It's official. The Catholic Knight is retired.  I'm hanging up the helmet and passing the torch. There will be no more articles, no more commentaries, no more calls to action. THIS BLOG IS CLOSED. I've spent a very long time thinking about this, I believe the time has come, and is a bit overdue.  I want to thank my readers for everything, but most especially for your encouragement and your willingness to go out there and fight the good fight. So, that being the case, I've spend the last several weeks looking for bloggers who are fairly active, and best represent something akin to the way I think and what I believe.  I recommend the following blogs for my readers to bookmark and check on regularly. Pick one as your favourite, or pick them all. They are all great..... In His Majesty's Service, THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Photo of Motu Proprio Meeting


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Above is a photograph originally posted on Cardinal Seán O'Malley's Personal Blog. It was taken after the much publicized Motu Proprio meeting in Rome earlier this week. That's Missouri's Archbishop Raymond Burke on the far left. Cardinal O'Malley writes the following about it...
From Cleveland I flew to Rome at the request of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone to participate in a meeting discussing the Holy Father’s Moto Proprio about the use of the older form of the Latin Mass. There were about 25 bishops there, including the president of Ecclesia Dei Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, the prefect of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments Cardinal Francis Arinze, several heads of bishops’ conferences as well as some cardinals and other residential bishops.

They shared with us the Moto Proprio and the Holy Father’s letter explaining it. We also had an opportunity to read the Latin document. We each commented on that, and then the Holy Father came in and shared some of his thoughts with us. The Holy Father is obviously most concerned about trying to bring about reconciliation in the Church. There are about 600,000 Catholics who are participating in the liturgies of the Society of St. Pius X, along with about 400 priest.

The Holy Father was very clear that the ordinary form of celebrating the Mass will be the new rite, the Norvus Ordo. But by making the Latin Mass more available, the Holy Father is hoping to convince those disaffected Catholics that it is time for them to return to full union with the Catholic Church.

So the Holy Father’s motivation for this decision is pastoral. He does not want this to be seen as establishing two different Roman Rites, but rather one Roman Rite celebrated with different forms. The Moto Propio is his latest attempt at reconciliation.

He goes on to make some comments that are really quite amusing. He speculates that desire for the Tridentine mass is low in the United States, and he doesn't expect the Motu Proprio to effect much change in the American Church. I guess we'll soon see about that. In my own personal experience, I have met dozens upon dozens of Catholics who desire to see a return of the Tridentine mass, and would regularly attend one if it were made available to them. Since I can safely assume that my sphere of Catholic friends is much smaller than Cardinal O'Malley's, I would venture to say he probably knows a lot more who feel this way than he realizes.

Pope Approves Opening of St. Paul's Tomb

(Worldnetdaily.com): Eighteen months after the sarcophagus believed to have once contained the remains of St. Paul the apostle was positively identified by Vatican archaeologists, Pope Benedict XVI has given his approval to plans by investigators to examine the interior of the ancient stone coffin with an optical probe, according to a German Catholic paper.

As WND reported in 2005, the sarcophagus was discovered during excavations in 2002 and 2003 around the basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in south Rome.

"The tomb that we discovered is the one that the popes and the Emperor Theodosius [A.D. 379-395] saved and presented to the whole world as being the tomb of the apostle," said Giorgio Filippi, a specialist with the Vatican Museums.

The excavation was conducted after the administrator of St. Paul's basilica, Archbishop Francesco Gioia, received inquiries about the location of the apostle's tomb from thousands of pilgrims visiting during the Jubilee Year of 2000....

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Catholicism, Social Justice and America

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Today I want to discuss something that's very dear to my heart both as a practicing Catholic and a patriotic American. It's the principle of Subsidiarity, found in the 'Catechism of the Catholic Church,' which should be of particular interest to all Catholic Americans. Why? Because in this principle we find the central point where our Catholic faith and American citizenship intersect.

Our American government was founded on three basic principles. Yet most Americans today are only familiar with one. The first principle, and most commonly understood, is the principle of "no taxation without representation." In other words, the people should have elected representatives to defend their interests in the government before the government taxes them. Today, this is commonly (and somewhat incorrectly) referred to as "democracy." In fact, it is not democracy, but rather republicanism. Granted, democratic processes are used to elect our representatives, but once they're elected, the people have no further say on the bills that go before Congress. If they did, and the people voted directly on every piece of legislation, that would be a democracy. But because we elect officials to do that for us, it is more accurately called a republic. But I digress, let's get back to the three main principles. The second principle, and known by some of the voting population, is the principle of small government. America's founding fathers believed that when people are capable of taking care of their own problems, they should be left alone to do just that. They believed government was clumsy by its very nature, and any government attempt to "help" Americans with their problems would only succeed in making their problems worse in the long run. They based this on their personal experience in dealing with the imperial government of England. The more the king tried to "help" the American colonists, he only succeeded in making their problems worse, or in creating entirely new ones. The third and final principle, also the least known, is the idea that the individual states are supreme in their sovereign authority, and the federal government only receives its powers on loan from the states. In other words, the individual states are boss! The people deal directly with them, and they deal directly with the people. This is called "federalism," and it's the idea that the powers of the federal government only exist because the states consent to them. Whenever the states refuse to give their consent, those federal powers evaporate. The purpose of the federal government was mainly to coordinate commerce, trade and justice between the states. The function of the federal government was never designed to take over those things the states are perfectly capable of doing for themselves. Granted, in the last 100 years our federal government has done just that, but it doesn't change the fact that our founding fathers never intended it, nor did they design a Constitution that could accommodate it. This is one reason why, in recent years, the federal government has increasingly bypassed its Constitutional restrictions in order to "get things done." These things were originally the duties of the states, but because the federal government has taken so much responsibility away from the states in the last century, the state governments have become complacent and lazy. Now, as the federal government tries to do their job for them, it must work against the US Constitution to get the work done. It would seem to me that Americans would do well to remember the founding principles of American government, and demand their states do their jobs, while simultaneously demanding the federal government to butt out! But for Catholics, this civic duty takes on a religious and moral call, because the 'Catechism of the Catholic Church' demands we do just that and more.

The often forgotten principle of Subsidiarity, is the cornerstone of Catholic social teaching. The Catechism makes it clear by listing it first before everything else on the topic of Social Justice. Before there is "the common good," before there is "option for the poor," before there is "human solidarity;" there is Subsidiarity, and Subsidiarity reigns supreme over them all. The 'Catechism of the Catholic Church' defines Subsidiarity this way...
1883 Socialization also presents dangers. Excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative. The teaching of the Church has elaborated the principle of subsidiarity, according to which "a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to coordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good."

1884 God has not willed to reserve to himself all exercise of power. He entrusts to every creature the functions it is capable of performing, according to the capacities of its own nature. This mode of governance ought to be followed in social life. The way God acts in governing the world, which bears witness to such great regard for human freedom, should inspire the wisdom of those who govern human communities. They should behave as ministers of divine providence.

1885 The principle of subsidiarity is opposed to all forms of collectivism. It sets limits for state intervention. It aims at harmonizing the relationships between individuals and societies. It tends toward the establishment of true international order.

1894 In accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, neither the state nor any larger society should substitute itself for the initiative and responsibility of individuals and intermediary bodies.

2209 The family must be helped and defended by appropriate social measures. Where families cannot fulfill their responsibilities, other social bodies have the duty of helping them and of supporting the institution of the family. Following the principle of subsidiarity, larger communities should take care not to usurp the family's prerogatives or interfere in its life.

