Reform of the Reformer

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Still too late to learn?

October 31st, 2014 · Comments Off

vatican.va_photo_pope_pius_xiiRead the admittedly stern words of an holy Father & Prophet to the Bishops of America only 75 years ago (tomorrow), and see if his prophetic warnings have not come to pass practically verbatim.

[ … ] 18. Not with the conquest of material space does one approach to God, [Read more →]

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Christopher Columbus, saint?

October 14th, 2014 · Comments Off

Columbus (left) chapel altar - Alcazar, Seville

Yes, if Pope Leo XIII will have anything to say about it yet.

[image is of Columbus (left) in the chapel, at the altar – Alcazar, Seville]

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Request traditional Masses from missionaries

July 28th, 2014 · Comments Off

elevation_sacred_host_at_dawn_2nd_mass_9-20_2013_3Ever wished you could ask missionaries to offer traditional Masses for your loved ones – living & deceased – and for all your intentions?

You can. And it’s easy.

Operation Mission Stipends is an ongoing project of NCCL’s “Looking East”.
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Work from home, flexible hours, honest pay … So what else are you waiting for?

July 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off

WANTED: fund-raiser/development
LOCATION: work from home/remotely

The NCCL apostolate seeks [Read more →]

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Shocking news calls for the charity of your prayers

June 12th, 2014 · Comments Off

photo_fr_kenneth-walker_fssp_rip_6-12-2014Authorities in Phoenix, Arizona and the Fraternity of St. Peter report that a Priest of the Fraternity died this morning in hospital and another was being treated of serious injuries after police were called to investigate a burglary at Mater Misericordiae parish, only blocks from the State Capitol. [Read more →]

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Interview with a [real] courageous Bishop

June 10th, 2014 · Comments Off

photo_bp_athanasius_schneider_6-12-2014Read Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s balanced, steady, bold interview, given during a visit to England last month.

Liturgy, Family, the Great Crisis of the Church – “Thanks be to God the Internet exists”

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Wish to work with people who love their jobs?

June 5th, 2014 · Comments Off

WANTED: fund-raiser/development
LOCATION: work from home/remotely

The NCCL apostolate seeks [Read more →]

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Terri Schiavo – Vatican citizenship: another project ‘declassified’

April 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off

One day in late-March 2005 a simple telephone call to the Holy See’s Secretariat of State — headquarters of the Vatican’s ‘international diplomatic corps’ — received a terse reply, here paraphrased: if it can be done in accordance with international law, we’ll see what can be done.

It was all we needed to hear. [Read more →]

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Newly ‘declassified': how not to misunderstand a motu proprioby reading it

February 16th, 2014 · Comments Off

NCCL has just ‘declassified’ two hitherto TOP-secret projects.

1. Click here to read letters dated October 27, 2007 to Cardinal Castrillón of the Ecclesia Dei Commission in Rome, [Read more →]

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More ‘declassified’ projects – with the now “Pope Emeritus”, then-Cardinal Ratzinger

January 21st, 2014 · Comments Off

Read more about recently declassified projects by clicking on the respective hyperlink. [Read more →]

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Three newly ‘declassified’ projects from NCCL’s ‘TOP SECRET’ archives

January 2nd, 2014 · Comments Off

Read about three recently declassified projects by clicking on the respective hyperlink. [Read more →]

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His Eminence tells what happened to sacred music after the Council

November 15th, 2013 · Comments Off

A word to the wise is sufficient. [Read more →]

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The Empire Strikes Back

July 30th, 2013 · Comments Off

empire_strikes_back_at_summorum pontificumIt’s all over … the news, that is.

Those opposing Pope Benedict’s Summorum Pontificum, have taken a first, practical step to reverse the motu proprio.

And the sum of it is sheer hypocrisy at its Roman worst. One only wonders what took them so long. [Read more →]

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Do you seriously doubt it is coming to this, here, also?

July 12th, 2013 · Comments Off

photo Blessed Franz Jägerstätter

Bl. Franz Jägerstätter (1907-1943)

Layman and martyr

Franz Jägerstätter was born on 20 May 1907 in St Radegund, Upper Austria, to his unmarried mother, Rosalia Huber, and to Franz Bachmeier, who was killed during World War I. After the death of his natural father, Rosalia married Heinrich Jägerstätter, who adopted Franz and gave the boy his surname of Jägerstätter in 1917. [Read more →]

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“V” is for victory over the passions, especially of the emasculating sort

May 29th, 2013 · Comments Off

V4Victory Young Men’s Program (V4V) is a 30 day program-retreat offered July 16th to August 15th at [Read more →]

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Universality, romanity and Giulio Andreotti: the passing of a bona fide Roman

May 8th, 2013 · Comments Off

It is with deep sadness that we mark the passing surely of one of the greatest Romans of our times. [Read more →]

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How seriously does the Roman Curia need ‘cleansing’?

