Jesus, Whose Light Pierces the Black Clouds Over Our Stormy Sea


Torch of The Faith News on Sunday 16 October 2016 - 15:11:26 | by admin

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St. Raphael Kalinowski bearing the Light of Christ to the World.

We were praying the Rosary last night with a lit candle before our image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. At the end of the Rosary prayers, we prayed heartfelt words of our own, to ask for the light of Christ to shine into the present darkness.

As we retired for the evening a little later, I quite unexpectedly came across a prayer of St. Raphael Kalinowski. He was a Polish Carmelite priest who lived between 1835 and 1907. St. Raphael was an outstanding confessor and spiritual director, saying that ''when he was receiving penitents, he felt himself to be a treasury of Divine Mercy.''

One of his key expressions was ''Mary always and in everything.'' St. Raphael died on November 15th, 1907, the feast for all Carmelite souls who are deceased.

Coming across his life story and prayer after praying that Rosary last night seemed like a real answer to prayer to us. St. Raphael's own prayer therefore follows for your edification on this Holy XXII Sunday after Pentecost in the Traditional Calendar.

Jesus, hope of suffering humanity, our refuge and our strength, whose light pierces the black clouds that hang over our stormy sea, enlighten our eyes so that we can direct ourselves toward You Who are our harbour. Guide our barque with the rudder of the nails of Your cross, lest we drown in the storm. With the arms of this cross rescue us from the turbulent waters and draw us to Yourself, our only repose, Morning Star, Sun of Justice, for with our eyes obscured by tears, we can catch a glimpse of You there, on the shores of our heavenly homeland. Redeemed by You, we pray: Salvos nos fac propter nomen tuum - ''Save us for the sake of Your Holy Name.'' And all this through Mary.

For further encouraging examples of lives and mystical prayers of this nature, we highly recommend the book, Drink of the Stream - Prayers of Carmelites, compiled by Penny Hickey O.C.D.S, and published by Ignatius Press.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Pray for us!

St. Raphael Kalinowski - Pray for us!  

Bursting the Bergoglian Balloon!


Torch of The Faith News on Saturday 15 October 2016 - 13:44:00 | by admin

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Solemn Nonsense?

Various sites have reported on an answer that Pope Francis gave during his Q&A sessions with the Lutherans in Rome on October 13th. Here is a translation from Ansa.it,

''The last thing you must do is 'to say, to convince'. It's not right to convince someone of your faith,'' he said. ''Proselytism is the strongest venom against the path of ecumenism.''

Although similar to other statements that he has made against ''proselytism'' in various other settings, this is perhaps the strongest public claim that Francis has yet made in this particular direction.

I mean, sharing the Faith is Venom now?!!!

It is certainly intriguing that there is no official transcript of the much-discussed Q&A session forthcoming from the Vatican.

Pin Meets Balloon

As we have done once before regarding Francis' proselytism line, we will now burst this particular bubble, by demonstrating that Francis has uttered a philosophical impossibility.

Or what we might easier term a self-defeating argument.

Francis suggests that ''it is not right'' to convince someone of your faith.

However, in saying that, he attempts to convince others of his own belief - we might almost say his own faith - that it is somehow ''not right'' to try and convince others of one's own faith.

In other words he contradicts himself.

For, if he really believed that it was wrong to convince others of what one believes, then why is he trying to convince others of his personal belief that it is ''not right'' to convince others?!!

I say ''personal belief'' because, whatever else his answer might have been, it was certainly not an expression of Catholic Truth.

What it boiled down to was Francis proselytizing a message not to proselytize!

The ''H'' Word That None Dare Utter...

In fact it also boiled down to a heretical statement.

This is so, because Our Lord Jesus Christ gave the Great Commission for the Apostles to go out into the whole world, teaching and baptizing all nations in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, teaching them to obey everything He had commanded (Matthew 28:16-20).

This has ever been the faith of the Catholic Church.

If St. Paul had taken the Bergoglian line, there would not have been much of a Catholic Church to speak of today!

POP!

This particular Bergoglian Balloon has just been burst.