Now this principle is defined in the Catechism before any other principle of Catholic Social Justice. Do you suppose it might be important? I think so. In fact, I would argue that it is THE most important issue of Catholic Social Justice, and I'm not alone in this. Many commentators on the Catechism, far brighter than myself, have described this principle as the "hinge" upon which all the other principles turn. You simply cannot have "the common good" without Subsidiarity. You cannot have "respect for the human person" without Subsidiarity. You cannot have "equality among men" without Subsidiarity. Nor can you have "human solidarity" without Subsidiarity. In short, Subsidiarity reigns supreme in the realm of Catholic Social Justice, and you cannot have any justice (Catholic or otherwise) without it. Do you now see why the principle of Subsidiarity fits in so nicely with the American ideals of small government and state sovereignty? To be a good Catholic is to agree with America's founding fathers on these issues. A good Catholic would strongly support the principle of Subsidiarity as defined by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and that in turn would make a good Catholic a very good citizen as far as America's founding fathers would be concerned. Do you see what I'm getting at here?

Yet over the last 100 years, we have seen this principle of Subsidiarity erode in American government. It would seem that every year the federal government takes more and more responsibilities away from the states, and that in turn causes the federal government to grow ever larger and more intrusive into the affairs of average Americans. Nowhere is this more clearly seen then in the abominable institution of the income tax (invented in 1913 with the passage of the 16th Amendment). Prior to this, the US federal government acquired more than the funds it needed from tariffs and excise taxes. It wasn't long after the establishment of the income tax, that the US federal government started taking over the responsibilities of the states through social programs. Simultaneously with the establishment of the income tax came the rise of military ventures around the world. But I'm digressing again. Let's get back to Subsidiarity.

In recent decades the pope has increasingly found himself having to discipline clergy in Latin America over what has come to be called "Liberation Theology." Now Liberation Theology is a form of collectivism, as mentioned in Catechism 1885 above. It is essentially socialism at best. Communism would probably be a more accurate description. The idea is to fervently preach all the principles of Catholic Social Justice, while selectively and intentionally omitting the "hinge" principle of Subsidiarity. This is so the people can be easily duped into believing that the Church is telling them to make the state central government solely responsible for these things. When the central government has absolute control over things like "the common good" and "option for the poor," it essentially becomes a collectivist state. To do this in the name of the Church is not only a form of immorality -- it's heresy! Both popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI have condemned this teaching, and dealt with it in disciplinary action. They have managed to slow the progress of this immoral heresy, but they have not stopped it completely.

This wicked spirit of Liberation Theology is alive and well, and I submit to you that it thrives right here in the United States too. Though Liberation theologians in America may not be so bold as to declare themselves as such, their impression can be felt wherever the chief principle of Subsidiarity is omitted from Catholic teaching on Social Justice. I find it disturbing when the principle is lightly treated in contemporary summaries of the catechism, and it gives me the impression that the authors of such summaries didn't think it to be that important. Yet how could it not be important? Careful time and attention should be given to it. Or else all the other principles of Catholic Social Justice can be easily distorted and perverted into collectivist thinking (socialism, communism or fascism). Subsidiarity must be brought to the forefront where everyone can easily see it, or else we set up Catholic Social Justice to become the vehicle for something it was never intended to be.

Could it be that some high ranking theologians within the American Church harbor sympathy for Liberation Theology? I don't know the answer to that, but I find it suspicious when the USCCB 'Catechism for Catholic Adults' reduces this "hinge" principle to nothing more than a single sentence on page 326, along with a quick quote of Catechism 1883 in the glossary. Perhaps there is no sinister component here. Maybe its just an oversight - the result of a careless handling of the text. Whatever the case, I think this issue deserves more attention, and perhaps the USCCB will do just that in future publications of their adult catechism.

I find this principle of Subsidiarity of key importance to my identity as both a Catholic and an American. I'm surprised that more Catholic Americans don't feel the same way. I have found that the spirit of Liberation Theology does exist in this country, at least among a sizable portion of the laity, and it's a spirit that must be put down. It's just as anti-Catholic as it is un-American. The government is not God, and our Constitution was never designed to govern a people who expect the state to solve all their problems. As Catholic Americans, it is our civil and religious duty to wean ourselves off the 'big government' mentality. God is our savior, not government. Our religion mandates that we focus on the American principle of returning power back to the states, closer to home, where it can be more closely monitored and regulated by the watchful eye of the people. The American principle of liberty affirms our Catholic belief that the traditional family is the most important social structure in a civilization, and that all social institutions (including government) should be focused on supporting the family while butting out of its personal affairs.

The Catholic view of Social Justice envisions a world where families and communities take care of each other through voluntary means, while respecting each other's privacy and autonomy. It envisions a state government that is unobtrusive and discrete in the way it governs its people, placing few burdens on them, working only to help them help themselves. Lastly, it envisions a federal government that does the same, but instead deals primarily with the states, and recognizes that its powers are merely on loan to it by those same sovereign states. Yes, to understand Catholic Social Justice is to grasp what our nation's founding fathers intended for the United States of America. To practice the "hinge" Social Justice principle of Subsidiarity is not only to be a good Catholic, but also a great American!

Cardinal Bertone To Meet With Catholic Knights

New Haven, Jun 29, 2007 (CNA).- The Knights of Columbus has announced that the Secretary of State for the Vatican, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, will be attending the Order’s 125th annual convention this August. While this will be the 125th convention for the Knights, it also will contain a number of first-time events. For Cardinal Bertone, it will be the first time as Secretary of State that he will visit the U.S. and for the Knights, it will be the first time that they have hosted the Vatican’s second in command.

The cardinal will be attending the convention to receive the Gaudium et Spes (Joy and Hope) award and address the men gathered for the conference.

“We are honored that Cardinal Bertone will be coming to the United States to attend our convention this year,” said Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson. “To have the Vatican Secretary of State in attendance for our 125th annual convention is a great testament to the enduring legacy of our founder, the Servant of God, Father Michael J. McGivney.”

Cardinal Bertone will serve as principal celebrant and homilist for the convention’s opening Mass on Tuesday, Aug. 7, and will bring a special message from Pope Benedict XVI to be read during the opening session of the convention Tuesday afternoon. He will address the cardinals and bishops attending the convention, as well as the Knights of Columbus board of directors on Wednesday evening...

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Missouri Archbishop Included In Motu Proprio Meeting


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Archbishop Raymond Burke of Saint Louis Missouri was included in an exclusive Vatican meeting about the Pope's upcoming motu proprio liberalizing use of the Tridentine mass. Archbishop Burke already permits the free celebration of the Tridentine mass in Saint Louis, in accordance with the wishes of Pope John Paul II, and frequently participates in such liturgies with traditionally minded Catholics.

read more about Archbishop Burke here

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Differences Between Tridentine & Modern Mass

By Catholic News Service (see source here)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Here at a glance are the basic differences between the Tridentine Mass, promulgated in 1570, and the Roman Missal published in 1969 in response to the reforms called for by the Second Vatican Council:

-- While Latin is the original language of both liturgical texts, the new missal permits use of the vernacular language; because it called for full, active participation, the use of a local congregation's language became customary.

-- With the exception of readings for the feast days of individual saints, the Tridentine Mass has a one-year cycle of Scripture readings. The Vatican II liturgy has a three-year cycle for Sunday readings and a two-year cycle for weekday readings.

-- The old penitential "prayers at the foot of the altar," recited by priests and other ministers before Mass, were replaced by the penitential rite within the Mass, recited by the entire congregation.

-- In the Tridentine Mass, the first half of the liturgy was called the Mass of the Catechumens and almost always included a reading from one of the New Testament epistles and from one of the four Gospels. The new Liturgy of the Word, in accordance with ancient church tradition, almost always begins with a passage from the Old Testament.

