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Dear TRADITIO Fathers:
I am writing to ask you whether it is traditionally permitted for altar servers to wear beards at the altar. I don't remember any of the servers wearing beards in the past, but this practice seems to be becoming more common in Novus Ordo churches.
The TRADITIO Fathers Reply.
The photographs above present all too clearly what anti-Catholic sacrilege, heresy, and paganism have been introduced by the phony, anti-Catholic Newchurch of the New Order, which replaced the "institutional" Church in 1964 at the Vatican II Anti-council. After fifty years it cannot be denied that the Newchurch of the New Order has served not Christ, but the Devil, in doing everything it can to suppress the Catholic Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Newchurch will not, however, succeed. History has taught us that the Church has suffered far worse and recovered to rise greater than ever. This process, however, often takes more than a century. We're only half way there yet.
In February 2016 presbyter Robert Flaherty was jailed for a mere 2 years and 3 weeks by a New South Wales District Court judge for sodomizing three boys. Francis-Bergoglio's Newchurch had allowed Flaherty to move from Newparish to Newparish, even though Newchurch officials in Australia knew that Flaherty had preyed upon boys. The prosecution appealed the sentence because of its unreasonable leniency. But the secular judicial authorities on the Court of Criminal Appeal actually reduced the sentence slightly.
Why did the criminal paedophile presbyter receive leniency? Because Flaherty presented a sob story that he "suffered from numerous health issues." Half the criminals before the secular courts argue similar things, but don't get reduced sentences. These Novus Ordo presbyters, with the connivance of secular officials sometimes show more mercy to corrupt Newchurch presbyters than to regular citizens. In a similar case, a sentence of seven years for sodomizing children was actually increased to 13.6 years.
Judges supporting paedophile presbyters with grossly inadequate sentencing has been a long-term problem, not only in Australia but also in other countries. What makes the Flaherty matter even more scandalous is the fact that it has happened while there is a Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse in progress in Australia, focusing on Newchurch presbyters. Newcardinal George Pell, who is Francis-Bergoglio's Chief Financial Officer, was subpoenaed to return to Australia to testify before the Commission about his complicity, but pleaded bad health -- which didn't prevent him for functioning in a stressful position for Bergoglio, who, if he acted like a true pope, would expel Pell from diplomatic immunity in Newvatican to face the music in his native Australia. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Brisbane Times.]
True Catholics, any notion that Francis-Bergoglio has done anything to wipe out Newchurch's Great Sex & Embezzlement Holocaust is false. If anything, the situation, as confirmed by several studies, is worse under Bergoglio than before. In the four years of his Newpontificate, Bergoglio has lied to his Newcardinals and to the world. As a condition of his election, he was to wipe out paedophile presbyters and Mafia Vatican bankers. He has done neither. His promised Child Protection Commission has neither received its charter nor its membership. The phony Newchurch of the New Order must be abolished completely, and the real Catholic Church return as the "institutional" Church.
In his annual Christmas address to the his Newvatican bureaucracy, Francis-Bergoglio on December 22, 2016, lashed out at Newcardinals trying to protect what little is left of Catholicism in Newchurch, charging that they are "inspired by the Devil." On December 7, 2016, he had, with his filthy mouth, called them "dung-eaters" (coprophagiacs). Clearly the man has gone off the deep end and is proving day by day that he is become unbalanced. Bergoglio went on to demand of his Newcardinals that they embrace the heresy of Modernism "to modernize the [New]church."
Francis-Bergoglio, seeming crazed with paranoia, denounced instances of "open resistance," "hidden resistance," and "malicious resistance." He denounced Tradition. The Marxist Newpope warned his Newcardinals that he has more "profound changes" in store for Newchurch. He is gung-ho on "Modernism." Bergoglio, himself characterized as the "Hypocrite" Newpope, then proceeded to exhibit the psychosis known as "projection" by accusing instead the Newcardinals of hypocrisy. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Religion News Service.]
True Catholics, it apparently never enters the Marxist Newpope's mind that with his false Mess and Sacraments, his anti-Catholic doctrines, and his anti-Christian morality, it is he who is doing the work of the Devil! The man seems to be becoming unhinged. One must suspect again that the reports that he has cerebral carcinoma may well be true. He is becoming scary!
Reports from Newvatican indicate that a "reign of terror" is building because Francis-Bergoglio is emasculating all "conservative" Newprelates and giving power to his underling Modernist radicals. There is fear on the part of many conservatives that they will lose their jobs or be penalized by Bergoglio in other ways. Conservative Newcardinals have been removed from the Congregation for [New Order] Divine Worship, leading to fears among Newchurch pseudo-traditionalists that the "Latin Mass" will again be suppressed. (In fact, the "Latin Mass" in Newchurch is neither traditional nor valid.)
One of the seven Newcardinals who have publicly called Francis-Bergoglio a heretic was ensnared in a high-level investigation, resurrected by Newpope on December 22, 2016. Raymond Burke, the Newcardinal Chaplain of the Knights of Malta, had supported the ouster of the Knights' grand chancellor, who was implicated in the distribution of prophylactics to sex slaves in the Orient. Burke had told the order that the chancellor's outster "was in accordance with the wishes of the Holy [Sic] See." However, Bergoglio maintained that he had said no such thing.
In 2014, Francis-Bergoglio removed Newcardinal Burke as Chief Justice of Newvatican's supreme court and demoted him to be Chaplain of the Order of Malta. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Associated Press.]
True Catholics, it seems that the Newpope of "mercy" is in fact a vindictive and vengeful Marxist, who has it in for his Newchurch pseudo-traditionalists and conservatives. His treatment of Burke is intended to sound a klaxon against any others who would dare to denounce his heresies and to stand up for anything even remotely Catholic.
The Marxist Newpope Francis-Bergoglio is being personally accused of causing "Black Monday," the Islamic terrorist attack on the Christmas Market in Berlin, Germany, that occurred on December 16, 2016, which killed 12 and severely maimed over 50. Bergoglio made migration of "refugee" Islamists from the Middle East, many of whom are terrorists, one of his major "social causes." Only a few months after his election in 2013, Bergoglio pushed to get Islamist "refugees" into Europe and denounced rich nations' "indifference."
