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

Email: torontocatholicwitness@outlook.com

Sunday, 29 September 2019

BREAKING: The TCDSB and its "LGBT" activist agenda



The Toronto District Catholic School Board (TDCSB) has a "plan". A plan of indoctrination of young, innocent children into accepting the "LGBT" agenda and all its accompanying violations of Catholic Faith and morals. This so-called plan is called "Equity Action Plan 2018-2021". It is a betrayal of Catholic morals, and a sellout of our children into the hands of gender ideologues and LGBT propagandists.


The document contains the following: 


DIVERSITY: The presence of a wide range of human qualities and attributes within a group, organization, or society. The dimensions of diversity include, but are not limited to...gender identity..." (p. 4)

Grounds of Discrimination include... gender identity, gender expression...and sexual orientation. (p. 12)

In order to ensure equity of outcomes, we must address, with intentionality, persisting learning gaps for... students who identify as LGBTQ or Two-Spirited...(p. 13)

As measured by an annual equity survey, all schools will ensure that:...systemic barriers are removed for students... who identify as LGBTQ or Two-Spirited...(p. 30).

Provide professional learning to combat...homophobia and transphobia (p.34)

Partner with associations to develop professional learning focused on combating...
homophobia and transphobia for senior leaders, principals/ vice principals and teaching staff (p. 34)
 

All of these directives will then be enforced (for example):


Enhance accountability for equity and human rights in principal, vice principal, and supervisory officer performance appraisals by ensuring that equity goals are included in performance plans. (p. 38)

Enhance diversity in recruitment, hiring and promotion for:
• Educators and
• School leaders (p. 38)

As measured by an annual equity survey, the TCDSB will ensure that:
• an equity lens is applied to internal board structures, policies, programs, and practices;
• human rights compliance training is provided; and
• an expert equity community advisory network is established.(p. 46)



In his "Letter to Families", Pope John Paul II wrote about a society which "...is sick and is creating profound distortions in man. Why is this happening? The reason is that our society has broken away from the full truth about man, from the truth about what man and woman really are as persons". 

In promoting and enforcing gender ideology, the TCDSB, rather than fighting this sickness and promoting the truth about "man and woman", is exacerbating it profoundly by injecting this poison into the minds of innocent  children. We wonder what the late Holy Father would say? 

Friday, 27 September 2019

BREAKING: The Ontario Human Rights Commission is seeking to destroy Catholic education in Toronto and across Ontario!



The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) chairwoman Renu Mandhane, has sent a threatening letter on behalf of the OHRC, to the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), implicitly threatening legal action against the TCDSB, unless the TCDSB passes an amendment to it's Code of Conduct to include: "gender identity, gender expression, marital status and family status...".

"Gender ideology" is in direct opposition to Catholic religious belief and teaching on human sexuality,  and how sexuality is to be lived by Catholics. The OHRC whilst on the one hand, preaching pluralism and "diversity" in matter religious, wishes to "privatize" the Catholic Faith, and thrust Catholics into the proverbial closet. These are tried and true totalitarian practices that were enforced in Soviet Russia, Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. Students of history will notice the eerie similarities between the OHRC attack and the attempts by the fascists to suppress Catholic education in Italy in the 30s. 

A cursory glance through the official Catechism of the Catholic Church, can put to rest the OHRC plot to strong arm the TCDSB to abandon Catholic education by accepting into its Code of Conduct ideologies that are diametrically opposed to Catholic Faith and Morals. The authority of the Catechism for Catholics is undeniable.


In his Apostolic Constitution, Fidei Depositum, Pope John Paul II wrote: 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, which I approved 25 June last and the publication of which I today order by virtue of my Apostolic Authority, is a statement of the Church's faith and of Catholic doctrine, attested to or illumined by Sacred Scripture, Apostolic Tradition and the Church's Magisterium. I declare it to be a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion and a sure norm for teaching the faith. May it serve the renewal to which the Holy Spirit ceaselessly calls the Church of God, the Body of Christ, on her pilgrimage to the undiminished light of the kingdom!

To change such teaching on Catholic sexual morality within the context of Catholic education would be to suppress Catholic education. To do so is a violation of our constitutional rights as guaranteed at Confederation and in the Charter. 

Friends, let us not be naive. These people are fascists. First they will come for Toronto. If Toronto falls, they will take the entire Province. Catholic education will be dead in Ontario. 

It is time for Catholics to stand up. 


Please contact the Minister of Education (who is a Catholic)

The Hon. Stephen Lecce


Tel: 647-560-9700 (Constituency Office)
       416-325-2600  (Ministry Office)
Fax  647-560-9701                        



Please contact the OHRC and tell them to back off our Catholic schools



Ontario Human Rights Commission
Office of the Chief Commissioner
180 Dundas Street West, 9th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2G5


Tel: 416-314-4537
Fax: 416-314-7752



THE LETTER SENT BY THE OHRC











Wednesday, 25 September 2019

BREAKING: Transgender Juggernaut threatens Toronto Catholic Schools via the Ontario Human Rights Commission



Last night, we released the stunning letter sent to the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) on September 17th from the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC).

As we noted, it contains the implicit threat of legal action against the TCDSB if they do not change their Code of Conduct to "specifically include gender identity, gender expression, family status, and marital status." Moreover, the OHRC states that the TCDSB has the "legal duty" to conform its Code of Conduct, so it in turn is conformed to the "Human Rights Code" and the "requirements mandated by the Ministry of Education." The OHRC further states that the TCDSB has the "legal duty" to make these changes as they are "necessary to meet its obligation" to the OHRC and, by extension,  Canada as a whole.

Friends: these threats are totalitarian. Let's not mince words here. The OHRC is bullying the TCDSB into doing what the Commission wants. As the short quotes indicate, they are purposely promoting a climate of fear in the TCDSB by indicating they will be out of step with the law if they do not follow the OHRC's "recommendations."

Remarkably similar tactics were used during the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution and during the National Socialist Party's takeover of Germany in the years leading up to Second World War. It is nothing new.

What is new this time around is how the tactics are used. Even the Jacobins and the German National Socialists - both of whom resented the Catholic Church and worked to undermine Her Authority - didn't go this far.

We draw your eyes to the following paragraphs:
Expressly referencing gender identity and gender discrimination in the TCDSB's Code of Conduct is particularly important given the extreme vulnerability of transgender students. Research shows that transgender children and youth extremely marginalized; have high rates of depression and suicide; and experience isolation, harassment and bullying in school environments. Given this, it is important that school codes of conduct - which set out standards of behaviour for all members of the school community - clearly state that transgender people must be treated fairly and with respect.
Conversely,  excluding particular protected grounds would send a harmful and troubling message, and would set a lower standard for particular members of the TCDSB community.
This is dangerous. These paragraphs strike right at the heart of the Catholic message in an attempt to disprove and dismantle it. No, not the one we have been taught in the past 60 or so years that we must love each other and affirm each other in our different lifestyles, irrespective if we think it is wrong or not.

Rather, these quoted paragraphs strike at the message at the core of the Gospel. The very same message Our Lord repeated time and time again, a message that has been reiterated by all of the saints through the ages. We must repent, and change our lives so that they are pleasing to God. We must pluck the beams out of our eyes. Wash both the inside and outside of the cup. Spit out the lukewarm water, and fill our mouths with the water of life that is so pleasing to God.

If our neighbour is in the wrong, it is not an act of charity to affirm them in their deception and delusion. Frankly, that is cruel. Rather, it is an act of charity to tell them the facts and help them to the point where they are no longer deceived or deluded.

I can tell you from personal experience that these transgender youth - as well as the openly homosexual ones - are coming from a place of confusion and delusion. Many of these youth have been led to believe they are the way are from misguided parents and adults, a lying media, and peer pressure. It is a cruel narrative to feed to innocent boys and girls, and to affirm them in their erroneous thinking when they need help and an escape from such an awful way of living. They were not created by God as trans/gay, and it is a lie to say such, or imply it.

The OHRC does not have the interests of the children at the core of the letter. Rather, they are willing to force an institution that stands against the transgender juggernaut to bend to their will - using totalitarian tactics - all in order to sustain a lie that is incredibly harmful to those who believe in it.


Tuesday, 24 September 2019

BREAKING: Catholic Schools threatened by the Ontario Human Rights Commission

The following has come into our hands. It is an email from the Renu Mandhane of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), threatening (implicitly) legal action against the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) unless the TCDSB changes its Code of Conduct to "specifically include gender identity, gender expression, family status, and marital status..". 

