Sunday, 17 October 2021

Was the Chief Architect Behind the New Mass a Freemason? New Evidence Emerges

This is from a year ago and I have absolutely no idea how I missed it, but having found it, here it is! It goes a long way toward explaining the destruction of the Liturgy.

From LifeSiteNews

By Peter Kwasniewski, PhD

Last week, a major exposé appeared, containing pointed revelations about Annibale Bugnini worth every Catholic's attention.

October 12, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Last week, a major exposé appeared as two Moynihan Letters (#26 and #28) at Inside the Vatican and was then republished at the traditionalist blog Rorate Caeli. It takes the form of a lengthy interview conducted by Kevin Symonds with Fr. Charles Theodore Murr (b. 1950), author of The Godmother: Mother Pascalina: A Feminine Tour de Force (2017), and a former secretary to Edouard Cardinal Gagnon who worked at the Vatican in the 1970s. During this period, Murr became close friends with Mother Pascalina Lehnert (1894–1983), Eugenio Pacelli’s housekeeper for 41 years, from his time as papal nuncio in Germany in the 1920s through his papal reign as Pius XII until his death in 1958. In the interview, Murr discusses a large number of personalities, including Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul II, and particularly Annibale Bugnini (1912–1982), as well as Vatican II, the liturgical reform, the infiltration of Freemasonry into the Vatican, and Fatima. Fr. Murr divulges what he saw or heard from the very people involved, including cardinals who discovered the Masonic connections of high-ranking prelates.

For decades, Annibale Bugnini, the secretary of the Consilium for liturgical reform and the key figure in its execution, has been suspected or accused of being a Freemason. The matter remained doubtful to such an extent that the eminent French historian Yves Chiron, in his judicious biography of Bugnini, judged that the rumor was inadequately supported by facts. The situation began to change last May, when Kevin Symonds presented credible details, courtesy of Fr. Brian Harrison, naming Cardinal Dino Staffa as the one who brought Paul VI the “smoking gun” information on Bugnini’s Masonry, which precipitated the latter’s sudden fall from grace. It is therefore of major significance that Fr. Murr offers more and better evidence that independently confirms the same sequence of events.

Fr. Murr met Cardinal Gagnon in 1974. Soon, the cardinal would be assigned by Paul VI to do a Papal Visitation of the Roman Curia, during which Murr assisted Gagnon with documents and other practical matters. Asked what the Visitation concerned, Murr replies:

In 1975, toward the end of his pontificate, Pope Paul VI seemed convinced, finally and thoroughly, of what he himself declared in 1972, that “the smoke of Satan had entered the Church.” Some of the most high ranking members of the College of Cardinals — the Pope’s closest advisors — had gone to him personally and leveled some very damning accusations against key members of his own central government, that is, the Roman Curia. Very damning accusations — the consequences of which are still with us today. The Pope was so shaken by these accusations that he ordered an in-depth investigation, top to bottom, of the entire Roman Curia. He chose Gagnon for this assignment and it lasted three full years.

Murr goes on to reveal who the cardinals were who made these accusations:

Cardinals Dino Staffa, Silvio Oddi and Archbishop Giovanni Benelli. Staffa was a very powerful Curia official. At the time, he was Prefect of the Apostolica Signatura — more or less, the “Chief Justice” of Catholicism’s Supreme Court. Silvio Cardinal Oddi was another powerhouse. He later became the Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy in 1979.

The mention of Cardinal Staffa dovetails with the personal experiences of both Eric de Saventhem and Michael Davies (consecutive presidents of the International Federation Una Voce).

When Symonds reminds Murr that, as reported in The Godmother, Mother Pascalina Lehnert believed Archbishop Annibale Bugnini to have been a Freemason, Murr furnishes further details:

Bugnini stood seriously accused by Staffa, Oddi and Benelli of being a Freemason and carrying out Freemasonic designs against the Church. Bishop Gagnon and Don Mario Marini also knew about the matter. For her part, Mother Pascalina — as with most of the “older and wiser” personages I knew — was on the Vatican’s inside track. She was close to [Cardinals] Ottaviani, Siri, Spellman and to Archbishop Fulton Sheen, etc., as well as to many others around the world and in the Roman Curia[.] … Not until sometime after the Second Vatican Council did people start waking up to what Bugnini was doing and then to what Bugnini was. Nothing of any consequence was mentioned about Monsignor Bugnini until the mid-1960s. Only after Pius XII’s death (and John XXIII’s) did Bugnini show his true colors. When Paul VI made him a bishop in 1972, people knew — or thought they knew — that he was in the Curia to stay.

Symonds then asks, “If Archbishop Bugnini was somehow involved with Freemasonry, what can we say, then, about Bugnini and the Conciliar liturgical reforms?” To which Murr replies:

I think it is better to ask whether “Freemasonic designs” had something to do with the liturgical reforms that Bugnini decided the Second Vatican Council desired. Were Bugnini’s reforms concerned with a more perfect adoration and worship of God, or with celebrating the Freemasonic concept of the brotherhood of man? When certain Council Fathers insisted that not one word of the 1,600-year-old Roman Canon be touched, by any stretch of the imagination, could that be taken to mean they wanted to concoct entirely new canons?

Symonds recounts the story told in the Memoirs of the eminent theologian and sometime member of the Consilium, Louis Bouyer (1913–2004), who learned directly from his friend Paul VI that Bugnini was “running interference” between the pope and the Consilium by lying to both sides about what the other wanted, and asks Murr point blank: “Once Bugnini’s shenanigans were discovered, why wouldn’t Paul VI ‘reverse course’ on the liturgical reforms?”

To your question, I can only offer an educated guess. Freemasonic influences were hard at work in the Vatican during those critical post-conciliar years (and continue to be). This explanation, however, is insufficient to describe the present malaise within the Church because it is not balanced with the reality of sin and human frailty. The latter have real consequences for the Church when it comes to hierarchs[.] … Paul VI liked to put opposite personalities together such as the Frenchman Jean Cardinal Villot as his Secretary of State with Archbishop Benelli as the sostituto. I suspect it was because Paul hoped that the path of virtue or a via media would emerge from the subsequent conflicts. …

He tried to speak to everyone and to pacify different factions within the Church, most notably the so-called “progressives” and “conservatives.” How successful he was in this endeavor will be debated by historians and theologians. The fact remains, however, that the character of Paul VI demonstrated a weakness of will and this goes to the heart of your question.

