The Viganò Testimony: Was it justified or was it a violation of an oath?

For a while I’ve been mulling The Viganò Testimony, as have we all.

When it came out, some libtards, especially those who are energetically defending the heavily embattled Card. Wuerl, said that we should attack equally other (more conservative) figures, because they knew things too, but didn’t divulge them, for example: Archbp. Broglio of the Military Archdiocese had been Card. Sodano’s secretary.  “Surely he knew things but he didn’t say or do anything!  GET HIM!”

The problem is that many of the people who “knew things” were at some point bound by the “Pontifical Secret”.  When you work in certain positions, as in the Curia, you take an oath to keep secret the work you have to do.  Violation of that oath has spiritual and canonical consequences.

Most have kept the oath.  Archbp. Viganò broke it in order to blow the whistle.

He could be censured for doing so.

However, there is an argument to be made that, given the gravity of The Present Crisis, breaking that oath was a better thing to do than to keep silent, lest greater harm result to the Church.

ChurchMilitant has a useful piece about this right now HERE.  I’d been thinking along these lines for a while, actually.  So, their piece is welcome and helpful.    There you read, inter alia:

The patron saint of moral theologians and Doctor of the Church, St. Alphonsus de Liguori, has written the following opinions in his magnum opus, his Theologia Moralis [draft translation]:

One may manifest a committed secret [secretum commissum], at least without grave sin: … 4°. Out of a just reason, namely if observing the secret might lead to damnum commune [harm to the common good] … because in this case, the order of charity postulates that it may be revealed: wherefore even if you mightest have taken an oath, in this case, you mayest divulge [the committed secret]. … [III, 970] No one is bound by a secret, even should it have been promised by oath, when the secret leads to damnum commune [VI, 698].

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Francis: Uncovering sins of Bishops is work of Satan. UPDATED!


I don’t pay daily attention to the Novus Ordo readings.  However, here is what the 1st reading was for Mass today in the Novus Ordo, which Francis would have had.

I’m not making this up!

Reading 1 COR 6:1-11

Brothers and sisters:
How can any one of you with a case against another dare to bring it to the unjust for judgment instead of to the holy ones?
Do you not know that the holy ones will judge the world?
If the world is to be judged by you,
are you unqualified for the lowest law courts?
Do you not know that we will judge angels?
Then why not everyday matters?
If, therefore, you have courts for everyday matters, do you seat as judges people of no standing in the Church?
I say this to shame you.
Can it be that there is not one among you wise enough to be able to settle a case between brothers?
But rather brother goes to court against brother, and that before unbelievers?

Now indeed then it is, in any case,
a failure on your part that you have lawsuits against one another.
Why not rather put up with injustice?
Why not rather let yourselves be cheated?
Instead, you inflict injustice and cheat, and this to brothers.
Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the Kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived;
neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor sodomites nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the Kingdom of God.
That is what some of you used to be;
but now you have had yourselves washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

At the Catholic Herald I read interesting account of Francis’ fervorino.

Pope Francis: the Great Accuser is trying to uncover sins to cause scandal
by Staff ReporterTuesday, 11 Sep 2018

‘In these times, it seems like the Great Accuser has been unchained and is attacking bishops,’ the Pope said [I think “accuser” is from the root for “satan”]

The Great Accuser is trying to uncover bishops’ sins in order to scandalise the people, Pope Francis has said. [I’m thinking that that must be incomplete.]

In a homily at Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday morning, the Pope told bishops that they seem to be under attack from the devil. [It would be peculiar if they were not!]

The best way for bishops to fight this, he added, is by being men of prayer who remain close to the people and who have the humility to remember they were chosen by God, Vatican News reports.

The Pope said that prayer is “a bishop’s consolation in difficult times,” because “Jesus is praying for me and for all bishops.”

Referring to the devil, Pope Francis said: “In these times, it seems like the Great Accuser has been unchained and is attacking bishops.”

“True, we are all sinners, we bishops,” he added. “He tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible in order to scandalize the people. [Ummmm…. uncovering sins is the work of the Devil to “scandalize”, by which he means “to shock” rather than to lead into committing sins. Probably.]

“The Great Accuser, as he himself says to God in the first chapter of the Book of Job, ‘roams the earth looking for someone to accuse’.

“A bishop’s strength against the Great Accuser is prayer, that of Jesus and his own, and the humility of being chosen and remaining close to the people of God, without seeking an aristocratic life that removes this unction.
[I’m not entirely convinced that living like an aristocrat removes the anointing that bishops receive in their consecration. As a matter of of fact I know it doesn’t. It’s indelible. Perhaps he means some other anointing?]
“Let us pray, today, for our bishops: for me, for those who are here, and for all the bishops throughout the world.”