-- The Liturgy of the Eucharist, formerly called the Mass of the Faithful, begins with the preparation of the gifts. The old offertory prayers were revised in the new liturgy to avoid what some people saw as a duplication of the eucharistic prayers.

-- Instead of one eucharistic prayer, there are now nine -- four for general Sunday and weekday use, two for Masses focusing on reconciliation and three for Masses for children.

-- In the new Mass, the Communion rite was simplified, allowing communicants to receive the Eucharist under the forms of both bread and wine.

-- The new Mass eliminated the recitation at the end of every Mass of what was known as the "last Gospel" -- the beginning of the Gospel of St. John.

-- A priest celebrated the Tridentine Mass facing east, which -- given the layout of most churches -- meant he celebrated with his back to the congregation. Since the promulgation of the Roman Missal, the priest normally faces the congregation.

Vatican Confirms: Motu Proprio Release Coming Soon

Vatican, Jun. 28, 2007 (CWNews.com) - The Vatican press office has confirmed that Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (bio - news) yesterday briefed a group of bishops on the forthcoming motu proprio expanding the use of the 1962 Roman Missal.

The Vatican Secretary of State spoke to "representatives from various episcopal conferences" about "the content and spirit" of the motu proprio, the Vatican announcement indicated. Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) joined the meeting to speak with the bishops for about an hour.

The publication of the document, along with "an extensive personal letter from the Holy Father," will take place "within a few days," the Vatican said. The statement did not confirm the July 7 publication date reported yesterday by the Kath.net news service.

The Vatican statement did indicate that the text of the motu proprio and the Pope's explanatory letter will now be sent to all of the world's bishops before the document is formally released. That mailing will also indicate when the Pope's new policies will take effect....

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A Good Day On Capitol Hill


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: A picture is worth a thousand words, and this one tells me we had a good day on Capitol Hill. The Bush-Kennedy "Amnesty" Bill was crushed in the Senate, after the Capitol switchboard was literally shut down from millions of callers telling their Senators to vote "no" on cloture that would have brought the bill back to life. The Amnesty Bill is dead!

Shortly after the staggering defeat of the Bush-Kennedy "Amnesty" Bill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her plans to revive the Stalinist "unfairness doctrine" to shut down conservative talk-radio. This is so typical of liberals up on Capitol Hill, whether those liberals are riding a donkey or an elephant. Talk-radio was instrumental in helping the American people defeat the Amnesty Bill, and because that was inconvenient to the congressmen on Capitol Hill, they responded by announcing they want to begin censoring free speech. But if the donkey and elephant riding liberals in Washington DC thought the outcry over the Amnesty Bill was something, they haven't seen anything yet.

The backlash to the "unfairness doctrine" has already begun. No sooner than Speaker Pelosi made her announcement, the "Pence Amendment" passed by an overwhelming majority vote in the House of Representatives. This "Pence Amendment" withdraws funds from the FCC if it attempts to enforce the "unfairness doctrine." But it's only a temporary fix to hold things over until the "Freedom in Broadcasting Act" is passed. This legislation is being introduced to Congress now, and if passed, would ban the "unfairness doctrine" forever. This is something we need to tell our representatives to get behind now -- before the liberal donkey/elephant riders get their way and silence free speech on the airwaves in this country.

Yes, today was a good day on Capitol Hill. Both President Bush and Senator Kennedy were soundly defeated, as well they should have been. It's nice to see our American system of government working again. Now let's see if we can keep it going.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Motu Proprio Release Date "07-07-07"

Vatican, Jun. 27, 2007 (Kath.net/CWNews.com) - The long-awaited motu proprio in which Pope Benedict XVI liberalizes access to the traditional Latin Mass will be released on July 7, according to the German-language Kath.net news service.

Kath.net reports that Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone , the Vatican Secretary of State, introduced the text of the motu proprio to a group of 30 bishops at the Vatican on June 27. Pope Benedict made a brief appearance at the meeting, the Kath.net story indicates....

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Fred Thompson On Global Warming

“Some people think that our planet is suffering from a fever. Now scientists are telling us that Mars is experiencing its own planetary warming: Martian warming. It seems scientists have noticed recently that quite a few planets in our solar system seem to be heating up a bit, including Pluto… This has led some people, not necessarily scientists, to wonder if Mars and Jupiter, non signatories to the Kyoto Treaty, are actually inhabited by alien SUV-driving industrialists who run their air-conditioning at 60 degrees and refuse to recycle. “ -- Fred Thompson, radio commentary March 22, 2007

click here to hear it

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Liberals Move Toward Anti-Christian Hysteria

(The Christian Post): In recent months, an epidemic of anti-Christian books has erupted, viciously attacking the faithful as “theocrats” and “fascists.” Conservative Christians are called evangelical mullahs, intent on replacing the government with our own “religion-soaked political regimes,” as one overheated author put it.

Good gracious! Is America really about to fall into the hands of a diabolical Christian Taliban?

Of course not. It’s a false and malicious charge, and our critics know it. I know of not one Christian leader, theologian, or scholar who wants to impose a theocracy—that is, the church running the state—because the notion is entirely contrary to Christian faith.

At the heart of Christianity is the concept of free will. We can choose good and evil. Freedom is a God-given right. This is why right-thinking Christians oppose a system of government that would force citizens to accept faith in Christ, or any religion, as a condition of citizenship. And it’s why—secular hysterics not withstanding—there are no Christian theocracies anywhere in the world today. There are plenty of Islamic theocracies, but not one Christian theocracy....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The political and social movements of tomorrow are usually defined by the popular books and literature of today. What we're seeing now is a strong literary push to demonize conservative Christians (practicing Catholics & Evangelicals in particular), as crazed zealots bent on imposing our religion by force upon everyone else. Nothing could be further from the truth of course, but this is classic of the mental illness called Liberalism. There is a religious force out there that wants to establish a theocracy, but that religion is called 'Islam' not Christianity. One of the classic symptoms of a Leftist psychosis is to completely ignore the real threat, and then transfer the attributes of that threat toward somebody else completely unrelated. Quite often Liberals identify as the threat the only people who are capable of protecting them from the threat. Such is the case with Leftist Liberals and they're paranoid hysteria over conservative Christians (practicing Catholics and Evangelicals). When it comes to Liberal "Christophobia" we can truly say that it is just their irrational fear and ignorance talking. But for all their hyperventilation over conservative Christianity, Liberals are complacent (and somewhat oblivious) to the real threat that is making inroads right underneath their noses. In the not too distant future, Liberals in Europe will soon feel the weighty hand of Islamic rule, as Muslims become the dominant population in European countries. Perhaps too late, Liberals in Europe will discover that the only institution that could have saved them was Christianity -- the very institution they attacked and demonized for half a century. As for American Liberals, they're not likely to learn from their European counterparts when the time comes. That's because those with mental disorders are usually incapable of learning from other people with the same mental disorder. In other words, crazy people don't learn from each other. They just get more crazy. I expect the trend in America will mirror European trends, but perhaps at a slower rate. Liberals will continue to slander and demonize conservative Christians (practicing Catholics and Evangelicals), accusing us of wanting to establish a theocracy even though that is completely untrue. Meanwhile, these same Liberals will argue for greater 'tolerance' of Muslim immigrants to the United States, and greater 'understanding' of American Muslims who want to live under Islamic law. These immigrants, and their children, will eventually set up enclaves ruled by Islamic law (just as they have already done in Europe). Of course, the next step after that is to impose the rules of those enclaves upon the entire society as soon as Muslims become the demographic majority. We haven't seen this happen yet in Europe, but it is soon coming, perhaps within 20 years or so. Liberals in America will learn nothing from this (as is consistent with mentally disordered people), and will instead be bound and determined to repeat the same Christophobic actions that are driving Europe to Islam.