Mandhane states that such changes are "necessary to meet its obligation" to a number of legal statues, as well as the pseudo-legal demands of the OHRC. 
She then shifts the tone of the letter to a not so subtle threat as to the consequences if such changes are not made: the TCDSB has the "legal duty" to conform its Code of Conduct.  

Mandhane threatened ominously: the TCDSB must conform to the "Human Rights Code" and the in conformity with the  "requirements mandated by the Ministry of Education". 

Friends: this letter is nothing but an attempt to intimidate the TDCSB into accepting into its Code of Conduct that which is counter to Catholic Morals. In doing so, the OHRC is using the threat of litigation to blackmail the TCDSB into accepting a Code of Conduct that would de facto render the Catholic school no longer Catholic. 

This threat is not constitutional. The OHRC, is calculating that the Board does not have the will and readiness for a legal fight, and will capitulate to its unconstitutional demands. The OHRC further is calculating that it will have the support of the support of the militant, dissident Union the Ontario Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA). 

But it is time to make a stand! 

We ask: this Letter is dated September 17. Why has not been released to Catholics, so that we are made aware of the attack on our schools? 

We ask: Is the Board planning surrender at the meeting of the Sub-committee that will be held tomorrow on September 25th? 

We ask: Has the Board made contact with other Boards across Ontario, with Cardinal Collins and the Bishops of Ontario to prepare a rebuttal of this threatening letter?




Monday, 23 September 2019

Chrystia Freeland: Canada's FM praises her Nazi grandfather and uses fascist slogan at Ukrainian Nationalist Event

Just who is the REAL Chrystia Freeland?

Chrystia Freeland, the Foreign Minister of Canada, has a serious problem: her support for extremist nationalists in the Ukrainian diaspora community.

After watching a number of videos of Freeland with Ukrainian nationalists and extremists: it must be asked. Is it appropriate for Freeland, who self-identifies as an Ukrainian extremist nationalist to be the FM?

But a deeper question arises: Is it appropriate for Freeland to be an elected politician at all, given her deep connections with such xenophobic and even neo-NAZI sympathizing fanatics? [*]

But is gets even worse than this. FAR, FAR WORSE. For decades, Freeland had a dark secret that she did not want you or me to know. A secret that she hid from Canadians. The terrible secret was her grandfather, or as she likes to call him in public, "didus". This "didus" of hers was the notorious NAZI collaborator Michael Chomiak.

When this dark secret finally saw the light of day, she denied it, then tried to blame the Russians. The Russians, according to Freeland and her fellow ultra-nationalist fanatics, were defaming the name of an innocent man. However, it came out that indeed, Chomiak was a NAZI collaborator. A Loyal servant of the "Butcher of Poland", the monstrous Nazi, Hans Frank.


Michael Chomiak, to the right of the smoker. Emil Gassner is at lower right in Nazi uniform

Freeland KNEW her "didus" was a NAZI COLLABORATOR and LIED about it. Outrageously, She was backed up by extremists in the Ukrainian community, including extremist nationalists that populate the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.They too, joined with Freeland bellowing that the "Rooshians" had done it!

Chomiak's obscene political ideology came from the fanatics who ran the pro-NAZI Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists  (OUN), led by the notorious Nazi collaborator, and mass murderer, Stepan Bandera. His OUN went about exterminating Poles, Jews, Russians, and even Ukrainians (e.g., Ukrainian women were murdered for marrying Poles) for their NAZI masters. Death did not come quickly when the OUN and affiliated militia meted out NAZI "justice". Many suffered the most sadistic torture before death. Even children and babies were not spared. Such was the maddening hatred. 




Unlike other NAZIS, Chomiak, the Editor-in-Chief of the NAZI newspaper, Krakivski Visiti NEVER apologized or repented of his crimes. I guess he didn't because he was not repentant. In fact, as a loyal NAZI, he was evacuated to Vienna at the end of the War with other fleeing Nazis. 

Chomiak was a psychopath who was twice a traitor: a traitor to Poland (of which he was a citizen), and of those brave Ukrainians who were not Nazis and resisted the invaders. His newspaper throughout the War years poured hateful attacks upon Jews, Poles and Russians. Examples include the gloating of the extermination of Jews in Babi Yar. 

The NAZI hatred was also for Canada; seen in the joyful recounting of the bombing of London, which at that time Canadians were serving and dying as airmen in the RAF. Editor-in-Chief, Chomiak approved the following NAZI rejoicing over the bombings of the cities of England:
“bombing of industrial plants in Birmingham, Coventry, the port of Liverpool was good."

Ukrainian NAZI propaganda

After the War, many Ukrainian Nazis, Banderites and assorted ultranationalist fanatics fled to Canada and to this day remain addicted to the hate, the lust for revenge against their "enemies". The Ukrainian Canadian Congress to this day, is heavily infiltrated with such people who perpetuate this horrible mentality of perpetual hatred and bloodlust. Chrystia Freeland needs to come clean with Canadians about her relationship with this Congress (indeed her entire professional and political life is due to her close links to Ukrainian nationalists) and its revisionist propaganda in support of the pro-NAZI OUN and mass murderers, such as Bandera. 

Therefore it is shocking and outrageous to hear, in this video Chrystia Freeland shrieking out the OUN fascist war cry at a Ukrainian Canadian Congress meeting in 2016. 




We need to ask Chrystia Freeland: are you REALLY telling us that your NAZI grandfather has something worthwhile to tell Canadians about politics (as she thinks he does in the disgusting video clip above), about how we conduct ourselves and live in our country? Let us recall, Chomiak waged war AGAINST Canada, as a loyal Nazi! 

I should add that there are not a few families that have scandalous secrets and humiliations. We can only imagine what it is like to have a murderer or rapist in the family. Am I saying that one ceases to love a deeply flawed family member? Not at all. What I am saying is that if one has a family member who has committed grave crimes (such as being a traitor and NAZI collaborator), one's personal familial affection cannot override responsibility for the crimes committed by that family member. Truth demands justice and honesty. To speak of this NAZI "didus" in public, in this manner, profanes the memory of the victim/s.  As my sister said to me, "if I had a Nazi grandfather, he would be 'dead' to me. I would never mention his name. It would be as if he did not exist". But for Freeland, her NAZI grandfather has a message for Canadians! Such is her blind nationalist fanaticism!

It is very important to understand that Bandera and his NAZIS are not ancient history. The past few years has seen a very big upsurge of neo-Nazis in the Ukraine. Nazis and assorted nationalist fanatics have engaged in brutal violence, intimidation, mayhem and scandalous public displays of overt support for Nazism.

March of the Ukrainian Nazis

Dear friends, the Ukraine has yet to come to terms with her Nazi collaborationist past (e.g. constant excusing the Waffen SS Galicia Division, claiming mass murderers like Bandera as a "hero", as Freeland does). Genocidal crimes were committed, and it is a sad reality that due to corrupt geopolitics, we have the bizarre and obscene situations of neo-liberal globalists (such as Freeland), and even Jewish groups (such as the B'nai Brith Canada)  pandering to, and excusing Ukrainian fascists and neo-Nazis. I suspect a pathological hatred of Russia is behind these perverted alliances. 



Chrystia Freeland: how dare you speak of your Nazi grandfather. How dare you tell us how you admire him for his views on Canadian politics!

Frankly, Nazis have nothing to teach to Canadians about politics!

Do I expect you to apologize and resign? I am not that naive. However, I do hope that Canadians, who love their country, will step up and force you to resign. 

WHY ARE YOU AND JUSTIN TRUDEAU DEFENDING AND PROVIDING COVER FOR NAZI SS AND COLLABORATORS

You are a disgrace to Canada 


* This post was originally composed prior to the revelations of the "blackface/brownface" outrages of the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. However, given Freeland's remark that Trudeau had desired to attend this extremist and xenophobic gathering, we begin to see a pattern emerging: whilst claiming to be anti-rascist, certain leading politicians in Canada are actually engaging in virtue signalling to immigrant communities (for whom incidentlly they privately have utter disdain and contempt) to buy votes, all the while engaging in "rascism of lower expectations", playing off the ancient hatreds that these communities bring to Canada. It is time that a very serious discussion takes place in Canada about various immigrant communities who have refused to come to terms with their NAZI past. Whereas other political parties have pandered for ethnic votes, to my knowledge they have never openly defended NAZIS and covered for collaborators. Until Chrystia Freeland came along.  

