Jeanne introduces herself to her accusers...

First Public Examination

Wednesday, February 21st, 1431 at 8 o'clock in the morning, in the Chapel Royal of the Castle of Rouen. Present were the Bishop and 42 Assessors.

..."In my own country they call me Jeannette; since I came into France I have been called Jeanne. Of my surname I know nothing. I was born. On January 6th, "In nocte Epiphiniarum Domini." in the village of Domremy, which is really one with the village of Greux. The principal Church is at Greux. My father is called Jacques d'Arc ; my mother, Ysabelle. I was baptized in the village of Domremy. One of my godmothers is called Agnes, another Jeanne, a third Sibyl. One of my godfathers is called Jean Lingué another Jean Barrey. I had many other godmothers, or so I have heard from my mother. I was, I believe, baptized by Messier Jean Minet; he still lives, so far as I know. I am, I should say, about nineteen years of age. From my mother I learned my Pater, my Ave Maria, and my Credo. I believe I learned all this from my mother...."

The essence of the Church. The true faith has never changed.


Obama and The Diabolical


Qui tacet consentit

We will not be silent on the HHS mandate , we will never consent.


Barbara Johnson Used Her Mother's Funeral to Promote her Gay Agenda

An Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Post.

If you listened to Barbara Johnson's story, it was one of true victim hood.

But, as you learn more about her and the truth comes out, you realize (and many of us did early on), that she was not telling the full truth.

She has been an open lesbian for over 25 years.

She is a Buddhist and not a lifelong Catholic.

She confronted Fr. Marcel before Mass.

She received communion from the layperson, who had no idea what had taken place and the background.

And on and on...

Let's admit it. She used her mother's funeral to promote her radical pro-abortion and pro-homosexual beliefs.

She knew what she was doing, baited Fr. Marcel and the Archdiocese of Washington fell into the trap.

Barbara Johnson, I don't know how much lower you can go. You are the lowest of the low.

This is my opinion and I am sticking to it. More at Tom Peter's blog.

We see that Fr Marcel has done what is required of him in keeping with Church teaching.

Isn't that the way it is? The media fosters a stance of heartrending anguish over an allegation. The allegation being more important that the facts, the priest is forced to stand by, be berated and face calumny. The local ordinary, instead of getting all the facts, chooses instead a knee jerk reaction to suave the "feelings" of this "poor victim".

Just so we are straight on this point of reception of the Eucharist who is the Person of Christ ,Body, Blood ,Soul and Divinity. I believe this will all my heart and soul.

Book IV, Part I, Title III, Chapter I, Article 2 (Participation in the Holy Eucharist) of the Code of Canon Law:

Can. 916: A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to celebrate Mass or receive the body of the Lord without previous sacramental confession unless there is a grave reason and there is no opportunity to confess; in this case the person is to remember the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition which includes the resolution of confessing as soon as possible.

Can. 919: §1. A person who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist is to abstain for at least one hour before holy communion from any food and drink, except for only water and medicine.

§2. A priest who celebrates the Most Holy Eucharist two or three times on the same day can take something before the second or third celebration even if there is less than one hour between them.

§3. The elderly, the infirm, and those who care for them can receive the Most Holy Eucharist even if they have eaten something within the preceding hour.

Sodomy, and lesbian relationships are sinful, even if the Church has softened the words by using gravely dis-ordered. Barbara Johnson told Fr Marcel that she was in an active lesbian relationship and was asked to refrain from communication, yet she chose not to in order to embarrass the Priest, Diocese and Church at large. To use a funeral to forward an agenda such as this is heinous. Mizz Johnson could be the subject of another ring of hell in the "Inferno".

We must ask our self this question, what would have been the media response if she had been given the Eucharist without comment? A response could have been "See even the priests don't agree with the rules on the Eucharist, the church hierarchy is just out of touch."

Fr Marcel chose the right course, the course of the True Faith, to the truth of the popular church. He was right and the spin doctors in Washington are not.

