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Bishop Thevenot's Parting Shot?

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No Holy Communion for us? This diocese is a dumpster fire.  Our small parish alone lost over $20,000 last year. Not to mention scores of parishioners.  Bishop Thevenot is now 75. His replacement has been named already. But alas, he just can't go out quietly. Here is the text of an email I sent: Dear Fr. Maurice, I just saw an April 13th letter you issued which states, among other things, that "No more Holy Communion to be given on the tongue for the time being." I have three quick questions for you. 1) By what authority does Bishop Thevenot make this assertion? The Church, it seems, is quite clear that he has no authority to forbid the normative manner of receiving Holy Communion.  ( https://canonlawmadeeasy.com/ 2020/03/12/communion-in-the- hand-virus/ ). 2) Can you please show me the data demonstrating that Holy Communion on the tongue has been spreading COVID in our diocese? 3) Further, can you please show me the clear scientific data explaining how Holy Communion on t

Every Catholic, Ask Yourself These Questions...

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  Ready for a little soul searching? Picking up on Cardinal Newman, the late John Senior asks these questions in The Restoration of Christian Culture   (pp. 58-59): "What would you have lost if the Catholic Faith were false - which it isn't, but supposing it were? How much of your life would have been spent in vain?" I thought about these questions as I read. What came to mind is how virtue is its own reward, and that living a Catholic life has been good either way. I don't see the people I know who chase after high-end vehicles, cabins at the lake, fancy vacations, prestige in their occupation, etc... I don't see them as glowing with joy and peace. One can argue that Catholicism is good, regardless of whether or not it is true (which it is). Am I really missing out that I have more children than what is socially acceptable? Quite the opposite! Am I really at a disadvantage for adhering to the disciplines of the Church? Again, quite the opposite - imagine having a

Meet a Canadian Stigmatist

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Did you know that Canada once had a stigmatist in its midst?  On July 11, 1833, Aurelie Caouette was born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. She was a devout girl, and by the age of six her parents saw her floating in prayer towards Jesus in the tabernacle. Alarmed, they consulted their parish priest. The priest remained calm, noting that young Aurelie was a normal child, of good humour, and very pious. In fact, he even permitted Aurelie to receive first Communion early, at the age of nine (the standard age was thirteen then). In 1852 Aurelie received the stigmata. It was mostly hidden, though at various times of the year blood would gush visibly from her head, side, and hands. Later in 1852 Aurelie vowed a life of virginity, and took on the name Catherine. Historian Charles Coloumbe states that she did so in honour of St. Catherine of Sienna, who also suffered the pain of the stigmata (p. 127). However, her biography states that it was actually in honour of the martyr St. Catherine of Alex

It's official! My book will be coming out next month! (Updated)

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  I am beyond excited to announce the publication date for my new book. May 13, the anniversary of the 1st apparition of Fatima, has been selected as the date. Of course it is at Fatima where Our Lady warned of a bishop in white being cut down by arrows, amid a city in desolation. Well the prophecy is being fulfilled. Hence my book. The book is called Pope Francis Unmasked: Why Schism is the Only Option . It will be published by Sophistry Press . They first approached me in January in relation to a piece I wrote regarding Pope Francis taking the COVID vaccine. In it I surmised that the vaccine was a fulfillment of Fatima concerning the bishop in white being struck with arrows. The piece caught like wildfire, and has led to me expanding on my idea, most especially by explaining how schism will likely be our only option in the coming 12 months.  I want to thank Bishop Vladimir Skojec, auxiliary bishop of St. Petersburgh, for writing the opening address. And a special shout out to Fr. Pet

Why Should I Rush to Get the Vaccine?

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  Perhaps someone out there smarter than I am (there are a few, believe it or not) can explain to me why I should be rushing to get the vaccine. I am a healthy man in my thirties. I have a 99-point-whatever chance of surviving COVID. Even if I were to assume that the vaccine was perfectly healthy, moral, and effective (which I don't believe it is on any of those points), it still would be rather a useless jab to the arm. All of this to increase my likelihood of survival by what... point-one percent?  Or, one may say, this is all to protect others. As though their own vaccine won't protect them at all. To which I again wonder what the point of the vaccine is? Sporting leagues are talking about vaccine passports to watch their games. Only the jabbed may enter, though they will still need to wear masks and follow proper protocol... which again makes no sense. I am having a hard time understanding the logic of it all.  Please someone smarter than I, tell me why I should be rushing

The Fire of Hell is Unlike Anything Here on Earth

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  It is good occasionally to think of the fires of hell. Knowledge of the physical torments alone ought to convert us closer to Christ. I offer a brief selection from  St. Alphonsus Liguori's Preparation for Death: The Fire of Hell. The pain which most severely torments the senses of the damned arises from the fire of hell, which tortures the sense of touch. The vengeance on the flesh of the ungodly is fire and worms. Hence, in passing sentence, the Lord makes special mention of it. Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire. Even in this life, the pain of fire is the greatest of all torments; but according to St. Augustine, our fire, compared with the fire of hell, is but painted fire. St. Vincent Ferrer says, that in comparison with the fire of hell our fire is cold. The reason is, that the fire of this earth has been created for our use; but God has made the fire of hell purposely to torment the damned. As Tertullian remarks: "Fire which is made for the use of man i

A 16th Century Prophecy about St. Joseph, and What it Means for Today

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O ne of my most beloved prayers books is the 1997 Tan Publication: Favorite Prayers to St. Joseph . Well in this little booklet, tucked away and easy to pass over, is a curious prophecy.  Please read: A 16th-Century Prophecy Isidore of Isolanis a pious Dominican of the 16th century, prophesied that “the sound of victory” will be heard in the Church Militant “when the faithful recognize the sanctity of St. Joseph.” He continues: “The Lord will let His light shine, He will lift the veil, and great men will search out the interior gifts of God that are hidden in St. Joseph; they will find in him priceless treasure, the like of which they have never found in other saints of the Old Testament. We are inclined to believe that toward the end of time God will overwhelm St. Joseph with glorious honors. If in the past ages, during the storms of persecution, these honors could not be shown to St. Joseph, we must conclude that they have been reserved for later times. At some future time the feast

One Year Later - A COVID Reflection

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It is a Thursday evening. Parents and students are browsing through my classroom. It is supposed to be a night for updating parents on how the school year is going. Light music is playing. There is some chitchat, but it is done more as a distraction. I hear many people deciding to go to the local Midget AAA playoff hockey game afterwards. May as well get in one last event before… what? We don’t know what, but whatever it is, it is about to change our lives. The next Monday there is no school. Instead we have meetings. We teachers sit through two hours of “new health protocol” information being thrown our way. It all seems so useless, and everyone in the room knows it. A waste of precious time. We all understand what is coming. Finally, the meeting abruptly ends with the following announcement:   Schools will be shut down in our province. There are three days to prepare. I must admit that while other teachers held out hope that school would return last spring, I was brutally rea

Polling on Who is the Pope?

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There is a website called Canon212.com which posts (mainly) Catholic news stories and commentaries. The articles on this website are often posted using a different headline than the original, so as to either give it more click-bait appeal, or to put the website's own spin on the story.  I will give you a personal example. I once wrote an article for OnePeterFive where I was very critical of online Masses. In it I warned that such Masses were poor substitutes for real prayer, much less actually attending the Holy Sacrifice. My article was linked at the previously mentioned website, with a simple headline claiming that I was very favourable to online Masses. But... I stammered... that's exactly the opposite of what I said... Now what is the general spin of this website? That Benedict XVI is still the pope. Further, that all who believe otherwise are stupid, evil, or both stupid and evil. So the other day there was a bizarre interview attributed to Benedict. If nothing else, th

A Recommended Covid-Post by Professor John Paul Meenan

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  Please read Professor John Paul Meenan's post over at Catholic Insight regarding the short and long-term effects of Covid. Find it HERE. A brief sample: "But many – including physicians and health-care workers of all stripes – have been skeptical of the universal masking mandates, as well as the curfews and ‘stay at home’ orders, and their prophylactic efficacy: What do layers of fabric do to stop a virus that is so small it almost obeys the rules of the quantum world? People speak of ‘particularates’ and ‘expectoration’ with solemn and grave tones, as though viruses could vector no other way, when in fact there are any number of ‘other ways’. Anthony Fauci was doubtful of the masks at first – in fact, with all his decades in virology, he claimed masks ineffective, as did just about everyone else, but you could wear them if you want, if doing so made you feel better. Then, he changed his tune, claiming that he only said that because there weren’t enough masks to go around, a

