Arkansas At Last (and Tennessee, and more of Missouri)
My seven-year-long (2006-2012) Mega Tour has already hit 76 cities since it started last year. (For the complete list so far, click here.) I just finished, less than a week ago, a sweep of 8 cities in 6 days (Oct 18-23) throughout eastern PA, New Jersey, and Delaware. That was shortly after a ten-day trip (Sept 29-Oct 8) throughout western PA and Michigan, which in turn followed hard on the heels of a six-day tour (Sept 11-16) of West Virginia, Louisville KY, and Indianapolis IN.
When I spoke in Indianapolis, by the way (on Saturday, September 15), my six-hour-long version of the mega tour's message of "Consistent vs. Counterfeit Catholicism" (on weeknights I can only give a single-talk abridgement of this fuller presentation, followed by Q & A) was both audiotaped and videotaped. You can now order this set of 5 audiotapes in a vinyl album for only $35 plus $5 shipping and handling (first class) -- a great Christmas gift for any family or friends who've been bamboozled by Vatican II or Benedict XVI. (A version of this on 6 audio CDs should be available soon, and the videos are being edited and also should be available soon on a 2-disc DVD set; hopefully both the CDs and DVDs will be available in time for Christmas.) To order this 5-tape set, of which we've already sold many copies, please send a check or money order for $40 to Biblical Foundations International, PO Box 569, Dunmore PA 18512, or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax (570-969-1725), or phone in (570-969-1724) your credit card number and expiration date, and we'll put a set in the mail to you the next business day.
But it's time to hit the road again in less than a week, to bring the Mega Tour, at long last, to Arkansas -- one of the only two states where I've not yet spoken in my 17-year-long career as a full-time traveling Catholic apologist. (That leaves as-yet-untouched only Alaska, where I hope to speak next summer, God willing.) On my way to Arkansas I will complete my sweep of Missouri (I spoke in Kansas City last April) by speaking in St. Louis and Springfield, and after speaking in my three Arkansas locations I will sweep the entire state of Tennessee (Memphis, Nashville -- where I haven't been since I served from 1991 to 1992 as full-time professor of theology at Aquinas College -- Chattanooga, and Knoxville). My November 6-16 trip will conclude with a FREE public lecture in Virginia Beach, Virginia countering the Southern Poverty Law Center's aggressive contention that traditional Christian theology, in teaching that the New Covenant supersedes the Old, inevitably promotes anti-Semitism. (It doesn't.)
See the "Upcoming Events" section of this website for exact dates and locations of all these events. As with every segment of my mega tour, this will be my LAST speaking tour EVER of these areas, and may well be, therefore, the only chance for people living there to hear this urgent talk (described below) in person.
For those who can't hear my "live" presentation, allow me to reiterate here, once again, a summary of what my talk, "Counterfeit Catholicism: Why Vatican II, the New Mass, and Benedict XVI Are Not What They Claim to Be" is all about. Because I truly believe to be the most important talk I have ever given in my entire life, I am continually updating, refining, and adding new elements to it in the attempt to provide everything necessary to help the audience understand the magnitude of the current crisis in Catholicism, the worst ever in the 2,000-year history of the Church.
My message, summed up in one sentence, is that a) the Catholic Faith and the Catholic Church are the one true Faith and the one true Church, outside of which there is no salvation (as both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition repeatedly affirm and as the Sacred Magisterium, or teaching office, of the Church has infallibly defined many times), but that b) that authentic Catholic Faith and that authentic Catholic Church are no longer found at the local parish, in the local diocese, or even ruling from Rome in our day.
I know from long experience that many people's initial reaction to this message is, "But God wouldn't let this happen!" In my talk, therefore, I thoroughly demonstrate that, in fact, God already HAS let this happen several times before in Church history (though never on such a sweeping scale as today), and that God repeatedly warned us that He would let it happen again in the last days, this time on an unprecedented global scale.
Fact #1: The Vatican II Church, though it has much in common with the Catholic Church, does teach doctrines, offer worship and sacraments, and promulgate laws that have all been previously condemned by the Catholic Church as being fundamentally incompatible with the Catholic Faith.
Because there is no salvation outside of Christ (John 14:6, Acts 4:12, 1 John 5:12), and to be "in Christ" means, in Biblical terms, to be in His Mystical Body, there is thus no salvation outside of the Roman Catholic Church (extra ecclesiam nulla salus), which is Christ's Mystical Body, nor is there salvation outside the Catholic Faith perennially professed by His Church. (See, for example, he Athanasian Creed's opening and closing statements.)
