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December 2021 Contents

The Unholy Alliance Between Joe Biden and Pope Francis (George Neumayr)

The post-Vatican II Church has bred her own political destroyers, collaborating with the Democrats for decades even as they became an openly anti-Catholic party. The rise of Barack Obama, for example, happened not in spite of the hierarchy but in part because of it. The late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin enthusiastically encouraged and even financed Obama’s early Alinskyite community organizing in Chicago. That unholy alliance was sealed by an honorary degree Obama received from Notre Dame during his anti-Catholic presidency.

Now we are witnessing an even greater indictment of the post-Vatican II Church, the Joe Biden presidency, which will surely go down as the most anti-Catholic one in American history. Biden has already eclipsed the radicalism of Obama, pushing plans to force Catholic hospitals to perform transgender surgeries, among other outrageous proposals.

Biden’s rise to the presidency punctuates the post-Vatican II Church’s failure to catechize wayward Catholic politicians and apply canon law to them. Biden’s infidelity to Church teaching mirrors the Modernism that has spread throughout the Church, evident most obviously in her pitifully secularized colleges and universities. From faithless bishops have come faithless politicians. In many ways, Biden is the prototypical post-Vatican II Catholic, tailoring his faith to the modern zeitgeist. To continue reading, subscribe to Catholic Family News

Francis Does Intend to Euthanize the Old Mass — Quickly (Brian M. McCall)

Archbishop Roche’s Letter — Complete with Protocol Number

The reactions around the world to the bombshell Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes (TC) of Pope Francis have been varied. Some bishops have indicated that the Motu Proprio will not affect their respective dioceses for now, and that priests currently offering the Mass of All Ages may continue. Others have severely limited the number of Masses available, while a few have attempted to completely ban the Traditional Mass. Which of these three reactions among bishops accords with the intention of Jorge Bergoglio, the Dictator Pope?

A letter issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (CDW) dated Aug. 4, 2021[i] should put to rest any disagreement about the intentions of Francis with respect to the Mass that Pope St. Pius V canonized and ensured could be offered by any priest until the end of time. He demands the third option—total destruction—although he is willing to tolerate a few lone survivors here and there for a short time to offer the Mass and only the Mass until his will can be implemented in full.  Essentially that is the message of this letter to the Primal See of England. To continue reading, subscribe to Catholic Family News

*The Popes Speak* Pius XI’s Encyclical Lux Veritatis on the 1,500th Anniversary of the Council of Ephesus

Resilience of Holy Mother Church

1. History, the light of truth, and the witness of the ages, if only it be rightly discerned and diligently examined, teaches us that the divine promise of Jesus Christ, “I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world” (Matt. 28:20), has never failed the Church His Bride, and therefore that it will never fail her in time to come. Nay, further, the more turbulent the waves by which the divine barque of Peter is tossed, in the course of ages, the more present and powerful is her experience of the help of heavenly grace. This happened more especially in the first age of the Church, not only when the Christian name was regarded as an execrable crime, to be punished by death, but also when the genuine faith of Christ, confounded by the perfidy of the heretics who were spreading, chiefly in the eastern regions, was placed in grave jeopardy. For even as the persecutors of the Catholic name, one after another, perished miserably, and the Roman Empire itself came to ruin, so all the heretics, as withered branches (cf. John 15:6) torn from the divine vine, could neither drink the sap of life nor bring forth fruit.

2. The Church of God, on the contrary, in the midst of so many storms and the vicissitudes of things that perish, trusting in God alone, has ever gone on her way, with firm, secure steps, and has never ceased from her strenuous defense of the integrity of the sacred deposit of Gospel truth, entrusted to her by her Founder.

3. These things come to our mind, Venerable Brethren, when we are about to speak to you, in these letters, concerning that most auspicious event, namely, the Ecumenical Synod which was held at Ephesus, fifteen hundred years ago [A.D. 431]; for there, assuredly, the crafty perversity of those who erred was exposed, and there, too, was manifest the most firm faith of the Church upheld by heavenly aid.

