland...

Why not simply use an overtly Catholic symbol? Or more to the point, why not just use traditional Catholic vestments?

Given the stylistic ambiguities, the fact that the three ''6'' swirl pattern will appear also on chalices, to be sold after the event to parishes all across Ireland, is little comfort either.

And while we are on this theme, it is tragic that an officially ''Papal Mass'' will likely only encourage further irreverences toward the Blessed Sacrament, through the use of these flippant logos, such effeminate vestments, false preachers and the invitation to vast crowds to go up to receive Holy Communion, standing and in the hand.

6. Spiritual Dangers

In these days when so much diabolical confusion is all around, I generally counsel people not to attend events where there may be an atmosphere of irreverence, dissent or spiritualities which are not certainly Catholic.

Quite simply, I think that the times are so spiritually dangerous as to always invite caution.

With all the things listed above, I could never recommend such an event to a loved one, or to anyone else who asked my advice.

It makes me sad to say it, for if this had been led by a pope like John Paul II or Benedict XVI, we would likely have done all we could to get there, being as it is so close to loved ones and friends in Ireland. Then again, after all these years attending the Traditional Latin Masses, I think the contemporary approach to ''Papal Masses'' would have itself put us off from going. 

7. There is an alternative!

Last week, I quipped to someone in an e-mail that it has come to something when there has to be an orthodox Catholic event to provide an alternative to the heteredox one being provided officially by the Vatican!

Nevertheless, and may God bless them for doing it, Lumen Fidei Institute are providing just such an alternative. It will feature such loyal Catholic speakers as Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Fr. Thomas Weinandy and a live-link video input from Cardinal Raymond Burke.

If I was to counsel anyone about attending a Catholic conference on the family, this alternative by Lumen Fidei Institute is the one I would heartily recommend.

8. The Mystery of Knock     
The Francis-backed World Meeting of Families is due to commence on the date that Our Lady actually appeared in Ireland, at Knock, on 21st August, way back in 1879. Francis will even lead prayers at the hallowed shrine next Sunday.

We've noted a few times in recent years, in light of the research of Mr. Gregory Johnson at Tradition in Action, that the literally Apocalyptic vision of the Lamb of God, Our Lady, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist and the Angels appeared at Knock, in perfect silence, at the very time that Our Lady of La Salette, and her shrine, had been granted, and was receiving, a coronation approved papally by Pope Leo XIII.

And, what is more, Our Lady of Knock was looking in the directon of the south-east; in other words in the direction of La Salette and even on beyond to Rome. Surely, there could have been no coincidence in the link between these two heavenly visitations. What was Heaven trying to warn us about?

Given the apocalyptic nature of current events, and the discernable messages contained in the apparitions at Knock and La Salette for those who pray and think, we suggest that this week, Catholics everywhere would do well to spend all their available time praying and drawing close to Our Blessed Lady in prayer, penance and intercession.

To Conclude: Staying with our Irish theme, and given that they are an Irish group originally from Dublin, it seems to us that the name of a song by the Hothouse Flowers might sum things up, in regard to this year's World Meeting of Families.

Now how did that song start now? Oh yes, that was it: Don't Go!

Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland - Pray for us!    

Our Lady's Consecration - A Consoling Theme for Contemplation

Torch of The Faith News on Sunday 19 August 2018 - 16:20:50 | by admin

The dreadful revelations emerging from Pennsylvania and elsewhere have made this a harrowing week for Catholics everywhere. And with the hugely compromised World Meeting of Families in Ireland still ahead of us, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to sense that this will likely be another one.

Given these realities, and the proximity of these present days to the Feast of the Assumption, it seems opportune to present a meditation on the Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven, as an encouraging theme for edification and contemplation.

What follows is taken from Raphael Brown's splendid compilation in the book, The Life of Mary as Seen by the Mystics. A text published by Tan Books, this compilation has been a great help to many Catholics during times of trial, or even just as a source for contemplative prayer and reflection.

With the usual caveats about private revelation, we highly recommend it, because it features a compilation of private revelations recorded in the lives of St. Elizabeth of Schoenau, St. Bridget of Sweden, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich and Venerable Mary of Agreda.

What follows is the concluding section from the chapter on The Assumption and Crowning. As you will see, the concluding section seems particularly apt for these times.

