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Counties should not issue same-sex marriage licenses

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 5, 2014 –As a result of last month's irresponsible judicial decision in Cook County which usurps the proper legislative process, county clerks are now issuing same-sex "marriage" licenses across the state of Illinois.

While U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman believes that there "is no reason to delay further" the implementation of Illinois' new same-sex "marriage" law, she evidently fails to recognize that creating, modifying, or implementing state law is outside of the court's purview.

Making and implementing law is strictly a function of the General Assembly. Ignoring the proper roles of the three branches of government sets an extremely dangerous precedent.

When unelected judicial activists like Judge Coleman circumvent the legislative process, they are in essence telling the legislature that they are irrelevant. State lawmakers and county clerks should not be complicit in this gross usurpation of the legislative process.

Source: Illinois Family Institute, 773-858-6602

Vatican asks Catholics for views on sex, marriage, divorce VATICAN CITY, Nov. 3—Catholics across the world are being asked for their views on contraception, same-sex unions and communion for divorced and remarried couples, reports The Tablet and SMH. –Kathleen: This Vatican doesn’t teach, it asks opinions

Art preservation a great responsibility, say Vatican restorers   VATICAN CITY, Nov. 1—Those in charge of the restoration of various types of artwork in the Vatican museums stress that the preservation of such treasures is necessary on both a historical and an educational level. Kathleen: Some art experts say that a restoration failure at the Sistine Chapel was covered up. They say layers of the final details were unintentionally removed during cleaning. History itself could be changed because we cannot restore or examine what has been washed away accidentally –or otherwise.

Francis ranked fourth 'most powerful' person in world  Oct. 31—Pope [sic] Francis is the fourth "most powerful" person in the world according to American business magazine Forbes, which has just released the names of those it ranks as "the 72 most powerful people" on the planet, reports Vatican Insider. Kathleen: Of course he is. Too bad he’s not Catholic, he would excommunicate pro-abort politicians, and more.

Boy wanders on stage during Pope's address  Oct. 31—At an event in the Vatican this week, Catholic families from around the world gathered to celebrate the Year of Faith with His Holiness [sic]. One boy in a stripey yellow shirt was a little besotted with the bishop of Rome, reports The Australian. Kathleen: Wonder who urged him to go sit in that chair?


Kathleen: This is a politician’s game. See the man (only his head and camera visible) lower right with the big lens taking shots while the other men hold babies up for Francis to kiss. Below there are 5 of his men surrounding him with 4 professional type cameras—while he appears to kiss a man on the forehead.


Kathleen: Above, two of his security men  (same black suits, white cuffs and watches) appear to be holding the child, while a third, behind Francis, takes video from a foot away. BELOW: You can see the photographer behind Francis, and one of his men holding an infant up to him. Note the same color watch band on the wrist.

Pope,World Bank chief discuss joint action on poverty Oct. 29—Pope [sic] Francis and World Bank president Jim Yong Kim have discussed the possibility of working together in the struggle against global extreme poverty during a meeting at the Vatican.

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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.


43 priests leave SSPX?

According to Gloria TV, many, particularly from France, have left the Society of St. Pius X:


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)


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