On (Not) Going to Every Mass, and Responding to the Absurd

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  One of the biggest learning curves I've experienced from writing at OnePeterFive has been dealing with absurd, non-human, inane comments from a very small section of readers. Perhaps you know the types. They comment on Catholic blogs, postings, and videos with shocking "insight" into every subject. Like an ultramontanist-of-self, such a person can never err on the subject of faith, morals, prophecy, politics, history, science, child-rearing, chess, Chesterton, and which way a toilet paper roll should be placed in one’s bathroom. Often these people are called trolls. This is an apt term, because it seems impossible to engage in an ordinary, human discussion with such a person. Meme-makers can't spell Here are a couple of examples. I once wrote that, until the Church declares otherwise, I believed Francis was the pope. I was labelled, among other things, a "snoot", "prophet of despair", and "Freemason". When I once stated that I bought a

Why I Will Not Be Doing Exodus 90 Anytime Soon

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  There is always a certain amount of fear and trembling when I begin writing a piece on a somewhat unfamiliar subject. Perhaps all that will be demonstrated here is my ignorance and incompetence. To which I suppose my wife would reply: “You’d think you’d be used to that by now.” But I write this piece simply for the fact that Catholic trends, even good ones, need sober reflection and refinement. I  refer to the Exodus 90 program. [i] Earlier in 2020 – simpler times to be sure - I listened with interest to a podcast on Exodus 90. In it I heard that this program, which was founded in 2013, is an intense 90 day program based on prayer, asceticism, and fraternity. For 90 days men take cold showers, abstain from alcohol and most media, fast twice per week, give up snacks and desserts, meet weekly with a small group of participants, exercise regularly, all the while following a regimented prayer schedule. I applaud such a penitential spirit (though it seems that cold showers in the de

12 Days of Christmas (Songs) - Day 12: The Final Day, Eh.

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  The 12 Days of Christmas: A hidden catechesis for Catholics while they endured persecution in England (1558-1829). You can read more about it  here . This year I will be posting a Christmas song for each day. Day 12: Twelve Drummers Drumming Twelve stands for the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.  This Christmas I really wanted to extend the Christmas season by offering these short little blog posts. Far too often Christmas is all about the buildup, and then it fizzles away. I blame our secular culture for this. It should be the exact opposite. Well tomorrow, in the traditional calendar, is Epiphany. The three wise men come, bearing gifts for Our Saviour. What song shall I choose?  No, I did not choose We Three Kings, nor  Little Drummer Boy. I chose the Twelve Days of Christmas, of course. A confession: I never really liked the song Twelve Days of Christmas . It's so repetitive... though I suppose that's how one actually teaches the points of the Catholi

12 Days of Christmas (Songs) - Day 11: The First Noel

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  The 12 Days of Christmas: A hidden catechesis for Catholics while they endured persecution in England (1558-1829). You can read more about it  here . This year I will be posting a Christmas song for each day. Day 11: Eleven Pipers Piping Eleven is not your standard biblical number. On this day we recall the eleven faithful apostles of Our Lord. You know them too, right? I use the acronym BAPTISM (note: J is interchangeable with I). Figure it out from there. I asked my wife for a song recommendation. I noted that this day, for me, is the most depressing day of the year. It's back to work. It's dark. It's cold... how quickly the Christmas story is forgotten! Well, she said, "Oh, anything by Michael Buble!" As I gagged she then added, "Or by Manheim Steamroller."  Sorry, this day is already too depressing. How shall we remember the story of a baby who came to save us?  The First Noel by the Crash Test Dummies. Unfortunately, their old music video is no l

12 Days of Christmas (Songs) - Day 10: Take a Sad Day and Make it Better

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  The 12 Days of Christmas: A hidden catechesis for Catholics while they endured persecution in England (1558-1829). You can read more about it  here . This year I will be posting a Christmas song for each day. Day 10: Ten Lords a-Leaping The ten commandments are the theme of the day. You know them, right? Frontwards and backwards in under one minute? Such is the challenge my mom places on all her grandkids.  Today is a sad day. For Monday signals going back to work. That first day back is the most depressing day of the year. It always has been, and probably always will be. It is cold, dark, and one filled with a memory of a Christmas past, and little to look forward to for a month or two. The Sunday before can lead to too much thinking. But Christmas is not over. And the reason for Christmas continues to this day. With that in mind, I always turn to a stunningly beautiful song. Andrew T. Miller's One Blessed Night . It makes my heart soar. Enjoy!