In 1604-05, thirteen Roman Catholic conspirators worked on their plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in an attempt to overthrow the Protestant monarchy of King James I and install a Catholic monarch. The Gunpowder Plot was discovered on November 5, 1605 and the conspirators, including Guy/Guido Fawkes, the munitions expert (illustration above), were arrested. The foiling of the plot has been celebrated in Britain as Guy Fawkes Night every year since then. In a hat tip to religious correctness, the celebration is now officially referred to as “Bonfire Night.” Colonists brought the celebration to America as “Pope’s Night” with the burning of effigies of the pope and mobs of “Protestant” ruffians looking for Catholics to harass. With the start of the American Revolutionary War, General George Washington discouraged the observance in deference to potential French-Catholic allies in Quebec and Paris. I don’t condone any religious violence, but the British and early-American Protestants of that era were keenly aware that the pope and Catholic monarchs had no compunctions about persecuting Protestants. Were the Jesuits involved in the Gunpowder Plot? A direct connection was strongly suspected (the night was also referred to as “Jesuit Night” by some), but never proven. TRIVIA: Our word “guy,” used to designate a strange, unfamiliar person, actually stems from the infamous Guy Fawkes.
This article confirms that the Vatican is using the RCC’s church-wide 2021-2024 “Synod on Synodality” initiative to move the church forward towards eventually embracing practicing S&G-ites as fully-accepted members.
In an unprecedented measure, New York State has assigned an independent, former high-ranking F.B.I. official to the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo to oversee the diocese’s compliance with strict protocols aimed at eliminating sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests and any hierarchical cover-up. This should have been done decades ago in hundreds of U.S. Catholic dioceses when the priest sexual abuse scandal first broke, but city and state officials of the past worked hand-in-glove with the RC hierarchy.
Roman Catholicism’s celibacy rule for clergy has both attracted and fostered deviancy. In 2021, a conservative Catholic source reported many Catholic priests use the gay hookup app, GRINDR (see here). It’s ironic that Francis warns priests and nuns about using porn, but propagates spiritual wickedness with his church’s false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit.
A small but vocal faction of young Catholic “rad-trads” are calling for a return to pre-conciliar Catholic militantism.
Conservative Catholic pundits on EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network), especially Raymond Arroyo with his “World Over” program, regularly criticize progressive pope Francis, and the Vatican is definitely not pleased.
This interesting article points out that Martin Luther may not have used nails to attach his 95 theses to the Wittenberg Castle Church door as has been popularly portrayed. Also, the reclamation of the New Testament Gospel wasn’t full-blown on October 31, 1517 as many assume, but the Holy Spirit was working, working, working.