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The ubiquitous Gänswein constantly playing both sides. Man, that dude is DIRTY.

Again, Emmerich called it:

“I see the Holy Father in great anguish. He lives in a palace other than before and he admits only a limited number of friends near him. I fear that the Holy Father will suffer many more trials before he dies. I see that the false Church of darkness is making progress and I see the dreadful influence it has on the people. The Holy Father and the Church are verily in so great a distress that one must implore God night and day…”

“I have been told to pray much for the Church and the Pope … The people must pray earnestly for the extirpation of the dark church.”

“Last night I was taken to Rome where the Holy Father immersed in his sorrow, is still hiding to elude dangerous demands. He is still very weak, and exhausted by sorrows, cares and prayers. He can now trust but few people. That is mainly why he is hiding. But he still has with him an aged (that’s clearly not Gänswein) priest who has much simplicity and godliness. He is his friend and because of his simplicity they did not think it would be worth removing him. But this man receives many graces from God. He sees and notices a great many things which he faithfully reports to the Holy Father. It was required of me to inform him while he was praying, of the traitors and evil doers who were to be found among the high ranking servants living close to him, so that he might be made aware of it.”

Anne Catherine Emmerich – 10 August ARSH 1820

Pope Benedict AGAIN giving “MY Apostolic Blessing” – the PAPAL blessing. MY. First person singular possessive adjective. MY.

This time to Cardinal Sarah, per ++Sarah’s request.

Seguendo la Sua domanda imparto la mia benedizione apostolica a Lei, ai Suoi collaboratori, e alle persone a Lei care.

Suo nel Signore,

Benedictus XVI

(According to your request, I impart my Apostolic Blessing to you, your staff, and to those you care about.

Yours in the Lord,

Benedict XVI)

MY. APOSTOLIC. BLESSING.

“Confirm thy brethren.” More VISIBILITY of Pope Benedict XVI

And the Lord said: Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and thou, being once converted, confirm thy brethren.

Ed Pentin’s full piece “Pope Benedict Co-Authors New Book With Cardinal Sarah on the Priesthood” here.

Quoting St. Augustine of Hippo, Benedict and Cardinal Sarah state firmly: “Silere non possum!” (I cannot keep silent). And they call on bishops, priests and laity to cease being “impressed by poor arguments, theatrics, diabolical lies, and fashionable errors that want to devalue priestly celibacy.”

According to a Jan. 13 exclusive by Le Figaro’s Rome correspondent Jean-Marie Guènois, who has seen an advance copy of the book, Benedict draws on Christianity’s Jewish roots, dismisses Martin Luther’s theses in favor of married clergy and shows that priesthood and celibacy are part of the “new covenant” instituted by Christ in which “total oblation is the model.”

“The conjugal state concerns man in his totality, and since the service of the Lord also requires the total gift of man, it does not seem possible to realize the two vocations simultaneously,” Benedict writes, according to Guènois. “Thus, the ability to renounce marriage in order to place oneself totally at the disposal of the Lord is a criterion for the ministry if it is to be carried out simultaneously.”

Consider that Trad Inc. parti$an$ are angry that truth is being taught with regards to priestly celibacy by Pope Benedict.

Just stop and think about that.

Angry.

As in, they are now so inverted that they are rooting against the truth being proclaimed and the brethren being confirmed by Pope Benedict XVI because it, yet again, smashes their false base premise that “Francis is definitely Pope shut up stupid!”

Folks, the Church is a VISIBLE, physically identifiable institutional reality, including at her earthly head.

The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made them both. -Proverbs 20:12

But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. -Matthew 13:16

UPDATE:

Visibility. Screenshot of the Drudge Report:

Please, continue to pray for Pope Benedict, the one and only living Pope whether he likes it or not, the Papacy, and Holy Mother Church.

If you are sick, but still able, GO TO MASS.

If you are sick, but not bedridden or throne-ridden with fever, G.I. distress, etc., definitely still go to Mass.

Just:

Make a Spiritual Communion instead of Sacramental. (More on this soon.)

Sacramental Communion isn’t your “right”, nor is it a “participation trophy”. Assistance at Holy Mass does NOT necessitate Sacramental Communion for ANYONE except the celebrating priest. Period. You are there to worship God. God does not come down upon the altar to worship you.