Archbishop Benelli finally convinced the Holy Father to “deal with” the Bugnini affair. Benelli had the idea to combine two Vatican Congregations — Divine Worship and Rites — into one: The Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments [actually, in July 1975, The Congregation for Sacraments and Divine Worship, with its present name dating from 1988 — PAK]. Villot arranged for Bugnini to be named Nuncio to Iran as well as acted upon Benelli’s idea of combining the two liturgical dicasteries. Villot, however, continued to defend Bugnini’s “reforms.” Instead, then, of dealing with the obvious shadows cast upon Bugnini’s work, Paul VI simply retreated further into himself, not wanting to be involved any further in the conflict.

To the obvious question of why Bugnini was not more severely punished once his Freemasonic membership was discovered and revealed to Paul VI, Murr explains:

Paul VI was a lifelong career diplomat. In the Vatican, where international diplomacy was created (along with all the rules), a bishop and member of the Roman Curia is never “fired” — evidently, even when that bishop is a Freemason. Bishops are off-limits. Prior to the defrocking of Theodore McCarrick, this was a fundamental rule of Vatican diplomacy. Moreover, if the Holy Father had excommunicated or even “fired” Bugnini, that would raise questions with Bugnini’s work. Paul VI was unwilling to do this.

Instead, explains Murr, Paul VI followed the classic adage promoveatur ut amoveatur, let him be promoted so that he may be removed from the situation.

The merger of those two congregations was the answer. It was announced in 1975 along with Bugnini’s “promotion” as Vatican Nuncio to Iran. Iran: a Muslim theocracy with 18,000 tolerated Roman Catholics. I guess Paul VI concluded that Bugnini could do the least amount of harm under those rather stringent conditions.

(It should be noted that at first Bugnini was assigned to the post of nuncio to Uruguay; when he protested that he knew no Spanish, Iran was decided on instead, where the diplomatic language was French, which he knew. See Chiron’s biography, pp. 167–77.)

Symonds continues: “Archbishop Bugnini denied to his dying breath that he was a Freemason. If he was a Freemason, why do you think that he would directly lie about it?” Whereupon Murr says: “If that’s the question the answer is simple: because he was a Freemason!”

When asked if he has anything more to add about Bugnini, Murr discloses hitherto unknown details:

Yes, it was Benelli and Marini, not Gagnon, who played a major role in Bugnini’s “promotion” to Apostolic Nuncio to Tehran. Too many prelates and Church officials — very much including Virgilio Noè (who had the Pope’s ear daily and who stood next in line for Bugnini’s position, “should ever there be an opening”) — complained unashamedly about Bugnini to Paul VI. The Pope was pressured into taking action, and sending Bugnini into exile took much of the blame for many liturgical anomalies off himself. Also, there was some sort of a “last straw” when thousands of newly-printed Roman Missals had to be recalled (and destroyed) due to Bugnini’s “additions,” some unauthorized. This happened during Christmas vacation (while his supporters were away on vacation), 1975–76.

Clearly, this interview opens up many new lines for research. For example, Murr notes that Sebastiano Cardinal Baggio was certainly a Freemason — and Baggio played an important role in the selection of bishops for the worldwide Church from 1973 to 1984. According to Murr, Cardinals Staffa and Oddi possessed a dossier of corroborating evidence on Baggio which they shared with Paul VI; Gagnon, Mario Marini, and Benelli also knew of it. At the end of the interview, Murr mentions that he is currently writing a book on Baggio, “based upon conversations to which I was privy with Gagnon, Marini and Benelli.” If that book turns out to be nearly as interesting as The Godmother, it will be worth the wait.

Some people have already objected to the Murr interview as giving us “nothing better than rumors” and have said that unless we have direct documentary evidence, we cannot make historical assertions. This, however, is a rule that no professional historian actually operates by.

Historical certitude is achieved not only by means of primary documents, which are the most valuable sources, but also by a consistent mosaic of reports from figures involved in the events. Reasonable assumptions often need to be made to make sense out of a situation. For example, all history books include statements of this form: “Madame so-and-so was the mistress of King so-and-so.” But were they ever observed in flagrante delicto? No; it’s just that “everyone knew it.” Perhaps they only ever read novels to each other, or played chess, or recited Matins. Nevertheless, there are reasonable assumptions that can be made on the basis of human nature and the signs we know how to interpret. Similarly, when it comes to these new claims about Bugnini and the figures that surrounded him and Paul VI, we are capable of putting two and two together. The quality of the sources is sufficient to engender confidence and the internal coherence of the information with what is already known is undeniable.

It is thus fair to say there is no longer reasonable doubt that the single most dominant figure in the liturgical reform was, indeed, a Freemason. This may also explain, at least in part, why Bugnini’s private papers are kept under lock and key, inaccessible to any scholars, although perhaps it is too much to believe that incriminating materials have not already been destroyed by now.

Some Catholics may find themselves asking: why, in 2020, is this topic even important anymore? The year 1962, when the Council opened, or 1975, when Bugnini fell from grace — that’s a long time ago, and so much water has flowed under the bridge. The revised liturgical rites were approved by Paul VI and are used almost everywhere. Shouldn’t we just focus our energy today on how we can celebrate them better, and let the dead bury the dead?

Such a way of thinking greatly underestimates the gravity of what Fr. Murr’s interview reveals. Let us step back and consider the magnitude of the revelation.