Bishops must remain humble, he added, because they were chosen by God.

“The bishop who loves Jesus is not trying to climb a ladder, advancing his vocation as if it were a mere task or seeking a better placement or promotion. No. A bishop feels chosen, and has the certainty of being chosen.

“This drives him to speak with the Lord: ‘You chose me, of little importance, a sinner.’ He is humble, because he feels chosen and feels Jesus’ gaze upon his whole being. This gives him strength.”

A good bishop also does not “try to find refuge with the powerful of elite,” Pope Francis said.

“The ‘elites’ criticise bishops, while the people has an attitude of love towards the bishop. [I’m not sure what he is talking about. If you criticize a bishop you are an “elite”, which is apparently not a good thing to be. But if you love the bishop you don’t criticize. So… never criticize bishop?]

“This is almost a special unction that confirms the bishop in his vocation.”. [So there is an “anointing” that come from El Pueblo? Maybe that is why in 2013 he asked for people to bless him? I’m not sure about this sort of “unction”. But, apparently, if you criticize a bishop – for whatever reason it seems – then you are not part of the “anti-elite” who anoint the bishop. You are the devil. I think i got that right.]

I need to think about this more.

Meanwhile, the reading today…

Did @JamesMartinSJ comment on the reading today?

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SAVE THE LITURGY – SAVE THE WORLD: Thoughts on the Rites in the Starfield

I will probably post more in the near future about the Rites we experienced in Gower, for the Consecration of the new Abbey church and Abbess.   Everything was done according to the traditional Roman Rite, using the pre-1961 Pontificale Romanum.  The nuns and the very walls radiated joy.


The two days and some 12 hours of liturgy.

What a contrast to The Present Crisis!  What an antidote.

A few things occur as I mull over this experience and its ongoing, resonating effect in my mind and heart.

  • First, I was here just last year to view the great 2017 Total Eclipse.  The path of totality passed directly over the new Abbey.   The next big total in these USA will also pass over Missouri, but from another direction.
  • The weather before the two days of Rites was, I am informed, quite simply dreadful for weeks.   The two days were spectacular, sunny with puffy clouds, a breeze and low temps and slight humidity.
  • The monastery is not in Gower, but at some distance.   Apparently, once upon a time, there was a small post office near where the abbey is, called “Starfield”.
  • The completion of the aforementioned Rites occurred on day 27, the halfway mark, during the 54 day novena of prayers the Feast of the Assumption to the Feast of the Dedication of St. Michael on 30 September, a period of yore called “St. Michael’s Lent” for fasting and penance.    Prayers now shift from petition to confident thanksgiving.
  • The work of the nuns is in large part to pray for priests and for bishops.


I’ve written for years – and with deadly earnest – about the core concept within the terse: Save The Liturgy, Save The World.  I really mean that.  I my STLSTW Manifesto I wrote, inter alia

Do we believe the consecration really does something? Or, do we believe what is said and how, what the gestures are and the attitude in which they made are entirely indifferent? For example, will a choice not to kneel before Christ the King and Judge truly present in each sacred Host, produce a wider effect?

If you throw a stone, even a pebble, into a pool it produces ripples which expand to its edge. The way we celebrate Mass must create spiritual ripples in the Church and the world.

The two days of Rites began with going around and around the Abbey church, outside with Holy Water, blessing different elevations of the walls, around and around inside blessing the levels of water and the whole of the floor with Gregorian Water.  The grip of the Enemy, the Prince of this World was pried off and the whole place was ripped from evil influence and handed over to the King.   Just the clergy and religious were involved in this.  Then there was a procession with the relics, from outside into the church and the whole of the laity was allowed in for the first time.   We saw the Church Triumphant enter under the veiled guise of First Class Relics, and the Church Militant enter after them into the newly secured space.

Here’s an image.  In the movie We Were Soliders about the Battle of Ia Drang, it was necessary to clear a new Landing Zone for helicopters in a field of small trees and bushes.  They wrapped detonating cord around all the growing obstacles and took them down – BAM!  The LZ was cleared.

The next phase came as the altar had to be consecrated.  Elsewhere I used another image, nuptial imagery.   During the Rites there are times when we, in the person of the bishop, would knock the doors with his staff.  Each time the church was circled, the door was knocked.  The soul of the baptized Christian is intended to be the bride of Christ, the soul’s Spouse.  The women religious at this Abbey are consecrated for their Spouse.  What we had done is prepare the thalamus, the bridal chamber for the arrival of the Spouse.  The lamps were lighted on the walls in the consecratory candles and with the Bishop we entered into the chamber.  Then the center of the bridal chamber had to be readied: the altar.   There were anointings with Oil of Catechumens and of Chrism.  In ancient Judaism, at the time of Christ, intended spouses were anointed with nard and myrrh (think Mary Magdalen and the jar, think Song of Songs, think burial of the Lord in the tomb no one had ever “slept” in before).  There were washings: the unused Gregorian Water was poured out 360° around the base of the altar.  The mensa’s sepulcher was sealed and the whole anointed.  Fires were lighted on the surface and incense burned.  Then the altar was clothed for the first time.  After all the preparatory rites of the difference nuptial zones, church as a whole, sanctuary as a separate part for clergy (yes, there really is such a thing is a good clericalism, properly understood), and then the core of the whole place where everything is consummated: the altar for Holy Mass, the ultimate sacramental foreshadowing of the heavenly nuptial banquet of the Lamb.

Save The Liturgy, Save The World.

In years past, these Rites were more commonly performed, and then they were virtually lost.   The whole world weakened and darkened, especially the clergy of Holy Church.  The Church herself, in her members, was enervated and sickened.

How to put this?

Think of body, weakened by fatigue and abuse, which is invaded by a diseasing critter.  The body tries to combat it with various elements of the blood and with raising a fever.   Then an antibiotic is introduced and BAM, help has arrived.

Think of a scifi scenario.   A looming cosmic dread is heading for Earth.  The only way we can save the planet is if a small and gallant band of warriors can fight their way through the alien enemy invaders and restart an ancient machine that will drive away the coming evil.

Think of a dystopian scenario.  A coronal mass ejection hits the planet dead on and the resulting EMP takes down our tech.   Dire things result.  Global humanity is sundered, each group from the other, except for tiny networks who reach out through ham radios that survived.    Then, suddenly, a massive signal is heard on different bands: We’re here.  You are not alone.  Persevere!

All of these things are working in my mind at the moment as I reflect on the events of the last two days.

The Rites themselves were POWER.  The Body of the Church received a massive dose of antibiotics.  A massive machine of grace was ignited into action.  A mighty signal now ripples outward into the Church and the world from the Starfield near tiny Gower, over which God seems to have intended to draw the sign of the Cross with the clock of the heavens.

As the rites went on and on and on and on – seemingly always something more to follow – I thought: “Right now, this may be the still turning point of the world.  Volvitur mundus.  There is no better place that one could be.  There is no better thing that any cleric could be doing.  There is no way for a priest or bishop to be more useful to the Church than to be right here, doing this right now.”

From yesterday onward, the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, at Our Lady of Ephesus Abbey have taken up their new form of service in the Church.  In the prayers of for the profession of the nuns, the verb militare occurred in different forms.  In that context militare is to serve.  

Their prayers are now rippling out.  They have transformative power.  It is as if with every psalm verse, every act of obedience, they are injecting hope into the rest of us who militate out here in the world.

Finally, it is of enormous importance that the Rites of the last two days were captured on video and sent out to a wider world.

I have a feeling that this is the beginning of something we have only hoped for.


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VIDEO & PICS – Pontifical Mass & Consecration of new Abbess, vows, clothing of nuns, revelation of location of new daughter house!

Today I was blessed to attend, at the newly consecrated Abbey Church of Our Lady of Ephesus, the blessing of the new Abbess, Mother Cecilia. Also, we had, in the context of the Pontifical Solemn Mass celebrated by His Excellency Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, the Extraordinary Ordinary and Bishop of Madison, the reception of the temporary vows and reclothing in the black veil of two of the nuns, and, just before the final benediction, the clothing of four novices by the formidable Abbot of Clearcreek.

Yesterday’s video (now complete) is 7:43:00. Today’s is a mere 3:55:39. We got all of that done in under 4 hours!

Booklet HERE

Some pics.

Bp. Morlino addressing himself directly to the present ordinary, Bp. Johnston.

They are happy!

New stuff to iron.

What it’s all about.

After Communion, these gals showed up in their wedding gowns and then got a haircut.

The way my friend described it, as he watched from above in a gallery, it was as if they were going to their beheading.  And, in a sense, they were!   They are called on to die to self and to the world.

After the sheering the Abbesses new sheep, they vamoosed and changed into their tunics so that they could receive the rest of their habits, wimple, veil, cincture.

When the women are first presented, they are asked what they want, as in an ordination.  They respond…

Misericórdiam Dei et societátem sorórum in monastério sub jugo Christi militántium.