Bergoglio has also played friendly with the Lutheran heretics, causing scandal when he attended a celebration of the Arch-heretic Martin Luther in Lund, Sweden, on October 31, 2016. Now we know what is behind his "Lutheran Connection." German chancelloress Angela Merkel, an Evangelical Lutheran hailing from once-Communist East Germany, allowed one of the largest waves of "refugees" since World War II: 1,200,000 in two years into a total population of only 81,000,000. Now she is despised by many of the German people, who remember the rape of hundreds of their women by Islamic "refugees" in front of Cologne's Cathedral, on January 1, 2016. Bergoglio has never expressed any concern for these innocent women, only for the Islamic terrorist "refugees."
To the contrary, incoming U.S. President Donald Trump has advocated a morality of prudence. He rejected Bergoglio's Marxism and has instead won election by prudently demanding "extreme vetting" for the many Islamic terrorists who hide within "refugee" populations. Trump wants to establish a "safe zone" in the Middle East rather than radically migrate large Islamic populations out of their home area to invade Europe and the United States. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Wall Street Journal.]
True Catholics, Francis-Bergoglio is no true pope. He acts like a petty politician. Merkel is fighting for her political life in the 2017 elections. It is not unimaginable that Bergoglio will topple together with Merkel. It is his policy that introduced the Islamic-terrorist Trojan Horse into Europe, and now Germany is paying dearly for the dementia of Bergoglio and his henchwoman, Angela Merkel. Deo volente, their people will throw them out of office in the new year.
One of the seven Newcardinals, Raymond Burke, announced on December 20, 2016, that the seven, who have accused Newpope Francis-Bergoglio of implicit heresy for his anti-Biblical teaching on divorce-with-remarriage in his March 19, 2016, document, Amoris laetitia (The Joy of Sex), and for allowing the Novus Ordo cookies and Kool-Aid to bigamous couples living in sin, will issue a "formal correction" of Bergoglio in early 2017. Bergoglio has refused to correct his teaching, though he has been given both a private and a public opportunity to do so. The seven are acting under the process decreed by Our Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 18:1518/DRV, which the Church's Universal Theologian, clearly specified applied to any pope:
But if thy brother shall offend against thee, go and rebuke him between thee and him alone. If he shall hear thee, thou shalt gain thy brother. And if he will not hear thee: take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may stand. And if he will not hear them: tell the church. And if he will not hear the church: let him be to thee as the heathen and publican.
Burke stated that the formal correction would be "direct," as were the specific questions (dubia) that the Newcardinals raised for correction. Bergoglio has persistently and contumeliously failed to correct his heresies, even though "they have to do with the very foundations of the moral life and of the Church?s constant teaching." The formal correction, stated Burke, is required in order "to safeguard the office of the [New]papacy and its exercise." [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Catholic World News.]
True Catholics, such action is much too little and much too late. Burke and the rest long ago gave up the Catholic Faith and accepted the Vatican II Anti-council with its heretical teachings on the Catholic Mass and Sacraments, on Catholic doctrine, and on Catholic morality. If such ilk had fought for the true Faith in the 1960s before the anti-Catholic Newchurch of the New Order replaced the "institutional" Church in 1964, they wouldn't have to fight this rear-guard action now.
While bishop Richard Williamson, formerly senior bishop of the Neo-SSPX, struggles with phony Novus Ordo "eucharistic miracles," it seems that God isn't so pusillanimous as the bishop. For the first time in centuries, the blood of the Martyr St. Januarius, kept in the Cathedral of Naples since the 14th century and displayed every December 16, the anniversary of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the Naples area in the year 79, as well as every September 19, the Saint's feastday, and every first Sunday of May, the anniversary of the arrival of the Saint's relics in the cathedral, has failed to exhibit the miracle of liquefaction. Naples residents are predicting a bad omen -- for Naples, for the world, and for Francis-Bergoglio.
Repeatedly since the 14th century, the blood of the Martyr, contained in dried form in an ampule in the Cathedral of Naples, has liquified -- but not on this December 16, 2016. St. Januarius, Bishop of Naples, died as a martyr in the year 305, under the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian. The cause of the liquifaction is unknown and is widely regarded to be a miracle. The widespread belief is that if the Saint's blood does not turn to liquid form, it is a sign that some tragedy will befall the city and the world.
In 1939, the blood did not liquify, and World War II broke out. In 1943, the blood did not liquify, and Nazi forces occupied Italy. In 1973, the blood did not liquify, and Naples was struck with a cholera epidemic. In 1980, the blood did not liquify, and an earthquake striking south of Naples caused over 2,500 deaths. During those years in history in which the blood did not liquify, the world was struck with wars, volcanic eruptions, and outbreaks of the plague. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Catholic Herald.]
True Catholics, such alleged miracles are not an article of the Faith. But, given the history, one has to wonder whether Our Lord Jesus Christ, Whose vicar Francis-Bergoglio claims to be, is a persona non grata to God because of his heretical pronouncements. Already seven Newcardinals have denounced him for his teachings contrary to the Bible's clear words concerning divorce-with-remarriage, homosexuality, and other doctrinal and moral teachings.
As if Newchurch hasn't experienced enough scandals with a heretic Newpope, now Newchurch's San Diego, California, bishop on November 28, 2016, directed his presbyters in no uncertain terms to "embrace Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgendered families" and to give the phony Novus Ordo cookie and Kool-Aid to divorced/remarried "couples" publicly living in sin. No wonder even Newcardinal George Pell, Newvatican's Chief Financial Officer, declared publicly on November 29, 2016, that bedrock Newchurchers are "unnerved by the turn of events" in Bergoglio's Newchurch. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Life Site News.]
True Catholics, this declaration of Robert McElroy, who was never consecrated as a bishop, but only "installed" as a Newchurch overseer under the invalid New Ordinal of 1968, has further upset Newchurchers. Unfortunately, Newchurchers have been cowed into obedience to the false New Order god by the likes of the Marxist Newpope Francis-Bergoglio, the paedophiliac Newpope Benedict-Ratzinger, and the Unsaint JPII-Wojtyla. At this point a Newpope could rape a Newchurch "nun" or sodomize a Newchurch "boy" and would incite barely a whisper among the craven Newchurchers.
