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How To Pray the holy Rosary (PDF)
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The Rosary and the Scapular are inseparable
Key Components of Catholic Doctrine and Prayer

Overcoming the World, the Flesh and the Devil,
In and Through Our Lord Jesus Christ (PDF)

A beautifully illustrated “basic primer” on Christianity
that explains what Christians believe, how they practice, and why.

Living the Catholic Life (PDF)
The Keys To Personal Holiness and PeaceFully Illustrated.

The “Peculiar” Theology of Our Redemption in Jesus Christ (PDF)
How the death of Christ at the hands of man
served to reconcile sinful man with God
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A Basic Course In Catholic Apologetics (PDF)
The theological art and science of presenting, explaining and justifying
the Catholic faith to atheists, agnostics, deists, skeptics, critics, pagans,
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The Supernatural Relationship
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A Profound Study of the Source and Summit of Our Catholic Faith.
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How I obtained a Plenary Indulgence,
freeing my friend’s soul from Purgatory,
while fulfilling my Sunday Mass obligation
– all in about two hours

All About Sin, Death, Purgatory and Indulgences (PDF)

Anointing of the Sick, Last Sacraments, and the Apostolic Pardon

To Tell You the Whole Truth (PDF)
A Complete, Concise and Understandable
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Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma (PDF)
The Scholarly Collection and Explanation
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The Sources of Catholic Dogma by Denzinger (PDF)
A great work which traces the development of doctrine and Dogma
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Because the Plain Text of the Bible Does Not Always Mean
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A More Modern “Take” On the Holy Spirit Inspired,
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Today’s Question: Has God the Father ever changed Himself in any way whatsoever?

Question: Has God the Father ever changed Himself in any way whatsoever?

Answer: His wrath was changed to mercy, by the redemptive work of his divine son, Jesus.

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Courage – with a little “c”

The Church shapes society as her sacred pastors answer the call to lead their flock by “preaching the fullness of truth in season and out of season; reproving, entreating, rebuking in all patience and doctrine” (cf 2 Tim 4:2).

Had the post-conciliar claimants to Apostolic Succession been doing so over the last six decades, perhaps the number of true believers would not have declined as it has, the frequency of Mass attendance would not have plummeted, numerous religious orders would not have fallen extinct…

Cardinal Pell went on to offer an excuse for himself and his con freres – men who at the very least allowed the errors of the Council to flourish unabated – saying that “many factors are beyond our control.”

This is courage?

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Pilgrim Priest: The Third Secret comes down to One Thing: General Apostasy in the Catholic Church from the Top-Down.

Currently, in the Far-East and in the Middle-East, the martyrdom of Catholics is clearly a very red martyrdom. Countless Christians are executed by communists and Muslims every day. (I challenge anyone who doubts this fact to join me on a podcast and we’ll debate the numbers.)

But in the Western hemisphere, the martyrdom of the Mystical Body of Christ (at least for those who take the traditional faith seriously) is a white martyrdom unlike any age of history. Why is this martyrdom white so unprecedented? Because the marytrdom comes from persecution within the Church.

Now, I now many will now say “Oh no, no! Most saints were persecuted from people within the Church.” Yes, that is true that many great saints (like Padre Pio) were persecuted by prelates out of jealousy for their extraordinary gifts. But never in Church history (except maybe the Arian crisis) have we seen a global persecution against anyone who holds to very low-level orthodoxy in the Western Hemisphere.

St. Vincent of Lerins said long ago that in any Church crisis of confusion, we can be on solid ground by holding to the ancient faith as it was kept ubique, semper and ab omnibus (everywhere, always and by everyone.) That is, we are called to keep the faith and liturgy by not following the current spirit of the world, but rather clinging to the faith and liturgy of all past saints, Popes, confessors, martyrs and virgins.

But this time in the 21st century is unlike the Arian crisis in that even the Vatican and average bishops gaslight traditional Catholics.

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The big problem with Frances’ and McElroy’s latest pro-homosexual campaign

Unsurprisingly, the very thing Christ died to save us from – sin – barely registers in the Cardinal’s essay. Nor do we read anything about that beautiful Sacrament by which Christ offers us a remedy for even the gravest of sins. In some 3,000 words on the pastoral urgency for inclusion, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is not mentioned even once.

