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Op-ed: "Was a demon enthroned at the Amazon Synod?"

 Rev. Deacon Nick Donnelly

During the first press conference of the Amazonian synod Bishop David Martínez De Aguirre Guinea, O.P., one of the special secretaries appointed by Francis, gave a response that lends weight to reports that the shamanistic ritual conducted in the Vatican Gardens was, indeed, the worship of the pagan idol, Pachamama. Bishop Martínez said:

Christus Vincit: Bishop Schneider’s Powerful and Luminous New Book — And Its Presentation in Rome

Word is spreading quickly about Bishop Schneider’s recently released book-length interview Christus Vincit: Christ’s Triumph Over the Darkness of the Age (Angelico Press).

Only professional ostriches of olympic head-burying skill can deny that the Roman Catholic Church is suffering her worst crisis since the Protestant Reformation. We can see it in the escalating conflicts between a Vatican in progressive overdrive and Catholic laity and clergy striving to remain faithful to Scripture, Tradition, and the consistent teaching of the Magisterium; oscillation between anarchy and authoritarianism in governance; multiplying accusations of heresy and schism; and worldwide exposures of clerical abuse implicating bishops all the way up to the pope. 

Of those who have dared to call the problems by their name and to seek real remedies, Bishop Schneider stands out for his forthright interventions and the clarity with which he teaches the perennial doctrine of Christ and His Church, encouraging the “little ones,” admonishing the doubtful, and rebuking the relativists, secularists, and modernists who have overrun the barque of Peter.

Christus Vincit one of the most potent books written by any bishop of the Catholic Church, not just in recent years but since the time of the Second Vatican Council. It’s like The Ratzinger Report, raised to the tenth power. No wonder the book features endorsements by an impressive lineup: Cardinal Sarah and Cardinal Burke, eminent theologian Fr. Aidan Nichols, Fr. Gerald Murray of EWTN’s “Papal Posse,” and popular author Scott Hahn.

De Mattei: But does the Pope believe in Jesus Christ the Man-God?

Roberto de Mattei 
Radio Roma
October 13, 2019

We cannot remain silent about this unbelievable episode, which many of you are certainly aware of. The following: 

Eugenio Scalfari, former director of La Repubblica published an article last Tuesday in which he writes: “Those who have had the fortune of meeting and conversing with him in utmost cultural confidence, the way I have several times, know that Pope Francis conceives the Christ as Jesus of Nazareth,  man, not God incarnate. Once incarnated, Jesus ceases to be God and becomes man until His death on the cross.” 

So a very well-known journalist asserts in one of the most widely-read Italian newspapers that Pope Francis does not believe in the Divinity of Jesus Christ. If this was true, Pope Francis would be a formal heretic, like the Arians, the Ebionites and the Socinians. 

Sermon: Saint John Henry Newman, at the Heart of Tradition

Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving for the Canonization of John Henry Newman
October 9, 2019
Church of St. Catherine of Siena, New York City
Sponsored by the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny

 Newman's Altar in his rooms at the Birmingham Oratory

From the Gospel of the Mass from St. Luke:
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Luke 12:34)

To be able to celebrate this Mass of Thanksgiving for the Canonization of John Henry Newman for me is a singular event in my life, my life as a man, my life as a Catholic, my life as a priest. Newman has played a most important role in my life and is in many ways the one person, although with so many others in their own way, that led me to the Catholic Church.  His prayers and his intellectual and spiritual guidance brought me, against all odds, to the Catholic priesthood over 35 years ago. His presence in my life has been real—not virtual or mental—but real.  It is Newman who prepared me for the so very deep relationship between the priesthood and the Cross of Jesus Christ.  Newman’s life as a Catholic priest and Oratorian was never free from attacks and misunderstandings from both leaders of the society in which he lived and from the Church. He always sought truth within the Catholic Church but without false security of that reactionary spirit that fears the world and that sees the Church as a fortress against the world.  Newman took seriously Christ’s missionary demand to bring His message, the Gospel, to the whole world, without fear, without doubt, using his God-given intellectual power and his pastoral gifts, always trusting that the truth of the Gospel would prevail over ignorance and hostility.  His treasure was the Jesus Christ and His Church, and there in the deepest sense was also his heart. 

I have given many talks about John Henry Newman. This is not one of them. This is a sermon, and so at the heart of everything I say is the person of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Head of the Church, the Word made flesh whose presence permeates the entire created order, bringing it in His own time to its fruition when He will come again to judge the living and the dead and when He will usher in his Kingdom of truth and light.  What binds me to Newman, and what binds us all to Him here, is his love of Christ and the Catholic Church.  He understood so well the joy of being a Catholic and he understood so well the cost of discipleship within a fallen world and within a Church that is always tempted to become part of that fallen world. 

