His Lordship, Bishop Donald Sanborn, will be visiting the United Kingdom between Dec 18-22. He will be visiting some faithful and interviewing a seminarian. His Lordship will be in London on December 21st at a meet and greet. For more specific details and location email mail at truerestoration.org and we will let you know what we know. This is an excellent opportunity for Catholics of all kinds to meet His Lordship in person and ask him some tough questions. He's exactly the man for the job if you are trying to clear up some confusion about Vatican II, Modernism, etc.
While enjoying our most-needed break from Restoration Radio for Advent & Christmas, several points of interest have popped up that we felt necessary to share with our readers.
Bishop Sanborn and Dr. Robert Fastiggi hash out Vatican II
Our good friends over at Novus Ordo Watch have been hard-at-it and have released a trailer of a never-before-seen debate from 2004 between His Excellency, Bishop Donald Sanborn, rector of Most Holy Trinity Seminary in Brooksville, Florida and Dr. Robert Fastiggi, professor of systematic theology at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. The debate topic was whether or not Vatican II teaches heresy. Answering in the affirmative was Bishop Sanborn (who would have guessed that?) and answering in the negative was Dr. Fastiggi. The debate is slated to be released on New Years' Eve of 2013 A.D. Check out the trailer below.
What's for dinner at Ecône this evening? Chicken Waffles
Father Cekada gave us another of his quidlibets this week explaining in a clear and concise fashion the ridiculous double-speak of Bishop Bernard Fellay, SSPX, regarding public statements he made about Jorge Bergoglio at the Angelus Press Conference in October 2013 in Kansas City. In an embarrasingly futile attempt to justify the SSPX's "recognize & resist" ecclesiology, Bishop Fellay had to issue yet another "what I really meant to saywas..." interview to clarify what he clarified. Is anyone noticing a trend here with His Excellency? Look for another clarification of the clarification of what was clarified in the future.
Our New Restoration Radio Catalogue Site
We have been searching for a way to make things more user-friendly to navigate our radio show archives for those who want a more streamlined look, and searchable-by-show features. Check out our new website which will house a clean catalogue of our work.
Of course, do not forget that the shows are always available in the iTunes store, delivered right to your device of choice. A sincere thank you to our listeners! Since our year-end round up show, the last of season II, we have heard from many listeners and are humbled at the kind words you have shared with us. From all of us: Stephen, Nicholas, Justin, Maggie & Wendy, thank you. We are excited about things firing back up in January for Season III.
For those in the United States, these are days of Thanksgiving, which usually means a break from work and relaxation that comes from food and time with family. If you find yourself with some leisure, we have three recommended pieces which help fill in "back story" on various episodes of the last 40 years.
The SSPX and the new rite of Episcopal Consecration
Bishop Williamson's opinion on the Thuc line. Bishop Tissier's opinion on the New Rite for Episcopal Consecration. And Bishop Fellay's politicking with the Roman authorities. Fr. Cekada walks us through the issues.
The "Siri Thesis"
I've only ever had a good impression of John Vennari when we've met in person and though I disagree with him on quite a few issues, I have to give him credit when he nails a particular issue, and for those who have recently been writing to ask me about the "Siri Thesis" I have consistently sent John's article on the topic.
While I have gently tried to push most of our viewers into the world of streaming over the years we still do occasionally produce DVDs. Our latest collects interviews with Bps Sanborn and Dolan, as well as with Frs. Cekada, Larrabee, and Nkamuke (although the one with Fr. Nkamuke was from when he was a deacon).
We were reminded today by one of our readers that today would have been Fr. Martin Stepanich's 98th Birthday. November 18th is the one-year anniversary of his passing. In the month of the Holy Souls spare a prayer for this priest, faithful to the True Mass his whole life.
To learn a bit more about Fr. Martin, you can listen to a eulogy here.
On my way back to Kansas City I've had a chance to pass a few days at St. Gertrude the Great in Ohio. After High Mass on Sunday I had a chance to informally videotape Andrew Richesson, not yet 15, perform a very difficult Bach piece as a postlude to Mass. You'll notice you have multiple keyboards to deal with as well as foot pedals. Fr. Cekada served as the page-turner!
You'll also find earlier recordings from a couple years ago both from our channel as well as SGG's.
Keep up the fine work, Andrew. The Restoration has to come in music too, and you are "playing" your part!
A first Mass is always a bit nerve-wracking, I'm sure, but Rev. Fr. Bede Nkamuke, the newest priest of Jesus Christ for the Catholic Church, didn't bat an eyelash. The images from his Mass are available here.
One of the great things about Ordinations is the gathering of priests together. There is a great opportunity for fellowship but there is also the beautiful tradition of the laying on of hands. These priests lay hands on the new priests, as they once had hands laid on them within their ordination ceremony.
You are also welcome to view our pictures. We put a Creative Commons copyright on them so if you want to share all we ask is that you attribute the images to True Restoration. The pictures are hosted on Facebook but the settings are such that you do not have to be a Facebook user to see them!
For those of you who want to put faces to some of the staff that work here at TR, here is a photo taken at our annual summit, this year held in the chillier climes of Canada. We discussed successes and failures of our apostolate this season, and planned Season 3. We deeply appreciated those who participated in the Novena prayer we prayed for our work.
You'll note in this picture that for photos like this most of us adhere to what we call internally the "TIA smile." You can see that Stephen, on the right, is on the verge of breaking out into his regular tooth-visible smile ;-)
Before Father Bede Nkamuke became a priest, Fr. Julian Larrabee was in Nigeria serving these faithful. We caught up with him in 2011 when he was last there and spent a few minutes with him talking about his trip. This are the faithful that our newly ordained Father will be taking care of.
This interview with Father Larrabee was previously available only to subscribers of True Restoration Media. To become a subscriber, please visit our donate page.
Archbishop Lefebvre and at least one of his bishops, Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, have expressed positive doubts regarding the new rite of episcopal consecration. One of the reasons why this week's ordination is so important is because the Novus Ordo doesn't have valid bishops, valid priests, or valid sacraments. This interview with Father Anthony Cekada done in 2011, previously only available to True Restoration Media subscribers and for a la carte purchase, has now been made free to the general public. In this important interview Stephen Heiner discusses with Father what is necessary for the sacrament of Holy Orders and why the new rite of Episcopal Consecration falls short.
Tomorrow we will have a new priest! Please keep Rev. Mr. Bede Nkaumke in your prayers!
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If you want to do the reading and research behind these issues, under the banner head of "look it up" which we always champion here at TR, you can look at these articles of Father Cekada:
I've recently been in contact with numerous readers/listeners who are experiencing the trauma of leaving what they have always considered to be the Roman Catholic Church but what they have come to see is merely an imposter which is the vanguard of the One World Religion. Whatever travails they are experiencing, I often applaud them for taking what I consider the "short route."
My journey from conservative Novus Ordo to recognition of sedevacantism as the answer to how we got to where we are now took well over a decade and featured painful separations from those I "left behind." So, when I see people who are moving from the Novus Ordo directly to sedevacantism, I cry "bravo," and remind them whatever pain they are feeling now, they are skipping all the intervening steps of pain (in my case Conservative Novus Ordo to Byzantine Rite to Latin Novus Ordo to Indult to SSPX to sedevacantism).
There's not always a clear roadmap to dealing with these problems. But because one of the missions of True Restoration is to help those from the Novus Ordo see where true Catholicism lies, we do have some suggestions on where to start.
I. The Second Vatican Council
What is your solution for this abomination in Church history? A council which, far from restoring the faith and affirming Catholics worldwide, led to the apostasy of millions, the de-Catholicization of numerous Catholic constitutions of countries, and the decline of the moral influence and temporal power of the Church worldwide? Tell yourself it's a "pastoral council" so it doesn't "count"? Tell yourself there's no actual heresy when you've never read a single document? Only listen to what your priests tell you about it when that's exactly what got us into this mess in the 1960s?
Read the documents yourself and listen to clerics who've actually read and studied these documents, not clerics who repeat tired old cliches but have never actually read and studied the documents. Restoration Radio dealt with this troublesome council early in our first season. Listen here and if you'd like to thoroughly prepare, read Nostra Aetate, Dignitatis Humanae, Unitatis Redintegratio, Sacrosanctum Concilium, Gaudium et Spes, and Lumen Gentium ahead of time. Just have some Tums or Rennie handy.
II. The New Order of Mass
What is your explanation for this wretched, clearly protestant and maimed rite? Are you part of the "Paul VI didn't do it right so it doesn't count" group? Perhaps you are part of the group that non-ironically calls the Mass that has existed in its current form since Pope Gregory the Great the "extraordinary form"? Whatever you position, you owe it to yourself to read Fr. Anthony Cekada's landmark Work of Human Hands: A Theological Critique of the Mass of Paul VI. Father has told me before that he has been told that some FSSP priests refuse to read the book and I was just two weeks ago told by a Novus Ordo seminarian that a deacon-to-be-ordained has the book and can't bring himself to read it. These Novus Ordo clergy know that ideas have consequences and they are afraid of these ideas. Truth, though, fears nothing.
Our current society in general, and Trads in particular, are not necessarily able to get through a thoroughly-footnoted 450+ page book. That's okay! Father has made it easy by creating YouTube videos for each chapter! Forget about audiobooks, Father pretty much "shows" salient points of the book to you! It doesn't get any easier than that. Watch all these videos. Also check out True Restoration Media's short interview with Father on what he calls the "charter of the Traditionalist movement," the Ottaviani Intervention. Be prepared to be upset at how much you have been lied to. One of those stress balls might help.
III. The Problem of the Pope
Some time ago I chatted with a reporter for NBC News about sedevacantism in relation to Francis. She kept referring to our "movement" and I had to correct her on more than one occasion to tell her that we do not represent a "movement." "We are Roman Catholics," I stated. "We would rather *die* than separate ourselves from the Roman Pontiff. The thing is, this man is not the Roman Pontiff. Sedevacantism is simply a holding position until things return to normal."
I once again refer you to Father Anthony Cekada, who has been one of the leading Traditional Catholic clerical polemicists of the last 30 years. His never-to-this-day-refuted-or-answered Traditionalists, Infallibility, and the Pope is still the first article I send to many people who write and ask for answers. For those on the "Resistance" side of things, I also send the Open Letter of the Nine, which exposed problems which had nothing to do with sedevacantism that are still plaguing the Society of St Pius X to this day and hour.
When Catholics look at problems or challenges, we don't simply do so on "gut" and "feeling." We read and research what prior Councils and Popes and Doctors of the Church have said. We pray about it. We bring these issues to knowledgeable clergy we trust. We pray some more. We remind ourselves that Catholicism and truth are one, and while we may never face the pain of actual martyrdom, the "soft" martyrdom of losing your Novus Ordo friends (and family!) is a small price to pay for being faithful to Jesus Christ (the "Catholic God" Francis doesn't believe in) and his Holy Catholic Church.
We pray again, and ask for the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the cost.
We have received many emails asking us about where the show An Introduction to Catholicism went after it was taken down from the Restoration Radio homepage back in late July. We had numerous technical difficulties with the show that we determined needed correction before we could feel comfortable keeping them available for download.
In mid-September, we were approached by a gentleman in Australia, Mr. Matt Arthur, who has extensive experience with audio engineering. He graciously provided his volunteer efforts to remaster all the shows, and over the last two months has gone through each show minute-by-minute to clean everything up and we believe the finished product he has provided us is light years beyond the quality of the original recordings. We owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Arthur for his efforts, and we alert our listeners that should they have any audio needs, Mr. Arthur is available for consulting. If you would like his contact information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in contact with him.
So on November 1, the Feast of All Saints, we re-launched the program on the Restoration Radio homepage. You can stream or download the first five shows with Father Julian Larrabee by visiting the Restoration Radio homepage.
For those who are wondering what the future of An Introduction to Catholicism is, stay tuned to our season-end True Restoration show at the end of November for announcements on this program and many others. We think you will like what you are going to hear.