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Continued from THESE.

I get many requests by email asking for prayers. Some are heart-achingly grave and urgent.

As long as my blog reaches so many readers in so many places, let’s give each other a hand. We should support each other in works of mercy.

If you have some prayer requests, feel free to post them below.

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I still have three pressing personal petitions.

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ASK FATHER: “I now have doubt about sorting the doctrinal from the papal opinion.” Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader…


All this confusion with the death penalty has caused me to doubt the authority of what I assumed were books of bedrock Catholic Doctrine.

Of course there was the first JPII Catechism, then his revision, both of which I thought were 100% settled Catholic Doctrine. Discovering that pre-V2 teaching of the death penalty was other than as presented in the current CCC, I now have doubt about sorting the doctrinal from the papal opinion.

So what Major Catechisms are doctrine/dogma only that are not infused with papal opinion or zeitgeist that I can use for definitive answers when confronted by lapsed Catholic and non-Catholics?

As far as I’m concerned, from my training in Patristic theology, the 16th c. Council of Trent’s Roman Catechism is “modern”.

Also, be careful when reading certain sites and their commentary on this.  The Id of Traddy-dom is pretty yakkity right now.

This question – your doubt – underscores one of my principle concerns about the change to CCC 2267.

Firstly, my problems with the change don’t have so much to do with Pope Francis’ opinion that capital punishment should never be used.  Maybe he is right and maybe he isn’t.  Were one to consult all the Popes back through history, you would get an answer different from what Francis has opined, even with variations about the circumstances and mercy, etc.  Also, the inserting of one paragraph into the CCC that cites only Francis’ own speech as a reference in the notes is pretty thin stuff.  Remember that things don’t become true by their being put into the CCC.  They are truth, and verified, doctrines with a serious pedigree before they go into the CCC.  They are put in because they rest on solid footings.  To my mind, that new 2267 doesn’t come up to scratch, when placed alongside centuries of teaching, vaporous claims about public opinion (as if that were a criterion for confirming doctrine), and a dubious argument from the point of view of the inviolability of human dignity, which seems not to take into consideration the eternal soul and fate of the condemned.

I am concerned about this paragraph not because of the opinion it expresses about the use of capital punishment, but because this is an attempt to instrumentalize the CCC for reasons other than teaching doctrine.  Note that there is in new 2267 an admonishment to nations not to use it.  Is that what catechisms are for?

Another reason, if this paragraph on this teaching can be altered in such a way, then what other paragraphs will be changed.  This change strikes me as a trial balloon and a call to special interest groups to redouble their calls for changes to the CCC.  Homosexualists are already emboldened.

Also, and this is really a problem, this change to 2267 has sown doubt in people’s minds, just as it has done in yours, about the reliability of what John Paul called a sure reference.

Hence, I an not a fan of this change.  However, let’s not make more of it than we need to.

No catechism does it all.  Also, even the Catechism of the Catholic Church was also intended as a model for local catechisms.

It is good to have a ranger of sources, classic and new.  Cross-checking is useful.

Old manuals of theology are also great resources.  However, they are virtually all in Latin, which is hard for most people or inaccessible.

That said, keep in mind that this latest change to the CCC in paragraph 2267 is an alteration of one paragraph concerning a tiny sliver of criminals who are themselves a minority in society.  Also, it deals with contingent moral choices about that tiny sliver of the small fraction.  Unless you are a governor of a state or an executioner, this paragraph won’t have much bearing on your daily life.  Neither does it concern issues far closer to the core of the Faith.  Also, we have not yet seen the official text of 2267 in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, which is the official instrument of promulgation of the Holy See.

I’m telling people to keep that CCC close and, with an erasable pencil draw a circle around that paragraph and put a question mark by it… for now.

Meanwhile, we have multiple catechisms at our disposal.   Chief among them are these.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church.
US HERE – UK HERE (There are many editions.  Look around.)

The Catechism of the Council of Trent for Parish Priests.
US HERE – UK HERE (There are many editions.  Look around.)

Also, the Baltimore Catechism, which has different volumes for different ages (US HERE – UK HERE).  It’s so useful, in its Q&A format.

And the Catechism of Pius X is also great.  (US HERE – UK HERE).

There are many good resources available.

You might also try Ludiwg Ott’s Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma.  (US HERE – UK HERE)

Morever, for primary sources, try Enchiridion Symbolorum: A Compendium of Creeds, Definitions, and Declarations of the Catholic Church (Latin and English Edition) from Ignatius Press (US HERE – UK HERE)

Finally, here’s a little rant. 

Each time the Pope or one of his creatures says something weird or at least confusing, then we, all of us, have an opportunity to educate ourselves.  We ought to be driven to our books and to our sound, reliable priests, or at least to take steps to find them and use them as good resources.

When you love someone, you want to know all about that person.  Right?  And, when love is genuine, charity, sacrificial love, then the more you come to know, the more you choose to love.  Love is an informed choice, not a gooey feeling.

If we love our Faith, we want to know more about it, always.   We make distinctions about the content of the Faith.  We talk about the Faith in which we believe (fides quae creditur) and the Faith by which we believe (fides qua creditur).   The former, we study and dissect and memorize and dispute, etc.  The later is infused gift of the Holy Spirit.  They work together, our capacity and God’s grace, which raises and perfects our natural gifts.

In making these distinctions, remember too that the true content of the Faith is a Person, the Divine Person of the Word, Our Lord Christ Jesus.  He is in and behind and before all the truths that we have received faithfully from Apostolic Tradition onward.  When the Church teaches, He teaches.

He is the content.  We can, therefore, have a real relationship of love with the content of our Faith.

When you love, you want more.  It costs, but the cost is not counted.

Today we tend to confuse “love” with ooey gooey good feelings, like early romantic relationships.  However, real love is a choice, not a mere impulse.

I’m not getting much ooey gooey right now, and I think most of you aren’t either.  Hence, when the object of your love becomes difficult, unattractive, challenging, unlikeable, problematic, we choose to love anyway.  Sacrificial love, charity, means taking the hits.

But don’t discount the ooey gooey!

In a way, our old fashioned pious devotions and the prayers of our forebears with their florid language are like the ooey gooey part of romantic love.  But, even within those devotions there is deep doctrine, profound truths.  The devotions should drive us to learn more, go deeper.  Going deeper should then bring us back to our devotions with greater fervor.   Ooey gooey is a starting point and, maybe, even a re-starting point and a re-freshing point.

Amplify this by a factor of a gazillion regarding our participation in Holy Mass!

We are both intellective and affective.  They come together in the tension of fides quae and fides qua, our willed choice to know and to love.  After all  God made us His images, to act like He acts, to know, to will, to love.

Catholics who truly love their Faith shouldn’t need weird stuff and controversies to spur them into their catechisms and the constant study of and review of the Faith.   We should burn with a desire to know more more more anyway and all the time.

In a lot of ways, I admire greatly the practice of orthodox Jews who assiduously study and debate about their “portions” of Torah and the commentaries that surround them.  We could use some of their discipline.  Maybe that’s one reason why, in this troubled time for the Church, I have wryly coopted the language of the Left to suggest that Catholic should form base-communities of study and of prayer and of old-fashioned pious devotional practices.  Our forebears did this, with their weekly return to church on a weekday for devotions such as the Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, for 1st Friday, 1st Saturday and Way of the Cross in Lent, Rosary, Exposition and Benediction, Processions and Missions and Vespers on Sunday afternoons.

FATHERS!  BISHOPS!  We need old-fashioned prayers and devotions in our churches!  Start them and invite people to come!   Let’s think outside the box by opening up the good old boxes we already have and have closed for a while.  We have to be the householders who bringeth forth things out of our treasure new things and old.

Perhaps a place to start with these devotions could be for reparation for sins and even for the grace of compunction.   Benedict XVI wrote a pastoral letter to the people of Ireland after the scandals shredded the Church and faithful.  He talked about how abandoning devotions eroded them and he recommended their recovery along with the treasures of their cultural heritage.

This is my RX for what ails us.   More study, and more pious, old-fashioned devotions at home, sure, but especially in parishes.

Thus endeth the rant.

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ASK FATHER: Faithful, active women religious. Where to go?

Definitely NOT this kind!

From a reader…


I’ve been discerning a religious vocation for about a year and a half, but lately I’ve been frustrated and confused about the right community to look into. My vocations director is a member of an LCWR community and, although I feel more drawn to an apostolic/ active way of life, I just can’t accept the way that most of those communities practice the faith. Not to sound harsh, but I want to devote my life to serving God and His Church, not to live in the name of “social justice” or pluralism. Unfortunately most of the communities I know of that would offer the most orthodox/ traditional approach to the faith are mainly contemplative or cloistered. I pray that I am mistaken, and, If so, I could really use advice on where to go next or at least what direction I should turn to. Are there any active communities that you could recommend?

This is surely a problem that many young women have.

I have an inkling that religious life for women could undergo a real flourishing again, given the development of new options.   To some I would suggest, perhaps, organizing half a dozen gals and then enter and take over some existing dying group!

That said.

Off the top of my head, the Nashville Dominicans are great teachers!

The Hawthorne Dominicans are truly impressive as are the Little Sisters of the Poor.

The Missionaries of Charity are amazing.

I think the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa have an active dimension.

You may be looking also for groups that use the traditional Roman Rite.

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St. Maximilian Kolbe, priest, martyr, ham radio operator, intercede for dissident ‘c’atholic media!

Maximilian KolbeToday, 14 August, is the Vigil of the Assumption.  It is also the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan priest put to death at Auschwitz.

St. Maximilian Kolbe, has a special relevance for Catholic media.

I would ask all of you to say a prayer to him, asking his intercession with God for the conversion of catholics who use the media to confuse the faithful and to distort the teachings of the Church.  I am especially intent that you pray for the conversion of the National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap).

Pray, people, on your knees, even with a special visit to the Blessed Sacrament, that the whole body of Catholic bishops of these USA will soon formally demand that the Fishwrap to remove the word “Catholic” from its name.  Remember the prayer to St. Joseph for the Conversion of the National catholic Reporter which I posted HERE.

NcR must be converted, please God, or like the priests of Baal, they must fail.

Also, please ask St. Maximilian to intercede, asking God to keep those who are dedicated to making Christ and His Church known and loved in their fullness faithful, charitable and courageous.

Finally, I remind you hams out there that St. Maximilian, was also a ham.


In 1930, Franciscan Father Maksymilian Maria Kolbe left Poland for Japan, China and India where he organized monasteries. When in Japan, Father Kolbe got acquainted with a network of small broadcasting radio stations. To supplement a large number of religious periodicals that he was publishing in Poland and abroad at that time, he decided to start a radio station as a new medium. In 1930, he applied for a radio broadcasting license in Poland. However, only the Polish Radio Warsaw (1925) and a military radio station held exclusive radio licenses at that time. Radio receivers were allowed to be owned by permission early in 1924.


More HERE.

Maybe today is the day, in honor of St. Maximilian, to get that little Elecraft K3X and get to work with some QRP.

These tools and skills will be needed, if thing keep going the way the are going.  Feel free, hams out there, to make a donation or two.



Long-time reader here, BB, reminded me…

Zednet still exists on the Yaesu System Fusion (Wires-X) “room” 28598, which is cross-linked to Brandmeister (BM) DMR worldwide talkgroup 31429, which essentially gives world-wide multi-mode access to a common ham radio network.

Any fellow hams who have access locally to a Yaesu System Fusion repeater, a repeater on the BM network, or a multi-mode hotspot that’s registered with BM can get on and have a rag chew.

Maybe we need to actively churn the waters to have a real Net on a regular basis.  This is ‘samidzat’ in the aether.

Thanks for remembering St.Kolbe. Important man for our sad times, especially as the normal modes of communication are being co-opted by the forces of evil.


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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Beans in a bottle, and Beans in a bubble.

Carracci, The Beaneater – Il Mangiafagioli, Rome

The other day I posted an image of Carracci’s painting of the “Mangiafagioli … The Bean Eater” and in another post I clarified a term used in a don Camillo story, “mangiapreti… priest eater” (a really anti-clerical person).

I determined that I would be a priest bean eater, and make some Tuscan-style beans: fagioli al fiasco.  Tuscany is famous for their wonderful wines, big steaks and great beans.

I consulted a few recipes and it all was pretty straight forward.  In general, you put your beans, water and some garlic, salt, pepper, sage and maybe other herbs with olive oil into a fiasco, which is a bulb-shaped wine bottle (when you see straw around Chianti bottles, that’s because they were blown into a bulb shape and can’t stand up), and then stick it down into the ashes of the waning fire in your hearth.  It needs to have a small hole through the cork to let steam out.  Cotton balls work.  By morning your beans are ready.

I don’t have a hearth.   An alternative, would have been to seal them up – nearly – in, say, a jar placed in hot water.  Too much trouble.  Maybe next time.  So, I used my crock pot.

First, soak cannellini beans over night.

The next day…

Salt, pepper, including whole corns, sage, rosemary, water and a little chicken stock, olive oil.

I used my Clement XVI mug for perfect pouring style.

After a few hours of torment from the wonderful profumo.

About an hour before they were done, I threw in a handful of cherry tomatoes.

Over these beans, I put some first pressing, olio nuovo, from a really good press on the Left Coast.  Good olive oil is like liquid sunshine.


Speaking of Italian Beans…, this writer is sealed up in a fantasy bubble.

Sigh.  Anyway… rather than talk about the Big Beans here, stick to the Tuscan beans and the more pleasant topic of the kitchen.   If you want to comment on Beans and the Poster, please go HERE.  Again… no creepy poster here.  RESIST the temptation.

Hereunder, stick to the better beans.

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A Tale of Two Churches

I just finished an audio “course”, Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon, from The Great Courses. US HERE – UK HERE

There were some great insights in the 48 lectures. Among them, there was grist for the mental mill about the role of hunger, the role of women, the roll of the mob in revolution.

I have now turned to an audio version of Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities read by the great Simon Vance (US HERE – UK HERE), who did all the amazing Aubrey/Maturin series.    You might recall that this is the book in which one reads of the tricoteuse Madame Defarge.

I was struck by the force of Dickens’ description in one particular, though this same claim might be made again and again throughout his works.  In this moment, a cask of wine has fallen and broken on the street of a neighborhood near to the Bastille….

The wine was red wine, and had stained the ground of the narrow street in the suburb of Saint Antoine, in Paris, where it was spilled. It had stained many hands, too, and many faces, and many naked feet, and many wooden shoes. The hands of the man who sawed the wood, left red marks on the billets; and the forehead of the woman who nursed her baby, was stained with the stain of the old rag she wound about her head again. Those who had been greedy with the staves of the cask, had acquired a tigerish smear about the mouth; and one tall joker so besmirched, his head more out of a long squalid bag of a nightcap than in it, scrawled upon a wall with his finger dipped in muddy wine-lees—BLOOD.

The time was to come, when that wine too would be spilled on the street-stones, and when the stain of it would be red upon many there.

And now that the cloud settled on Saint Antoine, which a momentary gleam had driven from his sacred countenance, the darkness of it was heavy—cold, dirt, sickness, ignorance, and want, were the lords in waiting on the saintly presence—nobles of great power all of them; but, most especially the last. Samples of a people that had undergone a terrible grinding and regrinding in the mill, and certainly not in the fabulous mill which ground old people young, shivered at every corner, passed in and out at every doorway, looked from every window, fluttered in every vestige of a garment that the wind shook. The mill which had worked them down, was the mill that grinds young people old; the children had ancient faces and grave voices; and upon them, and upon the grown faces, and ploughed into every furrow of age and coming up afresh, was the sigh, Hunger. It was prevalent everywhere. Hunger was pushed out of the tall houses, in the wretched clothing that hung upon poles and lines; Hunger was patched into them with straw and rag and wood and paper; Hunger was repeated in every fragment of the small modicum of firewood that the man sawed off; Hunger stared down from the smokeless chimneys, and stared up from the filthy street that had no offal, among its refuse, of anything to eat. Hunger was the inscription on the baker’s shelves, written in every small loaf of his scanty stock of bad bread; at the sausage-shop, in every dead-dog preparation that was offered for sale. Hunger rattled its dry bones among the roasting chestnuts in the turned cylinder; Hunger was shred into atomics in every farthing porringer of husky chips of potato, fried with some reluctant drops of oil.

Its abiding place was in all things fitted to it. A narrow winding street, full of offence and stench, with other narrow winding streets diverging, all peopled by rags and nightcaps, and all smelling of rags and nightcaps, and all visible things with a brooding look upon them that looked ill. In the hunted air of the people there was yet some wild-beast thought of the possibility of turning at bay. Depressed and slinking though they were, eyes of fire were not wanting among them; nor compressed lips, white with what they suppressed; nor foreheads knitted into the likeness of the gallows-rope they mused about enduring, or inflicting. The trade signs (and they were almost as many as the shops) were, all, grim illustrations of Want. The butcher and the porkman painted up, only the leanest scrags of meat; the baker, the coarsest of meagre loaves. The people rudely pictured as drinking in the wine-shops, croaked over their scanty measures of thin wine and beer, and were gloweringly confidential together. Nothing was represented in a flourishing condition, save tools and weapons; but, the cutler’s knives and axes were sharp and bright, the smith’s hammers were heavy, and the gunmaker’s stock was murderous. The crippling stones of the pavement, with their many little reservoirs of mud and water, had no footways, but broke off abruptly at the doors. The kennel, to make amends, ran down the middle of the street—when it ran at all: which was only after heavy rains, and then it ran, by many eccentric fits, into the houses. Across the streets, at wide intervals, one clumsy lamp was slung by a rope and pulley; at night, when the lamplighter had let these down, and lighted, and hoisted them again, a feeble grove of dim wicks swung in a sickly manner overhead, as if they were at sea. Indeed they were at sea, and the ship and crew were in peril of tempest.

It is a good thing to read and think about history.

I have a strong sense that I belong to a different Church than many of my… co-religionists?

I wonder if there are any parallels for the Church today.

A demoralized faithful who hunger for sound doctrine and good pastoral direction?
Womanish men who drive and drive for changes even with violent means?
Rushing and grasping after innovations to address our problems?



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Your Good News – Mass for Benefactors

Do you have some good news to share with the readership?  Let’s hear it!  We need good news.

Here’s some good news for you.

I will celebrate Holy Mass for the intention of my benefactors, always, of course, including DY and GS, tomorrow, 14 August, Vigil of the Assumption.

Next, I have noticed an uptick in people registering to comment.  Sorry about the baroque registration method.  On the other hand, I don’t want it to be especially easy.  Since the new method was employed, my registration queue isn’t any longer jammed with garbage from Russia, Ukraine, etc.

Also, in the last couple weeks a few people have signed up for a new monthly donation.  I am grateful.  Thanks especially to FK, JC, CM, DB, TH, LK.   Also, I am extremely grateful for the ongoing support from all of you who donate, monthly and ad hoc.  And, although it has been dormant for a while now, those of you who in the past have sent items from my sidebar wishlists.   And thanks to all of you who use my Amazon search bar at the top of the right sidebar. These methods all brighten my day and help to keep my spirits up. Thanks!

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Non-Catholics and Catholics alike wonder about changes to CCC 2276 on death penalty

Non-Catholics and Catholics alike are drilling into the decision of Pope Francis to change Catechism of the Catholic Church 2267, which now says that capital punishment is “inadmissible”.  He does not say that it is intrinsically evil, which would be crystal clear.  “Inadmissible” is, however, clear enough.  It seems and more than seems to contradict what the Church has always taught about capital punishment.

Frankly, my problem lies not so much with Francis’s call that capital punishment shouldn’t be, can’t be, used.  My problem lies in the two fold problem of lack of crystal clarity in a reference source for the Faith that, by its nature, ought to resolve questions and, more importantly, if that teaching can be changed – with its millennial pedigree – then what else will certain circles claim must be changed?  There won’t be any end to it.

Jewish commentator Dennis Prager opined about Francis’ innovation.

Pope Francis Rewrites Catholicism … and the Bible

Last week, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had changed the Catholic catechism. After 2,000 years of teaching that a moral use of capital punishment for murder is consistent with Catholic teaching, the pope announced that the catechism, the church fathers and St. Thomas Aquinas, among the other great Catholic theologians, were all wrong.

And God and the Bible? They’re wrong, too.

Pope Francis, the product of Latin American liberation theology — along with many other Catholic religious and lay leaders — is remaking Catholicism in the image of leftism, just as mainstream Protestant leaders have been rendering much of mainstream Protestantism a branch of leftism, and non-Orthodox Jewish clergy and lay leaders have been rendering most non-Orthodox synagogues and lay institutions left-wing organizations.

The notion that it is immoral to execute any murderer — no matter how heinous the murder, no matter how many innocents he has murdered, no matter how incontrovertible the proof of guilt — is an expression of emotion, not of reason or natural law or Christian theology or biblical theology.


In 2015, Pope Francis wrote, “today capital punishment is unacceptable, however serious the condemned’s crime may have been.”

Unacceptable? To whom? It is acceptable to about half of American Catholics and about half of the American people. But it is unacceptable to the elites of our time, the people who have the most contempt for Catholicism and every other Bible-based religion.

The death penalty, Francis wrote, “entails cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.” These are all subjective opinions. I suspect most people do not think the death penalty as punishment for premeditated murder is necessarily cruel, inhumane or degrading. What are all of us missing? And why isn’t life imprisonment cruel, inhumane and degrading? (Indeed, opposition to life imprisonment is already the norm in many progressive countries like Norway, where someone murdered 77 people, mostly children, and received a 21-year prison sentence.)

The Pope also writes that no matter how serious the crime that has been committed, “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.”

Most of us think it is the murderer, by committing murder, who has attacked his dignity and inviolability, not the society that puts him to death. We also think it is the dignity of the murder victim that is attacked by rewarding the murderer with room and board, TV, books, exercise rooms and visits from family members and girlfriends.

Furthermore, why isn’t keeping a murderer in prison one day longer than is necessary to protect society an “attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person”? For that matter, isn’t every punishment an attack on the dignity of the punished? Of course it is, which is why progressives ultimately oppose all punishment, equating it with vengeance.


That last point is worth thinking through. The argument from “dignity of the person” isn’t an iron-clad argument.. unless you are working more from emotion than from reason.

In the WSJ, Joseph Bessette thinks that what Pope Francis did was a mistake. Bessette co-authored with Ed Feser the great book about capital punishment. US HERE – UK HERE

The Pope Makes a Fatal Error
He says the death penalty is ‘inadmissible,’ though not intrinsically evil. He doesn’t note it saves lives.

By Joseph M. Bessette
Aug. 7, 2018 6:58 p.m. ET
When Pope Francis last week declared the death penalty “inadmissible,” politicians pounced. “The death penalty is a stain on our conscience,” tweeted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who proclaimed that he stood “in solidarity with Pope Francis” in “advancing legislation to remove the death penalty from NY law once and for all.”

But the pope’s declaration, which contradicts two millennia of Catholic teaching, allies the church with a public policy that would undermine justice and cost innocent lives.

Consider this example that the philosopher Edward Feser and I recount in our book, “By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment”: At a professional conference, a criminologist reported that two burglars had broken into his mother’s apartment and tied her up as they searched for valuables. As they were about to leave, one said: “She has seen us and can identify us. Should we kill her?” “No,” answered the other, “we don’t want to risk the death penalty.” They let her live. One can hardly imagine a clearer example of deterrence.

Another example comes from Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. In the 1960s she served on the California Women’s Parole Board. At one hearing, Mrs. Feinstein asked an armed robber seeking release from prison why she never used a loaded gun. “So I would not panic, kill somebody, and get the death penalty,” she answered. That convinced Mrs. Feinstein that (in her words) “the death penalty in place in California in the ’60s was in fact a deterrent.”

A third example is recounted by law professor Robert Blecker, who had spent years interviewing prisoners. A veteran criminal told Mr. Blecker that the reason he spared the life of a drug dealer in Virginia whom he had tied up and robbed was because the state had the electric chair. In a similar situation in the District of Columbia, which had abolished the death penalty, the criminal had killed his victim. “I just couldn’t tolerate what they had waiting for me in Virginia,” he said.

These examples are powerful illustrations that the death penalty can and does deter some would-be murderers. Like the rest of us, criminals want to live, and, as the these examples show, they will often adjust their behavior accordingly. Without the death penalty, what incentive would a “lifer” have not to kill while in prison or, if he escaped, while on the run?

There is also a deeper kind of deterrence, largely overlooked in discussions of the death penalty, which doesn’t require rational calculation. When society imposes the ultimate punishment for the most heinous murders, it powerfully teaches that murder is a great wrong. Children growing up in such a society internalize this message, with the result that most people wouldn’t even consider killing another human being.

Here the principle of justice, which demands that malefactors receive a punishment proportionate to their offense, and deterrence of this deeper sort meet. If we abolish the death penalty for even the most heinous and coldblooded murderers, we fatally undermine the idea of justice as the cornerstone of our criminal-justice system. Over time justice will be replaced by a therapeutic or technocratic model that treats human beings as cases to be managed and socially engineered rather than as morally responsible persons.

Apparently, Pope Francis has decided that the death penalty doesn’t save lives. He gives no reasons for reaching this conclusion. We would hardly expect Catholic priests, whatever their rank, to be experts in criminal justice. Unless the death penalty is intrinsically evil—and the pope has made no such claim—then its advisability is a matter for citizens and legitimate public authority. This is what the church has always taught. By falsely claiming that the principles of Catholicism call for rejecting the death penalty in all circumstances, the pope undermines the authority of the Magisterium, pre-empts the proper authority of public officials, and jeopardizes public safety and the common good.

Mr. Bessette is a professor of government and ethics at Claremont McKenna College. He served as acting director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics in the Reagan administration.

Appeared in the August 8, 2018, print edition.

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes – UPDATE: Photos of seminarians Solemn Mass

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass you frequented in fulfillment of your Sunday obligation?

Let us know what it was!

For my part, I am not scheduled today!  However, each year the seminarians of the diocese gather with the bishop for a week.  Today, a couple of the newly ordained will join them for a Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form that they themselves organized!  I’ve haven’t lifted a finger, though I will probably hoist my Liber Usualis and join the schola.  It has been while, but I think I can still make out those squiggles.


Here are some shots from the Solemn Mass the seminarians organized with the newly ordained.  There were a few bumps along the way, but I am unspeakably proud of what they accomplished.  Also, this was the first TLM ever for the 1 year ordained celebrant.  A young priest ordained about 6 weeks was the MC and the deacons were ordained a couple months ago.

Again, they did this and I didn’t have much to do with it at all.  They did it!

I also want to thanks the readers who have participated in the BIRETTAS FOR SEMINARIANS PROJECT.  You can see the fruit of your generosity.  NB: New year… new crop of seminarians.  I’m just sayin’.

Some practice beforehand.


And so Mass begins.   Cope because of the Asperges.

Getting ready for the Epistle.

Before the Gospel is announced.


The Canon continues.

2nd Confiteor.

Anyway, that is a glimpse of how these seminarians had Sunday Mass.

¿Hagan lío?

We’ve gotchyer “lío” right here.

In a way… THIS was my Sunday sermon.

I’m tell you, this works.

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PODCAzT 165: Liturgical battles lost and won… and lost; don Camillo (Part X)

In today’s PODCAzT I read just a bit of a fairly recent book by Peter Kwasniewski:

Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness: Why the Modern Age Needs the Mass of Ages


It has a foreward by the great Martin Mosebach, author of The Heresy of Formlessness (a must read, a hard read but richly rewarding).

Firstly, I could read Peter’s prose forever.  He writes with clarity and great force, which surely reflect both his deft mind and his convictions.

Next, I think we may have a Vulcan Mind-Meld going on.

And since a recently the world marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Guareschi, we have another installment about the fictional not-quite-saint don Camillo Tarocci, (+ A.D. … ?), tough guy and parish priest.

Some time ago, I began a to read stories from The Little World of Don Camillo by Guareschi.   US HERE – UK HERE

Today we hear the stories:  The Meeting and The River Bank

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Super creepy poster for “gay” conference reveals agenda

The Enemy is getting bolder.  Remember: The Devil tends to tell you what he is up to, but we often don’t listen.

This morning I found among my texts from Europe that come in through the night, a super creepy image of a poster advertising a “gay” Church thing.

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My sender wrote in the SMS:

Notice the repulsive, scary deliberately provocative boy-hand and man-hand getting closer.  The Devil is driving them brazen.

That was also my reaction.   I think quite a few people see through this image.

One of the commentators under another post wrote of this poster, before I saw it:

These men don’t understand this crisis in the least, and here’s unsettling proof.  I am greatly disturbed by this and word needs to get out there.

On the brave Joseph Sciambra‘s site he has shared information, including the advertisement, at an upcoming conference in England called “the Quest Conference”.  “Father” James Martin is to speak at this conference.

Go look at the header before they take it down, it is one of the most revolting images I have seen, and I don’t mean graphic.  It portrays two hands at the top of the header, one, a boy’s hand, and the other, a man’s.  They are flirting with each other by using their fingers to “walk” toward the other.  This is a clear reference to the sexual molestation of boys by men, and this is something “Father” James Martin certainly understands.  At the very, very least, this is a conference no Catholic priest should be speaking at AND, in light of our current situation with Uncle Ted, this is an outrageous affront to every single Catholic man and woman and child.

These men are blatantly saying, there is nothing to see here, continue on your way stupid Catholics, all is well, and do put your checks in the basket on the way out….

These disgusting, disgusting, predators and perverts.

What’s going on?

First, it is incredible and entirely believable that this poster, with homosexualist activist Jesuit James Martin should be out there at all.  It is a bit more shocking that a bishop should be so taken in.

I’ve written about this before, for example HERE.

The next step in “normalizing” perversion, what I call their “brass ring“, is the legal lowering of the age of consent.  That’s the trajectory.

Some people have questioned the wisdom of continuing with the big meeting coming up in Dublin, Ireland for the “Family”, given present circumstances, the past of that country, and the compromised cast of characters to take part.  It should be cancelled or at least rescheduled and relocated.

Given that it is probably going to happen, I have to ask a question that I have asked before.

What message does it send that James Martin, SJ is speaking at the World Meeting of Families 2018?   Fr. Martin has a large range of topics that he can speak on, and I’m sure that he does quite well with them.  However, right now Martin is associated with one issue and only one issue.   No matter what he chooses to speak about at the WMOF2018 that issue is what everyone will pick up.  Effectively, the choice to have him participate looks like an endorsement of what he is stumping for.

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Controversy over the Holy Father’s substitution of CCC 2267 continues.

The controversy over the Holy Father’s substitution of CCC par. 2267 continues.

Keep in mind that, while the teaching of CCC 2267 concerns the death penalty, the real problem is that the Pope seems to have contradicted what the Church has always taught about something, in this case a contingent moral choice about a tiny percentage of criminals.  If that doctrine can be diametrically changed, what else can be diametrically changed?  At the very least seeming to contradict the Church’s teaching is hardly less bad, since the role of the Pope and of the CCC itself is to remove doubts and bring clarity and foster unity.

Recently a really good book came out about the issue concerned in CCC 2267.

Edward Feser and Joseph Bessette. Ignatius Press.


Also, I direct you to Ed Feser’s website.  There he has posted useful links about the topic of the death penalty and about the Catechism.

He writes:

In a new article at Catholic Herald, I analyze the recent revision to the Catechism in greater detail.  I argue that there are three serious problems with it.

An op-ed on the revision by Joseph Bessette, my co-author on By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed, appears at The Wall Street Journal.  
Joe and I were recently interviewed by LifeSiteNews.  Today I did a Skype interview on the subject with Michael Knowles at The Daily Wire.
At Public DiscourseProf. Korey Maas comments on my arguments concerning capital punishment and their relationship to the controversy over Dignitatis Humanae.

On the religious liberty point I highly recommend that last link.  V2’s Declaration Dignitatis humanae also seems to rest on “dignity of the human person” which is “inviolable.”   Really interesting.  It provides a good status quaestionis in a matter that so troubled, for example, Archbp. Lefevbre and members of the SSPX.

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Omnium Gatherum: Francis falling, beans in flasks, Fishwrap’s Defarge, sexual abuse by nuns

Carracci, The Beaneater – Il Mangiafagioli, painted in Bologna, now in Rome

I am making my way through various links which the trusted and not so trusted have sent for my attention.  It is like mucking out a stall each day.

That said, here is an Omnium Gatherum post with some comments.

The Great Roman today alerted me to a fascinating post which is sure to have Great Beans simmering in his fiasca.  At there is a piece about how Catholics in Italy, particularly those who go to Mass once a week, are turning on Francis because of his immigration stance.  Their Interior Minister is taking a harder line about the literal invasion of Italy from North Africa.

If Italian Catholics were following Francis’ example, one would expect them to shy away from [Interior Minister] Salvini. Instead, they, like the rest of country, are flocking in his direction.

Among Catholics who attend mass at least once a week — about a third of Italians — support for Salvini has doubled, from 15.7 percent in March to 31.8 percent in July, according to a poll by Ipsos.


He took his oath, holding a Rosary.


Meanwhile, the pontiff’s popularity in Italy has dropped from 88 percent in 2013, when he was elected, to 71 percent, according to a recent poll. Among the key reasons, according to the poll’s author, Ilvo Diamanti, is migration.

“The atmosphere has worsened, and Catholics are not immune from it,” said Oliviero Forti, head of migration policy at Caritas Italia, the umbrella organization for Catholic aid agencies. “For many of these Catholics, the Holy Father is not perceived anymore as a spiritual guide. On the contrary, in some cases he’s accused of being far from the real problems people are facing.”

In June, after Salvini refused to allow a ship carrying migrants to dock in an Italian port, Francis tweeted out a message of solidarity with its passengers. The response was a flood of attacks, asking “Why you don’t take them to the Vatican?” and accusing the Catholic Charity Caritas of making money off of migrants in the country.


Italy is in big trouble in a lot of ways.   It is noteworthy that some have proposed that Crucifixes should be displayed in public offices.

Frankly, as a response to a certain mangiaprete this makes me want to make Fagioli al fiasco.  I shall take steps and report back.

Sticking with Italy, I read that in July there was a Requiem Mass celebrated for the celebrated author of thebeloved “Don Camillo” booksHERE Pretty good movies were made from them, staring a French actor as the cantankerous parish priest.

The Mass.

I wonder if anyone will do that for me.  Hope so.  The priest, don Marino Neri (one thing I do miss about being in Rome is “don”) gave a sound sermon.  A couple tastes in my translation:

Dear faithful, by this solemn liturgy of suffrage, which marvelously praises and implores Divine Mercy upon the soul of the deceased, we are spurred to reflect on what is the end (purpose) of a man’s life, from which it can ultimately, be said to have been fully realized or irretrievably failed!

[…]  He pointed out that Guareschi, a great gentleman, saw vast changes in the society politically and in the Church… […]

… [A]s a Catholic he saw the advancement of “the new” in the Church, which seemed to promise a springtime of the Spirit, only to have been discovered to be a cold winter.

[…]  He quoted from a letter the writer penned to his character, don Camillo… […]

Still speaking of “his” don Camillo, with Catholic commonsense, he said: “Everyone has his own personal issues to confide to God (during Mass).  And we come to church precisely because Christ is present in the consecrated Host and, therefore, we sense His nearness.  You do your job, Reverend (celebrating Mass) and we’ll do our job (praying).  Otherwise if you are the same as we are, what is a priest for?” And for us, 50 years after his death, we bring ourselves to recall, liturgically, the loss of a great man, a great Italian and a great Catholic.  What are we supposed to do?


Channeling my inner don Camillo, I’ll say…

What are you supposed to do?



And please work for the wide and frequent celebration of Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form and, for the Novus Ordo, ad orientem.

BTW… what Guareschi wrote about Latin is precious:

“Latin is a precise, essential language. It will be abandoned, not because it is unsuitable for the new requirements of progress, but because the new men will not be suitable for it. When the age of demagogues and charlatans begins, a language like Latin will no longer be useful, and any oaf will be able to give a speech in public and talk in such a way that he will not be kicked off the stage. The secret to this will consist in the fact that, by making use of words that are general, elusive, and sound good, he will be able to speak for an hour without saying anything. With Latin, this is impossible.” 

In any event,…


We turn to the oily dumpster fire that is the present scandal tearing at the Church in these USA.   An interesting contribution to the discussion comes in the form of a video interview by Fr. Rosica with Card. Wuerl at the KofC convention.   I won’t comment on it other than to point out an interesting reaction from Fr. Rosica about UnCard. McM after Card. Wuerl speaks of what’s going on as not being a “massive crisis” but rather a “disappointment”.  About 3:00.

You decide.

Decide about this, too.   On the same theme, this is a tweet from Rocco Palmo, who is experiencing a transfusion of new energy these days.

What’s up with this?

First, if you hadn’t heard, former Fr. Richard Sipe, who has been battling clerical abuse for decades, has gone to his reward. May God be merciful to him.  HERE

However, in that tweet you read a blurb about San Diego’s Bp. McElroy. While bishops have fallen over themselves to say that “They knew nuh-sing!” about L’Affaire McCarrick, it seems that McElroy was, in fact, alerted to the details some time ago.

McElroy likely owed his rise to the UnCardinal. I also remember with fondness how he compared faithful Catholics to a “cancer” in the Church. Bp. McElroy has also championed homosexualist activist Jesuit Fr. James Martin. McElroy thinks that the term “intrinsic evils” should be dropped. He also has allowed the divorced and civilly remarried to receive Communion.

There had been rumors that Most Rev. McElroy would be moved to Washington DC or perhaps New York City.

In the meantime, at Fishwrap Madame Defarge has called the reaction to L’Affaire McCarrick a “witch hunt”.  Of course the Fishwrap is a long-time promoter of homosexualism.

This seems a good transition point…

Folks, I admit that I forgot this year to submit my press credentials for the annual conflab of the LCWR.  Fishwrap, HERE  Apparently I missed their support for Black Lives Matter and their reflections on shared visions:

Stare and the “mandala of communion”.  You are getting sleeeeeepy.  A mandala is a Buddhist symbol.

Read that slide aloud a couple of times.  Try not to get woozy.

In the article, I found this interesting quote… granted, out of context:

Invoking Catholic theologians throughout history, she added, “The persons of the Trinity do not have relation to one another; their divine nature is relation. … We are patterns that connect,” said the professor and chair of the department of theology and philosophy at Barry University.


BTW… wasn’t it now-Card. Tobin of McCarrick’s former Archdiocese of Newark who, as then Secretary for Religious in Rome, torpedoed the investigation of US women religious?  Perhaps I remember that incorrectly.

Here is some more:

An associate professor at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago, Russell said, “God who is Love means we are called to confront the evils and fragmentation of the world. … God’s promise is not to fix it for us, but to be with us and in us.”

Russell cited physicist David Bohm, who “has an image of the way in which wholeness enfolded, meaning folded into, and then unfolded in the world.”

“Bohm’s idea of implicate order is the idea that the whole creates and organizes the parts in such a way that the order or design of the whole is enfolded in each part,” she said. “The whole dwells at the core of each part and then unfolds itself in and through all of the parts. Each part is unique, in that it unfolds its own independent yet interconnected existence, but as it does so, it participates in the unfolding of the whole.”

Try to read that aloud, too.  Especially that last part.

I wonder if someone checked the carbon monoxide levels in the hall.

Also, at the LCWR site there is a press release about clerical sexual abuse against nuns.   It wasn’t long ago that the nuns were being called out for abuse of children by nuns.  Right?  HERE and HERE (cover up by Fishwrap?) and HERE.  The late Richard Sipe looked into this.  SEXUAL ABUSE BY NUNS

Finally, a well-formed source told me recently that, at this time, for the Archdiocese of Chicago, there is only ONE man going into major seminary, theology, and he is for the Canons of St. John Cantius.  Of course the Canons, at this point, belong to the Archdiocese.  Still, if we consider them as a group within but separate from archdiocesan efforts at promoting vocations, then Chicago would have, unless the situation changes, ZERO new guys for the major seminary this season.  I hope this is not the case, but my interlocutor has impeccable credentials as a source for this.

One guy for Chicago.  And he is in a traditional group.

See how this is going to play out?

This is why we have to double-down in our support for seminarians and young priests who are interested in our Traditional Rites.

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ASK FATHER: Invalidly married niece coming to visit with husband. What to do?

From a reader…


First, great blog, thanks for all your hard work and sharing your insights and knowledge!

Second, I have a question for you re: my niece and her new husband. I’ll be as brief and organized as I can.

  1. My niece (age 26) is a baptized Catholic and occasional mass and confession goer.
  2. She just married another baptized Catholic who is also an occasional mass and confession goer.
  3. They just got married in Hawaii 2 weeks ago.
  4. However, they did not get married in a church and did not attend any pre-Cana courses.
  5. Instead, they were married by a native Hawaiian outside near the beach, I think he might have been justice of the peace with a ministry degree. Not a Catholic deacon or priest.

So in short, would the church recognize this as a valid marriage? If not, what are the responsibilities of my niece’s Catholic relatives, what should we do if they come to visit and stay overnight in our house?

Separate bedrooms, don’t invite them in the first place? If this is not a valid marriage, do you recommend we tell them that straight out – and if so, what should we recommend they do; attend pre-Cana courses and get married in the Church?


If the parties are baptized Catholics and they got married by someone other than a duly delegated priest, deacon, or bishop and did not get a dispensation for doing so (and since this is two Catholics, the dispensation would have to come directly from the Pope), no, this would not be seen as a valid marriage.

What are the responsibilities of the family should this couple come to visit? Nothing in canon law provides an answer, so we turn to our good friend, moral theology. I would – if you have the space in your living quarters – provide two rooms for them in which to stay, or couches on two separate ends of the home.

What do you say to them? That’s entirely a matter of prudential judgment. What’s your relationship with her (them)? Have you spoken to her about religious matters in the past? Do you think that saying something would spur them to regularize their situation? Did they marry outside of Church because of ignorance? – sadly, a lot of Catholics have not had the advantage of hearing clear and consistent teaching from their pastors about marriage.

If you’ve not had discussions about your faith before, it would probably be quite awkward for your first conversation to be about how your niece has made a terrible mistake and gotten married outside of the Church. If, on the other hand, the family regularly talks about how much Christ, the Church, the guidance and intercession of the Saints means to them; if the family regularly prays together (more than just a rushed grace before the Thanksgiving meal); if there has been family discussion about moral norms before, then a conversation about one disregarding the teachings of the Church on marriage might be fruitful.

If it’s the first talk where the subject of Jesus Christ’s love for His Church as symbolized by the sacramental marriage of a man and a woman comes up, it’s just going to sound like judgmental busybodyism, which has seldom spurred anyone to return to the regular practice of the faith.


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ASK FATHER: Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy – “Young priests would like to know more…”

From a reader…


Father, thanks for your recent posts on praying for our clergy. They really need it, whether they’re fighting the good fight or serving the enemy, and in the case of the latter, it’s more use to pray than complain. We need this reminder from time to time.

I loved the picture you posted if ‘Notre Dame du Clergè’, and shared it with a number of faithful priests, who have nicknamed her ‘Our Lady of the Maniple’. [I think it is supposed to be a stole, but I like maniple, too.  “Tie One On!”] One asked me where it comes from, and whether there’s a back story to the title and image. I have searched high and low for a copy of it or some more information, but have not found anything.

Any posts on the interweb all point back here. Would you be able to assist? These young priests would like to know more about their patron, and where the image can be found.

Thanks for that.  And thanks for praying for priests.

I’ve dug around a little for the history of this image.  As a matter of fact, I’ve posted about it on the blog before and the comments it produced were fantastic.   HERE

Last year, I checked out the chapel in the exceptional Parisian church of the SSPX, Saint-Nicholas de Chardonnet.  There was and perhaps still is an active confraternity to O.L. Queen of the Clergy there.  They have a statue of her prominently displayed before the sanctuary, so they honor the old devotion.  You can see through to the back, where her chapel is.

In any event, I would very much like more information.

Meanwhile, here is a lovely prayer.

O Marie, Reine du Clergé,
vous qui êtes la Mère de l’Eglise, la reine des missions, l’idéal achevé et séduisant de toutes les vertus ecclésiastiques, daignez semer, avec une royale profusion, les grâces des vocations sacerdotales et missionnaires dans les coeurs purs des premiers communiants; préparez vous-même les âmes des jeunes lévites aux redoutables fonctions du ministère sacré; remplissez les prêtres, vos fils de prédilection, des brûlantes ardeurs d’un zèle inlassable et ornez les de la sainteté et de la science nécessaires à leur glorieuse mission.
O Vierge sacerdotale, vous qui êtes la protectrice attitrée de la hiérarchie catholique, éclairez et fortifiez nos évêques pour qu’ils soient les vigilants pasteurs et les chefs entraînants de votre peuple. — Etendez votre puissante protection sur notre saint Père le Pape, pour qu’il guide d’une main ferme et sûre la barque de votre Eglise, à travers les orages et les convulsions du monde moderne, vers le port de l’éternité.
Auguste Reine du ciel et de la terre, ô divine ravisseuse de mon coeur, attirez toutes les âmes à vous et enchaînez-les à votre coeur virginal par l’infrangible lien d’un amour si pur et si enthousiaste qu’elles ne vivent plus que pour vous aimer et vous plaire, maintenant dans les ombres de l’exil, et bientôt dans les splendeurs de l’éternelle patrie. Ainsi soit-il!
P. Ignace-Marie O.F.M.

Imprimatur: Fr. Paulus, C.P. Metis, 16.6.1925. E. Emel, vic. gen.
(F. Conrard, Metz)

And there’s this one, which is particularly poignant.

Prayer Of The Suffering Priest

Regina Cleri et nostra Dulcissima, ora pro nobis!(Invocation du P. Eugène Prévost) O Queen and our Most Sweet Lady, pray for us! (Invocation of Fr. Eugène Prévost)
Le Sauveur nous a faits porteurs de son Message,
Message de Lumière et Message d’amour…
Nous entendant, Il veut que le monde L’entende,
Et nous voyant, Il veut que le monde Le voie!
Il nous faut répéter ses divines paroles,
Il nous faut, comme Lui, peiner, être immolés…
The Savior made us bearers of His Message,
Message of Light and Message of Love …
Hearing us, He wants the world to hear Him,
And seeing us, He wants the world to see!
We must repeat his divine words,
We must, like Him, toil, be immolated …


Il voulut être las, fatigué de la route,
Avoir soif, avoir faim, n’avoir pas de demeure,
Pleurer, être incompris, abandonné, trahi,
Agonisant, frappé, cloué sur une croix,
Avili, condamné, mourir de mort ignoble…
He wanted to be weary, fatigued from the road,To be thirsty, to be hungry, to have no home,To Cry, be misunderstood, abandoned, betrayed,Agonizing, struck, nailed on a cross,Despised, condemned, to die an ignominious death … 
…Maintenant, comme Lui, c’est à nous de souffrir…

Oh! Qu’il est écrasant, Mère, ce grand Message!
Trop faibles messagers, nous tremblons, apeurés…

.. Now, like Him, it is up to us to suffer … Oh! It is overwhelming, Mother, this great Message!Too weak messengers, we are trembling, frightened … 
Mère qui, sur sa croix, avez aidé Jésus,
Venez auprès de nous, apportez-nous votre aide!
O Reine du Clergé, notre très douce Reine,
Priez pour nous, soutenez-nous!
Mother who, on her cross, helped Jesus,Come to us, give us your help!O Queen of the Clergy, our very sweet Queen,Pray for us, support us! 
(Prière du Prêtre souffrant) (Prayer of the suffering priest)
Pour aider nos Prêtres souffrants, si vraiment nous comprenons leurs souffrances, pourquoi n’offririons-nous pas à notre très douce Reine l’humble concours de nos activités et de nos vies?
Encouragé et béni par tous les Papes, de Léon XIII à Pie XII, témoins de ses efforts, le Père Eugène Prévost, animé de cette pensée, a groupé, sous la protection de Marie, en deux familles religieuses: “Fraternité Sacerdotal”, et “Oblates de Béthanie”, Prêtres, Frères et Soeurs, pour qu’ils se donnent totalement au Service de JÉSUS en la personne de ses PRÊTRES éprouvés, fatigués et souffrants.
To help our suffering priests, if we really understand their suffering, why not offer our very sweet Queen the humble support of our activities and our lives? Encouraged and blessed by all Popes, from Leo XIII to Pius XII, witnesses of his efforts, Father Eugène Prévost, animated by this thought, grouped, under the protection of Mary, into two religious families: “Sacerdotal Fraternity”, and “Oblates of Bethany”, Priests, Brothers and Sisters, so that they give themselves totally to the Service of JESUS ??in the person of his tried, tired and suffering PRIESTS. 
Par la prière, unissons-nous à ces familles. À leurs efforts, unissons nos efforts. Through prayer, let us join these families. To their efforts, let us join hands. 



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