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January 31 - St. John Bosco, Confessor
Double Feast

SSPX's Senior Bishop Williamson Topples SSPX-Newchurch House of Cards
SSPX Capo Fellay Issues Public Hate Statement against Williamson

From: The Fathers
Richard Williamson

SSPX Capo Bernie Fellay Has Tried to Silence Senior Bishop Williamson
Whose Statements Have Compromised Fellay's Sellout of the SSPX to Newrome
Fellay, Who Has a Reputation in the SSPX for a Trigger-point Temper
Will Not Succeed with Williamson, Who Now Holds the Cards
A Word from Williamson Could Tear Rip the SSPX in Two
By Challenging Fellay's Conspiracy with the New Order

As we TRADITIO Fathers had already told our readers, it would be only a short time before all the behind-the-scenes machinations that led to the "unexcommunciations" of four of the six SSPX bishops would come to light. But even we did not anticipate the alacrity with which the whole house of cards is crumbling! It has become clear now that the SSPX's capo, Bernie Fellay, had engaged in secret sellout negotiations to sell out to the New Order on the "unexcommunications" before he announced his phony "Rosary crusade," announced, which was used only to provide cover for Benedict-Ratzinger.

As we TRADITIO Fathers also told our readers, the fly in Newchurch's ointment was the SSPX's Senior Bishop Richard Williamson, who spoke his mind recently to a Swedish interviewer about the "holocaust." Now Fr. Floriano Abrahamowicz, a pastor and spokesperson for the SSPX in northeastern Italy, has associated himself with Williamson's remarks. Because Williamson's statement offended the liberalist Jewish political lobby, the statement threatened to derail the "unexcommunications," because Benedict-Ratzinger wants to make friends with Judaism, even going so far as to worship with them at the Cologne Synagogue in 2005.

Then came the Williamson statement that compromised the Fellay-Newchurch alliance. The liberal Jewish political leaders expressed public "shock and consternation" to Benedict-Ratzinger over the "unexcommunications" and threatened to derail his beloved False Oecumenism. Benedict-Ratzinger's Newvatican reacted by making it clear that the "unexcommunications" were merely a "Christmas gift," that the SSPX was still out of communion with the New Order, and that the SSPX would have to accept the Modernism of Vatican one hundred per cent.

Fellay reacted by acting like the cult leader that many government organizations and even many of his own members call him by trying to silence Williamson: "I have forbidden Bishop Williamson to issue any public opinion on political or historical matter until further notice." We TRADITIO Fathers have had many reports from within the SSPX that Fellay affects a calm demeanor outwardly, but when crossed goes into a hateful and unChristian rage. We are now seeing confirmation of this characterization in Fellay's hateful and impious attack upon his fellow bishop Williamson, who is his senior.

Now the fur is flying. Fellay has declared a catfight against Williamson and has bared his claws in a press statement bristling with hatred for the SSPX's Senior Bishop. Well, we Fathers don't think that Williamson is going to be silenced. As we indicated before, he holds the cards. He now has the power to topple Fellay & Co. and break the deal with Benedict-Ratzinger and the New Order, following the path that the SSPX's courageous founder Archbishop Lefebvre took.

According to his January 27, 2009, press statement, only Bernie Fellay, the SSPX's capo di tutti capi, can fulminate his Novus Ordo-leaning political and historical opinions. Truly, he is the SSPX's Dictator, forgetting the words of his Divine Master: "You know that the princes of the Gentiles lord it over them; and that they that are the greater, exercise power upon them. It shall not be so among you; but whosoever will be the greater among you, let him be your minister. And he that will be first among you shall be your servant" (Matthew 20:25-27/DRV).

Fellay then trolled for support among the district superiors that he connived to put into voting positions to elect him as SSPX Superior General, one might more accurately call him "SSPX Dictator," for an unprecedented term of 24 years. Fellay's patsy, Franz Schmidberger, who was his "enforcer" to get him the votes that he needed to become dictator, issued his own press release as the SSPX's capo piccolo of Germany.

But, most important of all, in his January 27, 2009, press statement, Fellay spilled the beans and revealed who his real master is: the Newchurch of the New Order and its leader. He actually apologized to Benedict-Ratzinger, the leader of Newchurch's Great Sex & Embezzlement Scandal, who has never apologized for the rape and assault of his clergy upon tens of thousands of Newchurch children, for Senior Bishop Williamson's forthright statement.

Later, Williamson is supposed to have "apologized," but it is too late. The cat is out of the bag. The liberalist Jewish political lobby will never trust Benedict-Ratzinger again. Fellay's hatred of Williamson, his senior SSPX bishop, have been exposed to the world. Benedict-Ratzinger has now proclaimed that the SSPX must accept Vatican II one hundred percent. The SSPX is now the servant of Newchurch. It cannot consecrate any bishops or ordain priests without Benedict-Ratzinger's permission without risking "re-excommunciation." It must accept the invalid Novus Ordo Protestant-Masonic-Pagan service as the "Ordinary Rite." Newchurch and its leader are dictating the rules, and the SSPX has sold out its Founder for some purple piping.

"Bishop Williamson Has Tremendous Support"

From: Oliver from the SSPX

Dear Fathers:

Now we know in which direction Fellay is moving. One champion on point has been Bishop Williamson, and Fellay has found an opportunity to attempt to belittle him and push through his own sellout agenda for the Society. All this talk of unity among the SSPX bishops was false, just as you TRADITIO Fathers said all along, and now the internal political temperature within the SSPX must be red-hot! Williamson must be told he has tremendous support even if the traditional Catholic world is dividing in support of one or the other bishop.

The "Unexcommunications": A Political Maneuver without Any Real Substance

From: Thomas

Dear Fathers:

I have to admit that I'm still very confused about this whole unexcommunication business. After someone is excommunicated, doesn't he need to renounce the act that caused it? Even assuming that the excommunications were valid, the SSPX bishops have not renounced their consecration. Also, why is the SSPX concerned with Newrome's "remitting" excommunications that the SSPX didn't recognize in the first place? This whole exercise sounds like a political maneuver without any real substance.

January 30 - St. Martina, Virgin & Martyr
Semidouble Feast

Benedict-Ratzinger Says "Gotcha!" to SSPX's Leader Fellay
Follows up "Unexcommunications" with Demand for SSPX's "Full Communion" with Vatican II

From: The Fathers
Bernie Fellay

Bernie Fellay, the SSPX Leader, Falls Prey to Novus Ordo Entanglement
Right after Fellay's Supposed "Unexcommunication" Benedict-Ratzinger Spurned the SSPX
By Declaring that Vatican II Was Not a Rupture of Tradition, as the SSPX Claims
But a Continuity with Tradition, as the New Order Claims

In an effort to undercut any notion that he agreed in any way with the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), Benedict-Ratzinger has issued statement praising as "providential" the Modernist Council, Vatican II. He particularly praised the Council's reforms, particularly its turning its Protestantized service into the vulgar tongues, implicitly rejecting the "Mess of 1962" as anything but an exceptional oddity. Benedict-Ratzinger followed up this statement with another at his January 28, 2009, General Audience, calling upon the SSPX to establish "full communion ... and true recognition ... of the Second Vatican Council."

Benedict-Ratzinger had just hours previously "unexcommunciated" four of six SSPX bishops as a "Christmas gift," at the same time rejecting in the January 25, 2009, edition of Newvatican's official publication, L'Osservatore Romano, the SSPX's traditional view of Catholicism and stating that SSPX would have to accept the Modernism of Vatican II 100 per cent. To make the slap against Bernie Fellay, the current SSPX leader, sting all the more, Benedict-Ratzinger publicly stated that Vatican II was not a "rupture with the past," as the SSPX claims, but a "continuity" with that past, as the New Order claims. [Some information for this Commentary was provided by the Associated Press.]

Good Catholics, here we have the Benedict-Ratzinger's famed duplicity again. Benedict-Ratzinger "the Fox" is perpetrating hoax after hoax against Bernie Fellay, and that catspaw of the New Order continues to fall for hoax after hoax. It is time for the SSPX to throw out their pusillanimous "leader," who rigged the electoral system to be re-elected for a ridiculous term of 24 years. SSPX is purely and simply a dictatorship by a Newrome patsy.

Archbishop Lefebvre Condemns Bernie Fellay's Sellout to the New Order
His Words Cry out from the Grave against His Pusillanimous Successor Fellay

From: The Fathers

Since the SSPX leadership has cleverly removed from its sources most of its Founder, Archbishop Lefebvre's warnings against selling out to the Newchurch of the New Order, we reproduce here some of the Archbishop's pointed remarks on the subject. Too bad his successor, Bernie Fellay, can't find it in himself to speak so directly against the New Order, but instead gives evidences of selling out to it.

The Archbishop's rejection in his Declaration of November 21, 1974, of the Modernist Council, Vatican II, and all the "reforms" born of it:

We cleave, with all our heart and with all our soul, to Catholic Rome, the guardian of the Catholic Faith and of the traditions necessary for the maintenance of that Faith and to eternal Rome, mistress of wisdom and truth. On the other hand, we refuse and have always refused to follow the Rome of the neo-Protestant trend clearly manifested throughout Vatican Council II and, later, in all the reforms born of it.

The Archbishop's unconditional rejection of Newchurch (which he calls the Conciliar Church) on June 29, 1976:

We are suspended a divinis by the Conciliar Church and for the Conciliar Church, to which we have no wish to belong. That Conciliar Church is a schismatic Church, because it breaks with the Catholic Church that has always been. It has its new dogmas, its new priesthood, its new institutions, its new worship, all already condemned by the Church in many a document, official and definitive.... This Conciliar Church is, therefore, not Catholic. To whatever extent pope, bishops, priests, or faithful adhere to this new Church, they separate themselves from the Catholic Church.

The Archbishop's 1987 statement, rejecting any negotiated sellout to Newchurch:

I have summed it up to Cardinal Ratzinger in certain words, of course, because it is difficult to sum up this whole situation, but I said to him: "Eminence, see, even if you grant us a bishop, even if you grant us a certain self-government in relation to the bishops, even if you grant us all the liturgy of 1962, if you grant us to continue the seminaries and Society, as we do it now, we cannot collaborate. It is impossible, impossible, because we work in two diametrically opposed directions. You, you work for the de-Christianization of society, of the human person, and of the Church, and we, we work for its Christianization. They cannot be in agreement."

For more sage statements from the Archbishop that contradict Fellay & Co.'s penchant to sell out to the New Order, click on RELQUOTE.TXT: "Treasury of Quotations for Traditional Catholics."

Report from the U.K.: "The SSPX: It's Absolutely Protestant Really"

From: Andrew

Here in the U.K. a cloud already hangs over the rejoicing of the liberalist Fellayites of the SSPX. Benedict-Ratzinger's "unexcommunication" hoax is already exposing the impossible contradictions of the SSPX in unexpected ways. Remember that instead of holding fast to traditional Catholicism, the SSPX holds fast to the Bugnini-Conciliar "Mess of 1962" and even embraces changes later than that, like the Modernist Code of Canon Law of 1983, twenty years after Vatican II!

The SSPX continues to use Novus Ordo presbyters for its "Messes of 1962," but it refuses to introduce these presbyters as such to their SSPX congregations. If anyone writes SSPX's capo Bernie Fellay to ask about it, he lashes out at the writer for being "disobedient." SSPX clergy are to be obeyed without question. Heil, Hitler!

Any unification between the SSPX and Newchurch will expose the Fellayites as the great "false resistance," possibly engineered by Newrome from the beginning. But if the SSPX continues to operate insularly, as its own separate know-it-all institution, and continues to ignore and disobey its Newchurch superiors, it will surely mark itself as schismatic and disobedient, and not Catholic at all. Remember, the number of Novus Ordo presbyters in the SSPX is growing. The Fellayites just want the show and pomp of "Latin Mass" for propaganda purposes. It's absolutely Protestant, really.

January 28 - St. Francis de Sales, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor
Double Feast

Were Not Six "Excommunicated"? And Where Are the Other Two?

From: Joe
Six Excommunicated SSPX Bishops

The Six SSPX Bishops Excommunicated from the New Order on June 30, 1988
Galaretta, Mallerais, Mayer, Lefebvre, Williamson, Fellay
Benedict-Ratzinger's Obvious Non-"unexcommunication" of SSPX Founder Lefebvre and Mayer
Indicate No Change in Benedict-Ratzinger's Rejection of Traditional Catholicism
The "Oecumenical Unexcommunications" Are Merely, in His Own Words, "Christmas Gifts"
"Full of Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing"

Dear Fathers:

The SSPX "Rosary crusade" to curry "unexcommunications" from the Novus Ordo failed in the case of Archbishop Lefebvre and Bishop Mayer. What can be read into this? Were these two distinguished prelates somehow at fault as consecrator and co-consecrator, respectively, while the four bishops whom they consecrated were not? That sounds like nonsense. Cannot several differing conclusions be drawn from this incomplete "unexcommunication"?

The Fathers Reply.

Indeed. Some of them are that:

  1. Benedict-Ratzinger and his Newchurch are duplicitous and hypocritical
  2. the "unexcommunications" are essentially meaningless and fail to address the issues that these two bishops courageously forwarded
  3. the Newchurch of the New Order does not represent Catholicism
  4. that Archbishop Lefebvre has more power from the grave than the four living bishops that he consecrated!

Does a Leopard Change His Spots?
Ratzinger Wrote that Traditional Catholics Are the "Antithesis of Catholicity"

From: The Fathers

Saith Joseph Ratzinger in 1987 (Principles of Catholic Theology):

We must be on guard against minimizing these [Traditional Catholic] movements. Without a doubt, they represent a sectarian zealotry that is the antithesis of Catholicity. We cannot resist them too firmly.

Apparently, Ratzinger has no problem with sectarian Modernistic, Vatican II, Novus Ordo zealotry, but has a strong aversion to traditional Catholicism. Does a leopard change his spots? Not on your spiritual life!

A Traditional Priest Speaks Out

From: Fr. Ron

Dear Fathers:

I am a traditional priest in the United States. As I said in my comments to my congregations last Sunday, the original excommunications of the six SSPX bishops (including Archbishop Lefebvre and Bishop Castro de Meyer) were phony, and the really hard issues to overcome are doctrinal. I advised my congregations to keep their eye on the ball and not to be fooled by the "magician's" wand. Benedict-Ratzinger needs to renounce the errors of Vatican II, and that is not likely to happen, as he has often stated that he supports Vatican II 100 per cent!

January 28 - St. Peter Nolasco, Confessor
Double Feast

Will SSPX's Senior Bishop Williamson Lead a Countermovement to the SSPX?

