AD CAELI REGINAM

AD CAELI REGINAM Encyclical of Pope Pius XII on proclaiming the Queenship Of Mary

ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XII ON PROCLAIMING THE QUEENSHIP OF MARY TO THE VENERABLE BRETHREN, THE PATRIARCHS, PRIMATES, ARCHBISHOPS, BISHIOPS, AND OTHER LOCAL ORDINARIES IN PEACE AND COMMUNION WITH THE HOLY SEE Venerable Brethren, Health and Apostolic Blessing. From the earliest ages of the catholic church a Christian people, whether in time of triumph or more especially in time of crisis, has addressed prayers of petition and hymns of praise and veneration to the Queen of Heaven. And never has that hope wavered which they placed in the Mother of the Divine King, Jesus Christ; nor has that faith ever[…]

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Medjugorje: Condemned by Tradition

Medjugorje: Condemned by Tradition

“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel to you other than that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema!” (Gal. 1:9) In her autobiography, Saint Teresa writes, “I only regard a revelation as true if it is in no way contrary to Holy Scripture and to the laws of the Church, which we are obliged to follow.” The soul favored with extraordinary graces “feels capable of confounding all the demons in order to uphold the smallest of the truths taught by the Church!” If a revelation “departed ever so little from[…]

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St Athanasius the Great to the Bishops of Egypt (Chapter I) Translated by Cardinal Newman

The time has come to fight for the truth against heresy. Our enemy does not always attack us in the same manner. Martyrdom does not consist only in refusing to offer incense to idols. There is also a martyrdom of the conscience, which consists in not violating the Faith. Not a year goes by when they do not invent new creeds, which they are the first to condemn by replacing then with others that are no more acceptable. Their entire plan is to destroy Catholic truth while seeming to defend it. They are Pilate sending Jesus Christ to be tortured[…]

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Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes: “Go Kiss the Earth in Penance for Sinners”

FROM THE ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XII on July 2, 1957: WARNING AGAINST MATERIALISM ON THE CENTENARY OF THE APPARITIONS AT LOURDES TO THE CARDINALS, ARCHBISHOPS, AND BISHOPS OF FRANCE IN PEACE AND COMMUNION WITH THE APOSTOLIC SEE: “In a society which is barely conscious of the ills which assail it, which conceals its miseries and injustices beneath a prosperous, glittering, and trouble-free exterior, the Immaculate Virgin, whom sin has never touched, manifests herself to an innocent child. With a mother’s compassion she looks upon this world redeemed by her Son’s blood, where sin accomplishes so much ruin daily, and[…]

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Catholic Charismatic Renewal

The “Catholic” Pentecostal and Charismatic Movement and Renewal

THE CATHOLIC PENTECOSTAL MOVEMENT The following letter and response come from the New Covenant, a monthly magazine which caters to those active in the Catholic and Protestant Pentecostal or Charismatic movements. “Q: Someone recently attended our prayer meeting and spoke out as a prophecy a word glorifying Satan. He could not be quieted and most of the people attending the meeting were quite upset. What can we do when this type of situation arises?” “A: It seems that some kind of evil spirit was attempting to disrupt the prayer meeting. Many prayer groups have had similar occurrences. The group’s leaders should[…]

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A Shepherd or a Hireling?

A Shepherd or a Hireling?

The following is a short excerpt from a homily by St. Gregory the Great from the Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers, Volume 2 : “Whether a man is indeed a shepherd, or but a hireling, can only be known when a time of trial comes. For in times of peace, just as the true shepherd is wont to stay by his flocks, so likewise does the hireling. But should a wolf appear each will reveal with what mind he had been taking care of the flock. For a wolf descends upon the flock whenever some lawless person or robber[…]

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Divine Mercy Cult

The Cult of the Divine Mercy

Pope Pius XII put the writings of Sr. Faustina on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum [Index of Forbidden Books]. That meant that he considered that their content would lead Catholics astray or in the wrong direction. Next, came other prohibitions made by Pope John XXIII. Twice in his pontificate, the Holy Office issued condemnations of the Divine Mercy writings. Cardinal Ottaviani, as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), was responsible for the suppression of the Divine Mercy devotion. Given the information he had at the time, his suppression was well founded. The Holy Office declared that[…]

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St. Alphonsus Mary De Ligouri

On The Number Of Sins Beyond Which God Pardons No More

Non tentabis Dominum Deum tuumThou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God– Matt., 4:7 A sermon by St. Alphonsus Mary De Liguori (1696-1787), Bishop and Doctor of the Church. St. Francis Jerome, when he visited the parents of St. Alphonsus shortly after his birth, made this prophecy: “This child will be blessed with length of days; he shall not see death before his ninetieth year; he will be a bishop and will do great things for Jesus Christ.” This prophecy certainly came true. One of the most accomplished of all the saints is Alphonsus Liguori. He was a lawyer in[…]

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Is the Charismatic Movement Truly Catholic?

Is the Charismatic Movement Truly Catholic?

Regarding its origins: Charismatism takes its origins from Protestant Pentecostalism in the United States and it has spread throughout the Catholic Church by the “Baptism in the Spirit”. Regarding its “Baptism in the Spirit”: This spiritual baptism is an innovation which the Charismatic renewal attempts to justify by claiming that with the sacraments the Catholic Church has not fulfilled all the abundance of the Gospels: “The over flowing and abundance of the New Testament should not be hastily assimilated to subsequent sacramental forms” (Fr Laurentin, Charismatic apologist, in his book Pentecôtisme chez les Catholiques, Beauchesne, 1975). Now, the Catholic Church[…]

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PASCENDI DOMINICI GREGIS: Feeding the Lord’s Flock (On Modernism in the Catholic Church)

The final overall teaching of Modernism in the Catholic Church is that dogmata (the teachings of the Church, which its members are required to believe) can evolve over time – not only in their expression but also in their substance – rather than remaining the same in substance for all time. This postulate makes Modernism unique in the history of heresies in the Church. The “evolution of dogma” theory, much in the manner of Luther’s theory of salvation sola fide (‘by faith alone’) allows for a constant updating of standards of morality. PASCENDI DOMINICI GREGIS (“Feeding the Lord’s Flock”) was a[…]

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To Catholics Who Have Been Deprived of a Priest

To Catholics Who Have Been Deprived of a Priest

Editor’s Preface: During the French Revolution very many Bishops and priests were martyred for their faith as were many outstanding laymen also martyred. Church property was seized by the Masonic government. The revolutionary governing bodies were particularly determined to destroy every vestige of the Roman Catholic Church because France was hailed by Rome as the Church’s “eldest daughter” and the monarch had dedicated “our person, our state, our crown and our subjects” to the Blessed Virgin. That left the people without their priests and without a place to go to Mass and receive the sacraments. It was during that period[…]

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On the Question of a Heretical Pope by Bishop Athanasius Schneider

Note: We urge everyone to reprint, post and share this important Op-Ed — published first on Rorate Caeli — far and wide. And we urge you to keep reading beyond the “Read more” link as His Excellency lays out a plausible case for future binding canonical norms to address a “heretical or a manifestly heterodox pope”. Bishop Athanasius Schneider recently launched his own website: gloriadei.io to help instruct and encourage Catholics . On the question of a heretical pope The issue of how to handle a heretical pope, in concrete terms, has not yet been treated in a manner which[…]

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