Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cardinal Manning on the Sufferings of the Church in Our Day



This post is an excerpt from Novusordowatch.org. In order to understand the situation we face, and what the near future probably holds, we must understand its contents. 


Lecture IV: Passion and “Death” of the Church

Now, it is against that person [the Pope] eminently and emphatically, as said before, that the spirit of evil and of falsehood direct its assault; for if the head of the body be smitten, the body itself must die. “Smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered,” was the old guile of the evil one, who smote the Son of God that he might scatter the flock. But that craft has been once tried, and foiled for ever; for in the death which smote the Shepherd, the flock was redeemed: and through the shepherd who is constituted in the place of the Son be smitten, the flock can be scattered no more. Three hundred years the world strove to cut off the line of the Sovereign Pontiffs; but the flock was never scattered: and so it shall be to the end. It is, nevertheless, against the Church of God, and above all against its Head, that all the spirits of evil in all ages, and, above all, in the present, direct the shafts of their enmity….
Now the Church has had to undergo already two persecutions, one from the hand of the Jews and one also from the hand of the pagans; so the writers of the early ages, the Fathers both of the East and of the West, foretold that, in the last age of the world, the Church will have to undergo a third persecution, more bitter, more bloody, more searching, and more fiery than any it has undergone as yet, and that from the hands of an infidel world revolted from the Incarnate Word….
As the wicked did not prevail against Him [our Lord Jesus Christ] even when they bound Him with cords, dragged Him to the judgment, blindfolded His eyes, mocked Him as a false King, smote Him on the head as a false Prophet, led Him away, crucified Him, and in the mastery of their power seemed to have absolute dominion over Him, so that He lay ground down and almost annihilated under their feet; and as, at that very time when He was dead and buried out of their sight, He was conqueror over all, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven, and was crowned, glorified, and invested with His royalty, and reigns supreme, King of kings and Lord of lords,— even so shall it be with His Church: though for a time persecuted, and, to the eyes of man, overthrown and trampled on, dethroned, despoiled, mocked, and crushed, yet in that high time of triumph the gates of hell shall not prevail. There is in store for the Church of God a resurrection and an ascension, a royalty and a dominion, a recompense of glory for all it has endured. Like Jesus, it needs must suffer on the way to its crown; yet crowned it shall be with Him eternally. Let no one, then, be scandalised if the prophecy speak of sufferings to come. We are fond of imagining triumphs and glories for the Church on earth,— that the Gospel is to be preached to all nations, and the world to be converted, and all enemies subdued, and I know not what,— until some ears are impatient of hearing that there is in store for the Church a time of terrible trial: and so we do as the Jews of old, who looked for a conqueror, a king, and for prosperity; and when their Messias came in humility and in passion, they did not know Him. So, I am afraid, many among us intoxicate their minds with the visions of success and victory, and cannot endure the thought that there is a time of persecution yet to come for the Church of God….
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The first sign or mark of this coming persecution is an indifference to truth. Just as there is dead calm before a whirlwind, and as the waters over a great fall run like glass, so before an outbreak there is a time of tranquillity. The first sign is indifference. The sign that portends more surely than any other the outbreak of a future persecution is a sort of scornful indifference to truth or falsehood. Ancient Rome in its might and power adopted every false religion from all its conquered nations, and gave to each of them a temple within its walls. It was sovereignly and contemptuously indifferent to all the superstitions of the earth. It encouraged them; for each nation had its own proper superstition, and that proper superstition was a mode of tranquillising, of governing, and of maintaining in subjection, the people who were indulged by building a temple within its gates. In like manner we see the nations of the Christian world at this moment gradually adopting every form of religious contradiction— that is, giving it full scope, and, as it is called, perfect toleration; not recognising any distinctions of truth or falsehood between one religion or another, but leaving all forms of religion to work their own way…. 
[T]here grows up an intense hatred of what is called dogmatism, that is, of any positive truth, anything definite, anything final, anything which has precise limits, any form of belief which is expressed in particular definitions— all this is utterly distasteful to men who on principle encourage all forms of religious opinion….
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The next step is, then, the persecution of the truth…. [In ancient Rome] there were all manner of sacred confraternities, and orders, and societies, and I know not what; but there was one society which was not permitted to exist, and that was the Church of the living God. In the midst of this universal toleration, there was one exception made with the most peremptory exactness, to exclude the truth and the Church of God from the world. Now this is what must again inevitably come to pass, because the Church of God is inflexible in the mission committed to it. The Catholic Church will never compromise a doctrine; it will never allow two doctrines to be taught within its pale; it will never obey the civil governor pronouncing judgment in matters that are spiritual. The Catholic Church is bound by the Divine law to suffer martyrdom rather than compromise a doctrine, or obey the law of the civil governor which violates the conscience; and more than this, it is not only bound to offer a passive disobedience, which may be done in a corner, and therefore not detected, and because not detected not punished; but the Catholic Church cannot be silent; it cannot hold its peace; it cannot cease to preach the doctrines of Revelation, not only of the Trinity and of the Incarnation, but likewise of the Seven Sacraments, and of the infallibility of the Church of God, and of the necessity of unity, and of the sovereignty, both spiritual and temporal, of the Holy See; and because it will not be silent, and cannot compromise, and will not obey in matters that are of its own Divine prerogative, therefore it stands alone in the world; for there is not another Church so called, nor any community professing to be a Church, which does not submit, or obey, or hold its peace, when the civil governors of the world command….
