Vatican II “Not From God”- New Mass/Attacks on Our Lady = Proof… 

May 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – In a new interview, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò [left] has once more returned to the topic of the Second Vatican Council, the loss of Marian devotion followed by that Council, as well as the deficiencies of the Novus Ordo Mass.

Speaking with the Italian website Radio Spada – this is the second instalment of two parts of an interview (here part one) – the Italian prelate sees a satanic involvement in the decline of devotions to Our Lady after the Council and explains that “the gift of my ‘conversion’ – of my becoming aware of the conciliar deception and the present apostasy – became possible thanks to my constant devotion towards the Blessed Mother, which I have never ceased to have.” Describing how Our Lady has been undermined – even denied in her role as Co-Redemptrix – Archbishop Viganò points out that “what unites heretics of all times is their intolerance of the cult reserved for the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Marian doctrine it presupposes and of which it is the liturgical expression.”

For him, there is no doubt that the Holy Trinity “is pleased to share the work of Redemption with Our Lady,” to whom so many special gifts had been granted, including her immaculate conception and her perpetual virginity.

The prelate, moreover, discusses the problem of the Second Vatican Council and the fact that “the conciliar Church was embracing the liturgical and doctrinal positions of Protestantism.” Part of that Protestantization of the Church after Vatican II can be seen in the diminishment of the Marian devotions. States the archbishop:

The decline of Marian devotion after the Council is only the latest expression, and I would say the most aberrant and scandalous, of the aversion of Satan towards the Queen of Heaven. It is one of the signs that that assembly did not come from God, just as those who dare even to question the titles and merits of the Most Holy Virgin do not come from God. On the other hand, what son would allow his own mother to be put down in order to please his father’s enemies? And how much more serious is this abject complicity with heretics and pagans when the honor of the Mother of God and our Mother is at stake?    

As can be seen here, Archbishop Viganò goes so far as to conclude that a council that led to the undermining of the Blessed Mother could surely not “come from God.”   

         Immaculate Heart of Mary,           pray for us!

In his view, “Christ cannot address the Father with a perfect voice – which the Innovators call the ‘Extraordinary Form’ – and at the same time with an imperfect voice, winking at the enemies of God, in an ‘Ordinary Form.’”

In light of these strong criticisms of the Novus Ordo Mass, Archbishop Viganò explains that at this point, he believes that the current situation has to be accepted for a certain time, “as a transitory phase,” in which the traditional Liturgy can continue to spread, thereby “doing much good to souls, in view of a necessary return to the One Catholic Rite and to the indispensable abolition of its conciliar version.” That is to say, Viganò thinks that the Novus Ordo Mass needs to be abolished at some point in history. He states:

Let us not forget that in the Liturgy the Church addresses herself to the Majesty of God, not to men; the baptized, living members of the Church, unite together in liturgical prayer by means of the Sacred Ministers, who are “pontiffs” between them and the Most Holy Trinity. To make the liturgy into a sort of anthropocentric event is most alien to the Catholic spirit.  Source 

Comment:

My first reaction on reading the above was “hear hear – bring back the ‘old normal’ to the Church, as well as to our secular society, and the sooner the better. And I don’t recall much of a transition phase when they thrust the new Mass upon us, so let that ‘transitory phase’ be short and not-too-sweet.”  That was my reaction – what was yours?  

Why Is The Remnant Promoting “Controversial” Akita Apparition? 

Comment: 

At one time, I was convinced of the truth of the Akita apparitions.  The “Cardinals against Cardinals, Bishops against Bishops” did it for me.  I didn’t join up the dots at all.  It didn’t occur to me that Cardinals and Bishops had been opposing one another since before the Second Vatican Council and even publicly during the Council – click here to read an account of the microphone being switched off during Cardinal Ottaviani’s challenge to the liberals on the floor, on the third day of the Council – and how those Enemies of the Church openly laughed at him. 

Then there was the public dissent throughout the Church which followed  the publication of Humanae vitae,  encyclical of Pope Paul VI affirming the Church’s teaching on Birth Control, dated 25 July 1968 and released at a Vatican press conference on 29 July, 1968.  So, well before the alleged Akita apparitions, we had cardinals and bishops openly opposing one another.  To be “prophesied” in 1973, doesn’t make sense.  As I say, I was an “Akita believer” because I failed to join up the dots. 

Indeed, as recently as February, 2021, I posted a thread on the topic, under the title “Akita Confirms Fatima Message” – click here to read that discussion.  I was so convinced of the truth of Akita that I posted a video without prior scrutiny, to launch the discussion. Hence my surprise when I read the following comment from blogger, Athanasius: 

I watched the introductory video for this thread and I have to say that a few things left me a little concerned about Akita.

