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  Fr. Hewko's Sermons: Ninth Sunday after Pentecost - August 7, 2022
Posted by: Stone - 08-04-2022, 11:50 AM - Forum: August 2022 - Replies (1)

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost - August 7, 2022 -"A Place Of Prayer!" (CA)



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  Fr. Hewko's Sermons: Feast of the Transfiguration - August 6, 2022
Posted by: Stone - 08-04-2022, 11:47 AM - Forum: August 2022 - No Replies

First Saturday/Feast of the Transfiguration - August 6, 2022 - "Transfiguration!" (CA)

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  Fr. Hewko's Sermons: First Friday of August - August 5, 2022
Posted by: Stone - 08-04-2022, 11:45 AM - Forum: August 2022 - No Replies

First Friday of August - August 5, 2022 - "Fountain of Mercy!" (CA)



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  Fr. Hewko's Sermons: Feast of the Invention of St. Stephen - August 3, 2022
Posted by: Stone - 08-04-2022, 05:56 AM - Forum: August 2022 - No Replies

Feast of the Invention of the Body of St. Stephen - August 3, 2022 - "Pray To Love The Truth!" (San Diego, CA)

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  Pope Francis praises Fr. James Martin’s pro-LGBT conference as promoting ‘the culture of encounter’
Posted by: Stone - 08-03-2022, 07:57 AM - Forum: Pope Francis - No Replies

Pope Francis praises Fr. James Martin’s pro-LGBT conference as promoting ‘the culture of encounter’
Faithful Catholics had protested the LGBT conference organized by Fr. Martin, 
an event which Pope Francis said ‘enriches us with our differences.’

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Pope Francis and Fr. James Martin SJ

Aug 2, 2022
(LifeSiteNews [adapted]) — Pope Francis has once again written to dissident, pro-LGBT Jesuit Father James Martin, praising the priest for a scandalous LGBT conference he recently hosted and for the “culture of encounter” he promotes amongst “LGBT Catholics.”

Fr. Martin S.J. announced that Outreach – “a new LGBTQ Catholic resource” he recently set up – had sent the Pope details about Outreach’s recent conference, which featured a range of pro-LGBT speakers advocating positions contrary to the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality.

Pro-LGBT Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., of Lexington, Kentucky, gave the keynote address the first day of the conference, while Fr. Bryan Massingale, a dissident, openly homosexual priest and Fordham University professor who supports same-sex “marriage,” delivered a keynote speech the second day.

Martin noted that accompanying the conference brochure sent to the Pope was a letter “describing what happened at the conference, especially the panel conversations among people with various viewpoints.”

On the morning of August 2, Outreach received a signed letter in Spanish from Francis by way of a response, which was dated July 20. Fr. Martin’s tweet, announcing the letter, was “liked” by the Pontifical Academy for Life.

Quote:News: I’m happy to share with you this warm letter from Pope Francis, received this morning, in response to our mailing him a copy of the Outreach 2022 brochure. We’re grateful to the Holy Father for his support and his prayers. English translation here: https://t.co/NT5AjHFhqE pic.twitter.com/G42mJVpIAP

— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) August 2, 2022

Addressing Martin as “brother,” the Pope congratulated the dissident priest for the conference, saying that “the most valuable thing” was what “happened in the interpersonal meetings.”

Referencing the COVID-19 “pandemic,” Francis wrote that it “taught us that there are things that are irreplaceable, among them being able to look at each other ‘face to face,’ even with those who think differently or with whom differences seem to separate and even confront us.” (The full text is found below.)

“When we overcome those barriers,” he continued, “we realize that there is more that unites us than what keeps us apart.”

The 85-year-old Pontiff also praised Martin for “working in the culture of encounter,” which, he said, “shortens distances and enriches us with our differences, just as Jesus did.”

Fr. Martin’s Outreach conference, held at the liberal “Catholic” Fordham University, was attended by over 200 people from across North America, Europe, Africa and South America, who Martin described as “theologians and writers; high school teachers and college professors; pastors and parish lay leaders; mothers and fathers; gay, straight, bisexual, lesbian and transgender people — all part of the same church.”

Faithful Catholics had organized prayerful protests against the conference, arguing that Martin’s “public revolt against Catholic moral teaching causes scandal, especially among faithful Catholic students.” “Moreover, the summit features a line-up of dissident speakers who share a common objective: Normalize unnatural vice inside the Holy Catholic Church,” TFP Student Action warned.

One of the non-clerical speakers at the event was Dr. Colt St. Amand, a woman who presents herself as a “transgenderqueer Two Spirit man.” St. Amand, a psychologist, provides “mental health letters” for “face, chest/breast, and genital surgeries” for “transgender” clients and assists them to obtain puberty blockers and “transition in school,” her website states.

The conference operated with a marked degree of ecclesiastical approval, not only from Francis – who wrote a letter welcoming conference attendees – but also from New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who praised Outreach’s “important ministry” as promoting the “virtue of chastity.”