(Note: the Roman Catholic Church, down through Pius XII, has always unambiguously taught that She is Christ's Mystical Body; She is not merely an entity in which Christ's Mystical Body fully "subsists," so that His Body might also "subsist" -- partially but sufficiently for salvation -- in other "churches" as well. The latter is an ecclesiological novelty, and heresy, taught at Vatican II.)
Because Christ established His Mystical Body to continue His saving presence and mission in the world, and because He -- who is Prophet, Priest, and King -- indwells His Church, She thus has a three-fold mission to teach, sanctify, and govern, corresponding to His three-fold office.
To effect the salvation of His elect, Christ's Church must therefore always 1) teach the same doctrines, 2) offer the same holy sacrifice of the Mass and sacraments, and 3) enforce the same divine law until the end of time, without obscurantism, distortion, violation, or pollution. As Pius XII states in his 1943 encyclical Mystici Corporis Christi, paragraph 66, "Certainly the loving Mother [Holy Mother Church] is spotless in the Sacraments, by which she gives birth to and nourishes her children; in the faith which she has always preserved inviolate; in her sacred laws imposed upon all," and similar magisterial statements.
And yet what purports to be the Catholic Church in our day -- the entity currently in possession of the infrastructure of the Church at the parish level, the diocesan level, and in Rome itself, i.e. in possession of the "real estate" formerly owned and operated by Christ's one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church -- manifestly violates the immutable integrity of Catholicism in all three areas:
1) The Vatican II Church teaches doctrines previously condemned by the Church as being antithetical to Catholicism, such as ecumenism, religious liberty, the salvific efficacy of Talmudic Judaism and Islam, denial of the historicity of fundamental narratives of Sacred Scripture, etc, etc. (See Fact #5 below.)
2) The Vatican II Church provides worship and sacraments that flagrantly violate the two-thousand-year teaching of the Church on what constitutes worship acceptable to God and valid and efficacious for man, such as the New Mass's radically altered words of consecration, altar girls, communion in the hand, the invalid new rite of episcopal ordination, etc., etc. (See Facts #7 and 8 below.)
3) The Vatican II Church promulgates legislation that permits things previously abominated by the Church as utterly immoral, such as cremation, membership in Freemasonry, interfaith worship and attendance at non-Catholic worship, giving sacraments to non-Catholics, etc., etc.
How can this be? To assert that this is the same Church which formerly denounced and abominated these things is to attack the divine origin, the infallibility, the indefectibility, the very credibility of the Church. It is also to speak blasphemy, to indict the spotless Bride of Christ of spiritual adultery, of infidelity to her heavenly Bridegroom. To those reluctant to come to the logical conclusions which my talk demonstrates are unavoidable by the intellectually honest, I point out that the moment they admit that such things as the promotion of ecumenism, or altar girls, or communion in the hand are contrary to Catholic Tradition and are undesirable, they already concede the point that the Church which promotes these things CANNOT be the Catholic Church, since that Church would no longer be "spotless" in its teaching, worship, and laws, as Pius XII asserts the Catholic Church always has been and always will be.
Fact #2: The rise of such a counterfeit "church," successfully masquerading as the Catholic Church because a) composed of nearly all the former clergy and laity of the Catholic Church who lost their membership (and, in the case of the clergy, their offices) in the true Church by being spiritually seduced into subscribing to heresy, and b) possessing the real estate and controlling the infrastructure (chanceries, marriage tribunals, schools, colleges, universities and seminaries, publishing houses, etc.) formerly owned and operated by the true Church, has been foretold by numerous prophecies given, not only in Sacred Scripture but also by Our Lady and numerous saints -- including, Popes, Fathers, and Doctors of the Church.
In these prophecies God clearly warns us that prior to the Second Coming of Christ we will witness the greatest apostasy (falling away) of all time from the True Church and the True Faith, and that it will be so enormously successful precisely because it will be a "disguised apostasy," one in which God will permit a counterfeit Catholic Church to a) arise -- complete with counterfeit popes and a counterfeit hierarchy, a counterfeit Mass and sacraments -- and to b) persuade nearly all (Luke 18:8) the remaining Catholics to migrate, subtly and gradually -- "on the installment plan" -- from the real Catholic Church to the counterfeit one. This is exactly what has been going on over the last 50 years, as I show in my talk.
