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The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

August 15, 2022
The Sixth Hour Program No. 591

The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Part 1

Over the next two weeks, we are going to give you the radio experience of a lifetime. More than that, it is the story of humankind's eternal salvation, won at the Cross of Christ, and you are going to come as close as you ever will to actually being there, because you are going to hear the eyewitness account of someone who actually was. Sr. Anne Catherine Emmerich is one of the most quietly unusual and humble of all of the Catholic mystics, yet the power of her testimony is unequaled by any of the many others. Most of the reason for this is what she saw, which is detailed, first person visions of the crucifixion of Christ. I suppose today this is what they call "remote viewing," for that is certainly what it was. There is an intimacy, and a reality to what you will hear that transcends time, space and history, and such a simple, loving honesty in the way the most intimate of details are described that the listener cannot help but get caught up in what is transpiring. You are there with as little and as humble a person as was Anne Catherine Emmerich, and in contrast to her person, the story she relates is by far the greatest ever told. Let yourself get caught up in it, and it will transform you just like it did all those who witnessed it then, like it did Anne Catherine Emmerich, and like it has done for so many others before and since. But beware! The journey from darkness into light is arduous and painful. What the LORD endured for all He also endured for you. Here is your chance to participate in it with Him. It is not for the faint of heart.      

August 16, 2022
The Sixth Hour Program No. 592

The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Part 2

All the themes of humanity's struggle are played out in this Passion Play of human history that we are beholding, as it is unfolding before us night by night. While Christ's victory over death is certainly the greatest ever to be celebrated, we shouldn't overlook the defeat of the world that brought it about. The ancient world was an old, tired, cynical and worn out place when Jesus came along. The pagan gods had deserted the decadent and thoroughly secularized Romans long before this, and the bloated, fake religious infrastructure of payments for oracles proclaimed, and imagined favors received, flourished only as a sideshow for the ever present suckers of the age. In reality, they had no god but Caesar, and as long as he got his cut, Caesar could care less. Same as the Jews. They took the Holy One of Israel and translated Him into 613 laws to be obeyed or else. The "or else" ended up being the Cross, which is what happened when Jesus showed up and called all of this into question. The institution of government, and the institution of religion, teamed up and came up with the perfect solution to the Jesus problem. The Jewish authorities demanded crucifixion and the Roman authorities provided it. It should be obvious that such authorities would be forever condemned for such an act of deicide, yet to this day it escapes so many.      

August 17, 2022
The Sixth Hour Program No. 593

The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Part 3

Betrayal and denial are the themes that pursue us relentlessly in the retelling of this ancient tale, just as they pursued, subdued and overcame Our LORD Himself. The failings of humanity as seen through God's eyes do not paint a pretty picture of who we are, what we are all about, and what our human motivations truly are. How easily the evil we pretend to eschew is revealed to be present and lurking just below the surface; present in all of us and tainting all that we do. And gathered humanity never rises to the occasion of doing what is right, but descends always to the level of the mob; demanding some sort of misplaced justice for wrongs and slights, either real or imagined. Like packs of dogs, packs of men default to the lowest common denominator, and who knows this better than the petty tyrants who run the temple, except perhaps the petty tyrant who runs the show for the ever-present Roman dictators. Their alliance is perfectly predictable and understandable. Before power came from the barrel of a gun it came at the point of a sword or lance, and for the few maintaining power over the many in this way, peace is always a tenuous matter, modulated by the tension between fear and anger. Justice denied one is justice denied all, and if God Himself is exempted from human justice, then what does that portend for all of the rest of us? Exactly what Jesus said we were going to get, which is no different than what they did to Him.          

