13 October 2017

Only She Can Help Us

Today is the Feast of St. Edward the Confessor, one of my patron saints. But nobody seems to be focused on that today (why, I wonder). Of course, today is the great centennial of the miracle of the sun, Our Lady's last public apparition at Fatima.

If you still don't know what all the fuss is about, Rorate has a great post here; I urge you to read it in its entirety.

And many readers have sent me emails about the wonderful witness of Polish Catholics who, on October 7, prayed the Rosary at their borders to give thanksgiving for the victory over the Mahometans at Lepanto, and praying for continued victory and national integrity.  Of course, the Church's enemies went crazy over this straange and simple thing.  And our great leaders in the Vatican City State said this:

That's it. No, that blank space is not a typo. Things are so bad at the top that THE VATICAN CAN'T PUBLICLY SUPPORT MILLIONS OF CATHOLICS PRAYING THE ROSARY.

But enough of the gloom. We know what we deserve. We know what we desire. Our Lady can help us. Pray the Rosary, make the first Saturdays, do your duty. 

Some readers have suggested a U.S.- or local-focused Rosary effort to emulate the Poles.  Well, you're in luck:

Tomorrow, October 14, 2017 at noon there will be prayed a public square Rosary in front of St. Francis de Sales Oratory. Please join in this worthy effort!

Obey your mother, get a plenary indulgence while you're at it, and maybe save the world.

12 October 2017

The Centenary of the Miracle of the Sun

I didn't want October 13, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the great miracle of the sun, wrought by the power of God and the intercession of Our Lady, to go by without saying something.

Therefore, let me just say that the thing we need to do, that I need to do, is to thank the Blessed Virgin, stay close to her, pray unceasingly to her, listen to her, maintain absolute confidence in her-- that she will lead us safely and triumphantly through the current mess to a glorious victory. 

This victory is certain. It matters not in the big scheme of things whether we are here to see it or have already gone to our reward. Our Lady's triumph is certain. It will be to her honor and glory, because that is what her Son's sovereign will desires.

May we all find protection under her mantle! 

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

11 October 2017

Trump the Culture Warrior Engenders Loyalty

The repeal of the HHS mandate, the national anthem protest circus, and Columbus Day-- these public fights waged by the president resonate to greater or lesser degrees, depending upon the Trump voter queried.  But Pat Buchanan correctly notes that there is a reason why Trump's voters are loyal:

“President Trump has a duty to unite us, not divide us” is the mantra of our elites. Yet, since the ‘60s, it is these elites who have been imposing the social, moral and cultural revolution the American people never voted for and which has by now divided us irretrievably.

Call them “deplorables” if you will, but Trump does seem to relish going out to defend the views, values and beliefs of the people who put him where he is. He does not recoil from political conflict.

People who stand by you in a fight are not all that common in politics. When Trump exhibits this quality, he receives in reciprocity the kind of loyalty even his enemies concede he has.

Prayer of St. Louis de Montfort to Mary

Hail Mary, beloved Daughter of the Eternal Father! Hail Mary, admirable Mother of the Son! Hail Mary, faithful spouse of the Holy Ghost! Hail Mary, my dear Mother, my loving Mistress, my powerful sovereign! Hail my joy, my glory, my heart and my soul! Thou art all mine by mercy, and I am all thine by justice. But I am not yet sufficiently thine. I now give myself wholly to thee without keeping anything back for myself or others. If thou still seest in me anything which does not belong to thee, I beseech thee to take it and to make thyself the absolute Mistress of all that is mine. Destroy in me all that may be displeasing to God, root it up and bring it to nought; place and cultivate in me everything that is pleasing to thee.

May the light of thy faith dispel the darkness of my mind; may thy profound humility take the place of my pride; may thy sublime contemplation check the distractions of my wandering imagination; may thy continuous sight of God fill my memory with His presence; may the burning love of thy heart inflame the lukewarmness of mine; may thy virtues take the place of my sins; may thy merits be my only adornment in the sight of God and make up for all that is wanting in me. Finally, dearly beloved Mother, grant, if it be possible, that I may have no other spirit but thine to know Jesus and His divine will; that I may have no other soul but thine to praise and glorify the Lord; that I may have no other heart but thine to love God with a love as pure and ardent as thine I do not ask thee for visions, revelations, sensible devotion or spiritual pleasures. It is thy privilege to see God clearly; it is thy privilege to enjoy heavenly bliss; it is thy privilege to triumph gloriously in Heaven at the right hand of thy Son and to hold absolute sway over angels, men and demons; it is thy privilege to dispose of all the gifts of God, just as thou willest.

Such is, O heavenly Mary, the "best part," which the Lord has given thee and which shall never be taken away from thee--and this thought fills my heart with joy. As for my part here below, I wish for no other than that which was thine: to believe sincerely without spiritual pleasures; to suffer joyfully without human consolation; to die continually to myself without respite; and to work zealously and unselfishly for thee until death as the humblest of thy servants. The only grace I beg thee to obtain for me is that every day and every moment of my life I may say: Amen, So be it--to all that thou didst do while on earth; Amen, so be it--to all that thou art now doing in Heaven; Amen, so be it--to all that thou art doing in my soul, so that thou alone mayest fully glorify Jesus in me for time and eternity. Amen.

