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What if a job requires one to work on Sunday?


March 7, 2006

Good day Sir,

I am Okwu Christopher-Mary an unworthy slave of our Lady who has just been delivered from the novus-ordo religion. Please I beg that you kindly add me to your e-mail list so as to keep my faith aglo always.  Thank you very much, and may Our Lady protect you in a special way in Her virginal mantle as you assist Her in the crushing of the proud head of the ancient serpent.  NB: Pls I need you candid advice on something. What am I to do if I get a job in an oil company and I'm requested to work in the oil field on a sunday.

Yours in Jesus and Mary,

Okwu, ChristopherMary

MHFM

Thank you for your e-mail.  If keeping or holding a job requires one to work on Sunday, then it is permitted to do so.  If one can, one should request to have Sundays off; but if that isn’t possible – and working on Sunday is a necessity to keep the job – then it is permissible.

Vatican I directly blows away Benedict XVI


February 28, 2006

[To MHFM] Doesn't this blow away the entire SSPX/Catholic Family News-Remnant position?

From Vatican I's Dogmatic Constitution of the Church of Christ:"If anyone should say that the Roman Pontiff has merely the function of inspection or direction but not full and supreme power of jurisdiction over the whole Church, not only in matters pertaining to faith and morals, but also in matters pertaining to the discipline and government of the Church throughout the entire world, or that he has only the principal share, but not the full plenitude of this supreme power; or that this power of his is not ordinary and immediate over all Churches and over each individual Church, over all shepherds and all the faithful, and over each individual one of these: let him be anathema" (Vatican Council I, Dogmatic Constitution of the Church of Christ, #3).

MHFM

The quote you bring forward from Vatican I directly blows away Benedict XVI, who has rejected the dogma you quote by questioning whether the Bishop of Rome even possesses supreme jurisdiction in the Church! 

“Cardinal” Ratzinger, Principles of Catholic Theology (1982), pp. 216-217: “Patriarch Athenagoras [the non-Catholic, schismatic Patriarch] spoke even more strongly when he greeted the Pope [Paul VI] in Phanar: ‘Against all expectation, the bishop of Rome is among us, the first among us in honor, ‘he who presides in love’It is clear that, in saying this, the Patriarch [the non-Catholic, schismatic Patriarch] did not abandon the claims of the Eastern Churches or acknowledge the primacy of the west.  Rather, he stated plainly what the East understood as the order, the rank and title, of the equal bishops in the Church – and it would be worth our while to consider whether this archaic confession, which has nothing to do with the ‘primacy of jurisdiction’ but confesses a primacy of ‘honor’ and agape, might not be recognized as a formula that adequately reflects the position that Rome occupies in the Church – ‘holy courage’ requires that prudence be combined with ‘audacity’: ‘The kingdom of God suffers violence.’”
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Heretical “traditional” Bishop Oravec


February 24, 2006

A traditional bishop Oravec have sent me following article to convince me of rightness of doctrine of "baptism" of desire.
It is his condition, that I must accept this teaching in order to be allowed to receive Sacraments from him. And I urgently need some catholic bishop or priest, who don't recognize as valid novus ordo priesthood and "church", because my wife will go to novus ordo "mass" with my childern, if she has no other possibility. Should I inhibit her from bringing my childern to novus ordo "mass"??? Is following explanation right? Could I accept this exception of "baptism" of desire??? Why God could not save someone, who has catholic faith and desire for baptism, but died before he could receive this water baptism??? As st. Thomas Aquinas alone confirmed, that God could do this (save soul without water baptism), because His Power is not fixed only to the sacraments???

Josef

MHFM

One of us conversed with Bishop Oravec in the past, and the issue of salvation was specifically discussed.  He believes that souls can be saved in other religions.  That is a fact.  He is not a Catholic, but a complete heretic.  He couldn’t see how the damnation of all non-Catholics was compatible with the mercy of God.  He is a false shepherd who has no Faith; and since he is an imposing heretic who is binding his false teaching on you, you should absolutely not receive the sacraments from him at all.  (more…)

Why didn’t Fr. Feeney go to Rome?


February 23, 2006

I had a few questions....I re-read in the book "Absolutely No Salvation outside the Catholic Church" the pages prior to until after Fr. Feeney. Please don't take this as judging Fr. Feeney at all...but I was curious....do you know why he just didn't go to Rome, even though of course under canon law he didn't have to.  He didn't have anything to fear because he was completely protected by the dogma's set down by the Church.   So I was curious why he didn't just go.  I ask this question with complete respect. 

Also, if there were heretical things written with a valid bishops imprimatur, how do you know what books are good and which are bad?  Only prior to 1876?  Did Pope St. Pius X not know that heretical things were being printed during his time?  I am sure he couldn't have possibly seen every book that was written at the time.  Did I just answer my own question?

I read all of this about 6 months ago, but for some reason this time I actually understood what I was reading. 

I know you are extremely busy with your important work.  So you do not have to respond to such questions if you do not have the time!

May God Reward you for your work! 

God Bless you!

Teri Thurman

MHFM

I believe he didn’t go because when the authorities in Rome handling the matter refused to give him the reason for the summons, as required by canon law, they demonstrated that they weren’t trustworthy and operating in good faith.  And the reason that the authorities in Rome handling the case didn’t give him a reason is because they were too embarrassed to say: you are being summoned to Rome because you are preaching Outside the Church There is No Salvation and that only baptized Catholics can be saved! (more…)

Can one attend the wedding or wedding reception of a Novus Ordo relative?


February 21, 2006

Dear Brother Dimond,

My nephew is planning to get married this September.  Despite all my effort to convince him otherwise, he is planning to get married in the Novus-Ordo church.  I tried to convince him that it is not the true Roman Catholic religion, but a counterfeit church.  I showed him and my brother how sacriligious the Novus-Ordo is, but to no avail. My question is this: Am I allowed to attend the service, but not  to participate; or am I not allowed to attend it at all?  Also, what about the reception and dinner afterwards? Please respond as soon as you can.  You have been a tremendous help to me and others who desire the true Catholic faith. Thank you and God bless You!

Wayne C. Lang

MHFM

Thanks for your question.  We did address this question in more detail in Question 62 of the Questions and Answers section, so we refer the readers there.  The short answer to your question is absolutely not.  A Catholic cannot attend the wedding or the wedding reception of a heretic.  The reason is that to attend such a wedding service or the reception is to honor and celebrate the marriage of a heretic.  It is to honor and celebrate a person or people getting married in the state of mortal sin, and in a fashion which displeases God and places them on the road to hell. This issue involves the divine law: (more…)

What are the fast days during Lent?


February 20, 2006

If I'm not mistaken the only days of absolute fast during Lent are Ash Wednesday,  Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, and the Ember Days.  The other days are not obligatory, correct?

MHFM

No, every day in Lent (except for Sundays) is a fast day.  See the Calendar on our mainpage for more details.

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No visible head? - Lay Investiture crisis


February 19, 2006

Hello Brother Dimond,

I would like to know what you have to say about all the anti-sedevacantists who use the argument that there cannot be a Church without a visible head (the Pope).

Al

MHFM

Quite simply, the Church has been without a visible head hundreds of times.  The Church is without a visible head every time the Pope dies.  This situation has lasted for years.  By the way, here is an interesting quote from the Lay Investiture crisis (1075-1122).  During this crisis, the evil King of Germany, Henry IV, instituted an Antipope (who was supported by many German Bishops).  Henry also appointed his own Bishops who were also subject to the Antipope.  The result was two Bishops in most dioceses and massive confusion.

The Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 8, 1910, “Investitures,” p. 86: “There was now much confusion on all sides…. Many dioceses had two occupants.  Both parties called their rivals perjurers and traitors…”
The point is that, while we are dealing with an unprecedented apostasy, the Church has seen confusing times before, including those in which the true hierarchy was not easily ascertainable.

Was Bishop Moises Carmona-Rivera validly consecrated?


February 17, 2006

Dear Brothers Michael and Peter,

I recently read a letter written by the late Bishop Moises Carmona-Rivera (who was consecrated by Bishop Thuc in 1981).  This letter is a defense of his episcopal consecration and leaves many questions open about his validity.  In the letter, he states, "....some said, without any foundation, that our consecrations were invalid because we were consecrated in the new rite..."  After this very ambiguous statement, he does not go on to say that he and Zamora were, in fact, consecrated in the old rite.  What does this mean?  Does this mean that he was consecrated in the new rite and he feels that it is valid, meaning that those of us who hold it to be invalid are judging so with "no foundation"?  Or, does he mean that these accusations were made with no foundation because, in fact, they were consecrated in the old rite? 

I am sorry for the tone of this question, but this is a major dilemma for my family.  If there is question about the validity of Carmona-Rivera due to the rite used in the ceremony, then my family is without a valid Mass anywhere nearby.

I would like to thank you for your help with this, as I know that you are very thorough with your research and will only report facts.  I am not interested in getting someone's "opinion" when the souls of my family and myself are at stake.  God bless you!

In JMJ,

Joseph Blagg

MHFM

No, in context Carmona is simply saying that some people, without any foundation at all, have claimed that he was consecrated in the new rite.  He goes on to say that others, more seriously, have claimed other things.  The implication is that any claim that he was ordained in the new rite is almost a joke.  Carmona was validly consecrated in the traditional rite.  Thus, the priest ordained through his line would be valid.  But we cannot vouch for such a priest’s doctrinal views, and there is a very strong chance that the priest denies the dogma Outside the Church There is No Salvation or supports NFP or something else.  Thus, you almost certainly couldn’t support him financially, though perhaps you could receive the sacraments from him if he is not notorious or imposing about his false views. Also, we’ve been informed that certain CMRI priests have communicated to people that they don’t want those who don’t accept baptism of desire at their chapels.  Since those CMRI priests are imposing their false views, one should not receive the sacraments from them at all.  We don’t know if this is a universal development with CMRI priests, so one should check with the CMRI priest in their area about this.  (They don’t want people who believe in that “awful” teaching that all must be baptized to be saved, as Our Lord said, but they have no problem with the idea that Jews who reject Christ can be saved.  What abominable heretics.)

On “St. Benedict’s Center” Newsletter


February 3, 2006

Dear Brothers,

Do you have a copy of Mancipia of January 2006. On page 4, No Pope? No Hope!.Are you inserested in replying. (Very Flimsy)

Thank you
M.S.

MHFM

Yes, thank you, it’s covered in the Heresy of the Week.

The St. Benedict Center’s Newsletter condemns sedevacantism as schismatic and says “No Pope? No Hope!” – oops, they just condemned themselves out of their own mouth

Comment on the Heresy of the Week
Dear Brother Dimond: I am writing this to express my admiration for your excellent defense of the Catholic doctrine in your weekly item "Heresy of the Week" of 2/4/06. God bless you, Jos Valkering
MHFM: Glad you liked it… the SBC really walked into that one with “No Pope? No Hope!”

On Byzantine priests and the sacraments of the “Orthodox”


January 29, 2006

Dear Monastery,

I troubled you a few days ago with my questions.

I think I’ve found almost all I wanted on your site, which I’ve looked up through more thoroughly now.

So this is to thank you very much indeed because I doubt I would’ve understood what and how I should do and act when a liturgy is said by a heretical priest. And they are perhaps all of them up to Archbishop Huzar as they call Benedict XVI ‘pope’ during the service (one, I recall, had privately praised JPII for having visited an Islamic temple – not big deal, he’d said; another one had spoken in his homily two weeks ago how moved he’d been on the day of JPII’s burial – “such a great man” ). In addition, the main celebrant in my parish told me a few days ago that ‘orthodox’ ‘mysteries’ (sacraments) ‘are’ ‘valid’ – something I opposed and disagreed with. My reasoning is how they can be valid, if schismatics are beyond the Church whereby are not Christians. They are null, void and nothing.

