Friday June 14, 2019

St. Basil the Great, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of the Church, semi-double feast

Ember Friday

For Centuries the Church celebrated the feast of St. Basil on June 14th, when according to tradition in 370, he was raised to the see of Caesarea Mazaca, today’s Kayseri, Turkey. Caesarea was then a powerful and wealthy city, a crossroads of the Orient. His see controlled Cappadocia, Pontus and more than half of Asia Minor. The Catholic Encyclopedia says he influenced, “from the Balkans to the Mediterranean and from the Aegean to the Euphrates”. I presume with the updated post-Vatican II calendar, his feast was combined with that of his contemporary, St. Gregory Naziazen, bishop of the see of Constantinople and set to January 2nd, the day after the anniversary of his death. Like St. Athanasius, another contemporary, Basil, fought the Arian heresy.

Basil’s letters tell the story of his tremendous and varied activities: he worked for the exclusion of unfit candidates from the sacred ministry and the deliverance of bishops from the temptation of simony, he required discipline and observance of canons from both laymen and clerics. He rebuked the sinful, provided oversight to offenders and penitents. He defended clerical rights and immunities, and made sure his priests were trained for their tasks. Basil was a man of unique powers, as he laid down the law to leading citizens, imperial governors, settled disputes with wisdom and finality, assisted the needy both spiritually and materially. In his earlier pre-episcopate career he became a monastic, founded a monastery, wrote a rule and greatly influenced St. Benedict. He became known as the father of Oriental monasticism. Basil added the cenobitic or community form of monastery life.

His relations with Rome were not altogether smooth. The pope at the time was Damasus I. The Catholic Encyclopedia said the following concerning him:

Damasus defended with vigour the CatholicFaith in a time of dire and varied perils. In two Roman synods (368 and 369) he condemned Apollinarianism and Macedonianism; he also sent his legates to the Council of Constantinople (381), convoked against the aforesaid heresies. In the Roman synod of 369 (or 370) Auxentius, the ArianBishop of Milan, was excommunicated; he held the see, however, until his death, in 374, made way for St. Ambrose. The heretic Priscillian, condemned by the Council of Saragossa (380) appealed to Damasus, but in vain. It was Damasus who induced Saint Jerome to undertake his famous revision of the earlier Latin versions of the Bible (see VULGATE). St. Jerome was also his confidential secretary for some time (Ep. cxxiii, n. 10). An important canon of the New Testament was proclaimed by him in the Roman synod of 374. The Eastern Church, in the person of St. Basil of Cæsarea, besought earnestly the aid and encouragement of Damasus against triumphant Arianism; the pope, however, cherished some degree of suspicion against the great Cappadocian Doctor. 

With regard to St. Basil’s view of this dispute, the Encyclopedia says the following:

Some difficulty has arisen out of the correspondence of St. Basil with the Roman See. That he was in communion with the Western bishops and that he wrote repeatedly to Rome asking that steps be taken to assist the Eastern Church in her struggle with schismatics and heretics is undoubted; but the disappointing result of his appeals drew from him certain words which require explanation. Evidently he was deeply chagrined that Pope Damasus on the one hand hesitated to condemn Marcellus and the Eustathians, and on the other preferred Paulinus to Meletius in whose right to the See of Antioch St. Basil most firmly believed. At the best it must be admitted that St. Basil criticized the pope freely in a private letter to Eusebius of Samosata (Ep. ccxxxix) and that he was indignant as well as hurt at the failure of his attempt to obtain help from the West. Later on, however, he must have recognized that in some respects he had been hasty; in any event, his strong emphasis of the influence which the Roman See could exercise over the Eastern bishops, and his abstaining from a charge of anything like usurpation are great facts that stand out obviously in the story of the disagreement.

St. Basil did not accuse the pope with whom he disagreed of “usurpation”.In other words Basil was not accusing the pope of acting in bad faith in regards to Basil’s pleadings, unlike the situation of today. He could not condemn the pope for heresy. His relations with Damasus were just another cross to bear. As stated in previous “Saints posts”, the laity supported bishops like Basil and allowed him the freedom to confront Emperors like Valens and other Arians in the government and episcopacy. I can’t find a trace of his see left in Kayseri, Turkey. What a tragedy for Turkey and all Eastern Catholics – and Christians.