Outreach itself operates “under the auspices of America Media,” which oversees the far-left, Jesuit-run America Magazine. The group is the brainchild of Martin and his past pro-LGBT activities, as it looks to become a global resource center “where church leaders, both clergy and lay, can encounter the LGBTQ faithful, in their ‘joys and hopes’ and ‘griefs and anxieties’ as well as engage in respectful dialogue.”

Increasing signs of Papal support for Fr. Martin

The Pope’s letter is not the first time he has written in support of the relatively new Outreach group. In May, Outreach announced that Francis had responded to a letter sent him by Martin on May 5, asking the Pope questions often posed by “LGBTQ Catholics.” Francis took just three days to respond, sending a hand-written message on May 8, only days after having undergone knee surgery on May 3.

Francis decried “rejection from the Church,” saying that for LGBT individuals “I would have them recognize it not as ‘the rejection of the church,’ but instead of ‘people in the church.’ The church is a mother and calls together all her children.”

READ: Pope Francis addresses ‘LGBT Catholics’ via Fr. James Martin: A ‘selective’ Church is a ‘sect’

The letter was used in a PR campaign to officially launch Outreach.

Francis and Martin met privately in September 2019, in what was reportedly their third meeting, although their first substantial conversation. Both Martin, and America Magazine of which he is an “editor-at-large,” proclaimed the meeting as being “a public sign” of the pontiff’s “support” for Martin’s work promoting LGBT ideology in the name of Catholicism.

In April 2017, Martin was appointed by the Pope as one of the 13 consultors who advise the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communications, and the Vatican then invited him to speak at the 2018 World Meeting of Families in Dublin on “Exploring how Parishes can support those families with members who identify as LGBTI+.”

More recently, Francis has notably made a number of statements in support of dissident nun Sister Jeannine Grammick and her previously condemned pro-LGBT group New Ways Ministry. Grammick is a collaborator with Martin in Outreach.

Full text of Pope Francis’ letter to Fr. Martin is found below:

Quote:Dear Brother,

Thank you for the letter you sent me a few weeks ago together with the brochure “Outreach 2022.” Congratulations for having been able to make this year’s event happen in person.

I am aware that the most valuable thing is not what appears in the brochures and photos, but what happened in the interpersonal meetings. In fact, the pandemic made us look for alternatives to shorten the distances. It also taught us that there are things that are irreplaceable, among them being able to look at each other “face to face,” even with those who think differently or with whom differences seem to separate and even confront us. When we overcome those barriers, we realize that there is more that unites us than what keeps us apart.

I encourage you to continue working in the culture of encounter, which shortens distances and enriches us with our differences, just as Jesus did, who made himself close to everyone.

I assure you of my prayers. Do not stop praying for me. May Jesus bless you and the Holy Virgin watch over you.

Fraternally, Francisco

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  Fr. Hewko's Sermons: St. Alphonsus de Ligouri August 2, 2022 "Use of Time"
Posted by: Deus Vult - 08-02-2022, 08:09 PM - Forum: August 2022 - No Replies

Feast of St. Alphonsus de Ligouri- August 2, 2022 - "Use of Time"(San Diego, CA)

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  Fr. Ruiz's Sermons: Eighth Sunday after Pentecost - July 31, 2022
Posted by: Stone - 08-02-2022, 09:06 AM - Forum: Fr. Ruiz's Sermons - August 2022 - No Replies


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  Fr. Hewko's Sermons: Feast of St. Peter in Chains - August 1, 2022
Posted by: Stone - 08-02-2022, 09:04 AM - Forum: August 2022 - No Replies

Feast of St. Peter in Chains - August 1, 2022 - "The Church Prayed Without Ceasing!" (MA)

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  G.K. Chesterton's Fr. Brown Mysteries
Posted by: Stone - 08-02-2022, 08:54 AM - Forum: Resources Online - Replies (3)

Father Brown Mysteries: The Blue Cross (Episode 1)
by GK Chesterton

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  Feast of Our Lady of the Angels - August 2nd
Posted by: Stone - 08-02-2022, 08:17 AM - Forum: Our Lady - No Replies

Our Lady of the Angels - August 2nd
Taken from here

We know in simple, childlike faith that the Blessed Virgin Mary is, in flesh and blood, holier, more beautiful, more powerful and closer to God in divine union than all the choirs and hierarchies of angels put together. Mary is the Queen of Angels. The angels obey her slightest command with royal, angelic love.

A little ruined church, belonging to the Benedictines of Subasio, about a mile from Assisi and called the Portiuncula, which Saint Francis of Assisi repaired in 1207 and which had been named for Our Lady of the Angels, gave us the first feast of Our Lady under this title. It was on the feast of Our Lady, Queen of Angels, August 2, 1492, that Christopher Columbus knowing there was a plenary indulgence granted to all who received Holy Communion on that day, went with all his crew to Mass, received Holy Communion, finished packing his boat — called the Santa Maria, the Holy Mary — and set sail for the New World. It took Columbus seventy-two days to cross the ocean. The day of his landing in America was a special feast of Our Lady, October 12, and we will speak of that day when it comes. There is a church called Our Lady of the Angels in Rome, dedicated to the Mother of God by Pope Pius IV in the year 1561. This was to secure her protection for Catholics against the horrors of the heretics that were beginning in that century.

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The Virgin with Angels, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1900

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  Pope Francis on the Church’s ban of birth control: Morality is ‘always on a path of development’
Posted by: Stone - 08-01-2022, 12:48 PM - Forum: Pope Francis - No Replies

Pope Francis on the Church’s ban of birth control: Morality is ‘always on a path of development’
Pope Francis' comments appear to lend further credence to speculation that he might soon issue an encyclical overturning the Church's ban on contraception.

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Pope Francis speaking to journalists on his return flight from Canada
Vatican News screenshot

Aug 1, 2022
VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) — During his return flight from Canada on Saturday Pope Francis replied to a question regarding the Catholic Church’s prohibition on contraceptives, saying that dogma and morality are “always on a path of development.”

Speaking to selected reporters, Francis responded to questions regarding his health, possible retirement, Germany’s Synodal Way and international politics.

While many headlines addressed his comments hinting at a possible retirement, his remarks on contraception passed relatively un-noticed. “Many Catholics, but also many theologians, think that development is needed in the Church’s doctrine regarding contraceptives,” said Claire Giangrave of Religion News Service.

“Are you open, in short, to a reevaluation in this regard?,” she asked, “or does the possibility exist for a couple to consider contraceptives?”

Pope Francis called the question “very timely,” adding that “dogma, morality, is always on a path of development, but always developing in the same direction.”

In a lengthy response, Francis alluded to the 5th century theologian St. Vincent of Lerins, whose famous Canon has been increasingly used as the basis for modern arguments proposing “development” in doctrine.

For the theological development of a moral or dogmatic issue,” Francis said St. Vincent “says that true doctrine, in order to go forward, to develop, must not be quiet, it develops ut annis consolidetur, dilatetur tempore, sublimetur aetate.”

This “true doctrine…”expands and consolidates, and becomes always more solid, but always progressing,” he said. The “duty of theologians is research, theological reflection,” he said.

Quote:You cannot do theology with a ‘no’ in front of it. Then it is up to the Magisterium to say no, you’ve gone too far, come back, but theological development must be open, that’s what theologians are for. And the Magisterium must help to understand the limits.

During the flight back to Rome from #Canada, @Pontifex was asked if the Church’s ban on contraception could be “reconsidered.”

Instead of saying, “No,” he distorted St. Vincent of Lérins’ (5th cen.) teaching on doctrinal development and denigrated Trads: https://t.co/jiwN1TLoEI pic.twitter.com/wxWIYOSwNI

— Matt Gaspers (@MattGaspers) July 30, 2022

Francis also referenced the Pontifical Academy for Life’s (PAV) new book which proposes both contraception and artificial insemination as morally acceptable. Recently published by the Vatican’s publishing house Libreria Editrice Vaticana, the book is a collection of essays taken from a three-day interdisciplinary seminar sponsored by the PAV in 2021.

The pontiff said:

Quote:On the issue of contraception, I know there is a publication out on this and other marital issues: these are the acts of a congress, and in a congress, there are hypotheses, then they discuss among themselves and make proposals.

Francis defended the work, and the seminar which prompted the book, saying the theologians involved “did their duty” by seeking to “move forward in doctrine…in an ecclesial sense”:

Quote:We have to be clear: those who participated in this congress did their duty, because they have sought to move forward in doctrine, but in an ecclesial sense, not out of it, as I said with that rule of St. Vincent of Lerins.

The answers to the questions posed by the PAV now lie with the “Magisterium,” who “will say, yes it is good or it is not good,” he added. “Many things fall under this.”

Fuelling speculation about new encyclical

In light of the PAV’s new book, speculation has arisen regarding a potential new encyclical from the Pope contradicting the Church’s prohibition on contraception. A theologian adviser to the Congregation (now Dicastery) for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), recently published an article in the Vatican reviewed La Civilta Cattolica, asking if Francis would write “a new encyclical or apostolic exhortation on bioethics” in line with the PAV’s book.

The PAV welcomed Francis’ in-flight comments, using them as another opportunity to promote the book at the center of current controversy.

When posing her question to the Pope, Giangrave referenced Pope John Paul I’s reported opposition to the Church’s ban on contraception as a basis for allowing “development” of doctrine to permit the practice.