The mercy of God and the company of the Sisters serving in the monastery under the yoke of Christ [militantium].

Notice how that “militantium” is translated?  Hint: It wasn’t!  But it is highly significant.

When the bishop admonishes the nuns about what they are going to vow to undertake (or, if they desire they can freely leave before they do this), he says:

Atténte consideráre debétis, fíliæ dilectíssimæ, quali obligatióne vosmetípsos ultro sitis obstrictúræ, qui quidque vobis servándum proponátis. Legem, sub qua militáre de cétero desiderátis, non solum lectióne, sed étiam íntegri anni usu et consuetúdine satis cognovístis. …

Dearly beloved daughters, you must attentively consider the obligations to which you are about to bind yourself and which you are resolved to to keep. You have already sufficiently learned the rule under which you wish to serve, not only by reading, but by a whole year of practice and experience as a novice….

Militare… to serve.

And there is a Collect:

Deus, qui beatíssimum Benedíctum, eléctum fámulum tuum, abstráctum a mundi turbínibus, tibi soli militáre jussísti: tríbue, qu?sumus, his fámulis sub ejúsdem magistério ad tuum servítium festinántibus perseverándi constántiam et perféctam usque in finem victóriam.

O God Who bade the most blessed Benedict, thy chosen servant, to serve thee alone, detached from the turmoil of the world: grant we pray, to these, thy handmaids, hastening to thy service under his direction, constancy in persev- erance and perfect victory unto the end.

Finally, before the blessings, the bishop crowned her with a wreath of flowers and then lead the new Abbess to a throne in the sanctuary.

And then he gave her the instrument of her office, the crozier.

You would not believe the military imagery in the prayers for this rite!

Frankly, I want a MITERED ABBESS in Gower!   That’s the next thing to work on.

Try this prayer on for size… and as you read, think about the reference to St. Stephen the Deacon and Protomartyr.

May she receive this day, at thy granting, O Lord, perseverance in good work, constancy in adversities, endurance in tribulations, desire for fasting, mercy for the impious, the first rank in humility, hatred of pride, love in faith, constant vigilance in doctrine, continence in chastity , abstinence from luxury, moderation in vicissitudes, and learning in morals. With thy help, O Lord, may she persevere thus in this ministry, as St. Stephen, chosen deacon by the Apostles, did merit to endure. From this day, may she despise all worldly conversation: thee, O Lord, granting thy blessing, may she despise temporal things, may she love things heavenly, and desire things eternal. May she be an example and ideal of justice, to govern and rule thy Church faithfully, so that amid her colleagues, she may always show necessary vigilance. May she be of great counsel, diligent in judgment, and effective in discipline. Thus, at thy granting, O Lord, may she, keeping a pure heart for thee in all thy commands, so attain to the prize of the heavenly vocation, to thy gifts of heavenly treasures, with the multiplied talents, with the hundredfold fruit and the crown of justice.

They have built this in TEN YEARS my friends.  From a few nuns living in borrowed space near a high school, to consecrating their new church, receiving an ABBESS, and… as a bonus… announcing the location of their new foundation, a daughter house.

It will be in….

The Diocese of Madison.



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VIDEO & PICS – Pre-1961 Rites of Consecration of new Abbey Church!

Yesterday I had the great privilege of participating in the consecration of the new abbey church of the monastic community of the  Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles near Gower, MO.   The rites of consecration and the Pontifical Mass at the Faldstool after took over 7 hours.

The prayers and gestures of the Pontifical Mass, according to the pre-1961 Pontificale Romanum, are of stunning beauty and mystical depth.

Here are a few pics.   I am still gathering my thoughts about what to write about the profound rites themselves.   There were moments when I found it hard to breathe.  There were moments when I had to wipe away tears.   Most of the time, I beamed at the spectacular symbolism and significance of the event.

A foreward: This community has been here for about 10 years.   They have grown to over 40 nuns and now must found a daughter house.  If memory serves, over 10 new gals will join this year. They have built a church and it has been raised to an abbey.   Today, the day after the church’s consecration, we return for the consecration of their new abbess.

They were will cleaning.  Mother said that the altar, made in Italy, was still on the boat just over a week ago.   But they got it in time and it was assembled in record time.

And the acoustics are breathtaking.

I’m working mainly on my phone to make this post and a friend “airdropped” some pics and videos, so things are not in chronological order.

Some of the things that will be used in the rites… the tapers and incense to be burned in the altar after it is anointed with Oil of the Catechumens and Chrism.  The stone to cover and seal the altar’s “tomb” into which the relics are placed.

Bp. Johnston of Kansas City-St. Joseph watches as four priests bring the relics to the church.

The bishop anointed the walls at 12 points.  Candles will burn there on the anniversary of the consecration.

With Peter Kwasniewski.   Both of us rather blown away and pleased.

The Benedictine Monks up the road at Conception did a live stream of the consecration and Mass.  The video is 7:43:00!   But YouTube only allows 4 hours at at time, so they will post the first part, hopefully, today.  Here is the second part.   They helpfully put “subtitles” in so you can see at what point they’ve arrived in the rite.   They have the “worship aid” HERE.

For a hint at a super cool element of the rite, to about, say, 00:10:45. You will see that a priest is constantly “orbiting” and incensing. He does this continuously for a long time. Occasionally he pauses and one of the servers hands him a newly charged thurible, which he blesses. Then he continues.

BTW… after the first part of the rites were completed outside, the religious and clergy entered and the doors were closed on the laity. Everything started at 9 and they were told that they would probably be allowed in for the rest of the rites at around 10:30. But at that time, there were still 15 pages to go in the booklet to the right moment. Eventually, they came in, with the procession of the relics.

There were many exorcisms and blessings and prayers around and around the outside and the inside to prepare the space. So, only the consecrated persons and servers were inside at first, preparing the space for the laity to enter. Then they came in to a blessed place, freed from the demonic influences of the Prince of this world. Then the altar was prepared in the heart of the space.

Think NUPTIAL imagery. The bridal chamber was prepared first for the entrance of the people with the relics (Church Militant together with Church Triumphant. Then the truly nuptial place was readied. Afterwards, the consummation of the space was accomplish with Holy Mass.

I have lot more to say about this, but I have to go to Gower for MORE!

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When they tell you it’s not about homosexuality, it’s about homosexuality.

Well-organized and highly motivated Team Francis has rallied the MSM and circled their obfuscating wagons around their base camp position: It’s not about homosexuality, it’s clericalism.  THAT’s the problem!  Clericalism… clericalism… clericalism.

Their other tactic is to distract with the good, but altogether incomplete, mantra about protection of children and minors.  Minors… okay.   But the vast majority of “minors” were male and older minors, post-puberty.

On the other hand, we read at CWR the horrific story from Illinois about a priest in the Diocese of Springfield whom Bp. Paprocki has moved to laicize.

An Illinois priest accused of patronizing a male prostitute in the 1990s and misappropriating $40,000 from a parish in 2005 has now been removed from ministry for “immoral activity” that could involve child pornography, and allegedly misspending up to $29,000 at two parishes he oversaw in the Diocese of Springfield.

The Rev. [Nope], 55, was removed from ministry and will apply for laicization, Springfield Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki wrote in a Sept. 5 email to diocesan priests. [None] has agreed to make restitution for the misappropriated funds, Paprocki said. [Nope] was initially placed on medical leave Oct. 30, 2017 from his role as pastor of Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ramsey, Ill.

During the medical leave, the diocese discovered financial irregularities at the parishes, and “immoral activity inconsistent with the life of a priest,” Paprocki wrote. He did not offer details. “We have found nothing to indicate that there was inappropriate activity with minors,” Paprocki wrote. Diocesan spokeswoman Marlene Mulford would not elaborate on the “immoral activity,” but she said the diocese “is sure this does not involve minors.”  [Doesn’t involve minors… therefore?]

However, Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison on Saturday said he understood the police investigation involved “potential child pornography and the priest.” Morrison said he was unaware of a financial aspect to the case. He asked those with knowledge of the funds misappropriation to contact his office for investigation.

An informant who contacted the activist group Roman Catholic Faithful Inc. said the situation involves much more than appears on the surface. A search conducted by the diocese at the rectory in Vandalia uncovered “at least one trunk of homosexual pornography” as well as drug paraphernalia, the informant said. A compact disc of homosexual pornography was found hidden in [Nope]’s desk, the source said. Father [Nope] has been in a decade-long homosexual relationship with an ex-convict, the informant alleged. A video being sought by diocesan investigators is believed to show a party at which “several” priests were dressed in drag, the informant said. The party was allegedly attended by [Nope] and at least five other priests.


Blech. The whole thing is disgusting and demonic.

I waffle between naming the bastards and damnation memoriae.

Remember: Demons attach themselves to people who commit certain sins and to the places where they were committed. What we are dealing with is not just human sickness, but also powerful demonic influence.

Invoking Our Lady, Queen of Priests and St. Joseph, Terror of Demons, let’s augment our large caliber prayers with the mighty force multiplier of fasting. The Lord says that some demons are to be dealt with by fasting.

