Fr. Z calls attention to the “mirror” motif in the Secret of Fátima

I thought everyone was keenly aware of this. Coupled with Emmerich explicitly talking about “two popes”, well, as Our Lord said to the disciples of John the Baptist, “Go and relate to John what you have heard and seen.”


Fr. Z’s post is titled, “A troubling, curious point in the Third Secret of Fátima.”

In any event, returning to the thing in the text of the Third Secret that was brought to my attention and that really bothers me.

And we saw in an immense light that is God: “something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it,” a bishop dressed in white. “We had the impression that it was the Holy Father.”

Note that reference to seeing an image like to that of an image in a mirror.

When you see someone pass in front of a mirror, you see two of them, the real one and the image.  Two.

Hence, in this case, the vision involved seeing two figures dressed in white, one being the real one and the other being the image of the real one.  And, according to the description, Lúcia says she saw whom she took to be the Pope and a figure that was not the Pope but an image like the Pope.

One figure the Pope and the other, close by, as in a mirror, not the Pope but looking like the Pope.


Here is a little photo essay of mirror-like images.

One real.

One fake.

Go tell John what you have seen.

Pray for Pope Benedict XVI, the one and only living Pope whether he likes it or not, the Papacy, and Holy Mother Church.

CALL TO MOBILIZATION: A Solemn High Requiem Mass for the Bryants NEEDS TO HAPPEN

One of the single-most horrific and tragic aspects of the Novus Ordo paradigm is the total abandonment of the Poor Souls and the truly awful “canonizations” that pass as Funeral Masses.  This, of course, is all about the infiltrators’ denial of the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell.  And THIS, of course, is a direct corollary of the denial of SIN in and of itself.

Novus Ordo funerals almost always canonize the dead person – that is declare them to be a saint in the Beatific Vision – and at absolute worst paint the funeral as a “celebration of life”, which, you realize, is a sneaking nod to one of Antipope Bergoglio and satan’s very favorite heresies: the notion that human souls that don’t reach heaven are ANNIHILATED.  So, hey, worst case scenario, Uncle So-and-so, who was a vocal apostate, moral degenerate and all around terrible person, but was baptized Catholic and thus his mother insisted that he have a Catholic funeral, is winkingly assumed to have had his soul annihilated, so, why don’t we have a “celebration of his life”?  No harm, no foul.

Thus, most Novus Ordo Catholics today do not have EVEN ONE Requiem Mass prayed for their souls, never mind there being any Requiems offered for the repose of the soul of deceased Catholics who are in Purgatory, going through the final burning purification like gold in a furnace so that they might be totally purged of any attachment to sin, and thus enter into the full, unveiled presence of God.

Yesterday as the news came in, it seemed to get worse and worse.  First Bryant and three others… then four others… then the news of 13 year old Gianna… then that it was a total of NINE souls on the helicopter… then the news that the crash was probably due to flying in fog so dense that it had grounded local law enforcement choppers.  Which means that this really didn’t have to happen.  But it did.

But now, today, better news.  The Bryants were practicing Catholics, with Kobe having a strong reversion in ARSH 2003, and they did, in fact, go to Sunday Mass just hours before they died. Kobe was also a regular WEEKDAY Mass attendee, which is particularly good news.  I think it can be reasonably said that people who go to daily Mass are generally there not because “I have to fulfill the Sunday obligation because of the Third Commandment”, but are there because they really, really WANT to be there.  I dare say that when a superstar athlete with a $600 million net worth gets up and goes to Mass on a Tuesday, it is because he WANTS TO.

Kobe Bryant needs prayers for the repose of his soul, just as almost every adult who dies does.  Bryant, we know, did some terrible things in his adult life, with his 2003 rape trial and civil settlement dominating the news in Denver in ARSH 2003.  It was a truly sordid, degenerate matter.  However, he managed to keep his marriage together, and had four daughters (including a baby born just this past summer) of whom he was clearly enamored and devoted. And, as we are all now reading, the rape trial is what spurred his reversion to Catholicism – yes, there are a non-trivial number of black American cradle Catholics.