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The holy Fathers who have written upon the subject of Antichrist, and of [the] prophecies of Daniel, without a single exception, as far as I know, and they are the Fathers both of the East and of the West, the Greek and the Latin Church— all of them unanimously,— say that in the latter end of the world, during the reign of Antichrist, the holy sacrifice of the altar will cease. In the work on the end of the world, ascribed to St. Hippolytus, after a long description of the afflictions of the last days, we read as follows: “The Churches shall lament with a great lamentation, for there shall be offered no more oblation, nor incense, nor worship acceptable to God. The sacred buildings of the churches shall be as hovels; and the precious body and blood of Christ shall not be manifest in those days; the Liturgy shall be extinct; the chanting of psalms shall cease; the reading of Holy Scripture shall be heard no more. But there shall be upon men darkness, and mourning upon mourning, and woe upon woe.” Then, the Church shall be scattered, driven into the wilderness, and shall be for a time, as it was in the beginning, invisible, hidden in catacombs, in dens, in mountains, in lurking-places; for a time it shall be swept, as it were, from the face of the earth. Such is the universal testimony of the Fathers of the early centuries….
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The secret societies have long ago undermined and honeycombed the Christian society of Europe, and are at this moment struggling onward toward, Rome, the centre of all Christian order in the world. The fulfilment of the prophecy is yet to come; and that which we have seen in the two wings, we shall see also in the centre; and that great army of the Church of God will, for a time, be scattered. It will seem, for a while, to be defeated, and the power of the enemies of the faith for a time to prevail. The continual sacrifice will be taken away, and the sanctuary will be cast down…. If you would understand this prophecy of desolation, enter into a church: which was once Catholic, where now is no sign of life; it stands empty, untenanted, without altar, without tabernacle, without the presence of Jesus….
And thus we come to the third mark, the casting down of "the Prince of Strength;" that is, the Divine authority of the Church, and especially of him in whose person it is embodied, the Vicar of Jesus Christ…. The dethronement of the Vicar of Christ is the dethronement of the hierarchy of the universal Church, and the public rejection of the Presence and Reign of Jesus….
The direct tendency of all the events we see at this moment is clearly this, to overthrow Catholic worship throughout the world. Already we see that every Government in Europe is excluding religion from its public acts. The civil powers are desecrating themselves: government is without religion; and if government be without religion, education must be without religion. We see it already in Germany and in France. It has been again and again attempted in England. The result of this can be nothing but the re-establishment of mere natural society; that is to say, the governments and the powers of the world, which for a time were subdued by the Church of God to a belief in Christianity, to obedience to the laws of God, and to the unity of the Church, having revolted from it and desecrated themselves, have relapsed into their natural state….
[Many] shall fall from their fidelity to God. And how shall this come to pass? Firstly by fear, partly by deception, partly by cowardice, partly because they cannot stand for unpopular truth in the face of popular falsehood; partly because the overruling contemptuous public opinion, as in such a country as this, and in France, so subdues and frightens Catholics, that they dare not avow their principles, and, at last, dare not hold them…. 
The Word of God tells us that towards the end of time the power of this world will became so irresistible and so triumphant that the Church of God will sink underneath its hand — that the Church of God will receive no more help from emperors, or kings, or princes, or legislatures, or nations, or peoples, to make resistance against the power and the might of its antagonist. It will be deprived of protection. It will be weakened, baffled, and prostrate, and will lie bleeding at the feet of the powers of this world. Does this seem incredible? What, then, do we see at this moment? Look at the Catholic and Roman Church throughout the world. When was it ever more like its Divine Head in the hour when He was bound hand and foot by those who betrayed Him? Look at the Catholic Church, still independent, faithful to its Divine trust, and yet cast off by the nations of the world; at the Holy Father, the Vicar of our Divine Lord, at this moment mocked, scorned, despised, betrayed, abandoned, robbed of his own, and even those that would defend him murdered. When, I ask, was the Church of God ever in a weaker condition, in a feebler state in the eyes of men, and in this natural order, than it is now? And from whence, I ask, is deliverance to come? Is there on earth any power to intervene? Is there any king, prince, or potentate, that has the power to interpose either his will or his sword for the protection of the Church? Not one; and it is foretold it should be so. Neither need we desire it, for the will of God seems to be otherwise. 
But there is One Power which will destroy all antagonists; there is One Person who will break down and smite small as the dust of the summer threshing-floor all the enemies of the Church, for it is He who will consume His enemies "with the Spirit of His mouth," and destroy them "with the brightness of His coming." It seems as if the Son of God were jealous lest any one should vindicate His authority. He has claimed the battle to Himself; He has taken up the gage which has been cast down against Him; and prophecy is plain and explicit that the last overthrow of evil will be His; that it will be wrought by no man, but by the Son of God; that all the nations of the world may know that He, and He alone, is King, and that He, and He alone, is God….
The writers of the Church tell us that in the latter days the city of Rome will probably become apostate from the Church and Vicar of Jesus Christ; and that Rome will again be punished, for he will depart from it; and the judgment of God will fall on the place from which he once reigned over the nations of the world…. Rome shall apostatise from the faith and drive away the Vicar of Christ, and return to its ancient paganism….
[Summing up,] the Antichrist, and the antichristian movement, has these marks: first, schism from the Church of God; secondly, denial of its Divine and infallible voice; and thirdly, denial of the Incarnation. It is, therefore, the direct and mortal enemy of the One Holy Catholic and Roman Church— the unity from which all schism is made; the sole organ of the Divine voice of the Spirit of God; the shrine and sanctuary of the Incarnation and of the continual sacrifice….



