John Daly


Papal Writings


About us


Bellarmine archives


The Four Marks

Box 58

Ballantine, MT 59006

editor (at)





Back issues available!




Contents for this column:


News off-site

Books for






Books for download



by Patrick Henry Omlor

For me the most important part of this book is his "Questioning the Validity of  the Masses Using the New All-English Canon." He called my attention to the risk, nay the certainty, of idolatry. Everyone can profit from his work, even those of us who have read it previously.




Fr. Benedict Hughes, CMRI


At The Name Of Jesus, Every Knee 
A Good Example
How To Prepare For One’s Death
Imitating Mary’s Purity And Modesty
Judith And Esther Exemplars Of Humility
Love Of The Cross
Mortification Necessary To Resist Temptation
Need For Penance 
Penitential Practices 
Temptations Of The Devil
The Necessity Of Continual Conversion
The Three Temptations 



Most Rev. Robert L. Neville



Sermons by Traditional Catholic Clergy


FAIR USE NOTICE - This email may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of  the Catholic religion, criminal justice, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: If you wish to use copyrighted material from this website for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

The Four Marks

The marks by which men will know His Church are four:

one, holy, catholic, and apostolic

Dedicated to The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Our newspaper tackles the liturgical, theological, doctrinal and other “changes” seen since Vatican II. Distinctions are made between the Vatican II based new religion and the Catholic religion.


Welcome, weary wayfarers. This is the Internet home of The Four Marks newspaper.  We are traditional Catholics. We attend pre-Vatican II Masses,  and are members of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, whose infallible teachings are known through her validly ordained priests and pre-V2: catechisms, papal encyclicals, Code of Canon Law, and centuries of approved writings.


In the pages of our newspaper, we offer a Catholic perspective on current events, and articles on nearly every imaginable Catholic topic. Our writers often allude to the distinction between two Churches, two religions, that both claim to be the Catholic Church. Since the Church with its head at the Vatican has different beliefs, practices, and vestments from the Catholic religion through history; it is logical to conclude that the Church at the Vatican is a New Church.


On the other hand, the appellation “traditional” implies that it is faithful to the Catholic religion in her beliefs and practices. Changes in belief, by their very nature, mean a new religion has been formed. Martin Luther and King Henry VIII (founders of two major Protestant religions) were Catholic, but by their changes, they founded new religions. Although the liberals at the Second Vatican Council were Catholic –most in name and appearance only—by founding a new Church they did not remain in the Catholic Church anymore than Henry VIII or Luther remained Catholic.

The matters discussed here may seem foreign, particularly, if you never knew the pre-Vatican 2 Mass. Be honest with yourself. As you weigh these points, make a note of those things with which you might disagree. Keeping a list allows you to check off items once they are proved to your satisfaction. Otherwise, you might continue to hold an opinion that you yourself believe is false. Review your list. To the best of your ability, find the truth, proving either for or against your opinions.


The traditionalist stance is a very logical position, but one must climb a stairway of premises that lead to that conclusion. Most steps require a comparative study based on the unchanging Catholic teachings through the ages. We invite your questions and feedback!

--Kathleen Plumb, Editor


Please see our download page (left) for back copies and free samples.



100 Years Since Fatima



Cousins Jacinta Marto (left, seated) and Lucia Santos, tow of the three children to whom Our Lady of Fatima appeared. Date: 1917. We are particularly reminded to pray the Rosary for poor sinners and in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Excerpts taken from Our Lady of Fatima by William Thomas Walsh




These are descriptions of the apparitions on the 13th of these months in 1917.


May June July August September October


Communion in the hand—a sure sign of heresy

Tidbits from Vatican II History


43 priests leave SSPX?


Support the Catholic Press

Read the paper that doesn’t take “both sides,” that faces Vatican II errors head on. Read what others say about The Four Marks in the “Reader’s Forum” section. See why some say it is the only really Catholic newspaper in the world. Is that true? Decide for yourself. See FREE samples on Downloads page!

Subscribe Today


Subscription rates Payable in US Dollars:


subscription: one year, 11 issues

·         $28 for 6-months

·         $48 for 1-year 

·         $86 for 2 years 

·         $110 for 3 years


PDF sent via email subscription: $38 1-year


FOREIGN —All areas outside USA

·         $35 for 6-months

·         $63 for 1-year

·         $113 for 2 years

·         $140 for 3 years    


Please allow 6—8 weeks for delivery of first issue.

Longer delivery times are needed for foreign subscriptions. Time varies.


For donations AND subscriptions:

PLEASE  send checks or money  orders (US dollars only) to:


The Four Marks

Box 58, Ballantine, MT  59006


OR: use donation button below.


Please tell us what you are sending for (e.g., 2-year subscription, PDF subscription, donation) and please include mailing address, email, and phone number. Use PayPal space for comments or send a separate email with your contact information. THANKS!  Email:



DONATE to this apostolate

Due to increasing costs of every imaginable expense—this apostolate is in ever greater need of your assistance. The Four Marks is a lone voice calling in the wilderness. Please give generously.




Please note: The Four Marks is not a US government registered charity. Donations are NOT tax deductible.