Albert Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and each time expecting a different result. This defines Leftist Liberalism perfectly. The Christophobic hysteria of European Liberals has driven that entire continent into a Secular crisis, in which Secular governments are now threatened by Islamic takeover within a generation. American Liberals have learned absolutely nothing from their European counterparts, and truly believe that the same Christophobic hysteria here in North America will produce an entirely different result than what is happening in Europe.

So what's the lesson for conservative Christians (practicing Catholics and Evangelicals) in America? Simple. Keep practicing your faith! Furthermore, make sure your kids get a good religious foundation, and try to have as many of them as you can. Liberals cannot be cured of their insanity. (Only an extraordinary miracle from God can change a Liberal.) But the positive side to all of this is that Liberals generally don't reproduce. Their birthrate is the lowest in the world, sometimes in the negative. The only hope they have of spreading their influence is by recruiting (your children) to become their disciples and work for them. So the antidote to Liberalism is simply practicing your faith, having lots of children, and teaching them to do the same. Yes, it really is that simple.

Proof Mainstream News Media is Biased

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: At the risk of pointing out the obvious, I'll go ahead and post this story. Most Americans already know the mainstream news media is biased in favor of left-wing Liberalism. That's one reason why the ratings for mainstream network news has plummeted in recent years. I've said it before many times on this blog. If you get your news from television or the newspapers, chances are you're getting Leftist propaganda shoved into your brain on a regular basis. Chances are, you are also one of the most ill-informed people in the world. Canadians, Europeans and even a lot of Mexicans probably have a better idea of what is going on in the world than you do. It's not your fault of course. It's the fault of the garbage news you're watching and reading. The only way to get REAL news these days is to do some work. You'll have to daily scan internet news sites like DrudgeReport.com and WorldNetDaily.com just to scrape the tip of the iceberg. Then you'll have to do your own investigation into foreign news sources, and small independent news journals across the world. Finally, you'll probably have to listen to a smattering of AM talk radio to find out what the driving issues of the day are. A variety of conservative and libertarian opinions can be found on AM talk radio, and it's all biased in the opposite direction as the mainstream news media, but at least AM talk radio admits its bias and doesn't attempt to hide it...
NEW YORK, June 22, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Many mainstream journalists claim they are "unbiased" in their reporting, but a new report by MSNBC shows their checkbooks don't make such distinctions and heavily favor liberal candidates and causes.

The MSNBC report by investigative journalist Bill Dedman reveals that out of 144 journalists, 125 gave money to support liberal Democratic candidates and liberal political organizations. The information came from public records kept by the Federal Election Commission tallying donations made from the 2004 campaign season to the start of the 2008 season.

Dedman's investigation covered journalists from local outlets, magazines, and a few from major media sources like CNN, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, etc., exposing the great lengths to which the media has gone to cover-up its own biases...

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Bill to Dissolve Canada - Plans 'Deep Integration' with USA

(WorldNetDaily.com): Lawmakers in Canada appear to be paving the way for "deep integration" with the U.S. and Mexico with a proposed measure that advances the controversial Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America promoted by the Bush administration, notes WND columnist Jerome Corsi.

It's an issue Corsi has fully investigated for his newest book, "The Late Great USA."

The conservative minority government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper is pressing for "The Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement", which would enable a Canadian company to challenge laws in provinces that block the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Murray Dobbin, a Vancouver author and journalist critical of SPP, argued in an article titled, "The Plan to Disappear Canada – 'Deep Integration' comes out of the shadows," the secretive trilateral bureaucratic working groups organized under the auspices of SPP are "harmonizing" virtually every important area of public policy with the U.S., including "defense, foreign policy, energy (they get security, we get greenhouse gases), culture, social policy, tax policy, drug testing and safety and much more." ...

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City of Atlanta Voids US Constitution

(WorldNetDaily.com): The city of Atlanta has created a Constitution-free zone on public property for this weekend's 2007 Atlanta Pride festival, according to pastors and lawyers who have been trying to secure an assurance that Christians' free-speech rights will be protected.

"The Constitution does not apply in Piedmont Park this weekend," attorney Joel Thornton, of the International Human Rights Group told WND.

"The city of Atlanta, whose attorneys I have been negotiating with for the past six months, has just sent me a letter saying that they 'will not be able to offer you or your client[s] any assistance in this matter,'" he said....

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Third US Carrier Speeds Toward Persian Gulf

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: In recognition of what nobody wants to talk about, it would appear the USA is preparing for a major conflict in the middle east, a potential war the scale of which has not been seen since the 1940s....
(Debkafile): According to DEBKAfile’s military sources, the US naval build-up off the shores of Iran marks rising military tensions in the region, accentuated by last week’s Hamas victory which has endowed Iran with a military foothold on Israel’s southwestern border.The USS Enterprise CVN 65-Big E Strike Group, the US Navy’s largest air carrier, will join the USS Stennis and the USS Nimitz carriers, building up the largest sea, air, marine concentration the United States has ever deployed opposite Iran...

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Missouri Archbishop Makes History


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: On June 15, 2007, Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke (Saint Louis, MO.) made history when he celebrated an ordination mass not seen in the United States in some 37 years. Two men were ordained as priests in the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest - a religious order that celebrates the western liturgy according to the Tridentine mass exclusively. The ordination itself was celebrated according to the ancient Tridentine liturgy at the basilica in downtown St. Louis, which is what makes the event historic. An ordination according the the ancient Latin liturgy has not taken place in America since 1970. Significantly, this event marks a turning point in the history of the American Church, and Archbishop Burke has paved the way for things to come. Ordinations such as these will become more commonplace after the pope's motu proprio, liberalizing the Tridentine mass, is promulgated.

Archbishop Burke has been known to be a trend setter when it comes to faithful Catholicism. His strict adherence to the pope's decisions has put him at odds with his fellow bishops here in the United States, and cafeteria Catholics in general. He has been vilified and crucified by the liberal press here in Missouri. Sadly, such difficulties are a sign of the times. The actions of Archbishop Burke would have been expected of any bishop prior to 1970. The contemporary hysteria to his faithful Catholicism is in itself an indictment of a wicked and perverse generation.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Some Examples of Liturgical Abuse

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Liturgical abuse is when the rubrics of the liturgy are ignored for the purpose of innovation. Such innovations usually serve to suit the fancy of whomever is coordinating the liturgy of the mass. Sometimes it's the priest's doing. Sometimes it's the result of lay involvement in liturgical planning. Whatever the case, liturgical abuse hurts the entire congregation, and the whole Body of Christ, by reducing the solemn occasion of the mass into a "show" (if you will) designed to please the fancy of those in attendance. The following are some pictorial examples of liturgical abuses that have occurred very recently in diocese all around the United States...

A group of three scantily clad women performed a provocative style "liturgical dance" in a recent Franciscan Jubilee Mass for a group of women religious at the cathedral in Joliet, Illinois...

I'm sure they are nice young ladies who didn't mean any harm, but somebody should have had the good sense to put a stop to this before it happened.

So-called "liturgical dance" is nothing new. It's one of those innovations that's seen the rounds in this post-conciliar period. Nothing in Vatican II called for such a thing, and nothing in the rubrics of the ordinary mass (Novus Ordo) allows for it. It's just something people made up - out of thin air - appealing to the vague and undefined "spirit of Vatican II."

Below we see a mass presided over by Cardinal Roger Mahoney of Los Angeles in 2005. That's him seated in the background. Yes, this is a mass. At least the young ladies are more appropriately dressed for the occasion, but the every fact that they're dancing around the sanctuary is in itself enough liturgical abuse to make most Catholics cringe...


