Wickedness in High Places

Thank you for your prayers and patience. It’s not at all clear if we can continue posting, but will venture another attempt. It’s more than a bit daunting, to raise one’s voice above the whirlwind, while struggling to avoid being swept away. Yet we must understand what is happening here. We must put the Synod in its proper context. To do that, understanding Fatima’s urgent message is essential, as is a clear grasp of this Pope and his coterie, the people who pushed to put him on the See of Peter and the people he has promoted and gathered around him. There is a solid commonality of interests here.

Look at the images a moment. The reign of Francis the Merciful is indeed sweeping all before it, and like some cheap movie the melodramatic moments continue to flash before us,

Che ... Above All ...
Che … Above All …

Che Guevara looming over yet another of the Pontiff’s sacrilegious Masses. In Havana, it is reported (here) that Francis used the words at Consecration, “For all”, instead of, “For many”. Yet another instance of his disdain for the Mass.

"I had a good day today – I killed a priest!"
“I had a good day today – I killed a priest!”

The iconic photo op with Fidel Castro: Reputable blogs report that Francis himself requested the meeting with Castro. I recall that Fidel Castro famously bragged at one time, “I had a good day today – I killed a priest!”. Reportedly this referred to his having strangled a priest with his hands. Hands this Pope wanted so badly to shake (in admiration?). We don’t know the whole story, Perhaps, in Castro’s defense, the priest was a neo-pelagian pharisee. And now on to America. My heart just sinks.

You would think, a gathering called the World Meeting of Families, which I believe was founded by Pope John Paul II, would be an excellent venue to emphasise the importance of the traditional Catholic family. But you would be naive. Lepanto Institute has the truth about the bunch of pro-abortion, pro-sodomy, liberals running the show. So brace yourself for more iconic pictures like this:

 "World Family Meeting in Philadelphia open to homosexual couples."
“World Family Meeting in Philadelphia open to homosexual couples.”

The jovial visage above belongs to no less than Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia, appointed by Francis President of the Pontifical Council on the Family, who wants the world to know the Vatican’s determination to adhere to the agreed-upon agenda that: “Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community” and that we must be “capable of … accepting and valuing their sexual orientation”.

The most disheartening factor in all this is not the relentless drive of Pope Francis and his wrecking crew, it is the stunning refusal of most so-called faithful Catholics to even care about it. These people have just hunkered down in the pig sty, comfortable in their protestantized “liturgy”, blithely ignoring the ongoing, ever-expanding “lavenderization” of the clergy. None of the professional Catholic media was alarmed by the news that the one of the Pope’s most intimate friends, Archbishop Fernandez, who helped write Evangelium Gaudium and Laudato Si is noted for writing an erotic book, “Heal me with your mouth, the art of kissing”.

"Heal me with your mouth."
“Heal me with your mouth.”

They all just yawned when Pope Francis appointed Timothy Radcliffe as Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Radcliffe famously stated (see here) about same sex “love”,

The Vatican's Expert on the Eucharistic aspects of sodomy
The Vatican’s Expert on the Eucharistic aspects of sodomy

“We cannot begin with the question of whether it is permitted or forbidden! We must ask what it means, and how far it is Eucharistic. Certainly it can be generous, vulnerable, tender, mutual and non-violent. So in many ways, I would think that it can be expressive of Christ’s self-gift.”

The purpose of all these photos is to illustrate as graphically as possible, that our battle is against the “rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.” (Ephesians 6, 12)

How Can We Reach People with the Message of Fatima?

The message of Fatima is a warning against disobeying God, and a call to prayerful repentance, reparation and true restoration of the faith. The Church’s blatant refusal to heed this message has resulted in a darkening of the intellect, a coarsening of the sensibilities and a diabolical disorientation. Look at the pictures and captions above, consider the Novus Ordo liturgies, the ugly and sterile architecture, look again at the pictures above, consider the crass tastes of Pope Francis, i.e., his preference for Patti Smith, his crude slap-down of Catholic mothers’ “breeding like rabbits” etc. Tell me, other than diabolical disorientation, what else would make Cardinal Dolan so comfortable with the perversions of the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence”? Pray for them, for they cannot help themselves.

The Message of Fatima is more urgently needed with each fresh assault from the Argentine pontiff. I have failed to call people to Return to Fatima, my time is rapidly passing. So many brave warriors of the faith are gone now. I used to think how ironic that someone as ill-equipped as I would presume to take a public forum and strive for a goal that much greater and more gifted minds had not accomplished.