09 October 2017

Prayer of St. Louis de Montfort to Jesus

O most loving Jesus, deign to let me pour forth my gratitude before Thee, for the grace Thou hast bestowed upon me in giving me to Thy holy Mother through the devotion of Holy Bondage, that she may be my advocate in the presence of Thy majesty and my support in my extreme misery.
Alas, O Lord! I am so wretched that without this dear Mother I should be certainly lost. Yes, Mary is necessary for me at Thy side and everywhere that she may appease Thy just wrath, because I have so often offended Thee; that she may save me from the eternal punishment of Thy justice, which I deserve; that she may contemplate Thee, speak to Thee, pray to Thee, approach Thee and please Thee; that she may help me to save my soul and the souls of others; in short, Mary is necessary for me that I may always do Thy holy will and seek Thy greater glory in all things.
Ah, would that I could proclaim throughout the whole world the mercy that Thou hast shown to me ! Would that everyone might know I should be already damned, were it not for Mary! Would that I might offer worthy thanksgiving for so great a blessing! Mary is in me.
Oh, what a treasure! Oh, what a consolation! And shall I not be entirely hers? Oh, what ingratitude! My dear Saviour, send me death rather than such a calamity, for I would rather die than live without belonging entirely to Mary. With St. John the Evangelist at the foot of the Cross, I have taken her a thousand times for my own and as many times have given myself to her; but if I have not yet done it as Thou, dear Jesus, dost wish, I now renew this offering as Thou dost desire me to renew it.
And if Thou seest in my soul or my body anything that does not belong to this august Princess, I pray Thee to take it and cast it far from me, for whatever in me does not belong to Mary is unworthy of Thee.
O Holy Spirit, grant me all these graces. Plant in my soul the Tree of true Life, which is Mary; cultivate it and tend it so that it may grow and blossom and bring forth the fruit of life in abundance.
O Holy Spirit, give me great devotion to Mary, Thy faithful spouse; give me great confidence in her maternal heart and an abiding refuge in her mercy, so that by her Thou mayest truly form in me Jesus Christ, great and mighty, unto the fullness of His perfect age. Amen.

04 October 2017

Why All the Fuss over the Papacy Matters, Part 1

First Vatican Council

SESSION 3 : 24 April 1870

Dogmatic constitution on the Catholic faith

Pius, bishop, servant of the servants of God, with the approval of the sacred council, for an everlasting record.
  1. The Son of God, redeemer of the human race, our lord Jesus Christ, promised, when about to return to his heavenly Father, that he would be with this church militant upon earth all days even to the end of the world [3] . Hence never at any time has he ceased to stand by his beloved bride,
    • assisting her when she teaches,
    • blessing her in her labours and
    • bringing her help when she is in danger.
  2. Now this redemptive providence appears very clearly in unnumbered benefits, but most especially is it manifested in the advantages which have been secured for the christian world by ecumenical councils, among which the council of Trent requires special mention, celebrated though it was in evil days.
  3. Thence came
    1. a closer definition and more fruitful exposition of the holy dogmas of religion and
    2. the condemnation and repression of errors; thence too,
    3. the restoration and vigorous strengthening of ecclesiastical discipline,
    4. the advancement of the clergy in zeal for
      • learning and
      • piety,
    5. the founding of colleges for the training of the young for the service of religion; and finally
    6. the renewal of the moral life of the christian people by
      • a more accurate instruction of the faithful, and
      • a more frequent reception of the sacraments. What is more, thence also came
    7. a closer union of the members with the visible head, and an increased vigour in the whole mystical body of Christ. Thence came
    8. the multiplication of religious orders and other organisations of christian piety; thence too
    9. that determined and constant ardour for the spreading of Christ’s kingdom abroad in the world, even at the cost of shedding one’s blood.
  4. While we recall with grateful hearts, as is only fitting, these and other outstanding gains, which the divine mercy has bestowed on the church especially by means of the last ecumenical synod, we cannot subdue the bitter grief that we feel at most serious evils, which have largely arisen either because
    • the authority of the sacred synod was held in contempt by all too many, or because
    • its wise decrees were neglected.
  5. Everybody knows that those heresies, condemned by the fathers of Trent, which rejected the divine magisterium of the church and allowed religious questions to be a matter for the judgment of each individual, have gradually collapsed into a multiplicity of sects, either at variance or in agreement with one another; and by this means a good many people have had all faith in Christ destroyed.
  6. Indeed even the holy Bible itself, which they at one time claimed to be the sole source and judge of the christian faith, is no longer held to be divine, but they begin to assimilate it to the inventions of myth.
  7. Thereupon there came into being and spread far and wide throughout the world that doctrine of rationalism or naturalism, – utterly opposed to the christian religion, since this is of supernatural origin, – which spares no effort to bring it about that Christ, who alone is our lord and saviour, is shut out from the minds of people and the moral life of nations. Thus they would establish what they call the rule of simple reason or nature. The abandonment and rejection of the christian religion, and the denial of God and his Christ, has plunged the minds of many into the abyss of pantheism, materialism and atheism, and the consequence is that they strive to destroy rational nature itself, to deny any criterion of what is right and just, and to overthrow the very foundations of human society.
  8. With this impiety spreading in every direction, it has come about, alas, that many even among the children of the catholic churchhave strayed from the path of genuine piety, and as the truth was gradually diluted in them, their catholic sensibility was weakened. Led away by diverse and strange teachings [4] and confusing
    • nature and grace,
    • human knowledge and divine faith,
    they are found to distort the genuine sense of the dogmas which holy mother church holds and teaches, and to endanger the integrity and genuineness of the faith.
  9. At the sight of all this, how can the inmost being of the church not suffer anguish? For
    • just as God wills all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth [5] , just as Christ came to save what was lost [6] and to gather into one the children of God who were scattered abroad [7] ,
    • so the church, appointed by God to be mother and mistress of nations, recognises her obligations to all and is always ready and anxious
      • to raise the fallen,
      • to steady those who stumble,
      • to embrace those who return, and
      • to strengthen the good and urge them on to what is better.
    Thus she can never cease from witnessing to the truth of God which heals all [8 ] and from declaring it, for she knows that these words were directed to her: My spirit which is upon you, and my words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth from this time forth and for evermore [9] .
  10. And so we, following in the footsteps of our predecessors, in accordance with our supreme apostolic office, have never left off
    • teaching and defending catholic truth and
    • condemning erroneous doctrines.
But now it is our purpose to
  • profess and declare from this chair of Peter before all eyes the saving teaching of Christ, and, by the power given us by God, to
  • reject and condemn the contrary errors.
This we shall do
  • with the bishops of the whole world as our co-assessors and fellow-judges, gathered here as they are in the holy Spirit by our authority in this ecumenical council, and
  • relying on the word of God
    • in scripture
    • and tradition as we have received it,
    • religiously preserved and authentically expounded by the catholic church

Dios, Patria, Fueros, Rey

02 October 2017

Cardinal Burke Deserves Our Support

I started this blog more than ten years ago with two purposes: in my own small way to support Catholic tradition in doctrine and liturgy, and to defend Cardinal Burke (then-Archbishop of Saint Louis) from unjust attack. I write today with the same purposes. 

