By John Paul Tomba

“He who hasn’t given everything, hasn’t given anything!”     “It is better to be an eagle for a minute, than a toad for a lifetime!”

     Young men shouted out these statements from atop a cliff overlooking the grand White River valley. Seemingly on top of the world, they proclaimed their enthusiasm for the Catholic Faith and the ideals of Chivalry.
This episode was part of the 2019 Call to Chivalry Fall Camp at the White Buffalo Resort near Mountain Home, Arkansas, on November 21 – 26. In the rugged hills of the Ozarks, the resort’s rustic yet inviting accommodations lie on the banks at the junction of the Buffalo and White Rivers.
     The Camp is a project of Tradition, Family, Property – Louisiana. It’s well-trained members gave talks about the Catholic Faith and the heroes who defended Holy Mother Church in her time of need. The young participants heard about Charlemagne, the Holy Roman Emperor who defended the Faith and the pope. They also learned about Saint John Bosco with his spirited use of the pen and his apostolate among the youth. Another saint and hero was Blessed Pius IX who fought against the errors of his day by proclaiming the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady.
     There were also opportunities for camaraderie and lively activity. On one night, the lads gathered around a bonfire to enjoy hot chocolate, camp-classic s’mores, and lively conversations. They played challenging games such as shield-ball and Australian dodgeball. The boys also participated in mock battles with padded swords, shields and even bows and arrows. And yes, the arrows are padded – imagine a flying marshmallow. Across the river, a cliff majestically rises crowned by a cross. How could anyone not want to climb there? What about a group of energetic young men eager for adventure? And climb they did.
     Ferried across the river by boats, the lads made their way to the top, singing patriotic songs and hymns along the way. Once on top, all prayed the rosary, asking the Blessed Mother to protect and guide America in these turbulent and uncertain times.  Right before the rosary, a magnificent bald eagle flew by the boys at eye level only yards away! As the boys began their descent singing “We’re knights of Mary,” it returned in a similar manner, as if to see the boys off. How awesome it was to see this American symbol as these young boys prayed for their country and sang their enthusiasm for chivalry.
     Another highlight was the rosary rally in defense of the unborn. Putting what they learned into practice, the young men took to the public square holding signs like “Honk against Abortion,” “Smile: You Survived Abortion” and “Defend the Most Defenseless.” Everyone passing by the busy highway in the nearby town saw those young faces so eagerly standing up for what’s right. And the reception from the public did not let the boys down.
     The end came, medieval style. Two teams of lads processed onto the field led by the American, Papal and TFP flags. They were escorted by the rousing sounds of pipes and drums. Like the cold wind, the medieval games were intense: dodgeball, shield-ball, sword battles, tug-o-war and others.
     After a day of great deeds, all gave thanks and praise to the Blessed Mother in a torch lit rosary procession with a large statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Awaiting them was a magnificent banquet. Venison, wild hog, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce were just part of the selection eagerly devoured by the voracious participants. A magnificent chocolate cake graced with the Papal coat of arms came into the banquet hall to the sounds of the bagpipes. TFP-Texas member Cesar Franco gave some paring words to the lads, explaining and emphasizing the need to be men of honor and fidelity, imitating the saints. For the boys to remember their time at the camp and the graces they received, each received a memento: a handmade wooden plaque engraved with an image of Saint Paul.
     These young men are entering into a world that will challenge them spiritually and mentally. As an old and wise monsignor once said, “We are not born on a playground, but a battleground.”
     They will need to be heroic knights of Our Lady. Judging from the enthusiasm these and other young men have for the ideals of chivalry and the Catholic Faith, Our Lady will not be disappointed by their response. The memento and the image of Saint Paul call to mind his words to Saint Timothy: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Saint Paul would be overjoyed hearing the young men of the Call to Chivalry camp shout, “Youth was not made for pleasure, but for heroism!”

The First Commandment

September 20, 2019

By Thomas Drake

I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20,2-3)

A special Synod of Bishops will gather next month in Rome for three weeks, to discuss a “Church with an Amazon face”.  Concerned Catholics are increasingly gathering together to understand, study and scrutinize this major event touted by the eco-left as a “paradigm shift” in the Church and in the world.