Monday, April 20, 2015

Little Office in Latin and English available

Little Office
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The Traditional, Pre-Vatican II Little Office, arranged in an easy to use format. With inspirational art This Little Office is designed to be used with almost no flipping back and forth to different spots. Each season of the Liturgical Year is self-contained and the prayers that vary with the season are located in the appropriate place so the user can go through sequentially. Includes the commemorations of St. Joseph and St. Francis of Assisi. Latin and English on facing pages 
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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Fr. Campbell's Sermon for 2nd Sunday after Easter



Second Sunday after Easter, April 19, 2015

“Every knee should bend” (Phil.2:10)


Jesus Christ is God’s only-begotten Son! Jesus is a Divine Being, one in nature with the Father and the Holy Ghost. Born into this world a Man, the Son of the Holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary, Jesus is rightly called the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, before whom all nations should bend the knee in worship. Ponder these inspired words of St. Paul:

“Have this mind in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who though he was by nature God, did not consider being equal to God a thing to be clung to, but emptied himself, taking the nature of a slave and being made like unto men. And appearing in the form of man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even to death on a cross. Therefore God also has exalted him and has bestowed upon him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven, on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father” (Phil.2:5-11).

Jesus Christ is the Truth, says St. John, and the Holy Ghost is His witness:

“And it is the Spirit that bears witness that Christ is the truth” (1Jn.5:6b).

The Truth is not something to be discovered. In vain do Novus Ordo Catholics dialogue with those of the false religions to “search for the truth” together. This denies that Jesus Christ, Truth itself, is already among us. So Papa Bergoglio thinks it’s a mortal sin to reject dialogue! So what! If you do not listen to what God revealed, you will believe lies. You will be swallowed up by the deceptions of this world and lose your chance for eternal happiness. Your end will be miserable, your punishment the fiery furnace of Hell for all eternity.