Lighten up on Fr Marcel for doing his job.



QED left wing fanaticism.

Hacker group Anonymous takes down Vatican website

ROME — The hacking group Anonymous took down several Vatican websites on Wednesday, saying it was targeting the "corrupt" Catholic Church, a day after a high-profile bust of the group's alleged leaders.

"Anonymous decided today to besiege your site in response to the doctrine, to the liturgies, to the absurd and anachronistic concepts that your for-profit organisation spreads around the world," the hackers said in a statement.

"This attack is not against the Christian religion or the faithful around the world but against the corrupt Roman Apostolic Church," said the statement, posted on the Italian-language version of the Anonymous website.

Aside from taking down www.vatican.va, the hacking group also claimed responsibility for attacking several Vatican-related sites including that of its newspaper.

Anonymous tried and failed to attack the Vatican website last year.

Five alleged computer hackers in Britain, Ireland and the United States were charged on Tuesday in high-profile cyberattacks after a leader of the group became a FBI informant.

The charges against alleged members of Anonymous, Lulz Security and other international hacking groups were revealed in indictments unsealed by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The indictments cover some of the most notorious hacking incidents of the past several years including those against Sony Pictures Entertainment, private intelligence firm Stratfor and computer security firm HBGary.

In their statement, Anonymous went on to accused the Catholic Church of several historical wrongdoings including killing opponents, burning texts and harbouring Nazi war criminals.

The group also blasted the institution for "allowing its representatives to harass children."


Feast of St. Dominic Savio, 9 March

St. Dominic Savio

St. Dominic Savio was born in Italy in 1842. One day when he was just four, he disappeared and his good mother went looking for him. She found the little fellow in a corner praying with his hands joined and his head bowed. He already knew all his prayers by heart! At five, he was an altar boy. When he was seven, he received his First Holy Communion. On that solemn day, he chose a motto: "Death, but not sin!" and he kept it always.

"A teenager such as Dominic, who bravely struggled to keep his innocence from Baptism to the end of his life, is really a saint," said Pope St. Pius X.

Yes, Dominic was an ordinary boy with an extraordinary love for God.

At the age of twelve, Dominic entered the school run by St. John Bosco. Don Bosco examined him first and at the end of the questions, Dominic asked,

"What do you think of me?"

"I think you're good material," answered the priest, with a big smile.

"Well, then," said Dominic, "You are a good tailor, so if the material is good, take me and make a new suit out of me for Our Lord!"

Everyone in the school saw from the way he prayed that this boy was different. He greatly loved all the boys, and even though he was younger, he used to worry about them. He was afraid that they would lose the grace of God by sinning.

One day, a fellow brought a magazine full of bad pictures to school. In a minute, a group of boys had gathered around him to see it.

"What's up?" wondered Dominic, and he, too, went to look. Just one peek was enough for him. He grabbed the magazine and tore it to pieces! "Poor us!" he cried in the meantime, "Did God give us eyes to look at such things as this? Aren't you ashamed?"

"Oh, we were just looking at these pictures for the fun of it," said one boy.

"Sure, for fun," answered Dominic, "and in the meantime you're preparing yourselves to go to hell!"

"Oh, what's so wrong about looking at these pictures anyway?" another fellow demanded.

Dominic had a ready answer. "If you don't see anything wrong," he said sadly, "this is even worse." It means you're used to looking at shameful things!"

No one said anything after that. They all realized that Dominic was right. Another time he stopped a terrific stone-throwing fight between two angry boys. Holding up a little crucifix between them, he said, "Before you fight, look at this and say, 'Jesus Christ was innocent and He died forgiving His murderers. I am a sinner, and I am going to hurt Him by not forgiving my enemies.' Then you can start - and throw your first stone at me!"

The two boys were so ashamed of themselves that they apologized, and promised to go to confession too.

One day Dominic began to feel sick and was sent home to get better. While at home he grew worse, instead, and received the last Sacraments. He was only fifteen then, but he did not fear death. In fact, he was overjoyed at the thought of going to Heaven. Just before he died, he tried to sit up.

