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  Viganò: My defense against schism is the same as Archbishop Lefebvre’s
Posted by: Stone - 06-22-2024, 08:13 AM - Forum: Archbishop Viganò - No Replies

Viganò: My defense against schism is the same as Archbishop Lefebvre’s
Replying to the Vatican's accusation of schism, Viganò writes, 'Fifty years ago, in that same Palace of the Holy Office, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre was summoned and accused of schism for rejecting Vatican II. His defense is mine; his words are mine; and his arguments are mine.'

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Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

Jun 20, 2024
(LifeSiteNews) — Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has been summoned to the Vatican for trial, accused of the crime of schism. 

Nearly fifty years ago, in 1975, the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre received a similar summons. He was questioned by a commission of cardinals as a result of a declaration of his position, which he had issued at the seminary he had founded to form priests according to the Catholic doctrine and liturgy which had been universally taught and practiced just ten years before.

On June 25, 1976, Cardinal Giovanni Benelli wrote to Archbishop Lefebvre, in the name of Paul VI, calling on him to affirm his allegiance to “the Conciliar Church.” The archbishop refused, choosing instead to remain faithful to the Catholic Church, in which he had received his baptism, in whose mission field he had labured, and whose doctrine he had always professed. 

Archbishop Viganò, in response to his summons to Rome, has issued a statement in which he forcefully rejects the “Bergoglian Church” and makes his own profession of allegiance to “the Catholic Apostolic Roman Church, with the Magisterium of the Roman Pontiffs, and with the uninterrupted doctrinal, moral, and liturgical Tradition that they have faithfully guarded.” 

The document of Viganò is clearly modelled on the Declaration of Archbishop Lefebvre, which preceded his own summons to Rome. 

Nearly fifty years on it will be instructive to look at this document in the context of events today.

The 1974 Declaration of Archbishop Lefebvre 

In November 1974, the Vatican sent Apostolic Visitors to Archbishop Lefebvre’s seminary in Switzerland.

These representatives of Paul VI told seminarians that truth changed with the times and that the bodily resurrection of Christ was open to question. They assured these young men, who were preparing to dedicate themselves to a life of celibacy, that married men would soon be priests.

These words, coming from representatives of the Vatican, deeply disturbed these young men. By the mid-1970s theological errors were commonplace in seminaries; over the course of just one decade, the teaching of the Catholic faith in seminaries, universities, and many schools had been abandoned, and new liberal, modernist, and even Marxist doctrines had been introduced. 

This seminary however was different. It had been founded four years earlier by retired missionary, and former Superior General of the Holy Ghost Fathers, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, in order to provide a truly Catholic formation for seminarians who could no longer find such a thing in their own countries. 

It is probably no exaggeration to say that by 1974, his seminary at Écône, Switzerland was the only seminary in the western world where the Catholic faith was taught, and the traditional liturgical and sacramental rites of the Catholic Church maintained. 

For a decade, Archbishop Lefebvre had watched as the edifice of the Catholic Church crumbled, and as laity and clergy alike abandoned her in ever increasing numbers. In 1969, he had come out of retirement to establish a house of formation for young seminarians, and in 1970 had established a seminary because he could no longer find a university which taught the Catholic faith. 

And now, four years later, Paul VI had sent his personal representatives to the seminary, and they were attacking the core doctrine of the faith: the Resurrection of Christ.

On November 21, ten days after the scandal caused by the Apostolic Visitors, he issued his famous 1974 Declaration

This document is of profound historical importance because it represents one of the first public statements by a Catholic bishop, that a large part of the hierarchy had separated itself from the Catholic Church and could no longer be safely followed. 

The document is also of importance to us because the crisis he exposes has only deepened in the five decades since this Declaration was issued. 

Informed Catholics today cannot evade facing the reality of this crisis, as we witness the putative authorities in Rome authorizing things that we know the Church of Christ cannot authorize, such as offering public worship to idols, blessing same-sex “couples,” and admitting unrepentant adulterers to Holy Communion

Archbishop Lefebvre’s declaration begins:

Quote:We hold fast, with all our heart and with all our soul, to Catholic Rome, Guardian of the Catholic Faith and of the traditions necessary to preserve this faith, to Eternal Rome, Mistress of wisdom and truth.

The Catholic Church was established by Jesus Christ for the salvation of mankind. Its supreme head is the Roman Pontiff, who together with the Apostolic College of bishops, transmits the Catholic faith intact to every generation. To this Rome, every Catholic is bound by loyalty and obedience. Hence, Archbishop Lefebvre begins his declaration with this profession of faith. 

However, by 1974 it was clear that many of those who held power in Rome were no longer transmitting the authentic Catholic faith. 

Hence Archbishop Lefebvre, after reaffirming his loyalty to the Roman Church, was compelled to state:

Quote:We refuse, on the other hand, and have always refused to follow the Rome of neo-Modernist and neo-Protestant tendencies which were clearly evident in the Second Vatican Council and, after the Council, in all the reforms which issued from it.

He continued: 

Quote:All these reforms, indeed, have contributed and are still contributing to the destruction of the Church, to the ruin of the priesthood, to the abolition of the Sacrifice of the Mass and of the sacraments, to the disappearance of religious life, to a naturalist and Teilhardian teaching in universities, seminaries and catechectics; a teaching derived from Liberalism and Protestantism, many times condemned by the solemn Magisterium of the Church.

In this paragraph Archbishop Lefebvre is accurately describing what had taken place in the decade since the opening of the Second Vatican Council. In a remarkably short period of time, every level of the Church had been transformed and differed radically from how it had been in 1963. 

New doctrines were being taught in the seminaries and from the pulpits, and these contradicted what the Church had always taught. New liturgical and sacramental rites were practiced in the parishes, and devotions which had been extolled for centuries were being mocked and excoriated by 1974. Ordinary Catholics were shellshocked and broken-hearted. 

In 1968 the famous Catholic apologist Frank Sheed asked, “Is it the same Church?”

And the answer from many revolutionaries and Catholics alike was, “No.” 

In the face of this crisis, which was unparalleled in the history of the Church, Archbishop Lefebvre established the following as a guiding principle: 

Quote:No authority, not even the highest in the hierarchy, can force us to abandon or diminish our Catholic Faith, so clearly expressed and professed by the Church’s Magisterium for nineteen centuries. 

‘But though we,’ says St. Paul, ‘or an angel from heaven preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema’ (Gal. 1:8). 

In 1974, Archbishop Lefebvre was unwilling to draw – at least in a definitive and public manner – the conclusion that ultimately follows from this statement, namely, that Paul VI, the leading figure of this revolution, had separated himself from the Church.

However, Archbishop Lefebvre was very clear that the errors of Paul VI must be rejected: 

Quote:Is it not this that the Holy Father is repeating to us today? And if we can discern a certain contradiction in his words and deeds, as well as in those of the dicasteries, well we choose what was always taught and we turn a deaf ear to the novelties destroying the Church. 

It was necessary to reject these novelties because:

Quote:It is impossible to modify profoundly the lex orandi without modifying the lex credendi. To the Novus Ordo Missae correspond a new catechism, a new priesthood, new seminaries, a charismatic Pentecostal Church—all things opposed to orthodoxy and the perennial teaching of the Church.

In short, the radical changes imposed after Vatican II amounted to a new set of doctrines and practices, that were being implemented in Catholic parishes and institutions, often against the will of ordinary people. 

By 1974 it was clear that many well-meaning Catholics, laity and clergy, were losing the faith, because they had failed to recognize that this new way of living, believing, and worshipping, was in fact a new religion, the practice of which was not compatible with the Catholic religion. 

