Monthly Archives: February 2014

Sofia rants: ” I can no longer hold my tongue about the attacks on Pat Archbold”

26 February 2014

25 February 2014 Anno Domini
Posted by Sarah Campbell

Sofia has been struggling this winter with her health and I have been sitting in for her to try and keep Always Catholic going. She has full editorial control but I am physically posting as she recuperates.

Sofia has followed the awful attacks on Pope Bendict XVI, the Extraordinary Form and in particular, bloggers who make and support these attacks. Since the beginning, her Confessor ordered her to stay out of it because as Sofia says, her self-professed lack of charity when trying to to speak the truth has been something she has been working on. Now, the straw has broken the camel’s back as she has said and she has received permission to comment. I will be posting this for her so I am going to blockquote it.

Today after reading my friend and colleague Patrick Archbold’s post on Pope Francis and Unity I could not contain myself any longer. I had to contact my confessor to ask permission to comment. It was granted.

As I was preparing to have Sarah crosspost his BRILLIANT piece, Sarah noticed the flurry of activity on Twitter and brought me up to date.

I, to am speechless…No, I am really, really angry. Like Italian, NJ woman angry. After reading the crap, oh yes CRAP that has been heaved at Patrick since the great EF bashing carnival began, I could not let this go.

I knew Patrick could handle his own battles and would appreciate that my confessor kept this maniac (me) at bay. Patrick has a family to support. I didn’t want to bum-rush the Register and EWTN and cause a commotion. Not that I am that important, but I tend to have loyal friends and followers who would email, twitter and call those places if I asked them to. They are devout Catholics and KNOW TRUTH even if everybody else says the emperor is clothed.

The beginning of this started with information posted about the Holy Father not truly being open to the EF. I personally think that if there is lots of smoke, the darn house is burning down!

Then the Catholic blogosphere self-appointed A-listers jumped on the Mahoney-Wuerl bandwagon to praise Francis to the point that it was obvious in their sickening phoney agendized adoration. Benedict XVI had now become the guy who is no longer Gary Cooper in High Noon. –> Look it up.

I read blog piece after blog piece from Catholic Bloggers you all know or think you know to be “Catholic” jumping on the “anti-bling” police patrol. Sickening. I pulled away under orders as I was ready to start a battle neocons and so-called real, not RADTRAD Catholics think they could handle. I live in Wisconsin but I’m FROM Jersey. I was ready to show them that Chris Christie and Pat Archbold weren’t bullies as they have been accused. If they think that’s bullying, bring it on, lightweights.

There have been times when I have had to break my promise to my Confessor as I saw “CATHOLICS?!?” attack Lisa Graas (@CatholicLisa and no one was there when it was 12-1. Lisa didn’t need me as she is strong in her love for Christ but I know she is grateful for having her six.

Pat Archbold can certainly handle it. His brother Matt is there to support him and a wonderful wife and family who know what a good man Pat is. BUT! He is a human being who needs support and prayer like all of us do. Why should he be out there alone? Rorate Caeli has dug in their collective heels and guess what? It looks like they may not be so wrong. How many times do we have to explain Francis? How do I explain to the young lady of 19 whom I raised an orthodox Catholic that she is not addicted to fad or fashion for loving the sacredness of the EF. She is hurt by Francis’s lack of thought before opening his mouth. I don’t care if it was discussed at an AD limina visit. The Vatican could have made sure the comment didn’t get out. She told me, “I tweeted the Pope and if I didn’t bring up the EF he probably would call me like all these other things he is doing off the cuff with lay people. They probably read my tweet and they laughed in the Vatican.” What do I say to her?

She has been praying with me for the Brothers Archbold since the stupid RAD TRAD idiotic attacks have started.

Now Patrick writes a stunning piece on this call to unity. Patrick reaches out for the same consideration for those once considered Roman Catholic. Oh yeah, Copeland and Palmer just love the Catholic Church, they don’t dare criticize it like Pius X, right? Puh-leeze. The Holy Father needs a crash course in all things not Argentina. But I have to explain that to a faithful Catholic that she is a simpleton addicted to a fad? Shaking my head.

Copeland’s ridiculous “Prosperity Theology” and Palmer’s misleading beliefs about the Early Church are not a “fad”, Your Holiness? I am laughing so hard right now, I feel better for the first time in nine months.

I cannot laugh however, at the dismissiveness towards those at the Pius X whom it is YOUR obligation to bring back into the fold. I cannot laugh at Sarah, who grew up in Benedict’s pontificate and  became a Latin scholar because of the EF. (Some fad there, huh?) I cannot laugh at a devout and orthodox Catholic father, husband and journalist who has been the object of a Catholic hate campaign by other Catholics. (Pat, Rorate can help you find joy in being attacked in the name of Truth, they have earned their stripes)

Lastly, I cannot blow off the National WIMP Catholic Register which was a narthex joke of a paper until the monolith known as EWTN bought it and decided to get truly Catholic people like Pat and Matt to contribute. But then what do you expect when an organization like EWTN no longer speaks for it’s founder, Mother Angelica. I was once in the studios in her heyday when I HEARD HER SAY, “If it was up to me, I would have the Tridentine Mass wall to wall all over the world, if it was up to me”.

EWTN speaks from the mind of it’s big guy, Doug Keck a producer who has helped to slick up EWTN’s image. Oh yeah, that’s right, he used to work for Playboy. Thank God for conversions…just sayin’

I certainly am sad to see the National Catholic Register which had finally become a strong contender to put down the lies of the National “catholic” uh, Schismatic Reporter, get one body shot and run from the Cross.

My money is on Pat Archbold. When I needed help starting Always Catholic and I contacted him and Matt for advice they helped me. They didn’t know me from a can of paint except that someone they know, knew me. They posted my first of articles that first week and my server shutdown I got so many hits! Oh yeah that happened again a month later and I had to upgrade!! Btw, Pat Archbold was the first visitor I got at the site the day it debuted. The first. This man who is so busy with a family and so many irons in the fire, went to my blog early right after midnight. Yeah, if that’s bullying, then keep on keepin’ on Pat. Oh and by the way, I LOVE THE TERM RAD TRAD, sorta makes me feel like those crazy Apostles who would do the ultimate radical thing and die for their faith. I would, would you?

Below is the article Pat wrote. I have only published half of it as I ask you to please click on the link and go to Creative Minority Report and show them some love. TRUE CHRISTIAN LOVE…

I will apologize for being cranky about Francis when Kenneth Copeland “Bishop” Tony Palmer gives up zillions of dollars and power to influence and both convert to Roman Catholicism. Something tells me Copeland would be a RAD TRAD. Bet you it’s the BLING… Palmer on the other hand would love the EF, once he realized it’s not about him. How did this guy slither in to actually be listened to by our Church on Christian Unity? Must be that “pastoral” thing I keep here from all those red hats over in Rome now. Pastoral approach means, refines lies until they resemble TRUTH approach. Still not laughing…praying for mercy.

Please join us in prayer for Pat Archbold, his brother Matt, their families and Creative Minority Report because something tells me the pack of wolves and Judas’s out there are about to launch.

Ad Iesum Per Mariam,

I apologize if I am all over the place in this piece as I am still not well and to be honest I am truly upset right now.

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From Pat Archbold of Creative Minority Report:

I must say that I am still in a state of shock, so I will refrain from any commentary on the situation. Suffice it to say, below you will find the contents that the Register felt was beyond the bounds and removed after posting, even though I had advance clearance to run it.”
. . .

Pope Francis and the SSPX: An Opportunity


By now, many of you have probably seen the Tony Palmer video last week that was so exciting to many.
At a Protestant conference, Tony Palmer, an Anglican priest, brought along an iPhone video of greeting from Pope Francis. The subject of the presentation and of the Pope’s recording was unity of Christians.

In his remarks, Pope Francis made the following statements to our separated brethren regarding the separation: “Separated because, it’s sin that has separated us, all our sins. The misunderstandings throughout history. It has been a long road of sins that we all shared in. Who is to blame? We all share the blame. We have all sinned. There is only one blameless, the Lord.”

It is certainly true. Regardless of the truth of Catholic doctrine, the Church has accepted its share of the blame for the misunderstanding that were allowed to deepen and harden, leading to centuries of separation.

When I heard this, something else written by Pope Francis’ predecessor came immediately to mind. In 2007, along with the issuance of the “motu proprio” Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI issued a letter explaining his reasoning. In that letter, he made the following statement.