O.k., thank you very much for your site and your hard work. It did help me to clear out clouds in front of the light of my Catholic faith. Although this is just a beginning for me.

God bless.

Yurij Vovkohon.

MHFM

Thanks for the interest.  The only thing I would mention is that it’s important to understand that heretics and schismatics can have a valid Mass and Eucharist, if they observe proper matter and form and have a valid priesthood.  “Orthodox” schismatics do have a valid Mass, since they have a valid priesthood and employ valid matter and form in their liturgy.  But being outside the Church, they do not profit from the reception of sacraments, but sin when receiving them; and since they are notorious heretics, no Catholic can receive sacraments from them.

Pope Leo XIII, Apostolicae Curae, Sept. 13, 1896: “When anyone has rightly and seriously made use of the due form and the matter requisite for effecting or conferring the sacrament he is considered by that very fact to do what the Church does.  On this principle rests the doctrine that a sacrament is truly conferred by the ministry of one who is a heretic or unbaptized, provided the Catholic rite be employed.  On the other hand, if the rite be changed, with the manifest intention of introducing another rite not approved by the Church, and of rejecting what the Church does, and what by the institution of Christ belongs to the nature of the sacrament, then it is clear that not only is the necessary intention wanting to the sacrament, but that the intention is adverse to and destructive of the sacrament.”
Pope Pius IX, (+1862):“… whoever eats of the Lamb and is not a member of the Church, has profaned.” (Amantissimus # 3)

Is Solange Hertz a Catholic?


January 27, 2006

Dear Brother Dimond:

My family and I are attending the ..  (SSPX) though we do not support it financially.  I am pregnant and due to give birth in the spring.  I recently found out that our prospective godparents (whom I thought to be Catholic) are faithless heretics.  I am talking about my own parents.  My father has made it clear on a couple of occassions that I should stop having babies (we have 5 children so far).  I know for a fact that the SSPX Church we attend will not baptize our new baby without godparents and I know of no one else that could fullfill that roll.  I am considering baptizing the new baby myself at home; is this really the right thing to do in an non life threatening situation?...

I was also wondering about the author Solange Hertz and what you think of her.  In one of her books, she indicated that it is better to stay home and say prayers, do spiritual reading, etc rather than attend the Mass of a heretic (even a heretic priest who calls himself traditionalist). 

God bless you and keep up the wonderful work.

Brenda R.

MHFM

Thank you for your question.  You should baptize the baby yourself, and not have the SSPX priest do it.  Regarding Solange Hertz, last time we checked she held that no one has the authority to say that the manifestly heretical non-Catholic Antipopes of the Vatican II sect are not true Popes.  Thus, her opinion on where one may or may not attend Mass isn’t worth much.  I believe she holds, or at least accepts as Catholic, the heretical position of The Remnant; otherwise they wouldn’t carry her articles and give her awards. (more…)

What is the correct Fatima prayer “O my Jesus, pardon our sins”?


January 24, 2006

I am a dedicated fan of your website and I access your site atleast 2-3 times a week.I am also a sedevacantist and have absolutely in the Novus Ordo "Robber Church". However whenever I pray the rosary one thing always  nags my mind and begs clarification,please guide me. After every decade we pray thus "Oh My Jesus have mercy on us and deliver us from the fires of hell,lead all souls to heaven especially those who are in most need of thy mercy" If we pray for all souls doesn't that include pagans,heretics,Hindus,Moslems etc.If this is so is it not in violation of the dogma "Extra Ecclesiam nullam Salus". Is it possible that the above prayer is a subverted version of the Fatima message released by the Robber Church.  Please guide me?

God Bless

Jerome

MHFM

Thanks for the e-mail.  No, the version you have is not a phony version of the prayer that Our Lady asked to be said after the decades of the Rosary.  It’s basically the correct version.  Some people say the version: “O my Jesus, pardon our sins, save us from the fire of hell, have mercy on the souls in Purgatory, especially the most abandoned.”  But Sr. Lucy affirmed categorically to William Thomas Walsh that this version of the prayer is not correct; this one is correct: “O my Jesus, pardon us, save us from the fire of hell, draw [or lead] all souls to heaven, especially those in most need [or most in need].” And there is no violation of the dogma in praying for all souls to be converted, and therefore be led to heaven.  Everyone who is still alive has a chance to be saved.  And God wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:4), even though that won’t happen, and all who die as non-Catholics will be lost. 

A reader laments the current spiritual situation


January 10, 2006

Hello Brothers Dimond,

With the world moving further and further away from Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith, I find it very difficult to make friends or associate with certain kinds of people.  Almost everyone out there leads an immoral or unethical life.  Everywhere I turn and almost everyone I converse with at work and other places speaks of women, sex, etc.  I don't imagine myself being friends with such people because I adhere to my Catholic faith and try to refrain from unethical/immoral conduct.  Other than my parents, I hardly have anyone to call a friend or even to associate with.  I'm pretty much a loner.  My only sibling lives in another state with his wife and son.  I sometimes browse through chat rooms and online postings about people looking for friends and what I find is almost always displeasing.  Sometimes I think it's just best to give up  looking and just deal with being a loner.  I pray the Rosary everyday and try to hang in there but it's frustrating not having anyone to share thoughts with except my parents and a few close friends of theirs whom I see only once in awhile.  Do you have any advice?  I think it might be best for me to just carry this cross and avoid immoral people.  That way I won't gamble with my salvation.  I look forward to someday being saved and enjoying eternal happiness.

