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Vox Populi, Vox Dei -- the phrase variously attributed to Julius Caesar and Alcuin -- certainly came into play when recently a K-8 Christian school in Missouri, the so-called Urban Christian Academy of Kansas City, lost its funding from parents and donors when it started to teach that sodomy, one of the Four Biblical Sins that Cry out to God for Retribution, was "holy." The school announced on St. Valentine's Day, February 14, 2023, that it was closing because of the parental defunding.
By six months after it decided to alter its mission statement to include the outrageously anti-Christian statement, the school had lost 42 per cent of its financial support from parents and donors. By the end of 2022, it had lost 80 per cent.. All eight local churches that had given financial support to the school withdrew their funding, citing Christ's dictum: "Go, and now sin no more" (John 8:11/DRV). [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Kansas City Star.]
Traditional Catholics, as the English statesman Edmund Burke wrote: "For evil to triumph, it is only necessary for good men to do nothing." This thought was reflected by Pope St. Pius X, who wrote: "The greatest obstacle in the apostolate of the Church is the timidity, or rather the cowardice, of the faithful." When Christians and Catholics stand up for clear Biblical principles, nothing is impossible with God.
Newchurch under ten years of Francis-Bergoglio has been a bust since his election as Newpope on March 13, 2013. In fact, the Newchurch of the New Order has been sinking ever since the Vatican II Anti-council ended in 1965, but particularly since the year 2000. These figures come from Newvatican's own statistics, according to the latest, 2001, update to the Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiae. Here is a summary of the numbers for the decline Newchurch under Bergoglio [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Catholic World Report]:
Traditional Catholics, Newchurch's future looks even worse. The demographic projections indicate that fewer "initiations" (formerly baptisms), first "eucharists," and marriages are in the offing. The number of Newparochial school students, an important indication for the future, will decline. Francis-Bergoglio has pushed the Newchurch into a steeper decline, and there is no improvement foreseen for the future. He should just wrap up the failing and corrupt Newchurch corporation and give the money to the poor, while meanwhile true Catholics attend the fully Traditional Latin Mass and fully Traditional Latin Sacraments wherever they can be found outside of Newchurch.
Francis-Bergoglio rarely fires those of his Newbishops who are paedophile sex criminals, but if you exhibit the list hint of "traditionalism," you're out. Now it appears that after the conclusion of the Inquisition dispatched by Bergoglio to the Newdiocese of Frejus-Toulon, France, which sponsors more Half New Order New Latin Messes of 1962 than any other Newdiocese in the world, the fix was in.
Newbishop Dominique Rey of Frejus-Toulon has had it. His walking papers are said to be already written. He has already been barred from installing presbyters. Neo-Roma dixit; causa finita est. Now over 70, Rey is approaching Bergoglio's artificial mandatory retirement age, so, as the apostate Newpope has done in other cases of pseudo-traditionalist bishops, Bergoglio will probably just give him his gold watch and put him out to pasture early, viz., fire him.. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Catholic News.]
Traditional Catholics, there is no surprise in any of this. Rey ran brazenly afoul of Francis-Bergoglio's 2021 decree "Traditionis custodis" virtually banning the New Latin Mess, which isn't even the Traditional Latin Mass. The 1962 pastiche was concocted as a stepping stone to the full-blown Protestant-Masonic-Pagan New Mess of 1969. Benedict-Ratzinger in 2008 allowed it to be used on an "extraordinary" basis for only a few years. The pseudo-traditionalists just didn't want to hear the message, even though both Benedict-Ratzinger and Bergoglio warned them explicitly. Now the Neocons and pseudo-traditionalists are paying the just price for their self-imposed cluelessness.
A 2023 report entitled "Exploring Embezzlement by Catholic Priests in the United States: A Content Analysis of Cases Since 1963" has documented the fact that since the Vatican II Anti-council (1962-1965), Newchurch presbyters have been robbing their congregations blind with large-scale thefts from the collection plate. Moreover, Newbishop and Newpopes don't seem to care. They rarely bother to do any auditing at all.Ninety per cent of the criminal thieves were actively serving Newchurch parishes. An average amount of nearly 500,000 USD was stolen over a period of six years. Many of the presbyters were repeat offenders. The thefts involved taking cash directly from the weekly collection and poor box, coercing elderly Newparishioners to fork over money to the Newparish or the presbyter, falsely endorsing checks to presbyters' personal accounts, and creating personal slush funds from Newparish funds.
What did the presbyters do with the stolen money? Particularly identified were gambling and illicit sexual relationships. One presbyter in Virginia stole 591,000 USD in Newparish funds to support his "secret wife and three children." Another presbyter in Connecticut stole1,000,000 USD to support his sodomitisic liaisons with three men. A third presbyter stole 32,000 USD to "entertain" homosexuals he met through a "gay" web site. A fourth presbyter stole 300,000 USD to maintain his "gay" lover in a lavish New York apartment. A fifth presbyter stole 73,000 USD to finance his "pilgrimages" to strip clubs and massage parlors. A sixth presbyter stole 650,000 to gamble it away. Other presbyters embezzled money to send back to families in their native countries, such as Nigeria, Mexico, and Lebanon. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting.]
Traditional Catholics, not only do corrupt Newchurch bishops ignore most of these large-scale thefts by their presbyters, but even those who are criminally convicted in the secular courts of embezzlement, fraud, or larceny are often returned to their former positions leading Newparishes. And why should this be any surprise when the head of Newchurch, the apostate Newpope Francis-Bergoglio, has himself been several times been caught embezzling Newchurch charitable funds for the poor, for hospital , and most especially with his London Real Estate fraud, in which 350,000,000 USD of charitable funds was lost.
Dear TRADITIO Fathers:
Is it acceptable for laymen to use the Fr. Lasance missal for the Latin Mass?
THE TRADITIO FATHERS REPLY.
First of all, the term "Latin Mass" is condemned for Traditional Catholics because it includes the invalid (fake) New Order Mess in Latin and the Half New Order New Latin Mess of 1962. The correct term is "Traditional Latin Mass," which properly excludes the corruptions of the 1950s that led up to Newchurch's current Protestant-Masonic-Pagan "New Mess" of 1969. The term "Traditional Latin Mass" is correctly applied only to the true Mass before it was corrupted starting in 1951. The term does not properly include the corrupted Half New Order Vatican II Mess of 1962, which was the stepping stone to Newchurch's "New Mess."
