PROPOSAL TO ALL THE BISHOPS OF THESE USA FOR YOUR NOVEMBER MEETING
These times call for action that priests and bishops are truly ordained for: wield spiritual authority given by Christ Himself.
Let’s use all our spiritual weapons. Prayer, fasting, almsgiving, mortifications, etc.
But let us not exclude those aimed directly at the Enemy, the mighty prayers of the Rite of Exorcism.
The Enemy is deep into this crisis. Who thinks he isn’t? Fight demon fire with holy fire.
Respectfully, please, open your paternal hearts to read this broken filial heart’s petition.
Your Excellencies, Your Eminences,
I have a suggestion for you to carry out in your upcoming November meeting.
With grave respect for the office you each hold and for the spiritual mandate which God and the Apostolic See have entrusted to you as individuals in your respective dioceses and as a college for our nation, please consider this course of action in response to the serious crisis we face as a Church before the eyes of God and the world.
The crisis we face arises from both human weakness and sin, but also demonic activity of the Enemy of the soul.
I ask each and every one of you, individually, before your upcoming November meeting, to perform a Rite of Exorcism over your respective dioceses, or, if you are the Auxiliary or Emeritus Bishop to take part. If you are non-episcopal Administrator, invite a bishop to do it. Whether you decide to do this privately or publicly, please – just do it.
In addition, during the November meeting, together as a body, go to the National Shrine of Our Lady and perform a Rite of Exorcism over the whole nation.
While I am a priest of the Latin Church, and I do not know the specific Exorcism Rites of the Eastern Churches, I am confident that you Eastern prelates can help your Latin brethren understand how you will be able to participate with them when you gather together.
With due respect, therefore, to Eastern Churches and Rites, and since the majority of you are of the Latin Church, use our traditional Roman Ritual, in Latin. Some of you will need to work on that, but it is – according to the testimony of exorcists I know – more effective than merely in the vernacular and more effective than the modern, updated Rite.
Your Excellencies, Your Eminences, do not opt for less than what is tried, true and effective. The older, traditional Rite is time tested for centuries. That’s your best option: Rituale Romanum Title XI, Chapter 3.
Do not compromise.
As bishops, individually and collectively, you wield great spiritual authority given to you by Our Lord Himself. With that authority comes the duty to use it when appropriate.
Now is an appropriate time. Who, having the Faith, can deny it?
We need you to do this. Please, do this. Please open your hearts for us, and give this request your prayerful consideration.
Respectfully, in Christ the High Priest, in Mary the Queen of Apostles, and in Joseph the Terror of Demons, I offer this request.
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
If any bishop needs help with the Latin, he or his secretary can check this post HERE. In 2016 I recorded the Latin of Chapter 3 to make available – discreetly – to bishops and priests only. I read Chapter 3 deliberately, pedantically, with careful pronunciation. I omit rubrics, which you would not read aloud. I also have that recording slowed down to 0.7 speed to help you learn it.
Si vis pacem, para bellum.
This is war.
To my fellow priests, especially, and to lay people. Feel free to make to petition on your own.