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Buen Suceso Conferences Part II: The History of Sacrifice and the Purification

Vox Catholica

This is the second installment in a series of conferences by Fr. Adam Purdy on the significance and the meaning of the apparitions of Maria del Buen Suceso de la Purification to Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres in Quito, Ecuador.

In this conference, Father Purdy walks us through a detailed history of sacrifice; from the first sacrifice after the fall of Adam, to the sacrifices of Noah, Abraham, Aaron & the Levites, and culminating in the sacrifice offered by the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple on the day of her Purification and the ultimate sacrifice of Our Lord on the Cross.

This history is integral to truly understanding WHAT the purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary is, it's relation to the priesthood and the religious life, and why it is important that Our Lady took the name Maria del Buen Suceso de la Purification when she appeared to Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres in Quito, Ecuador.

Father Purdy also discusses in detail the 'Quasi-Priestly' role that Our Lady plays in the mystery of redemption, using the principles Saint Thomas Aquinas on analogy.

#HimToo: Brian McCall & Brett Kavanaugh - Baseless Accusations Destroy Lives

Vox Catholica

Over the past year, we have seen an increase in the practice of Doxxing, De-Platforming, Social Media suspensions, firings and forced resignations, at the behest of violent Marxists, Leftists, Feminists, and all other stripes of anti-Christian zombies with little more than an allegation, in an effort to advance an agenda of social degeneration, progressivism, un-fettered immigration and homosexualism.

Controversial Radio Host Alex Jones

Controversial Radio Host Alex Jones

It wasn’t until the Alex Jones case, wherein the inflammatory radio host was de-platformed overnight by Apple, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Periscope etc., that people started to take notice of the looming danger of politicized censorship.

Jones, of course, was not the first to be de-platformed. The first serious de-platforming took place when a prominent neo-Nazi website called the Daily Stormer, ran by the infamous Andrew Anglin, was taken down after violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, due to the neglect of the Charlottesville Police Department. Shortly thereafter, there was a purge of “right-wing,” “nazi,” “white supremacists” (aka. mostly run of the mill conservatives) from the internet, and a serious pursuit to identify and persecute participants with taxpayer dollars by PBS and the liberal website Pro-Publica. These efforts have led to firings, students being kicked out of schools, de-platforming and recently 4 men being arrested for their involvement in the Virginia rally-turned-riot.

All these cases of censorship, doxxing, and de-platforming came about at the mere accusation of those ever present buzzwords in our current society of racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, nazism, fascism, white supremacism, bigotry or whatever else is in style that particular week. Some of the accusations may have been true, some may have been false, but either way, this set the precedent for two notable cases that we are seeing un-fold before our eyes this week.

Those would be the cases of Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and the former Associate Dean at the Oklahoma University Law Department, Brian McCall.

Dr. Brian McCall

Dr. Brian McCall

While these two cases of McCall and Kavanaugh are at face value seemingly un-related, there is a deep vein of misandry and hatred of Truth and Justice lurking just below the surface that will become apparent.

The big story here is the case of Dr. Brian McCall. A noted scholar, lawyer, professor, associate dean, and acclaimed Catholic journalist and speaker, Dr. McCall is the last person anyone in the Traditionalist world would have expected to be attacked, ridiculed, slandered and ultimately forced to resign from his job, but those who hate truth will stop at nothing to remove anything and anyone which lays bare their own nakedness and degeneracy.

The First Story

On September 9th, a Oklahoma University Journalism School student named Drew Hutchinson published an article titled “Endowed OU law professor found connected to anti-Semitic publication.” The article went on to defame Dr. McCall’s good name and ultimately take away his livelihood by conjecture, insinuation and defamation by implication.

One claim by Drew Hutchinson in the article stated:

McCall contributed to TradCatKnight Radio, a traditionalist Catholic podcast, on July 15. David Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, was a guest on the same episode and made derogatory remarks about Jews.


This claim is demonstrably false. While it is true that both Brian McCall and David Duke were both invited as guests on TradCatKnight radio, they were featured on totally different podcast episodes.

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While I’m absolutely NOT a David Duke apologist, the idea that Brian McCall is some sort of a KKK bigot because he was invited to speak on a podcast that also featured Duke, is absurd. (Pro-Tip: David Duke is absolute kryptonite and effectively ruins anything he becomes associated with. Period. The man could donate money to an orphanage for poor African-American children, and within a week that orphanage would be shut down. Believe me.)

McCall and Duke spoke about completely different topics, and it is frankly a mystery to me why a protestant like Duke would be invited on a purportedly Catholic podcast that deals primarily with visions, prophecy and end-times predictions.

The article admits:

McCall made no anti-Semitic remarks but instead spoke about aspects of traditionalist Catholic beliefs.

But due to this guilt by association, implication and accusation, McCall is never-the-less branded an Anti-Semite by the young journalist wannabee as well as the thoroughly discredited Southern Poverty Law Center.