Here we have an example of liturgical dance gone wild in the diocese of Stockton California in May of this year. A full article was written on this event in the New Oxford Review...


In what seems to be a whiff of Paganism, we now see dancing women incense the altar of Holy Name Church in the Los Angeles Archdiocese...


Again, we see a similar act performed by sisters at the Los Angeles cathedral...

Granted, there is nothing wrong with incense, and in fact it's just as Biblical as it is Catholic. However, it should be pointed out that this is accompanied by liturgical dance, which is an innovation that turns the mass into a kind of "show" more for the viewing pleasure of the congregation, rather than the worship of God. None of this is sanctioned by the rubrics of the mass mandated by the Holy See, nor the Code of Canon Law.

Ah, as bad as that is, it doesn't hold a candle to a mass celebrated on Sept. 1 2002 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Pleasant Hill, California....

It's called a "clown mass," and yes this is a real Catholic Church depicted here. Feel free to investigate for yourself. I've never understood the reasoning or rational behind such gross liturgical abuse. It doesn't make any sense to me, and I suppose I would be worried about my sanity if it did. If you think these are rare occurrences, think again. It's going on all over the United States at various times. It's just a matter of being in the right place at the right time to see one. (Or maybe I should have said "wrong place at the wrong time.")

'The Catholic Knight' points this out for a reason. I certainly don't want to shock my readers or enrage them. (Though shock and rage might be the expected normal reaction.) Rather, I point this out to bring attention to a serious problem we're facing in the liturgy of the post-conciliar Church. The ordinary mass (Novus Ordo) we currently celebrate, promulgated under the pontificate of Pope Paul VI, has been easily twisted and abused by those who would like to insert their own personal fancies into the worship of the universal Church. Pope Benedict XVI is about to initiate some reforms designed to reign in the "anything goes" mentality of these modern liturgists. The much anticipated Motu Proprio, liberalizing the celebration of the Tridentine (pre-1970) Latin mass, is expected to be the first step in that reform. Let us pray it comes soon, and produces the pope's desired effect.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Church Losing Culture War Because Bishops Fail to Discipline

(LifeSiteNews.com) - Phil Lawler, the editor and founder of Catholic World News, the first online Catholic news service, has placed the chief blame for the loss of the battle to protect traditional marriage in Massachusetts, and beyond, on the Catholic hierarchy's failure to discipline Catholic politicians.

Lawler, a Boston area native, has had a more than twenty year career in politics and journalism and was the first lay editor of The Pilot, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston. His upcoming book called "The Faithful Departed" covers the collapse of Catholic influence in the Boston area.

THE DEVASTATING RESULT

Lawler first commented to LifeSiteNews.com on Thursday, the day the legislature failed to garner even the 50 votes needed to send the issue of homosexual 'marriage' to the citizens for a vote.

The vote was 151-45, despite the fact that a majority of the legislators identify themselves as Catholics.

Lawler said at the time, "It's clear that the archdiocese is not serious about this issue." He added, "There is no real penalty being exacted on people who are in support of same sex marriage."

Lawler explained, "People who are supporting traditional marriage, who supported the marriage amendment, were going to have to pay a pretty heavy price in terms of the wrath of the gay rights lobby, of Governor Patrick, of the editorial writers all around the state. But people who abandoned the cause, people who supported same sex marriage, and opposed this amendment were not going to face any real problems with the leadership of the Catholic Church."

He concluded, "And that's really in my mind the biggest reason for today's outcome."

LifeSiteNews.com asked Lawler, former editor of Crisis and Catholic World Report magazines, to expand on those comments. He did so, saying, "The main message of my book is that the influence of the Catholic Church in Boston was declining rapidly long before the sex-abuse scandal. In fact, the scandal itself could be seen as evidence of a corruption that was already far advanced."...

read full story here

Canada Moves to Criminalize Spankings

(LifeSiteNews.com) - In response to a debate on spanking that took place yesterday before the Senate Committee of Human Rights (SCHR), the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (IMFC) presented a research report indicating their disapproval of the proposed new legislation.

The debated bill, S-207, would take out Section 43 of the Criminal Code (allowing spanking), thereby forbidding parents to spank their children, effectively making it criminal behaviour...

read full story here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: So basically, the Canadian government wants to outlaw one of the most effective means of raising children into productive adults and reducing crime. As a parent I know better than to tell other parents how to discipline their children. My kids get a swat on the behind when misbehaving gets really out of hand, and I have to say, it's very effective. It's done in a loving manor, without rage, accompanied by an explanation, an apology from the child with a hug. However, I understand that some parents don't like this method of discipline, and I respect their right to raise their children the best way they see fit.

Having said that, I find it absolutely reprehensible when Big Brother (government) reaches it's intrusive iron fist into the basic functions of the family unit. It defies the Catholic principle of subsidiarity, and in many ways endangers the common good. Spankings should be limited within reason of course. While bruising and injuries are completely unacceptable, a firm swat by the hand on the fatty buttox of a child is hardly abuse. If a parent doesn't want to use this method of corporal punishment, that is their business, but for those who do, they have the backing of the Catholic faith...
Prov 13:24: "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (diligently)."

Prov 19:18: "Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying."

Prov 22:15: "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him."

Prov 23:13: "Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die."

Prov 23:14: "Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell (Shoel)."

Prov 29:15: "The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame."

Hebrews 12:6-7: "...the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son. Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?"

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Australian Greens Put Bishop On Trial

(CWNews.com) - Leaders of the Greens Party in Australia have begun a drive to cite Cardinal George Pell for contempt of parliament-- an effort that the cardinal described as carrying "a whiff of Stalinism."

Lee Rhiannon, a Greens lawmaker, won approval for a parliamentary hearing at which Cardinal Pell will be questioned about his statement that politicians who vote in favor of cloning should realize that their votes will have "consequences for their place in the life of the Church."

Rhiannon complained that the cardinal's remarks were intended to intimidate lawmakers. "Cardinal Pell has shown no remorse for his comments," she added.

The Sydney prelate responded by saying that he "would be privileged to appear before the committee if necessary, to resist this clumsy attempt to curb religious freedom and freedom of speech."...

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The identification of Communism with "Socialist" red (with the red flag being the primary color of the flag of the Soviet Union) and the red star being a Communist emblem led to such Cold War phrases as "the Red Menace" and "Red China" (distinguished from Nationalist China, "Free China," or Taiwan). See also The East is Red. Mao Zedong was sometimes referred to as a "red sun". The color was also associated with political vehicles such as the Red Guard in China and the Red Guards during the Russian Revolution of 1917 as well as with left wing paramilitary terrorist groups such as the Red Army Faction in Germany and the Japanese Red Army.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Sex-Abuse of Minors Higher in Protestant Churches

(Chicago Sun Times): The three companies that insure the majority of Protestant churches in America say they typically receive upward of 260 reports each year of young people under 18 being sexually abused by clergy, church staff, volunteers or congregation members.

The figures offer a glimpse into what has long been an extremely difficult phenomenon to pin down -- the frequency of sex abuse in Protestant congregations.

Religious groups and victims' supporters have been interested in the figure ever since the Roman Catholic sex abuse crisis hit five years ago. The church has revealed that there have been 13,000 credible accusations against Catholic clerics since 1950 -- 228 a year...

read full story here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: There you have it folks. Annual sex-abuse in the Catholic Church = average of 228 cases a year. Annual sex-abuse in Protestant churches = average of 260 cases a year. Protestants got Catholics beat by an average of 32 reported cases a year.

"Protestants Beat Catholics in Sexual Abuse of Minors"

But you won't read that headline in the New York Times -- not tomorrow, not the next day, not ever. Now the purpose of posting this story is not to gloat. The difference between Catholics and Protestants on this issue is only an average of 32 reported cases a year. When you consider that both groups average over 200 cases a year, that's nothing to be proud of. It's a tragedy! And the difference between the two groups is just a drop in the bucket.

However, Protestants can breath a sigh of relief, because they are not the target of my rant today. I have no intention of maligning my Protestant brothers and sisters in Christ over this matter. Not only for the sake of Christian charity, but also for the fact that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Anyone who would use this kind of data to slander an entire religion is a scoundrel to say the least. Which brings me to the target of my rant -- the mainstream media.

In 2002 evidence of widespread sexual-abuse surfaced in the Catholic Church. To make matters worse, evidence suggested that a cover-up was going on in some large US Catholic diocese. The problem was large. But just how large? As the news broke, the numbers started to pour in. What was found as that over the last 50 years, some 3% of US Catholic clergy were in some way involved in sexual-abuse and cover-up. However, those same statistics revealed that 97% of US Catholic clergy were NOT involved in it. So out of 100 Catholic clergy, 3 were abusers, and the other 97 were not. But did we hear this on the news? No we didn't. Instead we were treated to hours upon hours of generalizations, vague associations, and grandiose speculations. This happened in the print media, the radio media, and especially in the television media. Real numbers and statistics were never given. The problem was not once put into proportion. Instead it was hyped, to the point were it looked like virtually all Catholic clergy were involved in it. By the time it was all over, many Catholic priests in this country were afraid to wear their clerical collars in public, due to the excessive pointing and whispering. Some priests were threatened with bodily harm. So for a couple years anyway, the clerical collar virtually disappeared from America, as priests tried to discretely hide who they were while in public. This in spite of the fact that 97% of priests did absolutely nothing wrong. All of this I attribute to the mainstream media, which recklessly and intentionally, tried to bring down America's largest religious institution.

Now we have the same problem in Protestant churches, but what does the media say -- virtually nothing. I doubt CNN will be doing a week long special on the "Sexual Crisis in Protestant Churches," as we were treated to similar titles during 2002. I doubt you'll see televised trials of sexually abusive Protestant ministers, as we were treated to when former Catholic priests took the stand.

What I'm pointing out here is an inconsistency. I'm pointing out an omission, which by itself, reveals far more than any kind of persistent smear campaign. The fact that the mainstream media went wild on Catholic sex-abuse, but virtually ignores a greater incidence of Protestant sex-abuse, proves one thing beyond the shadow of a doubt. The mainstream media is not really all that interested in tawdry sex-scandals involving minors. No, that's just the bait to get you watching and listening to them. What they're really interested in is an agenda, and that agenda involves deconstructing organized religion in America entirely. To do this you must first deconstruct, slander and destroy the largest Church in the United States. That would be the Roman Catholic Church. Once the "big boy" Church (Catholicism) is knocked down, the rest of the "little boy" churches (Protestantism) will scatter to the wind. If it was really about the sex and the ratings, the mainstream news media would be all over this Protestant sex-abuse story. But they're not that interested in it. They pound the Catholic Church over and over again, but then they virtually ignore Protestant churches with the same problem. Why? Because if you just take down one Protestant denomination, it won't effect much. Other denominations will step in where the first once stood. But if you can manage to take down the Catholic Church, the largest organized religion in America, it will send shock waves throughout all of American Christianity. That's what they want.

The mainstream media isn't going to waste much of their time on sex-abuse stories that don't further their insidious agenda. Though sexual abuse of minors is far more prominent in public schools than any church, we won't see much reporting on this sweeping crisis. Instead the media will focus in an a few anomalies here and there. They'll report about the pretty teacher who sleeps with teenage boys, with the focus of their story centering not on her perversion, but on "how complicated these things are." Meanwhile sex-abuse of minors runs rampant in our public schools, mostly by teachers not so pretty as those featured on television, as much of it is covered up by school administrators, abusive teachers are transferred, and families of victims are bought off in legal settlements. (Your tax dollars hard at work there.)

The moral to this story is this. Sexual abuse of minors is not a "church problem." It's not a "religion problem," and it's certainly not a "Catholic problem." Sexual abuse of minors is a SOCIETY PROBLEM -- it's our society that's the problem! When you have a society problem, it effects all the institutions of that society, including schools and churches. Our society is a decadent society fixated on sex. Our kids are bombarded with sexual images in advertising, television, magazines, and the Internet. Our clothing and fashion trends reflects the attitudes of an over-sexed people -- less is more and tighter is better. Everywhere we turn we see sex -- more and more of it. In the United States, pornography is a protected industry. Couples are paid high dollar to engage in sexual activities while on camera, and somehow that's NOT considered prostitution? Couples living together, without marriage, is the status quo. While homosexuality is considered "normal." Children are "educated" in how to use a condom in public schools. Abortion of unwanted pregnancy (a consequence of reckless sexuality) is a sacrosanct "right" guaranteed by our nation's Supreme Court. Gay men kiss in public, and this is socially allowed. Straight couples make out in the parks -- and that is considered okay. And somehow in the midst of all this sexual PERVERSION, we are surprised when a small segment of our society goes off the deep end and turns into sexual predators? Somehow, after we've allowed perversion after perversion to take place, we are shocked when the perverts we helped create turn on our children? Oh, but rather than blame our own lax attitudes, and the permissive behavior of our society, we instead look for the scapegoat, somebody else to blame. So when the sexual perversion of our society finally hits the Church, we blame the Church, rather than our society. At least that's what the media would like us to do. They play on our refusal to take responsibility for ourselves. They report the sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, as if the Catholic Church invented sexual abuse! They blame the priests and the bishops, even though only 3% were responsible, and cast a shadow of suspicion over the whole Catholic religion. The public buys into it, because it's easier to blame a Church than to blame ourselves. But I submit to you that the media's real agenda is to discredit organized religion in general, and that means the Catholic Church simply must be taken down. Why? Why would they want to do this? I think the reason becomes self-explanatory when you look at statistics of those running the mainstream media. They are nearly 80% Liberal. Most of them are Secular Humanists? And a majority of them don't believe in organized religion. Enough said.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Vatican Reads 'The Catholic Knight' Blog

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The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (In Latin: Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Petri - FSSP) is a group of Traditionalist Catholic priests and seminarians in good standing with the Holy See. , the FSSP is a "Clerical Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right." Unlike most religious orders, is not an Institute of Consecrated Life, and its members take no religious vows. They make the same promises of chastity and obedience as diocesan priests and, in addition, swear an oath as members of the Society. The Fraternity's Pontifical right status means that it has been established by the Pope and is subordinate only to him, through the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, and not to the local bishops. In this sense its organization and administrative reporting status are similar to those of religious orders of Pontifical Right such as the Jesuits or Dominicans.
From the FSSP website...
The Fraternity was founded on July 18, 1988 at the Abbey of Hauterive (Switzerland) by a dozen priests and a score of seminarians. Shortly after the Fraternity’s foundation and following upon a request by Cardinal Ratzinger, Bishop Joseph Stimpfle of Augsburg, Germany granted the Fraternity a home in Wigratzbad, a Marian shrine in Bavaria that now lodges the Fraternity’s European seminary. In the same month of October there arrived a handful of priests and some thirty seminarians ready to start "from scratch". There are currently almost 200 priests and 110 seminarians in the Fraternity.
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Confraternity of Saint Peter
Charter

The example of Our Lord.
“Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is abundant but the labourers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out labourers for his harvest.” (Mt 9, 35-38)

What is the Confraternity of Saint Peter?
It is a society which gathers those who feel close to the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter and who wish to support its charism through prayers and sacrifices.
Thus the Confraternity contributes to the service of the Church, through supporting numerous vocations, the sanctification of priests and their pastoral endeavours.

