Our Lady of Victory

 

Our Lady of Victory

 

On this momentous day, 444 years ago,  a fleet of Papal, Spanish, Tuscany, Genoan, and Savoyan ships, under the title of the ‘Holy League,’ defeated the invading forces of the Moslems off the coast of Lepanto. The effects of this battle cannot be overemphasised: the victory halted the invasion of the West by Islam and preserved an already fractious Christianity from certain subjugation.

The near-miraculous victory itself was rightly attributed to Our Lady, the Mother of the Incarnate God. Pope Saint Pius V, who had organised the Holy League, spent the morning of the 7th of October praying the Rosary at the Basilica of St Mary Major. Later in the day, he stopped his work, looked to Heaven, and proclaimed that God had granted victory to the Christian forces. Indeed, conservative estimates place the Turkish losses at two-thirds of their 300-strong fleet- something from which the Turks would never recover. Pope Saint Pius V proclaimed the Feast of Our Lady of Victory, upon whom all Christians should call for intercession against the forces of evil. Later, the feast would be rededicated to Our Lady of the Rosary.

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The Rosary itself was seen as the real weapon behind the victory by both St Pius V and Don John of Austria. Recognising the intercessions of Our Lady to God on our behalf, Catholics have proclaimed the Rosary as one of the greatest weapons against Turk, Pagan, and Modernist. Bl Pius IX, the Southerner’s Pope, said that, were he to have an army praying the Rosary, the Church would “conquer the world.” Pope St Pius X, scourge of modernists,  called the Rosary the “most rich in graces of all prayers.” Father Abram Ryan, Poet-Priest of the South (and undoubtedly a Saint in Heaven), lauds the Rosary as central to life in his hauntingly beautiful “Rosary of My Tears.” The apparitions of Fatima and Akita both called on the world to pray the Rosary in reparation for the grievous sins of the world.

Southerners would do well to remember this day, given us by God through the intercession of Our Lady, and proclaim and pray forever the weapon that routed the Moslems four centuries ago- the Most Holy Rosary.

Dawkins: Mild Pedophilia Okay, But Catholic – No Way!

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Richard Dawkins, famed author of “The God Delusion” and proclaimed modern-day Darwin, has recently caused a bit of an uproar. In an interview with The Times, he stated that he couldn’t condemn what he termed ‘mild pedophilia.’

I look back a few decades to my childhood and see things like caning, like mild pedophilia, and can’t find it in me to condemn it by the same standards as I or anyone would today.

Dawkins also related that he was victim to a pedophile at the age of 11, but that it gave him “no lasting harm,” and as such shouldn’t be subject to revulsion or condemnation.

Dawkin’s assertion is that of a modernist. Morality “evolves” over time, so one generation cannot judge the previous by their lack of ethics. This is pure fancy. Man has always recognized, to a large degree through Natural Law, that certain things are an affront to mankind.  “Caning,” or the act of beating someone with a cane, rod, and possibly a switch or paddle, is not on the same level as pedophilia. St. John Chrysostom states that pedophilia is a crime which “openly outrage(s) nature.”

Mr. Dawkins, whether acknowledging or not, had a brush with a Sodomite. This person, as is the unfortunate case with the abuses within the Church, was a man not merely a pedophile, but a Sodomite as well. Does this mean all Sodomites are pedophiles, or that all pedophiles are Sodomites? No, but the link between the two definitely exists. In fact, pedophile advocates have likened their “civil rights” campaign to that of the Sodomy movement.

While defending ‘mild pedophilia’ of the past, Dawkins has been less-than-charitable in his regard of Catholics. He states that being sexually abused is better than being a Catholic:

Horrible as sexual abuse no doubt was, the damage was arguably less than the long-term psychological damage inflicted by bringing the child up Catholic in the first place.

He also called upon for Pope Benedict to be arrested under pedophile charges (crimes against humanity) when he journeyed to England in 2010:

Even if the Pope doesn’t end up in the dock, and even if the Vatican doesn’t cancel the visit, I am optimistic that we shall raise public consciousness to the point where the British government will find it very awkward indeed to go ahead with the Pope’s visit…

Mr. Dawkins also displayed his ignorance and contempt for the discipline of Priestly celibacy and the Holy Office of the Papacy:

I feel sorry for the Pope and all old Catholic priests. Imagine having a wasted life to look back on and no sex

But Dawkins showed his worst colours when speaking at an atheist rally. Bringing up the subject of the Holy Eucharist, he vilely stated:

Do you really believe that when a priest blesses a wafer, it turns into the body of Christ? Are you seriously telling me you believe that?  Are you seriously saying that wine turns into blood? Mock them, ridicule them in public, don’t fall for the convention that we’re far to polite to talk about religion. Religion is not off the table. Religion is not off limits. Religion makes specific claims about the universe, which need to be substantiated.  They should be challenged and ridiculed with contempt.

Dawkins has also taken a stab at Southerners, explicitly referring to a young earth/6 day Creation as “redneck creationism.” 

He did have a gold nugget of truth hidden in one ramble:

If they (laity) don’t believe in transubstantiation then they are not Roman Catholics

Too bad he doesn’t tell Nancy Pelosi that.

Pope Drives Alabama Car

 It only makes sense. His Holiness’ new Popemobile is made by Mercedes-Benz’s manufacturing base in Alabama. The former Pope, H.H. Benedict XVI, also possessed a Popemobile made in Alabama. Comments on the web are very favourable, with this one summing it up perfectly:

TheRealDanielDyas: That is something to be proud of! Congratulations to Alabama, Tuscaloosa County and Mercedes!

Let’s Pray Pope Francis enjoys His new ride!

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