NEWS FROM CTM
We have just concluded another beautiful Christmas at the Ave Maria Chapel. So, let me start this newsletter by hoping all our members had a very Blessed and happy Christmas and will have a healthy new year.
Although I started this newsletter last fall, we’re now already into winter and therefore, there’s much news to cover. We here at the Catholic Traditionalist Movement headquarters believe that we must not only keep you up to date on events, we must also keep alive the true faith as Father De Pauw wanted and expected us to.
In the following pages you will hopefully find comfort from his words that will bring solace to all Catholic Traditionalist Movement members longing for a return to sanity to our Church of old.
APPARATION OF THE BLESSED MOTHER AT
OBSERVED IN THE CHAPEL
During Mass on September 19th, we observed the anniversary of our Blessed Mother’s appearance at Lasalette. The warnings of Lasalette are as applicable today if not more, than they were when the Blessed Mother first gave them to us. Our Blessed Mother had something for everyone. Catholic laymen and women who carelessly miss Mass, (that’s the true Mass) on Sundays, for political leaders who promote evil and the murder of the innocents, and for the leaders of our Church who in Her own words are crucifying her Son again.
Here is a reprint of those warnings as they were transcribed from the sermon given by Father De Pauw in 1992:
“Wo to you, tremble and shake with fear you so-called Catholic laymen and women who desecrate Sunday … The one day my Son kept for Himself …wo to you who desecrate Sunday not just out of hunger for money, performing unnecessary tasks, but also to you who desecrate the Lord’s day to you who turn their backs on my Son’s sacrifice of the Cross”.
To the political leaders, who so righteously promote separation of Church and state, promote laws which legalize the murder of the innocents and promote laws which legalize all things immoral under the guise of civil rights, the Blessed Mother had this warning:
“Wo to you, tremble and shake with fear inhabitants of the earth … Lucifer has dimmed the intelligence of the leaders of civil governments. Vices of all kinds are promoted by the civil establishment. All civil governments have one in the same plan to pave the way for materialism, atheism and spiritism. The civil leaders will abolish civil rights as well as religious rights. All order and all justice will be trampled under foot and only murder, hatred, envy and dissension will be left without love for country and family”.
But the harshest warning at Lasalette was for the religious establishment. Making no distinction of the color of their robes, the Blessed Mother gave this warning to those clergy who scandalize by desecrating the sacred mysteries and by the way they live their spiritual and personal lives. Listen to the words of the Blessed Mother to them:
“Wo to you, tremble and shake with fear you bishops and priests, religious and convents who by your unfaithfulness and wicked lives are crucifying my Son again. Lucifer together with a large number of demons will be loosed from hell … they will put an end to the true faith little by little. Wo to you tremble and shake with fear you pagan Rome that will lose the faith, become the seat of the anti-Christ and doomed to disappear in the end. The sins of the clergy and religious cries out for vengeance”.
together with a large number of demons will be loosed from hell and they will
put an end to the true faith little by little, the Blessed Mother told us at
Lasalette. The history of all heresy and
schism in the past has proved beyond a doubt that the true faith and the true
Mass stand and fall together. Every time
there was an assault on the
no one said it better than one of the church’s greatest converts, who not so
long ago was beatified in
“Wo to you bishops and priests … who by your unfaithfulness and wicked lives are crucifying my Son again.”
A terrifying message indeed, but not for us the remaining loyal Traditionalist Roman Catholics who continue to hold on to the true Mass and true Catholic faith. For us the message at Lasalette is not frightening at all, because we are among what the Blessed Mother called, “The children of light who can see”.
And for the children of light, the Blessed Mother tells us, “You my dear good people, God will take care of his faithful servants. God will take care of you my good people, you whom I carry in my arms.”
Today’s gradual tells us, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: the people whom He hath chosen for His Inheritance”.
There is only one way to assure that we are among those people whom God has chosen for His inherence and the Blessed Mother told us she will carry in her arms, the only way to assure that, is to remain faithful till the end to the true Sacrifice of the Mass, the source and summit of all graces and blessings, the very means of our salvation.
SPECIAL REMEMBRANCE OF FATHER DE PAUW’S BIRTHDAY
On Sunday, October 10th, we observed the 92nd anniversary of the birth of Father De Pauw. A procession to his memorial where we prayed to St. Michael for his continued protection over us in our battle with the forces of evil has become a tradition. A wreath was placed during the ceremony and the following remarks were made by Mr. Richard Cuneo:
Ninety-two years ago tomorrow, October 11th, in a little town on the Belgian campenlandt, called Stekene, Gommar Albert De Pauw was born. He was the 7th child of devoutly Catholic parents, Desiree and Anna Van Overloop De Pauw. Only a few short weeks after that, Desiree and Anna, with their 6 other children were forced to leave their home and head to the Dutch frontier because the ravages of the first World War came to Stekene.
into a family of means in early 20th century
a young student he became active and eventually a leader in the young Catholic students movement.
This movement was set up by the Church in
It was also during those years that he realized the value and the good the Church could do if Belgian society would follow the principles laid out by Her. He also realized the importance of making sure that the people understood the faith believing that if one understood the faith one would hold on to it. As a young priest this was the focus of his sermons. His ability to explain the faith not just to the so-called Belgian elite but also to the Flemish farmers made him a breath of fresh air and very well liked by the hard working Flemish people. They found in him a priest who understood them and their lives. Even in his military service first as a stretcher bearer who cared for seriously ill soldiers and later as a chaplain this same theme prevailed.
Later teaching young men to become priests he passed onto them this same theme. During his experiences in his first parishes he found that any problems the Church had with the people was not because of what She stood for but because of Her representatives. He was determined to do everything in his power to ensure that those young priests would turn out to be worthy representatives of the Church.
Fast forward to the 1960s and it is no wonder that he became the spokesman for millions of everyday Roman Catholics who refused to accept the false and misleading interpretations of the Vatican II wrecking crew. He spoke in clear and understandable terms that everyone was able to comprehend.
All of his speeches and sermons focused on educating Catholics that what was going on in the Church was not something new thought up in the halls of the Vatican during the council but were actually rewritten and updated heresies which dated back to centuries before. He focused on educating Catholics on the faith and most importantly the Mass, the center of the faith. He was the first to bring to the public realm the decree Quo Primum. The papal document which permitted any priest to offer the true Mass and no pope, cardinal, bishop or priest could say anything about it. Until he brought that papal document to the forefront no one had ever heard of it including most clergy, even though they had sworn to uphold it at their ordination. He knew from his past that if Catholics understood both the faith and the Mass they would continue to hold on to it and refuse to let anyone take it away from them. He always said in his many speeches that as long as there are loyal Roman Catholic laymen and women who are willing to hold on, even if they are reduced to a handful, the faith will not die.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are those loyal Catholic layman and women who are willing to hold on to the faith of our fathers handed down from generation to generation. It is our responsibility to pass on what we have received. It is here at this Chapel where you will continue to get the true faith in all its purity, unadulterated by heresy from the left and schism from the right.
I especially appeal to the young mothers and fathers with small children to take your responsibility before God seriously and ensure you do everything possible to pass on to your children the faith you received.
John has made a huge commitment and effort to ensure you will have all you need
to help you in teaching your children their faith. Do not show you don’t appreciate his effort
by not showing up here to attend the first Saturday Mass with your children and
let him speak to empty pews. There is
nothing more important on Sunday and first Saturday mornings for you and your
children to be doing than to be here at the Chapel at
have heard the warnings of the Blessed Mother at Lasalette to those who throw
aside Sunday for money and pleasure. The
gospel tells us, seek ye first the
We must pass on to the next generation the inheritance of faith we received. That is the legacy that Father De Pauw left us. That is the legacy Father John is committed to continuing. It is our duty to make sure it is not in vain, remembering that as long as there are loyal Roman Catholics who are willing to hold on, even if they are reduced to a handful, the faith will not die.
After these words from Mr. Cuneo, the ceremony closed with the singing of “Faith of our Fathers”.
CATHOLIC TRADITIONALIST MOVEMENT
December 2nd, the Catholic Traditionalist Movement observed the 43rd
anniversary of the death of Cardinal Spellman.
Cardinal Spellman is of course one of the three protectors of the CTM in
its earliest days. As stated before, not
one move was made by Father De Pauw without first discussing it with the great
Cardinal. That included the CTM
Manifesto, the organizational details of setting up the CTM and the locating of
its headquarters which was originally located in the Pan Am building in the
Archdiocese of New York. Cardinal
Spellman was also deeply involved in the details and plan to excardinate Father
De Pauw from the diocese of
relationship between Father De Pauw and Cardinal Spellman goes back well before
the launching of the Catholic Traditionalist Movement. In fact, it goes as far back as 1946. It was in this year that Father De Pauw first
considered coming to the
Adhemar was closely linked with the
early relationship does not end there.
In 1950 Father Adhemar attended the United Nations meeting on
Oddly enough or I guess not so odd, today’s Vatican mission to the UN denies any knowledge of the work done by Father Adhemar and Father De Pauw. The relationship between Cardinal Spellman and Father De Pauw continued into the late 1950s when Father De Pauw helped one of the members of the Cardinal’s family in a matter which we are not ready to disclose just yet.
After reading this little piece of history, one can easily see that Cardinal Spellman and Father De Pauw were no strangers when Pope John XXIII announced in 1959 that there would be a council held “to open the windows and let a little fresh air in”, and have a chance for all the bishops and cardinals to get together and exchange news and information on what their situations were now that the war was long over.
CATHOLIC TRADITIONALIST MOVEMENT
On December 13th, the CTM observed the 37th anniversary of the death of Bishop Kurz, moderator of the Catholic Traditionalist Movement. The life of this great Bishop is a very interesting one and one which had been overlooked by so many. When one looks at today’s successors of the apostles and by what standards they are judged as a “Good Bishop”, it is laughable compared to the life of Bishop Kurz. Today a bishop is deemed good if he has no child abuse scandals for which he was aware of or maybe personally responsible for. They are called “conservative” very easily, but for what we don’t know. Maybe because they still make the Sign of the Cross. And then there are those schismatic “Bishops” who think that if they put on a good costume the stupid sheep will follow them anywhere. They dress themselves up in all the trappings of the office; publish many pictures of themselves and “vola” a “traditional bishop”. Laughable when one compares these so-called bishops to a real bishop like Bishop Kurz. So let us look and republish a little of his history.
Kurz was born in
World War II broke out, the Protestant military authorities in
years later, Pope Pius XII asked Bishop Kurz to take on another delicate and
more dangerous task. This task was to go
1949, the Communists took over the mainland of
can clearly see by 1949, the major players in the formation of the Catholic
Traditionalist Movement were now in place here in the
HAS POPE BENEDICT
CATHOLIC MORAL TEACHING?
Unfortunately and unbelievably we have to discuss a topic which we never thought we would address in these pages and certainly are not qualified to discuss. Nevertheless, recent statements by Pope Benedict during an interview with a German reporter have caused significant confusion and therefore, we feel it is something which needs to be addressed. In order to do so we will rely on what a Pope of the past has said on the very same topic. We are referring to the headlines just before Christmas 2010, that Pope Benedict had approved the use of artificial birth control devices by his comments in an interview published in a book titled “Light of the World”. As much as we abhor having to discuss this, we are forced to do so by the confusion the Pope’s remarks have created. It has become to typical of the post-conciliar church that once again those on both sides of the argument can take away from these
anything they want to in order to support their position. Once again, the post- conciliar church has sown
the seeds of confusion in the minds of the Catholic faithful. Once again, the Church failed to be that
moral beacon, the rock upon which all could look to for the right and
unequivocal answer. Whether they agreed
with the Church in the past or not, everyone always knew where She stood on matters concerning faith and morals. But that is no longer the case with the
post-conciliar church as witnessed once again by the Pope’s comments. And as if the Pope’s comments were not
puzzling enough, the two statements by the
We purchased the book to ensure that we had the quote right. In order to understand this clearer, we need to understand the time context in which the remarks were made. On a recent trip to Africa, the Pope in response to a reporters question on his plane ride (oh, for the days when Popes stayed in the Vatican and never gave interviews) stated that he did not think that artificial birth control devices were the answer to the “scourge plaguing” the content of Africa (our words not the Pope’s). Those comments did not sit well with the organized international lobby which is trying to ram perversion down our throats. The Pope already under attack because of the numerous abuse scandals, came under further criticism from all quarters in the media and social and political world. It was in that context that this latest question was raised and which led to the Pope’s remarks. Now before saying anything, we maintain the position of Father De Pauw that it is not our right to judge a Pope. The words Father De Pauw used were “Non Possumus! Non Licet! We cannot do it! We have no right to do it!” Nonetheless, we must say something because of the confusion the Pope’s remarks have caused. Therefore, we see this as a lost opportunity by the Pope to reaffirm traditional Catholic moral teaching on marriage and on human beings, share in the greatest work of creation, the continuation of the human family.
To analyze it we will paraphrase the words of Pope Pius XI in his encyclical letter on Christian Marriage and the words of Father De Pauw on the Sacrament of Matrimony. We find the Pope’s comments to be “riding a middle course … believing that something should be conceded in our times with regard to certain precepts of the divine and natural law to even suggest that any act which is contrary to the moral law, God’s law, can be considered as Pope Benedict stated, “a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility, on the way toward recovering an awareness that not everything is allowed” (as quoted from “Light of the World’) that amounts to saying the murderer did well by calling the police after he committed the murder. We find that kind of logic to be used by those who insist that matrimony was not instituted by God and raised to the dignity of a sacrament by Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself but rather invented by man and therefore try to concoct new forms of unions suited to the present times often labeling them as temporary and companionate (again, paraphrasing the words of Pope Pius XI and Father De Pauw). It is used by those who desire that these practices be legitimized by law or at least excused by their general acceptance among the people as part of modern “culture” rather than the hateful abominations which beyond all question reduce civilization to the barbarous standards of savage, primitive people. We believe it has no place in papal discourse no matter what the form.
We will now quote directly from Pope Pius XIs encyclical to give what we believe should have been the answer by Pope Benedict to the reporter’s question.
“But no reason, however grave, may be put forward by which anything intrinsically against nature may become conformable to nature and morally good, since, therefore, the conjugal act is destined primarily by nature for the begetting of children, those exercising it deliberately frustrate its natural power and purpose, sin against nature and commit a deed which is shameful and intrinsically vicious.” We can only hope and pray that the Pope’s remarks were a sign that he fell victim to human weakness in an effort to improve his image rather than as an attempt to alter Catholic moral teaching.
As Father De Pauw stated when discussing whether Pope Paul had approved the new Mass and thereby went contrary to infallible declarations by a previous Pope, we too, in this case cannot believe that this is what Pope Benedict intended to do. Certainly the fact that this was done in the form of an interview rather than through the traditional means by which the Pope communicates matters of faith and morals to the faithful, offers us hope. Unfortunately his response whether it was his intention or not, has opened the crack for those who wish to say, “But the Pope said it was OK.” Now anything short of a clear papal pronouncement condemning immorality and reaffirming the Church’s traditional position on these matters amounts to closing the barn door after the horse is out.
All we can do is pray and pray very hard that we are not further down that road in reducing cultured nations, already approving of the murder of the innocents on a daily and alarming level to the “barbarous standards of savage people”.
CATHOLIC TRADITIONALIST MOVEMENT
31st, the Catholic Traditionalist Movement observed the 46th
Anniversary of the CTM Manifesto delivery to the Pope, all Vatican Curia
cardinals, all members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy in the
Had the Church leaders of the time from the Pope on down the line followed the 12 suggestions which were proposed in the Manifesto, the Church would not find Herself in the mess she does today. Had the cardinals, bishops and priests joined the Catholic Traditionalist Movement when all were invited to, not only by Father De Pauw, but by our own Bishop Kurz, who in 1966 offered the Catholic Traditionalist Movement to all sincere priests as the God-given instrument to save their priesthood and their Church, it would have been possible to reverse the damage already done and prevent the future damage to be done by “a small but well organized minority of self-appointed, so-called liturgical experts, isolated in their ivory towers. But none publicly joined the Catholic Traditionalist Movement. NONE, except Bishop Blaise Kurz. How different the religious landscape would look had all those who in private told Father De Pauw they agreed with him but were afraid to break with the “CLUB” had joined him publicly.
here we are almost a half-century later, now entering our 47th year
of the FIGHT FOR TRUTH AND TRADITION. Except for now and then “rearranging the
furniture on the Titanic”, as Father De Pauw always referred to it, no serious
effort that will hold and return our Church to its glorious past has been
made. Oh yes,
As we look at the list of the recently made new cardinals, we see that only a handful have been ordained before the deluge of the Second Vatican Council. As we look at the College of Cardinals from which the next pope is to be chosen, we shudder as we see that all who are eligible to vote for the next pope have been made cardinal after the Vatican Council. So from where is the church going to return to its glorious past? It therefore becomes clearer and clearer to us that only that miracle from God which Father De Pauw said was the only way this mess could be straightened out, will get us out of this.
We enter 2011, the second decade already of the 21st Century, still hoping and praying for that miracle. We are sure it will come some day because Our Lord told us so, but when we don’t know. All we can do is live one day at a time and work as if everything depended on us and pray as if everything depends on God, BECAUSE IT DOES!
As we see our Church fall deeper into the canyon and we don’t know what else lies ahead we will continue to live by the legacy Father De Pauw left us. He offered it so many times over the years but it deserves repeating. It applies to lay people as well as to ALL clergy. It is the answer we must give following the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity which are the guiding inspiration of all Catholic life.
Catholic’s first obedience is to God, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. A Catholic’s second obedience is to our
Following the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity which are the guiding inspiration of all Catholic life, we know that no matter how small our numbers become we will continue to hold onto the true Mass as an act of Faith in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as an act of Hope that some day our Church will return to its former glory and as an act of Charity for the immortal souls including our own, whose eternal salvation depends on the survival of the Sacrifice of the Mass and the ensuing Real Presence of the Living Christ on earth.
Always remember: “Even if an angel of the Lord teaches you something other than I have taught you, let him be anathema!”
LORD HELP US BECAUSE THE DAYS ARE GROWING DARKER AND DARKER!