I might ask:

Who of you reading this is exempt from doing something about The Present Crisis?


“Clericalism… clericalism… clericalism… you are getting sleeeeeepy…. clericalism… clericalism….”

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard during your Mass of Sunday Obligation?

Let us know!

For my part, I will be involved in a Consecration of a Church with the traditional Pontificale Romanum.   That in itself is a 4 hour sermon.

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LIVE VIDEO STREAM: 9-10 Sept. Traditional Consecrations of Abbey Church and new Abbess!

Over the years, I’ve written often of the great Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, in Gower, MO near Kansas City.   They record wonderful music discs.  They make vestments. They, above all, pray for priests and bishops.   This is a traditional Benedictine community, using the traditional Roman Rite.  They have so many postulants that they will soon have to found daughter houses.

Tomorrow, Sunday 9 September and Monday the 10th mark great days for this faithful Benedictine community of nuns and for the whole Church.

On Sunday, their new monastic church will be solemnly consecrated using the traditional Pontificale Romanum.

On Monday, their superior Mother Cecilia, will be consecrated as their community’s first Abbess!

The ceremonies will be live streamed through the generosity of Conception Abbey.

Download the “worship aid” for the Consecration of the Church by clicking HERE.

These are rare ceremonies even in the newer rites, which have lost much of the depth and meaning of the traditional ways.  To be able to live stream this is a true gift.

Non nobis, Domine, non nobis!

Also, help the nuns complete all the work to their monastic complex.


You can donate in the name of priests and bishops, whose names will be engraved on a plaque on display at the monastery.

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8 Sept. 2018 – Most Rev. J. Strickland @BishopOfTyler – Solemn TLM for Nativity of Mary

Good news from Tyler… no… mooorrrre good news from Tyler, TX.

You might recall that Most Rev. Joseph E. Strickland, Bishop of Tyler, was just about the first US prelate out of the gate to say clearly that the content of Archbp. Viganò’s “Testimony” was credible.     Whatever else the libs try to say about Viganò, if they are not to be wholly hypocritical, they have to admit that many elements must be investigated.

But I am burying the lead.

Today, the Nativity of Mary, Bp. Strickland participated at a Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form celebrated coram episcopo.   It was lived streamed on Fakebook.  The video is available HERE.

There is a glitch around 30:30 when someone changed the angle of the video recorder.  Ooops!

Fabricando fabri fimus.

Solemn Mass in the Presence of the Ordinary, His Excellency Joseph E. Strickland, celebrating the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Posted by Diocese of Tyler on Saturday, September 8, 2018

Fr. Z kudos to all involved.

Recovery of our patrimony and our identity will be an opus magnum et arduum.   Well worth the effort.

This is one of the ways – a principle way – by which we will combat the evils of The Present Crisis and bring about a healing and restoration of our Catholic identity.


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Popcorn Moment! James Keenan, SJ, and his 8 women cardinals!

At Fishwrap, which is ever devolving into the delusions they have fomented over the years, you can read about the devious Jesuit promoter of sodomy – I know, I know – James Keenan. Weigel’s notes on Keenan’s antics are helpful.

Keenan penned a patently sycophantic piece about making women cardinals.   He provides eight candidates!

After you stop laughing, take a look at his list.   It’s a hoot.  You’ll laugh until you stop!

Included among The Keenan 8™ are the likes  – I promise I am not making this up – of the heretical Srs. Elizabeth Johnson and Margaret Farley.

Margaret, whose work was censured by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is a promoter of masturbation and same-sex activity.  In her censured book, she wrote: “My own view, as should be clear by now, is that same-sex relationships and activities can be justified according to the same sexual ethic as heterosexual relationships and activities.”  Yep.  Let’s make herCardinal.

Sr. Mary Ann Hinsdale is a colleague of Keenan at Jesuit BC, so that’s not at all self-serving.  She is a great admirer of the late ex-priest homosexual Gregory Baum (so venerated by certain of Team Francis).

Sr. Mary Catherine Hilkert is one of the 16 signers of the ultra-feminist Mandeleva Statement calling for an end to patriarchalism in the Church and acceptance of homosexuality.  I’m sensing a theme.

Sr. Theresa Forcades, a darling of the wymyn who want ordination and, it seems, carnal knowledge of other women, is feted at the site of the Conference for the … no no… WOC: Women’s Ordination Conference for her “queer theology”.  She is against capitalism and, in an interview, said: “I do call my church structurally misogynist. It’s not just a couple of priests here and there or a particular bunch of cardinals. The whole structure needs to be undone. Fully. Because it’s based on clericalism, and clericalism is based on ordination, and only males can be ordained and access the places where decisions are made. I find this completely sinful.”  Yeah… she should be one of Keenan’s cardinals, too.

And there is, of course, our old pal and promoter of women’s ordination Phyllis Zagano!

No, really.

That’s enough for now.  You can do your own digging.  What do you want to bet a certain theme keeps coming up in their work.

Now that I think about it…

A dominating criterion for Keenan’s list seems to be along the lines of ex-Card. McCarrick’s proclivities.   Is that the Jesuit standard for making someone a cardinal?

Inquiring minds want to know.

At his octogenarian level, perhaps Keenan could be forgiven for some of his crazy notions.  After all!    But, then again, I know some really sharp nonagenarians.

No.  I think he really means it.

Notions, by the way, are what these heterodox Jesuits and Fishwrappers generally proffer.

Notions are found in sewing baskets, not in serious discourse.

Amusing as this all is, I find it deeply tacky to issue it on the Feast of the Nativity of Mary.

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My View For Awhile: Abbatial Edition

I’ve not been posting these travelogues for some time. This trip deserves attention, because it has as its scope a truly special occasion in the life of the Church as a whole and for the traditionally inclined in particular, not to leave out anyone interested in the monastic life.

There’s going to be a lot of Latin during this trip, as well as catching up with old friends.


Next leg.


I’m not sure what it represents… perhaps flight patterns?

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The Hunting of the Viganò

Church Militant has a fascinating story, the stuff of novels.


By Rev. Michael X., JCL

Vatican officials are on the hunt for Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò.

According to sources within the Vatican, the Secretariat of State of the Holy See — under the direction of Pietro Cardinal Parolin — has communicated an instruction to its internal and external security services to use its “intelligence resources” to locate the physical whereabouts of Abp. Viganò. This request has been communicated not only in order to prevent more unpredictable damage to the image of Pope Francis and the Holy See on the world stage, but also to “prepare the terrain” for the former apostolic nuncio-turned-whistleblower to be prosecuted for alleged multiple crimes against Vatican and Church law.

The urgency with which the location of Abp. Viganò is being sought is all the more palpable since, according to canon 1507 of the Code of Canon Law and other procedural and penal norms of the Holy See and Vatican City State, Abp. Viganò cannot be prosecuted or even punished unless he first be given the opportunity to be officially notified in writing of the specific canonical and Vatican crimes he is alleged to have committed and be given the opportunity to defend himself against them.


News of the Vatican deploying its vast international resources to track down and prosecute Abp. Viganò are consistent with his assertions made to Aldo Maria Valli on their final encounter: that Viganò had “purchased a plane ticket,” that he was “traveling abroad,” that he “could not tell [Valli] where,” that Valli “should not try to find him,” that “his old cellular number will no longer be functioning,” and that they “saluted each other one last time.”


There’s more over there.

It is truly the stuff of novels.

Tracer Bullet writhed himself awake in the wreckage of the diner. His head felt like the smashed blue plate special he pulled his face out of. With a pull on the edge of the round counter stool he got to his feet with a groan, grabbed napkins and swabbed at the red-stained potatoes.

He looked for his hat. Kicking plates, trays and a few inert bodies, he found it crown up in the corner.  Strange.  He strained against the pain in his punched in kidneys and throbbing head to fish it off the floor. Raising it, Tracer froze in mid lift.

On the floor under the hat was his emptied .357 and a mobile phone, the old flip kind that hadn’t been used since he used to see that one dame, the golf ball tee empire heiress.  Problem was, it wasn’t his phone.

Wind blew through the broken windows and threw shadows from the thrashing curtains and blinds.

Tracer opened the phone and hit the button to see the last number.


Shifting his eyes to the inside of his hat, there was a note tucked in the band. With the phone in his hand, he plucked it up and opened it with his blood-stained teeth.  The letters slashed across the order pad sheet.

Find him before they do. – Z

The sound of the sirens lanced through the fog in his skull.  A lunging stagger took him through the kitchen and into the alley and the night.

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Daily Prayer for Priests – Approved

For a while I have had a link on the sidebar, with the image of the beautiful holy card of Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy, to a page with a Daily Prayer For Priests.

I would be pleased and consoled if you all would choose to pray this prayer every day.

While this prayer had previous ecclesiastical approval many decades ago, I thought it advisable to submit the prayer, in a traditional form and with some slight changes of orthography, also to His Excellency Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison.   Bp. Morlino granted his approval for the prayer on 6 September 2018 so that it could be printed on cards for distribution:

Daily Prayer for Priests

O Almighty Eternal God, look upon the face of Thy Christ, and for the love of Him who is the Eternal High Priest, have pity on Thy priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of the bishop’s hands. Keep them close to Thee, lest the Enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.

