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When I was a kid, I noticed that a lot of people were flying POW/MIA flags. I found this odd because I had been told that all of the POW’s and MIA’s to date had been (or were on their way to being) classified as KIA by the government. I thought that the sign of solidarity for those whose status was unclear (but who were most likely dead) was misplaced and Pollyanna-ish, the stuff of Rambo fantasies and conspiracy garbage. It wasn’t until I was older that I understood that the motivation shown by folks flying the now-ubiquitous black flag was not a display of their own hope, but rather for the sake of the memories of missing themselves; that the awful thing that happened to them in pursuit of freedom would not be left in doubt forever, and that there were still people at home who would not rest until every single man was definitively accounted for. In this way, the forces of evil would not have victory over their memories.  In the end, the brave will find their true home, and the valiant will, at last, have their rest.

Which brings me to the point of this post. There are thousands of unaccounted-for clergy behind the Bamboo Curtain, and one remarkable case of a Catholic “MIA”  bears retelling, if for no other reason than that Holy Mother Church has been keeping solidarity with the memory of Francis Hong-yong Ho for decades. In October, he will celebrate his 102nd birthday, and he is currently be the oldest reigning bishop in the world, if not the entire history of the Church.

The Most Rev. Francis Hong Yong-Ho (born 12 October 1906) was made Vicar Apostolic of P’yong-yang, Korea, by Pius XII in 1944, and ordained Bishop the same year. When the Chi-Cons invaded and installed their puppet, Kim Il-sung (the father of the present butcher in charge of North Korea), Bishop Hong was, first, imprisoned in 1949, and then later disappeared. In solidarity with Korean Catholics suffering under the Red Yoke, Pope Bl. John XXIII errected P’yong-yang as a diocese and named Bishop Hong as its first (and, to date, only) ordinary on 10 March 1962.

The sign of solidarity against the Communist outrage is ongoing. The Pontifical Yearbook continues to list Bishop Hong as Ordinary of P’yong-yang, with a footnote: “(missing)” Bishop Hong has been the bishop of record in P’yong-yang for 46 years and counting.

See also: Wikipedia.



The Philippines legislature has approved a UN-inspired bill that, if enacted, will give preferential treatment to children of families with two children or fewer.

The Catholic Church has decried the bill as statist, totalitarian, and satainic. Religous leaders are calling for a presidential veto. 

Read it all here-and pray for the people of the most Catholic country on earth.



Can we choose to remain where we are under these circumstances? We have argued for years now of our “state of necessity” and of the resulting supplied jurisdiction that the Church supplies to us. But can we continue to argue this when ordinary jurisdiction is offered to us without any compromise in the Faith? Can we choose freely to remain in this irregular canonical situation where we are? In other words, can a state of necessity be the object of a choice without moral fault? Clearly not And on the other hand: are the authorities ready to accord us regular faculties? If the answer to this second question is affirmative, then we are no longer in the same case of necessity!

All these serious considerations, dear friends, move us to go and see what Rome has to say.

Read it all here.


I got a fever, and the only cure is more Pope!


Sad news from correspondent Jim last night.  Al Arborgast, pioneer of the Latin Mass movement in Lexington, KY, and a friend of mine, has passed on.

The email from chaplain Fr. Valentine Young, ofm, announcing the death:

  Our beloved Al Arbogast past away this morning around 6:30 AM at St. Joseph Hospital.  His son Joe from Milwaukee had been staying with him, and noticed his weakened condition earlier this morning.  He called 911 and had his dad taken to the hospital, but it was his dad’s time to go to heaven.

[. . .]

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine.  Et lux perpetua luceat ei.

Here are the arrangements as announced by Fr. Valentine:

  Viewing for relatives and friends will be from 5 – 8 on Thursday, March 27, with the Rosary and other prayers being recited at 7:00 PM.  This will take place at the Milward Funeral Dicrectors locatged at 391 Southland Drive.

The Funeral Mass will be Friday at 9:00 AM at St. Peter Church.  Hopefully the adult and children’s choir will be able to be present and sing at this Mass.  The burial will take place at St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas, KY, where Al’s wife is buried.

Al brought all of his energy, inelegance, and charm to the Latin Mass Committee and helped keep it going through the rough years.  He was a real gentleman and he will be missed.


Dear Friends, this Good Friday, thousands of parishes across the country will be taking up a collection to help the Christian Cause in the Holy Land. The Catholic Church’s mission in Israel relies on that collection for its upkeep more than any other revenue stream, and the generosity of Catholics has maintained that stream for centuries.

The only problem is that not all Catholics will be in Church this Good Friday. The Holy Land puts its hand out once a year; won’t you help extend that hand a bit by encouraging prayers and support for the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land? A little help will go a long way in the lives of thousands of suffering Christian Palestinians this Easter.

Please, be generous, and encourage your friends in their generosity. God will reward your work.

Yours in Christ,


As of right now (3:42pm on Palm Sunday) it would appear that someone has hacked and uploaded insulting images onto the American website of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem:

UPDATE: AmericanPapist has a post on the hack, with the following screen shot:


UPDATE: Looks like the Order has fixed the hack.


Like many of his co-religionists, Bishop Richard Williamson, leader* of the English-speaking section of the Society of St. Pius X, is a certifiable nut-case in addition to being a total fraud. Here is a man, an excommunicate who pretends at being a Catholic bishop, who has told us, among other things, that women generally shouldn’t get college educations and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a rich treasury of historical fact. Now, in the embedded video he preaches that 9/11 was an inside job, and as proof cites a conspiracy theorist website.

h/t: Mark Shea.

I hope this man and his followers remain outside of the Church for as long as they continue to darken authentic Catholicism with the black lights of perverted history and theology.


*Anyone who wants to dispute this as being factually incorrect can take their comments somewhere else. Yes, Williamson is not the superior of the SSPX, but he is most certainly its de facto leader in the English speaking world.

Got this one from AmericanPapist:

Dear Friends,

Attached is a flyer with information on the annual Day of Remembrance in honor of Fr. John Hardon, the saintly Jesuit whose influence still reverberates throughout America, particularly in the archdioceses of Detroit and Chicago.

Fr. Hardon was the spiritual director of Mother Teresa, and was the only priest at the altar at her public funeral Mass. He developed a catechetical curriculum for her order, and for 26 years traveled worldwide giving retreats at Missionaries of Charity convents. Fr. Hardon has been declared a “Servant of God” by the Vatican, and efforts are well underway for his eventual canonization.

This day-long event, slated for Saturday, Dec. 29, at Assumption Grotto Church in Detroit, has been held every year since Fr. Hardon died in 2000. The event is always a great time to not only learn more about Fr. Hardon, but to spent time with and meet with many people who knew and worked with him during his 10 years in Detroit.

Three speakers will talk about their personal experiences with Fr. Hardon.

  • Marlene Elwell, long-time pro-life political activist/strategist and most recently founder of Catholics in the Public Square. Marlene is one of the giants of the pro-life movement in the United States, and she is responsible for the brilliant strategic success of getting a pro-life plank in the Republican platform in 1980, when the GOP’s convention was in Detroit.
  • Carole Breslin, who assisted Fr. Hardon in many ways. Including helping to prepare his manuscripts for publication. Particularly noteworthy was her help in the writing of his last project, his remarkable Catholic Prayer Book.
  • Jay McNally, journalist and biographer of Fr. Hardon. Jay has done investigative reporting for the Wanderer, the National Catholic Register, New Oxford Review and Catholic World Report, and was executive director for six years of Call to Holiness, one of the last of many apostolates founded by Fr. Hardon.

A great highlight of the event will be the 4 p.m. Vigil Mass at Assumption Grotto.

The PDF flyer is available here: HardonDayofReflectionDec29.

I relied on Fr. Hardon’s reference works during my conversion. I talked with him for over an hour once at a conference in Ashland, Kentucky in 1995. He is one of my heroes.


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