If you have to go to a Novus Ordo, do not participate in the horrid “Peace” thing. You shouldn’t participate in it anyway. Christ Jesus, crucified, is LITERALLY on the altar: this is NOT the time for socializing and (shudder) GLADHANDING.

Folks, be SUPER suspicious of ANYONE who tells you to NOT go to Mass.

Our Lord told a mystic (that I can’t look up at this second) in response to the question, “Lord, I am so filled with gratitude to You and Your infinite mercy. What can I do to express my thanks?”

Do you know what Our Dear Sweet Lord said?

“Go to Mass ONCE.”

Our Lord wasn’t saying that the person could blow off The Third Commandment and Mass for the rest of their life. No. Only a truly wretched soul would try to GET OUT OF GOING TO MASS. Remember that.

Our Lord was saying how incredibly, incomprehensibly important it is to Him for us to BE THERE at Mass – at the foot of the Cross. Every time you go to Mass, Our Lord’s Sacred Heart Rejoices. Yes, He is God and has known from all eternity that you would be there on that day, BUT His Heart STILL races with joy at the sound of your footfalls entering the church. Because… INFINITE LOVE.

If you will indulge me on this beautiful Sunday, may I reprint my favorite excerpt from one of my favorite literary works, “The Little Prince”? The Fox is Our Eucharistic Lord. The Little Prince is you.


It was then that the fox appeared.

“Good morning,” said the fox.

“Good morning,” the little prince responded politely, although when he turned around he saw nothing.

“I am right here,” the voice said, “under the apple tree.”

“Who are you?” asked the little prince, and added, “You are very pretty to look at.”

“I am a fox,” the fox said.

“Come and play with me,” proposed the little prince. “I am so unhappy.”

“I cannot play with you,” the fox said. “I am not tamed.”

“Ah! Please excuse me,” said the little prince.

But, after some thought, he added:

“What does that mean–‘tame’?”

“You do not live here,” said the fox. “What is it that you are looking for?”

“I am looking for men,” said the little prince. “What does that mean–‘tame’?”

“Men,” said the fox. “They have guns, and they hunt. It is very disturbing. They also raise chickens. These are their only interests. Are you looking for chickens?”

“No,” said the little prince. “I am looking for friends. What does that mean–‘tame’?”

“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. It means to establish ties.”

“‘To establish ties’?”

“Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world . . .”

“I am beginning to understand,” said the little prince. “There is a flower . . . I think that she has tamed me . . .”

“It is possible,” said the fox. “On the Earth one sees all sorts of things.”

“Oh, but this is not on the Earth!” said the little prince.

The fox seemed perplexed, and very curious.

“On another planet?”

“Yes.”

“Are there hunters on that planet?”

“No.”

“Ah, that is interesting! Are there chickens?”

“No.”

“Nothing is perfect,” sighed the fox.

But he came back to his idea.

“My life is very monotonous,” the fox said. “I hunt chickens; men hunt me. All the chickens are just alike, and all the men are just alike. And, in consequence, I am a little bored. But if you tame me, it will be as if the sun came to shine on my life. I shall know the sound of a step that will be different from all the others. Other steps send me hurrying back underneath the ground. Yours will call me, like music, out of my burrow. And then look: you see the grain-fields down yonder? I do not eat bread. Wheat is of no use to me. The wheat fields have nothing to say to me. And that is sad. But you have hair that is the color of gold. Think how wonderful that will be when you have tamed me! The grain, which is also golden, will bring me back the thought of you. And I shall love to listen to the wind in the wheat . . .”

The fox gazed at the little prince, for a long time.

The fox gazed at the little prince, for a long time.

The Fox gazed at the little prince, for a long time.

“Please–tame me!” he said.

“I want to, very much,” the little prince replied. “But I have not much time. I have friends to discover, and a great many things to understand.”

“One only understands the things that one tames,” said the fox. “Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more. If you want a friend, tame me . . .”

“What must I do, to tame you?” asked the little prince.

“You must be very patient,” replied the fox. “First you will sit down at a little distance from me–like that–in the grass. I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of misunderstandings. But you will sit a little closer to me, every day . . .”

The next day the little prince came back.