In truth, it was really deflating from the outset.

We started this web-site in 2008 in order to joyfully spread the Catholic Faith for the salvation and sanctification of souls.

Honestly, these days I feel more like the kid trying to warn everyone that the Emperor has no clothes...

Keep the (True) Faith!

October 13th - A Significant Date in Salvation History - Part 2


Torch of The Faith News on Friday 14 October 2016 - 22:04:57 | by admin

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The Demise of Irony: Pope Francis with an idol of the iconoclast Martin Luther...

Since writing the earlier article on the importance of October 13th in salvation history, we have come across two other related pieces of information.

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The first is the fact that Pope Francis met yesterday, during the 13th October, in an ecumenical meeting with a large group of German Lutherans in the Pope Paul VI Hall in the Vatican. The above picture reveals the singular fact that a statue of Martin Luther was actually given prominence during the event. This is not only remarkable as the first time in history that a Catholic Pope would appear alongside such a thing, but also because a hallmark of Protestantism has long been the rejection of images and statues of Catholic saints, never mind Protestant leaders!

Perhaps more disturbing, is the content of some of the questions and answers during the session. To give a flavour, Pope Francis was asked what he likes and dislikes about the Lutheran 'church'. He responded: ''I really like the good Lutherans, the Lutherans who follow the true faith of Jesus Christ... However, I do not like lukewarm Catholics and I do not like lukewarm Lutherans.''

Whilst it perhaps makes a positive change to hear Francis alluding to the fact that he must therefore ''like'' commited Catholics - as opposed to his more typical accusations against ''fundamentalism'' - his answer appears heretical.

Why?

Because, the true faith of Jesus Christ is the Catholic Faith, founded by Christ on the Apostles and handed down to us through their successors.

To put this simply: Any Lutherans who were following the true faith of Jesus Christ would have ceased to be Lutherans and become Catholics.

As Blessed Cardinal J.H. Newman remarked with some perspicacity: ''To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.''

To have a reigning Pontiff giving answers like this to a large group of Lutherans in the presence of a statue of Martin Luther, instead of teaching them the True Faith in charity, is nothing short of apocalyptic.

Especially given that this unprecedented event took place on October 13th...

It calls to our minds the prophecy of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich from the 1st June 1821: ''Then I saw that everything pertaining to Protestantism was gaining the upper hand, and the Catholic religion fell into complete decadence... In those days, faith will fall very low, and it will be preserved in some places only, in a few cottages and in a few families that God has protected from disasters and wars.''

Of course, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich's visions point to a final restoration of the One True Faith after a period of unprecedented trial for the Church.

This all reminds me once again of the traditionalist magazine that I read some time in the late 1990's. This suggested that, when Martin Luther was being hailed as some kind of saint figure in the Catholic Church, then this would be evidence that the Marxist infiltration would be almost complete. At that time, this claim seemed so outlandishly far-out as to be impossible. And yet, here we are seeing pictures like that above in October 2016.

And the hierarchy don't even seem to have blinked!

If that doesn't look like the Great Apostasy warned about in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, then I don't know what does.

To sum this part up: Pope Francis will be remembered as the Pope who publicly honoured the excommunicated heretic and forerunner of Antichrist, Martin Luther, instead of Our Lady of Fatima, on October 13th, 2016.

Prepare your souls through a good Confession, because I daresn't think what comes next.  

Rome - The Early Church
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I am afraid we still can't get links to work within this news/blog page. It is most frustrating! However, I strongly commend you to look up the Keeping it Catholic blog of Marianna Bartold.

I came across a splendid article there today regarding the importance of October 13th in Church history.

It seems that, according to research by the respected epigraphologist and archeologist Margherita Guarducci, St. Peter was crucified in Rome on 13th October, 64 A.D.

There's that date again.

Not only that, but the Emperor Nero ascended the Imperial throne ten years earlier on 13th October, 54 A.D.

It is traditionally held that Nero, this early precursor of Antichrist, began to suffer the calamaties which would end his reign on the date of St. Peter's martyrdom.

And so we have this incredible juxtaposition between the first clear precursor of Antichrist and the first Pope in Rome. The revelation of the spiritual battle between Christ and Antichrist, Church and anti-church, could not be more clear. As with the Crucifixion of Christ, the suffering and martyrdom of the First Pope and of the True Church seemed to be the end. The enemies of the Church must have thought it was. Perhaps, like the Apostles on Good Friday, some of the Catholics did too. However, such darkness merely precedes the glories of the Resurrection and the undoing of Satan's plans. This is because, being only a creature, he cannot ever outwit God. We need to remember that in these times. 

And all of this has been connected to October 13th throughout Church history...

I urge you to read Marianna Bartold's article because there is so much more depth than I can do justice to in the time available tonight. Her thorough research and conclusions will likely give folks, who take the time to read it, some renewed hope in the face of the present spiritual onslaught.

Keep the Faith friends!

Our Lady of Fatima - Pray for us!

LMS/ICKSP Pilgrimage to Wrexham in Honour of St. Richard Gwyn


Torch of The Faith News on Friday 14 October 2016 - 22:04:41 | by admin

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Readers in this region are reminded that the LMS/ICKSP Pilgrimage in honour of St. Richard Gwyn takes place tomorrow in Wrexham Cathedral.

The Latin Mass Society in association with the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest will honour the great saint with a Traditional Latin Mass on Saturday 15th October at 11:00 am. Following the Missa Cantata there will be veneration of the relic of St. Richard Gwyn.

The address is: Cathedral Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Regent Street, Wrexham, LL11 1RB.

St. Richard Gwyn is one of our favourite Welsh saints. He was a Catholic husband and father of six children. During the Elizabethan persecution of the Church, St. Richard Gwyn was serving as a schoolteacher in the Wrexham area.

Having been caught and imprisoned for keeping and teaching the True Faith, St. Richard was forced to receive a visit from a Protestant minister in his cell. The minister dangled some keys in his face and claimed to have the same Power of the Keys as St. Peter did. St. Richard wittily replied: ''There is this difference, namely, that whereas St. Peter received the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, the keys you received were obviously only those of the beer cellar!''

St. Richard Gwyn was hanged, drawn and quartered for the One, True, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith, in the Beast Market at Wrexham on 15th October, 1584.

His last words, spoken in Welsh, were: ''Iesu, trugarha wrthyf'' (''Jesus, have mercy on me'').

It is marvellous that Wrexham Cathedral, the LMS and the ICKSP honour this great saint in this way. Please pray for the success of this pilgrimage and attend if at all possible. We hope you have a blessed day!

St. Richard Gwyn - Pray for us!

October 13th - A Significant Date in Salvation History


Torch of The Faith News on Thursday 13 October 2016 - 22:02:03 | by admin

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Events, My Dear Boy, Events...

A few days ago, the mainstream media kept the masses looking firmly the other way, whilst the latest Wikileaks data dump was revealing a shocking series of e-mails from Hillary Clinton's political campaign.

Among them was an e-mail from former Clinton administration official Bill Ivey to campaign chairman John Podesta, which spoke about the ''need'' to maintain political power by producing ''an unaware and compliant citizenry''.

That most people are still unaware of this news demonstrates just how successful they have been!

Of course, that has been the case for a long time in a secularist culture with dumbed-down education, entertainment and media systems.

Not that you would notice in the MSM, but the latest batch of released Wikileaks e-mails have also impacted greatly on the Catholic Church.

In varying degrees of discomforture, many ''mainstream'' Catholic sites have by now responded to the news that Hillary Clinton's campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri and Center for American Progress fellow, John Halpin, had mocked ''conservative'' Catholicism as an ''amazing bastardization of the faith''.

More troubling was the confirmation of the worst-kept secret regarding the infiltration of the Catholic Church.

This is no news to anyone who has read up on their Bella Dodd, Alice von Hildebrand or Ion Mihai Pacepa. We have dealt with this issue a few times here, particularly in a series of articles last year entitled And Russia Will Spread Her Errors. Nevertheless, the latest news has a particularly disturbing quality given the state of the Church and the Geo-political situation throughout the world in these days.

