Which is your Master? The Christ or the Antichrist

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

As Dante Alighieri points out at the beginning of his Divina Comedia, a life lived without discernment can lead one astray to such a point that he finds himself in a dark wood, where the path to the light is no longer found, and a guide is needed.

Here is the Petrocci edition, of the original text of Dante’s Divine Comedy, Inferno, Canto 1:

Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
2 mi ritrovai per una selva oscura
3 ché la diritta via era smarrita.

4 Ahi quanto a dir qual era è cosa dura
5 esta selva selvaggia e aspra e forte
6 che nel pensier rinova la paura!

7 Tant’ è amara che poco è più morte;
8 ma per trattar del ben ch’i’ vi trovai,
9 dirò de l’altre cose ch’i’ v’ho scorte.

10 Io non so ben ridir com’ i’ v’intrai,
11 tant’ era pien di sonno a quel punto
12 che la verace via abbandonai.

Here is Longfellow’s English translation, for those who cannot read medieval Italian:

MIDWAY upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.

Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say
What was this forest savage, rough, and stern,
Which in the very thought renews the fear.

So bitter is it, death is little more;
But of the good to treat, which there I found,
Speak will I of the other things I saw there.

I cannot well repeat how there I entered,
So full was I of slumber at the moment
In which I had abandoned the true way.

I cite this, because, we are never too old to deepen our knowledge of Catholic Culture: Dante was a member of the Third Order of Saint Francis, and he wrote about 100 years after Saint Francis.

If you would like to see the source of the above, click this image. I will continue my editorial below it:

But if we have not a Beatrice to guide us out, we can at least take a spiritual exam, to help us find the right path.  And the best exam is this, to ask ourselves if we are serving Christ Jesus or the Antichrist to come?

So here is the exam:

  1.  Who is a truth teller, God or men?
  2.  Who are more trust-worthy, men who say “God” to the first question, or men who say “men”?
  3.  Is reality such that I should believe that the world is growing hotter or colder, based on what men say, or what I see?
  4.  Is health such that I should believe there is a plague, even if I do not see everyone  dropping dead around me?
  5.  Do I give men more power over me than God?
  6.  Do I believe that if the national legislature says we are gods, who can make up what is right and wrong, that we become gods?
  7.  Do I believe that I can do anything with my body, I like?
  8.  Would I, or do I, live each day the same, whether there is a God or not?
  9.   Do I pursue the promises of Christ with great zeal than any other personal goal or interest?
  10.   Do I think that I shall not be judged for each of my daily actions or choices?
  11.   Which always has more authority, Christ or science?
  12.   Which always has more authority, the State or the Church?

Shameless Ignorance

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

There is an old saying: When you do not know what you are talking about, it is best to keep your mouth shut, lest by opening it you certify your own ignorance.

Here goes.  From a blog which calls itself, “Shameless Popery” — I kid you not!

So Why Do People Deny That Benedict Resigned?

One of the most obsessive writers on this topic is one Br. Alexis Bugnolo, and his argument is (to put it nicely) a convoluted mess. Basically, canon law talks about resigning the office (munus) of the papacy, and Benedict spoke of leaving the “ministry” (ministerium) of the Bishop of Rome. Bugnolo has written thousands of words about the alleged differences between ministerium and munus, even though Latin dictionaries will tell you that the two words are synonyms.

But even assuming that the two words mean (slightly) different things, what’s the theory here? The only way that Benedict could cease to exercise the ministry of the Bishop of Rome is to cease to be the pope. Moreover, he explicitly announced that he was vacating the See, and that there would be a new pope to whom he pledged his loyalty. There’s no wiggling out of his words there, as if he was somehow unclear.

Resignation isn’t a magical spell that you have to word just right. If you tell your boss, “I’m ending my employment here, effective immediately,” he doesn’t expect you back on Monday because you said “employment” and not “occupation.” And the pope is free to resign however he wants, as long as he’s not doing so under duress or in some way prohibited by divine or natural law.

So that’s the technical argument, and as I said, it’s not much. Reading the advocates’ arguments, it’s easy to get lost in a maze of canon legalese and Latin vocab, but the simple argument they’re making is theologically bankrupt. Canon law doesn’t restrict the pope’s free authority to resign, and no reasonable person can deny that Benedict exercised this authority quite publicly in 2013.

I had no idea this blog existed, until it came to my attention today. I think the readers of FromRome.Info are well instructed enough to reply on their own. I doubt the author of this scribbling, would want me to write him.

Here is the link, if you would like to leave a comment on his blog: http://shamelesspopery.com/is-pope-benedict-or-pope-francis-the-true-pope/

The Borg Collective has arrived…

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

The psychological control of the Matrix is now complete. You can see it. It is palpable. And alas all the talking heads, nearly, are plugged into it.

