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Occultist Eliot, Love the Rich & St. Patrick

Gill, Day, Waugh & Elliot

Dear Mr. Odou,

I have just read your articles on Eric Gill [here, here & here]– well done! You have produced accurate and relevant 21st century scholarship.

Although the Angelus Magazine has done some helpful articles over the years, the inclusion of the Eric Gill article was a major faux pas, as was the long-winded and beguiling article by Fr. Doran, on Peter Maurin, in 2006.

I made a study of Gill, a few years ago, in connection with William Morris, Oscar Wilde & John Ruskin.

What impressed me the most, was that most of Gill’s ideas on ART – his profession – were, and are, horribly WRONG.

His art principles are mainly derived from the romantic poet, William Blake – they are not Catholic or Thomistic.

Also, you may note from the Robert Speight biography, that Gill was a Quietist – no wonder he couldn’t overcome his bad habits.

Lastly, Dr. David Allen White also has several erroneous ideas on Art – he hasn’t done his homework, so to speak. Like Dorothy Day, he tends to ‘baptize’ his pet loves (i.e. Alfred Hitchcock, Evelyn Waugh, Flannery O’Connor, T.S. Eliot etc.). The most recent scholarship on Eliot & Pound proves that they were full-on occultists, whereas White makes out that Eliot is “loaded with Catholicism.”

The works of Waugh are not ‘tools of conversion’ – that’s insane – God may use them, because He’s God, but that is no endorsement of Waugh’s novels.

I wish you all the best in your work & God bless you,

     Yours faithfully,

     Pierre Etoile, New Zealand


True & False Humility

Dear TIA,

Salve Maria!

“See how humble and simple I am?” Was anyone more humble or simple than Pope Saint Pius X, who reluctantly but worthily wore all the papal regalia, receiving all the honors and performing all the duties of his Office, and who suffered the loss of his freedom to move amongst the people, especially his beloved poor, with that perfect simplicity and humility that comes from true sanctity?

Is this that “false Charity” that Our Lady of Good Success warned us about, that would “wreak havoc in souls?”

Let us pray very much for the Holy Father. Thank you for your excellent website.

     In Maria,


Love the Rich & Middle Class as Well

Dear TIA,

Pope Francis, we are told, has a great love of the poor. However the Holy Father must surely love equally the rich and the middle classes. Throughout her history it has been the richer classes who have sustained Holy Mother Church, providing money for the great charitable institutions.

The Church has always loved the poor, establishing the industrial schools and Magdalene asylums where they would be safely housed and morally trained. In all of this exaggerated humility, we must not lose sight of the majesty of the Papacy and the valid reasons for retaining the associated pomp and ceremony. The restoration of hierarchy within the Church and in society should be the goal of any true Pontiff.

     Yours sincerely,

     C.P., Ireland

More Destruction of the Papal Monarchy


From the Rome Reports, we learn that Pope Francis has made another small – but significant – change to destroy the symbols of the papal monarchy.

The Pope has used this white chair, instead of the traditional throne seat.

Up until now, he has only used the traditional throne once. In his other meetings, with religious leaders and diplomats, Pope Francis has used a simple white chair, which is usually reserved for weekly general audiences.

Another point is that the chair is not elevated on a platform, rather it's kept at the same level and height as other seats. In fact, during his meeting with religious leaders, he used the same type of chair used by the guests.

Keep up the good work,

     In Cristo Rey,


P.S. - Below first row, the Pope in his white chair; second row, on the throne on a three step platform.

chair of Pope Francis


Dates in Articles

You should always include full dates (Month Day, Year) in your articles.

I recently heard about the International Theological Commission report titled "The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die without Being Baptized" and was looking for information rebutting the report. Your document "24 Reasons Why Not to Reject Limbo" meets that criteria. But the article does not include the year: 2007.

If I print it off, it will lose some of its impact when I discuss the whole concept with others unless I ink in "2007" after the April 20.

I need all the help I can get to bolster my argument that the doctrine of Limbo should not be rejected. Souls are created at the moment of conception and are in the state of original sin from that moment.

     Bradley Kuss

The Editor answers:

Mr. Bradley Kuss,

Since 2008 we have regularly included dates at the bottom right of our articles. Regarding the articles posted before this date, from 2002 to 2008, we are doing what we can to insert the missing dates on them. However, our team at TIA is overwhelmed with other work and can only get to this extra task when it is possible.

It does not seem superfluous to clarify that TIA is not a sector paid by the government to offer information to the public on every imaginable topic. Our work is voluntary and, in this condition, we do what we can to help our Catholic audience.

Therefore, I do not see on what grounds you became indignant and made your demand. If you are not satisfied with the information as posted on the TIA website, you may look for data of interest to yourself either on other websites or in any library at your convenience.

