VOL. 5, NO. 1
January/February 2002

Dear Readers:

This issue of The Defender contains two articles, which we consider to be extremely appropriate for the Lenten season. One article written by Kurt Barragan, a law student in England, relates to the actual sacrifice on the Cross by Jesus to atone for our sins in fulfillment of Scriptural teaching. It really emphasizes the sacrificial nature of the Mass, instead of the ‘modernist’ emphasis on it being only a ‘meal’. We look forward to Kurt contributing additional articles in the future.

Juan Rodriguez, from New York City, another college student, also wrote about the Cross, but from a slightly different angle. He explains why we should have a Crucifix in our Churches, and not a ‘resurrected Christ’ type of cross which is used by so many Churches in our country. New instructions for the celebration of the Mass are expected to be released soon and address this same question. We will cover the new instructions completely when they become published. I wonder how our ‘modernist’ priests and bishops will interpret and use these instructions in their parishes and dioceses after the Magisterium puts these instructions into effect. I’m sure it will be interesting!

John Burke has written a comprehensive piece on the insidious aims of the group calling itself Catholics For a Free Choice. I am sure you will be surprised, after you read the article, how they have the sheer audacity to call themselves Catholic. They are deeply entrenched in our Church; just as deeply entrenched as the ‘Call To Action’ group, who also profess the same beliefs, all of which are antithetical to correct Church teaching. Popes have forbid similar teachings down through the ages under the threat of their proponents being declared anathema.

Our Saint in this issue is Marcel Callo, who was born in Rennes, France in 1921, and died in a German prison camp in 1945. He was deeply involved with his Catholic Faith, and was put into the prison camp because he was: “...too much a Catholic”. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II October 4, 1987.

Jim Fritz continues his documentary on the ‘hidden agenda’ of those who would destroy our Church by nibbling away at her very fundamental truths, similar to the way termites do, so as to eventually cause the building to fall in on itself. We, at The Defender, do not take this threat lightly. It is a self-evident fact, when you assemble all of their false teaching in one volume, and compare it to true Church teaching.

We also have included a prayer for priests, which we should all recite daily. All priests are in need of our prayers. Our Blessed Mother prays for them, and so should we!

Continuing on the Apologetics theme, I have addressed the Blessed Mother, and the Holy Rosary. Not only other religious denominations, but also many of our own priest try to stifle the recitation of the Rosary or ridicule or demean those of us who have a devotion to Mary, the Mother of God, expressed by praying the Rosary. The Rosary is a complete history of the life of Jesus, from birth to death, and is founded on Scriptural teaching. Why do some priests try to demean its importance in our lives?

Our articles on apologetics will continue to cover much of our Catholic Faith. Documentation will always be provided, so as to deter those who would falsely have you believe that it is only our opinion! If you desire the documentation, just ask, and we will supply it to you, exactly as Rome wrote it!

We must all stand firm, with our arms locked in the unity for which Jesus prayed in John 17:21.

Stand and Defend Your Faith!

Jim Fritz

CC Most Reverend Bishop Bernard W. Schmitt
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