Dies Irae

Dies Irae (The Day of Wrath)

The Last Judgment, Final Judgment, Day of Judgment, Judgment Day, or The Day of the Lord in Christian theology, is the final and eternal judgment by God of all nations. It will take place after the resurrection of the dead and the Second Coming of Christ (Revelation 20:12–15). The doctrine, iconographic depiction and musical compositions of the “Last Judgment” are drawn from many passages from the apocalyptic sections of the Bible, but most notably from Jesus’ teaching of the strait gate in the Gospel of Matthew and also found in the Gospel of Luke. Dies Irae (The Day of Wrath)[…]

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Vatican I Council Dogmatic Canons Decrees

Dogmatic Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, Vatican Council I, Plus the Decree on the Immaculate Conception and the Syllabus of Errors

Find out what exactly what the Church teaches on Original Sin, Grace, each Sacrament, the Mass, Purgatory, statues, indulgences, etc. These canons are infallible and absolutely unchangeable. The canons and decrees of Vatican Council I define papal infallibility. The Syllabus, written in 1861, is astonishingly contemporary and a revelation to most Catholics. It clearly enunciates 80 modern errors. Dogmatic Canons and Decrees: authorized translations of the dogmatic decrees of the Council of Trent (1545-1563), the Decree on the Immaculate Conception, the Syllabus of Pope Pius IX (1846-1878), and the decrees of the First Vatican Council I (1869-1870) PREFACE English versions[…]

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The 'Spirit of Assisi' vs. Saint Francis of Assisi

The ‘Spirit of Assisi’ vs. Saint Francis of Assisi

By John Vennari (1958-2017) Published in Catholic Family News, April 2002 It is becoming increasingly obvious that within the Church since the Council we are now in the age of slogans: empty, meaningless slogans that really do not have much substance and that do not convey the true picture of what is actually being promoted. We are all familiar with the slogans: the promise of a “new springtime,” a “civilization of love,” a “new Pentecost,” and now, a novel orientation named “the spirit of Assisi” (1). In a recent lecture called “The New Pentecost vs. the True Pentecost,” I explained[…]

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Papal Condemnations of Freemasonry

Papal Condemnations of Freemasonry

“The fight taking place between Catholicism and Freemasonry is a fight to the very death, ceaseless and merciless.” (Bulletin of the Grand Orient of France P. 183. 1892 and in memorandum of the Supreme Council No. 85, page 48. ) “In 1789, the French Revolution took place and launched a host of religious, political and social errors which the Popes for over 160 years afterwards wrote and legislated against. Yet most of these errors have spread and today have filtered down to the common man…with the result that most people now take for granted many fundamental assumptions that are positively[…]

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EX QUO - Encyclical of Pope Benedict XIVPope 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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Man's Mortality by Saint Cyprian

A Sermon on Man’s Mortality by Saint Cyprian

Let us banish the fear of death and think of the eternal life that follows it … From a sermon on man’s mortality by Saint Cyprian, bishop and martyr (Cap 18:24, 26: CSEL 3, 308, 312-314).  Our obligation is to do God’s will, and not our own. We must remember this if the prayer that our Lord commanded us to say daily is to have any meaning on our lips. How unreasonable it is to pray that God’s will be done, and then not promptly obey it when he calls us from this world! Instead, we struggle and resist like[…]

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"The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved" by St. Leonard of Port Maurice

“The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved” by St. Leonard of Port Maurice

Saint Leonard of Port Maurice was a most holy Franciscan friar who lived at the monastery of Saint Bonaventure in Rome. He was one of the greatest missioners in the history of the Church. He used to preach to thousands in the open square of every city and town where the churches could not hold his listeners. So brilliant and holy was his eloquence that once when he gave a two weeks’ mission in Rome, the Pope and College of Cardinals came to hear him. The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin, the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the[…]

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Ottaviani Intervention

“Ottaviani Intervention” – A Brief Critical Study of the Novus Ordo Missae

Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci presented Pope Paul VI with the Short Critical Study of the New Order of Mass. “The analysis of the Novus Ordo made by these two cardinals has lost nothing of its value, nor, unfortunately, of its timeliness …The results of the reform are deemed by many today to have been devastating. It was the merit of Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci to discover very quickly that the modification of the rites resulted in a fundamental change of doctrine.” (Cardinal Stickler, November 27, 2004, on the occasion of a reprint of the Ottaviani Intervention.) Background to the study[…]

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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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His Holiness Pope Pius X: Restore the Authority of Religion and Christian Moral DisciplineII in 1951

Quamvis Inquieti: To Restore the Authority of Religion and Christian Moral Discipline

Allocution of His Holiness Pope Pius XII to to the Fathers of the Society of Jesus, Delegates in General Congregation XXIX, Sep. 17, 1946 Now there is nothing that calls us more urgently and pressingly than to restore the authority of religion and Christian moral discipline with due honor and vigor. Alas, into what times we have fallen because of the negligence of those immortal goods given to us by God! Wherever one looks one sees those who are totally ignorant of the Catholic faith, even the rudiments of religion itself. We see those who see nothing impious in crimes and license,[…]

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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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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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