These concerned Catholics must face the alarming picture of progressive clergy supporting the agenda of radical climate-change activists traveling in comfortable planes and working out of air-conditioned offices. These radicals desire to herald in a new era of tribal joy and harmony with Mother Nature. And for them the Amazon model is to be a new epiphany for the Catholic Church.

To get an idea of what they propose, consider these statements from the Synod’s working document (known as the Instrumentum Laboris) “Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology.”

“The life of Amazon communities not yet influenced by Western civilization is reflected in the beliefs and rites regarding the actions of spirits, of the many-named divinity acting with and in the territory, with and in relation to nature. This worldview is captured in the ‘mantra’ of Francis: ‘“everything is connected’” (Laudato Si 16, 91, 117, 138, 240). (Instrumentum Laboris n. 25).”

[There is a] “connectivity and harmony of relationships between water, territory and nature, community life and culture, God and the various spiritual forces.” (Instrumentum Laboris  n.13)

Such statements are indeed worrisome.

On September 7th , a few dozen men got together at the Tradition, Family, Property – Louisiana center in Lafayette to analyze and discuss the agenda of the Pan-Amazon Synod.

The first session discussion was about the role of key figures of the dying liberation theology movement, which has metastasized into a quasi-mystical ecological and tribal movement: a transition from red to green. The doctrines and praxis of this “new” indigenous theology were already documented and denounced in 1977 by Prof. Plinio Correa de Oliveira in his book, Indian Tribalism: The Communist-Missionary Ideal for Brazil in the Twenty-First Century.

During the second session, TFP members gave a report with video and photos of the recent TFP-inspired caravans in the Amazon regions of Brazil and Peru. The young men of these caravans met with the Amazonian people and Indians in these areas. Most of them opposed to the agenda of this Synod discussing their future. They did not share this proposed utopia modeled after primitive Indian life. After all, why would anyone chose to live in a straw hut without plumbing and electricity, so that some college anthropologists could showcase this lifestyle as a happy remnant of the Paleolithic era?

During the third session, participants reviewed the pantheistic doctrines running through the Synod’s Instrumentam Laboris. They saw how the document denies a personal transcendent God, and professes a God equal to “the various spiritual forces.” All this is grave beyond measure in an official Vatican document.

Cardinal Brandmuller, Cardinal Muller and Cardinal Burke are among the growing number of voices opposing the Marxist-tribal philosophies underpinning this “Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology.”

Soon enough, agendas like this could unleash new waves of disciples of Jean-Jacques Rousseau that will try to change the Church, world, nation and parish.  All with an “Amazon face”.

Here you have the Pan-Amazon Synod Watch with articles written by several TFP scholars.
And here you have the Vatican-based Pan-Amazon Synod site.

 

By Cesar Franco

Texas is seen as a place where people are attached to God, family, guns, and land. This remains true. However, the Sexual Revolution and the rule of money over morals have taken their toll. Another Texas is emerging that espouses abortion, homosexuality, and socialism. The twenty-four young men traveling on a prolife caravan with Tradition, Family, Property saw this other Texas firsthand in Austin and San Antonio.

An Alarming Brutality

Throughout the campaigns for life, the overwhelming majority of reactions were favorable. There was a very vocal minority that usually appeared on the scene. Pro-abortion activists displayed their usual profanity, immoral gestures or shouted clichés like, “where are the women?” On this tour, a new slogan was heard in many places. It was disturbing for its alarming brutality: “Kill the babies!”

At a red light in San Antonio, TFP activists encountered a man who shouted, “Kill the babies. Cut their heads off! If they are going to be poor, just kill them.” When asked if poor homeless people should be killed, he responded: “Yes, kill them too.” He only became silent when asked if he or his family members might be murdered. When the light turned green, he drove away shouting, “Who is going to pay for them? Are you?”

Youth Was Not Made for Pleasure, but Heroism

One highlight of the caravan was campaigning at the University of Texas in Austin. With its liberal reputation, the young men were eager to test their debating skills. Not surprisingly, the pro-abortion students were none too happy to see the TFP campaign. It was not too long before the debates began!

