If you listen to the news, the United States Navy and military are portrayed as the occupiers of Haiti. As will be seen in the letter below Haitians are grateful for the aid and Comfort they are receiving. Nor arethey reaping the penalties from God for making a pact with the devil as announced by certain TV show evangelists.
The below letter, written by Marie-Rose Lundi, an earthquake survivor was given to a US Navy RN who was sent to Haiti to support the Mission to succour the victims. This woman, Marie-Rose, survived the earthquake with only 1 of her 4 children, the other 3 having died, when she wrote this letter to Lt. Williams.
"I say thank to God for all the good things he has done. Thanks to everyone on this ship for their help and their kindness to the sick. Thanks also for their patience, from doctors, nurses, corpsmen and everyone that have been around to show love, support and concerns."
"Shall God bless everyone on you and give you protection as he will bless Haiti and the people of Haiti."
"I can’t stop say thank you and thank you very much."
"Psalms 46: God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though it’s waters, roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, Kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts."
"The Lord Almighty is with us; the God Jacob is our fortress. Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
"The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. For all your efforts your strength, you kindness that you shown to the people of Haiti, shall God bless every one of you. Word of Mathew; People who give a lot will receive a lot more and for those who give little will receive very little too. By your presence you give hope courage and strength to the people of Haiti by helping them forget about their sickness."
"Word of God in Psalms 141 V2-3: I rebuild Jerusalem I take way fears from the heart of those who fear. I take care of the injured. That is the way you take care of the injured. That is the way you take care of the sick in Haiti and take away fears from the mind and heart of the people of Haiti and all because of you they can hope again."
"Last, I got hope and believe that your help will need and will not be missing in the all process of rebuilding Haiti also."
"From: Rose-Marie Lundi Emmaunuel's Mother"
Above: A pencil drawing of a mother caring for her child in the ruins of her house as done by Huques Larose a survivor receiving care aboard the USS Comfort, and given to Lt(jg) G Williams USNR
above : A pencil drawing of the earth quake , the rescue helicopters and the arrival of the USS Cmfort as done by Huques Larose a survivor aboard the USS Comfort receiving care and given to Lt(jg) G Williams USNR .
The below photos have never before been seen.
The Presidential Palace may be seen here on the upper right. The Catholic Church in the lower center has not fallen.
No where to go.
Inbound food, the woman in the photo with her hands up appears to be the Aircraft Director.
Another church which fell.
Thanks and a big tip of the beret to Lt(jg)Williams for allowing me to post this letter and it's translation, along with the photographs. If you wish to link to this post or copy this post please add the Lt's name for using them. Thanks to Natha Cavender for typing the translation for me much faster than I could ever do.
***Original Letter in Creole, (Translated in Haiti) ***
Mwen di bon Die, anpil pov tout bagay, poubyen li fè yo. Mwen di mèsi a tout kit e nan bato saa. Mwen di mèsi jan yo ede malady o reyisi. Mwen di bon die, mèsi pov saa.
Tout moun nèt kit e panes avek nou, tout malod avek anpil paysans nou, mwen di mesia tout doktè ansanm ak tout lot moun kit e tou otou nou. Mwen di yon gwo mèsi anko pou tout sipò nou. An ayiti Bon Die gen pouli beni nou, Bon Die va phoeje nou, paske mwen pa wè kis mwen ta di ankò, yon sèl bagay mèsi anpil.
Sòm 46 V1, di, Bon Die la pou nou, yon soutyen epi api, yon sekou ki pa jahn mankenan detrès nou yo. Tout karouj nou, efò nou, enèj.nou envesti nan kominote ayisyen an bon Die. Ap beni nou as abondan paske Matie di moun ki bay anpil ap rekòlte anpil, men moun ki bay yon tikras va rekòlte yon tikras. Avèk prezans nou. Ayisyen yo rejwen espwa, kouraj avèk pasyans pou batay avèk maladi yo.
Sòm 141 V2-3 di, Etènèl retvati Jewsalèm, li geri moun ki gen Kè kase yo. Li pran swen moun ki blese yo, se konsa nou pran swen Ayisyen kin an tristès yo. Ayisyen ki pat gen espwa yo, se konsa mwen panes yon jou nou ra ede rebate Ayiti tou.
Mesi, Lundi, Marie-Rose,
Lèt Saa Soti de Manman Emmanuel
...None of this is to suggest that the vast majority of allegations aren't truthful. But the conclusions that are routinely drawn from revelations of sexual abuses are often wrong (e.g., celibacy is the problem, or sexual-abuse rates are higher among the Catholic clergy than, say, rabbis or public-school teachers) or deliberately provocative (e.g., Pope Benedict's brother admits to slapping boys when he was a choir director, therefore it's certain that he knew that a previous choir director had sexually abused some boys, and thus obviously Pope Benedict engaged in a cover-up to protect his brother)... more...
Abuse in the Catholic Church is the direct result of liberal clergy. It is harder to pass and interview for garbage collector in Chicago than it is for a homosexual to be admitted to a seminary.
A Yahoo! report...
In most sex abuse cases the predator priest is called a pedophile. This is not true, as in the case linked above the perpitrator is a ephebophile or a pederast, in other words a homosexual man who is attracted to post-pubescient male. These are homosexuals. It is the homosexual culture that promotes the word pedophile so as to disassociate it with the word homosexual, as if there was a difference. See pederast.