Now amid celestial music a magnificent triumphant procession ascended from the tomb to Heaven. First came the rejoicing angels and saints, and then Christ the King with His Immaculate Mother at His side, while the souls of all the blessed in Heaven gladly welcomed and praised their new Queen and the whole universe seemed to be chanting exultantly:

''Who is this that cometh up from the desert, flowing with delights, leaning upon her Beloved?''

At the Throne of the Divine Trinity, the three Divine Persons received and welcomed Mary in a mystical embrace of eternal love, after she had bowed before Them in deep humility and reverence. She was attired in a marvellous sparkling robe that trailed behind her and scintillated with multi-coloured iridescence.

Then the Eternal Father announced to all the angels and saints:

''Our Daughter Mary has been chosen by Our Will from among all creatures as the first in Our favour, and she has never fallen from the position of a true Daughter. Therefore she has a claim to Our Kingdom, of which she is to be acknowledged and crowned the lawful Sovereign and Queen.''

The Incarnate Word declared:

''To my true and natural Mother belong all the creatures that I have created and redeemed. And of all things over which I am King, she too shall be the rightful Queen.''

And the Holy Ghost said:

''By the title of My only chosen Spouse, to which she has faithfully corresponded, the crown of Queen is also due to her for all eternity.''

Then the three Divine Persons solemnly placed on Mary's bowed head a splendid gleaming crown of glory which far exceeds in beauty any crown that ever has been, or ever will be, awarded to a creature by God.

At the same time, a Voice sounded from the Throne, saying:

''Our Beloved and Chosen One among creatures, Our Kingdom is yours. You are the Queen and Sovereign of the Seraphim and of all Our ministering angels and of all the created universe. We give you power, majesty and dominion over it. While filled with grace beyond all others, you humbled yourself to the lowest place in your own estimation. Receive now the supreme honour which you deserve, and participate in the sovereign power exercised by the Divinity over all that Our Omnipotence has created. From your royal throne you shall rule over Hell and earth and nature. Our own Will shall be ever ready to accomplish your will. You shall be the Protectress, Advocate and Mother of the Church Militant. Whenever any of the children of Adam call upon you from their hearts or serve you, you shall relieve them and help them in their labours and necessities. You shall be the Friend and Defender of the just and of Our friends. All of them you shall comfort, console, and fill with blessings according to their devotion to you. Therefore We make you the treasury of all Our graces. In your hands We place the distribution of Our grace and blessings. For We wish nothing to be given to the world that does not pass through your hands. And We will refuse nothing that you wish to grant. Whatever is Ours shall be yours, just as you have ever been Ours. And you shall reign with Us forever.''

In execution of this divine decree, all the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Heaven, all the angels and saints and blessed, and especially St. Joachim, St. Ann and St. Joseph, joyfully rendered homage and obedience to their glorious new Queen and Sovereign.

Meanwhile, on the morning of Mary's Assumption into Heaven, St. Peter and St. John had been watching and praying at her tomb with some of the faithful. Suddenly they noticed that the music of the angels had ceased. Looking up at the sky, the two Apostles were partly enlightened by the Holy Spirit and guessed that the Blessed Virgin's body might have been taken up to Heaven by God.

As they were debating whether to open the tomb, St. Thomas arrived from the Orient. When they told him that Mary was already dead, he burst into tears and earnestly begged them to have one last look at the Mother of his Lord. Peter and John consented and proceeded to open the tomb.

John and Thomas went in and reverently knelt down in prayer. Then John stood up, while Thomas held aloft a torch.

There was nothing on the bier but Mary's robe and mantle.

In wonder and awe the two saints gazed at the ceiling of the tomb. Then John ran to the entrance and cried to the others outside:

''Come and see - She is no longer here!''

St. Peter and the rest entered two by two in the narrow grotto. In mixed joy and sorrow they all wept as they slowly realized what an extraordinary honour and privilege God had accorded to Mary.

Peter carefully folded and took with him her mantle and robe. Then they all stood outside the tomb and sang hymns of praise to the Lord and to His holy Mother.

After they had replaced the large stone, they were standing gazing silently at the sepulchre when suddenly an angel appeared to them and said:

''Men of Galilee, why do you tarry here? Your Queen and ours is now living body and soul in Heaven and reigning in it forever with Christ. She has sent me to confirm you in this truth. And she recommends to you again the Church, the conversion of souls, and the spread of the Gospel. She wishes you now to return to your ministry. From her throne she will watch over you and protect you.''

