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understanding of its sacred dogmas must be perpetually
retained, which Holy
Mother Church once declared; and there must never be
a recession from that meaning under the specious name
of a deeper understanding”
(Blessed Pope Pius IX, 1st Vatican Council, S.3, C.2
on Revelation, 1870 ex cathedra)
Truth from a Pulpit — but not a Priest
“We are not worthy of persecution. We are Christians not worth
they knew Him.”
... and the
Culpable Negligence of our own Catholic Bishops
was a time when Catholics
knew and recognized Jesus Christ.
That it is no longer so is
deeply revealing. It reveals a spiritual malaise
that is the result of a lack of example, and
a systemic failure so deep, so broad, and so
prevalent, that our children no longer see God
... and neither do we.
What will suffice for proof? Perhaps a casual
glance in the direction of the
Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar
is a pretty good indication. How many
people walk past God (Jesus Christ, really and
truly present in the Tabernacle: Body, Blood,
Soul, and Divinity) without so much as a nod,
let alone a genuflection? Indeed, how many even
know that He is there? How many
Few. Very few, indeed. Why is this? Why do so
many people identify themselves as Catholics
without knowing where God is
— and, in fact, Who God is?
Who will dispute it? Ask a dozen Catholics leaving
Mass the following elementary questions
about what is most fundamental and central
to Catholic belief as uniquely distinguishable
— that is to say, simple tenets that distinguish
Catholicism from other and incompatible religions:
the Son (Jesus)?
the Holy Ghost?
In the Eucharist?
In the Tabernacle?
In all three
We are present at the Crucifixion of
Christ on Calvary
We gather at the Table of the Lord.
We eat Jesus flesh and drink His blood,
We primarily engage in a Communal Meal.
All of the above.
None of the above.
Just two of the above.
(If you , too, are really uncertain,
go to the bottom of the page)
The answers that you most likely will receive
will range from stunning ignorance to patent
heresy (and yes, the notion of heresy
still obtains, ecumenism notwithstanding, not
only in Catholicism but in Judaism.) Those whom
you had asked had just left Mass — some, after
many, many years — and had no clue about the
most basic features of their faith. Why is this?
How can this be?
The answer is surprisingly simple: it has been
a failure in Catechesis, a catastrophic
failure in teaching the most fundamental
doctrines of our faith as Catholics to our children
— just as they failed who had taught
us! That is to say, it is the result
of not one, but two entire generations that
have failed — and failed miserably — in handing
on, transmitting to future generations, the
Faith of our fathers, the authentic teachings
of Holy Mother Church.
The Buck Stops Here
President Harry S. Truman kept a sign on his
desk for which he is famous, and it was a daily
reminder to him that, as President of the American
people and as the representative of
interests apart from the conflict of interests
that plagued and continue to plague the House
and the Senate ... the responsibility was ultimately
his. The buck was always passed from the special
interest groups to the Representatives who passed
the responsibility off to the Senate which in
turn passed the buck on to Truman. He
alone took the responsibility, and with it he
took the heat. Perhaps that is provenance of
his other famous quotation,
you can't stand the heat, keep out of the kitchen.”
Truman was from Missouri, and if you are an
American, you understand what this means.
is synonymous with,
it! I am skeptical ...prove it!”
None of the Cardinals of the Archdiocese of
Boston were from Missouri ... O'Malley is from
Ohio, Law was from Mexico, and Medeiros from
the Azores. That stubborn practicality and low
tolerance for equivocation, together with the
keen sense of responsibility to his office and
to the American people ... to make the decisions
that no one else was willing to make, and to
accept their consequences — largely characterized
the person and the Presidency of Truman ...
much in the way that the absence of these qualities
and attributes have notoriously characterized
the Episcopacy of Boston. Not one of them, in
any manner of speaking, were from Missouri
The point of this brief digression is that Catechesis
has failed miserably largely because
our Bishops have
defaulted on their primary responsibility as
Teachers of the Faith. They are largely
involved in more pressing functionary
issues: things administrative, social, legal
(especially here in Boston, and elsewhere
...) public relations, photo ops, etc., and
appear to have no time, or simply lack the dedication
or the inclination to bring us, or failing that,
ensuring that we are brought, the authentic
Faith of our Fathers ... and are unwilling to
accept their responsibility for it. There are,
after all, numberless
to deal with such
things ... many and many an eager committee
to relegate this tiresome responsibility to.
Is it really any wonder that so many Priest
have adopted as their model of pastoral leadership
the role of Master of Ceremonies at
Mass, and mere advisors to the
lay leadership in their parishes — rather
than that of the preacher, pastor and prophet?
From whom did they learn such irresponsible
behavior? They have taken their cue from their
Bishops, whose poor example they sadly but brilliantly
emulate. Make no decisions
*, but form committees to make the decisions
for you — and if they do not pan out, no one
can lay the responsibility at your doorstep.
In fact, you were, in a Trumanesque sense, out
of the kitchen at the time ... so to speak.
For a scandalously preponderant number of bishops,
here and abroad, the Episcopacy appears to be
more a matter of the promotion of their personality,
and good copy for the press ... rather than
enacting their primary role
of the Faith”
and in ensuring the proper teaching of the Faith;
the dignity and responsibility for their office
is so often reduced to a perfunctory stamp of
approval on some issue or other with which they
are only remotely acquainted, but which is,
for the moment, highly visible and publicly
in favor. In a word, it redounds to their notability
and good name ... both of which, deservedly,
have taken a rather bad drubbing of late.
Instead of delegating what are essentially peripheral
issues to other ecclesiastics and enacting the
primary role in which they are presumably most
competent, they have relinquished the greater
for the lesser. We could charitably attribute
it to mere indolence, or even incompetence,
did it not verge on culpable neglect in their
having entrusted it to those unworthy
of it, to so many who manipulate,
distort and often entirely expunge the genuine
teachings of the Church to conform to their
own largely social agenda.
They, in turn, pass this distorted doctrine
on to our children — with the
Bishop's rubber stamp of approval which they
hold, and which came with the job. After all,
were they not
by him? Surely, then, he knows what they are
Or does he? It is frightening either way. If
he does, then he is complicit in the fraud.
If he does not, he is guilty of inexcusable
after all, is
of the Faith.”
Everyone Wins but the Kids
How often a job not to our liking is palmed
off to someone else, and washing our hands of
it, we gladly forget the unsavory matter. If
it prospers we take the praise, and if it fails
we plead ignorance. It is a win-win
Except for the children.
For them it is a no-win
situation. They never come to know Christ.
So what do we walk away with?
very clear about this: if you
do not bring Christ to your children, it is
extremely unlikely that anyone will.
We are too quick to surrender this responsibility,
which is really a blessed gift ... the gift
of Faith that will carry our children through
so many difficulties in life ... long after
we are gone. It is a patrimony to generations
beyond us, a sacred trust that we cannot
entrust to another: not your son's or your
daughter's CCD teacher (who probably knows far
less than you do), not your parish priest through
his cute and irrelevant homilies punctuated
by jokes and laughter, and not, sadly to say,
to your bishop. In fact, if you write your bishop
in your growing concern about the laxity in
your parish, you will, in all likelihood, receive
no reply ... or a
from Microsoft Word with the blank spaces appropriately
filled in. Been there, done that.
In all fairness, of the two scenarios offered,
it is very likely that your bishop is clueless
of what is being taught under his auspices —
and it is as equally likely that he really does
not wish to know more, and could not
appear to care less. This, of course, is the
best scenario. The worst is that he does
Most parents are familiar with the scenario:
pay CCD (the Religious Education Office in your
parish) to pass out books that are never opened,
who are as ill-informed as their students, hire
a Director of Religious Education (DRE) irrespective
of a genuine commitment to authentic Catholic
Doctrine – and it is a fait accompli!
