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 That 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)


Vatican II and the Corrupt Papacy of Francis - Extinguishing the Light of 2000 Years


What does it take?


Despite everything he says and does, people insist that he is doing something other, something less — even when he himself states that:

“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 ... the church hadn’t made progress since then” and that in light of his predecessors’ failure to deliver on the factitious Ecumenism promised... “I have the humility and ambition to do so”. 1

That this is an oxymoron apparently escapes Francis — never an astute student of logic — more than emphasizes Francis’s limitation to prosaic rhetoric. The tone — to say nothing of the intention — is absolutely clear:  rapprochement with “the world” and pantheistic ecumenism that extends no less to the heretic Luther than to American aboriginal tribes: all worship the same god: Gitche Manitou no less than Allah — for each is a merely a cultural iteration of the one same divinity that all equally serve and worship ... even while Gitche Manitou deems Catholicism demonic and Allah continues to reap with the sword, holding Catholics to be idolaters. Quite a unilateral ecumenical feat … Francis smiles, offers a few grains of incense and a Pantheon of gods is established despite the incessant internecine war — to say nothing of the logical absurdity.

Beyond Plausible Deniability

Who can deny it? Indeed, how many approve of it — especially in the episcopacy — and encourage it, both inside Holy Mother Church and, of course, outside Her. They clamor for the world, its perversity, its immorality, its freedom from any inhibitions, prohibitions, and all restrictions — that is to say, anything normative and proscriptive. In other words, they aspire to perfect freedom and latitude in all things  — an aspiration that eo ipso precludes God. It is a matter far beyond recourse to any credible notion of plausible deniability, for the clarity of disaffection is striking, manifest, and unmistakable.

The Grayscale, and Moral Saturation

It is a world where nothing is intrinsically and indefeasibly good and nothing intrinsically and indefeasibly evil. It is, as Francis describes the moral terrain, fundamentally grayscale: it does not attain to either black or white but merely fluctuates in saturation without moral absolutes. It is essentially a sliding gamma scale whose slider can move in one direction only: to ever diminishing saturation that eventually culminates in the absence of distinction and discernability altogether — at which point we can make no pronouncement because there is nothing to pronounce. It is the impetus to moral relativity, and eventually to moral collapse. Nihil bonum et nihil malum est.2

Logically, of course, this precludes any coherent conception of God — a Being Who has decided demands, determinate laws, an invincible propensity for ONLY what is good and an absolute and unequivocal demand for it. The two … let us say “propensities” … therefore, are incompatible and irreconcilable. It is called the Law of the Excluded Middle in Logic. One cannot have something and at one and the same time the negation of it. One cannot have God and turpitude, good that is concurrently evil. Of course the two exist — but as contrarieties, not as moral and metaphysical equivalents.

Instead of providing a breastwork against this doctrine that is alien to Catholicism, Francis urges it further, and the further it is prompted the more inconsistent it becomes, the less recognizable as something distinct from a thousand other “iterations” of “Christianity” equally claiming plausibility upon the most tenuous and most often absurd credentials. The corrupt papacy of Francis, coupled with — and as a result of — the horrific consequences of Vatican II has made the new “Church of Accompaniment in Sin and a God of Surprises” a simulacrum and nothing more: a poorly contrived counterfeit at best.

“Make a Mess”

Expunging 2000 Years … in 5

“Make a Mess”, Francis “devilishly” proclaimed. He has succeeded beyond any pathological fiction he could have possibly conjured:

In a short five years he has either contorted, disfigured or dismantled the Catholic Church purchased with the Blood of Christ and sealed with the blood of the Martyrs. He has brought the Catholic Church of over 2000 years to unimaginable turpitude and inconceivable scandal. It is barely recognizable as Catholic in any sense that corresponds to an ecclesiastical identity manifest in the two millenia before the breach that occurred with the Second Vatican Council. No longer steeped in holiness (and with a pronounced and growing aversion to it)  —  but in perversion and perversity of the most execrable kind, it is the consummation of homosexual inbreeding among cardinals, bishops, priests, and very likely even a pope. Homosexual predators ordained homosexual priests and barred men who were not homosexual. These predator priests became homosexual predator bishops, who in turn nominated other bishops, who then became homosexual criminal cardinals. Every “boy” took care of and covered, his “boy” until the possession was nearly complete. It took nearly 60 years of unremitting and totally dedicated work by the Pink Collar Club — but it brought the Church to Her knees and perhaps the brink of schism.

POSSESSION of the most Demonic Kind

Nothing short of a total exorcism of this filth from the seminaries, parishes, chanceries, and monasteries will suffice. Collars must be torn off. Bishops and Cardinals must be laicized and evicted in laymen’s clothing to the curbs of their luxurious offices and remanded to state authorities for investigation. “The Church of Accompaniment”  is in too much complicity to entrust it with this absolutely necessary fumigation.

Face it and own up to it, whether you are a cardinal, bishop, priest, friar, monk, sister, nun — and especially a lay person. You trusted to a fault and despite your own deep and justifiable misgivings that would not go away … looked the other way instead.

The fault is yours. And it is mine. We did not have the courage to question and demand answers when our children, our young men, fell victim to this widespread and indescribably horrible predation in the holiest of places. We wanted to believe otherwise. And so we did.

We got Francis because we deserve Francis — an uncouth, vulgar, vindictive, and mentally incompetent man who was “nominated” through a conspiratorial tour de force into the seat of Peter by men (members of the notorious St. Gallen Group, a.k.a. the self-proclaimed “St. Gallen Mafia” ) unworthy of their collars and birettas, men who conspired to make a simpleton a king — and when the simpleton turned vicious and unpredictable, they too became too fearful to contradict him. They had too much to lose.

And so do we. Even the little we have left will be taken away.

Please God that we can recover a remnant, a mere thread of the beautiful holiness that was the Church before the Second Vatican Council — and the papacy of Francis — the man who may have already overthrown the Catholic Church of 2000 years in a mere five.

Despite him and despite us, Holy Mother Church will endure and prevail. It may take years … perhaps centuries. But Christ Himself promised us no less.

“Caelum et terra transibunt, verba autem Mea non praeteribunt.” (St. Matthew 24.35)


1  ; 
2 Nothing is good and nothing is bad.


Geoffrey K. Mondello
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“I Will Not Say a Single Word”


(and THIS is why …)


Why … why did Francis refuse to reply to the shocking accusations brought about by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò with these infamous words?

This question has mystified countless Catholics, journalists and reporters concerning the widespread Abuse Scandal of Predatory Homosexual Priests. There is an answer — an answer that is at once conspicuously cogent, compelling, and credible. In fact, it may be the answer to the most salient question surrounding the worst scandal that has ever plagued the Roman Catholic Church in the 2000 years of Her history: 


“How was this possible?”

Dr. Taylor Marshall, Philosopher and director of the New Saint Thomas Institute, has provided us with a uniquely insightful answer which, when fully explicated, answers not only this vexing question concerning Francis, but the vicious mechanism by which homosexual predation within the clergy flourished and continues to be perpetuated.


In order to understand this answer, it is imperative that you understand the following:

  • A priest may NEVER — under any circumstance — break the “Seal of the Confessional” even if it costs him his life. If he does break that seal, he is automatically excommunicated from the Church (read on) and can no longer exercise any priestly function or faculty, celebrate any Mass, or receive Holy Communion. He is outside the Church. THIS IS THE VITAL POINT TO KEEP IN MIND.

  • Let us assume that a homosexual priest has sexually violated (raped) a young man.

  • To protect himself from the possibility of the exposure of his sin and crime, he enters the Confessional. Upon his confession, HE IMMEDIATELY BINDS THE PRIEST TO WHOM HE CONFESSES — both by the Seal of the Confessional and by Canon Law TO NEVER REVEAL IT TO ANYONE, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, WHATSOEVER, no matter how many times he has done it or continues to do it.


  • What is more, Francis may have had two possible reasons: not to break the Seal of the Confessional himself and incurring excommunication latae sententiae (the punishment  is concurrent with the action) — but also to BIND any priest to whom he himself may have confessed his complicity in perpetuating the same sin, from ever disclosing it.

We believe that this explanation exceeds mere conjecture, but  there is no way that we can ever know it for certain for the very reasons we have already articulated: such a priest can say absolutely NOTHING relative to it, either exculpatory or inculpatory, not even by so much as the slightest gesture for in doing so, he would be automatically excommunicating himself.


Demonic Perspicacity

It is nothing less than a demonically clever artifice, for it uses a Sacrament, something holy and inviolable, which in itself (in se) cannot ever be evil — to enable a person to manipulate the sacrament in order to continue to commit or perpetuate evil without disclosure or penalty — and to bind any priest who knows of his unspeakable sin through Holy Confession. It has been, and is, instigated by the devil and the demons. It is the work of darkness.

In a word, Francis could not respond to the question because, by Canon Law, if any priest — including the pope — breaks the “Seal of the Confessional” by word, gesture or deed; if he in any way whatever — violates the Seal of the Confessional and reveals the sins of the Penitent to anyone* — even to save his own life — and even if the Penitent is no longer living —  the priest is automatically excommunicated latae sententiae  (the instant he breaks the Seal) from the Church.

Of course Francis could never “say a single word” — not if he were to remain “pope” rather than excommunicating himself from the Church.

And this, very likely, is also HOW homosexuality became so pervasive within the priesthood and the episcopacy! Each was covering for the other by binding the other to silence through the sacred Seal of the Confessional — even if the Confessor was not homosexual himself!

This self-perpetuating problem can be understood in a broader context:  homosexual seminarians become homosexual priests  —  who become homosexual bishops  —  who become homosexual cardinals — who then vote for a pope who himself may be homosexual or at least sympathetic to homosexuality.

The longer the ordination of homosexuals, the more pervasive homosexuality will become in the Church until, in an ultimate effrontery to God, a “synod” or “council” or “pope” declares to its self-serving purposes that homosexuality is no longer a sin  —  despite every word about it in Holy Scripture and the teaching of the Church for 2000 years.

Consider once again, the following scenario: a homosexual seminarian has sinful and perverse sexual relations with another seminarian.

He goes to confession.

Once he reveals his sin to the Confessor, that priest is bound not to let what he has heard from this seminarian influence him in any way. It is as though a confession never occurred as far as the world outside the Confessional is concerned  —  and the priest effectively becomes a sacred amnesiac. The priest cannot act upon what was confessed to him in any way. Even if the offender routinely has sex with other men, the Confessor cannot in any way influence the candidate's soon-to-be vocation as a priest. It is nothing less than diabolically conceived, implemented, and perpetuated  —  it has the “Mark of the Beast” upon it, from conception to conclusion.



It cannot be sufficiently impressed upon us that the moment the seminarian kneels in the Confessional (or, more commonly in the Novus Ordo Church, sits in a lounge chair and comfortably encounters the priest face-face in what resembles a clinical session —  an environment that lends itself  to “other pertinent” and more frightful possibilities inside the “Room of Reconciliation”  —  “NOT A WORD CAN BE SAID” to anyone outside the Confessional  —  ever.

One very troubling question remains: which side of the Confessional was Bergoglio in? The Confessor’s or the Penitent’s ... or both? He cannot reveal this. And this may well account for his malicious reference to the Confessional as “a torture chamber”.

Before the Sacrament of Penance itself is mindlessly vilified, it is equally vital to understand that the Sacrament of Penance is inviolably sacred and indefeasibly holy, for only through this Sacrament is sin absolved, the penitent cleansed, and upon enacting his penance, exempted from all temporal punishment, and reconciled to God and the Church.  Mortal Sin is removed and with it  —   eternal punishment in a very real place called Hell.

To use this sacred Sacrament, by which sins are absolved —  to sustain, and even implement sin itself — is a sin so grave, so sacrilegious, so profane, indeed, so blasphemous, that an even graver category of sin than even Mortal Sin itself seems necessary. May we suggest “Demonic Sin”? Why? Because complicity in this category of sin is so heinous, so blasphemous, that it is a participation in a sin that can only be predicated of the demons  — and the Father Lies himself.

* Who may not be genuinely penitent at all, in which case the absolution granted by Christ through the priest is invalid and the “penitent” is further guilty of the greater sin of Sacrilege

1 The Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 decreed, “Let the confessor take absolute care not to betray the sinner through word or sign, or in any other way whatsoever. In case he needs expert advice he may seek it without, however, in any way indicating the person. For we decree that he who presumes to reveal a sin which has been manifested to him in the tribunal of penance is not only to be deposed from the priestly office, but also to be consigned to a closed monastery for perpetual penance.” See also: Canon 983.1 of the current Code of Canon Law, which declares that “…It is a crime for a confessor in any way to betray a penitent by word or in any other manner or for any reason” (#2490 CCC).

Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
March 3, 2019

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Vatican “Sex Abuse Summit”:

 ... a disgraceful travesty; nothing more

l Blaise Cupich attempting to refute the irrefutable point that homosexuals are responsible for the homosexual sexual abuse in the Church

“Pansies clearly are not flowers — that is only an hypothesis to be proven”

Cardinal Cupich’s comments at today’s Vatican press conference show that he denies any causal connection between homosexuality or a homosexual subculture and sexual abuse, even though he doesn’t deny that 80 percent of the abuse is same-sex  ... Cupich ... refuses to investigate whether there is a tacit agreement among homosexual prelates to cover up such abuse.”
See more at It is vital that you understand the following to grasp the hypocrisy, duplicity, and deceit involved:

  • “Homosexual rape” is never addressed as such at this “summit”. Instead, it is routinely spoken of only in terms of “misconduct — which can be virtually any unacceptable behavior. The infamous Father Paul Shanley of St. Patrick’s in Stoneham was convicted for “raping a child” — he was not convicted for “misconduct”.

  • Men who force women into sexual acts are not guilty of “misconduct” — they are committing rape.

  • Every single bishop — apparently by prearranged agreementsubstituted the word “misconduct” for “rape”

  • Every single bishop used a Vatican-minted and sanitized neologism:  “male-on-male sex” instead of “homosexual sodomy” or “homosexual sex”

Apparently — very apparently — they do not want to bring the word “homosexuality” into disrepute — in perhaps an effort to protect themselves.

Ask yourself the following: Since when is forcefully (or even consensually) sodomizing another man merely a case of “misconduct”?  It is a horrific sin and a crime before God and man. (Romans 1.27

And yet Archbishop Scicluna in a paroxysm of absurdity maintains that:

I don’t think in anything that’s happened here anyone has suggested that people with homosexual tendencies equal people who are abusing [minors], and that should be clear.


Scicluna is in apparent need of an electroencephalogram to certify that he is not brain-dead ... or he flat-lined upon uttering that absurdity. May I suggest an alternative, and even more compelling narrative, Scicluna?

That IS the whole conspicuous and utterly indisputable point!  It  IS  homosexuals who are committing these crimes and Church bureaucrats refuse to acknowledge it — no matter how much evidence is amassed before them. It is the resolute refusal to believe the obscene, the scatological reality that actually exists — and an attempt to build an entirely fictional reality in place of it; a narrative in which homosexuals are the oppressed victims who are at least implicitly discriminated against for raping and sodomizing other men — and yes, children! To contest otherwise

Credibility Score for the Church as of 23 February 2019:  minus 100. In other words, NONE! ZERO. ZIP!

This is not a myopic perspective confined to traditional Catholic media. Consider the following excerpts from the secular media:


“THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’S decades-long practice of enabling and systematically covering up the rape and molestation of children by priests is by now sickeningly familiar. Yet the scale of abuse; the breadth and depth of trauma inflicted by predators wearing Roman collars; and the coldbloodedness of senior church figures zealous in their resolve to protect the church but indifferent to the suffering of minors, retain their power to shock the conscience.”  —  Washington Post

IT IS EVIDENT that the Catholic Church is incapable on its own of exorcising the scourge of clergy sex abuse. The scandal raged unchecked for decades and, even after it was exposed in 2002 by the Boston Globe , has been met by the church hierarchy with denial, temporizing, stone walling and half-measures.”  —  Washington Post


Even as apologists for the Vatican and the clergy continue peddling the myth that the Catholic Church’s pedophile scandals simply reflect society’s problems, the weight of evidence is overwhelming proof to the contrary. Thousands of American priests weaponized faith, as Mr. Shapiro said, taking advantage of their status and access to children to prey on them. They left uncountable thousands of victims in their wake.” —  Washington Post


I don’t believe a word of Francis, the prime facilitator of this abomination. I don’t believe the bishops’ factitious sincerity, their “perplexity”, their suddenly epiphanous realization of this detestable state of affairs that has lacerated the Church for the last 50 years and beyond. I especially do not believe their sanctimonious “truthfulness” for a minute — or even as much as their clearly impaired cognitive faculties.

But I DO believe in their willingness to enter into complicity to continue to conceal, to contrive nonsensical verbal schemes to confuse the issue, to lie, to equivocate, to publicly insult the intelligence of ordinary men and women, and to try to expunge the absolutely vile and incontestable issue of homosexual predation in the Church from further consideration — and to prevent any further intrusion into their dark, deep, and salacious network.

Of course, this is, as Cupich would insist, a mere “hypothesis to be proven”, mere conjecture, an opinion only  —  despite the testimony of thousands of victims.

These are not cardinals and bishops — they are not even men; they are spiders and fliesan unparalleled disgrace in the history of the Church, and personally responsible, each of them, all of them, for the loss of countless souls who abandon the Church in disgust.

They deem themselves clever in aligning Francis's new and burgeoning “Church of Accompaniment in Sin” with the perverse and prevailing Ways of the World.

What — or who — could induce them to this apocalyptic fraud, this flagrant and unabashed heresy? 

What will they possibly say before God for every soul lost that they must answer for? They will be speechless ...


Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal


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Pope Francis and the smoke of satan in the sanctuary

The Odor of Sulfur ... not Sanctity


“Vade post Me Satana, scandalum es Mihi: quia non sapis ea quae Dei sunt, sed ea quae hominum.”  (Saint Matthew 16.23)

Get thee behind me, Satan, thou art a scandal unto Me: because thou savorest not the things that are of God, but the things that are of men.

These were Christ’s words ... to Saint Peter — the first pope — when, of himself, Peter decided the way that Jesus should go ... the way that he himself deemed the best path. Imagine ... for that moment — Peter was Satan! It is staggering!

And except for Francis, unimaginable ...


Who has not Smelled it?

Obedience to the pope presumes the pope’s obedience to Christ and to the nearly 2000 year old Sacred Deposit of Faith that Christ entrusted to His Bride the Church. In Holy Scripture, in Sacred Tradition, and in the Deposit of Faith we find the fullness of truth and the unerring certainty of the will of God in all things. Who defects from any of the three defects from all and who teaches otherwise teaches heresy. He is separated from the Church. 1

No one is exempt because no one is immune to grievous sin — sin so grave that excommunication is incurred latæ sententiæ (automatically: as soon as the sin is committed).  Canon Law 1463 states:
Certain particularly grave sins incur excommunication, the most severe ecclesiastical penalty, which impedes the reception of the sacraments and the exercise of certain ecclesiastical acts, and for which absolution consequently cannot be granted, according to canon law, except by the Pope, the bishop of the place or priests authorized by them.

But what if the pope himself is the excommunicate (latae sententiae) ... or even worse?

Who is not confused?

In the face of the near daily assaults — by the present papacy itself and an episcopacy in apparent complicity with him — on 2000 years of the consistent teaching of the Church, on the very Deposit of Faith, and on the validity of Sacred Scripture itself, what Catholic has not asked — in the fearfully deep and most secret recesses of his soul — the question “Whence?” From whom and from what comes this relentless scourging of faith — even at the vertex of the Church itself — this overwhelming defection from all that is holy to all that is vile?

“There is smoke in the sanctuary” and instinctively we perceive it, recoil from it. It is proffered as incense but is pungent to our senses  — as the fume of smoldering sulfur.

We are confused between the Word of God become Man and the word of man become god.

What a fearful divide rends the Body of Christ anew!  See how the sheep are scattered! Need we tell you who is the father of confusion and lies ...?


No Longer Inconceivable ...

Imagine ... the pope himself as the principle cause of confusion — and defection — in the Catholic Church. It is nothing less than ... diabolically clever.

It is Francis indeed whom satan has sought to sift like wheat 2  — and sadly, it would appear, with much success and to great measure.


Manifest Complicity with Evil — and the "Father of Lies" himself

In our obligation to Charity (one of the three Theological Virtues: Faith and Hope being the other two), we should pray that Francis, together with the cardinals and bishops complicit with him, should renounce their complicity with satan, the father of lies and their collaboration with the manifest evil that they have embraced and propagated — and through which they would pull down the walls of the Church and make Christ a liar! Indeed, did not Jesus speak of this current Brood of Vipers when He said:

You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and he stood not
in the truth; because truth is not in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof.”
(St. John 8.44)

Mass Defection

A frightening number of cardinals, bishops, and priests have lost their faith altogether and no longer believe what Christ Himself and Holy Mother the Church taught for 2000 years. Formally, this is called apostasy. They have defected from the Bride of Christ because She is pure and their desires are evil — She is not of this world — but they are! Her Body is chaste and their desires are perverse, corrupt, and defiled. It is precisely in the paradigm of the The Third Temptation of Christ that we find the provenance of this defection (apostasy. What Jesus Christ spurned (worldly “power and glory ), they have lusted for — and in exchange for it have given the required tribute to the “father of lies” —  satan — who openly boasts of the “power” and “the glory of this world”, that: “to me they are delivered, and I give them to whom I will (St. Luke 4.5-6).


The Tribute due to the father of lies

And what is that tribute? LIES. If the father is a liar, then his brood can only be liars, too. Christ has already told us: the desires of your father you will do ... for he is a liar, and the father thereof.” In exchange for power and perversion they have traded lies: lies about Christ’s teaching, about the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church, about the Sacred Deposit of Faith, about Catholic Doctrine and Dogma, about morals, about Heaven and Hell — about Sacred Scripture itself!  They have lusted for power — perhaps even more than they have shamefully and perversely lusted for other men — and to acquire this power they have traded truth for lies!

It is, we will find, through the Faithful, the Laity, that the Church will be delivered — just as it was in the days of the early heresies when miter and crozier, cardinal and bishop, were bent in submission to apostasy from the Faith — apostasies to which the laity, having learned the truth in holy simplicity, gave no heed. They could smell a wolf under the greatest abundance of wool.

Christ Himself is the Good Shepherd. The sheep follow Him, because they know His voice. But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they know not the voice of strangers. (Saint John 10:4-5)

Hold fast to the Faith of our Fathers! Cleave to Christ and to what He has taught us, to what Holy Mother Church taught us prior to Vatican II — and fear nothing, and no one — no matter his power or how ruthlessly he demands submission. For there is no other name under Heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4.12)

Did not Christ Himself promise:  I will not forsake you. (Saint John 14.18)?

Nor must we ever forsake Him through any inducement to sin — by whomsoever.


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2   Saint Luke 22.31


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Thursday March 21st in the Year of Grace 2019

Season of Lent

This Day, the Twenty-First Day of March

On Mount Cassino, the birthday of the holy abbot Benedict, who restored and wonderfully extended in the West the monastic discipline, which was almost destroyed. His life, brilliant in virtues and miracles, was written by Pope St. Gregory.

At Alexandria, under the emperor Constantine and the governor Philagrius, the commemoration of the holy martyrs who were attacked and murdered by the Arians and the Gentiles whilst they were in the church on Good Friday.

The same day, the holy martyrs Philemon and Domninus.

At Catania, St. Birillus, who was consecrated bishop by St. Peter. After converting many Gentiles to the faith, in extreme old age he rested in peace.

At Alexandria, blessed Serapion, anchoret and bishop of Thmuis, a man of great virtue, who being forced into exile by the enraged Arians, went to Heaven.

In the territory of Lyons, the abbot St. Lupicinus, whose life was resplendent with the luster of holiness and miracles.

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.


Roman Martyrology by Month


Why the Martyrs Matter


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 than denial?

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 do not?

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.

“Exemplum enim 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
oston 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.




By J. Cardinal 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 its Legions of Honor, 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? Thy friends, O Lord, are exceedingly honored; their principality is exceedingly exalted.Whom 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 utterances.

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 conversion If 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!

Imprimatur,  J. Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop Baltimore, Maryland 1916

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Pope Pius V Catechism of Trent


From 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 forever, 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 notwithstanding.

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; whereas, by
this present Constitution, which will be valid henceforth, now, and forever, 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, and that
this present document cannot be revoked or modified, but remains always valid and retain its full force notwithstanding 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 impressionem).

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 and Paul.

Given at St. Peters 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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