To those few who read these posts, please do redouble your efforts, both to prayer and penance and to alerting others, if possible. Pope Francis released his infamous Moto Proprio Mitis Iudex on Our Lady’s Birthday and it will take effect on the Feast of her Immaculate Conception. The insult is inescapable. Between these two dates will be the final Synod in the Month of the Holy Rosary. For how long now has Our Lady been warning that she is becoming unable to restrain the wrath of Our Lord? That is why I recently posted on Blessed Elizabeth Canori Mora’s prophecy,

” … the Mother of God ceased to ask mercy for the world, and instead requested justice from the Eternal Father. Clothed in His inexorable Justice and full of indignation, He turned to the world…”

How many people saw that post? How many cared? A personal detail, my husband and I are unable to attend the SSPX Chapel which is nearly two hours away, and usually attend the Traditional Latin Mass in a Novus Ordo parish. Of the three priests there, two of them have given homilies of effusive praise for Pope Francis determination to destroy the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. And the local Latin Mass community just yawns.

Regardless of what happens to me, or any of us, the fact remains:

It has been given to the Immaculate Heart of Mary to save the Church in this crisis. It is Our Savior’s will that this crisis will be resolved by recourse to her. Will we be her children and throw our efforts into this heavenly plan, or will we be carried off by the torrent of evil?

Thoughts of a dry brain in a dry season…

My Jesus mercy!

Immaculate Heart of Mary, save your children!

Thoughts on the Synod of Shame

DICI is a news agency that lays claim to Catholicism. For this reason it is with extreme reluctance that DICI addresses topics that St. Paul told Christians not even to mention:

Be ye therefore followers of God, as most dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God for an odor of sweetness. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you, as becometh saints.” (Ephesians 5:1-3)

The great Apostle was forming his disciples into alter Christis, and he could not tolerate that any should remain slaves to fleshly passions and to the spirit of covetousness:

For know you this and understand, that no fornicator, or unclean, or covetous person (which is a serving of idols), hath inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” (Ibid. 5:5)

Nonetheless the world of today has long since revived the most degrading perversions, forgetting the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah.[2] Homosexuality, bestiality and numerous other sexual perversions are spreading throughout modern society while modesty, fidelity, continence and all the virtues that temper concupiscence are on the wane.

Against natural and divine law

Faced with the attack on Christian marriage, and now on natural marriage (the stable union of one man and one woman in a family for the procreation and education of children) the Catholic Church unwearyingly repeats the truth of the morality taught by the Gospels:

Nor the effeminate, nor liars with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:10)

The sin of homosexuality is a grave disorder and acting on it is classed by Holy Scripture among the sins that “cry out to heaven,” along with murder and the oppression of widows and orphans. The sins that cry out to heaven for vengeance are those whose malice, and especially whose disturbance of the social order, call for a just vengeance from God even on this earth.[3]

Such is the gravity of sins of homosexuality, banal though they have become, even promoted by all sorts of organizations and all types of propaganda. Think of all the LGTB groups, movies, fashion shows, and “gay pride” parades that flood the streets of the world’s metropolises annually.

The Catholic Church has not escaped the pressure from the depraved world and its corrupt morals. Until now, it has recalled the ignominy and the unnatural character of this type of sin. The 1992 Catechism of the Catholic Church still wrote, under no. 2357:

Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,[4] tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.'[5] They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”

Serious divisions among the synodal Fathers

The preparation of the Synod on the Family has paradoxically provided an opportunity for promoters and supporters of the banalization of homosexuality. On October 13, 2014, the general relator of the Synod, Hungarian cardinal Peter Erdo showed this in a document released before 200 journalists. Under the title Relatio post disceptationem, he spoke of the appreciation for the “gifts and qualities” that homosexual persons had “to offer the Christian community” (Relatio, no. 50).

While the synod opposed any assimilation of homosexual partnerships to marriage between a man and a woman, as well as international lobbying in favor of gender theory (ibid. no. 51), it notes “that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners”! (no. 52).

At this same press conference, Archbishop Bruno Forte, special secretary to the synod and apparently author of the scandalous paragraphs, stated,

I think that this document seeks positive aspects where these elements can be found in such partnerships. It is easy to reject a thing, but to recognize and value what is positive, even amid these experiences, is a matter of intellectual honesty and spiritual charity.”

Thus, for the first time in history, the Church in an official venue is promoting the welcome of homosexual persons as such. The challenge is no longer to convert, to call for repentance and to combat such disordered and sinful tendencies, but rather that “of welcoming these people and guaranteeing them a fraternal space in our communities,” while, actively and publicly, they pursue a lifestyle of vice.

The scandal was immense and an outcry at this intermediary report was not long in coming. Interviewed on Radio Vatican, October 13th, Bishop Stanislas Gadecki, archbishop of Poznan and president of the Polish bishops’ conference, was not afraid to state, “This document is unacceptable.”

The African bishops also expressed their profound disagreement on Twitter; Cardinal William Fox Napier, archbishop of Durban, took a position of firm opposition to the articles on homosexuality, to which Cardinal Walter Kasper replied, in an interview with journalists, that African bishops “should not tell us what to do.”

