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Coronation, Helplessness & ‘Infiltrators’

St. Dismas


Re: "Who Will Stand Up for Me against Evildoers?

"The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In some way it sheds light on His Passion for us. There was a moment when He was abandoned by the Apostles themselves and had only Our Lady, the Holy Women and St. John the Evangelist at His side."

My Humble Comment:According to Mary of Agreda, Saint Dismas was the last disciple of Jesus Christ, so not only Our Lady, the Holy Women and St. John the Evangelist were at His side, but also Saint Dismas.




Charles III’s Coronation

Dear TIA,

Is it okay to watch King Charles' coronation?

As a traditionalist Catholic is it okay to watch the coronation of King Charles since in Code of Canon Law of 1917 commands us to not attend non-Catholic services and that Anglican Orders are invalid?

I have watched videos of Queen Elizabeth's coronation.

     R.B., Philippines

TIA responds:

Dear R.B.,

To watch a film or look at a picture of a ceremony is not to attend that religious ceremony. We do not believe the mentioned Canon applies to this case.

Besides, since the King of England takes on the roles of both temporal Monarch and head of the Anglican sect, one may watch his coronation as an English Monarch, not as an Anglican leader. Here the principle of double effect applies.

The same would apply to the King of Thailand or the Emperor of Japan, who also assume religious roles with their temporal roles.


     TIA correspondence desk


Learned Helplessness

Dear TIA,

Psychologist Martin Seligman discovered that “learned helplessness” occurs when an animal is repeatedly subjected to an aversive stimulus that it cannot escape. Eventually, the animal will stop trying to avoid the stimulus and behave as if it is utterly helpless to change the situation. Even when opportunities to escape are presented, this learned helplessness will prevent any action.

Phase One In the first phase of the learned helplessness experiment, Seligman placed a dog on an electrical grid, shocked the dog and noted that the dog would demonstrate the ability to escape the aversive stimulus.

Phase Two In the second phase, the dog was barricaded on the grid and was unable to escape the painful shocks. Eventually the dog laid down and passively accepted the shock.

Phase Three Seligman then removed the barricades and the dog could have easily escaped the shocks. However, the dog, conditioned by the prior set of events, simply laid down and accepted the shocks, without mounting any resistance whatsoever.

This is the present day situation of Catholics in California. It is also, sad to say the position of most Catholics everywhere today.

We accept every new shock from Francis with barely a whimper or we just ignore it. There is the need to resist, as you pointed out more than 20 years ago in your We Resist You to the Face stament.

May more and more of the faithful wake up follow that example and leave the grid.

     Viva Cristo Rey!



Guns & Climate Change

Dear TIA,

I believe this comparison [below] made in 2012 is still timely.

It shows that the “woke” narrative that crimes would diminish if Americans would have fewer guns is not objective. To have guns, actually, deters crime a great deal.

A friend recently sent me this graphic with its amusing ironic conclusion.

I believe you will find some use for it.

Keep up the good work.


"Climate change causes murders"


Sisters of Charity

Dear TIA,

Ave Maria Purissima!

The foundation at Caen in Northern France was the first asylum run by the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity. This order was, as it were, the “mother” of the Good Shepherd order.

I have been reading the instructions given to the Sisters by Saint Jean Eudes who founded the order. One of them is quite fascinating. He suggested the Sisters should accept girls between 10 and 12 years and prepare them for postulancy at age 18.

He even suggested a couple of areas in France whence even younger girls might be accepted because of the pious zeal of the faithful in those areas. He instructed the Sisters to dress the young girls in a white robe and white veil, to teach them Catechism, and to train them to follow the rules of the Order.

In particular he noted they should be trained in good habits of industry from the beginning. I must say I am very much in favor of accepting younger girls for Aspirancy. I cannot understand why so many orders tell girls to “get some experience of the world” and come back when they are older. I am sure many vocations are lost. Is it not preferable to have girls enter when they are pure and innocent rather than sullied by the wickedness of the world?

God bless you TIA, and I wish all your wonderful team, a restful and blessed Easter!

     Yours sincerely

     C.P., Ireland



Dear Traditional Catholic friends,

The latest update on the attack taking place against the Traditional Latin Mass features Pope Francis referring to Traditional Catholics as "infiltrators." Let this sink in for a moment.

Since when do Catholics seeking to preserve a sacred tradition get branded like cattle with a malevolent label like this? This only happens when the messenger, in this case, Pope Francis sadly, is being highly divisive while claiming to aim for unity in the Church!

As you may know, the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) is under attack by Pope Francis. Traditionis Custodes and the Rescriptum ex Audientia issued by Pope Francis are brazen attempts to ban the Mass of the Ages. These recent actions taken against the Traditional Mass are just the latest in a long line of abuses of power from the Vatican.

Now, as a result, more than 330 diocesan Latin Mass communities are at risk of losing the Traditional Mass. We cannot permit this to happen.

We are the Chicago, IL based tax-exempt 501(c)3 charitable organization that has been successfully raising funds for the legal defense of cancelled Catholic priests. We have been operating nationally for five (5) years since March, 2018.

Our new mission is to preserve the Latin Mass by helping to place cancelled priests in hundreds of diocesan communities throughout America. Masses will be offered in non-parish locations wherever possible.

We have decided to take this bold action to preserve the Latin Mass, but we cannot be effective without your help. We need your support to achieve this worthy goal.

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Posted April 18, 2023

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