Then, celebrating this first feast of Our Lady's Assumption with deep joy and peace of heart, the Apostles and disciples went back to the Cenacle, praying together and singing hymns of thanksgiving to God.

How extremely relevant was that concluding section for the Church in our times! 

Let all Catholics everywhere thus take these words to heart in the difficult days through which we are all presently living.

Our Lady recommends to you again the Church, the conversion of souls, and the spread of the Gospel. She wishes you now to return to your ministry. From her throne she will watch over you and protect you.

That's the Church we joined! - Stay close to Our Lady and Keep the Faith!         

UK's Latest Appalling Threat to the Vulnerable

Torch of The Faith News on Saturday 18 August 2018 - 13:42:11 | by admin

A procession of souls being taken in wheelchairs through the domain at Lourdes; demonstrating that one does not eradicate suffering by eradicating those who suffer. Human suffering finds its deepest answer in the Cross of Christ, in His promise of the Resurrection and in the truly Christian charity which flows from those central mysteries of our Faith.

Just a couple of weeks ago, we lamented the fact that the UK's Supreme Court had made it possible for British doctors to withdraw life-sustaining nutritional supplies from patients suffering from permanent vegetative state (PVS) or minimially conscious state (MCS), without even needing to apply anymore to the Court of Protection, provided that they had the ''permission'' of a patient's family.

In response to that dire rejection of God's Law and human dignity, I posted an article which reiterated the truth that food, nutrition and oxygen are not extra medical treatments, but the ethical bare minimum of care which has to be given to patients who are suffering.

At the conclusion to that article, I reflected that all British people were now in danger from such enforced euthanasia. This is because none of us ever knows whether such a threat may be forced upon us in a society which has rejected God and His Holy Law.

It is, as Evangelium Vitae so clearly teaches, ''We have to go to the heart of the tragedy being experienced by modern man: the eclipse of the sense of God and man, typical of a social and cultural climate dominated by secularism, which, with its ubiquitous tentacles, succeeds at times in putting Christian communities themselves to the test. Those who allow themselves to be influenced by this climate easily fall into a sad vicious circle: when the sense of God is lost, there is also a tendency to lose the sense of man'' (EV 21).

Such existential danger to human life in the UK, has only increased dramatically this week, with the news that the British Medical Association (BMA) has now proposed new ''guidelines'', recommending that doctors be allowed to also withdraw tubes supplying food and water to those who cannot feed themselves - even in cases where such persons could live for many years with the right level of care and support.

In a disgracefully callous-sounding section of their proposals, and according to a report in the Catholic Herald, the BMA has proposed that this ''authority'' (!) to end the lives of those near death, or in vegetative or minimally conscious states, be extended to also include ''the much larger group of patients who have multiple co-morbidities, frailty, or degenerative neurological conditions.''

These are later spelled out in the proposals as including advanced dementia, Parkinson's or Huntington's disease and potentially stroke patients and others with brain injuries described as ''rapidly progressing''.

These ''proposals'' are evil in their very essence, but to families caring for vulnerable loved ones, their gravity hits home with particular force.

What a truly horrible country we are becoming!

Although such proposals for what is essentially a ''licence to kill'' may seem so extreme as to remain unlikely, and it is heartening to see a number of doctors already standing up to reject them, the fact that they are being put forward at all by the BMA is a very disturbing development indeed.

As Catholics we would suggest that mounting a robust defence of vulnerable human life against these gathering threats would be a key and immediate task facing the Bishops of England and Wales.

Alas, it appears from the active involvement of some, and from the strange silence of others, that ''Queering the Church'' is much more in their line...

St. Joseph, Patron of a Happy and Holy Death - pray for us! 

St. Camillus de Lellis - pray for us!           

The Real Dark Ages

Torch of The Faith News on Friday 17 August 2018 - 12:40:21 | by admin

The technical ingenuity, precise structure, coherent order, beautiful colouring and deep theological meanings expressed in the refracted light of medieval stained glass. Nothing ''Dark Aged'' about any of that!