October 13: 50 years of the Seminary of Saint Pius X, in Écône, Switzerland

It was not yet in Écône, and it was not under the name of Saint Pius X.

But on October 13, 1969, exactly 50 years ago, 9 seminarians, exhausted of the insanity reigning in seminaries everywhere, asked Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (who had been constrained to resign as Superior General of the Fathers of the Holy Spirit the previous year) to be guided by him in a new seminary. 

They assembled in Fribourg, at the Saint John Bosco House at route de Marly. It was the embryo of what would become the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X (Society of Saint Pius X).

Congratulations to the work of Archbishop Lefebvre on this Jubilee! (More information in French here.)

Fontgombault Sermon on Dedication of the Abbey Church: Before building a "common home", we need to acknowledge the God Who designed it

Anniversary of the Dedication of the Abbatial Church

Sermon of the Right Reverend Dom Jean Pateau
Abbot of Our Lady of Fontgombault
Fontgombault, October 12, 2019

Hodie in domo tua.
Today in thy house.
(Lk 19:5)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
My dearly beloved Sons,

Today’s Mass exhibits a great scriptural richness. The readings and the sung pieces run through the Bible from its very first book, Genesis, to the last one, the Apocalypse, centred around a same theme, God’s dwelling with men. Such is indeed the place in which we are, and the consecration of which we celebrate, a dwelling of God with men.

The opening chant is taken from the book of Genesis: “How awesome is this place. This is no other but the house of God, and the gate of heaven.” (Gn 28:17) Jacob uttered these words after he saw in a dream a ladder set up between earth and heaven, on which angels were ascending and descending. God then gave him as his inheritance this place, which Jacob called Bethel, House of God; there he set up a stone for a pillar, a memorial for this encounter. In the lesson, the vision of the Apocalypse brings us into the heavenly Jerusalem, this place which we yearn for. This is at the end of time the new abode of God with men. God is dwelling in their midst. The Gospel takes us into the house of Zacchaeus, the place of a conversion. This tax-collector in the pay of the Romans had taken a certain advantage of his position to get rich. Jesus comes and visits him, thus bringing salvation to his house. Last, the offertory describes the episode of the building of the first Temple of Jerusalem. David had collected all its elements, but the construction was Solomon’s responsibility. At the end of the work, God took possession of the house. This text fits nicely in the liturgy at this moment, and it evokes the qualities of heart expected from those who wish to offer something to God, joy and simplicity.

All these texts depict various houses, either built by God or by man, offered to God so that He may dwell in them. For that matter, may each true abode, each house of truth, joy, and peace, be anything else than a place in which God is dwelling?

The feast of the Dedication makes us look beyond the houses of the world in which we are living. The words “a common European house” are sometimes used, without much success for that matter, to stir up interest for an administrative and economical Leviathan in the pay of global finance. There are also the nations, inheritors of their history and geography, the regions, cities and villages. Last, there is the house, the abode, the place where a family is gathered. The earth and the universe, created by God, are also abodes.

Notice: Upcoming Lectures of Dr Kwasniewski in Rhode Island on October 26 & 27

In two weeks’ time, in conjunction with the ordination of Rev. Mr. William Rock, FSSP, by His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider in Providence, RI (as announced here), I will be giving talks at two different parishes in the area. Each lecture will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

On Saturday, October 26th, at 7:00 pm, the topic will be “The Priority of Adoration, Fear of the Lord, and the Virtue of Religion in Catholic Worship,” at The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus (99 Camp Street, Providence RI 02906: map).

On Sunday, October 27th, at 6:30 pm, the topic will be “It’s Not Just a Matter of the Heart: Why What We Do and How We Do It Matters So Much in the Liturgy,” at The Church of the Holy Ghost (316 Judson St, Tiverton, RI 02878: map).

COLUMBUS IS OURS -- Let us rejoice!

Monastery of Sant Jeroni de la Murtra, near Barcelona,
where the Catholic Monarchs welcomed Columbus back from the Indies in 1493
Now that four centuries have sped since a Ligurian first, under God's guidance, touched shores unknown beyond the Atlantic, the whole world is eager to celebrate the memory of the event, and glorify its author. Nor could a worthier reason be found where through zeal should be kindled. For the exploit is in itself the highest and grandest which any age has ever seen accomplished by man; and he who achieved it, for the greatness of his mind and heart, can be compared to but few in the history of humanity.