On his 80th birthday, December 17, 2016, Francis-Bergoglio is dealing with the increasingly heavy burden of having only one functioning lung and with painful sciatica, which affects his gait and has led him to topple over on several public occasions. He shows definite signs of fatigue and continues to keep mute on rumors that he has cerebral carcinoma.
At a Protestantized Novus Ordo service in the Pauline chapel for his Newcardinals, he did not rule out following the path of his predecessor, Benedict-Ratzinger, who abdicated after seven years in the face of growing proof that he was behind Newchurch's Great Sex & Embezzlement Holocaust.
In almost four years now Bergoglio has himself reneged on his promise to the Newcollege of Cardinals that elected him to set up and staff a Commission for the Protection of Children, to root out continuing rampant paedophilia among his Newchurch presbyters, Newbishops, and Newcardinals. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Agence France-Press.]
True Catholics, there is no question that things are already getting rougher for Francis-Bergoglio. If he is stressed out now, just imagine how it is going to be when more and more Newprelates join the chorus of seven Newcardinals who are publicly denouncing him for documents and statements suffused with the odor of heresy concerning his anti-Catholic teaching on marriage and the family. Not to speak of his use of the heretical Protestant-Masonic-Pagan New Mess and his preaching heretical doctrines in favor of, among other evils, homosexuality and false "oecumenism."
In his December 17, 2016, weekly bulletin, bishop Richard Williamson, former senior bishop of the Neo-SSPX and now loosely associated with the group known as the Traditional Resistance, has dug for himself a deeper hole in his writing on the "New Mess," which he consistently refuses to condemn unequivocably, as the teaching of the Popes and Saints, Fathers and Doctors of the Church, require. In this week's installment Williamson seems to be treading dangerously close to heresy himself, when he writes:
Therefore on the one hand the NOM [Novus Ordo Missae] as a whole is very bad, and Traditionalists are absolutely necessary to the Church to witness to its badness, and to make available a true Mass for when souls wake up to the NOM's badness, as they do at different times and different speeds, so that such souls can keep the Faith and last out the crisis. On the other hand the NOM is in parts still good enough to nourish innocent souls and to enable God to work miracles, also for souls' nourishment or for their warning. God is not thereby confirming either the NOM as a whole, or the Newchurch as a whole, or the Newpopes as a whole, but he is relying on me to use my brain and the Faith which he gave me to discern good from bad. He wants no mindless robots in his glorious Heaven!
Williamson is here coming dangerously close to the theology that "the end justifies the means." St. Paul condemned in no uncertain terms this false theology: "And not rather (as we are slandered and as some affirm that we say) let us do evil that there may come good? Whose damnation is just" (Romans 3:8/DRV). This condemned theology is represented in the Vatican II Anti-council's heretical doctrine, in its document Lumen gentium, of "oecumenism," which falsely teaches that heresy, Protestantism per se or other heresies, can be the means of salvation.
When Williamson states: "The NOM is in parts still good enough to nourish innocent souls," he is coming dangerously close to arguing that the ends justify the means. Such a notion contradicts the teaching of the Apostle, contradicts the teachings of Pope Pius VI, Pope Pius IX in the Syllabus of Errors, of Pope Leo XIII in Satis Cognitum, of Pope Pius XI in Mortalium Animos, and of Pope Pius XII.
The Universal Theologian of the Catholic Church, St. Thomas Aquinas, in his comprehensive Summa Theologica, defines heresy as "a species of infidelity in men who, having professed the faith of Christ, corrupt its dogmata." The subject-matter of both faith and heresy is, therefore, the Depositum Fidei, the Deposit of the Faith, i.e., the sum total of truths revealed in Scripture and Tradition as propounded to our belief by the Church. The believer accepts the whole Deposit as propounded by the Church; the heretic accepts only such parts of it as commend themselves to his own approval. It takes the denial of only one truth to make one a heretic. Such a false theology contradicts the formal and unanimous teachings of Popes before Vatican II, and can only be condemned in the light of Catholic dogma as heretical.
Williamson claims to be a follower of traditional Catholic Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, but here is what that great archbishop said to his priests (one of whom was Williamson) in 1990, half a year before he died:
The more one analyzes the documents of Vatican II..., the more one realizes that what is at stake is ... a wholesale perversion of the mind, a whole new philosophy based on modern philosophy, on subjectivism... It is a wholly different version of Revelation, of faith, of philosophy... It is truly frightening.
The Archbishop had already, in 1979, issued his verdict on the "New Mess" [sic]:
THE NEW MASS [SIC] IS INTRINSICALLY EVIL. THE NEW MASS IS THE MASS OF LUTHER.
And in 1987, the Archbishop had already issued his verdict on the whole Newchurch of the New Order:
Rome has lost the Faith, my dear friends. Rome is in apostasy. It is not just words, it is not just words in the air that I say to you. It is the truth. Rome is in apostasy.
Dear TRADITIO Fathers:
Is it permitted for Catholics to enter Protestant or New Order sect churches to attend music concerts? These would not be heretical worship services, but merely venues, often historical, in which to perform, often sacred music. Presumably, though, some of the entrance fee might go to support the upkeep of the building.
The TRADITIO Fathers Reply.
This case is far different from entering such buildings for the purpose of worship. Thus, sacrilege, blasphemy, and idolatry are not involved. Nor is scandal involved because it is known that the attendees are there for a concert, not an heretical worship service. The fact that a small amount of the entrance fee might go to support the upkeep of the building would be, at worst, insignificant material (not formal) cooperation.
Of course, we traditional Catholics are well aware that Francis-Bergoglio's Newchurch of the New Order doesn't have "communion" or the "eucharist." Newchurch lost that in 1968-1969, when it started ordaining invalid Protestantized presbyters instead of priests and started using a Protestantized service ("New Mess") instead of the Catholic Mass. So it should be no surprise that even Newchurch has no respect for its own cookies and Kool-Aid.
