Contradicting God and His Saints At All Times
by Thomas A. Droleskey
The Feast of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen was suppressed this year because it fell on Easter Sunday. As the lives and missionary work of this great son of Saint Francis of Assisi as a member of Capuchin branch of the Order of Friars Minor and that of a worthy son of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Saint Peter Canisius, whose feast is commemorated today, Easter Wednesday, April 27, 2011, fall within three days of each other, it is appropriate to contrast these true servants of Christ the King and His true Church that He founded upon the rock of Peter, the Pope, with the veritable figure of Antichrist who is intent on refashioning everything about Catholicism according to the corrupt pattern he helped to establish at the "Second" Vatican Council and which he continues to propagate with ready abandon, especially by 'beatifying" a prime mover in conciliarism's revolutionary cause, Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, in four days, on Sunday, May 1, 2011, Low Sunday.
As a true son of Saint Francis of Assisi, who
sought the conversion of the Muslims (see Frank Rega's Saint Francis of the Assisi and the Conversion of the Muslims,
published by TAN Books and Publishers), Saint Fidelis was zealous for
the salvation of the souls of those whose immediate ancestors had
defected from the Faith and unleashed a bloody reign of terror against
those who adhered to the true Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ entrusted exclusively to the teaching authority and the
sanctifying offices of the true Church that He Himself founded upon the
Rock of Peter, the Pope.
Here is an account of this faithful Catholic priest's great zeal for souls as found in Dom Prosper Gueranger's The Liturgical Year:
Our Risen Lord would have around him a bright
phalanx of martyrs. Its privileged members belong to the different
centuries of the Church's existence. Its ranks open to-day to give
welcome to a brave combatant, who won his palm, not in a contest with
paganism, as those did whose feasts we have thus far kept, but in
defending his mother, the Church, against her own rebellious children.
They were heretics that slew this day's martyr, and the century that was
honoured with this triumph as the seventeenth.
Fidelis was worthy of his beautiful name. Neither
difficulty nor menace could make him fail in his duty. During his whole
life, he had but the glory and service of his divine Lord in view: and
when the time came for him to face the fatal danger, he did so, calmly
but fearlessly, as behooved a disciple of that Jesus who went forth to
meet his enemies. Honour, then, be to-day to the brave son of St.
Francis ! truly he is worthy of his seraphic Patriarch, who confronted
the Saracens, was a martyr in desire !
Protestantism was established and rooted by the
shedding of torrents of blood; and yet Protestants count it as a great
crime that, here and there, the children of the true Church made an
armed resistance against them. The heresy of the sixteenth century was
the cruel and untiring persecutor of men, whose only crime was their
adhesion to the old faith--the faith that had civilized the world. The
so-called Reformation proclaimed liberty in matters of religion, and
massacred Catholics who exercised this liberty, and prayed and believed
as their ancestors had done for long ages before Luther and Calvin were
born. A Catholic who gives heretics credit for sincerity when they talk
about religious toleration proves the he knows nothing about the past or
the present. There is a fatal instinct in error, which leads it to hate
the Truth; and the true Church, by its unchangeableness, is a perpetual reproach to them that refuse to be her children.
Heresy starts with an attempt to annihilate them that remain faithful;
when it has grown tired of open persecution it vents its spleen in
insults and calumnies; and when these do not produce the desired effect,
hypocrisy comes in with its assurances of friendly forbearance. The
history of Protestant Europe, during the last three centuries, confirms
these statements; it also justifies us in honouring those courageous
servants of God who, during that same period, have died for the ancient
Let us now respectfully listen to the account given
us, in the Liturgy, of the life and martyrdom of St. Fidelis; we shall
find that the Church has not grown degenerate in her Saints.
Fidelis was born at Sigmaringen, a town of Swabia.
