Since faith is one, it must be professed in all its purity and integrity". Pope Francis/Pope Benedict
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Saturday, 16 June 2018

"RT" publishes article attacking G. K. Chesterton



Russia Today (RT), the self-styled enemy of the "main stream media", seems to be in the process of re-branding itself as - well you guessed it - another member of the "presstitutes".

The overall direction of RT, as with the western media is decisively not Christian. RT has the added difficulty, in that countries who are, or have been,  traditionally Orthodox, though doctrinally very close to the Catholic Church, have deep, psychological prejudices against Catholic Rome. 

The writers at RT continue to display a fear and resentment towards Catholic Rome. It was not for nothing that the Mother of God asked that Russia be consecrated by the Pope and the Catholic Bishops to Her Immaculate Heart. God, in His Wisdom, has chosen Russia as His instrument, but Russia must respond to God's request. He will not force the huge Slavic Nation. Putin seems to have an active interest in Fatima. Evidently, the secular "journalists" at RT do not. It may well be time for the Russian authorities to intervene to bell RT. 

The recent article on G.K. Chesterton is an example. Not only did the anonymous "journalist" show an obvious ignorance and bias against the Catholic Church, and Christianity in general, but also showed incredible mental laziness. How is it possible to claim that there have been no English Catholic saints canonized over the past 300 years? In 1935 Bishop Fisher and Thomas More were canonized by Pius XI? How is it possible to be unaware of the 1970 canonizations? To top it all off, this anonymous writer then smears it all over with the usual false claims of - you guessed it again - "anti-semitism". Quite frankly, it is up to the Holy Spirit to decide who will be a saint, operating through His one and only Church, not the Jews who rejected and crucified their Jewish Messiah when He came amongst them. 

A grave error, very prevalent in the world today is: "my country right or wrong". That position is not Catholic. No serious Orthodox believer would hold it either. RT, by mocking the Catholic Church ultimately shows that it is the enemy of the true Russia. Let us never forget: when ancient Rus converted that Nation was in Union with Rome.

Yet, for all this, another question may yet be raised: was it really just "sloppy" journalism, or, is it also part of the ongoing international campaign to derail beatifications, canonizations of Catholics who held the traditional Faith? Do we forget the campaigns against St. Maximillian Kolbe, St. Edith Stein, Blessed Pius IX (were all linked to the usual bogeyman of "anti-semitism", orchestrated by the traditional enemies of Our Lord, international Jewry and Freemasonry). Can Catholics forget the much more recent (and now failed) desperate attempts by elements of the US Hierarchy to derail the cause of the Beautification of Archbishop Sheen?

There is a very close link between Chesterton and Sheen. But that, will be for a later post. The fact is, that the raising of these two men to the Altar, also gives greater authority to their writings. This is something that Our Lord's traditional enemies are deeply aware of, and are combatting with satanic rigor. The traditional enemies of Christ do not wish Catholics, and others of good will, including searching Jews and Freemasons to the discover the liberating Truth of Jesus Christ. 

Catholic friends, pray it be God's will regarding these two champions of the Faith. Pray too, for the conversion of your respective country, and pray for the Consecration of Russia, that great Nation - once united with Catholic Rome - to be truly freed from the demonic scourge of secularism, that was generated by Marxist atheism. Also, never forget to pray constantly for the conversion of the Jews and Freemasons. 

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Catholic Collapse: no Interior Life has led to Catastrophe in the Church

Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard 

Faith. Hope. Charity. These three theological virtues a Catholic will radiate if he expects his apostolate to have any fruit. 

From these virtues he will be seen to also radiate: Kindness, Humility, Firmness and Gentleness.

Faith is manifested in actions and not words. Words, should be the result of action. For example, it was not the brilliance of St. Bernard's speech, but his disposition, his obvious Faith that attracted. Faith is a supernatural gift and can only be breached by God alone, and not the intellect. It is the holiness (or lack of) coming from the priest or the layman that assists in attracting (or repulsing) the us.

Hope is manifested by a man of prayer. The secret and joy of the Cross must be lived, or all our efforts will fall on stoney ground. This means to embrace suffering joyfully. Difficult, at times seemingly impossible, yet with Christ all is possible.  

Charity is the road to sanctity. The detaching of a soul from sin is best achieved by living and demonstrating the love of Christ. The sinner (me and you) needs to catch a glimpse, a feeling, that they are engaged with a person who really loves Jesus Christ. 

