Pope Callixtus Oct. 14

31Callistus, a Roman, was head of the Church while Antonius Heliogabalus was emperor. He fixed the four periods of the year for the Ember days, on which the custom of fasting, handed down by tradition from the Apostolic times, was to be observed by all. He built the Basilica of St Mary across the Tiber. Because he enlarged the old cemetery on the Appian Way, where many holy priests and martyrs were buried, it is now called the cemetery of St Callistus. He reigned for five years one month and twelve days. After long starvation and many scourging he was thrown headforemost into a well, and so won the crow of martyrdom under the emperor Alexander. His body was buried in the cemetery of Calepodius in the Aurelian Way at the third milestone from the city, on October 14. Later it was placed under the high altar of the Basilica of St. Mary across the Tiber, where it is venerated with great honor. 1960 Breviary

“Martyr, died c. 223. His contemporary, Julius Africanus, gives the date of his accession as the first (or second?) year of Elagabalus, i.e., 218 or 219. Eusebius and the Liberian catalogue agree in giving him five years of episcopate. His Acts are spurious, but he is the earliest pope found the fourth-century “Depositio Martirum”, and this is good evidence that he was really a martyr, although he lived in a time of peace under Alexander Severus, whose mother was a Christian. We learn from the “Historiae Augustae” that a spot on which he had built an oratory was claimed by the tavern-keepers, popinarii, but the emperor decided that the worship of any god was better than a tavern. This is said to have been the origin of Sta. Maria in Trastevere, which was built, according to the Liberian catalogue, by Pope Julius, . In fact the Church of St. Callistus is close by, containing a well into which legend says his body was thrown, and this is probably the church he built, rather than the more famous basilica. He was buried in the cemetery of Calepodius on the Aurelian Way, and his anniversary is given by the “Depositio Martirum” (Callisti in viâ Aureliâ miliario III) and by the subsequent martyrologies on 14 October, on which day his feast is still kept. His relics were translated in the ninth century to Sta. Maria in Trastevere.

Our chief knowledge of this pope is from his bitter enemies, Tertullian and the antipope who wrote the “Philosophumena”, no doubt Hippolytus. Their calumnies are probably based on facts. According to the “Philosophumena” (c. ix) Callistus was the slave of Carpophorus, a Christian of the household of Caesar. His master entrusted large sums of money to Callistus, with which he started a bank in which brethren and widows lodged money, all of which Callistus lost. He took to flight. Carpophorus followed him to Portus, where Callistus had embarked on a ship. Seeing his master approach in a boat, the slave jumped into the sea, but was prevented from drowning himself, dragged ashore, and consigned to the punishment reserved for slaves, the pistrinum, or hand-mill. The brethren, believing that he still had money in his name, begged that he might be released. But he had nothing, so he again courted death by insulting the Jews at their synagogue. The Jews haled him before the prefect Fuscianus. Carpophorus declared that Callistus was not to be looked upon as a Christian, but he was thought to be trying to save his slave, and Callistus was sent to the mines in Sardinia. Some time after this, Marcia, the mistress of Commodus, sent for Pope Victor and asked if there were any martyrs in Sardinia. He gave her the list, without including Callistus. Marcia sent a eunuch who was a priest (or “old man”) to release the prisoners. Callistus fell at his feet, and persuaded him to take him also. Victor was annoyed; but being a compassionate man, he kept silence. However, he sent Callistus to Antium with a monthly allowance. When Zephyrinus became pope, Callistus was recalled and set over the cemetery belonging to the Church, not a private catacomb; it has ever since borne Callistus’s name. He obtained great influence over the ignorant, illiterate, and grasping Zephyrinus by bribes. We are not told how it came about that the runaway slave (now free by Roman law from his master, who had lost his rights when Callistus was condemned to penal servitude to the State) became archdeacon and then pope.

Döllinger and De Rossi have demolished this contemporary scandal. To begin with, Hippolytus does not say that Callistus by his own fault lost the money deposited with him. He evidently jumped from the vessel rather to escape than to commit suicide. That Carpophorus, a Christian, should commit a Christian slave to the horrible punishment of the pistrinum does not speak well for the master’s character. The intercession of the Christians for Callistus is in his favour. It is absurd to suppose that he courted death by attacking a synagogue; it is clear that he asked the Jewish money-lenders to repay what they owed him, and at some risk to himself. The declaration of Carpophorus that Callistus was no Christian was scandalous and untrue. Hippolytus himself shows that it was as a Christian that Callistus was sent to the mines, and therefore as a confessor, and that it was as a Christian that he was released. If Pope Victor granted Callistus a monthly pension, he need not suppose that he regretted his release. It is unlikely that Zephyrinus was ignorant and base. Callistus could hardly have raised himself so high without considerable talents, and the vindictive spirit exhibited by Hippolytus and his defective theology explain why Zephyrinus placed his confidence rather in Callistus than in the learned disciple of Irenaeus.