Holy Stillness

Back in the days when I was still a young bank clerk, my employer used to have us all back to work after Christmas much earlier than many other industries. I sometimes felt like Bob Cratchit as I trudged through the dark and empty streets on late-December mornings, whilst the neighbourhood slumbered peacefully on.

I remember looking out early on one cold, yet deeply peaceful morning, and feeling a distinct reluctance to disturb the fresh virgin snow, much less the almost mystical tranquillity that lay suspended over it. So still was the world that morning, that even putting on the house lights seemed a dreadful impropriety.

All of this happened many years before I learned intellectually of the grace-filled character of the 12 Days of Christmas; or of the spiritual treasures which are open to those who spend those unique days immersed in prayer and contemplation. However, having already experienced that there was something tangibly sacred about those days of the year, I was subsequently able to accept and understand this reality when I did come to learn about it, at the level of the intellect, much later in life.

I mention these things during these brighter days of August, because the spiritual intensity of the Traditional Latin Mass can be such that one similarly hesitates to intrude on the holy stillness at its conclusion. 

Unholy Intrusion...

It was during such a period of reverie that we were loading up our vehicle after the Traditional Latin Mass for the Feast of the Assumption on Wednesday, when the atmosphere was suddenly, and rather rudely, broken by the intrusion of the complaining tones of a woman of retirement age.

As I turned, I made a mental note that this person was adhering to the increasingly normative fashion for older people these days, to dress as though they were teenagers in the first flush of youth; wearing sports shoes, long shorts and logoed T-shirts. The retirement-aged man with her was also dressed similarly, apart from his own choice of colours.

From the complaints, which though we had been attending quietly to our own vehicular loading were directed right at us, it became clear that, even though it was a Holy Day of Obligation, this retired Catholic couple had spontaneously cut short their bus-trip to the shops, when they had spotted that there must have been a Mass ''on'' in the church.

The woman then went on animatedly about how she had not known what was happening, how she much preferred the liturgical ''changes'' and how she felt like she had just been ''taken back to the Dark Ages!''

The fact that this woman's sharpness was disturbing our peace, trampling all over that which we most love and hold dear, and that she had merely wandered in, whilst the other people praying there that day had carefully planned and structured their whole day around getting to that particular Holy Mass in good time to celebrate Our Lady's great feast, seemed wasted on her.

Welcome to the age of the Enlightened...

It is difficult to imagine such persons doing the same kind of thing to the adherents of any other religion, or disparaging any other religious ceremonies in this manner.

However, as usual, it is taken as fair play to attack both Traditional Catholicism and Traditional Catholics.

And this even by those who consider themselves to be ''good Catholics''!

I've already related how I had a similar experience last year, when a ''trendy priest'' came up to me as I prayed quietly in a Church and how, even though we were in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, he scoffed at me and announced that he considered it, ''Bl***y ridiculous, that people still want to go to the Traditional Latin Mass!''

We are witnessing evil phenomena indeed.

Even at the human level, it makes no sense to despise the very foundations of one's own religion. It is akin to sawing off the branch, upon which one sits. But then, we are compelled to ask, are these people really of the same religion as ourselves?

At the same time, such displays only show up the ignorance of such persons. If a fast-food employee were to enter a classy restaurant and complain about the rich pickings on the menu, they could expect to receive little sympathy from those who had taken the time to educate their palates.

Then, too, much as I depise the sacrileges, irreverences, heresies and the immature banalities, which too often characterise Novus Ordo culture, I could not imagine myself going up to, and haranguing, a quiet family, who were emerging reflectively from any Mass, just because they had attended a Novus Ordo.

And yet, it is Traditionalists who are frequently labelled as being, somehow, divisive.

I didn't want to get into a slanging match with this woman during those special moments after Mass, but as Angie steered our vehicle out into the fast flowing lines of traffic, I began to express how incensed I was at this insult to Our Blessed Lord and to His Holy Mass. Then, with some animation and a deal of exasperation, I lamented, ''The Dark Ages?!!!''

At this point, my wife reminded me not to loose my cool, nor to let this spoil the day we had ahead of us, nor the feast day fayre which we were all heading off to enjoy. Thanks be to God for the influences of female wisdom.

The Best of Times? Francis, Donald Wuerl and Pennsylvania... Really?!!!

Still, I did ruminate during the rest of our journey on the crazy distortion which sees these times of the Church as somehow being the glittering ''Best of All Times!'', whilst nastily disparaging the Catholic past as an age of darkness.

