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Drugs, Guns, Fake News and "Christian Supremacy": The School Shooting in Parkland, Florida

Vox Catholica

As I was driving through the frozen tundra of South Dakota this past Valentine's Day, the Rush Limbaugh Show, was interrupted with breaking news: 14 young men and women at a high school in Parkland, Florida, lost their lives at the hands of yet another deranged school shooter.

The same, tired, cyclical argument began again immediately on radio talk shows, and the regular alphabet soup of television channels, and probably continues as you're reading this. "We need gun control to prevent school shootings." "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." "Thoughts and prayers don't save lives, banning guns will!" "Muh' Second Ammendment!" "...If you don’t agree we need to do something about it, you’re obviously mentally ill." "What about people who like to hunt?" "Hunters don't need assault rifles!"

Blah, blah, blah. Automatic weapons. Semi-automatic weapons. Handguns. Bump-Stocks. 30 round magazines. Legislation. The NRA. The talking points are endless, but every one of them skirts the real issues.

The (Tranquilized) Elephant In The Room

If you watch television news, or read the newspapers, you will have missed that the perpetrators of 38 of the most recent school shootings were on psychotropic drugs (i.e. anti-depressants like Prozac and Zoloft, anxiolytics like Valium, Klonopin and other benzodiazepines, or stimulants like Vyvanse, Ritalin and Adderall). Even culprits older in age like Stephen Paddock, the man who fired on a crowd of concert-goers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, was found with anti-anxiety drugs in his system.

Do drugs cause mass shootings? Obviously, not in all cases. But take a look at these side-effects:

  • Hostility

  • Irritability

  • Use of extreme physical or emotional force

  • Thoughts of killing oneself

  • Homicidal ideation

With every mass shooting that occurs (apart from what is known to be Islamic Terrorism) the connection with psychotropic drugs becomes more and more pronounced. A full list of drugs for which homicidal ideation is a side effect can be accessed here.

I AM NOT TELLING YOU TO STOP TAKING YOUR MEDS! But, two aspects of this problem cannot go without comment.

First of all: We live in a society of immediate gratification. Hard work means nothing to someone who glorifies Ariana Grande, and made a small fortune in the cryptocurrency market. Physical labor is frowned upon, while Hollywood and the music industry turn degenerates into rappers and demi-gods. And, since marriage has been all but destroyed by divorce, contraception, homosexuality and sex-ed, waiting for "the one" has been replaced by an app where you can swipe right for casual sexual encounters, practically on-demand.

Why spend generations building a grand cathedral, when you can build one on Minecraft (a video game) in less than a week? Why spend time learning your grammar, when you can just use spell check? Why take the time to continually prune away your vices, develop your virtues, and spend time refining yourself spiritually and emotionally, when you can just pop a few happy pills and forget about your problems?

Drugs don't cause emotional instability. Irreligion, decadent culture, and broken families do. Drugs merely suppress the symptoms... for a time. Until they stop working, and the emotions boil over and, like an atomic bomb, level relationships and/or the lives of innocent bystanders close enough to ground-zero.

This unhealthy, drug addled, "quick fix" is just one of the many fires burning in the collapsing building that was once Western Civilization, and this fire is being fueled by gasoline being poured by all our politicians arm in arm with Big Pharma.

According to OpenSecrets.org, there are 1,274 (Update December 2018: 1,407) registered lobbyists working for the major pharmaceutical companies, being shared by the 535 members of Congress that write the laws that govern their industry. That's 2.38 lobbyists assigned to each member of Congress. But, in my (award-winning) research, interviews, and dealings with people and groups advocating for pharmaceutical reform, the total number is actually closer to 8,560 lobbyists in Washington D.C.. That's 16 people advocating on behalf of Big Pharma, for each and every member of congress. And there's a lot of money spilling out of the drug companies, and into the pockets of our representatives.

Now, do you see why the powers that be want to keep the debate firmly fixed on guns?

Just like these poor people suffering from emotional distress, that use (prescription) drugs as a crutch instead of taking the time to deal with their problems, Congress sits idly by placating their lust for power by taking Big Pharma's money, to help ensure that they have enough resources to win re-election the next time around.

Mark my words: Congress will never willingly work to reform our current disaster of a medical industry, and this will result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of more people. Whether it's from a mass shooting, facilitated by psychotropic drugs, or the tens of thousands of people dying from an opiate addiction which began with a prescription for OxyContin (a drug made legal, because a Jewish pharmaceutical mogul lied on their patent), there is definitely blood on the hands of the Washington D.C. political class.

Fake News Strikes Again

At the first available opportunity, I pulled over on the frozen highway (don't text and drive) and I feverishly checked the Drudge Report to satiate my need for more information, when I was confronted with this:

I sat back in the drivers' seat in horror, imagining the reports I would no doubt be watching later on CNN and MSNBC, as Don Lemon and Rachel Maddow blame "literally" ALL white people for this horrible atrocity.

More digging around on the web, revealed that Nikolas Cruz (the Valentine's Day shooter) was allegedly a member of a White Nationalist group called "Republic of Florida," and that he had taken part in military training with these alleged supremacists.

According to the Independent

"A representative of the Republic of Florida named Jacob Jered initially told multiple outlets that suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member, though later in the day Mr Jereb undercut his previous claim with a statement saying there had been a misunderstanding due to his group having multiple people with the same first name."

It turns out, however, that this was all just a steaming pile of Fake News. What really happened, according to websites like FMShooter.com and Politico, is this: The SPLC and the ADL were tricked into believing a "prank" created on a website called 4-Chan, where an anonymous post stated that the shooter was a member of this "Republic of Florida" group, and tricked Jacob Jered (leader of Republic of Florida) into confirming the shooter's membership. It's long, and complicated, but in the end these radical Leftist groups (the ADL and the SPLC) told their media cohorts to run the story without getting sufficient confirmation, in an effort to prove a point, and create a political narrative that white people are evil, that guns are bad, and ultimately that if the President does not take away the right to bear arms, he's a dirty, racist, white supremacist.

This Fake News traveled around the world thousands of times over, being blogged and re-blogged, tweeted, and posted everywhere, before retractions were made, that nobody noticed anyway. Mission Accomplished.

The Real "Supremacy" The Left Wants To Demonize

As I continued my investigation into the Parkland shooting, I headed to Twitter, to see what the conventional wisdom of the internet was at the time, and I checked the trending topics.

Obviously, the hashtag #GunReformNow was the number 1 trending topic. Even Nostradamus could have predicted that one, but #2 trending on Twitter was the word "Christian." I wasn't sure what this was about so I clicked on it.

What followed was a barrage of Tweets about Joy Behar (co-host of The View) calling Christians, specifically Mike Pence, mentally ill for believing that he can talk to God. Or that God can talk to him. Or something like that. This specific incident is worthy of its own article, but this isn't what I'm really trying to get to, and believe me, I'm going to bring all of these (seemingly) disparate elements together for you in just a moment.

Amongst the deluge of Tweets bickering about Joy Behar's anti-"Christian" bigotry, I came across a Tweet from @AmericanAthiest, a verified account representing an organization fighting for freedom from religion called American Athiests. The tweet, which I have embedded below, confirms a suspicion I've held for the past 5 months.

Did you catch that? The Left is now using the term "Christian Supremacist" as a derogatory term against the religious Right. Do not doubt me: All this talk of "White Supremacists," "Nazis" and "Fascists" were all just euphemisms for what the Left really wants to say: Christian Supremacist.

I started to realize that this pejorative labeling of Right Wingers was really about attacking anything at all that smacked of Christianity during the Roy Moore senate run in Alabama. Moore, for all his faults, was branded as an enemy of the Left, not because he allegedly had some sexual misconduct in his past, but because he advocated for Christianity (albeit Protestant) above all. 

Take, for example, this article from the Revolutionary Communist Party of America. The article titled "Goose Stepping Towards Fascism: Roy Moore and the Advance of Christian Theocracy," states:

"... the candidacy of Roy Moore, who has effectively been endorsed by Trump, is a new, major and deadly serious offensive by Christian fascists."

Now if you look at the policies and positions of Judge Moore, you'll find that he was seeking to allow the Christian religion back into the public school system, to uphold the 10 Commandments in our courts and laws, and to preserve traditional marriage here in the states, instead of this LGBTXYZ mess that we currently have. There is nothing "fascist" about that, but the Left overplayed their hand, they showed us their cards, and we should be paying close attention.

A priest I know once said that the soft persecution of Liberalism always turns bloody in the end, and I believe he is right. The Left and the Media are doing their darnedest to conflate anyone on the political right with "Supremacism," they are radicalizing our youth, who are joining violent communist organizations like Antifa, to "bash the fash" and one day they will come for us. For Catholics, for Protestant "Christians", for anyone that does not get on board with Critical Gender Theory, Critical Race Theory, Islam, gun control, or anybody who believes that Jesus Christ is God. We need to get ahead of this. We need to be prepared. We need to keep our eyes open. The Left won't care about distinctions, nuance or truth. They care about domination.