In another instance of guilt by association, Drew Hutchinson tries to make the claim that the brilliant Catholic Apologist, John Vennari (RIP), was some sort of a raging Anti-Semite who peddled in “really crazy conspiracies about Jews.” The only evidence for the claim was a passing mention of a book published by John Vennari, most likely the recently re-published “Permanant Instruction of the Alta Vendita,” an outline of how an Italian Lodge of Freemasons planned on infiltrating and subverting the Church, and a reference to how Mr. Vennari had said Judaism is a "part of the Kingdom of Satan."

Both of these accusations came with absolutely no footnotes, links, supporting documentation or anything substantiating the claim that John Vennari or Dr. Brian McCall were actually prejudiced towards Jews because they were born Jewish. Furthermore, Judaism, as traditionally spoken about by the Catholic Church, references a theological system of behavior and/or a religion that rejects Jesus Christ as the Son of God, something which as a belief system, or a behavior is willfully chosen and adhered to by the group in question, unlike something like race. At the rate we are going, the Bible will soon be condemned as Anti-Semitic hate speech.

In the article, McCall protested numerous times his innocence of these unsubstantiated claims of bigotry and prejudice, much like Brett Kavanaugh, and absolutely nobody gave McCall a fair hearing.

Liberals Take A Second Pass

In a follow up article on September 30th, titled “OU law professor, associate dean expresses homophobic, sexist views in 2014 book,” Hutchinson groundlessly blasted Dr. McCall for his totally valid and deeply-held religious beliefs, which are supposedly protected by the 1st Amendment, and accused him of sexism and homophobia.

Frankly the article speaks for it’s self, and Dr. McCall’s book (which you should go buy right now) “To Build the City of God: Living as Catholics in a Secular Age” outlines incredibly poignant issues for the Catholic living in the “current year.”

The issues addressed were women’s modesty, a Man’s authority over his home, union of Church and State, arguments for Traditional marriage based on the Natural Law, as well as many other topics that are frankly benign to Traditional Catholics. What I find interesting is that the vitriol and hatred for Traditional life is so intense in modern academia, Hutchinson only needed to basically state the basic teaching of the Church (not McCall’s) to whip up a frenzy over the fact that this kind of a “backwards thinking, white privileged, misogynistic, homophobic man” was an Associate Dean of the Oklahoma University School of Law.

Troubled Fake News Wannabee

Drew Hutchinson - Journalism Student @OU

So who exactly is this Drew Hutchinson girl, that effectively forced Dr. McCall to remove himself from his highly lauded career as Associate Dean of the School of Law at OU?

According to her website, Miss. Hutchinson has a history of “mental health” issues, “emotional instability,” anxiety problems, suffers from feelings of loneliness (no doubt due to her recent “terrible breakup”), lives with “turbulence and restlessness,” seeks “power,” and “loves to be in charge.” She even stated that her own mother had concerns over her mental health, and would have enrolled her in “Clown College” to make her happy. (Just in case she tries to delete this article, it is archived here.)

While, I’ve seen first hand how devastating a mental illness can be, and wish no ill towards those suffering from such diseases, young Miss. Hutchinson seems to be suffering from pathologies that come from the adherence to modern Feminism, Leftist Ideology and possibly even Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Miss. Hutchinson is clearly using Dr. McCall as her scapegoat and whipping post for her own rebellion and personal problems. For a social justice warrior, who seems to frequently lament the in-justice of the “gender-gap” in STEM fields, she has committed one of the gravest of all injustices: the bearing of false witness against one’s neighbor. And to add insult to injury, without thinking about the women and girls dependent on Dr. McCalls income from the University, she recklessly put their well being in danger. Clearly an act of oppression of women.

The Kavanaugh Connection

As we have seen, Dr. McCall has been groundlessly accused of the modern litany of sins against Social Justice, with absolutely no proof, which has now cost this courageous man his job as Associate Dean at the University of Oklahoma. This mirrors, in a way, the national drama we have seen playing out with the un-just and unfounded accusations of sexual impropriety directed at Brett Kavanaugh.

Nominee to the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh

Nominee to the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh

Kavanaugh, an honorable (albeit liberal) man with a long history of upstanding service towards his country, a man who with the grace of God could put an end to the daily Holocaust of innocent babies murdered at the hands of abortionists, reflects a certain amount of God’s Justice towards the hordes of disgusting, disgruntled, pink-hat wearing, perpetually outraged, Marxist-Feminazi-God-Hating-Liberals. This group of filth absolutely cannot risk anyone standing up for anything good and holy in our nations supreme court, and have concocted an ever-changing, un-corroborated, thoroughly discredited story about how Judge Kavanaugh drugged and gang-raped women in High-School and College and has some how gone un-detected at the highest levels of government for the past 35 years.

These accusations are losing steam, as Liberals and Democrats scramble to block this man’s appointment, but at Oaklahoma University, in an effort to rally support for the leftist’s agenda to perpetuate abortion and sex without consequences, our young “journalist” Drew Hutchinson breathlessly live-Tweeted The Gender + Equality Center’s “Take Back the Night event to take a stand against sexual violence,” an event clearly geared at discrediting the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh.

Clearly for “journalists” like Drew Hutchinson, feelings matter more than evidence and the truth.

Please say a prayer for young Miss. Hutchinson, as well as the un-justly attacked Dr. Brian McCall, and don’t forget that any one of us could be next!

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Update 10/4/18 10:38 PM:

Since Publication of this article Drew Huchinson has revised her April 21st article “Benefits of Switching Majors” sourced above. In the original blog entry, Drew includes indecent photos of herself, reproduced in this blog, as well as several paragraphs referencing relationship problems and “mental health” issues. It is not my intent to poke fun at or persecute individuals suffering from such problems at all. That being said, Miss. Huchinson quietly revised her article, deleting several paragraphs quoted in this article, most likely in an effort to frame me as someone intent on smearing young college students with a political ideology I disagree with. This is far from the truth.

Luckily, I archived her old un-edited post before I published this article. You can view her original blog entry by clicking here. You can view her newly “revised” blog entry by clicking here. By comparing these articles one can see clearly that Miss. Huchinson is trying to hide the truth and maybe regrets her honesty. I do feel sorry for her, and seriously urge you to pray for her, and all souls in need of conversion.

What Miss. Huchinson did with her “journalistic endeavor” was more akin to radical activism, not journalism. Had she interviewed Dr. McCall, his students, his co-workers et. al. I’m sure she would have found that his personal religious beliefs did not prejudice or affect the behavior of Dr. McCall in the workplace, as the statement on the situation from Dean Harroz clearly stated.


Auriesville Pilgrimage Recap: Pictures, Sermons, and District Superior's Comments on Crisis

Dave Reilly

The weekend of September 7-9 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of the Society of Saint Pius X's pilgrimage to Auriesville, NY, to the site of the National Shrine of the North American Martyrs. It was in Auriesville that three of the eight North American Martyrs, St. René Goupil, St. Isaac Jogues, and St. John de Lalande were martyred, and where St. Kateri Tekakwitha was born and grew up. Around 500 faithful came from the Northeast area to honor the martyrs of Auriesville through this event.    

The pilgrimage began on Friday night with Mass, a campfire, and sung Compline. On Saturday morning pilgrims gathered for a pep talk and a blessing by Fr. Richard Boyle before beginning the ten-mile walk. A life-size statue of our Lady of Fatima, carried by the men and boys of Christ the King parish in Ridgefield, CT, accompanied the faithful on this year’s pilgrimage. The statue was preceded by the boys of Blessed Virgin Mary Academy in Warners, NY, who led the pilgrimage with a large wooden cross. Following the statue came the girls of the academy, who livened the spirit of the pilgrimage by singing chants and hymns along the way.

The midday talk, given by Fr. Steven Soos, highlighted the 25th anniversary of the SSPX's pilgrimage, touched on the message of Our Lady of Fatima, and the crisis unfolding in the Catholic Church.

Upon reaching the shrine, the triumphant but weary pilgrims consummated the pilgrimage with a procession and a solemn high Mass in the shrine. There, the SSPX District Superior of the United States, Fr. Jurgen Wegner, preached about the lessons we can draw from the past and how to apply it to the troubled time in which we live.

Notably, Fr. Wegner made his first public statement on the now unfolding Cardinal McCarrick scandal as well as the Pennsylvania Attorney General's report. Fr. Wegner Stated:

...What can we learn in this troubled period of the church, after this report of the grand jury? After this scandal of Cardinal McCarrick, which reveal sins, weaknesses, in Christian souls, in priests, in bishops, in cardinals... Which are scandalous! Which every Christian has to condemn. But we have to make sure that it will not happen, again. That it will not happen in our circles."

While many left after the Te Deum marking the end of Mass to make the long drive home, others chose to camp overnight in order to attend  the Sunday Mass which officially closed the pilgrimage.

Check out the Photos of this year's pilgrimage below!

SSPX Ordinations 2018 - Bishop Tissier Sermon & Photo Gallery

Vox Catholica

On Friday, June 22nd, 2018, the Catholic Church welcomed 7 new priests, ordained by Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais of the Society of Saint Pius at their new Seminary in Dillwyn, Virginia.

Those seven new priests are:

  • Fr. Thomas Buschmann
  • Fr. Samuel Fabula
  • Fr. John Graziano
  • Fr. Michael Sheahan
  • Fr. Thomas Tamm
  • Fr. Nicolas McManus
  • Fr. Thomas O’Hart

Below are photographs of their ordination, as well as photos from the first masses of Fr. Sheahan, Fr. Fabula and Father O'Hart. 

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.