August 18, 2022
The Sixth Hour Program No. 594

The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Part 4

The Jews. Those words conjure many different emotions, and those emotions have been blamed for numerous atrocities, both told and untold, committed by and against those so described, and for lo these many generations. What if God really did show up and He was neither a Pharisee nor a Sadducee; neither a Herodian, nor a Hellenist? What if God was like Jesus? What if He was on no one's side at all and wondered why it was that no one was on His? Why, the tension would be absolutely palpable, wouldn't it? It would be exactly what we find here in these tales of the visions of Sister Anne Emmerich, and it is the mood of this strange time, and these bizarre events, as she relates all of this in her simple way, that makes it all seem so real and lifelike. You don't just hear the old familiar story of Jesus, fleshed out like this in such surreal detail, you actually feel what it was like to be there and to be witness to the events that condemned the world, and, in turn, saved those souls so freed from it. By now the listener realizes that there is no neutral ground. There is no hanging back to see what will happen. What we are confronted with when we are confronted with the person of Jesus is the same thing everyone in these visions is confronted with: their own human mortality. He is either the solution to it or it is all a lie. And it is how you decide this question within yourself that determines your fate for all eternity. The tension really should be palpable, don't you think?             

August 19, 2022
The Sixth Hour Program No. 595

The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Part 5

It should surprise no one to learn that Pontius Pilate was a social and political climbing animal from the ranks of the Roman military, who had bullied his wife's standing as the sister of Tiberius into the worst assignment in the Roman Empire: Procurator of Judea. By the time he figured out that this is where political careers like his were sent to die, his was already dead. And, if it wasn't for the various remaining progeny of Herod the Great who ruled around him, Pilate would have been the most hated man in all of Palestine. His lack of even this relevance among the Jews he ruled over was seen as a sign of his inherent impotence by his Roman betters, and every decision he made was under intense scrutiny, so as to be held up as proof of his ongoing and growing incompetence. Into this tension was thrust the trial of Jesus, all tied up in a nice, neat bundle by the Sanhedrin, and all carefully calculated to unravel in such a way so as to prompt Pilate to do exactly what he subsequently did, which was to make a string of colossally bad decisions. According to some apocryphal accounts, he was a witness to the Risen LORD and was converted, and the letters he supposedly wrote to Tiberius concerning Jesus surely make for an interesting read. Tradition says he lost his head to the Romans for crucifying Christ, which is just ironic enough to be true, or at least it should be.              

August 22, 2022
The Sixth Hour Program No. 596

The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Part 6

Of the many lessons both subtle and not so much that the story of the Passion of Christ reveals is the lesson of the free and fair election. By this time, the hand wringing and hand washing of Pilate has only proven that blood is harder to wash off one's hands than one might think. And if the mob has decided that we're going to have government by mob rule, why not just put it to a vote? Even the drunken sheriff in a spaghetti western knows that there is no point in putting the lynching up to the vote of the lynch mob, but this is somehow lost on Pilate. The fact that there is a lynch mob demonstrates that such an election has already taken place, and the result has already been determined in the negative for the person about to be lynched. So, it's not like Pilate doesn't already know the outcome, it's just that he is so desperate for a way out of this mess when there isn't any, that he'll even try to slide the blame off on the very mob he whipped up into this frenzy by refusing to execute Jesus to begin with. Here's the easy way out: let's put it to a vote. The murderous insurrectionist Barabbas? Or the King of the Jews Himself, Jesus of Nazareth? If you listen carefully when it is very quiet, you can still here the answer resounding in fading echo from that fateful day to this: "Give us Barabbas! Give us Barabbas!" And as for God's answer to our demands for free and fair elections? "If it is Barabbas you want, then it is Barabbas you shall have!"      

August 23, 2022
The Sixth Hour Program No. 597

The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Part 7

If it wasn't for knowing what is still to come, one might think that the Way of the Cross is about as wretched as humanity ever behaves. We do, however, always seem to manage to exceed our own expectations when it comes to wickedness. If this isn't the absolutely nastiest treatment one human being can receive at the hand of his fellows, it will surely suffice to make the point of man's inhumanity to man. That God Almighty would manifest Himself in this most completely lovable of all human beings and then be subjected to this kind of treatment is off the scale of horror set by even the most demented minds of Hollywood, though they surely must admire the devil for his creativity in pulling this off the way he did. No doubt his hoof prints are already found in many places along the "Walk of Fame," and it is his lifetime achievement award that sets the standards by which all the others are judged. Keep that in mind when you watch The Passion of the Christ, and never forget that there are those in your midst who cheer just as hard, and often in silence, for the other side. The journey to Calvary sorts the hearts and minds of men into but the two basic camps that there are. Those who are drawn to Him in His pain and suffering, and see in this what it really is. And those who deny Him, betray Him, and either jeer at him loudly and openly, or, more often, do so in the silence of their hearts.

August 24, 2022
The Sixth Hour Program No. 598

The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Part 8

Perhaps it is because she is such a meek soul, or perhaps it is just because she is this humble that Sister Anne Emmerich is able to describe the most stupendous event in human history in the matter of fact way that she does. It certainly doesn't detract from the dramatic nature of what is happening. To the contrary, her calm in the sea of chaos surrounding the final moments of Our LORD, and the ensuing events that transpired during the first hour after his passing, is all the more effective at conveying the true nature of all of this, as much as is humanly possible anyway. It never occurs to the post-modern commentators that the actual accounts of what happened on that fateful Friday afternoon might have been edited to soften the supernatural blow involved rather than enhance it, as is always supposed by the cynics, the critics and the scholars. Just why are they always so anxious to remove God as the author of any possible explanation to any of this, when the story He tells is certainly the most plausible, not to mention the most hopeful? When Sister Emmerich passed along these visions in the early 19th century, the stirrings of unbelief among the learned had already made visible inroads into the faith of the Church hierarchy, which is for whom these visions were intended. If there is any irony greater than the lack of faith among the highest of the churchmen, it's hard to fathom. Except, perhaps, when it erupts without warning among the vilest of the heathen. He doth indeed work in mysterious ways.      

August 25, 2022
The Sixth Hour Program No. 599

The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Part 9

"It is finished!" And, at the same time, it is all poised and just about ready to begin. What a fascinating moment in history to behold. Even the Church in this mocking and sacrilegious time of Pope Francis still pauses from the idiocy of its daily routine to observe the divine liturgy for Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter. And the key to understanding it all is found in the observed silence of Holy Saturday. What we learn from the visions of Sister Anne Emmerich concerning this is what we would expect. Hell is harrowed, the souls of the dead are freed, and Christ reigns eternal in heaven, all before the faithful are even aware that the miracle of miracles has already taken place, and death has been vanquished forever. There is nothing to do on Holy Saturday but to ponder this in one's heart and rejoice at what it means going forward. And go forward it shall, with a shout and a tumult, and shortly hereafter nothing will ever be the same again, as the history of the world has now been determined, and it begins to move towards its inevitable conclusion. But on this day, that all remains unknown, and Christ lies dead in the tomb, at least as far as anyone knows. There is a peace in this that overcomes the gloom somehow. And a hope that transcends the hopelessness of the moment. Those who have this know what I mean. And those who don't should pray to possess it while this brief moment of silence remains.           

August 26, 2022
The Sixth Hour Program No. 600

The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Part 10

And so it is tonight that this long journey with Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich comes to a close. And you will certainly want to listen to her concluding comments, her remarks concerning St. Longinus, and her observations and further visions concerning the most remarkable events that have ever occurred. Most insist that you should keep in mind her own earnest comments, and those of the churchmen of her time, concerning giving this more historical credence than it truly deserves. The point most miss is that what you have heard during these past two weeks of programs transcends mere history, as well as explains it, and submitting this to the scrutiny of academic historical method is both as unnecessary and undesirable as it is distasteful. It is a situation similar to that of the scientists who have repeatedly dissected the Holy Shroud, only to discover what the faithful have known all along, when they care to admit it. They have given us the autopsy report on Jesus while claiming no intention to do so, and they would insist on performing such an autopsy on his earthly remains if it was not for the fact that their own research suggests they disappeared in an unexplained burst of energy. Yet even among those who have seen such things with science as we have heard here from Sister Emmerich there is widespread unbelief. In the end, that is why this remains merely a meditation; a meditation like no other to be sure, but a meditation none the less. As such, the real benefit gained is an eternal as well as an internal one, and should in no way be considered trifling.            

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Chaplain Phil

Chaplain Phil grew up listening to alternative points of view, and the underground perspective, that characterized late night AM and shortwave radio in the 1960's.  In the cold winter months following the events that transpired in Dallas on November 22, 1963, he came to realize that the death of President Kennedy represented an even deeper and more profound tragedy - the death of the nation. In the summer of 1964, he read None Dare Call It Treason by John Stormer and understood how this had come to pass.  He was 10 years old.

Through the ensuing years, he has followed the flow of free information, as what we now call the "mainstream media" banished independent Christian broadcasting, and honest political thought, from the AM band to shortwave, then to the internet, and now, in the face of internet censorship, back to shortwave.  After a lifetime of listening, he now feels the time has come to speak.  His message is simple.  We are living in a godless false reality created for the purpose of destroying most of us and enslaving the rest.

The time of Revelation is here. Take heart.  For what is being revealed is the eternal truth of Jesus Christ.

Brian Helix - News Director

As one of the BBC's "Young Lions," Brian Helix was known for his honest reporting and take no prisoners attitude towards the truth.  He is an expert on conspiracies and the theories thereof, both modern and classic, and a top flight investigative journalist.  He brings these talents along with his many others to the post of News Director here at RNJ.


Sally Belle-Époque - Production Manager

Sally Belle-Époque made her mark in both video production and A.I. research with the famed Hanson Robotics in Hong Kong, and now brings her varied talents and unique skills to bear as Production Manager at RNJ.  Sally is a no nonsense professional with all the Left Coast flair and style her background as a "Valley Girl" would suggest - a Silicone Valley Girl.   


Catholic Pirate Radio

What is Catholic Pirate Radio?

Pirate radio or a pirate radio station is a radio station that broadcasts without a valid license.  Catholic Pirate Radio is broadcast without the official sanction or approval of the Catholic Church, any of its connected agencies or organizations, or any member of its hierarchical structure (bishops, cardinals, pope, etc.).

Queen of Catholic Pirate Radio
"You see, God expects His people to do the ridiculous so
He can do the miraculous." - Mother Angelica
Father Coughlin
Father of Pirate Radio

    Mother Angelica: Queen of Catholic Pirate Radio

Mother Mary Angelica founded the EWTN television network, and, more significantly for my purposes here, WEWN, a global shortwave broadcast service with transmitters located in Irondale, Alabama.  In the 1990's, Mother Angelica became one of the most dominant Christian voices on the shortwave bands, and WEWN a torch that beamed her message of the truth of believing and faithful Catholicism across the nation and the world.  She was a major influence concerning my conversion to the Catholic Faith in 2002, and it is truthful to say that my formation as a Catholic took place with her over many nights of listening to the most powerful voice on 41 meters.  She gets much credit for her pioneering work in Catholic television, while her savvy for international shortwave broadcasting goes largely unheralded and is just as significant.  It made her a worldwide voice for the faith rather than just an American phenomenon, and paved the way for the globalization of EWTN.

Mother Angelica earned the title of Queen of Catholic Pirate Radio when she publicly took on and disputed the apostate Archbishop of Los Angeles, Roger Cardinal Mahony, concerning the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.  While Mahony was unleashing his wrath upon Mother all the way to Rome, it should also be noted that he retreated quickly and issued a statement taking offense at her for daring to question his belief in the Real Presence.  Thanks to Mother's widespread and profound media influence, I'm sure a lot of bishops, cut from the same cloth as Mahoney, also thought twice about peddling the "Spirit of Vatican II" nonsense in an overt way that might end up on TV.         

Here's some vintage Mother for you: 
I’m so tired of you liberal Church in America! And everything you’ve ever done has gone in silence. Nothing, nothing you’ve done – from your witchcraft to your enneagrams to your centering prayer to all this ‘earth spirituality’ to replacing holy water with sand to destroying our churches and closing churches that are viable and ready to go…no, this is not an accident. We’ve swallowed this now for thirty years. I’m tired of it. We have swallowed enough of your idea of God! You have, really, no God, no dogma, no doctrine, and no authority, because the only authority in the Catholic Church is our Holy Father and the Magisterium, and you have disclaimed that. You don’t believe in the Eucharist, you don’t believe in the Immaculate Conception, you don’t believe in the Virgin Birth, you don’t believe in Mary’s power of intercession, you don’t believe in religious life, you don’t believe in being a spouse of Christ! You do believe in teaching to little children in the third grade sex education, you do believe in forcing centering prayer and forcing inclusive language upon us, and now you depict Jesus as a woman?!  You’re sick!
Nothing to add to that.  As a layman, my duty as a Catholic is to point out these things just as it was Mother's duty as a religious - a Carmelite nun.  She taught me well.  It's time for Catholic Pirate Radio, the next generation.

    Father Charles Coughlin: Father of Pirate Radio

In 1926, Father Charles Coughlin first took to the airwaves on WJR radio in Detroit to denounce the Ku Klux Klan, which had recently burned crosses on the grounds of his parish.  Turning to politics in 1929, Father Coughlin quickly became a dominant and highly influential radio voice on the CBS network, with a weekly listening audience estimated at 30,000,000 during the peak of his popularity in the early 1930's.  While at first a fervent supporter of the policies and person of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, his views became more controversial and his rhetoric more strident as the Great Depression lingered on.  By 1936, he was expressing a viewpoint that was anti-capitalist and anti-socialist, and invoked no little controversy by expressing a certain sympathy concerning the fascism of Benito Mussolini and Adolph Hitler.  He was accused of anti-Semitism based upon this and his searing critique of the European Jewish banking establishment, which he sought to qualify as follows: 

My purpose is to help eradicate from the world its mania for persecution, to help align all good men, Catholic and Protestant, Jew and Gentile, Christian and non-Christian, in a battle to stamp out the ferocity, the barbarism and the hate of this bloody era. I want the good Jews with me, and I'm called a Jew baiter, an anti-Semite.

My point here is not to speak out for or against Father Coughlin and his political opinions, but merely to point to him as an early example of the efforts to censor and silence unpopular viewpoints.  He remains the textbook example of church and state teaming up to remove from public influence someone deemed too controversial to have his views heard by the great unwashed masses of the general public.  The Roosevelt Administration determined a priori that the First Amendment did not apply to radio broadcasting, and new regulations and restrictions were created specifically to remove Father Coughlin from the airwaves.  For the first time, public broadcasters had to obtain a permit and seek approval to speak on the air, and this was the impetus for those who refused to do so taking to the airwaves in protest: the birth of pirate radio.  While Father Coughlin was able to circumvent his banishment from network broadcasting by buying airtime on local stations, his reach and influence were drastically reduced.  In 1942 he was ordered to remove himself from public life by Bishop Edward Aloysius Mooney.  He complied without complaint and spent the remainder of his career as parish priest at the Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, Michigan.  He retired from active ministry in 1966.


Welcome to our broadcast facilities here at RNJ.  This is where Chaplain Phil and our crew make the magic happen.  Stars of the Show are a Sweetwater Studio Computer powering Jean and Ginger, two 1950 Canadian Philips Table Radios that serve as broadcast monitors. That's Ginger on the right channel, and Jean on the left. Auxilliary Computer is "Old Faithful," a 2009 Hewlett Packard (that's like about a 1930 model in American Tube Radio Years (ATRY). You'll also notice three communication receivers, two 1959 Hallicrafters S-108's and a 1947 National NC 57. Standby monitors include a 1937 Coronado 725 and 1953 Philco 53-960. It's all sorted out through a Behringer Xenyx 802 Mixer.  Our antenna array (not shown) is an 80 foot sloping copper long wire antenna, fastened to a Royal Palm and running from there to the studio.