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1992 Fatima Conference Keynote Address

by the Very Rev. Fr. Denis Chicoine, CMRI

Your Excellency, Bishop Pivarunas, Very Reverend Father General, Reverend Fathers, clerics and Brothers, Reverend Mother, dear Sisters and dear friends: Praised be Jesus and Mary!

What a singular grace is ours as we gather here tonight in order to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. Why is this a singular grace? Because it provides us with an opportunity to focus our attention on the only plan — God’s Peace Plan — that will bring peace of soul to men and a true lasting peace for a chaotic and sin-laden world.

Most of you are very familiar with Fatima. While nothing new may be said in this talk, I hope and pray that it will convince you more than ever of the vital importance of Our Lady’s message. We are talking about life and death — not in a physical sense, but eternal life and eternal death.

We have come here together in order to honor our Blessed Mother and to sing her praises. We have come together as a spiritual family to pray together and to enjoy one another’s company. We have come together in order to be spiritually recharged and to leave here with an attitude of firm hope after having been reminded of our purpose in life, convinced of the need for a plan of action to work out our salvation. This plan must be solid, stable, and lasting. In a day when so much emphasis is placed on “positive thinking” and motivation, there seems to be so little concern when it comes to truth, God’s Will, and a total dedication to developing a deep and strong interior life. Many of you, I am sure, have heard speakers who promote positive thinking in order to help people make better livings or become better persons. While many of these speakers consider the spiritual aspect at least in general, their main efforts seem focused on the here and now. What we need today is individuals who are capable and willing to motivate people in a spiritual way, to motivate people to do those things that are difficult, but very, very necessary to obtain eternal life.

Our Lady of Fatima’s concern was two-fold: 1) that God was being offended; 2) that souls were being lost to hell for all eternity. The solution she gave us was spiritual, not political. And that, my dear friends, must be fully understood. We must be careful not to become involved in politics or other activities at the expense of the spiritual life. This does not mean that we must never get involved in activities to achieve good causes. But the devil is very, very clever. There is a passage in the Imitation of Christ that warns us how the devil inspires people to do good things in order to prevent them from doing that which is better.

Let us begin by considering three different periods of time: before Fatima, Fatima and the years up to 1960, 1960 up to the present, and what can be expected in the future. In order to do this we will start at the beginning. When Almighty God created the world, He had a plan in mind. When He created the angels, He gave them grace, knowledge, and certain powers, including a free will. He gave them the opportunity to merit eternal life by testing their obedience. They could either conform their will to His, or to rebel and disobey. We know the story of Lucifer and those who followed him in disobedience. Remember — they were the authors of their own damnation — not God. Through disobedience, they brought upon themselves the punishment of being cast into hell.

The same thing took place with Adam and Eve. They had been given all that was necessary to be happy on earth and to eventually enjoy eternal happiness in heaven. But they, too, became the authors of their own misery as a result of their sin. God, our Creator, certainly has a right to be obeyed. Neither the angels nor men had the right to oppose God or His will. They had the ability to disobey, but not the right. There is a difference. When they chose to disobey, they chose to suffer the consequences. This is very important for us to remember. The Old Testament relates the history of the Chosen People, and how as long as they did God’s will, He blessed them, and saw to it that they were provided with the necessaries of life. They vanquished their enemies and lived in relative peace. On the other hand, when enough of them chose to ignore God’s laws and to live sinful lives, they chose to be punished by God and to lose the peace that they once enjoyed. You know the stories of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrha, the times the Israelites were taken into captivity by Egypt and by the Babylonians, and the great flood that was survived by only Noah and his family — only eight people. Then when Our Lord came and taught His people the truth, they rejected Him, crucified Him, and chose by their actions to suffer the consequences of becoming blind spiritually and eventually seeing Jerusalem destroyed. When Our Divine Lord founded His Church and His Apostles to teach us how we must live and what we must believe, again it was obedience to God which He put forth as requisite to gain eternal life.

The followers of Christ, the Christians, became known as the new Chosen People. The Church to which they belong explains all the truths our Divine Lord taught. The sacraments that they receive make it possible for them to overcome their fallen nature and the enticements of the world and the temptations of the devil. The early Christians suffered great persecutions — they were followers of our Divine Lord at the risk of their lives. St. Alphonsus Liguori tells us that between 7 and 11 million Christians were martyred during the Roman persecutions. Finally, Christians were allowed to practice their Faith openly, and to build beautiful and magnificent churches. But in time, many became lax and began to live lives of sin. In Church history we see this pattern over and over: first, an initial fervor on the part of the majority of the Christians; then, a gradual laxity and eventual falling away of large numbers; next, a warning of a saint, Our Lady, or our Divine Lord Himself; and then, either amendment of life in response to the warning, or chastisement due to a lack of amendment. One would think that man would learn from the mistakes of others, but all too often, that is not the case.

Let us reflect upon a few events which took place in recent centuries as a direct consequence of laxity on the part of Catholics. There was the Protestant Revolution during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. As a result, millions of people, and in some cases, entire nations, were eventually led away from the Catholic Faith. Large numbers of Protestants migrated to other countries, and began to proselytize their errors in areas that had not yet been exposed to Christianity. It suffices to say that the Protestant Revolt was the beginning of the spiritual disaster unknown up to that time. When one reflects upon the fact that Christ founded His Church in order to lead souls to eternal life through His teachings and life-giving sacraments, we can see how this was one of the worst spiritual disasters in history. I once heard a saying that the best path to lead people astray is ignorance. Catholics who are not well instructed in their Faith are easily deceived and led astray.

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Freemasonic Revolution took place in Europe. Catholic clergy and religious were tortured and slaughtered; Catholic rulers, kings and queens, were executed. The rights of God were dethroned while the almighty rights of man were enshrined.

Then came the twentieth century. In 1917, the year Our Lady appeared at Fatima, the Bolshevik Revolution took place in Russia, an event which would eventually cost the lives of hundreds of millions of people. Once again the true Faith was outlawed. Religion was considered to be an enemy of the people. The only thing to be considered was the Communist state.

Again, let us keep in mind that sin is the primary cause for any punishment that has been meted out by God on man. It is easy to point the finger at others. I recall something Zig Ziegler said in one of his talks, “Remember — when we point at that person with one finger, there are three other fingers pointing back at us.” We should do some soul-searching in our own lives before we begin to accuse others of being responsible for the evil in the world. What comes to mind when we reflect upon the Fatima message? One speaks about the Rosary, another of a call to sacrifice and penance. Some emphasize devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Others warn about the many souls that will be lost to hell due to sins of impurity, and the immodest styles and fashions Our Lady predicted. These and other things were mentioned by Our Lady, but we must remember especially her plea, “I have come to ask men to amend their lives. Men must cease offending God, Who is already too much offended.” Our Lady’s chief concerns were that God was being offended and that souls were being lost to hell. The Rosary, the Brown Scapular, devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, modesty and purity, sacrifice and penance — all these things are means of drawing down God’s grace, which will strengthen men spiritually and motivate them to amend their lives.

I would like to refer to an interview of Sister Lucia by a priest, Father Fuentes, in 1957, to again emphasize the importance of the Rosary. Remember, the Rosary is a means to an end. The end that we are seeking is to do God’s will, to sanctify ourselves, to oppose the world and the devil and the flesh, to live as Christians rather than worldlings. The Rosary is a very powerful weapon. Remember how Pope Pius XII said that one who prays the Rosary can be compared to David, who with his sling, slew Goliath. There are people who ridicule and laugh at the Rosary, just as Goliath laughed at David. But again, it is a powerful spiritual weapon.

Listen to what Lucia said in this interview:

“Father, the Most Holy Virgin did not tell me that we are in the last times of the world, but she made me understand this. The first reason is because she told me that the devil is at the moment engaging in a decisive battle against the Virgin, and the decisive battle is the FINAL battle where one side will be victorious and the other side will suffer defeat. Hence, from now on we must choose sides — either we are for God or we are for the devil. There is no other possibility. The second reason is that she said to my cousin as well as myself that God is giving two last remedies to the world: these are the Holy Rosary and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. These am the last two remedies which signify that there will be no other.”

Regarding the Rosary, Sister Lucia said,

“Look Father, the Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal, or above all, spintual, in the personal lives of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world, or of religious communities, or even in the lives of peoples and nations that cannot be resolved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayers of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary, we will save ourselves. We will sanctify ourselves, and we will console our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls.”

What consoling words these are when we think of all the problems we may have as individuals, the difficulties we face, the political problems in the world. What a beautiful message of hope!

No matter how bad things get, pray the Rosary. Because we are so familiar with the Rosary, we must constantly remind ourselves to pray it well. Read The Secret of the Rosary. St. Louis Marie de Montfort says that one of the most difficult habits to overcome is that of racing through the Rosary. People who do this can get to the point that they say it mechanically. St. Louis went so far as to indicate the pauses in the prayers in order to keep people from racing through it. The heart and soul of the Rosary is meditating on the life of Our Lord, on His sufferings and death, His Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven, the Coronation of our Blessed Mother… The more we meditate on the life of our Divine Lord and what He suffered for us, the more we imitate Him and love Him. If you have read the book, The Secret of the Rosary, re-read it. Professional people go to seminars, year in and year out. We too need to refresh our memories and revitalize our goals.

Next, let us reflect on the importance of the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Personally, I believe that if this is not THE most important part of Our Lady’s plea for amendment of life, it is at least a close second. This would be best explained by the book, True Devotion to Mary. What was written therein by St. Louis Marie de Montfort is pretty much what Our Lady revealed at Fatima: the role of Mary, how she is called the New Eve, her definite role in God’s plan. We also read in True Devotion that the persecutions will be worse than ever before in the latter times. At least for us this hasn’t happened yet — spiritual persecution, yes, but not physical persecution. In order to persevere when things get worse, we must use the means given to us by our Blessed Mother and her Divine Son. St. Dominic said that one day through the Rosary and the Brown Scapular the world would be saved. Perhaps he foresaw the times when the Mass and sacraments would not be available, at least on a regular basis, and that these sacramentals would become all the more important.

What some people say, especially busy people (and, no doubt, we live in the busiest age ever), is: “I don’t have time.” If an individual is too busy to pray, he is simply too busy. St. Alphonsus Liguori says the only reasons there are people in hell are because they did not pray, or because they did not persevere in prayer.

If we take to heart the requests of Our Lady, and remember that doing these things will draw down the graces we need to amend our lives, we will be able to oppose the world, the flesh and the devil, the spirit of our age. In order to get to heaven, only one thing is necessary — to die in the state of sanctifying grace. Simple, isn’t it? We come into this world with the stain of original sin on our souls, and when we are baptized it is removed and replaced with sanctifying grace. But once we attain the age of reason, we become engaged in a constant life-and-death struggle between our fallen nature and that which we know to be the law and the will of God.

While these things are basic and simple enough to understand, why is it that throughout history so many have chosen the path that leads to the fires of hell? The answer to that question is also very simple: too many have chosen to ignore the absolute need to develop an interior life, and to do so with nothing less than an all-out effort in order to not be ruled by the senses and the enticements of the spirit of the world. You will not save your soul by accident — it takes work. If a person wants to become an expert in sports, think of what he has to go through — years and years of training. Some start at 3- and 4-years old, and continue through grade school, high school, university, and even twenty years later in the field of professional sports. I heard about a women’s volleyball team that went to the Olympics. They trained for eight hours a day, six days a week, for four years — and lost. Athletes will discipline themselves, eat certain foods, get a certain amount of sleep, leave families and friends, practice day in and day out — and for what? In the interior life, we must have eternal life in mind. That is why I am doing this or that action — because I want to save my soul.

I recommend to all of you a book that is magnificent in explaining the interior life — The Soul of the Apostolate. I am sure that the author of this book was inspired by the grace of almighty God. He did such a wonderful job that reading this book makes you want to do even those things in the spiritual life that you usually don’t want to do, humanly speaking. It gives you a desire to pray even when you are tired, believe it or not — or at least to try to pray. Here is what is given as an explanation or definition of the interior life:

“The interior life is the state of activity of a soul who strives against its natural inclinations in order to regulate them and endeavors to acquire the habit of judging and directing its movements in an things according to the light of the Gospel and the example of Our Lord: ‘Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart.’”

It is hard to develop a deep spiritual life. A person may come for advice and be asked, “Do you have a prayer schedule?” “Well, I get up and have four kids to send to school and when they’re gone I have the dishes to do….” All these excuses! Men make them too, not just women. If we make excuses as to why we don’t have time to pray or to develop an interior life, how are we going to save our souls? Is our Divine Lord going to reward us if, when we stand before Him on Judgment Day, all we have is excuses? Yes, it is hard to develop a deep interior life — but do not use that as an excuse. Simply plan what you are going to do in order to eventually have a deep spiritual life.

To illustrate this point, here is a passage from The Soul of the Apostolate describing the different types of labor we become involved in as we live here in this vale of tears:

“Dom Sebastian was familiar with the labors of the ascetic as well as with the trials of Army life, the cares of the students and the responsibilities inseparable from the office of the superior, and he used to say that there were three kinds of work:

“1) The almost exclusively physical work of those who live by manual labor, by a craft, or in the Army. And he claims that, no matter what one may think about it, this kind of work is the easiest of the three.

“2) The intellectual toil of the scholar, the thinker, in his often arduous pursuit of truth; that of the writer, the professor, etc. This labor in itself is, he said, far more difficult than the first, for there is a saying that ‘the blade wears out its sheath.’

“3) Finally, there is the labor of the interior life, and he did not hesitate to declare that of the three, this kind, when it is taken seriously, is by far the most exacting. But at the same time, it is this kind that offers us the most satisfaction here on earth. It is likewise the most important” (Chautard, 1946, p. 29).

The reason that the work of the interior life is harder is is because it is all done by faith. You don’t see Jesus there in the tabernacle — you believe He is there because you believe His words. But read the lives of the saints: how happy they were! In order to achieve that spirituality, they had to work at it. “Ask and ye shall receive. Seek and ye shall find.” “Come to Me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.” Again, I wish to emphasize the importance of making that choice. Are you willing to go through the difflculties involved in growing spiritually so that you will become strong enough to persevere and eventually save your soul? If you are not, you are choosing to suffer the consequences when you stand before God on Judgment Day.

Almighty God chose to send His Mother to Fatima and through her to remind men in an extraordinary way of the simple truths that Christ taught while on earth. Human beings love the spectacular, and Our Lady’s coming to Fatima was a spectacular happening. But what did she say? “Obey my Son. Live your Faith. Do the will of God.” Suppose our Divine Lord were to appear here tonight: what would He say? We know almost exactly what He would say: “Stop committing sin!” What is so spectacular about that message? Fatima was an extraordinary way of drawing men’s attention to the simple truths that Christ taught while He was on earth: prayer, sacrifice, the will of God. If it were not for the intercession of Our Lady, who is our Mother, God in strict justice would have destroyed the earth and its sin-laden inhabitants long ago. If mothers can be so concerned for their children that they do anything to help them, so Mary has done and continues to do for us. On the other hand, she made it known at La Salette that if people choose not to respond to God, there will come a point where, in strict justice, sinners must be punished for their crimes.

After Our Lady’s appearance and the miracle of the sun at Fatima, why did the world not take her message seriously? Newspapers reported that even the non-believers who were present that day saw the miracle. To answer that question, I will read a passage from the book, Our Lady of Fatima, by William Thomas Walsh:

“At Fatima, Portugal, on October 13th, 1917, seventy thousand people witnessed one of the greatest mirades of all times. The sun had turned pale, emitted brilliant rays of multi-colored light, spun three times on its axis, and then, to the horror of the assembled multitude, power-dived dizzily toward the earth. A terrifying cry rose from the crowd as thousands fell to their knees, thinking the end of the world was at hand. Among those present was a correspondent with one of the major news services in this country, America. The next day from Lisbon he cabled a long and impressive story about the miracle of the sun, but it was never published. Chicago and New York were in the middle of the World’s Series, and the long dispatch became a one-inch item relegated to page 24, literally snowed under with details of the singles, errors and batting averages and home runs. This incident has been advanced as one of the explanations for the great conspiracy of silence concernmg one of the most momentous happenings of our generation. The fact is that almost a quarter of a century went by before whisperings of the Fatima story began to make itself heard around the United States. In the early 40’s it was featured in a few pamphlets, and occasional articles in religious magazines.”

This particular man, William Walsh, wrote a book which made Fatima very well known in America. So what happened after the apparition? In the States, nothing, or very little, for twenty-five years. In the meantime, as Our Lady warned, we had a Second World War, the war in Korea, the war in Vietnam, and a host of other wars throughout the world. We also saw the formation of the United Nations and the World Council of Churches. Then, as people began to hear of the Fatima message, many began to focus on the Third Secret of Fatima. As 1960 drew near, everyone wondered what was in the Secret. But after 1960 came and went, many people gave up Fatima entirely! Again, the curiosity of man seeks out the sensational. It’s like the people who prophesy the end of the world. Supposing we knew? When we stand before God, we are going to be asked how we spent our time on earth, how we lived, not about secrets and prophecies.

In the 1960’s we saw a “new age,” a so-called “new morality” come into being. It seemed that since the world did not respond between the years 1917 and 1960, things became progressively worse. They were already getting worse from 1917 to 1960, but around 1960, it was unbelievable what was taking place — students rioting in the colleges, the acid rock, the drug culture — and at the same time, Vatican II. Not only were things happening in society, but even within the Church — the Novus Ordo, the new sacraments, the new catechisms, and, of course, the “new morality.” Pope Pius XII referred to his time in the 50’s as the “age of sin.” What would he say of today? What does the future hold for us? It really doesn’t take anything other than common sense to know the answer to that. If men continue to sin, there will continue to be unrest, there will continue to be war and other various things that God uses when He chastises disobedient men.

What about us? That depends on how we live. It’s our choice. Many people spend most of their time, or at least a great deal of time, complaining — but spend very little time trying to amend their lives. It isn’t enough to avoid evil — we must do good.

Let me suggest some simple reminders for you. By all means, pray the Rosary daily as Lady asked at Fatima. And as I said earlier, pray it well — don’t rush through it, don’t pray it mechanically, don’t look upon it as a burden to get in. Quality rather than quantity. If you are legitimately exhausted on occasion, God understands. But for the most part, plan your day in such a way that your prayer life comes first.

Wear the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel — your sign of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. If you wear it faithfully, you will obtain the graces you need at the hour of death to save your soul.

Practice and promote devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Remember the words of Our Lady at Fatima, “My Son wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart… If you do this, many souls will be saved from going to hell.” Our Lady said, referring to those who promote devotion to her Immaculate Heart, it will be as if she herself personally took them like flowers and presented them to God.

Read and study True Devotion to Mary. Meditate on it; make it a way of life. Learn to depend upon our Blessed Mother like a little child depends upon its mother. We must immerse ourselves in Mary as a fish in water; our devotion to her must become almost second nature. If we live like this, we will begin to imitate our Blessed Mother.

Above all, please realize that the bottom line is that you must LIVE as Christians. Some people have unfortunately reduced their religion to attending the Latin Mass. Certainly we are not in any way against the Latin Mass, the heart of our Faith. But remember, when we die, God is not just going to ask us if we went to a Latin Mass. In fact, those of us who have the Latin Mass will be judged more severely because of the unique graces available to us in Holy Communion. How many people sit around talking about these things, but unfortunately, do not do enough insofar as living the Faith! You must avoid sin and the occasions of sin. Review your daily routine as an individual and as a family. Do you do anything that you would be ashamed of if others knew about it? Our Divine Lord sees everything we do. Sometimes we forget that. That is one of the beauties of having the Sacred Heart enthroned in the home; giving the Sacred Heart a place of honor in the home is a visible reminder that God sees all.

Consider things such as television. How many children are being ruined by television! There is very little today on television that is uplifting, and certainly, at least, it must be CAREFULLY controlled. When I hear children talk about some of the things they see on TV, I wonder what their parents are doing. Do you pray the daily Rosary and let the children watch immoral movies? What a contradiction! What about reading matter in the home? What about recreation? We do not have to enumerate everything — read what the Popes have said! Read the catechism! Avoid the occasions of sin.

As adults it’s easy to say, “Boy, is it tough today!” But imagine a child of 7 or 8 being exposed all day long to all this new morality, the rights of children, etc. Instead of being taught how to love God, children are being told, “do what you want to do,” “no one has the right to tell you what to do,” “if you don’t like it at home go see a social worker.” We’ve just witnessed a boy here in the States who divorced his parents. Things that we were taught are sinful when we were growing up are now being called normal. No doubt some of these children will be the instruments used by God to destroy the society which brought them up that way. What a tragedy!

Remember, you only have one soul to save — or to lose. Our Lady came to Fatima to plead that we live as followers of Christ. So many have chosen to ignore her message that not only have we seen wars and natural disasters that God allowed as punishments, but for the past thirty years, we have seen the destruction of the Catholic Church except for a remnant. Remember what Fr. Fahey said, “When truth is looked upon as error, and error is accepted as truth, that is the time of times.” Certainly all is ripe for the enthronement of the man of sin, the Antichrist.

Lastly, we must energetically strive to follow a daily spiritual program of prayer, meditation and spiritual reading. Get some good books for spiritual reading and spend time reading every single day. Have your children do it too. There is very little in today’s society to inspire. These things will help you to develop an interior life of such magnitude that, in spite of the evil that surrounds you, you will not only survive, but will be what you must be in this age of sin: the light of the world. That is our vocation today.

Let me conclude with the following words from The Soul of the Apostolate. The author is making reference to St. Bernard and his devotion to Our Lady:

“St. Bernard was the holy abbot of Clairvaux who attributed to Mary all his progress in union with Jesus, all success of the apostolate. Everybody knows what tremendous effects were produced by the apostolate of this saint who remained the most illustrious of the sons of St. Benedict, an apostolate that embraced nations and kings, councils and even Popes. On all sides, we hear the praises of the sanctity, the genius and the deep knowledge of Holy Scripture and the penetrating unction of the writings of this last of the Fathers of the Church.”

Brilliant man! He is referred to as the Harpist of Mary. Here is what he says about Our Lady:

“See, my brethren, with what sentiments God has desired us to honor Mary, He who has placed in her the fullness of all good. if there is in us any hope, any grace, any pledge of salvation, let us admit that all this overflowed upon us from her who is flowing with delights. Suppose you were to take away the sun which enlightens the world — what would become of the day? Take away Mary, that Star of the Sea, of our huge vast sea, what is left but deep obscurity, the shadow of death, pitchy blackness. Therefore it is from the depths of our hearts, from the vitals of our being and with all our mind and will that we must honor the Virgin Mary. For such is the will of Him who willed us to have all through Mary” (Ibid, p. 282).

Dom Chautard goes on to say that he runs the risk of finding that he has built on sand whose activity does not rest on a very special devotion to Our Lady. Truly, then, if we listen to Mary, if her words are burned into our hearts so that we live as Christians, Our Lady of Fatima will be for us a Diamond of Hope.

1958-2018: Sixty Years since the Death of Pope Pius XII

from Novus Ordo Watch

Sede vacante since Oct. 9, 1958…

Sixty Years since the Death of Pope Pius XII

The body of Pope Pius XII is blessed with holy water by Cardinal Eugene Tisserant on Oct. 9, 1958
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Pope Pius XII, R.I.P.

Mar. 2, 1876 – Oct. 9, 1958
elected Pope Mar. 2, 1939

It has now been 60 years since the death of the last known true Pope, His Holiness Pius XII, born Eugenio Pacelli, reigned 1939-1958. To honor and remember him, we are sharing with our readers the following select videos and some photos of the pontificate of Pius XII.

It is beneficial to recall that when Pope Pius XII died, the Novus Ordo religion was as yet unknown to the world. What a blessed time it was, when no one — no one! — who called himself a member of the Catholic Church, knew anything yet of “Catholic” ecumenism or religious liberty, a New Mass, interreligious dialogue, a Second Vatican Council, exaggerated notions of human dignity, endless blather about the rights of man, liturgical dancing, apostate New Age “eco” nuns, rainbow banners, opposition to the death penalty, luminous Rosary mysteries, and so forth. All of these things were set in motion only with the invalid election of Cardinal Angelo Roncalli as “Pope” John XXIII later that month in a most bizarre conclave, whose first white smoke two days prior announced the election of an unidentified (and possibly suppressed) Pope, who was never presented to the world.

As we commemorate today the 60th anniversary of the passing of the (so far) last Vicar of Christ, and thus the fulfillment of the prophecy of 2 Thess 2:7 that the Pope would “be taken out of the way” to allow the mystery of iniquity to prevail for a time, just as the enemies of our Lord were allowed to prevail for a short while during His Sacred Passion, let us beg God to send us once again a true Pope so that we who have witnessed the Church humiliated in her Passion may also see the happy day of the her triumphant Resurrection.

The last known true Pope:
His Holiness, Pius XII

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New Rite of Unholy Orders

FROM NOVUS ORDO WATCH

Unholy Orders: Paul VI’s Modernist Ordination Rite

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On June 18, 1968, Bp. Giovanni Battista Montini — then the head of the Vatican II Sect and known as “Pope” Paul VI — signed an “apostolic constitution” to change the Roman Catholic rite of ordination. These changes touched not only some of the more peripheral ceremonies but the very substance of the sacrament itself. The very words which Pope Pius XII, in 1947, had definitively decreed were necessary for the validity of the sacrament of holy orders, were changed by Paul VI in such a way as to render the ordination of priests doubtful and the consecration of bishops definitely invalid. (Even a doubtful rite, however, must be considered invalid in practice, per Catholic teaching.) Since all sacraments (other than baptism and holy matrimony) ultimately depend on valid bishops, invalidating the rite of episcopal consecration was all the Modernists needed to do to ensure Catholics would eventually be deprived of most of the sacraments, especially the Holy Mass and absolution in the confessional.

We provide links to prove the invalidity of Paul VI’s ordination rite below, but just to give you a sneak preview, see for yourself how badly Montini butchered the essential form of the consecration of bishops, thus totally destroying the sacrament:

Traditional Roman Catholic Form, per Pope Pius XII (1947):

  • Comple in Sacerdote tuo ministerii tui summam, et ornamentis totius glorificationis instructum coelestis unguenti rore santifica.
    [Translation:] “Perfect in Thy priest the fullness of thy ministry and, clothing him in all the ornaments of spiritual glorification, sanctify him with the Heavenly anointing.”

Modernist Novus Ordo Form, per Antipope Paul VI (1968):

  • Et nunc effunde super hunc Electum eam virtutem, quae a te est, Spiritum principalem, quem dedisti dilecto Filio Tuo Iesu Christo, quem Ipse donavit sanctis Apostolis, qui constituerunt Ecclesiam per singula loca, ut sanctuarium tuum, in gloriam et laudem indeficientem nominis tui.
    [Translation:] “So now pour out upon this chosen one that power which is from you, the governing Spirit whom you gave to your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, the Spirit given by him to the holy apostles, who founded the Church in every place to be your temple for the unceasing glory and praise of your name.”

Not only does the bogus Novus Ordo form totally replace the words decreed by Pius XII as essential to validity, they do not even in any way express that what is taking place is the consecration of a bishop! They do not even ask the Holy Ghost to make the ordinand into a bishop! Instead, even if one were to say that the totally abstruse phrase “Spiritum principalem” (“Governing Spirit”) is a clear reference to the Holy Ghost, the fact remains that it is not stated just what the Holy Ghost is supposed to be doing. God the Father is being asked to “pour out” the Holy Ghost (or at least that “Governing Spirit”) – but to do what? To what end? We’re not told. The Holy Ghost is poured out also in baptism, in confirmation, and in ordinations of deacons and priests. Paul VI’s claim that he was introducing these changes “in order to restore the texts of the rite to the form they had in antiquity, to clarify expressions, or to bring out more clearly the effects of the sacraments” (Pontificalis Romani) is beyond laughable; it is, in fact, insulting to the intelligence of the informed reader.

A sacramental form that does not express what it is supposed to accomplish is definitely invalid, as the articles about the invalidity of the Novus Ordo holy orders below demonstrate.

In addition to changing the sacramental form of priestly and episcopal ordination, in his document Pontificalis RomaniPaul VI abolished the major order of subdeacon and all of the minor orders (acolyte, exorcist, lector, and porter), none of which are sacraments, but whose denial was condemned by the Council of Trent and flies in the face of the Modernists’ favorite lie to seek to restore things to “antiquity”:

  • “…from the very beginning of the Church the names of the following orders and the duties proper to each one are known to have been in use, namely those of the subdeacon, acolyte, exorcist, rector, and porter, though not of equal rank; for the subdiaconate is classed among the major orders by the Fathers and the sacred Councils, in which we also read very frequently of other inferior orders” (Council of Trent, Session 23, Ch. 2; Denz. 958)
  • “If anyone says that besides the priesthood there are in the Catholic Church no other orders, both major and minor, by which as by certain grades, there is an advance to the priesthood: let him be anathema” (Council of Trent, Session 23, Canon 2; Denz. 962)

Rome has spoken; the case is closed.

But before anyone suggests that somehow Paul VI’s document “isn’t binding”, we must point out that in it he clearly invokes his supposed (but non-existent) “apostolic authority” and requires that this new rite be used in place of the prior, Catholic one:

  • By our apostolic authority we approve this rite so that it may be used in the future for the conferral of these orders in place of the rite now found in the Roman Pontifical. It is our will that these our decrees and prescriptions be firm and effective now and in the future, notwithstanding, to the extent necessary, the apostolic constitutions and ordinances issued by our predecessors and other prescriptions, even those deserving particular mention and amendment.” (Paul VI, Pontificalis Romani)

According to a decree of the Novus Ordo “Sacred Congregation of Rites” dated August 15, 1968, Montini’s new rite of ordination became obligatory for the entire Latin church as of Easter Sunday, April 6, 1969. So we know for sure that since this date, the Novus Ordo church has not validly consecrated a single bishop in the Latin rite, and probably not ordained a single valid priest, either.

The repercussions are unfathomable – but they explain a lot about the state of the New Church. The sacraments are largely gone, so there is simply no grace there, and it shows. But the true Catholic Church cannot give evil or harmful or invalid sacramental rites to her faithful. Such an idea would contradict the promises of infallibility and indefectibility by Our Blessed Lord. This is further evidence that the Vatican II Sect in Rome is not the Catholic Church of Pope Pius XII and his predecessors. Consider the following clear teachings:

  • “Certainly the loving Mother [the Church] is spotless in the Sacraments, by which she gives birth to and nourishes her children; in the faith which she has always preserved inviolate; in her sacred laws imposed on all; in the evangelical counsels which she recommends; in those heavenly gifts and extraordinary graces through which, with inexhaustible fecundity, she generates hosts of martyrs, virgins and confessors.” (Pope Pius XII, Encyclical Mediator Dei, par. 66)
  • “The Church is infallible in her general discipline. By the term general discipline is understood the laws and practices which belong to the external ordering of the whole Church. Such things would be those which concern either external worship, such as liturgy and rubrics, or the administration of the sacraments…. If she [the Church] were able to prescribe or command or tolerate in her discipline something against faith and morals, or something which tended to the detriment of the Church or to the harm of the faithful, she would turn away from her divine mission, which would be impossible.” (Jean Herrmann, Institutiones Theologiae Dogmaticae, Vol. 1, 1908, p. 258)
  • “If anyone says that the ceremonies, vestments, and outward signs which the Catholic Church uses in the celebration of masses, are incentives to impiety rather than stimulants to piety, let him be anathema.” (Council of Trent, Session 22, Canon 7)

Try to apply this to the Novus Ordo Church, and you realize very quickly that it’s impossible. The Vatican II Church has defected, has given evil, has destroyed the sacraments, has been a scandal to the faithful rather than the embassy of salvation. In the Catholic Church, however, the Pope is “the citadel and bulwark of the Catholic faith” (Pope Pius IX, Encyclical Qui Nuper, par. 3). No one could seriously say this about the Antipopes of the Vatican II Church. Paul VI – Giovanni Montini – was not a true Pope, but an impostor, as well as his predecessor John XXIII, who started the false church, and his successors John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis I.

The many links we provide below will help you as you research these issues.

As the late Fr. Carl Pulvermacher, OFM Cap., is sometimes quoted as saying, “Once there are no more valid priests, they’ll permit the Latin Mass.” Think about that!

Invalid: The Unholy Orders of the Vatican II Church

  • Absolutely Null and Utterly Void: The 1968 Rite of Episcopal Consecration [PDF] by Fr. Anthony Cekada
    Examines the criteria for validity, Eastern Rite formulas, ancient Christian texts, early doubts about validity, “governing Spirit” vs. “fullness of the priesthood,” substantial change, arguments from context, papal approval. Answer to SSPX/Angelus and Sel de la Terre articles by Fr. Pierre-Marie favoring validity. Extensive bibliography.
  • Why the New Bishops are Not True Bishops [PDF] by Fr. Anthony Cekada
    A two-page summary of the above-linked study “Absolutely Null and Utterly Void”.
  • Still Null and Still Void: Replies to Objections [PDF] by Fr. Anthony Cekada
    Replies to objections from Br. Ansgar Santogrossi, OSB, Fr. Pierre-Marie de Kergorlay, OP, and Fr. Alvaro Calderon, SSPX, against the above-linked study “Absolutely Null and Utterly Void”.
  • New Bishops, Empty Tabernacle [PDF]
    Response to an editorial by Abbé Grégoire Celier which employs some novel and bizarre principles to defend the validity of the 1968 Rite of Episcopal Consecration.
  • Saved by Context? The ’68 Rite of Episcopal Consecration [March 2012]
    Rejoinder to the popular objection that the larger context provided by the 1968 rite of bishops’ ordination gives clear expression to the sacramental form and hence suffices for validity.
  • The New Ordination Rite: Purging the Priesthood in the Conciliar Church [PDF] by Fr. William Jenkins
    A response to certain arguments advanced by Michael Davies in his book The Order of Melchisedech, this article examines the Novus Ordo rite of priestly ordination in light of Catholic theology and concludes that it is doubtful at best and therefore must be considered invalid in practice. Contains shocking information about how the “reform” of the rite came about.

What many may not know: The Society of St. Pius X considers the Paul VI rite of episcopal consecration to be valid (for proof, see their Angelus article on the matter here [PDF], but be aware that it has been refuted in the articles we link above). This means that if a Novus Ordo priest converts to the SSPX and does not seek conditional ordination, he will not be re-ordained by the SSPX. So, beware if you attend SSPX Masses!

Relevant and Related Documents:

Conversion Stories From the Church After Vatican 2 into the Catholic Church

These are the stories of conversion to the Catholic Church from the Novus Ordo / Vatican 2 church. The intention is the hope that the Holy Ghost may work through these stories, in helping to win souls to the Holy Catholic Church.

If you are currently in the Novus Ordo, and consider yourself Catholic, but know that something is not right, then it is Divine Providence that you made it here. We were all once where you are… have hope. As you read these conversion stories, pay attention for similarities in your own life. It will help knowing that others have asked the same questions and had the same struggles ….and have found the answers. These stories are dedicated to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, and is launched on October 7 in honor of the feast day. The Rosary is something that we believe aided us in being led to the true Catholic Church, and something that those in the Novus Ordo can pray as well. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, may the Holy Ghost guide you.

 

The Conversion Stories will be added as they are completed.

Viganò Reloaded: In new 4-Page Testimony, the “Great Accuser” Doubles Down

from Novus Ordo Watch

He’s back with more!

Viganò Reloaded:
In new 4-Page Testimony, the “Great Accuser” Doubles Down

Just as we were preparing our post on the new bombshell report that some Vatican sources haveconfirmed the Vigano Testimony but with the added caveat that things are even worse than alleged, yet another major development broke in the case:

The former Vatican nuncio to the United States, “Abp.” Carlo Maria Viganò, has just released a new four-page letter in which he reasserts the truth of the accusations of his original Testimony, justifies his decision to go public, and responds to Francis’ attempts to ignore, dismiss, and defame him. This second Testimony, which is printed on official stationery bearing his episcopal coat-of-arms, is entitled Scio Cui Credidi, “I know whom I have believed” (2 Tim 1:12). Vigano submitted it for translation and publication to the same media outlets as before, where the text can be accessed:

Although the letter is dated Sep. 29, 2018, it was released on Sep. 27. It is worth reading in full because it contains lots of nuggets and puts Francis into an even greater quandary than before. Life Site has summarized the essential points as follows:

Given the symbolic date of September 29, the liturgical feast of St. Michael the Archangel, and bearing the Archbishop’s episcopal coat of arms and motto, Viganò:

  • explains why he believes he had a duty to come forward despite his oath to keep the “pontifical secret,” adding that “the purpose of any secret, including the pontifical secret, is to protect the Church from her enemies, not to cover up and become complicit in crimes committed by some of her members”;
  • restates with vigor his central charge that “since at least June 23, 2013, the Pope knew from me how perverse and evil McCarrick was in his intentions and actions, and instead of taking the measures that every good pastor would have taken, the pope made McCarrick one of his principal agents in governing the Church, in regard to the United States, the Curia, and even China, as we are seeing these days with great concern and anxiety for that martyr Church”;
  • points to the Pope’s initial response that he would “not say a word” but then notes that he contradicts himself, in comparing “his silence to that of Jesus in Nazareth and before Pilate,” and Viganò to “the great accuser, Satan, who sows scandal and division in the Church, though without ever uttering my name”;
  • raises concern over revelations that Pope Francis played a role in covering up for or blocking investigations into other priests and prelates, including Fr. Julio Grassi, Fr. Mauro Inzoli, and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor;
  • and says it was Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, who told him of Pope Benedict’s sanctions against McCarrick. Addressing the Cardinal, he writes: “You have at your complete disposal key documents incriminating McCarrick and many in the curia for their cover-ups. Your Eminence, I urge you to bear witness to the truth…”

(Diane Montagna, “Viganò releases new ‘testimony’ responding to Pope’s silence on McCarrick cover-up”Life Site, Sep. 27, 2018)

Other highlights of this new text include Vigano’s affirmation that “I declare with a clear conscience before God that my testimony is true” and his slamming of Francis’ silence as an admission of guilt: “How can one avoid concluding that the reason they do not provide the documentation is that they know it confirms my testimony?” the former nuncio asks. He challenges by name both “Cardinal” Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and Marc Ouellet of Quebec to provide information they have, so it will be most interesting to see how they react. Even good ol’ Amoris Laetitia makes an appearance in the second Vigano Testimony!

Meanwhile, the Twitter account of the Austrian web site kath.net reports that Francis has canceled his daily homilies for the next few days. He probably needs some time to figure out what to say now since the passive-aggressive “Look at innocent Christ-like me being persecuted by the satanic Great Accuser”demagoguery won’t fly anymore.

As we’ve said in a recent podcast: Don’t be surprised if at some point we’re going to see a dead body dangling from a bridge over the Tiber. If Vigano’s charges are accurate and things are “even worse” as some sources in the Vatican have reportedly disclosed, then this is not out of the question, unfortunately. A lot is at stake, and Vigano has now shown that he isn’t going away. Moreover, he has already said he fears for his life.

Oh, and tomorrow, Sep. 28, marks the 40th anniversary of the strange and untimely death of “Pope” John Paul I. Remember?

The Divine Maternity

By Bishop Mark A. Pivarunas, CMRI

Feast of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin
October 11, 1995

Dearly Beloved in Christ,

The feast of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was instituted by Pope Pius XI to commemorate the 1500th anniversary of the Council of Ephesus, the third Ecumenical Council of the Church. How appropriate it was for this feast to be instituted on such an anniversary, for it was at the Council of Ephesus that the doctrine of the Divine Motherhood of Mary was defended against the heresy of Nestorius and his followers, who denied that there was one Divine Person in Christ with two natures, and in consequence of this denial, refused to recognize Mary by the title — Theotokos — Mother of God. For Nestorius and his followers falsely believed that in Christ there were two Persons — one divine and the other human, so that Mary was only the mother of the human person.

In our times, we may not find very many Nestorians, but there are many who call themselves Christians, but who deny to the Blessed Virgin Mary this title, Mother of God. Let us consider in this pastoral letter the Divine Maternity of Mary, in order to be able to better defend the Mother of Jesus Christ and to increase our esteem, love and devotion to her.

When we consider the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin, we must begin by a study of the Person of Jesus Christ. In the Nicene Creed which we recite every Sunday at Holy Mass, we profess our firm belief in the Divinity of Jesus Christ:

“…And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only-begotten Son of God. Born of the Father before all ages. God of God; Light of Light; true God of true God. Begotten not made; consubstantial with the Father….”

And this belief in Christ’s Divinity is firmly rooted in divine revelation. In Sacred Scripture, we find a multitude of passages which manifest the Divinity of Jesus. St. John the Evangelist tells us in the first Chapter of his Gospel:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God; and the Word was God… And the Word was made flesh….” (John 1:1-14).

On this passage from St. John’s Gospel, St. Cyril of Alexandria, who staunchly defended the Faith at the Council of Ephesus, maintained in wonderful agreement with the Catholic Church:

“In no wise, therefore, is it lawful to divine the one Lord Jesus Christ into two Sons… For the Scripture does not say that the Word associated the person of a man with Himself, but that He was made flesh; that means nothing else but that He partook of flesh and blood, even as we do; wherefore, He made our body His own, and came forth man, born of a woman, at the same time without laying aside His Godhead, or His birth from the Father; for in assuming flesh He still remained what He was” (Mansi, 1.c.4. 891).

Furthermore, our Divine Lord Himself clearly claimed to be the Son of God, equal to the Father:

“I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).

“Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I am” (John 8:58).

To the questions put to Him by the High Priest, Caiphas:

“I adjure thee by the living God that thou tell us whether thou art the Christ, the Son of God” (Matt. 26:63-64).

Jesus answered simply and emphatically,

“Thou hast said it.”

And St. Paul reiterates the same belief in his Epistle to the Philippians:

“Have this mind in you which was also in Christ Jesus, Who though He was by nature God, did not consider being equal to God a thing to be clung to, but emptied Himself, taking the nature of a slave and being made like unto men and appearing in the form of man” (Phil. 2:5-8).

Thus, Pope Pius XI, in his encyclical Lux Veritatis of December 25, 1931, which commemorated the 1500th anniversary of the Council of Ephesus, reiterated the Catholic Faith in this doctrine:

“For we are taught, by Holy Scripture and by Divine Tradition, that the Word of God the Father did not join Himself to a certain man already subsisting in himself, but that Christ the Word of God is one and the same, enjoying eternity in the bosom of the Father, and made man in time. For, indeed, that the Godhead and Manhood in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of mankind, are bound together by that wondrous union which is justly and deservedly called hypostatic, is luminously evident from the fact that in the Sacred Scriptures the same one Christ is not only called God and man, but it is also clearly declared that He works as God and also as man, and again that He dies as man and as God He arises from the dead. That is to say, He Who is conceived in the Virgin’s womb by the operation of the Holy Ghost, Who is born, Who lies in a manger, Who calls Himself the son of man, Who suffers and dies, fastened to the cross, is the very same Who, in a solemn and marvelous manner, is called by the Eternal Father ‘My beloved Son’ (Matt. 3:17; 17:5; 2 Peter 1:17), Who pardons sin by His divine authority (Matt. 9:2-6; Luke 5:20-24; 7:48; and elsewhere), and likewise by His own power recalls the sick to health (Matt. 8:3; Mark 1:41; Luke 5:13; John 9; and elsewhere). As all these things show clearly that in Christ there are two natures by which both divine and human works are performed, so do they bear witness no less clearly that the one Christ is at once both God and man because of that unity of person from which He is called ‘Theanthropos’ (God-Man).”

Having considered that Jesus Christ is one Divine Person with two natures, let us continue in the Nicene Creed. We profess that Jesus Christ “was incarnate by the Holy Ghost from the Virgin Mary.” This also is clearly found in Sacred Scriptures.

In the Old Testament, the Prophet Isaias predicted:

“Behold a Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and His Name shall be called Emmanuel (God with us)” (Isaias 7:14).

In the Gospel of St. Luke, we find that the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary:

“Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bear a Son, and thou shalt call His Name Jesus” (Luke 1:31).

“The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35).

And further on in the same Gospel, St. Elizabeth, “filled with the Holy Ghost,” cried out to the Blessed Virgin:

“And how have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:44).

Not only do we find the reference for the Divine Maternity in Sacred Scripture, but also in Sacred Tradition. In the early Christian Church, there was no misunderstanding in the matter, for the early Fathers of the Church were very clear and firm on the Divine Motherhood of Mary.

In his Epistle to the Ephesians, St. Ignatius of Antioch (circa 110 A.D.) wrote:

“Our God Jesus Christ was born by Mary in her maternal womb.”

At another time, St. Ignatius wrote:

“There is only one Healer, composed at the same time of flesh and spirit, begotten and not-begotten… of God and of Mary, Jesus Christ, our Lord.”

St. Irenaeus (202 A.D.) taught:

“This Christ, Who as the Word of the Father was with the Father… was born of a virgin.”

Tertuillian (220 A.D.) said:

“God is born in the womb of a mother.”

St. Athanasius (373 A.D.) taught:

“We confess that the Son of God became Man by the assumption of flesh from the virgin Mother of God.”

St. Gregory Nazianzen (circa 382 A.D.) declares:

“Let him who will not accept Mary as the Mother of God be excluded from God.”

These references from the early Fathers reflect the doctrine which was always held in the Catholic Church. And it was for this reason that when Nestorius had presented his false innovations, they were immediately rejected by the Catholic faithful of Constantinople. This rejection of the Nestorian heresy by the faithful manifests to us that even before Pope St. Celestine I and the Council of Ephesus formally deposed Nestorius from his See of Constantinople and condemned his errors, the faithful had already professed the true doctrine of the Divine Maternity of Mary.

All that has been quoted above from Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition on the Person of Jesus Christ and the Divine Maternity of Mary, was neatly summarized by Pope Pius XI in his encyclical, Lux Veritatis:

“And, indeed, if the Son of the Blessed Virgin Mary is God, assuredly she who bore Him is rightly and deservedly to be called the Mother of God. If there is only one Person in Christ, and this is Divine, without any doubt Mary ought to be called, by all, not the mother of Christ the man only, but Theotokos, or God-bearer. Let us all, therefore, venerate the tender Mother of God, whom her cousin Elizabeth saluted as ‘Mother of my Lord’ (Luke 1:43), who, in the words of Ignatius Martyr, brought forth God (Ad Ephes. 7:18-20); and from whom, as Tertullian professes, God was born; whom the Eternal Godhead has gifted with the fullness of grace and endowed with such great dignity.”

Let us never cease to honor the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, especially when we repeat that most ancient, simple and profound prayer of the Catholic Church to her — “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee… Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”

In Christo Jesu et Maria Immaculata,
Most Rev. Mark A. Pivarunas, CMRI