The systems of this world – political, judicial, educational, even religious – manipulate the truth so as to keep themselves in business, and us in the dark. Their “truth” is their latest decrees. Laws are passed approving sin and error, and condemning righteousness and truth. But it was always like that. In the 8th century B.C. the prophet Isaiah warned:

“Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness: that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter… That justify the wicked for gifts, and take away the justice of the just from him. Therefore as the tongue of the fire devoureth the stubble, and the heat of the flame consumeth it: so shall their root be as ashes, and their bud shall go up as dust. For they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and have blasphemed the word of the Holy One of Israel” (Is.5:20,23, 24).

Truth itself was condemned to death among sinners. But Truth could not remain long in the tomb. Truth rose again on the third day, and by the power of the Holy Ghost His Church still lives to uphold His divine teachings. The devil thought he had won the battle when he saw the stone blocking the entrance to the tomb. But his greatest hopes were dashed on the third day when Christ the King arose in glory from His place of rest.

Now the devil, in his all-out war with the Church Jesus founded, again thinks he is winning the battle. Doesn’t he have virtually the whole world on his side? But though small in number, with God, we are in the majority. And we have the Woman clothed with the sun, St. Michael the Archangel, and the hosts of angels and saints. How keen will be the devil’s disappointment when the True Church rises again from the tomb to which she has been assigned.

We have been given the Key to Heaven, our faith. St. John assures us:

“I have not written to you as to those who do not know the truth, but as to those who know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is the Antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. No one who disowns the Son has the Father. He who confesses the Son has the Father also” (1Jn.2:21-23). 

 Jesus Himself told the Jews:

“All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and him to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Mt.11:27).

Is it really THAT necessary to believe in Jesus Christ? Oh, says St. John! Absolutely!:

“Because all that is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith. Who is there that overcomes the world if not he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1Jn.5:1-5).

Those who believe in the Son will be truly free:

“Jesus therefore said to the Jews who had come to believe in him, ‘If you abide in my word, you shall be my disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’ They answered him, ‘We are the children of Abraham, and we have never yet been slaves to anyone. How sayest thou, “You shall be free”?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. But the slave does not abide in the house forever; the son abides there forever. If therefore the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed’” (Jn.8:31-36).

St. John, Apostle and Evangelist, who has so greatly enriched us with his Gospel and his Letters (Epistles), says it all in this one phrase from his Gospel:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that those who believe in him may not perish, but may have life everlasting” (Jn.3:16).

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A True Pope, Pius XII, vs an antipope, JP2



The harm to souls done by immodest paintings and photographs: We will be held accountable!


Here is a true story about a soul that visited a religious sister after being sent to Purgatory:
(Taken from Purgatory Explained, published by TAN Books & Publishers)

Those who have had the misfortune to give bad example, and to wound or cause the perdition of souls by scandal, must take care to repair all in this world, if they would not be subjected to the most terrible expiation in the other. It was not in vain that Jesus Christ cried out, "Woe to the world because of scandals! Woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh!" (Matt 18:7).

Hear what Father Rossignoli relates in his Merveilles du Purgatoire. A painter of great skill and otherwise exemplary life had once made a painting not at all conformable to the strict rules of Christian modesty. It was one of those paintings which, under the pretext of being works of art, are found in the best families, and the sight of which causes the loss of so many souls.

Soon, however, renouncing this pernicious style, he confined himself to the production of religious pictures, or at least of those which were perfectly irreproachable. Finally, he was painting a large picture in the convent of the discalced Carmelites, when he was attacked by a mortal malady. Feeling that he was about to die, he asked the Prior to allow him to be interred in the church of the monastery, and bequeathed to the community his earnings, which amounted to a considerable sum of money, charging them to have Masses said for the repose of his soul. He died in pious sentiments, and a few days passed, when a Religious who had stayed in the choir after Matins saw him appear in the midst of flames and sighing piteously.

"What!" said the Religious, "have you to endure such pain, after leading so good a life and dying so holy a death?"