Over the years, defending the Cardinal has been a labor of love for me. Of course His Eminence does not need my help. But I enjoy the effort all the same. Local heretics, the pro-sodomy lobby, Sheryl Crow, apostates in and out of the hierarchy, politicians—almost all of the critics, apart from some sedevacantists, have come from the “left”. 

Today the friends of tradition themselves have started to turn on him. Why? Because the Dubia remain unanswered and, as far as the public knows, no fraternal correction (or better) has been given to Francis. Because Louie Verrechio reported His Eminence recently stated the SSPX is in schism. And because Cardinal Burke is now reappointed to serve at the Apostolic Signatura, and everyone understandably smells a rat. 

I can’t speak to the statements Cardinal Burke made about the SSPX, their context, or his reasoning. The SSPX is not in schism as far as I can see, at the very least not since the lifting of the excommunications of  the four bishops by Pope Benedict XVI. If the Cardinal really thinks so, I disagree, just as I disagreed with his insinuated public opinion that women no longer must cover their heads in church. 

Does Francis want to squash his opposition? Check. Is he willing to use carrot and stick? Check. And I have written on the blog more than once BEGGING His Eminence to move quickly and decisively to end the confusion caused by Francis. 

But here’s the thing: I think we should not be quick to impugn the motives, resolve, or character of this great man. Who has done more in the last two pontificates to lead, teach, defend, inspire, rally and fight against the evil in the Church, for the faith and the liturgy, for moral truths and the Natural Law than Cardinal Burke? Seriously, who? Easy: nobody. No one has the combined intelligence, clarity, influence and care for souls. Yes, there are a few other worthies—too few, of course. But Cardinal Burke has so far outdone them all. 

And are people so quick to chalk him up as cowardly, or stupid, or duplicitous?  Come on. He has been persecuted for the faith and has never capitulated. How about some loyalty? Or at least some perspective?

No, I don’t like that the Dubia linger, unanswered. I don’t like some of the recent comments.

No man is perfect, and only Christ and His Mother are incapable of ever letting us down. But I will believe in Cardinal Burke and give him the benefit of the doubt, out of gratitude and respect for all he has done, until loyalty to Christ demands otherwise. 

I will wait and see. 

If Raymond Cardinal Burke has not earned the benefit of the doubt, who in God’s name has?

01 October 2017

Repost: Feast of St. Remigius

Today is the feast day of St. Remigius, the great Bishop of the Fifth Century who, first among his many great works, baptized Clovis, King of the Franks in 496. For today's feast, I thought I would reprint a post from a couple of years ago about the baptism of Clovis-- one of the ten dates "every Catholic should know", according to author Diana Moczar:

Third Date: A.D. 496-- The Baptism of Clovis

France is often called the "eldest daughter of the faith". In the history of France one sees an example and microcosm of the triumphs, defeats and challenges of the Church throughout the course of post-incarnational history.

France earned her title of eldest daughter in 496, when St. Remigius baptized Clovis, King of the Franks. And this event is the subject of Diane Moczar's third "date" that every Catholic should know.

The Roman empire in the West finally crashed for good in 476 when Odoacer sacked Rome. Rome had a mere king for the first time since Etruscan rule was cast off around 500 B.C.

The real danger for the Church is that the various kings and chieftains who carved up the empire's former territory were almost all Arians-- members of a heresy that denied the divinity of Christ.

There was one exception to the embrace of Arianism-- the Franks, who settled north of the Rhine and into Gaul, were staunch pagans. And yet within a short time, these Franks would be the defenders of Catholicism and their territory the beginnings of Christendom.

Clovis was fifteen years old when he became king (as an aside, the name Clovis is a derivation of the name Ludovici or Louis, and thus he was first of many such named). Upon his succession, St. Remigius, Bishop of Reims, wrote him a letter, containing in part the following advice:

"What matters first of all is to respond to the designs of that Providence that rewards your merit.... Take for counselors those whose choice does honor to your discernment. Be prudent, chaste, moderate; honor bishops and do not disdain their advice. As long as you live on good terms with them, the affairs of state will prosper. Raise up the souls of your peoples, relieve the widows, feed the orphans. Later on they will serve you, and thus you will conquer the hearts of the very ones who fear you. Let justice be done both in your heart and by your lips..."

In the course of his conquest of Gaul, Clovis thought to conquer Paris, but was thwarted by none other than Ste. Genevieve. She declared that no pagan would enter to rule the city, and shut its gates against him. Clovis began a siege. Ste. Genevieve herself led an expedition up the Seine to get supplies to prevent starvation of the people. In the end, Clovis was defeated--at least militarily-- but Genevieve was praying for his conversion.

Perhaps in answer to these prayers, Clovis took the future Saint Clotilda for his wife, the Catholic daughter of a Burgundian king. While he was impressed with her faith, and that of her spiritual advisor (none other than St. Remigius), he remained pagan a long while.

Finally, in the midst of a difficult battle, when it seemed lost, he decided to pray to "Clotilda's God" for victory. He promised God that if he was victorious he would believe and be baptized. You can guess he was victorious.

In a sort of second Pentecost, Clovis and three thousand Franks were baptized on Christmas in 496--just twenty years after the fall of Rome, the Church in the West had a new defender. Once baptized, Ste. Genevieve received him into his capital with joy.