I am referring, of course, to the revelation of the dire exchange of e-mails from 2012, between the above-mentioned campaign chairman John Podesta and Sandy Newman, the President of Voices for Progress.

In case there is anyone who has still not read up about this exchange, Newman had asked Podesta whether a so-called ''Catholic Spring'' could be engineered to draw some of the 98% of US Catholic women who break the Church's teaching on contraception (!) into a resistance movement against the US Bishops, who were then fighting against the contraceptive coverage of the HHS Mandate.

Obianuju Ekeocha, the dynamic foundress of Culture of Life Africa, has tweeted a splendid response to this situation: ''Are you Catholic? Are you part of Podesta's 98%? An atheist has recognized you as a trigger for revolution against the Church and the Gospel''.

Thought provoking, isn't it?
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Anyway, the supposedly Catholic Podesta (!) had replied to Newman as follows: ''We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this. But I think it lacks the leadership to do so now. Likewise Catholics United. Like most Spring movements, I think this one will have to be bottom up.''

As Steve Skojec reflects over at 1 Peter 5, this is a text-book example of Alinskyian Trojan Horse tactics. It certainly calls to our minds the tactics revealed by the late Bella Dodd in her writings and speeches about Communist infiltration of the Church and State.

Even as I type this, various outlets are now reporting that RAF pilots have been ordered to shoot down ''hostile'' Russian fighter jets over Syria.

Not exactly the Battle of Britain is it?

Then again, a Russian general made a similar threat to US fighter aircraft in the region last week.

All of the above is written by way of highlighting the apocalyptic nature of the times through which we are presently living. They also serve as an up-to-the-minute introduction to the concluding section of this article as it regards the significance of October 13th in Salvation History.

What follows is pretty much a re-blog of what we posted up this time last year. In light of all that is happening in the Church and world, I wouldn't put that Rosary down yet...

October 13th and the Battle for the Church
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Christopher Ferrara has frequently drawn attention to the historical importance of the date of October 13th in recent Church history.

Fatima

It was on that date, in 1917, when a crowd of 70,000 witnesses, including a number of atheistic reporters from secularist newspapers, witnessed the Miracle of the Sun. It will be remembered that this miracle had been promised by Our Lady beforehand. The fulfillment of this promised miracle before so many witnesses marks Fatima out as a truly historical series of supernatural events. They ought not to be dismissed by anyone, whether presently Catholic or not.

So beautiful, though also terrifying, was the Miracle of the Sun that many fallen-away Catholics repented and returned to the Sacraments of the Holy Church on that very day.

Perhaps too few have considered the symbolism contained in that historical miracle. We would all do well to reflect on the fact that the descent of the Sun on the massive crowd calls to mind the punishment of fire from Heaven which befell Sodom and Gomorrah.

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In this context let us not forget, either, that Our Lady of Akita gave the following explicit warning to Sister Agnes Sasagawa: ''As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as has never been seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by my Son. Each day, recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and the priests.''
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An important part of the Akita message, relating to events preceding the punishment by fire, warns: ''The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned by their confreres... churches and altars will be sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.''

Sadly, we have all lived to see such things happening in the Church. The Rome Synods of '14 and '15 were punctuated, if not dominated, by them. More recently, at the end of September 2016, two ''former'' nuns have attempted to ''marry'' each other, with an ''ex''-priest officiating at a civil ''ceremony'' in the Italian town of Pinerolo.

And what was the date that this prophecy was given in Akita? October 13th, 1973.

Rome - Vatican II 

Christopher Ferrara has also drawn attention to the fact that the 13th October, 1962, was the date on which Cardinal Achille Leinhart seized the microphone, out of order, and derailed the Second Vatican Council's preparatory documents with his revolutionary demands. Drawing on Professor Romano Amerio's classical study Iota Unum, Ferrara notes that the Church is still living with the consequences of that derailment to this day.

Rome - Synods '14 and '15

Indeed, much closer to our own times, the 13th October has turned out to be a very significant date for the Church.

On that date in 2014, the disgraceful mid-term report was manipulated, pushed through and released to the world's media - without having been so much as seen by the bishops gathered for that autumn's Extraordinary Synod. As Bishop Schneider said at the time, and Christopher Ferrara recalled later: ''This is the first time in Church history that such a heterodox text was actually published as a document of an official meeting of Catholic bishops under the guidance of a pope...'' Of course, the release of the document became the watershed for a resistance led by Cardinal George Pell of Australia against the so-obvious behind-the-scenes manipulations.

In the distressing build up to Synod '15, Christopher Ferrara had thus wondered aloud what might be the significance of October 13th that year.

Although few seemed to spot it at the time, we did observe here at Torch of The Faith that this was the date on which the news broke, in the German Die Tagespost, that Pope Francis had been hosting a kind of miniature ''Shadow Synod'' each day with some specially chosen members of the Synod proper, and some undisclosed outsiders, in the Domus Sanctae Marthae...

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There is one source which claims that October 13th was also the date on which Pope Leo XIII had his terrifying experience of the devil demanding a period of 100 years to try and destroy the Catholic Church. Whatever the veracity of that source, it remains the case that Fatima, and the 13th day of October, have been extremely significant in the ongoing battle between Christ's True Church and the false anti-church of Antichrist.

At the beginning of the present stage of the battle, the importance of Fatima was again highlighted when it was announced in 2013 that Pope Francis was to consecrate his entire papacy to Our Lady of Fatima. This is an important detail, and source of ultimate hope, that should not be forgotten by any of us in these dark times.

What Must We Do?

Yes, these certainly are grave times. October 13th, 2016, marks the 99th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima. At the end of this month, within weeks of the beginning of the 100th year since the occurrence of this apocalyptic event, Pope Francis plans to travel to Lund to ''commemorate'' the condemned heretic Martin Luther.

Luther, the troubled monk who was condemned by a Church Council, disparaged the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, sacrileged his vows by attempting marriage with a nun, split countless souls from the Church, helped to sunder European Christendom, and paved the way for the secularized post-Christian anti-culture that we have all around us today.

This planned visit, and the mysterious silence of the world's cardinals and bishops on the matter, is nothing short of apocalyptic.

What can we do as lowly members of the faithful?

We must all stop offending God, sincerely repent of our sins, receive God's forgiveness, grace and strength in the Sacraments, honour the First Saturdays and pray the Rosary every single day.

We have all heard the warnings of Our Lady at Fatima and Akita. Now let us heed them!

Our Lady of Fatima and Akita - Pray for us!   

Fr. John Hunwicke on the Spirit of Antichrist


Torch of The Faith News on Thursday 13 October 2016 - 21:48:14 | by admin

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Sometimes, especially when he really cuts to the chase, the erudite and witty Fr. John Hunwicke offers such wonderfully pithy statements, that they have all the crisp accuracy of a honed crystal point.

Here is one of those gems from his concluding paragraph yesterday.

Whenever, whoever, decks out encouragement or tolerance of adultery in nobly coloured biblical garments, whether 'Mercy' or any other scriptural tags, we know that the Spirit of the Antichrist is abroad.

Indeed.

A More Edifying Choice of Cardinal


Torch of The Faith News on Thursday 13 October 2016 - 12:46:27 | by admin

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In the interests of balance it is important to acknowledge that, since writing the earlier article on the new cardinals, we have noticed that the Catholic Herald did actually run a much more edifying story in relation to them. The uplifting story of Cardinal-Elect Ernesto Troshani Simoni has also been reported by Associated PressCNS and Zenit

This humble priest from Albania certainly stands apart from the various modernistic bishops on Francis' list of new cardinals.

Although his advancing age will preclude him from voting in any future papal conclave, it is nevertheless heartening to see that Pope Francis is elevating this humble priest to the cardinalate. In announcing his choice of Fr. Simoni, Pope Francis acknowledged that he was chosen as a priest who rendered clear Christian testimony.

I am a poor priest and my only richness is Christ 

Fr. Simoni certainly seems to be a beautiful soul. We could do with more like him in the Church today.