And with that, I will now leave you with the article that sparked the labeling of Todd Starnes, a Fox News contributor, as a "Christian Supremacist." 

If this piece is enough to provoke the ire of the Left, imagine what they think of the dogmas of our faith? "Extra ecclesiam, nulla salus est."

Another American high school has been turned into a killing field. And the nation wonders why. What has happened to our country?

Well, I’m going to answer that question for you. And the answer may leave you a bit unsettled because the answer is politically incorrect.

You see – I believe there is a God — but I also believe there is a Devil. And I see his hand at work in our country. And I have no doubt that he is smiling at the chaos and the carnage that has scarred the land of the free.

We’ve raised a generation to believe that truth is relative – that there is no right or wrong.

And the Devil smiled.

They kicked God out of the public marketplace, banned Bibles and prayer in school.

And the Devil smiled.

Tens of millions of unborn babies have been slaughtered in the name of choice.

And the Devil smiled.

The traditional family has been redefined, broken homes raising broken kids.

And the Devil smiled.

We’ve taught a generation there are no consequences for bad behavior — no personal responsibility.

And the Devil smiled.

Our movies and music and games glorify violence and gore. Relationships have been poisoned by pornography.

And the Devil smiled.

What’s happening across America is about wickedness – a war with the forces of darkness – good versus evil.

The politicians and pundits would have you believe this is not about God – it’s about politics and mental illness and gun control.

And the Devil smiled.

Obama's Presidential Portrait: Telling Us What We Already Knew

Vox Catholica

This past Monday, former (thank God) President Obama unveiled his portrait at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., and for the first time I feel like we're getting a little bit of honesty from our former President.

Now, I'm no art critic, but since the New York Times asked for the public’s opinion, I'll gladly give mine.

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First up in my list of observations is the obvious departure from "tradition" that Obama's portrait represents. Instead of portraying the president as a regal figure, a leader, or a dignified human being, this portrait has the former President bizarrely posed in front of a wall of greenery. The artist (who we'll get to in a minute) has said in interviews that the shrubbery represents the President's native origins: Hawaii, Kenya and Chicago... This "interpretation" is not the first thing that came to my mind, but maybe I'm not sophisticated enough to make the connection. Frankly, I thought it was marijuana, which may have been more appropriate for this president anyway.

The portrait is going to stick out like a sore thumb at the National Portrait Gallery, much like Obama's presidency itself, and I'm half tempted to buy a plane ticket to Washington, just to see how tacky it looks next to the scores of portraits made by good artists. 

This brings me to my second observation, that the President chose the artist, Kehinde Wiley, to make a statement, a statement that I'm picking up loud and clear: "To heck with you, whitey!" The artist has actually been quoted talking about this as a message interwoven in his artwork. In an interview with New York Magazine, he said "It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing..."

Kehinde Wiley is known for his rejection of "White Supremacist" artwork a.k.a. artwork depicting "white men" such as Jesus, the saints, Napoleon etc.), by taking these portraits and replacing them with black men instead. What's more is his particular anti-Catholic and anti-Christian bent, which much of his artwork portrays.

Wiley's work is frequently blasphemous, replacing the Our Lord, Our Lady and Saint Ursula, and others with random black people he pulls in from the streets to model for him.

So what does this mean for us? Well, this really just confirms what we already knew about Barrack Hussein Obama: he hates us. Europeans, Christians, Catholics, straight cisgendered white males are all the scum of society for Obama, and the Greater Left for that matter.

We constantly hear about the rise in racism, homophobia, transphobia, hate groups, the Alt-Right, etc. here in America, but we never confront the cause of it: the ideologies brought to us by the Frankfurt school (namely Critical Race Theory and Critical Gender Theory) and the people who have injected them into the mainstream, such as Saul Alinsky, Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama.

As Catholics, we cannot just laugh at the ridiculousness of the Left anymore. We cannot shy away from identifying the very real racism against whites, being spread by groups like Black Lives Matter, Antifa and the greater Democratic Party. We cannot turn a blind eye to the destruction of Western Civilization any longer, because we are on the brink. 

When a former president of the United States flaunts his anti-White racism and anti-Catholic bias, by choosing an artist who frequently depicts black women holding the severed heads of white women, who replaces our Blessed Mother (the Bearer of the Divinity) with a random black person, we need to wake up. We cannot allow these Cultural Marxists to continue the destruction of our country from within.