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday. It is the rebuke of St. Basil to the Arians, who did not believe in a fully equal eternally loving Trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

The following is a prayer of St. Basil from a tourism site for Turkey(?):

Prayer of St. Basil the Great

O God and Lord of the Powers, and Maker of all creation, Who, because of Thy clemency and incomparable mercy, didst send Thine Only-Begotten Son and our Lord Jesus Christ for the salvation of mankind, and with His venerable Cross didst tear asunder the record of our sins, and thereby didst conquer the rulers and powers of darkness; receive from us sinful people, O merciful Master, these prayers of gratitude and supplication, and deliver us from every destructive and gloomy transgression, and from all visible and invisible enemies who seek to injure us. Nail down our flesh with fear of Thee, and let not our hearts be inclined to words or thoughts of evil, but pierce our souls with Thy love, that ever contemplating Thee, being enlightened by Thee, and discerning Thee, the unapproachable and everlasting Light, we may unceasingly render confession and gratitude to Thee: The eternal Father, with Thine Only-Begotten Son, and with Thine All-Holy, Gracious, and Life-Giving Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

St. Basil the Great, pray for us and especially all the peoples of the Middle East particularly now at this time of great trial.

Quotes are from the Catholic Encyclopedia, under Pope Damasus I and St. Basil the Great. Also the prayer is from https://www.turizm.net/cities/cappadocia/stbasil.htm

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Thursday June 13, 2019

Pentecost Thursday, Feast of St. Antony of Padua, Confessor, Doctor of the Church, semi-double feast

Rorate Caeli had a nice post on Saint Antony of Padua. They quoted from his sermon on the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost. Saint Anthony warns negligent superiors and prelates of the dire personal consequences of their omission — and the danger of ambition, particularly of superiors (“In superiori gradu præferuntur, ut lapsu graviore ruant.”)

Saint Antony was born in Portugal in 1195, as Ferdinand. He lived during the lifetime of St. Francis. Many popes occupied the papal throne during his short life of 36 years. All of them were loyal to the faith of Christ. Saint Anthony had the good fortune to be born at a time of the rise of the mendicant orders of the Church. He eventually became a Franciscan. Through misadventure of sailing, he ended up in Sicily, rejoined the Franciscans, was discovered, by accident, to have great powers of oratory and biblical scholarship which enabled him to convert obstinate sinners to penitence and obdurate heretics. Thus he was called “The Hammer of the Heretics”. Antony was said to have keen and resourceful methods of argument. His superior sent him out as an itinerant preacher in Northern Italy. While Antony did not have Father Francis’ sweetness and simplicity, and he was no poet, ( but) he had learning and eloquence, marked powers of logical analysis and reasoning, a burning zeal for souls, a magnetic personality, and a sonorous voice that carried far. (which in those days was vital for a public speaker).

His greatest results were seen in Padua, where, not only were his sermons listened to by enormous congregations, but they led to a widespread reformation of morals and conduct in the city. He died on June 13, 1231 and was canonized by Pope Gregory IX one year later. Pope Gregory IX was a great supporter of the mendicant orders and looked upon them as the means for… counteracting by voluntary poverty the love of luxury and splendour which was possessing many ecclesiastics; a powerful weapon for suppressing heresy within the Church; and an army of brave soldiers of Christ who were ready to preach His Gospel to the pagans even at the risk of their life. 

Rorate Caeli was correct in pointing out the virtues and theological excellence of St. Antony. What Rorate did not point out was the fact that Pope Gregory IX had his back. He was not only a supporter of the mendicant and traditional orders, but made it a point to preach and walk with them among the people. Can we honestly say Pope Francis supports mendicant and contemplative orders in their essential missions? Without the support of ecclesiastical superiors, how can priests and nuns fulfill their essential missions? Especially if those missions are being undermined by sodomites, heresies of all sorts, but particularly, masonic heresies and influences. As I said yesterday, only the laity with the support of Catholic governments can right this ship. Neither the cardinals, bishops, “Pope” Benedict, the Franciscans, Benedictines, Carmelites, Jesuits, Dominicans, Premonstrations, etc. can do it all by themselves. We the Catholic people have to organize this effort.