Therefore, to call men and women back to the sure path of salvation, Archbishop Lefebvre issued a warning that many found challenging at the time, and still do today:

Quote:This Reformation, born of Liberalism and Modernism, is poisoned through and through; it derives from heresy and ends in heresy, even if all its acts are not formally heretical. It is therefore impossible for any conscientious and faithful Catholic to espouse this Reformation or to submit to it in any way whatsoever.

The only attitude of faithfulness to the Church and Catholic doctrine, in view of our salvation, is a categorical refusal to accept this Reformation. 

The danger to the faith posed by this Reformation, led him to the conclusion that he would have to continue to form Catholic priests who could minister to the Catholic faithful, even against the will of those who claimed to be successors of the apostles, but whose legitimacy was becoming more doubtful with every day that passed:

Quote:That is why, without any spirit of rebellion, bitterness or resentment, we pursue our work of forming priests, with the timeless Magisterium as our guide. We are persuaded that we can render no greater service to the Holy Catholic Church, to the Sovereign Pontiff and to posterity.

That is why we hold fast to all that has been believed and practiced in the faith, morals, liturgy, teaching of the catechism, formation of the priest and institution of the Church, by the Church of all time; to all these things as codified in those books which saw day before the Modernist influence of the Council. This we shall do until such time that the true light of Tradition dissipates the darkness obscuring the sky of Eternal Rome. 

By doing this, with the grace of God and the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and that of St. Joseph and St. Pius X, we are assured of remaining faithful to the Roman Catholic Church and to all the successors of Peter, and of being the fideles dispensatores mysteriorum Domini Nostri Jesu Christi in Spiritu Sancto. Amen.

The situation today

The situation today is fundamentally unchanged. We are still living in the immediate aftermath of Vatican II and the apparent enshrining of theological errors in supposedly magisterial texts. 

The signs of revival that many thought they saw in the Vatican under John Paul II and Benedict XVI were false dawns, because there was no repudiation of the liberal and Modernist errors that had been enshrined in the texts of Vatican II and other post-conciliar documents. 

Over the past decade, under the leadership of Francis, the Vatican has worked to eliminate any remaining conservative tendencies, and to push the revolution closer and closer to its conclusion. 

Francis’s end goal is “synodality,” which will locate the source of all doctrine and discipline in the ever-changing opinions of the masses – or, in fact, those who can manipulate the synodal institutions. “Synodality” represents the termination of all doctrinal and disciplinary authority. And a church with no authority is a church which can neither transmit the divine revelation entrusted to it by Christ, or direct the flock towards eternal salvation by the exercise of governing authority. 

The most recent Vatican document, called “The Bishop of Rome.” clearly specifies the end goal as an “authentic conciliar/synodal church.”

Of course, they cannot actually extinguish the Catholic Church, which was founded by Jesus Christ as a permanent body, and will always exist in her members: those who are baptized, publicly profess the Catholic faith, and are subject to her legitimate pastors. 

But the false church is deceiving many. 

Therefore, two recent events are of great importance. 

The consecration of new bishops by the Society of St Pius X

By the late 1980s, Archbishop Lefebvre knew that he was approaching the end of his life and that it was necessary to ensure that young men could receive an authentic formation and receive an ordination that was certainly valid. In 1986, John Paul II authorized the worship of idols at Assisi, an act which helped to convince Archbishop Lefebvre of the necessity of providing Catholic bishops, and not trusting the promises of the Vatican. 

He did so on June 29, 1988, with the Bishop of Campos, Antônio de Castro Mayer, as co-consecrator. 

On June 19, 2024, the superior of the French district of the Society of St. Pius X strongly indicated that, thirty-six years later, the SSPX will again consecrate new bishops.

Of course, many traditional bishops have been consecrated in the intervening period by various sedevacantist groups, and by Bishop Richard Williamson, but news of the consecrations by the Society of St. Pius X will have an impact on a much wider audience. 

It is a powerful statement that the crisis of the Church is not over, and that resistance to the Conciliar Synodal Church of Francis is as much a duty as resistance to the Conciliar Church of Paul VI. 

The consecration of Catholic bishops intended to operate against the will of the putative authorities in Rome also indicates the need for a proper theological analysis of the claims of the post-conciliar popes and a resolution to the theological conundrum of how they can be accepted as legitimate popes without doing violence to the integrity of Catholic theology. 

This remains an urgent task both for the Society of St. Pius X, and for all those Catholics who wish to verbally recognize Francis as pope while rejecting his teaching and authority in practice. 

The practical position of Archbishop Lefebvre has borne much fruit, and led many souls to heaven, but many theoretical questions remained unanswered.

The recent statement of Archbishop Viganò

The claims of Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the papacy are directly challenged by Archbishop Viganò in his recent statement, made in response to a summons to the Vatican for a trial. 

Archbishop Viganò correctly notes that the Conciliar Synodal Church presided over by Francis cannot be identified with the Catholic Church founded by Jesus Christ. He writes: 

Quote:The Catholic Church has been slowly but surely taken over, and Bergoglio has been given the task of making it a philanthropic agency, the ‘church of humanity, of inclusion, of the environment’ at the service of the New World Order. But this is not the Catholic Church: it is her counterfeit.

And he further notes that:

Quote:Everything that Bergoglio does constitutes an offense and a provocation to the entire Catholic Church, to her saints of all times, to the martyrs who were killed in odium Fidei, and to the popes of all times until the Second Vatican Council.

In words similar to the Declaration of Archbishop Lefebvre he states:

Quote:I repudiate the neo-modernist errors inherent in the Second Vatican Council and in the so-called ‘post-conciliar magisterium,’ in particular in matters of collegiality, ecumenism, religious freedom, the secularity of the state, and the liturgy.

I repudiate, reject, and condemn the scandals, errors, and heresies of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who manifests an absolutely tyrannical management of power, exercised against the purpose that legitimizes authority in the Church. 

Archbishop Viganò avoids stating directly that Francis is not the pope, though this conclusion is inevitable when reading from this statement and from that which follows:

Quote:No Catholic worthy of the name can be in communion with this ‘Bergoglian church,’ because it acts in clear discontinuity and rupture with all the popes of history and with the Church of Christ.

The ‘Bergoglian Church’ is that ‘Conciliar Synodal Church’ which has been established over and against the Church of Christ.

Archbishop Viganò concludes by making his closeness to the position of Archbishop Lefebvre evident:

Quote:Fifty years ago, in that same Palace of the Holy Office, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre was summoned and accused of schism for rejecting Vatican II. His defense is mine; his words are mine; and his arguments are mine – arguments before which the Roman authorities could not condemn him for heresy, having to wait instead for him to consecrate bishops so as to have the pretext of declaring him schismatic… The scheme is repeated even after half a century has demonstrated Archbishop Lefebvre’s prophetic choice.

Archbishop Viganò is to be congratulated for his courage in rejecting the new religion of the Conciliar Synodal Church and professing his allegiance to the indefectible Catholic Church.

The question many will ask is this: why have so few cardinals and bishops had the courage to do likewise?

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  Cardinal Parolin says infamous Vatican-China deal will be renewed at end of 2024
Posted by: Stone - 06-22-2024, 06:49 AM - Forum: Vatican II and the Fruits of Modernism - No Replies

Cardinal Parolin says infamous Vatican-China deal will be renewed at end of 2024
Cardinal Pietro Parolin says the Vatican continues to ‘dialogue’ with Communist China and plans to renew its secretive deal with Beijing yet again, despite the widely criticized deal leading to increased persecution of the faithful Church in China.

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Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican-China deal

Jun 21, 2024
VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews [adapted - not all hyperlinks included from original]) — Cardinal Pietro Parolin has announced that the Vatican will renew its heavily criticized secret deal with Communist China at the end of this year.

During a presentation of the book Cardinal Celso Costantini and China – Constructor of a “bridge” between the East and West on Thursday at Rome’s Pontifical Urban University, Parolin told journalists, “With China, we are dialoguing as we have been for some time.”

READ: Cardinal Zen torches the Vatican and his critics over China deal

“We are trying to find the best procedures also for the application of the Agreement signed at the time and which will be renewed at the end of this year,” the Vatican secretary of state said.

Parolin also signaled that Pope Francis would be willing to visit China but added that this does not seem realistic at this point.

“Certainly the Pope is willing to go to China, indeed he wishes to go to China,” he said. “It does not seem to me that, so far, there are the conditions for this wish of the Pope to come to fruition.”

The Vatican secretary of state alluded to alleged “positive developments” resulting from the Vatican-China deal, which he claimed “give us hope that more and greater ones will follow.”

READ: Pope Francis bows to Communist China and confirms bishop appointed by Beijing

“As a result of the Agreement, all the Bishops in the land of Confucius are in full communion with the Church of Peter,” Parolin said, expressing his desire for a continuation of “the dialogue and the process initiated by Chinese Catholics to foster greater concord under the guidance of their pastors, in full communion with the Pope who has given so much proof of his love for that great people.”

The controversial deal between the Vatican and the Chinese Communist government was first signed in 2018 and renewed in 2020 and 2022.

A shady deal at the expense of faithful Chinese Catholics

The officially secret Vatican-China deal is believed to recognize the state-approved church in China and allows the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to appoint bishops. The Pope apparently maintains veto power, although in practice it is the CCP that has control. It also allegedly allows for the removal of legitimate bishops to be replaced by CCP-approved bishops.

Speaking in July 2023, Parolin defended the secretive nature of the deal, stating that “the text is confidential because it has not yet been finally approved.” The deal, which “revolves around the basic principle of consensuality of decisions affecting bishops,” is effected by “trusting in the wisdom and goodwill of all,” Parolin said.

READ: Pope Francis’ deal with Communist China has led to greater persecution of Catholics

Pope Francis and Parolin have both been vocal in their defense of the agreement, with the Pope stating before its 2022 renewal that the deal “is going well.” Indeed, in a 2018 letter to Chinese Catholics, Francis described the deal as forming a “new chapter of the Catholic Church in China.”

But outside the walls of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, criticism has come from Catholic clergy, freedom advocates, China experts, and numerous others.

The highly secretive Sino-Vatican deal has been condemned by Hong Kong emeritus Cardinal Joseph Zen as an “incredible betrayal,” with the much-loved cardinal further accusing the Vatican of “selling out” Chinese Catholics.

In 2018, the prelate called for Parolin to resign, criticizing his “complete surrender” of the Church to the Communist authorities.

“It’s a betrayal of the real Church,” Cardinal Zen then said of the deal in July 2020 before adding: “It’s not an isolated episode. It’s already a long-standing policy of the Vatican not to offend the Chinese government.”

READ: Chinese Catholic bishops and priests remain imprisoned by communist regime despite Vatican deal

The ink had barely dried on the deal in 2018 before AsiaNews, a site that regularly documents the abductions and torturing of underground Catholics, reported that “(u)nderground Catholics bitterly suspect that the Vatican has abandoned them.”

Before the first renewal of the deal in 2020, then-U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that “(t)he Vatican endangers its moral authority, should it renew the deal.” He linked to an article he penned on the subject in which he stated that “it’s clear that the Sino-Vatican agreement has not shielded Catholics from the Party’s depredations.”

Indeed, in the nearly six years since the deal was implemented, persecution of Catholics – particularly the “underground” Catholics who do not accept the state-controlled church – has demonstrably increased.

READ: Catholic diocese of Hong Kong ‘working with CCP’ to effect ‘Sinicization’: report

The deal has led to a heightened increase in religious persecution, which the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China described as a direct consequence of the deal. In its 2020 report, the Commission wrote that the persecution witnessed is “of an intensity not seen since the Cultural Revolution.”

“All bishops who refuse to join the Catholic Patriotic Association are being placed under house arrest, or disappeared, by the CCP,” China expert Steven Moser told LifeSiteNews earlier this month. “Although the Vatican said several years ago that the Sino-Vatican agreement does not require anyone to join this schismatic organization, refusal to do so results in persecution and punishment. And the Vatican stands by and does nothing.”

The closest the Holy See has come to acknowledging shortcomings with the deal is via its foreign minister, Archbishop Paul Gallagher. The archbishop, who serves as Vatican Secretary for Relations with States and International Organizations, said last year that the deal was “not the best deal possible” due to the “other party.”

Indeed, a series of episcopal appointments since the last renewal of the deal in October 2022 have highlighted the primacy of power wielded by Beijing in the deal. On three known occasions, the CCP appointed new bishops or appointed them to new dioceses, leaving the Vatican to play catch-up with the events and express its diplomatically worded frustration.

New developments in favor of the Vatican in the deal appear, therefore, unlikely. In July 2023, Parolin had stated the Holy See hopes for “the opening of an established liaison office of the Holy See in China” that “would not only favor dialogue with the civil authorities but also contribute to full reconciliation within the Chinese Church and its journey towards a desirable normality.”

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  Archbishop Viganò confirms he has not and will not attend Vatican ‘schism’ trial
Posted by: Stone - 06-22-2024, 06:39 AM - Forum: Archbishop Viganò - Replies (1)

Archbishop Viganò confirms he has not and will not attend Vatican ‘schism’ trial
'I therefore wish to make it clear that I did not go to the Vatican yesterday, and that I have no intention of going to the Holy Office on June 28, and that I have not delivered any statement or document in my defense to the Dicastery, whose authority I do not recognize,' Viganò wrote.

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Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

Jun 21, 2024
The following is a statement sent exclusively to LifeSiteNews by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò on Friday, June 21, 2024. [Emphasis - The Catacombs]

(LifeSiteNews) — The reports spread by certain media outlets, stating that I presented myself yesterday, Thursday, June 20, at the Palace of the Holy Office, as intimated to me by the Decree of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, is devoid of any foundation. These reports are completely false.

The Jesuit magazine America, the media arm of the Society of Jesus in the United States and the megaphone of the “church of mercy” of the Jesuit Bergoglio, has rushed ahead, while Vatican News (here) was still totally unaware of the Decree sent to me on June 11, only by a simple email, without respecting those formalities necessary for the validity of the communication of a Decree, and which I myself published on X two hours before the meeting scheduled at the Dicastery. Although all the elements were clearly stated in my communiqué, inferences and speculations took precedence, in typical Jesuit style.

Haste is a bad counselor. Therefore, Gerard O’Connell’s article Archbishop Viganò charged with schism by the Vatican that appeared yesterday at America (here) seems to have been written even before I made the Vatican document public. This reveals the close contiguity between the Vatican apparatus and America magazine and confirms a very precise strategy, aimed at liquidating my trial with a condemnation that has already been decided by Bergoglio and his zealous collaborator Tucho Fernández, author of the scandalous pornographic pamphlet La Pasion mistica: Espiritualidad y Sensualidad, as well as Saname con tu boca: El arte de besar.

O’Connell writes:

Quote:The decree says that it considered ‘superfluous’ the prior investigation in accordance with Canon 1717 that states, ‘Whenever an ordinary has knowledge, which at least seems true, of a delict, he is carefully to inquire personally or through another suitable person about the facts, circumstances, and imputability, unless such an inquiry seems entirely superfluous.’ This means that the evidence against him had already been collected by the dicastery and did not require fuller investigation. Much of it was already in the public domain.

As can be seen, “evidence” is considered superfluous, and the procedure is deliberately simplified in order to reach a conviction as soon as possible:

Quote:America has learned that the decision to proceed with the extrajudicial penal trial would have been approved by the pope, since the accused is a bishop.

And that’s not all: the Jesuits of America are already giving indications about my procedural destiny:

Quote:The extrajudicial penal trial is in accordance with Canon 1364 of the Code of Canon Law, which states: ‘An apostate from the faith, a heretic or a schismatic incurs a latæ sententiæ excommunication, without prejudice to the provision of can. 194’ and that ‘he or she may also be punished with the penalties mentioned in can. 1336 §§ 2-4.’ This means, among other things, that the excommunication would be declared publicly, and it would remain in force until the convicted person repents. That same Canon 1364 also states: ‘If a long-standing contempt or the gravity of scandal calls for it, other penalties may be added, not excluding dismissal from the clerical state.’

The juridical competence of America magazine, however, seems to have no place in the Vatican, where it has now become common to use extrajudicial trials and the direct interventions of the Argentine both to cover up the real culprits and to hastily condemn the innocent. Beyond the media hype, the former Cardinal McCarrick – who in a serious trial would have been made to compensate the victims of his crimes after the examination of testimonies that could have clarified many connivances – continued to work for Bergoglio in the United States and China, where the secret Sino-Vatican Agreement saw him directly involved. Marko Rupnik, S.J., thanks to the intervention of his protector, had his excommunication lifted. He was not even dismissed from the clerical state; on the contrary, he was welcomed and incardinated in a diocese in Slovenia. Evidently, criticizing the Council is considered a far more serious crime than those of McCarrick and Rupnik.

I therefore wish to make it clear that I did not go to the Vatican yesterday [June 20], and that I have no intention of going to the Holy Office on June 28, and that I have not delivered any statement or document in my defense to the Dicastery, whose authority I do not recognize, nor do I recognize the authority of its Prefect, nor do I recognize the authority of the one who appointed him.

I have no intention of submitting myself to a show trial in which those who are supposed to judge me impartially in order to defend Catholic orthodoxy are at the same time those whom I accuse of heresy, treason, and abuse of power. And among them are precisely the Jesuits, the first proponents of all the moral and doctrinal deviations of the last sixty years, starting with James Martin, S.J., the LGBTQ+ activist who is a regular visitor at Santa Marta.

America says:

Quote:A canon lawyer (who wished to remain anonymous) who has read the archbishop’s defense statement, told America: ‘This is the major argument for the prosecution. His defense is a declaration of schism. It is the most egregious act of schism.’ He explained that the extrajudicial procedure envisaged usually does not take much time. If the archbishop is convicted, the pope would then have to confirm the penalties.

This anonymous “canon lawyer” considers my statement as a proof of my schismatic will: but the whole question concerns which is the “church” to which Bergoglio belongs and the de facto schism from the true Church that he has already accomplished over and over again with his declarations, with his acts of government, and with his most eloquent behavior of open hostility to all that is Catholic. Bergoglio’s “church” is not the Catholic Church, but rather that “conciliar church” born from Vatican Council II and recently rebranded with the no less heretical name of “synodal church.” If it is from this “church” that I am declared to be separated by schism, it will be for me a cause for honor and pride.

+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop

June 21, 2024

S. Aloisii Gonzagæ Confessoris

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  Tennessee governor signs bill calling for 30 days of prayer and fasting in July
Posted by: Stone - 06-21-2024, 06:34 AM - Forum: General Commentary - No Replies

Tennessee governor signs bill calling for 30 days of prayer and fasting in July
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed a bill calling for 30 days of prayer and fasting beginning July 1 in the Volunteer State. The resolution asks the people of the state 'to seek God’s hand of mercy healing on Tennessee.'

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Jun 20, 2024
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(LifeSiteNews) — In what has been described as an “historic gesture,” Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed a bill calling for 30 days of prayer and fasting beginning July 1 in the Volunteer State.

Tennessee House Joint Resolution 0803 asks the people of the state “to seek God’s hand of mercy healing on Tennessee.”

A letter signed by Tennessee state Senator Mark Pidy and Representative Monty Fritts accompanying the resolution invites “those who are physically able and spiritually inclined to do so to join in a 30-day season of prayer and intermittent fasting for the month of July as a means of humbling ourselves to receive God’s grace, mercy, and blessing in Tennessee and in our Nation.”

“We are respectfully inviting you to join with us in leading the people of God across Tennessee into a time of humbling ourselves, praying, seeking God’s Face, and repentance during July,” explain Pidy and Fritts.

The language of the legislators is reminiscent of 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

They ask that the resolution be read during church services across the state on Sunday, June 30, and for congregants to:
  • “Examine our lives in light of God’s Word and confess of our sins
  • “Acknowledge that we, as the Church, have failed to stand for the principles of God, ask for His Forgiveness and Mercy, and commit to stand firmly on those principles going forward
  • “For those who are able, join in prayer and intermittent fasting as a means of demonstrating our desire for repentance”

The resolution begins by acknowledging the many ways that the “State and Nation suffer from violence committed upon our citizens by our citizens” and “non-citizens.”

The people of Tennessee are called to repent and pray because “human trafficking is an unacceptable and violent evil in our State, enslaving lives and violating the core values of our Creator-endowed rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

The resolution goes on to acknowledge that drug addiction overwhelms Tennessee families and the state’s finances, especially fentanyl.

“We have approximately 9,000 children in need of foster care, indicating a brokenness in many Tennessee homes,” the resolution continues, and “corruption in our federal government stands to impact every Tennessean.”

Read the full text of Joint Resolution 0803 below:


A RESOLUTION to seek God’s hand of mercy healing on Tennessee.

WHEREAS, our State and Nation suffer from violence committed upon our citizens by our citizens; and

WHEREAS, our State and Nation suffer from violence committed upon our citizens by non-citizens; and

WHEREAS, acts of violent crime in our schools are unacceptable; and

WHEREAS, human trafficking is an unacceptable and violent evil in our State, enslaving lives and violating the core values of our Creator-endowed rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and

WHEREAS, drug addiction overwhelms our families, our government finances, our workforce productivity, as well as our healthcare and our law enforcement resources; and

WHEREAS, deadly fentanyl flows uncontrollably across our southern U.S. border resulting in the deaths of Tennesseans; and

WHEREAS, Driving Under the Influence, drunk driving, results in great pain and injury for Tennessee families; and

WHEREAS, we have approximately 9,000 children in need of foster care, indicating a brokenness in many Tennessee homes; and

WHEREAS, evidence of corruption in our federal government stands to impact every Tennessean; and

WHEREAS, our National and State Founders trusted in the omnipotent hand of Providence to guide and bless our land; and

WHEREAS, over decades, these leaders called our people to seek out the Creator’s favor by issuing proclamations like the one from John Adams on April 15, 1799:

[This day] be observed throughout the United States of America as a day of solemn humiliation, fasting, and prayer; that the citizens on that day abstain, as far as may be, from their secular occupation, and devote the time to the sacred duties of religion, in public and in private; that they call to mind our numerous offenses against the most high God, confess them before Him with the sincerest penitence, implore his pardoning mercy, through the Great Mediator and Redeemer, for our past transgressions, and that through the grace of His Holy Spirit, we may be disposed and enabled to yield a more suitable obedience to his righteous requisitions in time to come; that He would interpose to arrest the progress of that impiety and licentiousness in principle and practice so offensive to Himself and so ruinous to mankind; that He would make us deeply sensible that “righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” [Proverbs 14:34]; and

WHEREAS, we hold that our Founders correctly acknowledged Truth in their words; and

WHEREAS, we hold that “Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain” (Psalm 127:1); now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE HUNDRED THIRTEENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE SENATE CONCURRING, that the period of July 1, 2024, through July 31, 2024, be recognized as a time of prayer and fasting in Tennessee.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we recognize that God, as Creator and King of all Glory, has both the authority to judge and to bless nations or states.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we, as public servants in the Tennessee General Assembly, seek God’s Mercy upon our land and beseech Him to not withdraw His Hand of blessing from us.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we recognize our sins and shortcomings before Him and humbly ask His Forgiveness.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we ask the Lord Jesus to heal our land and remove the violence, human-trafficking, addiction, and corruption.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we ask that the Holy Spirit fill our halls of government, our classrooms, our places of business, our churches, and our homes with peace, love, and joy.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we call upon all those who are physically able and spiritually inclined to do so to join in a thirty-day season of prayer and intermittent fasting as we begin a new fiscal year as a means of seeking God’s blessing and humbling ourselves to receive His Grace and Mercy, transforming ourselves, our communities, our State, and our Nation.

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  French SSPX district superior says it is ‘necessary to consider’ consecrating new bishops
Posted by: Stone - 06-21-2024, 06:30 AM - Forum: The New-Conciliar SSPX - No Replies

French SSPX district superior says it is ‘necessary to consider’ consecrating new bishops
Fr. Benoît de Jorna, district superior of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) in France, has published a letter to friends and benefactors laying out arguments for why the time has possibly arrived to consecrate more bishops.

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Fr. Benoît de Jorna, district superior of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) in France
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Jun 20, 2024
(LifeSiteNews) — The district superior of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) in France has published a letter to friends and benefactors laying out arguments for why the time has possibly arrived to consecrate more bishops.

Fr. Benoît de Jorna was tapped to lead the French district in 2018 by SSPX Superior General Fr. Davide Pagliarani. De Jorna previously served as rector of the Society’s flagship seminary in Ecône, Switzerland.

On Wednesday, June 19, de Jorna, who was also the superior of France from 1994 until 1996, issued a statement titled “Let’s be strong!” on the Society’s La Porte Latine website.

In his remarks, de Jorna recalled that SSPX founder Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (1905-1991) attempted to avoid consecrating bishops without Rome’s permission but that he ultimately had to do so for “the Church” to “continue.”

Fr. de Jorna further observed that the SSPX has grown to over 700 priests from the 200 it had in the 1980s. Schools, priories, and the overall missionary work of the SSPX has also increased. This has made life “easier” for Traditional Catholics, he said, but it is also “a danger, because it can lead us to fall asleep in comfort, and lose the vigor, dynamism and impetus of our spiritual life.”

De Jorna proceeded to argue that Catholics young and old need to be “strong” and not compromise the faith in the years ahead. He then noted that “we’re also going to need [the virtue of strength] in the near future to face up to the ecclesial event that’s beginning to take shape.”

That “ecclesial event,” he said, is the consecration of new bishops. “Since the ecclesiastical situation has not improved since 1988, it has become necessary to consider giving them assistants, who will one day become their replacements,” de Jorna explained, referencing the Society’s three bishops.

“When such a decision is announced by the Superior General, we can expect a media frenzy against the ‘fundamentalists’, the ‘rebels’, the ‘schismatics’, the ‘disobedient’, to name but a few. At that point, we’ll have to face contradictions, insults, scorn, rejection, perhaps even break-ups with people close to us.”

De Jorna concluded by recalling that “the virtue of strength will be very necessary for us on this crucial occasion, and through it we must all demonstrate our absolute fidelity to the Catholic faith.”

De Jorna’s letter is not the first time the consecration of bishops has been addressed by the Society. The matter was raised in June 2023 after Traditional Catholics on social media speculated that an announcement on the subject was imminent. Fr. Jean-Michel Gleize, a professor at the SSPX’s Ecône seminary, published a rebuttal on the Society’s website on June 5 dismissing the allegations as “tall tales” and “rumors.”

LifeSite emailed the SSPX’s headquarters in Menzingen, Switzerland, as well as its French district to learn if de Jorna’s letter is simply his own opinion on the subject or if it is supported by Pagliarani. LifeSite also asked what has changed in the last 12 months that prompted de Jorna to write the letter, especially in light of Gleize’s previous remarks. LifeSite has not received a response as of the publication of this article.

At present, the SSPX has three bishops who act as auxiliary bishops without jurisdiction: Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, who is 78 and was born in France; Bishop Alfonso de Galarreta, who is 67 and was born in Spain; and Bishop Bernard Fellay, 66, who hails from Switzerland. Bishop Richard Williamson of England, 84, was also a bishop of the Society until his expulsion in 2012.

Williamson’s dismissal came after discussions between the SSPX and Rome were taking place in the early 2010s about a possible prelature. De Jorna, Gleize, de Gallareta, and several other priests of the Society had been meeting with members of the Ecclesia Dei community in Rome, as well as the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. Their reconciliation efforts ended primarily due to pushback within the Society from clergy like Williamson, who maintained Lefebvre laid down a policy of no practical negotiations with “the Conciliar Church” until it came back doctrinally to Tradition.

The topic of bishops for the SSPX has been a particular point of conversation for both priests and laity associated with the SSPX, especially in recent years as its current bishops continue to age. When Williamson consecrated French priest Fr. Jean-Michel Faure in 2015 for the SSPX “Resistance,” the SSPX issued a statement condemning the move, arguing that the two “no longer recognize the Roman authorities, except in a purely rhetorical manner.” Williamson has performed more than five similar consecrations since then, though the Society has not commented on them. Faure was one of the original four priests Lefebvre asked to be consecrated in 1988 but he refused the request.

One Traditional Catholic who spoke to LifeSite earlier today on condition of anonymity said if the SSPX were to consecrate one or even multiple bishops without Rome’s approval, they would be acting hypocritically in that they would be doing precisely what they rebuked Williamson and Faure for. LifeSite asked the SSPX for comment on this argument but as previously noted has not received a response.

De Jorna’s letter is especially notable in that the SSPX’s French district is generally considered one of its more conservative regions. In 2017, seven high-ranking priests in charge of the country’s “deaneries” issued a joint statement they collectively read from the pulpit. The letter denounced the Vatican’s decision to allow local ordinaries to recognize marriages of faithful who attend SSPX chapels.

The priests argued that the measure was a deceptive act and that there is “a real danger in placing one’s salvation in the hands of pastors who are imbued with this ‘adulterous’ spirit.” The priests were dismissed from their posts soon after.

Given that de Jorna’s letter was published just two days after news broke that the Vatican has its sights set on canceling the Latin Mass, speculation has been rampant about the future of Tradition. It has previously been theorized that the SSPX may welcome more diocesan bishops like the late Vitus Huonder, the former ordinary of Chur, Switzerland, into their ranks. The SSPX also may simply choose to elevate priests from within to the bishopric. The number they may select and whether a tacit agreement with Rome has already been made on the matter is not readily known.

The possibility of future SSPX bishops is also important given that former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has been charged by the Vatican with schism, which may result in him being excommunicated.

LifeSite will update this story with comment from the SSPX if and when it is provided.

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  Klaus Schwab Tells WEF Young Global Leaders Their Brains ‘Will Be Replaced With AI’ When They Die
Posted by: Stone - 06-20-2024, 01:39 PM - Forum: General Commentary - No Replies

Klaus Schwab Tells WEF Young Global Leaders Their Brains ‘Will Be Replaced With AI’ When They Die in Unearthed Clip

RTM | June 20, 2024

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Klaus Schwab unveiled a disturbing message to the organization’s “young global leaders,” leaked footage shows.

Schwab told the group during a private session back in 2022 at the WEF Young Global Leader conference that their brains “will be replicated with AI,” sparking concern on social media.

“You have the chance to look forward to a career of 50 years, in my opinion. Maybe more,” Schwab said during the start of the video shared by Wide Awake Media.

He then went on to suggest life-extension technologies that might include “injections.”

“And your brain will be replicated through artificial intelligence and algorithms…so we don’t know, but at least 50 years.”

The purpose of these technologies, as explained by Schwab himself, would be to extend a person’s career long after their physical bodies have given up.

The two-years-old clip sparked the resurface of others shocking instances where Schwab, who was never elected to his position, lays out a dystopian vision for the future.

Earlier this year Schwab announced himself to be the earth’s “trustee of the future.”

“They’re going after coffee farmers. When he says production is ‘fragmented,’ he’s saying it has yet to be captured by corporations & centralized,” he wrote.

“He’s putting a guilt-trip on coffee drinkers for supporting poor coffee farmers because they don’t know any better in their ‘monoculture’ endeavors.”

“It’s all a power grab to seize land and the means of production to carbon tax you and I [sic] to oblivion,” Hinchliffe continued.

Concerns sparked again in January when WEF leaders were asked how they would prepare for Trump’s possible re-election.

Germany’s Federal Minister of Finance Christian Lindner responded to one question, stating, “Doing our homework is the best preparation for a possible second term of Donald Trump, and this includes our capabilities to defend ourselves.”

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde answered, “I think the best defense, if that’s the way you want to look at it, is attack. And to attack properly.”

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  Vatican charges Archbishop Viganò with schism
Posted by: Stone - 06-20-2024, 01:27 PM - Forum: Archbishop Viganò - Replies (1)

Vatican charges Archbishop Viganò with schism for ‘denial of the legitimacy of Pope Francis’
The Vatican's doctrinal office summoned Archbishop Viganò to appear before an 'extrajudicial penal trial' on June 20 over accusations of 'schism' owing to a 'denial of the legitimacy of Pope Francis, rupture of communion with Him, and rejection of the Second Vatican Council.'

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Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò
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Jun 20, 2024
(LifeSiteNews) — The Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) has instigated an “extrajudicial penal trial” against Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, accusing the prelate of “the crime of schism.”

In an email signed by Monsignor John Kennedy of the dicastery’s Disciplinary Section and sent to the Italian archbishop, who served as papal nuncio to the United States from 2011 to 2016, the dicastery summoned Viganò to the Vatican on June 20 that he “may take notice of the accusations and evidence concerning the crime of schism.” Namely, the dicastery notified the archbishop that he stands accused of making “public statements which result in a denial of the elements necessary to maintain communion with the Catholic Church; denial of the legitimacy of Pope Francis, rupture of communion with Him, and rejection of the Second Vatican Council.”

In response, Viganò defended himself stating:

Quote:In the face of the Dicastery’s accusations, I claim, as Successor of the Apostles, to be in full communion with the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church, with the Magisterium of the Roman Pontiffs, and with the uninterrupted doctrinal, moral, and liturgical Tradition which they have faithfully preserved.

Regarding the accusations against him “as an honor,” Viganò stressed his desire to “repudiate, reject, and condemn the scandals, errors, and heresies of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who manifests an absolutely tyrannical management of power, exercised against the purpose that legitimizes authority in the Church: an authority that is vicarious of that of Christ, and as such must obey Him alone.”

After arguing that “[no] Catholic worthy of the name can be in communion with this ‘Bergoglian church,’ because it acts in clear discontinuity and rupture with all the popes of history and with the Church of Christ,” Viganò asked Catholics to “pray that the Lord will come to the aid of His Church and give courage to those who are persecuted for their Faith.”

This story is developing…

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  Fr. Hewko's Sermons: Feast of St. Ephraem - June 18, 2024
Posted by: Stone - 06-20-2024, 01:17 PM - Forum: June 2024 - No Replies

Feast of St. Ephraem - June 18, 2024 - "On the Importance of Prayer" (NH)

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  Reports: Vatican planning to enforce a ‘final’ ban of Traditional Latin Mass, likely on July 16
Posted by: Stone - 06-19-2024, 11:56 AM - Forum: New Rite Sacraments - No Replies

Reports: Vatican planning to enforce a ‘final’ ban of Traditional Latin Mass, likely on July 16
Sources told Rorate Caeli that Vatican officials want to ban the Latin Mass in a manner ‘as wide, final, and irreversible as possible,’ and a source informed LifeSiteNews that this ban is likely to be issued on the three-year anniversary of Traditionis Custodes.

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Rome-Italy-10-24-2015. Holy Pontifical Mass in an ancient rite at the Saint Peter's Chair, Mass in Latin, in the Basilica of Saint Peter's in the Vatican, 
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Jun 18, 2024
(LifeSiteNews) — Several “credible” sources informed a traditional Catholic media outlet that the Vatican is planning to issue a document “banning” the Traditional Latin Mass, and a source informed LifeSiteNews that this will likely occur on July 16.

“An attempt is being made to implement, as soon as possible, a Vatican document with a stringent, radical, and final solution banning the Traditional Latin Mass,” reported Rorate Caeli on Monday, which attributed the news to “the most credible sources, in different continents,” including from “circles close to” Cardinal Arthur Roche, the prefect for the Dicastery for Divine Worship.

These sources are reportedly “the very same… who first revealed that a document like Traditionis Custodes would come” and also “revealed to Rorate that the Vatican had sent out a survey to bishops” on their implementation of the TLM following Pope Benedict XVI’s 2007 motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, which allowed widespread use of the Latin Mass.

Those planning this “final” suppression of the TLM are said by Rorate to be “frustrated” with the “apparently slow results” of Pope Francis’ Latin Mass-restricting document Traditionis Custodes, particularly in the U.S. and France, and “want to ban it and shut it down everywhere and immediately.”

These Vatican prelates, which by implication include Pope Francis and at least require his consent, reportedly wish to make this Latin Mass ban “as wide, final and irreversible as possible.” Rorate Caeli is urging people in all states of life to “prevent the ban from becoming a concrete measure.”

LifeSiteNews has received information indicating that a likely date for these expected  restrictions is July 16, the anniversary of the implementation of Traditionis Custodes.

Cardinal Raymond Burke recently highlighted the fact that Traditionis Custodes has in one sense backfired, because it has intensified and multiplied attraction to the Mass of the Ages. The cardinal stated:

Quote:If the intention with the latest legislation Traditionis Custodes and other documents which followed it was to discourage or to decrease the attraction of the holy liturgy according to the Usus Antiquior, it had, I would say, the exactly opposite effect.