From: The Fathers
Richard Williamson

SSPX Senior Bishop Richard Williamson
Will He Prove to Be a True Successor to Archbishop Lefebvre
And Lead a Walkout Catholics from the SSPX to Stand with Tradition over Fellay's Sellout?
Fellay Has "Deplored" Williamson in a Public Intramural Cat-fight
A Repeat of the Split of 1983 May Be in the Offing, when SSPX's Best Priests Formed the SSPV

It appears that Benedict-Ratzinger's "unexcommunications" are intended to create divisions within the Society of St. Pius X. In his first interview after, Bernie Fellay, the SSPX's capo, took a potshot at fellow SSPX bishop Richard Williamson: "I deplore that a bishop may have given the impression to involve the Society in an opinion that is not ours." We haven't seen that kind of intramural cat-fighting in public since the 1983 split from which the Society of St. Pius V resulted.

A British source paints an interesting picture of fallout from Bernie Fellay's recent sellout to Benedict-Ratzinger's New Order. The source reminds us that it has long been thought in the SSPX that if Fellay ever rejected traditional Catholicism and sold out to the Novus Ordo, SSPX Senior Bishop Richard Williamson would split the SSPX and take with him the SSPX's traditional Catholics who want nothing to do with Benedict-Ratzinger's Newchurch of the New Order.

Sources inside the SSPX indicate that in fear of Williamson, Fellay has been engaging in machinations behind the scenes to try to ensure that as many of the SSPX clergy will stay with him when he moves completely to the Novus Ordo. These Fellayite clergy have also been ordered to put the strong-arm on SSPX congregations to stay loyal to Fellay and Newchurch. Inside information indicates that most priests of the SSPX do not wish to go over to Newrome, but want to remain traditional.

Once before, the SSPX experienced a devastating split, when a number of its most respected priests founded the Society of St. Pius V (SSPV), claiming that the SSPX had already gone too far in accepting the Bugnini-Conciliar "Mass of 1962" and various doctrines of Vatican II. In recent years, the SSPX has been haemorrhaging priests of a more Modernist stripe, who are going directly into the New Order, like the majority of the SSPX's community at Papa Stronsay, Scotland. Such priests reckon that if the SSPX is eventually going Novus Ordo anyway, what point is there in staying with the SSPX, which will continue to be rejected, like the Eastern Orthodox? Rather, such more Modernist priests are leaving the SSPX to go directly to the Novus Ordo establishment -- now.

The British source reports that the SSPX does not have great numbers in the U.K. attending its chapels. Its London Chapel has recently gone from two full Sunday Masses to one Mass; Manchester and Liverpool SSPX Masses are sparsely attended. Newchurch has engaged in a campaign of placing next to SSPX chapels Novus Ordo churches offering the so-called "Extraordinary Form" which is part of Benedict-Ratzinger's Great "Motu" Mess Hoax to get the SSPX into the New Order.

Actually, the "unexcommunications" of the four SSPX bishops does nothing in itself. It is necessary for Fellay to engage in talks directed at getting the SSPX to sell out to the New Order fully, with the goal of getting the SSPX, or what is left with it after Williamson takes away the traditional Catholics in it, into the Novus Ordo mainstream. Such talks, in any case, will be long and protracted, eventually dissolving at the chasm of Vatican II. Talks with the schismatic Eastern Orthodox bishops have been going on for forty years now since the mutual "unexcommunications" of 1965, and Newrome and Constantinople are farther apart now than ever!

More Newchurch Sophistry?

From: Eric

Dear Fathers:

Newchurch has declared 2008-2009 as the "Pauline Year." On January 25, 2009, in Newchurch was the celebration of the "Conversion of St. Paul" instead of whatever "Sunday of Ordinary Time" it usually celebrates, much less the Fourth Sunday After Epiphany. Even though I realize that this is more Newchurch sophistry, I was wondering whether there was any time in the past when this kind of thing had been done.

The Fathers Reply.

Actually, January 25, 2009, was the Third (not Fourth) Sunday after Epiphany. In addition to all its other defects, Newchurch can't count! (It uses the Protestant numbering, as it does for the Ten Commandments.) It might be possible in an extraordinary case to do such a thing, but as far as we know, it has not been done in the Catholic Church merely for "The Year of ..." propaganda purposes.

Actually, if these people had used the fully-traditional rite, there would have been a Commemoration of St. Paul at Mass anyway, as well as of St. Peter, his perpetual companion in the Roman ministry. However, the Motu "Mess of 1962" eliminates these Commemorations, as it does all Commemorations of Saints of the Church on Sundays. This is yet another significant deviation of the "Mess of 1962" from the Traditional Latin Mass.

January 27 - St. John Chrysostom, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor
Double Feast

The Newchurch Trap Is Sprung: SSPX Bishops Accept "Unexcommunications" from the Novus Ordo
SSPX Is Now Under New Management: No Longer "Lefebvrites," but "Fellayites"

From: The Fathers
Bernie Fellay

Portrait of a Devious Sellout to the Novus Ordo, SSPX's Bernie Fellay
Just as the TRADITIO Network Predicted, He Has Sold out to the Novus Ordo
Fellay's Statement of Janaury 24, 2009, Indicates that He Will Now Dance
To the Tune of the New Order that He Pledged to Archbishop Lefebvre He Would Fight to the Death
SSPX Members Need to Bail out of the SSPX Now
Or They Too Will Soon Become Part of the Novus Ordo that They Detest

As the TRADITIO Fathers predicted, Bernie Fellay & Co. accepted their "unexcommunications" from the Novus Ordo, extended by Giovanni Re, Prefect of the Newchurch Congregation of Bishops, in a decree of January 21, 2009. Newrome couldn't even bother to issue the decree in the official Latin. It was thrown out in Italian.

The Newchurch trap has been sprung, and Fellay & Co. are now the caged lapdogs of the New Order. Of course, all of this is a mere theater-piece, meaning nothing, for Novus Ordo propaganda, deftly engineered by Benedict-Ratzinger, "that fox," as Christ called the Herod of His times, probably in cahoots with Bernie Fellay. The SSPX bishops are now in the same situation as the schismatic Eastern Orthodox bishop, "unexcommunicated" from the Novus Ordo, but still in "talks," unrecognized, after forty years of "unexcommunication." Newchurch still considers the SSPX as not fully incorporated, and its Bugnini-Conciliar Messes are still not "approved."

Fellay & Co. have, just as the TRADITIO Network predicted, fallen into the trap of the Newchurch of the New Order. Fellay issued a statement on January 24, 2008, accepting the "unexcommunications" and quoting with approbation the statements of Conciliar popes. The statement indicates that Fellay & Co. are no longer following the policies of their founder, Archbishop Lefebvre, but have thereby effectively joined the Novus Ordo. Thus, as of this date the SSPX are no longer "Lefebvrites," but "Fellayites."

In the decree issued by the Novus Ordo Congregation of Bishops, dated January 21, 2009, Prefect Giovanni Re, reveals that Newchurch's action was taken because the four SSPX bishops personal requested their incorporation into the Newchurch of the New Order. Re's decree clearly indicates that Newvatican expects the SSPX to join the Novus Ordo fully as a result of the decree. Moreover, the decree indicates that Benedict-Ratzinger rejected the argument of the SSPX that the original excommunications were invalid. Re confirms that the four SSPX bishops were in a state of excommunication from July 1, 1988, to January 21, 2009. Moreover, the January 21, 2009, decree does not fully revoke the Decree of Excommunication from the New Order dated July 1, 1988, Dominus Marcellus Lefebvre. For further information on the unrevoked Decree Dominus Marcellus Lefebvre and the current Novus Ordo decree, click on INDULTS.TXT: "Indults" for the Modernized Vatican II Mass of 1962 & Related Documents."

Thus, Fellay & Co. are now material cooperators with the invalid Novus Ordo Mess, which the same Benedict-Ratzinger has proclaimed the "Ordinary Rite" of Newchurch. Thus, Fellay & Co. are now material cooperators with the Modernist doctrines of Newchurch. Thus, Fellay & Co. are material cooperators in the rampant immorality of Newchurch, for which Benedict-Ratzinger is ultimately responsible. Truly, Fellay is a sellout to the New Order, who brings shame upon himself and spits on the grave of the courageous Archbishop Lefebvre, who stood up for traditional Catholicism against the Ratzinger that he called "not a Catholic."

Good Catholics, if SSPX members know what's good for them, they'll get out of the SSPX fast. The traditional Society that Archbishop Lefebvre founded has been turned over to the enemies of traditional Catholicism by its own leader and is rapidly going sour.

The Work of the Catholic Traditional Movement Goes On
Independent Traditional Catholic Society Ordains Priest for Russia

From: The Fathers

While the SSPX incorporates itself into the New Order, thank God that the work of the Traditional Catholic Movement goes on. The Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (CMRI), one of the largest independent traditional Catholic organizations, reports that it has ordained a traditional priest for Russia. CMRI already has over fifty traditional Latin Mass sites in North America.

In October 2008, the CMRI ordained Fr. Alexander Kryssov, of Moscow, Russia, to serve traditional Catholics in that embattled country. He has now been pastor of a traditional Catholic community in Moscow since then, celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass there regularly. Fr. Kryssov reports that when he returned to Russia, he faced opposition not only from the Newchurch of Benedict-Ratzinger but also from the Society of St. Pius X. Yet Fr. Kryssov is not deterred. He is hoping to extend his ministry outside of Moscow to other Russian cities where the traditional Catholic Faith is desired.

January 26 - St. Polycarp, Bishop & Martyr
Double Feast

"Oecumenical" St. Francis Prayer Admitted by Newvatican as a Fake

From: The Fathers
Oecumenical Prayer

The "Oecumenical" Prayer of St. Francis, Now Admitted by Newvatican as a Fake
The Prayer Was Not Written by St. Francis, but in the 20th Century
It Became a Mantra for False Oecumenism in the Period before Vatican II (1962-1965)

There was something that always sounded a little phony about the "Oecumenical Prayer," supposedly composed by St. Francis of Assisi, that begins (in one common English rendition), "Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace." The prayer sounded just a little too tinged with the hint of Modernism and False Oecumenism. Another problem was that there didn't seem to be a original Latin version of it. But it was hard to finger the exact problem. Now we know. Newvatican has now admitted: it's a fake.

Newvatican has admitted that the "Oecumenical Prayer" was not composed by St. Francis, but was a 20th-century fabrication. Even U.S. President Bill Clinton fell for the ruse when he spoke of the prayer upon greeting JPII at Newark Airport on October 4, 1995. Mother Teresa, the Newchurch/Hindu nun, brought out the old chestnut at the Nobel ceremonies in 1979.

L'Osservatore Romano published during the week of January 18, 2009, its conclusion that the prayer was a fake. "[St.] Francis spoke the Italian of the 1200s, he didn't use this kind of language," as one historian said. The prayer was pushed primarily by Modernists starting in the period between the World Wars. It was a perfect expression of the False Oecumenism that crystallized at the Modernist Council, Vatican II (1962-1965). [Some information for this Commentary was provided by the Associated Press.]

Benedict-Ratzinger Should Prostrate Himself in Contrition

From: Philip

Dear Fathers:

The Newchurch of the New Order may be contemplating a "papal pardon" for SSPX bishops Fellay, Galarreta, Mallerais, and Williamson. But for what?, as Archbishop Lefebvre would say. The problem is: how will Benedict-Ratzinger ever get a papal pardon for his subtle destruction of the Roman Catholic Faith since his 1981 appearance at Newvatican?

He should prostrate himself in contrition before St. Peter's altar and then proclaim Tradition restored in the Roman Catholic Church. Of course, he won't do that because he is a Modernist, a self-admitted engineer of the Modernist Council, Vatican II.

Isn't the Society of St. Pius X Being Hypocritical on the Rumored "Unexcommunications"?

From: Michael

Dear Fathers:

Regarding the rumored "unexcommunications" from the New Order of Fellay, Galarreta, Mallerais, and Williamson, the SSPX U.S. District Director has already used the rumor as a hook to entice more money out of his adherents, claiming that it is "for the greater good of the Church." Yeah, sure. He states earlier in his letter that "the SSPX has never, and still doesn't regard the excommunications as valid." Isn't this clear hypocrisy on the part of the SSPX? A way of calling itself "traditional," while dancing to the tune of the New Order?

The Fathers Reply.

Of course it is hypocrisy. The SSPX under Bernie Fellay is borderline traditional at best. It accepts the Bugnini-Conciliar "Mass of 1962." It hands out marriage annulments just like Newchurch, a notion that SSPX Founder Archbishop Lefebvre condemned. (The SSPX hands these annulments out rather secretly because it doesn't want to incite indignation from its membership.) The SSPX does not reject Hannibal Bugnini's Protestantized New Ordinal of 1968, but recognizes Novus Ordo presbyters as valid in many cases and posts them at SSPX sites, often without informing the congregations at the affected sites.

More and more, Fellay & Co. are spitting on the grave of their courageous founder, distancing themselves from his direct statements about the (at least) questionable state of the New Order. After all, the Archbishop unabashedly stated in public that Josef Ratzinger was "not a Catholic." And Lefebvre, unlike Fellay & Co., had known Ratzinger at close hand for many decades.

That's why the SSPX is now in so much trouble. It could hardly scrape up one seminarian to ordain in 2008 in the United States. When Fellay himself admitted this sorry state of SSPX affairs in a video that was circulated on the internet and when the TRADITIO Network then brought the matter to the forefront of the Traditional Catholic Movement, the SSPX squeezed in one ordination, on December 30, 2008, as if to make the end of the year -- just barely.

January 25 - Third Sunday after Epiphany
Semidouble Feast

More Rumors that Fellay & Co. Will Be "Unexcommunicated" to Sell out to the New Order
Is Fellay Just Trading Rosaries to Become Like the Schismatic Eastern Orthodox?

From: The Fathers
Paul VI and Athenagoras Four SSPX Bishops

(Left) Newpope Paul VI and Schismatic Oecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras in a Kissy-kissy
In 1965 They "Unexcommunicated" Each Other, but Newchurch Still Shuns the Easterner Schismatics
Paul VI Attended the Schismatic Divine Liturgy, but Newchurchers Still Can't
(Right) The Four SSPX Bishops: Novus Ordo "Excommunicates" or "Unexcommuncates," Who Cares?
What Matters Is Whether They Sell out Traditional Catholicism to the New Order

The rumor mill is cranking up again that Benedict-Ratzinger will lift the Novus Ordo "excommunications" of the four SSPX bishops. Actually, it looks as if this whole extravaganza may be a staged theater-piece engineered between the SSPX's current liberalist leader, Bernie Fellay, and Benedict-Ratzinger, with a politicized "Rosary crusade" fronting the sellout. The same ploy was engineered to perpetrate the Great "Motu" Mess Hoax, and now we have reports of exactly what the TRADITIO Fathers had predicted: Novus Ordo eucharistic ministresses handing out at "Motu" Messes Novus Ordo cookies left over from the morning's earlier invalid Novus Ordo service.