Once again, these inadequate words were supplied by a compilation of Alban Butler’s Lives of the Saints, 1954, p.251-258. The Catholic Encyclopedia was used for the information on Pope Gregory IX.

Wednesday June 12,2019

Ember Wednesday: A day of fast and abstinence 

Mundabor, of Mundabor’s blog has expressed frustration with Dubia Cardinal Burke when he says, The duty of Burke and the other Cardinals is to address the problem of a heretical Pope , not merely make the right noises. He goes on to assert that Burke’s statements amount to the meow’s of a cat and hold about as much weight with Pope Francis.
But how can we possibly expect Cardinals to mount a spirited opposition to the heresies of Pope Francis, organize a wild-cat council to depose him, and raise money for all this, while at the same time, PF removes their appointments, then their offices, stipends and finally excommunicates them???

The Emperor Constantine had three sons, two of them sympathetic to the true Catholic faith and one, Constantius, was an Arian sympathizer. In 350 Emperor Constans was murdered. With Constantius assumption to the throne, he attempted to crush all opposition to Arian belief. Constantius forced his beliefs on the Italian bishops, and finally on Pope Liberius. He was sent into isolation in Thrace until, broken in body and Spirit,he too gave his consent to Arian decrees. St. Athanasius, sent into exile multiple times, held on for another year with the support of his own clergy and people. Then one night, as he was celebrating a vigil in the church of St. Thomas, soldiers broke in. Athanasius was instantly surrounded by his people, who swept him out into the safety of darkness; but for six years thereafter he had to live in hiding. His abounding energy now expressed itself in literary composition, and to this period are ascribed his chief writings, including a History of the Arians….

This account from The Lives of the Saints, 1954, is based on Alban Butler’s Lives of the Saints. My point here is that St. Athanasius could not have stood up to the world without the support of faithful laity. I’ll bet that Pope Liberius, who caved on consent to Arian decrees DID NOT have the support of the laity that St. Athanasius had. He should have stood his ground and accepted the sword of Constanstius, but that’s easy for me to say, in my air conditioned comfort. I’m not suggesting that St. Athanasius would not have been willing to be martyred for the faith. I know he would have, but his faithful laity were not about to let that happen. They knew the strength of his faith and his arguments for it. They weren’t willing to lose that.

Another different instance of lay support was that provided by Emperor Sigismund the sponsor and organizer of the Council of Constance, which removed 3 sitting popes and eventually elected one new pope, Martin V. Without his military power and financial backing none of that would have been accomplished and today we may have 5 popes instead of only two.


Faithful laity, supporting faithful clergy will bring about the change that needs to be made in the Church to bring back doctrinal conformity with the true Catholic faith. I have tirelessly commented that only a military posse from a Catholic country or coalition of countries with a subsequent Inquisition by authentic Catholic theologians can purge the Vatican and the clergy of the heretics in the papacy and cardinalate. The masons, sodomites and heretics of all kinds have to go before repair can begin. Catholics need another “champion of orthodoxy”, this time in the papacy, to lead us out of the moral wilderness we are in.

April 27, 2019

Pope Benedict XV and World War I

Pope St. Pius X was attempting to contact the Habsburg emperor, Franz Joseph in July and August of 1914, as I understand it ,unsuccessfully, to try to formulate a cease fire. The assasination of Franz Ferdinand occurred in June. Pius X died August 20th, 1914. The Superior General of the Jesuits, Fr. Xavier Wernz, died not 24 hours before on August 19th. They were said to have died of: pneumonia, stroke, heart attack, the flu, and my personal favorite: “a broken heart”. In truth, they must have been poisoned, with a slow acting poison. All their symptoms comport with hemlock poisoning. After they died, the conclave of September 1914 gave Catholics Pope Benedict XV, a protege of Cardinal Rampolla, discovered after his death to be a member of a satanic masonic organization, the OTO. It is likely the masons who murdered Pius X and Fr. Wernz didn’t stop there, they changed Pius X’s Apostolic Constitution to make it easier to elect a mason to the papacy. So, Question: How vigorous was Benedict XV in pursuing a negotiated peace during that awful war? In Ad beatissimi Apostolorum,he apparently called all belligerent nations to come to the negotiating table. What leverage did he have? What leverage did he try to use? So he came out with an encyclical denouncing the carnage and prophetically predicting the demise of nations, because they threw off Christian principles and most importantly the Social Reign of Christ the King. Any mason could have said the same. The real question is what did he actually do to try to effect what he advocated? Pius V didn’t sit around writing encyclicals denouncing the invasion of theTurks, no, instead, he sought the help of Christian allies and supported Don Juan of Austria and Marcantonio Colonna when they halted the Moslem tide at the Battle of Lepanto. He was attempting to form an alliance of the Italian Cities, France, Poland, and other Christian nations of Europe to march against the Turks when he died in Rome on May 1, 1572. Deeds, not words, matter.

March 22, 2019

It is irrefutable that Francis is a heretic infiltrator, a mason and likely a sodomite. In essence he is a criminal. I do not share your optimism that he can be removed by some group of good hearted bishops. Those bishops are likely to be excommunicated long before they could take the first step towards a synod or council that they initiate. Unless those cardinals or bishops have the backing of a nation state with a Catholic majority lobbying for a solution to this spread of heresy, nothing will be accomplished when Francis squashes them like so many bugs. Only the assertion and demonstration of the power of a nation state backing those bishops with money, moral support and guns can solve this problem. I fully agree on that point with Ann Barnhardt. This is not a time to wait for fire from the Heavens. God is waiting for us to act, just as St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Norbert, St. Pius V, St. Robert Bellarmane and so many others did to defend the Catholic Church. We don’t have the Moslems invading Europe in exactly the way they did in the 1600’s, but the modern invasion of heresy in many ways is much worse. The nation states of Eastern Europe, dominated by more conservative governments , and large Catholic minorities, the Visegard countries are the most likely source of a solution to the papal conundrum, along with Italy and Austria. If they can resist the authoitarianism of the EU, they may be able to conspire, with our moral and financial support, to overthrow the infiltrator of the Vatican. Once that is accomplished, only then could an inquisition be formed to test the faith of all the clergy. Only clergy committed to the true faith can be kept in place and reconsecrated, along with the Church, just as the ancient Maccabbes did. If the “third secret of Fatima revealed in the year 2000” by Cardinal Sodano has any true aspects, I believe they are this: The soldiers depicted in the vision represent Catholic invaders coming in to remove the heretics. I hope and pray it is not violent invasion. The heretic Cardinals, and clergy should surrender willingly, but I doubt if they will. Like Anacletus II, who had the military support of Roger of Sicily, the present heretics of the Vatican have big money support, the New World Order. It is not likely to be bloodless. I will repost this at diestra.home.blog.

This was written in response to Frank Walker’s video of March 21st at Canon212.com.

March 16th, 2019

By way of introduction, the following comment was made in response to an article and another commenter, Debbie Rust, on a bill propsed in New York State’s Assembly. The bill requires all clergy to report child abuse to the state, including any such information heard by Catholic priests in confession. The Assemblywoman from NY submitting this bill is Monica Wallace of the 143rd Assembly District. That is the District which covers Cheektowaga and Lancaster, NY:

Sadly, my browser won’t allow me to comment directly, but I can reply. Yes, Debbie, we bring sin into our households with our devices…But we can choose to read and revel in it or not. We can also choose to bring in good books and wholesome movies – that’s our choice. Unfortunately, at the ballot box we have less of a choice. There are usually only two, maybe three choices at the ballot box. I own a house in Lancaster, NY. I own it because my mother was murdered there. The Lancaster police have refused to investigate. Monica Wallace’s district covers Cheektowaga, where I lived 33 years of my life, and Lancaster. She is a resident of Lancaster, but she wasn’t a native. She’s from Long Island. They have different values and different objectives. Monica ran in the 143rd Assembly district against a man I know personally, Russell Sugg. He is a good Catholic, my sons’ former boy scout leader, and a hard worker. He ran as an honest Republican in 2016 against a dishonest Democrat machine. He was said to have lost 54-45%. He told me he lost the African-American areas of Cheektowaga. I don’t believe it. They were stolen by the machine. African-Americans are taken advantage of by the Democratic machine with rampant election fraud. Yes, Satan and his minions from the satanic masonic persuasion will attempt to destroy our ability to access grace, but the Apocalypse tells us who wins in the end.
Monica Wallace was put in there for a reason. She is serving their agenda – the masonic agenda. Violating the seal of confession is just one more on their list of things to do – along with infanticide.
I met with Mr. Sugg after my mother’s murder. I wondered what he knew about the Lancaster police. Specifically I asked if he knew anything about the masonic Policeman’s benevolent Organization that all of the Lancaster Police detectives belong to. Unfortunately, he knew nothing about them. But, he did tell me, the PBA did not endorse him and campaigned against him, and endorsed Wallace. She’s a mason folks, she’s doing their bidding and the establishment masons are in this together.


One last point: Ann Barnhardt just posted on her blog a piece about masonry and the papacy, and how she believes the masons want to undermine the credibility of the papacy by creating a revolving door of popes, with the real power behind the curtain. Her first argument concerns our politicians here in the US. AOC, and other anointed facade affirmative action candidates will be fronted for short periods of time, while the true power lies in the lodge. That argument dovetails exactly with what I believe Monica Wallace is, the anointed Democrat of Lancaster-Cheektowaga who answers to her masonic handlers . I feel this is so important, I will repost my above comment, this one and Ann’s on my blog: diestra.home.blog.

The following is from:www.barnhardt.biz/2019/03/15/its-all-the-same-how-the-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-tactic-is-essentially-the-same-as-the-demythologization-tactic-against-the-papacy/

It’s All the Same: How the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tactic Is Essentially the Same As the “Demythologization” Tactic Against the Papacy

I’ve been screeching for a decade now about how politics is pretty much Kabuki theater, and thus I just can’t see wasting my time (and yours) trying to parse as legitimate something which clearly isn’t.  BUT, I did watch with interest the AOC video that so many folks sent to me, and yes, I think it is an accurate description of what the “next-level” plan is – installing completely expendable, completely inept, completely controllable “facade” candidates (generally based on affirmative action/quotas/the victim group du jour) like AOC, that are rotated QUICKLY into and out of office, while the controlling entity never changes.  I think the days of the grifters like Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Charlie Rangel, John Conyers, and John Boehner squatting in Congress for decades are over.  Yes, I think we are seeing a paradigm shift from the days of the VISIBLE criminal political class to the INVISIBLE.

Then, last night, it occurred to me that this is the same thing as the Freemasonic agenda of “demythologization” that we have talked about with regards to the Papacy.  The plan with the whole (doomed to failure) attempt to completely dissolve the Papacy qua Monarchy and turn it into a quick-rotating succession of meaningless figureheads (via the normalization and EXPECTATION of resignation) is almost exactly the same as the AOC paradigm.  Antipope Bergoglio is an idiot that was hand-picked by the Sankt Gallen Mafia (the equivalent to the “Justice Democrats” mafia described in the AOC video) to be the usurper because he was “Latin American”.  That was Antipope Bergoglio’s “affirmative action” qualification.  But I think that even Antipope Bergoglio is too “independent” for the real power players.  I think someone more to their liking, if they aren’t stopped and they get another invalid conclave and another Antipope, will be this guy, the AOC of the College of Cardinals, Luis Antonio Tagle:

He’s dumb, a heretic, and BROWN. But not… too brown.  “Piano, piano,” as they say in Rome.

With regards to the whole notion of AOC being essentially “cast” in the part of “Congressman” via a literal casting call that was done in ARSH 2016, a very similar thing is happening with the College of Cardinals by the Bergoglian/Sankt Gallen regime.  They are elevating a lot of BROWN PEOPLE from tiny backwater dioceses, sometimes dioceses with only a FEW THOUSAND Catholics, and oftentimes the bishops that are elevated happily admit that they are completely unqualified to be made Cardinals, have no clue about the working of the Curia, and have no idea why they were elevated.  The reason they are elevated has exactly zero to do with “going to the peripheries” but rather because they fit some “affirmative action quota”, and will be controllable and zero threat to the Vatican Mafia that is actually running the show.

I suspect the long-term Freemasonic plan (doomed to failure) is to settle into a paradigm wherein a new “AOC Pope” is trotted out every five years or so, and then “resigns” in a blaze of dazzling, dazzling “humility”.  The net effect, as articulated in the AOC video above, is that EXACTLY the same small synod of invisible tyrants – some churchmen, and some laymen – maintain uninterrupted iron-fisted control in perpetuity.  And, as an added bonus, if they ever need to offer up a victim upon the altar of public relations, well, they always have a meaningless figurehead “AOC Pope” to burn, with a line of potential replacements waiting in the wings.

I think this is the plan – doomed to failure.

Think long and hard, Americans, about why it was that we were all so stridently indoctrinated against Monarchy.  Ask yourself why the project of Freemasonry, from its conception in the early 1700s, has been the elimination of ALL MONARCHIES from the face of the Earth with the Papacy being the explicit ultimate target.  Ask yourself why, exactly, Our Blessed Lord established the Papacy as a Monarchy – and not just a Monarchy, but a Monarchy that enjoys, completely uniquely in all the universe, SUPERNATURAL PROTECTION.  Think long and hard about who, exactly, would want to convince even THE ELECT to stridently embrace the Freemasonic “DEMYTHOLOGIZATION OF THE PAPACY” agenda, raging EVERY DAY that the Papacy “clearly isn’t what we all thought it was”, and that Antipope Bergoglio is the “proof” of that.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux, PRAY FOR US!
Blessed Emperor Charles and Zita, PRAY FOR US!
This entry was posted in Uncategorized on March 15, ARSH 2019 by Ann Barnhardt.

January 18th -Part 2

Yesterday I was listening to EWTN on the car radio in the afternoon. The discussion was of the morality of using vaccines with fetal germ lines. I believe it was Patrick Coffin’s show, though I can’t be certain. The conclusion Patrick came to was that no sin is incurred by using these “life saving” vaccines which have been adulterated with aborted fetal stem cell germ lines, because these germ lines were added so very long ago, that is, in the 1980’s.

There are many principals at work here, that ought to be examined, but I will only discuss two: first, the scientific aspects, and secondly, the issues of morality.

Having been extensively trained in statistics, I find the whole logic of and use of vaccines, appalling. Just assuming the absence of treatment-control experiments of vaccines, the absence of followup studies of vaccines, the absence of observational followups of adverse effects of vaccines and most importantly the absence of testing for safety of the individual ingredients of these vaccines, most of which are proprietary and therefore unknown to the public, should shout to any educated person, especially those with degrees in statistics, that the “science” of vaccines is completely bogus. The use of aborted fetal tissue whether it was done in the 1980’s or yesterday, raises a whole host of questions, regarding the use and intentions for use of such morally dubious vaccine materials.

I had four children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders, very likely recipients of these tainted vaccines with their aborted fetal tissue. So, it makes me angry that a Catholic would advise an uninformed mother that it’s OK to vaccinate with these toxins and the only issues are moral issues. Ah, no, vaccines are pharmaceuticals, indemnified pharmaceuticals. You can’t sue anyone when your child dies, goes blind, deaf or autistic after having been given a vaccine. You have to go to VAERS to report the incident. Only after that step is taken would you be able to plead your case to the government’s vaccine court to apply for compensation. This is neither easy, nor simple, nor cheap, nor a sure thing.

The second principal that should be discussed is the moral leveling Patrick engaged in. Somehow, because this happened so long ago, that is, the abortion of the child used for the fetal germ lines, that the vaccine becomes morally acceptable. He compared this to the immorality of our ancestors, that is that we must not try to mitigate their errors, and suggested suicide as a response. Aside from the fact that I found his comparison weak, his suggested logical deduction was unconvincing. We live with the errors of our ancestors, every day. The idea that good can come from evil is irrefutable, but that does not mean we keep practicing the evil our ancestors practiced, which is what we are doing when we vaccinate with these tainted vaccines.

Conclusion: There are neither scientific, nor moral grounds for vaccinating. (herd immunity, another statistical chimera will be discussed at a later time.) Bottom line: DON’T VACCINATE YOURSELF OR ANYONE YOU LOVE.