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"The nature of the Catholic Faith is such that nothing can be added to
it, nothing taken away. Either it is held in its entirety or it is
rejected totally. This is the Catholic faith which, unless a man
believes faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved." (Pope Benedict
XV, "Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum", 1914).
"Nor must it be thought that what is expounded in Encyclical Letters
does not of itself demand consent, since in writing such Letters the
Popes do not exercise the supreme power of their Teaching Authority.
For these matters are taught with the ordinary teaching authority, of
which it is true to say: "He who heareth you, heareth me;" and gener-
ally what is expounded and inculcated in Encyclical Letters already
for other reasons appertains to Catholic doctrine. But if the Supreme
Pontiffs in their official documents purposely pass judgment on a mat-
ter up to that time under dispute, it is obvious that that matter, ac-
cording to the mind and will of the same Pontiffs, cannot any longer
be considered a question open to discussion among theologians." (Pope
Pius XII,Humani Generis, 1950).
"...there is little reason to wonder that the Modernists vent all
their bitterness and hatred on Catholics who zealously fight the
battles of the Church. There is no species of insult which they do
not heap upon them, but their usual course is to charge them with
ignorance or obstinacy." (Pope St. Pius X, "Pascendi Dominici Gregis",
BOOKS AND DOCUMENTS EVERY CATHOLIC SHOULD READ AND/OR OWN:
Here are some things that every Catholic should have in their home
library. I also highly recommend these for those who are converting to
the Catholic Faith, ESPECIALLY for those who are attending RCIA.
Catechism of the Council of Trent(The Roman Catechism)
Denzinger's Enchiridion Symbolorum(The Sources of Catholic Dogma)
Papal and Curial Documents:
Pascendi Dominici Gregis(On the Doctrine of the Modernists)Pope Pius X
Mediator Dei(On the Sacred Liturgy)Pope Pius XII
Mortalium Animos(On Fostering True Religious Unity)Pope Pius XI
Humani Generis(Some False Opinions which Threaten to Undermine
Catholic Doctrine)Pope Pius XII
Mysterium Fidei(Mystery of Faith)Pope Paul VI
Memoriale Domini(Instruction on the Manner of Distributing Holy
Communion)Pope Paul VI
Humanae Vitae(On Human Life)Pope Paul VI
Veritatis Splendor(The Splendor of Truth)Pope John Paul II
Dominicae Cenae(The Mystery and Worship of the Eucharist)
Inaestimabile Donum(Instruction concerning the Worship of the
Mirari Vos(On Liberalism and Religious Indifferentism) Pope Gregory XVI
On the Ecumenical Movement(1949 Instruction of the Holy Office)
On Certain Questions regarding the collaboration of the Non-Ordained
Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of the Priest
The Oath against ModernismPope Pius X
Lamentabili Sane(Syllabus Condemning the Errors of the Modernists) Pope
St. Pius X
Quanta Cura(Condemning Current Errors) Pope Pius IX
The Syllabus of ErrorsPope Pius IX
Ordinatio SacerdoltalisPope John Paul II
Responsium Ad DubiumConcerning the Teaching in Ordination Sacerdotalis
Satis CognitumOn the Unity of the Church (Pope Leo XIII)
Testem BenevolentiaeOn Americanism (Pope Leo XIII)
Most of these Papal Documents can also be obtained from:
Pauline Books & Media
The Douay-Rheims Bible and the Catechism of the Council of Trent
can be ordered from:
PO Box 410487
Charlotte, NC 28241
The Sources of Catholic Dogma can be ordered from:
P.O. Box 603
Fitzwilliam, NH 03447
and Tan Books.
I highly recommend the Catholic Family News. It costs $28/year, but
can usually be obtained for $22/year.
Catholic Family News
M.P.O. Box 743
Niagara Falls, NY 14302
I highly recommend subscribing to "From the Housetops", available
from St. Benedict Center in Massachusetts. It is a quarterly magazine
that has the life of a saint and various articles which are helpful in
living the spiritual life. Subscriptions are:
1 year - $15
2 years- $25
3 years- $30
Order from:Saint Benedict Center
P.O. Box 1000
Still River, MA 01467
Note: This is the St. Benedict Center that has it's bishop's approval,
as well as permission to have the Latin Tridentine Mass. They are
Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and they were founded by
Father Leonard Feeney. It is a solid, doctrinally sound magazine,
unlike many others which have reputations for 'orthodoxy'. but in
fact are not orthodox.
