Martyrology for Today
CRITICAL CATHOLIC COMMENTARY
Twilight of Reason
Mary, Conceived without
pray for us who have recourse
Whether it Pleases You or Not
The Catholic Church is in
and this man is the cause
A Viper in the Vatican
and His Own Brood of Vipers
The photograph on the
is simply superimposed
on a Cobra
“You’re looking at a snake/reptilian
head with two large eyes, reptilian skin and a mouth
with two large fangs. The hall leading from the
stage is curved and even looks like a snake's tongue.
From the Pope’s vantage point to
the audience, it is a similar look except the mouth
has multiple teeth. In none of the other pictures
that I’ve seen is there any distortion of the audience
or the pope do to a fisheye lens effect.
expand image above for detail
Even the outside of the building is designed to
look like a snake head.
The architecture of this building
is completely different from all other Vatican buildings.
Why? It is different down to the tile used on the
outside to give a reptilian skin appearance.
Furthermore there are no other traditional
Christian symbols in the hall.
There are absolutely no crucifixes.
Why built like a snake?
Why does the pope speak from the
mouth/tongue of the
serpents head ?!?”
Two Vipers in the Vatican
in the Paul VI Audience Hall
In a description that is itself
descriptive of the impoverished minds of that sad body of
men called the Catholic bishops in America, the USCCB (United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops) describes the macabre
nightmare above as — ready? — “An ‘explosion’ of spirituality.”
Do you feel
it? Are you transported by this? What arises within you? What
is that surge, apart from the vomitus?
In a brief excursion
into the real world, they do go on to state that,
used polystyrene, a then-experimental plastic which,
when heated, sent toxic microplastics into the air.
Creating the model of ‘Resurrection’ gave Fazzini lung
poisoning, which led to the artist's death a decade
after the sculpture was completed.”
It Killed Fazzini
and it Appears to be Trying to Kill you!
Regrettably, what killed Fazzini
is still killing us: even a brief look at this massive blight
— which the USCCB acknowledges that some [some?] find
it, in their words, “creepy and demonic” — is
likely to send children running for their lives to escape it
while leaving adults just “creeped out.” Not only was it toxic
to Fazzini, it is toxic to us. Can anyone of a sound mind truthfully
say that they are spiritually elevated, “lifted up,” by this
scrap metal — and not have to go to Confession afterward?
A crack to Hell did not
open up in the Vatican following Vatican II as Paul VI observed.
A chasm did, and the throne of Peter tumbled into
it headlong. Paul VI saw this1 — and did nothing
to stamp out the encroaching flames; indeed he fanned them in
all ecumenical zeal. And not Paul VI alone. His three
successors keep “celebrating”
the sacrilegious and now recurring “World Day of Prayer for
Peace in Assisi” — joining heretics and pagans in
prayer to their false gods: first John Paul II
on October 27, 1986)
Benedict XVI (October 27, 2011 ) and, of course, Bergoglio on
September 20, 2016.
And still you regard John
Paul II and Benedict VI as attempting to keep custody of
the 2000 years of traditional Catholicism? I think not. We
have had no canonized pope since the death of Pope Saint
Pius X in 1914 — despite the auto-canonization
of every post-Vatican II pope by a successor (until
the notion of canonization has now become rote and meaningless).
As there was a snake in the Garden
in the beginning2, it is altogether
fitting that we find him now (possibly near the end) on the
Paul VI Hall is unquestionably emblematic of all that has
gone wrong in the Church since “good John” XXIII “flung open
its windows” to let in the reek of the world while providing
a draft for the flames smoldering beneath it. In this sense,
it is the most fitting venue of the post-Vatican-II popes precisely
because it has been the abode of snakes for the past 52 years,
and each of them has spawned their brood as recreant cardinals and bishops
every bit as poisonous as the first serpent was to our first
But none have made themselves enemies of the Faithful and of
the Gospel, of all that is good, true, and beautiful — in
the manner and measure of the heretic Bergoglio. Do not be
deceived thinking that a dove will arise from the pit of
snakes. The skin may be shed but a brood has already been
Do I “judge” every
pontiff since 1962? Of course not. But I do recognize a
snake when I see one, and for all your pretensions that it
is not a snake, and not poisonous, I will not feed it. And
neither should you.
Saint John the Baptist said it
Brood of vipers!
Who has warned you to flee the wrath to come?”
(St. Matthew 3.7)
than largest main battle tank at only 54 tons by comparison.)
“Satan’s smoke has made its way into the temple of
God through some crack.”—Pope Paul VI, 1972
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
Martyrology for Today
Semen est sanguis Christianorum (The blood of Christians is
the seed of the Church) Tertullian, Apologeticum, 50
in the Year of Grace 2023
This Day, the Twenty-First Day of September
The birthday of St. Matthew, Apostle
and Evangelist, who suffered
martyrdom in Ethiopia,
while engaged in preaching. The Gospel written by him in
Hebrew was, by his own revelation, found in the time
of the emperor Zeno, together with the relics of the blessed
In the land of Saar, the holy prophet
Jonas, who was buried in Geth.
At Rome, St. Pamphilus, martyr.
At twenty miles from Rome, on the Claudian way,
the martyrdom of St. Alexander, bishop,
in the time of the emperor Antoninus. For the faith of Christ
he was loaded with fetters, scourged, tortured, burned with
torches, torn with iron hooks, exposed to the beasts and
cast into the flames, but having overcome all these torments,
he was finally beheaded, and so attained the glory of eternal
life. His body was afterwards carried into the city by the
blessed Pope Damasus, on the 26th of November, on which
day his feast is to be celebrated by order of the same Pontiff.
In Phoenicia, St. Eusebius, martyr,
who, of his own accord, went to the prefect, and declaring
himself a Christian, was subjected by him to many torments,
and finally beheaded.
In Cyprus, St. Isacius, bishop and
In the same place, St. Meletius, bishop
In Ethiopia, St. Iphigenia, virgin,
who being baptized and consecrated to God by the blessed
Apostle Matthew, ended her holy life in peace.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs,
confessors, and holy virgins.
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.
“Semen est sanguis
Christianorum” — Tertullian
(the Blood of the Martyrs is the seed
of the Church)
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!)
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
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.
A Martyr is one who suffers tortures
and a violent death for the sake of Christ and the Catholic
A Confessor is one who confesses
Christ publicly in times of persecution and who suffers torture,
or severe punishment by secular authorities as a consequence. It
is a title given only given to those who suffered for the
Faith — but was not killed for it —
and who had persevered in the Faith until the end.
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
Note: We suggest that you explore our newly
edited and revised
SS. Martyrum Cruciatibus — The Torments and Tortures of the Christian
for an in-depth historical account of the sufferings of the Martyrs.
Faithful to the Sacred Deposit of Faith entrusted
to the Holy See in Rome
opera tua ... quia modicum habes virtutem, et servasti verbum
Meum, nec non negasti Nomen Meum”
know your works ... that you have but little power, and
yet you have kept My word, and have not denied My Name.”
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