September 2005

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September 30 - St. Jerome, Confessor & Doctor (Double Feast)

Pope Meets with SSPX Fellay's Antipode: Newpope Makes No Distinction

From: Fr. Moderator
Hans Kueng

Hans Kueng, Mentor of Joseph Ratzinger
The Two Modernists Conspired at Vatican II
But Kung Was Too Modernist a Theologian even for Paul VI, Who Silenced Him
Now Benedict-Ratzinger Yacks with His Old Mentor in a Parody of the Fellay "Beheading" Meeting

It is becoming clear and clear that Benedict-Ratzinger's meeting with Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the SSPX, is just another ruse, as TRADITIO claimed from the beginning. Having met with the "traditionalist," Newpope met with the opposite end of the spectrum, the Modernist theologian Hans Kung, who was suspended by Paul VI. The meeting with Kung was reportedly longer than that with Fellay.

Apparently, Newpope will meet with anybody from "dissident" traditional bishops to Modernist theological wackos. It's all P.R. for "Sa Santité Grise," the Modernist Benedict-Ratzinger, one of the Great Fathers of Vatican II. Kung publicly denies the Catholic dogma of papal infallibility as defined at Vatican I and is therefore a professed heretic. Contrarily, the "dissident" Fellay recognizes the dogma. Isn't that irony for you?

And why shouldn't the Modernist Benedict-Ratzinger have a soft spot in his heart for the heretic? Kung and Ratzinger had been colleagues at Tuebingen university, and it was Kung who had urged the university's theology department to hire the young Ratzinger. The two also were Modernist operatives at the Second Vatican Council 1962-1965, where they joined to support the Modernist takeover of Pope John's Council, when the pope was dying of stomach cancer.

From: John (TRADITIO's SSPX Correspondent from India)

Dear Fr. Moderator:

Your Commentaries on the Fellay meetings with Benedict-Ratzinger are to be highly commended for their perceptions. I give my observations from my close observations of the SSPX here in India.

Fellay's pet call is that the Traditional Latin Mass (or at least the "Modernized" Mass of 1962) should be freed for all priests. But what about the freeing of traditional Catholic theology, the scholastic teachings of the Doctors of the Church, and the teachings of the holy popes before Vatican II, all of which have been banished from Newchurch schools, universities, and seminaries? Does any Newchurch presbyter even know what Transubstantiation means? In the United Kingdom, for example, 93 percent of school children in Newchurch schools lose the Catholic Faith by the time they are out of school.

There is no visible evidence that Fellay has ever addressed the problem of the erosion of Catholic teachings in schools and houses of priestly formation. In fact, should Fellay sign a pact with Rome, Benedict-Ratzinger may allow him the True Mass but undermine the SSPX from below the belt by appointing Modernist professors to SSPX seminaries in order to impart, at grass-roots level, the "spirit of Vatican II."

Worse still, Benedict-Ratzinger may make Schmidberger, the former SSPX Superior General, a bishop in Newchurch and "ordain" him personally and then jockey him into the chair of the Superior General by the time Fellay's term expires in 2006 in a re-play of the Rifan betrayal at Campos.

Fellay may be the current SSPX Superior, but he is third in order of seniority of the SSPX bishops. Has he taken his fellow bishops into confidence before planning his meeting with Benedict Ratzinger? The answer is doubtful [though some public statements have been made to give this impression].

September 29 - Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel (Double Feast of the First Class)
Eleventh Anniversary of the TRADITIO Traditional Roman Catholic Internet Site

St. Michael Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel
Heavenly Patron of the TRADITIO Traditional Roman Catholic Internet Site
Sacred Scripture and Tradition Hold that It Is St. Michael
To Whom God Will Give the Final Victory over Satan

Today, the Feastday of St. Michael the Archangel, TRADITIO's heavenly patron, is the eleventh anniversary of the TRADITIO Traditional Roman Catholic Internet Site. We have well passed reaching 2,500,000 participants in that time. TRADITIO is the most popular traditional Roman Catholic Internet Site on the internet, as determined in a statistical survey performed by an search subsidiary.

TRADITIO was also the first traditional Roman Catholic site to appear on the internet. We appeared on September 29, 1994 -- even before the Newvatican web site appeared. Originally, our apostolate focused on an E-mail list, with the web page supplementing that. Now our focus is the web site, with E-mail being converted to it as our daily Commentaries from the Mailbox department. In addition, TRADITIO has expanded over the years to include:

What we did not understand when we started was the vast number of traditional Catholics who were cut off from the Traditional Latin Mass, but discovered the Traditional Catholic Movement through the TRADITIO web site. It is humbling to realize that we have now touched well over two and a half million souls, many of whom would never have learned about Traditional Catholic Movement except from TRADITIO. Our file bulges with thousands of messages from participants who have found the true Roman Catholic Faith, or have re-found it, because of TRADITIO. From time to time we have shared their stories with you.

During our eleven years here, we have tried to focus on the "big picture" of what is going on in the Church, eschewing the modern fixation on personalities (except those who are acting publicly in their official capacities), focusing on what is said rather than who is doing the speaking. Our subtitle tells our mission: "An independent, balanced voice of traditional Catholicism, avoiding heresy on the left and schism on the right." There are some differences of opinion in the movement, mostly matters of mechanics, but these pale in comparison with the Big Three on which we are truly traditional Roman Catholics all unified: the Traditional Latin Mass, the Traditional Latin Sacraments, and the Traditional Roman Catholic Faith and Morals.

We thank the Lord for our correspondents all over the world, who keep us current on everything going on in the bowels of Newvatican, in the inner sancta of various traditional organizations such as SSPX, and at the many Traditional Latin Mass sites. To this raw data, TRADITIO gives what no other side does, not the perspective of some lay armchair theologian, but decades of analysis and perspective extending to before Vatican II. The truth is not to be found in mere "facts" or "data" or "sources," but in the seasoned and sagacious analysis and interpretation of the raw material from long experience and observation. That is what TRADITIO alone presents: the classical Catholic approach, not modern caricatures on either side.

If TRADITIO has been of assistance to you over these many years, please remember us on this our anniversary date, and say a prayer for the intercession of our powerful patron St. Michael, for all the traditional clergy, for the true Church as a whole, and for our Roman Catholic civilization:

Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in praelio. Contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium. Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur. Tuque princeps militiae caelestis, Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo divina virtute in infernum detrude. Amen.

An Enchiridion of Novus Ordo Messes: The "Afro" Mess

From: Fr. Moderator
Afro Mess

The "Afro" Mess
In Which the People Dress as Pagan African Gods and Goddesses
While a Pagan Priestess Serves as an Acolyte of the Presbyter

While the Novus Ordinarians of the United States think that they can sometimes hide in more "conservative" Counterfeit Messes, they stick their heads in the sand like ostriches about what is going on elsewhere in the name of their New Order.

Here we have the "Afro" Mess (Missa Afro), during which people dressed as African "gods" and "goddesses", while a pagan priestess acted as an acolyte of the presbyter. This latest Mess occurred in the Archdiocese of Sao Luis do Maranhao, Brazil, on November 17, 2001, during the VIIIth Encounter of schools associated to the United Nations organ UNESCO.

Next on the agenda, as recommended by a African Newchurch archbishop, is the sacrifice of chickens and the drinking of chicken blood instead of the usual Novus Ordo grape juice. Such practices already exist in the Caribbean. (For other examples of Novus Ordo Messes, see Novus Ordo Service Photo Gallery.)

September 28 - St. Wenceslaus, Martyr (Semidouble Feast)

Is Newvatican Planning to "Merge" the "Indult" Mass with the Novus Ordo Service?

From: Roderick
Novus Ordo Mess

Is a Semi-Novus Ordo Mess in the Offing for the Indultarians?
An EWTN Cable Network Presbyter Reveals that Newvatican
Is Now Working on "Upping" the "Indult" Mass
To the New Order Version of 1964, 1965, or even 1967

Dear Fr. Moderator:

What disturbs me is that two days before Presbyter Levis gave the honest answer on the Charismatic Newchurch EWTN Cable Network that the Novus Ordo service is a "complete fabrication," he wrote the following in response to another question:

I also have read in good, reasonable sources that this union of the two Masses [the Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo Service] may well be in the works. I think this action far more reasonable than two rites since, after all, they are identical in many ways. So, does Presbyter Levis suffer of schizophrenia or something? We may never know. So much for his "expertise" though.

Fr. Moderator Replies.

The deceit thickens, doesn't it? Actually, Presbyter Levis might have unknowingly spilled the beans again. It is no secret that Newvatican does not want the "indult" to remain even at the Modernized Missal of 1962. There have been several efforts to push that date to the 1964 or 1965 version, then the 1967 version (which has the invalid consecration). For example, before the "indult" Society of St. John the Evangelist of Scranton (to be distinguished from the fully traditional Society of St. John the Apostle on the West Coast) was suppressed for immorality, its Superior was frequently quoted as wanting to go to the 1965 Mess -- and as actually doing so at several sites.

The 1962 Modernized Missal is bad enough. Archbishop Lefebvre had serious problems with it, but chose not to press this issue because there were so many other serious issues in the fire. He rightly objected to the wholesale changes engineered by the Freemason Hannibal Bugnini in very ancient Roman rites of Holy Week, part of the Missale Romanum decreed by the dogmatic Council of Trent and Pope St. Pius V.

The archbishop also objected on theological grounds to the elimination of the second Confiteor before Communion, if any in the congregation received. He also objected to the implicit change on Catholic teaching concerning those Jews who remained unfaithful when the adjective perfidis was eliminated from the Litanical Prayers of Good Friday.

The "1962 Missal" changed the ranking of liturgical days so that the Mass of a Saint, even one of the Apostles, would never be celebrated on a Sunday. Nor would the Mass of a Roman Arcbasilica (such as St. Peter's). The fully traditional rite allows for the precedence of the feastdays of Apostles, Archbasilicas, and certain other high feasts, should they happen to fall on a Sunday.

Newchurch is extremely cunning. It has developed the "loss-leader" methodology to perfection. It gets the Indultarians into the Novus Ordo temples with the empty promise that they can have the "1962 Missal," but at the same time Newchurch engineers taking even the "Indult" Mass away from them. All the more reason to stay away from "indult" Masses (most of which have imported features of the New Order, to one degree or another) if there is any other option available, even if that option is less convenient in any given area. Generally, one is safest in preferring independent, SSPV or CMRI, then SSPX sites, in that order.

September 27 - Sts. Cosmas & Damian, Martyrs (Semidouble Feast)

It's Official: EWTN Cable Network Admits that Its Mass Is a "Complete Fabrication"

From: Fr. Moderator
Robert Levis

Presbyter Robert Levis, an Employee of the Charismatic EWTN Cable Network
Stuns the World by Fessing up to the Traditional Catholic Position:
The Novus Ordo Service Is a "Complete Fabrication"

UPDATE. Within 24 hours of the time TRADITIO published Presbyter Levis's statement below to its worldwide network of participants, now numbering some 2,500,000 million, the Newchurch Charismatic EWTN Cable Network expunged its response and replaced it with the standard "false obedience" line: "In America at present, no priest [presbyter] is to celebrate the Tridentine Mass without permission of his bishop, without an Indult from the Ecclesia Dei Commission of Rome." Even for those who missed the originally-published response, it is clear that something deceptive went on, as the currently-published response no longer answers the question posed (which was left)!

Our correspondent Timothy reports as follows: "I'm sure that you won't be shocked to learn that EWTN, that 'Catholic' bastion of duplicity, has amended Presbyter Levis's response calling the Novus Ordo service a "complete fabrication." Suddenly, the "fabrication" comment has been wiped clean from the response. I've always said that there are liars, and then there are damned liars. EWTN fits nicely into the latter category!"

Magna est veritas, et praevalet [Great is the truth, and it prevails] (1 Esdras 4:41).

Those of you who have so bombarded that Charismatic Newchurch EWTN Cable Network with the Catholic facts about the Novus Ordo Protestant-Masonic-Pagan service have finally gotten through. EWTN (and remember that it is officially "recognized" but the U.S. Conference of [Newchurch] Catholic Bishops) has admitted that the Novus Ordo, even in Latin, "is a complete fabrication or product of its creators, a point of contention within the Church since it has few if any roots in the Tridentine [Traditional] Mass."

So there you have it. You can quote this statement as "official" to all your unbelieving Novus Ordo acquaintances. It is directly out of the mouth of Newchurch itself, in this case, one Presbyter Robert Levis, an employee of EWTN, whose statement was published by EWTN on September 9 urbi et orbi.

So then the question becomes: why does EWTN continue to televise a fake "Mess" in an effort to deceive millions around the world that it is "Catholic"? Neither EWTN nor its Mess is Catholic. At least Presbyter Levis was caught off guard to state the obvious. Now, EWTN's only moral course is to cease broadcasting its counterfeit Novus Ordo Mess and fire all of its Protestant Charismatic personnel.

Mother Angelica, you took an oath to remain Roman Catholic and forswore yourself to enter the false New Order Church. It's not too late for you to convert to traditional Roman Catholicism and stop scandalizing the world with your counterfeit Newfaith.

Here in France, the SSPX and Fellay Are on Notice from Their Membership

From: Francois (France)

David is absolutely correct when he wrote: "I believe that it may well have been TRADITIO's own photos that Fellay presented to Benedict." I know it because I'm one of the numerous TRADITIO faithful participants who brought your Novus Ordo Service Photo Gallery to the attention of SSPX authorities so that they cannot look the other way or claim nobody ever told them. (For further information, see Novus Ordo Service Photo Gallery.)

Besides, quite a few of us have recently written to our Newchurch bishops in order to warn them that we would simply leave the Society if Bishop Fellay were to schmooze with "Ratz," as he seemed bent to do. After the Fatima reparation pilgrimage, I wrote to Bishop Williamson, because he seems to be the most traditionally-committed of the four bishops within the Society. I'm not naive: my letter did not do the trick. But the great number of such letters and the prayers of the SSPX faithful may have had some impact. It is much to be hoped, since an SSPX collapse would give a terrible blow to Catholic Tradition all over the world.

Is the "Inspection" of U.S Seminaries a Fraud?

From: Maria

Dear Fr. Moderator:

I was wondering whether you have any comments on the supposed inspection of U.S. seminaries, i.e., the current hullabaloo about homosexuals being kicked out. I thought that the Newvatican document that is alleged to be coming out in October is to be quite watered down. How is such a document, if issued, likely to be applied? This sounds like more propaganda from the Newvatican.

Fr. Moderator Replies.

You have hit the nail on the head. That principle of Catholic sacramental theology has already been in effect throughout the centuries, and even specifically confirmed in 1961 by Pope John XXIII. Of course, we all know that this is just another Newchurch ruse. It is not a matter of documents and "rules," but the moral failure of Newchurch and its leaders. And that is not changing. Newchurch can pass all the "rules" it wants, but until it becomes truly Catholic in its practice, such "rules" may as well be written on sand.

Isn't it a rule in Newchurch that its presbyters shouldn't be raping children? Yet, this abomination has been rampant with the full collusion of the Newchurch bishops, cardinals, and even popes. In such contexts we are wont to quote the ageless comment of the Roman satirist Juvenal: "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" If the pope is participating in the abominations himself, and he is the one setting "rules," what good are the "rules"? Our Lord condemned the Pharisees and even the High Priest himself for exactly the same corruption.

We have said it many times before. We don't believe Newchurch. We don't believe its officials because they have essentially lost the Catholic Faith. They don't preach it, and they certainly don't practice it. If Newpope gets up on the balcony of St. Peter's and pleads guilty to his own participation in and concealment of crimes, waives "immunity," and turns himself over to the scales of justice, then there may be some hope of true repentance from his Newchurch partners in crime: his cardinals, bishops, and presbyters. A Catholic pope would do that, as it would save many souls. Until then, it is all smoke and mirrors "insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect" (Matthew 24:24/DRV).

Anyway, who cares about these Newchurch "seminaries"? They don't teach Catholicism. They are turning out not Catholic priests, but New Order presbyters -- Protestant ministers in effect -- to serve a false god. They are the seedbed (that is what seminarium means in Latin, after all) for the New Order counterfeit religion.

The only solution is the conversion of Newchurch to Catholicism. Without that, no "rules" are going to fix anything. Newchurch is the Titanic. Christ, the Iceburg, has hit it, and it is sinking fast. Requiescat in pace.

September 26 - Sts. Cyprian & Justina, Virgin & Martyrs (Simple Feast)

Newchurch Mexican Bishop Launders Drug Money

From: Fr. Moderator
Ramon Godinez

Newchurch Mexican Bishop Ramon Godinez Flores
Turns His Back on Catholic Moral Theology
Admits Illegally Receiving and Laundering Drug Money
The Great Sex & Embezzlement Scandal Is Worldwide in Newchurch

You might think that the Great Sex & Embezzlement Scandal of Newchurch is limited to the bishops of the United States. But you would be wrong. It is rampant through Newchurch.

One of the first principles that a seminarian learns in Catholic Moral Theology is one that everyone, including laymen, knows: "The end does not justify the means." It comes from Sacred Scripture, where St. Paul teaches that anyone who believes this principle is justly damned.

Now the UK Guardian has revealed that Newchurch Mexican Bishop Ramon Godinez, of Aguascalientes, Mexico, has admitted to the crime of receipt of stolen goods, in that he welcomes the proceeds of drug-trafficking into Newchurch coffers. He claims that such money is "purified" when it is used for good means. Really?! Where did Godinez learn his Catholic Moral Theology -- in a sewer? Mexican government officials take exception to the bishop's suborning of crime. They have said that receiving illicit money is illegal.

The proper course would be for Benedict-Ratzinger to degrade this bishop, who has perjured himself by preaching a Gospel other than that of Our Lord Jesus Christ. But the word from Newvatican and Newpope: silence. Qui tacet consentit.

September 25 - Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Semidouble Sunday)

Grand Jury Reports: "The evidence is clear; this reaches the top -- the very top"

From: Fr. Moderator
Anthony Bevilacqua

Newchurch Cardinals Bevilacqua (Above) and Krol Cited in Hundreds of Sex Crimes
Newchurch Crimes Reach to the Top, Says Grand Jury
The Time Has Come to Ride Newchurch Bishops out of Town on a Rail
They Represent Nothing "Roman Catholic"

Following the nation's longest-running grand jury probe into the Newchurch Sex & Embezzlement Scandal, the Philadelphia Grand Jury on September 22 issued a scathing report, charging that Newchurch cardinals/archbishops Anthony Bevilacqua and John Krol covered up hundreds of sex crimes perpetrated by at least 63 of their presbyters. "To protect themselves from negative publicity or expensive lawsuits -- while keeping abusive priests [meaning Newchurch presbyters] active -- the cardinals and their aides hid the priests' crimes from parishioners, police, and the general public," the report stated. The grand jury found that Newchurch leaders had engaged in a "deliberate and all-encompassing strategy to avoid revealing their knowledge of crimes."

Cardinal Bevilacqua engaged in the most immoral behavior. He was trained as an attorney and played games to avoid evidence that would implicate either him or the archdiocese, the report said. But he also went a step further, introducing new polices designed to avoid both negative publicity and the newer threat of expensive lawsuits. For his part, the report also said, Bevilacqua used his knowledge about paedophilia to shield the archdiocese from liability. Bevilacqua continued to try to hide all that he knew about the abuse in Philadelphia, and even came close to perjuring himself in his ten days of being examined before the grand jury.

The grand jury found that Krol and Bevilacqua knew that their presbyters were molesting and raping children, but conducted bogus "non-investigations" designed to avoid uncovering abuse. Worst of all, the grand jury said, is that hundreds of children were molested, raped, and subjected to a lifetime of despair because of the archdiocese's "purposeful decisions, carefully implemented policies, and calculated indifference."

Good Catholics, as you all know, Newchurch is all propaganda. In it, right and wrong don't matter. Sin doesn't matter. All that matters is "publicity." Such a record have these Newchurch bishops and cardinals established that one can no longer trust a thing they say. They have surrounded themselves in a web of lies on every aspect of Catholicism. Newchurch is not religion; it is politics -- evil politics.

These deceitful Newchurch persecutors of true Catholicism are now so degrading themselves that they are playing "poor persecuted me!" These criminals, who have done everything they can to close traditional churches and to persecute traditional Catholics; these criminals who have suborned every kind of sexual perversion -- and continue to suborn it -- have the gall to claim that they are being persecuted. These bishops, who claim to be "Roman Catholic," are nothing of the kind. They are apostates from the Roman Catholic Faith.

One TRADITIO correspondent hit the nail on the head here in commenting upon the report by the grand jury of Philadelphia that it found evidence of rampant crimes against children by Newchurch presbyters and a systematic cover-up by Cardinals Krol and Bevilacqua and that Newchurch archdiocese officials howled that they were being persecuted just as in the days of rampant Know-Nothingism in the 1840s, a time of strong anti Catholic sentiment.

Our correspondent says it occurs to him that, in those early days, anti-Catholic slurs were based on lies and confusion, whereas now, loathing of (what pretends to be) the Catholic Church by non-Catholic Americans of good will has every basis in fact. "We could hardly blame them," he writes, "if they launched a persecution of the Newchurch hierarchy in this country. At least, there is bound to be a long-term revulsion against all Newchurchers."

Did Pope Benedict Himself View TRADITIO's Novus Ordo "Mess" Photo Gallery?

From: David

SSPX's Superior General Bernard Fellay said that before the August 29 "Beheading" Meeting, he had given Benedict a note giving a description of Newchurch, quoting "silent apostasy" from John-Paul II, "the boat which is taking in water from every side," and "the dictatorship of relativism" from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, "and we had appended photos of certain very scandalous Masses."

Fellay's "appended photos of certain very scandalous Masses" sounds very much like the Novus Ordo Service Photo Gallery that has for several years been growing on the TRADITIO Internet Site. (For further information, see Novus Ordo Service Photo Gallery.) Could it be that TRADITIO's own photo gallery of these ridiculous "Messes" (Beach Mess, Buddha Mess, Cheesehead Mess, Cowboy Mess, Gay Mess, etc.) could have been sent to the pope himself, and discussed with the pope himself by Fellay? Did Benedict XVI see these very photos of Messes from TRADITIO?

It is well known that many SSPX priests and faithful read TRADITIO. I believe that it may well have been TRADITIO's own photos that Fellay presented to Benedict. Even if Fellay did not use the exact photos from TRADITIO, the very idea for these "appended photos of certain very scandalous Masses" almost certainly was at least borrowed from TRADITIO by Fellay.

You are certainly correct: It is deplorable that John Paul and Benedict choose to play "ostrich" and "keep the church together" (i.e. compromise with error, schism, heresy, and immorality), rather than stand up for the truth, as Pope St. Pius V did.

September 24 - Our Lady of Ransom (Semidouble Feast)
Ember Saturday - Fast & Partial Abstinence

Benedict-Ratzinger Tries to Squirm out of His Personal Role in the Great Scandal

From: Fr. Moderator
Lee Rosenthal

U.S. District Court Judge Lee Rosenthal
To Rule on Whether the Pope Should Legally Answer
To Being an Accomplice in Sex-Crimes Case

If anything has become clear in the last years of the Great Sex and Embezzlement Scandal, it is this. Nothing will improve until the pope takes personal responsibility. Benedict-Ratzinger, just as his predecessor JPII, had personal involvement in shielding his bishops from the criminal law and bears a mortal responsibility for allowing these crimes to be committed by his bishops and presbyters without a word of strong, public censure and punishment.

Thus, he has created a climate in which the most mortal of sins can be perpetuated by his prelates. The Latin aphorism is: Qui parcit nocentibus innocentes punit [He who spares the guilty punishes the innocent]. JPII and Benedict-Ratzinger are the poster boys confirming the truth of this dictum, as the crimes of their prelates have spiraled proportionally to the popes' silence.

Benedict-Ratzinger has been personally charged in a case now being heard in a U.S. Federal District Court in Houston court as a named accomplice concerning sex crimes by a Newchurch cleric against three boys. The pope has not claimed innocence, but has instead tried to squirm out of his responsibility by claiming "immunity," just as his creature, William Levada, tried to do -- Levada whom he appointed to head the Sex Crimes Congregation of Newvatican, in spite of the fact that Levada himself has been implicated in sex-crime cover-ups. In fact, the court has more of the "goods" on Benedict-Ratzinger than on JPII. A cover-up document signed by Ratzinger himself in 2001 has been introduced as evidence in court.

TRADITIO reported some months ago that when newly-appointed U.S. Secretary of State Condolezza Rice stopped off at Newvatican on a courtesy visit, Newvatican Secretary of State Angelo Cardinal Sodano tried to twist her arm to get the pope off. Rice rejected Sodano's venal political effort and -- very diplomatically -- said that he would have to address the court directly to get the pope off. That was the U.S. law. It seems that the Bush administration has not stood behind Rice's sage position, but has caved in to Newvatican pressure to "let the pope off." The judge didn't immediately buy the argument, just as a court in Portland, Oregon, didn't by the argument of William Levada, though it is likely that because of U.S. law Benedict-Ratzinger will escape the legal -- but not the moral condemnation -- of his actions.

Good Catholics, don't get lost in legalities. That is what the Pharisees did and were harshly condemned for it by Our Lord Jesus Christ. One must go right for the heart of the matter. Benedict-Ratzinger, just as his predecessor, is personally guilty from a moral perspective. Res ipsa loquitur. Newpope can try to squirm out of his legal responsibility, but he cannot squirm out of his moral responsibility, from which he has no "immunity." It is Christ the Lord Who will judge him -- harshly. And how do we know that? Because the Lord said so Himself: "Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required" (Luke 12:48/DRV).

The Great Sex and Embezzlement Scandal is still out of control -- and getting worse. That is what two chairmen of the U.S. Bishops' own Sex Crimes Commission have stated. God is closing the pincers on these Newchurch popes and prelates in an effort to give them the opportunity to save their souls in the only way possible -- by repenting. If they don't do that, they are in mortal danger of joining what St. John Chrysostom tells us is "the skulls of rotten bishops with which the floor of Hell is paved."

September 23 - St. Linus, Pope & Martyr (Semidouble Feast)
Ember Friday - Complete Friday Abstinence

SSPX's Fellay Breaks Silence: "Pope Wimped Out; He's under the Thumb of the 'Progressives'"

From: Fr. Moderator
Lustiger & Lama

Cardinal Lustiger of Paris, Here Pictured with the Dalai Lama
Threatened the Pope in 2000 that if Any Accommodations Were Made with "Traditionalists"
He and Other European Bishops Would Go into Open Schism

It's taken three weeks, but finally the SSPX's Superior General, Bernard Fellay, has admitted the worst about Benedict-Ratzinger and the prevalent disinformation that he is sympathetic in any practical way to "traditionalists." This is exactly how TRADITIO had described the situation from the beginning, but "conservatives" and "semi-traditionalists" kept pushing the disinformation that Benedict-Ratzinger was "sympathetic" and would take some action. Fellay himself and the SSPX's Liberal Wing touted that line -- until, that is, the "Beheading" Meeting of August 29, the feastday of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist.

In the transcript of an interview just released, Fellay (and we have to give him credit for his honesty because the information is personally embarrassing to himself and his Liberal Wing of the SSPX), admitted the following points:

  1. Benedict-Ratzinger demanded that the SSPX capitulate to the authority of the pope, even when that pope is violating his papal oath and furthering an unCatholic agenda (as TRADITIO has said, what is important to Newchurch first and foremost is power)
  2. Benedict-Ratzinger demanded that the SSPX embrace "the spirit of Vatican II" (Fellay admitted that this statement frightened him)
  3. Benedict-Ratzinger refused any protection of the SSPX from the requirement to adopt "the spirit of the Council"

No wonder Fellay scuttled out of a side exit from the meeting with his tail between his legs and refused to talk to the press until a full three weeks later. Fellay is like not a malevolent man, but simply ignorant from a practical perspective. He is not the first to have put on rose-colored glasses and tried to fabricate a "reality" of his own invention. In this jaundiced approach, Fellay has demonstrated himself not to be Roman. The Roman character looks at reality dead on, honestly. They don't play games. Julius Caesar soundly conquered Fellay's Swiss homeland, then called Helvetia.

Moreover, Fellay revealed that in 2000, when there were rumors that JPII might in some way capitulate to "traditionalists," Newchurch Archbishop Jean-Pierre Richard of Bordeaux, Jean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger of Paris, and Archbishop Louis-Marie Billé of Lyon rushed to Rome to block a proposition made to the Society, threatening that they would go into open schism if JPII went through with any accommodation. The German bishops threatened Benedict-Ratzinger in the same way at the time of the August World Youth Conference in Cologne, telling him: "It is us or them. If "traditionalists" are recognized, then we will leave the Church and go into schism."

This situation is a repetition of what happened in 1986 when the Cardinalatial Commission appointed by JPII voted unanimously that (1) the Traditional Latin Mass had never, and could never, be suppressed and that (2) priests could not be prohibited from celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass at will, no permission of anyone being required. Just as JPII was going to promulgate the decision of his Commission, bishops from Germany swept into Rome and threatened the pope that if should release the Commission's decision, they would go into public schism. JPII capitulated to the treat of the Modernists, and the decision was never officially published. (For further information, see ECCLESIA.TXT: Ecclesia Dei - Before and After the "Indult" in the TRADITIO Library of Files (FAQs and Traditional Apologetics).)

Fellay has now concluded that Benedict-Ratzinger is in the pocket of the Modernists (whom he terms "Progressives"). Benedict-Ratzinger fears that if he should be seen to give in in any way to the feared "traditionalists," the Modernists would rise up against him and go into open schism. This pope, no better than his predecessor, will not risk open schism and secession by the Modernists in order to conform to his oath to God. He shares the fatal flaw (hamartia) of all the Conciliar popes: cowardice. This is a flaw that certainly Popes St. Pius V and X did not share!