His parents, whose name was Rey, were of a respectable family. He was
remarkable, even when a child, for his extraordinary gifts both of
nature and grace. Blessed with a talent of a high order, and trained to
virtue by an excellent education, he received at Freiburg the
well-merited honours of Doctor in Philosophy and in Civil and Canon Law,
at the same time that, in the school of Christ, he strove to attain to
the height of perfection by the assiduous practice of all virtues. Being
requested to accompany several noblemen in their travels through
various countries of Europe, he lost no opportunity of encouraging them,
both by word and example, to lead a life of Christian piety. In these
travels, he moreover mortified the desires of the flesh by frequent
austerities; and such was the mastery he gained over himself, that in
the midst of all the troubles and excitement, he was never seen to lose
his temper in the slightest degree. He was a strenuous upholder of law
and justice, and, after his return to Germany, he acquired considerable
reputation as an advocate. But finding that this profession was replete
with danger, he resolved to enter on the path that would best lead him
to eternal salvation. Then enlightened by the divine call, he shortly
afterwards asked to be admitted into the Seraphic Order, among the
His pious wish being granted, he showed from the
very commencement of his novitiate how thoroughly he despised the world
and himself; and when, with spiritual joy, he had offered to God the
vows of solemn profession, his regular observance was such as to make
him the admiration of, and a model to, all around him. He devoted
himself to prayer and to sacred studies; as also to preaching, for which
he had a special grace, and by which he not only converted Catholics
from a life of wickedness to one of virtue, but also drew heretics to
knowledge of the truth. He was appointed superior as several convents of
his Order, and fulfilled his office with admirable prudence, justice,
meekness, discretion and humility. His zeal for strict poverty was so
great, that he would allow nothing to be in the convent which was not
absolutely necessary. He practised severe fasting, watching and
disciplines, out of holy hatred against himself; whereas his love
towards others was that of a mother for her children. A contagious fever
having broken out among the Austrian soldiers, causing frightful
mortality, he devoted his whole energies to untiring acts of charity in
favour of the sick, whose sufferings were extreme. So admirable was he,
both in advice and action, in settling disputes, and relieving everyone
in trouble or trial, that he won for himself the name of the Father of his country.
He was extremely devout to the Virgin Mother of God, and a zealous promoter of the Rosary.
He besought of God, through the intercession of this Blessed Mother
firstly, and then through that of all the Saints, that he might be
allowed to shed his blood and lay down his life for the Catholic faith.
This ardent desire was increased by the daily and devout celebration of
the Holy Sacrifice; and at length, by the wonderful providence of God,
this valiant soldier of Christ was placed at the head of the missions
recently established among the Grissons, by the Congregation of the
Propagation of the Faith. Fidelis undertook the arduous task with a
ready and cheerful heart, and laboured in it with such earnestness, that
he converted many heretics to the true faith, and inspired the hope
that the whole of that people would be reconciled to the Church and to
Christ. He had the gift of prophecy, and frequently predicted the
calumnies that were to befall the Grissons, as also his own death at the
hands of the heretics. Being fully aware of the plot laid against him,
he prepared himself for the combat, and on the twenty-fourth day of
April, in the year 1622, he repaired to the church of a place called
Seewis. Hither had the heretics, on the previous day, invited him to
come and preach, pretending that they wished to be converted. Whilst he
was preaching he was interrupted by their clamours. They rushed upon him
cruelly struck and wounded him even to death. He suffered it with
courage and joy, thus consecrating by his blood the first-fruits of the
martyrs of the Congregation of the Propagation of the Faith. His name
was rendered illustrious by many miracles, especially at Coire and
Veitkirch, where his relics are kept, and honoured by the people with
exceeding great veneration.