I mean to say, the horrific news of all the grave evils emerging from Pennsylvania right now - where it has been disclosed that, during a 70 year period, around 300 clerics, one hesitates to call these evil characters priests, have been abusing, raping and destroying the faith and lives of some 1,000 youngsters and their families - should have put paid to that.

Incidentally, on that note, it is very important to notice the chronological correlation between those wicked crimes, and the absolutely disgusting cover-ups and pay-offs done by bishops, with the revelations of the former Communist Bella Dodd; as well as with the coincidence of a large proportion of that period of abuse with the giddy Vatican II era of aggiornamento, and the destructive decades which have followed on from it, like a hangover from a drunken party.

And again, in these times we have the world-shaking travesty of Francis' silence about this whole Church-quaking matter.

At the same time, there persists the enormity of his chum Donald Wuerl remaining in a red-hatted position of power, and preparing himself to head off to the increasingly chilling-looking World Meeting of Families in Ireland; even though Wuerl has himself been mentioned many times in the Pennsylvania report, and has gone three years beyond the 75-yr age mark for retirement.

The news from Pennsylvania also throws that image of an adult male hand approaching that of a young child's hand on the homosexualist Quest materials last weekend, into even sharper relief. Far from attending the World Meeting of Families in Ireland, James Martin SJ, and England's Bishop Peter Doyle, should be giving a repentant account of themselves and their scandalizing actions.
The beautiful Early English Gothic cloister arcading (circa 1220 - 1258 AD), at the medieval Salisbury Cathedral in England; just one fine example of the wonders created in an age which, whilst post-modernity is blindly viewed as the best of all times, is disparagingly, and inaccurately, described as ''dark''.

And yet, none of this invites the censure of your average liberal ''teenaged-pensioner''. Instead they reserve the vocal expression of their deep-seated ire for the Holy Mass which gave such immense glory to God, formed millennia of saints and blesseds, ordered a civilization, saved and sanctified untold numbers of souls around the world and maintained the reputation and respect of the Catholic Church even in the midst of Her enemies.

And such people also reserve the worst of their ire for those who, in continuity with ages of our fathers in the Faith, still attend the Traditional Latin Mass.

Debunking the ''Dark Age'' Myth

Just while we are on this point, it is essential that none of us ever gives in to the false notion that the so-called ''Dark Ages'' were in fact really ''Dark'' at all.

It is this black myth, which views the Enlightenment as though it were some kind of cultural panacea, which has hideously shaped the present religio-cultural situation and led to a domino-effect of disastrous consequences.

Just as a starting point on this important theme, readers might enjoy a discerning reading of texts such as: How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, by Thomas E. Woods; Those Terrible Middle Ages! Debunking the Myths, by Regine Pernoud; Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History, by Rodney Stark; and Monasteries of Western Europe - The Architecture of the Orders, by Wolfgang Braunfels. 

Seeing Rightly with God's Light

In terms of discernment of spirits, I have become increasingly aware that to still think rightly in these times of diabolical confusion is an enormous gift of God's grace and a sign of His love and protection of a soul.

On this theme, there was a succinct comment by a chap named Michael, a couple of days ago, at 1 Peter 5, on Steve Skojec's article entitled, Playing with Fire: Rosica, Francis and the Spirit of Antichrist.

This gentleman called Michael said: ''Those who are able to discern these wolves have a great gift from God. This is not because of any merit on their part, but because God, in His great love and mercy, has willed that some should see in the darkness, that some should understand the chaos.''

We are living through, I think, the most tumultous time in the history of the Catholic Church and the world. It also appears that things are coming increasingly to some kind of essential moment.

For both sides in this primarily spiritual battle.

If you can still see the darkness for what it is, at least to some degree, and still seek Christ's Light, then thank God for that grace and ask Him to increase your fidelity to Him and to preserve you in His grace.

Many good people are being, or have been, tempted to give up their Faith in these times. May God spare all who read this from ever doing so.

We can see that the evil attacks on children are completely against the very essence of the Catholic Faith.

Therefore, in these times, when so much corruption, evil and sin are being exposed to the light, it is absolutely essential that we become more and not less Catholic.