Feast of the Divine Maternity — or of Papa Roncalli?

Today, October 11, is a perfect illustration of the basic problem of the Catholic Church in the 20th century.

In 1931, Pope Pius XI instituted on October 11 the feast of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to commemorate the 1500th anniversary of the Council of Ephesus, which had bestowed on her the glorious title Theotokos or God-bearing-One. This feast was placed on October 11. Thus, it’s not an ancient feastday (as neither was Christ the King, instituted by the same Pius), but fits into that slow and loving process of amplification by which the traditional liturgy has been enriched over twenty centuries with ever-new facets of devotion.

Pope John XXIII comes along and decides to open the Second Vatican Council on October 11, precisely because it was the feast of the Divine Motherhood of Our Lady.

Fast-forward to after the Council: Bugnini’s Consilium decides to abolish the feast and to conflate it with January 1st, which had been the Octave of Christmas and the Circumcision of Christ, but which would now be styled “the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God.” Lots of busy scissors and paste...

And then along comes Pope Francis, who canonizes John XXIII and declares that October 11 will be HIS feastday.

So, hey presto!, October 11 has shifted from honoring the deepest mystery of the Virgin Mary  her being the Theotokos  to honoring Vatican II’s architect as elevated by the Council’s mutant progeny, Jorge Bergoglio. As Ratzinger said in a different context, we now celebrate ourselves and our achievements rather than the mightiest works of God.

This is the kind of thing I had in mind when I maintained that the modern Church is characterized by a Nietzschean “transvaluation of all values.”

It also seems a haunting coincidence (but there are no coincidences under Divine Providence) that Pope Francis has been reported this week by Scalfari to have denied the divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, making Bergoglio a sort of Nestorian (at best), with Our Lady being demoted to Christotokos, Christ-bearer, as she is for Protestants who refuse her the august title “Mother of God.” Neither the Pope nor the Vatican is willing to confront Scalfari for egregious lies or misrepresentations or amnesia; instead, the the usual non-denial denial has been issued.  Unlike his predecessor Pius XI, who cared enough about the dogmatic formulation of Ephesus to institute a feast in commemoration of its principal definition, the current Pope said two days ago, in a homily painfully reminiscent of the anti-theological mentality of the 1970s: “Do I love God or dogmatic formulations?”

The silver lining on this otherwise dark cloud is that, in spite of everything that has transpired, despite all the wickedness in high places, October 11 continues to this day to be celebrated as the feast of the Divine Maternity, in all communities and parishes that avail themselves of the traditional Missale Romanum. The feast has not perished; it has merely been eclipsed, and it will return in splendor to illuminate the Church after this night of self-celebration has passed.

De Mattei: Cardinal Hummes, the head of the “Church of an Amazonian Face”

Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana
October 9,2019

Ideas do not travel on their own through history: they are incarnated by men. And among the apostles of the “Church of the Amazonian face” we have Claudio Hummes, Emeritus Archbishop of San Paolo, President of the Ecclesial Pan Amazonian Network (Repam) and appointed rapporteur-general  by Pope Francis for the Synod which opened last Sunday October 6th in the Vatican.

“The mission of the Church today in the Amazon, is the core issue of the Synod,”  explained Cardinal Claudio Hummes, at the opening of the Synod’s first General Congregation. “The Pope made it clear that the  relationship of the Church with the indigenous people and the Amazonian forest, is one of its central themes,” continued the President of Repam, whereby “the right to be protagonists of their history must be restored and guaranteed and that they be, subjects not objects in any colonial spirit and action. Their culture, languages, histories, identities and spiritualities constitute riches for humanity and must be respected and preserved in world culture.”. 

"Motus in fine velocior" - The Crisis is Gathering Speed (Roberto de Mattei)

In one week in the Vatican: pagan worship, a bizarre informal interview in which the divinity of Christ is questioned by the Pope, one of the main organizers of the Amazon synod makes clear married priests and even some kind of "ordination" for women should come out of the gathering.

Time to republish a masterly article by Professor Roberto de Mattei, that we first posted in February 2014: "Motus in fine velocior," events gather greater and greater speed at the end of historical epochs.

Motus in fine velocior

by Roberto de Mattei [Feb. 12. 2014]

February 11, 2013, is a date which has entered history. It was on that day that Benedict XVI communicated to an assembly of astonished cardinals his decision to renounce the pontificate. The announcement was received “like lightning in a serene sky,” according to the words addressed to the Pope by the cardinal deacon Angelo Sodano, and the image of lightning which, that very day, had struck the Basilica of St. Peter, spread throughout the world.