What does a member of the Confraternity of Saint Peter do?
Members commit themselves to...
- every day:
1) pray one decade of the holy rosary for the sanctification of our priests and for our priestly vocations,
2) and recite the Prayer of the Confraternity (see below);
- every year:
3) have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered once for these intentions.

What spiritual benefit do members receive from the Confraternity?
Their commitments place the members among our most faithful benefactors, and as such, among the particular recipients of our priests’ and seminarians’ daily prayers.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered each month for the members of the Confraternity in each area. Recollections and instructions in the faith are also foreseen.

How does one become a member?
1. Fill in the enrollment form and send it back to us when filled out.
2. The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter will send to you in return the certificate of membership. The commitments take effect with the reception of the certificate.
3. Members must be at least 14 years old.
4. Membership is purely spiritual and does not confer any rights or duties other than the spiritual support in prayer and charity in accord with the commitments described above.
5. By themselves the commitments do not bind under penalty of sin.
6. Membership and the commitments which follow it are tacitly renewed each year on the feast of the Chair of Saint Peter (February 22), unless expressly determined otherwise.

How does one receive news about the Confraternity?
Our channels of information - bulletins and websites of the districts or of the houses – will provide news about the Confraternity.

Prayer
Prayer for Priests, to be said by members of the Confraternity of St. Peter.

Following a decade of the Rosary:

V. Remember, O Lord, Thy congregation.
R. Which Thou hast possessed from the beginning.

Let us pray.
O Lord Jesus, born to give testimony to the Truth, Thou who lovest unto the end those whom Thou hadst chosen, kindly hear our prayers for our pastors.
Thou who knowest all things, knowest that they love Thee and can do all things in Thee who strengthen them.
Sanctify them in Truth. Pour into them, we beseech Thee, the Spirit whom Thou didst give to Thy apostles, who would make them, in all things, like unto Thee.
Receive the homage of love which they offer up to Thee, who hast graciously received the threefold confession of Peter.
And so that a pure oblation may everywhere be offered without ceasing unto the Most Holy Trinity, graciously enrich their number and keep them in Thy love, who art one with the Father and the Holy Ghost, to whom be glory and honour forever.
Amen.

Nihil obstat: Vic. Gen. FSSP, 05.II.2007
Imprimatur: Vic. Gen. Diœc. Laus. Gen. Frib., 28.II.2007
Charter of the Confraternity and enrollment form to print out (pdf)

Friday, June 15, 2007

Shoving 'Amnesty' Down America's Throat

(New York Times): Senate Democratic and Republican leaders announced on Thursday that they had agreed on a way to revive a comprehensive immigration bill that was pulled off the Senate floor seven days ago.

The majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, and the minority leader, Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, said they expected the bill to return to the floor before the Fourth of July recess....

...Comments by Republican senators on Thursday suggested that they were feeling the heat from conservative critics of the bill, who object to provisions offering legal status. The Republican whip, Trent Lott of Mississippi, who supports the bill, said: “Talk radio is running America. We have to deal with that problem....

read full story here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Never in all my years have I seen a Congress rule so much AGAINST the will of the American people. The comments of Republican Senator Trent "the traitor" Lott about talk radio are startling! It sounds like he's advocating the return of the "unFairness Doctrine" which is designed to censor free speech on radio airwaves. This is unbelievable! Working together with President Bush, the Democratically controlled Congress, along with willing accomplices in the Republican Party are actually trying to shove this amnesty bill down the American people's throats. Then to top it off, they want to "silence" conservative talk radio, for no other reason than the fact that its the only media left exposing these TYRANTS for what they really are. What next? Obviously 'The Catholic Knight' doesn't speak favorably of Congress either. So does that mean bloggers like me can soon expect to see an Internet version of the "unFairness Doctrine?" Considering this "Alliance from Hell" (President Bush, Democratic Congress & GOP Rinos), I wouldn't be the least bit surprised.

Some of my readers may still be wondering why President Bush and GOP Rinos (RINO = Republican In Name Only) want this Amnesty Immigration bill so badly. We know why the Democrats want it. When Democrats look at illegal aliens, they see potential new voters. But what about Bush and the Rinos? Why do they want it so bad, when it hacks off their conservative base so much? Why are Bush and the Rinos willing to sacrifice the entire Republican Party over this one bill? (Make no mistake about it, if this bill passes, it will be the end of the GOP as we know it.) Why? Why sacrifice so much over Amnesty?

'The Catholic Knight' is about to blow the lid off this whole thing. I submit to you that the reason why Bush and the Rinos are willing to sacrifice the GOP is because their ultimate goal transcends national partisan politics entirely. Their goal is to move beyond American politics, and into the sphere of Continental politics in the form of the 'North American Union' (NAU). You see, Bush and the Rinos NEED this Amnesty bill. They NEED it because it's a necessary component in setting up the "North American Union." Before they can introduce the NAU to Congress, they first have to get rid of the illegal alien problem. This Amnesty bill in Congress right now does just that. With the stoke of the President's pen, it eliminates all illegal aliens by magically making them legal. Poof! Just like that. Americans will no longer be able to complain about illegal aliens, because America won't have any illegal aliens anymore. They'll all be legal. If some Americans choose to criticize the government for that, and demand their deportation, the government will just charge them with racism, and the debate will be over. Then it's on to the next business at hand, and that business is the creation of the North American Union (NAU), merging Canada, America and Mexico into one economic block. Boarders will slowly be erased as North America follows the path of the European Union into a continental government that rules over us all.

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Multiple Sources Confirm Motu Proprio Will Come Soon

Letter from the President of the International Una Voce Federation:
11th/13th June 2007
Short Preliminary Report

Dear Friends,

Leo Darroch, Monika Rheinschmitt and I have just returned from a visit to Rome. On Tuesday 12th June We were received in separate meetings by Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos and Mgr Perl of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei and Archbishop Ranjith of the Congregation of Divine Worship.

On Wednesday morning 13th June we were at the General Audience of Pope Benedict and were granted seats on the "Prima Fila" (="first row"). This gave us the opportunity of having some private words with the Holy Father for a couple of minutes. Conversations with the Holy Father are confidential but we can confirm by the words of His Holiness that the Motu Proprio will come soon.

Both Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos and Archbishop Ranjith were very open and friendly. We gave them some papers about the situation in our countries and said that a great many lay people and priests are waiting patiently, and impatiently, for news from Rome about greater freedom for the traditional liturgy; not only the Mass but all the liturgical books. We gave them each a bound volume of all the public manifestos that have been published around the world in the past few months in support of the Holy Father.

We expressed our regret that some bishops conferences had written to Rome against the forthcoming indult but gave our opinion that they had not consulted anyone about their decisions and, in this matter, they did not speak for their people or for many of their priests. We were urged to pray for the Holy Father and the whole Church in these difficult days.

Best regards

In Christo

Jack P. Oostveen
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Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce
President

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Tridentine Motu Proprio - Urgent Update!

Rorate Caeli Blog is reporting the following...
The Papal "Motu Proprio" for the liberalization of the Latin Mass according to the Tridentine rite of Saint Pius V is ready, is about to be translated into several languages and will be published right before the departure of Benedict XVI for the summer vacation. [Rorate note: The Pope's early vacation this summer will be spent in a small villa owned by the Diocese of Treviso, in the tiny hamlet of Lorenzago di Cadore, Province of Belluno, in the Veneto region, in the July 9-27 period.]

The text has already been signed by the Pontiff, who has even written a long exaplanatory letter, of a theological character, "addressed to all the Bishops of the world", as it can be read in its introduction, "so that they may receive this document with serenity and patience".

