25 05, 2023

A Tale of Two “Sisters”

By |2023-05-25T14:30:45+00:00May 25th, 2023|Theology|

As much as I dislike placing a blasphemous image of a "Sister of Perpetual Indulgence" (top left) next to a real saintly nun (Sister Mary Wilhelmina Lancaster OSB above to the right) it has to be more than coincidence that the two biggest stories in the US Catholic world this week both have to do with women religious.  The top left is a group of men mocking female-religious in Los Angeles.  The top right is a real Benedictine foundress of a female congregation found incorrupt in Missouri just this week, May 2023. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (SPI henceforth, also top left pic) are a group of men who dress up in [...]

11 05, 2023

Complacency and Gratitude

By |2023-05-13T06:13:21+00:00May 11th, 2023|Theology|

The above is a picture I look of the art behind the main altar of the new Immaculata Church in St. Mary's, Kansas. While walking around the town of St. Mary's last week, and while praying in the new Immaculata Church, I started to wonder about all the Things We Lost in the Fire which was the title of last blog post regarding the history of the past 100 years in St. Mary's, Kansas and even the last 100 years of the Catholic Church at-large.  The former seems to have been a microcosm of the former, especially in her demise under the Jesuits.  But the renewal of the former (under [...]

8 05, 2023

Things We Lost in the Fire

By |2023-05-08T14:15:14+00:00May 8th, 2023|Theology|

As seen in the picture I took above, I visited the new Immaculata Church in Kansas.  The new $42M Church was consecrated (dedicated to God) on the third of May, 2023. The Immaculata was built by the SSPX.  They are canonically-irregular but not schismatic.  Remember that in 2009 Pope Benedict XVI lifted the putative-excommunications previously placed on their bishops.  Even the current Vatican recognizes all their Masses as valid, and even all their confessions as both valid and licit.  Although I have no desire (nor intention) to leave my Archdiocese and apply to the SSPX, I very much admire their adherence to keeping the ancient Catholic faith during this time of near-global [...]

27 04, 2023

Why “Apostolic Catholicism”?

By |2023-04-23T01:53:02+00:00April 27th, 2023|Theology|

Why do I always reference "Apostolic Catholicism" in my blogs and podcasts?  Because I am convinced that what "normy-Catholics" label as "traditional Catholicism" is really nothing more than "Apostolic Catholicism."  That is, our true faith and true liturgy goes back to what Christ gave to the Apostles. Granted, it's very easy for normy Catholics to mock traditionalists as being stuck in a time-warp to the 1950s.  But our beef with modernism touches not on the level of wax in mustaches or which whiskey goes with a certain cigar.  Rather, it has to do with the salvation of souls all across the world.  You see, if the Catholic clergy of the [...]

30 03, 2023

Commandments and Traditions

By |2023-03-27T02:18:09+00:00March 30th, 2023|Theology|

The Gospel found in the Traditional Latin Mass for the Wednesday of the third week of Lent includes this excoriation from Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Pharisees: Then came to Him from Jerusalem scribes and Pharisees, saying: "Why do Thy disciples transgress the tradition of the ancients? For they wash not their hands when they eat bread."  But He answering, said to them: "Why do you also transgress the commandment of God for your tradition? For God said: 'Honour thy father and mother: And: He that shall curse father or mother, let him die the death.' But you say: 'Whosoever shall say to father or mother, The gift whatsoever proceedeth [...]

28 03, 2023

Pachamama and the Plagues of Egypt

By |2023-03-27T18:18:42+00:00March 28th, 2023|Theology|

Have we already forgotten the men who put a Pachamama idol in the Vatican? Have we forgotten the bishops and Cardinals who were complicit in this First Commandment violation through their resounding silence? As we will see, there are Biblical patterns that make sense of the fact that the people currently promoting pagan worship in the Catholic Church are the same ones overturning traditional worship. First of all, consider the fact that the word "Paschal" (Easter) has the same roots as "Passover." The Oxford Dictionary explains that "Paschal" was originally Middle English from the Old French taken from the ecclesiastical Latin paschalis. This word came from the similar Greek and [...]

26 01, 2023

The Mystical Body’s Ever-Changing Crucifixion

By |2023-01-26T16:10:09+00:00January 26th, 2023|Theology|

The earliest age of the Church was the age of blood martyrs. As I currently am reading the Victories of the Martyrs by St. Alphonsus, I am repeatedly shocked how spontaneously the earliest Catholic men and women and children chide their Roman procurators for their pagan worship. Before the threat of flames, little girls openly declare they would rather suffer several minutes in the flames than the eternal flames to which the Roman procurator will throw himself if he does not repent for his idolatry. That early age of the Church carried the physical cross of Jesus Christ. Indeed, many of the early martyrs were literally crucified, as was Our [...]

6 01, 2023

“He is to Be Accused by His Subjects.”—St. Isidore

By |2023-01-06T17:17:30+00:00January 6th, 2023|Theology|

I do not want this blog to turn my readers into "heresy hunters" since recognizing heresy is not enough to obtain eternal life. Also, there is so much heresy in current "Catholics" (both lay and clergy) that your "heresy hunting" would become an exhausting effort. But this blog is worth writing because there is an odd gnostic-myth floating around Catholic circles today that a heretic in the hierarchy can only be recognized by either a group of Cardinals or an obsolete battery of canonical trials. While it is true that the saints seem to delineate between "material heresy" (small points) and "manifest heresy" (obvious heresy) the latter is held by [...]

20 11, 2022

The Abomination of Desolation

By |2022-11-20T14:11:03+00:00November 20th, 2022|Theology|

The Gospel in the TLM today is about the end of the world.  Christ declares that "the abomination of desolation" will enter "the holy place." (Mt 24:15.)  In those days "there shall arise false Christs and false prophets" (v. 24.) Our Lord adds this unusual line: "Unless those days had been shortened, no flesh should be saved.  But for the sake of the elect those days shall be shortened." (v. 22.) Earlier in Matthew 24, Christ describes dark signs that will precede His light-filled return: "You shall hear of wars and rumours of wars." (v. 6.) And "nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be [...]

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