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Saint Padre Pio was the first stigmatized Priest in the Church, sent from God to be a sign for our times. Francesco Forgione (born 1887) received the five wounds of Christ only after ordination (1910) when he began offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and became known as Padre Pio. These visible and bleeding wounds of Christ, which he had received on September 20, 1918, had disappeared from Padre Pio by the time that he completed his last Mass on September 22, 1968 – two days after the 50th Anniversary. The wounds were related to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

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This month marks the second anniversary of the martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christians at the hands of Islamic terrorists. Their crime? Loving Christ enough to die for Him. Would Roman Catholics do the same? What motivates martyrs, if not love?  Michael Matt asks the question: Is it because the New Order no longer speaks of Holy MOTHER Church that so few of her sons seem willing to die for her anymore?

What have we lost? What was life in the Church like just 40 years ago? Growing up Catholic...and remembering what we lost. Scapulars. Meat-less Friday. Ember Days. Midnight Masses. Catholic Schools. Unlocked churches. Kids on bikes (sans helmet). Dogs without leashes. Large Catholic families. Remember?


Michael Matt 'goes off' on the revolution of Vatican II, pointing out what life was like before Catholics got "sophisticated." 
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Coptic & Cristero: To Die For Love Featured

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A few moments ago I spoke via telephone with a Catholic gentleman, a beloved husband, a father and dear friend. His name is John Vennari, and he was told earlier today by his doctors that he is now in the “active stages of dying.”

John asked me to do him a favor and help notify his many, many friends all around the world that he may not live to see his birthday on Friday. He wishes everyone to know that he’s not in pain. He wishes us all to know that, as he put it, “either we believe in Divine Providence or we don’t. I believe in it, and I know that God has known for all eternity that I would be here in this hospital today, ready to die.”
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SUNDAY SERMONS: Father speaks of St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians, wherein he lists his sufferings and persecutions--his so-called "Fools List"—for the sake of Jesus Christ. Father then compares the sufferings of St. Paul to those of Catholics who've tried to remain faithful to Christ over the past 50 years of revolution in the Church.

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Raymond Cardinal Burke told an Italian television program this week that he does not believe his recent assignment to Guam to preside over an investigation of a Church trial of an archbishop accused of abusing altar boys back in the 1970s is, in fact, a punishment from Pope Francis. The Cardinal's statements can be read here.

In the interview, Cardinal Burke insists that his assignment came from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on which he still serves as president of the Apostolic Tribunal. Cardinal Muller, who heads the CDF, has become an outspoken defender of Amoris Laetitia -- Pope Francis’ controversial post-synodal exhortation that calls for divorced and remarried Catholics to be allowed to receive Holy Communion—the same document, by the way, to which Cardinal Burke and three other cardinals will raise formal corrections if Pope Francis refuses to answer five dubia, or questions, regarding its orthodoxy and apparent errors. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

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MSNBC enlists the aid of radically liberal Jesuit, Father James Martin, to try to target and destroy the "radical Traditionalism" which is allegedly rising up from St. Peter's Square to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and beyond. In his eagerness to lend a hand, Fr. Martin proceeds to equate what he calls "rad trads" with – wait for it – the entire Church Militant on earth. (Finally, he got something right.) Michael Matt comments on this bombshell, and then shares his opinion on an SSPX- Vatican regularization in the midst of the chaos and destruction of arguably the most destructive pontificate in history.

pope and donSo, the inevitable has finally occurred: Pope Francis has speculated openly that President Donald Trump may turn out to be the next Adolf Hitler. I wish to note at the outset that I am not at all interested (at the moment) in defending the incoming American administration, or even in considering it directly. Let’s wonder instead about the characteristic way in which this Holy Father consistently tries to demonize others who might conceivably stand in the way of the accomplishment of his agenda. Since he has brought it up, let’s focus on this particular way--on Pope Francis playing the Nazi card, no less.

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So, the National Football League gave Pope Francis a free commercial at this year's Super Bowl. What was the Pope's message from the biggest pulpit on the planet?  HINT: He forgot to mention Jesus Christ again.   

By the way, Lady Gaga had a starring role at the Super Bowl, too, which didn't stop the Vatican from endorsing the event. Is the new and improved Vatican okay with Gaga? 
Thursday, February 9, 2017

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buxMsgr. Bux, Pope Benedict XVI


“giving witness to the truth involves the abandonment of friends, betrayal and death”


As the debate on the exhortation "Amoris Laetitia" is raging on, Msgr. Nicola Bux has kindly agreed to share some comments on the present state of affairs, especially following the letter to the Pope by four cardinals seeking clarification on specific points of the above document. For those who may be not aware, theologian and Vatican liturgical consulter, Msgr. Nicola Bux, is also professor of sacramental theology and author of several books on the liturgy, including 2016’s Con i sacramenti non si scherza (The Sacraments Are Not a Joke).

Q. You are certainly following closely the story regarding the letter to Pope Francis by the four cardinal asking for a final clarification of certain aspects of the exhortation "Amoris Laetitia", which in their opinion are not so clear. What do you think?

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The Trial of Blessed Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac:

- Hailed by Pope Pius XII as the "most important priest in the Catholic Church."
- Beatified by Pope John Paul II
- So hated by the Nazis that they demanded Pope Pius XII remove him (Pius refused)
- Imprisoned by the Communists
- Laid down his life for those most persecuted during and after World War II
- Died of complications from his imprisonment for defending the rights of Christ the King
- Denounced Martin Luther as a "False Prophet"
- Blamed Protestantism for the “hell in which human society suffers today”
- Would not have made a very good ecumenist.
- Would have been excommunicated from the 'Church of Accompaniment'

History always balances its accounts. For years the Communists endeavored to separate Croatian Catholics from the Pope. They used all means to sever Church unity: vain pledges and threats; bribery and murder; trickery and torture.

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Bishop Robert Barron gives an interview to a 'married' homosexual talk show host in which His Excellency says he would not reverse the law which legalized 'gay marriage'.  So, has the Church officially surrendered to the Culture of Death? Are homosexual acts still intrinsically disordered? Sinful? 

Has even the Catechism of the Catholic Church become too 'rad trad' for the Pope's new bishops?  What about Pope John Paul's teaching on the Catholic obligation to oppose even 'settled law' when it comes to 'gay marriage'? I guess Pope John Paul's not so great anymore?