"Alas!" replied he, "it is on account of the immodest picture that I painted some years ago. When I appeared before the tribunal of the Sovereign Judge, a crowd of accusers came to give evidence against me. They declared that they had been excited to improper thoughts and evil desires by a picture, the work of my hand. In consequence of those bad thoughts some were in Purgatory, others in Hell. The latter cried for vengeance, saying that, having been the cause of their eternal perdition, I deserved, at least, the same punishment. Then the Blessed Virgin and the saints whom I had glorified by my pictures took up my defense. They represented to the Judge that the unfortunate painting had been the work of youth, and of which I had repented; that I had repaired it afterwards by religious objects which had been a source of edification to souls.

In consideration of these and other reasons, the Sovereign Judge declared that, on account of my repentance and my good works, I should be exempt from damnation; but at the same time, He condemned me to these flames until that picture should be burned, so that it could no longer scandalize anyone."

If such are the consequences of an immodest picture, what then, will be the punishment of the sill more disastrous scandals resulting from bad books, bad papers, bad schools, and bad conversations?

Taken from Purgatory Explained, by Fr F.X. Schouppe, S.J. (TAN Books & Publishers, 1986).

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BEWARE of propagating immodest images for any reason. You could be the means by which souls are damned!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Fr. Campbell's Sermon for Low Sunday

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Low Sunday, April 13, 2015
His Mercy Endures Forever (Ps.135:1)

No doubt most of us “of a certain age” remember the era of the devout Catholic. Our churches were filled several times over on Sunday mornings, and many returned in the evening for Rosary and Benediction. There were devotions to our Mother of Perpetual Help, or some other well-attended devotion during the week. Our churches were open from dawn to dusk, and many passers-by dropped in for morning Mass, or to pay a visit to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Nuns and priests were identified by their religious garb and pious demeanor. Well, most of them!

But a new spirit swept through the Church with Vatican II, which threatened to destroy the true Church, if that were possible. At the end of the 1800s, Canon Roca, an apostate priest, was already predicting a new religion, with new dogma, a new ritual, and a new priesthood, all of which would be instituted at an ecumenical council convoked by a new Masonic pope (Bishop Rudolph Graber, Athanasius and the Church of Our Time, p. 35).

To implement the “reforms” that had been contemplated at Vatican II, the unwanted rituals and devotions of the Old Church would have to be cleared away. Statues were stored in basements and attics, if not thrown on junk heaps. Altars were demolished and replaced by tables. Catholic churches began to look like Protestant meeting halls or Masonic temples. A few churches were spared through the heroic efforts of traditional clergy and outraged parishioners. But the new “mass” would likely include altar servers in high heels, Communion in the hand, and lay persons offering a sip from the chalice.

Catholic devotional life was in steep decline. The ancient Catholic devotions were cleared away to make room for new ones. Many saints were removed from the Liturgical Calendar and no longer celebrated. They said it was not good to be too focused on the saints. But soon we would ALL be focusing on the new Vatican II saints – “Saint” John Paul II, “Saint” John XXIII, soon-to-be “Saint” Paul VI, and thousands of others “canonized” in the wake of Vatican II. The only thing preventing Benedict XVI and Francis Bergoglio from being canonized is that they are still alive.  

Among the new devotions to be trotted out was the Divine Mercy Devotion. I was very young growing up in Nova Scotia when I heard that the writings of Sr. Faustina Kawalska had been placed on the Index of Forbidden Books, and that the Divine Mercy picture of Jesus with rays coming from the area of His Heart, was withdrawn from public veneration. Faustina had grand illusions. Her absurd and ridiculous claim that Our Lord had told her she was the holiest of all creatures, purer than the angels, did not sit well with Pope Pius XII, or with the Holy Office in the early years of John XXIII, nor did her claim that she would not have to undergo either the Particular Judgment or the General Judgment, like the rest of the human race. The holiest of all creatures? Wasn’t that supposed to be the Blessed Virgin Mary?

But then came Karol Wojtyla, known to the world as John Paul II. Under him Sr. Faustina was rehabilitated, and set on the fast-track for canonization. The Divine Mercy Devotion was revived, and it spread like wildfire throughout the Novus Ordo church. John Paul wrote an encyclical on the Divine Mercy called Dives in Misericordia, which was long on mercy, but short on any requirements, like repentance for sin.