Sin, mercy, conversion, redemption: all these dissolve into flaccid platitudes about inclusion, listening, dialogue. Behind this fog of abstractions and platitudes, the fundamental drama of salvation – the very substance of the Good News – is obscured.

What we’re left with is a vision of Christian life which lacks any hint of the freshness of the Gospel. If that’s the path the synod takes, it will be a path to nowhere. And all of us, not least those in the difficult pastoral circumstances Cardinal McElroy is so genuinely and admirably concerned about, will be the worse for it.

Link to complete article

Nothing changes until somebody finally, gets righteously “ticked off”.

“Ire may be understood in two ways.

In one way, as a simple movement of the will that inflicts punishment not through passion, but by virtue of a judgment of the reason: and in this case, without a doubt, lack of ire is a sin. This is how Chrysostom understands ire when he says: ‘Ire, when it has a cause, is not ire but judgment. For properly speaking, ire is a movement of passion. And when a man is irate with just cause, his ire does not derive from passion. Rather, it is an act of judgment, not of ire.”

In another way, ire can be understood as a movement of the sensitive appetite agitated by passion with bodily excitation. This movement is a necessary sequel in man to the previous movement of his will, since the lower appetite naturally follows the movement of the higher appetite unless some obstacle prevents it. Hence the movement of ire in the sensitive appetite cannot be lacking altogether, unless the movement of the will is altogether lacking or weak. Consequently, the lack of the passion of ire is also a vice, as it is the lack of movement in the will to punish according to the judgment of reason.”
(St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, II, II, q. 158, art. 8)

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Today’s “Gem” from Bob Stanley’s “The Catholic Treasure Chest”: Understanding Types, Antitypes, Signs and Shadows Is Absolutely Indispensable for Properly Interpreting Scripture.

A ‘Type’ is: A Biblical person, thing, action, event, ceremony, structure, furniture, color, or number, that prefigures an ‘antitype’ of the same in the New Testament.

A likeness must exist between the ‘type’, the Old Testament prefigurement, also called an ‘archetype’, and the ‘antitype’, the New Testament reality. The ‘antitype’ is always greater.
Both are independent of each other.

‘Types’ are explained in Rom 5:14 and Heb 9:9, as a figure, 1Cor 10:6 and 2Thess 3:9 and 2Pet 2:6, as examples, 1Cor 10:11 and Heb 11:19, as a type. Much of Heb 11 is devoted to Old Testament ‘typology’.

The Exodus, Ex 12:37-42, is a ‘type’ of Jesus Christ’s return from His flight to Egypt, Matt 2:21.
The manna in the desert, Ex 16:31, is a ‘type’ of its ‘antitype’ the Holy Eucharist, Matt 26:26.
The water from the rock which Moses struck in Ex 17:1-6, is a ‘type’ of the Blood of Christ.
Uzzah died a physical death by touching the Ark in 2Sam 6:7. That is a ‘type’ of dying a spiritual death by partaking of the Holy Eucharist unworthily as in 1Cor 11:27. The reality of dying a spiritual death is greater than the physical death of the ‘type’.

The ‘antitype’ of the New Testament is vastly superior to its ‘type’ in the Old Testament.

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If your goal is to empty out the Catholic churches of the world, by all means take your cues from the Synodal Path. But if the goal is evangelization, beware of German leadership.

“The Roman Catholic Church is in the midst of the greatest church crisis since the Reformation, which is not triggered by the worldwide abuse scandals, but finds a focal point in them.” That sentence, opening a very long article in The Tablet, expresses a thought that I voiced fifteen years ago, in my book The Faithful Departed. The Tablet authors and I agree (or so it would seem) that the sex-abuse scandal was an effect, not the cause, of the crisis in the Church.

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Cardinal McElroy and his followers, by denying the importance of chastity, are destroying what’s left of orthodox Christianity. 

He is a prince of the Church of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. And he appears to have the support of the Roman pontiff.

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Mundabor: He is a homo. How can he be good?

The normalisation of degeneracy has, as inescapable consequence, the normalisation of more and more degeneracy. It has to be so. These degenerates, addicted to their own filth, will not stop winning just because you hope that they have been given “enough”. It will never be enough.

How many Americans – outside of the rigid Catholic education system, when it is rigid – are “ok” with an openly homosexual teacher in their children’s classroom? Have, then, such parents have any right to be surprised, when the drag queen “visits” the school? Do they not see that they are part of the problem?

Sexual degeneracy is like crack cocaine. You can’t have just a bit of it. You either reject it completely, or it will screw you and your family completely.

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Cdl. McElroy: “It is a demonic mystery of the human soul why so many men and women have a profound and visceral animus toward members of the L.G.B.T. communities.”

No. It’s not demonic. It’s not mysterious.

In response to those who openly practice, approve of and promote such ungodly behavior, it’s perfectly natural, right, just and even, biblical.

Unjust discrimination against homosexuals is prohibited. Human rights violations are prohibited. Charitable treatment is prescribed, as far as is possible, under the circumstances.

The most uncharitable thing we do for such people is to approve/condone their sinful acts and by so doing, confirm them in their sins and scandalize the truly faithful.

From the Douay Catholic Catechism of 1649:

CHAPTER  XX –  The sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance

Q. 925. HOW many such sins are there?
A. Four.

Q. 928. What is the second?

A. The sin of Sodom, or carnal sin against nature, which is a voluntary shedding of the seed of nature, out of the due use of marriage, or lust with a different sex.

Q. 929. What is the scripture proof of this?
A. Out of Gen. xix. 13. where we read of the Sodomites, and their sin. “We will destroy this place because the cry of them hath increased before our Lord, who hath sent us to destroy them,” (and they were burnt with fire from heaven.)

This official teaching of the Catholic Church has never changed.

The Cardinal needs to more carefully read his Bible and his Catechism!

Pope Francis is also totally wrong on this point, as well, when he attempts to create a false dichotomy between grave sin and crime. (link)

God is greatly offended by serious sin. The sin of Sodomy constitutes one of the four most serious crimes against the Holy Name and the supreme dignity of our Creator. This is a much more serious offense than violating any human, legal statute.

Abp. Vigano: In the history of the Church, until Vatican II, it has never happened that a Council could de facto cancel the Councils that preceded it, nor that a “pastoral” Council – Vatican II – could have more authority than twenty dogmatic Councils.

Yet it happened, amidst the silence of the majority of the episcopate and with the approval of five roman pontiffs, from John XXIII to Benedict XVI.

In these fifty years of permanent revolution, no pope has ever questioned the “magisterium” of Vatican II, nor has he dared to condemn its heretical theses or clarify its equivocal ones.

On the contrary, all the popes since Paul VI have made Vatican II and its implementation the programmatic fulcrum of their pontificates, subordinating and binding their apostolic authority to the conciliar diktats.

They have distinguished themselves through a clear distancing from their predecessors and a marked self-referentiality from Roncalli to Bergoglio: their “magisterium” begins with Vatican II and ends there, and the successors proclaim their immediate predecessors as saints for the sole fact of having convoked, concluded, or applied the Council.

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More on the Frank Pavone/Priests For Life Saga: Her perspicacity is really impressive, given everything that she’s suffered.

Pavone was accused of ‘sexual misconduct’ before laicization.

Laicized priest Frank Pavone was accused before his laicization of sexual harassment, grooming behavior, and coercive physical contact with young women.

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Sharing in the Agony: Wherein Catholics choose to suffer; Keeping the faith, in spite of widespread church corruption and scandals.

The key to all of this is Our Lord’s Agony in the Garden.

Note that it is called the AGONY, not “the disappointment” or “when Jesus went to the Garden, sat down and had the sadz for a couple of hours”.

He was in AGONY.

He was in agony as He took upon Himself the sins of the world – ALL OF THEM. Including all of the sodomy, all of the raping and assaulting of seminarians, all of the gay orgies by curial prelates, all of the sodomitical hook-ups in the sacristy of St. Peter’s Basilica, all of the raping of impoverished children by priests and bishops who cover for each other. The demon worship. The ANTIPOPE. All of it.

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The corrupt, weak, misguided clerics currently running the post-Vatican II church are Prodigal Son(s)

By Doug Lawrence

The Parable of the Prodigal Son

Luke 15:11-19  And he said: A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father: Father, give me the portion of substance that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his substance. And not many days after, the younger son, gathering all together, went abroad into a far country: and there wasted his substance, living riotously. And after he had spent all, there came a mighty famine in that country: and he began to be in want. And he went and cleaved to one of the citizens of that country. And he sent him into his farm to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And returning to himself, he said: How many hired servants in my father’s house abound with bread, and I here perish with hunger! I will arise and will go to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee. I am not worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants…


The son who took his inheritance and squandered it is the leadership of the post-Vatican II church, which took 2000 years of superb, faithful Catholic Tradition, Magisterial teaching and authentic, divine worship and squandered it, leaving themselves, the world and the church they lead and govern, in a truly decrepit condition.

The famine is the current, seriously deficient, moral and spiritual condition of the “woke” world, which was wantonly aided and abetted by the irrational exuberance and flawed practices that followed in the wake of the 2nd Vatican Council, which have only become worse, over time.

The confession, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee,” is literally true and needs to be accomplished without delay, along with the prompt restoration of all things holy.

Only then might the merry band of corrupt, weak, misguided clerics who are presently running the church into the ground, have any hope of divine forgiveness and absolution and once again be considered loyal “sons” of the church; worthy of the rings they wear.

Should all this, by the grace of God, actually come to pass, I’ll be only too happy to supply a fatted calf (or two) for the big celebration.

How Africa Defeated COVID so Decisively Without Vaccines

Part of the African continent’s success is no doubt due to a fortunate accident of microbiology, infectious diseases, pharmacology and immunology. It so happens that two of the most effective treatments for COVID, ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, are also routine prophylactic weekly medicines throughout equatorial Africa, because they happen to be known for a half-century as the most effective, applicable and safest anti-parasite medications. So the population, particularly through about 31 countries, the tropical middle rectangle roughly, of Africa already were well-equipped prior to COVID events launching in late 2019 to early 2020.

As fortune would have it, the unpatented and relatively inexpensive half-century old drug ivermectin, whose inventors won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2015, also has been the most effective medicine against COVID, [15] due in part to its specific effect against RNA transcriptase, as well as its blocking effect on all three parts of the trimeric spike protein, and other mechanisms.

Hydroxychloroquine is also used widely throughout at least equatorial regions of Africa as a prophylactic against parasites, but which fortunately has now been studied extensively and used successfully as both prevention and treatment of COVID disease, and as inhibitor of SARS-CoV-2 replication and activity. This is shown in over 380 studies conducted in 55 countries.

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25 Practical Tips to Help Young Men Mature in Faith & Life

This article is from a chapter in The Mentor’s Handbook: How to Form Boys Into Inspiring and Capable Menwhich is available from Sophia Institute Press.

Tip Number 15: Do not date until you are twenty-one

This dictate usually creates a wildly defensive reaction, until you remind a young man that he has nothing to give a young woman — just yet. If he were to ask me for my daughter, I would ask him, “Who do you think you are?” followed by, “Go make something of yourself and then come back and ask again!”

This, of course, does not mean they must shun the girls or young women in their lives. But they should be encouraged to go on many dates with different women and none exclusively.

Women should be respected, and sexual intimacy should be reserved for marriage.

The time to date exclusively comes after the age of twenty-one. The development of so many young men is arrested when they forsake the program in favor of “hanging out” with their girlfriends at the mall.

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Mundabor: Legislative action can only give a legal veneer to absurdity.

So, is Pete Butt Igieg married?

Father Georgina seems very proud of the fact that the law allows him to call himself “married”. To claim otherwise would be, he says, to “ignore reality”.

But.. is it so?

If the law allows me to call myself a “Big Furry Bear”, does this make me a big furry bear? Certainly not! I am not a bear, I am not furry, and I am not even big. I have not become any of those things when I received the official United Clowndom certificate that says that.

Granted, I will have (and that is a fact) the legal position that the lawmaker attributes to a person (who is not a bear, not furry, and not big) calling himself a big furry bear (for example, the right to put on my business card “Mundabor, Big Furry Bear”. But this will not create a reality, it will merely create a legal fiction. There will be no bear, ever.

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Some of the best signs at this year’s D.C. March for Life

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Excellent spiritual advice from Saint Ephrem

“If the Son of God is within you, then His Kingdom is also within you. Thus, the Kingdom of God is within you, a sinner. Enter into yourself, search diligently and without toil you shall find it. Outside of you is death, and the door to it is sin. Enter into yourself, dwell within your heart, for God is there.”