So, Fellay seems to be now a man beaten into reality. He is now admitting what TRADITIO has said from the beginning, that Benedict-Ratzinger is simply smooth talking "traditionalists" for political reasons -- and not even doing much of that since his accession. At best, Benedict-Ratzinger will make only some token gesture, which will not change the commitment of Newchurch to the heretical and schismatic New Order. In any case, what Catholic would want to have any connection to a Counterfeit Church that is not Catholic?

Fellay should now do what is right. Start promoting traditional Catholicism, start winning over the souls of Catholics. Let the New Order stew in its own juices. Why waste time with pusillanimous popes who are too afraid to follow Christ and instead chose to follow the vagaries of men. The time could much more fruitfully be spent taking the traditional Catholic message out to the public so that the Church can the more readily be rebuilt when the New Order disintegrates.

Once again the wisdom of Scripture is proven: Nolite confidere in principibus [Put not your trust in princes] (Psalm 145:2/DRV).

A Catholic Bishop

From: Fr. Moderator

The heresy of Arianism, a denial of the divinity of Christ, swept the Church in the fourth century and, according to St. Jerome, numbered in its ranks most of the clergy, including the vast majority of priests, bishops, and, some say, even the pope. It so happened that a group of Arian bishops went to Alexandria to enlist the bishop Basil in their heretical cause.

Basil, however rejected their overtures. When they asked why he would not side with the vast majority of bishops, Basil replied: "Apparently, you have not met a Catholic bishop before." You see, to Basil, whom the Church now exalts and calls St. Basil the Great, "Catholic" did not mean siding with any human being, even the pope, if that individual was not acting in a Catholic way. To Basil, being a bishop meant standing unhesitatingly with his episcopal oath to Our Lord Jesus Christ to defend the Catholic Faith founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Later, St. Augustine, the Prince of Theologians, who himself took a public oath against the pope that had strayed from the teachings of the Faith, stated the Catholic principle for all time thus: "Wrong is wrong even if everybody is doing it, and right is right even if nobody is doing it."

September 22 - St. Thomas of Villanova, Bishop & Confessor (Double Feast)

New Order's Life Teen Program Accused of Sex Crimes

From: Fr. Moderator
Life Teen

Novus Ordo Life Teens in a Charismatic Trance
The Modernist Life Teen Program, Pushed by Such Newchurch Shills as EWTN
Ensnare 120,000 Teenagers a Year

One of the Newchurch's most diabolical programs is Life Teen. This program attempts to ensnare teenagers into the most bizarre aspects of the New Order and is thoroughly based in the Protestant-Pagan heresy of Charismaticism. It is no surprise that the Charismatic EWTN cable network, which poses as Catholic, features Life Teen programs on its schedule.

Rocky Mountain News has exposed the vicious nature of this program, which is found all across the United States. Entrapping teenagers in Novus Ordoism is a multi-million-dollar industry. Life Teen listed $8,400,000 in assets two years ago. Life Teen's youth programs ensnare, by its own count, more than 120,000 teens, who attend its weekly Novus Ordo/Charismatic services in 19 countries.

Now Life Teen's founder, Newchurch's Msgr. Dale Fusek, is the subject of a probe into sex crimes. Fushek is the subject of a lawsuit filed in January in Arizona, which also involves the Newchurch diocese of Phoenix and its bishop. You remember Phoenix's erstwhile Bishop Thomas O'Brien, don't you? He's the bishop who killed a man with his car and then tried to cover up the evidence. He was convicted of a felony by a Phoenix court.

When are parents going to get wise to Newchurch? Parents who are involved with the New Order, its prelates, and its temples might just as well be dropping off their children in a red-light district with no dime to call home.

How Did We Get to This Point?

From: Fr. Moderator

The best traditional periodical around these days is Catholic Voice, produced by the Society of Traditional Roman Catholics. Its articles are topical, religion-centered, and to the point. Its perspective is focused and fresh. (For information about subscriptions, see your copy of the Official Traditional Catholic Directory.) The recent issue treats a subject that the "conservative" or "neo" periodicals out have been too afraid to touch. Here are a few excerpts from the article, which we believe makes a lot of sense.

Is it enough merely to have the [Traditional] Latin Mass said more publicly and in an "approved" manner? Should not our first concern be to combat the errors of the Modernists, helping Catholics see just how much they have been duped all these years? How can such Catholics tolerate the notion that the false worship of the Novus Ordo Missae in their churches will still exist side by side with the "approved" Latin [not always Traditional] Masses as if one were equal to the other?...
No, a thousand times No. Catholics can never grow tolerant of the evils of Modernism in their midst lest they succumb to them themselves. Benedict XVI has clearly demonstrated that the "new traditions" of Vatican II will not go away under his regime. If this is the case, why do so many Catholics "wait and see" for his sympathetic approval of the "old Mass" in our midst, while he whole-heartedly promotes so many doctrinal errors that cancel out any potential for spiritual good that can come from the [Traditional] Latin Mass?
But how did we get to this point? What took us off track in the battle against the Novus Ordo Missae and for the Roman [Traditional] Latin Mass? In part, this happened because we grew weary in the battle. What is more, it happened when a compromise with the Novus Ordo Missae was settled on because some "leaders" among the "traditionalists" (both clergy and lay) started looking upon this act of blasphemy and sacrilege as an "alternative" form of Catholic worship, sinful and evil though it is.
Instead of seeing in the Novus Ordo Missae an act of false worship, and something that was already condemned centuries before, they chose the path of least resistance. "All we seek is the Latin [not always Traditional] Mass," they say, and you can keep your silly Novus Ordo. Such an attitude has brought a sinful compromise in its wake. Catholics of old did not tolerate such things in the manner that we see "traditional" Catholics willing to do with the Modernists.

Wow! That directly hits the nail on the head and even 1addresses the turmoil that is going on within the Society of St. Pius X. The rest of the article is well worth reading, together with the other articles in Catholic Voice.

September 21 - St. Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist (Double Feast of the Second Class)
Ember Wednesday - Fast & Partial Abstinence)

Benedict-Ratzinger Won't Accept Resignation of Newchurch Cardinal Who Converted to Islam

From: Fr. Moderator
Theodore McCarrick

Theodore McCarrick, Newchurch Cardinal of Washington, D.C.
Newchurch Reels as Cardinal Apostatizes
And Publicly Raises His Hand to Bless Students at the Catholic University of America
Not in the Name of Christ, but in the Name of Allah

One of TRADITIO's correspondences, a Professor of Law at the Catholic University of America, has confirmed other reports that Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, of Washington, D.C., publicly converted to Islam on September 13, 2005. On that date, McCarrick publicly invoked not Our Lord Jesus Christ, but the false god of the Mohammedans, "Allah, the compassionate and merciful Lord of all the world," to bless Mohammedan King Abdullah II, of Jordan. To confirm his apostasy, McCarrick later concluded his address with a public prayer "in the name of Allah, the merciful and compassionate God."

That's no problem, you say. The man crossed the line. The pope will sack him. Wrong! McCarrick had even submitted his resignation (as he is 75), but Benedict-Ratzinger wouldn't accept it. Just another to add to the already numerous indications that Benedict-Ratzinger is no better than his predecessor -- worse, because he can talk "traditional" to you face while covertly stabbing you in the back. He just does it with a polished knife!

Don't all those "conservative" columnists look silly now -- they who waxed so sanguine about the "traditional revolution" that Benedict would bring. Once again, practically only TRADITIO called it from the start. Benedict-Ratzinger has acted point by point exactly as TRADITIO laid it out. He is a Modernist pope, worse than JPII. Benedict just has a little more gray hair and gives the appearance of culture. Yet he is a Modernist deconstructor, just like his conciliar predecessors.

Good Catholics, what more proof do we need that Newchurch and its prelates publicly reject the Catholic Faith that they took an episcopal oath to defend to the death? What's next, prayers and blessings in the name of Vishnu or Buddha? The Novus Ordinarians who write me to defend Newchurch have got to be deaf and blind -- surely dumb.

TRADITIO is like the boy in Hans Christian Anderson's The Emperor's New Clothes who is the only one to have the honesty to tell the truth: the emperor is naked. Let's face it. The evidence of our eyes and ears is clear: Newchurch prelates are not Catholic (neither is the "Catholic" University of America, for that matter). In most cases, they're not even Christian. Like McCarrick, they publicly worship false gods such as Allah. And it's not because TRADITIO says so. It's because these non-Catholic prelates are convicted out of their own mouths and actions.

Forget deceitful Newchurch documents. Forget fancy clothes and titles. Look at reality with the realistic gaze of a classical Roman. Only then can you presume to be "Roman" Catholic.

September 20 - St. Eustace & Companions, Martyrs (Double Feast)

Pretend that You Were a Bishop at Vatican II

From: Nicholas
Joseph Ratzinger

Father Ratzinger, Pictured Here in Street Attire at Vatican II
Together with His Mentor, Karl Rahner, a Jesuit Theologian
Who Was Silenced by Paul VI for Reeking of the Odor of Heresy
Ratzinger Then, as Now, Remains Wedded to Modernistic Tenets

Dear Fr. Moderator:

Since the pope and many of the senior cardinals were ordained before Vatican II, how are we to explain or understand the process by which apparently learned and intelligent men allowed themselves to contribute to the great damage done to the Church? If we laymen are able to understand that the Novus Ordo regime is wholly different from the Roman Catholic Church, why do they not see it?

Fr. Moderator Replies.

First of all, it turns out that, on the whole, they were not learned or intelligent, particularly the United States bishops at the Council. Many writers at the time have commented that a significant number of bishops were so oriented to their administrative duties that they handed over the intricacies of doctrinal and liturgical matters to their lieutenants, many of whom became periti ("experts") at the Council, like Fr. Ratzinger.

Many of the periti were steeped in Modernism and took control of the Council, having planned it for several years. It is well accepted now by historians that they deliberately planted "timebombs" in the Council documents, which would pass scrutiny at the time, but left "wiggle room" after the Council for the Modernists, who controlled all the post-conciliar implementation committees, such as Hannibal Bugnini did on the Concilium ad Exsequendam Constitutionem de Sacra Liturgia [Council to Carry out the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy], through which the Novus Ordo service was imposed on Newchurch.

Pretend that you were a bishop at Vatican II and saw the following text:

36. § 1. Linguae latinae usus, salvo particulari iure, in Ritibus latinis servetur
[The use of the Latin language, excepting for particular law, shall be preserved in the Latin Rites.]

Now that sounds pretty traditional doesn't it? If you were a bishop, would you have caught the timebomb: "excepting for particular law?" Yet, it is that little ablative absolute through which Bugnini and his Modernists drove their Masonic truck through the Traditional Latin Mass and justified the "legality" of the Novus Ordo service.

Moreover, the Modernists had been working underground since the strictures of Pope St. Pius X against Modernism. They started coming out into the open bit by bit during the later years of Pope Pius XII's reign. The evidence is clear that part of the movement to impose Modernism upon the Church, of which Fr. Ratzinger was a part, was engineered by the Communists, who were in fact executing a plan to infiltrate the Catholic Church for their own secularist purposes. (Modernism and Communism are related by their origins in the same unCatholic, subjectivist philosophies that began to take hold in the 19th century.) This fact came out in testimony before the U.S. Congress and was summarized in the famous book, AA-1025: The Memoirs of an Anti-Apostle.

In a broader perspective, the degree of the society-wide Modernist revolution of the 1960s has not yet been fully appreciated. In the revolutionary milieu that arose in the 1960s (the date of the assassination of President John Kennedy, November, 22, 1963, is a convenient date for the transition between the traditional and Modernist orders), Modernists unleashed a revolution against Church, family, and state simultaneously. Thus, we got Vatican II and its aftermath, rampant divorce and public sexual perversions, and the liberalist Johnson administration to kick off a powerful Modernist revolution across society that we are just beginning to turn back some forty years later.

It is hard to find historical precedents for such a broad attack upon all three foundations of society. Perhaps the French Revolution of 1789 is the closest analogue. Social scientist Robert Nisbet put the cultural side of it this way:

I think it would be difficult to find a single decade in the history of Western culture when so much barbarism -- so much calculated onslaught against culture and convention in any form, and so much sheer degradation of both culture and the individual -- passed into print, into music, into art and onto the American stage as the decade of the Nineteen Sixties [1960s].

He certainly got that right! In the 1950's, it was the works of Shakespeare that formed the core of English-literature classes. Now Shakespeare is replaced with light-weight pieces like J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. In the In the 1950s, "good" music was Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. Other music was not taken as serious. Now fewer and fewer people appreciate "good" music, but ruin their hearing with heavy metal, rap, and other disgusting perversions. In the 1950s, great art was still that of the Renaissance and the "Enlightenment," such as Michelango and Rembrandt. Now art is the perversions of Robert Mapplethorpe or whoever made that Virgin Mary & the Cowdung "icon" for the Brooklyn Museum of "Art." In the 1950s, the great American playwrights such as Eugene O'Neill thoughtfully probed serious issues in society. Now we have to put up with Vagina Monologues.

Regrettably, there were few in Church or society that stood up then for what we now call "traditional values." Catholics were taught to trust their bishops and the pope. Unfortunately, these capitulated and sold out Church, family, and state to the Modernists -- or they became Modernists themselves. It is only now that most Catholics are really beginning to wake up to the fact that these prelates stole from them their most precious possession: the Catholic and Apostolic Faith of two millennia.

September 19 - St. Januarius & Companions, Bishops & Martyrs (Double Feast)

Your Next "Confessor" Could be a Laywoman

From: Fr. Moderator
Vincent Malone

Newchurch Bishop Vincent Malone, of Liverpool
His New Order Scribblings Raise the Question for Novus Ordinarians:
Is a Laywoman "Confessor" in Your Future?

Can the Novus Ordinarians really be so dense? Can they not see that they are now enslaved to a sect that is not Catholic? Are they so blind that they cannot see the clear handwriting on the wall? First, the Newchurch duped them into accepting a Counterfeit Service that was composed by a Freemason and six Protestants. (Martin Luther would have been proud of them!) Then Newchurch taught them the oecumenical falsehood that "we all worship the same god" (or "gods," as the case may be)." Then Newchurch told them to be "tolerant" of "gay marriage" and pro-abortion politicians.

Now Newchurch Bishop Vincent Malone, of Liverpool, has published a plan in Healing Priesthood: Women's Voices Worldwide for laywomen to "hear confessions and grant absolution." Gee, just a laywoman; don't they even get a priestess? He said that the Church should consider choosing laywomen to be confessors because some people might prefer disclosing their sins to a woman rather than a man (just as some sick people prefer that their mother be a man). He also proposes that the "anointing of the sick" be done by laypeople. [CN]

Obviously, this man has no concept of Catholic theology or Scripture. Does not St. James state: "Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord" (5:14/DRV). What will Newpope do about his bishop? TRADITIO is betting: nothing. Just as JPII was the "Clown Pope," who played with circus clowns while his bishops and presbyters were going about their sex crimes and embezzlement, Newpope is the "Poodle Pope." He's not going to take his bishops on. (The Indultarians and Conservatives and Fellayites must having quite a feast eating their sanguine words after his election now.)

It's all a tempest in a teapot, of course. Just as Newchurch lost the Sacrament of Extreme Unction and replaced it with a "death blessing," so it has lost the Sacrament of Penance and has replaced it with a "psycho "reconciliation." If the Novus Ordinarians can't see that Newchurch is a fraud, a total counterfeit, it's pointless to argue with them. They, like the people of the Old Testament, are "walking in darkness." Only if they accept God's grace will they ever "see the great light" of Christ and His Church. It's not hard; they just have to clear their mind and open their eyes and ears!

Is Oecumenism a Cover for Terrorism?

From: Fr. Moderator

You've heard it before: "we all worship the same god." "One religion is as good as another." "Islam means peace." Well, we don't all worship the same God. There is only one true religion. Islam means submission, obedience (isn't false obedience what the Novus Ordinarians always hawking?).

Now, in an exposé for Front Page Magazine, Lee Kaplan exposes Newchurch's "oecumenism" as a fraud. Mohammedans, its seems, are getting smart about the West. They have been joining "interfaith" groups right and left, then taking them over so that they can spew terroristic propaganda out in the name of "oecumenism." They have even concocted the concept of a "Muslim Jesus" so that Christians will swallow Mohammedan propaganda. Under the umbrella of these "interfaith" groups, Mohammedan imams and mullahs have been placed in colleges and universities around the United States to preach death to the West from the pulpit of "oecumenism."

And we have the New Order and its Newpopes, including recently Benedict-Ratzinger, to thank for it. They are quite happy to schmooze with terrorists, while their Catholic predecessors would have thrown them out as heretics for embracing, as Pope Pius XI put it, "the darkness of Islamism."

September 18 - Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Semidouble Sunday)

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More and more Catholics, tiring of the "New Mass" in the vernacular with contemporary music, are seeking the Traditional Latin Mass, the Roman Catholic Mass of 2000 years, as it existed before the introduction of a radically-changed "New Order" service after the Second Vatican Council (1963-1965). The Traditional Latin Mass never disappeared, and is more popular today than ever, spurred on by such energetic supporters as film star Mel Gibson and Pope Benedict XVI.

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The Pope Could Learn a Lot from Pat Boone

From: Fr. Moderator
Pat Boone

Pat Boone Advocates Traditional Catholic Values
On Life, the Death Penalty, and the Evils of Mohammedanism
More Clearly and Directly than the Pope!

Many Catholics may remember Pat Boone, the popular singer and actor, who has really never left the public stage. Unlike the barbaric punk rockers and rappers of the present day, Boone graduated from Columbia University magna cum laude, married (never divorced), and had four children. He was a "regular guy," not a "Hollywood type," to whom no scandal ever attached.

Boone has remained an outspoken advocate for traditional Catholic moral values (though he is not even Catholic himself!). In a recent interview on KSFO, the San Francisco Bay Area's conservative "talk" station, in a few short minutes Boone stated thoroughly traditional Catholic positions on three hotly-debated moral topics of the present day, and he stated the positions far more clearly and directly than any pope has since Vatican II. Benedict-Ratzinger, who can't seem to utter a clear theological sentence any more than his predecessor, could take theology lessons from Boone!

First of all, Boone stated his unwavering pro-life position. No minced words. No exceptions. No vacillations.

Secondly, Boone clearly stated the necessity for capital punishment on the part of society and deftly distinguished between Christ's teaching against individuals' retribution and the Old and New Testaments' teaching that society is justified in exacting punishments to fit the crime, lest laxity in applying swift and just punishments to malefactors should lead to injustice in society as a whole. He summed up the traditional Catholic teaching by quoting the aphorism, "Any society not demanding a life for a life devalues all life." This aphorism is, in effect, a paraphrase of the teaching of the Church's principal theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas, right out of the pages of his Summa Theologica.

Thirdly, Boone drew another deft distinction between peaceable people who happen to be Mohammedans, and Mohammedans proper. He applied a practical criterion against the appeasement of the evil of Mohammedanism. Look, he said, at the countries where the Mohammedanism religion is in control and what kind of countries they are: Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, etc. That tells you all you need to know. You don't hear the current pope echoing his predecessor Pius XI, making this clear distinction and statement -- this pope, and his Vatican II pope-buddies, who say nothing against the evils of Mohammedanism, Communism, and other false and murderous anti-Catholic religions and philosophies.

Traditional Catholics will want to take instruction from the situation of Pat Boone. He has paid the world's price for the courage of his convictions. As a "star" and best-selling singer of his period and genre second only to Elvis Presley, he has not been inducted into any Music Hall of Fame. He is not invited to Hollywood previews and parties. Yet this is a man who has been outspoken for traditional Catholic values and has acted to put these into practice, both in his own life and in society as a whole. His speech and actions exude peace of soul. He does the right thing, and that is his satisfaction, as it should be ours. Deo volente, one day he will see too which is the true Faith.

New Order nay-sayers and Modernist malefactors should be unimportant to us. We should, rather, heed the words of Our Lord: "Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:10/DRV)." Pat Boone certainly seems to believe that.

Not a Mass, Not Valid, Not Catholic

From: Patricia

Dear Fr. Moderator:

How can we say whether the Novus Ordo service is valid or not? Personally, I think that it can be with "proper" matter, form, and intent. I do understand that the wackiest of the Novus Ordo parishes that bake their own bread with honey and other added ingredients aren't valid. I've gone back and forth myself for years on whether it is okay for me to attend the Novus Ordo during the week, and I've had to conclude that if it was good enough for Sister Lucia, then it is good enough for me, if I can't get to a Traditional Latin Mass.

Fr. Moderator Replies.

We can say whether it is valid or not because the criteria for validity have been established since the early Church and are crystal clear in Catholic doctrine, most specifically in the dogmatic definitions of the Council of Trent. In more recent times, Pope Leo XIII applied these criteria to find the Anglican service invalid. The pope's argument applies a fortiori to the Modernist New Service (which is defined by the New Order in its own official documents not as a Mass, but as "Sunday dinner" -- we kid you not!).

Patrick Omlor's 1967 monograph Questioning the Validity demonstrated even the pre-Novus Ordo service invalid by official Thomist Catholic theology. When the validity of the Novus Ordo service was further rejected by Cardinals Ottaviani, Bacci, and other Roman theologians in 1969, Pope Paul VI withdrew it because he admitted the fatal flaws of the Novus Ordo. In 2004, a Roman canonist reviewed the evidence again and published an updated monograph, 'New Mass' Conclusively Invalid. Although in many cases the matter and intention are invalid (even Newvatican has admitted this in official documents, but can't get control of its presbyters), this conclusion was reached specifically because the form is absolutely invalid, because it has departed substantively from the Catholic and Apostolic, not to say the irreformable, dogmatic definitions of the Council of Trent.

Now there is a common mistaken argument that goes something like this. "Oh, I know that there are those bizarre Novus Ordo services that are invalid, but the average service at my parish is okay -- not as good as the Traditional Latin Mass, but at least valid." This is, in essence, a kind of deceptive "good cop / bad cop" argument. The Novus Ordo service is, in its essence, Protestant and Masonic. A Freemason finally exiled by Pope Paul VI was its chief architect, and six Protestant ministers were his consultants to ensure that Protestants would accept it (as many, in fact, have).

It is hard to deny any longer the clear evidence of our eyes, ears, and mind that the Novus Ordo service is unCatholic, sacrilegious, irreverent, scandalous, blasphemous, idolatrous, and conclusively invalid. Anyone who objectively gives it recognition is not truly Catholic. This statement pertains to all versions of the Novus Ordo, including the original Latin, as the form (at least) in all versions is defective. For further information, see CURAE.TXT: Apostolicae Curae Apostolic Letter and FAQ03.TXT: Should I Attend the New Mass? in the TRADITIO Library of Files (FAQs and Traditional Apologetics).

As to the matter of Sister Lucia, an individual "seeress" cannot stand against the dogma of the Church. Sister Lucia was for many decades under virtual house arrest and forced by the circumstances of her life into submission to the arm of the New Order. Her actions were controlled. Her discourses were carefully monitored and censored.

To the contrary, Padre Pio, who was independent and outspoken, refused to say even the pre-Novus Ordo service. One cannot look to individuals for the answer, no matter how holy they seem to be. One must look to Catholic doctrine. And that is crystal clear -- unless we wish to shut our eyes to the obvious reality that the Novus Ordo Protestant-Masonic-Pagan service is a counterfeit, a facade, and certainly not a Catholic Mass. It doesn't even claim to be.

The best rule of thumb to answer all questions about how to act with respect to the Novus Ordo service is to consider it the Protestant service (and worse) that it is. Then the answers to all questions become obvious. No Catholic can support it or attend it, under any pretext.

September 17 - Impression of the Stígmata of St. Francis, Confessor (Double Feast)

An Enchiridion of Novus Ordo Messes: The "Skull" Mess

From: Fr. Moderator
Skull Mess

Our latest Mess comes to us from Austria at last Good Friday's Novus Ordo "liturgy." If a grotesque Halloween skull were ever appropriate (it's not!), it certainly isn't appropriate when all statues and pictures are covered as an outward sign of the deep penitence and sorrow the season. Oh, sorry, we forgot. The New Order doesn't do that any more. They don't do penance. They have no sins and go to heaven automatically.

The participants in this "liturgy" were given 3-D glasses. Later on, a man and woman, back to back and totally naked, were projected on the same screen. It appears that elements were imported from the "Black Mass," that is, the inverted "Mass" of Satanists, which is being introduced gradually into Newchurch by alleged "White Witches." For further information, see the "Witch Mess" in the Novus Ordo Service Photo Gallery.

September 16 - St. Cornelius, Pope & Cyprian, Bishops & Martyrs (Semidouble Feast)
Complete Friday Abstinence

"They'll Change It Again in a Year or So"

From: Fr. Moderator
After the Consecration

After the Consecration the Traditional Priest
Keeps His Thumb and Forefinger Together Out of Adoration and Respect
For the Most Blessed Sacrament, Which He Has Just Touched
Novus Ordo Presbyters Pay No Similar Respect to Their Invalid, Counterfeit Cookie

Sometimes people ask TRADITIO, "Why can't you traditional Catholics agree with each other?" We tell them, "We do agree on all the important things. We agree on the Traditional Latin Mass. We agree on the Traditional Latin Sacraments. We agree on traditional Catholic dogma. We agree on traditional Catholic morality." Other issues are legitimately debatable. The question of what we now call sede-vacantism, for example, which has never risen to an issue of dogma, as theologians continue to debate the principles, which were first addressed around the time of the Protestant heresy by such lights of the Church as St. Robert Bellarmine. Or certain practical questions surrounding how to define "death" (a là Terry Schiavo).

But pity the poor Novus Ordinarians. They can't agree on anything! Even the post-Vatican II popes can ever seem to say a clear "Yea, yea, no, no" (Matthew 5:37/DRV) but engage in obfuscatory language, so that no one really knows what the correct doctrine is. The Novus Ordinarian disagreement is perhaps most obvious in silly debates over how to "perform" their invalid Protestant-Masonic-Pagan service. Sometimes people ask us, "What is the rule about X?," referring to the Novus Ordo Mess. We always tell them, "There really aren't any 'rules,' because any bishop can do what he pleases, and Newrome won't lift a finger." Even Benedict-Ratzinger, who before his election was relatively outspoken about what he called Novus Ordo "abuses," hasn't uttered word one about correcting them since his election.

One debate at a parish "liturgy committee" over the new "rules" in the third revision of the Novus Ordo Missal in just 35 years, was reported in a Novus Ordo periodical recently. This revision occurred in 2003, and parishes are just now getting around to doing anything. (They don't have the true Sacrament, so why bother?) The Novus Ordo "lay ministers" didn't like the minimal changes handed down by Newvatican, which supposedly provided that:

But the biggest disagreement arose over a matter of words. These supernumeraries are supposed to be called "extraordinary ministers," not "Eucharistic ministers." The former was always the official term, but the liberalists changed the usage to the latter term, so that they could be more Protestant.

These "lay ministers" brooked at being prohibited from the sanctuary. They brooked at making any kind of reverence before receiving the cookie (you see, they already know instinctively that it's a fraud). Most of all, they brooked at the presbyter staying with the cookie at the altar instead of leaving to go glad-handing all and sundry in the congregation at the "kiss of peace."

One member of the "liturgy committee," in responding to the concerns of the "lay ministers," hit the nail on the head when he said, "Oh, don't worry about it. They're going to change again in a year or so." He'd been a "lay minister" long enough to know that the Novus Ordo is not a Catholic Mass. It really has no "rules": it's a moving target whose purpose is to introduce in stages the New, One-World Religion of the Modernists. We all worship the same god, right? Even Benedict gave the cookie and a "Catholic" funeral to a Protestant heretic. (Those that claim that he is conservative, let alone traditional, must just have gotten here from Mars!)

One "lay minister" was worried about what seemed to them to be "a renewed focus on rubrics." "Are we returning to a church concerned about the position of fingers during the Eucharistic prayer? I had thought we had dumped that baggage long, long ago." Of course the Novus Ordinarians dumped the baggage of the Roman Catholic Faith long ago, or at least 35 years ago. The example that he ridiculed is quite instructive. The traditional priest, out of adoration and respect for the true Sacrament, the Corpus Christi, which he has just consecrated and touched, keeps his thumb and forefinger together until the ablutions after distributing Holy Communion. Again, the Novus Ordinarians understand instinctively that they are receiving an invalid, counterfeit cookie, so they don't pay any attention to respect for Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament.

In the end, this "obedient, we-love-the-pope" Novus Ordo liturgy committee decided to give Benedict the raspberry. They're going to do it their own way. Newrome and Newpope has no authority for them. As one of the committee put it: "Is this a group of people who need to be told where to stand during Mass [sic]?"

September 15 - Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Double Feast of the Second Class)

Will Lay Trusteeship Do the Trick?

From: Paul
St. Stanislaus Kostka

St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, of St. Louis
Run under Lay Trusteeship Since 1878
The Church Has Now Separated from Newchurch Bishop "Bully" Burke

Dear Fr. Moderator:

Do you advocate the lay-trusteeship form of parish governance, where the authority lies with the congregation rather than with the bishop? Or will this legal situation will benefit the most liberalist element in the parish?

Fr. Moderator Replies.

First of all, we have made it clear in the past that we are not advocating any particular legal form. All civil forms have their pluses and minuses. Secondly, lay trusteeship is no more or less "Catholic" than any other vehicle of civil law. It was the norm in this country for more than a century. Its replacement, the Corporation Sole, by which the local bishop has dictatorial powers, may have worked for a time, but it is clear that the civil privilege has been grossly abused since Newchurch took over.

The Newchurch bishops have abused the dictatorial authority given them in the civil law by depriving their congregations of the Roman Catholic Mass and Sacraments, Faith, and Morals. That is untenable. Perhaps this is the time to redress the balance by giving the local parishes authority under civil law. At least it will give the parishes the opportunity to restore the true Faith. If they choose not to, the moral responsibility will be on their souls. Sure as shootin', the liberalist bishops are never going to restore the true Faith!

It should be pointed out that several Newchurch bishops themselves have advocated a return to lay trusteeship, not because they want to give up their dictatorial powers, but because they greedily want to unload the burden of financial settlements for their sex crimes onto local parishes. This is a patent ruse, and the courts have rejected it -- so far.

TRADITIO has predicted that because of the indignation of the people against the corrupt Newchurch bishops, the civil law across the states will eventually be changed to take away from bishops this dictatorial power. Many states have already revoked the Corporation Sole arrangement. Lord Acton's famous aphorism has certainly been proven in the case of Newchurch bishops: "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Aren't We Just Catholic?

From: Joe

Dear Fr. Moderator:

If we are truly the faithful Roman Catholics, why use the moniker traditional when we describe ourselves? Why not simply call ourselves Roman Catholic? After all, it was Novus Ordinarians who changed, not us!

Fr. Moderator Replies.

True. That is why TRADITIO coined the term Novus Ordinarian instead of something like neo-Catholic or Novus Ordo Catholic. Because of the confusion in the common mind and the press, sometimes the word traditional must be used for purposes of clarity. But traditional Catholics are the true Catholics. The others are, whether they know it or not, schismatics of the New Order sect, which was manufactured starting in 1964 by Modernists and Freemasons to construct a new liberalistic One-World Religion to replace the Roman Catholic Faith.

September 14 - Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Double Major)

Traditional Episcopalians Win Court Case against Bishop

From: Fr. Moderator
St. James

The Sanctuary of St. James Episcopalian Church in Newport Beach, California
Showing Its Magnificent Buzard Pipe Organ
The Court Ruled that the Diocese Does Not Own Its Parishes
This Ruling Could Allow New Order Churches to Be Returned to Traditional Catholic Control

In a hotly-contested case over the ownership of church property, a Superior Court judge ruled that California courts are not bound by church law. He, therefore, rejected the claim of the Episcopalian diocese of Los Angeles to the property of St. James Church, a traditional Episcopalian church in Newport Beach, which wished to withdraw from its liberalist Episcopalian bishop, who rejected the Christian teaching on the grave immorality of homosexual acts. The judge ruled: "No evidence has been presented that a trust over parish property has ever been created under statutory law. St. James was exercising its free-speech rights when it broke with the diocese, issued a news release declaring its estrangement, and amended its articles of incorporation to write out any references to the diocese."

This case and the case of two more Episcopalian traditional parishes, All Saints in Long Beach and St. David's in North Hollywood, which have seceded from the Los Angeles diocese, could have enormous national significance in the embattled denomination, which has seen more and more of its membership terminate association with its liberalist bishops and go traditional. This court decision could have an effect all over the United States, where there are numerous parishes in dispute with dioceses, primarily on the issue of the diocese of New Hampshire's openly homosexual bishop who resides with his male sodomite. This legal precedent could carry nationwide "leading to massive parochial defections from the already shrinking Episcopalian Church."

In a statement by St. James' rector on the decision of the bishop to pursue his now-rejected claim of property rights, traditional Catholics can hear the same hate campaign against them by liberalist Newchurch bishops: "I don't know if I should be surprised, seeing the way they have continued to cause us pain. I would wish the Episcopal Church would say, 'All right, we want to be about God's mission and be about God's work.'" St. James' attorney charged that the diocese of Los Angeles "tried to intimidate this church and take away its property so the members would have no place to worship." He said that in effect the bishop was threatening: "We will take all your local property if you do not agree with our recent acceptance of sodomy."

This issue is, of course, important not only for traditional Episcopalians, but for traditional Catholics as well. A movement has started in Newchurch too, in which a number of parishes in St. Louis, Boston, and other locales have separated from liberalist local bishops and asserted individual property rights over their parishes. Newchurch bishops have fought tooth and nail to keep control of the parishes for Newchurch, even though these bishops have stolen parish churches into the New Order religion away from Roman Catholicism and the Traditional Latin Mass.

Even the Newchurch bishops seem to realize that their time is ending. Several of them have tried to divest themselves of parish churches, so that the victims of bishop-assisted sex crimes would have to sue parishes instead of the dioceses. A court in Seattle threw that argument back in the face of Seattle's bishop as a patent ploy to evade responsibility for aiding and abetting (and sometimes participating in) sex crimes by Newchurch presbyters.

TRADITIO was the first to suggest that the growing indignation at Newchurch bishops and the accordingly changing legal climate in the United States could lead to the restoration of lay trusteeships of parishes, which were the common legal situation in the Catholic Church in the 19th century. In the lay trusteeship arrangement, the local parishes govern themselves, maintain their own property, and hire their own priests. This is a most important story that TRADITIO will be following carefully in the coming months and years, as it could be just the entré that traditional Catholics have needed to take over at least some parish churches and restore them to the Roman Catholic Faith and Mass.

September 13 - Ferial Day

Five More Newchurch Bishops Charged in Scandal; JPII Appointed Them for Cover-up

From: Fr. Moderator
John McCormack

John McCormack, Newchurch Bishop of Manchester, New Hampshire
One of the Gauleiters that Cardinal Law and JPII Sent to U.S. Dioceses to Cover up Sex Crimes
McCormack and Four Other Bishops Have Now Been Now Been Accused in Court

You remember Bernard Cardinal Law, formerly Newchurch Archbishop of Boston, now Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, who was hounded out of office (with JPII wanting to keep him!) because he was up to his clerical collar in a sprawling sex-crime scandal. Now the New York Times has revealed that he connived with JPII to plant Law's own corrupt lieutenants as bishops in dioceses around the United States. TRADITIO's contention from the beginning that the Great Sex & Embezzlement Scandal was, and continues to be, a conspiracy involving rampant corruption in Newchurch involving every single Newchurch bishop in the United States, in one way or another, has once more been confirmed.

Law's gauleiters were, according to the Times report: Alfred Hughes of New Orleans; John McCormack of Manchester, New Hampshire; Robert Banks of Green Bay, Wisconsin; Thomas Daily of Brooklyn, New York; and William Murphy, of Rockville Center, New York. Law, with the connivance of JPII, sent these men out from Boston to take control of other dioceses across the United States, and now all have been named as defendants in lawsuits involving sex crimes. The bishops were specifically selected because they held the philosophy that Newchurch clergy, particularly bishops, were above the criminal law. As previously reported on TRADITIO, these bishops even conspired with local police departments to ignore criminal complaints against presbyters.

The Times report indicates why JPII didn't want Law to resign. He was afraid that if Law was canned, the rest of the U.S. bishops would fall like dominoes because of their personal involvement with the crimes. JPII feared that if such a powerful Newchurch potentate as Law could be hounded out of office by outraged Novus Ordinarians, anybody could be, maybe even the pope himself because of his complicity harboring criminals.

Good Catholics, you know how perverted Newchurch is. So you will not be surprised to find out that one of the five bishops accused is now Chairman of the United States Conference of [Newchurch] Catholic Bishops Committee on Sex Abuse! This is just like Benedict-Ratzinger's putting William Levada, former archbishop of San Francisco, as Sex-Crime Czar for all of Newchurch, when he is under subpoena in several courts regarding his own involvement in rampant sex crimes in the two archdioceses that he headed.

September 12 - Most Holy Name of Mary (Double Major Feast)

What Happened to St. Christopher?

From: Ann
St. Christopher

St. Christopher Depicted Bearing the Christ Child across the River
St. Christopher Is Traditionally One of the Fourteen Auxiliary Saints
Newchurch's Campaign to Suppress Him Has Utterly Failed

Dear Fr. Moderator:

I can't find St. Christopher in my missal. Isn't he a Saint any more?

Fr. Moderator Replies.

His Mass is where it has always been, in the Proper of the Saints in traditional missals under the date of July 25. St. Christopher is enshrined in the tradition of the Church as one of the Fourteen Auxiliary Saints, those Saints who especially are invoked for auxilium, or help, against particular tribulations:

  1. St. Acathius, Martyr (death)
  2. St. Barbara, Virgin & Martyr (fever)
  3. St. Blaise, Bishop & Martyr (diseases of the throat)
  4. St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin & Martyr (diseases of the tongue)
  5. St. Christopher, Martyr (plague)
  6. St. Cyriacus, Deacon & Martyr (diseases of the eye)
  7. St. Denis (Dionysius), Bishop & Martyr (headaches)
  8. St. Erasmus (Elmo), Bishop & Martyr (diseases of the digestive system)
  9. St. Eustus (fire)
  10. St. George, Martyr (diseases of the liver)
  11. St. Giles (Aegidius), Abbot & Martyr (nightmares)
  12. St. Margaret of Antioch, Virgin & Martyr (backache)
  13. St. Pantaleon, Martyr (tuberculosis)
  14. St. Vitus, Martyr (epilepsy)

You may be thinking of yet another Novus Ordo fraud that few are aware of. At the same time that the true Mass was replaced in 1969 with the invalid Novus Ordo Protestant-Masonic-Pagan service, Newchurch completely restructured the calendar of Saints, which in essence went back to the early Church. Saints who had been venerated for many centuries on a specific feastday had their feastday changed, or they were eliminated entirely from the liturgical calendar. In fact, Newchurch even disputed the existence of Saints that had been recognized by the Church and its popes for many centuries.

Of course, it was all a Newchurch stratagem to undermine the veneration that Catholics traditionally had for such Saints as Christopher, Blaise, Barbara, and George. The situation became so confused that the Novus Ordinarians are now virtually ignorant of the great Saints of the Church. So, the mission of Newchurch was accomplished. But not entirely. Even Novus Ordinarians still obtain St. Christopher medals more than those of any other Saint!

One of the Saints that was "decanonized" was St. Philomena, who was venerated publicly by the pre-Vatican II popes of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Although Newchurch suppressed her cultus for alleged lack of proof of her existence, the virgin Saint and Martyr had the last laugh at Newchurch when subsequent excavations in Rome proved her existence and cultus. For the fascinating saga of St. Philomena, see PHILOMENA.TXT: St. Philomena, Wonder-Worker: A Patron Saint of the Traditional Roman Catholic Movement in the TRADITIO Library of Files. For a list of Patron Saints, see PATRONS.TXT: Patron Saints in the TRADITIO Library of Files.

September 11 - Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Semi-double Feast)

Sometimes Politicians Will Surprise You, but Never the Newchurch Bishops

From: Fr. Moderator
Arnold Schwarzenegger

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Courageously Stood against the Lawless California Legislature
To Announce His Veto of the "Gay Marriage" Bill
Adopted on a Straight Party-Line Vote against the Vote of the People
Where Are the Newchurch Bishops on This Issue?

On a straight party-line vote (and some people say that it doesn't matter what party you vote for?), the California legislative spat at a vote of the people by initiative and adopted a resolution creating "gay marriage." Once again the lawless liberalists showed that they care nothing for their vaunted "democracy." But apparently Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger does.

Standing courageously for the vote of the people against this abomination, he didn't even wait until the bill arrived on his desk to announce that he would veto it. "We cannot have a system where the people vote and the Legislature derails that vote," the governor's press secretary said. Schwarzenegger took the stand even though Schwarzenegger is on good terms with many "gay activists" in Hollywood and has been pretty wishy-washy on the immorality of sodomy.

A new initiative is working its way ahead in California that would strip "domestic partnerships" of most of their status. Domestic partnerships have become a code word for "gay marriage." Also Wednesday, in Massachusetts, a proposed ballot initiative that would ban same-sex marriages passed a major hurdle. The state's Attorney General ruled that the initiative would be permitted under a section of the Massachusetts Constitution allowing voters to overturn court decisions.

One could well ask: where are the voices of the Newchurch bishops on this issue? Well, we all know that Newchurch bishops are immoral, and most of them actually promote sodomy, though they try to conceal it -- somewhat. In fact, Sean "Mad" O'Malley, the Newchurch archbishop of Boston, told Boston Novus Ordinarians to cool their opposition to "gay marriage," because it might offend "gay Catholics." Enough said.

September 10 - St. Nicholas of Tolentino, Confessor (Double Feast)

Newchurch Archbishop "Bully" Burke at It Again

From: Fr. Moderator
Raymond Burke

A Local Caricature of Newchurch Bishop Raymond Burke
Burke Decided to Contribute $500,000 of Church Funds
To a One of His Convicted Serial Presbyter-Rapists
Instead of to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund
It's All Business as Usual for the Newchurch of "Love"

One wonders how some of these Newchurch bishops get the reputation of being "conservative." There's that Fabian Bruskewitz, of Lincoln, Nebraska, who threatened to excommunicate "Catholic" Freemasons, then participated in the Freemason's annual picnic. He moved the Fraternity of St. Peter seminary to Lincoln so that he could water it down to the point of ineffectiveness.

Then you have Raymond "Bully" Burke, now Newchurch archbishop of St. Louis. Formerly in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, he admitted a known transsexual into a religious order. He suppressed reports of multiple presbyter sex crimes to the police. Then in St. Louis he attempted to steal St. Stanislaus Kosta Church from its 125-year legally-independent board because the board wouldn't give up its assets to pay for the archdiocese's sex crimes.

Now Associated Press reports that St. Louis Novus Ordinarians are "fuming" after Burke posted a half-million dollar bond out of Church money for a presbyter convicted of raping a teenage boy over a three-year period. Jurors recommended a twenty-year prison sentence for the presbyter on September 1, and on the very same day Burke rushed in with the $500,000 bond. Nor is this a special case. The archdiocese posted bond and paid for or contributed to the defense of two other presbyters priests charged with sex offenses, who are now behind bars.

You see, the presbyter wants to appeal on a technicality. He argues that the statute of limitations had run out on the crimes. But prosecutors cited a 1969 law that has no statute of limitations for "abominable and detestable crimes against nature." Guess whom Burke supports with the Novus Ordinarians' money?

Burke's legal mouthpiece stated: "Whether they're guilty or innocent in the end -- that's not the immediate question." Of course not. Newchurch and its bishops don't care about right or wrong. They delight in supporting guilty sex criminals in their clergy, while at the same time persecuting good Catholics whose only "sin" is that they adhere to the Roman Catholic Faith instead of the counterfeit New Order.

There is no question of guilt here. This is a convicted criminal, found guilty by a criminal court. The Novus Ordinarians are waking up, little by little, to the horror of Newchurch, which, from the pope on down, supports, actively or passively, sex criminals and embezzlers in the Newchurch clergy. Said one aggrieved Novus Ordinarian, who has had it with these duplicitous Newchurch bishops:

I find it hard to understand how the diocese can take the money that people donate every Sunday ... and use it to post bond for someone who has been convicted of a crime.... It sends a terrible message to victims -- we will fight you tooth and nail."

The courts too are getting wise to this kind of thing. The judge pulled the presbyter's passport so that he couldn't run off to hide in the bosom of Benedict and claim "diplomatic immunity" in the state of Vatican City, the way Archbishop William Levada attempted before the court wised up to him.

You would think that if Burke and his Newchurch of "Love" put his money where his mouth is, he would be donating the half-million dollars to the hurricane victims! Good Catholics, it's all a ruse. These Newchurch prelates are the biggest spewers of propaganda about "love" (and one has to wonder just what kind of "love" they're talking about!), but when it comes down to it, they are purveyors of pure hate: hate of the true Catholic Faith, hate of those traditional Catholics who stand up for it, and hate for their own people, whom they subject to vile rapists and embezzlers.

September 9 - St. Peter Claver, Confessor (Double Feast)
Complete Friday Abstinence

Some New Orleaneans Sink Back into Their Immoral Ways

From: Fr. Moderator
Rainbow Flag

The "Gay" Rainbow Flag Flies above New Orleans
10,000 Bodies of New Orleaneans Rot in the Streets
While the Annual "Gay" Parade Goes on Unabated

HURRICANE UPDATE. We are informed that Fr. Paul Trinchard, a traditional Catholic author, who most recently authored "New Mass": Conclusively Invalid, according to the Preponderance of Evidence (2004), lost his home as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Anyone interested in assisting Fr. Trinchard in his loss may send a donation in care of his publisher, MAETA, P.O. Box 6012 Metairie, LA 70009-6012. At least this way you can be certain that your donation will be directed to independent traditional Catholic priest, who has no great organization to support him.

We don't hold to the theory that "God wiped out New Orleans" because of its immoral ways. Natural events are rarely to be explained in such a way. The evil in this world comes from our sins, not from God. He loves us enough to give us the free-will to do evil, and if we do evil, individually or as a society, we bear the natural consequences of those sins. But sometimes one has to wonder.

At a time when the New Orleaneans should be helping one another out of a devastating natural disaster, what are some of them doing? We pass by the fact that half the police force quit because they didn't want to the job that they had sworn to do. The New York police didn't quit after the attacks of September 11, 2001. We pass over the fact that some New Orleaneans, including members of the police force, engaged in the most widespread looting ever seen after a natural disaster. We pass over the fact that some New Orleaneans took up guns to shoot at physicians who were trying to ferry the elderly and infirm from a flooded hospital to safety. We pass over the fact that layabouts outside the local sports stadium didn't even have the morals of pagans to bury their dead.

We realize that you can't lump all New Orleaneans into this basket, but the number of malefactors certainly seems higher than in any other locale affected by the disaster, including the other areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, who pulled together for the public good. Yet, let's see where some of the priorities of the New Orleans area have been spent.

Associated Press reports that over the Labor Day weekend, just after the Governor announced that the death toll would exceed 10,000, two dozen people in beads, hula skirts, and wigs danced down Bourbon Street. They are already making plans for Mardi Gras next February 28. Mardi Gras, otherwise known as Shrove (Penitential) Tuesday, when animal fat is used up just before the beginning of the Lenten Fast on Ash Wednesday, has been allowed by New Orleaneans to be turned into a pervert show. Meanwhile, when thousands of New Orleaneans lie dead, and authorities still unable to collect bodies floating in canals and hidden in attics, even the talk of a Mardi Gras celebration sounds perverse. Where is the outcry of the Novus Ordinarians, the Mayor, and the Governor? Silent.

But nothing inundates the perversions of "gay" radicals. On the Lord's Day, a group of "revelers" wearing outlandish costumes gathered for the city's 34th Annual Southern Decadence Festival (August 31-September 5), a six-day-long "gay" street party. Unofficially dubbed the "gay Mardi Gras," Southern Decadence, according to Southern Voice, " earned its reputation by being one of the most unapologetically racy exhibitions of gay [sic] life, where outlandish costumes and outdoor sex were the norm." Even the police have been browbeated into making no arrests for lewd behavior. The event culminates with a Sunday, September 4 parade featuring elaborate and risqué costumes. This year, the event is being held in conjunction with another "gay" extravaganza, Convergence 2005, "Big & Easy." Most of the activity was moved to Lafayette.

Newchurch Archbishop Alfred Hughes announced that Sunday the Novus Ordo Mess was said nowhere in New Orleans. Thank goodness traditional churches and chapels around the country remained to offer the true Mass. Using a rare privilege granted by the traditional rubrics in cases of civil disaster, traditional Catholics in San Francisco, itself prone to earthquake disaster, and elsewhere in the United States offered the Votive Mass In Quacumque Tribulatione for their brethren, both living and deceased, in their time of tribulation.

September 8 - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Double Feast of the Second Class)

D.C.'s "Catholic" Cathedral Goes Lutheran

From: Fr. Moderator

The Late U.S. Chief Justice William Rehnquist (1924-2005)
His Lutheran Funeral Is to Be Held in D.C.'s Novus Ordo Cathedral
By Lutheran Ministers

St. Matthew's "Catholic" Cathedral in Washington, D.C., which was the site of the Traditional Pontifical Low Mass (Mrs. Kennedy specifically requested a Low Mass) for President John Kennedy in 1963, on September 7 will become a Lutheran Church. The Novus Ordo sect will turn its D.C. cathedral over to the Protestants for the funeral of Chief Justice William Rehnquist, a Lutheran.

It isn't as if the Protestants don't have their own cathedral, the National Cathedral, where President Ronald Reagan's funeral was held. Rehnquist's funeral, unlike Reagan's, will be private, so the Lutherans hardly need a large "worship space."

A brief service held Tuesday, September 6, at 14:00 UTC at the Chief Justice's coffin reposing in the Great Hall of the U.S. Supreme Court Building was conducted by two Lutheran ministers. We must say that it sounded far more "Catholic" than anything we have heard on such occasions by the presbyters of the New Order sect. One of the ministers read Psalm 138 (Domine, probasti), which was quite appropriate to the occasion (it even refers to Hell!) and is said in the traditional Divine Office at Friday Vespers. Unfortunately, the vernacular translation used by the minister was ghastly; it wasn't even the traditional Protestant King James Version.

Detracting from the decorum of the ceremony was the attire of two of the female law clerks, who wore black dresses that cut off quite noticeably above their knees. They looked like cocktail waitresses. So, two of our leading lawyers of the future don't even know proper decorum at the U.S. Supreme Court on the death of the Chief Justice. It figures. At least Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for all her liberalism, knew how to dress appropriately. She wore a black dress that extended well below her knees.

We must say that the justices didn't exude any signal reverence in time of death. Since the virtual elimination of the Traditional Latin Requiem Mass, people don't seem to know what to do any more, whether Catholics or Protestants. It appeared that only Justice Antonin Scalia, an indultarian, regarded the circumstances prayerfully. He was the only one to bow his head deeply at the coffin and appeared to be rapt in prayer. Perhaps he was saying the previous Psalm 127, De Profundis -- in St. Jerome's Latin Vulgate, as befitted the venerable justice.

September 7 - Ferial Day

Behind the Scenes of the SSPX-Newpope "Beheading" Meeting

From: Fr. Moderator
St. Martin of Tours

St. Martin of Tours, Saint of Charity
This Great Saint Kept Himself Scrupulously Independent
Of the Heretic Bishops of the Fourth Century
SSPX's Fellay and His Cohort Schmidberger Could Learn Much from St. Martin

To read most of the reports about the August 29 "Beheading" (so-called because it was the feastday of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist) meeting of Newchurch's Benedict-Ratzinger and SSPX's Fellay, you would think that it was a "one off" meeting. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Remember that until Bishop Williamson blew the cover, SSPX liberalist Fellay was going to have a secret meeting with the pope, so that the SSPX members around the world would not know what he was doing. But there is more to the story....

Former Superior General Franz Schmidberger, another member of the Fellayite liberalist wing, has been playing Fellay's puppeteer behind the scenes. It was he who engaged in preliminary meetings with such suspect individuals as Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, head of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, whose goal it is to butt head with traditional Catholic Mass sites, including SSPX, and win traditional Catholics over to the New Order.

It was Hoyos who was directly involved in destroying the work of Bishop Antonio de Castro Mayer, who kept traditional Catholicism alive in Campos, Brazil. Hoyos eventually connived to have a puppet New Order bishop appointed, and within a few months that "indult" bishop was concelebrating the Novus Ordo service! Supposedly, four other cardinals, two active and two retired, were involved in the negotiations between Schmidberger and the New Order.

It is Schmidberger who wants to increase the Society's contacts with Newchurch bishops and the cardinals. It sounds just like the phony oecumenism that Newrome plays with false religions, which has borne no substantive fruit in forty years. Newrome gives and gives and give; the schismatics and heretics take and take and take. Even JPII got feed up that the schismatics and heretics never gave anything back. And guess what liberalist Fellayite was present at the "Beheading" meeting with Benedict-Ratzinger: none other than the ubiquitous Schmidberger.

The Catholic response to any unCatholic "New Order" is clear. Much the same thing happened in the Church in the fourth century during the Great Arian Heresy, a heresy that denied the divinity of Christ. St. Jerome tells us that the vast majority of bishops became Arian heretics, and even the pope personally was suspected of fostering the heresy. What did the orthodox leaders of the Church do? Did they "negotiate?" No. Did they deal with the heretics "charitably" (in the false Vatican II sense of the word)? No.

St. Martin of Tours, the Saint of charity, kept himself scrupulously independent of the heretic bishops of the time. He ignored them. He wouldn't allow them in his diocese. He refused to eat with them. St. Basil the Great wrote to his people:

Matters have come to this pass: the people have left their houses of prayer and assembled in the deserts, -- a pitiable sight; women and children, old men, and men otherwise infirm, wretchedly faring in the open air, amid most profuse rains and snow-storms and winds and frosts of winter; and again in summer under a scorching sun. To this they submit because they will have no part of the wicked Arian leaven.
St. Augustine, the Prince of Theologians, said: "Wrong is wrong even if everybody is doing it, and right is right even if nobody is doing it" and took a public oath with another Saint against a heretic pope. St. Athanasius, Defender of the Faith, stated: "If the world goes against the truth, then Athanasius goes against the world.

This is the response of Catholic Saints to those who proposed any "New Order," even popes. Not pusillanimous false obedience to evil men and evil doctrine. They took careful heed of the Gradual Psalm of a few Sundays ago:

Bonum est confidere in Dominum, quam confidere in homine. Bonum est sperare in Domino quam sperare in principibus.
[It is good to confide in the Lord, rather than to have confidence in man. It is good to trust in the Lord, rather than to trust in princes.] (Psalm 117:8/DRV)

Schmidberger, in an interview after the "Beheading" meeting, revealed the fact that the liberalist Fellayites are looking toward "reconciliation" with the New Order before the grave theological differences are resolved. Schmidberger stated that he was willing to settle merely for the "liberty to express our reservations about the [Vatican II] Council." Well, isn't that just dandy? He's willing to sell out to false doctrine as long as the Newvatican masters allow him to mumble a few doubts!

Fellay and Schmidberger surely aren't acting like St. Martin, St. Augustine, St. Basil the Great, and St. Athanasius, Defender of the Faith. Good Catholics, can you imagine in your wildest fantasies that these great Saints, and others like them, would have sold out to, let alone "negotiated" with, heretic bishops and even popes? Their voices still thunder across the ages to this day. They took quite careful heed of Our Lord's dictum: "Do not think that I have come to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword." (Matthew 10:34/DRV). Said Schmidberger, "It's not that Rome must renounce chunks of Vatican II before 'normalization' can occur." Well, there you have it. The "mission statement" of the sellout program of the Fellayites. (And they think that the Feeneyites are bad!)

Fellay is even too pusillanimous to proclaim God's truth to the press. When the press learned of the "secret" meeting, Fellay was deluged with requests for interviews. What an opportunity to speak to the world about what true Catholicism is and to make clear that the New Order is not Catholic! But Fellay, true to character, refused to speak to the press gathered at the papal palace at Castel Gondolfo. When he returned to the SSPX's site at Albano nearby, he would not return phone calls from the press. When an Associated Press and National Catholic Reporter news crews appeared there, they were expelled.

Instead he (and apparently Schmidberger) put their tails between their legs and "escaped" out of a side exit, perhaps through the pope's kitchen. This is a traditional bishop, upon whose shoulders at his consecration the Evangelarium was placed, as a symbol of his moral obligation to speak out to defend Our Lord Jesus Christ and his Church.

In the interview, Schmidberger also took the opportunity to express his hostility on the Society's bugaboo toward the sede-vacantists, with whom the SSPX is often lumped. Although the SSPX is not officially sede-vacantist, its founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, issued a very reasonable and balanced statement about the issue. As quoted by one of the SSPX's own bishops, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais:

He [Abp. Lefebfre] said more than once about these popes -- about Paul VI from 1976, and about John Paul II, after the prayer meeting of religions at Assisi in 1986 -- that he did not exclude the possibility that these popes were not popes, that one day the Church will have to examine their situation, that a future pope and his cardinals might have to pronounce the finding that these men had not been popes. But for himself, he preferred to consider them as popes. This supposes that he did not feel that he possessed sufficient knowledge of the pertinent facts nor the necessary power for making such a judgment.

Fourteen years have passed since the death of the Archbishop. One can only imagine what he would have had to say today, after JPII's "Clown Messes" and Benedict-Ratzinger's World Youth Woodstock, let alone their dogged adherence to the "doctrines" of the Vatican II Council, hijacked from an ailing Pope John by the Modernists.

But once again, it was Bishop Williamson who had given a factually honest and morally unwavering statement of the traditional position:

In fact, a Rome-Society of St. Pius X agreement seems impossible. And if the Society rejoined [New] Rome, the resistance of Catholic Tradition would carry on without it, and if the Pope 'converted,' then instead of the gentle war now being waged on his right by Tradition, he would be faced with a savage war being waged on his left by the cabal of Neo-modernists. Either way, the war goes on between the friends and the enemies of the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Once again, the poor rank-and-file 1SSPXers are being played for fools by their leadership. Fellay probably figures that if he told his members "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth," the stampede away from his liberalistic wing would be louder than those of the Wild West!

September 6 - Ferial Day

Vatican II Hurricane Destroys New Orleans

From: Fr. Moderator
New Orleans

New Orleans in Flames
Once Catholic City Has Lost All of Its Catholic Organizational Support
And Sinks into the Barbarity of the Relativistic Vatican II Morality

New Orleans was once a Catholic city, founded in the French Catholic tradition. Looking at what has gone on there after the recent hurricane, one clearly sees that New Orleans is Catholic no longer. It has succumbed to anarchy and in the process is destroying itself.

One could only reflect on what would have happened if this hurricane had occurred before Vatican II. You may remember how it was then. Before Vatican II Mardi Gras was a joyful local festival the day before the Lenten fast began on Ash Wednesday. After Vatican II, Lent was essentially done away with, fasting was essentially done away with, and Mardi Gras became an anarchical party for sexual deviants. Before Vatican II people were encouraged individually to practice the Corporal Works of Mercy, not just blend irresponsibly into some liberalistic, secularized program of "Social Justice."

Some of the things that struck us as we watched coverage is that the once-great network of Catholic charity has been essentially dissolved by Newchurch. Newchurch can't get enough victims to become New Order presbyters to staff their churches. Nuns and brothers have essentially disappeared. There is no network of Catholic hospitals, homes for the elderly, houses for the poor. Once-Catholic hospitals that were proud to display the word Catholic in their name have now been sold by Newchurch to secular interests to become merely "C, Inc."

The only religious presence seems to be the Salvation Army, which, in spite of the fact that it is associated with a Protestant sect, has had an unblemished record of scrupulous honesty. While the American Red Cross skims off large amounts of administrative fees and transfers donors' money into the Red Cross's own (often liberalistic) pet projects, and the Novus Ordo organizations like St. Vincent de Paul are now in the pocket of the Newchurch Modernists, the Salvation Army keeps its disaster funds scrupulously separated, with negligible administrative costs and earmarked to the purpose that its donors specify (and, yes, Catholics can morally donate to specifically charitable projects of Protestant organizations).

Before Vatican II, one could see the vast charitable resources of the Catholic Church swing into action. Bishop Sheen, who was in charge of such programs, would have personally walked the streets of New Orleans and publicized the plight of the city and its environs on his hugely popular radio and television programs. Priests, nuns, and brothers would be visible all over, aiding the afflicted. Traditional Catholic morality would have taught the people to help themselves and others in an orderly fashion. Instead, the television news portrays shrill people screaming, "Why doesn't the government help us?" Remember the old saying: "God helps those who help themselves."

Because of the moral corruption introduced into the Church and into society when Vatican II's relativistic morality spread, we now have the pitiful sight of a once-Catholic city sinking into barbarism, into rampant theft and murder. Even heroic physicians who are trying to get invalids to medical attention, are fired upon. And where are those bastions of the dedicated police, so often drawn from Catholic ranks? Half of them have quit. Morally, New Orleans has shot itself in the foot. Those who would be motivated to aid the city stay away because they are afraid of being shot at.

The incredible damage done by Vatican II to morality and the creation of the unCatholic Newchurch, which, from the pope on down, refuses to take strong action against immorality, is far more widespread than the destruction of the Holy Mass and Sacraments. Good Catholics, next time someone gives you a hard time about why you don't accept the Springtime of Vatican II and the Newchurch of Love, now you have a simple, two-word answer: "New Orleans."

A Message from the Trenches

From: Jack

As a follow up to one of your Commentaries, I myself get the same questions from the Novus Ordo attendees about "uncharitableness," which you answered perfectly. I find that I get into a discussion with people who are blinded by the New Mass and Vatican II and refuse even to consider that they are in error. When you confront them with statistics and fact after fact, the last resort that they have is to throw out the worn-out "schismatic" label.

I have been on various web sites, on which I have debated many of these Novus Ordo Vatican II supporters, and after they are defeated as how they can actually defend forty years of false religion, they invariably resort to the "schismatic" label. They say that traditional Catholics are not "obedient" to the pope, and I get banned off the site, as they don't want to hear that they are in error, nor do they want their confused laity to hear any of this.

I of course first explain that they are the "schismatic ones," as traditional Catholics are the ones adhering to the Tradition of the Church, and that they are the ones who have changed the Faith. They then say that the Church has always changed through history and that the New Order revolution is just one more change. For example, we were at a party this weekend and were debating the New Mass and the changes, and one gentleman, who says he has been going to church for twenty years along with his family and friends, gave me and my family the following reasons why they like the New Mass and the changes:

When we encounter such immoral, unchurched people, we basically gave up trying to "convert" them, as only God has the power to lift the veil of their obstinate darkness.

September 5 - St. Lawrence Justinian, Bishop & Confessor (Semidouble Sunday)

An Enchiridion of Novus Ordo Messes: The "Cowboy" Mess

From: Fr. Moderator
Cowboy Mess

Presbyter and Ministers "Vested" in Cowboy Getup
To Perform the "Cowboy Mess"
Which Also Featured Live Poultry

The "Cowboy Mess" was featured recently at a country-music festival in Canada. The presbyter and his ministers all wore some form of cowboy costume. Cowboys stood at the altar for the "concelebration." As you might expect, electric guitars with amplifiers were the featured "sacred music." Moreover, present about the altar were chickens in cages. (We have a suspicion that they might be the "bread" for this Mess, perhaps slaughtered and prepared for the "Sandwich Mess" that we previously described!)

A Road Not to Be Traveled

From: Fr. Moderator

A recent Reuters News Service report highlighted some facts about the meeting between SSPX's Bp. Fellay and Benedict-Ratzinger on Monday, August 29. Among the conclusions that the Reuters article drew were:

The Reuters report confirmed the fact that the meeting was supposed to have been kept secret. Members of the Society were not to be apprised of what their Superior General was doing. It is unfortunate that the Liberalist-Fellay wing of the Society takes a haughty attitude of wanting to keep SSPX members in the dark about its exact dealings with Newchurch, except when Fellay can deliver a carefully-prepared propaganda speech to local meetings with SSPX groups. Such secrecy has been an Achilles' heel in both SSPX and Newchurch. Fortunately, one of the other SSPX bishops had enough honesty to blow the Liberalists' cover.

As an aside, it is obvious that this topic of Fellay's dealings with Newchurch is of intense interest on the part of traditional Catholics worldwide. TRADITIO received a record number of hits on Monday, August 29, when the meeting occurred. We have been told that TRADITIO has been a major force in keeping the SSPX traditional, as we have tens of thousands of SSPXers who read us because they can't get a straight story from any other source. Obviously, many thousands are are turning to TRADITIO for what they know will be a totally independent view, which panders neither to Newchurch, SSPX, or any other organization. For over ten years now, we call 'em as we see 'em and let the chips fall where they may. As two correspondents among many put it:

You may count me among the many Catholics attending SSPX chapels who are grateful for your helping to expose the secret shenanigans of Bishop Fellay. The thoughts of a sellout in return for God knows what sends a shudder through me.
As one who attends Mass at SSPX chapels, I must tell you that I cannot thank you enough for the recent news you have been covering. I hunger and thirst for more! I have thought since my first days in Tradition (I converted at 16 against the wishes of my mother) that a reconciliation with Rome would be bad. Why do we need it? We have the Faith, the Sacraments, and the chapels. I often wondered why we would submit to a reconciliation when we could easily lose the chapels we so desperately need! They might even be sold to help pay for the Novus Bogus' plethora of problems. I am sincerely thankful for your solo reporting on this and hope that you can continue to enlighten the minds of traditional Catholics across the net.

September 4 - Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Semidouble Sunday)

If the Pope Can't Enforce Discipline on His Presbyters, the U.S. Army Will!

From: Fr. Moderator
John McRaith

Newchurch Bishop John McRaith, of Owensboro, Kentucky
Personally Recommended Gregory Arflack as U.S. Army Chaplain
Arflack Is Now Being Investigated on 12 Counts Involving Forcible Rape

The U.S. Army is investigating a Newchurch military chaplain on multiple charges of forcible sodomy and assault upon three male enlisted officers. Capt. Gregory Arflack, 44, is a chaplain with the 279th Base Support Battalion. The Army is investigating 12 charges: three counts each of forcible sodomy and indecent acts, two counts each of fraternization with enlisted service members and disobeying orders, and one count each of indecent assault and conduct unbecoming an officer. The charges were first reported August 17 in the military newspaper Stars and Stripes. A Southern Baptist who converted to the Novus Ordo sect, Arflack has not denied the charges to date.

Arflack works under the jurisdiction of the Owensboro, Kentucky, Newchurch diocese, where he served his first two assignments as a presbyter in Paducah and Bowling Green from 1998 to 2002. Newchurch bishop John McRaith personally recommended Arflack for his military chaplaincy. The Newchurch Charismatic Cable Network, EWTN, also lauded Arflack in a recent documentary. (Just more evidence that whoever is foolish enough to watch EWTN may as well watch Hindu pornography.) [Associated Press]

And you think that the Great Sex and Embezzlement Scandal is dying? Good Catholics, it has just begun!

How to Handle Intransigent Novus Ordinarians

From: Corinne

Dear Fr. Moderator:

For a while now I've been trying to get a friend of mine to convert to traditional Catholicism with the TRADITIO Commentaries, but she claimed to be turned off by TRADITIO's biting satire, which she termed "uncharitableness." I informed her that TRADITIO provides, as you explain in your Ask Fr. Moderator department, "unique, lively, often highly satirical commentary (after the Roman Juvenal), from half a century's observation of the Church both pre-and post-Vatican II, on current events in the Catholic Church from the traditional perspective." How can these dyed-in-the-wool Novus Ordinarians be reached, as they refuse to confront reality, but seem to live in their little made-up worlds with some kind of caricature of Catholicism?

Fr. Moderator Replies.

The Novus Ordinarians don't like to confront the truth, do they? If you say anything bad about evil, they claim that you are "uncharitable." That is just a technique that they use to absolve themselves of confronting reality and doing what is Catholic. Actually, our biting satire in calling a spade a spade has led to thousands and thousands of conversions and reversions to the traditional Catholic Faith. Our files bulge with their thank-you messages, even from those who resisted the reality at first, then were forced to confront its truth.

The Novus Ordinarians who seem determined to stick to their error don't want to confront reality. They simply play mind-games with you, as this woman is doing. Nothing we say can't essentially be found in the pages of the daily newspaper. We just put everything together with an historical perspective and a satirical approach -- and it jars the Novus Ordinarians. Naturally, they resist at first. They have to deny the false religion that they have been practicing for forty years.

Obviously, this woman doesn't know either the Bible or the history of the Church. In the Gospels, Our Lord rails again and again at the leaders of the Church of his time, calling them "hypocrites" and "whited sepulchres" and "devils." The Saints too stood against corrupt popes and prelates, and criticized them vehemently in public. St. Augustine, who took a public oath against his errant pope; St. Thomas Aquinas, who encouraged prelates to be criticized when they fell from the Faith; St. Bridget, who called her corrupt pope a murderer of souls; St. Catherine of Siena, who lambasted the Avignon popes who had abandoned Rome; and many others. When the true Faith is at stake, we fight the "good fight," as St. Paul, who lambasted the corrupt church leaders of his time, put it.

When you encounter dyed-in-the-wool Novus Ordinarians like this woman, the best thing to do for them is to pray to God that they will accept the grace of Faith, just as you would pray for a Lutheran, a Mohammedan, or a Hindu to convert. For the poor Novus Ordinarians are indeed stuck in a Protestant-Masonic-Pagan schismatic sect. If logic does not appeal to them, you can conclude that they obviously have not accepted the grace of Faith. All the argument in the world will not persuade them until they accept God's grace.

September 3 - St. Pius X, Pope & Confessor (Semidouble Feast)

An Enchiridion of Novus Ordo Messes: The "Sandwich" Mess

From: Fr. Moderator
Sandwich Mess

The "Sandwich" Mess
Novus Ordo Presbyters, Tiring of the Novus Ordo Cookie
Are Now "Consecrating" Sandwiches

Before the Novus Ordo, we had the valid bread of wheaten flour and water, similar to the unleavened Passover bread, since, as St. Paul says in his First Epistle to the Corinthians (5:7), Christ is our Pasch (Passover). Anyone can see this simple unleavened bread in grocery stores around Passover time.

The New Order, which had to change anything traditional, made this bread into an invalid cookie. Dioceses across the world started including invalidating elements, such as sugar, cinnamon, Crisco, salt, and sometimes even peanut butter. In effect, they created what we call on TRADITIO the "Novus Ordo cookie." Newvatican called it invalid, but did nothing to stop it.

The U.S. Newchurch bishops didn't even bring the Newvatican document to the floor of its meeting. After all, they don't care whether the Novus Ordo service is valid or not (it's not). They consider such concerns of validity of a Sacrament excessive "formalism." In their blind ignorance, apparently they couldn't give a darn what Christ said. For sure, they can't distinguish between bread and a cookie, let alone a sandwich!

Now, tiring of cookies, the New Order has begun to experiment with sandwiches! Here, from the Jesuit Youth House (Casa da Juventude) in Goiania, Brazil, we have the "Sandwich" Mess, in which the ministress holds a bologna sandwich, while Presbyter Burnier inspects the inside of his sandwich to ensure that it has sufficient mustard. I wonder what's on for next Sunday. Tuna sandwiches for the vegetarians perhaps?

September 2 - St. Stephen, King of Hungary, Confessor (Semidouble Feast)

Did Fellay Fall into a Papal Plan to Destroy the SSPX?

From: Fr. Moderator
Castel Gandolfo

Castel Gandolfo, the Papal Summer Palace
Where SSPX's Fellay and Benedict-Ratzinger Chewed the Fat over SSPX's Future
Fellay Skipped out on Making a Strong Statement to the Press
In Support of Traditional Catholicism, but Escaped Using a Side Entrance

Is Benedict-Ratzinger leading Bernard Fellay of the SSPX on with the goal of splitting up the Society of St. Pius X? It is well known that the SSPX is internally divided on the question of "negotiating" with Newchurch. Did Benedict want to bring this internal dissention to a head by pursuing the meeting with Fellay?

It is entirely likely. Newvatican has had a phenomenal run over the last forty years, so its occupants must have been as sly as Herod and Caiphas. Just think what they have been able to pull: an unCatholic, invalid Mess and Sakraments in place of the traditional Mass and Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church; a cesspool of immorality among the low and high clergy, which they got away with until recently; and a "New Theology" that is more like Martin Luther's than Jesus Christ's.

The press is well-aware that the SSPX has internal divisions between liberalistic and traditional factions. In fact, an Italian report on the meeting readily acknowledged "increasing tension within the Fraternity [SSPX], the more conservative party of which opposes any agreement." So, Benedict-Ratzinger is well aware of the fact that the SSPX is fractured and that it would take little to push it into open division. Perhaps he is hoping to engineer that before his own New Order Church divides, as he is facing the same internal division, much stronger ones, between the Modernists/Liberalists and Conservatives (there are no Traditionals in Newchurch).

Benedict's Newchurch is under fire. It has lost the fidelity of many Novus Ordinarians because its prelates, including Benedict, have connived in the Great Sex and Embezzlement Scandal. Because of the conservative swing in society in the last decade, more and more Novus Ordinarians are tiring of the New Order.

Fellay, if he had any oratorical talent, would be able to take advantage of that fact to show Newchurch up for what it is and publicize the true Church and traditional Catholicism. Mel Gibson did that successfully and brought significant numbers of new traditional Catholics in without making a conscious effort. Fellay won't even try. He is too busy playing organizational games with Newchurch instead of building his traditional foundations.

The Society is dripping with money, much of it donated by French Royalist-sympathizers. Why not take out a weekly full-page ad in the New York Times to expose Newchurch for what it is and teach traditional Catholicism, the way the Knights of Columbus used to? We at TRADITIO hear all the time from Novus Ordinarians who want to turn traditional, but they don't even know that the Traditional Latin Mass still exists -- we kid you not! Mel Gibson turned that situation around significantly.

So, on August 29, at Castel Gandolfo, the pope's summer palace, Fellay sneaked into a side entrance. He didn't want to give the world press congregated around the public entrance a courageous statement of the traditional position. He wants to be considered a bishop and be called "Most Reverend Monsignor" in the French style, but what bishop stands up for the Roman Catholic Faith by sneaking into a side entrance. The man has no flair, no sense of the moment for carrying to the world the traditional message.

It was left principally to the Opus Deista Newvatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro Valls and Dario Cardinal Castrillon, the architect of the Campos sellout and the president of the do-nothing Ecclesia Dei Commission, to put the Newvatican's spin on the meeting. Navarro Valls said that both men spoke of "their common will to proceed in stages" to achieve the return of the Society into the Catholic fold. Fellay issued a pro-forma statement in French, which topped Vatican II documents in saying nothing concrete!

So, it appears that Fellay has failed thoroughly to do any good for the Traditional Catholic Movement. Not only did he fail use a unique opportunity to stand up publicly for traditional Catholicism in the world press, but he allowed Newvatican to spin the meeting to make it appear that the SSPX, not Newchurch, was not Catholic. Quelle surprise, Bernard!

Pope Chickens out on "Gay" Presbyters

From: Fr. Moderator

Rumors have been circulating for quite a while that Newvatican has drawn up an instruction making unlawful for "gays" to be Novus Ordo presbyters. It seems that Newvatican has forgotten its sacramental theology. Those who have a moral life not in keeping with the Sacrament of Holy Orders (there is dispute whether Newchurch actually has this Sacrament any longer, in view of Pope Leo XIII's bull, Apostolicae Curae) have traditionally not been deemed fit candidates for the reception of the Sacrament.

One report indicates that the instruction, which has caused much controversy in Newchurch, was supposed to have been published in early August, but Benedict-Ratzinger chickened out because he didn't want to "tarnish his visit to his home city of Cologne" for World Youth Day. What a pope! He readily puts his personal P.R. ahead of Catholic morality. If you thought that the cesspool that is Newchurch would improve under Benedict, think again!

The document, written by the Newchurch Congregation for Catholic [sic] Education and Seminaries, has already gone through three drafts. And lest you think that Newpope is going to decry one of the four Sins that Cry to Heaven for Vengeance, think again! One moral theology professor at a Novus Ordo institution suggested that the instruction "will be written in a very pastoral mode. It will not be an attack on the gay [sic] lifestyle. It will not say 'homosexuality is immoral.' But it will suggest that admitting gay men into the priesthood [lege: presbyterate] places a burden both on those who are homosexual and those they are working alongside who are not."

Yet another report indicates that Benedict-Ratzinger has doubts about whether the instruction should be issued at all, as he is afraid of opposition. What a pope! Afraid of opposition? His saintly predecessors would be turning over in their graves, like Pope Leo I, who stood against the opposition of Attila the Hun, and Pope Pius V, who stood against the opposition of the invading Mohammedans and Elizabeth I of England, the "Butcher" Queen.

More and more, Catholics will have to wonder whether this man will ever act like a real pope or just play the part of the latest "gutless wonder" produced by unCatholic Vatican II mindset? Those in the United States might just be starting to think of another figure who bore the name Benedict.

Victims 1, Newchurch Bishop 0

From: Fr. Moderator

The long-awaited ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge came down on August 26. The ploy of the Archbishop of Seattle, Alex Brunett, to claim that local parishes own their own assets was denied by the court, which held that all diocesan assets belonging to the Spokane diocese are eligible for liquidation in claims made by the victims of sex crimes. Brunett had tried to get out of paying just compensation to victims by claiming that he didn't own the parishes. These Newchurch bishops are downright pathological liars, aren't they?

One New Order spokesman, William Donahue, President of the Catholic [sic] League, whined: "A green light has been given to plunder the resources of the Catholic Church." When are you going to wake up, Bill? As the Newchurch Bishops' own Chief Investigator said: "This is not the Catholic Church. This is the Mafia." These corrupt Newchurch bishops, and the Novus Ordinarians who supported them physically and financially, in justice should pay for their crimes, not only in simple justice, but to ensure that never again will such episcopal ilk be given free reign by Newvatican and Newpope, who were in league with them.

September 1 - St. Giles, Abbot (Simple Feast)
Complete Friday Abstinence

Fellay & Benedict-Ratzinger Side Show Begins

From: Fr. Moderator
Paul VI & Athenagoras

Pope Paul VI Does the Kissy-Kissy with Schismatic Eastern Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras in 1965
Forty Years Have Passed Since the Purported Lifting of the Excommunication
And the Eastern Orthodox Are Still Regarded as Schismatics
SSPX's Fellay Had Better Talk a Long Look at the History of Novus Ordo Duplicity

Good Catholics, the circus has already begun. On the Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptism, August 29, Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, will put his tail between his legs to "talk" with Benedict-Ratzinger. Fellay should be more careful. Benedict-Ratzinger wants his head on a platter. (Of course, he will do it under the facade of an urbane gentleman who plays Mozart on the piano and never met a Novus Ordinarian he didn't like.)

An official report from the meeting indicates that Fellay has begun the sellout of the SSPX: Nous sommes arrivés à un consensus sur le fait de procéder par étapes dans la résolution des problèmes. So, Fellay did not do as he said that he would: simply present (again) the two "non-negotiable" conditions (the lifting of the "excommunications" and the restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass). Benedict-Ratzinger at this meeting, now four months into his papacy, has accepted neither "non-negotiable" condition, and yet Fellay talks and talks and talks.

No wonder Newrome is laughing behind Fellay's back. He has become little more than one of JPII's circus clowns, falling right into Newrome's strategems. You traditional Catholics in the SSPX better get your golden parachutes packed! Fellay is going to put you through the ringer in coming months, and years, as Newrome plays him for the fool. But, as we heard proclaimed in last Sunday's Epistle: Nolite errare: Deus non inridetur [Be not deceived: God is not mocked] (Galatians 6:7/DRV).

Here is how one European daily described this contrived stage-play:

Pope opens talks with Latin Mass renegades
POPE BENEDICT XVI, who reached out to Muslims and Jews last week on his first trip to his native Germany since his election, is preparing to mend an enduring schism within the Roman Catholic Church.

Here we have the usual disinformation. Traditional Catholics are "renegades," not the Modernist revolutionaries attached to Vatican II. Traditional Catholicism is a "schism," instead of the Great Roman Schism of 1964 attached to Vatican II. Well, we've heard it all that nonsense before.

Among the press and the SSPXers, there is speculation that Benedict-Ratzinger might lift the "excommunications" of the four bishops that Archbishop Lefebvre consecrated. Big deal. There has never been any problem with the "excommunications"; Newvatican has simply held that over the SSPX bishops' heads as a bargaining chip. Everybody, including Benedict, knows that the excommunications are illegal. Eight leading Roman canonists had already publicly informed JPII that he had made a serious canonic error and that the "excommunications" are invalid:

Benedict-Ratzinger is, after all, one of the best informed persons concerning the SSPX. It was he who, in 1988, led the negotiations with Archbishop Lefebvre, which failed, because the archbishop smelled a rat and realized that Ratzinger would talk and talk and talk, but never sign off specific guarantees for the Traditional Latin Mass and Sacraments. Look how Ratzinger treated the "indult" Fraternity of St. Peter. He tricked them into thinking that they were being given the "privilege" of using the 1962 rites "exclusively," but the word exclusively never made it into the official document, and in 1999 Newvatican lowered the boom on the FSSP by issuing Protocol 1411, which is now being used to force FSSP priests to celebrate the Novus Ordo service when asked to do so by the local bishop.

But the important point to note here is that even if Benedict-Ratzinger should falsely try to look generous by lifting the phony "excommunications," it means nothing for the SSPX. Contrary to a common misconception, the Society of St. Pius X itself was never "excommunicated" (you can't excommunicate an organization anyway).

Remember back to December 7, 1965? TRADITIO does. Paul VI lifted the excommunication standing since 1054 against the Eastern Orthodox, who are formal schismatics. Oh, sure, Paul VI and Oecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras did the kissy-kissy thing on the Vatican balcony, but nothing has changed in forty years. The Eastern Orthodox are still schismatic. Catholics are still forbidden to attend an Eastern Orthodox service. It was just another one of those false oecumenical shows.

And what was worse, after Athenagoras went back to Byzantium, large numbers of his bishops, priests, and laypeople deserted him for kissing up to the Bishop of Rome. In effect, the "reconciliation" tore apart the Byzantine Church. Let Fellay be warned from this historical precedent. The SSPX will likewise be torn apart if he should attempt to "reconcile" to the Church of the New Order. Lifting of the "excommunications" does nothing to restore the true Mass, the Traditional Latin Mass, to the altars of supposedly Catholic churches around the world in place of the counterfeit Novus Ordo service. It will be just another sellout to the "indult," whose purpose is to provide a small facade for Newchurch to keep taking the indultarians' money.

But Benedict-Ratzinger is on record as 100% behind the Novus Ordo service as the "Mass" of Newchurch. In his 1997 book Salt of the Earth, Ratzinger said that a return to the Latin Mass wouldn't resolve the Church's problems. "A simple return to the old way would not, as I have said, be a solution. Our culture has changed so radically in the last 30 years that a liturgy celebrated exclusively in Latin would bring with it an experience of foreignness that many could not cope with." What kind of false logic is this?! What is significant about the last thirty years, except that the Church of the New Order has pushed on its Novus Ordinarians a vulgarized Novus Ordo service. It has deprived its Novus Ordinarians of at least one hour a week of sacred language, sublime sacred music, and the reverent, valid worship of God. Well, the crime that Newchurch did can be undone. But does Benedict-Ratzinger want to?

Remember that it was this same Benedict-Ratzinger who, at the recent pontifical Mess in Cologne, Germany, before the crowds of World Youth Day:

What papal hypocrisy! Wouldn't you think that a man who is supposedly so enamoured of classical piano and his fatherland of Germany could have seen to the use of Germany's genius classical composer, Johann Sebastian Bach, and his High Mass in B Minor? No, the "music" for "Mess" consisted of jazz, Taize, Zapping [whatever that is!], and other exotic deliria.

For Benedict-Ratzinger, the Traditional Latin Mass is merely an "indult," a "privilege," which, in his opinion, can be taken away at any time. It is not a recognition of the right and obligation that all Catholics have to worship at the true Mass, which was confirmed infallibly and dogmatically by the Council of Trent and Pope St. Pius V. Moreover, an "indult" can be loaded down with all kinds of "conditions," and, ultimately, will always be subject to the will of the local Novus Ordo bishops, haters of the Traditional Latin Mass and its adherents, whom those bishops call "renegades," "schismatics," and whatever other nasty names they can think of. The historical record of the last 21 years since the "indult" is clear.

And even if the totally unexpected should happen, and Benedict-Ratzinger should capitulate to the demand of the SSPX that a "universal indult" be granted to the Traditional Latin Mass (and remember that any indult can be taken away at a moment's notice), it doesn't mean that the local bishops will ever allow it -- and they run Newvatican. Benedict-Ratzinger is on record as saying that he will do nothing without their cooperation. And indeed the erroneous and fruitless "indult" is the route that some say -- if SSPX is accepted by Newchurch in any way-- that Benedict-Ratzinger would use as its supervising body: the very Ecclesia Dei Pontifical Commission created by JPII to monitor the "Lefebvrists."

In 1976, Archbishop Marcel Lebfebre, the SSPX's founder, a highly-placed churchman who ran one of the largest religious congregations in the pre-Novus Ordo Church, was a straight-talker. In 1976, he accused Catholic Modernists -- including Pope Paul VI -- of heresy. It seems that his only successor in straight-talk is the SSPX's Bishop Richard Williamson. He does not appear to be a "Swiss Compromiser" like Fellay. He does not go around the world giving "CYA" speeches, in which SSPXers are given misleading information while he arranges secret meetings with Newvatican.

If Fellay and the Liberalist Fellay fringe of the SSPX sell out, SSPX Bishop Richard Williamson is on record as saying that he will not. Williamson warned that the Traditional Catholic "resistance" movement would carry on without the Society if the SSPX were to make a false "reconciliation" with Newchurch. He has stated publicly in the past that he will be continue to be the bishop of whatever traditional Catholics want him, and that includes independents, who make up the largest group of traditional Catholics, larger than the SSPX. It was this traditional group that Producer-Director Mel Gibson publicized so widely in 2004 in connection with his film, The Passion of the Christ.

Williamson, from his past public statements, seems to be a straight-shooter who calls a spade a spade. His comment on the once-to-be-secret meeting between Fellay and Benedict-Ratzinger (which Williamson has the credit for exposing to the SSPXers and the general public) said point blank that the hopes surrounding Bishop Fellay's meeting with the Pope were unrealistically optimistic.

Bishop Williamson, a British Catholic convert from High Anglicanism, who was one Archbishop Lefebvre's earliest recruits, said that the "web of deceit" had been "spun by Newvatican for too long. It is a case of 'welcome to my parlour, said the spider to the fly.'" Williamson said that it was highly unlikely that Benedict-Ratzinger would give his "unconditional blessing" to the Traditional Latin Mass and Sacraments, adding: "The war goes on between the friends and enemies of the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ." He warned Fellay to beware of Newvatican duplicity. Williamson is apparently smart enough to see the forest for the trees -- if Fellay is not.

But let us not lose the main point in all of this. The issue is that traditional Catholics, let alone Fellay Liberalists cannot feather their own nest, and say, "To Hell with you Novus Ordinarians." As long as we get our little niche, you can go to perdition with your invalid, counterfeit Novus Ordo Protestant-Masonic-Pagan service. No, we traditional Catholics have a moral obligation to stand for the Roman Catholic Faith, 100%, without compromise. Our courageous predecessors refused to put even a pinch of incense into the pagan censer. Can we do any less and hope ever to see God in the face?

Perversion of Newchurch Bishops Is Worldwide

From: Fr. Moderator

People could easily think that the Great Sex and Embezzlement Scandal of Newchurch pertains only to the United States. And they would be wrong. The perversion and immorality is a direct result of Catholic apostasy of the Vatican II Conciliar Church, and is worldwide.

A recent case in point: Juan Carlos Maccarone, the Newchurch bishop of Santiago del Estero in central Argentina, 940 kilometres northwest of Buenos Aires. Benedict-Ratzinger's Newvatican couldn't even tell the truth about why the man resigned. After all, truth-telling does not figure into Newchurch and Newpope. Maccarone resigned "for health reasons," it was said, yet everyone in Argentina knew from reading the seemy details in their daily newspapers that he was forced out by public revelations of perversion, complete with photographs.

On August 21, the prominent Buenos Aires daily newspaper Clarin ran a front-page story citing sources that Newvatican had received a copy of a videotape showing Maccarone having "intimate relations" with a 23-year-old chauffeur, Alfredo Serrano, with whom he had been "involved" for up to five years. Serrano said he taped the encounter a few weeks ago, hiding the camera in a bag when he went to Maccarone's office. Serrano is naked in the tape. Since the videotape's existence was made public, no one is denying the tryst took place. "This means that the idea of the Catholic Church as the moral reference of the Catholic nation is very strongly put in doubt," Fortunato Mallimaci, a Buenos Aires religion columnist stated. "It shows that a double standard exists within the church itself."

And what did Newpope of Church of the New Springtime have to say? Nothing, of course. He continues to support the perversions and immoralities of his own prelates by his silence. Qui tacet consentire videtur [Decretales, V.12].

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