Nestorian Heresy Condemned, Three Dogmas Reaffirmed

5. But when We carefully consider this event and all the facts and circumstances connected therewith, We feel that it becomes the office committed to Us by God, that We Ourselves should speak with you in these Encyclical Letters concerning this most important matter, before the end of the celebration, and just when we have come again to the sacred season [of Christmastide] when the Blessed Virgin Mary brought forth our Savior for us. For We cherish a good hope that not only will these words of Ours be pleasing and profitable to you and to your flock; but also that if the same are considered and weighed by some of those who differ from the Apostolic See, brethren and sons most dear to us, moved thereto by the desire of the truth, it may well be that, taught by history the guide of life, they will at least be affected by a longing, or nostalgia, for the one fold and the one Shepherd, and for embracing that genuine faith which is ever preserved safe and whole in the Roman Church. For in the plan which the fathers of the council followed in their attack on the Nestorian heresy, and in the whole celebration of the Ephesian Synod, three dogmas of the Catholic religion, with which We are chiefly concerned here, were luminously manifest to the eyes of all; namely, that there is one Person in Jesus Christ and this is Divine; that the Blessed Virgin Mary is to be acknowledged and venerated by all as really and truly the Mother of God; and likewise that in matters of faith and morals, the Roman Pontiff has a God-given authority, supreme, high, and subject to none over all and several faithful Christians. Click here to continue reading

Liturgical War and Peace or An End to the Short Era of Détente? (Brian M. McCall)

In retrospect, the period of time between July 7, 2007 (Summorum Pontificum) and July 16, 2021 (Traditionis Custodes) may come not to be known as a period of liturgical peace but rather one of détente. The information that has been revealed by Diane Montagna about the origins of Traditionis Custodes in a meeting of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith suggests that members of the Roman Curia remained hostile to the Traditional Mass even after Summorum Pontificum and merely went underground for the 13 years following its promulgation. By the beginning of 2020, they decided to emerge and use the unpredictability of the current pontificate to reignite open hostilities to the Ancient Rite. Rumblings of a new front opening against the Mass whirled about for a year and half until Francis finally launched the nuclear attack of Traditionis Custodes.

This historic assault from within the Church on her ancient liturgy has produced a flurry of reactions from all corners. Dr. Peter Kwasniewski has performed a great service to the Church by collecting and publishing an outstanding anthology of reactions to Traditionis Custodes entitled From Benedict’s Peace to Francis’s War (Angelico Press, 2021), edited by Dr. Kwasniewski.

A Historic Collection of Reactions to Traditionis Custodes

The 389-page volume collects 70 different essays on the infamous Motu Proprio. The collection is both hierarchically and geographical diverse. The book includes essays from cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priests, and lay authors. The contributors literally span the globe and differ in their attachment to the Traditional Mass. Some will offer or attend only the Ancient Mass, others offer or attend both the New and Old, and some have never had any direct contact with the Old Mass. The collection presents a sweeping view of the issues raised by the Motu Proprio from an incredibly diverse field. Many of the essays have been previously published in a wide variety of online and media locations. Several contributions are published for the first time and many others have only been published digitally prior to their appearance in this book. In addition to publishing new contributions, the book serves the important purpose of preserving the historical record of reactions. To continue reading, subscribe to Catholic Family News

The Outcast Madonna — Part III (Susan Vennari)

A goodly proportion of the Italian wave of immigration who came to the United States at the end of the 19th and first part of the 20th centuries departed from the port of Napoli. Assuredly, before they boarded their ships, many stopped for a last prayer at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in that city where the Madonna, Patroness for many of their own communities in the Mezzogiorno, stood regally bearing the crown bestowed by Papal authority in 1875. Exchanging a last gaze with their Mother and Queen, those travelers would have asked for her blessing; and She may well have gazed back with that mute but special departing message, ‘I am with you. I do not forget you. Do not forget me.’

East Harlem, New York City

When Fr. Scipioli Tofini was assigned to the church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in 1892, little did anyone realize the enormous contribution he was to make to the lives of his parishioners. The Italians who frequently visited the beloved image brought not just petitions, but also gifts of thanks. He saw their devotion. He saw the sacrifices and joyful celebrations at the annual feste in her honor, during which thousands came from all over the city. In his zeal for the respect of la Madonna, he convinced the community that they should ask the Holy Father to solemnly crown their statue. He organized the testimonials and raised enough from the community for two crowns to be commissioned (the Infant Child She held must be with her).

Consider for a moment this last difficult feat. Testimonials were plentiful, but the gold collected from this struggling community was family gold — the wedding brooches or rings passed down through generations and relations, veritable family-historical and emotional (if not financial) treasures. The donations could not have been wrested from these people who had so little themselves had it been for any other cause but to honor their Madonna, the Virgin who had done so much for each of them. While the personal sacrifice might have anguished the women for a moment or two, the good act of rispetto for the Madonna could not be refused. She, after all, belonged to them, assisted them, healed them, protected them, and restored them in every way. Faithfulness trumped poverty. Sacrifice was necessary for their Patroness. To continue reading, subscribe to Catholic Family News

A Christmas Carol: Reading Dickens with Chesterton as Guide (Kennedy Hall)

A Christmas Classic

Without a doubt, we have all read or heard or watched a rendition of A Christmas Carol, the classic English novella by Charles Dickens (1812-1870). Whether in a cartoon, a play, a Hollywood production, or by reading a children’s version of the story, we can all call to mind the story about the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Our common parlance in all the of English-speaking world knows exactly what is meant when someone is labeled a ‘Scrooge.’

Popular authors who seek to transmit the ‘true meaning of Christmas’ in their works are often only able to imitate a Dickens-esque motif wherein a miser comes to find the true meaning of the Christian celebration through some sort of interior conversion. The famous Dr. Seuss story The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is perhaps nothing more than a whimsical rendition of the theme set out by the great English author a century prior.

It might seem a bit of a stretch to some, but I believe the argument could be made that we see shades of Dickens in the classic film It’s a Wonderful Life. Themes of childhood trauma, greed and financial obsession, and inevitable conversion brought on by a preternatural visitor who helps the protagonist see the real ‘reason for the season’ are paramount in both stories. In addition, the depths of human despair and the brink of nihilistic suicidal ideation are palpable as we watch George Bailey see a glimpse of life without his existence, just as we see Ebenezer Scrooge perceive the veritable contempt that so many have for him.

In Frank Capra’s motion-picture masterpiece and in Charles Dickens’ literary classic, the profundity of sadness at certain points is almost too much. Our hearts ache along with the characters as we simultaneously despise them to a degree that might only be matched by how much we come to pity their tragic lot. To continue reading, subscribe to Catholic Family News

Catholic Race Theory, Part III: The Tribe of Shem (Stephen Kokx and Daniel Vasko)

The term ‘Semitic’ means one who descends from the line of Shem. The most common understanding of the line of Shem is that they are people of the Jewish religion. It’s true that Jews are descendants from Shem. In fact, of the three tribes of Noah — Japheth, Shem, and Ham — only ‘Semites’ are consistently mentioned by name in the mainstream media, usually in reference to “anti-Semitism.”

“Anti-Semitism” is a term that’s generally invoked when criticism of the country and people of Israel are made. Socialist congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN), as well as Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), are often branded by Western media outlets as being guilty of this capital offense for their views on the Palestinian-Jewish conflict in the Middle East.

What’s ironic about this is that both Omar and Tlaib are Muslim, which is a Semitic religion, a religion conceived and spread by Arabs, who are also Semites. Omar, who hails from Ethiopia, is a Hamite, though Tlaib’s parents were born in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, making her a Semitic Arab. It makes little sense to suggest either of them could be “anti-Semitic.”

Catholicism Is Not an “Anti-Semitic” Religion

According to Fr. James Meagher’s book, How Christ Said the First Mass, people from the Far East and South and Central America are also Semites. They migrated east after the Great Flood, he says.

The Semitic line is therefore the most numerous tribe of Noah in the world. It’s a complete misnomer to equate “ant-Semitism” with being “anti-Jewish” on this basis alone.

Modern churchmen who follow the Second Vatican Council’s teachings in Nostra Aetate constantly seek to quell any semblance of so-called “anti-Semitism.” Oftentimes, this is done in order to squash diverging opinions about Israel. Other times, it’s done to suppress missionary efforts towards Jews and to suggest that the Jewish covenant is still valid — a heresy which is contrary to Scripture (cf. Heb. 8:6-13) and was thus formally condemned by the Council of Florence (1431-1445). To continue reading, subscribe to Catholic Family News

The Teaching Authority of the Theological Manuals — Part II (Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton)

Editor’s Note: Over the years, CFN has periodically reprinted articles by Monsignor Joseph Clifford Fenton, S.T.D. (1906-1969). Msgr. Fenton was the editor of the American Ecclesiastical Review and the staunch opponent of many of the Modernists at the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), especially Fr. John Courtney Murray, S.J. In this article from 1963, we can see a first-hand account of the conflict between Modernism and the traditional doctrine of the Church which played out in and around the Council. Msgr. Fenton here answers an attack of a Canadian priest, Fr. Gregory Baum (1923-2017), who was clearly among those who wanted the Council to reject anti-Modernism and change everything. Reading such a contemporary account is helpful to understand the great struggle and revolution of Vatican II. — Brian M. McCall, Editor-in-Chief

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The Doctrine of the Theological Manuals (Continued)

Later than the manual of Tanquerey, but like it destined for tremendous success in the world of ecclesiastical studies, was the first volume of Herve’s Manuale theologiae dogmaticae, the one entitled De vera religione: De ecclesia Christi: De fontibus revelationis. The first volume of Bartmann’s Precis de theologie dogmatique, a textbook very popular a quarter of a century ago, dealt with the sources of revelation and other topics which entered into what Father Baum calls the “conflict” at the Second Vatican Council.

Tremendously influential in their own time were other manuals of fundamental dogmatic theology, which are not in common use today. Among these is the Elementa apologeticae sive theologiae fundamentalis by the Austrian priest Anton Michelitsch. The Elementa theologiae fundamentalis, by the Italian Franciscan, Clemente Carmignani, is another of these texts. In this same class we must place Cardinal Vives’s Compendium theologiae dogmaticae the first volume of Mannens’s Theologiae dogmaticae institutiones, which was entitled Theologia fundamentalis, and the first volume of MacGuiness’s Commentarii theologici, a book containing the treatises De religione revelata ejusque fontibus and De ecclesia Christi.

In the Spanish-speaking world, the Lecciones de apologetica of Father Nicolas Marin Negueruela were outstandingly popular. There is much material on fundamental dogmatic theology in Father John Marengo’s Institutiones theologiae fundamentalis and in Canon Marchini’s Summula theologiae dogmaticae. The publication of these books in the last decade of the nineteenth century marks them as genuinely “turn of the century,” and they incorporate the kind of theological teaching which seems to displease Father Baum. Much more influential, however, was the treatise De theologia generali, in the first volume of Herrmann’s Institutiones theologiae dogmaticae, a work which, incidentally, earned for its author a letter of thanks from St. Pius X himself. To continue reading, subscribe to the Catholic Family News E-Edition

The “Everything Was Tested on HEK” Lie — Part I (Paul Casey)

On September 24, 2021, a Catholic Airman in United States Air Force, who graduated from the Academy with Military, Academic, and Athletic honors, was denied a religious exemption from receiving a COVID vaccine because she was told her objection did not constitute a “sincerely held belief” after she admitted taking Tylenol, ibuprofen, and other over-the-counter medications. She was told that those medications, too, had been “tested” on the HEK-293 cell line. When she asked on what basis this testing claim was being made, her superior officer provided her with a single source — an article by Fr. Matthew Schneider, LC, entitled, “If Any Drug Tested on HEK-293 is Immoral, Goodbye Modern Medicine.”

Her denial was based on a lie.

Note: Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines a “lie” as “an untrue or inaccurate statement that may or may not be believed true by the speaker or writer.” So does Webster’s. So do others. For the purpose of this article, there will be no distinction made between what some insist on calling an “untruth” and what will be referred to hereafter as a “lie”, or, more precisely, lies, as per the definition above, referring to the statements as they exist on paper.

Lie #1: “Everything was tested on HEK”

The lie, as it has been most commonly circulated — i.e., “Everything was tested on HEK” — is easily discredited. There are dozens and dozens of ways of testing medications, and tens of thousands of medications on the market. It is simply a lie to claim that all tens of thousands of those medications were tested using one method, and easily disproved. After Fr. Matthew’s article was published in January 2021, numerous individuals who had opted against the vaccine for moral reasons contacted this author (a medical doctor who also has a Master’s Degree in Theology) privately to ask if they were committing a sin by taking their long-term, often life-dependent medications, since, according to Fr. Matthew, it was “HEK-293 tested”. Between January and September 2021, I researched at least a dozen medications for them. By doing extensive searches of the medications’ actual Medical Testing histories, I found that none of their medications were tested on HEK-293, except one: a very recent diabetes medication which the patient stated he could easily substitute with his prior one, which had not been tested on HEK-293. Thus, the statement, “Everything was tested on HEK” — or, using Fr. Matthew’s exact words in the article used against the Airman, “…almost every common medication has been tested on HEK-293” — is simply a lie.

Lie #2: It’s All Medical Testing

Fr. Matthew stated that his method of researching Medical Testing was simply to “[j]ust [Google] search a drug you take and ‘HEK293’ to find the testing done on HEK-293 for it.” This search method will not give you Medical Testing — not the Medical Testing conducted during these drugs’ development — nor will it provide “all studies, data, and analyses” for the Medical Testing required by the FDA to obtain approval for use of the drug in patients. Fr. Matthew’s simplistic method will give you what is known as basic research, which his Family Practitioner advisor made clear to him (“This [HEK-293] is often used in basic research…”) and which was confirmed by the Medical Testing professional consulted by this author for this article. Likewise, Jose Trasancos, Ph.D. confirmed earlier this year: “Fr. Schneider asserts that the medications on his list were tested in HEK-293 cell lines like the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines [emphasis in original]. Unfortunately, this assertion falls apart when one digs a little deeper beyond the results of a Google search.” A proper search for Medical Testing is much more extensive and must be much more specific, and does not include the innumerable experiments that are conducted as basic research unrelated to a drug’s current use. To continue reading, subscribe to the Catholic Family News E-Edition

*Roman Catechism Series* The Lord’s Prayer: Thy Will Be Done on Earth as it Is In Heaven (Matthew Plese)

Heaven Depends on Fidelity to God’s Will

The third petition of the Lord’s Prayer asks of Almighty God: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10). Continuing its systematic explanation of this most venerable prayer, the Roman Catechism begins by highlighting the connection of this petition to the previous one:

“Whoever desires to enter into the kingdom of heaven should ask of God that His will may be done. For Christ the Lord has said: Not everyone that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. [Matt. 7:21] Consequently, this Petition follows immediately after the one which prays for the kingdom of heaven.”

St. John Chrysostom echoes these sentiments by connecting whether we will ultimately enter the Kingdom of God to our fidelity to God’s holy will, illustrating how this petition logically follows from the preceding one:

“Those who desire to arrive at the kingdom of heaven must endeavor so to order their life and conversation as if they were already conversing in heaven. This petition is also to be understood for the accomplishment of the divine will in every part of the world, for the extirpation of error, and explosion of vice, that truth and virtue may everywhere obtain, and heaven and earth differ no more in honoring the supreme majesty of God.”

While most of mankind at least passively hopes for a blessed and peaceful eternity, it is no surprise that man is often rebellious to the will of God and often neglects the means made readily available for his salvation. As the Catechism of St. Pius X reminds us with clarity, our salvation depends on our fidelity to the will of God: “It is as necessary to do the will of God as it is to work out our salvation, because Jesus Christ has said that they alone who have done the will of His Father shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.” To continue reading, subscribe to the Catholic Family News E-Edition

The Leonine Prayers After Mass — Part II (Peter Kwasniewski, Ph.D.)

In the first part of this series, we looked at the origins of the Leonine Prayers and began to consider their richness and beauty, looking in particular at how they invoke the intercession of the Saints and thus teach us to do the same in our personal prayer. This set of prayers perfectly illustrates the relationship between the primacy of Jesus Christ, the “one Mediator between God and men” (1 Tim. 2:5), and the fitting role of His most holy Mother in leading us to Him and obtaining His grace for us.

The Head and the Members

As soon as our lips form the word “Maria,” the word “Jesus” is not long in coming, for Mary always leads to Jesus; when we pray to our most gracious Advocate, we pray for nothing else but that she may show Jesus unto us. When we pray to all the Saints, what do we pray for? The conversion of sinners — our own conversion, too, for sin begins in my own breast. The freedom and exaltation of Holy Mother Church, which includes our freedom and exaltation as members of the militant Church. We are asking the Saints to bring Jesus to us, to make us like Jesus. We are asking them to ask God to convert our hearts so that we, too, may stand among those who are perfect imitators of Jesus and mediators of His life to others. We beg for a taste of true liberty which is none other than Jesus Christ. We ask for true exaltation, which is none other than the heavenly glory of beholding Him face to face.

Notice the way the Leonine Prayers sweetly, lovingly invoke the name of Jesus, the Name above all other names (cf. Philip. 2:9), God’s Anointed One or Christ: “blessed is the fruit of thy womb, JESUS”; “after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, JESUS”; “pray for us . . . that we may be made worthy of the promises of CHRIST”; “most sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.” This is the same Lord that we — O wonder of wonders! — have just received in Holy Communion, sharing in the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, true God and true Man, present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. These prayers keep our hearts fixed on the beloved whom we have received, or rather, the divine Lover who has called us and caught us up to Himself. To continue reading, subscribe to the Catholic Family News E-Edition

Meditation on the Season of Advent (Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò)

The sacred time of Advent is of ancient institution and we find mention of it from around the fifth century, as a moment of the Liturgical Year destined for the preparation of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ secundum carnem. Indeed, Advent marks the beginning of the Liturgical Year, allowing us to seize this opportunity to follow, with holy resolutions, the voice of the Church.

The discipline of penance and fasting during Lent in preparation for Easter is certainly of apostolic origin, whereas that in expectatione Domini comes after and inspired by the former, becoming less rigid with the passage of centuries to only abstinence on certain days of the week. “It is true that Saint Peter Damian, in the eleventh century, still supposes that the fast of Advent was of forty days, and that Saint Louis, two centuries later, continued to observe it in this measure; but perhaps this holy king practiced it in this way out of a transport of particular devotion.” The softness of modern generations has induced the maternal wisdom of the Church to mitigate the rigorous disciplines of former times, without preventing them from being practiced voluntarily; but maybe the present situation leads us to consider as opportune — precisely because they are not imposed — the privations practiced by our ancestors in obedience of an ecclesiastical precept.

In the dramatic crisis that now for 60 years afflicts the Church of Christ, and which today is showing itself in all its gravity, a pusillus grex [little flock] asks their Lord to save humanity that has gone astray, when corruption and apostasy have penetrated even the sacred enclosure and unto the highest Throne. And it is pusillus [little] because the majority of those who have been regenerated in Baptism and have thus deserved to be called “sons of God” daily deny the promises of that Baptism, under the leadership of hirelings and false shepherds.

Think of how many believers, raised in absolute ignorance of the fundamentals of the Faith despite having attended Catechism, are steeped in heretical philosophical and theological doctrines, convinced that all religions are equivalent; that man is not wounded by original sin but naturally good; that the State must ignore the true Religion and tolerate error; that the mission of the Church is not the eternal salvation of souls and their conversion to Christ, but the protection of the environment and the indiscriminate welcoming of migrants. Think of those who, even though they fulfil their Sunday obligation, do not know that the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Lord are contained in the Holy Host, and think it is only a symbol; think of those who are convinced that repenting to themselves is sufficient to approach Communion, without calling to mind the torments that hang over those who receive the Lord’s Body and Blood unworthily. Think of how many priests, how many professed religious, all the sisters and monks who believe that the Council had brought a breath of renewal in the Church, or fostered a knowledge of Sacred Scripture, or enabled the laity to understand the liturgy, hitherto ignored by the masses and jealously guarded by a caste of rigid and intolerant ecclesiastics. Think of those who saw in it an indestructible beacon against the darkness of the world, a concrete and impregnable fortress in the face of the assaults of the ‘modern’ mentality, of widespread immorality, of the defense of life from its conception to its natural end. Finally, think of the irrepressible satisfaction of the enemies of Christ to see the prostration of His Church before the world, with ideologies of death, the idolatry of the state, of power, of money, of the myths of false science; a Church willing to deny her glorious heritage, to adulterate the Faith and Morals taught to her by Our Lord, to corrupt her liturgy to please heretics and sectarians: not even the most delirious ravings of the worst Freemason could have hoped to see the fulfilment of Voltaire’s cry: Écrasez l’infame! [Crush the loathsome thing!] Click here to continue reading

The Abrahamic Family House: A Recipe for Diluting the Faith (William Kilpatrick, Ph.D.)

A Monument to Human Fraternity in Abu Dhabi

The Abrahamic Family House is scheduled to open in Abu Dhabi in 2022. It will consist of three main buildings — a mosque, a church, and a synagogue. A project of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity (HCHF), the Abrahamic Family House was inspired by the 2019 Document on Human Fraternity signed by Pope Francis and Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayeb. According to the Chairman of the HCHF, the site “epitomizes interfaith harmonious coexistence and preserves the unique character of each religion.”

The main push for harmonizing the three Abrahamic faiths comes from Pope Francis. He has long advocated for various religions to unite under common beliefs and values. The hitch is that the common beliefs and values described in the Document on Human Fraternity are mostly humanistic values — tolerance, acceptance, fraternity, mutual understanding, and so forth. God is mentioned frequently, but He is a generic God. He has created all human beings equally and wants them to live together in peace and harmony as brothers and sisters.

At the same time, however, the document asserts that “the pluralism and the diversity of religions…are willed by God.” This raises an important question. If God wants all people to live together in fraternity and harmony, why did He create a “diversity of religions”? After all, a great many bloody wars have been fought over religious differences.

The document doesn’t really answer this question. Rather, it pretends that, despite their diversity, all religions are more or less the same; all teach peace, equality, and freedom. When bad things happen, it’s not the fault of religion but of “deviation from the teachings of religions.” Click here to continue reading

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