Fr. F.X. Lasance's New Roman Missal in Latin and English was originally published in 1945. That edition is acceptable for Traditional Catholics and may be found through used-book sources. However, the only edition currently in print seems to be a version that was "modernized" to 1958. That edition is not fully acceptable because it contains "additions" introduced by the Chief Architect of the New Order Mess, Hannibal Bugnini under Pius XII from 1945 to 1958.
The best traditional and most complete Catholic handmissal is the St. Andrew Daily Missal with Vespers for Sundays and Feasts and Kyriale, which was published in 1945. An exact reprint of that traditional Catholic handmissal with no "updates" is still in publication. For further information on this missal, click on FAQ05: What Traditional Catholic Resources Do You Recommend? in the TRADITIO Network's Library of Files (FAQs and Traditional Apologetics) department in the section "Mass -- Handmissals," available from the TRADITIO Network's main menu at www.traditio.com.
To fill out empty Newchurches, Francis-Bergoglio has issued a new Motu Proprio to encourage the use of cardboard-cutout parishioners. His Holiness pontificates that the move will help Newchurch congregations appear "full and vibrant," even though most of them have left Newchurch since Vatican II. The Motu Proprio comes in the wake of a new wave of Newchurch dioceses declaring bankruptcy and the permanent closure of up to half the parishes in these bankrupt dioceses and many others.
"Finally, our churches will be full again," said one presbyter as he set up a row of young, happy churchgoer cutouts right up in the front. "I haven't seen this place this packed since before Vatican II."
Newchurch presbyters are excited that they'll be able now to preach new doctrines at their whim without a word of complaint from the mute congregation. "We can say pretty much anything now," said one presbyter. "Usually you get some objecting looks when you start saying that the Bible and Tradition must be changed.
One downside of the Motu Proprio is that the personalities of the remaining Newchurchers are only two-dimensional. [This satirical Daily Commentary was inspired by the "Babylon Bee: Fake News You Can Trust."]
I have read that, although Pius XII (1939-1958) may have been a valid pope and did not teach outright heresy, he set the stage for the disaster that followed in the destruction of the Traditional Latin Mass, Divine Office, and Sacraments. Pius XII, at that critical point in Church history when papal support for the protection of the traditional Catholic rites was essential, was on the side of the Modernists, aligning himself with those who aimed to demolish the Tradition of the true Church.
That Modernist side was headed, as far as the Mass, Divine Office, and Sacraments were concerned, by Pius's own appointee in 1948, the infamous Modernist heretic presbyter Hannibal Bugnini, who began his destruction of the traditional Catholic liturgy under Pius's aegis, starting in 1951. By the time of Pius's death in 1958:
Thus, it was Pius XII and his appointee Bugnini who kicked off the Modernist corruptions and eventually, heresies, that led to the Half New Order New Latin Mess of 1962 (which John XXIII proclaimed had been initiated by Pius XII, not himself) and, finally, the invalid Protestant-Masonic-Pagan full-blown New Mess of 1969. (For further information, click on the TRADITIO Network's Traditional Latin Mass, Divine Office & Sacraments department.)
The Ultra-montanist extremists at the time, now represented by the ranks of the Newchurch Neocons and pseudo-traditionalists, refused to hold popes accountable for disastrous errors and attempted to push a false notion of papal infallibility and a blind obedience far beyond what was dogmatically defined at the Vatican I Council (1870). A pope is merely a "vicar" of Christ, not Christ Himself., and has only limited power -- certainly not the power to change the God-given Doctrine of Faith, publicly transmitted in Sacred Scripture (Bible) and Sacred Tradition. One may compare the truly Catholic response of Pope St. Pius X, when he was importuned by many to add St. Joseph's name into the ancient Sacred Canon of the Mass. The sainted pope replied in no uncertain terms that such an action was unthinkable and impossible for a pope. "Who am I to have the power to do that? I am merely the pope!"
Even during the 1950s there were many outspoken prelates who denounced Pius XII and Bugnini's corruption of the Sacred Liturgy. Among the most outspoken critics was Msgr. Leon Gromier, a Prelate of the Papal Household, a Canon of St. Peterís Archbasilica, and Consultant to the Sacred Congregation of Rites. He excoriated the 1956 Holy Week corruptions, exposing the false liturgical science and the false reasoning behind them. In fact, he called them an ďact of vandalism" and ďan immense loss and an outrage to history."
Objections to the 1956 corruptions of Holy Week inundated the Vatican from prelates as well. Cardinal Francis Spellman, Archbishop of New York, who was virtually a "second pope" at the time, repudiated the corruptions, as did Archbishop John McQuaid, of Dublin, and many other prelates and clergy. Respected laymen joined the chorus of denunciation of Pius XII and Bugnini's corruptions of the Sacred Rites of Holy Week. The internationally-respected British author Evelyn Waugh, a convert to Catholicism, called the corruptions "ruinous to spiritual life and a danger to the faith itself."
THE TRADITIO FATHERS REPLY.
For Traditional Catholics, the practical upshot of your well-documented facts is that the corrupted 1956 rites of Holy Week, which were incorporated wholesale into the 1962 Half New Order New Latin Mess, should be unhesitatingly rejected, and certainly not attended, by true Catholics, who should search for a fully Traditional Catholic church, chapel, or oratory not associated with the apostate Newchurch of the New Order and maintains only the fully Traditional Latin Mass, Divine Office, and Sacraments. For further information, click on the TRADITIO Network's Official Traditional Catholic Directory department, provided to the TRADITIO Network by the National Registry of Traditional Latin Masses.
On March 16, 2023, Newbishop Michael Barber, a fellow "Liberation Theology" Newjesuit henchman of Francis-Bergoglio announced that the Newdiocese of Oakland, California, has been so inundated with lawsuits for sex crimes against children by its presbyters that it can no longer be sustained. It will go into bankruptcy. In the last week the Newdioceses of Santa Rosa, California, and Sacramento, California, the state capital, announced that they too will go into bankruptcy. 33 of the 194 Newdioceses in the United States are now in bankruptcy. This is more than one out of six Newdioceses in that country.