One young man tried to argue against the campaign by deviating the debate asking questions, “Why are you in a suit?” or “What is your suit made of?” He had blue hair. So the TFP member asked him why his hair was blue. Surprisingly, the young man was dumbfounded and eventually replied, “That’s a good question. I don’t know.” Thinking himself clever, he asked, “Why is your hair black?” “Because that is the way it naturally grows,” was the response. When the TFP member then explained why he was prolife, the blue-haired student said he did not want to know and left disgusted.

One student asked how it can be known that God exists. “Because every effect has a cause. Look at the traffic signal for example. It didn’t just happen. Someone made it. And so it is with the created universe.”

He replied that a man made the traffic light. How does one know that God made the universe? “Everything around us is the effect of a cause. Therefore, if you take all effects and their causes back far enough, there has to be an uncaused cause. Can you give me an example of an effect that never had a cause?” He had no answer.

Fighting for the Soul of Texas

When the TFP prolife caravan arrived at the Alamo, they saw a group of atheists holding signs  that said, “Keep Church and State Separate” and “Good without God.” Their T-shirts said, “I am an atheist, and I vote.” On this day, the Alamo again became a battlefield with the two sides fighting for the soul of Texas.

Fortunately, support from God’s Texas began to manifest itself. An old veteran saluted the TFP contingent as they campaigned. A 15-passenger van drove by with a fist out the window holding a rosary. With a big smile, the man shouted, “TFP! We watch all your videos!” Another lady said, “Look, I’ve had six children! I am completely opposed to abortion.” TFP member John Tomba offered a flyer to a middle-aged woman who said “I definitely need one of these. Give me three more, and I will pass them out.”

Caravan member Ross Vandeventer told one man that the campaign was to defend the unborn.  “That’s great!” he responded. “My girlfriend wanted to get an abortion. I told her, ‘no way!’ We didn’t have the abortion, and now my child is six months old.”

Before leaving San Antonio, the young men paid a visit to a San Antonio Mission. Centuries ago, ardent Franciscan missionaries brought the Light of Christ to a Texas immersed in the darkness of paganism. Sadly, this darkness has returned with legalized abortion. The TFP caravan members renewed their resolve to continue the work those early missionaries began. They prayed for the day when Texas—and America—will be abortion-free.

by John Paul Tomba

On August 31, Tradition, Family, Property—Louisiana held its Fourth Call to Chivalry Day at its headquarters in Lafayette. This month’s program was the largest to date with boys and fathers coming from Kenner, Baton Rouge, New Iberia, Scott and Lafayette to participate.

After a lively pizza lunch, everyone gathered and listened attentively to a presentation about the differences between Catholicism and Islam based on the TFP book, Islam and the Suicide of the West.
The boys then donned fencing masks and took up their [wooden] swords. The lesson was based on an old English martial arts fight manual. Rather than just a lesson on techniques, the boys put the theory into practice by mock fighting each other. They were also taught how to salute and shake hands before and after the fight.

The next event was the customary jug cutting in which they slice water-filled plastic jugs with a sword. Some boys even provided their own jugs in anticipation. Using an authentic medieval replica sword, the boys tried to slice the gallon jugs as many times as possible while keeping it in place. The record still stands at 6! As all good things, the swordplay came to an end. Klondike bars and homemade cookies waiting in the house awaited. All left with a better understanding of their faith and expressed a desire to attend next time.

For more information, contact TFP Louisiana at: info@TFPLA.org or 337-232-1131.

By Cesar Franco

For those who have never been to Fort Worth, it still retains some character from times past. At the stockyards, one can catch a small glimpse of what things looked like when thousands of cattle were loaded onto trains to go to other parts of the country. The old Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has paintings of the Franciscan martyrs of Texas and Venerable Maria of Agreda, the famous “Lady in blue” who preached to the Texas Indians.

An enthusiastic group of young men took in this glorious past as they arrived in Fort Worth. They were part of the Tradition, Family, Property Summer caravan, and they were in the city to oppose procured abortion.

They found lots of people at the downtown Sundance Square. It was an ideal place for a TFP lunchtime campaign.

One man was shocked upon seeing the TFP cross his path. “I was just watching your videos, and my kids love them!”

“It’s a woman’s choice!” shouted an old woman to TFP caravan member Ross Vandeventer. Immediately another couple thanked him, and the wife said out loud, “I am glad to see you are out here.” Then facing the old woman, she said, “Not everybody appreciates it, but we do.”

One woman driving by the campaign attempted to defend abortion. Caravan member David Dunlap told her adoption was the better option. “Do you know that only 1 in 10 children born is adopted?” he responded, “My dad was adopted, and he is great!” Realizing that abortion would have deprived him of his father, the woman closed her window and said nothing more.

One lady defined herself as pro-life, but only for herself, not for others. “I don’t understand why you are telling women what they can and can’t do. You should be focusing on hunger and poverty and cancer.” TFP member Gabriel Jordan responded that fighting abortion helps prevent breast cancer since some studies say that young women who voluntarily abort their babies are 2.4 times more likely to contract breast cancer. When a homeless man in a wheelchair passed by, the woman pointed to him and said, “This is a prime example of what I am talking about. You should be fighting stop this.” Ross Vandeventer quickly asked the man, “Excuse me, sir, are you pro-life?” He responded: “I ain’t killing my kids! I have nine of them!” Then turning to the woman, Ross said, “See! He’s pro-life.” Her response was “I don’t care what he feels personally. All this [referring to the man] could be resolved through abortion.” She believed the myth that abortion solves poverty.

One man said he was pro-life but that he was afraid the abortion issue was dividing the nation too much: “People need to find common ground to unite the country.” The TFP caravan member responded that finding common ground on the issue of abortion is impossible because killing unborn children is such a grave evil, that there can be no compromise. Whole generations of Americans have been killed through abortion. The man, a Catholic, said to keep up the good work. “Onward Christian soldiers!” he said as he departed.

One woman hugged Jerome Linscomb, saying, “I love what you all are doing!”

After seeing the sign asking people to honk to support life, a young lady tried to reach over and honk the horn. The driver blocked her hand, and a struggle then ensued over the horn, as the car drove off.

Later, the caravan campaigned near the Hulen Mall during rush hour. The members were greeted with waves, thumbs up, and honks. The scene of young men with the bagpipes, flags, and enthusiasm for their cause inspired hope for America’s future. There are still God-fearing Americans who feel strongly about these important issues. The caravan members finished the day’s campaign with three Hail Marys beseeching Our Blessed Mother to strengthen the resolve of Americans to abolish the killing of the innocent in the nation.

 

Texas is Much More Pro-Life Than One Might Think

August 28, 2019

By Cesar Franco After campaigning against abortion in the Gulf region, an enthusiastic group of young volunteers forming the Saint Elias Caravan arrived at Tyler, Texas on July 21. At the city’s main intersection on Broadway and the Loop, the caravan members were delighted to see others already there. Another caravan led by Rex Teodosio […]

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Texas Call to Chivalry Visits Real Castle

August 28, 2019

Texas Call to Chivalry Visits Real Castle   The word chivalry calls many different things to mind. One thinks of honor, swords or knights on horseback.  It is hard not to think of a castle with massive stone walls and tall imposing towers with guards who look down upon passersby inquiring if they are friends or […]

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Protesting Hex Fest in the French Quarter

August 15, 2019

by Ben Broussard “I bind to myself today God’s power to guide me, God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to teach me, God’s eye to watch over me…” These words from the prayer known as Saint Patrick’s Breastplate echoed in the streets of the French Quarter of New Orleans. On August 9, members of […]

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“Viva Cristo Rey!” in the Heart of Acadiana

August 9, 2019

By Robert Nunez “Long Live Christ the King!” Such was the call to action that inspired thousands of Mexican Catholics to defend the faith during the bloody persecution against the Church in Mexico in the twenties. Brave Catholics uttered the same cry moments before being executed by the tyrannical government they had justly opposed, filling […]