Here is another account of his apostolic work for the conversion of the Calvinists and of his martyrdom, found in the Catholic Encyclopedia:
From the beginning of his apostolic career he was untiring in his efforts to convert heretics nor did he confine his efforts in this direction to the pulpit, but also used his pen. He wrote many pamphlets against Calvinism and Zwinglianism though he would never put his name to his writings. Unfortunately these
publications have long been lost. Fidelis was still guardian of the
community at Feldkirch when in 1621 he was appointed to undertake a
mission in the country of the Grisons with the purpose of bringing back
that district to the Catholic Faith. The people there had almost all gone over to Calvinism, owing partly to the ignorance of the priests and their lack of zeal. In 1614 the Bishop of Coire had requested the Capuchins to undertake missions amongst the heretics in his diocese, but it was not until 1621 that the general of the order was able to send friars there. In that year Father Ignatius of sergamo was commissioned with several other friars to place himself at the disposal of this bishop for missionary work, and a similar commission was given to Fidelis who
however still remained guardian of Feldkirche. Before setting out on
this mission Fidelis was appointed by authority of the papal nuncio to reform the Benedictine monastery at Pfafers. He entered upon his new labours in the true apostolic spirit. Since he first entered the order he had constantly prayed, as he confided to a fellow-friar, for two favours: one, that he might never fall into mortal sin; the other, that he might die for the Faith. In this Spirit he now set out, ready to give his life in preaching the Faith. He took with him his crucifix, Bible, Breviary, and the book of the rule of his order; for the rest, he went in absolute poverty, trusting to Divine Providence for his daily sustenance. He arrived in Mayenfeld in time for Advent and began at once preaching and catechizing; often preaching in several
places the same day. His coming aroused strong opposition and he was
frequently threatened and insulted. He not only preached in the Catholic churches and in the public streets, but occasionally in the conventicles of the heretics.
At Zizers one of the principal centres of his activity, he held
conferences with the magistrates and chief townsmen, often far into the
night. They resulted in the conversion of Rudolph de Salis, the most influential man in the town, whose public recantation was followed by many conversions.
Through the winter Fidelis laboured indefatigably and with such success that the heretic preachers were seriously alarmed and set themselves to inflame the
people against him by representing that his mission was political rather
than religious and that he was preparing the way for the subjugation of
the country by the Austrians. During the Lent of 1622 he preached with especial fervour. At Easter he returned to Feldkirch to attend a chapter of the order and settle some affairs of his community. By this time the Congregation of the Propaganda had been established in Rome,
and Fidelis was formally constituted by the Congregation, superior of
the mission in the Grisons. He had, however, a presentiment that his
laborers would shortly be brought to a close by a martyr's death. Preaching a farewell sermon at Feldkirch he said as much. On re-entering the country of the Grisons he was met everywhere with the cry: "Death to the Capuchins!" On 24 April, being then at Grusch, he made his confession and afterwards celebrated Mass and preached. Then he set out for Sevis. On the way his companions
noticed that he was particularly cheerful. At Sevis he entered the
church and began to preach, but was interrupted by a sudden tumult both
within and without the church. Several Austrian soldiers who were guarding the doors of the church were killed and Fidelis himself was struck. A Calvinist present offered to lead him to a place of security. Fidelis thanked the man but said his life was in the hands of God. 0utside the church he was surrounded by a crowd led by the preachers who offered to save his life if he would apostatize. Fidelis replied: "I came to extirpate heresy, not to embrace it", whereupon he was struck down. He was the first martyr of the Congregation of Propaganda. His body was afterwards taken to Feldkirch and buried in the church of his order, except his head and left arm, which were placed in the cathedral at Coire. He was beatified in 1729, and canonized in 1745. St. Fidelis is usually represented in art with a crucifix and with a wound in the head; his emblem is a bludgeon. His feast is kept on 24 April. (CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen.)
"I came to extirpate heresy,
not to embrace it." Ah, what a contrast between Saint Fidelis of
Sigmaringen and the faithless ones of the counterfeit church of
conciliarism who embrace heresy and the false religions of idolaters and
who do not seek to extirpate these things. "God bless the Methodists,
"God bless the Baptists, "...on the sacred Mount Hiei." These are the
sorts of words that issued from the mouth of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict
XVI, not the fidelity of the faithful Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen.
Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen did not believe in
"inter-religious" dialogue. He sought with urgency the unconditional
conversion of the Calvinists to the true Faith, the Catholic Faith. He
did not mince words. He was entirely devoted to Our Lady. Saint Fidelis
did what Catholics had done for nearly sixteen centuries before him:
seek out the lost sheep while being willing to lay down his own life in
behalf of their salvation in imitation of the Good Shepherd Himself, Who
gave this injunction to the Eleven before He Ascended to the Father's
right hand in glory on Pentecost Sunday:
Going, therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing
them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and
behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.