“It would have been better to come back at the same hour,” said the fox. “If, for example, you come at four o’clock in the afternoon, then at three o’clock I shall begin to be happy. I shall feel happier and happier as the hour advances. At four o’clock, I shall already be worrying and jumping about. I shall show you how happy I am! But if you come at just any time, I shall never know at what hour my heart is to be ready to greet you . . . One must observe the proper rites . . .”

What is a rite?” asked the little prince.

Those also are actions too often neglected,” said the fox. “They are what make one day different from other days, one hour from other hours…”

Over the Transom from Czechoslovakia: How REAL Popes deal with pleading women

Dear Ann,

Thanks for all you do. I read your blog post about the translation of the woman who Francis (sic) slapped. Here is a thought: when visiting Rome, Little Therese [of Lisieux] was told not to talk to the Pope. But she took his hand, and Pope Leo XIII reacted in a particular way.

Online, I found this quote showing how St. Therese describes the encounter when she desperately took the hand of the Pope:

We entered the Vatican through the sovereign Pontiff’s chapel. Our emotion was profound when we saw him [Pope Leo XIII] enter to celebrate the Holy Mass.

After the Mass, the audience began… We passed in front of him in procession; each pilgrim knelt in turn, kissed the foot and hand of Leo XIII received his blessing, and two guards touched [the pilgrims] as a sign to rise.

Before entering the pontifical apartment, I was really determined to speak, but I felt my courage weaken when I saw Father Reverony [leader of the pilgrimage] standing by the Holy Father’s right side. Almost at the same instant, they told us on the Pope’s behalf that is was forbidden to speak, as this would prolong the audience too much. I turned toward my dear Celine for advice: “Speak!” She said. A moment later I was at the Holy Father’s feet. I kissed his slipper and he presented his hand, but instead of kissing it I joined my own lifting my tear-filled eyes to his face, I cried out: “Most Holy Father, I have a great favor to ask you!”

The Sovereign Pontiff lowered his head toward me and I saw his eyes… fixed on me and they seemed to penetrate to the depths of my soul. “Holy Father, in honor of your Jubilee, permit me to enter Carmel at the age of fifteen!”

Emotion undoubtedly made my voice tremble. He turned to Father Reverony who was staring at me with surprise and displeasure and said: “I don’t understand very well.”

“Most Holy Father,” answered the Vicar General, “this is a child who wants to enter Carmel at the age of fifteen, but the Superiors are considering the matter at the moment.” “Well, my child,” the Holy Father replied, looking kindly, “do what the Superiors tell you!” I made a final effort, stating in a suppliant voice: “Oh! Holy Father, if you say yes, everybody will agree!” He gazed at me steadily, speaking these words and stressing each syllable: “Go… go… You will enter if God wills it!”

The two guards touched me politely to make me rise. As this was not enough they took me by the arms and Father Reverony helped them lift me, for I stayed there with joined hands resting on the knees of Leo XIII. It was with force they dragged me from his feet. At that moment I was thus lifted, the Holy Father place his hands on my lips then raised it to bless me. The two guards literally carried me to the door.

What if Pope Leo XIII had slapped the Little Flower and walked away in anger instead?

Pax tecum,

Signed,

Can I PLEASE Buy A Vowel For This Language?

Brno, Czech Republic

Hey! Here’s a wacky idea. Instead of assuming that God is incompetent and Vatican I and the declaration of the infallible dogma of Papal Infallibility was all a big mistake…

I look at all of the Trad Inc. parti$an$ and those under their ideological thumb attacking Vatican I and papal infallibility all day every day, and I just… can’t… even…

The completely irrational, prideful obtuseness on display from people with above-average IQs is just stunning.  And as you all know, I’m pretty jaded and don’t stun easily.

How can you POSSIBLY adopt the intransigent position that an infallible ecumenical council which declared dogma is “wrong”, and that the ENTIRE CHURCH FOR 2000 YEARS, every saint, every doctor of the Church, every orthodox believing Catholic from Kings to illiterate peasants – ALL OF THEM were not just wrong about the papacy, but were guilty of the sin of IDOLATRY with regards to the papacy?  Oh, and also, the words of EXPLICIT PROMISE of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospels to Peter in the establishment and guarantee of special protection of the Papacy was either ERRONEOUS, LIES, or REVOCABLE?