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1st Report: Caravan Defending Innocent Life in the South

August 9, 2019

By Cesar Franco From July 17-29, thirteen young men with TFP–Louisiana took part in a two-week tour throughout the South campaigning against abortion. The caravan tour was put under the patronage of Saint Elias the prophet. He is a fitting patron since he fought against the worship of Baal, to whom children were sacrificed. His […]

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Drag Queens, Summer Storms and a Dallas Library

June 12, 2019

By Cesar Franco On June 9, 2019, Tradition, Family and Property—Texas and its America Needs Fatima friends gathered in front of the J. Erik Johnson Central Library in Dallas to protest against a Drag Queen Story Hour. Thirty-five Texans braved epic winds and rain to pray the rosary in protest. They carried banners and signs, […]

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Call to Chivalry Day in the Land of Mary

June 12, 2019

By John Paul Tomba On June 6, 2019, Tradition, Family, Property—Louisiana and TFP-Texas joined forces for a “Call to Chivalry Day” in Lumberton, Texas. The venue was the Terra Maria (Land of Mary) Ranch, owned and kindly made available by the Dr. Odis Gossett family. As with Call to Chivalry Days in Lafayette, Louisiana, the […]

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Happiness and Heroism: Two TFP Houston Talks

June 10, 2019

By Zechariah Long On June 1, Tradition Family Property—Texas hosted two talks by long-time TFP member Norman Fulkerson for friends and supporters at the Historic Italian Cultural and Community Center in Houston. Mr. Fulkerson is the author of the award-winning book An American Knight: The Life of Colonel John W. Ripley (USMC) and is a […]

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Prayer Warriors Honor a Model of Purity in New Orleans

June 4, 2019

By Ben Broussard Most people would not associate the French Quarter in New Orleans with purity. However, this infamous neighborhood is home to a famous monument honoring someone renowned for the angelic virtue. The golden equestrian statue of Saint Joan of Arc gleams in the morning sun in a small park near the French Market. […]

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Catholics Reject “Hail Satan?” in Houston

June 4, 2019

By Zechariah Long On May 29, 2019, a brave band of protesters organized by Tradition Family Property—Texas gathered outside the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Houston, Texas, to protest the documentary film, Hail Satan? The comedy-documentary is a film about a group known as The Satanic Temple (TST). The group has been promoting Satanic principles in […]

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At the Monthly Pro-Life Luncheon in Lafayette

May 30, 2019

By John Paul Tomba On May 29, 2019, three members from Tradition, Family, Property–Louisiana (TFP-LA) attended a pro-life luncheon at the Abacus Restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana. The monthly event is put on by Louisiana Right to Life, and TFP-LA regularly attends. The May meeting consisted of introductory remarks by Dr. Kathy Allen, the head of […]

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First Sunday Talk: Apparitions of Saint Michael the Archangel

May 30, 2019

By TFPLA On May 5, Tradition, Family, Property–Louisiana held its monthly First Sunday Talk at its New Orleans center. Speaker Ben Broussard spoke about little-known events in Catholic history. The topic was the apparitions of Saint Michael, the Prince of the Heavenly Hosts, who rarely appears to men. When he does, the presence of the […]

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Support and Rejection Protesting Abortion in Houston

May 15, 2019

By Cesar Franco On May 14, 2019, members of Tradition, Family, Property–Texas joined other anti-abortion prayer warriors to protest a Planned Parenthood fundraiser called “Cocktail for a Cause.” The event was hosted by the Planned Parenthood Young Leaders at the Axelrad Beer Garden in Houston. Pro-lifers held a banner that said, “Thou Shalt Not Kill! […]

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Why Our Lady Weeps

May 14, 2019

By Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira The weeping of Our Lady in New Orleans is related to the prophecies of Fatima. The fact that a statue of Our Lady of Fatima shed tears means the event is related to the apparitions in Portugal. Now, the apparitions in Portugal were meant to give a message, and […]

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Rosary Rally Unmasks Pro-Abortion Lilith Fund at Skating Rink