Al

MHFM

You’re not alone in feeling that you’re alone (no pun intended).  We’ve heard from many Catholics who have expressed similar sentiments.  One should use that opportunity to build his or her relationship with God, extra Rosaries, spiritual reading, etc.  It is actually in time by himself or herself that one finds the situation most conducive to spiritual advancement.  And if one has a strong prayer life, etc., it’s important to have a healthy recreation period each day.  Board games and sports are things we recommend.  (Chat rooms, in my opinion, are a waste of time, unless it’s a traditional Catholic one – and even then it still may be a waste of time.) (more…)

What about this Message from Bayside?


December 18, 2005

I have been so adamantly against Natural Family Planning. Why did the Blessed Mother say this?

Since I have seen this all I thought to be true is so very confusing....

"The encyclical of Pope Paul VI on birth control is true and must be followed by mankind. There shall be no rationalization of sin.” - Our Lady of the Roses [Bayside], October 2, 1976

Can you please help me understand this?

Many blessings,

Michelle A.

MHFM

Michelle, the Bayside Messages are false, and not from God, but from the devil.  We will soon be posting a more complete exposé which proves this.

The False Apparitions at Bayside, NY

Should Females Wear Pants?


December 9, 2005

Are female trousers wrong? Are females permitted to wear pants?

MHFM

Our position is that females should not wear pants.  In our opinion, the only exceptions for this would be women who are, for instance, working by themselves and doing some unusual form of work that a dress makes extremely cumbersome.  Or, for example, another young woman asked us if she could play a recreational game of volleyball with her friends wearing a pair of long, baggy pants that basically look like a dress and are very modest.  She explained that she really couldn’t play the game wearing a dress.  We don’t see a problem with wearing such a pair of pants for the game.  And in areas where there is massive poverty and the children truly cannot afford a dress, obviously exceptions would be permitted.  But we do believe that women who wear pants and obstinately refuse to wear dresses simply because they don’t want to are putting their souls in jeopardy.  Padre Pio certainly thought so; he wouldn’t even hear the Confessions of women who didn’t wear long dresses, and he allegedly refused absolution to a woman who didn’t wear, but sold, female pants.  But many women, especially young women today, don’t know that Traditional Catholic women don’t wear pants.  It is our duty to inform them charitably.

A Question on Mass Attendance from a traditionalist


October 15, 2005

Dear Brothers Peter and Michael.

I realize that you are very busy so I don't expect an answer to my e-mail right away but I would hope that you would respond to it at your convenience.

This is my situation, after 25 years or so I believe it was around 1985 I left the catholic church to find the truth. As I traveled through various Protestant denominations I found out that none of them had the truth, so  in 2003 I returned to what I thought was the Catholic Church, only to be disappointed that I couldn't distinguish it from the Protestant churches I had attended over the years. I tried to validate everything that I saw happening during the service but my conscience would not rest that something was definitely wrong here. So I began searching for a traditional church on line and eventually found a CMRI church near my home about 40 miles away. It is the only church in my area that says the Traditional Latin Mass.

However, I have read many of your articles and I am not sure what I should do about attending this church because you indicated that most of the priests believe that you can be saved outside the Catholic Church…

When I came to the CMRI church, the priest that was there at the time had me say the Profession Of Faith from the Council Of Trent. I went to confession also.

I feel so lost because if I can't go to this church then there aren't any churches available for me to go to.

I am planning to send for the book "Outside the Catholic Church Their is no Salvation" as well as some of your videos. Someone from the church I attend gave me your Crying in the Wilderness magazines ( all 4 of them).

I believe in the articles you mentioned that we can attend the Mass but not support the church in anyway. Is this correct? Or can I support it if the priest upholds to the outside the church there is no salvation?

I am not sure if I could spiritually survive not attending Mass at least on a weekly basis but it would be pointless to attend a Mass that wasn't valid either.

Well, this is my dilemma! I just want to make sure that I have peace with God and a place in heaven.

Sue

MHFM

Sue, unfortunately all of the CMRI priests believe that members of false religions can be united to the Church and saved without actual possession of the Catholic Faith.  So, you cannot financially support any of them under pain of mortal sin.  They also defend the sinful birth control practice of Natural Family Planning.   But if the priest is not notorious and imposing about these issues at the particular chapel you attend, then we are of the opinion that you could continue to go and receive the sacraments as long as you don’t support them in any way.  For more on this issue consult the section of our website Where To Receive Sacraments. We’re very glad to hear about your return to the true Catholic Faith, and your having been able to recognize the phoniness and Protestantism of the Vatican II sect.  Keep praying the Rosary and holding the Faith without compromise and things will work out for you.

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Explaining the Laws of fast and abstinence, for days of fast and abstinence

On days of fast, only one full meal is allowed, at which meat may be taken. Two other meatless meals, which together are less than the full meal, are also permitted. Only liquids may be taken between meals. The law of fast must be observed by all between the ages of 21 and 59 inclusive.

If fasting poses a serious risk to health or impedes the ability to do necessary work, it does not oblige.

There are also certain days of abstinence.

On days of complete abstinence, meat (and soup or gravy made from meat) may not be taken at all.

On days of partial abstinence, meat (and soup or gravy made from meat) may be eaten only once. The law of abstinence must be observed by everyone age 7 and older.

There is no obligation of fast or abstinence on a holy day of obligation, even if it falls on a Friday.

(USA, adopted 1951, modified 1956)

Eucharistic Fast

1. Priests and faithful before Mass or Holy Communion – whether it is the morning, afternoon, evening, or Midnight Mass – must abstain for three hours from solid foods and alcoholic beverages, and for one hour from non-alcoholic beverages. Water does not break the fast.

2. The infirm, even if not bedridden, may take non-alcoholic beverages and that which is really and properly medicine, either in liquid or solid form, before Mass or Holy Communion without any time limit.

Priests and faithful who are able to do so are exhorted to observe the old and venerable form of the Eucharistic fast (from foods and liquids from midnight). All those who will make use of these concessions must compensate for the good received by becoming shining examples of a Christian life and principally with works of penance and charity.

(Pope Pius XII, Sacram Communionem, 1957)

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Ab Abbot
Ap Apostle
App Apostles
B Bishop
Bb Bishops
C Confessor
Cc Confessors
Comp Companions
D Doctor
Ev Evangelist
M Martyr
Mm Martyrs
P Pope
Pp Popes
St Saint
Ss Saints
V Virgin
Vv Virgins
W Widow
(St. N.) Commemoration

Holy Days of Obligation (USA)

1. The Circumcision (Jan. 1)
2. Ascension Thursday
3. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15)
4. All Saints’ Day (November 1)
5. The Immaculate Conception (December 8)
6. Christmas (December 25)

What do you think about the people who still say that John Paul II is a Catholic and not a heretic after seeing all the evidence?


June 20, 2005

What is your opinion of those who say that John Paul II is not a heretic, even after you show them his heresies?

MHFM

I believe that those who have seen all the evidence against John Paul II – for instance, the Assisi abominations; his teaching that we shouldn’t convert Schismatics; his Joint Declaration with the Lutherans on Justification; his desire to promote Islam and Islamic culture; his acceptance of all religions as more or less good; his teaching that all men are saved; his teaching that the Holy Ghost is responsible for non-Christian religions; his teaching that there are Saints and Martyrs in non-Catholic religions; his teaching that non-Catholics can receive Holy Communion; etc., all of which are covered in our video Why Antipope John Paul II Cannot Be the Pope – and still say that he is a Catholic and not a heretic, are committing a sin about as bad as worshipping Satan.

Did Padre Pio say that one day John Paul II would be Pope?


June 19, 2005

I’ve heard people say that Padre Pio told John Paul II that one day he would be Pope.

MHFM

We had heard the same thing, but the answer to your question is No. Padre Pio never told John Paul II that he would be Pope. In an article in Inside the Vatican, John Paul II was asked about this and admitted that Padre Pio never told him this. But the myth was spread all around nevertheless. But Padre Pio did throw John Paul II out of the Confessional during his visit to San Giovanni Rotondo in 1947.

Antonio Pandiscia is the official biographer of Padre Pio and he was the only man allowed to interview him more than once. He said: “The current Pope [sic] went to San Giovanni Rotondo for the first time in 1947 shortly after his ordination. A witness, who has since passed away, told me that Padre Pio was brusque with the young Polish priest on that occasion. I think he could not accept the fact that the young Wojtyla (John Paul II) had worked in the theatre before becoming a priest.” (Inside the Vatican, August/September, 1996, p. 12.)

When was the New Rite of Ordination introduced?


June 18, 2005

Hello Brother Dimond. 

Would you happen to know when the new rite of Holy Orders was introduced by Paul Vl

I found out that the priest who baptized me was ordained in May, 1967 and am curious to know which rite was used for his ordination. 

Thanks.

MHFM

It was introduced June 18, 1968.

The New Mass and the Luminous Mysteries


June 15, 2005

Dear Bro.Michael Dimond, O.S.B. and Bro.Peter Dimond, O.S.B.,

I am from Sabah Borneo, Malaysia…

I never know about the Novus Ordo until only recently which is about 2 weeks to be exact.  I don't know if our Mass is valid or not.  Tell me what to do. And how about the new decade of rosary, the Luminous Mystery.  Is it legal or is it considered under Novus Ordo?

Thank you for your time.

Mary

MHFM

We're very glad to hear that you found the website.  The New Mass is not valid, because it has a changed form of Consecration.  A Catholic must not attend it under any circumstances.  The article near the top of the website explains why the New Mass cannot be valid. Also, no Catholic should pray the Luminous Mysteries because they were added by Antipope John Paul II, who is not a valid Pope. If you have more questions, let us know.

Who are the faithful Catholics left in the world? Is pride enough to send one to Hell?


June 12, 2005

1. Who are the faithful Catholics left in the world, since all the CMRI bishops are heretical with all their followers, the SSPX believes that Satan can be the head of the Church, and all the other independent priests believe in baptism of Desire?

2. Please estimate for me how many faithful Catholics are left in the world, since all of these people are heretics?

3. Do you believe that Pride is enough to put a soul into hell!

MHFM

1. The faithful Catholics left in the world are those who maintain the true Faith.  2. I don't know the number of those. 3. If pride is grave then it will lead to mortal sins which will put a person in hell. And “pride is the beginning of all sin” (Ecclus. 10:15). Pride causes man not to pray as much, not to fear sin, not to listen to what they should or to whom they should, not learn what they need to know. Pride causes people to dismiss truth or people speaking the truth by finding fault with petty things. We’ve dealt with many people who, though they don’t have haughty personalities, admit that they commit mortal sins and yet they are still critical of others’ spiritual lives. Frankly, if they commit any mortal sin then they shouldn’t be criticizing anybody. But they cannot see their decrepit state because they are filled with pride: “…knowest not, that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” (Apoc. 3:17) They don’t fear to offend God by their mortal sins because they are filled with pride.

Has The Catholic Hierarchy Died?


June 8, 2005

I was reading through your articles and noticed under the brief one dealing with whether the Catholic remnant needs governing Bishops or not, and it says there are currently no fully Catholic Bishops, if I understood correctly.

Does this mean the hierarchy has died?

MHFM

The hierarchy can be defined in two ways: the jurisdictional hierarchy and the ecclesiastical hierarchy. Only those who have ordinary jurisdiction (i.e., jurisdiction which is attached to an office) constitute the jurisdictional hierarchy. All valid Catholic priests, on the other hand, constitute the ecclesiastical hierarchy. It is possible that as long as the ecclesiastical hierarchy remains the hierarchy exists.

However, the non-sedevacantists who raise this objection cannot point to one real Catholic Bishop with ordinary jurisdiction. Who are they going to point to? "Bishop" Bruskewitz, who thinks that not converting schismatics is not heretical? "Cardinal" Mahony? "Cardinal" Keeler?

The fact is that if there must be one Bishop with Ordinary Jurisdiction somewhere (which is something that has not been proven), then he is somewhere. But it does not change the fact that John Paul II and his apostate Bishops are not Catholic and therefore not part of the hierarchy. Against a fact there is no argument; and against this fact there is no argument.

St. Robert Bellarmine, Cardinal and Doctor of the Church: “This principle is most certain. The non-Christian cannot in any way be Pope, as Cajetan himself admits. The reason for this is that he cannot be head of what he is not a member; now he who is not a Christian is not a member of the Church, and a manifest heretic is not a Christian, as is clearly taught by St. Cyprian, St. Athanasius, St. Augustine, St. Jerome and others; therefore the manifest heretic cannot be Pope.” (De Romano Pontifice, II, 30)

Is the Roman Martyrology infallible?


June 7, 2005

Hello,

Of course, there are countless arguments and discussions and citations that both sides in the "Three Baptisms" (or, more accurately, the debate about the possibility of salvation for those who desire Baptism, either normally or to the extreme of being martyred for the Catholic Faith and their desire for Baptism) debate present, but I would like to get your specific comments on just this particular passage from the Roman Martyrology. I have read all your citations on the subject, but want to know what your comments are just on this particular passage. The copy I have is the 1749 edition. This particular passage is in every edition of the Martyrology back to the edition of Gregory XIII:

"At Verulam in England, in the time of Diocletian, St. Alban, martyr, who gave himself up in order to save a cleric whom he had harbored. After being scourged and subjected to bitter torments, he was sentenced to capital punishment. With him also suffered one of the soldiers who led him to execution, for he was converted to Christ on the way and merited to be baptized in his own blood. St. Bede the Venerable has left an account of the noble combat of St. Alban and his companion..."

Both St. Bede and Fr. Alban Butler both give the same account and claim the Heavenly Reward for the unbaptized soldier, through his desire to be a Catholic and his martyrdom specifically for the Catholic Faith. I grant that you might say that neither St. Bede or Fr. Alban Butler is authoritative in a doctrinal sense. However, the Roman Martyrology is a compilation of diverse martyrologies that were remembered by virtually every monastic community for hundreds of years and were authoritatively prepared and promulgated as a complete text in 1584, by Pope Gregory XIII…

Comments?

God Bless you,

Grant Landis

MHFM

First, I want to say that all of these issues are dealt with in-depth in the book Outside the Catholic Church There is Absolutely No Salvation. There are separate sections on these issues. Also, I’m glad you brought up the case of St. Alban, since this is a prime example of how the errors of baptism of desire and blood have been spread. The many historical accounts in the Roman Martyrology are not necessarily infallible and binding upon Catholics. That is why they have been revised several times, and it is why clear errors have been found in them.

Donald Attwater, ACatholic Dictionary, p. 310: “An historical statement in the ‘Martyrology’ as such has no authority… A number of entries in the Roman Martyrology are found to be unsatisfactory when so tested.”

ST. ALBAN AND HIS CONVERTED GUARD

St. Alban was the protomartyr of England (303 A.D.) The account of his martyrdom is particularly interesting and instructive on this topic. On the way to his martyrdom, one of the guards who led him to execution was converted to Christ. The Roman Martyrology (a fallible document), as well as Butler’s Lives of the Saints, says that the guard was “baptized in his own blood.” St. Bede the Venerable, a Church historian, says that the guard’s martyrdom occurred without “the purification of Baptism.” But watch this: in recounting the story of the martyrdoms of St. Alban and his guard, St. Bede and Butler’s lives of the Saints reveal a very important point.

St. Bede: “As he reached the summit, holy Alban asked God to give him (Alban) water, and at once a perennial spring bubbled up at his feet…” Butler: “The sudden conversion of the headsmen occasioned a delay in the execution. In the meantime the holy confessor (Alban), with the crowd, went up the hill… There Alban falling on his knees, at his prayer a fountain sprung up, with water whereof he refreshed his thirst… Together with St. Alban, the soldier, who had refused to imbrue (stain) his hands in his blood, and had declared himself a Christian, was also beheaded, being baptized in his own blood.”

The reader may be confused at this point, and rightly so, so let me explain. We have two (fallible) accounts of the martyrdom of St. Alban and his guard, from St. Bede and Bulter’s Lives of the Saints. They both record that just before the martyrdom of St. Alban and his guard, St. Alban prayed for “water” which he miraculously received! St. Bede then goes on to say that the guard died unbaptized! Butler’s says that the water was merely to “refresh” Alban’s thirst! With all due respect to St. Bede and the good things in Butler’s, how obvious does it have to be? A Saint, who had a few minutes to live and who had a convert wanting to enter the Church of Christ, would not call for miraculous water in order to “refresh his thirst”! He obviously called for the miraculous water to baptize the converted guard, and God provided it for the sincere convert, since “unless a man is born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.” This is a prime example of how the errors of baptism of blood and desire have been perpetuated – by passing down the fallible conclusions of fallible men, for instance, by passing down the ridiculous conclusion that the guard died unbaptized when these very accounts admit of the presence of miraculously received water! And this example of St. Alban and his guard, which actually shows the absolute necessity of the Sacrament of Baptism, is frequently and falsely used against the necessity of the Sacrament of Baptism.

It is also interesting to consider how much “faith” obstinate baptism of desire advocates have in the fallible accounts and conclusions of historians – such as the obviously ridiculous conclusion of Fr. Butler that the guard died unbaptized when he admits that St. Alban received miraculous water! – while they dismiss the infallible defined dogmatic statements. The fact of the matter is that they don’t really have faith in these accounts, but emphasize them because they like what they say: that people don’t need baptism.

