Archive for September, 2007


Hiatus: Just one more month or so of new HallowedGround posts folks! (I said I would stop posting in  December of 07, but I’m getting tired of trolling for pics, making posts, etc.).  🙂 I’ll be back next week of so…Until then… just chillin’ like a villian! Just me, and Darwin’s Nephew below ( indeed he was a Monkey’s Uncle ) :

P.S.: There seems to be alot of traffic to the Picture Archive Page, don’t worry the site will stay up forever (or until wordpress goes belly-up) after I stop posting next month.

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The Good Fight

**Before I proceed, I have never attended an SSPX Chapel, I am what was called in pre-Motu Proprio days an “Indulter”**.  However, we would be remiss not to acknowledge the dedication of Archbishop Lefevbre towards the Mass of Ages. Without him (and many others like him) they would have buried Catholic Tradition. There would be no 1983 “indult”, no “Ecclesia Dei”, and no “Summorum Pontificium”. Tradition needed a toe-hold, it survived, and will thrive, and this ecumenism business will eventually fade, as it’s not of the Church. It’s a strange double standard when Protestants are called “Seperated Brethren”, and men like these (missioner bishop in Africa for most of his life) are called “Schismatic” for trying to remain Catholic as it was always practiced. Let us Pray for the Soul of this brave man.

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Archbishop Lefevbre with the “Conservative Coetus” at the Second Vatican Council

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Missionary in Africa

We do not want to break away from the Church; on the contrary, we want the Church to continue. A Church which breaks away from her past is no longer the Catholic Church.  We are certain that the truth will come back. It cannot be otherwise. The Good God does not abandon His Church. ( Archbishops Homily, Geneva, May 15, 1978)

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JPII: The Eucharist

The Church was born of the paschal mystery. For this very reason the Eucharist, which is in an outstanding way the sacrament of the paschal mystery, stands at the centre of the Church’s life. This is already clear from the earliest images of the Church found in the Acts of the Apostles: “They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (2:42). The “breaking of the bread” refers to the Eucharist. Two thousand years later, we continue to relive that primordial image of the Church. At every celebration of the Eucharist, we are spiritually brought back to the paschal Triduum: to the events of the evening of Holy Thursday, to the Last Supper and to what followed it. The institution of the Eucharist sacramentally anticipated the events which were about to take place, beginning with the agony in Gethsemane. Once again we see Jesus as he leaves the Upper Room, descends with his disciples to the Kidron valley and goes to the Garden of Olives. (John Paul II Ecclesia De Eucharistia)

In really superb Traditional Papal vestments (Fanon included):

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Above 2 photos filched from Fr. Tucker’s picture archive.

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19th Century Protestant American nightmare:

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Being presented with a model of St. Mary’s in Cracow:

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Saying Mass (notice thumb and index fingers joined):

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St. John Lateran


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I think a new Cardinal’s obedience:

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For those who always focus on the negative aspects of various Papacy’s, dwell, and advertise them, the Spirit of this post: But Sem and Japheth put a cloak upon their shoulders, and going backward, covered the nakedness of their father: and their faces were turned away, and they saw not their father’s nakedness. (Gen 9:23)

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Kindreds of the Gentiles

All the ends of the earth shall remember, and shall be converted to the Lord: And all the kindreds of the Gentiles shall adore in his sight. (Psalm 21: 28)

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Position on the MP

I normally have a very “local-organic” take on Catholicism. However, there have been some bad, twisting, (and blatantly disobedient)  responses of bishops to the Motu Proprio. My Position on the MP: just call me Johnny Ultramontane:

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Grown Cold

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 And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold. (Matt 24:12)

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“A Girl Thing”

Be of good courage and let us behave ourselves manfully for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the Lord will do that which is good in his sight. (Paralipomenon 19:13) 

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Cardinal Heenan

During the Synod of Bishops in Rome in October 1967, after seeing a demonstration of the proposed new Mass, Cardinal Heenan told the Synod: At home it is not only women and children but also fathers of families and young men who come regularly to Mass. If we were to offer them the kind of ceremony we saw yesterday in the Sistine Chapel we would soon be left with a congregation mostly of women and children”. His words of warning went unheeded.