Saint Fidelis's martyrdom came some eighteen and
one-half months before that of Saint Josaphat Kuncevyc on November 12,
1683, at the hands of the Orthodox whose conversion he had been seeking
with great urgency. Saint Fidelis's zeal for the conversion of the
Protestants came within a very short time after the apostolic work of
Saint Peter Canisius, S.J., and more or less contemporaneously with that of Saint
Francis de Sales, who was his senior by seven years and who died just
one year before his own martyrdom. Both Saint Peter Canisius and Saint
Francis de Sales sought to convert the Calvinists. Their work bore much
fruit. Over 60,000 Calvinists returned to the true Faith at the
preaching of Saint Francis de Sales.
The Catholic Church has never abandoned the
conversion of souls for the diabolical lunacy of the "new
evangelization's" "let's listen and learn from each other without
compromising the truth or giving any impression of religious
indifferentism as we all remain faithful to our respective traditions
and structures" program of "inter-religious dialogue" and to exercise
the "spiritual ecumenism" (inter-religious prayer) pioneered by a
disciple of the late Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J., Abbe Paul
Couturier, whose pioneering efforts in syncretism were praised by Karol
Wojtyla/John Paul II (in footnote fifty of Ut Unum Sint, May
25, 1995) and by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI in his address to
Protestant and Orthodox representatives in Cologne, Germany, on Friday,
August 19, 2005. As Dom Prosper Gueranger noted in his commentary on the
life of Saint Fidelis:
There is a fatal instinct in error, which leads it to hate the Truth; and the true Church, by its unchangeableness, is a perpetual reproach to them that refuse to be her children.
The Catholic Church is
unchangeable! She cannot be the source of the very changeableness that
has been exhibited ceaselessly by the scions of the counterfeit church
of conciliarism. Her official documents and statements cannot contradict
anything that she has taught from time immemorial. Her children are
taught to imitate the lives of her saints who were zealous for the
conversion of the souls of non-Catholics.
Saint Peter Canisius was also zealous in seeking the conversion of souls, emphasizing our need to be patient with the erring as we attempt to practice charity toward those who err. Yes, he understood that both Martin Luther and John Calvin taught lies and were doing the bidding of the prince of darkness and the master of lies himself, the adversary. Nevertheless, however, he had the patience of his Divine Master, Christ the King, in seeking to convince those who had gone over to Protestantism (or who had been born into its falsehoods after Martin Luther started his revolution against the Divine Plan that God Himself to institute man's return to him through the Catholic Church), trying to find little ways to demonstrate acts of kindness as a means of helping those in error and heresy to be, at the very least, open to listening to him preach the truth.
Motivating him in this regard was a deep devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus at a time when this devotion was not spread or practiced widely even though German saints such as Saint Gertrude the Great and Saint Mechtilde had been given mystical knowledge of the Heart of Hearts that was formed out of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Unlike these mystics, though, Saint Peter Canisius was not a mystic himself. He simply kept at his prayers day in and day out as he labored hard to defend the truths of the Catholic Faith and to refute the errors of the day.
Preach the truth, of course, Saint Peter Canisius, did by using his pen and his eloquent gift of speech from the pulpit. It was in the year 1555 that he published the first catechism in the history of the Catholic Church as an answer to the Protestant "catechisms" that had been printed for over thirty years at that point. He also wrote volumes to defend the doctrines of the Catholic Faith, including that of the Most Holy Eucharist and the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. And quite contrary to the citation of Protestant authors and "theologians" by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, Saint Peter Canisius was informed by the authentic sensus Catholicus, which impelled him to prohibit Catholics from reading books written by Protestants. This is indeed quite a contrast with the false "pontiff" today, a man who has gone so far as to say that the Apostles and those who followed them did not want to convert souls to the true Faith as they simply desire to fulfill a "grand conception of history." In other words, the souls of non-Catholics are in no jeopardy whatsoever of being lost for all eternity if they die outside of the Catholic Church.
Here is what Ratzinger/Benedict wrote in Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection:
The restlessness with which Paul journeyed to the nations, so as to bring the message to all, and, if possible, to fulfill the mission within his own lifetime--this restlessness can only be explained if one is aware of the historical and eschatological significance of his exclamation: "Necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!" (I Cor 9: 16).
In this sense, the urgency of evangelization in the apostolic era was predicated not so much on the necessity for each individual to acquire knowledge of the Gospel in order to attain salvation, but rather on the grand conception of history: if the world was was to arrive at its destiny, the Gospel had to be brought to all nations. At many stages of history, this sense of urgency has been markedly attenuated, but it has always revived, generation a new dynamisms for evangelization. (Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection, San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2011, 43-44.)
Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI and his band of conciliar revolutionaries contradict God and His saints all of the time. Why listen to them? Why believe that men who can do and say the things that they do? Men who blaspheme God by esteeming the symbols of false religions as they have walked into places of false worship that are "sacred" only to the devil and treated the "clergy" of non-Catholic religions as having a valid mission from God to serve and thus to save souls as they engage in an "interreligious" effort to improve the temporal lot of men and earth and even to "save" the environment. Such people cannot be members of the Catholic Church. They are apostates and blasphemers who have committed grave sacrileges in public.
Yes, we pray for such people as we are but horrible sinners ourselves. It is one thing to sin out of weakness or ignorance. It is quite another to dare to contradict the immutable teaching of the Catholic Church both in word and in deed, no less to persist in doing so while trying to rewrite the entirety of Church history and to revise the lives of ths saints to suit the Modernist agenda of an entirely false church that is but the counterfeit ape of the Catholic Church.
Saint Fidelis and Saint Peter Canisius both had great love for Our Lady, especially by means of her Most Holy Rosary. We must imitate their holy example as we seek to pray as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit and as we keep her company in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and in our time in fervent prayer before Our Lord's Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Saint Peter Canisius hated error while he loved and sought the conversion of those who were steeped in it.
Catholics have always sought to eliminate grievous
error from the midst of civil society. Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, as noted above, said
that he had come to "extirpate heresy, not to embrace it." The exact
same Catholic spirit motivated Saint Peter Canisius, whose feast has been commemorated today. The Collect for the Mass offered today stands as yet
another contrast with the false accommodationism of conciliarism with
the errors of Modernity:
O God, Who for the defense of the Catholic
Faith didst strengthen blessed Peter, Thy confessor, with virtue and
learning: vouchsafe in Thy loving kindness, that by his example
and precepts the erring may be restored to salvation, and the faithful
may persevere in the confession of the truth. Through our Lord
Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of
the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
Indeed, it is a supreme irony of the moment
that many of the very errors of Protestantism that Saint Peter Canisius
sought to eliminate have been incorporated into the liturgy and the
teaching of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, which has created a
spirit as antipathetic to the authentic patrimony of the Catholic Church
in the minds of so many hundreds of millions of Catholics around the
world that is but the mirror image of the antipathy bred by Henry Tudor
and his paid Anglican stooges in the Sixteenth Century. Hundreds of
millions of Catholics today have no more belief in every article
contained in the Deposit of Faith than the English who defected and
participated in the persecution of their once fellow Catholics. Hundreds
of millions of Catholics today are nonplussed in the face of ridicule
of the Church and her teaching because they themselves have been taught
by the ethos and de facto pastoral praxis of conciliarism that is is only "love" that matters, not a "rigid" adherence to the "norms of the past."
While each person must come to recognize this for himself (it took me long enough to do so; I defended the indefensible for far too long!), we must nevertheless embrace the truth once we do come to recognize and accept it without caring for one moment what anyone else may think about us as we make reparation for our sins, which did indeed transcend time and served to help to motivate the Jews of Our Lord's day to cry out for His Crucifixion just as we mock Him by means of our disordered self-love and stubborn refusal to obey His Commandments, and those of the whole world as the consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through His Most Blessed Mother's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart.
We must cleave to the Catholic Church, not to the counterfeit church of conciliarism, as we attempt to plant the seeds for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as we seek to live more and more penitentially, making reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary for our own many sins and for those of the whole word, imitating and never contradicting the teaching that Our Lord has entrusted exclusively to Holy Mother Church or daring to blaspheme the memory of our saints who lived to proclaim that teaching so that they could be ready die and receive a blessed reward of an unending Easter Sunday of glory in Paradise.
Alleluia! He is Risen!
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon.
Viva Cristo Rey! Vivat Christus Rex!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, pray for us.
Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, pray for us.
Saint Peter Canisius, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints