by Cesar Franco

Public blasphemy is not free speech.

Nor is defamation of what is holy… just artistic expression.

When Paul Verhoeven’s latest movie, Benedetta, hit American theaters this month, it was already reeking with controversy in France and Italy. Benedetta by Dutch filmmaker Verhoeven was originally going to be called Virgin Mary.  No doubt the Virgin Mary is a prime target of this filmmaker, an avowed atheist, known for his films full of violence and sex.

The movie’s story-line is set in a convent of Renaissance Italy, centered on a nun, Sister Benedetta Carlini, who claiming visions becomes abbess of the convent. Verhoeven’s prolific fantasies fill the x-rated film with not only violence and sex, but blasphemy as recognized by secular media like People.com, The New York Times and The Jerusalem Post.

We are seeing an increase of blasphemous and sacrilegious attacks on Jesus Christ, Mary, the Catholic Church and those whose lives are consecrated to God.

Benedetta is the most recent attack. In short, its X-rated content includes:

  • Nudity and immoral acts;
  • Blasphemy and anti-Catholic hatred;
  • Nuns sinning with each other and even with “Christ”;
  • A statue of the Virgin Mary is used for immoral acts.

Those promoting Benedetta chant the usual cliche’ of “it’s based on a true story”. Yet as Paul Verhoeven admits is several interviews and many film reviewers point out, “the facts” are based more on his twisted interpretation of what happens in convents.  What is an historical fact, is that prior to every brutal attempt to destroy cloistered convents or monasteries, it was always preceded by a period of salacious novels, plays and “true stories of nuns and monks”.  This made public opinion more anti-clerical and accepting of the brutal scenes that lead to the death of many nuns and priests, as happened in the French Revolution, or the period leading up to the 1936 Spanish Civil War or the Russian Bolshevik campaign against religion.

As we prepare for Christmas – the anniversary of the coming of the Savior and Redeemer to a sinful world – Catholics across the USA are holding peaceful protests against this outrageous broadside attack on all that we hold sacred.  America Needs Fatima, a campaign of the TFP, is sponsoring rallies at 1,129 locations during December.  In New Orleans, Louisiana, the two theaters showing this blasphemous movie met with vigorous protest. The faithful held rosary rallies of reparation and protest on December 3 and 4, 2021. Their voices echoed across the Crescent City with a clear message: “Enough is enough!”

Not only does Benedetta offend Our Lord Jesus Christ – the reason for the Christmas season – but the film also wounds all Catholics who honor the Virgin Mary as their mother, especially during the holy season of Christmas.

by Joseph Gensens

Recent news headlines have been dominated by COP26, a climate change summit of world leaders in Glasgow, Scotland,  that was supposed to help solve the world’s climate change “crisis”. The leftist media did their best to show how today’s youth are concerned about the planet with copious coverage of  climate change protests.  News footage focused on teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, who was cursing and loudly denouncing world leaders for their inaction on climate change.

What’s your Mission? Spreading the Faith or “Saving the Planet”

These Crucifixes were not made to be hung on a wall, but to be taken wherever each of the participants go, whether it be in their backpacks on a hike, or in the classroom when they study. It is a reminder of their mission to stand up for the Catholic Faith and spread it wherever they go.

Working for God’s Greater Glory and the Salvation of Souls

Contrary to the modern narrative, the sole purpose of the man’s existence is not to save the planet. Catholic social doctrine teaches that we are called to be good stewards of God’s creation. However, the reason for our existence, as the Catechism explains, is to know, love and serve God on this earth in order to be happy with Him in Heaven forever.

By living out our Catholic Faith and spreading it to non-Catholics, we are fulfilling our reason for existing. Catholic thinker Prof. Plinio Correa De Oliveira explains:

“To draw men to the Church is therefore to open the gates of heaven for them. It is to save them. This is the purpose of the mission. This salvation has the extrinsic glory of God as its supreme end.”1

Where the White and Buffalo Rivers Meet…

 A big contrast to the exaggerated news about youth working to “save the planet” was the TFP Call to Chivalry Fall Camp in North Arkansas. A group of young men from around the South gathered to learn about the Catholic Missions and how they can spread their Faith as Catholic Crusaders in a culture that rewards vice and cancels virtue.

The camp held from November 18-23 was held at a scenic location in the Ozark Mountains where the  White and Buffalo Rivers meet at the base of a majestic cliff.

Exploring the Catholic Missions From Canada to China

Throughout the six-day camp, TFP volunteers gave talks covering the heroic missionary efforts undertaken to bring souls into the saving fold of the Catholic Church, ranging from Canada to nations such as the United States, China, and England. The Catholic missionaries, beginning with the Apostles, were given the Great Mandate by Our Lord Jesus Christ: “Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).

What’s your Mission? Spreading the Faith or “Saving the Planet”

Throughout the six-day camp, TFP volunteers gave talks covering the heroic missionary efforts undertaken to bring souls into the saving fold of the Catholic Church.

The first talk about the missions was on the North American Martyrs, the 6 Jesuit priests and 2 laymen who gave up an easy life in France to come to the wilderness of New France in modern-day Canada and Upstate New York to preach to the Huron and Iroquois peoples. The heroic sacrifices endured by these men ranged from suffering through the long cold winters, to traveling up to forty miles a day under a hot sun, to the gruesome torture and death that they suffered for the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls.

Another inspiring talk was about the English Missions, which covered the breathtaking adventures of priests like Fr. John Gerard. Fr. Gerard was an English Jesuit, who travelled around Protestant England in the later part of the 16th century, on an undercover Crusade bringing the Faith to Catholics at the risk of capture and death. Fr. Gerard was a master of disguise, moving about even in the court of Elizabeth I. At a certain point, he was captured and thrown into the strongest prison in England: the Tower of London. He was severely tortured, but persevered and finally made a hair-raising escape and continued the important mission of spreading the Faith.

The talk on the Chinese Missions by TFP member William Gossett explored the challenges faced by missionaries like St. Francis Xavier to reach the Chinese people. Mr. Gossett explained how, even after the Faith was established in China, Catholics continued to face severe persecution. More recent persecution by the Communist government in the 20th century saw priests exiled from China and in some cases tortured in prison for working with Catholics. A testament to the endeavours of the Catholic missionaries was a story about how one Chinese village went for three years without a priest, and not a single person left the Faith.

A Missionary in Russia

On Sunday, November 21, the camp participants travelled two hours to St. Joseph the Worker Church in Ozark, Missouri to attend a traditional Latin Mass. As a welcome coincidence, the homily was delivered by an elderly missionary priest from Indiana who has been a missionary in Russia since 1991.

The missionary described how he arrived in the Russian city of Vladivostok, and how he struggled to re-establish a mission in a city where the Catholic Faith had been devastated by Communism. Today, ten parishes have been established thanks to this missionary’s apostolic labors. The Catholic mission in Russia continues to face many challenges as missionaries continue to bring the Light of Christ into an increasingly decadent neo-pagan society.

 Leaders for the Next Generation

A critical part of every Call to Chivalry Camp is inspiring the young participants to be Catholic leaders for the next generation. Every day begins with the boys rising to the sound of the bagpipes at 7 a.m and starting the day with the St. Michael Prayer for assistance in the spiritual battles ahead. Several volunteers are requested to help cook the breakfast, which provides a way for these young men to acquire a spirit of self-sacrifice. Throughout the day, the young men participate in games and activities that foster a spirit of chivalry and Catholic manliness.

 

At the end of this year’s camp, the young men were treated to a medieval banquet, which concluded with each receiving a hand-carved Crucifix made by TFP Member Matthew Shibler. He explained that the Crucifix was made without a hole in the back of the wood because these Crucifixes were not made to be hung on a wall, but to be taken wherever each of the participants go, whether it be in their backpacks on a hike, or in the classroom when they study. It is a reminder of their mission to stand up for the Catholic Faith and spread it wherever they go.

What’s your Mission? Spreading the Faith or “Saving the Planet”

Young men wrap up the Medieval Games with a prayer thanking Our Lady for her protection.

Please pray for these young men and their dads. Pray that they persevere in imitating the heroic example set by the missionaries of the Holy Church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that they boldly proclaim their Faith as true missionary Crusaders.

All the Holy Catholic Missionaries! Pray For Us!

by William Gossett

Over 17,000 Public Square Rosary Rallies took place worldwide on October 16th, heeding the request of Our Lady of Fatima to pray the rosary and ask pardon for the sins of mankind. These public acts of reparation took place from the large cities to even the smallest towns across America.

Public Sin Calls for Public Reparation

Because so much blasphemy and immorality are promoted openly, Catholics must take a bold stance by denouncing these evils for all to see.

As St. Matthew writes in his Gospel, So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matt. 5:16)

Public Square Rosary Rally at a busy intersection in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The public impact of these rosary rallies is evident in the many touching accounts of those who participate and the amazing reactions of passersby.

“What does your faith mean to you?”

An incredible instance from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, comes from a young man, 22 years old, who was intrigued by the rosary rally as he drove by. 

He drove up with his window down, head out, reading the rosary rally banner. He asked the Catholics praying what they were doing. They responded they were “Catholics praying for America!” Though the young man wasn’t Catholic, he asked if he could join. 

After parking his car, he walked up, holding a rosary. A gentleman participating in this public square rosary rally asked, “You have a rosary. I thought you said you weren’t Catholic?” He said he wasn’t but found it on the road by his car when he got out. Oddly enough, it had green-colored plastic beads for the decades and white beads for the Our Fathers, perfectly matching his green sweatshirt accented by white trim piping. How providential!

After explaining the Rosary, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Catholic Faith to the young man, he asked the rally participant, “What does your faith mean to you?” 

He told him that being Catholic is the basis for everything he did and has been a foundation to face life’s struggles. The young man then asked which church he attended and if he could attend the same Mass with him that coming Sunday.

A precious lesson is taught with this young man’s intense desire to join those American Catholics praying in the public places of our country. If we were not there in the public square, he would still be spiritually wandering in his quest to find a meaning in life.

“Now I’m a Holy Roller!”

Another fascinating example comes from New Orleans, LA, from a young mother of two who had seen the rosary rallies in past years. 

She commented, “I’ve seen you people out here before, and I thought, what a bunch of Holy Rollers. What’s the point?”

“Today, here I am out here praying the rosary in public. Now I’m one of those Holy Rollers!” she exclaimed.

At the same public square rosary rally – one of the busiest intersections in the New Orleans area – another interesting episode happened. Waiting for the red light to change, a lady with a white poodle beside her in a small shiny SUV started saying loudly, “But you people are also back down there [the avenue] at all the intersections! Seems you’re everywhere!” 

And she kept repeating that. One rosary rally participant told her that if she continued ahead up the avenue, she would see at least one other rosary rally praying for America.

It goes to show that it’s better to have many, even if smaller, rallies throughout a city than just one big rally in a parking lot or behind a parish church. 

Confide and Fight; Our Lady Will Take Care of the Rest

Faced with the overwhelming onslaught of sin and corruption, the temptation to hide and flee from the Culture War can rear its ugly head.

Fleeing the crisis will not solve the problem. Eventually, all will be confronted with the decision to either fight for Our Lady’s cause or not. 

With total confidence in the Blessed Virgin Mary, all Catholics should take their rosary and fight in the raging Culture War

If we make this little effort, Our Lady will take care of the rest, and victory is assured.

A Light Burns Brightly for the Future of Catholic Young Men in America

September 9, 2021

by Cesar Franco “By the rolls, quick, march!” With this order, the bagpipes and drums sound loudly as the half-awake young men rush to form outside their cabins for morning prayers. Preparing for the day’s spiritual battle, they pray the guardian angel prayer, the Saint Michael prayer and three Hail Marys for purity and a […]

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Fighting for A Worthy Cause At the Alamo

July 1, 2021

On June 27, TFP members and students campaigned for a return to order in America on the streets of San Antonio. Fortified by Mass and the reception of the Eucharist, they did battle with the forces of the leftist revolution. The students held up signs and banners decrying socialism in America, abortion and the radical […]

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Announcing the Saint John the Baptist Caravan for Moral Values

June 29, 2021

The antiphon from last week’s mass in honor of Saint John the Baptist reads, ​”The Lord hath called me by my name from the womb of my mother, and He hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand He hath protected me, and hath made me as a chosen […]

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Pride and the Occult: Two Colors of the Same Rainbow

June 16, 2021

 On Thursday, June 10,  close to 50 prayer warriors joined a TFP Rosary Rally in defense of traditional marriage in the main square of Tyler, Texas. The rosary rally was specifically held in reparation for the June 13 “Downtown Drag and Pride Walk” that was being organized by a local business titled, The Fickle […]

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Confession, the Sacrament of Divine Mercy

May 18, 2021

by Luiz Solimeo To better understand the great spiritual treasure contained in the Sacrament of Penance or Confession, let us turn the clock back two thousand years to Palestine, to a scene in the public life of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The majesty of His Person, the wisdom pouring forth from His mouth and the […]

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Pilgrimage to the Miraculous “Eyes of Father Antonio Margil de Jesus”

May 4, 2021

On April 24th 2021, members of TFP –Texas joined several Catholic families from Tyler, Texas for a pilgrimage to a little known miraculous site in Nacogdoches, Texas;  the “Eyes of Fr. Margil de Jesus”. The day began with a Traditional Latin Mass in the historic Sacred Heart Chapel, a reproduction of an historical Catholic Church […]

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April 27, 2021

Texas A&M University has long held a reputation of being a conservative college. It is a public land grant research university originally established as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. As would be fitting for Texas, it has one of the largest campuses in the United States and boasts the second largest student body. […]

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TFP Student Action Conference Brings Counter-Revolutionary Formation to Young Men in Texas

April 19, 2021

More than thirty students from several states traveled to attend the TFP Student Action Conference being held outside of Houston, TX on the weekend of April 10. The theme focused on how a Catholic young man should respond to the moral issues troubling today’s society. The conference was appropriately titled, Defeating our Cancel and Woke […]

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Civilization in an Egg – History of the Easter Egg and the Sublime Fabergé Egg

April 3, 2021

​What’s small, white, oval, and has a miniature replica of the Russian Gatchina Palace inside? You’re not mistaken if you initially thought of an egg. Of course, the Gatchina Palace Fabergé Egg isn’t your average grade A large white egg that you would buy in a carton at the supermarket. Fabergé Eggs are anything but […]

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Profanity is Ignorance Made Audible

March 22, 2021

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When No One Knows What Freedom Is, All Is Lost

March 15, 2021

In our polarized nation, no other word causes so much confusion as freedom. Everyone claims to fight for freedom. Each side in the political debate claims the other is an enemy of freedom. And yet, it seems we have less and less freedom. We have lost the meaning of the word. When no one knows […]

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Presenting the Errors of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Revolution

March 8, 2021

On February 27, 2021, over 40 supporters and friends of Tradition, Family, Property (TFP) gathered at the TFP-Louisiana headquarters in Lafayette for a presentation by TFP-Louisiana President Thomas Drake. The topic was “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Revolution.  Mr. Drake’s purpose was to explain that “without the Rock ‘n’ Roll Revolution, the Sexual Revolution of the […]

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In a Stumbling World, Lessons from Faith and History Inspire Great Hopes

February 9, 2021

7:00 AM. The drums are rolling the reveille. The smell of brewing coffee is floating through the cabin. A quick glance outside, and a heavy mist conceals the river. So begins another spectacular day of the 2020 TFP Call to Chivalry Fall Camp. 7:50 AM. Cabin and room inspection is over and now it’s time […]

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Pro-Life Caravans Take Over Downtown Austin

January 30, 2021

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Amidst Great Uncertainty, the TFP Pro-Life Caravan Keeps Calm and Carries on

January 28, 2021

After fortifying themselves with Holy Communion at Sunday Mass, members of the Tradition, Family, Property (TFP)-Texas pro-life caravan went to the nearby McCain Mall in North Little Rock to hold a public rosary rally. The January 16 event was in reparation for the infamous Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. The original plan called for […]

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TFP Caravan Resists Abortion Amid Troubled Seas

January 26, 2021

January traditionally marks a month-long flurry of pro-life activity across the nation. For this reason, Tradition, Family and Property—Texas launched a pro-life winter caravan of young volunteers on January 15. Our objective was to defend the unborn in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. This year is different from all others. The “new normal” caused by government […]

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Is Marxism a Road to Paradise?