It is told that the cathedral was so packed that the servant carrying the oil for confirmation could not get through the crowd. St. Remigius looked up to see a dove descending from Heaven with a vial of oil in its beak. Kings of France were anointed with this oil for over thirteen hundred years. This vial was smashed in the French Revolution, but some drops were collected and preserved, and were used for the coronation of Charles X in 1824.

Why did the Baptism of Clovis matter? Because Catholicism was no longer the religion of the conquered, only to be the weak sister to Arianism. It was plain to pagans and Arians that the Catholic religion was stronger, in that God gave his followers such dramatic victories in battle. Finally, it began the eventual conversion of the whole continent.

Dr. Moczar's book can be obtained here: http://www.amazon.com/Dates-Every-Catholic-Should-Know/dp/1933184159

28 September 2017

There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened.

--Willa Cather

27 September 2017

Jesus Christ Is the One and Only Incarnate Word of God

Yesterday I tweeted, "Jesus Christ is the One and Only Savior of the World." I wasn't sure what motivated me to do so then, but today I figured it out when  I read this terrific post by Roberto De Mattei at Rorate Caeli on the worldwide impact of the filial correction. Within it was this frightening gem of a quote:

The Archbishop of Chieti, Bruno Forte, previously special secretary to the Bishops’ Synod on the Family, declared that the Correctio represents “a prejudicially closed stance towards the spirit of the Second Vatican Council which Pope Francis is incarnating so profoundly” (Avvenire, September 26th, 2015).

Pope Francis is "incarnating"  the spirit of the Second Vatican Council? A very dangerous turn of phrase by the repulsive Archbishop Forte, but may very well be exactly what he believes.

De Mattei addresses this thought later in the post: 

Now then, we have come to the point of defining Pope Francis a “living God”, forgetting that the Church is founded on Jesus Christ, for Whom the Pope is representative on earth, not the divine owner.  As Antonio Socci correctly wrote, the Pope is not  a “second Jesus” (Libero, September 24th 2017) but the 266th successor to Peter. His mandate is not that of changing or “improving” the words of Our Lord, but of guarding and transmitting them in the most faithful manner. If this doesn’t happen, Catholics have the duty to reprove him in a filial way, following the example of St. Paul in regard to the Prince of the Apostles, Peter. (Gal. II, 11).

I will repeat the title of this post: Jesus Christ Is the One and Only Incarnate Word of God.

Our Lady of Fatima, deliver us!

25 September 2017

He Ain't Lyin'

Christopher Ferrara, that is, when he wrote this:

Despite the bare validity of sacraments and the good faith and piety of Catholics who have never known or have no access to anything outside the Novus Ordo, neo-Catholicism is, objectively speaking, a corruption of the Faith that would not be recognized as Catholic by any Pope before the Second Vatican Council, not excluding John XXIII. The neo-Catholic polemic seeks always to conceal the reality that Monsignor Klaus Gamber, with the future Benedict XVI’s approval, recognized some 25 years ago—long before the Bergoglian Debacle brought the ecclesial crisis to the final stage of what the future Pope himself called “a continuing process of decay” back in the 1980s. Wrote Gamber:

A Catholic who ceased to be an active member of the Church for the past generation and who, having decided to return to the Church, wants to become religiously active again, probably would not recognize today’s Church as the one he had left.  Simply by entering a Catholic Church, particularly if it happens to be one of ultra-modern design, he will feel as if he has entered a strange foreign place.  He will think that he must have come to the wrong address and that he has ended up in some other Christian religious community….

[I]n the past there has never been an actual break with Church tradition, as has happened now, where almost everything the Church represents is being questioned.  (Gamber, The Reform of the Roman Liturgy, p. 107, 109)

Largely defended by Protestant converts within the Church, the neo-Catholic regime of novelty, now headed by a dictatorial Pope whose pursuit of novelty can only be described as fanatical, is rightly viewed as a liberal horror by conservative Protestant evangelicals. The Orthodox churches, with which a true reunion might actually be possible, want no part of a Church whose concocted, abuse-ridden new liturgy they regard as a blasphemous joke.

Filial Correction Links

By now you all must know about the filial correction filed by several Catholic theologians, scholars, and clergy-- including Bishop Bernard Fellay of the SSPX-- correcting several heresies promoted by words, deeds and omissions of Francis. Here is the link for your convenience.

Steve Skojec has provided a way for laypeople to show their support for this correction effort, and that link is here.

22 September 2017

St. Louis Aldermen Celebrate the Death of Law, Logic, Good Government, Common Sense and Reality

Lyda hugs mom.
Dear Readers, you cannot make this stuff up.  

The Board of Aldermen, joined by panderer-in-chief Lyda Krewson, unanimously passed a resolution honoring Anthony Lamar Smith, the person convicted of drug and firearm offenses who led police on a high speed chase after a suspected drug deal, leading to his death at the hands of police after it was alleged he reached for a gun in his car.

Yes, you read that right.  

Now, understand that neither I nor anyone else I know and respect is happy that this person was killed, whether in self-defense or not. That isn't the point.  The point regarding my absolute shock is twofold:

1. It is highly possible that this person died trying to kill a police officer.

2. If he was not trying to kill a police officer, he died after having been caught (allegedly) trying to deal drugs, and after (undeniably) leading police on a high speed chase in the wake of an attempted arrest. With a history of drug and firearms convictions.

It seems, ahem, highly dubious to the point of insanity for the government to issue a resolution honoring, or remembering positively, such a person.

In this climate of political and civic unrest, for the "responsible" governemental officials to do this, effectively calling the police and the judge charged with the case liars, it is beyond ludicrous and unconscionable.  Here is a quote from the resolution:

"He loved children and was looking forward to the positive life changes he was making in order to begin working with underserved children in his community," it reads. "His love of the arts convinced him to change his life course so he could accomplish his goals."

Who could do such a thing?  Of course-- Lyda and Friends. The mayor has undercut her own police department by her public actions and words time and again. Smart. I wonder why it took police thirty minutes to disperse the mob in front of her house the other night. The next time she might find 911 unmanned.

The City of Saint Louis is in such good hands.

19 September 2017

Pope vs. Antipope: Dissecting the Poll

What a day.  Another massive hurricane hits Puerto Rico. A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico City. Signs and portents in the sky.  The 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun approaches.

And today, as you will no doubt have read elsewhere, marks one full year since the four faithful Cardinals presented Bergoglio with the Dubia, asking him to confirm nothing less than that he adheres to the constant, timeless, 2000-year teachings of the Church (Christ's own words, no less) on marriage, Eucharist and the nature of truth.

This pontificate has been a disaster for Catholics worse than any natural phenomenon. And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Mt. 10:28). There has been a sulphuric miasma to this papacy, and to the current state of the Church Militant, since the night Francis walked out on that balcony and surveyed the people he would try to destroy. So much about things that don't add up, that are ominous, that just seem...off.  

  • Benedict's sudden, dismaying, mysterious "resignation", mysteriously worded.
  • The whole banking halt and sodomite dossier, both of which disappeared upon the abdication.
  • Benedict's subsequent behavior that belied his public statements.
  • The St. Gallen mafia rumors, confirmed by self-identified participants.
  • The public statements, hints, interviews and documents, issued by Francis or his henchmen, that consistently undermine the faith.
  • The attacks on Catholics and the Catholic faith by the man claiming to be (mostly) Bishop of Rome.
  • Benedict, living on and on in Rome, not hidden, wearing white, the fisherman's ring and keeping other indicia of office.
  • Fatima, the partially revealed Fatima secret, the Bishop in White seemingly brought to light.
  • All of the unusual natural phenomena, starting with the lightning strike on St. Peter's dome the day of the putative abdication. 
  • The support and applause given Francis by anti-Catholics and secular powers.

Against this backdrop, many actual Catholics have been perplexed, and wondering, about what is going on. However, I have always sensed that many good Catholics didn't like to talk about the proposition that things may not be as they are told; that, in fact, as good Catholics it didn't seem right to talk about it. And though there have been opinions propounded on the net, I had not seen any attempt to poll the members of the Body of Christ.

Therefore I put up a poll last week asking readers just to give their opinion: Who do you really think is pope, and why? Even allowing for the undeniable traditionalist (or as others rightly point out, Catholic) bent of the blog, the results surprised me.

I think many are saying, "Hey, I'm either not crazy or else most of us are, but I think Benedict is still pope!"  And of those, most cite the ineffectiveness of the putative abdication or some combination of factors including also allegations of heresy, invalid election, deposition, or mistake of fact.

No, this is definitely not a scientific poll. Votes were limited only by platform, and a person with multiple devices could theoretically vote more than once. Yet there were 674 votes, and a sample of 500 in a scientific poll would yield a +/- of 5%. No, it was not a random sample. Yes, most respondents would be considered traditional Catholics or "conservative" Catholics-- but then again, the poll was intended for Catholics only. I don't consider the editorial board of NCR or America to be Catholic.

But even considering the limitations, the results are, I believe, quite significant:


Francis is Pope                      16%
Benedict is Pope                    72%
Some other person is Pope      1%
No one is Pope                        9%


Benedict's abdication was not effective         38% 
Francis' election was invalid                            5% 
Francis has lost his office due to heresy          4% 
Some combination of the above                     42%
Neither Francis nor Benedict was ever pope    8%

Out of 674 votes, a staggering 490 said that in their opinion, Benedict XVI is still Pope. That's 72% of those who voted. But who cares if it were "only" half? It boggles the mind.

Of those, the plurality focused on the ineffectiveness of the putative abdication. Meaning, either he never intended to resign; he wrote his resignation in a legally ineffective way; he made a mistake in fact by not intending to resign the whole office; or that he was coerced such that it was truly involuntary.

Even allowing for the readership's "style" of Catholicism (for which Francis does not care), even allowing for some multiple votes-- the least that can be said is that hundreds of Catholics who found this poll on this blog have the opinion that Benedict XVI is still Pope and that the guy the world and most of the self-identified Catholics of the world hail as pope is in fact NOT THE POPE. Ann Barnhardt cited this for the notion that such persons should not feel isolated, weird or crazy-- that there are others.  True, but I ask you to consider this: When was the last time in history (not including obvious interregnum periods) that at least 400 Catholics at any one time were not certain who the Pope was? It's unprecedented-- unless the sedes are right. And I don't believe they are.

This uncertainty, in addition to the maladies arising from personnel, policies and persecutions-- this uncertainty by and of itself-- is a chastisement from God. A chastisement that only the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart can alleviate.

There are perhaps practical solutions. Perhaps a true public correction/declaration of deposition would solve the problem of the current occupant. But it would not lift a cloud over the next conclave unless that declaration of deposition leads Benedict to claim the mantle that may still be his, or else prove that he did (or now would) freely and effectively resign, explaining away the coercive indicators from the last such time.

But can I be forgiven for thinking that there is at least one Cardinal who has personal knowledge of the facts of this situation, who is faithful and willing to live up to his vow as a Cardinal to defend the pope and papacy, who maybe has intimate and expert knowledge of Canon Law and the last two living persons to claim to be pope? Anyone?

Please do something before it is truly too late. We need to know what is going on.

16 September 2017

What Does "Leadership" Look Like after Civilization Is Repudiated?

It looks a lot like Lyda Krewson.  

Let's begin yesterday, as word began to get out that the Judge was about to file his verdict (bench trial, as the white police officer waived a right to a jury in St. Louis City) in the Stockley case. 

If you don't know the Stockley case, here it is in a nutshell: a white police officer shot and killed a black suspect in a drug arrest following an attempted arrest, the suspect crashing his car into the police car, a high speed pursuit on wet roads, and a confrontation at the window of the suspect's car afterwords.  Stockley says his partner saw a gun at the original stop, and yelled that warning. And that the suspect reached over toward the passenger seat as Stockley ordered him to show his hands; he thought he was reaching for his weapon and fired, killing the suspect in self-defense. The prosecution argued that Stockley formed the intent to kill while chasing the suspect, as he uttered a phrase like "we're killing this guy" (profanity removed) during the chase, and that further he planted the gun in the suspect's car afterword.

The case happened in 2011, and neither the city prosecutor nor the federal Justice Department filed any charges. Fast forward to 2016, and the City decides to file first degree murder charges. Stockley's partner was given immunity, but was not called to testify. The Judge issued a 30-page verdict yesterday. I read every word of it. Essentially, the State didn't meet its burden of proof, common to every case of murder, of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that Stockley did not act in self-defense and further that the force used in self-defense was not reasonable.

That's it. As a lawyer, it looks like a slam dunk to me. Why? Though there was evidence presented to support a theory of premeditated homicide, there was at least reasonable doubt and more that it was justified self-defense. Maybe a good Law and Order episode, if there is such a thing. It all comes down to the burden of proof based on the available evidence. In a civil trial, where the burden is preponderance of the evidence, there could be a reasonable debate about a verdict. Not here.

So, in a society based on law, where convictions aren't politically directed, this case, while tragic, is not a controversial one.  The verdict comes down, people have an opinion, most lament a world where this can happen, and go about their lives.

In a post-civilizational, pre-anarchical society, there has to be a political game to be played. I think it took enormous integrity for the Judge to issue this verdict, after having been politically pressured to sacrifice the defendant on the altar of racial pandering--regardless of whether he got it right or not.  It would have been so easy just to find him guilty and slink back into obscurity.  That's real courage.

Now, on to Lyda, or as one commenter to this youtube video called her, Mayor Paintsmock. Here is her statement before the verdict. Remember, this woman won by 800 votes in the Democratic primary (what is known in St. Louis City as "the general election") against four serious African American opponents.  She barely got a 30% plurality, and has been pandering ineffectively ever since:

Then, after the verdict, she issued this execrable piece of statement:

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Anthony Lamar Smith, our police, judge, prosecutor, our citizens who find no comfort or justice, and everyone involved in this difficult case.  

I am appalled at what happened to Anthony Lamar Smith. I am sobered by this outcome. Frustration, anger, hurt, pain, hope and love all intermingle. I encourage St. Louisans to show each other compassion, to recognize that we all have different experiences and backgrounds and that we all come to this with real feelings and experiences. We are all St. Louisans. We rise and fall together.

As Mayor, I will continue my work to create a more equitable community and do everything possible to keep all St. Louisans safe.

What did it get her?  This.

Enjoy the ride, Lyda. And all of us.

11 September 2017

It's Time to Engage in Rank Speculation about the Papacy!

Happy Monday, everyone. With just about a month to go before the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, and with the situation in the Church continuing to melt down, I thought I would poll my readers to get a sense of your sense of things.  

There has been some speculation (reasonable at that) throughout the reign of Bergoglio, concerning whether he is pope or antipope. As he does his thing, and Benedict does his thing, the speculation increases.

So, not considering our mere opinions to be conclusive by any means, but really just to take the pulse of Catholics who love the Church, I have put two polls up at the sidebar. The first one gets your pulse on whether things are as they seem. The second gets to specifics if you believe they are not.

Benedict's actions, valid or not, do not place him in a good light, considering the disaster the Bergoglio rule has been and promises to be in the future. Unless, as I have allowed for in this space in the past, he is acting under a mysterious but direct order of Our Lord or His Mother.  If that were the case, then Benedict is the victim foreseen slanders. I make no call, but just want to see what you think.  

As I have approximately seven readers, I expect seven opinions. Please feel free to expound on your answers in the combox.

08 September 2017

Nativity of Mary

We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

07 September 2017

For Whose Sake Did You Live, For Whose Sake Did You Die?

I always get a kick out of people who talk about Bob Dylan's "Christian phase", as though it were a mere artistic mood or artifice from which he emerged in 1983, shaking the dust of it from his feet. Bob Dylan is a poet, and a baptized soul, whose poetry is saturated in God, Christ, the Bible and the moral questions of life.

Now I'm often asked, "Tim, why don't you talk about Bob Dylan more? It doesn't seem like you respect his work enough."  True, true.  

So, to address both issues, and to help you, dear reader, along the pilgrimage and battle that is human life on earth, I offer this overlooked gem from Dylan's 1980s "wasteland" that the smart set derides: Maybe Someday, from Knocked Out Loaded (1986). Though this album is generally panned, I absolutely love it. Even most critics acknowledge that it contains one certified classic,  Brownsville Girl, but I submit that this one merits some love as well.

Now, as in any work of poetry that is not scripture, there will be some lines here that do not fit the lens in which I ask you to view this. But, apart from one stanza, read these lyrics and consider whether they could not be uttered by Christ, and addressed to the individual soul that He longs to save. In fact read them as though Christ is the singer:

Maybe Someday

Maybe someday you’ll be satisfied
When you’ve lost everything you’ll have nothing left to hide
When you’re through running over things like you’re walking ’cross the tracks
Maybe you’ll beg me to take you back
Maybe someday you’ll find out everybody’s somebody’s fool
Maybe then you’ll realize what it would have taken to keep me cool
Maybe someday when you’re by yourself alone
You’ll know the love that I had for you was never my own

Maybe someday you’ll have nowhere to turn
You’ll look back and wonder ’bout the bridges you have burned
You’ll look back sometime when the lights grow dim
And you’ll see you look much better with me than you do with him
Through hostile cities and unfriendly towns
Thirty pieces of silver, no money down
Maybe someday, you will understand
That something for nothing is everybody’s plan

Maybe someday you’ll remember what you felt
When there was blood on the moon in the cotton belt
When both of us, baby, were going through some sort of a test
Neither one of us could do what we do best
I should have known better, baby, I should have called your bluff
I guess I was too off the handle, not sentimental enough
Maybe someday, you’ll believe me when I say
That I wanted you, baby, in every kind of way

Maybe someday you’ll hear a voice from on high
Sayin’, “For whose sake did you live, for whose sake did you die?”
Forgive me, baby, for what I didn’t do
For not breakin’ down no bedroom door to get at you
Always was a sucker for the right cross
Never wanted to go home ’til the last cent was lost
Maybe someday you will look back and see
That I made it so easy for you to follow me

Maybe someday there’ll be nothing to tell
I’m just as happy as you, baby, I just can’t say it so well
Never slumbered or slept or waited for lightning to strike
There’s no excuse for you to say that we don’t think alike
You said you were goin’ to Frisco, stay a couple of months
I always like San Francisco, I was there for a party once
Maybe someday you’ll see that it’s true
There was no greater love than what I had for you

Helping you along the road through hostile cities and unfriendly towns, to that someday, when you'll hear that voice from on high...

06 September 2017

Paging Cardinals Burke and Brandmuller...

Two months after Cardinal Meisner died, we now learn that another of the four dubia Cardinals, Cardinal Caffarra, has also died. May he rest in peace.

Yes, he was age 79. Yes, it is probably a coincidence.

But, forgive me, if, ahem, I just say something right about now.



Of course, if Francis is an antipope, none of the above is necessary. So maybe you can JUST CLEAR THAT UP?

Before you're Seth Riched? Vince Fostered? 


With filial love and true respect,
Saint Louis Catholic

As Planned*

White Christians now a minority in the U.S.

*Post title from LRC blog

05 September 2017

Romans 8:26

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity. For we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit himself asketh for us with unspeakable groanings.

25 August 2017

Feast of St. Louis IX, King of France

Someone to pray to in these days of simply awful government.

The statue above is the iconic representation of saint and city, called Apotheosis of Saint Louis, dating back to the 1904 World's Fair. If any mob ever tries to tear this down, I hope the police have orders to shoot at will. The city's politics are so bad, we need our patron saint's intercession more than ever.

Saint Louis, pray for us!

24 August 2017

Let Me See If I Understand Francis' Remarks on the Irreversibility of Liturgical Reform Correctly

So Francis just said some stuff today, which, as is often the case, seems self-contradictory. This time it involves the liturgy, a subject on which much depends and on which his track record is, shall we say, poor to dismal:

But “it is not enough to reform the liturgical books; the mentality of the people must be reformed as well.” The reformation of the liturgical books was the first step in a process, he said, “that requires time, faithful reception, practical obedience, wise implementation”.

“After this magisterial, and after this long journey, we can assert with certainty and magisterial authority that the liturgical reform is irreversible.”

OK, let me see if I can understand this correctly.  "We" can assert with certainty and "magisterial authority" that the "liturgical reform is irreversible"?  Is Francis using the royal "we" to be "magisterial"? Or perhaps he is indicating the whole people of God are speaking magisterially? Is this new doctrine, or is he employing the logical fallacy of argumentum ad populum-- of appealling to large numbers?

And magisterial? Please. Consider this passage from an actually promulgated Papal Bull, Quo Primum, which mandated the use of the so-called Tridentine Mass as the normative Roman Rite (my own emphases in bold):

Let all everywhere adopt and observe what has been handed down by the Holy Roman Church, the Mother and Teacher of the other churches, and let Masses not be sung or read according to any other formula than that of this Missal published by Us. This ordinance applies henceforth, now, and forever, throughout all the provinces of the Christian world, to all patriarchs, cathedral churches, collegiate and parish churches, be they secular or religious, both of men and of women – even of military orders – and of churches or chapels without a specific congregation in which conventual Masses are sung aloud in choir or read privately in accord with the rites and customs of the Roman Church. This Missal is to be used by all churches, even by those which in their authorization are made exempt, whether by Apostolic indult, custom, or privilege, or even if by oath or official confirmation of the Holy See, or have their rights and faculties guaranteed to them by any other manner whatsoever.

This new rite alone is to be used unless approval of the practice of saying Mass differently was given at the very time of the institution and confirmation of the church by Apostolic See at least 200 years ago, or unless there has prevailed a custom of a similar kind which has been continuously followed for a period of not less than 200 years, in which most cases We in no wise rescind their above-mentioned prerogative or custom. However, if this Missal, which we have seen fit to publish, be more agreeable to these latter, We grant them permission to celebrate Mass according to its rite, provided they have the consent of their bishop or prelate or of their whole Chapter, everything else to the contrary notwithstanding.

All other of the churches referred to above, however, are hereby denied the use of other missals, which are to be discontinued entirely and absolutely; whereas, by this present Constitution, which will be valid henceforth, now, and forever, We order and enjoin that nothing must be added to Our recently published Missal, nothing omitted from it, nor anything whatsoever be changed within it under the penalty of Our displeasure.

[...] Furthermore, by these presents [this law], in virtue of Our Apostolic authority, We grant and concede in perpetuity that, for the chanting or reading of the Mass in any church whatsoever, this Missal is hereafter to be followed absolutely, without any scruple of conscience or fear of incurring any penalty, judgment, or censure, and may freely and lawfully be used. Nor are superiors, administrators, canons, chaplains, and other secular priests, or religious, of whatever title designated, obliged to celebrate the Mass otherwise than as enjoined by Us. We likewise declare and ordain that no one whosoever is forced or coerced to alter this Missal, and that this present document cannot be revoked or modified, but remain always valid and retain its full force notwithstanding the previous constitutions and decrees of the Holy See, as well as any general or special constitutions or edicts of provincial or synodal councils, and notwithstanding the practice and custom of the aforesaid churches, established by long and immemorial prescription – except, however, if more than two hundred years’ standing.

Pardon me, but THAT sounds magisterial to me. And I'll just boil down the sense of Francis' remarks today, considering the above, and our knowledge of the history of the Church for the last 450-- or even 50-- years:

"Attention, plebes: the bastardized liturgy foisted on the Church 48 years ago can never be done away with, even though that bastardized liturgy replaced a liturgy of antiquity, made mandatory by Papal Bull 447 years ago, because my personal whims and the whims of like-minded modernists constitute a super magisterium way better than any 1500+ year immemorial custom or 447 year old specific Papal prohibiton on said whims."

Doesn't sound so convincing to me. But don't worry. That's where the most ominous of Francis' words today stand out:

"it is not enough to reform the liturgical books; the mentality of the people must be reformed as well.” ... “that requires ... practical obedience...

That sounds a lot like, "We are going to make you do it, so shut up." 

I find this argument somewhat unpersuasive.

21 August 2017

Well, I Have to Say That It Was Impressive

The crickets chirping was a bit of a surprise, as was just how bright the day was until juuuust before totality.

I can see why the ancients would freak.  Maybe we should freak more, if it changed our behavior.

Signum magnum apparuit in caelo: mulier amicta sole, et luna sub pedibus ejus, et in capite ejus corona stellarum duodecim.

Cantate Domino canticum novum: quia mirabília fecit. Gloria Patri, etc.


And...food for thought from Laramie Hirsch.

15 August 2017

"We owe it to each other to take care of gentle souls like this.": The Man on the Overpass

STLToday has a very moving story about Raynard Nebbitt, whom you may not know by name. On the other hand, if you travel I-44 at all regularly, you know him by sight. He is the man who travels every day to the overpass on Rock Hill Rd., flagging down trucks to honk their horns. He has a mental disability, and this overpass is his daily routine, his daily task-- or, if you will, his daily apostolate. Since it seems I have a contractual obligation to drive to the Dance Center of Kirkwood 14 times a week, I simply refer to him as "Maddie's friend".

Anyhoo, it seems that due to a recent physical disability of his sister (who had been able to work and support them both), he was forced to move to the city, where his daily bike ride now takes over an hour each way.

The quote in the above headline comes from a commenter at the STLToday story. It is a very worthy read.

Signum Magnum Apparuit in Caelo

A very blessed Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady to all of you. If you have forgotten your obligation so far, there is still time to make 6:30 pm Mass at St. Francis de Sales Oratory.

In Case Any Modern-Day Stalinists Read This Blog

Robert E. Lee was better than you. Yes. He was.

07 August 2017

What Stands in the Way of the Global Secular Order? Look at Whom Francis Targets

The Church Militant-- the Bride of Christ, the Church on earth, governed by a vigorous, orthodox Pope and Bishops united with him, teaching what she has always taught.

The United States of America-- no, not that shining city on a hill, Puritan thing. Merely this, an independent nation-state, Western and Christian in its general ethos, supporting independence, powerful enough to resist the globalists.

Russia-- Christian Russia. An independent nation-state, Eastern and Christian in its general ethos, supporting independence (especially Christian), powerful enough to resist the globalists.

What do these groups have in common these days? 1. Belief in Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world. 2. The need for a role in society of the Church and the State (though they disagree on some boundaries thereto). 3. The necessary integrity of the nation-state as the primary actor of international law. As a corollary to this, consider that these groups are all that are left in opposition to invasion-by-immigration by Mohammedans to the West. 4. This last trait is most tenuous in what is left of the U.S., but support of the traditional family, right to life, marriage, subsidiarity, etc.

Francis has threatened with excommunication (whatever he means by this term) all of the above. Some directly, some by public attack designed to ostracize them.

It goes without saying that all of these institutions are weakened from the height of their power and are greatly under attack by the diabolical forces so freely at work today 

Of the three, only Russia seems to be getting stronger from its low point. I submit that this is precisely because it has embraced Christianity in at least some sense after the displacement of the communist government. Russia supports Christians in the Middle East and at home. It supports traditional families and marriage. It opposes the sexual perversion policy of the West and the Mohammedan invastion. That is why the global secular elites want it destroyed.

The United States and the Church are both on their knees, attacked so successfully from within. Trump's victory, whatever he does or doesn't actually accomplish, stands for the things for which America used to stand. He got through the guardians of the system, proving they don't have everything their own way yet. They must destroy him, and with him, they imagine, the last chance of America being America again.

I don't think any reader of this blog needs me to prove that Francis has nearly completed the work of destruction of the visible Church that was planted fifty years ago or more, and which worked, worked, rotting the foundations, until he could push over the rotten superstructure. And yet, the Church cannot really be killed. There are always faithful Catholics, lay and clergy. These he will attack, openly or not, until he can get rid of us at last (spoiler alert: he can't).

Anyway, a rambling post, but one I wanted to go on record to say. Just as I knew I wanted to support Trump in 2016 based merely on his enemies list, so now, thanks to this open war between the elites and civilization--inside the Church and out-- you can see who are the forces for sanity based on the same enemies list.

Whenever Trump and Putin are "dealt with", we are left at last defenseless; that is to say, we will have no earthly protection left. I pray daily that Our Lord and Lady will act decisively despite our unworthiness.

Come Lord Jesus! Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!


As an aside, in its own little sphere, the Mafia has earned its own FrancisScorn.  What? The mafia? Aren't they scumbags? Well, perhaps, but consider their function only as it relates to governance of peoples. They step in when the state and/or Church fails (even if they contribute to that failure), and provide services, structure, governance, and its own form of "criminal justice". And consider the vigor with which Francis goes after them.  A vigor, I might add, he saves only for hectoring and belittling traditional Catholics. Why? I think, mostly, that these days they stand as a force against Mohammedan invasion of Sicily and Italy. And they have a type of "family and country" patriotism, within the obvious limits of a criminal enterprise.