Amazonic Notes #2: It's all decided on married priests

Obviously. And this is why this whole expensive charade was assembled.

Today, one of the main architects of the German-Austrian Synod on the Amazon region, Erwin Krautler, who was a bishop in the area for many years (years during which the majority of the population, tired of a political church, became Evangelical), said in the press conference following the session that there is “no other option” but to ordain married men as priests in the Amazon, because being unmarried is a "foreign concept" to the indigenous communities. As liberal journalist Christopher Lamb reports, Krautler affirmed that "there were many times when he travelled to indigenous communities and they asked me: 'where is your wife?' "

Priestly celibacy was a concept that confounded and still confounds most people in the Jewish world , and in the Greco-Roman world as well. 

Krautler also made clear that there is a majority of well over the two thirds of votes necessary to recommend the change. Which is obvious, since the Synod members were handpicked to reach the result desired by Francis and his friends.

Naturally, Krautler's liberal Austrian logic means that there should be married bishops and popes as well.

Francis to Favorite Journalist: "Jesus was not at all a God."

First, the actual declarations, as reported by Francis' favorite journalist, Eugenio Scalfari, published in today's edition of La Repubblica (available online since yesterday):

"Those who, as it has happened many times with me, have had the luck of meeting him and speaking to him with the greatest cultural intimacy, know that pope Francis conceives Christ as Jesus of Nazareth, man, not God incarnate. Once incarnate, Jesus stops being a God and becomes a man until his death on the cross.


"When I had the chance of discussing these sentences, pope Francis told me: 'They are the proven proof that Jesus of Nazareth, once having become a man, was, though a man of exceptional virtues, not at all a God.'"

(Main excerpts: the original page is behind a paywall)


Now, obviously, as it has often happened with Francis' informal interviews with Eugenio Scalfari, some will try to deny the veracity of what Scalfari, a seasoned journalist, affirms. 

Let us just recall, for the record of events, that there is no reason to doubt its general accuracy. We are way past the time of doubting the general accuracy of the Scalfari quotes. 

Not now, that the papal interviews to Scalfari have been published on the Vatican website, that they have been occasionally published by the Vatican publishing house (LEV) itself - for instance, as part of the book to the right.

WikkiMissa is back!

We are delighted to report that WikiMissa - the invaluable tool for Traditional Mass-goers worldwide which left the scene in 2015 - has been resurrected by some enterprising individuals with the aid and blessing of its original designer, Emmanuel. The revamped venue - whose title lacks a 'k' for several reasons but mainly to bring it in line with other 'Wiki's - is still a work in progress which will require some fine-tuning. This is where our readers can help. Much of the Mass information on the site has not been updated in four years. Since the site is user-editable, we urge you to visit it and verify the information for the Masses that you are familiar with. The new site is a bit more franco-centric than the former WikkiMissa, but the pages for particular countries are faithful to the languages spoken therein. In any case, any web-based translator will give you all the help you need to navigate the site. 

Perhaps now more than ever we need to keep sources like this up to date and available for those who need them. Many thanks to those who are giving their time and effort to keep WikiMissa serving Catholics the world over. 

Fongombault Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Rosary: "There is one presence that remains, that of Mary."

Feast of the Holy Rosary

Sermon of the Right Reverend Dom Jean Pateau
Abbot of Our Lady of Fontgombault
Fontgombault, October 7, 2019

Fiat voluntas tua.
Thy will be done.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 
My dearly beloved Sons, 

The gospel of the Annunciation to Mary should be considered as the apex of the encounters between God and mankind. These encounters are numerous. The Bible, the Gospel, the lives of Saints, our own lives, are the places where continually God’s words, requests, commandments, signs, are expecting a loving answer from our hearts and lives. 

These words of God may concern a precise event, a personal assent, as is the case for Mary, even though this event will subsequently have the stupendous and inconceivable consequences we know regarding mankind’s history. The word of God may also formulate a general rule that concerns the whole of mankind, as is the case in the first pages of the Book of Genesis, opening with the loving recommendations God gives man concerning the use of the creation. 

In a world which is not only heathen, but openly at war against its Maker, Whose rights it wants to arrogate, the word of God would seem to draw but a small response. Yet, it is comforting to see so many men and women taking to the streets to remind us that man and woman have received the mission to become fruitful, to multiply, to fill the earth and subdue it. [Rorate note: Reference to the 'Marchons Enfants' protest march in Paris this Sunday against the introduction of surrogacy-sale of babies to same-sex "couples".]

