On the Feast Day of St. Pius V

Pius V

Before Cinco de Mayo superseded it, at least in Mexico and now in much of the US, May 5 was remembered and celebrated by Catholics as the feast day of the great Pope St. Pius V, Michael Ghislieri. The neglect of St. Pius V’s feast day not only provides a grim reminder of how once Catholic Mexico has imbibed the tenets of secular humanism, but it shows again the utter contrast between the pre-Vatican II Papacy and Church, and the Conciliar monstrosity which was diabolically launched in the 1960s.

Any comparison between the current occupant of St. Peter’s Chair or for that matter any of his Conciliar predecessors to the holy life and the magnificent reign as pope of St. Pius V is now surely blasphemous! If a comparison is to be made, Bergoglio should be considered the anti-St. Pius V!

No Pope Bergoglio

The anti-St. Pius V!

St. Pius V’s elevation to sainthood demonstrates again that the Church for all ages is something quite different after a couple of generations of Modernism led by the likes of Bugnini, Montini, Wojtyla and Ratzinger.

The monumental accomplishments as pope, despite a comparatively short reign, and the personal sanctity of St. Pius V are beyond reproach. He was recognized as a “servant of God” long before he passed away. Yet, after his death on May 1, 1572, he was not canonized until 1712. Moreover, he and St. Pius X, the great foe of Modernism, were the only two pontiffs canonized in the last 500 years! Becoming pope was no guarantee of sainthood in the True Church as Dom Prosper Gueranger writes:

Pius V did not receive this honour till about a hundred and thirty years after his death: so impartial is the Church, when she has to adjudicate this highest of earthly honours even to her most revered Pastors!*

Does one have to bring up how Newchurch has totally corrupted the process? The whole thing is a farce! It is so blatant that the speedy elevation of the Conciliar popes has been done to legitimize the Conciliar Revolution.

In a sense, however, the Conciliar popes are deserving of their Newchurch sainthood status, for they were instrumental in pushing through the vast changes which transformed the Church of St. Pius V into the current non-Catholic structure.

Only when the occupants of St. Peter’s Chair look to St. Pius V as a model for papal rule, will the office and Church become Catholic once again.

*Quoted from The Liturgical Year, Vol. VIII, Paschal Time Book II, 445.

editors posted 5-4-’19

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Holy Week and the Decline of the West

Holy Week

At one time, Holy Week — Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday — was recognized and commemorated by the Western world as a solemn period when earthly matters were put aside, and focus was directed to history’s most seminal event. Most businesses were closed or had reduced hours, especially during the Sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Entertainment and leisurely activities were curtailed while schools and universities’ “spring breaks” coincided with Holy Week as mankind contemplated, as best it could, the momentous events which took place in a small backwater outpost of the mighty, and at the time unknowing, Roman Empire.

Tragically, for the human race those days are a thing of the discredited past. Sports are played, most people work throughout the week, financial affairs are routinely conducted – while Easter Sunday is not seen as a celebration of the Resurrection, but of egg hunts. In politics, it can be safely assumed that there will be no acknowledgment of the week as thievery, war making, graft, and debauchery will continue as usual. The triumph of secular humanism is complete.

The Novus Ordo has succumbed to the world’s dictates and has blasphemously altered its beautiful and moving Holy Week rites, omitting and rewording certain passages from the Liturgy as not to “offend” the usual suspects. Of course, the abandonment of Tradition is nothing new for the Conciliar Church, but defines its existence.

Such disregard and ingratitude for what took place two millennia ago does not bode well for mankind’s future, especially in those lands and among those peoples who once revered these sacred days. The ominous eternal consequences of such indifference was warned about by the Divine Savior as recounted in St. Matthew’s Gospel (10:32/DRV): “Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven.”

Although most people do not realize it, the grave economic, political, and social problems which the West now faces are ultimately the result of the indifference toward God — with the neglect of Holy Week as a prime example. None of the current abominations such as abortion and “gay” marriage could have ever been possible had human societies been dedicated toward Christ.

This indifference will not go unpunished. The problems that the West faces today cannot be resolved as a matter of the right policy, but are at their core spiritual. Redress of social ills will not come about through the ballot box or reform. The forces that seek the West’s destruction must be fought on the spiritual plane. These forces have long understood this fact and have tried to — and largely succeeded in — removing religion from society, allowing it only on Sundays, and if trends continue, even Sunday worship will no longer be tolerated. Those who seek to preserve the fruits of Western civilization must realize that this is a religious contest.

The disastrous consequences of mankind’s attempting to set its own rules is on display for those who have ears to hear and eyes to see. The cultural depravity that abounds in contemporary life is stunning and has gone on for so long and with such intensity that most people are now desensitized to it. Creating jobs, halting mass immigration, appointing “conservative” judges, and the like will do little to overthrow the cultural Marxism that permeates society today.

Until the Divine Entity on which Holy Week is centered is once again placed at the summit of Western life, the chances of resolving mankind’s various crises are nil.

editors/Christus Rex / posted Palm Sunday, 4-14-’19

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St. Isidore: Defender of the Faith

St.-Isidore-of-Seville

The heavenly grace which once flowed onto Spain when it became known as The Catholic Kingdom was due, no doubt, to the efforts of its many saints. One of the most important and instrumental in the Spanish Reconquista was Isidore of Cartagena (d. 636)

Isidore was one of the leading thinkers of the glorious Middle Ages whose thoughts were included in Canon Law and whose words Pope St. Leo IX believed should be held with “the same respect as to those of Jerome and Augustine, as often as a difficult case which could not be settled by Canon Law.”* Not only was he a great intellect, but Isidore was an indefatigable defender of the Faith who led the fight against the Arian heresy.

Isidore’s struggle against the Arians was crucial in Spain’s Reconquista, for if the heresy had not been expunged from the Kingdom, it may never have succeeded in ridding itself of Islam domination. Dom Guéranger, in his magnificent The Liturgical Year, insightfully explains that the lands which were overrun by the Moslems were never able to liberate themselves because they had embraced false teaching and crazily separated from Rome:

 

Contemporaneously with Spain, Asia also and Africa fell under the Mussulman yoke,

and have continued in their slavery up to the present day. . . . Spain, at the period

of her invasion, was Catholic, and Catholicity was the very spirit of the land:

whereas those other nations, that yielded themselves slaves to the Saracens, were

already separated from the Christian Church by heresy and schism.

God abandoned them because they had rejected both the truth of faith, and unity

with the Church; they fell an easy prey to the infidel conqueror.**

reconquista.jpg II                                                                     La Reconquista

Isidore’s life and heroic deeds are more than just a part of Christendom’s neglected past, but can and should inspire those today who combat the apostates, heretics, rapists, perverts, and embezzlers who have taken over Christ’s Church. Isidore did not compromise, “dialogue,” or seek recognition from the Arians, but condemned them forthright. In doing so, he laid the groundwork for Spain’s glorious recovery and the creation of a vast Christian world empire which led to the conversion and salvation of millions of souls.

*Don Prosper Guernager, The Liturgical Year, Vol. VIII – Book Two, 280-284.

**Ibid.

editors/Christus Rex / posted 4-3-’19 Feast Day of St. Isidore

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