Any thinking person has to wonder why Fellay is concerned with "excommunications" from the Novus Ordo that he has stated are invalid anyway. Why would he sidle up to Benedict-Ratzinger and his Newchurch of the New Order instead of simply ignoring the nonsense, as SSPX Founder Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre did? Lefebvre, in fact, wore his excommunication from the New Order as a scapular of honor, publicly stating that prided himself on having no communion with an unCatholic New Order, as no one calling himself a traditional Catholic should.

But if Fellay & Co. are "unexcommunicated" from the New Order, that is not, as Paul Harvey, would say, the end of the story. The schismatic Eastern Orthodox were "unexcommunicated" by Paul VI in 1965 and did a kissy-kissy on the papal balcony, but nothing has changed in over forty years. The Eastern Orthodox Divine Liturgies, which have always been recognized by Roman Catholics as indisputably valid, still do not satisfy the New Order's Saturday-Sunday service "obligation." The schism between Newchurch and the Eastern Orthodox is wider than ever, with more and more Easterners breaking with the Eastern Orthodox Oecumenical Patriarch because of his soft-on-Newrome policy.

And why would Benedict-Ratzinger, the quintessential Modernist, proffer "unexcommunications"? The answer is pretty clear. All reports indicate that Newvatican is sinking fast. Income has been cut in half because of its Great Sex & Embezzlement Scandal and other cause. Its bishops are out of control, its presbyters are racking up "bar bills" of billions of U.S. dollars in sex crimes and embezzlements. Newchurch schools are closing by the dozen every day. The Newchurch hoped-for accord with the Anglicans is immolating as a result of the growing Traditional Anglican Movement. The Jews have been increasingly criticizing Newrome. The Mohammedans and Red Chinese are killing Newchurch bishops. About the only group left to whom Benedict-Ratzinger can turn for money is pusillanimous Neocons and the SSPX, teetering toward the Novus Ordo and the Ratzinger whom the Archbishop rejected as "not Catholic."

And one conundrum that none of the ignoscenti talking-heads have thought to mention is: what to do about the Founder of the Society of St. Pius X? What about the consecrator of the "excommunicated" SSPX bishops, Archbishop Lefebvre? There it is in the traditional Roman Ritual: Ritus Absolvendi Excommunicatum Iam Mortuum, the Rite for Absolving an Excommunicate Already Dead. Will Benedict-Ratzinger's rumored Novus Ordo "unexcommunications" extend to the courageous Archbishop? Of course not, just to those pusillanimous SSPX bishops who would accept being associated, even by implication, with the Novus Ordo. If the "unexcommunications" should occur, Fellay, Galarreta, Mallerais, and Williamson should reject them publicly, if they wish to hold any further claim to being traditional Catholics.

There may, however, be one fly in the ointment to Fellay's and Benedict-Ratzinger's stage-piece. Swedish State Television has reported that the Jewish Central Agency is filing criminal charges against SSPX bishop Richard Williamson, claiming that he is a criminal "holocaust-denier" from a November 2008 interview on German television. The prosecutor in Regensburg, Germany (Benedict-Ratzinger's hometown, by the way), is investigating Williamson for possible criminal charges of "racial hatred." STV has announced that it will air a documentary demonstrating that the Society of St. Pius X is "a society of right-wing extremists and 'holocaust' deniers." Too bad Williamson hasn't had the same guts to pronounce publicly the Novus Ordo service of 1969 and the Novus Ordo Ordinal of 1968 as invalid!

Benedict-Ratzinger is already in the Rotweiler house because of his "Motu" Mess's Good Friday litanical prayer that refers to perfidiam iudaicam, Jewish faithlessness -- which he then rewrote, thus rejecting his own "Motu" Mess and receiving the criticism of Jewish leaders once again. If Benedict-Ratzinger "unexcommunicates" the SSPX, which is viewed as anti-Semitic by Jewish leaders, his scheduled state junket to Israel will be placed in jeopardy. And Benedict-Ratzinger and his Newchurch of the New Order desperately want to be in communion with the Jewish church that his "Motu" called "perfidious."

Newchurch Presbyter Pleads Guilty to Embezzling "Millions" of U.S. Dollars
From Newchurch's Collection-plate since Vatican II; a Second Presbyter Faces Trial

From: The Fathers

The TRADITIO Fathers have consistently emphasized that Newchurch is not only mired a Great Sex Scandal, but a Great Sex and Embezzlement Scandal as well. Just as most Newchurchers are sex-scandal deniers, pandering to perverted Newchurch presbyters, they certainly don't want to admit that their hard-earned contributions to the Newchurch collection plates are being stolen right and left by those same presbyters.

On January 14, 2008, Presbyter John Skehan admitted that he had embezzled "millions" of U.S. dollars from the Newchurch collection-plate of St. Vincent Ferrer Church in Delray Beach, Florida, over a period of 40 years. His guilty plea avoided a jury trial, but subjected the criminal presbyter to up to 31 years in jail.

Prosecutors that say Skehan and another Newchurch presbyter, Francis Guinan, stole cash from the collection-plate and spent it on gambling trips to Las Vegas with a mistress, mansions, and even a $275,000 rare coin collection. Presbyter Skehan also had an "intimate relationship" with a former bookkeeper at a church where he had previously worked and paid her credit-card bills and her child's school tuition with church money. She also accompanied him to Las Vegas on "vacations." In an effort to stop the investigation against him, Guinan wrote a disgusting lying and self-serving letter to prosecutors, in which he said:

[Presbyters] devote their lives to the church with little thought for personal gain. They are generous, charitable, and compassionate. They have earned and deserve trust, at least until proven otherwise.... May I be so crude as to ask you to "call off the dogs."

Now Presbyter Guinan has admitted that his only thought was for personal gain. That he was generous, charitable, and compassionate only to his fornication partner, in violation of his oath to God. That he deserved no trust. In justice, the court should sic the dogs on him for the rest of his life for stealing millions from the mouths of widows and orphans. [Some information for this Commentary was provided by the Associated Press.]

January 24 - St. Timothy, Bishop & Martyr
Double Feast

"Indult" Bishop's Sellout Caught on Film -- Again!
As He Presides over a Singalong, Hugathon, Invalid Novus Ordo Service

From: The Fathers
Fernando Rifan

Fernando Rifan, Apostolic Administrator of the "Indult" St. John Mary Vianney Fraternity
Spurns Traditional Catholicism and Again Celebrates the Invalid Novus Ordo Service
Last Time He Denied Con-celebrating a Novus Ordo
He Was Proven a Liar by Videocamera, as Again on This Occasion

The bishop of the sellout "indult" group in Campos, Brazil, Fernando Rifan, claimed to be traditional when he was appointed by JPII to head the St. John Mary Vianney "Indult" Fraternity in Campos, Brazil. As reported in the TRADITIO Commentaries at the time, Rifan was caught at Our Lady of Aparecida con-celebrating an invalid Novus Ordo service, complete with women in the sanctuary and a Communist layman delivering a post-homily in the sanctuary.

At first Rifan lied and denied that he had simulated the invalid Novus Ordo service, but when a press film came to light, he could deny it no longer. Then he came up with another lie, that he was just "going through the motions" without the intent of celebrating the service. If that were true, deliberate simulation of a Sacrament (at least he thought it was) is one of the gravest forms of sacrilege in Roman Catholic Moral Theology. JPII's cat's-paw just couldn't win!

Until 1981 the diocese of Campos, Brazil, was headed by traditional Catholic bishop Antonio de Castro Meyer, who was a collaborator with Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and his Coetus Internationalis Patrum at Vatican II, composed of traditional bishops who tried to beat back the Modernists who were taking control of that council. It was this group that issued the Critical Examination of the Novus Ordo Missae, often called the "Ottaviani Intervention," because the group got Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani to write its preface.

In 1988, after he had consecrated with Archbishop Lefebvre four traditional bishops for the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), Bishop de Castro Meyer set up the traditional Fraternity of St. John Mary Vianney in Campos. When the bishop died in 1991, a month after the archbishop, the SSPX consecrated one Licinio Rangel to carry on the bishop's work. But in 2002 Rangel turned on the SSPX and sold out the bishop's traditional fraternity to JPII to become an "Indult" society of the New Order. When Rangel died later that year, JPII appointed Fernando Rifan to succeed him as apostolic administrator of the supposedly "Indult," but actually Novus Ordo, fraternity.

After Rifan had been caught in the lies about his original Novus Ordo simulation, he swore that he would never do it again. However, he was caught again on June 29, 2008, the Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul, by the videocameras, simulating the invalid Novus Ordo service, in the vulgar tongue of Portuguese, on a Novus Ordo table, facing the congregation, using the Modernist-Protestantist "consecration" of the Kool-Aid: por Vós et por todos [for you and for all].

Good Catholics, the Motarians have so bought into Benedict-Ratzinger's Great "Motu" Mess Hoax that they have forgotten that the Ecclesia Dei Commission's infamous Protocol 1411 of 1999 has never been rescinded. That protocol requires any "Indult" (now "Motu") presbyter to simulate the invalid Novus Ordo service whenever requested to do so by his diocesan bishop. And that applies to the sellout Rifan too. Indultarianism and Motarianism are absolutely not Traditional Catholicism!

Vatican II Has Been Deadly to Newchurch Schools
2,000 Newchurch Schools Have Been Closed in the U.S. since 1990

From: The Fathers

The Center for Applied Research in the [Apostolate (CARA) of Newchurch's Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., has released its 2008 statistics, showing that since 1990, that is, in less than twenty years, 2,000 Newchurch schools in the United States have been closed down. At the end of 2008, only 7,238 schools remained open. Moreover, the rate of closure is speeding up. Half of the 2,000 Newchurch schools have closed in just the last eight years. Enrollment is down by over half since Vatican II (1962-1965).

How Should Traditional Catholics View the Lutheran-Catholic "Joint Declaration"?

From: Joe

Dear Fathers:

On January 20, 2009, Benedict-Ratzinger praised the Lutheran-Catholic Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification by the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church of October 31, 1999, Protestant Reformation Day. How should traditional Catholics view this document?

The Fathers Reply.

As a clear product of the New Order. Card. Ratzinger intervened in 1999 to push it through over the valid objections of conservative Lutheran representatives, as it had become too embarrassing to Newvatican not to have a document signed. Accordingly, many conservative Lutherans walked out and told Ratzinger that they wanted no part of the "joint declaration" contrived to save face for Newvatican. It is to be noted that the liberalist Lutherans that remained behind to sign the declaration with Ratzinger were abortion advocates. Birds of a feather flock together?

Naturally, that fact is ignored by Newchurch for propaganda purposes. At least the Lutherans who walked out had the guts to stand honestly by their Lutheran beliefs rather than capitulate to some mealy-mouthed New Order "nuanced" statement that did justice neither to the truly Catholic position nor Martin Luther's position.

January 23 - St. Raymond of Pennafort, Confessor
Semidouble Feast

Should Prayers Be Banned at U.S. Presidential Inaugurations?

From: The Fathers
Joseph Lowery John Carroll

Joseph Lowry (Left), Selected by Barack Obama to Give His Inaugural Benediction
Turns His Prayer into an Unabashedly Racist Attack
John Carroll, the United States' First Bishop, in His Time Offered An Appropriate Prayer
The Time Has Come to Strike Political Screeds Couched as Prayer from Civil Events

Given Black-Evangelical Protestant minister Joseph Lowery's unabashedly racist "benediction" to conclude the inauguration of Barack Obama, the time has come to ban "prayers" from these public events. More and more, they are not prayers at all, but patently political screeds in the guise of "prayers." Lowery's "benediction," which has not been disavowed by Obama, was particularly despicable, as he went so far as to include racist slurs:

Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when Black will not be asked to get in back, when Brown can stick around, when Yellow will be mellow, when the Red Man can get ahead, man, and when White will embrace what is right.

Just as in Newchurch, secular politics are veiled in the language of religion -- not because the speakers believe in the religion, but only to make rhetorical points. Contrast the most appropriate prayer composed by the United States' first bishop, John Carroll (1735-1815):

We pray Thee, O God of might, wisdom, and justice, through Whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with Thy holy spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy people over whom he presides: by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality.

And, as long as we are treating the subject of prayer in modern-day civic life, notice must be taken how every political speech now has to end with "God bless America?" It seems that the more godless America becomes, the more it has to cover that godlessness with outward tokens of false religiosity. Remember, these are the same people who advocate the lawfulness of abortion, sodomy, and "gay marriage." One has to wonder why God should bless present-day America, which in so many cases has spurned even the Natural Law that the Founder Fathers of that Republic once espoused in their Declaration of Independence.

Dead Newchurcher Requests: Please, No Rosary for Me!

From: Patrick

Dear Fathers:

After almost ten years since returning to the traditional Catholic faith, it never ceases to amaze me just how damaging Newchurch is today, even for those who are much older than I and born many years before Vatican II.

Recently, when I found out that a friend's mother had died, I asked about the date and time of the rosary. I was shocked to hear that my friend's mother had actually requested that no rosary be prayed upon her death! Mind you, she was nearly eighty and was a practicing Newchurcher. How far have we come when Newchurchers are now discouraging their friends, relatives, and presbyters from praying for them? It just seems diabolical to me, another example of the absolute fall of Newchurch.

I think that it is necessary for all of us to communicate these disturbing situations so as to help those still sitting on the fence. Newchurch is so messed up that participating in it, including the so-called "Motu" Mess, is being an accomplice to the murder of Catholicism!

January 22 - Sts. Vincent & Anastasius, Martyrs
Semidouble Feast

Atheists Are Winning in Their New Campaign against Religion
Conciliar Popes Have Sunk Religion in the Years since Vatican II

From: The Fathers
Atheist Bus

A London Bus Carrying the Slogan of the Atheistic Bus Campaign:
"There's Probably No God; Stop Worrying"
Atheists Are Winning in Their Campaign and Have Already Raised 250 Per Cent beyond Their Goal
Once-Catholic Countries like Italy and Spain Are More in Support than Protestant Countries
The Conciliar Popes after Vatican II Are Responsible for Doing in Catholic Morality

We TRADITIO Fathers have always advocated looking at the Big Picture. Too often the Neocon Newchurchers get caught up in some little detail and miss the bigger picture.

Take the Neocon Newchurchers known as Motarians, who hail Benedict-Ratzinger's "Extraordinary Motu" Mess while ignoring the fact that it includes three waves of Bugnini "modernizations" that dovetailed perfectly with the Novus Ordo of 1969. In fact, the Motarians don't seem to object to the Novus Ordo any longer, the invalid rite that Benedict-Ratzinger was the first Conciliar pope to call the "Ordinary Rite." If the Motarians, like the Society of St. Pius X's leader Bernie Fellay, accept Summorum pontificum of 2007 and its phony "Motu" Mess, at the same time their are accepting the Novus Ordo, which is defined in the same document as the "Ordinary Rite" of Newchurch.

On a broader scale, abortion, homosexuality, fornication, false oecumenism, and all the rest that have been surging since Vatican II (1962-1965) are not individual issues. They are part of a cloud of Modernistic paganism that is descending upon the world since Vatican II. Here is a recent chilling demonstration of that fact.

Atheists are engaged in a campaign to persuade people that God doesn't exist. That, in itself, is no surprise, but the surprise (perhaps) is that the campaign is being wildly embraced in a growing number of countries around the world. The drive has less of a religious focus than an immoral focus. It uses as its message: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." The real message is: "There is no God, so there is no morality." Abortion, sodomy, lesbianism, paedophelia, transgenderism, bestiality -- anything goes.

The campaign took to the road in Britain this month, and similar drives are underway or planned in Spain, Italy, Canada, and Australia. One of the organizers of the atheist campaign said: "We could never have imagined it would have gotten this big, and we would have raised quite this amount of cash. It's astounding." London buses have been advertising the campaign, which began taking donations, hoping to raise 8,000 U.S. dollars. To date, it has raised over 200,000 U.S. dollars, enough to pay for advertisements on 800 buses across Britain, 200 in central London alone, along with 1,000 posters in London's Underground trains and two video screens in a popular Tube station, all for a full month.

In the 2001 census in the U.K., 72 per cent said that they were Christians, yet only 38 per cent said that they believe in God! Between 1979 and 2005, half of all Christians stopped going to church on Sundays, not to speak of those who had already stopped going from 1962 to 1979. Religion in Britain has suffered an immense decline since the 1950s, and all indicators show a continued secularization of British society in line with other European countries such as once-Catholic France. In the 1990s, only 3 out of 10 newborns have been baptized. The Pagan Federation offers baby blessings, as does the National Secular Society and the Family Covenant Association. The Anglican sect has gone along with the paganization of the U.K. to such an extent that in 1999 it began to offer its own version for newborns with parents who are not religious. Meanwhile, the head of the Anglican sect, Rowan Williams, has been ordaining priestesses and bishopesses and "gay" spouses as fast as he can!

And What has the "God" side done? Very little. While the atheists are out hawking their position and raising money for it, the theists have sat at home and written a paltry 200 letters to Britain's Advertising Standards Authority. That is only one-tenth of the largest outpouring of letters that the ASA has received on a issue.

Atheists in Italy and Spain, two supposedly "Catholic" countries until the Conciliar popes took control of Newchurch, have had more success with their attempts. Buses with a similar slogan to the Atheist Bus Campaign's message, translated into Catalan, began appearing on two routes in Barcelona, with plans to extend the campaign to the rest of the country. In Italy, meanwhile, buses with the slogan "The bad news is that God does not exist. The good news is that we do not need him" will begin traversing the northern Italian city of Genoa. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by AFP.]

January 21 - St. Agnes, Virgin & Martyr
Double Feast

A New Research Group Study Confirms:
Half of "Christian" Americans Are Actually Heretics

From: The Fathers
God's Heretics

A New Study by the Barna Research Group Reveals
That Half of Americans Who Call Themselves Christians Are Actually Heretics
Rejecting the Most Fundamental Christian Doctrines
These Pseudo-Christians Are Increasingly Leavening Their Modicum of Christianity
With Buddhism, Hinduism, Mohammedanism, Judaism, and Secularism

It is really no surprise to those who have seen the nadir to which Newchurch and Protestantism have fallen that a new Barna Research Group study finds that half of Americans who call themselves Christian hold beliefs that make them heretics. They believe that:

The study concluded that half of those who call themselves Christians are making up their own religion as they go along, "picking and choosing what they deem to be helpful ... and discarding the rest of the teachings in the Bible. Growing numbers of people now serve as their own theologian-in-residence." By a margin of 71 to 26 per cent, adults "noted that they are personally more likely to develop their own set of religious beliefs than to accept a comprehensive set of beliefs taught by a particular Church." The study found that American "Christians" are concocting their own combinations of theology drawn from atheistic Buddhism, pagan Hinduism, and infidel Mohammedanism and Judaism, as well as irreligious secularism.

The Barna Research Group is a private, non-partisan research group, which has been studying cultural trends since 1984. For this study, the organization randomly sampled 1,004 adults across the continental U.S. The study has a margin of error of 3.2 percent at the 95 per cent confidence level. [Some information for this Commentary was provided by World Net Daily.]

January 20 - Sts. Fabian, Pope & Sebastian, Martyrs
Double Feast

Imagine the Outcry if a Catholic President Did This!
Protestant Minister Anoints Capitol Doorway for Obama

From: The Fathers
Robert Schenck

Black-Evangelical Protestant Minister Robert Schenck Anoints the U.S. Capitol Doorway
Through Which Barack Obama Will Pass for His Inauguration
Neither the ACLU nor the U.S. Congress Have Raised Any Objection
If a Catholic Priest Had Done Such a Thing, the ACLU Would Have Lynched Him!

January 20, 1961. Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York, accompanied by his clergy, solemnly anoints the doorway to the U.S. Capitol through which President John Kennedy will pass for his inauguration. Imagine the outcry! The screams against papists and desecrators. The leftist American Civil Liberties Union going berserk. Congressional resolutions against Catholics reminiscent of the anti-Catholic Ku Klux Klan and No-Nothing Party.

No, this scene did not occur, but a frighteningly similar one occurred on January 12, 2009. In a first for a U.S. Presidential inauguration, Protestant minister Rob Schenck of the Evangelical Church Alliance, in a prayer service anointed with oil the doorposts of the arched doorway leading out of the U.S. Capitol and onto the inaugural stage, immediately in front of the riser where Obama will stand to be sworn in as the putative 44th president of the United States on January 20, 2009. [Some information for this Commentary was provided by EUR.]

Obama is supposedly an Evangelical Protestant of radical persuasion, to judge by his racist pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Or is he a Mohammendan? We've never really been clear about his religion. He prides himself on publicly quoting from the Koran in the original classical Arabic. The silence is deafening. The ACLU is silent. The Congress is silent. Listen to the silence.

Do the TRADITIO Commentaries Have an RSS Link?

From: The Fathers

Indeed we do! RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a method for frequently-updated sites, like this one, to publish notice to its readers of updates with a summary of those updates and a link to them. From the reader's point of view, it is the simplest thing to take advantage of. The Microsoft Internet Explorer browser and other browsers automatically support RSS feeds, as do personalized portal pages like Yahoo.com.

All you have to do is click on Subscribe to the Free TRADITIO RSS Feed next to the orange RSS broadcast icon in the heading of this page and click on Subscribe to This Feed in your browser. Alternatively, you can add the feed to your personalized portal page. For example, on Yahoo.com, simply click on Add Content, then Add RSS Feed. Finally, enter http://www.traditio.com/rssfeed.xml in the box, click I'm Done, and that's all there is to it!

Now every time the Commentaries are updated, a summary of the new items will appear when you access your feeds (in Microsoft Internet Explorer you click on the orange RSS feed icon on your status bar) or when your personalized portal page is displayed (e.g., Yahoo.com). Try it; you'll like it!

January 19 - Sts. Marius & Companions, Martyrs
Simple Feast

Voice of the Faithful Has Called for the Resignation of the "Five Worst U.S. Bishops"
For Facilitating the Rape of Children by Their Clergy

From: The Fathers
Francis George

Francis "Faker" George, Head Newchurch Guy in the United States
Has Been Fingered as One of the Five Worst Bishops in the United States
Voice of the Faithful, a Watchdog Group against Newchurch Sex Criminals
Called for George's Resignation
Along with Those of Mahony, Pilarczyk, Murphy & McCormack

Voice of the Faithful, a Newchurch lay group, on January 7, 2009, called for the resignation of the "Five Worst U.S. Bishops." VOF states that Benedict-Ratzinger's Newchurch of the New Order has failed to address sex crimes among the Newchurch clergy "and the culture that makes it possible." VOF goes on to state:

It is time for the leaders who enabled so much abuse to step aside. We call on those leaders who failed to protect the well-being of our children by knowingly and secretly transferring predator [presbyters] from parish to parish without informing the laity to resign their current office or position of authority on or before June 30th, 2009. It is our position that in cases where bishops, despite the weight of evidence against them, refuse to resign their offices, Pope Benedict XVI should request their resignations.

The "Five Worst U.S. Bishops" fingered by Voice of the Faithful are:

  1. Francis George, Newchurch Archbishop of Chicago, Illinois, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic [sic] Bishops, who has himself been personally implicated in knowingly secreting one of his sex-criminal presbyters in his own episcopal residence
  2. Roger "Rogue" Mahony, Newchurch Archbishop of Los Angeles, California
  3. Daniel Pilarczyk, Newchurch Archbishop of Cincinnati, Ohio
  4. William Murphy, Newchurch bishop of Rockville Centre, New York
  5. John McCormack, Newchurch bishop of Manchester, New Hampshire

Voice of the Faithful's criticism of high Newchurch prelates in Benedict-Ratzinger's administration has hit home. In 2004, for example, Oakland, California, bishop Allen Vigneron, recently promoted to Detroit, Michigan, refused to permit any advertisements or coverage in his diocesan newspaper of the group. Vigneron, one of the more wacko U.S. bishops, who celebrated a "Chinese Tea" Mess and prayed for ancestors at a Buddhist side altar, has himself attempted to cover up rampant sex scandals in his diocese, as well as diocesan presbyters who have "come out" as practicing homosexuals in Newparish pulpits. {Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the California Catholic Daily.]

Good Catholics, Voice of the Faithful got it only half right. These Newchurch bishops, and all the others, have participated in the crimes and should resign. But Benedict-Ratzinger is not the one who should accept them. The buck, in fact, stops with him, but, more than that, he has himself been an accomplice in the crimes and their cover-up by his refusing to take severe action against his immoral clergy, instead, sheltering them from severe penalties for their crimes, even secreting them within the bowels of his own Newvatican.

Are There Secret Sins Reserved to the Pope?

From: The Fathers

Yet another indication of how ignorant the secular and religious press is these days is exemplified by a report now making its rounds of the press, entitled "Vatican Reveals sins Only Pope Can Forgive." Some press reports go so far as to say that some reporter "discovered" this information in the Vatican Secret Archives. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Associated Press and other sources.]

Clearly these "reporters" are abysmally ignorant of the fact that these sins are no secret at all, but have been published in two compilations of canon law and have been public knowledge for many centuries before that! The sins reserved to the Holy See specialissimo modo, as listed in the traditional Codex Iuris Canonici of 1917, comprise the following:

  1. the desecration of the Holy Eucharist
  2. physical violence against the Roman Pontiff
  3. purported absolution of an accomplice in a sin against the Sixth Commandment
  4. direct violation of the seal of the confessional
  5. apostasy from the Christian faith

In addition to these five most grievous sins, there are eleven reserved to the Holy See speciali modo, such as the false accusation before ecclesiastical judges of an innocent priest, and eleven reserved to the Holy See simpliciter, such as joining the Masonic sect.

January 18 - Second Sunday after Epiphany
Semidouble Feast

CONCILIAR-BUGNINI "LITURGICAL BOOKS OF 1962" WARNING. In contravention of the Traditional Latin Mass, the "Motu" services have abolished the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter at Rome. Was this a clue to the fact that the Conciliar Church would gut the papacy at Vatican II by imposing the Modernist doctrine of "collegiality," in which the bishops have equal power with the pope? Forty years of post-Vatican II history have answered that question for us in the affirmative!

First Newchurch Presbyters, Now Newchurch Laymen Get into the Sex Act
Head of Catholics [Sic] for Faithful Citizenship Charged with Heading a Prostitution Ring

From: The Fathers
Eric McFadden

Eric McFadden, Lay Leader of Newchurch in Ohio, Defiles the Cross that He Wears
Has Been Arrested on Seven Counts as the "Guru of Prostitution"
McFadden Prominently Led Efforts to Elect Pro-abortion, Pro-"gay"
Democrat Candidates Kerry, Clinton, and Obama to the U.S. Presidency
And Was a High Member of the Newchurch Knights of Columbus

The president of the Newchurch organization known as Catholics [sic] for Faithful Citizenship and spokesman for Catholics [sic] in Alliance for the Common Good turned out to be not such a faithful citizen himself. Eric McFadden was arrested January 14, 2009, on seven counts as head of a prostitution ring: two counts of promoting prostitution, two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, two counts of pandering obscenity involving a nude minor, and one count of compelling prostitution.

McFadden had also been Ohio's Faith & Values Outreach Director for the Democrat governor of Ohio, Ted Strickland. McFadden was also president of Catholics [sic] for Kerry when Democrat U.S. Senator John Kerry ran for the presidency of the United States in 2004 and faced opposition from Neocon Newchurchers for taking the Novus Ordo cookie and Kool-Aid while he took a pro-abortion stance. When Kerry's candidacy failed, McFadden turned to become Democrat U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton's lead Catholic [sic] outreach organizer in her failed quest for the U.S. presidency. Clinton is also a noted pro-abortionist. When Clinton's candidacy failed, McFadden switched his allegiance to Democrat U.S. Senator Barack Obama, who eventually won the presidential election. Obama is also a noted pro-abortionist and pro-"gay marriage" radical.

McFadden is accused of being involved in a "hooker" web site that led to the creation of a prostitution ring and a Brewery District brothel. McFadden would post on the web site information on the prostitutes available, the type of sex acts each would be willing to perform, and the place of rendezvous. McFadden's code name in his site transactions was "mcfaddencatholic." In his postings he claimed to be the "guru" of prostitution in Columbus, Ohio.

The organization named Catholic [sic] Democrats described McFadden as a "committed Catholic Democrat." McFadden described his Catholic [sic] outreach as giving "a voice to Catholics so they can stand up and say, 'I am a Catholic Democrat, and I'm proud and these are the principles that I believe in.'" Principles such as the "right" to abort children, principles such as the right of "gays" to "marry."

McFadden was a high member of the now-corrupt Newchurch Knights of Columbus. In 2008 he penned a letter to the Knights of Columbus asserting that Catholics should vote for pro-abortion candidates like Kerry, Clinton, and Obama. He wanted the Supreme Knight to resign because he had castigated pro-abortion candidates who posed as Catholics. [Some information for this Commentary was provided by the Springfield News-Sun and CNA.]

Good Catholics, such is the rot of Newchurch. Its corruption is now spreading from the clergy to the laypeople, primarily because Benedict-Ratzinger refuses to take any action, or even to speak out vehemently, against abortion and "gay marriage." Recently, as an earlier TRADITIO Commentary from the Fathers indicated, he softened his stand at the United Nations against homosexuality from opposition to neutrality, capitulating to "gay" radicals who burned him in effigy in St. Peter's Square.