May 8, 2019

By Evan Olwell On April 28, 2019, members of TFP-Texas joined other pro-life activists outside of Lockwood Skating palace in Houston to protest an abortion fundraiser being held by the pro-abortion Lilith Fund. The Catholic faithful at the site held pro-life signs and prayed the Holy Rosary. When TFP member Cesar Franco spoke to the […]

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Rosary of Reparation for Homosexual Easter Parade in the French Quarter

May 2, 2019

By Ben Broussard Easter Sunday is the most solemn feast of the Church year. However, in New Orleans, the festivities were marred by the Gay Easter Parade in the French Quarter. Now in its 20th year, the afternoon of Easter Sunday has homosexuals parading through the city streets, making a mockery of what should be […]

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Summit on Survivors of the Sexual Revolution

May 2, 2019

By Thomas Drake The Ruth Institute organized a much-needed Conference and Awards Dinner April 26 and 27 in Lake Charles, La. The gathering featured an amazing ensemble of scholars, activists, and public witnesses and brought forth the truth that God’s plan for the family is the foundation of every enduring society. The whirlwind of “The […]

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Making the Paranormal Normal in the Bayou

May 2, 2019

By Zechariah Long Public approval of the sinister and wicked is increasing across America. One such advancement is a traveling show, known as the Paranormal Cirque that is currently touring the major cities of Louisiana. A Wicked Circus The Paranormal Cirque is a production of the Cirque Italia company in Italy. The name Cirque could […]

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Protesting Drag Queen Story Hour on Holy Saturday

April 26, 2019

By Ben Broussard In what should have been a time of rest for the staff, the New Orleans Public Library was open on Holy Saturday 2019. Worse yet, two branches hosted the Drag Queen Story Hour. In the morning, Hubbell Library near Algiers Point hosted this event to corrupt innocent children. This venue was the […]

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At the Good Friday Nine Churches Walk in New Orleans

April 25, 2019

By Ben Broussard The bright sunlight entered illuminating the stained glass. In New Orleans, known the world over for sin and debauchery, the light represented a stark contrast. As if God Himself were shining a beacon, these windows that were testaments of the faith of past generations preached a silent sermon to the multitudes, calling […]

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TFP New Orleans: Good Friday Nine Churches Pilgrimage

April 12, 2019

On April 19, 2019, TFP New Orleans and America Needs Fatima will be participating in the traditional Good Friday Nine Churches Walk. We will process carrying the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. This year’s route begins at Saint Stephen’s Church in Uptown New Orleans and concludes at Saint Patrick’s Church in the […]

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Protesting the Drag Queen Story Hour in New Orleans

April 12, 2019

By Ben Broussard On April 6, 2019, the New Orleans Public Library once again hosted a Drag Queen Story Hour. This time it was at a new location, Martin Luther King Jr. branch in the Lower Ninth Ward. Members and supporters of Tradition, Family, Property – Louisiana signed an online petition insisting that the library […]

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TFP Speaker Describes Amazing Holy Week Celebrations

April 11, 2019

By Ben Broussard Tradition, Family, Property – Louisiana held a First Sunday Talk for friends and supporters at its New Orleans center on April 7. TFP-LA Vice President Celso Costa gave a presentation about the spectacular Holy Week commemorations in Seville, Spain. The speaker described the scene by noting that beginning on Palm Sunday, Seville […]

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TFP at UT Austin: Keep America Free from Socialist Tyranny

April 5, 2019

By Evan Olwell On April 1, 2019, members of Tradition, Family, & Property Louisiana distributed the flyer Ten Reasons to Reject Socialism- Why We Must Protect the Family, Private Property and America from the Dangers of Socialism at the University of Texas at Austin. Heads turned all across the busy intersection of Guadalupe and West […]

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Texans Say No! to Drag Queen Story Time in Houston

April 5, 2019

By Evan Olwell On March 30, members of Tradition, Family, Property – Louisiana hosted a Rosary rally to protest against Drag Queen Story Time at the Freed-Montrose Public Library in Houston. The event features men dressed as women reading pro-homosexual materials to children as young as three years old. Protesters were outraged by the news […]

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