Only God's supernatural grace and help will get us through these times. Yet, with these helps, and the assistance of Our Lady and the Saints, plus the Sacraments received worthily and with devotion, we can be well equipped.

Catholic Tradition is not the Dark Age. Neither is the present era an age conspicuous for its light...

And yet, we know from Sacred Scripture, Tradition and the Sacred Liturgy that: ''In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men: and the Light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.''


Feast of the Assumption and an Important Prayer Initiative from Ireland

Torch of The Faith News on Wednesday 15 August 2018 - 10:51:59 | by admin


Introit Prayer for today's Traditional Latin Mass: Let us all rejoice in the Lord, celebrating a festival day in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for whose Assumption the Angels rejoice and give praise to the Son of God. Ps. 44. My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the king. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Today's great Feast of the Assumption has been observed in the Church since the 6th-Century. In Pope Pius XII's Apostolic Constitution, Munificentissimus Deus, which accompanied the Definition of the Dogma of the Assumption in 1950, we read: ''Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of Original Sin, when the course of Her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that She might be the more fully conformed to Her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.''

Today's marvellous feast provides us with one of the greatest assurances of the final victory for Our Lord, Our Lady, the saints and the Catholic Church. May God give us all the grace to thus celebrate it with love, joy, hope and peace in our hearts.

Prayer Inititiative from Ireland

A good Catholic lady in Ireland has informed us that today also sees the launch of an important prayer inititiative originating in Ireland.

From today's feast until 7th October, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, Catholics everywhere are invited to join in praying a daily Rosary Novena, in preparation for another great coastal Rosary to be prayed on that day around Ireland and other places.

By starting these prayers on today's great Marian feast of the Assumption, Catholics who take part will thus be able to pray for 54 days in preparation for the culminating prayers on that day.

As the organisers point out: ''The Novena takes place at a critical time for Ireland which requires a great outpouring of prayer: the World Meeting of Families, The Papal Visit, the referendum challenge, the return of the Oireachtas to an agenda which includes abortion, sex education, euthanasia, the fate of Catholic schools, and many issues of great importance like housing. During this period also the weather will be crucial if farmers are to avoid devastation this winter, our young people will enter universities, unfortunately for many at great risk to their faith, etc...

... By 7th October, we will be facing more referenda. One will seek to remove respect for God and all that is sacred (Blasphemy referendum). Another will seek to remove constitutional recognition of the contribution of family carers (male or female) who selflessly care for their children, grandchildren, family members who are disabled or ill and their elderly family members in the home, and also remove recognition that society must give support where it is needed to mothers bearing and raising children. We will also be choosing our next president...

... So our prayer at this critical time is very important. Please let us pray together the great Rosary Novena from August 15th. We encourage you to add daily acts of reparation to your Rosary, during this Novena. We know that our prayers are, and will be, heard. And we have confidence that Mary, the best of Mothers, will answer them in her perfect way.''

Torch of The Faith encourages all readers, wherever you are reading this from, to please join us also in supporting this daily praying of the Holy Rosary, for these intentions, from today's great feast of the Assumption and on through until the Feast of the Holy Rosary, on 7th October.

May it be a time for a great outpouring of grace and prayer - for Ireland and for the whole world.

Our Lady of the Assumption - Pray for us!

Beyond Scripture and Tradition

Torch of The Faith News on Tuesday 14 August 2018 - 11:30:20 | by admin


Replacing Christ with Francis?!!!

Rorate Caeli has drawn attention to a Zenit article, from 31st July, in which Francis' Candian friend, Fr. Thomas Rosica, uttered this statement, which is as remarkable as it is revealing:

Pope Francis breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants, because he is ''free from disordered attachments.'' Our Church has indeed entered a new phase: with the advent of the first Jesuit pope, it is openly ruled by an individual rather than by the authority of Scripture alone, or even its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture.

Quite frankly, what hubris, what heresy, what outright idolatry!

And indeed, what an embarassment of grovelling from Rosica...

So, does Rosica equate fidelity to Sacred Scripture and Tradition as a ''disordered attachment''?

And, at the same time, would he would have us throw over our holy religion in favour of making an idol out of one single, passing, individual, and rather aged, man?

With this, Rosica has even outstripped his own former distasteful hero-worship for the late and heretical homosexualist, Fr. Gregory Baum.