In fact, Newcardinal Walter Kasper, who is President Emeritus of Benedict-Ratzinger's and Francis-Bergoglio's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity said in a December 10, 2016, interview with the Milanese daily newspaper Avvenire that "it is only a matter of time before the [New]vatican adopts a policy allowing for 'eucharistic sharing'" of cookies and Kool-Aid for "mixed" marriages and divorced-remarried "couples" living in the sin of bigamy. It seems that the Protestant partners in such arrangements have so great a craving for Novus Ordo cookies and Kool-Aid, particularly in Germany and the United States, that this situation is, according to Kasper, an "urgent pastoral problem."
Francis-Bergoglio laid the groundwork for this heretical practice when he joined the Protestants on October 31, 2016, in Lund, Sweden, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther?s Deformation and to apologize to the Protestants. Bergoglio had already kicked off the anniversary by installing a statue to the Arch-heretic in Newvatican. Many Newchurch prelates and laity are now openly criticizing Bergoglio for his heretical actions.
True Catholics, this red-herring of "pastoral problems" was the same ploy used at the Vatican II Anti-council to destroy the Catholic Faith in the "institutional" Church. By claiming that no issue is doctrinal, but only "pastoral" -- a favorite ruse of Francis-Bergoglio -- Newchurch has gotten away with rejecting in practice every Catholic doctrine there is. This heretical approach hasn't done any good, however. Newchurch is still sinking fast, with attendance at its Protestantized Sunday services heading well south of ten percent. Christmas Midnight services all over the world are being cancelled by Newchurch. If you have access to a fully Traditional Latin Mass of Christmas at midnight, you should make an heroic effort to be assist at it. Next year it may be gone.
Dear TRADITIO Fathers:
I met a neighbor, and we began a conversation. She said that she is a "Catholic" (by which she meets a Newchurcher) and asked me whether I knew the "Tony Tony" thing. She said the Prayer to St. Anthony, but with "Tony Tony" as the salutation. She said that she tells everyone to say this sentence and that "It really works!" She said that she doesn't really believe in the intercession of the Saint, but only that by saying the sentence, it helps a person calm down to find a lost item. I was struck silent. Have you heard of this superstition about St. Anthony of Padua practiced by Newchurchers? You can't make these things up! I thought that I had heard it all until today.
The TRADITIO Fathers Reply.
What this Newchurcher is engaging in is, objectively, the Sin of Superstition. She might just as well say, "Abracadabra!" Nor is it any secret that, psychologically, prayer has a natural calming effect on the mind, just as does Bach and Mozart, but it is particularly the Church's own proper music, Gregorian chant that has the quality of enhancing the rational mind, which God gave to man, created "in His image."
Because the anti-Catholic Newchurch of the New Order has essentially thrown out the Sacred Chant in favor of rock music, like the Protestant Evangelicals and their ever-present drums and guitars on their "stage," no wonder Newchurch's adherents are so demented and bedeviled! Catholics are not to be like superstitious pagans. Our Lord in Scripture specifically condemns such an attitude. We are to use our rational mind, which brings us closer to God.
Nor should this Newchurch woman's sad state of superstition and ignorance be surprising to traditional Catholics. The whole Newchurch sect is steeped in idolatry, as it worships cookies and grape juice, which are not the Body and Blood of Christ. Because Newchurch has not had a priesthood since the Protestantized New Ordinal of 1968, nor a Mass since the Protestant-Masonic-Pagan "New Mess" of 1969, Newchurch does not have a valid Sacrament, and its sectarians are worshipping material things and thus, objectively, committing the Mortal Sin of Idolatry.
Francis-Bergoglio, unlike John XXIII, has not ordered 7-9 years of Latin study for Newchurch seminarians. No, that would give them knowledge of Sacred Scripture and Tradition that Bergoglio wants, lawlessly, to overturn. But Bergoglio is going to require them to study the pseudo-science of "global warming" and to preach not Christ, but "global warming." Thus, again, Bergoglio shows himself in opposition to Jesus Christ and the Bible, which includes the dictum of St. Paul, the greatest Apostle: "For we preach not ourselves, but Jesus Christ our Lord" (2 Corinthians 4:5/DRV). [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Vatican Information Service.]
True Catholics, what's next? Some say that scientists whose studies disprove "global warming" will be threatened with excommunication from Francis-Bergoglio. And this meddler in science wrongly makes Galileo Galilei out as a martyr because of what Bergoglio claims to be the Catholic Church's interference in the scientific process. What a hypocrite this Bergoglio be!
Dear TRADITIO Fathers:
I was wondering about Christmas customs. I know about the clearly Catholic Christmas, which is the celebration of Christ's Incarnation. I know that the center of Christmas is "Christ's Mass," which even the word indicates, and that without Christmas Mass, everything else is worthless.
But what about the use of Santa Claus, or is he considered a pagan image? Also, what about giving and receiving Christmas presents, or is that considered pagan?
The TRADITIO Fathers Reply.
These, and others, are all Christmas customs that have a Scriptural basis. St. Nicholas is real Saint, with his feastday on December 6, who became the Bishop of Myra in Lycia (Modern Turkey) and played an important leadership role in the Church during the period of the Arian heresy, when most of the bishops and several popes had adopted the heresy that denied the full divinity of Christ.
The red suit with white ermine trim associated with Santa Claus represents the episcopal vesture that St. Nicholas wore as he went, after Christmas Midnight Mass, taking presents to the poor people of his diocese who might otherwise not be able to celebrate Christmas.
The giving of presents actually comes from the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord, when Christ was revealed to the Gentiles (non-Jewish peoples), represented by the Three Magi from Babylon, who gave Him gold (for His kingship), frankincense (for His high priesthood), and myrrh (an expensive preservative herb for His passion and death).
For further information on the fascinating origins of the Catholic customs of Advent and Christmas:
go to the TRADITIO Network's home page, www.traditio.com for the section "Investigate New Items on the Site," which is regularly updated with current items of special interest.
As previously reported in these Daily Commentaries, Newvatican has been caught by the international press selling Novus Ordo "sainthoods." It has sold out to the interests of promoting tourism, as in the case of the Unsaint JPII-Wojtyla. Now it seems that the next Newchurch Unsaint may be a 15-year-old "computer geek," who died in 2006.