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Feast of the Holy Name of Mary


“And the Virgin’s name was Mary. (Lk 1:27) Let us speak a little about this name, which signifies Star of the sea, and which so well befits the Virgin Mother. Rightly is she likened to a star: for as a star emits its ray without being spoilt, so the Virgin brought forth her Son without receiving any injury; the ray takes nought from the brightness of the star, nor the Son from his Mother’s integrity. This is the noble star risen out of Jacob, whose ray illumines the whole world, whose splendour shines in the heavens, penetrates the abyss, and traversing the whole earth, gives warmth rather to souls than to bodies, cherishing virtues, withering vices. Mary, I say, is that bright and incomparable star, whom we need to see raised above this vast sea, and shining by her merits, giving us light by her example.  O whosoever thou art, that seest thyself, amid the tides of this world, tossed about by storms and tempests rather than walking on the land, turn not thine eyes away from the shining of this star if thou wouldst not be overwhelmed by the hurricane. If squalls of temptations arise, or thou fall upon the rocks of tribulation, look to the star, call upon Mary. If thou art tossed by the waves of pride or ambition, detraction or envy, look to the star, call upon Mary. If anger or avarice or the desires of the flesh dash against the ship of thy soul, turn thine eyes towards Mary. If, troubled by the enormity of thy crimes, ashamed of thy guilty conscience, terrified by dread of the judgment, thou beginnest to sink into the gulf of sadness, or the abyss of despair, think of Mary. In dangers, in anguish, in doubt, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let her be ever on thy lips, ever in thy heart; and the better to obtain the help of her prayers, imitate the example of her life. Following her, thou strayest not; invoking her, thou despairest not; thinking of her, thou wanderest not; upheld by her, thou fallest not; shielded by her thou fearest not; guided by her, thou growest not weary; favoured by her, thou reachest the goal. And thus dost thou experience in thyself how good is that saying: And the Virgin’s name was Mary.” (Lessons of the 2nd Nocturn of the Feast, ex Bernard. Homil. II. super Missus est)
Thus speaks the devout St. Bernard, in the name of the Church. But his pious explanation does not exhaust the meanings of this blessed name of Mary. St. Peter Chrysologus adds in this same Night Office: “Mary in Hebrew signifies Lady or Sovereign; and truly the authority of her Son, who is the Lord of the world, constituted her Queen, both in fact and in name from her very birth.” (Sermon 142, de Annuntiat. Homily of the 3rd Nocturn.)
Our Lady: such is the title which befits her in every way, as that of Our Lord beseems her Son; it is the doctrinal basis of that worship of hyperdulia which belongs to her alone. She is below her Son, whom she adores as we do; but above all God’s servants, both Angels and men, inasmuch as she is his Mother. At the Name of Jesus every knee is bent; at the Name of Mary every head is bowed. And although the former is the only Name whereby we may be saved; yet, as the Son can never be separated from his Mother, heaven unites their two Names in its hymns of praise, earth in its confidence, hell in its fear and hatred.
It was therefore in the order of Divine Providence that devotion to the most holy Name of Mary should spread simultaneously with the cultus of the adorable Name of Jesus, of which St. Bernadine of Siena was the apostle in the 15th century. In 1513 the Church of Cuenca in Spain was the first to celebrate, with the approbation of the Holy See, a special feast in honour of the Name of Mary; while the Franciscan Order had not yet succeeded in obtaining a like privilege for the adorable Name of Jesus. The reason of this is that the memory of that sacred Name included in the Feast of the Circumcision, seemed to the prudence of the Pontiffs to suffice. From the same motive we find the Feast of the most holy Name of Mary extended to the universal Church in the year l683, and that of the most holy Name of Jesus not until 1721.
Our Lady justifies her beautiful title by partaking in the warlike exploits of the King of kings her Son. The city of Vienna having been delivered by her from the power of the Crescent, contrary to all hope, the venerable Innocent XI. made this feast the memorial of universal gratitude to the liberatrix of the West. But we shall speak more explicitly of this glorious deliverance on the 12th September, the day on which it occurred.
- From the commentary on the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary in Dom Prosper Gueranger's The Liturgical Year.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Do you remember?


8 EMTs/paramedics.

60 police offices.

343 firefighters.

2,997 civilians.