Annibale Bugnini was one of the few constant “players” in liturgical reform at the Vatican over a very long period of time, from 1948 to 1975. He held successively more important positions until he was appointed principal secretary of the preconciliar committee that drafted the constitution on the sacred liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium) for Vatican II, in which capacity he craftily advised his associates to take refuge in vagueness and procedural mechanisms so that the Council Fathers would not block their daring plans (see Chiron, p. 82). Paul VI, who shared his liturgical vision almost entirely, appointed him the principal secretary of the body entrusted with implementing this constitution. In that capacity, he was unquestionably the architect, or, perhaps better, the general contractor, of the liturgical reform in all its dimensions (the Mass, the sacraments, the papal rites, the Divine Office, the calendar, etc.). He largely controlled the committee membership that worked on the various tasks; he scheduled and ran the Consilium’s meetings, distributed the minutes, put the “right” people in contact with each other, offered private counsel and guidance, and, most influentially, regulated the flow of information between the Pope and the Consilium: what the Pope knew about the Consilium’s intentions, he heard largely from Bugnini; what the Consilium heard about the Pope’s wishes, they heard largely from Bugnini. Practically nothing that happened in the liturgical reform did not first pass through his mind and his mouth, to be imprinted with his attitudes and agendas. During his exile in Iran, he wrote a nearly 1,000-page book, The Reform of the Liturgy 1948–1975, in which he explains, step by step, how thousands of changes were made to Catholic worship and expresses his agreement with these changes.

It appears ever more certain that this man was a Freemason, and that what pleased him about the reform is analogous to what pleases the Freemasons today about almost everything Pope Francis says and does. It is, or should be, no news that Freemasonry and Catholicism are implacable enemies, with diametrically opposed creeds and cults. If this is not reason enough, then, to be skeptical about the liturgical reform as it played out, to distance oneself from it as much as possible, and to return wholeheartedly to the enduring tradition that was scorned and suppressed by the revolutionaries, I am not sure what could ever make a difference. Would we need to find out that Bugnini was a child-molester? A Satanist? For certain ultramontanist conservatives, nothing, it seems, can displace the blinders they have chosen to fasten to their heads. But for Catholics who, prompted by the Holy Spirit, seek out reverent, authentic worship in keeping with our centuries-old inheritance of faith, the traditional Roman liturgy is still present and always will be present in medio Ecclesiae, in the midst of the Church, where Our Lord will sustain its integrity until His coming in glory.

Favorite Royal Images: The Last Empress

Another Favourite Image post, this of the last Empress of China.

From The Mad Monarchist (29 October 2013)

HM Empress Wan Jung of China

7 October, Antonio, Cardinal Bacci: Meditations For Each Day

The Fifth Glorious Mystery

The Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth
1. When the Virgin Mary was borne into Heaven, soul and body, by the Angels, she was received with great rejoicing by the entire company of the blessed. A halo of light surrounded her as her Divine Son, Jesus Christ, placed her on His right hand and proclaimed her Queen of Heaven and Earth. It was fitting that this supreme dignity should have been accorded her, for she was the beloved daughter of the Eternal Father, the immaculate spouse of the Holy Spirit, and the mother of God, the Word made man and the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity.
Mary is Queen of the Angels because, even though she is inferior to them by reason of her human nature, she is superior to them by reason of her dignity as Mother of God. What Angel could say to the Incarnate Word: “You are my son”? What Angel could command Him as she could in her role of Mother?
Mary has yet another claim to her title which no Angel could ever have. She participated in the passion of her Son Jesus, offering herself along with Him as a victim of expiation. She made a contribution in the supernatural order of the Redemption which neither Angel nor Saint could have made. With Jesus, through Jesus, and in Jesus, she is the co-redemptrix of the human race. Let us bow low before such greatness and join with the choirs of the blessed in paying homage to her.
2. Mary is also styled Queen of the Patriarchs because it was through her that they came to possess the object of their desires, the divine Redeemer, Who released them from Limbo and brought them to Heaven. She is Queen of the Prophets because their prophecies were realised through her. She is Queen of the Apostles whom she assisted and encouraged after the departure of her divine Son. She is the Queen of Martyrs because her maternal heart was pierced by a sword of sorrow. She is Queen of the Confessors because nobody else was capable of so deep and lively a profession of the faith. She is the Queen of Virgins because her virginal purity was crowned by the supreme dignity of Mother of God. She is Queen, moreover, of all the Saints, for no other human creature could ever surpass, or even dream of the summit of holiness to which she attained. Above all, however, she is our Mother and our most powerful Queen. She loves us because we have been redeemed by the blood of her Son, Jesus Christ, and she desires to obtain God’s favours for us and to take us under her maternal protection.
We children of Eve, in exile in this vale of tears, should turn to Mary with confidence and trust in her power to save us.
3. Mary’s reign extends even to the powers of hell, which were vanquished through her instrumentality as Mother of God. We should not lose courage when the devil tries to trap us into sinning. Instead, we should ask Mary, humbly and perseveringly, to save us. Besides praying to her, however, let us take care to imitate her virtues. We must endeavour to become more like Mary if we wish her to regard us as her children and to take us under her maternal protection.

Eastern Rite - Feasts of 17 October AM 7530

Today is the Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost and the Feasts of the Holy Prophet Osee and of the Venerable Hieromartyr Andrew of Crete.
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The Holy Prophet 
Osee the first of the minor prophets, belonged to the tribe of Issachar. He lived during the ninth century before Christ, in the kingdom of Israel. He was a contemporary of the holy Prophets Isaiah, Micah and Amos. During this time, many of his fellow Israelites had forgotten the true God and worshipped idols. The holy Prophet Osee attempted to turn them again to the faith of their Fathers by his wise counsels. Denouncing the iniquities of the people of Israel (i.e. the northern kingdom Israel), the prophet proclaimed to them great misfortunes from a foreign people and their removal into captivity by Assyria.

Almost a thousand years before the coming of the Savior, and through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the prophet foretold the end of sacrificial offerings and of the priesthood of Aaron (
Osee 3:4-5), and that the knowledge of the True God would spread through all the earth (Osee 2:20-23). Osee spoke also about Christ, how He would return from out of Egypt (Osee 11:1; compare Mt. 2:15), that He would be resurrected on the third day (Osee 6 and especially Osee6:2; compare with 1 Cor.15:4), and that He would conquer death (Osee13-14. Compare 1 Cor.15:54-55).

The prophecies of Saint 
Osee are included in the book that bears his name. The prophetic service of Saint Osee continued for more than sixty years. The God-inspired prophet died in deep old age, having devoted all his life to fulfilling the Will of God.

Troparion — Tone 2

We celebrate the memory / of Your prophet 
Osee, O Lord; / through him we entreat You, / save our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 4

(Podoben: “Today You have shown forth...”)
Enlightened by the Spirit, your pure heart became the dwelling place of most splendid prophecy; / for you saw things far off as if they were near. / Therefore, we honour you, blessed and glorious Prophet 
Osee.
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The Hieromartyr Andrew of Crete lived during the reign of the iconoclast emperor Constantine Kopronymos (741-775), who ordered Christians, under penalty of death, to remove the holy icons from their churches and homes. Believers, who fearlessly resisted the impious iconoclast, and held firmly to the traditions of the holy Fathers, were locked in prison. When the venerable Andrew heard that the emperor was throwing virtuous and pious Christians into prison instead of thieves and robbers, he went to the Church of the Great Martyr Mamas (September 2) in Constantinople and in front of everyone, denounced the heretic for persecuting the true Faith.

In an attempt to justify himself the emperor said that it was folly to bestow veneration on wood and paint. To this the monk replied that whoever suffers for holy icons suffers for Christ, but whoever reviles the icon upon which Christ is depicted, offers insult to Christ Himself. The enraged iconoclast gave orders to torture Saint Andrew without mercy.

As he was being dragged through the streets to the place of execution, someone cut off the saint’s feet. As a result, Saint Andrew was freed from his torments by death. A hundred years later a Canon was written to the saint by Saint Joseph the Hymnographer (April 4). The saint heals those afflicted with seizures.

Troparion — Tone 4

Trained in asceticism on the mountain, / with the weapon of the Cross you destroyed the spiritual assaults of the hostile powers, all-blessed one; / Again you bravely prepared for combat / and slew Copronymus with the sword of faith; / for both struggles you have been crowned by God, monk-martyr Andrew of eternal memory.

Kontakion — Tone 3

Today the Queen of cities / celebrates the radiant feast of your light-bearing memory, / and invites every city and country to join her. / She rejoices for she has gained a great treasure: / your body which sustained many struggles, martyr Andrew, beacon of Orthodoxy.

IN LUMINE FIDEI: 17 OCTOBER – SAINT MARGARET MARY ALACOQUE (Virgin)

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IN LUMINE FIDEI: 17 OCTOBER – TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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17 October, A Chesterton Calendar Wisdom! Let Us Attend!)

OCTOBER 17th

If we wish to preserve the family we must revolutionize the nation.

'What's Wrong with the World.'

17 October, The Holy Rule of St Benedict, Father of Western Monks

CHAPTER XIII. How Lauds are to be said on Week-days

16 Feb. 17 June. 17 Oct.

The Office of Lauds and Vespers, however, must never conclude without the Lord’s Prayer being said aloud by the Superior, so that all may hear it, on account of the thorns of scandal* which are wont to arise; so that the brethren, by the covenant which they make in that prayer when they say “Forgive us as we forgive,” may cleanse themselves of such faults. But at the other Offices let the last part only of the prayer be said aloud, so that all may answer, “But deliver us from evil.”

18 October, The Roman Martyrology

Quintodécimo Kaléndas Novémbris Luna duodécima Anno Dómini 2021

October 18th 2021, the 12th day of the Moon, were born into the better life:

The blessed Evangelist Luke, who suffered many things for Christ's Name's sake, and died in Bithynia, full of the Holy Ghost. His bones were first brought to Constantinople, and thence to Padua.
At Antioch, holy Asclepiades, Patriarch (of that see,) who was one of the noble multitude of martyrs who suffered gloriously under Macrinus.
In the country of Beauvais, the holy martyr Justus, who, while he was yet a lad, was slain under the President Rictiovarus in the persecution under the Emperor Diocletian.
At Neo-Caesarea, in Pontus, the holy martyr Athenodorus, Bishop (of that see.) He was brother of holy Gregory the Wonder-worker, was famous for his teaching, and was crowned with martyrdom in the persecution under the Emperor Aurelian.
On the bank of the Euphrates, in Mesopotamia, (at the end of the fourth century,) the holy hermit Julian.
At Rome, the holy Confessor Paul of the Cross, founder of the Congregation styled the Congregation of the Cross and Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was famous for his marvelous innocency and devotion to penance, and kindled with an exceeding love toward Christ crucified. Pope Pius IX enrolled his name among those of the Saints, and appointed for his festival the 28th day of April.
At Rome also, (in the third century,) holy Tryphonia, widow of Decius Caesar. She is buried in the Catacombs beside holy Hippolytus.
V. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.

Memes of the Day




Saturday, 16 October 2021

A Bi-Ritual Forgotten Saint, St Longinus the Centurion

Well, sort of. Today in the Menaions of the Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Churches and in the 2004 Roman Martyrology is the Feast of St Longinus, the Centurion who pierced Christ's side with the Holy Lance (Feast of the Holy Lance and Nails, Friday after the First Sunday of Lent). In the earlier Roman Martyrologies, his Feast is kept on 15 March..

From the (unrevised) Roman Martyrology:

At Caesarea, in Cappadocia, the holy martyr Longinus, who is said to have been the soldier who pierced the Lord's side with a spear.

The revised Martyrology doesn't mention martyrdom, saying only, 'At Jerusalem, commemoration of Saint Longinus, who is venerated as the soldier opening the side of the crucified Lord with a lance.'

From the East:



The Holy Martyr Longinus the Centurion, a Roman soldier, served in Judea under the command of the Governor, Pontius Pilate. When our Saviour Jesus Christ was crucified, it was the detachment of soldiers under the command of Longinus which stood watch on Golgotha, at the very foot of the Holy Cross. Longinus and his soldiers were eyewitnesses of the final moments of the earthly life of the Lord, and of the great and awesome portents that appeared at His death. These events shook the centurion’s soul. Longinus believed in Christ and confessed before everyone, “Truly this was the Son of God” (Mt. 27:54).

According to Church Tradition, Longinus was the soldier who pierced the side of the Crucified Saviour with a spear and received healing from an eye affliction when blood and water poured forth from the wound.

After the Crucifixion and Burial of the Saviour, Longinus stood watch with his company at the Sepulchre of the Lord. These soldiers were present at the All-Radiant Resurrection of Christ. The Jews bribed them to lie and say that His disciples had stolen away the Body of Christ, but Longinus and two of his comrades refused to be seduced by the Jewish gold. They also refused to remain silent about the miracle of the Resurrection.

Having come to believe in the Saviour, the soldiers received Baptism from the apostles and decided to leave military service. Saint Longinus left Judea to preach about Jesus Christ the Son of God in his native land (Cappadocia), and his two comrades followed him.

The fiery words of those who had actually participated in the great events in Judea swayed the hearts and minds of the Cappadocians; Christianity began quickly to spread throughout the city and the surrounding villages. When they learned of this, the Jewish elders persuaded Pilate to send a company of soldiers to Cappadocia to kill Longinus and his comrades. When the soldiers arrived at Longinus’s village, the former centurion himself came out to meet the soldiers and took them to his home. After a meal, the soldiers revealed the purpose of their visit, not knowing that the master of the house was the very man whom they were seeking. Then Longinus and his friends identified themselves and told the startled soldiers to carry out their duty.

The soldiers wanted to let the saints go and advised them to flee, but they refused to do this, showing their firm intention to suffer for Christ. The holy martyrs were beheaded, and their bodies were buried at the place where the saints were martyred. The head of Saint Longinus, however, was sent to Pilate.

Pilate gave orders to cast the martyr’s head on a trash-heap outside the city walls. After a while, a certain blind widow from Cappadocia arrived in Jerusalem with her son to pray at the holy places, and to ask that her sight be restored. After becoming blind, she had sought the help of physicians to cure her, but all their efforts were in vain.

The woman’s son became ill shortly after reaching Jerusalem, and he died a few days later. The widow grieved for the loss of her son, who had served as her guide.

Saint Longinus appeared to her in a dream and comforted her. He told her that she would see her son in heavenly glory, and also receive her sight. He told her to go outside the city walls and there she would find his head in a great pile of refuse. Guides led the blind woman to the rubbish heap, and she began to dig with her hands. As soon as she touched the martyr’s head, the woman received her sight, and she glorified God and Saint Longinus.

Taking up the head, she brought it to the place she was staying and washed it. The next night, Saint Longinus appeared to her again, this time with her son. They were surrounded by a bright light, and Saint Longinus said, “Woman, behold the son for whom you grieve. See what glory and honour are his now, and be consoled. God has numbered him with those in His heavenly Kingdom. Now take my head and your son’s body, and bury them in the same casket. Do not weep for your son, for he will rejoice forever in great glory and happiness.”

The woman carried out the saint’s instructions and returned to her home in Cappadocia. There she buried her son and the head of Saint Longinus. Once, she had been overcome by grief for her son, but her weeping was transformed into joy when she saw him with Saint Longinus. She had sought healing for her eyes, and also received healing of her soul.

Troparion — Tone 1

Longinus, you beheld the King of Glory / who was nailed to the Cross, yet shone on those in darkness. / You were enlightened by His rays and became a martyr / and save those who cry: / Glory to Him who gave you strength! / Glory to Him who granted you a crown! / Glory to Him who through you grants healing to all!


Kontakion — Tone 4

The Church rejoices in gladness / on the day of the commemoration of the ever-memorable athlete Longinus! / She cries out: “You are my strength and support, O Christ!”

From the West:


St. Longinus is known as the Roman centurion who stood at the foot of the cross at Jesus’ crucifixion and speared his side with a lance.

The Gospel of John tells of blood and water spilling from Jesus’ body. Matthew and Mark tell us that this soldier was converted when he witnessed Jesus’ death and the earthquake and mid-day darkness that followed, saying, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

In the Gospel accounts, this soldier is unnamed; it is likely that the name Longinus is simply derived from the word for “lance.” The Christian community told stories about the rest of this soldier’s life, but many of the tales are legends, and historically unverifiable. Some accounts have him leaving the life of a soldier and living as a monk. Some tell that he was martyred by Pilate for his confession of Jesus as the Son of God.

Relics of St Longinus rest in the reliquary chapel in St Peter's Basilica, and he is depicted in stained glass in the Basilica in several places. In this window, he receives a vision of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Longinus is on the bottom right side of the window holding a lance, while kneeling with the great saints Francis, Augustine, and Ignatius.

St Longinus is associated with the Sacred Heart of Jesus because more than any other character in Jesus’ passion, he had the closest physical experience of Jesus’ sacrificial death in love for us all. He became a believer when he pierced Jesus’ heart with his spear and witnessed water and blood flow from it.

Theologians associate the water and blood that flowed from Jesus’ side with the waters of baptism and the blood of Christ we receive in the Eucharist—sacraments that constitute us as a Church. Longinus, therefore, stands as a model for Christians. We, too, seek conversion by encountering the water and blood that flow from Christ—by renewing our baptismal promises and participating in the Eucharist.

St Longinus, the centurion who was converted when you pierced Jesus’ Sacred Heart—pray for us!

British Police Stopped Priest From Giving Last Rites As Stabbed Catholic Politician Lay Dying

The Nazis did essentially the same thing when they assassinated Engelbert Dollfuß. In that case, it was in odium fidei as I'm sure it is in this case!

From LifeSiteNews

By Pierre Boralevi

Father Jeffrey Woolnough decided to lead a public recitation of the rosary after being denied access to minister to Sir David Amess, who was murdered yesterday afternoon. 'I thought: if I can’t go in, then Our Lady has to go in,' Father Woolnough told LifeSiteNews.

ESSEX, U.K. (LifeSiteNews) — A British M.P who was stabbed to death was unable to receive the last rites yesterday as police would not allow a Catholic Priest to access the crime scene. Essex police has not yet made known the reason why. 

According to an article published in the Daily Mail on Friday, as news broke that Conservative British M.P., Sir David Amess, had been stabbed, Father Jeffrey Woolnough made his way to the crime scene to administer the last rites. He found the area cordoned off by the police who did not allow him to access to the crime scene. Sir David Amess, a Catholic, eventually died of his injuries without receiving the last sacraments of the Church. 

At around 12:05 on Friday, Amess was attacked by a 25-year-old man and stabbed multiple times as he was holding a meeting with constituents in Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. Attempts by paramedics to stabilize him did not succeed and at 2:39 p.m, Essex Police announced that Amess had died at the scene.

The Daily Mail later reported that, as word of the stabbing spread, “a Roman Catholic priest, Father Jeffrey Woolnough, arrived at the police cordon stretching across tree-lined Eastwood Road North, offering to administer the last rites to the devoutly Catholic MP.” However, the Essex police didn’t allow him to approach the dying M.P, arguing that they could not let him enter an active crime scene. 

LifeSiteNews was able to get in touch with Fr Jeffrey Woolnough who gave us his version of the events.

“As the local priest here in Leigh-on-Sea, as soon as I found out about David, I went running up there to see how serious it was,” he said.

When he arrived at the scene, Fr Woolnough found the whole area cordoned off by Police. 

“I told one police officer ‘if he is dying, I need to anoint him,’” said Woolnough, recounting that the same police officer did in fact radio his team to ask whether the priest could be allowed in, and waited for a reply which unfortunately came back negative: “I’m really sorry Father, but they can’t let you in” the police officer said.

Woolnough speculated that the police may have had safety concerns for him in the midst of an ongoing terrorist attack, or that Amess was already dead and that forensics were teams already present when the request was made. 

“I didn’t know what was going on over there, nobody knew at that point,” said Woolnough. 

He then decided to lead a public recitation of the rosary, inviting everyone present to pray for Sir Amess.

“I thought ‘if I can’t go in, then Our Lady has to go in.” 

Woolnough said he was saddened that he could not administer the last rites, but he suspects the police must have had a serious reason for not letting him access the crime scene.

So far, the Essex police has not given Woolnough or the public a clear explanation as to why he could not be allowed to approach the dying M.P. only citing “the nature” of the crime scene as Woolnough reported in the the Daily Mail “the officers said that because it was a crime scene, and also [because of] the nature of the scene, it just wasn’t possible.”

The decision has generated shock and anger amongst British Catholics who took to Twitter to demand an explanation from the Essex police. 

Columnist and writer Tim Stanley tweeted today that the report by the Daily Mail was “very distressing to read” and asked to see “a full explanation of this decision by the Essex police.” 

Fr Christopher Phillips, Vicar of Saint Mary’s Willesden (Church of England), re-tweeted Stanley’s post adding, “Nobody should ever be prevented from receiving the Last Rites. @EssexPoliceUK have serious questions to answer, and ‘it’s a crime scene’ doesn’t cut it.”

Father Jeffrey Woolnough took a more cautious approach and discussed the need for more dialogue with police forces on this issue, as well as the great deal of ignorance surrounding the importance of the last rites for Catholics. 

“There’s a lot of ignorance around this,” said Woolnough, “for instance, many people don’t know that you can still anoint conditionally even when the person has apparently already died.”

The priest then called for more awareness to be raised on this issue and for more collaboration and dialogue between priests, police officers and paramedics. 

“We need to work together,” he said. 

Woolnough told LifeSiteNews that this was not the first time he had been denied access to minister to a dying person and argued that priests should be granted the same level of access to crime and accident scenes as paramedics.

The Prophets of Fact Check

I've actually posted the second meme down in this post on Facebook and had it 'fact checked' just as Mr Griffey explains. FB 'fact checkers' are nothing but Zuckerbots!

From Daffey Thoughts

By David Griffey


By now we should all know that the current spate of 'Fact Checkers' are basically thralls and hacks who rush in to defend the Left at all costs. Period.

There are many ways they do this under the guise of 'Fact Checking'. Ignoring a mountain range of correct analysis to zoom in on one falsehood uttered by a non-leftist. Or admitting a non-leftist is correct, but then finding something unrelated that is false just to say it isn't correct. Or the opposite, where the leftwing advocate has made a false claim, but rushing about to find something she said that is true.

And on and on. You know the tricks. Well, here is a fine example. So John C. Wright posted this:



It sure makes a point. Though I'm always skeptical of memes to begin with, so I did some digging. I eventually found a similar meme. It wasn't the picture Mr. Wright used, but it was another one making a similar point:


A strong point to be sure. According to this 'Fact Checker (TM)', however, that's a false meme. Because, apparently, it's not a lithium mine at all, but a copper mine. Therefore it's false. True, copper is used in electronic cars, but we won't go there. It's not a lithium mine, so technically the meme is false.

Instead, the "Fact Checker" points out that the biggest lithium mine in the world isn't anything like that one, so it's not just false but patently unfair. So I went to see the big lithium mine it mentions (in Australia, FWIW). And what does that mine look like? It looks like this:


So, we can have this meme instead:


And boy does that make all the difference! Thanks Fact Checkers, for clearing things up!

As the ancient proverb says, she who trusts in Fact Checkers has hole in head.

Amen!

Damian is correct. In fact, the rot is more advanced in the Protestant groups. 

From The American Catholic

By Donald R. McClarey, JD

Liberal religion is a brief way station on the path to no religion. A religion that is basically a repackaging in a religious wrapper of the popular superstitions and intellectual prejudices of the time can save no one and ultimately its devotees, correctly, perceive it to be a complete waste of good sleeping time on Sunday morning. Catholicism will outlast the gates of Hell. This new religion won’t outlast the twenty-first century. Catholicism will endure, but it is going to be a rock strewn path, most placed there by a suicidal “leadership”.

Why Conversions Are Discouraged

Father explains the four heresies (all species of modernism) that lead Bishops to discourage converts like Michael Nazir Ali from swimming the Tiber.

From Fr Dwight Longenecker

Today’s news is that the former Anglican Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir Ali, has been received into full communion with the Catholic Church and the rumor is that he was discouraged from taking this step not so much by his Anglican colleagues, but by very high ranking Catholic prelates.

Converts to the faith and those who work with converts like Marcus Grodi at The Coming Home Network  will testify to the many stories of potential converts–especially clergy–who knock on the door of their local Catholic rectory or bishop’s residence seeking admission to the Catholic Church only to be discouraged, dismissed or even mocked for their desire.

They may be told, “Stay where you are and work for the kingdom” or “We don’t do that anymore.” Clergymen who wish to be ordained are often given the “Roman delay” or simply turned down as if Catholic bishops don’t know what to do with them or can’t be bothered. Men who apply for a religious order or the diaconate are too often simply ignored or dismissed with an embarrassed wave.

Why is this?

There are several reasons, but as Belloc said, “Every argument is a theological argument.” The underlying reason converts are discouraged from taking the step is because liberal priests and bishops simply do not think it is necessary. Their attitude is conditioned by four heads of the hydra: indifferentism, universalism, false ecumenism and MTD.

Indifferentism in religion is the attitude that different denominations don’t really matter. All that matters is how much you love Jesus. Beneath indifferentism is the modern hatred of dogma. “Dogma divides don’t you know!” For a clergyman of the Protestant faith to be attracted to the Catholic faith for its dogma is an embarrassment to your typical Catholic bishop or liberal priest. It’s a form of ecclesiastical bad taste. The modern Christian (Catholics included) are supposed to be pastoral. The dogmas are never denied. They’re simply ignored.

Universalism is a head of Hydra connected to indifferentism. This is the view that everyone will be saved in the end. “No need to convert to the Catholic faith. You’re good where you are. You’ll make it. Don’t worry. Christ died for ALL. All are welcome!” says the liberal Catholic priest or prelate. If he doesn’t go quite that far he certainly believes that about the “separated brethren.” They’re baptized. They love Jesus. They’re on their way. Leave them alone.

False ecumenism is the sincere belief that any further ecumenical efforts are a waste of time. They are a waste of time because the work is already accomplished. It is finished. We are all one in our shared baptism. This is why Protestants are encouraged to receive communion at the Catholic Mass and why evangelization and conversion are downplayed and why Catholic leaders in Latin America (for instance) are unconcerned about the vast numbers of Catholics deserting the faith for the Evangelical sects. Linked with false ecumenism is inter faith “dialogue” which is indifferentism and universalism writ large. Thus we hear of the “missionary” Bishop in South America who brags that he hasn’t baptized anyone for decades. Why not? Because they’re okay as they are. The nature religion, the animism, polytheism–whatever–of the indigenous people is sufficient–or perhaps even superior to Catholicism.

Finally, conversions are discouraged because of the widespread poison of MTD – Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. This horrible parody of the Christian faith reduces the historic supernatural religion to Moralism, Therapy and Deism. In other words it makes Christianity no more than a system of good works–rules for respectability–combined with Therapy–“God will help you overcome your addictions, help mend your troubled marriage, rescue your terrible teens, etc. and Deism–“God exists, but he’s on the other side of the clouds having a nap.

All of these together create in the mind of the liberal Catholic cleric an attitude that discourages conversion because he really doesn’t believe it is either necessary or helpful.

This is one of the reasons for the disastrous decline of the church in the West. In terms of supply and demand the liberal churchman eliminates the demand which makes any need for the supply to be superfluous.

What Is Critical Race Theory, Really?

A deconstruction of critical race theory with actual facts instead of liberal lies and distortions. Well worth the read.

From City Journal

By Wilfred Reilly

And why that’s often the wrong question

It’s all CRT these days.

I’m teasing a bit here, but only a bit. As the debate over the teaching of various critical theories in U.S. public schools has heated up, major papers have published wave after wave of articles denying that critical race theory is taught much at all outside law schools, while other writers have drawn the most technical of distinctions between “CRT” and other academic specialties like critical theory, whiteness studies, critical pedagogy, intersectionality, white fragility, white privilege theory, and so on.

This debate over semantics might provide an interesting basis for a panel at a scholarly conference, but it’s of little use or interest for parents concerned that their children are being taught partisan nonsense. While technical differences exist between the various critical paradigms, virtually all of them share three baseline assumptions: that racism is “everywhere,” and supposedly neutral systems, such as policing or standardized tests, are set up to oppress minorities; that to prove the existence of this oppression one need only note that large groups perform at different levels; and that the solution to this problem is equity—or proportional representation of all groups across all endeavors.

None of this is an exaggeration. The quote about racism being “everyday” and constant comes from Richard Delgado, one of the founders of critical race theory. The claim that group differences must indicate racism or other prejudice comes from no less a critical eminence than Ibram X. Kendi, who has famously said that the only possible explanations for such gaps are either oppression or literal genetic inferiority. Kendi has also proposed a federal-level Department of Anti-Racism. Along with these core ideas of “systemic racism” generally come a basket of other woke concepts like white privilege, “cultural appropriation,” “intersectionality,” the Black Lives Matter take on policing, and the idea of constant interracial conflict and crime.

Parents reject most of this package not because they are bigots or too complacent in suburbia but because they believe it is wrong. As analysts like Thomas Sowell have pointed out for more than 40 years, the idea that gaps in performance between large groups must be due either to racism or to genetics is absurd.

Groups of people who vary in race and religion also often vary across other cultural and situational traits. For example, the most common age for a black American, which could be fairly called the modal average, is 27; the most common age for a white American is 58. Simply adjusting for these differences in age (and thus work experience), and for a few other traits like the regions people live in and their scores on standard aptitude tests, closes black-white gaps in income to almost nothing. In fact, either seven or eight—depending on how you count South Africans—of the top ten income-earning groups in the United States these days are made up of “people of color.”

Most of the ideas associated with the major critical paradigms collapse as easily and totally as their core concepts. After years of flattering mainstream media coverage of Black Lives Matter, a large recent study revealed that the majority of “very liberal” Americans believes that in a typical year police kill anywhere from “about 1,000” to “more than 10,000” unarmed black men. Last year, the actual number of blacks killed in this manner was 18.

A serious look at the data on interracial crime and conflict reveals similar patterns. Major papers run nonstop stories about cruel whites or mobs attacking minorities. Meantime, figures from the U.S. National Crime Victimization Study reveal that only about 3 percent of all serious crimes in a normal year, like 2019, are violent crimes involving a white perpetrator and a black victim or a black perp and a white victim. Further, 70 percent to 90 percent of these incidents are generally black-on-white, rather than the reverse.

Facts matter, but so does context. Critical theorists say some things that are essentially true, but meaningless—and likely to mislead unless one has a nuanced understanding of history or other disciplines. For example, it is undeniably true that slavery once existed in the United States. However, it is also undeniably true that almost every other powerful nation in history held slaves as well.

A trans-African slave trade run largely by Muslim merchants lasted far longer than even the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and it subjected far more people (about 18 million) to human bondage. The same amoral traders didn’t hesitate to sell battle captives or shipwrecked sailors with pale skin: the conveniently forgotten Barbary slave trade shipped more than 1 million Caucasian slaves to Arab and black masters for centuries. Focusing lesson plans and curricula on the horrors of slavery without ever mentioning the universal nature of the practice or the fact that it was ended by Western countries is hardly “just being honest.”

Just being honest: that phrase really sums up what parents demand—not, generally, a jingoistic system of education, but also not a reflexively critical one. Parents want an honest, fair, and reasonably apolitical curriculum that depicts the United States as it was and is, warts and all.

Give Us This Day Our Daily Lie

'[Y]ou either are committed to truth or you’re accepting the lies. Your silence is a necessary building block for the realization of their mad utopian vision.'

From Creative Minority Report

By Matthew Archbold

Yeah, Southwest Airlines is cancelling flights due to weather.
Yeah, Texas’ abortion bill is exactly like The Handmaid’s Tale.
Yeah, Covid was definitely NOT made in a lab.
Yeah, natural immunity doesn’t protect you from Covid.
Yeah, $3.5 TRILLION equals zero.
Yeah, there’s no such thing as voter fraud.

There are only so many pills we can swallow before we take a red one.

We are being lied to constantly. Our entire mainstream media, Big tech, and our government lies to us regularly. And there aren’t little lies. There are easily verifiable lies for those willing to put in a little extra work. The deep state and the media have formed an alliance and the goal of that alliance is to further their own power. You are being managed. You are being lied to. Instead of truth, you are being fed a narrative.

As Dennis Prager often says, “Truth is not a left wing value.” For leftists, there is no “truth.” Reality, for leftists, is what they say it is. You say you’re a woman, poof! You’re a woman. You say that the life in your womb is not human, ok, it’s not human.

We’re all familiar with Pilate’s infamous question of Jesus, “What is truth?”

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Without Him, we are lost. Without Him we are in the dark.

In a world without God, there is no objective reality or even if there is, there is no reason for fealty to reality. There is only the subjective. There is only what can be used or weaponized to further my agenda, whether it be personal or utopian.

Truth shouldn’t be weaponized. Truth shouldn’t be a muzzle pressed into your back but a beacon to strive towards.

Pray. Pray unceasingly. But also, call out the lies as lies loudly and insistently as you can. Yeah, you’ll sound like a nut at times. You’ll probably be banned on social media. But you either are committed to truth or you’re accepting the lies. Your silence is a necessary building block for the realization of their mad utopian vision. Don’t be silent. Be courageous. Thwart them.

Follow truth. Chase after it. That way is Christ.

Ex Anglican Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali Converts to Catholicism

'His defence of Christian civilisation has been far more outspoken than that of any English Catholic bishop.' Why am I not at all surprised?

From The Spectator

By Damian Thompson

Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester and one of the best-known Anglican clerics, could be ordained as a Catholic priest as early as next month.

The conversion of such a high-profile intellectual would be an enormous boost for the Catholic Ordinariate, set up by Pope Benedict XVI to receive Anglicans into the Roman church. Friends of Nazir-Ali say that he has already converted and is now a member of the Ordinariate which over the years has seen several Anglican clergy, many of them married, serve as Catholic priests. Its services are distinctively Anglican in style and include passages from the Book of Common Prayer.

Pakistan-born Nazir-Ali, 72, was Bishop of Rochester from 1994 until 2009, when he resigned his post to set up a centre in Oxford dedicated to promoting orthodox evangelism and dialogue with other faiths.

A dual citizen of Britain and Pakistan, he was the Anglican Communion's leading authority on Islam and an expert on the intricacies of Sharia and Islamic banking. He has been trenchantly critical of the British establishment's appeasement of Muslim fundamentalists and is profoundly out of sympathy with the entrenched bureaucratic mindset of the leadership of the Church of England.

His is the most significant conversion to Catholicism since Graham Leonard, former Bishop of London

Reports suggest that, at the end of this month, Nazir-Ali will be ordained a Catholic priest by Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Significantly, the ceremony is scheduled to take place in the Ordinariate's church in Warwick Street, Soho, rather than in Westminster Cathedral.

Because he is married, Nazir-Ali cannot be ordained a Catholic bishop – although, before the Ordinariate was set up, Pope Benedict seriously considered allowing him to become one. Nazir-Ali is a fervent admirer of the Pope Emeritus. Although identified with the evangelical wing of the Church of England, he has always been well disposed to Roman Catholicism, having been educated by Catholics as a child in Karachi.

His is the most significant conversion to Catholicism since Graham Leonard, former Bishop of London, was received into the Church by Cardinal Basil Hume in 1994. Arguably, it carries even more weight, since Nazir-Ali has written influentially about bioethics, Islam, the philosophy of religion and family policy.

His defence of Christian civilisation has been far more outspoken than that of any English Catholic bishop. He is strongly opposed to abortion and euthanasia, holds conservative views on sexual morality and blames the 'new-fangled and insecurely founded doctrine of multiculturalism' for allowing some Islamic communities in Britain to turn into 'no-go areas'.

His conversion will be welcomed by conservative Catholics dismayed by the doctrinal confusion surrounding the 'synodal path' endorsed by Pope Francis, which appears to be moving the Church in the direction of liberal Anglicanism.

It will also make it more difficult for the Bishops of England and Wales to marginalise the Ordinariate, which they are attempting to control despite Pope Benedict's wish that it should be entirely independent of them.

Update:

In a statement confirming his conversion to the Catholic Church, Michael Nazir-Ali said:

‘I believe that the Anglican desire to adhere to apostolic, patristic and conciliar teaching can now best be maintained in the Ordinariate. Provisions there to safeguard legitimate Anglican patrimony are very encouraging and, I believe, that such patrimony in its Liturgy, approaches to Biblical study, pastoral commitment to the community, methods of moral theology and much else besides has a great deal to offer the wider church.

'Ministry in the Church of Pakistan, in the Middle East generally, in the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion remains precious to me and I see this as a further step in the ministry of our common Lord and of his people. At this time, I ask for prayers as I continue to pray for all parts of the Church’.