The Pope thus asks the Bishops, the clergy, and the faithful for a serene mood in the acceptance of the "Motu Proprio", which will be presented in a Press Conference by Cardinals Francis Arinze, Dario Castrillon Hoyos, and Julian Herranz....

read full story here

The Failures of Vatican II

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: I would like to preface this blog entry by pointing out that 'The Catholic Knight' accepts the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, and does not deny the Council's validity. The criticism I have is not of the Council itself, but rather the deficient way in which the reforms of the Council were implemented after 1965. It seems the confusion of the post-conciliar period, coupled with the influence of liberal modernists, created an atmosphere that was nothing short of toxic to the Roman Catholic Church -- especially in the western world.
The figure above reflects the "decay rate" of Catholic seminarians since the Second Vatican Council. The raw statistics come from the 'Index of Leading Catholic Indicators' by Ken Jones, and were illustrated graphically by David L. Sonnier on his blog here. You can view more statistical graphics there. You'll notice the problem period begins between 1965 (after the close of the council) and 1970, when the new mass (Novus Ordo) was promulgated by Pope Paul VI. The old mass (Tridentine) was suppressed simultaneously at this time. Calculating the losses, the Church has lost some 327,746 vocations since 1965. That's inconceivable! Can you imagine the potential of worldwide evangelism if we had another 300,000 priests in service today. Alas, all of that is lost now. This next figure illustrates where we are today, verses where we should be if the growth rate had only remained the same since the pre-conciliar period...
So the next logical question is why? Why did this happen, and of course, what can be done to fix it? Hindsight always being 20/20, it's pretty clear now what went wrong. The Council did a fine job outlining the necessary reforms the Church needed for the 21st century, but it did an exceedingly poor job instructing everyone on exactly how these reforms were to be implemented. The result was massive confusion on the part of both the clergy and the laity. Sadly, liberal modernists seized the opportunity to introduce their own agenda, and as a result the institutions of Catholicism that made the religion strong were undermined. In other words, while Catholics were still trying to figure out what the meaning of Vatican II was, they had the rug pulled out from under them by liberal modernists claiming to have the answers. This loss of Catholic institutions, both in private prayer and public worship, created a lot of problems, but most noticeable was the dramatic loss in seminarians of the last 30+ years.

There has been but one glimmer of hope. Though repressed and marginalized, there has been a remnant of Catholics who saw the dangers of the post-conciliar period, and as a result they refused to change with the rest of the Church. These Catholics have been dubbed "traditionalists," and some have been fortunate enough to remain within the canonical structures of the Church. Though repressed by bishops who show no interest in preserving historic Catholic tradition, this marginalized minority is the ONLY Catholic group that has seen a growth in seminary vocations since the Second Vatican Council...

The figure above illustrates the rapid growth of "traditionalist" seminaries, (operating within the canonical structures of the Catholic Church), over the last 12 years. This does not include SSPX seminarians, which I understand to reflect a similar trend.

So the conclusion is clear. All over the world, Catholic seminaries have experienced a dramatic fall in the number of seminarians entering vocation life. That's not really news, because everyone has known that for decades. What hasn't been widely reported is how closely this drop relates to the deficient post-conciliar reform period after Vatican II. Nor has it been reported how this trend fails to apply to traditional Catholic societies, and how quite the opposite trend seems to be developing in those groups exclusively. Traditional Catholicism is growing rapidly, and with it a surge in the number of traditional priestly vocations.

Clearly there is something terribly wrong with the post-conciliar Church, and this is reflected in priestly vocation trends since 1965. The cause can be attributed to a near total loss in the traditional institutions that made Catholicism strong prior to Vatican II. So the only solution is to bring those institutions back, and this process begins with the "Traditional Catholic Movement" (or "TCM"). If we Catholics want to save our Church for the future, than we're going to have to start looking to our past. As for Vatican II, we must remember that the Council was held during a time when all of the traditional institutions existed and were fully in force. We need to re-examine the documents of the Council with the understanding that everything written therein comes to us in the context of what we know today as "Traditional Catholicism." During the Second Vatican Council, they celebrated the old Tridentine mass in Latin. Priests and laity observed time honored prayers and devotions. Women covered their hair, and men dressed up for mass. It was a very different time from what we know today, and it was from that time (not our own), Vatican II speaks to us.

Latin Mass Sees Growth In St. Louis


Melinda Scanga (left), of Jefferson County, prays during Latin mass at St. Francis De Sales Oratory. (Dawn Majors /P-D)


(ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH): The church's windows are broken, its beige bricks are sooty, its paint is chipped. The 300-foot steeple, a hallmark of the St. Louis skyline, is pulling away from its foundation. One day it could tumble into traffic on Gravois Avenue.

St. Francis de Sales church, often called the Cathedral of South St. Louis, is an ideal home for a group of Roman Catholic priests devoted to restoration. But restoring this 19th-century neo-Gothic church to its former glory is only one reason St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke assigned the priests to oversee St. Francis de Sales.

The real mission of the group, called the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, is the restoration of the traditional Latin Mass.

The 1,600-year-old Mass isn't used much today, but it's making a comeback.

That effort will get a boost Friday when Burke — one of the most devoted supporters of the old Latin rite among U.S. bishops — will ordain two deacons of the Institute at the Cathedral Basilica. Burke has ordained members several times in Italy, where the institute is based outside Florence. But Friday will mark the first time members of the 17-year-old institute will be ordained in the United States and the first time the traditional Latin liturgy will be used in an ordination here in more than 40 years...

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Liberals Now Use IRS To Persecute American Catholics

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Here we go! This will be the norm for years to come. When a Catholic priest or bishop says something the Liberals don't like, they'll use the IRS to either silence them, or steal Church property away from parishioners. Welcome to the new America! Granted, this sort of thing has been done before, but now you see its getting more personal. Catholic bishops are required, by the code of canon law, to deny communion to pro-abortion politicians (regardless of the political party), and in doing so they will have to announce that such a decision has been made. This is not an endorsement or criticism of their candidacy for any particular office. This is not the same as telling Catholics how to vote. This is an internal matter of Church disicplinary action and it falls under the "free exercise" clause of the First Amendment. But in recent years, Liberal organizations have interpreted the "establishment clause" of the same Amendment more broadly, issuing complaints to the IRS in an attempt to intimadate religious leaders to shut up, or else punish them (and their congregations) for daring to practice their religion openly. Get ready folks, because this tactic is extremely sucessful and its coming to a parish near you...
(ProJo.com): A Washington-based advocacy group accuses the Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, of violating tax law by criticizing GOP presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani’s abortion views in the diocesan newspaper.

The group is asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the diocese.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, in a news release yesterday, said it took the action because “federal tax law forbids non-profits to use organizational resources to support or oppose candidates for public office.” The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, the group’s executive director, said in the letter that Tobin, “appears to have violated federal tax law by attacking Giuliani.” Tobin made his comments in a piece in the Rhode Island Catholic, questioning Giuliani’s position that abortion is wrong, but that government should not impede a woman’s ability to obtain an abortion...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

What It Means To Be Catholic In Today's World

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Anti-Catholicism is on the rise in a very BIG way. Some of the trials Catholics face are old ones. They've been around for generations. Others are relatively new, but make no mistake about it, to be a Practicing Catholic (meaning a Catholic who believes all of what the Church teaches, and tries to practice it) is to be hated, ridiculed, despised and persecuted. Jesus warned us that if they (the powers of this world) would do it to him, they will do likewise to us. Yes, being a Practicing Catholic means being a target. I suppose that might be one reason why so many Americans are Cafeteria Catholics. Perhaps they think they can duck what it means to be Catholic if they just don't believe or act like one.

Click on the links below to read, learn and understand what it means to be a Practicing Catholic in today's world...