Over 2,000 from sicknesses they developed from debris, dust, abestos, and fire exposure that day.

9/11/2001.

Do you remember?

Monday, 9 September 2019

Name-calling


Reports are surfacing of the Pope calling priests faithful to the Faith derogatory names while he is somewhere in Africa. "Rigid" seems to the main word.

Naturally this comes at the same time faithful, hardcore Catholics have taken to calling each other names which have no basis in reality, yet again. "Heretic," "schismatic," and "Protestant" seem to the names of choice.

There is a distinct unbalance here.

Traditionally-minded Catholics have a lot in common. More than they realize. In fact, sidestepping the question of the vacant see, they are more in agreement with a sedevacantist in South Africa than they are with Catholics from their territorial parish.

There is reasonable doubt as to whether the words "heretic," "schismatic," and "Protestant" really apply to sedevacantists and other faithful Catholics.

Not so much with the current papal incumbent and his friends.

Let us lower our swords from each others' throats and level them at the enemies of the Faith.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Let us celebrate the Nativity of the Virgin Mary; let us adore her Son, Christ our Lord. (Invitatory of the Feast) Such is the invitation addressed to us to-day by the Church. Let us hearken to her call; let us enter into her overflowing joy. The Bridegroom is at hand, for his throne is now set up on earth; yet a little while, and he will appear in the diadem of our human nature, wherewith his Mother is to crown him on the day of the joy of his heart, and of ours. To-day, as on the glorious Assumption, the sacred Canticle is heard; (Lessons of the 1st Nocturn) but this time it belongs more to earth than to heaven.

Truly a better Paradise than the first is given us at this hour. Eden, fear no more that man will endeavour to enter thee; thy Cherubim may leave the gates and return to heaven. What are thy beautiful fruits to us, since we cannot touch them without dying? Death is now for those who will not eat of the fruit so soon to appear amid the flowers of the virgin earth to which our God has led us.

Hail, new world, far surpassing in magnificence the first creation! Hail blessed haven, where we find a calm after so many storms! Aurora dawns; the rainbow glitters in the heavens; the dove comes forth; the ark rests upon the earth, offering new destinies to the world. The haven, the aurora, the rainbow, the dove, the ark of salvation, the Paradise of the heavenly Adam, the creation whereof the former was but a shadow: all this art thou, sweet infant, in whom already dwell all grace, all truth, all life.

Thou art the little cloud, which the father of prophets in the suppliant anguish of his soul awaited; and thou bringest refreshment to the parched earth. Under the weakness of thy fragile form, appears the Mother of fair love and. of holy hope. Thou art that other light cloud of exquisite fragrance, which our desert sends up to heaven. In the incomparable humility of thy soul, which knows not itself, the Angels, standing like armed warriors around thy cradle, recognise their Queen.

O Tower of the true David; citadel withstanding the first shock of Satan’s attack, and breaking all his power; true Sion, founded on the holy mountains, the highest summits of virtue; temple and palace, feebly foreshadowed by those of Solomon ; house built by Eternal Wisdom for herself: the faultless lines of thy fair architecture were planned from all eternity. Together with Emmanuel, who predestined thee for his home of delights, thou art thyself, O blessed child, the crowning point of creation, the divine ideal fully realised on earth.

Let us, then, understand the Church, when, even on this day, she proclaims thy divine maternity, and unites in her chants of praise the birth of Emmanuel and thine own. He who, being Son of God by essence, willed to be also Son of man, had, before all other designs, decreed that he would have a Mother. Such, consequently, was the primordial, absolute character of that title of mother, that, in the eternal decree, it was one with the very being of the chosen creature, the motive and cause of her existence, as well as the source of all her perfections natural and supernatural. We too, then, must recognise thee as Mother, even from thy very cradle, and must celebrate thy birthday by adoring thy Son our Lord.

Inasmuch as it embraces all the brethren of the Man-God, thy blessed maternity sheds its rays upon all time, both before and after this happy day. God is our king before ages: he hath wrought salvation in the midst of the earth. (Psalm 73:12) “The midst of the earth,” says the Abbot of Clairvaux, “admirably represents Mary. Mary is the centre of the universe, the ark of God, the cause of creation, the business of ages. Towards her turn the inhabitants of heaven and the dwellers in the place of expiation, the men that have gone before us, and we that are now living, those that are to follow us, our children’s children and their descendants. Those in heaven look to her to have their ranks filled up; those in purgatory look for their deliverance; the men of the first ages, that they may be found faithful prophets; those that come after, that they may obtain eternal happiness. Mother of God, Queen of heaven, Sovereign of the world, all generations shall call thee blessed, for thou hast brought forth life and glory for all. In thee the Angels ever find their joy, the just find grace, sinners pardon; in thee, and by thee, and from thee, the merciful hand of the Almighty has reformed the first creation.” (‘Bern, in festo Pentecost. Sermo ii. 4)

Andrew of Crete calls this day a solemnity of entrance, a feast of beginning, whose end is the union of the Word with our flesh; a virginal feast, full of joy and confidence for all. (Oratio i, in Nativit. Deiparae, 1) “All ye nations,vcome hither,” cries St. John Damascene; “come every race and every tongue, every age and every dignity, let us joyfully celebrate the birthday of the world’s gladness.” (In Natal. B. M. Homilia 1) “It is the beginning of salvation, the origin of every feast,” says St. Peter Damian; “for behold! the Mother of the Bridegroom is born. With good reason does the whole world rejoice to-day; and the Church, beside herself, bids her choirs sing wedding songs.” (Sermo xlv, in Nativit. B. M. V.)

Not only do the Doctors of East and West use similar language in praise of Mary’s birth, but moreover the Latin and Greek Churches sing, each in its own tongue, the same beautiful formula, to close the office of the Feast: “Thy birth, O Virgin Mother of God, brought joy to the whole world: for out of thee arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God: who, taking off the curse, hath bestowed blessing; and, defeating death, hath given us life everlasting.” (Trope of the dismissal in utroque Vespertino; Magnificat Ant. of 2nd Vespers)

This union of Rome and Byzantium in the celebration of to-day’s festival, dates back as far as the seventh century at least; (Liber Pontine, in Sergio I) beyond that we cannot speak with anything like certitude, nor is it known when the feast was first instituted. It is supposed to have originated at Angers, towards the year 430, by an apparition of our Lady to the holy bishop Maurillus in the fields of Marillais; and hence the name of Notre Dame Angevine often given to the feast. In the eleventh century Chartres, the city of Mary, claims for its own Fulbert, together with Robert the Pious, a principal share in the spreading of the glorious solemnity throughout France. It is well known how intimate the bishop was with the king; and how the latter himself set to music the three admirable Responsories composed by Fulbert, wherein he celebrates the rising of the mysterious star that was to give birth to the Sun; the branch springing from the rod of Jesse, and producing the divine Flower whereon the Holy Spirit was to rest; and the merciful power which caused Mary to blossom in Judsea like the rose on the thorn. (Solem justitiae, Stirps Jesse virgam produxit, Ad nutum Domini)

In the year 1245, in the third Session of the first Council of Lyons, (the same session which deposed Frederick II. from the empire), Innocent IV. established for the whole Church, not the feast, which was already kept everywhere, but the Octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Mansi, xxiii, 612) It was the accomplishment of a vow made by him and the other Cardinals during the Church’s widowhood, which, through the intrigues of the crafty emperor, lasted nineteen months after the death of Celestine IV, and which was brought to a close by the election of Sinibaldo Fieschi under the name of Innocent.

In 1377, the great Pope Gregory XI, who broke the chains of captivity in Avignon, wished to add a Vigil to the solemnity of our Lady’s birthday. But, whether he merely expressed a desire to this effect, as did his successor Urban VI with regard to a fast on the eve of the Visitation, or whether for some other reason, the intentions of the holy Pope were carried out for only a very short time during the years of trouble that followed his death.

Together with the Church, let us ask, as the fruit of this sweet feast, for that peace which seems to flee ever farther and farther from our unhappy times. Our Lady was born during the second of the three periods of universal peace wherewith the reign of Augustus was blest, the last of which ushered in the Prince of peace himself.