So, first and foremost, the Bryants and the other people on the helicopter should have a Requiem just like every other human being (and they will, of course, be included in the Requiem that I have offered every week for ALL of the people who died in the previous week).  HOWEVER, I think that this terrible tragedy COULD be a vector for tremendous grace to flow.  Here is what I propose:

A SOLEMN HIGH REQUIEM MASS, WITH ABSOLUTION AT THE CATAFALQUE SHOULD BE ORGANIZED, AND LIVESTREAMED AND MADE AVAILABLE ON VIDEO.  Obviously, this should ideally happen in Los Angeles, but I would also propose that this could also be done in Italy as well, where Bryant grew up.  The FSSP has a parish in Los Angeles, and the Institute of Christ the King services central Italy, including Pistoia, where Kobe lived for several years as a child.

This could be a huge opportunity to show people what ACTUAL Catholic funerary liturgy looks and sounds like, what the Church prays for the faithful departed, and this being merely secondary to the spiritual work of mercy for the dead themselves.

The proverbial bat signal should be sent to Fr. Z. (who does on-site liturgical instruction and assistance), the FSSP Parish in Los Angeles, the ICK in Italy, and anyone else who can help with this.  Ideally, professional videographers should be enjoined.  EWTN? And, also ideally, professional musicians.  Many people find Faure’s Requiem to be sublime.  But it would require a full orchestra and choir.  Otherwise, Palsetrina, or any other traditional setting.

Here is a video of the Absolution at the Catafalque.  A catafalque (CAT-uh-falk) is the frame upon which a coffin, or as in most cases a wooden chest that stands-in for a coffin, is placed for Requiems at which the bodies are not present, which, again, is the vast majority of Requiems said since only ONE Funeral is normally said with the coffin in the church. Not every Requiem has the Catafalque in place, obviously.  It is a somewhat special ceremony.

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Please spread the word on this and help me agitate to make it happen.

Barnhardt Podcast #101: The ShutUpStupiSode

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In this episode we** discuss the works and miracles of St. Raymond of Peñafort before diving into the current events surrounding the Bergoglian anti-papacy. We also talk Pope Benedict as Kantian co-author — we can’t really know if he is or he isn’t — and “Bookgate,” in which the “former” Pontiff continues to co-author books not in silence behind the Vatican walls. We also cover the Damn Dirty Liar Georg Ganswein, the doctrinal guarantee of the Visibility of the Church (reproach of 1958 sedevacantism), and the current and glaring visibility of the anti-church. Regardless of the craziness and the manifest reasons to be nervous and fear, Our Lady has foretold all that is happening and how to maintain Faith, Hope, and Charity until the end.

** Nota Bene: Mark D. substitutes for SuperNerd in this episode.

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On postures during Mass…

Folks, it actually doesn’t much matter what people in the nave do during Mass.

If you have ever been to Europe, you probably noticed that the pews/chairs in the nave are relatively new if not clearly modern, and NOT fixed.

Pews are a Protestant thing. A very recent addition to Catholic Churches. Those churches were all built for the Nave to be essentially standing/kneeling room only.

There are two main postural conventions: Stand for the Gospel, kneel for the Consecration. And, yes, if one makes a Sacramental Communion, it should be from the hands of a priest or deacon, kneeling, upon the tongue.

Look, the lay faithful in the nave are NOT clerics in the sanctuary!! What we do has zero liturgi/rubrical bearing on ANYTHING that goes on in the sanctuary. Zip.

Here is what I do at all Low Masses:

Stand while priest and server process into the sanctuary.

Kneel immediately upon the first “In nomine…”

Remain kneeling until the Gospel.

Stand for the Gospel.

Kneel at the “Oremus” at the Offertory.

Remain kneeling. All the way through….

Stand for the Last Gospel.

Kneel for the Leonine Prayers.

Stand as the priest and server process out.

Kneel for after-Mass thanksgiving and prayer.

I’m kneeling for the vast majority of the Mass, and never sitting.

But hey, that’s just me. Guys, it doesn’t matter what people in the nave do, really.

Do I find kneeling… conducive to prayer, especially at Low Mass? Yes. I also carry a foam gardening kneeling pad in my backpack purse at all times. The only reason why is because the calluses on my knees when I don’t use it eventually split and bleed, which is gross, unsanitary, could ruin my clothes, and is a total inconsideration to others. Do unto others…

No one can tell you not to kneel. Ever.

Happy Feast of the Holy Outboard Motor! Saint Raymond of Penafort, PRAY FOR US!

St. Raymond of Penafort was a Dominican who is basically THE father of Canon Law.

So, you can understand why we are especially, especially happy to celebrate his feast today, and beg his intercession, especially for any Canonists named “Raymond” that we might know of….

The Codex that St. Raymond assembled at the behest of Pope Gregory IX was essentially the codex that was in force from ARSH 1234 until the 1917 Code was promulgated.

Apparently, St. Raymond did a pretty good job. 😉

BUT, being the unlettered laywoman that I am, I can’t but be delighted by St. Raymond’s most famous miracle. Now, I want you to just stop and think in stillness about how brilliant and rigorous St. Raymond must have been, and then consider the veracity of what you are about to read. Do you think that a man like Raymond would have permitted a story like what you are about to read to spread like wildfire throughout the world, if it weren’t true? 160 miles in six hours is an average speed of 27 mph. This is a block quote from Wiki: And, just to be sure everyone knows, “Moors” are musloids.

Raymond of Penyafort served as the confessor for King James I of Aragon, who was a loyal son of the Church but allowed his lustful desires to shackle him. While on the island of Majorca to initiate a campaign to help convert the Moors living there, the king brought his mistress with him. Raymond reproved the king and asked him repeatedly to dismiss his concubine. The king refused to do so. Finally, the saint told the king that he could remain with him no longer and made plans to leave for Barcelona. But the king forbade Raymond to leave the island, and threatened punishment to any ship captain who dared to take him. Saint Raymond then said to his Dominican companion, “Soon you will see how the King of Heaven will confound the wicked deeds of this earthly king and provide me with a ship!” They then went down to the seashore where Raymond took off his cappa (the long black cloak worn by Dominicans over the white tunic and scapular), and spread one end of it on the water while rigging the other end to his walking staff. Having thus formed a miniature mast, Raymond bid the other Dominican to hop on, but his companion, lacking the saint’s faith, refused to do so. Then Raymond bid him farewell, and with the sign of the cross he pushed away from the shore and miraculously sailed away on his cloak. Skirting around the very boats that had forbidden him passage, the saint was seen by scores of sailors who shouted in astonishment and urged him on. Raymond sailed the ~160 miles to Barcelona in the space of six hours, where his landing was witnessed by a crowd of amazed spectators. In awe of this miracle, King James I renounced his evil ways, made penance, and thereafter led a good life.

27 mph, baby! Evinrude, eat your heart out!!!

For Aggressive Distribution: Antipope Bergoglio has TWICE awarded Clinton Bundler/Launderer and BestBud of Serial Boy Rapists and Traffickers, Ahmed “Andy” Khawaja

The blog Dad29 from up in Wisconsin has put this together, and I’m going to block post it in full, because it is laid out very well, but please do link back to him as you AGGRESSIVELY DISTRIBUTE this. I have added (sic) after every mention of “Pope Francis” since there is no such person – just Antipope Jorge Bergoglio. -AB

Depravity, Fraud, the Clintons, and ……..Pp. Francis (sic)!

If it were only the Clintons…but the spider-web goes much, much, further.

First off, there is the indictment.

…Essentially what we have is a foreign government meddling in our elections, a presidential candidate knowingly lapping up $4 million, and a pedophile serving as the middle man. Isn’t that something? 

Lebanese convicted pedophile George Nader, who goes way back with the Clintons and served as informal envoy to Syria for the Clinton administration, has acted as an advisor to the Middle East for decades. He was playing both sides, with the hope that Hillary Clinton would win. 

Nader and CEO of Allied Wallets Ahmed (Andy) Khawaja worked together to provide private parties, in home dinner meetings, and fundraisers, in addition to meeting with the “big lady,” “big sister H,” and “big sister’s husband” in private, otherwise known as Bill and Hillary Clinton. Of course, to enter the world of Clinton pay-to-play, one must pay at the door, so $3.5 million was concealed and funneled through democratic political committees affiliated with Hillary’s 2016 campaign. All the while, George Nader was reporting back to UAE’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MBZ) on the progress. In order to try to slide these funds through under the radar, they enlisted staff from Allied Wallets, in addition to using Khawaja’s wife’s name. Khawaja donated hundreds of thousands to the DNC and other democratic committees, as well as to Adam Schiff, Joe Biden, Chris Coons, Dianne Feinstein and numerous others. They were so concerned that if “candidate 2” (Donald Trump) got elected “it would be over for the Arabs.”…


…George Nader [ ] has a history that resembles that of the devil. What was found on Nader’s phone when he was arrested in June 2019 for charges of child pornography, included images of young boys engaging in sexual acts and bestiality. In 1991, Nader was convicted and sentenced to six months at a halfway house in Maryland, on a felony charge for transporting sexually explicit videos of underage boys in foreign commerce. But the one no media outlets seem to want to include in their reporting, is the one-year prison term in 2003 where he was convicted in Prague for corruption of minors, sexual abuse and impairing minors. He sexually abused 10 young boys.THIS is the man that they have all developed a decades-long relationship with….

Khwaja is also a convict.

…Khwaja and two of his officers settled with the FTC for knowingly processing fraudulent transactions for firms that were known by law enforcement agencies as fraudulent. It wasn’t just about “knowing,” they actually created fake foreign shell companies, dummy websites, and other false information so as to hide it from banks and credit card networks. This was a full blown, very carefully constructed scheme….

So…….why does Pope Francis (sic) like him so much?

August 20, 2018

…Andy Khawaja, was awarded a “Medal of Goodness” from theVatican for himself and his company Allied Wallets giving back to global communities.

December 3, 2018

Andy Khawaja was blessed and honored as an Ambassador for Peace by Pope Francis (sic) and the Vatican. He can be seen in photos with the Pope
 (sic) here. According to Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, Andy was also supported by Rondine Cittadella della Pace, and “Pope Francis (sic) showed gratitude for Khawaja’s efforts in supporting children in need and his work with world leaders to spread peace.”…

Rather odd, no?

And just in case you think Pp. Francis’ (sic) agenda concludes with the Amazon Sham-a-zon……don’t.

September 12

Pope Francis (sic) issued a statementinviting world leaders and young people to gather at the Vatican on May 14, 2020, for an event called “Reinventing the Global Educational Alliance.” He stated that “a global educational pact is needed to educate us in universal solidarity and a new humanism.”

He quoted Hillary’s favorite African proverb, “it takes a whole village to educate a child,” suggesting that parents are unable to do so. He went on to state, “an alliance, in other words, between the earth’s inhabitants and our ‘common home’, which we are bound to care for and respect.”…

A choice of friends and honorees which is ………not wise………and a “new humanism” to boot!!


“…and joining themselves to the true Shepherd of Thy Church…”

Many of you might have noticed that there are extra prayers being said during Mass, specifically  an extra Collect, and an extra Postcommunion.  There is also an additional Secret being said, but the Secret is said sotto voce, of course.

These extra prayers are because we are in the Octave of Church Unity which began on January 18th, the old calendar feast of the Chair of St. Peter in Rome, and concludes on January 25th, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.

If you have the Baronius Press 1962 Missal that so many of us do, the Votive Mass for the Unity of the Church is on page 1655.

What I especially love is the Collect, which gives every indication of having been composed by the Divine Providence for our times.  It is absolutely perfect:

O God, who settest straight what has gone astray, and gatherest together what is scattered, and keepest what Thou hast gathered together: we beseech Thee in Thy mercy to pour down on Christian people the grace of union with Thee, that, putting disunion aside and joining themselves to the true Shepherd of Thy Church, they may be able to render Thee worthy service.

Might I suggest adding this to one’s concluding prayers of the Rosary?

Here is a picture of Antipope Victor IV Conti submitting to the true Pope, Pope Innocent II Papareschi.  Antipope Victor actually was the second consecutive Antipope.  His “predecessor” was Antipope Anacletus II Pierleone, who, GET THIS, reigned uncontested in Rome for EIGHT YEARS and died peacefully in his bed.  The situation was fixed by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, who, after studying the CANONICAL VALIDITY of the events leading to the usurpation by Antipope Anacletus II went to Rome and very patiently met with people and calmly and rationally demonstrated the Canonical Case that Pope Innocent II was and had been the one and only true Pope all along.  Antipope Victor IV acknowledged the truth of St. Bernard’s case, and went to Pope Innocent II, cast off his “Antipapal” Tiara, and did public submission and obeisance to the One True Pope, Innocent II.

If you would like to read this fascinating history in full, click HERE.

St. Agnes of Rome

When I went to Rome years ago, I visited the church of St. Agnes, as it is situated on one of the most prominent spots in the entire city: Piazza Navona.

I prayed in the chapel containing the reliquary with St. Agnes’ skull, very visible.

God forgive me, I harbored doubts as to the veracity of the skull, as it was SO TINY. Yes, St. Agnes was only thirteen, and yes, people back then were “malnourished” compared to us. But….

Happily, the Divine Providence soon provided a corrective proof. I was on a Roman public bus (shudder), and a little old teeny-tiny Roman woman boarded the bus. She was clearly over 80. And much like my own grandmother, this lady’s hair had thinned and thinned evenly to a mere wispy halo, as she aged. When the little Roman lady boarded the bus at the Ara Coeli stop, the afternoon sun put her in a semi-silhouette such that her cranium was clearly visible in the sense of shape and size.

Exactly the same as St. Agnes.


1.) Quit second-guessing this stuff. The Christians 1700 years ago were neither liars nor imbeciles. They knew exactly what happened, to whom, where, how and when. And they wrote it all down immediately, and damn-sure told their kids about it. REPEATEDLY.

2.) Also, intercessory miracles. Lots and lots of intercessory miracles. And I’m not talking, “I left the house without a scarf and didn’t die of pneumonia.” Real, actual, MIRACLES.

3.) We are, all of us, relatively speaking, GIANTS. That whole business of being forced to choke down whole milk and eggs and steak every day that was my (and your!) early childhood is all BRAND NEW. I’m 5’4″. 100 years ago I would have been 5’0″. In Italy (I have zero Italian blood), I would have been 4’9″ or 4’10”.

Meanwhile, not to get side-railed here, but has anyone noticed that Barron Trump, who is not yet FOURTEEN, is… eleven feet tall? Poor kid must be experiencing some pretty intense knee pain. The lad is growing FAST, and isn’t close to being done. Melania’s young man might be a seven-footer.

Here, from over the transom, is a photo from TODAY of the blessing of the lambs for the feast of St. Agnes in Rome.

Feel free, just for today, to relish in the abject cuteness of the little food animals.

And below, please see my favorite artist, Guido Reni’s, St. Agnes. Please forgive the watermarks and sepia-and-white. It’s the best image I could find. This is housed in Palazzo Corsini in Rome.

Finally, a truly edifying quote about St. Agnes:

“Secure in the Canon, between St. Lucy and St. Cecilia, St. Agnes is every Mass’ reminder that an Empire is no match for a girl, when that girl is out to win God’s Heart.

Words to live by. Truly.

Memo to Pope Benedict’s Prison Guards: Increased Sequestration and Total Silence

Pope Benedict is surrounded by “minders” from the “Communion and Liberation” organization. His household staff consists of lay women who swear creepy oaths of obedience to Communion and Liberation and its head, Father Julián Carrón. These women are called “Memores Domini”.

C&L is similar to the Legionaries of Christ in that it seeks first financial power, and is massively financially corrupt. It is also riddled with horrific sexual corruption. It would not be unreasonable to describe C&L as the Italian analogue to the Legionaries of Christ. Both market themselves as “soft-right”, “moderate-conservative” groups in order to maximize their grift, targeting the wealthy “elite” and those with political power. C&L brags that through its top members, it has connection to over €100 billion in assets.

The most notorious case by far is that of Mauro “Don Mercedes” Inzoli, a notorious C&L pedophile priest who abused and raped hundreds of boys. Inzoli’s nickname comes from his very flashy and high-living lifestyle, not unlike that favored by Legion of Christ upper-echelon bosses.

(Fr. Thomas Williams, aka Mr. Liz Lev, being a prominent example, who likewise has a massive sexual misconduct dossier with the CDF, particularly his sexual relationships with his students while he was the Dean of Moral Theology at the Legion’s university in Rome. Williams, upon fleeing the priesthood in order to avoid exposure and adjudication of his sexual predation of young people under his authority, was placed at Breitbart by Steve Bannon, who was palling around with the pedophile Jeffrey Epstein as recently as September of ARSH 2018. But I digress…)

Antipope Bergoglio, despite strident warnings and objections from Cardinal Muller who headed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the body which handles sex abuser priest cases, restored Inzoli to full faculties in ARSH 2014. This was done at the personal request of two of the most notorious sodomites in the Vatican: Cardinal Coccopalmerio, presider of the infamous cocaine-fueled gay orgy (it was actually a satanic liturgy) in an apartment in the Palace which holds the CDF, mere yards from St. Peter’s Basilica. The other lobbyist for the full restoration of the Communion and Liberation known raper of young boys, Inzoli, was Monsignor Pio Vito Pinto, one of Antipope Bergoglio’s most vicious attack dogs.

Antipope Bergoglio fired ++Muller and several of his staff that worked on sex abuse investigations from the CDF because of Muller’s opposition to Antipope Bergoglio’s pro-pedofile demands and agenda, with the C&L Inzoli being first among them.

And, exactly like the criminal Legionaries of Christ, Communion and Liberation is 110% in the tank for Antipope Bergoglio. Because POWER and MONEY. Check out this piece from Crux titled, “If you don’t think Francis is the cure, you don’t grasp the disease,’ CL head says”

Over my transom yesterday came a piece published in a C&L journal, penned by a high-ranking C&L layman operative, Massimo Borghesi, in the C&L rag, “Il Sussidiario”.

This piece, titled “FRANCIS AND RATZINGER / The “two” Popes and the crisis of authority in the Church” is being taken in Italy as a thinly-veiled directive to the C&L jailers of Pope Benedict to sequester him even further and to silence him.

Algorithmic translation of the money quote:

If Ratzinger wants to be consistent with the commitment he made when he decided to keep the name of Benedict XVI, Pope emeritus, then he should observe the rule of silence in the matters that are the subject of discussion by the bishops and Pope. He could only intervene if his word proves to be in support of papal action.

But do read the whole piece. It is a vomitous screed, in which Borghesi repeatedly calls faithful Catholics “the Anti-church”.

And remember, these people market themselves as “soft-right moderate conservatives”.

Pray for Pope Benedict, the Papacy, and Holy Mother Church.

(This video was put together by the chap that translated Antonio Socci’s book, accurately titled “The Secret of Pope Benedict XVI: Why He Is Still Pope” into English for Angelico Press, who then went over Socci’s and the translator’s head to change the title to a question, “Is he still Pope?” Be sure to read the end title card. Brilliant!)

It’s all happening: Church Militant publishes Socci

Link HERE.

Also in this case, no one can pretend to know the personal thoughts of Benedict XVI. Certainly Pope Bergoglio was not elected by him, but by a College of Cardinals that clearly had no knowledge of the candidate during a conclave and pre-conclave of which there are many details that still need to be clarified. 

But, as far as what concerns the resignation and his choice to be “Pope Emeritus,” I believe that, based on the documents in hand, it is now clear that Benedict XVI did not intend to resign — or totally resign — the Petrine munus.  

As Archbishop Ganswein explained in his famous conference at the Gregorian University:  

“Both before and after his resignation, Benedict understood and understands his task to be a participation in such a “Petrine ministry.” He left the papal throne, and yet, with the step taken on February 11, 2013, he has not abandoned this ministry at all.

There is another passage from Archbishop Ganswein that I would like to highlight:  

“He has not abandoned the office of Peter, a thing which would be completely impossible for him following his irrevocable acceptance of the office in April 2005.

To me, these seem to be explosive words (and they have never been denied by Pope Benedict). The closest collaborator of Benedict XVI explains to us that for Joseph Ratzinger “the acceptance of the office” of Peter is “irrevocable” and to abandon it is “totally impossible.” Although the Vatican continues to pretend that everything is clear, we the Christian people are allowed to ask questions about what really happened in February 2013 and what is the place of Benedict XVI in the Church today. 

-Antonio Socci quoted at under Aldo Maria Valli’s byline