January 12, 2021

As part of a series of commentaries on Prof. Plinio Correa de Oliveira’s book Revolution and Counter-Revolution, the Lafayette center of TFP-Louisiana sponsored a lively illustrated talk December 11th, 2020. After a quick review of the previous talk titled Liberalism, Socialism and Original Sin, Mr. Thomas Drake proceeded into the subject of The Apogee and […]

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When Christ Was Born Of Mary, A Christmas Carol Greeting

December 24, 2020

Amidst the darkness of our troubled days, There shines from a grotto in Bethlehem luminous rays. There the Christ Child awaits us in the manger, To infuse ours souls with serenity and courage to face the danger. Well looked after by good Saint Joseph and Blessed Mother Mary, With infinite goodness and tenderness, He comforts […]

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Vile Exhibit Displays Unborn Babies at Houston Museum of Natural Science

December 2, 2020

Read with Caution: Graphic Content The Houston Museum of Natural Science is hosting an exhibit that features over 100+ “sliced-and-diced cadavers, cadaver parts and dissected human organs”. According to the HMNS website, “BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, a new special exhibition, delivers a breathtaking encounter with the inner workings of the human body […]

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An Urgent Appeal to Resist the Betrayal and Ruin of the West, Flower of Christian Civilization

November 4, 2020

The triple crisis of COVID-19, civil unrest, and economic disaster is now shaking the West’s spiritual and material foundations and the world. This is no ordinary crisis since it questions our time-worn certainties, changes our daily lives, and restricts Church freedom. In the face of this crisis, many are stunned and wonder what went wrong. […]

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Catholic Call to Chivalry Weekend Turns Heads in Coleman, Texas

October 14, 2020

​On the warm afternoon of October 9, 2020, under a vast Texas sky, vans and cars arrived at the Saint John Berchmans Ranch in Coleman, Texas. The vehicles were full of Catholic young men from Louisiana and Texas, eager to participate in a Call to Chivalry weekend, organized and run by Tradition, Family, Property – […]

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College Station Catholics Rally in Support of Police

September 22, 2020

On September 21, 2020, Members of TFP-Texas joined students from Texas A&M University at a large intersection in College Station, Texas for a peaceful Rosary Rally in support of the police. The event was organized by a Catholic Cadet of the University in parallel to the “St. Michael, Protect the Police Rosary Rallies” organized across […]

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Communion on the Tongue: Corona-hysteria’s Tragic Victim

September 15, 2020

The panic surrounding the Chinese virus is claiming an impressive list of victims. These include social relations, the ability to receive standard medical treatment and the world economy. All these have suffered greatly due to ill-conceived restrictions put into place because of hysteria over the spread of CoVid-19. However, none is as tragic or harmful […]

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The Issue is Never the Issue: A Communist Revolution in America

September 7, 2020

​ The horrible choking death on May 25 of black American George Floyd by white former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin caused universal outrage across the American political spectrum. Conservatives no less than liberals called for Chauvin to be charged with murder. The Hennepin County, Minnesota attorney is charging Chauvin—who kept Floyd in a chokehold on […]

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A Medal, a Vision, a Conversion – The Story of Claude Newman

September 1, 2020

By A. F. Philips Newman was a twenty-year-old African-American who, in 1943, awaited execution in a prison in Mississippi. His crime was that of ambushing and shooting a man named Sid Cook, his beloved grandmother’s abusive second husband. One day, noticing a medal hanging around the neck of a fellow prisoner, Claude asked the young […]

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Three Reasons Why Catholics Cannot Support the BLM Revolution

August 24, 2020

​An editorial in The New York Times by Elizabeth Bruenig titled “Racism Makes a Liar of God” presents a sentimental yet stinging indictment of Catholics who reject the present anti-racist activism. She cannot understand why these generally conservative Catholics cannot bring themselves to pronounce the three explosive words: Black Lives Matter. The editorial calls upon […]

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Rosary Rallies Support the Police in Houston, Texas

August 17, 2020

On Saturday August 8, members and friends of TFP-Texas held public rosary rallies at two locations in downtown Houston to support local police. ​Our Police put their lives on the line every day for our protection and the protection of our loved ones. They do this out of love of the principles of law and […]

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