Perhaps Carlo Acutis can be forgiven for the objective Mortal Sin of idolatry, sacrilege, and blasphemy by attending the Protestant-Masonic-Pagan New "Mess" of 1969 in Newchurch "temples." Perhaps because of his youth and admittedly bad education, he was as ignorant as the pagan Romans, of whom Our Lord asked: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34/DRV).
His mother claimed that he was not a good student, but whiled away his time in computer programming, film editing, web-site creation, and the editing and layout of comics. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Aletheia.]
True Catholics, such a person might, known only to God, be a saint in spite of his association with the heretical and anti-Catholic Newchurch of the New Order, but Catholic theology teaches that it would be blasphemy to say that he might be a saint because of such an association. One thing is certain: Newchurch has no authority to proclaim anyone a "saint." Newchurch is not Catholic, and its New Order "con-anization" process is corrupt. It regularly "con-anizes" those suffused with the odor of heresy, like JPII-Wojtyla and Theresa of Calcutta. For further information, click on FAQ10: How Do You Explain These Traditional Catholic Beliefs? in the TRADITIO Network's Library of Files: FAQs and Traditional Apologetics department, in the section "'Canonizations' - New Order."
Dear TRADITIO Fathers:
Would praying at a church controlled by Novus Ordo (New Order sect) heretics offend God? I would like to pray at the feet of a statute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Would that be an offense to God? Would it be cause for scandal?
The TRADITIO Fathers Reply.
The answer is yes to both of your questions. To frequent the churches of heretics is a grave sin against the First Commandment of God and a grave scandal to others. This doctrinal teaching comes from the authority of no less than the Great Doctors of the Church, particularly St. Athanasius and St. Basil the Great, who are quite clear on this point, as they themselves had to deal with a similar situation, the rampant Arian heresy that ensnared several popes and most bishops, according to another Great Doctor of the Church, St. Jerome.
Pope St. Pius V, the pope who canonized the Traditional Latin Mass according to Catholic and Apostolic Tradition, gave the same answer to the Catholics of England under Henry VIII and Elizabeth when they asked to what extent they could compromise with the Anglican heretics. The Pope-Saint's answer: Nequaquam! (Not at all).
When faced with such questions about the heretical and anti-Catholic Newchurch, the simplest thing to do is to substitute "Protestant" for "Novus Ordo" in your question, because that is what the New Order sect really is -- and worse than Protestant. "Would praying at a church controlled by the Protestant heretics offend God?" Most certainly. "Would it be cause for scandal?" Most certainly.
The name "Catholic" on the door means nothing. The Anglicans heretics call themselves Catholic. The Eastern Orthodox schismatics call themselves Catholic. But they aren't. Our Blessed Lady would be most pleased if you shunned the temples of the New Order sect and simply had a small statue in your home to focus your prayer. You can be sure that she did not frequent pagan temples, although there was a most beautiful one nearby in Ephesus, where her guardian, St. John the Apostle, probably wrote his Gospel. The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. But she did not go there to pray.
The doctrinal teaching of the Church Fathers, supported by the example of Sacred Scripture, is crystal clear on how Catholics should treat the churches of heretics, no matter what they call themselves. No matter how much you are tempted to compromise, it is mortally wrong. Eventually, you will lose your Faith because of it. No one put it better than the Great Father and Doctor of the Church, St. Athanasius, known as the Defender of the Faith, for his heroic fight against the Arian heretics. He wrote in a Letter to His Flock (Selecta Coll. Ss. Eccl. Patrum, XXXII, 411-412) these words that are as applicable to today's Novus Ordo heretics as they were in the fourth century to the Arian heretics:
God console you!... What saddens you ... is the fact that others [the Arian heretics] have occupied our churches by violence, while during this time you are on the outside. It is a fact that they have the premises -- but you have the Apostolic Faith. They can occupy our churches, but they are outside the true Faith. You remain outside the places of worship, but the Faith dwells within you. Let us consider: what is more important, the place or the Faith? The true Faith, obviously.
No one, ever, will prevail against your Faith, Beloved Brothers. And we believe that God will give us our churches back some day. Thus, the more violently they try to occupy the places of worship, the more they separate themselves from the Church. They claim that they represent the Church; but in reality, they are the ones who are expelling themselves from it and going astray.
Even if Catholics faithful to Tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the true Church of Jesus Christ.
Whenever you are attempted to compromise in any way with the Novus Ordo heretics, their non-priests, or their places of worship, remember these words of St. Athanasius. Memorize them! There can be no compromise with heretics -- ever. So said the Great Fathers and Doctors of the Church. And they knew whereof they spoke.
Piling on to the criticism of Francis-Bergoglio as the "Heretic Newpope" by four of his own Newcardinals, now 25 Newchurch theologians are charging that Bergoglio's March 19, 2016, document, Amoris laetitita (The Joy of Sex) is being used "to support errors [scil. heresies] against the Catholic Faith." The December 9, 2016, letter of the theologians demanded that Bergoglio answer the five dubia (inquiries) submitted by the Newcardinals in September 2016 and repudiate the "errors" that the document has fostered.
The theologians warn that the rising tide of heresy within Newchurch is causing a "gravely critical" situation, comparable to the crisis of Faith provoked by the widespread Arian heresy of the fourth century, denying the divinity of Christ. They suggested that if Bergoglio doesn't correct his errors (heresies), it may become necessary for other Newprelates to correct him publicly, just as St. Paul rebuked St. Peter for heresy before the Council of Apostles (Galatians 2:11 et seq). Specifically, the theologians condemn eight propositions in Bergoglio's document:
[Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the U.K. Catholic Herald.]
True Catholics, if you are not conversant with the Arian heresy that swept through the Church in the fourth century, involving even several of the popes and, according to St. Jerome, 80 per cent of the bishops, click on ARIANS: The Orthodox Saints Against the Arian Heresy of the Fourth Century in the TRADITIO Network's Library of Files: FAQs and Traditional Apologetics department. The greatest Doctors of the Church at that time, such as St. Athansius and St. Basil the Great, bluntly told Catholics that they could not, without grave sin against God, enter the churches of the heretics or associate themselves to the heretic Arian popes.
