Thomas A. Droleskey
Richard Topcliffe was a notorious monster of the Protestant Revolution in Elizabethan England at the end of the Sixteenth Century. His veins flowed with the blood of hatred for the Catholic Faith. His blood also ran ice cold when he tortured his Catholic victims on the rack, boasting that he could make a man a foot taller by stretching him on the rack than he had been before his arrest. His nickname was the "priest-catcher," a moniker that he considered a badge of personal honor.
Richard Topcliffe, the priest-catcher, would brook no opposition to Queen Elizabeth I's plans to institutionalize what she believed to be a "moderate" version of the Protestant Revolution that would appease Catholics who had grown accustomed to Anglican rituals while at the same time keep the Puritans, Anglicans who were followers of John Calvin and wanted to "purify" the false Anglican church of its vestigial Catholic trappings, at bay. No deceit, no foul deed was too low for Richard Topcliffe if it meant a chance to capture and torture priests and other Catholics who refused to forfeit the Holy Faith for the sake of their saving their physical lives. These brave Catholics understood that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ really meant it when He said:
Then Jesus said to his disciples: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall find it.
 For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul?  For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels: and then will he render to every man according to his works. (Matthew 16: 24-27.)
True Catholics prefer loss of property and reputation and liberty and even their lives rather than to abandon the cause of the Holy Faith for earthly honors or favors, including being allowed the "privilege" of retaining what they own and being permitted to continue to live in exchange for being silent about or actually denying the Faith in any way, shape or form, where publicly for all to see or privately for God alone to see. Pope Pius XII noted this in his December 6, 1953, allocution to Italian lawyers:
Her deportment has not changed in the course of history, nor can it change whenever or wherever, under the most diversified forms, she is confronted with the choice: either incense for idols or blood for Christ. The place where you are now present, Eternal Rome, with the remains of a greatness that was and with the glorious memories of its martyrs, is the most eloquent witness to the answer of the Church. Incense was not burned before the idols, and Christian blood flowed and consecrated the ground. But the temples of the gods lie in the cold devastation of ruins howsoever majestic; while at the tombs of the martyrs the faithful of all nations and all tongues fervently repeat the ancient Creed of the Apostles. (Pope Pius XII, Ci Riesce, December 6, 1953.)
Although the subject for the next original article to be published on this site, suffice it to say for the moment that one of the goals of the figurative Topcliffes in the counterfeit church of conciliarism is get every single traditionally-minded Catholic who is as of yet attached to that false church in the furtive belief that it is the Catholic Church to make their peace once and for all with the way in which the men they have accepted as the Successors of Saint Peter here on earth have esteemed the symbols of false religions and praised places of false worship as "sacred" and spoken and written about how the "religions of the world" can "work together" for the "common cause of humanity" to advance the "civilization of love."
The figurative Topcliffes of the counterfeit church of conciliarism really don't care if a few traditionally-minded Catholics who have gone ga-ga over Summorum Pontificum and who thus give evidence of having had figurative lobotomies grit their teeth privately over the ecumaniacal gestures of the conciliar "popes" and their "bishops." Silence about these outrages given to the honor and glory and majesty of the Most Blessed Trinity is enough, although rationalization of these outrages is even better. Want the "freedom" to have a modernized version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition and still be in "good standing" with the "pope"? Just shut your mouth and swallow hard. The rest is real easy as ostracism and ridicule and the loss of, eegads, subscriptions and the revenue derived there from might be just too much to accept. More about that when the next new article is published, perhaps as early as tomorrow, the Feast of Saint Louis IX, King of France.
There are also figurative Richard Topcliffes and Maximilian Robespierres and Otto von Bismarcks and Vladimir Lenins and Adolf Hitlers and Mao Zedongs and Joseph Stalins and Fidel Castros aplenty in the realm of the naturalistic farce that is partisan politics in nations possessed of the anti-Incarnational and semi-Pelagian (the belief that human beings are more or less self-redemptive and that they be good more or less on their own by "stirring up graces" within themselves) lies of Modernity. These little caesars, if you will, believe that anyone and everyone who criticizes them is evil and/or what their critics believe is proof of their "intolerance," bigotry," "backwardness" and utter stupidity.
