Who Is A Traditional Catholic?

As traditional Catholics, trying to be faithful to the Catholic Faith and to extend Christendom, we need to take time to reflect on what direction we should take at this very serious time in the world’s history to see what we should do.

To start with, we need to define who we are and what is our mission in this short life.

Here are 20 things that many of us Traditional Catholics have discovered and can identify with and what have made us into who we are today.

  1. We are simply Catholics who have discovered the buried treasures of God.
  2. It started with finding about the Mass of All Ages, (also called the Latin Mass or the Tridentine Mass), when Pope Benedict promulgated the Summorum Pontificum.
  3. From this we have discovered the GREAT difference between New Mass, (Also called Novus Ordo Mass), which most of us have only know, and that of the Latin Mass.
  4. We have discovered, to our great surprise, that for the first time in Catholic history the Roman Missal was drastically changed by Bugnini and the Concilium, with the support of Pope Paul VI and promulgated in 1969.
  5. We have found out that the Latin Mass has been part of the Roman Rite Catholics for centuries and centuries and developed very slowly in tiny increments over these centuries from the Last Supper and the Sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross.
  6. We have found out that much of the New Mass, (Canon # 2 which is almost exclusively used at all Catholic Masses), and the new rubrics were created by Bugnini and the Concilium.
  7. We have found out that the protestant advisers at Vatican II were very successful in helping put together the New Mass and saying it into the vernacular.
  8. We can see clearly the emphasis of the Sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary at the Latin Mass.
  9. We clearly see that the emphasis in the New Mass is put on the Last Supper and “do this in remembrance” like the protestant Martin Luther desired it to be.
  10. We clearly see the protestant emphasis on the congregation and the presider over the assembly versus the emphasis in the Latin Mass of the priest offering Sacrifice in Persona Christi.
  11. We experience the man centered gathering at the New Mass where people come to feel good, to look at the priest they like, to do what they want, dress how they want, (sexy women dressed immodestly and men poorly dressed in shorts), talk when they want, hear the homily they want and text when they are bored.  Where as in the Latin Mass, it is very quiet, most people dress well and are respectful of Jesus in the Tabernacle, kneel in prayer and women wear veils.
  12. We notice people arrive early at the Latin Mass to pray and stay after to give thanks. In the Novus Ordo Mass, some people come late and leave early.
  13. At the Novus Ordo Mass we hear mostly man pleasing songs, (hip hop music), with choirs showing off in front of church.  Where as at the Latin Mass, the Choir is hidden up in the Choir loft just to support the Holy Latin Mass with organ music and gregorian chant or other ancient sacred hymns, (and many of the songs are in Latin).
  14. Then we found out that the New Sacrament Rites of the Catholic Church have eliminated much of the very very important prayers of the Rites, (like exorcisms against the devil), and have been replace by new prayers and rubrics.
  15. We see the huge difference contained in the words and rubrics of the Pre-Vatican II Sacraments and for this reason have our children receive the Sacraments in the ancient Latin Rites.
  16. We experience the watered down preaching at the New Mass and the deep spiritual and practical preaching at the Latin Mass.
  17. We see a lot of talk on love in the Novus Ordo Church but with very little love for saving souls from the devil purgatory or Hell.  But the love from the Novus Ordo Catholics is rarely shown to us traditional Catholics, instead they hate us, persecute us and make it almost impossible to have the Sacraments in the ancient Rites that Pope Benedict allowed all Catholics to have since Summorum Pontificum in 2007.
  18. We have heard a lot of talk about Ecology and Social Justice at the Novus Ordo Church, but without ever going to the root of these problems, which is personal SIN.
  19. We have seen that changes in catechesis has produced the fruits of almost all of our families becoming atheist, agnostic, protestant or non-denominationals.  They no longer believe in sin, hear rock or rap music, dress immodestly, live with anyone they want, have children all over the place, get abortions and have serious vices of drug abuse, alcohol abuse and pornography.  And they see nothing wrong with their own sins or with homosexual sex or “marriage”.
  20. We traditional Catholics believe in the 2000 years of Catholic teachings, practices and tradition.  We believe sin is sin as Jesus taught.  We believe in the Holy Bible as the actual authoritative Word of God.  We believe in obeying the laws of God contained in our Catholic faith.  We believe in Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, the devil and his demons.  We believe that one mortal sin not repented of and confessed, will lead us to eternal damnation.

Pope Pius X_holy cardMore or less this is what we have discovered and believe.  Many of us believe that the Vatican II Council was a disaster.  The New Church people believe that it is the best thing that happened in the history of the Catholic Church and want to implement it more and more or have an even more liberal Council Vatican III.

On a whole, we traditional Catholics believe that the heresies of modernism, secularism and progressivism, condemned by Pope Pius X, have caused all the problems in the Catholic Church and is very much alive and active today in almost every part of the Church’s Sacraments and hierarchy.  The heresy of modernism was condemned in the encyclical Pascendi Domini Gregis by Pope Pius X Sept. 8, 1907

St. John Bosco Jan 31

St. Giovanni Melchior Bosco  (Or St. John Bosco; Don Bosco.)

04-S_Giovanni_Bosco-8Founder of the Salesian Society. Born of poor parents in a little cabin at Becchi, a hill-side hamlet near Castelnuovo, Piedmont, Italy, 16 August, 1815; died 31 January 1888; declared Venerable by Pius X, 21 July, 1907. [Note: Pope Pius XI beatified him in 1929 and canonized him in 1934.]

When he was little more than two years old his father died, leaving the support of three boys to the mother, Margaret Bosco. John’s early years were spent as a shepherd and he received his first instruction at the hands of the parish priest. He possessed a ready wit, a retentive memory, and as years passed his appetite for study grew stronger. Owing to the poverty of the home, however, he was often obliged to turn from his books to the field, but the desire of what he had to give up never left him. In 1835 he entered the seminary at Chieri and after six years of study was ordained priest on the eve of Trinity Sunday by Archbishop Franzoni of Turin.

Leaving the seminary, Don Bosco went to Turin where he entered zealously upon his priestly labours. It was here that an incident occurred which opened up to him the real field of effort of his afterlife. One of his duties was to accompany Don Cafasso upon his visits to the prisons of the city, and the condition of the children confined in these places, abandoned to the most evil influences, and with little before them but the gallows, made such a indelible impression upon his mind that he resolved to devote his life to the rescue of these unfortunate outcasts. On the eighth of December, 1841, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, while Don Bosco was vesting for Mass, the sacristan drove from the Church a ragged urchin because he refused to serve Mass. Don Bosco heard his cries and recalled him, and in the friendship which sprang up between the priest and Bartolomeo Garelli was sown the first seed of the “Oratory”, so called, no doubt, after the example of St. Philip Neri and because prayer was its prominent feature. Don Bosco entered eagerly upon the task of instructing this first pupil of the streets; companions soon joined Bartolomeo, all drawn by a kindness they had never known, and in February, 1842, the Oratory numbered twenty boys, in March of the same year, thirty, and in March, 1846, four hundred.

Don Bosco ConfessAs the number of boys increased, the question of a suitable meeting-place presented itself. In good weather walks were taken on Sundays and holidays to spots in the country about Turin where lunch was eaten, and realizing the charm which music held for the untamed spirits of his disciples Don Bosco organized a band for which some old brass instruments were procured. In the autumn of 1844 he was appointed assistant chaplain to the Rifugio, where Don Borel entered enthusiastically into his work. With the approval of Archbishop Franzoni, two rooms were secured adjoining the Rifugio and converted into a chapel, which was dedicated to St. Francis de Sales. The members of the Oratory now gathered at the Rifugio, and numbers of boys from the surrounding district applied for admission. It was about this time (1845) that Don Bosco began his night schools and with the closing of the factories the boys flocked to his rooms where he and Don Borel instructed them in rudimentary branches.

