Welcome to Witness

This blog will be our Witness for the Faith. We see a need for good, traditional, Catholic fellowship. Witness will strive to be imbued with charity. Love of neighbor - and yes, love of enemy. We should be a "witness" for our Faith.

"As Jesus, I will use the stick against pedophile priests...and even bishops and cardinals...and others, more numerous keep silent....I find this situation intolerable"

I am a loyal son of the Church... today, we forget everything, even the Magisterium of the Church" Pope Francis

Thursday, September 18, 2014

75th Anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland

At 3.30 am on 17 September 1939, the Polish ambassador in Moscow was handed a note, in which Moscow announced that the Polish state had ceased to exist.

In the wake of the Soviet invasion, mass arrests and deportations were carried out. By June 1941 over one a half million Poles were herded into trains, to work as slaves and forced labourers near the Arctic Circle and in the steppes of Kazakhstan.

In Poland, the invasion has often been described as a ‘stab in the back’, which Poland received from the Soviet Union seventeen days after the Nazi attack and less than a month after the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia.

In Warsaw on Wednesday, President Bronislaw Komorowski unveiled the Katyn Epitaph – the first batch of plaques with the names of over 20,000 Polish officers murdered by the Soviet NKVD police in 1940.

The epitaph is located in the Warsaw Citadel, the site of a future Katyn Museum, now under construction.

Friday, September 12, 2014

"Venimus, vidimus et Deus vicit" - September 12, 1683 - The Battle of Vienna

The famous words of Sobieski reflected his belief that God is active in history, in the world. So it was on that fateful September 12th morning in 1683. The Hussar charge broke the Turkish forces, who had been besieging Vienna for the past two months, liberating the city and defeating the Turkish Empire's deepest penetration into Europe. Had Sobieski lost the road would have been open to Rome... 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Last Night at the Proms:"The Liberty Bell"

John Philip Souza's "The Liberty Bell" was performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra on September 11, 2004. Liberty always triumphs over tyranny...


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fund raiser for a Toronto Seminarian

A wonderful young man, whom I know, is studying for the priesthood. The Toronto Traditional Mass Society - UNA VOCE Toronto has organized a fund raising campaign. Will you help? Do you know someone who will? 

Full details can be read here. The following is a brief part of an open letter written regarding this campaign. 

Last year, The Toronto Traditional Mass Society - UNAVOCE TORONTO had a campaign to raise funds for a young man from the Archdiocese of Toronto, Joseph Heppelle. Joseph is studying for the holy priesthood with the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest at their Seminary of St. Philip Neri at Gricigiliano, Italy. In the spring, Joseph was ordained into the Minor Orders of Porter and Lector.

We are pleased to announce our 2014 campaign for Joseph, the eldest son of eight children from a wonderful Catholic and musically-talented family.

Our goal is $20,000, double that of last year's goal of $10,000 which we able to exceed, thanks to you.

It was so edifying to see the donations come in, even from as far away as Australia (Thank you Father!!!).

I know Joseph personally, his father and mother and his whole family. They are wonderful people and I personally attest to his faith and his dedication to his studies and seminary life.

Will you help us support Joseph?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

ISIS Propaganda Works

One of the more disturbing elements of this current crisis is the fact that ISIS seems to have taken over from old guard extremists in the area of propaganda. A significant number of western youth have already flocked to the ISIS banner. Indeed one of the bigger problems with this war will be what to do about citizens who have enlisted on the other side. ISIS holds an attraction for disaffected and disillusioned youth that very little in the west can compete with.

There are two questions that come to mind immediately. First of all, what exactly is the west prepared to offer to people who are living an ascetic lifestyle for a religious ideal? The West has completely jettisoned and disavowed any in its midst who might offer such an alternative. Christians who speak out against the immorality, sexual preoccupation and narcissistic self indulgence of the society around them are ridiculed and marginalized. What exactly are you going to say to a youth who has forsaken home and hearth to fight for these extremists?

The second question that comes to mind is contained in David Brooks' opinion piece for the New York Times. 
If ISIS is to be stopped, there will probably have to be some sort of political and military coalition. But, ultimately, the Islamists are a spiritual movement that will have to be surmounted by a superior version of Islam.
Who or what is this superior version of Islam and who are we to make this determination? More to the point, where is the Moslem critique of ISIS and its ilk? Where is the outcry condemning the actions of ISIS?

Here is at least one critique from someone who lived in the area.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Buchanan is right: the US is an ISIS enabler

Pat Buchanan, the maverick political thinker, has these reflections on US policy in the Middle East vis-a-vis ISIS. He further predicts that the misguided invasion of Iraq will be seen by historians as the turning point in the eventual collapse of the United States as a major superpower. He is correct. That invasion and its aftermath just (to paraphrase Hitler) kicked the door down and the whole rotten edifice began to collapse. In a sense, Bid Laden is having the last laugh from the grave. 

The decisions that determined the fate of the great nations and empires that failed to survive the 20th century are well known.

For the Kaiser’s Germany, it was the “blank cheque” to Austria after Sarajevo. For Great Britain, the 1939 war guarantee to Poland. For the Third Reich, it was the June 1941 invasion of Russia. For the Empire of the Sun, the decision to attack Pearl Harbor.

And for the Soviet Empire, it was the invasion of Afghanistan. As for the United States, historians may one day concur with the late Gen. Bill Odom. For the lone superpower to survive that century, the decision to invade and occupy Iraq was the most disastrous blunder in its history....

Monday, September 1, 2014

September 1st, 2014: The 75th Anniversary of the beginning of World War II

Today, on September 1st, in the early hours of the dawn, seventy-five years ago, Germany invaded Poland and the Second World War was officially under way. France and Britain declared war on Germany on the 3rd. 

Official commemorations were held this morning between Poland and Germany.