Daily Archives: January 20, 2013
I have written some days ago about Kreuz-net.info, a site initially largely seen as the spiritual successor of sort of the old (and great) “Kreuz.net”.
It would be perhaps wise to explain first what has happened in the last, rather confused days, and secondly to say some words more about the new site now that more info is available.
Just a couple of days after I wrote my first posts about the apparently “resurrected” site, the new site went offline again. It now turns out the oh so tolerant liberals had made a massive cyberattack on the new site, forcing the provider to shut it down for some days. The site reports here about the events, and it states the provider has now also transferred the site to a more powerful server, whilst a second address with .at instead of .info is also available to reach the site. Expects further episodes like this at regular intervals.
Already this is a clear sign the new site is not linked to the old people behind “Kreuz.Net”, then the old organisation operated on a completely different level of technological means and savvy, and could withstand cyber attacks (not only from the usual faggots, but even from an organised group like “Anonymous”) on a massive scale.
The renewed operative state of the site also quenches the rumours the site would have been shut down just days after its inception from the Austrian authorities pending prosecution. On the contrary, activity seems to go on undisturbed.
This leaves the question of the precise nature and legitimacy of the new site.
The old site was run in a completely (and admirably) anonymous way. We can, therefore, not know whether any or more of those involved in the old site are also involved in the new one. Still, I cannot avoid noticing the following:
1. The new contributions, in themselves of good quality, are not written in that strange “one sentence at a time”-style of the old site; a way of writing certainly used to preserve the anonymity of the contributors by hiding their writing style or nationality. It seems, therefore, reasonable to assume up to now not one contribution has been authored by those behind the old Kruez.net site.
2. The old site being anonymous, there is no way of knowing whether the people behind the old site approve the new one, or consider it a “copycat” site trying to get at least part of the (huge) traffic of the original. The old site does not link to the new one, now have I found on the internet any declaration or endorsement or condemnation from the old authors, which would have been in any way difficult to verify if not coming from the original internet site.
3. The new site has, so to speak, a face, which appears to be an Austrian right-wing publisher apparently already in existence for many years. The new publisher invites anonymous contributions, which seems to me to indicate he would love to receive articles from those behind the old site, and hopes one day to achieve their level of journalistic quality and, of course, bite. Again, the fact that up to now no contribution seems to be linked to the old boys may indicate they do not approve of the initiative, though one cannot but notice the effort of the new publisher to offer a qualitative adequate product, and I note that up to now there appears to be no desire to use the portal as a vehicle for right-wing propaganda either.
4. All the new articles refer almost exclusively to general themes, or to Austrian issues. Not one up to now deals in the usual polemical fashion with German themes. This might be due to the desire to avoid prosecutions initiated by the German Gaystapo, but if this is the case it does not make sense to invite the sending of anonymous articles in “Kreuz Net” quality, than these dealt largely with German issues and would most certainly attract the attention of the German authorities. On the other hand, the presence of a publishing house that I imagine rather accustomed to the attention of prosecutors could well be the way to test every prosecution the German Gaystapo may try to push forward, basically saying to them “we are here, come on in, have a tea and let’s see if you have a case”. If this is the case, though, we will have to start seeing articles dealing with German issues very soon.
As it is now, the new site appears to be an honest effort; on the other hand, not only it appears still distant from the quality and prestige of the old site (which also disposed of a rather impressive net of well-placed informants the new one clearly does not have), but the suspicion of a copycat attempt cannot be entirely ruled out.
I will continue to follow the site, making allowances for regular interruptions due to cyber attacks. Already the matter whether the site will be attacked by the German or Austrian Gaystapo is very interesting, because if this is the case, this time there is a publisher and we will therefore have a very public trial and a very public sentence; if it isn’t, this would open the gates for the return of the old chaps.
One of the strange quirks of the matter is that it is now clear the old site decided to shut down to protect the anonymity of their authors, which means that there is no way to see whether the investigation would have gone on or would have been abandoned anyway. It might, actually, even be the investigation was initiated with the intent to move the authors (among them, very likely, brave Catholic priests of some influence) to shut the site down to avoid detection.
As to the old site, it is clear to me as long as the current Nazi-madness among the German prosecutors goes on there is no way people living in Germany or in Austria can start a site like the old one and avoid the risk of prosecution.
The only way the original old site can start its activity again would be by operating with authors living in countries like the United States, whose prosecutors would ask the German ones to kindly take a hike when requested to cooperate. Alternatively, there should be a clear guideline making clear the crime of Volksverhetzung (see here) does not extend to (however strongly worded) attacks to individual people or to sexual behaviour.
Don’t hold your breath.
The Little Crown of Mary is just another of those many Catholic devotions considered, erm, too Catholic by the geniuses who gave us the Second Vatican Council and assorted side effects, and that are now coming back to public consciousness and worship. You will find some nice applications if you look.
As for the Rosary, several variations are known and practiced, but the devotion revolves around the recitation of twelve Hail Marys mixed with three Our Father. The twelve Hail Marys are certainly a tribute to the “woman with upon her head a crown of twelve stars” of the Revelation, and I hope I am not very far from the truth in supposing that the three Our Father are a tribute to the Most Holy Trinity.
The man who gave the Little Crown his actual character appears to have been St Louis de Montfort, but like the Rosary the Little Crown can be expanded or embellished with accessory prayers.
The version I use is based on the division of the Hail Marys in three groups of four “crowns” each, with each group devoted to the meditation about a particular aspect of the Blessed Virgin: the Crowns of Excellence, Power and Goodness.
After the Sign of the Cross and an introductory prayer, each group of four Hail Marys, introduced by a short reflection about the relevant Crown, is preceded by the Our Father and concluded by a Glory Be. A short concluding prayer and the sign of the cross end this beautiful devotion.
Typically, though, every Hail Mary will be accompanied by short invocations, different for every Hail Mary, extolling the virtues of Mary in accordance with the Crown being prayed: these additional prayers were introduced by Louis de Montfort, and with their individual character are a great help in trying to avoid the mechanical repetition or the wandering away of the mind that, as you have certainly noticed, are never far away from the recitation of the Rosary (and which, may I add, constitute a part of his charm and challenge).
The individual prayers and the shorter time required for the recitation make of the Little Crown an ideal pious exercise when you have your laptop or tablet with you and are in the middle of a short “break” (say, a short bus ride, or the like), besides being of course easily prayed at home.
Bear in mind, though, that the complete devotions with introductory and closing prayers and the individualised invocation will require a non indifferent memorisation effort if you want to pray this devotion without external help; though you can always revert to a more simplified version if you like, like the one without the invocation and choosing as introductory prayers some perhaps already known prayers like, say, the Creed of the Apostles and the Memorare, or the Hail, Holy Queen and the Memorare again.
I am far from suggesting you should pray this beautiful devotion in substitution to the Rosary: there is simply no substitute for the Rosary, nor is the Little Crown surrounded with the power and glory that have accompanied the Rosary for many centuries now; not to mention the promises of Our Lady tho those who pray the Rosary devoutly and faithfully every day, the real Big Bertha cannon against the Devil and his evil companions.
Still, you may perhaps feel encouraged to adopt the daily recitation of the Little Crown as a shorter preparatory step to the daily recitation of the Rosary, as it will be far easier to insert this shorter devotion in your daily routine until you feel ready for, so to speak, the upgrade.
Also notice some apps allow you to set an automatic reminder, which once set up at an opportune time (when you know you are in front of your computer or tablet) will be of further help.
Modern technology can do much for us, and it is absolutely amazing how much technology is doing to revive old Catholic devotions our conciliar… stepfathers wanted neglected and ideally forgotten. The ways of the Lord and those of the Clergy are sometimes rather divergent.
I suggest you look around and see what you can find that suits your available devices and your inclination. The material on offer will certainly grow.
We must fight of course, but we must pray too. This blog is rather more focused on the fight aspect, but this does not mean prayer should be neglected; besides, you can also consider that the recovery of old traditions we were supposed to leave behind us are, in a way, also part of the fight…
Padre Pio reblog
( You’ll have to copy and paste this, I am afraid. And believe me, you want to switch the audio off….).
From Gloria.tv, a video of the body of Padre Pio after its controversial exhumation in 2008. As you can see from the video, the body is in an impressive state of conservation. As far as I know, there are no ways known to man to preserve a corpse in such a way, for such a long time and a simple look at the video will persuade you that no embalming – not attempted, as well-known from the filmed inhumation and, also filmed, sealing of the tomb – could ever reach such results.
As the seals have been opened in front of the cameras, and th estate of the tomb perfectly corresponded to the state of the tomb filmed by the original inhumation, there can be no doubt that…
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