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KISS, Ordinariate Masses & Metric System

KISS & Royalty

Dear TIA,


I noticed your picture of KISS with Swedish royalty. The article is entirely correct but, sadly, I see nothing wrong with the picture in the sense that everything in it matches: satanic rock group posing with a family that has handed itself over to the same camp.

They certainly don't look royal as she's dressed in vulgar fashion, he looks like he's ready to rake leaves on the lawn at best, and the child has no clue as to what is going on. The couple sees nothing wrong whereas individuals educated in this sort of thing would not only be dressed properly, they'd not even be there to begin with.

If the royal couple were dressed properly and really stood out from the monsters they are with then perhaps there might be more scandal. Shows that there is no difference between royalty and the commoner in that area and there certainly is no hint of any majesty with a so-called prince and princess.

No different than many mainstream Catholic priests who wear ordinary clothing when out and about and thus command no respect when in public.



Savage Goes Wild


There are references to TIA in the article below.

Sadly Dr. Savage apparently buys into the discredited “Black Legend” of the Spanish Inquisition. In his newest best-selling book, God, Faith, and Reason, the conservative commentator makes such outrageous statements as “Either you believed in what Catholics believed in or they killed you … They were very similar to Isis.”

Read: Michael Savage likens the Roman Catholic Church to Isis!

     Frank M. Rega


Ordinariate Mass


I live in a city where, apart from the Ordinariate Mass, the only other services are the Novus Ordo Missae. I would have to drive 4 hours each way to attend a TLM. The Ordinariate Mass is a hybrid of some parts of the TLM, the Novus Ordo Missae and some prayers from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer.

It's a dialogue Mass with lots of singing thus not a moment of silence for contemplation or private prayer. As a reader of traditionalist blogs, it disturbs me that the Ordinariate service is recommended as an alternative to attending a NO Mass. I've stopped going to the Ordinariate as I truly feel it's not an authentic Mass.

Am I right or being led astray? I'm a widow of 70 years of age and live alone.

     Thank you


TIA responds:


For those readers who do not know this rite, Ordinariate masses were born from a permission given by John Paul II and reinforced by Benedict XVI to Anglicans who converted to the Catholic Faith to conserve some of their Anglican rites. So, the converted Anglican “priest” is re-ordained as Catholic priest, and then is allowed to say a mass that is a mixture of Novus Ordo and their old liturgical practices.

The congregations of these converted Anglicans are called Ordinariates. The masses they say take their name from these organizations. In the world there are three Ordinariates of this type, one is in the United States.

We praise you, D.R., for ceasing to attend this mass. If the Novus Ordo in itself has a strong flavor of Protestantism and for this reason should be avoided, this new blend of Conciliar liturgy with Anglican liturgies seems to us still worse and, for greater reason, should not be attended.

There is an old rule of the Church that dispenses us from the Mass obligation if we have to drive more that 45 minutes to reach our goal, which is considered a “grave injury.” For more on “grave injury” read here. This dispensation would apply to your case.

We hope these data will help you.


     TIA correspondence desk


Metric System

Dear TIA,

It's always a pleasure to write and look at your pages.

I just wanted to share my opinion on the Metric System for your Web site. I believe the Metric System is no different than the French Revolutionary calendar, which tried to abolish the 7-day cycle and replace it with 10-day weeks. The Metric System has tried to universalize weights and measures under apparently good auspices, but I see it as just another attack on tradition.

For hundreds if not thousands of years, each nation had its own standards of weights and measures, which formed a charming component of its culture, as important as its language, political system, etc. I am convinced that the near-universal "Metrication" is the first step in the globalist, Babel-esque aim to unite the world under one language, one government... one religion.

I understand the esteemed Mr. Guimarães comes from a nation that uses the Metric System currently (whether it used that system when he was a young boy, I do not know). Contrariwise, Dr. Horvat comes from a nation that, thanks be to God, has not yet given in to this Metric mania, and retains the traditional American variant of imperial measurements.

So, I cannot help but ask TIA to offer its insights on the Metric System. Would you think me correct in condemning it for its ulterior intentions?



"For the true friends of the people are neither revolutionaries nor innovators but traditionalists." - Pius X


TIA responds:

Dear M.J.W.,

We believe you are correct. The English/American system of inches/feet/miles is more organic than the metric system artificially imposed by Napoleon in France and in his fugacious Empire. From France it spread all over the world. This was an act of despotism against many organic local different systems of measurements. On this point we agree with you.

There are, however, some fields wherein the metric system revealed itself to be much more accurate than the English system and became almost indispensable. These include, for example, the field of surgery, especially heart surgery, which demands very precise and easy to report measurements. For these measurements the decimal or metric system is better. Medicine and microbiology employ it even in the United States, although maintaining the feet/inch system for normal life.

We do not believe that, because we are traditionalists, we should deny the advantages of the decimal system in these fields.

So, here you have our answer: In principle, you are right; in practice, we should not reject what is making life easier in many fields of professional work.


     TIA correspondence desk


Cupich in Chinatown


This is Cardinal Cupich. In the first picture, we see him inside the church of St. Teresa in Chinatown blessing a monster that represents a lion.

In the others, he is concelebrating a Mass on an altar with various pagan symbols. According to what I understand, the dragon, which dominates the front of the altar, represents good luck. The two black and gold labyrinths placed at each end of the altar symbolize something they call the "flow of cosmic forces" that one must try to balance, but it always ends the same way: a dark existence in the underworld. The incense burner on the side of the altar is to offer appeasement for the suffering souls of the ancestors, a pagan animistic practice.

We also see Cupich distributing red envelopes to attendees.

According to my research, these red envelopes delivered on the eve of the Chinese New Year represent energy, happiness and good luck.

     Fr. P.A.

Cardinal Cupich at Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown

Posted January 9, 2018

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