November 19, 2015

Rome makes new proposal to SSPX?

Via Catholic Conclave, this report was posted today on a proposal by Rome to the SSPX:

The Holy See has made a new proposal to the Society of St. Pius X. Specifically, it relates to the status of the SSPX. The Fraternity is not canonically recognized and therefore for decades has been in a state of suspension, which leads to different interpretations among canon lawyers and bishops as to whether it is part of the Catholic Church or not.

A sedivacantist website of the United States claimed that an agreement between the SSPX which was founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and Rome was imminent. This was denied to by Father Franz Schmidberger, Rector of the International Seminary of the SSPX in Zaitzkofen in Bavaria.

Father Schmidberger confirmed the proposal, but denies agreement

Father Schmidberger, who was already Superior General of the Priestly Society and German District Superior, however, confirmed that there is a concrete proposal which Rome has submitted to the SSPX. However, there is still much to clarify according to Schmidberger.

The existence of a Roman proposal had been confirmed by the Swiss District Superior of the Brotherhood to their priests, according to Secretum Meum Mihi.

This message was posted by those circles who are close to priests which left the SSPX in 2012 SSPX or have been excluded from this. The reason for this was briefly, was that there was no conflict over the conditions under which a canonical regulation by Rome could be accepted, but a fundamental rejection of any agreement with Rome by a minority in the SSPX.

Original in German from here.

Gloria TV has a report also:

 We'll see what happens from here...

It certainly would be an auspicious beginning to the Year of Mercy, wouldn't it?

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Prayer Request: Fr. Gregory Post, SSPX

Fr. Post and ABp Lefebvre
Please pray for Fr. Gregory Post who has been hospitalized with blood clots in his lungs. I am told he is in good spirits and being treated with an anti-coagulant to try to dissolve the clots, but this situation is still potentially quite serious nonetheless, especially due to his age.

Fr. Post was ordained by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1972, and was the first American priest to be so, if memory serves. I've also had the pleasure of serving Mass for him on many occasions when we were both at the priory in St. Louis, MO and before my marriage and family curtailed that a bit. That he always had the greatest of reverence during the Consecration is one of my many memories of serving his Masses. It was always a pleasure to be around him and I am sure his constant sense of humor has carried him well in his advanced years.

Please keep this fine and holy priest in your prayers. 

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Of White Elephants and Divorce

The Divorce White Elephant 

white el·e·phant, noun: a possession that is useless or troublesome, especially one that is expensive to maintain or difficult to dispose of.

The above is what Google will tell you "white elephant" means. Originally a gift to obnoxious courtiers by the King of Siam, the "gift" of a white elephant was meant to drive them into poverty via its upkeep. In more modern times, it has come to mean an item that’s not useful or decorative, but it may also include the expensive and the odd, such as dams, buildings and aircraft. To my knowledge, however, "white elephant" has never been applied to divorce, but well it should. Divorce is well-deserving of the title for it is and always will be a useless and troublesome anomaly, an expensive to maintain option to a marital cure-all and most certainly, a difficult-to-dispose-of machine once it is in place. 

Yes, indeed...White Elephant fits perfectly.

Divorce, once "gifted" to the other spouse, is not only the driving force behind broken marriages, discarded spouses and devastated families, but also of the lack of attempted reconciliation of all three (this latter led in no small part by the "marital happiness" meme that has been in vogue the last 5 decades or so, especially within the Catholic Church). The White Elephant that is divorce is solely responsible for driving its main recipient into financial ruin and the family (aka the children) into non-existence (in its natural form, anyway). The upkeep required to maintain a divorce is astronomical, no matter the currency used. (Personal factoid: Since 2010, I've paid over $136,000 to maintain this particular white elephant - a "gift" I neither wanted nor asked for. Attorneys fees are currently north of $10,000.) No...I think "White Elephant" an apt moniker as it fits the accepted definition: "...a possession that is useless or troublesome, especially one that is expensive to maintain or difficult to dispose of."  Indeed...

And what of  divorce petitioners? Aren't they also a "White Elephant" themselves once they decide divorce will be their cure-all placebo to happiness? I say yes, simply because of the Passions that must predominate Reason for divorce to even be considered. 

Consider what the Passions accomplish in a divorce:

- the trashing of the most basic notion of Catholic Charity (troublesome, as it ignores Catholic religious teaching, especially this Greatest of the Virtues).

- the trashing of Sacramental vows (troublesome, as it may call into question a petitioner's own state of mind when the marital vows were spoken).

- ignoring the known harmful effects of divorce upon any children (a useless position to take, as this refers back to the selfishness of the petitioner).