O Jesus, I pray Thee for Thy faithful and fervent priests; for Thy unfaithful and tepid priests; for Thy priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields; for Thy tempted priests; for Thy lonely and desolate priests; for Thy young priests; for Thy aged priests; for Thy sick priests, for Thy dying priests; for the souls of Thy priests in Purgatory.

But above all I commend to Thee the priests dearest to me; the priest who baptized me; the priests who absolved me from my sins; the priests at whose Masses I assisted, and who gave me Thy Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed me, or helped and encouraged me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, particularly N. O Jesus, keep them all close to Thy Heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.

+Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, 6 September 2018

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Wherein Fr. Z channels his inner nerd – POLL


I am watching the third day of hearings for SCOTUS nominee Judge Kavanaugh.  Today there are panels, with members pro and con his approval by the Senate.  I thought that the previous two days were going to have a lot of pyrotechnics.  They were relatively calm.  I didn’t expect much to happen today, but I turned to CSPAN anyway.  I had some ironing to do.  I hate ironing.  Which, as Preserved Killick would assert, CSPAN and ironing somehow go together, like blue pill and black draught.

Today I have seen examples of pure ideological fanaticism from Dems, who are savaging Kavanaugh on the issue of abortion (Priests for Life v. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services figures in this).   The people whom the Dems chose to savage Kavanaugh are quite capable, well-rehearsed and entirely committed to the culture of death

Listening to dialogues between Senators Harris (D-CA – nasty), Booker (D-NJ – ambitious self-promoter), Blumenthal (D-CT – how is it that he gets elected?), Hirono (D-HI – eye-roll) with the likes of very smart and practiced Prof. Melissia Murray of NYU … it’s chilling.

It’s like a trip into bearded-Spock universe.

It’s fascinating and horrifying that there are people who hold with such fanatical commitment certain positions.

Anyone else have the same reaction?

There was one moment that stood out.  Abortion fanatic Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) with that deceptively calm demeanor, had made a claim about the number of deaths of women from illegal abortions.  She had said that in the 50s and 60s there were from 200,000 to 1,200,000 deaths per year.  She corrected her erroneous statement saying that those figures were for estimate of illegal abortions per year: “I said ‘deaths’ – That is not correct.”

Except, Senator, that each of those abortions do, in fact, represent deaths, if not of the women, of the babies who were aborted.

I remain amazed at the systems and structures we have developed wherein difficult issues can be debated and determinations can be made.


I’ve now watched the Dems weaponize children and bring in convicted felon, and apparently memory challenged, John Dean.  How desperate are these Dem-agogues?   Dean, the disbarred convicted felon, even impugned Justices Rehnquist and Thomas as liars (the implication being that so is Kavanaugh?).

Originally Published on: Sep 6, 2018

I admit it.  I am a nerd.

I’ve been watching the Kavanaugh hearings. I wanted to go into law, but I was thwarted.   Really.  Canon Law, but I was talked into Patristics.  Also, did GREs but I didn’t have the money.  But my interest continues. I am such a nerd that I tend to read SCOTUS opinions.

Here are some of the opinions I should (and have in the last few days started) to review:

Marbury v Madison
Morrison v Olson
Plessy v Ferguson
Roe v Wade
Planned Parenthood v Casey
Brown v Board
US v Nixon
Chevron v NRDC
Obergefell v Hodges
Washington v Glucksberg
Hamdan v Rumsfeld
Humphrey’s Executor v US
Chevron v NRDC
District of Columbia v. Heller
McDonald v. City of Chicago

These are cases that came up again and again because of the burning issues today.  It is good to a) review or b) learn what they say.

For example, Kavanaugh and J. Kagan say that the late (O please come back) J. Scalia’s dissent on Morrison v. Olson was amazing.  I read it.  AMAZING.

The proceedings also got me to go look at the descriptions of various SCOTUS Justices, such as Harlan 2nd.

BTW… I also, in watching the hearings, come to loathe newly or to renew loathing of some Senators.  I really mean loathe.

Have any of you been watching the hearings?

Fully?  On and off? Only news accounts?

CSPAN has everything.    Boring?  Not so much.

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A chuckle in the midst of chaos

I’ve been consoling myself with amusing videos while exchanging texts about the Kavanaugh hearing and The Present Crisis with friends both foreign and domestic and in between.

This is CoE stuff, but it applies to Roman prelates.

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