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Sandals for Church?


I have a simple question. Are sandals appropriate for Sunday church? Specifically, nice looking sandals not flip flops. I have attached a picture of what I mean.

     Thanks for your time.



Dr. Horvat responds:

Hello T.D.,

Thank you for your consideration in asking your question.

I am assuming that, because you addressed us here at TIA, you would like a counter-revolutionary response.

Prior to the casual dress introduced by the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s, sandals or other types of open-toed shoe were not considered appropriate footwear for Mass or any other formal occasions.

Showing the toes, a prosaic part of the human body, or decorating the nails with polishes and flower decals to draw attention to the toes, was considered awkward at least, uncomely certainly, inappropriate for Mass, definitely.

The same criteria applied to sleeveless dresses or short-sleeved shirts for men.

We believe it is good to hold with these pre-Cultural Revolution standards of dress.

Therefore, simply put: No, sandals – nice looking or flip-flops – are not appropriate for Sunday Church.


     Marian T. Horvat, Ph.D.


My Experience about the March for Life


Re: The 2019 March for Life, an Ecumenical Woodstock

I used to attend this event in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. At that time the March was primarily Catholic. Very, very few Protestants or schismatics, e.g. Eastern Orthodox. As concerns the 'filth' of the latrines, nothing new there. Devout Catholics like me typically attended early Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, had breakfast afterwards, met with priests, sometimes bishops and then took a personal break before heading to the march. The speakers on the PA systems were typically; but not exclusively Catholic.

There are a number of reasons why I do not attend this event anymore. First of all, the media always discounts severely the number of attendees and instead typically gives more coverage to abortion/ pro-choice activities also occurring that day. Second, when we marched to the Congressional building to visit our senators and congressmen, typically they were "out of town". Only a few pro-life politicians were available, that is, very few. Lastly, I learned that the bishops never truly confronted the abortion clinics where murder occurs.

I, like my compadres, stood outside the abortion clinic in Falls Church, Virginia, on a Saturday morning at 6 a.m. doing the Rosary and awaiting women coming for an abortion with the hope of intervening. The abortion services typically started between 7 and 7:30 a.m. and ended by 9:30 a.m. No bishop and rarely any priests attended, though the parish, St. James was only a block away. And we put up with so much mistreatment and listened to continual profanity and blasphemy by the "security guards". Only when the facility closed around 10 a.m. did a bishop show up. We were about to leave. Totally useless and perfunctory effort by the prelates.

Regardless, once in a while, thank God, we succeeded in the intervention.

I also so how our doctors who provided pro-life services were intimidated and even threatened with loosing their licenses or even arrest. I saw how our service providers were denied a lease for a room/ apartment for unwed mothers-to-be; even though we guaranteed payment of the lease. I saw how police would occasionally arrest some of us who only stood momentarily in the driveway as the car with the expectant mother approached.

Yes, I saw what a real "march' was. Not this ineffectual and totally meaningless effort by all those who promote the yearly March for Life.



Kudos to El Matador

Dear TIA,

I have to compliment Mr. Guimarães for his latest answer to Fr. Purdy on the latter’s claim that the name of Our Lady of Good Success should change to Our Lady of Buen Suceso.

For me it is amazing that a man who does not speak Spanish pretends to be a judge on what is the best translation from Spanish to English. Guimarães’ refutation shows that Fr. Purdy was bluffing in his videos and sermons, which reveals that he is a dishonest crook. The fact that he wears a cassock does not absolve him; on the contrary, it makes the farce still graver.

In my opinion, if the Superiors of SSPX don’t order this priest to stop the farce and offer public apologies they reveal to be part of the same fraudulent system.

Paraphrasing one of your readers: Kudos to El Matador! Guimarães killed this bull in the ring. Let another bull come for the next corrida de toros

Regarding the second part of the rebuttal, which addresses the Purification of Mary as being the central part of that Feast Day, and not the Presentation of Jesus turned toward his Passion as Fr. Purdy argued, let me offer an extra thought.

It is an observation of common sense: When a mother, any mother at any time, dedicates her recently born boy to God, she is not thinking about the death of her baby. It is non-sense to claim this. She is thanking God for having blessed her pregnancy, and she is wishing every good thing for her child. To imagine anything different is to depart from common family feelings. Given that this is true, then, the good success for a mother is the birth of her child.

I am following with interest the analyses about Quito/SSPX. Guimarães is opening for the public a can of worms, which is revealing the true face of the SSPX. Each installment is a new bomb.

Keep up the good work.

     In Domina,

     Patrick Odou


Behind the SSPX Name Change of Our Lady of Good Success

God bless you, Dr. Marian!

Thank you for the excellent pictures of The Event. It should constitute the Preface to Vatican III!

Of course The Blessed Mother is Our Lady of Good Success (thank you, Atila!). However, the Modernists need to change everything, because noogenesis [the evolution of the human sphere of thoughts, according to Teilhard de Chardin] tells them that they will meet the Cosmic Christ at the Omega Point, and they will evolve into godhood.

If we can substitute the name “his” for “modernist”, we can understand Cardinal Woolsey: “No pie is spared from his ambitious finger”.

Stay well, in the hallowed halls of TIA

     In Our Lady of Good Success,

     J.S., Ph.D.


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Posted April 23, 2019

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