These little caesars are not only found in partisan politics, of course. They are found throughout the nooks and crannies of our popular culture. One of the reasons that I am involuntarily retired from my career as a classroom professor of political science is because of the prejudice of those who pride themselves in being so "tolerant" but who are anything but tolerant when it comes to those who disagree with them, especially with those who are believing Catholics. Particularly maddening for these not-so-tolerant anti-Catholic bigots is anyone, however few and far between they may be, who is opposed to naturalism in all of its insidious forms, whether it be of the naturalist "left" or the naturalist "right," as it is a secular heresy not to believe in some form of naturalism as the means to "resolve" social problems or to "restore" "civil liberty" by means of a "limited government" according to the mind of the men who had
a founding hatred for Christ the King. This is also true in the realm medicine, even in the realm of non-conventional medicine as I discovered recently, as those who are clueless about the true Faith react with stunned disbelief if they are told that suffering is the path by which we can gain Heaven by making reparation for our sins as the consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
As has been documented on this site many times in the past, one of the most insidious little Topcliffes or little caesars in the realm of the farce that is partisan politics in the United States of America is the current Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi, a pro-abortion, pro-perversity statist Catholic who has maintained her "good standing" in the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism despite support one abject evil after another. No, her "archbishop," the pervert-friendly George Niederauer of San Francisco, has expressed his disappointment with Pelosi's support for baby-killing under cover of the civil law. Discipline her? Ah, that is only for those who dissent from the "enlightenment" of the "magisterium" of the conciliar "popes."
Nancy Pelosi, who fashions herself as an expert in theology, mind you (see
Memo to Joseph Biden and Nancy Pelosi and Their Conciliar Enablers,
Fact and Fiction and
Naughty, Naughty, Nancy), felt the urge last week to weigh in on the controversy engendered by the proposal to build a Mohammedan mosque and community center near the site of the former twin towers of the World Trade Center that were destroyed in dual attacks on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Caesar Barackus Obamus Ignoramus has lectured us already on the matter (see Mainstreaming Mosques). It was only a matter of time before the loquacious seventy-year old Mrs. Pelosi would weigh in with her own inimitable brand of ignorance and bigotry that shows her to have a continued policy of "zero tolerance" for dissent from anything she believes, in own warped, twisted way, is revealed truth:
NEW YORK (CBS 2) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday [August 18, 2010] he has “no regrets” about speaking out about the so-called ground zero mosque, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have some.
CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reports she is being roundly attacked here for what some call “un-American” remarks about those opposing the mosque.
On Wednesday Pelosi became the latest politician embroiled in the ground zero mosque controversy with what can only be regarded as eye-popping remarks.
“There is no question that there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some and I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded,” Pelosi said.
Families of the 9/11 tragedy immediately jumped all over the top House Democrat.
“I think it’s outrageous. She’s investigating 9/11 families whose sons were murdered on 9/11 rather than look at foreign entities that sponsor terrorism? I think she has her priorities mixed up and she’s lost her mind,” said Jim Riches, a former firefighter who lost his son in the World Trade Center attacks
“They can look into all our funding. We’re regular families, regular citizens, like people who protested in 1776. We’re ordinary citizens and she’s coming out against us because we disagree with her.”
Actually, a lot of people disagree with building a mosque at ground zero.
A new Siena poll found that 63 percent of New Yorkers don’t want the mosque built near ground zero. Only 27 percent support it.
However, 64 percent of voters support the right of the developer to build the mosque at ground zero compared to 28 percent who say they don’t.
Congressman Peter King, who wants to see the mosque built someplace else, was appalled by Speaker Pelosi’s remarks.
“This is absolutely disgraceful what Nancy Pelosi is doing. This is an attempt to stifle free speech,” Rep. King said.
King said Pelosi doesn’t understand that the people opposing the mosque are real people with real losses.
“This is an entirely spontaneous, grassroots level from people who suffered on Sept. 11 that are now suffering again as this mosque just tears their wounds open and pours salt into it. That’s what this movement is,” he said.
When it became clear that Pelosi’s remarks were attracting attention, her office issued a clarification, but it didn’t change much.