Another Phony Whitewash of U.S. Seminaries by Newchurch

From: The Fathers

Benedict-Ratzinger's administration has put on its rose-colored glasses once again to come out with the statement by an "Apostolic visitation team" that Newchurch seminaries in the United States are "generally healthy." Oh, yes, admitted the team, the Newchurch seminaries are still rife with homosexuality, especially in religious-order seminaries, but that's perfectly okay under the Benedict-Ratzinger regime!

The team did have to admit a deficiency in moral theology, though they didn't connect this deficiency with Newchurch's continuing Great Sex & Embezzlement Scandal. The team also pointed to lack of episcopal supervision. But given the corruption of the Newchurch bishops themselves, that's like saying that the fox should be put in charge of the henhouse! [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Associated Press and Catholic News Service.]

It seems that everyone but Benedict-Ratzinger's Newchurch will admit that far from being healthy, Newchurch seminaries in the United States have been taken over since Vatican II by a homosexual culture, clerical sex crimes, and an academic nadir. Benedict-Ratzinger is living not in Newrome, but in Fantasyland these days. In fact, he knows the epidemic crime and immorality in his administration, but refuses to do anything about it, let alone admit it.

A interesting sidelight of this "team visitation." The Motarians, who like to vaunt the "Motu" Mess of 1962, conveniently forget that in that same year, 1962, John XXIII commanded by an Apostolic Constitution, that all seminarians receive 7-9 years of Latin instruction. Yet a survey of Newchurch seminaries indicates that that the number of years that almost all seminarians receive is -- count them -- ZERO! The "Motu" Mess is just another Newchurch hoax. We Fathers, who studied our religious subjects in Latin, are amused by the idea that some of the "Motu" organizations can put on a weekend seminar and -- voila! -- an invalid Novus Ordo presbyter can become an invalid Motu presbyter, knowing less Latin than an opera singer knows Italian!

January 17 - St. Anthony, Abbot
Double Feast

Did Archbishop Lefebvre Sign the Documents of Vatican II?

From: The Fathers
Marcel Lefebvre

Archbishop Marcel Lefebve's 1982 Book, I Accuse the Council
In Which He Condemned 12 Modernistic Teachings Contained in the Documents of Vatican II
On the Novus Ordo Sacraments, Collegiality, Marriage, Oecumenism, inter Alia
It Is No Secret that Lefebvre Signed Ceremonially as an Attendee
But He Voted against Several of the Documents

An example of how ignorant the religious and secular press is these days, and why you can't trust them on anything, is exemplified by a recent article in the Italian weekly Panorama. In its March 2009 issue, it "reveals" the amazing "secret" information that Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the founder of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), signed the documents of Vatican II. The fact of the matter is that anyone with a brain in this subject knew this information already. All the attendees signed the documents ceremonially, whether or not they voted for them.

The Panorama writer must have been spaced out on LSD when he wrote about that "secret." Lefebvre himself publicly mentioned it on several occasions. It is indicated in any of several publications of the documents of Vatican II. In his 2002 biography of Lefebvre, SSPX bishop Tissier de Mallerais noted the fact. Apparently, everyone knew about this "secret" except the addled writer of Panorama. To demonstrate further the sad condition of the secular and religious press, this confused information was picked up as "news" by other ignoscenti, including the so-called Catholic News Service of the U.S. Conference of Catholic [sic] Bishops!

There are very few reliable sources around on matters of traditional Catholicism, and one of few is the one that you are reading now: the TRADITIO Network. In their Daily Commentaries, the TRADITIO Fathers do not just copy news reports or the notions of "talking-heads" in secular and religious publications, who in fact have very little background or understanding of the Traditional Catholic Movement. Nor is TRADITIO enslaved to any particular organization's viewpoint. Instead, TRADITIO provides the hard-hitting, independent analysis and perspective of over half a century of Roman Catholic experience, even from before Vatican II.

Anglican/Episcopalian Sect Breaks Its Abstinence; Begins "Sex Orgy" Anew
A "Married" Lesbian Is Ordained in Denver

From: The Fathers

Breaking its so-called "period of restraint" on the ordination of practicing "gay" clergy, the Anglican/Episcopalian diocese of Denver, Colorado, has started what is expected to become a "sex orgy" throughout the sect of ordaining clergy of the "gay" practice and women coming from a much-maligned small island in the Aegean Sea.

On January 10, 2009, the heretic bishop of Denver, Robert O'Neill, "ordained" Mary Catherine Volland to the priestesshood. Volland is "married" to another lesbian. Traditionalist Anglican/Episcopalians have been voting to leave the liberalist "establishment" sect headed by Rowan Williams, the heretic archbishop of Canterbury, and head U.S. bishopess Katherine Jefferts-Schori, a "gay" advocate based in Washington, D.C. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by KWTX News.]

When some of these Anglican/Episcopalian traditionalists knocked at Benedict-Ratzinger's Newrome door, he told them to go back and obey Williams and Schori. After all, Newpope is known to be a bosom-buddy of the heretic archbishop of Canterbury. Thus speaketh Newrome to traditionalists. In the end, it doesn't really matter much whether the traditionalists are of the Anglican/Episcopalian sect or the Motarian Newchurch persuasion. It seems that Newpope doesn't much pretend to be Catholic any longer.

January 16 - St. Marcellus I, Pope & Martyr
Semidouble Feast

Barack Obama to Feature "Gay" Bishop at His U.S. Inauguration Event
Gene Robinson, A "Gay" Radical, Has Split the Episcopalian Sect in Two

From: The Fathers
Gene Robinson & Mark Andrew

Gene Robinson, the First "Gay" Bishop in the Anglican/Episcopalian Sect
Receives His Mitre from His "Gay" Spouse, Mark Andrews, in Front of God and All
Now U.S. President-elect Obama Has Chosen This Heretic to Deliver an Inauguration Prayer
Robinson Has Split His Sect in Two over His Pushing of the Homosexual Agenda

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama sure knows how to pick them! His Protestant preacher of twenty years, Jeremiah Wright, is an out-and-out racist. Obama sat on a board and did two-by-two fundraising with Weatherman bomber William Ayres. Now Obama has chosen the alcoholic, "gay" Episcopalian bishop to deliver a prayer in an inauguration event on Sunday, January 18, 2009.

Gene Robinson has split his sect in two by pandering a homosexual agenda in the Anglican/Episcopalian sect to such an extent that half of its already-dwindling membership has either left or is planning to leave the corrupt sect, headed by the heretic archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, the bosom-buddy of Benedict-Ratzinger. Robinson is supposed to speak on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Obama, who claims to be a Christian -- now, although there is evidence that he was (is) a Mohammedan -- spit in the face of Christian morality, and even the Natural Law espoused by the Founders of the American Republic when he opposed California's Proposition 8 in the November 4, 2008, election, which declared that California recognized only traditional marriage between a man and a woman. The voters adopted the constitutional amendment by a five-point margin, although "gay" radicals are now trying to have the vote of the people overturned. Obama has also taken a public homophile position, supporting equal legal "rights" for homosexual "spouses." [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Reuters.]

Robinson's inaugural prayer is expected to be a public call for "inclusiveness" of homosexual "spouses." What's next: a Newchurch bishop's prayer for acceptance of paedophiles?

Does the "Motu" Mess Allow Women in the Sanctuary?

From: Lance

Dear Fathers:

Is it true that the "Motu" Mess allows women in the sanctuary as eucharistic ministresses to distribute "communion"? I have read that some Newchurch bishops have asked for these this and received permission from Benedict-Ratzinger's Newrome? So, even if a "Motu" Mess starts off "looking" something like a Traditional Mass, it will, over time, change into the Novus Ordo service. Why even attend a "Motu" Mess? It seems hypocritical to me.

There are a few at my truly traditional Mass site that live less than a kilometre from our chapel, but once a month drive 25 kilometres to attend one of those "Motu" Messes. Aren't they just falling into the trap of selling out to the New Order instead of holding fast to the true Faith to the end? We have worked and sacrificed so much, many of us selling our homes and moving hundreds of miles for the true Mass. I feel betrayed by my own brethren.

The Fathers Reply.

Yes, there have already been reports of eucharistic ministresses at "Motu" Messes. From the beginning, the TRADITIO Network has called this "Motu" nonsense Benedict-Ratzinger's Great "Motu" Mess Hoax. Its obvious purpose is to keep some semi-traditionalists in the fold of the Newchurch of the New Order and to pick their pockets.

It is remarkable, but perhaps not surprising considering the widespread ignorance of the true Faith, how easily pusillanimous semi-traditionalists have been snookered into this hoax, including Bernie Fellay, the leader of the Society of St. Pius X. His friendliness with Newrome is obviously meant to soften up the SSPX to accept the invalid Novus Ordo Protestant-Masonic-Pagan service as the "Ordinary Rite," together with the New Doctrine and New Morality pandered by Newchurch.

January 15 - St. Paul, First Hermit, Confessor
Double Feast

Newchurch Goes Jewish: Initiates Presbyter-Rabbi Swap

From: The Fathers
Richard Eldredge & Charlie Cytron-Walker

Presbyter Richard Eldredge and Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker
Will Trade Congregations at the End of January 2009
Benedict-Ratzinger, Who Has Publicly Attended Jewish Services
Has Initiated a "Back-to-Our-Jewish Roots" Outreach

A presbyter and rabbi in Colleyville, Texas, will trade congregations at the end of January 2009. Presbyter Richard Eldridge will preside over Congregation Beth Israel, and Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker will preside over Good Shepherd "Catholic" Church.

Presbyter Eldredge is already known for stressing the "Jewishness" of Christ and for preaching on the Old Testament. It seems that he is well qualified to preach as a Jew. Eldredge rejects any evangelization of Jews into Christianity: "We’re not out to say that all Jews are to become Christians or Catholics." That statement surely stinks of the odor of heresy! Moreover, just as the Jews have now accepted rabbesses, Eldredge is ready to ordain priestesses for Newchurch, saying, "As soon as we have permission to do that, I'll be the first to embrace it." [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Star-Telegram.]

Apparently, Eldredge flunked his course in Sacramental Theology. (If he had one. Novus Ordo seminaries these days seem more focused on paedophilia than on teaching anything Catholic.) The ordination of priestesses is not a matter of "permission." It is against the doctrine of the Church. But that's Newchurch for you. As soon as the votes are there, it will ordain priestesses.

Albany, New York, Shuts Down One out of Five Churches
Massive Closures Include the only "Motu" Mess Site in the Newchurch Diocese

From: The Fathers

Newchurch Bishop Howard Hubbard has shut down one out of every five churches in his diocese of Albany, New York, in an unprecedented mass closure of Newparishes. The closures reveal that the Great Sex & Embezzlement Scandal continues to plague Newchurch and that Novus Ordo service attendance continues to plummet.

The plans include closing the Newchurch diocese's only "Motu" Mess site, St. Peter, in Troy. The closures will include the layoff of numerous Newparish personnel, "parish-life directors" and "faith-formation directors," whatever those are. Hubbard refused to promise that he would find other jobs in the diocese for the laid-off workers. So much for Newchurch "charity." [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Albany Times Union.]

January 14 - St. Hilary, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor
Double Feast

CONCILIAR-BUGNINI "LITURGICAL BOOKS OF 1962" WARNING. In contravention of the Traditional Latin Mass, the "Motu" services have deprived St. Hilary of Potiers, a Doctor of the Church, of the Credo at Mass (traditionally, Doctors of the Church get the Credo), as well as of his First Vepsers. Benedict-Ratzinger's Novus Ordo "Ordinary Rite" completely ignores this important Doctor of the Church, making this day simply "Wednesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time."

Is a "Good Pope" Enough to Save the Catholic Church?
Even St. Peter Failed Miserably; His Errors Had to Be Corrected by St. Paul

From: Joseph
St. Peter Repentant

Francisco de Goya's St. Peter Repentant (ca. 1823-1825)
St. Peter, the First Pope (Note the Keys) Had Much of Which to Be Repentant
He Thrice Denied Christ, Who Called Him "Satan"
He Thrice Refused Divine Commands to Carry the Gospel to the Gentiles
He Taught Error and Had to Be Harshly Corrected by St. Paul in Front of the Apostles
A "Good Pope" Is Far from Enough to Solve the Apostasy of Newchurch

It can easily be agreed upon that every traditional Catholic should be praying for a reversal of the post-Conciliar Church. But will God miraculously bring about a good pope who will restore everything back to Tradition? Is that what we should place our hopes in?

The Fathers Reply.

We think not. Many traditional Catholics think that all that is necessary to right the Church is to have a "good pope." But Church History shows us that even a good pope is not enough to correct the Church; it will take much more than that. In our time it will take a conversion of the hearts of the people to reject unCatholic sacraments, doctrine, and morals that are being propagandized daily by the Newchurch of the New Order. Newchurchers, including the Motarians, are like drug junkies. They think that they can be friends with drugs and take just a little while still remaining sound. They are deluding themselves. They are slaves of the drug of Newchurch, whether dressed in the Novus Ordo service or in the "Motu" Mess of 1962.

In his own time, even Pope St. Pius X (1903-1914) had limited success in combating the heresy of Modernism that had swept through the Church. Many priests, bishops, and cardinals resisted the saintly pope. To some degree, even his successor, Pope Benedict XV (1914-1922), backed off St. Pius X's bold actions. Later, at Vatican II (1962-1965) and in its aftermath, that despicable heresy simply resurrected itself as an a more virulent form known as Neo-modernism.

A reading of the Sacred Scriptures shows that even St. Peter, the first pope was often more of a hindrance than a help to keeping the Church right. He denied Christ even when He was still alive on earth (Gospels). Peter was so much in error at one point that Christ Himself called him "Satan" (Gospel of St. Matthew).

After Christ's ascension, Peter consistently refused to obey the Divine commands given him to take the Gospels to the Gentiles (Acts of the Apostles). Further, he attempted to impose Jewish ceremonial law upon Christians, which Christ had repealed. Moreover, what Peter did was a violation of the Council of Apostles at Jerusalem, in which Peter himself had concurred. It took St. Paul to chastise the pope to his face in front of the Apostles for his error. So much for those who argue that Catholics should keep silent in the face of error and evil! That is not the example of Scripture. To his credit, Peter admitted his error in front of the Apostles and apparently stopped his false teaching (Epistle to the Galatians).

What Does It Take to Be a Catholic Godparent?

From: Lucille

Dear Fathers:

My sister just had her third baby. She and I are very close, but there is a strain. Her family will not allow me to be a godmother to any of the children. I was raised Catholic; in fact, my grandmother was a nun for a while, but did not take her final vows. I currently do not attend church. My question to you is: does a godparent actually have to be a practicing Catholic? Is not the role of a godparent to be a person of guidance regardless of religion?

The Fathers Reply.

"Regardless of religion?" That makes no sense at all! Baptism is a Sacrament of the Church. If you are not a practicing member of the Church, how can you possibly provide the right religious guidance if the parents should fail in their duty? Your sister is absolutely correct in determining that in your current state you are not suitable for this sacred religious role. What your grandmother did is irrelevant. It is what you are doing (or not doing) that is the issue.

You should say a prayer of thanksgiving that your sister has remained so loyal to Christ and his Church. Pray God that this incident will be the occasion for you to reconsider what you are doing religiously, whether you are practicing the true Faith in which you were baptized, or whether you have abandoned it and sold out to some false notion in which anything goes as far as religion is concerned. Then you can reject your apostasy from the Faith and return to God and his true worship.

January 13 - Octave Day of the Epiphany
Double Major Feast

Modernistic Crucifix Is So Horrific that It Frightened People
This Artifact of Vatican II Vintage Has Finally Been Sacked

From: The Fathers
Novus Ordo Crucifix

The "Scary" Crucifix that Was Erected during Vatican II
An English Church Has Finally Sacked It
This Modernistic Crucifix Is Reminiscent of the "Twisted Serpent" Satanic-looking Crucifix
Which Conciliar Popes Started to Use after Vatican II

First it was the "Bent Crucifix" or, as some call it, the "Twisted Serpent," with Satanic associations, which the conciliar popes started to carry. It consists of a bent, or broken, cross with a distorted figure of the Christ. Now an horrific Modernistic crucifix, designed by Edward Bainbridge Copnall and inspired by the Modernist Council, Vatican II (1962-1965), has been removed from St. John's Anglican Church in West Sussex, England, because it frightened people. The three-metre high monstrosity has finally been removed from the church.

The original crucifix, the Modernistic one that scared people and has now been removed, was erected for the opening of the church in 1963, the second year of Vatican II. It has, however, been replaced by yet another Modernistic monstrosity, an ultra-modern stainless steel cross, designed by Angela Godfrey. The Modernistic legacy of Vatican II and its New Order has corrupted more than just Newchurch. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the UK Mirror.]

For further information on the Satanic-looking crucifix of the conciliar popes, click on FAQ10.TXT: How Do You Explain These Traditional Catholic Beliefs? in the TRADITIO Network's Library of Files (Catholic Apologetics) in the article "Papal Crucifix (Conciliar)."

When Is the Next Gregorian Chant CD Going to Be Issued?

From: John

Dear Fathers:

I have been waiting for the next CD in the St. John Schola's A Traditional Chapel Sings Gregorian Chant series. The choir at our Mass site has been using these recordings and their accompanying materials as models for their own practice. There is nothing else available like these recordings, which, in addition to containing beautiful chant in a real traditional context, can be used for practical training purposes. Do you know when the next volume is coming out?

The Fathers Reply.

The St. John Schola for Gregorian Chant informs us that it has just issued Volume VII of its live Gregorian chant recordings in its A Traditional Chapel Sings Gregorian Chant series. This new volume is of the rarely (if ever) recorded chant for the Dedication of the Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, the Mass that is used four times each year in the traditional rite to venerate the four Archbasilicas of Rome: St. John Lateran, St. Paul outside the Walls, St. Mary Major, and St. Peter.

The St. John Schola series is highly recommended by the TRADITIO Network for its fidelity to the Traditional Roman Liturgy and for its utility in training Gregorian scholae (chant choirs) in traditional churches, chapels, and oratories. Free music sheets are available to accompany the recordings. For further information, click on the TRADITIO Network's Gregorian Chant department.

January 12 - Within the Octave of the Epiphany
Semidouble Feast

Is the Devil Gaining a Foothold in Newrome?
Even Newvatican's Chief Exorcist Admits that It Is the Most "Satanized" City in Italy

From: The Fathers
Gabriele Amorth

Newvatican's Chief Exorcist Stuns Benedict-Ratzinger Regime
By Stating that Newrome Has Become the Most Satanized City in Italy
Satanic Murders Are Taking Place in Italy, and Newchurch Is Powerless against Satan
Since Vatican II Newrome Has "Modernized" All Its Rites to Invalidity

In Newrome, a city that was once the seat of traditional Catholic popes, the devil is gaining a foothold, according even to Newvatican's Chief Exorcist, presbyter Gabriele Amorth. "There is a greater openness towards the devil," warned the presbyter on New Year's Day 2009. He has called Newrome the most Satanized city in Italy. "Satanism and the occult are in fashion."

Italians got a taste of the devil's influence two years ago when two teenagers were stabbed, bludgeoned, and buried alive in the woods of northwest Milan. Members of a heavy metal band named the Beasts of Satan were convicted in the double murder. One of the victims was allegedly killed because she resembled the Virgin Mary. Marco Dmitri, who heads the Children of Satan, a group that reportedly has more than 1,000 members, In 1996 was convicted of raping a two-year old boy and a teenage girl in Satanic rituals. In the United States, a coven of Newchurch presbyters was led by presbyter Gerald Robinson, of Toledo, Ohio, who was convicted of a Satanic murder in 2006 and currently faces more charges of Satanic crimes.

There are an estimated 800 satanic cults operating in Italy, with more than 600,000 followers, and their numbers are growing. Italian authorities have been grappling with a string of murders linked to devil worship. Italy, once a Catholic country, has now literally gone to Hell, as many Italians are forsaking invalid Newchurch presbyters for magicians, fortune-tellers and faith-healers. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by CBN News.]

Good Catholics, there is only one fully effective way to combat Satan, and that is the traditional Sacraments of the Church, particularly the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Novus Ordo service is powerless against evil; in fact, it is an evil in itself, as it is invalid, sacrilegious, and blasphemous. Is it any wonder that as all too many have abandoned the valid Traditional Latin Mass, they have become easy targets for Satan? And, don't forget, the Traditional Latin Mass almost every Sunday includes a specific exorcism against Satan, in the Leonine prayer after Mass, Sancte Michael Archangele. For further information, click on the TRADITIO Network's Confraternity of St. Michael department.

The TRADITIO Network Reaches Its 9,000,000th Reader

From: The Fathers

On January 11, 2009, in the 15th year of its apostolate on the internet, the TRADITIO Network logged its 9,000,000th reader. TRADITIO was the first traditional Roman Catholic site to appear on the worldwide web. We were here even before Newvatican was, even before Amazon.com was! We thank the Lord for our 9,000,000 readers over these years and for our hundreds of dedicated correspondents from 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, and at Traditional Latin Mass sites around the world. TRADITIO was determined by an Alexis-Amazon statistical survey to be the most read traditional Roman Catholic web site on the worldwide web.

In their Daily Commentaries, the TRADITIO Fathers do not just copy news reports or the notions of "talking-heads" in secular and religious publications, who in fact have very little background or understanding of the Traditional Catholic Movement. Nor is TRADITIO enslaved to any particular organization's viewpoint. Instead, TRADITIO provides the hard-hitting, independent analysis and perspective of over half a century of Roman Catholic experience, even from before Vatican II. TRADITIO is avidly read within the highest bowels of Newrome and Menzingen. In addition to the Daily Commentaries from the Fathers, TRADITIO's other fifteen departments provide resources and materials for its participants to study and learn about the traditional Roman Catholic Faith.

We are touched by the many thousands of messages that we have received from Newchurchers and semi-traditionalists who say that they have been converted, or have reverted, to the traditional Roman Catholic Faith because of TRADITIO's uncompromising, independent commentaries and materials. The TRADITIO Network is one of many means through which Our Lord appears be working out the Traditional Catholic Restoration of the 21st century.

Does a "Video Mass" Satisfy One's Sunday Obligation?
Not on Your Spiritual Life!

From: Denis

Dear Fathers:

I have a friend who desires to attend the Traditional Latin Mass, but has no church or chapel that he and his family can attend, so he takes his family to the Novus Ordo Mess. In such a case, what do you think about a recorded Traditional Latin Mass as a substitute? He says that it does not satisfy the Sunday obligation; I maintain that it does. Who is correct?

The Fathers Reply.

Neither of you is correct. First and foremost, the unavailability of the Traditional Latin Mass is never a justification to attend the invalid, Protestant-Masonic-Pagan Novus Ordo Service, which is invalid, sacrilegious, and blasphemous. It cannot fulfill any Sunday obligation any more than a Protestant or Hindu service can. Nor is watching a video attending Mass.

The true Mass is an in-person gathering of the faithful, not a remote "access point." This has been the Church's Sacramental teaching from the beginning, as confirmed by Pope Pius XII. You can read a book, look at a video, or even watch a simulcast, but you're not participating in a Mass at which you are not present, any more than you can receive the Sacrament of Penance by telephone or E-mail. Everything else is just a devotion. We're not even sure that these recordings are that commendable, as they lead people to have gross misconceptions about a valid Sacrament is. You would be better off fulfilling your Sunday obligation, in the absence of a valid Mass, meditating on the Propers of the day from your handmissal.

Your friend should consult the Official Traditional Catholic Directory for North America for the Traditional Latin Masses in his area. Very often people are unaware that there is one in their own backyard until they consult the Directory. Failing that, your friend should try to worship at the true Mass, even if it is only once or twice a year. The graces that he will receive there are incalculable, augmented by his devotion in making a special effort to be present. A person can gain greater treasures of grace in one Mass if he has more devotion, reverence, and love of God during that one true Mass than if he assists at ten, twenty, or thirty Masses without devotion, reverence, and love of God.

Remember that, in the history of the Church, most Catholics never had the blessing of worshipping at a Mass every Sunday. So, if your friend is in a position of not having a Traditional Latin Mass at which to worship every Sunday, first of all he should tend to his own soul by the time-tested practices for Catholics in that situation. For further information, click on ABSENT.TXT: Method of Hearing Mass Spiritually for the Absent in the TRADITIO Network's Library of Files (FAQs & Traditional Apologetics).

January 11 - Feast of the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary & Joseph
Double Major Sunday

Benedict-Ratzinger Sells out Catholic Martyrs to Communism
The Atheistic Chinese Government Now Claims Newvatican's Approval

From: The Fathers
Chinese and Vatican Flags

The Communist Chinese Flag Now Flies beside the Papal Flag of Newvatican
Benedict-Ratzinger Has Sold out the Catholic Martyrs to Atheistic Communism
The Red Chinese Government Is Delirious that More and More Newchurchers
Are Joining the Schismatic Communist Church and Submitting "Re-education" as Communists

After Benedict-Ratzinger's May 27, 2007, Letter to Chinese Catholics, the Communist government still refuses to give legal status to Newchurch, but more and more of the underground Newchurchers are giving up to become Communists and join the Communist schismatic sect. Therefore, because of Benedict-Ratzinger's sellout, the Chinese totalitarian government, which murders Christians in the public square, was able to realize, almost within one year, what was continuously denied by popes since 1949: the recognition of the schismatic Chinese Communist "Catholic" Church, otherwise known as the "Patriotic National Church."

The Chinese government now looks forward to the day when Benedict-Ratinzinger will give in completely to Communism, fulfilling an initiative started by John XXIII (1958-1963). The Chinese Communist totalitarian regime now has realistic hopes to control Newvatican in China, while it continues to pressure, persecute, and weaken Newvatican as an institution. Newchurchers converting to the schismatic Communist "Catholic" Church, must undergo "re-education," in other words, atheistic Communistic indoctrination.

Good Catholics, Benedict-Ratzinger has sold our his own Chinese clergy, some of them martyrs, to the Communists. Pope Pius XII spoke out loudly and firmly against atheistic Communism. Starting with John XXIII, the Newchurch Modernist/Liberalist popes made friends with totalitarianism and began to sell out their own people to its treachery.

What Is the Truth about the "Dialogue" Mass?

From: James

For several years I have witnessed the Latin "Mass of 1962" degenerate here at the SSPX into a "personal service" via the "Dialogue" Mass. It began with the implementation of the Novus Ordo procession and recession and then progressed to "audience participation." What is the truth about this thing promoted as the "Dialogue" Mass?

The Fathers Reply.

The so-called "Dialogue" Mass was introduced illegally before World War I and spread throughout Europe and subsequently the United States. Catholic theologians at the time attacked it because the congregation, in a Protestant fashion, was pre-empting what is reserved to the server. The Sacred Congregation of Rites expressed grave reservations about the practice. Pope Pius XII condemned the practice except on a very limited basis, as at an Oecumenical Council.

It is clear in retrospect that the Modernists pushed the "Dialogue" Mass in the late 1950s and early 1960s as a way to soften up Catholics for the Novus Ordo Protestant-Masonic-Pagan service of 1969.

January 10 - Within the Octave of the Epiphany
Semidouble Feast

CONCILIAR-BUGNINI "LITURGICAL BOOKS OF 1962" WARNING. In contravention of the Traditional Latin Mass, the "Motu" services have forgotten the high feast of Epiphany already, substituting instead a "forth-class" Saturday. The "Motu" dumps all remembrances of Epiphany, even though we are still within its Octave: the psalms, the antiphons, even the doxology proper to Epiphany. Benedict-Ratzinger's Novus Ordo "Ordinary Rite" suprisingly does more than the "Motu" by celebrating at least the newly-concocted "Saturday after Epiphany."

Eyewitness Report: Newchurch Archbishop Has Martyrs Arrested
For Trying to Save Their Traditional Church Buildings

From: Christopher (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Alfred Hughes

Portrait of a Newchurch Barbarian, Alfred Hughes, Archbishop of New Orleans
Hughes Brutalized His Own Parishioners While Praying the Rosary
To Stop the Destruction of Their Traditional Church Buildings
Hughes Wants to Destroy the Churches to Pay for His Diocese's Sex Crimes

As if the hugely-destructive Hurricane Katrina were not enough, Alfred Hughes, Newchurch archbishop of New Orleans, Louisiana, is bound and determined to destroy two more traditional church buildings. When his people rose up against his totalitarianism, in a scene of which Hermann Göring would have been proud, Hughes egged on local cops to break down the doors of the churches and drag off the martyrs in handcuffs while they were praying the Rosary to save their church buildings.

Apparently embarrassed by the failure of his recent midnight raid to get rid of his parishioners sitting in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church and St. Henry Church around the clock for ten weeks to prevent the church buildings' destruction, the barbarian Hughes had his thugs return to the churches on the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord, January 6, 2009 and drag off the martyrs in handcuffs.

Hughes has continually refused to explain to his parishioners why their financially-viable traditional church buildings need to be destroyed. He has hidden himself from the press and parishioners. He has never admitted that he needs the properties to pay off the crushing debt caused by the Great Sex and Embezzlement Scandal in the diocese, nor does he admit that his only love for traditional church buildings is their monetary value.