If you are interested in what really happened at Vatican II, what
the deal is with the New Mass, and various other aspects of the
current crisis in the Church, I highly recommend the following:
Liturgical Time Bombs in Vatican II (Excerpts) The Catholic Sanctuary and the Second Vatican Council Communion in the Hand and Similar Frauds Liturgical Shipwreck A Short History of the Roman Mass
Cramner's Godly Order
Pope John's Council
Pope Paul's New Mass, all by Michael Davies. (+ RIP +) Also read anything else
by him. He is the former President of the International Una Voce Federation,
and he did his research, and cited his sources.
"The Reform of the Roman Liturgy: Its Problems and Background" by
Msgr. Klaus Gamber
"Iota Unum" by Amerio Romano
"In the Murky Waters of Vatican II" by Atila Sinke Guimaraes
Links to my other Pages:Site Updates/Current Articles: Catholic Links: Articles on the"charismatic movement": Is there Salvation outside the Catholic Church?: Some facts relating to the New Mass: What is a Good Catholic? & Why Not Receive Daily?: Useful Catholic Information: Catholic Family News Articles: Catholic Family News Articles (2nd page): The Treasures of the Mass: Under Construction – updated Aug. 2005 The Treasures of the Mass (cont.): The Treasures of the Mass (cont.): The Treasures of the Mass (cont.): Apparitions, Serious Considerations, & Kneeling for Holy Communion: Catholic Prayers: Catholic Prayers 2: Various Points on Encyclicals, Doctrine, the Mass & other things: The Holy Eucharist: Under Construction The Holy Souls in Purgatory: Papal Authority, Papalotry, and "Attacking" the Pope: Under Revision Cynthia Mary Shorey: This page is dedicated to the memory of my mother. Blank Page: Catholic Pictures: Monthly Devotions: I may update this in the future. The Controversy about Father Nicholas Gruner, etc.: Some U.S. Catholic Church statistics: Dare to Live! by the Rev. Albert H. Dolan, O. Carm.: Christian Music Links: This is a page that lists some good Christian Music artists that I
A woman shall not be clothed with men's apparel, neither shall a man
use women's apparel: for he that doeth these things is abominable
1 Timothy 2:9-10
In like manner women also in decent apparel: adorning themselves with
modesty and sobriety, not with plaited hair or gold, or pearls, or
costly attire, But as it becometh women professing godliness, with
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication,
uncleanness, IMMODESTY, luxury.
20 Idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths,
quarrels, dissensions, sects,
21 Envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. Of the
which I fortell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such
things shall not obtain the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is charity, joy, peace, patience, be-
nignity, goodness, longanimity,
23 Mildness, faith, MODESTY, continency, chastity. Against such there
is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's, have crucified their flesh, with the
vices and concupiscences.
Pope Benedict XV, Sacra Propediem, January 6, 1921
"From this point of view one cannot sufficiently deplore the blind-
ness of so many women of every age and condition; made foolish by de-
sire to please, they do not see to what a degree the the indecency of
their clothing shocks every honest man, and offends God. Most of them
would formerly have blushed for those toilettes as for a grave fault
against Christian modesty, now it does not suffice for them to exhibit
them on the public thoroughfares; they do not fear to cross the thre-
shold of the churches, to assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass,
and even to bear the seducing food of shameful passions to the Euch-
aristic Table where one receives the heavenly Author of Purity."
1928 Letter from the Congregation for Religious
To the Ordinaries of Italy: regarding the crusade against immodest
fashions, especially in schools directed by women Religious.
Circular. Most Illustrious and Reverend Sir, well known to you are
the grave words of condemnation which the Holy Father spoke, on sev-
eral occasions, with apostolic authority, against the immodest fash-
ion of women's dress which prevails today to the detriment of good
Suffice it to recall, the very grave words, charged with grief and
admonition, with which in the discourse of August 15th current, in the
consistorial chamber, promulgating the decree on the heroic virtues of
Venerable Paolo Frassinetti, His Holiness denounced once again the
danger which, by its seductive fascination, threatens so many unwary
souls, who profess to belong to the flock of Jesus Christ and to His
It is painful to point out in this regard that the deplorable custom
tends to insinuate itself among young girls who frequent, as extern
pupils, some of the schools directed by Sisters and Sunday-school
classes which are held in female religious institutions.
In order to confront a danger which, by spreading, becomes ever more
grave, this Sacred Congregation, by order of the Holy Father, calls
upon the ordinaries of Italy so that they may communicate to the sup-
eriors of the houses of female religious in their respective dioceses
the following injunctions of this Sacred Congragation, confirmed by
His Holiness in audience this day:
a) In all schools, academies, recreation centers, Sunday schools, and
laboratories directed by female religious, not to be admitted from now
on are those girls who do not observe in their attire the rules of
modesty and Christian decency.
b) To this end, the superiors themselves will be obliged to exercise
a close supervision and exclude peremptorily from the schools and pro-
jects of their institutions those pupils who do not conform to these
c) They must not be influenced in this by any human respect, either
for material considerations or by reason of the social prestige of the
families of their pupils, even though the student body should dimin-
ish in number.
d) Furthermore, the Sisters, in fulfillment of their educational pur-
suits, must endeavor to inculcate sweetly and strongly in their pup-
ils the love and relish for holy modesty, the sign and guardian of
purity and delicate adornment of womankind.
Your Reverence will be vigilant that these injunctions be exactly ob-
served and that there be perfect conformity of conduct among all the
institutes of female religious in the diocese.
You will severely call to task whoever should fail in this, and
should any abuse be prolonged, you will notify this Sacred Congreg-
With deepest esteem, I remain,
G. cardinal Laurenti, Prefect
Sacred Congreegation for Religious
Vincent LaPuma, Secretary
Rome, August 23, 1928
1930 Letter of the Congregation of the Council
By virthue of the supreme apostolate which he wields over the Univer-
sal Church by Divine Will, our Most Holy Father Pope Pius XI has never
ceased to inculcate, both verbally and by his writings, the words of
St. Paul(1 Tim. XI,9-10), namely, "Women...adorning themselves with
modesty and sobriety...and professing godliness with good works."
Very often, when occasion arose, the same Supreme Pontiff condemned
emphatically the immodest fashion of dress adopted by Catholic women
and girls - which fashion not only offends the dignity of women and
against her adornment, but conduces to the temporal ruin of the women
and girls, and, what is still worse, to their eternal ruin, miserably
dragging down others in their fall. It is not surprising, therefore,
that all bishops and other ordinaries, as is the duty of ministers of
Christ, should in their own dioceses have unanimously opposed their
depraved licentiousness and promiscuity of manners, often bearing
with fortitude the derision and mockery leveled against them for this
Therefore this Sacred Council, which watches over the discipline of
clergy and people, while cordially commending the action of the Vener-
able Bishops, most emphatically exhorts them to persevere in their
attitude and increase their activities insofar as their strength per-
mits, in order that this unwholesome disease be definitely uprooted
from human society.
In oder to facilitate the desired effect, this Sacred Congregation,
by the mandate of the Most Holy Father, has decreed as follows:
1. The parish priest, and especially the preacher, when occasion ari-
ses, should, according to the words of the Apostle Paul(2 Tim. IV, 2),
insist, argue, exhort and command that feminine garb be based on mod-
esty and womanly ornament be a defense of virtue. Let them likewise
admonish parents to cause their daughters to cease wearing indecorous
2. Parents, conscious of their grave obligations toward the educa-
tion, especially religious and moral, to their offspring, should see
to it that their daughters are solidly instructed, from the earliest
childhood, in Christian doctrine; and they themselves should assidu-
ously inculcate in their souls, by word and example, love for the
virtues of modesty and chastity; and since their family should follow
the example of the Holy Family, they must rule in such a manner that
all its members, reared within the walls of of the home, should find
reason and incentive to love and preserve modesty.
3. Let parents keep their daughters away from public gymnastic games
and contests; but if their daughters are compelled to attend such ex-
hibitions, let them see that they are fully and modestly dressed. Let
them never permit their daughter to don immodest garb.
4. Superioresses and teachers in schools for girls must do their ut-
most to instill love of modesty in the hearts of maidens confided to
their care and urge them to dress modestly.
5. Said Superioresses and teachers must not receive in their colleges
and schools immodestly dressed girls, and should not even make an ex-
ception in the case of mothers of pupils. If, after being admitted,
girls persist in dressing immodestly, such pupils should be dismissed.
6. Nuns, in compliance with the letter dated August 23, 1928, by the
Sacred Congregation of Religious, must not receive in their colleges,
schools, oratories or recreation grounds, or, if once admitted, toler-
ate girls who are not dressed with Christian modesty; said Nuns, in
addition, should do their utmost so that love for holy chastity and
Christian modesty may become deeply rooted in the hearts of their pup-
7. It is desirable that pious organizations of women be founded,
which by their counsel, example and propoganda should combat the wear-
ing of apparel unsuited to Christian modesty, and should promote pur-
ity of customs and modesty of dress.
8. In the pious associations of women those who dress immodestly
should not be admitted to membership; but if, perchance, they are re-
ceived, and after having been admitted, fall again into their error,
they should be dismissed forthwith.
9. Maidens and women dressed immodestly are to be debarred from Holy
Communion and froma acting as sponsors at the Sacraments of Baptism
and Confirmation; further, if the offense be extreme, they may even be
forbidden to enter the Church.
Donato Cardinal Sbaretti, Prefect
Congregation of the Council
Rome, January 12, 1930
This letter can be found in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis of 1930 (vol.
22, pp. 26-28). Thus, this letter is an OFFICIAL PAPAL ACT, and as it
has never been officially changed or contradicted, it is STILL IN
FORCE, and since it relates to MORALS, it cannot be officially changed
Pope Pius XII, Nov.8, 1957, Address to the Congress of the Latin Union
of High Fashion, "Moral Problems in Fashion Design."
This second virtue, modesty - the very word "modesty" comes from mod-
us, a measure or limit - probably better expresses the function of
governing and dominating the pasions, especially sensual passions. It
is the natural bulwark of chastity. It is its effective rampart, be-
cause it moderates acts closely connected with the very object of
chastity [...] Yet no matter how broad and changeable the relative
morals of styles may be, there is always an absolute norm to be kept
after having heard the admonition of conscience warning against appr-
oaching danger: style must never be a proximate occasion of sin. [...]
An excess of immodesty in fashion involves, in practice, the cut of
the garment. The garment must not be evaluated according to the estim-
ation of a decadent or already corrupt society, but according to the
aspirations of a society which prizes the dignity and seriousness of
its public attire. [...] It is often said almost with passive resig-
nation that fashions reflect the customs of a people. But it would be
more exact and much more useful to say that they express the decision
and moral direction that a nation intends to take: either to be ship-
wrecked in licentiousness or maintain itself at the level to which it
has been raised by religion and civilization.
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NOT recommend clicking on them.
About the links on my Catholic Links Page: I link to sites that have
generally good information. Some sites are controversial, but I
include them because they contain information that it is useful.
If you want to to condemn me as "schismatic" or an "integrist", or
whatever, knock yourself out. (Literally would help.)
If you are interested in finding the truth about the Catholic Faith
and the crisis in the Church today, here is a place that can help you.
REST IN PEACE
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Michael Davies, prominent Traditional Catholic & defender of the True
Catholic Faith, died September 25, 2004 of a massive heart attack. He
had been suffering from cancer for some time.
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity of Thy
Beloved Son & our Lord Jesus Christ for the repose of the soul of
Michael Davies. Amen.
May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in
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March 31, 2005
May she rest in peace.
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of
Thy Beloved Son and our Lord Jesus Christ for the repose of the soul
of Terri Schiavo.
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