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Real Crusades, Sheen & Acronyms

Real Crusades History

Dear TIA,

A couple of years ago I found a great YouTube Channel called Real Crusades History, which debunks a lot of the Protestant myths about the Medieval Era and also speaks on why the Crusades were considered moral and justified. His name is J. Stephen Roberts and here is a link to his site.

I would like to know better if his points are all valid and useful.



TIA responds:

Dear J.N.,

Thank you for sending us this link. The Internet has become so large that it is difficult to keep track of relatively new websites. This is the first time Real Crusades History has been recommended to us. .

At first glance it looks very scholarly and well-oriented. We hope this positive opinion continues and that we can exchange articles with it.


      TIA correspondence desk


On Our Lady of Good Success

To Whom It May Concern,

May the Lord give you His peace. A priest friend of mine sent me the two YouTube videos of Dr. Marian Horvat on Our Lady of Good Success. Thank you. Two questions:
  1. Is there a transcript of the talk(s) available to read?

  2. Where exactly is the prophecy that the Franciscan Order must take over responsibility for the Convent in Ecuador? My priest friend mentioned the OFMs; I told him I am a CFR.
     Thank you and God bless you.

     Fr. Antonio Maria Diez de Medina, CFR


TIA responds:

Rev. Fr. Diez de Medina,

We will answer your two questions:
  1. No, we don't have the script of Dr. Horvat's talks  in those videos.

    But we can tell you that all the information in Dr. Horvat's videos was taken from the diocesan-approved book The Admirable Life of Mother Mariana, (Volumes 1 and 2), written in 1790 by Fr. Manuel Pereira, available here.

  2. The prophecy about the Franciscans returning to govern the Convent is in Volume 1 (chap. 22, pp. 142-143) and Volume 2 (chap. 14, pp. 212-214; see also chap. 16, pp. 237-239). To date this has not come to pass, since the Convent is still under the Archdiocese of Quito.
Fr. Pereira was confessor to the Convent sisters, had access to their Archives, and died in the odor of sanctity. The books were used for the process of canonization of Mother Mariana, and found worthy of belief.

You may benefit from perusing our page on Our Lady of Good Success here.


     TIA correspondence desk


Inquiry on Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

Dear TIA,

I have known for some time, at least since the 1990's, that the Church was Infiltrated by Communists &/or Freemasons. I have an old Video of the late Whistleblower, Fr. John O'Connor, "Reign of the AntiChrist."

Also, in the 1990's there was the late Dr. James Wardner, who wrote "Unholy Alliance".

All that said, one of the most known and many say a true Saint, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, appears to be another controversial figure. In appearance, like Pope JPII, he is Anti-Communist, even warning about the AntiChrist.

My question is: Was Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen a person involved with Freemasonry?

See below videos on why I ask this.
  • Watch "Some More Stuff about Bishop Fulton J. Sheen" on YouTube here;

  • Important Watch! "The Communist and Masonic Infiltration of America and the Catholic Church (full length)" here.
I look forward to your response.

Thank you!

     Prayerfully yours in Jesus and Mother Mary,


TIA responds:

Dear E.D.M.,

We do not have conditions to respond to your questions about whether Arch. Fulton Sheen was linked to Freemasonry.

We do know that he was an enthusiast of Vatican II, an admirer of Fr. Teilhard de Chardin, an ardent ecumenist and preached a doctrine regarding private property that was not very different from Socialism.

Some years ago his process of canonization was initiated. Recently the news came that Pope Francis had stopped the process. The press speculated that it was due to Arch. Sheen's involvement in the cover-up of crimes committed by pedophile priests in his Diocese.

This is all we can say to help you.


     TIA correspondence desk


Abbreviations & Acronyms

Dear Sir or Madam,

From time to time I look at your website and find things of interest.

One current item I find confusing because, though I have an English degree from one of the best colleges of one of our best universities here in England, I cannot understand the code word “SSPX”.

Might one recommend to you a rule that is observed by the best organisations here in England? That abbreviations should be used very sparingly and in any one document or piece of writing should always be explained the first time used.

You might do well to read the following from Victor Klemperer’s The Language of the Third Reich:

“Abbreviation is an entirely artificial coinage, and as much a product of the people as Esperanto... Whenever a union, organization or party is involved there will be an abbreviation at hand... No linguistic style prior to Hitler’s Germany had made such an exorbitant use of this form... The modern contraction always appears with... new organisations. And in line with its claim to totality Nazism brought new technology and new organisations into everything. Hence the immense number of abbreviations.”

Klemperer was, as you probably know, a German Jew who survived the Second World War. I have seen the claim that the first abbreviation to be used throughout the world was “Nazi” and the second was “Gestapo”.

Happy Feast Day today.

God bless you and your organisation,

     Yours in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,


TIA responds:

Dear Mr. E.H.,

Thank you for your message and suggested rule. We agree with you: It is a very good practice to explain to the reader  an abbreviation or an acronym the first times it appears in a text.

SSPX stands for Society of Saint Pius X. The priestly society is normally referred to as the SSPX in  traditionalist/conservative milieus of the U.S. (United States). It is very common in these circles to refer to other similar organizations by their acronyms: FSSP - Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (from the Latin: Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Petri - FSPV - Fraternity of Saint Pius V - to name just two others.

So, we lament that in other milieus in the U.K. (United Kingdom), you are not as familiar with this acronym as we traditionalist Americans are. We will try to follow your recommendation as much as possible.

Regarding the claim you presented about the use of acronyms, however, we believe that it is incorrect to affirm that abbreviations originated as referring to Nazis. In the Middle Ages the calligraphy in manuscripts and illuminations used them frequently.

Further, the two Great Catholic Religious Orders - the Benedictines (OSB, Ordo Sancti Benedicti) and the Carmelites (OC or OCarm - Ordo Carmelitarum) - used abbreviations, as well as the two Minor Orders - Dominicans (OP, Ordo Praedicatorum) and Franciscans (OFM, Ordo Fratrum Minorum) - and so on.

You may read here about the constant Catholic practice of using acronyms to refer to Orders, Congregations, Institutes of Consecrated Life or Societies of Apostolic Life, as well as titles of profession and of honor.

We wish a Blessed Advent to you and yours.


     TIA correspondence desk


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Posted December 10, 2020

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