“This,” he added, “should not be surprising. One has to think that a form of the Roman rite which has nourished so profoundly and produced so many saints, the declared saints, even let’s say hidden saints, it is not possible that this rite be canceled, that it be eliminated from the life of the Church.”

Pope Benedict XVI himself clarified through his motu proprio Summorum Pontificum that the Latin Mass was never abolished and that no priest needs his bishop’s permission to offer it, stating, “What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful.”

Following Traditionis Custodes, Cardinal Burke affirmed that the traditional liturgy is not something that can be excluded from the “valid expression of the lex orandi.”

“It is a question of an objective reality of divine grace which cannot be changed by a mere act of the will of even the highest ecclesiastical authority,” wrote the cardinal in 2021.

In accordance with this idea, liturgical scholar Dr. Peter Kwasniewski has written that priests must resist attempts to restrict the Latin Mass, including through Traditionis Custodes and its accompanying Responsa ad dubia “regardless of threats or penalties,” since obedience to these documents would undermine the very mission of the holy Catholic Church.

‘The traditional Mass belongs to the most intimate part of the common good in the Church. Restricting it, pushing it into ghettos, and ultimately planning its demise can have no legitimacy. This law is not a law of the Church because, as St. Thomas [Aquinas] says, a law against the common good is no valid law,’” he said in a speech during the 2021 Catholic Identity Conference.

True obedience “is always obedience to GOD, whether immediately or mediately,” explained Kwasniewski. Therefore, if any authority commands something contrary to God’s divine or natural law, “We must obey God rather than men,” as is declared in the Acts of the Apostles and affirmed by Pope Leo XIII.

Kwasniewski made the point that “the traditional liturgical worship of the Church, her lex orandi (law of prayer),” is a “fundamental” “expression of her lex credendi, (law of belief), one that cannot be contradicted or abolished or heavily rewritten without rejecting the Spirit-led continuity of the Catholic Church as a whole.”

To drive this home, he quoted the solemn words of St. Pius V’s bull Quo Primum, which he noted “is not ‘just a disciplinary document’ that can be readily set aside or contradicted by his successors; it is a document de rebus fidei et morum, concerning matters of faith and morals, and therefore not susceptible to being set aside by a later pontiff” – something acknowledged by “his successors who, whenever they published a new edition of the missal, were careful to preface it with Quo Primum, showing that they accepted and embraced that which Pius V had codified and canonized.”

Quo Primum states:

Quote: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 this present document cannot be revoked or modified, but remains always valid and retains its full force… Would anyone, however, presume to commit such an act [i.e., altering Quo Primum], he should know that he will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul.

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  Washington governor issues directive requiring hospitals to commit ‘emergency’ abortions
Posted by: Stone - 06-19-2024, 11:48 AM - Forum: Abortion - No Replies

Washington governor issues directive requiring hospitals to commit ‘emergency’ abortions
A policy statement reaffirms and clarifies the requirements under state law for hospitals to provide emergency abortion services in anticipation of a Supreme Court ruling backing conscience rights.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

un 18, 2024
OLYMPIA, Washington (LifeSiteNews) — Washington Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee has issued a directive meant to force hospitals to provide “medically necessary” abortions in anticipation of a pending Supreme Court ruling about medical conscience rights that many in the abortion lobby fear will not go their way.

“I hereby direct the Department of Health to issue a policy statement reaffirming and clarifying the requirements under state law for hospitals to provide emergency abortion services,” reads Inslee’s June 11 directive. “Further, I direct the Department of Health to take enforcement action, in accordance with applicable law, against those hospitals that do not provide such required care.”

“Ideological politicians are relentlessly interfering with the most private and crucial health care decisions a doctor and their patient will ever make, and now they’re doing so even when the life of a mother hangs in the balance,” the governor added in a press release. “Fortunately, we’ve taken numerous steps in Washington to make sure patients in Washington are not subject to these horrors. Hospitals and clinics in Washington have become a haven for patients seeking the abortion care they can no longer access in other states. We will meet every challenge to women’s right of choice with an unwavering affirmation that Washington is and will remain a pro-choice state.”

The move is meant to prepare for the outcome of a current case at the nation’s highest court regarding the Biden administration’s efforts to force emergency room doctors in Idaho to participate in abortions under the guise of “medical necessity.”

In August 2022, the administration filed a lawsuit contending that the federal Emergency Medical Treatment & Active Labor Act (EMTALA) overrides Idaho’s pro-life laws and requires emergency room doctors to commit abortions that would otherwise be illegal under state law. A lower court sided with the White House, prompting the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case and allow Idaho to continue to enforce its pro-life laws until it is resolved.

In April, Idaho Republican Attorney General Raúl Labrador, along with attorneys from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and the law firm Cooper & Kirk, filed their reply brief laying out the case that the administration misreads and misapplies EMTALA in numerous ways, including that the law does not require procedures that violate state law, does not mandate services a particular hospital does not offer, and in fact requires hospitals to provide care for preborn children. The justices heard oral arguments later that month.

“We want the highest standard of care for women, and we do make an exception for abortion to save the life of the mother,” including in cases of ectopic pregnancy, Esther Ripplinger, president of Human Life of Washington, told NBC News in response to Inslee’s move. “But when you say ‘health’ is threatened — that’s an interesting proposal, because now, ‘health’ can mean, ‘Oh, I’ve got a headache, I need an abortion.’… We need to be very specific about what is that emergency and what is not.”

While some emergency situations in pregnancy can necessitate treatments indirectly resulting in a child’s death, numerous medical experts attest that intentionally killing a preborn baby is never medically necessary. Regardless, every state in the union with abortion prohibitions currently in effect also permits doctors to administer life-saving, non-abortive treatment to pregnant women even if it comes at the expense of a baby’s life.

Pro-abortion activists have long sought to keep abortion debates focused on such situations to divert attention from the vast majority of abortions that are sought for far less “sympathetic” reasons. They have gotten mileage out of that approach, which has helped defeat pro-lifers in recent state ballot referendums and convinced national Republicans to take a more moderate stance on life this year.

However, data released late last month by the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute, covering roughly 123,000 abortions across eight states in 2021 (the last full year that Roe v. Wade mandated legal abortion nationwide), found that alleged “risks to a woman’s life or a major bodily function” constituted just 0.3 percent of women’s reasons for abortion.

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  Bishops of Turkey consecrate country to Sacred Heart of Jesus
Posted by: Stone - 06-19-2024, 11:42 AM - Forum: General Commentary - No Replies

Bishops of Turkey consecrate country to Sacred Heart of Jesus
In initiating the consecration, a Turkish priest was inspired by the ‘spiritual fruits’ of the consecration of Ecuador to the Sacred Heart that occurred 150 years ago.

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Jun 18, 2024
IZMIR, Turkey (LifeSiteNews) — Turkey joined the ranks of more than 20 countries consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday, June 7, the feast of the Sacred Heart.

Monsignor Marek Solczyński, apostolic nuncio to Turkey, presided over the consecration to the Sacred Heart at St. John’s Cathedral, Izmir, “surrounded by almost all the bishops of the country’s four Catholic communities — Latin, Armenian, Syriac, and Chaldean,” according to the National Catholic Register.

The idea of consecration came from Father Alessandro Amprino, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Izmir who will represent the Turkish Catholic Church in Quito, Ecuador at the 53rd International Eucharistic Congress. The South American country was the first in the world to become consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1874, 150 years ago, as requested by President Gabriel García Moreno.

Since then, 24 countries were consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Fatima, Portugal, at the request of their bishops’ conferences, including Portugal, Albania, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Slovakia, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Mexico, Moldova, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Kenya, the Dominican Republic, Romania, Spain, Tanzania, East Timor, and Zimbabwe.

Amprino explained that he was inspired by the “enthusiasm” and “spiritual fruits” of Ecuador’s consecration, the Register reported. He proposed the idea to the Turkish Episcopal Conference (CET) as a special way to celebrate Turkey’s national Eucharistic year of the Catholic Church, which has been organized this year together with Quito’s bishops.

The consecration is to be complemented by a spiritual retreat for religious in Iskenderun as well as the conclusion of the national Eucharistic year on November 24.

Archbishop Martin Kmetec, OFM Conv., of Izmir, president of the bishops’ conference, said that the purpose of the consecration was “to rediscover and renew the consecration which took place on the day of baptism, to renounce the seductions of evil to live in the freedom of the children of God, to place one’s whole life in the hands of Christ, even in the face of violence.”

His comments come almost five months after a terrorist attack was carried out at the church of the Nativity of Our Lady in Büyükdere.

The origins of devotion to the Sacred Heart come from an apparition of Christ to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in Paris in the 1670s, when he revealed the love of His Sacred Heart for the world and asked for reparation for the sins of sacrilege and blasphemy.

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  Fr. Ruiz's Sermons: Fourth Sunday after Pentecost - June 16, 2024
Posted by: Stone - 06-18-2024, 08:26 AM - Forum: Fr. Ruiz's Sermons June 2024 - No Replies


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  The Holy Emulation between Two Great Saints
Posted by: Stone - 06-18-2024, 08:21 AM - Forum: The Saints - No Replies

The Holy Emulation between Two Great Saints
by Hugh O’Reilly

TIA | June 15, 2024

In 1264, when Pope Urban IV instituted the Feast of Corpus Christi, he asked St. Bonaventure, a Franciscan, and St. Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican, to each compose a liturgy for the Mass and Office for this great Feast. On a designated day, each would read his manuscript before the Holy Father, who would decide which text would be chosen for the Feast Day celebration.

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St. Thomas reads his Corpus Christi Liturgy to Urban IV; at left, St. Bonaventure shreds his own text

The day arrived. St. Thomas was chosen to be the first to present his text, in deference to his position as Lector of the Sacred Palace. As St. Thomas stood and read his text, St. Bonaventure, with great humility and tears of emotion in eyes eyes, turned aside and tore up the manuscript that he was holding.

Turning to the Holy Father, he said: “Your Holiness, it is as if I heard the Holy Spirit speak, for only the Holy Spirit can inspire such beautiful thoughts. I cannot compare my poor essay with such a perfect masterpiece. This is all that remains of it.”

And he showed the Pope the shredded papers.

The Pope, impressed with this humility and with the greatness of the text of St. Thomas, determined that the work of the Angelic Doctor should henceforth be used for the liturgy of the Mass and the Office of that day. Thus was St. Thomas declared winner of the holy emulation.

Among the beautiful texts composed by St. Thomas Aquinas that echo in the churches during the Solemnity of the Corpus Christi are the following: Adoro te Devote, Sauda Sion Salvatorem (the sequence), Sacris Solmniis (which included the Panis Angelicus), Pange Lingua Gloriosi (including its last two stanzas the Tantum Ergo), and Verbum Supernum (including its last two stanzas, the O Salutaris.

The Angelic Doctor is recognized as one of the great hymnologists of the Church although he produced only 188 lines.

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A grandiose Corpus Christi procession from the past

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  Australian Premier Creates Ministry In Charge Of 'Changing Men's Behavior'
Posted by: Stone - 06-18-2024, 08:17 AM - Forum: General Commentary - No Replies

Australian Premier Creates Ministry In Charge Of 'Changing Men's Behavior'

ZH | JUN 18, 2024

The development of totalitarian governments always coincides with sweeping efforts to socially engineer the population to adhere to less rebellious behaviors. Specific groups that present a threat to the regime are usually identified and targeted with propaganda or indoctrination. In tandem, the rest of the population is also conditioned to fear those groups and treat them with suspicion. In this way the establishment elites mold the more submissive public into a shield that protects them from the revolutionaries that might dethrone them.

But what happens when the social engineers want to create tyranny on a global scale? The list of possible rebels grows exponentially larger and efforts to control them all or demonize them all become far more complex. How can the elites simplify their agenda and suppress the public with more efficiency?

The only answer is to attack and cripple the largest subset of the population that is most likely to give them problems in the future. Which monolithic group is more likely to fight back against the system? Obviously, the answer is masculine men. Therefore, this new global regime seeks to undermine and sabotage men, labeling masculinity an existential danger to society, like nuclear weapons or global warming.

In recent years Australia has been at the forefront of many authoritarian experiments. Their egregious violations of citizen liberties during the covid hysteria were astonishing. Perhaps even worse has been the complete takeover of DEI within the Australian government along with the infestation of radical feminism. Australia, it would seem, is all but lost to the nightmare of the woke religion.

That's why it's not at all surprising that the the Premier of the Australian state of Victoria has created a new ministry tasked with the purpose of changing and perhaps even controlling men.

Jacinta Allan announced this month that state MP Tim Richardson would serve as the inaugural Parliamentary Secretary for Men’s Behavior Change – the first position of its kind in the country. The appointment was in response to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese calling gender-based violence a “national crisis” and promising greater government action. First, Australia blamed guns for violent crime; now they are blaming men in general.

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The mainstream media claims the new effort is in response to a 'crisis of sexist violence against women.' The problem is that the data doesn't support this. Hospital records for assaults and homicides in Australia show a steady decline among men and women in the past two decades, and they also show that men are much more likely to face victimization compared to women.

Of course, it all depends on how the government defines "sexist violence." Does this include contrary ideas or mean words? Let's not forget that for progressives words can be the same as violence. Interestingly, Tim Richardson suggested that his role will focus primarily on the internet and how it "affects men's attitudes towards women." In other words, the government likely wants to control speech on the web to prevent "toxic" male behaviors.

It is not the job of "all men" to take responsibility of the crimes of a tiny handful. It is not the job of government to mold the behavior of the citizenry.

All western nations have been involved in the campaign to demonize men in one form or another, utilizing third-wave feminism as a vehicle. Australia is simply acting as a beta test for similar programs to be implemented in other countries.

The use of feminism is necessary to fabricate a rationale; they can't merely attack men for being men or attack men for being potentially rebellious against authoritarian government, there has to be a "victim" that needs protection so that the attack on men appears justified. Those who defend masculinity are thus by extension accused of threatening the safety of women.

In other words, the totalitarians become the "good guys" because they supposedly have women's best interests at heart. And, since men are everywhere, the totalitarians need to be everywhere too so they can keep that terrifying masculinity at bay. The global regime suddenly becomes sacrosanct; a precious defender of women's safety.

Of course, none of this is true. The establishment's obsession with the cult of transsexualism is proof of that. Their insistence that women are nothing more than a "social construct" that can be replaced by mentally ill men in wigs and makeup leaves little doubt that femininity is being targeted nearly as much as masculinity. But the hyperfocus on men is logical if one accepts the possibility that the goal of these programs is to weaken western societies to the point that they are easy to conquer. In this way, the war on masculine men makes perfect sense.

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  Restore the 54 website resources
Posted by: Stone - 06-17-2024, 08:08 AM - Forum: General Commentary - No Replies

Many resources compiled to aid priests and laity in using the pre-1955 Liturgical changes: https://www.restorethe54.com/resources/

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