A few months later Cardinal Napier fell once again under the condescending scorn of Cardinal Kasper, who thinks

“African archbishops are too obedient to taboos and too reticent to face the questions of polygamy and same-sex marriage…”

On October 18th, the final report of the Synod attempted to put out the fire with the art of compromise. It was learned that the paragraph on unnatural perversion was subjected to vote and received 118 votes in favor and 62 against. Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican Press Office, wished to emphasize that even if these paragraphs “did not obtain the required two-thirds majority, they were approved by a majority.” So Pope Francis himself had chosen that the rejected paragraphs should also be published, “in order to prolong the debate.”

Even if this text, according to Fr. Lombardi, “is neither a magisterial nor a disciplinary document,” the problem remains unaltered. How could behavior that is against nature and intrinsically disordered be presented in such a positive light? How has a sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance become a “sexual orientation” able to contribute “gifts and qualities” (what gifts and qualities?!) to the Christian community? What does the poorly disguised praise of the sense of sacrifice between homosexual persons mean? Do the authors intend to go so far as to compare this “precious support in the life of the partners” to the fidelity and support of husband and wife in marriage?

This would be one of the “blasphemous comparisons” between the Gospel and the revolution that St. Pius X denounced over a century ago.[6] How can men of God find positive values or matter for edification in such vices, which are so many situations of sin?

Bishop Huonder’s colleagues turn on him

On July 31, 2015, a Swiss bishop courageously recalled the moral teaching of the Church on these matters during a conference called “Marriage: gift, sacrament and mission.” Bishop Vitus Huonder of Coire was speaking in Fulda, Germany, at the Forum Deutscher Katholiken. Because he was foolish enough to quote Holy Scripture, (Leviticus 18:22, and especially Leviticus 20:13: “If any one lie with a man as with a woman, both have committed an abomination, let them be put to death: their blood be upon them”) the bishop of Coire was assaulted by a media firestorm, a lobbying campaign organized by several pro-homosexual groups supported by the media and several public figures.

Bishop Huonder tried to smooth things over, stating that he had quoted another ten passages from Scripture taken from both the Old and the New Testament, that he had only summarized the Catechism’s teaching on the matter and that he was obviously not calling for the murder of homosexuals, but it would not do. The president of the Christian Democrat party, Christophe Darbellay, called his words “unacceptable”.

Worse yet, the Swiss Bishops’ Conference promptly turned on their confrere in the episcopate, who by now had several court cases lodged against him and received death threats. The president of this conference, Bishop Markus Buchel of St. Gall, stated that he rejoiced “in every relationship where partners accept each other mutually as beloved children of God (sic).” He added,

Our current knowledge on homosexuality as an emotional investment and a sexual orientation that are not freely chosen was not understood in biblical times.”

So that today the Church has the duty to accompany homosexual persons along the course of their lives:

A pathway in which they can integrate their particular form of relationships and their sexuality as a gift of God in their lives.” (sic)

There could be no better preparation for the recognition and the blessing of this type of union. Particularly since the president of the Bishops Conference added that the Church must “find a new language that is appropriate to situations and persons.”[7]

Lastly, Bishop Charles Morerod of Geneva, Fribourg and Lausanne told newspaper Le Temps of August 12, 2015, that “the fact of being homosexual, especially without any personal choice, is neither a crime nor a sin.” He continued on to say that the majority of homosexual persons discovered this aspect of themselves without deliberately intending it and thus without any moral responsibility!

History will note that it was only in the 21st century that men of the Church attempted to justify the most ignominious behavior using theology. Bishop Morerod states that Christian morality can only be practiced integrally by those who have the Faith, but he forgets to point out that even without the Faith all men can judge of the rectitude of their inclinations. What has become of the natural law? Does not the virtue of chastity, part of the cardinal virtue of temperance, bind all men capable of reason?

What will happen at the coming synod?

Under the influence of fear or cowardice, encouraged also—unfortunately—by the words of Pope Francis calling for welcome and mercy to be shown to homosexuals (“If a person is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?”[8]), enthralled by the “spirit of the Council” that would proclaim a new humanism founded on the cult of man and the person[9], the men of the Church no longer know the duties proper to their responsibilities. They seem to have forgotten the existence of the most basic natural morality, as if as long as the Faith is not accepted by our contemporaries, it were useless to preach good morals.

