Satis cognitum. Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII On the Unity of the Church

Satis Cognitum: On the Unity of the Church By Pope Leo XIII – 1896

Satis Cognitum On the Unity of the Church Pope Leo XIII – 1896 To Our Venerable Brethren, the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, Bishops, and other Ordinaries in Peace and Communion with the Apostolic See. Venerable Brethren, Health, and Benediction. It is sufficiently well known unto you that no small share of Our thoughts and of Our care is devoted to Our endeavour to bring back to the fold, placed under the guardianship of Jesus Christ, the Chief Pastor of souls, sheep that have strayed. Bent upon this, We have thought it most conducive to this salutary end and purpose to describe[…]

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Pope Pius II

Execrabilis (On Appealing to a Future Council) Papal Bull of Pope Pius II

The one weapon that strikes more terror into the enemies of the Church is the Bulla of Pope Pius II, Execrabilis, on 18 January 1460 condemning conciliarism. The bull received its name from the opening word of its Latin text, which labeled as “execrable” all efforts to appeal an authoritative ruling of a Pope to a council. This bull denounces those who presume to appeal from the pope to a future council, in spite of the fact that the pope is the vicar of Jesus Christ and condemn[s] all such appeals and prohibit[s] them as erroneous and detestable. Penalties for[…]

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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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St Charles Borromeo

The Difference Between True and False Reformers

Editae Saepe is an encyclical letter of Pope Pius X, also called “Borromeo-Encyclical”. It dates from 26 May 1910 and is dedicated to the memory of St. Charles Borromeo (1538-1584) because he considered him as a “model of pastoral zeal”, and the Pope took the opportunity to “denounce modernism” and condemn the Protestant Reformation. Charles Borromeo was archbishop of Milan from 1564 to 1584 and a cardinal. He was a leading figure of the Counter-Reformation combat against the Protestant Reformation, together with St. Ignatius of Loyola and  St. Philip Neri. In that role, he was responsible for significant reforms in[…]

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On Communion in the Hand and Similar Frauds by Michael Davies

“On Communion in the Hand and Similar Frauds” by Michael Davies

I wish to acknowledge my debt to Mr. Byron Harries for allowing me to make use of his researches into the Fathers on the question of Communion in the hand; for his kindness in travelling from Wales to Oxford to verify the quotations from the original sources, and for making the translations from the Greek. I am also indebted to Fr. W. Lawson, S.J., for translating the passage from Bucer’s Censura. M.D. An Artificial Consensus and Mind Manipulators An Artificial Consensus A most depressing aspect of contemporary life is the manner in which those who control the media are able[…]

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Devastated Vineyard

The Devastated Vineyard & Trojan Horse in the City of God

Dietrich Richard Alfred von Hildebrand (12 October 1889 – 26 January 1977) was a German Roman Catholic philosopher and theologian. He was called “the twentieth-century Doctor of the Church” by Pope Pius XII. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI also greatly admired the work of Hildebrand. The degree of Pope Benedict’s esteem is expressed in one of his statements about Hildebrand: “When the intellectual history of the Catholic Church in the twentieth century is written, the name of Dietrich von Hildebrand will be most prominent among the figures of our time.” In 1973, Dietrich Von Hildebrand wrote “The[…]

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Fr. Hesse’s talk on the documents of Vatican II

A Summary of Fr. Hesse’s talk on the documents of Vatican II

Fr. Hesse qualifications:  Fr. Hesse was appointed theologian by the Holy Father, John Paul II.  He has his Doctorate from the Pontifical University in Rome in theology and canon law. Ordained as a priest in St Peter’s Basilica, Rome, in 1981, he served as secretary to Cardinal Stickler between 1986 and 1988. He was associated with the Society of Saint Pius X and its founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. Quotations regarding the unchangeability of the Sacraments: Canon 13, 7th Session of the Council of Trent says:  “If anyone says that the received and approved rites of the Catholic Church, wont to be[…]

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Pope St Pius X on human dignity

“Notre Charge Apostolique” (Our Apostolic Mandate) Given by Pope Pius X to the French Bishops on August 15, 1910

INTRODUCTION: Le Sillon (“The Furrow”, or “The Path”) was a French political and religious movement founded by Marc Sangnier (1873 – 1950) which existed from 1894 to 1910. It aimed to bring Catholicism into a greater conformity with French Republican and socialist ideals, in order to provide an alternative to Marxism and other anticlerical labour movements. Where does the Sillon’s error come from? Pope St. Pius X  sees the root of  the Sillonist errors (and modern ecumenical movement) in a false conception of human dignity. “Our Apostolic Mandate” – The Prophetic Words of Pope St. Pius X Our Apostolic Mandate requires from Us[…]

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The Mission of the CONTEMPLATIVE ORDERS

The Mission of the CONTEMPLATIVE ORDERS

The following excerpts come from “The Mission of the CONTEMPLATIVE ORDERS”, printed by the Society of the Divine Word.  Cleveland, Ohio, August 17, 1912. Techny, Illinois. NIHIL OBSTAT.James M. McDonough, Censor, IMPRIMATUR.Thomas C. O’Reilly, Administrator. We are sometimes told that members of contemplative orders are leading useless, idle, and selfish lives; but it is a mistake to suppose that the highest usefulness results from much occupation of hand or much curiosity of mind, without regard to the motive which prompts the labor, or to the object which engages the attention. The highest usefulness is rather spiritual than physical, rather intellectual than[…]

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Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

TREATISE ON TRUE DEVOTION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – INTRODUCTION OF SAINT LOUIS MARIE DE MONTFORT 1. It was through the Blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus came into the world, and it is also through her that he must reign in the world. 2. Because Mary remained hidden during her life she is called by the Holy Spirit and the Church “Alma Mater”, Mother hidden and unknown. So great was her humility that she desired nothing more upon earth than to remain unknown to herself and to others, and to be known only to God. 3. In answer to her[…]

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Pope Benedict XIV

Rite of Degradation of a Bishop, or an Archbishop: “Degradatio ab ordine pontificali” by Pope Benedict XIV

“Degradation of a Bishop”  (Degradatio ab ordine pontificali) was released by Pope Benedict XIV on March 25, 1752 in Pontificale Romanum,  and published on July 5, 1873 by Vatican printer Masison H. Dessain of Mechelen Belgium,  and authenticated by the then Primate of Belgium and Archbishop of Mechelen, Victor Cardinal Dechamps. This priceless original, one of the few copies that survived the book’s post – Vatican II destruction, was part of the personal library of the late moderator of the Catholic Traditionalists Movement, Bishop Blaise S. Kurz, and is today securely kept in the CTM’s archives’ building in Westbury, New[…]

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Papal Coronation Oath

Traditional Papal Coronation Oath & Abandonment of the Tiara

According to traditional catholic resources, the “Papal Coronation Oath”, attributed to His Holiness Pope St. Agatho,  was taken by the popes of the Catholic Church, starting with Pope Saint Agatho, who was elected on 27 June 678.  Over 180 popes, down to and including Pope Paul VI, swore this oath during their papal coronations.  Pope John Paul I, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis who had no coronation ceremonies, clearly did not take the oath. As Dailycatholic.org editor has noted: This sacred oath was first taken, as recorded in Church annals  [Liber Diurnus Romanorum Pontificum, Migne’s[…]

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