The honeymoon is over for Francis-Bergoglio. The purported "Francis effect" is dead. The Marxist Newpope has lost it. Bergoglio gave yet another interview, published on December 7, 2016 -- since when do Newpopes give interviews? -- in which he carried on about "scandals and fake news" being spread about him. For heaven's sake, he sputtered to the Belgian Newcatholic weekly Tertio, it was even reported that he supported anti-global-warming Donald Trump in the recent U.S. Presidential election!
Francis-Bergoglio, the Newpope with the filthy mouth, who has already slandered traditional Catholics, denouncing them as "arrogant, closed in the past, defensive, doctrinaire, Donatist, fundamentalist, hypocritical, ideologue, idolater, legalistic, nasty, neurotic, obsessed, obstinate, Pelagian, pietistic, rebellious, restorationist, rigid, rigorous, ritualistic, scary, and self-absorbed," now finds that the shoe is on the other foot. Bergoglio can call others names, but now that many are calling him names, he calls such people "coprophiliacs," a psychological term that refers to people who have a sexual interest in excrement, and "coprophagiacs," a medical term that refers to people who eat their own excrement. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Reuters.]
Wow! This was no off-the-cuff interview. Bergoglio must have been planning this attack for weeks on his critics who are fed up with his heresies and attacks on the true Mass and Christian morals.
True Catholics, Francis-Bergoglio thinks that he can circulate as much false propaganda as he wants without committing what he characterizes as a "sin." But, in fact, Bergoglio is now reaping what he has sewn. The Marxist and anti-Catholic Newpope has now been called a heretic even by his own Newcardinals for his false teaching on marriage. He was only condemning himself when he denounced "directing opinion in only one direction and omitting the other part of the truth." That is certainly what Bergoglio himself has done to traditional Catholics. That is certainly what Bergoglio himself has done to his own Newcardinals. That is what Bergoglio himself done to the Catholicism.
What Newchurch is doing with the corpse of Catholic archbishop and orator, Fulton Sheen, is both thievery and bizarre. Sheen was America's most famous radio and television religious personality in the 1950s, being awarded the 1951 Emmy for outstanding television personality for his show "Life Is Worth Living." He also wrote 73 best-selling books and won many converts to the (traditional) Catholic Church, including leading actress Loretta Young.
Sheen's own instructions in his last will and testament were clear: he instructed that he be buried in Calvary Cemetery in Queens, New York, established in 1848, where also is buried the first Catholic U.S. Presidential candidate (1928) of a major party, Alfred Smith, and several mayors of New York City. But Newchurch has connived to reject what Sheen himself wanted, probably because the body is good for tourism.
When Sheen died in 1979, Newchurch contravened his own instructions and entombed him in St. Patrick's Newcathedral in Manhattan. But Newchurch has not allowed Sheen to rest in peace even in Manhattan. The Newdiocese of Peoria, Illinois, however, where Sheen lived as a child, is trying to make him a Newsaint of Newchurch and wants possession of Sheen's corpse in order to proceed with the cause of his con-anization. But, as the old aphorism goes, possession is nine-tenths of the law, and the Newarchdiocese of New York won't release the body, even though a court recently ordered the body to be returned to Peoria. The Newarchdiocese appealed and was granted a stay of the court order on St. Nicholas Day, December 6, 2016. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Catholic Register.]
True Catholics, this fight over the body of Archbishop Sheen is scandalous, but completely representative of how corrupt Newchurch is. Sheen's instructions about his burial were clear. He didn't want to be buried in New York's St. Patrick's Newcathedral. He didn't want to be buried in Peoria, Illinois. He wanted to be buried in a beautiful old traditional cemetery in Queens. But Newchurch, which hypocritically claims to be "respectful" and "merciful," has run roughshod over the Archbishop's own will in order to put his corpse on display and make him a Newsaint of the corrupt Newchurch of the New Order. After all, where the body is, there is tourist dollars.
Dear TRADITIO Fathers:
On December 3, 2016, Francis-Bergoglio appointed presbyter Timothy Radcliffe as a consultor to his Pontifical Council of Justice [sic] and Peace. Who is Timothy Radcliffe? He is one of the most radical promoters of sexual inversion ever to don Newchurch weeds. For about a decade, he was Master-General of the Newchurch-corrupted Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans).
Radcliffe has argued that sodomy is a gift from God and that those who oppose it should be debarred from Newchurch seminaries. He's as wild as you can get. He's the pit bull who got into the nursery. Thus, the Neocon Newchurchers' mindless hopes are dashed yet again. When will they ever learn and get out of the heretical Newchurch entirely, following Our Lord's dictum: "Going forth out of that house ... shake off the dust from your feet" (Matthew 10:14/DRV)?
Recently, Bergoglio replaced most of the members of the Congregation for the [New Order Un-]Divine Worship. He continues to replace Newbishops at breakneck speed: replacing, that is, Neocon bishops with his radical Marxist and Modernist fellow-travelers. I can document from my detailed research records that Bergoglio is replacing Newbishops much faster than has any other Newpope. In many cases, he knocks them off their steeds before they can blow out the last candles on their 75th birthday cakes. I mean this literally. In one recent case, a "conservative" Newbishop was actually replaced on the very day he turned 75. In several other cases, Newbishops got their pink slips in three to six weeks after reaching that age. In a number of recent cases, he's replacing them even before they turn 75.
Meanwhile, Bernie Fellay, the Superior-Dictator of the Neo-SSPX, works hard to broker a deal with these Bolsheviks. But there was no recent "mercy" for Fellay or for his Neo-SSPX, which has abandoned the principles of Archbishop Lefebvre's original, traditional Society of St. Pius X. It was expected that Conciliar Rome would "recognize" that Fellay's Masses fulfil the Sunday obligation. But even that crumb from Bergoglio not come by the end of the fabricated "Year of Mercy"!
Fellay will have to sign the infernal deal on the dotted line, using his own blood for ink. No more concessions to Catholic tradition from this Marxist Newpope and his lapdog head of New Order Anti-doctrine, Newcardinal Gerhardt Mueller. Satis! By the time Fellay finally signs a sellout deal, Newchurch won't even be pretending to be Catholic any longer.
