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Knock, Cremation & Gang Tactics

Apparition of Knock & the Mass


The connections Gregory Johnson makes in his articles regarding the apparition of Our Lady of Knock with La Salette, and especially with Lourdes and Fatima, could not be much more striking. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is essential in these appearances of Mary. Even at Guadalupe Juan Diego was on his way to Mass when she first appeared to him. Melanie's secret at La Salette begins with the priesthood and Mass.

The theophany of Our Lady to Sr. Lucy in 1929 was what some consider the most profound divine manifestation since the one to Moses on Mount Sinai and clearly has the Catholic Mass as the central theme. Thirty-three years later we got the '62 Mass Missal with butchered Holy Week liturgical services. The word Massabielle – the grotto where the apparition took place – concerning the Lourdes apparition can be translated either as old mass or ancient rock.

There are those who say and have said - take away the Papacy then you can take away the Mass.



Interest in Angels & Mary in Nigeria


Thank you for your great answers to my questions about the Angels. Initially, I did not understand until God opened my mind to understand how divine things work especially on the need to go through Mother Mary for quick answers to prayer.

With so many false teachings out there leading people astray, your organization is really doing a great job in the ''The Great Commission'' task by Jesus Christ.

Thank you once again!

     E.E., Nigeria


Is Cremation Catholic?

Dear Dr. Horvat,

I have always appreciated your clear explanations and logic in your articles. I trust your answer’s as being the source of the true Catholic faith.

My goal in this life is to live an authentic Catholic life as taught by Jesus to His Apostles and then handed down to us before the changes made by Vatican II. As my understanding of the true Catholic faith grows I then want to teach them to my family.

My question is: can you explain the correct way a Catholic should dispose of one’s remains? It seems to me before Vatican II a Catholic who died would have a wake or viewing, have a Priest attend and lead the people in reciting five decades of the Most Holy Rosary, then possibly have a Mass, and then a graveside service with the body interred or buried in consecrated ground.

Today I find that many Catholics prefer cremation for disposing of one’s body after death and either have one’s ashes scattered over some significant place in their life, placed in an urn and put on a shelf, or interred in a Niche in a cemetery. I’ve noticed many Catholic Cemeteries have Columbarium’s with niches for interring ones ashes. I thought cremation would only be performed in extreme circumstances, for example if there are hundreds of dead bodies because of a plague.

What is the Catholic custom for disposing of one’s body after death?

     Dominus vobiscum,


Dr. Horvat responds:

Dear R.T.,

Thank you for your kind words.

TIA published a response to a similar question on cremation, which sets out the Catholic doctrine on the topic and our own position of opposition to this new custom, which has only been allowed since 1963 when Paul VI revoked the prohibition against it.

That response also presents some relevant history on cremation, showing how this practice is linked with Paganism, Pantheism and Freemasonry, all of which do not believe in the resurrection of the body.

I also address the topic briefly in Part II of my series on Catholic Funeral Etiquette.

I believe that the phrasing of your question itself confirms the bad results of Paul VI's revolutionary concession to Freemasonry by allowing cremation for Catholics. You ask: What is the Catholic custom for disposing of one’s body after death?

The body has come to be considered as a kind of waste material to be "disposed of." This opposes Catholic doctrine, which teaches that the body is vessel of the Holy Spirit. Since man is made in the image and likeness of God, his body has a sacral element, which is why it is important that man should show due respect to it in life by dressing and carrying oneself well, and maintaining civilized manners and good hygiene. Likewise, in death the body should be duly respected and honored, and a whole etiquette for Catholic funerals and burials grew up to meet these exigencies.

A half century ago no Catholic would have conceived of the body as something "to be disposed of." He would have understood that, in death, the body rested in the earth, awaiting a final resurrection at the Last Judgment, to be united, then, with the soul to enjoy the eternal reward in Heaven or suffer punishment in Hell.

Since Vatican II, Catholics have adopted the thinking and terminology of the modern world; we have begun to consider the body as something to get rid of, preferably the easiest and cheapest way possible. This is a materialist spirit, and one that we should reject as Catholics.

I hope this is of some help to you.


     Dr. Marian T. Horvat


New Gang Tactics to Harass Drivers


Perhaps your readers, especially ladies, will benefit from reading these warnings issued by the Attorney General of Michigan.

It is never too much to be cautious…

Important Information about Driving

A message from the office of Attorney General State of Michigan:

Warning 1

While driving on a rural end of the roadway on Thursday morning, I saw an infant car seat on the side of the road with a blanket draped over it.

For whatever reason, I did not stop, even though I had all kinds of thoughts running through my head. But when I got to my destination, I called the Canton PD and they were going to check it out. But, this is what the Police advised even before they went out there to check...

"There are several things to be aware of... Gangs and thieves are now plotting different ways to get a person (mostly women) to stop their vehicle and get out of the car.

There is a gang initiation reported by the local Police Department where gangs are placing a car seat by the road... with a fake baby in it.... waiting for a woman, of course, to stop and check on the abandoned baby.

Note that the location of this car seat is usually beside a wooded or grassy (field) area and the person - woman - will be dragged into the woods, beaten and raped, and usually left for dead. If it's a man, they're usually beaten and robbed and maybe left for dead, too.

Do not stop for any reason! Dial 911 and report what you saw, but don't even slow down.

Warning 2

Oh yea, about the eggs.

If you are driving at night and eggs are thrown at your windshield, do not stop to check your car, do not operate the wipers and do not spray any water because eggs mixed with water become milky, and block your vision up to 92.5%, and you are, then, forced to stop beside the road and become a victim of these criminals.

This is a new technique used by gangs, so please inform your friends and relatives.

These are desperate times and these are unsavory individuals who will take desperate measures to get what they want.

Please talk to your loved ones about this. This is a new tactic being used. Please be safe.

Warning 3

It was about 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon, and Lauren was driving to visit a friend. An unmarked police car pulled up behind her and put his lights on. Lauren’s parents have always told her to never pull over for an unmarked car on the side of the road, but rather to wait until they get to a gas station, etc.

Lauren had actually listened to her parents’ advice, and promptly called 911 on her cell phone to tell the police dispatcher that she would not pull over right away. She proceeded to tell the dispatcher that there was an unmarked police car with a flashing red light on his rooftop behind her. The dispatcher checked to see if there were police cars where she was and there weren't, and he told her to keep driving, remain calm and that he had back up already on the way.

Ten minutes later 4 cop cars surrounded her and the unmarked car behind her. One policeman went to her side and the others surrounded the car behind. They pulled the guy from the car and tackled him to the ground. The man was a convicted rapist and wanted for other crimes.

Especially for a woman alone in a car, you should not pull over for an unmarked car. Apparently police have to respect your right to keep going onto a safe place.


Blason de Charlemagne
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Posted April 14, 2016

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