Kindness will come to the soul who is dominated by Christ. Words and actions will be full of kindness. Without kindness zeal is not charitable, and therefore not genuine. Fr. Faber tells us that "kindness shows itself the best pioneer of the Precious Blood..." 

Humility is the living the words of Christ: "without me you can do nothing". St. Vincent de Paul warned his priests to consider themselves more fit for ruining than making success. The modern man, surrounded by individualism and a so-called false "liberty" has great difficulty with being humble. Without humility correct doctrine and good judgment will not preserve us from falling. Without Humility we are at the mercy of our passions. 

Firmness and Gentleness implies that we be - like St. Bernard - pitiless towards errors - but showing great affection for the sinner. St. Francis de Sales astonished Protestants with his firmness and gentleness. Such meekness does not mean weakness. Our Lord excoriated the scribes and pharisees, yet out of love, and charity to prevent the spread of evil.

If we do anything less, we are, as St. Paul wrote: "enemies of the Cross". Catholicism is not social conformity, or a habit of external practices handed down by tradition. Religious practice to have real meaning must be united to the combat of passions, the living of the Gospel in daily life. It is impossible to win disciples for Christ if we have no interior life ourselves

The above I drew liberally from the "The Soul of the Apostolate" by Dom Chautard. 

To conclude. How do we now apply the above? I might ask myself: how am I carrying myself on this Blog? On Twitter? Where have I made progress, where have I backslid? 

A priest might ask himself: what is the health of the souls in his parish? Do they see an apostle on fire for Christ? Or, do they see a social club? A Pope or bishop might ask himself: is he ruling the Church or his diocese like St. Francis de Sales? Is he proclaiming doctrine out of love for sinners and with absolute firmness in fighting the spread of evil?

The other week, we saw how not having an interior life amongst the bishops and priests of Ireland played a major role in the distain and rebellion of Catholics against Christ and His Church. Sodomy, murder in the form of abortion. These sins that cry to Heaven for Vengeance can only be embraced by a population truly paganised and debased. The Apostasy of the Irish Nation is primarily the fault of the churchmen. But that will be another post. 

Monday, 4 June 2018

ONTARIO 2018 Election: NDP would push Ontario into a Depression

Doug Ford is a family man. He is a successful and experienced businessman. He is compassionate. He will be our next Premier

Dear Catholic voters. This is not a political blog. But, at times the issues are so serious regarding politics, that something needs to be said. 

The cost of food (milk, butter, eggs, etc.), the cost of utilities (natural gas, electricity, petrol), the need for immediate tax-CONTROL are all serious, moral issues. Why? Families need to survive. 

Is it moral, when a father cannot provide for his family? Because there are no jobs, or because the cost of food (from 1.5 to 3 times the cost as compared to the USA), or the cost of utilities (e.g. Toronto's cost per kilowatt hour is TWICE that of Chicago), and the burden of taxes is crushing him and his family? 

Ontario - behind the glam, and the glitz - is not doing well economically. Toronto is doing very poorly. The so-called economic engine of Canada is a broken tricycle, when compared to the roaring motors of comparable American cities. 

Dear Catholic voter: are you aware that Boston has a GDP that is about ONE THIRD bigger than Toronto? Are you aware that so does Philadelphia? Are you aware that Houston's GDP is nearly double Toronto's? Don't let anyone lie to you that Toronto's economy is strong, that Ontario's economy is strong.

Let there be no mistake: our economy is weak: burdened with taxes, borrowing, red tape, supply management, corruption and incompetence.

What do you think will happen if the NDP are elected? What do you think will happen when they introduce cap and trade TAXES, a CARBON TAX, the fraudulent Green Energy Act, or the EXTRA 12 % + TAX that they intend to add onto small business?

Friends, pray and act accordingly to protect yourself and your family this Thursday, June 7th, when you go and vote. 

Sunday, 3 June 2018

We must love those who hate us: anything less is opposing Christ




Dear friends, during this time of great crisis in the Church, with the ever increasing dissent, chaos, and heresy, great will the temptation be for Catholics to fall into, if not formal schism, an equally destructive "schism of the heart". 

We must re-double our efforts to ensure that when we repeat what the Church has always taught (namely doctrine), we must do always with the greatest kindness for the wayward soul. Dom Chautard, the French spiritual master, gave us examples of Sts. Bernard, Francis of Assisi, Francis de Sales as preachers of doctrine! Yet, men ever on fire for souls, following the kind, generous and most-loving Heart of Jesus. Facebook and Twitter are - for many Catholics not just remote, but proximate occasions of sin - cesspools of sin, where "religion" is not about Christ Jesus and Him Crucified, but a false, horizontal Christianity (that Blessed Paul VI warned of in 1968), that is deadly to the soul. Daily Mass, time for Meditation, and regular Confession are musts for Catholics who are active on social media. If not sooner or later (usually sooner), they will fall. Look at me, dear friends. It was but a couple of months ago, that I realized that my own soul was in danger, without change.  

At the close of the Great War, Pope Benedict XV admonished Catholics to strive to follow Our Lord in the great command to love - even to love our enemies. In our day, we must lovingly preach through kindness (without ever watering down doctrine) to those who attack Christ, His Church, His Truth.


Pope Benedict XV

Our Lord Jesus Christ, in teaching us how to pray to God, makes us say that we wish for pardon as we forgive others: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against Us.” And if the observance of this law is sometimes hard and difficult, we have not only the timely assistance of the grace of Our Divine Redeemer, but also His example to help us to overcome the difficulty. For as He hung on the Cross He thus excused before his Father those who so unjustly and wickedly tortured Him: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” 

We then, who should be the first to imitate the piety and loving kindness of Jesus Christ, whose Vicar, without any merit of Our own, We are; with all Our heart, and following His example, We forgive all Our enemies who knowingly or unknowingly have heaped and are still heaping on our person and Our work every sort of vituperation, and We embrace all in Our charity and benevolence, and neglect no opportunity to do them all the good in Our power. That is indeed what Christians worthy of the name ought to do towards those who during the war have done them wrong.

Christian charity ought not to be content with not hating our enemies and loving them as brothers; it also demands that we treat them with kindness, following the rule of the Divine Master Who “went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil”, and finished His mortal life, the course of which was marked by good deeds, by shedding His blood for them. 

So said St. John: “In this we have known the charity of God, because He hath laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. He that hath substance of this world and shall see his brother in need and shall shut up his bowels from him: how doth the charity of God abide in him? My little children, let us love not in word nor by tongue, but in deed and in truth.”

Monday, 28 May 2018

Fr. Gerald Murray at the Toronto Oratory on St. Philip's Day



It was St. Philip's Day, and the Church of the Holy Family was crowded in west-end Toronto. Fr. Gerald Murray JCD, of the Archdiocese of New York was Guest Preacher. In the space of about 25 minutes, he delivered a quite, scholarly, yet pastoral sermon on the present crisis in the Church. 

It was a sermon focused squarely on the poison of liberalism in the Church and in society. Error, confusion, dissent was exposed, with charity, yet force. Fr. Murray spoke of the duty of priests and the faithful to oppose such evils in defense of Christ and His Church. 

Fr. Murray outlined Cardinal Newman's lifelong combat against liberalism, drawing our attention to the "Biglietto Speech" when in Rome receiving his Cardinal's hat from Pope Leo XIII. It was obvious that Fr. Murray is devoted to Newman, as a guiding light in these troubled times, where a false mercy is being promoted that, for example, Our Lord does not really take offense at sin As Fr. Murray pointed out liberal society - poisoned with relativism - allows one to decide reality when it comes to grave moral evils, but not (as he gave as an example) when it comes to coveting another's financial assets, which would result in a visit by the police.




The crisis of the Faith, the spread of relativism, as Fr. Murray pointed out, has not decreased since Newman's day, indeed, it has only become more pronounced. As examples of this Fr. Murray alluded to recent reports of those wishing to water down Humanae Vitae, or even dispose of it. Or those wishing to undermine Catholic doctrine and deny that homosexuality is disordered, and to deny that each and every homosexual act is objectively always gravely sinful. 

The Faithful were reminded of the contemporary war against the heresy of relativism and indifferentism waged by Pope Benedict XVI, and more recently by men such as Robert Cardinal Sarah.  

Catholics in Toronto should thank God for such clarity of doctrine preached to them. To hold fast to the Truth, to reject relativism, false mercy, to reject the seductive lure of liberalism in all its guises. 

Please pray for Fr. Murray. Please pray for the Toronto Oratory. PLease pray for our Holy Father. Please pray for the Universal Church.  

Saturday, 26 May 2018

IRELAND CHOOSES DEATH

Grand Lodge of Ireland, Freemasons Hall, Dublin
(this and all subsequent images) 

Exit polls strongly suggest the Irish referendum on abortion will result in approximately 70% in favour. This comes as no surprise. In fact, it would have been astonishing if the Irish had rejected abortion. It should be noted that every "Catholic" who voted in favour of abortion incurred latae sententiae excommunication.

When the Irish embraced sodomy, it was only a matter of time that they would embrace abortion. Remember, the warning words of St. Paul: sodomites are "liars and murderers to the end". Paradoxically, whilst once Catholic Ireland was opposed to abortion, Protestant Ulster continues to ban abortion. The pressure, as of this writing, is to force baby killing into Northern Ireland as well.


Goat's Legs representing Bahomet

Why did the Irish fall ? How is it that in one generation the Irish "Catholics" achieved for Satan, what hundreds of years of occupation by a foreign protestant power failed to do? 

Let us take a little trip back to 1983 - 35 years ago - and see what a true Catholic priest had to say about the state of religion and morality in Southern Ireland.  Our little trip "down memory lane" will reveal the near complete decadence of the Church in Ireland during and following the Second Vatican Council. 

I shall quote exclusively from a prophetic address given on the Centenary of the birth of the great Dr. Denis Fahey, C.S.Sp, by Fr. J. Aherne, C.S.Sp., at Ely House, Dublin. 

The evils that Dr. Faehy foresaw are fast becoming realities in every country. The trend is to have Christ conform to the world. Christ's revelation is replaced by private judgement where everyone decides for himself or herself what is right or wrong... paganisation of every country is spreading apace - not least here in Ireland, one of the last bastions of Christianity.  
The first success of Satan and his minions in this country was in getting the Irish people to reject the Mystical Body of Christ, the Catholic Church from its rightful place in the Irish Constitution... He Himself said that He is the True Vine. Branches cut off from Him wither and are only fit for burning. 
[Here it gets very interesting as we see the role played by the Roman churchmen and the Irish Hierarchy is demolishing the Catholic Church in Eire]. Fr. Aherne continues:  
The words of Christ are being fulfilled in our land, where Satan uses all his stratagems against the Church. After the Second VAtican Council Satan succeeded in twisting the meaning of texts. He got accepted a false ecumenism that all religions are equal and none of them very important. The heresy of Religious Indifferentism is central to Satan's plan. The Church of Christ is put on the same level as man-made religions... 
Worldwide, Satan has got accepted a catechetical method totally lacking in those clear truths which Denis Fahey learned in his schooldays...Surveys show that many children [today's pro-abortion voters] are not taught the existence of Hell, are not taught the Commandments, are not taught the basic prayers of the Church and are not even taught that Christ established only one Church to show mankind how to serve and worship God and so gain Heaven. In the field of sexual morality the directives of the Masonic Lodge, Alta Vendita, would seem to be operative here... 
Today there is no attempt to stop the spread of pornography, of evil films, video shows and books... 
Although the use of contraceptives violates God's law, it is now given legal validity in Ireland, as in most countries...the prime objective of this, would be to facilitate the abandonment of the Faith, since one cannot carry these evil means around and still claim to be able to go to the sacraments. Consequently grace will be lacking and the drift from God accelerated. Satan is so sure of his conquest of IRELAND that he has launched a Secularist Crusade... 
'Wherever the breath of naturalism has passed, the very source of Christian life has dried up" (Cardinal Pie). The present attempts to introduce to introduce Divorce, Abortion and Sodomy into our country prove that the poison is taking effect.  
This is the age-old conflict of Light versus Darkness, of Good versus Evil, of Christianity versus Paganism.  

Let there be no mistake, abortion is Satanic, it is devil worship. The Irish Nation, today, chose Satan over Christ, and until they repent and do penance, Christ's punishment will be indeed wrathful. For to much is given, much is expected. 

Friday, 25 May 2018

St. Philip's Day ~ High Latin Mass at the Toronto Oratory



St. Philip Neri's Feast Day will be celebrated tomorrow, May 26th, 10 a.m.,  at the Toronto Oratory. High Mass will be at the Church of the Holy Family at 1372 King St. West. 

Guest Preacher will be the eminent American Canonist and religious commentator, Fr. Gerald Murray, JCD. 

It is indeed "quaint", that Fr. Murray has been the Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul and is now the Pastor of Holy Family Church. I  Toronto,  the Fathers of the Toronto Oratory serve both Holy Family in Parkdale, and the astonishingly beautiful St. Vincent de Paul church in the adjacent neighbourhood of High Park. 

Indeed, the humour and wit of St. Philip himself, never stops to amaze us! What a fitting Guest Preacher. Just like Philip himself, Fr. Murray is humble, a man of pastoral action, though of rock solid orthodoxy; a man on fire with love Our Lord Lord Jesus Christ!