The success of the Oratory at the Rifugio was not of long duration. To his great distress Don Bosco was obliged to give up his rooms and from this on he was subjected to petty annoyances and obstacles which, at times, seemed to spell the ruin of his undertaking. His perseverance in the face of all difficulties led many to the conclusion that he was insane, and an attempt was even made to confine him in an asylum. Complaints were lodged against him, declaring his community to be a nuisance, owing to the character of the boys he befriended. From the Rifugio the Oratory was moved to St. Martin’s, to St. Peter’s Churchyard, to three rooms in Via Cottolengo, where the night schools were resumed, to an open field, and finally to a rough shed upon the site of which grew up an Oratory that counted seven hundred members. Don Bosco took lodgings nearby, where he was joined by his mother. “Mama Margaret”, as Don Bosco’s mother came to be known, gave the last ten years of her life in devoted service to the little inmates of this first Salesian home. When she joined her son at the Oratory the outlook was not bright. But sacrificing what small means she had, even to parting with her home, its furnishings, and her jewelry, she brought all the solicitude and love of a mother to these children of the streets. The evening classes increased and gradually dormitories were provided for many who desired to live at the Oratory. Thus was founded the first Salesian Home which now houses about one thousand boys.

The municipal authorities by this time had come to recognize the importance of the work which Don Bosco was doing, and he began with much success a fund for the erection of technical schools and workshops. These were all completed without serious difficulty. In 1868 to meet the needs of the Valdocco quarter of Turin, Don Bosco resolved to build a church. Accordingly a plan was drawn in the form of a cross covering an area of 1,500 sq. yards. He experienced considerable difficulty in raising the necessary money, but the charity of some friends finally enabled him to complete it at a cost of more than a million francs (about 200,000). The church was consecrated 9 June, 1868, and placed under the patronage of Our Lady, Help of Christians. In the same year in which Don Bosco began the erection of the church fifty priests and teachers who had been assisting him formed a society under a common rule which Pius IX, provisionally in 1869, and finally in 1874, approved.

Character and Growth of the Oratory

Any attempt to explain the popularity of the Oratory among the classes to which Don Bosco devoted his life would fail without an appreciation of his spirit which was its life. For his earliest intercourse with poor boys he had never failed to see under the dirt, the rags, and the uncouthness the spark which a little kindness and encouragement would fan into a flame. In his vision or dream which he is said to have had in his early boyhood, wherein it was disclosed to him what his life work would be, a voice said to him: “Not with blows, but with charity and gentleness must you draw these friends to the path of virtue.” And whether this be accounted as nothing more than a dream, that was in reality the spirit with which he animated his Oratory. In the earlier days when the number of his little disciples was slender he drew them about him by means of small presents and attractions, and by pleasant walks to favorite spots in the environs of Turin. These excursions occurring on Sunday, Don Bosco would say Mass in the village church and give a short instruction on the Gospel; breakfast would then be eaten, followed by games; and in the afternoon Vespers would be chanted, a lesson in Catechism given, and the Rosary recited. It was a familiar sight to see him in the field surrounded by kneeling boys preparing for confession.

Don Bosco’s method of study knew nothing of punishment. Observance of rules was obtained by instilling a true sense of duty, by removing assiduously all occasions for disobedience, and by allowing no effort towards virtue, how trivial soever it might be, to pass unappreciated. He held that the teacher should be father, adviser, and friend, and he was the first to adopt the preventive method. Of punishment he said: “As far as possible avoid punishing . . . . try to gain love before inspiring fear.” And in 1887 he wrote: “I do not remember to have used formal punishment; and with God’s grace I have always obtained, and from apparently hopeless children, not alone what duty exacted, but what my wish simply expressed.” In one of his books he has discussed the causes of weakness of character, and derives them largely from a misdirected kindness in the rearing of children. Parents make a parade of precocious talents: the child understands quickly, and his sensitiveness enraptures all who meet him, but the parents have only succeeded in producing an affectionate, perfected, intelligent animal. The chief object should be to form the will and to temper the character. In all his pupils Don Bosco tried to cultivate a taste for music, believing it to be a powerful and refining influence. “Instruction”, he said, “is but an accessory, like a game; knowledge never makes a man because it does not directly touch the heart. It gives more power in the exercise of good or evil; but alone it is an indifferent weapon, wanting guidance.” He always studied, too, the aptitudes and vocations of his pupils, and to an almost supernatural quickness and clearness of insight into the hearts of children must be ascribed to no small part of his success. In his rules he wrote: “Frequent Confession, frequent Communion, daily Mass: these are the pillars which should sustain the whole edifice of education.” Don Bosco was an indefatigable confessor, devoting days to the work among his children. He recognized that gentleness and persuasion alone were not enough to bring to the task of education. He thoroughly believed in play as a means of arousing childish curiosity — more than this, he places it among his first recommendations, and for the rest he adopted St. Philip Neri’s words: “Do as you wish, I do not care so long as you do not sin.”  1914 Catholic Encyclopedia

Traditional Catholics Give God What Pleases Him

When asked most Catholics why they do not like the Latin Mass, most say it is boring and they do not get anything out of it.   The ‘new’ Catholic only thinks about what he wants and hardly ever stops to reflect and ask what God wants.

erfurt2peaceThe New Mass Where Everyone Has Fun But God

So I ask them, can you not give God just one hour the way He likes it.  Can you not make the sacrifice to pray one hour at a Mass that pleases God, rather than at the “Mass” that ‘you’ like.

Messa-in-latino 2All day long we receive so much from God.

  • Our life.
  • Our soul.
  • His Beloved Son Jesus as our Brother and Savior.
  • Jesus gave up His life for us on the Cross and continues to give us His Body and Blood at every sacrifice of the Holy Mass.
  • The opportunity for our soul to be saved from eternal death and the flames of hell, if we obey God’s instructions and warning not to sin.
  • God’s Divine Book of instructions, the Holy Bible
  • The Holy Sacraments that dispense God’s life giving graces to our souls.
  • The security of knowing that God is all powerful,
  • God’s protection and miracles when we truly believe in Him and pray to Him with faith.
  • Our Mother Mary who protects us from the devil and cares about our lives and souls.
  • The example and prayers of our brothers and sisters the saints.
  • The protection of the Angels, especially our Guardian Angel.
  • Faith, Hope and Love.
  • The air we breathe when our lungs automatically breath without us doing anything.
  • The heart pumping blood all over our body to renew it ever few seconds.
  • The ability to laugh and enjoy life.
  • Family, especially children.
  • Human love.
  • Friends.
  • The sky, the sun, the stars, the planets.
  • The Earth we live on, placed just at the right distance from the sun so that we neither fry nor freeze.
  • Birds and their eggs to eat.
  • Whales, dauphins, fish and all that lives in the sea.
  • Dogs and cats.
  • All animals we eat to keep healthy.
  • Plants.
  • Flowers.
  • Snow, rain, and wind.
  • Pure water to drink.
  • The basic elements like petroleum, minerals, metal ores, chemicals and fibers from which we make cars, tires, clothing, plastic, glass, and metals.
  • Honey.
  • Milk.
  • Insects.
  • Heaven is for free and eternal.  It is the greatest gift from God that we could ever receive.  It is beyond understanding what we will experience there.  It will be extreme and intense love and pleasure there with God, Mary, the Angels and saints for all eternity.

IMG_8323Wow.  How could we not want to spend one hour in the Holy Latin Mass to please and thank God for all His gifts He continually pours out on us every second.   We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know this.

Just on a light side, maybe we are not thankful for mosquitos, flies, poison oak, rattlesnakes, scorpions and the people who persecute us.

Holy Bible And Tradition Foundation Of Catholic Faith

Extremely Important EXPLANATION For Us Today From Catholic Encyclopedia On How The Catholic Church Is Based On Bible and Tradition.

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“This follows necessarily from any adequate view of the Church as a Divinely constituted body, to whose keeping is entrusted the deposit of faith, but the grounds for this doctrine may be briefly stated as follows:

(1) New Testament

Christ gave His disciples no command to write, but only to teach: “going therefore, teach ye all nations, . . . teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matt., xxviii, 19-20). “As the Father hath sent me, I also send you” (John, xx, 21). And in accordance with this, the Church is everywhere presented to us as a living and undying society composed of the teachers and the taught. Christ is in the Church, and is its Head; and He promised that the Holy Spirit should be with it and abide in it. “He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you” (John, xiv, 26). Hence St. Paul calls the Church “the pillar and ground of the truth” (I Tim., iii, 15; cf. Mark, xvi, 16; Rom., x, 17; Acts, xv, 28).

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(2) Tradition

The same doctrine appears in the writings of the Fathers of every age; thus St. Ignatius (ad Trall., vii), “Keep yourselves from heretics. You will be able to do this if you are not puffed up with pride, and (so) separated from (our) God, Jesus Christ, and from the bishop, and from the precepts of the Apostles. He who is within the altar is clean, he who is without is not clean; that is, he who acts any way without the bishop, the priestly body, and the deacons, is not clean in conscience”. And St. Irenaeus (“Adv. Haer.”, III, ii) says, of heretics, that “not one of them but feels no shame in preaching himself, and thus depraving the rule of faith” (ton tes aletheias kanona); and again (III, iv), it is not right to seek from others that truth which it is easy to get from the Church, since the Apostles poured into it in fullest measure, as into a rich treasury, all that belongs to the truth, so that whosoever desires may drink thence the draught of life”. A little further on, he speaks (V, xx) of the “true and sound preaching of the Church, which offers to the whole world one and the same way of salvation“. Such testimonies are countless; here we can only refer to the full and explicit teaching which is to be found in Tertullian’s treatises against Marcion, and in his “De praescriptionibus Haereticoum”, and in St. Vincent of Lérins’ famous “Commonitorium”. Indeed St. Augustine’s well-known words may serve as an epitome of patristic teaching on the authority of the Church. “I would not believe the Gospels unless the authority of the Catholic Church moved me thereto” (Contra Ep. Fund., V). It should be noted that the Fathers, especially Tertullian and St. Irenaeus, use the term tradition not merely passively, viz., of orally bestowed Divine teaching, but in the active sense of ecclesiastical interpretation. And this is undoubtedly St. Paul’s meaning when he tells Timothy to uphold “the form of sound words which thou hast heard from me” (II Tim., i, 13). It is in this sense that the various formulae of faith, of which we have the earliest sample in I Cor., xv, 3-4, became the rule of faith.”

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Our problem today is that the pope himself, and some of the church hierarchy, are throwing away Catholic tradition and Biblical teachings to accommodate the immoral worldly concepts, like giving Holy Communion to divorced and remarried couples.

May we learn our Catholic Faith and study the Holy Bible.  This is our faith founded on Jesus and the deposit of faith handed on by the Apostles, called tradition.

 

Irrational Atheist Vs Traditional Catholic Logic

In all intellectual integrity, one has to admit that it is impossible to explain the complexity of the most simple components of created reality, the atom or a simple cell.

gods_not_dead-235x340On my flight from Phoenix to Sacramento, a 20 year old young man was next to me.  He was never raised with any religion at all and admitted that for him it is impossible to intellectually conceive of a God whom he can not see.  He was very open to discussion and facts.  Presently he is an undergraduate in Cincinnati doing research on computer imaging of the pupil of the eye.

I explained to him that it is intellectually impossible for me to surrender to an idea that all the grander, energy, beauty and complexity I encounter everyday just came about from a huge explosion that came out of nothing.  That is absolute absurdity.

Throne of God_French Miniaturist_1400 2In encourage everyone to try the scientific experiment and blow up a fire cracker.  What do you have left, Life?  No, carbon and blown up cardboard.  Even the fire cracker had a designer and someone who assembled it.

Since Kolbe, the young university student, does not believe in God, there is no afterlife.  So for him, the only meaningful thing for him are human beings.  So he puts value on treating them with respect.

His parents recently divorced.  He said that just stayed together till he was older.  He is an only child.  His father was not happy about the divorce, but seems to be moving on.  I asked him if that is what he wants, and he said that he would like to be with the woman he find for life.  I explained that Catholic religion, apart from Pope Francis and many cardinals, protects the indissolubility of marriage.

I also explained how the original sin factor of selfishness caused atheistic Russia to crumble.  He agreed that Russia was a failure.  I forgot to tell him about the 125,000,000 people who were murdered in Russia, China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Cuba and other communist countries.  Atheism does not work.

I reminded him that humanist, secularist believe in religion to keep people behaving well.  But now as religion is suppressed, we have more and more crime.  Things are falling apart.  A very wise old good Catholic friend of mine told me long time ago that society was riding on the coat tails of old peoples religion from before.  That is why we need traditional Catholics to keep society from crashing and burning.

“If the movement of the universe were irrational, and the world rolled on in random fashion, one would be justified in disbelieving what we say. But if the world is founded on reason, wisdom and science, and is filled with orderly beauty, then it must owe its origin and order to none other than the Word of God”—St. Athanasius.