(The Roman Observer of Insanity)
Thomas A. Droleskey
What more can be said? The conciliarist at L'Osservatore Romano have lost their minds in addition to losing all sense of the Catholic Faith. The liturgical and doctrinal revolutions of concilairism that have devastated so many hundreds of millions of souls and which have offended God so greatly in so many ways, starting with the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo worship service and the multitudinous ways in which the conciliar "pontiffs" violated the First and Second Commandments by their esteeming the symbols of false religions and heaping effusive praise about the "values" possessed by these sects that belong to the devil, have merged with the social revolutions of the 1960s to produce "Catholics" who have no sense of the horror of personal sin, no sense of the Virtue of Modesty and thus no sense of the horror and outrage at the evils represented by "rock music" and other refuges of the devil in popular culture. What more can be said?
Here is a brief news item about the latest outrage from the demented people at L'Osservatore Romano, which has published a favorable book review of two new books containing collections of photographs of the revolutionaries known as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones:
The December 25 edition of L’Osservatore Romano paid tribute to two new books devoted to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Mark Hayward’s The Beatles: On Camera, Off Guard 1963-69 and The Rolling Stones: On Camera, Off Guard 1963-69 contain photographs-- most of them previously unpublished-- of the bands.
The L’Osservatore Romano column was written by Giuseppe Fiorentino and Gaetano Vallini, who earlier this year commemorated the fortieth anniversary of the hippie film Easy Rider. (Vatican Newspaper Pays Tribute to Beatles and Rolling Stones; here is a link to the Italian language article as found in L'Osservatore Romano,
Giuseppe Fiorentino e Gaetano Vallini: I due gruppi storici «Colti nelle immagini più segrete 1963-69» dall'obiettivo di Mark Hayward: Non c'è mai stato un ragazzo che amava i Beatles e i Rolling Stones, L’Osservatore Romano.)
Christmas Day? This is what was seen fit by Giovanni Maria Vian to publish in the pages of L'Osservatore Romano on Christmas Day? What an affront to Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who has been mocked and reviled by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Well, then again, of course, what's the big deal about offending Our Lord on Christmas Day by praising drug-addicted merchants of personal and cultural evil when the head of the counterfeit church of conciliarism sees fit to praise the symbols of false religions as he dares to say the "peace" is produced by the "coexistence" of religions with each other?
The translation of the Italian text of the article in L'Osservatore Romano into English by the Yahoo Babel Fish website is just too rough to print in toto here. One line that is so rough in its translation that it loses its intended meaning seems to say that never has there been a boy who could not love the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Uh, excuse me, Signore Genio (Mister Genius) at L'Osservatore Romano. Here is one fellow, born on November 24, 1951, whose high school years (1965-1969) were spent in absolute revulsion at everything to do with "rock and roll" "music," which I learned to loathe at the age of four when I heard my parents at our dinner table at 39 Kings Point Road in Great Neck, New York, discuss the decadence of Elvis Presley. That was good enough for me. My parents knew more than I did. I plugged my ears with my fingers when I rode on the public school bus that took me to Saint Aloysius School in Great Neck when I was was in kindergarten in September of 1956 as I heard "You Ain't Nothin' But a Hound Dog" blaring out of the transistor radio of some public school brute. No, I have never been at all sanguine about "rock" music, not in the 1950s, not in the 1960s, and not now. It is evil.
Mr. Michael Matt, the publisher-editor of the anti-sedevacantist The Remnant, explained in his excellent Gods of Wasteland the particularly evil nature of the "music" of The Beatles:
Music has proven to be a most dominant influence over the physical and mental health of human beings. It has been use by tyrants and it has been used by statesmen and kings--is power is very real. Martin Luther used it against the Catholic Church in his Protestant Revolution, an even the heresiarch Arius used his famous "Book of Song" way back in the fourth century to spread the Arian Heresy across most of the known world in record time. Hitler used it, especially marching music and patriotic anthems within the Hitler Youth Movement. The French Revolutionaries used it, as did the Americans in 1776. And men and women who harbor no love for Christianity use rock music today in yet another revolution--the Cultural Revolution.
