Bankrupt Faith, Bankrupt Worship, Bankrupt Period
Thomas A. Droleskey
Ho-hum. Another Catholic diocese currently held in captivity by conciliar robber barons has filed for bankruptcy in order to protect itself from lawsuits from nearly 150 victims of the perverted priests it protected and enabled over the years. Previously it was the Diocese of Tucson (now out of the bankruptcy courts) and the Diocese of Spokane and the Diocese of Davenport and the Archdiocese of Portland (Oregon) that had filed for bankruptcy. Another one has been added to this sorry list. Yes, it was on February 27, 2007, that the Diocese of San Diego, which has been under the "leadership" of Robert Brom, whose own corrupt predilections were examined by Mrs. Randy Engel in The Rite of Sodomy. Mrs. Engel reviewed some of the salient facts in a press release dated March 5, 2007:
“Who can expect the flock to prosper when its shepherd has sunk so deep into the bowels of the devil ... Who will make a mistress of a cleric, or a woman of a man? ... Who, by his lust, will consign a son whom he spiritually begotten for God to slavery under the iron law of Satanic tyranny.” Saint Peter Damian (1007-1072)
Pittsburgh, PA… “The recent filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy by Bishop Robert H. Brom of the Diocese of San Diego is an excellent example of how homosexual prelates in the Catholic hierarchy place their dioceses at extra risk for clerical sexual abuse lawsuits, abuse cover-ups and potential bankruptcy,” says Randy Engel, author of The Rite of Sodomy – Homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church.
Engel noted that the Catholic laity of the San Diego Diocese, who will ultimately foot the bill for the bankruptcy filing of February 27, 2007 and subsequent settlements for victims of clerical sexual abuse in the diocese, “have been forced to face some painful truths about homosexual shepherds – the first of which is that private vice has public consequences and the second, that the cover-ups connected with the crime of clerical pederasty are closely connected to the rise of the Homosexual Collective both within and without the Church.”
Bishop Brom is one of more than 25 Catholic bishops and cardinals whose homosexual history is documented in The Rite of Sodomy
“The tragedy is that the Holy See was aware of Bishop Brom’s predatory homosexual record while he was Bishop of the Diocese of Duluth, Minn., but Pope John Paul II nevertheless made him Coadjutor Bishop of San Diego with the right of succession in May 1989,” said Engel. “There is no time like the present for Pope Benedict XVI to correct his predecessor’s mistake, and replace Bishop Brom with a shepherd that does not fleece his flock and seduce his spiritual sons,” concluded Engel.
***An electronic copy of the 8-page excerpt with endnotes on the charges against Bishop Robert H. Brom found in Chapter 14 of The Rite of Sodomy by Randy Engel is available on request from firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional ordering information on The Rite of Sodomy go to www.riteofsodomy.com.
While I disagree most respectfully with Mrs. Engel's recognition of John Paul II and Benedict XVI as legitimate pontiffs and thus believe that it is pointless to appeal to to Benedict to remove prelates who are completely of one mind and heart with him in their embrace of the conciliar novelties of the new ecclesiology, episcopal collegiality, ecumenism and religious liberty (and their shared rejection of and contempt for the Social Reign of Christ the King), the points she makes in her press release attest to the simple fact that a bankrupt, syncretist faith that is the herald of a bankrupt, synthetic liturgy is simply just plain bankrupt. Period.
To be sure, as Mrs. Engel documents fully in The Rite of Sodomy, the problems of perverts in the priesthood long antedates the advent of conciliarism. Saint Peter Damian fought a infestation of perversion in the clergy with great vigor in his own day in the Eleventh Century. In quite a contrast to the blithe attitude of the conciliar "pontiffs," however, Pope Leo IX took seriously the concerns brought before him by Saint Peter Damian. Mrs. Engel recounts this in The Rite of Sodomy.
According to Damian, the vice of sodomy "surpasses the enormity of all others," because:
"Without fail, it brings death to the body and destruction to the soul. It pollutes the flesh, extinguishes the light of the mind, expels the Holy Spirit from the temple of the human heart, and gives entrance to the devil, the stimulator of lust. It leads to error, totally removes truth from the deluded mind ... It opens up hell and closes the gates of paradise ... It is this vice that violates temperance, slays modesty, strangles chastity, and slaughters virginity ... It defiles all things, sullies all things, pollutes all things ... This vice excludes a man from the assembled choir of the Church ... it separates the soul from God to associate it with demons. This utterly diseased queen of Sodom renders him who obeys the laws of her tyranny infamous to men and odious to God... She strips her knights of the armor of virtue, exposing them to be pierced by the spears of every vice ... She humiliates her slave in the church and condemns him in court; she defiles him in secret and dishonors him in public; she gnaws at his conscience like a worm and consumes his flesh like fire. ... this unfortunate man (he) is deprived of all moral sense, his memory fails, and the mind's vision is darkened. Unmindful of God, he also forgets his own identity. This disease erodes the foundation of faith, saps the vitality of hope, dissolves the bond of love. It makes way with justice, demolishes fortitude, removes temperance, and blunts the edge of prudence. Shall I say more?"
No, dearest St. Peter Damian, I think not.
Like every saint before him, and every saint that will ever come after him, St. Peter Damian exhorts the cleric caught in the vice of sodomy to repent and reform his life and in the words of the Blessed Apostle Paul, "Wake up from your sleep and rise from the dead, and Christ will revive (enlighten) you." (Eph 5:14) In a remarkable affirmation of the Gospel message, he warns against the ultimate sin of despairing of God's mercy and the necessity of fasting and prayer to subdue the passions:
"... beware of drowning in the depths of despondency. Your heart should beat with confidence in God's love and not grow hard and impenitent, in the face of your great crime. It is not sinners, but the wicked who should despair; it is not the magnitude of one's crime, but contempt of God that dashes one's hopes."
Then, in one of the most beautiful elocutions on the grandeur of priestly celibacy and chastity ever written, Damian reminds the wayward cleric or monk of the special place reserved in Heaven for those faithful priests and monks who have willingly forsaken all and made themselves eunuchs for Christ's sake. Their names shall be remembered forever because they have given up all for the love of God, he says.
One of the very interesting historical sidebars to Damian's treatise is that he made no preference to the popular practice of distinguishing "notorious" from "non-notorious" cases of clerical immorality--a policy which can be traced back to the 9th century and the canonical reforms on ecclesiastical and clerical discipline by the great German Benedictine scholar and Archbishop of Mainz, Blessed Maurus Magnentius Rabanus (776?-856). Under this policy, the removal of clerics found guilty of criminal acts including sodomy, depended on whether or not his offense was publicly known, or was carried out and confessed in secret.
In cases that had become "notorious," the offending cleric was defrocked and/or handed over to the secular authorities for punishment. But if his crime was known only to a few persons such as his confessor or religious superior, the offending cleric was privately reprimanded, served a penance and then was permitted to continue at his post, or transferred to a similar post in a different diocese. Given the aggressive and predatory nature of the vice of sodomy, it is highly likely that such a policy contributed to, rather than inhibited, sodomical practices among clerics and religious between the mid-800s and the early 1000s. In any case, it was unlikely that Damian, who openly expressed his condemnation of too lenient canonical regulations related to the punishment of clerical sodomites and was so judicious in preserving the integrity of the priesthood and religious life, would have approved such a policy.
Saints are realists, which is no doubt why St. Peter Damian anticipated that his "small book" which exposes and denounces homosexual practices in all ranks of the clergy including the hierarchy, would cause a great commotion in the Church. And it did.
In anticipation of harsh criticism, the holy monk puts forth his own defense as a 'whistle-blower'. He states that his would-be critics will accuse him of "being an informer and a delator of my brother's crimes," but, he says, he has no fear of either "the hatred of evil men or the tongues of detractors."
Hear, dear reader, the words of St. Peter Damian that come thundering down to us through the centuries at a time in the Church when many shepherds are silent while clerical wolves, some disguised in miters and brocade robes, devour its lambs and commit sacrilege against their own spiritual sons:
"... I would surely prefer to be thrown into the well like Joseph who informed his father of his brothers' foul crime, than to suffer the penalty of God's fury, like Eli, who saw the wickedness of his sons and remained silent. (Sam 2:4) ... Who am I, when I see this pestilential practice flourishing in the priesthood to become the murderer of another's soul by daring to repress my criticism in expectation of the reckoning of God's judgement? ... How, indeed, am I to love my neighbor as myself if I negligently allow the wound, of which I am sure he will brutally die, to fester in his heart? ... "So let no man condemn me as I argue against this deadly vice, for I seek not to dishonor, but rather to promote the advantage of my brother's well-being. "Take care not to appear partial to the delinquent while you persecute him who sets him straight. If I may be pardoned in using Moses' words, 'Whoever is for the Lord, let him stand with me.' (Ezek 32:26)"
As he draws his case against the vice of clerical sodomy to a close, St. Peter Damian pleads with another future saint, Pope Leo IX, urging the Vicar of Christ to use his office to reform and strengthen the decrees of the sacred canons with regard to the disposition of clerical sodomites including religious superiors and bishops who sexually violate their spiritual sons.
Damian asks the Holy Father to "diligently" investigate the four forms of the vice of sodomy cited at the beginning of his treatise and then provides him (Damian) with definitive answers to the following questions by which the "darkness of uncertainty" might be dispelled and an "indecisive conscience" freed from error:
1) Is one who is guilty of these crimes to be expelled irrevocably from holy orders?
2) Whether at a prelate's discretion, moreover, one might mercifully be allowed to function in office?
3) To what extent, both in respect to the methods mentioned above and to the number of lapses, is it permissible to retain a man in the dignity of ecclesiastical office?
4) Also, if one is guilty, what degree and what frequency of guilt should compel him under the circumstances to retire?
Damian closes his famous letter by asking Almighty God to use Pope Leo IX's pontificate "to utterly destroy this monstrous vice" that a prostrate Church may everywhere rise to vigorous stature." (Mrs. Randy Engel, The Rite of Sodomy, pp. 53-55)
Mrs. Engel then discusses how Pope Leo IX responded to these concerns:
The approximate date that Damian delivered the Book of Gomorrah to Pope Leo IX is generally held to be the second half of the first year of the pontiff's reign, i.e., mid-1049, although some writers put the date as late as 1051. We do know, absolutely, that the Pope did respond to Damian's concerns, as that response in the form of a lengthy letter (JL 4311; ItPont 4.94f., no.2) is generally attached to manuscripts of the work.
Pope Leo IX opens his letter to "his beloved son in Christ, Peter the hermit," with warm salutations and a recognition of Damian's pure, upright and zealous character. He agrees with Damian that clerics, caught up in the "execrable vice" of sodomy "verily and most assuredly will have no share in his inheritance, from which by their voluptuous pleasures they have withdrawn. " Such clerics, indeed profess, if not in words, at least by the evidence of their actions, that they are not what they are thought to be," he declares.
Reiterating the category of the four forms of sodomy that Damian lists,  the Holy Father declares that it is proper that by "our apostolic authority" we intervene in the matter so that "all anxiety and doubt be removed from the minds of your readers".
"So let it be certain and evident to all that we are in agreement with everything your book contains, opposed as it is like water to the fire of the devil," the Pope continues. "Therefore, lest the wantonness of this foul impurity be allowed to spread unpunished, it must be repelled by proper repressive action of apostolic severity, and yet some moderation must be placed on its harshness," he states.
