As promised, we’re going to take a look at Jorge Bergoglio’s latest textual assault on the Catholic faith via the Apostolic Exhortation (so-called) Christus Vivit. Given that the document weighs-in at over 32,000 words, we’ll do so over the course of several posts, beginning with parts of Chapters I and II.
The outstanding characteristics of the first two chapters are simple enough: Flawed Christology and tortured Biblical exegesis.
As mentioned many times in this space over the last six years, the Bergoglian “Jesus” is #FAKE – a false god fashioned in the image and likeness of sinful men with earthbound aspirations in service to a humanist mission. In that sense, Christus Vivit is true to form.
“Francis” (Jorge Bergoglio’s nom de plume) begins by citing Scripture passages highlighting a number of “young” persons that have played a role in salvation history; e.g., Joseph, Samuel, Saul, David, etc.
Apparently, some Bergoglian flunky with an internet connection was charged with doing a Biblical word search for “youth” and “young,” the hit list of which was provided to Francis, who in turn abused the citations in order to make it appear as if his ramblings are based in the Word of God.
After listing these Biblical young persons, readers are treated to the following gem:
Jesus, himself eternally young, wants to give us hearts that are ever young. (Art. 13)
Unwilling to preach Christ the King of kings and Lord of Lords, here we find Bergoglio engaging in a pathetic attempt to patronize his primary audience, so-called “youth,” as if to say: Hey, dude, don’t ya know, Jesus is a young guy too!
Contrast this gratuitous Bergoglian nonsense with St. John’s description of Our Lord:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made.(John 1:1-3)
Or how about Our Lord’s own words: “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” (Apoc. 22:13)
So much for “eternally young.” The bigger problem, however, is that in speaking of Our Lord in such casual, ordinary terms, Bergoglio, as he is prone to doing, diminishes His sacred divinity. Elsewhere he states:
At one point in the Gospel he [Jesus] is called “the carpenter’s son” (Mt 13:55) and another time simply “the carpenter” (Mk 6:3). This detail shows that he was just another young person of his town, who related normally to others. No one regarded him as unusual or set apart from others.
Yes, you read that correctly, Jesus was just another young person of his town. Truly, folks, this is what Bergoglio honestly believes of his “Jesus.” Let us, however, be equally as clear – this is not Jesus Christ Our Lord and Our Savior, it is a #FAKE “Jesus;” a false humanistic god that by all measures is merely a man.
That Jorge’s god is not Our Blessed Lord becomes all the more evident as he goes on to state:
Jesus’ baptism was not like our own, which introduces us to the life of grace, but a consecration prior to his embarking on the great mission of his life. (Art. 25)
Jesus was consecrated by John in the Jordan? Consider the following from the Catholic Encyclopedia:
Consecration, in general, is an act by which a thing is separated from a common and profane to a sacred use, or by which a person or thing is dedicated to the service and worship of God by prayers, rites, and ceremonies. The custom of consecrating persons to the Divine service and things to serve in the worship of God may be traced to the remotest times.
So, are we to believe that Jesus – prior to submitting to Baptism at the hands of John in the Jordan – was not yet set apart for the service and worship of God? Jorge Bergoglio obviously does, and this in spite of the words that Our Lord spoke, at the age of twelve, to the Blessed Mother upon His finding in the temple, “Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?”
Sure sounds to me as if He was “set apart” for a sacred purpose well before His Baptism. If we are to see anything as a “consecration” of Jesus in His sacred humanity it would have to be the Presentation in the Temple at the hands of Our Lady and St. Joseph who placed the child Jesus in the arms of Simeon.
Oddly enough, these very words of the twelve year old Christ are cited just a few articles later in Christus Vivit (Art. 28), which tells us that they are, for the likes of Bergoglio & Co., just words to use at one’s pleasure and not the substance of faith.
At issue here, as I have written in the past (see HERE), is the reality that Jorge Bergoglio doubts that Jesus Christ is God. According to him:
The Gospel says that at his baptism the Father rejoiced and was well pleased: “You are my beloved Son” (Lk 3:22). Jesus immediately appeared filled with the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit into the desert.
This same verse from the Gospel according to St. Luke (v. 22) states, “And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape, as a dove upon Him…”
Does Francis believe that this took place for our sake; that we might come to know that Jesus was always and everywhere “filled with the Holy Spirit” by virtue of the hypostatic union? This is sure Catholic doctrine, but based upon what has been said thus far, it would seem that he does not believe this.
He goes on to say, “For him [Jesus] age did not establish privileges…” (Art. 14)
Does Francis believe that Jesus, in His sacred divinity, is the Law Giver who demands that we should “Honor thy mother and thy father”? I doubt that he does, but you decide.
At this, let’s take a closer look at some more of the tortured Biblical exegesis on display in Christus Vivat whereby Francis twists the words of Sacred Scripture to make whatever point he wishes to make; another Bergoglian pastime. He writes in Art. 32:
Yet at the empty tomb, we see another young person, “dressed in a white tunic” (16:5), who tells the women not to be afraid and proclaims the joy of the resurrection (cf. 16:6-7).
Correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t it understood that the “young man … clothed with a white robe” mentioned in Mark 16:5 is an angel? Jorge, however, would have us imagine that he was the ancient equivalent of some smartass delinquent teenager loitering on a street corner while scrolling through Facebook on his iPhone.
If that’s not embarrassing enough…
Saint Paul invites us to strip ourselves of the “old self” and to put on a “young” self (Col 3:9.10). … In a word, true youth means having a heart capable of loving, whereas everything that separates us from others makes the soul grow old.
The footnote reads: “The Greek word usually translated ‘new’ can also mean ‘young.’”
How scholarly! Even a dyed in the wool proof-texting Protestant would have to scoff at this garbage. But if you think that’s bad, get this…
Among those Biblical “youth” listed by Francis is Gideon, in whom he claims “we see the frankness of young people, who are not used to sugar-coating reality.” (Art. 7)
Hear that young people? Tell it like it is! How inspiring!
One small problem, however, Sacred Scripture gives us no indication that Gideon is young; in fact, the opposite is true. In speaking of Gideon, Francis is referring to the scene described in the Bible wherein we are told, “The angel of the Lord appeared to [Gideon], and said: The Lord is with thee, O most valiant of men” (Judges 6:12).
Most valiant of men? Hmmm… doesn’t sound like he’s all that young to me. But wait, there’s more. Just a few chapters later, we read:
And he [Gideon] said unto Jether his firstborn, Up, and slay them. But the youth drew not his sword: for he feared, because he was yet a youth. (Judges 8:20)
So, the supposedly “young” Gideon had a son who was old enough to slay his enemies by the sword. Hmmm… But wait, there’s even more!
Some verses later, we discover that Gideon died “in a good old age” after a judgeship of forty years (cf. Judges 8:28,32). So, how old was Gideon when he died; i.e., what might be considered a “good old age” in Biblical terms?
For context, we are told in Judges 2:8, “And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being a hundred and ten years old.” By this measure, if Gideon died at the age of 100, he would have been roughly sixty years of age when the Angel of the Lord appeared to him!
This is what Bergoglio is passing off as “the word of God” speaking “of young people and of how the Lord draws near to encounter them.”
There is more to say about these opening chapters of Christus Vivit, but in the interest of space (and our sanity), we’ll stop here for now.
And what have we discovered thus far? Well, for me, nothing new, just reconfirmation of that which was already quite obvious:
Everything about the “so-called pontificate of Francis” (to quote Fr. Nicholas Gruner yet again) has an air of #FAKERY about it; a #FAKE “Jesus,” #FAKE Biblical exegesis, #FAKE Apostolic Exhortations, and all of it coming from a #FAKE Catholic who has much of the world convinced that he is “pope.”
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On Sunday, 31 March 2019, while on tour in Morocco, His Humanist (Jorge Bergoglio) addressed a gathering of priests, religious, consecrated persons, and a gaggle of heretics assembled under the banner of the “Ecumenical Council of Churches.”
The roughly 2,000-word speech invoked the necessity of “dialogue” and “encounter” nearly two-dozen times. Apparently, “Francis” (Jorge Bergoglio’s stage name) wanted to reassure Morocco’s Muslim majority that they need not fear anything that even remotely resembles authentic Catholic evangelization; either from himself or from the members of the sect that he presently represents. He said:
For Jesus did not choose us and send us forth to become more numerous! He called us to a mission. He put us in the midst of society like a handful of yeast: the yeast of the Beatitudes and the fraternal love by which, as Christians, we can all join in making present his kingdom…
Folks, among self-identified Catholics, only the invincibly blind, ignorant or disinterested can possibly conclude anything other than the fact that this “Jesus” of whom Bergoglio speaks is not Our Blessed Lord; rather, it is, in the words of Pope St. Pius X, a “distorted and diminished Christ” (Notre Charge Apostolique, Against the Sillonist), a rank imposter.
This #FAKE “Jesus” is a figment of the conciliar mind; it is the false god of the church-of-man, the mission of which bears no resemblance to the mission given by Christ the King to His Church – the same of which Pope Pius XI wrote:
In view of the common teaching of the sacred books, the Catholic Church, which is the Kingdom of Christ on earth, is destined to be spread among all men and all nations. (cf Quas Primas– 12)
And how is this Kingdom of Christ on earth to be spread?
Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Jorge Bergoglio, by contrast, preaches a very different mission; one carried out in service, not to Jesus Christ, but to the false god that he and his conciliar confreres worship.
The paths of mission are not those of proselytism. Please, these paths are not those of proselytism! Let us recall Benedict XVI: “the Church grows not through proselytism, but through attraction, through witness.”
In order to make this utter garbage appear Catholic, Bergoglio claimed recourse to the Saint whose name he stole in order to make himself appear papal:
In this context I recall the counsel of Saint Francis to his brothers as he sent them out: “Go out and preach the Gospel: and if necessary, also with words.”
This coming from he who just made public yet another exercise in verbosity, Christus Vivit, which weighs-in at well over 30,000 words!
In any case, don’t be fooled by the deliberate lack of context regarding the quote above – St. Francis was simply making it clear that our deeds must give witness to our beliefs; because apart from this, our words will have little evangelical impact. For example, if a man were to claim to be Catholic and yet would refuse to genuflect before the Blessed Sacrament, well, we would then know that that man is a fraud.
Make no mistake, St. Francis (like every true Catholic) knew very well that in order to carry out the mission that was given to the Church by Christ, she and her members – especially her clerics – are required to use many words; teaching, exhorting, evangelizing, condemning error, inviting sinners to Baptism and conversion that they may be saved, etc.
Bergoglio wasn’t finished impugning the reputation of St. Francis just yet, however. He went on to say:
How can we fail to think of Saint Francis of Assisi, who at the height of the Crusades went to encounter Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil?
From the man preaching a #FAKE Jesus, it comes as no surprise that here we are presented with a #FAKE St. Francis. As for the real one, John Vennari (buon’anima!) set the record straight in the April 2002 edition of Catholic Family News, writing of his encounter with al-Kamil:
When brought to the Sultan, Francis said, “I am sent by the Most High God, to show you and your people the way of salvation by announcing to you the truths of the Gospel.” And when Saint Francis preached, the Sultan felt himself very much drawn to Francis and to the power of his words. So much so, that he invited Francis to stay with him.
“Willingly,” Francis replied, “if you and your people will be converted to Christ.”
Francis then proposed his famous challenge. He said: “If you yet waver between Christ and Mohammed, order a fire kindled and I will go into it with your priests that you may see which is the true Faith.”
Saint Francis entered the enemy camp and challenged the Muslim priests to go into the fire with him to see which one represented the true religion. The Muslims refused.
[The article is available HERE in full and well worth the time to read.]
What was St. Francis doing? He was proselytizing. And note very well the condition he presented to the Muslim, “If you and your people will be converted to Christ.” So much for accompaniment!
Jorge Bergoglio, however, has a different god and a different mission, telling his audience:
In other words, the paths of mission are not those of proselytism. Please, these paths are not those of proselytism! Let us recall Benedict XVI: “the Church grows not through proselytism, but through attraction, through witness”.The paths of mission are not those of proselytism, which leads always to a cul-de-sac, but of our way of being with Jesus and with others …
We are Christians because we have been loved and encountered, and not as the result of proselytism.
OK, at this, let’s define “proselytism,” or better yet, let’s allow Jorge to tell us what he means when he speaks of this. Readers may recall his “Top 10 Secrets to Happiness” (August 2014) wherein he said:
Don’t proselytize; respect others’ beliefs. We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes: ‘I am talking with you in order to persuade you,’ No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing.
You see, when Bergoglio speaks of “proselytizing,” he isn’t talking about resorting to strong arm tactics in order to affect a conversion; rather, he is referring to nothing more insidious than persuading those in error to embrace the truth, especially in matters religious! That’s it.
The mission of the Church demands that her members, in particular those in the sacred hierarchy, do precisely this. As St. Paul writes:
How then shall they call on him, in whom they have not believed? Or how shall they believe him, of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear, without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they be sent, as it is written: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, of them that bring glad tidings of good things! (Romans 10:14-15)
As if this is not clear enough, St. Paul also wrote about persuading those in error to embrace the truth (what Jorge Bergoglio calls “proselytism”):
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths. (2 Tim 4:1-4)
Nothing could be clearer: In order to carry out the mission given by Our Blessed Lord, the Church must persuade others to accept the life giving truth that has been entrusted to her.
So, while it may be the case that the conciliar church-of-man does not grow by proselytism, the Holy Catholic Church most certainly does.
With this in mind, do not gloss over the one important truth contained in Jorge’s diatribe against proselytism, “Let us recall Benedict XVI…” Indeed, as I wrote back in 2017, when it comes to this, Francis is merely following in Benedict’s footsteps.
It is crucial for readers to understand that Jorge Bergoglio is not making this madness up as he goes along; rather, he is simply carrying on the conciliar revolution like Benedict did before him, and John Paul II before him, and Paul VI, etc., albeit in ways that are at times more shocking to the authentic Catholic conscience.
When Bergoglio and Benedict are long gone, another will simply take over as head of the new religion that emerged following the Council.
At this we arrive at the most important takeaway: The religion of Jorge Bergoglio – the conciliar religion – is a false religion; one that merely poses as the Catholic religion. It has #FAKE saints, a #FAKE liturgy, a #FAKE mission and even its very own #FAKE “Jesus.” For anyone who truly knows the Catholic Church – her Saints, her liturgy, her mission and her Founder, this much is entirely obvious.
For those who need more proof, Bergoglio provided plenty in just this one speech alone. For example:
For being a Christian is not about adhering to a doctrine, or a temple or an ethnic group. Being Christian is about an encounter, an encounter with Jesus Christ.
Contrast this with the traditional teaching articulated by Pope Pius XII:
Now since its Founder willed this social body of Christ to be visible, the cooperation of all its members must also be externally manifest through their profession of the same faith and their sharing the same sacred rites, through participation in the same Sacrifice, and the practical observance of the same laws. (Pope Pius XII, Mystici Corporis – 69)
Not only is membership in the Mystical Body of Christ “about adhering to doctrine;” it’s about externally manifesting that adherence in the profession of faith! Throughout the past six-plus years, the man known by many as “Francis” has externally manifested his opposition to the one true Faith.
As such, Jorge Bergoglio has made it perfectly plain that he is not, therefore, a member of the Body of Christ, and this by his own doing. Every self-identified Catholic with ears to hear and eyes to see knows it, and yet few have the backbone to state the obvious.
There are some in so-called traditional Catholic media who still insist on calling Jorge Bergoglio – a man who routinely preaches a #FAKE “Jesus” in support of a humanist mission, and who clearly despises the Catholic faith – “Holiness.” Indeed, speaking plainly comes at a cost. Please consider clicking below to help us continue in our efforts to defend Catholic tradition.
Dear Brothers and Sister in Christ,
Welcome to the League of Saint Peter Damian. Two-thousand nineteen anno Domini is the year of the League’s formation. Catholics who register with the League during 2019 are considered founding members. [To apply for membership in the League (at no financial cost) please CLICK HERE.]
The purpose of this transitional period is to determine the structure, and traditional practices, policies and programs of the League prior to its incorporation and the establishment of a formal website.
As you already know, the League’s primary purpose is to foster greater devotion to Saint Peter Damian, a Doctor of the Church, and to promote his writings, most especially his work, the Book of Gomorrah– a blueprint for the moral and spiritual reform of the Catholic priesthood and religious life. The League is also dedicated to strengthening of the daily spiritual life of its clerical and lay members under the inspiration and guidance of Saint Peter Damian.
– Randy Engel
STUDY GUIDE #1
“Let Your Life Always Serve as a Witness”
A Biographical Sketch of Saint Peter Damian
[Note: The following is a brief account of the life and times of Saint Peter Damian, a theological giant and moral reformer of the Middle Ages. Over the next 12 months we will be exploring his life and works in much greater depth and intimacy, but for those who are just making Peter Damian’s acquaintance, this summary can serve as a valuable introduction.]
It appears that whenever Holy Mother Church has had a great need for a special kind of saint for a particular age, God, in His infinite mercy, has never failed to fill that need. And so, in the year 1007 AD, a boy child was born to a noble but poor family in the ancient Roman city of Ravenna, who would become a Doctor of the Church, a precursor of the Hildebrand reform, and a key figure in the moral and spiritual reformation of the lax and incontinent clergy of his time.
Tradition tells us that Peter Damian’s entrance into this world was initially an unwelcome event that overtaxed and somewhat embittered his already large family. He was orphaned at a young age. His biographer, John of Lodi, tells us that were it not for the solicitude of his older brother Damian, an archpriest at Ravenna, the youth might have lived out his life in obscurity as a swineherd, but God deemed otherwise.
Peter’s innate intellectual talents and remarkable piety in the light of great adversity were recognized by the archpriest, who plucked his younger brother from the fields and provided him with an excellent education, first at Ravenna, then Faenza and finally at the University of Parma. In return, Peter acknowledged his brother’s loving care by adopting Damian as his surname.
Although he excelled in his studies and quickly rose in academic ranks, Peter felt drawn to the religious rather than university life. His spirituality would be formed by his love for the Rule of St. Benedict and his attraction to the rigorous penance and individualistic practices of St. Romuald.
In his late twenties he was welcomed into the Benedictine hermitage of the Reform of St. Romuald at Fonte-Avellana where he eventually became prior, a position he retained until his death on February 21, 1072. He also served as Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia, an honor bestowed upon him by Pope Stephen IX in 1057. The life of the well-traveled holy monk was distinguished by his great learning and a marvelous knowledge of Holy Scripture and by great penitential acts, which served both as a rebuke and as an inspiration to his fellow monks and the secular clergy at a time when moral turpitude was endemic in clerical ranks.
Owen J. Blum, O.F.M., Saint Peter Damian’s chief translator and biographer in modern times, in one of his many works on the hermit-monk, notes that for the great saint, the spiritual life was first and foremost a life of prayer, penance and reparation. Peter Damian also promoted and practiced a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin.
The two hallmarks of the holy monk’s teachings on the spiritual life were his great hatred of sin and his fundamental and overriding interest in the spiritual advancement of the Catholic priesthood.
As Blum states, “Peter Damian thought of the priesthood as an order of the greatest dignity. Indeed, it was the exalted nobility of this office that caused him to speak in such dire terms to priests who forgot their position and tarnished their souls with incontinence.”
Peter Damian showed remarkable insight into the importance of model episcopal leadership, stating that “the example of a virtuous life” filters down from “the princes of the Church to all levels of the clergy and laity.” The holy monk was equally insistent on the deposition of unworthy incumbents to the priesthood, the duty of which fell to the local bishop.
Much of the success of his program of clerical moral reform was due to the fact Peter Damian was able to closely link his own efforts with that of the Papacy. Indeed, his wise council and diplomatic skills were employed by a long succession of Popes.
Peter Damian died in the odor of sanctity on February 22, 1072, in his sixty-sixth year at Faenza while returning to Rome from a papal mission to Ravenna. Although he was never formally canonized, he was revered as a saint immediately after his death and his cultus has existed at Faenza, at Fonte-Avellana, at Monte Cassino, and at Cluny to the present day.
Over the centuries his body has been moved six times, each time to a more splendid setting. In 1898, Peter Damian’s body found its final resting place in a beautiful side chapel dedicated to the saint in the Cathedral of Faenza, seat of the Bishop of Faenza-Modigliana.
[For additional details on Saint Peter Damian’s life see New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia, “St. Peter Damian,” by Leslie A. ST. L. Toke (transcribed by Joseph C. Meyer) pp. 1-2, at .]
Background on The Book of Gomorrah and the Vice of Sodomy
[Note: Today, there is great confusion among many Catholics, both lay and clerics, concerning the nature of the vice of sodomy. Saint Peter Damian’s treatise, the Book of Gomorrah (Liber Gomorrhianus) written in 1049 AD, contains the most extensive treatment and condemnation by any Church Father of clerical pederasty and homosexual practices. Every issue of this Study Guide will contain an excerpt from the Book of Gomorrah and a brief commentary on its relevance to the current state of moral chaos in the Church. The League is currently seeking permission from the Catholic University of America to reprint the entire text of the late Father Blum’s translation in pamphlet form to enable members to give the widest distribution possible to the treatise. – R.E.]
Church’s Perennial Teaching on Sodomy
As the Church’s eternal mission is the salvation of souls, so her condemnation of all sin including homosexual thoughts, words, and deeds, deliberately entertained, are joined to that of God’s infinite mercy and the need for repentance and reform of one’s life. To deliberately indulge in sodomy, in all its forms, is to places one’s soul in danger of eternal damnation and renders the sinner incapable of any virtue on a supernatural level.
Therefore, direct refutation combined with fraternal correction in the matter is an act of mercy not only for the individual caught in the vice, but as a preservative to keep others from falling into the same pit.
From Saint Peter to Saint Felix I, the early popes together with the early Church Fathers drew up Church general decrees, and later canons and pastoral and penitential codes and instituted a series of synods and councils by which their decrees in matters of faith and morals (including the immorality of all homosexual acts), were made known to the universal Church.
Pope Gregory I at the beginning of the Middle Ages used the Old Testament text from Genesis19: 1-25 to describe the terrible fate of Sodom and Gomorrah:
Brimstone calls to mind the foul orders of the flesh, as Sacred Scripture itself confirms when it speaks of the rain of fire and brimstone poured by the Lord upon Sodom. He had decided to punish in it the crimes of the flesh, and the very type of punishment emphasized the shame of that crime, since brimstone exhales stench and fire burns. It was, therefore, just, that the sodomites, burning with perverse desires that originated from the foul odor of the flesh, should perish at the same time by fire and brimstone, so that through this just chastisement they must realize the evil perpetrated under the impulse of a perverse desire.
Sodomy – A Vice and Crime
Throughout the Middle Ages, including the reign of Charlemagne, King of the Franks (768-814) and Holy Roman Emperor (800-814) and well beyond, the moral and legal status of sodomy remained essentially the same.
The Church viewed sodomy as a special evil and always a mortal sin when voluntarily entered into. This teaching has never charged.
At the same time, the State then considered sodomy a crime. This has changed today.
However, in the Middle Ages, the death penalty was normally reserved for sodomitical acts involving the seduction of the young, acts of violence including homosexual rape, murder or blasphemy. In such cases involving clerics and monks, the offenders were first defrocked, punished by the Church and then turned over to the Crown for final sentencing.
In keeping with traditional Church teachings handed down from the time of the Apostles, Saint Peter Damian held that all homosexual acts are crimes against Nature and therefore crimes against God who is the Author of Nature.
It is always refreshing to find an ecclesiastic whose first and primary concern in the matter of clerical sexual immorality is for God’s interests, not man’s, especially with regard to homosexuality in clerical ranks. Peter Damian’s special condemnation of pederastic crimes by clergy against young boys and men (including those preparing for Holy Orders), tends to undermine the excuse of many American bishops and cardinals today who claim that the early Church lacked specific knowledge and psychological insights by which to assess the seriousness of clerical homosexuality and pederasty.
As Peter Damian’s treatise clearly demonstrates, the degradation of human nature as exemplified by sodomitical acts is a universal phenomenon that transcends time, place and culture.
According to Damian, the vice of sodomy “surpassed the enormity of all others”:
Without fail it brings death to the body and destruction to the soul. It pollutes the flesh, extinguishes the light of the mind, expels the Holy Spirit from the temple of the human heart, and gives entrance to the devil, the stimulator of lust. It leads to error, totally removes truth from the deluded mind…
It opens up hell and closes the gates of paradise … It is this vice that violates temperance, slays modesty, strangles chastity, and slaughters virginity … It defiles all things, sullies all things, pollutes all things … This vice excludes a man from the assembled choir of the Church … it separates the soul from God to associate it with demons. This utterly diseased queen of Sodom renders him who obeys the laws of her tyranny infamous to men and odious to God…
She strips her knights of the armor of virtue, exposing them to be pierced by the spears of every vice … She humiliates her slave in the church and condemns him in court; she defiles him in secret and dishonors him in public; she gnaws at his conscience like a worm and consumes his flesh like fire …this unfortunate man (he) is deprived of all moral sense, his memory fails, and the mind’s vision is darkened.
Unmindful of God, he also forgets his own identity. This disease erodes the foundation of faith, saps the vitality of hope, dissolves the bond of love. It makes away with justice, demolishes fortitude, removes temperance, and blunts the edge of prudence. Shall I say more?
A dominant theme found in Peter Damian’s work is the holy monk’s insistence on the responsibility of the bishop or superior of a religious order to curb and eradicate the vice of sodomy from their ranks. He minced no words in his condemnation of those prelates who refused or failed to take a strong hand in dealing with clerical sodomitical practices either because of moral indifferentism or the inability to face up to a distasteful and potentially scandalous situation.
Peter Damian did not spare those ecclesiastics who knowingly permitted sodomites to enter Holy Orders or remain in clerical ranks while continuing to pollute their office. The holy monk lashed out at “do-nothing superiors of clerics and priests,” and reminded them that they should be trembling for themselves because they have become “partners in the guilt of others,” by permitting “the destructive plague” of sodomy to continue in their ranks.
But he saved the bitterest blast of all for those bishops who “commit these absolutely damnable acts with their spiritual sons.” “Who can expect the flock to prosper when its shepherd has sunk so deep into the bowels of the devil. …Who will make a mistress of a cleric, or a woman of a man? Who, by his lust, will consign a son whom he had spiritually begotten for God to slavery under the iron law of Satanic tyranny?” Peter Damian thunders.
Repent and Reform Your Lives
Like every saint before him and every saint who will ever come after him, Peter Damian exhorted the cleric caught in the vice of sodomy to repent and reform his life and in the words of the Blessed Apostle Paul, “Wake up from your sleep and rise from the dead, and Christ will revive (enlighten) you.” (Eph5:14) In a remarkable affirmation of the Gospel message, he warned against the ultimate sin of despairing of God’s mercy and the necessity of fasting and prayer to subdue the passions:
… beware of drowning in the depths of despondency. Your heart should beat with confidence in God’s love and not grow hard and impenitent, in the face of your great crime. It is not sinners, but the wicked who should despair; it is not the magnitude of one’s crime, but contempt of God that dashes one’s hopes.
Then, in one of the most beautiful elocutions on the grandeur of priestly celibacy and chastity ever written, Damian reminded the wayward cleric or monk of the special place reserved in heaven for those faithful priests and monks who have willingly forsaken all and made themselves eunuchs for Christ’s sake. “Their names shall be remembered forever because they have given up all for the love of God.”
[The above quotes are taken from Father Owen J. Blum, OFM, Peter Damian, Letters 31-60, part of the Fathers of the Church – Medieval Continuation Series (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1990.)]
Saint Peter Damian On The Spiritual Life
“It is truly great to die for Christ, but not less noble to live for Him”
Saint Peter Damian’s exquisite devotion to the Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven, is reflected in the following except taken from a one of his many writings on the great dignity of Our Lady:
Among men he is considered noble who bears title to the excellence of his parents; but Mary, although she was of born of noble family, received the distinction of the greatest nobility from Him who was begot of her by a new kind of birth, and by her eminent offspring exceeds all human nobility. She was distinguished by the titles of ancestry, but was incomparably more illustrious by the nobility of her child. She was indeed the daughter of kings, but the mother of the King of Kings …. But whatever is said of you by mortal man does not equal the merits of your dignity. For human frailty cannot worthily aspire to proclaim her whom an exceeding grace has raised above the angels. We beseech you, most loving Mother of goodness and mercy, that we who rejoice in singing your praises here on earth, may merit to have the aid of your intercession in heaven; that, as through you the Son of God deigned to come down to us, so may we be able through you to come to union with Him. (PL 144, 761 A).
Special Considerations for the Month of April
Prayers, Fasting and Almsdeeds
“But this kind is not cast out but by prayer and fasting.” [Matthew 17:20]
The issues of prayer, fasting and almsgiving – the triple remedy appointed by God to aid man in the attainment of salvation – are especially important to the future formation of the League of Saint Peter Damian.
A priest friend and associate of the League recently suggested that, once formally established, the League publish a handbook of prayers and spiritual meditations written by Saint Peter Damian – which is a task the League will certainly pursue.
In that same conversation, he also happened to mention that many Catholics have deformed or uninformed consciences when it comes to abstinence and fasting in the traditional sense. Hence, this short reminder to all members of the League.
The Catechism of the Council of Trent tells us that fasting is most intimately connected with prayer:
For the mind of one who is filled with food and drink, is so borne down as not to be able to raise itself to the contemplation of God, or even understand what prayer means.
In the Summa Theologiae, (Question 147. Fasting) Saint Thomas tells us the three-fold purpose of fasting:
First, in order to bridle the lusts of the flesh, wherefore the Apostlesays (2 Corinthians 6:5-6): “In fasting, inchastity,” since fastingis the guardian of chastity…”
Secondly, we have recourse to fasting in order that the mind may arise more freely to the contemplation of heavenly things: hence it is related (Daniel 10) of Daniel that he received a revelation from God after fasting for three weeks.
Thirdly, in order to satisfy for sins: wherefore it is written (Joel 2:12): “Be converted to Me with all your heart, in fastingand in weeping and in mourning.” … “Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contriteand humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, kindles the truelight of chastity.”
Saint Thomas continues :
Now it has been stated above … that fasting is useful as atoning for and preventing sin, and as raising the mind to spiritual things. And everyone is bound by the naturaldictate of reason to practice fastingas far as it is necessaryfor these purposes. Wherefore fasting in general is a matter of precept of the natural law, while the fixing of the time and manner of fasting as becoming and profitable to the Christian people, is a matter of precept of positive law established by ecclesiastical authority: the latter is the Church fast, the former is the fast prescribed by nature.
On the matter of almsgiving, the Catechism of Trent reminds us that, like fasting, it also has an intimate connection with prayer:
For what claim has he to the virtue of charity, who possessing the means of affording relief to those who depend on the assistance of others, refuses help to his neighbor and brother? How can he, whose heart is devoid of charity, demand assistance from God unless, while imploring the pardon of his sins, he at the same time humbly beg of God to grant him the virtue of charity?
In summarizing the links between prayer, fasting and alms deeds, the Catechism notes:
… The wrath of god we appease by pious prayer; our offences against man we redeem by almsdeeds; the stains of our own lives we wash away by fasting.
In writing the Book of Gomorrah Saint Peter Damian confronted the dual sins of sodomy and pederasty in clerical and lay ranks. It is any wonder, that during the Middle Ages, sodomy was called “the devil’s congress?”
Jesus tells us that there are certain devils that can only be cast out by prayer and fasting. If we take Saint Peter Damian’s words to heart, there is ample proof to support the belief that sodomy, especially when it involves the destruction of innocence of a young boy, is one of those devils about whom Jesus talks.
Over the next nine months, all members of the League of Saint Peter Damian in Formation, most especially members of the clergy are asked to make suggestions on how the three-fold tasks of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving can be incorporated into the League’s work. These comments can be sent by e-mail or by letter. Thank you.
Action Line for April 2019
Each month, the League will ask its members to carry out a specific request related to the future disposition of the League.
This month we are asking our members to send or give a copy of this mailing to your local pastor, and where applicable, to send it to a friendly bishop anywhere in the world asking him to read and comment on the mailing, and asking his support for the League.
Before its formal incorporation the League will need at least one bishop’s approbation. I’ve already contacted the Ordinary of Faenza-Modigliana, Bishop Mario Toso, S.D.B. asking for his blessings and support. In dealing with certain aspects of the League’s formation, for example, indulgences or the imprimatur for prayer books, etc. it will be helpful to have the support of at least one member of the Catholic hierarchy.
Prayer Intensions for April
Your prayers are requested for faithful Catholic priests and religious the world over.
O Jesus, eternal Priest,
keep Your priests within the shelter of
Your Sacred Heart,
where none may touch them.
Keep unstained their anointed hands,
which daily touch Your Sacred Body.
Keep unsullied their lips,
daily purpled with Your Precious Blood.
Keep pure and unearthly their hearts,
sealed with the sublime mark
of the priesthood.
Let Your holy love surround them and
shield them from the world’s contagion.
Bless their labours with abundant fruit
and may the souls to whom they
minister be their joy and
consolation here and in
Heaven their beautiful and
everlasting crown. Amen.
Mary Help of Christians, Mother of Priests – Pray for Us
St. Thérèse of Lisieux
A Blessed Lent and Easter to All
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Earlier today, the Holy See Press Office issued the following notice:
On Tuesday 2 April 2019, at 11.30 [Rome] in the John Paul II Hall of the Holy See Press Office a press conference will be held to present Pope Francis’ post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation dedicated to young people, “Christus vivit”, the result of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment (3 to 28 October 2018).
Readers may recall the Apostolic Constitution (so-called), Episcopalis Communio, which was issued motu proprio back in September making changes to the Synod of Bishops. It states:
Having received the approval of the Members, the final Document of the Assembly is offered to the Roman Pontiff, who decides to publish it. If expressly approved by the Roman Pontiff, the final document participates in the ordinary Magisterium of the Successor of Peter.
If the Roman Pontiff granted the deliberative power to the Assembly of the Synod, in accordance with can. 343 of the Code of Canon Law, the Final Document participates in the ordinary Magisterium of the Successor of Peter once ratified and promulgated by him.
In this case the Final Document is published with the signature of the Roman Pontiff together with that of the Members.
Based on this, as I wrote at the time:
At the conclusion to a given Synod, Francis may or may not produce a post-synodal Exhortation. If it should be that the Synod’s final document is not sufficiently in line with the outcome that he desires, in spite of his best efforts, he will simply proceed the old-fashioned way.
In the present case, though the Youth Synod’s final document amounts to a gift to the LGBT cause, it apparently didn’t go far enough to satisfy the Heretic-in-Chief.
As such, one has every reason to expect Christus Vivit to contain a bombshell or two – be it with regard to “sexual orientation” (a phrase found in the final text in spite of the fact that there is no such thing – see HERE) or some other initiative that is near and dear to Jorge’s heretical heart.
Time will tell. The bomb drops on Tuesday at 5 am in my time zone. I’ll have a hot cup of coffee in hand and begin dissecting it shortly thereafter; no doubt providing an excellent opportunity for Lenten mortification. Stay tuned.