How do I know this? It is because I manage the case of men who were found guilty of crimes against nature, and i deal with them on a daily basis.
Wed Mar 24, 4:41 pm ET Yahoo news
Earlier this month, as Mike Trogdon was going about his routine as director of operations for postal services at Duke University, he ran across something rather startling: a letter from Salem, Va., postmarked Feb. 12, 1934.
He told Yahoo! News that his first thought was "Where in the world could this have been for all these years?"
Trogdon checked the university’s records for any mention of that name in the employee database. When that came up empty, he decided to open the envelope. Inside he found a Valentine's Day card adorned with numerous hearts and a giraffe.
The message read: "In the race for my affection, you win by a long neck, so be my valentine!!"
At the bottom of the card was a signature: "Joyce."
Trogdon contacted the school's alumni department to see if anyone named Margaret Davey had attended Duke in 1934, and indeed she had.
Davey had graduated from the Duke School of Nursing in 1935, went on to enjoy a long career as a registered nurse in Virginia and Florida, and married a World War II veteran. Together they raised a son and daughter. But sadly, the dig for information about Margaret Davey revealed something rather unfortunate: She died in January of this year at the age of 96 — just two months before her Depression-era valentine caught Trogdon’s eye.
Still, Trogdon was determined to get the word out. He contacted Leanora Minai, the school's director of communications and editor of its employee newsletter. She tracked down a few of Davey's surviving family members, including her son, and they set about trying to crack the other mystery of the card: Who had sent it? Eventually, they established that in 1934, Margaret Davey had a 6-year-old niece named Joyce living in Salem. Joyce — now Joyce Galbraith Colony — turns 82 in April and lives in Charlottesville, Va.
"My mother wrote both the envelope and the 'Joyce' signature inside," Joyce Galbraith Colony told Minai in a piece for Duke Today. Colony's mother, Florence, was Davey's older sister. "She was my favorite aunt."
One mystery will probably remain unsolved, though: just where the card has been hiding these past 76 years. Trogdon’s best guess is that it fell behind a mail counter, where a vigilant postal worker finally retrieved it.
But that doesn’t account for another recent revelation: A second envelope addressed to Margaret Davey at Duke University has also recently surfaced at the U.S. Postal Service’s Processing and Distribution Center in Raleigh, N.C. — and it, too, was signed by someone named Joyce. The missive was postmarked in Salem on Jan. 15, 1935 — nearly a year after Joyce had sent off her valentine. Postal officials sent this wayward letter to Margaret Davey's other niece, and included an explanatory note.
"We believe it may have been left in a mailbag and overlooked by our personnel who emptied the contents," the note read. "Occasionally, an envelope may stick to the seam inside a bag."
The missing-mail saga is already causing a stir around the Duke campus — even as the student body is obsessed with how far the school’s famed Blue Devils basketball squad will go in this year’s NCAA tournament. Davey no doubt would have enjoyed hearing her name crop up amid all the hoops mania, Minai suggests.
"Margaret was an avid Duke basketball fan," Minai told Yahoo! News, proudly noting that she kept "a poster of the team, signed by Coach K, above her bed in the nursing home."— Brett Michael Dykes is a national affairs writer for Yahoo! News.
Prompt delivery is assured.
Why race chief wants to sink our role in the Armada by JAMES SLACK
Last updated at 23:34 25 September 2007
Had Sir Francis Drake but known it, he could have squeezed in several extra games of bowls before sailing out to destroy the Spanish Armada.
According to "equality chief" Trevor Phillips, the Turks had the problem well in hand even before Drake insisted on finishing his match on Plymouth Hoe when the invaders were sighted.
Mr Phillips, who wants the nation's history books rewritten to make them more "inclusive" of other cultures, suggested last night that the role of Ottoman Muslims in 1588 in saving the throne of Queen Elizabeth was part of the "whole story" that often went untold.
Did the Turks really play a key role in defeating the Armada?
"When we talk about the Armada, it is only now that we are beginning to realise that part of it is Muslims - actually it was the Turks who saved us because they held the Armada for a few weeks, on the request of Elizabeth I," he told a Labour conference fringe event.
"Let's rewrite that story, let's use our heritage to rewrite that story so that it is truly inclusive.
"That's the reason for this: So that we have an identity which brings us together and binds us in the stormy times we're going to have."
Equality chief Trevor Phillips suggests the role of the Ottoman Muslims in 1588 in saving the throne of Queen Elizabeth was part of the 'whole story' that often goes untold.
The head of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights said it is not about rewriting what we are, "but sometimes we have to go back into the tapestry and insert some threads that were lost. We may need to revisit some parts of our heritage so we rewrite it to tell the whole story".
But experts said inflating the importance of minor or irrelevant events in the interests of race relations is confusing to children.
...And it was pointed out that the Royal Navy's account of the defeat of the Armada -carrying 10,000 sailors and 20,000 troops determinedto reverse the Reformation - makes no mention of any help from the Turks. Even the suggestion that the Turks did nothing more than delay the Armada at the written request of Elizabeth is disputed.