"Goodbye," he murmured to his good father. Suddenly his face lit up with a smile of great joy and happiness. "I am seeing such wonderful things!" he exclaimed. Then he spoke no more, for he had gone to Heaven.

Dominic is the patron saint of choir boys and of the falsely accused.

This latter title was given to him due to the following incident. One time, two boys filled the school stove with snow and garbage during the cold winter months. When the teacher came back into the room, they falsely accused Dominic of doing the "dirty" deed. Although disciplined in front of the entire class, Dominic refused to tell on the two mischievous boys. When the truth was later revealed, Dominic was asked why he didn't confess to his innocence. He remarked that he was imitating Our Lord, Who remained silent during His persecutions and crucifixion.

His feast day is March 9th.

Prayer to Saint Dominic Savio

Dear Saint Dominic, you spent your short life totally for love of Jesus and His Mother. Help youth today to realize the importance of God in their lives. You became a saint through fervent participation in the sacraments, enlighten parents and children to the importance of frequent confession and Holy Communion. At a young age you meditated on the sorrowful Passion of Our Lord. Obtain for us the grace of a fervent desire to suffer for love of Him.

We desperately need your intercession to protect today's children from the snares of the world. Watch over them and lead them on the narrow road to Heaven. Ask God to give us the grace to sanctify our daily duties by performing them perfectly out of love for Him. Remind us of the necessity of practicing virtue especially in times of trial.

Saint Dominic Savio, you who preserved your Baptismal innocence of heart, pray for us.



St Dominic Savio's Dream

'One morning, while I was doing my thanksgiving after Holy Communion, I was taken by a strong distraction. It seemed that I was on a very vast flat land surface, full of people surrounded by thick darkness. They were walking, but did so as though they had lost their way and could not see where they set their feet. Someone beside me said, "This region is England."

'Then I saw the Supreme Pontiff, Pius IX. He was dressed in a majestic fashion, carrying in his hands a splendorous light, and advancing amidst the multitude of people. As He advanced, the darkness gradually disappeared and the people were bathed with so much light that it seemed noon time.

'The friend said, "This light is the Catholic Religion, which must illuminate England." 'Pius IX said to Don Bosco: "This narration confirms in me my determination to work without rest in favor of England, which is already the object of all my solicitudes."


Common myths about the Catholic Church by people who know better

Here are some common myths about the Catholic Church:

Because Catholics reject the tradition of "sola fide" ("faith alone"), they think they can work their way into Heaven and believe they are saved by works

Catholics think the pope does not sin

Catholics re-crucify Christ at their Masses (or at least think they do)

Catholics think Mary is part of the Godhead and is to be worshipped

Catholics worship statues

Catholics think they can't pray to God directly but have to go through saints

Catholics conjure the dead

Catholics believe people can be saved after they die

The Catholic Church teaches that one who isn't formally a Catholic is damned to Hell

The Crusades are an example of Catholic aggression

The Inquisition(s) killed hundreds of thousands of people and targeted Jews

Pope Pius XII was "Hitler's Pope" and didn't do a thing to help Jews during WWII

The Catholic Church wasn't around until the time of Constantine, a pagan who controlled the Church.

The Catholic Church did more than baptize pagan calendar days for the good of Christ, it is pagan in its very roots.

If you believe any of the above myths, I implore you to research. For doctrinal questions, ask the Church what it teaches; it's the only fair thing to do. For historical questions, look at balanced and objective scholarly research from a variety of sources (including Catholic ones).