The Fathers Reply.

Good Catholics, don't you believe for a minute that the Newchurch of the New Order is a "Church of Love," as its propaganda spinners try to make it out to be. It is a Church of Hate and a Church of Injustice, as fashioned after Vatican II (1962-1965). Not that the human side of the Church was perfect before Vatican II, but at least it respected the law and strove to administer justice in a relatively even-handed way. After all, popes and bishops then still believed in God as their final Judge -- but no longer. After Vatican II's false doctrine of "collegiality," Newchurch bishops became autocratic, lawless thugs, saying with Louis XIV, La loi c'est moi! [The law is me!]

Benedict-Ratzinger Appoints Public Liar as Newchurch Archbishop of Detroit
Vigneron Is Also Known for His Pagan "Chinese Tea" Mess

From: The Fathers

You learn all you need to know about Benedict-Ratzinger by his choice of bishops. He appoints liars and perverts. Take his appointment of George Niederauer as Newchurch archbishop of San Francisco, California, for example. Niederauer attained national prominence when he gave the Novus Ordo cookie to two "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence," an anti-Catholic group that dresses in Gothic drag, at Niederauer's homosexual Newparish, whose nude float in the "Gay Pride" Parade Niederauer himself blessed. Benedict-Ratzinger knew full well Niederauer's reputation as a homophile at his previous post in Salt Lake City, Utah.

On January 5, 2009, Benedict-Ratzinger appointed Allen Vigneron, currently Newchurch bishop of Oakland, California, to be archbishop of Detroit, Michigan. What do we know about Vigneron? First of all, he is a public liar. He bilked his impoverished diocese to ante up for a cathedral costing in excess of 200,000,000 U.S. dollars, which the former bishop said was totally unnecessary. Vigneron even broke his own word and tapped funds that were allocated to poor parochial schools in the diocese to make up the final payoffs -- sorry, payments. For their money, the Newchurchers of Oakland got a monstrosity that has been variously described as a beehive, Superman's ice castle, and a waste of a good downtown parking lot. The full story has been relayed in detail in several past TRADITIO Commentaries.

In addition to his shady dealings in the cathedral scandal, Vigneron is known as a Newchurch pagan who officiated as the "Chinese Tea" Mess, in which he offered Chinese tea at the Offertory of his Novus Ordo service and then went to worship ancestors at a pagan-style side altar. For further information, click on the TRADITIO Network's Novus Ordo Service Photo Gallery.

January 9 - Within the Octave of the Epiphany
Semidouble Feast

The Next Step in the Descent to Hell of the Novus Ordo
Children "Concelebrate" The Blasphemous and Invalid Service

From: The Fathers
Kiddie Mess

The Novus Ordo Service of the Future -- Nay, the Present
As Children in Switzerland "Concelebrate" the Protestant-Masonic-Pagan Service
The Invalid Novus Ordo Is Merely a Game in Newchurch
It Is Rotten to the Core Regardless whether Children or Newpope "Perform" It

In the New parish of Wuppenau, Switzlerand, children "concelebrate" the Novus Ordo Mess. No surprise here. It is simply a game for Newchurch, whether "performed" by children or Benedict-Ratzinger in St. Peter's Basilica. It is the same Protestant, Masonic, Pagan invalid abomination. Newchurch, even the "conservatives," get only a cookie and Kool-Aid. This is the penalty that Divine Justice exacts for Newchurchers' daring to have association in even one "jot or title," as Sacred Scripture puts it, with sacrilege and blasphemy of the Novus Ordo.

Good Catholics, how easy it would have been for the true Catholic Martyrs have excused putting a pinch of incense into the pagan emperor's thurible and thereby saved their lives! Yet they showed us of this century how true Catholics act. They chose death rather than compromise with something like a "Motu" Mess or a "reverent" Novus Ordo service, as if that blasphemy could ever be reverent!

Lay Minister Denies Attorney-general of Victoria, Australia, the Novus Ordo Cookie
Presbyter Overrides the Lay Minister and Gives Him the Cookie in Abortion-law Brouhaha

From: The Fathers

On January 4, 2008, Victoria, Australia, attorney-General Rob Hull walked up as usual to get his Novus Ordo cookie, but an extraordinary minister at St. Monica Newparish in Moonee Ponds refused him the cookie because of the Victoria State's government bill to legalize abortion. An embarrassing stand-off lasted more than a minute until Hulls moved to a second queue, where the parish presbyter was only to happy to give Hull the cookie.

Sources said that Hulls felt "humiliated" by the snub. Gee whiz! I guess he didn't feel "humiliated" by the fact that his government sponsored the abortion bill. The Abortion Law Reform Act passed the Victorian parliament in October 2008, removing abortion as an offence under the state's Crimes Act. Abortions are now legal up to 24 weeks gestation. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Sydney Morning Herald and the Herald Sun.]

January 8 - Within the Octave of the Epiphany
Semidouble Feast

Too Little, Too Late: Newchurchers Occupy Traditional Church Buildings
Shut Down by the Newchurch Archdiocese of New Orleans

From: The Fathers
Our Lady of Good Counsel Church

Our Lady of Good Counsel, New Orleans, Louisiana
A Traditional Church Building that Has Been Shut Down
By the Barbarian Newchurch Archbishop of New Orleans, Alfred Hughes
But Newchurch Parishioners Have Outsmarted Him
They Withstood His Midnight Raid and Retain Possession of the Church

Newchurchers have learned little from the historical example of Germany in the 1930s. They too have allowed dictators, the corrupt Newchurch bishops, to take control of their churches, and now, forty years after the Modernistic Council Vatican II, they are ruing the day, as the Newchurch bishops have turned against their people and are determined to destroy their traditional church buildings.

Two traditional church buildings, Our Lady of Good Counsel and St. Henry, in New Orleans, Louisiana, were shut down for destruction by the Newchurch archbishop there, Alfred Hughes. Hughes launched a midnight raid to evict the protesters from the churches on January 3, 2009, when he thought that they would be sleeping. They weren't. The Newchurchers retain possession of the buildings. Protesters continue to camp out at both churches in round-the-clock sit-ins in defiance of archdiocesan orders to close them.

The New Orleanians suffered the devastation of 2005's Hurricane Katrina. Now they have to repel the depredations of their own Newchurch archbishop Alfred Hughes. The New Orleans Newchurchers join sympathizers in Boston, Massachusetts, where several church buildings have been occupied for over four years to prevent their destruction. Too bad these Newchurchers didn't rise up in 1969 when the Novus Ordo first reared its ugly head. Then they wouldn't have to be fighting a losing battle now. [Some information for this Commentary was provided by the Times-Picayune.]

Newchurchers Are Already Bored with Benedict-Ratzinger
Papal Attendance Is Declining to Hades

From: The Fathers

It seems that Newchurchers are ready to cast off Benedict-Ratzinger like their old hula hoops. The Prefecture of the Pontifical Household reported that in 2007, after the first full calendar year of his papacy, attendence fell 12.5%. In 2008, attendance fell another 14.8% -- for a total drop of some one-third in just two years.

One friend of Benedict-Ratzinger damned him with faint praise and said that this Newpope had a more "professorial" style than JPII, lacked his predecessor's "charisma" and projected a "negative image." [Some information for this Commentary was provided by the London Times.]

January 7 - Within the Octave of the Epiphany
Semidouble Feast

Freemasons Hold First-ever Inaugural Ball for U.S. President-elect Obama, a Protestant
And Vice President-elect Joseph Biden, a Newchurcher

From: The Fathers
Masonic Ball

The First-ever Masonic Inaugural Ball Will Be Put on for Obama and Biden
A Black-Evangelical Protestant and a Pro-abortion, Pro-gay Newchurcher
Do the Freemasons Know Something that We Don't?
The Arch-architect of the Novus Ordo, Presbyter Hannibal Bugnini, Was Also a Mason

The first-ever Masonic Inaugural Ball will be held in Washington, D.C., for U.S. President-elect Barack Obama and U.S. Vice President-elect Joseph Biden.

Obama claims to be a Black-Evangelical Protestant, although there is evidence that he was (?) a Mohammedan. He has demonstrated in public that he can recite sections of the Koran in the original Arabic. Biden claims to be "Catholic," that is Newchurch, which does not stop him from advocating abortion and "gay marriage," of course.

The William R. Singleton Hope Lebanon Lodge #7 is hosting the event, with proceeds going to the Masonic Foundation of the District of Columbia.

Newchurch Teacher Canned for Being a Bigamist

From: The Fathers

An English teacher at Newchurch Central "Catholic" High School in San Antonio, Texas, was canned for being a bigamist. Marquis LaFortune was terminated because she married a previously-married man who had not been granted a phony Newchurch "annulment." The groom later found out that the marriage to his previous wife had been "annulled," but this occurred after the termination and the wedding ceremony. Even worse, the ceremony took place in a non-denominational sect before a minister, an act that traditionally excommunicated both of them -- but the Newchurch archdiocese ignored this fact. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the San Antonio Express News.]

This termination exposes how Benedict-Ratzinger's supposed "universal" Newchurch is not being "universal" in its doctrinal enforcement. Surprise, surprise! How many times have we seen public officials such as U.S. Senators John Kerry and Ted Kennedy and U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, all pretending to be Catholics, receive the Newchurch "cookie" when they have actively and publicly campaigned and voted for laws that allow for the murderer of a million-plus unborn innocent children every year?

Why wasn't Newchurch archbishop George Niederauer removed for his participation with homosexual activity in San Francisco? Why didn't presbyter Dale Fushek, the founder and leader of the charismatic Lifeteen Movement, lose his Newchurch employment after crimes against children? No, it took him setting up a separate "worship center" for him to lose his Newchurch status.

January 6 - Epiphany of Our Lord
Double Feast of the First Class

High Court Upholds Conviction of Newchurch Presbyter Who Murdered a Nun
He and Another Presbyter Have Been Charged with Perpetrating Other Satanic Murders

From: The Fathers
Gerald Robinson

Newchurch Presbyter Gerald Robinson Is Led off in Handcuffs
Past the Jury that Convicted Him of the 2006 Murder and Mutilation of a Nun
Robinson and Another Newchurch Presbyter Now Face Trial
For the Satanic Murder of Two Infants and the Abortion of a Woman
Proving that Nothing Is Too Bizarre for Do-nothing Benedict-Ratzinger's Clergy

As further proof that no crime is too bizarre for officials of Benedict-Ratzinger's Newchurch of the New Order, the conviction of presbyter Gerald Robinson, of Toledo, Ohio, was upheld by the Ohio Supreme Court on December 31, 2008. The court held that there was no statute of limitation for murder. Robinson was convicted in 2006 for the 1980 murder and mutilation of a nun.

Meanwhile, a civil case remains pending against presbyters Robinson, Gerald Mazuchowski, and the Toledo Newchurch diocese. The plaintiff charges that she was assaulted sexually in a cult-like manner. On June 11, 2003, the plaintiff presented a letter to the Newchurch Diocesan Review Board of the Toledo diocese, accusing a group of local presbyters of performing rituals in which they put her in a coffin filled with cockroaches, forced her to eat a human eyeball, and penetrated her with a snake "to consecrate these orifices to Satan." She also stated that they killed an infant and a 3-year-old child, performed an abortion on her, and mutilated dogs, all as part of their Satanic rites. Trial has been set for May 4, 2009.

Good Catholics, this sounds bizarre and unbelievable, doesn't it? It isn't. Police departments across the United States have confirmed the involvement of Newchurch officials in Satanic rites. The court has taken these charges seriously enough to send them to trial. The Newchurch of the New Order is rotten to the core, and Benedict-Ratzinger, who heads the whole operation, should resign the papacy in shame for allowing these Satanic crimes to occur without his lifting a finger against them. No Great "Motu" Mess Hoax can justify the murder of children, the commission of abortion, and mutilation of human beings, let alone animals.

Bible Society Projects Death of Anglican Church by 2050
As the Anglicans Go, So Goes the Newchurch of the New Order

From: The Fathers

Christian Research, the statistical arm of the Bible Society, has published a report predicting that by 2050 Sunday attendance at Anglican churches will fall below 88,000, compared with just under 1,000,000 now. The report says that in just over a generation the number of people attending Church of England Sunday services will fall to less than one-tenth of what they are now. The Anglican Church has tried to stop the precipitous decline by trying to appeal to youth with Modernistic services at pubs weekend flea-markets. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by The Guardian.]

Since Vatican II the Newchurch of the New Order has allied itself closely in its liturgy with the Anglican service declared invalid by Pope Leo XIII. Some Anglican churches actually use the invalid Novus Ordo service as their standard Sunday service. As the Anglicans decline, so declines the Newchurch of the New Order.

January 5 - Vigil of the Epiphany

Was John XXIII a Traditional Pope?

From: Mark
CONCILIAR-BUGNINI "LITURGICAL BOOKS OF 1962" WARNING. In contravention of the Traditional Latin Mass, the "Motu" services have abolished this ancient Vigil entirely, even though the Feast of the Epiphany is of more ancient status than Christmas. Benedict-Ratzinger's Novus Ordo "Ordinary Rite" similarly abolishes this ancient Vigil.
John XXIII Celebrating Mass in St. Peter's Basilica

John XXIII Celebrating Mass in St. Peter's Basilica
Note the Two Papal Tiaras that Can Be Seen to the Right
And the Mitre to the Left on the High Altar
John XXIII Was Traditionally Crowned in the Triple Tiara
His Successor, Paul VI, Was Crowned, but Laid the Tiara Aside

Dear Fathers:

Was John XXIII as a traditional pope? I have been reading several articles from those lay "armchair theologians," and many of them blame him for what has happened to the Church. They say that he was in favor of the "New Mass" and of changing the Traditional Latin Mass.

The Fathers Reply.

You are right to be suspicious of these johnny-come-lately armchair-theologian "bloggists" and Novus Ordo presbyters turned "semi-traditional" to be in the latest passing fad of the "Motu" Mess. They are, as Scripture puts it, the blind leading the blind. You should go back and read past Commentaries to brief yourself properly; that is always the best practice.

John XXIII bears some continuity with his predecessor, Pius XII (1939-1958), and in certain ways leads to his successor, Paul VI (1963-1978). Since the Modernists want to claim this popular pope as their own, they have done an effective job over the intervening years of propagandizing him as what he was not. Did John XXIII have Modernist tendencies? In some areas, probably yes. In secular politics, e.g., relations with the Communists, he appears to have been far more liberal than his predecessor. He may have, perhaps unwittingly, opened the door to what later became false oecumenism. But in the area of doctrine and liturgy, he gives every evidence of being traditional.

Yes, he did promulgate the second wave of rubrical modernizations in 1960 (and made the one 1962 change in the Canon), but at the time he stated publicly that he was doing so only because the work had been completed under Pius XII, whom he venerated. Ultra-traditionalists conveniently forget that the first wave of rubrical modernizations were promulgated by Pius XII, whom they seem to think was a perfectly orthodox pope. Probably Pius XII himself was orthodox, but, on the other hand, it was he who appointed the Modernist Hannibal Bugnini to the position of Secretary of the Liturgical Modernization Committee after that pope's promulgation of the liturgical Encyclical Letter Mediator Dei of 1947. Although that encyclical is often held to be traditional, there are the seeds in it of the modernization that developed later in his papacy.

It was under Pius XII that the text of the Roman Missal itself, not just the rubrics, was changed, by extensive modernizations to the most ancient rites of Holy Week. Although Pius XII personally did not sign that document, it was his Commission that promulgated it. Probably by that time (1956) he had become so ill that he was losing control of the papacy. In contrast, John XXIII made only one change to the text of the Roman Missal -- granted, it is one that should never have been made -- the addition of St. Joseph's name to the Sacred Canon of the Mass, which had not been touched since Pope St. Gregory the Great around A.D. 600.

There is nothing to indicate that in essential Catholic doctrines (the Trinity, the Divinity of Christ, the Four Last Things, etc.), John XXIII was anything but orthodox doctrinally. He does not show the signs of the Arianism heresy that his successors have. The ultra-traditionalists knock him mainly on peripheral doctrines, those that were always open to interpretation as to their application in the practical arena, such as "religious liberty."

The Modernists practically expunged from John XXIII's public record his solemn promulgation of the Apostolic Constitution Veterum Sapientia of 1962, which required that seminarians receive 7-9 years of instruction in classical and ecclesiastical Latin instruction in the seminaries and that seminary courses be taught in Latin. This Apostolic Constitution, which John XXIII personally promulgated in the same year that corresponds to the so-called liturgical books of 1962, beloved of the Motarians, is today an embarrassment to those same Motarians, since they argue that not even priests, but Novus Ordo presbyters, with at best a weekend course in Latin pronunciation, are qualified to celebrate validly a "Motu" Mess!

Moreover, John XXIII's same Apostolic Constitution stood 100% behind Latin in the Mass and contained detailed arguments about why it was absolutely necessary to retain Latin. John XXIII's arguments were 100% opposed to what came out in the liturgical document of Vatican II, which he never signed, and certainly to any "New Order." John XXIII would have condemned the Novus Ordo and the idea that it is -- as in Benedict-Ratzinger's fabricated unCatholic notion -- the "Ordinary Rite" of anything but certain Protestant denominations, who have hailed it as their own.

John XXIII promulgated his Apostolic Constitution in the most solemn form, a form that had not been used in over fifty years previously. He personally signed the document in the presence of the College of Cardinals assembled in St. Peters and said that he did so in order that in future no one could say that the document was not written by his own hand. Yet that is exactly what the Modernists now claim, ignorant that the pope himself reaches from the grave to call them liars.

The TRADITIO Network has made available an eyewitness account of this historic event, written in Latin by a German priest, with our English rendition. For further information, click on LATNECES.TXT: The Necessity of Latin for the Roman Catholic Church from the writings of Roman Catholic Saints, Popes, and Theologians in the TRADITIO Network's Library of Files (Catholic Apologetics).

U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy Condemns Abortion?

From: The Fathers

Surprised at this headline? U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, who now gets a 100% pro-abortion rating from the abortion-rights group Naral, was, until 1971, anti-abortion. In 1971, a full year after New York had legalized abortion, the Massachusetts senator was still championing the rights of the unborn. In a letter to a constituent dated August 3, 1971, he wrote: "When history looks back to this era it should recognize this generation as one which cared about human beings enough to halt the practice of war, to provide a decent living for every family, and to fulfill its responsibility to its children from the very moment of conception."

What went wrong with him? In a word, political corruption. In the early 1970s Democratic politicians first figured out that the powerful pro-abortion lobby could fill their campaign coffers and attract new liberalist voters. Democratic politicians also began to realize that, despite the Church's traditional teaching to the contrary, Newchurch's bishops and presbyters had ended their public role of responding negatively to those who promoted a pro-abortion agenda.

Already in the 1970s Newchurch leaders, who had by that time already been corrupted by ten years of Vatican II Modernism/Liberalism, actually started providing "cover" for pro-abortion politicians, like Kennedy, who wanted to vote in favor of abortion "rights" to attain money and power. So, if you want to know who facilities Ted Kennedy's pro-abortion stand, blame the Newchurch of the New Order, currently headed by Benedict-Ratzinger. [Some information for this Commentary was provided by the Wall Street Journal.]

January 4 - Most Holy Name of Jesus
Double Sunday of the Second Class

Newcardinal Says that Newchurch Is Infested to the Top with the Arian Heresy
Whose Resurgence Denies the Divinity of Christ

From: The Fathers
Biffi Book

Newcardinal Biffi's New Book, Pecore e Pastori
He Charges Newchurch Bishops with Being Arians Heretics, Denying the Divinity of Christ
The Arian Heresy Captured Bishops and Popes of the Fourth Century
Biffi May Be Including the Current Bishop of Rome in His Denunciation

We TRADITIO Fathers have been saying this for quite some time, and now a Newchurch cardinal has announced that he agrees with us: the post-Vatican II Church is infected up to the highest levels with a resurgence of the Arian heresy, the heresy that denies the divinity of Christ, Who is reduced to an ordinary man, merely "our brother," like a Buddha or a Mohammed.

The Arian heresy, named after the heretic priest Arius, swept through the Church in the fourth century and claimed most of the bishops and popes, as documented by St. Jerome, the Great Doctor of the Church. The heresy was condemned by the First Council of the Church, that of Nicaea in 325. Now Newcardinal Giacomo Biffi, former Archbishop of Bologna, says in his new book Pecore e Pastori [Sheep and Shepherds]: "In this regard, it could be said that the Council of Nicea is much more relevant today than Vatican II." The age also produced some of the Church's greatest Saints, the few who resisted the "establishment" Church that went heretical: St. Athanasius, St. Basil the Great, St. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, St. Martin of Tours, and a few others.

Now, says Biffi, the Arian heresy has returned to claim most of the bishops of the Church (including the Bishop of Rome?). Biffi claims that false notions spread at and after Vatican II, such as the need for "dialogue" with non-Catholics, "oecumenism," and other Modernist heresies have infected the post-Vatican II Church to the top. "In some areas of the Catholic world, people even come to the point of thinking that divine Revelation must adapt itself to the current mentality in order to be credible, instead of the current mentality converting in the light that comes to us from on high."

January 3 - Octave Day of St. John, Apostle & Evangelist
Simple Feast

CONCILIAR-BUGNINI "LITURGICAL BOOKS OF 1962" WARNING. In contravention of the Traditional Latin Mass, the "Motu" services have eliminated this feast entirely. The "Motu" Mess is merely the usual Saturday Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As we have indicated before, one of the salient futures of the "Motu" (1962-2007-2008) rite is that it eliminates and degrades veneration of the Saints, in this case Our Lord's beloved St. John, author of the Fourth Gospel, three Epistles, and the last book of the New Testament, the Apocalypse.

Liberalist Anglicans Go Full Steam Ahead on Bishopesses
As the Sect Breaks up in a Liberalist/Traditionalist Split

From: The Fathers
Goldsworthy & Herft

Kay Goldsworthy, New Bishopess of the Heretical Anglican/Episcopalian Sect
"Consecrated" at Perth, Australia, on May 22, 2008, by Roger Herft
Raises the Giant Cookie that JPII Made Famous at His Novus Ordo Messes
Consequently, Traditionalist Anglicans Have Left the Modernist/Liberalist "Establisment"
Traditional Catholics May Not Be Far Behind, as Benedict-Ratzinger Continues to Push
The Invalid Novus Ordo Service as the "Ordinary Rite" of Newchurch

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot! The liberalist "establishment" Anglican/Episcopalian sect, headed by Rowan Williams, the heretical archbishop of Canterbury, is going full steam ahead with the worldwide "consecration" of bishopesses. The liberalists' support of priestess and bishopesses is one of the points that has led Anglican/Episcopalians around the world to form a new Traditionalist Anglican structure.

On December 29, 2008, Williams' sect published draft legislation to allow the "consecration" of bishopesses throughout the sect. When Williams' General Synod members voted in July 2007 to press ahead with legislation to introduce bishopesses, 1,300 traditionalist clergy threatened to leave Williams -- and many already have. They stated that allowing bishopesses goes against clear biblical teachings. The sect in the United States jumped the gun when it "consecrated" Barbara Harris as its first bishopess in 1989. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by AFP.]

Meanwhile, Benedict-Ratzinger has talked about ordaining Lectoresses. The Order of Lector is one the seven traditional Holy Orders conferred only upon men.

Court Tells Christian Group: You Must Permit Lesbian "Commitment" Ceremonies

From: The Fathers

In the first of what will undoubtedly be many anti-Christian court decisions as "gay" marriage sweeps across the United States, a New Jersey court ruled on December 30, 2008, that a lesbian couple has a "right" to use a Methodist camp meeting ground for a "civil-union" ceremony and that the Methods "discriminated" against the couple by not allowing them to rent the camp-meeting locale for their ceremony.

The Methodists vowed to fight back, stating: "A Christian organization has a constitutional right to use their facilities in a way that is consistent with their beliefs." The Methodists claimed that the state was interfering with its religious freedoms. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Associated Press.]

January 2 - Octave Day of St. Stephen, Proto-martyr
Simple Feast

CONCILIAR-BUGNINI "LITURGICAL BOOKS OF 1962" WARNING. In contravention of the Traditional Latin Mass, the "Motu" services have eliminated this feast entirely. The "Motu" Mess is merely an insignificant weekday, fabricated, as in the Novus Ordo, from parts of the Office of January 1 combined with the ferial Psalter. Benedict-Ratzinger's Novus Ordo "Ordinary Rite" similarly relegates the Saint's octave-day feast to an insignificant Friday of the First Week of Christmas.

Newchurch Bishop Admits: A Single Catholic Could Undermine My Ministry
As a Layman Publicly Holds Him Responsible for His Diocese's 33 Sex Crimes

From: The Fathers
Richard Malone

Richard Malone, Newchurch Bishop of Portland, Maine
He Is So Afraid of One Gutsy Catholic Holding Him Responsible for 33 Sex Crimes
That He Is Threatening to "Interdict" the Victim's Advocate
And Deny Him Novus Ordo Cookies and Kool-Aid

Richard Malone, Newchurch bishop of Portland, Maine, has astonishingly admitted that a single Catholic could undermine his ministry. It seems that a single member of Voice of the Faithful, a lay group that has been trying to get bishops to take responsibility for Newchurch's Great Sex & Embezzlement Scandal, has exposed Malone so effectively that Malone has threatened to "interdict" him from the Novus Ordo cookies and Kool-Aid. And what was Paul Kendrick's horrible sin? He simply spoke out against how Newchurch bishops have covered up their dioceses' sex crimes and treated victims unjustly. Malone's diocese has 12 living presbyters charged with sex crimes and another 21 dead.

Kendrick responded on December 29, 2008: "It's a not-so-subtle attempt to silence me. My response is that it's not about me. It's about protecting children today and helping and supporting those who were abused. He [Malone] will not silence me from speaking out on those issues." Kendrick exercised his constitutional rights by protesting outside churches where Malone appeared and sent letters to the bishop. So, what's the big deal? The bishop's spokesman publicly admitted that Kendrick's actions "ultimately could undermine Malone's ministry." These Newchurch bishops want to do their dirty work in secret; they detest being publicly outed.

Good Catholics, just think of it. Here we have a Newchurch spokesman admitting that a single gutsy Catholic who stood up for right could undermine a Newchurch bishop. If that is the case, just think what would have happened if even a handful did the same to get rid of the Novus Ordo service -- in 1969, or even now. If the Society of St. Pius X, instead of playing the sycophant to the New Order and its leaders, uncompromisingly protested Benedict-Ratzinger and his Newchurch? Great would be the fall thereof.

A presbyter and advocate for victims, who is representing Kendrick, said: "One of the biggest sins in the Catholic [sic] Church is to criticize a bishop." Remember when the biggest sins were blasphemy, sacrilege, rape, sodomy, and the like? Now these are tolerated -- or rather they are practiced -- by Newchurch bishops, and the new sin is criticizing a bishop. Well, in that case, one of the Saints and Great Doctors of the Church, St. John Chrysostom would be excommunicated, since he, and many of the other Doctors and Saints, roundly criticized the bishops and popes of their time. The Doctor-Saint is famous for his criticism: "The floor of Hell is paved with the skulls of rotten bishops." [Some information for this Commentary was provided by the Associated Press.]

January 1 - Circumcision of Our Lord
Holyday of Obligation
Double Feast of the Second Class

In Countries around the World Christ's Manger Is Banned
But the Jewish Menorah Is Erected on Public Land

From: The Fathers
Menorah on Arch of Titus

Rome Carries Away the Menorah from the Rebellious Temple at Jerusalem
As Depicted on the Arch of Titus in the Roman Forum
Although in Many Places Christian Symbols Are Banned on Public Property
Menorahs, Symbolic of the Jewish Religion, Are Springing up in These Places
Displaying Governmental Anti-Christian Bigotry

Once again this Christmas, Christians came face to face with the duplicity of secular governments. Christian symbols for "Christ's Mass" are banned on public property, but other religions' displays are perfectly acceptable. Every year a giant menorah is erected and lit on public land front of America's White House, under the aegis of the Zionist organization called Chabad Lubavitch.

In the United States it has become illegal to erect a crèche on public ground; no symbol representing any aspect of the Christian religion is allowed. But while Christian symbols are banned from the White House and any public place, large menorahs are going up all over the United States, as well as in many European countries. You can find them in front of many European parliaments and government buildings.

Menorahs symbolize what Jews call the "Miracle of the Lamps" and commemorate the Jewish military victory over the Alexandrian Greeks and the recapture of the Jewish temple, which is now celebrated as the Jewish holyday of Hanukkah. Numerous Newchurch bishops have been pictured lighting menorahs for Christmas.

Of course, this is only half of the story. The Romans in A.D. 70 destroyed the Second Temple in Jerusalem, built by Herod the Great, when the Jews rose in revolt against Roman authority. Although the Roman emperor's son, Titus, who led the Roman army in the war to restore order in Judaea, was known for his mildness and clemency, his soldiers were so irate at the resistance of the Jews against Roman authority that they burned the temple to the ground and carried off its giant menorah.

All this was prophesied by Our Lord, the Messias, when he looked at the temple and told His Apostles: "Amen I say to you, there shall not be left here a stone upon a stone that shall not be destroyed" (Matthew 24:2/DRV).

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