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It was Francis-Bergoglio who personally appointed Matteo Zuppi as his new Newarchbishop of Bologna, Italy, on October 27, 2016, specifically to replace conservative Newarchbishop Carlo Caffarra, one of the Newcardinals who signed the letter about Bergoglio's heretical March 19, 2016, document Amoris laetitia (The Joy of Sex).
On Christmas 2016 Zuppi proceeded to place the image of the Christ Child in the creche wrapped in swadding clothes consisting of the homosexual "Rainbow Flag." Zuppi has been called in the international press "stupid." [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the German news service Katholiches.
True Catholics, "stupid" is too kind word for Zuppi. He is a blasphemer, thereby committing a grave sin against the First Commandment of God. Even more culpable in this grave sin is Francis-Bergoglio himself, who is implicated in the sacrilege. Thus, Bergoglio comes under Apostolic censure, for as the Apostle St. Paul wrote to the Romans: "They who do such things are worthy of death: and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them" (Romans 1:/32/DRV).
Dear TRADITIO Fathers:
Our traditional parish priest blesses throats in honor of St. Blase on the Sunday before or after the Saint's feastday (February 3). Is this permitted? Is it required that the candle around the throat be burning when the blessing is given?
The TRADITIO Fathers Reply.
The blessing may be given on the Sunday before or after the actual feastday of the Bishop and Martyr. In fact, the blessing can be given any time. The rubrics do not provide that the candles be burning during the blessing. In fact, they almost never are because of the mess that would be caused by burning wax falling on the recipient's clothing. The blessing, given in Latin in accordance with the traditional Rituale Romanum is:
Per intercessionem sancti Blasii, Episcopi et Martyris, liberet te Deus a malo gutturis, et a quolibet alio malo. In nomine Patris, et Filii + et Spiritus Sancti.
[Through the intercession of St. Blase, Bishop and Martyr, may God free you from illness of the throat, and from whatever other illness. In the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Ghost.
Although he had received a blessing from Francis-Bergoglio just the day before, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte courageously denounced the Marxist Nwpope on January 19, 2017, for supporting his presbyters and Newbishops, many of whom are engaged in homosexuality, drugs, and paedophilia. The Philippines is one of only two majority Newchurch countries in and neighboring Asia. The President was graphic in his denunciation:
You are all crazy.... When we were making confessions to you, we were being molested. They are touching us. If you cannot mend your ways, if you cannot even give justice to the small boys that you have molested in the past, you do not have that moral ascendancy to lecture on the sanctity of life.
The President has been outspoken against Francis-Bergoglio's corruption and that of his Newchurch. He even called Bergoglio a "son of a bitch." He said that members of the clergy had wives and were engaging in homosexual acts, practices that were being tolerated by the Marxist Newpope, who scandalized the world by saying "Who am I to judge?" He also charged that presbyters are embezzling state funds and could not explain where vast amounts of money from public donations had gone. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Reuters.]
True Catholics, we can only hope that more heads of state denounce Francis-Bergoglio's hypocrisy on Newchurch's Great Sex & Embezzlement Holocaust. Bergoglio talks a good game, but has done nothing in four years. Even child victims' rights groups have now written him off as "Begoglio the Blowhard." It seems that increasing for the Marxist Newpope, "the jig is up"!
Dear TRADITIO Fathers:
I am a Latin teacher, and my school uses the Latin for the New Millennium textbook. I noticed that the level two book contains the following sentence: "By far the most famous Latin author of Anglo-Saxon England is Bede, known as 'the Venerable' because of the great veneration he received from later mediaeval writers."
My understanding is that while the term "Venerable" connected to Bede was not the title that the Church sometimes confers, he was nonetheless referred to as "Venerable" not just for his literary accomplishments, but also for his holiness and his accomplishments as a theologian. Indeed, he has been declared a Doctor of the Church.
In any case, this textbook in its little biography of Bede speaks of him as if the Church had little or nothing to do with him or his accomplishments. He is to the authors of the textbook merely a writer, no more, no less. Would you please tell us more about this important Catholic Saint known as Bede the Venerable?
The TRADITIO Fathers Reply.
Beda Venerabils, St. Bede (ca. 673-734), is clearly the most significant figure in that time and place, and in Europe as a whole. We would be ignorant of history of the early English Church without Bede's Latin Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum.
It was Bede's emphasis on dating in his History that is primarily responsible for the fact that we still measure dates in history from the birth of Christ. It was Bede who coined the phrase Anno Domini. and he later used that method of dating for the first time when he wrote his Ecclesiastical History.
In 686, plague broke out at the Jarrow monastery, where Bede was a monk. A source of the time indicates that only two surviving monks were capable of singing the full Divine Office; one was the abbot Ceolfrith and the other a young boy, who, according to the anonymous writer, had been taught by Ceolfrith. The two managed to chant the entire Divine Office until others could be trained. The young boy was almost certainly Bede, who would have been then only about 14.
The title Venerabilis was popularly attached to him already by the ninth century in recognition of his holiness. Pope Leo declared him a Doctor of the Church in 1899.
Vatican II (1962-1965) was far from the first anti-council. St. Bede denounced the Quinisext Council in Trullo (692), calling it a "reprobate synod." Pope Sergius I thereafter declared the council null and void because, like Vatican II (1962-1965), it had introduced "erroneous novelties."
The TRADITIO Network has consistently maintained that the Newchurch of the New Order and its invalid Mess and sacraments are "Protestant-Masonic-Pagan." On January 17, 2017, Newvatican itself admitted the truth of that statement, when Newvatican's Philatelic and Numismatic Office announced that it would issue a postage stamp honoring the Protestant Arch-heretic Martin Luther (1483-1546), an excommunicate from the Catholic Church.
In 1517, Martin Luther published his Disputatio pro Declaratione Virtutis Indulgentiarum [Disputation on the Declaration on the Power of Indulgences], commonly known as the "95 Theses," against the Catholic Church and began what thereafter has been known as the heretical Protestant Revolt (Deformation, Reformation). The Thirty Years' War that followed caused 10,000,000 deaths and was the bloodiest war in Europe until World War I. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by LS News.]