Video & Pictures: A Pilgrim’s Perspective in Quito, Ecuador

Vox Catholica

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When you think of a pilgrimage, there are many images and places that come to mind. The Camino de Santiago, Chartres, Fatima, and Lourdes in Europe, and Auriesville and Starkenburg in the U.S. all come to mind; but there is another pilgrimage which has become an annual tradition especially among the faithful attending chapels of the Society of Saint Pius X, and for good reason: Quito, Ecuador.

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It was over 400 years ago when the Mother of God appeared to Mother Mariana de Jesús (Torres) of the Conceptionist Franciscan Nuns of the Royal Monastery of the Immaculate Conception, in Quito. Our Lady came with troubling messages concerning our own times, which as prophesied by Our Lady Herself, went widely unnoticed until recently. But now, we should and must certainly pay attention to these messages.

Our Lady’s apparitions in Quito were the first in a series of apparitions (including La Salette, Fatima and Akita) warning of a crisis of the Faith, a crisis within the Church, and a crisis in the social and political orders.

The Meaning Behind the Name

If you’ve ever been to the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in France, you’ll know that the focus has been taken off of Our Lady’s warnings, and the aspects of “love” and “forgiveness” have been exaggerated.

It is the same way with Fatima. Between Pope John XXIII calling the three children seers “prophets of doom” and the obfuscation of the Third Secret, the true message of Our Lady of Fatima has been carefully controlled by certain people and groups of people who wish to use the words of the Mother of God for their purposes, and not for Heaven’s.

In this manner, the message of Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso de la Purificación, "Our Lady of Good Success of the Purification," has also been hidden and obfuscated partly due to parties that do not want to see the Church painted in a negative light, and partly because of a “lost in translation” kind of error.

The title “Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso” has been shortened in English to Our Lady of “Good Success,” but this is actually an error. The word “suceso” does not translate directly to “success” in English, but is closer to the word “event.” But “Our Lady of the Good Event” begs the question “what event?” And here lies part of the true meaning of Our Lady’s message.

The Purification was the moment in which Our Lady was shown the true nature of Her Divine Son’s mission on earth: to be sacrificed for the sins of mankind, purifying them in His Precious Blood. Just as the blood of one turtle dove washed the other allowing it to go free and symbolically fly to Heaven, Our Lord’s Blood frees us from our sins, through Baptism and the Sacraments, to fly from our chains of bondage to Heaven. It was at this moment that Our Lady began to suffer the wounds of Her Son’s Passion and Crucifixion, a sword piercing Her heart; a sword of sacrifice and suffering that She would carry with Her until the day of Her Assumption into Heaven.

It is this sense of sacrifice and Divine victimhood that has been lost in the priesthood and the religious life since Vatican II. The Mass is no longer considered the sacrifice of Our Lord, renewed and re-presented on the altar, but a meal between friends, presided over by a priest who is scarcely needed more than the laity. This fundamental change of the very nature of the priesthood has been a huge contributing factor to the loss of vocations in the Conciliar Church. The priest has had his raison d’être taken away from him, and without this self-sacrifice, there is less and less grace being poured down from Heaven on the Church and the faithful.

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A second sense of sacrifice that has been lost, but which can be renewed by Our Lady of “Buen Suceso de la Purificación,” is the sacrifice of the religious life: men and women who give their souls and their lives to the service of God on earth, to pray, suffer, and work for the fulfillment of God’s Will. Since the “New Church” is all about peace, love and joy, the virtues of long-suffering, penance, and submission to the Will of God have been lost and replaced with fruitless platitudes, and an erroneous understanding of why mankind exists at all.

Our Lady of “Buen Suceso” wishes to renew these truths, and purify God’s Holy Church with the true Sacrifice of the Mass, and the sacrifice of the individual renouncing himself, through the religious life. This is made especially clear when Our Lady told Mother Mariana that She Herself will be the Abbess of the Monastery of the Immaculate Conception, in a sense takeing the religious name “Our Lady of Good Success of the Purification.” It isn’t a title like “Our Lady of Fatima” or “Our Lady of La Salette.” Rather, “Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso de la Purificación” is essentially a religious name; and without souls dedicated to the religious life and to prayer, the restoration of the Church will never occur.

The True Message

When Our Lady appeared to Mother Mariana, She told her of the almost-total destruction of the Faith and the Catholic Church in the 20th Century:

“Unbridled passions will give way to a total corruption of customs because satan will reign through the Masonic sects, targeting the children in particular to ensure general corruption.”

“Unhappy, the children of those times! Seldom will they receive the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. As for the sacrament of Penance, they will confess only while attending Catholic schools, which the devil will do his utmost to destroy by means of persons in authority.”

“The same will occur with Holy Communion. Oh, how it hurts me to tell you that there will be many and enormous public and hidden sacrileges!”

“In those times, the sacrament of Extreme Unction will be largely ignored.… Many will die without receiving it, being thereby deprived of innumerable graces, consolation, and strength in the great leap from time to eternity.”

“The Sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with the Church, will be thoroughly attacked and profaned. Masonry, then reigning, will implement iniquitous laws aimed at extinguishing this sacrament. They will make it easy for all to live in sin, thus multiplying the birth of illegitimate children without the Church’s blessing….”

“Secular education will contribute to a scarcity of priestly and religious vocations.”

“The holy Sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed, and despised, for in this both the Church and God Himself are oppressed and reviled, since He is represented by His priests.”

“The devil will work to persecute the ministers of the Lord in every way, working with baneful cunning to destroy the spirit of their vocation and corrupting many. Those who will thus scandalize the Christian flock will bring upon all priests the hatred of bad Christians and the enemies of the One, Holy, Roman Catholic, and Apostolic Church. This apparent triumph of satan will cause enormous suffering to the good Pastors of the Church… and to the Supreme Pastor and Vicar of Christ on earth who, a prisoner in the Vatican, will shed secret and bitter tears in the presence of God Our Lord, asking for light, sanctity, and perfection for all the clergy of the world, to whom he is king and father.”

“Unhappy times will come wherein those who should fearlessly defend the rights of the Church will instead, blinded despite the light, give their hand to the Church’s enemies and do their bidding. But when [evil] seems triumphant and when authority abuses its power, committing all manner of injustice and oppressing the weak, their ruin shall be near. They will fall and crash to the ground.”

“At the end of the 19th century and throughout a great part of the 20th, many heresies will be propagated in these lands.…”

“The small number of souls who will secretly safeguard the treasure of Faith and virtues will suffer a cruel, unspeakable, and long martyrdom. Many will descend to their graves through the violence of suffering and will be counted among the martyrs who sacrificed themselves for the country and the Church.”

“To be delivered from the slavery of these heresies, those whom the merciful love of My Son has destined for this restoration will need great will-power, perseverance, courage, and confidence in God. To try the faith and trust of these just ones, there will be times when all will seem lost and paralyzed. It will then be the happy beginning of the complete restoration….”

“In those times the atmosphere will be saturated with the spirit of impurity which, like a filthy sea, will engulf the streets and public places with incredible license.… Innocence will scarcely be found in children, or modesty in women.”

“There shall be scarcely any virgin souls in the world. The delicate flower of virginity will seek refuge in the cloisters.… Without virginity, fire from heaven will be needed to purify these lands.”...

“Sects, having permeated all social classes, will find ways of introducing themselves into the very heart of homes to corrupt the innocence of children. The children’s hearts will be dainty morsels to regale the devil.…”

“Religious communities will remain to sustain the Church and work with courage for the salvation of souls.… The secular clergy will fall far short of what is expected of them because they will not pursue their sacred duty. Losing the Divine compass, they will stray from the way of priestly ministry mapped out for them by God and will become devoted to money, seeking it too earnestly.”

“Pray constantly, implore tirelessly, and weep bitter tears in the seclusion of your heart, beseeching the Eucharistic Heart of My most holy Son to take pity on His ministers and to end as soon as possible these unhappy times by sending to His Church the Prelate who shall restore the spirit of her priests.”

“In those times in the secular clergy there will be much to desire. Because the priests will neglect their sacred duty, losing the Divine compass, they will stray from the path charted by God in the priestly ministry, becoming fond of money and striving to obtain it to excess. And, since the Church will suffer the dark night of the lack of a prelate and father who watches over with paternal love, with gentleness, strength, sound judgement and prudence, many of them will lose their spirit, putting their souls in great danger.”

When reading what Our Lady told Mother Mariana over 400 years ago, the vivid imagery of things like the changing of all of the Sacraments after Vatican II, the Spotlight scandalthe sacrilegious distribution of Holy Communion at “Mega Masses” (and “regular” Masses for that matter), the exodus of vocations from the Church, the propagation of homosexualism and “gay marriage” within the church (e.g. Fr. James Martin, S.J.) immediately comes to mind. The list is non-stop, and the accuracy with which Our Lady describes these things makes it almost seem as though it would have been impossible for anyone to write these things so long before they actually happened.