The above is unfortunately true. The only place I have seen a large male presence in church was at the Latin Mass. Something about the Old Ritual speaks to men, whether it’s the Hierarchal/Sacerdotal nature of the ceremony, or the rigidness of the Rubrics, or whatever. The quickest, easiest way to drive men out of anyplace (church or otherwise) is overt emotionalism (holding hands, talk of love, basically anything too saccharine).  The objective nature, quietness, and use of Latin in the Old Mass  provides a “blacket” to express yourself while not feeling like a sappy extroverted buffoon. The expression is kept internal, God can see it, my neighbors should be focusing on Him.

Some Examples of Catholic Masculinity  from the “Before-Time”:

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Do we really want a weak emasculated Catholicism? Remember what is lurking around seeking the ruin of Souls: our “Brothers in Abraham” (puke):

(Picture of anti-Catholic riot in front of Westminster Cathedral, Cardinal Heenan’s seat)

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Requiem for a nightmare

Around September 2007 the “Spirit of Vatican II” caught a real bad cold. Being resilient, and believing  much still was to be done, it continued it’s work, albeit in a diminished capacity. Eventually, after a bout of Acute Traditionalitis, it succumbed to this mysterious illness on September 14, 2033. These are the pictures taken (yes, from the future) of Reqiuem services held around the world in it’s honour. In the Traditional rite, ironically, as the now almost forgotten “Novus Ordo” was canonically abrogated by Pope Pius XIV in 2019 at the beginnning of the 2nd Council of Trent.

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A pictorial memior of work the “Spirit of Vatican II”:

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The heavens shew forth the glory of God, and the firmament declareth the work of his hands. Day to day uttereth speech, and night to night sheweth knowledge. There are no speeches nor languages, where their voices are not heard. Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth: and their words unto the ends of the world. (Psalm 18)

Father Georges Lemaitre: Founder of the “Big Bang” Theory of Creation

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Father Georges Lemaitre: “He was a pioneer in applying Einstein’s theory of general relativity to cosmology: suggesting a pre-cursor of Hubble’s law in 1927, and then publishing his primeval atom theory the pages of Nature in 1931. At the time Einstein believed in an eternal universe and had previously expressed his skepticism about Lemaître’s original 1927 paper. A similar solution to Einstein’s equations, suggesting a changing radius to the size of the universe, had been proposed in 1922 by Alexander Alexandrovich Friedman, as Einstein informed Lemaître when he approached him with the theory at the 1927 Solvay Conference (Friedman had also been criticized by Einstein), but it is Lemaître, with his proposed mechanism, that made the theory famous for several reasons according to historians….Einstein at first dismissed Friedman and then (privately) Lemaître out of hand, saying that not all mathematics leads to correct theories. After Hubble’s discovery was published, Einstein quickly and publicly endorsed Lemaître’s theory, helping both the theory and priest get fast recognition.”

The De Facto Religion of Scientism/Darwinism does not suffice to answer all things. They can’t get past matierialism. Where did it come from? Something out of nothing? How can nothing make itself?, it’s nothing. Only the silly “psuedo-Dogmas” of Secularism keeps them from the Obvious Truth. “Faith” alone indeed!

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Sifting: Some Priests are busting their butts running around trying to learn the Extraordinary Mass per the Holy Father’s recent lifting of restrictions on the Mass. And a Pastoral care for their flock who request it:

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Some, not so much……:

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Pastor of St. Joseph Church in Springfield, MO: “I think that Pope Benedict’s recent decree reviving the old Latin Mass was a step backwards in the implementation of the decrees of the Second Vatican Council. which were approved and promoted by Pope Paul VI”. …. “The Council clearly wanted to give such power to the bishops. But in this too the Council’s teaching is being reversed.I don’t anticipate having a Latin Mass problem in our parish”….”We should all ask ourselves questions like the following: Do we really want to introduce a liturgy emphasizing sin and its expiation in preference to the celebration of the paschal mystery centering on the death and resurrection Christ?”. 

“You know then how to discern the face of the sky: and can you not know the signs of the times? “ (Matt 16:3)

“For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (Tim 4:3)

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EWTN: Network Gone Right

You probably seen it on TV, or the Internet, but just in case: EWTN Solemn High Mass at Hanceville, AL. (The Whole Mass). Cardinal Mahony must have enjoyed it. EWTN does good work, I don’t understand some of my fellow “trads” who don’t like the station. Sure it’s not perfect, but where else are you going to see any overtly Catholic shows on TV that don’t make your cringe?

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Cardinal Sarto/St.Pius X

Cardinal Sarto/St.Pius X: Throne Given to him by the Venetians on 50th Anniversary of his Priestly Ordination (Sept 18th):

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If it ain’t broke don’t fix it! You don’t have to DO something just because you can. Licit authority does not mean your actions are either necessary, or valued.

Bishops Attending the Second Vatican Council (1st Council in Church History convened for no apparent reason; no Heresy to fight, and John XXIII spoke about how the Church was blossoming at the beginning of the Council)

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If I hear one more time that Vat II was the council of the Laity, I’m going to puke. If it was, then it was an utter failure, Catholic Laity are as immoral, and wordly as our Secular counterparts. No, the council was a submission to the world, we capitulated. The “new air” filled our lungs, inebriated us, watered us down to nothingness.

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One Marini for Another? Pope Rumoured to replace M.C. Marini, for another guy named…..Marini. Can’t be worse than the one who would dress in Pope in this: Puke-Green vestments, and, oh yes, the famous “Precious Klingon butt-crack Mitre of Pope Pius the non-existent”

 Oh, and the recent Austria thing:

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Tie-Dye, on a Pope!

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I swear, it’s like his job was to make the Pope look silly. Also from WDTPRS: “Apparently, the Austrians wanted the Holy Father to wear Baroque vestments.

They were overidden by His Excellency the current Master of Pontifical Ceremonies, Most Rev. Piero Marini.”

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Holy Cross

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Rood was I reared. I lifted a mighty King,
Lord of the heavens, dared not to bend.
With dark nails they drove me through: on me those sores are seen,
open malice-wounds. I dared not scathe anyone.
They mocked us both, we two together. All wet with blood I was,
poured out from that Man’s side, after ghost he gave up.
Much have I born on that hill
of fierce fate. I saw the God of hosts
harshly stretched out. Darknesses had
wound round with clouds the corpse of the Wielder,
bright radiance; a shadow went forth,
dark under heaven. All creation wept,
King’s fall lamented. Christ was on rood.
But there eager ones came from afar
to that noble one. I beheld all that. (Dream of the Rood)

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Summorum Pontifium Day! Let us Thank God, and pray for Pope Benedict.

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My Two Bits

My Entry into the “Wake up and smell the incense” campaign:

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Tisserant!:  He seemed to be in every Papal function since St. Peter. Here he is doing some other things.

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Romanism! Part X

Romanism! Part X (Latest in ongoing series of Romanism!). Most of the below pics are from Mgr. Pierre Pfister’s book on Pope Pius XII which I recently bought. Had to share them.

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Bl. Pius IX

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Pius XII At St. John Lateran

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At St. Pauls Beyond the Walls

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At St. Mary Major

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Blessing of the Lambs for the Pallium

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Papal Diplomat Vladimir d’Ormesson

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Roncalli (Future John XXIII) being made Cardinal

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Creating a Cardinal

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New Cardinal making vow of Loyalty.

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Cardinal’s praying at St. Peters tomb

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For the Canonization of St. Pius X (St. Mary Major)

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(JPII, I believe at Westminster Cathedral)

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Because I was in prison, and you came to me. (Matt 25:36)

Priest saying Mass in French prison

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Into the Air

Then we who are alive, who are left, shall be taken up together with them in the clouds to meet Christ, into the air, and so shall we be always with the Lord. (Thess 4:16)

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(Traditional “flying children dressed as Saints”Religious Processions in Italy)

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Mom’s Birthday

Thy name, O Mother of God, is filled with all graces and divine blessings.  Thou hast contained him who cannot be contained, and nourished him who nourishes all creatures.  He who fills heaven and earth, and is Lord of all, was pleased to stand in need of thee, for it was thou who didst clothe him with that flesh which he had not before.  Rejoice then, O Mother and handmaid of God; be glad then, with exceeding great joy, for thou has him for thy debtor who gives their being to all creatures.  We are all God’s debtors, but he is a debtor to thee.  Hence it is, O most holy Mother of God, that thou hast greater goodness and greater charity than all the other saints, and hast freer access to God than any of them, for thou art his Mother.  Ah, deign, we beseech thee, to remember us in our miseries, who celebrate thy glories, and know how great is thy goodness. (Prayer of St. Methodius)

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St. Anne with the one who would crush the head of the snake

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The Presentation of the Virgin by Vittore

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Pieta in Notre Dame

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The Virgin by Giuseppe Ghedine

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Matyas Church

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St. Pio

The ultimate reason for the apostolic effectiveness of Padre Pio, the profound root of so much spiritual fruitfulness can be found in that intimate and constant union with God, attested to by his long hours spent in prayer and in the confessional. He loved to repeat, “I am a poor Franciscan who prays” convinced that “prayer is the best weapon we have, a key that opens the heart of God”.

This fundamental characteristic of his spirituality continues in the “Prayer Groups” that he founded, which offer to the Church and to society the wonderful contribution of incessant and confident prayer. To prayer, Padre Pio joined an intense charitable activity, of which the “Home for the Relief of Suffering” is an extraordinary expression. Prayer and charity, this is the most concrete synthesis of Padre Pio’s teaching, which today is offered to everyone.  (John Paul II: Homily at Canonization)

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Cardinal Montini/Paul VI

It is easier to formulate an answer to the other question- what defense, what remedy should we use against the Devil’s action? — even though it remains difficult to put into practice. We could say: everything that defends us from sin strengthens us by that very fact against the invisible enemy. Grace is the decisive defense. Innocence takes on the aspect of strength. Everyone recalls how often the apostolic method of teaching used the armor of a soldier as a symbol for the virtues that can make a Christian invulnerable. The Christian must be a militant; he must be vigilant and strong;and he must at times make use of special ascetical practices to escape from certain diabolical attacks. Jesus teaches us this by pointing to “prayer and fasting” as the remedy. (Pope Paul VI: Confronting the Devil’s Power)

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With Mother Theresa

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Mrs. Kennedy

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Charles deGaulle

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1965 Consistory

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Just Folks

Give me that ol’time simple Catholicism:

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The Image

Giving thanks to God the Father, who hath made us worthy to be partakers of the lot of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love, In whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins; Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. (Colossians 1:12)

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Synod of Thurles

The first national synod of the Catholic hierarchy held in Ireland since the middle ages opened on Thursday, 22 August 1850, at Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Its principal goal was to reform the Catholic Church in Ireland, root and branch, and to ensure that it conformed in everything to the standards of the universal Catholic Church as set by Rome. The Synod was called by Paul Cullen, the newly appointed Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland (head of the Catholic Church). He had recently returned from Rome as Apostolic Delegate, a papal office that gave him complete control over the Catholic Church in Ireland. He planned to use his powers to reform it. Rome was concerned about the administration of the Church in Ireland. An ‘ultramontanist’, Cullen believed that every national church should follow the Roman model exactly, in practice, in teaching, and in discipline. He was utterly opposed to local or popular religious expressions and determined to end these in Ireland. The Synod marked the beginning of this process. (Synod of Thurles)

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Paul Cullen (Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland)

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Caricature thereof.

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