Next, Pope Leo IX gives a detailed explanation of the Holy See's authoritative ruling on the matter.
In light of divine mercy, the Holy Father commands, without contradiction, that those who, of their own free will, have practiced solitary or mutual masturbation or defiled themselves by interfemoral coitus, but who have not done so for any length of time, nor with many others, shall retain their status, after having "curbed their desires" and "atoned for their infamous deeds with proper repentance".
However, the Holy See removes all hope for retaining their clerical status from those who alone or with others for a long time, or even a short period with many, "have defiled themselves by either of the two kinds of filthiness which you have described, or, which is horrible to hear or speak of, have sunk to the level of anal intercourse."
He warns potential critics, that those who dare to criticize or attack the apostolic ruling stand in danger of losing their rank. And so as to make it clear to whom this warning is directed, the Pope immediately adds, "For he who does not attack vice, but deals with it lightly, is rightly judged to be guilty of his death, along with the one who dies in sin."
Pope Leo IX praises Damian for teaching by example and not mere words, and concludes his letter with the beautiful hope that when, with God's help, the monk reaches his heavenly abode, he may reap his rewards and be crowned, "Ö in a sense, with all those who were snatched by you from the snares of the devil."
Clearly, on the objective immorality of sodomical acts, both Damian and Pope Leo IX were in perfect accord with one another. However, in terms of Church discipline, the pope appears to have taken exception with Damian's appeal for the wholesale deposition of all clerics who commit sodomical acts. I say, appears, because I believe that even in the matter of punishing known clerical offenders, both men were more in agreement than not.
Certainly, Damian, who was renown for his exemplary spiritual direction of the novitiates and monks entrusted to his care, was not unaware of certain mitigating circumstances that would diminish if not totally remove the culpability of individuals charged with the crime of sodomy.
For example, as with certain clerical sex abuse cases that have come to light today involving the Society of St. John and the Legionaries of Christ, which the Holy See has yet to investigate, some novices or monks may have been forced or pressured by their superiors to commit such acts. No doubt, it is circumstances such as these that prompted Pope Leo IX to use the term, "who of his own free will" in describing a cleric guilty of sodomy. Also among the four varieties of sodomy Damian discusses in his treatise, he states that interfemoral and anal coitus are to be judged more serious than solitary or mutual masturbation.
All in all, what this writer found to be most remarkable about the pope's letter to Damian, was the absolutist position Pope Leo IX took concerning the ultimate responsibility of the offending cleric's bishop or religious superior. If the latter criticized or attacked this apostolic decree, he risked losing his rank! Prelates who fail to "attack vice, but deal lightly with it," share the guilt and sentence of the one who dies in sin, the pope declared. (Mrs. Randy Engel, The Rite of Sodomy, pp. 57-58)
What did John Paul II do when confronted with evidence of the infestation of perverts? He ignored the evidence. He promoted the conciliar bishops and cardinals who protected the perverts. He ignored the incontrovertible evidence presented to him about the corruption and perversion of conciliar bishops such as Daniel Leo Ryan, who presided over the spiritual devastation of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, until lawsuits filed by victims forced resignations that John Paul II never demanded. The enabler of perverts in the Diocese of Phoenix, conciliar Bishop Thomas O'Brien, did not resign until he hit a man, Thomas Reed, crossing a street in Phoenix with his car and drove on without reporting the incident (Mr. Reed was hit by a second car and died from his injuries). Bernard Cardinal Law, the prince of "nuance" who enabled Father Paul Shanley, a co-founder of the North American Man-Boy Love Association, and scores of other priests, was appointed by John Paul II to be the Archpriest of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, from which he still exercises great influence in the appointment of conciliar bishops in the United States of America. (Law also enjoys the "favor and protection" of Opus Dei.)
Benedict XVI has done much in his own turn to enable the perverts. He appointed William Levada to be his own successor of the conciliar Prefect of the Congregation for the Faith despite Levada's letting the Homosexual Collective have its way repeatedly during his sorry tenure as the conciliar archbishop of San Francisco from December 27, 1995, to May13, 2005. Levada helped to water down an already weak "instruction" on the admission of men inclined to perversity to study for the priesthood and played a key role in helping his longtime friend, the pervert-friendly George Niederauer, who praised the propaganda piece in behalf of perversion entitled Brokeback Mountain, to succeed himself as the conciliar archbishop of San Francisco. Levada has also given permission for a Novus Ordo "Mass" to offered in a Catholic church in London to cater to the "needs" of practicing homosexuals and lesbians.
Not to be outdone in his "sensitivity" to those steeped unrepentantly in one of the four sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance, Benedict/Ratzinger's good friend, Christoph Cardinal Schonborn, the conciliar archbishop of Vienna, permitted a "blessing" to to be offered on February 14, 2007, which is the feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius in the Novus Ordo liturgical calendar (Saint Valentine can be "commemorated" secondarily if the "celebrant" chooses to do so), to be administered to perverts:
The Vienna homosexual-supporting Cardinal permits his Cathedral Dean to bless homosexuals.
In the Cathedral of St Stephen in Vienna, homosexual couples are treated as lovers and are blessed as a couple. And this with the blessings of the Cardinal.
On Valentine’s Day, homo-couples will be blessed in St Stephens by the responsible authorities who are anything but responsible.
The event is being officially promoted as a “Blessing Mass for Lovers”. The Dean, Father Faber has expressly invited homosexuals. It remains the Dean’s secret what homo-couples share with lovers.
Father Faber or Toni, as he is known by those who wish to be overfamiliar
Father Faber stated last year that due to Church regulations, homosexuals could only be blessed individually and he maintains this, this year as well.
It is therefore appears that homosexuals are being blessed instead of being asked to repent and go to the confessional.
Dean Faber does not believe that God excludes homosexual couples or homosexually inclined people and they are therefore “not excluded”.
It is evident the Dean is engaging in a two-faced game with respect to his blessing of individual homosexuals.
This method underlies a system.
With this procedure, the Church has been managing for years to implement immoral and anti-Catholic practices.
One decides on a morally dubious act and one reassures with the assistance of verbal ambiguities that what one sees is not what one sees.
This has been done with the full knowledge and silent agreement of the competent bishops.
These practices are in contradiction to Church documents and become words for their own sake without any imperative. When nobody accuses, there is no judge.
Ambiguities are simply glossed over with the usual justifications.
The so-called shepherds look on but do not act. Anti-Catholic actions becomes habitual, then they become quasi-rules, and then the fixed norm.
Rituals for homosexual blessings. The Dean publically stated last year that he would like to have a special blessing rite for homosexual couples. This he implemented for the first time in February 2006 at the St Valentine’s Day blessing in the Cathedral.
The ceremony at which the Dean officiated and the Cardinal looked on has become a actual homosexual demonstration.
A homosexual ideologist in Church circles and who knows the Dean personally was publicly blessed together with his partner in St Stephen’s Cathedral.
“The priest puts his hands on both our shoulders and asks for God’s blessing for our relationship in good as well as in bad days.”
Dean Faber has beforehand solemnly promised not to do anything which the Holy Father would not agree with.
“We do not bless a relationship for life, we do not bless a homosexual marriage but we bless each and everyone in his longing for love”
The tactics are say one thing and do another.
The responsibility of the Cardinal
The Dean is not acting without authority. He explained to the media that this celebration has been naturally agreed to by the Vienna Cardinal.
Could he have lied?
It appears not. If he had, the Cardinal would have objected to the statement and would have spoken through his press officer to deny it.
It is also not known that the Cardinal has taken up any measures in his Cathedral, right under his nose, homosexual couples were being blessed.
On the contrary, the same spectacle will repeat itself this year. This can only be interpreted that the Vienna Cardinal supports the blessings of his Dean.
There are some Catholics who do not wish to criticize and do not wish to condone, come up with the usual excuses.
“The Cardinal did not know anything about it. He did not really want it. He didn’t actually participate. He has an enormous number of anti-Catholics in important positions to consider. What can he do on his own? He is alone.”
Does this mean that the Cardinal is not master of his own Cathedral parish?
There can only be one conclusion. The Cardinal should become the Dean and the Dean should become Cardinal.
The Cardinal will have to decide whether he wishes to exercise his office which he has received from the Pope.
He has until Wednesday to think about it. After Wednesday we will know.
Wednesday has been and gone.
As predicted, the Archdiocese of Vienna is full of surprises. Blessings also took place in other Churches including the Church of the Knights of Malta and Church of Mary, Our Help (Cardinal permits St Valentine Day Blessings of homosexual couples).
Will anything ever happen to Christopher Cardinal Schonborn? Well, yes, something might happen to him. He might succeed Ratzinger as the next conciliar pontiff. Benedict/Ratzinger will never discipline him for these "blessings"? How can he? William Levada has given his permission for a "Mass" for those steeped unrepentantly in perverse sins against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments. Schonborn's clerical career in the counterfeit church of conciliarism will proceed quite smoothly under Benedict.
So will the careers of the priests who participated in the recently-concluded chapter of the infamous and nefarious annual "religious education congresses" that are sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and held in the Anaheim Convention Center (which is located in the Diocese of Orange, headed by a good friend of Roger Mahony and William Levada and George Niederauer, Tod Brown, who agreed on January 3, 2005, three years ago to pay $100 million to eighty-seven victims of the perverted priests who had been enabled for so long). Here are just one excerpt from a "talk" given at this exercise in apostasy and scandal:
Cardinal Roger Mahony’s Religious Education Congress, held March 1-4 at the Anaheim Convention Center, drew thousands of Church catechists and ministers from throughout the United States and the world. It drew, as well (and as usual), speakers who dissent from Church teaching.
On March 3, Tom Beaudoin, assistant professor of religious studies at Santa Clara University, joined America magazine’s associate editor, Jesuit Father James Martin, in a panel discussion, titled, “Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Catholics: Insights for the Whole Church.”
Beaudoin said he dedicated his part of the session “to those who have slowly been pulling me out of a smallness of mind and heart about sexual identity ... I, for one, want my 20-month old daughter Mimi to grow up to affirm, with the U.S. bishops, that, quote, 'it is deplorable that homosexual persons have been and are the object of violent malice in speech and in action.'"
Father Martin extolled the “gifts” homosexuals bring to the Catholic Church. He drew audience laughter and applause by saying he hoped Beaudoin’s daughter would grow up to become a U.S. bishop.
One homosexual gift, said Martin, is “resilience.” “Emotionally healthy gays and lesbians,” he said, “have successfully emerged from a childhood where they have felt marginalized; a young adulthood where they have felt confused; and an adulthood where they have had to forge a sense of self-acceptance and self-motivation.” This makes them “able to stand without self-pity before the world, confident in the dignity of their God-given humanity, a fundamental attribute of a mature Christian.” “The mature gay person,” said Martin, “brings a unique strength, a special kind of personal resilience, to the role of apostle.”
Another homosexual gift is “an innate sense of independence,” which “comes from not running with the herd and from not being surprised that not everyone marches in step with one another,” said Martin. “They understand the perils of groupthink ... A gay person can often stand outside the traditional Catholic circles and bring some fresh perspectives. Jesus of Nazareth brought something of that independence to the religious world of His day.”
Father Martin added, “ironically, despite the hateful talk about gays being unfit to work with children, which we hear a lot in the wake of the sexual abuse crisis, this very independence can be a great gift in a parish or a school setting. A gay teacher, or principal, or administrator, can foster a place for young people to know that they do not have to [do what all] do or be the same. It’s fine, it’s even wonderful, to be different."
“Gay and lesbian Catholics” have the gift of “suffering” because they “know firsthand the emotional pain that comes from being a misunderstood minority,” said Martin. Homosexuals “will often experience rejection in the Church ... What does it mean to be called ‘disordered’? What does it mean to be told that, if you are a gay man, you cannot be a priest, even if you are celibate? What does it mean to be told that, if you adopt a child, you are doing violence to that child?”
Other gifts homosexuals bring to the Church, said Father Martin, are “creativity” and the ability to identify with the poor and the marginalized.
“Gays and lesbians are not a problem for the Church,” he said.http://www.calcatholic.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?id=c195a0f7-f35d-4486-a883-fa21676d9eb8
Will any conciliar ecclesiastical penalty be leveled upon Father James Martin, S.J., for convincing and/or reaffirming people that an inclination to commit one of the sins that cries out to Heaven for vengeance is the basis of human self-identification? Will any conciliar ecclesiastical penalty be leveled upon Roger Mahony for countenancing such talk or upon the other conciliar bishops who gave the "congress" their own seal of approval by their attendance? Does anyone yet stuck in the conciliar structures believe that the talk given by Father James Martin represents Catholicism? Does anyone yet stuck in the conciliar structures believe that the talk given by Father James Martin gave honor and glory to the Blessed Trinity and was thus helpful in the sanctification and salvation of human souls?
Quite in contrast to Father James Martin and like-minded priests who enjoy total canonical "good standing" in the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, Pope Saint Pius V took a somewhat different approach to the problem of the infestation of perverts in the clergy:
That horrible crime, on account of which corrupt and obscene cities were destroyed by fire through divine condemnation, causes us most bitter sorrow and shocks our mind, impelling us to repress such a crime with the greatest possible zeal.
Quite opportunely the Fifth Lateran Council [1512-1517] issued this decree: "Let any member of the clergy caught in that vice against nature . . . be removed from the clerical order or forced to do penance in a monastery" (chap. 4, X, V, 31). So that the contagion of such a grave offense may not advance with greater audacity by taking advantage of impunity, which is the greatest incitement to sin, and so as to more severely punish the clerics who are guilty of this nefarious crime and who are not frightened by the death of their souls, we determine that they should be handed over to the severity of the secular authority, which enforces civil law.
Therefore, wishing to pursue with the greatest rigor that which we have decreed since the beginning of our pontificate, we establish that any priest or member of the clergy, either secular or regular, who commits such an execrable crime, by force of the present law be deprived of every clerical privilege, of every post, dignity and ecclesiastical benefit, and having been degraded by an ecclesiastical judge, let him be immediately delivered to the secular authority to be put to death, as mandated by law as the fitting punishment for laymen who have sunk into this abyss.
(Constitution Horrendum illud scelus, August 30, 1568, in Bullarium Romanum, Rome: Typographia Reverendae Camerae Apostolicae, Mainardi, 1738, chap. 3, p. 33, as found on Tradition in Action website)
Lest defenders of conciliarism use the undeniable fact that perversion of various sorts has always been a tool used by the adversary to try to ruin the souls of priests and thus to scandalize and dispirit ordinary Catholics to minimize the scandals that have been exploded into full public view (after years of reporting in various Catholic journals) five years ago, it would been unthinkable for any priest to have given such a talk publicly as Father Martin's in the days of Pope Leo XIII or Pope Saint Pius X. Unthinkable. Sin there has always been. Sin there will always be. Catholic bishops and priests never publicly gave their affirmation to the commission of sins, no less applauded people as heroic for having sinful inclinations, whether natural or unnatural. Such affirmation and applause is indeed novel and without any precedent in the history of the Catholic Church. Anyone who contends otherwise is projecting back onto the past the novelties of the counterfeit church of conciliarism in an effort to assuage themselves of any real responsibility of fleeing from a bankrupt faith with a bankrupt worship that leads to the total bankruptcy of the sensus Catholicus.
It is time for people who have chosen to be willfully blind to the truth of our situation to awaken to the facts. Conciliar bishops, including some conciliar cardinals, look the other way as pastors of parishes lead contingents of their "gay" parishioners in parades celebrating perversion. Universities and colleges and seminaries now in conciliar captivity promote perversity in overt and subtle ways in their curricula and by means of "theatrical" productions and by means of guest speakers. Conciliar elementary and secondary schools and religious education programs propagandize in behalf of perversion as they break down the natural psychological and emotional resistance of children to topics dealing with the Sixth and Ninth Commandments in order to inculcate in their immortal souls a "tolerance" of these evils in the name of a false "Christian compassion" and "social diversity." What kind of "obedience" requires one to be deaf, dumb and blind as one's own soul and the souls of his own children are placed at risk by men and women intent on convincing the world that error is truth and that vice is virtue?
Moreover, "priests" in the various indult communities must remain mute as these outrages occur. They cannot say word one about them. They cannot defend the Faith. They cannot oppose the public promotion of sin in the conciliar structures in which they find themselves. Such is the obscenely high price of "recognition" and "good" canonical standing in the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Such is the grotesque caricature of Catholicism that champions quietism as a virtue in the face of the public promotion of sin, the very thing that caused Our Lord to suffer horribly during His Passion and Death and that pierced Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart through and through with Seven Swords of Sorrow.
No "priest" in the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter or in the Institute of Christ the King or in any other "approved" indult community can thus help their flocks to see the world clearly through the eyes of the true Faith and to extricate themselves from structures that are false and filled with apostasies, blasphemies and sacrileges. Many of these people will whoop it up when the "motu proprio" "liberating the modernized version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition is released in a few days, content to be silent in the wake of conciliar outrages in order have a conciliarized version of the Mass and to maintain their own "good standing" in the process.
It is thus necessary once again to remind Catholics across the ecclesiastical divide that it is necessary for pastors of souls to denounce error. The popes of the Catholic Church sought to remind their bishops of this fact. Pope Pius VI did so in Inscrutabile, December 25, 1775, part of the text of which touches directly upon the necessity of moral holiness on the part of men aspiring to the priesthood:
Who would not be fearful at the present condition of the Christian people? The divine love by which we abide in God and God in us grows very cold as sins and wickedness increase every day. Who would not be shocked when considering that We have undertaken the task of guarding and protecting the Church at a time when many plots are laid against orthodox religion, when the safe guidance of the sacred canons is rashly despised, and when confusion is spread wide by men maddened by a monstrous desire of innovation, who attack the very bases of rational nature and attempt to overthrow them? Assuredly "with such reason for fear, we would have no hope of escaping slavery except that the Guardian of Israel, who does not sleep, says to His disciples: 'Behold I am with you all days even to the consummation of the world.' He deigned to be not merely the guardian of the sheep, but the shepherd of the shepherds as well."
Now since divine graces descend on us most generously when Our prayer ascends to God, We make this special request of you, Our helpers and advisers, in this Our first address to you, for the love by which we are one in the Lord and for the faith by which we grow into one body. Beseech God every day to strengthen Us by His power and to pour out on Us the Spirit of counsel and of courage, in order that We may both decide what measures We should take in these difficult circumstances and that We may have the strength to carry through Our decisions. Therefore pray in the Spirit, and let your prayer be the surest proof of your love for Us and your brotherly union. Invoke the merits of the most holy Mary, mother of God, Our special patroness, and of all the heavenly court, that We may quickly obtain the help We need. Request for Us especially the protection and defense of St. Peter the Apostle. "We rejoice more to serve his See than to occupy it, in the hope that his prayers will make the God of mercies regard the time of Our ministry with kindness and deign to guard and feed the shepherd of his sheep."
We urge you to show that you are faithful stewards of the mysteries of God. As the Lord is your portion, you know well what you should do and endure for the Church of God in the courageous fulfillment of your ministry. So We exhort you to rouse up the grace which is in you through the imposition of hands and to omit nothing which contributes to the growth of the body "which is built from Christ and joined together at every point of subministration"in faith and in love.
Therefore, since you know that the Church's chief good derives from admitting only those who are fully qualified into the clergy, We do not have to remind you to observe carefully the sanctions established in this matter by the canons. Prevent from entering the Church's service all who lack exceptional moral holiness, who are uninstructed in the law of the Lord, and who give little or no promise of becoming energetic members of the clergy. For instead of proving helpers to you in feeding and guiding your flock, they will increase your toil and troubles. They will hinder you from ensuring that the Lord receives from his workers the fruits of the vineyard which Christ in strictest justice will expect from you at the final judgment. A man who is going to be a priest should excel in holiness and learning. For God rejects as priests those who have rejected knowledge, and only the man who unites moral piety with the pursuit of knowledge can be a suitable worker in the Lord's harvest. Since this cannot occur without careful education, it has been decreed accordingly that each diocese should establish a college for clerics in accordance with its means; if such a college already exists, it should be carefully preserved. For how would young men, whose age impels them down the easy path, persevere in ecclesiastical training or make such progress in humane and sacred studies unless they were instructed in piety and religion from their early years and practiced in the interpretation of literature?
Such colleges have been established and carefully equipped with suitable regulations and even greatly expanded in individual dioceses as Benedict XIV recommended to each of you as an indispensable part of your office.So just as We must praise the outstanding labor and concern shown in founding and expanding these colleges, We must also urge on strongly those in whose diocese a college has not been established or completed.
For the same reason you should undoubtedly always give special attention to the beauty of the house of God and the splendor and dignity of objects dedicated to the divine service. Such beauty and splendor often greatly inspire the faithful, and draw them to the veneration of sacred realities. It would be very improper for the bishop's house to be cleaner and furnished more tastefully than the abode of holiness, the palace of the living God. It would make no sense to see holy vestments, adornments for the altar and all the furniture in the church worn out with age and torn or dirty, while the bishop's table is well laden, the priest's clothing very clean and finely coordinated. St. Peter Damian expressed this well: "It is an accusation which brings great confusion on us that some men both offer and lay the Lord's Body on a dirty altar cloth and that they fearlessly place the Body of the Savior in a vessel which no lord, worm though he is, would put to his own lips!" But We know that you are far from committing this sin of negligence of which the holy cardinal accuses those who spend the goods acquired by the Church "not in buying books or ornaments and utensils for their churches" but for their own use as "necessary expenses."
We thought it useful to speak to you lovingly on these matters in order to strengthen your excellent resolve. But a much more serious subject demands that We speak of it, or rather mourn over it. We refer to the pestilent disease which the wickedness of our times brings forth. We must unite our minds and strength in treating this plague before it grows rife and becomes incurable in the Church through Our oversight. For in recent days, the dangerous times foretold by the Apostle Paul have clearly arrived, when there will be "men who love themselves, who are lifted up, proud, blasphemous, traitors, lovers of pleasure instead of God, men who are always learning but never arriving at the knowledge of truth, possessing indeed the appearance of piety but denying its power, corrupt in mind, reprobate about the faith." These men raise themselves up into "lying" teachers, as they are called by Peter the prince of the Apostles, and bring in sects of perdition. They deny the Lord who bought them and bring upon themselves swift destruction. They say they are wise and they have become fools, and their uncomprehending heart is darkened.
You yourselves, established as scouts in the house of Israel, see clearly the many victories claimed by a philosophy full of deceit. You see the ease with which it attracts to itself a great host of peoples, concealing its impiety with the honorable name of philosophy. Who could express in words or call to mind the wickedness of the tenets and evil madness which it imparts? While such men apparently intend to search out wisdom, "they fail because they do not search in the proper way. . . and they fall into errors which lead them astray from ordinary wisdom." They have come to such a height of impiety that they make out that God does not exist, or if He does that He is idle and uncaring, making no revelation to men. Consequently it is not surprising that they assert that everything holy and divine is the product of the minds of inexperienced men smitten with empty fear of the future and seduced by a vain hope of immortality. But those deceitful sages soften and conceal the wickedness of their doctrine with seductive words and statements; in this way, they attract and wretchedly ensnare many of the weak into rejecting their faith or allowing it to be greatly shaken. While they pursue a remarkable knowledge, they open their eyes to behold a false light which is worse than the very darkness. Naturally our enemy, desirous of harming us and skilled in doing so, just as he made use of the serpent to deceive the first human beings, has armed the tongues of those men with the poison of his deceitfulness in order to lead astray the minds of the faithful. The prophet prays that his soul may be delivered from such deceitful tongues. In this way these men by their speech "enter in lowliness, capture mildly, softly bind and kill in secret." This results in great moral corruption, in license of thought and speech, in arrogance and rashness in every enterprise.
When they have spread this darkness abroad and torn religion out of men's hearts, these accursed philosophers proceed to destroy the bonds of union among men, both those which unite them to their rulers, and those which urge them to their duty. They keep proclaiming that man is born free and subject to no one, that society accordingly is a crowd of foolish men who stupidly yield to priests who deceive them and to kings who oppress them, so that the harmony of priest and ruler is only a monstrous conspiracy against the innate liberty of man.
Everyone must understand that such ravings and others like them, concealed in many deceitful guises, cause greater ruin to public calm the longer their impious originators are unrestrained. They cause a serious loss of souls redeemed by Christ's blood wherever their teaching spreads, like a cancer; it forces its way into public academies, into the houses of the great, into the palaces of kings, and even enters the sanctuary, shocking as it is to say so.
Consequently, you who are the salt of the earth, guardians and shepherds of the Lord's flock, whose business it is to fight the battles of the Lord, arise and gird on your sword, which is the word of God, and expel this foul contagion from your lands. How long are we to ignore the common insult to faith and Church? Let the words of Bernard arouse us like a lament of the spouse of Christ: "Of old was it foretold and the time of fulfillment is now at hand: Behold, in peace is my sorrow most sorrowful. It was sorrowful first when the martyrs died; afterwards it was more sorrowful in the fight with the heretics and now it is most sorrowful in the conduct of the members of the household.... The Church is struck within and so in peace is my sorrow most sorrowful. But what peace? There is peace and there is no peace. There is peace from the pagans and peace from the heretics, but no peace from the children. At that time the voice will lament: Sons did I rear and exalt, but they despised me. They despised me and defiled me by a bad life, base gain, evil traffic, and business conducted in the dark." Who can hear these tearful complaints of our most holy mother without feeling a strong urge to devote all his energy and effort to the Church, as he has promised? Therefore cast out the old leaven, remove the evil from your midst. Forcefully and carefully banish poisonous books from the eyes of your flock, and at once courageously set apart those who have been infected, to prevent them harming the rest. The holy Pope Leo used to say, "We can rule those entrusted to us only by pursuing with zeal for the Lord's faith those who destroy and those who are destroyed and by cutting them off from sound minds with the utmost severity to prevent the plague spreading." In doing this We exhort and advise you to be all of one mind and in harmony as you strive for the same object, just as the Church has one faith, one baptism, and one spirit. As you are joined together in the hierarchy, so you should unite equally with virtue and desire.
The affair is of the greatest importance since it concerns the Catholic faith, the purity of the Church, the teaching of the saints, the peace of the empire, and the safety of nations. Since it concerns the entire body of the Church, it is a special concern of yours because you are called to share in Our pastoral concern, and the purity of the faith is particularly entrusted to your watchfulness. "Now therefore, Brothers, since you are overseers among God's people and their soul depends on you, raise their hearts to your utterance," that they may stand fast in faith and achieve the rest which is prepared for believers only. Beseech, accuse, correct, rebuke and fear not: for ill-judged silence leaves in their error those who could be taught, and this is most harmful both to them and to you who should have dispelled the error. The holy Church is powerfully refreshed in the truth as it struggles zealously for the truth. In this divine work you should not fear either the force or favor of your enemies. The bishop should not fear since the anointing of the Holy Spirit has strengthened him: the shepherd should not be afraid since the prince of pastors has taught him by his own example to despise life itself for the safety of his flock: the cowardice and depression of the hireling should not dwell in a bishop's heart. Our great predecessor Gregory, in instructing the heads of the churches, said with his usual excellence: "Often imprudent guides in their fear of losing human favor are afraid to speak the right freely. As the word of truth has it, they guard their flock not with a shepherd's zeal but as hirelings do, since they flee when the wolf approaches by hiding themselves in silence.... A shepherd fearing to speak the right is simply a man retreating by keeping silent." But if the wicked enemy of the human race, the better to frustrate your efforts, ever brings it about that a plague of epidemic proportions is hidden from the religious powers of the world, please do not be terrified but walk in God's house in harmony, with prayer, and in truth, the three arms of our service. Remember that when the people of Juda were defiled, the best means of purification was the public reading to all, from the least to the greatest, of the book of the law lately found by the priest Helcias in the Lord's temple; at once the whole people agreed to destroy the abominations and seal a covenant in the Lord's presence to follow after the Lord and observe His precepts, testimonies and ceremonies with their whole heart and soul." For the same reason Josaphat sent priests and Levites to bring the book of the law throughout the cities of Juda and to teach the people. The proclamation of the divine word has been entrusted to your faith by divine, not human, authority. So assemble your people and preach to them the gospel of Jesus Christ. From that divine source and heavenly teaching draw draughts of true philosophy for your flock. Persuade them that subjects ought to keep faith and show obedience to those who by God's ordering lead and rule them. To those who are devoted to the ministry of the Church, give proofs of faith, continence, sobriety, knowledge, and liberality, that they may please Him to whom they have proved themselves and boast only of what is serious, moderate, and religious. But above all kindle in the minds of everyone that love for one another which Christ the Lord so often and so specifically praised. For this is the one sign of Christians and the bond of perfection.
Continuing to offer up our acts of reparation for our own sins and those of the whole world to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary every day of lives, especially with great intensity during this penitential season of Lent, we place our total confidence in Our Lady and her Most Chaste Spouse, the Patron of the Universal Church, so that the Church Militant on earth will be restored in all of her glory and that the apostasies and blasphemies and sacrileges of the present moment will vanish and be been as all what they have always been: smoke and mirrors from the adversary to deceive the many and to discourage the remnant that has tried to remain faithful despite their own sins and failings.
Indeed, perhaps it would be wise, in preparation for the Feast of Saint Joseph on Monday, March 19, 2007, to offer a Novena to Saint Joseph, who is so prompt to hear and to answer our prayers through the privileges he enjoys with his foster-Son and his Chaste Spouse, Our Lady. Here is a short novena prayer to Saint Joseph found in Pere Binet, S.J., The Divine Favors Granted to Saint Joseph (TAN Books and Publishers):
O Glorious St. Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, to thee do we raise our hearts and hands, to implore thy powerful intercession in obtaining from the benign Heart of Jesus all the helps and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special favor we no implore (mention your petition).
(Then say the following seven times in honor of the seven sorrows and joys of St. Joseph.)
O Glorious St. Joseph! Through the love thou bearest to Jesus Christ and for the glory of His Name, hear our prayers and obtain our petitions. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, assist us.
Here is a prayer to Saint Joseph for the Welfare of the Church (also known as the Ad te Beate Joseph) found in the same book by Pere Binet (many parishes in the catacombs pray this prayer faithfully every Sunday):
To thee, O blessed Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulation, and, having implored the help of thy thrice-holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. By that charity wherewith thou wast united to the immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray, that thou wouldst look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ hath purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and strength. Most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ; keep far from us, most loving father, all blight of error and corruption: mercifully assist us from Heaven, most mighty defender, in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and, even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the supreme peril of His life, so now defend God's Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that we may be supported by thine example and thine assistance, may be enabled to lead a holy life, die a happy death and come at last to the possession of everlasting blessedness in Heaven. Amen.
Finally, we should remember to pray the Memorare of Saint Joseph:
Remember, O most illustrious Patriarch St. Joseph, on the testimony of St. Teresa, thy devoted client, never hath it been heard that anyone who has invoked thy protection or sought thy mediation has not obtained relief. In this confidence I come before thee, my loving protector, chaste Spouse of Mary, Foster-father of the Savior of men and dispenser of the treasures of His Sacred Heart. Despise not my earnest prayer but graciously hear and obtain my petition.
O God, Who by Thy ineffable Providence didst vouchsafe to choose Blessed Joseph for the spouse of Thy most holy Mother, grant, we beseech Thee, that he whom we venerate as our protector on earth may be our intercessor in Heaven. Who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.
Our Lord will use the love and the prayers we give unto Him through His Most Blessed Mother and His foster-father, Saint Joseph. May it be or privilege to plant a few seeds by our prayers, especially in Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary, and acts of reparation and our desire to suffer for the fullness of the Catholic Faith as we oppose error and resist sin in our own lives and denounce its promotion in the midst of the world for an end to a bankrupt faith and its bankrupt worship that has bankrupted the souls of so many for so long.
Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Jude, pray for us.
Saint John the Beloved, pray for us.
Saint Frances of Rome, pray for us.
The Forty Holy Martyrs, pray for us.
Saint John of God, pray for us.
Pope Saint Gregory the Great, pray for us.
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.
Saint Dominic Savio, pray for us.
Saint Scholastica, pray for us.
Saint Benedict, pray for us.
Saint Anthony of Padua, pray for us.
Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Saint Bonaventure, pray for us.
Saint Augustine, pray for us.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, pray for us.
Saint Francis Xavier, pray for us.
Saint Peter Damian, pray for us.
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, pray for us.
Saint Lucy, pray for us.
Saint Monica, pray for us.
Saint Agatha, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Saint Cecilia, pray for us.
Saint John Mary Vianney, pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, pray for us.
Saint Isaac Jogues, pray for us.
Saint Rene Goupil, pray for us.
Saint John Lalonde, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel Lalemont, pray for us.
Saint Noel Chabanel, pray for us.
Saint Charles Garnier, pray for us.
Saint Anthony Daniel, pray for us.
Saint John DeBrebeuf, pray for us.
Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, pray for us.
Saint Dominic, pray for us.
Saint Hyacinth, pray for us.
Saint Basil, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Sebastian, pray for us.
Saint Tarcisius, pray for us.
Saint Bridget of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Gerard Majella, pray for us.
Saint John of the Cross, pray for us.
Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous, pray for us.
Saint Genevieve, pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
Pope Saint Pius X, pray for us
Pope Saint Pius V, pray for us.
Saint Rita of Cascia, pray for us.
Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich, pray for us.
Venerable Pauline Jaricot, pray for us.
Father Miguel Augustin Pro, pray for us.
Francisco Marto, pray for us.
Jacinta Marto, pray for us.
Juan Diego, pray for us.
The Longer Version of the Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer, composed by Pope Leo XIII, 1888
O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
Verse: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
Response: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
Verse: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
Response: As we have hoped in Thee.
Verse: O Lord hear my prayer.
Response: And let my cry come unto Thee.
Verse: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls.