Gerry Matatics' a sede?
Oh dear, here we go again. You will get rather different answers from me and Maurice, as I like and admire Charles, who is one of America's leading monarchists and whose fascinating website has been a major influence on my own thinking, while Maurice believes him to be a dangerous occultist.

First of all, as an aside, Charles does not expect to be referred to as "Sir"; the correct designation is KCStS after his name, as he was made a member of the Order of St. Sylvester by Pope John Paul II, which honor presumably is as valid as JPII's papacy...

Briefly, I think it is fair to say that Charles's enthusiasm for folklore, mythology and fantasy, and his conviction that given these common interests with people who are involved in gnostic and occultic type movements it is his calling to evangelize them and convince them that what they are looking for can in fact be found only in the Catholic Church, have led him to develop contacts and associations which some believe that no Catholic should have.

In an attempt to be objective, I will provide the following two links so that you can make up your own mind.

Here is Thomas Drolesky's rather hostile interview with Charles:

and here is Charles's own satirical and somewhat tongue-in-cheek response to the whole controversy:

Regarding Gerry Matatics, I am not sure what Maurice means by him being "involved" with Charles; I know that they have been on friendly terms.
royalcello Wrote:... as he was made a member of the Order of St. Sylvester by Pope John Paul II, which honor presumably is as valid as JPII's papacy...
That is correct, royal[Image: laff.gif], but I thank you for the info, including the links.[Image: tiphat2.gif]
gladius_veritatis Wrote:... I think I recall the name of Coulombe from the Catholic Treasures catalogs.  What, briefly, is his story, Maurice (or anyone else who knows)? 

In his words:
"...for if the Mass is not magical, then what is?'"
"Many of the best known humanists of the Renaissance -- (Johannes) Reuchlin and Pico della Mirandola...were at once Cabalists and good Catholics.
"One cannot tell with complete accuracy what will happen. But we can know what must happen if the Church is to function properly. She must return to the... magical view of life; and the process of baptizing Hermeticism, interrupted by the Reformation, must be completed." (Charles Coulombe, The Esoteric Orthodoxy of Catholicism, Gnosis Magazine, Summer 1990)
Matatics and Coulombe "Fireside Chats"
Thanks to both of you, Maurice and royal, for the info.  I am sorry if I derailed the thread by asking for info herein, but I did not know much about the man in question. 
If G.M. is indeed of the same mind as the Dimonds on the issue of e.e.n.s, it is sad, as there can be no doubt his natural gifts surpass those of many others, and they ought not be used to propagate such erroneous ideas.
Sorry, but may I bother you, again: this time for a brief definition of Hermeticism?
Quote:Sorry, but may I bother you, again: this time for a brief definition of Hermeticism?

Oy vey!

Here we go....:crazy:
gladius_veritatis Wrote: 
Sorry, but may I bother you, again: this time for a brief definition of Hermeticism?

Hermeticism is a core doctrine of the occult tradition associated with the mythical "Hermes Trismegistus," identified with the Egyptian moon-god, Thoth, of Hermopolis.
However, a brief definition does the matter no justice. I've gone into further detail HERE about 2/3 of the way down the page.
Avalonik Wrote:
Quote:Sorry, but may I bother you, again: this time for a brief definition of Hermeticism?

Oy vey!

Here we go....:crazy:

You're still pimping for Coulombe and Hermeticism even despite having been confronted with condemnations of it from St. Thomas and St. Augustine as well as expositions from the Catholic Encyclopedia of it's connections to Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism and Kabbalah. You cling obstinately to your errors. And your "defense," as usual, is a meaningless, dismissive remark.
That "crazy" emoticon suits you very well.

The mysterious Taauth (Thoth), the Hermes Trismegistus of antiquity, was regarded the earliest teacher of astrology in Egypt. He is reputed to have laid the foundation of astrology in the "Hermetic Books"; the division of the zodiac into the twelve signs is also due to him. In classic antiquity many works on astrology or on occult sciences in general were ascribed to this mythical founder of Egyptian astrology. (Catholic Encyclopedia, "Astrology") 

Hermeticism, along with Kabbalah are at the core of Rosicrucian and Freemasonic philosophy.
After 1750 occult Rosicrucianism was propagated by Freemasonry, where it led to endless extravagant manifestations (St. Germain, Cagliostro, Schropfer, Wollner etc.). In the system of high degrees in "Scottish" Freemasonry, especially in the Rosendruez degree, the Rosicrucian symbols are still retained with a Masonic interpretation ... According to the definition of the president of the London (Rosicrucian) branch (Supreme Magus), Brother Dr. Wm. Wynn Westcott, M.B., P.Z., it is "the aim of the Society to afford mutual aid and encouragement in working out the great problems of life and in searching out the secrets of nature; to facilitate the study of philosophy founded upon the Kabbalah and the doctrines of Hermes Trismegistus, which was inculcated by the original Fratres Roseae Crucis of Germany, A.D. 1450; and to investigate the meaning and symbolism of all that now remains of the wisdom, art, and literature of the ancient world".  (Catholic Encyclopedia, "Rosicrucians")

I'm brand new to this List and have been visiting various forums to get familiar with the lay of the land.  Any discussion of Charles Coulombe catches my eye since reading about him on another discussion list recently.  A member of that other list provided some incredible information regarding Coulombe and I've been looking for an opportunity to spread the word. I will post it below with the member's name deleted. 
BTW, I applaud Maurice for warning people about this guy.  His type of "tradition" is not the Catholic kind.
Start of quote from another source:
France has its Alain de Benoist and, unfortunately, America has its Coulombe!   And both are trying to worm their way into traditional Catholic circles in their respective countries. 
  Feeneyite Coulombe wrote for Gnosis, and Fate, (described as psychics and Spiritualists, archaeological hotspots and fringe science, to authoritative UFO and paranormal investigations).  His articles on "The Grail" and "Portals of Sleep," and the "The Esoteric Orthodoxy of Catholicism" ("appreciating traditional Catholicism from an esoteric perspective")  were on the same pages of a magazine which carried articles questioning Jesus' celibacy,  praising the goddess Sophia, and selling spells to reattach severed heads.   In one Gnosis article Coulombe states that the French occultist Eliphas Levi was an "ordained deacon and always faithful Catholic."  Actually, Levi was ordained a deacon before he was expelled from the seminary for heresy. As for being a faithful Catholic, he conjured demons and was instrumental in occult revival. He designed the famous goat-headed demonic symbol.  Interestingly Satanist Aleistar Crowley was born the same year Levi died and later claimed to be his reincarnation.

AE Waite, whom Coulombe also quotes with favor and proclaims a Catholic attempted an occult Mass and thereby incurred excommunication.  He was the co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck.
He also encouraged the writings of the Gnostic Ecclesia Bishop Stephen Hoeller.  This is from a reveiw of Gnostic Ecclesia Bishop Stephen Hoeller's book Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing:

Quote: It is heartening to read on page 182 Bishop Hoeller's praises of the 'insightful' Monarchist writer Charles Coulombe, who also received Hoeller's effusive thanks for the "encouragement" he gave him with the writing of Freedom a decade ago.
It  is peculiar that in Hoeller's book, Gnostic psychiatrist Jung defines "Extra ecclesiam nulla sulas"  as meaning "only within the community of city-state will one find wholeness and great healing."  Now every Catholic...especially a Feeneyite who considers EENS to be THE dogma...knows its meaning refers to no salvation outside the Church.  So why would Coulombe encourage Hoeller to write a book which contained such heresy?   In Fr. Francois Laisney's  book, Is Feeneyism Catholic, (page 46, note 61),  Father states that Thomas Hutchison's book Desire and Deception contains real heresy.  Thomas Hutchison is a pseudonym for Charles Coulombe.   Coulombe's recent anthology of horror stories was found sitting on the shelf at Barnes and Noble bookstore.  His introduction was dated by him on "Walpurgis Night, May Eve."  Walpurgis Night is the most famous Satanic feast day and is the founding day for the Church of Satan.  Now I'm sure that is just one more Gnostic jest of this Tartuffe as he plays for fools the idiots who regard him as their Catholic hero.  
September 6, 1999 THE TALK OF THE TOWN POSTCARD FROM L.A.A Hollywood psychic's inaccuracy fails to dent his popularity.
A little over a week ago, the chances of the world's coming to an end were hovering somewhere in the neighborhood of eighty-seven per cent--that is, according to Criswell, the late Hollywood prophet who claimed his predictive accuracy to be within that lofty percentile. "The world as we know it will cease to exist...on August 18, 1999, he forecast in his 1968 book "Criswell Predicts from Now to the Year 2000." He went on, "And if you and I meet each other on the street that fateful day...we will open our mouths to speak and no words will come out, for we have no future--you and I will suddenly run out of time!" Though Criswell departed the world as we know it in 1982, his friends and admirers hadn't yet been stricken mute by the evening of August 18th. On that Wednesday night, an assortment of them congregated at the congenially moldering Boardners, an old-time Hollywood watering hole and former Criswell haunt. They came to toast the Criswellian apocalypse, and to raise a Martini glass to one of Hollywood's first celebrity psychics. During the nineteen-fifties, the flamboyant Criswell hosted a live program on Los Angeles television and wrote a nationally syndicated column (both titled "Criswell Predicts") in which he dispensed outrageous predictions while radiating low-wattage Tinseltown glimmer. His column and his appearances on the "Tonight Show" briefly made him something of a national character. It was Criswell who blazed a trail for all
subsequent mass-media prophets, seers, and astrologers, from Jeane Dixon to Linda Goodman and Dionne Warwick's Psychic Friends. Today, Criswell is best remembered as the tuxedo-clad narrator with the platinum-blond pompadour who introduced several of Ed Wood's famously underproduced films, including "Plan 9 from Outer Space." Thanks to the enduring cult status of "Plan 9," and to Tim Burton's 1994 Ed Wood biopic, Criswell has been enjoying a kind of show-business comeback from beyond the grave. His record album of prophecies ("The Legendary Criswell Predicts! Your Incredible Future") has been reissued on CD. And Criswell memorabilia-including autographed photos and signed copies of his books-sustain energetic bidding on Internet auction sites. Of course, Criswell's claimed eighty-seven per cent accuracy level has taken a savage beating over the years. For example, the tragedy he forecast for England ("Meteor Destroys London: 1988") failed to materialize. Likewise his political forecasts: "I predict the assassination of Fidel Castro by a woman, on August 9, 1970"; "I predict the District of Columbia within the next fifteen years will cease to exist as the capital of the United States. The seat of government will be moved to Wichita, Kansas, in the caverns beneath the city"; "There will be no welfare in the future, and I predict the death penalty for all freeloaders." He also predicted that the first Americans on the moon would be pregnant women, and that by 1981 Americans would be able to receive heart, kidney, and brain transplants via vending machines.
Among those in attendance at the Boardners fete were several of Criswell's former tenants (in addition to being a brinksmanlike prognosticator, Cris was also a Hollywood landlord). Charles Coulombe, who was just a boy when his family moved into one of the showman's apartment buildings, remembered that "Mr. Criswell," as he still called him, claimed to have lost his psychic gift after he came to Hollywood. "He told my father that he had had the ability to tell the future when he was young, but that when he started taking money for it he lost it," Coulombe said. As the clock neared midnight, Coulombe, dressed in tails for the occasion, donned a white wig and commemorated the planet's final moments by channelling Criswell. Reading aloud the psychic's vision of doomsday, Coulombe intoned, "Future generations from some other planet will dig down through seven layers of rubble and find us some two thousand years hence. They will wonder what on earth was meant by the words 'Henry Ford' or 'Hollywood,' and what in heaven's name was a Criswell?" Alas, when the last revellers left, at 2 A.M., Boardners was still standing, thus dealing the Criswell legacy yet another harsh statistical blow. But on a much more important level, Hollywood's greatest seer had vindicated himself: he had posthumously conjured an enthusiastic party in his honor. The significance of August 18th? It's Criswell's birthday.
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