The Gospel is preached! The ignorant are enlightened.
The children are taught. Process them through
to Confirmation regardless of their complete
ignorance of the Faith, kiss them off, and
tell yourself that you have done a magnificent
job! Just look at the Confirmation lines!
the auxiliary bishop who comes to Confirm them
will tell you, “to the vibrancy of your
as the Church is most often called in these
times of doctrinal indifference and ecumenical
correctitude. Indeed ...
Do not, however, look at the dwindling numbers:
in the pews, in the Priesthood, in Religious
life, in successful marriages, in chaste lives
free from the misdirection of a perverse, and
increasingly homocentric society.
And do not tabulate the divorce rate, or the
number of abortions that verge on exceeding
the number of baptisms. Pretend that the sexual
abuse of our children has no correlation with
the number of homosexual priests knowingly ordained,
and that their predatory pederasty has nothing
at all to do with their being homosexual — that
it is just a coincidence that the abused have
been, with few exceptions, boys. Just a disturbing
and terribly repetitive coincidence ... right?
The effects of the longstanding negligence of
our bishops have been far-reaching ... to even
the smallest among us.
The frightening question, really, is this: not,
will teach our children better?”
– but this:
will teach our Bishops better?”
Do not say
His unconcealed disdain for genuine Catholic
teaching — that for 2000 years has been found
in the immutable and Sacred Deposit of Faith
— approaches contempt! No.
Francis is the “Innovator”
nonpareil — endowed, he claims, with a
(whatever that is, apart from the
of the Catholic Church” with which it does not
coincide). He is an Innovator of the
Faith — not a
of the Faith”. Saint Paul speaks of this
unsparingly (2 Timothy 4.3) Would that we were
wise enough to give heed.
In very deed, the question still stands:
... who will teach our bishops to teach
If they will
not — and it is likely they will not — then
we must teach our children!
we ourselves must learn the
Faith ... before it was poisoned and
distorted by Modernism, Ecumenism, and Feminism
— an unholy trinity close to the hearts of too
many bishops ... and especially the Innovator
of the Faith.
Boston Catholic Journal
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Francis as “the Prince”
"of This World"?
of "Vatican II"
is the logical conclusion of the Second Vatican Council understood
as the Assisted Suicide of the Church. He is the logical consequent
of nearly every flawed statement, every questionable postulate,
and every sophistical premise either substantive or implicit,
within Vatican II as so many antecedents to a catastrophically
spurious argument. As he himself stated as early as 2013
— but not before a rude slap in the face to all
his predecessors (one still alive: Pope “Emeritus” Benedict):
“In the interview, Francis denounced the
“Vatican-centric” nature of the Holy See administration
and acknowledged that popes past had been infatuated
with the pomp of the
Vatican and its “courtesans.”
“He said the Second Vatican
Council, the 1962-65 meetings that brought the
church into the modern world, had promised such
an opening to people of other faiths and non-believers,
but that the church hadn’t made progress since
He then went
further, to make the paradoxical claim that:
have the humility and ambition to do so,” he said.”
In other words,
“I, Francis the celebrated, acclaimed,
and famously humble and unpretentious — propose to fully
actualize all the nonsense embodied in the equally celebrated
(albeit spurious) ‘Spirit of Vatican II’ because
I alone among
all my predecessors have the real
humility — and ambition — that
they lacked — and the iron will to do so!
Bet on it.”
Francis as "the Prince"
... "of this world"?
Let us ponder
that for a moment, for it is fraught with significance.
Does a humble
man boast of his humility? Of course not, for he sees
the contradiction inherent in such a question.
still is the question: is ambition consonant with
humility in ... of all men ... a pope?
At the apex of power (at which Francis now sits)
ambition dangerously verges on becoming Machiavellian. As Niccolo
observed in his famous work, The Prince,
“Ambition is so powerful a passion in the heart, that
however high we reach we are never satisfied.” 1
There is a very
troubling theological and scriptural parallax in this reference
that is too recurrent to ignore; indeed a supercession
that increasingly and illicitly infringes on ultimate Authority
that is not invested in the papal office
... that even has the hubris to abrogate Sacred Scripture, that
seeks to amend the one and only prayer Christ explicitly
taught us, that even dares not simply to attenuate,
but to countermand the Commandments at will! On
what authority? Is the servant greater than the Master? (Saint
John 15.20) Is there a greater than God? Deus
solus Rex est ! God alone is King. His
Vicar must faithfully represent Him — not
the prince of this world cometh, and in Me he hath not any thing.”
14.30) In other words,
has nothing to do with Me.”
Apropos of this line of reasoning, we must equally recognize
that there is indeed one other who would defy
God Himself, and Christ spoke of him, warned us of him,
in terms of eschatological enmity:
was a vehement atheist. Francis is an unbridled progressivist
(radical Leftist). In both cases, however otherwise divergent,
the pressing question appears identical: “How far can
I go? What can I get away with? To what extent can
I push the limits of this power vested in me? To the point where
power prevails over truth?”
These are serious questions, especially as they pertain
to the Vicar of Jesus Christ on Earth.
Has the Church, as Francis insists, really been stagnant
for 50 years — until the epiphany of Francis who alone
can achieve what Vatican II proposed — because he alone
has the humility to accomplish this, coupled with an
unbending determination? Is there something disconcerting
about this statement? Even contradictory?
What is more, we need only look at the anemic state of the Church
following Vatican II: the dearth of clergy, religious,
seminarians — the aging and emptying pews … to see that no such
“stagnation” in the Church occurred. To the contrary,
prior to Vatican II it was a Church full of vitality
in every conceivable metric — and growing exponentially!
To understand how Francis arrives at this spurious conclusion
we must first understand that Francis is the quintessential
product of a unique generation. He is among the last of
that now dwindling generation (thank God) who themselves were
products of the psychotropic culture of the 1960’s — which,
in our rear-view mirror — is a now barely visible, and from
which we cannot speed away fast enough. It has long begun
to fade to fatuity. Most of us have, by now, come to our senses
and recognize this.
A Deadly Age
It was a deadly
age, a noxious age whose poison still leeches into Western society.
At a given stratum it will be percolated through reason,
eventually strained of its poison, and become the historical
nonsense it was — even if it contaminated so much and so many
lives before it was bleached out of our consciousness and finally
became innocuous , together with the psychedelic caricature
of a reality it had never known. Timothy Leary, et alia, “Turned
on, tuned in, dropped out” and in alignment with his not-so-famous
literary micropiece “Design for Dying — Dying? Throw a House
Party! ” — dropped dead.
The Age of Aquarius and the Psilocybin
mushroom are dead and what is left of that sad crop are dying
leaves on a withering tree, fretted by songs still strummed
by the arthritic hands of the elderly on guitars three times
the age of the audience. They are pathetic figures clinging
to a youth that betrayed them to an old age that wasn’t supposed
to happen in the euphoric Flower Days.
In truth it was a miserable age that opiated America; an age that filled
the valleys and made the mountains low — for the coming of
the Flower Child who littered it with filth. It was Woodstock
after the rain and the music stopped: a wasteland of plastic
trash, condoms and roach clips.
The Segue into
Same time, same culture, same euphoria, same mantra against inhibition, same
contempt for authority, same disdain for absolutes. It was the
time to experiment with society, with minds, and — most
sadly — with souls. While students occupied the chancellor’s
office at the university, “liberated” Catholic theologians,
together with Avant-guard bishops and their ecumenically requisite
Protestant advisors occupied the Vatican.
“The Establishment” was shut out — in academic, ecclesiastic
and civil society. “Old school” was out. “New school” was in:
a new and radical school of theology and spirituality; new interpretation,
“exegesis”, “hermeneutics”, and now “discernment” and “accompaniment”
... in sin. “Dogma” became “anathema” and “anathema” was
finally scrubbed from the Catholic lexicon altogether: both
became something pejorative: nothing was incontrovertibly
true (itself a reflexive contradiction).
Latin as an Ecclesiastical Marker or Identifier was out. Banality was in.
Priests spoke the vernacular and finally realized that they
had nothing to say. Homily became comedy. Comedy became skit.
The Guitar is King! — no longer Christ Jesus.
And the only Choir we know is not of Angels: they ceased their
accompaniment with us when “Liturgists” discarded Gregorian
Chant in favor of the insipid ditties of Marty Haugen who is
Lutheran or the “Saint
Louis Jesuits (not all of whom remain Jesuits, or priests, or
No going back: DNR and the
Church as a Hospice
New vestments, new language(s), new Mass, new spirituality that emphasized
man through a unilateral (Catholics gave up virtually
everything. Protestants relinquished nothing) effort at a newly-reformulated
notion of “ecumenism” instead of salvation. Nun’s and
Sister’s Habits were shortened, then abbreviated, then thrown
out. The new “cool” was the collarless priest, the unidentifiable
Sister. The various “Conferences of Catholic Bishops” (which
have no binding authority) became social, then political. The
Church effectively became the
“field hospital” envisioned by Francis — but it was also the only patient —
mortally wounded, and strapped to it was the purple rescript
DNR (“Do Not Resuscitate or Revive”) upon the inauguration
of Francis as pope with a ready hand on the plug. Vatican II,
it turns out, was really an act of Assisted Suicide as
Francis has more than amply demonstrated and the Church has
become less a “field hospital” than a hospice. “Better that
the one true Church die than acknowledge our mistakes and return
to the business of saving souls as we had done for the
2000 years preceding Vatican II.”
But even the model of a hospice is inadequate, for after the
last Catholic dies, the hospice itself altogether ceases to
be. This is nihilism — not Catholicism — and it has been for
The Birth of Theo-Politics
was born. Peace, Poverty, Immigration, Inclusiveness, Equality,
Linguistic Neuterization in the Liturgy, Feminism, and “Ministries”
without meaning or number became the New Evangel.
Not a chance. That outdated mandate belonged to the 2000 years
prior to the Second Vatican Council — and is something of an
embarrassment to contemporary Catholic priests, theologians,
scholars, and … yes … laymen. Ask yourself: when was the last
time you so much as even heard that phrase at Church?
Modernism — that
“synthesis of all heresies” — replaced every
vestige of the theological concept of Tradition
that is inseparable from the identity of the Church especially
as it is articulated through infallible Church Teaching and
The Kingdom of God became the Polity of Man. Language
was purged of “salvation”, “soul”, “Hell”, “Penance”,
“repentance”, “Mary”, woman, virgin, man, he, she, her, hers,
his, gender, evil, the devil, conversion, sin,
suffering, chastity, mortification — anything that stifled
the desires of men and the ambitions of women. Heaven now has
Open Borders — and they are coterminous with earth.
A Replica or
We built a simulacrum, a meretricious and largely plastic replica of the Kingdom
of Heaven and placed in on earth — complete with electric votive
candles. And yet, for all its semblance we secretly fear
it is counterfeit. It is little wonder that we fear dying
and leaving our Kingdom … for, perhaps, another
and fabled Kingdom of which we heard long ago where Someone
else ruled and in which the totality of man did not abide,
given his sin, selfishness, cruelty, malice and indifference
to God — a place of ceaseless Light and no fire divided from
a chasm of ceaseless fire with no Light.
But we know that Vatican II — or at least its true “spirit” abolished
all that 50 years ago. “Everyone and everything goes
to “Heaven” — despite the explicit teaching of
Christ to the contrary (Saint Matthew 7.13-14).
appalling vision offend you? Have I injured your “sensibilities”?
Reality is like
that — much like the “Reality TV Shows” that you probably watch.
Not every episode has a good ending. Many do not even have a
good beginning — much like Vatican II — and even more apropos
of the spectacle that is Francis as its culmination.
Machiavelli — The Prince
Geoffrey K. Mondello
for the Boston Catholic Journal
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The State vs. Frankie
Capo di tutti
planned for winter’s
[next year!] in
Rome with the world’s
found in recent
months to be at
from sexual predators
in the Church:
“Your Excellency! ... the House in on fire!”
“Forsooth! Convene a synod next year to look into the
“But, my lord, we did that 20 years ago when we smelled the
smoke then and left it smoldering. It is now a conflagration
that threatens the entire Castle!”
“Just do as you’re told, man! Put it on the calendar
— for next year.
How is THAT for Urgency?
is a vignette of the state of the Church today under Francis
and the cardinals and bishops complicit with him.
In other words,
while the house is on fire
and crumbling around us,
predator homosexual priests
continue to rape our youngsters and young men — Francis the
Merciful will schedule yet another ... “conference”
five months away...
to “look into” the issue —
rather than address the unmitigated and relentless
SAKE, MAN — literally—
How Many Will it Take?
Every day that you deliberately
delay redressing this monstrous calamity, the faith (to
say nothing of the butchered virginity) of a child, a
young man, is violently torn from him! How many will it take
before you act, Francis? How many ruined lives, how much shattered
trust must be lost before you look beyond
applause of the world”
to the agony of these children, their parents, their siblings,
their friends, their parishes ... the world ... the
in you that you utterly and callously betrayed?
How many will it take to motivate you to the most primal moral
instinct to protect innocence?
Your carefully orchestrated campaign to monumentalize yourself
— instead of Christ —
as the meek embodiment of humility immortalized — has become
increasingly tenuous, tainted by recurring episodes of rage,
anger, vengefulness and autocratic duplicity —
but most of all
in your apparent indifference
to the lurid and metastasizing
malignancy of homosexuality in the priesthood
— and the horrific scandal of perverse sexual predation that
you have consistently deprecated in favor of more
Plastic in the Sea,
... In a word, Frankie, your pathological pursuit of
as eponymous with Francis”
... is utter imposture
— a fraud that will only carry copy as long as it is rank with
But it is your
refusal to act in crisis, Francis, which is itself
your most notable defect — and if not defect, your most detestable
act! You play to the world with the lives of the Little
Ones ... and seem careless of the depths of the sea that await
those who bring scandal to Christ through the loss of the Little
Ones! Each one is a Millstone and the sea beckons the betrayer.
This is nothing less than madness, insanity, criminal irresponsibility,
deafness, blindness — commitment to a “progressive” Leftist
agenda at all costs, in this life and the next. I reiterate,
it is MADNESS! And if it is not madness, worse still it is cowardice
and complicity: don’t
do the deed yourself, simply savor its being done! By
your silence you shrewdly recognize that you can maintain
before the world — indeed, your inactions speak volumes — but
the God you do not know sees the heart, the mind, the will ...
in all its corruption.
In the meanwhile, shall we pretend that it is not happening
(as we have pretended for over 50 years) until — to our everlasting
shame — the arm of the
in the form of Grand Juries and subpoenas forces the
hand to comply with
(a Cardinal Virtue, remember?) and turn over to competent authorities
what documents they have not yet shredded — but in the ensuing
5 months will have plenty of time to.
Right in the
If the Church obstinately refuses to punish her own children
for crimes, then the State will address what are no less
than felons unsparingly — as it should. No one should get a
pass, no matter the color of his biretta or the trim of his
robe — from priest to pope!
Put them right in the slammer!
— for God’s sake if only to protect the young and
innocent. What a parody of the Church: the State
must occupy the moral high ground and attempt to justly
incarcerate those whom the Church has no manifest intention
of defrocking or denouncing as reprobate — and expelling them
from the Body of Christ! There are sins that incur automatic
excommunication no matter what ecclesiastical office is occupied!
That is the interior court of Justice — the
conscience — that tribunal before God Himself which cannot
be escaped or eluded — and in which there is no plea-bargaining.
One may cleverly elude the State ... but forever remains
on the crucible of his guilt — which will exact its tribute.
Now or later. With apodictic certainty!
Consider the following:
over a thousand children
and youths were
raped by over 300 homosexual priests.
Three hundred! Three hundred! The number
least 789 children and probably more
than 1,000 have been sexually abused by 250
If the Archdiocese ever comes clean, the numbers
in Pennsylvania will very likely pall before the
overwhelming predation of children, minors, youths,
and young men that has occurred here is sacristies,
rectories, and seminaries.
Over the years in my own parish (typical Novus Ordo)
I knew, over the years, that certain priests were homosexual
(the sashaying, lisping, the feminine hand gestures, the many
movements we associate with women) and was once even propositioned
in the Confessional in a Church the next town over.
One priest at my parish left the priesthood (presumably) to
“marry” another priest. I would never have suspected him.
Never. And that is scary. No feminine gestures. No clues
— which means that you cannot tell — until the hand is on your
thigh. At Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton in the late
70’s I attended some “Days of Recollection” for young
men considering the priesthood. At once I could sense, see,
the femininity of the young men — and more troubling still,
the priests themselves who led the “Days of Recollection.” After
attending several times I found myself set apart and alone ….
marginalized — presumably because it must have been apparent
that I was not one of the girls. The atmosphere was permeated
by homosexuality … without the merest hint of the “odor of sanctity”.
Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton,
Massachusetts, was (and most likely still is) in desperate
need of fumigation. It reeked of homosexuality. I considered
contacting the Chancery about this openly scandalous state of
affairs but had learned that any letter to any bishop was answered
politely but dismissively by one of his assistants (who himself
may have been homosexual and not particularly sympathetic to
any request for addressing the issue.)
Talking with other young men later — who were married and with
children — their experience was the same. They chose
the vocation to the priesthood but were not allowed
to go beyond the pink doors — because they were straight, or
worse still, straight and adherent to Church teaching.
After much soul-searching they found their vocation elsewhere
— just as I did. There were, I found, lots of
vocations to the priesthood — but their fidelity and masculinity
were an impediment that did not sit well with those who
made the decisions. No scent of Lavender? Then the Pink
Door slams in your face.
Religious Orders? Fumigate them, too
As I searched and searched for a Religious Order (surely Religious
Orders were not infected …) as an External Postulant for the
Capuchin Franciscans (who, at the time, had a monastery in Milton)
my Vocation Director, a certain Father Matthias, asked me if
I believed all that the Church taught. Unhesitatingly I truthfully
answered “yes”. WRONG ANSWER! “No”, he replied at once.
“We must question.” The Catholic Church?
As a philosophy student in graduate school I well knew the subtleties
of inquiry together with the spurious and absurd “imperative”
that a scholar — especially in philosophy — accept nothing
as certain (the “doctrine” of nearly every university
in America). “That is not good”, Father Matthias continued —
as I processed in my mind everything from Saints Augustine,
Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, Saint Anselm and a dozen others
as we walked. I briefly wondered if I had wandered into a Jesuit
retreat house. They, too, lost God after Vatican II. But
Father Matthias wore a habit — that more than likely cloaked
his disbelief. Jesuits do not and are generally contemptuously
unapologetic about it. I thought of a Barren Fig Tree.
But Father Matthias was the one whose skewed and illogical “spirituality”
I had to get around if I hoped to make it to the Order’s
main monastery in Garrison, NY (now
Institute for Transformational and Contemplative Ecology
— a non-sectarian pseudo-sanitarium dedicated to “The Science
of Contemplative Practice and neuroplasticity” where people
actually pay to be indoctrinated with “climate change
and environmental advocacy, neuro-, behavioral and evolutionary
economics, psychology, social networking, policy-making, and
investing and social media to work together on ways to shift
behavior on a large enough scale to realize substantial emissions
reductions.” It’s true.
I never made it to Garrison because God had other plans for
me that included a wife and four children — I never looked back.
But now, over my shoulder, and with inexpressible anguish in
my heart — I see Rome burning. And Nero fiddling.
I find it ... queer ... that the vast majority of this homosexual
insinuation into the priesthood — and the subsequent horrendous
rape of our children and the perversion of Catholic morality
— occurred in the years following the
decadence we have come to know as Vatican II and its
abjuration of the One, True, Holy and Catholic Church — that
preceded it for 2000 years ... and which ever survives those
who lay siege to Her?
Aggiornamento! Ah, the reek of the world that rushed
in when John XXIII — of unhappy memory — famously
open the windows”!
How the incense of all that is holy poured out — while the effluence
and fume of the world seeped in!
Geoffrey K. Mondello
for the Boston Catholic Journal
October 8, 2018
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Enemy has Done This!
The Weeds and the
A Parable for the
Crisis in the Church
“The Kingdom of Heaven is likened to a man
that sowed good seeds in his field. But
while men were asleep, his enemy came and
over-sowed weeds among the wheat and went
his way. And when the blade was sprung up,
and had brought forth fruit, then appeared
also the weeds. And the servants of the
master of the house coming said to him:
Sir, did you not sow good seed in thy field?
Whence then has it weeds? And he said to
enemy has done this. And the
servants said to him: Will you that we go
and gather it up? And he said: No, lest
perhaps gathering up the weeds, you root
up the wheat also together with it. Allow
both to grow until the harvest, and in the
time of the harvest I will say to the reapers:
Gather up first the weeds, and bind it into
bundles to burn, but the wheat gather into
Quite nearly everything that is occurring in the Church
today is outlined in this brief but enormously important parable.
The parable explains how it happened and who is responsible
for it. It is striking in both its brevity and its scope.
What is happening in the Church, right now, is horrific! It
is historically unprecedented and morally execrable. Never has
the Church been so afflicted since the great Arian heresies
in the 3rd century almost two millennia ago. Even the Protestant
Revolt instigated by Martin Luther is not comparable in the
intrinsic evil and the devastation it wrought — to the Body
of Christ, the Church, and to the world around it.
While others speak in terms of the Faithful’s “frustration” and “concerns”
— let us describe it in terms of our lived experience:
We are not “frustrated”—
we are outraged!
We are not “concerned”— we
are horrified, shamed, scandalized, and perhaps above all we
are angry! — angry at the seemingly “routine” way
that it is being trivialized by our bishops, our priests, and,
for all his pretensions, Francis himself!
“Put this on the calendar” to be addressed at the next meeting”
— months from now.
ARE YOU KIDDING?
Catholics are scared! We are afraid of what is being done not
only to our children, but our Church! We want heads to fly!
We want Birettas placed down in shame. We want guilty priests
defrocked — immediately — and jailed! We want complicit cardinals
to be removed from office at once, silent bishops to be dismissed
from the episcopacy and all that responsibility of which they
have proven themselves unworthy or unequal — and if not subsequently
laicized then at the very least educated on basic morality and
the difference between sanctity and sin — based on the Sacred
Depository of Faith, and authentic and established doctrine:
not the whims of “pop” theologians who make a living off the
Church even while despising her.
WHAT WE DO NOT WANT:
of another “conference”
yet more useless “committees” to “examine the issue”.
groups” more “commissions”
longer! No more! The sociological rhetoric
in which they are increasingly addressed and inevitably culminate
will never suffice to accomplish anything. The time of showmanship
is past. It is now a very dangerous matter of brinkmanship.
Much has been lost and much more stands to be lost.
We want action to be
taken — and not
“sometime in the future”, but
NOW! THIS DAY!
The crisis IS that serious
... and the hierarchy — to the very top — seems too obtuse or
simply too stupid to recognize it! Or … more frightening
still, and much more darkly … unwilling to — because
to address it would be to implicate themselves!
This is where the devil
“his enemy came and over-sowed
weeds among the wheat and went his way.”
Let us look more closely at this extremely important and eschatological
(pertaining to the end of the world) Parable:
Who is the enemy? The devil of course! It is satan! It is he
who sowed the weeds among the wheat.
How and why?
First we must ask ourselves the most basic question about this
parable: what is a weed? Interestingly, and succinctly,
Wikipedia nails it on the head:
“A weed is a plant considered undesirable in a particular
situation, “a plant in the wrong place” 1
This is actually an admirable description and entirely appropriate
to our purposes.
A weed is not of itself evil. It is simply a plant among other
plants. But in Christ’s Parable we must take note that an “enemy
came and over-sowed weeds among the wheat” They were not native
to that group of plants. Wheat does not become weed. It remains
wheat. The weed, we find, is surreptitiously introduced among
the desirable plants: in this case, wheat. The wheat is “sown-over”
for a purpose: to fester among it and to impede and eventually
destroy the wheat. There was a purpose to its planting by the
evil one just as there was a purpose to God’s planting of the
wheat — the purpose of the latter, the wheat, was to nourish
other things. Of the former, the weed, it was to destroy,
to crowd out, to entangle and kill the wheat — and with the
wheat, all that it nourishes.
The “particular situation” referred to as “undesirable”
in Wikipedia is, in the case of the parable, the Field that
nourishes, which is the Church — and the wheat, Her
priesthood together with the Faithful. It is, after all, through
the Church that Christ comes to man in the Most Holy Sacrifice
of the Mass. The Church is the indispensable means of
salvation for all men. Destroy the Field (the Church) through
the depredation of weeds and you destroy the means of salvation.
Is this not the sole
objective of satan — that none should attain to salvation,
but perish everlastingly in the “Lake of the Second Death”,
in Hell, together with him and those who serve him — among which
are not only the demons, but men?
You may reply that the same soil nourishes
and feeds wheat and weed alike. True. But the wheat in the Field
(“the Good seed”
2) was planted by God Himself
to be nourished and grow and to further nourish unto Eternal
Life. The weeds deplete the soil of what the wheat needs to
grow: it steals nourishment intended for the wheat.
God Himself established the Field and planted each seed of wheat
— but this was not so of the weed.
It had to be planted by someone else other than the Master of
the Field. The parable explicitly and pointedly states that
“it was the enemy who had done
this.” Finding that he could not
destroy the Field, the enemy secretly infiltrated it, planting
weeds among the wheat which, in time, would choke it and kill
This is precisely what happened within the Church following
Vatican II. The priesthood, Religious life, vocations and
the fidelity of the Faithful had flourished. The “plant considered
undesirable in a particular situation” —
— rather than being excluded from, were cultivated in the
seminaries and houses of Religious life. People who had no business
in the Field — the “plants in the wrong place” — were permitted
to flourish to the detriment of the wheat.
As the weeds flourished, the wheat withered.
This is a concise summary
of the present situation concerning priests and seminarians.
The weeds choked out the wheat until a Field that was largely
wheat became a desolate Field that was largely weed with little
wheat remaining. It is a queer weed, lavender and pink
with flowery petals that reek of decay, rooting deeply and spreading
aggressively. But few are willing to call it a weed preferring
to call it a flower ...
“The dragon — that old serpent,
who is the devil, satan” 3
— we would do well to be clear about the enemy and name him
for what he is: vicious, deadly,
“the prince of this world”
4 who has no place in God’s
Church. He does not treat or parley: he drags off to Hell whom
he can … and deceives
the rest that he is just a twinkle in a predator’s eye
... those whom he has over sown in our seminaries, monasteries,
rectories, and chanceries. The dismissive voices that would
call the charade simply “progress” and a “gay” affair at that
— despite its manifestly deadly consequences, are now without
excuse ... or concealment.
Are we alone is this frightful indictment? We think not — even
apart from Archbishop
Viago’s explosive revelations of the homosexual predatory network
in the Church, Bishop Mutsaerts — of the Netherlands,
appointed by the Dutch Bishop’s Conference to attend the Youth
Synod in Rome in October, has refused to attend for clearly
articulated reasons in an interview with
Lifesite News yesterday (21 September 2018) that underscore
the absence of accountability in this grave situation:
LifeSite: “Excellency, why did you decide not
to go to Rome where you were to have joined the youth
Synod in October?”
Bishop Mutsaerts: “To put things briefly, it
comes down to this: given all the recent difficulties
and lack of openness, the whole thing will lack credibility.
We are going to talk about young people, no less, even
though it appears that we are not even capable of offering
them security. We all know of the difficulties in Rome,
we also know of the Pope's letter about Ireland, with
its mea culpa and “forgiveness” and all, but
there is not
a single word about what we are going to do about it,
who are the culprits and what are we going to do with
them. It would totally discredit us if in this situation,
we go and talk about youth. If it were another
subject, it would be different. But we need openness
about this business. What we need is the truth, only
it will serve us. That will only be possible if there
is openness, and well, we can't have openness without
an independent investigation. That is also what Archbishop
Chaput said.” [American Archbishop Chaput, chairman
of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and
Youth of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has
urged Francis to cancel the Synod on Young People
altogether, given the lack of confidence in the credibility
of the bishops, while others such as Bishop Joseph Strickland
of Tyler Texas, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Bishop
Edward Burns, of Dallas Texas, Bishop Philip Egan, bishop
of Portsmouth, England, among others who wish, instead,
to address the most critical issue of the clerical abuse
that has shattered the Church.]
LifeSite: “But you would prefer that the whole
affair be scrapped, in order first to let light shine
on everything that's coming out right now.”
Bishop Mutsaerts: “Yes, we need light to shine
on all that. Our credibility is in jeopardy. And we
shouldn’t do it ourselves. I understand from the Pope
that he identifies clericalism as the main cause. That's
probably true to some extent, but the greater part of
the problem is somewhere completely different.”
LifeSite: “Where is the problem, then?”
“When I read
the reports of the scientific institute of the New York
University, almost 80 percent of the people involved
have something to do with homosexuality.
It’s a tricky subject, but
we have to
name it because if you don’t name it, you
can’t judge it properly and you can’t investigate it
properly, and take measures. I’m not saying that’s the
cause, I don't know how I should interpret those figures,
just don’t sweep it away, just take them into account.”
What did Shakespeare say about “A Rose
by any other name ...”?
Another Synod — as we see above — has been called for instead:
a Synod of the Bishops — concerning their job description ...
and their abject failure in fulfilling it.
But don’t count on Francis summoning it: he is too heavily vested
in the very causes that demand it!
Boston Catholic Journal
September 23, 2018
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2 Saint Matthew 13.38
3 Apocalypse 20.2
4 Saint John 14.30
Philadelphia as Boston:
A Shameful and Deadly Remix
Do good priests share your outrage?
THIS is the man Francis hand-picked to address
the problem Church-wide?
ignore warnings probably have a vested interest in ignoring
them — and collaborate when the berm is breached. Will it work
“We remain shamed by these egregious failures
to protect children and those who are vulnerable and affirm
our commitment that these failures will never be repeated.”
(Cardinal O’Malley of Boston — 16 August 2018)
chairman of Pope Francis’ Pontifical Commission for the Protection
of Minors, faces
accusations of ignoring a priest’s letter trying to
warn him three
years ago about now-disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick”
Boston Herald 28 August
“Failures”? …“Failures”? ...
I really bristled at this.
can believe that? Who in Boston? In Brighton? On Planet Earth?
He came here, to Boston, in 2003 — 15 years ago — to
“correct” the criminal behavior, the homosexual deviancy that
infested the priesthood and raped our children — and especially
festered at Saint John’s Seminary where, if you could not pass
the Color Pink, you would never see Holy Orders. Why? Because
it was the seedbed of the homosexual culture that infiltrated,
dominated, shamed, and broke the Church in Boston — and then
the rest of the world.
do you first look when attempting to uncover widespread crime?
How about a Criminal Organization? If it is theft, a gang of
thieves! If it is political corruption, the State House and
it is perversion in the priesthood — how about the seminary?
my dear Watson.”
came. He saw. He “conquered” — and left Saint John’s Seminary
as filthy as it was when he arrived as the Vatican’s “White
Knight” in 2003. And now he wishes to
“affirm our commitment that these
failures will never be repeated” even as he himself now
stands in the shadow of complicity.
he not say something of that nature 15 years ago?
is, reportedly, putting together yet ANOTHER
... to investigate what was already “investigated”
long before. According to NECN,
Sean O’Malley from the Archdiocese of Boston says he’s not able
to verify or disprove these allegations,
but wants the investigation to start as soon as possible
… Cardinal O’Malley said in a statement,
“The allegations made
this week are a source of serious concern to me as Archbishop
He must be scratching his head:
“Haven’t I heard something like this before?” As we see, O’Malley
is STILL only tentatively scandalized
by homosexual predators in the Episcopacy and the priesthood!
He is yet — some 15 years after the loathsome
scandal broke in Boston — simply “unable
to verify or disprove these allegations”,
No, you are not in some parallel dimension. Fifteen years
after this nauseating and pandemic putrescence in the Church
burst like a vesicle ... a boil ... from a diseased Body
— O'Malley is not yet ready (as Francis famously
was not in the priest-bishop-homosexual pedophilia scandal in
Chile) to give credence to the such ... “allegations”
... however many, and however grave the scandal to the Faithful.
Perhaps he misunderstood Christ:
he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe
for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and
that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.”
(Saint Matthew 18.6)
Let us offer our clueless Cardinal
in absentia … a few clues obvious to most Catholics,
but apparently opaque to most cardinals:
Doesn’t a cardinal or
bishop have to be a priest first? And do
not priests first have to be seminarians? And
do not seminarians attend places like Saint John’s Seminary?
“Elementary, my dear Watson”.
How about “starting that the
beginning”, O’Malley? You know, like the people responsible
for admitting candidates to the seminary? And the teachers
who instruct them? The bishops who consecrate
them? Surely none of them were among the homosexual predators
You MUST have been there before.
It is on Lake Street in Brighton. Of course we know that you
share the habits of Francis — who is enamored of you — by living
in a simple residence, and maybe you cook your own meals, too?
But how about the weightier matters? The Faith? The Flock? Remember
them? “The Little Ones” … you remember them, too?
Ask yourself: when was the last
time you saw O’Malley? At a photo-op with Francis?
You have listened to his “sermons” — mostly monetary appeals
— ON RECORDINGS in your parish — in place of a homily embodied
in a physical presence?
Did you ever write him about
an abuse in your parish? If you did, you never heard from him.
You heard from his “secretary” who told you that Father so-and-so
was held in O’Malley’s “highest esteem”. In other words, GFY!
This is a Catholic Journal so I will not spell it out for you.
iS tOO kIND, tOO gENEROUS a wORD
O’Malley is the poster boy of
all the insincerity we now find in the Church. He talks
the talk. He kind of looks the part. But face it, by
now it is apparent that he is most likely one of the Old-Boys
from the 60’s culture that devastated the Church and has no
real intention of correcting a vicious crime. Wasn't he famously
brought in 20 years ago to clean this mess up? But it hadn't
been “cleaned up”. It festered like a boil until the suppuration
(the foul and putrescent pus) finally burst in a scandalously
ugly mess that no amount of editorial “sanitizing” could keep
the reek away from any sentient being. And you come again
to rectify it — a second time? We suggest that
it is time to “Lawyer-up”,
The horror that emerged from Pennsylvania will teach
nothing: 300 priest-homosexual-predators
identified (so far) and over 1000 children — not to count
the pre-and-post-pubescent, the seminarians, the young adults
preyed upon by priest, bishop, and cardinal alike. “Surely
the “hierarchy would have acted had it known ...” but
the problem was the hierarchy and the systematic
cover-up of crimes too horrible, too shameful to stain the pages
of any Catholic journal.
Francis — himself now suspect
of cover-up should have acted — but could not
without indicting himself ... and very likely many of his “closest
advisors” like the homosexual apologist and pro LBGT Father
James Martin, S.J who Francis invited to speak in Ireland
at (of all things) the World meeting of Families about
and Respect in our Parishes for ‘LGBT’ People and their Families”
while at the same time denouncing “Homophobic pastors”.
But that would mean gathering the criminals and clapping them
in irons! Who, then … would “man” the emptying churches which,
since Vatican II, have been largely emptied of meaning anyway.
If this concatenation of absurdities does not point to the
End of the World, as some frightfully sober men suggest,
it is, at the very least, the End of Sanity in the World
— at least the world inhabited by rational Catholics ... whose
Warden at the moment is the principal Inmate.
Salus animarum? The Salvation
of souls? That is last on the list of O’Malley, just as it is
last on the list of Francis. The Beatle’s song “Imagine”
invokes two things indispensable to both men from that hallucinogenic
era of the 60s: imagine a world of “the brotherhood of man”
and “no religion too?” This is the “Post-Conciliar” Church.
This is Vatican II. This is Francis — and, apparently, O’Malley.
God? Heaven? Hell? Salvation?
All such silliness was stamped out by Vatican II — and both
men are eminent products of that “Council” that became the ecclesiastical
equivalent of Dresden. Once again O’Malley comes, not as a shepherd,
but to collect the ashes of faith, mix them with the tears of
the sodomized, and somehow to mold a monument to this crushing
horror with the promise, yet again, that “these
failures will never be repeated.”
You call them mere “failures”? How dare you?!
rest of us— your “Eminence”— call them our “Children”.
Boston Catholic Journal
September 3, 2018
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Further Reading on the
Papacy of Francis:
Martyrology for today:
Wednesday November 14th
in the Year of Grace 2018
Time after Pentecost
This Day, the Fourteenth Day of November
The festival of St. Josaphat, bishop and martyr.
At Heraclea, in Thrace, the birthday of the holy
martyrs Clementinus, Theodotus and Philomenus.
At Alexandria, St. Serapion, martyr, whom
the persecutors, under the emperor Decius, subjected to torments so cruel
that all his limbs were disjointed. He became a martyr of Christ by
being hurled down from the upper part of his house.
At Troyes, in France, St. Venerandus, martyr,
under the emperor Aurelian.
Also, in France, the holy virgin Veneranda,
who received the crown of martyrdom under the emperor Antoninus and
the governor Asclepiades.
At Gangres, in Paphlagonia, St. Hypatius, bishop
who on his way home from the great council of Nice, was attacked
with stones by the Novatian heretics, and died a martyr.
At Algiers, in Africa, blessed Serapion,
of the Order of Our Blessed Lady of Ransom. For the redemption
of the faithful in captivity and the preaching of the Christian faith,
he was the first of his Order to deserve the palm of
martyrdom by being crucified and cut to
At Emesa, the passion of many holy women,
who were barbarously tortured and massacred under Mady, a savage Arabian
At Bologna, St. Jucundus, bishop and confessor.
In Ireland, St. Lawrence, bishop of Dublin.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors,
and holy virgins.
Omnes sancti Mártyres,
oráte pro nobis. ("All ye Holy Martyrs, pray for us", from the
Litaniae Sanctorum, the Litany of the Saints)
Response: Thanks be to God.
Martyrology by Month
Each day we
bring you a calendar, a list really,
of the holy Martyrs who had suffered
and died for Christ, for His Bride the
Church, and for our holy Catholic Faith;
men and women for whom — and well they
knew — their Profession of Faith would
cost them their lives.
They could have repudiated all three
(Christ, Church, and Catholic Faith)
and kept their lives for a short time
longer (even the lapsi only postponed
their death — and at so great a cost!).1
What would motivate men, women, even
children and entire families to willingly
undergo the most evil and painfully
devised tortures; to suffer death rather
Why did they not renounce their Catholic
Faith when the first flame licked at
their feet, after the first eye was
plucked out, or after they were “baptized”
in mockery by boiling water or molten
lead poured over their heads? Why did
they not flee to offer incense to the
pagan gods since such a ritual concession
would be merely perfunctory, having
been done, after all, under duress,
exacted by the compulsion of the state?
What is a little burned incense and
a few words uttered without conviction,
compared to your own life and the lives
of those you love? Surely God knows
that you are merely placating the state
with empty gestures …
Did they love their wives, husbands,
children — their mothers, fathers and
friends less than we do? Did they value
their own lives less? Were they less
sensitive to pain than we are? In a
word, what did they possess that we
Nothing. They possessed what we ourselves
are given in the Sacrament of Confirmation
— but cleaved to it in far greater measure
than we do: Faith and faithfulness;
fortitude and valor, uncompromising
belief in the invincible reality of
God, of life eternal in Him for the
faithful, of damnation everlasting apart
from Him for the unfaithful; of the
ephemerality of this passing world and
all within it, and lives lived in total
accord with that adamant belief.
We are the Martyrs to come. What made
them so will make us so. What they suffered
we will suffer. What they died for,
we will die for. If only we will! For
most us, life will be a bloodless martyrdom,
a suffering for Christ, for the sake
of Christ, for the sake of the Church
in a thousand ways outside the arena.
The road to Heaven is lined on both
sides with Crosses, and upon the Crosses
people, people who suffered unknown
to the world, but known to God. Catholics
living in partibus infidelium, under
the scourge of Islam. Loveless marriages.
Injustices on all sides. Poverty. Illness.
Old age. Dependency. They are the cruciform!
Those whose lives became Crosses because
they would not flee God, the Church,
the call to, the demand for, holiness
in the most ordinary things of life
made extraordinary through the grace
of God. The Martyrology we celebrate
each day is just a vignette, a small,
immeasurably small, sampling of the
martyrdom that has been the lives of
countless men and women whom Christ
and the Angels know, but whom the world
does not know.
dedi vobis”, Christ said to His
Apostles: “I have given you an example.”
And His Martyrs give one to us — and
that is why the Martyrs matter.
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
Note: We suggest that you explore
our newly edited and revised
“De SS. Martyrum Cruciatibus — The Torments
and Tortures of the Christian Martyrs”
for an in-depth historical account of
the sufferings of the Martyrs.
INTRODUCTION TO THE ROMAN
Gibbons, Archbishop Baltimore
THE ROMAN MARTYROLOGY is an official
and accredited record, on the pages of which are
set forth in simple and brief, but impressive words,
the glorious deeds of the Soldiers of Christ
in all ages of the Church; of the illustrious Heroes
and Heroines of the Cross, whom her solemn verdict
has beatified or canonized. In making up this long
roll of honor, the Church has been actuated by that
instinctive wisdom with which the Spirit of God,
who abides in her and teaches her all truth, has
endowed her, and which permeates through and guides
all her actions. She is the Spouse of Christ, without
spot or wrinkle or blemish, wholly glorious and
undefiled, whom He loved, for whom He died, and
to whom He promised the Spirit of Truth, to comfort
her in her dreary pilgrimage through this valley
of tears, and to abide with her forever. She is
one with Him in Spirit and in love, she is subject
to Him in all things; she loves what He loves, she
teaches and practices what He commands.
If the world has
why should not also the Church of the Living God,
the pillar and the ground of the truth? If men who
have been stained with blood, and women who have
been tainted with vice, have had their memory consecrated
in prose and in verse, and monuments erected to
their memory, because they exhibited extraordinary
talents, achieved great success, or were, to a greater
or less extent, benefactors of their race in the
temporal order, which passeth away, why should not
the true Heroes and Heroines of Jesus, who, imitating
His example, have overcome themselves, risen superior
to and trampled upon the world, have aspired, in
all their thoughts, words, and actions, to a heavenly
crown, and have moreover labored with disinterested
zeal and self-forgetting love for the good of their
fellow-men, have their memories likewise consecrated
and embalmed in the minds and hearts of the people
of God? If time have its heroes, why should not
eternity; if man, why should not God?
friends, O Lord, are exceedingly honored; their
principality is exceedingly exalted.”
His Father so dearly loved, the world crucified;
whom the world neglects, despises, and crucifies,
God, through His Church, exceedingly honors and
exalts. Their praises are sung forth, with jubilation
of heart, in the Church of God for ages on ages.
The wisdom of the
Church of God in honoring her Saints is equaled
only by the great utility of the practice thus consecrated.
The Saints are not merely heroes; they are models.
Christ lived in them, and Christ yet speaks through
them. They were the living temples of the Holy Ghost,
in whose mortal bodies dwelt all the riches of His
wisdom and grace. They were in life consecrated
human exemplars of divine excellence and perfection.
Their example still appeals to our minds and to
our hearts, more eloquently even than did their
words to the men of their own generation, while
they were in the tabernacle of the flesh. Though
dead, they still speak. Their relics are instinct
with sanctity, and through them they continue to
breathe forth the sweet odor of Christ. The immortality
into which they have entered still lingers in their
bones, and seems to breathe in their mortal remains.
As many an ardent, spirit has been induced to rush
to the cannon's mouth by reading the exploits of
earthly heroes, so many a generous Christian soul
has been fired with heavenly ardor, and been impelled
to rush to the crown of martyrdom, by reading the
lives and heroic achievements of the Saints and
Martyrs of Christ. Example, in its silent appeal,
is more potent in its influence on the human heart
and conduct than are words in their most eloquent
The Church knows
and feels all this, in the Spirit of God with whom
she is replenished ; and hence she sets forth, with
holy joy and exultant hope, her bright and ever-increasing
Calendar of Sanctity of just men and women made
perfect and rendered glorious, under her unearthly
and sublime teachings. In reading this roll of consecrated
holiness, our instinctive conclusion is, precisely
that which the great soul of St. Augustine reached
at the very crisis of his life, the moment of his
other men like me have attained to such sanctity,
why not I? Shall the poor, the afflicted, the despised
of the World, bear away the palm of victory, the
crown of immortality, while I lie buried in my sloth
and dead in my sins, and thus lose the brilliant
and glorious mansion already prepared for me in
heaven? Shall all the gifts, which God has lavished
upon me, be ingloriously spent and foolishly wasted,
in the petty contest for this world's evanescent
honors and riches, while the poor and contemned
lay up treasures in heaven, and secure the prize
of immortal glory? Shall others be the friends of
God, whom He delights to honor, while I alone remain
His enemy, and an alien from His blessed Kingdom?”