Clearly, Rosica's attachment to the person of Francis has even taken him beyond Scripture and Tradition into the realms of a home-made religion.

Basically, Rosica's attempt to overthrow Sacred Scripture and Tradition, yea even the Sacred Magisterium to boot, and thus replace these treasures with the passing and limited personality of Francis, is nothing other than a move to replace Christ with Francis.

What's With the Troubling Hand-Signs?

Alas, such far-out attempts to re-write the essence, content and mission of the True Catholic religion, in order to suit the shifting mores of post-modern relativism, is not only restricted to radical Canadian liberals.

All around the world, faithful Catholics have been asking why it was that Bishop Peter Doyle, the England and Wales Chair of the Bishops' Committee for Marriage and Family Life, attended a radically dissenting homosexualist conference, hosted by the Quest organization in the UK, this weekend.
And why it was that the said conference was being promoted with a poster that featured an adult male hand ''walking'' across a ''rainbow bridge'', made from children's building blocks, towards the similarly ''walking'' hand of a young child...

A typical reaction can be found in the words of Carrie Gress, an American wife and mother,  holder of a doctorate in philosophy, faculty member at Pontifex University, author of the The Marian Option, and regular blogger at The National Catholic Register, who remarked on twitter: ''As a mother with sons whose hands look like this, this ad isn't just creepy, it's an outrage.''

Of course, this notion of a ''rainbow bridge'' is itself a reference to the book written by the radical American homosexualist, Fr. James Martin SJ, who was featured as a keynote speaker at last weekend's Quest conference, alongside Bishop Doyle, Clare Watkins and the radical James Alison.

Some Background

International readers are probably aware by now that the radical Quest organization actually promotes homosexual pairings and activity within the Church. The group's ideology was considered so radical that Cardinal Basil Hume, himself a liberal-leaning prelate, banned the Quest group from the pages of the Catholic Directory.

For a long time, the late cardinal's ban could be referred to by Catholics faithful to the Magisterium. However, such an approach has been seriously undermined in recent times by the Modernistic Cardinal Vincent Nichols; who has met and posed for photographs with Quest's leaders and, as recently as last November, has even recommended Quest in a letter to all the clergy of the Archdiocese of Westminster.

Again, this is merely a continuation of Nichols' general approach, which has included his celebrating Mass for the ''LGBT Westminster'' group, regardless of expressed dissent from the Magisterium. Then, too, when asked on the BBC's Hardtalk show, in July 2010, whether the Catholic Church would ever accept ''gay unions'' or not, Nichols answered, ''I don't know. Who knows what's down the road?''

Of course, that was in the days when Pope Benedict XVI was still visibly in place and most of us had never even heard of Jorge Bergoglio.

More recently, during the troublesome Synod of 2015, Cardinal Nichols took with him as his side-kick to Rome the very same Bishop Peter Doyle, who has just attended the Quest conference at the weekend.

At the time, I noted that both of these men seemed to be very focused on the interests of the ''LGBT Westminster'' group, rather than on furthering the Church's objective teachings on chastity, marriage and family life.

I also asked what the connections were between the promotion of LGBT ideology in Rome, and the New-World-Order-constructing Socialist, George Soros.
For example, the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (!) meeting, which took place in Rome during one of the weekends of the Synod, on Saturday, 3rd October 2015 to be precise, saw Martin Pendergast acknowledging the strong support of none other than Cardinal Vincent Nichols for their efforts.

That widely publicised meeting was also attended by Peter Matjasic, a representative of George Soros' Open Society Foundations. This is one of the most influential funders in the whole world. According to the foundation's own website at that time, it had expended some $827 million globally, in 2014 alone.

Also present at that Rome meeting was the former Irish leader, Mary McAleese. Of her participation, Matjasic tweeted that she had given, what he described as, ''a compelling condemnation of Roman Catholic doctrine on homosexuality.''

Of course, like many others, McAleese has recently used Francis' attempt to change the Catechism's teaching on the death penalty to further this agenda.

And so, just days ago, she suggested to an audience at an LGBT film-festival in Dublin, that Francis had now ''exploded the myth'' that Catholic principles can not be changed. Indeed, she even went on to describe Catholic teaching on homosexuality as ''evil''...

This is the point things have reached in August, 2018, as Francis and his cohort prepare for their World Day for Families next week in Ireland...