The first of these was Sister Agnes’ twin reference to an accompanying angel in prayer as “she”. I have never heard of an angel being referred to as “she”. The other thing that struck me was how modernist the chapel and nuns look, and how unbecoming the image of Our Lady is. There was no hint of a restoration of Tradition there, as I would have expected given the warnings of Our Lady about the apostasy taking place in the Church. It’s almost as if the post-conciliar reform is not seen as the principal cause of this apostasy.

Fatima indicates the truth of things in the opening line of the text of the Third Secret: “In Portugal the dogmas of the Faith will be preserved…etc.”, indicating that the chastisement is primarily spiritual in nature. Akita mentions apostasy but seems to focus more on a terrible material chastisement of the world by God, to the extent that few will be left and the living will envy the dead. This seems at odds with Our Lady’s Fatima promise that in the end her Immaculate Heart will triumph and a time of peace will be granted to the world. I’m not saying that a Third World War will not happen when there is every likelihood at this time that such a catastrophe may well happen soon. But even if that comes about, the punishment of wars and other natural disasters belongs properly to the Second part of the Fatima Secret, not the Third part. The Third Secret of Fatima is exclusively a supernatural chastisement afflicting the Church and the world, there is no WWIII in there.

The fall of many consecrated Catholic souls and billions of other souls worldwide, the result of the present universal apostasy from God, is by far a greater chastisement than any mere material annihilation. So why is emphasis placed more on material rather than spiritual loss at Akita? I was also a bit concerned by the claim that if the sins of men continue there will be no more forgiveness. But isn’t God infinitely merciful, always desiring to forgive?
[Ed: in the comments following, another blogger linked to a sermon of St Alphonsus Ligouri  on this subject On the Number of Sins Beyond Which God Pardons No More )

Other things that made me a little uncomfortable were 1. The local Ordinary’s apparent belief in the apparitions before his investigation even began. Bishops normally start out with the opposite view. 2. The three different blood groups identified by scientists from three separate examinations of the tears. 3. The mark of the Cross appearing on only one hand of Sister Agnes, the left hand. This is not the usual manifestation of the stigmata. 4. Sister Agnes said at one point that people should pay less attention to the “form” of prayers and concentrate more on content. Content is of course very important, but the form of our Catholic prayers is also essential. We all see the bitter fruits of changes to the form of the sacred liturgy, the Church’s highest and most perfect prayer, the Sacrifice of Our Lord. There were one or two other anomalies that I’ll pass on right now.

Suffice it to say I have been left very uncertain about Akita. The people interviewed, including Sister Agnes, seemed sincere enough, and nothing was said that was obviously contradictory of Catholic doctrine, yet I have problems believing it. I have no such problems with Fatima and Quito, but Akita troubles me. I think the Vatican should investigate Akita and give a definitive decision on it.  Ends. 

Now, if there is one thing that I don’t want to do is to appear to be  criticising The Remnant  – I mean, the Pope, yes, that’s fine, but The Remnant? American Catholic Truth readers will never forgive me!   Regular visitors to this site will know that I frequently post Remnant TV videos here to kick-start our discussions – and they are always excellent.  I am just a tad concerned to find a certain preoccupation with Akita, placing it almost on the same level of importance as Fatima.  Interviews with key traditional leaning prelates (such as Archbishop Viganò) have been published in The Remnant where the prelate has identified the Consecration of Russia as the key to ending our ongoing misery, so it puzzles me that Michael Matt would choose to promote Akita rather than use his impressive resources to campaign for the Consecration of Russia.  

We are very small fry, and although we do highlight the need for the Consecration on a regular basis we don’t have the means by which to take a campaign to the Vatican.  Maybe I’m wrong on this but it seems to me that such a campaign would be much more likely to be Heaven-blessed and fruitful than the promotion of an alleged apparition which Michael Matt himself describes as “incredibly controversial”. 

Am I wrong on this?  Speak your mind – nobody gets “cancelled” here!  

1st May: Feast of St Joseph the Worker – Welcome to the Beautiful Month of Mary! 

And to mark the Feast of St Joseph the Worker…

Comment: 

Share your favourite prayers and hymns to celebrate the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, and to mark the Month of Mary.  Discuss any relevant issues, and post stories, personal experiences etc.   

Happy Feast of St Joseph, everyone!  Welcome to the Month of Mary! 

23 April: Feast of St George of England…

Comment: 

As with all Feast Day threads, feel free to discuss relevant issues, post favourite prayers, hymns, edifying stories and jokes of the “good clean fun” variety.  Seeing the image of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in the above video should move us to pray for the restoration of the Catholic religion in England – where there is any sign of devotion to Our Lady, there is much hope.  St George of England, pray for us!       

Happy Feast – especially to our English bloggers and readers. Enjoy!   

Happy St Patrick’s Day 2021 – Please Pray for Formerly Catholic Ireland Today… 

For those of you who may think that I was baptised “Editor” allow me to explain that I am proud to claim St Patrick as my patron saint – I am, therefore, sometimes called Patricia, sometimes Pat and very often other things as well.  Say no more…

As always with devotional threads, feel free to post relevant comments, stories, jokes, and your favourite prayers and hymns.

In addition to the above hymn to Saint Patrick, enjoy the lovely hymn below, to Our Lady of Knock

Happy Feast of St Patrick to all bloggers and visitors to this site!

Comments invited…  

Lent: Ash Wednesday “Illegal” – Living Through The Passion of the Church…

The Gospel According to St Luke 18 31-40

A Third Time Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

31 And taking the twelve, he said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written of the Son of man by the prophets will be accomplished. 32 For he will be delivered to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon; 33 they will scourge him and kill him, and on the third day he will rise.” 34 But they understood none of these things; this saying was hid from them, and they did not grasp what was said.

Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar Near Jericho

35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; 36 and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 And he cried, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him…     

Comment: 
The above Gospel and sermon were preached on Sunday just gone – Quinquagesima Sunday – and provide food for prayerful reflection as we prepare to enter the season of Lent, tomorrow, Ash Wednesday.  The preacher, Father Linus Clovis from St Lucia, very kindly accepted an invitation to address one of our conferences some years ago, and we have very fond memories of him from that occasion.  I will send him the link to this thread, for his interest.

As always with devotional threads, feel free to discuss any relevant issues, and post your favourite prayers and hymns.

Reminder:  as usual, the blog will be closed to comments during Holy Week.   

30/11: Feast of St Andrew – Pray To Our Patron Saint For Scotland… Urgently! 

Maria Agnes Quinn, the young singer in the above video, writes: 

I KNOW IT IS VERY STACCATO  – my breathing was laboured because I’d had a bout of crying after singing and recording the Final Commendation in honour of my gran … Plus this hymn without music is actually a LOT MORE difficult than you’d think…  (My face reflects my mistakes! Ha!) …

Editor writes:

Dear Marie – please don’t apologise…

I consider your singing to be a lovely rendering of our national hymn, and, in fact, the very best of the few versions on offer on YouTube. Yes, it would be great to find a version with a professional organist, choir (with you lead singer!) and even drum effect. That would be very stirring.  However, I have the same search every year with the same result – no organ, no drums, no choir.  So, thank you Marie Agnes Quinn: I’ll be posting the link to this thread on your YouTube channel, trusting that you will be pleased to be featured here to mark this year’s Feast of our national patron saint. This is our Catholic Truth version of a Grammy Award 😀  

Note, too, everyone, the urgent need to pray for Scotland this year in particular, as we are moving very quickly into a very different way of life – under indefinite, if not permanent, totalitarian governance.  We have, in fact, lost our freedom.  All the more reason, therefore, to redouble our prayers to our national Patron Saint; the dire state of life in Scotland at this time, however, should not prevent us from celebrating this great Feast, so, as usual with devotional threads, feel free to post any relevant news and issues, as well as your favourite prayers, novenas, hymns and jokes. Just go easy on the “mean Scot” stories. 😀

Happy Feast everyone!

The lyrics are copied below, so that we can all sing along with Marie.                                         
When Christ our Lord to Andrew cried:
“Come, thou, and follow me,”

the fisher left his net beside
the Sea of Galilee.

To teach the truth his Master taught,
to tread the path he trod

was all his will and thus he brought
unnumbered souls to God.

When Andrew’s hour had come, and he
was doomed, like Christ to die,
he kissed his cross exultingly,
and this his loving cry:
“O noble cross! O precious wood!
I long have yearned for thee;
uplift me to my only good
who died on thee for me.”

The faith that Andrew taught
once shone o’er all this kingdom fair;
the cross that Jesus died upon
was honoured everywhere.
But times once changed and Andrew’s name
was for a while forgot;
the cross, though set in kingly crown,
became a sign of shame.

St Andrew now in bliss above,
thy fervent prayers renew
that Scotland yet again may love
the faith, entire and true;
that I the cross allotted me
may bear with patient love! ‘
Twill lift me, as it lifted thee,
to reign with Christ above.

27/11: Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal – Pray for Church and World…

Comment: 

There are lots of stories of miracles associated with the Miraculous Medal (hence the adjective!) but the one which follows is of special interest to me because it involves the well-known American priest, Fr John Hardon SJ, whose account of our Scottish martyr, St John Ogilvie is linked on the homepage of our website

The Ice-Cream Miracle…

Despite the miracles associated with the medal, many people don’t believe it can make such a difference. Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. was one of those people. Not long after he had been ordained, a Vincentian priest encouraged him and others to promote the Miraculous Medal, because Blessed Mother really does work miracles through it. Although Fr. Hardon ordered a free pamphlet on how to bless the medals and enroll people in the Confraternity of the Miraculous Medal, he didn’t get one for himself.

But later, in 1948, when the United States priest encountered a ten-year-old boy who was in a coma after a sledding accident, he decided to see if it would help. A sister who worked at the hospital found one and a ribbon the priest could use to hang it around the boy’s neck. Even though the boy had been diagnosed with inoperable permanent brain damage, the priest read the prayer that enrolled the boy in the Confraternity of the Miraculous Medal.

As soon as he finished the prayer, the boy opened his eyes and asked his mother for ice cream. It was the first time he had spoken in nearly two weeks. New x-rays showed the brain damage had disappeared, and the boy was released from the hospital after about three days. Like the boy and his family, the priest’s life and his belief in the medal were forever changed. Source 

If you have any experiences of miracles yourself through wearing the medal, please share them with us here. Any related issues, favourite prayers, novenas, hymns etc. are also welcome, to help us mark this beautiful Feast day.  And, please, let us all remember to pray especially seriously on this Feast,  for great graces for all those involved in political life today; for those imposing totalitarian rule, whether knowingly or unknowingly, in the name of controlling the Coronavirus, and for a miraculous resolution to the election crisis in the USA. 

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, pray for us!

November – Month of the Holy Souls… 

This thread is launched to allow us to share our favourite prayers, novenas and hymns for the benefit of the Holy Souls, and to gain indulgences for our deceased family and friends who may be among the Church Suffering in Purgatory.  Click here for details about indulgences for the Holy Souls.  Praying for the dead is a tradition firmly rooted in Sacred Scripture:  “It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” (2 Machabees 12:46)

The month of the Holy Souls is also a good time to reflect on our own death – it’s the one event in life of which we can be certain… 

November is an opportune time when we might reflect on the need to overcome our own temptations and sins, and/or help the young people in our care to be aware of the danger of falling into the habit of serious sin. 

In particular, we live in an age of sensuality, when we are encouraged to “live for the moment” and “do our own thing”, throwing off old prohibitions and inhibitions. Hence, we have become a highly sexualised society with even very young children being sexualised by misguided parents and/or an education system that has lost all sense of right and wrong. 

Even some clergy minimise the gravity of sexual sin, dismissing it as almost inevitable in weak, fallen human nature.  Yet, St Paul teaches the opposite: “Fly fornication” he insists: “every other sin is committed outside the body but those who commit fornication sin against their own body… and your body, remember, is the temple of the Holy  Ghost…” (1 Corinthians 6:18-19). 

It is worth, therefore, reflecting on the above reminder of St Teresa of Avila, great  saint and Doctor of the Church, that some day, perhaps soon, we will find ourselves at our moment of judgment.

October & Living Rosary Association…

Ven. Pauline Jaricot

The following article, written by Kevin Rowles, one of our English readers,
is published here, with permission…  

On May 26th 2020, Pope Francis authorized the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, to promulgate the Decree concerning the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Pauline Maria Jaricot, Foundress of the Societies of the “Council of the Propagation of the Faith” and of the “Living Rosary”, opening the way to her beatification. As we approach the month of the Rosary, I thought readers might like to know a little bit more about the important work of this incredible organisation.

The Living Rosary Association was founded in 1826 by Venerable Pauline Jaricot, then aged 27, at Lyon, France. The Venerable Pauline had already founded the Society for the Propagation of the Faith at the age of 20, and was a close friend of the Curé of Ars. The Living Rosary devotion spread like wildfire throughout the world and was formally approved and richly indulgenced by Pope Gregory XVI, and accorded official canonical status on January 27, 1832.

The Living Rosary is a perpetual devotion. That is, once joined, you agree to pray a daily decade of the Rosary faithfully for the remainder of your life. This obligation doesn’t bind under pain of sin, but your effort and desire to remain faithful are crucial. Your decade may be offered at any time of the day or night. ULRA builds a list of 15 names of those who contact them, wishing to join the Living Rosary. Each of the 15 people are then allotted their specific mystery to pray every day and are notified by post which mystery they are to be allotted and when to begin it. The intention of the decade is always the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and in honour of Saint Philomena.

Patti Melvin of Texas, U.S.A began the revival of The Living Rosary Association on December 8, 1986, with 30 members. The apostolate has been richly blessed by Our Lady and under the powerful patronage of St. Philomena, the membership now stands at 8,000,000 and has been planted in every continent of the world. Each member is asked to voluntarily give a monthly donation if possible, as the organisation has no other means of financial support. The donations received are then ploughed straight back into spreading the Living Rosary devotion, maintaining the ULRA centre, and mailing devotional literature and sacramentals such as the Rosary, the Brown Scapular, the Miraculous Medal, St Philomena’s Cord and St Philomena’s Oil to the missions and elsewhere throughout the world. If it isn’t possible to donate financially, ULRA asks that its members pray fervently that its material needs are met. The Living Rosary has ecclesiastical approval and is affiliated to the Shrine of St Philomena at Mugnano, Italy.

One ULRA article states: “In these days of evil, chaos, confusion, division and Modernism, the Living Rosary will be a mighty force in every family, parish, diocese and country. The Holy Rosary is a gift to us from the Queen of Heaven. If the Rosary is prayed faithfully and is strengthened by the unity of association, it will render the attacks of Satan impotent. The Living Rosary is endowed with great power before the throne of God through the union of charity that flows through its members. Immense are the graces and merits obtained daily, by every member, when united and animated by the fire of Divine Love in the Immaculate Heart of Mary. One who prays the Rosary alone receives the grace and merits of a single Rosary, but if he or she is united with EIGHT million members, then all of the graces and merits of the whole are gained.”

A regular newsletter called Dedicated Decades is posted to members. It is a beautiful magazine, full of traditional and inspiring Catholic devotional articles, pictures and prayers. It also contains reports of ULRA’s work and many testimonials from all over the world of spiritual and temporal graces received through the practice of the Living Rosary and the intercession of Our Blessed Lady and St Philomena. Dedicated Decades is a wonderful antidote to the spiritually poisonous literature so prevalent today. All ULRA literature and prayer cards show the Mass represented in the traditional form.

One letter published by ULRA, dated October 19th 2007, was heart-breaking to read:-

Cher Madame Patti, Bonjour from Goma in D.R. Congo. We have not written to you for a long time because the situation here in Eastern Congo is the very worst in the world according to U.N. reports. We are so sorry we missed Emma’s visit to us (Emma – Emmanuel is the ULRA African Liaison). We hear now he is in Sudan. God bless him! Oh, the renegade rebel, General Nkunda of Rwandan descent is massacring our people in large numbers! Many teachers and pupils cried to me to give them the Miraculous Medal, so at least when they are shot, they will be dressed in Our Lady’s medal. I told them I had none as when Emma came, we told him not to come to us, as we feared for his life. I am so sorry to say that many of those who cried for medals have since been killed. We had over 320,000 refugees who lived here and now they have been scattered. We have no way to reach Emma. When will he be back in Rwanda so that he can send us the medals? When is he coming out of Sudan? We are in the middle of the biggest war. Rebels invade at night and kill, claiming to be protecting the Tutsi of Rwandan origin. Please save the situation. If only Emma could come, we might at least die wearing Our Lady’s Miraculous Medal. We beg you, let us at least die with Mother Mary. Hear our voice! We cannot pray now, because we are all running and hiding, but at least the precious Medal would be around our neck. Please reply. We have no other hope! Bonnie in Bukavu, Congo is also struck and cut off from us . . .”

A tragedy like this is certainly enough to put our own problems into perspective, and it should also act as a rebuke to those Catholics who display general indifference and sometimes even contempt towards the beautiful sacramentals that Our Lady has given to aid us in our journey towards eternal salvation. It should also act as a prompt to us, to help make such sacramentals available to as many others as possible.

I joined ULRA and was given my decade, the Nativity of Our Lord, to start on Christmas Day 2003. Through good times and bad, it is comforting to know that one is part of a great spiritual family, supporting each other and praying for the most important of intentions – the hastening of Our Blessed Lady’s promise given at Fatima: “In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph”. I urge you to join – you won’t regret it!

To join ULRA, or for further details, please contact:- In England: Anne Curran, Universal Living Rosary Association, P.O. Box 9964, Colchester, CO1 9FN. ulrauk@gmail.com .
In America: Patti Melvin, Universal Living Rosary Association, P.O. Box 1303, Dickinson, Texas 77539, U.S.A. info@philomena.org

Comments invited…