Giangrave is not alone in paying particular attention to John Paul I’s views on the subject. In the build up to his September beatification, Vatican News, the Vatican’s in-house news outlet, is currently focusing heavily on John Paul I’s short reign in a new podcast, led by Andrea Tornielli – the editorial director of the Dicastery for Communications. Both Tornielli and the vice postulator of the pontiff’s sainthood cause, Stefania Falasca, have recently written on John Paul I’s position on contraception in the Vatican’s paper and the paper of the Italian bishops’ conference.

Tradition a ‘dead faith’ which needs updating

Defending his position on the “development” of morals, Francis continued by attacking those attached to “tradition.”

“I think this is very clear: a Church that does not develop its thinking in an ecclesial sense, is a Church that is going backward,” he said, describing it as “today’s problem, and of many who call themselves traditional.”

Such “people looking to the past, going backward, without roots” are sinning, he said, as “looking backward is a sin because it does not progress with the Church.”

Employing now familiar phraseology, Francis slated adherents of tradition for clinging to a “dead faith.”

Quote:Tradition is the living faith of those who have died. Instead, for those people who are looking backward, who call themselves traditionalists, it is the dead faith of the living. Tradition is truly the root, the inspiration by which to go forward in the Church, and this is always vertical.

Consequently, he defended the proposed “development” of morals, stating that “thinking and carrying forward faith and morals, as long as it is going in the direction of the roots, of the sap [of the tree], that’s ok. With these three rules of Vincent of Lerins that I mentioned.”

Catholic teaching on contraception

Writing in 1930, Pope Pius XI encylical Casti Connubi stated that “every use of the faculty given by God for the procreation of new life is the right and the privilege of the married state alone, by the law of God and of nature, and must be confined absolutely within the sacred limits of that state.”

He also condemned birth control, ordering that “any use whatsoever of matrimony exercised in such a way that the act is deliberately frustrated in its natural power to generate life is an offense against the law of God and of nature, and those who indulge in such are branded with the guilt of a grave sin.”

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  Abp. Viganò: Pope Francis’ pagan smudging ritual was an ‘act of submission to the New World Order’
Posted by: Stone - 08-01-2022, 12:26 PM - Forum: Archbishop Viganò - No Replies

Abp. Viganò: Pope Francis’ pagan smudging ritual was an ‘act of submission to the New World Order’
Seeing Bergoglio impassively watch the satanic rites of evocation of the dead performed by a shaman unbelievably worsens the scandal of having rendered idolatrous worship to the infernal pachamama in the Vatican Basilica.

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Pope Francis in Edmonton, Canada on July 24, 2022
Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images

Aug 1, 2022
(LifeSiteNews) — Redde rationem villicationis tuæ, jam enim non poteris villicare: “Give an account of thy stewardship, for now thou canst be steward no longer.”

“My wife, when asked who converted her to Catholicism, always answers, “the devil’.” – G.K. Chesterton

It is not by chance that Satan is called a διάβολος, with the double meaning of liar and accuser. Satan lies because he hates the Truth, that is, God in His Essence. He lies because if he were to tell the truth he would reveal his own deceptions. He lies because only by lying can he also be the accuser of our brothers, “he who day and night accuses them before our God” (Ap 12:10). And just as the Most Blessed Virgin, the tabernacle of the Incarnate Word, is advocata nostra, so Satan is our accuser and the one who inspires false testimony against the just.

The Revolution – which is the overturning of the divine kosmos in order to establish infernal chaos – having no arguments to discredit the Church of Christ and the Christian society that has been inspired and guided by Her down the centuries, resorts to slander and the manipulation of reality. Cancel Culture is nothing other than the attempt to put the Civitas Dei on trial in order to condemn her without proof, imposing the civitas diaboli as its counterpart of alleged liberty, equality, and fraternity. In order to do this, as is evident, it prevents the masses from having a knowledge of the truth, because its deception is based on ignorance and bad faith.

This premise is necessary in order to understand the gravity of the behavior of the one who usurps the vicarious power deriving from the supreme authority of the Church to slander and accuse her before the world, in a grotesque parody of Christ’s trial before the Sanhedrin and Pilate. On that occasion also the civil authority listened to the false accusations made against Our Lord, and although recognizing His innocence, had Him scourged and crowned with thorns in order to please the people who were stirred up by the High Priests and the scribes, and then sent Him to death, crucifying Him with the most humiliating of tortures. The members of the Sanhedrin thus abused their spiritual authority, as the Prefect of Judea abused his civil authority.

The same farce has been repeated throughout history thousands and thousands of times, because hiding behind every lie, behind every unfounded accusation against Christ and against His Mystical Body which is the Church, is the devil, the liar, the accuser. And it is evident, beyond any reasonable doubt, that this Satanic action is inspiring the events reported in the press in the last few days, from the perfidious mea culpa of Bergoglio for the alleged sins of the Catholic Church committed in Canada against the indigenous peoples, to his participation in pagan rites and infernal ceremonies of evocation of the dead.

