Attacks on the Rosary. Dopiness from ‘Left church’. Spiritual warfare is real. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

I am sure that you have by now seen the moronic, sick, anti-Catholic dreck at The Atlantic about the Rosary written by … who?  The writer feverishly connected the use of the Rosary, as a matter of spiritual warfare – a common trope – with “alt-right”, “Christian nationalism”, and “gun culture”.   But he exposes his real agenda early on…

The theologian and historian Massimo Faggioli [You know something is going to be seriously off the rails when “Beans” is cited.] has described a network of conservative Catholic bloggers and commentary organizations as a “Catholic cyber-militia” that actively campaigns against LGBTQ acceptance in the Church. [There it is.] These rad-trad rosary-as-weapon memes represent a social-media diffusion of such messaging, and they work to integrate ultraconservative Catholicism with other aspects of online far-right culture. The phenomenon might be tempting to dismiss as mere trolling or merchandising, and ironical provocations based on traditionalist Catholic symbols do exist, but the far right’s constellations of violent, racist, and homophobic [the confirmation] online milieus are well documented for providing a pathway to radicalization and real-world terrorist attacks.

So, this is about being an active homosexual and a blast against anything that stands against acceptance of homosexual acts, such as Catholic moral teaching or devotions that – I have to put it this way – militate against sodomy.

The Atlantic article spurred some justifiably angry reactions from Catholics.  It even prompted a champion of the “Olympian Middle”, Bp. Robert Barron, to call it “colossally stupid”.

Fishwrap (aka National Sodomitic Reporter) jumped into the fray too, to condemn whatever it is that the Atlantic writer was condemning, all that nationalism and eeeeevil black rifle stuff, and Catholics who love their country and believe that spiritual warfare is real.   As a bonus, they won’t lose an opportunity to promote in the Church a sin that cries to Heaven, which was the point of the Atlantic piece.

The Fishwrap’s post was nearly as stupid as the Atlantic article, which is impressive if you think about it.

The writer, Fishwrap’s editor, counter-intuitively defends the use of the Rosary!

Of course you know that can’t be the whole of it.  Right?

Yes, the Rosary is useful, not as a weapon on the plane of spiritual warfare, but rather as aid to sooth one’s feelings, to calm the mind, sort of like a yoga mantra.   Don’t take my word for it…

The rhythmic, repetitive recitation of the Hail Marys calms my mind and, whether using beads or my fingers, also engages my body as I enter into contemplation with the Divine. [“with the Divine”] At least one academic study has found that repetitive recitation of Hail Marys in Latin, like yoga mantras, slowed and synchronized cardiovascular rhythms, leading to positive psychological and possibly physiological effects.

For me, praying the rosary (or any prayer) is not a form of “spiritual warfare,” even though I recognize that existence of evil and certainly pray that my loved ones and the world be safe from it. I just find it incongruous to use militant metaphors about enemies while praying, “as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

In other words, the Rosary makes you feel good.  Feel good about yourself, as a matter of fact.  The Rosary is a kind of binky.

Let me break some news to the Fishwrap.

There are fallen angels called demons who prey on us, war against us.  This war on us is constant.  It can be subtle, in the case of temptations spurring our tendencies resulting from Original Sin.  It can be dramatic, in the cases of demonic oppression, infestation, possession.

In addition to demons, there are demonically prompted human agents of Hell who consciously, willingly involve themselves in the work of Hell through the practice of black magic, satanic rites, curses and the like.   These people target victims, and war on them spiritually.  Demons and their human dupes are at war.

To paraphrase the old line, you might not be interested in demons, but demons are interested in you.

Spiritual warfare is real and warfare has its weapons of defense and offense.

Just ask St. Paul.

  • This charge I commit to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophetic utterances which pointed to you, that inspired by them you may wage the good warfare…. 1 Tim 1:18
  •  For though we live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war, for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds. – 2 Cor 10:3-4 

Just ask St. Peter.

  • Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world.  – 1 Peter 5:8-9

Just ask St. James.

  • Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Our warfare is about defense of our souls against the enemy, but also defense of all that we love, such as our country.  (Remember: Left church fears devout, traditional, patriotic Catholics).

Never mind that we belong to the Church Militant while here on Earth.

If you are concerned about our country, pray the Rosary. St. John Paul II wrote in his Letter on the Rosary:

2. Numerous predecessors of mine attributed great importance to this prayer. Worthy of special note in this regard is Pope Leo XIII who on 1 September 1883 promulgated the Encyclical Supremi Apostolatus Officio a document of great worth, the first of his many statements about this prayer, in which he proposed the Rosary as an effective spiritual weapon against the evils afflicting society.

I guess St JP2 was in a cranky mood that day, maybe struggling with a bout of Christian nationalism and missing his native Poland.

The Rosary is not just a weapon in our personal struggle against the enemy of our souls, but also against societal problems.  Think about that.   Societal problems don’t just “happen”.   They are the result of the cumulative effects of countless personal sins of commission and omission.

Do we have societal problems?  The Rosary is part of the answer.

Alt-right, or Christian nationalism, or homophobia… these are the things that Left church are concerned about, not propitiation for sin, reparation, penance and sanctifying grace.

Let’s wrap this up.

Fear Hell, friends.

“Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28

Defend yourselves against the machinations of the Enemy of your soul.  Go on the offense with fasting, almsgiving, good Communions and prayers like the Rosary.

QUAERITUR: Is the Rosary truly effective as a weapon of spiritual warfare?

An exorcist friend told me about the effect that the Rosary has on demons.  In general, the Rosary has a greater effect on demons than any other devotion.  On the “screamometer” from the demons, the Rosary is powerful.

He recounted a particular experience during an exorcism.  Exorcisms can go on for hours and many different prayers and devotions, along with the actual ritual, are deployed.  At one point they were saying the Rosary.  The demon stared to laugh at them.  When queried, the demon responded that their distracted Hail Mary’s were like, “laying wilted dried flowers at her feet”.   When asked what a attentive Rosary filled with love was like, the demon said, “What is a fragrant bouquet for her is our downfall.”

The demons and Left church are terrified of the Rosary.  They are terrified, also, of patriotic young people who are embracing Tradition in increasing numbers.  Terrified.  Absolutely bowel-loosened, knee-knocking, hackles-raised, tooth-chattering terrified.


  • Suppress the Vetus Ordo so that more and more young people can’t have access to it.
  • Make the Church into an NGO and then reduce the population against the ravages of climate change.
  • Either turn the Rosary into a binky or vilify it by associating it with things that the DNC platform is against.


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  1. tradcath1953 says:

    For the past 20+ years I pray my rosary during my morning walk with my large paracord rosary with the 3″ corpus and 1/2″ diam beads. Rain or shine every day I am out there with it. Over these years I found it seems to bring out the best in people. When ever I see another person walking I always say good morning and am usually greeted back with a “God bless you”. Many ask are you a priest to which I always chuckle and say no just a layman. One time walking past a nursing home in the neighborhood a family was in one of the rooms with a relative who was dieing sitting with Grampa waiting. When they saw me and my huge industrial sized rosary passing by the side walk out front they decided to pray the rosary as a family with Grampa who was still conscious. I was told later that Grampa made it all the way to the last prayer before he gave up the ghost. My rosary also became an ice breaker to strike up a conversation with my Pakistani Muslim neighbor Mahmood. I told him about my beads he told me about his. So now every morning we have a bit of a chin wag. I have yet to see anyone running in terror from me and my beads in fact I mainly just get smiles. I could not help but laugh when I saw that piece in the Atlantic. Here is an idea how bout a little research next time you write a story rather than the CIA approach………………..Very few facts and a lot of speculation. I remember the cheers episode where Carla is teaching Sam how to pray the rosary. Sam says “You mean I have to say all that stuff for each one of these little beads?”, Carla replies with, “What kind of wimp religion do you think this is”. Carla is no fool!

  2. Fr. Reader says:

    I had a young friend who, during his studies of philosophy and sociology, was brainwashed into Marxist activism. He used to read books about how to engage in that kind of war, strategies, battles, how to get people, how to transmit ideas. A very active war. Sadly, he committed suicide few months ago.
    One day I asked him if he would kill me, a priest, if that was needed in order to achieve his objectives, for “the cause”. He hesitated and mumbled: maybe. In any case he always treated me very kindly.
    They have been making war for a long long time. Part of the strategy is to convince the enemy that they are pacifists, and that we should not engage in any kind of war, that we are all friends, that deep inside our ideas are the same, and that we should instead love trees, flowers and animal. But not to fight any battle.

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  4. Time to up our game from 5 decades a day to 15.

  5. jflare29 says:

    For the sake of a touch of fairness to Ms. Schlumpf, I well understand.
    From my youth, we saw the Church as “new”, “eager”, “energetic”, not bound by “old-fashioned” rules. Most of my generation learned more or less as Ms Schlump did: We never viewed the Church as “militant”. We sought …being “nice”. Over time though, such became…incoherent.
    Blame it on military experience if you like, yet Ms Schlump’s approach is…well-intended, yet lacking. I don’t enjoy drudgery of war; I am far too easy prey for demons and sin if I don’t admit to the battle. I could wish the Church would vigorously remember Her “old” practice.
    Memorized prayers and “trad” practice may not be “comfortable” or “appealing”. They DO provide needed ammunition for fighting.
    We are all concupiscent; we all need all the help we can find.

  6. Philmont237 says:

    This is an appropriate time to repost something I posted in the comments on Fr. Z’s blog several years ago. I’d love to have this made into a holy card and distributed around the Catholic world.


    This is my rosary. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

    My rosary is my best friend. Its prayer is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

    Without prayer, my rosary is useless. Without praying my rosary, I am useless. I must pray my rosary true. I must pray earnestly to defeat my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must expel him even as he tempts me. I will…

    My rosary and I know that what counts in war is not the words from our mouth, the pain in our knees, nor the length of our prayer. We know that it is the prayer from the heart that counts. We will pray…

    My rosary is a warrior, even as I, because it is an extension of myself. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its beads, and its medals. I will keep my rosary clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will…

    Before God, I swear this creed. My rosary and I are defenders of my soul. We are the masters of our enemy. And Christ is the Savior of my life.

    So be it, until victory is Christ’s and there is no enemy, but peace!

  7. MarcusM says:

    Ask St Paul for more: “For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.”

  8. ProfKwasniewski says:

    For an extensive treatment of this theme, see the lecture “Christian Militancy in the Prayer of the Church”:

    No one will be surprised to learn there that the old liturgy has MUCH MORE of this kind of language and that it tended to be systematically removed from the new.

  9. grateful says:

    A short video to remind us of what Our Blessed Mother told Sr Lucia.
    (at 4:20 …”when God is going to chastise the world, He always first exhausts
    all other remedies…”)

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