Mr Phillips's view appears to be based on the work of historian Jerry Brotton. He argues that the Armada had been weakened before it even set sail because the Spanish had been forced to keep some ships in the Mediterranean to deal with the troublesome Turkish navy.
But Dr Simon Adams, co-author of England, Spain and the Grand Armada, said the Ottomans were not threatening Spain in the Mediterranean.
He said: "The letter had been sent in 1584 or 1585 and although England might have hoped the Turks would cause the Spanish problems, nothing really happened.
"The Turks were not really doing anything (against Spain) in 1588. They were busy in the Near East."
Dr Adams said the Armada failed because it was poorly planned and the English had an effective Navy helped by favourable weather.
The Civitas think-tank, which has republished the authoritative history Our Island Story by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall, said the claim is "fantasy".
Robert Whelan, of Civitas, said: "Before we start weaving in stories about the Turks and the Armada, dreamt up by people with their own agenda, we should first ensure we get the basics right."
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Here's the list of "Catholic" congressman who voted "yes" on Obamacare, according to Catholic Advocate.
■Representative Ann Kirkpatrick (D, AZ-01) YES
■Representative Ed Pastor (D, AZ-04) YES
■Representative Harry E. Mitchell (D, AZ-05) YES
■Representative Raul M. Grijalva (D, AZ-07) YES
■Representative Mike Thompson (D, CA-01) YES
■Representative George Miller (D, CA-07) YES
■Representative Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-08) YES
■Representative Jerry McNerney (D, CA-11) YES
■Representative Anna Eshoo (D, CA-14) YES
■Representative Dennis A. Cardoza (D, CA-18) YES
■Representative Jim Costa (D, CA-20) YES
■Representative Xavier Becerra (D, CA-31) YES
■Representative Diane E. Watson (D, CA-33) YES
■Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D, CA-34) YES
■Representative Grace F. Napolitano (D, CA-38) YES
■Representative Linda T. Sanchez (D, CA-39) YES
■Representative Joe Baca (D, CA-43) YES
■Representative Loretta Sanchez (D, CA-47) YES
■Representative John T. Salazar (D, CO-03) YES
■Representative Betsy Markey (D, CO-04) YES
■Representative John B. Larson (D, CT-01) YES
■Representative Joe Courtney (D, CT-02) YES
■Representative Rosa L. DeLauro (D, CT-03) YES
■Representative Luis V. Gutierrez (D, IL-04) YES
■Representative Jerry F. Costello (D, IL-12) YES
■Representative Phil Hare (D, IL-17) YES
■Representative Peter J. Visclosky (D, IN-01) YES
■Representative Joe Donnelly (D, IN-02) YES
■Representative Brad Ellsworth (D, IN-08) YES
■Representative Michael H. Michaud (D, ME-02) YES
■Representative Richard E. Neal (D, MA-02) YES
■Representative James P. McGovern (D, MA-03) YES
■Representative Ed Markey (D, MA-07) YES
■Representative Michael E. Capuano (D, MA-08) YES
■Representative William D. Delahunt (D, MA-10) YES
■Representative Bart Stupak (D, MI-01) YES
■Representative Dale E. Kildee (D, MI-05) YES
■Representative John D. Dingell (D, MI-15) YES
■Representative Betty McCollum (D, MN-04) YES
■Representative James L. Oberstar (D, MN-08) YES
■Representative William Lacy Clay (D, MO-01) YES
■Representative Carol Shea-Porter (D, NH-01) YES
■Representative Frank Pallone (D, NJ-06) YES
■Representative Bill Pascrell (D, NJ-08) YES
■Representative Albio Sires (D, NJ-13) YES
■Representative Ben Ray Lujan (D, NM-03) YES
■Representative Tim Bishop (D, NY-01) YES
■Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D, NY-04) YES
■Representative Joseph Crowley (D, NY-07) YES
■Representative Nydia M. Velazquez (D, NY-12) YES
■Representative Charles B. Rangel (D, NY-15) YES
■Representative Jose E. Serrano (D, NY-16) YES
■Representative John J. Hall (D, NY-19) YES
■Representative Paul Tonko (D, NY-21) YES
■Representative Maurice D. Hinchey (D, NY-22) YES
■Representative Dan Maffei (D, NY-25) YES
■Representative Brian Higgins (D, NY-27) YES
■Representative Steve Driehaus (D, OH-01) YES
■Representative Charles A. Wilson (D, OH-06) YES
■Representative Marcy Kaptur (D, OH-09) YES
■Representative Dennis J. Kucinich (D, OH-10) YES
■Representative Mary Jo Kilroy (D, OH-15) YES
■Representative John Boccieri (D, OH-16) YES
■Representative Tim Ryan (D, OH-17) YES
■Representative Peter DeFazio (D, OR-04) YES
■Representative Robert Brady (D, PA-01) YES
■Representative Kathy Dahlkemper (D, PA-03) YES
■Representative Joe Sestak (D, PA-07) YES
■Representative Patrick J. Murphy (D, PA-8) YES
■Representative Chris Carney (D, PA-10) YES
■Representative Paul Kanjorski (D, PA-11) YES
■Representative Michael F. Doyle (D, PA-14) YES
■Representative Patrick J. Kennedy (D, RI-01) YES
■Representative James R. Langevin (D, RI-02) YES
■Representative Ruben Hinojosa (D, TX-15) YES
■Representative Silvestre Reyes (D, TX-16) YES
■Representative Charlie Gonzalez (D, TX-20) YES
■Representative Ciro D. Rodriguez (D, TX-23) YES
■Representative Henry Cuellar (D, TX-28) YES
■Representative Peter Welch (D, VT-At-Large) YES
■Representative Tom Perriello (D, VA-05) YES
■Representative James P. Moran (D, VA-08) YES
■Representative Gerald E. Connolly (D, VA-11) YES
■Representative David R. Obey (D, WI-07) YES
Congressmen, here is your 30 pieces of silver...
30 pieces of silver is the Biblical cost of a slave.
Once again I am compelled to say to those Catholics who voted for this man-made-god, "How's that change going for ya?"
Persecution, makes the Church grow.
Obama Excludes Private and Catholic School Children From Easter Egg Roll Ticket Giveaway
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer
District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee receives an Easter basket filled with 3,000 reserved tickets to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan at a press conference in Northeast Washington on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)(CNSNews.com) – The Obama administration announced on Tuesday it has reserved 3,000 free tickets to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll for students in D.C.-area public and charter schools, but not for children who attend private or parochial schools.
Why exclude children in private and parochial schools, asked the father of a parochial school student at Tuesday’s press conference where U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty announced the ticket giveaway.
“These tickets are from the White House to public schools, and we’re appreciative, but there may be other things unrelated to this press conference,” Fenty responded. “That’s a great question.”
The 3,000 reserved tickets will be distributed to students at 11 public schools in D.C. and a few others in Virginia and Maryland. Children at private or parochial schools in the Washington metropolitan area may attend the April 5 event, but only if they are among the people who registered for an online lottery system, by which the remaining free tickets -- an estimated 27,000 -- will be distributedmore...
"It’s always the bush league schools," Coulter contends
By Zev Singer and Kristy Nease, Ottawa CitizenMarch 24, 2010
Reuters OTTAWA — After protesters at the University of Ottawa prevented Ann Coulter from giving a speech Tuesday night, the American conservative writer said it proved the point she came to make — free speech in Canada leaves much to be desired.
Then she said what she really thought of the student protesters who surrounded Marion Hall, making it to unsafe, in the view of her bodyguard, for the pundit to attempt entry.
“The University of Ottawa is really easy to get into, isn’t it?” she said in an interview after the cancelled event. “I never get any trouble at the Ivy League schools. It’s always the bush league schools.”
Coulter said she has been speaking regularly at university campuses for a decade. While she has certainly been heckled, she said this is the first time an engagement has been cancelled because of protesters.
“This has never, ever, ever happened before — even at the stupidest American university,” she said.
Coulter remarked on the reception she has had since entering the country.
“Since I’ve arrived in Canada, I’ve been denounced on the floor of Parliament — which, by the way, is on my bucket list — my posters have been banned, I’ve been accused of committing a crime in a speech that I have not yet given, I was banned by the student council, so welcome to Canada!”
The “accusation” of which Coulter speaks is a reference to an e-mail she received from University of Ottawa vice-president and provost Francois Houle on Friday, warning her that freedom of speech is defined differently in Canada than in the U.S. and that she should take care not to step over the line.
Coulter said that letter set the tone for and encouraged the protesters. She said it’s well known on the campus speaking circuit that conservatives need to travel with security staff, as she did.
“I’m pretty sure little Francois A Houle does not need to travel with a bodyguard,” she said. “I would like to know when this sort of violence, this sort of protest, has been inflicted upon a Muslim — who appear to be, from what I’ve read of the human rights complaints, the only protected group in Canada. I think I’ll give my speech tomorrow night in a burka. That will protect me.”
Canadian conservative political commentator Ezra Levant, the other speaker travelling with Coulter on the three-city tour, presented by the International Free Press Society of Canada, told the half-filled hall that no more people would be able to enter and that Coulter had been advised it would not be safe for her to appear.
Coulter’s bodyguard ultimately made the judgment, after conferring with security staff on site.
In a short speech, Levant said Tuesday was “an embarrassing day for the University of Ottawa and their student body, who could not debate Ann Coulter . . . who chose to silence her through threats and intimidation, just like their vice-president did.”
Levant laid the blame squarely on Houle.
“A fish rots from the head down,” he said. “Francois Houle got his wish. He telegraphed to the community that the University of Ottawa is not a place for free debate.”
Houle could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
Levant said the spectacle showed “just how eroded our Canadian values of free speech have become” — especially on university campuses.
“I think this has turned into a teaching moment for the entire country, a reminder that freedom of speech is a Canadian value,” he said.
Rita Valeriano was one of several protesters inside the hall who, with chants of “Coulter go home!” shouted down the International Free Press Society of Canada organizer who was addressing the crowd.
Valeriano, a 19-year-old sociology and women’s studies student, said later that she was happy Coulter was unable to speak the “hatred” she had planned to.
“On campus, we promise our students a safe and positive space,” she said. “And that’s not what (Coulter) brings.”
Outside the hall, Sameena Topan, 26, a conflict studies and human rights major at the U of O, spoke to the Citizen on behalf of a group of protesters.
“We have a large group of students that can very clearly outline the difference between discourse and discrimination,” Topan said of the protest. “We wanted to mobilize and make sure that’s clear on campus, that there’s a line between controversy and discrimination, and Ann Coulter has crossed it. Numerous times.”
“We had concerns about (the event) at the beginning, but especially after we saw what happened at the University of Western Ontario, when she called out a Muslim girl there and was saying she needs to take a camel because Muslim people shouldn’t fly. That kind of stuff just reaffirmed everything that we were afraid of and that’s when . . . we really got worried.”
Topan was pleased to hear the students behind her shout, “Hate speech cancelled!” in unison.
“I think that’s great. I think we accomplished what we were here to do, to ensure that we don’t have her discriminatory rhetoric on our campus,” she said.
Jonathan Reid, 18, a Carleton political science student and a fan of Coulter, brought a book to be signed.
During the protest outside after the event was cancelled, Reid and a group of other students shouted a counter-chant, “No more commies on our campus!,” while pumping their fists. The Coulter protesters moved forward to face them, and TV crew lights lit angry faces.
“It’s a shame,” Reid said of the cancellation. “They claim we’re the intolerant ones, yet they’re the ones who refuse to allow a Conservative speaker to come to campus. That is the definition of intolerance.”
U of O political science student Faris Lehn, 23, said he doesn’t support Coulter’s message, but had hoped for a debate.
“It’s too bad she didn’t get to speak because I think she would have made herself look more ridiculous than anyone here could have made her look,” Lehn said.
“The problem with Ann Coulter . . . is that the arguments that she uses don’t necessarily promote good debate, they promote this,” he said, glancing at the chanting crowd.
In response to my own frustration, I prepared a statement for my grown children who were raised in the post-Vatican II church, having been born in the mid-1960's. After floundering in the Novus Ordo churches for many years, my husband and I discovered, by the grace of God, the Catholic Faith was alive and well in a neighborhood SSPX Chapel. By this time, our adult children were suffering from poor catechetics, diluted doctrines, pabulum sermons and undemanding Catholicism. Totally ignorant of the pre-Vatican II church, our return to "Tradition" was confusing and bewildering for them.
Where do you begin to explain the relief and joy we felt to recapture the faith of our youth? It would take hours of discussion with their undivided attention (no small task!). In desperation, I prepared the attached "document", which may be helpful to your readers.
This statement has spurred our children to ask many questions and has opened their eyes to the many abuses they are witnessing in the local parish. It is our hope and prayer that this spark of inquisitiveness will eventually help them find their home– the Traditional Catholic faith. Thank you for your consideration.
East Patchogue, New York
As your parents we have a responsibility and duty to transmit to you the truth of our Traditional Catholic beliefs. We are not a “new” religion in conflict with the Catholic faith. We belong to a relatively small group of faithful whose purpose is to worship according to ancient liturgies and preserve for future generations the immemorial Tridentine Mass. Because you were raised in the shadow of Vatican II, a Council called by Pope John XXIII and continued by Pope Paul VI, which ended in 1965, some of the words we have already used are not familiar to you. It is our hope and prayer that after reading this, you will have at least a brief outline of the events that led to the Catholic Church as you know it and will plant a seed for future exploration.
THE NEW ORDER MASS: WHERE DID IT COME FROM?
When Pope John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council in l960, almost every bishop in the world was puzzled. Vatican Councils historically are only called when the Church is in some desperate need or is fighting a very serious heresy (a widespread attack on a dogma of faith, i.e., Mary was not the Mother of God). But this was a time when the Catholic Church seemed to be in her glory. We had an abundance of priests and nuns. Seminaries were full. Catholic schools were overflowing. It was not uncommon that attendance at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation was standing room only. Almost every Saturday, there were lines for Confession.
So why call a council? Pope John was warned by some Bishops that in their midst were some (not many) liberal Bishops who would use the council to “modernize” the Church. Previous Popes, especially Pope St. Pius X, had warned that the Church must never be “modern”. She must be unchangeable because what is modern in 1940 will not be modern in 1960 and what is modern in 1960 will not be modern in 1980. By remaining FOREVER unchangeable, you are always relevant. Pope John promised it would be a PASTORAL Council and not DOCTRINAL or DOGMATIC so that the Deposit of Faith (our beliefs) and the liturgy of the Mass will not change. It has been said that before he died, he saw the council change in a direction he was unable to stop and thus welcomed death knowing the council would die with him. Unfortunately, it was re-opened by Pope Paul VI, his successor, who invited 6 Protestant clergy to act as “observers”. Behind the scenes, these “observers” were allowed much more input and became unofficial participants. Thus, the Roman Catholic Mass could become “Protestantized.” At the end of the council, one of the Protestant ministers is quoted as saying: “This is the best council the Protestants ever had!”
It is not our intention to give you a step by step history of Vatican II. However, you should know that when the council closed, the wheels were in motion like a train at full speed. In the driver’s seat were the “modernist” bishops who’d used the council like a vehicle to take it to their own destination—a more “modern” church, open to innovation, causing weakening of faith and much confusion. Pope Paul VI seeing the end result of Vatican II said in no uncertain terms: “THE SMOKE OF SATAN HAS ENTERED THE CHURCH!”
If you read the documents of Vatican II (most Catholics have not), there is nothing in them to justify the numerous changes made in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It did not forbid the Mass to be celebrated in Latin. It did not call for the removal of altars to be replaced by tables. It did not call for the removal of Communion rails where the congregation KNELT to receive Holy Communion. It did not allow Eucharistic Ministers or altar girls. It did not allow Communion received in the hand. It did not allow most of the changes made to our liturgical ceremonies and devotions. Unsuspecting priests and pastors, who may never have had an opportunity to read the documents, merely followed orders from bishops who knowingly or unknowingly were puppets of liberal, modern bishops at the helm.
All of this did not happen overnight. The changes were subtle. If you put a frog in boiling water, it will jump out. If you put a frog in cool water and slowly raise the temperature, it will boil to death. Some older priests who would not accept the changes, left or retired. Conservative, orthodox nuns left the convent. The new modern ones gladly shed their habits and bought suits, making them undistinguishable from the rest of society. Most people, confused by it all, did not question the changes. Holy Mother Church would not deceive us or lead us astray. Some just followed in obedience, but many lost the faith.
Was the Catholic Church before Vatican II perfect? No, she is made up of people, and people make mistakes. Even priests and nuns are not immune to sin. But the church was our moral compass and there was no moral issue in the world that was not firmly addressed from the pulpit. Our churches were built to inspire awe and devotion. Every parish had weekly Novenas and Benediction with great attendance. A woman would not dare walk into a church without a head covering and a modest dress—never pants. Men wore dress shirts—never T-shirts or shorts.
“So you worship, so you will believe. So you believe, so you will worship.” The way we worship reflects our belief. Receiving Holy Communion without being in the State of Grace means it is not that important to you. Going to church dressed like you are going to the beach also means there is nothing all that special going on. When anyone could administer or touch the Sacred Host, the belief in the Real Presence is weakened, and in many cases, lost. When the Novus Ordo Mass became the rule, the faith of the people started to die.
Does this mean that everyone who attends the Novus Ordo Mass is not holy? Does this mean that every Novus Ordo clergy is sinful and disbelieving? ABSOLUTELY NOT! What it does mean is that these very special people who have maintained their sanctity and treasure their faith deserve the true worship in the Traditional Latin Mass.
WHAT IS THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS?
The Traditional Latin Mass is that rite of Mass through which the Roman Catholic Church has worshipped God for centuries, offering to God the Father the sacrifice of Jesus at Calvary for the redemption of mankind. Ancient church documents show that this rite was precisely offered word-for-word by the Popes and clergy even before 600 AD. Tradition tells us that this rite was used substantially unchanged for centuries before that time.
In 1570, Pope St. Pius V in a document called “Quo Primum” proclaimed that this was the Mass to be celebrated for all time, even to eternity. He warned that changing the Mass would destroy the Church and the faith of the people. He very clearly stated that anyone, including a Pope, who would alter the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass would be putting his own salvation in severe jeopardy and would “incur the wrath of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul”. Starting with his Papacy, every Bishop had to take a solemn oath against “modernism” (changing the Faith to conform to the times).
Why Latin? Before Vatican II, no matter where you traveled, when you entered a Catholic Church you knew the Mass celebrated there was exactly the same throughout the world. Latin is a dead language. It is not used in conversation. Therefore, words are never taken away, added, or meanings changed. For example, the word “gay” used to mean happy. Today it has a totally different meaning. Words cannot change like this in a “dead” language. Faithful Catholics followed the Mass with their missals written in their own language. Those who did not use a missal still felt part of the celebration, standing, kneeling or sitting with the congregation and sensing the sacrality of the Holy Liturgy. A French priest who knew no English could offer Mass on Long Island without the parishioners knowing he could not speak their language.
In contrast, when we attended New Order Masses in our travels today, we never knew what the priest was going to do or how he was going to do it. Many masses we attended seemed very foreign, irreverent and sometimes strange. Novelty is the rule of the day. Unity is gone. Each Bishop became his own authority in his own diocese and priests in his parish experimenting as they willed.
The Traditional Latin Mass CANNOT be forbidden by any Pope and it has NEVER been forbidden. On July 7, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI issued a motu proprio “Summorum Pontificum” “liberating” the Traditional Latin Mass and stating with authority as Vicar of Christ on earth that this Mass never was and never can be abrogated. Most Bishops have tried to ignore this decree, but many priests, thankfully, are now rediscovering the beauty of the Tridentine Mass.
THE SOCIETY OF ST. PIUS X
By the grace of God, one of the Bishops who was an active participant in the Second Vatican Council became horrified when he realized that once the New Order Mass could come into common use, the Faith would die. His name is Marcel Lefebvre. He was ordained a priest in l929 and served as a Missionary in Africa. He became aware of the direction the liberal Bishops were taking the Church. In l970, with the approval of the Vatican, he founded the Society of St. Pius X and, with a handful of dedicated priests, vowed to preserve for us, our children and our grandchildren the “Mass of All Time”. In spite of much persecution from within the Church, he held fast and would not surrender his belief that the Latin Mass must forever be preserved for the salvation of all mankind. Knowing he would not live forever, he begged Pope John Paul II to give him a date when he could consecrate four of his priests as Bishops, so that they, in turn, could ordain priests. The act of ordination was never forbidden, but it became more and more clear to Archbishop Lefebvre that forces in the Vatican were determined to destroy the Society by leaving them with no Bishop after his death. After being denied a specific date time again and being left with no choice, Lefebvre ordained four bishops without the expressed mandate from the Pope. In spite of this Archbishop Lefebvre and the four bishops were never formally excommunicated. This act was to preserve the faith, not destroy it. It has never been disputed, even in Rome, that the priests of the Society of St. Pius X are validly ordained and that the Sacraments are validly administered.
The Society is not fully united with Rome but the case for Tradition is being presented to the Holy Father at this moment by Bishop Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X. The Catholic Church did not begin with Vatican II and no one on earth has the right to condemn or destroy everything before it. The Society of St. Pius X acknowledges Our Holy Father as head of the Catholic Church. Prayers are said for him at every Mass.
(N.B. – On January 21, 2009, in response to a Rosary Crusade of almost 3 million rosaries, Pope Benedict XVI lifted to so-called “excommunication” of the four bishops of St. Pius X.)
THEOLOGY BEHIND THE LATIN MASS VS. NOVUS ORDO
The Catholic Church has always spoken of the Mass as a “Sacrifice” It is an INFALLIBLE TEACHING (without error) that Christ left a visible Sacrament to His Church in which the sacrifice of Calvary is re-presented for all eternity in an unbloody manner.
The Novus Ordo Mass is presented as the “Lord’s Supper”, a banquet meal shared by the community. This is why the Altar of Sacrifice has been changed to a table. While the Last Supper is definitely part of the Liturgy, it cannot be separated from the Cross and Calvary. I know this is very difficult to understand. Suffice it to say, that when the MEANING of the Mass was distorted, many errors and abuses crept into the Church.
BY THE FRUITS YOU WILL KNOW THEM
What are the fruits of Vatican II? The Council Fathers predicted a “new springtime” for the Church. Here we are more than 40 years later and the Catholic Church is in the “dead of winter”. Priests and nuns abandoned their vocations by the tens of thousands. Seminarians decreased by 90% (1965-2002). Teaching sisters decreased 93%. In l958, 74% of Catholics in the USA attended Mass regularly. In 2002, the number dropped to 17%. Catholic churches and schools are closing rapidly throughout the United States, while Traditional churches, schools and seminaries are expanding. A survey of New Order Catholics revealed that more than 80% no longer believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. In order to fill empty seminaries, men with homosexual tendencies (and some active homosexuals) were allowed into the priesthood (previously FORBIDDEN). This resulted in many thousands of scarred victims who are still suffering today. Bishops turned their heads and now the Church is billions of dollars in debt, resulting in the selling of more church properties. Beautiful marble altars were wrecked and discarded in landfills or tossed into rivers. Crucifixes were replaced by ugly, meaningless banners. The Tabernacle where the Consecrated Sacred Hosts were kept at the center of the Altar were moved to the side or totally hidden away. Beautiful statues of Our Lord, Our Blessed Mother and the saints were banished in dark, dusty basements. Stained glass windows depicting the life of Our Lord, Our Blessed Mother and the Saints have been replaced with color geometric designs, depicting absolutely nothing. By canon law, the vessels used during Mass are to be made of precious metal (silver, gold). Totally disregarding this directive, cheap pottery and glass are used, with everyone and anyone handling them.
I remember when the church choir, accompanied by the organist, brought tears to my eyes as they sang “Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus.” Leave the guitars and drums at home! I could go on and on, but you have the picture. Holiness and sanctity are rapidly fading away! That is why it just isn’t important any more. That is why most Catholics who receive Holy Communion have not been to confession in years and it just doesn’t matter. Sin is not an issue. No one likes using that word – especially many, many priests in the pulpit. Our friends, our children, our Catholic people are being fed stones where once they were given bread.
We have re-discovered a treasure we thought was lost. Unfortunately, you never knew the treasure existed. This is why you may find it so difficult to understand why we feel so blessed to have St. Michael the Archangel Church in our neighborhood. If we did not educate you, we would be at great fault. What you do with this information is up to you. We hope and pray that this has given you food for thought. If you have any questions or wish further discussion, we would be happy to provide you with any additional information. Otherwise, there is no more to be said.
Archbishop Lefebvre, as his life on earth was coming to an end, expressed the simple but profoundly beautiful sentiment that “he was handing down what he had been given (the gift of faith)”
You cannot hand down what you do not have. We have found it again and wish now to hand it down to you, our children, according to our sacred duty before God as Catholic parents.
On the stair case in the picture below, each day as I passed it, (which was most every day) I would see groups of maybe 10 or 12 women, ranging in age from 40 to 80, completely clothed in black from head to toe. These gentle women were waiting for confession to begin before Mass. Since I saw them each time I passed by, I could only deduce that they came every day. I learned soon after that these women were all widows who mourned for their husbands. What fascinated me was their devotion to the sacrament of Penance! Each day they would confess their sins and hear Mass. What sins could these women possibly incur in a 24 hour period which brought them each day to confess?
Below: The Doumo in Catania, Sicily.
It was years later, 20 or so to be exact, when an angel told me*. It was quite simple really. The closer one is to sanctity, the more one is aware of their sin.
During this period of Lent especially, we should all be cognizant of our sins, and one of the greatest of Gods gifts, Confession.
* I am entirely positve it was an Angel, I was not thinking about the Doumo at the time when the answer to an unasked question popped into my mind.
Note: Originally built during the 11th century the Doumo was reconstructed during the mid 18th and is profoundly the work of Giovanni Battista Vaccarini (February 3, 1702 – March 11, 1768). As a church architect Vaccarini introduced into Sicily the church plans of the Renaissance which had passed Sicily by. However, many of his churches are based on the designs of churches he had seen in Rome. In front of this building Vaccarini designed a fountain, of an obelisk upon the back of the Catanian elephant, (which still remains) itself a remnant of Bernini's (sculptor for Louis XIV)
"...One of the customs most disagreeable to the Queen was that of dining every day in public. Maria Leczinska had always submitted to this wearisome practice; Marie Antoinette followed it as long as she was Dauphiness. The Dauphin dined with her, and each branch of the family had its public dinner daily. The ushers suffered all decently dressed people to enter; the sight was the delight of persons from the country. At the dinner-hour there were none to be met upon the stairs but honest folks, who, after having seen the Dauphiness take her soup, went to see the Princes eat their bouilli*, and then ran themselves out of breath to behold Mesdames at their dessert..." more.
Thanks and a tip of the beret to Elena-Maria. It just occured to me that I should refrain from thinking about food during lent.
Thanks to Elena-Maria, I now have a napkin to add to my piece on French Table Manners that I originally posted on 5 Dec, 07. This is surprisingly my most read article. Hardly a day goes by without a hit on this article. So today after reading this piece on what the correct use of a napkins says I thought I would post this again. The link will take you to Tea at Trianon, which will direct you to an additional site with some spectacular table settings.
If this post seems a bit sissy to some, it is not. Dinner at our house was not a hit or miss, catch a bite before you go out, or a frozen dinner. My mother, (as every wife should do) cooked for my father, not for me, my sister or brother. No! We were and (still are, when I am in my mothers house) expected to eat dinner at 5:30. We did not dress for dinner but we also did not show up in dirty clothes with dirty hands. It just wasn't done. We ate in silence, unless an adult asked us a question, and remained at out seat until my father excused us. We either ate what was placed before us or we went hungry. Of course this is all in opposition to today's families, which eat on the run, pick up something on the way home or the way out. We have stopped communicating and watch TV at the table. Oh and we were expected to clean the table, do the dishes and sweep the floor after the meal. The children of today are losing so much... I have updated this post a bit...
You should place your napkin in your lap immediately after being seated.
False. Once the lady of the house places her napkin in her lap, other guests should follow suit.
You should keep the hand that you are not using to hold your fork out of sight.
False. Both hands should be visible at all times.
Use cut your meat with your right hand and eat with your left.
True, the fork is held in the left hand and food is cut with your right. (Only my granddaughter Savannah has mastered this.)
When eating a pie or cake which is cut in a triangle you should eat from the outside to inside to preserve the shape of the desert.True. Never start from the small and eat out, eat from the big side and eat in.
It is permissible to ask to use the restroom during dinner.False, It is rude (mal-levé, poorly brought up) to ask to use the restroom at any time while attending a dinner. Go before you leave home. This includes restaurants.
Your bread should go in the upper left edge of your plate.False. Bread is placed directly on the tablecloth, unless it is a formal meal in which bread plates are used.
When the aperitif is served, you wait for the host to give the toast before drinking.
True. You should wait for the host to lead the way, whether an aperitif or dinner course. Once everyone has been served a drink, the host will generally make a short toast after which the glass-clinking begins. It is polite to make eye contact as you say, “Sante'.”
You should tear your bread into a bite-sized piece before eating it.True. It is very impolite to take a bite from the whole piece of bread.
If someone asks you to pass the salt, you pass both the salt and pepper.False. In the U.S., the salt and pepper are “married,” meaning they should always stay together on the table. In France if you are asked for the salt, you simply pass the salt or pepper.
After each course, you should wipe your plate with a piece of bread.True. However, this should be done gently as a means of cleaning the plate for the next course, not slopping up the leftover sauce. It is more polite to use a piece of bread on your fork, rather than in your hand. In a more formal setting, each course is served on a new plate, so cleaning the plate is not necessary.
Wine glasses should be filled up to five millimeters from the brim.False. When pouring wine, stop when the glass is three-fourths full. (If you are a woman the wine glass is usually filled to about half way up. Hence the glass is half full or half empty.)
When invited for apéros, you should bring a gift for the hostess.
False. For apéros, no gift is necessary. If you are invited for dinner, you should bring a gift for the hostess. Good ideas are flowers, or a pre-agreed dessert or cheese dish. My daughter, Genevieve tells me that it is indeed a faux-pas to bring wine to a dinner in France. I apologize.
A French dinner often consists of a salad with vinaigrette for the starter, main course, cheese course, dessert, and coffee. True. Bread, wine, and mineral water are offered throughout the meal.
It is acceptable to eat pommes (french fries)with your fingers.
False. While fast food (ugh!) has made its mark in France, eating foods with your fingers is still strictly limited when you are at the dinner table. If in doubt, follow the lead of your hostess.