Communion in the hand—a sure sign of heresy

By John Lane

Reprinted from the Primer issue of The Four Marks

There has been a lot written about Communion in the hand over the years, and I think all good Catholics would be aware of its shocking disrespectfulness and also that it is not at all traditional. However there is another aspect of it which nobody seems to have treated, and that is that as a practice it is evidence of heresy.


Let’s firstly ensure that it is understood that actions demonstrate heresy as clearly as words. The following are well-known pre-Vatican II canonists quoted by da Silveira in his brilliant “Essay on Heresy.”
“External heresy is that which is manifested by exterior signs (words, signs, actions, omissions of actions).”  (Merkelbach, pg. 570)

“External heresy is an error against the faith, revealed by a word or by some other exterior indication.” (Prummer, pg. 365)


“To incur such an excommunication ‘latae sententiae, specially reserved to the Sovereign Pontiff,’ it is necessary that the heresy, after having been interiorly conceived should be exteriorly manifested by a word, a writing or an action.” (Tanquerey, Syn. Theol., Mor. et Past., pg. 475)

“External heresy adds to the internal heresy a sufficient exterior manifestation, expressed by such words, signs or actions as would be conclusive.” (Wernz-Vidal, pg. 444)

The next point which should be understood is that Canon Law states that treating the Sacred Species with disrespect is an action which makes one suspect of heresy (CIC 2320).

Finally, one only has to spend a few minutes in a Novus Ordo chapel during “Communion” to witness the most abominable disrespect imaginable, on a widespread basis. These actions speak louder than words, but in this particular case we are not constrained to rely on the actions to tell us what is internal. Various surveys taken amongst “Conciliar Catholics” have revealed that as many as 70% deny the Real Presence.


Now, what does this tell us of the hierarchy which has imposed this outrage, and which tolerates in perfect peace the result (i.e. the widespread heresy)? Simply put, it shows us that they are not Catholics, that they have no authority, and that good Catholics are obliged to avoid them.


John Lane
Perth, Western Australia
January 25, 1998
Conversion of St. Paul



Tidbits from Vatican II History

By Frs. Francisco and Dominic Radecki


Excerpts taken from Tumultuous Times as abridged for The Four Marks. The unabridged book may be purchased from St. Joseph Media online at:



Throughout Her tumultuous history, the Catholic Church has had to defend Herself against enemies both from within and without.  Added to these assaults have been the cunning deceits employed by the devils to undermine the faith.


During the past 40 years the Catholic Church has undergone some of the most radical and revolutionary changes in Her history: changes that have left members of the Church confused, frustrated and bewildered.  Observing the devastating effects of these changes, many Catholics have asked themselves, “What has happened to the Catholic Church?”


The spiritual crisis of our day, the appalling decline of morals and universal loss of faith can be directly traced back to the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965).  This council, better known as Vatican II, directly attacked the heart of the Catholic Faith—her immutable doctrines, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Seven Sacraments. […]


The Conclave of 1958


[…] Roncalli sat serenely through the long days of balloting but never lost confidence.  When finally he was elected [October 28, 1958] and asked by what name he would reign, he replied by pulling a well-prepared speech out of his pocket.  He was ready.


‘I will be called John.’  John?  The electors who knew their history were confounded.  The last John [XXIII] had been an antipope, a former pirate and a murderer…  As with the name Henry in the British royal family, the last bearer of the name was thought to have rendered it unusable.  What was Roncalli thinking of?


Fr. Peter Stravinskas Catholic Dictionary defines an antipope as “a pretender to the papal throne.  One claiming to be pope in opposition to the one canonically elected.  Popes had carefully avoided the designation John XXIII because they dared not dishonor their pontificate with the stigma of this notorious antipope.  “One wonders why Angelo Roncalli chose to take the name of such a scandalous character.” […]

John’s reign is remembered as an era of good feeling that not only stirred Catholics but also won the good will of Protestants, Orthodox, Atheists, Marxists, and Jews around the world.  By 1962, John had already met more Anglican and Protestant leaders than any pope in history, and his excessive attention to all those non-Catholics irritated some old Vatican staffers.  One conservative growled, ‘It seems easier to see the pope if you are a Methodist.’12


It was the final session of Vatican Council II, and some bishops began to say that the council, before closing, should make Pope John XXIII a saint by acclamation.13  ‘Don’t do that,’ several of the Protestant observers at the council said.  ‘The Good Pope John is a saint for all of us, Catholics and Protestants alike.  If you box him into your canonical structures, he will no longer be our saint.  And we don’t want to lose him.’14 They didn’t—John XXIII is listed on June 3rd in the Lutheran Book of Worship15 under Lesser Festivals and Commemorations along with the heretics Martin Luther, John Calvin and John Huss.


His Death

John XXIII died of stomach cancer on June 3, 1963.  “At his death, even the city of Belfast [Northern Ireland] lowered its flags to half-mast.”16  It was the first time in history that Protestants mourned the death of a pope. Although he died less than five years after his election, he laid the foundation of a new church.  In order to successfully deceive the masses, this new church is still controlled from the Chair of Peter and resembles the Catholic Church in certain customs and practices.  John XXIII’s revolution, which began with the Second Vatican Council, was continued by his successors: Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II and Benedict XVI. […]

“Two bold theologians, Murray and De Lubac were not present at the opening of the council because their writings had earned reproof from their superiors.  By the fourth session, however, they were not only among the most active periti, but were chosen to concelebrate a special Mass with the pope.”

To strengthen their position at the Second Vatican Council John XXIII and Paul VI turned many of these Modernists into trusted periti.  Paul Bernier, SSS explains: “In the decade before that council [Vatican II], people like John Courtney Murray, Henri De Lubac, Yves Congar, Pierre Chenu, Teilhard de Chardin, even Karl Rahner were silenced by Rome [because of their unorthodox teachings].  All of them emerged as either periti (advisors) or as lights by which the council guided itself.”  Thus, from the beginning of the council, liberal cardinals, bishops and periti held an iron grip on Vatican II by controlling the vital positions of the council.



12. Wilton Wynn, Keeper of the Keys, p. 45.

13. “Inside the council, progressive bishops mounted a campaign to canonize John by acclamation of the assembled prelates and thus bypass the rigorous church process.                                  In part, their move was political: if the council proclaimed John a saint, progressives believed that they would also prevail against conservatives who were blocking various liberal reforms.” Newsweek, September 22, 1997.

14. National Catholic Register, September 16, 1994.

15. Augsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis, MN, ©1978.

16. Article by Bishop Thomas Curry in The Tidings, November 1, 2002.


Priests leave SSPX

According to Gloria TV, many, particularly from France, have left the Society of St. Pius X. Some have formed other groups, and some act independently – but (we presume are) in union with the true Church.


Abbé de Mérode (prieur, France)

Abbé Vignalou (France)

Abbé Hubert de Sainte-Marie d'Agneau (France)

Abbé Nicolas Pinaud (France)

Abbé Olivier Rioult (France)

Abbé Matthieu Salenave (France)

Père Pierre-Marie OP et les 10 autres pères d'Avrillé (France)

Père Bruno OSB (France)

Père Avril, fondateur de l'œuvre de Notre-Dame de Salérans (France)

Père Raffali (France)

Abbé Picot (Kenya)

Abbé Jean-Michel Faure (Amérique du sud)

Abbé Chazal (Asie)

Abbé Florian Abrahamowicz (Italie)

Abbé Brühwiller (Suisse)

Abbé Fuchs Martin (Autriche)

Abbé Girouard (Canada)

Abbé David Hewko (USA)

Abbé Pierre-Célestin N'dong (Gabon)

Abbé Ernesto Cardozo (Brésil)

Abbé Arturo Vargas ( Mexique)

Abbé Fernando Altamira (Colombie)

Abbé Hugo Ruiz (Mexique)

Abbé Frank Sauer (Allemagne)

Abbé Eduardo Suelo (Asie)

Abbé Richard Voigt (USA)

Abbé Arnold Trauner (Autriche)

Abbé Trincado (Mexique)

Abbé Valan Rajkunan (Asie)

Père Raphaël Arizaga OSB (Mexique)

Père Thomas d'Aquin Ferreira da Costa OSB (Brésil)

Père Jahir Brito, FMBV (Brésil)

Père Joaquim Daniel Maria de Sant'ana, FMBV (Brésil)


From the editor of The Four Marks: If you are one of these priests, and would like to tell your story, please contact me at 


Headlines --Back

Bottom of Form






Please pray for …





conversions from the Novus Ordo, Jews, Muslims and Protestants among others;

our countries and their leaders,

our soldiers,

for a true pope,

and for the triumph of Holy Mother Church.


Please pray for those who have died:


 –Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord. And may perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen


Headlines --Back




Letters to the editor: Share your comments with other readers in the newspaper’s Forum. Email


Download FREE sample issue on Downloads page.

Got moral or theological Questions?

Ask Father Athanasius –His answers are given in The Four Marks newspaper. Email: 

(Please use pen name.)




A truth’s initial commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed. It wasn’t the world being round that agitated people, but that the world wasn’t flat. When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.

  —Dresden James

(Source is everywhere but, his identity is unknown.)


We are living in a time where lies have great influence. Many have come through the new god of “science” where evolution is supported by fabrications. We have published numerous articles exposing evolution as a belief, and not fact. There are other “scientific” beliefs that are much older. Shouldn’t we ignore claims from those who lie or who have been misled themselves in the past- particularly when the claim cannot be demonstrated?



Donate to this apostolate

The Four Marks website is provided free of charge, there are administrative and technical costs associated with making it available to subscribers worldwide and with operating this site. Contributions to offset these costs are appreciated. Please send checks to:

The Four Marks

Box 58

Ballantine, MT 59006

 You may also send a contribution via PayPal to:




Downloads - Editorials - Glossary - Papal Writings - Email - About us - Submissions - Bellarmine archives


Holy Mother Church is One:  One Faith, One Church, One Mass


The Four Marks

Box 58, Ballantine, MT  59006

(406) 967-2000


© 2006—2017 The Four Marks, All Rights Reserved.