Regarding the “faults” of the Jesuit missionaries, I think Corrispondenza Romana (here) has answered exhaustively, enumerating the brutality to which the Martyrs of Canada were subjected at the hands of the Iroquois Indians. The same applies to the alleged accusations relating to the Indian residential schools that the State had entrusted to the Catholic Church and the Anglicans in order to civilize the indigenous people and favor the assimilation of the Christian culture of the country.

We thus discover that “the Oblates [of Mary Immaculate] were the only defenders of the traditional language and way of life of the Indians of Canada, unlike the government and the Anglican Church, which insisted on an integration that uprooted the indigenous people from their origins.” We also learn that the alleged “cultural genocide” of the indigenous people that the Commission de vérité et réconciliation had to deal with in 2008 was then transformed, without any basis of truth or probability, into “physical genocide,” thanks to an absolutely false media campaign that was supported by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a pupil of Klaus Schwab and a notorious proponent of globalism and the Davos Agenda.

But if the truth has also been officially recognized by experts and non-partisan historians, nevertheless the cult of lies has continued its inexorable process, culminating in the official apologies of the head of the Church, demanded by Trudeau and immediately made his own by Bergoglio, who could not wait to humiliate once again the institution he unworthily represents. In their eagerness to indulge the official narrative and please their masters, Trudeau and Bergoglio consider as a negligible detail the total non-existence of evidence about the phantom mass graves in which hundreds of children were supposedly secretly buried. This ought to be enough to demonstrate their bad faith and the pretentiousness of their accusations and mea culpa; also because the press regime demands the heads of the enemies of the people with summary trials, but is careful not to rehabilitate the innocent people who are falsely accused.

The purpose of this filthy media operation is all too obvious: to discredit the past of the Catholic Church as being guilty of the worst atrocities, in order to legitimize her present persecution, both by the State and by the Hierarchy itself. Because that Church, the “intolerant,” “rigid” Catholic Church, which preached the Gospel to all peoples and which allowed its missionaries to be martyred by tribes immersed in the barbarity of paganism, must no longer be allowed to exist, must not “proselytize” – “a solemn nonsense,” “a very serious sin against ecumenism” – and she must not claim to have any Truth to teach the nations for the salvation of souls. And Bergoglio wants us to know that he has nothing to do with that Church, just as he detests the doctrine, morality and liturgy of that Church, to the point of mercilessly persecuting the many faithful who have not yet resigned themselves to following him towards the abyss of apostasy and who would like to honor God with the Apostolic Mass.

Not that anyone has ever thought that Jorge Mario can in any way be Catholic: every expression, every gesture, every movement he makes betrays such impatience for that which even remotely recalls Our Lord that by now his attestations of irreligiosity and sacrilegious impiety are superfluous. Seeing him impassively watch the satanic rites of evocation of the dead performed by a shaman unbelievably worsens the scandal of having rendered idolatrous worship to the infernal pachamama in the Vatican Basilica, thereby desecrating it directly above the burial place of the Prince of the Apostles.

Asking forgiveness for the non-existent “sins of the missionaries” is a despicable and sacrilegious act of submission to the New World Order that finds perfect correspondence in the complicit silences and scandalous protections for which Bergoglio is responsible towards the true abuse victims of his protégés. We may hear him ask for forgiveness in China, in Africa, and among the icebergs of Antarctica, but we will never hear him pronounce a mea culpa for abuses and crimes committed in Argentina, for the horrors of the lavender mafia of McCarrick and his accomplices, and those he promoted as his collaborators. We will never hear him make credible apologies for having lent himself to be the celebrity endorser of the vaccine campaign, a vaccine which today we know is the cause of a terrifying number of sudden deaths and adverse effects. He will never beat his breast for these sins; indeed he is proud of them and knows that a gesture of sincere repentance would not be appreciated by his principal supporters, who are no less guilty than him.

So here we are, standing before the liar, the accuser. Here we are before the ruthless persecutor of the good clergy and faithful both of yesterday and today, the zealous ally of the enemies of Christ and of the Church: the fierce opponent of the Catholic Mass who is an ecumenical participant in satanic rites and pagan ceremonies – a man divided in soul by his dual role as head of the sect that occupies the Vatican and as inquisitor of the Catholic Church. At his side, in this squalid performance, is his altar boy Trudeau, who propagates gender doctrine and LGBTQ ideology in the name of inclusiveness and freedom, but who did not hesitate for a moment to repress in blood the just and legitimate revolts of the Canadian people, which was deprived of its fundamental rights with the excuse of the pandemic emergency.

They make a nice couple, without a doubt! Both have been sponsored in their careers by the anti-Christian globalist elite. Both have been placed at the head of an institution with the task of demolishing it and dispersing its members. Both are betrayers of their role, of justice, and of truth.

These summary trials may perhaps be appreciated by contemporaries in bad faith or in ignorance, but they do not withstand the judgment of history, much less the unappealable judgment of God.

