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 sixties and seventies would never have happened.”

The talk included the origin and history of Rock ‘n’ Roll, its characteristics and its disordered effects on listeners. It traced the influence of Satanism upon many rock performers in the twentieth century and beyond.

In 1959, Professor Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, the founder of the Brazilian TFP, prophetically described the rock-and-roll generation with these words in his book Revolution and Counter-Revolution:

The revolutionary process in souls… produced in the most recent generations, and especially in adolescents of our days who hypnotize themselves with rock and roll, a frame of mind characterized by the spontaneity of the primary reactions, without the control of the intelligence or the effective participation of the will, and by the predominance of fantasy and feelings over the methodical analysis of reality. All this is fruit, in large measure, of a pedagogy that virtually eliminates the role of logic and the true formation of the will.

Rock bands mesmerized audiences with the pulsating primal rhythms of electric guitars and drums, coupled with the hypnotic melodies and lyrics filled with sexual innuendo. The message was one of sexual desires and anarchic freedom from Christian societal norms.  These songs fanned the disordered passions of a generation of teens and paved the way for the immoral sexual license of the sixties and beyond.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Revolution subtly spawned a new religion in which the rock stars were idolized as gods. They set negative trends in fashion, language, behavior, morals, ideas and politics.

Revolution Within the Catholic Church

Mr. Drake began the talk with examples of rock music’s influence within the Catholic Church beginning in the early sixties.

The first example was the Dominican nun Sister Luc Gabriel in Belgium.  In 1963, she became a worldwide singing sensation with the release of her French-language single “Dominique.” She was known as the “Singing Nun” as her song reached the top of the charts in America and the world. In 1966, Hollywood made a movie about her rise to fame with actress Debbie Reynolds portraying Sister Luc.

Sister Luc’s story ended tragically.  When her fame waned, she experienced a crisis of Faith, and left the Dominican Order. She endured financial hardships, and committed suicide with her female partner in 1985.

Mr. Drake also presented other examples of guitar-playing singing nuns and monks from the sixties and beyond.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Mass

In the early seventies, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Mass began with rock-infused liturgical music and worship songs incorporated within the New Mass.

This trend soon became widespread in Catholic worship, often encouraged by the clergy.  Such Masses and its variant forms continued even today in many parishes.

Christian Rock Music

The lecturer also criticized so-called Christian Rock.  Despite Christian rockers’ insistence that they sing songs of worship to God, they dress and behave on stage just like “non-Christian” Rock bands.  They can be found in immodest clothing gyrating wildly with their guitars and microphones.  They also use the same stage effects, full of vividly hellish colors flashing frenetically, coupled with smoke and fire pyrotechnics.

There is a contradiction between the song lyrics praising God and the Holy Spirit and their onstage delivery.

The History of Rock and Roll

Mr. Drake presented a one-hour video documentary on the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll starting with its origins in African American Blues and jazz music of the early twentieth century.

From the thirties to the fifties, the music developed with the melding of gospel, jump blues, jazz, boogie-woogie, swing, rhythm and blues and country music. Bill Haley and the Comets, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry were the first popular exponents of this new form of music in the fifties.

Audiences reacted wildly to the new music as if they were compelled by some irresistible force to scream and tear up their seats.  The documentary also explored and illustrated the immoral lives of these rock stars ranging from Elvis to Chuck Berry to Jerry Lee Lewis.

In the sixties and seventies, Rock artists began incorporating occult and Satanic themes in their melodies, lyrics, and album art-work. Famous occultists and gurus who influenced singers included English gnostic occultist Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947),  Church of Satan founder Anton LeVay (1930 – 1997), Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918 – 2008) and Kenneth Anger, producer of the film “Lucifer Rising.”

Popular Rock bands and performers later openly praised and worshiped Satan and the occult in the music.  Secret messages about worshiping Satan on albums spun backwards soon paved the way to overt praise in the songs. During live concert performances, the set portrayed scenes that seemed from Hell. Rock bands and performers of this sort included Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, KISS, AC/DC, Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne.

Ipsa Conteret

After the documentary ended with a note of victory that is guaranteed by Scriptures.  Genesis 3:15 says, “I will put enmities between thee [the serpent] and the woman [Mary], and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.”

Since the Fall of Adam, God in His Justice and Mercy has guaranteed victory over Satan and his acolytes. Our Lady at Fatima in 1917, repeated that message when she said that, “Finally, My Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

Mr. Drake concluded his talk with words of encouragement calling upon those present to have calm, courage, and confidence in the face of Our Lady’s promise that She (and her children) will be victorious.

Pizza, Convivium and a Tour

Immediately after the presentation, everyone enjoyed a pizza dinner, conviviality and conversation. The pizza was homemade and baked in the outdoor Italian pizza oven by TFP members.

Also, the guests were invited to take a tour of the Saint Raphael Mobile TFP Center which is a large vehicle that houses Our Lady’s statue and Fatima Teams for Fatima visits.

The attendees then left the TFP-Louisiana headquarters spiritually reinvigorated with a more developed understanding of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Revolution and its effects on society. They were prepared to engage in the spiritual battles required of a faithful Catholic today.

by Joseph Andrepont

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TFP Call to Chivalry Fall Camp 2020

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 for the all-American breakfast.

