Monday, June 29, 2020

Imaginary Friends

Sometimes there are memories that a person suppresses. This is especially true of childhood recollections that are very painful and/or scary. The story I'm about to relate to you is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge and belief with only minor details changed; moreover, it is the first time I have revealed it to anyone outside my immediate family, and the first time I've even thought about it at length in decades. By "telling the world," so to speak, it might help me face it. Here is what happened: I was ten years old, living in a small apartment with my parents here in New York City. My married neighbors, "Jim" and "Lisa" (not their real names--I will not be using any actual names in this account--Introibo) were going to be having a cramped apartment for the next two weeks. Lisa's brother, Bob, his wife, and their two children (Sarah, age 11, and Timmy, age 5) would be staying in very tight quarters until they could move into their new apartment not too far away. It was cheaper and nicer than the apartment they had, but the timing was off between leaving their old apartment and entering the new one.

They found a storage place for their things and had just enough money to move in, but not anything more for a hotel room. Bob was a nice enough fellow. Like my father, he was a World War II veteran having served from 1944-1948. He was raised in a strict Irish Catholic home, but had no use for religion. While stationed in Occupied Japan, he met Hinata. She spoke broken English, and had a very limited vocabulary--mostly learned from the American soldiers after the war. Bob asked for her hand in marriage. Her parents agreed, and after his honorable discharge, he married her in a civil ceremony in California. In search of a better job, he soon moved to, and settled in, New York.  Hinata was a practitioner of Shinto, a pagan Japanese religion which is basically animistic, meaning they believe in spirit entities that inhabit all things. It is pantheistic and superstitious. They invoke many "spirits." Neither of their children were baptized or taught anything of Christianity.

It was a hot summer day, and I was playing catch in the street with a couple of neighborhood kids. Sarah was watching us with her brother and asked if she could play. We let her play, and she told her extremely well-behaved brother to sit on the curb and watch, because he was not allowed in the street. As it grew dark, we moved onto the sidewalk. Most of the adults were hanging outside as well, since the heat was oppressive and our building had no air conditioning; everyone used window fans. My parents were talking to the four adults who wanted to stay outside as long as possible before "squeezing in" for the night. Timmy was thirsty, and my mother asked me to use my key to enter our apartment and let Sarah, Timmy, and me all drink some milk.

When inside, I turned on the lights, and began serving my two guests milk, before filling my own glass. Timmy had his first bad moment I had ever seen. "I don't want this," he said, pushing aside the glass and spilling the milk. I went to get a towel, and Sarah got upset with her brother. "You had better behave or the Obake will come and get you."  "The what will come?" I asked. "The Obake. My mother tells us when we misbehave he can come for us." Timmy looked scared. I was thinking this was some Japanese "boogeyman" story to scare kids (and of which I strongly disapprove parents telling children). Sarah pointed into the next room and said to Timmy, "See the Obake!" Just then, the lights in my apartment went out, and the door to the apartment, which I had left open, slammed shut. There appeared to be a large shadow in the room. "What are you doing Sarah?" I yelled. She replied, "Nothing! It's him!" I said we needed to get out fast; Sarah picked up little Timmy and was screaming as we all ran towards the door. I tried opening the door, but it was like someone was on the other side pulling it shut. I cried out to Jesus for help, and at the mention of the Most Holy Name, the door suddenly opened and the lights went on. We ran outside, all three of us crying. Our parents and all the adults tried to comfort us. After a long time we told them what happened.

My parents thought we were making things up. No one reported any power outages, and the building superintendent said that the circuit breaker for our apartment was never tripped. My parents were angry with me. My mother wanted to punish me for lying, but my father talked her out of it saying that we were just three kids with overactive imaginations. Only one person didn't make any comment or accuse us of either imagining things or lying; Hinata.  "Obake" is translated as "ghost," but in Shintoism, it refers to a supernatural entity that can "shape-shift" and appear as different things. It is considered evil. Hinata called on such things as part of her religion. When Bob and his family left, I never wanted to speak of the incident again. I didn't want people to think I was a liar, a kid who imagines things, or worst of all, that I was crazy. It wasn't until the following summer that I was able to sleep again without a nightlight. I tried to put it out of my mind and was basically successful. But I know it happened.

As Traditionalist Catholics, we know all about our guardian angels. I had a picture of a guardian angel on the post of my bed as a little kid, in front of which I would say my prayers at night. These angels protect us, guide us, and so much more. However, no one seems to ask what the fallen angels are doing. If our angels are working non-stop to secure our salvation, wouldn't the forces of Hell be working just as hard to secure our damnation, especially now in the Great Apostasy? This post will focus on Catholic teaching regarding false religious practices and the occult. You must be very careful what you allow in your home by means of TV, radio, music, books, the Internet, and any other way. Bottom line: whatever you invite into your life may take you up on the offer. Evil may even come in the guise of a child's "friend."

Imagination or Incantation?
What caused me to write this post was an event told to me by a solid source, and I have no reason to doubt the veracity of the information. I was told about a young couple who had a five year old son. He was very shy and there really weren't many kids his age with whom he could play. His mother heard him playing in his room one evening and talking as if someone else was there. When she came to put him to bed, she asked him who he was talking to earlier. "Hannah. She's my new friend." His mom thought the imaginary friend was cute, and a way not to feel so lonely. One day, he looked rather sad. His mother suggested that he should play upstairs with Hannah. "I don't want to play with her anymore," he said. His mother inquired why. "She wants me to do bad things." The startled mother asked,"Bad things like what?" The boy said, "She wants me to kill myself." Immediately both parents took him to a child psychologist, who though his suicidal ideations were the result of possible early schizophrenia manifesting itself.

While awaiting testing, the parents left their son at his grandparents' house so they could get rid of cleaning agents, and anything else he could use to hurt himself. The last thing they did was to tie up all the knives in the kitchen and keep them locked up in their bedroom closet. They went and picked up their son. Mom slept in the boy's room. Dad stayed in the main bedroom. The next morning, he said to his parents, "You're trying to make it hard to kill myself; you hid the kitchen knives in the bedroom closet." The stunned parents asked him how he could possibly know that. His answer consisted of three words, "Hannah told me." (The dialogue is reconstructed by me from memory. The quotes are approximations of what the person relating the incident to me claimed was spoken---Introibo). My source would tell me no more, as he said he "wasn't at liberty" to reveal more. I believe the "friend" wasn't mere imagination.

After that story, I began doing some research into experiences like mine. In all of these frightening experiences, I have dug up one common thread: all of them (yes, all) had either the children themselves or the parents involved in pagan or occult practices. The most common experience is in the form of "imaginary friends." Let me be clear at the outset that I am not suggesting that all or most kids with imaginary friends are in contact with something demonic in nature. The Church tells us that we are to assume natural causes and not jump to conclusions causing a "satanic panic." Most imaginary friends are the result of lonely kids or very bright kids having some outlet  for their feelings and giving them harmless fun. In some cases, they are the result of mental illness. However, there are a growing number of disturbing accounts (some very serious) in which it seems there is no other explanation except for a supernatural cause.

The Bible and Church teaching condemn occult/pagan practices such as attempting to communicate with the dead or "spirits." "Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you." (See Deuteronomy 18:10-12; Emphasis mine.) According to theologian Jone, "Spiritism claims to be able to communicate with the spirit world and endeavors to establish such commerce with it. Although spiritism is for the most part fraud, still the intention alone to enter into communication with spirits is gravely sinful. Therefore, it is mortally sinful to conduct a spiritistic seance or to act as a medium." (See Moral Theology, pg. 100; Emphasis mine).