Francis-Bergoglio has been denounced by several of his Newcardinals for his heretical teachings in his March 19, 2016, document Amoris laetitia (The Joy of Sex). But his document on December 5, 2016, received full-throated approbation by the Arch-schismatic "Oecumenical" Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew, whom most Eastern Orthodox sects reject as a Liberalist/Modernist outside the Apostolic Church.
In fact, Bartholomew voiced his "admiration" for the document in a column that he wrote for Bergoglio's house organ, L'Osservatore Romano. The Eastern Orthodox schismatics/heretics, like the Protestants, with whom they associate in the "World Council of Churches," reject Our Lord's teaching on marriage and presume to accept divorce with remarriage. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by L'Osservatore Romano].
True Catholics, in his column Bartholomew wrote: "What has undoubtedly smothered and hampered people in the past is the fear that a 'heavenly father' somehow dictates human conduct and prescribes human custom. The truth is quite the opposite." That is a shocking statement of outright heresy! In fact, God does dictate human conduct and prescribe human custom. After all, He created us, and we are bound to follow His Natural Law. Bartholomew could just as well use his heretical argument to preach for sodomy, thievery, and murder, which are also against God's law. No wonder that most Eastern Orthodox sects regard Bartholomew as a heretic, just as traditional Catholics regard Francis-Bergoglio as a heretic.
Bishop Richard Williamson, formerly senior bishop of the Society of St. Pius X, who left that organization in 2012 after Bernie Fellay had perverted it to incorporate Novus Ordo beliefs and practices, has himself been under fire from traditional Catholics for his inability to articulate clearly that the Novus Ordo Mess is invalid. Yet any Catholic with eyes to see and ears to hear concludes that it is a Protestant-Masonic-Pagan service and not the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. If that wasn't 100 per cent clear in 1969 when the Freemason presbyter Hannibal Bugnini and his accomplice, Newpope Paul VI-Montini, forced it upon Newchurch, it certain is now under the Marxist Francis-Bergoglio.
Yet in his December 3, 2016, weekly bulletin, Williamson, not for the first time, appears to suggest -- he seems incapable of following Our Lord's demand: "But let your speech be yea, yea: no, no: and that which is over and above these, is of evil" (Matthew 5:37/DRV) -- that a phony 2008 "miracle" might indicate that the "New Mess" might be valid. Has he forgotten his catechism? No purported "miracle" can ever prove a heresy.
Williamson suggested that a "eucharistic miracle" might have taken place in the Newparish church of Sokulka, Poland, when a host "hocus-pocused" at a 2008 New Mess by a Novus Ordo presbyter (not a Catholic priest), "installed" by a Newbishop, who had never been consecrated, supposedly had a speck of blood in it. Even Newchurch since that time has not made any determination, but the gullible Williamson seems to have fallen for the phony "miracle." Who knows but that it wasn't a drop of the presbyter's own blood? No DNA test was performed.
As opposed to Williamson's gullibility, Our Lord Jesus Christ clearly warned us that false "miracles" can be used by Satan to deceive: "For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect" (Matthew 24:24/DRV). St. Paul, who certainly was the antithesis of gullibility, proclaimed:
And then that wicked one shall be revealed: whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: him Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power and signs and lying wonders: And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish: because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying" (2 Thessalonians 2:8-11/DRV).
What is even more astonishing is that Williamson has ignored the down-to-earth, prudent advice of the very Saint whom he professes most to admire, Pope St. Pius X, the patron Saint of his Archbishop Lefebvre's original, traditional Catholic Society of St. Pius X, in contrast to Bernie Fellay's Neo-SSPX, which has rejected, in practical terms, this Saint's condemnation of the heresy of Modernism, fully embraced by the Newchurch of the New Order, which Fellay longs to join. Pope St. Pius X captured the truly Catholic sense about "miracles" when he wrote in 1913:
When anyone tells me about the extraordinary, I am the most incredulous man in the world..., but when holiness results from the practice of virtue..., I believe in it. Just this morning ... I was saying that long ago the Devil manifested himself openly in the possessed whom he caused to suffer, and from whom he could be driven out only by exorcism. Now he has changed his method; he takes the appearance of sanctity and makes people believe in visions. He even gives to certain persons the knowledge of hidden things, so that they may appear to prophesy; sometimes he even simulates stigmata! But as for holiness expressed in the simple practice of virtue..., I believe in that. That is indeed holiness.... The way to sanctity is not difficult. It is a thorny road, but easy.
True Catholics, the Catholic Church has clear doctrine about the Holy Mass and the Catholic priesthood, which has been refined for all time in the forge of such brilliant minds as the Universal Theologian of the Catholic Church, St. Thomas Aquinas (whom the Marxist Newpope Francis-Bergoglio detests). If Richard Williamson can't speak God's truth unequivocally, we TRADITIO Fathers, and any true Catholic, certainly can. The Novus Ordo service is not Mass, but an invalid Protestant-Masonic-Pagan service. Novus Ordo presbyters are not Catholic priests, but Protestant ministers of the New Order. To Catholics who have eyes to see and ears to hear, it's as clear and simple as that!
Around this time of year people look for a traditional Catholic calendar and ordo for the next year. The calendar and ordo that the TRADITIO Fathers recommend are both based on the most traditional form of the Roman Rite, before the untraditional "modernizations" of 1951, 1956, 1960, and 1962. It is the one that corresponds to the fully traditional version of the Missale Romanum and the Breviarium Romanum in four volumes.
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In the darkness of Christmas Eve, December 24, is traditionally chanted the traditional Hour of Matins of the Divine Office for the Nativity of Our Lord, consisting of ancient antiphons, hymns, psalms, and the ancient commentaries of the Church Fathers on the significance of the Nativity. For example, in the Third Nocturn, Holy Mother Church provides us with the commentary of Pope St. Gregory the Great on the census proclamation of the Roman emperor that brought the Holy Family to Bethlehem, the commentary of St. Ambrose on the significance of the shepherds, and the commentary of St. Augustine on the Incarnation of the Word. Following Matins is traditionally held the procession to the creche and the High Mass of Christmas at Midnight (In Nocte), the First Mass of Christmas.