It is a consoling
evidence of progress in the spiritual life in this
country to find the Martyrology here published,
for the first time, in English, and thereby made
accessible, in its rich treasures of Sanctity, to
all classes of our population. It will prove highly
edifying and useful, not only to the members of
our numerous religious Communities of both sexes,
but also to the laity generally. Every day has here
its record of Sanctity; and there is scarcely a
Christian, no matter how lowly or how much occupied,
who may not be able to daily peruse, with faith
and with great profit, the brief page of each day's
models of Holiness. These belong to all classes
and callings of life; from the throne to the hovel,
from the Pontiff to the lowest cleric, from the
philosopher to the peasant, from the busy walks
of life to the dreary wastes of the desert.
Let all, then, procure
and read daily the appropriate portions of this
Martyrology. Its daily and pious perusal will console
us in affliction, will animate us in despondency,
will make our souls glow with the love of God in
coldness, and will lift up our minds and hearts
from this dull and ever-changing earth to the bright
and everlasting mansions prepared for us in Heaven!
J. Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop Baltimore, Maryland
THE APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION
the very first,
upon Our elevation to the chief Apostleship,
We gladly turned our mind and energies
and directed all out thoughts to those
matters which concerned the preservation
of a pure liturgy, and We strove with
God's help, by every means in our power,
to accomplish this purpose. For, besides
other decrees of the sacred Council
of Trent, there were stipulations for
Us to revise and re-edit the sacred
books: the Catechism, the Missal and
the Breviary. With the Catechism published
for the instruction of the faithful,
by God's help, and the Breviary thoroughly
revised for the worthy praise of God,
in order that the Missal and Breviary
may be in perfect harmony, as fitting
and proper —
for it is most
becoming that there be in the Church
only one appropriate manner of reciting
the Psalms and
only one rite for the
celebration of Mass
— We deemed
it necessary to give our immediate attention
to what still remained to be done,
viz, the re-editing of the Missal
as soon as possible.
Hence, We decided to entrust this work
to learned men of our selection. They
very carefully collated all their work
with the ancient codices in Our Vatican
Library and with reliable, preserved
or emended codices from elsewhere. Besides
this, these men consulted the works
of ancient and approved authors concerning
the same sacred rites; and thus
they have restored the Missal itself
to the original form and rite of the
holy Fathers. When this work
has been gone over numerous times and
further emended, after serious study
and reflection, We commanded that the
finished product be printed and published
as soon as possible, so that all might
enjoy the fruits of this labor; and
thus, priests would know which prayers
to use and which rites and ceremonies
they were required to observe from now
on in the celebration of Masses.
Let all everywhere adopt and observe
what has been handed down by the Holy
Roman Church, the Mother and Teacher
of the other churches, and let
Masses not be sung or read according
to any other formula than that
of this Missal published by Us.
This ordinance applies
henceforth, now, and
throughout all the provinces of the
Christian world, to all patriarchs,
cathedral churches, collegiate and parish
churches, be they secular or religious,
both of men and of women — even of military
orders — and of churches or chapels
without a specific congregation in which
conventual Masses are sung aloud in
choir or read privately in accord with
the rites and customs of the Roman Church.
This Missal is to be used by all churches,
even by those which in their authorization
are made exempt, whether by Apostolic
indult, custom, or privilege, or even
if by oath or official confirmation
of the Holy See, or have their rights
and faculties guaranteed to them by
any other manner whatsoever.
This new rite alone is to be used
unless approval of the practice of saying
Mass differently was given at the very
time of the institution and confirmation
of the church by Apostolic See at least
200 years ago, or unless there has prevailed
a custom of a similar kind which has
been continuously followed for a period
of not less than 200 years, in which
most cases We in no wise rescind their
above-mentioned prerogative or custom.
However, if this Missal, which we have
seen fit to publish, be more agreeable
to these latter, We grant them permission
to celebrate Mass according to its rite,
provided they have the consent of their
bishop or prelate or of their whole
Chapter, everything else to the contrary
All other of the churches referred to
above, however, are hereby denied the
use of other missals, which are to be
discontinued entirely and absolutely;
this present Constitution,
which will be valid henceforth, now,
We order and enjoin that nothing must
be added to Our recently published Missal,
nothing omitted from it, nor anything
whatsoever be changed within it under
the penalty of Our displeasure.
We specifically command each and every
patriarch, administrator, and all other
persons or whatever ecclesiastical dignity
they may be, be they even cardinals
of the Holy Roman Church, or possessed
of any other rank or pre-eminence, and
We order them in virtue of holy
obedience to chant or to read the Mass
according to the rite and manner and
norm herewith laid down by Us
and, hereafter, to discontinue and completely
discard all other rubrics and rites
of other missals, however ancient, which
they have customarily followed; and
they must not in celebrating Mass presume
to introduce any ceremonies or recite
any prayers other than those contained
in this Missal.
Furthermore, by these presents [this
law], in virtue of Our Apostolic authority,
We grant and concede in perpetuity that,
for the chanting or reading of the Mass
in any church whatsoever,
this Missal is hereafter to be followed
absolutely, without any scruple of conscience
or fear of incurring any penalty, judgment,
or censure, and may freely and lawfully
be used. Nor are superiors,
administrators, canons, chaplains, and
other secular priests, or religious,
of whatever title designated, obliged
to celebrate the Mass otherwise than
as enjoined by Us. We likewise declare
and ordain that no one whosoever is
forced or coerced to alter this Missal,
this present document
cannot be revoked or modified,
but remains always valid and retain
its full force
the previous constitutions and decrees
of the Holy See, as well as any general
or special constitutions or edicts of
provincial or synodal councils, and
notwithstanding the practice and custom
of the aforesaid churches, established
by long and immemorial prescription
— except, however, if more than two
hundred years' standing.
It is Our will, therefore, and by the
same authority, We decree that, after
We publish this constitution and the
edition of the Missal, the priests of
the Roman Curia are, after thirty days,
obliged to chant or read the Mass according
to it; all others south of the Alps,
after three months; and those beyond
the Alps either within six months or
whenever the Missal is available for
sale. Wherefore, in order that
the Missal be preserved incorrupt throughout
the whole world and kept free of flaws
and errors, the penalty for
nonobservance for printers, whether
mediately or immediately subject to
Our dominion, and that of the Holy Roman
Church, will be the forfeiting of their
books and a fine of one hundred gold
ducats, payable ipso facto to the Apostolic
Treasury. Further, as for those located
in other parts of the world, the penalty
is excommunication latae sententiae,
and such other penalties as may in Our
judgment be imposed; and We decree by
this law that they must not dare or
presume either to print or to publish
or to sell, or in any way to accept
books of this nature without Our approval
and consent, or without the express
consent of the Apostolic Commissaries
of those places, who will be appointed
by Us. Said printer must receive a standard
Missal and agree faithfully with it
and in no wise vary from the Roman Missal
of the large type (secundum magnum
Accordingly, since it would be difficult
for this present pronouncement to be
sent to all parts of the Christian world
and simultaneously come to light everywhere,
We direct that it be, as usual, posted
and published at the doors of the Basilica
of the Prince of the Apostles, also
at the Apostolic Chancery, and on the
street at Campo Flora; furthermore,
We direct that printed copies of this
same edict signed by a notary public
and made official by an ecclesiastical
dignitary possess the same indubitable
validity everywhere and in every nation,
as if Our manuscript were shown there.
Therefore, no one whosoever
is permitted to alter this notice of
Our permission, statute, ordinance,
command, precept, grant, indult, declaration,
will, decree, and prohibition. Should
anyone dare to contravene it, know that
he will incur the wrath of Almighty
God and of the Blessed Apostles Peter
Given at St. Peter’s
in the year of the Lord's Incarnation,
1570, on the 14th of July of the Fifth
year of Our Pontificate.
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