Further, as St. Paul teaches the Romans, without faith in Jesus Christ, all men are in sin and under the shadow of divine punishment. The world we know, which has rejected its Savior, His law of love and His commandments, has relapsed into the most shameful paganism, which the Apostle to the nations was not afraid to describe, speaking of

“shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error.” (Romans 1:24-27)[10]

But if those who commit these things are guilty, guiltier yet are those “that consent to them that do them.” (Ibid. 1:32) For “woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness!” (Isaias 5:20) May the next synod, under the authority of the Sovereign Pontiff, dissipate the smoke of Satan that obscures the light of faith and reason. It is primarily to the shepherds of the flock that Christ said,

“You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house.” (Matt. 5:14-15)

Fr. Christian Thouvenot


1 Romans 1:26 (in the picture: statue of St. Paul, St. Peter’s Square in Rome).

2 The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is described in the book of Genesis, chapters 18-19.

3 Fr. Dominique Prummer, O.P., Manuel de theologie morale [Manual of Moral Theology], Herder 1961, vol. 1, no. 360.

4 See Genesis 19:1–29; Romans 1:24–27; 1 Corinthians 6:9–10; 1 Timothy 1:10.

5 Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Persona humana,” Dec. 29, 1975, no. 8.

6 Letter on the Sillon, Aug. 25, 1910.

7 Catholic Church—APIC, Aug. 9, 2015.

8 Press conference of July 28, 2013.

9 See Paul VI, closing address of Vatican II, Dec. 7, 1965:

The religion of God made man has encountered the religion (for that is what it is) of man-made God. […] Recognize at least this merit of the Church, you, modern humanists who deny the transcendence of supreme things, and learn to recognize our new humanism: we too, we more than anyone, we have the cult of man.”

10 The Catechism of St. Pius X also condemns the malice of impurity:

“It is a most grave and abominable sin in the sight of God and man; it lowers man to the condition of the brute; it drags him into many other sins and vices; and it provokes the most terrible chastisements both in this world and in the next.” (Catechism of St. Pius X, The Commandments of God. Published in English under the title A Compendium of Catechetical Instruction, Rt. Rev. Msgr. John Hagan, ed.)

(Source: SSPX/MG—DICI no.320, September 11, 2015)



The Vatican’s Lavender Heel

Ed. Note: The following post is from June, 2015, and in it, Magister demonstrates his initial impression that Pope Bergoglio intended to “uproot the weeds from the Vatican curia” as he put it, referring to scandalous homosexual clerics such as the subject of the post. In time, it has become clear that Pope Francis, has not in any way  “weeded out” the members of the so-called “Gay Lobby” in the Church.

In yesterday’s post on “The Wrath of the Lavender Mafia” we showed the true reason for the Vatican’s attack on Sandro Magister. Under this papacy as no other, we see clearly that the Vatican has, instead of an Achilles’ heel, a Lavender heel. While Pope Francis and his sycophant press portray him as tough on perverted priests, he has actually been quite the opposite. 

But in case there is any doubt about the unfairness of the Vatican’s most recent hatchet job on Sandro Magister, a journalist who had the effrontery to report the truth about the Pope’s dear friend Battista Ricca, here is another Chiesa article from Magister’s file.

Vatican's Powerful "Gay" Lobby
Vatican’s Powerful “Gay” Lobby


ROME, July 25, 2013 – It is enough these days to enter the offices of the Institute for Works of Religion to understand how flimsy the argument is that has been advanced in defense of Monsignor Battista Ricca, the prelate of the IOR whose scandalous past has been revealed by L’Espresso:

> The Prelate of the Gay Lobby

Three floors below the window of the pope’s Angelus, in two rooms facing the colonnade of Saint Peter’s Square, across large monitors scroll movements of money, past and present, of the clients of the IOR, before the eyes of auditors hunting for suspicious operations. The team is led by Antonio Montaresi, with solid experience in the United States, the new Chief Risk Officer of the controversial Vatican “bank.”

Every operation of dubious regularity is brought to the attention of the Financial Information Authority directed by René Brülhart, vice-president of the international network of the Financial Intelligence Unit, which in turn informs its sister authorities in the countries involved and if necessary the Vatican magistracy.

“Bad management”: this is how the president of the IOR, Ernst von Freyberg, dismisses the conduct of the previous director, Paolo Cipriani, who was forced to resign together with his deputy last July 1.

According to Ricca’s defenders – very active both inside and outside of the Vatican – by striking him the “old guard” of the curia is trying to block the rehabilitation of the “pope’s bank.” But the facts say the opposite. With or without the prelate, the remediation of the accounts and apparatus of the IOR is moving forward at an accelerated pace.

The affair of Monsignor Ricca is a case in point of the weeds that pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio wants to uproot from the Vatican curia. Against homosexuals who live in chastity, including priests, bishops, cardinals, there is no preconceived hostility whatsoever in the Church, so much so that, in tranquility, a number of them have occupied and still occupy important positions.

What the Church does not accept is that consecrated persons, who have made a public commitment of celibacy and chastity “for the Kingdom of Heaven,” should betray their promise.

When the betrayal is public, it becomes scandal. And to heal it the Church requires a penitential journey that begins with repentance, not with falsification, concealment, deception, worse still if carried out with the complicity of others, in a “lobby” of intersecting interests, licit and illicit. In the case of Ricca, the deception has hit Pope Francis himself.

