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Eternal Rest Grant unto Cardinal Pell, O Lord …

January 12th, 2023, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Cardinal Burke published this statement on his website, where you will find here:

Cardinal Pell suffered enormously from false accusations, unethical court proceedings, and especially being kept from saying Mass during his unjust incarceration. He was indeed a victim soul, suffering for the sins of others. It will not surprise me if some day evidence is presented for ‘murder during a hip replacement surgery’, given the hatred spewed toward the prelate during his trials in Australia.

Cleansing Fire followed the story, which can be verified by searching “Pell” on the white search bar in the upper right corner of our site. I look forward to soon completely reading his Prison Journals and gaining more insight.

Link to full text of Benedict XVI’s spiritual testament

January 1st, 2023, Promulgated by Diane Harris–GlACWUZgiaAZ7wO19Shus0lDmfWa4d7OFKJUQjIMCxz3Q4_Wyk38pjHSVjjWkKnA5D1RguBAJC0UaLp8gBmf_6gVmMw&utm_content=240001611&utm_source=hs_email

Bishop Matano re Benedict XVI’s death

December 31st, 2022, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Bishop Matano re Benedict XVI’s death

Statement of The Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano
Bishop of Rochester
Upon the death of His Holiness, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
December 31, 2022
Vigil of the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Today’s announcement that Our Holy Father Emeritus, Benedict XVI, has died, causes great sadness in our hearts as we have truly come to know, love and admire deeply this Successor to Saint Peter for the guidance that this Vicar of Christ gave not only to Catholics but to all people of good will. We unite with our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and the entire Church Universal and all people of faith in mourning the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

In his resignation from the Chair of Peter on February 28, 2013, Benedict XVI again demonstrated his extraordinary love for the Church and her cornerstone, Jesus Christ. Placing the proclamation of the Gospel and the salvation of souls above al    l else, His Holiness accepted in humility that his age and health did not permit him to fulfill the duties of his office as he would wish. Therefore, Our Holy Father Emeritus, humbly acknowledging that his health had deteriorated, asked that his successor soon be elected in solemn conclave in order to provide for the spiritual and pastoral needs of God’s people.

Yet, the profound humility that shone forth in the announcement of Benedict XVI made him even stronger and more powerful by his personal act of faith. He had carved out a place in our hearts and there he shall ever remain. In living a life of solitude these last several years, he continued to pray fervently for us and for his successor, Pope Francis. At the time of his resignation, Benedict XVI said, in his own words, that he would continue devotedly to “serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.”

Over these years, Benedict XVI, no doubt, had contemplated his departure from this life and was well prepared to meet the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, whom he served with an undivided heart and whose face he longed to see. We now accompany our Holy Father Emeritus as he crosses over the threshold of this earthly life into that place the Lord has prepared for him from the beginning of time. Like the first pope, Saint Peter, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had answered again and again the question that Jesus addressed to Simon Peter by the Sea of Tiberias: “Simon, Son of John, do you love me more than these others?” with the words, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you!” (John 21:15-17).

On this day, while there is sadness in our hearts, we do in faith rejoice with grateful hearts that this Successor to Saint Peter now comes into the presence of  the Eternal Father to live forever in His presence. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, in union with our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and the Universal Church and all people who know and cherish goodness, gives thanks to God for the life of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, and for his burning desire and Petrine tenacity to serve Christ’s Bride, the Church, and her Founder, Christ the Lord, in charity and in faith, with little concern for the glory of this world, but rather fixing his eyes upon the glory of eternity!

We will continue to be inspired by his teachings so brilliantly presented by one who spent his entire life in pursuit of the Truth according to his motto, “Cooperatores Veritatis,” “Cooperators of the Truth.”