True Catholics, it is most unfortunate that many of you do not have access to the Midnight High Mass, let alone the Solemn Matins of Christmas Eve, which precedes it and prepares for it. Fortunately, the St. John Schola has made available to the traditional Catholic faithful these significant rites on two CDs. For further information, click on the TRADITIO Network's Gregorian Chant department for Volume I and Volume II of that Gregorian schola's recordings of Christmas Matins and Christmas High Mass. For you traditional Catholics who do not have the opportunity to attend these singular rites in person, at least you may participate in them spiritually through these recordings. Do not lose the opportunity. These rites are an essential part of your traditional Catholic Faith.
Presbyter-Pastor Richard Perozich probably thought that he was reflecting Catholic teaching when he wrote in his Newparish bulletin against abortion, homosexuality, and fetal embryonic "experiments." The presbyter also liked to quote from the early Church Fathers in his bulletin. Since the Marxist Newpope Francis-Bergoglio took over Newchurch, however, such Catholic teachings are prohibited. The tyrannical Newpope tightens his Marxist grip of Newchurch once again in order that it cannot be Catholic.
Presbyter Perozich has joined now seven of Francis-Bergoglio's own Newcardinals, who have called Bergoglio's teaching on marriage and the family, and his advocacy of the philosophy of Moral Relativism ("there is no objective good or evil"), condemned by the Catholic Church, as anti-Catholic and heretical. But Liberalist/Modernist/Heretic San Diego, California, Newbishop Robert McElroy has ordered the presbyter-pastor silenced. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Catholic World News.]
True Catholics, Newbishop McElroy, who was neither ordained as a Catholic priest nor consecrated as a Catholic bishop, has ordered his presbyters to "embrace Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transexual families [sic]" and to allow divorced-remarried Newchurchers to munch the Novus Ordo cookie and swill the Novus Ordo Kool-Aid. Francis-Bergoglio's anti-Catholicism is becoming so obvious that he is increasingly being regarded, even by his own Newchurchers, as the "Heretic Newpope." And, according to bedrock Catholic theology, no Catholic can follow such a man.
The head of the Roma Rota, Newvatican's most important working court, has threatened the four Newcardinals who asked Francis-Bergoglio to clarify his March 19, 2016, document, Amoris laetitia (The Joy of Sex), with loss of their red hats, that is, demotion from the Newcardinalate. It seems that in Francis-Bergoglio's Newrome, even if you are just doing your job, you can suffer the assaults of a tyrant. Justice Vito Pinto in late November 2016 made the threat, which was interpreted as coming from Bergoglio himself.
Bergoglio's document has been condemned by many for containing the seeds of heresy in advocating the condemned philosophy of Moral Relativism, that is, the philosophy that there is no objective good or evil, but that "everything is relative." The four Newcardinals -- two German (Walter Brandmuller and JoachimMeisner), one Italian (Carlo Caffarra), and one American (Raymond Burke) -- requested a clarification in September 2016, but when Bergoglio refused to clarify his "serious error," they went public. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Religi?n Confidencial.]
True Catholics, simply by asking for a clarification to accord with Catholic doctrine, the four Newcardinals in doing their job of advising the Newpope, are charged with creating a "very grave scandal." Actually, however, it is the Marxist Newpope Francis-Bergoglio himself who has created a "very grave scandal" by writing what amounts to heresy. Bergoglio has rejected in his document the clear Biblical teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ on divorce and remarriage and "gay" couples. And this isn't the first time Bergoglio has been embroiled in heresy.
Dear TRADITIO Fathers:
Is it always a sin to listen to music with suggestive or even obscene lyrics, even if it is no occasion of sin for me? Is the simple fact of listening to these songs a sin? Or only if it causes me to sin?
The TRADITIO Fathers Reply
It could be sinful. It would depend on the degree of advertence to the lyrics and their effect upon you. You say that it is "no occasion of sin for me," but such exposure has the tendency to grow into occasions of sin over time. God is the essence of beauty, so Catholics should want to seek God in what is beautiful, not in what is obscene.
Advent is an excellent occasion to wean yourself off such music and onto something much better. Advent's Gregorian antiphons and responsories are particularly beautiful, such as Advent's hauntingly-beautiful antiphon Rorate Caeli. Make them your daily prayer in Advent. For further information, click on FAQ07: What Sacred Music Recordings Do You Recommend? in the TRADITIO Network's Library of Files: FAQs and Traditional Apologetics department.
Don't you wish that the Marxist Newpope would keep silent for the rest of his heretical Newpontificate? Now Francis-Bergoglio, who sinks deeper and deeper into some kind of religious dementia, is now contradicting himself yet again. This is the man who wrote in his unofficial Encyclical Letter, which has never been issued in its official Latin version, but is temporarily known in vulgar Italian as Laudato si: "In our modern world, we have grown up thinking ourselves owners and masters of nature."
Yet in a November 28, 2016, address to his Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Bergoglio, acting as the Marxist politician he is, told scientists to push for "political action" on scientifically-disputed "global warming." This man does not consider himself a pope, but a political head of state, the supreme head of all states and the master of nature, telling scientists not to seek to understand the marvelous creation of God, but to act merely as petty politicians.
Francis-Bergoglio has changed the leadership and membership of his Academy to reflect not healthy scientific debate, but his own political views as a Marxist. It has been pointed out by many that "global warming" or "global cooling" or "climate change" -- not even the scientists can get it straight -- has become a political "hoax," a vehicle for governments to hand out lucrative contracts to their friends. Case in point: outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama, who used the "hoax" to channel large amounts of government money into the pockets of his political friends, who made out like bandits while their spurious companies went bankrupt. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Vatican Press Office.]
True Catholics, here we have Francis-Bergoglio as much as saying that he is not a pope, but a politician. You'd think that after the Galileo fracas, he would be smart enough to stay away from a subject about which he knows nothing and which has nothing to do with religion. He drags his Newchurch of the New Order into yet another political quagmire, forgetting the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Whose "vicar" he claims to be: "Caeci sunt duces caecorum (Matthew 15:14/DRV).