Please pray for the repose of the soul of the mother of one of our parishioners and for the conversion of her family.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of the mother of one of our parishioners and for the conversion of her family.
This article was taken from the March 1920 issue of the Franciscan Herald.
Note: The United Nations will not save the world. It is a Judeo-Masonic run organization. It is Jesus Christ the King, by the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Our Holy Mother Mary, Who will save it. We await the coming of the Angelic Pope, the Holy Prelate, and the Great Catholic Monarch who will help to restore Christendom. Viva Cristo Rey!
Fr Gregory Hesse died 10 years ago (January 25, 2006) – Requiescat in Pace
Gregory Hesse, S.T.D., J.C.D. of Vienna, Austria was ordained in 1981 in St. Peter’s Basilica. He held doctorates in both Thomistic theology and Canon Law. From 1986-88 he served as Secretary to Cardinal Stickler at the Vatican. From 1991, he worked in Austria, Germany and the United States giving lectures and producing theological articles that appeared in Catholic Family News, The Fatima Crusader and other journals. He died of complications due to diabetes on 25 January 2006.
Fr. Hesse spoke extensively on the true and false understanding of Papal infallibility and the modern errors in the understanding of sacred tradition, religious liberty and ecumenism brought about by the errors or obscurity and lack of definition in the documents of Vatican II based on established Church teaching from previous councils and Papal encyclicals. He also spoke on the question of the new Mass of Pope Paul VI making distinctions between the terms “valid” and “licit” again supported by past Church teaching. (Source: http://www.wikigrain.org/?req=Gregory+Hesse).
Father also had a great sense of humour and often quoted the two poems below:
Heretics All by Hilaire Belloc
Heretics all, whoever you may be,
In Tarbes or Nimes, or over the sea,
You never shall have good words from me.
Caritas non conturbat me.
But Catholic men that live upon wine
Are deep in the water, and frank, and fine;
Wherever I travel I find it so,
On childing women that are forelorn,
And men that sweat in nothing but scorn:
That is on all that ever were born,
To my poor self on my deathbed,
And all my dear companions dead,
Because of the love that I bore them,
Dona Eis Requiem.
The Song of Right and Wrong by G.K. Chesterton
Feast on wine or fast on water
And your honour shall stand sure,
God Almighty’s son and daughter
He the valiant, she the pure;
If an angel out of heaven
Brings you other things to drink,
Thank him for his kind attentions,
Go and pour them down the sink.
Tea is like the East he grows in,
A great yellow Mandarin
With urbanity of manner
And unconsciousness of sin;
All the women, like a harem,
At his pig-tail troop along;
And, like all the East he grows in,
He is Poison when he’s strong.
Tea, although an Oriental,
Is a gentleman at least;
Cocoa is a cad and coward,
Cocoa is a vulgar beast,
Cocoa is a dull, disloyal,
Lying, crawling cad and clown,
And may very well be grateful
To the fool that takes him down.
As for all the windy waters,
They were rained like tempests down
When good drink had been dishonoured
By the tipplers of the town;
When red wine had brought red ruin
And the death-dance of our times,
Heaven sent us Soda Water
As a torment for our crimes.
Pax et Bonum
Sr Constance TOSF
On January 7, 2016, Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer gave a sermon in Boston, Kentucky on Ambrose (a.k.a, William) Moran. In this sermon, he responded to some of the propositions made by Fr. Juan Carlos Ortiz in his study entitled “A Theological and Canonical Study on the Case of William Edward Moran-Dolgorouky“. What I found most perplexing in Fr. Pfeiffer’s sermon is that he continues to maintain that Ambrose Moran is Catholic and has never been proven to be otherwise. At 23 minutes & 10 seconds, Father says that Ambrose Moran has been accused of being non-Catholic, but he has never been proven to be non-Catholic. At 31 minutes & 10 seconds, Father says that Ambrose Moran has been accused of being a schismatic Orthodox and yet it has never been proven that he is a schismatic Orthodox. At 49 minutes & 30 seconds, among other things, Father says that Ambrose Moran was accepted as a Catholic priest by the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and that it is very clear that he is a Catholic, Catholic, Catholic in good faith. And to say, therefore, that Ambrose Moran is not a Catholic priest is completely false. It is incredible that Fr. Pfeiffer maintains his view that Ambrose Moran was and is Catholic despite the preponderance of evidence demonstrating Ambrose Moran’s schismatic past and that there is no evidence that Ambrose Moran has repented of this schismatic past. In order to do the latter, Ambrose Moran would have to first admit that he had a schismatic past. At 17 minutes and 0 seconds, Fr. Pfeiffer does say that Ambrose Moran made a profession of the Catholic Faith and repudiated Orthodox heresies. This is all good, but the whole of Fr. Pfeiffer’s sermon indicates that Ambrose Moran has not admitted his schismatic past. Therefore, I don’t see how what he did is much different from what I do when I recite the Credo at a Sunday Mass. I cannot, then, agree with Fr. Pfeiffer that Ambrose Moran is a Catholic in good faith.
The evidence already published on the Our Lady of Good Success Mission website that demonstrates Ambrose Moran’s schismatic past can be found at the following links (in chronological order of publication):
In this article, I would like to focus on the time period of 1974 to 1980 to show some of the serious discrepancies that exist between the documents and testimonies available and Ambrose Moran’s claims regarding his priesthood and episcopacy with the end goal of providing an even greater degree of certitude to the reader of Ambrose Moran’s schismatic past (and can we deny that he still is a schismatic given that he does not even acknowledge his schismatic past?) and that he is a fraud.
May 1974 – Ordination Certificate
This is the ordination certificate found in the archives of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada. Here are the comments of Fr. Bohdan Bilinksy, current Episcopal Vicar of the same Eparchy, regarding this certificate in an official letter to Fr. Juan Ortiz dated November 18, 2015:
“The letterhead is from the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Kiev. The signatory, Bishop Nicholas is that of an Orthodox Bishop and not connected with the Catholic (Roman nor Eastern) Church hierarchy.”
Fr. Bilinksy is only stating the obvious, that is, that this ordination does not come from the Catholic Church! Willliam Moran was ordained by a schismatic Orthodox bishop! This certificate, however, was not presented to Fr. Pfeiffer by Ambrose Moran. Why not? It is me, rather, who sent this ordination certificate to Fr. Pfeiffer and Fr. Hewko via e-mail on Thursday October 15, 2015. Ambrose Moran, on the contrary, tells us in this video, at 4 minutes & 50 seconds, that he was ordained a priest by Cardinal Josyf Slipyj in the same year (1974). Not once in that video or in these two videos (one, two), does Ambrose Moran mention his ordination by Bishop Nickolaus Ilnyckjy. Why? So, then, how does Fr. Pfeiffer resolve this discrepancy (he didn’t speak about it in his Jan. 7/16 sermon)? Was William Moran ordained twice in 1974 – once by Bishop Nikolaus Ilnyckjy and once by Cardinal Josyf Slipyj? If he was ordained twice, why was he so? If he was also ordained by Cardinal Slipyj, then where is that certificate of ordination? All we have as evidence of Ambrose Moran’s claim that he was ordained by Cardinal Slipyj is his word. Sorry, but his word is not good enough when it comes to such an important matter.
To further complicate matters, the date on the ordination certificate is May 19, 1974, but the information in the link below states that Bishop Nikolaus Ilnyckyj was consecrated an Orthodox bishop only in 1978! (February 3, 2016 Update: Please see this post for a correction regarding this statement.)
“In 1978, His Beatitude, Pope NIKOLAUS VII of Alexandria and All Africa wrote a letter recognizing Archbishop PETROS (Zhurawetsky) as a canonical Orthodox bishop. Archbishop PETROS has been consecrated by the Russian Orthodox Bishop of North America and the Aleutian Islands. In the same year, Archbishop PETROS with the assistance of Greek Archbishop JOACHIM (Souris) and Greek Bishop LAVRENTIOS (Maniatakis) consecrated His Beatitude, Metropolitan NIKOLAUS (Ilnyckyj) to serve the Holy Ukrainian Autocephalic Orthodox Church in Exile.”
The academy linked above is run by an Orthodox bishop called Haralambos. He is the successor of Bishop Nikolaus Ilnyckyj, so we could use him as a credible source regarding the consecration of Bishop Nikolaus:
“Those who have completed secular or ecclesiastical degrees from other institutions are required to complete the licentiate program of this seminary to be considered a canonical clergyman and belonging to this jurisdiction and their past academic credentials must be reviewed by the college board of Saint Michael Academy, the appointed review agency presided by Metropolitan +NIKOLAUS’ successor, Archbishop +HARALAMBOS.”
Bishop Haralambos’ episcopal lineage is charted below. I have placed a red box around the relevant names:
http://pangreek-ukrainianorthodoxarchdioceses.org/genesis_apoc/genesis.htm (click “Apostolic Canonical Heritage” link for the chart above)
This reference places a doubt as to whether William Moran was ordained even as an Orthodox priest let alone a Catholic priest. Nevertheless, even we assume that Nikolaus Ilnyckjy was an Orthodox bishop in 1974, we may still doubt the validity of the ordination because as Fr. Juan Ortiz wrote in his study on p. 24, “…..the Catholic Church cannot vouch for the validity of Orders outside Her bosom.”
Conclusion: William Moran was not ordained a Catholic priest and perhaps was not even ordained an Orthodox priest.
February 14, 1975 – Letter of Bishop Borecky to William Moran
This is a letter found in the archives of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada. It was first published here. Here are the comments of Fr. Bohdan Bilinksy regarding this letter in the November 18, 2015 letter mentioned above:
“This is an authentic letter. I cannot explain why Ambrose would request and Bishop Isidor would accept him into the Eparchy for two years and at the same time give him permission to live and study outside the Eparchy i.e. in the US where he would need the local Bishop to give him faculties. HE WAS NOT incardinated into the Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada.”
Fr. Bilinksy, later in the November 18, 2015 letter, emphasizes the following:
“I do, hereby, declare that (Priest, Bishop, Archbishop) Moran IS NOT and NEVER HAS BEEN incardinated into the Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada.
“All his credentials indicate that he is associated with some division of the Orthodox Church. The Catholic Church has no claim on him and he has no Canonical connection with the Catholic Church.”
Regarding this February 14, 1975 letter, Fr. Pfeiffer, at the 49 minutes & 30 seconds mark of his sermon, states that it shows that William Moran is a Catholic because he was accepted as a priest by a Ukrainian Catholic bishop for his eparchy. I object! If the Catholic Church authorities were in their Catholic minds, I would not object. However, we know that since Vatican II the Church authorities have gone mad with ecumenism. Let us remember that Pope Paul VI lifted the excommunication of the ecumenical patriarch of the schismatic Orthodox, Athenagoras I, on December 7 1965. Therefore, the spirit of ecumenism was running high at that time (Pope Paul VI was still alive in 1975). It could well be that Bishop Borecky himself was caught up in that spirit and that therefore a priest ordained by an Orthodox bishop did not need to formally renounce his Orthodox religion. Later on, I will show evidence that points to this.
Regarding William Moran being incardinated into the Eparchy of Toronto, it is clear that he was NOT incardinated into the Eparchy of Toronto. I emphasize this because I have heard Fr. Pfeiffer repeatedly state that William Moran was incardinated into the Eparchy of Toronto. Even if we don’t take Fr. Bilinsky’s testimony into account, the February 14, 1975 letter itself states the following:
“After this time [a period of two years], a review of your record will be made, and the possibility of incardination will be discussed.”
Fr. Pfeiffer received the February 14, 1975 letter from Ambrose Moran himself several months ago, so I don’t understand why he has repeatedly stated that William Moran was incardinated into the Eparchy of Toronto when the letter states otherwise.
Conclusion: William Moran was accepted as a priest of the Eparchy of Toronto for a period of two years (even though he resided in United States during this time), but he was not incardinated into this eparchy during this time.
1976 – Year of the Episcopal Consecration(s)
Ambrose Moran presented this certificate dated July 1976 to Fr. Pfeiffer as proof of his episcopal consecration by Cardinal Josyf Slipyj. I downloaded this certificate from here. I posted here a strong negative response I received from Don Marco Yaroslav Semehen, Rector of the St. Sophia Basilica where Ambrose Moran was supposedly consecrated a bishop, regarding the authenticity of the certificate. Here, in addition, are the comments of Fr. Bohdan Bilinksy regarding this certificate in the November 18, 2015 letter mentioned above:
“The signatures of Cardinal Slipyj and Bishop Borecky are not congruent with their signatures we have on file. I allege that they are forgeries. The signature of Bishop Dmitri is not familiar to me but Bishop Dmitri was not likely to sign for another.”
This certificate dated September 1976 was the one that Ambrose Moran gave to Bishop Gregory of the Genuine Orthodox Church of America (GOC), which is anti-ecumenical just as Traditional Catholics are, as proof of his episcopacy at the time (2007) Ambrose Moran joined the GOC. Ambrose Moran did not present this certificate to Fr. Pfeiffer; rather, I am the one who provided this certificate to Fr. Pfeiffer on October 17, 2015. This certificate was confirmed authentic by a high-ranking schismatic clergyman of the Holy Protection Cathedral. This clergyman telephoned Ambrose Moran, asked him questions, and was satisfied with his answers. In his January 7, 2016 sermon, at the 51 minutes and 25 seconds mark, Fr. Pfeiffer acknowledges the Orthodox certificate (without saying that it was from the Orthodox), but states that the Catholic one was unable to be thoroughly proven.
Isn’t it interesting that Ambrose Moran neglected to provide Fr. Pfeiffer with the Orthodox episcopal certificate, but provided the supposed Catholic one? Isn’t it also interesting that Ambrose Moran was supposedly ordained a priest twice in 1974 and then supposedly consecrated a bishop twice in 1976? Wow! He surely got around!
Conclusion: William Moran was not consecrated a Catholic bishop, but was consecrated a schismatic Orthodox bishop.
August 26, 1976 – (Alleged) Letter of Bishop Borecky to William Moran
This is a letter NOT found in the archives of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada. This letter was provided by Ambrose Moran to Fr. Pfeiffer several months ago. It was first published here. Here are the comments of Fr. Bohdan Bilinksy regarding this letter in the November 18, 2015 letter mentioned above:
“A copy of this letter is not in our files. The signature on this document is not congruent with other signatures of Bishop Isidore’s that we have on file. I allege that it is a forgery.”
Conclusion: See next section.
June 30, 1980 – Letter of William Moran to Bishop Borecky
This is a letter found in the archives of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada. It was first published here (go to the Clemens Maria post that starts with “I received a reply from….”). I provided this letter to Fr. Pfeiffer on October 15, 2015, which is the same day that I myself received it from the Eparchy of Toronto. As far as I am aware, Ambrose Moran did not provide this letter to Fr. Pfeiffer. Nonetheless, there are two key points in this letter that I bring to the reader’s attention:
1. William Moran identifies himself as “Fr.” Basil Moran. Hold on a minute! Why does he identify himself as “Father” when he was supposedly consecrated a bishop twice in 1976 (and this while he was continuing his graduate studies as per the February 14, 1975 letter, which is also referenced in this June 30, 1980 letter)? And don’t forget that Bishop Borecky himself, according to Ambrose Moran, co-consecrated him a bishop in July 1976 and provided him a letter dated August 26, 1976 congratulating him for being appointed the successor of Cardinal Josyf Slipyj. It is obvious here that William Moran was NOT consecrated a bishop either by Cardinal Slipyj or Bishop Borecky! Furthermore, this authentic June 30, 1980 letter proves that the alleged August 26, 1976 letter from Bishop Borecky to William Moran is a fake!
2. William Moran writes the following:
“I am writing to inform Your Grace that I have submitted to the jurisdiction of Metropolitan Archbishop Theodosius of the Orthodox Church in America in order to regularize myself finally. I want to express my sincere thanks to you for all your help and kindness in past years.
“As I am in the process of being received into the Orthodox Church in America, a short note from Your Grace would be very helpful….stating that I am of good character….”
By his own words, William Moran here admits that he was joining a schismatic Orthodox church! And yet at 31 minutes & 10 seconds of Fr. Pfeiffer’s January 7, 2016 sermon, he says that Ambrose Moran has been accused of being a schismatic Orthodox and yet it has never been proven that he is a schismatic Orthodox. Incredible!
The June 30, 1980 letter is also evidence, as in the “February 14, 1975 – Letter of Bishop Borecky to William Moran” section above I promised to provide, that Bishop Borecky was likely caught up in the ecumenical spirit of the time. Why else would William Moran be comfortable with asking Bishop Borecky for a letter of recommendation towards joining a schismatic Orthodox church!
Conclusion: William Moran joined a schismatic Orthodox church and is a fraud!
With all this evidence against Ambrose Moran, it is mind-boggling that Fr. Pfeiffer continues to defend Ambrose Moran and attacks those who oppose Ambrose Moran. Yet, at the same time, it is troubling to read the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Seminary’s November 7, 2015 public statement of disassociation from Ambrose Moran in which a reason for the disassociation is not given. After two and a half months, the public is still in the dark. If, according to Fr. Pfeiffer, Ambrose Moran is truly a Catholic, then why did Fr. Pfeiffer break from him? Unfortunately, I don’t think we will get a public answer to this question. And this leads to a thing that disappoints me, that is, Fr. Pfeiffer has always been open and bold regarding matters concerning the Catholic Faith and he has always called upon other priests to be the same. However, with this grave Ambrose Moran affair, he has just not lived up to his own battle cry.
Our Lady of Good Success, pray for us!
Must a member of the Resistance attend the Mass of a priest who offers a valid Mass if the parishioner believes he cannot attend for reasons of conscience? Many people believe that if a valid Mass is available, we are required to go. I would like to address the perception that we must have the Sacraments at all cost, otherwise we are displeasing to God.
In today’s Epistle (St Paul to the 1 Corinthians 10 verses 3-5) says:
And did all eat the same spiritual food,
And all drank the same spiritual drink; (and they drank of the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.)
But with most of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the desert.
Applying this to our time, it is not enough to go to a valid Mass and Sacraments and expect that they will suffice to get us into Heaven. It was not sufficient for the Jews.
Looking at the history of the Church, we can see instances where valid Mass and Sacraments were available, but people refrained from attending.
During the Arian crisis, St Hermenegild (http://www.ecclesiamilitans.com/2014/10/13/further-information-on-st-hermenegild/) refused to attend the valid Masses of the Arian bishops and priests.
During the English Deformation, many Catholics of the time refused to attend the valid Masses and Sacraments of the compliant priests.
During the French Revolution, Catholics refused to attend the valid Masses and Sacraments of the juring priests.
The Church has consistently forbidden Catholics to attend the valid Masses of the schismatic priests.
The SSPX has consistently taught that the NOM is poisonous to the Faith even if valid, and instructs parishioners to stay away from it, and from the indult Masses.
Some Resistance priests accept the Red-light Position, instructing parishioners to stay away from nSSPX Masses and Sacraments, even though they are valid.
So there is plenty of precedent to stay away if your conscience requires it.
But if so, how do we feed our soul and be pleasing to God? What do we say to a mother who has just given birth and needs a Baptism for her infant?
Let’s look at the advice given by Fr Desmaris , a Catholic professor living in the time of the French Revolution: (http://www.ecclesiamilitans.com/2013/06/28/letter-from-fr-demaris-to-catholics-who-have-been-deprived-of-a-priest/):
Attending the valid Masses of priests who run counter to one’s conscience exposed the Catholics at various points in history to false indoctrination and coercion. Attending the Wedding Mass of Henry VIII meant accepting the validity of the marriage to Anne Boleyn. Attending the Mass of the Arian priests meant accepting the heresy. Attending the Mass of the juring priests meant accepting the principles of Equality, Fraternity and Liberty.
Attending Masses results in the softening – if not the outright killing – of the conscience. Further, it causes confusion and weakens the Faith of ones’ family, friends, and fellow Catholics. What example does a Catholic give when he avoids the nSSPX Masses for Doctrinal reasons, then on his deathbed, asks an nSSPX priest for the Last Rites? Consistency matters!
In other words, although the Mass and the Sacraments are the ordinary means of God granting us Grace, He is not limited to these means. If He chooses not to make the ordinary means available to us on a regular basis, He will find another way. He wants our salvation more that we do, so He will make it possible.
We must be careful about what Masses we attend, we must preserve our Faith and we must give proper example to our fellow Catholics. Otherwise we too will be displeasing to God.
In a post titled “Ambrose Moran: Is He Really a Catholic Bishop?“, I wrote the following in regards to a schismatic Orthodox website that is no longer available:
“The picture below (ignore the yellow and orange highlighted areas) is a screenshot that I took on October 5, 2015 of a website under the url ‘www.theuoac.com’. On October 14, 2015 I called Bryan Jordan, website registrant contact as indicated in the second screenshot below, to find out why the website contained information that was contrary to Bishop Ambrose Moran’s claim of being a Catholic bishop. A lady, who worked at the website hosting company called “VistaWorks“, answered the phone and told me that Bryan Jordan worked for VistaWorks. He was not the owner of the website. She also told me that someone had called that same morning and the website was taken down. At that time, I did not know who owned the website, but I had a suspicion that it was owned by Bishop Ambrose Moran himself. This suspicion was based on the information contained on the website and the registrant mailing address, Buena Vista, Colorado. Bishop Ambrose Moran lives in the area. A couple of weeks later I found out, from a very reliable source, that Bishop Ambrose Moran did indeed own the website and that he took it down.“
That Ambrose Moran (real name “William Edward Moran” – see pg. 28 of Fr. Ortiz’s study) did indeed own the website has been confirmed by the good investigation work of Fr. Juan Ortiz. Here is the address that was indicated on the screenshot of the website mentioned above:
Fr. Ortiz found the owner of P.O. Box 5215 on a Colorado voters list website (not run by the State of Colorado) along with the rest of the address; it is none other than William Edward Moran!
This article was taken from the August 1919 issue of the Franciscan Herald.
This article was taken from the June 1919 issue of the Franciscan Herald.