About the monsignor’s scandalous past, and the present cover-up, Francis knew nothing when on June 15 he appointed him prelate, meaning his fiduciary at the IOR. He had been shown the file concerning Ricca that is kept at the personnel office of the secretariat of state, and everything appeared to be in order.

But over the following days a number of trusted persons sounded the alarm for the pope, in speech and in writing, over what had happened in Uruguay between 1999 and 2001 at the nunciature of Montevideo where Ricca had been in service. More information came to the pope on June 21 and 22, when he met with the nuncios who had convened in Rome from all over the world.

After the news of the looming scandal was published on July 3 on www.chiesa, Francis wanted to see Ricca’s personal file again.

This time as well they passed him off as immaculate. The chain of command composed of cardinal secretary of state Tarcisio Bertone, his substitute Giovanni Angelo Becciu, and the delegate for the pontifical diplomatic missions, head of personnel Luciano Suriani, did not even take the basic step of asking the nunciature of Montevideo for copies of the reports from the nuncio at the time, Janusz Bolonek, which arrived in Rome but were evidently made to disappear.

Worse, after L’Espresso last week brought the elements of the scandal to everyone’s attention, they had Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi say that what was published is “not reliable.”

When instead it corresponds in every way to the documents – ecclesiastical and of the civil authorities – kept at the nunciature, including the letter with which Bolonek implored the Vatican authorities to send him in place of Ricca a new and “morally sound” adviser.

In Uruguay, at least five bishops who were direct witnesses of the scandal are ready to report. “Es todo verdad,” it’s all true, ecclesiastical sources have told the leading newspaper of Montevideo, “El País.”

After seeing L’Espresso, Pope Francis himself picked up the telephone and called persons in his trust in that country, for definitive confirmation of the facts.

“Surely the Holy Father, in his wisdom, will know what to do,” was the succinct statement of the current nuncio, Guido Anselmo Pecorari.


This commentary was published in “L’Espresso” no. 39 of 2013, on newsstands as of July 26, on the opinion page entitled “Settimo cielo” entrusted to Sandro Magister.

Magister reported as well, on the chain of command implicating some high ranked Vatican officials in the Ricca cover-up, “Between 2001 and 2005, during the years in which Monsignor Battista Ricca was removed from the nunciature of Montevideo and finally called back to the Vatican, the chain of command with regard to him was made up of cardinal secretary of state Angelo Sodano, the substitute Leonardo Sandri, and the delegate for pontifical diplomatic missions, head of personnel Carlo Maria Viganò. This last would remain in this position until 2009.”

When reading this and the previous article, it is clear that Sandro Magister had faith that once Pope Francis knew the truth about Ricca’s perversity, he would surely cleanse him from the Vatican. However that is not the case. Instead, Magister is out of a job, his distinguished 41 year career ended ruinously. And far from cleansing the Vatican of these disgraceful men, Pope Francis seems to be quite taken with the serene theology they represent for him.

Pope Francis recently promoted Timothy Radcliffe, O.P., to a prominent position. Here is a quote straight from “Father” Radcliffe, who by the way, offers the notorious Soho “Gay” Masses.

When discussing fertility in marriage, Radcliffe expanded the meaning of fertility:

But not every marriage is fertile in this way. We must avoid having a mechanistic or simplistic understanding of fertility. Jesus speaks a fertile word: This is my body, given for you. He is God’s fertile word. And surely it is in the kind and healing words that we offer each other that we all share in fertility of that most intimate moment. When Jesus met Peter on the shore after Easter, he offers him a word that renews their relationship. Three times he asks him; ‘Do you love me more than these others?’ He allows him to undo his threefold denial. Sexual fertility cannot be separated from the exchange of words that heal, that recreate and set free.

How does all of this bear on the question of gay sexuality? We cannot begin with the question of whether it is permitted or forbidden! We must ask what it means, and how far it is Eucharistic. Certainly it can be generous, vulnerable, tender, mutual and non-violent. So in many ways, I would think that it can be expressive of Christ’s self-gift.”

OK, did you get that bit of serene theology there? Sodomy can be Eucharistic! You’re feeling very, serene now too, aren’t you? And yet this man is promoted while a man who simply documented a tiny portion of the homosexual rot in the Vatican is fired from his job.

Poor Pope Francis, who obviously is so taken with this heady thrill of being in the Lavender Vatican he cannot see his job clearly to protect the faithful from these people, who pervert the faith and bring shame and scandal to the Bride of Christ.

Pray the Rosary and confound the devil!


The Wrath of the Lavender Mafia

Here is the article which cost Sandro Magister his Vatican credentials. You will notice it was from July, 2013. As you read it, think about the connotations. Realize just who holds the reins of power and the state of the Church as it lurches towards the final Synod in October. At the time Magister wrote this, he truly believed that once the new pope realized the truth about Ricca, he would take appropriate action. But now, we realize this pope is very pleased with Msgr. Ricca!

Root of the Rot: Msgr. Ricca
Root of the Rot: Msgr. Ricca

by Sandro Magister


ROME, July 18, 2013 – “In the curia there is talk of a ‘gay lobby.’ And it is true, it’s there. Let’s see what we can do,” Francis said on June 6 to Latin American religious received in audience.

And again: “It is not easy. Here there are many of the pope’s ‘bosses’ with great seniority of service,” he confided a few days ago to his Argentine friend and former student Jorge Milia.

In effect, some of these ‘bosses’ have hatched against Jorge Mario Bergoglio the cruelest and most subtle deception since he was elected pope.

They kept in the dark important information that, if he had known it before, would have kept him from appointing Monsignor Battista Ricca “prelate” of the Institute for Works of Religion.

With this appointment, made public on June 15, Francis intended to place a trusted person in a key role within the IOR. With the power to access all of the proceedings and documents and to attend all of the meetings both of the cardinalate commission of oversight and of the supervisory board of the disastrous Vatican “bank.” In short, with the task of cleaning house.

Ricca, 57, originally from the diocese of Brescia, comes from a diplomatic career. He served for fifteen years in the nunciatures of various countries before he was called back to the Vatican, to the secretariat of state. But he won Bergoglio’s trust in another guise, initially as director of the residence on Via della Scrofa at which the archbishop of Buenos Aries stayed during his visits to Rome, and now also as director of the Domus Sanctæ Marthæ in which Francis has chosen to live as pope.

Before the appointment, Francis had been shown, as is customary, the personal file on Ricca, in which he had not found anything unseemly. He had also heard from various personalities of the curia, and none of them had raised objections.

Just one week after appointing the “prelate,” however, during the same days in which he was meeting with the apostolic nuncios who had come to Rome from all over the world, the pope became aware, from multiple sources, of some episodes from Ricca’s past previously unknown to him and such as to bring serious harm to the pope himself and to his intention of reform.

Sadness over having been kept in the dark with regard to such grave matters, and the intention to remedy the appointment he had made, albeit not definitive but “ad interim”: these were the sentiments expressed by Pope Francis once he was aware of those matters.

The black hole in Ricca’s personal history is the period he spent in Uruguay, in Montevideo, on the northern shore of the Rio de la Plata, across from Buenos Aires.

Ricca arrived at this nunciature in 1999, when the mandate of the nuncio Francesco De Nittis was coming to an end. Previously he had served at the diplomatic missions of Congo, Algeria, Colombia, and finally Switzerland.

Here, in Bern, he had met and become friends with a captain of the Swiss army, Patrick Haari. The two arrived in Uruguay together. And Ricca asked that his friend be given a role and a residence in the nunciature.

The nuncio rejected the request. But a few months later he retired and Ricca, having become the chargé d’affaires “ad interim” until the appointment of the new nuncio, assigned Haari a residence in the nunciature, with a regular position and salary.

At the Vatican they let it go. The substitute for general affairs in the secretariat of state at the time was Giovanni Battista Re, a future cardinal, he too originally from the diocese of Brescia.

The intimacy of the relations between Ricca and Haari was so open as to scandalize numerous bishops, priests, and laity of that little South American country, not last the sisters who attended to the nunciature.

The new nuncio, Janusz Bolonek of Poland, who arrived in Montevideo at the beginning of 2000, also found that “ménage” intolerable immediately, and informed the Vatican authorities about it, insisting repeatedly to Haari that he should leave. But to no use, given his connections with Ricca.

In early 2001 Ricca also got into a scrape over his reckless conduct. One day, having gone as on other occasions – in spite of the warnings he had received – to Bulevar Artigas, to a meeting place for homosexuals, he was beaten and had to call some priests to take him back to the nunciature, with his face swollen.

In August of 2001, another mishap. In the middle of the night the elevator of the nunciature got stuck and in the early morning the firemen had to come. They found trapped in the car, together with Monsignor Ricca, a young man who was identified by the police authorities.

Nuncio Bolonek asked that Ricca be sent away from the nunciature and Haari fired immediately. And he got the go-ahead from the secretary of state, Cardinal Angelo Sodano.

Ricca, dragging his heels, was transferred to the nunciature of Trinidad and Tobago, where he remained until 2004. There as well he butted heads with the nuncio. Finally to be called to the Vatican and removed from diplomatic service on the ground.

As for Haari, in the process of leaving the nunciature he demanded that some of his luggage be sent to the Vatican as diplomatic baggage, to the address of Monsignor Ricca. Nuncio Bolonek refused, and the luggage ended up in a building outside of the nunciature. Where it remained for a few years, until from Rome Ricca said that he didn’t want to have anything to do with it anymore.

Once the luggage was opened to get rid of its contents – as decided by the nuncio Bolonek – a pistol was found in it, which was handed over to the Uruguayan authorities, and in addition to personal effects, an enormous quantity of condoms and pornographic material.