The latest person to jump onto this bandwagon, and it is so tragic to see, is Peter Kwasniewski.  Peter is such a genuinely prayerful and devout man.  I simply can’t understand what he is thinking.  I hate to call him out because I really like him.  As was said of Ferris Bueller, “He’s a righteous dood.”

Um, maybe instead of attacking the Papacy, and by immediate logical corollary Holy Mother Church AND Our Lord Jesus Christ, you might just pump your brakes a little and ask yourself:

“I wonder if the Divine Providence had a REASON for the promulgation of the dogma of Papal Infallibility in ARSH 1870?” 

Just off the top of my head… maybe the Divine Providence in His Perfection provided for the promulgation of the dogma of Papal Infallibility in ARSH 1870 PRECISELY SO THAT THE WORLD COULD KNOW, FOR AN ABSOLUTE DOGMATIC CERTAINTY by simple observation, THAT BERGOGLIO ISN’T THE POPE, and THUS SOMETHING HAD TO BE TERRIBLY, TERRIBLY WRONG WITH THE EVENTS LEADING UP TO BERGOGLIO’S USURPATION.

Maybe if people would attack this controversy from the base assumption that GOD ALMIGHTY is THE PERFECT ONE as manifested in His Spotless and Indefectible Bride the Church, in His Angels, and in His Saints, and that THEY THEMSELVES are deeply fallible and so very capable of error, INSTEAD OF THE EXACT OPPOSITE,  there might be a bit more clarity of thought round about.

“…for men are not bound, or able to read hearts; but when they see that someone is a heretic by his external works, they judge him to be a heretic pure and simple, and condemn him as a heretic.
-St. Robert Bellarmine, Doctor of the Church

Reiterating: Bergoglio isn’t an Antipope because he is a raging heretic / apostate.  Bergoglio’s heresy/apostasy is only a GINORMOUS VISIBLE RED FLAG that points BACKWARD to the root of the problem, which is Pope Benedict’s canonically invalid attempted partial resignation. It is of paramount importance to understand the logical procession in play.

Recognizing The Real is the duty of every human being, with Catholics first among them, because Our Lord Jesus Christ IS HIMSELF THE AUTHOR AND SUSTAINER OF REALITY, and we literally receive The Author and Sustainer of Reality’s physical substance- Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity- into our own bodies and souls.  When we receive Holy Communion, we receive REALITY HIMSELF.

Remember well, folks, ONLY THE REAL COUNTS.

Only The Real counts. Only The Real matters.

The PROPER MANIFESTATION CLAUSE of Canon 332.2

Apropos to the Octave of Epiphany, with Epiphany being the Greek for “Manifestation”, we have YET ANOTHER glaring example of the Canonical invalidity of Pope Benedict XVI’s attempted partial resignation from our old friend, Canon 332.2, which I like to call “the Bodyguard Canon” – specifically the “PROPER MANIFESTATION” clause.  As I said, apropos.

Let’s look at the text of 332.2 again as we get started.

Can. 332§2. If it happens that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that the resignation is made freely and properly manifested but not that it is accepted by anyone.

And here is the Latin:

§ 2. Si contingat ut Romanus Pontifex muneri suo renuntiet, ad validitatem requiritur ut renuntiatio libere fiat et rite manifestetur, non vero ut a quopiam acceptetur.

It has already been established and I made the point at the 1:14:55 timestamp in my PART 1 video on the Bergoglian Antipapacy that IF Pope Benedict were to issue a CANONICALLY VALID resignation in which he resigned the Petrine Office and not merely the “ministry” of the “active governance of the Church”, that act in and of itself would PROVE that the first attempted partial resignation of February ARSH 2013 was invalid. How would it prove this?  By simple LOGIC.  You can only resign an office which you possess.  Proffering a “second” resignation would prove that the first attempt was invalid – hence the “need” for the second.

