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Blessed Cardinal Henry Newman upon the ancient Rite 

  
Blessed. Cardinal John Henry Newman upon the unchangeable ancient Roman Rite of Rome. He mentions the third century since Pope Saint Gregory I had codified the ancient Roman Rite within the Roman / Western Rite Church, later being repeated by Pope Euguene The Third through Cardinal Torcumalta, Pope Pius III, Pope Pius V, The Council of Trent, and Pope Pius X in Tre La Secollundini for all time, henceforth it is unchangeable and no new rites can be constructed by any Pope, Cardinal, Bishop, Priest etc. 

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The wise words of Father Michael Mueller, 1880.

  

The wise words of Father Michael Mueller, 1880. Fr. Michael Müller C.Ss.R. (1825–1899) was a prolific Catholic writer of the 19th century in the United States. Father Müller always submitted his works to two Redemptorist theologians (as the Redemptorist Congregation’s rule required) and to his religious superiors before publication.

Some may ask, ‘well isn’t this being very stubborn?’ The answer is no. Why? Because there is only one truth, that being Jesus Christ. Christ has establish one Church, not many congregations nor religions that all contradict each other when it comes to doctrine and dogma, some going as far as teaching blasphemy and idolatry as we see within Islam, modern Judaism, Hinduism etc. Since false religions are made by Satan himself since he is the father of lies, how can we say we respect falsehood when Christ and His Church alone is the truth? Think about that. 
There are not many truths, but one truth. Therefore the denominations of Protestantism are heretical, eastern schismatic orthodoxy is heretical, Islam, Mormonism, Jehovah witnesses, and modern judaism is blasphemous, and Hinduism, Buddhism, Wicca, Satanism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Voodoo, And any other religion that worships a false god is idolatrous, henceforth false and cannot be respected.  

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Father Coyle: defender of Marriage within America

   

  

Friends, meet Father Coyle. Father James Edwin Coyle was born on March 23, 1873  -Ordained May 30, 1896 – and died for the Faith on August 11, 1921. As you read this article from History of Father Coyle, you will later find out why I believe he is a defender of marriage within America. Let’s get started. 

“A native of Drum, Athlone, in County Roscommon Ireland, Father Coyle was ordained in Rome on May 30, 1896 when he was only twenty-three years old. Later that same year, he came to serve his priestly life in the state of Alabama.
He served faithfully, in what was then the Diocese of Mobile, Alabama, under Bishop Edward Allen. First, Father Coyle served eight years in the Mobile area, initially in parish missions, then at McGill Institute for Boys, first as Instructor and later as Rector of the school. While in Mobile, Father Coyle became a Charter member of Mobile Council 666 (terrible number I know) of the Knights of Columbus.

In 1904 Bishop Allen appointed Father Coyle as Pastor of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Birmingham, Alabama, the state’s young but largest city and a major steel-making center of the United States. The need for workers in the area mills and mines brought thousands of men to Birmingham from European countries, a large percentage of whom were Catholic.
Father Coyle served as Pastor of the large St. Paul’s congregation for seventeen years until his tragic death in 1921. He brought a dynamic and apostolic spirit to the parish, emphasizing faithful attendance at Sunday Mass and love of the Eucharist and the Blessed Mother. Among his duties, he served as Chaplain of Birmingham Council 635 of the Knights of Columbus.
During the last years Father Coyle served in Birmingham, there existed a regrettable atmosphere of public anti-Catholic economic and psychological persecution organized and promoted by the Ku Klux Klan and a secret anti-catholic political society called the True Americans. Father Coyle was courageous and unwavering during this tense and threatening period for Catholics in publicly defending the Church and what Catholics believe.

On August 11, 1921, Father Coyle was shot and fatally wounded as he sat in the swing on his rectory front porch by an enraged minister whose daughter’s marriage to a dark-skinned Puerto Rican Father Coyle had presided over less than two hours before he was shot. He died forty minutes later in the operating room at St. Vincent’s Hospital. His funeral was one of the largest ever held in the history of Birmingham. The shooter, who was also a Klansman, was found not guilty in a trial held two months later. The trial was a travesty of justice. 