Only a fool says, "Music can't hurt me" or "Music doesn't affect me." Consider companies such as Coca-Cola, Nike, McDonald's, IBM, or Microsoft--have you ever seen an advertisement on TV for any one of these companies which was not accompanied by music (most often rock music)? Big business and world marketers know the influence music has on the consumer/viewer. What's more, they also are aware of the lasting impression an audio stimulus can leave on the mind--in some cases being more unforgettable than a visual image.
Have you ever had some melody on your mind that you just can't get out of your head? I'll bet you never had a movie stick to you like that. Right? This is because the message that is transmitted to the mind through the medium of music has a greater effect and leaves a longer-lasting impression than any other stimuli. For, in effect, your brain--your imagination--processed that sound directly into your consciousness.
After minimal study of musicology, few people will dispute that music has an almost super-human influence over us all. Yet, how often do we listen to rock music (or do we let our children listen to it) and keep telling ourselves that it's "just music," and that its message of immorality and Kantian encouragement to do whatever "feels good" will have no effect on our lives as Christians?
When we say, "Music can't really affect us," we betray our own poor understanding of musicology . . . . and that is all. The Egyptians would never have proffered such an ignorant statement, nor would the ancient Greeks or the Romans, nor the sales consultants for Nike, Microsoft, or MTV. The fact is that the Catholic Church, the pro-life movement, the NFL, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement, the homosexual activist lobby, the NBA, the Communists, big business, etc., know perfectly well what music is capable of. So why do so many Christians deny that rock music could be a significant problem?
The "new creed" that is being taught to a fourth grader, for example, through rock music today is something he will never forget and may never overcome. I repeat--don't every say, "It's just music; it can't hurt me." Rock music hurts children in your society; therefore it hurts the future of your society and thus your own children. It hurts you, all right. . . . It's just a question of when and how much. . . .
The "British Invasion" is generally considered to have begun in earnest in 1964. It featured the rise to unprecedented pop culture fame in America of some of the most influential rock bands from the United Kingdom--spearheaded, of course, by the Beatles. 1960s British "rock n' roll" was to become a global phenomenon of staggering impact on America teenagers. . . . You just had to be a part of it, "man," if you didn't want to be regarded as totally "unhip." When the Beatles landed, millions of America's teens found their lives literally changed forever.
To a lesser extent, several UK bands had considerable success on the American rock music charts, though many of them didn't survive the test of time as well as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. These bands has names such as the Dave Clark Five, the Searches, Peter and Gordon, the Animals, Chad Stuart, Jeremy Clyde, and the Nashville Teens.
Constantly working on their image of hidden imagery (i.e., the much publicized "Paul is Dead" games) and cult references, the Beatles were the quintessential "rock n' roll band. Drugs, [impurity of conduct], revolution were the message, and rock n' roll was the game. Being more subtle than many rock bands, the Beatles were also more talented musically, and, thus, more effective. Their nihilism was packaged in catchy lyrics, encrypted poetry, quick, upbeat tunes, and a message that consisted of thinly veiled Socialism and plenty of outright hedonism. Songs such as "Eleanor Rigby"--so defeatist, so cutting and demoralizing--were literally memorize by millions, and became worldwide hits for the Beatles. Pay careful attention to the last line of the following lyrics; it's a cynical mock of the Christian teaching on the salvation of the soul and the part the Catholic priesthood plays in that process:
Ah, look at all the lonely people
Ah, look at all the lonely people
Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been
Lives in a dream
Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
Who is it for?
All the lonely people
Where do they all come from ?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong ?
Father McKenzie writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear
No one comes near.
Look at him working. darning his socks in the night when there's nobody there
What does he care?
All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?
Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name
Father Mckenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave
No one was saved
The Beatles were not innocent. They were revolutionaries who experienced global success in the war against Christianity and the spread of the drug culture. (Michael Matt,
Gods of Wasteland, pp. 40-41; 53-55.)
A reader of this site, Mr. Terry Miller, provided me with a list of some of the evidently well-known album and/or song titles associated with the Rolling Stones: "You'll Never Make A Saint of Me,""Their Satanic Majesties Request," "Bridges to Babylon," and "Goat's Head Soup." How any Catholic can praise men whose entire life's work has been to promote evil and who have themselves been immersed in the midst of evils is something than renders even me relatively speechless.
This is not a "minor" matter. It should not be a "minor" matter that children of prominent families in traditional Catholic venues are permitted to play "rock music" loudly on their car radios on church property. Sadly, however, there are some priests in fully traditional venues who may not like "rock music" for aesthetic reasons but who reject its inherently evil, revolutionary nature and look the other as their favorite parish sons do as they wish. This makes it all the more difficult for parents who do understand the inherent evils of "rock music" to teach their own children to withstand the evils of the culture. How is it possible for any true priest who makes no concessions at all to conciliarism to be silent about this evil and not to warn his parishioners that it is a Mortal Sin to listen volitionally to "rock music" of any type? Silence about this evil serves the interests of the devil, not the honor and glory of God and the eternal good of souls, and pastors of souls would be well-advised to consider what Saint John Mary Vianney and Padre Pio would do in our circumstances today, namely, to insist that Catholics not only not listen to "rock music" but to destroy any and all records, tapes, compact discs or videos in their possession containing this diabolical "art" form. This is not Jansenism. This is Catholicism.
Obviously, it is infinitely more difficult for a parent who is attached to the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism to convince his children not to listen to any kind of "rock" "music," including that of the Beatles and/or The Rolling Stones, when the semi-official newspaper of the Vatican, now in conciliar captivity, endorses this rot from Hell. The counterfeit church of conciliarism has used "rock music" in its liturgies, including at "Papal" "Masses," especially those for World Youth Day. L'Osservatore Romano's praise of the Beatles and th Rolling Stones just demonstrates yet again that the errors of Modernity have found quite a home in the nooks and crannies of the Modernists who run the counterfeit church of conciliarism.
L'Osservatore Romano's warm and nostalgic embrace of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones , however, coincides with Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II's an Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's embrace of much of Modernity, including the religiously indifferentist civil state. The more one accommodates himself to yesterday's evils (Protestantism, religious indifferentism, the existence of religiously indifferentist public "school," "religious liberty," divorce, contraception, abortion, the promotion of perversity under cover of law and abroad in the midst of popular culture, "rock music," indecency of speech and immodesty of dress) ) will be the more that one accepts these evils as accepted "norms," about which it is "impossible" to do anything than to give a shrug of the shoulder and/or to revel in as part of our being "modern men."
Chastisements abound as we face the end of this calendar year of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ of 2009. A "year in review" article will be published tomorrow, Thursday, January 1, 2010 (can 1960 really be approaching fifty years ago now?). Suffice it to say for the present moment, however, that we must thank God for each and every day that He sustains our life here in this passing, mortal vale of tears as each day we are alive provides us with an opportunity to serve Him through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, seeing in all of the chastisements that afflict us at this time the work of His loving hand to help us reform our own lives as we attempt to make acts of reparation for our sins and those of the whole world, praying as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit.
The difficulties of the present moment, many though they might seem to us now, will pass. Each of those difficulties is a means for us to glorify God as we lift high the Cross in our daily lives with gratitude. God has seen to it from all eternity to place us alive in these challenging times, which means that there is work for us to do that no one else can do, work to help plant a few seeds as the totally consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary that may, please God and by the graces He sends through the loving hands of Our Lady as the Mediatrix of All Graces, result sooner rather than later in the restoration of the Church Militant on earth and the restoration of Christendom in the world.
A continued blessed Christmas to you all!
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon!
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
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.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
Pope Saint Sylvester I, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints