DEFENDERS OF TRADITION
Who would not defend themselves, their family, and their home from invasion or harm? Jesus Himself instructed His disciples to carry a sword to defend themselves from enemies. (Luke 22:36) According to tradition, this did not mean Jesus advocated violence, but rather, He knew His enemies would persecute and seek to murder His disciples like they did to Him, so He wanted them to be prepared to defend themselves so they could continue living to spread the gospel. God has always provided His people with protection or instructions on how to defend themselves against their enemies, such as when the nation of Israel were instructed to "take" possession of the land of Canaan when God promised it to Abraham and his descendents. The land was occupied by seven strong pagan nations who engaged in idol worship and child sacrifices to their pagan gods. It was Joshua who lead the charge to claim the land and drive out "by force" with a sword to defeat God's enemies. This was not contrary to the Fifth Commandment. God does not contradict Himself on matters of faith and morals. The Lord Jesus instructed His disciples how to defend the faith by using the knowledge He gave us on tradition against heresies and false teachings. As St Paul said, our "fight is against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places." (Ephesians 6:15) This includes fighting against God's chief enemy, Satan, who has blinded people's minds from seeing the truth in plain sight with their eyes wide shut because of indifferentism and lukewarm apathy. Many say they care and know the truth but fail to proclaim in. The apostle Paul was a defender of tradition, an apologist, and a warrior for Christ. And this war is not over yet.
Welcome to tradapologia
"Defenders of Tradition and Faith".
There is a great deal of misinformation and confusion circulating about the Catholic Church particularly in the past century based on what has gone on in "modern" Rome since the Second Vatican Council. As a result, many have turned away from the Catholic Church in record numbers, and for good reason seeing the erosion of faith and moral decay within the "new" modern Rome. These matters will be addressed in detail in the pages that follow, and you will have an opportunity to clearly see what has happened because of Vatican II and WHY. Still others continue to believe in the false myths and legends that enemies of the Catholic Church put forth, like the myth that Catholics "burned enemies at the stake" in the middle-ages, or that the Church authorized cruel unjust "Inquisitions" tortured unbelievers, and that the Church sanctioned "unholy bloody crusades" to kill unbelievers, and that Catholics worship "idols" in their Churches. These distortions of facts will be addressed in detail on this website pointing to credible historic records and many of the 33 Doctors of the Church, countless theologians, and saints dating back to the first few centuries, as well as many of the 260 faithful Popes prior to Vatican II, and of course, apostolic traditions based on sacred scripture, both the Old and New Testaments. You will have the opportunity to make a clear distinction between the lies the enemies of the Church have put forth, and the truth of history, and of what the Church herself says on these matters. You will discover for yourself things you may have never known before; things such as "Predestination", "Geocentrism", "multiple heavens", and "EENS" (notice the background on each page in front of you), and you will find much more. Catholicism is vast.
John 21:25 ... if everything Jesus did and said while on earth, "were written, the world could not contain the books that should be written."
The Vatican library alone contains well over 1.1 million printed books and 75,000 codices (original handwritten documents). The treasures of tradition in the Catholic Church include not only apostolic teachings of sacred scripture from both the Old and New Testaments, but just as vital, all of "implicit traditions" as well, that is, traditions you will not find in "the Bible", things recorded by saints over the centuries that the Holy Fathers have sanctioned as part of "ordinary tradition", revealing such things as the "immaculate conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary", the "Holy Trinity", and much more. The collection of studies included in Catholic Church tradition also includes the works of scientists such as Copernicus, Gassendi, Biot, and Galileo, to name a few. The Catholic Church also has detailed accounts of all the "heresies" that have threatened the Church over the past 2000 years, including one of the most modern heresies, "ecumenism", we now see in modern Rome.
Thanks to the prophets, patriarchs, Kings and Priests of the Old Testament who passed down "tradition" through the ages, their record stands as a testament of how God's grace supplied His people with knowledge of the universe back to the beginning of time, the creation of the celestial bodies, of heavenly and earthly creatures, and matter itself. And when God the Son came to earth as Jesus Christ, His grace formed a new creation on earth, His earthly kingdom, His Holy Church. This is what King Solomon spoke of in Ecclesiasticus 24 as a beautiful maiden, the bride of Christ.
There is no way any one person could possible discover the entirety of God's wisdom in a lifetime, much less on this modest website which contains mere breadcrumbs leading to Catholic tradition as highlighted in the "Table of Contents" on the Introduction Page. (2 Thessalonians 2:14)
If you do read the contents of this website and visit the links within, I guarantee you three things:
1.) You will discover things that few have taken the time to learn. It may be that "You don't know what you don't know." And that applies to all of us. It's simply an acknowledgement that there are things we need to learn about in this vast realm of Catholic tradition.
2.) You will discover things that may surprise you, disturb you, and even shock you. Why? When you were taught things in the past and then find out there're not true, it can be disturbing. At first we all have a tendency to not want to accept that we've been lied to. Most people simply accept the lies to avoid the discomfort and stress of change. Most folks "go along to get along". That can be dangerous.
3.) Your understanding of the traditions of the Catholic Church will become even more clear, and your paradigm of will change ~ for the better. You will discover deeper things of the mind of God that Isaiah spoke about. (Isaiah 55:8) "His ways and His thoughts are higher than our ways and our thoughts." And Jesus promised, "my (Jesus) yoke is sweet and my load is light".
The information herein will enlighten you, encourage you, and inspire you to delve deeper into God's thoughts and into the wondrous traditions of the Catholic Church.
The introductory page (next page) will lay a foundation for what is to follow and give you a glimpse of the subjects to be discussed with a table of contents.
This website is dedicated to my wife, Mary Lane, who patiently introduced me to the Catholic Church years ago, and to my son David, who took me on an amazing historic journey into tradition after he too embraced Catholicism.
My aim now is to charitably share these magnificent treasures of the Catholic Church with my family, my friends, and acquaintances who express interest, so they too may discover for themselves the wondrous truths and splendor of our Lord's gospel and His blessed sacraments, especially the supernatural "Tridentine Latin Mass" of Christ.