Parents take note of three of the acts mentioned above that are detestable to the Lord; interpreting omens, witchcraft/spell-casting, and consulting spirits. Many parents have engaged in such things by using tarot cards, ouija boards, watching "mediums" on television, allowing their kids to read and watch shows depicting witchcraft (especially the odious Harry Potter), and attending the services of a false religion. Many people (even though calling themselves Traditionalists) will not adhere to Church teaching regarding these things. Do you want your children pretending to cast spells and be witches like Harry Potter?  Do you want them to view this detestable activity as "fun" and "cool"? How about playing with a ouija board? Harmless fun? What about watching your kid roll around on the floor being "slain in the spirit" as he or she imitates what happens in the false Pentecostal sects you let them attend out of human respect? Want your teenager to practice yoga in front of pagan statues?  Let's see what Satan can do.

Satanic Activity
 What exactly does Satan do? According to theologian Ott:
  • The Devil possesses a certain dominion over mankind by reason of Adam's sin. The Council of Trent names, as a consequence of Original Sin, humanity's subjection to the power of Satan. The Church's belief finds liturgical expression in the ceremonies of Baptism. Christ calls Satan, "the prince of this world" (St. John 12:31), and St. Paul calls him "the god of this world." (2 Cor. 4:4). In the General Judgement the dominion of the Devil will be completely and finally broken. (2 St. Peter 2:4). 
  • Satan and the fallen angels (demons) seek to do moral injury to people through temptation to sin. "Be sober and watch because your adversary, the Devil, goes about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour." (1 Peter 5: 8).
  • The evil spirits also seek to hurt mankind physically also, through the causing of physical evil (e.g., Tob. 3:8, Job 1:12, 1 Cor. 5: 5).
  •  In some cases people are possessed, in which case the demon takes forcible possession of the human body, so that the bodily organs and the lower powers of the soul, but not the higher powers of the soul, are controlled by him. The possibility and reality of possession is firmly established by the express testimony of Christ, Who Himself drove out evil spirits and Who bestowed power over the evil spirits on His disciples (Church's power of exorcism---St. Mark 1:23; St. Luke 10: 17 et seq)        (See Ott, Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma , The Mercier Press, 1955, pgs. 121-122).
Demonic vexation. Fr. Gabriele Amorth (d. 2016) was ordained in 1954, and was a prominent exorcist. Unfortunately, he didn't want to see the demonic usurpers in the papal chair, and was part of the Vatican II sect. (I'll make that the subject of a future post). He did recognize that Wojtyla's revised Rite of Exorcism (1999) was useless and only used the Traditional Rite. He retained traditional teaching regarding the demonic. He correctly describes "demonic vexations" as, "...the second type of the demon's extraordinary spiritual aggression and are far and away the most numerous. They are caused by a person's cultivation of imprudent habits; by frequenting wizards or seances, through repeated and persistent serious sins, or by submitting to spells...Vexations are true and actual aggression, physical or psychological attacks that the demon works against a person. At times they can result in scratches, burns, bruises, or, in the most serious cases, broken bones." (See An Exorcist Explains the Demonic, [2016], pgs. 70-71).  As theologian Delaporte reminds us, Satan wants to hurt us out of his "malice..envy..and hatred." (See The Devil: Does He Exist and What Does He Do, [1871], pg. 32).


The Root of the Problem: Vatican II Strikes Again
There is a surge of those involved in the occult and paganism, and with it comes the corresponding rise in demonic activity. The culture of the world has been desensitized to evil by Vatican II and the false sect it spawned. Sixty years ago the idea of a Catholic participating in yoga before pagan Hindu "gods" would be unthinkable. Now, yoga classes are offered at the local parish hall, and in the Vatican II sect Archdiocese of New York, Diocese of Brooklyn, and Diocese of Rockville Centre (Long Island), the seminarians are encouraged to visit a Hindu temple and an Islamic mosque (some professors require it). They are to "witness how they worship" and write a paper on the "beauty of their faith tradition." Is it any wonder parents (including some Traditionalists I know) see nothing wrong with letting their kids actively participate in Protestant services with their friends?

According to theologian Delaporte, "For since none but the True Religion can be from God, all other religions must be from the Father of Lies; and therefore highly displeasing to the God of Truth (St.Matthew 24:5, 24)." (See The Devil: Does He Exist and What Does He Do, [1871], pg. 36; Emphasis mine). This has always been Church teaching. 

Today, the number of those those who identify as pagans (polytheistic, animistic, or pantheistic pre-Christian religions) is growing each year. Some studies suggest that there are at least 1.2 million pagans in the United States. (See Jason Pitzl-Waters, The Wild Hunt, "Parsing the Pew Numbers," http://wildhunt.org/blog/2008/02/parsing-pew-numbers.html; Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, http://religions.pewforum.org/).

Also in the U.S., there are approximately 1.5 million Hindus, another 1.2 million are Buddhists, and 3.45 million Mohammedans.  The fact that there are currently millions of witches, animists, and other pagans in the country is reason enough for genuine concern. The Bible tells us, "But the things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God. And I would not that you should be made partakers with devils." (1 Corinthians 10:20). Let's not forget that Pope Pius XI clearly establishes Islam as dark (evil) as paganism in the prayer he composed for the Dedication of the Human Race to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, where we pray for those "still in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism."

The growth of these religions allows for greater demonic activity. Yet the Vatican II sect tells us that:

 "The Church, therefore, exhorts her sons, that through dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other [pagan] religions, carried out with prudence and love and in witness to the Christian faith and life, they recognize, preserve and promote the good things, spiritual and moral, as well as the socio-cultural values found among these men...The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. (See Nostra Aetate, para. #2 and 3; Emphasis mine). Notice the absence of any mention to convert them to the One True Church (and now Bergoglio openly tells us "proselytism is nonsense"). Good people who were raised in the Vatican II sect thinking they are Catholic come to accept, rather than reject, paganism.

The main cause of the rise in paganism--and even Satanism--coincides with the Great Apostasy. It's no coincidence. There are three basic reasons for this cause and effect, based on sound theological principles.

1. The False Ecclesiology of Vatican II.
The heretical ecclesiology of Vatican II tells us that the Church of Christ is distinct from the Roman Catholic Church, but "subsists" there because it has all the "elements" of the Church of Christ. The Church of Christ "subsists" elsewhere depending on how many "elements" the sect possesses. To have all the elements is best, but just having some elements is good too, and leads to salvation. (See Lumen Gentium of Vatican II). This explains why Nostra Aetate (cited above) could praise the false and diabolical sects of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. It also explains how "St." Wojtyla (JPII) could kiss the evil Koran--it contains some elements of truth. Using the same logic he could kiss the Satanic Bible because that has "some truth" as well. You will also frequently hear Vatican II sect clergy talking about baptism bringing someone into full communion with the sect. This clearly implies there can be partial communion. This notion is blatantly heretical. You can no more be "partially Catholic" than a woman can be "partially pregnant," or a man is "partially dead." You simply are or are not.

2. Religious Liberty. 
Dignitatis Humanae, the Vatican II sect document on so-called "religious liberty," overturns the perennial teaching of the Church on religious tolerance. Paragraph #2 of that damnable document states: "This Vatican Synod declares that the human person has a right to religious freedom. This freedom means that all men are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that in matters religious no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs. Nor is anyone to be restrained from acting in accordance with his own beliefs, whether privately or publicly, whether alone or in association with others, within due limits."

Vatican II not only says that no one should be forced to believe (which the Church has always taught), but also claims that no one can be restrained from practicing the religion of his choice. The Robber Council announces a "natural right" of the members of all false religions not to be hindered in their equally false/evil practices, which includes the "right" to proselytize and have false worship in public. Vatican II promotes something (once more) that the Church always condemned previously. The result was that Catholic countries were not only permitted, but encouraged, to remove Catholicism as the State Religion. When the Church was the religion of the State, only Catholicism could be practiced in public. Proselytism and public worship by sects was strictly forbidden. The result is both obvious and devastating, as the formerly Catholic countries of Europe (e.g., Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, etc.) are overrun with Mohammedans and other sects, with their morals returning to those of pagan times having abortion, euthanasia, and sodomite "marriage" all legalized.

3. The False "Mass" and "Sacraments" of the Vatican II sect.
When the True Church was driven underground, and the Modernists took over the formerly Catholic buildings, they evicted Christ. When the Mass was replaced by an invalid Novus Bogus bread and wine service, the grace that comes to humanity via the Unbloody Sacrifice of the Cross was diminished. As Christ decreases, Satan increases. Why else did missionaries have to perform so many exorcisms in foreign lands filled with pagans? As the Mass increased, demonic activity decreased. It should be no wonder then, that as the Mass decreases after Vatican II, demonic activity will increase.

Moreover, the sacraments have all been invalidated with the exception of most baptisms, and some marriages. Young people must try to fight all the modern evils and temptations without the grace of Confirmation. There are no priests and bishops to perform exorcisms and bless sacramentals. No graces from Holy Communion, and no forgiveness of sin outside of perfect contrition. It's a delightful time for the forces of Hell.

Satan Wants to Corrupt the Youth
Satan hates that which is pure. Children are pure and innocent, like Christ. What better way to approach a child than as a "friend"? "And no wonder: for Satan himself transformeth himself into an angel of light." (2 Corinthians 11:14). Here are two recent disturbing cases of "imaginary friends" gone bad. Both involved the occult.

1. The Slender Man attempted murder. On May 31, 2014, 12-year-olds Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, admitted that they lured their friend, Payton Leutner into some woods near a suburban Milwaukee park. Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times while Weier urged her on, according to investigators. Leutner was left for dead but she crawled out of the woods and got help from a passing bicyclist. Geyser and Weier said they carried out the attack to curry favor with "Slender Man," a fictional online horror character typified by spidery limbs and a blank white face. They started seeing manifestations of Slender Man, who wanted to "help them." He then threatened their families unless they killed Leutner. Both girls were convicted and committed to a psychiatric hospital for 40 years. 

 What struck me is that two girls with no previous signs of being in trouble or having mental illness suddenly did something so unspeakably horrid; worse than a scene from a horror movie. Madness is not contagious. I'm not a psychologist, but it seems more than a bit odd that two young girls who are friends would both have severe psychological problems, to the point of sharing the same psychotic ideas and plotting the murder in all gruesome detail for five months. Where were the parents? Letting them dabble in the occult. They had "...sleepovers after bingeing on horror movies, of Ouija boards and Light as a feather, stiff as a board…" (See https://www.vqronline.org/essays-articles/2017/10/out-came-girls; Emphasis mine).

2. Murder and Suicide Pact with Satan.  In 2018, two young girls (11 and 12) whose names have not yet been released due to their ages, wanted to murder their classmates, drink their blood, and commit suicide to be with Satan. According to USA Today

Police say the girls — ages 11 and 12 — were found in a bathroom stall, allegedly with multiple knives, a pizza cutter and knife sharpener in their possession. The girls planned to commit suicide after stabbing other students, police say. "The plan was to kill at least 1 student but were hoping to kill anywhere from 15-25 students," an affidavit said. "Killing all of these students was in hopes it would make them worse sinners ensuring that after they committed suicide ... (they) would go to hell so they could be with Satan."

The girls allegedly hatched the plot after watching scary movies over the weekend, detectives said. The plan involved lying in wait for smaller students, mutilating their victims' bodies and drinking their victims' blood, according to authorities. (See https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/24/florida-girls-plotted-satanic-school-stabbings-police-say/1756036002/). Where did they get such disturbingly sick ideas, and why did they want to do something so incredibly evil at such a young age? "When asked about motivation, the girls reportedly told police that they were Satan worshipers. According to police, the girls planned to drink their victims’ blood out of the goblet they were found with. They also discussed eating their victims' flesh and leaving body parts at the school's entrance before killing themselves." (See https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-polk/bartow/pd-2-satan-worshiping-girls-armed-with-knives-plotted-to-kill-15-students-at-middle-school-). It began with watching horror movies depicting witchcraft and Satan worship. Thinking it was "cool" they began researching Satanism, and thought Satan was their "friend." Where were the parents? Good question.

Can demons take control of children? In the Gospel of St. Mark 9:17-21 we read, "A man in the crowd answered, "Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not." "You unbelieving generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to Me." So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the boy’s father, "How long has he been like this?"
"From childhood," he answered." (Emphasis mine).

We are also warned as to what we allow in our homes. In Deuteronomy 7:26, God warns what will happen if a false idol (referred to as a "detestable thing") is brought into the home of a Jew, "Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Regard it as vile and utterly detest it, for it is set apart for destruction." (Emphasis mine).

Learn to Discern
If a child has an imaginary friend, there is no need for alarm. It's probably an innocent imaginative phase. However, since Vatican II we are experiencing an "occult invasion" and the demonic forces that come with it. Please make sure that you keep out all things forbidden by God as "detestable." In particular avoid the Ouija board, tarot cards, and TV shows, films, and books regarding witchcraft and Satanism (from horror movies to the "evil is good" Harry Potter). In particular, make sure they stay away from the so-called "Charlie, Charlie Challenge." The "Charlie Charlie Challenge" has inspired millions of ­youngsters to dabble with satanic rituals by using a simple Ouija board made from a sheet of paper divided into quarters. They write “Yes” in two corners and “No” in the remaining squares. They then make a cross by stacking one pencil on top of another and summon the demon “Charlie” who answers questions – or even gives them instructions – by turning the top pencil to point to “Yes” or “No." Even the Modernist Vatican commented on this one. "Fr." Jose Antonio Fortea, said spirits could continue to haunt or harm players after the game ended.

The Daily Mirror reports: "Players have reported strange phenomena after contacting Charlie, especially if they believe they failed to sever the spiritual link after the game. One player from Buckinghamshire claimed her laptop malfunctioned, then the power failed. When she tried to call her parents the phone cut out. Another from Texas said he had seen a black figure with red eyes at the top of the stairs. Others reported hearing sinister laughing and objects moving without any obvious explanation."

Never send a child to a Waldorf School. This alleged "non-denominational private school" teaches children to "make contact with the spirit world." The philosophy is based on occultist Rudolf Steiner who influenced a man called--Angelo Roncalli! (See my post http://introiboadaltaredei2.blogspot.com/2018/06/an-education-in-evil.html)

Be concerned if the child:
  • has a change in behavior for the worse
  • claims his "friend" wants him to do bad things
  • knows things he couldn't possibly know on his own (personal details of your life you never divulged, etc)
  • wants to hurt himself and/or others
Make sure to bring him/her to health care professionals first to check for psychological disorders. Alert a Traditionalist priest as well.

Conclusion

We are living in unique times, for both the Church and the world. The regular readers of my blog know I'm not an alarmist or conspiracy theorist. However, Vatican II has so desensitized the world into accepting evil, it affects our culture. Traditionalists must be extra vigilant as to what they permit in the home. Those who have children must be alert and knowledgeable regarding everything to which the kids are exposed.

Invite evil into your life and it will seek you out. Theologian Delaporte tells us to have in our home the things of God, especially Holy Water, relics of saints, and to be in the state of grace by staying close to the Sacraments. Moreover, consecrate your home to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Have a blessed statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. Make use of all the sacramentals the Church has to offer. Pray to St. Michael the Archangel.  Instruct your children in the truths of Faith. In this way, you will be showing Satan a "No Trespassing" sign on your home and family.  The learned Fr. Delaporte leaves us with this truism, "Ignorance is not excusable when instruction is to be had; and heedlessness is very unreasonable, when there is a question of our immortal soul." (Ibid, pg. 176)

115 comments:

  1. A religion can be categorized as a collection of propositions with regards to the faith it professes; all such propositions must be believed if they are part of the faith (aka a logical conjunction of all propositions); as such, per the rules of logic, only *one* false proposition is necessary to render the entire logical conjunction false. From this, since all religions are ostensibly about a common subject - God, or the lack thereof, and mankind's relationship with God and/or the supernatural - then it follows that there exists at most only one true religion.

    On an unrelated noted, it's interesting you bring up yoga; there's a Protestant working on a radio show based out of Alabama who has disclosed doing yoga at his gym in the past. I (and apparently others, based on past bits on the show) have notified him via email about the spiritual dangers of yoga. His general response was as follows: "we're Christians working out, praying before we do our sessions, playing worship songs all the while. It's no big deal!"

    What argument does one bring to those who think that yoga can be "Christianized" like other pagan elements throughout history (such as former Roman temples being consecrated and converted into Catholic shrines or churches, for example)?

    Sincerely,

    A Simple Man

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    1. Simple Man,
      There are acts which, by their very nature, violate the Laws of God and cannot be “Christianized.” Yoga is a religious act—an act of false belief and worship. Imagine saying, “we are Christians praying before we offer incense to Vishnu.” Or, “we play worship songs before taking pregnant women for their abortion.”
      Such things can NEVER be made “Christian.”

      Hope this helped!
      God Bless,

      —-Introibo

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    2. Introibo and A Simple Man,
      What I don't understand is WHY these so called Christians want to do Yoga. There are other ways to exercise than take up a pagan religious way of exercise. Is it because everyone else is doing it? Is it more sinister such as some kind of demonic attraction?
      JoAnn

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    3. But is it not possible to separate the stretches and exercises of yoga from the spiritual aspect of it. If there is no intention of worship and just for physical exercise? The reason I ask is because I used to do yoga and gave it up and since being baptised I have not done it, never felt the desire to, but my parents regularly do it.
      Augustine

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    4. @Joann and Augustine
      One of the ways paganism is pushed through yoga is by telling people, “It’s only for exercise.” The exercises themselves are based on pagan principles and prayer. There are plenty of exercise programs to keep you fit and healthy apart from yoga.

      Imagine someone said to you they need to do a little reading before bedtime to help them sleep. They read each night from the “Satanic Bible,” but they don’t believe in Satan or Satan worship, it’s just reading material. Why invite that kind of evil? There are plenty of good books that would serve the same purpose.

      God Bless,

      —-Introibo

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  2. If I had children, I would teach them to say the rosary. The 11 year old daughter of a friend of mine knows how to say a rosary. This is what children used to learn, but with the current apostasy, it has unfortunately been lost.

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    1. Simon,
      Vatican II caused many things to fall into disuse and become objects of scorn. You’re a wise man for wanting to teach any children you had how to pray the Rosary. Most members of the V2 sect don’t understand it, or recite it with the “Illuminati” mysteries. Reciting it at “mass” is an act of futility.

      A tragedy of epic proportions.

      God Bless,

      —-Introibo

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  3. I've been backsliding intensely within the past Year.
    Will someone please pray for my
    Moral Spiritual Temporal well being?
    Thank you for your efforts regarding this informative blog.
    God bless.
    -Andrew

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    1. Andrew,
      All my readers are in my prayers, but I will remember you especially and ask my other readers to do the same when they pray.

      God Bless,

      —-Introibo

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    2. Andrew
      You have my prayers.
      I understand backsliding personally.
      The fear of sliding away from God is actually a suffering that can earn us merit in God's eyes if we join it with prayer in heartfelt desire to be pleasing to Him.
      I have always found help in Padre Pio's advice to "Pray, hope, and don't worry".
      Jannie

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    3. Andrew,
      Praying for you.

      JoAnn

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    4. Pray to St. Peter, he backslided too.

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    5. You're in my prayers, Andrew!
      Maria, Auxilium Christianorum, ora pro nobis!
      Joanna S.

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    6. Thank you all.
      God bless
      -Andrew

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  4. Introibo, what are your thoughts in regards to magic in Catholic fantasy books such as The Lord of the Rings. Characters such as Gandalf use "magic" as he is a wizard, but the entire book is allegorical for the Redemption story of Christ. Is magic, or spells, inherently wrong? I love LOTR books/movies and thought they conveyed a very virtuous message.

    David.

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    1. David,
      The Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia are good Christian literature. Tolkien was a devout Catholic and Lewis was considering converting to Catholicism when he died the same day JFK was assassinated—Nov. 22, 1963. Had he seen the destruction of Vatican II (then beginning) he would have run away in abject horror.

      Defenders of Harry Potter try to analogize to Lord of the Rings and Narnia as “proof” that Harry Potter can’t be bad.

      There are several MAJOR differences:

      1. Narnia and Lord of the Rings (LOTR) are based on Catholic morality. Harry Potter (HP) is based on moral relativism.

      2. LOTR shows that power is legitimate only if it comes from the source of all things (God). HP shows that power is neutral and the end justifies the means.

      3. Just as special power was given to Moses by God, Gandolf is a type of prophet for the Ultimate Good. Anyone who tries to use power (not “magick”) without Authority is corrupted like Golum. It takes place in an alternate universe. HP takes place in our world and magick is to be used for the individual’s advantage.

      LOTR and Chronicles of Narnia are good, solid Christian allegories. HP is seeped in both moral relativism and pagan/Wiccan ideas.
      A world of difference!

      God Bless,

      —-Introibo

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    2. Ok yeah that's how I understood it to be. I've heard people rip anything that has magic or mythology, or spells based solely on that fact, without taking in context the deeper meaning or implications of the works. Thanks bud!

      David

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    3. Wasn't Tolkein also the translator of the 1963 Jerusalem Bible which was very liberal, really a paraphrase?

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    4. @anon11:15
      Tolkien was a contributor, but the extent of his contributions is unknown and thought to be rather small. He was involved in translating parts of Job, and did not have final say on anything. I don’t think it’s fair to judge him based on that work.

      —-Introibo

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  5. Don´t forget "apparitions"
    - The Palmar de Troya, with Nope Peter III. They believe Mary is in the Eucharist
    - The Heroldsbach apparitions, in which Nope "Clemént XV" claimed there was a "planetary church" and loyal catholics will be raptured to the "Planet of Mary"
    - Garabandal, with the backwards running and screaming girls
    - Medjugorje, with the mixed nuns and monks, and all the show

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    1. Poni,
      Phony apparitions and “mystical popes” are ALWAYS bad news!

      God Bless,

      —-Introibo

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    2. It's a shame because
      Palmar De Troya could be a Catholic traditional group which could help so many Souls, especially in Spain + Portugal.
      Does anyone have 100% proof
      Bp.Dominguez changed their
      Rite of Holy Orders?
      Anthony T.

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    3. @Anthony T,
      Palmar de Troya is a non-Catholic cult, my friend! They teach heresy, the “Mass” consists of the words of Consecration in Spanish, “Pope” Gregory who they “canonized” molested the “nuns,” etc. There is no presumption of validity when the recipient has not been given minimal priestly training. Gregory (Clemente Dominguez) was an illiterate. “Mary” conveniently told him Spanish was God’s favorite language after Latin, so the Rite was “translated.” Before that they attempted Latin. Do you really think they knew how to administer the 31/2 hour Rite? A translation to the vernacular without approbation from the Magisterium? It makes it all dubious (at best).

      —-Introibo

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    4. I understand and was well aware of the Palmar De Troya heresy.
      From what I gathered,before summer 1978,
      they used Latin & long as the essential form is used in a valid Holy Sacrifice of the Mass,not EVERY section of the Rite is mandatory?
      True or False?
      I ask this in all sincerity not being sarcastic.
      -Anthony T

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    5. Anthony T
      True as to the validity of Mass, but so illicit and an incentive to impiety, no one could approve or attend. The other problem is correct pronunciation and the lack of presumed validity. Only a trained cleric (by seminary or by training approved by either pope or bishop with Ordinary jurisdiction) carries the presumption of validity. If a trained cleric gives a person baptism in danger of death and he recovers, the baptism is presumed valid upon a signed certificate by the priest. If performed by a layman, there will be a conditional baptism.

      So while your contention is correct, given the circumstances it really doesn’t help the Palmar sect one bit.

      —-Introibo

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  6. Some good sources pertaining to Bishop Robert McKenna and exorcism

    Video of the werewolf possession: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bucFTvNglM

    Unsolved mysteries skip to 2:03 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exh1qXoC6jY

    Sermon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgEPtBSA0wM

    Lee

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    1. Lee,
      Thank you for the information!

      God Bless,

      —-Introibo

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    2. Thanks for those, Lee.

      Bp. McKenna affirms that rock music and games particularly like Dungeons and Dragons can draw one to evil. Well, he really made special mention of D&D.

      But the second video seems confusing. Why did Bp. McKenna invite the devil to repent and say an act of contrition, Introibo? He was also technically correct when he said God does not forgive demons because they do not repent, but what's the use of saying that? It's not as if they have the ability to repent.

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    3. @anon5:19
      That part confused me also. There must be a good reason he did it, but I don’t know what that reason might be.

      —-Introibo

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  7. The following is an accounting of a demonic experience I had 34 yrs ago. It will show the extent to which Novus Ordo adherents are connected to the demonic. I have only ever shared the following with one other person:
    34 yrs ago I was a single woman working in a Law Firm in a City. I wanted to relocate my residence to be closer to my job. I rented a house and needed a place to live until the house was ready to be moved into. A co-worker who was my best friend told me her Mother, who was a widow would rent me a room. I had never met the Mother before moving into her home. After I moved into the home, I saw alot of Crucifixes on the walls and the Mother told me she was a "devout Catholic". She used holy water throughout the day and would bless herself often. She went weekly to the New Mass and prompted me to go along. She would have the "Priest" over to dinner each week. (I was 14 yrs old when the New Mass was instituted and never liked it. I could not understand what had happened to the Church I grew up in and, therefore, quit going to Church. I did, however, have a deep belief in God). I grew up with Paternal Grandparents who immigrated from Italy and they had a very strong faith. Attending Mass with my Grandmother when I was growing up was the best memories of my childhood. Being in her home was a comfort with crucifixes, candles burning, holy water fonts and my Grandmother's collection of various sacramentals. My friend's Mother seemed to possess all the qualities of a devout Catholic such as that of my Grandparents. Was I ever wrong. Appearances can be deceiving as well as people who profess to be "devout Catholics". One day her other daughter came to visit. They got out an Ouija Board and proceeded to operate it. I was standing and watching. All at once the Ouija Board spelled out my name and proceeded to use some of the most foul language I ever heard. It said it was so and so and so and so who I knew as a child and were dead!! There is no way the Mother or her daughter knew the name of the dead people cursing me out on the Ouija Board. I ran as fast as I could out of the house! I subsequently found out that the Mother was not only involved with the Ouija Board but with reading tarot cards and going to fortune tellers. When my rental home became available and I moved out, I broke all ties with this family, best friend included!! This experience proceeded to drive home to me why there was something terribly wrong with the "Novus Ordo". However, it took me almost another 30 yrs to find Tradition and my questions and doubts concerning the "New Mass" were finally answered. "Dearly beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits if they be of God". 1 John 4:1

    JoAnn

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      Thank you for the compelling testimony!

      God Bless,

      —-Introibo

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  8. Introibo,
    Have heard bad things about the game Dungeons and Dragons and suicides as a result of playing it. Do you have any info on the game?
    Thanks.

    JoAnn

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    1. Joann,
      Role-playing games like D&D are full of the occult and should be avoided. I might do a post on it in the future.

      —-Introibo

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  9. I have to work with a woman who is a pagan and claims to be a witch. She is also a ghost hunter and is very obsessed with things like Halloween, grave sites etc. One day as we were talking, she had on her desk an old tape dispenser machine. As I was standing near the machine, it randomly started to type by itself for a few seconds while printing on the paper. With a commanding and deep voice she said "stop it" towards the machine and proceeded to talk to me with a smile on her face, saying it was her ghosts messing with her. I have no doubt what I saw and it printed a few numbers on the paper (which was my proof). Without freaking out to terribly bad I said some mental prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Blessed Mother, and St. Michael until we were finished talking.

    While it's best to stay away from people, places, or things involved with that stuff as much as possible, for me (as I experienced that) it was a reality check and reminder to be on guard at all times. The Rosary, St. Michael Chaplet, holy water, etc. along with all sacramentals are like our ready to use home defense weapons (if you know what I mean). The only difference is the former should be used on a daily basis and frequently throughout the day. Devils never stop attempting to trespass against us.

    Lee

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    1. Lee,
      Thank you for sharing your experience! Joann and you are showing the “occult invasion” since V2. I invite anyone else with a story to share to comment!

      —-Introibo

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    2. Lee I definitely believe you..
      By 1994,atheism + the Occult were mainstream with Gen X.
      William + Hillary Clinton had a devastating influential impact upon that decade especially with young men/women.
      The baby boomer Trad-Catholic Priests/Bishops wasted so much valuable time energy + efforts with their never ending divisive Sacramental/Liturgical smear campaigns.
      Not ONE of them ever brought up unifying for the betterment and outreach to young lost Souls like myself who had zero idea, support,nor influence.
      We destroyed ourselves and the occult effect of 1994 is manifesting all over the
      Catholic West.
      -Andrew

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  10. My young grandsons are into the Minecraft games. It looks benign to me: all about digging for minerals and building with them and I don't want to freak out over that. Then there is "Fortnite" which a couple of the older ones are into, and which I deeply question, though I've never seen the game, I just know what I've heard, and it sounds violent.
    There is so much out there to ensnare young souls how does anyone know the difference between "hardcore" games and films, and innocent ones?
    Jannie

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    1. Jannie,
      Your grandsons are lucky to have you looking out for them. You should have a conversation with your son/daughter and daughter in law/son in law, because it is their responsibility to monitor their children. I realize it is a lot to oversee but no one said raising kids would be easy. Fortnight is excessively violent and, in my opinion, something that desensitizes children to violence.

      The V2 sect abolished the Legion of Decency, so sadly, you need to look at secular “watchdog groups” and even Protestants like Focus on the Family, who still have some morals and give you an idea about games, movies, etc.

      God Bless,

      —-Introibo

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  11. Minecraft is so much better than Grand Theft Auto which is kind of like a video game version of a Nirvana song. Minecraft is generally innocent, however, it includes suspicious things like portals to a place similar to Hell and the “netherworld”, and potion making. I ignore if it is like D&D or it has nothing to do
    with real “magik”. Mario games are also generally innocent, but Mario’s cap is alive in 2017 Mario Odisey. I know nothin about Fortnite but I would avoid games involving killing people because they do desensitize you from violence.

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    1. The violence, rioting, looting, murdering, etc.,being played out on the streets of this Country is real and a very real danger. I dread to think of the culture of this Country as a result of those not only participting in such violence but witnessing it, especially children.
      My 2 cents.

      JoAnn

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    2. @anon2:24 & Joann,
      You both make good points.

      —-Introibo

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    3. Noahide Laws are possibly a reason why President T is not putting his foot down + stopping the insanity.
      (pardon the 90's pun)
      You all should go on
      "Stop Noahide Laws.com"

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    4. @anon7:56 PM

      With regards to the seven Noahide Laws, they tend to be enumerated as follows:

      -Not to worship idols.
      -Not to curse God.
      -To establish courts of justice.
      -Not to commit murder.
      -Not to commit adultery, bestiality, or sexual immorality.
      -Not to steal.
      -Not to eat flesh torn from a living animal.

      With the exception of the seventh (which does not apply to Christians per St. Peter's decision at Jerusalem, as described in Acts), I don't see what's exactly objectionable about them in and of themselves, nor do I see exactly how they tie into President Trump's actions (or lack thereof) with regards to the ongoing riots by BLM and Antifa.

      Sincerely,

      A Simple Man

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    5. Just to provide a brief follow-up on Noahide Laws: it goes without saying that certain Jews have a particular interpretation of these laws (particularly with regards to the Talmud and Freemasonry) that go very in-depth on their application in ways that I imagine many would object to, and rightly so.

      However, phrased as they are, many would not object to the sentiments expressed by the seven Noahide laws by themselves, and those who speak these laws with such aplomb (particularly within secular circles) likely do not have the Talmudic interpretations in mind when doing so (Ronald Reagan comes to mind).

      Sincerely,

      A Simple Man

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    6. Simple Man,
      Yes, it’s the Talmudic/Freemasonic association to which people object.

      —-Introibo

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    7. The Noahide Laws are Federal Law with the title of
      "Education Day."
      They want to decapitate non-Jews and non-noahides.
      I find that objectionable Big Guy.

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    8. Anon @4:33 - Didn't realize that the Noahide Laws were Federal Law and Educators Day a Holiday. From what I have just read they are commemorating a Rabbi Schneerson. While Black Lives Matter is tearing down statutes and want to cancel Federal Holidays why aren't they doing it to Educator's Day or this Rabbi?! Why is he exempt? BLM was trying to take down a statute of St. Louis and want to change the name of the City of St. Louis. Christopher Columbus statutes have been destroyed. I find this all very interesting regarding the Noahide's as right before I found Tradition, I was approached by Noahide's and spoke with a Rabbi and almost went to one of their group meetings. However, God by his Grace intervened and I found Tradition!

      JoAnn

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    9. @anon4:33
      And where do you think that idea originates? The Talmud.

      —-Introibo

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    10. Introibo,
      I don't have any knowledge concerning the Freemason connection to the Talmud. Will you please explain. Thanks.

      JoAnn

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    11. Joann,
      The Talmud is an evil and blasphemous book composed by rabbis. Jesus was called a fool in the Talmud, as a result of his claim of being the Son of God. The Talmud also asserts that Jesus was an idolator particularly in the section that makes the most mention of Jesus, Sanhedrin 103a. Here is an example:

      "'Neither shall any plague come nigh your tent' (Psalm 91:10); in other words, you shall have no son or disciple who burns his food publicly, like Jesus the Nazarene."

      The expression "burns his food" refers to apostasy, probably a contemptuous remark alluding to the public offering of a sacrifice to idols.

      The evils of the Talmud were incorporated into the Catholic hating Masonic Lodgr.


      —-Introibo

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    12. Introibo,
      Sounds like an evil and hate breeding book. Totally disgusting. The Lodge purports tolerance of all person's belief in God, so why did the hypocrites incorporate the Talmud specifically? Thanks!

      JoAnn

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    13. Joann,
      Many Jews joined the ranks of Freemasonry to gain power, so naturally their evil books were incorporated.

      —-Introibo

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    14. Exactly JoAnn,now you see the double standard.
      Ban Federal holiday's but not
      "Education Day"(1991)
      Tear down or attempt to tear down Catholic and European
      statues but not the Buffalo Soldiers or Schneerson.
      Our Blessed Lord is opening our eyes,Deo Gratias.
      This type of conversation wouldn't be happening on a large scale 5-10 yrs ago.
      God bless.
      Andrew

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    15. Andrew,
      I am appalled to learn of “Educator’s Day”, Noahide Laws and Rabbi Schneerson. I wonder if Israel and the Jewish people would put up a monument commemorating the New Testament or have a statute of Jesus?

      JoAnn

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    16. Introibo,
      Since the Freemasons have incorporated the Talmud did they also incorporate the New Testament, or is the New Testament off limits??

      JoAnn

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    17. Joann,
      The Freemasons were called the “Synagogue of Satan” by Pope Leo XIII. The New Testament is holy and they despise it—-even as they despise Our Lord Himself.

      —-Introibo

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  12. Hello Introibo

    I must say you write many good articles and this is one of the best.You must spend many hours in study.Do you have a very large personal library?I was lucky to have obtained several old priests own library collections some years ago and started buying second hand pre Vatican books more then three decades ago.I would have about eight thousand.

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      Thank you for the kind words, my friend! You have me beat as to the books—when I took stock of them during the pandemic, they number just slightly under 5,000. Those must be excellent collections you have; what I would do to have Fr DePauw’s library!!

      God Bless,

      —-Introibo

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    2. Anon @7:56 - I doubt if "Noahide Laws" have anything to do with Trump's not "putting his foot down". Trump can't put much, if anything first in his life over his own ego as he is a Narcissist. As Commander and Chief he SHOULD be putting the Country first. Due to his Narcissistic personality that is impossible for him. This Country is being destroyed and its very foundation torn apart and the President does very little except tweet. As a result Black Lives Matter,Antifa, etc, are growing stronger and more powerful by the day. Who is running this Country - it is not Trump - BLM is running this Country and is running it to the ground while our President watches and Tweets. At this point, I am embarrassed to say that I am a Republican - the do nothing party.
      JoAnn

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    3. Introibo,
      Have you considered doing an article on the Noahide's? Thanks.

      JoAnn

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    4. Joann,
      I have considered a post on Noahide, but I haven’t gotten to it yet.

      —-Introibo

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    5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS-bsetu01w&feature=emb_logo

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    6. Anon @8:05,
      Thanks so much for the YouTube link!

      JoAnn

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    7. Many notables within the beginning of the Republican party were communist sympathizers and Deist or Atheists.
      The further we remove ourselves from that label the better.
      God bless
      Andrew

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    8. @JoAnn The one thing we can agree upon is Pres.Trump being an absolute incompetent failure.
      You're correct,BLM is running the country on a social level.
      -Andrew

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    9. Andrew @7:19,

      What “label” would be preferable to Republican?

      JoAnn

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    10. I do not understand all these people getting down on their knees and apologizing for being white. Isn’t this idolatry?? If people have a problem with someone’s skin color they need to take it up with God who made us all. No one has chosen their skin color as this is the way we were born. This Country is going beyond insane and the lunatics are running the asylum!!

      JoAnn

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    11. @Jo Ann
      Traditional Catholic is the label I choose.
      Unfortunately,Republicans are not standing up for the social reign of Christ the King.
      -Andrew

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    12. Andrew,
      Republicans can't stand up for much of anything. This Country is in serious trouble and the Republicans are doing nothing. I really wonder if they are just controlled opposition and that includes our lame President.
      JoAnn

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    13. Andrew,

      Why don't you move to China or Iran and see if you can label yourself Traditional Catholic there?

      Joann,

      It's true that many Republicans are a spinless group of people as the youtube video of Tucker Carlson explained. What do you think of these two videos (when you have the time): Skip to 52:46 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_KyIMjuhOo
      and https://banned.video/watch?id=5effb85b672706002f3f8495

      Happy 4th of July as well as the feast day of the Commemoration of All Holy Popes.

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    14. Move to China and call yourself Republican,let's see how long you'd last.
      Iran is not the hyper totalitarian state the Talmudic owned media makes it out to be.
      Catholics and former Catholic churches exist in Iran.
      -Andrew

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    15. Andrew,

      I'm not defending the Republican party. I'm implying that you should love your country. Of course you should love the Catholic Church over your country. In China they have a surveillance state. Iran is dominated by Muslims and is not friendly towards Christians despite the fact that some live there. America has a constitution which gives it's citizens rights to ensure their personal freedoms. If the leftist Democrats get in office as a majority (despite the flaws of those in the Republican Party) then you can kiss a lot of your freedoms goodbye including calling yourself a Traditional Catholic because they are already coming for everything that's pro freedom. If either candidate is no good in both parties, then don't vote for either one.

      You act as though Iran isn't such a bad place to live. Why don't you move there since as you say it's not a "hyper totalitarian state" as the Talmudic owned media makes it out to be.

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    16. Anon @10:10-
      Thanks much for the videos! They were very good.

      JoAnn

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    17. BLM is targeting V2 Sect Catholics in my City. If they are targeting V2 sect how much more are they going to target Traditional Catholicism? I have a family member who teaches at a V2 sect school and BLM has been targeting the school for the past week screaming discrimination and that they are "racist" and has been threatening for days to burn the school down. They will be coming for Traditional Catholics as well. See article below:

      https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/encroaching-anti-catholicism

      The state of the Country is in peril as well as our freedoms. If the Republican party does not win in November we will lose all our freedoms. My 2 cents.

      JoAnn

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    18. Watch on YouTube
      "Sackcloth of Ashes for 4th
      of July" by Peter Hellend.
      Excellent vid.
      He's a former Catholic turned
      "nondenominational Christian" but there's nothing in this vid which contradicts Sacred Scripture.
      -Andrew

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    19. Andrew,
      The Republican party is flawed and spineless, however, the upcoming election is not about Democrats vs Republicans as much as it is about losing or keeping our freedoms. Each person who doesn't vote because they are disgusted with the Republican party are in essence voting in favor of the Democrats. I have traveled extensively in the middle east. The Muslim countries are the pits and I could write a book regarding the negative experiences I had. I couldn't wait to get back to America. When my plane landed in America, after I got off of it, I actually kissed the ground, I was so glad to be back in the USA. I vowed to never travel out of the Country again! We, as Americans are spoiled and have taken our freedoms for granted. As a result we are about to lose those freedoms.

      JoAnn

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    20. Andrew,
      Tried to watch the video "Sackcloth of Ashes for 4th of July". Turned it off when he stated we needed to "repent" for the "sins of our fathers". Sounds like "woke" speak to me. I am not responsible for something that happened 100's of years ago. I have enough to do to atone for my own sins let alone the sins of others.

      Introibo,
      What do you say regarding the above? Are we required to atone for the sins of our fathers?
      Thanks.

      JoAnn

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    21. Joann,

      That was the most beautifully written response to Andrew. Despite many Republicans being weak and even Trump having some problems, if we don't get them back in office, it's gonna get bad fast. It's possible that Introibo, Novus Ordo Watch, Steven Speray, Call me Jorge blog, Daily Catholic, etc could be erased from the internet, if the Democrats take majority over the Senate and Presidency. The Democrat Party is a party of fraud, plots, pro death, pro sodomy, pro defunding the police, pro the mob being the rule of law, pro regulations, pro censorship, pro Heathcare police, pro total control of everything their way which is the New World Order. Most Republicans are not for these things despite their flaws. At this point it is liberty or slavery. It is our duty to fight for our country or else we won't able to loudly proclaim as Traditional Catholics, Viva Christo Rey!

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    22. Joann,
      I have not had time to watch the video. Without knowing its exact usage in said video, I will make the general comment that we need not “repent” or “atone” or “make reparations” for the sins of others—-even sins of our direct ancestors. We are responsible for our own actions.

      —-Introibo

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    23. You should've watched the rest of the video to see what he meant by repenting.
      What he meant was rebelling against Monarchy.
      Peter Helland is NOT a communist nor Leftist.
      Stop making rash judgements against people if you don't want to hear what they believe.
      -Andrew

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    24. So,by pointing out to you Catholics live in Iran,contrary to brash false assumption in previous comment,now I'm supposed to move there?
      You are all over the place and out of your depth.
      Wish you well God bless.
      -Andrew

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    25. Andrew,
      I had serious reservations about even entertaining the idea of listening to a former Catholic turned protestant's video to begin with. Thus, when he stated about repenting for the sins of the "fathers" it was a red flag. Please excuse my ignorance, but can you please explain to me the point you are trying to make regarding Iran? I have travelled all over the middle east and Muslim countries from my experience have been the absolute pits. Have you been to any Muslim countries??

      JoAnn

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    26. Andrew,

      I am not all over the place regarding Iran. I just simply asked you why don't you move there since you you hate this country so much. You don't realize how good you've had it as a citizen here and because of people like you we are rapidly losing our basic freedoms and rights. Quit wasting your time listening and watching quacks and get real.

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  13. Sorry I should of said pre Vatican two books.How many would be in Fr DePauws collection?

    Do you know how many books would be at Immaculate Heart seminary at RoundTop?

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      Fr DePauw had several thousand; the very best of the best—including rare theological works. I’m going to guess around 7k! I have about 2k in theology pre-V2. I’m not sure about Immaculate Heart Seminary; although I’m told it is large.

      —-Introibo

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  14. Introibo, speaking of relics of saints, are we allowed to own first-class relics?

    And if one were to own third class relics, should it be kept like the first class relics, where they are placed in monstrances?

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      Are we allowed to own first-class relics? Yes. I have three: King St Louis IX (direct from France), Pope St Pius X, and Pope St Pius V. Third-class relics need not be placed like first class relics, as long as they are kept in a neat and clean place of honor.

      —-Introibo

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    2. Thank you Introibo.

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  15. Introibo,
    I personally don't have much knowledge about Tattoo's, however, I detest the sight of them. Are Tattoo's of occult origin?

    JoAnn

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    1. Joann,
      They are pagan, as are body piercings. Leviticus 19:28 says,”You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord.” This is in the context of pagan rituals. People will object, “but I’m not participating in such rituals and my tattoos are of Jesus” and so forth. Nevertheless, the Fifth Commandment forbids “mutilation of the body.” I don’t see how you can escape sin. Tattoos are making a resurgence. You really don’t read much about them in pre-V2 manuals.

      —-Introibo

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    2. Introibo,
      It is rare where I live to see people that don’t have Tattoos. All ages, even Grandmothers, are wearing Tattoos. Regarding piercings what about women who have their ears pierced? When I was about 8 yrs old my Aunt pierced my ears and I wear pierced earrings. Is that considered “mutilation”?
      Thanks!

      JoAnn

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    3. Joann,
      By body piercing I’m not talking about two small unnoticeable holes in the ear. To the best of my knowledge and belief there has never been any condemnation of such. I’m talking about people who pierce the nose, tongue, eyebrows, face, and look like something out of a horror movie. Other than ears, such piercings certainly seem to fit the description of bodily mutilation.

      —-Introibo

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  16. Introibo, how cautious should I be with a family member who uses charms? It's a really common practice now, I don't know what. Many people have these things. Even those who claim to be Catholics, they pray the Rosary regularly, do novenas, etc. And it really intimidates me how St. Benedict medals are counted among one of those trash pile of stones and minerals, which are used as charms, protection from negative forces, luck, those type of stuff. I know for certain that there is some power on them. I know they are evil, but do I need to be concerned for a possible demonic infestation/obsession/possession of one of those owners?

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      It’s disturbing how many people feel they can intermingle that which is Catholic with that which is pagan and expect God’s protection. It’s like purposefully committing mortal sin while wearing a scapular so if you die you can’t go to Hell. That’s an abuse of making something holy into a “magic amulet” giving you the green light to sin. The scapular does not work that way, and you’re adding the mortal sin of presumption.

      Do you need to worry about such people being obsessed, etc who use charms? Yes, it could happen. You can’t willingly play with the things of Satan and expect God’s protection simultaneously. You are either for or against Christ; there is no “middle ground.”

      —-Introibo

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  17. Neyoriquans,
    Your comment was too long to be read in my comments box. I would have to publish it. Why not send me your email via these comments and I promise not to publish it. I will then send you an email that protects my identity which says “Hello From Introibo” in the subject line. We can then communicate that way and you can ask your questions.

    —-Introibo

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  18. Introibo.I pray that one day those who have rare collections of books will have them sent to a publisher.

    I was once reading several pre Vatican Two moral theology books and a traditional priest pulled it from my hands and said you lay folk have no right to be reading those.I laughed because you can buy them from many second hand bookstores.I have a Masters degree and am no goof.

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    1. @anon6:29
      You have EVERY right to read those books!

      —Introibo

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    2. The priest who did this to me was from the CMRI.

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  19. Thats an interesting comment.We would like your thoughts Introibo.Does a priest have a right to do this.Some of these traditional sede priests(some of them are have doubtful orders) don't have much training.

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      Traditionalist priests are there for the Mass, sacraments, and spiritual advice. No priest has the right to forbid you from reading pre-V2 theology books, and I would both admonish and distrust any priest that attempted to tell you not to do so.

      —-Introibo

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    2. Why doesn't BLM/Antifa take down or destroy the satanic Georgia Guidestones? Could it be because they are the new ten commandments for the New World Order's "New Normal"?

      1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.

      2. Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.

      3. Unite humanity with a living new language.

      4. Rule passion— faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.

      5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.

      6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.

      7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.

      8. Balance personal rights with social duties.

      9. Prize truth— beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.

      10. Be not a cancer to the Earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.

      In particular, the correlation between the following seems uncanny:

      No. 6 above references a "world Court".
      No. 7 above references "petty laws and useless officials".
      No. 8 above references "personal rights and social duties".

      JoAnn

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    3. I don't know if you answered this before Introibo, but for someone who just started collecting books, what's the most essential/basic ones? Of all theological manuals, what's the best in your opinion?

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      For someone beginning, the best in the basics would be:
      Dogmatic Theology: “Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma” by theologian Ludwig Ott

      Moral Theology: “Moral Theology” by theologian Heribert Jone

      Canon Law: “The Sacred Canons” 2 volumes by canonists Abbo and Hannon.

      —-Introibo

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    5. Introibo,
      Where can the above books you list be bought? I am trying to stay away from Amazon due to their support of BLM. I am fearful if the Democrats get in office in November our Catholic book buying days will be over.

      JoAnn

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    6. Joann,
      You can check EBay and/or Preserving Christian Publications. The prices can sometimes be much steeper than Amazon.

      —-Introibo

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  20. If there is any group of traditional priests who would not want the laity educated on pre V2 theology, it would not be the sede priests. The indult and RR priests may not want you to know how much V2 contradicts pre V2 because you may come up with the conclusion that the V2 church cannot be the Catholic Church.

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      I basically agree. However, don’t put it past some “follow me or die” Sede priests from doing the same so you won’t question THEM.

      —-Introibo

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  21. Introibo, don't know where to ask this.

    What's the Church's teaching on swear words? What's a theological reason why it's sinful, if it is? Thank you.

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      It depends what you mean by “swear words.” If the words are blasphemous it is always mortal sin. If you are talking about the f-word and similar language, it is usually only a venial sin. The reason is that it offends against charity and can be a sin of anger. We are called to be “ambassadors of Christ” and represent Him to the world. Course, foul language is especially offensive because it can be heard by women and children. If directed at a person it can start fights and bad feelings between you. It is not something that Christ would speak.

      Pope Pius XII is said to have ended the cause for canonization of an otherwise good priest, who would lose his temper and use swear words! For these reasons we should avoid swear words.

      —-Introibo

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    2. Thank you Introibo.

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    3. Well, does "Oh my God!" count as a blasphemy?

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    4. @anon7:42
      "Blasphemy" is defined as "any speech or gesture that contains contempt for or insult to God. It is always mortally sinful." (See theologian Jone, "Moral Theology," [1961], pg. 119). "On my God!" said when startled or upset, does not meet the criterion set forth for blasphemy. The expression would be called "profanity" in theology which theologian Jone defines as, "The disrespectful use of the Holy Name in anger OR THOUGHTLESSLY, is in itself only a venial sin." You might want to consider replacing that phrase with "Oh my goodness!" or the currently popular "OMG!" which could also mean "goodness."

      ---Introibo

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  22. Hello friends. (Unrelated)

    May I ask if any of you knows a good app for the Douay-Rheims with footnotes, since I just learned that we Catholics are forbidden to read translations without the approved footnotes?

    Great article btw Introibo.

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  23. The Plot against America
    with Dr.E.Michael Jones.
    Please ignore the reference to
    "Pope JP2."
    https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/tkelly6785757/episodes/2020-06-30T05_36_18-07_00

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  24. I had to deal with Baba Yaga when growing up in Poland. Thank God I did not have any imaginary friends as a result of that.

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