His story first came into the limelight during the Papal Visit to Albania in 2014. During Vespers in the Cathedral of St. Paul in Tirana, Fr. Simoni had shared the story of his priesthood: In 1968, during the brutal Communist persecution of the Church in Albania, Fr. Simoni was arrested, beaten, tortured and kept in isolation. Eventually, he had to spend many years in prison and forced labour camps. This was all because of his love for Christ. Indeed, Fr. Simoni wrote on the wall of his prison cell: ''Jesus is my life.''

In the conditions of the harsh prison camps, Fr. Simoni became a spiritual director to numerous prisoners: secretly celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass from memory, hearing confessions and giving Holy Communion to his fellow prisoners.

Mimmo Muolo, the Italian biographer of Cardinal-Elect Simoni, has said that one of his key phrases has stayed with him. That is: ''I am a poor priest and my only richness is Christ.''

When Fr. Simoni first recounted his story, Pope Francis was seen to tear up. He embraced Fr. Simoni and said: ''Today we have touched martyrs. With this simplicity they suffered very much physically, psychically, with the anguish of uncertainty, not knowing if they would be shot or not, and they lived with this anguish. The Lord consoled them... He consoles in the depth of the heart and by His strength.''
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In our times, the Church has been so thoroughly infiltrated that orthodoxy and the orthodox are under extreme spiritual pressure each day. May the story of Fr. Ernesto Simoni, this humble priest who loves Jesus so much, be a source of encouragement to all who read this article.

Here at least is one priest of Jesus Christ who has truly merited the red hat which symbolizes Christian martyrdom. 

Thank You for All the Prayers for Leo!


Torch of The Faith News on Thursday 13 October 2016 - 12:46:18 | by admin

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We would like to thank all those of you who prayed for Angeline's dad Leo.

He has now had the operation to remove the cancer from beneath his eye and another that was discovered behind his ear. Leo is now back at the family home in Co. Mayo, Ireland, recovering and healing well.

Leo celebrates his 81st birthday this week and he will be going over to the Shrine of Knock with Jeannie to give thanks to God and Our Lady for his birthday and for his treatment and recovery from the cancer.

Thanks again for your prayers!

St. Leo the Great - Ora pro nobis! 

The New Cardinals and Grave Public Scandal


Torch of The Faith News on Tuesday 11 October 2016 - 18:14:49 | by admin

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Scandal in the True Sense of the Word

It is important to clarify that, whenever we speak on this blog about grave public scandal, we do not mean to be understood merely in the sense of scandalous gossip. 

Our meaning is rather that conveyed in paragraphs CCC 2284 - 2285 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: ''Scandal is an attitude or behaviour which leads another to do evil. The person who gives scandal becomes his neighbour's tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother into spiritual death. Scandal is a grave offence if by deed or omission another is deliberately led into a grave offence...

... Scandal takes on a particular gravity by reason of the authority of those who cause it or the weakness of those who are scandalized. It prompted Our Lord to utter this curse: 'Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea' (Mt 18:6; cf. 1 Cor 8:10-13). Scandal is grave when given by those who by nature or office are obliged to teach and educate others. Jesus reproaches the scribes and the Pharisees on this account: he likens them to wolves in sheeps clothing.''

That is what we mean whenever we speak on this blog of grave public scandal.

Some Examples...

Some examples have included: Liverpool's Auxiliary Bishop Tom Williams publicly giving Holy Communion with a reassuring ''pat'' on the arm to a homosexualist celebrity, (who had arrived publicly with his male ''partner''), at a televised celebrity funeral Mass; the Headteacher Miss C. Morrow ignoring parental rights and Catholic Truth in order to promote homosexual ideology to the primary school children in her care at Sacred Heart Primary in the Archdiocese of Liverpool; Sr. Mary Rose Fitzsimmons HHS, a self-described ''spiritual director and pastoral worker'' operating in the Archdiocese of Liverpool, signing up to Tina Beattie's letter supporting abortion in Poland; and the public silence of Archbishop McMahon et al in the face of these various happenings also causes scandal, confusion and demotivation amongst the lay faithful.