Pope Leo X, in his Bull Contra Errores Martini Lutheri et Sequacium [Against the Errors of Martin Luther and His Followers] (June 15, 1520), known from its first words as Exsurge, Domine, issued an authoritative condemnation of forty-one propositions advanced by Luther, forbad any use of Luther's works, and decreed that they should be burned. The breach between Luther and the Catholic Church was finalized on January 3, 1521, when, on account of Luther's failure to comply with the provisions of Exsurge Domine, Pope Leo X issued the Bull Decet Romanum Pontificem to declare that Luther had been formally expelled from the Church by a major excommunication. In 1524, Luther broke his vow of celibacy and proceeded to "marry" Katharina von Bora, a run-away Cistercian.
True Catholics, the 500th Anniversary of Luther's revolt from the Catholic Church is being celebrated in 2017. The Marxist Newpope Francis-Bergoglio already traveled to Lund, Sweden, in October 2016 to celebrate Luther's revolt with the Protestants and installed a statue of the Arch-heretic in Newvatican. Newvatican is ignoring in 2017 the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the 300th-year anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil. Usually, if individuals are commemorated on Vatican stamps, they have been Saints, so perhaps the new stamp is a sign that Bergoglio is thinking of Novus Ordo con-anizing the Arch-heretic, who had previously been honored by his predecessor the Unsaint Newpope JPII-Wojtyla.
Commenting on the controversy over Francis-Bergoglio's March 19, 2016, document Amoris laetitia (The Joy of Sex), Newcardinal Ray "Bully" Burke stated in a December 15, 2016, interview on EWTN's "The World Over," that Bergoglio's teaching that divorced/remarried Newchurchers may receive the invalid Novus Ordo cookie and Kool-aid is false, as the Newpope "cannot change" the constant teaching and practice of the Catholic Church.
That's all well and good, but Burke's hypocrisy as a Modernist and no "traditionalist" is exposed in such a statement. If a matter such as divorce-with-remarriage cannot be changed, certainly the Catholic and Apostolic Traditional Latin Mass of St. Peter, canonized in perpetuity by Sacred Tradition and specifically by the dogmatic Council of Trent and Pope St. Pius V, cannot be changed. Yet the hypocritical Burke long ago gave in on that point and adopted the Vatican II Anti-council's condemned Modernism. He can be seen prancing around in his phony Novus Ordo garb simulating the invalid Protestant-Masonic-Pagan New Mess of 1969.
Hypocritically, Burke told EWTN: "We have to remember: the criterion here is the truth. There have been cases – take for example the case of Henry VIII, and his desire to be able to enter a second marriage without having his first marriage declared null. All the bishops of England except St. John Fisher went along with the error, but St. John Fisher is the Saint because he defended the truth. And all of us in the Church [sic] who are cardinals, bishops, we have a responsibility to defend the truth." [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Catholic News S ervice.]
Burke conveniently forgets that it was the same Henry VIII who began the destruction of the Traditional Latin Mass in England and the replacement of it with an invalid Protestant service in the vulgar tongue of English. "Bully" Burke is the product of the fact that at least since 1969, Newchurch has not had a valid Mass or priesthood. Therefore, Newchurch is devoid of grace and is rapidly sinking straight down to Hell.
True Catholics, no one, including Newpope Francis-Bergoglio or Newcardinal Burke, can cherry-pick what Catholic doctrine or Catholic Sacraments he can accept or reject. If a Catholic is a heretic in even one teaching, he is a heretic in all and is to be shunned by all the true Faithful. Ray, your little cabal against Francis-Bergoglio is much too little and much too late. You had already lost the Catholic Faith before you started it.
While Newchurch conservatives prattle about the almost non-existent "Latin Mess," erroneously termed "Extraordinary," they turn a blind eye to the fact that they have accepted thereby the "Ordinary Mess," the invalid Novus Ordo Protestant-Masonic-Pagan service of 1969, to which the untraditional "Extraordinary Mess" -- which is certainly not the Traditional Latin Mass -- is associated.
On January 14, 2016, Francis-Bergoglio announced a shakeup in his "liturgy department" that almost equals the shakeup after the Vatican II Anti-council that established the invalid New Order Mess of 1969. Conservative Newcardinals have been fired, and a host of Modernist new members, including Novus Ordo presbyters, laymen, and laywomen, are now replacing them.
Already in October 2016, Bergoglio fired conservative Newcardinals Ray Burke and George Pell from membership in the Congregation for [Novus Ordo] Divine Worship." The head of the congregation is conservative Newcardinal Robert Sarah, who was dressed down by Bergoglio in July 2016 for recommending that presbyters simulate the Novus Ordo Mess facing away from the congregation. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Associated Press.]
True Catholics, Newchurchers will have to get ready for yet another round of radical "modernizations" of the invalid Novus Ordo Mess under the Marxist Francis-Bergoglio's regime. Already, one can see from televised broadcasts that even the once solemn and elegant papal celebrations have become cheap and tawdry, with vulgar music and tongues taking over. For the foul-mouthed Bergoglio is vulgarity personified.
The year 2017 will mark the tenth anniversary of Benedict-Ratzinger's Motu Proprio Summorum pontificum of July 7, 2007, which allowed in Newchurch, under highly-limited circumstances, a "Latin Mass" -- most certainly not the Traditional Latin Mass of the Roman Catholic Church. But, in really, according to the liturgical organization, Paix Liturgique, ten years after the Motu, little, if any, progress has been made in that direction. No more progress than Newchurch has made -- i.e., none -- in wiping out paedophilia from among its Newclergy's ranks. Ratzinger's "Extraordinary" Mess is just another example of Newchurch window dressing, with no real intention of accomplishing anything.
At the outset we must repeat that Ratzinger's "Motu" Mess, which he, entirely contrary to Catholic Tradition, termed the "Extraordinary Mess," is most certainly not the Traditional Latin Mass of the Roman Catholic Church. Its form is significantly corrupted by the invalid, full-blown "New" Mess of 1969. Nor, in Newchurch, is it celebrated by priests, but by non-ordained Protestantized presbyters merely "installed" under the invalid New Ordinal of 1968. Thus, the "Motu" Mess is doubly invalid.
