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In yet another clear break with the Church *, Francis demands recognition and legalization of civil homosexual unions. As the false narrative of “Mercy” gains even more ... shall we say... “clerical attraction”, we may legitimately anticipate his soon extending this to homosexual priests as well — and in the same bold stroke abolishing the vow or promise of chastity. In a new and self-promoting film called Franscesco starring .... FRANCIS, AS HIMSELF... that will open in North America this Sunday, the Novus Ordo Pontiff solemnly declares that “Homosexuals have a right to a family.” —  Just don’t leave your children alone with them.




Ruth Bader Ginsberg



Rest in Peace — or Rot in Hell?


A Legacy Surpassing Hitlers


According to the University of Hawaii, 1 Adolf Hitler was responsible for nearly 21 million deaths — of which 12 million were Jews, an appalling number by any measure. Surprisingly a greater than Hitler must be added to the annals of mass-murderers: Ruth Bader Ginsberg who consistently supported the death of over 30 million babies by abortion throughout her 27 year career in the Supreme Court. These human beings were, apparently “non-persons” to Ruth Bader Ginsberg, just as Jews were “Nicht Personen” or non-persons to Roland Friesler, Nazi Germany’s leading jurist and judge.

Hitler instituted the infamous Endlösung der Judenfrage, or “Final Solution to the Jewish Problem” in Europe which was, of course the proposed (and largely implemented) extermination of all Jews in Europe. To this end he murdered through any and all possible means, 21million men, women, and children — to say nothing of forced sterilization early on in his homicidal obsession. His accomplices were many and were to be counted most notably in two over-lapping camps: the SS and the judiciary, most notably the Volksgerichtshof or Peoples Court (the notorious Nuremberg Laws would later be extended throughout Europe).

It is noteworthy that both Roland Friesler of the Volksgerichtshof and Ruth Ginsberg of the Supreme Court were both committed ideologues: Friesler to National Socialist ideology and Ginsberg to Radical Feminist ideology.  The New York Times eulogized her as “The Supreme Court’s feminist icon, [who] not only changed the law, she also transformed the roles of men and women.

In life Ginsburg was the darling of Feminists, Liberals, Leftists, and every shade of progressivism in the political and rainbow social spectrum. Hitler, we must point out, was immensely popular and influential in his life as well.

In death, however, we are not at all certain that she will be so endeared to the 30 million children she snatched the life out of before they took their first breath.

We wonder, too, if Roland Friesler and Adolf Hitler are susceptible — as all mass murderers are — to Ginsberg's Choice which is indelibly etched in blood: shall they, too, Rest in Peace ... or Rot in Hell? Of course Almighty God is THE JUDGE that neither Ginsberg or Friesler were, and His determination is unknown to us; but according the four Gospel narratives it is largely predicated upon what we have done — and to whom — in life. Especially to the Least(Saint Matthew 25.40) — to the Little Ones (Saint Luke 17.2).

Are you prepared to make odds on Ginsberg, Friesler, Hitler, Stalin, and Mao being canonized by Pope Francis — on second thought, strike that analogy — are you prepared to make odds on Ginsberg, Friesler, Hitler, Stalin, and Mao being received into the Choir of Angels, or would you hedge your bet given the only alternative reality of Hell?

Roland Friesler did not personally murder Jews — he only legislated that they should be murdered.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg probably never murdered babies, but ... well you get the idea. The act of legislation is every bit as deadly to a murder as the snips and scalpels, the vacuum, currete, forceps, and embryotomy scissors of the abortionist (who, like the SS soldier in World War II, is just doing his job).

Bader once wrote:

“My heritage as a Jew and my occupation as a judge fit together symmetrically. The demand for justice runs through the entirety of Jewish history and Jewish tradition.”

Given the symmetry that you invoke, Ginsberg, will you now plead for justice, when justice must call you to account for the death of 30 million babies? Symmetry and justice will not wash their blood from your hands, but it will multiply the guilt you incurred by shedding their blood:

Bloodguilt refers to the liability for punishment for shedding blood. The biblical concept of bloodguilt derives from the belief that deeds generate consequences and that sin, in particular, is a danger to the sinner. The most vivid examples of this belief appear in connection with unlawful homicide, where innocent blood (dam naki (naqi); Jonah 1:14) cries out for vengeance (Gen. 4:10), is rejected by the earth (Isa. 26:21; Ezek. 24:7), and pollutes it (Num. 35:33–34)Bloodguilt attaches to the slayer and his family (II Sam. 3:28ff.) for generations (II Kings 9:26), and even to his city (Jer. 26:5), nation (Deut. 21:8), and land (Deut. 24:4). The technical term for bearing bloodguilt damo bo, or damo bero'sho, meant originally "his blood [remains] in him/in his head” (Josh. 2:19; Ezek. 33:5)"

While I do not mourn her death, I do not rejoice in it. The consequences are too terrible to imagine.


As a postscript I would remind Justice Stephen G. Breyer, whose stated opinion upheld partial-birth abortion 18 years ago — and every other “Justice” who supports the killing of babies through abortion, or by snipping the spinal cord of a baby who survives attempted murder — or when the child is simply left to die on a stainless steel table because the Abortionist/Herr Doktor refuses to provide any life-support, even as it still moves (writhes) and breathes beside him 2 — that they will be held to the same ghastly account in the History of the Horrors of Humankind as another well known Herr Doktor Joesef Mengele (a.k.a. Der Todesengel, or the “Angel of Death” of Auschwitz) whose service to “the Cause” ... was equally distinguished.

Did I mention that any Catholic who approves of (and, of course, votes for!) abortion, acquires the same blood-guilt as any murderer — however sanitary and impressive their credentials, or however much they are esteemed by the world — which ever hated Christ?

But you already know that ... right?

Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
October 12, 2020


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2  “In the Kermit Gosnell trial (which received very little media attention), eye-witnesses testified that babies were moving and breathing before their spinal cords were cut; others were flushed in toilets or were thrown in the garbage with a shoebox for a coffin--while still alive inside!





Amerikan Catholics

and the August 19th 1934 Election of November 3, 2020


The Murderous Demokratik Party of America





Envision this: It is Germany, August 19, 1934, and a plebiscite (popular) vote of 90% 1 results in Adolph Hitler assuming the presidency of Germany.

Of course, to personally vote for a political candidate is to actually affirm a correspondence between, and an agreement with, your convictions and values and those of the politician.

That is why you would choose to vote for that candidate: he represents your convictions and values which you wish to see promoted. Of course, there will be subordinate issues with which you may be in disagreement with him, but they will not be of sufficient importance to you in influencing your decision to vote for him.

Despite (until recently) revisionist history, the German people were well aware of Hitler’s ambitions — and either “despite” or “because of” these ambitions — they chose to place him in office and his policies into effect.

The popular German vote in 1934 had — were we to use a euphemism — “profound” consequences:

They knew that Adolf Hitler had repeatedly forecast the extermination of every Jew on German soil. They knew these details because they had read about them. They knew because the camps and the measures which led up
to them had been prominently and proudly reported step by step in thousands of officially-inspired German media articles [in 24 main newspapers — ed.] and posters 2

You KNOW where this is going, don’t you?

For a Catholic to vote as a Democrat (that is to say, to agree with, and to promote the murderous, perverse, and corrupt policies of the Democratic Party) and for Biden as President, is precisely what Germans did in 1934. They did not “turn a blind eye” to his murderous plan for Jews and Slavs. They approved of it. They enabled it. It was not a “subordinate issue”.

And neither is ABORTION a “subordinate issue” in voting for Democrats who almost universally support the murder of children through abortion — to say nothing of their militant demand for promoting perverse homosexual inclusivity in every political and social sphere together with draconian legislation to enforce it. These, in fact, are two major goals of the otherwise diffuse Democratic platform.


Why? Because two millennia of Catholic Teaching, Tradition, and Dogma anathematize MURDER and SEXUAL PERVERSION. It is inseparable from your professed Catholic Faith. You can no more vote for Democrats than a Jew or Slav could vote for Hitler in 1934. They knew what the consequences would be! They could not pretend otherwise!

In their case it would cost them their own lives; in the present case it would cost the lives of millions of babies and promote the fiction that homosexual perversion is as American as Apple Pie.

Oh, yes — even in civil law, if you “promote” Murder, “procure it”, “commission it”, or are “accessory to” it — you are guilty of Murder! If this holds true in the City of Man, how, as a Catholic, do you expect to be held to less account in the City of God?

Do not compound your sin of complicity in murder and sodomy with the sin of Presumption: that “God will forgive you because He is all-forgiving.”

He is not.

Know your Faith before you enter the polls! You will likely enter with the Sin of Intent and exit with the Sin in Deed. In both cases you will have both renounced and repudiated your Catholic Faith — apart from which there is no salvation: “extra Ecclesiam nulla salus” — a Dogma of the Holy Catholic Church. 3

Take no consolation from the present pope who, defying Christ Himself, tells you that everyone of any and all religions or no religion at all attains to salvation. Apart from this product of a strikingly delusional episode — among his many such episodes — you will not find it in Holy Scripture or the entire Patralogia Latina or the Patralogia Graeca (the writings of the Latin and Greek Church Fathers).