If you intended to just make a suggestion, which we would nicely receive, you were not successful. To be so, I suggest next time you should leave aside your imperative and demanding tone and use a little more of the traditional Catholic courtesy.


     A.S. Guimarães, editor of TIA website


Hymn to St. Patrick

Dear Marian,

A hymn, "All Praise to St. Patrick," written by Fr. Faber perhaps 150 years ago, I heard played at my parish on the South Side of Chicago, St.Christina's, by Rev. John Ireland Gallery, pastor, just before the Second Vatican Council wiped all away.

"He keeps the false faith from his children away" reads the second verse. That false faith clearly refers to Protestantism, and shows the lie of the Church's current insistence that Vatican II is in continuity with former teachings. How much of that "false faith" or the many other false religions are kept away from the faithful in our age of ecumenism?

I thought that you might like this, and given my name, I almost insist that you print it for Tradition in Action readers.


     Patrick O'Brien

All praise to Saint Patrick, who brought to our mountains
The gift of God's faith, the sweet light of His love.
All praise to the Shepherd who showed us the fountains
That rise in the Heart of the Savior above.
For hundreds of years, in smiles and in tears,
Our Saint hath been with us, our shield and our stay;
All else may have gone, Saint Patrick alone,
He hath been to us light, when earth's lights were all set,
For the glories of faith they can never decay,
And the best of our glories is bright with us yet,
In the faith and the feast of Saint Patrick's Day.

There is not a saint in the bright courts of heaven,
More faithful than he to the land of his choice;
Oh, well may the nation to whom he was given,
In the feast of their Sire and Apostle rejoice.
In glory above true to his love,
He keeps the false faith from his children away.
The dark false faith, far worse than death.
Oh, he drives it far off from the green sunny shore,
Like the reptiles that fled from his curse in dismay,
And Erin, when error's proud triumph is o'er,
Will still be found keeping Saint Patrick's day.

Then what shall we do for thee, heaven-sent Father?
What shall the proof of our loyalty be?
By all that is dear to our hearts we would rather
Be martyred sweet Saint, than bring shame upon thee.
But oh, he will take the promise we make,
So to live that our lives by God's help may display
The light that he bore to Erin's shore.
Oh, yes, Father of Ireland! no child wilt thou own
Whose life is not lighted by grace on its way;
For they are true Irish, ah, yes, they alone,
Whose hearts are all true on Saint Patrick's Day.


St. Patrick’s Breastplate


Here is Saint Patrick's Breastplate for protection against the devil and his minions - as there is no such thing as a non-combatant Catholic in this war for our eternity, i.e., we're all on the front lines now.

Gary L. Morella

The Lorica, or Breastplate, of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is best known for only one of its verses (the one that begins "Christ with me"). But the full version, printed here, incorporates all the elements of Catholic morning prayer:

It is an Act of Faith (expressing the Catholic teaching on the Trinity and on Christ); an Act of Hope (in God's protection throughout the day and throughout life, as well as in eternal salvation); and an Act of Charity (in the love expressed for God). It is, therefore, an ideal morning prayer, especially for those who have a devotion to Saint Patrick.

The Breastplate of Saint Patrick

I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, through belief in the Threeness, through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation.

I arise today through the strength of Christ with His Baptism,
through the strength of His Crucifixion with His Burial,
through the strength of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
through the strength of His descent for the Judgment of Doom.

I arise today through the strength of the love of Cherubim
in obedience of Angels, in the service of the Archangels,
in hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
in prayers of Patriarchs, in predictions of Prophets,
in preachings of Apostles, in faiths of Confessors,
in innocence of Holy Virgins, in deeds of righteous men.

I arise today, through the strength of Heaven:
light of Sun, brilliance of Moon, splendor of Fire,
speed of Lightning, swiftness of Wind, depth of Sea,
stability of Earth, firmness of Rock.

I arise today, through God's strength to pilot me:
God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me, God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect me,
God's host to secure me:

against snares of devils, against temptations of vices,
against inclinations of nature, against everyone who
shall wish me ill, afar and anear, alone and in a crowd.

I summon today all these powers between me (and these evils):
against every cruel and merciless power that may oppose my body and my soul, against incantations of false prophets,
against black laws of heathenry,
against false laws of heretics, against craft of idolatry,
against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
against every knowledge that endangers man's body and soul.

Christ to protect me today
against poison, against burning,
against drowning, against wounding,
so that there may come abundance of reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ in breadth, Christ in length, Christ in height,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, through belief in the Threeness, through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation.

Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of Christ. May Thy Salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.

Original here


Blason de Charlemagne
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Posted March 26, 2013

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