Paix Liturgique issued a "depressing report" for those Newchurchers who have sold out to Ratzinger's Half Novus Ordo "Motu" Mess rather than fighting for the true and valid Traditional Latin Mass. Even the Ecclesia Dei Commission in Newrome, which is supposed to regulate and promote the "Mess of 1962" admits: "We have no cases in progress; we are no longer troubled with requests to implement the Motu Proprio." The reality is that those Newchurchers who wanted Half Novus Ordo Mess of 1962 have finally grown tired of hearing "No!" and have given up.
The months immediately following the coming into force of the 2007 Motu Proprio saw the awakening of numerous hopes -- hopes that have been dashed to nothingness. Groups of Newchurchers approaching their Newpastors encountered almost universal denial, with the result that, as the subsequent ten years have passed, new requests by Newchurchers have become increasingly rare. The vast majority of Newchurch bishops and pastors have done everything possible to render Ratzinger's Motu useless, including the use of bad faith, crude manipulations, calumnies, and lies." [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Paix Liturgique.]
Newchurchers have been confronted with responses like:
True Catholics, Paix Liturgique concludes that it is time to accept the reality as it is. The Newchurch of the New Order will never accept even the knockoff Half Novus Ordo "Latin Mess" of 1962, celebrated by unordained Protestantized presbyters. A true Catholic's only choice is to get as far away from Newchurch as possible and get to an independent, traditional Catholic Church that has the fully Traditional Latin Mass as it existed before the "modernizations" starting in the 1950s.
Dear TRADITIO Fathers:
I'm in the slow, painful process of seeing and understanding the gradual takeover of what was once the Roman Catholic Church by the Newchurch of the New Order in 1964. I have been hearing different judgments about the "Transitional Popes," Pius XII and John XXIII. Which of the two was the more traditional pope?
The TRADITIO Fathers Reply.
Historical research comes out more in disfavor of Pius XII and in favor of John XXIII as more traditional.
It a fact that it was Pius XII who opened the Pandora's box of the "liturgical revolution," which led to the invalid New Order Mess of 1969. It was Pius XII, not John XXIII, who bypassed the highly conservative Sacred Congregation of Rites, which since 1588, shortly after the dogmatic Council of Trent, kept tight control on the Roman liturgy against innovations. To the contrary, it was Pius XII founded in 1948 a brand new Pontificia Commissio pro Generali Liturgica Instauratione [Pontifical Commission for a General Liturgical Modernization].
And whom did Pius XII appoint to lead this Commission as its General Secretary but the infamous Modernist Hannibal Bugnini, architect of the New Order? Thus, it was under Pius XII, not John XXIII, that the first wave of radical modernizations leading to the invalid Novus Ordo Protestant-Masonic-Pagan service of 1969 was issued in 1956, including the Protestantized "New Rite" of Holy Week, the most sacred week in the Missale Romanum.
It is a fact that John XXIII certainly did issue the second wave of radical revisions in 1960, but he did so only after explicitly stating that it was Pius XII's work and that he was approving it only out of respect to his predecessor. Thus came into being the half Novus Ordo "Mess of 1962," which was used at the Vatican II Anti-council and which in 2007 was termed, entirely contrary to Catholic Tradition, the "Extraordinary Mess."
It is also a fact that John XXIII convoked Vatican II, but there is also much evidence to indicate that John XXIII did not intend the council to act in the way it eventually did. John XXIII anticipated a 90-day council issuing no major changes, certainly not doctrinal changes. As reported by a reliable journalist present at John XXIII's deathbed (when the pope was dying of stomach cancer during the council), John's last words were "Stop the Council!" John XXIII signed not one single document of Vatican II.
It is further a fact that John XXIII issued one of the most powerful and eloquent confirmations of the traditional Latin liturgy in his Apostolic Constitution Veterum Sapientia, which he solemnly and personally promulgated in front of the College of Cardinals -- a method no pope had used in over 50 years. The Commission that he founded to implement that constitution required that seminary subjects be taught in Latin and that priests complete 7-9 years of Latin study and reading. In contravention of this requirement of John XXIII, the modern-day Fraternity of St. Peter, which claims to be "traditional," offers eight-hour "quickie" "Latin Mass" (not Traditional Latin Mass) seminars.
Information on this topic will be found in past Daily Commentaries from the TRADITIO Fathers department. Use the TRADITIO Search Engine there to find the Commentaries that cover this topic with the search terms "Pius XII" and "John XXIII."
Most traditional Catholics have unthinkingly swallowed platitudes about Pius XII being the "last traditional pope," without having done their due diligence in researching the history of his involvement in the propagation of the eventual New Mess. Pius XII's involvement is not mere speculation, but published fact, which can be confirmed in the Holy See's own official organ, Acta Apostolicae Sedis, and many other sources.
A U.S. Central Intelligence Agency operative has now revealed how an advisor to popes who left Newchurch to become a traditional Catholic priest, best-selling author and Vaticanologist Malachi Martin, was killed. Fr. Martin was also a world-renowned exorcist, who inspired the 1973 film The Exorcist. The operative reveals, from Fr. Martin's driver, also a CIA operative, that the exorcist was pushed to his death from a fall after a possessed child spoke to him, and he was "pushed over by an invisible force," causing a fatal head trauma in the 78-year-old priest.
Fr. Martin was to carry out an exorcism on a four-year-old American girl said to be possessed. When Fr. Martin arrived at the Connecticut home, the family was already there, and the girl walked up to the priest and said: "So you're Malachi Martin -- and you think you can help her, as the Devil spoke through the possessed girl. The driver stated that the encounter was the most disturbing thing he had ever seen. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the U.K. Daily Mail.]
True Catholics, Fr. Malachi Martin was a courageous priest, who, when he actually saw Satanism practiced in Paul VI-Montini's Newvatican, got out of the Jesuit Order, which by that time had been taken over by Communists practicing murderous "Liberation Theology." He then became an independent traditional Catholic priest (as he had been ordained) and moved to the United States, where he wrote several best-selling books exposing the diabolical corruption of Newchurch and appeared on numerous radio and television programs to explain the traditional Catholic Faith.
In Francois-Bergoglio's Newchurch of the New Order, if you do the right thing you are condemned. That is what happened to presbyter John Gallagher, who turned in to police a fellow presbyter who had committed paedophile crimes. But, for all his loud-mouthed propaganda, Francis-Bergoglio protects the presbyter paedophiles, not the presbyter whistleblowers. Gallagher was publicly called a "blatant liar" and "in need of professional assistance" by Newchurch. But the courageous presbyter is not going to take it.
On January 11, 2017, presbyter Gallagher sued the Newchurch diocese of Palm Beach, Florida, for libel and defamation in an effort to cover up sex crimes going on in Newchurch. What Gallagher had done was right. In 2015 he helped the Palm Beach County Sheriff to catch a presbyter who showed child pornography to a minor at a Newchurch parish. As a result of his courageous action, the aptly-named Newbishop of Palm Beach, Gerald Barbarito ("The Little Barbarian") passed Gallagher over to be named pastor of the parish because of his cooperation with authorities. Gallagher's lawsuit argues that he was "intentionally defamed as part of a cover-up for his heroic attempt to report and prevent child abuse" by another Newchurch presbyter."
Police say that after the Novus Ordo service on January 4, 2015, Jose Palimattom lured a 14-year-old boy into the rectory, where he displayed 40 images of gay, child pornography to the boy. The boy's family contacted the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office the very night of the incident. When Gallagher learned of the incident that day, he immediately confronted Palimattom and the next day contacted the County Sheriff. Gallagher persuaded Palimattom to talk to detectives, who then arrested the paedophile presbyter on January 5, 2015. In April 2015, Palimattom pleaded guilty to a charge of showing obscene material to a minor. He was sentenced to six months in jail.
Gallagher stated that the Newdiocese had discouraged him from cooperating with authorities during the Palimattom investigation and started a propaganda campaign to discredit the courageous presbyter. The Newdiocese ordered Gallagher to remain silent and not to tell authorities about security-camera footage that showed Palimattom committing the crime. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the South Florida Sun Sentinel.]
True Catholics, Francis-Bergoglio's Newchurch is perverted. If you do the right thing, and report Newclergy sex crimes to police, it is you who are treated like a criminal. The liar here is Bergoglio and his Newchurch, who claim to be in the corner of the child victims, but instead are daily covering up sex crimes against children by Newchurch presbyters, Newbishops, and Newcardinals, which are going on unabated since the Unsaint JPII-Wojtyla started the official cover-up.
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When, in a fit of jealousy, Francis-Bergoglio attempted to oust the Chancellor of the ancient Catholic Order of the Knights of Malta in December 2016, he was unprepared for the firestorm that he would unleash against himself. Bergoglio is on a vendetta against the Knights, founded in the eleventh century to provide care for sick, poor, and injured Catholic pilgrims to the Holy Land, because their curial head is one of the Newcardinals who, with several others, signed a letter virtually declaring Bergoglio a heretic because of his March 19, 2016, document Amoris laetitia (The Joy of Sex).
The Knights' Grand Master, Fra Matthew Festing, has stated that Bergoglio has no power over the Knights, an entity internationally recognized as independent, and that the Knights will not cooperate with Bergoglio's "kangaroo" investigating committee to look into the matter. The Grand Master further claims that three of the appointees to the investigating committee are tainted with personal and financial interests in the outcome of the investigation. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Associated Press.]
True Catholics, the Knights of Malta are under international law a sovereign Order, founded when the Church was Catholic. They have stated that they are not subject to the Newpope of the New Order. Some of the Knights' clergy still celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass, as they have since the eleventh century. The founder of the Catholic Traditionalist Movement, Fr. Gommar DePauw, was for a time an official of the Knights. The Knights may well force Bergoglio to excommunicate traditional Catholics from the New Order sect. Good! The battle lines need to be drawn, and Bergoglio needs to be exposed for the anti-Catholic hypocrite that he is.
On January 12, 2017, Italian police revealed that Francis-Bergoglio's Newvatican computers had been hacked in a major breach. The police described the hack as a "major international operation." Private communications, probably including Bergoglio's own, have been breached. Julian Assange's Wikileaks may soon have evidence to demonstrate to the world the corruption, already reported from other sources, that is going on under Bergoglio.
Two London computer engineers have been arrested (WikiLeaks's Julian Assange also resides in London). So far police have revealed that the operation has penetrated one of Francis-Bergoglio's commissions, and the E-mails of thousands of Newcardinals and Newbishops who have stayed at Newvatican's "Grand Hilton," aka the Domus Marthae, where Francis-Bergoglio himself resides in the papal suite. The computer breach is described by police as involving "thousands of E-mail messages." Bergoglio has remained silent in the face of the Italian police reports. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the French Newchurch daily, La Croix.]
True Catholics, you may remember the "Vaticeaks" Scandal in 2012 that revealed corruption, bribery, homosexuality, and paedophilia under Benedict-Ratzinger's regime so extensive that Ratzinger was forced to abdicate on February 28, 2013, and to go into seclusion under virtual house arrest in the Vatican Gardens. It may be that this new breach will expose the Marxist Newpope Francis-Bergoglio, who has been already been implicated in corruption concerning the Vatican Bank and the paedophilia of Newclergy, right up to the Newpope himself.
Like his predecessor, Benedict-Ratzinger, Newpope Francis-Bergoglio wants to incorporate Mohammedans into his oecumenical New Order. There is only one problem: the Mohammedans are out to kill him. Even U.S. President Elect Donald Trump cautioned Bergoglio of that fact during the presidential campaign, when Bergoglio objected to Trump's plan not to let alien Mohammedans into the United States without "extreme vetting."
Bergoglio has been strong-arming Western nations into unlimited admission of terrorist Islamic "refugees" into the West. But it was Trump's policy turned out to be quite prudent when Angela Merkel, Chancelloress of Germany, admitted Mohammedan aliens into Germany without such vetting and experienced major terrorist attacks.
Italy's head of Protezione Civile (Homeland Security) warned on January 9, 2017, that the possibility of a terrorist attack in Italy is "very high." Said Franco Gabrielli: "I say this very bluntly: we too [Italy] will have to pay a price. He went on to say: that Islamic terrorists engage in "relentless propaganda that identifies potential targets," prominently including Rome, Newvatican, and Francis-Bergoglio. He remarked that one of the regular publications of the Islamic State is entitled Rumiyah, the Arabic name for Rome. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Milan, Italy, daily newspaper Il Giornale.]
True Catholics, Francis-Bergoglio is truly clueless. If it were left up to this Marxist Newpope, Western Civilization would be overcome by Mohammedans, and the Christian West would be "converted" into the same kind of barbarism that is so common in the Islamic Middle East. Thank God, the West is learning its lesson and dismissing Bergoglio as a child who knows neither Catholic teaching nor the real world.
Thomas Dupre, Newchurch bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts, under the First Paedophile Newpope JPII-Wojtyla and the Second Paedophile Newpope Benedict-Ratzinger (1995-2004), has died. He was the first United States Newprelate to be indicted for rape of his "altar boys." Dupre was indicted for two rapes, but escaped prosecution under a statute of limitations.
When the aggrieved mother of one of raped boys then made the accusations public, Dupre went into hiding. The location of his death has not been revealed. In 2012 he had refused to testify in a sex-crimes lawsuit by other child victims who charged that he had protected the presbyters who raped them. Dupre refused to provide testimony, invoking the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Associated Press.]
Any notion that Newchurch's Great Sex & Embezzlement Holocaust by presbyters, Newbishops, and Newcardinals is over is dead wrong. Francis-Bergoglio, aka the Third Paedophile Newpope, is covering up continuing crimes even worse than his two predecessors. It has been reported that Bergoglio discussed with his Newcardinalsis in December 2016 the possibility of handing over cases of sex crimes by presbyters, Newbishops, and Newcardinals to a more lenient agency. There are growing suspicions in Newvatican that Bergoglio's allies, when caught in sex crimes, receive special treatment.
True Catholics, the hypocritical Bergoglio refuses to make good on his promise to the Newcardinals who elected him that he would appoint a Child Protection Commission to prosecute paedophile Newchurch clergy. Four years have gone by, and he has done nothing -- except issue self-serving press releases.
Just one of many examples of "fake news" being talked about these days is the scurrilous campaign to defame Pope Pius XII (r. 1939-1958). At the end of the Second World War, Pius XII was praised for his moral leadership, strong opposition to Nazism, and interventions which saved many persecuted Jews. Not long after the fall of the Third Reich, however, a new world struggle emerged, between Christianity and Communism. The propaganda was spread, it is now clear, by Joseph Stalin, the atheist Soviet Communist dictator more murderous than Adolph Hitler, in the Cold War, when the Vatican appeared to be part of the American anti-Communist alliance, and Stalin wished to shatter the Pope's reputation. Stalin had a political need to make this Pope contemptible.
The Communist propaganda against the Pope was expanded by playwright Rolf Hochhuth, author of the 1963 play, The Deputy, which bitterly caricatured Pius XII as silent and indifferent during the "Holocaust." Hochhuth energized an anti-papal campaign which reached a crescendo with the publication of John Cornwell's Hitler’s Pope (1999). Though the allegations against Pius XII were ably answered by eminent historians, as well as first-hand witnesses who worked with Pius XII, the campaign against him had a damaging effect.
But now something remarkable has happened. The eminent British Broadcasting Corporation has determined that the BBC has "perpetuated a view that is at odds with the balance of evidence." Today, no reputable historian takes the charges of Hochhuth or Cornwell seriously, for the evidence in Pope Pius XII’s favor is simply too great. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Catholic Herald.]
True Catholics, that a renowned news organization like the BBC now recognizes that it has been an accomplice in disseminating "fake news" marks a real turning point and proves that the battle to rescue the reputation of Pius XII's, called by some the "Last Traditional Pope," from "fake history," concocted by the Hell-bent Communist Dictator Stalin, is finally being won.
Neocon Newchurchers are constantly trying to "fiddle" with the Novus Ordo to make it more acceptable to them. They remain clueless to the fact that the "New Mess" is invalid, blasphemous, idolatrous, and sacrilegious -- in Latin or in Swahili. It can't be "fixed." It has to be thrown out -- together with the Newchurch ministers (presbyters), who have not been validly ordained as priests in Newchurch since the 1968 Protestantized New Ordinal.
The latest effort by Neocon Newchurchers to "fiddle" with the New Mess while Newchurch burns down, encouraged by a Neocon Newcardinal in Newrome, is to try to get Newdioceses to turn the altar back around to the traditional position facing East ("ad orientem," away from facing the congregation in the Protestant mode. Just a few Newdioceses have even attempted to do so, and now one of these few has suppressed the practice.
Newbishop David Konderla, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, as of December 31, 2016, has suppressed all Novus Ordo "Latin Masses," following Francis-Bergoglio's publicly-stated hatred against the "Latin Mess" -- which, in Newchurch, is definitely not the Traditional Catholic Latin Mass. All Novus Ordo "Latin Masses" have been suppressed. No more Messes ad orientem, no more Gregorian chant or Sacred Polyphony. Instead, the Messes, including those at the Newcathedral, will return to facing the congregation like the Protestants, accompanied by silly "pop" music like Kumbaya.
The problem: the practice is "not "uniform." Konderla is ignorant of the "uniform" Tradition that has been followed since early times by the Roman Catholic Church: all Latin, all the time. Only the Traditional Latin Mass, celebrated only by priests ordained under the Sacrament of Holy Orders. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Newbishop David Konderla.]
True Catholics, what can you learn from this episode? First, do not trust anyone connected with the Newchurch of the New Order. They may as well be Protestants or Jews; they are not Catholic. Secondly, realize that nothing in Newchurch is permanent. The "Latin Mess" lasted for a few years, and then the rug was pulled out from under it. This experience of Neocon Newchurchers has been repeated over and over again since the Vatican II Anti-council (1962-1965), but the Newchurchers remain clueless, like rats running round and round trapped in the same wheel, never getting free of their slavery to the anti-Catholic Newchurch. In Tulsa, as in the rest of Newchurch, if you want to be a Catholic, you have to get out of Newchurch parishes and other Novus Ordo institutions and find a fully Traditional Latin Mass entirely outside of the anti-Catholic Newchurch of the New Order.
On the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord, January 6, 2016, Newcardinal Wilfrid Napier, of South Africa, accused Francis-Bergoglio, in his March 19, 2016, document, Amoris laetitia (The Joy of Sex), of opening the door to giving the phony Novus Ordo cookie and Kool-Aid to those openly practicing polygamy.
Napier argues that if Bergoglio is going to let divorced/remarried Newchurchers to munch the Novus Ordo cookie and swill the Novus Ordo Kool-Aid, he must logically make similar provisions for those practicing polygamy, which has long been widespread in African societies, just as divorce-cum-remarriage (bigamy) is now common in the Western world. To the contrary, Napier maintains, Newchurch cannot admit polygamists to the Novus Ordo cookie and Kool-Aid, any more than Newchurch can admit Western serial bigamists. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the U.K. Catholic Herald.]
True Catholics, Francis-Bergoglio's Novus Ordo "doctrines" have more holes than Swiss cheese. And Newcardinal Napier has driven the cheese knife right through a big one, involving one of the Vatican II Anti-council's greatest false doctrines: inculturation. That Modernist doctrine falsely teaches that the True Church is not the Roman Catholic Church, with its civilized and unified Traditional Latin Mass, doctrines, and morality, finally canonized by the dogmatic Council of Trent, but that the Church must "inculturate" itself to every barbarian culture on the face of the earth, from the Islamists to the Pygmies. Nevertheless, the more Newchurch leaders denounce Bergoglio's false teachings, the more the Marxist Newpope stubbornly refuses to admit that his false teachings are not Catholic -- not by a long shot.
On December 30, 2016, Francis-Bergoglio opened a McDonald's on the Via della Conciliazione in Rome, in front of St. Peter's Square, just steps away from St. Peter's Archbasilica. Technically, the franchise is just outside confines of the Vatican, but Newvatican owns the franchise's property. Both laypeople and clergy have criticized Francis-Bergoglio's crass commercialism.
Newcardinal Elio Sgreccia, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life, criticized Bergoglio's lease to the fast-food franchise as neither Roman nor healthy. Local business owners had begged Francis-Bergoglio to keep the fast-food chain out because it upset the artistic, cultural and social identity of the neighborhood and further saturated the area to make it a security risk. Cities across Italy have been turning up the heat against fast-food sites. The mayor of historic Florence turned down an application to open a McDonald's. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Reuters.]
True Catholics, what can the poor Marxist Francis-Bergoglio do? His Newvatican finances are drowning in red ink as Newchurch continues to sink under his corrupt regime. Only the Mafiosi that have controlled his Vatican Bank have done anything to bail him out!
Could you imagine a headline like this before the Vatican II Anti-council (1962-1965)? Could you imagine a headline like this even four years ago before the Marxist Newpope Francis-Bergoglio swaggered into the Newpapacy? He has now gone beyond his scandalous "Who am I to judge?" Now he is pandering outright to immorality of the worst kind contrary to Natural Law.
In mid December 2016 Newchurch's Sisters of the Congregation of Mother Carmel offered its buildings to pander to "transgender" people. Newchurch did so only after fifty building owners, adhering to Christian morality, refused to let out their buildings for this perversion. Said one "transgender" activist: "The [New]church has been very supportive" of "transgender" people. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Catholic World News.]
It is a dirty little secret, unknown to most Newchurchers, that Newchurch under Francis-Bergoglio in now officially folding homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, queer -- you name it -- activity into "Pro Life" organizations, sponsored by Newchurch bishops. Bergoglio, who is himself soft on abortion is strong on perversion. Newchurch is mobilizing its presbyters, "sisters," and laypeople to pander to these perversions. Meanwhile, criminal sodomy, rape, and sexual assault on children continue unabated under Bergoglio's disgustingly anti-Catholic, immoral Newpapacy.
True Catholics, we TRADITIO Fathers have consistently warned against use of the ambiguous term "pro life" and have recommended unambiguous term "anti-abortion" The problem with "pro life" is that in the 1990s it was appropriated by anti-death penalty liberalists. Now it has been taken over by LGBTQ activists.
After 85 years Francis-Bergoglio is silencing Vatican Radio. The historic radio station on January 1, 2017, became merely a cog in the bureaucratic miasma known as the Newchurch Secretariat for Communications. Thus, Francis-Bergoglio is destroying yet another vehicle of Catholic culture, inaugurated by famed scientist and Nobel Physics laureate, Guglielmo Marconi, a Catholic, who erected the first radio tower inside the walls of Vatican Gardens at no charge, and introduced Pope Pius XI in the first broadcast on February 12, 1931, in the following words:
I have the highest honor of announcing that in only a matter of seconds the Supreme Pontiff, Pope Pius XI, will inaugurate the Radio Station of the Vatican City State. The electric radio waves will transport to all the world his words of peace and blessing. With the help of Almighty God, Who allows the many mysterious forces of nature to be used by man, I have been able to prepare this instrument which will accord to the Faithful of all the world the consolation of hearing the voice of the Holy Father. Most Holy Father, the work that Your Holiness has deigned to entrust to me, I today return to you... May you deign, Holy Father, to allow the entire world to hear your august words.
Then the waiting world heard via radio broadcast the Latin address of Pope Pius XI, written by the Pope himself, imbued with passages from the Sacred Scriptures that emphasized the universality of the Gospel message:
Qui arcano Dei consilio succedimus in loco Principis Apostolorum, eorum nempe quorum doctrina et praedicatio iussu divino ad omnes gentes et ad omnem creaturam destinata est, et qui primi in loco ipso mira sane ope Marconiana uti frui possumus, ad omnia et ad omnes primo Nos convertimus atque, hic et infra Sacro Textu iuvante, dicimus: Audite caeli quae loquor, audiat terra verba oris mei. Audite haec omnes gentes, auribus percipi te omnes qui habitatis orbem, simul in unum dives et pauper. Audite insulae et attendite populi de longe.