The most absurd result of John Paul’s Divine Mercy revival was the Divine Mercy Novena beginning on Good Friday, and continuing through Easter Sunday and the Octave of Easter to Low Sunday, which by John Paul’s decree has now become Divine Mercy Sunday.

The Church prepares us from the First Sunday of Advent, and especially through the six weeks of Lent, for the culmination of the Liturgical Year, the observance of the Paschal Mystery, the Crucifixion, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. And are we now going to turn instead to a novena? The Divine Mercy Novena is a clever ruse designed to distract us from the chief mysteries of our Holy Religion. And to advance from absurdity to insanity, “Papa” Bergoglio has just released a Papal Bull declaring a Jubilee Year dedicated to Divine Mercy, based on the so-called “revelations” of “Saint” Faustina.

Distracting attention from Holy Week and the Easter Octave with the Divine Mercy novena was not by any means John Paul’s only liturgical atrocity. He changed the Holy Rosary by adding the Luminous Mysteries, and allowing that the Rosary beads could also be used – to recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

Where on earth did these loose cannons, the Vatican II papal pretenders, come from? Are they playing games with us? Well, yes! Someone sent me the following announcement from The Jewish Press.com, by a Mr. Ben-Gedalyahu, with this comment: “The Synagogue of Satan brazenly reveals Talmudic agenda against the Church & Christian Civilization via new video game.” I quote from the announcement:

“The popular Crusader Kings II computer game has created Jewish roots and has gone for monotheism with the new fifth expansion of the game called ‘Sons of Abraham.’… The new version… allows the player to use Christian lords to gain influence in the Catholic Church by using a loyal bishop who can be appointed Cardinal. Once the time comes for white smoke, your friend the Cardinal can elect your favorite as pope… Now the Jews can manipulate the Catholics for a change, choose the pope, take control and make the world a better place” (Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu, thejewishpress.com, Oct.25, 2013).

But there is only One who can make the world a better place, Christ our King, the Merciful, but Just Judge. Before His arrest and Crucifixion He gave this warning to His Apostles:

“And then, if anyone say to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ; behold, there he is,’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. Be on your guard, therefore; behold, I have told you all things beforehand” (Mk.13:21-23).

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Warning on Ecumenism from the Holy Office in 1948

The Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office
Canonical Warning on Ecumenism (1948)

Editorial Comment: Novus Ordo Watch is pleased to provide the first English translation of this rare, hard-to-find document issued by the Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office of the Roman Catholic Church, dated June 5, 1948. It is a canonical warning, a so-called Monitum, issued by the Church's highest authority against Catholic involved in ecumenical gatherings with non-Catholics, very much the kind now fully endorsed and promoted by the Novus Ordo Church and its bogus "Second Vatican Council". We are providing this text to demonstrate the seriousness of the matter and that the true Roman Catholic Church condemns, and does not endorse, ecumenism. The reason for the Church's strictness regarding this issue is that ecumenism gravely endangers the Faith, as explained in Pope Pius XI's encyclica Mortalium Animos (1928) and Pope Pius XII's instruction De Motione Oecumenica (1949). 
WARNING
Mixed gatherings of non-Catholics with Catholics have been reportedly held in various places, where things pertaining to the Faith have been discussed against the prescriptions of the Sacred Canons and without previous permission of the Holy See. Therefore all are reminded that according to the norm of Canon 1325 § 3 laypeople as well as clerics both secular and regular are forbidden to attend these gatherings without the aforesaid permission. It is however much less licit for Catholics to summon and institute such kind of gatherings. Let therefore Ordinaries urge all to serve these prescriptions accurately.
These are to be observed with even stronger force of law when it comes to gatherings called “ecumenical”, which laypeople and clerics may not attend at all without previous consent of the Holy See.
Moreover, since acts of mixed worship have also been posed not rarely both within and without the aforesaid gatherings, all are once more warned that any communication in sacred affairs is totally forbidden according to the norm of Canons 1258 and 731, § 2.
Given at Rome, at the premises of the Holy Office, on June 5th 1948.

Petrus Vigorita, Notary

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Fr. Campbell's Sermon for Easter Sunday 2015

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Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015
“Our Heart Burning within Us”(Lk.24:32)

A Blessed Easter to everyone! How blessed we are to be able to celebrate the great feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord in our beautifully renewed church, which we blessed and re-dedicated yesterday afternoon!

