An Honest Bark at the World of Traditional Catholicism

08 September 2011


Sympathetic readers taxed Diogenes with nit-picking when he exposed a simpleminded CMRI priest's ignorance of the meaning of pace. The reason is simple: the Roman Catholic Church, in the good old days, sweated the "small stuff." It is a characteristic of the Roman mind. Whether She was predicating the properties of both natures of the one Person Jesus Christ or precisely explaining the post-partum perpetual virginity of our Lady, the Church was a stickler for the minutest of details. Getting it right, down to the smallest point, used to be the hallmark of Catholic scholarship and liturgical praxis. Anyone who attended a pre-Vatican II Catholic university or seminary will attest to the high standards of accuracy demanded of both the professoriate and the students.

Therefore, in today's post we offer another small (but really immense) example of the unfitness of Mater Dei and its staff to train priests. This anecdote comes to us from Europe:

On the evening before a seminary candidate boarded his flight to Omaha, a European Catholic with first-hand knowledge of Mater Dei called to warn him about the seminary's severe deficiencies as a Catholic institution of learning. Among the caller's many specific complaints was: "They don't even know how to spell Philosophy!"
Notwithstanding the friendly caution, the young man flew to Omaha. A few days after his arrival, he received the workbook for his philosophy class. Inscribed on the title page, in dark, bold-face print, the new seminarian, to his great dismay, read this disgrace to American traditional Catholicism:

Not only is the faculty beyond remediation, the Mater Dei word-processor's spell check must be permanently disabled. Mater Dei is disgraceful. Bp. Pivarunas must step down as rector, the faculty removed to country chapels, and the institution rebuilt afresh.


  1. I find it interesting that you support someone whom you claim to be the vicar of Christ on earth, but then tell yourself that you don't have to listen to him. That is something you should be writing about instead of passing yourself off as some kind of "traditionalist Catholic". You spread gossip like a shameless woman and can't even see the confusion of your own beliefs!- did I spell that right? Let me know. - John V.

  2. Or are you just rolling your tub for all to see because you lack real passion to do what's right? You are a disgusting person.

  3. I agree with everything said herein, save for one point:

    "..the faculty [must] be removed to country chapels..."

    How dare you wish such ill on the souls of country folk?

  4. I find it disgusting how you "use" the situation with Fr. Ramollo to push your agenda of destroying one of the only truly Catholic institutions in the world today. You actually do not identify in any way with any of these people on either side. You merely want to make yourself feel superior and offer nothing helpful except to dismantle their institution. You are truly guided by Satan. I "feel" sorry for you. May God forgive you and may He erase your site! Sincerely

  5. Anonymous: Nonsense.

    Did you read the post?

    Your repsonse has nothing to do with what was related therein.

  6. FIRST keep thyself in peace, and then shalt thou be able to bring others to peace.

    The peaceable man does more good than one that is very learned.

    The passionate man turneth even good to evil, and readily believeth evil.

    The good peaceable man turneth all things unto good.

    He that is in perfect peace suspecteth no man.

    But he that is discontented and disturbed is agitated by various suspicions; he neither hath rest himself, nor suffereth others to rest.

    Many a time he saith what he ought not to say, and leaveth undone that which it were best for him to do.

    He considers what others ought to do, and neglecteth that which he is bound to do himself.

    Have, therefore, a zeal in the first place over thyself, and then mayst thou also justly exercise zeal towards thy neighbor.

    2. Thou knowest well how to excuse and gloss over thine own deeds, but thou wilt not accept the excuses of others.

    It were more just for thee to accuse thyself, and to excuse thy brother.

    If thou wishest to be borne with, bear also with others.

    See how far thou yet art from true charity and humility; which knoweth not how to feel anger or indignation against anyone but one's self.

    It is no great thing to associate with the good and the gentle: for this is naturally pleasing to all, and everyone preferreth peace and loveth best those that have like sentiments.

    But to be able to live peacefully with the hard and the perverse, or with the undisciplined and those who contradict us, is a great grace, and a highly commendable and manly thing.

    3. Some there are who keep themselves in peace, and have peace also with others; and there are some who neither have peace themselves, not leave others in peace; they are troublesome to others, and still more troublesome to themselves.

    And there are those who keep themselves in peace, and study to restore peace to others.

    Nevertheless, all our peace in this miserable life must be placed rather in humble endurance than in not experiencing oppositions.

    He who best knows how to endure will possess the greater peace.

    Such a one is conqueror of himself and lord of the world, the friend of Christ and an heir of Heaven.

  7. To commenter #2, Diogenes replies: Laissez les bons tonneaux rouler!

    To commenter #3: Diogenes meant no offense to country folk: he recommended the "professor" to their care because they are so tolerant and charitable that they will accommodate the deficiencies of "the farmer priest."

    1. I live in the country and I would be thrilled to have the good and holy CMRI priests in our midst.

  8. What doth it profit thee to dispute deeply about the Trinity, if thou be wanting in humility, and so be displeasing to the Trinity?

    In truth, sublime words make not a Saint and a just man; but it is a virtuous life that maketh one dear to God.

    I would rather feel compunction, than know how to define it.

    If thou didst know the whole Bible outwardly, and the sayings of all the philosophers, what would it all profit thee without charity and the grace of

    Vanity of vanities, and all is vanity, but to love God and serve Him alone.

    This is the highest wisdom, by despising the world, to make progress towards the kingdom of Heaven.

    4. It is vanity, therefore, to seek perishing riches, and to trust in them.

    Vanity also it is, to court honors, and to lift up one's self on high.

    Vanity is it to follow the desires of the flesh, and to desire that for which hereafter there must be a heavy penalty.

    Vanity is it to wish a long life, and take but little pains about a good life.

    Vanity is it to attend only to the present life, and not to look forward to the things that are to come.

    It is vanity to love what is passing away with all speed, and not to be hastening thither where endless joy abideth.

    5. Oftentimes call to mind the proverb: "The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor is the ear filled with hearing."

    Study, therefore, to wean thy heart from love of visible things, and to betake thee to the things unseen; for they that follow the pleasures of their senses sully their conscience and lose the grace of God.

  9. Are you sure that they spelled it "Phylosofy". How do we know that they made this mistake in spelling. They can always correct spelling but poor theology damns one to Hell. I would prefer to tolerate a few misspelled words that a trip to Hell.
    God Bless/

  10. This webpage serves no noble purpose. God bless Bishop Pivarunas and the CMRI priests, brothers, and seminarians.

    1. Amen, Amen. CMRI are the hardest working priests in the world. And uncompromisingly catholic.

  11. You are a gnat-strainer. The whole world is about to come crashing down, and you comment on a spelling mistake. In the emergency situation we are in (and have been in since 1958) we need holy priests who love God and help save souls.

    Tell me -- do you love God? And are you helping to save souls by such an inane post? As for me, I would rather practice charity than to know how to spell it!

    1. Ha! I published "strain at the gnat" before I read your post. 😊

  12. What is the matter with you? You strain at the gnat. CMRI are good and holy catholics. Slander is a grave matter.

  13. I'm a copyeditor, and I can straighten this out for you. "Phylosophy" is a perfectly valid alternative spelling of "philosophy". Daniel Defoe, the author of Robinson Crusoe used it in his writing. There are countless other instances of this of this because this spelling was used for at least a few hundred years. So, yes, they do know how to spell "philosophy"; they simply chose to use the alternate, which is still valid today. Nice try.