Welcome to my Traditional Catholic Web site. It is intended to useful primarily to long-time Catholics and converts, but has material that can be of help to Protestants to help them better understand the Catholic Faith. Questions or comments (not attacks on the Catholic Faith) can be addressed to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org SITE UPDATED: November 27, 2000 Today, I updated the "Stphen Hand and the "Integrists" section. Today I have put a new "Monthly Devotions" page on my site, which at present has prayers to the Infant Jesus of Prague. This page will contain prayers suitable for use during each given month. Of course, most of the prayers can used any time if desired. I have updated my Catholic Prayers 2 page with various prayers from the book "The Passion and the Death of Jesus Christ" by St. Alphonsus de Liguori. November is the month dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Please pray for the Souls in Purgatory, especially this month. They are in serious need of our prayers. Remember also to attend Mass and receive Holy Communion for them, especially on the feast of the Holy Souls, November 2. Some other things you can do to help the Holy Souls: Have Masses offered for them Pray the Rosary and/or Divine Mercy Chaplet Pray the Stations of the Cross Offer up little sacrifices Fast Spread devotion to them Attend Eucharistic Adoration and pray for them Gain all the indulgences you can, and apply them to the Holy Souls. Pray various prayers such as the St. Gertrude prayer: Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen. These articles are linked to on my links page: An Apologia for Roman Catholic Traditionalism Traditional Catholicism is Historical Catholicism: History's Indict- ment of the "Conservative" Error Five Questions for Bishop Fabian Bruskowitz I have linked to an excellent article written by a Mr. Adam C. Kolasinski entitled "Legitimate Protest and Criticism of Papal Acts". The link can be found near the bottom of the Catholic Articles list of links on my Catholic Links page. I have posted, in the third section (under the Modety section), an article I wrote on Stephen Hand and his seeming obsession with "integrists" and "integrism." ______________________________________________________________________ "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 amomg 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 obsti- nacy." (Pope St. Pius X, "Pascendi Dominici Gregis", 1907). BOOKS AND DOCUMENTS EVERY CATHOLIC SHOULD READ AND/OR OWN: Here are some things I think 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. Douay-Rheims Bible Catechism of the Council of Trent 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 Eucharistic Mystery The Papal and Curial Documents are available online. Click the links on my Catholic Links Page. The Douay-Rheims Bible and the Catechism of the Council of Trent are also available online (click the Links on my Catholic Links Page. They can also be ordered from: Tan Books P.O. Box 424 Rockford, IL 61105 The Sources of Catholic Dogma can be ordered from: The Maryfaithful Bookstore P.O. Box 48 Powers Lake, N.D. 58773 I highly recommend subscribing to the Catholic Family News. It costs $26/year, but is usually offered at $20/year. Catholic Family News M.P.O. Box 743 Niagara Falls, NY 14302 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 higly recommend the following: Cramner's Godly Order Pope John's Council Pope Paul's New Mass, all by Michael Davies. Also read anything else by him. He is President of the International Una Voce Federation, and he does his research, and cites his sources. "The Reform of the Roman Liturgy: Its Problems and Background" by Msgr. 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Deuteronomy 22:5 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 before God. 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 good works. Galatians 5:19-24 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 breeding. 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 Holy Church. 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 prescriptions 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- ation. With deepest esteem, I remain, Devotedly yours, 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 cause. 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 dress. 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- ils. 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 or contradicted. 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. More to added in the future....
8-29-00 I've been following the debate between The Remnant, Catholic Family News, Tradition in Action, etc. (hereafter referred to as Matt & Co.), and Stephen Hand. Mr. Hand has gone from being a supporter of the Traditionalist position to a supporter of his own position. The big problems for Mr. Hand are the video put out by the In the Spirit of Chartres Committee from Arizona and an article published in The Remnant and Catholic Family News entitled, "We Resist You to the Face", in which the signers of said document declare that they will "suspend obedience" to the Pope. Hand and his supporters are busy condemning Matt & Co for these things. On Hand's web site is a page titled "Catholicism, Various Errors, and Schismatic Views" which is at www.geocities.com/Athens/Ithaca/3251/controversy.html On that page is an article in a box titled "John Sharpe, Thomas Woods, Atila Guimaraes try to cover their Tracks." In this article, as well as in an article titled "Apologia Pro Stephen Hand Against the Assault of the Schismatics (genintegrist4.html), there is a line quoted from the "We Resist You to the Face" article, which Mr. Hand and a Brian Gershon (writer of the Apologia article) would love to have you believe is a prime indicator that Matt & Co. are indeed "schismatic". This is what they quote: "In our view a possible future declaration of a sede vacante ('the period of time when the Apostolic See is empty, as a consequence of the heresy of the Pope' CFN 7/2000) would take place automatically when the Church would become aware of the gravity of the present day errors and who is responsible for them." --We Resist the Pope to His Face, V.3 This is exactly as worded in both articles. In addition, Mr. Gershon spent a fair amount of time criticizing the Remnant's journalism technique! First, who is this Brian Gershon, and what are his journal- istic credentials? And second, and more importantly, why is that Mr. Hand, who is so on fire to condemn his former friends, doesn't put "We Resist You to the Face" on his website and critique it point by point, while citing the Official teaching of the Catholic Church to refute the "errors" in it? The obvious answer is that he knows that on the whole the article is not what he makes it out to be and does not indicate what he wants people to believe. In the 'John Sharpe et al try to cover their tracks' article, it says "Tragically, all they have left is adhominem hatred, misrepresentat- ion and distorted framing of facts, and deflection." Now this of course is primarily in reference to what these people are saying about their involvement with the video "What we have Lost". Nevertheless, both Mr. Hand and Mr. Gershon are guilty of the very same thing. The quote they used was taken out of context; they don't want their readers to know about the fact that the quote from "We Resist You to the Face" is the second point under a subheading called "What this Action does not Imply", and, in fact Hand and Gershon do not even quote the entire section. They only gave part of it! Here is the entire section: (emphasis mine) 3. What this action does NOT imply This resistance statement does NOT imply: *The desire to judge the Pope, but only to compare his teachings with prior Magisterium of the other Popes and of the Church. *THE DESIRE TO DECLARE THAT THE APOSTOLIC SEE IS VACANT. IN OUR VIEW, A POSSIBLE FUTURE DECLARATION OF A SEDE VACANTE [THE PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE APOSTOLIC SEE IS EMPTY, AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE HERESY OF THE POPE] WOULD TAKE PLACE AUTOMATICALLY WHEN THE CHURCH WOULD BECOME AWARE OF THE GRAVITY OF THE PRESENT-DAY ERRORS AND OF WHO IS RESPON- SIBLE FOR THEM. SHOULD SUCH A SITUATION NOT BECOME PUBLIC AND NOTOR- IOUS, THE DECLARATION OF THE AFOREMENTIONED JUDGMENT WOULD FALL TO FUTURE PONTIFFS. The full text of "We Resist You to the Face" can be obtained from The Remnant, Catholic Family News, or on the internet at the following web address: www.catholictradition.org/cfn-resistance.htm I find it interesting that Mr. Hand and Mr. Gershon are so ready to accuse Matt & Co. of "misrepresentation and distorted framing of facts and deflection", especially since they have done the exact same thing, as well as citing the title of the document as "We Resist the Pope to his Face" which is not the title at all. Mr. Hand also likes to talk of how the "Integrists" pit Pope against Pope, and Council against Council. And how they engage in private judgment of the Pope's writings, combing through them for some phrase they can use to claim the Pope is teaching something wrong. Yet Mr. Hand does the exact same thing with "We Resist You to the Face." Mr. Hand, in Part 4 of his "Traditionalists, Tradition, and Private Judgment" article, after narrating how "Integrists" reject Vatican II and refer to the Pope as a heretic, etc. makes this statement, which can be found on the Wanderer's website at: www.thewandererpress.com/u1.html scroll down to Part 4 and read the 15th paragraph, which states: "This does not mean that every decision of the Pope or Church is always wise, but it does mean that the Church is infallibly and super- naturally protected against defecting from the faith until the very end of the world (Matt.28:20)" This is true, but notice that Mr. Hand in any of his writings since breaking with Matt & Co., has not made the distinction between Papal Teaching and the Pope's private opinion. Mr. Hand, it seems to me, would have his readers believe that whatever the Pope says or does is automatically part of the Magisterium. He even made a big deal out of 'defending' the Magisterium by putting a link to a Catholic Encyclo- pedia article entitled "Tradition and Living Magisterium." I find it extremely interesting that he does not link to the article entitled "Pope". I believe that Mr. Hand would not like his readers to know the truth about the Pope. He would rather his readers believe that anything the Pope says or does is Magisterial, and beyond criticism. However, as I will demonstrate from the article itself and 2 other sources, the Pope does indeed have great power and supreme authority in the Church, but that power is in no way ABSOLUTE in everything, nor is it arbitrary and despotic. This is now on my page 'Papal Authority, Papalotry, and "Attacking" the Pope'. Mr. Hand devotes an entire page of his site to define the word "integrist/integralist". It can be summed up as: A person who believes that something is dogmatic, when in fact it is not. And nowhere on that page does the definition of the word include: A person who crit- isizes a decision of the Pope. Yet Mr. Hand condemns The Latin Mass Magazine as integrist because of an alleged 25 page "attack" on the Pope. The magazine (Spring 2000 issue) had several articles that detail the history of Pope John Paul II's reign. The good and the bad. But Mr. Hand is one of those people who sees any criticism of the Pope as being the act of an "integrist." Anyone who does not believe that the pontificate of Pope John Paul II has been all good, or at the least, mostly positive, is an "integrist", yet Mr. Hand has problems with altar girls, and believes that improvements could be made in the Novus Ordo Mass. Strange attitude from a man who promotes an idea that anything the Pope says or does is Magisterial, and thus above criticism. However, if Matt & Co., or others, bring up negative things about the Pope in any fashion, they are called "integrists", and "schismatic". News Flash! Stephen Hand is the real integrist!!! He will accept no criticism of the Pope from anyone, yet does the same himself! Not only is he the real integrist, he is espousing an extremely hypocrit- ical viewpoint. Now I will say flat out that I have not seen the video "What we have Lost". So I can't comment on it. But, I will comment on one thing. I understand that Gerry Matatics appeared in the video. I do not know what he said on the video, nor do I know how long his appearance on it was. I did note that Mr. Hand wasted little time linking to a question on Karl Keating's apologetics forum about Gerry Matatics and Keating's response to Matatics being in it. On Hand's website, at his controversy.html page, he entitles the link to this question, "Gerry Matatics, "called" and "sent" by whom". I think Mr.Hand poses a very good question. In fact, I think it is one of the more intelligent things posted on his website in months. I too would like to ask this question of Karl Keating, who has made accusations of "schism", "Feenyism", and the like against Gerry Matatics for years, without solid proof, and he will not give Gerry a chance to defend himself. Keating is not objective where Gerry is concerned, and will use anything to "prove" the Gerry is a "schism- atic", a "Feenyite" etc. I would love to know who "called" and "sent" Karl Keating to evangelize Protestants, and for years to be so uncharitable against one man. I would like to know who called and sent Scott Hahn to give talks all over the country, and who became a supporter of the "charismatic movement", which is heretical? Who called and sent Stephen Hand to condemn just about any- one who is "Traditionalist" as being an "integrist". Who called and sent the leaders of the "charismatic movement" to spread their heresy in the Church? Please Mr. Hand, Mr. Keating, Mr. Hahn, and all you "charismatic" leaders, tell me, who "called" and "sent" you??? I believe that it is time for Mr. Hand to at least be honest enough to publish the entire text of "We Resist You to the Face" on his web- site, and demonstrate from OFFICIAL church teaching, that it is in error, and to seriously research and tell us exactly what the Church teaches in regard to authority of the Pope and the Church. But I doubt he will do that, because then he would have to stop accusing people of "integrism" and it would not look good to his new "conservative" friends. Another thing, I will admit that I saw one or two things in "We Resist You to the Face" that APPEARED to be a bit problematic. But I will address those when I post the article and do a critique it on my website. And I will be contacting Matt & Co. about there points. I would also like to point out that Mr. Hand in "Traditionalists, Tradition, and Private Judgment", accuses Catholic Family News of using only the the worst photos of the Pope in certain situations. First of all, what should CFN do? Act as though the Pope isn't doing things his predecessors would have condemned him for? Should CFN, like most "conservatives", stick their head in the sand, or keep on the rose colored glasses? It can argued for days, even years, about how the Pope should deal with the current crisis, but the facts are that the Pope has done very little to correct the problems. Sure he has done much good, and preached the Gospel throughout the world, but that does not end the confusion, nor does it correct abuses. Mr. Hand is now a great supporter of Vatican II and loves to show himself a great defender of the Pope. Ok then Mr. Hand, you claim that the Pope is following Vatican II. Well then, where is the Latin in our churches? Only in churches that have the Indult Mass, and a few of the Novus Ordo parishes is Latin ever heard anymore. But yet, the council you now so love to defend, which stated: "Particalar law remaining in force, LATIN IS TO BE PRESERVED IN THE LATIN RITE." (emphasis mine), is ignored by the very Pope who is so in favor of carrying out the directives of this Council! Wake up, Mr. Hand. Vatican II may be a valid Council, the Novus Ordo a valid Mass, and Pope John Paul II a valid Pope, but where is the document issued by the Pope ordering that Latin is to be used in all Latin rite parishes? HELLO!!!!!!!! THERE ISN'T ONE!!!!! And that is just one point that can be made. I would like to point out that Mr. Hand is, essentially, lumping all "traditionalists" together now, no matter what. Granted there are in fact some real "extreme Traditionalists" out there, and these should be avoided, but to Mr. Hand, any one who criticizes any of the post- Conciliar Popes is an "Integrist", or "extreme Traditionalist." The best thing to do is avoid Hand's website altogether, until he realizes that he is the one who is confused and in error. 10-5-00 I am adding to this article. About a month, or almost 2, ago, Mr. Hand posted an article on his controversy.html page entitled "The Lefebv- rist Worm in Una Voce's Apple." I found it very interesting that Mr. Hand, who just a few months ago, was accusing Michal Matt of the Rem- nant of criticizing Michal Davies behind his back, is now trying to trash Michael Davies himself. I find it interesting that in the first paragraph of this artcle Mr. Hand criticizes Davies for still allowing his books to be published and sold by the Angelus Press (the printing arm of the SSPX), while at the same time, Hand himself has made no at- tempt, at least publicly, to get the Remnant to stop publishing and selling 2 of his own books! Interesting that Davies is somehow now an "integrist" for his former defense of the SSPX, and his "allowing' them to sell his books, but yet Mr. Hand is not, even though the very people he has many times condemned as "integrists" have not been told to stop selling his books, at least not publicly. Mr. Hand claims that Davies does still defend the SSPX. Maybe so. I can't say for sure, but I think Mr. Hand needs to get with reality. Hand publishes an article by E. Michael Jones (of Fidelity and Culture Wars fame) that is FIVE years old, as his proof that Davies is a def- ender of the SSPX. And offers nothing newer, or if he does, I haven't seen it yet. Also, I noticed that Mr. Hand still maintains a link on his links page to a small part of one of Davies' writing that is on the 'Net. (As of 11-1-00). All the more reason to avoid Stephen Hand, and his website. 11-1-00 Hand is at it again. I noticed 2 articles on Hand's site on 10-31-00. One is titled: "Canon Law Study Concludes Integrists Who Publicly "Suspend Obedience" to Pope are in Schism". This article can be found at www.geocities.com/Athens/Ithaca/3251/joan.html. Another article, which is on TCR /tri.html page is titled: "FSSP Responds to Misrepresentat- ions of Latin Mass Magazine. I'd like to point something out here. In this 'FSSP Responds' article, Mr. Hand (or whoever) brings up the point that a headline can be written so the event being reported on is perceived in a good or bad light. The line I am referring to is this, and I quote, "It's a well-known fact in publishing circles that the title you give to any article will set the frame of mind in which people read it." And then he demonstrates how this is done. Excellent point. However, he seems to have forgotten it when he wrote the title for the first article I mentioned. In that article, Mr. Hand goes on to state that the "Canon Law study" is not in fact completed, and is expected to be released next year. One moment this study is done, the next he says it's expected to be released next year. Interesting. I don't know who is doing this study, but if I had to guess, I would guess it was Pete Vere. Mr. Vere, who frankly I admire, recently got a degree in Canon Law, and not long ago did a canonical study on the SSPX situation. Given that his writings have as late appeared on TCR, and a short letter of his recently published in The Remnant stating his opinion obout the "suspension of obedience", I conclude that it is him doing the study. I hope Mr. Vere, or whoever is doing the study, abandons the project. There are more pressing problems than the so- called "schism" of the "We Resist..." writers. But to get to my other points. In the FSSP responds article, Hand does his usual bit of name-calling, etc. He claims that the North American District Headquarters was consulted about the alleged attacks by the editor of The Latin Mass magazine against the FSSP. Well, then perhaps Mr. Hand can explain a few things. Like what pages of the Fall 2000 issue the alleged attacks are made on. And how about quoting the entire text of the articles for those of us who are not current subscribers the The Latin Mass? Also, what proof do we have that he actually spoke to the Fraternity and Fr. Devillers? When and how exactly did he speak with Fr. Devillers? By phone? By fax? By e-mail? Maybe Vulcan mind-meld? Mr. Hand is very good at accusing the Latin Mass Magazine of using "supposition and innuendo as opposed to facts" as well as "a significant amount of selective reporting and quoting, as well as a great deal of underlying personal animosity" in what Latin Mass Magazine reports about the FSSP and Fr. Devillers. Mr. Hand should know all about 'selective quoting', considering that's what he did when writing about "We Resist You to the Face", as I dem- onstrated earlier in this article. And he is also an expert on having "a great deal of personal animosity." He condemns his former friends as "extremists", "extreme Traditionalists" and "integrists" all the while saying he tried to talk to them about their seeming 'hardening against Rome'. But notice Mr. Hand offers no proof that he tried to talk to them. Where are the audio and/or video tapes of their conver- sations? Where are the E-mails that have verified as true and original by disinterested 3rd parties? Where is other written verification? Mr. Hand says is said to work in a law office. This should be obvious to him. Now I want to make clear here that I do not have this issue of the Latin Mass Magazine, so I can't look at it and say "Ah, Mr. Hand is right in what he is saying." Maybe everything he says and alleges in his article is true, but how can I know that, without seeing the art- icles myself? I would like to bring up one thing that Hand speaks of in his article, because it is common knowledge. He brings up the point of the debate about the "French 16", the Fraternity priests who appealed to Rome for permission to use the New Rite of Mass. In the article, there are 5 points he makes, marked by dots. If you read the 4th one, the one that begins "Rome has no "new" policy....". What I want to know is this. If what he alleges in this point is true, then why is that these "French 16" petitioned Rome in the first place? If it was understood in the beginning of the FSSP that their priests would still retain the right to celebrate the Novus Ordo, then what was the point of 16 French FSSP priests petitioning Rome to be sure they could do so? And if they did want to celebrate the New Mass, then why waste time joining the FSSP? I want to state for the record that I'm glad that we have the FSSP. They do a lot of good and help a lot of people, but in the midst of all the debate, I think that what is being missed is that the FSSP is allowed to exist at the whim of the Ecclesia Dei Commission. The Papal document Ecclesia Dei was a Motu Proprio, which is means the Pope is the one who initiated it, on his own. To the best of my knowledge, this type of document doesn't necessarily carry the weight of full Papal authority. It's not doctrinal, and could be revoked by him, or a successor at anytime, for any reason. I could be wrong about that, but until proven otherwise..... If the Pope was so in favor of the continuing of the FSSP and the Traditional Orders in general, why is it that they are not given the status of personal prelature (I think that's the right term) like the way too controversial Opus Dei is? Why leave the FSSP at the mercy of bishops who don't want Traditional orders or Traditional anything in their dioceses? The fact is that the FSSP could be closed down on a whim, with no notice. And if that isn't the truth then why was it not given personal prelature status? Think about it. I would like to bring up another point on Stephen Hand. Hand likes to accuse Matt & Co. of name-calling, and that sort of thing. but, at the end of the FSSP article, he refers to Thomas Woods of Latin Mass Maga- zine as an "extremist" and says he "defended the de facto Integrist schism" because of his defense of the "We Resist you to the Face" article. Mr. Hand is, as I showed earlier, guilty of the very same things he accuses his former friends of. I think it's time Mr. Hand started using his time more constructively than condemning Matt & Co. In fact, he should do everyone a favor by getting a real life, and putting out material that will help people to lead a better and holier life, rather than condemning a few people who have simply stated the truth, and who, excuse the language but, had the balls to say what had to be said. Shawn 11-2-00 ______________________________________________________________________ Today, 11-27, I was checking out Stephen Hand's site, and he has linked to a story in Catholic World Report about the "gay priest problem". One of his suggestions for dealing with this pronblem is that, and I quote, "What Rome can do, REQUIRE HEADS ON PLATTERS" I find it interesting that he all of a sudden seems to see the need for punishment of people for something, and that Rome should do the punishing. But earlier this year, he held this strange (and probably still does) idea that people who have been attacking the Catholic Faith for years, and leading millions astray, should not be openly excommunicated, for fear of causing a great "schism" in the Church. Well, if you've followed Hand's new career of condemning certain people as "integrists", you'll probably notice that a great schism has already begun. At least according to him and his new friends at the Wanderer. So, Mr. Hand, I ask you, why this sudden suggestion that Rome call for heads on platters? While I agree that such priests and bishops should be laicized, and removed from their sacred offices, and put in a program to help them, and that they should do serious penance for their actions, why the sudden call for their heads? What about people who have been attacking the Faith for years, like Hans Kung, Richard McBrien, et al? These people have done thousands of times more damage to the Faith than any number of gay priests. So why not call for the heads of McBrien and his ilk? Oh gee, that's right, I forgot, you're a "conservative" now. You believe everything the Pope says or does is magisterial and hence infallible. Gee, Mr. Hand, the Pope has done virtually nothing about gay priests during his pontificate as well as very little about curbing heresy, but, gee, didn't you just recently spend months this summer condemning The Remnant, CFN, et al. for "attacking" the Pope, and going into "schism" because of a docu- ment that you didn't like, in which they pointed out these same things, among others? Well, Mr. Hand, you once again prove that YOU are the real "integrist". I think, Mr. Hand, it's time for you to sit back, relax, and ask yourself, "What am I really accomplishing here?" I'll tell you, NOTHING, except proving yourself to be a hypocrite. Why don't you spend a little more time filling your site with things that will help people lead good lives and become holy, rather than talking about things that we have already been oversatu- rated with? This will be the last time I update this section. Let's face it, it's pretty much old news, but I will keep it on my site in another place for future reference.
This is currently one of the most controversial topics in the Church today. Supposedly, this is about converting the non-Catholics to the Catholic Faith, but in practice, it is used to allow non-Catholics to feel that they are already members of the True Church, and that it really doesn't matter what "church" or "religion" one belongs to, as long as one leads a "good" life. That is a serious error. The Catholic Church has INFALLIBLY defined twice that "Outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation", and has once INFALLIBLY defined that one can- not be saved without being subject to the Roman Pontiff. It has also condemned indifferentism, which is the belief or attitude that one religion is as good as another, and that it isn't necessary to be Catholic in order to be saved. Today, there are many so-called "Cath- olic" bishops who allow their cathedrals to be used for the "ordin- ation" of Protestant "bishops" and "clergy". This is a sacrilege. Many bishops and priests routinely encourage Catholiocs to attend so-called "ecumenical" services, such as "prayer meetings" to pray for "Christ- ian unity". Participation in these is forbidden by the First Command- ment of God, and by the Papal Encyclical "Mortalium Animos" by Pope Pius XI. This encyclical condemned "ecumenism" as an error. True "ecumenism" is in the conversion of all non-Catholics to the Catholic Faith, and ANYONE who promotes the opposite of this, is guilty of promoting that which has been condemend. (Numbers are paragraph numbers in Denzinger's Enchiridion Symbolorum, The Sources of Catholic Dogma, 30th Edition) From the Letter of the Sacred Office, September 16, 1864 1685 It has been made known to the Apostolic See that some Catholic laymen and ecclesiastics have enrolled in a society to "procure" as they say, the unity of Christianity, established at London in the year 1857, and that already many journalistic articles have been published, which are signed by the names of Catholics approving this society, or which are shown to be the work of churchmen commending this same soc- iety. But certainly, I need not say what the nature of this society is, and whither it is tending; this is easily understood from the articles of the newspaper entitled THE UNION REVIEW, and from that very page on which members are invited or listed. Indeed, formed and directed by Protestants, it is animated by that spirit which expressly avows for example, that the three Christian communions, Roman Catholic, Greek- schismatic, and Anglican, however seperated and divided from one an- other, nevertheless with equal right claim for themselves the name Catholic. Admission, therefore, into that society is open to all, wheresoever they may live, Catholics, Greek-schismatics, and Angli- cans, under this condition however, that no one is permitted to raise a question about the various forms of doctrine in which they disagree, and that it is right for each individual to follow with tranquil soul what is acceptable to his own religious creed. Indeed, the society it- self indicates to all its members the prayer to be recited, and to the priests the sacrifices to be celebrated according to its own intent- ion: namely, that the said three Christian communions, inasmuch as they, as it is alleged, together now constitute the Catholic Church, may at some time or other unite to form one body.... 1686 The foundation on which this society rests is of such a nature that it makes the divine establishment of the Church of no consequ- ence. For it is wholly in this: that it supposes the true Church of Jesus Christ to be composed partly of the Roman Church scattered and propogated throughout the whole world, partly, indeed, of the schism of Photius, and of the Anglican heresy, to which, as well as to the Roman Church, "there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism" [cf.Eph 4:5]. Surely nothing should be preferable to a Catholic man than that sch- isms and dissensions among Christians be torn out by the roots and that all Christians be "careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" [Eph.4:3]....But, that the faithful of Christ and the clergy should pray for unity under the leadership of heretics, and, what is worse, according to an intention, polluted and infected as much as possible with heresy, can in no way be tolerated. The true Church of Jesus Christ was established by divine authority, and is known by a fourfold mark, which we assert in the creed must be beli- eved; and each one of these marks so clings to the others that it can- not be seperated from them; hence it happens that that Church which truly is, and is called Catholic should at the same time shine with the prerogatives of unity, sanctity, and apostolic succession. There- fore, the Catholic Church alone is conspicuous and perfect in the un- ity of the whole world and of all nations, particularly in that unity whose beginning, root, and unfailing origin are that supreme authority and "higher principality" of Blessed PETER, the prince of the Apost- les, and of his successors in the Roman Chair. No other Church is Catholic except the one which, founded on the one PETER, grows into one "body compacted and fitly joined together"[Eph.4:16] in the unity of faith and charity.... Therefore, the faithful should especially shun this London society, because those sympathizing with it favor indifferentism and engender scandal. From the Decree of the Holy Office, July 8, 1927 2199 Whether it is permitted Catholics to be present at, or take part in conventions, gatherings, meetings, or societies of non-Catholics which aim to associate together under a single agreement all who in any way lay claim to the name of Christian? Reply: In the negative, and there must be complete adherence to the decree (De participatione catholicorum societati, "ad procurandam christianitatis unitatem") on the participation of Catholics in a soc- iety "to procure the unity of Christianity." Note: The decree just mentioned in the reply is the Letter of the Sacred Office, September 16, 1864 above (which you probably just read). Also refer to: MORTALIUM ANIMOS (On Fostering True Religious Unity), Pope Pius XI, 1928. This can be found on my Catholic Links Page. ********************************************************************** The following quotes are from "Papal Teachings: The Church", Selected and arranged by The Benedictine Monks of Solesmes, 1962, and published by St. Paul Editions (Daughters of St. Paul). (Numbers listed are the paragraph numbers in the book.) Pope Pius X, 1910 746 Finally, let all be persuaded of this: it will be utterly vain to laborin this cause unless, in the first place, every effort is made to preserve the Catholic Faith whole and entire such as it has been con- secrated and transmitted to us in Sacred Scripture, the teachings of the Fathers, the interpretation of the Church, the General Councils, and the decrees of the Sovereign Pontiffs.... Pope Pius XII, 1944 1118 ...Even more, even under the pretxt of restoring peace and con- cord, it is wrong to dissemble even so much as a single dogma; for as the Alexandrian Patriarch admonishes us: "To desire peace is certainly the highest and principal good..but we may not, for that reason, des- pise the virtue of piety in Christ". Therefore, it does not lead to the much desired return of the erring children to real and true unity in Christ, this method which accepts merely certain doctrinal head- ings, on which all, or very nearly all, of the communities who glory in the name of Christ are agreed; rather that method should be adopt- ed that lays down as the basis of concord and harmony among Christians all the divinely revealed truths in all their integrity. (The 'Alexandrian Patriarch' referred to is St. Cyril of Alexandria.) Pope Pius XII, 1948 1244 The Church's maternal eye follows those souls, temporarily lost or in danger, with vigilant love and redoubled solicitude. She is not troubled. She prays. She waits: she waits for the return of her chil- dren and is anxious to find means of hastening the hour. To this end she does not recoil from any sacrifice; no effort is to painful for her to reach that end. She is ready for anything. For anything, with the exception of one thing: let no one ask her to obtain the return of the children seperated from her--either in times past or in recent ones--at the price of minimizing or clouding any item at all in the deposit of Christian faith confided to her safekeeping. ***What more proof is needed that ecumenism as practiced today is not in conformity with the 2,000 year Tradition of the Catholic Faith?