In the new statement, she said “We should also ask who is funding the attacks against the construction of the center.” (9/11 Families: Pelosi Has Lost Her Mind)
It is foreign to the mind of Nancy Topcliffe and her fellow fiends of the elitist echelons of the false opposite that is the naturalist "left" to consider for a single, solitary moment that even one of their delusional projections of "truth" in their self-made alternate universes that are detached from all relationship to reality is mistaken. This is why the likes of Nancy Pelosi, a figurative Topcliffe who wants to hunt down the funding that the widows and the widowers and the parents and the siblings and the children of the survivors of the September 11, 2001 attacks supposedly getting to dare to oppose the building of a Mohammedan center of "dialogue" and "fellowship" so close to the site of the former twin towers of the World Trade Center, and United States Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (see
All Hail! Caesar Obamus) believe that those who oppose baby-killing, whether by surgical or chemical means, or perversity or ObamaCare or the envirocommunist agenda or who support actual border security to protect American citizens, especially in southwestern states such as Arizona, from hordes of criminals who are intent on murder and thievery must be "investigated." Such people must be mad or possessed not to believe as the elitists of the upper echelons of the false opposite of the naturalist "left" believe. And on and on and on it must go in this world of true madness engendered by the Protestant Revolution and the rise of Judeo-Masonry and all of the naturalistic ideologies thereafter.
Indeed, the whole controversy about the proposed Mohammedan mosque and community center in lower Manhattan near the site of what is called "Ground Zero" demonstrates the inherent weaknesses of a pluralist society wherein men are unable to think clearly or even rationally about how false ideas and beliefs can lead only to bad consequences.
To wit, most of those who are quite understandably opposed to the mosque and community center do not understand mosques have no right to exist, that they may be tolerated in discreet locations with unimposing edifices for the sake of the common temporal good. These people are not bigots and they are not intolerant. They are understandably insulted by the arrogance of Feisal Abdul-Rauf, who is milking this for all the publicity he can get for his false religion and his professed "moderate" version of that false religion. What most of these well-meaning opponents of the mosque and community center do not understand, however, is that the whole controversy was engendered to get press for Feisal Abdul-Rauf and to make the "case" that Mohammedanism is really a "religion of peace" after all when it is, of course, of the devil and as such is a means of violence and deceit of its very false nature.
Although Feisal Abdul-Rauf is on the payroll of the United States Department of State as he sings the praises of the policies of Caesar Barackus Obamus Ignoramus in Mohammedan nations, I wouldn't be at all surprised (and this is a tongue-in-cheek comment for those of you who do not have pronounced senses of humor) that he is also on the payroll of the Republican National Committee and/or Karl Rove's American Crossroads "527" political action committee that raises money in direct competition with the Republican National Committee. Feisal Abdul-Rauf has certainly proved himself to be a headache for his allies in the naturalist "left" in the United States. As Feisal Abdul-Rauf crows about all of the publicity he is getting at this time, however, most Americans remain oblivious to the daily slaughter of the preborn, both by chemical and surgical means, that make this country all the more vulnerable to attacks from within and from without as all empires, including ours, will collapse if they promote heinous sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance under cover of the civil law (see
Empires Come and Go, Including Ours).
Our little caesarette and veritable Topcliffe in a pants suit, Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi, does not understand this, of course. Barring a miracle effected by the graces won for us by the shedding of every single drop of the Most Precious Blood of Our Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, that flow into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces, our little caeserette and veritable Topcliffe in a pants suit will persist until her dying breath as ardent supporter of abortion and other evils as she castigates in the most strident and ignorant terms possible everyone who opposes her, oblivious that the following words written by Pope Pius XI in Casti Connubii, December 31, 1930, apply to her:
Those who hold the reins of government should not forget that it is the duty of public authority by appropriate laws and sanctions to defend the lives of the innocent, and this all the more so since those whose lives are endangered and assailed cannot defend themselves. Among whom we must mention in the first place infants hidden in the mother's womb. And if the public magistrates not only do not defend them, but by their laws and ordinances betray them to death at the hands of doctors or of others, let them remember that God is the Judge and Avenger of innocent blood which cried from earth to Heaven.
Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi will not get any chance to demonstrate her nonexistent grasp of Catholic moral theology when she stands before Christ the King at the moment of her Particular Judgment with all of the blood of the innocent that she has helped to shed by means of her votes in the United States House of Representatives in the past twenty-three years. We must pray for her conversion and her public abjuration of her many errors before this time as we make reparation, of course, to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary for our own many sins that have so wounded the Church Militant here on earth and added to the foul miasma of sin in the world.
We must, of course, continue to pray as many Rosaries each day as our state-in-life permits, conscious of the power of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary to effect those miracles of grace referred to above:
The most holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or, above all, spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world, or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations, that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the holy Rosary. With the holy Rosary, we will save ourselves; we will sanctify ourselves; we will console our Lord, and obtain the salvation of many souls. Conversation between Sr. Lucy of Fatima and Fr. Fuentes, Dec. 26, 1957
"The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin…If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors." Pope Pius XI
"Among all the devotions approved by the Church, none has been so favored by so many miracles as the Rosary devotion." Pope Pius IX
"The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying." Pope Leo XIII
St. Dominic prayed to Our Lady that she would force the devils who possessed a man to reveal the truth about devotion to her. The devils were forced by Our Lady to reveal: "Now that we are forced to speak we must also tell you this: Nobody who perseveres in saying the Rosary will be damned, because she obtains for her servants the grace of true contrition for their sins and by means of this they obtain God's forgiveness and mercy."
Miracles of the Rosary:
Battle of Lepanto, 1571 - On Sunday, October 7, the Christian and Turkish fleets met in Lepanto Gulf, off the coast of Greece. The bitter battle finished with a brilliant victory of the Christians who where vastly outnumbered. That very evening Pope St. Pius V had at Rome a clear knowledge of this success. The same afternoon, the Confraternities of the Rosary, particularly in Rome, had marched through the streets in procession reciting the Rosary. This victory put an end to the naval power of the Turks and saved Christian Europe. To this day this victory has been attributed to the praying of the Rosary. The feast of “The Most Holy Rosary” is celebrated on October 7 now and the month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary.
Rosary Miracle at Hiroshima - August 6th, 1945 There was a home eight blocks (about 1 kilometer) from where the A-Bomb went off in Hiroshima Japan. This home had a church attached to it which was completely destroyed, but the home survived, and so did the eight German Jesuit missionaries who prayed the rosary in that house faithfully every day. These men were missionaries to the Japanese people, they were non-military, but because Germany and Japan were allies during WWII they were permitted to live and minister within Japan during the war. Not only did they all survive with (at most) relatively minor injuries, but they all lived well past that awful day with no radiation sickness, no loss of hearing, or any other visible long term defects or maladies. Naturally, they were interviewed numerous times (Fr. Schiffer, a survivor, said over 200 times) by scientists and health care people about their remarkable experience and they say "we believe that we survived because we were living the message of Fatima. We lived and prayed the rosary daily in that home." Of course the secular scientists are speechless and incredulous at this explanation - and they are sure there is some "real" explanation - but at the same time over 55 years later the scientists are still absolutely bamboozled when it comes to finding a plausible scenario to explain the missionaries’ unique escape from the hellish power of that bomb.
Russians Pullout of Austria, 1948 - After World War ll, the Allies turned over Catholic Austria to communist Russia. For three years the Austrian people endured this tyranny. Then, a Franciscan priest, Father Petrus, remembered how the Christians although greatly outnumbered had defeated the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto through the Rosary, and he launched a Rosary crusade. Through it 70,000 people, one tenth of the Austrian population, pledged to say the Rosary daily for the Soviets to leave their country. Austria was valuable to the Russians because of its strategic location, rich mineral deposits and oil reserves. Yet on May 13, 1955, the anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, the Russians signed the agreement to leave Austria, and they did so without one person being killed and without one shot being fired. It is the only time that the militant atheistic forces of Marxism have ever peacefully left a country in which they held power. Military strategists and historians are baffled as to why the Russians pulled out. But we are not - it was the power of the Rosary.
The Country That Saved Itself - Brazil 1962 - In 1962 there was a looming threat of communist takeover in Brazil. A woman there named Dona Amelia Bastos was known to have formed a Rosary rally among the Brazilian women there to do their part in opposing the looming threat. Their goal was simply to pray the Rosary in large groups asking the Virgin Mary for help in opposing the Communist takeover which the President of Brazil was leaning toward at the time. In Belo Horizonte 20,000 women reciting the rosary aloud broke up a Communist rally. In Sao Paulo, 600,000 women praying the rosary in one of the most moving demonstrations in Brazilian history, caused the President of Brazil to flee the country and not a single death was encountered, sparing the country from Communist takeover. (The Importance of the Family Rosary and The Power of the Rosary.)
Well, what are you waiting for? Pray a Rosary now, remembering to continue your own participation in
Bishop McKenna's 2010 Rosary Crusade.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon!
Viva Cristo Rey! Vivat Christus Rex!