April 29th, 2013 · Comments Off

For those paying attention, it is reported in a few reliable places that the 300-page report prepared by three Cardinals to investigate the “Vatileaks” scandals has to do with the need [Read more →]

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Mottos to live by — by a Jesuit of blessed memory who lived by them

April 9th, 2013 · Comments Off

Patrick J. Shaules had been a Jesuit for nearly fifty years when by the grace of God [Read more →]

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An history lesson about the Roman Papacy, and reform of the Roman Curia

March 27th, 2013 · Comments Off

With the express permission of The Lepanto Foundation, we post the following unabridged essay by the eminent historian, Prof. Roberto de Mattei, PhD.

Among the many questions the essay provokes is whether the Roman Curia has ever [Read more →]

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A word of caution

March 21st, 2013 · Comments Off

The election of Pope Francis represents many firsts. [Read more →]

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Beware the ides of March!

March 15th, 2013 · Comments Off

Some time ago, long before the election of Pope Francis, someone asked whether [Read more →]

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Long live Pope Francis!

March 13th, 2013 · Comments Off

Please join the Directorate of the NCCL apostolate along with its friends and collaborators in praying the Te Deum in thanksgiving for the election of Pope Francis.

Deo gratias!

Tu es Petrus!

Long live Pope Francesco!

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Is there anything one can promise Christ in return for a blessed outcome of the Conclave, and a resolution to the crisis of faith?

March 12th, 2013 · Comments Off

It’s 11pm in Rome, and the first ballot shows [Read more →]

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Pray for the cardinals entering the conclave.

March 12th, 2013 · Comments Off

As of this writing (0200 hrs Eastern time, U.S.) the cardinals have, if on schedule, completed their move [Read more →]

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A chilling ‘chance meeting’ with a cardinal on a cold Roman street today.

March 11th, 2013 · Comments Off

It is difficult even for a pope to change the priorities of a previous papacy after the death of a pope. One expects it will be that much harder when the previous pope [Read more →]

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‘Til death do (its) part’.

March 10th, 2013 · Comments Off

It used to be that Peter was Peter until death did its part, just like the other kind of catholic marriage.

Since February 11 it’s not so clear.

“But this is far from the logic of the Church.
Peter must do only one thing: [Read more →]

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Returning to the future.

March 5th, 2013 · Comments Off

Generally speaking of course, the Orthodox of the ‘old country’ do not care for [Read more →]

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The plot thickens. The place not for chickens.

March 4th, 2013 · Comments Off

Before the last conclave, then-Cardinal Ratzinger was the one person in Rome whom [Read more →]

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Лучше поздно, чем никогда. – Better (orthodox) late than never!

March 3rd, 2013 · Comments Off

Here follows an astounding report [Read more →]

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Quo vadis, Petre?

March 2nd, 2013 · Comments Off

Giuseppe Cardinal Siri once gave a sermon [Read more →]

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It is 8:01pm in Rome. (An incomparable time in The Eternal City.)

February 28th, 2013 · Comments Off

We are all sede vacantists now. [Read more →]

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Why has Pope Benedict XVI abdicated the Papal Throne?

February 17th, 2013 · Comments Off

One may always take a German at his word. For, like “Vulcans” (yes, of the kind depicted on Star Trek) they, too, “never bluff”.

That’s because like Vulcans, Germans are [Read more →]

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Good John Blewett, requiescat in pace

February 15th, 2013 · Comments Off

It is with deep sadness that the Directors and Founders of NCCL have received word and now convey with profound respect the news of [Read more →]

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Another ‘declassified’ operation from NCCL’s ‘TOP-SECRET archives’

February 7th, 2013 · Comments Off

NCCL_pamphlet_no.5_cover_page

“What does NCCL do, anyway?”

It’s a question on the mind of many a caller. Frankly, the apostolate handles issues and problems that no other group will even touch.

We’re small. We’re humble. We get results. The NCCL statement of purpose brochure lists the broad scope of the apostolate’s no-compromise action.

A concrete example?

In pamphlet no. 5 (links below) you’ll read correspondence — conducted by NCCL at the request of collaborators — with the Bishop of [Read more →]

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More correspondences ‘declassified’ from NCCL’s ‘TOP SECRET archives’

January 15th, 2013 · Comments Off

Two more letters have been recently declassified.  Both are written to an Anglo-Catholic bishop, some time before his reception into communion with the See of Rome.  Find the first one [Read more →]

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“What does NCCL do, anyway?”

December 28th, 2012 · Comments Off

It’s a question on the mind of many a caller. Frankly, the apostolate handles issues and problems that no other group will even touch.

We’re small. We’re humble. We get results. The NCCL statement of purpose brochure lists the broad scope of the apostolate’s no-compromise action.

A concrete example? In pamphlet no. 2 (links below) you’ll read correspondence — conducted by NCCL at the request of collaborators — with a chancery and the Commission Ecclesia Dei in Rome.

(Yes, all the requests were finally [Read more →]

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One laptop down, one scanner to go

December 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off

Thanks to the charity of NCCL supporters, the struggling ex-con we wrote about (see post dated December 22) has received an used laptop computer in good condition.

Now all he needs to get his business off the cyber-ground is [Read more →]

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In memory of Veronica C. Aronne, née Derewlanka

December 20th, 2012 · Comments Off

Upon learning of the death of this faithful matriarch & generous supporter of the NCCL apostolate for many years, the Executive Director signed the Aronne Family guestbook online with these words: [Read more →]

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WANTED: used laptop computer for an indigent ex-con full of hope

December 15th, 2012 · Comments Off

In your charity, would you lend an hand to a severely disabled but spirited ex-con seeking to rebuild his life in Christ after serving 20 years reparation?

He’s got a GREAT idea for a start-up business, [Read more →]

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Request traditional Masses from missionaries

December 12th, 2012 · Comments Off

Ever wished you could ask missionaries to offer traditional Masses for your loved ones – living & deceased – and for all your intentions?

You can. And it’s easy.

Operation Mission Stipends is [Read more →]

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Got frequent flyer miles?

December 6th, 2012 · Comments Off

NCCL’s Executive Director needs them for international flights to bring him to mission-critical projects around the globe.

Friends of Good St. Nicholas [Read more →]

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Helping Priests & Religious in trouble

December 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off

For years, thanks to your generous support, the NCCL apostolate has assisted clerics who have been in trouble, most often running afoul of their superiors for reasons explained in the following letter. [Read more →]

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Roman Cardinal hurls a bombshell with an almost magical power to restore whatever its blasts touch

November 30th, 2012 · Comments Off

Though even 2009 may seem long ago to some afflicted with an equivalent of an ‘ecclesial alzheimers’ disease, Mons. Domenico Bartolucci, now a Cardinal Prince of the Roman Church, back then gave an interview on the liturgical reforms and the so-called ‘reform of the reform’ which is hardly an everyday kind, [Read more →]

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The passing of another cleric-fighter for Faith

October 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off

Once again it is with profound sorrow that the Directors & Friends of the National Coalition apostolate must note the passing of a loyal cleric-fighter & friend in The Lord Christ. [Read more →]

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The passing of His Excellency, Bishop Roman Danylak – NCCL’s Episcopal Advisor

October 10th, 2012 · Comments Off

It is with profound sorrow that the Directors & Friends of the National Coalition apostolate note the passing of His Lordship (Vladiko) Roman Danylak, former Eparch (Bishop) of Toronto for the Kievan (aka “Ukrainian”) Catholics. [Read more →]

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Father Michael Jarecki, NCCL’s National Spiritual Director, needs your prayers, urgently

August 28th, 2012 · Comments Off

Dear Friends in Christ,

Bro. Andre Marie, MICM writes from the St. Benedict Center in Richmond, NH to inform that Fr. Jarecki, bedridden, in their care and very ill now for some time, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

From the brief description, Father is approaching his last days.
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Passing of a noble lady-soldier

July 25th, 2012 · Comments Off

It is with deep regret & sorrow that we announce to friends of the NCCL apostolate the transitus Friday, July 20, of a steadfast fighter for Faith & Church, Mrs. Mary M. (Patchak) Schrader, R.N., of Timonium, Maryland.
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Then-Father Ratzinger’s words on genuine reform

June 15th, 2012 · Comments Off

In case you hadn’t yet read the excerpts from a book by then-Father Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI — the excerpts were, after all, rather ‘buried’ in the post (of June 1, below), we re-post some of the more salient passages here, to entice you to read more in the post of June 1.

We emphasize these excerpts in the context of the Holy Father’s perseverance to reconcile the Holy See with the Society of St. Pius X, urging those Catholics who aspire to serve him loyally with the spirit of humble sons seeking wisdom to edify the members of the Church at large, to learn from what the Pope has been thinking for a long time, in order to be ready, should the opportunity arise, to communicate better to him how to draw on or from the (re)sources of tradition and put them to work for the salvation of souls today.

The Church now finds itself in a situation of Babylonian captivity, in which the ‘for’ and ‘against’ attitudes are not only tangled up in the oddest ways, but seem to allow scarcely any reconciliation.
[Read more →]

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Father Joseph Ratzinger on genuine reform

June 1st, 2012 · Comments Off

We post, without commentary for now, the following excerpts taken from THE RATZINGER READER (accessed 24 May 2012), doing so because we believe it optimal to study some of then-Father Ratzinger’s own words in order better to understood what he understood — and to some extent likely still understands — to be causes of the current crisis: which he calls a “crisis of faith”.
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“Frodo Versus Robespierre” by Joseph Pearce – on a new independent film by Navis Pictures, The War of the Vendée

May 25th, 2012 · Comments Off

“If a thing is worth doing at all, it’s worth doing badly”, once said G. K. Chesterton. And now Joseph Pearce, about an astoundingly simple new independent film.

“This paradoxical witticism of Chesterton [continues Pearce] was on my mind as I sat down to watch The War of the Vendée, a new film about the forgotten martyrs of the French Revolution.” [Read more →]

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