UPDATE 3 Sept 202 15:12 CDT
I checked the page of the Midwest Province of the Jesuits. Fr. Mankowski did pass away.
The family says that he died at 1PM CDT. In other words, just minutes after I finished saying Mass for him.
The Postcommunio of the Mass “for the sick, close to death” (Pro infirmo qui proximus est morti) says:
Quaesumus clementiam tuam, omnipotens Deus, ut per huius virtutem sacramenti famulum tuum gratia tua confirmare digneris: ut in hora mortis eius non praevaleat contra eum adversarius; sed cum Angelis tuis transitum habere mereatur ad vitam.
We beseech your mercy, Almighty God, that you might deign by your grace to strengthen your servant though the might of this sacrament: so that in the hour of his death, the Adversary will not prevail against him; but rather that he will with your Angels merit to have his crossing over into life.
A few minutes after I prayer that at Mass, Fr. Mankowski had his crossing.
Originally posted Sep 2, 2020 at 22:46
A fine priest and great scholar, a true Jesuit, Fr. Paul Mankowski, SJ, has
died of a brain aneurysm…. is still alive.
I was hearing conflicting reports, so I called the Midwest Province of the Jesuits and got the straight information. Father had a brain aneurysm. He is, as I write, on life support and the prognosis is effectively without question. While we never rule out God’s intervening hand, we have to prepare for bad news pretty soon.
This means that he can receive the Sacrament of Anointing – Extreme Unction – and the Apostolic Pardon. That… my friends… is grace.
A subitanea et improvisa morte, libera nos Domine!
I will celebrate Holy Mass today, Thursday 3 Sept, for Fr. Mankowski using the form Pro Infirmo qui proximus est morti.
I am so sorry about his all-too-soon – foreseeable – death. Fr. Mankowski was – is – an unreal scholar. As a matter of fact, he contributed an important essay to the important book Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church – US HERE – UK HERE. This is one of the best defense of marriage there is.
Here is a video from February of Fr. Mankowski.
Fr. Mankowski wrote a review of James Martin’s pro-homosexual book. HERE
In his usual razor style, Paul cut to the chase in the first line:
Is sodomy a sin? Perplexed readers of Fr. James Martin, S.J.’s latest book will want to put the question to him, if only to understand why he felt it important to write at all.