Fiat voluntas TuaNavigation
May God's Holy Will be done.
A new section on Catholic Positions on controversial positions is being published.
It has been discovered that quite a few people have reached the same conclusion independently of each other on key points, such Confessional jurisdiction of Traditionalist Priests.
A consideration on Conclavism, which led to the election of Pope Michael is also being added.
I am devoting a whole section to a refutation of this heretical work. It is diabolical in how it is presented. As I am reading, I am finding they pick and choose. First they pick and choose which representative of sedevacantism to refute. I am presuming they are taking the argument easiest to refute, and I must admit in some cases they are correct in their refutation. Also they are picking and choosing which theologian(s) to quote. It is obvious they have done a lot of research. It is unfortunate they have not considered all of the evidence. Many of their arguments do not present enough evidence to reach certitude.
Ironically some of the arguments they use against Sedevacantism can also be used against the Society of Saint Pius X, which they are apparently affiliated with.
I have noticed that there are some points I am going to have to go back in to and consider more fully, so I expect to be spending time in doctrine.
They even use things that are on the Index of Prohibited books.
They are using sources that the Sedevacantists will not accept, such as the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the 1983 Code of Canon Law.
Next they are ignoring things, which the Society of Saint Pius X has published, which help refute their arguments.
And I am only on page 125, although I have read the section on Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio.
This is a work in progress, and I don’t expect it to be completed before Easter.
Saint Mathias said: “We must wholly subdue the body through mortification, subjecting it to the spirit of the crucified Jesus.” This is an excellent reminder in the holy season of Lent. Let us look up at the Crucifix and see what Jesus did for us to save us from ourselves. And what does He ask in return. Search the Scriptures for His words and we will see Jesus gives us some specific instructions on how to live our lives. Let us undertake to live a life in conformity to the will of Jesus.
We would also like to ask everyone for prayers for the Church in this holy season of Lent.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, end the Great Apostasy. The Great Apostasy will end, when God chastises the world. Some are now speculating this may come as soon as October of next year, which sees two anniversaries. On October 13th, we will celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the miracle of the sun at Fatima. How many of us are praying and doing penance as the Blessed Virgin Mary asked us to do? October 31st sees the five hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the Age of Apostasy with the beginning of the Protestant Revolt. On that day, the Church entered the fifth age, the Church of Sardis. The chastisement is the transition to the sixth age, the Church of Philadelphia or brotherly love. Of course, we should already show love for our neighbor now in preparation for moving into the next age of the Church.
Mortification is essential to ending the effects of the Great Apostasy in our own hearts, and if we look carefully, we will find it there.
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“Lord, all hearts are in Thy hands: Thou canst bend as Thou wilt the most stubborn, and soften the most obdurate. Do that honor this day to the Precious Blood, the merits, the sacred wounds, the Holy Name, and loving Heart of Thy beloved Son, of granting the conversion of all mankind, especially _________”
How many of us say this prayer or a similar prayer for that list we have of people who we want to join us in the true Faith?
Father Mateo was asked by a priest why he was having no success improving his parish. The priest then detailed all of the projects he had done. And let us stop and think. Haven’t we talked to these people? Haven’t we invited them to say a Rosary with us? Haven’t we asked them to say a Hail Mary each day. Why haven’t they converted?
Father Mateo asked the priest: “Have you tried becoming a holy priest?” The priest answered that he had not. Father Mateo then replied: “Then you haven’t tried anything.”
My friends, aren’t we satisfied with mediocrity? Aren’t we satisfied with being a balanced Catholic?
Saint John Vianney the holy Cure of Ars tells us of three classes of people: “It consists of three classes: the first is composed of those who are entirely for the world; the second are those who are entirely for God; and the last consists of those people who would like to belong to the world without ceasing to belong to God.”
Which class do we want to be in?
We know that it is foolish to be in the worldly class. “I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God, your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2) We know we should not be worldly, because they all go to hell.
And so, are we ready to be entirely for God without reservations, or “would like to belong to the world without ceasing to belong to God.” We want to keep one foot in the world and enjoy its pleasures. Oh, we want to avoid mortal sin like the plague, but we are fine with our regular venial sins. Let us compare mortal sin to a fast acting poison, which immediately kills the soul. Venial sin is a slow acting poison. Yes, a billion venial sins will not condemn me to hell, but each one weakens my soul. Eventually that temptation to commit a mortal sin comes along, and I happily swallow the poison and down I go.
Let us compare two things, manure and ice cream. None of us would willingly eat manure, especially if it stunk real bad. All of us would happily eat ice cream. And so, how much manure is acceptable in our ice cream. My friends, sin is like manure and a much stronger word would be more appropriate, but this is for publication. All sin is manure, and yet we happily mix in a little manure with our bowl of ice cream.
The Cure of Ars says later: “No, my friend; you either belong wholly to God or wholly to the world.” And Jesus said it clearer: ‟He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth.”
There is no middle ground. As Saint Augustine says there are two cities we can build up in our souls, and we build one of the other. They can’t both exist in the same place. The first is the City of God and the other is the City of Satan.
What confuses people is that there are three places we can go at death, heaven, hell and purgatory. And so, we aim at purgatory, knowing that it is difficult to go straight to heaven. Difficult, but not impossible. “With men this is impossible: but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
Actually there are two places to go, heaven or hell. The road to heaven passes through Purgatory. We have a choice, we can do our Purgatory here, purging all worldliness out of ourselves, or leave part of the job for the next life. Old Scratch, Satan, would like to convince us that there is an easy road to Purgatory, and then we can get on to heaven. However, what he wants to do is steer us off of the road to heaven and on to the road to hell, while fooling us in to believing we are on the road to purgatory.
Haven’t you gotten off course? Weren’t you going to tell us how to convert others? “Now therefore saith the Lord: Be converted to me with all your heart.” (Joel 2:12) Why would anyone want to convert to a way of life that we won’t even follow ourselves. We must attract people to the Catholic way of life by living it fully, and letting the serenity that comes from total conformity to the will of God radiate from us.
By the way, have you gotten your spiritual EKG back I talked about a while ago? How healthy is your heart, spiritually?
From the desert,
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We ran across this in Our files this morning. As we begin our Novena to the Holy Ghost, let us consider that each and every one of us are called to be a saint. And some of you on this mailing list are called to be a Champion of the Church. The Pope cannot do it alone. Saint Pius X did not have any real help. He accomplished a lot, but he was unable to stop the Great Apostasy from coming. Pope Pius XII was even further hamstrung. The Pope cannot do it alone.
We ill comment after this piece as well.
The Church Needs A Champion
Copyright ©Lúcio Mascarenhas, July 23, 2009, Feast of St. Apollinaris of Ravenna, Bishop & Martyr & St. Liborius of Le Mans, Bishop
“God… who raises up… the man of the hour” — Ecclesiasticus, x, 4 (CSJ)
“When the Church is in the greatest need, Christ ever come to its help, either by miracles or by raising saintly men. The appearance of the Cross in the heavens as seen by Constantine and his legions brought the persecution of Christians to an end” — St. Jerome
“The Holy Ghost raises up in times of danger for the Church able champions of her cause. For example, St. Athanasius in the time of the Arians; the holy Pope St. Gregory VII when the Church was in general disorder; St. Dominic at the time of the Albigenses; St. Catherine of Sienna at the time of the Great Western Schism; St. Ignatius of Loyola at the time of Luther — Spirag & Clarke, The Catechism Explained (Quoted by Phil. Friedl)
THIS ARTICLE DEDICATED TO THE HOLY GHOST
“Veni, Sancte Spiritus, et emitte coelitus, lucis tuae radium. Veni, pater pauperum, veni, dator munerum, veni, lumen cordium. Consolator optime, dulcis hospes animae, dulce refrigerium. In labore requies, in aestu temperies, in fletu solatium. O lux beatissima, reple cordis intima, tuorum fidelium. Sine tuo numine, nihil est in homine, nihil est innoxium. Lava quod est sordidum, riga quod est aridum, sana quod est saucium. Flecte quod est rigidum, fove quod est frigidum, rege quod est devium. Da tuis fidelibus, in te confidentibus, sacrum septenarium. Da virtutis meritum, da salutis exitum, da perenne gaudium, Amen, Alleluia.”
Wayfarers come and go, but when the faithful find Christ and His Kingdom abuilding, they stay, put down roots, make it their home, lend their shoulders to the great work of building and repairing the Church, soil their hands and clothes, get weary, eat, rest, rejuvenate and return to the daily battle, relieving their comrades. But wayfarers who come as tourists and as voyeurs, participate to varying extents and then turn back to their first true love, leaving the Church which they never joined. And so it is the will of God, that those who are just as Abraham was just, be collected to Holy Mother Church.
There is a widespread and growing “Conservative’ or ‘Neo-Conservative” (Neo-Con) movement in the Antichurch, in Roman Modernist Protestantism, that seeks to evangelize and to bring “converts” to the vile and nauseating religion of Vatican II, the most evil religion in the history of man. And they have succeeded remarkably, creating a great buzz, making a loud noise and being noticed. They have made notable converts: Tony Blair, Newt Gingrich, Lady Spencer (mother of Diana Spencer “Princess of Wales”), and many, many more. I have heard rumors that George Bush Jr. and Bill Clinton are planning to convert.