Please do not weary me by taking refuge in the political distinctions that characterize actual Nazism (a racial ideology) and the Democratic Party — which also has become another iteration of racial ideology as well as an incoherent and unsustainable economic ideology. Communism (an ideology of class incompatibility) could serve equally well. All three are totalitarian, necessarily admitting of no opposition, rational discourse, and most especially any intimation of toleration or dissent from the “Party line”. All are quite comfortable with the notion of killing infants.

No political party, as no human being, is immune to evil. Some, however, are acutely susceptible to it and particularly adept at implementing it.

We have mentioned three — Nazism, Communism, and the Democratic Party — and all of them are not simply inimical to Catholicism, but incapable of being reconciled with it.


One cannot — CANNOT — Coherently be a Democrat and a Catholic

It is simply the case — despite your purely subjective desire that it were otherwise — that one cannot vote for a politician or political party that is vociferously pro-Abortion and Pro-Homosexual (the Democratic Party) — and claim to be Catholic, much as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi does — any more than one can commit murder and maintain that doing so does not incur guilt. If the merest vestige of reason still resides in your waking states, please do not embarrass yourself with the lame excuse that you are personally opposed to abortion and sodomy ... but are not a single-issue voter. After all, as you are likely to further say, “lots of other issues are important!” in your decision to vote for a candidate.

Really? Let us be remorselessly frank: to argue this in America’s 2020 Presidential Election is to argue that exterminating Jews and Slavs did not make German voters singularly complicit in mass murder following the 1934 election of Adolf Hitler. Of course, there were the harsh and unjust reparations imposed on Germany following the Treaty of Versailles after World War I, and the subsequent economic hyper-inflation that left the nation bankrupt, to say nothing of joblessness, and political unrest ... that were “important, too! Are you, then, prepared to argue that the Nazi Party’s obsession with the extermination of Jews and Slavs was not sufficient of itself to warrant your not supporting them? Were the other “issues” equally compelling? History has already told us — yes? I mean, right? Or have we not learned anything at all —  after all?

Es ist nicht möglich! Non potest. Ce n'est pas possible. 這不可能It is not possible. In any language and under all conditions.


It is Called Being an “Accessory to Murder”

In Common Law, being an “Accessory” to a crime (in this case murder) attains to the same culpability — the same responsibility — as the “Principal” of the crime (the murderer himself) — and is subject to the same penalty as the Principal.

In other words, you may not have personally dismembered the baby in its mother’s womb, or snipped its spinal cord — but you promoted this, enabled this, by your franchise or suffrage (your voting) at the ballot box.

Apart from your vote to license murder through abortion, the doctor-turned-killer would be out of a lucrative “job” and Planned Parenthood would be relegated to a contemptible and inexpungable episode in our collective political and social memory.

Do you really think that murder in the eyes of God is of less consequence than in the eyes of men — that if the State lets you get away with it, God will, too?

Choose: your Democratic Party politics or your Catholic Faith. You cannot have both.

“Non potestis calicem Domini bibere, et calicem daemoniorum; non potestis mensae Domini participes esse, et mensae daemoniorum.”

Go: learn what this means.


Amerika the Brutal

Oh, yes — these are the very same people who support and encourage rioting, the Marxist Black Lives Matter movement, Socialism, arresting Pro-Lifers for the harmless expression of their First Amendment Right to Free Speech by writing prolife messages on sidewalks using CHALK while leaving violent anarchists and lawless rioters to PAINT profanity and racist slogans on anything vertical or horizontal; who destroy public property, pull down Catholic statues, deface or burn Catholic Churches, assault citizens and police — anything representing the American government, heritage and history.

They support the opiated “autonomous zones” of lawlessness where 48-year-old men who never became adults still use skateboards and wear baseball caps backwards; where criminals, delinquents, malcontents, miscreants, and the mentally ill, spray-paint profound statements like “Kill Wit people” [sic]. Not the brightest crayons in the box.

They are the governors of states and mayors of cities and other petty “officials” who promote such violence and destruction, agree with it, or at the very least tolerate it either as a matter of political and social conviction — or out of fear of the violent mob. They are your Demokratik Congressmen, Congresswomen and Senators (you voted them in).



Never has such malice, such HATRED for the good, the moral, the just, and every upright principle — and most especially those that promote Christian values — been seen in America since its founding. It is nothing less than the catalyst to totalitarianismthe suppression and criminalization of any opposition or dissent.

Demokrats and Toleration cannot co-exist. Free Speech? Only for those who toe the Party line. Any other speech is deemed “hate speech”. Even the Bible.