[We who, by the hidden plan of God, We succeed in the place of the Prince of the Apostles, of those whose doctrine and preaching was certainly destined by the divine command to all nations and to every creature, and of those who first in this very place can take advantage of using the truly miraculous work of Marconi, first turn to everything and everyone, with the Sacred Text assisting here and beyond, and We say: Hear, O Heavens, what I say. Let the earth hear the words of my mouth. Let everyone hear these things, everyone who inhabits the earth, both the wealthy and the poor as one, that you are understood with their ears. Hear, islands, and give heed, peoples from afar.]
In an era when happenings inside the Vatican were largely unknown to the rest of the world, the sound of the Pope's voice was met with excitement. L'Osservatore Romano reported on the public enthusiasm with which the broadcast was met in Rome:
Yesterday in Rome all the radio sets were turned on; groups of people gathered around the wonderful apparatus to listen. Wherever there was a radio set available, people would crowd around it. Loudspeakers were placed outside many electric and appliance shops, or outside the offices of the newspapers. There are crowds everywhere, blocking the traffic in some areas....
In London, the News Chronicle reported:
For the first time the voice of a Pope was heard in London, and by millions of other believers about the world.... 3,500 Catholics stood for hours in Westminster Cathedral waiting to hear the voice of the Pontiff.
And an editorial in the New York Herald reported:
Few events in the history of the world can compare with the profound impact the Head of the Holy Roman See made during his address directed to the entire planet.... and such a thing could not have been foreseen by any preceding Pope. This is a miracle of science, and no less a miracle of faith."
True Catholics, like so much Catholic that the Vatican II Anti-council (1962-1965) and its Newpopes have destroyed, independent Vatican Radio ends an era. The move is part of Francis-Bergoglio's "reorganization" of Newcurial offices. Programs will be broadcasted for the near-term future, but will eventually be silenced. Programs have been broadcasted since 1931 in Latin and 44 vernacular languages via short wave, medium wave, FM, and satellite. That voice, which now is subservient to the anti-Catholic Newchurch of the New Order, Francis-Bergoglio will silence. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Catholic World News.]
Nothing has changed between the High Priest Caiphas, whom Our Lord called a "hypocrite," and Francis-Bergoglio. The Newpope began the New Year with an hypocritical letter to his Newbishops not to allow paedophilia in his Newchurch. The hypocrisy is that Francis-Bergoglio himself allows paedophilia and is notoriously soft on sodomy (cf. his infamous statement: "Who am I to judge"?)
When Bergoglio was elected Newpope on March 13, 2013, he made two promises to his electors: to clear the Mafia out of the Vatican Bank and to rout the paedophiles out of the Newchurch clergy. He has done neither, violating the terms of his election. On several occasions, like this New Year's Day 2017, he has talked about his paedophile Newclergy, but he has done nothing against them. He has talked about setting up a Child Protection Commission, but in almost four years now he has failed to give the fabled Commission its charter or appoint all its members. He has also failed to establish his promised tribunal to judge his Newbishops accused of covering up sexual abuse or failing to prevent it.
On January 1, 2017, Bergoglio sent his Newbishops a letter that they must adhere to a policy of "zero tolerance" for clergy who sexually abuse children and begged forgiveness for "a sin that shames us." But he himself has actually done nothing about it. Child victims rights groups now openly denounce Bergoglio as the worst hypocrite of all the Newpopes. The founder of the U.S.-based research and monitoring group Bishop Accountability publicly ridiculed Bergoglio with her forthright counter-statement:
[Bergoglio's words] are little more than rhetoric. This [New]pope keeps proclaiming zero tolerance but doesn't enact it. He knows full well that [New]church law contains no zero tolerance provision. Zero tolerance is mere rhetoric. The sad fact is that the [New]church still has not changed its system to make zero tolerance a binding reality.... [It is] still optional in the global Catholic [Sic] Church. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by Reuters.]
True Catholics, Francis-Bergoglio is a mendacious manipulating politican, who says what he has to for the press, but then does nothing. Meanwhile, studies indicate that paedophile crimes among Newchurch clergy are continuing unabated. Every sodomized child simply adds to the weight of the millstone that Bergoglio has hanging around his neck waiting to drag him to Hades.
Having in the previous Daily Commentary told the story of King Henry II and St. Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, we proceed to the story of King Henry VIII (r. 1509-1547), who decided to take matters into his own hands to solve his marital problems and had himself declared the Supreme Head and Governor of the Church in England in 1534. His new Archbishop of Canterbury declared Henry’s first marriage to devout Catholic Queen Katherine null and void, and Henry celebrated his marriage to the trollop and Protestant heretic Anne Boleyn, who was already pregnant with Henry's bastard.
Henry wanted to make sure that everyone of importance accepted his actions, so his agents presented a series of oaths to Henry's subjects. All the English bishops swore the oaths of Succession and of Supremacy -- except one, St. John Fisher, who was martyred for his fidelity to the Catholic Church. Nor did the king's chancellor, St. Thomas More, take the oath and was also martyred for his fidelity to the Catholic Church.
The heretic Henry VIII even reached back 400 years in his vendetta against the Catholic Church. As Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket (1119-1170) fiercely espoused the independence of the Catholic Church from royal authority, and his sacrilegious assassination in 1170 at the hands of Henry II's knights made him a Martyr and a popular hero. For Henry VIII the lesson was clear -- a religious leader who had defied the king and been canonized for it was a dangerous precedent during a time of great religious rebellion.
Therefore, in April 1538, Henry VIII set about eradicating the legacy of St. Thomas of Canterbury in England. Henry ordered destroyed the Martyr's shrine at Canterbury Cathedral and images of the Martyr throughout England. Henry also ordered that the Martyr's feastday on December 29 be removed from the liturgical calendar. (Not surprisingly, Newpope Paul VI-Montini, the Newpope of the Vatican II Anti-council [1962-1965], similarly ordered the Martyr's feastday demoted to a mere "memorial" in the New Order sect.)
This attack on a Saint proclaimed by the Church was the final blow for Pope Paul III (r. 1534-1549), who issued a decree of excommunication against Henry on December 17, 1538. This courageous pope didn't believe in false "charity." With Henry's actions against St. Thomas of Canterbury, and against other Saints' shrines, including the Marian shrines throughout England, it was clear that Henry VIII was a full-blown heretic.
True Catholics, "Be not deceived: God is not mocked" (Galatians 6:7/DRV). Henry VIII is remembered as the vile adulterer of six wives, while Canterbury Cathedral became one of the great shrines of Christendom, with pilgrims coming from throughout England and the Continent "the holy, blissful martyr for to see," as the Canterbury Tales put it.
We TRADITIO Fathers recently received an E-mail from one of our readers, contending that calling a heretic a heretic isn't "charitable." We reminded the reader that charity is "love of God," Who described Himself as "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6/DRV). This Christmastide teaches us this lesson clearly in the celebrated case of St. Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury (r. 1162-1170), whose feastday is celebrated in the week after Christmas, on December 29, among the comites (companions) of Christ.
St. Thomas of Canterbury was proclaimed a martyr and canonized a Saint less than two years after King Henry II's (r. 1154-1189) knights assassinated him during Pontifical Vespers on December 29, 1170. Thomas and Henry had been in conflict over the authority of canon law and ecclesiastical courts. King Henry asked -- perhaps without realizing the consequences -- "Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?" Four knights viewed that question as a command and obeyed.
The four knights were excommunicated by Pope Alexander III, the same pope who canonized St. Thomas. To keep his crown, Henry II was forced to do public penance -- private confession was not sufficient for such a vile sacrilege -- crawling on his hands and knees from his palace to Canterbury Cathedral, where he did obeisance at the Martyr's tomb. That shrine, the monastery, and the relics of St. Thomas of Canterbury would last until 1538, when Henry II's successor, the heretic king Henry VIII, ordered the shrine destroyed, the monastery suppressed, and the Martyr's relics scattered.
But more about that to come in another Daily Commentary. For information about the 1964 award-winning film Becket, starring Richard Burton as the archbishop and Peter O'Toole as the king, click on FAQ12: What Films Do You Recommend for Traditional Catholics? in the TRADITIO Network's Library of Files: FAQs and Traditional Apologetics department.
True Catholics, that is how the true Church deals medicinally and punitively with those who dare to commit sacrilege. False "charity" -- which is not real charity at all, but pusillanimity -- is not an option. If such vile crimes are committed with impunity, the Church encourages others to commit similar crimes. And that, in a nutshell, describes the Newchurch of the New Order since the Vatican II Anti-council (1962-1965), whose Newpopes and Newprelates are complicit in the vilest of crimes: sacrilege, blasphemy, idolatry, heresy, schism, infidelty, and paganism.
After Francis-Bergoglio turned his private birthday party "Mess" for his Newcardinals on December 22, 2016, into a virulent attack in which he called the conservative Newcardinals present "inspired by the Devil," Newrome is experiencing a "climate of "fear" and outright anger against the Marxist Newpope, who is riding roughshod over officials who uphold Catholic teaching:
In an even more chilling revelation, Francis-Bergoglio has set up a virtual KGB to monitor Newchurch universities in Rome. The operatives monitor the professors' lectures to ensure that they fall in line with Bergoglio's heretical Modernist views. Newchurch clergy are expected to spy on each other and report to Bergoglio's agents any who are conservative.
On-site reports indicate that Bergoglio has turned Newrome into a kind of Newchurch police state, a "reign of terror." Reports indicate that telephones of Newvatican officials are being monitored. Some officials who work in the Newvatican are advising their contacts on the outside not to share sensitive information via E-mail or on Newvatican-issued cell phones. Press reports indicate that Bergoglio is working behind the scenes to ensure that his Marxist agenda for Newchurch is not thwarted.
The international press reports that "significant lying and deceit taking place, as well as calumnies and the besmirching of reputations of those labeled to be 'on the right' just because they are publicly critical of [Bergoglio's document] Amoris Laetitia [the Art of Love], or merely report on such criticism." There is a “war” going on in Newchurch between the adherents of the Vatican II Anti-council and conservative Newchurchers. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by LS News.]
True Catholics, the Newchurch conservatives have brought on this reign of Modernist terror by the Marxist Newpope upon themselves. When the Vatican II Anti-Council substituted the Newchurch of the New Order for the Catholic Church as the "institutional" Church in 1964, virtually none of the top Newchurch officials spoke against the Protestantized, invalid New "Mess," New "Sacraments," heretical doctrines, and immoral teachings. It is too little and too late for them. Newchurch is ever more quickly sinking into the mire that it has created for himself. Soon the Newpope will be just as despised as the heretic Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, who is drowning in co-habitating homosexual "bishops."
Dear TRADITIO Fathers:
George Michael, a famous pop star, died on Christmas Day 2016. He was a heroin addict and an active homosexual. He publicly denounced Christianity and called large numbers of Christians "totally (bleep)-ed up (bleep)-sucking bastards. My niece was wishing him "RIP" on Facebook. When I replied, "No chance of that," she replied that we could pray for him. I thought that Catholics are not allowed to pray for deceased heretics, apostates, and the like. Is this true?
The TRADITIO Fathers Reply.
The liturgical regulation is that no public Mass may be said for a deceased heretic and, for a living heretic, apostate, etc., only for his conversion. As to private prayer, the essence of this prudent approach should be followed. The man is now under God's judgment; it is not in our power to pass on his salvation, have had a true conversion in the last instant of life because of the prayers of such as your niece, unlikely as that would seem to be.
That being the case, there is nothing against private prayer (as he may be Purgatory, unlikely as that would seem to be), but public prayer or announcement of a public Mass intention is prohibited. The individual forfeited that because of his public atheism and public immorality.
The Facebook statement alluded to would be entirely out of place for a Catholic. Frankly, even a post such as "I enjoyed his music" would also be out of place because of the kind of music it was. One of his song titles was "I Want Your Sex." Even in the 1980s the title was considered so offensive by pop radio stations that one national host refused to say the song's title, referring to it only as "the new single by George Michael." Some radio stations would play only a toned-down version of the song, "I Want Your Love," with the word "love" replacing "sex."