Yet another good priest persecuted by the agents of Hell

A priest comes to a parish that has been mired in the guck of liberalism, dominated by aging-hippies and other agents of Hell. He starts to clean up abuses and bring something of Catholic identity back… which is his duty to do. A couple agents of Hell squawk and the bishop throws Father under the bus… and then backs over him for good measure.

Again and again we see the pattern. In the last few months we’ve see several examples.

Now there’s this. Be patient and you will see where I’m going.

Last week’s number of the Catholic Herald, now available in print in these USA, had this cover…

[By the way, in that cover photo, the priest is doing it wrong.  The Blessed Sacrament gets three doubles but straight on, not as when incensing, say, the Evangelarium before Gospel, when the incensation is done in modum crucis (to the middle, to left, and to the right,.]

We’ve seen Fr. Illo, of Stella Maris parish in San Francisco before.  He is doing great things.    The cover article in the CH has a sidebar from Bp. Egan of Portsmouth, England, who endorses Fr. Illo’s approach (circled).

Bottom line Fr. Illo is doing great things.

Hence, you know that he is a target for the agent’s of Hell.

Today I received a note from blogette, One Mad Mom (who has perhaps the coolest blog logo ever). She points out that the National Sodomitic Reporter (aka Fishwrap... the daily catholic paper of Hell) reports that Hell’s agents are after Fr. Illo and are trying to destroy his reputation and the parish school.    Of course Fishwrap would pile on, because of their hatred for the Catholic Faith and male priests who aren’t queer.

At least there is a sensible bishop in San Francisco.

Anyway, take in One Mad Mom’s take.  HERE

Meanwhile, you might take a moment to pray THIS, a link to which is usually available on the top menu:

Dear St. Joseph, Terror of Demons and Protector of Holy Church, Chaste Guardian of Our Lord and His Mother, hear our urgent prayer and swiftly intercede with our Savior, whom as a loving father you defended so diligently, that He will pour abundant graces upon the staff of that organ of dissent the National catholic Reporter so that they will either embrace orthodox doctrine concerning faith and morals or that all their efforts will promptly fail and come to their just end. Amen.

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  1. BrionyB says:

    These attacks on our faithful priests are beyond a joke. I could never laugh much at the ‘Susan’ meme, because it’s real and it destroys parishes. Let’s not forget what happened to Fr. Finigan at Blackfen. There is something demonic about it.

    I’ve been putting it off, but this is the push I needed to get myself to Confession tomorrow and begin a novena for priests in my regained state of grace. Perhaps to Our Lady Star of the Sea, in honour of Fr. Illo’s parish and because these brave priests are like seafarers venturing out despite the storms and dangers.

  2. majuscule says:

    From the Fishwrap article (brackets in the original): “…summarized…and sent them to [Jesuit] Fr. [John] Piderit for his consideration.” Piderit is the archdiocese’s vicar for administration and moderator of the curia.

    I find it humorous that it had to be pointed out that Fr. Piderit is a Jesuit. Yes, he is one of the good Jesuits, of which there are several that I know of in the area. If I’m not mistaken, Archbishop Cordileone brought him on board. Fr. Piderit offered Mass at my church a while back and in good Jesuit fashion he casually quizzed the servers and anyone else who was in the sacristy before Mass.

    It will be interesting to see what response [Jesuit] Fr. [John] Piderit gives and if it pleases the Fishwrapians.

  3. richiedel says:

    To go so far as to try and destroy Fr. Illo’s reputation in order try and stop the planned changes for the school next year is plain evil. It’s funny how such “peace and justice Catholics”, as those at NCReporter likely fancy themselves, are all about love and mercy and acceptance and welcoming and accompaniment for others until you start doing something which runs afoul of their agenda. Then even values of common decency, let alone gospel values, are thrown out the window as they do everything in their power to tear down and destroy.

  4. Arthur McGowan says:

    “…aka Fishwrap… the daily catholic paper of Hell…”

    I am shocked–SHOCKED!–to see you make such a statement.

    Fishwrap is a weekly paper.

    [Yes, this is true. But…. the website changes each day! Doesn’t that count?]

  5. OrdinaryCatholic says:

    Yes, these attacks are demonic and they are meant to wear the faithful down to the point of despair. Don’t let it happen. Pick up your rosaries and barrage them with prayers to our Lady. Demons will scatter like cockroaches before our Blessed Mother. I am in central New Hampshire, in the least religious part of the country and sometimes it is easy to want to despair, being surrounded by the irreligious. Luckily we have a faithful parish and priest but I am cut to the quick when I hear of stories like this from other parishes.

  6. mrsmontoya says:

    Father, there is an article in today’s SF Chronicle about the closing of the school, which I am told contrasts very much with the official announcement issued to staff and posted at the Archdiocese website: Thank you for your prayers of support for the faithful in our Archdiocese, and please also pray for our Archbishop.

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