Sunday Sermons from South Saint Paul
Father speaks to the First Communicants, explaining the importance of the Rosary, the Scapular, Our Lady of Fatima, and the importance of becoming Saints.
Editor’s Note: There’s nothing sensational about this article…no breaking news, no new & improved papal scandal, no dirty laundry. On the Internet clickbait scale, it's a 1. But, please, do yourself a favor -- read it. From first paragraph to last, it positively exudes the sensus catholicus. It is filled with hope, and it puts all the scandals of our day into proper perspective — mere footnotes of history, jotted down by someone long after the Novus Ordo has been recalled, the Spirit of Vatican II exorcised, and the traditional liturgies and teachings fully restored to the life of the Church. Especially if you think this won't happen anytime soon-- please read on. MJM
Christianity would not have enemies if it were not an enemy to their vices. ~Jean-Baptiste Massillon (1663-1742)
The Rossinian Moment
Unless I really know what I’m talking about, I prefer to keep my mouth shut. That’s enough to keep me quiet most of the time, but lately I’ve been further reduced to an almost Carthusian-like silence. That’s because I’m constantly finding myself in the midst of a Rossinian moment. Let me explain.
Editor's Note: The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) was fomented in increments by the resentments caused by the Carlist wars of the nineteeth century, the Spanish-American War, and the deepening anticlericalism of the post-enlightenment age.
The mounting tensions exploded into war at dawn on July 18, 1936, when Nationalist troops, under the leadership of General Franco—who would become one of the greatest rulers in modern Spanish history and yet today is pilloried as a "hater" and a "fascist" by the neo-fascists of the New World Order— rose up against the new, communist Republic of Spain. Almost immediately, surrounding world powers began to send aid to their favorites: Soviet Russia came to support the Republic, while Germany and Italy backed the Nationalists.
The first time I walked the Pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres, France, I was 24 years old. I was young and the world was a mess, yes, but so much less so than it is today. People smiled more readily back then. The world wasn’t quite so jaded.
Now I realize that it’s well within the prerogative of grumpy old curmudgeons to think the world is blacker and bleaker today than it was back when they were walking uphill both ways to school every day through driving blizzards. But this is different. It really is so much worse now than then, and I think it’s a statistically provable fact.
Nothing’s the same anymore.
CATHOLIC FRANCE RISING: Tens of Thouands to Walk French Pilgrimage Dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima FeaturedBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
An AP year-long investigation into public schools in America reveals the massive scandal of nearly twenty thousand instances of reported sexual assaults on students as young as 5 years old over the past four years. Dozens of new cases are reported each week, and experts agree that many more cases go unreported in what is a national scandal of unprecedented proportions.
Michael Matt discusses the nightmare that is a federal apparatus of mass brainwashing worthy of something right out of George Orwell.
“We who are here together and in peace believe and hope in a fraternal world. We desire that men and women of different religions may everywhere gather and promote harmony, especially where there is conflict. Our future consists in living together. For this reason we are called to free ourselves from the heavy burdens of distrust, fundamentalism and hate. Believers should be artisans of peace in their prayers to God and in their actions for humanity! As religious leaders, we are duty bound to be strong bridges of dialogue, creative mediators of peace. – Pope Francis,
As DenzingerBergoglio.com notes, “Among the bizarre principles of bergoglian philosophy is this nugget: “unity is greater than conflict”. The consequences of this pseudo-principle are explained in Evangelii Gaudium, which claims to indicate the direction of Francis’ pontificate: we find expressions like “communion amid disagreement”, “friendship in society”, “multifaceted unity” and many others that, although deliberately ambiguous as Francis’ ideas and gestures have always been, nonetheless still permit an attentive observer to discern their true meaning.
The Pope and the Cardinal go together, hand in hand
As Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller is charged with the duty to “spread sound doctrine and defend those points of Christian tradition which seem in danger because of new and unacceptable doctrines.” When confronted with the “new and unacceptable doctrines” enunciated in the disastrous Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia, however, Müller engages in a shameless cover-up, leaving it to concerned members of the laity to defend the Church’s infallible moral teaching from AL’s blatant attack upon it.
In an interview published by Aleteia on April 21, Müller declares that “The pope has not, will not, and cannot change Revelation. Some claim that the pope has changed the foundations of Church morality and has relativized the sacrament of holy matrimony. This he would not and cannot do.”
You don't have to be a big fan of Bill O'Reilly’s to smell a rat here.
Father Anderson Batista da Silva
Editor’s Note: We have received the following report from our Catholic brothers in the Archdiocese of Niterói (a municipality close to the City of Rio de Janeiro), Brazil, about a very serious incident that occurred last Ash Wednesday at São Domingos de Gusmão (Saint Dominic de Guzmán) parish church. We kindly ask you to read it and then meet our requests for Catholic action at the article’s conclusion. MJM
Last Ash Wednesday everything was ready for the celebration of the Holy Mass at São Domingos de Gusmão parish church. The faithful entered the church and prepared themselves to ask God’s Grace, receive the Sign of the Cross on their foreheads, listen to the exhortation to “turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel”, and so enter into the Lenten Season. The service was a Traditional Latin Mass; the minister was a diocesan priest, Father Anderson Batista da Silva, who has celebrated the Vetus Ordo for a long time, even before the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum.
Could we be seeing today the beginning of this resurgence? The recent steps taken by Hungary to proclaim its Christian identity and to honor God's plan for life, marriage, and the family were the focus of a conference following the Mass celebrated on April first at St. Titus Church in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.