In Uruguay, the facts reported above are known to dozens of persons: bishops, priests, sisters, laypeople. Without counting the civil authorities, from security forces to fire protection. Many of these persons have had direct experience of these facts, at various moments.

But at the Vatican as well there are those who know about them. The nuncio at the time, Bolonek, always expressed himself with severity with regard to Ricca, in reporting to Rome.

And yet a blanket of public silence has covered until today these past episodes of the monsignor.

In Uruguay there are some who respect the granting of silence out of scruples of conscience. Some for the duty of office. Some who are silent because they do not want to put the Church and the pope in a bad light.

But at the Vatican there are some who actively promoted this cover-up operation. By blocking the investigations from the time of the events until today. By concealing the reports from the nuncio. By keeping Ricca’s personal file immaculate. In this way they facilitated a prestigious new career for Ricca.

After his return to Rome, the monsignor was integrated into the diplomatic personnel serving at the secretariat of state: initially, from 2005, in the first section, that of general affairs; then, from 2008, in the second section, that of relations with states; and then again, from 2012, in the first section, with a top-level position, that of nunciature advisor first class.

Among the tasks assigned to him was supervision of the spending of the nunciatures. And from this as well was born that reputation as an incorruptible moralizer which was assigned to him by the media all over the world, at the news of his appointment as “prelate” of the IOR.

Moreover, beginning in 2006, Monsigner Ricca was entrusted with the direction first of one, then of two, and finally of three residences for cardinals, bishops, and priests visiting Rome, including that of Saint Martha. And this allowed him to weave an intricate network of relationships with the highest levels of the Catholic hierarchy all over the world.

The appointment as “prelate” of the IOR was for Ricca the crowning of this second career of his.

But it was also the beginning of the end*. Because of the many upright persons who knew about his scandalous past, the news of the promotion was a cause of extreme bitterness, all the more keen because it was seen as a presage of harm for the arduous enterprise that Pope Francis has in the works, of purification of the Church and of reform of the Roman curia.

[ * Note: Back in 2013, just a few months into the Humble Pope’s® reign, Magister was certain that if only the Pope knew the truth about Ricca, all would be well. Sadly, this was not at all the case.]

Because of this some believed it to be their duty to tell the pope the truth. Certain that he would make the consequent decisions.”

As you see, Sandro Magister, in July, 2013 believed that Pope Francis was dedicated to “purification of the Church”. Well, now we see how that has worked out.

Think on these things. Think where we are now. Think of the Synod and please return to the Message of Fatima and pray for the Church! Without our prayers, penances and good works, the hierarchy cannot break free from the darkness of their disorientation.

The sycophants in the media are working overtime to discredit Sandro Magister. This is the reason I always urge that you avoid fake news sites like National Catholic Reporter, EWTN, and the others, who under the guise of reporting the news give instead a version acceptable to the Bergoglio/Kasper agenda, that is to say, a clear preference for the sodomites in the Vatican. Until the Vatican is purged of them, the Church will continue to rot from the head down.

O Mary, Immaculate Mother of God, intercede for the Church. By your purity, cleanse the Church from those who seek to destroy the purity of her doctrine and practice!

Sins of the Parents …

John Smeaton,  co-founder of the international coalition Voice of the Family, spoke recently at the Cleveland Right to Life Convention, “Bringing America Back to Life”. Here’s hoping his message gets out far and wide! In it, Smeaton points out that, “marriage as an institution is fatally wounded by redefining it to include same-sex couples and that those who suffer as a result are, above all, children. We are sacrificing children on the altar of adults’ sexual rights.”

Mr. Smeaton, who heads the British Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, made his full talk available on the SPUC’s website here,

“… Legalising “same-sex marriage” is not a question of being kind to people with same-sex attraction and letting them get married if they want to. It is a question of the destruction of the family, the oldest human institution in the world, which protects the mental and physical wellbeing of men, women and children. No other grouping offers such a high level of that security and stability that human beings need to flourish. Research shows overwhelmingly that children growing up within marriage do better in terms of health, educational success, happiness, careers and their own marriages. It is precisely because children matter, that real marriage between one man and one woman matters so much …”

“… The destruction of traditional family structures has very grave consequences for all members of society, but it is children, born and unborn, who are especially vulnerable. Government statistics from the United Kingdom show that children conceived outside of marriage are 4 to 5 times more likely to be aborted than those conceived within marriage. …

The family, founded on marriage between a man and a woman is the natural habitat of children, of unborn children. Indeed, the natural family is a pre-political and pre-Christian institution. Destroy that institution in society and you destroy protection for children, both born and unborn. …

The pro-life movement cannot possibly succeed in its efforts to end abortion if the family based on marriage between a man and a woman is destroyed.