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

All of which brings us to the list of new cardinals which was announced by Pope Francis in Rome on Sunday. Although there are, perhaps, a couple of potentially edifying choices amongst the names, there are also some extremely troubling ones.

No, let us more honestly rephrase that in light of the Catechism's teaching which was mentioned above: there are some deeply scandalous names on the list of new cardinals.

Perhaps the report on Gloria TV provided the most succinct description of the names on the list, with the words: ''Among them there is not a single Catholic voice. 3 of the 17 are radical liberals and killers of vocations.''

We at Torch of The Faith have already spoken of 2 of those 3 during the last year or so.

Jozef De Kesel

On 7th November, 2015, we wondered about the possible influence of the so-called St. Gallen mafia, when Pope Francis named the ultra-Modernist Jozef De Kesel to become the new Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels.
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We wondered about that St. Gallen connection because the disgraced Cardinal Godfried Daneels had earlier pushed for De Kesel to be his auxiliary-bishop in Brussels in 2002. Then, having been elevated as Bishop of Bruges for five years, De Kesel again found himself being pushed forward by Daneels to become Archbishop of Brussels in 2010. It will be recalled that Daneels was having to step down because of the sex-abuse scandal...

At this point, Pope Benedict XVI instead appointed the more Tradition-friendly Archbishop Leonard. He subsequently became an inspiration to many Catholics, thanks to his faithful defence of marriage, even in the face of horrible attacks from FEMEN prostitutes, and for his cultivation of orthodox vocations. When Archbishop Leonard reached the official retirement age, Pope Francis moved swiftly to replace him with the Modernistic and Daneels-sponsored De Kesel.

Archbishop De Kesel stands in stark contrast to Archbishop Leonard. Indeed, he stands in stark contrast to Catholicism in general...

Perhaps not surprisingly, he supports the giving of Holy Communion to couples who are divorced and have attempted ''re-marriage''.

Even at last November's press conference to announce his elevation as Archbishop of Brussels-Mechelen, De Kesel made Modernistic references on the themes of dissenting clergy, the separation of Church and State, the role of the laity and the issue of homosexuality. 

This was really nothing new for De Kesel. Even as Bishop of Bruges he had publicly questioned priestly celibacy, suggested women priests as a possibility and supported a Mass for participants in the Brussels homosexualist ''Pride'' march. 
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De Kesel dressed like a layman for one of his press conferences...

Worse still, De Kesel attempted to appoint a priest in Middelkerke - even though that priest had been convicted for sexually molesting a teenaged boy just 5-6 years earlier.

In this can be recognized another common thread with De Kesel's mentor, and favourite of Pope Francis, Cardinal Godfried Daneels. For, as is widely reported, Daneels not only forced a paedophilic ''catechism'' on the schoolchildren of his diocese, firmly trampling on the rights of those parents who resisted, but has even been caught-out trying to cover up child sex abuse by one of his bishops.

No wonder the Catholic faithful are disturbed to hear that De Kesel was quoted, in the 6th November, 2015, edition of Crux, as saying: ''I have much respect for gays... Including their way of living their sexuality.''

It seems that De Kesel has less respect for priestly vocations, especially when he so recently killed off the conservative Fraternity of the Holy Apostles in the Brussels archdiocese earlier this year.

And so, in 2016, a man who clearly has little respect for God's Holy Law, Catholic Tradition, or even a basic acceptance of the natural moral law, is being elevated by Pope Francis to the college of cardinals - the college which wears red to symbolize its readiness to spill its blood in defence of Christ's Church.

That is how low things have fallen in these grim times.

Blase Cupich

Another of the names on Francis' list of new cardinals is Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago.
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Again, the Modernist Cupich of Chicago will need no introduction to regular readers. Indeed, his infamous divergence from Catholic Truth on a number of key points is sadly well known throughout the world.

These include: his refusal to implement Canon 915, by not refusing Holy Communion to politicians who promote abortion, or to sexually active homosexuals or fornicators (we doubt he'd use that honest word!); his discouragement of priests wanting to take part in pro-life prayer vigils; and his attempt to relativize abortion among other social problems like joblessness and want.

The New Cardinals and The Compliant Media
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Apart from dipping into some of the on-line articles, we haven't bothered reading the mainstream Catholic papers in this country for several years. The reportage on the new cardinals that has been provided by the Catholic Herald could be held up as an example of why we gave up spending our hard-earned spondulix on 'em!

As far as we can see, the Catholic Herald has posted two pieces on this story. The first one, written by a ''staff reporter'' runs with the headline: ''Women priests, politics and Communion: What the Pope's new cardinals believe.'' That title should tell you everything that is wrong with the article's approach; for, aside from issues of politics, the new cardinals should simply believe what the Church has always believed and taught on the matters of women priests and Holy Communion!

And so the article speaks in relativistic terms of Blase Cupich like this: ''Archbishop Cupich's admirers say he is pastorally minded and committed to dialogue. His detractors criticise his stances on the Eucharist and on Catholic moral teaching.''

From a supposedly Catholic paper that kind of relativism dressed up as objectivity is incredible isn't it?

The other article in the Catholic Herald is written by the priest and moral theologian Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith. Anyone who has read his on-line articles will know that Fr. Lucie-Smith is capable of writing thoughtful, and thought-provoking, contributions for the Catholic Herald.

That being said, his latest piece about the new cardinals stands out for its spectacular omission of any reference to the above Modernists or their distressing track record.

Perhaps this is because Fr. Lucie-Smith's article dedicates so much space to pondering imponderables; like what might have happened if Pope Francis had invested Mr. Justin Welby - Father calls him ''Archbishop Justin Welby'' - with a pallium, or made him a cardinal, during his recent ecumenical visit to Rome.

That Fr. Lucie-Smith, as a priest and moral theologian with a wide audience, should share such far-out day-dreams without also recalling that Mr. Welby not only lacks the grace of Holy Orders, but even has a different religion to ours, should give pause for thought.

We noticed last week that Pope Francis had issued his latest ''prayer intentions'' video for October. In this video, Pope Francis called for journalists to put media ''at the service of encounter''.

Given that the authentic use of media is to further the discovery of objective truth, Pope Francis said something rather unusual during that short video. He said: ''We need information leading to compromise for the good of humanity and the planet.''

Leading to Compromise?

It should get everyone's attention that the internet was officially handed over to the UN at the beginning of this month, that Pope Francis met with Mark Zuckerberg in August, and that Pope Francis is now making such a global call for the media to ''compromise for the good of humanity and the planet''.

This is especially the case given the multiplication of messages in Pope Francis' other monthly videos, promoting a pan-religious paradigm and ''a new economy to bring everyone together''.

Two days ago, the Catholic Herald announced that Mr. Justin Welby will ''preach'' during Vespers at Westminster Catholic Cathedral to close the Year of Mercy on November 13th, 2016.

With the approach of Pope Francis' visit to Lund to celebrate Martin Luther (!), and Fr. Lucie-Smith's day-dreams about Mr. Welby receiving a pallium, we must wonder what other ''compromises'' the media are preparing us for...

Feast of the Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Torch of The Faith News on Tuesday 11 October 2016 - 18:12:57 | by admin

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We have a framed print of this beautiful 19th-Century painting by William Adolphe Bouguereau in our hallway at home. It seems an appropriate image to head up this article for the Feast of the Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is celebrated today in the Traditional Calendar.

In 1931, on the 15th centenary of the Council of Ephesus, Pope Pius XI ordered that a feast should be instituted to celebrate the Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In 431 AD, the Council of Ephesus had solemnly defined that the divine and human natures were united in the person of Jesus the Son of God. It follows that Mary, His Mother, may rightly be called Mother of God.

Ever since 431, this title of Mother of God has become sacred to Catholics, for it expresses a sublime dogma of the Incarnation. In this we see again that all of the honours belonging to Our Blessed Lady safeguard and uphold those of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Mary, Mother of God - Pray for us!

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