A Saint who bi-located to be with a dying Pope

Clement_XIV_Alphonus_LiguoriToday, a Friday in Lent, I re-posted my recordings of different versions of the Stations of the Cross, one of which is the classic by St. Alphonsus Liguori. I did so, as I sipped from my glorious Pope Clement XIV (Ganganelli) mug.

Did you know that there is a connection between Pope Clement, Suppressor of the Jesuits, and St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church?

In 1772, the second year of Clement’s glorious reign, St. Alphonsus wrote to the Pope asking to be relieved of his duties as diocesan bishop. Clement responded that it was enough for him that Alphonsus govern from his bed: “His prayers do as much for his flock as all the activity in the world.”

When in 1773 Clement finally suppressed the Jesuits – did I mention that he suppressed the Jesuits? – Alphonsus wrote of how he prayed for the harassed Pontiff. And then on 21 September 1774, after saying Mass, Alphonsus had a prolonged ecstasy, lasting into the next day. When he came out of it, he said that he had been with Clement XIV as he lay dying. Hence, Alphonsus bi-located and was with Papa Ganganelli at his dead bed.

Just so that you can’t say that you hadn’t been told, I’ve made available some Papa Ganganelli mugs.

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  1. Huber says:

    Question, Father.

    Is bi-location an astral projection?

    In Fr. Ripperger’s book “Deliverance Prayers For Use by the Laity”, the perimeter prayer asks Our Lord to establish a perimeter of protection that “no demonic bondage, door, portron, demonic entity, portal, astral projection, or disembodied spirit may enter the space of 100 yards in all directions of us.”

    I’ve seen the History Channel shows about government military experiments with drugs/altered states of mind and they call that out of body experience astral projection. I’m not inclined to look things up (like portrons) as ignorance is safe bliss, but I am curious whether bi-location could be the same thing as astral projection.

  2. lmgilbert says:

    Suppress the Jesuits? Yes, I think you may have mentioned that Pope Clement XIV suppressed the Jesuits, but from what I have read of that suppression it seems both to have been very necessary from a papal political point of view, and also very unjust. Now, however, were there to arise Clement XV and he had some thought of suppressing the Jesuits, certainly a case could be made that this is both necessary and just.

    Yet . . . I would like to see a good account of what happened, how it got derailed, and for that matter, to what extent it is derailed and deserves suppression, not that you suggested this or even hinted at it.

    FWIW, last I checked ( some decades ago)I was stunned to discover that the Jesuits were the largest religious order in the Church, I think something like 36,000, but now are on the order of something like 18,000 or less. Still the largest? I think so.

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