- the feelings of one supposed adult taking precedence over those of the children (another useless - and baseless - position to maintain, for it predominates a parent's desires over the needs of the children.).

- assumes the salary of one spouse will be enough to support two households when it barely was able to support one (again, a useless and expensive position to maintain as it requires ignoring the known facts of the single-income household and forces financial hardship on one or both spouses despite that knowledge).

- once initiated, the Petitioner will find it difficult to stop a divorce as it would require them to accept their own frailties within the marriage and their culpability in knowingly harming their own children. As many Respondents know, Petitioners rarely acknowledge any error. 


What do you think? Does White Elephant fit as an apt description of a divorce and a divorce petitioner? 

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November 15, 2015

The Only Two Weapons Needed To Defeat islam...

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Actually, three if you count Anne:

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H/T to Anne Barnhardt and her inspiring article...(which every Western, Catholic and/or Christian Nation should read.

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November 13, 2015

UPDATE #3: Fr. Peter Carota - Prayers for His Health

The latest update on Fr. Carota, posted by Jonathan Byrd today on Traditional Catholic Priest:

Fr. Carota Update 11/13/2015

There hasn’t been any improvement for Fr. Carota at this time.  He still is losing weight because of his inability to eat/drink.  His aches and pains are considerable and they continue.  He is offering up his pains and sufferings and ask that his readers would continue in loving the Lord and each other.  He is being shown much love from his friends and readers and he is very thankful for the care that has been shown and the prayers that have been said in his behalf.



Update On Father Carota

Father is still very ill.  He continues to lose weight and is unable to eat much of anything and is losing much strength due to this.  Please continue to keep him in your daily rosary intentions.
I am a little late with this update, it having been posted on October 4th on the website of Traditional Catholic Priest by Jonathon Byrd:

Update on Fr. Carota

Fr. Carota is very thankful for all of the prayers he has received from his readers. His condition has deteriorated enough that he is no longer able to continue posting to the website at this time. Fr. Carota’s mission for this blog is to help save souls which, as we all are aware, is what is truly important to Father. In light of that, I will be helping to insure the blogs continuance by posting the truth of our Faith in the same candid manner in which Father is known for until such time Father is capable to do so himself.

As to his health, he is hardly able to eat or drink. This has now gone on for some time and this is beginning to take its toil on his body. He continues to lose weight and at this point he has resigned himself to the will of God.

I ask all of the readers of this blog to say a Rosary for Father for the intention that God would restore his health back to Him. Fr. Carota has a great love of our Lady and especially for the victory that was procured at the Battle of Lepanto because of Her intervention. Since the Feast of Our Lady Of The Rosary is so near, I think it is very fitting that we call upon Our Blessed Mother’s aid and ask that Father would be restored to health.

P.S. If you would like to send Father a card please request his address via comment and I will make sure you receive his info.


I  am just linking to two posts by Father Peter Carota, who writes the Traditional Catholic Priest blog, that detail his current health issues. Please pray for this priest and the recovery of his health, that he may soon return to his parish and apostolate.


O Almighty Eternal God, look upon the face of thy Christ, and for 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 labouring 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 baptised 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 me and encouraged me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, particularly N.N. O Jesus, keep them all close to Thy heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.

O Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us and send us many and holy priests. (Three times.)

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November 10, 2015

A Very Short Primer On HELL

Taken from "The Dogma of Hell, Illustrated by Facts Taken from Profane and Sacred History"  by Rev. Father Francois Xavier Schouppe, S.J. (any emphasis from the original is mine-Ed.)

The Dogma of Hell is the most terrible truth of our faith. There is a hell. We are sure of it as of the existence of God, the existence of the sun. Nothing, in fact, is more clearly revealed than the dogma of hell, and Jesus Christ proclaims it as many as fifteen times in the Gospel.
Reason comes to the support of revelation; the existence of a hell is in harmony with the immutable notions of justice engraved in the human heart. Revealed to men from the beginning, and conformable to natural reason, this dreadful truth has always been, and is still known, by all nations not plunged by barbarism in complete ignorance.
Hell never has been denied by heretics, Jews or Mohammedan. The pagans themselves have retained their belief in it, although the errors of paganism may have impaired in their minds the sound notion.
It has been reserved for modern and contemporaneous atheism, carried to the pitch of delirium, to outdo the impiety of all ages by denying the existence of hell.

This is how the Son of God speaks to us of hell:
"Woe to the world because of scandals; for it must needs be that scandals come; nevertheless, woe to that man by whom scandal cometh!"

"If, then, thy hand or thy foot scandalize thee, cut it off and cast it from thee; it is better for thee to go into life maimed or lame, than, having two hands or two feet, be cast into everlasting fire." 
"And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee; it is better for thee, having one eye, to enter into life, than, having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire." (Matt. xviii, 7; compare v., 29)

"And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body into hell." (Matt. x. 28)

"Then the Judge will say to them that shall be on his left hand: Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, which was prepared for the devil and his angels." (Matt xxv., 41)

"But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matt. viii., 11)

"The unprofitable servant cast ye out into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping, and gnashing of teeth." (Matt xxv., 30)

"But I say to you: Whosoever is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment, and whosoever shall say to his brother, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire." (Matt. v., 22)

"The Son of Man shall send His angels, and they shall gather out of His Kingdom all scandals and them that work iniquity;
"And shall cast them into the furnace of fire; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matt. xiii., 41)

"Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down and shall be cast into the fire." (Matt. XII., 19)

"If any one abide not in Me, he shall be cast forth as a branch, and shall wither, and they shall gather him up, and cast him into the fire, and he burneth." (John xv., 5)

"The beast and the false prophet who had seduced them who had received the character of the beast, and who had admired his image, were cast alive into the pool of fire burning with brimstone." (Apoc., xix., 20.)
"Where they were tormented day and night, for ever and ever.
"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life, was cast into the pool of fire." (Apoc. xx., 15)

To doubt about hell, is to doubt the infallible word of God; it is to give ear to the speech of the libertines rather than to the infallible teaching of the Church. The Church teaches that there is a hell; a libertine tells you that there is not; and should you prefer to believe a libertine?

What predominates in the words of Scripture when it exhibits to us the pains of Hell is the terrible torture of the fire. The Scriptures call Hell a "pool of sulphur and fire," the gehenna of fire," the eternal fire," a "fiery furnace where the fire shall never be extinguished." But this fire, kindled by divine justice, will possess an activity incomparably superior to that of all the furnaces, all the fires, of this world. Alas! Do we understand how it shall be possible to bear it? How it will be necessary to dwell in it as in an everlasting habitation? "Which of you," demands the Prophet, "can dwell with devouring fire? Which of you shall bear everlasting burnings?" (Isaias 33:14).

We ought to believe in Hell, because we may fall into it. Alas! It is very easy to be damned, and the damned are very numerous. St. Teresa compares them to the flakes of snow which fall in the dreary days of winter. The servant of God, Anthony Pereyra, in a very authentic vision with which he was favoured (see Ch. 2), saw the souls of sinners descending into the pit like corn beneath the millstones, like stones cast in heaps into a huge limekiln. God showed one day before a large multitude that they fall into it as the dead leaves in autumn fall from the trees under the breath of the wind.
The venerable Father Anthony Baldinucci, a celebrated missionary of the Company of Jesus, who died in the odor of sanctity in the year 1717, was preaching in the open air, because the church could not contain the faithful who came in crowds to hear him. Speaking of Hell, he said, "My brethren, would you know how great is the number of those who are damned? Look at that tree." All eyes were turned to a tree that was there, covered with leaves. At the same moment a gust of wind, rising, shook all the branches of the tree, and caused the leaves to fall so plentifully that there remained only a certain number of them, thinly scattered and easy to count. "See," went on the man of God, "what souls are lost, and what souls are saved. Take your precautions to be among the latter."

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November 8, 2015

A Marriage Reconciled

It is a fixture of modern Catholic life that a spouse immersed in some type of marital discord may eventually succumb to the divorce meme and the seeking of that seemingly elusive goal of marital happiness. In all likelihood, divorce will then be followed by the issuance of an Annulment Decree, even though one spouse wanted neither divorce nor annulment.

However, as the below article points out, it doesn't have to end that way. There doesn't have to be the sacrificing of the Sacrament or the vows or the children. It can change. Reconciliation can happen. There can be the renewal of the original marital happiness. By continuing to pray for your separated spouse (and yes, to pray even for your divorced one), you can choose the better path. Indeed, you both can choose - with the help of the Sacramental Graces, obviously - the better path, as this story of a reconciled marriage brings to light.

It may not happen always, but suffice to say that it can happen. - Ed.


              Forgiveness is Key to Reconciling Separated Couple

Craig and Beatriz Walterscheid, & daughter
Nov. 6, 2015. A twelve-year old girl, whose parents married in 2002, is thrilled that her parents are reconciling after having been separated for seven years. Craig Walterscheid said, "Forgiving my wife and in-laws, for what I perceived as their destruction of our marriage, was the key that opened the door to reconciling my marriage."

In an interview with Mary's Advocates, Craig said he and his wife, Beatriz, were serious Christians when they married, who would never miss attending Catholic Mass on Sundays. Craig explained, "Soon after marriage, my wife and I regularly had heated arguments. After three years of marriage, she and our daughter left our marital home and moved in with her parents who lived over 1500 miles away." Craig said that they both figured separation was the solution to their marital problems, though neither of them liked the idea.

Because Craig believed is the indissolubility of marriage, he never expected to act single and find a new partner. Neither party filed for civil divorce. For a couple of years, Craig would make the trip to spend time with his estranged wife and daughter. At that time, Craig said his wife seemed guarded and distant. In 2007, after a few definitive e-mails, Craig said he and his wife just stopped corresponding altogether.

Craig explained that he became resigned to accept his version of reality, that is, his in-laws had taken his wife and daughter away. In 2013, he read a book that got him thinking about possibilities of reconciling: Como Salvé Mi Matrimonio (How I Saved My Marriage), by Maricruz. Thereafter, he saw a full page ad for the book "The Gift of Self" on the back cover of an old copy of the magazine "Homiletic and Pastoral Review." The advertisement contained an endorsement for the book by the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, who wrote, "'The Gift of Self' reminds us that any true gift is offered in the image of Christ. For that very reason, even when in the sacrament of marriage, a spouse experiences neglect, betrayal or separation, the gift of self can be faithful and, as such, sanctifying."

Craig ordered "The Gift of Self, A Spiritual Companion for Separated and Divorced Faithful to the Sacrament of Marriage" and he was so touched by a prayer in the appendix that he started reciting it daily. When praying the "Prayer for My Separated or Divorced Spouse," and thinking about his wife, Craig said to God the Father, "You consecrated us to be one flesh, so as to live the same love which makes You Triune." Craig prayed, "May You be praised, Father so rich in mercy, for having placed Your forgiveness in my heart toward Beatriz. I beg You, allow my spouse to open her heart to welcome this forgiveness, and to grant me forgiveness in return. Reconcile us, Lord." Craig says that he worked on forgiving his wife and accepting the outcome on a daily basis, no matter what happened. Without even having contact with his wife, Craig said, "I grew closer to her by praying this prayer every day, and I began to see that if I could forgive her, there was the possibility that she could forgive me too."

In December 2013, Craig said he decided to try to reconcile with his wife. He said "A widow friend of mine was instrumental in convincing me of my duty to make a reconciliation attempt." He flew 1500 miles and met with a good friend and the priest that presided over the couple's wedding. The priest was willing to try to help and he phoned Beatriz, asking her to meet with Craig. Beatriz at first said no, but the priest, according to Craig, pleaded very, very strongly with her, and she finally agreed to meet him.

When Craig drove to Beatriz' parents' house, he had his doubts about whether she would really come out to meet him or not. Maybe she would have changed her mind. But she did come out, and Craig said that the guarded look on her face was gone. He was invited inside and they visited with each other and their daughter, not talking specifically about reconciling.

Later that day, they discovered that they both wanted to reconcile. Craig said that he regrets not following through on another priest's advice years earlier urging them to seek good counseling from someone experienced helping marriages. He wished some priest who knew them and his in-laws would have challenged their situation. Craig said that the arguments they had were not so bad that there was a morally legitimate reason for separation of spouses. He said no one was in grave danger, such that separation was the only way to be safe.

Craig warned that, "it is key that couples know the real enemy and realize that the devil is out there definitely wanting to destroy marriages. Spouses need to see little problems as being surmountable and nip them in the bud." He emphasized, "Never go to bed angry."

Link to the original article:

I wish to thank Bai Macfarlane, the owner of Mary's Advocates, for her kind permission to reprint this article in full.

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November 6, 2015

** UPDATED **: Prayer Request - Fr. Daniel Cooper, SSPX

UPDATE from the 11/6/2015 SSPX E-Pistola newsletter:

Please pray for Fr. Cooper
On Wednesday, we announced that our priest, Fr. Daniel Cooper, would be entering the hospital today in preparation for a bone marrow transplantand asked for prayers for a successful procedure and recovery.

Two corrections need to be made to our prior notice: 1) Fr. Cooper's procedure actually takes place today, while his recovery time will take 3-4 weeks. 2) Father has recently been residing in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan to be near his familythis is also where his medical procedures are taking place.


[Original post below-Ed.]

From today's SSPX E-Pistola weekly newsletter:

Please pray for Fr. Cooper

We would like to request your prayers for our priest, Fr. Daniel Cooper, who resides at our priory in Dickinson, Texas.

Fr. Cooper is suffering from bone marrow cancer. He will undergo a chemotherapy treatment today and then enter the hospital this Friday. After about 3 to 4 weeks, Father will have a bone marrow transplant using his own stem cells.

We pray that Fr. Cooper will have a successful transplant and recovery.

Fr. Daniel Cooper, SSPX

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