And as you research, keep in mind the common logical fallacies that are often used in attacks against Catholicism:

"I knew a Catholic/ex-Catholic (or I was a Catholic) who was (mean, a drunk, not holy, didn't like the Church, was superstitious, didn't know the Bible, didn't have a deep relationship with Jesus, etc.), so therefore, the teachings of the Catholic Church are wrong." (Ignores the fact that bad catechesis, misunderstandings, or other shortcomings of a few Catholics do not reflect on what the Catholic Church teaches)

"If the Catholic Church doesn't teach that it's faith alone that saves, then it must teach that men are saved by their own works." (Ignores that we teach that we are saved by Grace alone -- a Grace with which we must cooperate through "faith that works in love")

Cum hoc ergo propter hoc:
"Winter Solstice is on 21 December; Christmas is 25 December. Therefore, Christmas is a pagan holiday. (Ignores that fact that there are only 365 days to choose from in a year and that the early Church Fathers had good reasons to choose the date they did. It also ignores that Protestants' "Reformation Day" is celebrated on 31 October, the pagan festival of Samhain.)

Post hoc ergo propter hoc:
"Constantine must have been the real source of the Catholic Church's teachings because after his reign the Church grew tremendously, and before his reign it wasn't as well-known" (Ignores the simple fact that Constantine merely stopped the persecution of Christians with the Edict of Milan and allowed Christianity to spread. It also ignores the writings of the Church Fathers who lived before Constantine -- and who were Catholic.)

Straw man:
"You guys worship statues, and that's evil. Therefore, your religion is Satanic." (Ignores that fact that we don't worship statues) More...





Philip Augustus raising the oriflamme on 24 June 1190, by Pierre-Henri Revoil

...The Maid of Orleans answered, "to act well
Brings with itself an ample recompense.
I have not reared the oriflamme of death —
Now God forbid! The banner of the Lord
Is this; and, come what will, me it behooves,
Mindful of Him whose minister I am,
To spare the fallen foe: that gracious God
Sends me a messenger of mercy forth,
Sends me to save this ravaged realm of France,
To England friendly as to all the world;
Only to those an enemy, whose lust
Of sway makes them the enemies of man."

—Robert Southey, Joan of Arc. Book VIII '

The oriflamme was a sacred banner used by the kings of France in the Middle Ages in times of great danger. It was distinct from the heraldic banner of the French kings (semis of fleur-de-lys on azure, as expected). Its history is fairly continuous from 1124 onward, when it is first mentioned. It is first described in 1225. It consists of two parts: a gilded lance, to which is attached a silk banner, red with green fringes. The floating end of the banner splits into two or more trailing strips. The name, aurea flamma, conflates the banner (flamma) and the color of the lance. The banner is sometimes represented as attached vertically to the lance, and sometimes (especially in the 19th c.) as attached to a horizontal bar, itself suspended from the lance.

It was deposited in the abbey of Saint-Denis, north of Paris, where kings of France were buried, next to the relics of Denis who evangelized the area. When going to war, the French king would come to Saint-Denis to "raise the banner". The last time it was raised was in the late 15th c. It was destroyed during the Revolution.

What was its origin? The 1124 text mentions an old tradition of the counts of Vexin, who were protectors of the abbey; the kings of France had become counts of Vexin in 1077. But the text also alludes to a tradition specific to the kings of France. Also, a late 11th-c. text, the Gesta of Roland, calls Charlemagne's emblem or banner orie flambe, but does not describe it. A description of the siege of Paris by the Normans in 885 mentions a large saffron-colored banner with large indentations carried by a double lance. One author tries to link the oriflamme to Charlemagne's lance and through it all the way back to Constantine's labarum, which was taken from a pagan sanctuary located near modern Saint-Denis. (Constantine's lance was part of the regalia of the German emperors, and is now in Vienna). The idea is that the sacred object was the lance itself, decorated with a silk fanion, but later the meaning of the lance was lost and the silk fanion itself came to be seen as the important object.

The Oriflamme was last flown in battle at Agincourt in 1415. When the Oriflamme was displayed on the battlefield it indicated that no quarter was to be given, and hence it was called "the oriflamme of death". In the fifteenth century, the fleur-de-lis on the white flag of Joan of Arc became the new royal standard replacing both the symbol of royalty and the Oriflamme on the battle field. It was most likely carried by the Constable of France, Charles d'Albret, who was killed at Agincourt.


Les Châteaux de La Loire.

Is it any wonder why the English spent the better part of a thousand years trying to be French?

Jhesu + Marie


6 March 1429 The maid meets her Dauphin

It was on this date 6 March, in 1429 (old style) that Jheanne called the maid was presented to her Dauphin.

"...I sent letters to the King (as the Maid), to know if I should be allowed to see him; saying, that I had traveled a hundred and fifty leagues to come to his help, and that I knew many things good for him. I think I remember there was in my letter the remark that I should recognize him among all others. I had a sword I had taken at Vaucouleurs. Whilst I was at Tours, or at Chinon, I sent to seek for a sword which was in the Church of Saint Catherine de Fierbois, behind the altar; it was found there at once; the sword was in the ground, and rusty; upon it were five crosses; I knew by my Voice where it was. I had never seen the man who went to seek for it. I wrote to the Priests of the place, that it might please them to let me have this sword, and they sent it to me..."(1)

After enlisting the aid of Robert de Baudricourt, Jeanne left Vaucoulers in the company of a small escort of armed men for the court of the Dauphin. From the 22nd of February for six days they gingerly crossed territory controlled by Phillip of Burgundy. Five days later on the 4th of March they arrived, in Chinon. From the Shrine of Ste Catherine de Feirbois. From there Jheanne sent a letter to Charles, (which no longer exists) in which she stated her intentions and her purpose.

Two days later Charles sent for her. The story, (which I have not found in print) traditionally goes like this, Charles either in order to test her divine mission or as a game, changed hats with on of his hangers on. As Jheanne entered the great hall (which still exists, although with out a roof or a floor.)she was shown to the throne where the impostor sat. Although she did not know the Dauphin she knew that the person sitting there was not he for whom she was sent. Turning she observed a man. Immediately she want to him and falling on her knees, said, "God give you a happy life, gentle King!" "I am not the King, replied Charles, "yonder is he." pointing to the impostor. "You are he, highborn prince and no other." "The King of Heaven sends you word that you shall be annointed and crowned." In private Jheanne told the Dauphin a secret which only Charles and God knew. (This report may or may not have been the words used but are probably close.

Was Charles to believe this? Forthwith he send her to Poiters to be examined not only by prelates and clerics, but by the Nuns and his Mother in Law, the dowager Queen. Once again this does not exist, yet some of her answers do exist in the memory of Suguin Suguin, a Dominican friar who in his resume of the investigation remarked that, "...one could find no evil in her but only goodness, humility, virginity, devoutness, honesty, and simplicity." Of her virginity no less that of Queen Yolanda of Sicily attested to the fact. "...virtue being an up most sign of the Holiness and of Mission from God. "...innocence was the reverse side of the medal of perfect charity. And the cult of the Virgin, which had in the middle ages, undergone the great development with which we are familiar, had accustomed men's minds to the idea of the importance of virginity in the consecrated life..."(2)

Charles VII accepted Jheane and her mission.


Many of the episodes of Jheane's life are apocryphal Other witnesses have reported slightly differing narratives of this episode. Like the Synoptic gospels they all have a portion of the truth but seen from differing locations. More on this soon.

(1) Trial of Condemnation.

After his victory over the Moors at Poiters, Charles Martel (called the Hammer) laid a sword behind the altar at the Shrine of Ste. Catherine de Feirbois as a sign of that victory.

(2) The retrial of Joan of Arc, The Evidence For Her Vindication.

It is a common misconception that Ste. Catherine of Siena was one of the voices of Jheanne. The voice heard by Jheanne would have been that of Ste. Catherine of Alexandria, of whom many parishes were named in the middle ages in her honour. Today she is an almost forgotten devotion, as are many Saints from the earliest times. Her iconography is a virgin and a wheel upon which she was martyred.

The remains of the great hall at Chinon where the Maid first met her Dauphin. The evenly spaced holes under the fireplace indicate put holes for the floor joists. The floor would have been just over that was the place where tha Maid met Charles VII.