"The highest moment that the centuries ever witnessed."
All Hail the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

"The highest moment that the centuries ever witnessed." (Cervantes)

We cannot but recall that four great Roman Pontiffs came from the Dominican ranks. Of these, the last, St. Pius V, won undying gratitude from Christianity and civil society. He joined together, after unceasing efforts, the arms of the Catholic princes, and under the patronage of the Virgin Mother of God, whom, therefore, he ordered to be saluted in future as Help to Christians, destroyed forever at Lepanto the power of the Turks.

Guest Op-Ed: When bishops knew how to respond to a pope suspected of heresy

by the Rev. Deacon Nick Donnelly

In his recent letter to the College of Cardinals Cardinal Brandmüller wrote that all cardinals must consider how they will react to ‘any heretical statements or decisions of the [Amazonian] synod.’ In the past, it wouldn’t have been necessary to ask this question because the bishops of the Western Church had a reputation for robustly reacting against heresy. 

A case in point is how the bishops reacted to the mere suspicion that Pope Vigilius (537-555 AD) was sympathetic towards the Monophysite heresy that sought to undermine the Council of Chalcedon. 

Pope Vigilius was already unpopular with many in Rome and the Western Church for conniving with the Monophysite Empress Theodora in the deposition and death of his predecessor, Pope Silverius (536-537 AD). Pope Silverius had earned the hostility of the heretics for refusing to restore the deposed and excommunicated Monophysite Patriarch of Constantinople. Vigilius secured the papacy by expressing sympathy for the Monophysite cause.  

Amazonic Notes # 1 - Francis Reaches a New Ridiculous Low: Pagan Rituals on Vatican Hill

Pagan fertility ritual in the Vatican gardens

Nearly two thousand years ago, Saint Peter,the first bishop of Rome, was martyred on Vatican Hill, across the Tiber from the historical center of the City. The great shrine and Basilica dedicated to the Prince of the Apostles rose on top of it as Catholics were freed from oppression, and gradually, over the course of the centuries, as the main papal places of worship and administration faded away, in the Lateran and the Quirinal, the buildings surrounding the Vatican basilica became more and more prominent, until, with the unification of Italy and the Lateran treaties, the Vatican became the absolute center of the administrative and spiritual power of the Catholic Church.

It seems absolutely providential and appropriate, because it was not at all obvious that the blood of Saint Peter, first Vicar of Christ, would end up at the very center of Catholicity.

The blood of Saint Peter, Saint Paul, and uncounted Catholic martyrs of Rome, many of whom we remember daily in the Canon of the Mass, was spilled by pagans and in defense of paganism. Nothing could be further from the lesson of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His apostles than the worship of idols. Quite the opposite: from Germany to the Baltic, from Canada to the Amazon, from Africa to the Philippines, Catholic missionaries worked, suffered, and died to end the worship of pagan idols: "the things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God."

IMPORTANT: Change of venue of Newman Mass in New York City

The Solemn Mass to celebrate the canonization of John Henry Newman has been moved to the Church of St. Catherine of Siena in New York City on Wednesday, October 9 at 7 p.m. I hope many of you with accessibility to New York will come to this Traditional Roman Mass. which Cardinal Newman so loved and celebrated every day of his priesthood.

Father Richard Gennaro Cipolla

Solemn Pontifical Mass and banquet with Bishop Schneider in Cincinnati

Reminder: Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society

This is our monthly reminder to please enroll Souls of the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society. The Society now stands at 96 priests saying weekly or monthly traditional Latin Masses for the Souls. Come on Fathers, let's get this to 100!

** Click here to download a "fillable" PDF Mass Card in English to give to the loved ones of the Souls you enroll (you send these to the family and/or friends of the dead, not to us). It's free for anyone to use. CLICK HERE to download in Latin and CLICK HERE to download in Spanish

Priests: The Souls still need more of you saying Mass for them! Please email me to offer your services. There's nothing special involved -- all you need to do is offer a weekly or monthly TLM with the intention: "For the repose of the Souls enrolled in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society." And we will always keep you completely anonymous unless you request otherwise. 

How to enroll souls: please email me at and submit as follows: "Name, State, Country." If you want to enroll entire families, simply write in the email: "The Jones family, Ohio, USA". Individual names are preferred. Be greedy -- send in as many as you wish and forward this posting to friends as well.