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The big event of October for Our Lady’s Apostolate was our Last Chance for World Peace conference for bishops and priests. John Vennari, editor of Catholic Family News, called it "the most successful conference ever!" For CFN’s coverage of the event, go to http://www.cfnews.org/cfn.htm.
Nearly 120 priests and bishops -- including Cardinal Agre -- attended. They came from every continent, including the Middle East and Oceania. We hosted clergy from such diverse places as Madagascar, Samoa, Zimbabwe, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, India, Nigeria, and Tanzania, as well as Canada, Australia, the UK and the USA.
We heard talks by Peter Chojnowski, Edwin Faust, Chris Ferrara, Cornelia Ferreira, Father Paul Kramer, Father Patrick Perez, Michael Semin, John Vennari, Dr. David Allen White and of course Father Nicholas Gruner. You’ll soon be able to hear and see all the talks on "Fatima on Demand" http://www.fatimaradio.org/
There was much discussion at Last Chance for World Peace about the rumor -- and that’s all it is -- that the Holy Father is about to sign a "universal indult" which will "allow" priests to once again say the traditional Tridentine Mass without special permission from their ordinary.
In his talk "The Suicide of Altering the Faith in the Liturgy", Father Paul Kramer told the conference that it is just plain wrong to say that a priest who wants to say the Roman Mass of All Ages needs permission from anyone, including the Pope. According to Father Kramer, this is because, in his Bull Quo Primum, Pope St. Pius V already ensured this universal right forever, and pronounced a curse on anyone who might try to contradict it.
You will find a good article by Father Kramer on Quo Primum and its meaning today at http://www.catholictradition.org/Eucharist/quo-primum.htm
Last Chance for World Peace also saw the official launch of Father Paul Kramer’s new book bearing the same title as his talk: The Suicide of Altering the Faith in the Liturgy.
This courageous and hard-hitting book tells the truth about the changes in the Mass, which appear to have been predicted and warned against in the Third Part of the Secret of Fatima. It will undoubtedly lead a great many Catholics -- lay people as well as clergy -- to return to the liturgical tradition that they are bound to embrace by their profession of faith.
Here’s a comment from one of the priests who attended the conference, Father Paul S. Petko: "Father Kramer’s Work is excellent! He gives a complete and convincing argument explaining a major cause of the current crisis in the Church today.... His insights into the mind of the Church regarding her Law and her Liturgy are clear and absolutely penetrating. His candidness in explaining why the hierarchy still fails to do anything about the current situation leads me to the logical and inevitable conclusion that they condemn themselves!" The Suicide of Altering the Faith in the Liturgy is available through the Fatima Shoppe, http://fatimashoppe.org. Visit this site today for the most complete online selection of fine Catholic books, videos and religious articles.
In September, the Catholic bishops of the province of Ontario, Canada, made their ad limina visits to Rome. As these visits take place once every five years, this was the first time the Ontario bishops had been addressed as a group by Pope Benedict XVI.
In his remarks ( http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/speeches/2006/ september/documents/hf_ben-xvi_spe_20060908_canada-ontario_en.html ) the Pope said that Canada had suffered much because of the weakness of Canadian politicians in standing up for the principles of their professed faith.
Benedict XVI said "In the name of tolerance, your country has had to endure the folly of the redefinition of spouse, and in the name of "freedom of choice" it is confronted with the daily destruction on unborn children."
The Pope roundly castigated politicians who call themselves "Catholic" and yet ignore the values of their religion.
"False dichotomies," he said, "are not unknown within the Christian community itself. They are particularly damaging when Christian civic leaders sacrifice the unity of faith and sanction the disintegration of reason and the principles of natural ethics, by yielding to ephemeral social trends and the spurious demands of opinion polls. Democracy succeeds only to the extent that it is based on truth and a correct understanding of the human person. Catholic involvement in political life cannot compromise on this principle."
In a newly-released video, Catholic Family News Editor John Vennari reports on what he saw and heard when he attended the 2002 World Youth Day. Mr. Vennari says "I looked for something, anything, that Popes Pius IX, Leo XIII, St. Pius X, Benedict XV, Pius XI and XII would recognize as Catholic. I saw nothing they would approve and plenty they would condemn."
We highly recommend this unique two-DVD set. But be warned! It contains shocking never-before-released footage of World Youth Day, which demonstrates the event to be pervaded not by Catholicism, but by the rock’n’roll, pep-rally pop culture.
What you see will alarm and anger you. But Mr. Vennari does more than shock his audience. He explains the true Catholic teaching and practice that World Youth Day defies. For this reason, this lecture has been hailed as outstanding Catholic catechetical instruction. More details may be found on http://www.cfnews.org/WYD-DVD.htm. As you watch this outrageous footage, you will say to yourself over and over again, "Is this supposed to be Catholic? How could self-respecting Catholic parents send their sons and daughters to anything so scandalous?"
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