To prepare us for this Great Apostasy of the last days, God has permitted previous apostasies, crises, and schisms to trouble and test His Covenant People, His Church, down through the ages. Each of these foreshadows one or more aspects of the final apostasy, so that this final crisis would simply be the combination of all these previous crises, and would involve no element that had not already been undergone by the Church before, although in piecemeal fashion. These prophecies and types fall into several logical subdivisions:
I. Biblical Prophecies and Types
Just as God provided throughout Old Testament history various prophecies and types (foreshadowings) of His Son's first coming, and of the accompanying circumstances of that advent, so that His elect would be prepared for it, so too God in His mercy has provided, throughout the Old and New Testaments, various prophecies and types of His Son's Second Coming and of its accompanying circumstances, including the great apostasy that must precede His coming.
A. Old Testament prophecies and types
1. Prophecies: e.g., Daniel chapters 7-12, which predict the Antichrist, his attempt to suppress the true sacrifice of the Mass by replacing it with the "abomination of desolation," and the consequent apostasy of many of those professing to be the people of God. We look at other prophecies from the OT prophets as well.
2. Types: e.g., the fall of Lucifer, who was the head or "pope" of the angelic church; the fall of Adam and Eve, and in them the whole of humanity; the slaying of Abel by Cain, and the Scriptural type this provides of the persecution of the True Church by the Antichrist; the destruction of nearly the entire human race by the Flood in Noah's day, from which -- by means of the Ark, a type of the Church -- only a handful were saved, which Our Lord warns us foreshadows a similar situation at His return (Matthew 24:37); the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, whose all-too-obvious parallels to our time need no explanation; the pagan worship of the golden calf led by the high priest Aaron, the "pope" of the Old Testament church, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of Israelites; the extinction of all but two (Joshua and Caleb) of the adults of the Exodus generation during 40 years of wandering in the desert; the Babylonian Captivity, during which for 70 years the Israelites lost their Temple and the priesthood became non-functioning, so that the people were deprived of their normal "sacramental" life; the attempted imposition of syncretism by Antiochus (IV) Epiphanes and the Maccabean resistance to this; and various miscellaneous apostasies of Israel throughout their history in the Promised Land, culminating in her definitive apostasy at the time of Our Lord's first advent -- designed to be a type in many ways of His second advent -- with usurpers in both Church and State. (The high priests of Christ's day ere not descended from Zadok, nor were the Herodian dynasty descended from David, nor even of the tribe of Judah, nor were they even Jews!)
St. Paul teaches us in 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 that these various apostasies of the Old Testament era were written down for the instruction of Catholics -- especially the final generation of Catholics, those who will see the "ends of the ages."
B. New Testament prophecies (e.g., Matthew 24, Luke 18:8; 2 Thessalonians 2, the Apocalypse of St. John)
II. Extra-biblical types and prophecies
A. Types in the form of previous crises in the Church:
Here I discuss elements of the Arian crisis, the Nestorian crisis, the reign of antipopes (over 40 before the twentieth century), the Eastern Schism of 1054, the Great Western Schism, the various Protestant "Reformations" (Lutheran, Calvinist, English, etc.), the martyrdom of the clergy in the Japanese Church so that Japanese Catholics had no priests for over 200 years (and the similar situation in Korea), etc.
B. Specific prophecies of the end times
1. Our Lady's appearance and prophecies at LaSalette, France, on September 19, 1846: "In the last days, Rome itself will lose the Faith and become the seat of the Antichrist ... the Church will be in eclipse."
2. St. Nicholas of Flue (15th century): "The Church will sink deeper and deeper until she will at last seem to be extinguished, and the succession of Peter and the other Apostles will seem to have expired."
3. The vision of Pope Leo XIII in 1888 and his prayer to St. Michael (long, original version)
4. Prophecies and visions of Ven. Anne Catherine Emmerich
5. Prophecies and visions of Ven. Mary of Agreda
6. Prophecies and visions/locutions of Blessed Marie-Julie Jahenny
7. A remarkable prediction of Bishop Fulton Sheen in his 1948 book, Communism and the Conscience of the West
8. Other miscellaneous prophecies
Fact #3: The Book of Job, Pope Leo XIII's vision, and other prophecies we look at earlier in the talk make it clear that God brings about this universal apostasy by granting His enemies unprecedented access to and control over His Church, in order to bring the remnant of the end times to the ultimate testing of their Faith. The instruments of this final apostasy, under God's permissive Providence, are the long-standing plans of Talmudic Judaism, Freemasonry, Communism, Modernism, and other occult and revolutionary groups to infiltrate and subvert the Church, plans revealed in various public documents, such as the Masonic Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita, which I provide to my audiences, and which serve to corroborate what God's prophecies warn us to expect in the last days.