Rewriting Catholicism?

Getting back to Bishop Peter Doyle, the prelate who attended the Quest conference last weekend in England.
Back during the days of that distressing Rome Synod, in October 2015, Bishop Doyle gave an interview on Vatican Radio, which reveals a pattern with notable similarities to Vincent Nichols' BBC interview, and to Rosica's notion of making up a new religion beyond that of Scripture and Tradition.

When asked about same-sex relationships, the bishop suggested, on Vatican Radio that, ''there is no room at the moment for a same-sex relationship.''

In answer to a follow-up question from the interviewer, Doyle went on to suggest that ''greater theological exploration of anthropology'' needed to be engaged and that this ''challenge'' would even require a further Synod of its own.

I wonder, could that be the purpose of the upcoming Youth Synod, with its subliminal rainbow flag promotional material?

After Bishop Doyle's radio interview, I pointed out that his statements constituted a denial of Divine Revelation, Dogma, Doctrine, Divine and Natural Law, Original Sin, Actual Sin, Concupiscence, Redemption, Grace, Nature and the Sacraments. As such, it provided an example of sheer Modernism.

Bishop Doyle's claims about developing a new ''anthropology'' are particularly noteworthy because, at a meeting of the dissenting UK group ACTA, on 27th February, 2016, as part of that group's Smelling of the Sheep Survey - No, really, I'm not making that up! - Bishop Doyle shared the floor with Fr. Daniel O'Leary.
This liberal priest has spoken before at meetings of both ACTA and Quest. He has also given retreats in the Archdiocese of Liverpool and presentations in the very shrine complex of Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland.

During ACTA's national meeting at Leeds in 2013, O'Leary had described one of the Catholic Church's central dogmas, that on the Fall and Redemption, as though it were merely a ''theological approach''.

Indeed, he depicted this ''approach'' as one that ''tends to be conservative, dualistic, safe, legalistic'' and even ''inadequate''. Remarkably, he also claimed it to be ''utterly destructive'' when presented as ''the only Christian story of our condition.''

O'Leary went so far as to suggest that it is the promotion of this ''theological approach'' which has led to the splitting of the Church.


With this related background, and Bishop Doyle's words about ''theological exploration'' of anthropology, plus his attendance at last weekend's Quest conference, we find ourselves coming right back to where we started, with Fr. Rosica's radical movement beyond Scripture and Tradition.

For clearly, if it were possible that the Divinely Revealed Dogmas, which stand at the very heart of the Catholic Church's understanding of Creation and the nature of the human person, were to be somehow overthrown and ''rewritten'' to suit post-modern relativistic mores, then that would no longer be Catholicism, but an altogether new religion.

Call it Bergoglionism, Francisism, Rosicaism, Doyleism, O'Learyism, or what have you, it would no longer be the religion founded by Christ, or sustained by the Holy Ghost, for the Glory of God the Father.

Instead, it would be merely a passing phase in sentimentality; a religious enterprise to please the religious feelings of those who still want to feel that they are loved by a loving God, but who do not wish to serve Him according to the revealed demands His Love actually places on us.

And it would be a perfect vehicle for those who are investing so much to do away with the Catholic Church's faith and morality; whilst harnessing her real estate, organizational structures, moral leadership and world-wide membership to further their own globalist agendas.

To sum up: it would be the very Heresy of Heresies.

The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail!

Such an attempt may be troubling, it may cause the persecution of untold numbers of faithful Catholics globally, it may look to have the upper hand right now, but it can never, ever, win in the end.

That is because Our Lord Jesus Christ has given us the assurance of the One True Church, against which the Gates of Hell shall not prevail (Matthew 16:18).

Catholicism is a religion founded by Christ, sustained by grace and rooted in Divine Revelation. It clearly upholds both faith and reason in a logical and consistent continuity.

In contrast, the rewritings of anthropology and the Bergoglian breaches with tradition leave us only looking at the limited, passing and sinful personalities of those involved.

Only Catholicism gives us Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, our Divine Lord, Universal King and Saviour.

By way of a conclusion, perhaps those working to subvert the Church in these days, would thus do well to take heed of the words of G.K. Chesterton, who classically reflected: ''We do not really want a religion which is right where we are right. What we want is a religion that is right where we are wrong.''

Our Lady of Victories - Pray for us!

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