Father Coyle is buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham, a ten-foot high Celtic cross marking his resting place. Plans are underway to re-inter his body near the Cathedral of St. Paul in downtown Birmingham.”

As we can see not only is marriage challenged within our times, it was also challenged in the past even here in the United States when it came to marrying those of the opposite race and ethnic groups. Even though the hate group, the Ku Klux Klan, persecuted this priest because he upheld the true faith, he continued to do what he was commanded to do out of obedience to his vocation, that is to bless, absolve, direct, marry, and celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In these dark times in where the vocation of marriage is challenged, let us take up this beloved priest’s example and protect the sanctity of marriage, regardless if it be the challenge from homosexuals, adulterers who support divorce & remarriage, or even those who support racist positions. God Bless. 

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Why Traditionalists object to a new liturgy: Dogma. 

 
Not only is Catholic doctrine and dogma handed down through Scripture, it is handed down by Sacred Tradition as well. Objectively speaking, the ancient and Apostolic liturgies celebrated and handed down by the early church are apart of Sacred Tradition since it expresses what the Church believes, as Saint Basil explains. This is the very reason why we Catholics who uphold Tradition are very strict when it comes to properly celebrating the liturgy, simply because we wouldn’t want souls to be harmed by innovation and blasphemy. But then again, what good Catholic would?

When the Protestant heresy was spreading throughout the West in the 16th century after Martin Luther and other Protestant theologians and founders were in protest against Catholic doctrine and Dogma, the Church has responded with a Ecumenical Council called the Council of Trent. At this council the heresies of Protestantism were condemned since they are heretical in their nature and both contradict and challenge Church teaching. 

At this Sacred Council inspired by The Holy Ghost, Third Person of the Most Holy Trinity, Pope Pius V – who headed the council after Pope Paul III of good memory passed away – infallibly ordered that new liturgies cannot be constructed for the very reason that heresies, abuses, blasphemies, and innovations are within them and will only destroy the faith of many. As Saint Thomas Aquinas has stated: The Law of Prayer is the Law of belief, or the way we pray is the way we believe: Lex Oriendi, Lex Credendi. 

Granted, it explains why we Roman Catholics that are faithful to the magisterium object to the illicit construction of a new liturgy that was released after the Second Vatican Council: that being the Novus Ordo Mass. It is a fact, and yes I have proof, that the constructors of the Novus Ordo mass were 6 Protestant Ministers and a excommunicated Freemason (since affiliation with the Masonic sect is a automatic excommunication), that being Archbishop Bugini, or as the Masons called him: Brother Buan. 

He himself has made it known in his own writings that his intention was to create a new liturgy that would be pleasing to those within the Protestant congregations so that we may not cause a division. 
“We must strip from our Catholic prayers and from the Catholic liturgy everything which can be the shadow of a stumbling block for our separated brethren that is for the Prostestants.” – Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, main author of the New Mass, L’Osservatore Romano, March 19, 1965
Some would ask: “Wouldn’t making a liturgy that we can all agree upon only unite all Christians? Isn’t this a good thing and will only help build bridges and convert people back to the church?” 

While it is good that there is the intention to convert non Catholics for the salvation of their soul, it is impossible to make a liturgy that would be pleasing to all religions simply because we all uphold different beliefs, ours being orthodox while non Catholics are heterodox and heretical. If we would make a “ecumenical liturgy”, we would have to depart from Sacred Tradition and remove Catholic identity, but even worse, Catholic doctrine and dogma itself. 

Since Jesus founded the Roman Catholic Church in which teaches His Truth (1 Cor 3:15), The Church cannot ever change Her Teachings since Christ’s teachings doesn’t change for the very fact that He is Truth Himself. If truth were to “evolve” as the modernists suggests, that would mean that Christ is a liar which is only blasphemy. But we as Catholics know this isn’t true since Christ’s Words will never pass away. “Heaven and earth shall pass, but my words shall not pass.” (Matt 24:35)

Plus, to water down the faith in order to ‘convert’ those outside the Church would never be a true conversion since they would still uphold their heterodox beliefs and practices. The watering down of the faith to be more appealing to non Catholics for ‘conversion’ is a error that Pope Leo XIII has condemned: that being the heresy of Americanism. 