We also continue to pray for His Holiness, Pope Francis, who shared that special bond with Benedict XVI as brothers in the Petrine Office. May the Lord sustain Pope Francis as he continues to serve the People of God with love, fidelity and devotion to Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

On a more personal note, approximately one hour after the announcement of the election of  Pope Benedict XVI to the Chair of Peter on April 19, 2005, I entered the Co­-Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Burlington, Vermont, to be ordained a Bishop. I spoke of this memorable occasion at my first visit with His Holiness in September 2005. It is a moment that I will never forget as he seemed genuinely pleased that we shared such joyous occasions on the same day.

I ask all our parishes, schools and diocesan agencies to join in prayer for the repose of the soul of Benedict XVI with special Masses and including his name in all the prayers of the faithful during this time of mourning. I will offer a Solemn Mass for our deceased Holy Father Emeritus on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at 7:00 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Rochester. I pray that all our parishes, schools and diocesan agencies will be represented at this Solemn Mass.

Begging the intercession of Our Mother, Mary, whose Solemnity we are soon to celebrate honoring her as the Mother of God, we commend the soul of Benedict XVI to the mercy of God. May his noble soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

Given from the aula of the Chancery Offices of the Diocese of Rochester on this thirty-first day of December, in the Year of Our Lord two thousand and twenty-two, and to which I herewith affix my signature and place upon it the seal of the Diocese of Rochester.

The Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano
Bishop of Rochester

Rest in Peace, Holiness Benedict XVI

December 31st, 2022, Promulgated by Diane Harris

From the Office of Bishop Lopes

Bishop Lopes will celebrate a requiem Mass Monday, January 2 at 6:30 PM for the repose of the soul of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham, Houston, before leaving for Rome to attend the funeral.

Please pray for the repose of his soul:

“O God who hast made thy servant Benedict to flourish among the Ministers of Apostolic Succession, grant we beseech thee, that he may also be joined with them in a perpetual fellowship, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.”

His Holiness Benedict XVI writes:

“Quite soon, I shall find myself before the final judge of my life. Even though, as I look back on my long life, I can have great reason for fear and trembling, I am nonetheless of good cheer, for I trust firmly that the Lord is not only the just judge, but also the friend and brother who himself has already suffered for my shortcomings, and is thus also my advocate, my ‘Paraclete.’ In light of the hour of judgment, the grace of being a Christian becomes all the more clear to me. It grants me knowledge, and indeed friendship, with the judge of my life, and thus allows me to pass confidently through the dark door of death. In this regard, I am constantly reminded of what John tells us at the beginning of the Apocalypse: he sees the Son of Man in all His grandeur and falls at His feet as though dead. Yet He, placing His right hand on him, says to him: “Do not be afraid! It is I …” (cf. Rev 1:12-17).” – Benedict XVI

Ordinariate of the
Chair of Saint Peter

Most Rev. Steven J. Lopes, Bishop

December 17th: Worst Day of St. Faustina’s Suffering

December 18th, 2022, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Cleansing Fire – St. Faustina’s Worst Suffering was 84 years ago

Revised to 2022:

Cleansing Fire – St. Faustina’s Worst Suffering was 86 years ago. Check your Faustina Diary for accuracy. We rerun again. Note St. Faustina’s dedication words. How apt they are when we think of how our good priests have suffered under the lockdown and under the attacks against the TLM and against some of them personally. Pray for them.


NYTimes Praises the Latin Mass!

November 26th, 2022, Promulgated by Diane Harris



Meet Fr. James Mawdsley

November 19th, 2022, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Traditionis Custodes — “Most evil document ever produced by the Church”

When obedience becomes a sin “…. the-priestly-impasse”-Remnant TV

If obedience were absolute, love dies —

When evil raises its head, it’s a mistake not to “break its teeth”

Massive evil — apocalyptic closing of churches

“Resist until it hurts.”


Testimony from French General on merit of jab resistance

October 15th, 2022, Promulgated by Diane Harris

People who resisted COVID jabs are ‘superheroes’ who ‘embody the best of humanity’: French general – LifeSite (

A beautiful testimony. Print it out and share it!  Presenting the whole article here, sans ads. Maybe some will be led to understand. Maybe some never will.


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People who resisted COVID jabs are ‘superheroes’ who ‘embody the best of humanity.’ French General: “Even if I were fully vaccinated, I would admire the unvaccinated for standing up to the greatest pressure I have ever seen, including from spouses, parents, children, friends, colleagues, and doctors.”

(LifeSiteNews) – France’s General Christian Blanchon published a tribute letter to the unvaccinated in September 2022, calling citizens who refused the COVID injections “superheroes.” 

The letter made waves in Europe and around the world among people critical of draconian COVID policies but was largely ignored by the mainstream press. 

The text of the soldier’s [general’s] letter offers encouragement to those who resisted the experimental COVID jabs that were developed, according to the recent admission of a Pfizer executive, “at the speed of science” and not thoroughly tested before being introduced to the market. 

Blanchon praises the courage of the unvaccinated who often faced immense pressure from doctors, colleagues, friends, and even family members. He said that those who resisted the COVID jabs “embody the best of humanity” and are “superheroes.” 

The French military general also alluded to a battle between light and darkness as he described the unvaccinated as “the soldiers that any army of light wishes to have in its ranks” and when he added that they are “heroes born among ordinary men who shine in the dark.” 

Blanchon stated that “we now know who the resisters are on planet Earth,” referring to the refusal of the unvaccinated to give in to the immense pressure they faced. 

Here is the full statement translated into English: 

Even if I were fully vaccinated, I would admire the unvaccinated for standing up to the greatest pressure I have ever seen, including from spouses, parents, children, friends, colleagues, and doctors. 

People who have been capable of such personality, courage, and such critical ability undoubtedly embody the best of humanity. 

They are found everywhere, in all ages, levels of education, countries, and opinions. 

They are of a particular kind; these are the soldiers that any army of light wishes to have in its ranks. 

They are the parents that every child wishes to have and the children that every parent dreams of having. 

They are beings above the average of their societies; they are the essence of the peoples who have built all cultures and conquered horizons. 

They are there, by your side, they seem normal, but they are superheroes. 

They did what others could not do; they were the tree that withstood the hurricane of insults, discrimination, and social exclusion. 

And they did it because they thought they were alone and believed they were alone. 

Excluded from their families’ Christmas tables, they have never seen anything so cruel. They lost their jobs, let their careers sink, and had no more money… but they didn’t care. They suffered immeasurable discrimination, denunciations, betrayals, and humiliation… but they continued. 

Never before in humanity has there been such a casting; we now know who the resisters are on planet Earth. 

Women, men, old, young, rich, poor, of all races and all religions, the unvaccinated, the chosen ones of the invisible ark, the only ones who managed to resist when everything fell apart. Collapsed. 

You’ve passed an unimaginable test that many of the toughest marines, commandos, green berets, astronauts, and geniuses couldn’t pass. 

You are made of the stuff of the greatest that ever lived, those heroes born among ordinary men who shine in the dark.” 


Cardinal Pell: Suicidal Synod?

October 14th, 2022, Promulgated by Diane Harris

VATICAN CITY ( – Cardinal George Pell is warning of catastrophic consequences for the Catholic Church if Pope Francis does not correct “serious heresies” being promoted by the German Synodal Way….

Cardinal Pell Forewarns of ‘Suicidal’ Synod (

Cardinal Mueller on Hostile Takeover of the Catholic Church

October 11th, 2022, Promulgated by Diane Harris

THE GREAT RESIST: From Cardinal Müller to Giorgia Meloni & from Musk to Putin – YouTube

A “must hear” for those seeking Truth; why the Synod “is said to be about legitimizing sodomy … yet having no authority.” Hear how Cardinal Sarah’s Traditional Mass in Paris for Chartres Pilgrimage was cancelled by the Cardinal of Paris. How Catholics must fight for their Faith, for the sake of the world. Listen to the interview by Raymond Arroyo with Cardinal Mueller on how the Synod’s “Welcoming” process contradicts Doctrine just like the “old heresy of Arianism!” A “pop-culture” for Vatican III ?

Thorn in our side cont’d:

August 15th, 2022, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Michael Voris at his best: calling out the bishops (and priests) for damage caused and for no apologies:  Where’s the Apology? | The Vortex (

St. Tarcisius feast is also Aug 15

August 15th, 2022, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Cleansing Fire – St. Tarcisius, Boy Martyr

The Thorn in Our Side

July 31st, 2022, Promulgated by Diane Harris

COVID tested our faith, and we failed the test – LifeSite (

I have been asked why I am no longer posting on CF. It would be fair to say that the attached article from over a year ago by Lifesite News really summarizes the troubling broth in which we stew, that so much else seems unimportant by comparison.

I will resume again, but not yet. There is too much still to ferret out for the individual soul from the day when the public Mass ceased. The magnitude of what happened has barely been touched. We’ve hardly begun.

Lepanto’s Ape of the Church Edition

July 9th, 2022, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Your Catholic Week in Review (Ape of the Church Edition!!) (


Cdl. Müller: Fr. Martin’s LGBT propaganda is ‘heresy’

July 4th, 2022, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Cdl. Müller: Father James Martin’s LGBT propaganda is ‘heresy’ (

Now it’s about thanking God; not counting our works

June 28th, 2022, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Overturning Roe v. Wade is a tremendous gift we should praise God for (

(Mother Miriam)

Are you ready for some GOOD NEWS?

June 12th, 2022, Promulgated by Diane Harris

The Remnant Newspaper – CHRISTIAN RESET: 20,000 March Against the New Order

Abp. Vigano comments on Leaked SCOTUS Draft

May 18th, 2022, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Declaration on the Leaked Draft of the US Supreme Court (


On Mother’s Passing

May 2nd, 2022, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Departures:  On Mother’s Passing



The week you were buried

I dug up the Peace Rose

you had so lovingly tended.

It was more rescue than theft.


How could I have left her

to a new owner’s whims?

To one heedless of her name

or unaware of her needs?


Interred with skill, and fed,

she should have bloomed anew,

or at least leafed lustily

in wordless gratitude.


Then you, I mean she, vanished!

Missing, with only emptiness

to prove she had been here,

or that I had ever cared.


I could have endured the loss

had she departed as you did,

a petal at a time, wafted away

by dementia’s chill hand.


But memory, too, was rooted up,

gone to a place unknown.

I can only follow your flight path

with my own wind-shaken petals.

Do you hear what I hear?

April 22nd, 2022, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Perhaps I hear this question more than some because of my vax warnings or postings, or maybe it is about coming out of a science background, but the gist of the question is: “I wish I’d never gotten the jab; how can I get rid of it (i.e. detox from the shot)?

The quick answer is ‘you can’t.’  But it is not as hopeless as one might think. If you didn’t die as a proximate reaction to the shot itself, and were not a willing acceptor of the ‘mark of the beast,’ and are no longer taking any ‘jabs,’ then there are some things that you might be able to do to shift the odds toward your favor, even if not fully into your favor. The details are in this link. Here’s how to detox from the COVID spike protein – from the jab or the virus – LifeSite (

Mostly it is about belatedly boosting our immune systems, which is not an unreasonable strategy. It can also be used to detox from having contracted COVID. As the implausibility of any efficacy dawns on those who suffered through being ‘forced’ to vax, as we see pilots rehired quietly, military careers resuscitated, students readmitted to their coursework without vaxxing, and truckers honored as true heroes, the power agenda becomes even more evident. At least by the time the ’17th round of jab’ is in process, maybe we’ll get the message. Meanwhile, might not repeated jabs counteract efforts to heal from what has already been administered?  You think?