Yesterday they said Trump is the President, Trump won and Biden was stealing the election.

Today they are saying Biden is the president and Trump has gone into retirement.

Their attention is now on Biden, as president, awful to them as that may be.

It’s like 2013.

There is absolutely no critical thinking about the narrative. Just acceptance.

Like a TV set, when you turn the channel, remembers nothing of what it displayed a moment before.

The Borg Collective has arrived.

Italy’s Chief Justice: Social Media’s censure of Trump is intolerable

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

While the gross violation of constitutional, civil and human rights lurches forward in the U.S.A. with the glee of the Marxist cabal which has engineered a coup d’etat, their crimes are not going unnoticed without condemnation through Europe.

Here in Italy the highest juridical authority, Giancarlo Corraggio, the President of the Constitutional Court, has declared Jack Dorsey’s actions intolerable.

Here is an English translation of the transcript of the above video, the original Italian of which you can find here. The comments are by Prof. Enrico Michetti, director of the official Administrative Gazette of the Republic, in regard to the interview by Giancarlo Coraggio, President of the Italian Constitutional Court, who decried in his recent interview Zucherberg’s censorship of Donald Trump in specific.

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“Censorship of Trump? Intolerable”

“I wanted to come back to that topic that the President of the Constitutional Court spoke about yesterday, the highest magistrate we have in Italy, Judge Coraggio (in name and in fact — Coraggio means “Courage”) who gave an interview dealing with all the issues that are being dealt with at the moment.

In addition to saying that it was a barbarity, that of Capitol Hill, he also clarified a topic that has interested us in the last period: the fact that a private individual could obscure the voice of a President of a Republic.

I had been quite mild in saying that this is a serious matter. He defined it with a word that in law is a cleaver, a hatchet that falls: “Intolerable.”

As if to say that it is the end of law, when a private individual obscures a President of a Republic. The end of democracy.

Why is this? Because at the basis of democracy there is the consent of the people who appoint someone to represent them. If you obscure him, you are obscuring the will of millions of people to be able to express their opinion. Directly or indirectly.

In Italy, some time ago, something even more significant happened: the then President emeritus of the Republic, Cossiga, said that the National Association of Magistrates was an association of mafiosi.
RAI — the National TV Broadcaster — did not permit itself to censor him.

Because there are moments in which strong things are said – this does not mean that I agree with what Cossiga or Trump said – at a time when very serious facts are happening.

“Health first? No, rights first.”

Incidentally, President Coraggio also said something else. When you say “health first,” he commented, “No; there are fundamental rights, not a fundamental right.” If anything, the fundamental right, on which the Constitution is based, is work.

Rights must coexist: freedom, health and work must coexist, and it is there that we see the wisdom of a government. In keeping these rights in balance.

“There must be no tyrannical rights that kill other rights,” Coraggio said.

“Be careful when you unknowingly talk about the MES.” — (The MES is the agreement between the Republic of Italy and the EU Central Banks for debt payments and loans).

I also say something else: let’s be careful, because Europe always invites you to take the money. You remember Greece, which put in its own no doubt, but it was constantly being invited to take money from Europe.

Do not think that Europe will give you a penny. When we talk about the MES, we are not talking about the Marshall Plan; the Marshall Plan was free money.

Our economy should not be based on debt, a State should not be based on the fact that others maintain it. A State, to call itself such, should have an economy that allows it to dispense the services it gives to its citizens through its own resources.

Now you go with the broom to look for these “builders”. But if up to now only debts have been incurred… but builders of what? Of other debts?”

Timely words from our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI

 

 

 

 

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January 26th: First Anniversary of the Supplica Perpetua

One year to the day this devotion began, the wicked prime minister of Italy resigned. This is the power of Our Lady. Let us keep praying this devotion every night for the defeat of the Church of Darkness.

FromRome.Info broadcasted live from the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore at Midnight on Jan. 25-26th, to commemorate the First Anniversary of the Perpetual Supplica to Our Lady, Salus Populi Romani.

Transmission began at 11:30 PM Rome Time, and Br. Bugnolo gavee a lenghty talk on the Role of Our Lady in the history of Salvation with appropriate remarks about current events.

The transmission will be in English and Italian.

Italiano

FromRome.Info trasmetteva in diretta dalla Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore a mezzanotte del 25-26 gennaio, per commemorare il primo anniversario della Supplica Perpetua alla Madonna, Salus Populi Romani.

La trasmissione è iniziata alle 23:20 ora di Roma, e Fr. Bugnolo ha dato un lungo discorso sul Ruolo della Madonna nella storia della Salvezza con opportune osservazioni sugli eventi attuali.