So where does this leave us? It shows that we as the Church Militant are in a crises worse than we have ever seen before. But we must have Hope and trust in Our Lady, for Her Immaculate Heart will triumph as She has promised at Fatima in 1917 since She has warned in the Third Secret that a great apostasy will come from the Top, therefore the crises of faith after Vatican 2. So what do we do? We pray, Hope, and don’t worry as Padre Pio recommended. We stick to Tradition. We pray and work towards Catholic restoration. We combat heresy. We stay in the state of grace. We educate ourselves in the faith. We pray and work towards the restoration of the true Mass within the Roman Rite parishes, that being the Traditional Latin Mass (heck even the Ambrosian and Mozarabic since Trent accepted them!) 

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Catholicism pagan? Think again! 

Have you ever ran into Protestant websites that try to “prove” how “pagan” the Catholic Church really is? Some going as far as saying that Bishop mitres resemble the pagan fish hat and that the incensation of the altar comes from ancient pagan worship?

The images I will be displaying below will only refute their absurd claims since the images in themselves will show the resemblance of ancient Jewish worship and custom to that of Catholicism in which is all biblical. 

In addition, let’s just see how true the Protestant claims are against Catholic worship and custom,being that the Roman Catholic Church is the fulfillment of ancient Judaism after all since the Jews have lost their covenant with God when Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law.

   
    

  
   

Oh no.. They look like… Ca.. Ca.. Catholics. That’s because the ancient Jews prefigured the Catholic Church that Christ established.  Heck, even the chair of Moses prefigured the papacy. Don’t believe me? Look below 

   

So what was that about Catholicism being pagan again? 😉

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Blasphemies of Martin Luther #1 

  

 

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Father Ralph Gorman and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

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Born Walter M. Gorman on March 9, 1895 in Binghamton, New York, he was the son of Walter Gorman and Mary Butler. He attended public elementary school, Central High School and St. Patrick’s Academy. He went to the Passionist Preparatory Seminary, Baltimore, Maryland in 1915. After one year he entered the novitiate at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was professed on October 7, 1917. His religious name was Gabriel. He was ordained on January 21, 1923 in Brighton, Massachusetts in the public chapel. Earlier this had been the barn on the monastery property. From 1925 until 1926 he was a student at The Catholic University of America where he obtained a M.A. cum laude. From 1926 until 1928 he went to the Angelicum in Rome where he obtained a doctorate in philosophy. Upon his return to the United States he was professor of philosophy for ten year at St. Mary’s Monastery, Dunkirk, New York while at the same time prefect of studies at nearby Holy Cross Seminary where he was also professor of biology. In 1938 he was named rector of Brighton. In 1941 he was named second provincial consultor. In 1944 he was named first provincial consultor. In 1947 he was elected provincial and in 1950 was chosen second provincial consultor. During some of the years that he was consultor he wrote “The Sign Post” column in Sign Magazine and then became a member of the editorial staff. Over this period of time Holy Cross Seminary was enlarged, the novitiate at Pittsburgh was rebuilt due to the increase in vocations to the priesthood and brotherhood. The Tacubaya Mission in Mexico was established. The Brighton retreat house was almost doubled in size and the monastery choir and library made larger. Property was purchased for a new foundation in Farmington, Connecticut. The post office address was West Hartford. The Toronto, Canada monastery and church were constructed; the Jamaica, New York and West Springfield retreat houses were expanded; and the Atlanta, Georgia school, convent, church and rectory came into being. At the same time there was concern over the long term health of the China missions. Later the Passionists went to Jamaica, West Indies and the Philippines. Father Gorman paid a great deal of attention to the various building programs in the province. Over the last several years of his life he was in poor health with high blood pressure and diabetes. His brother was Father Ralph Gorman, C.P. Source: Link

Rev.  Ralph Gorman, editor of ‘The Sign’, on the feast of Corpus Christi in the year of 1950 has given an excellent explanation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in his sermon that I would love to share:

When the children of Israel came to the gate of the court, they had to bring an animal sacrifice for their sins

“From the beginning man has offered sacrifices in fulfillment of his obligations to God. Under the Old Law, sacrifices were divinely prescribed and regulated. At the temple in Jerusalem, smoke arose daily from the holocausts, and the blood of victims crimsoned the stones of the great altar. These sacrifices – pleasing as they were to God – were but types and figures of the one great sacrifice to come – that of Calvary. The Value of the sacrifice of Calvary is beyond all human comprehension. Christ, a person of infinite dignity, offered Himself, a Victim of infinite value to the Eternal Father. When that sacrifice had been offered, all was finished. Christ could truly say: ” It is consummated”. Beside it there could be no other sacrifice, for it sufficed above all measure.

But while the Sacrifice of Calvary was of infinite value, while it filled to overflowing the fountains of God’s grace, how is sinful man to approach this fountain, how is he to receive its superabundant redemption? It is the Sacrifice of the Mass offered daily on our altars that releases to us this pent – up flood of grace; it is the Mass that opens to us this treasure house of Christ’s infinite merits. The Sacrifice of the Mass and that of Calvary are the same sacrifice, the “one oblation” because the Priest and Victim are the same – Jesus Christ. The only difference is that on Calvary Christ offered Himself in a bloody manner; in the Mass He offers Himself in a unbloody manner.

Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross took place nearly two thousand years ago in a far corner of the earth. It was indeed a sacrifice of infinite value, but it was separated from us by a deep moat of time and place. We could not be on Calvary to stand beneath the Cross that a few drops of Christ’s precious blood might fall on us to purify and sanctify us. So Christ brought Calvary to us. He transplanted His Cross into our very midst, and in the Mass He renews that same Sacrifice of Calvary. Through the Mass, the world has been planted with the Cross. As the Earth revolves, the rising sun is ever shining on this renewal of Christ’s sacrifice. Our lives are passed in sight of the Cross. We have but to turn our heads to behold the Crucified, for at Mass we kneel on Calvary. This is the great truth of the Mass.

Daily when Mass is offered, Christ becomes present on the altar. But He is not merely present, He acts. He is not there as the Babe of Bethlehem, nor as the Child of Nazareth, nor s Christ who went about doing good. He is there as the Crucified, as the Christ of Calvary, as the Victim offered for our salvation. He is there making intercession for us by the voice of His blood, praising and thanking His Heavenly Father for us, applying to us the expiatory merits of His Sacred Passion and Death. Christ is not passive on the altar during the Holy Sacrifice. Neither should those who hear Mass be passive spectators. When at Mass, we are doing more than “hearing” Mass. We are – or should be – actively engaged in offering Mass with the priest. The Priest is indeed a special representative commissioned by his ordination, but he acts in the name of all present.

When he offers the chalice, for instance, he says: “We offer Thee, O Lord, The Chalice of Salvation.” When he turns at the Orate Fratres, he says: “Pray, brethren, that my sacrifice and yours may be accepted to God.” We Share actively in the Mass and receive its fullest benefits when, like the priest, we partake of the sacrificial banquet through Holy Communion. The Council of Trent urged ” that at each Mass the faithful present should communicate not only in spiritual desire, but also by the reception of Sacramental Communion, in order that the fruit of this most Holy Sacrifice may be abundantly be theirs.” (Sess 22. C.6)

  
When we actively too in the Mass when we repeat with the priest the very words and prayers of the Divine Sacrifice. That is why our Holy Father, Pope Pius XII, declares, “those are worthy of praise who, inspired by the purpose of enabling the Christian people to take part in the Eucharistic Sacrifice more easily and fruitfully, properly try to place the Roman Missal in the hands of the people, so that the faithful, joined with the priest, may pray together with the same words as his, and with the same sentiments as those of the Church.” (Mediator Dei)

When we participate thus in the offering of Mass, we shall find that he cataracts of the deep are opened and the heavens rain down showers of grace. We shall find that the fountains of the merits of Christ pour their floods of benediction over our souls, that Christ, lifted up as on Calvary, draws our hearts to Himself”.

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