What’s more, a major way in which the so-called “homosexual rights” lobby is actively undermining the family and the culture of life, is through targeting its message at little children in their schools including, in the UK, I am ashamed to say as a Catholic myself, in Catholic primary schools. I have little doubt that the same pattern is repeated in other countries too.

I am sorry to have to share with you that homosexual militants are being invited into schools in Britain, including into Catholic schools with the blessing of the local bishop, to train teachers how to educate little boys as young as four years old that they might grow up to marry a man rather than a woman – and the same with little girls.

Catholic schools in Britain, and around the world, have long been complicit in the culture of death, providing access to abortion and contraception for the under 16s without parental knowledge. This is happening, to my shame as a Catholic, with the co-operation of the Catholic authorities.

As you know, same-sex couples are now demanding the right to have children– making it even more difficult for pro-life groups effectively to oppose surrogacy and in vitro fertilisation. According to peer-reviewed research, for every baby born by IVF, 23 are either discarded, or frozen, or used in destructive experiments, or miscarry. Defending the right to life of unborn children will increasingly be viewed as an attack on the rights of homosexual couples.

Thus, this is one of the most fundamental reasons why, as the title of my talk this morning states: ‘The pro-life movement must embrace the defence of marriage and the family or face defeat’ …”

One of the unenviable results of living such a long life as I have had, is the ability to see our worst fears come into fruition. Many years ago, a dear friend of mine  founded our local Right to Life. I was pleased to be her “side-kick” for the first few years. She never missed an opportunity to warn others that if Roe vs. Wade was not overturned, the fictitious “right to privacy” would result in the destruction of marriage and the family. My friend often said that contraception led to abortion and that the two, when combined with no-fault divorce, would be the end of the family and Christian culture throughout the West, not just in America.

When my friend would tell people that, “Contraception leads to abortion and both of them will lead to widespread acceptance of homosexuality!”, people were shocked, because that idea was too far-fetched back in the 1970’s. But she would always point out that actually, homosexual acts are the perfect contraceptive acts since they are inherently anti-life.

I wish Mr. Smeaton and Cleveland Right to Life success in their efforts to “Bring America Back to Life”. I gave up on the effort long ago, as I watched our Bishops relish parading around on Right to Life Marches, posing for the media, while their own US Conference of Catholic Bishops undermined the Right to Life. I watched them administer Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians for the cheap approval of the world. I watched the whole Novus Ordo mentality gradually erode the once pro-life Catholic culture of our communities, as large Catholic families dwindled and annulments became commonplace, destroying once beautiful Catholic families.

American Bishops could have battled the encroaching darkness of the anti-life culture quite easily: by instituting and promoting the First Saturdays of Reparation Our Lady of Fatima requested and by setting up little storefront Eucharistic Chapels of Adoration and Reparation as near as possible to every abortuary. The Knights of Columbus could have served as guards at these Chapels and round the clock Adoration and Reparation in the Chapels would have put the merchants of death out of business in no time.

But the modernist Bishops did no such thing and now the Novus Ordo Church has devolved to the point that “merciful and tolerant” Cardinal Dolan is actually leading the blasphemous perversion of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that allow sodomites to promote their iniquity as if it was just another wholesome past-time. And the once bravely Catholic Knights of Columbus have now stooped to the base indignity of marching in support of the “rights” of anal sex. How sad. How sad…

As my wise friend insisted over forty years ago, contraception and abortion have led to acceptance of homosexuality and now, the battle being lost on those issues, we will surely lose the battle to defend marriage and the family, and with it any remaining shreds of Christian culture left in this sad, lost world.

Often, I have been mocked for my constant urging to, “return to Fatima”. It is “simplistic” I’m told. It is “monotonous, like a bullfrog in a bog.”  But once again, know this, Fatima was a warning against disobeying God, and a call to prayerful repentance, reparation and true restoration of the faith. As with all sin, the Church’s refusal to heed this message has resulted in a darkening of the intellect, a coarsening of the sensibilities and a diabolical disorientation. Look at the Novus Ordo liturgies, look at the crass tastes of Pope Francis, i.e., Patti Smith, soccer ball on the altar, his crude slap-down of Catholic mothers’ “breeding like rabbits” etc. What else would make Cardinal Dolan so at home with the perversions of the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence”? Pray for them, for they cannot help themselves.

The evils facing the family today, often from the very shepherds of the faith who should protect the children, can only be cast out by prayer and fasting, as Our Lord Himself has told us. Once souls become so inured to sin as many of our poor prelates are, they are too spiritually ill to help themselves and it falls to us to help them. Return to Fatima, for it has been given to the Immaculate Heart of Mary to save the Church in this crisis. She alone will save us. The question remains, will we be her children and throw our efforts into this heavenly plan, or we be carried off by the torrent of evil?

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us, now and at the hour of our death.

Pray the rosary and confound the devil.

Viva Cristo Rey!

~ evensong ~