Barber announced that since the end of 2022, he had been swamped with 330 lawsuits charging paedophile crimes by the presbyters in his Newdiocese. Barber said that, in essence, his Bergoglian "Mission Alignment Process" is out the window. Like Santa Rosa and Sacramento, Oakland is looking at shutting down Newparishes and selling them to commercial enterprises, perhaps as restaurants and breweries. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Catholic World News.]
Traditional Catholics, it seems that the Just God is really shaking the anti-Catholic Newchurch of the New Order to its very foundations. Its phony "Mess" and "sacraments," its outright pagan doctrine, and its pig-sty morality are finally doing it in -- with the vengeance of God. The prayers of Traditional Catholics are being answered. All it took was a little patience and the realization that the Newchurch of the New Order is most certainly not the Catholic Church.
In his continuing "wreckovation" of everything Catholic, Francis-Bergoglio, in a March 21, 2023, address to the Newpontifical Academies, followed up on his 2021 decree "Traditionis cusodes" by directing the modernization, even paganization, of Newchurches around the world -- what he called "contemporary architectural language."
Gone are the lofty Gothic, Romanesque, and Neo-classical models that have so beautifully reflected the true Catholic faith before the barbaric Vatican II Anti-council of 1962-1965 destroyed the Catholic Church as the "institutional" Church, replacing it with an apostate Newchurch of the New Order, which rejects Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, dogmatically the two fonts of the Catholic Faith. One favored model is a "Zen-style" layout pictured above, which won an award from Bergoglio. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Vatican News.]
Traditional Catholics, Francis-Bergoglio stated that Newchurch architecture must "draw inspiration from" the Protestant/Masonic/Pagan "New Mess" of the Newchurch of the New Order, as required by the Vatican II Anti-council (1962-1965). Is it any wonder that the beauty of the Catholic Church has been lost in the Newchurch, whose art, music, and architecture are truly barbaric? Newchurch is most certainly not the Catholic Church.
On March 15, 2023, the infamous Ides of March, the leading watchdog group for child victims of Francis-Bergoglio's paedophile Newbishops publicly excoriated the Newpope for his persistent secrecy, foot-dragging, and even obstruction in revealing his secret list of the names of his paedophile Newbishops. Bergoglio himself issued in 2019 the decree "Lux Estis Vox Mundi," which was supposed to "reform" Newvatican's corrupt handing of charges against Newbishops for sex crimes against children. Like all of Bergoglio's previous pronouncements on this issue, the 2019 decree has been basically ignored from Bergoglio on down.
The watchdog group, Bishop Accountability, founded in 2003 in the aftermath of the Boston Globe's "Spotlight" investigative series, denounced the Newpope at an international news conference for failing to give a "full accounting" of the crimes. The watchdog organization outed Bergoglio for repeatedly claiming that he wants "transparency," but in fact doing nothing for four years.
Bergoglio's failure in the area of dealing with his criminal Newbishops has marked the ten years of his Newpapacy. So far, only half of Bergoglio's criminal Newbishops have been disciplined. Moreover, those who have been disciplined have received very light punishment after they ruined childrens' lives. Bergoglio allowed many of the criminal Newbishops to continue in their offices. None but the notorious sex criminal Newcardinal Theodore McCarrick, after a multitude of complaints even from his fellow Newchurch bishops, has been expelled. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Washington Post.]
Traditional Catholics, the watchdog organization itself has now called Francis-Bergoglio's bluff and has blown the lid off Bergoglio's secrecy by publishing its own comprehensive list of criminal Newbishops itself. Bishop Accountability stated at its international press conference that Bergoglio has repeatedly interfered with the reporting of sex crimes against children by his Newbishops and presbyters to civil authorities. He wants to have dictatorial control over the cases so that he can ignore most of his criminal henchmen and let just a few off with a slap on the wrist for publicity's sake. Meanwhile, Newchurch's Great Sex & Embezzlement Holocaust continues worse than ever.
Newchurch in Germany is going into schism from Newchurch, as the Germans insist upon "blessing" sodomite "marriages" and installing homosexuals as Protestant-style presbyters (Newchurch has not ordained priests since abolishing the Sacrament of Holy Orders and adopting a Protestantized New Ordinal in 1968). Now Bergoglio is starting to lose his African Newchurchers, even though Africa is about the only place left in the world where the New Order is not catastrophically declining.
On February 5, 2023, returning from a jaunt to two African countries, Bergoglio stunned even Newchurchers by proclaiming that to criminalize sodomy is a "sin" (?), whereas the teaching of God's Natural Law and of Catholic morality is that sodomy itself is the sin. Bergoglio has shown himself to be an apostate from the Catholic Faith in a multitude of doctrinal, moral, and liturgical areas, but this pronouncement was shocking even for him. Not even a purported pope has the authority to overrule the moral doctrine of Christ and His Church. Even the Vatican I Council (1870) made that clear when it proclaimed dogmatically:
Neque enim Petri successoribus Spiritus sanctus promissus est, ut eo revelante novam doctrinam patefacerent, sed ut eo assistente traditam per apostolos revelationem seu fidei depositum sancte custodirent et fideliter exponerent.
[For the Holy Ghost was promised to the successors of Peter not so that they might, by His revelation, make known some new doctrine, but that, by His assistance, they might religiously guard and faithfully expound the revelation or Deposit of Faith transmitted by the Apostles.
African Newchurch leaders and laymen were quick to condemn Bergoglio, as the African Newchurch still holds -- as it must -- not to Bergoglio's apostate ideas, but to Sacred Scripture (Bible). The Africans of 32 of 54 countries on the continent declare sodomy a crime, and three even prescribe the death penalty (Nigeria, Mauritania, and Somalia), in accordance with St. Paul's dictum in his Epistle to the Romans (1:32). [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by La Croix.]
Traditional Catholics, the gutsy African Newchurchers at least had the moral integrity to declare Francis-Bergoglio as not being the "magisterium of the Church." Several Newcardinals have also spoken out to the effect that Bergoglio has slipped into apostasy. It is the natural consequence of such apostasy of the Newpopes and the heresy of the Newchurchers that the Newchurch of the New Order is ripping itself apart. We are seeing the fulfillment of Our Lord's pronouncement: "Every kingdom divided against itself shall be brought to desolation" (Matthew 12:25/DRV).
"I am the Lord thy God. That shall not have strange gods before me." --First Commandment of God.
On March 10, 2023, the pagan fertility goddess Pachamama, formally endorsed and "blessed" in St. Peter's Archbasilica by the apostate Newpope Francis-Bergoglio was enthroned at Newchurch's Regional Synod of Latin America preparatory to Bergoglio's Great Synod on Synodality (aka the Vatican III Anti-council). Several Newbishops "concelebrated" the fake (invalid) Protestant-Masonic-Pagan "New Mess," at which the goddess was venerated before the New Order dinner table (formally an altar).
At the Mess Pachamama was described in terms of the pantheism of nature religions. Pantheism is condemned by the Catholic Church as a false philosophy. That condemned philosophy was promoted by the apostate Bergoglio in his 2015 Encyclical Letter "Laudato Si'." He even wrote a Latin poem to the goddess in the Letter. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by LS News.]
Traditional Catholics, not only paganism but also sodomy, installation of priestesses, and worship of the Green Goddess Gaia were also featured at the Regional Assembly, which will feed into the Great Synod on Synodality in Newrome in October 2024. Once again Bergoglio and his henchmen showed anyone with eyes to see that they are not Catholics, not Christians, but pagans, if not atheists. After all, Bergoglio has stated publicly that his best friends are atheists, and "birds of a feather flock together."
On March 13, 2023, Newbishop Robert Vasa threw in the towel and admitted that his Newdiocese of Santa Rosa had been so inundated with sex-crime lawsuits by his paedophile presbyters that it had sunk into bankruptcy. 41 Newparishes and 22 missions are now in jeopardy. The lawsuits involve crimes going back to the establishment of Newchurch in 1964 at the Vatican II Anti-council after the death of Pope John XXIII.
The Newdiocese's excess property is now depleted, and insurance is either nonexistent or exhausted. The Newdiocese may have to close sites and sell them Newparishes to meet judgments against paedophile presbyters. The Newdiocese may also have to reroute funds from charities to pay out for its crimes. Santa Rosa is trying to squirm out of paying the full amount to the child victims by engaging in legal manoeuvres, but the victims have already challenged the Newdiocese's actions in court. Meanwhile, Francis-Bergoglio's latest appointment as Newcardinal, Robert McElroy, of San Diego, California, is also facing bankruptcy.
Traditional Catholics, the Newbishop of Santa Rosa, California, Robert Vasa, was forced to admit the truth: "We have had pr[esbyters], religious, and lay persons commit evil and immoral acts against the youth, which were of a sexual nature. We know that those who have been harmed in these ways may never be fully healed. No one can undo what was done to them." Santa Rosa marks the thirtieth Newdiocese out of 194 bankrupted by presbyters' sex crimes. That adds up to 15 per cent, or one out of seven. So far Newchurch in the United States has paid out 4,000,000,000 USD in reparations to the child victims of its paedophile presbyters. If any organization deserves to be bankrupted and extinguished for good, it is the Newchurch of the New Order, which is most certainly not the Catholic Church.
Dear TRADITIO Fathers:
I keep getting different answers on this question, so I turn to you for a definitive reply. Is there a traditional Catholic dispensation from the Lenten fast and abstinence from fleshmeat on Friday, March 17, 2023, which is the Feast of St. Patrick, Bishop and Confessor?
THE TRADITIO FATHERS REPLY
There is no universal dispensation for St. Patrick's Feastday. St. Patrick's is not a high feastday, but only a feast of double rank, which is the same rank as most of the other Saints' feastdays in the traditional Catholic calendar. However, if St. Patrick is the Patron Saint of a particular area, there may be a traditional dispensation in place, for example, in Ireland, which for centuries has recognized St. Patrick as its Patron Saint.
Yet even in such dispensed areas, there is no obligation to break the fast and eat fleshmeat on the Friday. By the way, Newchurch's restriction of abstinence to Fridays of Lent is just another anti-Catholic fabrication of that apostate sect. The Apostles made no such distinction, nor may the true Catholic, according to the traditional Second Precept of the Church, which binds under pain of Mortal Sin.
It is Lent, after all. Even if there were a dispensation, the true Catholic should be willing to make a little extra effort to fast and abstain on that day for the good of his soul, which is certainly the more commendable practice. If a true Catholic had to choose between breaking the fast and eating fleshmeat on that Friday, or preserving the Lenten fast and abstinence in the season's spirit of penitence and sacrifice reflecting Our Lord's Own sacrifice for us on that Good Friday, which course do you think he would choose? Which course do you think St. Patrick himself would choose, particularly now that his holy feastday has been perverted into a secularized sham devoid of religion, just as the Holy Martyr St. Valentine's feastday has been?
On March 7, 2023, Newvatican's own just-released Annuarium Statisticum 2021, its annual record of statistics, showed that the number of "vocations" to Newchurch -- if one can correctly speak of "vocations" to an apostate sect -- has been plummeting since 2011, from 120,616 to 109,895, a 9 per cent decline in just a decade. The decline has been increasing substantially since 2019. The decline in Newseminarians was much faster than the decline in clergy and religious, but the number of presbyters, religious brothers, and religious sisters, all declined too. This leading indicator shows that Newchurch is dying -- finally.
Because of the plummeting number of "vocations" to Newchurch, some Newdioceses have not had a new presbyter in ten years. For example, in once-Catholic Ireland, the last installation to the presbyterate (Newchurch has not ordained priests since the New Ordinal of 1968, but merely "installs presbyters to preside over the assembly of the people"), the local Newbishop warned the few remaining Newchurchers that there will no longer be a residential presbyter in each Newparish. By 2032 he predicted that there would be only 12 presbyters in the entire Newdiocese. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Catholic World News.]
Traditional Catholics, what young man would want to waste his life as a presbyter functionary, worse than a Protestant minister, with no valid Holy Mass to say, no valid Sacraments to administer, and no true Catholic doctrine to preach? The word is finally getting out that Newchurch is crashing and burning, and the smart young men are running away as fast as possible from the burning edifice, which is most certainly not the Catholic Church.
Dear TRADITIO Fathers:
I do not have a Traditional Catholic church, chapel, or oratory nearby with Stations of the Cross. Is there any way that I can still perform the Via Crucis devotion for Lent?
THE TRADITIO FATHERS REPLY.
You most certainly can! Yours is an especially common situation today, when many Traditional Catholics do not often have access to a Traditional Catholic church, chapel, or oratory with Stations of the Cross erected. Nor was this situation all that uncommon in many places in the years before the Vatican II Anti-council. You will be edified to learn that Holy Mother Church, as early as the time of Pope St. Clement XVI (1773), has provided for an alternate method for those hindered from making the Stations of the Cross in their ordinary form.
The following is the alternate method. While performing the Via Crucis, hold in your hand a Crucifix blessed by a traditional Catholic priest in the Traditional Latin form from the traditional Rituale Romanum. With a contrite heart and a pious meditation on the Passion of the Lord, recite twenty Paters, twenty Aves, and twenty Gloria Patris, one (Pater/Ave/Gloria Patri) for each of the fourteen Stations, five in honor of the Sacred Wounds, and one for the liberty and exaltation of the (traditional) Catholic Church.
This devotion carries with it a Plenary Indulgence (attributable to the Holy Souls in Purgatory). If you receive Holy Communion on the same day, normally a Sunday, you gain yet another Plenary Indulgence. If you cannot complete the entire devotion, you gain a Partial Indulgence of ten years (in equivalent ancient penance) for each Station so performed.
You would commendably use (but are not required to use) one of the many traditional (look for an Imprimatur before 1951) Catholic meditations for the Via Crucis, such as that of St. Francis or of St. Alphonsus Liguori. The devotion of the Via Crucis is particularly appropriate to the season of Lent (Quadragesima).
Be careful to use only the traditional Fourteen Stations of the Cross. The apostate Newchurch of the New Order and its subordinate groups, as usual, have not hesitated to corrupt the traditional devotion Via Crucis in various ways, including the substitution of different Stations or the addition of a fifteenth Station. The following are the only correct Catholic Stations.
It seems that Francis-Bergoglio is losing control of Newchurch. His German Newbishops have gone into virtual schism, as they plan for implementing a "blessing" for "gay marriages" and installing flaming homosexuals as Protestant-style presbyters (Newchurch has not ordained priests since abolishing the Sacrament of Holy Orders and adopting a Protestantized New Ordinal in 1968).
On March 5, 2023, a once-"excommunicated" and now supposedly "suspended" sex criminal Newjesuit -- the same Newchurch order in which Bergoglio is a member -- laughed in Bergoglio's face and publicly simulated the New Order Mess, right under Bergoglio's nose in Newrome, "concelebrating" and along with several of Bergoglio's other presbyters.
Presbyter Marko Rupnik ravaged women from 1985 to 2018 and even committed the Most Mortal of Mortal Sins, soliciting sex in Newchurch's "reconciliation room" (Newchurch abolished the Sacrament of Penance in 1973, substituting a Protestantized session on a psychologist's couch). For the latter crime he was excommunicated from Newchurch, but Bergoglio remitted the excommunication because the criminal claimed that he was sorry, after having ruined the numerous Newchurch "nuns: involved. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the National Catholic Register.]
Traditional Catholics, let's face it. A significant number of Newchurchers and Newclergy are in revolt against Bergoglio, and he is unable, or unwilling, to do anything about it. His heretic Newchurch is coming crashing down around him, and the Neocon Newchurchers and pseudo-traditionalists are whistling through the graveyard, while their souls are bound up with their apostate Newpope.
Talk about sins against the Eighth Commandment of God! The French government and Newchurch conspired to steal the donations of all those who contributed to the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris, the great cathedral that was gutted by fire on April 15, 2019. There is dispute about what caused the fire, but a Newchurcher in the cathedral at the time is one suspect, and a Jihadist Mohammedam is another suspect.
The world was told that it would be restored to its original traditional form, but that was a lie. Its interior is going to be desecrated to pagan Newchurch Modernistic standards, not those of the thirteenth century, when it was built to traditional Catholic standards. A heated controversy has arisen about using Modernistic, contemporary "chairs" instead of traditional pews. The side chapels with their historic art will instead feature "contemporary art" and a "catechetical path" that sounds straight out of Francis-Bergoglio's push toward modern paganism. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the National Catholic Register.]
Traditional Catholics, the Conservation Commission announced that the historic cathedral would reopen in December 8, 2024, but not in its original form, as promised. In effect, one of Our Lady's greatest artistic shrines will become the plaything for secularists and Newchurchers to push their barbaric trash upon the world. However, donors have caught on to the fraud, and donations have consequently fallen. The Newarchdiocese of Paris is some 7,000,000 USD short of finishing the project. Perhaps Notre-Dame should have been left unmolested as a ruin to be venerated like the temples of Ancient Rome or Greece for the artistic masterpieces they once were.
You know that things are getting really bad in Newchurch when many Newdioceses have no "vocations" at all -- if one can even say that there are "vocations" to the apostate Newchurch, any more than to the Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, and other sects. Newchurch is so heretical, corrupt, and paedophiliac that practically no intelligent young men want to become Novus Ordo presbyters. This is the unfortunate reality for Newchurch, which is now expecting to run out of presbyters by 2030. What intelligent young man would want to waste his life on a fake "New Religion" that no longer ordains Catholic priests or has a valid Catholic Mass or Communion?
In the United States 145 of 175 Newdioceses have failed to install a number of presbyters that would allow the Newdiocese to continue operations, considering the rate at which existing presbyters are dying and retiring. (Since adoption of the Protestantized 1968 New Ordinal, Newchurch has stopped ordaining priests and now merely "installs presbyters," like Protestant ministers, who have no sacrament powers at all.) These statistics come from Newchurch's own so-called Vocation Ministry.
In just the years (2014-2021) since the apostate Newpope Francis-Bergoglio took over Newchurch, there has been a 9 per cent decrease in active Newdiocesan presbyters, a 14 per cent decrease in active religious presbyters, a 22 per cent decline in the number of Newseminarians, and a 24 percent decline in total presbyter installations each year, with that decline becoming even more precipitous in the years since 2020. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the National Catholic Register.]
Traditional Catholics, Newchurch's own Vocation Ministry found that the larger the Newparish, the fewer Newchurch "vocations" it had. Thus, what Traditional Catholics have learned and put into practice since the Vatican II Anti-council (1962-1965) has proven to be the key: to keep congregations smaller, after the mode of the early Catholic and Apostolic Church, in order that the priest may have a personal relationship with his congregation. Newchurch has been more like a corporate factory, in which congregation members are just ciphers to cough up money to send off to a far off Newchurch headquarters in Newrome, where much of their donations are embezzled or spent on "administration."
On March 7, 2023, Francis-Bergoglio reconstituted his Executive Committee of nine Newcardinals (Consilium Cardinalium Summo Pontifici) that runs Bergoglio's Newcuria, the body that governs Newchurch. The Committee now has a majority of new members, who reflect even more clearly Bergoglio's own Leftist/Modernist apostasy than the previous members. The most prominent of the new members is Newcardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, of Luxembourg, who is an avowed pro-sodomite activist, who wants Newchurch to approve "Gay Marriage."
Hollerich is also the Relator General (Chief Official) of the Synod on Synodality, aka Vatican III, which is expected to reorganize completely the Newchurch of the New Order, to include paganism, female clergy, tolerance of sodomy, "gay marriage" (or at least "gay unions") and further paganizing changes to the heretical "New Mess." It is no surprise that Hollerich, like Bergoglio himself, is a Newjesuit, in the post-Vatican II Anti-council's incarnation of that order, which espouses Leftist/Communist principles, including "Liberation Theology," including the assassination of rightest government leaders in Latin America. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by National Catholic Register.]
Traditional Catholics, the handwriting on the wall for Newchurch is even more obvious than when Baltasar, King of Babylon, saw on his wall the warning "Mene Mene Tekel Huparshin," which prophesied the Fall of Babylon. The Newchurch of the New Order has fallen so far that it doesn't even recognize Christ, but is starting to spread outright paganism in the world, through the worship of false gods like Pachamama and Acatama. No true Catholic can have anything to do with it, or otherwise be stained with its apostasy, moral corruption, idolatry, blasphemy, and sacrilege.
Dear TRADITIO Fathers:
The news reports are making a big hoopla about the change that Newchurch is making in its "order of penance," so that the rite will be changed yet again. I am so fed up with these constant changes that I have finally decided to get out of Newchurch. I have come to the conclusion that Newchurch and its Newpopes after the Vatican II Anti-council are in no way Catholic and are simply frauds, worse than Protestants.
It's all a bunch of folderol anyway because Newchurchers never go to confession, or whatever they call it now. I am really, really ticked off.
THE TRADITIO FATHERS REPLY
Newchurch's "Rite of Reconciliation" is invalid (fake), i.e., useless and worthless. On December 2, 1973, the Newchurch of the New Order abrogated the valid traditional Sacrament of Penance and replaced it with a new Protestantized (at best) "Rite of Reconciliation," which is not a sacrament and is not valid. This was the time when the form (text) and the intention of the Sacrament were corrupted into invalidity. As your question correctly indicates, Newchurch is still playing around with the wording of their invalid non-sacraments to make them even more invalid as of 2023, if that were possible.
Moreover, on June 18, 1968, Newchuch adopted an invalid (fake) Protestantized New Ordinal, which no longer ordains "priests to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass for the living and the dead" and no longer imparts the Sacramental power, viz., "whose sins thou shalt forgive, they are forgiven them: and whose sins thou shalt retain, they are retained." Since 1968 Newchurch has not ordained priests in the Sacrament of Holy Orders, but merely "installs presbyters [like Protestant ministers] to preside over the assembly of the people."
Thus, Newchurch's "Rite of Reconciliation" is doubly invalid (fake), both because the form and intention are corrupted and because a priest is not administering it. Any absolution given in Newchurch by a Newchurch presbyter is invalid worthless. Anyone having confessed in Newchurch should immediately seek a Traditional Catholic Priest for an absolution in the valid traditional Catholic Latin form of the Sacrament of Penance.
No one would want to be an employee of Francis-Bergoglio's Newvatican these days. Like a madman, he has been slashing wages again and again. Actually, he has no choice. He and his Newcardinals have been bleeding Newvatican dry, as with the 350,000,000 USD London real-estate embezzlement.
Newchurch's Great Sex & Embezzlement Holocaust is raging on without mercy, and the victims are no longer giving the "Unholy Father" a pass. The victims, most of them children, have been suing Bergoglio and his lieutenant Newbishops like crazy -- and winning the large financial judgments that are due to them in justice. Moreover, collections and donations to Newchurch are drying up because of across-the-board malfeasance on the part of the apostate Newpopes and their henchmen.
On February 28, 2023, Bergoglio again slashed Newvatican employees' salaries. Bergoglio decided that his employees, not he, have to "make an extraordinary sacrifice" as a result of his own financial malfeasance. The new cuts follow the 3-10 per cent cuts already made in 2021. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Reuters.]
Traditional Catholics, the sins of the Fathers, particularly the Unholy Fathers, the Newpopes, are coming home to roost. Newchurch at this point is so mired in the muck of sodomy, rape, embezzlement, money laundering, and other crimes that the consequences can no longer be hidden. After sixty years of suffering from the malign "spirit of Vatican II," many Newchurchers are sick and tired of the fabled "reform" and the destruction of the traditional Roman Catholic Church as the "institutional" Church. They are abandoning Newchurch entirely. A certain number are going over to Traditional Catholic groups operating independently of Newchurch. These will in due course be the core of the restoration of the Roman Catholic Church, Deo volente.
Before St. Peter came to Rome, and the Roman Catholic Church was established in perpetuity there, he held a see in Antioch, in the Roman province of Syria, for seven years. There is still a feast in the Traditional Catholic Calendar for St. Peter's Chair at Antioch (February 22). In 2023 this feast fell on Ash Wednesday.
It was here that the Acts of the Apostles (11:26), the fifth book of the New Testament, tells us that "at Antioch the disciples were first named Christians." Antioch was called "the cradle of Christianity." It was founded in the 4th century B.C. by the Hellenistic Greeks. In 63 B.C. the Romans took control and made it the capital of their province of Syria. At one time it was called the "Rome of the East." [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Aleteia.]
Ancient Antioch, now within the country of Turkey, was one of the cities most devastated by a calamitous earthquake on February 6, 2023, and its aftershocks. Entire streets were reduced to rubble, and historical and religious sites were gravely affected.
It's the Vatican II Anti-council's Modernist notion of "inculturation" on steroids, the notion that local aberrations should be incorporated into Newchurch's "New Mess." These are exactly the kind of aberrations that the dogmatic Council of Trent jettisoned when the Catholic and Apostolic Traditional Latin Mass was purified and canonized in 1570 by Pope St. Pius V, who brought down on any who would dare to tamper with the True Mass "the wrath of Almighty God and of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul."
In October 2019 Francis-Bergoglio committed the grave Sins of Blasphemy and Idolatry, when he dared to "bless" the idol of the pagan Andean fertility goddess Pachamama before the high altar of St. Peter's Archbasilica. Since then, worship in Newchurch of the pagan goddess has spread in Mexico and throughout Latin America. In some churches the idol of the pagan goddess has already replaced the the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Now the Newdiocese of San Cristobal de Las Casas in Mexico wishes to expand paganism in Newchurch and is sending Bergoglio a petition to include Mayan rites, including pagan dance, music, and priestesses, into Newchurch Messes simulated there. Bergoglio has already approved pagan rites to be incorporated into New Messes in Zaire, Africa. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by El Debate.]
Traditional Catholics, Pagan Maya was noted for its human sacrifice, with decapitated heads being rolled down the sides of its pyramids to please the pagan gods while the people cheered. Now the apostate Newpope Francis-Bergoglio and his Newchurch leaders from Mexico are cheering for the approval of this Blasphemy and Idolatry, which Bergoglio is sure to give. Truly, the Newchurch of the New Order is evil, and no true Catholic can associate with it in any way without peril of his immortal soul.
It now looks as if Sacramento, the capital of the state of California, will become the 31st Newchurch diocese in the United States to declare bankruptcy because of continuing out-of-control sex crimes against children by its presbyters. Newbishop Jaime Soto admitted that in recent months he has been inundated by an additional "more than 200 lawsuits" involving sex crimes against minors filed against the Newdiocese, [which has] become insolvent," i.e., bankrupt.
So rampant are Newchurch's paedophile sex crimes in Northern California that a state judge has been designed to manage a special judicial proceeding in all the Northern California counties. It seems almost impossible to believe that the Newchurch of the New Order and its clergy (who have not been ordained priests and consecrated bishops since 1968, when Newchurch adopted an invalid Protestantized Ordinal that merely "installs presbyters [Protestant-likeministers] to preside over the assembly and Newbishops who are merely administrators over the respective Newdiocesan corporations.
The following is the current list of bankupted Newdioceses as of February 28, 2023: This number constitutes more than one out of every seven Newdioceses in the United States. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Catholic World News.]
1. Archdiocese of Portland, OR (filed 7/6/04, emerged)
2. Diocese of Tucson, AZ (9/20/04, emerged)
3. Diocese of Spokane, WA (12/6/04, emerged 06/2007)
4. Diocese of Davenport, IA (10/10/06)
5. Diocese of San Diego, CA (2/27/07, emerged 09/2007; may re-enter 02/2023)
6. Diocese of Fairbanks, AK (3/1/08, emerged 01/2010)
8. Diocese of Wilmington, DE & MD (10/18/09, emerged)
9. Archdiocese of Milwaukee, WI (1/4/11, emerged)
10. Diocese of Gallup, NM (11/12/13, emerged)
11. Diocese of Stockton, CA (1/15/14, emerged)
12. Diocese of Helena, MT (1/31/14, emerged)
13. Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN (1/16/15, emerged)
14. Diocese of Duluth, MN (12/7/15, emerged 10/24/19)
15. Diocese of New Ulm, MN (3/3/17, emerged)
16. Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, MT (3/31/17, emerged)
17. Archdiocese of San Juan, PR (2018)
18. Archdiocese of Agana, Guam (1/16/19)
19. Diocese of Winona-Rochester MN (09/12/18, emerged)
20. Archdiocese of Santa Fe, NM (11/2018)
21. Diocese of Rochester, NY (9/12/19)
22. Diocese of Camden, NJ (2020)
23. Diocese of Harrisburg PA (2/19/20)
24. Diocese of Buffalo, NY (2/29/20)
25. Archdiocese of New Orleans, LA (05/2020)
26. Diocese of St. Cloud, MN (announced 05/26/20)
27. Diocese of Syracuse, NY (06/19/20)
28. Diocese of Rockville Center, Long Island, NY (10/01/20)
29. Diocese of Norwich, CT (07/15/21)
30. Diocese of Santa Rosa, CA (may enter 02/2023)
31. Diocese of Sacramento, CA (may enter 02/28/23)
Traditional Catholics, the consequences of Newchurch's ongoing Great Sex & Embezzlement Holocaust are incalculable. The Newchurch Holocaust has ruined the lives of countless children, a significant number of whom have committed suicide, not to speak of the lives of parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, and other relatives and friends of the victimized children. The Newpopes have been worthless in sitting on their hands and doing virtually nothing to stop the crimes, but openly supporting their criminal presbyters, Newbishops, and Newcardinals. Each successive Newpope has been worse than his predecessor: the First Paedophile Newpope "Unsaint" JPII-Woytla, the Second Paedophile Newpope "Soon-to-Become-Unsaint" Benedict-Ratzinger, and the Third Paedophile Newpope Francis-Bergoglio, the worst of them all.
The apostate Newpope Francis-Bergoglio is proudest of his "Green" Encyclical Letter "Laudato Si'," which is so overtly pagan that it ends with an originally-composed poem to Earth as if a pagan goddess. Now he wants to toss out the Catholic and Apostolic abstinence from fleshmeat, actually found documented in Sacred Scripture (the Bible), and substitute instead a "fast" from "fossil fuels." Is there no anti-Catholic paganism to which this Newpope will not sink?
Bergoglio's own newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, urges Newchurchers to dump the traditional Catholic and Apostolic abstinence from fleshmeat and to abstain instead from "fossil fuels," to "fast from gas" (isn't that just so cute?). At the same time his own Europeans, who are shivering without gas this cold winter, are going so far as to cut down, in their grave necessity, trees in public parks to gather enough wood to build a fire to stay alive. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Breitbart.]
Traditional Catholics, the apostate Newpope Francis-Bergoglio has never been Catholic. In addition to his being a Marxist -- a fact that he has never denied and which is in fact affirmed in his own book -- he views himself as the "Green God," worshipping like a pagan a Mother Goddess Earth To achieve his Marxist/Modernist political ends, he continues to convert charitable collections and donations from his clueless Newchurchers to fund his paganism and impose it upon his Newchurch of the New Order.
Newchurch parishes in the United States and around the world are closing right and left, even up to half their number. Seattle, Washington, is the latest Newdiocese to have announced the closing of half its Newparishes, but there are others to come. The abandonment of Newchurch by its own Newchurchers has now reached such a pitch that whole Newdioceses are about to go on the chopping block, "merged" out of existence.
The Newdiocese of Steubenville, Ohio, one of the most Leftist of all, is on track to be merged out of existence into the Columbus, Ohio, Newdiocese. An audit is even now going on to determine whether Steubenville has the wherewithal to continue in existence. Adding to the problem is that Newchurch officials in Steubenville, as around the U.S. and the world, and even in Newrome itself, are bleeding their Newdioceses dry by embezzlement. In Steubenville, the Newdiocesan comptroller and the vicar general pled guilty to embezzlement. Francis-Bergoglio himself is being accused by many witnesses in the ongoing Newvatican trial of being the "mastermind" behind a 350,000,000 USD embezzlement from Newchurch collections and donations in a London real-estate scam. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Newchurch's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).]
Steubenville is now among the smallest Newdioceses in the U.S. In 1944, it was so big that it had to be split off from the Newdiocese of Columbus. Now so many Newchurchers have deserted it that it appears likely to be "merged" back out of existence into Columbus once again. Before the Vatican II Anti-council, in 1950, Steubenville had 62,000 Catholics. In 2020 it had shrunk by more than half to just 30,000 Newchurchers. After Steubenville, the next likely U.S Newdioceses to be merged out of existence in the near future are:
Traditional Catholics, the rate at which the Newchurch of the New Order is dissolving is breath-taking. Before the eyes of the world its apostasy and corruption are driving it into the ground. If the Good Lord is in his divine Providence accelerating Newchurch's demise, may Traditional Catholicism once again return as the "institutional" Church, the one, holy catholic, and aposotolic Church, which does not merely "subsist in," as the apostate Newpope Benedict-Ratzinger fancied, but actually "is" the only true Church of Christ.
Newcardinal Ted McCarrick, Presbyter Marcial Maciel -- these and many other names are on the list of criminal Newchurch clergy. Their predations extended to countless boys and girls, men and women, Newseminarians, "nuns," and others. The latest addition to the list is presbyter Marko Rupnik, a Newjesuit like Bergoglio, living and working Rome. Instead of punishing and expelling the criminal, Newchurch and its Newpope Bergoglio are once again playing the cover-up game. Newchurch remains the same criminal organization it has always been. That is why its Great Sex & Embezzlement Holocaust will not go away, with more and more crimes by its Newclergy being reported daily.
Because of the overwhelming number of charges against Rupnik, the Newjesuit organization had no choice but to admit on February 21, 2023, that it was considering expelling Rupnik from the Newjesuits, who in the modern era have become Liberation Theologists, deeply tainted by atheistic and violent Communism. These charges had been forwarded to Newvatican by the victims for over thirty years, going back to the mid-1980s, but Newchurch had done nothing.
Newchurch, as usual, is acting much too little and much too late. Even the Newjesuit organization had to admit that it has known about Rupnik's predations for years before they went public in December 2022, because Rupnik had branched out and sexually assaulted not just "nuns," but Newchurhers both male and female. Rupnik had a particular penchant for sexually assaulting Newchurch "nuns," whose spiritual advisor he was supposed to be. But Rupnik had other things on his mind.
In fact, Rupnik had been convicted of the worst crime that a priest can commit (of course, Rupnik is not a priest, but, like other Newchurch clergy, he was merely "installed" as a "presbyter" in the Newchurch's invalid (fake) Protestantized New Ordinal of 1968 "to preside over the assembly of the people," not to offer the true Mass). That delictum gravius is solicitation in the confessional, as a result of which Rupnik had been excommunicated in 2020. This sin is so serious that, even though Rupnik quickly "repented," it had to be forgiven personally by the Newpope, and, of course, Rupnik's fellow Newjesuit Bergoglio remitted the excommunication as soon as it came to his desk.
Even the Newjesuits threw in the towel on their cover-up. They recommended that Newvatican initiate a trial. With control over that decision was yet another Newjesuit, Luis Ladaria, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the [New Order] Faith, who denied the Newjesuits' request to try Rupnik. Given the record of Bergoglio, we can see the Newpope's fingerprints all over this matter, a charge that Bergoglio himself admits in part. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the National Catholic Register.]
Traditional Catholics, so what is the next step? The Newjesuits want Rupnik to "repent" again, so that they can throw the whole matter under the table. But the plot thickens. Rupnik has refused to answer investigators' questions -- these investigators who report to Bergoglio, who is an apparent accessory after the fact. The Rupnik affair is just the latest example of the modus operandi of the Newvatican crime syndicate. In comparison to the corrupt Newchurch and its Newpopes, the Italian Mafia is looking very good these days!
On the heels of more revelations at the ongoing Newvatican trial about Francis-Bergoglio's role as "mastermind" behind the 2014 London real-estate swindle, which lost 350,000,000 in Newchurchers' collections and donations, the apostate Newpope had the gall on February 23, 2023, to issue yet another one of his infamous Motu Proprios, "Il Diritto Nativo," which continues the power grab of all the Church's money and property into his personal hands.
Under this power grab, which began with the so-called Apostolic Constitution "Praedicate evangelium" of March 19, 2022, "all property, movable and immovable, including cash and securities," no matter how a donor intended it, now revert to "the name and authority" of the current Newpope, now Bergoglio himself, "by right." Bergoglio's legal authority for this avaricious statement is not clear, but if you are a dictator, like "Il Papa Dittatore", as he is called in Europe, you make up your own law.
Traditional Catholics, as the dictatorial Louis XIV, King of France, is said to have pontificated: "Le loi, c'est moi (I am the law). Too bad he lived in the eighteenth century. Louis would have made a perfect Newpope!