Fact #4: Since, as was mentioned above in Fact #2, section II.A, one of the crises the Church has had to undergo in her past is the reign of antipopes -- a feature we would therefore expect to reappear during the final crisis -- next in the talk we examine the beliefs of the men who have sat on the throne of St. Peter since the death of Pius XII in 1958: John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I & II, and Benedict XVI.
An examination of their writings, speeches, and actions readily reveals that these men were not orthodox Catholics -- even before their elections -- but modernists and manifest heretics, Freemasons, and abettors of Communism (yes, even John Paul II) and Talmudic Judaism.
As Leo XIII's 1896 encyclical Satis Cognitum, Pius XII's 1943 encyclical Mystici Corporis Christi, and many other authorities I cite clearly prove, the Church has consistently taught that anyone who knowingly embraces even a single heresy automatically severs himself from membership in the Church. That is why Pope Paul IV's 1559 bull Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio and many other authoritative statements teach that a heretic cannot be validly elected to the papacy, even if elected by the unanimous consent of all the cardinals, and even if acclaimed as pope by the whole world: one simply cannot be the head of that of which he is not even a member!
This same impossibility of membership in the Catholic Church for heretics applies also to Freemasons, Communists, and Talmudic Judaizers, by the way, so that all of these modern-day antipopes actually have several strikes against them, as stated above.
The alarming but inescapable conclusion which emerges from this is that, according to the constant teaching of the Catholic Church, John XXIII through Benedict XVI cannot be lawful successors to St. Peter, i.e. valid occupants of his papal throne. The see of Peter is thus vacant, not de facto but de jure, i.e., not actually but legally. From the Latin legal term, sede vacante ("the seat being vacant"), used by the Church to describe such a period between the previous legal papal reign and the next legal one (such a period occurs every time a pope dies, for example), the nickname "sedevacantist" has been inappropriately and inaccurately (as I show in my talk) applied to those who recognize the unlawful character of the reign of these five usurpers. (I prefer the term "consistent Catholic," for reasons I explain in the talk.)
Each of these five men is thus an example of "the Man of Lawlessness" described by St. Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2 as "sitting in the Temple of God" (i.e., the Church, which is the temple of God under the New Covenant; see, e.g., 1 Corinthians 3:16), wreaking havoc on the faithful and fomenting the Great Deception described in that chapter, one that leads nearly all Catholics into what has rightly been called the "silent apostasy" of the post-Vatican II era.
Fact #5: This in turn means that, as unlawful usurpers of the papacy, John XXIII had no authority to call, and Paul VI no authority to consummate, a lawful and valid general council of the Church. The therefore illicit and invalid council John XXIII and Paul VI did, respectively, call and conclude would not and could not enjoy the protection and infallibility of the Holy Ghost.
A careful examination of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) shows them to contain numerous errors previously condemned by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. These errors -- officially promulgated in the sixteen documents of Vatican II and eventually codified in the New Catechism of the Catholic (sic) Church promulgated by John Paul II in 1992 -- include, as their root error, a new ecclesiology (doctrine of the Church), by which the Church of Jesus Christ is no longer equated with the Catholic Church (as it is in all previous magisterial teaching) but is said rather to "subsist" in the Catholic Church, but to also be sufficiently present in heretical churches and even pagan religions so as to be able to impart salvation to practitioners of these false, diabolically-inspired religions. Flowing from this novel ecclesiology are several consequent errors, such as ecumenism; religious liberty; the ongoing validity of the Old Covenant today; the "truth, beauty, and goodness" of such blasphemous religions as Talmudic Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Voodoo, animism, etc., and too many other heresies to mention.
Vatican II's official promulgation of heresies -- something a true ecumenical council of the Church, even a "pastoral" one, is incapable of doing -- shows it to be but another "robber council" like 17 others previously condemned by the Church.
Fact #6: The Church's constant teaching is that public heresy automatically excommunicates & deposes all office holders in the Church -- up to and including even a pope -- from their offices, as we've seen in the case of a pope in fact #4 above, and as Canon 188.4 of the 1917 Code of Canon Law and other proof texts make clear.
Applying this to the bishops who signed the heretical decrees of Vatican II, we conclude that, though they may have come to the Council as bishops of the Catholic Church (some had clearly become heretics even before the council), they would nevertheless have ceased to be bishops of the true Church and instead returned home to their respective dioceses as bishops of the new, counterfeit (pseudo-Catholic) church -- just as all the Catholic bishops in England during the English "Reformation" of the 1500's (except St. John Fisher, who refused to subscribe to Henry VIII's proposed schism and was martyred as a result) ceased to be bishops of the Catholic Church once they embraced the new religion and became instead the bishops of the Anglican Church, while wearing the same mitres, occupying the same sees, owning the same real estate, controlling the same infrastructure, and holding sway over the same priests and laity (or claiming to) as before.
Fact #7: Moving from doctrine to worship and sacraments, we see that the Mass has been illicitly subjected to radical revisions in the wake of Vatican II. These revisions are in many cases identical to, and in some cases even worse than, the revisions made by the Protestant Reformers, all of which revisions were condemned for all time by the Catholic Church. These revisions even include tampering with the form of the sacrament, the very words which must be pronounced to make the sacrament take place. This change alone has rendered the New Mass invalid, making it the "abomination of desolation" predicted by the prophet Daniel and Our Lord. This is proven from numerous documents of the Magisterium (teaching office) of the Church.
As an aside, not only do all the Rome-approved "traditionalist" groups, such as the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) and the Institute of Christ the King (ICK), use the 1962 Missal when they "celebrate the Tridentine Mass," so do the priests of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) and many other non-Rome-approved "traditionalist" clergy. As I show in my talk, the 1962 Missal is not the Tridentine Mass promulgated by Pope St. Pius V in his 1570 bull Quo Primum, but an unauthorized revision of the Mass by antipope John XXIII, which therefore provokes "the wrath of God and of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, as Pope St. Pius V warned in that bull.
Fact #8: Similar changes to the other sacraments renders the validity of several of them suspect as well. Particularly alarming is Paul VI's new (1968) rite for consecrating bishops, which mimics the rite composed by apostate Archbishop Thomas Cranmer during the 16th-century English "Reformation," a rite officially declared "absolutely null and utterly void" by Pope Leo XIII in his 1895 encyclical Apostolicae Curae. Furthermore, any such revision as Paul VI's new rite is already declared invalid in advance by Pius XII in his 1947 Apostolic Constitution Sacramentum Ordinis, as by several other theological considerations which I outline in my talk.
The logical consequences of this are disturbing but undeniable. The invalid "bishops" produced by this new rite cannot help but ordain invalid "priests" (since one must be a real bishop in order to ordain a priest). And invalid "priests" -- even if they use the valid pre-Vatican II rites, as do the priests of the FSSP, the ICK, and other clergy (ordained since 1968) who offer "indult Masses" -- in turn cannot help but celebrate invalid "Masses," confer invalid absolutions, and perform invalid "extreme unctions" (since one must be a real priest to do these things). (Baptisms and marriages could, if performed properly, still be valid, since they do not require a priest. Thus, even a layman who thinks he's a "priest" would still validly dispense these sacraments, provided he does them with proper matter, form, and intention.)
Fact #9: Moving from worship and sacraments to laws, the Vatican II revolution produced not only new (previously condemned) doctrines and new (invalid) sacraments, but also new but immoral laws, finally codified in the New Code of Canon Law promulgated by John Paul II in 1984. These new laws drop the Church's historic condemnations and prohibitions of Freemasonry (membership in which meant automatic excommunication under the old 1917 Code), of mixed marriages, of intercommunion and participation in non-Catholic worship, of cremation, etc. etc.
Fact #10: The logical conclusion of all of the above is inescapable: The Vatican II church currently occupying Rome, the dioceses of the world, and the local parishes, thus teaches a different faith, offers different worship and sacraments, and imposes different laws than does the Catholic Church. By all accounts it offers a faith, worship, sacraments and laws that would not have been considered "spotless" by all the popes of the past, as Pius XII said the Church's faith, worship and sacraments, and laws will always be. Unless we are to (heretically and blasphemously) accuse the Church herself of adulterously betraying her husband (Christ) and ceasing to be the faithful steward of the message, grace, and morality He has entrusted to her, the only possible conclusion is that what is found in Rome, in your diocese, and at your local parish is no longer the Catholic Church, but the above-mentioned clever counterfeit that God Himself has permitted to take over the infrastructure of the Church, in order to fulfill His prophecies and plans.
