Divine Mercy Cult

The Cult of the Divine Mercy

Pope Pius XII put the writings of Sr. Faustina on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum [Index of Forbidden Books]. That meant that he considered that their content would lead Catholics astray or in the wrong direction. Next, came other prohibitions made by Pope John XXIII. Twice in his pontificate, the Holy Office issued condemnations of the Divine Mercy writings. Cardinal Ottaviani, as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), was responsible for the suppression of the Divine Mercy devotion. The Holy Office declared that “There is no evidence of the supernatural origin of these revelations.” “New forms[…]

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Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes: “Go Kiss the Earth in Penance for Sinners”

FROM THE ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XII on July 2, 1957: WARNING AGAINST MATERIALISM ON THE CENTENARY OF THE APPARITIONS AT LOURDES TO THE CARDINALS, ARCHBISHOPS, AND BISHOPS OF FRANCE IN PEACE AND COMMUNION WITH THE APOSTOLIC SEE: “In a society which is barely conscious of the ills which assail it, which conceals its miseries and injustices beneath a prosperous, glittering, and trouble-free exterior, the Immaculate Virgin, whom sin has never touched, manifests herself to an innocent child. With a mother’s compassion she looks upon this world redeemed by her Son’s blood, where sin accomplishes so much ruin daily, and[…]

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Outside the Church There is No Salvation

“Salus extra Ecclesiam non est”: Outside the Church there is no Salvation

The Latin phrase “Salus extra Ecclesiam non est” means: “outside the Church there is no salvation“. This expression comes from the writings of Saint Cyprian of Carthage (✞ 258), a bishop of the 3rd century. It is a dogma of the Catholic Church and the Apostolic Orthodox Church, and has been affirmed many times throughout 2000 years of Christianity. Our knowledge of the Truth is precisely what Christ has given to His apostles from the beginning of the Church and faithfully handed down to us by the uncompromising Holy Catholic Church. The language used to express this doctrine has always been[…]

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A List Of The Dogmas Of The Catholic Church

A Summary of Infallibly Declared Dogmas of the Catholic Faith

Catholic church is one in faith, one in sacrament, one in government. There is unity in faith, for if a Catholic rejects even one single article of her creed, he, by the very fact, ceases to be a Catholic. Besides, she teaches the same doctrine that she taught in the beginning, and she will continue to teach it till the end. If a baptized person deliberately denies or contradicts a dogma, he or she is guilty of sin of heresy and automatically becomes subject to the punishment of excommunication. The following list of Infallibly Declared Dogmas of the Catholic Faith[…]

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The Sign of the-Cross

The Sign of The Cross

Mgr. Jean-Joseph Gaume has compiled a magnificent collection of history and commentary from the saints and fathers and doctors, as well as his own meditations and exhortations regarding this most powerful prayer. With the Brief of His Holiness, Pope Plus IX, who attaches, to the Sign of the Cross, an indulgence of Fifty Days. BRIEF OF HIS HOLINESS PIUS IX, POPE.FOR ETERNAL REMEMBRANCE. Being fully certain that the salutary mystery of the redemption and the divine virtue are contained in the Sign of the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, the faithful of the primitive Church made the most frequent use[…]

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On the Problems of the Pontificate: Inscrutabile. Encyclical of Pope Pius VI

Encyclical of Pope Pius VI, December 25, 1775. To the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops and Bishops of the Entire Catholic Church. Venerable Brothers, We give you Greeting and Our Apostolic Blessing. The mysterious design of divine wisdom, whose works are always marvelous, did not despise Our lowliness but willed instead to make Us the head of the bishops and to honor Us as the guide of His entire Church. Just as He chose the young David from among a thousand and raised him from herding sheep to rule His people on a glorious throne, and make them acceptable to God by[…]

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Prayers for the Defense of Christian People against Heathen

Prayers for the Defense of the Church and Christian People against Heathen

Some of the richest treasures of the traditional Roman Liturgy are the Votive Masses near the back of the Missal. I was recently reminded of this when assisting at Holy Mass. That day, the celebrant availed himself of his option on a fourth-class feria to offer the Missa votiva pro Ecclesiae defensione (votive Mass for the defense of the Church). The St. Andrew’s Missal I use calls it by the much more “offensive” title, “Mass Against the Heathen.” The propers that go with this Mass are a reminder that the Most Holy Trinity is, even after the Incarnation, the strong[…]

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Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

The Archbishop Speaks: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Archbishop Marcel LefebvreAn Address Given by His Grace: Ottawa, Canada. November 1975 Ladies and Gentlemen, I have come among you to primarily speak of the most pressing problem of our time, which is the preservation of our Catholic Faith. I am not referring simply to certain liturgical modifications, nor to certain aspects of renewal, which result from the Second Vatican Council. These details, of course, do have their importance. I am here rather to offer encouragement in the struggle to preserve the essentials of our Faith, for our Faith is vital, and before going on, I would like to bring[…]

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The Catholic Church and the Cultural Revolution

The Catholic Church and the Cultural Revolution

The Catholic Church and the Cultural Revolution tells the story of the culture wars between the Catholic Church and the Enlightenment over the last sixty years. The battle in America was fought in three areas: schools and education; obscenity; and the family and sexuality. The book examines: the significance of the law and the courts in these wars; the impact of the Second Vatican Council; the main sources of the attempted subversion of the Church; the battles that the Church fought with the media, notably Hollywood; the existence of a fifth column within the Church itself; the new Americanism that[…]

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Beware of false prophets

Beware of False Prophets! Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 7:15-22

Mat 7:15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Beware of false prophets, &c. Christ passes on to a most salutary admonition concerning the taking heed of false teachers, who teach that the way to heaven is not strait, but easy, and who thus send those who follow them not to heaven but to hell. They teach that we need not fast, nor go to confession, nor preserve virginity, nor religious vows; they allow all sorts of liberty to the flesh, and take away all merit from good works. Observe,[…]

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May God console you! Letter of Saint Athanasius to His Flock

May God console you! Letter of Saint Athanasius to His Flock

The Catholic Church Ravaged in the Fourth Century Saint Athanasius lived in the fourth century during the time of what used to be considered the greatest crisis of faith ever to befall the Catholic Church, the Arian Heresy. (The Arians denied the Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ). The vast majority of Churchmen fell into this heresy, so much so that Saint Jerome wrote of the period, “The whole world groaned and was amazed to find itself Arian“. Athanasius was the Bishop of Alexandria in Egypt for 46 years. He was banned from his diocese at least five times and[…]

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The Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Feast Day December 8

“The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary”, text  from “The St. Andrew Daily Missal” (1937) Having decided from all eternity to make Mary Mother of the Incarnate Word (Epistle), God willed that she should crush the head of the serpent from the moment of her conception. He covered her “with a Mantle of Holiness” (Introit) and, “preserving her Soul from all stain, He made her a worthy dwelling place for His Son” (Collect). The Feast of the “Conception” of the Virgin was; from the 8th-Century, celebrated in the East on 9 December; from the 9th-Century in Ireland and 3[…]

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