On this holy Easter Morning we are invited by St. Paul to remember the events of the Passover. The Israelites, after 430 years in Egypt, had been commanded by God to prepare an unblemished lamb to be sacrificed. It was to be consumed that evening, and its blood was to be sprinkled on their doorposts and lintels. When God sent the angel of death to claim the firstborn of the land of Egypt, he passed over the homes of the Israelites, because he saw the blood of the lamb that had been slain. But the firstborn of the Egyptians, including the son of the pharaoh, expired during the night. When the Israelites left Egypt in haste to escape the wrath of the pharaoh and his army, they did not have time to let their bread rise, so they ate it unleavened. Note that we use unleavened bread in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

When the Israelites reached the Red Sea under the leadership of Moses, he struck the water with his staff, and the waters parted to let them pass through. But when the Egyptians pursued them the waters came rushing back, and pharaoh and his army perished in the Red Sea.

After forty years in the desert, only the Israelites who were born in the desert were allowed to enter the Promised Land. The older generation, those who had left Egypt, were not allowed to enter. Many of them had perished in the desert when God punished them for worshipping the golden calf and behaving in a gravely sinful manner. Not even Moses was allowed to enter the Promised Land, but he was able to view it from Mount Nebo before he died. Only Joshua and a few others of the older generation entered the Promised Land. 

When the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant reached the Jordan, then in flood stage, the waters ceased to flow, rising up in the upper parts of the river. All the people crossed over led by Joshua. When all had safely crossed, the waters again rushed down on their way to the Dead Sea. This tells us a story in itself, because Joshua is another form of the name, Jesus. And Jesus Christ is the one who leads us into the Promised Land of Heaven.

How wonderfully the events of the Old Testament foretell those of the New. Jesus Himself affirmed both before and after His Resurrection that the Old Testament Scriptures refer to Him. To the two disciples on the way to Emmaus to whom He appeared shortly after His Resurrection, He said:

“‘O foolish ones and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things before entering into his glory?’ And beginning then with Moses and with all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things referring to himself” (Lk.24:25-27).

Still not realizing that it was the risen Jesus Himself speaking to them, they invited Him to stay with them overnight. St. Luke relates:

“And it came to pass when he reclined at table with them, that he took the bread and blessed and broke and began handing it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. And they said to each other, ‘Was not our heart burning within us while he was speaking on the road and explaining to us the Scriptures?’” (Lk.24:29b-32).

The truth of the Holy Gospels must be defended against the false prophets foretold by Our Lord. The words of Jesus to the two disciples have been flatly contradicted by Benedict XVI (Ratzinger). In his “let’s pretend” world, the word of God can have two different meanings, one for the Jews and one for the Catholics. This sounds like the Protestant doctrine of the private interpretation of Scripture – the Bible means what you think it means, or more likely, what you want it to mean. But that it should mean two different things at once?

But Benedict, like Bergoglio after him, is in the business of appeasing the Jews, whom he says are justified in not seeing Jesus Christ in the prophecies of the Old Testament, because of the “obscurity of the texts”. But Jesus did not find the texts obscure when He spoke to the two disciples about “Moses and the prophets” and “in all the Scriptures the things referring to Himself”.

Says Ratzinger, “There are perfectly good reasons… for denying that the Old Testament refers to Christ…” Incredibly, he says that “the shock of the Shoah (the Holocaust) has put the whole question in a new light,” which he thinks should cause Christians to renounce any right to propose a Christian interpretation of the Old Testament, which he dubs “Israel’s Bible.” (Information from God and the World, and other writings by Ratzinger, as quoted by Dr. T. Droleskey in No Space Between Ratzinger and Bergoglio, p.15).

But why should their Holocaust have any effect whatsoever on what the Catholic Church has taught for 2,000 years? Who has first claim on the Old Testament? Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, of course! The Word of God, and the right to interpret it, belong to God, the Word! In any case, the Jews have abandoned “Israel’s Bible” and placed their money on their Talmud.

“‘O foolish ones and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things before entering into his glory?’ And beginning then with Moses and with all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things referring to himself” (Lk.24:25-27).

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! He is truly Risen! Alleluia!