One who denies this conclusion by arguing that, while these modern doctrines, worship, and laws are not fully Catholic, the Vatican II Church which offers them is nevertheless the Catholic Church, rejects the teaching of Pius XII (and other popes) that the true Church can never offer such aberrations. In thus rejecting the Church's authoritative teaching regarding its own fidelity and purity, such a person shows he is not a Catholic at all -- he himself has become a "counterfeit Catholic".
After fully demonstrating the above ten facts, I conclude my talk by showing that there is nothing in this "sedevacantist" position that is in any way contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church. (On the contrary, it is the only position that is logically consistent with those teachings, and preserves those teachings from corruption or compromise.)
Christ's promise that "the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church" (Matthew 16:18), for example, in no way precludes either the reign of antipopes (over 40 in the history of the Church, by everyone's agreement), nor the absence of a valid pope for 50 years, nor the complete usurpation of Catholic parishes, dioceses, and whole national hierarchies by heretics and schismatics (as happened during the Arian heresy, the Nestorian heresy, the Eastern Schism of 1054, the English "Reformation," etc.). Nor has the Church's indefectibility ever been understood to mean that Catholics will always be able everywhere to conveniently get sacraments at the local parish. (The English recusants of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries who had no Catholic parishes anymore to go to in their homeland would certainly be surprised to hear of such a notion, as would the Japanese Catholics of the 17th and 18th centuries who went over two hundred years without a priest or a Mass, or the upholders of Nicene orthodoxy in the East during the Arian crisis, when heretics occupied 99% of the episcopal sees of the Church, or -- to revert to an Old Testament example -- the Israelites during the 70 years of the Babylonian Captivity of the seventh century, who had no Temple and no functioning priesthood.) During such times of trial and tribulation, the Church still exists, and consists of those who hold fast to the traditional Faith, even if they have lost all their buildings, as St. Athanasius famously reminded the faithful of his flock during the aforementioned Arian crisis.
These and many more facts are covered in this eye-opening talk. Once attendees have heard the talk -- especially if they stay to ask follow-up questions during the Q & A session (staying for which is optional, of course) -- they can see through the counterfeit nature of the "Catholicism" that has taken over the dioceses and the local parishes. They can see this pseudo-Catholicism is not the uncompromising Faith of our Fathers for which so many Catholics have shed their blood down through the years. And they come away from the evening, not only with a message of hope, and relief to discover that Holy Mother Church has not "lost her mind" during the last fifty years (since these abominations and novelties are not her doing at all), but also with several practical pointers as to how we and our loved ones can survive the current apostasy and emerge with our faith intact.
I need to be frank with you, however. Even with the book and tape sales I hope to make at each talk in addition to the minimal admission fee, I often don't make enough to even cover my expenses that day (advertising, renting the meeting space, dinner and a sleeping room for the night, and enough gas in my car to get me to the next stop on my tour). Yet with this apostolate as my only source of income and nine children to feed when I get home, I cannot afford to merely "break even" at each stop on my tour, much less come home with even less money than when I started out because my expenses exceeded my income (as often happens, even though I pinch every penny).
Can you please help me? A one-time gift of only $50 from just 50 people reading this essay would cover all my expenses on this month's trips, so that whatever I make in tape and book sales can send me home with enough money to buy our groceries and pay our bills for another week. Could you prayerfully consider responding today with a sacrificial almsgiving of $50 (or more, if you can spare it, to compensate for those who perhaps cannot afford to send $50)?
Of course, that will only get me though this month's trips; I have several more such trips -- at least two each month -- that I'm already committed to taking during the coming months. I'm hoping, therefore, that you might consider becoming a regular monthly supporter by joining my new "50/50" support squad. I'm looking for a total of 50 people across the nation -- 14 such people have already signed up, so I only need to find 36 more -- who would be willing to donate only $50 each month - by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard - to keep my MegaTour going. 50 faithful supporters times $50 each month equals only $2500 a month. That's all I need to make two week-long trips each month -- a shoestring budget compared to other apostolates which spend dozens of times that much each month with much waste and overhead, not to mention their dangerously misleading message (promoting as they nearly all do, to varying degrees, the counterfeit Catholicism of our day, by promoting Benedict XVI, etc.).
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