Looking back over the past, to the divisions which in the course of the centuries have rent the body of Christ, one continually has the impression that, at critical moments when divisions were coming about, not enough was done by the Church’s leaders to maintain or regain reconciliation and unity. One has the impression that omissions on the part of the Church have had their share of blame for the fact that these divisions were able to harden. This glance at the past imposes an obligation on us today: to make every effort to unable for all those who truly desire unity to remain in that unity or to attain it anew. I think of a sentence in the Second Letter to the Corinthians, where Paul writes: “Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. In return … widen your hearts also!” (2 Corinthians 6:11-13). Paul was certainly speaking in another context, but his exhortation can and must touch us too, precisely on this subject. Let us generously open our hearts and make room for everything that the faith itself allows.
It strikes me that this may be one of those critical moments in history to which His Holiness refers.”


Sources for Copeland and Palmer: Kenneth Copeland and “Bishop” Tony Palmer

How Should We Conduct Ourselves at Holy Mass? Read on…

23 February 2014

Sunday and the “Fake Community”
Posted by David L. Alexander at his blog,
Man with Black Hat

By now, we’ve all seen this video, but it is here as a point of departure.

We have no class.

(This is nothing. You should see them at the Kennedy Memorial. You can only walk one way. You so much as turn around to look the other way, and the statuesque man in blue standing to the side will direct you otherwise. That’s taking it just a bit too far, especially if your two-year-old doesn’t care what the soldier says … but that’s another story.)

Now click HERE to get the rest…of the story.

Weekly Update from “Loose Lips in the Loggia” via @manwithblackhat

23 February 2014

Posted by David L. Alexander
at his blog, “Man with Black Hat”

who-am-i-to-judge-o-sIn his weekly general audience, Pope Francis talked about the Sacrament of Confession. With about 20,000 people in Saint Peter’s Square, the Pope encouraged Catholics to embrace the Sacrament. His Holiness ends his address by giving the Pontifical Blessing — in Latin. Film at eleven. (Video from Rome Reports.)

If you want the rest of the juicy meat puhleeze click HERE to go to visit MWBH.

Wise Words from a True Shepherd: Bishop Robert C Morlino on Conscience

20 February 2014

Posted by His Excellency, Bishop Robert C.Morlino
at the Catholic Herald, the publication of the
Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin

Conscience must be a ‘Truth-seeking radar’

Bishop’s Column
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 — 12:00 AM

Dear Friends,

There is a great service to humanity that is being lost. It is being lost in society and it is being treated with kid gloves even in the Church. This service is to help another person form and follow their conscience.

So lost is this service that it is very quickly becoming illegal. I wish I were speaking in exaggerated hyperbole here, but sadly I am not. To help others form their conscience means to say that this or that is wrong. And to say certain things are wrong has become very dangerous and indeed — close to illegal in our country, and already illegal in Canada.

However, it is, always and everywhere, the right and responsibility of the Church, and of parents, and of good neighbors, to witness to the law of the Lord, to speak the Truth as it is written on our hearts, and to help others to form their conscience.

In fact there is little that is more important because, as we’ll see, it is the path by which we must follow to seek and to attain the blessedness in this life and in the life to come.

Misinterpretation of the teaching on conscience

In my opinion, the most destructive mistaken interpretation of the Second Vatican Council (one that we’ve lived with for 50 years) is the misinterpretation of the teaching on conscience. Certain forces in the Church took the occasion of the newly stated teaching on conscience, in the Declaration on Religious Liberty, to mislead people.

Now why they did that and what that’s all about is between them and the Lord . . . as the quote that has become so famous says, “Who am I to judge?” (which itself has been so outrageously misinterpreted by the mass media, and so-called Catholic elected officials).

But it was done; the Church’s teaching on conscience was misinterpreted, and the people were led astray on a very, very important matter — a matter that is destroying lives, leading to tremendous unhappiness, tremendous “un-blessedness.”

The current of philosophical thought that is at the root of all this confusion about conscience in the world and in the Church is that existence depends on the mind: “I think therefore I am.” Knowing, in fact, begins with reality, which exists and which is to be known by the knower.

The knower doesn’t make up what he or she claims to know; the knower needs to know reality. The knower needs to know the Truth, which is presented to the knower as a choice, as it said in the first reading of this past Sunday (Sir 15:15-20).

God presents what is good and bad to the knower, just as it says. And the knower, with his or her conscience, is to choose the good. The knower is not to choose what he or she would like; the knower is to choose the good.

And conscience is that truth-seeking radar that scans the horizon of reality, looking for Truth so that it can lock on to it, be changed by it, and be made heroic.

We recall the story that right in the beginning, in the Garden, God made it clear to Adam and Eve that they were not to eat from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. That is, He made it clear to them that they were not the source of the truth about what is good and bad.

And they said, with some help from the serpent, “Oh, we’re big deals. We know what is good and evil just like God, so we’ll make the decision.

“We’ll decide whether what was presented to us as evil is, in fact, good.” And instead of a world where there is no pain, no suffering, no mourning, no death, Adam and Eve — so determined to be the source of the wisdom about good and evil — lost all of that for us.
God tells us what is good and evil

The law of the Lord is the Truth onto which our conscience locks like radar. He is telling us what is good and evil. “Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!” We heard it in this past Sunday’s Responsorial Psalm (Ps. 119) “Blessed” — that is, deeply, deeply joyful — sharing in the joy of the Lord, “Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord.”

Of course, nowadays this passage has been retranslated by many people, given their misunderstanding of conscience. It now reads, “‘Pre-Vatican II’ are they who follow the law of the Lord, because, didn’t you hear about Vatican II? It said that our conscience is now the only law. We can choose what is good and evil.” This is the misinterpretation that has been given.

We are duty-bound to follow our consciences, yes!

But what are our consciences? They are like truth-seeking radars that we tune up and keep calibrated to follow the law of the Lord.

In the Gospel of this past Sunday, Jesus said to us, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill (Mt 5:17).” He came to bring us back to a life of Grace, so that, living within His Church and in Him, we might once again have the rightly calibrated consciences to follow the law!

Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord! The conscience is made for the truth of the law of the Lord. And as it says at the end of the first reading, “God doesn’t give permission to sin (Sir 15:20).” And so many people today treat conscience as a dispensation machine, which allows them to disobey the law of the Lord, because after all, it’s my conscience, and I’m a big deal, just like Adam and Eve thought they were.
We can’t do whatever we want to do

It’s going on millions of times every day. “I followed my conscience.” What people are saying is, “I am the source of the truth about what is good and bad . . . me, me, and more me.”

This is the way most people live, and this is why we must reclaim the great service of helping people form and follow their consciences. Until we get this straightened out, nothing else can get straightened out.

As long as people can do whatever they want in the name of the conscience, nothing else can get straightened out. It’s a change that must come from the heart of the Church, because it’s a problem that has gone right to the heart of the Church (even beyond the moral life, people followed their consciences into all of the liturgical abuses of the last 50 years).

People are following their consciences in every little thing, from cheating on tests or stealing a little time from their employers, to engaging in the direct killing of innocents in the name of choice or condoning or participating in acts which are contrary to the truth about marriage and about human sexuality.

It’s all in the name of conscience. It’s all about, “I am the source of the moral law for me, and you are the source of moral law for you.” That is, we have dethroned Almighty God from where He sits as the giver of the Law of the Lord.

We have thrown Him off His throne, and we have put ourselves there instead, in the name of conscience. This has to be made clear to people because the only way toward finding happiness in this life and in the next is not allowing our consciences to be the source of truth, but rather forming them into seekers of truth.

What does conscience actually do?

Now, what does conscience actually do? Jesus instructs us how He has come to fulfill the law, to take it a step further, by empowering our consciences to seek the Truth. In the old law, He remarked, “You have heard it said, ‘Thou shalt not kill,’ but I tell you, you shouldn’t even give in to anger. You have heard that you shall not commit adultery, but I tell you, you should not even look lustfully at another.”

Why does Jesus say this? Conscience always calls an individual to what is greater, to what is heroic. That’s what it’s for.

When somebody says to me, “I followed my conscience,” I expect to hear a story of heroism. I expect to hear a story of ‘beyond the call of duty,’ and yet so often what I hear is that “my conscience dispensed me from doing the minimum.”

Conscience elevates! Conscience raises the bar — it does not lower it. To follow your conscience is a great thing, but it means you went beyond just following the law. You felt called by God toward the heroic, and God gave you the grace to respond, that’s what true following of conscience is.

It’s not a big get-out-of-jail-free card from obeying the moral law. Conscience locks on to the moral law, loves the moral law. “Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord.” And conscience never says you can do less than follow the law.

As last Sunday’s first reading said, “God doesn’t make allowances for sin.” But conscience lifts one up to the heights of goodness and truth and virtue and beauty. Conscience is one of the greatest gifts that the Creator gave to each one of us. It’s a gift . . . it’s a creature. It doesn’t create moral truth. Conscience locks on to moral truth, and goes beyond it, so as to bring the law to perfection and to fulfillment.

So, let’s not back away from the duty of forming and following our own consciences by the grace which Jesus gives us through His Church and His new life — and let’s not back away from serving others by helping to teach them to form and follow their consciences. To speak the truth to another is not to judge them, it is to invite them to a life of blessedness.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. May God fill you and your loved ones with every grace and blessing! Praised be Jesus Christ!

bp_robert_morlino2His Excellency, The Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino is the Fourth Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin.

Appointed Bishop of Madison, Wis.: May 23, 2003
Installed as Bishop of Madison, Wis.: August 1, 2003
Born:December 31, 1946, Scranton, Pa.


High School: Jesuit High School, Scranton, Pa.
College: Fordham University
Seminary for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus
University of Notre Dame
Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Mass.
Gregorian University, Rome


1969 – B.A., Fordham University, Philosophy
1970 – M.A., University of Notre Dame, Philosophy
1974 – M.A., Master of Divinity, Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Mass.
1990 – S.T.D., Gregorian University, Rome, Moral Theology

Ordained a priest: June 1, 1974, Loyola College Chapel, Baltimore, Md., for Society of Jesus, Maryland Province

Incardinated into the Diocese of Kalamazoo, Mich., October 26, 1983

Loyola College, Baltimore, Md., instructor of philosophy
St. Joseph University, Philadelphia, Pa., instructor of philosophy
Boston College, instructor of philosophy
University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College, South Bend, Ind., instructor of
Instructor in continuing education for priests, religious, and laity
Director of parish renewal programs
Diocese of Kalamazoo, Mich.: 1981-1983, Episcopal Vicar for Spiritual Development, Executive Assistant
and Theological Consultant to the Bishop; 1983, Moderator of the Curia; Promoter of Justice in Diocesan
St. Mary Parish, Niles, Mich.; St. Ann Parish, Gull Lake, Mich.; and St. Ambrose Parish, Delton, Mich.,
1990, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Mich., professor of moral theology
1991, St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo, Mich., rector

Appointed Bishop of Helena, Mont., by Pope John Paul II July 6, 1999
Ordained a Bishop September 21, 1999 at Cathedral of St. Helena, Helena, Mont.
Appointed Bishop of Madison, Wis., May 23, 2003
Installed as Bishop of Madison, Wis., August 1, 2003


United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


Chairman, Bishops’ Committee on the Diaconate, 2001-2004
Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee on Health Care Issues and the Church, 2001-2004
Chairman, Board of Directors of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, 2005 to present

This column is the bishop’s communication with the faithful of the Diocese of Madison. Any wider circulation reaches beyond the intention of the bishop.

Meet Ben Yanke: An Extraordinary Young Man with a Truly Catholic Blog

20 February 2014

Posted by Ben Yanke at his blog,
From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary

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Ben YankeNow we have given you just a taste of Ben’s blog. It’s full of unique posts about things Catholic (Traditional and orthodox) and other interests of Ben, a very interesting young man who blogs from the great state of Wisconsin.

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Growing Up Under Benedict XVI

11 February 2014

Posted by Sarah Campbell
11 February 2014 A.D.

Today is a reflective day for my mother as she reads blog after blog reflecting on the resignation of her favorite “mentor and teacher”.

Pope Benedict XVI Visits FreiburgThis has been a hard year for her physically but also emotionally as she sees many bloggers she used to admire attacking Benedict and all he did while Pope. The war on the Internet between certain Catholic bloggers has discouraged her so much she wanted just to end this blog.

I came home from boot camp and military training to help encourage her and to help with the blog. The things I have read are despicable and I am in shock that bloggers who once gave lip service to Pope Emeritus Benedict now turn on him like Robespierre on the peasants after every “Aristo” was slain.

Let me remind some of you thirty-somethings and early forty-somethings turncoat bloggers: Benedict is the Pope of my formative years. He is the Pope of my learning and loving the Mass. He is the Pope of my grammar school, high school and my 18th year. He is the Pope of my First Confession, First Holy Communion and my Confirmation. He is the Pope I thought would be with my perhaps into my twenties.

My generation learned the TRUE FAITH under his guidance. This is not a trifle. Pope Francis is our Pope now and of course, I am faithful to him. It is because I am faithful to him that I honor Benedict even more.

I am a child of Summorum Pontificum. I learned the Mass in Latin and went on to be a Latin scholar in high school because of his influence. I live a disciplined Catholic life, which in this world is the life preserver myself and my generation needs.

Say what you will “Catholic” bloggers who now slam Benedict. His pontificate was about teaching us to think and how to love. Perhaps you might want to take a break from blogging and read some of his writings… He might just teach you something you think you already know.

I was 11 going on 12 when I went to NYC to see Pope Benedict that April. One month later I received my First Holy Communion. Why so late? I asked if I could wait until then because I wanted to be truly ready. My pastor honored that request and so did my Mom and Dad.

In the years from seven through twelve my mother taught me from Joseph Ratzinger’s writings. You see, this brilliant man could be explained so easily to a child because he taught with love and with reason.

pope-catSo remember, there are many of us in this generation who truly became ” Catholics” under Pope Benedict.I don’t speak bad about any Pope. Please don’t speak unkindly about mine.

Anyway, how can you trash a Pope who had his cat on his desk while he worked? Guess I am the only one who noticed.

One Year Later, Still Speechless…”Pope Benedict XVI to Resign: His words here…”

11 February 2014

Reprinted from last year:


Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.

From the Vatican, 10 February 2013


@ManwithBlackHat Tells Us Why The Beatles Matter and so do I…

10 February 2014

Posted by Sarah Campbell
February 10, 2014 A.D.

Last week, my Mom, Sofia and myself watched CNN. Normally that would never happen as we stay away from cable news. However, there was a special on about the Beatles and Mom wanted me to see what she actually saw live on TV 50 years ago.

Watching the show was interesting, but what was more interesting was my Mom’s reaction to it. Not often do you get to see history you have witnessed years later before you eyes.

Modern technology has changed this drastically as now we are in the age of all things media and computer. When I am Mom’s age I hope I can have the experience she had while watching these tapes of the Beatles arrival and appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show (didn’t know who that was but Mom explained). It was if she was there again.

The interesting thing is not her telling me about The Beatles but how her parents reacted to it. Her parents were very strict Catholic parents and her Dad was an artist and musician and her Mom is an artist and music lover.

She told me how her Dad brought home posters from his job in NYC which were one of a kind. They let my Mom and her sister to stay up and watch Ed Sullivan on a Sunday night when normally they would have been in bed halfway through. Her Mom and Dad took her and her sister to the drive-in to see “A Hard Day Night” and they had a blast in their pajamas, and blankets watching it sitting up on the back of the car where the convertible top went down. In this day and age someone would have called Child Protective Services.

My Mom remembered that all of it was fun really because her parents enjoyed it with them. I guess David Alexander is right when he says The Beatles matter. My Mom has wonderful memories of her and her family enjoying all of it together. Her strict parents recognized musical talent and didn’t do what what most parents do about the younger generation’s music: Complain.

Yes, today even though I am young I do not like most of what I hear. My Mom doesn’t either. It’s not because she is a parent, it’s because she is also a musician and an artist. She recognizes talent.

Interestingly enough, her fondest memories are of when her dad would play, “Yesterday” by The Beatles and “Surfer Girl” by The Beach Boys on the piano. She would sing while her father played. He was a great Dad. He gave her memories she remembers today like it was yesterday.

That’s why the Beatles matter, Man with Black Hat. But you already know that.

“It was fifty years ago today …” Why The Beatles Matter

by David L. Alexander
Posted at His Blog, ManwithBlackHat
February 9, 2014 A.D.

BeatlesFifty years ago tonight, the Beatles did their first televised performance in America, on The Ed Sullivan Show on CBS. They had already been together for several years, and had already released at least two albums the previous year, one in the United States. They had even made their first hit single, Please Please Me. But 1964 was the year that really put them on the map, and into the mainstream of American pop culture.

People can go on at great length as to the influence of “the four lads from Liverpool” on popular music. While they certainly did not invent rock and roll, they are responsible to a large extent for the genre as we know it today. To understand that, and to know why one major label actually rejected their audition two years earlier, is to understand the state of that genre for five years prior to that time.

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ACTION ITEM: Petition to help the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate via @FatherZ

8 February 2014

Posted by Sarah Campbell
8 February 2014

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From Father Z’s Blog:

This came by email:

On Saturday, five Traditional Catholic organizations from around the world will be launching a petition drive in support of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate and of Summorum Pontificum. May we ask for your help in publicizing the petition by mentioning and linking to it on your blog? The English petition can be downloaded HERE. It is also being prepared in German, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

The organizations are:

  • Pro Missa Tridentina (Germany)
  • Ecclesia Dei Delft (Netherlands)
  • Vancouver Traditional Mass Society (Canada)
  • Ecclesia Dei Society of New Zealand
  • Una Voce Austria
  • Signed hard copies of the petition can be sent by surface mail to Pro Missa Tridentina. Scanned copies of signed petitions can be emailed to Ecclesia Dei Delft, which will print them out. All of these hard copies will be mailed to the Vatican Secretary of State for delivery to the Holy Father.

    Thank you very much for your help, Father!


    Frank Chow
    Vice President, Vancouver Traditional Mass Society

    U.N. to the Catholic Church: Drop All Opposition to Immoral Behavior

    5 February 2014

    Posted by Sarah Campbell
    5 February 2014 A.D.

    Vatican Responds To UN Committee Recommendations

    Regrets Areas that Interfere with Church Teaching on Human Dignity and Religious Freedom

    By Junno Arocho Esteves

    vaticanVATICAN CITY, February 05, 2014 ( – The Holy See has responded to a report by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child that strongly criticizes the Vatican for failing to protect children from abuse.

    The UN’s recommendations come one month after a delegation from the Holy See presented its report in January to the committee, along with Russia, Germany, Portugal, Congo and Yemen.

    The extensive recommendation report, released by the UN Committee, expressed its concern with the Holy See’s response to allegations of abuse.

    “The Committee is particularly concerned that in dealing with allegations of child sexual abuse, the Holy See has consistently placed the preservation of the reputation of the Church and the protection of the perpetrators above children’s best interests, as observed by several national commissions of inquiry,” the report stated.

    The report recommended that the Holy See “strengthen its efforts” to ensure full cooperation with all legislative, administrative and judicial proceedings relevant to the protection of children.

    In a statement released by the Secretariat of State, the Holy See said they will thoroughly study and examine the recommendations made by the report.

    However, the Holy See expressed its regret for what they said was “an attempt to interfere with Catholic Church teaching on the dignity of the human person and in the exercise of religious freedom.”

    The UN Committee criticized the Holy See’s position on homosexuality, stating it contributes to the “social stigmatization of and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adolescents and children raised by same sex couples.” The committee also urged that the Holy See condemns all forms of harassment and discrimination and support homosexuality.

    The UN report fails to mention, however, the Holy See’s condemnation of discrimination and violence against homosexual people. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, states that while “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered” and “close the sexual act to the gift of life”, homosexual men and women “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.”

    “Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition [1],” the Catechism continues.

    Sociologist and author of the book Pedofilia. Una battaglia che la Chiesa sta vincendo (Pedophilia: A Battle that the Church is Winning), Massimo Introvigne, has called the UN report an “intolerable violation of religious liberty.”

    On the one hand, he says, sex abuse of minors is a reality among Catholic clergy, and has been acknowledged by Pope Francis and his predecessor. Nonetheless, Introvigne criticizes the report, saying it contains “exaggerated statistics and indiscriminate accusations.”

    Barbara Dorris of SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, said Vatican officials “again ignore the Church’s continuing and well-documented cover ups of horrific child sex crimes worldwide.”

    “Again they try to deflect attention from their extraordinarily devastating actions and talk of “church teaching” instead of bishops’ behavior,” she said in a Feb. 5th statement.

    But Introvigne said the Church has repeatedly taken responsibility for those priests and bishops who have contributed to the abuse of children, and has taken drastic and effective measures to address the issue. “This document, however, is a sign that the tragedy of pedophile priests are used as a pretense… to attack the Church.”

    The UN Committee also recommended the Church changes its position on abortion and contraception, despite the Convention on the Protection of Children calling for the defense of life and the protection of children before and after birth.

    In its statement today, the Holy See reiterated its commitment to defending and protecting the rights of the child, “in line with the principles promoted by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and according to the moral and religious values offered by Catholic doctrine.”

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    [1] Catechism of the Catholic Church 2357, 2358

    ZENIT staff contributed to this report.

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