“Fr.” C. John McCloskey’s Recovering Stray Catholics has now come to my attention, and finding this interesting from the academic viewpoint of studying Satanism, I have researched more about his writings and teachings. McCloskey is a member of the Opus Dei, which is in reality, anything but the Work of God:
“The period after Vatican II was… generally an unfortunate period for our country and our Church” – Fr. C. John McCloskey, Opus Dei
“In the first several centuries of Christianity the Gospel was most successfully preached not to the poor and the outcasts, but rather to the prosperous middle classes and educated upper classes in the cities” – Fr. C. John McCloskey, Opus Dei
“When asked what he would do if the Church ever reversed its position on birth control, McCloskey dismissed the question as an impossible hypothetical, that is, after he blurted out his first, instinctive reaction, ‘I’d be gone in an instant.’ Perhaps there’s room for private judgment after all” – Chris. Suellentrop, Fr. C. John McCloskey, The Church’s K Street Lobbyist, Slate Magazine, Aug 9, 2002
“I’ve experienced personally a side to Opus Dei that I wonder whether it comes from the Holy Spirit. I think Opus Dei is a cancer on the Catholic Church” – Dianne diNicola, Executive Director, Opus Dei Awareness Network (http://www.odan.org)
McCloskey is part of the Opus Dei, which is itself part of the International Neo-Conservative movement. It was born in Spain, but the authentic Conservativism of Spain is represented by Carlism also called Integrism and Apostolicism, the insistence on the exclusion of the false democratist and libertarian heresies from the political field.
In Germany and Switzerland, the true Conservatives were the Zentrum of Ludwig von Windthurst and the Sonderbund; in Portugal, the Miguelists; in Mexico, the Cristeros, and so on.
And more than all of these, it was represented by the Catholic Action movement directly fostered by Holy Mother Church.
Neo-Conservativism is defined as the movement of “disillusioned liberals moving to the right.” As such, while the Neo-Cons are “disillusioned” with their basic liberalism, they do not espouse true Conservativism. There was never justification for two separate and rival conservative movements; the Neo-Conservative movement’s purpose is therefore evidently dishonest. Incidentally, “Conservatism” is an inexact name, as Gilbert Keith Chesterton wittily proved, and as Pope St. Pius X taught at the Congress of Lodi (Speech of Pope St. Pius X on Catholic Action at the Congress of Lodi), insisting on the right of the Church and of Christians to lawful innovation under necessity, while Conservativism qua Conservatism demands a sterile prohibition of any and all innovation.
The Neo-Conservative movement is therefore a dishonest masquerade, it purpose to counterfeit the true Conservativism. And that is what McCloskey is spectacularly successful at, winning a large number of converts. However, they are mainly converts from within Neo-Conservativism itself, from Protestant, Jewish and other branches of Neo-Conservativism. In that sense, Neo-Conservativism is eclectic or liberal, being open to all: there is even a Hindu and a Mahomettan Neo-Conservativism, while the true and historic Catholic Conservativism admits of no external (i.e. non-Catholic) branches.
And yet to what are McCloskey’s converts converting? They are converting to FAKE CATHOLICISM or PSEUDO-CATHOLICISM or ROMAN PROTESTANTISM or ROMAN MODERNISM, Absolutely the Most Abominable and Satanic Religion in the world, bar none. There is, truly and literaly, no religion that is more vile, more apostate, more Satanic than the Vatican II religion.
The basics are quite simple. Vatican II, and the sect that it produced, headed by the five Accursed Antipopes, last of all, Antipope John-Paul II the Great Fornicator and Antipope Joseph Ratfinger the Accursed, teach many monstrosities and blasphemies against God and His Holy Catholic Church, but these points stand out:
By contrast to this sewage, I would like to point out the authoritative teaching of the Church:
“The practice of the Church has always been the same, as is shown by the unanimous teaching of the Fathers, who were wont to hold as outside Catholic Communion, and alien to the Church, whoever would recede in the least degree from any point of doctrine proposed by her Authoritative Magisterium” — H.H. Pope Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum, June 29, 1896
“And since truth cannot contradict truth, we define that every statement contrar to the enlightened truth of the faith is totally false and we strictly forbid teaching otherwise to be permitted. We decree that all those who cling to erroneous statements of this kind, thus sowing heresies which are wholly condemned, should be avoided in every way and punished as detestable and odious heretics and infidels who are undermining the Catholic faith” — H.H. Pope Leo X, Lateran Council V, Session 8, 1513
Dianne diNicola, Executive Director of the Opus Dei Awareness Network, says that she doubts that the Opus Dei is the work of the Holy Ghost. But it is beyond doubt that Vatican II and the Modernist religion are NOT the work of God the Holy Ghost, but of Satan. It is the Spirit Satan that was invited into the Vatican Basilica by Antipope John XXIII to preside over the Accursed Robber Council of Vatican II, and it is the Spirit Satan’s whose teachings are reflected therein, and it is the Spirit Satan who is the Animating Soul of the Vatican II Apostate and Satanic religion.
Whenever the Church was attacked in the past, God has raised up a Champion to defend and to succor Holy Mother Church. Such was Emperor St. Henry II of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, John Sobieski King of Poland, Don Juan of Austria Hero of Lepanto, St. Sophronius Patriarch of Jerusalem who warred against Monothelitism, St. Benedict of Nursia, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Vincent Ferrer, St. Dominic de Guzman, St. Peter Canisius, St. John Bosco, President Moreno Garcia of Ecuador, and many, many more.
Today, the world has produced hundreds of Neo-Con False Prophets, Pseudo-Evangelists, such as Pat Madrid, Scott Hahn, David Armstrong, C. John McCloskey, etc., to bring about false conversions. But the Church has yet to see a St. Francis of Assisi, a St. Bernard of Clairvaux, a St. Vincent Ferrer, a St. Peter Canis, a St. Ignatius of Loyola, a St. John Bosco, who can effectively lead the counter-charge against the Accursed Antipope John-Paul II, Mother Teresa, Joseph Ratzinger, and the Accursed Vatican II religion, and lead the repair and restoration of Holy Church to its former grandeur and numbers.
That is what the Church now needs, and that is what I earnestly pray for. Would that the Lord enable me to be such! But I believe myself inadquate, and I seek another.
Many have come, and many have fallen away. We seek, and have as yet not found. Yet, I have faith and trust in the Lord that we shall some day have such a champion. Someone who will assist the Holy Father His Holiness Michael I in this great task.
Lord, please raise us up a Champion to lead us in the Spiritual Warfare against the crowds of our enemies that we may attain to victory!
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The Church Needs A Champion, Copyright ©Lúcio Mascarenhas, July 23, 2009, Feast of St. Apollinaris of Ravenna, Bishop & Martyr & St. Liborius of Le Mans, Bishop
Now almost six years later, the Church still needs champions, and many of you are called. In fact, if you have not heard from Us to the contrary, then consider yourself called. In several of your cases, God has called you to an apostolate of ill health and suffering. Accept His will in this, We do.
Let us begin with the first step, and that is becoming saints. Who wants to contribute the next post for Us to send out to inspire us all on the road to heaven?
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As the Church is moving forward clergy have joined with the Church for the salvation of souls. Other men are seeking admission to seminary studies in order to become clergy. Our expectations are the same from both groups.
As clergy, we must remember that we are no longer our own, but belong to our Lord Jesus Christ. This is true of all ranks of the clergy from first tonsure up through the minor and major orders. This is especially true of the priests, bishops, cardinals and even the Pope. When we entered the clerical state, we submitted ourselves willingly to our Lord Jesus Christ and to those He has appointed over us in the sacred hierarchy.
All superiors have certain expectations from their inferiors. We should express these desires to our inferiors, so that they may know what is expected from them. As Pope, We have decided to make Our expectations clear to all, who are in the clergy. We do this especially since We truly have one flock and one shepherd in a unique way. 1 As Pope We are shepherding the world as We have yet to appoint any diocesan bishops. The only diocesan bishops remaining are those in Russia and China, who were appointed by Popes Pius XI and Pius XII and given authority to appoint their own successors. We are hoping to reconnect with these shepherds. It is Our hope that God will call sufficient people so that there will be men to appoint to the Office of Bishop. At that point We will expect the Bishop to be faithful to Us as Pope and his clergy to be faithful to him.
Above all We expect faithfulness in all Catholics, but especially those among the clergy. And the higher one rises in the hierarchy, the more faithfulness We expect. Almighty God says: “And I will raise me up a faithful priest, who shall do according to my heart, and my soul, and I will build him a faithful house, and he shall walk all days before my anointed.” 2 How do we define faithfulness? We ask all to pay particular attention to what follows, because this is most important.
We were raised in the oil patch in Oklahoma. Our father, two uncles and grandfather all worked in the oil business at one time or another, Our grandfather an one uncle making their career here. In the early days, oil deals were made with a handshake. If a man failed to keep his word, he soon found he would be unable to do business again. Truly a man’s word was his bond. This may no longer be true, which is why we now have written contracts.
If anyone gives their word to someone that they will accomplish some task, We expect them to keep it. In fact, we should go beyond what would normally be expected. Even if circumstances and the matter becomes difficult, we should make the sacrifice to still keep our word. True, there may arise circumstances that make it impossible to keep our word, but these should be few and far between. Let us be careful before making any promise. Many give their word with little thought about whether or not they will keep it. Such laxity is unbecoming in a Christian. We need to be sincere and faithful to keeping our promises.
As Pope, We cannot work with men who are unfaithful to keeping their word to Us and to others. Consider this well. If anyone give Us his word, We may make serious decisions depending on his faithfulness. If he fails in his duty to keep his word, then the Church will most likely suffer damage. We cannot allow the Church to suffer damage, especially in this time, when the Church has been decimated by the hirelings who participated in Vatican II and who said to the Mystical Body of Christ, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him.” 3 These unfaithful clergy prove that they are also hirelings by their unfaithfulness.
Jesus told a parable of the talents and said in part: “His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” 4 What must we think of an unfaithful servant? “And the unprofitable servant cast ye out into the exterior darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 5
Saint Paul says of deacons: “not double tongued,” 6 Double tongue is another way of saying one thing with the intention of doing another. It also applies to lying, which is simply saying something other than what we believe to be true in our minds. Both of these things are detestable and such things must not be found among the clergy.
We will have no choice, but to place the unfaithful in positions where their unfaithfulness will not cause damage to the Church. In other course is simply unacceptable.
Resolution: I will be faithful and keep my word as I would keep a solemn vow.
The centurion said: “For I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers; and I say to this, Go, and he goeth, and to another, Come, and he cometh, and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.” 7 Jesus Christ founded the Church in a hierarchical manner on the foundation of obedience. Saint Ignatius wrote a letter to his congregation on the necessity and attributes of obedience. We strongly recommend all read this. In this crisis, when We make a decision, it must be carried out. We have asked all to tell Us their talents and their limitations, for We do not wish to command what is too difficult or even impossible.
We ask all under holy obedience to submit their curriculum vitae, so that We may know what manner of man you have been and are. We need to know your talents and yes, even your short comings. We need to know what everyone in God’s army is capable of. So consider this Our first command to all.
Resolution: I will submit my complete curriculum vitae to the Pope.
Return to Obedience
The matter is simple, when We say go, We expect you to go and when We say come, We expect you to come. When We give you some job to do, We must rest assured it will be accomplished. The Church cannot move forward without all of us being subject to Almighty God and to the superiors He has appointed over us. This subject is essential to good order.
Saint Paul says of these times that people will be “disobedient to parents.” 8 As Pope We are called the Holy Father, because We are God the Father’s representative on earth. We are parent to the world. The Enemy has sewn disobedience so deep in the souls of people today, that it has become second nature. As men of God, We must uproot disobedience from our souls. We cannot expect the faithful to be obedient to us, if we are not obedient to the superiors God has set over us. Saint Paul says: “Let every soul be subject to higher powers: for there is no power but from God: and those that are, are ordained of God.” 9 As Pope, Our power comes directly from Almighty God. When We begin appointing to offices in the Church, your power comes from God through Us, His unworthy servant. Look up the prayers for the Pope in the Missal and meditate on them well.
Resolution: I will be obedient to the Pope and those he appoints as my superiors.
Men of Prayer
One would think that We would lead with this. One would think that men of prayer would be faithful and obedient, but there are many who deceive themselves. They believe themselves to be men of prayer and yet are unfaithful and disobedient.
Much could be said on prayer and We have said much on prayer over the years. We want the clergy to spend an hour a day in prayer, especially in mental prayer and meditation. Meditative reading is a great way to begin this. Bishop Fulton Sheen recommended this for the laity, and several Saints also make this recommendation. The only way we can have any hope of overcoming the Great Apostasy is by a serious prayer life.
In fact, one book recommends to the laity that they tithe a part of their day to prayer. Yes, that is correct, a tenth of one’s day to prayer. This comes out to two hours and twenty-four minutes. If one takes in the time for Mass, Divine Office, Rosary and meditation, one will come close to this amount of time. I recall one Traditionalist priest complaining that he spent one and three quarters hour in prayer, and so much else to do. If we are complaining about how much time prayer is taking out of our lives, we need to spend some time meditating on just how important prayer is. How many of us would be willing to live on one meatless meal a day? And yet, spiritually we are fasting, that is depriving our soul of the nourishment it can only receive from serious mental prayer. Just as we would lose weight on the diet of one meal a day, our souls are famished by this fast. Therefore, oremus, let us pray.
Resolution: I will spend an hour a day in prayer.
Some of you have some sort of ministry established. Others of you have lost all, because of your decision to submit to the Vicar of Christ. “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.” 10 If you have a ministry, We ask you to make an accounting of your ministry so that the necessary faculties and jurisdiction to continue the ministry can be transmitted to you. The good of the Church requires this.
Resolution: I will make an accounting of my ministry to the Pope.
Sacred Scripture says: “All things obey money.” 11 We have found that the grocery store desires money in exchange for food. We are sure you have found the same. We need money in order to move the Church forward. We recall a booklet written by Bishop Francis Clement Kelly, third bishop of the diocese of Oklahoma entitled: “The forgotten commandment.” He then goes to describe the problem of lack of support for the Church. He explains that he has a stack of requests for money for good projects he must say no to, because the money simply is not there.
We recall when a church We attended as a child repaved the parking lot. The pastor explained how much it cost to repave the parking lot in the bulletin, and asked for donations. Mom went up to him and asked how many parking spaces there were. He gave an answer. She then said that she would pay for one. She remarked that if everyone did this, they would have double what they need, because they had two Masses each Sunday. The pastor explained how few actually supported the Church.
When we finally reestablish dioceses and parishes the order will be simple. The faithful will support their parish, which in turn will support the diocese, which in turn will support the Papacy. Until then, We must rely on the clergy and people to assist in supporting the Vatican in Exile. We need to have a steady stream of income before We can commit to a project to move forward.
Saint Paul asks: “Who serveth as a soldier at any time, at his own charges? Who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? Who feedeth the flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?” 12 We have found that We have always had to serve at Our own charge and Our own labor. There is one problem with this, if We are laboring to support the Church financially, We are not laboring as Pope. There are only so many hours in the day and We have only so much strength. “But the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise; and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong.” 13
Saint Paul continues: “Know you not, that they who work in the holy place, eat the things that are of the holy place; and they that serve the altar, partake with the altar? So also the Lord ordained that they who preach the gospel, should live by the gospel.” 14
We make this request of all Catholics, for the Church needs money to do anything to move forward. In fact, there are places We as Pope should go, but We do not have the time nor the money many times to make these apostolic visits.
The Old Testament speaks of tithes and first fruits. We do not know who many can actually make a tithe of their income to the Church. However, everyone should be able to make a contribution each and every month. What would it take to come up with $50 a month in the United States to help support the Church? It is time we all looked at our budgets and see what we can do to help the Church.
Resolution: I will examine my budget and make a pledge of regular support, either weekly or monthly to support the Church.
We realize that everyone has received a different education before the reception of Holy Orders. Also everyone has different talents. Canon Law is quite clear on the various obligations of the clergy.
“After their ordination to the priesthood, clerics must not neglect study, especially that of the sacred sciences. In the sacred sciences, they must always follow the sound doctrines handed down by the Fathers and commonly accepted by the Church, and they must avoid profane novelties of expression and what is wrongly called scientific.” (Canon 129) Our study ends with our death. As clergy we must improve our knowledge of the Sacred Sciences for two reasons. First of all we need to have a solid foundation in order to minister. Secondly, we must be ready to “give reason for the hope that is in us.” 15
Everyone should prepare themselves to teach the catechism at the level of the Roman Catechism, also called the Catechism of the Council of Trent. This is a requirement for the reception of the Order of Lector, since Lectors are commissioned to teach the faithful as assistance to the pastors of the Church. In the United States a thorough knowledge of the Baltimore Catechism is also necessary, for the faithful have often been taught from this catechism and use it in their own study and in teaching their children.
In these days we must also study some things that were previously in the realm of a few theologians and canonists, because this study applies to the problems that have arisen because of the Great Apostasy. It is hoped that some will be found who have the talent to not only study these matters, but also to preach the truth in a public manner under Our direction as Pope. Also We need advisers that can help Us determine what subjects need further elaboration and study by the clergy and by the faithful.
To help elucidate the problems of today and expose the truth We have prepared several texts, which all should study.
The first book is I Believe in the Catholic Church, which has been excerpted from an advanced catechism and expanded to include teachings of the Church from after the original publication of the catechism in order to expand the subject. 16 We are working on an advanced edition, which applies the basic principles to the current crisis. We published the original work for the edification and education of the faithful. It is Our opinion that many of the errors we are facing stem from a lack of understanding of just what the Catholic Church is. We would like all to read and comment on this back to Us. Anyone who wishes, may also request copies of the expansion as it is being prepared, so that comments may be made and improvements offered. Remember we are working together for the salvation of souls and Jesus told us in these times to read and understand. 17
Four years ago We published 54 Years that Changed the Catholic Church, 18 which was a major rewrite and expansion on Truth Is One, 19 written a decade ago. The former work was published as a free ebook and downloaded thousands of times, with only two very minor corrections being offered.
Resolution: Ask for a copy of I Believe in the Catholic Church or purchase one and study it. Offer suggestions on how to present the truth to others.
We would like to arrange a visit with each one of the clergy in the Church. If you have a ministry, We would like to come and make a personal inspection and meet the people there. If not, arrangements can be made for you to visit here or for Us to come there. Upon coming under Our jurisdiction, We believe that the clergy should make every effort to arrange a personal meeting with Us in some manner. If a group of clergy join, then one member can come visit Us and then we can arrange for Us to come visit the group at a convenient time.
For Our visits to places, We would like to make arrangements sufficiently in advance so that others in the area can be contacted and other visits might also be arranged on the same trip. This will be going out around Easter, so practically speaking, any visit by Us should be arranged in July at the earliest.
There are practical matters to consider. We must consider and provide for a method to pay all costs that can be anticipated in making the trip. The Church is on a very limited budget, so it is not easy for Us to make a trip. Our requirements are quite modest, because We realize that everyone is on a budget. We do not wish to incur any debt for the Church.
Resolution: Arrange to meet personally with the Pope, if you have not already done so.
We live in a world that runs on OPM, other people’s money. Debt is encouraged as a necessary part of doing business. However, We believe that the Church if at all possible should avoid incurring debt. The clergy as well as encouraged to be extremely prudent in handling their finances.
First of all, there is the problem of the payment of usury, which is simply another word for interest. Saint Thomas Aquinas is quite clear, usury may only be paid for necessities. Thus no one may lawfully borrow money for luxuries or superfluities. Such would be a mortal sin of cooperation in the sin of another. Just as we must counsel the faithful to be careful in this matter, we must give an example in our own lives.
The basic principle is that money may be borrowed by the faithful for the purchase of a modest home and a reasonable vehicle to discharge their duties. The Church as well must be careful in the acquisition of property by way of borrowing money. Provision must be made for the repayment of such debts. In this matter, the Canons of the Church should be observed. Also any major purchase on behalf of the Church must be made with Our approval as Pope, as well as the formation of any corporate or similar entities for the proper transaction of business.
Resolution: Manage your finances prudently. Manage the finances of the Church prudently.
Finally, We would like to ask each cleric to make a monthly report to his immediate superior. At the moment, this means a report back to Us as Pope. When We put things in order, We will designate who should receive the report. They in turn will report up the line to Us on what is going on in the Church. In this way our efforts can be coordinated. We must work together for the good of the Church.
This report should include the condition of one’s ministry, if one has one. Also progress on any projects assigned by the Church. Any concerns should also be brought up at this time.
Resolution: Be faithful in contacting one’s immediate superior at the first of the month in order to make a report.
And There Are Many Other Things
We will not spend a great deal of time enumerating all of the duties of the clergy. One of your first duties is to study this on your own under the direction of your spiritual director. What We have outlined above are the basic things We believe are necessary in the clergy that work with Us in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Roman Church and in the Vatican in Exile.
We can begin to end the Great Apostasy by our faithfulness to Almighty God and to His holy Church. This is our main duty as His clergy. We look forward to your comments and your help in the awesome task of bringing about the Universal Conversion.
Michael, by the grace of God Pope.
Feast of the Apparition of Saint Michael, May 8, 2015
1 John 10:16: “And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.”
2 I Kings 2:35
3 Luke 23:21
4 Matthew 25:21
5 Matthew 25:30
6 I Timothy 3:8
7 Matthew 8:9
8 II Timothy 3:2
9 Romans 13:1
10 Job 1:21
11 Ecclesiastes 10:19
12 I Corinthians 9:7
13 I Corinthians 1:27
14 I Corinthians 9:13-14
15 I Peter 3:15
17 Matthew 24:15
November 9th is the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome. This is actually a sad day for Us, because this is Our basilica as Bishop of Rome. For a thousand years from the end of the persecutions to the Protestant Revolt the Popes lives in the Lateran Palace with some notable exceptions in history. One of these is called in history the Babylonian Captivity, when for seventy years the Popes lived in Avignon in France rather at home in Rome. Today We live in exile in the New World, which has only been visited by one Pope prior to his election. Cardinal Pacelli visited prior to his election as Pope Pius XII in his function as Secretary of State of the Vatican City State.
“And Jesus said to them: Can the children of the bridegroom mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then they shall fast.” (Matthew 9:15) The Bridegroom is away and the Church is at the end of the worst crisis in history. And so we should fast and pray for an end to the Great Apostasy.
Saint Martin’s Lent
November 11th is the Feast of Saint Martin. This feast is about forty days before the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Saint Martin’s Lent obtains its name from the custom of some Catholics to fast before Christmas just as we fast before Easter in Lent.
There are two types of fast. The first are those fasts, which oblige us under the Laws of the Church. And these are of several kinds. First there is the customary abstinence from meat on Fridays, which goes back to Apostolic times. The only exception is when a Holyday of Obligation falls on a Friday, such as All Saints Day or the Immaculate Conception. The second are the days of fast, which occur in Lent, on the Ember Days and several vigils throughout the year. The Ember Days and some vigils also come with partial abstinence and a few vigils require complete abstinence. When we fast and abstain on these days in obedience to the Church we combine the virtues of penance and obedience in a single act. The Church has prescribed a minimum of fasting, because if she didn’t some might not fast at all.
As sincere Catholics we should look at her laws in the areas of fasting and abstinence as minimums, which we should exceed on occasion. And thus sincere Catholics will observe voluntary fasts and/or penances on certain occasions as a form of penance and mortification. Saint Paul wrote: “But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.” (I Corinthians 9:27) Voluntary penance is very useful for the soul. And so We would like to recommend that all consider some form of voluntary penance.
Some penance in Saint Martin’s Lent is one possibility. All should consider their own duties and select a penance accordingly.
On November 30th we begin the Ecclesiastical Year on the First Sunday of Advent. For many centuries Advent was a time of obligatory fasting similar to Lent as a preparation for Christmas. The law of fast for Advent has been dropped over a century ago, but Advent remains a time of penitential preparation for Christmas. We should observe it in such a manner. In fact, there is a lesson in this for us. In the United States the celebration of Christmas begins on the day after Thanksgiving and ends on Christmas. After Christmas becomes a time of mourning, when it should be a time of celebration. This inverted way of living leads to many problems in people’s lives. By preparing by fasting, penance and prayer, when we arrive at the feast we are prepared to celebrate with the Church. Let us put off the Christmas decorations until after First Vespers on Christmas Eve and then leave them up throughout the Christmas season.
Fasting on Saturdays
Saint Alphonsus among others recommends the practice of fasting on Saturdays in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is another practice to consider, if duty will allow.
From The Glories of Mary
by Saint Alphonsus
Many servants of Mary, on Saturdays and the vigils of her feast, are accustomed to honor her by fasting on bread and water. It is well known that Saturday is a day dedicated by the holy Church to the honor of the Virgin, because on this day, says St. Bernard, she remained constant in the faith after the death of her Son.
For this reason the servants of Mary never fail on this day to offer her some special homage; and particularly the fast on bread and water, as St. Charles Borromeo, Cardinal Toledo, and so many others practised it. Rittard, Bishop of Bamberg, and Father Joseph Arriaga, of the Society of Jesus, did not even taste food on Saturday. The great graces which the mother of God afterwards bestowed upon those who practised this devotion, may be read in the writings of Father Auriemma. It is sufficient for us to mention the compassion which she showed to that bandit chief, who on account of this devotion, was permitted to remain alive, although his head had been cut off, and although he was under the displeasure of God, and was enabled to make his confession before dying. He afterwards declared that the holy virgin, for this fasting which he had offered her, had preserved him in life, and he then suddenly expired. It would not then be a very extraordinary thing, if any one, especially devoted to Mary, and particularly if he had already deserved hell, should offer to her this fast on Saturday. He who practises this devotion, I may say, will hardly be condemned; not that our Lady will deliver him by a miracle if he dies in mortal sin, as happened to the bandit; such prodigies of divine mercy seldom take place, and it would be madness to expect eternal salvation by them. But I do say that the divine mother will readily obtain perseverance and divine grace and a good death for him who will practise this devotion. All the brothers of our little congregation who can do so, fast on bread and water on Saturday, in honor of Mary. I say those who can do so, meaning, that if any one is prevented from doing so on account of ill health, at least on Saturday, he may content himself with one dish, make a common fast, or at least abstain from fruits or other agreeable food. It is necessary on Saturday to offer special devotions to our Lady, to receive communion, or, at least, hear mass, visit some image of the Virgin, wear hair-cloth, and the like. And at least on the vigils of the seven feasts of Mary, let her servants endeavor to offer this fasting on bread, or in any other manner they are able.
Seven Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Immaculate Conception, December 8th
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, September 8th
The Presentation of Mary, November 21st
The Annunciation, March 25th
The Visitation, July 2nd
The Purification, February 2nd
The Assumption, August 15th
Speaking of some Devils, Jesus tells us: “But this kind is not cast out but by prayer and fasting.” (Matthew 17:20) And Saint Paul reminds us: “For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.) (Ephesians 6:12) Our fight is not against other people, but against The Enemy of our souls, the Devil. And so let us arm ourselves in this fight. Let us look at our lives and adopt some form of voluntary penance in addition to what is required by Church Law.
To demonstrate how the Church Law on fasting has eased over the last few centuries, We have reproduced an article from The Catholic Encyclopedia below. To recommend a bit more penance is not out of order. Some might ask why We do not instead amend the law and make it stronger. We know that these concessions came about, because of the weakness of people, a weakness that remains until today. Therefore We recommend voluntary additions to the minimums required by the Church by those who are able and in a manner that will preserve their health so they can discharge their duties to God, their fellow man and themselves.
The Black Fast
From The Catholic Encyclopedia
This form of fasting, the most rigorous in the history of church legislation, was marked by austerity regarding the quantity and quality of food permitted on fasting days as well as the time wherein such food might be legitimately taken.
In the first place more than one meal was strictly prohibited. At this meal flesh meat, eggs, butter, cheese, and milk were interdicted (Gregory I, Decretals IV, cap. vi; Trullan Synod, Canon 56). Besides these restrictions abstinence from wine, specially during Lent, was enjoined (Thomassin, Traité des jeûnes de l’Église, II, vii). Furthermore, during Holy Week the fare consisted of bread, salt, herbs, and water (Laymann, Theologia Moralis, Tr. VIII; De observatione jejuniorum, i). Finally, this meal was not allowed until sunset. St. Ambrose (De Elia et jejunio, sermo vii, in Psalm CXVIII), St. Chrysostom (Homil. iv in Genesim), St. Basil (Oratio i, De jejunio) furnish unequivocal testimony concerning the three characteristics of the black fast. The keynote of their teaching is sounded by St. Bernard (Sermo. iii, no. 1, De Quadragesima), when he says “hitherto we have fasted only until none” (3 p.m.) “whereas, now” (during Lent) “kings and princes, clergy and laity, rich and poor will fast until evening”. It is quite certain that the days of Lent (Muller, Theologia Moralis, II, Lib. II, Tr. ii, sect. 165, no. 11) as well as those preceding ordination were marked by the black fast. This regime continued until the tenth century when the custom of taking the only meal of the day at three o’clock was introduced (Thomassin, loc. cit.). In the fourteenth century the hour of taking this meal was changed to noon-day (Muller, loc. cit.). Shortly afterwards the practice of taking a collation in the evening began to gain ground (Thomassin, op. cit., II, xi). Finally, the custom of taking a crust of bread and some coffee in the morning was introduced in the early part of the nineteenth century. During the past fifty years, owing to ever changing circumstances of time and place, the Church has gradually relaxed the severity of penitential requirements, so that now little more than a vestige of former rigour obtains.Read More