In fact, if we think LOGICALLY and deal with the REALITY of linear time in the physical universe within which the Church Militant and by definition all of the Church Militant’s juridical offices, the Papacy first and foremost among them, subsists, we almost instantly realize that any resignation of an office CAN NOT be done EX POST FACTO, that is, after the fact, because one must possess the office in order to resign it.  Again, our dear friend, the Law of Non-contradiction has arrived at the party and has just ordered a bottle of Ruinart Champagne for all of us to toast the Second Person of the Triune Godhead – Who Is Truth Himself.  A man, let’s say Pope Benedict XVI, could not, in the same moment in linear time, be SIMULTANEOUSLY the Pope who is issuing a valid resignation of the Office which he MUST possess in order to resign it, and NOT be the Pope, because the effective date of the resignation issued today was nearly seven years ago.

À votre santé. Clink!

Remember folks, ONLY THE REAL COUNTS.  Fantasies about Bergoglio being the Pope that fly in the face of simple logic and the Law of Non-contradiction lead nowhere but to lies and errors such as false sedevacantism, spectacular heresy (i.e. publicly suggesting that Vatican I was wrong), schism (as the scandalous Scottish hermits prove), and eventually apostasy (aka “sleeping in on Sundays” as certain Trad Inc. parti$an$ confess to their correspondents that they are flirting with.)

So that is why Pope Benedict XVI issuing a CANONICALLY VALID resignation today would 100% confirm the TRUE BASE PREMISE that Pope Benedict has been the one and only living Pope since ARSH 2005, and Bergoglio is an Antipope and has been since March of ARSH 2013.

BUT WAIT!  THERE’S MORE!!!

IF Pope Benedict were to issue a “clarification” of his February ARSH 2013 attempted partial resignation – guess what?  Yep.  PER CANON 332.2, the issuance of a “CLARIFICATION” would PROVE that the February ARSH 2013 attempt at partially resigning was canonically invalid.  How, you may ask?

The “Proper Manifestation” clause of 332.2, of course.

Here’s the deal.  The Roman Pontiff can not be judged nor “interpreted” by anyone.  This is absolutely TRUE.  But, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, not being an idiot, and actually knowing what He is doing, to put it mildly, has provided in the 1983 Code of Canon Law, the Code which we are under today, for EXACTLY such a circumstance as we find ourselves in.

IT’S ALMOST AS IF OUR LORD SAW ALL THIS COMING AND SET THE CHESSBOARD FOR US TO WIN.  Like, He loves us and will always, always provide a VISIBLE path forward IN TRUTH for us, such that the Rock upon which He built His Church will always be protected, and the Gates of hell will NEVER prevail.  I think I read that somewhere, or something.

Namely, we have an attempted partial resignation by a Roman Pontiff that can be “interpreted” to mean multiple things.  It is UNCLEAR.  It is… DUBIOUS.  When we add Pope Benedict’s words on February 27, ARSH 2013, the fact that Pope Benedict continues to live in the Vatican, wear the Papal white, be addressed by the Papal title and use the Papal Style, give “my Apostolic Blessing”, etc., coupled with the lengthy discourse of +Ganswein of 20 May, ARSH 2016 describing the “new”, “fundamentally transformed”, “collegial, synodal, shared Papacy” AND +Ganswein’s follow-up interview of 27 May, ARSH 2016 in which he confirmed and doubled-down on this, PLUS the immediate objections to the attempted partial resignation by multiple canonists within DAYS of Pope Benedict’s 11 February announcement, there is NO POSSIBLE WAY TO ARGUE THAT POPE BENEDICT’S attempted resignation was “perfectly clear”.  NONE.

This is undeniable, because here we all sit discussing it.  I, as but one example, have now FOUR HOURS of discourse on the subject on video.  Others have written tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of words on the subject.  By now, far more than half of Traditional Catholics hold at least some doubt as to the validity of Pope Benedict’s attempted partial resignation – the proof being that most Trad Inc. web$ite$ have ban-hammered a sizable percentage of their commentariat, and my name, as one example, is used as a censor term in their commboxes.

Okay, so, IF Pope Benedict were to issue a “clarification”, what that would do is AGAIN CONFIRM that his resignation of February ARSH 2013 was invalid.  Why?  Because if the attempted resignation as proffered was sufficiently unclear so as to “need clarifying”, it is IN VIOLATION OF THE PROPER MANIFESTATION CLAUSE in Canon 332.2.

Oh, we can keep going with logic, if you would like.  IF the resignation were valid (which it wasn’t, but for the sake of argument) then Ratzinger would no longer be the Pope and therefore would have zero jurisdiction to interpret, much less “sanate” anything he did while Pope.  Ho-ho-ho.  See how the Truth cuts like a two-edged sword?  IF you want to make the false argument that Ratzinger is no longer the Pope, then you have to sleep in the logical bed that you have made.  He can’t both hold the Petrine Office and NOT hold the Petrine Office.  That’s right.  IF he had validly resigned, then HE HIMSELF would have NO POWER to interpret his own acts WHILE he possessed the Petrine Office – which, remember is a SUPERNATURALLY BESTOWED AND PROTECTED OFFICE. Therefore, ex post facto “forensics” would be impossible.

On the other hand, if you argue that Pope Benedict CAN and DOES POSSESS THE AUTHORITY to INTERPRET HIS OWN ATTEMPTED PARTIAL RESIGNATION, then you are, by inescapable logical definition admitting that Pope Benedict is STILL THE POPE, because ONLY THE POPE can interpret the Pope.

This, folks, is why I have said for years now that Pope Benedict doesn’t need to be ASKED anything.  He needs to be TOLD that his attempted partial resignation was canonically invalid.  The authority here is CANON LAW, LOGIC and REALITY, not any individual person any more than declaring that 2+2=4 is declaring oneself the author and arbiter of mathematics.  Truth is Truth.  Point to it and say it.  Or, as Saint Augustine put it very bluntly in his First Tract on the Gospel of John: Believe the Gospel.


Let me now anticipate what will be said in response to this argumentation. We like nipping things in the bud.

“Ann Barnhardt is stupid.” Go ahead.  Make that argument until you’re blue in the face. It’s an own-goal every time.
“Ann Barnhardt is ugly.” An even stronger argument.  We laugh.
“Ann Barnhardt has no academic credentials.” Again, we laugh.  I can think of no greater collective failure than the theological and canon law academies.  None.
“It’s just stupid crazy Barnhardt and a couple of other nuts saying this whack-a-doodle garbage.” The Truth isn’t an earthly democracy, and the entire Church Triumphant knows and confesses the Truth.  If I’m right, I’m not alone, and am in splendid and massively powerful company.
“This argument is too long, complicated and hard to follow.” No, it really isn’t, so if your social media addiction has so crippled your intellect such that you can’t follow a couple of very simple logical corollaries, maybe the thinking on this issue should be left to those of us who can think in greater than tweet-length quanta.
“Shut up!” Um, no. 
“Schismatic!” Hey, I’m not the one relentlessly tearing down the Papacy like a good little Freemasonic patsy all day every day.  In fact, I’m one of the most strident and publicly vocal Papalists alive today.
“Idolator of the papacy!” Nope, just believing words of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospel and holding the faith of the Church as it has existed and was held from ARSH 33.  If I’m an idolator, then so was EVERY CATHOLIC, including EVERY SAINT, and only now have a miniscule group of social media-addicted parti$an$, at long last, discovered the secret hidden knowledge and the “true faith”.  Youbetcha.  Gnosticism much?


Finally, may I end on a truly uplifting and encouraging note?

When we go to Mass, at the Elevation of the Host, this moment is the supernatural re-presentation of the moment when the Cross, with Our Lord nailed upon it, was raised upon Mt. Calvary.  Our Lord spoke of this moment in John 12: 32.

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to Myself.

Our Lord Jesus Christ IS Truth Itself.  The Truth draws all things back to It.  All things WILL be reconciled to the Truth through the Cross at Calvary.  One of the ways that we can know what is right and what is wrong is by looking at how things such as the juridical question of Pope Benedict’s failed partial abdication behave in the context of logical truth tables.  If we plug a FALSE BASE PREMISE into our truth table, namely that Pope Benedict’s attempted partial resignation was valid and thus Bergoglio is the Pope, the logical corollaries almost instantly spin off into an abyss of error and lies, as we have already discussed.  Heresy, false sedevacantism, schism, and ultimately THE DENIAL OF CHRIST’S DIVINITY and ATHEISM by necessitating the false corollary that Christ is either a liar, an oath breaker, NOT omnipotent, or a wicked being that has put everyone alive today into a Catch-22 position requiring unity with and submission to a raging apostate and explicit enemy of Christ – a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation.  Only a wicked being would do this. If Christ is wicked, then He is not Divine… OR the “god of this universe” is a loveless, indifferent watchmaker… Deism…. OR there simply is no God at all.  Atheism.

Now, plug in the TRUE BASE PREMISE as I have outlined above and have been doing for 3.5 years now.  What do we see?  We see the INTERNAL COHERENCE AND INTEGRITY of EVERY COROLLARY that comes out of the Truth Table. At NO POINT is Scripture, Tradition, Canon Law, Natural Law or the Law of Non-contradiction EVER violated.  At no point is Our Lord Jesus Christ anything other than THE WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE.  At no point is Christ anything other than INFINITE GOODNESS, INFINITE LOVE, INFINITE JUSTICE, INFINITE FIDELITY, INFINITE OMNISCIENCE and INFINITE OMNIPOTENCE.  Not only that, but the situation when seen in light of the Truth REFLECTS THE LUMINOSITY AND RADIANCE of the Truth, that is, Our Lord Himself, as the moon reflects the light of the Sun.  We see how every corollary LEADS BACK TO THE TRUE PREMISE ITSELF.  Every logical corollary DRAWS ONE BACK TO THE TRUTH.  In a sense, the TRUTH DEFENDS ITSELF.  “And the Light shone in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

Despair? Loss of faith?  These are the fruits of holding a falsehood as truth.

It is an incomprehensible HONOR and JOY to have been placed in these times, to have been chosen from all eternity to witness to the TRUTH, and to stand and fight for Our Lord, Holy Mother Church, the Papacy, and the Pope – Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger.

It is an unfathomable gift to be able to go to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass every day and be able to be present at the foot of the selfsame Cross upon which God Himself is nailed, and is lifted up before our very eyes – to be present EVERY DAY at the centerpoint of reality and existence itself, the moment through which ALL things are drawn and reconciled to Him.

It is further an honor and intense privilege to be able to say to Our Lord in direct imitation of Him, “If it will help, GIVE ME any temporal punishment that might be due your priest for commemorating the wrong man… Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  This is not something to be resented any more than one resents being able to offer help to anyone, and then actually help bear a burden.  Hopefully every priest that I offer to take any possible temporal punishment for will be out of Purgatory and into the Beatific Vision long before me, and will be as close to God and the Blessed Virgin as possible. If I can help with that in any way, then it is a no-brainer.  Lord, let me be a help to others in carrying burdens, and not be a burden to others.

Internal consistency.  Coherence.  Peace. Confidence. Joy. Awe. Charity. Love of God. The logical corollaries that point back to and confirm the Truth of the base premise.

As always, I truly hope this helps.

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

Mighty Manifestation!

Epiphany is Greek for “manifestation”. Remember this, folks. When I’m done celebrating, I have a “Barnburner” in queue for tomorrow on this very term.

And folks, Epiphany is an Octave. The celebrations continue apace!

Here is Paolo Veronese’s Adoration of the Magi, originally commissioned and reposed in ARSH 1573 over a side altar in the church of San Silvestro in Venice, to which it will be returned, God willing, after the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart, and if I have anything to say about it. (It is currently in… London…ew.)

I am reliably informed that the church of San Silvestro in Venice houses the Perpetual Adoration Chapel of Venice, so do stop in and adore Our Lord in the monstrance if you happen to find yourself in Venice.

I’d also like to extend my deepest thanks to all of you who sent Christmas gifts my way. The Colorado Elves kept me informed as to the stocking-stuffage that arrived, and, as always, I can’t thank everyone enough in human terms, which is why we’re now up to two if not three Masses per day, every day, offered for the salvation of your souls.

If you’re ever feeling down, having a ‘bad day’ as they say, please, please remember that the Holy Sacrifice of Calvary is offered for you multiple times in that “bad day”, so it can’t really be THAT bad. Right? Right.

Bottom line, I take the Fourth Commandment seriously, as we can see in the examination of conscience in my 1962 Baronius Hand Missal, which I just had rebound, as I had torn it to shreds shoving it in and out of my backpack-purse for twelve years:

So, happy, happy Epiphany, and stay tuned for as many blogposts, paperback essay collections, and podcasts as we can muster!