9:30 AM. As the sung words of the Credo echo off the cliffs hovering over the river, Old Glory, the Papal flag and the TFP grand standard are hoisted to begin the battles of the day.

The outdoor sports begin as the sun’s warmth replaces the early morning chills. Hand in hand, fresh air and chivalrous adventure strengthen the man, body and soul.

This year’s hike left great memories.

Our guiding star in the storms and battles of life.

This year’s hike left great memories. Other years the hiking trails lead to a cross overlooking the valleys below, with the occasional bald eagles encircling the intrepid hikers during the recitation of the rosary around the cross. This year was more akin to Covadonga in northern Spain: the cathedral size cave from where was launched the 800 year Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula. Our “Covadonga” was hidden in the Ozarks of Arkansas.

But the Fall Camp isn’t just for the relaxation of body and soul. It also provides a Catholic intellectual arsenal for mind and soul. Something acutely needed in our disintegrating society where cynical materialism and hedonism have replaced the Ten Commandments of God. A young TFP member from Florida gave a talk on What is a Crusader?  Another TFP speaker from Texas gave a profound talk on Angels vs. Devils: Eternal and Perpetual War, which is a subject matter unsettling to those radical relativists who think good and evil are just opinions that should co-exist.  There was a talk on St. Louis de Montfort’s true devotion to Mary. This is even more important today than in his time. And the story of Our Lady of Perpetual Help – whom the Greeks call Virgin Mother of God of the Passion – was told.  This was important because Mr. Matthew Shibler handcrafted in oak a memento of Our Lady of Perpetual Help for each young man and the Dads.

A lively entertaining skit representing different types of men – and their concepts of life and ideals – over past centuries, was performed to enthusiastic applause during one of the tent dinners.

And on the morning of the last full day there was an impressive presentation on the TFP action in the USA… just in the past year.  From this meeting, the young eager audience proceeded to the sword demonstrations followed by the Medieval Games and Banquet.

The “Medieval Games”.

Let us pray that Our Lady of Perpetual Help continue her maternal protection of all the participants and benefactors of this amazing Call to Chivalry Camp. And may her closeness to her Divine Son be our guiding star in the storms and battles of life ahead.

The Alamo is a favorite campaign spot.

San Antonio, Texas

On January 23, 2021, volunteers with Tradition, Family, Property- Texas (TFP-TX), visited the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, as part of the “Stella Maris” pro-life caravan passing through Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. This caravan was done despite cancellations of pro-life events in Dallas, Little Rock and Austin.

It was a cool morning when the caravan members arrived at the Alamo. Covid-19 restrictions cut down on the number of tourists and pedestrians in the city. However, all heads turned when the bagpipes began to play patriotic hymns, and caravan members shouted pro-life slogans. The caravan favorite “honk against abortion” signs encouraged those driving by to show their support for the unborn and drew even more attention to the campaign.

The pro-life leaflet was titled “As Our National Consensus Crumbles: Hope in Fatima and a Return to God.” Several people recognized the TFP from the TFP Student Action YouTube videos. One young woman exclaimed: “It’s good to see you guys, I see you every year at the March for Life in D.C.”

As Caravan members walked down the block, they met a shop owner. She agreed with the message and said: “That’s what I tell people; thank God your Mom didn’t think you were just a blob of tissue.”

As much as everyone would have liked to stay through the lunch hour, the campaign had to wrap up to get to Austin in time for the “1000-car caravan.”

Austin, Texas

TFP members and friends prayed the Rosary, sang hymns with the bagpipes and shouted pro-life slogans.

From past experiences in Austin, the TFP members knew the pro-life issue would draw much opposition. At a busy intersection in front of the capitol building, the caravan members waited for the “1000 car caravan” that took the place of the annual march to the capitol.

No sooner was the TFP standard raised and the “Thou Shalt not Kill, Stop Abortion” banner unrolled, than the shouting and intolerance began. Some people driving by screamed pro-abortion slogans, cursed and made rude gestures. Austin is the belly of the beast when it comes to leftism in Texas.

A “1000 Car Caravan” took the place of the annual march to the capitol.

This hostile atmosphere suddenly changed with the car caravan. Hundreds of cars came honking and cheering through the intersection on their way to the capitol. The cars were plastered with pro-life signs. Such was their enthusiasm that the honks echoed down the blocks despite the intentional absence of the TFP “honk” signs.

While the pro-life parade passed by, TFP members and friends prayed the Rosary, sang hymns with the bagpipes and shouted pro-life slogans. They gave out flyers to joggers and passersby. A few accepted, thanking the TFP volunteers for taking a stand against abortion. As in San Antonio, some said that they watch TFP Student Action videos.

The cars were plastered with pro-life signs.

The “1000-car caravan” lasted about an hour, filling the intersections with joyful honks and cheers. It was a great defeat for the local pro-abortion promoters to see pro-lifers parading through the heart of the downtown of one of the most liberal cities in America. This campaign concluded the TFP Stella Maris Pro Life Tour.

All were grateful to have participated in the historic caravan. In these uncertain times, the fight against abortion must continue until victory.

Our Lady, Stella Maris…Pray for us!

by John-Paul Tomba

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