The temple of Janus is closed ; in the eternal City a mysterious fountain of oil has sprung up from the spot where the first sanctuary of the Mother of God is one day to be built; signs and portents are multiplied; the whole world is in expectation; the poet has sung: ‘,’Behold the last age, foretold by the Sybil, is at hand; behold the great series of new worlds is beginning; behold the Virgin !” (Virg. Eclog. iv. Pollio)

In Judea, the sceptre has been taken away from Juda; but the usurper of his power, Herod the Idumaean, is hastening to complete the splendid restoration, which will enable the second Temple worthily to receive within its walls the Ark of the New Covenant.

It is the sabbatical month, the first of the civil year, the seventh of the sacred cycle ; the month of Tisri which begins the repose of each seventh year, and in which is announced the holy year of Jubilee ; the most joyous of months, with its solemn Neomenia celebrated with trumpets and singing, its feast of Tabernacles, and the commemoration of the completion of Solomon’s Temple.

In the heavens, the sun in his passage through the Zodiac, has just left the sign of Leo to enter that of Virgo. On earth, two obscure descendants of David, Joachim and Anne, are thanking God for having, blessed their long barren union.
- From Dom Prosper Gueranger's commentary on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in The Liturgical Year.

Friday, 6 September 2019

Toronto-area Mass for the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary


Dear friends, this coming Thursday is the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary. Please invite family, friends, and those of good will who are searching for the Truth.

Let us call to mind the words of salutation given to Mary by the Archangel Gabriel on the greatest day in human history:

"Into her presence the angel came, and said: Hail, thou who art full of grace; the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women." (Luke 1:28).

Let similar words be on our lips.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Come on out, come on out, there's going to be a war"! ~ Great Britain declares war on Nazi Germany




"Come on out, come on out, there's going to be a war"! Those were the words my grandmother spoke as she hurried down to the water's edge by the seaside on that fateful Sunday of September 3rd, 1939 to bustle my mother and uncle out of the sea.  




She had just heard that Great Britain had declared war on Nazi Germany, after the Third Reich's invasion of Catholic Poland two days earlier, on September 1st. 

King George VI addressed the British Nation and the Empire in these words: 

 “The task will be hard. There may be dark days ahead, and war can no longer be confined to the battlefield. But we can only do the right as we see the right and reverently commit our cause to God.
“If one and all we keep resolutely faithful to it, ready for whatever service or sacrifice it may demand, then with God's help, we shall prevail.”


The Phony War broke out instead,  to be followed by the Germans quickly conquering the Low Countries, France and then Denmark and Norway in 1940. The real clash would begin in September and last well into 1941, being eventually known as the Battle of Britain. The Polish Squadron, 303 would have the highest percentage of kills on any air force in the war, and Polish airmen in the 16 Polish squadrons were instrumental in defeating the Luftwaffe over the skies of Britain. 



After living through the beginning of the Blitz on London, my mother spent the rest of the war in Llandudno, Wales. My father's experiences were far less forgiving, he was arrested by Nazis in the town of Przemysl, Poland, and did slave labour in Germany and occupied Norway, before escaping through the mountains into neutral Sweden. 

By war's end, Catholic Poland and a multitude of other nations would be betrayed into decades of slavery under the Soviet Union. I remember the stories my father told me of the personal experiences of Polish troops in London following the western capitulation to Stalin. Men who had risked their lives fighting for freedom were forbidden to march in D-Day parades, and were relegated to the most degrading and menial jobs. Officers included. Truly Poland had been betrayed. It would come out later that both Great Britain and the United States had been deeply penetrated by communists. The Roosevelt regime was distinguished in the number of traitors that infested it. 

With traitors afoot during negotiations on the future of Europe, the Allies were completely outflanked by the deceptions of Stalin at Tehran and Yalta. Decades later, Bolshevism would collapse in Russia from its own internal contradictions and the resilience of the long suffering Russian people, where (much to western neoliberal horror) a Christian Orthodox revival replaced it. Today, in Russia churches are being built, while in the apostate west, churches, if not being pulled down, sold, stand empty. 

Following the War, the Western Nations quickly either forgot, or twisted to be give new and false meanings to the defeat of totalitarianism. The neoliberal elite, became addicted to a poisonous stew of neo-Marxism, international finance/corporatist capitalism, and washed down with a hideous neopagan sexual gnosticism, whilst claiming to oppose fascism and be fighting for "democracy", are in actual fact the ones who are the fascists and the enemies of representative democracy and any semblance of freedom. The very countries who defeated totalitarianism, are becoming totalitarian before our eyes.