Do you really fall for this madness? “Take the knee”? Imagine … not simply arguing with, but forcing those who disagree with you, to their knees! — even one’s “comrades” in anarchy. Sports, Politics. State Houses. It matters not. One and all fear violent reprisal from the Left — and lacking a spine, collapse to their knees.

This is “Amerika the Brutal”. This is the Demokratik Party.




Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
August 1, 2020


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Magna Apostasi: Vatican II - the Great Apostasy of our Times


Vatican II:


the Great Apostasy


The Myth called Ecumenism






 Gender Wars




the loss of Masculinity, Femininity — and ultimately our Humanity


There is something as conspicuously absent in as many MEN today as there is something extraordinarily absent in many women — and both pertain to a privation — in this case a self-inflicted evil (the privation of any good is, by definition, always an evil) that occurred —  and is relentlessly promoted — through every possible orifice of liberal, social, and ideological indoctrination:

Manly men

Womanly women

It is the ideological repudiation of unmitigated gender.

What do I mean? The clear (readily apprehensible) distinction between men and women, both in behavior, appearance, and expectations, has been radically altered in the present generation; in fact, by a very clear agendum — a political and social correctitude foisted upon us by the liberal apparat — the distinction has become so attenuated in some circles as to have become permeable. This is particularly true in academia, and exceptionally true in the Church.

Before the priest-pedophile scandal — the epicenter of which was here, in Boston — it was not uncommon to find a parish priest with all the effeminate mannerisms, vocal inflections, and physical sashaying associated with “liberated/outed” homosexuals. The excessively affected hand gestures more typical of a woman than a man, the lisping speech and delicate affectations did little to conceal his being homosexual. We all knew it. And we “correctly” said nothing … until he raped our little boys and scores of other boys. It was only when the secular law took the moral high-ground (to the damnable shame of the bishops) that we recognized our own complicity in it by giving the “gay” priest a pass through overlooking the obvious.

The Cross and Dressing … or Cross-Dressing?

Men have become increasingly feminized and submissive and women have become increasingly masculinized and dominant. Effeminate men and butch women. How did this happen? And how did it manage even to pervade the Church despite three millennia of unequivocal teaching explicitly prohibiting it?

Thou shalt not Cross-Dress

God Himself is quite clear about this:

“A woman shall not be clothed with man's apparel, neither shall a man use woman' s apparel: for he that doeth these things is abominable before God.” (Deuteronomy 22:5)


Gender Wars



Speed Praying: Saying as much in as Little Time Possible


Speed-praying to get through it as quickly as possible


You have heard it at every Mass


Indeed, it is very likely that you do it yourself.

It is even more likely that you do it praying the Holy Rosary.

Let us take one very, very, common example: The Apostles Creed:


and-in-Jesus Christ-His-only-Son-Our Lord-Who-was-conceived-by-
the-Holy-Spirit-born-of the-Virgin-Mary-suffered-under-Pontius-Pilate

All spoken as one sentence as quickly as possible — to get through it.

Worse still is the prayer to the very Mother of God, Mary Most Holy, ESPECIALLY as it is “recited” — rather than “prayed” in that beautiful prayer called the Angelic Salutation, but better known simply as the Hail Mary:


Within 14 seconds flat! … and ten times between each sacred Mystery!



Speed Praying: Saying as much in as Little Time Possible



When the Shepherd Strikes the Sheep

“It is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered.” (Saint Matthew 26.31)

The Sheperd Strikes the Sheep ... and the Sheep are Scattered



“I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered.”1 We have often heard this. It pertains to the imminent Passion of Jesus Christ on the very night before He was betrayed into the hands of sinful men. He, the Good Shepherd, would be struck (in fact, repeatedly ...) and the Apostles, the Disciples, and the Faithful would be scattered — they would abandon Him, flee for their lives, and their unity in Him would be broken. Their Shepherd, in Whose fold they were one flock, had been struck! What the will become of the sheep? How much anxiety rends them!

But now, in some incomprehensible and ghastly apocalyptic narrative unfolding before our very eyes, the shepherd himself strikes the sheep — and they are scattered! Unfaithful to his trust and careless of the sheep entrusted to him, the shepherd not only abandons them to the wolves who have prowled the fences for 500 years … but he himself strikes them so that they are forced to leave the sheepfold; with his staff he strikes the necks and the backs of the defenseless sheep — not even sparing the Little Lambs — who cry out in their pain as they flee, seeking a fold where they will find pasture and protection. They are confused and frightened, and no other shepherd seems to have the courage to gather the lost and the scatterednot one other shepherd! Homeless and shelterless they are prey to wolves — wolves even more remorseless than the wolves who drove them from the sheepfold.


The Shepherd Strikes the Sheep and the Sheep are Scattered




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The REAL Goal

of the LGBT Movement is DIABOLICAL:


The Goal of the LGBT Movement: Destroy the Family




Just as Satan cannot create, but only mimic, imitate, in the LGBT Movement we find his (Satan’s) effort to contrive a spurious — a completely counterfeit and totally perverse mockery — of the genuine family. It is a diabolical attempt to pass off what is a fiction for what is real — with the willing collaboration of a profoundly sexually and militantly perverse community. 

But there is an impediment to this epic exploit in Western culture as it devolves into de-civilization and debauchery: the family.

As long as the nuclear family of husband, wife and children still remains intact, it is an indictment of the sterile sexual perversity that the LGBT fascists embrace and promote.  It stands as an unassailable reproach to the counterfeit, for it is genuinely procreative and naturally perpetuates itself — as every other species has from the dawn of creation.


The Real Diabolical Goal of the LGBT Movement: Destroy the Family





The Face

And the Offspring

Demonic Figures in Pope PaulVI Hall la Resurrezione by Pericle Fazzini

of Vatican II

Look carefully at this emblematic vision of Vatican II in the Pope Paul VI Audience Hall.
It is, for want of any other aesthetic description, demonic and blasphemous, hideous and frightening — a sign of times to come — that are now here.


60 Years After its Defection from Catholicism

and its Conversion to the World


Hideous — is it not?

It has not changed much — apart from its growing defection from what the Holy Catholic Church taught for 2000 years before that most pernicious council.

It is increasingly elderly, gray, and disheveled. Its children — fewer and fewer every year — are largely the children of the world, checking off the boxes branded on their young minds by a perverse generation that has lost its Catholic Faith and Identity: for Abortion (yes), Homosexuality (yes), Lesbianism (yes), Transgenderism (yes), Gender Identity Choices (yes), Gender Re-assignment (yes), Euthanasia (yes), Cremation (yes), Pre-Marital Sex (yes), Co-Habitation (yes), “Social Justice” Issues (yes!) —  the proper formation of a Catholic Conscience (NO!), Chastity (NO!) Virginity until Marriage (NO!) Sanctity (NO), learning the most fundamental aspects of the Catholic Religion into which they were summarily Baptized (NO!) the Priesthood (NO!), Religious Life (NO!) — Missionary zeal and the conversion of sinners and those who do not know Christ — which Francis (perhaps heretically) calls “solemn nonsense.” (NO!) When they look about them at their fellow “Catholics” and” Priests”, “Nuns” and “Religious” — even the papacy of Francis and the current Episcopacy (bishops and cardinals) — who can blame them? The Faith is not even authentically lived out by the highest prelates — and sadly enough by Francis himself who gives scandal on a routine basis.

The Face of Vatican II 60 Years After its Defection from Catholicism




Martyrology for Today



Monday October 26thin the Year of Grace 2020

Time after Pentecost

This Day, the Twenty-Sixth Day of October

At Rome, in the time of the emperor Adrian, St. Evaristus, Pope and martyr, who enriched the Church of God with his blood.

In Africa, the holy martyrs Rogatian, priest, and Felicissimus, who received the bright crown of martyrs, in the persecution of Valerian and Gallienus. They are mentioned by St. Cyprian in his epistle to the Confessors.

At Nicomedia, the holy martyrs Lucian, Florius and their companions.

The same day, St. Quodvultdeus, bishop of Carthage. By the Arian King Genseric, he and his clergy were put on board of leaking boats without oars or sails, but beyond all expectations he landed at Naples, and there in exile died a confessor.

At Narbonne, St. Rusticus, bishop and confessor, who flourished in the time of the emperors Valentinian and Leo.

At Salerno, St. Gaudiosus, bishop.

At Pavia, St. Fulk, bishop.

At Hildesheim, in Saxony, St. Bernward, bishop and confessor, who was ranked among the saints by Celestine III.

Also, St. Quadragesimus, sub-deacon, who raised a dead man to life.

P2V:   At Reggio Emilia, in Italy, Blessed Damian Purcherio of Finario, (confessor, of the Order of Preachers). To the subjection of the body, he joined integrity of life. Fired with zeal for preaching, he became a wonderful herald of Christ, and after death was noted for his miracles.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

Omnes sancti Mártyres, oráte pro nobis. ("All ye Holy Martyrs, pray for us", from the Litaniae Sanctorum, the Litany of the Saints)

Response: Thanks be to God.


P2V = Enrolled prior to Vatican II and deleted after Vatican II

Roman Martyrology by Month

Why the Martyrs Matter

Each day we bring you a calendar, a list really, of the holy Martyrs who had suffered and died for Christ, for His Bride the Church, and for our holy Catholic Faith; men and women for whom — and well they knew — their Profession of Faith would cost them their lives.

They could have repudiated all three (Christ, Church, and Catholic Faith) and kept their lives for a short time longer (even the lapsi only postponed their death — and at so great a cost!).1

What would motivate men, women, even children and entire families to willingly undergo the most evil and painfully devised tortures; to suffer death rather than denial?

Why did they not renounce their Catholic Faith when the first flame licked at their feet, after the first eye was plucked out, or after they were “baptized” in mockery by boiling water or molten lead poured over their heads? Why did they not flee to offer incense to the pagan gods since such a ritual concession would be merely perfunctory, having been done, after all, under duress, exacted by the compulsion of the state? What is a little burned incense and a few words uttered without conviction, compared to your own life and the lives of those you love? Surely God knows that you are merely placating the state with empty gestures …

Did they love their wives, husbands, children — their mothers, fathers and friends less than we do? Did they value their own lives less? Were they less sensitive to pain than we are? In a word, what did they possess that we do not?

Nothing. They possessed what we ourselves are given in the Sacrament of Confirmation — but cleaved to it in far greater measure than we do: Faith and faithfulness; fortitude and valor, uncompromising belief in the invincible reality of God, of life eternal in Him for the faithful, of damnation everlasting apart from Him for the unfaithful; of the ephemerality of this passing world and all within it, and lives lived in total accord with that adamant belief.

We are the Martyrs to come. What made them so will make us so. What they suffered we will suffer. What they died for, we will die for. If only we will! For most us, life will be a bloodless martyrdom, a suffering for Christ, for the sake of Christ, for the sake of the Church in a thousand ways outside the arena. The road to Heaven is lined on both sides with Crosses, and upon the Crosses people, people who suffered unknown to the world, but known to God. Catholics living in partibus infidelium, under the scourge of Islam. Loveless marriages. Injustices on all sides. Poverty. Illness. Old age. Dependency. They are the cruciform! Those whose lives became Crosses because they would not flee God, the Church, the call to, the demand for, holiness in the most ordinary things of life made extraordinary through the grace of God. The Martyrology we celebrate each day is just a vignette, a small, immeasurably small, sampling of the martyrdom that has been the lives of countless men and women whom Christ and the Angels know, but whom the world does not know.

“Exemplum enim dedi vobis”, Christ said to His Apostles: “I have given you an example.” And His Martyrs give one to us — and that is why the Martyrs matter.

Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal

Note: We suggest that you explore our newly edited and revised “De SS. Martyrum Cruciatibus — The Torments and Tortures of the Christian Martyrs” for an in-depth historical account of the sufferings of the Martyrs.



By J. Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop Baltimore

THE ROMAN MARTYROLOGY is an official and accredited record, on the pages of which are set forth in simple and brief, but impressive words, the glorious deeds of the Soldiers of Christ in all ages of the Church; of the illustrious Heroes and Heroines of the Cross, whom her solemn verdict has beatified or canonized. In making up this long roll of honor, the Church has been actuated by that instinctive wisdom with which the Spirit of God, who abides in her and teaches her all truth, has endowed her, and which permeates through and guides all her actions. She is the Spouse of Christ, without spot or wrinkle or blemish, wholly glorious and undefiled, whom He loved, for whom He died, and to whom He promised the Spirit of Truth, to comfort her in her dreary pilgrimage through this valley of tears, and to abide with her forever. She is one with Him in Spirit and in love, she is subject to Him in all things; she loves what He loves, she teaches and practices what He commands.

If the world has its “Legions of Honor”, why should not also the Church of the Living God, the pillar and the ground of the truth? If men who have been stained with blood, and women who have been tainted with vice, have had their memory consecrated in prose and in verse, and monuments erected to their memory, because they exhibited extraordinary talents, achieved great success, or were, to a greater or less extent, benefactors of their race in the temporal order, which passeth away, why should not the true Heroes and Heroines of Jesus, who, imitating His example, have overcome themselves, risen superior to and trampled upon the world, have aspired, in all their thoughts, words, and actions, to a heavenly crown, and have moreover labored with disinterested zeal and self-forgetting love for the good of their fellow-men, have their memories likewise consecrated and embalmed in the minds and hearts of the people of God? If time have its heroes, why should not eternity; if man, why should not God?
“Thy friends, O Lord, are exceedingly honored; their principality is exceedingly exalted.” Whom His Father so dearly loved, the world crucified; whom the world neglects, despises, and crucifies, God, through His Church, exceedingly honors and exalts. Their praises are sung forth, with jubilation of heart, in the Church of God for ages on ages.

The wisdom of the Church of God in honoring her Saints is equaled only by the great utility of the practice thus consecrated. The Saints are not merely heroes; they are models. Christ lived in them, and Christ yet speaks through them. They were the living temples of the Holy Ghost, in whose mortal bodies dwelt all the riches of His wisdom and grace. They were in life consecrated human exemplars of divine excellence and perfection. Their example still appeals to our minds and to our hearts, more eloquently even than did their words to the men of their own generation, while they were in the tabernacle of the flesh. Though dead, they still speak. Their relics are instinct with sanctity, and through them they continue to breathe forth the sweet odor of Christ. The immortality into which they have entered still lingers in their bones, and seems to breathe in their mortal remains. As many an ardent spirit has been induced to rush to the cannon's mouth by reading the exploits of earthly heroes, so many a generous Christian soul has been fired with heavenly ardor, and been impelled to rush to the crown of martyrdom, by reading the lives and heroic achievements of the Saints and Martyrs of Christ. Example, in its silent appeal, is more potent in its influence on the human heart and conduct than are words in their most eloquent utterances.

The Church knows and feels all this, in the Spirit of God with whom she is replenished; and hence she sets forth, with holy joy and exultant hope, her bright and ever-increasing Calendar of Sanctity of just men and women made perfect and rendered glorious, under her unearthly and sublime teachings. In reading this roll of consecrated holiness, our instinctive conclusion is, precisely that which the great soul of St. Augustine reached at the very crisis of his life, the moment of his conversion “If other men like me have attained to such sanctity, why not I? Shall the poor, the afflicted, the despised of the World, bear away the palm of victory, the crown of immortality, while I lie buried in my sloth and dead in my sins, and thus lose the brilliant and glorious mansion already prepared for me in Heaven? Shall all the gifts, which God has lavished upon me, be ingloriously spent and foolishly wasted, in the petty contest for this world's evanescent honors and riches, while the poor and contemned lay up treasures in Heaven, and secure the prize of immortal glory? Shall others be the friends of God, whom He delights to honor, while I alone remain His enemy, and an alien from His blessed Kingdom?”

It is a consoling evidence of progress in the spiritual life in this country to find the Martyrology here published, for the first time, in English, and thereby made accessible, in its rich treasures of Sanctity, to all classes of our population. It will prove highly edifying and useful, not only to the members of our numerous religious Communities of both sexes, but also to the laity generally. Every day has here its record of Sanctity; and there is scarcely a Christian, no matter how lowly or how much occupied, who may not be able to daily peruse, with faith and with great profit, the brief page of each day's models of Holiness. These belong to all classes and callings of life; from the throne to the hovel, from the Pontiff to the lowest cleric, from the philosopher to the peasant, from the busy walks of life to the dreary wastes of the desert.

Let all, then, procure and read daily the appropriate portions of this Martyrology. Its daily and pious perusal will console us in affliction, will animate us in despondency, will make our souls glow with the love of God in coldness, and will lift up our minds and hearts from this dull and ever-changing earth to the bright and everlasting mansions prepared for us in Heaven!

Imprimatur, J. Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop Baltimore, Maryland 1916
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“From the very first, upon Our elevation to the chief Apostleship, We gladly turned our mind and energies and directed all out thoughts to those matters which concerned the preservation of a pure liturgy, and We strove with God's help, by every means in our power, to accomplish this purpose. For, besides other decrees of the sacred Council of Trent, there were stipulations for Us to revise and re-edit the sacred books: the Catechism, the Missal and the Breviary. With the Catechism published for the instruction of the faithful, by God's help, and the Breviary thoroughly revised for the worthy praise of God, in order that the Missal and Breviary may be in perfect harmony, as fitting and proper —  for it is most becoming that there be in the Church only one appropriate manner of reciting the Psalms and only one rite for the celebration of Mass — We deemed it necessary to give our immediate attention to what still remained to be done, viz, the re-editing of the Missal as soon as possible.

Hence, We decided to entrust this work to learned men of our selection. They very carefully collated all their work with the ancient codices in Our Vatican Library and with reliable, preserved or emended codices from elsewhere. Besides this, these men consulted the works of ancient and approved authors concerning the same sacred rites; and thus they have restored the Missal itself to the original form and rite of the holy Fathers. When this work has been gone over numerous times and further emended, after serious study and reflection, We commanded that the finished product be printed and published as soon as possible, so that all might enjoy the fruits of this labor; and thus, priests would know which prayers to use and which rites and ceremonies they were required to observe from now on in the celebration of Masses.

Let all everywhere adopt and observe what has been handed down by the Holy Roman Church, the Mother and Teacher of the other churches, and let Masses not be sung or read according to any other formula than that of this Missal published by Us. This ordinance applies henceforth, now, and forever, throughout all the provinces of the Christian world, to all patriarchs, cathedral churches, collegiate and parish churches, be they secular or religious, both of men and of women — even of military orders — and of churches or chapels without a specific congregation in which conventual Masses are sung aloud in choir or read privately in accord with the rites and customs of the Roman Church. This Missal is to be used by all churches, even by those which in their authorization are made exempt, whether by Apostolic indult, custom, or privilege, or even if by oath or official confirmation of the Holy See, or have their rights and faculties guaranteed to them by any other manner whatsoever.

This new rite alone is to be used unless approval of the practice of saying Mass differently was given at the very time of the institution and confirmation of the church by Apostolic See at least 200 years ago, or unless there has prevailed a custom of a similar kind which has been continuously followed for a period of not less than 200 years, in which most cases We in no wise rescind their above-mentioned prerogative or custom. However, if this Missal, which we have seen fit to publish, be more agreeable to these latter, We grant them permission to celebrate Mass according to its rite, provided they have the consent of their bishop or prelate or of their whole Chapter, everything else to the contrary notwithstanding.

All other of the churches referred to above, however, are hereby denied the use of other missals, which are to be discontinued entirely and absolutely; whereas, by this present Constitution, which will be valid henceforth, now, and forever, We order and enjoin that nothing must be added to Our recently published Missal, nothing omitted from it, nor anything whatsoever be changed within it under the penalty of Our displeasure.

We specifically command each and every patriarch, administrator, and all other persons or whatever ecclesiastical dignity they may be, be they even cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, or possessed of any other rank or pre-eminence, and We order them in virtue of holy obedience to chant or to read the Mass according to the rite and manner and norm herewith laid down by Us and, hereafter, to discontinue and completely discard all other rubrics and rites of other missals, however ancient, which they have customarily followed; and they must not in celebrating Mass presume to introduce any ceremonies or recite any prayers other than those contained in this Missal.

Furthermore, by these presents [this law], in virtue of Our Apostolic authority, We grant and concede in perpetuity that, for the chanting or reading of the Mass in any church whatsoever, this Missal is hereafter to be followed absolutely, without any scruple of conscience or fear of incurring any penalty, judgment, or censure, and may freely and lawfully be used. Nor are superiors, administrators, canons, chaplains, and other secular priests, or religious, of whatever title designated, obliged to celebrate the Mass otherwise than as enjoined by Us. We likewise declare and ordain that no one whosoever is forced or coerced to alter this Missal, and that this present document cannot be revoked or modified, but remains always valid and retain its full force notwithstanding the previous constitutions and decrees of the Holy See, as well as any general or special constitutions or edicts of provincial or synodal councils, and notwithstanding the practice and custom of the aforesaid churches, established by long and immemorial prescription — except, however, if more than two hundred years’ standing.

It is Our will, therefore, and by the same authority, We decree that, after We publish this constitution and the edition of the Missal, the priests of the Roman Curia are, after thirty days, obliged to chant or read the Mass according to it; all others south of the Alps, after three months; and those beyond the Alps either within six months or whenever the Missal is available for sale. Wherefore, in order that the Missal be preserved incorrupt throughout the whole world and kept free of flaws and errors, the penalty for nonobservance for printers, whether mediately or immediately subject to Our dominion, and that of the Holy Roman Church, will be the forfeiting of their books and a fine of one hundred gold ducats, payable ipso facto to the Apostolic Treasury. Further, as for those located in other parts of the world, the penalty is excommunication latae sententiae, and such other penalties as may in Our judgment be imposed; and We decree by this law that they must not dare or presume either to print or to publish or to sell, or in any way to accept books of this nature without Our approval and consent, or without the express consent of the Apostolic Commissaries of those places, who will be appointed by Us. Said printer must receive a standard Missal and agree faithfully with it and in no wise vary from the Roman Missal of the large type (secundum magnum impressionem).

Accordingly, since it would be difficult for this present pronouncement to be sent to all parts of the Christian world and simultaneously come to light everywhere, We direct that it be, as usual, posted and published at the doors of the Basilica of the Prince of the Apostles, also at the Apostolic Chancery, and on the street at Campo Flora; furthermore, We direct that printed copies of this same edict signed by a notary public and made official by an ecclesiastical dignitary possess the same indubitable validity everywhere and in every nation, as if Our manuscript were shown there. Therefore, no one whosoever is permitted to alter this notice of Our permission, statute, ordinance, command, precept, grant, indult, declaration, will, decree, and prohibition. Should anyone dare to contravene it, know that he will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul.”

Given at St. Peter’s in the year of the Lord's Incarnation, 1570, on the 14th of July of the Fifth year of Our Pontificate.

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