Who, in the 16th and 17th centuries could have possibly predicted these things, other than Our Lady?

Our Response to Our Lady’s Apparitions

Father Adam Purdy, the Society of St. Pius X priest behind the organization of their pilgrimage to Quito, sees a solution within these almost apocalyptic messages to Mother Mariana.

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“I think She lists a program. You can look at it from the side of all of these evils. For example, She goes through all the Sacraments. We know that all the Sacraments after Vatican II have been changed. She lists all the Sacraments and the destruction that’s going to happen to them; so we can see the side of devastation, but if you flip it around, it’s actually telling you what needs to be done to restore.”

“So, Baptism is not going to be given, and Confirmation neither. Well, the ministers of the Church better start teaching and providing for that. And the Holy Eucharist being profaned – this has to stop, which is why the whole scenario of the “New Mass” needs to stop. And we see this loss of the priestly spirit. What would Archbishop Lefebvre say? It’s time to restore the priestly spirit!”

“It’s only going to happen when young men go to the seminary… And young men are only going to go to the seminary when they are the fruits of a solid Catholic upbringing, from solid Catholic parents, parents who possess good spiritual lives, and a kind of culture that supports them, which is the work of a mission.”

“You know when the Jesuits came to these countries in South America, they didn’t come to [just distribute] the Holy Eucharist. They came to establish Catholic civilization from the ground up. From the dirt. Right from the ground up. To create a whole Catholic way of life.”

“And this is the program. The Sacrament of Matrimony. We need to teach of the glories of the married state, the responsibilities of the married state. The graces, and the means of sanctification contained within the married state. We have to teach how offensive to God all these other things are… All these unnatural things.”

“It’s a program that She’s putting before our eyes, if we’re looking at these things rightly. And all of us who have this kind of awareness of what’s going on, we must really bend ourselves to put into this program… A program in which we will go forth and multiply, and make all things new again.”

A Warm Reception

This program that Our Lady presents to us, also hinges on the prayers of souls devoted entirely to God in the religious orders. She told Mother Mariana that it is these good and holy souls that counterbalance the priests and religious who are not faithfully discharging their duties.

It is true that we need to be open to the call of God for ourselves (or, if married, our children) to enter the priesthood and religious life as Traditional Catholics, but it would be an error to say that those who enter religious life within the framework of the Novus Ordo are not doing so for the love of God. I believe most of them are; they are just lacking in a solid, traditional Catholic formation. Just as people convert to the true Faith of God in the secular world every day, it is possible for the priest and religious to convert to Tradition, to understand the errors and the heresies with which they were surrounded for so long. Monsignor James Byrnes, Father David Phillipson and Father James McLucas are well-known examples of this transition.

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During our pilgrimage in Quito, we began every morning by processing through the streets of the thoroughly-Catholic city, carrying a statue of Our Lady to the religious houses all throughout the city’s historic center (Augustinian, Carmelite, Dominican, Jesuit, Mercedarian, etc.) The response I observed on the part of the religious (priests, brother and sisters) was most encouraging. They received Our Lady, as well as the priests of the Society of Saint Pius X, with a warmth, joy, and gratitude, that I haven’t seen anywhere else.

For example, when I was with an SSPX priest and a group of Traditional Catholics at Paray-le-Monial in France, we were actually thrown out of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart where Father was preparing to offer Mass. Just a few years ago, in Auriesville, New York, the Jesuits called the police on the Society’s pilgrimage led by Bishop Bernard Fellay, and we were forbidden to have Mass (or even process as a group) within the Coliseum of the National Shrine of the North American Martyrs.

But in Quito, there was nothing but love, appreciation, and admiration for the priests and laity keeping the True Faith of Jesus Christ alive, in this time of near-universal corruption.

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Is it possible that this small spark of faith could reignite the flame of Catholicism in Ecuador, a country consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by its saintly President in 1874? God knows, but we cannot stop trying and praying. We cannot stop promoting the message of Our Lady of “Buen Suceso.”

It is impossible to give what we do not have. And, without pride or a sense of superiority, it is safe to say that we have the Catholic Faith and we can give the Faith as it was given to us, to those disposed to receive it. From what I saw in Quito over the past week, they are hungry and ready for it.