Another Papal Bull Irritates Another English Queen

From Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation

"Am I the Queen of England or am I not?" So said Queen Victoria when news of the Restoration of the English Catholic hierarchy was announced in 1850. Pope Pius IX issued the Papal Bull "Universalis Ecclesiae" on September 29th that year. The first Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Nicholas Wiseman issued a pastoral letter to English Catholics, "Out of the Flaminian Gate," on October 7, 1850. His tone of exultation offended the Queen and her government, especially in its praise of the Pope: More...

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Naissance de "l’enfant du miracle".

Il y a 191 ans, le 29 septembre 1820 :

Charles Ferdinand d'Artois, Duc de Berry, fils cadet du Roi Charles X, et de son épouse Marie Caroline des Deux-Siciles, est assassiné, dans la nuit du 13 au 14 février 1820, par l'ouvrier Louvel qui voulait éteindre la race des Bourbons. La Duchesse de Berry, enceinte au moment du drame, accoucha sept mois et demi plus tard (le 29 septembre) d’Henri, Duc de Bordeaux, qui sera plus tard connu sous le titre de Comte de Chambord et sera reconnu par les Légitimistes comme Henri V, en 1844, à la mort de son oncle, Louis XIX. par Julie Cathelineau

Charles Ferdinand of Artois, Duke of Berry, youngest son of the King Charles X, and of his spouse Mary Caroline of the Two Sicilies, was murdered, on the night of the 13to February 14 1820, by a worker, Louvel, whose design was to extinguish the race of the Bourbons. The Duchess of Berry, pregnant at the time, delivered seven and half months later (September 29) a son, Henri, titled the Duke of Bordeaux, and later under the title of Count of Chambord. He will be recognized by the Légitimistes as Henri V, in 1844, upon the death of his uncle, Louis XIX.

More on this episode comes from Elena-Maria Vidal's book "Madame Royale". Elena-Maria relates: Caroline of Naples was known as the Duchesse de Berry from the time of her marriage to Berry in 1816. Caroline introduced sea-bathing to high society and it was considered quite scandalous. She also enjoyed window shopping and they named one of the first Parisian street-cars after her. In spite of her impetuous ways, she was quite popular with the French people. She was also a generous patroness of the arts and her charitable contributions usually exceeded her annual income. Berry was murdered before her eyes in February of 1820 and their son Henri “the Miracle Child” was born in September, 1820. Their country home was Rosny, where Caroline had a special chapel devoted to Berry's memory. When Berry was killed at the opera, Caroline said, "I have lost the only person in the world who can make me happy."more...



I am humbled...

I have communicated from time to time with Sarah, a woman from Australia. This is a kind letter and it is one which I wished to share. Thank you Sarah. What a Glorious Day is coming!

Dear Richard,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your blog ministry, prayers and encouragement over the last two years or so.

In under two weeks time, on 8th October at 3PM (Eastern Australian time) I will be received into Marounite Catholic Christianity and will be taking my first confession, be confirmed, and take my first eucharist as an MC Christian.

Thank you for your on-line ministry through your blogs.
Blessings and God's peace to you and your family,

Anonymous, (but not to me)

Thank God that I was useful as a tool to help Him bring you closer to Him.


Pope fiction

An excerpt from Patrick Madrid's book, Pope Ficton...

The papacy is a medieval Roman invention. The early Church knew nothing of a "supreme pontiff." Other bishops didn't regard the bishop of Rome as having special authority to operate the way modern popes do.

Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said, "It is easy to find truth; it is hard to face it, and harder still to follow it." This is certainly true for some when it comes to facing the historical evidence for the papacy in the early Church. The hard-core purveyors of pope fiction refuse to believe that the papacy was established by Christ. But if the equivalent of the modern a Roman invention of the eighth or ninth century, how do we explain the fact that for the preceding 700 years, the bishops of Rome were regarded (and regarded themselves) as having a special, unique authority and responsibility for the whole Church? Here are a few of the hundreds of examples that could be given.

The earliest account we have of a bishop of Rome exercising authority in another diocese comes from St. Clement's Epistle to the Corinthians. It was written by Clement, bishop of Rome, around the year A.D. 80. In it he responds to the Corinthians' plea for his intervention. The entire letter is written in a fatherly, kind way but it, is also clear that Clement was quite aware he had a special authority. Two key phrases stand our as testimony of this: "But if any disobey the words spoken by Him [Christ] through us, let them know that they will involve themselves in sin and no small danger"; and "For you will give us joy and gladness if, obedient to what we have written through the Holy Spirit, you root out the lawless anger of your jealousy" (59, 63). Clearly, this early bishop of Rome wrote as one who expected his words to be obeyed.

Pope Victor I (reigned 189-199) worked to settle a dispute among the bishops of the East and West over when to celebrate Easter - known as the Quartodeciman controversy. The other bishops recognized his unique authority when they followed his directive to convene local and regional synods to deliberate on the issue. Most of the bishops decided to adopt his proposal that the whole Church celebrate Easter on the first Sunday after Passover. Those who didn't, he threatened with excommunication. The fact that no bishop in the world -- not a single one -- disputed his authority as bishop of Rome to carry out such an excommunication is a powerful piece of evidence that the early Church recognized the unique authority of the bishop of Rome.

Shortly before his death in A.D. 200, St. Irenaeus of Lyons wrote to Pope Victor asking him to relent and allow the Eastern bishops to maintain their celebration of Easter according to the Hebrew lunar calendar, evidence that he recognized the pope's authority to threaten excommunication. Pope Victor did not in fact relent, but it's important to note that St. Irenaeus, like most of the bishops, submitted to the pope's ruling. After all, it was Irenaeus who wrote of the Church at Rome: "For with this church, because of its superior origin, all the churches must agree; that is, all the faithful in the whole world, for in her the apostolic tradition has always been preserved for the benefit of the faithful everywhere" (Against Heresies 3:3).

Around the year 220, Pope Callistus wrote, "Callistus, archbishop of the Church Catholic in the city of Rome, to Benedictus, our brother and bishop, greetings in the Lord. By the love of the brotherhood we are bound, and by our apostolic rule we are constrained, to give answer to the inquiries of the brethren, according to what the Lord has given us, and to furnish them with the authority of the seal of the apostles" (First Epistle 1). Clearly he was well aware of his special role and authority in settling problems in the Church, even in other dioceses.

Later, the same pope wrote a letter to all the bishops of Gaul, saying, "Callistus to our most dearly beloved brethren, all the bishops settled throughout Gaul ... We beg you not to permit anything to be done in those parts contrary to the apostolic statutes; but, supported by our authority, you should stop what is injurious, and prohibit what is unlawful…. Observe this law, which has been laid down by the apostles and fathers, and our predecessors, and has been ratified by us ... We have replied to your interrogations shortly, because your letter found us burdened overmuch, and preoccupied with other judgments" (Second Epistle, To All the Bishops of Gaul 2, 6).

In the year 382, Pope Damasus wrote about his authority as bishop of Rome, anchoring it to the fact that he was the successor of St. Peter, He said the Church at Rome "has been placed at the forefront, not by the conciliar decision of other churches, but has received the primacy by the evangelistic voice of our Lord and Savior Who says, 'You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it; and I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you shall have bound on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall have loosed on earth shall be loosed in heaven' . . . The first See, therefore, is that of Peter the Apostle, that of the Roman Church, which has neither stain nor blemish" (Decree of Pope Damasus 2-3).

In A.D, 404, St. John Chrysostom wrote to Pope Innocent, "I beseech your Charity to rouse yourself and have compassion, and do everything so as to put a stop to the mischief at this point" (First Epistle to Pope Innocent 1). Note that Chrysostom, the archbishop of Constantinople, a powerful diocese, recognized the need to appeal to the bishop of Rome to resolve a controversy.

Many other examples of the primacy of the bishop of Rome in the early Church could be added. Even from the earliest years, the bishop of Rome had - and everyone recognized that he had - a special authority in the Church. Those who say the papacy is a "medieval Roman invention," are either ignorant of history or dishonest.


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A comment replied to "ME"

This is a response I received from a woman who addresses herself as "ME" on Pope Beatifies Nun Who Gave Serious Prophecies On Coming Chastisement

This is a lovely picture. I hope you will consider going to my site and reading about the End Times more. I've got some good PDF's linked to and of course, God's word is unchangeable and reliable for the details on what is to come. Look for the blessed return of Christ for His Bride, the church, when the trumpet sounds in the air. As the Word says in 1 Timothy, "there is one intercessor between God and men, the man Jesus Christ." Blessings!

"Me" thank you for your comment. The Bible is true there is but one intercessor Jesus Christ. You have got that scripture passage correctly. However as Catholics we do not believe that Mary is an intercessor, Mary the Mother of God, is our advocate.

You have passed to me a passage so therefore I feel it is only proper that I return that blessing.

See this passage...1 Kings 2:19-20
"Bathsheba therefore went to king Solomon, to speak to him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself to her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king's mother; and she sat on his right hand. Then she said, I desire one small petition of thee; I pray thee, say me not nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, my mother: for I will not say thee nay." I have purposely taken this passage from the KJV, the most popular Protestant version of the Bible.*

Bathseba is a type of Mary, the new Eve. Just as Solomon could not refuse his mother Bathseba, so Jesus will not refuse his mother as she begs for our soul at the judgement. Solomon placed her on his right hand side, the position of honor in monarchies.

We Catholics regard Mary as our Dear Mother given to us (non-catholics too) by Jesus at the Cross, "When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!" John 19:26 KJV

That is meant for us as well.

As our mother she looks out for her children, and we call upon her for her aid, this woman who taught the Living Word to talk, and the Creator of the universe to walk.

Your writings reflect great importance on the rapture: premilleniumism, post-milleniumism, pre-tribulation, post-tribulation. We as Catholics do not recognize this doctrine, it is largely Puritan.

See, I am not an ecumenist, except as so far to convert those who are separated from the True Church to return home. For 1500 years the word Christendom meant the Catholic Faith, now the world is fragmented and the body of Christ is wounded by manmade divisions, which daily increases.


* This is the same scripture passage as above from the Douay-Rheims Bible, the traditional Catholic version.
"Then Bethsabee came to king Solomon, to speak to him for Adonias: and the king arose to meet her, and bowed to her, and sat down upon his throne: and a throne was set for the king's mother, and she sat on his right hand. And she said to him: I desire one small petition of thee, do not put me to confusion. And the king said to her: My mother, ask: for I must not turn away thy face. " There is no substancial change in the words and therefore the meaning.