The day will come when he will be called to render an account of his administration: “Redde rationem villicationis tuæ: jam enim non poteris villicare – Give an account of thy stewardship, for now thou canst be steward no longer” (Lk 16:2), says the master in the parable of yesterday’s Gospel. Until that moment, as baptized and living members of the Mystical Body, let us pray and do penance, in order to remove from us the punishments that these scandals call down upon the Church and the world. Let us invoke the intercession of the Martyrs of Canada, who have been outraged by the accuser who is seated on the Throne of Peter, so that they may obtain from the Throne of God the liberation of the Church from the present scourge.

+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop

1 August 2022

Ss. Petri ad Vincula & Ss. Martyrum Machabæorum

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  Israel's War On Cash Is About To Get More Drastic
Posted by: Stone - 08-01-2022, 09:37 AM - Forum: Global News - No Replies

Israel's War On Cash Is About To Get More Drastic

ZH | JUL 31, 2022

Starting Monday, it will be a criminal offense in Israel to pay more than the equivalent of $1,700 in cash to a business or $4,360 in cash to individual, as the government intensifies its ongoing war on tangible money.

It's a war that began in earnest with the 2018 passage of the Law for the Reduction in the Use of Cash. Israeli businesses and individuals began facing limits on cash transactions in January 2019. However, on Aug 1, those limits are being slashed nearly in half.

Quote:“We want the public to reduce the use of cash money,” Tamar Bracha, who's responsible for carrying out the law for Israel’s Tax Authority, told The Media Line.

“The goal is to reduce cash fluidity in the market, mainly because crime organizations tend to rely on cash. By limiting the use of it, criminal activity is much harder to carry out.”

Israel also limits the extent to which cash is used in transactions involving multiple payment methods. If the total transaction value is more than the above thresholds, cash may only be used for 10% of the purchase. Car purchases are given a higher, 50,000 NIS (New Israeli Shekels) limit -- about $14,700.

Violators are subject to penalties that can reach 25% of the transaction for individuals and 30% for businesses. According to Israel National News, the government has amassed the equivalent of $5 billion in fines since restrictions began in 2019.

Not all transactions are affected, as The Media Line explains:

Quote:There are some exemptions to the new law: charitable institutions, which are most common in ultra-Orthodox society; and trade with Palestinians from the West Bank, who are not citizens of Israel. In the case of the latter, deals including large amounts of cash will be allowed, yet they will require a detailed report to Israel’s Tax Authority.

However, in Israel's phased approach to eliminating cash from society, those exceptions are destined to expire. 

Next, Israel's finance ministry plans to deliver a proposal to parliament to criminalize the mere possession of cash exceeding a certain sum. One version of the proposal set the possession cap at the shekel equivalent of just $14,700.

Limits like Israel's are just one way to work toward "de-cashing" a population. A 2017 International Monetary Fund paper outlined other tactics, including abolishing large-denomination bills, imposing reporting requirements on cash transactions over a certain threshold, requiring the declaration of cash when entering or leaving a country, or applying an additional tax when cash is used. Various countries and economic blocs have already started implementing measures from this menu.

A war on cash isn't the only way Israel is leading the way to an authoritarian future; it has also:

Quote:I once warned that the architecture of oppression was near.

It has arrived.https://t.co/Ph9s3qhlwH

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  Commentary by Pope Pius II: Joan of Arc Victory at Orleans
Posted by: Stone - 08-01-2022, 08:46 AM - Forum: The Saints - No Replies

Joan of Arc Victory at Orleans
Commentary by Pope Pius II

One of the earliest commentaries on Joan of Arc's victory at Orleans was written by Pope Pius II (Enea Silvio Piccolomini) while he was Pope (1458-1464) as part of his autobiography known as his Commentaries which were published in 1584 after his death. His remarks about Joan and the raising of the siege of Orleans provide an interesting perspective from a world leader who lived during the time of the Battle of Orleans however his knowledge seems to have been limited to a general overview as his specifics about the events of the battle are not consistent with the known facts.

The matter was discussed in council for some time with various opinions. Some said the girl was crazy, others said she was bewitched, others that she was inspired by the Holy Ghost, and these last recalled the fact that Bethulia and other cities had in the past been saved by woman; the kingdom of France had often been aided by Heaven; it might be that now too it was defended by a maid sent by God and that the task had been committed to the weaker sex that the French with their accustomed pride might not be overconfident of their own powers; in any case a girl whose advice was so sensible could not be called mad.

This opinion prevailed and they entrusted the matter of Orleans to the Maid. A woman was put in command of war. Arms were brought, horses led up. The girl mounted the most spirited steed; then in her gleaming armor brandishing her spear like Camilla in the tale she made him leap, run, and curvet. When the nobles saw this, none of the them scorned to be commanded by a woman. All the noblest took arms and eagerly followed the Maid, who, when all was ready, set out on the march.

The approach to Orleans by land was very difficult. All the roads were blocked by the English and at each of the three gates they had a camp fortified with a moat and a rampart. The Maid, knowing that the river Loire flows by the walls of the city, loaded ships with grain in a secluded place and embarked with her troops, sending word to the besieged that she had started. By rowing quickly and taking advantage of the swift current she appeared in sight of the city before the enemy knew she was coming. Armed English troops rushed up and putting out in small boats tried in vain to prevent her landing. They were forced to retreat with many wounds.

The Maid entered the city, where she was received with great rejoicing by the people, and brought supplies of all kinds to a populace near starvation. The next day at dawn she at once furiously attacked the camp of the enemy which was besieging the main gate. Filling the moats and shattering the mound and rampart she routed the English in confusion, captured their fortifications, and set fire to the towers and bulwarks which they had built. Having thus heartened the townsmen, she made sallies through the other gates and did the same in other camps.

Since the English forces were stationed in several different places and one camp could not come to the help of another, the siege of Orleans was weakened by these tactics and then utterly broken. All the enemy who had fought against the Maid fell so that there was hardly anyone left to carry news of the disaster. The glory of this exploit was credited to the Maid alone, though very brave and experienced soldiers who had often commanded troops took part in it.

Such a massacre of his men and such humiliation was unbearable to Talbot, the most celebrated of the English commanders, and with 4,000 horsemen picked from the entire army he marched against Orleans to fight the Maid if she dared meet him, never doubting that when she came through the gate he could either capture or kill her. But the event proved quite otherwise. The Maid led out her troops and as soon as she saw the enemy, with loud shouts and terrific force she charged the English lines. Not a man dared to stand fast or show his face; sudden panic and horror seized them all. Although they were superior in numbers they had supposed they would be fewer and thought countless forces were fighting for the Maid. Some even thought angels were fighting on the opposite side and had no hope of victory if they found themselves battling against God. Their drawn swords fell from their hands; everyone threw away shield and helmet to be unencumbered for flight. Talbot's shouts of encouragement were unheard and his threats unheeded. It was a most shameful rout. They presented only their backs to the Maid, who followed up the fugitives and took or killed every man except a few - including the commander, who when he saw that his men could not be rallied, made his escape on a swift horse.

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  Diocese of Arlington announces sweeping new restrictions on Latin Mass
Posted by: Stone - 07-31-2022, 06:49 AM - Forum: Vatican II and the Fruits of Modernism - Replies (1)

Diocese of Arlington announces sweeping new restrictions on Latin Mass
The new policy, published by Bishop Michael Burbidge on Friday, wipes out 13 Latin Mass locations in the diocese.

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Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge
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Jul 31, 2022
(LifeSiteNews [adapted]) – The Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, has become the latest U.S. diocese to announce sweeping restrictions on the Latin Mass following recent Vatican directives cracking down on traditional worship.

A new policy published by Bishop Michael Burbidge on Friday eliminates 13 of 21 Latin Mass locations in the diocese in accordance with Pope Francis’ 2021 motu proprio Traditionis Custodes (TC). The diocese’s policy takes effect on September 8, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Of the remaining eight parishes allowed to offer the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), also known as the Extraordinary Form or usus antiquior, five may only do so in school facilities or older church buildings: Saint John the Baptist Church in Front Royal, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Winchester, All Saints Church in Manassas, Saint John the Apostle Church in Leesburg, and Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Fredericksburg.

TLM-goers at Saint John the Baptist will be relegated to a school gymnasium, while parishioners at Saint Patrick will be forced to celebrate the Latin Mass in a small 1960s church building, which is currently without pews. The Fredericksburg parish had just dedicated a new, more traditional church last year.

“Forcing St. John the Baptist to hold Latin Mass in a gymnasium is such a gratuitous insult to the faithful there,” commented Noah Peters, a parishioner at St. John the Beloved in McLean, Virginia, who had launched a petition urging Bishop Burbidge to protect the Extraordinary Form. “I have never seen a religious community treated more shabbily by the people who are supposed to care for it.”

St. John the Beloved and two other parishes – Saint Anthony Mission in King George and Saint Rita’s Church in Alexandria – may continue to offer the Latin Mass in their main churches for a two-year period under dispensations granted by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (DDWDS), headed by aggressively anti-traditional Cardinal-designate Arthur Roche.

READ: Georgia bishop says the Vatican ordered him to end all Latin Masses in his diocese by May 2023

Those dispensations “may be extended upon the approval of the Dicastery,” as long as the parishes demonstrate “ongoing work” in transitioning to the Novus Ordo Mass, the diocese’s policy states.

The Arlington diocese noted in a statement that Bishop Burbidge, who has a record of supporting the Latin Mass and had offered Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form, submitted a request to the DDWDS for a dispensation from Traditionis Custodes. The motu proprio prohibits local bishops from allowing the TLM in parish churches unless it is “not possible” to find another location.

The diocese’s statement framed Bishop Burbidge’s policy a compromise that “ensures regional availability of the Traditional Latin Mass” while complying with Pope Francis’ restrictions.

“Since the publication of Traditionis Custodes, Bishop Burbidge has consistently emphasized two points. First, the Diocese of Arlington will be obedient to the Holy Father’s directives, working toward unity in our use of liturgical rites. Second, the diocesan instruction related to Traditionis Custodes would be sensitive to those who attend the Traditional Latin Mass,” the statement read.

The Diocese of Arlington has been known for widespread availability of the Latin Mass, with around 30 percent of parishes regularly offering the TLM in recent years, and for a large traditionalist community. Christendom College, one of the few Catholic institutions of higher education in the U.S. still recognized by the Newman Guide as faithful to the Magisterium, is located within the diocese.

No TLM in Holy Week, no advertising in parish bulletins

The times permitted for celebration of the Latin Mass in the Diocese of Arlington are still “to be determined,” but may not include Holy Week or the Easter Triduum, according to the new policy.

In line with Traditionis Custodes, all Mass readings must also be proclaimed in the vernacular, no new Latin Mass groups may be formed, and priests must obtain written permission to celebrate the TLM, which they may only do if they were ordained prior to the publication of TC in July, 2021. The deadline for priests to request permission is August 31.

Moreover, the pastors of any parish where the Latin Mass may still be offered must “develop a pastoral plan” in order “to lead the faithful who are attached to the antecedent liturgy towards the celebration of the liturgy according to the liturgical books reformed by decree of the Second Vatican Council, and which form the unique expression of the lex orandi of the Roman Rite,” the diocese’s policy adds, echoing Traditionis Custodes.

The most recent edition of the Roman Missal, promulgated in English in 2011 and in Spanish in 2018, “is to take priority in the schedule of Sunday Masses,” the policy additionally specifies. “It is expected that priests will celebrate Mass using this Missal every Sunday and on weekdays as the principal, public celebration(s) of the day,” including at parishes that may offer the Latin Mass.

Bishop Burbidge previously banned the celebration of other sacraments in the Extraordinary Form in January, in conformity with a December 2021 Responsa ad Dubia from Cardinal-designate Roche which announced a slate of further restrictions on traditional worship.

Parishes may not even advertise Latin Masses in the Arlington diocese in their bulletins: “Per the Responsa ad Dubia and as directed by the Dicastery, the parish may not publish the times of the Mass in the usus antiquior in the bulletin or on the parish website or social media sites.”

LifeSiteNews has reached out to the Diocese of Arlington for comment. This article will be updated with any response.

Bishop Burbidge’s announcement of the new restrictions comes one week after Cardinal Wilton Gregory of the neighboring Archdiocese of Washington eviscerated all Latin Mass parishes in Washington, D.C., and pushed the Old Mass to just three churches across his archdiocese.

Vatican ‘tyranny’ against the Latin Mass

Traditionalist liturgical scholar Peter Kwasniewski described the Arlington diocese’s policy as a “severe implementation,” which he said “does not read like” Bishop Burbidge.

“There is every reason to believe Rome insisted” on the restrictions, Kwasniewski said, urging priests who celebrate the Latin Mass and traditional sacraments not to “comply with this tyranny.”

“This much is clear: my intel points to increasing behind-the-scenes attacks from the DDW, targeting dioceses known for their diocesan TLMs,” he added.

Bishop Burbidge is considered to be orthodox and is one of a few bishops who has publicly supported San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s decision to ban U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from Communion over her unrepentant abortion promotion. The Arlington bishop has affirmed that he will enforce the ban in his diocese.

Burbidge has also been outspoken in defense of life and critical of the LGBT movement. Last year, he drew the ire of dissident, liberal Catholics, including Fr. James Martin, for releasing a catechesis on gender declaring that “no one is transgender” and stressing that Catholics should not use pronouns that do not conform to an individual’s biological sex. He faced criticism in 2020, however, for suspending all public Masses due to COVID-19.

The global crackdown on the Latin Mass and traditional communities continues to accelerate even as the Vatican increasingly allows prelates close to Pope Francis to affirm heresy with no repercussions.

Luxembourgish Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, SJ, remains relator general of the Pope’s Synod on Synodality despite his recent claims that the Church’s millennia-old teaching against homosexual behavior is now “false” because “the sociological-scientific foundation of this teaching is no longer correct.” Australian Cardinal George Pell has denounced those comments as “explicit heresy.”

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy and a member of Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinal Advisers, likewise asserted in March that homosexual acts are not sinful and disparaged the authoritative Catechism of the Catholic Church as “not set in stone.”

Pope Francis, meanwhile, has yet to take concrete action against the ongoing “Synodal Way,” a heterodox initiative of the Church in Germany demanding changes to settled Catholic doctrine on contraception, homosexuality, marriage, and the priesthood, among other things.

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