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Dear TRADITIO Fathers:
Given the uncertainties of our present day, I am curious about the timeline for the "end of times." We hear so much about the "Three Days of Darkness," the "Reign of the Anti-Christ," the "Reign of Mary," the "Great Catholic Monarch," and the like. Should a true Catholic be concerned about "end times" or entirely avoid such speculation as sinful?
THE TRADITIO FATHERS REPLY
Our Lord clearly answers your question: such curiosity is actually sinful. In the fifth book of the New Testament, The Acts of the Apostles, it is recorded that the Apostles ask Our Lord before His Ascension into Heaven about the so-called end times. He chastises their question, saying: "It is not for you to know the times or moments, which the Father hath put in his own power" (Acts 1:7/DRV).
Ignoring Christ's clear words, some errant Catholics have become so obsessed with "end times" that they risk their own salvation. It is certainly true that the world will eventually end, but what you should be concerned about is the end of your own time. When the world comes to an end is immaterial for your own salvation or damnation. It is your own salvation, God's Particular Judgment upon you at the end of your own times (life) upon which you need to focus.
Put aside idle speculations about things over which you have no control and instead focus upon meriting your own salvation. Becoming obsessed with useless material questions can easily lead you astray and risk your own salvation.
Composer Ennio Morricone died on July 6, 2020, at age 91. Morricone was a classically-trained musician, composer, and conductor, who, in addition to symphonic pieces, wrote classic music for numerous films. his crowning achievement being the score for the 1986 religious film The Mission.
In this Oscar-winning film, Jeremy Irons plays an 18th-century Spanish Jesuit who goes into the Brazilian rain forest to build a mission in the hope of converting the Indians of the region, with Robert DeNiro playing a convert who assists Irons in his mission. In the film score Morricone wove the mesmerizing and doleful panpipe music of the indigenous people with that of the missionary party's European instruments. Morricone included in the score a Latin Te Deum and Miserere, beautifully sung by the native choir. For further information on this film, click on FAQ12: What Films Do You Recommend for Traditional Catholics? in the TRADITIO Network's Library of Files (FAQs and Traditional Apologetics) department.
Morricone spoke out on the Vatican II Anti-council's degrading effect upon music. In a 2009 interview he denounced the Anti-council's
liturgical errors ... that continue to exist. Today the [New]church has made a big mistake, replacing 500 years with guitars and popular songs. I don’t like it at all. Gregorian chant is a vital and important tradition of the Church, and to waste this by having guys mix religious words with profane Western songs is hugely grave, hugely grave. The same thing happened before the Council of Trent, when singers sang profane songs with sacred melodies and sacred words.
Morricone criticized Benedict-Ratzinger for not having the courage to enforce even his meagre attempts to correct the errors of the Vatican II Anti-council in the realm of music. Morricone supported " the tradition of the Church to set aside a language like Latin, which is so important and serious, for the Church itself." He went on:
But I don’t agree with, and feel very strongly about, mixing profane, secular music with religious words in Church, or mixing religious music with a profane and secular text. After the Second Vatican [Anti-]council, I was asked to be a consultor to the vicariate for two pieces of sung Church music, and I refused. The Church and Christians have Gregorian chant, and they said we had to now have this other music, so I refused. All the musicians in Rome also refused to work with it."
At least some Church musicians have the courage to stand up for what is truly Catholic!
After the debacle of Benedict-Ratzinger's five-day release from house arrest on June 18-22 to Regensburg, Germany, to visit his dying elder brother, and his sudden recall to house arrest in the Old Newpopes' Retirement Home literally under the nose of Francis-Bergoglio, Bergoglio seems to have blown a fuse and has put the household staff of Ratzinger henceforth under a commissar. There is reason to believe that the four Newnuns who care for him are about to be replaced with Bergoglio's own assistenti (spies), who are to be under an unknown entity controlled directly by Bergoglio. It's all very conspiratorial.
Ratzinger and his elder brother Georg, who died on July 1, 2020, just nine days after Ratzinger had been yanked back to Newrome, were apparently working on a tell-all book when the Georg died. We all remember what happened when Ratzinger tried to work on a book with Newcardinal Sarah. Bergoglio had a panic attack, and Gaenswein, his and Ratzinger's private secretary (and spy on Ratzinger), was nearly decapitated.
Bergoglio has been exposed in this incident to be not only a megalomaniac but also a paranoid in the proper sense of the latter term: someone who fears that those around him are plotting against him. His Newpontificate is in tatters, and he obsesses about his 93-year-old predecessor, who is in no shape to lead any movement except to Hades . The evidence is obvious: Bergoglio is mentally ill. We knew that he was already doctrinally apostatic, but that's nothing new for the Newprelates of Newchurch. This is something deeper. Is he fundamentally mad?
On June 26, 2020, scientists announced that the Holy Face crucifix in the Cathedral of St. Martin in Lucca, Italy, is in fact the oldest wooden statue in Europe. A radiocarbon dating study placed the provenance of the 2.4-metre high crucifix at between A.D. 770 to 880.
The study coincided with the 950th-year anniversary of the cathedral's consecration in the late 12th century. The scientists concluded: “We can now consider [it] the oldest wooden statue in the West that has been passed down to us.”
True Catholics, from the image of the Crucified on this crucifix, devotion to the Holy Face spread throughout Europe in the Middle Ages as a living memory of the Crucified. Faithful making the pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome stopped in the Tuscan city of Lucca to venerate the crucifix. The Holy Face is mentioned by Dante Alighieri in his famous epic poem Inferno, the first of his Divina Comedia trilogy.
The Newdiocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been awash in sex crimes perpetrated by its Newbishops and presbyters. It was featured in the 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report when its former Newbishop, Donald Wuerl (1988-2006), was charged with knowingly suborning a ring of paedophile presbyters and covering up the ring's activities in a "Circle of Silence." In 2007 David Zubik took over and things got only worse.
In 1980 the Newdiocese had 321 Newparishes, then went down in 2000 by almost 40 per cent, then went down again in 2016 by almost another 10 percent. In 2020, the number of Newparishes stood at only 152. On July 1, 2020, with his Newdiocese swirling down into the abyss, Zubik announced that he was shuttering 46 more Newparishes. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Pittsburgh KPXI-TV.]
True Catholics, in a letter to his disenfranchised Newparishioners, Zubik tried to describe his shuttering of 46 Newparishes in one fell swoop as "a message of love and mercy." Only an officer of the hypocrtical Newchurch of the New Order, headed by the Chief Hypocrite, Francis-Bergoglio, could make such an analogy. That is why Newchurch is fast sinking into a sump hole.
In January 2020, the city of Prague, Czechoslovakia, rebuilt and reinstated the historic Marian Column to the Old Town Square. The column, originally erected in 1650 in thanksgiving for the victory in the Battle of Prague (1648), in which Holy Roman Emperor defeated the Swedes, had been destroyed in 1918 after the First World War. It stands 15 metres high and bears a Corinthian pedestal at the top, upon which a two-metre gilded statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary sits, crowned with stars.
On June 4, 2020, a major part of the impressive column was reinstalled, standing 15 meters high, with the remainder to be completed by mid-August. But just 17 days afterward, a group of men, apparently supporters of the heretic John Hus (1372-1415), who was burned at the stake, tried to set the column afire. Today Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), once Catholic, is among the least religious countries in Europe. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Global Voices.]
True Catholics, whereas in the United States the police have been reluctant to stop the vandalism of numerous historic monuments commemorating the Confederacy and the U.S. Presidents, the Prague Police quickly intervened to stop the act of vandalism and save the Marian monument. It is scandalous that the continent from which the Catholic religion spread to the entire world, Europe, is quickly shedding its Catholic heritage. Even Newvatican is now headed by a self-confessed Marxist.
Newmonsignor Georg Ratzinger, the elder brother of ex-Newpope Benedict-Ratzinger (Josef), has died on July 1, 2020, at the age of 96. On June 18, 2020, Francis-Bergoglio had furloughed Josef from house arrest in the Old Newpopes' Retirement Home in Newvatican to visit his dying brother in Regensburg, Germany. When asked when he would return to Newrome, Ratzinger did not give a date. He said merely that he would "spend the necessary time with his brother."
It was a surprise, therefore, that Josef was whisked back to Newrome under guard by the Deputy Commander of the Vatican Gendarmerie within just four days, nine days before his brother's actual death. Speculation has arisen that Bergoglio was afraid to let him out of his sight for more than a very few days. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the National Catholic Register.]
True Catholics, Georg Ratzinger died under a very dark cloud. Under his directorship of the Regensburg Cathedral Choir from 1964 to 1994, some 200 cases of sexual and other crimes were reported. Whether Georg was involved in the sexual abuse is debatable, but it is clear that he engaged in physical abuse, such as the throwing of a chair at a boy who sang off key. Georg had thrown the chair with such force at the boy that Georg's false teeth fell out. Newvatican, in this case as in virtually all the others under Benedict-Ratzinger's complete charge from 1981 to 2005, took no punitive action. As a result, Newchurch's Great Sex & Embezzlement Holocaust continues unabated under Francis-Bergoglio.
On June 30, 2020, criminal prosecutors raided St. Peter's Archbasilica to seize documents and computers in a heightened new investigation into financial crimes perpetrated by the "Holy See." The Auditor General had previously reported finding financial crimes in the operation of the Archbasilica.
Also implicated in money laundering and theft is the Sistine Chapel Choir, which now sings for Francis-Bergoglio's Novus Ordo Messes at the archbasilica. One choirmaster has already been fired. Revenue from the choir's performances was not included in its income statements, but was diverted into private pockets.
True Catholics, Francis-Bergoglio's administration has run amuck in financial crimes, added to its moral crimes, in Newchurch's Great Sex & Embezzlement Holocaust. A criminal investigation is continuing into Bergoglio's Secretary of State, the No. 2 man at Newvatican, who is accused of overseeing the diversion of hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars in Newchurchers' charitable donations to the Unholy See into the pockets of European financiers. The Newroman sewer is stinking to high heaven!
Dear TRADITIO Fathers:
Fellay/Pagliarani's Neo-SSPX staged an ordination service on July 29, 2020, at its seminary in Econe, Switzerland. I noticed a number of aberrations from the Traditional Latin Mass. For example, the celebrant did not read the Gospel while the deacon sang it. Is the Neo-SSPX continuing to import the elements of the New Order used by the heretic Newchurch into its Messes?
THE TRADITIO FATHERS REPLY
The Neo-Society of St. Pius X does not use the Traditional Latin Mass, but the New Latin Mess of 1962. Since Bernie Fellay began to court the heretic Newchurch of the New Order during his 24-year regime (1994-2018) as Superior General after the death of Archbishop Lefebvre in 1991, the Neo-SSPX has not been a truly Catholic organization
What you have observed is just one of the aberrations from the Traditional Latin Mass that is contained in over 200 pages of aberrations that were introduced in 1960. Most traditional Catholics are aware of another one of these, the elimination of the Confiteor recited by the servers before Holy Communion is distributed, but there are hundreds of other aberrations introduced mainly in Five Major Steps to the Invalid 1969 "New Mess." The Archbishop found this elimination to be tantamount to the Protestant heresy of the "priesthood of the people" and ordered it reinstated for his original traditional Society of St. Pius X. Finally, in 1962 the Sacred Canon of the Mass, which had not been touched since Apostolic times, was desecrated.
These aberrations were fabricated from Pius XII's personally-appointed head of liturgical "reformation," the notorious Freemason presbyter Hannibal Bugnini, and came in Five Major Steps starting in 1951. It was Pius XII who took important decisions on the Sacred Liturgy away from the traditional and highly-conservative Sacred Congregation of Rites, which had successfully guarded the integrity of the Mass and Divine Office since 1588 when Pope Sixtus V constituted it. In 1948 Pius XII put the liturgy into the hands of a new Commission for Liturgical Reformation headed by the Modernist heretic Bugnini.
Pius XII's Bugnini Commission did its hatchet-job well. Over the period from 1951 to 1960, it implemented changes to destroy the Traditional Latin Mass. By 1969, the sacrilegious, idolatrous, blasphemous, and invalid "New Mess" replaced the Traditional Latin Mass in Newchurch. For further information, click on the TRADITIO Network's Traditional Latin Mass, Divine Office & Sacraments department in the section "The Descent into the Black Hole of the Liturgical 'New Order'."
Dear TRADITIO Fathers:
I am a traditional Catholic. My wife, a Newchurcher, divorced me against my will. Since then, I've remained faithful to my marriage vows, but she entered into a bigamous "second marriage." She is now pregnant by her paramour and wants me to be the godfather of her child. I'm not inclined to agree, but, on the other hand, I could be the only truly Catholic influence in the life of that child. Would it be proper for me to agree to be the child's godfather?
THE TRADITIO FATHERS REPLY.
St. Paul answers your question in his Epistle to the Romans (3:8), saying that those who do evil that some good may result are justly damned. Your Catholics instincts are correct in that you cannot assume such a role in an pseudo-sacrament of "initiation" (the Novus Ordo stopped using "baptism" in 1969, the same year it introduced the "New Mess" into its sect) any more than you could be a godfather of a Methodist child.
In practical terms, it is unlikely that you would have any other role in the child's life than as a one-time place filler at a sacrilegious service for show. Your "ex"-wife is probably trying, in some perverse way, to legitimate in her own mind her bigamy through getting you entangled in it.
You don't mention the father of the child. We suspect that he would not tolerate your traditional Catholic "influence" anyway. By her bigamy she has publicly rejected and excommunicate herself. If you want to have an influence in the child's life, and you are in reality permitted to do so by the parents, then do so. Take him to the Traditional Latin Mass and educate him in the traditional Catholic Faith. You don't have to be a spurious "godfather" to do that.
While the famous California missionary Franciscan priest, Padre Junipero Serra, was being vilified by the atheistic seditionists who are currently destroying historical statues all over the United States, his statues in that state were being removed by equally atheistic secular authorities (many of whom call themselves "Catholic" to obtain votes from clueless Newchurchers), a few courageous citizens stood up for Catholic history and surrounded a Serra statue in Ventura, California, to protect the bronze that had stood in front of Ventura City Hall since 1936.
These 50 defenders, facing down 150 vandals, prevented the atheist insurrectionists from destroying the bronze statue in the city where Padre Serra founded the Mission of San Buenaventura, one of the longest surviving of the missions. Even when a citizen placed a call to 911, no police came to prevent the intended vandalism, a felony. The defenders stood alone, but in the end succeeded. The confrontation occurred on June 20, 2020, in response to a planned "Tear Down Junipero Serra" riiot. Similar statues in San Francisco and Los Angeles were not defended and were subsequently destroyed by the atheist insurrectionists. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the California Catholic Daily.]
Padre Serra founded a series of 21 missions between 1769 and 1833 from the Mexican border to the north of San Francisco. The purpose of the missions was to evangelize the Indians of California into the True Faith. At the same time the Franciscans taught the Indians agriculture, viticulture, and other practical arts to sustain themselves. The missions also provided the Indians with protection, as Indian tribes frequently attacked each other. In addition, the Franciscans taught the Indians the proper music of the Church, Gregorian chant, in which the Indians according to local reports excelled, as well as in instrumental music. For further information, click on the TRADITIO Network's Holy Cards, California Missions & Stations of the Cross department.
True Catholics, on June 26, 2020, the U.S. President, Donald Trump, who is one of the few has been speaking out in defense of the historical statues and monuments, issued an executive order ramping up the resources of the federal government to protect statues such as those of Padre Serra and to impose a penalty of ten years in federal prison upon those insurrectionists who would presume to destroy the statues and monuments. It is too bad that those who call themselves "Catholics" do not rise up in large numbers to protect what is truly Catholic.