Pope Eugene IV, The Council of Florence, “Exultate Deo,” Nov. 22, 1439, ex cathedra: “Holy baptism, which is the gateway to the spiritual life, holds the first place among all the sacraments; through it we are made members of Christ and of the body of the Church. And since death entered the universe through the first man, ‘unless we are born again of water and the Spirit, we cannot,’ as the Truth says, ‘enter into the kingdom of heaven’ [John 3:5]. The matter of this sacrament is real and natural water.”

This means that Our Lord Jesus Christ’s declaration that no man can be saved without being born again of water and the Holy Ghost is a literal dogma of the Catholic Faith.

Pope Paul III, The Council of Trent, Can. 2 on the Sacrament of Baptism, Sess. 7, 1547, ex cathedra: “If anyone shall say that real and natural water is not necessary for baptism, and on that account those words of Our Lord Jesus Christ: ‘Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit’ [John 3:5], are distorted into some sort of metaphor: let him be anathema.”

Pope Paul III, The Council of Trent, Can. 5 on the Sacrament of Baptism, Sess. 7, 1547, ex cathedra: If anyone says that baptism [the sacrament] is optional, that is, not necessary for salvation (cf. Jn. 3:5): let him be anathema.”

I’m just wondering, do you believe that baptism of desire applies only to people who desire baptism and believe in Christ, or do you believe that people who don’t even desire baptism or believe in Christ (such as certain Jews, Buddhists, Muslims) could be united to the Church and saved?

“What is your opinion on Geocentrism?”


Dear Brothers Dimond,

Enjoyed reading your article on "The Great Apostasy, Not the Great Facade." Would you put me on the mailing list?

My questions:

What is your opinion of Sr. Lucy? Does she attend the New Mass? Does anyone have access to her true opinions? Do you have an article on her? (and)

What is your opinion on Geocentrism? Do you have an article on the controversy? (Is there anyway you can add a Search feature to your site?)

God bless you.

Catherine

MHFM

1. In short, this “Sister Lucia” is not the real one. She has repeatedly stated that she agrees that the Third Secret has been revealed, and that she is in line with the Vatican’s present position on Fatima. The attempts by Gruner, etc. to state that this is not what “Sister Lucia” really believes simply don’t square with reality. They fly in the face of many interviews with this “Sister Lucia,” but most devastatingly the televised 2000 “beatification” of Jacinta and Francisco. There, this “Sister Lucia” showed anyone who was watching that she fully endorses the Vatican’s present position on Fatima. She is an impostor; and the real Sister Lucia is most surely dead. (This “Sister Lucia” definitely doesn’t look like a woman who is 98 years old, either!)

The reason she is silenced much of the time is because if she weren’t she would be quickly detected as a fraud; it is not because she would tell the Nicholas Gruner line on Fatima. The fact that this “Sister Lucia” accepts the false Vatican II religion and the New Mass also shows her to be a fraud.

2. We don’t have a fully formed opinion on Geocentrism and we haven’t written anything on the subject. We are open to facts in this regard.

Was Lefebvre’s ordination by Bishop Lienart valid?


June 1, 2005

I was reading you article entitled: A Warning about certain Heretical Traditional Priests and Chapels

You include a Bishop (?) Dolan and a Bishop (?) Sanborn.  These guys are not valid Bishops since they were never valid Priests.

George

MHFM

You are referring to the accusation that Bishop Lienart, who ordained Archbishop Lefebvre and consecrated him with two other Bishops, was a Freemason and therefore did not validly confer Orders upon Lefebvre – which subsequently caused all the priests ordained by Lefebvre to be invalid.

While some may be sincerely confused about this issue, it is not a tenable position. This is because when a minister uses the correct matter and form - that is, the traditional rite of ordination - he is presumed to have intended to do what the Church does. Lienart used the traditional rite of ordination in ordaining and consecrating Lefebvre.

Pope Leo XIII, Apostolicae Curae, Sept. 13, 1896: “When anyone has rightly and seriously made use of the due form and the matter requisite for effecting or conferring the sacrament he is considered by that very fact to do what the Church does. On this principle rests the doctrine that a sacrament is truly conferred by the ministry of one who is a heretic or unbaptized, provided the Catholic rite be employed. On the other hand, if the rite be changed, with the manifest intention of introducing another rite not approved by the Church, and of rejecting what the Church does, and what by the institution of Christ belongs to the nature of the sacrament, then it is clear that not only is the necessary intention wanting to the sacrament, but that the intention is adverse to and destructive of the sacrament.”

Suspicion that Lienart was a Freemason is not sufficient to question his intention, since he used the traditional rite in ordaining Lefebvre. During the French Revolution the Bishop Talleyrand was a Freemason. He ordained many priests. There is no evidence that the Church re-ordained any of those men; on the contrary, they were accepted as valid. Further, it was discovered after his death that Pope Leo XIII's Secretary of State, Cardinal Rampolla, was a high-ranking Freemason. Surely Rampolla ordained priests, but there is no evidence that any of the men he ordained were conditionally re-ordained. If one can doubt the validity of the Lefebvre-line orders then one can go back in history and question almost anyone's orders.

What about Fr. Ronald Ringrose?


May 27, 2005

Good afternoon,

I just went to your Web site today and noticed a new article warning about heretical priests.  I noticed that Fr. Ringrose was on the list when I read the article.

This was a surprise to me, because I have been to St. Athanasius (in Vienna, Virginia) since 2002 and not once have heard him even mention anything about "Feeneyism" in any of his sermons; however, I have seen pamphlets in near the front door which come from SSPX magazines which actually promote "baptism of desire".  And the bookstore also sells SSPX material.

I never saw anything notorious in this regard, but I have heard on only two occasions where he talks about the heresies of Vatican II, yet does not go forward with the correct conclusion (i.e. the last four claiming to be popes from John XXIII onward are actually antipopes).  As with "Feeneyism", I did not see this heresy imposed on anyone from the times I've been there.  However, I have stopped going to Mass at that chapel for some time while I'm still trying to sort this all out.  I have not talked to him about either issue, and planned to do so once I got my information together to present to him.  I want to make sure my information is 100% correct before doing anything like this…Thanks for the information.  Take care, and have a blessed afternoon.

MHFM

e were informed by a lady who attended that church that Fr. Ringrose gave a series of talks on baptism of desire, basically denouncing Feeneyism and anyone who holds it.  The fact that you saw pamphlets on baptism of desire corroborates that he has a major desire to promote it, and that he is clearly against those who don't accept it.  We don't believe anyone should attend his church since he has publicly denounced “Feeneyism” from the pulpit, but one could certainly call him up and ask him his position on the matter.

What does MHFM believe on salvation and baptism issue?


May 22, 2005

I've been looking around on the internet and stumbled onto your site but I am not sure what you believe in. It seems that you don't agree with the novus ordo church, SSPV or the SSPX. Also, you don't seem to believe in Baptism by desire which is contained in the Baltimore Catechism and was taught to every Catholic for generations.

Q. 650. What is Baptism of desire?
A. Baptism of desire is an ardent wish to receive Baptism, and to do all that God has ordained for our salvation.

Q. 651. What is Baptism of blood?
A. Baptism of blood is the shedding of one's blood for the faith of Christ.

Q. 652. What is the baptism of blood most commonly called?
A. The baptism of blood is most commonly called martyrdom, and those who receive it are called martyrs. It is the death one patiently suffers from the enemies of our religion, rather than give up Catholic faith or virtue. We must not seek martyrdom, though we must endure it when it comes.

Q. 653. Is Baptism of desire or of blood sufficient to produce the effects of Baptism of water?
A. Baptism of desire or of blood is sufficient to produce the effects of the Baptism of water, if it is impossible to receive the Baptism of water.

Q. 654. How do we know that the baptism of desire or of blood will save us when it is impossible to receive the baptism of water?
A. We know that baptism of desire or of blood will save us when it is impossible to receive the baptism of water, from Holy Scripture, which teaches that love of God and perfect contrition can secure the remission of sins ; and also that Our Lord promises salvation to those who lay down their life for His sake or for His teaching.

MHFM

You have correctly ascertained that we don’t agree with the Conciliar Church (the Vatican II/Novus Ordo sect).  The Conciliar Church is not the Catholic Church, but a non-Catholic sect which rejects the Catholic Faith and Jesus Christ by endorsing heretical sects, schismatic sects, as well as idolatrous and pagan religions.  Regarding what we believe on the salvation issue, you are also correct that we don’t believe with the SSPX, SSPV and CMRI that it is not necessary to have the Catholic Faith for salvation.  We don’t believe, as they do, that certain Buddhists, Jews, Muslims or Hindus can be united to the Catholic Church.  We believe, profess and preach that all who die as non-Catholics will not be saved, as the Holy Roman Church believes, professes and preaches. (more…)

What is the Modernist definition of baptism of desire?


May 17, 2005

Brother, what exactly is the modernist definition of baptism of desire?  Do the modernists believe that one can be saved merely by having a desire to be baptized but no intention of actually being baptized with water?  If so, that's absurd.

Or, do they define baptism of desire as one who not only desires to be baptized with water but intends to, but dies before he gets the chance to do so.  For example, let's say that a catechumen who is studying the Catholic faith in order to be baptized, when on his way to church to be baptized with water is killed by a car.  Can he be saved?  Or is this what the modernists teach?

MHFM

The modernists believe that baptism of desire saves people who belong to false religions and have never heard of Christ and don't desire baptism.  It is a sick joke that they actually call this abominable view "baptism of desire," since those Doctors of the Church who did believe in baptism of desire (i.e., for catechumens) would condemn their perverse heresy.  So, in short, baptism of desire today = salvation for non-Catholics without the Catholic Faith.  It is an abominable heresy. The whole history of the error of baptism of desire (and there is no such thing, even for catechumens) is discussed in depth in our book, Outside the Catholic Church There is Absolutely No Salvation, especially section 14.

Was the shooting of JP2 staged?; question about Sister Lucia?


May 13, 2005

Dear Brothers:

First, congratulations on an excellent website, and May God bless your crusade against heresy! I have two questions.

1)  Since, as you point out, the assassination attempt on Wojtyla has elevated his status in the eyes of the world, and enabled him to pose as "Mary's Pope" and preach heresy more effectively, is there any evidence that the assassination attempt was "staged.", and that there was no real threat to the life of Wojtyla?   

2)  I agree with you that the real Sister Lucy is dead (or imprisoned).  She would never have supported the the Vatican's interpretation of the third secret.  I have a question regarding her:  Did she ever express doubts about the validity of the papacies of Paul VI and John XXIII, considering  the fact that she spoke of "diabolic disorientation", and said that "in 1960 it [the meaning of the third secret] will be clearer."

MHFM

No, there is no evidence that it was staged. We believe that it was the fulfillment of Apocalypse 13:4, where one head of the beast – each head is an Emperor over the seven-hilled city (Apoc. 17:9) – is wounded. It is interesting that the man who shot JP2, Ali Agca, publicly claimed to be Jesus Christ in Court after the event. This is interesting because if the entire assassination attempt was orchestrated by Satan on May 13, 1981 to build up JP2 (which it was), it makes sense that the man whom Satan used to pull it off, Ali Agca, was possessed with John Paul II’s Antichrist doctrine that every man is Jesus Christ. Regarding your question about Sister Lucia, it’s not clear when they moved the phony one in, but it was probably some time around 1960. But there is no statement from the real one ever questioning the validity of John XXIII.

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