The orthodoxy of Callistus is challenged by both Hippolytus and Tertullian on the ground that in a famous edict he granted Communion after due penance to those who had committed adultery and fornication. It is clear that Callistus based his decree on the power of binding and loosing granted to Peter, to his successors, and to all in communion with them: “As to thy decision”, cries the Montanist Tertullian, “I ask, whence dost thou usurp this right of the Church? If it is because the Lord said to Peter: Upon this rock I will build My Church, I will give thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven’, or whatsoever though bindest or loosest on earth shall be bound or loosed in heaven’, that thou presumest that this power of binding and loosing has been handed down to thee also, that is to every Church in communion with Peter’s (ad omnem ecclesiam Petri propinquam, i.e. Petri ecclesiae propinquam), who art thou that destroyest and alterest the manifest intention of the Lord, who conferred this on Peter personally and alone?” (De Pudicitia, xxi.) The edict was an order to the whole Church (ib., i): “I hear that an edict has been published, and a peremptory one; the bishop of bishops, which means the Pontifex Maximus, proclaims: I remit the crimes of adultery and fornication to those who have done penance.” Doubtless Hippolytus and Tertullian were upholding a supposed custom of earlier times, and the pope in decreeing a relaxation was regarded as enacting a new law. On this point it is unnecessary to justify Callistus. Other complaints of Hippolytus are that Callistus did not put converts from heresy to public penance for sins committed outside the Church (this mildness was customary in St. Augustine’s time); that he had received into his “school” (i.e. The Catholic Church) those whom Hippolytus had excommunicated from “The Church” (i.e., his own sect); that he declared that a mortal sin was not (“always”, we may supply) a sufficient reason for deposing a bishop. Tertullian (De Exhort. Castitatis, vii) speaks with reprobation of bishops who had been married more than once, and Hippolytus charges Callistus with being the first to allow this, against St. Paul’s rule. But in the East marriages before baptism were not counted, and in any case the law is one from which the pope can dispense if necessity arise. Again Callistus allowed the lower clergy to marry, and permitted noble ladies to marry low persons and slaves, which by the Roman law was forbidden; he had thus given occasion for infanticide. Here again Callistus was rightly insisting on the distinction between the ecclesiastical law of marriage and the civil law, which later ages have always taught.. Hippolytus also declared that rebaptizing (of heretics) was performed first in Callistus’s day, but he does not state that Callistus was answerable for this. On the whole, then, it is clear that the Catholic church sides with Callistus against the schismatic Hippolytus and the heretic Tertullian. Not a word is said against the character of Callistus since his promotion, nor against the validity of his election.

Hippolytus, however, regards Callistus as a heretic. Now Hippolytus’s own Christology is most imperfect, and he tells us that Callistus accused him of Ditheism. It is not to be wondered at, then, if he calls Callistus the inventor of a kind of modified Sabellianism. In reality it is certain that Zephyrinus and Callistus condemned various Monarchians and Sabellius himself, as well as the opposite error of Hippolytus. This is enough to suggest that Callistus held the Catholic Faith. And in fact it cannot be denied that the Church of Rome must have held a Trinitarian doctrine not far from that taught by Callistus’s elder contemporary Tertullian and by his much younger contemporary Novatian–a doctrine which was not so explicitly taught in the greater part of the East for a long period afterwards. The accusations of Hippolytus speak for the sure tradition of the Roman Church and for its perfect orthodoxy and moderation. If we knew more of St. Callistus from Catholic sources, he would probably appear as one of the greatest of the popes.”

1914 Catholic Encyclopedia

Friday October 13th 1307 Knights Templars Arrested At Paris

Many people are afraid of Friday 13th or label the 13th floor of a building.  It all goes back to Friday 13th 1307 when Jaques de Molay, along with all the other Knight Templars, was arrested in Paris accused of doing evil things in their secret rites of initiation.

Knight“The second disadvantage of this secrecy was, that it gave an opportunity to the enemies of the Templars, and they were numerous, to infer from this mystery every conceivable malicious supposition and base on it the monstrous imputations. The Templars were accused of spitting upon the Cross, of denying Christ, of permitting sodomy, of worshipping an idol, all in the most impenetrable secrecy. Such were the Middle Ages, when prejudice was so vehement that, to destroy an adversary, men did not recoil from inventing the most criminal charges. It will suffice to recall the similar, but even more ridiculous than ignominious accusations brought against Pope Boniface VIII by the same Philip the Fair.

Most of the accused declared themselves guilty of these secret crimes after being subjected to such ferocious torture that many of them succumbed. Some made similar confessions without the use of torture, it is , but through fear of it; the threat had been sufficient. Such was the case with the grand master himself, Jacques de Molay, who acknowledged later that he had lied to save his life.

Carried on without the authorization of the pope, who had the military orders under his immediate jurisdiction, this investigation was radically corrupt both as to its intent and as to its procedure. Not only did Clement V enter an energetic protest, but he annulled the entire trial and suspended the powers of the bishops and their inquisitors. However, the offense had been admitted and remained the irrevocable basis of the entire subsequent proceedings. Philip the Fair took advantage of the discovery to have bestowed upon himself by the University of Paris the title of Champion and Defender of the Faith, and also to stir up public opinion at the States General of Tours against the heinous crimes of the Templars. Moreover, he succeeded in having the confessions of the accused confirmed in presence of the pope by seventy-two Templars, who had been specially chosen and coached beforehand. In view of this investigation at Poitiers (June, 1308), the pope, until then sceptical, at last became concerned and opened a new commission, the procedure of which he himself directed. He reserved the cause of the order to the papal commission, leaving individuals to be tried by the diocesan commissions to whom he restored their powers.

385px-JacquesdeMolayThe cardinals of the commission of 1308 attributed to Molay admissions which he had not made. But did they intend to injure him? Quite the contrary, M. Viollet thinks: had they reported that Molai would not repeat the admissions made in 1307, Philip IV the Fair would have had a reason for sending him to the stake as “relapsed”; so, from motives of humanity, they perpetrated a falsehood to save him.

Molai displayed true courage. When they spoke to him of the sodomy of the Templars, and of their transgressions against religious law, he answered that he had never heard of anything of the kind, and asked permission to hear Mass. The trial dragged on. In March, 1313, he, with three other high dignitaries of the order, underwent a last interrogatory in Paris before a new commission of cardinals, prelates, and theologians, authorized to pronounce sentence. He was condemned to imprisonment for life, proudly denying the crimes with which the Temple had been charged. Philip the Fair sent him to die at the stake as “relapsed”, and he continued unflinching until the last.

But at the supreme moment the grand master recovered his courage and proclaimed the innocence of the Templars and the falsity of his own alleged confessions. To atone for this deplorable moment of weakness, he declared himself ready to sacrifice his life. He knew the fate that awaited him. Immediately after this unexpected coup-de-théâtre he was arrested as a relapsed heretic with another dignitary who chose to share his fate, and by order of Philip they were burned at the stake before the gates of the palace.

Templars_on_Stake_02This brave death deeply impressed the people, and, as it happened that the pope and the king died shortly afterwards, the legend spread that the grand master in the midst of the flames had summoned them both to appear in the course of the year before the tribunal of God.” Catholic Encyclopedia

We traditional Catholics pray everyday for the return of the Kingdom Of Jesus Christ where Jesus has temporal power over all governments.  “Thy Kingdom Come”.

Holy Knights Templars Were Not Antichrists Nor Homosexuals

Please take the time to study about a very very important traditional Catholic military order, called the Knights Templars.  So much false information is out there about them.

They were falsely accused of spitting on the crucifix and homosexual acts as part of their initiation rite.  The Head Knight, Jacques de Molay along with others, admitted to spitting on the crucifix, but not breaking their vow of chastity under duress of torture.  But once they were not being tortured, yet still in dungeons, they recanted.

Templars_on_Stake_02Knight Templars with Head Knight, Jaques de Molay Burned At The Stake On May 12, 1310 By King Philip The Fair Of France

The proof that Jacques de Molay never did these sacrilegious sins is in that he heroically was burned to death at the stake, rather than to again falsely admit to having committed these sins against God and His Holy Catholic Church.

G_001_Temple_altarMasonic Altar, Presider’s Chair, In Their Temple, Arranged Like What Is In Churches today.

The freemasons have appropriated the knights templars as their own foundation.   The freemasons were founded in France, but came way after the disbandment of the Templars in 1310.  They use his name in the boys masonic group called De Molay.  Dan Brown also lies about them in the De Vinci Code.

knight-temp-symTo this day people are afraid on Fridays that fall on the 13th.  To this day they do not number floors of building 13, because they believe that Jacques de Molay was burned at the stake on the Oct. 13, 1317.  He was not burned at the stake, but arrested along with the other Templars in Paris on that day.  It was almost three later that he was burned at the stake on May 12, 1310.

KNIGHTS TEMPLARS

“The Knights Templars were the earliest founders of the military orders, and are the type on which the others are modeled. They are marked in history by their humble beginning, by their marvellous growth, and by their tragic end.

Immediately after the deliverance of Jerusalem, the Crusaders, considering their vow fulfilled, returned in a body to their homes. The defense of this precarious conquest, surrounded as it was by Mohammedan neighbors, remained. In 1118, during the reign of Baldwin II, Hugues de Payens, a knight of Champagne, and eight companions bound themselves by a perpetual vow, taken in the presence of the Patriarch of Jerusalem, to defend the Christian kingdom. Baldwin accepted their services and assigned them a portion of his palace, adjoining the temple of the city; hence their title “pauvres chevaliers du temple” (Poor Knights of the Temple). Poor indeed they were, being reduced to living on alms, and, so long as they were only nine, they were hardly prepared to render important services, unless it were as escorts to the pilgrims on their way from Jerusalem to the banks of the Jordan, then frequented as a place of devotion. The Templars had as yet neither distinctive habit nor rule. Hugues de Payens journeyed to the West to seek the approbation of the Church and to obtain recruits. At the Council of Troyes (1128), at which he assisted and at which St. Bernard was the leading spirit, the Knights Templars adopted the Rule of St. Benedict, as recently reformed by the Cistercians. They accepted not only the three perpetual vows, besides the crusader’s vow, but also the austere rules concerning the chapel, the refectory, and the dormitory. They also adopted the white habit of the Cistercians, adding to it a red cross. Notwithstanding the austerity of the monastic rule, recruits flocked to the new order, which thenceforth comprised four ranks of brethren: the knights, equipped like the heavy cavalry of the Middle Ages; the serjeants, who formed the light cavalry; and two ranks of non-fighting men: the farmers, entrusted with the administration of temporals; and the chaplains, who alone were vested with sacerdotal orders, to minister to the spiritual needs of the order.

knights_templar_battle_wearyThe order owed its rapid growth in popularity to the fact that it combined the two great passions of the Middle Ages, religious fervor and martial prowess. Even before the Templars had proved their worth, the ecclesiastical and lay authorities heaped on them favors of every kind, spiritual and temporal. The popes took them under their immediate protection, exempting them from all other jurisdiction, episcopal or secular. Their property was assimilated to the church estates and exempted from all taxation, even from the ecclesiastical tithes, while their churches and cemeteries could not be placed under interdict. This soon brought about conflicts with the clergy of the Holy Land, inasmuch as the increase of the landed property of the order led, owing to its exemption from tithes, to the diminution of the revenue of the churches, and the interdicts, at that time used and abused by the episcopate, became to a certain extent inoperative wherever the order had churches and chapels in which Divine worship was regularly held. As early as 1156 the clergy of the Holy Land tried to restrain the exorbitant privileges of the military orders, but in Rome every objection was set aside, the result being a growing antipathy on the part of the secular clergy against these orders. The temporal benefits which the order received from all the sovereigns of Europe were no less important. The Templars had commanderies in every state. In France they formed no less than eleven bailiwicks, subdivided into more than forty-two commanderies; in Palestine it was for the most part with sword in hand that the Templars extended their possessions at the expense of the Mohammedans. Their castles are still famous owing to the remarkable ruins which remain: Safed, built in 1140; Karak of the desert (1143); and, most important of all, Castle Pilgrim, built in 1217 to command a strategic defile on the sea-coast.

In these castles, which were both monasteries and cavalry barracks, the life of the Templars was full of contrasts. A contemporary describes the Templars as “in turn lions of war and lambs at the hearth; rough knights on the battlefield, pious monks in the chapel; formidable to the enemies of Christ, gentleness itself towards His friends” (Jacques de Vitry). Having renounced all the pleasures of life, they faced death with a proud indifference; they were the first to attack, the last to retreat, always docile to the voice of their leader, the discipline of the monk being added to the discipline of the soldier. As an army they were never very numerous. A contemporary tells us that there were 400 knights in Jerusalem at the zenith of their prosperity; he does not give the number of serjeants, who were more numerous. But it was a picked body of men who, by their noble example, inspirited the remainder of the Christian forces. They were thus the terror of the Mohammedans. Were they defeated, it was upon them that the victor vented his fury, the more so as they were forbidden to offer a ransom. When taken prisoners, they scornfully refused the freedom offered them on condition of apostasy. At the siege of Safed (1264), at which ninety Templars met death, eighty others were taken prisoners, and, refusing to deny Christ, died martyrs to the Faith. This fidelity cost them dear. It has been computed that in less than two centuries almost 20,000 Templars, knights and serjeants, perished in war.

385px-JacquesdeMolayJacques De Molay Head Knight Templar

These frequent hecatombs rendered it difficult for the order to increase in numbers, and also brought about a decadence of the true crusading spirit. As the order was compelled to make immediate use of the recruits, the article of the original rule in Latin which required a probationary period fell into desuetude. Even excommunicated men, who, as was the case with many crusaders, wished to expiate their sins, were admitted. All that was required of a new member was a blind obedience, as imperative in the soldier as in the monk. He had to declare himself forever “serf et esclave de la maison” (French text of the rule). To prove his sincerity, he was subjected to a secret test concerning the nature of which nothing has ever been discovered, although it gave rise to the most extraordinary accusations. The great wealth of the order may also have contributed to a certain laxity in morals, but the most serious charge against it was its insupportable pride and love of power. At the apogee of its prosperity, it was said to possess 9000 estates. With its accumulated revenues it had amassed great wealth, which was deposited in its temples at Paris and London. Numerous princes and private individuals had banked there their personal property, because of the uprightness and solid credit of such bankers, In Paris the royal treasure was kept in the Temple. Quite independent, except from the distant authority of the pope, and possessing power equal to that of the leading temporal sovereigns, the order soon assumed the right to direct the weak and irresolute government of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, a feudal kingdom transmissible through women and exposed to all the disadvantages of minorities, regencies, and domestic discord. However, the Templars were soon opposed by the Order of Hospitallers, which had in its turn become military, and was at first the imitator and later the rival of the Templars. This ill-timed interference of the orders in the government of Jerusalem only multiplied the intestine dissensions, and this at a time when the formidable power of Saladin threatened the very existence of the Latin Kingdom. While the Templars sacrificed themselves with their customary bravery in this final struggle, they were, nevertheless, partly responsible for the downfall of Jerusalem.

To put an end to this baneful rivalry between the military orders, there was a very simple remedy at hand, namely their amalgamation. This was officially proposed by St. Louis at the Council of Lyons (1274). It was proposed anew in 1293 by Pope Nicholas IV, who called a general consultation on this point of the Christian states. This idea is canvassed by all the publicists of that time, who demand either a fusion of the existing orders or the creation of a third order to supplant them. Never in fact had the question of the crusaders been more eagerly taken up than after their failure. As the grandson of St. Louis, Philip the Fair could not remain indifferent to these proposals for a crusade. As the most powerful prince of his time, the direction of the movement belonged to him. To assume this direction, all he demanded was the necessary supplies of men and especially of money. Such is the genesis of his campaign for the suppression of the Templars. It has been attributed wholly to his well-known cupidity. Even on this supposition he needed a pretext, for he could not, without sacrilege, lay hands on possessions that formed part of the ecclesiastical domain. To justify such a course the sanction of the Church was necessary, and this the king could obtain only by maintaining the sacred purpose for which the possessions were destined. Admitting that he was sufficiently powerful to encroach upon the property of the Templars in France, he still needed the concurrence of the Church to secure control of their possessions in the other countries of Christendom. Such was the purpose of the wily negotiations of this self-willed and cunning sovereign, and of his still more treacherous counselors, with Clement V, a French pope of weak character and easily deceived. The rumor that there had been a prearrangement between the king and the pope has been finally disposed of. A doubtful revelation, which allowed Philip to make the prosecution of the Templars as heretics a question of orthodoxy, afforded him the opportunity which he desired to invoke the action of the Holy See.

KnightsIn the trial of the Templars two phases must be distinguished: the royal commission and the papal commission. Philip the Fair made a preliminary inquiry, and, on the strength of so-called revelations of a few unworthy and degraded members, secret orders were sent throughout France to arrest all the Templars on the same day (October 13, 1307), and to submit them to a most rigorous examination. The king did this, it was made to appear, at the request of the ecclesiastical inquisitors, but in reality without their cooperation. In this inquiry torture, the use of which was authorized by the cruel procedure of the age in the case of crimes committed without witnesses, was pitilessly employed. Owing to the lack of evidence, the accused could be convicted only through their own confession and, to extort this confession, the use of torture was considered necessary and legitimate. There was one feature in the organization of the order which gave rise to suspicion, namely the secrecy with which the rites of initiation were conducted. The secrecy is explained by the fact that the receptions always took place in a chapter, and the chapters, owing to the delicate and grave questions discussed, were, and necessarily had to be, held in secret. An indiscretion in the matter of secrecy entailed exclusion from the order. The secrecy of these initiations, however, had two grave disadvantages. As these receptions could take place wherever there was a commandery, they were carried on without publicity and were free from all surveillance or control from the higher authorities, the tests being entrusted to the discretion of subalterns who were often rough and uncultivated. Under such conditions, it is not to be wondered at that abuses crept in. One need only recall what took place almost daily at the time in the brotherhoods of artisans, the initiation of a new member being too often made the occasion for a parody more or less sacrilegious of baptism or of the Mass. The second disadvantage of this secrecy was, that it gave an opportunity to the enemies of the Templars, and they were numerous, to infer from this mystery every conceivable malicious supposition and base on it the most monstrous imputations. The Templars were accused of spitting upon the Cross, of denying Christ, of permitting sodomy, of worshipping an idol, all in the most impenetrable secrecy. Such were the Middle Ages, when prejudice was so vehement that, to destroy an adversary, men did not recoil from inventing the most criminal charges. It will suffice to recall the similar, but even more ridiculous than ignominious accusations brought against Pope Boniface VIII by the same Philip the Fair. Most of the accused declared themselves guilty of these secret crimes after being subjected to such ferocious torture that many of them succumbed. Some made similar confessions without the use of torture, it is true, but through fear of it; the threat had been sufficient. Such was the case with the grand master himself, Jacques de Molay, who acknowledged later that he had lied to save his life. Carried on without the authorization of the pope, who had the military orders under his immediate jurisdiction, this investigation was radically corrupt both as to its intent and as to its procedure. Not only did Clement V enter an energetic protest, but he annulled the entire trial and suspended the powers of the bishops and their inquisitors. However, the offense had been admitted and remained the irrevocable basis of the entire subsequent proceedings. Philip the Fair took advantage of the discovery to have bestowed upon himself by the University of Paris the title of Champion and Defender of the Faith, and also to stir up public opinion at the States General of Tours against the heinous crimes of the Templars. Moreover, he succeeded in having the confessions of the accused confirmed in presence of the pope by seventy-two Templars, who had been specially chosen and coached beforehand. In view of this investigation at Poitiers (June, 1308), the pope, until then skeptical, at last became concerned and opened a new commission, the procedure of which he himself directed. He reserved the cause of the order to the papal commission, leaving individuals to be tried by the diocesan commissions to whom he restored their powers.

KnightThe second phase of the process was the papal inquiry, which was not restricted to France, but extended to all the Christian countries of Europe, and even to the Orient. In most of the other countries—Portugal, Spain, Germany, Cyprus—the Templars were found innocent; in Italy, except in a few districts, the decision was the same. But in France the episcopal inquisitions, resuming their activities, took the facts as established at the trial, and confined themselves to reconciling the repentant guilty members, imposing various canonical penances extending even to perpetual imprisonment. Only those who persisted in heresy were to be turned over to the secular arm, but, by a rigid interpretation of this provision, those who had withdrawn their former confessions were considered relapsed heretics; thus fifty-four Templars who had recanted after having confessed were condemned as relapsed and publicly burned on May 12, 1310. Subsequently all the other Templars, who had been examined at the trial, with very few exceptions declared themselves guilty. At the same time the papal commission, appointed to examine the cause of the order, had entered upon its duties and gathered together the documents which were to be submitted to the pope, and to the general council called to decide as to the final fate of the order. The culpability of single persons, which was looked upon as established, did not involve the guilt of the order. Although the defense of the order was poorly conducted, it could not be proved that the order as a body professed any heretical doctrine, or that a secret rule, distinct from the official rule, was practiced. Consequently, at the General Council of Vienne in Dauphine on October 16, 1311, the majority were favorable to the maintenance of the order. The pope, irresolute and harassed, finally adopted a middle course: he decreed the dissolution, not the condemnation of the order, and not by penal sentence, but by an Apostolic Decree (Bull of March 22, 1312). The order having been suppressed, the pope himself was to decide as to the fate of its members and the disposal of its possessions. As to the property, it was turned over to the rival Order of Hospitallers to be applied to its original use, namely the defense of the Holy Places. In Portugal, however, and in Aragon the possessions were vested in two new orders, the Order of Christ in Portugal and the Order of Montesa in Aragon. As to the members, the Templars recognized guiltless were allowed either to join another military order or to return to the secular state. In the latter case, a pension for life, charged to the possessions of the order, was granted them. On the other hand, the Templars who had pleaded guilty before their bishops were to be treated “according to the rigors of justice, tempered by a generous mercy”.

The pope reserved to his own judgment the cause of the grand master and his three first dignitaries. They had confessed their guilt; it remained to reconcile them with the Church, after they had testified to their repentance with the customary solemnity. To give this solemnity more publicity, a platform was erected in front of the Notre-Dame for the reading of the sentence. But at the supreme moment the grand master recovered his courage and proclaimed the innocence of the Templars and the falsity of his own alleged confessions. To atone for this deplorable moment of weakness, he declared himself ready to sacrifice his life. He knew the fate that awaited him. Immediately after this unexpected coup-de-theatre he was arrested as a relapsed heretic with another dignitary who chose to share his fate, and by order of Philip they were burned at the stake before the gates of the palace. This brave death deeply impressed the people, and, as it happened that the pope and the king died shortly afterwards, the legend spread that the grand master in the midst of the flames had summoned them both to appear in the course of the year before the tribunal of God. Such was the tragic end of the Templars. If we consider that the Order of the Hospitallers finally inherited, although not without difficulties, the property of the Templars and received many of its members, we may say that the result of the trial was practically equivalent to the long-proposed amalgamation of the two rival orders. For the Knights (first of Rhodes, afterwards of Malta) took up and carried on elsewhere the work of the Knights of the Temple. This formidable trial, the greatest ever brought to light whether we consider the large number of accused, the difficulty of discovering the truth from a mass of suspicious and contradictory evidence, or the many jurisdictions in activity simultaneously in all parts of Christendom from Great Britain to Cyprus, is not yet ended. It is still passionately discussed by historians who have divided into two camps, for and against the order. To mention only the principal ones, the following find the order guilty: Dupuy (1654), Hammer (1820), Wilcke (1826), Michelet (1841), Loiseleur (1872), Prutz (1888), and Rastoul (1905); the following find it innocent: Father Lejeune (1789), Raynouard (1813), Havemann (1846), Ladvocat (1880), Schottmuller (1887), Gmelin (1893), Lea (1888), Fincke (1908). Without taking any side in this discussion, which is not yet exhausted, we may observe that the latest documents brought to light, particularly those which Fincke has recently extracted from the archives of the Kingdom of Aragon, tell more and more strongly in favor of the order.”  1914 Catholic Encyclopedia

We are so blessed to know the truth about the traditional Catholic knights who gave their lives to fight for Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.  Let us pray that the Holy Knights will rise up once again to fight for Jesus and His Kingdom.

St. King Edward Oct. 13

5077705892_13658aa318_zKing Edward, called the Confessor, nephew of St. Edward the King and Martyr, was the last of the Saxon Kings. When he was ten tears old the Danes who were devastating England sought to kill him. He was forced to go into exile at the court of his uncle, the duke of Normandy. There the innocence of Edward’s life was the admiration of all. With the destruction of the tyrants, who had killed his brothers and usurped their kingdom, he was called back to his own country, where he devoted himself to wiping out all traces of the enemy’s occupation. He began with the restoration of the churches. Famous for the gift of prophecy he foresaw in a heavenly way a great deal about the future state of England. He was wonderfully devoted to St. John the Evangelist, and on the day which the Evangelist predicted to him, January 5, 1066, he died a most holy death. Alexander III enrolled him among the Saints.  1960 Breviary

He was canonized by Alexander III in 1161. His feast is kept on the 13th of October, his incorrupt body having been solemnly translated on that day in 1163 by St. Thomas of Canterbury in the presence of King Henry II.  Catholic Encyclopedia

Here is the prophecy he receive and told his wife before he died.  England will be part of the new pentecost.

The green tree which springs from the trunk 

When thence it shall be severed 

And removed to a distance of three acres 

By no engine or hand of man 

Shall return to its original trunk 

And shall join itself to its root 

Whence first it had origin 

The head shall receive again its verdure 

It shall bear fruit after its flower 

Then shall you be able for certainty 

To hope for amendment

The green tree or shoot represents England, the trunk is the Catholic Church. The offshoot of the trunk is removed to a distance of three acres, which represent three centuries. After which the shoot returns to the trunk and reflowers, which refers to the return of the episcopacy in 1850, three hundred years after the Anglican Church broke away from Rome during the English Reformation under King Henry VIII. The tree bearing fruit after its flowering is still yet to come, when the full conversion of England will inaugurate the Second Pentecost, as foretold by numerous other prophecies such as those of La Salette. St. Edward states that England will be able to hope for amendment for past wrongs by this unique grace.  Vita Ædwardi Regis

Progressive Catholic Bishops Want Progress But Bring Children’s Destruction Instead

Two sisters (11 and 13) shared with me about their family situation.  The 13 year old cried most of the time while telling this story.

H096_WomanTheir mother and father were not married when they were conceived.  Their parents split up when they were young.  They stayed with their mother who moved in with another man.  This man began to beat her regularly.  This bother them so much.  Then because of all the violence and other problems, their mother was deported to Mexico.  They were abandoned and live with their grandmother.

When their mother comes back, she leaves them again and moves to another state.  There she moves in with a new boyfriend, who not only beats her, but is also a drug dealer.     Just recently he has been arrested and put in prison.

I tell this because the pope, the cardinals and bishops who are progressives want people who remarry, (which in the Bible is sin), to be able to receive to Holy Communion.  They feel sorry for the people in these “irregular” “marriages” (divorce and remarried).  They say it is pastorally good to give the Holy Communion while living in (sin).  But they will not call it sin, they call it the “new family“.

1011-1d93e6b606caShould the mother of these two girls be receiving Holy Communion?  Should they not also be pastoral in her situation?  They believe she should, as long as she is married to these different men.

1_0_735390The progressive modernist pope, cardinals, bishops, religious and priests should have some heart for these girls for what they are going through.  There is where the pastoral concern should be placed.  Pastoral care should be that every child is conceived and raised by their same dad and mom who have been married forever in the Holy Sacrament of Marriage.  It is a given, that before they make the vows, they both are good followers of Jesus Christ and practice their Catholic faith.  Thank God there are still some good cardinals and bishops speaking up at the Bishop’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family.

Is this progress?  Bad parents,> hurt children,> hurt teenagers,> drugs,> crime,> suicide,> gangs,> crime ridden society.

A_005_Wedding_PdeV1-31to2-6_01This is traditional Catholic progress.  Holy matrimony,> loving prayerful home environment,> many children with the same mother and father,> happy husbands wives and children,> a safe society because everyone obeys God’s laws.

But the progressive modernist liberal Catholics still want to OK more sin so that people will have a better life.  It has never worked in the history of the Bible, in the history of mankind and is absolutely not working today.  The terribly suffering these two girls are living right now are the fruits of sin, not happiness from modernistic fantasy.

We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics who stand up for God’s laws so that a least a few girls and boys will not have to suffer as most children are suffering right now in our sinful or sin filled world.

Let us continue to pray for the an unexpected result of the synod, where God’s laws are upheld.  Jesus Mary and Joseph, Holy Family, pray for the protection of a true family.  A man and woman, married for life and having relations to receive the greatest blessing from God, many many children.

Antichrist And Traditional Catholic Dream

I think it will not be too long before the Government will be stopping and questioning and arresting us traditional Catholics.  It will be because we will not go along with the antichrist, Illuminati, homosexual “marriages” or abortion.

illuminati2With that in mind I will tell of a very interesting dream I had last night.  I do not put much importance in dreams, but this one was a bit telling.

I was walking through a traffic tunnel when the person I was with pointed out some young men in the middle of the street arresting anyone who claimed to be Catholic.  I had passed by them and wanted to go on, but I knew I had a moral obligation to return.  Immediately they recognized me as a priest.  Whatever they were going to do to me, I thought would be painful.

The next thing I know is that I had come back to consciousness and surprised that what they had done to me had not hurt.  But I know that I am changed some how.  I went upstairs in a building to a bathroom to look at myself in a mirror to see how I had changed, but there was no mirror.

Stephen of Hungary_illumI tried to get a ride back to central California from a man but was told that he couldn’t help.  I went walking around looking for a way.  Some people gave me some food to.  I noticed that my money in my pants had been taken by those men and replaced with fake money.

Because I had no money to pay to get me where I wanted to go, I decide to just hitchhike.  I asked the way to northern California.  A man showed me the way.  Then he had me visit a restaurant art gallery that had pagan things in it.  The End.

St. Edwin Martyr King Oct. 12

St.-EdwinThe first Catholic King of Northumbria, born about 585, son of Ælla, King of Deira, the southern division of Northumbria; died 12 October, 633. Upon Ælla’s death in 588, the sovereignty over both divisions of Northumbria was usurped by Ethebric of Bernicia, and retained at his death by his son Ethelfrid; Edwin, Ælla’s infant son, being compelled until his thirtieth year to wander from one friendly prince to another, in continual danger from Ethelfrid’s attempts upon his life. Thus when he was residing with King Redwald of East Anglia, Ethelfrid repeatedly endeavoured to bribe the latter to destroy him. Finally, however, Redwald’s refusal to betray his guest led in 616 to a battle, fought upon the river Idle, in which Ethelfridhimself was slain, and Edwin was invited to the throne of Northumbria. On the death of his first wife, Edwin, in 625, asked for the hand of Ethelburga, sister to Eadbald, the Catholic King of Kent, expressing his own readiness to embrace Christianity, if upon examination he should find it superior to his own religion. Ethelburga was accompanied to Northumbria by St. Paulinus, one of St. Augustine’s fellow missionaries, who thus became its first apostle. By him Edwin was baptized at York in 627, and thenceforth showed himself most zealous for the conversion of his people. In instance of this, Venerable Bede tells how, at their royal villa of Yeverin in Northumberland, the king and queen entertained Paulinusfor five weeks, whilst he was occupied from morning to night in instructing and baptizing the crowds that flocked to him.

460px-Saint_King_Edwin_of_NorthumbriaBy Edwin’s persuasion, moreover, Eorpwald, King of East Anglia, son of his old friend Redwald, was led to become a Catholic. In token of his authority over the other kings of Bretwalda, Edwin used to have the tufa (a tuft of feathers on a spear, a military ensign of Roman origin) borne publicly before him, and he received tribute from the Welsh princes. Under him the law was so respected, that it became, as the Venerable Bede attests, a proverb that “a woman might travel through the island with a babe at her breast without fear of insult”. St. Edwin was slain on 12 October, 633, in repelling an attack made on him by Penda, the pagan King of Mercia, who, together with the Welsh prince Cadwallon (a Catholic only in name), had invaded his dominion. Perishing thus in conflict with the enemies of the Faith, he was regarded as a martyr and as such was allowed by Gregory XIII to be depicted in the English College church at Rome. His head was taken to St. Peter’s church at York, which he had begun. His body was conveyed to Whitby. Churches are said to have been dedicated to him at London and at Breve in Somerset.  Catholic Encyclopedia

Devil, Marijuana, and Blood Vs Clean Traditional Catholic Soul

Here in the United States, I would guess that half of the youth are smoking marijuana.  Over the last 20 years it has become a even more potent strand.  There are terrible effects: spiritually, mentally and physically from the use of marijuana on the youth and on society.

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I have visited Juvenile Hall for over 30 years.  All of the youth that were on marijuana had a constant angry attitude toward their parents, were very disobedient and were getting in trouble with the law.  As soon as they were in Juvenile Hall long enough for the marijuana to get out of their systems, (a month), they became good, respectful sons and daughters again.

Marijuana leads to the use of stronger drugs, is “a gateway drug” that also leads to more substance abuse later on in life.

Cocaine: 62 percent of adults who had used marijuana in their teenage years had tried cocaine at some time in their lives.  Those who had never smoked marijuana, the rate was less than a percent.

Heroin: 9 percent of those who used marijuana in their youth tried heroin.  0.1 percent of those who never did tried heroin.

Psychotherapeutic drugs:  More than half of all youth who used marijuana tried some type of psychotherapeutic drug.  5 percent of all others had tried some type of psychotherapeutic drug.

Prescription drug abuse especially pain killers: Youth who mess around with marijuana begin to abuse prescription drugs too.

Last year, 2.1 million Americans tried marijuana for the first time.  A disproportionate amount of Hispanic youth are using marijuana.

Ruben Baler at the National Institute on Drug Abuse stated:

“at a time when the brain should be at a clear state of mind, and accumulating, memory and data and good experiences that should be laying out the foundation for the future.”

“cumulatively impairing (their) cognitive function. What’s going to be the ultimate result, nobody can say.”

 

  • “Marijuana use is associated with addiction, respiratory illnesses, and cognitive impairment.
  • “Marijuana is also the second leading substance for which people receive drug treatment and a major cause for visits to emergency rooms.
  • “Studies also reveal that marijuana potency has almost tripled over the past 20 years, raising serious concerns about implications for public health — especially among adolescents, for whom long-term use of marijuana may be linked with lower IQ (as much as an average 8 point drop) later in life.”  White House website

You can read a short article on the bad effects of using marijuana at National Institute on Drug Abuse.

My brother, who is a physician in Hollister, told me that studies published in the New England Medical Journal showed a high rate of depression in youth and young adults who have smoked marijuana where there had never been previous depression in their family medical history.

 

The smoke inhaled and the smoke from the paper the drug is wrapped in is very harmful to the lungs.

But the greatest evil about Marijuana is the trail of blood and violence everywhere it is grown and sold.  The young man Isaac Reyes (17 yr old) was killed for dealing in marijuana he obtained from his medical marijuana card.  Mexico is a complete disaster right now from all the drug cartels that bring marijuana into the USA and other parts of the world.  Constant torture and killing over growing, transporting and selling marijuana.

photoIsaac Reyes (17 yrs old) Shot Dead For Dealing In Marijuana

Everyone who smokes marijuana has that blood on their hands too.  I remember on a Good Friday, a youth from St. Jude’s parish in Ceres California came up to me all beaten up.  I ask him what had happened.  He told me that he was selling marijuana when he was beaten up and the marijuana stolen.

If you search marijuana, I am sure you will find all sorts of propaganda on how great marijuana is.  I have been told that it is the greatest thing ever and that the government doesn’t want people to know this and made it illegal.  That is a pure lie from the devil.

Marijuana affects the way you perceive things.  You are not in your normal mind when you are high on marijuana.  You are willing to do things you would not dare do when sober when under its influence.  It make you lethargic, passive, slow and dumb.

Over and over again during my 9 years of working full time with the homeless at St. Francis Catholic Kitchen in Santa Cruz California, they would tell me that it was natural and that in the Bible it says God gave us all things and that they are good.  Do you rub poison oak all over you?  Do you eat Hemlock?

Most people, who were very happy sober, want to experience the sensation of being high on drugs or getting drunk.  They want to extra experience, the forbidden experience.  They get it, but they will pay a price for it too.

masaccio-46753_238x238Adam and Eve were totally satisfied with perfection in paradise, until the devil lied to them and got them wanting even “more” than the wonderful life they lived.  They talked with God as friends, were very comfortable with being naked, there was perfect harmony between Adam a man and Eve a woman, all their bodily and mental appetites were in order, they experience deep happiness, love and peace every second of their life, they were eternally young and got along with the animals.  But as soon as they attempted to experience the other forbidden pleasure, they lost almost all of the perfect pleasures and life they had.

That is how it is with drugs and other sins.  Children are born full of joy, happiness and innocence.  But once they are tempted by family, friends and the devil to try other forms of “happiness”, they loose most of what they had and gain nothing but problems and depression.

9f9eebd4c494f145336e51b8a6ddda6bWe are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know that God loves us and that is why He tells us to not use drugs or to sin.  We value the spiritual paradise we live in.  We suffer plenty of persecution from other Catholics.  We suffer persecution from other worldly people.  But none of that can take away our spiritual paradise where we live in God’s love and love Him in return with all our hearts.  We are able to commune with Him in the Holy Latin Mass and we sleep peacefully at night because our consciences are clean.

St. Paul says it very clearly: “Envies, murders, drunkenness, (intoxication from alcohol or drugs), revellings, and such like. Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God.”  Gal. 5:21

 

Feast Of The Maternity Of The Blessed Virgin Mary Oct. 11

Mary, Mother of God

From the Acts of Pope Pius XI

In the year 1931, amid the applause of the whole Catholic world, solemn rites were celebrated to mark the completion of the fifteen centuries which had elapsed since the Council of Ephesus, moving against the Nestorian heresy, had acclaimed the blessed Virgin Mary, of whom Jesus was born, as Mother of God. This acclamation had been made by the Fathers of the Church under the leadership of Pope Celestine. Pius XI, as Supreme Pontiff, wished to commemorate the notable event and to give lasting proof of his devotion to Mary. Now there had existed for many years in Rome a grand memorial to the proclamation of Ephesus, the triumphal arch in the basilica of Saint Mary Major on the Esquiline Hill. This monument had already been adorned by a previous pontiff, Sixtus III, with mosaics of marvellous workmanship, now falling to pieces from the decay of the passing ages. Pius XI, therefore, out of his own munificence, caused these to be restored most exquisitely and with them the transept of the basilica. In an Encyclical Letter Pius set forth also the true history of the Council of Ephesus, and expounded fervently and at great length the doctrine of the prerogatives of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Mother of God. He did this that the doctrine of this lofty mystery might sink more deeply into the hearts of the faithful. In it he set forth Mary, the Mother of God, blessed among women, and the most holy Family of Nazareth as the exemplars to be followed above all others, as models of the dignity and holiness of chaste wedlock, as patterns of the holy education to be given youth. Finally that no liturgical detail be lacking, he decreed that the feast of the Divine Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary be celebrated annually on the 11th day of October by the universal Church with a proper Mass and Office under the rite of a double of the second class.  1960 Breviary

Dead Body Of Empress Isabella Converted St. Francis Borgia

Please take a little time to read the life of one of the greatest movers and shakers of the 1500’s, St. Francis Borgia.  Catholic Encyclopedia

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As you will see, he was one of the finest royal persons to exist, he was vain, rich, brilliant and powerful.   But all that began to change on May 1st. 1538, when the Roman Empress Isabella died in Toledo Spain.  Don Francisco de Borja was her equerry and was put in charge of the transportation of the Empress’ body to Granada.

To this day there is a marble cross on the road from Toledo to Granada, where St. Francis had to remove the clothe covering the body of the Empress and declare that it did indeed contain her body before it could be brought into the city.  St. Francis describes what he experienced:

“Had I not accompanied the bier all the way from Toledo, I could not say that this was the Empress.”  He said this because the beautiful Empress’ body had so quickly changed and decomposed.

One of his biographers, Padre Ribadeneyra, wrote that at this instant Duke Francisco “recognized the vanity of all that the world prizes so highly; and it inspired him with disdain for all that is transient and with a good, efficacious desire to know what is true and enduring and to bring it about, be it at the cost of great hardship, suffering and persecution.”

 

Death_Dance of_stained glass_detailAt this point, St. Francis came to his senses and realized the fleeting glamor of this world and set his glory on the never ending world with Jesus in heaven.  He wrote:

What shall we do, Soul, what shall we seek?

Have you not seen, Soul, how the brightest and most precious things of earth end?

If death treats earth’s splendor so, who can resist it?

That same death has his arrow directed at you.

Were it not well to die to the world in life in order to live with God in death?

Give me, O God, give me Your light, give me Your Spirit. … Nevermore will I serve a master who can die on me.”

When St. Francis’ wife died, he renounced his royal rights and joined the Society of Jesus. He continued to work for the Pope and the Emperor for the good of the Catholic Church.

He also sent many young priests into the missions of India, the Far East and the Americas.  Sixty six of his sons were martyred for the Catholic faith.  The most well known are the fifty three Brazilian missionaries (including Bl. Ignacio de Azevedo), who were killed by the Huguenot (heretics) pirates in the Cannery Islands.

The progressive modernist feminist have their power here and now.  But like St. Francis Borgia, you and I will all die and go before the eternal power of God for judgement.

Yesterday I offered a Requiem Mass for some of our parishioners brother/uncle who died yesterday suddenly in a car accident. Here are a some of words of the hymn Dies Irae that I read to them to meditate on for the homily.  Now you meditate on them.

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Day of wrath, day of anger
will dissolve the world in ashes,
as foretold by David and the Sibyl.
Great trembling there will be
when the Judge descends from heaven
to examine all things closely.

The trumpet will send its wondrous sound
throughout earth’s sepulchres
and gather all before the throne.

Death and nature will be astounded,
when all creation rises again,
to answer the judgement.
A book will be brought forth,
in which all will be written,
by which the world will be judged.

When the judge takes his place,
what is hidden will be revealed,
nothing will remain unavenged

What shall a wretch like me say?
Who shall intercede for me,
when the just ones need mercy?

photoWas Manuel who died prepared????????  photoAre you prepared????

It is so wonderful to be traditional Catholics and to live each day trying our best to love an serve Jesus, obeying Him and working to save souls from hell and to get them into the joys of heaven.